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Saturday with the Nepalese Community

It has been a busy weekend for me. I have been to a series of community events which I will endeavour to blog about.

The first event was on Saturday afternoon when I went to The Warehouse at Cemetery Junction for an event with the Nepalese community. The majority are ex-Gurkhas and have exercised their right to settle in the UK following their service in the Army. The event was organised to promote a new commercial venture set up by the Nepalese community. Some of them have come to an agreement to import a Korean engine oil additive which prolongs the life of vehicle engines, reduces emissions and can even allow an engine to run without oil for a short while.

I was given a VIP seat at the front alongside Reading East MP Rob Wilson. There were rows of empty seats for named Councillors from other parties but the only other Councillor who joined us well into the meeting was Green Councillor Rob White. The three of us were invited to speak; something I had not planned or prepared for but I spoke briefly to wish them well in their venture. Rob Wilson was invited to cut a ribbon signifying that the venture was underway.

It is not widely known that many ex-Gurkhas have struggled to make a decent living in the UK and therefore any initiative from within the community which may aid their employment opportunities and bring wealth into the c0mmunity should be welcomed.


March 11, 2012 - Posted by | Local

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