Toasting a Fairtrade tipple or two

Raise your glass to a fairer world on Sunday when fairtrade wines take centre stage at the De La Warr Pavilion between 12-15-2.15pm.

Its part of Fairtrade Fortnight activity and celebration of 20 years of Fairtrade UK, and visitors will be able to sample a cheeky Pinot Grigio or tuck into a robust Shiraz as part of the event.

Bexhill Fairtrade committee also organised a showing at St Mary Magdalene’s hall of Fairtrade Matters, a film showing the effect of adopting the fairtrade logo on farmers, their families, and communities but admit there is still some way to go because only 37% of bananas, 10% of tea, and 2% of the world’s cocoa are currently fairly traded.

Local campaigners believe that changing the items in your shopping basket will build a better future, and chairman of the committee Jack Doherty asked: “How can people who know the facts actually buy food, clothing, school uniform which is made in sweatshops or using child labour with the consequences of hunger and bleak futures for millions? We dont need Lent to spur us to do things like select the just and fair items available. Fairplay and thoughtlessness are mind frames.”

The group is also looking forward to the ethical fashion show at Bexhill College on Friday March 13 7pm.