York Fair Trade Forum summer stalls

Lord Mayor of York making a Fair Trade banana smoorthie

The Forum is running stalls at two events during June - and both are fun-packed community events that have overcome threats to their survival. On Saturday 20 June we'll be at the Cycle rally on the Knavesmire. The rally was an annual event for almost 70 years until 2012, and this year a group of volunteers has brought it back to life. Look out … [Read more...]

Fairtrade schools celebrations

Aztec Arts stall

On the 12th March in York St John Chapel the 4th Annual Yorkshire Fairtrade Schools Conference took place with 160 participants in attendance. It was a fantastic event where the Lord Mayor, Councillor Ian Gillies, presented the 2015 Fairtrade School Award to five schools. Their fair trade work involves regular school events, work within the … [Read more...]

A Divine Fairtrade evening


        York Fair Trade Forum organised this celebration of all things chocolate on 5th March as part of Fairtrade Fortnight. The evening at Aroma Café, Haxby, was very well attended and centred around an extremely enjoyable Divine Chocolate tasting. Nine different flavours were sampled, ranging from White Chocolate … [Read more...]

Fun-packed evening for Fairtrade Fortnight


York Fair Trade Forum hosted a successful evening at the Basement Bar on Tuesday 24 February to kick off Fairtrade Fortnight. It featured a showing of the Fairtrade Foundation's new short film, Fairtrade Matters, which tells the story of two Fairtrade tea farmers in southern Malawi. This moving 13-minute film has added poignancy because, since it … [Read more...]

Foyer focus on Fairtrade Fortnight


Do you want to know more about fair trade and the Fairtrade Foundation? During Fairtrade fortnight (which starts on 23 Feb) there is an information-packed display in the foyer of City of York Council (West Offices, Station Rise). There are details about what the Fairtrade mark means and how it helps the producers; explanations about what York's … [Read more...]

Going bananas for Fairtrade


Fairtrade campaigners in York went bananas as they called on Tesco to stock more Fairtrade. Members of the York Fair Trade Forum gathered at Tesco’s Clifton Moor superstore on Friday 12th December and, with the help of a 5 metre long inflatable banana, drew attention to the campaign: ‘Asda and Tescos make your bananas Fairtrade.’ The campaigners … [Read more...]

York’s Fairtrade City status successfully renewed

York, Fairtrade City: ten years and counting

Celebrations are in order! We have just learnt (26 November) that our Fairtrade City status has been successfully renewed. This is a process that has to be completed every two years, and we are especially grateful to our Chair Kathryn Tissiman and Councillor Linsay Cunningham-Cross for completing the large amount of paperwork. They obviously did a … [Read more...]

York Multicultural Market


York Fair Trade Forum ran a stall at this great market, held on 8 November in the Unitarian Chapel in St Saviourgate.   We met many who were interested in Fair Trade and were delighted to be able to take away information or buy some items from the Incalljatta goods which were also on the stall.  Other stalls included ethically traded items from … [Read more...]

Question Time at 2014 AGM


The Forum AGM was held on September 25th at the Priory Street Centre. After the formal business and review of the year there was a ‘Question Time’ type discussion with a panel consisting of: Michelle Proctor – York Cocoa House Prof. Bob Doherty - York University Business School Rakesh Agaawal – Cooperative Board Adam Gardner – The … [Read more...]

Five have Fun in Lancashire!


On 27 September, five members of the York Fair Trade Forum - Margot, Pam, Sue, Kathryn and Helen - ventured across the Pennines in response to an invitation from the Lancaster, Morecambe and District Fairtrade group. We started with a visit to the FIG Tree Fair Trade cafe and exhibition centre in Garstang, the world's first fair trade town. … [Read more...]