the spiritual world ltd

A trust — the Novalis trust — which operates a curative pedagogy institution (an anthroposophical school for disabled people) also happens to own a pub. Here’s a quote from an old article:

‘As well as being the chief executive of the school, Mr Jones was a director of The Spiritual World Ltd, the company which ran the pub and leased the building from the trust.’

That’s a hilarious name for an establishment selling spirits (however not of the conventional anthroposophical variety).

There’s a conflict in the village about this pub. The conflict is not new (the article is from 2010) and appears to ongoing still. Today, a document making all kinds of allegations against the anthroposophists was pulled from the internet. Allegations, whose veracity I can say nothing about; they may all be false for all I know. It appears that living in a small village were even the pub is owned by an anthroposophical institution is not so easy and harmonious.

But enough about the boring stuff.

Let’s enjoy the wonderful company name instead: The Spiritual World Ltd.

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12 comments

  1. The villagers don’t know that this name is in fact a very serious one: it is THE Spiritual World.

    Here’s a report from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-19094724 more (useful if it doesn’t play outside the UK): http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-19075194

    plus the response: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-19421528

  2. Wow. There’s at least one thing one can say for sure: this is not the way to handle things in a village if you still want to be on friendly terms with non-anthroposophical neighbours. I guess the café mentioned in the BBC article never came into being, but why exactly would a café be more profitable? It seems unlikely. Especially after you’ve alienated the locals who wanted the pub. They were probably not looking for The Higher World Ltd’s café.

  3. Frome take note! They start small, then before you know it you’re living in Forest Row.

  4. ‘They will destroy local pub’, will perhaps be the one argument that might wake people up!

  5. I think you’re beginning to understand the British ;)

  6. And all this time we’ve been talking about astral bodies, racial hierarchies and archangels. When it really should be about beer and access to it.

  7. spoken like a skeptic.

  8. Whew, just caught up on this a bit. It’s not that the anthroposophists happened somehow to be running a pub; they BOUGHT the pub in order to close it down – a business that was apparently quite central to the life of the village – simply to acquire the property and expand their own interests. A very instructive little case study in anthroposophical dealings in society – an astoundingly hostile way to relate to your neighbors. Gee, since we are spiritually superior, how ’bout we move into the town and destroy its way of life? Good idea!

  9. Erm, whoops, anonymous was me.

  10. That’s the surprising thing — or perhaps not, but anyway — they either don’t understand that this is how to make neighbours dislike them or they don’t care if neighbours dislike them, because they know better. And then they wonder, I bet, why people don’t appreciate their presence.

    If they own the pub, they can of course close it or do whatever. But that might not be compatible with maintaining a nice and friendly atmosphere with other locals…

  11. the pattern appears to be that they acquire a foothold in a place and then spread outwards – buying a wood, a pub – to make the footprint of their activities bigger. They plough through planning constraints, as they did in Hereford.

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