News

New Fairtrade and Organic Pulses

Just arrived at Traidcraft and already on display in our shop. Chickpeas, Toor Dal (Pigeon Peas), Split Red Lentils. All three are fairtrade and organic. Produce of India.

Stalls in the foyer every Sunday 10.15am to 11.45am

At last we’re in from the wind and rain, not to mention the sun which has a nasty habit of fading paper and melting chocolate! Every Sunday we are now able to display a really wide range of our goods in the church centre foyer. Great ventilation with doors flung open to the fresh air and goods spread throughout the whole foyer to allow for social distancing. Cards, cash and cheques accepted in payment. Browse the stalls. To see even more stock go into the shop but no more than two people at a time please.

Avoid those wet bike saddles

New in stock. Bicycle seat covers from supplier Shared Earth. Made in Vietnam. Fun and very useful upcycled from waterproof hard wearing cement bags. Fitted with a handy hanging loop. Large enough to fit most bicycle (or adult tricycle) saddles. £7 per cover and a much better solution than supermarket plastic bags!

Tip from a customer

One of our regular delivery customers sent us this tip:

“I’ve been eating the mango jam with home made natural yoghurt. Just a small spoonful of the jam mixed in is really delicious” Posted 17/05/2021

Rain Rain Go Away

or come again after midday Sunday 15th May when we are hoping to run an outdoor fair trade stall on the grass near to the entrance to St Andrew’s Church, Kimbolton Road, Bedford MK40 2PF. Everyone enjoyed it last Sunday so we’re hoping the rain will hold off long enough for another stall this Sunday.

Monday 10th May 2021

Outdoor stall

On Sunday we resumed the outdoor stalls we were running before the last lockdown but this time we experimented with the stall on the grass near to the church door. The rain held off and despite our table covers flapping in the wind and a tendency for greetings cards to try to fly away everything worked well. The stall was a surprise for people coming out of the 10am service. We hadn’t dared advertise it due to constantly changing weather conditions. It turned into a pleasant social occasion, albeit with social distancing and masks, as well as a useful opportunity to browse some of our crafts, cards and chocolate stock from the shop.

Sunday 18th April 2021

Shop Visit

On Friday we had the first customer to visit the shop by appointment since before Christmas when we had to stop visits for safety reasons. The customer enjoyed her private shopping trip and it was lovely to see the shop once again being accessed directly by a customer.

Thursday 15th April

Social Media

Our shop is very active on Facebook and Twitter. To follow us go to: https://www.facebook.com/fairtradeatstandrews and/or https://twitter.com/StA_Fairtrade We’re also growing our account on Instagram, you can find it at: https://www.instagram.com/standrewsfairtrade/

We welcome your comments and contributions on our social media pages.

Wednesday 23rd March 2021

Appointments to visit the shop are back!

Just got the green light this afternoon to resume offering individual appointments to visit the shop! If you’d like to have a good browse of the shelves with the shop to yourself contact Lynn via 07897 782765 or fairtrade@standrewsbedford.org N.B. Evening and weekend appointments possible as well as weekday times.

Friday 19th March 2021

It’s not a Hot Cross Bun, it’s a very special Sourdough Hot Cross Bun!

For the next two weeks we can deliver to you some very special Hot Cross Buns from Companions Real Bread Bakery who say “In aid of the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, designed and baked with us by our regular volunteer baker Jude who is also a regular GOSH Fundraiser. See her lovely Instagram @judes_sourdough4gosh. Another full-time member of our team was an in-patient at GOSH as a child, so it is a cause close to our hearts.

We have been trying these out and the team say: ‘A little chewier with good depth of flavour – a nice mixed spice balance and some citrus from the candied orange peel cuts through the light tang of the sourdough. The sourdough makes them fresher for longer too’. Price of £5 for a pack of 4 buns and Companions make a donation of £1 to GOSH per pack (or 25p per bun as it were).”

