Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Spring of Hope Update

THE last few months have been a very exciting time for Spring of Hope! We were able to give out over 100 wheel chairs. Thanks to Bethany and free wheel chair distribution Ministries. It was amazing having to assemble and distribute 130 wheel chairs in two days.

Mt. Zion School ended their 1st year with an amazing afternoon of drama and presentations. I was humbled when I was given a wooden curved key and map of Ugandan as a token of thanks contributing towards educating the “deaf child.” We have received a number of Volunteers from the UK to as far away as Singapore and Finland. We also received some very special visitors - my parents, Jean and Rob Clark.
We started 2011 with our first ever three prayer retreat on Prayer Mountain, which was a time of awaking and focusing for the year ahead. Sadly as soon stepped off the mountain we hit a hard patch where we lost two of our children. These were boys who have been with us: Emma and Paddy (in picture above) RIP.

No matter how many children we have lost in the last 6 years it never gets any easier even after losing 40+ since January 2009. For a long time and we had seen them both grow up into amazing young men; I think it often gets harder instead of easier. But it always challenges the way we think and see things. Our aim and prayer for 2011 is to build rehabilitation unit and improve on our nutrition program. Please pray with us.

Later this month I will be in the UK until mid June for a time of celebration, as I am coming home to get married to a very special Ugandan man called Karahukayo Israel. My gift from God, a man who understands and loves people and children, maybe even more than I do. Please pray for us as we chase after visas and for our life ahead together.

If you wish me to speak at your Church, School, Youth group or any organization please email me now so that I can get a time table of my UK trip.

Teresha Clark

Wow- What a difference a year makes! We were so pleased to spend time with the SOH team again, visiting the clinics, the schools work and community visits. It was on one of these visits we could see the amazing way God uses the team to change lives so miraculously.
Last year Rob met Musa, who then lay all the day on a mat at his Parents’. He had horrendous sores on his back. NOW- He is an independent young man in better health. His new wheel chair and shoe repair has meant he is part of his community setting up a new business. SOH has given him a hope for a new life and opportunities for the future.

Rob and Jean with Spring of Hope workersWe didn’t have enough space to tell you everything we have seen. We were overjoyed to be at Mt. Zion speech day. So many of the deaf children, received prizes for their achievements. The children’s’ plays, songs and dances made us proud just as their parents- the community too were proud.

Well-done SOH team. May God continue to bless you in 2011 and beyond!

Rob and Jean.


Since April 2008 we have been hosting clinics in Wabwoko Sub County. We have now been able to successful carry out two outreach camps in Wabwoko, one where we camped outside the local sub county and the tent nearly fell on top of us. So far the two visits have empowered us to see a fantastic number of children, in our first outreach alone we reached 8 homes and saw 7 children. It is interesting to work in Wabwoko as continuously we got lost, as the directions we found were not clear and the area being so much more rural than Kangulumira. You can be driving for miles to get from one home to another. The partnership between the community of Wabwoko and soh is incredible. The parents are now starting to become involved in carrying out home visits.


MT ZION AND KISEGA SCHOOL closed the year in style! We had our first ever camp for deaf children (9boys, 10 girls, 5 teachers) at Mt. Zion school. Erica, a Volunteer who pioneered this idea and watched this camp from start to end. She had this to say:
My objective for the camp was to bring the deaf children from two schools together, with the aim of encouraging social, emotional, physical, cognitive and Spiritual growth through learning from peers and teachers. I mainly concerned on the children from Kisega, but after spending quality time with the children from Mt. Zion, they were all improving socially and built friendships with one another. We had a variety of different sessions and we walked to the falls that was so amazing!

hard at work at Mt Zion SchoolIn future, I would wish for this camp to happen again. My vision is that it be better organized with more of a focus on fun activities such as our walk to the falls. More focus on social development than cognitive. I would also have liked to do a project with the children like a craft or a building project requiring team work. Something that is tangible so they could see it completed and be reminded of their working together.


THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH WHEELCHAIR DISTRIBUTION MINISTRIES, we were able to receive 130 wheel chairs. For us, his was answer to prayer…a request that was answered sooner than we could realise. Thanks to who stood with the team to see this distribution process a success!

