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THE PRAJAPATI SANDESH MAGAZINE Volume 44 | December 2019, Shree Prajapati Association (UK) | Est. 1975

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Contents. e ditorial //5 spa (U K) com mite e //6 spa (U K) re ports //7 G RADUATIONS //25 th e m e //34 sports //41 b r anch re ports //50 sh r adh dhanjalis //74 B r anch & HQ LISTS //92 R ates & de adline //95 M e et th e Design e rs //9 6 A r ti c le s : n e pa l E a r th qua k e //2 3 B oxi ng fo r C h a r it y //2 9 A r e P r a ja pati s C h a ng i ng ? // 3 0 N ati o n a l D iv e r s it y Awa r d // 32 K a m l a Fo un dati o n // 3 3 B r a d fo r d te a pa r t y //5 6 G UJARATI S h o r t POEM s // 73

Thank You Graphic Design Team Liaison Dinesh Mistry (Preston) Lead Graphic Designers Arun Mistry (Luton) Lead Graphic Designer Jaimini Mistry (Preston) Theme Topic Editors Liam Mistry (Reading) Vinay Chhana (East London) Proof Reader Liam Mistry (Reading) Nimisha Mistry (Leicester) Contributing Writers Bhupendrabhai Mistry (Stockport) Hansaben Mistry (Bolton) Liam Mistry (Reading) Sumitraben N Mistry (Birmingham) Vinay Chhana (East London) Acknowledgements Preeya Mistry (Slough) Dahyabhai Lad (Tameside) Kiranchandra D Mistry (Birmingham) Photos by ava-sol, Elaine Casap and Jan Tinneberg on Unsplash Editor Jasuben Mistry (London) Distributor Shree Prajapati Association (UK) & SPA (UK) Branches Printers Evolution Print and Design Ltd 143 Cavendish Road Leicester LE2 7PJ +44 (0)116 274 7700 E:

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JASU BE N mistry “The world is changing, the generation game ...” Namaste and Jai Shree Krishna This year climate change and the environment has been a ‘hot’ topic at a global level. Whilst many people are sublimely aware, others have seen the devastation caused by heatwaves, forest fires and floods. We are all still unsure what role we can play to help? The Sandesh team took this opportunity to further create awareness about climate change and environment to the Prajapati

‘‘.....Our aim is that you will proudly declare reducing plastic waste and boldly go above and beyond.....’’

community. Our aim is that you will proudly declare reducing plastic waste and boldly go above and beyond, so that our planet may continue to blossom in its radiant colours, natural beauty and resource. We hope that you will find our theme article, by Vinay Chhana and Liam Mistry, thought provoking and life changing. In this year’s Sandesh.. Vinay plays back the results of our survey on what you said about the Sandesh. We showcase the boxing talent of Deepa Mistry-Patel, the National Diversity Award short-lister Dharmesh Mistry and the charity work of the Kamla Foundation, in addition to the achievements of SPA (UK) and the branches for their work on charitable causes, sports, social and cultural activities. Graphics Design The way the world is changing, and climate change have been the drivers for the graphics team this year. Vinay and Liam (our newcomer), researched and

compiled the theme article. Arun did the artwork for the HQ, Branch and the Sports sections, Jaimini created layouts for the Articles and Nimisha and Liam jointly were our proofreading professionals. Our sincere appreciation to Preeya for providing consultation on art direction. We offer our congratulations to her on the birth of her first baby and wish the whole family well with their bundle of joy. Dineshbhai has coordinated the entire process with artwork on Shradhdhanjalis as well as finalising the design to print and for delivery. A massive applause goes to the professionalism of this team. It is the collective effort of all the volunteers that enables the SPA (UK) to present this very attractive Sandesh to you. My sincere appreciation to the advertisers, all the contributors and to Leicester branch for help with collection and distribution of this Sandesh to all branches. Jasuben Mistry, SPA (UK) Editor, 2019/2020 vol. 44 | Prajapati Sandesh 2019





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Jasuben Mistry

Bharatbhai C Mistry President

We live in very changing times, the norms that we have become accustomed to are being challenged. Society is changing very fast and some in our community are in danger of being left behind. The opportunity for social progression allowed many to move into more affluent areas, this led to our community becoming more dispersed and the social interaction with each other that we once took for granted became less frequent. Family dynamics have also changed; our old custom of children living with parents and grandparents is becoming less likely. Modern education and career progression lead many children to move away and set up homes far away from their parents and community. This in turn can have negative side effects especially for our elder members, feelings of isolation, abandonment and sometimes a lack of mobility prevents them from making contact with their peer group. Over the past 7 years our older members have successfully staged the Senior Sneh Milan. This event has proven that there is a demand for us to address the needs of our senior citizens. Some of our branches are trying to combat these issues. Many invite senior members to weekly or monthly gatherings in their halls or local community centres for physical exercise, prayers and dinner so that they can have the opportunity of a change of environment and also some companionship. At the other end of our membership we have our Young Prajapatis. This group

has proven to be very successful in their education and careers. The world that they inhabit is very busy and changes very fast. There are now so many more distractions that draw them away from us. In addition to that, since we are more established and becoming more affluent our objectives

...opportunity for social progression allowed many to move into more affluent areas...

and aspirations have changed. We do not live close to each other, so our social interaction is drastically reduced, our youngsters do not get together as often and then find it difficult to interact with one another in the same way as they do with their friends at school, university or work. This year our Sports Day, Mahila Samelan and Senior Sneh Milan has proven that we can cater for all our members. I’m certain that we can do so for many years to come.

Finally, I wish all of our community here and throughout the world good health, happiness and prosperity for the forthcoming year. Pranaam and Jai Shri Krishna. Bharat C Mistry President SPA (UK)

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Vipulbhai H Mistry Secretary

At the Pratinidhi Meeting and AGM held on 19th May 2018 in Leicester I accepted the role as the Secretary for the second year, despite personally not wanting to take on the role. It is always a question to me: why does no-one else want to take on this role? I however felt that I will fill the vacancy as no one else wanted to. Change is ever-present; in our personal lives, in our jobs, in the wider community and in all institutions, of which Prajapati Samaj is one. It is my vision to bring back the ‘glory days of Samaj and for the Prajapati Samaj to make a difference in society’ and I hope we have started something with the successful Sports Day that we held at University of Birmingham. I have been involved with Samaj at a local level for over 20 years and have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve in various posts. I take pride in promoting and helping our community and the wider Hindu Community through involvement at all levels. My sincere appreciation to our community members who have served the Prajapati community wholeheartedly. My heartfelt gratitude to the past committee members, all branches and SPA (UK) Officers who have done a marvelous job in promoting our culture and trying to maintain 8

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the unity in the Prajapati community. Over the years Prajapati Samaj have shown that it is a forward thinking, progressive community through airing topics that matter to everyone in their personal lives at the big events like Mahila Samelan, promoted sports and social through Sports Day and Youth Ball, and over the past six years, the Senior members of our Prajapati Samaj has rekindled the old glory of Samaj through Seniors ‘Sneh Samelan’. Along with the charitable work done by individual members of our Samaj, branches and SPA (UK) Trust Fund, we have put SPA (UK) on the world map. As the rapid pace of change in the current tech savvy world of all things digital continues to take over individual lives (including the new born!), and rapidly changing the community fabric, the Samaj is also changing. In areas like social media, all officers of SPA

(UK) and branches are now using Samaj email accounts, Websites, Facebook, WhatsApp and Cloud technology for mass communication (this would have only been possible via leaflets and the old landline phone in the past). But I still feel that the personal touch and phone calls and visiting are the best methods of communication. On the other hand, it has also introduced challenges to the Samaj. Whereas in the past the whole family used to attend Samaj functions (including the AGM), now we see select generations take part in specific events. But I do want to state that the Samaj does not just belong to the committees of each branch/ SPA (UK), the Samaj belongs to all the members, young and old. Each member has a right to have a say, attend events and meetings. One of the main challenges, over at least the past five years, has been to keep the past two generations

and their siblings engaged in Samaj. This is the challenge the SPA (UK) and all branches are working with currently (and indeed all other external community or faith based organisations).

SPA UK Activities of the Past Year Mahilas I would like to congratulate both London Branch and the SPA (UK) Mahila Committee for organising an excellent Mahila Samelan in Leicester on Sunday 7th April 2019. The topics were Internet/Phone Security and the Rejuvenation of SPA (UK). The Samelan included talks from guest speakers on the specialist subjects as well as individuals who are dealing with this type of symptoms. The thing that caught my eye was the number of Youth from London who volunteered at the event which was great to see. There was also an election which was held and it is good to see new faces that came forward to take on the roles. On the social front, the Mahila Team once again organised the annual Family Funday on Saturday 6th July 2019 at Wickstead Park in Kettering. In addition, they also volunteered their duties at the Seniors Sneh Samelan and at the Sports Day. Seniors I would also like to thank the Seniors Sub-Committee and Bolton Branch for hosting

the 7th Seniors Samelan on Sunday 23rd June 2019 at the 3D Centre, Bolton. The main topic was Technology – Past/ Present. There was also an election which was held, and it was good to see new faces that came forward to take on roles. ITF I would like to thank the SPAITF committee for processing all grant applications and awarding grants to students. A big thank you to also to Arunbhai, who not just looks after the Website, but also implemented the online Grant application, which is live via the SPA (UK) website. Well done to ITF team who have produced a banner and leaflets promoting the work that continues. Well done to Arun Mistry who has helped ITF design the leaflets and banners.

Eleshbhai C Mistry (London) was phenomenal is taking the lead and with his vast past experience, hard work and commitment, things fell into place. With constant communication and enthusiasm from Branch Sports Leaders this year you could see that the old times are slowly coming back. My heartfelt thanks to

Over the years Prajapati Samaj have shown that it is a forward thinking, progressive community through airing topics that matter to everyone in their personal lives...

Website / Social Media Arun Mistry (Luton) has been absolutely tremendous in ensuring that that the website has been updated regularly. He is also an admin on our Facebook account. Sports Day The Sports Day was hosted by SPA (UK) Sports Team and held at University of Birmingham, on Saturday 31st August 2019. This year we hired a new venue and also saw an increase in participants and spectators. I would like to thank Divyenbhai (Coventry) who was initially the person to negotiate a great deal with the University and Perfection Snooker Club.

Dineshbhai, Ramanbhai and Keshavbhai (all over 70) for helping set up the dart boards the day before the event. I hope that this success carries on for many years to come. Sandesh My sincere congratulations to the Sandesh Team, forever ensuring that the publication is of high quality and immaculate. I am so happy that we have a skillful Graphics Design team and proof check professionals, who works tirelessly, to bring to you a high-quality publication that all our members as well

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as external organisations are proud of. Single? Let’s Mingle! Thank you to Anilbhai (Luton) who continues to organise the Single? Let’ Mingle! events. For any single boys and girls who are looking for future partners, this is your event of choice. He has stated that this year will be his last and I am hoping that he will find a successor whom he can train. Charities - The 2016-2018 nominated charities are the Muni Seva Trust and Kasturba Ashram in Maroli Bazaar in Gujarat, India. In total we raised £15,000, which was shared between the two charities. - The charity for 2019/2020 is to raise funds for ITF. We have seen all branches now sponsor a student this year. But this should not stop as we should continue to promote and raise the good work that ITF committee carries out. Other Organisations - SPA (UK) continues to work along with other organisations such as the Navsari Ashram, Ashram in Bilimora, Shree Prajapati Association Valsad, Canada, USA, DIPF, Hindu Forum of Britain and many more organisations nationally and internationally. - On behalf of SPA (UK), it was an honor to have been invited by the Consulate General of 10

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India Birmingham to take part in the Independence Day. The event was attended by Mayor of Telford & Wrekin, Councillor Raj Metha and many Indian Diaspora community leaders. Despite the protest by the Pakistani Kashmiri’s outside, the event went well. With abrogation of article 370 and 35a there has been counter violent protests from the opposition, who feel that it was wrong of Modi’s government to do this. I have also attended a few demonstrations in support of the Abrogation of article 370. There will be more and more violent protests that will continue to be held and we should not be frightened to voice our opinions on this issue. I know that outside of the High Commissioner India office there were violent protests on the day of Independence Day where many who were celebrating Independence young and old were physically hurt. It is also with great sadness that Hindu MPs, Lords are keeping quiet about this. Why? My question to you all and officers from Branches and SPA (UK) is how are we going to evolve the next generation knowing that challenges facing Hindus will be an even bigger issue as time goes on and knowing that SPA (UK) and its branches are not politically engaged as it has been said that we are NOT a political organisation and we should not get involved. Hindus continue

to face persecution in parts of Pakistan, Bangladesh, West Bengal, etc. and it seems that issues such as these are the ones we should be tackling. If we cannot protect Dharma, then we will become a minority in all parts of the world just like the Yazidi’s have. They have been persecuted and continue to do so. Why are we turning a blind eye to these issues? There is a lot we can do from here, like lobbying your local MPs, being part of protests/Demonstrations, etc. If we are turning a blind eye and not doing anything about it, it suggests that it is ok that Hindu’s continue to be persecuted. Finally, I would like to thank Balubhai D Mistry and Hansaben K Mistry on taking on roles as Assistant Secretaries at the election. I am sure that with their experience we will be able to solve issues within the Secretarial Department. I would also like to pay my sincere thanks to those individuals that continue to serve our Samaj without expectation for recognition and to those that have served in the past. Without past members our Samaj would not be here today. On this note, I will say that this will be my last year and I am hoping that new faces come on board. Jai Shree Krishna Vipul Harkishanbhai Mistry SPA (UK) Secretary 2019/2020

Pravinbhai G Mistry Treasurer

At this year’s AGM in May 2019, I was nominated by the branch pratinidhis and I was duly elected as Treasurer of SPA (UK). I feel proud that I have taken on this position again to serve our Samaj and coming back when I originally took on this position 21 years ago for a period of 7 years. Firstly, I would like to thank Kamleshbhai C Mistry, my predecessor for leading this role for the last 12 months. A a very big thank you to my assistants Smt Ranjanben M Mistry and Shri Rajnikantbhai L Mistry who have been past Treasurers and Assistant Treasurer for many years for their committed Sewa to the Samaj. I would also like to express my sincere appreciation to Jay Mistry who has provided his services as our account’s examiner. It is my honour to present a brief report on the financial activities of the Association. We have had a mix of surplus and deficits for our various events for the last 12 months with an overall deficit of £1,039.78 for this financial year. During the last 2 years, SPA branches have raised funds for Kasturba Ashram and Muni Ashram both in India and raised £10,935.47. SPA (UK) from their general funds contributed £4,064.53, making the final collection to £15,000. Many thanks to everyone for their contribution and support. We finally released the funds collected by branches for the Nepal Earthquake of 2015 of £20,000, and alongside this, Birmingham branch raised a further £6,000. In total, £26,000 was given to a boys hostel in Nawakot, Nepal managed by Sewa International.

For this year 2019-20, our Charity of the year is to raise funds for our Education Fund so that we can sponsor students in India and UK. A target of £15,000 has been set, so please contact your local branch for further information or see the SPAITF report. In recent years the Nairobi Trust Fund’s income has not grown much due to very low interest rates, but we continue to use the funds for charitable causes. The value of the Nairobi Trust Fund at the end of the financial year stood at £104,388.71 of which £6,800.04 is available for charitable use. Calling all professional Accountants or Bookkeepers, young or old, male or female, please serve your community and give SEWA. In recent years branches and SPA (UK) have struggled to find Treasurers, so if you are interested please contact your branch or contact me for the UK position. Finally, the Treasury team would like to wish the whole Prajapati Community of UK a very Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year 2076 and as this will be arriving at your door towards the end of the year, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020. Jai Shree Krishna Mr Pravin G Mistry, SPA (UK) Treasurer (2019-20)

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Kiranbhai D Mistry PRO (Public Relations Officer)

In our Samaj this year, there has been considerable debate about supporting political causes. The cold wind of intolerance, authoritarianism, and nationalism is blowing around the world. The growing power of rightwing parties has liberals around the world struggling to respond to populist nationalism. They promise to put national, rather than global, interests first. Consider the trade war between China and USA, Turkey’s aggressive stance or for that matter, the Kashmir issue with the abolition of Article 370 by Modi. Whatever your stance, we need to understand how, why and what the outcome will be and what we can do about it. No doubt, there are worth-while causes one needs to fight for, however if you support one view or the other, it needs to be done with an intelligent and balanced perspective. The consequences of spreading nationalism cannot end well. Building walls, promoting fear instead of compassion for migrants, and putting disproportionate emphasis on self-interest trade can only lead to a less safe and less friendly


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international community. Nationalism makes international cooperation difficult and can as history shown cause war. Above is a challenging viewpoint for all Samaj members to consider. Where possible, the Samaj will provide due guidance on political issues and will use other institutions to voice our concern. Do exercise your powers – ensure you vote in your local and national elections. Do so with a balanced viewpoint and with conviction. When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall... think of it, always. Mahatma Gandhi Wishing you a Happy New Year VS 2076 full of life’s contentment and good health. Kiran D. Mistry MBA

..there has been considerable debate about supporting political causes.

