It was a real joy to create, on behalf of the congregation, a hamper filled with Fairtrade and locally produced items to welcome Dean Andy and his wife Ali on the occasion of his installation.

Our Fair trade stall (held fortnightly on a Sunday morning) provided a selection for the hamper – including tea, coffee, chocolate ginger biscuits, muesli, Eswatini curry sauce, Palestinian Medjoul dates and herb mix, and chocolate.  Also included were three local items – Wensleydale cheese, Denholme Gate honey and Mitchell’s Wool fat soap. (Buying local helps us keep our carbon footprint low; the honey and soap will soon be returning to the Stall.)  

We really hope they will enjoy the hamper contents as they settle into Cathedral and Diocesan life.

Being a Fairtrade Cathedral is one way in which we endeavour to follow what the Lord requires of us: “to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God” [Micah 6:8].  All profit from the Fair trade stall is donated to Traidcraft Exchange – a campaigning organisation which enables thousands of people to get more from their hard work, increasing incomes, building resilience to climate change and changing lives for the better.

We welcome Dean Andy and Ali, we look forward to getting to know them and their vision for furthering the Cathedral’s mission.

Fiona, Elaine and Christina

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