By Tristan Harris Wednesday 23 October 2013 Updated: 23/10 01:31
A SPECIAL reception will be held next Friday (November 1) to celebrate Bromsgrove becoming a Fairtrade Town.
The event, at Artrix at 5.30pm, follows a four-year campaign which has seen businesses, schools, churches and other organisations all become part of the Fairtrade movement.
That culminated in a 26-page application being sent to the Fairtrade Foundation that detailed everything that had been done in the town whilst striving to attain the status.
At 5.45pm next Friday there will be the official presentation of the Fairtrade Town Certificate at the reception, which will be attended by MP Sajid Javid, Bromsgrove District Councillors and representatives from businesses and organisations that have embraced the Fairtrade ethos.
Throughout the campaign, shops have stocked Fairtrade goods, businesses have served up Fairtrade tea, coffee and other items and there have been a host of Fairtrade events held in the town.
They have included Fairtrade meals, market stalls, displays in libraries and even a Fairtrade fashion show.
Art Lavelle, from the Fairtrade Bromsgrove campaign group, said the group was overjoyed with the news.
He added it was particularly gratifying that Anna Misterska, from the Fairtrade Foundation, described the application as ‘a very strong one’.
In an email to the group, she wrote: "This really shows that the community support for Fairtrade behind your campaign was significant - please pass on my congratulations."
Mr Lavelle said the group was grateful to Bromsgrove District Council leader Roger Hollingworth for proposing the resolution and Coun Caroline Spencer who first brought the campaign to the attention of the council and had been a very strong and active helper.
He also praised Mr Javid for his support and the Co-op group for its financial backing.
Barbara Hayes, an active Fairtrade Bromsgrove campaigner, added: "Framers are given a minimum price for their goods and also a premium which the communities can use, for example, to improve healthcare.
"Fairtrade is all about helping the very poorest farmers in the third world to eke out a living for themselves and their communities."
For more on Fairtrade Bromsgrove, call Art Lavelle on 07859 353554 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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