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Peace Pole in the story of new children’s book after being inspired by a visit to Allanton Sanctuary, Auldgirth, Dumfries – SCOTLAND

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

…..Later down the line, when I was doing some writing, I had the idea to put Babakoochi Bear and the rainbow together in a story. Then, after I visited Allanton World Peace Sanctuary, in Dumfries, I wanted to involve a Peace Pole.

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WPPS Scotland Sanctuary dedicates Peace Pole Henge at the 18th annual Allanton Festival, Dumfries – SCOTLAND

Monday, October 31st, 2016

18th International World Peace Festival Allanton Peace Sanctuary

The 18th World Peace Festival was held at Allanton World Peace Sanctuary, Scotland on Sunday 11th September 2pm – 6pm. We were well prepared for all weather as we had a very large marquee which had been used for the ‘Soul of WoMen’ conference the previous day. The weather was cloudy but warm, and some of our visitors spent time walking in the grounds and looked around the lovely walled garden.


Around 300 people enjoyed an afternoon of beautiful live music from local musicians: Darcy DaSilva who writes and sings her own songs, Greg Lawson (2nd violin of the Scottish Orchestra) and Pete Garnett (piano accordion), Wendy Stewart who is an internationally known harpist, Pete and Anna Tagg who played the Taiko drums.  There was Aikido demonstrations and also exhibitions from many local groups. The Fair Trade Groups café provided home baked goods and drinks during the afternoon and delicious ice cream was available from Glen Urr, a small local company.

The theme of the Festival this year was ‘Diversity in our Community’ and exhibitors included:  ‘Freedom from Torture’, which is a group that supports people who have survived torture; MOOLS (Massive Outpouring Of Love), which is a group who help refugees in any way that they can, and DG Voice, a group who help disabled people to have a ‘voice’ in society.


The World Peace Prayer Society also had an exhibition showing the work of the Society, the Fuji Declaration, the Soul of WoMen  conference and displays of the ‘Peace Prevails’ school programme and photos showing a calendar of events taking place at Allanton Sanctuary since June 2015 which was our last Festival.

The highlight of the afternoon was the exquisite Japanese dance performed by Michiko Abe, which was followed by the World Peace Flag Ceremony. The Flag Ceremony was accompanied by the Allanton Peace Choir led by Kate Howard. The choir sang at the beginning of each continent the following songs:

Pokarekare – a Maori love song
In Dangerous Times – Alison Burns
World Wide Peace – Will M Ramsey
A Million Nightingales – music – Linda Hirschhorn based on a poem by Mahmud Darwish
Ljubav (cup song)  Bosnian version transcribed by Mary Cay Brass


After the Flag Ceremony, everyone was invited to pick up a flag, and  (accompanied by the Taiko drums) carry it outside to the Peace Pole Henge. A parade of all the flags made its way to the henge and everyone walked inside and around the henge. It was very powerful and moving. This is the first event that has been held in our newly completed Peace Pole Henge.

When the flags had been returned to the marquee, it was time to enjoy Uma’s special curry and listen to music from local musicians which completed a wonderful afternoon!

International students from Anniesland College meet Glasgow’s high school students, Scotland, UK

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

June 8-10, 2010

Last week, the Allanton Sanctuary, located in Auldgirth, Dumfries in Scotland, hosted a 3 day-workshop/gathering for 16 students from the Anniesland College in Glasgow, Scotland. The students are from: Afghanistan, Burundi, China, Eritrea, Iran, Kurdistan, Lithuania, Somalia, The Democratic Republic of Congo

Although these students have only been living in the United Kingdom for less than a year, they have been studying hard and their English is very good now. The College has been running a special programme to help the students integrate into this culture.

Staff of the Allanton Sanctuary invited the local high school students to the gathering. They all took part in an activity called, ‘what peace means’ as individuals, in the community, in the world and in the environment. The students from both schools got along quite well. Together they enjoyed working, talking, dancing and having fun. Bonds were made, and ‘facebook’ and ‘twitter’ addresses exchanged.

The visit culminated in a World Peace Flag Ceremony and the students from Anniesland College carried the flag of their own country and sent wish and prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth to their homeland.

Allanton Sanctuary
Auldgirth, Dumfries DG2 0 RY
Tel No 01387 740 642
The World Peace Prayer Society

2nd Session-May Peace Prevail on Earth’ School Programme—Manchester, England

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

March 31st, 2010

The ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ (MPPOE) School Programme- The 1st teachers’ training session took place on January 29th, 2010 and the 2nd session took place on March 31st, 2010.

Thus far, 24 teachers have been trained this year from 6 schools to run the ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ school programme as part of their school curriculum.

Glenda Thornton
The World Peace Prayer Society
at the Allanton Sanctuary
Auldgirth, Dumfries

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May Peace Prevail on Earth’ School Programme—Manchester, England

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

January 29th, 2010

Allanton Sanctuary presented a World Peace Flag Ceremony at 6 primary schools in the Oldham area of Manchester, England during 2009 – at which time all had Peace Poles planted on school campus’.

The ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’  (MPPOE) School Programme, 1-day teachers’ training session took place on January 29th, 2010 and Nineteen school teachers from the 6 primary schools attended. The training session was conducted to instruct the teachers on how to incorporate the Programme into their everyday teaching practice.  The goal is to have the MPPOE School Programme implemented into the school curriculum.

A local teacher who had adopted the MPPOE School Programme in 2007, also attended. “This was fantastic because she was able to answer the practical questions- and could show and explain that programme really does work!”

