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The Swaminarayan School raises over £1,300 for Help the Aged and Age Concern
Tuesday 9 March 2010
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The sixth-form pupils of The Swaminarayan School raised over £1,326 for Help The Aged and Age Concern, two of the UK’s leading charities for elderly people. The money will go towards helping “free older people from poverty, isolation and neglect… and enjoy a better later life.”
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Holi Celebrations BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, London
Sunday 28 February 2010
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The Hindu festival of Holi was celebrated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Sunday 28 February 2010.
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Maha-Shivaratri Celebrations BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Neasden, London
Friday 12 February 2010
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The auspicious Hindu festival of Maha-Shivaratri was celebrated at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London on Friday 12 February 2010. The day began with the sacred and traditional abhishek of the Shivalinga performed by the sadhus.
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Weekend Sabha & Weather Notice BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK
Friday 8 January 2010
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Due to the exceptionally cold weather, everyone around the country is advised to take extra care when leaving home to travel to various places, including their local mandirs or centres for Satsang sabhas.
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The Swaminarayan School Achieves Second Position in Independent Schools League Table
Wednesday January 2010
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The Swaminarayan School in London has consistently produced exceptional results since its opening in 1992.
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London launches Green Travel Plan
Friday 27 November 2009
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BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, UK (BAPS), actively promotes and encourages its devotees to make a positive difference to the environment. Earlier this year, BAPS observed World Environment Day and continued its Go Veg… Go Green… campaign, affirming its commitment to raise awareness and take action for a safer, greener environment.
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‘PUTTING CHILDREN FIRST’ Celebrating Universal Children’s Day
Sunday 22 November 2009
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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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Archbishop of Westminster Visits BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London
Saturday 21 November 2009
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The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden on Saturday 21 November 2009.
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The Swaminarayan School Participates in Inter-Faith School Workshop London Inter Faith Centre
Tuesday 17 November 2009
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On Tuesday 17 November 2009, The Swaminarayan School participated in an interfaith day called ‘Faithful Nurture’ at the London Inter Faith Centre as part of National Inter Faith Week (15-21 November).
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Launch of National Inter Faith Week at Lambeth Palace
Monday 16 Novemeber 2009
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The UK’s first National Inter Faith Week was held this year from 15 to 21 November. Its stated aims were:
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BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha participates in National Inter Faith Week
15 to 21 November 2009
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The Week was facilitated by The Inter Faith Network for the UK (IFN-UK) and the government’s Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) in consultation with the Equality and Human Rights Commission, among other agencies. It was mainly community-led with local faith communities and non-faith groups seeking to reach out to each other and build strong bonds of understanding and cooperation. A host of events including seminars, forums, workshops, and sports and entertainment programmes had been organised to bring together diverse groups of people both locally and nationally.
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‘Brent in Bloom’ Garden Award
Thursday 12 November 2009
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London, has been awarded first prize in the category of Business/Public Premises in the ‘Brent in Bloom’ competition for 2009. The Mandir’s gardens also received a Certificate of Excellence from the ‘London in Bloom’ campaign for 2009.
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Brent’s Landmark for 2012 London Olympic Pin Badge
Tuesday 10 November 2009
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BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden has been selected as the landmark for the London Borough of Brent to be featured in a celebratory set of ‘London Landmark’ pin badges for the 2012 Olympic Games.
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Historic Diwali Celebrations at 10 Downing Street
Friday 16 October 2009
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Prime Minister Gordon Brown celebrated the Hindu festival of Diwali by lighting the ceremonial lamp at 10 Downing Street amid chanting of Vedic prayers for world peace, thus becoming the first British Prime Minister to personally host the occasion.
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BAPS Volunteers Participate in Re-Opening of Marianne North Gallery at Kew Gardens
Sunday 11 October 2009
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The Royal Botanical Gardens (popularly called Kew Gardens) at Kew, in London, invited BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha to mark the celebratory re-opening of the refurbished Marianne North Gallery on Sunday 11 October 2009. Drawing inspiration from her paintings, BAPS volunteers created traditional Indian designs (rangolis) and conducted henna painting workshops to contribute to the occasion.
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Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant Presents the Queen’s Award
Saturday 3 October 2009
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Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London, Sir David Brewer and the Deputy Lieutenant, Mei Sim Lai visited the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London on Saturday 3 October to present the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service to the BAPS Children’s Forum.
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The Swaminarayan Preparatory School recognised as a “Thinking School” by Cognitive Education Centre, University of Exeter
October 2009
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The Swaminarayan Preparatory School has been recognised as a ‘Thinking School’ and deemed a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by the University of Exeter’s Cognitive Education Centre. It is currently one of only 23 such schools from over 26,000 primary and secondary schools in the UK to have been accredited with this award. This follows the exceptional GCSE results from older pupils of the School, which was founded by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 1992.
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