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[11 September 2014] On 8 September, the new premises for Tibet Society and Tibet Relief Fund in Haggerston, London, were officially opened with a blessing by senior Tibetan lama Chime Rinpoche. The event was attended by 60 invited guests including Chonpel Tsering, the newly appointed Dalai Lama's Representative for the UK and Northern Europe, and Fabian Hamilton MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet.

Office blessingHis Eminence Lama Chime Rinpoche blessed the office with the offering of a khatag, a traditional Tibetan scarf, to the Dalai Lama, which was placed under a portrait of the Tibetan Buddhist leader. A specially prepared butter lamp was then lit by Tibet Society and Tibet Relief Fund's Chairman, Riki Hyde-Chambers.
(Picture: left to right - Riki Hyde-Chambers, Chime Rinpoche, Fabian Hamilton, Philippa Carrick)

In his address, Chime Rinpoche said he was honoured to inaugurate the new office because he admired the work of both Tibet Society and Tibet Relief Fund and reminded everyone present that Tibet Society was the world's first Tibet support group having been established in 1959 shortly after the Dalai Lama escaped from Tibet. He added he had known the Tibet Society since he first arrived in London in the early 1960s, as he had Riki Hyde-Chambers, who he personally thanked for never giving up on Tibet.

Office blessingPhilippa Carrick, CEO of both Tibet Society and Tibet Relief Fund, said, We were hugely privileged to have Chime Rinpoche inaugurate our new office. I hope it will augur propitious and positive times in our vital work for Tibet.

Chime Rinpoche was one of the first Tibetan lamas to come to the UK. Arriving in the early 1960s, Chime soon became actively involved with Tibet Society, which at that time was based in the basement of the
Buddhist Society in Eccleston Square, London. Through the 60s, Chime travelled the length and breadth of the UK representing Tibet Society in Operation Exile, a series of annual six-week tours that, through talks, film screenings, exhibitions and sales of merchandise, raised awareness and garnered support for Tibet.

In 1966, Chime and Tibet Relief Funds current chairman, Riki Hyde-Chambers, were invited to attend a commemoration for the 10th anniversary for the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. This sparked the idea of holding a similar commemoration event for the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising. The following year (1967), the first commemoration was held in Pimlico and has been commemorated in London annually since.

Chime went on to serve on Tibet Societys Council and maintain a close connection both with the Society and Tibet Relief Fund of which he was recently made an Honorary Vice President.

One exciting feature of the new office is space to host small events. In the coming months, Tibet Society and Tibet Relief Fund hope to host special events. Details of public events will be posted online on
Tibet Society's events page as the events are confirmed.

The address of the new office is 2 Baltic Place, Haggerston, London N1 5AQ, UK.

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