Children get trophies for a job well done


Children were given trophies at the end of a Crawley Hindu group’s year of celebrations.

The Gurjar Hindu Union (GHU) held a ‘Thank You’ party to mark the end of the series of events it put on for the fifth anniversary of its temple and the Apple Tree Centre opening.

GHU ambassador Ashwin Soni said 650 people attended its ‘mega show’ at the Hawth Theatre on November 8.

Fifty volunteers helped organise and 150 people performed at the show. Each received a fifth anniversary trophy as a memento of the year.

The party was held at the Apple Tree Centre in Ifield Avenue over the weekend.

Indian Bollywood, Irish, Brazilian and Salsa dancers performed at the Hawth event.

The audience enjoyed a 20 minute firework display; a traditional lighting of a lamp by the Mayor of Crawley, Cllr Chris Cheshire; the High Sherriff of West Sussex, Denise Patterson; and Crawley MP Henry Smith.

The Duke of Gloucester visited the temple and community centre as part of the celebrations on October 14.

Some 100 Crawley people went to a 60,000-strong rally welcoming the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modiat Wembley stadium on Friday (November 13). Mr Soni said GHU dance teacher Bharat Natiyam and Priya Bhawaneedin choreographed and performed a classical dance at the event. Another local woman, Dimple Limbachia, welcomed the prime minister when he arrived for his UK visit.