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Fairtrade fortnight - more than bananas 

Since the launch of the Fairtrade movement in the 1980’s and the launch of the logo in the early 90’s the idea of buying Fairtrade had grown from being a niche idea to being standard for some, for example all bananas sold in Co-op, Sainsbury or Waitrose are now Fairtrade. 

Keynsham became a Fairtrade town in 2005 and as part of this years Fairtrade fortnight we wanted to find out what was happening locally to find out more about that it means to be Fairtrade.

Saltford formally received it’s Fairtrade Village status in the 15th July 2013 and proudly erected their signs in October 2013, they have a Fairtrade coffee Producer from Nicaragua coming to visit them on Tuesday the 4th March at 7.30pm at Saltford Hall where you can find out more about what it means to producers to be Fairtrade. (www.saltfordenvironmentgroup.org.uk)

Bristol plays host to a variety of events and not just within the Fairtrade fortnight.  In July 2015 will be hosting the International Fairtrade Towns’ conference but while we wait for that to happen they are running a range of events: www.bristolfairtrade.org.uk

But here at TKHQ we decided to fully research how we can get involved with one of our favourite pastimes, cake! and the Fairtrade website shares some wonderful recipes: www.fairtrade.org.uk/products/recipes

But added to that it seams more than appropriate to support the Fairtrade movement by raising a glass of wine www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Angela-Mount-gives-pick-Fairtrade-Wines-Fairtrade

Enjoy!

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Ch ch ch changes

In the words of David Bowie there had been some changes to the TK Energy Group. After their last meeting they have decided to change their name from TK Energy Group to Keynsham Community Energy.  

They have some really exiting projects in the planning process for this year and they feel that they should have a name to fully reflect the way they want to be seen within the community as well as the wider local area.

If you would like to come along to the next KCE meeting or simply find out more please email Mark Penny: markpenny011@gmail.com to find out more.



Little plotter join us on the plot in the park

It was a rather exiting Dig in day on the plot in the park this month as we welcomed for the first time onto the plot 'The Little Plotters’  Run by our Caterpillar group, The Little Plotters came to get involved in the plot by planting seeds to look after at home and a spot of weeding.  We've set aside an area for them so they can plant their seedlings out next month and grow exactly what they would like in their own little plot. 

If you would like to find out more about the Keynsham Caterpillars and the Little Plotters email keynsham.caterpillars@gmail.com, or go to the caterpillars blog: www.keynshamcaterpillars.blogspot.com  
Were looking forward to having them back on the plot on the 5th April 10.30am - 11.30am and finding out how their seeds have been growing.

1st Plot in the park, dig in day from 10.30 on the plot

2nd Wildflower patch 2pm, meet on the patch with a fork
 
8th Bike Clinic at the farmers market Simple friendly bike advice (donations welcomed)

8th Farmers Market - come and meet the team

12th Stitch and Bitch - 7.30pm - 9.30pm. email for location details

28th Caterpillars monthly gathering - 9.30 - 11.00 email for location details

Caterpillars: 
For ongoing events with the caterpillars please check their website

Informal cycling socials: 
1st and 15th contact David for details 0117 986 2257

Wombles - Become part of the ever growing army of Wombles in Keynsham download a flyer here: http://bit.ly/13MyOIS
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We've been inspired at TKHQ this month by Project Wild Thing, a film presented by David Bond questions how to get children connected with the outdoors.

He's created an app to help inspire children to get out into the wild: You can find out more by clicking here: www.projectwildthing.com

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