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International Siddhashram Shakti Centre, in Wealdstone, donates to Harrow Foodbank

The congregation of a Hindu temple collected more than £1,800 worth of food for the borough"s foodbank. The International Siddhashram Shakti Centre, in Palmerston Road Wealdstone encouraged its more than 300 members to donate during the month of "Shravan" when Hindus fast. The temple asked worshippers to fast and give one meal to the needy during the religious month and the food was donated last week to Harrow Foodbank. The foodbank was founded in May last year and provides three days of emergency food to people referred by one of its 12 partner organisations. ...

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Religious centre opens

Hundreds of members of the Harrow Hindu community turned out for the official opening of the Siddhashram Shakti Centre, in Palmerstone Road, Wealdstone, last Saturday. The religious centre will be open to all religions and cultures providing classes in different aspects life and religion ranging from astrology and Indian music to prayer and language courses....

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Lessons in music and culture

THE International Siddhashram Shakti Centre in Palmerston Road, Wealdstone, is to hold lessons ion Sundays in Gujarati, music and culture for children aged six and over and young adults. The Gujarati lessons will be available at beginner, intermediate and advanced level, with the chance of taking a GCSE exam. The music classes will include Indian instruments such as the tabla and harmonium, with vocal accompaniment, and the cultural classes will cover Hinduism, the power of mantra, and astrology. For full details of the courses on offer, call Rajesh Parmar on 020 8426 0678....

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Nine religions unite to celebrate faith for Harrow's jubilee

REPRESENTATIVES of all the major religious faiths with followers in Harrow gathered at the Civic Centre on Thursday last week to launch the borough's Interfaith Festival. The week-long festival, which begins on Sunday, is part of the borough's golden jubilee celebrations. It will include a series of special events, as well as invitations to people of all faiths to attend regular worship at churches, temples, mosques and synagogues. Punitha Perinparaja, chairman of the Harrow's Interfaith Council, said the festival was important for all citizens of the borough. "Our work is particularly important because Harrow is celebrating 50 years," she said. "We are celebrating the religious groups which make up Harrow's community. "The Interfaith Council is a way of reaching out to ...

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Crime figures up as police prepare for festive season

ROBBERY, burglary and car thefts have all increased on last year, police revealed yesterday. The number of robberies in the first three months from April are up 13.5 per cent, having previously dropped by 15 per cent, and residential burglary has risen by 8.9 per cent. Car thefts are up by 39.5 per cent but gun crime has dropped by 30 per cent and knife crime by 5.7 per cent. The figures come as Harrow prepares for the start of the Hindu celebration of Navratri, when thieves traditionally target Asian women whose custom is to put valuable jewellery on show. Chief Superintendent Dal Babu, borough commander for Harrow, said: "These are first quarter figures. We are confident we will have an impact as we go through the rest of the year. "We did have good crime reduction figures last year, I'm absolutely confident they were not exceptional. We are doing very similar things this year as last year." Mr Babu revealed the statistics at a community meeting last night where he ...

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Navratri festivities start with procession through Wealdstone and Harrow tomorrow

A COLOURFUL parade through Harrow tomorrow will kick off nine days of celebration as part of a Hindu festival. The religious festival of Navratri - which literally means 'nine days' - is an important date in the Hindu calendar and symbolises the triumph of good over evil. Hundreds of revellers are expected to be joined by politicians and police as they march through Wealdstone from the International Siddhasram Shakti Centre, in Palmerston Road, to Harrow Leisure Centre, in Christchurch Avenue. Festival-goers traditionally wear gold jewellery and dance in the procession, but Harrow Police have warned them to cover up and be wary of thieves who target the event. The event starts at 9.45am....

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Navratri religious procession through Wealdstone

HINDUS in colourful costumes will fill the streets of Wealdstone for the annual Navratri festival. The week long celebration starts today and members of the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre will walk from its building in Palmerston Road through High Street and residential streets. The march will finish at Byron Hall, on the site of Harrow Leisure Centre, in Christchurch Avenue, where there will be a ceremony. The event is expected to finish at 1pm. For a video of last year's procession click the link below. ...

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Hindu festival Navratri sees procession through Wealdstone

RESIDENTS, politicians and police marched through Wealdstone this morning as part of a Hindu festival. The nine days of Navratri began today with a procession from the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre, in Palmerston Road, down to High Street and through residential roads to Byron Hall. Bob Blackman, MP for Harrow East, said: "Coming to Navratri is like coming home really. I've been involved in Navratri for about 25 years over in Brent but many of the same people participate in Harrow. "It's a great festival for everyone - a festival of colour and lights and dancing and music." Councillor Phillip O'Dell, responsible for environment and community safety, said the dancing was his favourite aspect of the festival as the procession snaked its way through his Wealdstone ward. He said: "It's good, I think it brings the whole community together so that we are one community celebrating the whole diversity of Harrow." Police used the opening ceremony to warn the Hindu comm...

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Mayor of Harrow's charity appeal gets temple donation boost

Worshippers at a Hindu temple in Harrow have donated hundreds of pounds to a charity appeal for older people. The £701 raised at the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre in Palmerston Road after a prayer and song evening two weeks ago will go to Age UK Harrow, the Mayor of Harrow's chosen charity. The Mayor, Councillor Nizam Ismail, said he was "overwhelmed by the generosity" of people at the temple after receiving a cheque from its founder, Rajeshi Parmar. He added: "Age UK Harrow provides essential services to the over-50s in Harrow, and I hope that others can follow suit and donate to this worthy cause too." There are more than 34,000 elderly people, aged 65 and above living in the Borough and last year the charity managed to help 13,000. It has more than 120 volunteers who help elderly people around the borough by changing light bulbs, helping buy shopping, organising days out and supporting those who are living alone. Age UK does not receive money from a...

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Harrow Civic Centre hosts Diwali celebration

A colourful Diwali celebration was held at Harrow Civic Centre on Saturday. The event, which was held at the Station Road centre, was organised by the Harrow Asian Multicultural Association. Guests were treated to food and drink, dance performances and speeches. Dancers included Harrow Tamil Association, Harrow Bengalee Association and the Siddhashram Group. There were speeches by Jagdish Rajput, president of the Harrow Asian Multicultural Association, Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nizam Ismail and London Assembly Member, Navin Shah. Councillor Husain Akhtar, who attended the event, said: "Such culturally rich programmes are valuable for the community cohesion - I thoroughly enjoyed this colourful event."...

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