Fairtrade anniversary celebration for town
Significant milestone to be celebrated with party
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.
“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.
GOING BANANAS: Cllr Ruth Juett, Rev Colin Cartwright, David Lees, Jo Lees, Cllr MarkShaw, Jean Pritchard and Cllr Mohammad Fayyaz get ready to celebrate