Welcome to Fairtrade Leighton-Linslade
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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).
Cafe in the Park
Want to meet up with someone outside for a coffee, as you can from March 8th, and not have a coffee to make it legal? Go to Cafe in the Park.
The cafe has served Fairtrade coffee from
The House of Coffee from its opening in April 2019. The policy is to buy Fairtrade whenever possible and commercially viable and likewise to promote positive environmental working practices when at all possible.
So now you know.
Because they're gnomes.
This is the project by Cedars school. You get a pretty picture of a gnome and stick it in a prominent place to cheer everyone up. These are all Fairtrade gnomes.
A big well done to all involved.
I guess charity begins at gnome.
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.
We did a talk at the Bees Knees, who are a group of Leighton Buzzard businesswomen.
Look, someone's got to say it. Bees don't have knees. Just joints.
House of Coffee back in business!
The nicest coffee in the known universe, and loads of Fairtrade choices.
And their gift set is thing of loveliness
I believe they deliver.
(I was told to say that)
The House of Coffee are extending their offer – 10% discount on Fairtrade – until 14th March.
Our Fairtrade recipe leaflet
These are really good. Seriously good. Masterchef level good.
Included is the recipe for Ice Cream Guffi Banani
We just got renewed!
Now, that heading has been on this page since Tony Blair was Prime Minister. But it just happened again!!
So we're really happy, and we were celebrating late into the night by consuming lots of Fairtrade products (chocolate, wine good for that, roses less so).
At long last, here is the certificate, if you like that sort of thing:
What? You want to know more? Goodness, that's never happened before. Well, here's the link:
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!
Product of the month for May
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.
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:
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.