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Brigade Bhela 2018 – Football and Family

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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gba_reunion_2018_017On Saturday the 9th June serving members of the Brigade of Gurkhas, veterans and members of the Brigade Association came together at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) for the annual reunion church service and lunch.  The church service commenced at 1100hrs with approx 300 members in the The Royal Memorial Chapel Sandhurst where the service was led by The Reverend David Crees MA BSc CF (Academy Chaplain) and padre Chris Kellock MA BD CF.

A prayer for the Gurkha was read:

O God, who in the Gurkha, has given to mankind a race exceptional in courage and devotion, resplendent in its cheerfulness, we, who owe them so much, ask your special blessing on them, their families and their land. Grant us your grave to be loyal to their best interests, as they have been to ours in the past. Amen

Lesson read by Lieutenant General Sir David Bill KCB – President, Gurkha Brigade Association

Philippians Chapter 3 verses 7-14

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.  I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,  and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Act of Remembrance

gba_reunion_2018_105After the service the congregation stepped outside the chapel and formed up around the All Ranks Memorial situated directly opposite the main doors to the Chapel for the Act of Remembrance led by Padre Chris Kellock. 

We are here to worship Almighty God whose purposes are good; whose power sustains the world he has made; who loves us, though we have failed in his service; who gave Jesus Christ for the life of the world; and who by his Holy Spirit leads us in his way.

As we give thanks for his great works, we remember those who have lived and died in his service and in the service of others especially those who have served in the Gurkha Brigade.  We pray for all who suffer through war and are in need; we ask for his help and blessing that we may do his will, and that the whole world may acknowledge him as Lord and King.

Also leading the Act of Remembrance were:

  • Pandit – Mr Shiva Niraula
  • Lama – Mr Keshang Ghale
  • Colonel David Hayes CBE Chairman, Gurkha Brigade Association

Last post was sounded and a piper played a lament.

Luncheon in New College

Post the Act of Remembrance the piper led the way to New College for lunch and speeches. After a fine meal and time to catch up with old colleagues, Colonel David Hayes thanked all those for attending and gave a short update on the Brigade of Gurkhas.

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

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

  • Exercise ASKARI STORM
  • Gurkha Wing celebrates Mandalay Day
  • Exercise KANCHA KHUKRI
  • Gurkhas Intake 18 update
  • Infantry Battle School victorious in the UK Midlands Volleyball Championship

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Colonel Brigade of Gurkhas, Colonel James Robinson, sends his best wishes to all members of the Brigade of Gurkhas and their families on the occasion of the Nepalese new year 2075.

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Nepali Calendar History

The Nepali Calendar (Bikram Samwat) became the official calendar of Nepal in it’s 1958th year.

Bikram Sambat is the calendar established by Indian emperor Vikramaditya and is recognized as the official calendar of Nepal. In addition to Bikram Samwat, the Gregorian calendar is also widely accepted in the Nepali community. The Nepali Calendar is a solar calendar based on ancient Hindu traditions. The history of Nepali calendar has an intriguing story.

It’s said that this calendar derives its name from king Bikramaditya of Rajasthan,the then an independent country in the Indian sub continent. But after the rise of the Rana oligarchs in Nepal, Bikram Sambat was discontinued for a long time along with the official Shaka Sambat. They discontinued Shaka Sambat in its 1823rd year but later replaced it with Bikram Sambat for functionary use since then; Bikram Sambat came into official use in 1958 as Nepali calendar.

The significance of the Nepali calendar has different aspects the more important one being that the Nepalese people use more than one calendar and celebrate their new year days accordingly. Nepal has a unique lunar calendar by its own name, called Nepal Sambat. Almost all festivals rituals are observed according to this calendar. This calendar originated in Nepal and bears strict resemblance to Nepalese culture and tradition. The different months in the Nepali calendar are named accordingly as beginning with Baisakh and ending with Chait.

There are many events in the Nepali calendar with each month having a special religious ritual assigned to it, the most important being the festival of Mata Tirtha Puja, Buddha Jayanti and Dashain. Thus, the Nepali Calendar presents an accurate measuring of different religious celebrations of the Nepalese.

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

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

  • Holi – Festival of Colours
  • The Minister of State for the Armed Forces
    visits Nepal
  • The Gurkha Brigade Association Day 2018
  • Recruit Induction Training 2017
  • Brigade of Gurkhas Drill Instructor Course 1801

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mem_gates18_106On 12th March 2018 members of the Brigade of Gurkhas gathered with International Commonwealth dignitaries, representatives of International organisations, Embassies, High Commissions and Service representatives for the Commonwealth Commemoration event at the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill, London.

mem_gates18_027The history behind the Memorial.

On the 6th November 2002 Her Majesty The Queen officially inaugurated the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill, in London. These Gates have been erected as a lasting memorial to honour the five million men and women from the Indian subcontinent, Africa and the Caribbean who volunteered to serve with the Armed Forces during the First and Second World Wars. They also celebrate the contribution that these men and women and their descendants, members of the Commonwealth family, continue to make to the rich diversity of British society.

Since Her Majesty opened the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill in 2002, there has been a wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Gates to commemorate the actions of all those from the Empire who sought for the British in the two World Wars.

Today the event was opened by Inderjeet Singh Nijhar Chairman of the Memorial Gates Council. This was followed by guest speakers:

  • The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary – General of the Commonwealth
  • HE Ambassador Mr Seth George Ramocan – High Commissioner of Jamaica
  • Address by: The Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin Bphil ED

mem_gates18_104Also present were the Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas and a piper from the Royal Gurkha Rifles. Last post and a lament were performed as a mark of respect and remembrance.

You can read more about the Memorial Gates on a dedicated website Memorial Gates London

gba-briefing-2018_012On 24th February 2018, The Gurkha Brigade Association (GBA) held a Briefing Day for all Regimental Association (RA) Representatives and Gurkha Community Leaders. The Briefing Days are the GBA’s “Outreach Programme” aimed at keeping both serving and retired Gurkha servicemen informed of the changes that impact on the Gurkha community.

The Brigade Secretary (Major (Retd) Mani Rai MBE stated that GBA’s intent was to promote the customs and traditions of the Brigade of Gurkhas, hard won over more than 200 years of service to the British Crown and to foster esprit de corps among its members – both serving and retired.

The active participation of the 4 Pillars that make up the Gurkha Community; The Gurkha Museum (Heritage), Gurkha Welfare Trust/Gurkha Welfare Advice Centre (Welfare in Nepal and UK), Headquarters Brigade of Gurkhas (HQBG – the serving element) and the GBA (Coordination) has ensured that the commonality of purpose and a shared vision has been in the best interests of whole Brigade past and present.

Attendees at the Briefing Day commented that they thought that it was an excellent event and that the contents of the presentations were both interesting and informative. They were all looking forward to spreading the word and getting more Gurkha Community Leaders to attend so that they would be able to keep their members abreast of the latest developments.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

  • Chief of the General Staff attends Attestation Parade in Pokhara
  • Central Selection 2018
  • They Rowed into the Record Books
  • High Commissioner of India Pays Homage to Soldiers
  • 2 Royal Gurkha Rifles Recruit Induction Cadre 2017

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