Subscriptions have again gone up by 10% following the release of Issue 3 of our eNewsletter. The new sections added to eNews - Culture Corner and Readers Contributions - have been very well received. We have more Lohana businesses contacting us to advertise in the eNewsletter. We have added a new section - Community Tribute - for those Lohanas who we want to acknowledge for their current or previous achievements in their field of work or for their contributions to Community work.  
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   LCUK Events & Projects  
  LCUK Fashion Show and Dinner & Dance  
  The Mahila subcommittee of LCUK are hosting a Fashion Show with Dinner & Dance on Saturday 13th May 2006. The special evening will be hosted at The Empire Banqueting Hall, 1 Foundary Lane, Belgrave Gate in Leicester. Doors open at 6:30pm and event starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are only £15 per head including a full 3 course dinner with top catering by Jalsa Restaurant. The fashion show is organised with a famous fashion house using professional models. For more details click here.  
  LCUK Easter Sports Festival  
  The LCUK Sports Association (LSA) hosted its annual Easter Sports Festival at Gosling Sports Park, Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire from Friday 14th April 2006 to Monday 17th April 2006. A number of individual and team sports competitions were played including Badminton, Tennis, Pool, Table Tennis, Outdoor Cricket, 5-a-side Football, Netball, Basketball, etc. The social events went very well with the Sunday night Disco and Mehfil programmes fully sold out.  
  To see the list of sports winners click here.  
   Community News & Events  
  Leicester Mahajan Murti Pratishta  
  Leicester Mahajan Murti Pratishta for Gopal Krishna, Shitla Mataji and Vishwa Karma is to be celebrated from 19th to 21st May 2006 at Ram Mandir. Everyone is welcome. For further information contact Prafulbhai Thakrar on 07777 737 117 or Narandasbhai Adatia on 0116 266 3820.  
  South London Hosts Golf Day  
   Lohana Community South London is hosting a Golf Day on Thursday 15th June 2006. The event is an 18 hole competition at the Woldingham Golf Club in Surrey - entry fee is only £25 including full English Breakfast. Special prizes will be awarded. The day will be rounded off nicely with a special dinner to watch the England football match - charge is a further £25 including the 3 course dinner - click here to see full details for the event.  
  Birmingham Lohana (Dosti Club) Win Volleyball Tournament:  
  The Dosti Club Volleyball Team of Birmingham, comprising of all Lohana players, took part in the National Asian Tournament in Leicester over the Easter weekend.  
  The team won the B Tournament after beating 5 other teams, from various parts of the country, including London and Leicester. Congratulations to all the team members. The Dosti Club plays Volleyball every Thursday evening at Broadway Social Club in Witton, Birmingham. and welcomes new members of all ages. Details are on our website,
   Community Tribute  
  Legendary rally driver Shekharbhai Mehta sadly passed on in his sleep in a London hospital on Wednesday 12th April 2006 aged 61. The news was greeted with dismay by world motor sport enthusiasts.  
  Shekharbhai was an unparalleled giant in East African Safari rallying. More than anyone else, his exploits, particularly in the late 1970s to early 80s, contributed to the early popularity of the rally in Kenya. Driving his trademark Datsun, he blazed into the history books as the first driver to win the event five times. His multiple wins over seasoned drivers from across the world made the Safari a treasured item on the Kenyan motor sport calendar and put a Lohana firmly on the world rally sports map.  
  Born in 1945 to a Ugandan farmer, Shekharbhai's family migrated to Kenya in 1973 to flee President Idi Amin's murderous regime. His maiden win in the Safari came the same year, when he clinched the Safari in his trademark Datsun 160J. He later notched an incredible four consecutive victories between 1979 and 1982, securing his legacy as a giant of the local rallying scene. Later, he extended his exploits overseas, winning a number of major rallies across four continents.  
  Although his fondest dream was to win the Safari ten times, his plans were shattered when he rolled his car in the Pharaohs Rally in Egypt in 1987. He broke his collarbone and went into a comma for several weeks escaping death miraculously. He was airlifted to a Paris hospital and later transferred to London for full recuperation in 1988.  
