Rushmoor Borough Council has forged new links with the Gorkha Municipality in Nepal, by establishing a new international partnership with the district.
The council welcomed a delegation of visitors from the Gorkha Municipality on 29 January and the five-day visit included visits around the borough including a welcome reception at the council offices, a visit to Aldershot town football club, and a tour of the new Wellesley development.
The delegation included the Mayor of Gorkha Municipality – Mr Rajan Raj Panta, Ms Krishna Kumari Shrestha – Chief Administration Officer of Gorkha Municipality and Mr Kishor Jung Thapa – President of the Journalist Federation, Gorkha Branch.
As part of the visit, the delegation along with Councillors and members of Rushmoor’s Nepali community attended a special signing ceremony at the council offices in Farnborough and presented the people of Gorkha with a montage of images of Aldershot and Farnborough. The Mayor of Gorkha then presented Rushmoor with a painting of the palace of Gorkha. The ceremony was also attended by His Excellency Dr Durga Bahadur Subedi Nepal’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
As part of the evening, ceremonial candles where lit by the Mayors of both districts to represent the bonds of friendship.
Councillor David Clifford, Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council said: “It was a great honour to welcome the Mayor of the Gorkha Municipality to Rushmoor. The Nepali community has a strong presence in our borough, because of the Gurkha connection with the military and the Aldershot Garrison, with many Gurkha soldiers serving in British Army regiments originating from the Gorkha area.”
The Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Sue Carter, said: “I was very proud to be part of this historic occasion and our new relationship with Gorkha will establish friendship links between our two areas, foster co-operation and strengthen our relationship with the Nepali community.”
The delegation also visited The Gurkha Museum in Winchester and attended a special reception at the Embassy of Nepal in London.
The Gorkha Municipality has a population of 42,000 and is the main town of the Gorkha District, which covers a wider area and lies midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Rushmoor already has established partnership links with Meudon in France, Oberursel in Germany, Rzeszow and Sulechow in Poland and Dayton, Ohio, USA.
Further information about Rushmoor’s partner towns and ways to get involved is available at https://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/internationalpartners