1,000 Fairtrade Towns

On Saturday 4th June, Bristol will be a part of the international event to celebrate 1,000 Fair Trade Towns worldwide. On this day at 2pm local time Fair Trade Towns and Cities across the world will declare jointly as the 1,000th Fair Trade Towns, so in real time they will declare sequentially from east to west across different time zones. With Kumamoto, Japan declaring as the first Fair Trade Town in Asia and New Koforidua, Ghana as the first Fair Trade Town in Africa, the joint 1,000th declarations will see the establishment of Fair Trade Towns in all six major continents.

Along with key individuals, organisations and other Fair Trade Towns, Bristol Fairtrade Network has demonstrated their support for fair trade by signing up to a policy statement that calls to ‘Make Trade Fair’. The local group have also prepared a photograph with the words ‘Make Trade Fair’ that will be displayed on the international Fair Trade Towns website.

Alix Hughes represented BLINC at the photo shoot aboard the SS Great Britain to commemorate Bristol's part in the 1,000 Fairtrade Towns celebration


The Bristol photo was taken on board the SS Great Britain, where Bristol was declared a Fairtrade City in 2005. Bristol has since become one of the most successful Fairtrade cities in the world. The Lord Mayor joined representatives from many of Bristol’s leading organisations on board ship to declare support for Fairtrade. The SS Great Britain itself is a key supporter of Fairtrade, using Fairtrade products wherever possible, as well as an iconic symbol of international trade.

Copa Sandino Pics

Many thanks to everyone who came to support the Copa Sandino on Sunday! Congratulations to the Southside Duffers, the winners of the Lucrecia Lindo women’s tournament, and to team Sleep When You’re Dead, the winners of the Copa! Both winning teams received gift bags, bottles of Nicaraguan rum, and specially-made Sandino t-shirts from the Nicaraguan Embassy. Also, congrats to team La Ruca for winning the plato collette in the runners-up category. Team Stoneybroke Celtic  was the winner of this year’s Copa Quiz, receiving a bottle of 7-year aged Nicaraguan rum as the prize! BLINC enjoyed guest appearances from Guisell Morales, chargee d’affaires from the Nicaraguan Embassy, and the Lord Mayor of Bristol. So far, BLINC has estimated that we’ve raised over £1,500.00 to donate to the installation of rural community water tanks in Puerto Morazan. Again, many thanks to everyone who came to show their support.


BLINC's Team

Please find more pictures from the Copa Sandino by following the link below:


The Copa Sandino will take place this Sunday 22 May at Ashton Park School, BS3 2JL – from 12pm onwards. Stop by for some great latino food, Mexican beer, a DJ and fútbol! Picnic areas are available. We look foward to seeing you there!