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Church Stretton - A Fair Trade Town

Published: 20th February, 2012

Fairtrade is about better prices, better working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers, workers and their communities in over 59 developing countries.  Fairtrade is the only certification scheme whose purpose is to tackle poverty and to empower producers in these developing countries.

Over the last decade, here, in Church Stretton, support for the idea of Fairtrade has been built up to the point where we can boast that, in 2011, 553 local people signed their support for Church Stretton to become a Fairtrade town.  Nine out of our ten cafes in town and 11 local B&Bs serve Fairtrade products; all of our churches, all of our schools and nurseries use their products; while three of our food shops and six local organisations also use and support Fairtrade produce.

These combined achievements, together with support from our Town Council, gave us the official status of a Fairtrade Town in May 2011.  We joined with our champion store, Midcounties Co-operative, to celebrate our status and the reopening of their enlarged supermarket, on 28th July 2011, attended by Philip Dunne, our local MP>