Further to my email on 26th March when I informed you that the Annual Chattri Memorial Service was cancelled, I have some good news. Some of you replied and suggested we hold a virtual type of Service instead, not unlike the one we conducted last year. This was an excellent suggestion for which I’m very grateful. Therefore, I’m pleased to say that we have managed to hold a small Service, which will be shown on You Tube. I am grateful to Brighton and Hove City Council for their financial backing and we were able to film it under Covid restrictions. The short film of the Chattri Memorial Service will be shown on Sunday 13th June at 2.30 pm, the date and time when it would have taken place under normal circumstances. The link will also be available on our website, www.chattri.org or you can activate the link below on Sunday. The link is: https://youtu.be/uy7c-noOZII Please share this link with family and friends. In addition, a brief history of the Chattri history can also be found at the website.
I hope you will be able to virtually join in the Service and pay your respects in your own private way. I’m sure you will appreciate that we have continued holding the Annual Memorial Service since 1951 when it was first started by the Royal British Legion, notwithstanding the challenges posed by the Covid 19 Pandemic. Along the way we have lost family members or friends, some who regularly attended the Chattri Service and we share the loss with those affected and extend our condolences. On a happier note, I hope we will all gather next year at the Chattri to pay our respects in our usual manner. I look forward to seeing you next year on 12th June 2022 With my best wishes and please keep safe.
Please come enjoy a healthy walk connecting with Sussex Indian Punjabi Society friends & family whilst helping Surfers Against Sewage (https://www.sas.org.uk) to clean one million miles of coastline to stop the devastating effects of plastic pollution and to restore our oceans.
The event will be conducted in a ‘covid-aware‘ way. Please bring your own gloves, bags and grabber sticks if you have them. The group can only lend a limited number of these items.
Date : Sunday, 16th May 2021
Time: 10:00am – 13:00pm (participate for whatever duration that suits you)
Sussex Indian Punjabi Society is supporting RAYS a Curry to help feed the community to celebrate Vaisakhi this year. Due to COVID19 restrictions we are unable to organise the usual dinner & dance but we are hoping our members/volunteers can support this community initiative as a worthy replacement. If members of the community wish to support or participate, they can each help by cooking a large pot/tub of vegetarian food, enough to serve 20 people and drop off to our dedicated members; Shilpa & Pinakin Patel who run RAYS a Curry. They will consolidate & pre-heat this food before serving on Sunday to our communities at the Brighton Clock Tower. Volunteers can also request permission in advance to help distribute the food on Sunday or simply donate funds for Vaisakhi which will all go to RAYS a Curry
Preferred type of Vegetarian food: Liquid curried sauce with vegetarian ingredients like Chickpeas, Paneer, Peas, Potatoes, Soya, Kidney beans etc or Soups like Lentil Daal (Note: CHAPATI / ROTI / BREAD IS NOT REQUIRED)
Saturday 10th April – Cook & drop off food in large ‘Cooking Pot/Tub’, enough to serve 20 people to our members residence in Patcham who run RAYS a Curry
As Head Park-keeper of Wish Park in Hove, Gerald Flanagan is known for the warm welcome he gives to every single visitor. In fact, Gerald has worked hard to create a strong community spirit by getting to know each regular park user individually. And whatever the weather, he always finds the time to chat, offering a listening ear to anyone who needs it.
He is also very proactive in making the park a better place, giving up his own free time to attend meetings and research ideas. Whatever the problem or challenge, Gerald is always willing to find a solution. In fact, he goes above and beyond with all his duties, whether that’s keeping the space totally shipshape or coming up with the colourful park mural initiative.
Gerald’s endless enthusiasm is contagious, creating positive changes all around him and making Wish Park a better place for all. And although he has faced more than his fair share of challenges in life, he stays focused on bringing a smile to the faces of everybody he meets.
A true community player, Jayanti Vaghadia has spent countless hours helping vulnerable people in Brighton and beyond.
Born in Kenya, he came to Sussex in 1964 to finish his studies. After graduating as an engineer, he worked in the motor industry until retiring in 2013. Yet in his spare time, Jayanti has always looked out for others. From giving out soup on Brighton seafront in the 80s to volunteering as a befriender at Blind Veterans, he has brought joy to a lot of people. And over a 23 year period, he raised more than £24,000 for the British Heart Foundation through charity bike rides.
If this wasn’t enough, Jayanti has also volunteered at the 2012 Olympics, picked fruit for the Fareshare food charity and helped out at his local library. During the pandemic he has done odd jobs for the elderly, plus cycled across the city twice a week to give out hot meals, sleeping bags and clothes to the homeless.
Known as a quiet and caring person who is always ready to help others, Jayanti has devoted his life to spreading kindness around Brighton.