The journey to achieve Fairtrade Village status for Studley began in June 2015 when three 10 year old pupils from a local primary school in Studley attended a Parish Council meeting and gave a presentation on Fairtrade to the Parish Council. The school had already gained its first two Fairtrade awards and the children were eager to spread the Fairtrade word to the whole village.
Following their presentation the Parish Council passed a resolution to work towards becoming a Fairtrade Village.
On 15th October 2015 Studley Fairtrade Campaign steering group held their first meeting. The group comprises members of the Parish Council and Studley Village Hall Committee, Cubs & Scouts, local churches, local schools and local organisations. The group meets every 2 months in the village hall.
In order to achieve Fairtrade Village Status the steering group had to meet 5 goals providing evidence for each goal. These included:
- The inaugural meeting of the Studley Fairtrade Campaign Steering Groupthe Parish Council passing a resolution supporting Fairtrade
- The Parish Council serving Fairtrade products in meetings etc.
- Researching and providing evidence that at least 2 Fairtrade products are readily available in
- Local workplaces and community organisations support Fairtrade and use Fairtrade products
- Media coverage and events raise awareness and understanding of Fairtrade across the community.
During Fairtrade Fortnight in 2016 members of the steering group hosted events where Fairtrade refreshments were served and in April 2016 the Parish Council hosted a village wide event to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday. Fairtrade was actively promoted during the event.
The steering group submitted their application in December 2016 and were awarded Fairtrade Village status on 22 February 2017. However, this is not the end of the journey. To retain Fairtrade Village Status a renewal application has to be submitted after 12 months and every 2 years thereafter. The steering group have to show evidence that they have continued to spread the message and promote Fairtrade.