Bharatbhai P Mistry Golf Day Coordinator

SPA UK held its 8th Annual UK golf day at the prestigious Belfry Golf Club, Sutton Coldfield. The event was attended by 21 players and a further 6 attendees for the evening dinner. We had a lower turnout as there were many weddings this year, but for those that made it, we were blessed with fantastic weather (we could have been in Portugal!). We look forward to planning the event next year, hopefully avoiding any wedding dates, fingers crossed. This year we also expanded our horizons to include the first European golf weekend located in Portugal’s Valle de Lobo (Wolf Valley) staying at the 5* Donna Phillipa hotel located just a stone’s throw away from the beach. We had eight golfers who thoroughly enjoyed the golf, afternoon swim in the hotel pool, and magnificent sunsets before the evening meals. We are all looking to repeat the event in 2020 with a request to hold the event later (after Easter) so all the restaurants and shops are open. In addition to repeating these events, the golfing community has also requested a longer golf trip to Turkey so we will be planning something for late Autumn 2020. We have also been contacted by our community in Canada following a discussion in Portugal to arrange a “Ryder Cup” style event. I’ll be looking into the logistics and demand for such an event. If you are interested in any of these events, then please contact me so I can include you in the updates. Regards, Bharatbhai P Mistry M: 07785 998141 | E: vol. 44 | Prajapati Sandesh 2019


Sports Team Sports Day

Sports Day – Saturday 31st August 2019 University of Birmingham proved an excellent venue for the 41st Annual Sports Day with excellent facilities to accommodate Football, Swimming, Table-Tennis, Squash, Carom, Darts and Pool. This year we also introduced Yoga for participants/spectators which proved an excellent activity. The initial success/gratitude is really awarded to Divyenbhai Mistry (Coventry), who took his own time out to visit the University and Perfection Snooker Club to negotiate an excellent deal. Commitment, hard work, good teamwork and enthusiasm can prove that any event can be a success. With over 320 entrants for the day, we had an increased attendance driven by all branches especially Mina from Leicester who had the largest contingent entrants in Darts. A big thanks to Mina for all her efforts and to all the branches. All 14 branches were represented, and it made for an inclusive and enjoyable day for all. Darts and Pool were held at the Perfection Snooker Club, a short distance away from the main sports centre. A self-contained arena for both Darts and Pool with bar facilities, it proved an ideal venue which served the needs of the events and we received good feedback from the participants of the events and from the venue. A big thanks to Dineshbhai, Keshavbhai and Ramanbhai of Coventry for all their 14

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Commitment, hard work, good teamwork and enthusiasm can prove that any event can be a success. help in setting up the venue on the day before and on the day itself; without their continued support the Darts event would not be as successful as it has been. Pool was a difficult tournament to manage with the number of entries and we owe a massive thanks to Umeshbhai of Preston for his help in making this event such a success. From all Samaj, a big thanks to Dineshbhai, Keshavbhai, Ramanbhai and Umeshbhai. In the main arena, Squash was run by Kamleshbhai Prajapati (London). The event was a smooth-running success and it great to see Squash so well attended and back at our sports day. Table-Tennis was again a great success being run by Pravinbhai Mistry (Birmingham). We had a 40+ year’s tournament and it was great to see such

an age range of competitors. Swimming was run by Mina Mistry (Leicester) and she did an amazing job of managing such a difficult event. We have been inundated with requests to expand the age ranges for swimming events and it’s a testament to the work of Mina. Football was run by Sundeep, Hemant and Deepakbhai (London). This is always a tough event to run but they did an amazing job and dealt with all difficulties including some inclement weather. Jayantibhai (Walsall) managed an excellent Carom tournament and with his quiet but effective way was a credit to our sports day. Punam (Tameside) did an amazing job of managing the badminton

All 14 branches were represented, and it made for an inclusive and enjoyable day for all.

tournament and dealt with all complexities and completed the event on-time and even held show-piece finals where we had crowds to support the winners. This year we introduced an inaugural over 60s Mens Badminton tournament, which was a great success. Many thanks to all the Youth/ Sports Coordinators who tried their best to rack up participants. The key to a successful event is good communication. A WhatsApp group was set up to keep the respective Sports Coordinators/ Secretaries updated. Finally, Yoga was introduced and was a great success. The feedback from the participants led us to believe our future sports should accommodate to promote such a valuable activity which brings so many life benefits. Many thanks to Sureshbhai for running the event. We had Colop sponsoring the event which was a great way to not only bring in funds, but to promote local business. With over 500 people

The sports day has always been a testament to teamwork and our ability to deliver a nationwide event... attending the event, this was a great way to promote your business. Also, we would like to thank those members that donated generously. Finally, I would like to thank all the HQ Executives and venue staff who contributed to the overall success of the event. The sports day has always been a testament to teamwork and our ability to deliver a nationwide event which can be at the heart of our Samaj calendar. All the best and hopefully see you next year. SPA UK Sports Committee 2019/2020 Eleshbhai C Mistry (London) & Vipulbhai H Mistry (Birmingham)

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Mahila Team Mahila

Changes within the 2018 Mahila Team did not affect our strategy to move forward and continue the roles we had taken on. We were even more determined to see that we provided our members within the Mahila sub group the same commitment we gave them in 2018. In 2018, the London branch were kind enough to step forward to take on the 39th Mahila Samelan. Meetings and suggestion had already started to be discussed. The topic chosen for the day being Internet/Phone security associated with Social Media and also Rejuvenation of the SPA UK. The HQ Mahila presented How Social Media has become a part of every one’s lives, the dangers, the fun and using the internet on your mobile phones. The first speaker was Vinodbhai Mandora who gave a speech on ‘Social Media in the 21st Century’. He explained how the internet and social media affect us and our families. Most teenagers on average spend 8-9 hours a day on the internet or social media apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp. There are great benefits of using the internet such as being able to read 16

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the news, look up information and watch movies. Vindobhai

of limiting how much personal information you share online

also touched upon how good the internet has been for the elderly, they are now able to keep in touch with loved ones using video calling. However, there are negative points such as cyber bullying through social media and fraud where people can lose out on money or buying counterfeit products.

and there was great emphasis on making sure you log out of websites as well as being careful when using free Wi-Fi.

The next speaker was Samantha Hancock a Cyber Protection Officer from Leicestershire Police. Samantha covered the impact and importance of keeping your software updated regularly and keeping your private details,such as passwords, safe. Samantha went through the importance of not posting photos or “checking in” to places when you go away on holiday, as this is letting the world know you are not home, giving thieves a great opportunity. Samantha also went through the importance

The HQ Mahila took the stage and requested approval of Minutes of previous Mahila Samelan, followed by a reelection chaired by our former presidents Hansaben and Revaben.

New Elected Mahilas

Convenor Naynaben Mistry (Leicester)

Assistant Convenor Padmaben Mistry (Leicester)

Secretary Bhagvati Mistry (Leicester)

Assistant Secretary Minaben Mistry (Leicester)

Assistant Secretary Madhuben Mistry (Leicester)

The afternoon topic of ‘Rejuvenation of the SPA UK’ was presented by Jasuben. She mentioned where the SPA would be without its members and also how we should encourage our younger generation to take interest and get involved in the Samaj. The volunteers were given a vote of thanks, a cheque was presented to the hosting branch from Leicester Branch for the sum of £1250 towards the cost of the event. The annual raffle draw was conducted by London branch. Myself, Hasmita (Mahila Secretary) and Neha (Assistant Secretary) would like to thank all for their continued support and encouragement during our last two years on the HQ Mahila team, before we stepped down. Family Fun Day (6th July 2019) This year’s Family Fun Day took place at Wicksteed Park it was definitely a day to remember! We had approximately 160 people join us on the day, as well as a van full of enthusiastic members

ready to take part and enjoy the fun. Despite the unpredictable weather, all members came prepared bringing their gazebos, marquees, umbrellas and of course some delicious food. Later that evening when the weather improved the HQ Admin members organised games such as bingo and raffle draw which they all enjoyed immensely! Hopefully next year we would have better luck with the weather and can introduce some more games for all. In addition, the Mahila team also provided helping hands at the Senior Sneh Milan in and at the Sports Day at The University of Birmingham. This year a new Yoga taster session was introduced. The most interesting was yoga with a twist, where standard poses incorporated animal shapes! It was definitely a new experience. Namaste and Jai Shree Krishna, Nayanaben, Bhagvati, Padmaben, Minaben & Madhuben

Please pencil in the following upcoming dates in your diary: Event Venue Family Fun Day

Wicksteed Park

Saturday 27th June 2020

40th Mahila Samelan Leicester Sunday 5th April 2020

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Ambalal B Mistry Seniors

Even though the attendance at the Seniors Sneh Samelan has increased in the last few years, in order to provide an opportunity to a smaller branch and involve their members and boost their morale, and after careful consideration, this year’s Seniors Samelan was held in Bolton. The 7th Seniors Sneh Samelan was organised in conjunction with the SPA Bolton branch on Sunday 23rd June 2019 at The 3D Centre, Bolton. Dahyabhai and myself had the opportunity to attend their volunteers meeting and saw at first hand the enthusiasm, co-operation and details of their work plan. They successfully and efficiently carried out various tasks and duties on the day and also raised funds from their branch. The Seniors Committee expresses deep thanks and hearty congratulations to the whole team. The focal point or the theme of the Samelan was on “Technology”. Shri Niranjanbhai G Sharma, from Ashton-U-Lyne, presented his views on the Technology of the Past. This was followed by Shri Pradipbhai Mistry from East London, who explained what the modern trend is in his topic on Present Technology. To show the seniors what the future would look like, Shri Piyushkumar Mistry, from Birmingham, explained in depth his presentation on A Glimpse of the

future Digital World. All the speakers were well received and appreciated by the audience. After the aarti, prarthana, shradhhanjali and national anthems, Smt Hansaben and Shri Champakbhai (president and secretary respectively of Bolton branch) gave a warm welcome and health and safety information. Shri Dahyabhai (Chairperson, Seniors Committee) and Shri Bharatbhai (President, SPA (UK)) also welcomed the members and thanked them for their support to the Seniors function. The programme consisted of swagat geet (‘Avo Avo Monghera Maheman ...’), dance (‘Kanha Soja Zara ...’), bhajans and dhoon and a comic relief drama (‘Jamano Badlaay Rahyo Chhe’) from Bolton; a garbo(‘Jagat thi Niralo Maro Samaj ...’) from Walsall; and an action dance (‘Maaro Chaar Paindaano Rath ...’) from Leicester. For the first time a game, ‘Play Your Cards Right’, was introduced to the members, not knowing how the audience would react. There was a lot of enthusiasm and the members loved the game: it was a success! As per last year, this year we had two members who were honoured on reaching 100 years but unfortunately, they could not attend the Samelan. They were Smt Diwaliben Maganlal Lad from Leicester born on 13/09/1916 and Smt Diwaliben Ranchhodbhai Mistry from London born in


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1919. Prayers to the Almighty to give them good health and live a happy life. Smt Hansaben and Shri Dineshbhai briefed the members what the ITF (International Trust Fund) under SPA (UK) stands for and its working, like financial assistance during natural disasters, village needs, or individual requirements based on criteria set out by the ITF. The members also had plenty of time to meet and greet their old friends and relatives - the main purpose of the samelan. The Seniors Committee thanks Bolton branch, and congratulates and expresses gratitude to all the participants for the cultural and

entertainment items provided and making the programme lively. Without the generous donations from the members, buying the raffle tickets, donating towards food and prasad and assisting in other forms, this sort of function cannot be possible - for which the Seniors Committee expresses grateful thanks. The present Seniors Committee has been working for the last three years and it was time for a change. Shri Jitubhai from Leicester conducted the election for a new Seniors Committee and the following were elected unanimously:

Chairperson Balvantrai Maganlal Mistry (East London)

Secretary Pushpaben Yogeshbhai Mistry (Luton)

SPA (UK) Asst. Secretary (Seniors) Ranjanaben Vijaybhai Mistry (East London)

Members Manubhai Govindbhai Mistry (Tameside) Dolatrai Bhikhabhai Mistry (Rugby) Bhikhubhai Vallabhbhai Mistry (Coventry) Pravinbhai Thakorbhai Mistry (Coventry)

Any new ideas or suggestions are welcome provided they are feasible to implement. In conclusion, my prayers to the Almighty to bless and guide SPA (UK) in achieving the goals set towards the service of the Prajapati community and take it to a greater height of achievement. Ambalal Balubhai Mistry Secretary (2016-2019) SPA UK Seniors Committee

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Dineshbhai L Mistry ITF (International Trust FUND)

It is a privilege and honour to submit my first report since being elected secretary to SPAITF in March 2018. The work of ITF secretary is interesting but difficult with the diversity of applications and challenges. In the short time that I have been the ITF secretary I have quickly learnt that there is more to SPAITF then just giving out grants to students from low income families in India. There are also internal challenges for example (a) to find effective communications with ITF trustees and branches, (b) raising awareness of SPAITF among the wider membership of SPA movement and (c) to find ways to encourage our community to support and donate for this worthy programme. The biggest challenge for the ITF committee is how to engage with our younger generations. Education is the route out of poverty and better life. Education (VIDYA) SPAITF has a sense of purpose to support our Prajapati community and continue with the legacy established in 1931 by our forefathers from South Africa who realised that “Education was the route out of poverty and better life”


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Our parents and grandparents always had a clear vision that Education was the key to better standards of living, and for that they made every effort and saved every penny to educate their children by sending them to higher education and Universities. Today in the UK, our children are the benefactors. They have achieved professional status holding jobs as consultants, dentists, engineers, accountants etc and working in some of the world’s leading companies, which our forefathers in India would never have even dreamt of. Unfortunately, many of our

fellow Prajapati’s in India do not have the same opportunity to raise their standard of living through education because of a low family income, but we have the means to raise their standards by supporting their education. SPAITF nominated Charity of the Year 2019-2020 We all know, the bank interest has been very low for number of years and as a result the interest we build up from NTF has been used up over the years, we have supported over 200 students and distributed over £35,000 of grant money.

