Carnoustie Fairtrade group

CARNOUSTIE has formed its own Fairtrade group in an effort to encourage ethically sound practises in the town.

They aim to persuade local shops and businesses to use and sell Fairtrade items as far as possible.

There are five criteria that must be fulfilled before Carnoustie can be reclassified as a Fairtrade town.

Currently the schools are actively teaching pupils about the benefits to Third World producers.

Carlogie Primary already has Fairtrade status and Woodlands Primary is nearly ready to complete their application.

Both are running very successful cafe projects selling Fairtrade goods and Burnside Primary and the High School have their own pupil-run Fairtrade committees.

The town also has Fairtrade churches under the auspices of Barry, Carnoustie and Panbride who regularly serve Fairtrade tea, coffee and biscuits and promote Traidcraft products.

Several shops in the town have already signed a pledge to sell Fairtrade items and the Co-op is a great supporter of the project.

Angus Council is currently attempting to make it a Fairtrade county, with Arbroath, Brechin and Forfar striving to join Montrose as a Fairtrade town.

A similar logo which adorns the City of Dundee sign post could soon be added to that of Carnoustie.

There is another meeting of the group on Tuesday, May 29, at 7.30 p.m. in the Philip Hall and anyone who wants to know more is welcome to come along.

There will also be a Fantastic Fairtrade Frenzy event on Friday, June 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Newton Panbride Church Hall giving people a chance to sample Fairtrade products including wine and chocolate. Donations will be accepted for Tearfund.