St. Mary’s has been awarded Fairtrade Church status by the Fairtrade Foundation Trust and a certificate will be displayed in the New Room for all to see. This means the Church has demonstrated its commitment to uphold the Fairtrade principles as far as possible.

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.

The Fairtrade Mark on the items for sale or published in the Traidcraft Catalogue in the New Room means that a minimum price covering the cost of production has been paid to those producers.

A Fairtrade Premium is also paid to producers in addition to the minimum price. The Premium allows the farmers and workers the breathing space to invest in new ways of doing things, to combat an unpredictable climate for example and to plan for their futures. Farmers and workers vote democratically on how the Premium is spent so all the people will benefit as they are best placed to make it work the hardest. Thanks to this Premium roads have been laid, nurseries equipped and helpful new tools have been put to work.

The workers get rights such as a decent wages and are allowed to join unions. Fairtrade co-operatives allow producers (including women) a democratic say in the decision process.

So whilst enjoying that cup of tea or coffee in the New Room be assured you are helping the poor so that their fields may produce abundant food benefiting them and their families. Also why not take a peek at the Traidcraft Catalogue to view all the items that are on offer to us from the developing world. The volunteers in the New Room will be happy to take any orders that should include payment in advance. Remember to state your name, contact details, quantity and catalogue reference numbers.