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A couple looking proudly at the CANDALA they have made

Archive for September, 2010

This is an archive of all the Global Circle of Peace news stories posted in September, 2010.

Enduring Memories & Global Outreach

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

The feedback that we have received is that The 2010 Bath Peace Ceremony left an indelible impression on many people. We are delighted that this was the case and hope to bring you all with us for next year’s event as we grow this tradition and build bridges within our local  community.

Bath Abbey & the CANDALA of Peace

Bath Abbey & the CANDALA of Peace

Having created the blueprint for The Global Circle of Peace Ceremony here in Bath,  this next year is about inspiring a new level of  global participation in our Peace Ceremony in 2011.

Illumination & Bath's healing Waters

Illumination & Bath's healing Waters

We are particularly interested in talking to school and  community choirs locally and in different parts of the world about singing the 4 lines of our  core message and artists, groups or communities who want to build a CANDALA of Peace.  We  will be focusing on these two areas in the next stage of our development whilst also researching the viability of enrolling in people learning the mime-poem. ‘Time for Peace on Earth’ and sending out this message to the world

Peace Sign from The City of Bath

Peace Sign from The City of Bath

Glorious Autumn CANDALA from Oliver Perceval

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Dear friend Oli, who lives in London. has just sent in  an Autumn CANDALA out of the blue. Materials:  bantam eggs, conkers, walnuts, apples, kindling wood.  What a beautiful earthy offering!

Glorious Autumn CANDALA from Oliver Perceval

Thank you Oli for keeping the CANDALA flame alive.

A sincere thank you to Neil Patterson & Jenna Monroe

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

A sincere thank you to Neil Patterson, our Master of Ceremonies, and singer, Jenna Monroe for their generous contribution both on and off stage.

Neil Patterson

Neil Patterson

Jenna sang her original rendition of ‘He’s got the whole world in His hands’ which is an extraordinarily powerful and moving piece and incorporates some of her own lyrics.  www.jennamonroe.com

Jenna Patterson

Jenna Monroe



Symbolic Peace Offerings

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Two symbolic peace offerings are the hallmark of our Peace Ceremony:

Tying a turquoise ribbon on a tree
Scattering grains of white rice to symbolize sowing ‘Seeds of Peace’

Turquoise ribbon on Olive Tree

Turquoise ribbon on Olive Tree

The theme of the colour turquoise which some of us wore at The Bath Peace Ceremony  is taken from the words of my mime-poem ‘Time for Peace on Earth’ which opens with the verse:

Tie a turquoise ribbon
On every single tree
Say a little prayer for peace
For our world for you and me

Everyone was invited to scatter grains of white rice, here used as a symbol of spiritual food, prosperity, fertility and primeval innocence. The scattering of rice over the CANDALA of Peace and within The Circle signifies the renewal of our promise and commitment to peace in our own everyday lives and relationships. The invitation was to say an intention or prayer for peace out loud or silently whilst making this symbolic peace offering.

Bowl of 'Seeds of Peace'

Bowl of 'Seeds of Peace'

Thank you Prior Park Garden Centre for loaning us a beautiful olive tree and to Louise Bastow of Alchemy Garden Design for arranging transport.

Abundant thanks to the two choirs

Friday, September 24th, 2010

The 2010 Bath Peace Ceremony was enormously enhanced by the contribution of two local choirs.

'Polyphony' Choir led by Sally Jenkins

'Polyphony' Choir led by Sally Jenkins

Led by Head of Music, Sally Jenkins, Polyphony Choir from The Royal High School, sang our two songs ‘Light a Candle in Your Heart’ and ‘Peacemaker’. Theirs was beautiful rendition, sung with great joy and it was wonderful to see these young girls performing with such dedication.

