Fairtrade Falmouth would like to thank all those who contributed to the activities and events during Fairtrade Fortnight.

In particular, local schools, the Falmouth and Penryn town councils, churches together, the Poverty Forum, the Brownies and the University Student Union who organised a range of events to raise the profile of Fairtrade in town. The library and town traders also lent their valuable support. It was splendid to see so much effort in support of Fairtrade.

The children's event at Falmouth Council Chambers organised by St Mary's School was spectacular. Their enthusiastic presentations showed an understanding of issues surrounding trade that is a credit to them and their teachers and an inspiration to the rest of us. It was a shame that not more members of the public were there to see their creative and interesting work.

As a significant postscript to the success of Fairtrade Fortnight, the multi-coloured Fairtrade Banner of Handprints, with its tree of outstretched hands, is hanging over the stairs to the council chambers in Falmouth. The banner was created with the help of over 200 adults and children whose handprints were cut from scrap material at various events during the fortnight. The prints were put together on International Women's Day by members of "Darnit", (Transition Falmouth's Art and Craft group), who also combine art and recycling to produce new creations. The banner will continue to hang in Falmouth for another week before moving to Penryn Council and then to the Campuses at Tremough and Woodlane The competition for a Fairtrade window was won by The Natural Store.

Lorely Lloyd, Transition Falmouth