St Andrew’s Fair Trade Shop has been running as a permanent Fair Trade shop for over 40 years.
The Shop is situated within St. Andrew’s complex. We sell food and crafts, all of which are Fairly Traded, which means that the farmers and producers are given more for their labour than by traditional commercial sources.
Looked after by a team of volunteers, who are always willing to assist you in purchases of fairly trade items including: food, jewellery, clothing and other household goods. We offer a wide range, with stock turning over regularly, and always at competitive prices.
Profits are put back into the shop, and at the end of each financial year the committee meet to agree which mission endeavour they will support with monies in excess of £5,000 supporting work both home and abroad.
So why not come over and take a look and if your church would like to have items on Sale or Return, speak with our manager Katharine or see details below.
Shop Opening Hours:
Please Note: The shop will be closed weekdays for the summer from Friday 20th July until Monday 10th September. We will still be open for business on a Saturday 10am – 12.30pm throughout the summer.
Rebecca Dean-Skinner will be returning as our guest Artist for September selling her beadwork jewellery.
Usual opening hours:
- MONDAY 10.00am-12.30pm 2.30pm-4.30pm
- TUESDAY 10.00am-12.30pm 2.00pm-4.00pm
- WEDNESDAY 10.00am-12.30pm Closed
- THURSDAY 10.00am-12.30pm 2.00pm-4.00pm
- FRIDAY 10.00am-12.30pm 2.00pm-4.00pm
- SATURDAY 10.00am-12.00pm Closed
What does the Shop Sell?
* Fair Trade Food – teas, coffees, biscuits, chocolate, fruit, nuts, sauces, rice, pasta etc
* Fair Trade Crafts – jewellery, bags, scarves, wooden, silver, glass, pottery, stoneware items and more.
* Christian Books – from CLC in Tonbridge (changed monthly)
* Greetings Cards – from commercial sources as well as Fair Trade cards
* Nearly New Items – ladies clothing, china, glass, toys etc
* Second-hand Books – very popular and always changing
Local Artists are invited to display and sell their creations for one month at a time, with a small commission being given to the shop. See Guest Artist Page.
All of the money the shop makes is given to various charities either in the third world or within the UK.
All staff are unpaid volunteers. Further volunteers (subject to interview), to cover emergencies and to increase opening hours would be welcome.
Sale or Return Service
If you are from another church: We operate a Sale or Return service for church groups, schools or other appropriate organisations. Please contact Katharine Garland via the church office for details.
As well as a huge range of volunteers the Fair Trade Shop Committee comprises:
- Katharine Garland – Chairman
- June Dean – Product Manager Food
- Doreen Dixon – Secretary and Manager Nearly New goods
- Jan Dyer – Assistant Treasurer
- Jean Jordan – Product manager Cards
- Pauline Murr – Manager Staffing
- Jean Saggers – Product Manager Crafts
- Carl Warren – Treasurer