Triple attack on poverty in the world with events in Burgess Hill

Iona Fairtrade Festival Burgess Hill
Iona Fairtrade Festival Burgess Hill

Three charities join forces in Burgess Hill next month to raise money to alleviate poverty among some of the poorest people of the world.

On November 3 Burgess Hill Fairtrade will be teaming up with Action Aid and Water Aid to also raise awareness.

The day consists of three events which will all take place in The Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill.

It starts with a craft and food market from 10.00am - 2.00pm. There will be a range of Fairtrade and fairly traded gifts for sale, a chocolate stand and Fairtrade cake stall. Donations to the cake stall would be much appreciated.

This is followed by “Classics and Afternoon High Tea” from 3.30pm - 5.30pm. The highlight of this event, other than the High Tea, is the recital by The Amici Consort, a trio of classical musicians who all graduated from the Royal Academy of Music.

This is a second visit to Burgess Hill by The Amici Consort as they headlined at “Classics and Cakes” in St John’s Church in the 2011 Fairtrade Festival. Tickets are available from The Martlets (£7.50 including High Tea) or phone 01444 242 888 or online via

The final event has been titled JazzAid and starts at 8.00pm. It features the legendary Herbie Flowers, performing as part of a trio, and there is support from Brighton based guitar duo called The Rococo Duo.

Organisers say it will be a wonderful musical event and tickets at £10 (12.50 on the door) are available from The Martlets (£10.00 / £12.50 on the door) or the website.

All the profits are being shared between Fairtrade, Action Aid and Water Aid.

Burgess Hill became a Fairtrade Town in July 2006 and successfully renewed its status in February 2010 and again in 2012. Its work is done by the Burgess Hill Fairtrade Steering Group, local volunteers who promote Fairtrade products in the town’s shops, local businesses, organisations and households.

Fairtrade Towns contribute to the Fairtrade Foundation’s aim of tackling poverty by enabling disadvantaged producers from poor countries to receive a better deal, through encouraging support for the FairTrade Mark.

It was started after it was shown that producers in poorer countries were being vastly underpaid for their work ‘on the ground’ while firms in developed countries made big profits selling the goods.