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Do you play Badminton, Squash, Table Tennis or Polybat competitively or socially?

Then come and join us on Sunday 12th October 2014 for a Racquet Sports Tournament

from 8am @ Harrow Leisure Centre.  More details here.




The Oshwal Directory is now live and online.

For information on how to access the directory or to register your details, click here.



Anand Yatra Details

Every Friday at Oshwal Centre - Open to ALL Oshwal members.

Participate in the activities, have fun, meet friends and enjoy a delicious freshly cooked lunch.

Download details here


Enabling Network continues to provide a safe and fun environment for all ages with special needs and their families. Click here for dates from September 2014 to March 2015 and come and join them for a family fun evening at the Enabling Sports and Social Club (ESSC). 




All members will have received a letter regarding our fund raising appeal. We need your support now - If you would like to discuss your donation wishes with our Fund Raising Team, please contact the Office and they will put you in touch.

All donations are welcome and our Fund Raising Team are happy to meet with you if you would like a personal visit.



President's Message July 2014

Jai Jinendra
Summer is here and we are all busy with wedding season now at its peak. We have had a packed sporting season with the World Cup, Wimbledon and now India – England Cricket.

Let’s hope that the weather stays warm and we can enjoy these next few weeks.
By now, many of you will have visited Oshwal Centre and seen the new look assembly halls.  So far we have had many positive comments and most people agree that once again Oshwal Centre has the best facilities of any community organisation.  A lot of time and work has gone in to getting the halls ready for the main wedding season.  There remains some minor finishing works which are being addressed on days when the hall is free.  In July there are very few free days. What remains to be completed is the lift and the downstairs exit doors.  This is all ready to go in, unfortunately, we do not have a straight clear week to allow installation, and so we have put the installation date back to August, when the work can be completed during Paryushan week.


The Oshwal Directory has been launched, https://www.oaukdirectory.org

Details on how to access the information can be found in the last Oshwal News.  In the first week, we have had a very high volume of visitors and there have also been quite a few requests to update / change details.  These are being addressed, please bear with us as there is a small team managing the directory website.  The Oshwal Directory is an opportunity to create a comprehensive record of all Oshwal Households.  If you have not registered your details, you cannot access the site.  To register your details, please complete the form which can be found on: http://www.oshwal.co.uk/directory.  We are looking for volunteers who can assist us in updating data.  If you have some time and are reasonably computer literate please contact the directory team via email – directory@oshwal.org
We plan to publish a hard copy of the directory later in the year, so please ensure that you have viewed and updated your information.  If you have not registered, please do so as soon as possible.


As you are aware, we had our AGM on 27th April and I was re-elected for a second term.  I thank you all for your support and kind words of encouragement.  As a community, we are an example of unity and together with my fellow Office Bearers, the Executive Committee and the Area Committees, we are dedicated to taking Oshwal Association forward with the full support of the members and the many volunteers who assist us, every step of the way.  Over the next two years we need to complete the current projects, improve our operations and build on the progressive steps taken over the last few years.
Most importantly, we need to work collectively to engage our youth.  There are a number of initiatives which we have planned and will be publicised over the coming months.  For the next generation of Oshwals identity is the key.  This is the responsibility of every family to reinforce our roots, culture and heritage. 



Fund Raising

The fund raising drive continues and we have had good support from the community.  We are still seeking donations, you will have all seen Oshwal Centre, Oshwal Ekta Centre, Oshwal Shakti Centre and South London Mahajanwadi.  These are our community assets.  We have plans for all the properties to improve and enhance the facilities, provide more for our members, funds are essential to carry out these works and also to safeguard the future of our Association. There are various fund raising schemes for all our centres and it is my humble request that, if you have thought about donating but just not got around to it, please do it now.  If you would like to meet up and discuss your donation personally, we are always happy to arrange a meeting.  Remember for higher rate taxpayers, gift aid offers assistance to OAUK and to you too in reducing your tax bill.  I sincerely hope that we can count on your support and if you would like to know more about any of our fund raising schemes, please do get in touch with me, the fund raising team or the office.

Paryushan starts on 22nd August. 

All the Areas are preparing their programme for the 8 days and we certainly hope that you will participate. Full details of what is happening will be published in Oshwal News which will be with you in the first week of August.  We have events for young and old and look forward to seeing many of you during the week. 

To members who do not actively participate, this could be an opportune time to observe Paryushan. Just like the Christian faith has Lent, Jews have Passover, Muslims have Ramadan. Paryushan is our time to pause and reflect on our lives.  It is a period of introspection, with meditation, Pratikaman and listening to religious discourses.  Fasting is part of it, if that is not something you can do, why not give up something you love for 8 days? 

Not only is it a test of your will, it also strengthens your resolve to realise that nothing is really that important you cannot live without it.  Why not try it? You may surprise yourself.


