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A Brief History of BSNL
It was in November 1973 when a few Brahmin friends who used to meet regularly in the city of London that an idea of forming a Society for Brahmins was concieved.
At this time prominent Brahmin members included Jagdishbhai Acharya, Vinoobhai Vyas, Trilok Vyas, Mukundbhai Vyas, Dineshbhai Trivedi and Late Balkrashnabhai Rawal, Late Naranbhai Rawal and Batukbhai Trivedi and others arranged a meeting at a West Finchley Scout Hall. Nearly 150 Brahmin Members were present and a resolution was passed to form an association of Brahmin members in London.
Many meetings were held to establish how many Brahmins lived in London. A telephone directory was used to find names and addresses and house to house calls were made to promote membership.
On 22nd February 1974 a meeting was held at the Kings Cross Assembly Hall, Euston where all Brahmins were invited. Dinner was provided followed by musical programme. The meeting was well attended by nearly 400 people. A draft constitution was formally adopted at this meeting and the first Management Committee was elected. The first President of the Brahmin Society North London was Shree Jagdishbhai Acharya.
The Management Committee worked with enthusiasm and energy to recruit new members. The First Management Committee and all the subsequent Management Committee’s has successfully organised programmes such as Bhajans, Balev celebrations, Janmashtami, Navratri, Havan, Coach Trips, Cultural shows and various other programmes.
It was the through the vision and hard work of the Brahmin Society North London that in 1985 the Federation of Brahmin Associations of Europe was formed with 13 affiliated Brahmin societies across UK.
The Society has steadily continued to make progress and currently we have an active youth wing Young Brahmins who look after the interest of youngsters and an equally active ladies wing- Abhilasha
BSNL fulfilled a key ambition in 1998. The Society purchased a property situated at 128 East Lane North Wembley from the Borough of Brent at a price of £375,000. This purchase was made under the presidentship of Mr kamlesh Rajyaguru and the building project chairman Mr Navalshankar Vyas and also with contribution from the officer bearers of the time – Mr Divyang Purohit, Mr Vijay Metha, Mr Rajiv Vyas, Mr Harish Pandya and Mr Jayprakash Bhatt.
The property has been renovated and is currently is use for yoga classes, gujarati classes, nursery, meeting and private functions. Credit must be give to all the members who have contributed getting the BSNL house in its current excellent state.
Plans are in hand to extend this property and to build a new hall.