a wildlife sanctuary but news of the sale to a developer
has prompted many to raise serious concerns about the
fate of the Tekels Park Deer and other wildlife.
Theosophy talks of a compassionate attitude amongst the members who have actually found out about the sale.
Tekels Park is a 50 acre woodland estate near Camberley, Surrey, England, It is owned by the Theosophical Society (Adyar) in England and has been a Spiritual Centre since 1929. The sale to a developer is surrounded by secrecy but news is now leaking out and many are unhappy.
It doesn’t require a Diploma in Finance or evenThe Tekels Park Estate board received professional advice not to sell the Park but chose to ignore it.
What Could This Mean ?
A Deer in the Snow
Concerns are being
raised about the fate of the deer and other wildlife as Tekels Park
Tekels Park is sanctuary for animal wildlife including deer, foxes, squirrels, badgers, bats, newts and stoats, and for birdlife including sparrowhawks, woodpeckers, tawny owls and many more. There are many species of trees including 3 types of redwood, ginkgo, eucalyptus, red oak, tall magnolias and lebanese cedars.
The effect on the
wildlife will be devastating and of particular concern is the fate of the deer.
Although afforded protection from cruelty under
Part of Tekels Park is designated as a ‘Site of Nature Conservation Interest’ (SNCI). Unfortunately this designation carries no statutory protection.
Badger setts are protected by law but there is concern that development will destroy the badgers’ foraging area, on which they depend. The 50 acres of Tekels Park is just about the minimum foraging area on which a colony of badgers can survive. The park is boxed by the built up Camberley area and the M3 motorway.
Anger & Dismay
There is widespread anger and dismay at decision to sell Tekels Park to a developer. The Theosophical movement is shocked to hear the news and many of the English Society’s 200 members had no idea this was happening as the leadership made no official announcement at the time the decision was taken. A brief reference was made on page 21 of the last issue of the now defunct Insight Magazine in February 2010 but this does not mention that the sale is to a developer.
This quotation gives some idea of the importance of Tekels Park to the Theosophical Movement.
“I know many people in the TS (Theosophical Society) and Theosophical
Movement think of
Although the Tekels
Park Guest House is still being used for Theosophical Society events, many now
feel unable to stay there, knowing what may now happen to the park and the
wildlife. No mention is made of the sale on the
Leslie-Smith, a long-term resident of
to St Francis of
Place of worship of the Liberal Catholic Church
Disquiet amongst Liberal Catholic Church
Members over loss of control of the building
St Francis Church
St Francis Church was registered as a place of worship in 1931 by the Liberal Catholic Church
The St Francis Church Altar
There is disquiet amongst Liberal Catholic Church members that although St Francis Church may not face demolition, they will only be allowed to use the building courtesy of the new owner of Tekels Park and that the building may be made available to other groups.
The Liberal Catholic Church was founded by a member of the Theosophical Society in 1915 and has remained an integral part of the Theosophical Movement.
Patron Saint of Animals and the Environment
St Francis of
St Francis is the Patron Saint of Animals and the
Environment. These must have been important
considerations in dedicating a church in his name
but the association appears now to be inconvenient
Catholic Church came into existence as the result of a complete re-organization
in 1915-16 of the Old Catholic Church in
(From the Statement of Principles of The Liberal Catholic Church, eight edition, 1986)
Who’s Behind the
The whole deal is shrouded in so much secrecy that even the majority of the Theosophical Society’s actual card carrying members don’t appear to know what is happening but here are some contact points.
The Theosophical Society in
Tel 0207 563 9817
Please note that there is more than one Theosophical
Society. Only the Theosophical Society with its headquarters at
The Theosophical Society administers the
The Tekels Park Estate Limited
It is reported on some newsboards that the Tekels Park Estate Limited hope to get £6Million for the Estate.
When one looks at how the sale of Tekels Park to a
developer will affect the wildlife and St Francis
, it is easy to see why the Tekels Park
management have tried to keep it quiet.
It is not known if further evictions are planned.
This issue is not for discussion by the
Theosophical Society in England leadership