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New Sikh temple in Northampton

Posted by Marianne
November 28, 2012 in Community

The Ramgarhia Sikh community in Northampton has celebrated the official opening of its new temple. The building on Cromwell Street needed extensive refurbishment, including the removal of a number of office partitions, which turned the former council offices into a space which can be used by various groups for religious services and community events.

The new temple will be able to hold large Sikh weddings and other celebrations that were impossible in the previous temple in Craven Street, which had become too small for the range of activities they wished to hold.

The £700,000 cost of the renovation of the new premises was raised over the last two years from donations principally by the community members who use the temple. Fundraising activities included a car washing event and the demonstration and sale of traditional Indian and Punjabi recipes and food at various events in Northampton.

The new building comprises a large community space and a prayer room, and also has a shop and large car park, providing about three times the amount of space of the old temple. The new temple will be open every day and will allow a greater number of groups to make use of the facilities.

A number of local dignitaries attended the official opening ceremony, along with hundreds from the Sikh community who had raised funds towards the works. At the opening, a spokesman for the temple committee Deepinderjet Singh Bassan said it was a marvellous achievement to have raised enough money for all the work required in such a short space of time.

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