Wednesday, 20 July 2011

New 2011/12 Southend-on-Sea Fairtrade Directory distributors wanted

We've just been working on the content & listings for the new 2011/12 Southend-on-Sea Fairtrade Directory. Thanks to  and  for their help with design, content & layout. Let us know if you can take some to distibute in your shop, cafe, restaurant, school, salon, library, business, place of worship etc. We need to get them far & wide when they are back from the printers.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Making Your Meal Fairtrade: Belfairs High School Cookery Competition Winner Announced

Belfairs High School Fairtrade Cookery Competition is now in it's 5th year! The idea is to cook a delicious dish using Fairtrade ingredients. Good for our tummy's and good for the producers in the developing world. Yum yum.
This year the competition was judged by two leading local chefs - Matthew and Lee from Sandbank Restaurant, London Road, Leigh-on-Sea. The judging that took place on 1st March during Fairtrade Fortnight was tough, there were lots of entries and the standard was very high.

However in the end the prestigious first prize was awarded to Georgina Lee with her Fairtrade Green Banana Curry
Well done Georgina and well done Belfairs High School for you continued work in highlighting Fairtrade.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

PRESS RELEASE: Heycroft Primary School Awarded Official Fairtrade School Status

Fairtrade Schools: Commitees from Heycroft Primary School and Southend High School for Boys

Heycroft School in Eastwood has become the first Southend Primary School to be awarded Fairtrade Status. The award is given to schools who show an ongoing commitment to using and promoting Fairtrade products over a period of time. The school’s Fairtrade committee consisting of pupils, governors and staff have organised and led a number of special events over the past 18 months including raffles, sales, competitions and a Fairtrade Family Breakfast. Children across the school have also been learning about Fairtrade in class and have had visitors to the school from the charity Actionaid and a farmer from Uganda to speak to the children in assemblies.

Heycroft recently met up with the Fairtrade committee from Southend High School Boys to share ideas for the future. The pupils from SHSB shared their research on Fairtrade footballs and sports equipment. They also looked at Fairtrade clothing and are planning a fashion show in the near future.

Headteacher Andrew Palmer said: “The children have been fully engaged with the principles of Fairtrade and have become fantastic ambassadors for this very important organisation which ensures workers receive a fair wage for the work they do. I am delighted that year 6 pupils who are going to SHSB will be carrying on their good work.”

Leigh-on-Sea Fairtrade Town coordinator, David Elcock said: "As a Fairtrade Borough, we congratulate Heycroft on their excellent work and would encourage other local schools to become involved".


For more information
Andrew Palmer Headteacher, Heycroft Primary School 01702 521832