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Newsreel - Jun 2012

Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji’s Martyrdom Day

Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji, fifth Sikh Guru, the first Sikh martyr, constructed Harmandir Sahib at Amritsar; compiled the original Adi Granth (subsequently to be installed by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji (tenth Sikh Guru) as Sri Guru Granth Sahib, eternal Sikh Guru); and introduced dasvandh (whereby Sikhs contribute one tenth of their righteous earnings for community purposes).

Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji also laid the foundation for Sikh martyrdom when giving his life rather than compromising on Sikh values, when on the instructions of the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, Guru Ji was tortured continuously for five days for his beliefs and teachings and Guru Ji’s reluctance to compromise on his faith values as was being demanded by the Mughal authorities. To mark the anniversary and to pay homage to Guru Ji’s martyrdom Gurdwara has arranged Akhand Paath programme (14th to 16th June), followed by kirtan katha, details of which can be found on page 9 of this edition.

Chattri Memorial Service at Patcham Brighton

The Chattri Memorial is in the memory of Indian Soldiers who, during the First World War, had been brought over from the Western Front to be hospitalized in Brighton to recover from their war wounds. Sikh and Hindu soldiers who did not recover were cremated in Brighton while the Muslims were buried in Woking.

On the site of the cremation ground near Patcham in Brighton, a Chattri memorial was unveiled by Prince of Wales in 1921, where every year since, in the month of June,  a memorial service is held at Chattri in remembrance of the Indian soldiers who were cremated on that site. However, it had been the Undivided Indian Ex-Services Association that had helped to increase awareness and wider interest in this historic chapter and for the last five years Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha has also been associated with this annual memorial service and given full support to the local Sikh war veterans, including ensuring their presence at these memorial services.

This year’s service will be at 2.30pm on Sunday 10th June 2012 to be followed by a reception at a local school. Further information can be obtained from the Chattri Memorial website

Kitchen Refurbishment

Gurdwara congregation members are requested to note that there is major work going on in the main langar / kitchen to refurbish and improve facilities.

Kitchen area, wash room and storage areas are being increased and made better to improve the safety environment of langar (community kitchen) area. Opportunity is being taken to provide better serving facilities, cookers, more storage space and reduce risk in the wash room by improving the layout of sinks etc.

During these works the congregation will experience much inconvenience and this is regretted. Efforts will be made to ensure that this is kept to a minimum.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, who came to the throne on 6th February 1952 (her coronation being on 2nd June 1952), will have her Diamond Jubilee, 60 years of her reign, marked through celebrations centered around the extended weekend on 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th June. It is worth noting that the only other British Monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897.

Highlights of the Diamond Jubilee weekend will include Thames Jubilee Pageant, BBC concert at Buckingham Palace, service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral balcony appearance and fly-past. The occasion will also be marked by Big Jubilee lunches around the country, and the lighting of thousands of Jubilee beacons around the world.

Sikhs will also be participating in many of the events taking place both in London and around the country, and the Sikh Community’s formal presence is expected at St Paul’s Cathedral for the thanksgiving service.

Locally, in addition to many events taking place around the Hounslow Borough in which Sikhs are contributing and participating, Sikh volunteers from the Gurdwara will be assisting Hounslow Friends of Faith, Hounslow Community Alliance and Friends of Inwood Park to a Diamond Jubilee Party on Saturday 2nd June, to be held at Inwood Park. At the Gurdwara prayers for the continuous wellbeing and prosperous reign for the Queen will be said.

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