Remembering Wirksworth Fair Trade
A service was held at West Derbyshire URC on Saturday 11th June to commemorate the growth and development of Fair Trade in Wirksworth and those people who were instrumental in it. The Reverend Reg Dean then minister of the URC was one of the main instigators of the movement and with other members of the local Christian Aid group helped to set up the first Fair Trade shop in Wirksworth and make Wirksworth a Fair Trade Town.

Anne Oldak described to us how the first shop was established at the old carpet shop in the Market Place, and it then moved to Reg and Anne Dean’s house.

Jane and Robin Stokes explained how they were involved when it became a cooperative and later, they became the proprietors of the shop which they ran for many years before retiring and closing the shop this year. It had become increasingly difficult for them because their main supplier Trade Craft struggled after Brexit to be economically viable and eventually closed the trading arm of their business.
Fair Trade goods are still available in Wirksworth at Marsdens and Scoppa and it is hoped that in the future it will be possible to extend this again.

A display of photographs and posters helped to show us some of the producers in different parts of the world helped by Fair Trade over the years.

Thanks were given to Jane and Robin for their work and commitment to Fair Trade over the years. (Jan Hall)