Welcome to Issue 16 of the LCUK eNewsletter. Thanks for your continued support - please get you Lohana friends and family to register at www.Lohana.info.
   Community News & Cultural Events
LCUK Elects First Lady President

Lohana Community United Kingdom hosted its 30th Annual Delegates Conference on Sunday 22nd June 2008 in Wellingborough. History was made with the appointment of the first lady President since the formation of the LCUK. Officers appointed for 2008 - 2009 are as follows:

Pannaben Raja President
Ajaybhai Jobanputra Vice President
Pradipbhai Chandarana Vice President
Kantilal Savjani Secretary General
Sunilbhai Majithia Asst. Secretary
Subhashbhai Rajani Treasurer
Shekharbhai Kakkad Asst. Treasurer
Prafulbhai Nathwani Press Officer

Sub-Committee Convenors were appointed for special projects as follows:

Ajaybhai Jobanputra Webmaster & eNewsletter
Maheshbhai Saujani Matrimonial
Ashokbhai Rach Directory
Ishwarbhai Ruparel Constitution

Sureshbhai Modi was appointed as LCUK Honorary Auditor

Lohana Professional Network Launch
The LCUK is facilitating the formation of the first ever Lohana Professionals Network (LPN). This is being launched at a special event being organised on the weekend of 27th and 28th September 2008 in a four star hotel and spa resort in Northamptonshire.
Team sports, seminars and a black tie dinner and dance are being organised to give Lohana professionals across the UK an opportunity to meet and network with like minded people.
The objective of the launch event is to initiate the formation of the Lohana Professionals Network for young Lohana Professionals in the UK between the ages of 23 to 40 years old and to integrate this in future into the wider Lohana professionals community in the UK. The launch event is being project managed by young Lohana professionals.
For more details on LPN and for more information on the launch event please register on the website at www.LohanaProfessionals.org.uk. Registration as LPN members is open to UK Lohana Business and Professional people of all ages
Lohana Matchmaker Disco Dandiya
The LCUK Lohana MatchMaker website was launched last year in September. A special disco dandiya function is to be organised on Saturday 30th August 2008 in Leicester in the Lohana hall above the Ram Mandir. Mark the date in your diary and have a look at the LCUK websites www.LCUK.org.uk and www.LohanaMatchMaker.com for more news on this.
Mrs Ranu Mehta-Radia
Congratulations to Smt. Ranuben Mehta-Radia who won the Volunteer Partner Award at the last Harrow Heroes Award ceremony from the 150 names that had been put forward to Harrow Council and judged by a panel which included the Harrow MP Rt. Hon Tony McNulty, Home Office Minister.
She has worked tirelessly in running Sai School of Harrow, the largest supplementary school promoting citizenship values amongst ethnic minority children enabling her 500 pupils to work with 12 local charities to support disadvantaged causes. She has also been fighting inequalities for people with learning disabilities through Community Link Up, a Pinner based charity where she has initiated projects which have won national recognitions
Besides taking care of her husband Atul and children Devi and Rishi, she always finds time to contribute to events like Under One Sky, Festival of Lights and Disability events. Last year, she was the creative head for Diwali in London which attracts 15 to 20 thousand people at Trafalgar Square annually.
Building bridges and breaking barriers is something which she constantly aspires for and wants to leave as a legacy her students and youths to feel a sense of pride in being British and apply their Hindu faith in making a difference to the communities they live in. Ranu hails from the illustrious Mehta family of Porbandar and is married to Atul whose father Pujya Bhanjibhai Radia was a pioneer in starting Sai activities in the UK.
 Forthcoming Religious & Cultural Events
Urgent Bone Marrow Donor Appeal For Jayesh Sanghani
Jayesh from Leicester has recently graduated from a Loughborough MBA course and has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. There is currently no match in the UK, registered on any of the UK blood or bone databases. We urgently need more Asian donors to register as potential bone marrow donors. The attached link is to a website that has lots of useful information about what is needed to become a donor. www.anthonynolan.com.

If anyone would like to get involved in fund raising or promoting awareness to try to get more donors, please contact Amanda (amandamorongarcia@hotmail.com) - she is trying to arrange some events in the Loughborough, Leicester & Derby area.
LCNL Hosts Pujya Rameshbhai Oza
LCNL in association with Sanskruti Foundation are hosting a special discourse by Pujya Bhaishri Rameshbhai Oza on Friday 11th July from 7:30pm at Shree Swaminarayanan Temple, Wood Lane, Stanmore. Click here for more details.
Luton Mahajan Satsang
Lohana Mahajan Luton is hosting a Satsang programme by Pujya Deepakbhai Desai with the Brahmin Association on Wednesday 23rd July 2008. Click here for more details.
Luton Milton Keynes & Northamptonshire Functions

The three Lohana Mahajans are organising joint functions for all their members and for Lohanas across the UK to join in and enjoy. The first is a Coach Trip to Holland and Belgium on 18th July 2008 Click here to see their poster for further details.

