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The UK Oversight Team (August 2005)

Laura Barrowclough photo_pp

Laura Barrowclough
Joined the UK team in 2012 after visiting Bethany in summer 2011 to help with education. Attends St. Paul's C of E Church, Nelson. Contact:

Heather Jeffery
 Heather is married with two children and is a primary school teacher. Heather  spent two years out at Bethany Tanzania and is a member of Central Gospel Mission Nelson where she helps with the children's work.

Graham Earnshaw married to Elaine ( right ) with three children, Simon, James and Anya. Graham is a qualified nurse and lectures in the Department of Nursing at the University of Central Lancashire. He attends The  Hope City Church, Liverpool.
Tel: 01254 399484. email:

Elaine Earnshaw married to Graham ( left ) with three children, Simon, James and Anya.
Elaine teaches pregnant schoolgirls / schoolgirl mothers in a Pupil Referral Unit. She attends The Hope City Church, Liverpool.
Tel: 01254 399484. email:

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John Fisher
John Fisher married to Dorothy with two children Naomi & Edward. John worked as a social worker until he retired. He is a member of St. James' Church, Blackburn where he is involved with many different aspects of Church work.
Visited Bethany in 1999 and also in 2004
Tel: 01254 56175. email:


David Borland OBE
David Borland
married to Dorothy has one daughter, Anne and two sons Christopher and John. David is retired and is Chair of Governors at  Whalley Primary school . Visited Bethany for the first time in July - August  2005 and is now a regular visitor. In December 2006 David took over the responsibility of Treasurer from Leslie Clegg
Tel: 01254 822004. email:

Graham Pountain,
Graham Pountain, married to Sheila (right) with three children, Christian, Julie and Paul. Brought up in the Anglican Church. Graham has been involved since 1991 and acts as co-ordinator. Presently attending Ernest Street, Baptist Church, Church, Accrington.
Tel: 01254 879694.


Sheila Pountain
married to Graham Pountain (left).  Three married children and five grandchildren. For many years attended the Anglican church but now attends Ernest Street Baptist Chapel with Graham.  Retired but involved in voluntary work in the UK.
Visited Bethany several times.
Tel: 01254 879694



Karen - 150pix


Jemma Holdsworth
Jemma is married to Geoff
and attends Central Gospel Mission, Nelson. Visited Bethany several times and joined the UK team January 2006.


Rebecca Smith (Bex - 26yrs) attends Global Church, Ossy,  First visited Bethany Nov.  2005 - joins the UK team January 2006.
Bex is presently administering the sponsorship program with the help of Jemma and Karen. email:

Karen Ross, 19yrs.
Trainee teacher waiting to complete 12 months unpaid voluntary work at Bethany before going to University to study to become a Primary School teacher.


Isabel Jones
Teacher and driving instructor married to Mark who is Vicar of St Lenoard’s Church, Padiham. Four children, Matthew, Martha, Rachel and Timothy.



Dave - 150pix

Vicky - 150pix

Paul Pountain
Joined the UK team in 2008. Married Rebecca in 2006. Attends Saint John's C of E Church, Baxenden. Has previously visited Kenya with Tearfund and Christians in Sport. Paul has visited the Bethany Family on several occasions, the first of which was in 2002. Works as a Police Officer for Lancashire Constabulary.

Rebecca Pountain
Joined the UK team in 2008. Previously visited Zimbabwe with Oasis Trust before becoming involved with the Bethany Family in 2004. Has visited Bethany on several occasions, the first of which was in 2005. Attends Saint John's C of E Church, Baxenden. Works as Resource Planner for Lancashire Constabulary.


Dave Shaw
Married to Victoria. Both Primary School teachers who are helping with various aspects of the work at Bethany Tanzania

Victoria Shaw
Married to Dave. Both Primary School teachers who are helping with various aspects of the work at Bethany Tanzania





Rachel Jones
Joined the team in 2010, visited Bethany twice  so far to help with education (2010) and helps the Tanzanian girls studying in the UK

Annemarie Morgan
Annemarie is a primary school teacher who has visited Bethany to help with the education. Annemarie also helps the Tanzanian girls who are studying in the UK

Derek Hartley
Having recently retired from my work as a fundraiser for The Leprosy Mission I am delighted to give time to The Bethany Family. I went to Tanzania  in 2000 with my wife Jo and John Fisher and I was so impressed with the great family feel of Bethany and of course with its Christian ethos. My desire is to see the orphanage grow and education being offered on site - and to this end I will put all my effort into organising an annual fundraising event and in building up a network of church, school and group representatives from amongst our supporters.
Tel: 01254 676545



Our postal address:

The Bethany Project,
(team member's name),
2 Aspen Fold, Oswaldtwistle, Accrington,
Lancashire. BB5 4PH.

Telephone Graham at home: 01254 879694



The above team members each help with different areas of the work. Please contact them directly if you so wish. We are happy to visit churches, schools and other organisations and share our aims, our experiences etc.

We have both slides and video and a wealth of personal experience. Presentations can be from 10 mins to 90 mins. Short enough for school assemblies, long enough to be the major item for an evenings meeting.

We look forward to hearing from you!