To: Derby Civic Society

A BLUE PLAQUE FOR FREDA BEDI

A BLUE PLAQUE FOR FREDA BEDI

Please unveil a Blue Plaque to recognise and commemorate the life of Freda Bedi, née Houlston. Daughter of Francis Edwin Houlston and Nellie Diana Harrison.

5th February 1911 – 26th March 1977

Born in Monk Street - Derby, England.

Freda became the first Western woman to take ordination in Tibetan Buddhism.

DE22 3QB

Why is this important?

Bygones: From Derby to Delhi - the remarkable story of Freda Bedi

"However far she wandered, Freda remained, at heart, a Derby girl"

Freda Bedi's courageous and unconventional life deserves notice. She was a feminist before the term was widely used, taking charge of her own destiny rather than going along with what was expected of her. She challenged boundaries of race, religion and nation. Her politics and her spirituality were reflections of her compassion and intolerance of injustice.

With the help of Freda's three children – one of whom is the Bollywood and Hollywood film star Kabir Bedi, who was a "bad guy" in one of the Bond films (Octopussy) among many other roles – her life story is now being written by the Journalist Andrew Whitehead

Read more: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Bygones-remarkable-story-Littleover-s-Freda-Bedi/story-28688145-detail/story.html#ixzz40XvMqQYJ

How it will be delivered

E-Mail

Monk Street, Derby DE22 3QB

Reasons for signing

  • RELATED TO THIS FANTASTIC WOMAN
  • I am proud to say my family has connections to Freda.
  • There needs to be greater recognition of inspiriational women in our society

Updates

2016-02-25 14:36:01 +0000

Thank You Navtej Johal - BBC East Midlands News :)

Freda Bedi - BBC East Midlands Today, February 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCT0Q7oAcbA&feature=youtu.be

2016-02-24 10:31:47 +0000

100+ Signatures :)

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2016-02-24 09:57:44 +0000

100 signatures reached

2016-02-22 19:38:41 +0000

English Girl, Indian Nationalist, Buddhist Monk-the Extraordinary Life of Freda Bedi

http://thewire.in/2016/02/22/english-girl-indian-nationalist-buddhist-monk-the-extraordinary-life-of-freda-bedi-22312/

2016-02-22 15:56:02 +0000

BLUE TICK FOR KABIR BEDI’S MOTHER

http://www.mumbaimirror.com/mumbai/others/Blue-tick-for-Kabir-Bedis-mother/articleshow/51085933.cms

2016-02-20 22:14:30 +0000

50 signatures reached

2016-02-19 19:46:36 +0000

Thank You to everyone who has signed. For those that do not live in the UK. Do not be deterred please pass this petition onto friends and family who do :)

2016-02-19 18:10:46 +0000

25 signatures reached

2016-02-18 21:15:43 +0000

10 signatures reached

2016-02-18 20:03:13 +0000

Derby People’s History Group (DPHG)

DPH attempts to rediscover the past of Derby’s ordinary people, what they did individually and collectively to make the world a better place.

http://www.derbypeopleshistory.co.uk/?page_id=698

2016-02-18 18:55:35 +0000

Bygones: From Derby to Delhi - the remarkable story of Freda Bedi
By Derby Telegraph | Posted: February 08, 2016

By JANE GODDARD

Read more: http://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/Bygones-remarkable-story-Littleover-s-Freda-Bedi/story-28688145-detail/story.html#ixzz40Xzq0thn

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