Day of Dance – 2019

A Salsa Class in progres

Salsa Class

Sharon Crosby will be hosting a Day of Dance on Saturday 27th April 2019 in aid of The Revival Centre in Matugga.
It will be held at St John’s Church on Bolling Road in Ben Rhydding.  LS29 8PN
Workshops will start and finish promptly.
Bring water to drink during the workshops.
Crafts/refreshments etc will be available throughout day!
Lucky dip stall and crafts from Matugga.
To book your place(s) you can either :
1) Send your booking request and a cheque for £7 per workshop, made payable to: Give A Child A Hope, to: 
              St John’s Church Office
              Bolling Road
              Ben Rhydding
              LS29 8PN
2) Book using the form here If using this booking form you will automatically be taken to to pay.
If you would prefer, you can book online but still pay by cheque using the address above.
There will be a sitting area in the lounge for tea/coffee etc and refreshments will be available all day!
Crafts including fair trade.
And more. (Lounge area.)
When booking, please include your name/details and say which workshop/s you want attend.
Details of the workshops, timings and what to bring are detailed below.
Dance Workshops
10-30-12.00: Gypsy Dance! (In the Hall)
(Tina Jackson, of Dancers Bizzare, teaches a range of Gypsy styles) No partner needed.
Bring a long skirt, to swish, soft shoes and comfy clothes.
10-30-12.00: Tribal/Country dance fusion. (Back of Church)
Easy to follow and fun veil dance to a Celtic piece, Sound the Trumpet.
Sharon teaches (Tribal Fusion dance in Guiseley and Halifax)
Wear soft shoes and comfy clothes.
12.00-12.30. Tea/coffee/sandwiches and cakes available.
12.30-2.00: Greek Dancing. (Back of Church)
Chriso teaches in Burnley, Lancs.
Come and try out this fun and enjoyable style.
No partner needed.
Wear soft shoes and comfy clothes.
12.30-2.00: American line dancing. (In the Hall)
Lucinda Atkinson
Teaches in Halifax.
An introduction to this fun easy style
Wear comfy shoes or boots and clothes. Cowboy hats optional!
Tea/coffee break:
2-00-2.30: Tea/coffee/cake.
2.30-4.00: Cuban Salsa. (Back of Church)
An exciting partner dance.
Come and dance your socks off to fabulous Cuban tunes!
Esref of Paranda teaches mainly in South Yorkshire.
Wear soft shoes and comfy clothes.
2.30-4.00: Yoga. (In the Hall)
Andrea teaches at workshops
and retreats and is based near York.
Bring a mat or a blanket.

Visit to Revival Centre, Matugga July 2018


Sarah taking height measurements

In July 2018 four more visitors were hosted by Bishop Ivan and Madam Allen.  For Professor Marion Hetherington this was her 4th visit and as part of her plans she and her student Sarah Nottingham (recently graduated from University of Leeds, School of Psychology) assisted in taking weights and heights of champions, day students and boarders. 

This task is undertaken to check that children are growing well and that any problems are spotted and reported to the Directors of the Revival Centre.  This is the third year that weights and heights have been recorded along with some research on the local diets of children, staff and community members. 




Marion weighing a typical portion of posho (maize meal) for lunch.

The research on diet involves looking at the amount offered to children, the amount consumed and converting this into data such as energy intake as well as macronutrient and micronutrient content of the diet.  It is important that the children receive sufficient energy each day as well as the essential minerals and vitamins to ensure good health.






During their visit Marion and Sarah took a 13 hr car ride to the north eastern region of Teso to visit colleagues at Agributec in Serere.  The journey was long but a great adventure to see more of this beautiful country and to meet experts in agriculture, business and technology.

Marion and Sarah were looked after by Madam Christine Anyait and Mr Okello Patrick (director, Agributec).

Visiting the rock paintings at Nyero, Teso region (etchings are estimated to be 3000 years old)


Crossing the river Nile in JInga (new Nile bridge soon to open)




Latest arrivals to visit Bishop Ivan and Madam Allen – Helen and Jenny Hughes.

