“Healing of a Deaf Man” – Mark chapter 7 versa 31 – The Ephphatha Story
In our chapel of St. John the Evangelist at Oxford Deaf and Hard of Hearing Centre, there is a stained glass showing the Healing of a Deaf Man.
The artefact was fitted on 14th February 1982 having arrived from the Ernest Ayliffe Home for deaf people in Leeds, which was closed in 1978. Those who were involved with the ministry with Deaf People were asked if they could re-house the window. Local Deaf Senior Social Worker, John Harmsworth responded.
The plaque below the window says: –
“In memory of Alfred Nicholls who gave many years faithful service to William and Emmeline Cadbury.”
Mr. Alfred Nicholls was one of the first residents to be admitted to the Ernest Ayliffe Home for deaf people in Leeds when it opened in 1948.
He was for almost all his lifetime employed as a gardener by Mr. and Mrs. William Adlington Cadbury, grandson to John Cadbury, the inventor of Cadbury chocolate company.
Artist, Miss Anne Shortell from Bramley, Leeds, created the stained glass from hand blown coloured glass from the firm who also supplied glass for the windows of Coventry Cathedral.
Ironically, William Adlington Cadbury passed away at great age of 90 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire where Deaf Direct is also based in.
What our clients are saying about us:
I love doing volunteer work. I wanted to give something back to Deaf Direct after they have done for me and the twins. Volunteering is great way to meet people in the community and most important of all, enjoy yourself!
It’s lovely to hear from you. I no longer live is Hereford and will be starting university in September to do my degree in Interpreting BSL/English.
Thank you – Deaf Direct really had a massive impact on this and without you all I wouldn’t be doing it. Wish me luck and I hope our paths cross again in the future
XX was the best interpreter I have used in the 16 years of working with impairments. Not only was she 100% professional and warm, she was flexible, supportive for how we worked which made this complex interview relaxing. Thank you
I am now doing level 2 and hoping to do level 3 – through this I have met Deaf/hard of hearing people and spoken to them. 2. I helped to volunteer for a Deaf charity at an information stall in a hospital. The first person to stop was Deaf so I chatted to him – it was great to use my BSL in a ‘real-life’ situation (outside class) for the first time!” 2013-14 academic year – BSL student
“Would you please pass on my thanks to the interpreter who volunteered to make this year’s annual Lights of Love service accessible to the deaf community of Worcester. The evening was a great success and, that is not least thanks to the ongoing support of your organisation.” November 2014 – Chaplain, St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester
Excellent interpreter. This consultation would not have been possible without her. She had a good working relationship with the patient. The patient’s care was enhanced by her presence.
Amazing how prompt and helpful everyone was. A new phone was delivered and fitted within 72 hours. We are so GRATEFUL. Thank you (13th April 2017)
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