Asian Community - an historical perspective
Gujarati Muslim Community
Patel - Born in Barbados of Indian parents, Mahmood Patel's
family ended up settling in Gloucester because his father, who came
to the UK first, got on the wrong train.
Surty - Born in India, Ebrahim Mohammed Surty spent many
years working with the Commission for Racial Equality and helped
establish Gloucester's first mosque.
Moolla - Born in Burma, Mahmood Moolla is secretary of the
Gloucestershire Islamic Trust and played an important role in the
foundation of Gloucester's second mosque.
Kholwadia - Salim Ismail Kholwadia was the first person
of Asian descent to be born in Gloucestershire and has been awarded
the MBE by the Queen.
Shia Muslim Community
Musa - The first known member of the Shia community
to arrive in the city, he was famous as a cricketer with the Kenyan
national team and arrived to study in 1961. His family joined him
seven years later.
Popat - Ramjibhi Popat was born on New Years Day in 1926
in the small village of Dungra in Sarat, Gujarat. He left home at
14 and travelled to Bombay in search of work, joined the British
Army and came to the UK in 1949 to work for a major.
Patel - Born in Samapur, Surat in the Gujarat region of
India, she came to the UK in the 1950s with
her two children to join her husband who already lived and
worked at Dowty Rotol.
Patel - The second Indian lady to arrive in Cheltenham was
Nandiben Patel. Her husband Diyarbhai Dahyabhai Patel came to the
UK during the Second World War.
Patel - A retired food development technician, Lalubhai
Patel has lived in Gloucester for more than 20 years.
Patel - One of the city's Hindu veterans is now in
his late 70s and has lived in Gloucester since his arrival in 1958.
Meah - A senior figure in Gloucester's Bangladeshi community,
Badsha Meah has seen many changes since he came to England.
Ali was born in 1921 in Biswanath Thana, Sylhet. He came
to Gloucester over 20 years ago, after getting a passport and working
permit for this country.
Hussain - Born in a village called Joganneth Pur in the
Sylhet district in Bangladesh, he
came to England in July 1965 after finishing the Bangladeshi
equivalent to GCSEs.
Rahman - The son of a businessman, Muhibur Rahman has himself
become one of the most successful restaurateurs in Gloucestershire
as well as a poet whose work has been published here and in Bangladesh.
Ali - A former chairman of Gloucester's Bangladeshi Association,
Waris Ali came to the UK in 1963 and moved to Gloucester nearly
20 years later.
Meah - Namder Meah was born in Sylhet on 26th July 1914,
when it was still part of India. After a naval career he has enjoyed
a long and happy marriage to an Englishwoman.
Ali - He has lived in the UK for 40 years but Haris Ali
has maintained close links with - and financial support for - those
he left behind in Bangladesh.
tireless community worker with many different ethnic groups, Ehsan-ul-Haq
came to the UK from Pakistan to study law in 1965.
Sharif - Born
near Lahore, Mohamed Sharif came to England via Venice in the 1930s
and has vivid memories of wartime life. He moved to Tewkesbury in
1977 and ran a market stall in Leominster for nearly 50 years.
Vaqas - A
second generation success story, Babar is a source of great pride
to his Pakistani-born parents who settled in Gloucester.
Sikh Punjabi Community
Duggal - Born in Punjab, Avatar Nath Duggal lived through
the trauma of the partition of India. He trained as a doctor in
Calcutta and was at one time Gloucester's only black GP.
Gill - One of a family of champion Indian hockey players,
Harjit Singh Gill found a shared interest in sport helped to break
down barriers when he moved to the UK.
Dhanda MP - While still in his 20s, Parmjit Dhanda successfully
took over the seat vacated by Tess Kingham to win Gloucester for
the Labour party at the 2002 General Election.
Masih - Manny presents the popular Asian magazine Sangeet
Mahal on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and is also organises the station's
annual Asian Mela celebration of Indian culture in the county.
- Gymnation encompasses much more than an ordinary gym. It is
a large building based at Alfred Street for bodybuilding, power-lifting
and for aerobic exercise. But it's a centre-point for much more.
Women's Centre - This project in Gloucester is a unique
organisation which provides a valuable service to the female community
and their families.
first Asian doctors - Asian doctors are nothing new in Gloucestershire.
Three Indian medical practitioners settled in the county in the
early 20th century.
Islamic Girls' Secondary School - Established on 6th September
1994 with two classes and 34 girls, it now works as a full school
for children aged 7-11.
Worrall - Over many years this former mayor of Gloucester,
was actively involved in helping newcomers from the Caribbean and
Asia settle in Gloucester.
born in Gloucester in 1985 of British Pakistani parents.
a Gloucester resident and apart from his years at university, he
has lived in the city for most of his life. His parents hail from
Gujarat in India.
born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and won awards for her work in educational
television there before moving to the UK in the 1980s to join her
born in Dandi, a small fishing village north of Bombay, in 1931
and worked in Kenya before coming to the UK in 1963.