African opportunity not to be missed

Maasai warriors
Maasai warriors
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The Rev Paul Bedford, Minister of Fareham United Reformed Church is encouraging people to attend an African cultural event

TRIBAL song and dance isn’t what you’d normally expect to see when you walk into a church building in Fareham is it?

But that’s exactly what will be happening when the Osiligi Maasai Warriors visit Fareham United Reformed Church on Thursday, October 1 at 7.30pm.

The seven-piece group come from the village of Oleopolos and surrounding communities in southern Kenya, around 30 miles south of Nairobi.

They perform authentic and exciting Maasai tribal song and dance plus the world-famous Maasai leaping.

The Warriors came to Holy Trinity Church, Fareham two or three years ago and were a smash hit and I’m so looking forward to welcoming them to the town again.

I feel it’s an amazing opportunity to get a real insight into a traditional African culture.

They have been touring the UK annually since 2004 and these tours have helped to raise awareness and build bridges between Christians and others in this country, and the Maasai in Kenya.

The funds raised have helped them improve their housing, although it is still very simple, brought clean water to their community, provided a new church building, a new clinic and a new community school.

They have also been able to swap kerosene lamps for solar powered ones.

This really is an opportunity not to be missed and I would really encourage you to come along if you are able.

The troupe will also be selling crafts and other items to raise additional funds.

Tickets are £10 (adults), £8 (concessions), £5 (child or student) and £20 (family ticket 2 adults and 2 children).

Tickets are available from the box office on 01329 237127, by emailing secretary@farehamurc.org.uk or online at osiligi.ticketsource.co.uk

And if you’re not able to make the date in Fareham don’t worry there will be another opportunity to see the Warriors on Saturday, October 3 at Hamble Memorial Hall, also at 7.30pm.

Tickets for that performance are available on 02380 440660.

n Fareham United Reformed Church, 18 Osborn Rd South, Fareham PO16 7DG.

Sunday services: 10.30am (family service including crèche and activities for children and young people).

Contact: 01329 221465 or email minister@farehamurc.org.uk

Website: http://www.farehamurc.org.uk