Welcome to Fairtrade Leighton-Linslade

Piccolo (Sorrelli) now does Fairtrade coffee!

So what are you waiting for? It's top quality takeaway coffee, so stop reading this and go and get some.

 

More details to follow.

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With a big, big thanks to Just Computers of Kempston for supporting our website

These are good people. Very good people. The sort that would do a proper job.

LB First

Please support them, because they support us, and they seem like really nice people, and it's local and they deserve it after everything, and Keanu Reeves supports them (to be confirmed).

Fairtrade Film Feature Frenzy Ffff

If you go down to the Paddock at the right time, you'll see a family favourite film. Also, you get to see a short film on Fairtrade, which would be the main reason for going.

Note that you need a reservation, even if it's raining really badly and there's no-one else there. Buy tickets from the link, or call Monday to Friday 2pm to 4pm. on 01525 631911

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This is a picture of a giant cocoa pod eating a Fairtrade cookie.

These things happen from time to time if you don't do your washing up well enough.

An assault on your ears

Also known as the latest radio broadcast from us, this is an interview with the magnificent Gennaro on Leighton Buzzard's own Talk of the Town shoe on Buzz Radio. First item on 17th February.

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021

We didn't do any live events this year, for reasons that you'll be aware of unless you've just arrived from another planet. In which case the Fairtrade committee surrender immediately and pledge allegiance to our new alien overlords. Please force humanity to buy Fairtrade.

But the Fairtrade Foundation did have a Carnival of events, a Celebration of all things Fairtrade, a Festival for us all.

Follow the link and enjoy yourselves!

Who are we?

We are the Fairtrade Town group for Leighton-Linslade. Fairtrade Towns are one of the things the Fairtrade Foundation does, and they do it really well. Follow the link for more details or their general wowness:

Well done, Morrisons

We got a large pile of FT chocolate from Morrisons to give away to the people of Leighton-Linslade in honour of FT fortnight. A huge thank you to them.

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And give it away we did. Here we have two police officers enjoying the choc.

 

In the past it was the robbers who wore the masks. 

Product of the month for May
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And February. Less effort that way.

 

This is Fairtrade chocolate so good that Beyonce melts it down and uses it as bathwater*.

Available at Waitrose and Oxfam

I have no idea why it's lying in the half melted snow, but apparently that was quite important

(*May not be true. In fact that sounds quite dangerous)

Where have we been?

The money ran out, so we went off for a bit. Actually, if you can offer us free hosting, we'd like you lots and tell our friends you're great and everything. Let's talk.

Totally Local
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This is a wonderful initiative aimed at getting you, YES YOU, to buy from Leighton-Linslade's excellent local outlets.

They're very much into Fairtrade, as are we. Please visit them.

 

We're going to be working with them over the next year and beyond, so keep an eye on things developing. Or don't. It's up to you, really. 

Our Fairtrade recipe leaflet 

These are really good. Seriously good. Masterchef level good.

Included is the recipe for Ice Cream Guffi Banani

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It's here

It needed more organisation than D-Day, more hard work than a Fortnite training schedule, and more belief in its eventual arrival than a bag of frogs, but the supermarket Fairtrade league table is now out:

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All those who doubted it was going to happen, hang your heads in shame. Good has triumphed over evil, the universe is set straight in its course, and frogs are about to become our new overlords.

In the meantime, please continue to buy Fairtrade items, available at our local supermarkets as above.

Even More Importantly

 

We have an updated FAQ section!

 

(No-one was asking the questions in the old one.)

 

Click on the "FAQ" tab for details.

 

How We Got Here

 

 On 20th January 2006, in front of an enthusiastic audience (mostly awake), Director of the Fairtrade Foundation, Harriet Lamb, presented Town Mayor Councillor Mark Freeman with a certificate conferring Fairtrade Town status on Leighton-Linslade. 

We are Bedfordshire's first Fairtrade Town! 
In order to qualify for Fair Trade Town status, we had to complete five separate goals. These are explained on the 5 goals page (nothing to do with football please note), and other sections will tell you how we continue to do the paperwork to satisfy them. 

If you feel inspired to get involved with our organisation, or can help in any way, we would be delighted to hear from you- see contact section.

 

If not, but would like to support Fair Trade in other ways, the website has ideas. These are for the home, workplace, where you shop… 

We also have a section detailing why buying Fair Trade matters, another with useful links, and random sections for old news.

 

Who knows what delights you might find? It could be a recipe, a newsletter, or the steering committee singing the Banana Song.

 
 

Is it Fairtrade?

 

Over 2,000 products now carry the Fairtrade mark which is your independent guarantee that the product really does make a difference to some of the poorest farmers in the world.

We are so close to 6000 hits. Or we might not be, but if we say that, this text won't need changing for a while.

Fifteen years!

We've been hassling the people of Leighton-Linslade to buy Fairtrade for fifteen years now.

Normally we would do an event in town with cake, but...well, you know.

So please accept our apologies, a slice of virtual cake, and buy lots of Fairtrade.

Fifteen years ago, we got our certificate. A more innocent time, before Covid and the alien invasion.

A message from Andrew Selous MP

I am very proud that Leighton Buzzard and Linslade put Fairtrade on the map in Bedfordshire by being the first town in the county to get fair trade status. I am very grateful to everyone who made that possible and continues the good work today. As consumers, we have considerable power to change the world for the better.

This happened in 2012
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And we've only just got around to putting it up. It's what you call thirst for news.

Expresso Head coffee is FT and fancy dress isn't mandatory.