Torrential rain fails to stop Grayshott Gurkha festive lunch

Participants at the relocated Mata Tirtha Puja feast taking place at the Grayshott Social Club

Despite torrential rain, the Grayshott Square Meal was a sell-out, raising £1000 for the local Prostate Project charity.

Originally planned to be held in the Square, the wind and rain threatened its cancellation, but Grayshott Social Club came to the rescue.

All 120 ticket holders filled the main room at the club for the Mata Tirtha Puja (Nepalese Mother’s day) feast prepared by Grayshott’s well known Gurkha Durbar restaurant.

Sudha Rai of the Gurkha Durbar and Nepalese dancer at the rescued Mata Tirtha Puja

The event was one of a series of lunches organised by the Grayshott Village Square Events group.

Chairman Rev Moray Thomas comments: “It could have been a disaster, but thanks to the generosity and flexibility of Peter Hatch and the Grayshott Social Club, the event was a resounding success.  The food was delicious, the raffle and auction well supported with a picture by local artist Phil Bates going for £140.   A Khukuri, kindly donated by Mani and Sudha of the Gurkha Durbar reached an incredible £260.”

“The day was brought to a close with a colourful, intricate and delightful performance of traditional Nepalese dancing.”

Gurkha Durbar staff prepare to serve the Mata Tirtha Puja feast from the snooker room at the Grayshott Social club

Peter Hatch, Secretary and Treasurer of the Grayshott Club, adds. “It was a pleasure to help out.  The  Mata Tirtha Puja feast was probably the biggest  sit down lunch we have ever had and it all worked extremely well. “

Each Square Event is in aid of a selected charity.  The Prostate Project is a charity funding research into prostate cancer at Guildford Post Graduate Medical School.  So far over £5m has been raised and significant clinical results achieved.

The next Square Event will be on Sunday 3 June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – details to follow.

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