Fairtrade Forum hears targets are going up

WHEN Montrose Fairtrade Forum met in the Academy on Thursday, Ian Sykes presiding, members heard that the target for Fairtrade products has been increased.

Previously the criterion was that “At least two Fairtrade product ranges are readily available in the area’s retail outlets (shops, supermarkets, newsagents, petrol stations).”

That figure has now been increased to four products.

The Forum continues to receive positive news. For example, Angus Church of Scotland Presbytery is hoping to register soon as a Fairtrade Presbytery. A member of the Baptist church is considering whether to become the church representative on the Forum.

Pamela Manley said that Fairtrade is a regular topic at the Angus group of teachers meetings. The Academy Fairtrade Renewal is made every May. There are fewer pupils involved with the school committee, but Fairtrade continues to play an important part in school life. Alita Spink said most local schools had registered for Fairtrade interest, and she would obtain details for next meeting.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2012 was discussed. Secretary Peter Stevens had circulated his ideas for adapting the Brechin leaflet, prepared by Scotmid, for use in Montrose.

Laura Paterson suggested various modifications, and offered to prepare a draft leaflet for review at the November meeting. The intention is to launch the leaflet at the annual general meeting, details of which were agreed as Thursday, March 1, 2012 in the main hall of the Academy, starting at 7pm.

Laura offered to supply Fairtrade wine and cakes Pamela will ask the school Baroque Ensemble to play background music as appropriate. Mark confirmed that his wife would set up a Fairtrade clothing stall. There will also be Tearcraft and Traidcraft stalls.

The Forum’s funds stand at £155, and a bank account is being registered.

The next meeting of Montrose Fairtrade Forum will be at 4pm on Thursday, November 24.