Ramgarhia Sabha Southall

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How it all began?

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In 1959, well respected people now, had come to England to earn a living which was very hard for them. First of all they had to find a place to live, which was very difficult, because as people saw the face of the person they were going to rent a room to, they turned them away.

Finally they received a place to live. Then they decided to build a Gurdwara for the generation to come, as there was only one Gurdwara in the country at that time. They searched for land, and finally received some in Southall on Oswald Road. Where they purchased the land (in 1969) there was a laundry, so a lot of hard work had to be put in to turn a laundry into a Gurdwara.

There was no one to pay the workers so every thing was done voluntarily. The construction of Ramgarhia Sabha started in 1970. The workers worked hard voluntary on Sundays and after work and made the making of Ramgarhia Sabha their main priority.

 After a while Ramgarhia Sewak Jatha started in 1974 and the Ramgarhia education and music academy.

An Old Rectory site was purchased in 1989-1990. Three acres of land was purchased for a £1 million. The Old Rectory was to be used for sports and educational development.

Ramgarhia Sabha appeared in the news, which proved a lot of progress had been made. Some of the articles are: Sikhs on target £1 million Sport Complex self-help Sikhs build new temple etc. ...

In 1971 the building was completed, it had taken just one year for voluntary workers to complete this building in their spare time.

After the opening the Gurdwara turned out to be small. Therefore several houses were purchased; one to extend the size of the Gurdwara, and one was and is lent to a family in need.

A house at the back of the Gurdwara is now used as a library. Ramgarhia Sabha then purchased a hall, in 1971, activities started at the hall in 1974. You could do, karate, table tennis, hockey, badminton and also have meetings for all etc. On the top of Ramgarhia Hall is a final given by Giani Bhag Singh.

 

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