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FTIS 2012

Additional Visit to World's First Fair Trade Town

As you may know, Garstang in Lancashire, UK, was the site of a civil society movement to become recognised as the world's first Fair Trade Town. Subsequently, this movement was endorsed by the UK's Fairtrade Foundation, and it is this model which has become the basis of the international Fair Trade Town movement consisting of over 1,000 Fair Trade Towns in 23 countries across all six major continents.

In order to compound their involvement, the community in Garstang have developed The FIG Tree International Fair Trade visitor centre which focuses on fair trade and trade injustice by exploring the four themes; Fair Trade, The Atlantic Slave Trade, Quaker Heritage in '1652 Country' and Chocolate. More information is available at their website: http://www.fairtradecentre.org/

Bruce Crowther, the driving force behind this initiative (and of whom you may well have heard as a key member of the UK's fair trade movement), has invited those visiting the Fair Trade International Symposium to visit the centre on Thursday 5th of April. He proposes the opportunity to look around the centre and a listen to a talk by himself. The only costs for this visit would be the transport and any additional purchases (including lunch) that individuals required.

It is estimated that the hire of a coach would cost between £10-15 each. The journey time would be just over one hour. The trip would collect from accommodation in Liverpool around 10:00 am. We would aim to return early afternoon, dropping off at a major railway station, for those wishing to leave for other parts of the UK, as well as also returning to Liverpool.

Thanks to those that have already expressed an interest in this trip. We will be confirming arrangements with you very soon.

Payment will be required in cash during registration on Monday 2nd April.

Programme for Day Trip to Fig Tree and World’s First Fair Trade Town (organised by FTIS)

10.00Depart Liverpool
11.00Arrive Fig Tree in Garstang and welcome by Bruce Crowther
12.00Lunch in The FIG Tree (please order in advance if possible)
13.00Presentation by Bruce Crowther followed by tour of Garstang.
15:00 (sharp)Depart Garstang
15:30Drop off at Preston mainline Railway Station  
 16:00     Arrive back in Liverpool

Optional Extended Programme in Garstang (organised by Bruce Crowther)

If you would like to spend more time in Garstang, Bruce has suggested the further programme. PLEASE NOTE - these activities are organised entirely by Bruce and not administered by the FTIS. As such, those staying over are responsible for their own arrangements for an onward journey.

8pm Dinner at Pipers restaurant, Garstang by prior arrangement only.

Discounted rates available at Crofters Hotel, Garstang by prior arrangement only.

To pre-order lunch, book for dinner at Pipers and/or book a room at the Crofters Hotel please contact Bruce Crowther at brucecrowther300@gmail.com before Thursday 29th March.