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!

Fundraiser at St John’s -Children’s Clothing and Toy Sale

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!

come grab a bargain!

Trustee Visit – Sept 2016

Visit to Revival Centre, September to October 2016

Here are some photos from the visit to Revival Centre, Matugga in 2016 (4 trustees – Debbie, Sharon, Hannah and Marion; Sharon’s son Peter, Hannah’s son Christopher and friend of Revival – Jane Coupe).

Babirye Faith, Chef Moses, Madam Allen, Peter, Sharon, Chef Ivan (in chef whites), Debbie, Hannah and Marion .


Madam Jane Mukalazi (Bishop Ivan’s sister) bringing the trustees into the community to meet Faith

Hannah and Chrisopher say hello to a newborn twin in the community

CelloPhonics Concert in aid of The Revival Centre : 8th July @ 7:30pm


But who are CelloPhonics?  Local musician and founding member, Cat Ledgerwood, explains:

“CelloPhonics is a new collective of musicians from around Yorkshire performing covers of pop songs, as well as some original material.  We have gathered a few of our friends to perform with us in this family-friendly concert, in aid of the Matugga Revival Center in Uganda.  We would love you to come along!”

All proceeds from this event will be going to the centre via the local charity “Give a Child a Hope” which was set up to support the work of Bishop Ivan Lugolobi and his team in Uganda.  The evening will be held in the Hall of St. John’s Church, Ben Rhydding.  The concert will be set in a relaxed, cafe-style environment.  There will be a bar available.

Tickets : £5 per adult, £12 family.  Available from the Church Office (601430) or the Vicarage (607363).  

For updates about this event and more information about CelloPhonics,

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Ivan’s Visit – June 2017

As many of you will be aware Bishop Ivan Lugoloobi, from The Revival Centre in Matugga, will be visiting the UK this month.

The dates for various events for whilst he is here are below :

Sunday 11th June: St John’s Church Ben Rhydding. The Family Service at 10 am. Ivan will be speaking.
Friday 16th June: The Sanctuary, 6 Church St, Ilkley. Worship and joint prayer for Ilkley and Matugga at 9 – 10.30 am
Tuesday 20th June 7 – 9 pm : The Bridge Christian Fellowship at Outside The Box Cafe, 2 Bridge Lane, Ilkley. Worship and Praise meeting. Ivan will be speaking.
Sunday 25th June: Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley. Sunday morning worship at 10 am ( new service time). Ivan will be speaking.

IVAN’S FAREWELL CELEBRATION SERVICE will be at St John’s Church Ben Rhydding on Sunday 25th June at 7 – 9 pm. Everyone is welcome. Bring a friend!
We also aim to arrange a Visitors’ Past & Future Evening; time to be advised in the programme update mailing.

Bishop Ivan describing life at Revival to children at East Morton Primary School.


St Johns Church – Children’s Clothes and Toy Sale

St Johns Church – Children’s Clothes and Toy Sale

The Spring/Summer St John’s Nearly New Sale is taking place on Saturday 22nd April. It’s a great opportunity to clear out your children’s good quality books, small to medium toys, CDs, DVDs, equipment and SUMMER clothes. All proceeds are split 50% to YOU, 50% to CHARITY. So you can make some money for yourself and help children’s charities at home and abroad. Or just come along on the day of the sale to grab some bargains! Anyone needing further information on the sale or interested in selling can contact me on this page, or call Jane Wearing, sale organiser, on 01943 609743 or visit

Hafla Evening

Thank you to everyone that helped to raise £350 for ‘Give a child a hope’ charity. The money raised will help to support in some way the ‘champions’ at the revival centre in Matugga.

All had a lovely evening of dancing and enjoying watching some wonderful performances and  gorgeous costumes. Left is Raks Zina tribal dance troupe, who will be dancing at the Ben Rhydding fete, June 17th.






A joining in dance, everyone has a chance to get up and have a go!

New Website is Published

Welcome to the new website for the Revival Centre – Matugga charity, Give A Child A Hope.

The website has been refreshed and re-homed.  This is where you can come to get all your updates on what is going on at the Revival Centre and the ongoing projects there.  There will also be news of visits to and from Matugga.

If you would like to be kept up to date on what is happening in Matugga you can subscribe to our mailing list to receive our regular newsletters via email.  You will also be notified by email when there are updates on this website.  There will be several updates in the coming months as we draw your attention to new features that you might not have seen yet.

We also have a Facebook page which we will also use to keep you up to date with what is happening.

Finally, we would be very grateful if you could use the buttons below to share this post and website on the various social media platforms that you use.

Thank you

The ‘Matugga Team’