St Francis Church
Dedicated to St Francis of
Located on the
Place of worship of the
Liberal Catholic Church since 1931
The St Francis Church building was a gift from Josephine Chambres who was a church member and has been place of worship since 1931. It is now being sold to a developer and the congregation will have to negotiate for
permission to worship there.
The Church is situated on the Tekels Park Estate
Despite the role of the church, which is part of the Liberal Catholic Denomination, as a place of worship since 1931, the Theosophical Society (Adyar) is selling the conscrated church building along with the Estate.
The Liberal Catholic Church was founded by Theosophical Society (Adyar) member, James Ingall Wedgwood in 1915. The Church has remained an integral part of the Theosophical Society (Adyar) but is now being discarded by the Theosophical Society leadership.
Theosophical Society (Adyar)
Please note that there is more than one Theosophical
Society. The Theosophical Society which owns Tekels Park is the
Theosophical Society (Adyar) in
The Liberal Catholic Church
A Bit of Info
Reverend James Ingall Wedgwood
(1883 - 1951)
Founder of the Liberal Catholic Church
Pictured here in
the late 1940s at
where he lived for many years
The Liberal Catholic Church came into
existence as the result of a complete re-organization in 1915-16 of the Old
Catholic Church in
(From the Statement of Principles of The Liberal Catholic Church, eight edition, 1986)
it was Their Church
The St Francis congregation thought that this was
their church and they trusted the Theosophical Society in
Control of the building will be lost by the church members and any agreement made regarding permission to use the building will be virtually impossible to enforce.
Many regard a consecrated church
as sacred space
Could St Francis
be Demolished ?
St Francis Church is a locally and not a statutory listed building and therefore has no statutory protection against demolition and, as with use of the building, any agreement on the matter may be difficult to enforce.
St Francis is a thriving Church
But for how much longer ?
Can the Liberal Catholic Church
really enforce any agreement
regarding the use of St Francis Church ?
Theosophical Society in
It’s Business as Usual
It is difficult to see how development
is compatible with continued existence
of the park’s wildlife.
The grass roots Theosophical Society members
were not told about the sale of
The Theosophical Society in
Selling a sanctuary for wildlife to a developer could turn Tekels Park into a death camp for animal and this is something the Theosophical society leadership certainly don’t want discuss. Replies and comment on the matter by the leadership is extremely hard to come by.
Here are 2 websites about the Tekels Park animals
Who is selling this
to a Developer ?
The leadership are reluctant to answer communications on the matter. The whole deal is shrouded in so much secrecy that even the majority of the Theosophical Society’s actual card carrying members don’t appear to know what is happening but here are some contact points.
Theosophical Society in
Tel 0207 563 9817
Please note that there is
more than one Theosophical Society. Only the Theosophical Society with its
The Theosophical Society
The Tekels Park Estate Limited
Many are unhappy not just that this is a bad time to get a good price for the Tekels Park Estate but also that professional advice in 2009, not to sell the Park, was been ignored.
From the Website Owner:- Dave Marsland
I am dedicated to the future of the Tekels Park animals and have created this website in support of saving them.
My main concern in posting information on this, and related websites, is to draw attention to the sale of the 50 acre sanctuary for wildlife to a property developer and the inevitable deaths of the animals by slaughter or habitat destruction.
The killing of the Tekels Park animals would be an obscenity and as a long standing student of Theosophy, I cannot turn a blind eye.
I maintain that the Tekels Park management and the Theosophical Society in England leadership have attempted to keep the fate of the Park and its wildlife from public attention and the attention of the Theosophical Society in England members.
I am dismayed that as an organization with a great Theosophical tradition, the Liberal Catholic Church has maintained a total silence on the issue of both the Tekels park animals and losing their own church.
You may contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
It is not known if further evictions are planned