Monthly Newsletter

A monthly update on temple activities

April 2024

We would like to thank everyone for helping make our Songkran event such a great success, we even managed fine weather on the right day 😊

The monks have been busy again this month with many school visits, and this looks set to continue into May and June … always a busy time as the schools are covering Buddhism under the multi faith curriculum. 

 This year Visakha Puja falls on Wednesday 22 May, and for those who find it difficult to attend mid-week we are holding our Visakha ceremony on Sunday 19 May at the temple.  Visakha Puja is also known as Buddha Day and it celebrates the Birth, Enlightenment and Passing of the Buddha which all occurred on the same date of the year.  Everyone is invited to attend on either of these dates to help us celebrate this most auspicious occasion. Work on the Peace Garden has progressed well this month with the main steps, DDA compliant footpath and central plinth now formed. In early May we will be laying the sub-layer of tarmac before applying the finished resin bound surface.  We still don’t have a firm date for delivery of the Chedi, though we do know that it is coming via Felixstowe.  We have seen the photos of the Chedi sections being loaded into the container so are now making arrangements for the offloading and storage … accompanying the Chedi is a large Buddha statue and plinth which will be placed inside the new Ubosot hall when that is completed.

We have also begun planting the Peace Garden.  So far, we have planted 150 hedging shrubs that will attract birds and 5gk of wildflower seeds.  There have been a couple of plants donated including Rhododendrons, Lilies and Crocosmia.  We were advised to contact a specialist nursery in Welshpool who supply to the trade and we have now placed an order for 200 plants and shrubs that should arrive in May. These are designed to provide year-round interest and to attract wildlife.  A lot of hard work ahead, but we hope that we are creating a peaceful haven for people and wildlife alike.

Understandably we are concentrating our efforts on completing the Peace Garden at present, and planning for the Anniversary and Si Ra Reuk ceremony on 23 June which will be open to everyone.  Work on the new hall will pick up again once the Peace Garden project nears completion. We are currently looking at other sources grant funding and finalising a list of construction companies who would be willing to tender for the works.

Our two capital projects are benefiting from some funding from the UK Government Levelling Up scheme which is administered by Halton Borough Council. The have engaged Viv-id, a Manchester based marketing agency who we have been working closely with. Our projects are now included in their new website https://reconnectingruncorn.info   which has just been released, and is currently being populated with project details. They are also doing an article on the journey of the Chedi from Chiang Mai to Runcorn which will be released to the media soon.

The monks have arranged a meeting at the temple on 12 May to discuss the plans for the Temple Anniversary and Si Ra Reuk ceremony that will be held on 23 June, so in the next newsletter we will be able to give more details on this unique and special occasion.

There is lots happening at the temple, and all of this only is made possible with your invaluable support for which we offer our most humble gratitude.

As always, please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions,

With Metta (loving kindness)

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