Neston Fairtrade Town Steering Group

contact [email protected]  0151 336 6305 for further details

What is Fairtrade? Why buy Fairtrade products?

Fairtrade gives people the power to change the world, for the better, every time they shop. The Fairtrade logo, seen on many products, is a sign that the product has been ethically traded under the Fairtrade scheme. Fairtrade ensures that the people who grow our food or produce the material for clothing receive a fair price for their work and long-term contracts. In addition, the growers earn a Fairtrade Premium – a cash lump sum to invest in vital business, social and environmental projects.

Who is in the steering group?

Members of the Steering Group represent the Local Council, Town Council, WIs, local churches, local Trade Justice group and local business or anyone with an interest in Fairtrade.

What is the aim of the steering group?

The aim of the group is to achieve Fairtrade Town status for Neston and to raise awareness of Fairtrade in local businesses, community groups and at local events.

What is Fairtrade Town Status and how is it achieved?

Fairtrade Town Status is an award from the Fairtrade Foundation ( to towns which meet the five criteria (see below) to demonstrate the community’s commitment to Fairtrade.

There are five criteria to be met:

  • Town Council to commit to buying only Fairtrade items for refreshments for Neston Town Council meetings and events where appropriate. Achieved
  • Fairtrade products are readily available in local shops.( Look out for the Fairtrade mark on products in Sainsbury, Aldi and Tesco). Achieved
  • Local workplaces and community organisations use Fairtrade products. The majority of our churches serve Fairtrade tea and coffee. Acheved
  • Hold awareness-raising events across the community. Since the establishment of the steering group in October 2015 many events have been held. See some of these events in the photos below. Achieved
  • Establish a Fairtrade steering group. Achieved

Can I join the group?

If you have an interest in Fairtrade you are always welcome. Contact [email protected] 0151 336 6305 for further details. The group meets five or six times a year at Neston Methodist Church.

December 2019 – Neston Christmas Market

A Festive Fairtrade Feast of cakes fed folk at Neston Christmas Market. In the Town Hall a Fairtrade cafe provided Fairtrade tea and coffee with cakes and scones made with Fairtrade ingredients.
The Mayor, Councillor Dominic Roberts, received a framed certificate from Mrs Margaret Heibel, Chair of Neston Fairtrade Group, to celebrate Neston’s recently anounced Fairtrade Town Status.
Mr John Tacon (acting Chair of Chester Fairtrade Group) brought congratulations from Cheshire West and Chester Fairtrade Group.

November 2019 – Neston Town Council celebrates Fairtrade Town Status award
Neston Mayor, Councillor Dominic Roberts, accepts a certificate in recognition of Neston Town Council’s commitment to serve Fairtrade tea and coffee at all their meetings. This commitment meets the first of five criteria necessary to achieve Fairtrade Town Status. Photo shows the Mayor with Neston Town Councillors and members of Neston Fairtrade Group with Margaret Heibel (chair)

October 2019 – Neston is declared a Fairtrade Town!

On 15th October 2019 Neston was awarded Fairtrade Status. The award means that Neston Council, local business and the wider community have made a commitment to buy and supply Fairtrade Certified goods wherever possible and promote Fairtrade.

The campaign for Neston to become a Fairtrade Town started in 2015, when a small group of Fairtrade enthusiasts came together to form The Neston Fairtrade Steering Group. They worked to help the town achieve Fairtrade status and meet the requirements laid down by the Fairtrade Foundation, which governs the scheme.

The Steering group promoted Fairtrade to local businesses, schools, churches and other community organisations. They worked to make sure that least four Fairtrade products could be purchased in the local Neston shops and eateries. A well-stocked and informative Fairtrade Stall became a regular feature at special Friday Markets, Summer Fairs and other community celebrations and events.

In declaring Neston a Fairtrade Town the Fairtrade Foundation made the following comments:

“It is wonderful to see that Fairtrade is really becoming a part of the Neston community through the active support shown by the groups, organisations and businesses!”

September 2019 – What on earth…

A Fairtrade cafe provided a warm welcome  at Neston’s Earth Festival. Customers enjoyed quality Fairtrade tea and coffee, biscuits and cakes. Fairtrade samples were freely available. The cafe was run by members of Neston Fairtrade Town Group.

Justin Madders enjoys a Fairtrade cuppa

July 2019 – A Fairtrade Stall attracted plenty of attention at Neston Village Fair 2019.

Visitors to the stall enjoyed a variety of Fairtrade samples.

June 2019 – Fairtrade says Thank You to Ness & Little Neston WI

A Thank You certificate was presented by Margaret Heibel, Chair of Neston Fairtrade Town Group, to President Pauline Pollard and Refreshments Coordinator Georgina Walker of Ness & Little Neston WI. The WI supports Fairtrade by serving Fairtrade refreshments at their regular meetings.

