Pillayaar Nonbu 2021

Minutes of Pillayar Nonbu Meeting 2021/22

Poster: https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10157993649180755

LNS Pillayar Nonbu 2021/22 was successfully conducted on 11th December at London Sri Murugan temple, East Ham, London from 17.00-22.00. The event started as planned by 17.00. The Kollam was drawn by Jyothi Veerappan and Uma Valliappan achi.

The welcome speech was given by Chellappan Palaniappan, secretary of LNS committee 2021/22, he welcomed all the members who took effort in attending the Pillayar Nonbu in spite of bad weather conditions. Flower for the event was sponsored by Vasantha Achi. Registration desk handled by Mr. Veerappan Annamalai, Treasurer of LNS committee 2021/22.

The Kuthu vilakku was lighted by Vasantha Achi, Alamelu Achi, Annu Achi, Malathy Achi & Soornam Achi. Following the Kuthu vilakku illumination, the prayer song was beautifully sung by Baby Aishwarya Kanammai Chiddambaram and followed by Vinodhini Chidamabram Achi and Lakshmi Chidambaram Achi. They were joined by all members in the hall, as the prayer song was circulated through wats app.

Mr. Selvaganesan Ramanathan, President of LNS committee 2021/22 took over the stage and asked for volunteers to help in ellai preparation. The ellai preparation was started and we would like to thank all the volunteers for helping in preparing the Ellai. Around 06.30pm, ‘ellai eduthal’ started. We would like to thank Shamugam Annan and Narayanan Annan for taking the ellai and giving it to members. They were helped by two volunteers. All members took ellai and received the blessings of Lord Pillayar.

Following the ellai eduthal, the current committee felicitated the 2020/21 committee members for doing a good job by keeping us entertained during the COVID lockdown. Details & link as follows: https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10158217326145755

  1. Nachiappan Subramaniam honoured by Selvaganesan Ramanathan
  2. Chockalingam Natarajan honoured by Chellappan Palaniappan
  3. Kathric Alagappan honoured by Veerappan Annamalai

Yellam started. Raja Alagappan annan hosted the Yellam along with Karunamoorthy annan, Veerappan Annamalai annan and Selvaganesan Ramanathan annan. 16 items were auctioned and total of 4041£ collected. Yellam was conducted in a hybrid manner- both online and offline. Members

who were not able to attend the Pillayar Nonbu function attended the Yellam via Zoom. We would like to thank Mr Karthic Alagappan for helping and coordinating the online bids.

We would like to thank each one of you for taking part in Yellam.

The detail list of all Yellam, items and who bagged them are as follows:

ItemsBid PriceBidder
Turmeric51 £Raja Alagappan annan and family
Jaggery 151 £Valliappan annan and family
Jaggery 261 £Lakshmanan annan and family
Coconut101 £Manikandan Manickam annan and family
Lime160 £Dr Palaniappan annan and family
Salt212£Manikandan Manickam annan and family
Silver Lord Pillayar421 £Senthil Sollaiyappan annan and family (through online)
Silver Lamp 1301 £Mohan annan and family
Silver lamp 2211 £Vijay annan and family
Kunguma Chimil 1191 £Selvaganeshan annan and family
Kunguma Chimil 2201 £Narayanan annan and family
Tulasi Maadam425 £Chellappan annan and family (through online)
Komatha (Madu Kannu)391 £Lakshmanan Sevugan annan and family
Kulam Vaalum Pillai465 £Raja Alagappan annan and family
Gold Coin 1401 £Alagappan annan and family
Gold Coin 2401 £Senthi annan and family
Total4041 £

Following the Yellam, delicious meals were served by volunteers. We would like to thank everyone who took the time and effort in making the scrumptious feast and a special appreciation for generous quantity prepared. Food Chart Attached as a token of appreciation & remembrance for the amazing cooks. It was sure a Potluck food. We would also like to thank Murugan temple Management, Thennappan annan and Seetha achi for organizing Pongal and sambar for dinner from temple.