To continue with this excellent work, SPAITF needs to raise more funds. This year we are delighted that SPA(UK) has nominated SPAITF as the “Charity of the year 2019-2020” and we are confident that all the branches will be making a lot of effort to raise the donations at local events like Navratri and Diwali. We hope you will support the initiative and donate generously for the good cause. Effective Communication In the past all the communication has been by email to trustees, the challenge here was to improve communications among fellow ITF trustees and speed up the decision-making process. This has been achieved by setting up an ITF WhatsApp group, whereby short messages are sent and followed by this any detailed messages with attachments are sent via email if required. The result has been quite positive in engaging all trustees to participate in ITF activities. Student Applications We have left behind the old days of paper applications and post and have moved fully to Online Applications. This has

brought considerable benefits to those applying from villages and cities and improved the reliability of receiving the applications. The SPAITF committee met twice in 2018 in Leicester (April’18) and Coventry (October ’18). In total, 22 applications (14 new and 8 repeat) were received and reviewed, 14 applications were successful and 8 were unsuccessful due to not meeting the ITF criteria. The total grant of £2,920 was approved by ITF Trustees. Charities update I am pleased to report that myself and my fellow trustee Hemantbhai together with 5 other families had the opportunity to visit Nuwakot Children Orphanage in December 2018 when we were on holiday in Nepal. The orphanage hostel is a joint project with Sewa International and SPA (UK) in which our

and children were delighted to see us. We were warmly greeted with a Marigold garland of flowers and we distributed some gifts to 26 children.

contribution was £26,000. At the time of our visit the ground floor was completed, the management committee

The collection for Kasturba Sevashram (Maroli) and Muni Sewa Ashrams (Goraj, Vadodra)

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What are the students saying about the grant? We have had numerous feedbacks from students, examples include: “Thank you, appreciate of SPAITF grants.” “Have lightened the financial burden and helps to concentrate on studies, motivates to do better.” “Your generosity has inspired me to help others.” “I will stay by side with my family and give them every happiness of world.” “After passing BE Aeronautical degree, I am working for FLYdocs MNC in Vadodara.” is now closed and in total we collected £10,868 which has been topped up by HQ to a total of £15,000. For Kasturba Sevashram, we are looking of funding the “building of toilets for Girls” and for Muni Sewa Ashram, we are looking at funding the “Orthopaedic shaver for treatment of joints”. Other SPAITF activities Some other activities committee have been discussing are: • Working relationship between SPAITF and SPEF of Canada, established over 3 years ago, and are in the process signing off updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).


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• How students in United Kingdom can be helped and a short survey has been prepared to circulate to our members. • Indian student monitoring form has been prepared to find out how the grant is helping the student and family. This would be sent to all final year applicants. Finally This being my first year as SPAITF secretary, I am truly amazed with the amount of work the committee does and that it would have been impossible for me to carry out this secretary job without the support of all committee members, Hansaben for chairing the meetings, and Arunbhai for managing the Online Application platform and

SPAITF marketing material. I also recognise the huge contribution made by Hemantbhai, SPAITF secretary from 2014 to 2018, whose lasting legacy of “SPAITF as the shining diamond”, has done an exceptional job managing the ITF and introducing much needed process to make the trustees work easier. I would also like to thank all the branches and their members for their support in hosting ITF meetings, sponsoring a student and raising funds for ITF and HQ charity projects. Unity is our strength and together we will prosper. Dinesh L Mistry Secretary On Behalf of SPAITF

In April 2015 Nepal suffered a devastating earthquake in Kathmandu, creating catastrophic landslides and avalanches in the Himalaya Mountains. Approximately 9,000 people lost their lives and over 22,000 others suffered injuries. More than 600,000 homes were destroyed and over 288,000 were damaged in the 14 worst affected districts. The response efforts were made more challenging since the strongest impact was in remote and rural areas of Kathmandu. Compelled by this natural disaster and based on SPA (UK)’s experience of supporting projects in natural disaster areas, during 2016 and 2017 we appealed to all branches to raise funds, Jitubhai from Leicester branch took responsibility to work with SPAITF to develop a legacy project in partnership with a NonGovernment Organisation in Nepal. SPAITF partnered with Sewa International and joined forces with Janajati Kayan Ashram (JKA) to build a boys hostel in an area called Nuwakot (483km from Kathmandu) for separated and orphaned children. All 14 branches did a fantastic job supporting

the project and raised a total of £26,000! This included a generous donation of £6,000 from the Birmingham branch. In December 2018 myself, Hemantbhai from London branch and 5 other families visited the Nuwakot hostel. The journey took over 4 hours as the roads were extremely rough and prone to lots of traffic. Once we reached the Ashram, Meelan (JKA) and Bijaybhai (Sewa) took good care of us, arranged the transport and an authentic Nepalese meal. In addition, we were given a warm welcome by Shri Som Pandey (caretaker) and the children, with marigold garlands and Nepalese Sal. After their welcome, Hemantbhai gave a brief talk on our support for the hostel and emphasised our hope that the donation on behalf of SPA (UK) would give the children a head start in their life. Whilst in this remote part of Nepal, giving out presents to the children seeing the joy and smile on their faces made the trip even more worthwhile. The gifts included calculators, pens, pencils, writing and colouring books as well as chocolates and biscuits. We also took some board games which the children

Nepal Earthquake could play in the evening since they don’t have any other entertainment such as a television. The supportive work SPAITF offers to victims of natural disasters around the world is to be commended by improving much needed facilities. In doing so SPA (UK) collectively are leaving a lasting legacy to communities and lives of the local people around the world. Dinesh Mistry, SPAITF Secretary.

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Anilbhai D Mistry Single? Let’s Mingle

Event held on Saturday 27th April 2019 at Grosvenor Casino in Leicester. Firstly, I would like to thank my S.L.M. Team: Nimisha, Jemini, Devina and Mina. Without this team there would be no S.L.M. This year’s event was advertised from the middle of January onwards knowing that it is always a struggle to generate interest from single girls who are looking to connect. As usual all male tickets were sold out by end of February 2019. We had 10 extra boys on our reserve list to. By the end of February, we only had 7 girls on our list compared to 20 boys already booked up. We promoted our event via Facebook using pages from S.P.A. branches and the Mistry Hook-Up page. Emails were sent to S.P.A. HQ to forward the event details to all our branches. As we were struggling to encourage girls to attend the event, my saviour in the name of Mahila Samalen came to my rescue. They invited me to promote the singles event at their event. Hasmitaben from

Leicester scheduled me in their agenda. Thank you Hasmitaben. I am very grateful to you. Thank you also to Naynaben who accompanied me on the stage. A great support she is! With only two weeks before our singles event, 14 girls applied to attend the event and we ended up with an equal total of 21 boys and 21 girls. The afternoon/evening event was a great success again. We began with some tutorials on how to play and gamble on the Roulette and Blackjack tables, followed by speed dating. Thereafter, the buffet and gambling in the casino commenced with the free £5 voucher given to each delegate. Complimentary drinks were also provided. I received positive feedback from the delegates after the event. They loved how the event was organised, the venue was brilliant, and the buffet was amazing. It was well worth coming to the Singles event.

Before I forget, I would like to mention that at last year’s singles event we had 3 couples connect and are still together. We have been organising the Single? Let’s Mingle! events since 2010 and we would say it has been a fantastic success story. Couples connecting and getting married too. I would say 18 or more have connected and even got married since this event has begun. If future events information is required, please email us on prajapatisinglesmingle@ Unfortunately, in 2020 it will be my last year in organising the Singles events. It’s been a pleasure! Really enjoyed the success stories over the years. Hopefully the new Singles coordinator will take us into new ventures for “SINGLE? LET’S MINGLE!” Thank you. Anil D Mistry 24

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Dylan Mistry

Congratulations on achieving

MBBCH Medicine and Surgery in July 2019

& BSc (1st Class Hons)


Emergency, Pre-hospital and Immediate Care in July 2018

Cardiff University

Prifysgol Caerdydd

Alicia Mistry Congratulations on achieving

MEng (1st Class Hons)


Civil & Structural Engineering in July 2019

The University of


Beloved Grandson and Granddaughter of (Late) Mr Govindbhai Prabhubhai Mistry & Mrs Lalitaben G Mistry (Bodali, India) (Late) Mr Vallabhbhai Parbhubhai Mistry & Mrs Jasuben V Mistry (Munsad, India) Dearest Son and Daughter of very proud parents Dr Anil Govindbhai Mistry & Mrs Anita Mistry of Nottingham (Bodali, India) Well done and CONGRATULATIONS to you both. We are very proud of your well deserved achievements. Wishing you both success and happiness in all that you do to enhance your future. Special Love & Blessings from your Grandparents, Dad, Mum, Uncles, Aunties & Cousins. We sincerely wish that all your hopes and aspirations are fulfilled. A donation of ÂŁ275 has been gratefully received by Prajapati Sandesh vol. 44 | Prajapati Sandesh 2019


Kailesh Mistry

Congratulations on achieving

BSc in

Computer Science

from Cardiff University in July 2019 Beloved Grandson of (Late) Mr Khushalbhai Nathubhai Mistry & (Late) Mrs Kuverben K Mistry of Harrow (Vanz, India) Mr Govindbhai Vithalbhai Mistry & (Late) Mrs Padhamavatiben G Mistry of Neasden (Talangpur, India) & Beloved Son of (Late) Mr Surendrabhai Khushalbhai Mistry & Mrs Ramaben S Mistry of Watford (Vanz, India) Well done and Congratulations on your achievements. We are very proud of you and wish you all the best for the future. Lots of Love from Mum, Sister Karishma, Granddad and Family

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Alisha Lad

Congratulations on achieving

BSc (Hons) in


from Aston University in July 2019 Beloved Granddaughter of Mr Natwarlal Dallubhai Lad & Mrs Nirmala N Lad of London (Degam, India) Mr Ambalal Lakubhai Mistry & Mrs Jamnaben A Mistry of Rugby (Kachholi, India) & Beloved Daughter of Mr Shatish Natwarlal Lad & Mrs Minaxiben S Lad of London (Degam, India) Congratulations on your well-deserved success. You’ve worked very hard & deserve the end result. Always remember: There’s no limit to what you can do if you keep believing in yourself. Love Bapa and Ba, Dad and Mum and Dillan 28 Garrick Road, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 9HT A donation of £250 has been gratefully received by Prajapati Sandesh vol. 44 | Prajapati Sandesh 2019


Dr Anish Mistry

Congratulations on achieving

MBChB in

Medicine & Surgery

from University of Leeds in July 2019 Beloved Grandson of (Late) Mr Dahyabhai Morarbhai Mistry & (Late) Mrs Shantaben D Mistry of Bradford (Simalgam, India) & Mr Ratanjibhai (Bhiku) Naranbhai Hari & Mrs Jasuben R Hari of Walsall (Vesma, India) & Dearest Son of Mr Jentybhai Dahyabhai Mistry & Mrs Nitaben J Mistry of Bradford (Simalgam, India) Congratulations on your fantastic achievement. We are very proud of your commitment, hard work and determination in achieving your success. We wish you all the very best and we are sure you will be even more successful in your future career. Love from Mum, Dad, brother Mitesh, family and friends. 57 Blackberry Way, Clayton, Bradford, West Yorkshire BD14 6NB A donation of ÂŁ250 has been gratefully received by Prajapati Sandesh 28

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Charity Boxing Night 2019 Manchester I walked into a boxing ring for my first ever fight. The result unfortunately didn’t go my way on the night; however I did receive an award for the most improved fighter. I feel proud to have achieved something that I thought couldn’t be possible.

Deepa Mistry-Patel Lives in Manchester with her Husband Sach and 6-year old twin boys; Khaylen and Khush. She has a passion to keep fit and healthy by training in the gym. Over the past 9 years she has been doing boxing workouts and when the opportunity arose for an amateur boxing fight for charity, she could not resist… This year marks 10 years of training at the gym and I wanted to take on a challenge and do something different. I have been boxing with my personal trainer Lloyd for nearly 9 years, and it’s through him that I met Ric Moylan who has been organising the Charity Boxing Nights for the past 4 years. The reason for wanting to apply to take part in this amazing event was the charity. The Manchester Foundation Trust Charity supports nine hospitals across Manchester, including Saint Mary’s Hospital and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital treating babies, children and young people from across the North West and beyond.

So, with this in mind I sent my application and the challenge was set. All I had to do was work hard enough to be picked to fight. Training started on the 19th August 2019, with 3 gruelling sessions a week. This was a test both physically and mentally, but I had to stay focused. I was determined to see it through to the end. An opponent was selected for me and on the 5th October 2019,

“It just goes to show that when you put your heart, soul and mind into something you can achieve anything.” In total I have raised over £3,300 for the charity and am thankful for everyone who has supported me not only by donating, but also helped me through this incredible journey.

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Are Prajapatis changing? Media and the Sandesh By Vinay Chhana

At the Sandesh team, we were talking about the reading habits of our community and how this might help us better understand their needs. We had a feeling that reading habits are varied, but were not sure what this looked like in practice. In light of this, we sent round a survey which you may have seen circulate earlier in 2019 asking about your reading habits. We collated some of the responses as we thought you might be interested. The survey had 14 questions and was distributed via branches, Whatsapp and by word of mouth. We received 80 responses, for which we were very grateful.

The Results Tuesdays and Sundays work best: We found that Tuesdays and Sundays saw the most survey responses, suggesting that these are the best days of the week to reach our community about Prajapati matters.

Evenings work for Prajapati matters: Evenings, usually after 7pm, saw the most responses.

In the Sandesh, Prajapatis prefer reading about local and familiar topics, but within a national context e.g. branch reports: When asked about which sections of the Sandesh Prajapati members looked at, we found that branch-specific and sports day activities are most popular. This suggests that our more vocal members are more engaged when it comes to people and places we know, which means these are key assets for the Prajapati community going forward. Under-45s want our community and the Sandesh to look outwards, and more often: The majority of responses found the Sandesh useful, with some under-45’s raising some doubt about how useful the Sandesh is, as some answered 30

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‘not sure’ to the question. When asked about other needs the Sandesh could meet, people highlighted our need to look at and embrace influences outside of the Samaj (rather than the Samaj being self-contained). Solutions included mental health awareness, partnering more closely with social causes and charities, and what the outside world means for our Samaj e.g. politics, technology, climate change. One member from Birmingham suggested we talk more about the direction of our Community e.g. career paths for the next generation and our “impact on society”, and also how we respond to change e.g. “how we’ve introduced others into our community” as a way of scaling up as a community. Women show greater interest in life announcements and charitable activities, the men on theme articles: When compared against the overall benchmark results, responses from women were higher for articles in categories such as deaths, graduations, weddings and summaries of SPA’s charitable activities (e.g. the eye camp). Men by contrast fared lower for interest in articles such as deaths, graduations, weddings but interestingly were more likely to read articles around the theme topic e.g. cooking, Indian independence.

On newspaper habits, over 45’s mix it up with smaller, less expensive newspapers e.g. local papers and national dailies: When asked which newspapers they generally read, there was no clear pattern for individual news titles read by Prajapatis. Instead, Prajapatis in this age bracket are more likely to name a set of newspapers and choose between national dailies such as the Daily Mail, Mirror, and Metro and also local newspapers e.g. Telegraph and Argus, Rugby Advertiser, etc. This suggests older Prajapati are less tied to a newspaper-specific point of view and are open to a range of influences dependent on the context. Under 45’s read newspapers less often, but more in-depth and are tied to a set (branded) perspective: When asked which newspapers they generally read, a clear pattern emerged for titles read by Prajapatis under-45; they read broadsheets but read them less often. They named only one newspaper on average, most likely The Times and The Guardian, suggesting they are tied to perspectives associated with the newspapers e.g. socially liberal, economically conservative.

Youth participation and the ‘future Samaj’ are a real concern across the older age groups: For the generation of 55+, a recurring view emerged when they were asked what they would like to see more of: youth participation. Some suggested that the Samaj should show more about “young people [and] the importance that Hinduism as a way of life…to show the importance of well being through diet, exercise, and work life balance.”. Others mentioned that we should “Assist UK charities more. Generate more activities for those between 25-55.” In conclusion, the views above show that we are a broad Samaj in reading habits and interests, and ultimately we care about how we keep this Community moving on and evolving in line with today’s world. Some expressed concern, others have given direct suggestions. All are valid and hugely appreciated to help keep our Samaj blossoming. We are planning to run another survey next year, so please do speak to the Sandesh Team or your Branch Lead if you’d like to contribute or participate.

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Bradford Police Officer Honoured By National Diversity Award An active member of SPA Bradford branch and police officer from Bradford has been hailed as a shining example for diversity. PC Dharmesh Mistry was shortlisted in the final eight for the Positive Role Model Award for Race, Religion and Faith at the 2019 National Diversity Awards, which took place at the Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool on Friday 20th September 2019. Dharmesh was chosen for the work he does both as a police officer and a community volunteer by a colleague in the force’s Police Disability Association.

