Going from strength to strength

There was a good turnout for the Angus Fairtrade Zone steering group meeting held in County Buildings, Forfar, last Tuesday.

Kelly Ann Dempsey was in the chair and welcomed representatives from Arbroath, Brechin, Carnoustie, and Kirriemuir. In attendance for Arbroath were Pat Millar and Mary Reid.

Kelly Ann informed the meeting that the Zone had renewed its status for another two years. She showed the Angus Fairtrade Banner which can be borrowed for events and intimated that she is in the process of producing a Fairtrade Newsletter which will be on the web.

A report from Arbroath was delivered by Mary Reid who said that the main event of the fortnight is Arbroath’s Fairtrade coffee morning on March 8 at St Andrew’s Church where Janice Swankie’s winning Fairtrade chocolate and beetroot cake will be served to the first 30 people.

She said she hoped that the Arbroath’s Fairtrade pull up banner will be ready for display on the day. Fairtrade created goods will be on sale as well.

The group has close links with Arbroath Academy and Ladyloan and Warddykes primary schools, all of which have programmes of events ready for Fairtrade Fortnight.

Knox’s Church has a Fairtrade coffee afternoon planned for February 28 and St Vigeans Church has a similar event on Saturday, March 1, from 2 to 3.30 p.m.

Mrs Reid said that the local group is pleased with the good support it has received from Arbroath churches, schools and the public for the promotion of Fairtrade products.