Make it a Fairtrade Christmas These days many of us try to shop in a way that benefits the people who make the products and items we want to buy. Our aim at St Mary’s Shop this year has been to increase the range of merchandise we sell from Fairtrade providers. We also aim to support local Suffolk producers where we can. This Christmas most of our stock will have been widely sourced, from metal and woodworkers in Delhi, to textile-makers in the Punjab, to felt, soap and fudge makers in Suffolk. Alongside our reasonably priced gifts are a wide range of Christmas cards, including a selection from the Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge is East Anglia after all!) and Advent Calendars of all sizes. Extended opening hours: During November and December, our opening hours will include Monday to Saturday from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm. Music for everyone A popular venue for concerts, St Mary’s offers first-class acoustics and lovely surroundings. For a wide range of events at the church, see What’s On (p.18). But on 22 November, there is a particularly exciting reason for a concert. Esther Howe, a pupil at Farlingaye High School, has volunteered through Projects Abroad on a six-week Shark Conservation Project in Fiji (www.projects- abroad.co.uk). Most of her time will be spent on the ocean, tagging baby sharks, and collecting and analysing data, but she will also work with local people, planting mangroves, to help conservation. Music plays a major part in Esther’s life – she has played the violin for twelve years – and so a concert seemed a natural way to fund-raise for her project. A Winter Evening of Music will provide a varied programme, with songs, guitar and piano pieces, and violin duets with Esther herself. “I am sure the concert will be an amazing evening for anyone who wishes to come along”, she says. A Winter Evening of Music: Saturday 22 November at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s Church. Tickets £5.50, available at the door. Everyone welcome!