Friday 29 July 2022

Holiday to Center Parcs Woburn

From Friday 8th July to Monday 11th July, residents went on a weekend holiday to Center Parcs Woburn.

Center Parcs UK and Ireland (formerly Center Parcs UK) is a short-break holiday company that operates six holiday villages in the United Kingdon and Ireland, with each covering about 400 acres (1.6 km2) of woodland. The company's first village opened at Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire, in 1987 and its sixth, at Longford Forest, Ireland, opened in 2019.

Center Parcs Woburn Forest (formerly Center Parcs Warren Wood) is located on the outskirts of Flitwick and Ampthill, 7–8 miles (11–13 km) from the village of Woburn in Bedfordshire in the UK. It commenced operation in July 2014 and hence it became the second Center Parcs resort off of the M1 motorway (the first being Center Parcs Sherwood Forest).

The activities I took part in while I was there was falconry and archery.

Alex Fox

Friday 22 July 2022

Independence Day Disco

These are photographs of residents of Camphill Milton Keynes going to an Independence Day Disco at the Chrysalis Theatre on Monday 4th July.

A disco (music club, discothèquedisco club, or simply club) is an entertainment venue during nighttime comprising a dance floor, lightshow, and a stage for a disc jockey (DJ) where a DJ plays recorded music.

Independence Day in America marks the date back in 1776 when Americans broke away from being ruled by the British, who had been on the continent since the 16th Century.

Alex Fox

Friday 15 July 2022

Trip to Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

These are photographs of residents and staff from Camphill Milton Keynes visiting Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens.
The Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens exhibits over 260 different species of animals. The park is set in 160 acres (0.65 km2) of landscaped parkland and gardens 2 miles south of Burford, on the A361, Oxfordshire, England. Around 350,000 people visited the park in 2012.
Take a walk on the WILD SIDE! Stroll around the Park and get eye-to-eye with giraffes, watch rhinos graze on the Gothic manor house lawns, walk with lemurs or take a ride on Bella the Train (April-Oct).
The stunning gardens and themed borders, make a beautiful backdrop the animals. With over 260 different species of animals in over 120 acres of parkland, there's plenty of space to relax and get closer to wildlife!
They are wheelchair and pushchair friendly with 99% accessibility, including disabled access to the train. There are disabled toilets around the park and a ceiling hoist room with moveable bed and shower. Lots of disabled parking and free wheelchair hire (reserve in advance by phone) or you can hire at a cost a mobility scooter (booking essential).
Dogs are welcome on a short lead under adult control in most areas of the Park, except areas with free-ranging animal areas. 
In 2015 they were voted 4th Best Zoo in the UK by Tripadvisor in their Traveller's Choice Awards.
Alex Fox

Friday 8 July 2022

The 42nd Anniversary of the Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda

 Na-Mu Myo Ho Ren Ge Kyo

The Buddha taught 2 most important things which we still very much need to follow today: the practice of giving, to help other people and to nurture life, and the precept of non-killing, no matter how badly we may be provoked. 

If we do not remember how special and precious life is, and what powers we have, to overcome untruth by truth, hatred by love, and violence by self-sacrifice- then life becomes cheap.

Then, we have no other response to violence then violence, creating further violence and suffering.

All of us are special, our life a precious gift: let us use our life to do what we can, together to bring light and relieve suffering, paying respect to the Buddha inside us all.

(Based on 'Kanjin Honzon; 1975, Most Ven. N.Fujii, Founder of Nipponzan Myohoji)

On Sunday 19th June, there was the 42nd Anniversary Celebration of the Milton Keynes Peace Pagoda.

The day started at 12 noon with chanting from various Buddhist traditions. Then there were multi-faith prayers for peace and speeches and messages of peace.

The lunch interval was followed by music, dance and cultural perfomances.

The day finished with a conclusion.

Alex Fox