Friends of Marsabit

  A letter has been received from Phil Gray, Hon. Treasurer of the Friends of Marsabit, thanking our church for the donation of £1258 which with Gift Aid will total £1416.75.

He asks that thanks be conveyed to all those involved in the organising of the concert on 11th November that raised these funds, and for the generous gift of their skills, abilities and time as well as the financial gifts.


Here is a reminder of the report on this splendid concert.



It was wonderful to see a packed church on November 11th, for the concert held as part of our 150th celebrations and in particular for the Friends of Marsabit charity.  This is a project in an arid part of Kenya, supported by GoMAD (Go Make a Difference), and a team of people from Malvern Priory have worked there helping to build much needed class rooms and water tanks.

The local professional instrumental trio ‘Brief Encounter’, whose pianist is Penny Vere, teamed up with ‘Serenata’, a well-known local group of ‘a capella’ singers, to put on an excellent programme of music ranging from Henry VIII’s ‘Pastime with Good Companie’ through Bach (Swingle style) to 20th century settings of Shakespearean songs by jazz pianist George Shearing.

During the first half Dr. David Webster and the former Bishop of Marsabit, who have both experienced living and working in Marsabit, were able to give an up-to-date report of the need in this drought-stricken area of Kenya.

After interval refreshments to equal ‘Bake Off’, the musicians continued to delight their capacity audience with a sparkling and varied programme.  The audience showed their appreciation by making donations which totalled over £1400.  Thanks to some kind people who gave sponsorship to cover expenses, all this money will be given to the Friends of Marsabit, so that the work may continue.

Penny would like to thank all those Lansdowne members who gave so much support in sponsorship, time and effort, making it a very memorable occasion.

Cynthia Merriman