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Sunday, 28 May 2017 00:00

Labour Party manifesto in BSL

The Labour Party manifesto is now available to watch in BSL here. Please scroll down 

Sadly the conservatives have said they are not producing one .


Thursday, 22 September 2016 00:00

World Disability Snooker coming to Yorkshire

World Disability Billiards and Snooker will stage an event in Kingston-upon-Hull for the first time this November.


The Tradewell Snooker Club

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.



Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Northern Chaplains Gather

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.  

Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

On Ilkley Moor baht ‘at

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 .  

Thursday, 01 September 2016 00:00

Farewell and Thank you to Rachel and Tom

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.    

Baqoun are a group of Palestinian Christians based in Beit Sahour, a small town close to Bethlehem.  Baqoun started as a small group of young people who loved 'Dabke'.  In 2007, they began presenting folklore dancing in many events both inside the country and for visiting foreign guests.   Baqoun now have about 50 members in the group – all are young people aged between 13 and 21, and most of the group are students at school or university.

Baqoun  present traditional Palestinian dancing in a modern way, including a small element of theatre dancing. They are entirely self-funding from their performances. They will be performing at a BSL interpreted performance in Bradford Cathedral on Sunday June 19th. 7.00 pm  are looking forward and excited to be in the UK for the first time in 2016. 

Tickets are £10 and include a Palestinian Supper. You can get tickets online from

A cash boost of £10,000 from Children in Need has brought good News to  The Doncaster Deaf Trust, where children are to benefit from a brand new sensory room.

The money means  means the new room can be built, to help children who have difficulty with communication on many different levels. Equipment to stimulate and calm within the room will include fibre optics, cushioned flooring, bubble tubes, light projectors and touch with sound equipment. New and positive experiences aids improvements in communication.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016 00:00

DEX Comedy Workshops with John Smith

On Saturday 2nd April , John Smith came to our region to lead ta a workshop for DEX  youngsters on the topic of Deaf Culture and Deaf Comedy. 12 deaf young people came to watch him sign.
John explained on how deaf culture evolved through the years with Deaf schools closing down and more deaf people going to mainstream schools. Further, more deaf people having cochlear implants.  
Later, the deaf young participants signed of their experiences at mainstream schools and told of funny moments happening during their school times.

In the afternoon, John introduced Deaf comedy and he drew his inspirations from Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Tommy Copper and Benny Hill among others. He distinguished different comedy types such as black humour, slapstick and so on. 
Four deaf young people had a go as budding comedians with John watching. We all cheered the four on!
At the end, John Smith did comedy sketches with his old hearing aid and he had us all laughing with tears in our eyes! We all giggled and marvelled at his visual comedy skills.
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 00:00

Ordination of Tracey Raistrick

Rev Dr Tracey Raistrick will be ordained Priest at Bradford Cathedral on Saturday June 25th at 3.00 pm 

Tracey was ordained Deacon in July 2015 at Ripon Cathedral  and is assistant curate at St. Mark’s, Utley and Keighley shared Church. She trained for ordination at Mirfield and  has three grown-up daughters and three grandsons.  She loves walking with her two spaniels on the moors and reading.  

Thursday, 03 March 2016 00:00

BSL Healthy Minds

BSL Healthy Minds is a therapy and counselling service for Deaf people. It helps Deaf people who have anxiety or depression. Almost half of all Deaf people will have either anxiety or depression at some point in our lives. It is important to get help as soon as you can. The therapy is confidential and in BSL. If you have any questions or would like some help then please contact

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