FAIRTRADE Fortnight returns to Ryedale next week.
Members, groups and businesses across the district are all gearing up to promote Fairtrade goods during the national campaign.
Events are being planned by groups in Malton and Norton, Pickering and Kirkbymoorside with schools and churches across Ryedale also aiming to get the message across to people about the importance of Fairtrade to people in Third World countries.
This year is also a time of celebration for the Malton and Norton Fairtrade Group, which has once again achieved Fairtrade status for the towns. Inspectors labelled the work of its members as “outstanding” in winning over new “hearts and minds” to the cause.
“The awareness of Fairtrade is growing," said member Alison Hardwick. She pointed to the Christmas shop which saw more than 2,300 of Fairtrade goods sold in two days.
But she added: “We have now got two years before we have to reapply for Fairtrade status so, in that time, we have got to press on and show that there has been a significant raising of awareness.”
Fairtrade Fortnight events:
l Wednesday, February 24: Fairtrade stall at Hope Central, Castlegate, Malton, 11.30am to 3.30pm
l Thursday, 25: Fairtrade meeting at Ryedale Community House, Wentworth Street, Malton, 2pm to 4pm.
l Saturday, 27: Coffee morning and Fairtrade stall at Settrington Village Hall, 10am to 12pm; Fairtrade stall at Hope Central, Castlegate, Malton, 10.30am to 3.30pm.
l Sunday, 28: Fairtrade refreshments and stall at St Mary’s Priory Church, Old Malton, 11am and 6.30pm; Fairtrade stall at St Peter's Church, Norton, 9.45am.
l Wednesday, March 3: Fairtrade stall at Hope Central, Castlegate, Malton, 11.30am to 3.30pm.
l Thursday, 4: Coffee morning and Fairtrade stall at Springfield House, Huttons Ambo, 9.30am to 11.30am; Fairtrade meal at Ambiente Tapas Restaurant, Malton.
l Friday, 5: Fairtrade stall at St Mary’s, Old Malton, 2.30pm; Mad Hatters “Swap Your Cuppa” Tea Party and Fairtrade stall, 2.30pm to 3.15pm.
l Saturday, 6: Big Brew event, Friends Meeting House, Greengate, Malton, 10am to Noon; Fairtrade Stall on Steps at Saville Street Methodist Church, 10am to 1pm; Fairtrade stall at Hope Central, Castlegate, Malton, 10.30am to 3.30pm;
l Sunday, 7: Fairtrade presentation and stall with Big Brew event at St Peter’s Church, Norton, 9.45am.