FT county logofairtrade devonDCC logoFT2008 newsThe Global Centre has been one of the steering group partners involved in working towards achieving Fairtrade status for the County of Devon. Devon first achieved Fairtrade status on 8th October 2008 and this was successfully renewed in subsequent years.

Thanks to Devon County Council for their on-going support for Fairtrade in Devon.

To achieve County wide Fairtrade status five goals must be met...

  • The local council must pass a resolution supporting Fairtrade, and serve Fairtrade coffee and tea at its meetings and in offices and canteens. Devon County Council passed such a resolution in November 2007.
  • A range of Fairtrade products must be readily available in the area’s shops and served in local cafés and catering establishments. There are a number of towns in Devon that have already earned the Fairtrade Award. Each town has its own directory of where to buy and where to taste Fairtrade products.
  • Fairtrade products must be used by a number of local work places. Devon County Council strives to be Fairtrade employer. The Met Office and South West Water are also very positive. A list is being compiled of Fairtrade employers. Can you help us add your employer to this list? See the Fairtrade at work website for help on how and why to become a Fairtrade workplace.
  • Attract media coverage and popular support for the campaign. Fairtrade in Devon continues to attract wide media coverage, particularly during Fairtrade fortnight.
  • A local Fairtrade steering group must be convened to ensure continued commitment to Fairtrade status. This was set up in September 2007 and has been meeting every 6 weeks. All the Fairtrade Towns are represented, plus the sponsoring County Councillor.

Fairtrade Town Contacts in Devon and Torbay.

Devon Fairtrade Co-ordinator - Sue Errington, Devon Development Education, 01392 438811, dde@globalcentredevon.org.uk

Devon County Council (2008) – Cllr Barry Parsons, Barry.Parsons@devon.gov.uk

Devon County Council officer – Jenny Rayner, Jenny.Rayner@devon.gov.uk

Bideford – Robert West, lavingtonurc@gmail.com 

Bovey Tracey (2008) 

Brixham (2015) – Rosemary Clarke, clarke1959ra@yahoo.co.uk, www.facebook.com/fairtradebrixham/

Chudleigh (2018) – Margaret Parsons, margaretparsonsuk@gmail.com

Dawlish (2007)  – Jean Potter, jp80dp82@hotmail.co.uk. www.facebook.com/DawlishFairtradeFriends

Exeter (2004)  – Dereen Duley dereen-ted@phonecoop.coop; Chair - Cllr Amal Ghusain, cllr.amal.ghusain@exeter.gov.uk; ECC officer Sophie Allen Sophie.Allen@exeter.gov.uk

Exeter Diocese – Chris Keppie, chris.keppie@exeter.anglican.org

Exmouth (2010)  –  Peter Brain, mail@exmouthfairtrade.org.uk, wwww.exmouthfairtrade.org.uk  

Great Torrington – Kathy Wyke, kmwyke2004@yahoo.co.uk

Honiton (work in progress) – Geoff Gilbert, Geoffmgilbert@gmail.com 

Okehampton (2010) – Cynthia Higbee, higbee@waitrose.com

Moretonhampstead (work in progress) – Lionel Holmes, lionel@homebound.org.uk

Sidmouth (2016) – Wendy Spratling (Co-ordinator), wendyspratling@gmail.com, Sharon Howe (Secretary), sharon.howe@talktalk.net.

Tavistock (2005) – Robert Weston, tavistockurcminister@gmail.com

Teignmouth (2005) – Margaret Sheppard, sheppardmj@hotmail.co.uk

Totnes (2010) – Wendy Hartley, wendy.b.hartley@btinternet.com

Traidcraft – Mary Ellis, maryellis@exeter.gov.uk

Co-operative Party – Saxon Spence smspence@phonecoop.coop 

These towns achieved Fairtrdae status but have not renewed it recently

  • Barnstaple
  • Crediton
  • Ivybridge
  • Newton Abbot
  • Tiverton
  • Torbay


...to Exeter's Global Centre, the home of Devon Development Education.

01392 438811


Thank you to everyone who donated a Christmas gift for the Food for Thought (FFT) Beekeeping Training Course in Mubende, Uganda. Over £500 was received – enough to train 2 teachers in beekeeping plus provide their schools with 8 beehives, 8 Queen bees, 1 protective suit, a smoker, gloves, a white plastic bucket (for collecting the honey!) and fencing for the apiary. It’s not too late to contribute !

We are seeking the following, all voluntary posts ... 

Fundraising Leader for DDE

Bookkeeper for DDE

Project Administrator for Telling Our Stories: Finding Our Roots: Devon’s Multi-Cultural History 

You can find details of our work in the DDE Brochure and our Spring Programme