Lania Water Levels - Urgent request from Lania Council. Water level critical & with large numbers of visitors expected over the holiday w/end things could get pretty bad so, please be very careful with your water consumption. Pass this message on to your neighbours etc. Posted 29/08/2015.
Sparti Adventure Rope Park opens in Platres, (opened 22nd May 2015). You are welcome to the first rope adventure forest park in Cyprus!
This is unusual interesting sport attraction and family vacation in a beautiful mountains of Pano Platres.
The name is "Sparti" because spartians created and used this specific kind of spiritual and physical training.
Wea are doing it for the health and sports lifestyle in Cyprus.
There are 60 games from France.
'Speed zipe-line' and 'speed jump feet first' are imported from America. There are no analogs in Europe yet.
All builders are European skilled craftsmen.
All the trees are carefully protected. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/parkSPARTI Website: http://www.spartipark.com/ . Posted 25/5/2015
Air activity today-Paphos- Troodos-Nicosia corridor... You may have heard much air activity in the region, fast jets etc...
This was exercise "ONISILOS – GEDEON”, underway in the skies of Cyprus, with the participation of the air forces of both Cyprus (Easy Jet?) and Israel...
Due to the lack of communication/understanding Greek...one has been inundated with Queries...so, read on...
Graffiti on the Kazi wall...... “Costas supermarket TRIMAKLINI says that the bottom has fallen out of the market for detergent and toilet tissue... Washing lines are full... Pantaleoni, the mountain travelling clothing van, reports running out of the famous Cyprus “Bloomers”.. The blue haze of cooking fires has been replaced by white smoke as “papers” are burned... Andreas, when asked if he could smell anything replied “Smell it? I am sitting in it” Report ends.
KM. Posted 15/5/2015
Cyprusvillagelink - birth of a facebook page. Since 2006 the Cyprusvillagelink website has grown in popularity and currently averages around 1200 unique visitors and over 4000 pages viewed each month. Therefore, to compliment our website we are pleased to announce the birth of our facebook page, born 9th May 2015, weighing in at 28 likes in the first few days, we look forward to seeing that number grow, https://www.facebook.com/cyprusvillagelink. Click Here to link up to our facebook page, and please do "Like" and/or "Share" our page/posts. Editor, Posted 15/05/2015.
Water. Water?Where: As you are all very aware we have huge problems with our water again. Having spoken to the relevant authority!!!!!!!!!!! the situation is quite serious. The underground water reservoir that feeds us (Lania) & another 30 villages is virtually empty. Apesia apparently hasn’t had water for a week now. Of course we can’t expect help from District because now that the towns have their desalinated supply they are not going to worry about us up the mountains.
However, there is a ray of sunshine or even a trickle of water on the horizon. An arrangement has been made with Trimiklini (which has an additional borehole of it’s own) to supply Lania with a quantity of water so that by tomorrow (theoretically) we will have sufficient supply for our needs. At present, Lower Lania is without water till apprx 6pm today.
REMEMBER please, I’m just passing on information, delay shooting me till I’ve had a wash at least.
→→→WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW though, is that allocation of water supply to every community is based on the NUMBER OF REGISTERED VOTERS FOR THAT COMMUNITY & not on the number of people living within it. The number of voters for Lania is way below that of residents. In other words you want to register asap. In fact, having looked up the relevant law concerning electoral matters you are required by law as residents to register for voting!!.
I have spoken to the Citizen’s Assistance Bureau & you will need the appropriate form (which they have & I can get for you), a certification of your signature by the Mukhtar (which I believe is part of the form), Alien’s document or Cypriot ID card & passport, Photos will be taken on the spot at the CAB.
From a very parched & stinky, Dino. Posted 02/07/2014
WATER SAVING: Dear Water Consumer, Because of the limited rainfall the water reserves in our country’s dams are in very low levels according to the last statistic results. As a result, the implementation of measures in order to save water is very crucial, especially during the summer period. Saving water measures: 1. Taps: Check your indoor water using appliances and devices for leaks. 2. Toilets: Install a dual flush toilet. In older models insert a plastic bottle full of sand in the cistern. 3. Brushing your teeth: turn the tap off while brushing your teeth. 4. Bath: Take a shorter shower instead. Use a bucket to collect cold water while waiting for hot water. 5. Washing dishes and clothes: Wait for a full load before using the washing machine or the dishwasher. 6. General cleaning: Use a broom and mob for cleaning verandas instead of a hosepipe. We are looking forward for your mutual cooperation for the correct use of water. From Lania Community Council. Posted 02/07/2014
ROBBERIES IN THE COMMANDARIA AREA: It would appear that properties empty/holiday homes in KOUKA, PERA PEDI, SYLIKOU and ALASSA have been targeted in this last bout of thieving and there is a need to nail this gang. A Sylikou resident says "They stole everything in our garage yesterday (10th June 2014), Car SILVER Peugeot 207 and all the house/workshop tools, also inside the house even the old curtains, they even took all my keys! "
They are reported to use a small lorry but nobody is quite sure. Certainly a vehicle... We all in KOURIS Valley need to be alert to those casing the joint!
