St James's Church, Hampton Hill

Fairtrade status for St James’s Church - 2012 June

William with the certificate

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Ann Peterken, the Richmond Fairtrade representative whom I help to run a Fairtrade stall at St James’s Church, invited me to go with her and her husband, Paul, one of Hampton Hill Junior School’s Governors, to collect a Fairtrade status certificate for the parish of Hampton Hill.

On Sunday 11 March, I went to Teddington railway station to get on the train to take us to London Waterloo. When we arrived at Waterloo we jumped on to the 76 bus to take us on a lovely journey over Waterloo Bridge with the stunning sunset on the horizon.

The minute we got off the bus we were directly outside St Paul’s Cathedral. We entered the gargantuan, famous cathedral and people were there handing out flags and programmes for the service. The atmosphere was vibrant, if a little chaotic!

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The certificate
After half-an-hour the service started. All of the bishops processed in their cassocks and gowns, whilst we were singing hymns. Then we listened to an interview with a woman who farms in Malawi. She said she had to work really hard to produce peanuts, which grow underground, so that she was able to feed her family. She also wants ALL OF US TO LOOK FOR THE FAIRTRADE SIGN when shopping because Fairtrade helps people like her to get food on the table.

Then the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, was presented with a certificate declaring the Diocese of London a Fairtrade Diocese and St Paul’s was given a certificate for being a Fairtrade Cathedral. These certificates were presented by Dr. Harriet Lamb CBE, Executive Director of the Fairtrade Foundation.

After a few more songs I went to collect a certificate from the Archdeacon of Middlesex, the Venerable Stephen Welch, stating that St James is a Fairtrade church within the Diocese of London. WELL DONE everyone!

Source: William Nettleton, The Spire Magazine - 2012 June

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