No yellow jerseys but it's that time of year! So not to be outdone by "Le Grand Depart" in Yorkshire, the "Tour de Fair-Trade" arrived in Woodstock on Friday 4th July and were received by the Mayor, the Deputy Mayor and Cllr Elizabeth Poskitt, at the Town Hall. The event was promoted by Oxfordshire's Fairtrade network.
Town Mayor, Cllr Julian Cooper, hosted the annual Sustainable Woodstock Fairtrade Coffee Morning in the Town Hall, Woodstock on Saturday 1st March 2014.
This year, the proceeds were donated to ZANE, the Zimbabwe National Emergency fund, and £170 was donated.
It was the first of March and the first day of Spring and we were blessed with a sunny morning to throw open the doors of the town hall and attract in the shoppers at the ever-popular Farmers Market.
Popular Fairtrade products were sold and the importance of the Fairtrade message was promoted.
Town Council has resolved to work towards becoming a Fairtrade Town.
We have a head start because there are already many groups in the town
who use Fairtrade products and promote them. Both our schools, the
museum, and the churches use Fairtrade products and the business group
Wake Up to Woodstock has supported the concept. Blenheim Palace
offers Fairtrade products in its restaurants and cafeterias. For
more information, visit
Our next steps are to encourage a more positive marketing of Fairtrade products, particularly, but not exclusively, in the towns shops, pubs, hotels, restaurants and shops. We want to see the Fairtrade logo on shop windows and on shop shelves and on menus. We have also published a leaflet and directory of Fairtrade outlets in the town which is freely available at information points.
left, is one of our annual Fairtrade Tea and Coffee mornings which we
use to raise awareness of the issue of Fairtrade.
These are normally held during National Fairtrade fortnight in March.
Cllrs Elizabeth Poskitt, Julian Cooper, Pauline Richardson and Colin Carritt were instrumental in setting up the town's Fairtrade group within Sustainable Woodstock www.sustainablewoodstock.co.uk
Cllr Elizabeth Poskitt is the main contact for town council Fairtrade issues and represents the Fairtrade group on the County-wide Fairtrade committee.