SPA UK Sandesh 2017 - Page 65

London Jai Shree Krishna Bhaiyo ane Baheno The year 2016-17 was an extraordinary successful year and a very busy year for London branch in many ways, with at least one event a month. On 16th July Shastri Shri Ramnikbhai Dave guided us to recite 1800 shloks from Gita as we performed the Gita Havan in 3.5 hours. This was followed by Samuh Katha in the auspicious month of Shravan where 19 couples took part. Bhajan Bhojan for Shradh Bhajans were held just before Navarati with a big turnout of nearly 250 participants. This was followed by Navarati celebration, with many youths taking part at the London Academy which was hired for 5 days, and the remaining days at the Samaj hall. It is noticeable every year that on Aatham, the Aartis always sell out at the last minute. This year there were nearly 115 Aartis on Aatham. It creates a very sober atmosphere when all lights are switched off. A very unusual event of the year was the Gujju African night held on 17th December 2016. This was mentally planned for nearly two years. The melodious music rocked the hall. African flavoured food was well liked by the audience and many VIPs expressed good messages for the community. Other main activities included monthly Satsangs held at the hall or at members’ homes by invitation. Every Wednesday at the popular elderly club we hold activities such as yoga, discussions on inheritance tax, importance of wills, health issues such as diabetes, blood pressure, Ayurveda medicine, and a cookery demonstration. In June/July 2017, we organised a holiday to Portugal. 28 people thoroughly enjoyed the company and the attractions we visited. In 2016/2017, with generous donations from our members and surplus funds from events, the Executive Committee was able to carry out the much-needed building maintenance. The successful achievement of many functions has only been possible because of help from the Wednesday centre members and many regular committed members. We would like to thank our members for their support. We have achieved a lot as can be seen when you look around the SPA London Samaj hall. We have progressed in the right direction and together let us continue to work for the betterment of our society. Jasuben Mistry Executive committee 2016-2017 vol. 42 | Prajapati Sandesh 2017 63