Cheers to first Fairtrade event in refurbished Congregational Hall, Montrose

Cheers! Fairtraders at the Congregational Hall.
Cheers! Fairtraders at the Congregational Hall.

For the first time the Montrose Fairtrade Forum has held an event at the recently refurbished Congregational Hall in Baltic Street.

And it proved an ideal venue for a well attended wine tasting evening on Friday, hosted for the Forum by Scotmid.

Tables laid out round the room each had general tasting guides plus bottles of water for rinsing the palate, and Fairtrade nibbles.

Samples of six different Fairtrade wines (three white and three red) stocked by Scotmid could be collected in turn from a central table staffed by Scotmid’s Membership and Community Officer Laura Paterson, assisted by High Street manager Drew McDonald.

Score sheets and tasting notes were given out with the first glass, and could be handed in at the end to inform Scotmid of preferences.

Home made baking made with Fairtrade ingredients was brought round to tables by the three cooks, Linda Broadley, Kelly Ann Dempsey and Pam Robinson, and greatly enjoyed.

The raffle run by Pat Sykes had Fairtrade bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates, again provided by Scotmid with income going to the Forum.

Chairman Ian Sykes thanked Laura on behalf of the assembled company, which included members from a number of local churches and from Scotmid, for what had been a very happy gathering of local Fairtrade enthusiasts.

The final event of Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 was a Fairtrade stall next day at the Farmers’ Market staffed by members of Montrose Churches Together, featuring Real Easter Eggs which include an Easter story booklet in each box.

In the picture are, from left - John Dempsey, Pam Robinson, Peter Stevens, Ian Sykes and Laura Paterson, communications officer with Scotmid Co-operative, at the wine tasting evening.