Back to listJun 23, 2006

SGI-UK Hosts "Open Day" and Interfaith Conference at Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre

Taplow Court Grand Culture Center

SGI-UK's Taplow Court Grand Culture Centre, a manor house surrounded by traditional English-style gardens, located in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, has been holding "Open Day," on Sundays and national holidays throughout the open house season. Apart from mini concerts and exhibits, visitors enjoyed a breathtaking view from a hill overlooking the River Thames. On June 15, 2006, local government officials and leaders were invited to a reception and an exhibition on Taplow Court and its musical connections. South Bucks District Council Chair Peter Adams; Margaret Cubley, mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead; and Mayor of Slough David MacIsaac were among the attendees.

Interfaith conference at Taplow Court

On June 21, 2006, SGI-UK hosted an interfaith conference at Taplow Court. The 30 participants represented Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist traditions as well as international nongovernmental organizations, including Save the Children. Attendees held active discussions on resolving global issues, such as epidemics; war and conflicts; and environmental destruction. Save the Children and three other organizations presented their peace efforts and expressed hopes for expanding dialogues that transcend differences in ideals, religions and cultures. SGI-UK General Director Robert Samuels stated that people are seeking united efforts toward peace and happiness and called on participants to strengthen cooperative programs.

[Taplow Court is a historic building, considered a national heritage by the UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport. In ages past, Taplow village held a strategic position for English trade and defense. The well-visited Taplow Court Estates has buildings from the 17th century and some dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. A burial mound for Taeppa, a 7th century Mercian chief, originally on the Taplow Court grounds, has been transferred to the British Museum for preservation.]