Jane Longton
email: j_longton06@hotmail.com
Local information

Ulverston is an historic market town on the Furness Peninsula between Morecombe Bay and the Lake District National Park. It is host to a wide range of events and festivals throughout the year including a Walking Festival, Flag Fortnight, Music Festival, Lantern Procession and Dickensian Christmas Festival.

The town centre boasts a wealth of independent shops, traditional pubs and cafes. The indoor market is open every day except Wednesday and Sunday and the outdoor market operates on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Why are we a Fairtrade Town?

We believe that "with Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day". Fairtrade means better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers. ulverston was awarded Fairtrade Town status in March 2007, when a Ugandan coffee farmer, Sam Magona,presented the certificate to the steering group. We have a lively, if fairly small, steering group who use every opportunityto raise awareness of and promote the use of Fairtrade products around the town. The group meets every 6-8 weeks in Natterfacks coffee and wine bar to share ideas and plan events.We are always keen to welcome new members.

The group has been involved in running stalls and promoting fair trade at a range of events.

Fairtrade Renewal

Ulverston was delighted to be awarded the renewal of its Fairtrade certification in 2013 and enjoyed welcoming the mayor, Cllr Judith Pickthall to a celebration, complete with cake and Fairtrade bubbly, when she formally presented the certificate.

Fairtrade Town Road Sign

We are delighted that we now have Fairtrade Town road signs on 2 separate roads into Ulverston.It took a fair bit of time and effort but as been well worth it. The signs are clearly visible to all visitors to the town

Activities and links

The steering group is actively linked to the Cumbria Fair Trade Network and for the last few years, one of our group has been a member of the CFTN steering group. We have greatly enjoyed visits to our town from Fairtrade producers, most recently Francis Chisuse from Malawi, who visited 3 schools and was guest of honour at a lunch hosted by the mayor and town councillors.

The pupils had so many questions to ask Francis. Ms Winder, Teaching assistant at Pennington, organises Fairtrade activities in school

The Future

We are keen to develop good links to local B&B owners and hotels in the hope that more visitors to the town may enjoy Fairtrade products whilst benefitting and changing the lives of poor overseas producers. We want to further develop our links with schools and attract a wider range of people to join our steering group.