Meanwhile LNS 2022 Calendar in the design of Madurai Meenakshi Amman in a gold foil base with daily sheet calendar cake was issued to our LNS Members and some calendar been collected by many on their friends/members behalf. Thank you, Meena Thiagarajan Achi (UCRB), for sponsoring partially for the LNS 2022 Calendar.

We would like to thank the below people for their work behind the scenes to make this event a great success

  1. Thennappan annan and Seetha achi for getting special permissions from temple management to conduct yelams (as its generally not allowed).
  2. Chidambaram Ganesan for helping us on the day in organizing the hall by aliasing with the temple team. They allowed us to use their consumables, cleaning team etc. And also, been a helping hand in buying Yellam items like lime, coconut, jaggery & Turmeric.
  3. Mr. Dakshinamoorthy, Temple management secretary for providing full support on the day.
  4. Our committee members Alagappan Palaniappan parents for buying the silver item for yellam
  5. Karthick Annamalai for bringing the silver yellam item from India to UK.
  6. Our treasurer Veerappan’s parents for sponsoring Pillayar Nonbu Swamy Prasadam items and Thiri for illai.
  7. Our president Selvaganesan parents for travelling to Karaikudi to get elai mavvu.
  8. Our secretary Chellappan mother-in-law for organizing the calendar and arranging courier to get the calendar to UK.
  9. Photography – Sethuraman Murugappan and Chiddambaram Ganeshan to capture the event happenings.

We, the committee of 2021/22 have no words to thank all the members who attended and supported this event and changed it to a successful one.

We are looking forward for the next physical event, which is ‘Tamil New Year’ 2022, where new committee will be taking over. We would like to inform that Manikandan Ramanathan will be the President for 2022/23 committee, and he will be forming his own team and introduce during Tamil New Year 2022. More information about the Tamil New Year will be sent in due course.

Photo Link: https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10158217318730755

Food Chart Link:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1o3waZGqgeb30tEAPScxaVtv8_Lt1hg-Ay0b-4TC- Tr8/edit?usp=sharing

Many Thanks, Chellappan Palaniappan

LNS Secretary on behalf of LNS President, Treasurer & other members LNS committee 2021/22.

Deepavali 2021

Minutes of LNS Deepavali meet 2021

Poster : https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10157919389435755

Though we started the Deepavali meet by 3.30 PM a delay of 30 mins was to ensure that people who were travelling from distance to reach.

The meeting was started by ‘Welcome speech’ by me as secretary and followed by illuminating the Kuthu Vilakku which was beautifully lighted by Sivagami Nachiappan Achi, Vasantha Shanmugam Achi and Menaka Meyappan Achi. The prayer song was sung by Miss. Abirami and Miss. Gowri Sockalingam and Miss. Aishwarya Kannamai. The new committee of 2021/22 was introduced by the president Mr. Selvaganesan Ramanathan as there was no earlier opportunity for the team to be properly introduced to LNS community. Following the team introduction, a beautiful Tamil poem was read by Mr. Selvaganesan who wrote the poem for this special occasion.

The memorial for our Late founder Mr. Thiyagarajan Aiyyah was conducted. Few short speeches praising & remembering our Late Founders work was given by Mr. Selvaganesan, Mr. Radhakrishnan Thiagarajan, Dr C Nachiappan, Mr. Sendhil Ramanathan and Mrs. Sujatha Sethuraman.

The Orchestra RG Music academy was introduced, and the stage was handed over to them. They sung wonderful songs for the next 45 minutes.  – https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10157970218830755

As all the above were going on, the registration desk & photo booth were active and busy. LNS members registered their presence in the registration desk which was managed by Mr. Veerappan Annamalai, our treasurer and members showed loads of interest in taking their picture in photo booth which was managed by Mrs. Ramya Chellappan. The art display was set up where paper & colour pencil was provided for the young minds to explore their creativity. They came up with so many wonderful creations that were displayed for members to see. The mouth-watering Samosa and beach sundal were served to members as snacks and self-helping tea, coffee station was also set up and available throughout the function.

