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Ipswich: Peace statue in park gets green light

11:00 04 April 2013

Model of the Sri Chinmoy statue which will sit in Chantry Park.

Model of the Sri Chinmoy statue which will sit in Chantry Park.

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A STATUE aimed at inspiring peace in Ipswich is set to be put up in a town park after planning chiefs gave it the green light.

The statue of Sri Chinmoy, who was well known for holding events on the theme of inner peace, will now be situated near the lake in Chantry Park.

Bosses at the Sri Chinmoy Centre in Ipswich, who have been behind the plan, are confident it will be a positive addition to the area and it could be in place by the end of July.

Martin Spettigue, the founder of the centre, in Soane Street, said: “I am delighted that it is coming through. Everyone has been very nice and very helpful and there have been no real problems at all.

“It is a beautiful park, there is a lot of variation there, and it is an opportunity to enhance what the park already has.”

Sri Chinmoy was a spiritual master who taught meditation.

He visited Ipswich on two occasions in the 1970s and 80s.

Ipswich has been designated as a Sri Chinmoy peace Town and several sporting events named after him have been held in the town in recent years.

Mr Spettigue added: “We want to offer something that will inspire people to think more and more about peace and to understand how important peace is to an individual.”

The new statue is now in the process of being created after planners gave permission for it at a meeting at the end of March.

The statue will be in the form of Sri Chinmoy and will feature him holding a ‘peace torch’ with one hand.

7 comments

  • I do fear for the statues fate once placed within this troubled park.

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    richie w

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • Oh, goody. A statue of a cult leader will make Ipswich a more peaceful place. I'd rather be reading a story about the CHRISTIAN town pastor volunteers whose presence on the streets has brought down crime significantly and measurably. Sri Chinmoy was a guru to rock stars and the Hollywood elite, and his statue has no place here.

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    PC Plod

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • So what sets this guy apart from the numerous other self-proclaimed "Spiritual Masters" and other sects etc.?

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    On Two Wheels

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • I suppose there may well have been the money left in the budget to spend following the departure of Andrea Hill from SCC, as I'm sure she would have set aside sufficient funds for a sculpture of herself to be commissioned for the good people of Ipswich.

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    england1770

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • Firstly, every one to there own. My only fear for this statue is vandalism, have you ever seen this park after hours? It is a tad iffy to say the least. Then there is the issue of scrap values! Hopefully it will be stonework, maybe mounting it in the middle of the pond would be a good idea?

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    richie w

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • What's this got to do with peace? It's just a monument to the founder of one of the freakier religious superstitions.

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    beerlover

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • Oh, goody. A statue of a cult leader will make Ipswich a more peaceful place. I'd rather be reading a story about the CHRISTIAN town pastor volunteers whose presence on the streets has brought down crime significantly and measurably. Sri Chinmoy was a guru to rock stars and the Hollywood elite, and his statue has no place here.

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    PC Plod

    Thursday, April 4, 2013

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