On Sunday February 29th, 1948, the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Mombasa, preached a sermon in the school chapel of St Andrew's School, Turi, Kenya. According to Wikipedia, the Bishop of Mombasa at the time was the Rt Revd Reginald Percy Crabbe. It does not look like it was the best sermon ever preached, but as a piece of the school's history it is certainly interesting. He made a number of really very good points, that are as relevant today as they were then.
Last week, I followed this with the account, "After the Fire", of what happened next.
Finally, the school was re-opened. The governor, Sir Philip Mitchell, tells of the events on Saturday 28th February 1948 when the school was formally re-opened.
From 1984 to 1988 I was fortunate to attend St Andrew's School, Turi, in the highlands of Kenya. The school had a pleasant climate. At an altitude of c. 8,000 ft, it was often still very warm, but the cooler nights meant that the school had what we used to call "real grass". Contrast much of the lower lying parts of Kenya, where the grass is brown in the dry season and so always has a wiry texture. The school aimed for an admission that was a third African, a third European and a third Asian, making for a thoroughly cosmopolitan education.
Now everything is formally announced, I can post this on here.
We're delighted to announce that, subject to the usual Diocesan procedures, we will be moving to the village of Kemsing in Kent sometime next year. I'll be taking up the post of Priest in Charge of two churches: St Mary's Kemsing and St Mary's Woodlands in the Diocese of Rochester.
We praise God for the birth of Joshua Caleb Oakley on Friday 26th January at 4am, weighing in at 6lb 12oz. Liz and Joshua came home Saturday evening and the whole family are doing well.
(Cue a couple of weeks of blog silence…)