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Scottish Fair Trade Forum Newsletter

Scotland marks World Fair Trade Day

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum had a successful World Fair Trade Day on Saturday 14 May, as it travelled to five of Scotland's greatest landmarks to promote its goal of Scotland becoming a Fair Trade Nation. Culloden Battlefield, Edinburgh Zoo, the Falkirk Wheel, Glasgow Science Centre and the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum were all visited by enthusiastic volunteers from the Forum and local Fair Trade groups, who encouraged many Scots to sign up to the Countdown Campaign by pledging to do something extra for Fair Trade. The Forum intends to produce a giant collage of their logo out of the Fair Trade pledges submitted on the day, symbolising the country coming together in supporting the campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation.

Scottish parties commit to Fair Trade

Scotland's major parties were questioned on their Fair Trade policies in the run up to May's Parliamentary elections, with the Scottish Fair Trade Forum calling on each to commit to Fair Trade. The SNP, Labour, Conservatives, Lib Dems and Greens all expressed support for Fair Trade, and the Forum will be making sure that MSPs in the newly elected Parliament honour their commitment to support the Campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation.

Are you doing your bit to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation?

Does your workplace, business or organisation support the campaign to make Scotland a Fair Trade Nation? If you want to apply to be recognised by the Forum as officially supporting the campaign and recieve a certificate acknowledging your support, contact us at to obtain your simple application form.

Forum Director visits Cumbernauld

Forum Director Martin Rhodes was awarded a giant cheque on Wednesday 11 May from a very grateful Cumbernauld College. The cheque (pictured below) covered a  £150 donation to the Forum, consisting of money raised from a Fair Trade lunch and marketplace during Fairtrade Fortnight. Martin said: "It was great to meet students and staff at Cumbernauld, who are now looking forward to planning how they can make it a Fairtrade College".

Fair Trade fancies at Ullapool 

The Ullapool Fairtrade Group (pictured right) provided refreshments to their local book festival on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 April. Fair Trade tea, coffee, juice and cookies were served up on the Friday, while Saturday saw a variety of home baking on offer. With Fairtrade bunting and display boards on show and an enormous selection of cakes and coffees to choose from, the stall was very positively received by its visitors.

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Recipe of the Month:
Fair Trade Wedding Cake

We’re giving over the side column this month to Jo Scott of the Ullapool Fairtrade Group’s recipe for wedding cake that’s both vegan and Fair Trade, which she made for her son’s special day. Jo has this to say about how the recipe came to be:

“When my vegan son first asked if I would make his wedding cake, I guess my reaction was similar to that of many mothers in the same situation: delight at being asked but sheer panic that it could all go horribly wrong!  I was afraid any attempt to create tiers would end in, well, tears, so I baked four 8” squares and marzipanned them together, before covering the whole cake with icing.” 

The instructions below don't cover what to do with your squares once they've been made- that's up to you! Whether you take Jo's lead or end up building something else entirely, the end result should be similarly delicious.

Ingredients for one 50 cm square

60g Fair Trade almonds, ground
110g glace cherries, chopped
230g margarine
230g Fair Trade brown sugar  
230g self-raising flour
230g Fair Trade raisins
230g chopped Fair Trade dried fruit
340g Fair Trade mixed dried fruit (with mixed peel)                                 
Rind of half a Fairtrade lemon
1 tablespoon Fair Trade molasses
4 tablespoons soya milk
4 tablespoons brandy
2 teaspoons mixed spice (Fair Trade, where possible)


Soak the dried fruit, lemon rind and mixed spice in the brandy and leave overnight. The next day, cream the margarine and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, before alternately adding the soya milk, sieved flour and ground almonds. Add the dried fruit and molasses then mix the resulting combination well.
Spoon the mixture into a lined, greased cake tin around 50 cm square and cover with greaseproof paper to prevent burning.  Stand the cake tin on a double thickness of brown paper and even wrap brown paper around the sides of the tin, before baking at around 150oC for two to three hours until firm to the touch. Allow to cool completely. The squares will keep if frozen for a few weeks, ready to be transformed into the wedding cake of a couple’s dreams when the need arises.

Forum thanks Newark Primary

A big well done from alll of us here at the Forum to Newark Primary, whose pupils hosted a special Fair Trade cafe and decorated shirts to celebrate. We're always happy to learn of children finding out about Fair Trade- especially when it sounds like they had fun doing so!
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