Fairtrade West Sussex
HomeLinksLatest NewsEvents CalendarWorthing FairtradeFairtrade PulboroughFairtrade ChichesterArundel FairtradeEast GrinsteadAdur Fairtrade
Fairtrade Pulborough

Download Pulborough Fairtrade Directory

St Mary’s Primary School, Pulborough has been awarded Fairtrade School Status. This is a great achievement and is the result of a lot of hard work by Daisy and all the staff. Their success was formally announced and celebrated at the Leavers' Service at St Mary's Church at the end of the 2013 summer term and was reported in the local press. Fairtrade is now firmly embedded in the school curriculum and Fairtrade products are used wherever possible throughout the school.

St Mary’s Church Pulborough is applying for Fairtrade status.

Traidcraft sales at the Pulborough Farmer's Market remain fairly steady.

 Pulborough Fairtrade had a publicity stall at the Pulborough Expo event on 1st June.   Pulborough is producing a Fairtrade village directory and will approach Sainsbury's for funding for an initial print run.

Past Events

Pulborough Fairtrade

Pulborough ran a ‘Hook a Fairtrade Banana’, Fairtrade Hoopla and Fairtrade Hamper Raffle at Pulborough Harvest Fayre on 28th September.

Fairtrade Producer Visits Local School
Henry Matenda, a sugar cane producer from Malawi

Fairtrade Producer Visits Local School

On Wednesday 25th February Henry Matenda, a sugar cane producer from Malawi, came to St Mary’s School, Pulborough. Henry was visiting the South East during Fairtrade Fortnight as a guest of the Fairtrade Foundation and spent three days in West Sussex including his day in Pulborough.


Henry had come to speak at the Fairtrade Tea Party given by the school for parents, grandparents and members of the local community. The children had been busy baking cakes, cookies, gingerbread and muffins, all using Fairtrade ingredients. Leaflets, posters, bunting and ‘footsteps’ were made to decorate the school hall and to provide visitors with useful information about Fairtrade. Fairtrade tea and coffee was served to everyone by some of the older children alongside the tasty treats, with some musical accompaniment from the school choir including a special Fairtrade song.

Henry, who had learnt English for the trip, owns a 2.5 hectare plot of cane as part of Kasinthula Cane Growers Association (KCGA).  He has been a member since 1998 and currently serves as a committee member. He also works as a weighbridge clerk for KCGA, verifying the tonnage of the community’s cane when it is taken to the factory for processing. The group do not own the factory but would very much like to be able to have one. Henry told us he is 27. He and his wife Agnes have two young children, daughter Esthery, age 6, and son Chris, 16 months.


KCGA is a smallholder sugar cane project located in the Shire valley, an inhospitable region of southern Malawi. Henry said Malawi is known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’ and his area is the hottest part. KCGA was Fairtrade certified in 2003 and the Fairtrade Premiums have allowed the village to choose to bring electricity to their community, install a borehole for clean water, enabled them to buy a tractor and a truck to help their work and build a school for their children to attend. The truck also doubles as a means of transport, especially when someone is sick and needs to go to the hospital many kilometres away.

Henry was delighted to answer questions from both adults and children and his patience and humour overcame any slight language difficulties.


As Henry left the tea party to visit the classrooms and talk to more of the children, many parents commented on the difference it made to hear someone with first-hand experience of the difference Fairtrade can make to producers and their communities in the developing world. Several said they would now definitely look for the Fairtrade mark on products when they shop.

 Liz Sollom/ RosemaryRussell

Pulborough Fairtrade group

Henrys school visit
Fairtrade contest supports local producers too.
The two winning cakes were delicious

Fairtrade contest supports local producers too.  

The delicious smell of cakes filled the air at Pulborough Farmers' Market on Saturday 23rd February. Enthusiastic local bakers of all ages brought their cakes to be judged in the first ever Big Fairtrade Bake-off. The competition, organised by Pulborough Fairtrade Group and judged by Miranda Gore Browne, Finalist on BBC2’s The Great British Bake Off and Pulborough’s own local chef Rene Kaiser, was held to mark the start of this year's Fairtrade Fortnight, which ran from 25th February - 11th March.


The challenge was to bake an 8 inch cake using at least two Fairtrade ingredients and as many local ingredients as possible. The response was overwhelming, with over 30 entries. Participants had  risen to the challenge, using an imaginative array of ingredients – some familiar and some more unusual, including Fairtrade bananas, pineapples, oranges, limes, spices, fruit and nuts and local butter, eggs, cream, carrots, apples, rhubarb and even parsnips!


Miranda and René took their judging very seriously and talked the audience through their observations as they tackled the enviable task of tasting all the cakes before coming up with a final winner. In the end, the judges awarded joint first prizes to two cakes - eight year old Joshua Slade's Choca-mocha Cake and eight year old Oliver Reid's Banoffee Cake.

“I was impressed by lots of the cakes and everyone’s enthusiasm for the Bake-Off,” said Miranda. “The two winning cakes were delicious and of a very high standard. I hope the boys are inspired to achieve even greater baking success!”


Pulborough Fairtrade Group has worked closely with the Farmers' Market since it was formed 11 years ago. Over the years we have had a lot of support from the organisers of the Market and the other stall holders. The Fairtrade Mark guarantees a fair price to producers for the goods they supply to our shops and supermarkets. We feel it is only right that local producers should receive a fair price for their goods, too. We can all help to ensure this by buying from independent local shops and Farmers' Markets. There is now a fantastic range of local produce at the Pulborough Farmers' Market on the last Saturday of each month, as well as a Traidcraft stall, selling Fairtrade certified goods.


