2019 – events and activities in Gosport

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Christmas Tree Festival at St Mary’s Alverstoke with St Francis and St Faith.

GFA decorated a tree to celebrate 25 years of the Fairtrade mark and publicise Fairtrade.

GFA made decorations for the tree using packaging from Fairtrade products and pictures of Fairtrade producers.







Cubs Cooking Competition, October 12th.

A Cubs’ cooking competition had a Fairtrade theme. GFA provided a judge. Bananas and chocolate featured widely in the recipes. Fairtrade roses decorated some of the tables and one group had made Fairtrade cotton napkins printed with the Fairtrade Mark. 

12th Gosport won the overall competition, while 6th Gosport (pictured) gained special commendation for their interpretation of the Fairtrade theme.








On Monday 20th May some GFA members together with people from Winchester, Fareham, Havant and Portsmouth Groups attended a talk at Café Coco, in Portsmouth.


Dr Matthew Anderson, Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics, University of Portsmouth talked about The Future of Fair Trade: From citizen-consumers to circular economy”

The discussion explored the changes in the perception of Fairtrade from a charitable activity to a movement for social and economic change; from the points of view of business and consumers. He talked about his research to develop an exploratory framework based on an assessment of Fair Trade’s theory(ies) of change and the role of the ethical consumer as an agent of change. He identified four consumer narratives: simpler living and moral action; co-operation and solidarity; consumer demand and choice; and citizen-consumers.

Matthew Anderson, who organised the Fairtrade International Symposium at the University of Portsmouth in 2018, is researching the intersection between business, government and civil society.

His most recent publications include A History of Fair Trade in Contemporary Britain: From Civil Society Campaigns to Corporate Compliance (2015).

He is currently investigating the role of civil society advocacy as a driver of political and regulatory change.


Christian Aid Quiz –17th May at Bridgemary Methodist Church

GFA entered a team for “Fairtrade”.  We came a very creditable second and enjoyed a fun evening.



   Fairtrade Fortnight 2019


This display, in the Town Hall Reception Area, focused on the women who deserve a living income; petition cards were available to sign


A Fairtrade Teaparty

The Mayor, Cllr. Diane Furlong, hosted a Fairtrade Tea Party in the Council Chamber to celebrate women Cocoa Producers. We celebrated prominent local women too.

Cheryl McGechie of the Fairtrade Foundation talked about the campaign for a living income for Cocoa Producers.
The Fairtrade cake competition: Elayne Kenway,  President of the WI Gosport Branch, with her winning Coffee and Walnut Cake (right) with Judges Revd. Karen Mitchell (left) and Revd. Helen Higgin-Botham (centre).
Members of Loud and Proud served Fairtrade refreshments to the guests, who were very appreciative (below).




On 6th March The Catholic Womens League

Donna Sherley, a member of the local CWL, organised a pre-meeting event to celebrate International Womens Day and Fairtrade Fortnight – she invited the Gosport Fairtrade Action coordinator, Sarah Hirom, to speak to their meeting at St John’s RC Church, Lee-on-the-Solent. They also had Traidcraft products for sale.



Elson Junior School

On Wednesday, 6 March, they had an Assembly about Fairtrade with the Chair of Gosport Fairtrade Action, Mark Smith, and

on Friday 8th March The Cookery Club baked chocolate cakes using Fairtrade ingredients and helped by Jane Staffieri, Grandma to one of the cooks and herself a member of GFA.



She Deserves Fairtrade –

You deserve chocolate!

On 9th March GFA held a chocolate tasting  event at the Gosport Discovery Centre in the Clarence Room. with activities for all ages.


The Co-op brought along samples of its own brand chocolate to taste

A variety of Fairtrade Chocolate from local stores was available to taste

The Chocolate Fountain proved popular with all ages!

there were Board Games about Fairtrade, Quizzes, Coloring-in and designing chocolate packaging


Volunteers from Loud and Proud encouraged people to sign the petition asking the Government to lead a global initiative of governments and businesses to support living incomes in supply chains (starting with cocoa).



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