Following the first section of Orchestra music, LNS malar team was introduced by Mr. Karunamoorthy and Mrs. Sujatha Sethuraman, they briefed about the works done by Malar team and thanked for all the contributors, encouraged more people to contribute for the malar.

The sponsors of the event ‘Wisdom education’ and ‘Lifeline agency’ set up their stall near the registration desk and at the entrance, they engaged with LNS members. Wisdom education, they have tied up with Sikkim Manipal University and provides online English classes and other program like MBS, BBA etc., They conduct the classes online, and it can be done as full time and as well as part time. Mr. Peter from Wisdom education was asked to take the stage and explain about his work and wisdom education, he briefed the members and engaged the audience through his witty jokes.  Lifeline agency offers insurance, mortgage and will writing services, they generously offered free will writing service for LNS members and conducted free raffle draw, the first prize Alpha Tablet was won by Mrs. Thennammai and second prize Amazon Echo Dot was won by Mrs. Valli Vairavan. Raffle draw was conducted after the start music game show.

The much-awaited start music show was conducted following sponsors introduction/ speech. The game show was conducted by the Orchestra and it was an instant massive hit with the members. All the attendees were involved and were divided into four teams,

  1. Adhiradi rockers lead by Mr. Ramanathan
  2. Saravadi Sekhar lead by Mr. Vairavan
  3. Pattasu rangers lead by Mrs. Kalyani
  4. Matthappu Magalir was lead by Mrs. Sumathi

Three rounds were conducted,

Round 1- Connections

Round 2. Find the song from music

Round 3. Sing the song by identifying the lyrics.

Though there is no official score and prizes involved, all the teams were marked just for a fun. We were able to see there were loads of enthusiasm and so many hidden singers in our LNS community. At the end Pattasu rangers scored the highest number of points. There were no words to express the fun which the members enjoyed during this game show.

The fireworks were then organized as planned, and the weather supported us. All members showed great interest and had good fun in lighting the fireworks. As we said in our promotional email there is nothing called as Deepavali celebration without fireworks, our members doubled the celebration by lighting the fireworks. It was so good to see all the age groups enjoyed it.

As the fireworks was going on, delicious scrumptious dinner arrived, and it was set up as a buffet in dining hall. The menu is difficult for anyone to say no to. The menu poster attached for reference.

  1. Veg Hara Hara Kebab
  2. Mutton Kebab
  3. Chilli chicken
  4. Bonda
  5. Vegetable Biriyani
  6. Mutton Biriyani
  7. Daliya chicken
  8. Panner butter masala
  9. Curd rice
  10. Carrot Halwa
  11. Appalam
  12. Pickle

As the food was served, our orchestra kept the celebration vibes high by singing songs. They also asked if anyone from our member wishes to sing a song, Mr. Venkatesan volunteered and sung a beautiful song along with the singers from orchestra. Their wonderful music entertainment for the day came to an end by 08.30.

Our own young violinist Mr. Krishnan and Mrs. Damayanti played three songs and they asked the audience to identify the songs, new talents need appreciation and recognition. We need to applause for their talent. Following their wonderful performance, the new couple’s introduction. Young couples like Mr. Karthic and Mrs. Visaalam Manimegalai, Mr. Chris and Mrs. Seetha were introduced to our LNS community and our heartly congratulation for their married life. New member Mr. Aravind was also introduced to our LNS community.

The wonderful event came to an end with the group photo which I would say ‘the cheery on to the top of the cake’. – https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10157970194025755

We the committee of 2021/22 would like to thank our sponsors

3rd party sponsors:

  1. Mr. Ravi from Wisdom education – https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10157970201125755
  2. Mr. Shaji Jose from Lifeline insurance agency

LNS sponsors: (Need full names)

  1. Mrs. Annapoorani achi, who sponsored on memory of our beloved Late founder Mr. Thiyagarajan Annan.
  2. Mrs. Vasantha Shanmugam for the flowers
  3. Dr. Nachiappan and family for fireworks
  4. Mr. Karunamoorthy and family for fireworks

We would also like to take this opportunity to all members who helped us in organizing this event by either coming earlier to help & support in setting up and by also staying late in cleaning and winding off. Our special thanks to the below persons for their exclusivity for their helping hand.

