On the 6th Dec three new monks arrived from our parent temple, Wat Phra Singh in Chiang Mai, Thailand. All three were personally selected by the Abbot, Luang Por Sopano, and we are delighted to welcome them to our temple, and look forward to introducing them to our supporters, and to showing them the wonderful cultural interests and magnificent countryside of Britain.
On arrival they had to meet the Covid restrictions including PCR tests, all of which were negative. They have now had their first Covid jabs, and we will book their second jabs in mid Feb.
Than Yeam’s two year visa ends in late February so we will shortly be making arrangements for his return. We are sure you will join us in thanking him for everything he has done for the temple, particularly during the first part of his stay when he was alone at the temple due to Covid restrictions. We hope very much that he will return to the UK soon.
Three of our monks, Than Thirasak, Than Yeam and Than Gai will be taking their Trinity B2 English exam in Manchester on 19 Jan. Once they gain a B2 pass they will be able to apply for Tier 2 visas which will be helpful for the temple.
We are pleased to announce that the Planning Application for the Peace Garden project has been fully approved. We have now sent the details of the Chedi to Thailand for manufacture. It will be 6M tall with a 3M square base so will look quite magnificent in the landscaped gardens.
We are still awaiting completion of the final design details for the new hall, and plan to pass everything over to our QS in mid Jan. He will then put everything together into tender packages which will be sent out to our selected main contractors.
There are still a few 2022 calendars available at the temple, and you are most welcome to take one free of charge.
And may we take this opportunity to offer our sincere thanks for all your support throughout this most challenging of times, and to wish you good health, peace and happiness for the coming year.
As always, please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions,
With Metta (loving kindness)