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ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Volunteers Friendship Group brings community together

ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Manor’s Volunteers Friendship Group brings community together

The Beatles famously said: “I get by with a little help from my friends.” Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna Temple, the spiritual sanctuary donated by the Beatle George Harrison in 1973 in Hertfordshire, has been inspired by this concept to launch a Volunteers Friendship Group.

The temple said: “It’s a brave and bold step to strive for purity in a world of duplicity, to embrace simplicity amongst rampant materialism, and to cultivate selflessness in an atmosphere charged with exploitation. On that journey, we all require encouragement, support and the good advice of spiritual friends.

“In that spirit, the Volunteer Care Council have established a Volunteers Friendship Group for those who are 50 years and over to get together, socialise, play games, and puzzles, to keep the mind and body active – whilst of course keeping Krishna at the centre!”

Meanwhile, the historic temple celebrated a hugely successful 2023 including its Garden Team.

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Head Gardner Narahari Rupa Das said: “The temple grounds are always evolving and this year [2023] the pedestrian path – suitable for buggies and wheelchairs- along the driveway was completed. A very welcome addition to the grounds! The new Japa Garden, found alongside the orchard, is almost complete and both the Srila Prabhupada and George Harrison Gardens had an uplift.

“In addition, we also planted around 200 trees and plants around the temple, some of these replacing unsafe older trees or trees damaged after storms. Replacing these British native trees ensure a healthy habitat for local wildlife for years to come. We take a similar approach when tending to our driveway hedge, balancing a tidy look with a wildlife conscious overview, during the colder months where there are less leaves on the hedge. Visitors may notice that the hedge has been laid using an old English hedge laying method, which encourages wildlife and a healthy ecosystem.”

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