  1. Mr. Karthic & Mrs. Vishalam
  2. Mr. Raju Meyyappan & Mrs. Menaka
  3. Mr. China Meiyappan
  4. Mrs. Ramya Chellappan
  5. Mr. Sethuraman Murugappan – for lending the Camera

And all other members who helped us in food serving and cleaning. A special note to our budding young LNS members- Miss Veena Selvaganesan for preparing the slides for connections round in start music which was highly praised and thoroughly enjoyed by all our members.

Mr. Karthik Selvaganesan, Datshin Karunamoorthy, Akshay Lakshmanan, Abhinay Kannan, Sachin Subbiah and Shan Shanmuganathan for serving the snacks to the seats of our members & also being a helping hand whenever needed.

Please accept our apologies if we didn’t mention anyone’s name who volunteered and helped us in conducting the event smoothly.

We also would like to inform that like any other functions and big events there were some teething issues, due to the delayed start and time constraints we couldn’t accommodate our own talent display during the prime time. We have taken note of this and will try to address this in our future events and will advise the next committee to make a note of this while planning and executing the future events. We hope you understand this and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

I, as secretary of LNS Committee 2021/22, I am incredibly happy to be part of this year’s committee team. We stuck together as blood and skin, we ensured that we all were on same page to avoid any confusion. We all played our part well and pulled this event off. We practise round table method, so no one is felt superior or inferior to other. The decision taken was always the decision of committee rather than individual person.  We as a team would like to thank our Trustee Mrs. Geetha Achi for giving us free hand in organizing, conducting, and making this event successful.

Lastly, without you all – the wonderful members of LNS this event wouldn’t be successful as it was, several people with young children travelled from far places and some families used public transport and some travelled for more than couple of hours to attend this event. We are very grateful and heartfelt thank you to all who attended this event.

Our next event is Pillayar Nonbu which is scheduled on December the 11th, 2021 at London Murugan temple hall, East Ham. Looking forward to seeing you all on 11th December 2021.

Thank you

Kind regards,

Chella (Chellappan Palaniappan)

LNS Secretary 2021/22, on behalf of President, Treasurer and all other 2021/22 committee members.

Photography Competition 2021

Dear Annan’s and Achi’s,

I hope you all are doing good and keeping safe.

As you all are aware we successfully completed LNS photography competition’21 which ran from 02n August 22.00 till 08th August 22.00 (all time in BST). A brief update on how many entries received, how many likes each entries received can be found in the attached document.

Training/ Tips:

We have planned to have a one-hour session with the creative successful Candid wedding architecture photographer from our own Chettinad- Mr. Muthuraman. He an experienced photographer and architecture photographer who owns his own firm Thecickdiaries.com and Itteattic.in. Also, you can follow him on social media platforms under his id



In the recent days, we all are more accustomed in using our phone for photos than DSLR camera’s. Hence, Mr. Muthuraman will be sharing loads of ideas and tips on how to click a perfect picture using your own phones and some light on how to use the DSLR camera’s in more efficient way.

This session is planned for July the 18th at 16.00. Zoom invite and log in details was shared closer to time. – https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/videos/567610370936468/

First place in individual categories will be awarded a 10GBP gift card during the next physical event. All entries and special mention of the first three places of each category will be published in Nagarathar Malar.  Also, we have decided to publish the names of the photographers (all participants) in Facebook against their pictures.  

Winner selection: 
As mentioned in previous emails, the winner per age group was decided by maximum number of likes received till 10pmUK time on 8th August 2021. 

Looking at the ‘Likes’ trends received in Facebook, it can be classified as Entry rather than individual pictures. For example,
1st place- Winner A for pictures AD000, AD111, AD222
1st Runner up- Winner B for pictures AD333 AD4444, AD555
2nd Runner up- Winner C for pictures AD666, AD777, AD888

For the child category we have 4 places.

