Members of Arbroath Fairtrade Action Group congratulated Mrs Patricia Millar, vice-chair, who has been awarded the BEM.
The June meeting in St Andrew’s Church on Thursday was chaired by Mrs Mary Reid who welcomed the company.
She reported that the group has been busy since the April meeting. World Fair Trade Day was held at the Pende Cafe and members manned Fairtrade stalls at Angus College Family Day and St John’s Summer Fayre.
On June 19, group members also helped with a Fairtrade coffee morning at Warddykes Primary School.
The meeting heard that Linda MacDonald has a brunch organised for June 29, weather permitting, to taste and find out more about Fairtrade. The group will also attend with two games at Sea Fest on August 3 and 4 where fair trade will be promoted.
Mrs Reid said that Muirfield Primary school should be congratulated on becoming a Fairtrade School. Arbroath Academy is registered and is working towards Fairtrade status. Warddykes is busy working towards gaining status by holding a Fairtrade coffee morning and having Gaynor Scott giving Fairtrade talks to classes. Inverbrothock School continues Fairtrade work after gaining Fairtrade status. Arbroath High School continues their work after a successful fashion show using Fairtrade clothes was held by the PTA.
Members heard that St Andrew’s Church had a Fairtrade stall after church on May 12, Old and Abbey has weekly Fairtrade stalls and St Mary’s Sunday School had a Fairtrade talk and gave out Fairtrade leaflets. St Thomas is working on Eco status and this includes Fairtrade work within the church. St John’s had a Summer Fayre and used Fairtrade tea and coffee.
The group will donate Fairtrade tea, coffee and sugar to Relay for Life in September.