Pendle’s Fairtrade status is reaffirmed

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PENDLE has had its Fairtrade status reaffirmed by the Fairtrade foundation – and is looking for more people to get involved in its group.

Audrey Drinkwater, Pendle Council’s Localities Officer, announced: “We’re proud Pendle was the first-ever Fairtrade borough in the country and we’ve just been re-accredited.

“So now we’re looking for more volunteers to join our group, so Fairtrade in Pendle can go on from strength to strength.”

The group, which includes traders and people from local churches, has produced a free leaflet so people can Fairtrade shop in Pendle.

It’s available at over 50 shops, cafes and guest houses which stock or serve Fairtrade in Pendle - or you can download a copy from www.pendle.gov.uk/fairtrade

There are over 3,000 Fairtrade products from tea and coffee to jewellery, cotton products and spices.

Coun. Mike Blomeley, Leader of the council, said: “Your shopping habits can make a lasting change as Fairtrade guarantees a better deal for farmers and producers in the developing world.

“So please support all the businesses in Pendle who back Fairtrade.”

Chairman of Pendle Fairtrade group Peter Nowland said: “We were able to prove to the Fairtrade Foundation that Fairtrade is growing in Pendle – and it is.

“Now we’re looking for new people who care about Fairtrade to join our group and help us find fresh ideas so we can keep expanding.”

Contact Audrey on 661339 or email her at audrey.drinkwater@pendle.gov.uk if you’d like to join the Fairtrade group.