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Central selection and day one for the new Gurkhas

British Gurkhas Nepal team in Pokhara have been running the Central Selection in Pokhara over the last few weeks. This is the final process of a year long programme to select the next batch of Gurkhas to join the British Army.

Only the best have made it through the process and in a few days time after their Attestation parade they will fly to the UK to commence their Phase One infantry training with Gurkha Company at the Infantry training Centre in Catterick. 

Day one for our new recruits in Pokhara

Selection in Pokhara has just been completed

Dear all Gurkha Brigade Association friends, please find below the link to all online version of Parbate.

This is January/February’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • The Reformation of 247 Gurkha Signal Squadron
  • Operation TORAL 7 The Story So Far
  • A Company’s Year to Remember:AMBOOR in 2018
  • Gurkha Company Sittang Exercise DYANMIC VICTORY
  • Pre-Infantry Battle School Course

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This is December’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • C (MOGUANG) Company Set Foot In Afghanistan
  • Brigade of Gurkhas 2018 Versatile Engagement (Full) Conditional Board Offers
  • Exercise CAMBRIAN PATROL 2018
  • Field of Remembrance Westminster 2018
  • Training Support (Babaji) Company Formation Parade

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This is October-November’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas at the Belfast International Tattoo
  • Open Chess Competition 2018
  • Gurkhas at the United Kingdom Asian Football Championships 2018 in Glasgow
  • Time to celebrate as the Queen’s Gurkha Engineers turn 70
  • Expedition SamjhanaRemembering the Nuptse Disaster of 1975

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This is September’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • Gurkha Growth Update
  • The Brigade of Gurkhas Cap Badging Ceremony
  • Gurkha Company Catterick 67th Birthday Celebrations 
  • Brigade of Gurkhas Cricket Club Update
  • Parade to name Training Support Company in Warminster -‘Tavoleto’

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This is July/August’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • Brigade Week 2018
  • Army Operational Shooting Competition 2018
  • 10 Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment celebrates 60th Birthday 
  • Exercise PULNIRMAN
  • Brecon Freedom Parade 2018

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The Brigade Bhela took place on Saturday 7th July on the sports fields at Queen’s Avenue, Aldershot Garrison. We were pleased to welcome many serving Gurkhas, veterans, family and friends who gathered on a very hot day to enjoy the football and entertainment.  

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Kathmandu Cup

The first event of the day was the of the Kathmandu Football Cup, a tournament for our Gurkha veterans. The final was won by the Queen’s Gurkha Signals. All teams showed dedication and physical effort which in the extreme heat of the day was very impressive. We welcome these veteran teams and hope to encourage more teams for next year.

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Nepal Cup Final

The main sporting event of the day was the Nepal Cup final. Over the last 10 days there have been numerous matches taking place based on an elimination process played on a pitch near Robertson House inside the grounds of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

We have certainly seen some great matches this year, with the Band making their first appearance in the competition. The competition has been really tough with some excellent exciting matches taking place which we managed to broadcast live on Facebook to those who could not make it to see the matches.

Our thanks go to the officials throughout the week who without we would not have been able to play the matches. 

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This year the final was to be played between 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles and 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles. After a hard fought 90 minutes the teams were at a stalemate of 1-1. So in the extreme heat and blazing sunshine the teams had to face another 30 minutes or golden goal to win. 10 minutes in and 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles found the net and won the Nepal Cup for 2018.  

bhela_18_reduced_153bhela_18_reduced_090The Nepal cup was presented to the captain of 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles by Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, along with man of the match trophies and highest goal scorer for the whole competition also presented. The Commanding Officer 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles was clearly very pleased with the win as were the players. 

Musical Entertainment

The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and Pipes and Drums formed from across the Brigade were also on hand to entertain the crowds and took to the football pitch before the Nepal Cup final and in the rest periods to entertain the crowds. 

The Band also performed their Kukuri dance routine which is always a favourite for the audience.

 

 Trainees from Catterick

Over 100 Gurkha Intake 18 trainees travelled down from the Catterick Infantry Training Centre. The trainees under direction of their training staff put on a display with their Kukuri knifes and taekwondo. We wish the trainees well as they still face another four months of training.

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Community

The event had a number of stalls and fun rides for all the family. We were pleased to host the Gurkha Museum, Gurkha Welfare Trust, SSAFA, RFEA and some local traders from the Gurkha community.  The event was closed with cultural dancers from the Gurkha Aldershot community. 

