Fairtrade plans announced

Garstang is gearing up for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight which runs from Monday, February 27 to Sunday March 11.

Among the many things happening in town are a visit by African growers and special assemblies in the town’s schools.

The public will notice the first of the special events on February 28 when “Fairtrade Footprints” designed by local school children based on colourful “cutouts” around there own feet will be displayed in the windows of Garstang shops and businesses.

On Wednesday, February 29 Malian cotton co-operative manager Massatoma Mounkoro will visit Myerscough College, and Ugandan Fairtrade coffee farmer Jenipher Wetkama, vice chairperson of Gumotondo Co-operative Directors Board, will visit St Thomas’ Primary School.

At midday on February 29 the visitors will meet Coun Lady Dulcie Atkins, Mayor of Garstang, and any members of the public wishing to attend, for refreshments at the FIG Tree Fairtrade Visitors’ Centre in Garstang High Street.

On Saturday, March 3 at 9.30 am at the Royal Oak, Garstang Cycle Club members will eat Fairtrade Bananas for energy before their bike ride.

On Sunday, March 4 at 3pm, Ethiopian visitors will talk about the founding of the Oromo Coffee Company, and will demonstrate “coffee-cupping” techniques at the FIG centre.

On Wednesday, March 7 Garstang Fairtrade Steering Group will host a stand at the International Women’s Day Conference organsied by Soroptimist International of Fylde at the Hilton Hotel, Blackpool.

And on Saturday, March 10 there will be a Fairtrade cake stall at Wesleys, Garstang Methodist Church, between 10am and noon.

* For further details, please contact Ruth Bruce on 01995 602784, email brucemr@btinternet.com