Fair Trade

fairtradelogoAs a congregation, St. Ninian’s takes a positive role in the promotion of Fairtrade, creating opportunities to bring positive change to the lives of people in the developing world and, by practising this commitment, was recognised as a Fairtrade Church in 2007.

Fairtrade is about paying producers who are poor a fair price for their goods and, at the same time, encouraging them to gain the business skills and knowledge to work their way out of poverty. As the number of producer groups has extended, so has the range of goods being made available.

The criteria to be met in order to achieve Fairtrade status include:

  • to support and promote Fairtrade; to encourage the use and sale of Fairtrade products;
  • to serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at meetings for which we have responsibility;
  • to move forward on using other Fairtrade products – e.g. sugar, biscuits;
  • to display literature advertising the fact that Fairtrade products are used and served; and,
  • to continue to raise awareness of the Fairtrade mark.

To help actively the economically disadvantaged communities and to aid the further development of Fairtrade with small producer groups in the Third World, Canon David Main, himself a supporter of the cause over many years, set up our Traidcraft Stall. This started with a range of just eighteen items including tea, coffee, biscuits and chocolate, being offered for sale on the first Sunday of each month following the 11.00am service. He recruited two teenage members of the congregation as dependable and efficient assistants, who remained loyal over many years. Others are now involved, giving support with sales and accounting, in addition to the display, ordering and distribution of the Christmas cards each year.

The Traidcraft Stall currently offers a range of about sixty items on the same regular basis. In addition to this there are occasional sales when a range of craft goods is displayed which, together with the sale of Christmas cards, brings in welcome extra income.

St. Ninian’s has a retinue of regular shoppers continuing to arrive at the stall each month, some armed with their shopping list and bag, all aware of the importance of buying from the Traidcraft stall. By this effort the congregation helps to establish and maintain security for the producers of the goods and their families, giving them hope for a sustainable future.


Coffee-time and Fairtrade Stall in the hall

Coffee-time and Fairtrade Stall in the hall

November 2009: Liz with a craft stall selling Traidcraft products

November 2009: Liz with a craft stall selling Traidcraft products


Mary van Zwanenberg has sent the following report:

Sales of Traidcraft at St. Ninian’s Church during 2010 have once again been tremendous, reaching a total of £2191.29 during the calendar year. This means that St. Ninian’s is responsible for 40% of the sales to churches in the Stewartry. I am very grateful to you for all your work in selling & promoting Traidcraft in your parish; thanks also go to Liz Barrett for her sterling work in seeing to all the Christmas card orders.

As a result of gifts of small change, donations & the discount Traidcraft allow Fair Traders, the year ended with a surplus of funds in the account. Last week I sent a cheque for £1,250 to Traidcraft Exchange- the charity & overseas development branch of Traidcraft – to help in the upgrading & development of honey production in a semi-arid poverty stricken area of Kenya. If you would like more information about this scheme called BELIEVE (an acronym for Beekeeping as a Livelihood in Extremely Vulnerable Environments) it can be obtained on: www.traidcraft.co.uk/international_development/overseas_programmes/east_africa

Total cash taken £8840.69 Money paid to Traidcraft £7611.84

The following is a brief break down of my Traidcraft sales so that you can see where you fit into the overall picture.
Feb 27th St. Peter’s, Dalbeattie, Coffee Morning £75.80
March 4th Kirkcudbright Academy £40.22
March 6th Environment Fayre, Dumfries * £138.00
April 10th Dalry, Farmer’s Market £87.50
May 13th Christian Aid Week, Castle Douglas £263.20
June 12th Brownies Coffee Morning, Dalbeattie £79.14
July 10th Kirkcudbright Garden & Country Fair £58.75
July 19th Brocante; St. A. & C. Church Hall £28.15
August 5th Stewartry Show £118.92
August 7th Gatehouse Gala £84.56
August 29th Kirroughtree Wood Festival £107.01
Sept 25th C. Aid Coffee morning, Minerva Hall, Dumfries* £281.55
Oct 2nd SCVS Autumn Fayre, Castle Douglas £121.15
Oct 23rd One World Week Coffee Morning, Gatehouse £223.21
Nov 6th Fairer World Fair, Dumfries £380.14
Dec 4th Winter Wonderland £129.05
Dec 4th NCVS Charities Fayre, Dumfries* £161.75
Dec 11th Dalry Farmer’s Market £148.90

* stall shared with another Traidcraft Rep.

SALE OR RETURN Traidcraft goods are sold on a regular basis by:
Parish Church Kirkcudbright
Kelton Church Castle Douglas
St. Ninian’s Church Castle Douglas
The Bible Shop Castle Douglas
Christ Church Dalbeattie
Greyfriars Church Kirkcudbright
St A. & St. C. Kirkcudbright
Total sales of these goods: £5699.19

A cheque for £1,250 has been sent to Traidcraft Exchange in response to their Christmas appeal for funds to introduce beekeeping as a means of generating income in poor village communities in Kenya.

By setting up training programmes & providing beehives & other essential equipment, poor farmers who have little land, can begin to earn more money. This impacts on their communities, as people are better fed & are beginning to get access to medical facilities & schools.