Fairtrade Coffee Morning…

Dear All,

A date for your diary

To let you know that Dunbar Fairtrade Group will once again be celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight with our popular coffee morning. It will take place at Dunbar Town House on Saturday 28 February from 10am to 12 o’clock. A donation is requested of £1.50 for adults and 50p for children – this covers everything, including a raffle ticket!

Come along if you can and enjoy a Fairtrade cuppa or juice and home-baking in a relaxed atmosphere.

Best wishes,


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Fairtrade Talk at St Anne’s Church, Dunbar

Sunday 14th December 2014

 On the evening of Sunday 14th December, Louise gave a talk on Fairtrade at St Anne’s Church, to a small but engaged group of people (six in total.) She writes:

“1 started by describing the work done by the Fairtrade Foundation / Fairtrade International, mentioning the wide range of products sold, and showing a map of Fairtrade producers.

” I talked in some detail about the Fairtrade Premium, and what this means for communities, where the Premium is invested in a wide variety of local projects. I rounded off by talking briefly through the history of Dunbar and District Fairtrade Partnership, and outlining the variety of ways in which people could become involved.

“At the end of the talk I handed round the Fairtrade leaflets, and answered questions. The questions, and the discussion that followed, indicated that the people were genuinely interested in the subject; which was borne out by comments received by email thereafter.”

The organiser of the talk, Zoe, wrote to Louise:

“Thank you so much for the talk – I have had great feedback from those who were there. I have also had further conversation with the Rector about how we pursue being a Fair Trade Church and we will be moving on that in the New Year.

“The leaflets have been put out for people to take and we will encourage them to get engaged.”

The evening concluded in the sharing of Fairtrade wine and juice, with cake and nibbles.

Notes used during the talk have been placed on file.

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Community Council grant for new Fairtrade banners

IMG_7513_1At its meeting in November, Dunbar Community Council unanimously agreed to award the Fairtrade Group £168 to pay for our two new banners.

The small ‘table’ banner has already been in action at our stall at the Christmas Lights fair.

The other banner, which is huge (1.2m x 4.8m), will be displayed on the Lauderdale House railings during Fairtrade Fortnight, 23 Feb to 8 Mar. It was inspired by a similar banner in North Berwick and reads ‘Buy Fairtrade in Fairtrade Fortnight’. It also carries the Fairtrade Town symbol.

A date for your diaries – the now-traditional Fairtrade Fortnight coffee morning will be held on Saturday 28 February at Dunbar Town House. Volunteers and donations of home-baking, etc., will be most welcome! Or just come along…

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Fairtrade Stall at the Christmas Lights Fair

The Fairtrade Group held a successful stall at the Christmas Lights Fair on Sunday 16 November. The stall was well supplied with an attractive selection of Fairtrade goods, and despite being tucked away in St Anne’s Church, we did good business, especially towards the end. The ‘big banana’ sign on a lamp-post in the High Street definitely helped! Thanks very much to all who lent a hand and to our customers.

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New banner!

Dunbar Fairtrade Group are the proud owners of a new banner in the Fairtrade colours and featuring the Fairtrade Town symbol.

The banner will make its first appearance decorating the group’s stall at the Dunbar Christmas Lights Fair on Sunday 16 November. A selection of Fairtrade goods will be on sale and Fairtrade literature will be available.

Pippa Swan of Dunbar Shore and Harbour Group kindly helped to design the banner. Now plans are afoot for a second, larger banner, to advertise Fairtrade Fortnight next spring.

Dunbar won Fairtrade Town status in 2012 and now has 39 businesses, schools, community groupsIMG_7513_1 and other organisations promoting Fairtrade in some way. For a list, see the group’s website, http://ourlocality.org/dunbarfairtrade.

Photo caption:
Gordon Jenkinson and Jo Gibson display the new Fairtrade banner outside the Crunchy Carrot in Dunbar High Street.

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Wide community support for Fairtrade cause

Hi to all,

below is a list compiled over the past couple of years, by the Fairtrade group, with help from pupils and teachers from Dunbar Primary School as well as many others, who took questionnaires out into the community and gathered lots of information and views.

It shows how much community wide support and awareness there is for the Fairtrade cause.

Businesses, organisations, churches and schools that use, sell or provide one or more Fairtrade products, or are raising awareness of Fairtrade issues


If you would like to be added to this list, please drop a note to Dunbar Fairtrade Group c/o the BeGreen office.


Businesses and organisations


1650 café


Bayswell Park Hotel

BeGreen office

Bellfine shop

Bleachingfield Community Kitchen and Library

Café Central

Community Bakery

Co-op Friars Croft Branch

Co-op High Street Branches

Crunchy Carrot

Dunbar Leisure Pool

Dunbar News

East Lothian Council offices

Espresso Black café

Food Hamper

Found Gallery

Garden Path café

Graze café

Hallhill Healthy Living Centre

John Muir Birthplace

Knox’s Newsagents

Royal Macintosh Hotel

Saddler’s café

Splatz café and soft play

Sustaining Dunbar office

Umberto’s Italian restaurant

Tippecanoe Gallery

Townhouse Museum




Belhaven Parish Church

Dunbar Methodist Church

Dunbar Parish Church

St Anne’s Church




Dunbar Grammar School

Dunbar Primary School

East Linton Primary School

Innerwick Primary School

Stenton Primary School

West Barns School



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Civic week

Hello to all,

Civic week got off to a wonderful start, the weather was kind and there was a great gathering for the saturday parade and race and there are so many events throughout the week for all to enjoy.

Dunbar not only supports its own town and community but as a Fairtrade Town shows that it also supports those in developing countries to work towards a better life where their hard work is fairly matched with a wage they can survive on, and safer working conditions too.

So well done and thanks to all who organise, support and take part in all our local events and our global concerns, we are truly a Town that cares.



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Discover Dunbar Leaflet

The new leaflet promoting Dunbar to visitors near and far now has a Fairtrade symbol inside it.

This is great, and lets everyone know we are a Fairtrade Town.

The leaflet is published by the Dunbar Traders Association, which helps put information about Dunbar and its history, leisure, activities and amenities and generally encourages people into the Town.


The Dunbar Fairtrade group are proud to have the Fairtrade Town symbol displayed on the leaflet to show everyone that our Town has worked hard to achieve this status and help the plight of those in developing countries get a fairer deal for their products and hard work.

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Fairtrade Coffee Morning

DSC02707DSC02717DSC02728The Fairtrade coffee morning held on saturday 1st march was a great success. Attended by 90-100 people. Lots of lovely cakes, fresh coffee and tea, Fairtrade biscuits and juices were available for all.

The local choir Dunbar sings, entertained us with a couple of songs which livened up the occasion.


The children from the Dunbar primary had made the posters for the event and they graced the walls with their colourful and artistic efforts.


There were visits from Fiona O’Donnell MP and Iain Gray MSP and helpers from a local guides group.

The event was a great success and raised funds to help promote and support the Fairtrade  campaign through local events like the poster competition (the Fairtrade group donated the prizes) and coffee mornings etc.

A big, big thank you to everyone who came along, who helped in any way, who donated time, raffle prizes, goodies in all shapes and forms and helped before , during and after the event.

We couldn’t do it without all the support of the community.

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A Fair Assembly

Dunbar Primary school held a Fairtrade assembly, to mark Fairtrade Fortnight. A member of the Fairtrade Foundation visited the school and gave a talk to the school about Fairtrade issues.

There was also a presentation of prizes for the winners of the Fairtrade poster competition. The prizes were lovely Fairtrade chocolate Easter eggs, donated by the Dunbar Fairtrade group.



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