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Thurrock Asian Assocation Newsletter


This year the AGM of the Association will be held on Sunday 9th September, 2012 from 5.30 to 7 pm at the T.A.A Resource Centre , 35 Clarence Road, Grays. A nomination form is enclosed with this news letter for you to nominate officers and the committee members for the next year. The completed nomination form should be sent to the Secretary, Mr. Mitra, 7 Bradleigh Avenue, Grays RM 17 5XD by Friday 31st August, 2012. We are looking forward to welcome new volunteers on the Committee to progress further the work of the Association. At the AGM the annual accounts will be presented with reports from officers and the election of new Committee Members for next year will take place. PLEASE MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ATTEND AND PARTICIPATE IN THE WORK OF YOUR ASSOCIATION.


This year DIWALI will be celebrated with all communities at the Thameside Theatre on Saturday 24th November, 2012 from 6 to 9 pm. The preparations are already under way to make this a very enjoyable evening.

Anyone interested to take part in the cultural programme should contact Meena Mitra, Diljot Gulshan or any member of the Committee. I am pleased to announce that we received a grant from the Council through the Thurrock CVS which made it possible to reduce the price of the tickets this year ; £5 for adults and £2 for children under 11. This also includes refreshments. The tickets will be available from the Box Office or from the Committee Members from 1st October, 2012. YOUR FULL SUPPORT WILL BE NEEDED TO MAKE THIS EVENT A GREAT SUCCESS AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS.


We celebrated the Baisakhi Function at the T.A.A Resource Centre on 15th April, 2012 which was attended by 100 local residents including the Mayor and the Mayoress of the Council and a number of other Councillors and the representatives of various local communities including the Sikhs and Gurkhas. The participants enjoyed Indian dancing and Music and everyone enjoyed the food tasting session. The food was prepared by various communities living in Thurrock. Cllr Curtis the Mayor praised the work of the Association in bringing all Thurrock communities together through organising these cultural events.’ Everyone has enjoyed the music,dancing and the variety of foods’ said the Mayor. The president of the Association thanked the Council for supporting this cultural event.


Thurrock Asian Association celebrated the Queen’ DIAMOND JUBILEE with great pomp and show on Sunday 3rd of June, 2012 fro 6 to 8 pm at the Beehive Resource Centre at Grays and on Monday 4th June, 2012 at the Association’s Resource Centre, 35 Clarence Road, Grays. More than two hundred members and local residents participated in this joyous celebratory event. AT the Beehive Resource Centre the event started with the singing of the National Anthem by the Thurrock Spectrum Brass with the full participation of the audience including the MAYOR and the MAYORESS of Thurrock. Every one joined in wishing HER MAJESTY the Heartiest Congratulations on her DIAMOND JUBILEE. At the Resource Centre on 4th June, 2012 the audience enjoyed eating different foods from different nationalities. The event ended with dancing and singing. Every one had a wonderful time. The Secretary of the Association expressed his appreciation for the financial help given by the Council for organising this two days event.


With the help of South West Essex PCT we launched this programme in June, 2009 which is still continuing. Mr. Gajanan Pawar our Yoga Teacher takes Yoga Class on every Saturday from 12 to 1 pm at the T.A.A. Resource Centre. We have also set up some equipment for physical exercises in the Centre; a sort of a small GYM which is very widely used by men and women every day.

TAI CHI FOR HEALTH ; THIS programme of health improvement has started from 15th June, 2012 at the Resource Centre 35 Clarence Road, Grays. The class is taken by a trained tutor on EVERY TUESDAY from 11 to 12 noon. For further information contact Casie on 01375- 404917 or Mr Chadha or Mr. Mitra.

This class is free and is open to everyone interested to improve their health and well being.


This group of young dancers are getting regular lessons from a professional teacher and meet on Tuesday from 8 to 9 pm at the Grays School. They have been performing on various occasions at different community cohesion events in the Borough. Their funding finished at the end of last year. In January this year we had a meeting with the children and their parents. It was agreed that the parents will contribute towards the rent of the Hall at the Grays School and the Association will contribute towards the tuition fee. There will be fortnightly class instead of weekly. They will be performing at the coming Diwali Function at the Tameside Theatre on 24th November, 2012. I am pleased to inform you that we have been able to get some grant form the Council’s youth service to support this class by the end of this year. We are very grateful for this timely help.

Any one interested to join this class should contact Diljot; 01375-381486.


This class is going on well under the Tutorship of Mr. R Ghulshan, a professional tutor who takes this class of boys and girls at the Asian Resource Centre, 35 Clarence Road , Grays on Wednesday from 4 to 6 pm. The Association runs this class in collaboration with the Thurrock Music Service. We are looking for young children aged 7 on wards to join this class. Please contact Mr. Gulshan ( Giani Ji) on 01375- 381486 if you would like your young child to learn any Indian Musical Instruments such as; Harmonium; Tabla; Dholak etc;


This class welcomes anyone who is interested in learning and enjoying the Asian musical instruments like Harmonium, Tabla, Dholak, Sitar etc and social singing of classical and modern Indian songs. We meet twice a month on Wednesdays from 11 to 1 pm. The lessons and the fun are all free. For further information please contact Mr. Mitra or myself.

This group of adult musicians also perform on our Diwali Function. Join us in this fun class.


The Development Worker from the TRUST takes this Group of Women on every Tuesday at the Resource Centre from 12 to 2 pm and the Men’s Development Worker from the TRUST takes men’s group on Tuesday from 2 to 4 pm. Any one interested to join these groups should contact; 01375—385316. These Groups are useful for socialising and learning new skills. These are free for Thurrock residents.

The new Development Worker supported by the Housing Department will start helping people from the Resource Centre soon. We are discussing this issue with the Manager of the TRUST.


From January this year the centre is used for this group on each Saturday morning from 10 to 11.30 am. The children learn their language and their culture. The class is run by the Thurrock Nepalese Association.

T.A.A Resource Centre is very well used by various community groups and individuals for learning, socialising and getting information about other services available to the local residents. Casie Cheong works hard to help anyone visiting the Centre.



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