Robins saying, “To make the final eight nominees for such a prestigious award demonstrates his total commitment towards championing diversity and working hard for his community.” Despite suffering with arthritis in both knees, Dharmesh is very active in the Samaj, within the community, and volunteers with initiatives in Bradford which helps the homeless and the vulnerable. This includes feeding the homeless via the Bradford Curry Project and the Homeless Hampers group. Also helping the

British Legion ‘Khadi’ Poppy Appeal and raising “It was an absolute honour funds for ex-service men to just make the shortlist of nominees,” said Dharmesh, and their families, all in acknowledgement of our who has served with West Yorkshire Police for 14 years. forefathers involvement in the war. Praise was received from Dharmesh is a dementia the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, John champion and where possible he attends to provide support to The Homeless Hampers group sufferers with his mother Kanchanben, following his father’s passing of the same illness. Dharmesh has worked tirelessly to forge relationships between the Police and the Bradford Prajapati Samaj, so there is a better understanding of our community. The Police are regular attendees at Bradford branch events 32

Navratri at SPA Bradford

and are willing to support where they can. “Volunteering allows me to give something back to the community - raising awareness and making a positive difference to people’s lives,” said Dharmesh.

Shree Prajapati Association Bradford congratulates Dharmeshbhai on his achievements and wishes him the very best for the future and to continue actively working with our Samaj and the community of Bradford and West Yorkshire.

Changing minds, Changing lives

Above: Bhupendra with a beneficiary of the Foundation

My Mother was tragically taken away from us at a very young age. Mother was admired and loved by all who came into contact with her; for her dedication to her family, resilience in the face of adversity, her sense of duty and gracefulness, in good times and bad she never lost her capacity to smile and laugh, nor to inspire others with her warmth and kindness. As children, we all loved and respected her enormously, for all that she gave us. I named and created the Foundation in Mother’s memory, to build on the spiritual and humane ethos of Kamlaben Mistry, a fitting tribute to a truly remarkable woman. Kamla Foundation, is a registered charity based in the UK helping vulnerable communities in India, develop their capacity to meet basic needs and create solutions to poverty and injustice. Major projects include: •

Supporting vulnerable children through schooling

Extensive women empowerment programme

Rural water supply programme – giving clean drinking water to villagers for the first time

Supporting vulnerable people with life changing cleft lip / palate operations

“The Foundation is addressing the multiple factors that contribute to communities being locked into poverty” Our approach is to build partnerships that respond to locally defined problems with culturally sensitive solutions. We firmly believe in taking a calculated risk, which underlies most innovation and for venturing where others remain reluctant to go. Ultimately developing sustainable solutions rather than illusory quick-fixes, with the potential to move not just money but ‘minds and policies’. The strapline for Kamla Foundation is ‘changing minds, changing lives’ and through the delivery of our work, we are changing the lives of the poorest but in parallel to this, we are helping to develop ‘new thinking’ and in doing so, we have transformed the lives of over 30,000 people to date. In our short history, we have made significant progress and the importance of continuing this work in Mother’s memory, is ever more crucial. Bhupendra Mistry, Founder, Kamla Foundation

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THE CLIMATE HAS IT CHANGED? HAVE WE? WHAT STEPS CAN YOU TAKE? Small Steps Bring Big Change Written by Vinay Chhana and Liam Mistry 34


THE CLIMATE HAS CHANGED? A lot of people are talking about climate change from grandads to parents, to colleagues and certainly younger nieces and nephews. The arguments for protecting the environment, reducing our plastic usage and reducing our oil and gas usage have been around for at least a generation. So why is it more relevant now than ever? Well, the topic is now being discussed by the world’s largest economies and corporations. For example, India vowed to end single use plastic usage at this year’s Global Climate Summit. You may also be aware that there is a Plastic Pact in the UK between the government, companies and environmental groups. It created targets and principles for all parties to abide by. For instance by 2025, 100% of plastic packaging should be reusable, recyclable or compostable. This article aims to raise further self-awareness about climate change, our habits and what we can do, or indeed if we can go above and beyond, in order to help the planet continue to blossom in its radiant colours, natural beauty and resource.

Our habits and the planet We saw more this year about what happens to our rubbish in the sea from the plastic bags, beer rings and netting we may discard, which really ‘tipped’ this topic into everyone’s minds. National Geographic published an issue titled ‘Planet or Plastic’. Our national treasure David Attenborough also released his Blue Planet documentary series, which meant that climate change and caring for the planet stopped becoming an academic debate, or something that affected faraway lands. It affected everyone, everywhere!

National Geographic, Planet or Plastic. Guest editor: Ellen MacArthur

Avid ears and journalists picked this up. It connected our buying habits to what we threw away in the seas. It was a clear story that was quite hard to deny. If you haven’t read the magazine, we suggest you do. Visually, it is striking, as well as shocking. Earlier this year, the War on Plastic, fronted by Anita Rani and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, aired on BBC1. The programme highlighted that councils were unaware that huge quantities of our recycling were in fact not being recycled. Instead, it was being thrown away into landfill. It also showed what we tend to flush away was clogging up our sewers e.g. packaging, cotton buds and wet wipes.



Reducing one cost, adding another… First-generation British Asians had to reduce costs to get the bare necessities in the past. This led them to learn how to be resourceful, reusing margarine tubs and oil, and making our food and possessions go that extra mile. Some may hide the fact over others who are quite proud that their buying habits have long been driven by cost. The cheapest version of products is often made of, or coated in plastic. Although the cost to individuals for these products is low, it’s a shame because the true damaging ‘cost’ to our immediate environment is much more, which is even more uncomfortable for us. It’s hard to change views on what most think is the right way. In the past thinking about climate change in India and the UK focused on the melting ice caps and endangered polar bears. These issues were distant to our modern-day life and often did not concern many of us. 36


A mush of rubbish found in UK sewers, which often contribute to ‘fatbergs’. These are made up of plastic packaging, cotton buds, and wet wipes

Younger people, louder voices It’s fair to say younger people do feel the guilt around plastic usage more than their elders. Research by YouGov shows 46% of people in the UK feel guilty about the amount of plastic they use. This is motivating them to consider changes in their behavior, including paying more for products so companies will find alternatives to single-use plastics. The sense of guilt was found most among young people. There were 51% of respondents in the 18-24 age bracket, and 43% among people in their late 40s and early 50s. The younger generation is often criticized for not focusing on home ownership and gaining secure employment and here are many reasons for this. What is clear is that there seems to be an emerging shift towards values over cost. A recent study in Preston looked at recycling habits of British Asians (in comparison to other ethnic groups), which showed that second and third generation British Asians are likely to have greater concern and awareness about environmental issues. In contrast, todays British Asians (under 45 years old) were found to re-use and minimise less than their parents and grandparents. In short, no one generation and no one solution is right. The younger generation is more aware and vocal on the environment, but the older generation practices environmentally friendly behaviors more often. It’s only through dialogue between generations that we can drive debate and action, work through uncom-fortable truths and come to something we can all agree on regarding the environment. We don’t always need to listen to our elders, and we don’t always share the same views, but we do need to talk and work together. We will reduce costs for one generation and reduce future costs for the next generations. VOL. 44 | PRAJAPATI SANDESH 2019


Culturally... Many of us would have been educated and brought up to always work hard and to do so by any means. Historically and culturally many Prajapati’s lived together at homes with their families, often sharing and having a sense of community with those they lived close by to. We have changed in several ways whilst trying to retain values as comically illustrated below: • Sharing food with neighbours has turned into sharing your food pictures on Instagram with neighbours • Having an open-door policy has turned into locking down your social media privacy settings or making certain posts public. • Checking-in on our friends and family has turned into checking-in to a location on Facebook or tagging them in posts. • Living close by within walking distance to the workplace has become a 1-hour commute using 3 modes of transport so there is less time for seeing others.



We Should Think Differently... We should think differently about how our attitude towards climate change can be altered through a similar concept. You may now use different recycling bins in your home for plastics, paper and food waste, or it may be that you re-use plastic bags rather than chucking them away or perhaps using alternative greener modes of transport to go to and from work to avoid

polluting the environment. All of this is great, if carried out by the masses. Even if climate change is the last of your worries, we can all do some simple things to help reduce the impact we have on our environment. • Next time you go shopping, use a re-usable paper bag • Try switching to a Hybrid or electric car • Recycle where possible • Walk if you are only travelling a short distance • Turn off your engine in traffic • Share your positive changes with others

How do we digest Information? The way we interact with the world has changed over recent years with the use of technology, social media platforms and prioritising a more flexible and convenient way of living. The chances are that you will most likely have a Smartphone, Smart TV or Tablet within a few feet of you whilst reading this article! Through reliance on modern necessities, the perception on climate change can be both negatively or positively influenced depending on the way we react to what we see. Often trending posts will generate talking points, leading to awareness of a topic and in turn an action or further discussion amongst others, however these topics tend to fade once a new ‘trend’ the next day is discovered. Climate change is a good example of one of these topics as we all know it’s happening but it tends to take a back seat in our day to day conversation most of the time. Many people who are campaigners for climate change are taking advantage of social media platforms to promote their views globally. An analysis done between May 2017 and May 2018 found that more people were seriously talking about the dating app Tinder on such social platforms as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube than they were discussing climate change. That said, these sites serve the greatest value in organising when children in 112 different countries planned a coordinated mid-March school walkout to bring attention to climate change, social media was essential. Gathering a global audience for any individual posts has been made effortless through platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and

a post can often be published for a global audience at the click of a button. Overall this raises the question about how valid, scientifically factual or fictitious the information we learn about climate change really is. It is always important to fact check any content that you use to make any judgements, or that you in turn “share” through a click of a button. Using a variety of trustworthy sources and not relying wholly on the internet for our primary information can help reduce miscommunication of fictitious or exaggerated comments related to climate change.



Where are people getting information from? “Google it” Today nearly all of us have access to the internet in our homes and the term “Google it” has probably become a catchphrase in your household. We now feel a greater need for convenience in our daily lives, driven by us feeling much busier with work, commuting and balancing commitments.

remotely such as climate change. Luckily, Prajapati’s across the UK still have this opportunity to meet and share information on influential topics through the Mela Samelan and Regional Annual Programmes.

The type of area in which you live can also have a large impact on where you gather information on “Almost 130 public libraries have topics such as Climate change. Those closed in the last year in Britain while living in villages may rely more on an extra 3,000 volunteers have been Radio and Newspaper whereas those brought in to run remaining services, in the city may prefer more online as the decade’s austerity pressures see content. Equally those living in local authorities continuing to apply suburban areas are likely to commute swingeing cuts to budgets”. It is longer so will rely on newspapers, therefore no surprise that many of us podcasts and the radio. Prajapati’s are turning to alternative sources. have over many years began living all over the UK and the world and so With the rising use of social media the connection to local hometowns platforms and having constant and communities is greatly reduced. internet access it has supplemented the requirement to meet individuals One thing that is clear however, is face to face. The reduction of our that whichever method you use to interactions can lead to having fewer gather information about what is debates and sharing of information happening around the world, the that might not otherwise be shared topic of Climate change persists.

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Sports Day 2019

31st August 2019 - Birmingham Univesity







Branch Awards


Chetan Trophy



Winner: 3. Rugby Branch Runner Up: 4. London Branch

1. Rugby & London Branch

Fairplay Award Winner:

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Badminton Boys 12 under Singles

Boys 16 under Singles

Winner: 7. Vikesh Mistry (Tameside) Runner Up: 8. Kavi Mistry (Leicester)

Winner: 11. Dylan Mistry (Rugby) Runner Up: 12. Kiren Mistry (London)

Girls 12 under Singles

Girls 16 under Singles

Winner: 9. Shayni Mistry (Rugby) Runner Up: 10. Davina V. Mistry (Birmingham)

Winner: 13. Diya Lad (London) Runner Up: 14. Diya Mistry (Bradford)


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Badminton Mixed Doubles Winner: 15. Rohan Mistry & Mia Mistry (Tameside) Runner Up: 16. Kiran Mistry & Rajshree Mistry (Tameside) Mens Doubles 60+ Winner: 17. Bharatbhai Lad & Mohanbhai Mistry (Loughborough) Runner Up: 18. Shashibhai Mistry & Vasanjibhai Chhana (Rugby)

Presenters (previous page): 1 - Jayantibhai Mistry 2 - Bharatbhai C Mistry 3,4,5,6 - Revaben Mistry Presenters: 7,8,11,12,17,18 - Bharatbhai C Mistry 9,10,13 - Archanaben Vipulbhai Mistry 14,15,16 - Punam Mistry vol. 44 | Prajapati Sandesh 2019







Badminton Mens Singles

Mens Doubles

Winner: 19. Dipan Mistry (London) Runner Up: 20. Amit Mistry (Tameside)

Winner: 23. Shailen Mistry & Amit Mistry (London) Runner Up: 24. Hamil Mistry & Teiren Mistry (Leicester)

Ladies Singles

Ladies Doubles

Winner: 21. Heenaben E. Mistry (London) Winner: 25. Kamini Mistry & Sheila Uttamlal (Preston) Runner Up: 22. Tejal Vishvakarma (London) Runner Up: 26. Dharmista Tailor & Deena Mistry (Bradford) 44

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Table Tennis Mens Winner: 27. Kishen Mistry (Leicester) Runner Up: 28. Nilesh Mistry (London)

Presenters: 19,20,21,25,26 - Punam Mistry 23,24 - Mahendrabhai & Dakshaben Mistry 27,28,29,30 - Jayantibhai Mistry

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Winner: 31. Katen Mistry (Rugby) Runner Up: 32. Ramanbhai Mistry (Tameside)

Winner: 35. Hiren Lad (Bradford) Runner Up: 36. Raju Lad (Bradford)



Winner: 33. Shashi Mistry & Chagan Mistry (Leicester) Runner Up: 34. Raj Mistry & Mahesh Mistry (Bradford)

Winner: 37. Neetesh Mistry (Leicester) Runner Up: 38. Krish Mistry (Leicester)


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Pool Mens

16 under

Winner: 39. Dipesh Mistry (Rugby) Runner Up: 40. Kamlesh Mistry (Leicester)

Winner: 43. Karmran Mistry (Walsall) Runner Up: 44. Priyan Mistry (Walsall)


Presenters: 32 - Kiranbhai & Nilaben Mistry || 33 - Sandip Mistry || 34 Dineshbhai Mistry, Ramanbhai Mistry and Keshavbhai Mistry || 35,36 - Jayantibhai Mistry || 37 - Prakash Lad & Umesh Mistry || 38 - Punam Mistry || 39,40 - Bhikhubhai & Taraben || 41,42,43,44 - Umesbhai Mistry

Winner: 41. Preena Lowden (Birmingham) Runner Up: 42. Vaneesa Mistry (Coventry)

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Swimming Swimming Boys (6-8 yrs)

Swimming Boys (9-12yrs)

Winner: 45. Aryan P Mistry (Birmingham) Runner Up: 46. Jaival Mistry (Tameside)

Winner: 49. Anuj C. Mistry (Birmingham) Runner Up: 50. Anay C. Mistry (Birmingham)

Swimming Girls (6-8yrs)

Swimming Girls (9-12yrs)

Winner: 47. Valicia Mistry (London) Runner Up: 48. Meisha Mistry (Leicester)

Winner: 51. Nina C. Tailor (Bradford) Runner Up: 52. Jasmine G. Milward (Birmingham)


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Swimming Swimming Boys (13-16yrs) Winner: 53. Kurtish Mistry (Luton) Runner Up: 54. Dru Tailor (Bradford)

Presenters: 45,46,47,48,49,50,51,52,54,55,56 - Minaben Mistry, Naynaben Mistry, Bhagvatiben Mistry & Fiona Kelly 53 - Ashockbhai Mistry

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Birmingham Birmingham Branch

Birmingham branch continues to flourish through the increased participation of its members at samaj events, increased vibrancy in all the events we have organised and the impact we are making in the wider society that we live in. We held three bhajan programmes this year namely Ram Navmi and Hanuman Jayanti Bhajans, Janmashthami Bhajans and Shraddh Bhajans. This year Birmingham branch was pleased to put forward an even larger team of nearly 35 sports participants at the HQ Sports day which was a record attendance for the branch. We were very proud to have won 6 trophies. This success has given our youth a huge boost, and enabled us to re-start our weekly badminton and table tennis practices. Our Seniors continued with their monthly gettogethers on the second Wednesday of each month with a variety of activities such as prarthana, bhajans, yoga and presentations followed by lunch. The Seniors also enjoyed their annual coach trip to the seaside in the summer. 50

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In the spring, we held a “Karaoke and Curry� night which proved to be a success with several members bringing out their singing talent with bathroom singers blossoming into more confident singers. The Mahila team were once again the stars with preparing all the food as they do at all our events. We held a successful and enjoyable Navratri this year. Many of our members supported the event by beautifully decorating the hall, setting up the mandap, bringing fresh haars each day to adorn Mataji’s photos, helping with the prasad, opening and closing the hall etc. The Birmingham branch were also very privileged to have been able to host the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, who joined us for the first Aarti and then participated in the first garbo with our members.

