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Fairtrade School in a Fairtrade Town

Photo: Val Dalley, Mayor of Camborne with head girl at St John’s primary school

St. John’s RC Primary is a Fairtrade School at the highest level – Fairtrade Achiever. The school regularly holds Fairtrade events and, at a recent assembly to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, they were joined by the Mayor of Camborne, Councillor Mrs Dalley, for a very special presentation.

The Head Girl of St. John’s presented the Mayor with the renewal certificate granting Camborne another two years’ as a Fairtrade Town. At the same assembly the Head Boy presented Brian Terry, Camborne Fairtrade Co-ordinator, with £140 pounds for the Fairtrade Foundation. This was raised a a coffee afternoon with parents and is in addition to the £405.80 of Fairtrade tuck sold during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Fairtrade Camborne!

Photo: Promoting Fairtrade in Commercial Square, Camborne

Camborne is one of around only 500 Fairtrade Towns in the World and stands beside Falmouth that is the only other Fairtrade Town in Cornwall. We are also within the Fairtrade Diocese of Truro and the Fairtrade Methodist Fellowship of Cornwall.

To become a Fairtrade Town we first needed the backing of the Town Council which passed a resolution supporting Fairtrade in 2011. Camborne Council has supported Fairtrade ever since and has gone on to win an award for running a Fairtrade Office. Churches Together in the Town fully supports Fairtrade as does Camborne Regeneration Forum, BID Camborne, and a number of retail businesses, hotels and cafes.

We achieved Fairtrade Town status in 2011 and successfully renewed a year later. We have then renewed the status every two years. We are now starting our 6th year as a Fairtrade Town. A number of businesses have received South West Fairtrade Business Awards along the way. St. John’s RC Primary School is particularly worthy of note as they have reached the highest level of Fairtrade School – ‘Fairtrade Achiever’.

To be a Fairtrade retailer all you need to do is sell a minimum of 5 things which are Fairtrade. This can be anything from craft items, through clothes to food, including sweets. A Fairtrade office would offer Fairtrade refreshments to its staff/clients e.g. tea, coffee and sugar. A Fairtrade restaurant needs to serve a minimum of three Fairtrade items, usually tea, coffee, sugar and hot chocolate. If you want to be listed as a Fairtrade Camborne supporter, and your business/organisation meets the criteria, then email Brian Terry (Fairtrade Co-ordinator) at

Survey shows four out of five people think recycling is important

Four out of five people in Cornwall think recycling household rubbish is very important according to the results of a survey published today by Cornwall Council.

Last December Cornwall Council conducted a survey to better understand what people think about recycling, their attitudes to food waste and what would help people to recycle more.

The survey saw 4,404 responses from across Cornwall and from a mix of housing types. The survey was complemented by three focus groups which explored key issues more deeply. The survey can be viewed here


24th October 2017

The youth of Camborne learned what it’s really like to challenge their community leaders at a Youth Conference on Youth Democracy which took place in the Council Chamber at County Hall last Friday 20th October.
The day began when all the Camborne Primary schools and the Camborne International Science Academy attended the impressive event organised by Camborne Regeneration Forum and Cornwall Council’s Community Link Officer, Charlotte Caldwell.

The Question Time panel comprised two Cabinet Members, Cllr Sally Hawken (Portfolio Holder for Children and Well Being) and Cllr Sue James, (Portfolio Holder for the Environment and Public Protection), Joseph Harrison of the Fairtrade Foundation, Cllr Val Dalley Mayor of Camborne, Cllr Judy Davidson, MBE of Redruth Town Council and Cornwall Council’s Service Director Kieran Topping.

The debate was chaired by Richard Williams, retired chief lawyer at Cornwall Council and the questions were far reaching as the youngsters didn’t hold back on challenging the panel with questions such as “What would happen if there wasn’t a Council?” and their views on why the voting age should be lowered to 16 years, which was the favoured result of the debate.

Two key members of Redruth Youth Council spoke eloquently about how they had set up their vibrant Council and explained why they found it helpful to be in charge of their own decisions that the Council takes in respect of young people in its parish.

There was a talk about ethical purchasing by the guest speaker from the Fairtrade Foundation and the day concluded with a behind the scenes tour of New County Hall’s emergency management bunker and a tour of the building – a real insight for the young people of Camborne.

Alan Butterfield, Chairman of Camborne Regeneration Forum said, “we hold a conference annually as we firmly believe that the youth of our town deserve to know about the work of the forum and each year we try and pick a topic that will inspire them!”.

Camborne Regeneration Forum holds an annual Youth Conference – to find out more contact Charlotte Caldwell on email: