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Speciality Food Charity Ball – Friday 6th July 2018

Every other year, Cotswold Fayre hosts The Speciality Food Charity Ball to raise money for our project in Africa -Bala Children’s Centre.

2018 will be our fourth event at which all money raised (over £100,000to date) have funded various agri-businesses. The plan is eventually that profits from these businesses will entirely fund the running costs of the orphanage and two schools in this aids-ravaged and poor area of Western Kenya.

This year the event is on Friday 6th July 2018 at the De Vere Wokefield Estate, Goodboys Lane, Reading RG7 3AE.

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For more details of about the event including sponsorship and accommodation please click here to download the PDF.


March 2018 Newsletter

In September last year we had a very successful Fete in aid of Bala, despite some very unkind weather. We are enormously grateful to Richard & Nesta Hawes who let us use their beautiful garden in Latton, near Cirencester, where we had stalls, teas, a Jesse Smith barbecue, games, classic cars, and an Auction of Promises.

We made over £4,200 which was wonderful, and so a huge thank you to Richard & Nesta, to all those gave things to sell, to all those who helped, and of course to all those who came & spent lots of money.

This year the fete will be on Saturday 15th September, again in Latton, so do please put the date in your diary & come!


April 2017 Newsletter

Click here to read the April 2017 newsletter.


Supper & Quiz Evening – March 2017

Last Saturday we held a Supper and Quiz Evening in Amberley in aid of the Centre. Almost 100 people came, much fun was had by all and the evening raised £1,773. This will enable Joseph Onyango, a deaf student, to go Teacher Training College, and other students to start at college. The rest of the money will go into general funds for the centre.

Many thanks to all who helped with the evening, cooked shepherds’ pies and made cakes etc.


Victoria & Imogen Bartlett complete the Cardiff Half Marathon

Congratulations to Victoria and Imogen Bartlett for successfully completing the Cardiff half marathon in October 2016 and raising £700 for Bala Childrens’ Centre. They both visited Bala in 2012 and were keen to raise money to support the school.

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Before & After


Summer Fete 2016

Summer Fete

This year’s summer fete will be on Sunday 19 June, 2.30pm – 5pm, in the beautiful garden of St. Mary’s, Latton, Swindon, SN6 6DS.  There will be plenty of fun for all the family – vintage car rides, an auction of promises, raffle, face painting, cakes and a Jessie Smitth bbq.  Come along, admission is free.  Once again, a big thank you to Richard and Nesta Hawes for hosting the event.  More details here – Bala Fete Flyer 2016.


April 2016 Newsletter

Dorian and Maura Ferdinando have recently come back from a very encouraging visit with Bill and Lesley Anderson to the Bala Children’s Centre in February. Bill and Lesley have been sponsoring Mildred Auma for a number of years.

The children all looked healthy and happy. Bill and Lesley had brought clothes and shoes out with them which were given to those in most need. Nearly all the children (and teachers and guards) received at least one pair of pants! We were also able to help two children (one being Mildred) who were unable to take up their places at secondary school because of a lack of funds. We learnt that, when children pass the national exam in their last year of primary school, they are allocated a school. All secondary schools charge fees which have to be paid at the beginning of the school year. Bala also charge fees – at about half the rate of other schools – with the vital difference that, if a family cannot pay, the pupil is not made to leave.

Ezra Ouma Omollo, a student at Nairobi University studying English, gave a presentation on behalf of the Leavers’ Assocation. He arrived at the Centre about 16 years ago as a small boy who had been orphaned and was barefoot in ragged clothes. We were all very moved – he was so grateful that he had been given an excellent education, care and a fresh start in life. We also met others of the Alumni who had gathered together to see how they could support each other through uni and college – it is a huge struggle for them to find money for rent, food etc. but they support one another and also want to give back to BMCC as and when they are able.

We learnt from a Swedish Red Cross worker in Homa Bay that Homa Bay County has the highest percentage of HIV in the country – 26{c3f4913e45124c3efe0cb4973bb93fda4d1b4e10f6fefa073b6d8da2282ee2f5} of the population are HIV Positive; it is also at the top of the table for teenage pregnancies. These are some of the issues that BMCC tackles by educating the children and keeping them safe.

We were thrilled to learn that there are now 105 goats with families in the community – they have multiplied from the 11 that money was originally given for. The milk has really helped the children’s health and given an income from the surplus which is sold.

We saw a man from the Electricity Board up a pole with loads of cable right outside the Primary School. Mains electricity is now available – but there is a cost to connect.

Income-Producing Projects:

The 11 ½ acre farm is now making a significant contribution to the finances of the Centre and last year averaged £880 a month. This year that figure is expected to double. There will be eight cows in milk by the end of this year with more heifers of different ages coming on which will join the herd in due course.

Meanwhile the bull calves are being fattened and three will be sold this year. There are two poly greenhouses and we are looking into the possibility of more projects on the land such as a fish farm.

There is now a functioning water borehole with an electric pump and water tank at the secondary school site. A water purifier needs to be installed before it is fit for drinking by humans. However, we are looking into the possibility of bottling the water and selling it which would be a big boost to the funds needed for the Centre. Wonderfully, Bill Anderson has considerable expertise and experience of bottling plants and is now advising on how to take this project further.

As ever we want to give a huge thank you to all our supporters who make all this possible. Your generosity
is amazing and it is changing the lives of more and more children.

Dorian and Maura Ferdinando


Christmas Concert 2015

SingersOur Christmas concert took place on 6 December. We were delighted to be joined by the Linden Singers who gave a rousing performance that all got us in the mood for Christmas. And, best of all, we raised £900! A big thank you to everyone who made it such an enjoyable and successful night, especially Stephen and Anna Langton who very kindly hosted the event.


Visit to Bala, November 2015

Bala farmPaul Hargreaves is just back from a visit to Bala in early November. Although a flying visit, Paul was able to pack a lot into his short time there – visiting the greenhouse company to ensure that they come out and fix the broken greenhouse; going to see the bore hole, water tower and pumping station at the secondary school; checking up on progress at the farm – there’s now plenty of grass and crops for the animals, the fruit and vegetable area is coming on well, and the milking cows and calves look healthy. On the downside, the school is now unable to feed the children during the day, due to a lack of funds from the UK. Paul’s diary will be in the next newsletter which will be available shortly – watch this space! In short, we need even more support from you – thank you!

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May 2015 – Scottish Dancing and Pig Roast

May 2015 – Scottish Dancing and Pig Roast

We held an evening of Scottish dancing with a pig roast at the North Cerney Village Hall.  A good night was had by all and we raised £1800.

May 2015 – Scottish Dancing and Pig Roast

We held an evening of Scottish dancing with a pig roast at the North Cerney Village Hall.  A good night was had by all and we raised £1800.