Updated 17 January 2021
BGKT 2020 NEWS
INTERFAITH WEEK 8 – 15 November 2020
BGKT participated in Inter Faith Week
The IFN Interfaith Network for the UK included Kendal
Kendal is included every year in Events by Town
The Inter Faith Network of the UK acknowledged Kendal as the smallest town to hold an 8 day Inter Faith Week programme in the 8 day Inter Faith Week in 2020.
IFN Interfaith Network for the UK IFN e-bulletin (December 2020) page 8.
IFN Inter Faith Network for the UK posted Kendal on the Inter Faith Week Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
22.11.20 Kendal 8 Day Week Photo of Kendal Mayor Councillor Alvin Finch
Inter Faith Week 2020 Facebook Page
12.11.20 Kendal 8 Day Week
Inter Faith Week Facebook Page shared The High Sheriff of Cumbria’s Facebook Page about her Inter Faith Week event with SLEDP South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership and SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum.
12.11.20 BGKT, SLEDP and Emergency Services
BGKT, SLEDP and CFRS Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service
Inter Faith Week 2020 Facebook Page
Image from 2019 pre-Covid Week
High Sheriff of Cumbria
High Sheriff of Cumbria News & Events 2020/2021
Inter Faith Week 11 November 2020
High Sheriff of Cumbria Facebook Page 12.11.20
The High Sheriff of Cumbria’s Facebook Page, included an Inter Faith Week event with her, SLEDP South Lakeland Equality and Diversity Partnership and SLIF South Lakeland Interfaith Forum. This was shared on the Inter Faith Week Facebook page on 12.11.20.
“The Buddha Jayanthi of 1956”, Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada), The Middle Way: Journal of The Buddhist Society [London], 95(3), (Autumn 2020), pages 198-202.
(The Buddhist Society [London] (founded in 1924) started The Middle Way: Journal of The Buddhist Society [London] in 1926.) (ISSN 0026-3214)
Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) was honoured and delighted to be included by The Chaplaincy Innovation Lab at Brandeis University USA in their This is What a Chaplain Looks Like Project
Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) was honoured and delighted to be included by Loughborough University Alumni on 23 October in
Supporting the #LboroFamily
Alumna supports Kendal and Cumbria during Coronavirus pandemic: Jacquetta, from Kendal in the Lake District, is secretary of the local Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada). (23 October 2020)
Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) was honoured and delighted to be included by the WCF World Congress of Faith in their blog on 20 October.
“Contributions to community by Kendal Buddhist praised”, The Westmorland Gazette, (15 October 2020) page 14.
Faith Action is a national organisation which is represented on the government’s Places of Worship Task Force. It advises the government about issues including closure of places of worship.
In October 2020 Faith Action donated a mug to BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes to thank her for her contributions and participation. The mug states “In the morning coffee is too important to skip. In life faith is too important to ignore.”
“One of our Coffee House regulars and panellist Jacquetta Gomes of Buddhist Group of Kendal with her Faith Action mug…”
BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes was invited to be a speaker in Faith Action’s Coffee House Wednesday 30 September. Faith Action Coffee House: Meeting outdoors and in community centres. Faith Action is a national organisation which is represented on the government’s Places of Worship Task Force.
The Hold Still community project was launched in May 2020, by The Duchess of Cambridge in partnership with The National Portrait Gallery, to create a unique collective portrait of the UK during the pandemic.
BGKT Sangha Authorized Dhamma Teacher Titus Gomes was delighted and honoured to receive a letter from HM The Queen sent to everyone who participated in The National Portrait Gallery’s Hold Still Community project of Portraits, on 23 September. The letter from HM The Queen can be viewed at
“Kendal Man receives letter from the Queen for Hold Still portrait event”
Sakyadhita UK [International Association of Buddhist Women UK Branch] was relaunched in July 2020. BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes joined the Sakyadhita UK development group in August. She attended the second meeting of the development group on 22 August 2020. Jacquetta assisted Wendy Barzetovic to develop Sakyadhita UK in the 1980s. She gave an Introduction to Sakyadhita talk at the Sakyadhita UK meeting at Conway Hall, London, on 9 September 1989. She also gave a talk, and led Metta [Loving Kindness] meditation at the Sakyadhita UK meeting at Fellside Centre Kendal on 18 July 2009.
“First Female Buddhist Fire Chaplain in the World” by Emily DeMaioNewton (Tricycle‘s associate editor) and Karen Jensen (Tricycle‘s web editor), Tricycle Buddha Buzz Weekly: Tricycle looks back at the events of this week in the Buddhist world, (04 July 2020).
BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes was a panellist in the Faith Action’s Best Practice in the Buddhist Community Session on 10 July. Faith Action is a national organisation which is represented on the government’s Places of Worship Task Force.
Tulsa Yoga Meditation Center Blog 7/4/2020 included BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes.
In July 2020 Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) was honoured and delighted to be included in a list of Famous Western Buddhists by the CBE Chinese Buddhist Encyclopedia.
BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) was included in the booklet by Cumbria Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE), Visits and Visitors for Religious Education, published by Cumbria County Council (June 2020)
Faith Action is a national organisation which is represented on the government’s Places of Worship Task Force. In June 2020 Faith Action invited Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) to join their Buddhist and Women’s Interfaith Focus Groups during Covid-19. The main points raised in these meetings are sent to the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) to be fed into the government’s Places of Worship Task Force.
The WCF World Congress of Faiths (of which Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) is a member) recorded her inclusion in Pioneering Women of Sussex, on the WCF Facebook page and Twitter on 13 June 2020.
WCF Facebook 13 June 2020
WCF Twitter 13 June 2020
On 12 June 2020 Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) was honoured and delighted to be included in a list of 100 Pioneering Women alongside Jane Austen, Margaret Bondfield (first female Cabinet Minister), Millicent Fawcett and Dame Vera Lynn. The list includes both contemporary and historical women who have been researched and written about by many authors.
BGKT’s Vesak Celebration took place in homes on May 7 2020. (Covid-19 lockdown)
“Buddhist New Year celebration in Kendal”
Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) was honoured and delighted to be included in Q Eye, “Trail-blazing women from Jacquetta Gomes from Kendal” The Friend [Quaker Magazine], (13 March 2020), page 16. ISSN 0016-1268.
Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) attended SLDC South Lakeland District Council’s SLDC Local Plan Review meeting in Kendal on 6 March.
SLDC Local Plan review – External stakeholder launch workshop, 6th March 2020
On 15 February 2020 Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) was interviewed at the Brewery Arts Centre Kendal, about Buddhism in Cumbria as part of The Street Project.
“STREET is one of 40 new projects taking place in and around 40 arts centres as part of Here and Now, a national and local celebration of culture within communities. Supported by Arts Council England and Future Arts Centres, marking the National Lottery’s 25th birthday. Street is a collection of real stories from the people of Cumbria, retold in a walk-through multi-media installation.”
World Interfaith Harmony Week 1 – 7 February in Kendal
World Interfaith Harmony Week Website
“Celebrations of peace and harmony between faiths for World Interfaith Harmony Week 2020”
BGKT attended the monthly meditation retreat at Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Manchester, led By Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Abbot of Ketumati, on Saturday 1 February. Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes (BGKT Secretary) led the Metta Meditation (meditation on loving kindness). http://www.ketumati.org/