The Winner!

July 21, 2012

(of the Crowborough Summer Fair 2012 Fairtrade Competition)

Thanks to the many people that turned out for the Crowborough 2012  Summer Fair.  It poured down, the field was muddy, and there was even a clap of thunder, but the worst of British weather couldn’t keep the good folk of Crowborough away from their Fairtrade Crepes!

And we had loads of entries for our simple Fairtrade competition that highlighted the availability of Fairtrade produce on Crowborough’s High Street.  Amelia Knight was the lucky winner of the Fairtrade chocolate bar prize.

Our competition poster showed that shops on Crowborough’s High Street stock  Fairtrade goods from almost all the continents on Earth.  Buying Fairtrade locally helps maintain a thriving town, and helps producers in developing countries.

To find out more about Fairtrade, visit the Fairtrade Foundation website.




Crowborough Fairtrade at the Crowborough 2012 Summer Fair, 14 July.

July 1, 2012

Crowborough’s Summer Fair is on Saturday, 14th July this year.  CrAFT (Crowborough Action on FairTrade) will be there again, with our famous Fairtrade Crepes!

We’ll also be running a simple competition to win some Fairtrade goodies, based around this picture:

Crowborough Summer Fair 2012 FT Competition Poster

Come along and fill in an entry form while you eat your crepe.

World Fairtrade Day Big Breakfast

May 3, 2012

Between 9am and 11am on Saturday, 12th May, Crowborough Action on Fairtrade (CrAFT) hosted a big fairtrade breakast to celebrate World Fairtrade Day.  For just £1, visitors had a choice of Fairtrade cereals, Fairtrade spreads, and Fairtrade drinks.  Craft materials were provided for children.

If you came along to support World Fairtrade Day – thank you!  If you weren’t there, look out for more Fairtrade events throughout the year.

To find out more about Fairtrade, click here to connect to the Fairtrade Foundation’s website.

To help to promote the work of the Fairtrade Foundation in Crowborough, please contact Suzanne Hall (661779), Katherine Cornes (667350), or Colin Stocks (07833 374672).

Fairtrade Fortnight Competition Prize-Giving

April 11, 2012

Children from Crowborough primary schools met at the Fernbank Centre for the Crowborough Fairtrade Fortnight Competition Prize-Giving.

“Take a Step for Fairtrade” was the theme for Fairtrade Fortnight this year, providing a fantastic opportunity to promote Fairtrade and the importance of supporting local retailers.

During the two weeks of the event, local youngsters were invited to find Fairtrade goods in participating shops.  Winners were those finding the most produce.  In the event of a tie, the most unusual Fairtrade item identified won the prize.

Deputy Mayor Philip Fermor awarded certificates and Fairtrade chocolate to the six winners.  Children from Herne, Jarvis Brook, Sir Henry Fermor, and Wihtehill primary schools attended, with parents and shopkeepers providing further support.

If you are interested in Fairtrade, please visit the Fairtrade Foundation website at for more information.  If you are interested in helping promote Fairtrade in Crowborough, please contact Suzanne Hall (661779), Katherine Cornes (667350), or Colin Stocks (07833 374672).

Winning Group

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Fairtrade Fortnight 2012

February 26, 2012

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight!  This event runs from the 27th February to the 11th March, and the theme this year (every year has its own theme) is “Take a Step for Fairtrade”.

Full details can, of course, be found on the Fairtrade Foundation’s website, here.

Many retailers in Crowborough stock Fairtrade goods all year round, and hopefully you’ll already be buying them!  If you’re new to Fairtrade, the Fairtrade Foundation’s website gives all the details but, in a nutshell (a fairly-traded-nut shell, of course), Fairtrade ensures vulnerable producers aren’t exploited while producing the goods we regularly buy, such as tea, coffee, and chocolate (and many more).

So when you buy the Fairtrade goods, you’ll be purchasing the same type of products you normally buy, but with the assurance that the producers were paid a fair price for their work.

Crowborough Retailers participating in the “Take a Step for Fairtrade” event will show this poster in the window.

Take a Step for Fairtrade in Crowborough Poster

If you have children at school in Crowborough, you may already be preparing to go out and collect stickers!  Lots of retailers displaying the posters have stickers to hand out, and the child collecting the largest number will win a Fairtrade prize.

Whatever your usual shopping habits, try to “Take a Step” into a Crowborough shop, cafe, or business during Fairtrade Fortnight, and look for Fairtrade goods.

If you have children that would like to take part in the Crowborough 2012 Fairtrade Treasure Hunt, the instructions and sticker sheet can all be found in this downloadable document: FairtradeTreasureHunt2012.  You’ll need the Adobe Acrobat viewer to open it.