|Taken in March during an interview with Radio BGWS|
Being the home of the Gurkhas, Aldershot has attracted thousands of Nepalis to set base in the surrounding area. The convenience in living nearby a populous Nepali community with facilities that cater to our ethnic needs is one of the many reasons why Aldershot and Farnborough continuously attracts new Nepali families to this day. An attempt to cater, inform and spread awareness in the growing Nepali community of Aldershot and Farnborough is Radio British Gurkha Welfare Society (BGWS) which came to life just over eight months ago. The British Gurkha Welfare Society is already deeply embedded in the hearts of many Gurkhas. Their successful campaigns and continuous efforts to serve the needs of Gurkhas who retired before 1997 has made the BGWS increasingly popular and constantly on the news.
The main figure behind leading Radio BGWS forward is Major (Retd) Sonam Sherpa. The retired Major has in the past worked with BFBS Gurkha Radio during his service in Hong Kong. Supporting him on the radio are the voices Goma Rana, Jamuna Pun, Sushila Thapa, Anila Rai, Sita Thapa, Muna Rana and Prerana Gurung. Radio BGWS can be listened to seven days a week from 12PM-6PM. Aside from informing the Aldershot and Farnborough area regarding local events and updating about the happenings of the Nepali society, it also has live news directly from Nepal. Every fortnight, a key personnel from the civil service sector takes part in Radio BGWS to inform the youth regarding ways to deal with juvenile crimes to informing the elderly Nepali population regarding ways to access healthcare and council services.
Attracting the youth is something which Radio BGWS has on its priority. Currently you will be able to hear the Naya Yuva team every week where they discuss matters important to the youth. Do not forget to bookmark the link and listen online. Radio BGWS is the way forward for those living in Aldershot and Farnborough.