News & Events

International Women’s Day 2012 Sharing Strength; Inspiring Integrity
Saturday 17 March 2012
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Hundreds of women gathered on Saturday 17 March 2012 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, for an evening of education and inspiration in commemoration of International Women’s Day 2012.
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Special Book Release: BAPS Charities – Celebrating Your Support of Barnardo’s
Saturday 10 March 2012
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Following the BAPS Charities 10K Challenge and 30-mile bike ride in 2010, BAPS Charities raised £25,000 for Barnardo’s to help vulnerable children throughout the UK. In commemoration of this project, Barnardo’s recently published a book to express their gratitude to everyone who participated and as a celebration of the success and fun of the challenge itself.
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Holi Celebrations
Wednesday 7 March 2012
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The Hindu festival of Holi was celebrated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Wednesday 7 March 2012. Holi (Fagun sud Punam), is popularly referred to as the ‘Festival of Colours’, and marks the arrival of Spring.
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BAPS Charities Presents £25,000 Cheque to Age UK
Saturday 3 March 2012
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BAPS Charities UK presented a cheque for £25,000 to Age UK at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Saturday 3 March 2012. Mr Paul Farthing, Director of Fundraising for the Charity, had arrived to receive the cheque on behalf of Age UK – one of the country’s leading charities for people in later life.
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BAPS Charities 10K Annual Challenge Launch
Saturday 25 February 2012
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The BAPS Charities 10K Annual Challenge for 2012 was launched on the evening of Saturday 25 February 2012 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London. The official partner for BAPS Charities this year is Macmillan Cancer Support, which provides “practical, medical and financial support to push for better cancer care.
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Maha-Shivaratri Celebrations
Monday 20 February 2012
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Monday 20 February 2012 saw the auspicious Hindu festival of Maha-Shivaratri celebrated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London. The day began with the sacred and traditional abhishek of the Shivalinga performed by the sadhus.
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Health Awareness Seminar for the Elderly Stomach and Intestinal Diseases: How to Recognise Them
Sunday 12 February 2012
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As part of their Health and Welfare for the Elderly series, BAPS Healthcare held a seminar about stomach and intestinal diseases. The seminar was conducted by Dr Kalpesh Besherdas, Consultant Gastroenterologist at Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust.
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Snow
4 February 2012
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82 New Donors Register at Bone Marrow Recruitment Drive
Saturday 28 January 2012
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As part of its continuing partnership with The Anthony Nolan Trust, BAPS Charities UK organised a recruitment drive for bone marrow donors on the evening of Saturday 28 January 2012 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London. This follows the funds and awareness raised for the UK blood cancer charity in 2009 from BAPS’s Family Walk & Fun Run.
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The Swaminarayan School Ranked 12th in Independent School Table
January 2012
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After being recognised as the third-best independent school of its size by The Daily Telegraph following the A Level results in 2011, The Swaminarayan School has been ranked 12th among all independent schools in the country in a table published by the same broadsheet for the GCSE results from the summer of that year.
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BAPS Children’s Forum Receives Bronze Award from ContinYou
Friday 2 December 2011
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The Sunday School of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK (BAPS), based at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, has been awarded the Bronze Award from ContinYou – one of the UK’s leading education charities. This follows the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services received by BAPS Children’s Forum in 2009.
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Hindu Christian Forum Celebrates National Interfaith Week at The Swaminarayan School
Tuesday 22 November 2011
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In celebration of National Interfaith Week, BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) hosted an evening of dialogue, dinner and music by the Hindu Christian Forum at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir and The Swaminarayan School on Tuesday 22 November 2011.
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Observing Universal Children’s Day
Sunday 20 November 2011
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In 1954, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be “observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.” It recommended that the Day be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the UN Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.
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Dental Health Seminar BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London
Sunday 13 November 2011
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BAPS Charities, UK organised a Dental Health Seminar at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Sunday 13 November 2011. It was attended by more than 200 people, for whom 18 dentists and dental students offered their professional expertis.
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Emergency Life Support Training by BAPS Charities and London Ambulance Service
November & December 2011
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BAPS Charities UK has teamed up with the London Ambulance Service to provide Emergency Life Support training through Heartstart, an important initiative by the British Heart Foundation teaching basic skills that save lives in a life-threatening emergency.
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Mayor of London Boris Johnson Celebrates Hindu New Year at Neasden Temple
Thursday 27 October 2011
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The Mayor of London Boris Johnson visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London – popularly known as the ‘Neasden Temple’ – during the Hindu New Year celebrations on Thursday 27 October 2011.
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Annakut Celebrations
Thursday 27 October 2011
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The morning of Thursday 27 October 2011 heralded the Hindu New Year, Samvat 2068.
Following the joyous Diwali celebrations the night before, devotees and visitors arrived at the Mandir continuously from early morning to offer their prayers and seek blessings.
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