The Parish of Ponteland


Business (almost) as usual!

In December we received the good news that Traidcraft plc would not after all be forced to cease trading, but would continue as a very much smaller organisation.  However, this restructuring will have a considerable negative impact on many of the company’s producers and so Traidcraft Exchange, Traidcraft’s sister charity, launched a Christmas appeal to support the most vulnerable producer groups, to ensure their livelihoods are protected.  At the end of December a cheque for £200 was sent to Traidcraft Exchange to help them carry out this additional vital work.  This money represents the profit generated from the sale of Christmas cards and goods, as well as that from regular stalls over the previous eight months, so a very big thank you to all my valued customers.

As Traidcraft moves into its 40th year of trading, the smaller, restructured company will focus on its grocery brand.  Key product ranges that will be taken forward include tea, coffee, sugar, chocolate, biscuits, honey and spreads, store cupboard ingredients and household items.  Craft items held in stock will continue to be sold over the coming months but craft products will no longer be imported directly from producers.  The complete list of products has yet to be finalised but it is hoped that a new catalogue will be made available in time for Easter.

I will not be organising a Big Brew coffee morning in St Mary’s this February but will be looking at other ways of raising small amounts of additional revenue across the year – any ideas will be gratefully received!  In the meantime, your support at regular Sunday and Wednesday morning stalls will be much appreciated.

Please contact Ann Armstrong for further information or with any orders - 01670 829314

To find out more about Traidcraft Exchange, visit their website at

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Dates for Stalls

Sunday January 27th after 10 a.m. service in the Parish Centre

Wednesday February 6th after 10 a.m. service in Church

Sunday February 24th after 10 a.m. service in the Parish Centre

Wednesday March 6th after 10 a.m. service in Church

Sunday March 24th after 10 a.m. service in Parish Centre


Wednesday April 3rd after 10 a.m. service in Church


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