We continued to make improvements to our samaj building through completing the washroom refurbishment project, replacing the fire doors, investing in a new PA system, installing a new CCTV security system among many other regular building works in accordance to the regulations. We continue to collaborate closely with many local Hindu Samajs and Mandirs and jointly hosting events in Birmingham such as Holi, supporting the Mayors events, and currently forming a joint working group to support the Commonwealth 2020 games which are to be held in Birmingham. This years Navaratri Food Bank Collection raised 1,919kg of food (4,172 meals equivalent) where SPA Birmingham members made a significant contribution. Also, on 19th October, 200 volunteers got together and packed 7 tonnes of food into 525 hampers and hand delivered to the needy families across Birmingham. SPA Birmingham members donated 15% of the hampers that were distributed and many members helped with the packing and deliveries. SPA Birmingham supported the Mayor of the West Midlands and the Consul General of India during the unveiling of the ‘Blue Plaque’ to commemorate 88 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s visit to Woodbrooke in Birmingham. Lord Jitesh Ghadia attended the occasion and addressed everyone in the same room where Mahatma Gandhi had addressed the Quakers in 1931. I am personally very proud of the continued vibrancy within the Birmingham branch and how the branch activities have continued to grow from strength to strength. These achievements are only possible when members come together and work in unity. I sincerely thank the Birmingham branch members for their continued support, and a heartfelt thanks to my Executive Committee without whom none of the above would have been possible, and the Trustees for their continued guidance and support. Piyush Ambalalbhai Mistry (President) Shree Prajapati Association Birmingham vol. 44 | Prajapati Sandesh 2019



Bolton Branch Our big achievement for 2019 – 7th Seniors Sneh Samelan held in Bolton. We planned and hosted the 7th Seniors Sneh Samelan within 6 months after the go ahead from HQ Senior committee. In 2018, Bolton Branch made a commitment to host the Seniors Sneh Samelan. Therefore 2019 has been a big year for us and an excellent opportunity to showcase our commitment to SPA (UK). The Seniors Samelan was hosted on 23rd June 2019 with great success. We had more than 630 SPA members from

and Shri Ambalalbhai would take

successfully completing the 7th

the opportunity in recognising Shri Uttambhai Mistry who has dedicated many years for SPA (UK), Bolton Branch and many other charitable organisations

Seniors Sneh Samelan.

around the Bolton Area.

all over the UK in addition to over 100 members from Bolton Branch attending. The theme for the day was ‘Technology’. The day was packed with various speeches and presentations from several members of SPA (UK) with a technology background. We were entertained with bhajans, dances, a short play and a game (play your cards right). As the event was held in Bolton, it was agreed that Shri Jitubhai


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We all appreciate the hard work put in by all of your volunteers. Yes, it may not have been easy, but success comes from team effort, dedication and individuals carrying out their respective duties. Please convey our sincere appreciation to all of them”. The success of the Senior Samelan would not have been possible without the effort and commitment of our volunteers. I take this opportunity to thank all those involved for making it a successful event.

Quote from Ambalalbhai Misty Secretary SPA (UK) Senior Committee: “Namaste and JSK Hansaben and the Bolton Branch Team, on behalf of the SPA UK Seniors Committee I take this opportunity to thank you, the entire Bolton Branch Team of Volunteers, Management Committee and the Trustees for all the effort put in and working in conjunction with the Seniors Committee in organising and

We would like to wish SPA (UK) members all the best for the 2019/2020. We look forward to reuniting at upcoming events.

Coventry Coventry Branch

It was a steady but challenging year for the Coventry Branch for the past year. The traditional events of Navratri and Shradh bhajans were brightly celebrated and attended by members. One of the outstanding highpoints of the year was the Senior’s group which has been very proactive and seen many meetings over the years with activities and outings for the Senior citizens. The Senior’s group was formed in May 2017 and the first gathering was held on the 17th May 2017. The forming of the group was long overdue as it was identified that there was a lack of activities and gathering to meet people in the community. At this meeting we had 37 attendees and we discussed various topics which would affect the lives of the senior citizens in old age and what is the best way forward to be active, fit and healthy. The group have since been meeting once a month on a Wednesday and are pleased with the progress so far. The group activities have continued over the past years with discussions about health matters, gentle light exercises, bhajans, yoga exercises, bingo playing, Quiz, outings and of course a mouth-watering delicious meal at Diwali. Professional speakers have been invited to talk on health matters such as Diabetes, Dementia, Bowel Cancer, Therapy of Tapping for health and carers. The outings have

been arranged to visit temples and the seaside. In addition, a talk about Wills, Probate and Power of Attorney was arranged with a Solicitor’s firm. This year a special two-day trip was arranged to visit the Modern Buddhist Temple near the Lake District and the city of Liverpool, with its refurbished dockyard with an overnight stop near Preston where we all had a delicious thali meal at an indian restaurant. A group of over 40 Seniors joined us on this trip. A children’s Christmas Party was organised for the third year running and proved to be a huge success. The event was attended by 34 children aged between 0-14 years and there was a special appearance by Santa Claus. All monies raised were donated to a local children’s charity, Tiny Tim’s. The working committee wish to thank all the participants and members for their continued support and Coventry Branch wishes everyone a very happy Diwali and prosperous 2020.

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Bradford Bradford Branch

For SPA Bradford, 2019 has been another triumphant year. The Mandir Committee has organised religious events and continued providing the daily Aarti, whilst the Mahila team have organised the “Blooming Great Tea Party” for Marie Curie and participated in the “Race for Life” for Macmillan Cancer. The Youth team have continued to support Bradford and UK Sports Days and the Maintenance team

have been busy with the upkeep of our community centre building. Over the last three years, SPA Bradford has continued to successfully embrace social media. All forthcoming events are posted on Facebook with information and pictures allowing SPA Bradford to instantly connect with its members and to gauge their interest from the number of “likes” received. Meanwhile, WhatsApp has helped to facilitate “word of mouth” communication across the community. Two of 2019’s most outstanding achievements have been to introduce the Walking and Cycling clubs. The Walking Club The SPA Bradford walking club was established in Spring by experienced walkers Chaxu Lad, Hemant Mistry and Kanti Mistry from the Bradford Samaj. The club welcomes people of all ages to take part - free of charge! It’s a great opportunity for people to be outdoors, meeting and mixing with new


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people, whilst getting invigorating exercise across the breath-taking Yorkshire countryside. During Spring and Summer, the club has walked popular Yorkshire trails around Saltaire (a world heritage site in Bradford), Ogden Waters (Halifax), Malham Cove (North Yorkshire Dales) and Bolton Abbey (Skipton). All the walks covered scenic five to eleven-mile routes, with the option of shorter, three- or fourmile routes for less advanced walkers. All the walks have been very popular with our members with attendance ranging from 50 - 65 members of diverse ages from seven years of age to eighty-one years young! As a result of the very positive feedback, the walks will continue throughout the year (weather permitting!). The club is open to all, so if you like walking and beautiful scenery please come and join the walking club. The Cycling club Thanks to Chaxu Lad, the SPA Bradford Cycling Club was launched in October 2018 with an impressive ten cyclists aged from 10-81 who rode eight miles across the Spen Valley Greenway in Bradford. The cycling club grew to fourteen cyclists for the next ride through the Greenway followed by further on-road and off-road rides. For the advanced riders, the club has ventured to more challenging, but picturesque Yorkshire routes through Skipton, Saltaire, Leeds, Ogden Waters, Halifax and Mirfield as well as along the canal from Saltaire to Leeds. For beginners, the

club joined with the charitable organisation ‘Streetbikes’ who provided bicycles and tricycles for a safe ride around a 400m athletics running track. Some club members have completed the 50 mile Tour De Yorkshire Sportive and 60 mile UCI Road World Championships Sportive which were gruelling races around the relentless hills (and rain!) of Leeds and Harrogate. As the club’s first year ends, they are looking forward to future cycling events and to welcome more riders of all ages and abilities. Finally… Thank you to all our members and volunteers from West Yorkshire for their ‘sewa’ to our Bradford Samaj this past year, but not forgetting, the last 36 years. All of SPA Bradford’s achievements would not have been possible

without their dedication and hard work. SPA Bradford is now looking forward to 2020 with the aim of exceeding achievements of 2019 for the West Yorkshire Prajapati community. For more information or to keep up-to-date with our events, please visit our “Shree Prajapati Association” Facebook page. Jai Shree Krishna.

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SPA Bradford’s

“Blooming Great Tea Party” 21st September 2019 This social event was the idea of one of our SPA Bradford volunteers Nita Mistry who wanted to organise a Ladies Tea Party to raise money for the Marie Curie Charity. The right care means everything to families living with a terminal illness. With our donations Marie Curie nurses can be there for more families when needed the most. The aim of this event was to engage ladies, young and old, within our community to experience a Tea Party. Supported by our Mahila Team, volunteers and friends, a date was set to hold an afternoon Blooming Great Tea Party, brain storming ideas together to get the “PARtea” started. Of course, it would not be a tea party without chai and cakes……complimented by savoury treats, prosecco, raffle prizes, an auction and bingo. But most importantly, to share a wonderful experience, and to have fun and laughter with family and friends. Generous donations were given by local supermarkets, businesses and our SPA members. Home-made cakes, sandwiches, biscuits, savoury treats, prosecco, decorations and much more was donated by our amazing Bradford ladies and their families. All funds collected from ticket and raffles sales went straight towards the Marie Curie Charity event.


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Many of our ladies that attended the event had never experienced such a thing as an afternoon tea party, so it was a very special treat for them. It was definitely the icing on the cake to hear that our ladies appreciated the time and effort dedicated by our Mahila Team to make this Tea Party a success. Our target was to raise a thousand pounds on the day. We actually exceeded our expectations and raised an amazing total of £1,368.50. The event was so successful that other SPA branches have been in touch and praised our Bradford SPA Tea Party following on from our social media broadcast. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported us! Just some of the feedback from our SPA members: ‘table decor looked amazing and the food variety layout was brilliant’, ‘very well organised’ ‘the event was for all ages to come and enjoy a memorable day’, ‘thank you to all organisers for a wonderful event for such a good cause. Your efforts were priceless’.

Loughborough Loughborough Branch

During the past twelve months the Loughborough team have focused on engaging and reinvigorating the local branch membership, in line with the vision and mission set out in late 2018 and have tried to make activities appeal to different demographics within our community. As well our regular annual events, such as Navratri, Diwali Meet and Greet, we also held several additional events, including: Children’s trampolining, Ten pin bowling event, Curry Night, Ladies tea and coffee morning. A significant number of members also attended the Mahila and Senior Samelan. During the year, we launched the Monthly Seniors Social. This event is now well established, and attendance is consistently increasing. The Seniors typically enjoy an hour of exercise/yoga, followed by a cup of chai with nasto, board games and a social discussion.

Noli (Nori) Nem was in August, and for the first time we decided to host this event for members. Whilst the ladies cooked the vuddhu and rotlas, the men prepared the venue and cut the onions, and we then all ate together. If you are not aware of the meaning of Noli Nem, Noli is taken from the word “Nevia” or “mongoose” and Nem means “Navam” or “ninth”. We had a significantly higher number of representatives at this year’s SPA (UK) Sports Day in Birmingham. As well as football, we had swimmers, Table Tennis, Badminton and Squash players. Congratulations to Mohanbhai and Bharatbhai who were the winners of the over 60’s men’s badminton.

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Leicester Branch Once again SPA Leicester’s calendar was packed with events taking place almost every month. I would like to highlight some of the things that we have been doing in Leicester, the majority of which is focussed on our youth. We have realised that to sustain

With this in mind, our youth

our organisation’s long-term growth, we need to grow as an

trustee Minaben has been working

attractive hub for investment and talent. Our biggest challenge is to integrate our young generation in to the general Prajapati society. It is more difficult for the older generation to quickly change their social habits and culture, but their children may grow up less cultured, unless we take responsibility to facilitate their integration. We must therefore all work together to make our organisation most vibrant and attractive. Youth participation is about young people having a say and influencing change in decisions that affect their lives, organisations and communities. The principles must be built on the foundations of positive relationships between young people and trusted adults, equality in opportunities and effective safeguarding. Young people must voluntarily participate in purposeful roles and be empowered to share views influencing real, visible and tangible outcomes.


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hard with a team of young Prajapatis’ over the last year and have managed to rejuvenate the weekly youth club. There has been an increase in the number of participants for the SPA (UK) Sports day and generally, the youth involvement at various levels is increasing over time. Progress is slow but moving in the right direction. Sold out events included various social events and the Children’s Christmas party. We also have a trustees training programme which is currently being used by a couple of our youths. More recently, we have also been engaged in running health events in collaboration with local health organisations such as South Asian Health Action (SAHA) and together we had a very successful health event in August. The event was attended by many and was also well supported by our youth. We still host major religious events taking place throughout the year and are pleased to report that the participation and support

from our members has been fantastic leading to every event becoming a success. The activities taking place during the week at our site have experienced a significant increase in participation. More recently we have also introduced a day time keep fit and yoga activity, which is proving to be a success. Looking at the number of activities that SPAL run over the year, nearly all of these have seen a fantastic increase in attendance and it is encouraging to know that we must be doing something right. In conclusion, I feel very proud that we have members who care that SPAL is a valued asset and will remain so for the foreseeable future. SPAL holds its volunteers at heart, because they participate with their own free will to help and ensure that all of our events are enjoyed by all. Jay Shree Krishna Jay D Mistry (President)

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London Branch What an exciting start to 2019! The enthusiastic newly elected Executive Committee is hoping to take the samaj to a new level by attempting to lay down ideas to address the issue of youth participation in 2019 which is an ongoing challenge. SPA London ladies joined

hard to make this event a

together on Friday 28th June 2019 to walk in aid of St. Luke’s

success. Three volunteer meetings were held prior to the

Hospice Charity where the theme was Hollywood/Bollywood for

event in London and there were

the biggest girls’ night out walk each year. The Mahila team organised religious functions like Hanuman

nearly 60 members who helped with the preparation and setting up of the hall on Saturday 6th April 2019 in Leicester. In the weeks leading up to

Chalisa, Shraadh Bhajans, Navarati and Diwali. These events were well

the event the young team of volunteers designed and

supported and loved by members.

produced the colourful stage

The London branch undertook a project to host the 39th Mahila Samelan on 7th April 2019. This is nothing unusual - so far, London has hosted five Mahila Samelans in London, and the sixth followed suit! This Samelan differed as London bravely met all SPA (UK) branch members half way in the middle of the UK. Instead of all the branches getting up in the early hours of the morning and travelling on the motorway. The London volunteers travelled early to Leicester so that they could welcome all branches who enjoyed a shorter journey to the venue –SPA Leicester Samaj hall. Our senior, experienced Jasuben co-ordinated the event well with a dedicated team of volunteers and the extended Mahila team. In total, 150 volunteers worked 60

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backdrop in the hours they kindly spared after work. The dedication of volunteers was evident as they travelled to Leicester and stayed in hotels in order to make an early morning start on Sunday 7th April 2019. The remaining volunteers and members travelled in two coaches, departing from London at 6.00am for an early arrival in Leicester. By 7.00am, SPA

Leicester’s Hall was humming with life and many volunteers were ready to welcome and serve the arriving guests from all 14 UK branches. The programme started on time with a live musical aarti, followed by a swagat geet performed by the London Mahila. The enthusiastic volunteers fed over 1000 attendees in just over

an hour, which was a fantastic achievement! Our younger volunteers served water in the hall throughout the programme. Raffle prizes were generously donated by SPA London members. Additionally, the breakfast was kindly donated by one of our members in memory of their late mother. The programme finished on time after

holiday and arrived back in London on 14th September 2019. Their cruise ship was described like a big shopping centre and the weather was fabulous. The whole tour was organised by Jasuben as no other travel agency was involved. Shraadh Bhajans and bhojan was held on Sunday 15th September 2019. The Bhajans finished at

singing India’s national anthem.

