"Quakers respect the creative power of God in every human being and in the world around us. We work through quiet processes for a world where peaceful means bring about just settlements."

We are a Fairtrade Church and regularly hold coffee mornings in support of Traidcraft. the next will be on

Saturday 23 November between 10.00 and 12.00 noon.

This year is a significant year both for Traidcraft and the Fairtrade Foundation. Many thanks to Antonia Tolhurst from Devizes Fairtrade Group for the item below.

This year Traidcraft is celebrating 40 years and the Fairtrade Foundation 25 years since they were started. Many people may wonder what exactly both these organisations are so below is a brief explanation.

Traidcraft was established in 1979 as a Christian response to poverty. Its mission is to fight poverty through trade, practising and promoting approaches to trade that help poor people in developing countries transform their lives. Traidcraft is the UK’s leading fair trade organisation and is made up of a trading company (Traidcraft plc) and an international development charity (Traidcraft Exchange). It works in over 30 developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

Soon after it was founded in 1979 Traidcraft started selling the first Fairtrade coffee, tea and sugar. It has gradually added more products including crafts to its catalogue most of them now bearing the FAIRTRADE mark. Last year, due to falling sales, there were fears that it would have to cease trading but their Board was impressed by the number of letters and expressions of support that they received from the public and in the light of this they decided to restructure the business which resulted in a reduction in staff and business but not a complete closure of Traidcraft. The range of goods they sell has been reduced, particularly the crafts, but most of the favourite products that are sold on the Traidcraft stalls, mostly in churches, are still available.

The Fairtrade Foundation was established in 1992 by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Oxfam, Traidcraft, Global Justice Now, and the W.I. The Foundation is the UK member of Fairtrade International which unites over 20 labelling initiatives across Europe, Japan, North America, Mexico and Australia/New Zealand as well as networks of producer organisations from Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is the independent non-profit organisation that licenses use of the FAIRTRADE Mark on products in the UK in accordance with internationally agreed Fairtrade standards. It helps to grow demand for Fairtrade products and empower producers to sell to traders and retailers, finds new ways of working to support producer organisations and their networks and raises public awareness of the need for Fairtrade and the significant role of Fairtrade in making trade fair.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary since the first few FAIRTRADE Mark certified products were launched by Cafédirect, Clipper tea, Green & Black’s and Percol Coffee in 1994, the Fairtrade Foundation thanks the public for fighting for the rights of vulnerable people who are exploited by trade. Thanks to the demands of consumers  today there are around 5,000 Fairtrade-certified products on sale in the UK. 

18 November 2019

OOn the afternoon of Remembrance Day, 10 November, a few members of the meeting met at the Devizes war memorial and stood in silent remembrance after laying a wreath of white poppies. The wreath symbolises a remembrance of all victims of war. It also acts as a reminder to us of our responsibility to work to reduce conflict wherever we encounter it and further challenges the tendency to glorify war and to restrict remembrance to military victims.

The white poppy was introduced as early as 1933 by the Co-operative Women's Guild to reaffirm the message of 'never again', the origin of Remembrance Sunday.

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We are called to live 'in the virtue of that life and power that takes away the occasion of all wars.' Do you faithfully maintain our testimony that war and the preparation for war are inconsistent with the spirit of Christ? Search out whatever in your own way of life may contain the seeds of war. Stand firm in our testimony, even when others commit or prepare to commit acts of violence, yet always remember that they too are children of God.

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Bring into God's light those emotions, attitudes and prejudices in yourself which lie at the root of destructive conflict, acknowledging your need for forgiveness and grace. In what ways are you involved in the work of reconciliation between individuals, groups and nations?

13 November 2019

the finished bug hotel with wet workers

Many thanks to Ben, Oliver, Jenson, Riley and Arlo and their leaders Carolyn and Sid from Devizes Beaver. They braved the rain on Saturday 9 November to help build a bug hotel on the canal bank by the Meeting House garden. The bug hotel was built from pallets stuffed with natural materials gathered beforehand and scavenged in the garden. We are very grateful for their help.

The bug hotel was the latest action in our Eco Church award efforts. This is a scheme to encourage churches to make their worship, buildings, grounds,  outreach and lifestyles more environmentally friendly. We are working alongside other local churches to encourage each other by sharing ideas .

Devizes has three churches with awards so far and others working on it. The scheme is not just a seeking after a certificate but a way to monitor progress. For more information about the Eco Church award please go to: https://ecochurch.arocha.org.uk/

11 November 2019

In the wake of news that Traidcraft is cutting back on the range of goods they stock, we held a well supported coffee morning on 24 November. A range of foods was available to buy and orders were placed for items not on display. Traidcraft ahs been important in spreading understanding of Fairtrade in this country because it provides a one stop shop for a wide range of goods to people running stalls in churches and elsewhere. Devizes Quaker Meeting is a Fairtrade church, pledged to support Fairtrade locally and we will need to think carefully about how we do that in the future.

27 November 2018

On Saturday 6 October 67 people, from the different churches in Devizes,
gathered for a harvest supper at Sheep Street Baptist Church. Food prepared
by volunteers was served and we heard Katrine Musgrave from Christian Aid
speak about the importance of climate justice. We have heard much about
climate change but more recently have begun to understand that if we do not
look after people they will be unable to help protect the environment. To
get people thinking a climate quiz was available and information about the
work being done by local churches for Eco Church was  on display.
As always the support of volunteers helped make this an enjoyable as well as
informative evening.

14 October 2018

Contact: Devizes Quakers 

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