A SPECIAL event being held this weekend will now be one of celebration after it was confirmed Bromsgrove has retained its Fairtrade status.
The annual Fairtrade Autumn Fair, which will be officially opened by MP Sajid Javid, will take place from 10am this Saturday (October 25) at the town’s Methodist Church, Stratford Road.
It is fitting that the Fairtrade Foundation has now renewed Bromsgrove’s status until at least September 2016.
The organisation congratulated the group for its use of social media to promote Fairtrade, including a poster competition involving local schools.
Barbra Hayes from Fairtrade Bromsgrove said: “We are delighted our status has been renewed for another two years.
“We have an exciting action plan in place to deliver our objectives which includes recruiting new business supporters and developing a county-wide network of Fairtrade Towns.”
The Fairtrade Foundation was also impressed the group had recruited Bromsgrove District Housing Trust (bdht) as a Fairtrade supporter.
The trust provides a wide range of Fairtrade refreshments to all its staff and visitors, including tea and coffee and drinking chocolate.
bdht also has regular Fairtrade Fridays where staff are encouraged to try the refreshments available and learn more about the Fairtrade movement worldwide.
Mike Brown, bdht’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be able to support Fairtrade Bromsgrove and promote the importance of decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in other countries.”
bdht staff Tina Poyser, Ashlea Green, Surjit Balu and Shirley Robinson enjoy some Fairtrade tea. s