04:00AM, Wednesday 13 August 2014
The family of the first Sikh to live in Maidenhead are overjoyed after it was announced that a street will be given their family name in recognition of their community work.
Sant Kharak Singh Bhamra, who passed away in 2004, moved to Maidenhead in the 1960s and was later joined by his wife Gian Kaur and four children.
The couple spent their lives committed to helping those less fortunate than themselves by establishing links with charities and donating to the poor.
Their son Palwinder Singh, 51, who left his job at Thames Valley University to help his mother full-time after she developed dementia, described the family’s excitement after learning councillors had included Bhamra in the name of a new street, 10 years after it was initially proposed by Royal Borough councillor, Dr Mike Bruton.
The dad-of-three said: "We were all quite down about it because we thought it wasn’t going to go ahead.
"I was worried my mum might never get to see it happen.
"But we’ve had a lot of support from councillors and from the mayor and we have finally got there.
"The naming of the road will be an inspiration to our family for generations to come, encouraging us to carry on my parents’ legacy of always helping and giving to the community."
Bhamra Gardens will be the name of a street adjoining Boyn Hill Avenue where a new housing estate is being built in place of the old East Berkshire College.
Gian Kaur, A grandmother of 10, was also visited by the wife of a Sikh leader from the Namdhari sect, Sri Jagat Mata Chand Kaur Ji, on Thursday, July 31, who travelled with an entourage of 20 people from India to the Bhamra household in Rutland Place, Boyn Hill.
Sri Mata Ji praised the 87-year-old who had donated money to the poor in India and spent many years stitching clothes and donating crates of food to those in need.
Pawinder Singh said the family felt overwhelmed to have been visited by such a prestigious member of the Sikh community.
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