Meeting to make Kirrie a Fairtrade town

A PUBLIC meeting is to be held in Kirriemuir on Wednesday, October 31, to see if there is an interest to achieve Fairtrade status for the town.

It will be held from 6 p.m. in the Lesser Hall of Kirriemuir Town Hall.

The meeting, organised by Angus Council community planning team, will hear from guest speakers sharing their knowledge of Fairtrade and its principles; the application procedure for towns and the experience of communities, schools and churches which have been involved in the process of achieving Fairtrade status, as well as the next steps needed for Kirriemuir.

For further details, contact Kirriemuir and Dean Local Community Planning Team on 01307 474788 or email

Kirriemuir is looking to follow the lead of other Angus towns such as Forfar, Brechin and Arbroath.

At a recent meeting of the town’s community council, Angus Councillor Jeanette Gaul put forward the suggestion that members might wish to get involved with the establishment of such a forum.

She said: “Churches and schools in Kirriemuir already have Fairtrade status and a number of businesses have expressed an interest in such a venture.

“To get this started a steering group would be put together, involving community councils, schools and businesses.”

Fairtrade has been a part of life in Angus since 2003 when the council agreed to support the cause.

The local authority encourage the support of Fairtrade principles through the wider community and local businesses.

Montrose as a town and Montrose Academy became the first to adopt the principles in Angus and their success has encouraged many other towns to take part.