There will be exhibitions and displays from next Monday to Friday, March 7, at the Civic Centre foyer on weekdays from 9am to 5.30pm
Food and drink are at the heart of the celebrations for Fairtrade Fortnight starting on Sunday.
And this year is Reading’s 10th as a Fairtrade Town,
Sharing a video link with the Jubilee Centre in Ndola in Zambia, the annual event starts with a church service at 10am at St Nicolas Church in Sutcliffe Avenue, Earley, with Fairtrade refreshments.
And at 10.30am the same day at Greyfriars Church in Friar Street, there will be a presentation on Fairtrade during the service. Debates, breakfasts, pancakes, chocolate tastings, a cafe crawl and a big brew-up are among the activities to look forward to.
The following are planned for the fortnight:
– Monday, February 24 – 11am Reading Fairtrade Launch Exhibition at the Civic Centre with the Mayor of Reading Marian Livingston and David Sutton who chairs the Reading Fairtrade steering group, 6.30pm to 7.30pm Fairtrade debate at the Palmer Building Room G03, University of Reading
– Tuesday, February 25 – 8.30am to 10am, Fairtrade Breakfast On The Go at the World Shop, 35 to 39 in London Street, Central Reading, with cereals, fruit, honey, coffee, tea and fruit juices service outside.
– Friday, February 28 – 10am to noon, The Big Brew, tea and coffee and a Traidcraft stall at the parish centre, St John Bosco Church, Western Avenue, Woodley.
– Saturday, March 1 – 10am to 12.30pm, Oxfam Fairtrade tasting with tea, coffee, chocolate and other food, Oxfam Bookshop, High Street, Reading town centre.
– Saturday, March 1 – noon, join the Fairtrade Cafe Crawl starting at the Dolce Vita Cafe at the University of Reading finishing at the Global Cafe in London Street and visiting Tutti Frutti at Reading Station, Greyfriars Ministries in Friar Street, Shed in Merchants Place and Picnic in Butter Market on the way.
– Sunday, March 2 – 10am, Parish communion focussing on Fairtrade fortnight at St John’s Church, Gosbrook Road, Caversham, 10.30am morning worship with a focus on Fairtrade at Park United Reformed Church in Palmer Park Avenue, East Reading, followed at 11.45am by a browse around the Fairtrade stall.
– Monday, March 3 – 7.30pm, Civic Reception for twin town San Francisco Libre hosted by the mayor with special guest Jimmy Zamora with Fairtrade refreshments in the Kennet Room and the Mayor’s Parlour.
– Tuesday, March 4 – 5pm to 7pm, Shrove Tuesday pancakes served by the University of Reading chaplaincy and the Vegan Society at the Chaplaincy Centre, Park House, Whitknights campus.
– Friday, March 7 – noon to 2pm, lunchtime with Tayhir Abasi from the Palestinian Fairtrade olive company, Zaaytoun, at the Palmer Building, room G01, University of Reading, Whiteknights campus, 7pm, 10th anniversary celebrations, RISC Conference Room with speakers from Fairtrade companies and a Middle Eastern tasting and Fairtrade cake and wine.
– Saturday, March 8 – 10am to 12.30pm, The Big Brew, Fairtrade tea, coffee and biscuits and a Traidcraft stall and a speaker on the work of the Berkshire Credit Union (Community Savings and Loans), St Barnabas Church, Elm Street, off Shinfield Road, 3pm, Celebrating Women’s Day with Just Trade jewellery, World Shop, 35-39 London Street.
– Sunday, March 9 – 10.30am, Morning worship with a focus on Fairtrade, followed by a browse round a Fairtrade stall at 11.45am at Park United Reformed Church, Palmer Park Avenue, East Reading.
– Wednesday, March 12 – 7.30pm, Colombian Fruit Trade, a talk by Enrique Duarte at RISC, London Street, 6pm to 11pm, Exotic Fairtrade cocktail night, the Global Cafe, London Street.
There will also be exhibitions and displays from next Monday to Friday, March 7, at the Civic Centre foyer on weekdays from 9am to 5.30pm, during opening hours through the same period at Reading Central Library and in the foyer at Reading University where there will be a display of Fairtrade sportswear.