Ilminster becomes a Fairtrade Town

Ilminster becomes a Fairtrade Town

Ilminster becomes a Fairtrade Town

First published in News

ILMINSTER has become a Fairtrade Town – the first town in South Somerset to sign up to the initiative.

Earlier this year, Roger Gurner, of South Petherton, put forward the idea to the town council in a bid to bring more people to Ilminster.

Ilminster Fairtrade announced this week that the town council has approved the scheme and Mr Gurner, chair of the Ilminster Fairtrade steering group, said he was delighted with the support they have received.

He added: “This is a first for South Somerset and we are pleased that Ilminster is leading the way.”

The news means that the use and sale of Fairtrade products throughout the town will be “actively encouraged” and their use within council offices and at events involving the council.

The UK has 584 Fairtrade towns and there are 11 across Somerset, Ilminster becoming the 12th.

The group is now preparing to carry the campaign forward with a presence at the Party on the Park, the Ilminster Carnival, The Rotary Charity Fair, and the Victorian Evening.

Mayor of Ilminster, Emma Jane Taylor, said: “Councillors are delighted that Ilminster will be the first Fairtrade town in South Somerset.

“The feedback from the Fairtrade steering committee following public consultations and discussion with traders in the town has been very positive and we believe that aiming to buy local or, where that is not possible, supporting fairtrade is a good policy to have, although we recognise this is not always possible.”

Anyone interested in helping or for more information, visit their website www.ilminsterfairtrade.uk

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7:46pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Ilminster_local says...

Ilminster a fair trade town... good on all of them.
Well when I say all them... I mean that in the loosest term.
Why is it that.... well let pick on one in-particular.....
Lets pick Co-Op..... how fair trade are they?
They trade... but how fair are they? How fair are they to their staff?
They are currently asking for their staff to available to work from 6am to 10pm 7 days a week.
If they're not they could face having they're contract terminated.
May be the Chard and Ilminster News might like to get involved in this story? ?
Ilminster a fair trade town... good on all of them. Well when I say all them... I mean that in the loosest term. Why is it that.... well let pick on one in-particular..... Lets pick Co-Op..... how fair trade are they? They trade... but how fair are they? How fair are they to their staff? They are currently asking for their staff to available to work from 6am to 10pm 7 days a week. If they're not they could face having they're contract terminated. May be the Chard and Ilminster News might like to get involved in this story? ? Ilminster_local
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11:38pm Thu 14 Aug 14

orchardman says...

Pity the Mayor didn't read the facts before saying that Ilminster is the 1st Fairtrade town in Somerset, when in the text it says there are already 11 Somerset Fairtrade towns, so Ilminster actually becomes the 12th. As for Mr Gurners idea that more people will visit the town, I don't think the majority of people give a thought to whether the shops they use are Fairtrade or not. As for the scheme itself, whilst itself laudable in its idea, it has been documented on more than one occasion that, sadly, when dealing with third world countries, the benefits due to the grass root producers is more likely to purchase a Mercedes than a tractor.
Pity the Mayor didn't read the facts before saying that Ilminster is the 1st Fairtrade town in Somerset, when in the text it says there are already 11 Somerset Fairtrade towns, so Ilminster actually becomes the 12th. As for Mr Gurners idea that more people will visit the town, I don't think the majority of people give a thought to whether the shops they use are Fairtrade or not. As for the scheme itself, whilst itself laudable in its idea, it has been documented on more than one occasion that, sadly, when dealing with third world countries, the benefits due to the grass root producers is more likely to purchase a Mercedes than a tractor. orchardman
  • Score: -2

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