Sales of home security products have shot up...led by the Churches who have lost silver and other precious items (KOILANI, LOFOU and SYLIKOU)! Posted 17th June 2014.
|Click above to view Eleni's original Greek Language article.
Doros Village - Analysis on Village Life by Eleni Constantinou.
A very interesting read, based on the village of Doros has been authored by Eleni Constantinou. In Eleni's work, she analyses the village of Doros, concerning the location, the social structure, the social activities and the feelings that dominate this community.
She has very kindly shared her analysis, written 17th December 2013, with the readers of Cyprus Village Link - Click here to view the article in English.
A very big thank you to Eleni for sharing her work with us, we wish you every good luck for the future. The Editor. Posted 26th May 2014.
Dog Poisonings being investigated. A kindly warning to our animal loving readers to be extra vigilant in a bid to keep our furry friends safe from harm.
Unfortunately, as well as being reported in the Cyprus Mail, we've also been made aware from our local readers that animal poisonings appear to be on the rise. If ingested by your animal, seek immediate veterinary help and inform the local authorities. For more information, check out facebook page "‘Cyprus Poison Altert – Skippy Kit". Posted 14/03/2013.
Defibrillators in the Mountains....Community Spirit. DEFIBRILLATORS are for treating heart attack victims as a First Aid and are used widely in EU. You will find them on aircraft, in supermarkets and in village communities. They Are easy to use and work. If you are interested in helping SYLIKOU get one ie. fundraising etc, and/or have some training, let us know...
First Aid/First Response Training is vital, especially if you live a long distance from a hospital. An accident can happen anywhere, any time; at home, in the pool; in the street or a car. If professional medical response takes over half an hour to reach your community, you need to take action to help yourselves when accidents or heart problems strike. Tailor-made First Response courses can be delivered to your community in your village. For example, Kallepeia in the hills outside Paphos; a group of villagers here invested in training. They then bought a defibrillation unit, convinced of its efficacy, for their community.
Defibrillators save lives – We can be shown how to purchase one and how, with First Response Training, we can operate one to save lives. A maximum of 12 delegates can be accommodated per training session. Note: This was first put to SYLKOU Village council in 2003 and offers of help were made to pay for one... In about 2008/9 a villager died one Sunday... who might have benefitted. POSTED 06/03/2013.
APPEAL FOR MONTESSORI SCHOOL FUND, SRI LANKA. Clothes needed for children in the village – from birth to twelve years. There are so many poor families in great need of help. Mavis Prenton has kindly offered to co-ordinate this for Reem. If you can contribute, and need more information, please contact Maeve on 25434612 or Veronica on 99428093. 20/06/2012
PHARMACY IN TRIMIKLINI ; Trimiklini gets another imprtant attraction: A brand new PHARMACY to serve the villages around !!! That's exactly what we were missing for such a long time.
Beside pharmaceutical stuff one can find there many kinds of drugstore items as e.g. cosmetics and stuff for babies.
The pharmacy is just opposite the gasoline station (near the church).
The owners are NIKI and NIKOS SYMEONIDOU............ 21/04/2012
FREE GREEK LANGUAGE COURSE: If you are RESIDENT, (PINK or YELLOW slip holder) this could be for you...or interested friends. Click here for more information and application forms, GREEK and ENGLISH versions... POSTED 15/10/2011
NEW SHOP IN TRIMIKLINI... Trimiklini gets another attraction: Galaárt -a brand new shop offers a nicely made café, a bakery, a foodhall, a creperie, ice creams, a convenience store and a restaurant á la carte. The restaurants offers menues of traditional food, pasta, salads, grill, oven meats, different kinds of meats, fishes, pulses and veggies. The prices are low to moderate. The breads are all baked in own bakery in the village of Galata. Also the restaurat foods are mainly prepared in Galata. Only the sweets (gateaux, tarts) are made in a special bakery in Limassol and brought daily to Galaart. The place is lovely done, quite large, has a terrace with umbrellas, tables and chairs. Good parking space in the front and on the side. The service is very friendly. Galáart is located on the maind road at the entrance to the village of Trimiklini. POSTED 07/10/2011
KM noted in a flight over LANIA...: “...Yiannis Rizopoulos the well known artist of the Art Café in LANIA has started art classes in his gallery in the Art Café in Laneia. His lessons are for three hours each and the cost is €20.00 per session. In order to keep the groups at the optimum level of 6 or 7 persons please book with him in advance. Classes are on Saturdays or Sundays. To get more information and book, please contact Yiannis Rizopoulos: Tel: 99615610, Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org........” The Classes are gaining in both interest and ability and are conducted with style, humour and with the necessary refreshments to hand! 04/August 2011
A Cyprus Village Link reporter has been to the newly re-opened Sylikou Taverna and is much impressed. Click here. for a recent review of the newly opened Taverna. 16/June 2011
“SYLIKOU TAVERNA RE-OPENS, Tuesday 29th March, For Evenings and later as demand increases, lunches & daytime snacks. There are tables available for booking on the opening night... The Master Chef is ADONIS who lives locally and comes with EXCELLENT References from his previous hotel work. He will be assisted by several assistants as demand requires. His style is different. Whilst the traditional fare will be available. He is focussed on welcoming supporters of the Taverna in an unique way. Prices will reflect his concern for the current problems we all face. He also plans to provide traditional music on certain occasions in a style more suited to clientele who like good music but also like to talk to each other! For more information/booking: call or E-Mail ADONIS at: email@example.com or Tel: 99794187.” KM 28/March 2011
SYLIKOU TAVERNA NEWS!!!. Evro departed 5th March 2011 after many faithful years of service and handed over to ADONIS, an expert Chef..., Watch here for more news of the official re-opening of...... The Sylikou Taverna!!!! KM 15/March 2011
From the Kouris Magpie “The first Sylikou boot sale did well for an initial event and a new concept for the Mountain People, raising about €900 for the church and local, personal, boot owners’ funds. Another is planned for next autumn...Details later...
