Our Fair Trade Town

As many of you will know, just over ten years ago, Witney Area Fair Trade Action Group was formed, after our Circuit became the first  Fairtrade Circuit in the country. Our aim was to spread awareness about Fair trade more widely and ultimately gain Fairtrade Town status for Witney. This we finally achieved in 2011 after considerable opposition from some town councillors! Two churches in the town now proudly display the Fairtrade Town board.

During this period, we have held many successful events and sold thousands of pounds worth of Fair trade goods, thus enriching the lives of many small scale farmers in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Sadly, many of the committee are now getting older and less able to put in so much effort. I have run the group since its inception and am determined next year will be my last as  coordinator. My secretary has already stepped down so that we now have no secretary.

Is there anyone out there who could help us with taking minutes every 2 or 3 months at meetings or even better, take over running the group next year in some form or other?

Otherwise, it may have to fold and eventually the town will lose its Fairtrade status and much of our good work will be lost.

I realise that most of the people who read this are already deeply committed to many things but thought it worth a try. Please think if you know anyone who may be able to help.

With very best wishes

Wendy Maddison
01993 881364

Safeguarding: who to contact in an emergency

If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don’t delay: call Children and Adult’s Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408

Also please inform your Parish Safeguarding officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Ness, on 07774 524756 or Pauline on 01993 648136 that you have contacted them.

Safeguarding: who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding concerns please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Ness, on 07774524756 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to safeguarding@witneyparish.org.uk

If you need to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team, call 01865 208290. Alternatively the Safeguarding Adviser Lisa Wilkins can be reached via lisa.wilkins@oxford.anglican.org or 01865 208295.

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