News and Events

Find out all about the latest Fairtrade news and events in Preston and South Ribble, or take a look to see what we have done in the past.

Upcoming events

Event: Fairtrade and Climate Change

Stefan Donnelly from the Campaigns Team at the Fairtrade Foundation will highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with. The facts are straightforward. Farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected by it. 
This event is being hosted by Climate Action Preston in conjunction with Preston & South Ribble Fairtrade Group.


Added Friday, 12th February 2021
Location: This event is at 1pm on Zoom. Please email fairpreston@gmail.com for joining details.
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Cost: Free online event.

Event: United by Fairtrade

The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us more than ever how interconnected we are globally. This interconnection is at the very heart of the Fairtrade message, bringing people of all faiths, and none, together. Adam Gardner, Head of Campaigns at the Fairtrade Foundation, will talk about the challenges currently faced by farmers and workers in the global south – the ‘key workers beyond our borders’ - and what we can do.

Added Friday, 12th February 2021
Location: This event is at 7pm on Zoom. Please email fairpreston@gmail.com for joining details.
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Cost: Free online event.

Event: The Big Fairtrade Fortnight Quiz 2021

How much do you know about Fairtrade? Pit your wits against other local folk and maybe win a prize. Join us for a relaxing evening.

Added Friday, 12th February 2021
Location: This event is at 7pm on Zoom. Please email fairpreston@gmail.com for joining details.
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Cost: Free online event.

Event: Fairtrade Fortnight: Choose the world you want

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021 will highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with. The facts are straightforward. Farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected by it. 
The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat and those in climate vulnerable countries are already seeing its impacts from droughts and crop disease to floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests.

With the emergence of the global COVID pandemic, the challenges that farmers face now are bigger than ever before with falling commodity prices and widespread shocks reverberating along our global supply chains. Ongoing poverty in farming communities makes it increasingly hard to cope with the effects of climate change. More than ever, they need a fair price for their crops and their hard work. ​

Preston, South Ribble

Added Tuesday, 9th February 2021
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Event: Fairtrade in your Local Store - Co-op

Come and visit us at a Fairtrade stall at Co-op on Dunkirk Lane, Leyland, for March 6th and 7th. You can find out more about this years Fairtrade Campaign to achieve a living wage for cocoa farmers. We will highlight Fairtrade Products available in the store and resources will be available to learn more about the power of ethical purchasing

South Ribble

Added Friday, 21st February 2020
Location: Dunkirk Lane, Leyland, PR26 7SN
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Event: Come and find out more about Fairtrade with Savick Library Community Friends

Savick Library Community Friends will be holding a Fairtrade event on Wednesday 4th March from10:30 am to 12:00. Come and find out more about Fairtrade. Take part in a quiz to win a Fairtrade prize, sample a selection of Fairtrade chocolate and stay and have a Fairtrade brew and a chat. All the Fairtrade samples and products will be provided by the Co-op.

Venue: Savick Library, 6 Birkdale Dr, PR2 1UL Preston, Lancashire

Preston

Added Friday, 21st February 2020
Location: Savick Library, 6 Birkdale Dr, PR2 1UL Preston, Lancashire
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Event: Leap into Fairtrade Chocolate

On Sat 29th Feb members of the group will be in St George's Centre between 10am-4pm inviting the public to 'Leap into Fairtrade Chocolate' - promoting Fairtrade chocolate and the campaign for cocoa farmers to get a living wage. We will be selling chocolate, handing out samples and bookmarks, having a display of Easter eggs and a game for children.

Preston

Added Friday, 21st February 2020
Location: St George’s Shopping Centre Preston PR1 2TU
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Event: Fairtrade in your Local Store - Booths

Come and visit us at a Fairtrade stall in Booths, Millbrook Way, on Friday Feb 28th and Sat 29th. You can find out more about this years Fairtrade Campaign to achieve a living wage for cocoa farmers. We will highlight Fairtrade Products available in the store and resources will be available to learn more about the power of ethical purchasing

South Ribble

Added Friday, 21st February 2020
Location: Booths, Millbrook Way, PR1 0XW
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Event: Ready. Steady, Cocoa! Chocolate - Sweet and Bitter.

