Fairtrade tasters..

To mark Fairtrade Fortnight, the Co-operative held a special promotion at their Dunbar High Street shop. The photo shows Allison Cosgrove, a volunteer with the Co-op’s Lothian and Borders Committee, and Co-op membership officer Liz Armstrong encouraging customers to sample Fairtrade goods. The Co-operative was the first major retailer to champion Fairtrade, pioneering the sale of fairly traded goods before the FAIRTRADE Mark was even introduced.


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Coffee morning a success…

The Dunbar Fairtrade Group would like to thank everyone who helped to make our Fairtrade Fortnight coffee morning a big success. More than 70 people came along, including many children, creating a busy and cheery atmosphere. Donors of food and raffle prizes included the Community Bakery, the Co-operative, the Crunchy Carrot, Tippecanoe and many other kind individuals.

The beneficial effect of Fairtrade on the lives of producers is highlighted in a moving short film just released by the Fairtrade Foundation, called Fairtrade Matters. It is available online and on DVD, at www.fairtrade.org.uk. It shows how the hard lives of tea producers are improved by the extra income gained through Fairtrade, and through the Fairtrade Premium, which allows communities to invest in facilities such as an ambulance and a maternity clinic.

Thanks to one and all for making it such a lovely event.


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Fairtrade Poster competition

Here are the winners of the primary school Fairtrade poster competition. The posters will be on display at the coffee morning for all to enjoy.

Hope to see you there!


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Enjoy a Fairtrade treat…

The Crunchy Carrot has a whole variety of Fairtrade items to check out… and have a wee display of some of them in the front shop, along with some leaflets and information about the Fairtrade foundation. So why not pop in and take a look?


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Fairtrade coffee morning…

Dunbar Fairtrade Group’s new banner promoting Fairtrade Fortnight is now on display outside Lauderdale House on Dunbar High Street.

The Fairtrade Group will be holding its annual coffee morning on Saturday 28 February between 10am and 12pm at the Dunbar Town House. A donation of £1.50 for adults and 50p for children is suggested, which covers everything. All are very welcome.

The first photo shows Louise Gilchrist (left) and Diana Mackie, members of Dunbar Fairtrade Group, with the new banner at Lauderdale House.


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Fairtrade good cheer…

To mark Fairtrade Fortnight, the Co-op in Dunbar High Street will be running a Fairtrade wine-tasting this Friday, 27 February, from 11 till 1.fair trade logo horizontal

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Dunbar to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight

Dunbar Fairtrade Group will once again celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight with its popular coffee morning, to be held in Dunbar Town House on Saturday 28 February from 10am to 12pm.

Nigel Bird said: “Our annual coffee morning is always a happy occasion, and we welcome everyone to come along and enjoy a Fairtrade cuppa along with home baking.

” We suggest a donation of £1.50 for adults and 50p for children – this covers everything, including a raffle ticket.

“Home baking and raffle prizes will be donated by local businesses and supporters, and there will also be a stall selling Fairtrade goods.

“Our new banner reading ‘Buy Fairtrade in Fairtrade Fortnight’ will be displayed outside Lauderdale House.

“We are pleased that Dunbar Primary School children will once again be entering a poster competition to advertise the coffee morning.”

Nigel added: “In Dunbar it is easy to buy key Fairtrade products such as tea, coffee, sugar, chocolate and bananas. Buying Fairtrade helps more than 1.4 million farmers and workers by giving them a fair price and a premium to spend on development. We consumers benefit too, by getting high quality goods produced in environmentally friendly conditions.”


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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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