Wheelchair distribution Ministries25th and 26th November were busy days for us, trying to assemble and give out wheel chairs. It was so awe-inspiring seeing so many volunteers getting on board to help, ranging from friends, Pastors, partner Organizations, Local Leaders and students including one of very own, Eric who is also a sponsored deaf child at Mt. Zion School. We 113 on the 25th November 2011. The rest were distributed in phases to those who weren’t able to make it on the 26th. This has been the highlight for all the staff at SOH.

Emma, Moses, Phina


prayer answered!Not so long ago we had been praying for Martin to get a sponsor so he can be able to attend school. Martin is an 8 year old with Cerebral Palsy. This guy is so full of smiles!!! We have watched him grow, learn, get used to holding things firmly in his hand. When we saw that Martin was ready and able to attend school, we sent out requests for people to pray for a sponsor...

Glad to announce he shortly after got a sponsor, in January 2011 he started school. We are currently looking for school sponsorship for 30 children. Please think about helping a. child with a disability through school.


Spring of Hope
Teresha Clark:
(+256) (0)782539554
Spring of Hope
PO BOX 739


click to go to the Youth with a Mission hubSpring of Hope is under a Youth With a Mission project called ToRCH (Together Restoring Community Hope). ToRCH has other Ministries including KIHP: Medical /HIV Programme; CES: Child Education sponsorship; WAR: Women at Risk.

What is Spring Of Hope?

Spring of Hope is a Community Based Rehabilitation Programme. Our aim is to assist disabled children and their families to maximise their abilities. Our Vision is, “Enabling the local communities to help their disabled children.” We work within the rural areas of Kayunga, Mukono districts. We have been running since 2004. Following research, we found out that there were many children with disabilities but no support for them. There is great stigma attached to having a child with a disability SOH educates the community as to the value of all children regardless of the disability.

What we do:

  • Assessment clinics
  • Outreach clinics
  • Home visits
  • Providing Adaptive aids.
  • Support to access corrective surgery
  • Nutrition programme
  • Daily living skills lessons
  • Education classes
  • School sponsorship
  • Support local schools to include disabled children
  • Free epilepsy medication for the child.
  • Facilitation of sign language workshops
  • Teaching of sign language to teachers
  • Income generating craft group

We now see children who are loved and accepted as part of their families and community. The greatest challenge is the number of children who need our support and the distance they travel to see us, some travel up to three hours just for a clinic.

Voluntary Needs

We continue to need:
  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Children’s workers
  • Fundraisers –people willing to run fundraising events in the UK or home country (cakes stands to pub quizzes, selling crafts)
  • Open doors for speaking opportunities for either Teresha or our UK contact

Please visit our website and blog for a monthly prayer guide!

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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Cantilena Singers Spring Concert

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with guests Convivium Canorum Spring's Footsteps Saturday 16th April 7:30pm St. James Church, High Street Lode CB25 9EW Director Daniel Spreadbury Programme including choral music from Moeran, Britten, Finzi, and Rutter plus - Beethoven Quintet for Piano and Wind Tickets £5.00 on the door. Also available from the Post Office. Proceeds to the Church

Ione Evans

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Monday, 21 March 2011

Proposed Bottisham Practice Patient Group

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On 13 January the Bottisham Medical Practice invited patients to attend a meeting to discuss the formation of a Patient Group. The purpose of such a group, run by patients themselves, would be to give Bottisham doctors patients’ views on their concerns about the way the practice is run, including on the new commissioning role of GPs. Attendance at the initial meeting was small but interested. There were many questions, but most thought a Patient Group could be useful.

It was suggested the next step should be a questionnaire asking patients whether they would welcome such a Patient Group, and what issues they would like to be discussed. Coclick to visit National Association of Patient Participationpies of the questionnaire are now available at the surgery. A second public meeting will be at at the Surgery on Thursday 31 March at 7 PM. All patients are invited to attend. This will be the opportunity for patients to agree what they want the Patient Group to do and to help set it up.

