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4-minute music video of Brockwood’s 45th Reunion

In August Brockwood Park School had its 45th anniversary alumni reunion. It was a joyous and momentous occasion and a huge number of alumni traveled from all over the world to be back here. Here is a fun 4-minute summary music video of the event.

 

Brockwood’s Winter concert, Saturday December 6th

Winter Concert 2014

In Memory of Mary

Last Sunday afternoon a small event was held at Brockwood to mark the life and work of Mary Cadogan, who died on the 26th of September. Mary had worked for Krishnamurti and the Foundation for 56 years. Family, friends, trustees and staff gathered under grey skies to plant an oak tree. Later they met in the West Wing Drawing Room where several people, including Mary’s husband, spoke of her remarkable contribution to the work and her many fine qualities. This was followed by a performance for solo violin of J.S. Bach’s ‘Sarabande’ and ‘Courante’ and then a few minutes of silence.

At the tree planting the following extract was read by former Brockwood staff member and current trustee, Gary Primrose. It is taken from “The Hills and Vales” (1887) by Richard Jeffries.

“To this oak I came daily for a long time; sometimes only for a minute, for just to view the spot was enough. Sometimes in spring there was a sheen of bluebells covering acres; the doves cooed; the blackbirds whistled sweetly; there was a taste of green things in the air. By aid of the tree I felt the sky more. By aid of everthing beautiful, I felt myself.

The subtle influence of Nature penetrates every limb and every vein; fills the soul with a perfect contentment, an absence of all wish except to lie there, half in sunshine, half in shade, for ever in a Nirvana of indifference to all but exquisite delight of simple living. The wind in the tree tops overhead sighs in soft music, and ever and anon a leaf falls with a slight rustle to mark time. Time to us now, no more than it was to the oak; we have no consciousness of it. Only we feel the broad earth and as to the ancient giant, so there passes through us a strength renewing itself of vital energy.

Only by walking hand in hand with Nature, only by a reverent and loving study of the mysteries for ever around us, is it possible to disabuse the mind of the narrow view, the contracted belief that time is now and eternity tomorrow. Eternity is today.”

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Looking for Brockwood photos from the Early Days

Were you in Brockwood in the early days and have some photos you would like to share with us? If so, we would be most grateful. Please send them to development@brockwood.org.uk

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 Felipe Patterson, Pablo Severin and Nick van Pallandt.

Mary Cadogan’s Last Interview

The recent death of Dr Mary Cadogan, the first Secretary of the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust, has come as a great loss. Mary began working with Krishnamurti Writings Inc. in London in 1958; assisting with publications work and organizing public meetings and discussions with Krishnamurti. She became the European representative for the work, and was a key figure in establishing the KFT and Brockwood Park School in the 1960s. It was at Krishnamurti’s request that she became the first Secretary of the KFT; she remained a Trustee of the Trust and a Governor of Brockwood Park School until her recent death. Mary nurtured excellent relationships with the other Krishnamurti Foundations and Committees throughout the world. She edited Krishnamurti’s works, and arranged publication and translation of the books. She helped establish Brockwood Park School and the Krishnamurti Centre, and for over 50 years worked with a succession of Trustees. We shall miss her wise guidance, inspiring energy, affection and humour.

The following interview is the last that Mary gave. It was recorded at Brockwood Park on the 24th August 2014. Mary is interviewed by long-time supporter and friend of Brockwood, Taher Gozel. He asks Mary about the relationship between David Bohm and Krishnamurti, and about what it was like to work so closely with Krishnamurti.

Brockwood Park School Open Day, Nov. 15th.

Open Day 11:15:14

“What car do you drive?” Bill Taylor, Development Director, Reunion Speech

A talk given at the 45th Anniversary Alumni Reunion in August, by Bill Taylor.

Thinking and Making: Former Student, Aeyu Malhotra, Recently Visited

It’s always nice for us to know where our former students are now and when a former Brockwood Park student returned to us to volunteer in the Krishnamurti Centre he had an encouraging story to tell.
Having been “inspired by the use of space and open architecture at Brockwood” Aeyu Malhotra became interested in architecture and design. “Brockwood students gain spacial awareness” Aayu commented. “In Brockwood you are involved in so many things… and I became involved in the steering group for the Pavilions [construction project]”. Aayu’s interest in design and structure grew and was fostered and after Aayu completed his education at Brockwood Park, he went on to study architecture at Manchester University.
When Aeyu graduated he attained a job with the renowned architect Takaharu Tezuka in Japan.”There is joy in Takaharu’s Buildings, like there is in Brockwoods. Takaharu was the person I most wanted to work with… and I was incredibly lucky”.
Aayu was also fascinated by the teachings of Krishnamurti and found them very useful in his design work. “Krishnamurti taught me to question everything and how important it is to ask the right question” he said, adding “Architecture is not finding the right answer it’s about first asking the right question”.
Aayu has returned to England to complete his Masters degree and kindly paid us a visit, bringing part of his portfolio for us to look at and photograph. We wish him further success in his career and we hope to see him return often.
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Job Opportunities

We have 2 staff vacancies opening up at Brockwood Park. We are in need of an
- Experienced Vegetarian Chef
– Experienced Maintenance/Facilities Person with Management Skills.
A sincere interest in Krishnamurti’s work and a commitment to creating a serious environment in co-operation with others are essential. All residential staff receive the same salary, regardless of role. Both jobs would commence on November 1st and we are currently taking applications. For more information please follow this link:

Death of Dr. Mary Cadogan

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dr Mary Cadogan on the 27th September in London from complications arising from cancer. Mary began working for Krishnamurti as his secretary in England in 1958. She was the first Trustee to be appointed to the KFT and remained a Trustee up to the time of her death. She was involved in the establishment of Brockwood Park and has been actively engaged in its operation ever since. A member of the KFT Publications Committee, Mary was herself a published author of 28 books. In 2009 she was awarded a doctorate by Lancaster University for her services to children’s literature and the editing and publication of Krishnamurti’s books.

The following talk was given by Mary one month ago at the 45th Anniversary Alumni Reunion at Brockwood Park:

The Autumn/Winter 2009 Brockwood Observer had published an article about Mary which we would like to share here:

 

Here follow links to several obituaries:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11137208/Mary-Cadogan-obituary.html

http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/oct/06/mary-cadogan