Indian Summer

October 19, 2017

What do Choppards and Tamil Nadu have in common?!

Choppards Mission is perhaps better known for its strawberry teas, howling gales and sweeping, horizontal rain. So, it was almost magical that last Saturday, 14th October – balmy by Yorkshire standards – was perfect to greet musician Vijay Venkat, born in steamy Read more…

A Taste of Honey

October 1, 2017

A Taste of Honey, the first of a planned series of thought-provoking evenings at Fair Trader, certainly plugged into the zeitgeist and was a sell-out. Three speakers each gave us a different slant on their relationship with bees.

Shop volunteer, Judy Griffiths, started the evening by telling us of her family’s Read more…

Malawi Coffee Co-operative Visit

June 23, 2017

On 25th May 2017, Fair Trader secretary Mark Lewis visited The Mangoni Coffee Co-operative in Lizulu, near Ntcheu, Malawi in the company of John Mulangeni, project manager of Co-operative Enterprise Pathways for Economic and Environmental Sustainability in Malawi Project (CEPEESM).

The Mangoni Coffee Co-operative was established in February 2015 with support from Read more…


May 15, 2017

Make YOUR day special to someone-else

Whether you’re planning a country casual or city chic wedding – for eight or 800 guests – your SPECIAL DAY could give people around the world and local designer-makers something to celebrate too.

Fair Trader’s WEDDING WEEKEND on 20 and 21 May features displays of beautiful Read more…

Flavours of Palestine

March 25, 2017

On Friday March 10th, the vibrant colours and stunning flavours of Palestinian cooking came to the Yorkshire Pennine village of Brockholes! Organised by Holmfirth-based Fair Trader (, the event featured a Palestinian speaker and Palestinian Fairtrade meal.

Over fifty ticket holders listened to Palestinian community leader Taysir Arbasi of Zaytoun ( Read more…

Co-operation and partnership in Mexico

January 30, 2017

John Smith of Sol Kids with FT volunteer Megan Johnson

A 2015 report from the True and Fair Foundation entitled ‘A Hornet’s Nest’ looked at 5,543 charities which raised more than £500,000 last year. It claimed that one in five spent less than 50 per cent of their donations Read more…

Back to the future?

January 9, 2017

Will these, one day, be the only images that will remain of once thriving civilisations?

One we know was 1000 years ago, the other may well be perhaps 100 years from now with these buildings emerging from an expanded North Sea.

Amazingly the cause could be the same – humanity’s disregard for, Read more…

Peter Turner-50 years in the Wool Industry

October 24, 2016

A packed audience of Fair Trader members and guests enjoyed a fascinating talk from Peter of The James Company, who supply us with a superb range of British woollen textile products from their mill in nearby Huddersfield.

His vivid recollection of the smells of greasy wool and the noise of the Read more…

Fair Trader follows world leaders with girl power as four new women join the board

October 17, 2016

At the AGM on Monday 25th July, Fair Trader announced four new board members and, just like the pattern we see of world leaders at the moment, they have gone for an all-female cast. The new board members are Michelle Brown, Kathryn Sheard, Shelagh Uden and Liz Cuerden. All of Read more…

Fired & Wired – ArtWeek Preview

July 13, 2016

A great time was had by all who attended the Art week Fringe Preview on Friday evening. They enjoyed some delicious nibbles prepared by Geraldine and Kathryn, including gluten/dairy/citrus free options, washed down with Fairtrade Torrontes , Cabernet Sauvignon, or raspberry/blueberry fizz.

Local potter Dave Helm was exhibiting his work featuring Read more…

New Yaccabe range launched from refurbished fair trader shop

May 12, 2016

April 29th  saw a double celebration for the fair trader. One year after start up, the second Yaccabe range was unveiled, now including cards and jewellery as well as her fabulous clothes. At the same time, six years after start up and still going strong, the refurbished fair trader shop was Read more…

Golcar St John’s School flies the Fairtrade flag

May 8, 2016


On Wednesday 20th April 2016, all 212 children at Golcar St John’s CE Junior and Infant School took part in a Fairtrade assembly. The school, with pupils aged 4-11, is part of the Aspire Co-operative Learning Trust and fair trader is a Trust partner.

Volunteers from fair trader were part of Read more…

Anno’s Africa Visits fair trader

April 4, 2016

It was great to have Bee Gilbert, Director of Anno’s Africa, visit the Fair Trader last week.

Anno’s Africa is a UK based children’s arts charity running educational arts projects for children living in slum conditions in Kenya. The charity was set up in memory of Anno Birkin a young, gifted writer and Read more…

Fair Trader heads to Westminster!

March 10, 2016

On a wild, wet 1st March, we headed to the House of Commons, where MPs were launching an all-party parliamentary group (APPG) to promote Fairtrade.

There was a distinctly local flavour to this event, as we were joined by other members of Holme Valley Fairtrade and students from Honley High School.

It’s Read more…

Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 – All Day Breakfast

March 8, 2016

Sit down for breakfast, stand up for farmers

As part of Holme Valley Fairtrade’s fortnight of events, Fair Trader had a stall in the Holmfirth Upper Market Hall.

