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Felixstowe Fairtrade Forum

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Photos by Robin Pattinson

Our most recent event was Fairtrade Fortnight which took place before the lockdown at the library and we were able to have a display for the duration plus our third popular family fun day. We had a steady stream of families and children throughout the day. We had a selection of fair-trade themed games and activities, a chocolate fountain, a raffle and tombola and we were serving fair-trade refreshments from the old cafe area which were really popular.

The event was opened by Louise (centre front in the group photo) who was one of many children who helped run the event, including several from Trimley St Mary Primary School.

The purpose of the fun day was to educate as well as entertain. This year the focus was on women cocoa farmers, showing how fairtrade has helped them by giving them a secure source of income and fair prices for their produce.

The children we spoke to at the fun day and at talks given to school assemblies beforehand showed a high level of awareness of fairtrade which we were really pleased about.

The primary purpose of the event was not to raise money but we did make a profit of £110 which is being shared with the Friends of Felixstowe Library who helped organise the event.

The large group photo is poignant because it shows our founding chairman, Peter Dawes (second from right at the back) who died of a heart attack shortly afterwards. We were able to see his funeral online. Alan Muchal, our current chairman, says of Peter “He was a source of inspiration for us all as well as being thoroughly nice person.  He supervised the popular ‘roll a penny’ game (pictured) though typically he stayed out of the picture himself.”

Obviously we cannot organise any fairtrade stalls or coffee mornings at the moment so it may be a while before we are able to wave the flag for fairtrade at events. We are therefore very grateful to Felixstowe Magazine for including this information which people can see during this time.

Further information about the Forum and our activities locally can be found on our website: www.felixstowe-fairtrade.org.uk

Jenny Brabazon

Felixstowe Fairtrade Forum writes:

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Coping With Lockdown

Local Bin Man & Son Spread Happiness

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I live in Felixstowe and am a key worker in Ipswich for the local council working as a bin man. I used to go out every Thursday at 8pm with my stepson so he could clap and beep the horn in my recovery truck. 

I have been on the front line all the time whilst this has all been going on and it has been nice to get letters and pictures from local children in Ipswich to show their appreciate for us bin men. It’s a very hard and physical job but is rewarding when we get little gestures like that from the kids so I just wanted to do this with my stepson every Thursday to show our appreciation too. 

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Felixstowe’s 13 Year Old Chef Spreads Happiness

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Hello my name is Yasmin Barratt and I am 13 years old from Felixstowe. I’m really happy to write an article that is published in The Felixstowe Magazine’s “Kids News” category!

I understand that it has been a very hard and tough time at the moment for everyone, and I have been doing my best to help out in the situation. Some things that I have done include:

Creating a page on Facebook called Yasmin’s Cakes and Bakes. This is a page where I post an assortment of recipes with step by step instructions and pictures. It’s has helped a lot of people whilst in lockdown, to follow the baking recipes, and I think the fact that the pictures are included, helps even more, because they can see how it is meant to look before and after every step. This is something that has kept people busy, and giving ideas for activities that will keep the children entertained whilst there is no school. I hope it has benefited not only people from Felixstowe, but from all around the world!

I have also created a group on Facebook called Felixstowe Lockdown Pen Pals. This is a group for people in Felixstowe and the surrounding areas to start writing to each other, and I think that this will make people feel less lonely and the kids more excited because they’ll know they’re going to receive mail. This group is designed for anyone at any age, and I am also planning on getting in touch with the care homes to see if any of the elderly people who live there would like to receive mail from anyone in the group. I am planning on maybe having a “Star Person of the Week” and this will consist of posting a photo of one of the people from the care home and writing some facts and interests. Then if anyone wants to write to them, they can just comment on the post and message me for any questions or concerns.

I am at the moment creating a recipe book full of other families recipes, or recipes that are from peoples home countries. This has made people feel more welcome, because they love the fact that I am interested in other cultures and cuisines. This book will also produce more recipes for Yasmin’s Cakes and Bakes, and people have already been requesting a copy of it, for when it is finished. I am still on the hunt for a lot more recipes, but so far, I have about 6! I am aiming to get at least 30 recipes, if you have any that would be amazing (you can get in touch with me on my Facebook page).

Lastly, I have been making face masks on my sewing machine for my mum who works at the NHS. I have also made some ear protectors for when she has to wear face masks at work, as it just makes life easier for her. On the subject of sewing, I have made my grandma a gardener’s apron and my grandad an artist’s apron. I have tried to cheer as many people up as possible, and make people happier during
lockdown!

Thank you for taking your time to read.

Yasmin

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Creative Masterpieces from Maidstone Infant School Students

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It continues to be business as usual at SET Maidstone Infants and Causton Junior School; although officially closed to students except to children of keyworkers and our specialist provision, all other schoolwork continues at home. Great work is being produced by our students – we are immensely proud of them and how they have adapted to these unprecedented times.

Our amazing teaching and support staff continue to underpin learning whether at home or in school, and we have had much positive feedback from local families.

Head of School at Causton Juniors, Julia Shaw, said,

“I am proud of SET Maidstone Infants and Causton Junior School, as we continue to go from strength to strength”.

It is hard to pick out some examples of this work but here are four, from our Kingfishers and Kestrels classes:

We are continuing with other activities, including warmly welcoming our September intake of students via online sessions for parents, to ensure they get a good introduction and be part of a smooth transition into our school.

SET Maidstone Infants School, Maidstone Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 9EG
01394 283375
maidstoneadmin@maidstoneandcauston.org

SET Causton Junior School, Maidstone Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 9ED
01394 283374
caustonadmin@maidstoneandcauston.orgwww.maidstoneandcaustonfed.co.uk

*Photos reproduced with permission © SET Causton Juniors.

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