BGKT 2024 News

Updated 8 June 2024

BGKT 2024 News

June 2024

Volunteers Week 40th Anniversary CVS Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service. BGKT is a member of CVS.

BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes was included in CVS 40th Anniversary Volunteers Week.  She attended the CVS South Lakeland Volunteering Lunch and Learn at Kendal Town Hall on Wednesday 5 June.


Cumbria CVS Facebook

7 June 2024 10.00

Day 5 of Volunteers’ Week: Jacquetta believes that being an active member of her community and assisting others is an important aspect of life. “I enjoy being part of a team, meeting new people and developing long term trustworthy relationships. I like being able to share my knowledge and experience and to learn from others.” Thanks Jacquetta! You too can get involved: to find out more about volunteering, see:

June 2024

BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes was interviewed on BBC Radio Cumbria about Volunteers Week on Wednesday 5 June.

May 2024

The Mayor of Kendal Councillor Jonathan Cornthwaite and Deputy Mayor Councillor Richard Sutton attended the Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) BGKT Vesak celebrations, at Kendal Unitarian Chapel on Thursday 23 May 2024. BGKT was delighted that both The Mayor and Deputy Mayor attended. Kendal’s Mayors and Deputy Mayors have attended our Vesak Celebrations for many years.

The festival of Vesak commemorates the Birth, Enlightenment and Passing Away of the Buddha. The celebration included a Puja [religious ceremony]. People also participated at home.


BGKT Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) was founded in 1991.


Kendal Town Council Facebook Page

“New Mayor of Kendal, Cllr Jonathan Cornthwaite and his new Deputy, Cllr Richard Sutton attended Kendal Buddhists’ Vesak yesterday.”

24 May 2024

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April 2024

Fire Magazine published an article which includes BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes.

2024 17 April Professional development and support for first responder chaplains

April 2024

Buddhist Door Global published an article by BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes.

Buddhist Door Global BDG

Author Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes

2024 15 April “Ketumati Buddhist Vihara Celebrates Venerable Pidiville Piyatissa Nayaka Thero’s Appointment as Chief Sangha Nayaka for England”, by Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili Jacquetta Gomes

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February 2024

Manchester Centre for Buddhist Meditation hosted a zoom session led by BGKT Secretary Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili on 27 February 2024.

Metta Meditation and the Brahmaviharas (Divine Abidings): Meditation and talk with our guest speaker, Jacquetta Gomes Bodhicarini Upasika Jayasili.

February 2024

Buddhist Monk Venerable Mahalova Ariyadhamma (who lives in a forest in Sri Lanka) led a meditation and Buddhist Teaching meeting for Buddhist Group of Kendal (Theravada) and Keswick Buddhist Group on 13 February 2024.

February 2024

WIHW World Interfaith Harmony Week 1 – 7 February 2024


BGKT participated in WIHW World Interfaith Harmony Week events in Kendal. These are included on the WIHW website.

Website Events 2024:

Event: WFDEIP World Interfaith Harmony Week event

This event was included on the IFN Inter Faith Network for the United Kingdom events page

“WIHW home sessions – WFDEIP Westmorland and Furness Diversity Equity and Inclusion Partnership”

Website Reports 2024:  

Report: WIHW 2024 Celebrated in Westmorland and Furness, South Lakeland, and Kendal, England UK

KTC Kendal Town Council Facebook Page

“Last week was World Interfaith Harmony Week which was celebrated in Kendal in the Mayor’s Parlour. The Mayor hosted an event with local faith group representatives.”

Kendal Town Council Facebook 7 February 2024