Much awaited but yet known results of LNS Photography competition August’21 are as follows:

Child Category: https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10157806041770755

Winner: Veena Raamnathan

1st Runner up: Sanjana Chinna Meyappan

2nd Runner up: Anishwar Ashok

3rd Runner up: Vasundara Vijay

Teen Category: https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10157806011905755

Winner: Nachammai Sekkappan

1st Runner up: Nitish Palaniappan

2nd Runner up: Nikitha Palaniappan

Adult Category: https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10157806001275755

Winner: Sethuraman Murugappan

1st Runner up: Hema Nagappan

2nd Runner up: Ramya Chellappan

The response from our own LNS members and general audience right from the start of the competition, the photography workshop was extraordinary. The number of likes the pictures received are mind blowing.

Through this we have identified several professional creative photographers in the adult section who can guide our brilliant Teen photographers and who in turn can guide the upcoming child photographers. 

For Teen and child category, we would like to mention a special thanks to all parents as without their support and encouragement our next generation wouldn’t have participated in this competition.

Thanks again for your participation and support for LNS Nagarathar Sangam.

Kind regards,

Chella (Chellappan Palaniappan)

Secretary LNS Committee 2021-22 on behalf of President, Treasurer, and other committee members of LNS committee 2021-22.

Covid Fundraising 2021

Dear Annan’s and Achi’s,

A quick update on COVID fundraising:

We would like to thank each one of you for donating for COVID charity fund raising. Combined with NASA we have collected 4000GBP. 

We, LNS along with NASA in partnership with Rotary club Karaikudi, donated Oxygen mask and Oxygen concentrators to Karaikudi general hospital. Please find the attached pictures taken while handing over the equipment’s to the hospital.

Also, we have set up an google form and have asked our members and NASA members to forward the link to the people who are in need of fund due to families losing their breadwinners due to COVID. So far after vetting process we have supported 8 families. 

Please find the message in Tamil which was shared in different wats app group along with the link to the form.

With the available funding we will be able to support 12 more request.

Thanks once again for all your support.

Link: https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10157752270240755

Date: 10.06.2021, Thursday

Venue: Government Hospital, Soorakudi Road, Karaikudi @ 10.00 AM

Thank you

Kind regards,

Chella (Chellappan Palaniappan)


LNS Committee 2021/22

Chithraguptar Pooja 2021

Dear Annans and Achis,

Firstly, we would like to thank the previous committee for their enormous efforts on bringing us together through several zoom meetings during mankind’s difficult period. Loads of entertainment and educational program for all age groups. We the committee of 2021/22 will carry on their work in bringing us all together as a community.

Chittraguptar pooja: 

We are delighted to inform that our first event – Chittraguptar pooja was successfully conducted on 26h April 2021(Monday). In the light of that a photo competition was conducted where a total of 14 entries received, excluding the committee members and Jeya achi’s entries there were 9 entries for the selection, out of which 4 were selected as winners. Winners were honoured with a voucher of 10GBP.

Congratulation winners and all participants, their details:

Winners (Not in any specific order)Other EntriesExcluded from Competition
Unna Priya SubbuKannu MurugappanJeya Sendhil
Ishvarya AnnamalaiThenuManjula Alagappan
Meena ThiagarajanValli VairavanRamya Chellappan
Kavitha ManickamSharmila MohanDevi Alagappan
 Geetha VijayGeetha Selvaganesan

People behind the scenes to make this event a success:

Guidance                                            :            Jeya Sendhil (for sharing the event details and sending a video on how to perform the pooja – https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10157752200810755 )

Groundwork                                      :            Chellappan Palaniappan 

Coordinators                                     :           Manjula Alagappan and Chellappan Palaniappan

Judging Panel                                   :          Manjula Alagappan and Jeya Sendhil

Video Courtesy                               :          Chellappan Palaniappan

Support                                                :        LNS Committee 2021/22 The details about the pooja along with pictures of participants and their respective pooja photos (https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10157752220880755 ) will be published in Malar and a video compilation (https://www.facebook.com/Londonnagarathars/posts/10157752229725755)  of all the entries is attached and be published in LNS official social media account. Happy to conduct this pooja as our first event through our newly created LNS Magalir Ani – ladies wing of LNS Sangam.

