10 Years After

We are very pleased to be able to remind ourselves and to tell you that we have now been a Fairtrade Village for 10 years. To mark that event we had a little get together in the Old Hall pub on Monday 3 December at 7.oopm. Chris Upton and Rita Verity spoke to mark the occasion and many people came to help us celebrate and brought their ideas for the next 10 years. Many thanks to Ian Palmer for the photograph below. Find more of his photos of the event on the Haworth Village website here.

 

10 Year Anniversary Cake

Chris Upton, Rita Verity, Liz Barker, Ann Wiles and Annie Williams celebrate with cake!

The world’s first Fairtrade Village

Haworth is in West Yorkshire, about 9 miles from Bradford and is known for a number of things. The Bronte’s lived here. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway featured in the 1970 film version of the Railway Children with Jenny Agutter. In more recent times Haworth has been at the forefront of the Fairtrade movement as the World’s First Fairtrade Village.

The Fairtrade Foundation is a national organisation that promotes Fairtrade and awards the Fairtrade Mark. This is how they describe Fairtrade:

Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalised producers and workers – especially in the South.

While Haworth was the first Fairtrade Village in the world we didn’t start it all off. The first Fairtrade Town was Garstang. Watch this video with Bruce Crowther to learn more about how it all began.

garstang - the first fairtrade town

Fair trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalised producers and workers – especially in the South.
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