From the recently sent out ‘Theosophical Society Annual Report 2011 (TPEL)’ for the Theosophical Society in England (published here with permission):
Tekels Park Estate:
In October 2009 offers had been considered on a piece of land that had been held over for two years under an option agreement, which ended in August 09. During the process our agent reported that he had received some interest in purchasing the entire Estate and in line with the decision of the National Council that the Estate be sold several offers were received in the following two months. The board considered the offers and chose to proceed with the only buyer who satisfied most of the necessary conditions.
However, it became clear that this purchaser was not sympathetic to the needs of the users of the Park and the large meeting hall (known as the Church Hall) and in January 2010 an approach was made by Natta Country Homes Ltd. As the Board was not prepared to sell to a buyer who was not sympathetic to the theosophical and spiritual activities, which express the established spiritual ethos, the offer from Natta Country Homes was pursued. This new buyer was keen to maintain the Hall and to develop its potential as a church and meeting place and to actively encourage the various spiritual activities including the Round Table camp site. With this and other firm assurances in place the purchase has proceeded, albeit at a very slow pace.
The board of Tekels Park Estate Limited are very mindful of the National Council’s instruction to sell the Estate and are concerned about the year-on-year losses of tens of thousands of pounds while the sale proceeds. To this end, the board is doing all it can to complete the sale and thereby cut these losses, which we can no longer sustain. The sale has not been held up by our prospective purchaser but due to lack of documentation going back several decades and the need to seek ‘First Registration’ on the land. Selling Tekels Park Estate was never going to be an easy task, and indeed, it has proven to be fraught with innumerable difficulties. However, we are now hopeful that the sale can go ahead very soon.
The wildlife continues to thrive in the beautiful Parkland and plans are proposed to enhance the habitat even more. The deer and other animals continue to roam in and out of the Park, as they migrate constantly to and fro along the wildlife corridor extending for several miles along side the M3 motorway. (Rumours of the intended slaughter of the deer are nothing more than malicious lies and should be exposed as such at every opportunity.)
Two ‘Open Days’ were held at Tekels Park on the 12th and 13th of June 2010. This was an opportunity to reminisce with friends, to enjoy the beautiful Park, and to celebrate 80 years of theosophical activity, ceremony, and worship.
It appears then that:
- The Theosophical Society in England still has it’s charter (confirmed by two sources)
- Teckel’s Park hasn’t been sold yet
- The proper use of the estate by the future owners is definitely on the agenda of the administration
I think that covers the main points.