4.00pm followed by the Bhojan.

All coaches departed safely by 4.30pm. The hall was cleared

In preparation for Navarati this

and the remaining volunteers left Leicester at 5.00pm. This event was a great success because of the support from our 150 volunteers. A big thank you and credit goes to such a dedicated team. The London branch is proud of you! During the month of Shravan; 25 ladies celebrated Noli Nem by performing the pooja of Noria and enjoyed the dinner of vuddhu and rotla.

year, we organised a Navarati garba workshop where young and old members learnt new garba steps with expectation to perform them during Navarati. We wish you all Nurtan Varash Abhinandan, health, happiness and hope for increased support from the youth of today who will be our leaders of the future.

On 2nd September 2019, 27 members went on a 12-day Mediterranean cruise. They visited 7 ports where the ship had docked. Except for 3 people, all others were over 60 and the oldest person was 84 years old. All thoroughly enjoyed their

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Luton Branch Our biggest achievement this year has been the development of our Instagram feed. We have been able to give a behind the scenes experience to our events, by uploading photos and live updates throughout our events.

children. Lanes were mixed to give the opportunity for the new generation to get to know others

We first trialled this at last year’s Bhajan Bhojan,

Workshop. We had one of our very own young

where we were able to show the ladies cooking and then the Bhajans live as they were performed. This has been a success as a result of the new members that have joined our committee, bringing fresh ideas

within the community. Overall, we had a fun packed afternoon that was the beginning of a new chapter for our branch. Yarn Spinning Our other new event was a Creative Yarn Spinning Prajapatis leading the sessions. We had a sell-out event with lots of ladies interested in how to make the yarns from the fibres, bringing back long-lost

to the table.

skills. They were also shown how to make rakhis and bracelets using their new skills.


Race For Life

We decided to conduct a survey to find out what our members want to do and get out of the Samaj.

As with previous years, our ladies took part in the local Race for Life, however this year there was

The responses we received led to the development of two new events. Like many other branches we have found we have members from a broad age range, therefore we decided to focus on family friendly events. The first of our new events was a family bowling afternoon. We had a mix of generations including grandparents, parents and

a fantastic twist - the men and children could join in! As a result, we had a good turnout of 20 participants, who ran, jogged or walked either the 5km or 10km circuit. Together we raised over ÂŁ400 for this important charity. Annual Events Luckily, we were blessed with good weather for our annual BBQ at Wickstead Park. We had a lovely turn out of around 30 people including some new faces. We were able to reminisce about previous years whilst enjoying the company and food on the day. Our next event was the Bhajan Bhojan. We had the pleasure of Shree Wellingborough Bhajan Mandal playing harmonious bhajans that were thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended. The food was prepared by our amazing ladies and you can follow us on Instagram to see how the men helped too. Our charity of choice for the day was Macmillan Cancer Support. Upcoming Events Future events in 2019 include our Annual Dinner and Dance, which is one of our most awaited events


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of the year. There are still both the Ladies and Gents Nights Out to come along with the pre-Christmas drinks just before the holidays. We are also looking forward to the final part of Sewa for the year, with the annual Smiley Sam (door knocking) collection for our local Hospice. Last year we had a wonderful team of 5 who took on one of the hilliest areas in Luton. Even though it was a cold night and there were lots of steps to climb, the look on the children’s faces when they see Santa made it all worth the while. This year we are really looking forward to being able to do our bit to help this wonderful local cause. We are looking forward to celebrating the rest of the year with our members. The New Year will bring lots of new ideas with it to bring our community together. Don’t forget to follow us at or on Instagram @SPALUTON. vol. 44 | Prajapati Sandesh 2019



Rugby Branch Branch Spotlight on ‘Rugby Dementia’ SPA Rugby are proud and honoured to have raised a magnificent sum of ÂŁ1000 for Rugby Dementia Support. The money was raised through a fun filled evening of Darts & Skittles played by all ages and abilities and from other kind voluntary donations received. Rugby Dementia provides and seeks to offer support to people living locally with Dementia and their carers. This can include activities for patients and carers, understanding Dementia, information sessions, enable people to sustain social contacts and to encourage mutual support, they also provide help and support to those who are isolated or are in hospital.


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Dementia affects just under a million people in the UK, of which 25,000 are from the Asian and black minority groups, and unfortunately these numbers are set to rise. This condition triggers a loss of brain function which is usually progressive. Symptoms include memory loss, confusion and problems with speech and understanding. It is one of our greatest medical challenges, shattering lives and robbing families of the people they know and love. However, there are many national and local charities plus other organisations helping in numerous ways to deliver new preventions, treatment and support to combat this condition.

One such body is Rugby Dementia Support who we have been privileged to help this year. 2018/19 Branch Report The Branch organised a coach trip to the seaside town of Weston Super Mare, which was well enjoyed by all. The Senior Sneh Samelan and Mahila Samelan were both well

attended and appreciated by our members. At the 2019 Sports day, the branch excelled in many events and were winners in the Under 13’s and Under 16’s Badminton, Men’s Pool, Darts Singles, Senior Football plus being runners up in the over 60’s Badminton. We were joint winners of the Chetan Trophy - well done to our participants! The Rugby branch is proud to say that for the second year running we have sponsored a student in India, under the SPAITF Vetted Education Fund. We are also very pleased to announce SPA Rugby will be Sponsoring an Eye Camp on 26th January 2020 in Vesma, Gujarat for the Rotary Eye Institute. If any member wishes to donate towards the Eye camp / SPAITF please contact a committee member. On a very sad note, Shri Arvindbhai Ranchhodbhai Mistry sadly passed away this year. He was a long serving committee member, who will be dearly missed by both his family and the community, may his soul rest in peace. The committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all our members and volunteers for their continued support, kind donations and generosity over the year. We wish you all a Happy New Year. Jai Shree Krishna Shree Prajapati Association, Rugby

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Preston Branch The working committee is making a great effort to keep and maintain cultural and religious programmes for our community by focussing on key activities throughout the year. We would like to congratulate Kamini Mistry and Sheila Uttamlal who were winners of Ladies Badminton Doubles at this year’s Sports Day held at University of Birmingham. A big thank you to all the participants and spectators who represented the branch. Khushalbhai Kumar (Preston) along with Taraben Sharma (Tameside) have been working with Madhi Surali Prajapati Samaj in Gujarat, India to raise funds for the development of a new samaj building in the Madhi area. The Madhi Prajapati community was established around 1960 consisting of Prajapatis from four villages. The committee has envisaged a need to have a local samaj builiding, as the nearest prajapati building is based in Bardoli (27km away). As well as not

We would like to congratulate Kamini Mistry and Sheila Uttamlal who were winners of Ladies Badminton Doubles

being convenient for the Madhi community to access, it is heavily utilised by the local Bardoli community and is not cost effective to hire for minor activities. The Madhi Prajapati community demographic consists of very few affluent members. Despite this, in 1980 the Madhi Prajapati community had been successful in purchasing a plot of land from funds raised from fund raising activities such as undertaking serving duties at weddings and providing a utensil hire service. In 2016 a new young enthusiastic committee decided to embark on the ambitious project to raise funds and begin construction. So far the Madhi Prajapati Samaj team has raised funds for construction to begin (base level, pillars). The next major phase of the project is to incorporate a concrete slab (roof). This will result in the completion of the building skeleton and will allow the building to be used. The building will facilitate various activities for the membership and local community. We wish the Madhi Prajapati Samaj team all the best and success in their valuable project. We would like to acknowledge the support we continue to receive from all our members. It is key to maintaining our local activities. Sadly, once again we were unsuccessful in electing a full executive committee, so the current working committee remained to sustain the branch. This is not an ideal situation, as many aspects of the Samaj are being underrepresented. Jai Shree Krishna Working Committee, SPA (UK) - Preston Branch 66

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We would like to acknowledge the support we continue to receive from all our members.

East SPM East London

London In 2019, Shree Prajapati Mandal celebrated 40 years of our founding here in East London & Ilford. From 6 founder members

(1) Late Shri Uttambhai S. Mistry,

meeting at a house and coming up with the idea of forming

(2) Late Shri Govindbhai P. Mistry, (3) Late Shri Ramanbhai V. Mistry,

a branch in East London, to more than 100 families now participating in our events every year, the Mandal has come a very long way in the last 40 years.

(4) Balvantrai M. Mistry,

The anniversary was celebrated with a Dinner and Dance on 7th September 2019, almost exactly 40 years to the day we were established. This event was the perfect opportunity to congratulate our founders for their vision and dedication to the Mandal. Their drive and commitment through the years drove the Mandal to be what it is today, forging lasting bonds in the Prajapati community and beyond. We give thanks to those founders, some of whom have passed on and we miss dearly. The founder members were:







(5) Harishbhai V. Mistry and (6) Natubhai M. Mistry. The Dinner and Dance held at the London Darbar in Ilford was attended by over 140 members, young and old, and was a huge success. It was fantastic to see our community coming together to celebrate this very special occasion. Over the years, our members have supported us in our regular events such Shradh Bhajans, Navratri and our New Year meet and greet. All events are well attended by members of the East London community and beyond. This year, we were represented at SPA Sports Day by Kiran Mistry, one of our committee members,

for the first time in over 20 years and were awarded the Fair Play Shield. We hope this acts as encouragement to our members to come forward and represent the Mandal in the future too. Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our members, volunteers and especially our committee members for their efforts in making all of our events a success. Wishing you all a Happy Diwali and Nutan Varsh Abhinandhan. Vinubhai Mistry (President)

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Tameside Tameside Branch

I am very proud to be a part of a branch committee that is extremely dedicated and experienced, and that each year we are able to organise local activities as well as to support HQ activities. The support we receive from our members is immeasurable; this brings a great deal of unity amongst our members. At the Tameside AGM in April, the existing committee were elected to continue to lead the Tameside Branch again. In July we had a day trip to Morecambe, it was a fun day that was enjoyed by over 40 members of all ages even though it was a bit windy. The Shradh Bhajan Bhojan in September 2018 was an enchanting day of beautiful bhajans. It was decided that the funds raised would be donated towards Dipak Dristi Group (‘Light of Vision’) a new


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local organisation headed by Champaben Pravinbhai Mistry to combat isolation and loneliness amongst ladies on their own for a long time. This is a void that needed to be filled, sharing each other’s experiences and to bring them back out into the community. Our ‘Diwali Get Together’ was held in October 2018 to celebrate Diwali. Celebrating in this informal manner has become very popular with our members, as it brings families together in a local pub rather than visiting each other’s houses to wish each other a very Happy

Diwali and Happy New Year, whilst mingling with a drink and enjoying each other’s homemade food. During the ‘Diwali Get Together’, the Samaj presented Champaben with a cheque for £750, which was kindly received on behalf of Dipak Dristi Group. This donation has helped the group to register with New Life Church to hire a special-needs minibus on any occasion and enabled them to train two volunteers, Dilipbhai Mistry and Lalitaben Mistry, to drive and operate the minibus. This has allowed the group to take their members on more trips.

We are very proud of all the participants who took part in the HQ Sports Day and in particular those from the Tameside branch who continually support us and come back with medals. A revised SPA Tameside Branch Telephone Directory was released in January 2019. Additional copies, are available via the Tameside branch secretary. Finally, on behalf of the SPA (UK) Tameside Executive committee and Trustees; I would like to express our gratitude and thanks to all our branch members, volunteers and HQ for their relentless contribution in supporting the success of the Tameside Samaj. Thank You! Jai Shree Krishna Sailesh Bhanabhai Mistry SPA Tameside Branch Secretary

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Wellingborough Wellingborough Branch

Wellingborough’s key focus remains raising funds for charities and 2019 wasn’t any different. This past year we donated over £3,000 to two local charities Daylight Centre and Service Six, and to one national charity, Motor Neurone Disease. Daylight Centre – an independent local charity helping people

Music was provided by local DJs, 2 Hot Entertainment who kept the dance floor filled. There was also a raffle, tombola and the street food was

in Wellingborough and the surrounding areas

amazing. Cheques were presented to Mencap and Children are Butterflies who both received £1,001

in meeting personal challenges that range from


complex mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse, learning difficulties, to homelessness or just

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped create such

feeling fragile, isolated and alone.

a successful event. The 2019 theme was “Back to the 80s” … more news on that in next year’s Sandesh.

Service Six Northamptonshire’s

Waendel Walk

leading community charity

In May, 20 branch members participated in the

who provide professional therapeutic support,

International Waendel Walk in Wellingborough and the surrounding areas. One group of 18 people

activities and services to thousands of hard-toreach disadvantaged children, young people, adults and families.

walked 11 miles and a small group of 2 people did a shorter walk. The amount raised was over £2,000.

Motor Neurone Disease - the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by MND.

largest group to date. It was a thoroughly enjoyable event as the walkers took in the lovely villages and fields around Wellingborough. Thanks to everyone who took part and to all sponsors, your support is appreciated.

We’ve now donated almost £43,000 to over 45 local, national and international charities and disaster appeals since 2005. Big thanks to our branch members as well as our friends from other communities who continue to give their support. Here are some of our branch activities these last 12 months. Charity Fundraiser At the time of writing, the 2019 fundraiser hadn’t taken place but we can report on the 2018 event which was our 11th Fundraiser with an “Indian Street Food” theme. It was very well supported with people attending from various communities. 70

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This was the 13th year we’ve participated and our

Shree Bhuvaneshwar Mahadev Samuh Rudri Abhishek This also took place in May with around 150 people in attendance. The event started at 9am and we were very pleased with the support of the yajmans and all of the public who attended. The pooja was conducted by Shree Labshanker Shastri from Gondal Mandir in a peaceful and holy atmosphere. After the Abhishek, thal and aarti, a discourse was given by Adhyaksh Shree Pujya Ghanshyamji which was followed by darshan, pranam and bhojan prasadi. Thanks to all yajmans, donors, the public for their support and especially the volunteers who were up very early on a Sunday morning preparing the food and setting up the hall. All of which made this charity fundraising event a great success. Family Fun Day The national Family Fun Day was held at Wicksteed Park in Kettering in July and Wellingborough Branch were proud to support this event. The turnout was lower than previous years but that was probably down to the unpredictable weather and the fact that India were playing in the cricket World Cup! However, everyone that did attend thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we’re already looking forward to next year’s event. From all of us in Wellingborough, we wish you all the best for 2020!

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Walsall Branch With new interest and passion, the recently elected committee stepped into their old shoes again to bring renewed enthusiasm back to the Walsall Samaj. Many of the current executive team are long serving members that have a wealth of experience and knowledge which is enabling the stable running of the organisation once again. Although we have held back on the activities, this year we have concentrated on attracting people back to the organisation and winning their support which we think is the first stepping stone in any prosperous community. A special mention must go to the Mahila ladies that have brought Walsall samaj back onto the active platform once more. At very short notice a handful of ladies got together to choreograph and perform a garbo at the HQ Senior Samelan this year. Although nervous to begin, the ladies soon got into the hang of things and delivered a first-class performance on the day that was greatly appreciated. After nine years the summer trip made a return! In July, a coach full of people went on a long weekend away to Torquay and Newquay with a short stay in


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Brixham. It was nice that we had attracted some loyal travellers from previous excursions as well as some new faces. In addition, the branch extends its congratulations to Kamran and Priyan who were the winner and runner up respectively in the Junior Pools category. Thank you boys for winning a trophy for the branch! Other activities hosted by the branch included the much loved Shradh Bhajan and a combined Diwali and Christmas Party which was well received. The executive team would like to thank all our members who have helped us during the year, and we hope we can continue to rely on your support in new year ahead.

