Camborne has had its status as a Fairtrade town officially renewed for a further two years and, to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, has its very own Fairtrade flag flying from the council offices. 

Fairtrade Fortnight runs from 24 February to 8 March and is an annual campaign that highlights the importance of ensuring a living income for farmers worldwide by encouraging people to buy Fairtrade products. Camborne first achieved Fairtrade accreditation in 2009 – the first place in Cornwall to do so.

Radio Cornwall did live inserts into its breakfast programme from the Wesley Café in Camborne on Pancake Day. Part of the Wesley Centre, the café achieved a bronze Fairtrade certificate in 2019 and is aiming to build on that success this year.

“We use Fairtrade Columbian coffee, a range of Fairtrade flavoured teas and Fairtrade sugar,” said the centre’s volunteer coordinator Tracey Hunt. “Our mission is to support global communities as well as local suppliers and we do all we can to ensure the ingredients we use in the fifty-odd meals on wheels we organise on a daily basis, as well as the food and drink on sale in our café, are sourced responsibly and ethically.”

Joining Tracey and Radio Cornwall presenter Naomi Kennedy in the café were Brian Terry, who manages Camborne’s Fairtrade credentials, George Le Hunte, Vice Chairman of Camborne Regeneration Forum, town mayor David Wilkins and BID (Business Improvement District) manager Anna Pascoe.

“People in Camborne are very supportive of initiatives that help improve lives and Fairtrade is certainly one of them,” said Anna. “It isn’t just our food and drink businesses who support it either – clothing shops and hairdressing salons are making Fairtrade changes to their supply chains too.”

Camborne’s accredited Fairtrade businesses include Wilson’s Café, Aldi, Chapel Street Boutique, Delight 2 Bite, Sands Boutique, Scallywags Café, Tesco, Trevithick’s Café and the Tyacks Hotel.