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Sunrise Gurkha Sports Club’s Special Guest David Rose Sings Them Some English Songs

Published on: 22 Jun, 2015
Updated on: 22 Jun, 2015

Nepalese music, dancing, martial arts displays and delicious food were all part of a lively fundraising event hosted by Guildford’s Sunrise Gurkha Sports Club.

It also included some English music courtesy of The Guildford Dragon News’ David Rose!

The evening was held on Saturday, June 20, at the Aggie Club, the hall of the Guildford & District Horticultural Society in Bellfields, with the Mayor of Guildford, Nikki Nelson-Smith as guest of honour.

There were presentations of awards to young members of Guildford’s Nepalese community for their dancing, singing and taekwando skills.

From left: the chairman of the Sunrise Gurkha Sports Club, Budhi Gurung; David Rose and the club's managing director Navaraj Ghale.

From left: the managing director of the Sunrise Gurkha Sports Club, Navaraj Ghale; David Rose; and Budhi Gurung, the club’s chairman.

A special friendship award was presented to writer and historian David Rose for his work helping Guildford’s Nepalese community as part of his role in the Westborough ward as co-ordinator of Joining In!, which supports community involvement.

Among the support he has has given them in this role (managed by Voluntary Action South West Surrey) was playing a part in helping the Sunrise Gurkha Sports Club find new premises to meet when the Guildford Youth Centre building in Haydon Place was earmarked for closure. The club now meets and stores equipment at the hall at St Clare’s Church in Park Barn.

David is also a singer and guitarist. Some of his Nepalese friends have seen him in concert locally with his band Sammy Rat and the Resonators and also the Rhythm of Life community choir. They asked him to take part in the fundraising evening by “singing some English songs”.

He said: “I was thrilled to receive my award, and it will take pride of place in my office at home. As for my spot on stage during the evening, I played and sang Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks, Streets of London by Ralph McTell and the Beatles’ Ticket To Ride.”

The Sunrise Gurkha Sports Club receives a grant each year of just over £2,000 from Guildford Borough Council. It needs to raise a few thousand more to enable it to run and offer a range of sports activities for young people. Membership of the club is open to all.


Members of the sports club taking part in one of their martial arts demonstrations.

Members of the sports club taking part in one of their martial arts demonstrations.

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