More images from the day can be found on this link.

A great day and we look forward to 2019 which will be bigger and better once again. So please do invite your friends and family to come along next year. We will announce the date on this website.

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The Brigade of Gurkhas Annual Golf Championship was held on Thursday 28th June 2018 at Weybrook Park Golf Course in Basingstoke.

The championship was to find the unit champion of the year as well as to measure the standard of the emerging sport of Golf within the Brigade of Gurkhas.

Unlike previous years the format of the competition was different and played in Zero handicap.

Altogether 12 teams from across the Brigade took part in the competition. The weather was fantastic and the course was in an immaculate condition with a feel of woodland as well as link course. 

Further to this, the course was set up in the championship format. The competition started at around 0900hrs.

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Overall Unit Champion:

  • Champion of the Year 2018 – 1 Royal Gurkha Rifles
  • Runners up – Queen’s Gurkha Signals

Individual Top 5 of the Brigade of Gurkhas:

  • 1st –Sergeant Santosh Gurung -2 Royal Gurkha Rifles
  • 2nd – Captain Giri Prasad Gurung –Gurkha Wing (Mandalay)
  • 3rd – Cpl Lekh Bahadur Pun -1 Royal Gurkha Rifles
  • 4th – Warrant Officer Class Two Kumar Pun -1 Royal Gurkha Rifles
  • 5th – Staff Sergeant Saroj Rai – Queen’s Gurkha Signals

Novelty Prizes:

  • Nearest to the Pin Front Nine – Corporal Tul Jung Gurung MC –Gurkha Wing (Mandalay)
  • Nearest to the Pin Back Nine – Corporal Tanka Magar -2 Royal Gurkha Rifles 
  • Longest drive- Warrant Officer Class Two Sanjeev Rai –Queen’s Gurkha Signals

 

Dear all Gurkha Brigade Association friends, please find below the link to all online version of Parbate.

This is June’s edition and it covers some events including:

  • British Defence Secretary visits Gurkhas in Brunei 
  • Recruit Intake 18 Pass off the Square
  • GSPS 7th Formation Anniversary
  • Lieutenant General Nick Pope CBE visits Nepal
  • Regional Jungle Warfare Symposium 2018

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Lieutenant General Nick Pope CBE visited Nepal over the period 21st to 24th May 2018.  He was accompanied by Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel James Robinson) and his AMA, Captain Hattie Griffiths Queen’s Gurkha Signals.  

As Deputy Chief of Staff (DCGS) of the British Army the visit aimed to reinforce the continued close relationship and support with Nepal.  

As Colonel Commandant of the Brigade of Gurkhas he was able to speak to British Gurkhas Nepal personnel and as Chairman of the Gurkha Welfare Trust he attended the Gurkha Welfare Trust (GWT) Nepal annual conference and received updates on the GWT change programme.

On arrival he attended a supper at the BG Kathmandu (BGK) camp and made a speech when he provided an update on Brigade issues and thanked all for their excellent work supporting the Brigade.

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On the Tuesday morning he had an office call with the Nepalese Army Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Rajendra Chettri, where they discussed issues of common interest.  

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After the discussion General Chettri presented Chief of the Army Staff Commendations to Colonel BG and Major Dhanbahadur Gurung MVO from the UK Embassy’s Defence Section for their work in enhancing UK-Nepalese Army relations and DCGS was delighted to be able to present General Chettri with the official British Army Headquarters Cap.

Next in the programme Lieutenant General Pope had a meeting with the Foreign Secretary at which Colonel BG provided an update on the Brigade.

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He then attended a lunch with the members of the Regimental Associations Nepal (RAN) when he provided an update on veteran issues and reminded them of the importance with which he views their feedback. Afterwards he had a meeting with the UK Department of International Development (DFID).

The next morning he flew to Pokhara and attended the GWT Nepal Conference when he reminded all of the close relationship the Trust has with the Ministry of Defence. Colonel BG also provided an update on the serving Brigade.

In the evening a function was held at Lakeside when he met Area Welfare Officers, Medical staff, wives of AWOs and other staff and received feedback on the current change programme.  

The following morning he flew back to Kathmandu and spent a few hours with staff at British Gurkha Kathmandu before his flight back to UK. 

 

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