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Fighting poverty through trade
Deddington has supported Traidcraft since 1993, when Elizabeth Tothill hosted a monthly sale in her house in High Street until she left for Malta in 2000. In March 2002 Canon Hugh Marshall started Deddington Fairtraders with an Open Day at home in The Daedings. In September that year he set up the first Traidcraft stall in the church during the Farmers’ Market. The stall has been there every month since then until February 2020, taking on average £200 in 200 minutes.
With the unflagging help of Diana the stock was kept in the Marshalls’ garage, sharing the space with all the other things which fill garages. As Hugh’s health failed, the stock was moved to a small garage at The Knowle, where Viviane Hall became the stock controller, as well as book-keeper, with Christopher as porter and publicist. The monthly market stall was staffed by Viviane, Diana Marshall, Kath Morris and Anny Sharman. Between markets, Viviane has filled a steady flow of individual orders, benefitting from Traidcraft’s ‘Top Fairtrader’ status. Sadly the market stall has now been surrendered as no volunteers with the needed energy, strength and time could make the monthly commitment.
In the 18 years since 2002 Deddington Fairtraders has turned over nearly £107,000, from this over £3000 has been paid to the church (in lieu of rent), and nearly £6000 to Traidcraft Exchange, the charity which helps Traidcraft’s producers increase their income.
Even though the Traidcraft stall will no longer be at the market, Viviane is happy to continue to take orders for the wide range of Fairtrade foods, crafts and domestic products available from Traidcraft, saving individual customers the postage payable when placing online orders. Catalogues are available from her … Still Fighting Poverty through Trade!
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