Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cynthia Barker writes...Working on urgent UK immigration cases again this weekend, but took some time out today to visit Bhaktivedanti Manor in and listen to the wonderful Borehamwood Community choir perform.

The house and grounds now known as Bhaktivedanti Manor was donated to the Hare Krishna movement by late Beatles member George Harrison in 1973. A beautiful commemorative George Harrison garden was opened last year by his former wife Olivia Harrison.

The manor and temple, located in Aldenham, Herts, is well worth a visit. The people are so warm and welcoming and create a special haven of peace and tranquility. I have been there many times and always leave feeling recharged and at peace.

The manor is part of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness or ISKON, which feeds millions of poor children in India every day.

Talking to some of the volunteers, who were serving home made vegetarian Samosas and Marsala tea to the guests (including the Mayor of Hertsmere, Mayor Pat Strack of Elstree and Borehamwood and Cllr Charles Kelly), I discovered that in their 'day jobs' they are mostly highly educated professionals working in medicine, law, banking or public relations.

The devotees and volunteers who run the temple are mostly of Indian origin, joined by a growing number of British followers, have retained a high work ethic typical among migrant families as well as a spiritual life. Looking at some of the cars parked in the manor car park - Mercedes, Range Rovers, Jags and even a Rolls Royce - it seems that the disciplines practiced in their religious lives don't do them any harm in their working lives!

If you need advice on any immigration matter, including overstaying your visa, EU or UK immigration law, or want to appeal against a refusal, call Cynthia Barker on 07850 307687 or 0208 731 5972 or email her your details to Cynthia Barker is a qualified OISC Registered Immigration Adviser, with 15 years experience in immigration matters, with a team of Level 3 Immigration Law Practitioners, Concept Care Solutions, Middlesex House, 29-45 High Street, Edgware, HA8 7UU.

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