The Nepalese community of Rushmoor is celebrated with an outdoor exhibition in Aldershot.
Over 40 residents and special guests attended the unveiling of the new “Beyond the Lens” outdoor photo exhibit.
The artwork and storyboards will be on display on Union Street in the city center for the next six months.
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Over the summer, Shaun Jackson, a local professional photographer, captured the stories, cultural traditions, stories, thoughts and ambitions of residents and businesses for the exhibit.
Shobhana Shrestha, the daughter of retired captain Bishnu Shrestha, is pictured in the gallery.
Speaking to RBC, Captain Shrestha said: “I was a member of the 7th Gurkha Rifles and served for 26 years, retiring in 1990. Myplatoon was one of the first to join the fleet. Queen Elizabeth Barracksin. I am proud to live in the house of the British Army. “
Captain Shrestha served in the 7th Gurkha Rifles.
Councilor David Clifford, Head of Rushmoor Borough Council, said: “We hope the gallery encourages our residents to recognize the contribution of the Nepalese community to the British Army and the Borough as a whole.
“Visitors will discover stories from the community within the gallery and we hope the project will deepen understanding and respect for the diverse communities in our borough.
Jenny Atherton, Cultural Events and Projects Manager at RBC, added: “We would like to thank everyone who participated in ‘Beyond the Lens’. The project is part of a larger work to strengthen links between businesses, residents and local organizations.
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In the 2011 census, it was recorded that over 6,000 people who identified themselves as Nepalese lived in Rushmoor. This was the highest figure of any local authority in England and Wales.
Former Gurkha soldiers and their families have made their home in towns like Aldershot, Farnborough and Church Crookham.
Aldershot specifically has a proud relationship with the Gurkhas; The 10 Queens Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment is stationed at Gale Barracks.
In 2016, the Rushmoor Borough Council granted the regiment the freedom of the borough – the highest honor a local authority can bestow.
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‘Beyond the Lens’ is funded by the Department of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the ‘Re-opening High Streets Safely Fund’ of the Regional Development Fund and the Rushmoor Borough Council.
The council will also celebrate Black History Month in October, celebrating volunteers at the Volunteer Awards in November, commemorating veterans at Remembrance events in November, and working with the LGBTQ + community in 2022 to launch a new event of pride.
Images and storyboards from Beyond the Lens can also be viewed online here.
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