  In his retirement, Shekharbhai took up roles in motor sport administration with gusto and at his death, he was President of the rally commission of the world motor sport body, FIA. We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Yvonne and the Mehta family.  
   Forthcoming Religious & Cultural Events  
  Shree Sitaram Parivar of USA invites everyone to take part in Ram Katha Prem Yagna (in hindi) by Param Pujya Shree Morari Bapu which is taking place in Los Angeles after 15 years. Dates: June 10th to June 18th, 2006. Venue: Southern California Basketball Academy, 6125 Chip Avenue, Cypress, California. For more details please email (website:  
  Bhagwat Katha by Pujya Indira Betiji - Vancouver Canada. Lohana Cultural Association of BC is pleased to announce that Puya JiJi has accepted their invitation for a nine day Bhagvat Katha to be hosted at VHP Temple, 3885 Albert Street, Burnaby from July 8th to July 16th 2006. For further details email Vasantbhai Lakhani on  
  Shree Jalaram Mandir Leicester (
invites everyone to come and celebrate their 10th anniversary with Shree Ram Katha to be recited by Param Pujya Shree Morari Bapu. The katha is being hosted at Soar Valley Community College, Rushymead in Leicester from 15th July to 23rd July 2006. Click here for more details
   Lohana Achievers  
  London Marathon Heroes  
  London Marathon - Priten Kotecha and his friends Kalpesh Savjani and Brijesh Patel, all young professionals from Redbridge, East London, completed the London Marathon successfully. In the process they have exceeded their individual fund raising targets of £1500 for the 'Sense' Charity that supports deaf and blind people and their families - collectively, they raised over £5,000. Their comment after the race "We say that everybody should participate in the London Marathon at some stage in their lives and also enjoy the sense of achievement and feel good about returning something to society if they have the opportunity".  
  RAF Full Scholarship  
  Dev Thakker (aged 17) of South London, an AS level student, has been offered a full scholarship with the RAF to be trained as a pilot after he completes his A levels. Only 15 students across the UK are selected for this top scholarship.  
  Boogie Woogie Finalists  
  Since our article in Issue 3, we have had feedback that quite a few Lohana children took part and indeed did very well in the Boogie Woogie Dance Competition in the UK. Kavita Ondhia (14 years) was a UK Finalist senior category. Khushboo Unnadkat (Age 7) was a UK Finalist and Reema Chandni Unnadkat (aged 15) was a Regional Finalist. Kala Gatthani swiped the Runner Up prize in the Senior Category. Sonam Popat (aged 16) from Harrow was a Regional Finalist. Others in the UK Regional and UK Finals were Maya Raichura, Sonali Dattani, Sajan Raja, Minita Unadkat, Devesh Sodha and Jinty Kotak.  
  The Boogie Woogie competition finals were televised on Sony Television as a two hour special on 30th April 2006. Our congratulations to all the participants and their parents. Click here to see the photos sent in to us for some of these winners. Bhavini Seth is not a Lohana and was recognised as an achiever in the last issue for her contributions to the LCUK Variety Show - she has since gone on to win the title of Junior Bollywood World Dance Champion at the International Finals held in USA.  
  Bollywood Dance Finalists 2006  
  This was organised by Honey Kalaria on 22nd April 2006 at Harrow Leisure Centre. Some 133 participants took part and Karishma Raichada, aged 7, won the top prize. Click here to see a photo and report provided to us on the event.  
  Lohanas Make Top 50 Sunday Times Rich List  
  Lohanas make Top 50 Sunday Times RichList - The comprehensive Sunday Times RichList was published in April 2006 listing the top 1000 richest people in Britain and Ireland. Four Lohanas were listed amongst the richest 50 Asians in the UK - the Jatania Brothers (Beauty Products), Rameshbhai Sachdev (Nursing Homes), Manubhai Madhvani (Sugar & Brewing) and Pradip and Manish Dhamecha (Cash & Carry).
  The Times Giving Index also shows Rameshbhai and Pratibhaben Sachdev as having donated a huge £4.7 million generously to medical charities, the elderly and homeless. They have donated in the past to construct fifty houses after the earthquake in Kutch, given money to a cancer research hospital in Baroda and supported the Mount Vernon Cancer Appeal. Both are devotees of Pujya Shri Morari Bapu.  
