It’s official! The next Brockwood Park Reunion will be held from Thursday August 21 to Monday August 25, 2014. Registration information will follow in the next few months so stay put for more news. Please share with any and all!
The video below is from the 2009 reunion. The photo is from 2004 and we are hoping for an even better turnout in 2014. Save the date!
We couldn’t have wished for a better day for the Grand Opening of the Pavilions! After more than three years of building they are now ready to house students and staff. And with rooms in the Main House and the Cloisters stretched to capacity, the Pavilions are opening at the right time. It was a lovely and magical day, with many guests from near and far, delicious food and wonderful entertainment by students and staff. (Photos by Duncan Toms, Mark Apted and Petter Goldstine)
Longtime Trustee Dr Mary Cadogan cuts the ribbon to officially open the Pavilions (Photo by Petter Goldstine)
Students and staff are seen here working on the Pavilions both inside and out, in order to have them looking lovely for the official opening next Sunday, 2nd June. Former staff member and current Trustee, Gary Primrose, has taken responsibility for the landscape design around the buildings and is shown supervising planting in front of the buildings. Students are seen cleaning the new oak floors and the triple-glazed Swedish built windows (a feature that contributes to the high levels of insulation in the buildings).
“So do you want to learn what freedom means? Because that’s what we want to do at Brockwood. In freedom you can discover new things. In the world of science there must be freedom to discover new things. In human relationship, here at Brockwood, we are discovering, or learning, new things about ourselves. If I am fixed in my opinion, I can’t learn. So I must be very careful, be aware of my fixed opinions or judgments; because this is what the world is doing and it’s not learning. People have fixed ideas, opinions, conclusions from which they won’t budge. Here at Brockwood, we are learning to live together with intelligence, in freedom.”
Brockwood students, mature students and staff members sold all sorts of good honest homemade foods including breads and pizza at the Watercress Food Festival market in nearby Alresford. They raised 350 pounds to be used for various good causes. (Photos by Francesca Sayer)
In 1983 Krishnamurti wrote about Brockwood: ‘It began with many difficulties, lack of money and so on, and we all helped to build it to its present condition.’ When he said those words he was not simply referring to those of us living and working here, but to everyone around the world who has ever supported Brockwood with their generosity.
This year we’ve had an extraordinary offer from a Friend of Brockwood who will triple every gift we receive. So when you give £50 we will receive £200! We are hoping to raise £100,000 in order to receive £400,000. A large gift of this nature will make a big difference for us! See this video to find out what we are raising funds for. To donate please go to:
We couldn’t have wished for a better day to pour concrete; in brillant May sunshine the ramps and paths for the Pavilions take shape. The ramps meet all of the current regulations, ensuring the buildings will be fully accessible for disabled residents and guests.