We were also promoting fabulous Grumpy Mule coffees, locally roasted at Meltham.  Fairtrade means that communities choose how to spend the Fairtrade Premium – Read more…

900 Gift-Wrapped Mugs? No Problem!

December 24, 2015

fair trader Holmfirth wins contract to supply 900 gift wrapped mugs from a family pottery in Southern India to Lincolnshire Co-op

300kg of beautifully wrapped corporate gifts given to Lincolnshire Co-op’s members at meetings

fair trader has safely delivered 900 gift wrapped mugs from a family pottery in Southern India to Lincolnshire Read more…

Eswatini Visit fair trader

December 15, 2015

Hilary, Shelagh, Bosie, Emma, Vusie and John flying the flag for Swaziland and Eswatini in fait trader

It’s not everyday we get visitors from Swaziland, so it was brilliant to welcome Vusie Nkambule from Eswatini Kitchen who works with the smallholder women farmers who supply the organic fruit and vegetables  for Read more…

fair trader takes a stand by using Black Friday to make a difference in Nepal

November 15, 2015

We will donate 5p to our Nepal charities for every pound spent with us on Black Friday

Black Friday (27th November) is now an international shopping frenzy started by the Americans who, having gorged themselves over their Thanksgiving feasts, hit the shops chasing Christmas bargains. Spending of over $59bn was reported Read more…

The Best of Colombia at fair trader

October 1, 2015

On Saturday 26th September during Holmfirth Food and Drink Festival, fair trader celebrated the launch of Pura Panela and Dark Woods’ Tormento blend, its finest Colombian coffee.

Natalia Welch, Managing Director of Pura Panela, came along for the day to introduce visitors to the unique taste of Panela, an organic sugar Read more…

Fair Trader contributes to reducing global warming!

September 9, 2015

Our charity of the year in 2014 was Root to Fruit in Malawi, a social enterprise that grows and distributes tree seedlings into the local community in the north of the country. The trees improve the air, rain cycle, and soil around their homes, while creating income-generating activities through Read more…

Poppies from Peru and Other Inspiring Tales from Just Trade

July 26, 2015

On Tuesday 21st July we were treated to a talk by Laura Cave of Just Trade about her travels, her background as a jeweller and Just Trade’s amazing projects in Peru,  Ecuador and Tamil Nadu in Southern India.  Her words and pictures will linger, long after she’s left the Holme Read more…

Commemorating Five Years Endeavour – Was it worth it?

June 9, 2015

In early 2009 five members of the Holme Valley Fairtrade Support Group met to discuss how they could do more to promote fair trade. They shared a common vision, namely to make a difference by:

Providing sustainable small suppliers, particularly co-operatives, with a supportive partner; and thereby help disadvantaged communities.

Giving customers Read more…

It’s a small world – Nepal Fundraising Event

June 8, 2015

Black Hill may be only 1900ft high compared with Mount Everest’s 29,000 but there is clearly a strong bond of friendship between our community and that of our suppliers in Nepal. The fundraising event on Friday was sold out days in advance and nearly 40 people were packed into the Read more…

First Crack and a Good Grind at Dark Woods

June 1, 2015

A small group of fair trader members gathered recently to taste coffees for our new fair trader brand at Dark Woods Coffee near Marsden , a few miles from the shop. Dark Woods was started last year by three locals ;Damian who worked for a large well-respected company, in charge Read more…

Folk Festival Weekend

May 19, 2015



We had a very successful beer tasting event with live music over the Friday and Saturday of the Holmfirth Festival of Folk to mark the expansion of the range of local beers now on sale at fair trader. As well as established favourites from The Nook and Little Valley Brewery, Read more…

The fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Schools

March 24, 2015

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2015, a fellow member of the Holme Valley Fair Trade group, fairandfunky, held their first ever fairandfunky Fairtrade Conference for Schools on the 6th of March. The conference was fully booked with 80 students and 20 teachers from across Kirklees coming together to celebrate and learn Read more…

Yaccabe Launch at Fair Trader

March 10, 2015


Over fifty excited visitors were at Fair Trader on Friday night to witness the unveiling of the fabulous new Yaccabe clothing range. They were celebrating an important milestone in realising the members’ vision for their co-operative. When Fair Trader started five years ago, it always had the aim of supporting Read more…

A Fair Trader’s Journey : Malawi

March 4, 2015

A scene of devastation in Blantyre, Malawi

How many of us are aware that 276 people were killed and 230,000 made homeless by the floods that hit Malawi in January of this year? It came home to me when a family member called Cedric asked for help to rebuild his house Read more…

On the Lookout for Future Suppliers: Fair Trader Visits Zapco

February 24, 2015

In 2013 Fair Trader’s director, Mark Lewis, visited Zapco, a small co-operative in Malawi that produces a range of organically grown fruit and vegetables. Established in 2004, this co-operative now has over 120 members, growing mango, guava, avocado, tomato and other crops, which are all farmed organically. They have jointly Read more…

The principles of Fair Trader

December 19, 2014

As part of the launch of Fair Trader’s new blog, it would be useful at the outset to outline what basic principles govern how the organisation conducts its business and how these principles are connected to the fair trade movement in the world at large.

As a-not-for profit organisation, we are Read more…

A new blog for Fair Trader

Welcome to Fair Trader’s brand new blog!

As part of the launch of Fair Trader’s new website ( and webshop ( we have also launched a new blog.

This new blog will provide, in keeping with our motto, a ‘journey of discovery’ into the world of fair trade and cooperative movements, providing up-to-date posts Read more…