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Sureshchandra Govindbhai Mistry (Late) õh. kyf¡iQ„Ö Np¡thv$cpB rd”u 04.08.1946 (Lakhanpore, India) - 16.11.2019 (ashton-under-lyne, UK)

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In loving memory of of father and grandfather and brother, the Late Mr Sureshchandra Govindbhai Mistry who passed away at Tameside General Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne (UK) on Saturday 16 November 2019. He will be dearly missed. We thank through this ‘Prajapati Sandesh’ all the relatives, friends and well wishers for support, encouragement, sharing our grief and attending the funeral. Your kindness, help and support to us is greatly appreciated. l¡ âcy& kyf¡iQ„Ö Np¡thv$cpB rd”u sp. 16.11.2019 “p ApõV$“-A„X$f-gpB“ (ey.L¡$.) õh®Nhpk ’ep “p ApÐdp“¡ cphcfu îÙp„S>rg. Adpfp Ly$Vy„$b ‘f Aphu ‘X¡$g AZ^pfu Ap‘rÑh¡mp ê$bê$ ‘^pfu, V¡$guap¡“ A“¡ Bd¡Bg Üpfp s¡dS> A„rsdq¾$ep kde¡ lpS>f flu cphcfu îÙp„S>rg A“¡ Apðpi“ ‘pW$h“pf v$f¡L$ kNpõ“¡luAp¡ s’p rdÓp¡“p¡ ìe[¼sNs Apcpf dp“hp¡ Ai¼e lp¡hp’u Ap âÅ‘rs k„v$¡i Üpfp Ap‘ kp¥“p¡ lpqv$®L$ Apcpf dp“uA¡ R>uA¡. ApS>¡ ldp¡ kp¥ Ap‘“¡ Adpfp úv$e“u cphcfu îÙp„S>rg A‘®Z L$fuA¡ R>uA¡. Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

Sanjay Mistry (Son)

Anita Jones (Daughter)


k„S>e rd”u (‘yÓ) A“usp Å¡“T (‘yÓu) hus¡i rd”u (‘yÓ)

Vitesh Mistry (Son) Son-in-law & Daughter-in-law: Danny Jones & Louise Grandsons: Jaiden, Jaxson Jai and Kallen Jai Brothers: Manubhai, Yogenkumar, Deviprasad, Charanram, Devkrishna. Sisters: Late Niruben, Padmaben Brothers-in-law: Thakorbhai, Late Rameshbhai. Sisters-in-law: Nirmala, Champa, Madhu, Chandrakanta and Erica

âcy Ap‘“p ApÐdp“¡ ip„rs bn¡ ± ip„rs: ip„rs: ip„rs:

82 Taunton Road, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 9DU

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Niruben Thakorbhai Mistry (Late) õh. “uê$b¡“ W$pL$p¡fcpB rd”u 29.06.1943 (Kasba, India) - 15.04.2019 (Ashton-under-lyne, UK)

29.06.1943 L$õbp, cpfs - 15.04.2019 ApõV$“-A„X$f-gpB“$, ey.L¡$.

In loving memory of wife, mother, mother-in-law, grand-mother and sister, Late Mrs Niruben Thakorbhai Mistry who passed away at Tameside General Hospital, Ashton-under-Lyne (UK) on 15 April 2019. We thank through this ‘Prajapati Sandesh’ all the relatives, friends and well wishers for support, encouragement, sharing our grief and attending the funeral. Special thank you to her bothers The Late Sureshbhai, Manu, Yogen, Deviprasad, Charanram, Devkrishna, sister Padma, sisters-in-law Nirmala, Champa, Madhu, Chandrakanta and Erica. Your kindness, help and support to us is greatly appreciated. l¡ âcy& dpfu â¡dpm ^d®‘Гu “uê$b¡“ sp. 15.04.2019 “p ApõV$“-A„X$f-gpB“ (ey.L¡$.) õh®Nhpk ’ep “p ApÐdp“¡ cphcfu îÙp„S>rg. Adpfp Ly$Vy„$b ‘f Aphu ‘X¡$g AZ^pfu Ap‘rÑh¡mp ê$bê$ ‘^pfu, V¡$guap¡“ A“¡ Bd¡Bg Üpfp s¡dS> A„rsdq¾$ep kde¡ lpS>f flu cphcfu îÙp„S>rg A“¡ Apðpi“ ‘pW$h“pf v$f¡L$ kNpõ“¡luAp¡ s’p rdÓp¡“p¡ ìe[¼sNs Apcpf dp“hp¡ Ai¼e lp¡hp’u Ap âÅ‘rs k„v$¡i Üpfp Ap‘ kp¥“p¡ lpqv$®L$ Apcpf dp“uA¡ R>uA¡. ApS>¡ ldp¡ kp¥ Ap‘“¡ Adpfp úv$e“u cphcfu îÙp„S>rg A‘®Z L$fuA¡ R>uA¡. gu. îu W$pL$p¡fcpB gëgycpB rd”u Om Shantih Shantih Shantih Thakorbhai Lallubhai Mistry (Husband) Virendrakumar Thakorbhai Mistry (Son)

Kalpana Bipinbhai Mistry (Daughter)

Bipinbhai Mistry (Son-in-Law)


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Vijaykumar Thakorbhai Mistry (Son) Grandsons: Ketan and Kiran Granddaughter: Tina and Grandson-in-Law Nitesh Mistry

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352 Oldham Road, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire OL7 9PS

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Dayaram Lallubhai Mistry (Late) õh. v$epfpd gëgycpB rd”u 11.04.1937 (Moldhara, India) - 24.07.2018 (leicester, UK)

11.04.1937 dp¡g^pfp, cpfs - 24.07.2018 g¡õV$f, ey.L¡$.

In loving memory of my dear husband, loving father and grandfather. Your kindness towards your family will be cherished forever. Not a day goes by without remembering you, your cheeky smile and laughter. Those of you who know dad will remember a jovial man, someone who was strong minded and stood up for what he believed. Someone who put his family first and loved a good get together. We will never forget the solid example he set for us all and the way he fought right up to the end. We are proud of him and we will miss him every day that we wake up without him in this world. We carry him close to our hearts and with that, we strive to celebrate life as he would have liked us to, for each of our smiles lies his beautiful memories. He left us on Tuesday 24th July 2018. He now lives in our hearts forever more. l¡ “p’ Å¡X$u lp’ ‘pe¡ â¡d’u klº dp„Nue¡, ifÏ„ dm¡ kpQy sdpfy„ A¡ úv$e’u dp„Nue¡. S>¡ Æh Apìep¡ Ap‘ ‘pk¡ QfZdp„ A‘“phÅ¡, ‘fdpÐdp A¡ ApÐdp“¡ ip„rs kpQu Ap‘Å¡.. Om Shantih Shantih Shantih Shantaben Dayaram Mistry Dineshkumar Dayaram Mistry Jayshree D Mistry Surekha Bhupendra Mistry Bhupendra V Mistry Niranjana Bhupendra Kara Bhupendra V Kara Grandchildren: Vinay, Bhaven, Neesha & Rahul


Jai Shri Krishna 18 Mill Hill Lane, Leicester LE2 1AH

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Khandubhai Keshavbhai Lad (Late) õh. M„Xy$cpB L¡$ihcpB gpX$ 09.08.1937 (Talangpur, India) - 15.01.2019 (Harrow, UK)

09.08.1937 sg„N‘yf, cpfs - 15.01.2019 l¡fp¡h, ey.L¡$.

In loving memory of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother. Words cannot describe how much we miss you, we will cherish fond memories always. You treated us with affection and kindness. You were selfless, impartial, honest; a perfect gentleman. The best role model we could have had. You taught us how to be honest, sincere, resilient, and independent. Thank you for gracing our lives. May your soul rest in peace. Khandubhai will be missed by his Beloved Wife, Bhagvatiben. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

gu Bhagvatiben Khandubhai Lad (Wife) Rakesh (Son) & Shraddha (Daughter–in–Law) Preeti (Daughter) & Richard (Son–in–Law) Chetan (Son) & Kavita (Daughter–in–Law) Grandchildren: Asha, Damica, Amelie, Shriya, Jemima and Arun Brothers and Sisters: Family of (late) Naranbhai Bhulabhai Lad & Family of (late) Keshavbhai Bhulabhai Lad 33 Farm Avenue, North Harrow, Middlesex HA2 7LS

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Naginbhai Ranchhodbhai Mistry (Late) õh. “Nu“cpB fZR>p¡X$cpB rd”u 16.07.1940 (Maliadhara, India) - 21.05.2018 (leicester, UK)

16.07.1940 drgep^fp, cpfs - 21.05.2018 g¡õV$f, ey.L¡$.

kyM vy$:Mdp„ kv$pe lksp füp, kp¥“p úv$edp„ hksp füp—& ^X$u OX$u epv$ Aph¡ sdpfu, hfkphu “p„M¡ Ap„Mp¡ Adpfu—&& cf¡gy Of fX$sy„ dy„L$u, sdp¡ Nep õh^pd& L$d®ep¡Nu sdpfp ApÐdp“¡, âcy lksp¡ fpM¡ kv$pe—&&

Adpfp Ly$Vy„$b ‘f Aphu ‘X¡$g AZ^pfu Ap‘rÑh¡mp ê$bê$ ‘^pfu, V¡$guap¡“ A“¡ Bd¡Bg Üpfp S>¡ k„v$¡ip ‘pW$ìep R>¡, s¡dS> A„rsdq¾$ep kde¡ lpS>fu Ap‘u cphcfu îÙp„S>rg s¡dS> ‘yó‘p„S>rg Ap‘hp bv$g Adpfp v$f¡L$ kNpõ“¡luS>“p¡ s’p rdÓp¡“p¡ ìe[¼sNs Apcpf dp“hp¡ Ai¼e lp¡hp’u Adp¡ Ap âÅ‘rs k„v$¡i Üpfp Ap‘ kp¥“p¡ lpqv$®L$ Apcpf dp“uA¡ R>uA¡. ‘fd L©$‘pmy ‘fdpÐdp kv¹$Ns“p Adf ApÐdp“¡ rQf ip„rs A‘£ A¡S> ldpfu A„s:L$fZ“u âcy âp’®“p. In loving memory of a dearly departed husband, beloved dad and a proud bapa. We are truly grateful for everything you did for us and your presence will be missed. Your hard work and sacrifices have created a better life for us all. We will cherish your love, wisdom, kind nature and your memory will remain in our hearts for ever. May your soul rest in peace. Om Shantih Shantih Shantih Jashuben Naginbhai Mistry (Wife) Jayesh Mistry (Son) Anita Mistry (Daughter-in-Law) Dipak Mistry (Son) Anita Mistry (Daughter-in-Law) Kishan Govind (Son-in-Law) Late Shila Govind (Daughter) Grandchildren: Deepika, Henna, Shyam, Alisha, Mya


s¡dS> kh£ Ly$Vy„$buS>“p¡“p S>eîu ¾|$óZ 221 Cannon Street, Leicester LE4 6GJ

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Jagjivandas Somabhai Bhana Mistry (Late) õh. S>NÆh“v$pk kp¡dpcpB cpZp rd”u 04.10.1928 (NAVSARI, India) - 27.03.2019 (leicester, UK)

04.10.1928 “hkpfu, cpfs - 27.03.2019 g¡õV$f, ey.L¡$.

In Loving Memory of a Dear Husband, Wonderful Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather. Your hard work, passion, courage and sacrifices are an inspiration to us all. We will never forget your generous nature, wisdom in wise words and your love for us all. We miss you, we are grateful for everything you did for us all and your memories will live In our hearts always. May God rest your soul in Eternal peace. A¡L$ ìlpgp ‘rs, â¡dpmy r‘spîu A“¡ v$pv$p“u epv$ s¡dS> Adpfp dpV¡$ L$f¡g AÞe L$pep£ Adp¡ l„d¡ip dpV¡$ epv$ fpMiy„. Ly$Vy„$b dpV¡$ sdpfp¡ Ad|ëe cp¡N L$p¡B qv$hk Adpfp’u cygpi¡ “rl. s¡ Adpf¡ dpV¡$ epv$Nufu ê$‘¡ l„d¡i fl¡i¡. ‘fd L©$‘pmy ‘fdpÐdp kv¹$Ns“p Adf ApÐdp“¡ rQf ip„rs A‘£ A¡S> ldpfu A„s:L$fZ“u âcy âp’®“p. ApS>¡ ldp¡ kp¥ Ap‘“¡ Adpfp úv$e“u cphcfu îÙp„S>rg A‘®Z L$fuA¡ R>uA¡. Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

Maniben Jagjivandas Mistry (Wife) Narendra Jagjivandas Mistry (Son) Mrudula N Mistry (Daughter In Law) Balwantray Jagjivandas Mistry (Son) Padma B Mistry (Daughter In Law) Ranjan M Mistry (Daughter) Mohanlal N Mistry (Son In Law) Anuradha A Mistry (Daughter) Anilbhai M Mistry (Son In Law) Paksha P Mistry (Daughter) Pravinbhai P Mistry (Son In Law) Grandchildren: Nina & Keith, Pritesh & Katie, Preya, Vimal & Reena, Mishale & Niraj, Hitesh & Rosey, Hiren, Bhavin, Kishan Great Grandchildren: Nia, Rohan, Ella


229 Canon Street, Leicester LE4 6GJ

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Manubhai Maganlal Mistry


õh. d“ycpB dN“gpg rd”u

28.07.1938 (Kasbapar, India) 15.03.2018 (aSHTON-UNDER-LYNE, UK)

28.07.1938 L$õbp‘pf, cpfs - 15.03.2018 ApõV$“-A„X$f-gpB“$, ey.L¡$.

Laxmiben Manubhai Mistry õh. gndub¡“ d“ycpB rd”u

26.11.1947 (MOMBASA, KENYA) 27.03.2019 (ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE, UK)

26.11.1947 dp¡çbpkp, L¡$Þep - 27.03.2019 ApõV$“-A„X$f-gpB“, ey.L¡$.

In loving memory of a dear mother and father and doting grandparents who came to the UK in 1966 to pursue a dream. Passionate about horology from his early days in India, Manubhai pursued a lifelong career establishing a successful business manufacturing watches and clocks and being a mentor to others. His dream was only possible through the unrelenting support of his wife and our mother Laxmiben who worked tirelessly alongside him to bring up a family and support him through his business ventures. We will miss you both more than you will ever know, your generosity and willingness to help those less fortunate has entrenched in us the values you held dear to your heart. Your home was open to all and your reassuring guidance and warm welcome was the flame around which every member of the family knew was a refuge of laughter, solace and union. Your hard work and encouragement has enabled us the opportunities to follow our hearts and flourish, and the strength you showed us throughout the difficult times is an example to us all of unfaltering determination and to never give up in the face of adversity. May your souls rest in peace together. Om Shantih Shantih Shantih Anita Mistry (Daughter) Kiran Mistry & Bhavna Mistry (Son & Daughter in Law) Anjelina K Mistry (Granddaughter) Parents’ Brothers & Sisters: Jayantilalbhai, Ramilaben & Binduben Mistry Jasuben, Natubhai, Ambaben, Parvatiben & Kantubhai Mistry 3 Elmswood Drive, Godley, Hyde SK14 3SE

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Ghelabhai Dayal Mistry

Laxmiben Ghelabhai Mistry



õh. O¡gpcpB v$epm rd”u

õh. gndub¡“ O¡gpcpB rd”u

16.05.1928 Ly„$cpfarmep, cpfs - 10.08.2019 b°¡X$ap¡X®$, ey.L¡$.

06.08.1934 hghpX$p, cpfs - 19.08.1981 b°¡X$ap¡X®$, ey.L¡$.

