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Fairtrade Whitburn

The Whitburn group held its first meeting in May 2006 and were awarded their Fairtrade Town status in summer 2007. Whitburn is one of five Fairtrade Towns and one Fairtrade Village within West Lothian which is now a Fairtrade Zone.

The Whitburn group held its first meeting in May 2006 and are now one of five Fairtrade Towns and one Fairtrade Village within West Lothian which is now a Fairtrade Zone. Like the other Fairtrade groups they have worked hard, and were delighted to be awarded their Fairtrade Town status in summer 2007.

The Whitburn group's Fairtrade work began before their first meeting however, when the members from four local churches joined together during Fairtrade Fortnight in 2006 to hold a joint Coffee Morning for Fairtrade. Recognising there was something more they could do, the individuals decided to formalise their commitment to Fairtrade and establish the Whitburn Fairtrade Steering Group.

Who's in the Whitburn Fairtrade Group

  • Brucefield Church
  • Whitburn South Parish Church
  • Pentecostal Church
  • St Joseph's Church
  • West Lothian Council

Retail Outlets

  • Co-operative Supermarket, Longridge Road
  • Co-operative Supermarket, West Main Street
  • Costcutters, East Main Street
  • Gregg's, West Main Street
  • Lidl, Longridge Road  
  • Rashid Brothers, Murraysgate
  • Pricecutter Store, West Main Street
  • Iceland Supermarket, West Main Street
  • Keystore, Shop Smart, East Main Street
  • Shop n Save, East Main Street

Catering Outlets

  • Hilcroft Hotel, East Main Street - Room Trays include Fairtrade Tea, Coffee and Sugar Sticks. Fairtrade Tea and Coffee also available in the Restaurant on request.
  • Croftmalloch Inn, Longridge Road - Fairtrade Tea, Coffee and Sugar
  • Blaeberry Restaurant, Blaeberryhill Road - Fairtrade Tea and Coffee
  • Aroma - Cadbury's Drinking Chocolate, Fairtrade Tea, Sugar and Kitkats

Workplaces

  • The Sewing Room, West Main Street
  • Whitburn Post Office, East Main Street - employees use Fairtrade tea and coffee in their staff room
  • Council Offices, East Main Street
  • Library, West Main Street
  • St Joseph's Primary School, Gateside Road
  • Croftmalloch Primary School - Raeburn Crescent - now a Fairtrade School
  • Whitburn Academy, Shanks Road
  • Whitdale Primary School
  • Murphy's Transport, Weavers Court
  • Fiona Hyslop, SNP, MSP Office, West Main Street

Community Organisations

  • Brucefield Church (Fairtrade Church), St Joseph's and Pentecostal Church (Fairtrade Church), South Church (Fairtrade Church)
  • Pentecostal Church (Fairtrade Church) - numerous groups within the church use Fairtrade tea and coffee.
  • Pentecostal Church Youth Group - 5 products - Cartons of juice, several types of chocolate (inc Dubble bars and Divine), Fairbreak wafers and cookies, peanuts, several types of sweets including boiled fruit sweets.
  • Pentecostal Church - ANSWER Project - 2 products - tea and coffee
  • Probus Club - 2 products - serves tea and coffee
  • Soroptomists - hold special events to raise awareness of Fairtrade and hold their meetings within the Hilcroft Hotel..
  • Whitburn Gala Committee - Steering Group presented Fairtrade Footballs for use in Inter-School Football Tournament
  • Whitburn Junior Football Club - 14 Junior and 3 Senior Football teams all use Fairtrade Footballs

Whitburn Fairtrade activities

Whitburn members have ensured that Fairtrade awareness has grown within their town. They have done this by organising various activities including: Fairtrade Fortnight Public Displays at key local sites, Fairtrade Awareness events and Fairtrade coffee mornings. They also encourage local schools to participate in Fairtrade activities and offer support to those seeking Fairtrade School status. If you would like to find out more about Whitburn Fairtrade Steering Group then contact Andina at andrina.dunlop@btinternet.com