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 Biggleswade Deanery

Diocese of St Albans

A partly rural deanery, with a tradition of joint worship and an active synod.

Diocese of St Albans


The first two weeks of my return here have been hot and humid but now the much needed rains have come. It makes getting around difficult as much of the village is flooded so constantly having muddy yucky feet goes with the job..... I need a Jeep!

I'm writing this newsletter from Casuarina House as there is no power where I'm staying.  I spent last night with the children which was fun and also eventful!  We seem to have a bit of a problem with mice at the moment and when making up my room a mouse ran out from under my bed....being a bit of a woos I squealed and the boys came to my rescue with their weapons.....floor sweepers! They had a great system going with 3 of them inside my room chasing the mouse out with 3 outside waiting for it to run out under the door. Juma (middle of pic) chief mouse catcher, caught it!  

The children have been on school holiday and are very good at entertaining themselves inside during the bad weather doing puzzles, games and playing cards as you can see by this picture. However we love to give them a treat when here as they work so hard with their studies. A friend who has a pool allowed the children to swim and they had a lovely day before the rains set in, swimming and playing ball in the pool.

We have a new member of staff who joined in January. John lives next door to Casuarina House in his mud hut so doesn't have far to come to work. He was made redundant from his job over a year ago so is very pleased to be earning again to support his wife and 3 children. He is working our farming land and it's producing much maize, cassava, and potatoes at the moment amongst other crops. He is teaching the children farming skills too.

It's tough running FEED500 in torrential rain as cooking for so many has to be done outside. The heavy rains erode the ground making it uneven so we get puddles of muddy water that the children have to walk through to get their hot meal of maize and beans. It's not easy trying to keep 500 children dry but we do our best for the little mites. Last Saturday the rain was so heavy the ladies from Church weren't able to start cooking at 7 a m as they usually do so feeding began later at 2.00 instead of 12.00. In addition the lorry bringing the maize flour got stuck in a ditch en route so that was delivered late too....note to self...have flour delivered on a Friday during rainy season! On top of that when the lorry eventually reached us it got stuck again in a hole made by the rains in our compound.....not the best day for everyone.  

Festus (House Dad) who oversees feeding was on annual leave and some of the men from Church that usually help were at a funeral so 2 of our Casuarina boys Nicholas and Manu offered their services at feeding. It was so touching seeing their compassion towards the younger orphans in the village when serving them. I think we are bringing them up well with caring hearts for those even less fortunate than themselves.  

November is a long way off but we are planning for our Christmas Charity Ball on 29th and are in need of 10 - 12 exclusive lots to auction. If anyone is in a position to donate something special e g theatre/proms tickets, jewelry, champagne dinner for 2, hot air balloon ride, cottage/caravan/villa somewhere it would be very much appreciated!

We have spaces left on our "Best of both worlds" trip departing 1st October for 2 weeks. An opportunity to stay in the village, volunteer with our projects and spend time getting to know the children, followed by 3 day Safari then the last week spent at the beautiful 4 * Severin Sea Lodge Hotel: www.severinsealodge.com perfectly situated on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Please email me for details if interested in joining us for this trip of a life time.

We are very grateful to those who organize fund-raisers for us. On Saturday 14th June there will be 13 climbers, supported by 4 drivers, who will be climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdonia in 24 hours to raise funds for Utange. If anyone feels able to support their efforts please donate through: www.justgiving.com/toppingthosepeaks

Thank you for your interest in what we're doing!

Other Fund-raising Events:

7th - 8th June, Milton Keynes Craft Market - outside John Lewis, Milton Keynes Shopping Centre. Visit The Sure Foundation stand for re cycled denim gifts, bags, glasses cases, purses, aprons and much more....something for everyone!

• Fri.27th June 18.00 - 20.30, Henlow Academy Summer Fair, Henlow Academy, Church road, Henlow, Beds

• Sat 28th June, 13.00 - 17.00, Houghton Conquest Church Fair, The Old Rectory, Houghton Conquest, Beds

• Sat. 5th July 10.00 - 16.00, Stratford on Avon Craft Fair,  Stratford on Avon Town Hall, 1 Sheep Street, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6EF

• Sat.12th July from 10.00 Woburn Sands Folk Festival, High Street, Woburn Sands,Beds

• 19th - 20th June from 9.30, East of England Garden Show, Huntingdon Race Course, Cambs.

• Sat 23rd Aug 10.00 - 17.00, Kempston Fun Day, Addison Park, Kempston, Beds. Visit Utange stand for re cycled denim gifts at all the above

Lastly if you'd like to save money on your utility bills and at the same time raise funds for us at no extra cost to you then switch to Utility Warehouse,  please visit the link below and quote reference B56575.

Reduce your Utility Bills: Support Utange Orphanage  

Gas, Electricity,Telephone, Internet, Mobile, Sim Card, New Line Installation.


God bless, Debbie Scott

Mobile: 07941 563443,

Utange Orphans, Kenya,


Reg Charity No 1061603


May 2014