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June's News

Dear members and friends of our Community,

We hope you are doing well.

Church services and activities

Υou can see the programme of church services and other activities for June in our community here.


Feasts - Community Events

Pentecost – The birthday of the Church. Straight after the D. Liturgy we will sing the vespers of the feast of the Holy Spirit (Kneeling service) after which our volunteers will serve lunch in our community hall.
When:  Sunday 19th of June
Time:  09:00 – 15:00 (lunch: 13:15)
Menu:  Traditional roasted chicken with potatoes and salad.
Suggested donation: Adults £7, children £3, under 5s FREE.


The Café Next Door – This socialising opportunity offered by our community for our members and friends to meet is moving for a week on a Friday as per request and suggestion by many of our friends. This session will be a Cyprus Night with traditional food and music.
When:  Friday 24th of June
Time:  19:00 – 23:00
Menu:  Traditional Cypriot dishes

You can follow the news and updates on the activity of the Café Next Door on its page on facebook.




End of Year Greek School Show – The school show on the completion of the lessons of the academic year themed on Ancient Greece.
When:  Sunday 10th of July
More information coming soon on our website and our Facebook page.


Parents and Friends Association

We are pleased to announce that a few months ago the Parents and Friends Association of our Greek School reconstituted. The members of the association help and support the operation of our expanding school. You can follow the news and updates of the association on their Facebook page.  
  


Members’ successes - Congratulations

Finally, on behalf of the members of our community we would like to congratulate our Treasurer Dr Kostas Papagiannopoulos for his election to the Presidency of the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons for 2017. We are proud when our compatriots are recognised in their professional field and occupy high offices.

May's News

Dear members and friends of our Community,

Christ is Risen! We deeply thank you for your attendance at the church services during Gr. Week and in our Easter Lunch. Your presence and support in our effort to keep our customs and religious identity are stunning. You can see some photos from the church services and our activities in the links below.
 


Vagia
Gr. Week customs,Epitaph’s decoration
Gr. Friday Engomia
Sharing of Holy Light
Breakfast of Love (after the Resurrection Liturgy)
Easter Lunch



Church services and activities

You can see the programme of church services and other activities for May in our community here.

Community Events

Remembrance Day of the Genocide of the Greek population of Pontos Folk music and dancing event in the Community Hall.
When:  Sunday 15th of May
Time:  13:00pm (straight after the Divine Liturgy)
Our volunteers will be serving traditional (Asia Minor, Constantinople and Pontos) cakes and pies such as pisia and piroski.

April's News - Holy Week - Easter 2016

Dear members and friends of our Community,

We are getting closer to the Feast of Feasts, Easter. As every year, our Community help us prepare and live Easter as much as possible.


Church services and activities

You can see the programme of church services and other activities for the Holy Week and Easter in our community here.

We have various community activities during Great Week and Easter in which you can join us. You can find more information on each of these activities in the links below:
Red eggs
Flaounes and tsourekia
Epitaph Decoration
Magiritsa and Avgolemono


Community Events



Easter Sunday–Traditional Easter festal meal with live music. We will have with us famous Giannis Polikandriotis.
When:  Sunday 1st of May
Time:  13:00pm
Menu: Traditional Easter barbeque, roasted potatoes and salad.
Admissions: Adults £12, Students £10, children £6, under 5s FREE.
Please take your tickets in advance for your convenience on the day.

Information and bookings: Martha Kotti (07944 825 055).

April's News

Dear members and friends of our Community,

We wish you have a fruitful Great Lent.

Purchase of the House for School
It is with great pleasure we announce that we completed the purchase of 31 Avenue Crescent for use by our Greek school. Many thanks to all of you!
Special thanks to Kostas Karakousis and Kostas Papagiannopoulos who led on this on behalf of the Executive Committee and Barry Paschali on behalf of the Trustees. Their continuous efforts made this a great success. We will keep you informed about our next steps.

1st of April Celebration
Our Community in collaboration with the Honorary Consulate of Cyprus in Leeds invite you to the celebratory event on the anniversary of the 1st of April (start of the Freedom war in Cyprus in 1955). This will take place as part of the The Café Next Door at our Community Centre.
When: Friday 01/04/2016 Time: 20:15 (straight after the service of the Salutations)
Admissions: Free
We will be serving food (fasting/sarakostiana) for those who wish. Suggested donation £6 for adults and £3 for children.

Confessions
On Sunday 03/04 from 9am to around 3pm Father Andreas Michaelides will visit our community to hear the confession of the people wishing to do so. If you are interested in seeing him, please come to the church during the Sunday services and let Dr. Christos Hadjicharitou know.

Church Services
You can see the programme of church services for April here. Soon we will be distributing the programme for the Great Week.

Children Choir for G. Friday Engomia
Our chanting team will be preparing a children’s choir for the Engomia to be sung on Great Friday evening service. For more information please speak with Fr Michael Petrakis.