Upcoming Events


Religious Committee

Sunday 27th July 2014 9-00am Oshwal Ekta Centre
Navkar Mantra 68 Akshar & 68 Tirth Poojan
Oshwal Association are holding a Navkar Mantra / 68 Akshar with 68 Tirth Poojan
This event is at Oshwal Ekta Centre. Poojan starts from 9am with lunch from 3:00pm onwards.  Jayeshbhai from Leicester will be the vidikar.  
To ensure we cater for the appropriate numbers, please can you call Sushilaben on Tel: 020 8907 1570 or Oshwal Centre Office to confirm your attendance. There is a token charge of £1.00 per attendee.  Please let us know how many people are attending by the 20th July.

Anand Yatra

Friday – Oshwal Centre 10am Start
Friday 18th July – North East Area
Friday 25th July – North West Area
Friday 8th August – North Area
Coach Service at £3.00 per person – Lunch £2.00
Please register with the Area to confirm in order that we can cater for the appropriate numbers.
If you have not attended an Anand Yatra Event, we encourage you to come along.  A chance to participate in the activities, meet friends and enjoy a delicious freshly cooked lunch


12 July - North Area Youth Club have invited North East for friendly games.
25 - 28 July - Caravan Trip to Norfolk organised by Youth Club.  This trip is fully booked.
27 July - Day Outing to Southend on Sea - organised by Health and Welfare team - few places still available.  For details, please contact Hema Shah on: hemashah66@gmail.com


  1. Luncheon Club- 11.00am - 3.00pm on Monday 14th July at the Hindu Mandir, Hereford Road, Luton
  2. Friday Club- Pizza Night 8.00pm - 10.00pm on 18th July at Warden Community Centre, Wycombe Way, Luton
  3. Cards Club- 8.00pm-10.00pm on 26th July at Warden Community Centre, Wycombe Way, Luton


Oshwal Fun Club – From 7:30pm to 11pm Saturday 19th July 2014
Venue: Weston Favell Parish Hall Play card games or board games
Tea and Biscuits Fee: £1.50
Jain Philosophy Classes - Time: 9.30am – 11.00 am Saturday 12th and 19th July 2014
Venue: Fulvantiben’s Residence.  Currently  reading - “Jaina Path of Purification” Free
Twin Heart Meditations: By Master Choa Kok Sui. Thursdays: 17th and 24th July 2014
Venue: Weston Favell Parish Hall, Booth Lane South NN3 3EP Time: 7.30pm – 9.0pm
Open to All

North West

Business Brain – The Successful Entrepreneur
Starting up your own business or wanting to take the next step in your enterprise, then don't miss this seminar
Date/Time : 16th July, 8.00 pm - 10.35 pm (please arrive by 7:45pm)
Oshwal EKTA Centre; 366A Stag Lane; Kingsbury; NW9 9AA.
Note: This is an OAUK Members only event.
Guest Speakers:
Pankaj Shah - Senior Partner - Lubbock Fine LLP
Tanoj Shah - Managing Director - Gazebo Fine Foods Ltd


Date/Time : 19th July, 8.00 pm - 11.45 pm (please arrive by 7:45pm for registration) All Saints Church Hall; Queensbury; Waltham Drive; Edgware; HA8 5PQ

Elderly Monthly Meets (EMMs)

Date/Time: 9th August, 11:30am – 3:30pm (lunch included)
Oshwal EKTA Centre; 366A Stag Lane; Kingsbury; NW9 9AA.
Description: Celebrating Indian Independence day with Strings.
Theme: White, Orange and Green.
Note: This is an OAUK Members only event.


Whist Drive

Date/Time: 9th August, 7.00 pm - 10.30 pm
Oshwal EKTA Centre; 366A Stag Lane; Kingsbury; NW9 9AA

Scrabble Club 

Date/Time: 9th August, 6.30 pm - 10.30 pm
Oshwal EKTA Centre; 366A Stag Lane; Kingsbury; NW9 9AA

IOJ – Institute of Jainology – Many of you will be familiar with their work.  Over the last 25 years IOJ have done much work to bring the Jain faith into the mainstream of world religions. Their Jainpedia is a wonderful mine of information on Jain scriptures, works and writings.  Gathered over many years and digitally documented, this is a truly invaluable resource for now and for future generations. I recommend you view the Jainpedia by visiting http://www.jainology.org


The Institute of Jainology are funded by donations.  To continue their work in documenting a further 500 pieces of Jain literature and to embark on future projects, they have launched a fund raising drive for the month of July through crowd funding. 

To donate, please visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ioj/jainpedia


I take this opportunity to wish you all a lovely summer.
Warm regards

Raaxeet Harakhchand Shah
Hon President
Email: president@oshwal.org


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