Thursday, 26 May 2011

Spring/Summer Update

Spring/Summer News

The Small World, 9A Orchard Crescent, Prestonpans, EH32 9JJ

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Tue, Thu, Fri 10-12 & 2-4.  Sat 10-12

Dates for your diary

Sunday 29 May
Cuthill Park, Prestongrange Road, Prestonpans

Whilst tucking into delicious fare, relax on the rolling green hills, enjoy the all day live music, wander through the array of arts and crafts stalls (say hello to us of course!) and browse the car bootie! There will also be something for the kids with bouncy castles, face painting and kiddies’ rides.  For more information visit

Saturday 4 June

Cockenzie & Port Seton Royal British Legion
We are pleased to be taking part in an extravaganza held to raise funds for Cockenzie & Port Seton RBL Pipes & Drums. It should be a great day and members of the band will be playing throughout. You will find us in the arts & crafts hall (although we may wander into the homebaking area....)

Sunday 5 June
The Big Lunch, Cuthill Park

Now in its third year, the Big Lunch is an Eden Project initiative designed to bring communities together over food and a chat at street parties up and down the UK. This year, why not make Fairtrade part of your Big Lunch?  Pass on your Fairtrade favourites to friends and neighbours with recipe and activity ideas and let your street know how our tea, coffee and cotton choices help communities in developing countries build a better future.

We are again taking part in the Three Harbours Arts Festival and will be exhibiting our own beautiful handcrafted Fairtrade items on Saturday 28 May + Saturday 4 June 10.00 – 12.00 and Tuesday 31 May, Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June 10.00 – 12.00 / 14.00 – 16.00 in the shop (Venue 11).  Copies of the programme are available in the shop.

Support for Fairtrade

Our hardworking East Lothian MP, Fiona  O'Donnell, joined the volunteers in the Small World Shop to raise awareness of Fairtrade issues and Prestonpan’s bid to become a Fairtrade town. 
Fiona said:
The Small World Shop is doing a fantastic job of boosting awareness and understanding of trade issues locally.
“I was delighted to help out at the shop and learn more about how Fairtrade is making a difference to the lives of farmers and workers in the developing world.  I also saw all the improvements that the team have made to the shop and the way in which they are constantly looking for opportunities to introduce new systems and find new customers.
“Local schools and churches are playing a vital role in the future of the shop. I appeal to local businesses to think about using the Small World shop as a supplier.
“I am hugely supportive of Prestonpan’s bid to become a Fairtrade Town. 
“It would be a fantastic achievement for both the shop and the local community.

We should hear whether our application to become a Fairtrade Town has been successful by the end of June.  There has been a bit of a delay in processing our application as The Fairtrade Foundation is currently extremely busy with the Guinness World Record Attempt for bunting!

Prestonpans is not the only town to be working towards Fairtrade status - Sustaining Dunbar is holding a public launch event in Dunbar on 18th May in order to work towards Fairtrade Town status for Dunbar and District. Read more at .

If the village/town/zone you live in is working towards Fairtrade status then perhaps we can help supply you with items on a sale-or-return basis for a risk-free trial of which items will sell in your community.

We were very grateful to Fiona for lending a hand, especially as we are desperately short of volunteers.

Our youngest volunteer Laura, is currently on exam leave so we are even more stretched than usual. She has been selected as one of the finalists in East Lothian Council's Young Volunteer of the Year category of the Inspiring Volunteering Awards and will be attending the awards ceremony on 9 June.  Good luck for on both fronts Laura!

If you can spare some time, please pop in and have a chat with us or call us on 01875 813992.