16.05.1928 (Khumbharfalia, India) 10.08.2019 (BRADFORD, UK)

06.08.1934 (Valvada, India) 19.08.1981 (BRADFORD, UK)

Who lives in self- harmony, Whose faith is his life; And he who finds wisdom, Soon finds the peace Supreme. - Bhagvad Gita. In loving memory of a devoted husband, wonderful parents, proud grandparents and much cherished great grandparents. Those who knew our parents will remember two wonderful people who loved all and were a source of joy to everyone. They were both extremely dutiful providing support not only to their family but to our beloved Samaj and beyond. They were both very inspirational and remain as bright exemplary guiding lights to all. Their wise words and actions provided balm to all seeking advice at troubled times. The loving warm smiles that glowed upon their gentle faces offered reassurance to all that met them. We miss them dearly and treasure the special memories they have given us that will provide ample moments of joy and love in our hearts always. May God’s abode provide your souls an abundance of love and peace. Om Shantih Shantih Shantih Diwaliben Ghelabhai Mistry (wife) Jagdishbhai Mistry (son) Diptiben Mistry (Daughter-in-Law) Anil Mistry (son) Menaxiben Mistry (Daughter-in-Law) Niruben Mistry (daughter) Pranjivan Mistry (Son-in-Law) Narbadaben Lad (daughter) Amratbhai Lad (Son-in-Law) Enduben Lad (daughter) Thakorbhai Lad (Son-in-Law) Grandchildren: Jaineesha, Krishan, Shivani, Joshan, Jayna, Rikki, Heena, Jayant, Ryan and Keisha Great Grandchildren: Khush, Shant, Harriet, Matilda, Aashriya


8 Cambridge Street, Great Horton, Bradford BD7 3BX

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Bhikhabhai Nathubhai Mistry

Kamlaben Bhikhabhai Mistry



õh. cuMpcpB “p’ycpB rd”u

õh. L$dmpb¡“ cuMpcpB rd”u

15.05.1917 (Maroli Bazar, India) - 18.01.2003 (Rugby, UK)

05.01.1923 (Jalalpore, India) - 17.01.2019 (RUGBY, UK)

15.05.1917 dfp¡gu bTpf, cpfs - 18.01.2003 fÁbu$, ey.L¡$.

05.01.1923 S>gpg‘p¡f, cpfs - 17.01.2019 fÁbu, ey.L¡$.

In loving memory of our Ba and Bapuji. At this time, we are reminded of the virtues and ideals Ba and Bapuji stood for as well as the sacrifices they made to make our life good and prosperous. Bapuji was the first student to enrol at Shri Prajapati Vidyarthi Ashram in Navsari, when established in 1934. He went to Africa in the forties, worked as a carpenter in Zanzibar and then in Dar-es-Salam. He came to the UK in 1970. He was a quiet, content and a generous person, always giving more than you could ever ask for. Ba was a bright child and an outstanding student (studied for 7 years when 4 was the norm). She was offered a job as a teacher, but the family turned it down due social stigma. She was always methodical and meticulous as well as self-reliant in managing family and her own tasks. She loved to read and write and was wise and quick witted in any conversation. We miss them very much Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Dolatrai Bhikhabhai Mistry (Son) Bhanumati D Mistry (Daughter In Law) Kantaben Shantilal Mistry (Daughter) Shantilal Umedbhai Mistry (Son In Law) Bhanumati Mistry (Daughter) Prabodhbhai Bhikhabhai Mistry (Son) Kaminiben P Mistry (Daughter In Law) Pushpaben Kantilal Mistry (Daughter) Kantilal Dhanjibhai Mistry (Son In Law) And all the grandchildren and great grandchildren


27 Avenue Road, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 2JN

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Vasanjibhai Devabhai Mistry

Manchhaben Vasanjibhai Mistry



õh. hkS>ÆcpB v$¡hpcpB rd”u

õh. d„R>pb¡“ hk“ÆcpB rd”u

18.12.1931 (Bigri, India) - 25.06.2017 (BRADFORD, UK)

18.04.1932 (amalsad, India) - 08.11.2013 (BRADFORD, UK)

18.12.1931 buN°u, cpfs - 25.06.2017 b°¡X$ap¡X®$, ey.L¡$.

18.04.1932 AdgkpX$, cpfs - 08.11.2013 b°¡X$ap¡X®$, ey.L¡$.

No amount of words could do justice to our parents. Both were the guiding lights in our lives. The discipline, high moral standards, work ethics and guidance were, at times, difficult to follow but these qualities have borne fruit in all our lives. Although you have passed on, the guiding light still shines and will continue to shine in all our hearts throughout our lives. We will miss your wisdom and your limitless love for us. We hope we can impart these qualities to our children and grandchildren. Your absence has left a huge emptiness in our daily lives. We nurture the memories of our time together which will always be embedded deeply in our hearts and minds and therefore you will always be with us for eternity. We are confident that both of you have achieved Maux (Salvation) and your Atma (soul) are with Parmatma for eternal peace as per your endeavours and unwavering devotion to God. Life is Love and Love is Life. Mum & Dad, we will always love you. Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

Chandrakantbhai Vasanjibhai Mistry (Son) Pushpaben C Mistry (Daughter In Law) (Late) Shashikantbhai Vasanjibhai (Son) Shushilaben S Mistry (Daughter In Law) Champaben Vasanjibhai Mistry (Daughter) (Late) Vasanjibhai DayabhaiMistry (Son In Law) Grandchildren: Nila & Hemantkumar, Kirti & Kishanlal, Sonal & Dhirren, Kishan, Krisha & Jatin, Harshaben & Dipak, Sarjubhai & Bhavnaben Great Grandchildren: Avni & Mayuri, Jaanvi, Priyana, Dilan & Amiya, Anaya Jai Shree Krishna


274 Clayton Road, Bradford BD7 2RA

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Chhanabhai (Chhaganbhai) Lalbhai Mistry (Late) õh. R>“pcpB (R>N“cpB) gpgcpB rd”u 06.05.1939 (Gunaswel, India) - 23.11.2018 (Stanmore, UK)

06.05.1939 NyZkh¡g, cpfs - 23.11.2018 õV¡$“dp¡f, ey.L¡$.

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Ambaram Somabhai Mistry (Late) õh. A„bpfpd kp¡dpcpB rd”u 17.05.1931 (Aden, Yemen) - 21.06.2019 (rugby, UK)

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Maniben Maganbhai Mistry

Maganbhai Hansjibhai Mistry



õh. dZub¡“ dN“cpB rd”u

õh. dN“cpB lp„kÆcpB rd”u

30.03.1931 (Jalalpore, India) - 24.02.2019 (London, UK)

13.07.1926 (Kasba, India) - 04.08.2019 (London, UK)

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Dear Ba and Bapuji You are and always will be Sadly, missed along life’s way, Quietly remembering every day. No longer in our lives to share, But in our hearts, you’re always there Your care, kindness, love and devotion to the lives of Everyone in the family will always be remembered May God rest your souls in eternal peace.

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Bhanabhai Ratanji Chhiba Mistry (Late) õh. cpZpcpB fs“Æ R>ubp rd”u 16.07.1932 (Vedchha, India) - 08.08.2018 (Northolt, UK)

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In loving memory of Husband, Dad and Bapa. Thank you for the love and support you have given us, you are dearly missed and will always be missed. You lived your life simply and with strong values centered around family, fairness and honesty. You were seen as a strong man, but it was your quiet actions and humble approach to life that spoke louder than any words and touched our souls. You loved being with family and friends having your own special way of bonding with the young, the old and people from all different walks of life, many of whom turned to you for wisdom and support. Like us, many of our friends and relatives have told us of the profound impact you have had on their lives. You were highly respected as an electrical contractor, being known for your professionalism & integrity. You worked in many countries and cultures, but particularly Kenya the country you made home and where you contributed to a number of landmark buildings during its formative years. We are all privileged to have had you as a part of our lives, and as we remember you, we will cherish our time, the fun and laughter we had together and raise a glass to you always. Rest in peace, with all our love. Om Shantih Shantih Shantih

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Govindbhai Prabhubhai Mistry 7th April 1934 Bodali, India - 30th September 2018 London, UK

In loving memory of our devoted husband, beloved father and a very, very proud grandfather Govindbhai. To say that we are all heartbroken is an understatement and it has been a very difficult year without you. Dad always had a smile on his face and was the ultimate family man, and nothing made him happier when we all got together and enjoyed each other’s company. He beamed even louder when he was surrounded by his 8 grandchildren. Our Dad was our rock, advisor and mentor, and dealing with his absence has been the biggest challenge we have ever faced. You are always in our thoughts and at the forefront of our minds during anything we do. We especially miss your happy and wise messages, sent when there is an occasion like a birthday, especially when you wished us “many, many happy returns of the day”. Message from the Grandchildren We could never think of a better role model than our Bapa/Dada. He was such a great inspiration and always encouraged us to achieve our best. He helped show us the world with his teachings and his stick, making us into the rounded people we are today. Our lives so far have been a blessing because of him and moving forward without his advice, guidance and wisdom almost seems impossible, but will continue working hard as he always taught us, to make him even prouder wherever he is now. Save us an ice cream and we will see you when we see you. We love you lots Bapa/Dada and we will miss you forever. Govindbhai suddenly passed away on 30th September 2018, at the age of 84 leaving a black hole in our lives. We are so glad that you were such a tremendous influence in our lives, and you will live on in our hearts with all your wise words and experiences.. Rest in Peace. Lalitaben Govinbhai Anil, Anita, Dylan, Alicia Nayna Anjana, Bipin, Nivesh, Devshia, Vikita Neela, Lakhbinder, Aran, Sophia, Rohan 2 Dacre Road, Upton Park, London E13 0PS

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Balubhai Naranbhai Lad 6th June 1940 Talangpur, India - 16th December 2018 North Wembley, London, UK

In fond and loving memory of a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. You were selfless and devoted to advancement of your whole family and strived tirelessly and sacrificed much in pursuit of this for which we are truly grateful. Your hospitality and welcome were very warm and genuine, and you listened to, and gave respect to all around you. You helped many people In advancement of their lives with no expectation for anything in return. We are truly blessed to have had you in our lives and although we miss you dearly your influence and teachings will remain with us for the rest of our lives. Physically you may be gone but you will never be forgotten. A poem for you till we meet again……. You left us as your work here with us was done, Whilst you were with us family and friends had so much fun, You were the pillar of our family and touched all our lives, And showed us through hard work and commitment we can thrive, We miss you dearly but accept you had to go, Now you enjoy your future through the good seeds you did sow, Never a day goes by where we don’t think of you, As your kind spirit lives on in us through and through. We wish you eternal peace wherever you are, And we hope one day we will re-unite on that same Star. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Shantiben Balubhai Lad (Wife) Nilesh Lad (Son) & Payal Lad (Daughter-in-Law) Sheila Mistry (Daughter) & Bharat Mistry (Son-in-Law) Grandchildren: Jamie, Zaina, Niyam & Diyan 89 Carlton Avenue West, North Wembley, Middlesex HA0 3RB

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Treasurer Pravinbhai G Mistry

Treasurer Subhashbhai N Mistry

Treasurer Bejay M Mistry Shree Prajapati Association Bradford Hindu Temple and Community Centre Thornton Lane, Off Little Horton Lane, Bradford, BD5 9DN + 44 (0) 1274 578115 E:

Shree Prajapati Association Birmingham 249 Warwick Road Birmingham, B11 2QX +44 (0) 121 753 2893 E:

London President Arvindbhai D Mistry Secretary Kishorbhai J Lad Treasurer Ranjanben M Mistry Shree Prajapati Association London 519 North Circular Road London, NW2 7QG E:

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Secretary Dipakbhai C Mistry +44 (0) 1509 557128

Secretary Kirtiben B Mistry +44 (0) 1582 580007

Treasurer Babubhai R Mistry +44 (0) 1509 211216

Treasurer Ashockbhai P Mistry +44 (0) 1582 573551

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Leicester President Jayantilal D Mistry

Secretary Kalpanaben C Mistry Treasurer Arvindbhai P Mistry

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Charity Trustees

President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Charity Co-Ordinator SPA (UK) ITF Chair Mahila Convenor Birmingham Bolton Bradford Coventry East London Leicester London Loughborough Luton Preston Rugby Tameside Walsall Wellingborough

Bharatbhai C Mistry (Birmingham) Kamleshbhai C Mistry (Birmingham) Vipulbhai H Mistry (Birmingham) Pravinbhai G Mistry (Birmingham) Jitubhai C Mistry (Leicester) Hansaben K Mistry (Bolton) Nayanaben N Mistry (Leicester) Piyushkumar Ambalal Mistry Hansaben K Mistry Shantilal V Mistry Bhikhubhai Mistry Balvantrai M Mistry Jayantilal D Mistry Arvindbhai D Mistry Rameshbhai C Mistry Yogeshbhai G Mistry Umeshbhai Mistry Rameshbhai Mistry Bharatbhai Mistry Jayantibhai Mistry Bhupendrabhai K Mistry

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Kiranchandra D Mistry Champakbhai Fakira Natubhai J Lad Pravinbhai T Mistry Uttambhai S Mistry Hansaben S Mistry Jasuben Mistry Jayantibhai N Mistry Ashockbhai P Mistry Prakashbhai P Mistry Kantibhai Rambhai Mistry Manubhai G Mistry Jayantibhai Mistry Nanubhai Mistry

Working Committee or Sub-committee Members


Assistant Secretary Assistant Treasurer Sports Team PRO SPA (UK) ITF Secretary Mahila Secretary Mahila Assistant Single/Mingle Sandesh Editor Sandesh Design Lead Accounts Examiner Webmaster GDPR Officer Seniors Chair Seniors Secretary Seniors Asst. Secretary Seniors Assistants

Balubhai M Lad (Bradford), Hansaben K Mistry (Bolton) Ranjanaben Mistry (London), Rajnikantbhai L Mistry (Leicester) Vipulbhai H Mistry (Birmingham), Eleshbhai C Mistry (London) Kiranchandra D Mistry (Birmingham) Dineshbhai L Mistry (Coventry) Bhagwatiben Mistry (Leicester) Padmaben B Mistry, Madhuben Mistry, Minaben Mistry - (all Leicester) Anilbhai D Mistry (Luton) Jasuben Mistry (London) Dineshbhai V Mistry (Preston) Jaybhai Mistry (London) Arunbhai A Mistry (Luton) Manubhai G Mistry (Tameside) Balvantrai M Mistry (East London) Pushpaben Y Mistry (Luton) Ranjanaben V Mistry (East London) Dolatrai B Mistry (Rugby), Bhikhubhai V Mistry (Coventry), Pravinbhai T Mistry (Coventry)


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Do you want to feature in the Sandesh next year? If so, here is how...

1. Reserve your page For Adverts, Congratulations, Shradhdhanjalis, booking is confirmed ONLY upon receipt of a Non-Refundable deposit of £50 or full payment. Full balance to be settled by the Closing Date.

Full Page

1/2 Page

A4 page 210 x 297mm

Half Page 210 x 148mm

£300 - Adverts

£175 - Adverts

£250 - Weddings, Graduations, *Shradhdhanjalis

1/4 Page

(Single Photo Only. For two/twin photos, add £25) **Note: For Shradhdhanjali text limited to Max 250 Words & 15 Lines

Quarter Page 105 x 148mm

£100 Adverts

All items are full colour, unless agreed when booking.

2. Images Send your files electronically as Print Quality PDF or JPEG. We recommend all scanned images to be high quality (300dpi or higher) to avoid any pixilation All images to be sent as attachments and not embedded on Word or Emails

5. Contact Details Please send Contents to the Sandesh Editor:

3. Content


We can also advertise for Businesses, Samaj messages, Congratulation messages, Bereavement messages and many other content of interest to general public. We are open to new ideas.

95 St Andrews Drive, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 2LZ Email: Tel: 0208 933 4656 4. Payment Payments can be made via:

1. Cheque: made payable to ‘SPA (UK)’ Or 2. Bank Transfer: Please contact the Editor for Account and Reference Number Details

Note: The closing date for all items is 30th August 2020 (if submitted after this, it will be subject to page availabilty - by contacting the Editor)

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Arun Mistry

Dinesh Mistry

Vinay Chhana

Digital Designer

Sandesh Design Liaison


Jaimini Mistry

LIAM Mistry

Graphic Designer

‘Reviewer’ & Writer’

Acknowledgement: PREEYA Mistry Graphic Designer & Art Director - Thank you for your expert consultation


Then contact Dineshbhai: 07903 83 5028


vol. 44 | Prajapati Sandesh 2019

We’re looking for creative thinkers to join the Prajapati Sandesh Editorial team. The Sandesh provides an opportunity to express your CREATIVITY and SHOWCASE your publication skills (Graphic Design, Photography, Illustration, Proof Reading, Marketing, and Gujarati language to name but a few). The Sandesh is distributed throughout the UK and overseas where your talent will be showcased.