The GWT(UK) organised Gurkha Communities Leaders Forum in the Royal Legion Building, Salisbury on Friday 20 September 2013. Approximately thirty Gurkha representatives from across the UK were able to attend the forum to listen to presentations including:
Update of the Brigade of Gurkhas – Col James Robinson (Col BG)
Update on the GWC (UK) – Capt (Retd) Gary Ghale & Capt (Retd) Mahendra Limbu
Gurkha Settlement Fund – Ms Karen Edwards (Head of Strategy & Communications Rushmoor Borough Council)
Changes on the State Benefit System – Sue Grey (Partner Development Manager Dorset, Wiltshire & Swindon)
Age UK – Ginny Cooper Development Officer Age UK Salisbury Office
Following a lively discussion period where a number of useful points were made, Col (Retd) William Shuttlewood OBE, Director GWT (UK) closed the conference and thanked all the delegates who attended.
In honour of 200 years of Gurkha service to the British Crown, a Gurkha memorial – ‘Chautara’ (a resting place for travellers on hillside trails) was formally opened on 23 September 2013 at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire. The service was attended by representatives from all UK-based Gurkha units, members from the Gurkha Brigade Associations (GBA), Gurkha Welfare Trust, Gurkha Museum and local dignitaries.
The President of the GBA, Lt Gen Sir David Bill KCB, opened the service, which was then followed by a brief dedication and blessing of the Memorial by Pandit, Lama and GBA honorary chaplain. The Chairman GBA, Brig John Anderson led the Remembrance Service and one-minute silence was observed in remembrance of the fallen.
The Memorial, in the form of a traditional Nepalese ‘Chautara’, was erected as a result of two years of voluntary work by Mr Andrew Brown-Jackson and his team of volunteer workers from the Queen’s Gurkha Signals.
Further article on the Gurkha memorial is contained in the BFBS Gurkha Facebook link: http://www.bfbs.com/radio/article/gurkha-memorial-dedication-service
The service is live now on BFBS Aldershot 102.5FM in the Aldershot area. BFBS Gurkha Radio programmes can be heard at the following times:
Monday to Friday: 0400 – 0632 hrs and 2100 – 0000 hrs
Saturday & Sunday: 0400 – 0600 hrs and 2100 – 0000 hrs
BFBS Gurkha services are also available on their AM network across the UK and online at www.bfbs.com/radio/stations/gurkha-radio. The BFBS app is free to download (Apple and android) and also gives easy listener access on smartphone and tablet devices to all BFBS Gurkha Radio content.
Four members from the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers and 36 Engineer Regiment (Search) are taking part in Ex THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE GURKHA WAYS (Ex TPCGW) on 21 – 22 Sep 13. The event will be carried out with a traditional version of the National Three Peaks Challenge but carrying 25kg of load in DOKO (a bamboo basket). The challenge will be the DOKO RACE theme which is one of the hardest test during the Gurkha selection process in Pokhara Nepal. The team will walk 42km of up and down hill trail and drive 725km of roads between the highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales and planned to complete in 36hrs. The main aim of the event is to raise money for the Gurkha Welfare Trust as well as to promote Gurkha 200.
The outline programme of the event is as follows:
Fri 20 Sep 13 2000hrs Arrive at Fort William, Scotland
Sat 21 Sep 13 0600hrs Start the challenge from car park, Information Centre Ben Nevis
1400hrs Complete Ben Nevis and depart for Scafell Pike
2000hrs Start Scafell Pike, Lake District
Sun 22 Sep 13 0300hrs Complete Scafell Pike and depart for Snowdon
0800hrs Start Snowdon, North Wales
0200hrs Complete Snowdon and the Challenge at Pen-y-pass, North Wales.
If anyone wish to visit the team please contact Team Leader WO2(SSM) Govinda Bahadur Rana on his mobile number at 07915666623.
Please visit our pages
Facebook page: Ex Three Peaks Challenge Gurkha Ways
Follow us on twitter: @ranagb or 3 Peaks with DOKO
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As per Brigade of Gurkhas Transition forecast, Army Secretary and HQBG in conjunction with the Home Office, have run bespoke Immigration road-show on 16 September 2013 at Sir John Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe to ensure that the Service Leavers (SL) are fully understood on the Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) process and timelines. The Immigration Brief has covered all aspects of ILR procedure inclusive of the new family migration rules that the Armed Forces community will comply from 01 December 2013. Also, a team from Regular Force Employment Association (RFEA) came to deliver a presentation in order provide their support to the SL. A total of 59 SL attended the event and was noted as a huge success.
Lt General Sir David Bill KCB has, with effect from 7th Jun 2013, taken over as President of the Gurkha Brigade Association from General Sir Sam Cowan KCB CBE.
A short CV of the career of Lt Gen Sir David Bill KCB is at the following link.