Friday 28 August 2015

Milton Keynes Tree Cathedral

These are some photographs of the Tree Cathedral in Milton Keynes I visited on Friday 14th August. This cathedral of trees is based on Norwich Cathedral and designed by landscape architect Neil Higson. The plan of the ‘building’ was shaped in earth and planted in 1986, with a range of different tree species used to establish the character of its component parts. Neil Higson describes its planting, ‘Tall evergreen trees form the central tower and spires of the west and east ends, and pines define the walls. The Nave is lined with Fastigate Hornbeam and tall growing Lime trees. Poplars occupy the north and south aisles, removed as slower growing species reach maturity. The choir is planted with Golden Ash and the chancel in Holm Oak. Flowering cherries and apples form foci in the chapels. The Transepts are simply treated but punctuated with small columnar evergreens at focal points. The Cloisters take the form of a large slightly sunken square lined with Hornbeam and the Chapter House is a conical mound, crowned with laurels, from the top of which the cathedral can be viewed....and colourful bulb planting interprets the effect of sun shining through the stained glass windows onto the grounds.'
Alex Fox

Friday 21 August 2015

Hiroshima Day Lanterns

On Thursday 6th August, there was the Lantern Floating Ceremony at the Peace Pagoda at Willen in Milton Keynes.
All were welcome to commemorate the victims of Hiroshima by floating lanterns on Willen Lake. There was a short ceremony in front of the Peace Pagoda at 7.30.
The ceremony sought to reflect on the horrors of war in an atomic age and to pray together for peace and harmony between all people and nations.

Alex Fox

Friday 14 August 2015

Return to the Forbidden Planet

From Thursday 30th July to Saturday 1st August, there was the Return to the Forbidden Planet performed at the Chrysalis Theatre in Camphill Milton Keynes. Bob Carlton’s cult Shakespearean Rock n Roll mash up is based on the B-Movie starring Leslie Neilson which is turn was loosely based on “The Tempest”. Set in outer space, the all singing, dancing and instrument playing cast had people dancing in the aisles to classics such as Wipe Out, Great Balls of Fire and The Monster Mash. The theatre company who performed this production is called CLICK (Confidence, Learning, Integration, Creativity, Knowledge).
CLICK originated as an amateur Theatre Group, and now, as a Training Consultancy uses the arts to underpin its sessions.

Alex Fox

Friday 7 August 2015

Milton Keynes Disability Awareness Day

On Tuesday 14th July there was Milton Keynes Disability Awareness Day. It was from 11.30am to 2.30pm, at MK Snap and the adjoining sports field. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness of what is meant by disability and how it affects people who live and work in the community.
Last year was a good event, however it failed to attract many people without disabilities.
There was live music and dance, paraylympians, Mk Dons, specials guests, arts and crafts, sports and games including gymnastics and yoga and the Camphill Café.
This was free event for everybody. For lunch we had a picnic.
Alex Fox