Fairtrade Ambassadors at Brandlesholme Methodist Church

Rosemary Lehan and Peter Roscoe  

We support Fairtrade by using Fairtrade beverages  and by having an annual event during Fairtrade Fortnight. We are registered as a Fairtrade Church with the Fairtrade Foundation.

Each year in Spring, it is appropriate to highlight our church’s commitment to Fairtrade. At the socialising period after our Sunday services the tea and coffee served is Fairtrade which means those employed in producing these beverages are paid more than would be the case were they subject to the developed world’s domination of the international markets; even then, the standard of living of the beneficiaries is far below ours. It is, though, helpful in such things as enabling their children to attend school. Whilst this is a good thing we should also, as Christians, think about the possibility of our making some purchases of Fairtrade products when we do our weekly shopping. All  major retailers sell a variety of Fairtrade products from different suppliers. It is useful to know that the Oxfam shop just outside the Millgate shopping centre in Bury stocks a wide variety of Fairtrade products. Before the Fairtrade Foundation came into existence we relied on Traidcraft, which sells a variety of fairly priced products including food. During the Sundays of Fairtrade fortnight in March, Rosemary Lehan sells a variety of Traidcraft items, including Easter eggs.

The Fairtrade Foundation states ‘Fairtrade is a simple way each one of us can make a difference through our everyday choices. It’s about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Fairtrade aims to enable the poorest farmers and workers to improve their position and have more control over their lives’.