At 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…
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 groups and other organisations promoting Fairtrade in some way. For a list, see the group’s website, http://ourlocality.org/dunbarfairtrade.
Gordon Jenkinson and Jo Gibson display the new Fairtrade banner outside the Crunchy Carrot in Dunbar High Street.
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
Bayswell Park Hotel
Bleachingfield Community Kitchen and Library
Co-op Friars Croft Branch
Co-op High Street Branches
Dunbar Leisure Pool
East Lothian Council offices
Espresso Black café
Garden Path café
Hallhill Healthy Living Centre
John Muir Birthplace
Royal Macintosh Hotel
Splatz café and soft play
Sustaining Dunbar office
Umberto’s Italian restaurant
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
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.
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.
The 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.
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.
Fairtrade Fortnight begins on Monday 24th Feb-9th March and the Dunbar Fairtrade group will be welcoming one and all to our coffee morning on sat 1st march at the Townhouse 10-12. So do come along for drinks,sweet nibbles, Fairtrade information and a generally sociable time!
There will be a wee stall with Fairtrade items to purchase and a raffle will be drawn during the morning also…
We will also get a song from Dunbar sings!
Dunbar Fairtrade Group coffee morning to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight
Dunbar Fairtrade Group will celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight with its ever-popular coffee morning, which will be held in the Dunbar Townhouse on Saturday 1 March from 10am to midday. Fairtrade hot drinks will be served, along with home-baking and other snacks. Everyone is welcome, and a small donation is requested to cover costs (£1.50 adults, 50p children).
Jo Gibson of Dunbar Fairtrade Group said: ‘This is always a happy and sociable occasion, and we welcome everyone to join us. Dunbar is a Fairtrade Town, and the Fairtrade cause is progressing well, with over 40 shops, schools, churches and other organisations selling, providing or using one or more Fairtrade products.
We also are pleased that Dunbar Primary School children will once again take part in a poster competition to advertise the coffee morning around the town. There is more information on our website, http://ourlocality.org/dunbarfairtrade.
The Dunbar Fairtrade Group is also supporting the Fairtrade Foundation’s new campaign to urge everyone to buy only Fairtrade bananas, and to petition the government to ensure a fair deal for all banana farmers and workers by ending unfair supermarket pricing practices.
The Fairtrade Foundation explains: ‘Cheap bananas are threatening farmers’ futures. Here in the UK the price of loose bananas in many supermarkets has almost halved, whilst the cost of production has doubled. That’s why this Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 we are launching a very special campaign that aims to transform the banana industry to ensure every banana farmer and worker earns enough to enjoy a decent standard of living, works in safe conditions and has proper rights and benefits. It’s a campaign to petition the government to make bananas fair and is the next part of our three-year initiative to Make Food Fair.’ More information is available on http://foncho.fairtrade.org.uk/
Hope to see you there!