 Glenda Thornton

The World Peace Prayer Society
at the Allanton Sanctuary
Auldgirth, Dumfries

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Peace Pals International Art Awards Ceremony-England

Saturday, January 30th, 2010



TWO pupils have scooped prestigious international awards after their school spread the message of peace and goodwill across the borough.
Youngsters at St Paul’s Primary School, Royton, have been passing on the wisdom of

 May Peace Prevail on Earth”.
It is one of the first schools in England to pursue the Peace Education Programme written by
Glenda Thornton, associated with The World Peace Prayer Society and The Allanton Sanctuary in Scotland and has been active in the promotion of The World Peace Flag Ceremony throughout Oldham.
As part of the work to spread the message of international peace and community cohesion, three classes — Year One, Two and Five — took part in the 12th Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards, a Programme of The World Peace Prayer Society-Nurturing inner peace and global awareness in youth around the world. They were asked to design and create a piece of artwork which celebrated and illustrated the message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, and incorporated the theme for the 2009 Peace Pals International Exhibition and Awards.
Judges received 4,000 entries from 33 countries, and two talented pupils emerged triumphant, with Amelia Hall (10) awarded a ‘Highly Commended’ and classmate Mia Newman (10) granted the ‘Ambassador for Peace for England’ award.
The duo’s achievements were celebrated in an assembly, where they received certificates for their artwork.
Jane Jefferson, who coordinated the project and delivers the Peace Education Programme in the school, said: “We are very proud of our pupils’ achievement.
“We at St Paul’s are dedicated to the vision of community cohesion and international peace.
“Our links with The World Peace Prayer Society is helping us as a school to move forward in our work towards a happier, more contented and peaceful society.
“The message is that peace begins within us all and this philosophy was expressed beautifully by our pupils through the art competition. We are so proud that their efforts and attitudes have been internationally recognised.”

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Date online: 30/11/2009







Dedication of the Allanton Sanctuary Garden Gate-Dumfries, Scotland

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Saturday, November 21st,  2009

L to R: Glenda Thorton, Fumi Johns-Stewart, Dagmar Berkenberg, Caroline Uchima, Jessica Shackelton and Sculptor, Richared Brockbank

At The World Peace Prayer Society- Allanton Sanctuary, each totem guardian for the garden gate embodies an element from nature and the animal kingdom.  A planetary guardian carved from Hawthorn, watches over from one of the pillars. The wood used has been taken from the grounds of Allanton Sanctuary. The Elm, Holly and Hawthorn wer standing dead trees. They have been brought back to life with new purpose. Sculptor and friend, Richard Brockbank,  says “I am pleased with the sculpture as a whole. It provides a welcome and at the same time there is a lot that can be discovered by taking time to explore the details which are  not at first obvious – the rabbit at the base of one of the columns and the butterfly on top of another, for example. The form of the wording on the welcome post  inside the garden, ‘Well Come to our Garden” is also done deliberately to encourage people to stop and notice the specialness of the place” The dedication plaque reads: ” Garden Gateway Sculptures. Gift of the Goi Peace Foundation to Allanton Sanctuary. In honour of our mutual values: Reverence for Life. Respect for All Differences. Gratitude for and co-existence with All of Nature.  Harmony between the Spiritual and Material.

Sculpted by Richard Brockbank November 2009. May Peace Prevail On Earth”

1000 students of Oldham join for World Peace Flag Ceremony-Scotland

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

October 20th and 21st, 2009


The children of Oldham have been busy!




 Glenda and I presented a World Peace Flag Ceremony at Knowsley Junior School as part of their Community Week on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009.  500 Children took part in a World Peace Flag Ceremony at their playground before lunch. On the previous day another 500 children took part in an outdoor World Peace Flag Ceremony in South Failsworth also in Oldham.  Jessica Shakleton, WPPS, Allanton Sanctuary, Scotland


The World Peace Flag Ceremony and Global Peace Concert, Dumfries, Scotland

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

September 18th and 19th, 2009

The Global Peace Concert and World Peace Flag Ceremony were held in Dumfries, Scotland on September 18th. It brought together musicians from Japan and Scotland to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace and to honor the Japan and United Kingdom 150th Anniversary (an acknowledgment for the opening of diplomatic relations between the people of Japan and the citizens of The United Kingdom).

Japanese musicians included Joji Hirota and Taiko drummers, Masayuki Kino (violin) a Hikaru Yoshiyama (piano) and Clare Uchima and her band.

Glenda Thornton
The World Peace Prayer Society

At Allanton Sanctuary
Auldgirth, Dumfries, Scotland




Peace Pole at Allanton Sanctuary- Scotland, UK

Monday, May 18th, 2009

May 17th, 2009

We gathered in the Peace Room to hold a World Peace Prayer and Flag Ceremony with
those who joined us in an open invitation to participate in the
Symphony of Peace Prayers and Global Peace Meditation.

 We read a welcome address from Masami Saionji and a quotation from Dr Lazlo and
then we all presented the flags of the world ringing a small bell when
participating countries were announced and reading messages from
several spiritual leaders. Afterwards we held a 5 minute Peace
Meditation and then wrote peace messages to be buried under the Peace
Pole. People donned coats and shoes and carried the messages out to
the site where everyone helped to plant the new Peace Pole which has
English, Hebrew, Arabic and Scottish Gaelic carved onto it.

 We sat down to Sunday afternoon tea with delicious cakes and conversation.

Thank you everyone for making it a special day in Scotland.
May Peace Prevail On Earth.

The Allanton Sanctuary Staff