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:
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:
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.
We would like to invite you to join us in Berlin to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. You may be aware that over the last year Brockwood Alumni Gatherings have occurred in the USA and in London. We are now organising the first such gathering in Germany this 14th of May. The international community of former Brockwood Park students and staff is an extensive one and the idea of this event is to network, exchange news and consider future opportunities for collaboration and connection. Continue reading ‘Brockwood Alumni Berlin Event’
By now the Reunion is five days past and you have probably traveled the few, or many, miles from Brockwood to your respective homes. The excitement and intensity of the event is no doubt fading and you are perhaps already beginning to wonder what it was all about, and what it means to you now? With the help of many volunteers, we have completed the clean-up, the marquee has been removed – the yellowed grass beneath acts as the only reminder of its magnitude and the people that passed through it – and we are now in the midst of preparing the school for the new academic year.
The Reunion is almost upon us. In total we will be around 400 people; a good mix of nationalities, races and ages from around the globe, as Brockwood has always been! In addition to being great fun, our time together should prove stimulating, invigorating, perhaps even enlightening, certainly memorable. This is my final email to you before the 20th and there are a number of last minute points to be shared:
We have one month left until the Reunion. Many of the Brockwood staff responsible for making sure that everything is ready for your arrival are now away on vacation – having promised to return in good time! – while others continue to work at essential summer jobs on the buildings and grounds. Everyone will be back, with a posse of volunteers, for the final preparations. The musicians, who are in the throes of an online exchange about the music we will get to enjoy, will also be at Brockwood early to begin rehearsals.
We are receiving new registrations everyday, so remember it is not too late to encourage alumni friends, who have yet to take the plunge, to sign up and join us for the 20th August. There will not be another chance like it for 5 years!