The Fairtrade shopping evening at St Martin in the Wood Church in Hiltingbury last Friday was successful and enjoyable. Many people attended and had an opportunity to buy a variety of high quality fairtrade products to support disadvantaged producers and workers in the developing world.
Fairtrade events encourage us to be ethical consumers and raise awareness of trade justice.
Both Tricia and Heather helped organise this Fairtrade shopping evening. They were also supported by Sue Moll from Asvanna Fairtrade, who supplied all the clothes from Nomads Clothing, Sue Hunt from Shop Equality at Wells Place in Eastleigh, and members from Fairtrade in Eastleigh Borough Committee.
Eastleigh Borough was officially declared a Fairtrade Borough on 7 May 2015, thanks to the hard work of the volunteers for the Fairtrade in Eastleigh Borough campaign.
Debbie Pearce from Debbie Pearce Photography captured some lovely photographs during the evening, and have kindly shared them with us.
Well done for Tricia and many passionate people for making this event so interesting and enjoyable. One of the items I bought was the Fairtrade advent calendar – The Real Advent Calendar by The Meaningful Chocolate Company. The 2019 design calendar comes with a free 24-page Christmas story activity book designed to be used every day in Advent. This year, the book is illustrated by award-winning artist, Martina Peluso.
It’s rather meaningful to have an advent calendar which really tells children (and adults) the true meaning of Christmas. You can buy this calendar from Tricia and Hazel – from St Martin in the Wood Church and St Boniface Church, and also from local churches (such as the Methodist Church) which sell Traidcraft products. In Eastleigh, you can buy the calendars from Shop Equality.
My grown up child still requests an advent calendar and it’s the one for him.
All of us have enjoyed a free glass of wine, or tea and coffee, and some lovely nibbles from Traidcraft during this shopping evening. Many members from the church family were wonderfully helpful – serving drinks, running the stalls, and managing the check-out (I must say the efficiency and friendliness at the check-out were superior than some of my experiences from local supermarkets.). And, best of all – beautiful smiles and friendly conversations from friends and neighbours we met.
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