Kind Regards,

Chella (Chellappan Palaniappan)

LNS Secretary 2021/22, on behalf of President, Treasurer and all other 2021/22 committee members.

LNS Summer event 2019

Thank you to all those members who attended.  The meeting started off on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 just after 14:00

Our Sangam president Mr. Lakshmanan Somasundaram welcomed all the members to the event, thereafter invited founder Mr. Thiagarajan Annan to share some words.

We kick-started the event with our most awaited game. The highlight of the event: “LNS cricket match”. After the cricket match, we enjoyed a “Knock out activity” organized by the Marwell Centre, between 18:00 and 19:20.  Sunday morning: all the members joined in for breakfast along with coffee/tea from 8 am.  Once again, we had rain, but this didn’t stop our enjoyment. After breakfast, all members participated in the Marwell center conducted activities. We also had our own indoor games for families and on request from many members, the gents had a rematch of the cricket just before lunch.

Lunch was served by an external caterer – a mouth-watering 3-course meal was on the menu and went down like a treat. The summer trip event concluded with coffee/tea along with a thank you speech given by Mr. Thiagarajan Annan and Mr. Lakshmanan.

We would like to sincerely thank all members who voluntarily helped to set up, co-ordinate, served food and clean up the hall throughout the event, we appreciate your assistance.  Overall, the LNS Summer event was an amazing trip with lots of positive feedback and good memories, many thanks to all.

Photo link

Video link

Our next LNS event: “Deepavali 2019″, scheduled for Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. Save the date, further details – tbc.

LNS Pillayaar Nonbu 2018

LNS Pillayaar Nonbu event -15th December 2018
When and where:
Saturday, @ Darrick Wood School Hall,Lovibonds Avenue, Orpington BR6 8ER, Kent 


The LNS Pillayar Nombu was held (per Nagarathar tradition) at Darrick Wood School Hall, Lovibonds Avenue, Orpington, Kent, BR6 8ER. Members started arriving from 4:45 pm onwards and the event lasted until 10.45 pm. The meeting was attended by 58 families (nearly 200 members in total), an amazing turnout.

Aachis and children were involved in decorating the floor with Kollam. Kudos to the team for a beautiful kollam..Chettiars were involved in making the elai and trained the teen boys for the same.A Photo booth was organized to take family pictures of the members. These pictures will be published the LNS directory, Home made delicious dinner prepared by our achi’s were servedNew members were selected for next year’s LNS committee with consensus from all LNS members .After dinner, Yellam was conducted by Mr. Karuppiah, Mr. Karunamoorthy Mr. Ganesh Kumar and Mr. Selvaganesh.

Tamil daily calendars for 2019 were distributed to the members. Members who couldn’t attend the Pillayaar Nonbu event can collect the calendar later.

BIG thank you to our sponsors and all members for making this event a successful one !!

Photo Link

Event Meeting Minutes

LNS Deepavali 2018

The LNS Deepavali event 2018 was a fantastic celebration of the festival of lights at Adeyfield Community Centre on 10th November. Members started arriving from 2:00pm onwards and the event concluded around 10:30 pm. Around 200 members from across the UK attended this event and made it a grand celebration.

Key highlights of the Deepavali event included the following:

·       Devakottai Ramanathan as our special guest

·       Neeya Naana hosted by our special guest Devakottai Ramanathan

·       Lots of children performances

·       Bhavan student dancers, Bharathanatyam

·       Children hosting the event

     The LNS Deepavali event was also telecast live on YouTube for the first time.

We had our special guest Devakottai Ramanathan back on stage for the Neeya Naana at around 9 PM – topic was—-

வளவுக்குள்  வளம் சேரப் பெரிதும் காரணம் ஆச்சிகளின் சமத்தாஅப்பச்சிகளின் முனைப்பா

We had six participants on each side.  

