As of Thursday 28th February 2019 Calne has been declared a Fairtrade Town.
Calne Community Area Fairtrade Group has been promoting Fairtrade in Calne and the surrounding area for many years. The Campaign to achieve Fairtrade Town Status intensified in January 2017, with a structured plan to attempt to meet the Fairtrade Foundation’s criteria for an initial award within two years. A Fairtrade Town application supported by a large portfolio of evidence was submitted to the Fairtrade Foundation at the beginning of January this year.
This announcement was timely, as the group was about to mount its keynote Fairtrade Fortnight Event at Calne Library on the forthcoming Saturday 2nd March. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor were present throughout the Event.
Stan Woods, chairman of the group said: “Having achieved Fairtrade Town Status we now has to work to build on, expand and keep it by continuing to raise Fairtrade’s profile to more and more organisations throughout the town and the surrounding parishes, including schools, retailers, caterers, businesses, the parish councils and societies and clubs.”
2019 heralds the 40th Anniversary of Traidcraft (a pioneer Fairtrade goods importer, wholesaler and retailer) in the UK, and the 25th Anniversary of the Fairtrade Foundation’s FAIRTRADE Mark.
Photo: The Fairtrade Group in Calne Library with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor (left to right): Adrienne Darts, Jenny Woods, Caroline Foster, Ros Mills, Jenny Colby, Cllr. Glenis Ansell, Cllr. Robert Merrick, Penny Errill, Colette Som, David Evans, and Stan Woods (Chairman).