   LCUK Culture Corner  
  Who was Lord Ram? What is the Ramayana? What is Ram Navmi? To find out click here.  
  Who was Lord Hanuman? What is the celebration of Hanuman Jayanti? For all this and a brief explanation of the Hanuman Chalisa, click here.  
  All Culture Corner articles are hosted on the website. If you have any cultural articles then please email them to - please let us know if you have got the articles from another website so we can acknowledge them.  
   Readers' Contributions  
  Kampala Photos - Down Memory Lane  
  For those of you from Uganda and from Kampala in particular, click here to view some nice photos of Kampala in 1960/1962 and some more recent photos of Kampala. Follow the links on that website for some lovely shots of Kenya and Uganda 50 years ago - happy memories…  
  A Memoir Of Indian Independence  
  We have been sent some rare photographs from the days of Indian Independence ranging from those of Shree Jawaharlal Nehru and Pujya Gandhibapu in 1947 to Smt. Indiraben Gandhi in 1971.The partition of India and Pakistan, the appointment of Mr Nehru as Prime Minister of India by Lord Mountbatten, etc. Click here to view the photos.  
  Articles from our Readers are hosted on the website. If you have any interesting articles then email them to - 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  
   Community Announcements  
  Weddings & Engagements  
  Amee Popat, daughter of Smt. Lataben and Shree Rajubhai of Edgware got married to Bhavin Radia, son of Smt. Geetaben and Shree Chandrakantbhai of Stanmore on 25th March 2006.  
  Amit Chandarana, son of Rameshbhai & Late Hemlataben Chandarana of Moseley, Birmingham got engaged to Reena Thakrar, daughter of Prakashbhai & Surekhaben Thakrar of Rochester, Kent on 9th April 2006  
  Dr.Rakhee Paw, daughter of Chimanlal Gordhandas Paw and Anilaben Chimanlal Paw of Moseley, Birmingham is getting married to Jayesh Thaker, son of Dr. Kantibhai Kalidas Thaker and Dr. Bhanuben Kantibhai Thaker of Bury, Manchester on 17th June 2006.  
  Our hearty congratulations to all the couples and their families  
  Smt. Hansaben Shantilal Chotai is proud to announce the birth of their grandson, Shyon, son of Sarju and Anita Chotai, on Wednesday, 5th April 2006. A donation of £11 has been pledged to the LCUK by the family. Congratulations on the new arrival in the family and thank you for the donation.  
  If any of our eNews subscribers wish to pledge a donation for an announcement then please email with details of your announcement and pledge. All contributions received will be used to support the on-going costs of the LCUK eNewsletter project. Thanks for the support.  
  Shree Shekharbhai Khimjibhai Nanji Kalidas Mehta (formerly of Lugazi) sadly passed away in London on Wednesday 12th April at the age of 61years. Also please see Community Tribute section above.  
  Smt. Jayaben Bachubhai Panchmatia (daughter of Shree Haridas Vishram Kotecha) of Leamington Spa (formerly Kisumu/ Bomet) sadly passed away on Wednesday 12th April at the age of 74 years  
  Shree Kishorebhai Kanabar son of Shree Prabhudasbhai Gokaldas Kanabar of Kampala, Uganda sadly passed away on Thursday 13th April.  
  Shree Haribhai Thakkar ("Harikaka" of 'Mbarara Stores' in Uganda) sadly passed away on Saturday 15th April 2005 aged 88 years.  
  Smt. Kantaben Tanna wife of Shree Jamnadas Tanna and sister of LCWL Secretary Shree Rasikbhai C.Rabheru sadly passed away on 23rd April.  
  Smt. Savitaben Mohanlal Kotecha of East London (formerly of Mukuni, Tanzania) sadly passed away on 26th April at the age of 73 years.  
  Shree Pragjibhai Sunderji Tanna of Kisumu (formerly Luanda) sadly passed away on 27th April at the age of 81 years  
  Shree Kantibhai Mohanbhai Unalkat of Rajkot (formerly Jinja) sadly passed away on 29th April in India.  
  Shree Vallabhdas Gordhandas Tanna of Sanderstead, Surrey sadly passed away on 2nd May aged 85 years.  
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