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New home for Northampton Sikhs
The new premises on Cromwell Street, Northampton
The new premises on Cromwell Street, Northampton

Northampton's Sikh community has found a building to house its temple and a new community centre.

The congregation of the Ramgarhia Sikh community has outgrown its temple on Craven Street.

Members have managed to find a premises on Cromwell Street and raised £200,000 to buy and start renovating it.

Once work is complete, the group hopes to carry out traditional Sikh wedding ceremonies and provide a community centre open to all faith groups.

The Ramgarhia Sikh temple, or Gurdwara, is separate to the Shri Guru Singh Sahba Gurdwara on George Street in the town.

The community still needs to raise £50,000 to finish the revamp of the new building on Cromwell Street.

Members of the congregation have been holding a community car wash event to raise funds and they have also attended events throughout the town selling traditional Indian and Punjabi food.

The new building will help the Sikh community hold weddings and other religious functions in the town, which isn't possible in its current location.

Gurdeep Singh Bassan is Assistant Secretary of the Ramgarhia Board Northampton Sikh Temple and Community Centre. He says: "We need a new site to house the growing congregation and to allow us to perform Sikh wedding ceremonies in the town."

It is hoped the renovation work will be completed by April 2011 and will coincide with the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi, which celebrates the creation of the Sikh faith.

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