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Rotary & Cranleigh’s Fairtrade gold

The Rotary Club of Cranleigh is pleased to welcome Fairtrade gold jeweller Jon Dibben as the guest speaker at their meeting on Thursday 5th May.

Jon Dibben is based at Smithbrook Kilns and was one of the first 20 designers to be licensed to make jewellery using the world’s first Fairtrade and Fairmined certified gold and platinum.

Jon’s debut design for the first batch of Fairtrade and Fairmined gold to enter the country, was recognised by the British Jewellers’ Association as a landmark piece. The work was selected for the Association’s anniversary exhibition to represent 2011, which is the year Fairtrade and Fairmined gold was launched and Jon designed and made the ring.

Jon Dibben has been voted as an ‘Inspiring Independent’ by the trade’s ‘Retail Jeweller’ magazine for two consecutive years, and by ‘Professional Jeweller’ magazine as a ‘Trend Setter’ in their ‘Hot 100’.

Jon’s reputation as an ethical fine jewellery designer has also been recognised locally. In 2011 the Cranleigh Fairtrade Group recognised Jon’s flagship business and presented him with his Fairtrade certificate.

Fairtrade is important to Cranleigh and this is reflected by the village’s attainment of the Fairtrade status in 2012. Cranleigh renewed its status in 2013 and 2015 and this is celebrated by the installation of two village entry signs welcoming visitors to the Fairtrade village.

The Rotary Club of Cranleigh has interesting speakers for some of their weekly meetings that inform, engage with or support the many and varied community and fundraising activities that this Rotary Club undertakes throughout the year. Our next event will be the Burger stall at the Cranleigh Carnival Day in June and if you are interested in joining a vibrant, local and community-focused group, please call the membership secretary Andrew Kolmar on 01483274547.

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