Theosophy in Wales
Ancient & Modern
History of the Theosophical
Society in Wales
Welsh Theosophy Asserts That
Fascism Can Be Defeated July 1940
annual convention of the TS in Wales, held on November 9th & 10th , was the second to be held since the
outbreak of World War II. This Convention
came just after the Battle of Britain and despite the difficult situation at the time, members were determined to make the Convention a
success. Attendance was reduced due to travel problems and blackout
restrictions were in force, however, it is recorded that in addition to
lectures and meetings, a number of social events were held. These were organized
by Miss Banks.
annual report for the TS in Wales issued in July 1940 was upbeat with a defiant “Business
As Usual” flavour. It is noted that help is being
given to refugees by both individual members in the form of accommodation and through
the fund raising activities of the
Order of Service.
Secretary, Peter Freeman included this positive message about the current
situation. His view was shared by most Welsh Theosophists that Britain would prevail and that the Axis Powers would ultimately
In the course of development of human consciousness, a clash of
ideas has taken place in the world, and the dark clouds menacing Europe have
now broken out in all their fury in the storm of war.
Failure to make adequate preparation, Lack of effective
co-operation and widespread treachery have enabled those who believe in force
alone to temporarily get the upper hand on practically the whole of the
continent of Europe. Britain now
stands alone as the bulwark of justice and freedom amongst the fighting nations
of the world. She is, however, secure, not only in the justice of her cause,
but in the power of her defences. A united people will, we trust, effectively
withstand the onslaught of the final stages of the greatest war of mankind. The
waves of violence and cruelty will beat themselves against the rocks of our
island till the tide of despotism shall have exhausted itself, and its backwash
submerge for ever the evil that has menaced the world for so long.
Quiet confidences, effective service, and loyal comradeship must be
maintained till a new day shall dawn and mankind reach a higher step on the
ladder of evolution.
In this hour of crisis the Society and each of its members have
their duty to perform. May we prove worthy of this privilege.
statement is all the more commendable when it is considered that the Battle of Britain was now underway with Cardiff, Newport and Swansea experiencing bombing raids. Italy had now entered the war.
report also congratulates Miss Ada M Ridler, National
Treasurer and member since 1915 on reaching her 70th
birthday. The North
Lodges were also able to report an increase in attendances at meetings with an
influx of evacuated Civil Servants who were members of the Society.
Theosophical Society, Cardiff Lodge,
206 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 – 1DL.