Progress is being made on achieving Fairtrade Town status for Neston. A Steering Group has been set up as the second of five goals to gain the status.

The first goal was for the Town Council to commit to buying only Fairtrade items for refreshments for Neston Town Council meetings and events where these are available.
Fairtrade is about bringing the farmer and the shopper closer together and putting people at the heart of trade. Becoming a Fairtrade Town sends a powerful message about how a community wants trade to work, and directly benefits some of the world’s poorest farmers and workers through increasing awareness and sales of Fairtrade.
Members of the Steering Group represent the Local Council, Town Council, W.I., local churches, local Trade Justice group and local business.

As a result of the recent Fairtrade ‘Breakfast’ at Neston Town Hall two new members joined the group. More members with an interest in promoting Fairtrade are welcome. The group meets monthly on a Thursday evening 7.30 p.m. at Neston Methodist Church. Next meeting 28th April. Contact Margaret Heibel 0151 336 6305 or the Secretary, Cheryl Ellis email.

The Steering Group are working towards achieving the other three goals:

  • Fairtrade products being readily available in local shops
  • local workplaces and community organisations using Fairtrade products
  • awareness-raising events across the community.

P3310113(1)From left Cheryl Ellis, Irene Pembleton, Gaynor Marsden, Margaret Heibel

Fairtrade steering group 2015From left Zeta Emmett (Womens Institute); Janet Griffiths (Town Council & Civic Society); Cheryl Ellis (Wirral Trade Justice); Margaret Heibel (Neston & District Churches Together); Louise Irvine (Sainsbury’s).

Neston Town supported Fairtrade Fortnight
The Neston Fairtrade Town Steering Group held a ‘Sit Down for Breakfast, Stand up for Fairtrade’ event at Neston Town Hall on Saturday 5th March 2016 to highlight the difference people can make to the lives of producers by buying Fairtrade goods.
Free Fairtrade refreshments & Fairtrade samples were enjoyed¬† and ¬£200 worth of purchases were made from the Traidcraft & ‘And Albert’ stalls. Over 200 people, including MP Justin Madders & Neston Town Mayor Mike Shipman, supported the event which was held in conjunction with the launch of the Arts @ Neston Town Hall Market and the Farmers and Foodmakers’ Market.

P3050031Mike Shipman (Mayor of Neston) and Justin Madders (MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston) at the Fairtrade Breakfast.