Fairtrade Fortnight 24 Feb-8 March
Calling all chocolate fans and fighters for fairness! In 2020 the campaign continues to ensure that all farmers are paid fairly for their work and are able to earn a living income, starting with cocoa farmers in West Africa - where 60% of all cocoa is produced.
Ready. Steady, Cocoa! Chocolate - Sweet and Bitter.
Join members of the Preston & South Ribble Fairtrade Group for a Chocolate Evening. Following refreshments and a quiz as people gather, there will be a short film, followed by 'blind' tastings and an illustrated talk about a visit to Fairtrade cocoa farms. Come and find out more about the nation's favourite treat on Tues 25th Feb, 7pm for 7.30pm at the Xaverian Centre, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood, PR2 8HE. All welcome. For more info phone 07813 870641

Preston

Added Monday, 17th February 2020
Location: Xaverian Centre, Sharoe Green Lane, Fulwood PR2 8HE
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Event: Fulwood Farmers' Market with Fairtrade, supporting producers locally and globally, plus Eco Fair.

It's the next Fulwood Farmers' Market on Sat 23rd November from 9.30-13.00, though this time with the addition of an Eco Fair. Do come and find out more as well as visiting the Farmers' Market stalls.
Running alongside our next Farmers' Market, the Eco Fair aims to provide lots of information and ideas for action, and the opportunity to talk to volunteers from organisations that work to protect our planet.
Come and see what is on offer, at the same time as shopping at all the usual stalls for locally produced and Fairtrade items - for every day and for Christmas. Then relax over a drink and a snack.
We will also be Recycling for Charity - so bring your foreign & UK coins and stamps, old mobiles, ring pulls from drinks cans, plus crisp packets to the collection point at the market.
Further information: Market dates 2019

Preston

Added Thursday, 24th January 2019
Location: Fulwood Methodist Church, Watling Street, PR2 8EA
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Event: Fairtrade Christmas Market

Fairtrade Christmas Market
Variety of food, cards and gifts (including Palestinian olive wood crafts,
jewellery, purses, scarves and stocking fillers), Advent calendars and Christmas cards. Christmas hampers & wines may be ordered.
All-day breakfast; coffee and biscuits;light lunches; tea and cake.
Friday November 8th & Saturday November 9th 10.00am - 5.00pm
St Andrew’s Church Hall, Liverpool Rd, Longton, PR4 5AA


South Ribble

Added Tuesday, 5th November 2019
Location: PR4 5AA
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Event: Celebrate 25 years of the Fairtrade Mark

Celebrate 25 years of the Fairtrade Mark with a “cake giveaway” on Preston flag market on Sat. 2nd Nov outside Oxfam, attended by Councillor David Borrow, Mayor of Preston.
Also highlighting the ongoing poverty experienced by millions of people who continue to lose out from trade, such as the cocoa farmers who earn as little as 74p per day, and urging people to continue to support Fairtrade.

Preston

Added Tuesday, 5th November 2019
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Event: Fairtrade Wine Tasting

Fairtrade Wine Tasting at the United Reformed Church in Fulwood. Come and join us for a relaxed evening of wine tasting led by an expert with a talk about Fairtrade wine producers. Snacks will also be provided. The event begins at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and costs £12 per ticket.
Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 07813 870641

Preston

Added Monday, 28th January 2019
Location: Symonds Rd, Fulwood, Fulwood, Preston PR2 3DH
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Event: Fairtrade at Preston Market 2nd March

Come and see us on Preston Market on Saturday 2nd March. On our stall we will invite people to have a dip in the chocolate fountain, play our special bagatelle game, and sign a card calling of a living income for the people who produce our chocolate. They can also show solidarity by purchasing from our large selection of Fairtrade chocolate on sale at the stall, including some very special bars made locally from Fairtrade chocolate and packaged exclusively for Preston by Elliechoc a local ethical chocolate company.

