The Parish of Ponteland



As many of you will already have heard, Traidcraft plc, the Fairtrade pioneers whose church-based retailers have transformed shopping in the UK, could cease trading by the end of 2018, unless a solution can be found imminently.  Fair Traders, customers and supporters are being encouraged to continue supporting Traidcraft plc, as a good autumn season is a pre-requisite if the company is to have a future model.

Traidcraft’s sister charity, Traidcraft Exchange, will continue to work with farmers, workers and artisans in Africa and South Asia to help them get a better deal from trade, and to lobby  and campaign in the UK for better trade rules.  The charity will continue by means of fundraising events, donations and campaigns but will miss the revenue generated by Fair Traders organising Big Brews and other coffee mornings, taking part in Christmas fairs and summer fêtes and also sending the profits from their regular Traidcraft stalls.

Traidcraft is inviting all its customers to help end current trading operations with its best season ever, so your support in ordering Christmas cards, buying Christmas gifts and stocking up with your favourite food and drink products in the run up to the festive season is essential.  While there are just a few of the smaller Christmas catalogues available, the larger Reseller’s Guides, containing all the products from both Autumn and Christmas catalogues, are in plentiful supply, so please take one home with you to peruse at your leisure.  Orders can be placed with me at any time or left in the office if this is more convenient.

We would also love you to help someone celebrate the true meaning of Christmas by giving them a Real Advent Calendar.  This comes with a free 24-page Christmas story and activity book designed to be used every day in Advent and behind each window there is a line from the Christmas story with a colourful matching picture.  All 25 chocolates are made from a high quality Fairtrade blend with 35% cocoa, are palm free and foiled for freshness.  The box and tray are completely recyclable and there is a charity donation with each purchase.  A small number of calendars, priced at £3.99, will be available at regular stalls, but these can also be ordered by signing the form on the noticeboard at the back of the Church or by contacting me at any time.

Please contact Ann Armstrong for further information or with any orders - 01670 829314

To find out more about Traidcraft Exchange, visit their website at


Dates for Stalls

Sunday November 4th after 10 a.m. service in the Parish Centre

Wednesday November 14th after 10 a.m. service in Church

Sunday November 25th after 10 a.m. service in the Parish Centre

Sunday December 9th after 10 a.m. service in the Parish Centre

Wednesday December 12th after 10 a.m. service in Church


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