Town Comes Together To Mark Fairtrade Fortnight

Cheadle Fairtrade Group has been busy promoting the organisation over a fortnight of events in the town.

The group provided a Fairtrade Break at the Discovery Centre in High Street on Saturday, March 4, for staff and visitors.

Hot drinks, cakes and biscuits were very much appreciated and iIt was a golden opportunity for some worthwhile networking between members of different community groups in Cheadle to get to know each other better.
23 courageous girls and boys braved the elements to take part in Cheadle Running Club’s Fun Run on Sunday, March 5, in the pouring rain, running twice round Cheadle Academy sports field, and were rewarded with a running club medal and a Fairtrade goody bag containing a Fairtrade chocolate bar, orange drink, banana and badge.

Cheadle Mayor Councillor Phillip Routledge and his Consort Jeanette Routledge presented medals to all participants and Tean Road Cheadle Co-operative Food donated of a box of Fairtrade bananas on the day.

On Friday, March 10, three members of Cheadle Fairtrade Group, Cath Hayes, Mary and Derek Blunt, attended the Mayor of Uttoxeter’s Fairtrade Coffee Morning, during which it was announced that Uttoxeter is now a Fairtrade Town, in line with Cheadle, Leek, Biddulph, Ipstones and Foxt and Ashbourne. Mary Blunt, secretary for Cheadle Fairtrade Group, said: “Cheadle Fairtrade Steering Group have played a part in encouraging the people of Uttoxeter to launch a Steering Group and work towards Fairtrade Town status over the last 18 months.

“As Fairtrade Fortnight comes to an end, Cheadle Fairtrade Group would like to thank the people of Cheadle who joined in and enjoyed ‘a Fairtrade Break’ using Fairtrade products.

“Thanks to Nicky Day at Bee Healthfoods, Duncan Cowans at his hairdressing Salon, Cheadle Arts Forum at their Cre-8 Day and Cheadle Methodist Church and St Giles RC Church for providing Fairtrade drinks and biscuits for their clients.”

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