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Melbourn and Meldreth Women’s Group


We met in Melbourn on 23rd July to hear Mary Price and others share details of their involvement with the Link Murang’a project. All five guests sat in front of us and they said how it reminded them of their time in Kenya as wherever they went they were treated as honoured guests and often placed on a stage in front of everyone else.


David Hollamby was rather resplendent in his bright Kenyan shirt and he gave us some background information on the project. It all started in 1998 as the then current Bishop Julius was visiting for the Lambeth Conference and was staying with Ann Barnes in Meldreth. He preached in Melbourn Church and shared his vision to train young ladies as motor mechanics. This was highly unusual as in Kenya it is usually boys’ training that is supported. This stirred people and fundraising began. Initially three girls were supported. Since then the support has been extended to cover other things as well as training, including a water storage tower and more recently a dispensary for those in rural areas to save them walking miles for basic treatment.


Several local people have visited Kenya; the first eleven visitors going in 2001 and actually helping to start the building for the water tower! Further visits have taken place, with the most recent being in 2011 when eight people (including our five guests) went out to visit. They are humbled by the gratitude of the Kenyan people who feel so blessed that we not only raise money for them but care enough to pray and visit too. The link carries on despite Bishop Julius retiring and Bishop Isaac being elected. In 2009 Bishop Isaac and his wife Annie visited us: you may remember seeing them walking along Meldreth High Street on Palm Sunday with Noah the donkey and handing out Palm Crosses.


Fundraising continues in many ways and the Link has been shown at events in Ely Cathedral. None of this could be achieved without the continued support of those who turn up at events or sponsor or donate items and they are gratefully received by both the Link Murang’a committee and the people of Kenya.


Our next meeting will be on 24th September at 7.45pm in the meeting room attached to Holy Trinity Church where we will hear a talk on behalf of The Wallace Cancer Care which was our chosen charity last year. Do feel free to come and join us and if you need a lift please ring Pat Smith or Sue Toule on (01763) 260955.


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