MP Robert Buckland has been honoured for his work with Swindon’s Nepalese community.

During a visit to Buckhurst Community Centre, he was presented with a traditional Nepalese scarf – a symbol of hospitality – to thank him for his work with the community.

He has already been given three by the Nepalese Association of Wiltshire.

Mr Buckland said: “I’d like to thank everyone in the association for their continued kindness to me.

“To get four really is an honour and I’m very grateful for all your kindness.”

The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice holds regular surgeries with members of the Nepalese community where he helps with issues on a case-by-case basis, including issues relating to benefits and visas.

Secretary of the senior citizens Ranjan Malla said: “We’re very grateful for all Robert has done for us and we hope he will continue to understand our problems and try to help.”

Mr Buckland joined the weekly meeting of the senior citizens where they shared a traditional meal together.

He said: “There are lots of ex-Gurkhas and their families in Swindon.

“They make up a large and vibrant community here. I’m delighted to work with them.

“This organisation is an example of the richness of the community here in Swindon and they bring not just a cultural contribution but a social one to our town.”

During the gathering, senior citizens raised issues affecting their community and asked the MP for help.

“It’s important to have this kind of organisation,” said Mr Buckland

“Getting older can be a lonely experience, and so groups like these can help reduce loneliness, improve wellbeing and help individuals feel that they are at the heart of a community which supports them.”

There are currently 90 senior citizens who meet weekly at the Park North the community centre.

Part of the Nepalese Association of Wiltshire, this organisation helps people settle into UK life and understand local customs and culture.