We are pleased to announce the launch of the Friends of Brockwood Park Portal which occurred yesterday. This is a password protected social networking site for the benefit of registered Friends. On the Portal, you are able to participate in online dialogues, send messages, post events via a shared calendar and buy, sell and exchange goods and services. The Portal avoids the excesses of larger social networking sites, but has many of the benefits and we hope that if you are not already a registered Friend you will now consider doing this in order to have the use of it. To register as a Friend, we invite you to go to:
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Last week we had the privilege of a visit from renowned photographer Mark Edwards. A long term friend of Brockwood, Mark in his early days photographed Krishnamurti a great deal and took striking portraits of him both in England and India. Mark has donated many photos to Brockwood Park and we are all most grateful to him and wish him the best of luck in his increasingly successful global sustainability project:
Mark Edwards at the Krishnamurti Foundation Trust at Brockwood Park
Left to right: Mark, David, Bill, and Wendy
Brockwood Park School is celebrating its 45 anniversary with a 5 day event which will see 350 former students and staff return. Festivities begin tomorrow, excitement is mounting and final preparations are underway. We are looking forward to seeing our alumni and we send our regards to anyone who can’t make it.
This time next week you will be more than 300 to join us for our 45th Anniversary Reunion.
We are finalising preparations and just a few days ago all school staff and some volunteers arrived to help get the rooms ready, have the gardens tidied, and to get some baking underway. Lists are being compiled, welcome packs are being put together, menus are being finalised, and we are printing out tickets for our Great Raffle which will happen over the first three days of the Reunion. All participants to the Reunion will be able to purchase a raffle ticket which will enable them to enter a prize draw for a flight on a lightweight aircraft to witness the breath-taking landscape around Brockwood. This ride will last up to 45 minutes and will happen on the Sunday of the Reunion. We are also getting ready to welcome our alumni for the 1970’s Gathering due to begin on the 16th August. A total of 15 alumni have registered for this pre-reunion Reunion and we look forward to meeting some of Brockwood’s first students!
Here are some photos of Brockwood today, of school staff busy with preparations… we are getting so excited about welcoming you all back to beautiful Brockwood.
See you all very soon,
Click HERE to view the photo gallery
Some of you may remember the little abandoned duckling which our staff member Sarai adopted. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that little ‘Cherry’ from Cheriton is doing great and is all grown up and although she might be experiencing some gender issues, as she may be turning out to be a he, (Andrew suggests a renaming to Chuck) Cherry (or Chuck the Duck) is doing great!
Former Brockwood Park School student, Julia Liebisch-Peschl, is starting an institute for sustainability, education and art in Ghana, West Africa, together with a few friends. Their vision includes creating a ‘philosophy room’ where people will be able to read Krishnamurti. In this video, they explain their dream.
You may also want to read Julia’s blog here:
With just a handful of staff and mature students present amidst the tranquil summer days at Brockwood, we are steadily working in preparation for your visit in August. The excitement is slowly building up as we allocate rooms, count out all the teaspoons, make plans for where the sheep will go when the campers arrive, and finalise the programme of events. The gardens are being meticulously pruned and weeded, t-shirts to commemorate our 45 years are being printed, DJ’s are being sought and reminders are sent out for gathering items for the auction and workshops. We have also been busy capturing the scenes we love at Brockwood and wished to share these with you in reminiscence of the spaces you once roamed and wandered through. Accompanying these images, filmed by current student Ewan Benoit, is a melodious classical piece by Debussy, often played by Alan Rowlands during Sunday Morning Meetings back when I was a student in the 90’s. Here it is performed by Jerome Blanche in a live recording.
Enjoy this trip down memory lane and see if you can notice the changes in the landscape.
Reunion Website: reunion.brockwood.org.uk
I wonder when was the last time you sent, or received, a postcard? Perhaps you have a couple stuck to your fridge or cupboard doors right now. The photograph of an exotic setting, the foreign post-mark and stamp, and the sunny message scribbled in a familiar hand on the back, make this small colourful gift, survivor of the long journey to your letterbox, not so easily forgotten or ignored as an email or a text.
We would like to encourage as many alumni as possible – attending or not attending the Reunion – to send us a postcard in the coming weeks before 21st August. You are spread around the world and in anticipation of the Reunion, we are hoping to gather images and messages that reflect our global community and the thoughts we wish to share with one-another. We will post these on the Reunion website before the event and during the Reunion, they will be on a giant pin-board inside the marquee.
Remember, whether you are attending or not, what is the message you would like to share with everyone (or with just a few) in advance of the Reunion? Send your cards to: Reunion Reflections, Brockwood Park School, Bramdean, Hants, SO24 0LQ, UK. Keep your eye out for the cards on the Reunion website.