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Fairtrade Fortnight Monday 25 February to Sunday10 March 2019

During Fairtrade fortnight the United Reformed Church are delighted to be opening the church on a number of occasions for people to come and see our 'art installation’ put together by the talented youngsters at Froxfield Primary School. As well as this we want to offer people the opportunity to spend time praying with Fairtrade themed prayer stations, as well as providing a space to chat or just spend some time during the week. We will be opening on Monday 25th February, Wednesday 27th February, Monday 4th March and Wednesday 6th March between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon. Please do join us.

As well as this, on Saturday 2nd March, the church will be open for a morning of coffee and art. You will have the opportunity to see the installation by Froxfield Primary School as well as pieces by many local artists. There will be tea, coffee and biscuits (all fair-trade of course!) and the opportunity to hear more from Petersfield’s Fairtrade group and stock up on those essentials from the store. The event will run between 10:00 am and 12:00 noon and its free to attend, there will even be rock painting for the children! No need to book just turn up!

Petersfield Fairtrade Art Shop Trail

Follow the trail of artwork on the theme of Fairtrade. Created by schools, clubs and community groups across Petersfield; displayed in shop windows, churches and public spaces throughout Petersfield and surrounding villages during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Petersfield is proud to be a Fairtrade Town. We achieved this status 10 years ago in recognition of our commitment to promoting and supporting Fairtrade.

To mark this important anniversary, the Petersfield Fairtrade Group (PFG) is organising a ‘Fairtrade Art Shop’ for next year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February to 10 March 2019). The idea is to display pieces of artwork during these two weeks to get people thinking about Fairtrade. These pieces will include contributions from as much of the Petersfield community as possible - schools, art societies, social and craft groups, churches, youth and scouting groups, etc. Each group is being asked to produce a piece of artwork, in their chosen media, that can be exhibited either in a shop window or a public space.

The PFG is working in collaboration with the Art Shop initiative which saw some local schools displaying artwork with a ‘Vintage’ theme in selected shops on Lavant Street for a fortnight in April/May this year. The initiative was such a success that the organisers are eager to extend it to a much wider community as a celebration of local art while using ‘Fairtrade’ as the exhibition’s theme.

Artwork may reflect any of Fairtrade’s initiatives, products, our status as a Fairtrade Town or the farmers and their communities whose lives are improved as a result of Fairtrade. Please see for inspiration. The brief is broad and open! The PFG will liaise with shops and public spaces to find the most appropriate place to display work throughout the town.

If you would like to participate in this community project and have not already registered your interest, then please e-mail with your contact details.

Download a leaflet:

1. Entry Form

2. Display a leaflet in a shop, church or public area

Entry Form   Display a leaflet in a shop, church or public area

The Petersfield Fairtrade Group organise stalls at church meetings, and hold a special event during Fairtrade Fortnight each year. This is to raise awareness of the importance of buying Fairtrade goods to help some of the poorest in the world. We try to involve local schools in these events.   The group consists of  Marie-Claire Greening, Mary Morgan, Sharon Skrzypczak, Olivia Tottle and Debbie Williams.

We also have a Twitter account now (@FTPetersfield) which has some photos of this year's coffee morning:

See the national Faitrade web site

Fairtrade products are usually sold at the annual Christian Aid simple lunch, held in February every year.

Reports of Fairtrade activities in and around Petersfield:

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