Both winning cakes were on the menu at the Corn Stores at Swan Corner in Pulborough throughout Fairtrade Fortnight.  Why not try them for yourself? You can find the recipes on this website.

 Liz Sollom

Pulborough Fairtrade group

Oliver’s Banoffee Cake For the Cake200g fairtrade light brown sugar200g margarine 4 eggs , beaten200g self-raising flour1 tsp baking powder1 tsp vanilla extract2 mashed, ripe fairtrade bananasFor the filling284ml double creamTin of Nestle Caramel (used less than half a tin)2 fairtrade bananas , slicedFairtrade chocolate, gratedMethodHeat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter two 20cm sandwich tins and line with non-stick baking paper. In a large bowl, beat all the cake ingredients together including the vanilla extract and 2 mashed, ripe bananas, until you have a smooth, soft batter.Divide the mixture between the tins, smooth the surface with a spatula or the back of a spoon, then bake for about 20 mins until golden and the cake springs back when pressed. Turn onto a cooling rack and leave to cool completely.For the filling, whip the double cream and fold through a tablespoon of caramel. To serve, spread half of the cream over one of the cakes, then top with sliced banana and a good drizzle of caramel.Sandwich together, then cover with more cream and decorate the cake with the grated chocolate. Enjoy.  Recipe adapted from “sticky toffee banoffee cake” from Good Food website.

Choca-Mocha CakeJoshua Slade (aged 8) For the cake: 

3 large eggs (local)

165 g margarine or butter

165 g self raising flour

1½ teasp baking powder

165 g caster sugar (Fairtrade)

2 tbsp milk (local)

50 g chocolate chips (Fairtrade)

3 tbsp cocoa (Fairtrade)


1 teasp cocoa (Fairtrade)

2 teasp instant coffee (Fairtrade)

2 tbsp hot water

100 g butter (local)

200 g icing sugar (Fairtrade)


Sieve the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a large mixing bowl or food processor.

Add the remaining ingredients, except the chocolate chips, and whisk till combined.

Stir in the chocolate chips.

Divide the mixture between two lined 8 inch sandwich tins.

Bake at 160° for 25 – 30 minutes, or until the top of the cakes is springy to the touch.

Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.


Mix the coffee with the hot water.

Sieve the icing sugar and cocoa together and beat into the softened butter.

Stir in the coffee and mix well till smooth.

Sandwich the cakes together with the filling and decorate the top with a dusting of icing sugar.

Fairtrade Fortnight in Pulborough25th February - 11th March 

Following the Big Fairtrade Bake-off at the Farmers' Market on 23rd February, the winning cake will be on the menu at The Corn Stores throughout Fairtrade Fortnight. Do pop in and give it a try.


You can also try Fairtrade products in the new Beneficial Health store in Lower Street. Kevin and Christine stock a wide range of Fairtrade products and will be offering tasting sessions during the Fortnight.


If you are a parent or grandparent of a pupil at St Mary's School, you are invited to attend a Fairtrade Tea Party from 2 – 3 pm on Wednesday 27th February, where you will be entertained by the school choir. Another highlight of the afternoon will be a talk by Henry Matenda, a sugar cane producer from Malawi. You will also be treated to Fairtrade tea or coffee and cakes baked by the children, using Fairtrade ingredients.


Henry Matenda is visiting as a guest of the Fairtrade Foundation and will be giving talks and attending events all over the South East. He is in West Sussex for three days and you are welcome to attend the following events:

            Tuesday 26th February 8 – 10 pm Presentation at Norfolk Arms, Arundel

            Thursday 28th February 7 pm Presentation at Sidney Walter Centre, Worthing


Do look out for Fairtrade when you shop and consider swapping some of the items in your basket or trolley for Fairtrade alternatives.


Big Fairtrade Bake-off
Saturday 23rd February Pulborough Farmers' Market 
Calling all bakers, experienced or novice!

The challenge is to bake an 8 inch cake using at least two Fairtrade ingredients.


We are delighted that local baker Miranda Gore Browne has agreed to judge the competition. Miranda received widespread acclaim as a finalist on the first series of BBC's The Great British Bake-off.

has since established a reputation for wonderful home baking and is regularly asked to give demonstrations and masterclasses. Prizes will include a signed copy of Miranda's first book, Biscuit, and a striking Fairtrade apron. In addition, the winning recipe will be offered on the menu of The Corn Stores cafe throughout Fairtrade Fortnight, 25th February - 11th March.

There will also be a prize for the cake containing the highest number of Fairtrade ingredients – one point will be awarded for each Fairtrade ingredient used, with a bonus point for each local ingredient used. You can find these in Beneficial Health and 4 Seasons in Lower Street or at the supermarket. 
What you have to do - 
    look out for Fairtrade and local baking ingredients
    collect an entry form from St Mary's School, Beneficial Health, 4 Seasons or The Corn Stores (or pick one up at the Farmers' Market on the day)

    bake your 8” cake and bring it to the Village Hall by 10.30 am on Saturday 23rd February

    bring a copy of your recipe, marking any Fairtade and local ingredients used Judging will take place from 10.30 – 11.30 am and the results will be announced at 11.45 a.m. 
Happy Baking!

More details about FairTrade Pulborough at http://www.pulboroughurc.co.uk/Pages/FairTrade.aspx

The contact at Fairtrade Pulborough is Pulborough@FairtradeWestSussex.org.uk

Enter supporting content here