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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

Hello from Kenya!                                                                          

We arrived just over a week ago. Things are peaceful thankfully after the recent troubles. The children are on school holiday this week so we've made the most of spending time with them. Paul especially was pleased to see them and was surprised how much they've grown this past year. As I was here in May so I'm used to some towering over me!

We have two German volunteers staying with the children at Casuarina House at the moment who've been teaching them to play the guitar. Dennis in particular has taken to it and delighted us with a song they taught him. I'm told he was practicing the same chords over and over relentlessly till he got it right, such was his determination. The other children had their hands over their ears for much of the time exasperated! We were touched as he sang and diligently changed between the 4 chords....such talent emerging from a 9 year old. As you can see from the picture the guitar is almost as big as Dennis! The others are in awe of him now.We are organizing a holiday club for the village children before they go back to school culminating in a talent show and I think he will be the one to beat!

Whilst staying we like to treat the children to a day out. This time we arranged an educational (and fun!) visit to the Crocodile Farm. We hired the bus that has recently been purchased by the School, took a packed lunch and set off in the heat. The children were mesmerized by the feeding frenzie of the crocodiles. Mary (below left) was bold enough to hold a baby croc. We also had a guided tour around the aquarium, learnt about different vegetation plus breeds of deadly spiders and snakes. This is a very brave Dickson (below right) holding a (tame) python....glad I was the one taking the picture!

The day ended with a pony ride which was a first for all. You can see more pictures of the children's day out on our Charity face book page: https://www.facebook.com/TheSureFoundation                       

Our Feeding Program is going on well. These are a few of the children leaving with their maize and full tummy's. The good news is we finally have enough funds to give out bags of maize to more orphans. We will be increasing as from September so all 500 will now receive a bag to take back to their guardians for cooking instead of one between siblings. We have been praying to increase for some time as the larger families run out before the end of the week. Now this will ensure at least one meal a day for each child. Regular gifts, generous donations plus fund-raising has allowed this to happen so thank for your support!

Saturday 29th Nov is our Christmas Charity Ball which is always a lovely evening with friends enjoying good food and dancing.Tickets are now on sale from Pat Rose, email:p.rose3604@gmail.com. Please consider hosting a table of 10, it's an opportunity to help raise funds to sustain what we're doing for the children.

Lastly we have some places left on our "Best of Both Worlds" trip departing 1st October if you fancy a last minute break and want to meet our children. It's a chance to stay in Utange for a week at the Action Centre and volunteer at Casuarina, School and Feeding Program, then enjoy a 3 day Safari, ending up at the beautiful Severin Sea Lodge Hotel on the edge of the Indian Ocean for 6 nights. Please contact me for costs and itinerary if you're interested in joining us.

Future fund-raising events:

Sat 6th Sept, 9.00 - 4.00 Love Bletchley Market, Bletchley Town Centre. Visit Utange stand for denim items

Sat 4th October, 1.30 - 7.00 FREE Music Festival at The White Horse, Bedford incl.legendary guitar auction. Featuring local and international talent!

Sat.4th October 7.30, Utange Guitar Rocks Concert at The Ent Shed, Bedford, Tickets £15 from www.theentshed.co.uk. Featuring world famous musicians.....a very special evening!

Fri. 31st Oct - Sun 2nd Nov. Milton Keynes Craft and Vintage Fair, M K Shopping Centre, in front of John Lewis: Visit Utange Denim stand stand for a bargain and buy early for all your Christmas novelties!

Sat 15th Nov 11.00 - 4.00, World Of Difference Fair, St Giles Church, Northampton: denim items for sale

Sat 22nd Nov 10.00 - 4.00, Oakham Craft Fair, Victoria Guild Hall, Oakham: Denim Christmas stockings, aprons, baby bibs, bags, mobile phone cases and much more for sale.

Sat 22nd Nov 7.00, Ladies Night, Bromham Baptist Church, Village Rd, Bromham, Beds. A fabulous evening of pampering, as many as you can eat cakes and puddings! plus make your own Christmas cards and flower display. Tickets just £5 available on the door or in advance from: http://www.bromham.org/

Sat 29th Nov. 7.00 Christmas Charity Ball and mini auction at The Sharnbrook Hotel, Park Lane, Sharnbrook, Beds. Tickets just £40 available from Pat Rose email above or call her mobile: 07776416259  Hope to see you at one of the above events!

Finally as I have some space left here are pictures of Right and Angelina enjoying their horse ride!


August 2014