Lichfield has a strong Fairtrade movement with over 100 organisations supporting Fairtrade .  Our City, District and County Councils are all committed to Fairtrade. 

We proudly proclaim our city’s ‘Fairtrade City’ status on the eight welcome boards on the main entrance roads into Lichfield. 

As we celebrate the third anniversary of achieving Fairtrade City status, it is a good time to ask – Where should we be going over the next five years with Fairtrade in Lichfield? 

As part of Fairtrade Fortnight here in Lichfield, the Fairtrade Lichfield Committee is organising an open meeting to discuss the future of Fairtrade in our city. 

It is on Saturday 5 March from 3.00 – 4.30 pm at the Lichfield Methodist Church in Tamworth Street.

We are pleased to welcome Paul Spray, Policy Director of Traidcraft to lead our discussion.  He is one of the country’s leading experts on justice in world trade.  Paul has previously worked for the government’s Department for International Development and for Christian Aid in policy work on how world trade can be a major force for overcoming world poverty. 

Also, everyone is welcome at Speakers Corner in Dam Street at 12.00 noon to celebrate the launch of an exciting piece of public art work made by students at the South Staffs College. 

It is being created from over 300 Fairtrade City spoons into the shape of the Fairtrade logo.  On each spoon the students have painted the face of a local Fairtrade supporter or a Third World producer. 

It will then go on display at different sites around the city.