Celebrating 70 years Chorley Style

Posted by Ann Eastham Campaigner, Chorley

24th Sep 2012

It is Oxfam's 70th birthday this year and the amazing campaigners of Chorley, the UK's first Oxfam Campaigns group, have been celebrating in style.

Chorley Library Grow Campaign DisplayThey have created a colourful exhibition promoting the Grow campaign and Oxfam over the years in their local library. The Grow campaign is close to the hearts of the Chorley group. Several of the members have just completed the 'Fair Trade Way', where they spent up to six days walking 88 miles of rolling countryside in often heavy rain with the Garstang Oxfam group. As part of the journey they visited a number of inspirational fair trade towns and shops and restaurants, starting off at the world's very first fair-trade town of Garstang and ending at Keswick. Keith even carried a Grow campaign sign up into the mountains as part of the walk! Following on from the incredible inspirational walk the Chorley group are now campaigning for their own town to gain fair trade town status too.

Cutting Oxfam's 70th birthday cakeChorley councillor Peter Wilson and MP Lindsay Hoyle came along to the library exhibition's opening party to view the display and cut Oxfam's birthday cake. Lindsay Hoyle supported the group's ambition to become a fair trade town and is very supportive of all their efforts. He commented: "I was delighted to join the local Oxfam group in marking the 70th anniversary of Oxfam.  Oxfam has a strong voice in our local community and this is thanks to the hard work and dedication of local volunteers.  I look forward to working with Oxfam and no doubt they will go from strength to strength over the next 70 years."

The exhibition will be displayed at Chorley library for the whole of September and also featured in the Chorley Guardian. Why not pop in and see for yourself?

Blog post written by Ann Eastham

Campaigner, Chorley

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