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What being a Fairtrade town means:

  • The local council supports Fair Trade.
  • A range of Fair Trade products are available in a significant number of shops and cafes.
  • Fair trade products are used by an appropriate number of local work places.
  • There is media coverage of events and support for Fair Trade.
  • A fair trade steering group ensure continued commitment to Fairtrade town status.

What we have done:

  • Our town status was renewed by the Fairtrade Foundation in November 2009 with the comment
  • “Congratulations on maintaining Fairtrade status and for the outstanding work you have achieved over the last year“

  • We have produced a Fairtrade Directory which lists all local firms who sell / use fairtrade products.
  • We have organised 3 successful Fair Trade fairs in the Buttermarket.
  • We have organised two coffee mornings serving Fair Trade refreshments.
  • We have put on 2 music events with local artists, one at The Globe with Jess Childs and one at the Parish Hall with Manu Song.
  • We have run 3 competitions with local schools – designing Fair Trade bunting, Fair trade posters and writing poetry about Fair Trade.
  • We have given out free cups of Fairtrade tea in the market dressed as tea ladies (see picture below)
  • We have secured good publicity for all our events.

Our Future Plans:

  • A new edition of the Directory with an increased number of businesses, to be published January 2011.
  • A plant sale on May 22nd in Glasbury.
  • A Christmas Fair Trade Fair, December 11th at Hay Buttermarket.

The Steering Group: Jo Eliot, Lesley Arrowsmith, Julia Roberts, Jackie Kennett, Barbara Price, Chris Armstrong, Christina Wright.

We can always do with help for events. If you would like to be involved please contact Jo on 01497 831189 or

Also check out our Fairtrade Hay blogspot for latest news; visit

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