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Fellowship for hard of hearing and deaf Christians

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Contact phone number: 01425 615 215

Our Mission Statement

OPEN EARS is a non-denominational Christian charity for people who have various degrees of impaired hearing, mainly (but not exclusively) those who communicate orally, assisted by hearing aids and lip-reading. It aims to provide accessible fellowship, Bible teaching, prayer support and pastoral care, to produce informative literature, a quarterly magazine, and to provide financial help to specified Christian work among people with impaired hearing in developing countries.

40th Anniversary Events

To celebrate our 40th anniversary, we held two events in 2014.  The first was at Brunel Manor in June, led by Marilyn Baker and Tracy Williamson from MBM (Marilyn Baker Ministries).  The later event was held at Hinsley Hall in Leeds, led by Christine Orme and Viv Whitfield, who are both ordained ministers and cochlear implant users.

2015 Event

We enjoyed a weekend away in October 2015 at the Wilson Carlile Centre in Sheffield, led by the Reverend John Bullamore, who is himself hard of hearing.

2016 Event 

This was held at The Woodlands, a new development within Hothorpe Hall grounds near Theddingworth, Leicestershire, from Monday 24 to Friday 28 October.  Canon Gill Behenna, who works with both Deaf British Sign Language users and with hard of hearing and deaf people who mainly use hearing aids or cochlear implants, was our main speaker.  Tracy Williamson and Susanne Willdig led some afternoon workshops which were well attended.  We had a very enjoyable few days with times for prayer and relaxation as well as the meetings led by Gill.  We hope to return to The Woodlands for a future event.

2017 Event

Our weekend this year was at the Greenhouse Christian Centre, formerly known as Green Pastures, in Bournemouth from 13 to 15 October.  The speaker was Emily Owen, writer of the book “Still Emily” and of various devotional books.  Emily is deaf with other disabilities as a result of Neurofibramatosis Type 2 (NF2).  Emily is an excellent speaker and we all enjoyed her talks.  We also had a time of sharing and some of us spent some time on Branksome beach on the Saturday afternoon.

2018 Event

You are warmly invited to our holiday conference at the Ammerdown Centre, near Radstock, Somerset, from Monday 7 to Friday 11 May.  See their website for information about the Centre.  Our holiday conferences are a more relaxed version of our weekend conferences.  There are meetings each morning and evening and our speaker will be Rev Gill Nicholls, a retired Anglican vicar who has a lovely Bible teaching and encouragement gift.  The afternoons often contain optional workshops.  There will be opportunities to relax and enjoy the grounds of Ammerdown and to visit Bath which is only twelve miles away.  As is usual with all our conferences, the event will be fully accessible for people with all types of hearing loss.  The meeting room will have an induction loop in place.  A Speech to Text service and a British Sign Language interpreter will also be available for each session.  The Ammerdown Centre caters for people with other disabilities as well as hearing loss.  The cost for the five days, full board, is £400.00.  It is also possible to attend as a day visitor or for shorter periods of time.

Please contact Christine Pitts, Open Ears Administrator, on if you would like more details about the event and an application form.


Open Ears is a member of Churchear, which is a European organisation with very similar aims to Open Ears.  Marylin Kilsby, Chair of Open Ears, attended the Churchear conference in Denmark from Thursday 18 to Monday 22 August 2016.  The next conference, which will be held in 2018, will be in Strasbourg, France.  Please see their website,, for further details.