Kirkby Lonsdale is a Fairtrade Town

Kirkby Lonsdale has been a Fairtrade Town and with allied with the Cumbria Fairtrade Network since 2007. We continue to work with the Fairtrade Foundation to amplify the voices of marginalized producers.

What does Fairtrade Town mean?

We raise awareness of and support the trade of Fairtrade products to alleviate poverty by campaigning for a fair system of international trade.  The Information & Gift Shop, along with many other shops in town including Booths, The Royal Barn and Abrahams sell Fairtrade products such as chocolate, coffee and belts.

How can you get involved?

As a Fairtrade Town, Kirkby lonsdale takes part in and promotes Fairtrade events such as Fairtrade Fortnight in February and the Great Big Green Week in September. Keep up to date with all the upcoming talks, fundraisers and workshops by keeping an eye out on our social media and visiting the Fairtrade Foundation Website.

The Cumbria Fairtrade Network also organise events and are a good place to keep in touch with local news and activities. 

Fairtrade Fortnight

“The World I Want” Poetry Competition

Dear Creative Writers (All Ages)…

We want to collect short poems inspired by “The World I Want”. Find inspiration from the world around you as well as on the Fairtrade Foundation website – and send your poems to us!

Make a Promise to My Planet Postcard Competition

Kirkby Lonsdale launched a postcard competition called A Promise to My Planet – My Message to COP26. We are invited everyone to send their message to politicians and MPs at COP26 in Glasgow and take the lead in making a promise to the planet to tackle climate change. 

The competition was judged by local MP Tim Farron at the weekly charter market on Thursday 7th October 2021.

A Pilgrimage for Nature  

A Pilgrimage for Nature came to Kirkby Lonsdale on Saturday 2nd October 2021. They shared some of their stories and ideas, and collected some of Kirkby Lonsdale’s in return.

Listening to The Land is an independent civil society movement, co-produced by Kriya Arts and No-Planet B Initiative. They are walking a Pilgrimage for Nature from London to Glasgow, collecting stories and supporters on the way as they complete their 400 mile journey. They performed at the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow at the end of October, inspired by their journey and the communities they meet on the way.

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