2013 Christmas Fayre

After many months of planning and preparation this year’s Charity Christmas Fayre was an undoubted success. Final monies and expenses are still being settled, but it would appear that €10,000 will be donated to the nominated Cyprus charities.

Held at the huge ‘Monte Liza’ wedding venue in Paphos, it is often difficult to realise that EVERY stall, attraction and all the catering is provided and staffed by members of the Anglican Church and their friends. Nobody works for personal profit. A new attraction was the ‘Articrafts’ display of artworks donated by church members for sale at the Fayre. Not only did this raise welcome money for the charities, but it also illustrated the diverse talents of congregation members.

Entertainment was, as usual, provided by the talented Cyprus Police Band, but it was delightful to hear the Christmas songs and carols sung by youngsters from the adjoining kindergarten.

For the past eight years the Fayre has been co-ordinated by Bob Wickens. He has, however, decided to step down from this role – whilst still willing to help where possible. Bob would like to thank all who have helped in any way over the past years and especially the Christmas Fayre Committee who are prepared to continue in their role.

Ten-Pin Bowling and Supper

Iris Porter - Winner of the Ten-Pin Bowling Trophy November 2013

Ten-Pin Bowling on 9 November was a great night out! You don’t need to be super fit, have loads of skill or practice and you’ll get advice and support from everyone.

The men’s winner was Bob Pearce and the lady’s winner was Iris Porter (seen in the photo on the left) who was also the overall winner by just two points and recipient of the Trophy.

Following the two games of bowling, 22 people and guide dog ‘Joey’ all enjoyed a real value-for-money meze at Moustakallis Taverna in Polis.

Bob Wickens thanked Chris Hoskins for her hard work in organising the evening and this was unanimously supported by ‘Joey’ who stood up wagging his tail – or was he just looking for food!

Treasure Hunt

A glorious sunny day helped the nine participating cars on an enjoyable journey around the Mandria / Kouklia area of the Paphos district collecting clues along the way. The final destination – the Green Forest Garden Centre and Museum – provided the ideal venue for the 35 weary travellers to sample an excellent Meze lunch (with all drinks included in the price!).

Results time provided the expected arguments and differences of opinion but, as usual, organisers, Liz and Bob Pearce stuck to their guns. Following a tie-break situation and and a lengthy count-back the eventual winners were announced.

The photos below show the winning team of Jacquie Hammond, Margaret Keeble, David and Denise Brown receiving the shield and the runners up Graham and Mary Hare and their friends Sally and Ed receiving a consolation bottle of wine.

Runners up - Graham & Mary Hare, Sally & Ed

Runners up – Graham & Mary Hare, Sally & Ed

Winners - Jacquie Hammond, Margaret Keeble, David and Denise

Winners – Jacquie Hammond, Margaret Keeble, David and Denise

2013 Flower Festival

It could have been the biggest disaster! Eight of the flower arrangers were unavailable, through illness, broken limbs, relocation to the UK and holidays and on set-up day the heavens opened and we all got drenched! But then fate took a hand and, despite a very dubious weather forecast, we had three wonderful days with lots of visitors and a 10th Anniversary Flower Festival, which was truly memorable.

The lovely old Church of Ayia Kyriaki was adorned with well over 1,500 blooms; arrange in 24 floral displays each depicting a quotation from the Biblical Book of Proverbs. The heady perfume of the flowers as one entered the Church was quite heavenly and the arrangements brought many comments and compliments.

The musical events each evening were very well received and the closing ‘Songs of Praise” service on the Friday evening filled the Church to capacity. The programme for the Wednesday evening by the newly formed ‘Paphos Voices’ was very sensitively chosen and performed to perfection as was Paul Timmins’ Organ Recital on the Thursday evening.

The Festival, which is organized by members of the Anglican Church, the Latin Catholic Parish and the Paphos Flower Club is all in aid of charity.

It is hoped to continue the annual Flower Festival in 2014, but a firm date has yet to be confirmed.

The Paphos Flower Club are always looking for new members and would be delighted to hear from anyone who has an interest in Floral Art, both complete beginners and more experienced flower arrangers. Please contact Margaret Keeble .email: keeble@cytanet.com.cy for more details.

Sunset Cruise & Buffet Supper

Clear blue cloudless skies, hot sun, a gentle warm breeze and a calm sea were the conditions for our Sunset Cruise on board MV Nafsika II, out of Latchi Marina.

Passing some wonderful coastal scenery, we moored and swam at the Blue Lagoon, followed by an excellent Cyprus buffet. As the sun set we slowly cruised back to port having had a most magical evening in a near-perfect setting.

Annual BBQ in Peyia Forest

For the third year running, the annual Chaplaincy BBQ was held at the idyllic Peyia Forest picnic area. Set in acres of pine woodlands the picnic areas, decked out with BBQ facilities, tables and ‘toilets’, prove to be a popular venue.

40 people enjoyed the BBQ of burgers, sausages, chicken and vegetable kebabs, jacket potatoes, baps and a wide range of salads – all for €5 per head! We hope to repeat the event next year and all friends, family and visitors are welcome.

Licensing of Ken Wiseman as Chaplain to the Cyprus Port

Twenty-two members, of our Paphos Chaplaincy, travelled to St. Barnabas Church, Limassol, for a Service of Evening Prayer during which Bishop Michael licensed Ken to his new ministry. The Church was packed for a very moving service that had a spiritual warmth and Archdeacon John’s sermon contained words that were very uplifting and relevant to us all.

The service was followed by a gathering in the Church Hall for nibbles, tea, coffee etc. Ken will take up his duties as from 1st August 2013 in the Limassol Mission to Seafarers Centre.

Ascension Day 2013 – To the woods, to the woods!

Ascension Day in Peyia forest - Sharing the peace

Ascension Day in Peyia forest

The congregations of St. Luke’s, St. Stephen’s and Ayia Kyriaki gathered together in Peyia Forest, between Paphos and Polis, for a celebration of Holy Communion followed by a picnic.

The day was fine and not too hot, and by 11.00 there 53 of us under the trees ready to sing and pray, to hear God’s word and receive the sacrament. It was a wonderful mixture of praise and devotion, lots of great singing, with a flute to help us along, and prayerful worship.

After the service many stayed on for a picnic and good fellowship was had by everyone. It was certainly an Ascension Day I shall never forget and my thanks to everyone who contributed and organised this celebration in such a memorable way.

Ian Calder

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