Visit Update

Following on from the very successful summer concert at St John’s Church organised by Keely Hodgson, two choir members (Professor Marion Hetherington; trustee and Jenny Hughes) have just returned from a visit to Revival Centre, Matugga.  They were accompanied by Sarah Nottingham (graduate of University of Leeds) and Jenny’s daughter Helen (who last visited 8 years ago!).  Visitors’ reports will be posted shortly with some news about the Revival Centre and the latest edition of Matugga Chat.  Tukusanyukidde 

Sarah, Helen, Jenny and Bishop Ivan July 2018

Sarah, Helen, Bishop Ivan and Marion July 2018


Sing for Matugga July 2018 – great success!

Thank you to everyone who sang, performed and attended the Sing for Matugga concert on July 14th, with your support we managed to raise £1000 – so thank you from Give a Child a Hope and to the champions at Revival Centre who will benefit from this great fundraising effort!  Thank you especially to Keely Hodgson, natural voice practitioner for believing that everyone can sing and for organising this fun event!

Sing for Matugga July 14th 2018!!

Ben Rhydding Community Choir & guests sing for Matugga at St. John’s Church, Ben Rhydding, this Saturday, 14th July, 6.30pm.
Guests: Ashlands School Choir & Djembe Group; Transpennine Harps; MOSS (male vocal ensemble), AcaBella.
Raising money for the UK charity “Give A Child A Hope” which supports the work of The Revival Centre, Matugga, Uganda.

Christmas news from Matugga!

Following a wonderful fun fundraising afternoon tea at St Johns in early December, Debbie Walker set out on the 21st Dec to celebrate a very special Christmas with Bishop Ivan, Madam Allen (his wife) and other members of the Lugoloobi household.

There was a wonderful Christmas atmosphere with a packed house which included several of the Champions who were staying with the family over the school holidays. (Most champions return home to extended family during the holidays ,but there remain a small number who have no one to support them during this period).

The money raised from the fundraising afternoon tea helped support these champions during the Christmas holiday period.  Shirts, toys and and other much needed clothing were received with huge appreciation on Christmas day along with a lovely meal. 

It was a truly memorable Christmas with much love, laughter and excitement. I felt very blessed and privileged to have been part of such a loving family.

Reminder – Fundraiser at St John’s Church October 14th 10am-12 noon

There will be a fundraising event at St John’s Church on Saturday October 14th from 10am until 12 noon. This is a chance to clear out toys and clothes your children no longer need, so please contact Jane Wearing (Sale Organiser) on 01943-609743 or visit

All proceeds are split 50% between those who donate and charities (including Revival Centre, Matugga).

Please come along to support this event. See you there!

News from Revival Centre Matugga

In July 2017 a team from the UK travelled together to spend time with Bishop Ivan and Madam Allen at Revival Centre, Matugga.  The team consisted of one trustee (Prof Marion Hetherington), and 5 young people from Ilkley, Harrogate and Reading (Sarah Pickering, Amy Tran, Ruaridh Mon-Williams, Ben Smith and Will Giddings).  We had a delayed flight from Manchester on July 11th into Dubai necessitating a dash for the flight to Entebbe!  At the airport we were met by a student from University of Leeds – Fenella Ellison and together we travelled with Bishop Ivan and Kayanja to Matugga.

During the weeks that followed money which had been raised by the team was spent on a new senior school kitchen and providing a new water system for the senior girls’ dormitory. In addition, weights and heights of the champions were taken for our nutrition project and language testing for a psychology research project.

After Marion, Sarah and Amy left to return to the UK on 29th July, another Trustee and Chair of the Charity Debbie Walker arrived with her friends Marta and Alan Chapman (newly married) to begin their visit to Matugga. Marta is a vet and Alan a science teacher, their visit to Revival marked a very different kind of visit with part of their honeymoon tending to some of the livestock locally and on the RC farms (more to follow on this from Debbie).

It has certainly been hectic for the Matugga team to look after so many visitors. Ben, Will and Ruaridh stayed for a month in total, and as they were leaving the kitchen was near completion, the new water system in full operation and a new playing field acquired and ready for clearing.  It has been a remarkable summer for the visitors and there are photographs and blogs available to read in more detail on the website (see Visitor Blogs).

Newlyweds Marta and Alan Chapman with a gift of goats!