A Christmas shopping outlet with a difference has opened in Bideford and will continue to offer its special goods for the next month. Fairtrade for Christmas has opened in St Mary s parish church and until December 10 will be offering a variety of Fairtra

A Christmas shopping outlet with a difference has opened in Bideford and will continue to offer its special goods for the next month.Fairtrade for Christmas has opened in St Mary's parish church and until December 10 will be offering a variety of Fairtrade crafts and gifts, plus Cards for Good Causes.Stalls set up in the church are being run by nearly 80 volunteers from churches in Bideford, Northam, Westward Ho!, Appledore and surrounding rural villages.On sale are craft and gift items from Tearcraft, Traidcraft, Siwokcraft and foods from Traidcraft.There will also be festive cards from 30 different charities.Fairtrade for Christmas was officially opened by the Mayor of Bideford, Cllr Caroline Church.She said: "Bideford has been awarded the title of Fairtrade Town by the Fairtrade Foundation. The Fairtrade system enables farmers in poor countries to get a fair and guaranteed price for their crops. The Foundation has awarded the title to Bideford because there are sufficient shops, cafes, workplaces, schools and churches in the town selling Fairtrade goods - 19 in all - though more are needed. In addition, the town council fully supports Fairtrade and always endeavours to serve Fairtrade products at its functions."Fairtrade for Christmas is open at the church from 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 1pm on Saturdays.