Singh Honoured by the Queen for Service

As well as his work at the Gurdwara in Hounslow, which provides free meals to thousands of people each year, Gurcharan S...

Gurcharan Singh Chatwal is awarded the British Empire Medal for his work at the gurdwara and his tireless fundraising for good causes

 

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Gurcharan Singh Chatwal, who was awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours, outside the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, in Hounslow, which he helped fund


Jun 18, 2014:
A fruit and veg mogul who helped fund the building of Hounslow's first gurdwara has been awarded a British Empire Medal.

Gurcharan Singh Chatwal, former president of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, in Hounslow, was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to the community of Hounslow borough.

The 72-year-old self-made businessman, of Beaufort Road, Ealing, said: "It was very nice to hear I'd got this award, and I'm very proud."

Mr Chatwal donated £21,000 in 1989 towards the building of the Sikh temple in Hanworth Road, which was opened by the Queen in 2004. His mother Tej Kaur laid the foundation stone at the edifice.

Before the first phase of the new building was completed in 1992, Sikh worshippers in the borough used to attend prayer sessions at Hounslow Heath Junior School.

Mr Chatwal stepped down on Sunday (June 15) as president of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, in Hounslow, to take up the same role at Ealing Gurdwara.

As well as his work at the gurdwara in Hounslow, which provides free meals to thousands of people each year, Mr Chatwal was honoured for his tireless charity fundraising.

The father-of-three is an advisor to the British Punjabi Welfare Association, which organises day trips for elderly people.

He is also an active member and former president of Acton Lions Club, with which he has raised many thousands of pounds for good causes over the years, including a new minibus for disabled children.

Mr Chatwal grew up in Leyton, east London, and it was there he began buying fruit and veg from the market and delivering them to shops and restaurants in the area.

He rapidly expanded his business, buying a warehouse and importing fresh food from countries across the globe, including India and Pakistan.

His empire grew to include large food stores in Wembley, Greenford and other west London locations, called Singh & Company Veg and Fruit, though he has since sold these to concentrate on the wholesale sector of his business.

* Val Bott, chairman of the William Hogarth, was made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for her work in the restoration of the artist's former home in Chiswick.

* Piara Singh Aulakh, a co-founder of the Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, in Hounslow, was last year made an MBE for services to the Sikh community in the borough.

 

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