The minutes from Thursday’s meeting about the proposed sale of Tipputs Inn to Steiner organisation Ruskin mill are now available on the Save Tipputs website.
They shed light on details of the proposal, emphasising that the deal is in its early stages. Comments may be found here.
Clearly there is great opposition to another local pub being acquired by an anthroposophical college and turned in to accommodation for “biodynamic students”. Among the points made;
“A clear definition needs to be made from Ruskin Mill of what a biodynamic apprentice actually is…”
I do not think a clear definition will be easy to come by…rarely do anthroposophists (and that is who we are dealing with at Ruskin mill) give clear definitions. Certainly our MP Neil Carmichael was unaware of the ritual procedures carried out in biodynamics when I spoke to him recently; perhaps he is better informed now.
A picture on the Stroud Community Agriculture website of participants ritually stirring a large pot of cow dung before stuffing it into cow horns to be buried in the field has now been removed, sadly. That is the basic formula – astral forces are supposed to assist in the growing of the crops, and additional help from elemental beings is also requested by the biodynamic “students”.
Sometimes field mice are skinned, burned, and the ashes spread on the soil. Sometimes deer bladders are filled with yarrow and strung up as pest control. Clearly parts from dead animals are significant in biodynamics
Among other points made at the meeting is the fact that there is already an “education centre” at the adjacent Gables farm, and Ruskin mill have recently laid off staff due to lack of students; there are questions over the need for more buildings by Ruskin Mill. The college also already runs a café, and doubt was expressed that another café would be viable.
It was also mentioned at the meeting that Ruskin Mill have a no alcohol policy. Many anthroposophists are teetotalers – alcohol interferes with spiritual development.
Spiritual Science is Practical explains;
“Wine was that which separated man from everything spiritual. He who takes wine cannot arrive at the spiritual.”
“It is a fact inwardly perceived through Spiritual Science that when a person drinks alcohol, it takes over the specific activity that otherwise belongs wholly to the person’s ego.”
Perhaps the buying up of pubs has a “higher purpose” than simply the acquisition of extra property – perhaps they object to pubs operating in the vicinity of their businesses, and this is their way of eliminating the evil effects of alcohol?
A community meeting held by Ruskin Mill will take place in April or May, where the thoughts and feelings of the community will be listened to.