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Crowds go crazy for Olympic torch as 100,000 line Harrow streets

An estimated 100,000 people lined the streets of the borough this morning as the Olympic torch was carried through Harrow. Joanna Hyams, 28, lit the flame in front of the 14th Century Headstone Manor building in Pinner View surrounded by hundreds of people who had been let in to see the relay start at 9.15am in scorching temperatures. The volunteer, who is part of a charity which provides food for the homeless in London and raises money for riot victims and injured soldiers, then carried the Olympic Flame towards Headstone Gardens before 19 others completed legs of the relay. urinder Arora, who was the fourth torchbearer of the day, admitted to a few nerves beforehand but said he was "very excited" to complete his leg near Harrow Civic Centre. He added: "I'm honoured to have been chosen. It's a once in a lifetime thing and we've been blessed with this beautiful weather. "The Olympics is a great thing for the whole country and it's just great to be part of it." The big...

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Hindu temple holds annual celebration

Hundreds of worshipers descended on a Hindu temple for an annual celebration event. More than 200 people attended the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre in Palmerston Road, Wealdstone, for the celebration of Ram Navami. The date is celebrated by Hindus around the world to mark the birth of the god Rama. Celebrations included was traditional singing, dancing and prayers and offerings from worshippers. The temple's spiritual leader Dr Rajeshji Parmar said: "It was really a fantastic event and it was great to see so many people here, especially on a week day. "What I also enjoyed was seeing so many young people meeting and celebrating with the older generations." ...

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Conservative chairman Grant Shapps kick-starts Harrow general election campaign

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps kick-started the Harrow general election campaign on a visit to the borough yesterday. Mr Shapps revealed that Councillor Hannah David will be the party's MP candidate for Harrow West during the launch at International Siddhashram Shakti Centre in Palmerston Roadmet. Grant Shapps said: "I know that Conservative values appeal to people who work hard and play by the rules. That's a message which is popular with communities of every background and in all parts of Britain. "The launch of our very first target seat campaign at the Siddhashram Shakti Centre here in Harrow is just the first of our conversations with people up and down the country in which we'll be saying - the conservatives share your values." The Harrow West seat, which has a narrow 3,000 Labour majority at present, was chosen as the very first of 40 seats to be targeted by the Conservative Party at the next election. ...

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Hundreds flock to Hindu festival

MORE than 200 revellers danced and drummed their way through the heart of Wealdstone this morning to celebrate the start of a nine-day Hindu festival. Paraders marched from the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre, in Palmerston Road, to Byron Hall, in Christ Church Avenue, to herald the first day of Navratri - one of the most celebrated events of the Hindu calendar. Dressed in colourful Indian costumes, participants sang and banged traditional Naal drums during the hour-long procession, before gathering in Byron Hall to hear readings from the holy book, the Bhagavad Gita. The festival, which translates as "nine nights", celebrates the triumph of goodness - represented by the nine forms of Goddess Durga - over evil. It culminates each evening in a Garba performance, a lively Gujarat folk dance involving sticks and clapping. Some 1,500 people are expected to attend the first dance tonight, at Byron Hall, including several community and secular groups. For the past thre...

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Hindu temple hosts TB screening

A Hindu temple is opening its doors for people to get a free TB test as part of a London-wide study. The Siddhashram Shakti Centre, in Palmerston Road, Wealdstone, is calling on members of the community to take advantage of the free service. Public Health England is currently running a study into a new test for latent tuberculosis, which can lie dormant in a person's system for years. Anyone who has travelled to a country with high tuberculosis rates within the past five years can be tested for free. Research assistant Louise Cross, who has been testing members of the temple for the past two months, said: "I am really impressed with the response we have had so far. "The main reason we are trialling a new test for latent TB is because cases are increasing rapidly among people who have been exposed when they have travelled abroad." The study, which is being carried out with the support of Queen Mary University of London, aims to test 10,000 people across London. The ...

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Temple celebrates Indian PM's election victory

A Hindu temple welcomed hundreds of people to celebrate the election of India's new prime minister. Harrow Times: Temple celebrates Indian PM's election victory Temple celebrates Indian PM's election victory The International Siddhashram Shakti Centre held the celebrations in Byron at Harrow Leisure Centre on Friday, May 30. More than 1,000 people packed onto the hall for the event to celebrate the election of new Indian Prime Minister Shree Narendra Modi who came to power last month. Spiritual leader of the temple Dr Rajeshji Parmar: "The Siddhashram had organised a cultural programme marking this celebration followed by a spectacular Gujarati Garba. "The people gathered were jubilant and enjoyed every moment of the famous Gujarati Garba. All the guests were served Indian snacks." There were performances of traditional Indian dancing and speeches from local politicians....

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Siddhashram Shakti Centre, Harrow, donates £501 to children's charity Coram

A spiritual centre donated hundreds of pounds to the Mayor of Harrow's chosen charity. Members of the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre, in Palmerston Road, Harrow, handed Coram a cheque for £501. The centre raised the money during a fun day event in May, following the end of the local elections in India. Children's charity Coram helps support vulnerable children and also acts as an adoption agency. Mayor of Harrow Cllr Ajay Maru said: "I am thankful for the generosity of everyone at the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre. "Harrow Council has been in partnership with Coram since 2006 and the charity has been supporting children and young people for 275 years, giving them the best possible start in life through adoption." ...

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Prison mentor appeal hosted by Harrow temple

Volunteers sought to meet ex-offenders at 'Building Bridges Day' held at International Siddhashram Shakti Centre A TEMPLE hosted an appeal for more local people to sign up as mentors to assist offenders in their last few months in prison as well as their first few outside. The 'Building Bridges Day' took place at International Siddhashram Shakti Centre in Whitefriars Avennue, Wealdstone, on Wednesday when representatives from the Wormwood Scrubs Community Chaplaincy - an organisation based at the prison in East Acton - spoke about its work. Frances Bromley, operations manager, said: "It's a through-the-gates mentoring scheme. "Volunteers meet the prisoner inside three months before their release date and carry on meeting them once they have been released. "At the moment we have about 45 trained and cleared mentors. "In the past it's been Christians mainly, and when Kadir Uddin started his chaplaincy, there was a big push for Muslim volunteers and now we are trying to g...

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Harrow is on track to become London's safest borough

As I have mentioned many times it is my objective to make Harrow the Safest Borough in London. I am delighted to report that for the month of April, Harrow had the lowest amount of crime per 1,000 population in the whole of London. This is a massive achievement and puts us well on track to becoming the safest borough in London. On Wednesday May 21, I visited the International Siddhashram Shakti Centre, in Palmerston Road, Wealdstone, to launch the opening of a new police surgery. This surgery will be open to members of the public to report any matters to a police officer in an environment outside of a police station. This will hopefully give people more confidence in coming forward to report matters to us and we are excited about the official opening on Tuesday, 3 June. From this date, members of the public are invited to drop in, every first Tuesday of every month, from 12 noon till 1pm. ...

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