February letter from The Ferns Veggie B & B chatting about Fair trade tea and digging at the New Inn

Due to my having a lengthy holiday for the first half of February, this letter will be a little short; otherwise I shall still be writing this in March!

Fairtrade Tea

The Tea Traio

The Tea Trail

Last month, partly as a result of watching The Tea Trail on BBC2, which followed a BBC presenter looking at the lives of tea workers in Africa, and, partly as a result of Tim Pryce who runs the Visitor Centre cafe, recommending FairTrade tea, I decided that I will now  buy Fairtrade tea for my B & B guests.

Having seen the conditions that tea pickers worker in, the  degradation of women on the estates, and the inability of the families to educate their children due to lack of funds,  it was an eye opener that I had to take action on.


traidcraft tea

I have bought their brand called ‘Everyday tea’ from Newport Market’s Fairtrade stall. It is a mixture of East African and Indian. The tea also tastes excellent!

Today, I have just been on to the FairTrade web site, and would you believe it it is Fairtrade fortnight. So please have a look at the site and see if you can start buying Fairtrade tea. As part of the FairTrade fortnight, there are lots of special  deals and prizes on offer. Worth a visit to the site just for this!

Digging at the New Inn

People who know me, or have visited me, will know that I am passionate about history. I am the Archivist for our local history society: Newport History Society. Recently we have been involved with digging and metal detecting a site in the middle of Newport which is being developed by a local brewery at Market Drayton called Joules. They are restoring the New Inn in Newport, a pub which first opened.


Royal oak pipe bowl

‘Royal oak’ pipe bowl. A clay pipe which commemorates Charles hiding in the oak tree at Boscobel, which is near to Newport.

In case people  don’t know about Boscobel. Charles 11, after the battle of Worcester, hid in an oak tree. This was in 1651.

An early image of the oak tree at Boscobel with Charles hiding in the tree

An early image of the oak tree at Boscobel with Charles hiding in the tree

Let’s hope that the New Inn, when it opens, will have some vegetarian options!

That’s all for now