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Bowness and Windermere - A Fairtrade Town.

This and subsequent pages have been produced on behalf of the Windermere and Bowness Fairtrade Group as part of the Windermere & Bowness Chamber of Trade's commitment to community information.

The Windermere and Bowness Chamber of Trade are indebted to the Fairtrade Group for supplying the information for this page.

Activities: 2014: 2009; 2007

First Ten Years | The Future | Updates

Plaque Unveiling Ceremony

Tuesday the 5th May 2009 saw the unveiling of a plaque on The Promenade, Bowness celebrating designating Bowness and Windermere as a Fair Trade Town.  The ceremony was attended by the local MP, Tim Farron, together with a number of local dignitaries, business people and members of the community.


This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by local people dating back to 2005.


The plaque is illustrated in the above banner.


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2014 Activities

On World Fairtrade Day (May 10th), the Windermere and Bowness Fairtrade Town Group held a coffee morning to celebrate 10 year's of the Group's work in the community and the first awarding of the Fairtrade Town Status.

Cllr. Allan Winrow, Mayor of Windermere and Bowness, kindly cut the celebratory cake which was enjoyed by the many people who had come along to help the group celebrate. 


Allan thanked the group for the work they had done to raise the profile of Fairtrade in the community and the quality of their cakes! (Made with many Fairtrade ingredients.)

There was a lovely display of collages illustrating the Fairtrade theme which had been made by the students at St Cuthbert's Primary School, Goodly Dale Primary School and The Windermere Preparatory School.

The Photograph shows Jenny Baker the coordinator of the Fairtrade Group sitting with the Mayor and joined by some of the members of the Fairtrade Group. Allan thanked the group for the work they had done to raise the profile of Fairtrade in the community.


During March 2014, the Fairtrade Group celebrated a successful "Fairtrade Fortnight" throughout the area.

It began with a Coffee morning at Ambleside Parish Centre, part of the love Ambleside campaign then a Sunday Stall at St Martin's Parish Church, Bowness.

2 weeks of Fair Trade at St Mary's Church, Windermere where a rota of church members manned a stall and spread the Fairtrade message.  The first Wednesday saw a stall at the Ambleside Parish Centre and a coffee morning at Alexandra Court, Windermere.  A further coffee morning was held at the Gatesbield, Quaker Church, Windermere.

There was a stall and many banana suits, as worn by Cumbria University students in Ambleside on the middle Saturday.  Promotional material and a postcard petition signing at Booths supermarket with banana suit and blow up bananas.

Stalls and the banana petition were at the Roman Catholic Church in Ambleside and at St Herbert's Windermere.

Joan Stocker gave a presentation at the Carver Reform Church during the Morning Service and also to the town council.

The fortnight ended with 3 days at the Rotary Conference in Newcastle. 

Christine took the promotional banana posters into Windermere Primary School and a poster display was in Windermere Library. Finally, stalls were again at the Ambleside Parish Church and Brathay Church during the weekend of the 15th and 16th March.

Over 1,000 was banked through the day to day takings from all the groups efforts.  The cash indicates the support and interest in our area for Fair Trade. 

If you have signed petitions to post, you may give them to Joan Stocker or Judith Bird who will send them off together to save postage.

Highlights of the first Ten Years

Fairtrade Logo

Fairtrade Fortnight was a great success with local schools taking part in making posters for competitions, cooking food using Fairtrade ingredients and raising awareness in various other ways.  The local churches also raised awareness with their Coffee Mornings and the sale of Fairtrade products.


The local Fairtrade Group also had a Coffee Morning at Beck Lodge with a raffle for a beautiful basket of Fairtrade fruit which was kindly donated by the local Booths Supermarket.  The coffee was donated by Farrers of Kendal.  The group were also 'blessed' to have Elspeth and Alan Harman for this event and they gave several talks and slide presentations, updating the information on the progress being made by the Fairtrade Coffee Farmers in Choche.


