Visit to Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara


I visited the Guru Gobind Singh Gurdwara on Sunday, 19 April, to partake in the Gurdwara’s ongoing Vaisakhi celebrations. Also in attendance were Richard Fuller, Conservative PPC for Bedford & Kempston, Jas Parmar, Conservative Mayoral candidate for Bedford Borough, and Kuldip Singh, my running mate for Kempston Central & East.

Visiting the Gurdwara is a highly worthwhile experience if you have not already visited. In accordance with the teachings and remit of Sikhism, any individual is welcome in the building, regardless of your personal religious beliefs. During worship, shoes should be removed from your feet and your head should be covered. In a show of humility before the Guru Granth Sahib, people of all social stations sit on the floor – humility being a very attractive aspect of the religion. The more general thinking is that, without removing the obstacle of the ego and self-service, you would be incapable of ordering your life more fully in line the oneness of the divinity.

Regardless of your religious beliefs, you are welcome to partake in the delicious food served after worship – the Gurdwara is well worth a visit!

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Kempston’s Community Gives it Some for Bedford Hospital’s Primrose Unit


On Saturday night, I was lucky enough to go along to a charity event organised for the Primrose Oncology Unit at Bedford Hospital, held at the Daley’s Club in Kempston. It was organised by a family whose gratitude for the Unit’s service led them to put on this fantastic show – a substantial amount of money was raised for the fantastic work done at Bedford Hospital, and people had a fantastic time.

My dad played the disco, as well as managing the auction, and plenty of friends of the family also waded in to help in several capacities. It was a fantastic show of strength for Kempston’s generous community, and an overwhelmingly successful evening.

There are no political comments to make on this – just a fantastic bit of news worth celebrating in Kempston.

If you missed the event, but are interested in making a donation to Bedford Hospital’s charity appeals, please find the appropriate website here.