Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha
Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall (SGSS) is a Sikh Gurdwara situated in the London suburb of Southall on Havelock Road and Park Avenue. It is the largest Sikh temple in Europe. Building work at the Havelock Road site commenced in March 2000 and the Gurdwara opened on Sunday 30 March 2003, in order to accommodate for Southall's growing Sikh community. The Gurdwara cost £17.5 million to build. Funding came by way of donations from members of the local Sikh community and abroad.

Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall was established in England by Sikhs who had emigrated in the fifties and early sixties. By the 1950s, a significant number of Sikhs were living in Britain, and the main congregational gathering was at Shepherd's Bush Gurdwara. To accommodate the Southall Sikhs, the Southall Sikh Cultural Society was established in 1960. This organisation held Sunday programmes at Shackleton Hall until it moved to 11 Beaconsfield Road. The emigration of Malaysian and Singaporean Sikhs led to the formation of another group ”“ Sri Guru Nanak Singh Sabha. The two groups remained independent until 1964, when they merged as Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall. 1964 also saw the first Gurdwara built. It was situated at the Green, and was the headquarters of the Sri Guru Singh Sabha. The Havelock Road site was purchased in 1967. The dairy was transformed into the Gurdwara in a matter of weeks. In April 1967, the Khanda was brought to England from the Tosha Khana at Darbar Sahib Amritsar for Amrit Sanchar. From those humble beginnings, Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall emerged as the leading Gurdwara in Europe. 29 November 1997 saw Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall move to the Park Avenue site (which was originally purchased in 1984). The move was necessary to allow for the new building at Havelock Road which opened on 30 March 2003.

Sikh school
In a bid to improve and advance the education of Sikh pupils, the Gurdwara is in the process of{{[when}} setting up a brand new Sikh School ”“ the 'Khalsa School'. This will cater for Sikh children as well as children of other faiths. The proposed site of the school is Norwood Hall, Tentelow Lane, Southall which was purchased for £2.8 million from Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College.

President: Himmat Singh Sohi Treasurer: Harkiran Kaur Keila General Secretary: Parvinder Singh Garcha


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