Obituary – Mrs Anjanaben Bhagwanji

25 July 1951 - 05 January 2019 

It is with great sadness, we have to inform you that Mrs Anjanaben Bhagwanji, a founding member of South Asian Society (SAaS) passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, 5th January 2019 at her residence in Plymouth. 

Those who have been associated with SAaS would know that Anjanaben worked, passionately, tirelessly and selflessly for the progress of the society since its establishment in 2003. She not only assisted her husband, Mr Jayanti Bhagwanji (affectionately known as Jayantibhai) performing his duties as trustee and long-time treasurer of the society but also contributed to the society in many ways including catering, organising many successful events (including AGMs and Annual Diwali-Eid events). She also donated generously to all the charitable activities SAaS undertook. 

As its founding member, Anjanaben also very actively worked for the Plymouth Hindu Community. She also assisted Jayantibhai to organise many events for Masonic (Freemason) Victory Lodge No 4189. 

By Anjanaben’s departure, we have lost a generous, hospitable, hardworking and kind hearted personality. We pray for the peace of the departed soul. May God give enough strength to bear this loss to Jayantibhai, his son and daughter-in-law, Vimal and Suzanne; daughter and son-in-law, Anita and Manish, the grandchildren and a very big family besides large number of friends. The wider society will greatly miss Anjanaben.             

Season’s Greetings

Dear Members

As another holiday season approaches, we send our warmest wishes to you and your family. May you find the true spirit of the season and may it fill your heart with joy. Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings happiness, may it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Wishing you laughter, contentment, joy and peace in 2019 and always.

SAaS Trustees

Annual Event 2018 – Thank you

On behalf of the SAaS Trustees, we extend our sincere thanks to all those who attended and participated in the annual cultural event this year. Our sincere thanks to all the participants who worked extremely hard despite their usual day to day commitments to make the evening enjoyable and memorable for all. We had over 220 guests who joined us for the celebrations this year. We would also like to take this opportunity to extend our special thanks to the Plymouth and Devon Racial Equality Council (PDREC) and the Diverse Communities Team of the Devon and Cornwall Police force for their support towards this event. 

We have now uploaded some images from the event on our website (gallery section) as we have not received any objections by 30th November 2018. We informed all participants and guests through the joining instructions and through signs during the event. If at any point you want us to withdraw any of your image/s, please let us know and we will remove it from our website and delete it from our archives. 

Supporting St Lukes Hospice – £1000 raised

We are delighted to inform our members and the local community about our consolidated efforts to raise over £1000 pounds in support of our local charity, St Lukes Hospice. St Luke’s Hospice is the local hospice for Plymouth. They care for people whose illnesses are no longer curable, enabling them to achieve the best possible quality of life during the final stages of their illness. They care for patients through their in-patient unit, out-patient clinics, and day care unit, as well as in patients own homes through their community and home care teams.

We are very grateful to all our members to make this possible due to our collective efforts as a community and continued generosity. Our special thanks to Mr Jayanti Bhagwanji for contributing substantially towards the final amount.

St Lukes Hospice Community Fundraiser Wayne Marshall said, “It was a real pleasure to meet Professor Jha and members of the South Asian Society at our Turnchapel hospice today. Their support and this generous donation really means a lot to us, our patients and their families. On behalf of St Luke’s I would like to say a big thank you from all of us”.

AGM 2017

Dear SAaS Members

1 The newly elected trustees met on 11th July 2017 and unanimously elected the new office bearers of the Society as follows.

Prof Awadhesh Jha – Chairperson
Dr Arunangsu Chatterjee – Secretary
Mr Jayanti Bhagwanji & Dr Bharat Shrestha – Treasurers

2 Following the recommendations made during the AGM, It was decided that membership fees will be included in the Annual Function ticket price similar to last year

3- The annual Function has been fixed for 11th of November 2017.

4- Details of Venue and Tickets for the function will be available soon.

5- To participate in the cultural Program please liaise with the cultural committee comprising of Girish, Mahrukh, Arunima and Achin.

We are seeking participation from everyone.

Thanks very much

Prof Awadhesh Jha

Chairperson

South Asian Society

Rest in Peace Dr Peter Kapoor

We are very sad to inform members and well wishers about lose of one of our valued member and a former trustee of the South Asian Society, Dr Peter Kapoor. Those who knew Peter, would remember him as a very loving and caring person and always wanted to do the right thing. He started his career in Merchant Navy and then worked as a lecturer in Plymouth University. He was employed by the United Nations and worked in a number of countries. He was an entrepreneur and started his own business but due to health issues could not continue. He joined South Asian Society as a proactive PK Oct 2005Trustee and wanted to do more for the society but his health could not allow him to do so therefore he had to gradually step back. In the last few years he was diagnosed with IPF and as a result his health deteriorated over the course of time and Peter left us on 19th of June at his home with his wife and daughter beside him. May God bless his soul and rest in peace after fighting with ill health and we will always remember him as a true, gentle and hardworking man.

The funeral will be held on 30th June at Weston Mill at 1430, everybody is welcome.

AGM of South Asian Society – Aug 2015

Dear SAaS Members

1  The newly elected trustees met on 17th of August 2015 and unanimously  elected the new office bearers of the Society as the last year as follows.

Dr Bharat R Shrestha   – Chair Person

Dr Sree Vidya Aroori     – Secretary

Mr Jayanti  Bhagwanji    – Treasurer

2 Following  the recommendations made during the AGM , It was decided that a membership fee per household  per year will be implemented from this year . As discussed further today it was decided that a annual fee of 10.00 Pounds per household / per year ( 2 Adults and 2 children ) will be 

charged.

3- It was also decided that the those who become the member they will get a discount in  ticket price  for  Diwali Eid or in other events of South Asian Society.

4- For Your Membership , Please contact any office bearers or any other trustees. Alternatively any trustee of the society might also approach you directly.

This should be completed by 30th of September for 2015 membership

5- The annual Diwali Eid Function has been fixed for 10th of October .

6- Details of Venue and Tickets for the function will be available soon.

7- To participate in the cultural Program please liase with Dr Sree Vidya Aroori , Dr Himanshu Sharma , Dr Shilpa Kulkarni  and Dr Girish 

We need participation from every one .

Thanks very much 

Dr Bharat Shrestha 

Chair person

South Asian Society

Letter of thanks from PLYMOUTH & CORNWALL CANCER FUND

4th April 2013

The Organising Committee Dance Dance Dance 2013
c/o A Koshti Esq MBE

Dear Mr Koshti

Dance Dance Dance 2013

I would like to express my thanks on behalf of the Plymouth and Cornwall Cancer
Fund for your support in donating the proceeds of this year’s Dance, Dance, Dance
event. Unfortunately I was not able to attend, but I understand it was a great success
and enjoyed by everyone.

The sum of £665 raised will be invaluable in supporting this local charity which
supports local people affected by cancer and the establishments that provide
treatment and care. We do this through hardship grants, funding research projects
and staff education, supporting complimentary staffing posts. I can only thank you
again, and wish you well in any future events.

Kind regards

Sara Aspley
Chairman