Fair Trade


Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

We have been committed to using Fairtrade products at Church since October 2001 for our refreshments and Coffee Mornings and now in Cornerstone.  We are delighted that our status as a Fairtrade Church was renewed in February 2020.

For many years Norma Wilson has worked alongside Jan Alexander at St John's to promote Fairtrade goods.  They now find that monthly sales have significantly reduced possibly due to the selection of goods now available in our shops.  Consequently, the after service monthly stalls will stop when the existing stock has been cleared.  We do have plans to retain the seasonal sales at Christmas and Easter.  We thank both Norma and Jan for the time and energies they have devoted to promote this worthy cause.

Previously all profits were used to buy the goods and, at the end of the year any profit left was donated to Fairtrade charities to support growers and craft workers to become self-sufficient by supplying them with seeds, tools, etc.

Sign up for the Fairtrade Churches Newsletters.


22 February to 7 March 2021

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 will highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with. The facts are straightforward. Farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected by it. They have told us that:

  • Climate change is one of their biggest challenges right now. 
  • Low prices for their crops mean that they are struggling to fight back. 
  • Only with more money will they feel equipped to meet their everyday needs and deal with the challenges they face from climate change.  

The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat and those in climate vulnerable countries are already seeing its impacts from droughts and crop disease to floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests.  

With the emergence of the global COVID pandemic, the challenges that farmers face now are bigger than ever before with falling commodity prices and widespread shocks reverberating along our global supply chains. Ongoing poverty in farming communities makes it increasingly hard to cope with the effects of climate change. 


24 February to 8 March 2020

This year again focussed on chocolate and continued the mission to ensure that all farmers are paid fairly for their work and are able to earn a living income, starting with cocoa farmers in West Africa.  In particular, the special role women farmers play in the journey to living incomes, and sharing new stories and tools to get more people choosing Fairtrade chocolate. We travelled back to Côte d'Ivoire, and Sierra Leone, to meet some truly inspiring women who want their stories to be heard by the UK. This Fortnight they needed your help to share their stories and make the case for Fairtrade. 


In October 2019 the Fairtrade mark is 25 years old.  This will be celebrated in Cornerstone for a week from Saturday 5 October when we will be helping to spread the Fairtrade message.


25 February to 10 March 2019

This year, Fairtrade Fortnight will focus on cocoa. Farmers of this iconic Fairtrade product have seen prices crash to crisis levels in the last few years, particularly in West Africa where most cocoa is grown. The situation highlights in stark terms the scandal of unfair trade. We have a choice about whether we take a stand against this. 

Many farmers – both men and women – are underpaid and exploited. That means they can’t earn enough for the basics many of us take for granted, including food, education and housing, because they don’t earn a living income. 

It’s even worse for the women who work in the fields and in the home. Despite the hard work they put in, they’re often overlooked and under-represented, and usually see even less of the money for their crop. They deserve more.

So the voices and stories of women farmers will also be at the heart of Fairtrade Fortnight. And we’re inviting some inspiring women farmers from Cote D’Ivoire – who truly understand what a living income means and represents – to come and help us spread the message.


26 February to 11 March 2018


'For hundreds of years, we were taught to serve, to be workers. Now with Fairtrade, we are entrepreneurs'

Marcial Quintero, member of Coobana, a Fairtrade banana co-operative in Panama. 


27 February to 12 March 2017
There was a Fairtrade stall in Cornerstone on Saturday 4 March from 10am to 12 noon.

The food on our tables, the tea and coffee in our mugs, all from farmers who toil, sweat and slog.

However hard they work to provide the things we depend on, millions of farmers in developing countries aren’t paid what they deserve. It’s not a new problem.

We need to amplify the voices of marginalised producers as much as ever in 2017.

When we come together we can change the way people think about trade and the products on our shelves - the Fairtrade movement is made up of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in their communities for Fairtrade. Your actions help shoppers to make choices that change the lives of farmers and workers.

Join thousands of others across the UK this Fairtrade Fortnight to help our friends, neighbours, colleagues and communities to put Fairtrade in their break and take exploitation out.



Printer Printable Version