Monmouthshire groups celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight

By Monmouthshire Beacon/Chepstow Beacon in Environment

FAIRTRADE groups around Monmouthshire have spent the past week celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight by holding a number of events around the county.

The Chepstow Fairtrade group celebrated not only Fairtrade Fortnight but 10 years of Chepstow as a Fairtrade town.

With the Fairtrade flag flying about the town gate the group held a birthday tea party on 2nd March.

More than 50 people attended the tea party at Chepstow Methodist Hall enjoying tea and homemade cakes.

The Monmouth Fairtrade group held two events during the fortnight. A coffee morning on Saturday, 4th March and on 10th March at Monmouth Priory it held a talk by Cathi Pawson entitled ‘Fairtrade under fire in Palestine.

Cathi is a co-founder of Zaytoun, set up shortly after the intifada ended. She lives in Monmouthshire and works as communications director for Zaytoun now based in London.

Zaytoun works to develop the UK market for Palestinian produce.

Fairtrade for Palestinian farming families provides an income and offers a voice to communities isolated by the restrictions of the Israeli occupation.

Monmouthshire County Council also joined in on Fairtrade Fortnight by raising a Fairtrade flag.

Cabinet member for sustainability Councillor Phil Hobson, Monmouthshire’s launched the council’s campaign by raising a bilingual Monmouthshire supports Fairtrade flag at County Hall on Monday 27th February. 

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