UK Valam Brahmin Association

Om Namah Shivay
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of
Shri Jashwantbhai Fulashanker Vyas  (born 19 July 1940)
Vadodara, Gujarat, India
at 8pm UK time on Wednesday 16 October 2019 
 ૐ નમઃ શિવાય

Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

Jyotiben (Wife)

Sonalben, Jignaben & Amiben (Daughters)

Late Narharibhai, Late Navinbhai, Late Sumantbhai, Ashwinbhai, Girishbhai & Maheshbhai (Brothers)

Late Annapurnaben & Hasumatiben (Sisters)


For March Newsletter Click on this link >> UKVBA NewsLetter_March 2019



06 Apr   Saturday              Badminton Tournament

20 Apr   Saturday              Gayatri Havan & Hanuman Jayanti

01 to 07, 11 & 12 Oct        Navratri (is from 29/09 to 07/10 but scheduled according to JFS availability)

13 Oct   Saturday              Gayatri Havan, Diwali Sneh Samelan & AGM

16 Nov  Saturday              Dinner & Dance

07 Dec   Saturday             Children’s Christmas Party
Nitesh Gor OBE DL
A proud moment of all of us!
Son of Bipinchandra Dayashankar Gor and Umaben B Gor, is Chief Executive of the Avanti Trust. His experience encompasses CEO and director roles across the exploration, management consultancy and investment banking industries. He is a published author and has a broad business strategy background gained as a result of working for two leading corporate strategy consultancies and as an independent adviser to corporate boards. His primary corporate focus is on leadership, strategy and entrepreneurship. Nitesh has an MBA from London Business School and an undergraduate degree from the University of London. He is a Deputy Lieutenant with the Greater London Lieutenancy and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List of 2018 for Services to Education.’Many congratulations to Nitesh and Gor family on behalf of all Valam members here in the UK and overseas. A reward well deserved for all his hard work and may Krishna continue to strengthen Nitesh’s abilities to achieve all his goals in serving the community. In terms of the Avanti trust, the idea took shape in 2003 with the uk’s first state funded Hindu school Krishna Avanti opening in 2008 and Her Majesty The Queen visited it on the first day of her diamond jubilee tour. The school welcomed Her Majesty and Prince Philip by hosting a spectacular community event.  Now there are 5 primary schools and 2 secondary schools with one all-through school and a primary school due to open in the near future.

Falguni Parmar
Daughter of Mr Harshadbhai Upadhyaya & Mrs Pravinaben Upadhyaya
on achieving
World’s Best Teacher Award
in her first year of teaching in Dubai
This really is a very proud moment for Falguni, both Parmar and Upadhyaya families and the entire Valam community.
Very Well Done Falguni, Keep up the Good Work!
Very Best Wishes on behalf of UKVBA
Congratulations to
Dr Nora S Vyas
Daughter of Shaileshbhai and Neelamben Vyas, Grand Daughter of Late Vishnuprasad Manilal Vyas and Shardaben Vishnuprasad Vyas.Nora is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Kingston University London, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She completed her BSc (Hons) in Psychology at City University in 2004, followed by achieving her PhD in Psychiatry in 2008 from the University of London. Dr Vyas has 14 years’ experience in conducting schizophrenia research using clinical, cognitive, genetic and neuroimaging techniques. She teaches in mental health, clinical and health psychology, and neuroscience. She is an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Child and Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry, and Frontiers in Neuropsychiatric Imaging and Stimulation, and serves on several editorial boards. During the early stages of her career, she has received numerous awards for her research on schizophrenia, including the Young Researcher Award (2008), Young Scientist Award (2009), Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award (2010), Asian Achievers Award – Gold Award for Healthcare (2010), Lindemann Trust Fellowship (2011), the Churchill Fellowship (2016) by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, Outstanding Women in STEM by the Precious Awards (2016), and more recently a Young Investigator Award by the 13th World Congress of Biological Psychiatry (2017), ‘Highly Commended STEM Leader’ award by the Forward Ladies National Awards (2017), ‘Women of the Year’ Award by the 2nd British Asian Achievers Award (2017), and the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award (2017).

An Anonymous Valam

An inspiration for others to get involved in Sewa and work for Dharma.

Charity – Started a charity called “Reachout Now” back in 2002 with a group of like-minded friends focusing on health, education and poverty reduction. Projects have included building Health centres, schools, orphanages, old peoples’ home in part of Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cambodia and Guatemala in South America. Our current project is building a health centre in Tanzania.

Volunteering for Community – I am an active member of Hindu Swayam Sangh (HSS) which focuses on building, protecting and promoting Hindu Unity, Sewa and Sanskars by running weekly Shakhas (for 12 years to 65 years) and Balagokulams (for 4 years to 11 year olds) all over the country and the world. I am involved in West London region to run 3 Balagokulams and Shakha in Hounslow, West Drayton and Cranford on every Saturday and Sundays.

Volunteering for Hindu Community in the Borough – I am a member of Hounslow Friends of Faith where I represent Hindu Community to ensure Hinduism is represented and cohesion is achieved between various faiths in the borough. I am also trying to bring unity and awareness among Hindu Organisations in the borough. I am a member of Hounslow SACRE (Standard Advisory Committee for Religious Education) which advises local government schools in religious education from law perspective.

My Recent Focus – I am now also involved with helping Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (VKA) in India to help tribal/remote villagers of India. VKA’s aim and objective is to help tribal people of India in areas of Health, Education, Culture, Tribal rights and Overall Village development. In the last 3 years we have conducted various health camps in different states by taking doctors from London and US  and working with local doctors in India to conduct week long health camps to provide basic primary GP and Optician care and medicine for free of charge. We have also built over 10 one teacher schools (Ekal Vidyalay) in Jharkhand state. Next area of focus is developing how people in UK can fund/sponsor kids/girls education, village adoption, building more one class schools, conduct more frequent health camps and promote volunteering from UK.


President:                     Hasit Purohit

Secretary:                     Madhav Vyas

Treasurer:                     Keval Pandya

Vice President:             Darshana Pandya

Committee Members:   Niraj Mehta, Dhvani Acharya, Rupal Pandya,

                                      Mukesh Bhatt, Rimesh Gor

Trustees:                      Ashwinbhai Purohit, Bipinbhai Vyas,

                                     Subhashbhai Vyas, Pareshbhai Pandya


Want to help form Young Brahmins?Would you like to organise events and manage social media sites in uniting our youngsters? Can you work with other Brahmin/Hindu organisations and help the Brahm Samaj committee enhance its portfolio as we work to unite all Brahmins/Hindus under one umbrella? If this interests you then please call Madhav Vyas on 07854 689746 or Keval Pandya on 07469 933526. PLEASE SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY AND THOSE ABLE TO OFFER SEVA PLEASE PUT YOUR NAME FORWARD FOR JOINING THE COMMITTEE.



 Our Brahm Samaj Partners: and

 Federation of Brahmin Associations of UK/Europe:

06 Apr   Saturday              Badminton Tournament

20 Apr   Saturday              Gayatri Havan & Hanuman Jayanti

13 July Saturday                Cricket Day

17 Aug Saturday               Day Trip to Seaside by Coach

29 Sept to 07 Oct              Navratri

13 Oct   Saturday              Gayatri Havan, Diwali Sneh Samelan & AGM

16 Nov  Saturday              Dinner & Dance

07 Dec   Saturday              Children’s Christmas Party