Also mark Sunday 10th August 2008 in your diaries for their Family Fun Day - see their website www.Lohana3counties.com for more information on all these joint events.

North London Football Win
The LCUK May bank holiday 5-a-side football competition was won by a North London based team called ATHLETICO COUSINS which was headed by captain Raj Raithatha. The other team members were Nikhil Depala, Amit Kakad, Shailen Thakrar, Rumit Kotak and Mohammed Rauf - well done guys!
LCSL Relaunch Website
Lohana Community South London have relaunched their website - have a look at www.LCSL.org.uk. LCSL are the first Lohana Community organisation in the world to have launched a website as early as 1998.
SLAB Relaunch Website
Shree Lohana Association Birmingham have relaunched their website. Release 3 of their portal is a dynamic, interactive solution designed not only to keep their members and friends informed but to enable contribution and communication. Check out their new look website at http://www.lcbirmingham.org.uk
Northants Lohana Mahajans Launches Website
Northampton Lohana Mahajan are the latest community organisation to have their presence on the world wide web - check out their website, which is still under construction, at www.northantslohana.org.uk
LCUK Bhajan Books
The LCUK Bhajan books published specially for use by Lohanas across the UK during funerals is still available both on-line (Click here to download - note large pdf file sizes) and in printed booklet format. The printed copies are available for free use and return via your local Mahajan committee or they can be purchased from Pradipbhai Chandarana for £1 plus postage. Please email him on bhajanbook@LCUK.org.uk
Other Events
Natak Performance For Charity
Sheilaben Sachdev is hosting the Gujarati natak "KAMAL PATEL v/s DHAMAL PATEL" on Sunday 20th July at Watermead Theatre in Rickmansworth, North London at 7.00 pm. All proceeds from this special charity show will go to Parkinson's Disease Research. For more details call Sheilaben on 07960 540 774.
Chinmaya Mission Gyana Yagna - At The Advait Centre
Chinmaya Mission UK invites you to a week long set of talks in London conducted by Pujya Swami Tejomayananda, one of the world’s leading masters of Vedanta (Indian Spiritual Philosophy). Talks are in English and all are welcome.
The talks will take place between 20th - 25th July at the Advait Centre, Forty Avenue, Wembley, HA9 9PE (5 minute walk from Wembley Park tube station). The evening talks on Bhikshu Geeta from the Shrimad Bhagavatam are between 7:15pm and 9:00pm from 20th-25th July and the morning talks on the Manas Bhakti Sutram are from 7:00am to 8:00am from 21st-25th July. Click here to download the flyer for more details.
Life Coaching Through Eastern Wisdom
This special event will be presented in English by a superb orator, the revered Bhupendrabhai Pandya, and will be taking place on 2nd and 3rd August in Edgware, North London from 10am to 5pm. This interactive seminar will cover four key areas which will make a significant impact on your day to day lives and provide you with tools and techniques to deal with the challenges of modern life. For more details visit the website www.easternwisdom.org
Vaishnav Acharya From Porbandar - Mathura - Rajkot
Pujya 108 Shree Goswami Vasant Kumarji, Pujya 108 Shree Goswami Abhishek Kumarji and Pujya 108 Shree Goswami Axay Kumarji are here in London and Leicester from 28 June to 15 August 2008.

Everyone is invited to partake in their Satsang, Sabha, Hindola Manorath, Pavitra Utsav, Kirtan and Vachana Mrat events. The venues are London: 3 Juniper Court, College Hill Road, Harrow Weald, Middlesex HA3 7JF - call Milan S Kotecha - 020 8416 0061 / 07887 998807 or Rameshbhai Raichura - 020 8428 7655 / 07951 578679. In Leicester call 0116 2207244.
 Readers Contributions
Interested In Becoming A Councillor

More women, ethnic minorities and young people are being urged to become local councillors as part of a new campaign. The 'Be a Councillor' campaign aims to make council chambers in London representative of the communities in which they serve. Women make up more than half of London's population but hold less than a third of council seats in the city. The campaign is organised by London Councils, the cross-party body which represents all 33 London boroughs. See the link provided for more details http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7470626.stm

