Fairer World March Update

Fairer World now open for fair trade business

The building work to address subsidence at the front of the Fairer World shop has been finished and we have a new shop! – cleaned and decorated – ready for business. Here’s a recent photo. Some say it will never look like this again!

Refurbished Shop interior: colourful and clean!We very much enjoyed delivering to a good number of our customers during the time we were closed – both individual customers and those from organisations. It has shown us once again the potential for mutual benefit there is in having a delivery service. The more customers there are, the more cost effective and environmentally sound it becomes, as we plot a route round the city. At the moment deliveries are on foot in the city centre and by car elsewhere, though we are looking at restoring the cycle deliveries which were once a feature of Fairer World, until Patrick’s untimely death a year ago. Offers of help with this would be appreciated. Please contact Charlie via the shop.

How is the shop doing?

Sales in January were £6,500, a low total caused by the Fairer World shop closing to customers on Monday 21st January because of essential building work. Sales in January 2012 were £9,200 so Jan 2013 is broadly comparable – two thirds of the sales figure of Jan 12 when the shop was open two thirds of the month.

Sales in the period when the shop was closed for 7 weeks were £7,799 – this was the best we could manage without a shop and, for most of the period, a quiet time of year. Without the support of our customers in placing orders and the hard work of people doing stalls in churches and schools, the total would have been considerably less. Thank you very much to everyone involved.

New products

Traidcraft: Handmade cards from Bangladesh and the Philippines, many suitable to be used at Easter / for the spring.

New decaffeinated instant coffee from Guatemala / Mexico in 100g glass jars and 450g plastic tubs. Following recent good practice, this coffee is grown, harvested and packaged in-country. Sample sachets available at Fairer World.

There are lots of new craft items including very bright dyed date palm baskets and baskets decorated with washed old saris both from Bangladesh. St Mary’s group in India has again produced beautiful embroidered cushion covers in spring colours.

Traidcraft Spring Catalogue now available. We have good stocks. No charge. Please help yourself to one. As the sticker on the front says – we welcome orders.

Divine: Milk Choc with Toffee & Sea Salt and Dark Choc with Chilli & Orange, both 100g bars.

Bishopston Trading Company: Some new clothing from this workers co-operative in a poor area of Tamil Nadu, South India, which has a twinning link with Bishopston in Bristol. The clothing has arrived in piecemeal fashion over the autumn and winter. Bishopston has some serious supply problems at the moment, unfortunately.

Enough food for Everyone IF:

A major campaign for 2013 that aims to make ours the generation that gives everyone, every family, every child enough food, the organisers tell us. A basic principle of the campaign is “The world produces enough food for everyone but not everyone has enough food”.

The campaign goes on to say that “this year, the world’s most powerful leaders will meet in the UK. The G8 leaders have the power to change a future where it is estimated that hunger and malnutrition will trap almost a billion young people in poverty by 2025.  But they’ll need some persuading”. That’s where we come in, they say. www.enoughfoodif.org. Some information at Fairer World also.

A few critical thoughts about the campaign:-

It seems to have been adopted in a good deal of haste and maybe shows the result of its coalition origins (100 NGO’s involved). It is pointing towards a G8 meeting only a matter of months away – a very short timescale. Compared to Make Poverty History, which in many ways it follows on from, it is very narrowly publicised. And, at the outset, at least, it is not easy for ustograsp what direction it will take as it develops, or to latch on to one of its component parts.

Though we would very much agree with the statement on food needs, we might want to stress that food production is the result of the very hard work of poor, exploited women and men. And that people all over the world can’t afford to buy what they need to feed themselves. People need an end to exploitation, a sustainable income in countries with cash economies / their governments should provide what they need.

The world’s leaders do not come from the poor, exploited women and men sector of society. If they did do so, the force of argument would not need to be anywhere near as great and they may be more ready to take on big business interests. Maybe we should be looking at these leaders’ backgrounds and the pervading business interests in every country in the IF campaign.

Nearly all the campaign materials are only available online. Cheaper for the agencies and easier to update and change, but excluding those without computer access – people who are likely to be amongst the poor and exploited in the UK.

