A TOWN is gearing up for a fortnight’s worth of celebrations to help promote Fairtrade products.

Fairtrade Fortnight will run from Monday, February 25 until Sunday, March 10 and there will be lots going on in Chesham, which became Buckinghamshire’s first Fairtrade town in 2005, to celebrate.

Kathryn Graves from Chesham4Fairtrade, which has organised the event, said: “We always look forward to Fairtrade Fortnight because it’s always really busy and we also try to do fun things. As Buckinghamshire’s first Fairtrade town it’s important that Chesham keeps flying the flag for Fairtrade.”

The group has teamed up with artists from Reasons To Be Cheerful to create a 3D Red Queen chess piece from recycled materials and Fairtrade wrappers.

She will be a Fairtrade version of the Red Queen from Alice Through the Looking Glass and she can be seen in the display cabinet at Chesham Library, in Elgiva Lane, for the first week of the fortnight.

The group is also creating a 2D chess board, which will feature labels from the Fairtrade products to highlight the variety goods that are available. The group chose these pieces to have a local link to Chesham, because of the River Chess and because of the legend that Lewis Carroll based his Mad Hatter on local resident Roger Crabbe.

The group’s big event this year is Dining Out for Global Justice on Wednesday, March 6 at 7.30pm at Emmanuel Chruch, in Broad Street, where international speaker and Chesham resident John Christensen from the Tax Justice Network will talk about the issue of tax avoidance, which will be accompanied by a two course meal with wine, nibbles, Fairtrade chocolate, a dessert and tea or coffee for £15 per head.

For tickets call David Haddock on 01494 786 457 or email davidrhaddock@tiscali.co.uk.

Fairtrade guarantees a better deal for Third World producers by ensuring they get better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade.

Ms Graves added: “Fairtrade’s really important because everyone deserves to be treated and paid fairly for the work they do. It’s great that Chesham stands up for Fairtrade and our impact on the world is a positive rather than negative one.”

For more information visit www.chesham4fairtrade.co.uk.