Sadly snow stopped play on 1st March. The Trust Cost film will be shown on Wednesday 2nd May 7pm at Frome Town Hall. Free entry. Fairtrade refreshments will be available. Do come! 

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

Entry is Free. Fairtrade refreshments will be available. Open to all, the film is rated 12.

Frome is fortunate to have many independent cafes and restaurants – check out our guide to eating Fairtrade this Valentine’s:

 The Garden Cafe – perfect for brunch or a delicious evening meal, The Garden Cafe has everything you could wish for. Devine cakes and delicious fairtrade teas and coffees. Its relaxed atmosphere is suitable for everyone; whether you’re out for a romantic meal just the two of you or a family lunchtime treat – they’re accommodating to all tastes and dietary requirements. Photo credit: 

The River House – if you’re looking for the perfect evening cocktail or a beautiful brekkie before a lovely day out then this cafe is the place for you! A young and vibrant team always deliver and cater for all tastes – they make gorgeous fairtrade coffee and have an array of tasty vegan treats on offer. Photo credit:

Fat Radish – Now a monthly occurrence, their food tasting events have become a huge hit in Frome; their menu offers something a little different for everyone. If you fancy a posh Valentine’s menu check them out! They’ll provide a true taste sensation. Photo credit:

Cafe La Strada – one of the most established cafes in Frome they offer Fairtrade coffees and speciality teas as well as amazing pastries from across the globe to tantalise your taste buds. In the evening they offer a romantic bistro menu – a must if you’re looking for somewhere quiet and intimate for your Valentines night. They also make their own ice cream with many flavours you wouldn’t find anywhere else! Photo credit:

Moo & Two – ethically sourced tea and coffee with locally sourced seasonal food, this little cafe has a great atmosphere and tailors your cuppa to exactly how you like it. Great for lunches and a romantic cup of coffee or Earl Grey…Photo credit:

The Archangel  – Frome’s Boutique Hotel and Restaurant The Archangel offers a varied menu, from Fairtrade coffees and loose leaf teas to cocktails and a deliciously fresh and seasonal menu for any time of day. It will certainly add a spot of glamour to your evening out! Photo credit:

How fascinating it is to have a glimpse into someone else’s working life.

Meeting Christina in her workshop with her assistant, Jess, and watching while they created beautiful earrings and rings from silver was a magical experience. Chris has been a jeweller for 21 years, 13 in Frome and 8 years at 3 Bath Street. She makes handmade silver and gold jewellery. Her decision to work in Frome was made easy by knowing of the high concentration of makers and craft people in the town, who provide a supportive network of other artists.




The three values she holds most dear in her business are:

Firstly, customer service and valuing loyal purchasers.

Secondly, having an ethical stamp: being both ethical and environmentally sensitive, she uses recycled silver and Fairtrade gold and gemstones. Both of these are far more accessible than previously.

Thirdly, through participation in an organisation called FLUX, a Fair Luxury Networking group which shares information about sourcing and suppliers.  The group also lobbies companies to become more ethical. They have an annual conference focussing on creating ethical jewellery.

The Fairtrade and ethical products she uses and sells include recycled silver and Fair-mined gold, platinum, rubies, sapphires and tanzanite. Until now Fairtrade diamonds and silver are not yet available, but ethical jewellers are working towards changing this situation. She explained that she gets her supplies of Fairtrade gold from Peru (and FT gold will be coming soon from Africa). A Fairtrade number – the FLO  ID – tracks supplies back to the source. Her stones come directly from Tanzania and Sri Lanka. The ability to track back to the producers is crucial,  as is the direct link between them and the jewellers.

When asked what makes her use these Fairtrade products, she described the history of mining as extremely dangerous, exploitative and disastrous for the environment. The network of Fairtrade jewellers, through their contacts, seeks to change this rapacious situation.

Chris spoke enthusiastically about the Bath Christmas Market where the jewellers are local artists using Fairtrade raw materials. In her own, personal life Chris, both at home and at work, chooses always to use Fairtrade products. She is a key member of Fairtrade Frome, especially at carnival time. It was a real pleasure to have the opportunity to see her at work.


It’s 2018! Happy New Year everyone! Have you made some New Year resolutions?  Why not make one of them buying fairtrade? You can easily swap your regular items for fairtrade in a number of high street and supermarkets as well as independent retailers.  There are over 4000 Fairtrade products from coffee, chocolate and tea to flowers, gold and cotton. Choosing Fairtrade for 2018 is an easy way to help make a positive difference to millions of people around the world.

We put together our top buys and fairtrade favourites to give you a helping hand in switching one or two items in your basket to make a difference this year!

If you’re embracing Dry January there are loads of fairtrade non-alcoholic products on the market. Our member Rebecca loves Fairtrade Karma Cola available from Waitrose.  

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Our member Dinah loves Olive Oil by Zaytoun available from Oxfam or online at or Frome Wholefood shop.

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Member Jane enjoys Fairtrade honey. You can get fairtrade honey from a whole range of places. Equal Exchange Organic Raw Honey can be found on which sells a huge range of fairtrade products.

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If you won’t be doing Dry January then member Alison recommends Lidl’s Fairtrade Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Rose – for under £5 this wine is a bargain!

