West London Buddhist Centre

Newsletter: 04.03.2021 Update: Re-opening WLBC

Published on Mar 4th 2021, in Blog

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Hello everybody,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last week laying out the government’s ‘road map’ out of lockdown (in England), a few of you have asked us about our plans to re-open. We wanted to share what our thinking was at the moment.

We can confirm that all our events will continue online until the end of June. Depending on how things develop, we anticipate remaining mostly online over the summer months, hold some events at the Centre, and progress towards a full in-person schedule in September.

We are a small team running at full capacity so it is not possible for us to run a full online programme and in-person events at the same time, nor are we set up to run hybrid events. However, we intend to keep an online presence in some form going forward as we know that it works and is the only way some of you might be able to connect with us. The Yoga Studio will remain closed for classes but room hire for therapy rooms will re-open in accordance with government guidelines, currently April/May.

Thankfully, a combination of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, well attended events and your generous donations and standing orders, especially from the Precious Jewel Appeal, has meant that we were able to survive 2020 and are in a good position to continue our work in 2021 going into 2022. Financial stability is still some way on the horizon but happily, the best way you can continue to support us is to just continue to practice.

We hope that despite the very wearing uncertainty, the future is starting to take shape. With the vaccine roll out on track there is certainly reason to be optimistic but enough experience to be cautious this early on in the year. We so look forward to the day we open the doors to 45A and welcome you all back in person, with tea and a biscuit…

HIGHLIGHTS

– THIS WEEKEND: The Still Depths of the Mind Meditation Retreat

– GALA NIGHT: Final Fundraiser for the Precious Jewel Appeal, 12 March – line up confirmed.

– BLOG & Podcast: Mindful Thought by Vajradaka and Sources of Inspiration with Paramananda

Well, take care everybody and to all the parents, caregivers, teachers and support staff here – we wish you all well for next week.

We will get there!

Bodhilila, Prajñānītā, Ratnadeva, Sahananda and Sophie

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