March's News

Dear members and friends of our Community,

We wish you have a fruitful Great Lent and Easter. You can find the programme of our church services for March here.

Community events - feasts
Held at our community Centre.

''Apokries'' Carnival Party - This coming Saturday our School is holding an informal Carnival Party to celebrate the tradition of"Apokries". This is a nice opportunity for children (young and old) to take part in one of our traditional customs.  Everybody is welcome to join us and spend a couple of hours having fun, eating and dancing. 

Fancy dress and a dish of food per family (either savoury or sweet) are the only requirements to join the party.
When:  Saturday 12 March 2016    Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Menu: Buffet
Admissions: £3.

Clean(Green) Monday - Beginning of the Great Lent and we will gather in a relaxed atmosphere and fasting (sarakostiana) dishes.
When:  Monday 15 March 2016    Time: 19:30
Menu: Fasting (sarakostiana)
Admissions: Adults £7, childern £3, under 5s FREE.
Information and bookings: Dr Christos Hadjiharitou (07710 033 125) and Martha Kotti (07944 825 055).

Celebration of the 25th of March / Annunciation of the Theotokos
When:  Sunday (of Orthodoxy) 20 March 2016  
Matins and D. Liturgy: 09:00 - 12:45 (at the end of the D. Liturgy there will be the procession (Litany) of the icons round the church)
Festal Doxology: 12:45 - 13:00
School show: 13:00
The timings provided are for information only. They are not absolute.

The Café (Kafenion) Next Door
Every Thursday at 19:00 the ‘Café (Kafenion) Next Door’ opens in our Community centre. The Kafenion also operates a bar service with drinks for all ages. Also, you can find various meze dishes serves at cost prices to cover the running expenses. Tea and coffee are free. You can follow the news and activities of Kafenion on its Facebook page.

 

Once more thank you for your support and participation in our events and activities.

 

Our mailing address is:


Greek Orthodox Community of Leeds

The Greek Church of the Three Hierarchs,

57 Harehills Avenue
Leeds, West Yorkshire LS8 4EU
United Kingdom

February's News

Dear members and friends of our Community, 

Community Events
We kindly remind you of our forthcoming events and we encourage you to book your tickets for Tsiknopempti as admissions will be by ticket only. 
 
Tsiknopempti (Smoky Thursday)  - Just before Carnival, we are organising an event with plenty and good food, live Greek music, dance and drinks at good prices.
When:  Thursday 3rd of March 2016          Time:19:30
Menu: Mixed grill (souvlaki,sieftalies, chicken etc), roasted potatoes and salad.
Admissions: Adults £20, children £10, under 5s FREE.
Information and bookings: Dr Christos Hadjiharitou (07710 033 125) and Martha Kotti (07944 825 055).

Clean(Green) Monday - Beginning of the Great Lent and we will gather in a relaxed atmosphere and fasting (sarakostiana) dishes.
When:  Monday 14 March 2016    Time: 19:30
Menu: Fasting (sarakostiana)
Admissions: Adults £7, childern £3, under 5s FREE.
Information and bookings: Dr Christos Hadjiharitou (07710 033 125) and Martha Kotti (07944 825 055).

The Café (Kafenion) Next Door
Every Thursday at 19:00 the ‘Café (Kafenion) Next Door’ opens in our Community centre. People of all ages are welcome to join the Kafenion and enjoy their time chatting and/or playing. The Kafenion also operates a bar service with drinks for all ages. Also, you can find various meze dishes serves at cost prices to cover the running expenses. Tea and coffee are free. You can follow the news and activities of Kafenion on its Facebook page.





We gently remind you of our tavli tournament on the 10th of March. You can enter the competition till the day of commence of the tournament via email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), on Kafenion page on Facebook or at Kafenion every Thursday. The participation fee is £3. The first prize is £20 and the second prize is £10. Any remaining monies from participation fees will be used towards the purchase of the house/school.

January's News

Dear members and friends of our Community,
 
Happy and blessed New Year 2016!
 
50 Year Anniversary

Following previous communications, we would like to share with you the programme of the services and events for the celebration of 50 years from the first Orthodox Divine Liturgy held in our church on Harehills Avenue on 30/01/1966. As you can see on the programme at the following link, there will be services from the afternoon of Friday 29/1 to Sunday 31/1.  During these days we will be hosting part of the Relics of St. Barnabas the Apostle which will be available for all to venerate. It will be our pleasure to have you with us. We look forward to your mass support in our services. After each of the services we will be serving refreshments.

