Angus goes Fairtrade

It WAS revealed last week that Angus had become a Fairtrade Zone.

The news was announced at a meeting of the Angus Fairtrade Zone Steering Group in the County Buildings, Forfar, last Tuesday.

The meeting was chaired by Kelly Anne Dempsey and Arbroath, Carnoustie and Montrose Fairtrade groups were represented.

Representing Arbroath Fairtrade Action Group was Mary Reid who informed the other Angus members that Arbroath had been awarded Fairtrade status on September 19.

The Arbroath group have been very busy in promoting Fairtrade in the town, including stalls at Christmas fayres at Arbroath High School, St John’s Church and St Mary’s Church.

It was also noted that Inverbrothock Primary School had achieved Fairtrade status and the Pend Cafe and Boots had signed the Statement of Support.

Carnoustie also recently gained Fairtrade status after a sustained campaign by the Carnoustie Fairtrade Group (CFG).

Irene Hoar, chair of CFG said: “A great deal of hard work has been done by many people throughout the town and thanks are extended to members of the Carnoustie Fairtrade Group as well as the schools, churches, businesses and shops who have supported this endeavour.

“The work does not stop here so the group asks that everyone continues to support Fairtrade in whatever way that they can.”

Looking ahead to Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs from February 25 to March 10, the Arbroath Fairtrade Group have already made plans.

On Saturday, March 2, the group plan to hold a coffee morning to raise money and awareness for the Fairtrade Foundation.

It is hoped that schools and churches will also run events during the Fairtrade Fortnight, more details to follow.

Fairtrade in the county has been supported by Angus Council for nearly 10 years.

In 2003 the authority agreed to take steps to become a Fairtrade council, and in 2009 reaffirmed this commitment.

At a full council meeting in September Angus Provost Helen Oswald again raised the issue, receiving unanimous support from fellow councillors. She said: “It doesn’t take a lot to support Fairtrade, many of the items we use every day can support Fairtrade.”