Monday 30 March 2020

Residents play Bingo

Bingo is a game of probability in which players mark off numbers on cards as the numbers are drawn randomly by a caller, the winner being the first person to mark off all their numbers. Bingo became increasingly popular across the UK with more purpose-built bingo halls opened every year until 2005. Since 2005, Bingo Halls have seen a marked decline in revenues and the closure of many halls. The number of bingo clubs in Britain has dropped from nearly 600 in 2005 to under 400 as of January, 2014. These closures are blamed on high taxes, the smoking ban, and the rise in online gambling, amongst other things.
Alex Fox

Friday 27 March 2020

Community Assembly

These are photographs of residents of Camphill Milton Keynes attending a Community Assembly at the Chrysalis Theatre on Tuesday 11th February.
Alex Fox

Friday 20 March 2020

Bean Throwing Festival (Setsubun-e)

On Saturday 1st February, there was Setsubun, the Bean Throwing Ceremony at the Buddhist Temple in Willen.
Setsubun is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. The name means ‘seasonal’ division, but usually the term refers to the spring Setsubun, properly called ‘Risshun’ celebrated on February 3rd as part of the Spring.
There were prayers for about an hour then there was a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the last year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. We performed this ritual by throwing lots of beans into the air in a darkened room (also saying loudly to rid us of any evil spirits) and then picking them up afterwards and putting them into paper bags with some sweets that had also been thrown into the air.

Alex Fox

Friday 13 March 2020

Mission and Vision Day

On Tuesday 28th January, there was Mission and Vision Day at the Chrysalis Theatre in Camphill Milton Keynes and also on the grass area. The aim of the day was to review changes that have taken place over the years and to envision what the future of Camphill would be as a community together.

Alex Fox

Friday 6 March 2020

Chinese New Year

On Monday 27th January, residents of Camphill Milton Keynes celebrated the Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year (or generally referred to as Lunar New Year globally) is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese Calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. Observances traditionally take place from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2020, the first day of the Chinese New Year was on Saturday, 25th February, initiating the Year of the Rat.

Alex Fox