The Origins Of Kisumu
"Kisumu was located on a rocky ridge covered with thorn bush, before it was cleared and roads were cut," so wrote Charles Hobley a colonial administrator in 1900. Click here to read this interesting article.
The Queen Is Indian!
Another great YouTube clip - enjoy.
Computer Shayri
Click here to read this and enjoy the techy compositions!
Articles from our Readers are hosted on the www.Lohana.info website. If you have any interesting articles then email them to eNews@LCUK.org.uk - please let us know if you have got the articles from another website so we can acknowledge them. Any comments and feedback welcome for all these articles - write to Feedback@LCUK.org.uk.
 Community Announcements
Smt. Santokben Narandas Amlani of Stanmore (formerly of Saroti, Uganda), passed away on 1st July aged 92 years
Shree Jayantibhai Vithaldas Lakhani of Hinkley near Leicester (formerly of Nairobi) passed away on the 29th June.
Shree Maganlal J Badiani passed away after short illness on 28th June aged 75yrs
Shree Dharamshibhai Jobanputra of Leicester (formerly Lumbwa) passed away on 28th June aged 91 years.
Shree Shantilal Dayaljibhai Buddhdev of London (formerly of Nairobi) passed away on 27th June aged 71 years.
Shree Mansukhbhai Girdharbhai Thakrar of Kericho (formerly Kampala) passed away on 26th June aged 66 years.
Shree Dhirubhai Samji Lakhani of Porbander, India passed away on 15th June aged 65 years.
Shree Jayantibhai Premjibhai Samani of Leicester (Formerly Kitale) passed away on 18th June 2008 aged 75 years
Shree Manubhai (Kanubhai) Mohanlal Master Jobanputra of Harrow (formerly Nairobi) passed away on 18th June aged 80 years.
Shree Haribhai Bhimjibhai Hindocha of Hemel Hampstead (formerly Ramisi and Jinja) passed away on 18th June aged 80 years.
Smt Gitaben Dhirubhai Popat passed away on 17th June at the age of 59 years.
Smt Hemaben Jai Raithatha of Hillingdon, daughter of Prabhudas Ruparelia (Jinja) passed away on 13th June aged 39 years.
Smt Dakshaben Vinay Sangani, daughter of Kantilal Yashlal Adatia of Pinner (formerly Kampala) passed away on 11th June aged 52 years.
Shree Jagdishbhai (Batuk) Nanalal Chandarana of Cricklewood (formerly Kampala) passed away on 11th June aged 65 years.
Shree Chatrabhuj L Dalia (Daliakaka) passed away on 10th June 2008 aged 92 years.
Shree Bachulal Vaghji Thakker passed away in Mombasa on 5th June 2008 aged 88 years.
Shree Damodarbhai Ramjibhai Dasani of Northwood (formerly Bugiri) passed away on 1st June aged 93 years.
Shree Tulsida Keshavji Devani (formerly of Kampala) Passed Away On 29th May 2008 aged 95 years.
Shree Devshibhai Ramjibhai Jatania of North London (formerly Kampala) passed away on 21st May aged 95 years
Shree Harishbhai Laljibhai Hindocha of Harrow (formerly Miwani, Kisumu) passed away on 19th May aged 63 years.
Smt Santokben Narandasbhai Amlani Of Kenton (Formerly Soroti) passed away on 1st July aged 93 years.
Smt Jayaben Ratilal Kotecha of Leicester (formerly Jinja, Uganda) passed away on May 13th aged 88 years.
Shree Sureshbhai Gokaldasbhai Sodha of Frient Barnet (formerly Kisumu) passed away on 4th May aged 69 years.
Shree Chotalalbhai Narandasbhai Khiroya of Rickmansworth (formerly Kampala) passed away on 4th May aged 96 years.
Shree Jamnadasbhai Dosabhai Kakad of Cricklewood (formerly Kakamega) passed away on 2nd May aged 85 years.
Shree Gopaldas Popatlal Lakhani of Coventry passed away on 3rd May.
Shree Narandasbhai Nathalalbhai Lakhani of Kenton (formerly Blantyre,Malawi) passed away on 30th April aged 83 years.
Shree Kantilal Kakad of North London (formerly Mombasa) passed away on 28th April aged 75 years.
Shree Mukundbhai Mohanlal Majithia, aged 60, passed away on 27th April in Leicester.
Shree Bhanubhai Madahvji Morjaria of Toddington (formerly Mwanza) passed away on 27th April 2008 aged 81 years
Smt Jayakunver Kakubhai Chandarana of Kenton (formerly of Dar-Es Salaam) passed away at a grand age of 105 years.
Shree Jamnadas Mathuradas Savjani of Manor Park, London (formerly Mbulamuti & Kamuli, Uganda) passed away on 18th April aged 87 years.
Shree Amrtalal Damodar Mamtora of London (formally Blantyre, Malawi) passed away on 17th April 2008 aged 67 years.
Smt Manjulaben Krishnath Popat of Edmonton (formerly Tabora) passed away on 18th March aged 74 years.
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