LNS committee is thankful to all members who came forward voluntarily to help in serving food, setting up the Hall and the cleaning venue at the end – it would not have been possible to run such a massive event without the kind support from the Sangam members, our family…. ”Thank you _/\_

•       Photos Link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1dOcz-8xm1raGbd5wmQDiIaNIoBzoYxGW

•       Video. live streaming Link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UwTsafox7iYjHjfeHmQVY4EDAY3TYR0x/view?usp=sharing


•       YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/PA92kickeWs

Overall, it was a fantastic evening and the Committee is extremely happy to have received excellent feedback from the members.

LNS Summer Trip 2018

Venue: Virginia Water, Surrey GU25 4QF
Date and Time: Saturday 30th June 2018, 10.30 AM to 6 PM

Our annual summer trip happened on 30th June 2018 at Virginia Waters, Surrey. Virginia waters is part of Windsor Great Park. It was the inspired creation of William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, and Ranger of Windsor Great Park from 1746 until 1765.

In 1753 the Duke dammed the eastern end of Virginia Brook to create the largest manmade lake then in Britain. The lake and its surrounding landscape have been a favoured retreat for royalty for over two hundred years.

It was a lovely spot to spend the day – the lake was shallow enough for wading, there were numerous paths for strolling, and plenty of places to picnic or just sit and watch the world go by.

The committee team started reaching the venue from 10:30 AM and the members started arriving from 11:30 AM. The team occupied a few benches in the well shaded entrance area. Our chettiars and the children started playing a gentle game of cricket and our achi’s enjoyed a game of cards. It was a lovely sunny day.

Once all the members arrived, our lovely nagarathar ladies started organizing the delicious home cooked food to serve to the members. Children had their food, followed by chettiars and then the achi’s. Seemed like everyone relished their food, chatting and having a laugh. Some members also had an opportunity to nap after lunch.

After lunch, members had a nice, pleasant stroll alongside the river stream, where we found a nice stretch of area to play some more cricket in the woods. The senior members sat under the trees and spectated the match.

Sachin and Varun were the captains of the two teams. As it was on the same day as the France Vs Argentina match, the teams were names Paris (Varun’s team) and Buenos Aires (Sachin’s team). Buenos Aires scores 34 runs in 6 overs. Paris successfully chased the score with a few balls to spare.

While this interesting cricket match was going on, the ladies and girls had their own time of joy with a game of Kho Kho.

After tiring ourselves out with having great fun, we had some wonderful home made halwas and vadas before wrapping up for the day.

We called it a day and walked back to the car park. The event ended at around 6pm.

Special thanks to the achi’s (and chettiars) for the delicious food:

• Chicken Briyani – Meena Ashok
• Veg Briyani – Kaveri Lakshmanan
• Sambar rice – Unna Muthiah
• Potato Masala – Lakshmi Laks Alagappan
• Curd Rice – Sharmila Mohan
• Chapathi – Nachammai Manikandan and Uma Venkatesh
• Paneer Curry – Geetha Vijay
• Veg Kurma – Saraswathi Annamalai
• Medu Vada – Uma Valliappan
• Carrot Halwa – Swarnam Nachiappan

Our next event is the Deepavali celebration which is scheduled for Saturday November 10th. Please save the date.

We need our sangam children to come out and participate in the event with passion. Get them ready to exhibit their skills on the day!


Thank you,
Laks Alagappan
Secretary on behalf of LNS Committee 2018/19

LNS Tamizh Puthandu (Vilambi varudam) vizha

Venue: Temple Hill Community Centre,Temple Hill Square,
Littlebrook Manor Way, Dartford DA1 5HY
Date and Time: April 14th, 2018, 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM

The LNS Tamil New Year Function was held at the Temple Hill Community Centre, Dartford. LNS members started arriving at the venue from 1:30 pm onwards and the event lasted until 5:00 pm. The meeting was attended by approx. 150 members including adults and children, an amazing turnout.