February 2019 – Fairtrade Fortnight Market Stall

To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2019, Neston Fairtrade Group held a market stall where free Fairtrade chocolate tasters were enjoyed by the many visitors to our stall. Iced coffee, nuts and other Fairtrade products were also enthusiastically sampled. Thank you to the many who showed an interest in the stall – we enjoyed your conversations. The Fairtrade system ensures the farmer/producer receives a fair price for providing the food we enjoy.

December 2018 – Neston Christmas Market

Festive Fairtrade with Cllr Janet Griffiths and Mayor Pat Kynaston

Fairtrade fun for families with Irene Pendleton

November 2018 – Who supports Fairtrade? We do!

As Neston moves closer to becoming a Fairtrade Town, members of Neston Fairtrade Group presented ‘thank you’ certificates in venues across the town. The Fairtrade system ensures that farmers who grow our food in some of the poorest countries are paid fairly. In a society where money is the driving force, regardless of what is fair, Neston shoppers can show that they belong to a caring community by the way they shop.

Fairtrade at the Welcome Café

Councillor Louise Gittins, Margaret Heibel and Gaynor Marsden present a certificate to Lay Pastor Len Sloan, of the Welcome Café held each Friday morning in Neston Methodist Church where Fairtrade products are served to the local community.

Fairtrade at Sainsbury’s

Margaret Heibel, Chair of Neston Fairtrade Group, presents a ‘thank you’ certificate to Louise Irvine (PR Ambassador} in recognition of Sainsbury’s support for Fairtrade.  Sainsbury’s donate free samples for many of our local stalls.

Neston Community and Youth Centre promotes Fairtrade

Margaret Heibel, Chair of Neston Fairtrade Group, presented a ‘thank you’ certificate to Val Sargent and Zaria Shreef of Neston Community & Youth Centre, for raising awareness of Fairtrade at the Wildlife Festival in September.

From left Cheryl Ellis, Irene Pembleton, Gaynor Marsden, Margaret Heibel

From left Zeta Emmett (Womens Institute); Janet Griffiths (Town Council & Civic Society); Cheryl Ellis (Wirral Trade Justice); Margaret Heibel (Neston & District Churches Together); Louise Irvine (Sainsbury’s).

September 2018 – Fairtrade stall at Wildlife Festival at NC&YC

Neston Fairtrade Town Group provided Fairtrade refreshments and an information display and tasting stall at the Community Wildlife Festival at NCYC. The emphasis was ‘Our Community can buy Fairtrade products locally and make a difference to people in less developed countries by providing them with Fair wages and decent working conditions’.

June 2018 – Fairtrade stall at Neston Village Fair

Neston Fairtrade Town Steering Group have achieved 4 of the 5 goals to becoming a Fairtrade Town, are working towards the last goal and plan to apply for status this autumn.

We had a lovely sunny day and people enjoyed tasting the Fairtrade samples. Many thanks for donations of bananas from Sainsbury’s; and Divine chocolate, Traidcraft Geobars, Liberation Nuts and dried mango and pineapple from Tropical Wholefoods.

Cllr Martin Barker and Mayor of Neston Pat Kynaston wth Justin Madders and his wife.

January 2018 – Little Neston  Supports Fairtrade

A certificate of thanks was presented by Neston’s Fairtrade Group to Village News for selling Fairtrade Products.
Little Neston Methodist Church held a Christmas tree display and their Fairtrade rep, Jean Hutcheon, decorated one with Fairtrade symbols
Fairtrade Fortnight was 26th February-11th March 2018 and the Neston Fairtrade Town Steering Group and local Churches invited more people to support Fairtrade.
For more information on Fairtrade contact Margaret Heibel email

December 2017 – Neston Victorian Christmas Festival

Neston Mayor Pat Kynaston, Cheshire WI Zeta Emmett, and Janet Griffiths at the Fairtrade stall at the Neston Victorian Christmas Festival

March 2016 – Neston Town supported Fairtrade Fortnight

The Neston Fairtrade Town Steering Group held a ‘Sit Down for Breakfast, Stand up for Fairtrade’ event at Neston Town Hall on Saturday 5th March 2016 to highlight the difference people can make to the lives of producers by buying Fairtrade goods.
Free Fairtrade refreshments & Fairtrade samples were enjoyed and £200 worth of purchases were made from the Traidcraft & ‘And Albert’ stalls. Over 200 people, including MP Justin Madders & Neston Town Mayor Mike Shipman, supported the event.

Mike Shipman (Mayor of Neston) and Justin Madders (MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston)

Neston Fairtrade Town Steering Group