Originally opened in 1980 it was a big feat by the local community and its then Trustees, to have a Gurdwara Sahib for its local Sangat. Wednesfield then was a small village nestled amongst the larger area of Wolverhampton. Prior to this the Sangat would travel to Vernon Street or Cannock Road Gurdwara and it was not until Vernon Street Gurdwara moved to Sedgley was a decision taken to open a local Gurdwara Sahib.
It is to these honourable individuals we owe a great privilege to that initiated the process of a Gurdwara Sahib in Wednesfield. These include :-
Late Joginder Singh Dirpuri, Sukhdev Singh Athwal, Baldev Singh Kalarai, Late Lashman Singh Dhanda, Mohinder Singh Tutt, Tarsem Singh Dhanda, Late Ajit Singh.
Fast forward to 2008 – The then committee and Board of Trutees embarked on a very ambitious project to redevelop the Gurdwara Sahib with a new building costing over £1.5M. A project that was as much as challenging but one that was also stretching the boundaries in terms of finance. Prior to this an alternative building had to be sought which is now the Rookery Street Community Centre and thereafter a sub-committee to manage the project above and beyond any Gurdwara Sahib constitution in the renewed committee process.
The Sangat was immense in their support and contributions financially with committee members contributing individually which went above and beyond volunteering commitments. The being of this development not only enhance the structure of the Gurdwara Sahib but it also bought in local Sangat from others areas who not only joined the Sangat but moved to the area to bring about a thriving local Sikh community.
Timeline of Events
Guru Granth Sahib Ji was Prakash at a house on Bolton Road. Every Sunday the small local sangat would hold a diwan at a local community centre.
A local Church building used for cadets was purchased from the Church of England for £45,000 and refurbished.
The Gurdwara Sahib was inaugurated with Sri Akhand Path Sahib from 5th – 7th September 1980.
The original trust board that made this possible included:-
Bakshish Singh Johal, Narinder Singh Tutt, Sohan Singh Jalowal, Joginder Singh Dhirpur, Baldev Singh Kloya, Sukhdev Singh Atwal, Makhan Singh Dhanda.
During this period whilst working the Granthi Sahib sewa was taken on by Baldev Singh Kloya, Sohan Singh Jalowal and Ranjit Singh Purewal.
During this time a big contribution was made by the bibya (women) of the sangat and local community with langar sewa in the kitchen and kirtan led by the Late Gurmit Kaur. Any donations from the kirtan was put back into the gholak so that it could contribute to the development of the work being done in the development of the building and running of the Gurdwara Sahib which then was predominantly done by the male members of the sangat and local community. It was a small community that shared the same vision with family values and also religious and cultural beleifs that was one with respect and dignity for each other that harnessed the love for each other within the community.
Having taken it so far the trust board decided it was time to form an official committee with a constitution. At this juncture a resident Granthi was also appointed Giani Joginder Singh.
It goes without saying for any project to succeed it has key contributors in mapping something for the longevity of the local community it is acknowledged from the initial visionaries to the first trust board we also acknowledge the following for their utmost contribution:-
Tara Singh Hellar, Balbir Singh Noopuri, Master Malkit Singh Sidhu, Mohan Singh Hellar, Tarsem Singh Dhanda, Ragbir Singh Rai, Nirmal Singh Gill, Mengha Singh Atwal, Mengha Singh Dhinsa, Lashman Singh Dhanda, Parmjit Singh Dhadi, Giani Bagga Singh, Ranjit Singh Purewal, Gurdev Singh Khera, Kewal Singh Thandi.
The Gurdwara Sahib in Wednesfield was and has been auspicious in bringing the Sikh community together and grow and served as a hub for prosperity during the 1980’s and 1990’s. It soon became apparent for many committee’s that served that a major development was needed in order to extend our Guru’s teachings and our belief’s and accommodate the greater sangat/local community that had grown significantly.
Fast forward to 2000 – A design was presented by Surinder Singh Burra and approved unanimously by the sangat. The predicament how do we continue while a new building was being built.
As if it was meant to be across the road on Rookery Street, a building was up for sale which was purchased for £240K in 2001.
A true sangat effort started in preparing the Rookery Street building to continue as the Wednesfield Gurdwara Sahib.
The work commences on the development of the new building.
It is with great pleasure we acknowledge the efforts of Mr Surinder Singh Burra in designing a unique design and seeing it through personally to the finish. It was a milestone effort in the project planning and timing that as said the project was delivered with 9 months from commencement.
The new building opened to the joy of the local sangat and community, an iconinc building approved as a landmark in the small town of Wednesfield.
This enabled the Rookery Street building to operate and serve as a community centre and to host wedding ceremony milni ceremonies.
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Current Committee Members
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