Fairtrade marches on

THE MOVE to make Montrose a Fairtrade Town received a boost at a meeting of Montrose Fairtrade Forum, when it was announced that the Baptist Church has now registered as a Fairtrade Church.

Peter Stevens is encouraging the Scottish Episcopal and Roman Catholic Churches to register and achieve the full complement of local Fairtrade Churches.

The Co-operative Society has agreed to become the Angus Fairtrade Zone’s flagship employer.

The meeting was sorry to learn that Rocket Fuel caterers had closed, but Scotmid now stocks white as well as red Fairtrade wine.

A Fairtrade stall appears at the monthly farmers’ markets in Forfar.

Kelly Ann Dempsey has submitted a Fairtrade Zone application to the Fairtrade Foundation.

The annual general meeting was set provisionally for March 1. Pamela Manley suggested the AGM theme should be a celebration of Montrose as a Fairtrade Town, with each Fairtrade retailer and caterer having a stall at which to display Fairtrade products. Tear Fund and Traidcraft will also be invited, while the Academy will offer Fairtrade items for sale. Mark Johnston said that his wife could supply a Fairtrade clothing stall.

Mr Stevens has stood down as secretary, and Jodi Thomson has taken over. However, Mr Stevens is willing to continue as archivist.