Thursday, September 19, 2019

Abernyte Activities


We're a small charity group based in the Carse of Gowrie and focused around Fairtrade.
We regularly run Fairtrade stalls and coffee mornings at Abernyte Church and sell rice to raise money to help children in Malawi go to school.
In addition to this, Marjory the minister had the brilliant idea of raising money to build new houses in Nepal after the tragic earthquake. With some hard work,dedication and teamwork we cut, folded and glued 100 small card houses. The boxes were then given to people in the church to put any loose change in them. After a month or so we collected them again and after a long evening of counting all the change, the community had raised in total just over £1,500, a fantastic result. This was enough to build homes for 3 families. We were all extremely pleased will this!
We have expanded and now have a small website thanks to Oscar. We can now sell top quality Fairtrade rice, both brown and white, to anyone.
This is the 90 kg Rice Challenge
Malawi is a landlocked country located in south eastern Africa. Malawi's economy is largely based on agriculture which contributes about 40% of GDP and our Kilombero rice is an aromatic long grain rice. It's versatile and has the ability to absorb flavours from vegetables, fish, and meat which makes it ideally suited for risotto. Also excellent in rice salads and in rice pudding and can be used as an accompaniment to most dishes. It is East Africa’s favourite top quality rice. 
Rice cultivation in Malawi is highly laborious. Many farmers have only a hoe to cultivate their fields and all the weeding is done by hand. The good news is, all the hard work selling Malawi Kilombero rice has been rewarded by a £276,000 grant from the Scottish Government that will help relieve all this extremely hard work. 
For most Malawians rice is grown principally as a cash crop and is largely sold to the urban middle classes. It is a luxury food mostly enjoyed at special times of year, like Christmas but the income from the rice enables them to improve their buildings, to buy tools and to pay for secondary education for their children.
Education is one of the most effective ways to escape poverty but there are tremendous problems to overcome, with a very high student-teacher ratio, lack of equipment, and language difficulties. Secondary education is not free and as a result only 30% of children receive a high school education. If a farmer in Malawi can sell 90kg of rice at a fair price they have sufficient income to send one of their children to High School for a year.
 Please help us meet this challenge and send one Malawi child to school for  one year.
Visit our Fairtrade rice shop and place your order.
Your order will be delivered to Abernyte Church where you can uplift it at any time and you can leave your payment in the clearly marked honesty box.
Help us help more people in need and order your rice now!

Abernyte Harvest Festival 2016

On Saturday the 20th August 2016 the residents and friends of Abernyte came together in a wonderful event, organised by the Abernyte Community Interest Company and held in the Abernyte Playing Field, to help raise Abernyte Harvest Festival 2016funds for the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund. 

We were treated to stalls with books and plants for sale along with wonderful jams and chutneys made from local produce. There was competitions for an array of superb flowers and vegetables grown locally along with children's competitions which also produced some outstanding entries. The local Young Farmers ran a novel balloon filled tractor competition.

The full list of prize winners:

Children's Competition

Tallest Sunflower 1 Carrick Ramsay Pattullo Funniest Fruit or veg 1 Berger
  2 Stuart and Rosie Duncan   2 Stuart Duncan
  3 Airlie Ramsay Pattullo   3 Thomas Lyon
Miniature Garden 1 Carrick Ramsay Pattullo Posy of flowers 1 Eilidh Petrie
  2 Rosie Duncan   2 Lucy Duncan
  3 Anna McGoldrick   3 Ellen Lacoux

Adult Competition

Box of 5 Veg Tricia Neville 6 Potatoes Phil Lacoux
Salad Items Tricia Neville 3 Squash Gordon Nicoll
Posy of Herbs Juliette McSwan 6 Sweet peas Gordon Nicoll
3 Dahlias Tricia Neville Cottage garden flowers Cathy and Barry Caudwell
10 Soft Fruit Cathy and Barry Caudwell 4 Stone Fruit Claudia Lacoux
Humerous Veg Faff Cumming Best in Show Tricia Neville


We were also joined by two families of Syrian friends who are part of the refugee resettlement scheme and living in Dundee. They prepared some classic Syrian food which complimented the grand spread of the traditional barbeque and tray bakes.

Live music was provided by local musicians and refreshments by the Abernyte Brewery.  The weather was not perfect but it did not dampen the enthusiasm on the day.

Congratulations are due to all involved in the staging and running of the event which made a little over £2000 to be donated to the Syrian Refugee Relief Fund.