World Disability Billiards and Snooker will stage an event in Kingston-upon-Hull for the first time this November.
The WDBS Hull Open will be open to players of classification groups 7-8 and will be played at the Tradewell Snooker Club, located in the East Yorkshire city which has been named as the UK City of Culture for 2017.
The main two-day competition will be held on 12-13 November 2016 and will be the second WDBS event open to players with either visual or hearing impairments, following the Woking Open in May. At that event, Hull’s Lee Douglas finished as runner-up in the group eight tournament and was one of three players from the city to take part.
As at previous events, there will also be an open day held on Friday 11 November, at which people with any disability are encouraged to try snooker and receive free coaching from accredited WPBSA World Snooker coaches.
Entries for the event close on 4 November 2016.
Tradewell Snooker Centre features 14 full-size snooker tables (including one Star table), in addition to pool and darts facilities, with hot food served throughout the day.
It was with sadness that the Deaf Church es of Leeds and West Yorkshire said farewell to Rachel Wilson in July. Rachel moves to become a house for Duty Priest as assistant curate at Pocklington in the York Diocese. We also marked the retirement of Tom Bevan as a lay reader. Many thanks to them both for their years of service
Rachel Wilson started work in the Deaf community as a Teacher of Deaf children and is married to Keith a retired forester, whose work mainly involved community and amenity woodland work and creation. They have lived and worked in West Yorkshire most of their married life and lived in Haworth when their girls were growing up.
They have two daughters, Kathryn, now 30, and Miriam, 24.
Following early retirement from teaching and her training and ordination, Rachel served her curacy and first ministerial post in Long Preston with Tosside and Slaidburn, below Settle in North Yorkshire, between 2003 and 2010. During this time she began ministry within the Deaf community, using and developing her sign language skills, and worked with Deaf people across the whole of what was to become the new Anglican Diocese of Leeds in West Yorkshire and the Dales whilst continuing her role within the parishes.
In 2010 Rachel moved to live in Pool when Keith retired from his work in Burnley and Rachel became House for Duty Assistant Priest in the parishes of the Benefice of Lower Wharfedale while continuing her work with Deaf peole workign along Rev Bob Shrine. She continued to work alone for some time aster Bob Shrine's retirement until she was joined by Rev Mark Smith in July 2015
The move to Pocklington brings Rachel a step nearer to her parents who live in Sleights, making visits much easier, as they move into their 90s. For now her work with Deaf people is on hold, but she may pick up some aspect of this specialist ministry in the years to come if the opportunity arises.
Tom Bevan has given many years of service as a lay reader and now enters well deserved retirement from that role . He continues to active in Deaf Church. He has a love for God and a heart to reach our into the Deaf Community. Diane Colville continues as our only remaining Deaf Reader.
Just before Rev Rachel left us in July she was able to join us for a Deaf Churches ramble on Ilkley Moor. You can see Deaf Church rambers about to set off for a walk on Ilkley Moor one or two decided to stay in Ilkley shopping and chatting in cafe’s instead while others set off up the hill. We then all met for delicious cake and coffee in a lovely cafe before walking together to the beautiful and historic Ilkley Parish Church for some prayers together .
Chaplains and minsiters working with Deaf People from across the North of England gathered in Gildersome to encourage each other and share news. Its been a long time since these meeting took place - but they are now set to be a regular event.