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Two events to enjoy and two ways you can do your bit

Hot on the heels of welcoming record breaking crowds to Wembley as part of the Rugby World Cup, Brent is looking forward to more important visitors next month.

Wembley stadium will play host to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday 13 November. The event is set to welcome around 55,000 people from all over the UK in an invitation only event. It is expected to be the largest reception any foreign head of government has ever received in the UK.

Themed ‘Two Great Nations, One Glorious Future’ the reception will kick off with a specially produced cultural show featuring some of the very best British Indian artists. Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum, business leaders, and personalities from the world of entertainment, art and culture are also expected to attend.

Many local people will be celebrating Diwali in the next couple of weeks. Diwali is a time of giving, receiving and consuming mithai – Indian sweets, made with lots of sugar. I wish everyone involved a very happy Diwali and hope you enjoy the precious time spent with friends and family. However, I would urge people to exercise caution in their consumption of sweets as eating lots of mithai over a number of weeks can cause obesity.

Our Slash Sugar campaign, launched earlier this week, as more and more people, including TV chef Jamie Oliver are also campaigning to raise awareness of the problems too much sugar, in any kind of food, can cause. Our campaign is designed to encourage us all to try and reduce the amount of sugar we consume and be sugar free on one day of the week. With the second highest diabetes rates in the whole of London, we have to take this issue very seriously.

Meanwhile, as the Syrian refugee crisis continues to provide distressing scenes on the news, I met with some of Brent’s leading community leaders at the civic centre earlier this week. We had a very productive discussion about how we can turn our words into positive actions and play our part locally in helping to bring some of the suffering in this terrible humanitarian crisis to an end.

Finally, I hope you can all come along to our annual fireworks display at Roundwood Park on Thursday November 5 including a display specifically for children at 7pm ahead of the larger display at 8pm. Free fireworks displays organised by local authorities are a rarity these days but we will once again be putting on these two impressive displays, thanks in part to our sponsors Irvin Leisure and 1st Galaxy, and I hope to see you there!




Written by Cllr Muhammed Butt