Friday, 28 February 2014

Say Cheers to Fairtrade

Pic with Pat Boyle and pupils from St Aidan's Primary School
This Fairtrade Fortnight (24th February – 9th March 2014), St Aidans Church members held a ‘Say cheers to Fairtrade farmers’ in developing countries at their Traidcraft Big Brew event at the popular St Aidans Social Centre today.

The Big Brew is part of a national initiative by Traidcraft, the UK’s leading fair trade organisation, which encourages schools, churches, workplaces and any other groups to host a Fairtrade coffee morning or tea party during Fairtrade Fortnight.

By holding a Traidcraft Big Brew, selling Traidcraft goods church members and the wider public are helping families in the developing world to flourish by raising funds and raising awareness of Fairtrade Fortnight.

Event Organiser, Pat Boyle said, “The Big Brew is a great opportunity to increase awareness of Fairtrade and of the issues faced by producers in the developing world. By offering for sale Fairtrade products we are helping raise funds to make a difference to the lives of producers across the world.”

As a Labour & Cooperative Councillor, I am putting my support and tea drinking enthusiasm behind Pat and her team here at St Aidan’s ‘Big Brew’, taking part and fundraising can make all the difference to people in the developing world. They work hard and deserve a fair price for their products and it’s great that this annual event is so well supported by local people.

Established in 1979, Traidcraft fights poverty through trade, helping people in developing countries to transform their lives. It runs training programmes in some of the poorest countries in the world, and campaigns in the UK and internationally to bring about trade justice.

For more information on Traidcraft visit their website.           

Fairtrade facts

In the UK, sales of Fairtrade products in 2012 reached £1.5 billion –  an 18 per cent increase on the
        previous year
78 per cent of consumers recognise the FAIRTRADE Mark
One in every three bananas sold in the UK is Fairtrade
44 per cent of bagged sugar sold in the UK is Fairtrade certified
25 per cent of all roast and ground retail coffee in the UK is Fairtrade certified
Fairtrade products are now sold in more than 125 countries
The FAIRTRADE Mark is the most widely-recognised ethical label globally
The Fairtrade system currently works with 1.3 million people - farmers and workers - across more than
        70 developing countries
75 per cent of all Fairtrade producers are smallholder farmers
There are now 1,149 Fairtrade producer organisations worldwide

Friday, 21 February 2014

Latest Planning Applications

You can view two applications submitted within the Winstanley Ward for the week ending 14th February at this link.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Prohibition of Waiting Order - Tan House Drive

Wigan Council are seeking to introduce a scheme to prohibit waiting at certain points along Tan House Drive. You can view the plan here.

If you wish to make any comments or objections about the scheme, please write to the Assistant Director, Legal, Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1YN.  Any comments or objections should be received by no later than 5 March 2014 quoting the reference RD/LR/JA/N22/728-/N-003110.

Prohibition of Waiting Order - Clevedon Drive

Wigan Council are seeking to to introduce a Traffic Order as per the attached plan.

If you wish to make any comments or objections about the scheme, please write to the Assistant Director, Legal, Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan, WN1 1YN.  Any comments or objections should be received by no later than 4 March 2014 quoting the reference RD/LR/GF/N22/724-/N-003100.

Bring It Back Update

Over 500 signatures have now been collected and the petition is available to sign at the NISA shop on Clapgate Lane. We hope to secure 1,000 signatures so please encourage family, friends or co-workers to sign up.

The Wigan Evening Post reported the launch of the petition in its 27th Jan edition and it was the 5th most popular online news story that week.

The petition will continue to be available to sign until the end of February when Clive intends to present the petition to the Mayor of Wigan.