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Schools take part in Fairtrade visit

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Published: 18/02/2014

​We are part of the South Gloucestershire Fairtrade Group which will be hosting a coffee producer from Nicaragua who will be visiting local schools and sharing her passion for Fairtrade coffee. Plus a number of schools in South Gloucestershire are entering a competition to create unusual recipes using Fairtrade bananas.

Margarita Espinoza is a Fairtrade coffee producer from Nicaragua. She will be visiting schools and colleges in South Gloucestershire during the fortnight to present lessons and assemblies about life in Nicaragua and talk about the positive impact being a Fairtrade producer has had on her life, and also the lives of her family and community.

She will be visiting Christchurch Junior School in Downend, Mangotsfield Secondary School, Castle School in Thornbury and Crossways Junior School in Thornbury, and will also be speaking at a range of Fairtrade events.

Throughout the fortnight schools across South Gloucestershire can apply to take part in a competition to invent unusual Fairtrade banana recipes such as banana curry, banana burgers, banana pie, or anything else with bananas, as long as they are Fairtrade. By using Fairtrade bananas they will be supporting the national ‘Stick with Foncho’ campaign which is calling for all bananas sold in the UK to be Fairtrade.

Students can enter by filling out a special recipe card and submitting it to their school by Wednesday 12 March. The winning recipe will be cooked up in the school’s kitchen for all pupils to sample and every recipe submitted will also be included in a downloadable e-book.

Lydia Nash, Fairtrade Co-ordinator at South Gloucestershire Council, said: “Fairtrade Fortnight offers the perfect opportunity to find out more about how the Fairtrade mark guarantees a fair deal for producers in developing countries. We are very pleased that Margarita will be visiting South Gloucestershire to give us a first-hand account of her experience of producing coffee in Nicaragua.

“We also have a range of events where you can find out about all of the Fairtrade products available, and local schools are taking part in a fun competition to invent new banana recipes.”

To register your school’s participation in this competition or for more information, please telephone Lydia Nash on 01454 863119, email or alternatively visit or


Other Fairtrade events taking place in South Gloucestershire include:


Fairtrade presentation

Thursday 20 Feb, 7.30pm

Frenchay Quaker Meeting House, Beckspool Road, Frenchay, South Gloucestershire BS16 1NT

A presentation from Fairtrade Coffee producer Margarita Espinoza with time for questions.


South West Fairtrade schools conference

Wednesday 26 February, 9am to 2.30pm

South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (Filton Campus), Filton Avenue, Filton BS34 7AT

An opportunity for pupils to find out more about Fairtrade and how local schools can get involved in the movement.


Thornbury Fairtrade fair

Saturday 1 March, 10am to 12pm

The Swan, 17 High Street, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire BS35 2AE

A chance to meet Margarita Espinoza and hear her story, as well as enjoying a selection of stalls, a Traidcraft stand, food samples, and a quiz.


Fairtrade talk at United Ladies Guild in Wick

Wednesday 5 March, 2.30pm to 4pm

St Bartholomew Church, Wick, South Gloucestershire BS30 5QL

Lydia Nash, South Gloucestershire Fairtrade Co-ordinator, looks at what Fairtrade means for producers in the Global South and answers any questions. There will also be a Traidcraft stall offering Fairtrade products.

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