Are you a Fair Trade Church?7 Sep 2015 By Sam Setchell
It’s 25 years since Elaine Barbour took over running Traidcraft for St Anne’s Church in Bewdley.
When St. Anne's Church was re-ordered it enabled the building to be opened to welcome visitors and serve tea and coffee (fairly traded of course!) and a Traidcraft stall was set up in the new Narthex. From there the Traidcraft work grew and grew. Now Elaine supplies fairly traded goods throughout the Diocese and beyond for one off special events and for regular stalls, as well as giving talks and doing work in schools. She is currently the top selling Traidcraft Fairtrader in the country.
Elaine helps organise a huge Christmas Fair held in St Anne’s in early November, when all the stock is on display. Many locals and visitors take the opportunity to do Christmas shopping knowing that not only have they bought some excellent Christmas gifts, but the producers in the developing world will benefit so much from their purchases. “There’s still time to think Fairtrade for your Christmas shopping. Please support your local Traidcraft Fairtrader or buy online at www.traidcraftshop.co.uk and if you’re not yet serving Traidcraft tea and coffee in your church please make that a priority,” urges Elaine.
Do visit the Traidcraft Christmas Fair at St. Anne’s in Bewdley on 7 November from 10am-4pm. Or if you’d like to know more about selling goods, please contact Elaine on firstname.lastname@example.org.