Easter Eggs

Fairer World has a good range of Divine Easter eggs in stock, though some of the range is very low stock with no more left at our suppliers. New this year are Divine Milk Chocolate Honeycomb Bees – bee shaped milk chocolates with honeycomb crunch. We have lots. The Easter choc range is available in a leaflet from the shop and on our website.

New food price list

We have issued a new basic food price list dated 18.2.13, available from Fairer World. We have tried to keep the price changes to a minimum. The list is also available on the website.

Charlie’s health

Charlie from Fairer World had a colonoscopy as an out-patient at York Hospital on 2nd February when, seemingly, nothing untoward was found. He has another similar test on 25th March.

India evening – coming soon

Anne Tracy, who works in the shop, went to India last month on a Traidcraft study tour/holiday and was very impressed with the embroidery she saw on her travels through the fair trade craft workers of Rajasthan. She will be speaking about this and the other producer groups she visited, including Fairtrade cotton farmers. We are planning an evening with Anne in April/May. Details in next newsletter.

Events

Saturday 23 March 1.00 to 3.00pm (most Sats) York Palestine Solidarity Campaign stall in Parliament Street. www.yorkpsc.org.uk

Saturday 23 March 1.00 to 3.00pm (and most Sats) York Against the War stall in St Sampson’s Square.www.yorkagainstthewar.org.uk

Thursday 28 March 7.30pm (and 2nd & 4th Thurs) York Palestine Solidarity Campaign meets at the Priory Street Centre, Priory Street.

Friday 29 March. Good Friday. Fairer World CLOSED.

Monday 1 April. Easter Monday. Bank Holiday. Fairer World CLOSED.

Wednesday 3 April 7.30 pm York Interfaith Group meets at the Clementhorpe Room, Priory Street Centre, Priory Street. What Do All Faiths Have In Common? Three short presentations by speakers from the Hindu, Jewish and Buddhist faiths, followed by an open discussion. Refreshments. www.yorkinterfaith.org .

Friday 5 April 7.45pm York Palestine Solidarity Campaign film night at Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road. Films: Last Shepherds of the Valley and Looting of the Holy Land. Both 47mins long. Doors 7.15pm No admission charge. Donations welcome. Tea between films. www.yorkpsc.org.uk

Monday 8 April 7.30pm York Justice and Peace Group meets at St Bede’s Centre, 21 Blossom Street. Anne Tracy, who works at Fairer World, speaks about a trip to India she made with Traidcraft in February 2013, visiting Traidcraft textile producers. *Anne will also be speaking at an event arranged by Fairer World later in April/May. See overleaf / more details later.

Friday 12 April 7.30pm York Christian Aid AGM at Southlands Methodist Church, Bishopthorpe Road. Election of officers, news about Christian Aid activities in York, local involvement, AGM business, Christian Aid Week 2013 materials and other resources, refreshments.

Saturday 20 April daytime Human Rights Festival in Parliament Street – an open day
for social justice and human rights organizations in York. People who defend human rights, both nationally and internationally, attending. Stalls. Arranged by York Human Rights City project, a network that aspires to promote a community based on social justice and human rights. www.yhrcproject.webs.com .

Saturday 27 April from 11.00am York International Festival: A Celebration of Faith and Culture in Parliament Street. Celebrating the diverse faiths and cultures now to be found in York. Music, dancing, stalls, displays and entertainment.

Saturday 11 May World Fair Trade Day

World Fair Trade Day is celebrated on and around the second Saturday of May all over the world. Fairer World always tries to mark the occasion, but we haven’t decided how to do so this year. E.g. in the past we’ve had Eswatini or Palestinian product tasting & served Ugandan coffee to mark the climate warming threat to the coffee farmers on Mount Elgon, Uganda. Suggestions welcome.

Saturday 11 May 5.15pm Evensong in York Minster, looking towards Christian Aid Week. Address by Jenny Brown, Christian Aid’s Senior EU Relations Adviser.

Saturday 11 May 7.30pm World Fair Trade Day

Vegetarian Meal at St Columba’s Church Hall, Priory Street, to mark the day. Entertainment from the Soundsfun choir and Djembebash. Arranged by York Fair Trade Forum. Tickets and more details available soon from Fairer World.

12 to 18 May Christian Aid Week

 

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