FAIR TRADE IN KIRRIEMUIR
NOTE OF INITIAL MEETING
WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2012
GLENS & KIRRIEMUIR OLD PARISH CHURCH
Rev Malcolm Rooney – GKOPC MR
Emily Wright – GKOPC EW
Lee Haxton – Community Planning Officer LH
Catriona Duffy – Webster’s High School CD
Eric Summers – Webster’s High School ES
Clare Ross – GKOPC CR
Anne Pole – GKOPC AP
Cllr Jeanette Gaul – Angus Council JG
Monica Hodgkinson – Local Resident MH
Cllr Ronnie Proctor – Angus Council
Andrew Tough – Southmuir Primary School
|1||Welcome and Apologies||ACTION|
|LH welcomed everyone to the meeting and apologies were received as shown.|
|LH provided a summary of the 5 Goals that are required in order to gain Fairtrade Town status.
2.1 Goal 1 – Resolution
Angus Council has previously passed a resolution supporting Fairtrade and serves it to staff and visitors. As a result, Goal 1 is completed. LH supplied a copy of the 2009 resolution and 2012 reaffirmation of Council support for Fairtrade.
2.2 Goal 2 – Retail
In order to meet the standard for Goal 2, retailers must offer at least four Fairtrade goods. In a town the size of Kirriemuir, 3 retailers and 2 caterers must stock, sell or use Fairtrade goods. The group felt that Goal 2 has probably also been achieved, with the following identified.
CD suggested that Webster’s High School pupils could undertake a survey of businesses in Kirriemuir in order to develop a simple database of all of those who use or sell Fairtrade. Thereafter, those on the database would be asked to sign a letter confirming their support for and use of Fairtrade products. This is a crucial part of the application process and JG confirmed that this works best when all members of the group help with canvassing for support. A pro-forma letter is available on the Fairtrade website.
2.3 Goal 3 – Community Effort
The town seeking Fairtrade Town status has to be able to demonstrate wide community support for Fairtrade. Five specific sectors of the community are identified and again the group felt that a number of these were either already represented, or would be willing to offer support.
2.4 Goal 3 – Engagement and PR
This goal requires evidence of events promoting Fairtrade over the course of a year and coverage in local media. The group felt that this would be achievable and acknowledged the importance of keeping a record of all of this evidence. JG confirmed that the experience in Forfar showed that the application process is fairly rigorous and that evidence is sought for all of the claims made in the application.
2.5 Goal 5 – Steering Group
Those present agreed that it would be sensible to form themselves as a Fair Trade Forum for Kirriemuir, which will be constituted at a future meeting. The following roles were agreed:
MR and AP will draft a constitution for the next meeting, using the pro-forma from the website.
JG confirmed that she would be happy to be the Angus Council representative on the steering group and LH stated that he would be happy to assist the group as and when required.
MR & AP
|Fairtrade Fortnight 2013 runs from 25 February until 10 March.
3.1 Glens & Kirriemuir Old Parish Church
MR and AP agreed to organise a large coffee morning, potentially involving all of the churches, for Saturday 9 March in the church hall.
CD and ES agreed that it would be useful to try and organise something involving the schools for the first week in Fairtrade Fortnight. MR asked if there could be designated “Fairtrade Prefects” in Webster’s H.S and ES agreed that it would be a useful development – suggesting that the two Prefects who currently attend Kirriemuir Community Council meetings might be the best option, as they could also seek to involve the Community Council in events and the steering group.
3.3 Other Events
LH suggested that the steering group may want to consider trying to have a stall or some other presence at existing events like Bon Fest or Live in the Den. In addition, LH informed the group that there is an official “pitch” in the town square where a stall could be set up in the better weather. LH offered to make arrangements for booking this if the steering group wanted to use it.
MR & AP
|MR stated that the process would require a significant amount of effort, but that it would mainly be a data gathering exercise, as opposed to an encouraging exercise.
In future the steering group felt that it might be useful to establish a web presence, potentially through a facebook page, or website. MR will arrange for the GKOPC website to include a link to Fairtrade.
MR and ES agreed to work together on an article about Fairtrade which will go into the Church and School newsletters.
MH stated that there were two other potential members of the Steering Group from Lintrathen.
MR & ES
|5||Date of Next Meeting|
|The steering group agreed to meet again on Monday 17 December at 6.30pm in Glens and Kirriemuir Old Parish Church,|