Food Bank Donation by MKHA

At this difficult time for so many, Milton Keynes Hindu Association, as it has previously – notably during  the covid-19 period, continues its efforts to provide support in many ways to the community of Milton Keynes.

In keeping with the above aim, particularly during this Festive Season, MKHA this week made a donation of a large variety of essential food items to MK Food Bank which we hope will help ease the financial burdens faced  by many. The donation was greatly appreciated by the worthy local organisation. See letter of acknowledgement below.

MKHA wish you all the Season’s Greetings and a very Happy New Year.

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Vinod Pankhania BEM – for voluntary services to the community of Milton Keynes

The Trustees of Milton Keynes Hindu Association (MKHA), Regd, Charity No 802344 congratulate Vinod Pankhania BEM on the recognition he has today received for the achievements of MKHA during his tenure as President.

Born in Kenya, the family relocated to Milton Keynes in the 1990s. Soon after the move, he joined MKHA, initially as a volunteer. Very quickly his dedication and commitment to help the community became apparent and he was elected onto the executive committee.

During his time as President, MKHA held a number of successful events and regular activities including a 9 day Shiv Katha recital, the first ever Milton Keynes Mela at Campbell Park attended by thousands of people from Milton Keynes and beyond. Both events contributed to the fund raising efforts of the organisation in progressing the 1st Phase of the build of the first Hindu Temple and Community centre in Milton Keynes. This facilitated the Phase 1 completion and inauguration of the centre on the auspicious Hindu Festival of Makar Sankranti – 14/01/2019. In addition MKHA continued its successful language, music and Bollywood classes.

The availability of a centre as a base enabled MKHA to continue the varied Cultural, religious, social and educational offerings to not only the diverse Hindu communities residing in Milton Keynes, but also to the community of Broughton where the centre is located and to the wider Milton Keynes community. Since its opening the centre has been used by Thames Valley Police to host IAG meetings, the NHS have held medical camps for Broughton residents, local ramblers groups use it as a rest break, local mother and toddler groups have held regular meetings at the centre. The centre hopes to continue to provide a services it currently hosts and expand its cultural and educational delivery post pandemic.

Vinod, during his tenure as President has encouraged and supported greater provision for elders and the youth in particular to ensure their needs are properly recognised and met. He has thus fostered a unique bond between the generations by leading during the covid-19 pandemic, online prayer and bhajan recitals. The youth have benefitted from learning and joining in the prayer and  bhajans, with the elders perfecting their IT skills from the younger generation!

A covid-19 support programme was activated to provide support to the residents of Milton Keynes including the provision of, in excess of 4,500 hot nutritious vegetarian meals and food packs to keyworkers at MK University Hospital amongst others, the homeless and the vulnerable and those shielding or in isolation. This service was provided during the midst of the worst period of the pandemic.

Throughout his Presidency Vinod has ensured that MKHA links up, works with and supports other similar local cultural and charitable organisations and Statutory bodies. His view is that no organisation or person can succeed solely but acting in unison will ensure the success of all.

Our thanks to Vinod for his contributions to MKHA and to the community of Milton Keynes.

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An honour as part of the Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2022

Our heartiest congratulations to Milton Keynes Hindu Association (Regd. Charity 802344), President, Vinod Pankhania who has been awarded a Medal of the Order of the British Empire (BEM), for charitable services to the community of Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

On notification of the honour, he said “I am so humbled by this totally unexpected honour. I owe it entirely to the great efforts of the Trustees and the executive committees – past and present, together with the unfailing support of the Hindu and wider MK communities and all our local Partner organisations”

The inauguration of the first Hindu temple and community centre which was ” a dream come true for the community of Milton Keynes” would not have been possible without this support.

More to follow…..

MKHA Board of Trustees.

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MKHA Elections – Further Details

Dear members,

Following the publication of the results of the MKHA Executive committee elections on the 12/12/21, in the interest of transparency the Board of Trustees set out below the number of votes each candidate secured:-

President
Vinod Pankhania (78)

Vice-president:-
Nisha Dutta-Plummer (7)
Janak Gheewala (16)
Ramnik Gohil (63)

Treasurer
Tarika Yajnik (74)

Asst. Secretary
Shobhna Padhiar (66)

Executive committee:-
Swapna Alladi (41)
Shobhna Bhatt (27)
Nisha Dutta-Plummer (53)
Janak Gheewala (52)
Ramnik Gohil (46)
Jayesh Islania (33)
Chetna Lalji (60)
Manish Liladhar (46)
Deesha Nathubhai (51)
Shobhna Padhiar (23)
Veena Pankhania (51)
Vinod Pankhania (18)
Ramananda Pokkulla (17)
Sulochana Savdas (59)
Kaushik Shah (66)
Reshma Tanna (47)
Ramnik Tosar (79)
Tarika Yajnik (26)

(5 voting forms declared void)

We are aware that some candidates have raised questions over the integrity of the voting process and would invite them to attend an independent verification process with former Trustees and respected members of the community.
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MKHA 2021 AGM Executive Committee election results

The Board of Trustees of MKHA are pleased to  announce the outcome of the Executive Committee elections held on 12/12/2021.

President – Vinod Pankhania

Vice  President – Ramnik Gohil

Treasurer – Tarika Yajnik

Asst Secretary – Shobhna Padhiar

Executive committee members

Nisha Dutta-Plummer

Janak Gheewala

Chetna Lalji

Manish Liladhar

Deesha Nathubhai

Veena Pankhania

Sulochana (Shila) Savdas

Kaushik Shah

Reshma Tanna

Ramnik Tosar

Congratulations to the newly elected members.

We are delighted to welcome the new committee. We also thank all the other nominees for their nominations.

We sincerely hope they will all continue to support MKHA as volunteers. We thank all those who voted online or attended in person at the AGM.

Our thanks to Suresh Nesarathnam for Chairing the AGM and to Pradeep Jethwa and Kanti Koria for counting and verifying the votes.

Grateful thanks to all the volunteers who helped with serving the refreshments

Please all keep safe and well.

Board of Trustees

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MKHA AGM and Elections.

Namaste. MKHA looks forward to welcoming you to the 2021 AGM and Elections at 3pm today at the MKHA Mandir and Community Centre.

Online/advanced voting closed at 11am this morning, and voting will recommence for those attending in person at 3pm. Please do not submit any further online/advanced submissions as these will be deemed void.

In line with government guidelines, it will be mandatory for all those attending to wear a face mask at all times, unless exempt and except when you are eating or drinking. We encourage all attendees to take a lateral flow test prior to attending. All attendees will have their temperature checked upon entry. If you have any symptoms of Covid, we request kindly you do not attend.

We wish all applicants the best of luck and we look forward to seeing you all later.

MKHA Trustees

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Election Time!

Calling all paid up members of MKHA. Voting for the 2021 Executive Committee elections begins online today on the MKHA website and will close at 11am on 12/12/21.


For those able to attend the AGM on the 12/12/21 from 3pm, you can if eligible cast your vote in person
Have your say as they say use your vote or lose it!!

The Online Voting form can be found here:

https://www.mkha.org/mkha-agm-and-elections/mkha-elections-2021-online-voting/

You can view profiles of some of the applicants here:

https://www.mkha.org/mkha-elections-2021-applicant-profiles/

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Announcement – AGM Notice

Notice is herby given that the Annual General Meeting of Milton Keynes Association will be held on

Sunday 12th December 2021 from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

at MKHA community centre, Ferry Meadows Close, Broughton, Milton Keynes, MK10 9QY

AGM Notice 2021

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