Show support for wellbeing centre

The Venerable Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, speaking about plans for new Buddhist Centre in Scarborough, in a meeting at the Crown Spa Hotel with Council Leader Tom Fox, Cllr Bill Chatt, and the Mayor Helen Mallory. During the meeting, he offered �400,000 for Londesborough Lodge, to be spent restoring the building, in return for a long lease. Tom Fox has suggested a possible 'transfer of assets' deal, and further meetings on the offer. Picture by Andrew Higgins  124313g   24/10/12
The Venerable Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, speaking about plans for new Buddhist Centre in Scarborough, in a meeting at the Crown Spa Hotel with Council Leader Tom Fox, Cllr Bill Chatt, and the Mayor Helen Mallory. During the meeting, he offered �400,000 for Londesborough Lodge, to be spent restoring the building, in return for a long lease. Tom Fox has suggested a possible 'transfer of assets' deal, and further meetings on the offer. Picture by Andrew Higgins 124313g 24/10/12
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People in Scarborough are being asked to lend their support to proposals for a new health and wellbeing centre at Londesborough Lodge.

A project to transform the listed building in The Crescent is being led by Buddhist charity The Rokpa Trust.

Members of the trust are hoping that the building can be leased to them as part of Scarborough Council’s asset transfer programme.

They will shortly be making their application to the council and are asking people to back the project by emailing letters of support.

The centre, which is being backed by world famous Tibetan Lama Yeshe Rinpoche, will offer sessions in tai chi, mindfulness, yoga and alternative healing.

It will also have a special focus on helping young homeless people and those with drug and alcohol addictions.

During a recent visit to Scarborough, Lama Rinpoche visited the Grade II listed building and said he was very impressed with the premises and its location.

He said that the charity would be willing to invest up to half a million pounds on transforming the building and preserving it for generations to come.

Lama Yeshe said: “We hope the people of Scarborough will be very positive about what we’re trying to offer.

“Everything is about bringing people together through healing.

“If we’re offered this opportunity, we will make sure that all the money is spent on what it should be.”

To show your support, please email ani.tselha@googlemail.com before December 5, in time for the meeting with the council.