 

 

General Announcements

The
Café (Kafenion) Next Door – Community Events

On Thursday 5/2 at 19:00 the ‘Café (Kafenion) of the Next Door’ opens its doors and starts its activities. The ‘Kafenion’ welcomes people of all ages and it will host activities for all tastes such as board games, arts and crafts, music, dance, movies and discussions on a plethora of topics.  You are all welcome to participate and help in our community’s attempt to create opportunities for us to meet and know each other. We will soon have more information on our website and on our page on Facebook 
 


Donations for the Purchase of New Premises

As we informed you in earlier communications, we are very close to finalising the purchase of the house on 31 Avenue Crescent (opposite the entrance at the back of the community hall) to accommodate the needs of our Greek school. We would like to thank you for your material and financial support in our efforts. If you didn’t have the opportunity to contribute till now you may do so by cheque payable to the ‘Greek Orthodox Community of Leeds’ or by bank transfer to the community’s bank account (Bank of Cyprus UK, sort code: 40-63-77, account number: 45061911). We would deeply appreciate if you could consider donating a small amount every month via standing order (use the account details above) which is to be used towards the repayment of the loan for the purchase of the house. In addition, completing a Gift Aid form will increase the value of your donation at no extra cost to you.

Community Letter - Κοινoτικό Γράμμα

Petition For the Greek Language A-Level Exams

Dear Parents and Friends of the Greek School

IMPORTANT CAMPAIGN TO KEEP THE MODERN GREEK LANGUAGE A-LEVEL EXAM

We are taking part in a campaign to persuade the UK Exam Board, EDEXCEL to reverse its decision to stop the Greek GCE A Level exam from 2017, whereas this exam will still be available in other European languages. This campaign is organised by the Unified Forum for the Greek Education in the United Kingdom (Ε.Φ.Ε.Π.Ε.), the Embassy of Greece and Cyprus High Commission in the UK, and other important organisations of the Greek Community in the UK.

We urge all our parents, community members and friends of the Greek Language to sign the petition to keep these important Greek Exams.


You can sign it online or on printed paper, which is available in our Community Hall, church and school. We are sure that with appropriate political pressure (which has already started) and massive support from our community and other Greek Communities in the UK and worldwide, the initial decision by Edexcel to abolish the Greek A Level Exams can be reversed.


So, please help and sign the petition by clicking on the link below

https://www.change.org/p/edexcel-john-fallon-pearson-chief-executive-officer-nicky-morgan-mp-tristram-hunt-mp-keep-the-modern-greek-language-a-level-exam-5?just_created=true

Please spread the word and share this link with your contacts and friends.

Barry Paschali - Greek School Committee Chairman
Maria Karageorgi - Headteacher

Anniversary of the 25 March and 1 April

The Celebrations of 25th March 1821 and 1st April 1955 in Leeds

Under the general title “1821 continues to teach and inspire us,” the Greek Orthodox Community of Leeds commemorated the National Anniversary of 25th March 1821 and 1st April 1955. The events took place on Sunday 22 March in the Community premises and its protagonists were the students of the Greek School.

The festivities started with the Doxology for the anniversary and the school parade of the pupils, many of whom were dressed in traditional costumes. After the end of the Doxology, the Headteacher of the Greek School, Mrs. Maria Karagiorgi, delivered the panegyric speech, emphasising that “both in 1821 and 1955 a handful of Greeks repelled the occupiers and gave the next generations a free country”. Mrs. Karagiorgi, also invited all the children to learn, remember and emulate our heroes as role models.

The festivities continued in the Community Centre Hall, which was adorned with Greek and Cypriot flags, where the School Committee wined and dined all the attendees. Then, the president of the School Community, Mr. Paris Paschalis, gave a short speech and the festivities peaked with the exquisite performances of the students on stage. The children managed to excite the audience with their enthusiasm singing several songs such as “It was the 1st of April” and “40 Palikaria”, they recited poems referring to “Krifo Scholio” (Secret School) as well as our heroes and they also presented sketches regarding The Oath of Filiki Eteria and the Annunciation of the Theotokos. The show ended with traditional dances, during which our children invited the attendees to join in and were applauded a number of times.

It is also worth noting that during the festivities the contribution and work of the honorary president of the School Committee, Dr. Chr. Varnavidi, was particularly mentioned and he was appraisingly given a commemorative album with photos of the students’ performances and activities.

Sponsored Walk 24 May 2015

Dear community members,

SPONSORED WALK 24th MAY 2015 13:30

In the last few years our community has grown rapidly and the demands on our facilities are at their greatest.  For example, our school now has around 100 students in 13 classes being taught from our Leeds Greek School site.  The demand for proper space and teaching facilities has never been more urgent and it will be unable to continue without some major works to our Community Centre.

Even as a registered charity, we do not receive any state funding or grants, and are totally reliant upon donations and fund raising for everything we do.  So, in order to raise valuable funds for our school and community we have organised, for the 4th year, a 5 mile sponsored walk. The walk will take place on Sunday 24th May 2015 at 13:30 hrs, leaving from our Community Centre at 57 Harehills Avenue, Leeds.

This year we aim to have the largest ever participation. We expect to see people of all ages; young people, children and their parents joining us. Please come and join us.

Also, you can sponsor our walkers by contacting Dr Christos Hadjiharitou (07710033125).

Your help is very important to the future of our community and school.  We truly thank you in advance.

On behalf of the Fundraising Committee,

Christos Hadjicharitou (Chairman of the Community)