Marking a decade of Fairtrade
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE’S first Fairtrade town celebrated its 10th anniversary of supporting the cause at the weekend.
Chesham4Fairtrade held a ‘wonderfully successful’ 10th Anniversary event in Market Square on Saturday.
It was an opportunity for C h e s h a m 4 Fa i r t r a d e ’s chairman Colin Cartwright to thank all the residents, businesses and Chesham Town Council for their support, which has enabled Chesham to not only be the first Fairtrade town in Bucks, but to maintain that status for a decade.
Local folk singer George
OYEZ OYEZ: Chesham4Fairtrade’s celebration is rung in by Town Crier Jane Dodd
CAMPAIGN SONG: Chesham’s historic anti-slavery campaigner Lydia Hardy (aka Judy Bailey) with Lou’s Sextet in Market Square Papavgeris started proceedings by singing his tribute to Chesham’s historic anti-slavery campaigner Lydia Hardy.
Lydia herself was present in the form of Judy Bailey, from Chesham, who was dressed as Lydia in an 18th Century costume created by Chesham seamstress, Clem Short.
was especially popular with children, handed out leaflets to explain how the real Lydia, and many other Chesham people, boycotted sugar produced by the slave trade in the West Indies.
Ms Bailey then went on to help Chesham’s mayor Peter Hudson cut the Fairtrade birthday cake, baked by volunteer Carol Maguire.
Passersby joined in and sat out in Market Square in the sunshine, enjoying a slice of birthday cake with a pot of Fairtrade tea provided by Brazil’s Cafe, while listening to the music of Lou’s Sextet.
Helpers from Chesham Museum ran an activity for children of all ages to make a birthday card for Chesham.