Up coming events

St John’s Church, Ben Rhydding, nearly new children’s sale on Saturday 28th April. 

A great opportunity to clear out your children’s good quality books, small to medium toys, CD’s, DVD’s, equipment and Summer clothes. All proceeds are split 50% to you and 50% to charity. Any questions contact Jane Wearing on 01943- 609743.

The Ilkley Harriers Trail race is running again this year on Monday 28th May.


The Matugga team will be selling homemade cakes and cookies before, during and after the event. You may be running, or cheering the runners on, there’ll be plenty of cake for everyone!


Bishop Ivan will be visiting us from Matugga again from June 7th – 25th.

Watch this space for events and updates.


Ben Rhydding Fete will be held on Saturday 16th June from 2-4pm.

The Matugga team will be running a second hand book, and DVD book stall to raise funds. 



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.

Afternoon Tea for Matugga

Saturday 9th December, 2-4pm.

At St Johns Church, Bolling Road, Ben Rhydding, LS29 8PN

Come for a cuppa and cake. There will be cakes, chutney and local honey for sale.

There will also be :

  • Hand made cards from local artists from the Ilkley Art Club
  • A Fairtrade stall  
  • Products by Tropic skincare
  • Hand made jewellery
  • Crochet Corner!
  • £1 lucky dip bags will be there to tempt you!
  • A raffle


All money raised  will go to ‘Give a Child a Hope’.


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 http://www.benrhydding.org.uk/events/childrens-clothing

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!