Colchester Book Fair


Colchester Samaritan Book Fair

The 2018 Colchester Samaritans Book Fair was helped by the retired Gurkha community from Abbeygate House in the town.  It’s become an annual event which the retired Gurkha Veterans look forward to helping with every year. They transport thousands of books for the Samaritans charity and this year the event raised almost £23,000.  A phenomenal amount!




Colchester Nepalese Society


Ladies & Gents, since the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal retired Captain Umesh Kumar Pun has devoted his time on numerous trips to Nepal to help rebuild villages and schools, installing solar panels for electricity, new classrooms for village children.  His latest trip and photos below:


Dear friends,

Every year it’s become a tradition for the Colchester Gurkha Veterans to help the NSPCC  to sets up its annual book fair.  This year the NSPCC sold £23,000 worth of books over the weekend of October 28th/29th.  The Gurkha Veterans from Abbeygate House retirement home, lead by Captain (Rt’d) Umesh Pun shift around 2,000 books each year.

The Gurkha Veterans of Abbeygate House help with the annual NSPCC book fair which raised funds of £23,000 this year.

Great help for a good cause.

National Citizen Service Colchester Class of 2016

National Citizen Service Class of 2016 Colchester

A group of young students aged 16-18 graduated alongside the Gurkha Veterans that they had supported as part of their Community Action Project in the summer of 2016. The group raised money to sponsor the education of a Nepalese village child. The money was originally intended for the retired veteran Gurkhas at Abbeygate retirement home in Colchester, but they wanted to send it instead to Nepal for the children there. The Gurkhas enjoy being part of the summer National Citizen Service and have worked with many of our young people over the last few years on their NCS Community Action Projects.


Photos of NCS graduation and summer party; Lapubesi school in Nepal


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Prince Harry joins Team Rubicon UK in their latest trip to Nepal

Our Gurkha Stories colleague, Captain Umeshkumar Pun MVO, has made his 4th visit to Nepal since the earthquake one year ago with Team Rubicon UK.  Umesh is one of the team members who is rebuilding schools and houses in Nepal.  Umesh met Prince Harry who worked as an honorary member of Team Rubicon UK for a couple of days.  Please don’t forget that Nepal still needs our help to rebuild its infrastructure: (Intro by Juliana Vandegrift)


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Capt. Umeshkumar Pun MVO with Prince Harry last month

Building a new school:

Prince Harry joined Team Rubicon UK volunteers in Nepal to help the people of a remote village whose community had been destroyed by the 2015 earthquake.


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Prince Harry stayed in the country to work on the reconstruction project at the end of his recent official tour. Team Rubicon helped villagers with the ongoing temporary rebuild of their school, so the children can have adequate education facilities before the monsoon season arrives.

The charity uses the skills and expertise of military veterans to support local communities in the aftermath of natural disasters. It also gives veterans an opportunity to serve again and, in some cases, a way to adjust to the challenges of civilian life.

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Read more about their work at (words and photos credited to Team Rubicon UK)

To read more oral histories about Gurkha Veterans click here: Gurkha Stories 



Gurkha Veteran Stories

We are delighted that The Gurkha Welfare Trust is to publicise our Veterans’ oral history stories on their social media pages.  This means the stories will be shared with a wide audience and outreach and spreading the history of the Gurkha Veterans.  Our first posting had over 1600 ‘Likes’!

The full website and extract from Veterans’ stories can be viewed at together with our community film and school resource pack.

Ladies and Gentleman, the Gurkha Home Project at Abbeygate House, has just finished its first project call Chautara (Resting Place) here in Colchester.  The second project will be Mandir (Temple), both projects are in honour of the 200 years’ service to the British Crown and Queen’s country. (The Chautara is a stone resting place traditionally used by Nepalese travellers to rest their dokos/baskets.)