After receiving an invitation from the BAPS Neasden Swaminarayan Temple, I attended an event last night in which the Temple congratulated all newcoming Councillors. I received a tour of the complex which has now established an iconic status all across the globe. The Temple has also been selected as the Brent emblem and will feature on a London 2012 Olympic pin badge.
I had visited the Temple as a Council candidate twice in the run up to the 2010 election; once on International Womens’ Day with the then Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah Brown and also at a separate blessing event for Council candidates kindly arranged by the organisation.
I was delighted to learn that the Swaminarayan School open to all (the majority of students are non-Hindu) is the second best independent school in the UK achieving better academic results than even Eton and Harrow (despite having considerably lower fees), and was the number one independent school in London. It’s great to see the hard work and effort that such organisations are doing in making a positive contribution to Brent.