The Windermere and Bowness Fairtrade Group had a great deal of support for this event and feel encouraged that so many of our local people feel so strongly about our less fortunate members worldwide.  We would like to thanks all those who gave up their time to support us.


We have nearly sold all the Fairtrade Bags, produced for us by a group of ladies in Bangladesh, so it's goodbye to plastic shopping bags!


In conclusion the group continue to enthusiastically promote Fairtrade products throughout Windermere and Bowness and are constantly looking for new members.



The Mayor of Windermere welcoming a Fairtradefarmer. Group meeting a Fairtrade visitor

Tim Farron MP, with Fairtrade members



Update of Activities

In September 2013 our Fairtrade status was renewed with the support of the Windermere Town Council.  We now look forward to celebrating our tenth birthday in 2014.

Ten members of the Windermere & Bowness Fairtrade Group manned a stall at the Windermere Air Show over the weekend of the 28th/29th July 2007, talking to the public, distributing leaflets and giving out samples of Fairtrade products which were kindly donated by the Co-op shops in Bowness and Windermere.


During the summer term members of the Fairtrade Group took assemblies in five local schools, all of whom are now hoping to achieve Fairtrade status.


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Looking to The Future


The Fairtrade Group are now writing to all local businesses to celebrate our renewed status. and request their continued commitment to Fairtrade.

Look out for news of our tenth birthday celebrations!


2009 Activities

In October 2009 we were delighted to welcome Bruce Crowther, from the Fairtrade Foundation, and friends on their Fairtrade Walk from Garstang (the first Fairtrade town in the UK) to Keswick.

Windermere & Bowness Fairtrade Group celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight with a series of events, including several tea parties, with the aim of encouraging people to swap to at least one Fairtrade product.  On Sunday, February 28th, members of the group, together with Peter Rabbit and Bill Smith, Mayor of Windermere, gathered on Bowness Bay to promote Fairtrade products.  During the course of the afternoon we distributed leaflets and samples, and talked to hundreds of locals and visitors.

One of our members regularly mans a Fairtrade Stall at local events, where a wide range of Fairtrade products can be seen and purchased.

We are currently working on the 3rd Edition of our Fairtrade Directory and plan to have it printed shortly for distribution from outlets around the towns.

Don't forget to look out for the plaque proclaiming our status as a Fairtrade town.  You will find it in the flowerbed next to the zebra crossing, facing the steamer quay. 

Judy Baily - Windermere & Bowness Fairtrade Group

Fairtrade Fortnight - 2007


Monday February 25th, start of exhibitions of work centred around Fairtrade by pupils of Windermere and Goodly Dale Junior Schools at the Bowness Bay Tourist Information Centre. These will continue for at least 2 weeks.


Thursday March 1st, around 90 people attended a coffee morning at Beck Lodge Troutbeck, which raised 127 for Fairtrade funds.  There were displays of products from local stores, and presentations given by two members of the Keswick Fairtrade Group, who had recently returned from Ethiopia to visit Fairtrade coffee farmers and co-operatives in a remote region in the south of the country.

Friday March 2nd, two members of the Bowness & Windermere Fairtrade Group went to Elleray and St. Anne's Schools to take an assembly and to meet pupils , teachers, and parents.

Saturday 3rd March, the Group hosted Samuel Magona a Fairtrade coffee farmer from Uganda to a social evening at Beckside Bowness.  Samuel told us at first hand about the very big difference the Fairtrade social premium had made to the local community.  As well as getting piped water, a school classroom had been built - attended now by children from four villages. Villagers' homes had been improved with corrugated sheet roofs and the coffee beans were now awarded 'organic status' and produced under hygienic conditions. 

All the posters and poems from Goodly Dale and Windermere primary schools are now displayed in the Windermere Library and Bowness Tourist Centre, in response to the competition to illustrate the Fairtrade movement and its meaning.


Fair Trade in Bowness and Windermere


Fairtrade Shopping Bags


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