Fairtrade Celebration Weekend - Huddersfield Circuit

During the middle weekend of Fairtrade Fortnight Huddersfield Circuit together with Kirklees Fairtrade, Huddersfield Mission and fairandfunky, a local Community Interest Company, organised a Fairtrade Fair and an all age service celebrating Fairtrade.

At the Fair, open all day on the Saturday, many visitors enjoyed an ethical marketplace browsing 24 stalls showcasing a wide range of fairly traded goods from around the world sold by local businesses. They including a Traidcraft stall from Holmfirth Methodist Church and a Friends of Clem stall, for over 20 years members of the Methodist Church have supported women in Bolivia, through the sale of goods made from the colourful Aguayo cloth. Throughout the day entertainment was provided by a local U3A Choir, Honley Samba Band, Hot Banana Ukulele Band and Choir and Hoot Guitar Orchestra. Children were encouraged to get creative with fairandfunky and become a Fairtrade superhero by making a mask from recycled materials. Fairtrade refreshments were served, of course!

The service on Sunday afternoon was introduced by a local preacher who, after the singing of a “fair trade version” of “We plough the fields and scatter” by Alison Blenkinsop, explained the Circuit’s Fairtrade Pledge and invited the congregation to experience one or more of the stations round the Church. They included making Fairtrade kebabs, creative writing, a Fairtrade prayer labyrinth, Fairtrade DVD clips, a puzzle corner, an information table for resources, creating a giant Fairtrade logo and a presentation explaining the symbols on the Divine chocolate wrappers. The congregation reassembled to make an “origami cross” from a Divine chocolate wrapper and following prayers and a combined commitment for justice and Fairtrade they were led out, holding their crosses, singing “We are marching in the light of God”