Another busy month for our monks with a number of school visits, and attending events at the invitation of supporters. Than Thirasak has now begun a regular monthly celebration for birthdays, the next one will be on Sunday 11 Feb for all those born in the month of February, and everyone is welcome to attend these regular events.
Our new monks are settling in very well, and have begun to take English Lessons with our teacher, Sally, who reports good progress.
As many of you will know the temple has been awarded a grant under the Government’s Levelling Up Fund which is administered by HBC. With the completion of the New Hall project Phase 1 works to the temple car park and drainage we made an application for a proportion of the grant, and are pleased to advise that this was approved by HBC, and this initial grant payment was received by the temple in early January.
The ground works to the Peace Garden are due to commence on 5 Feb having been delayed by a week due to the recent adverse weather. The plan now is to have the ground work completed in time for us to prepare for the Si Ra Reuk ceremony – more on this in the coming months.
On 7 Feb we will also begin work on the installation of the new external doors, so there is likely to be a bit of disruption which we will of course try to minimise as much as possible.
Our project works are just part of the overall Reconnecting Runcorn scheme which promotes the redevelopment of Runcorn Old Town, with one of the main elements being the reopening of the Bridgewater Canal down to The Manchester Ship Canal headed up by The Runcorn Locks Restoration Society. A Planning Application has been made this week for Phase 1 of this project which will include an extension to the Bridgewater Canal for a tour boat, a visitor centre and café area, and extensive landscaping works. The full application can be viewed at Planning Applications (halton.gov.uk) under Application Reference 24/00040/HBCFUL and we hope very much that you can join us in fully supporting this ambitious and transformative project.
As always, please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions,
With Metta (loving kindness)