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Fair play to village for ‘fantastic achievement’

Fairtrade ambassadors from Ellel St John's Primary School and Little Learners Nursery and Pre Schoo Galgate, with chairman of Galgate Steering Group, Steven Fligelstone and headteacher Cathy Thomas.

Fairtrade ambassadors from Ellel St John's Primary School and Little Learners Nursery and Pre Schoo Galgate, with chairman of Galgate Steering Group, Steven Fligelstone and headteacher Cathy Thomas.

Galgate has become the first village in the Lancaster district to get Fairtrade status.

The Fairtrade Foundation congratulated the village on its “fantastic achievement” after Ellel Parish Council, village churches, the primary school, community organisations and businesses pulled together to make it happen.

Margaret Rand, chair of the Lancaster & Morecambe District Fairtrade Group, who is also a resident of Galgate said: “We are really excited to have our first Fairtrade Village.

“It is a wonderful focus for the local community, bringing people together in a great cause. We are wondering who will be next.”

A Fairtrade village must make a commitment to supporting Fairtrade and using Fairtrade products, and Galgate now takes its place alongside 571 other Fairtrade communities in the UK.

MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood Eric Ollerenshaw will award Galgate its Fairtrade Village status at a celebratory event on Sunday October 6.

The event, which is open to all, will be held in Ellel Village Hall from 2pm to 4pm. It will include speakers, films, performances and a Fairtrade exhibition, as well as cakes and refreshments made with Fairtrade ingredients.

 

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