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Farewell to former Gurkha

Man presents gift wrapped items to man on his right.

A well-deserved retirement awaits a Farnham Town Council employee who will be a familiar face to many local people. Thapa Jhupa is a former Gurkha who had over 20 years’ service for the British Army. Thapa joined the more peaceful surroundings of Farnham after a military and security career that took him to Malaysia, Hong Kong, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Iain Lynch, Town Clerk at Farnham Town Council thanked Mr Jhupa for his hard work in Farnham: “Thapa has been an integral part of our outside workforce for over a decade and has applied the diligence and discipline of his professional background to his various roles with us. As a member of our outside housekeeping team he was responsible for cleaning and maintaining the town’s bus shelters, public conveniences and other facilities as well as helping at events. More recently Thapa has worked as part of the grounds maintenance team. I know many local residents and businesses will miss seeing Thapa around the town and we wish him well for the future.”

Thapa is looking forward to beginning some new adventures and spending some time with his family in Hong Kong who he last saw in the 1980s, and meeting his grandchildren.

Thapa grew up in Nepal before completing his military training in Malaysia and Hong Kong. As a Gurkha he was a quartermaster, combat engineer and physical training instructor. 

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