The Sussex Indian Punjabi Society (SIPS for short) was formed in May 1997 in Brighton & Hove and surrounding areas by members of the local Indian Punjabi community. The group was formed to help connect the community and to ensure younger members were exposed to our culture and cuisine.
We do not have formal designated officers such as president, secretary etc. Like everyone else, all volunteers and organisers must buy the tickets to attend. To date no outside grants have been sought. There is no annual membership fee and each & everyone is welcome to our society’s functions (provided they purchase tickets in advance which are available in advance of all of our events).
SIPS Aim’s and Vision are:
- To introduce Punjabi food and culture to our children and the host community by organising two events, Basakhi in April and Diwali in November.
- To develop good working relationships with other local ethnic organisations, especially with Gujarati Cultural Society, Brighton Malayalee Association and Indian Students Society of University of Sussex.
- To be self-sufficient, aim to break-even financially with each function we organize and aim not to build up a big bank balance.
- If needed, we will represent and inform the views and needs of the Indian community on official organisations.
Since those early days our functions have grown in popularity and we are proud that our functions are now an integral & important part of the Local Indian Community’s calendar.
At present, our future seems very bright. We have new young members ready to volunteer and improve the organisation eg Bankim Chandra and Rishi Jain have helped develop the website. This has elevated us to the 21st century. Rishi Soni has developed the Facebook page. Sangeeta Agerwall and Shilpi Chandra are helping the children to perform dances and other activities.