Information on patient groups is available at the National Association of Patient Participation,


"...and the lesser light to govern the night": the "supermoon", in all its glory behind St Vigor's church, effortlessly outshines the streetlight and the tower lights.

supermoon behind St Vigor's church

If you look, you might see the waning moon - still brighter than an ordinary full moon!

supermoon behind St Vigor's tower

Sunday, 13 March 2011

nearly-new sale

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The 10th Nearly New Sale of baby and children's toys, clothes, equipment and much more on Saturday 26th March, 2.30-4pm at the Fulbourn Centre, Manor Walk, Fulbourn. There will be 50p entrance fee per adult to raise funds for the Little Warblers Pre-school, Great Wilbraham. Please come and support this popular event.

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editorial: spring thoughts

click to read Wordsworth's Daffodils poem

Fulbourn and the Wilbrahams may not be blessed with many vales or hills but Wordsworth certainly manages to sum up the sudden wonder and joy of seeing new life in nature emerging (not least if it follows a particularly hard winter, such as the one we have just experienced).

As if to echo this natural phenomenon, the Christian Year looks forward to a bursting forth of new life at Easter, following the forty days and nights of Lent. Traditionally a season of penitence, Lent offers an opportunity to delve more deeply into our own personal beliefs and values. It can be a time to ‘take stock’ of our personal journey through life and perhaps to identify ‘new shoots’ or directions that we might take.

Within our parishes, there are two opportunities to join others in Lenten reflection. Every Wednesday, starting on 16th March (7.30pm at Twelve) there will be a Lent Group, led by our ordinand, Rhiannon Jones in which we will have opportunities to discuss themes linked to the work of C.S. Lewis – using references to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Shadowlands. find out more about St Nicholas, Great Wilbraham

In addition to this, on 16th March the Parish Retreat will take place (from 10am to 2pm) at Mill Green House, led by Rev. Kathy Bishop with music and reflections linked to Psalm 51.The cost of the retreat is a donation of £10 (which includes the cost of lunch). Further details from Twelve.

During Holy Week there will be a series of Holy Week Meditations at Gfind out more about St John, Little Wilbrahamreat Wilbraham church (right)on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening at 7.30pm. Little Wilbraham (left) will be holding a Maundy Thursday service of Holy Communion (also at 7.30pm). On Good Friday there will be a Children’s Workshop from 9.30 – 10.30am at Fulbourn church, an 11am service at Little Wilbraham and a Good Friday meditational service at Fulbourn between 2 and 3pm. All are very welcome at these activities and services.

Whatever you resolve to do (or not) for Lent, may it be a time of positive and inspiring thoughts, amidst the natural delights of spring.

Caroline Simmonds
Parish Assistant
Fulbourn & the Wilbrahams

Friday, 4 March 2011

health centre news: did you know?

We are all very aware of the financial constraints being imposed across the board in the current economic climate. The Health Service is no exception and we all have a responsibility to ensure that the money is being spent wisely. We, the taxpayers, are providing the money to fund the service and therefore we have a vested interest in knowing how the money is spent.

Did you know?

  • can't treat an empty chairEvery time a patient attends A&E and gives their name to a receptionist, there is a charge of £59 – even if the patient does not wait to be seen. (Since April 2010 we have had 56 patients from the Practice who did not wait to be seen after registering in A&E)

  • A blood test taken during this visit will cost £87

  • An echocardiogram ( a special heart ultrasound test) is £117

  • An admission from A&E costs £500

To put this in perspective, an appendicectomy (an operation to remove the appendix) costs £1,500 and a heart bypass operation costs almost £9,000.

The bills are currently picked up by the Department of Health, but when the GPs take over the budget, they will be billed directly for this care. The GP services that we provide have already been paid for by the Government, as has the Out of Hours service provided by Urgent Care Cambridgeshire.

We, at the Health Centre, should be the first port of call if you are suffering with a sore throat, earache, flu-like symptoms, skin, chest and bowel problems to name but a few of the illnesses that are regularly seen in A&E. We have specialist nurses and doctors available to see our patients and simply ask that you make the receptionists aware if you need to be seen the same day. The reception staff can always advise you if you are unsure whether you need to go to A&E, or they can ask our Emergency doctor to phone you to offer advice.

When we are closed, the contact details for the Out of Hours service is on the answerphone.

Finally, may we ask for you help, please?

We have seen a significant increase in the number of prescription requests that we deal with. It would be appreciated if everyone would remember that we need two working days to process the requests. In addition we would like to remind you that we cannot accept telephone requests, for safety reasons. This is at the doctors request.

Gill Cummins