Welcome to Fairtrade Leighton-Linslade

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A message to COP 26 from Leighton-Linslade

We did a stall. We got the people of Leighton Buzzard to write their messages on Postit notes and stuck them on a large board. Then we removed the ones containing Bad Things.

The end result- a message that will surely put unstoppable pressure on world leaders to sort climate change out. Urgently.

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I mean, if global warming means we get a climate as sunny as Spain, that's going to give the British people nothing to talk about.

By the way, you can add your thoughts to the Town presentation. See below.

COP 26

The People of Leighton Buzzard are speaking to the world leaders who will be gathering in Glasgow in November. And you have your chance to speak directly to joe Biden, Boris Johnson and the others. Well, nearly directly.

On page 7 of the Council Newsletter is a template. Print it out, write a message (no swears, please), take a picture on your phone, and upload it to our Facebook. We'll make sure Biden gets it. Probably. Well, we'll have a go.

Here's the newsletter you need click on it:

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.

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.

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).

Product of the month for May
Tony choc

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)

The Best Cupcakes in the Tri-county area

It's official! Charcooksalotte's cupcakes are the best cupcakes in the Bucks-Beds-Herts area. A highly questionable and possibly non-existent judging panel has tried cupcakes from all producers in the tri-county area, and hers are the best!  


So pop down to LB market, and get some before she's snapped up by Bake Off or that other one.

And, she uses Fairtrade ingredients, so buying these is like giving money to charity.

Here's her Facebook page:

Not an alien invasion

If you see a number of banana people wandering around Leighton-Linslade, it's not an alien invasion, but us doing a banana wander as part of the Town Council's welcome back campaign.

Pictures from Piccolo, Rosehill pharmacy and House of Coffee.

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That said, another time it could turn out to be part of a fruit based alien invasion, in which case our advice would be to avoid eating fruit when the aliens are in the area.

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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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:

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.

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.