Our Sangam president Mr. Lakshmanan Somasundaram welcomed all the members to the event from time to time, encouraging attendees to register for the event who had not registered earlier.

The traditional lighting of the kuththu villakku was done by Mrs Annapoorani Achi and Mrs Vasantha Achi.

The event started with a prayer song beautifully sung by our Sangam children followed by light music entertainment from DJ Majuran and singers, which was interspersed with the Sangam events.

As per tradition, our Sangam members volunteered to serve the lunch consisting of vegetable dishes, chicken biryani and accompaniments. Members helped themselves to soft drinks, tea and coffee which was available throughout the event. Our sincere apologies for those few families who came later for the shortage of lunch (this was due to the unexpected number of members who turned up after registration).

The Sangam children performed the following activities. Well done all:

  • Aishwarya Kannammai Chidambaram – Prayer song
  • Anishwar Ashok – Prayer song
  • Muthu Palaniappan Ramanathan (Ajay) – Prayer song
  • Sanjana Subramanian Bharatanatyam and Folk dance
  • Nithyashri Annamalai – Bharatanatyam
  • Vishan Senthil – Speech – Why to learn Tamil
  • Nithyashree Alagappan – Dance – Kannukkul Pthi Vaithen

President Mr. Lakshmanan requested new members to introduce themselves and asked all members to collect the new LNS directories for 2018-19. LNS welcomes the new members.

The external sponsor for the event (Mr Nitin Trivedi representing Wealth Max Financial Advisers) introduced himself and encouraged Sangam members to come and enquire about investment opportunities and suggestions. Members can still contact him, his details are: , Nitin Trivedi, M- +44 7761508422, E- nitin.t@wealthmax.co.uk

Thiagarajan annan awarded mementos to all the Sangam children who had performed at the event.

This was followed by the hand over to the new committee. The outgoing committee shared their thoughts/experiences and welcomed the new committee. A small token of appreciation (personalised photo placemat / display) was provided on behalf of our President Mr. Lakshmanan by Thiagarajan Annan to the outgoing committee: Mr Annamalai Chockalingam (Secretary), Mrs Uma Rajeswari Valliappan (Treasurer), Mr Ashok Chellappan (Webmaster), Miss Kavitha Shanmugam (Committee) & Mr Siva Chockalingam (Committee), well done all and thank you for your efforts and hard work. The outgoing committee presented a box of chocolates as their thanks to President Lakshmanan for his valued dedication and hard work during this past one year.

Before the new committee was introduced, President Lakshmanan and Mrs Uma detailed the costs and income incurred by the Sangam for the year 2017/18. Our President requested explained the importance of the Sangam members registering in advance for our Sangam events, as this helps with the event planning. It was noted that everyone cannot commit to attendance as last-minute changes to schedules affects the number of members able to attend, advance registering was encouraged to help avoid this.

The new committee for 2018-19 is as follows:
President – Mr. Lakshmanan Somasundaram
Secretary – Mr. Lakshmanan Alagappan
Treasurer – Mrs. Sharmila Mohan
Committee member – Mrs. Vijay Narayanan
Committee member – Miss. Kavitha Shanmugam
Webmaster – Mr. Ashok Chellappan

This concluded the Tamil New Year celebrations which was followed by Thiagarajan Annan’s 80th Birthday celebrations. More guests arrived making the birthday celebrations truly enjoyable. The birthday celebrations included friends and guests of Thiagarajan Annan whom praised him and shared poems, anecdotes and their experiences.

The LNS committee would like to thank all members who voluntarily helped to set up, co-ordinate, served food and clean up the hall throughout the event, we appreciate your assistance.

We thank our sponsors:

  • Mrs Vasantha Achi for the flowers
  • Mr Nitin Trivedi (Wealth Max Financial Advisers) for his generous contribution towards the costs for the event

Thanks to all those who took and shared their photos:

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Our next LNS event: Summer Trip, tentative period in mind – Late June 2018. Further details to follow.

Thank you
LNS Committee 2018/19