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MP Matt Western's passage to India to commemorate former Leamington mayor

Leamington Editorial 1st Mar, 2024   0

THE LEGACY of a former Leamington mayor lives on in India.

Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington, travelled to Haryana recently to officially open the Mota Singh Library at the Gilly Mundy Memorial Community School.

Mota Singh was a familiar name and face to many in Leamington. He was the first county councillor of Asian heritage in Warwickshire, and the first to chair the council in 2000 before going on to serve as the mayor of Leamington in 2004.

He came to the UK in 1963 and settled in Leamington which remained his home until he died in 2021. During those 58 years, he contributed hugely to the town and wider community including the establishment of both Leamington’s first Gurdwara (in 1967) as well as the SYDNI Centre – the community centre in the heart of Sydenham.

Mota had three sons – Jas, Gilly and Rupee. Gilly passed away in 2007 and in his memory, Mota established a charity school in India, named the Gilly Mundy Memorial Community School.

As a longstanding friend of Mota, Matt was invited by his family to visit the school and officially open the Mota Singh Library, established in Mota’s memory.

The school provides education for 940 pupils.

Matt said: “It was a privilege to be invited to make this visit by Mota’s family.

“Mota was an inspiring councillor, community leader, campaigner and representative for Leamington. His contribution to the town during his over 50 years here is undeniable. Almost three years on from his passing, his absence is still felt deeply by so many of us.

“Mota was keen for me to visit the school and I always promised I would, but time was always against me. It was wonderful to see the incredible work they are doing, and it was privilege to be invited by his family to see the school and open the library in Mota’s memory.

“The school is making huge progress and has a terrific team of educators as well as support staff. The pupils I met clearly loved their school and the opportunities it is providing to them.

“It was an incredibly moving and inspiring visit. I want to express my thanks to Mota’s family for the invitation and for all at the school for such a warm welcome. It was a special honour.”


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