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Fellowship for hard of hearing and deaf Christians

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Our new website will be launched on Monday 20 August 2018!  

It will have the same address –


Contact phone number: 07396 236214 (voice or text)

Our Mission Statement

Open Ears is a non-denominational Christian charity (Registered Charity 284487) for people who have various degrees of impaired hearing, mainly (but not exclusively) those who communicate orally, assisted by hearing aids or cochlear implants and lip-reading. It aims to provide accessible fellowship, Bible teaching, prayer support and pastoral care, to produce informative literature and a quarterly magazine called Hearing Eye. We also support the Ear Hospital set up by the International Nepal Fellowship (INF) in Pokhara, Nepal.

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

Our holiday conference was held at the Ammerdown Centre, near Radstock, Somerset, from Monday 7 to Friday 11 May.  Our holiday conferences are a more relaxed version of our weekend conferences.  Our speaker was Reverend Gill Nicholls, a retired Anglican vicar.  Gill has a lovely Bible teaching and encouragement gift and took meetings each morning and evening.  Optional workshops were run each afternoon and included listening to God, an art workshop describing our spiritual journey (no artistic skill needed!) and a sign and song afternoon.  We visited Bath and also a peaceful walled garden at Mells.  The event was accessible for people with all types of hearing loss.  The meeting room had an induction loop in place.  In addition, a Speech to Text service and a British Sign Language interpreter were available for each session.

2019 Events

Spring Harvest – Harrogate Convention Centre, Saturday 13 to Wednesday 17 April

Open Ears is, for the first time, making a group booking for approximately twenty people to attend the Spring Harvest event in Harrogate.  The accommodation booking is at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, right next to the Convention Centre.  Applicants will need to book their admission to the Convention Centre via the Spring Harvest website.  Spring Harvest provides an induction loop and British Sign Language interpreters.  Negotiations are currently taking place regarding the provision of a Speech to Text service.  The accommodation, which Open Ears is subsidising, should be booked via Open Ears.  Please contact Christine Pitts, Administrator, on for more details and a booking form.

Autumn Weekend Event

More details about this in due course.


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 will be in Strasbourg, France from Thursday 13 to Monday 17 September 2018.  Please see their website,, for further details.