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Frome Mayor receives Christmas chains

Fairtrade Frome has made another bespoke mayoral chain for Mayor Peter Macfadyen, to promote fair-trade gold.  

In fact this chain is a Blue Peter inspired effort, made from tomato puree tubes that you’ll find are gold on the inside.

Peter Macfadyen is photographed in Frome’s own purveyor of fair-trade gold, Christina Oswin.  Christina became fully licensed last year by the Fairtrade Foundation to use Fairtrade gold labelling. This status, along with Christina’s always ethical choice of recycled silver and fair-mined rubies and spinel, earned her Silver in this year’s South West Fairtrade Business Awards.

If you still have presents to buy this year, pop into Christina’s shop on the corner of Bath Street and Eagle Lane and check out her fully fair-trade collection called ‘Treasured’.

The 2015 South West Fairtrade Business Awards are now open with a deadline of 31st January. It is free to enter and Fairtrade Frome are happy to help with filling in application forms for any businesses who would like to enter this time.

It’s not just for retailers. There are categories also for best fair-trade office, accommodation or conference centre, cafe, and college or university. All shortlisted businesses are invited to an awards ceremony in March at the Watershed in Bristol where winners will be announced and presented by Aardman Animations and Divine Chocolate. Category winners receive a trophy designed by Bristol Blue Glass and all shortlisted businesses benefit from extensive press coverage.

Later in 2015, Bristol is hosting the International Fairtrade Towns Conference so all businesses that satisfy the criteria will also have the opportunity to engage with that weekend long event.

If you are interested in entering your business, visit www.bristolfair trade.!fairtrade-awards/ c1wwm and if you would like help from Fair trade Frome

The mayor had another festive chain added to his collection after it was presented to him by Bath Rugby star Nathan Catt and Rosie Eliot of the Wessex MS Therapy Centre.

Rosie said, “Frome Town Council gave our charity a grant towards a new piece of physiotherapy equipment called The EasyStand Glider. It is an amazing piece of equipment that helps people into a standing position and they use their own body strength to exercise.

“Many of our members spend most of their lives in a wheelchair and the EasyStand Glider not only allows them to stand but also they get to use muscles that have for a long time had no exercise.

“The therapy centre is a self-funded charity and we offer long term and ongoing support offering physiotherapy, Reflexology, massage therapy, counselling, kinesiology, energy therapy, yoga and oxygen therapy. We are a very busy charity delivering around 6,000 therapies per year and our oxygen therapy tanks are also used to help with sports injury recovery and for people with cancer, fibromyalgia, ME and leg ulcers, as well as many other conditions.

“We have over 30 members with multiple sclerosis who live in Frome and use our centre on a regular basis, and we are very grateful for the support we receive from Frome Town Council.”