Over 50 guests attended the Fairtrade Chocolate & Wine Tasting in Devizes Town Hall on 27th February 2019. As well as enjoying tasting the chocolate and wine kindly donated by M&S, Sainsbury's and the Co-op they were able to buy Fairtrade goods from the Traidcraft and Zaytoun stalls, watch a short film about cocoa farmers and take their chance at winning a hamper of Fairtrade products or a selection of other prizes.


Guests enjoying the Fairtrade                       Devizes Mayor & Mayoress 
Chocolate & Wine                                        Tasting Fairtrade Wine                                 

Chairperson, Jasper Selwyn with
​the raffle prizes

She Deserves a Living Income: She Deserves Fairtrade.

These are the strap lines for Fairtrade Fortnight 2019 (February 25 - March 10)

In this country we try to ensure that women’s pay and working conditions are equal to men’s, but in the developing world there is still a great gap.  We all enjoy eating chocolate, and cocoa is the basic ingredient.  It needs a hot, humid climate, so planting the bushes, clearing weeds and harvesting the beans is a gruelling task.  The people who grow the cocoa have probably never tasted chocolate, and could not afford to buy a bar.  There are many large plantations where women and children are employed at very low wages and in poor conditions.  But there are also co-operatives producing Fairtrade cocoa where the price paid for the crop is fixed, the members receive a premium to spend on community projects and child labour is banned. The Fairtrade Mark on products made with cocoa from these co-operatives guarantees this.

On 10th March at 10.30 am at St James Church Southbroom Devizes there will be Fairtrade Coffee and Cakes