Report from AGM 2016

Posted on January 8, 2017. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Sutton FAIRTRADE Community Group

Report to AGM 26.6.2016

Sutton is a Fairtrade Borough its status was originally obtained 1.3.2007 and most recently renewed 5.10.2015 for 2 years .


Chairpersons’ report to AGM

This report will cover the period of the past year. As this would be the first AGM of the group the sequencing of future AGMs should be agreed by the members of the group.

Membership and participation

The group currently has 10 members who include representatives from the business and religious communities in Sutton as well as the nominated representative from Sutton Council who is also the Deputy leader .There are also representatives from the voluntary sector including Eco local. Currently there are no representatives from schools although the group has developed links and networks with individuals in particular schools over the course of time.

The group is a member of the London regional Fairtrade Forum and representatives attend the Quarterly meetings that are held at City Hall.


The group has compiled and ACTION PLAN which informs its activity for the year and is integral to the awarding of its borough status. The principle provisions and themes of the action plan are :

  • On -going liaison with relevant council departments with a view to the encouragement of FAIRTRADE procurement. This has involved meetings and follow up communications with the borough’s procurement officer in relation to the procurement arrangements for Fairtrade products to be available in council facilities, parks and leisure centres ,and schools.
  • Awareness raising in relation to the Borough’s FAIRTRADE status . This involved attendance at all the borough’s local committee meetings between February and July 2016 . The group made a presentation at the Beddington committee and provided an information   stall at all the other meetings . It remains an objective of the group to work with the council to try and effect the provision of signage to the effect that Sutton is a FAIRTRADE borough.
  • In other years the group has provided a poster display for Sutton Library during FAIRTRADE fortnight though did not do so on 2016.
  • Holding stalls to sell and publicise FAIRTRADE . The group has facilitated a stall at the environmental Fayre every year on August bank holiday Monday . This is combined with the TRAIDCRAFT stall which is facilitated by a group member .The group has also usually held a stall in a central location in Sutton – usually the St Nicholas Centre ,- during FAIRTRADE fortnight in February / March.
  • The group has also held a stall as part of the Wallington Farmers market and one occasion at a school fayre in the form of running the tea / coffee refreshment tent.
  • To undertake an annual audit of all FAIRTRADE outlets in the borough which is then published on the group’s website . This is a significant exercise which involves visiting all shops and cafes in person in the borough with a view to identifying the FAIRTRADE products that they sell. This is an opportunity to raise awareness about FAIRTRADE and the borough status in conversations with retailers. Leaflets and copies of the certificates are provided to retailers as part of this process.
  • Where possible the group will try to respond to requests to give talks about Fairtrade at local schools, however the capacity of the group is limited in this respect to one member so the group does not actively promote this as a line of activity.
  • The group attempts to build and maintain ongoing links with the extensive network on churches in the borough . A group member maintains a directory of church contacts which is utilised for mail out purposes . Unfortunately however this activity has rarely generated any response. The group has provided content for church newsletters in the past . In 2016 the group organised a FAIRTRADE breakfast in partnership with a Trinity Church Sutton.A group representative facilitates a FAIRTRADE stall at a Carshalton Church . In previous years the group has liaised with the cinema that is held at Carshalton Methodist church which has shown FAIRTRADE films as part of their programme .Carshalton Methodist Church is now a designated Fairtrade Church .The group is keen to support other churches in the borough achieve Fairtrade Status.
  • The group has a website the aim of which is to provide a central point of information , locally and nationally about Fairtrade for the Sutton Community . One group member has however been actively been able to use social media to tweet information to which there has been a positive response. The group has provided material for press releases in the local paper but unfortunately has not been successful in having items published in recent times.
  • The group has been actively supported in its activities by the Local Mayor and one of the Local MPs

Financial and practical Support

The financial outlay to support the activities of the group is small however there are some costs associated with paying for pitches for stalls , stationary materials for the certificates and posters and insurance .The group was provided with a grant from Sutton council some years ago which it has been able to use for these purposes . These funds were topped up as a result of donations from the FAIRTRADE breakfast event in March 2016..The group has been actively supported by donations from the Co- Op on a continuing basis . This has been crucial in enabling the group to have stock for stalls and to sell goods, as well as providing incentives for public participation in stall activities and competitions in the form of prizes / vouchers . Sainsbury’s have provided a voucher on one occasion. Eco local have provided financial support in relation to the groups insurance cover . The group has also been supported by the Salvation army which has provided a meeting space for the group for several years .We are grateful for the support of the Co- op and the Salvation Army in particular in working in partnership with the Group.


