Only Two Weeks Until the Picnic!!

It’s hard to believe but this year’s Annual Buddhist Picnic will be our 21st! As is traditional we will be holding the picnic on the first Sunday of September (that’s the 2nd) on the Duver at St. Helens.

For those of you who have not been before, our picnic site is the other side of the road from the National Trust car park. Take the right hand turning by the signs showing the Duver and long stay beach front car parks, carry on a few hundred metres and the National Trust car park is on the left.

In the centre of the photo below, you can see our original meeting place, the small oak tree. As previously reported, the tree has unfortunately died and as such now offers no shade.

However, Angie and Mark have found another oak tree about a hundred meters further on along the track you can see to the right of the photo. So just carry on along the path and look for some Buddhists sitting under another small oak tree! If you’re on foot and coming from the St. Helen’s side you can go to the end of Mill Road and come across on the causeway, the “new” oak tree will be facing you to your right.

Or you could try using What3Words which will take you to the precise spot (unlock, select satellite view, zoom out as needed).



Family, friends, children and dogs welcome. Bring vegetarian food to share (don’t forget the fruit juices).



It Never Rains But it Pours!

A stalwart group of us gathered on the Duver at St Helens yesterday to participate in the annual Buddhist picnic when the various Buddhist groups from across the island meet for a relaxed late summer get together and alfresco meal. This year was a milestone as it was the 20th year that we had held the picnic.

It poured down…………….. all day.

So we went back to Matt’s and had the “picnic” in his conservatory where we could fantasise we were communing with nature by looking out at the garden.

While at the same time feeling quite Tropical in the conservatory.
Not to mention that the tea was better than anything stewed in a thermos.
And to match up with the Tibetan prayer flags we had our guest Tibetan dog.  Dogs are always

especially welcome at the Buddhist picnic.

A Windy Picnic

Yesterday a group of us braved the overcast and blustery conditions on the Duver for the annual Buddhist picnic.

This year we moved from our tradition location under our now dead oak tree to what must be the only other oak in the reserve.

It’s easy to identify where the new tree is as it is located very close to the end of the old mill causeway. So you can actually walk over from St Helens!

The picnic ended with tidying up and trying to detach our prayer flags from the tree, throwing them up attached to a weighted line had seemed such a good idea when we arrived!


Only One Week To Go Until The Picnic

Just a quick reminder to everyone that it’s just one week until the Annual Isle of Wight Buddhist Picnic on Sunday 4th of September, 12:30 onwards. Family, friends, children and dogs welcome. Bring vegetarian food to share (don’t forget the fruit juices)!

This year we’re back again to the beautiful Duver. The National Trust reserve at St Helens.

As mentioned before we now have a new tree – about 100 m further on from our old tree.

A Great Picnic but Our Tree is Dying………..

Yesterday was a glorious late Summer’s day for the Annual Buddhist Picnic and sixteen of us travelled from all across the island to join up for this special event. It was a great chance to catch up with friends from the other Buddhist groups on the Isle of Wight and find out what they had been up to. The aftermath of one generous charitable act was all too obvious with Angie’s “new haircut”. Last month she “Braved the Shave” to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, as you can see from the photo it’s still quite short!

This was the eighteenth year we’ve held the event so it’s become a bit of a local tradition. Some of us got there early and strung a few prayer flags to let people know where we were.

But as you can see from this shot and the one below we were saddened to see that the small oak tree that marks our picnic spot is in very poor health with only a very few leaves and with most of the branches dead and dried out. One possible explanation is that two years ago the Duver was flooded and as it is a low lying coastal sand spit (forming one side of Bembridge harbour) salt water mixed with the flooding and it is this that has damaged the tree. So that’s the Buddhist bit – impermanence……………

Talking of dying please rest assured that nothing was hurt in the flying of the boomerang below except the egos of those who failed to get it to come back (that was everyone, and it’s another Buddhist lesson – the ego bit).