NEXT MEETING: Tuesday 20th March 2018 @ Imberhorne Lower School

Fairtrade Fortnight 2018: 26 February - 11 March


See what events we have coming up in East Grinstead...



Fairtrade Teddy Trail


Running all throughout Fairtrade Fortnight: a discovery trail for children around the town.

Find nine teddies in local shops that sell Fairtrade goods and solve the mystery.

Forms available from EG Library (where completed forms should be handed in by 12 March), schools and churches.

Fairtrade chocolate Easter Eggs as prizes for first correct drawn entries.



Greg Valerio Speaker Event

Tuesday 27 February 2018


Churches Together AGM with talk: Fairtrade Gold - From Misery to Hope.

Guest speaker: Greg Valerio: jeweller and acclaimed author of "Making Trouble".

7pm for 7.30pm start at St Luke's Church, Community Centre, 54 Holtye Avenue, RH19 3EP.

Fairtrade wine and nibbles provided plus Fairtrade food and craft stalls.



Fairtrade Wine Tasting

Tuesday 20 March 2018


With the East Grinstead Wine Circle at 7.15pm at East Court Mansion.

Tickets are £5, with a speaker from the Cooperative.



Sue (Fairtrade EG) on 01342 835190 (email: SusanJoy471@hotmail.com)




East Grinstead is a Fairtrade Town, one of 500 towns, boroughs and villages, in the UK recognised by the Fairtrade Foundation.


By buying Fairtrade products in East Grinstead and supporting our activities you can bring about positive change and make a difference. Being a Fairtrade town boosts civic pride and offers an opportunity to act and celebrate together.

News from Fairtrade:


Fairtrade Foundation celebrates Christmas

From the Fairtrade Foundation's blog, they give you some ideas about how to incorporate Fairtrade items into your Christmas, from food to flowers and presents there's something Fairtrade for everyone!

See the blog here.


Fairtrade celebrates International Tea Day

In December it was International Tea Day, and the Fairtrade Foundation has some handy facts for you about the nation's drink and what it means to have a Fairtrade tea.

See the story here.


New "ultimate ethical" engagement rings launched

CRED Jewelery launched in September 2017 their new range of engagement rings, made from Fairtrade Gold and ethically sourced diamonds. They provide quality and value for money with full traceability.

See the story here.


Sainsbury's swaps Fairtrade for own-brand

Supermarket Sainsbury's will be replacing their Fairtrade certified tea products with a new scheme, which will be monitored by them. An open letter has been written by tea farmers urging against the decision.

Read the letter here.



15th January 2018

The Fairtrade Quiz Night was a great success with 104 participants: the worthy winners were Bootleggers of Dartmoor. The Fairtrade raffle was won by a local resident from Turners Hill. Thanks to everyone for their support as £1121 each was raised for Fairtrade EG and Age UK EG of which £1000 was match funded by Barclays Bank. Thanks to Tarana for the delicious meal and to Paul and Paulo from Fairtrade Lingfield and Dormansland who were great team as Quizmaster and Quizscorer.


2nd November 2017

Fairtrade EG's Convenor, Sue Joy, has submitted her annual report to the Town Council, summarising the latest activites and progress of the group. Fairtrade EG also hosted a Fairtrade event at a Council meeting.

Read the report here...


30th October 2017

In protest at the decision taken by Sainsbury's to discontinue Fairtrade tea, members of Fairtrade East Grinstead and nearby Lingfield gathered outside the East Grinstead supermarket and handed a letter to the store's manager.



17th October 2017

West Sussex has been appointed as a Fairtrade County, after years of campaigning by local groups and a resolution passed by the WSCC. Read the full story below:



Summer 2017

Fairtrade Garden - As part of its continuing support for Fairtrade EG, East Grinstead Town Council has this summer planted up an imaginative and eye-catching Fairtrade Garden as part of its garden scheme near the War Memorial in EG High Street. Please go and have a look.


Summer 2017

Fairtrade Gold - local action on the national Fairtrade Foundation campaign, Fairtrade EG, is planning a briefing document for Churches Together in EG and will also be approaching local jewellery shops to inform them about the availability of Fairtrade gold wedding rings.

Take a look at the lastest from the Fairtrade Foundation:




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