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Astwood Bank came alive to the sounds of Bollywood on Wednesday 22nd June. The Little India restaurant in Astwood Bank marked its fifth anniversary since opening by donating all of the money taken from food sales on the night to the Astwood Bank Carnival fund raising group. The one hundred plus diners over the two sittings included MP Karen Lumley and Mayor Joe Baker as well as local councillors. The event will have raised a four figure sum that later in the year will be distributed to local charities and groups.
As well as an excellent Indian cuisine buffet, diners were entertained by singer Nurjahan Silpi, with many of the diners marking the occasion by dressing in traditional Indian wear and receiving a free henna tattoo. Shamol Ahmed, manager and owner of Little India, was extremely pleased with the event. “We wanted to mark our fifth birthday of being part of the Astwood Bank community, and we thought what better way than working hand in hand with the Astwood Bank Carnival committee to help raise funds that can go back into local groups and charities.

We were delighted to also host MP Karen Lumley and Mayor Joe Baker and receive their support for our local business but also the residents of our village. The event has been a great success and was sold out well ahead of time, so we want to thank everyone for coming and apologise to those that we couldn’t accommodate this time. Maybe we can sort something else out in the future.”Cln9hVaXEAQqMx1

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Ashley Hewitt Chairman of Astwood Bank carnival
Shamol Ahmed owner of Little India
MP Karen Lumley

Speaking on behalf of Astwood Bank Carnival Committee, chairman Ashely Hewitt commented: “As the Carnival Committee we are very proud of the close relationship with have had with many of our local businesses over many years, and were delighted to support Sam when he approached us with this extremely generous offer. Combined with the funds raised through our other events such as the recent Open Gardens, our forthcoming race night on Friday 8th July, and Carnival day on July 9th, we hope to be in a position to continue our long history of being able to distribute thousands of pounds to a wide range of local good causes. If other local businesses would like to work with us to help raise funds we would love to hear from them.”


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Bollywood Night a Huge Success

Sunday 23rd June saw yet another successful fund raising event held jointly by the Astwood Bank Community Group and the Little India restaurant in Astwood Bank.

The people of Astwood Bank really went to town and joined in the fun at the Bollywood Night by many of them turning up in spectacular Indian dress outfits. Two sittings were held over the afternoon and evening event with hundreds of pounds raised to be distributed later in the year by the Astwood Bank Community Group.

Deborah Bates the event organiser for Astwood Bank Community Group commented “Little India have been a great supporter of our efforts in bringing the community together, having fun, and helping raise money for local groups and organisations. It was lovely seeing families come along to the first sitting, and so many people coming to both sittings having made so much effort in pulling together some beautiful Indian outfits. It is great to have businesses like Little India work so closely with us, and then get raffle prizes from other local businesses such as Manor Wines, The Oddfellows, and the Bank Cafe. Without their support none of this would be possible.

Work now moves at a pace ready for the Astwood Bank Carnival Weekend, which this year will see a Barn Dance on Friday 12th July, Carnival procession and field events on the Saturday, and this year a Carnival Finale at the Why Not in Astwood Bank.

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