If you’d like to enjoy a very special Hot Cross Bun and help GOSH at the same time please order in the usual way by 10pm Sunday to 01234 268574 or by midnight Sunday to fairtrade@standrewsbedford.org for delivery later that week. N.B. Sourdough freezes particularly well so your shop manager will be stashing a few hot cross buns in the freezer to enjoy later. Here’s the fruit and peel being mixed at Companions in preparation for a fresh batch of buns.

17th March 2021

Divine Chocolate Tasting Set

Thinking of sending someone chocolate for Easter but an egg isn’t really quite the right thing for your friend or relative?

A Divine Chocolate Tasting Set is easy to wrap and will fit through a letterbox or keep it to sample the different flavours yourself. 12 minature bars in six flavours: 70% Dark Chocolate, White Chocolate with Strawberries, Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt, 70% Dark Chocolate with Raspberries, 85% Dark Chocolate and Milk Chocolate. Presented in a book format, the pack opens out to show the little chocolate bars plus interesting information about the chocolate, the flavours and the producers.

3rd March 2021

New items from Companions Real Bread Bakery

Additional items now available via our delivery service. A cheese and onion loaf, traditional ginger snap biscuits and two new loaves using spent grain from the local Brewpoint micro-brewery. These added grains give extra depth of flavour and texture to the bread. Your shop manager has so far tried the Wild Brewer and it is simply scrumptious!

2nd February 2021

It’s Fairtrade Fortnight

CHOOSE THE WORLD YOU WANT THIS FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT! 22nd February to 7th March

“In Fairtrade Fortnight 2021, we will highlight the growing challenges that climate change brings to farmers and workers in the communities Fairtrade works with. The facts are straightforward. Farmers and workers in countries such as Kenya, Ethiopia and Honduras, who have done the least to contribute to climate change, are disproportionately affected by it. They have told us that:

  • Climate change is one of their biggest challenges right now. 
  • Low prices for their crops mean that they are struggling to fight back. 
  • Only with more money will they feel equipped to meet their everyday needs and deal with the challenges they face from climate change.  

The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat and those in climate vulnerable countries are already seeing its impacts from droughts and crop disease to floods, heatwaves and shrinking harvests. ” 

The quote above is from the Fairtrade Foundation website, more information at: https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/Get-Involved/Current-campaigns/Fairtrade-Fortnight/

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16th February 2021

1Tree Cards – Eco Friendly Cards that Plant Trees

Now in stock and available for delivery. Great option for those BIG birthdays. Options available are: 18 years, 21 years, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80 & 90 years.

Your friend or relative enjoys the card and has the little gift inside of a paper embedded with seeds of bee friendly flowers. Simply plant the paper in the garden or in a pot.

100% recycled card, printed with vegan inks & renewable energy, includes:

– The planting of 1 Tree
– A seed token to feed bees
– 100% recycled kraft envelope

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Thursday 11th February 2021

New jams from rural Kenya

After a long wait two new jams have recently been added to our stock. A firm set Hibiscus Jam – an intriguing combination of sweet and tangy – and a luscious soft set Mango Jam. Made in rural Kenya by Meru Herbs, an organisation with a mission to empower women, alleviate poverty and improve standards of living.

N.B. Did you know that mango is rich in Vitamin A, has high natural levels of pectin which help to lower cholesterol and is good for your digestion too?


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Tuesday 9th February 2021


Olive Oil based soap from Palestine

Hands suffering from frequent washing? Try this product from Traidcraft.

Nablus Olive Oil Soap from Palestine. “One of the main ingredients in this bar of soap is olive oil. Olive oil respects the skin’s natural balance, nourishes skin intensely and keeps up the moisture content – so if you’re washing your hands regularly, this means no more sore and dry skin. As it supports the self-healing ability of the skin, you’ll notice the difference after just a few washes.” Available from in Pure Olive Oil, Pure Olive Oil with Lemon and Pure Olive Oil with Pomegranate. Our shop manager says “I can personally attest to this being an especially soothing product if you have ‘sensitive’ skin. It is also plastic free coming in a simple recyclable card packet.