Thank you so much Sally for your time and effort in organising this, both in terms of the rehearsal and logistics and thank you girls for doing such a brilliant job that we will always remember. Your presence there was especially significant as this year’s UN theme for ‘The International Day of Peace’ was ‘Youth & Development, Peace=Future’. I hope you all will treasure the memory of having taken part in The 2010 Bath Peace Ceremony. Many people have remarked on how poignant it was to see and hear you there, and you did us proud. Thank you.

Singing around the CANDALA

Singing around the CANDALA

Led by Candy Verney, Community Choir ‘Singing in The Round’ inspired the audience with the 4 line Dedication which we had commissioned Candy to set to music for audience participation:

Peace in every home and heart
Peace across our land
Peace in every mind and body
Peace in every hand

A simple drone and uplifting melody line allowed everyone to join in wholeheartedly which created a very moving, meditative atmosphere. The group singing built on itself as we stood gathered around the illuminated CANDALA of Peace and then we spontaneously proceeded slowly clockwise around The Circle, walking and singing in unison. It was especially magical under a round full moon with Bath Abbey’s majestic presence watching over us. To Candy, all of the choir, and everyone who was there, a heartfelt thank you for this poignant, unifying experience, which I am sure will stay with us all

Processing around the CANDALA

Processing around the CANDALA

This part of The Ceremony felt, to me, like an ancient communal ritual that was very familiar even though I had never experienced anything quite like it before. We will definitely build on this to create a tradition and to take the idea forward in 2011 and 2012. The whole idea here is to create something which can be replicated by groups and communities around the world. Like all simple things, it seems obvious!

A heartfelt thank you to Bath West Rotary Club

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Keith Masdin was there on the day and assembled a strong crew to help us set up and take down. Thank you Keith, your wife Julia, Tris Broadwith, Richard Edwards and Natalia Mackowiak for your much needed contribution behind-the-scenes.  It was a great team effort and helped the event to run smoothly.

Two Bright Sparks from Health Creation!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Dr. Rosy Daniel and Mike Tooze of Health Creation not only sponsored the candlebags and tealights but were in charge of pre-prep work,  igniting the lights and keeping the flames burning.

Mike Tooze & Rosy Daniel

Mike Tooze & Rosy Daniel

Thank you so much Rosy and Mike for your backing and presence on the night. It was a joy to have you there.

Margaret Gibney becomes a Director

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

I am delighted to report that Margaret has agreed to become a Director of The Global Circle of Peace. With her international background in peace and reconciliation, her studies in psychology and hands-on experience within the creative arts and working with young people, she is the ideal person with whom to join forces. For me personally, this is a dream come true as I am passionate about handing on this work to the next generation and it needs someone who has her unique synthesis of life experience, skills and understanding.

It was wonderful to have Margaret to stay in my home and a joy to spend time with her. She is a deep thinker and an exceptionally brave and compassionate young woman – a truly inspirational role model from whom we all can learn. Margaret and I exchanged life stories and talked at length about our shared vision for The Global Circle of Peace and how it can impact usefully on the lives of people – especially our youth. I am going to ask her to write her own News Story about her trip to Bath, the Peace Ceremony and her response to our creative work. Margaret, you lit up many lives during your brief stay and all of us here at The Global Circle of Peace welcome you most warmly into our midst. We are proud to have you on board.

Hello South Africa!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Great friend, Fiona Almeleh reports from Capetown on how they jointly celebrated The International Day of Peace.

Lighting the CANDALA

“We all joined hearts with you and the rest of the world last night and your vision is now again included in Capetown’s, through the creation and lighting of the Peace Candala – we are part of each other through our shared vision for a world of Peace. My dear friend Chatelaine helped me to create the CANDALA and we made it from the freshly picked foliage and flowers of our two gardens, still fragrant and exquisite, radiating the miracle of God’s love.”

A beautiful CANDALA from South Africa

Lighting a Candle for Peace

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Dedicated to:

Peace in every home and heart
Peace across our land
Peace in every mind and body
Peace in every hand

followed by a 2 minute Silence

Margaret & Lizzie light a Candle of Peace

Margaret & Lizzie light a Candle of Peace