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.
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.
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.
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
Theosophical Society in
After some uncertainty, the 2010 Tekels Park camp is due to go ahead
even though the young people attending will certainly be aware of the fate of
the park and the inevitable impact on the wildlife. Any agreement regarding the
future use 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
Madeleine Leslie-Smith, a long-term resident of
Dedicated to St Francis of
Located on the
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
The Liberal 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)
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.
Theosophical Society in
Tel 0207 563 9817
Please note that there
is more than one Theosophical Society. Only the Theosophical Society with its
The Theosophical Society
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