Saturday, 22 February 2020

1 month to go until the Great British Spring Clean- get involved!

It was great to join the amazing volunteers from the Prudhoe Groundforce team this week to tidy up their local community and remove litter. Prudhoe Groundforce do fantastic work all year round to clean up the community in Prudhoe, but with less than a month to go until the Great British Spring Clean 2020, now is the perfect time for everyone to get involved in taking responsibility for the communities we live in.

The Great British Spring Clean is the UK's biggest mass-action environmental campaign. The campaign aims to encourage us to transform out country by creating cleaner streets, parks and beaches and protecting wildlife. We can all commit ourselves to performing individual actions that will make a huge difference, whether that is by picking up litter when you walk the dog or taking part in or hosting a clean-up.

Last year more than 560,000 people took part in the Great British Spring Clean and this year it is hoped that more than 600,000 will take part. You can make your pledge to get involved and help your local community here-

Friday, 21 February 2020

Fairtrade Fortnight

For two weeks every year thousands of companies and individuals come together to mark Fairtrade Fortnight, an opportunity to share the stories of the people who grow our food, drinks and the cotton in our clothes, and who are often exploited and underpaid. This year's Fairtrade Fortnight starts on Monday, running from 24th February- 8th March. The campaign is calling for cocoa farmers to earn a living income and is sharing stories that show the positive impact that Fairtrade has on the women behind your chocolate bar. A living income means enough money to live a dignified life, paying for essentials like clothing, medicine and school. Fairtrade Fortnight is also a great time to remind ourselves of the Fairtrade Standards, which cover price, premium, women's empowerment and environment- more information on the Fairtrade Standards is available at the link below.

Last year's Fairtrade Fortnight saw over 4000 events take place, with 1 million people taking part. You can find out how you can get involved with this year's Fairtrade Fortnight in your community, workplace, faith group or school here-

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Market Day in Hexham

This Saturday is Market Day in Hexham! The Hexham Farmers' Market will take place from 9am-1.30pm in Hexham Market Place, with local farmers and producers from all over Northumberland selling products using locally produced ingredients. The Hexham Farmers' Market takes place fortnightly and is always a great opportunity to support our local producers and economy. Go along and see what local products you can find!