Preston

Added Tuesday, 26th February 2019
Location: Preston Markets, Earl Street, Preston, PR1 2JA.
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Event: Fairtrade Stall at Sainsburys and Waitrose

Come and visit us at a Fairtrade stall in Sainsburys (1st and 2nd March) and Waitrose (8th and 9th March) to find out more about this years Campaign to achieve a living wage for cocoa farmers. We will highlight Fairtrade Products available in the store and resources will be available to learn more about the power of ethical purchasing

South Ribble

Added Tuesday, 26th February 2019
Location: Sainsburys Cuerden Way, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6BJ Waitrose Capitol Centre, Walton-le-Dale, Preston PR5 4AW
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Event: Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade Group Meeting

Planning meeting, 1.30pm. All welcome.

Added Wednesday, 4th July 2018
Location: Town Hall, Lancaster Rd, Preston PR1 2RL
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Event: North-West schools Eco conference 2018

Hundreds of school children attended the annual North West Eco Schools Conference where Fairtrade Lancashire had a stall. Preston supplied the goods for this and we collected a grand total of £220. Garstang, Clitheroe and Fylde groups were also represented, and ran the activities which were very popular – “bagatelle” and matching Fairtrade goods to their country of origin.

Added Wednesday, 4th July 2018
Location: Blackburn Rovers, Ewood Park, Blackburn BB2 4JF
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Event: A talk by Matt Oliver “Traidcraft: the next 40 years”,

Matt is Traidcraft Community Sales Manger and will talk about all aspects of Traidcraft, as it approaches its 40th year of trading

Added Wednesday, 4th July 2018
Location: Fulwood Methodist Church, Watling Street Road, Fulwood, PR2 8EA
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Event: Preston and South Ribble Fairtrade Group AGM

Annual General Meeting of Fairtrade Group, starting at 6.30pm

Added Wednesday, 4th July 2018
Location: Fulwood Methodist Church, Watling Street Road, Fulwood, PR2 8EA
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Event: Come on in - to Fairtrade - at Preston Market

Join us at Preston Market. What new Fairtrade products will you find? Come on in and we will show you how to fit Fairtrade into your breakfast, your dinner and your tea, with samples galore. Enjoy the chocolate fountain and have a go on our Fairtrade tombola. All day.

Preston

Added Wednesday, 14th February 2018
Location: Preston Market, PR1 2JA
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Event: Photo Exhibition - Discover Fairtrade Gold

The Discover Fairtrade Gold photo exhibition - tells the story of how marginalised gold mining communities in Africa & South America are improving their lives and communities through Fairtrade.
Mon 5 March - Sat 10 March, every morning till 1pm, Sat till 12
Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, PR1 8JP

Preston

Added Wednesday, 14th February 2018
Location: Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, PR1 8JP
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Cost: Free entry

Event: Film Evening - Dirty Gold War

Dirty Gold War - uncovers the human and environmental cost of our obsession with gold.
The film is a trip behind the scenes of a thriving industry. On one side, the displays of luxury goods; on the other, the appalling conditions of those cursed by dirty gold. A film that changes the viewer’s perception of this business and contributes to the fight for responsible ethics in gold.

Preston

Added Wednesday, 14th February 2018
Location: The Continental Pub, South Meadow Lane, PR1 8JP
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Cost: Tickets £5 - online, from 07813 870641, or on the door

Event: Fairtrade Group Meeting

Planning meeting for Fairtrade Fortnight, 1.30pm. All welcome.

Preston

Added Monday, 5th February 2018
Location: 132 Conway Drive, Fulwood, PR2 8ER
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