Buckingham – A Fairtrade Town
Buckingham gained Fairtrade Town status on 15th September 2007 and a certificate was presented to the Mayor, by Margaret Gateley of the Fairtrade steering group, witnessed by many members of the Town Council and local Churches, and townspeople while entertainment was provided by the Winslow Concert Band. There was also a Fairtrade fair in the Old Gaol.
This represented work that has been going on, largely unnoticed, since the Town Council made a commitment in October 2004 to serve Fair Trade tea and coffee at its meetings and in its offices. A small steering group was formed in May 2005 with the aim of achieving Fairtrade Town status for Buckingham. This involved fulfilling five goals, set by the Fair trade Foundation, an organisation dedicated to promoting Fair trade; all those goals have now been met.
Fairtrade is about making trade fair for people in the poorest countries, ensuring that those who make or grow the products we buy, are able to enjoy the fruits of their labour. This means
- A guaranteed fair price;
- A social premium for investing in the education, health and welfare of the communities involved; (things which we take for granted, such as clean water or a clinic);
- Fair working conditions;
- Long-term relationships where companies help producers through difficult times with advance payments and access to credit facilities;
- A commitment to help raise awareness about the need for more just trading systems in the world.
It is just a small step in the direction of greater fairness in world trade. We hope to build on this process by getting more businesses and community groups on board.
Consumers increasing demand for Fair trade products means that more farmers are able to sell more of their produce under Fair trade terms, strengthening their organizations, building long-term relationships and increasing benefits to their communities. We urge you all to make good use of your spending power by looking out for the Fair trade logo and choosing that item, thereby contributing to a better future for people in the poorest countries in the world.
Fair Trade Businesses
- Buckingham Old Gaol, Market Hill
- Buckingham Community Wildlife Project
- Buckingham Festival of Music and Drama
- Buckingham Town Council
- Duke’s Music shop, 24 Market Hill, Buckingham,
- National Trust Tea Rooms, Stowe Landscape Gardens
- St Peter & St Paul Church
- St Bernadine’s Church, Chandos Road, Buckingham
- Twyford United Reformed Church
- Well Street United Church
- Finca El Monte, 7a Well Street, Buckingham
Would you like your business or organisation to appear on this list? Change your workplace or business to Fair Trade! Visit www.fairtrade.org.uk/work/ for information on how to switch.
Then let the team know: contact Tina Mitchell 01280 814544, Ruth Newell 01280 815229 or Val Rushton 01280 824942.
- Oxfam, 6 Market Square, Buckingham 01280 823207. Good range of Fair trade foods, including tea, coffee, biscuits, chocolate, honey, coffee etc.
- Waitrose, Meadow Walk, Buckingham 01280 813486. Fair trade items include tea, coffee, cocoa, sugar, honey, chocolate, dried fruit, bananas, fruit juice.
- Tesco Superstore, London Rd, Buckingham 0845 6779092. Fair trade items include tea, coffee, bananas, pineapples, oranges, biscuits, orange juice, Geobars.
- Back to Nature, 14 Cornwall Place, Buckingham, MK18 1SB, 01280 812694.Fair trade items include cocoa, drinking chocolate, Roibos tea bags, herbal teas, loose tea, dried mango, coffee, brazil nut oil;
- Cafe direct coffee shop, Verney Park, University of Buckingham. Serves freshly ground Fair trade coffee and a wide range of other Fair trade products which are available to eat in or take away.
- Buckingham Garden Centre Cafe offers Fair trade tea, and is sourcing Fair trade coffee.
- National Trust Tea Rooms, Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckingham, MK18 5EH. Serves Fair trade orange juice and apple juice; they also serve fairly traded Matthew Algie tea and coffee. Green & Blacks chocolate bars and have a strong ethical policy.
- Cafe Ignite: open at every Saturday from 10am- 12 noon at St Peter and St Paul’s Church. Sells fairly traded tea and coffee, plus a Trade craft stall.
- New Inn at Padbury. Offers Fair trade wine and coffee, as well as using Fair trade ingredients for menus where possible
- The Film Place, University Buildings, Chandos Road. Fair trade coffee served at all showings and some Fair trade snacks available.