SPA Luton Christmas Update 2020

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’ve all had a Happy Diwali and are looking forward to the Christmas festive period; even with the tier 4 lockdowns in place. There have been a few updates going on in our community and I’d like to take the time inform you all about them.

Collecting Donations for Keech Hospice Care

Each year members of our community donate their time to go out with Keech Hospice Care along with Smiley Sam to collect donations for the public. This usually involves knocking from door to door with Santa whilst meeting and greeting those that answer the door. Lots of people look forward to this and some save up all year to give. Due to the current circumstances, we’ve not been able to help this year as a lot of those who help are vulnerable or live with someone who is. Instead, what we’ve done is setup a JustGiving page to help collect donations for them.
If you could be kind enough to help by donating whatever you can; we aren’t asking for much, just whatever you can spare.

COVID-19 Survey

The Shree Prajapati Association UK in partnership with all Hindu organisations want to understand the impact of the COVID-19 on Hindu communities in the UK. So could you please complete the survey linked below and pass it on to your friends and family to do the same.

NB. the Survey closes on 15th January 2021.

Sandesh 2020 – I think you’re on mute!

I’m part of the team who works on the Sandesh and this year even though we thought it might not go ahead, it did, with even more content than we thought we’d get.

Please take the time to read it as there are some very interesting articles in there ranging from first line doctors to people who have dealt with loss.

SPA UK Talent Show

Some members of our community have taken the initiative to hold a talent show for everyone as we’ve not been able to hold our regular annual events, please take a minute to read the following message from them:
As some of you are aware we are planning a U.K. wide talent show for all our branches in March 2021 on zoom. The idea is for branches to submit 1-2 high quality items (preferably encouraging our younger members to participate) as video recordings in January and we will pull together the overall show from those videos.

We are looking for: 1. Singing with musical instruments (bhajans/filmy songs/geet etc), 2. Performance on musical instruments at a high music grade (piano/violin/guitars etc), 3. Dances, 4. Garbas, 5. Magic show?, 6. Story telling in Gujarati?, 7. Jokes, Other talent items welcome

I look forward to your support 🙏

Thanks, Piyush Mistry (Birmingham).

If you’d be interested in taking part, please contact me at so I can pass your information over to the team managing the event.

Lastly, I’d like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year and hope to see each and every one of you in 2021 (after the vaccines have been distributed).

Thank you,

UPDATE 2020: from our President

Jay Shree Krishna,

We hope you are all keeping safe and well. We the management committee of SPA Luton Branch are letting you know that all our regular activities and events, that were scheduled during 2020 were cancelled under the governments instructions. 

These include

  • Our monthly management committee meetings
  • Summer BBQ
  • Sports activities with SPA UK
  • Seaside trip
  • Annual Bhajan Bhojan
  • Annual Dinner Dance
  • Christmas get together

As you are aware that the government has called a stop to gatherings in more than six people – indoors and outdoors. Fines are imposed if you break the regulations, so limited socialising to prevent spreading of COVID-19 and so these are hard times. These new guidelines do not allow us to organise social or cultural activities.

If anybody needs to talk or ask for any help please get in touch with the committee members.  We will keep you posted if anything changes. We hope and pray that this pandemic passes soon.



Stay safe and keep checking our website for updates.
Management committee of SPA Luton.

GPs are open

Dear All

I hope this finds you all well. Colleagues in the Clinical Commissioning Group have asked if we could share the attached important message with faith and community leaders informing residents that GPs are open, providing services and continuing to respond to patients’ broader health concerns.

The message comes from Dr Kirti Singh with a request to read it out or make it available to communities at meetings or services. There is also a  video featuring Dr Sajid Mehmood (see link below).

We’d be grateful as ever if you could use these messages to best effect across your networks.

New roles at Luton Food Bank

Hi Everyone,

We have two exciting new roles for Information Signpost Advisors, one full and one part time.

The roles are to provide a comprehensive signposting and advisory service to Luton Foodbank clients to help them out of crisis.

Details and application form at


Many Thanks,

Salma Khan
Luton Foodbank Ltd

01582 725838


Hi All,

I know we’ve been very quiet since the beginning of this pandemic and many people are struggling, whilst others are thriving. I hope you are all doing well.

We have a few words from the SPA UK Secretary in regards to the SPA UK AGM that was going to happen earlier in the year.


Namaste All

Hope you and your families are well.

Unfortunately due to the pandemic the scheduled SPA (UK) AGM which was due to be held on Sunday 17th May 2020 in Rugby had to be cancelled. The SPA (UK) Executives had meeting on Sunday 28th June 2020 and have set a date of Sunday 20th September 2020 to hold a zoom AGM.

Minutes from the last meeting, nomination forms, the accounts for 2019/2020 and the agenda will be sent out in due course.

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself.

P.S. can I stress to all branches to start looking for new people to take up roles at the national level.

Jai Hind
Vipul H Mistry
SPA (UK) Secretary