Fair trade seeks to transform the lives of poor producers in the developing world by enabling them to use their skills and resources to trade their way out of poverty.
A range of food items is on sale after the 11.00am service, and items from the Traidcraft website can also be ordered. Think Traidcraft when you are buying presents or restocking your home or your wardrobe - you won't be disappointed, and you will know you are helping one of the producers to earn a living.
Sales last month were quite good at £512, helped by £34 at the Methodist Coffee Morning, another £34 at the Women's World Day of Prayer Service and £141 at the Baslow Hunger Lunch.
The Spring/Summer catalogue is now out, so please ask for a copy. I would like to share with you how Louise Porter, Traidcraft's Customer Manager, introduces it to us. "I love this time of year because we get to share our brand new range with you. Its the moment when all the searching for great products and working alongside highly skilled artisans finally materialises into something. To get a taste of what's new this season take a look at the Fair Trade hammock on p.13, the hand painted ceramic bowls on p.18 and the beautiful scarves on p.27.
As always this catalogue is full of products that reward the skill of those who made them. The large fall in the value of the pound means that all imported product costs have gone up considerably, so we at Traidcraft, like many other outlets, have had to increase our prices. We hope you agree that our range of wonderfully hand crafted and hand grown products continue to offer real value for money and also help to change lives. Shop with us and you know that you're making a difference to families across the world."
Actually not all the prices have gone up - there are even some which have gone down!
Peter Bird (email@example.com, 01629 813087)