Fair­trade an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion for town

Sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone to be cel­e­brated with party

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BUCK­ING­HAMSHIRE’S first Fair­trade town is set to celebrate its 10th an­niver­sary sup­port­ing the cause this month.

Che­sham4Fair­trade is hold­ing a birth­day tea party, in Mar­ket Square, on Satur­day, from 11am to 1pm – and ev­ery­one is in­vited.

Mar­ket Square will be trans­formed into an out­door cafe area for the Fair­trade tea party, com­plete with Fair­trade birth­day cake and tea and lo­cal mu­si­cians Ge­orge Pa­pavgeris and Lou’s Sex­tet on hand to en­ter­tain the party go­ers.

Ge­orge will be play­ing folk songs, in­clud­ing Ly­dia’s Song, which is ded­i­cated to Ly­dia Hardy, an 18th cen­tury anti-slav­ery cam­paigner from Che­sham.

The group has been telling Ly­dia’s story around town and be­yond to high­light how Che­sham has a long history of cam­paign­ing for so­cial jus­tice – some­thing that C h e s h a m 4 Fa i r t r a d e proudly con­tin­ues in the 21st cen­tury.

Fair­trade is a sys­tem of trade which means that farm­ers and work­ers in de­vel­op­ing world coun­tries are paid a fair price for their work.

To be a Fair­trade Town, Che­sham is as­sessed by the Fair­trade Foun­da­tion ev­ery two years to prove that there is wide­spread sup­port for Fair­trade across the town.

Che­sham Coun­cil sup­ports serves

Town of­fi­cially Fair­trade and

Fair­trade re­fresh­ments at Che­sham Town Hall.

A range of Fair­trade prod­ucts is widely avail­able in shops and cafes across town.

A num­ber of work­places, com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions have also made a com­mit­ment to us­ing Fair­trade, in­clud­ing lo­cal churches and schools.

Che­sham4Fair­trade runs a num­ber of events across town through­out the year to make peo­ple aware that choos­ing Fair­trade can make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to peo­ple all over the world.

In the past year alone it has held a Bol­ly­woodthemed night, run a work­shop in a lo­cal school, pa­raded a man­nequin of Ly­dia Hardy through the mar­ket in a sedan chair and has been present at Christ­mas in Che­sham, the Schools of Che­sham Car­ni­val and Che­sham Lo­cal Pro­duce Mar­ket.

Sec­re­tary Kathryn Graves said: “Che­sham4Fair­trade and Che­sham have worked re­ally hard to sup­port Fair­trade over the last 10 years.

“Now celebrate.

“Please join us on Satur­day, in Mar­ket Square, and make it a truly mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Che­sham4Fair­trade visit www.che­sham 4fair­trade.co.uk.

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GO­ING BANANAS: Cllr Ruth Juett, Rev Colin Cartwright, David Lees, Jo Lees, Cllr MarkShaw, Jean Pritchard and Cllr Mo­ham­mad Fayyaz get ready to celebrate

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