Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 - Update

18th March 2017 click for more info...

18th March 2017 click for more info...

We'll be covering Fairtrade Fortnight events here...

04/03/17 - Coffee Morning at Bridgend United Church http://bridgendunitedchurches.org.uk/Bridgendnew.htm

10/03/17 - Fairtrade Breakfast at Trinity Church Methodist and United Reformed Church,
John St. Porthcawl. Bridgend. CF36 3DT
Tel 01656 772364

18/03/17 – Fairtrade Bake-Off/Festival at Carnegie House

SUSSED (Porthcawl) will offer free coffee, tea all week and chocolate samples.

There is a dedicated page for the Bridgend Fairtrade Festival on 18th March 2017.

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Bridgend Fairtrade Partnership

The Bridgend Fairtrade Partnership is part of the network of fairtrade groups in the UK.

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. Our work connects with the ambitions outlined in the international agreement below...

The new Sustainable Development Goals - 'Transforming Our World' - the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The United Nations 2000 Millennium Development Goals have been superseded by 17 Sustainable Development Goals - 'Transforming Our World - the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In the autumn of 2015, countries adopted a new sustainable development agenda and a global agreement on climate change in the ambitious aim to end poverty, hunger and assure gender equally while building a life of dignity for all over the next 15 years.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our shared vision of humanity and a social contract between the world’s leaders and the people,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon had said of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted unanimously by 193 Heads of State and other top leaders at a summit in September 2015. “They are a to-do list for people and planet, and a blueprint for success,” he had said of the 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.

a Fairtrade county

In July 2010 Bridgend officially became a Fairtrade County. The presentation in August that year was from the First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM. This was a fantastic achievement and something we should all be very proud of. The Bridgend County Fairtrade Partnership, have successfully renewed their applications to the Fairtrade Foundation to maintain the borough’s Fairtrade status. Our new action plans aims to help increase awareness and sales.

The Partnership intend to do this by working alongside Bridgend County Council, local schools, churches, community organisations (such as Christian AidSustainable Wales & SUSSED) the Cooperative Store and even Parc Prison.

The Fairtrade Foundation has been impressed with the breadth of the Bridgend Fairtrade Partnership’s campaign.

The group passionately believe that young people today need to be made aware of the issues surrounding trade and the fact that ordinary families can make a difference through their every day choices.

Get in touch

Via email etc. see the Sustainable Wales contacts page

Call us on 01656 783962 if you want to join the Partnership whether a school, church, business, shop, street or individual. Thanks to all those involved in the campaign and everyone who has made the switch to Fairtrade!

@FTBridgend on twitter


L-R Jack Jones age 7, Samuel Johnson age 3 Lily Jones age 4, and Oliver Johnson age 7, celebrate Welsh Euro success with a fair trade football! 

L-R Jack Jones age 7, Samuel Johnson age 3 Lily Jones age 4, and Oliver Johnson age 7, celebrate Welsh Euro success with a fair trade football! 

The Beautiful Game is only beautiful if there’s fair play all round. 

http://www.sustainablewales.org.uk/blog/2016/7/4/youngsters-call-for-fair-football


Text of the letter written in January 2016 to Darren Mepham (Chief Executive Bridgend County Borough Council), on behalf of the Bridgend Fairtrade Partnership

Absence of the availability of Fairtrade products at Carnegie House

Dear Sir,
Whilst fully acknowledging the excellent arts profile Carnegie House provides for the borough, it is disappointing that Fairtrade products are unavailable at this venue. As Bridgend is a Fairtrade town the least that should be expected is that fairly traded refreshments be on offer at public events.

In the ‘Bridgend County Borough Council Sustainable Development Policy 2014’ it is stated that the Council will, ‘Support a fair deal for third world producers by encouraging the use of Fairtrade products, providing Fairtrade refreshments at meetings within the Authority and wherever possible supporting Fairtrade initiatives’.

(Wales, of course, boasts that it is the first Fairtrade nation. Indeed, the new National Assembly’s ‘Wellbeing and Future Generations Act’ will add further responsibilities on local authorities.)

It is a laudable aim to be supporting the vulnerable; morally we have a duty to fulfil what has been pledged. Assuming this is a genuine commitment, the providing of Fairtrade refreshments will apply to all gatherings in public buildings within the County.

In July 2010 Bridgend officially became a Fairtrade County. The presentation in August that year was from the First Minister, Carwyn Jones AM. This was a fantastic achievement and something we should all be very proud of. The Bridgend County Fairtrade Partnership, have successfully renewed our applications so far, with the Fairtrade Foundation to maintain the borough’s Fairtrade status. However, our new action plan needs to know that BCBC aims to help increase awareness and sales.

We should all be proud of our Fairtrade borough status and feel strongly that such a prestigious centre as Carnegie House should be at the forefront of promoting Fairtrade. It is essential that we maintain this status, and credibly

so. This should be just the start of further commitments and initiatives relating to Fairtrade.

The Bridgend Borough Fairtrade Partnership should like to remind you of the aims of Fairtrade. First and foremost to provide ‘decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers’. It is also ‘about the protection of workers’ rights and the environment, payment of the Fairtrade Minimum Price and an additional Fairtrade Premium to invest in business or community projects’.

Bridgend as a County Borough which understands deprivation, should be fully committed to supporting the weak and vulnerable by any means possible. Several members of the local community have noticed this absence of products bearing the Fairtrade logo in various venues and have contacted us with their concerns. For instance we have also heard complaints regarding the lack of Fairtrade from those attending a life drawing class at Carnegie House.

The Partnership are concerned too, that apparent lack of BCBC’s Sustainable Development policy guidance at Carnegie House may also have not been conveyed to the AWEN Trust which has been established to run the council’s cultural facilities and services in the venues outlined below:

  • Library services

  • Awel-y-Mor, Coity and Bettws community centres

  • Community and youth arts development

  • Bryngarw House and Country Park

  • Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl

  • Maesteg T own Hall

  • Blaengarw Workmen’s Hall

  • The B-Leaf and Wood-B work-related projects for adults with disabilities.

    In the UK today, 80% of people questioned in a survey conducted by Fairtrade recognise the Fairtrade Mark. Thus there is a clear demand for these products and their presence might well increase the number of people visiting Carnegie House, and indeed the borough.

    We are sure that now this matter has been drawn to your attention you will be keen to rectify this oversight. The Partnership would of course be glad to help should this be required.
    We await your response regarding all the above venues.

    Yours sincerely,

    Rhys Felton and Carla Prinsloo,
    Margaret Minhinnick – Chairperson
    (on behalf of Bridgend Fairtrade Partnership)

cc. Cllr Mel Nott, Leader Bridgend Borough Council, Cllr R. Burns, Board Carnegie House, Richard Hughes, AWEN Trust


Bridgend Fairtrade Partnership 

Mascot Design & Writing Competition

Overall Winner: Mali Lewis,

Aged 8 (Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Bro Ogwr).

“I chose to draw an avocado because it is mainly grown in poor countries such as Brazil and Mexico, where farmers should have a fair price for their products so they can feed their families”.

Creative Writing Winner: Rhosyn Wong

Highly Commended