A warm sunny morning, blue skies with light white fluffy clouds, a gentle breeze, sitting half-way up a hillside. Such was the setting for our annual Ascension Day service in Peyia Forest.
Led by our Parish Priest, the Rev’d Nic, nearly 40 people attended an enjoyable and quite moving service. It was delightful to see people from all of our three churches, holiday visitors, along with Roger and Jan Gibson and her guide-dog Joey who is a familiar attender at St Luke’s.
Our new Director of Music, Jane Roberts, led the hymns on a violin, making a change from last year when the hymns were led by our Interim Chaplain’s wife, Penny Calder playing her flute. We hope to see even more people at this service next year, which is now a firm tradition in our worship calendar.
The 11th Annual Flower Festival at the Church of Ayia Kyriaki in Kato Paphos took place over the three days of 30th April, 1st and 2nd May 2014. As in previous years it was a joint venture with our Latin friends and supported three worthwhile charities – St. Michael’s Hospice, Paphos Heart Association and Cyprus Kidney Association.
Our theme this year was biblical and featured quotations from The Book of Psalms, which, from an artistic point of view, was appropriate as the Psalms were written in poetical form. Over 20 floral displays decorated this wonderful 16th century church to which so much history is attached. The aim was to portray, as faithfully as possible, the words of the chosen quotations, in both traditional and modern arrangements.
The Cyprus weather was very kind giving three days of warm sunshine, without being too hot or humid and the rain which had been forecast managed to wait until the Festival had closed. It is estimated that around 2,000 people visited the Church during the three days, many tourists arranging their holiday in Paphos to coincide with the Festival.
Visitors were again able to enjoy home made refreshments during the days of the Festival and each evening a musical event was staged in the Church. On the Wednesday evening Paphos Voices conducted by Keith Smith and accompanied by Nadia Iotava, entertained visitors to a wide variety of music and songs ranging from settings of several Psalms to a modern variation on the familiar ‘All things bright and beautiful.’ On the Thursday evening Malcolm Brinson A.R.C.O., A.R.C.M., a former Musical Director of the Anglican Church and who just happened to be in Paphos on holiday, treated visitors to a light-hearted organ recital, featuring music from the pens of J.S. Bach, Franz Liszt, G.B. Nevin, Alexandre Guilmant and many others. The Festival closed on the Friday evening with a ‘Songs of Praise’ with hymns old and new, chosen by members of the Anglican and Latin parishes.
Plans are already being made for the 2015 Flower Festival, but we are looking at the possibility of moving the date from the Spring to the Autumn, probably in early October. The reason for this is that in the Spring we have to avoid Lent and Easter of both our own Church and that of the Orthodox Church, which, in some years means that the Festival falls in the middle of May, when the climate is not kind to cut flowers and there is often a shortage of good quality blooms owing to demand. So watch this space!
PLEASE NOTE: The 2015 Flower Festival will take place on the 30th September and 1st & 2nd October.
The Reverend Nic Denny-Dimitriou has been installed as the new Chaplain in the Anglican Church of Paphos.
The Licensing Ceremony, conducted by Bishop Michael on Saturday 18th February, was held in the ancient church of Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, Kato Paphos, in front of a congregation of nearly 200 people.
‘Revd Nic’ as he likes to be called is an enthusiastic family man – his wife Julia is also a Priest in the Anglican Church and was Licensed to Officiate in the Cyprus diocese at the same service; their teenage twins, Hannah and Joshua have recently been enrolled at the International School.
Having spent the last 11 years as Rector of the Parish of Hilton in South Africa, Nic saw this position as an opportunity to move on. ‘The time was right to look to a new parish which would provide an opportunity to use my skills, extend my Ministry and at the same time, provide an adventure for the family,’ said Revd Nic.
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 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!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.