Sunday, 23 September 2018

Stall shows town?s Fairtrade status

A MARKET stall selling Fairtrade produce was set up in Falaise Square in Henley.

A MARKET stall selling Fairtrade produce was set up in Falaise Square in Henley on Saturday.

It was run by a group of volunteers who renewed Henley?s Fairtrade town status after it lapsed some years ago.

A range of items was on offer including chocolates, wine, tea and coffee, wooden toys, clothing, jewellery, preserves and dried fruit.

The worldwide Fairtrade movement helps suppliers in developing countries by paying them enough to reach a decent living standard. It encourages environmentally friendly practices and funds new schools, clinics and wells supplying clean water. Last month, the Fairtrade group surveyed Henley?s businesses to find out which ones sell or buy Fairtrade goods. Members will also give talks about the movement in schools.

Co-founder Liz Brent said: ?We?ve been drawing people?s attention to the fact that by buying these goods you are helping people in the developing world. We?ve had a tremendous response from businesses since becoming a Fairtrade town.?

Henley was first awarded Fairtrade accreditation eight years ago but lost this because there were no longer enough volunteers to continue promoting it.

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