Last month, a small team from Cotswold Fayre travelled to Kenya to visit Bala Children's Centre, an orphanage and schools in Western Kenya that we have supported for more than five years.


Since 2010, when our chief executive, Paul Hargreaves, visited the centre for the first time, we have seen the centre come on in leaps and bounds, in our aim to enable them to become self-sufficient and therefore less reliant on funding.


For the second time, Laurence Harris, one of our suppliers and a dairy farmer from South Wales, came on the trip and his input has been very helpful in improving the productivity and profitability of the farm, which now has 15 cows and several horticultural enterprises. 


Paul says: “Thanks to the kind donations from our partners over the years and the hardwork and passion from the team at Bala the centre is on its way to becoming self-sufficient.  


“The farm, which was started with the money raised at the first Cotswold Fayre Speciality Food Ball is now covering 25% of the centre’s running costs, with the rest being made up from donations from the UK. We are hoping to be able to get this to 50% in a year’s time.”


All the money raised by Cotswold Fayre goes towards business enterprises with the aim of allowing the centre to be completely self-sustaining in time. The main funding for these business projects comes from our bi-annual Speciality Food Ball.


For those of you who are keen to help, there are many different ways to get involved with the Speciality Ball; from a number of sponsorship opportunities, to taking a table and, of course, or any contribution will be very greatly received by the Cotswold Fayre team.


To find out more, please contact, Ashton Marriott by emailing