Please Sainsbury’s Don’t Ditch Fairtrade Tea!

Campaigners outside Sainsbury's AGM

Campaigners outside Sainsbury’s AGM

Please help us to encourage Sainsbury’s not to ditch fairtrade tea. Sainsbury’s is one of the largest retailers of fairtrade goods  but unfortunately they have decided to abandon Fairtrade certification on some of their own- brand tea products and pilot their own scheme instead know as “fairly traded”.

Tea farmers in Africa have publicly opposed the move away from the Fairtrade Mark as it takes away their power to decide where to invest the Fairtrade Premium in their communities. We are concerned that this new ‘Fairly Traded’ tea, and any products that follow it, could mean an unfair deal for poor farmers.

So please make your concern known by following these 3 steps

  • Step 1: Personalise and print our letter to Sainsbury’s and get as many people in your parish to sign it
  • Step 2: Print our ‘Ditching Fairtrade: Not my cup of tea’ mug and take a group photo with it outside your local Sainsbury’s
  • Step 3: Hand in the letter to the local store manager. You can go one step further by purchasing a box of ‘Fairly Traded’ tea and then return it immediately with the letter, explaining why you don’t want Sainsbury’s ditching Fairtrade.

A day of action is being planned for Saturday 28th October so do get involved. If you want to organise a group action you can find an organiser’s guide, Fairtrade mug props, fliers and even a template press release on the Don’t Ditch Fairtrade website. Plan your event, take pictures on the day and send them to me so that I can put them on the blog.

Many thanks


Romero Pilgrimage from Emsworth to Portsmouth Cathedral

Setting off from Emsworth

Setting off from Emsworth

Parishioners from Emsworth and Havant set off on Saturday 9th September  to walk to St John’s Cathedral 17 starting and 35 arriving joined by friends from neighbouring worshipping communities. Maureen Thompson our CAFOD parish volunteer at SS Thomas of Canterbury and Thomas Moore Church Emsworth who organised the pilgrimage has shared the reflections and prayers from the pilgrimage….

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Come to our MP Correspondent training on 21st October

Dan Hale ( Head of Campaigns)

Dan Hale ( Head of Campaigns)

You are invited to our MP Correspondent training on Saturday 21st October at St Joan of Arc Church hall Tilford road Farnham GU9 8DJ from 10am to 1pm.  Dan Hale (Head of  Campaigns ) will lead the training which will include sessions on lobbying and our faith, getting to know you MP, how to frame questions and writing to your MP.

Places are limited so book yours today by contacting or call 01252 329385

St Joan of Arc Church is 5 minutes walk from Farnham station  and just off the A31 with plenty of parking.

Map of showing St Joan of Arc church

Map of showing St Joan of Arc church