Archive for Month: January 2019
Recruiting Gurkhas Talk – 18th Jan 2019
Rotarian Rupert Kipping took us through a series of photos taken in Nepal. These included remote villages hanging on the edge of mountains with houses perched on ridges. and a a sick lady being transported in a basket on the back of a Nepalese man with the help of a forehead : a local ambulance!
Gurkha pensioners took on as many as sixteen youths as potential Gurkha recruits and trained them up.
Rupert’s general medical duties included carrying out a grading physical and mental fitness: a classification system that meant potential recruits needed to achieve 100%, if they were not to be rejected as so many wanted to become Gurkhas.
Gur Aasra Trust Talk – 18th Jan 2019
On Friday 18th January Rtn. Surinder Dhesi gave a talk about the Gur Aasra Trust in Mohali, India.
The Trust was set up when four Sikh women were arrested and imprisoned after the 1984 Sikh massacre in Punjab, India and they made a pact with each other. They promised whoever would survive should look after all of their children and two ladies survived and the other two did not. The main objective of the Trust is to shape the lives of destitute children and give them a good education and enable them with skills to be self-reliant.
The children when they grow up still come back to the Trust to visit as they consider it as their family.
The Trust also looks after older people who have no other relatives and spouses and their children who are victims of drug abuse partners.
The Trust instils Sikh values of sharing, respecting people of different faiths and equality of women and that by believing in oneself anything can be achieved. It has helped children reach their goals with many becoming doctors and engineers.
Young Musician of the Year 2019
The heats for this year’s Banbury Young Musician of the Year take place on Friday 11th and Saturday 12th January at Tudor Hall School. The very best of luck to all the entrants, the successful ones of which will go thorough to the Finals on 2nd March.
Street Organ Collection for local charities
A total of just over £4,000 was collected for local charities whilst bringing Christmas cheer to shoppers outside Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose.
Thanks to the supermarkets for accommodating us and the public for their generosity
There was much interest in the street organs from adults and children alike.
Three-quarters of the money raised will go to Katharine House Hospice, up to a maximum of 15% to cover any deficit for the Xmas Food Parcels project and the remainder will be allocated to other charities and good causes in due course.