Munch it! Wear It! Taste it! Choose it!

Change Today. Choose Fairtrade, is an urgent call to people in the UK to engage with the Fairtrade Foundation’s vision of an even bigger movement for positive change on unfair trade, including making the switch to buying Fairtrade.

This is the theme of Fairtrade Fortnight 2007 (26 February – 11 March),
the annual promotional campaign of the Fairtrade Foundation which encourages
people to buy products carrying the FAIRTRADE Mark.

Mr. Whyte (Head of Religious Studies) and Mrs. Hughes (Food Technology) are currently raising awareness of Fairtrade at BRGS with different activities, displays and even offering samples of Fairtrade food and drink in the staff room for teachers to try!

How is BRGS supporting Fairtrade?

  • Students in Food Technology lessons are being encouraged to used Fairtrade products.
  • On 8th and 9th March when Great Expectations is staged, we will be serving Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar, & using Fairtrade ingredients to make the cakes. Asda and Tesco gave us discounts towards this which we are grateful for.

Local area events. click here >>

Choose products with the FAIRTRADE mark.

Some facts about Fairtrade:

  • more than five million people - farmers, workers and their families - across 58 developing countries benefit from the international Fairtrade system.
  • The full range of Fairtrade products is: coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, bananas, apples, pears, grapes, plums, lemons, oranges, satsumas, clementines, lychees, avocados, pineapples, mangoes, fruit juices, smoothies, quinoa, peppers, green beans, coconuts, dried fruit, rooibos tea, green tea, ice-cream, cakes, biscuits, honey, muesli, cereal bars, jams, chutney, sauces, herbs, spices, nuts, nut oil, wine, beer, rum, flowers, sports balls, rice, yoghurt, babyfood, sugar body scrub, cotton wool and cotton products.
  • Manchester is officially a Fairtrade city. Other North West Fairtrade towns include: Altrincham, Bolton, Horwich, Liverpool, Macclesfield, Pendle, Preston, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport and Warrington.

Fairtrade Fortnight events in the local area:

  • Fairtrade Food and Fashion Show

Pendle's Fairtrade Group is hosting a vibrant and diverse food and fashion show, showcasing a wide range of fashion from a variety of Fairtrade suppliers including Hug, Nomads Clothing, Arkadash and Namaste. Food prepared using fairtrade ingredients as well as wine and juice is included in the ticket price. Tickets are £5(£2.50 concessions)
All proceeds to Pendleside Hospice.
1 Mar 2007 7pm-9pm
Hosted by: Pendle Fairtrade Food and Fashion Show
Venue: St Bartholomew's Church, Church St, Colne,
Lancashire BB8
Contact: Gill Holden 01282 661 361

  • Fair For All

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2007, Rochdale Council & Rochdale Fairtrade Forum brings you FAIR FOR ALL - fun, food, displays and a selection of speeches, art, dance and theatre provided by the young people of the borough. The event aims to raise the profile of Fairtrade and how people can make a difference simply by using their own purchasing power. Rochdale is proud to be a Fairtrade borough and we are extremely pleased to have some of the young people in the borough to help us spread the Fairtrade message. We hope that you can come along and join us on the night. BE THERE, MAKE IT FAIR.
1 Mar 2007 5.30pm-7.30pm
Hosted by: Rochdale Fairtrade Forum and Rochdale MBC
Venue: Touchstones Rochdale, The Esplanade, Rochdale
Greater Manchester OL16
Contact: Hazel Stobbs 01706 693037

  • "One For Me" a presentation by the Fairgame Theatre Company

"One For Me" takes you by the arm, escorts you through the history of our society
and traces the wealth that we all take for granted. From the sugar in your tea to the
most powerful institutions in the land, this play exposes hidden horrors of our slaving
past and poses the question, "What can we do about it?"
1 Mar 2007
Hosted by: Fairtrade in Bolton
Venue: The Theatre Church, Seymour Road, Bolton
Lancashire BL1
Contact: Jim Hollyman 01204 456050

  • Fairtrade Wine Tasting

An opportunity to taste up to 10 Fairtrade wines from around the world.
2 Mar 2007 7.30pm-9.00pm
Hosted by: St Peter's Church, Haslingden
Venue: St Peter's Church,
St Peter's Avenue
Lancashire BB4
Contact: Mary Binks 01706 229285

  • Fairtrade Chocolate with herbs - free tasting

New Fairtrade Chocolate(containing medicinal herbs) tasting - four varieties; Female Balancing, Alert, Mood and Chill. This event will be repeated on 8th March.
2 Mar 2007 11am-4pm
Hosted by: Eighth Day Co-operative
Venue: Eighth Day
111 Oxford Road
Greater Manchester M1
Contact: Brenda Smith 0161 273 4878

  • Fairtrade Clothes Party

Fairtrade/Organic clothes stalls, charity auction, bring 3 items of clothing to swap. £4 including a glass of fairtrade wine and nibbles. Tickets in advance only from 8th Day Shop.
2 Mar 2007 7.00pm-11.00pm
Hosted by: Eighth Day Co-operative
Venue: Eighth Day Co-operative
111 Oxford Road
Greater Manchester M1
Contact: Brenda Smith 0161 273 4878

  • "From Slave Trade to Fairtrade" art and poetry exhibition

An exhibition of Bolton childrens and young peoples art and writing following the theme of "From Slave Trade to Fairtrade".
3 Mar 2007 to 17 Mar 2007 11am-5pm
Hosted by: Fairtrade in Bolton
Venue: The Community Gallery in the Bolton Museum and Art Gallery, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton.
Lancashire BL1
Contact: Jim Hollyman 01204 456050

Fairly Traded Market & celebration
A fairly traded market and celebration, including childrens events, cookery demonstrations, chocolate fountain tase testers and lots more!
3 Mar 2007 10.00am-5.00pm
Hosted by: Manchester City Council
Venue: Manchester Markets
Piccadilly Gardens
Manchester M1
Contact: Lisa Lingard 0161 234 4506

  • A Fairtrade Football Tournament

Pendle Fairtrade Group is hosting a football tournament. To register a team contact 01282 615728
10 Mar 2007 1pm-5pm
Hosted by: Pendle Fairtrade Group
Venue: Marden Community School, Percy St, Nelson
Lancashire BB9
Contact: Gill Holden 01282 661 361
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