Help Fairtrade Forum keep showing town’s commitment

The Manchester students learn about what Fairtrade status means to Hebden Bridge, at the Town Hall
The Manchester students learn about what Fairtrade status means to Hebden Bridge, at the Town Hall

What does being a Fairtrade Town mean to Hebden Bridge?

Earlier this month a group of Year 10 students from Manchester Creative and Media Academy visited Hebden Bridge to get some answers to this question.

The Town Clerk of Hebden Royd Town Council, Jason Boom, and Elsa Fairbanks from Hebden Bridge Fairtrade Forum met with the students at the Town Hall and to answer their questions.

The students came armed with a list of searching questions which they surveyed amongst shoppers in Hebden Bridge that morning.

Elsa said: “They were interested to know how we became a Fairtrade Town in 2003 and what we retain our status as a Fairtrade Town.

“We explained that Hebden Bridge is a town with a strong social conscience and that has embraced the concept of fairtrade for many years.

“This visit was very timely as the Hebden Bridge Fairtrade Forum is in the process of renewing our status with the Fairtrade Foundation which means that we have to continue to demonstrate the commitment of the town to fairtrade.

“We are about to submit our renewal application and it is important for us have a plan for the next few years which includes the many fairtrade activities that regularly happen around the town in schools, churches and through campaigning groups.”

Elsa said the Hebden Bridge Fairtrade Forum would like to hear from any group or individual who is supporting fairtrade in Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd so that they can include your details in the renewal application.

Please contact Elsa Fairbanks on 07768771678 or email her elsa@foodanddrinkexportese.co.uk if you are happy to be included in the renewal applicaiton.