Keynsham Methodist Church put the kettle on and brewed up plenty of support for Fairtrade and local producers when Metro Mayor Dan Norris popped by to kick of their Fairtrade Fortnight celebrations.

The hard-working church eco team are pulling out the stops with their Fairtrade coffee mornings, spreading community cheer and raising vital funds for the Fairtrade Movement. There will be coffee mornings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – all between 10am and 12pm. There is no admission fee, but donations for Fairtrade will be collected.

A highlight is sure to be the delicious Fairtrade tea, coffee and baking on offer – all served with a warm welcome – while Mayor Norris enjoyed stalls featuring Fairtrade goods and more. Meanwhile, Keynsham Girls’ Brigade will produce Fairtrade-inspired displays for the church to proudly show off, and so raise awareness among locals, throughout the weeks.

The event is part of Fairtrade Fortnight – running Monday 27 February to Sunday 12 March. The idea of fairtrade is to make sure the producers of items such as tea, coffee and chocolate are paid fairly.

Metro Mayor Dan Norris said: “A warm cuppa and a slice of cake, and all for such a worthy cause. What a fabulous opportunity to see how tirelessly our local volunteer superheroes are working to promote Fairtrade in our region. The basic principles of Fairtrade – better prices and decent working conditions for all – are all the more important today. Buying even a couple of Fairtrade products during locals’ weekly shop can make a big difference to the lives of those less fortunate worldwide. My thanks to the Keynsham church team on working so hard to keep Fairtrade at top of the agenda in the West”

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