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Our member Ann regularly buys fairtrade cards and wrapping paper from Traidcraft – they sell the widest range of fairtrade products in the UK. Buy online or visit their Gateshead store.

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Member Judy absolutely loves Clipper Seriously Velvety Instant Hot Chocolate – making sure there is always some in the cupboard.

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So why not replace one item in your regular shop with a fairtrade product?

Here in Frome, we have a great many Fairtrade shops and store to explore. Here we interview Fine Fettle Fashion, to find out more about this ethical fashion company. They have a varied selection of fairtrade clothing, accessories, jewellery and gifts which are competitively priced. So read on to find out more…

What does Fine Fettle do?

FF is an independent retailer in the heart of Frome. We offer ethical women’s fashion of exceptional quality and at affordable prices. 

How long have you been in Frome?

 Fine Fettle opened its doors in Cheap Street in November 2013. We started our journey in Frome as a pop-up shop which soon became Fine Fettle with a longterm view towards promoting ethical fashion on the High Street. 

Why set your business up in Frome?

Not only is Frome a beautiful historic market town – it is a ‘Fairtrade Town’ with a community ready to embrace a more sustainable & ethical lifestyle. 

What 3 values do you hold most dear to your business?

Ethically sourced, sustainable quality and style with a pinch of the ‘unusual’

What Fairtrade or ethical products do you sell?

A large variety of fair-trade/ethical clothing, jewellery and accessories. 

Where do you get supplies from?

We support a large number of small producers from all over the world as well as British and even locally produced ranges. 

What makes you use fairtrade or ethical products?

We really do believe it is the way forward – an environment where people receive a fair wage and get to work in safe conditions using more sustainable materials. In return, our customers get to enjoy an item of clothing or jewellery of great quality and style – a purchase they can feel good about in every way! 

Do your customers know you use Fairtrade or ethical products?

We are constantly promoting our fairtrade products – chatting to our customers in the shop, through promotions such as special offers (also mentioned on social media i.e. Facebookand local events i.e. Frome fashion show a few month ago. 

Favourite ethical product?

I love a good organic cotton T-shirt made with care using organic dyes! But apart from that fairtrade coffee all the way and love Oxfam’s fairtrade shower & bath products!


Find out more about Fine Fettle Fashion here – over on their Facebook page.

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Owner, Jo Smith, receiving the Silver in the Southwest Fairtrade Business Awards 2016; ‘Best fairtrade retailer-multiple products category’.

Frome Chocolate Festival celebrated its 8th anniversary this year and we were there to promote the Fairtrade message. 

 Every year is a fantastic event –  a fabulous collection of Chocolatiers, Artisan cake makers, raw chocolate experts, confectioners and sweet makers. There were chocolate bars, truffles, unusual chocolate gifts and seasonal delights. 

 This year the event also highlighted and supported Frome Children’s Festival, which provided activities to keep the younger visitors happy. Local charity WHY (We Hear You) also held a chocolate raffle and sold Christmas cards.

We ran some fun competitions – guess the number of Fairtrade chocolate coins in the jar and a taste test – to see if people could tell the difference between fairtrade and non-fairtrade chocolate. Thankfully, Fairtrade won!

We will be back there next year, so watch this space! Find out who stocks Fairtrade chocolate here!

As part of the ‘Don’t ditch Fairtrade’ weekend campaign on 28th October, Frome residents delivered a petition to Steve Jones, Sainsbury’s Frome Manager to challenge Sainsbury’s decision to abandon the Fairtrade mark on some of its own-brand tea in favour of its own scheme.
Fairtrade Frome members Judy Annan and Ann Taylor who organised the event, said: “It’s estimated nearly a quarter of a million tea farmers and workers will be affected by this move. We wanted to bring attention to the residents of Frome the ‘Don’t Ditch Fairtrade’ campaign and the fact that Sainsbury’s is changing their stance to Fairtrade. British tea drinkers account for three-quarters of Fairtrade tea sales globally, with Sainsbury’s as the world’s largest retailer of Fairtrade. Sainsbury’s has previously been a true leader in the retail sector with their support of Fairtrade products, making a real difference to the lives of workers and their families in some of the world’s poorest countries. We’d like them to reconsider this step away from Fairtrade for their own-brand tea.”
Fairtrade guarantees tea producers receive an additional premium payment – on top of the price for their tea – to invest in their businesses and communities as they see fit. Frome campaigners are concerned that tea farmers will lose control of the social premium they would earn under Sainsbury’s alternative scheme, with suppliers instead having to apply to a UK-based board for their funding. 
The protests are part of a nationwide campaign supported by CAFOD, Christian Aid, The Women’s Institute, Traidcraft Exchange and Tearfund calling on the supermarket to reconsider this pilot scheme.
Fairtrade Frome also said stated “We’re worried that standards will be controlled by Sainsbury’s – and are not set independently. Tea farmers will not be represented in the scheme’s governance – a stark contrast to Fairtrade certification where producers are part of deciding how standards are set, monitored and reviewed.”
Fairtrade Frome was established as the 11th Fairtrade town in Britain more than 15 years ago and has encouraged Sainsbury’s from the very beginning to include Fairtrade goods in their store.
To find out more about us check out our website here