Fairtrade

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We are currently supporting the Traidcraft Justice campaign – see http://www.justicecampaign.org.uk/ for more information.

Ludlow was awarded Fairtrade Town status in November 2003.
Fairtrade is one way of fighting poverty and the unjust trading system which poor communities in the developing world find themselves up against.

Please support Fairtrade in Ludlow and help farmers and communities in developing countries work and live sustainably. We also work closely with other local groups including Shropshire Fairtrade Coalition

For more information see the Fairtrade website at http://www.fairtrade.org.uk and the Traidcraft website at http://www.traidcraft.co.uk. Both these websites give a vast amount of information about the issue involved so please do have a look at them.

Our Aims – Fairtrade helps farmers and producers to get engaged in trade and gain their fair share of the benefits.
By paying farmers and producers a fair price, by making long term commitments to them and by paying a premium to invest in sustainable development e.g. water supplies and health projects, Fairtrade ensures that the products we consume have been produced without exploitation.

Our Activities – The Group promotes Fairtrade in Ludlow in independent shops, supermarkets, cafes, schools, churches and local businesses and charities.
Regular events are held such as

  • a monthly Fairtrade stall at one (2nd Thursdays) of the Local to Ludlow Farmers’ Markets
  • a permanent Traidcraft outlet at Ludlow Conference Centre, Lower Galdeford open 9-5 Mondays to Fridays
  • a permanent Traidcraft stall at Wesleys Cafe in Broad Street Methodist Church (a Churches Together Around Ludlow venture)
  • Sunday mini Traidcraft stall and special stalls during Fairtrade Fortnight and at Christmas in St Laurence’s

During Fairtrade Fortnight annually in February/March, activities and displays are organised in order to further encourage the purchase of Fairtrade products.

The Group also focuses attention on wider issues of unfair international trade, joining with national campaigns. These campaigns work to change the rules that govern world trade in favour of and not against poor people in the developing world.

How You Can Help – the Group needs volunteers to man stalls and encourage the expansion of Fairtrade in existing locations as well as promote further Fairtrade outlets in Ludlow and its hinterland.
The working group would also welcome new members and new ideas.

Get in Touch – to contact us, please click here.

Pick up your copy of the Ludlow Fairtrade Town Guide from the Library, Visitor Information Centre and Ludlow Conference Centre or download it HERE.

Remember that there are lots of cafes and shops in Ludlow stocking Fairtrade products and your purchases really can make a big difference to producers in developing countries. You can find  participating venues in the Fairtrade directory

Liz Taylor is a member of the Traidcraft Speaker Network and is available to give talks to community and church groups and schools in a radius of 15- 20 miles of Ludlow.
There is no charge for these talks but travelling expenses (petrol costs) are requested for groups some distance out of Ludlow, and a donation to the work of Traidcraft Exchange (the Trade Development Charity operated by Traidcraft) would be welcome.

  • An illustrated, informative talk on fair trade in general and the role of Traidcraft in particular.

Further information from Liz Taylor 01584 831149 or Liz Taylor.