Judy Walsh Chair 26.6.2016

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Where Has Your Breakfast Come From?

Posted on March 4, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Before you finish your breakfast you will have depended on half the world .


Drop by for a FAIRTRADE BREAKFAST at  the  Oasis Café Trinity Church, Sutton:

On Saturday 5 March

Between   9.30-11.30


There is no cost but donations are welcome.


You can find the entrance to the Oasis café at the corner of St Nicholas Way and Hill Road (opposite library and civic offices)


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Fairtrade Borough status renewed

Posted on January 12, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized |

2016 - Fairtrade Borough Cert.jpg

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Autumn Update

Posted on November 1, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

  • Sutton has recently been successful in its application to renew its FAIRTRADE certification . The process has involved the update of the borough’s action plan for churches , businesses , schools and the council to work together to support and promote FAIRTRADE locally over the course of  next 2 years.
  • FAIRTRADE fortnight for the year 2016 has been announced – it will take place between Monday 29 February and Sunday 13 March . It will follow the theme of Martin Luther King’s famous words
“Before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world”- it will be all about  breakfasts – so whether you are a school , church, business or individual  do start thinking about what you can do  about to mark this important event . you can find out more at www.fairtrade.org.uk
  • Mars have now decided to source all the cocoa that goes into their mars bars in UK and Ireland on FAIRTRADE terms . This follows on from their decision in 2012 to turn Maltesers Fairtrade  . This means that not only will  West African farmers be getting a fair price for their cocoa, Mars will now also be investing £1.5 million a year by 2016 into West African cocoa communities through the Fairtrade Premium. This is the extra money on top of the fair price that goes back to farmers for them to democratically decide how to invest in improving their farms and communities.
This is all good news….  but the  FAIRTRADE  movement still has a long way to go. Farmers in developing countries want to be able to sell more of their produce on Fairtrade terms and  need us to create the sustain the demand as we shop. At the same time there is an increasingly competitive climate between supermarkets and some FAIRTRADE products are being de- listed.
 YOU can help ! Look for Fairtrade alternatives when you shop and ask if its not there. Check out our audit to see where you can buy Fairtrade in Sutton : https://fairtradeinsutton.wordpress.com/where-to-find-fairtrade-goods/
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Fairtrade Fortnight – Events in Sutton

Posted on February 9, 2015. Filed under: Uncategorized |

  • Saturday 28th February: Film “Fairtrade Matters” –  showing at Carshalton Community Cinema 3.00pm and 7.30 pm
  • Saturday 7th March: Stall in St Nicholas centre – free samples and information
  • 8th March Rosehill Co-op – 1.30 pm – Fairtrade product tastings
  • Saturday 14th March: Stall at Wallington Market – more free samples and opportunity to purchase Fairtrade products

Check out our stall from the Carshalton Co-op taster session last week!


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Councillor appointed

Posted on June 14, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Council has confirmed that at their recent Annual meeting, appointed Councillor Simon Wales to serve as their representative on the Fair Trade Directorate for the municipal year 2014/2015.

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Local MP celebrates World Fairtrade Day

Posted on May 14, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |


Windsor Davies joined local MP, Paul Burstow for a Fairtrade Breakfast on 11 May 2013 at TazZa coffee shop in Sutton High Street.

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A warm welcome at TazZa

Posted on May 11, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |


A warm welcome from the team at TazZa, to celebrate World Fairtrade Day.

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Marks and Spencer

Posted on May 9, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Well done M&S for going further for Fairtrade and letting people know with your big sign outside the Sutton store on 4 May.  Hope to see some Fairtrade t- shirts back on the shelf  now summer is here.

Judy Walsh, Chair, Fairtrade in Sutton.

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