On 17th September, Bob visited Stanburn School to meet the Headteacher, Chairman of Governors and other governors to discuss the complaints from neighbours of the school about noise levels. Bob toured the school, witnessed play time on the school fields and suggested an open meeting for the neighbours to meet the staff and governors.
Bob attended the annual service commemorating the Battle of Britain at St. John’s Church in Stanmore. This was the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Bob said, “I was pleased to be able to attend and pay my respects to the brave men of Fighter Command. The ‘few’ defended our island and prevented the threatened German invasion. We must never forget the immense courage of these pilots who defied overwhelming odds to keep us free.”
On 11th September, Bob attended a social event at St. Anselm’s Church to welcome a visiting party from Germany. The programme featured a number of songs, recitals and a modern pantomime, all presented by members of the congregation.
Bob said, “As we commemorate the Battle of Britain, this was an ideal opportunity to help build reconciliation amongst the people of Belmont and visitors from Germany.”
On 10th September, Bob attended the Lohana community celebrations of the ennoblement of Lord Dolar Popat. Dolar Popat is the first Hindi Conservative member of the House of Lords and has been active in the local community ever sicne arriving from Uganda. Dolar is well-known for his work supporting local charities. Bob gave a speech on behalf of the Conservative Party congratulating Dolar on his well deserved new position.
On 10th September, Bob popped into the Swaminarayan Temple in Neasden to tour the exhibition promoting Hindu values in the community. Bob is a regular visitor to the Neasden Temple which he has strongly supported for the last 20 years.
On 10th September, Bob attended the awards celebration for the students of ADC College in Harrow. Bob handed out the diplomas. Bob gave a speech on the importance of education, qualifications and of seeking employment. Bob talked to each student on a one to one basis to help encourage them to continue their studies.
Bob visited the Hare Krishna Temple on 5th September to celebrate Janamashtami. Bob met many key dignitaries of the temple, addressed the crowd from the stage and toured the extensive grounds. Bob assisted the Temple back in 1987 when the popularity of the Temple meant that traffic problems in the surrounding village meant that Hertsmere Council threatened to close the Temple. Bob provided assistance to the Temple in the battle to survive. This is now the foremost Hindu temple in England.