Sylikou Taverna has survived the winter and is gently expanding its menu and numbers, especially its highly popular local music lunches on Sundays. Chicken a la crème and pork in cream sauce are No1 dishes!Wines list has expanded to include Pera Pedi wines...Log fire and ...a patio heater for the smoking area! Best to book with EVRO on 99982027. ....KM” 17/Feb 2011
NEW HAIRDRESSING SALON OPENS IN TRIMIKLINI. There is a new hairdressershop in Trimiklini. The shop, "ZORBAS" had opened begin of July 2010. It's situated opposite the Petrol Station on the main road through Trimiklini. It serves both men and women. I am being told that the shop is not open every day so you better call them to make an appointment:
Phone: 25 58 47 00 and 99 69 28 87 19 July/2010
PLEIADES CAFE. Dear friends,
We are pleased to announce that here at Pleiades art café ,
situated in colorful Lania, you can enjoy a special variety
of homemade dishes, made from the finest ingredients ,
topped off with an extra touch of warm love and care. Our menu includes fresh pastas , pork & chicken fillets,
Hot soups, good wine, home made sweets and freshly
We have nominated Thursdays as our official “SOUP DAY”
Serving a variety of delicious hot soups, to keep you warm
during the winter months. We are open daily for lunch & dinner except on Tuesdays. For more information & reservations please contact us: Pleiades 25432393, Phoebe 99344321, Yiannis 99615610. 08 Feb/2010
Kourus Magpie flew around the other day and reported that:"My recent flight over LANIA, dodging the odd hunter
in the protected areas, spotted a new facility added to
The Yiannis/Phoebe's Bistro...
* A new dining room,
* A new kitchen...
* And a new menu to match...
* And opening times in the evening!
The traditional meat balls and mashed potatoes and quiches are joined
by pork filets and several other new main dishes... Watch this space!
Call Phoebe/Yiannis on 99344321 to book the meal of your choice!!!
KM 01 Feb/2010
From the Kouris Magpie: “On a recent flight I noticed that the Sylikou Taverna has added to its “A la carte” with economic loyalty menus and happy “half price drinks” hours. On my return I saw a new set of enclosures and a gas heater and a “FULL UP on Sundays” sign!!!The outside area is now fully enclosed, Sundays have a resident Cypriot group of note and trying to get a table is a scramble! Last Sunday KM noticed a Queue…easy to aim at!!!.... It is closed on Mondays/Tuesdays…to recover!! “Book or look”…Evro on 99892027” My little wings are all of a flutter…“KM 05 Jan/2010
A few Snippets from Kouris Magpie - KM was cruising over the KOURIS VALLEY at Christmas 2009 and spotted a Great new addition to the SYLIKOU Taverna…the front is now totally and sympathetically enclosed so as to make an extended eating/sitting area. This, plus the “Loyalty” three course menu at €12 including a glass of wine, “Happy Hour” from 6-7 on most nights with half-price drinks and the new chef George offering a sumptuous new menu by a log fire means that the Sylikou Taverna is well set up for the winter…. Phone Evro to book a place and check which nights he is open… Monday/Tuesday he is now CLOSED for holidays…Evro is on 99892027.
A diversion to LANIA was caused by reports that The Bistro run by Yiannis and Phoebe had also had an addition… a new kitchen and a second dining room! Phoebe on 99344321 to book. KM - 27 Dec 09
DEMONSTRATIONS AGAINST THE BANKS - 17/11/2009 *** First one will be held on the 27th of November in Paphos *** Many buyers in Cyprus have been deceived into buying properties by developers who have withheld the vital fact that there are mortgages on the land on which these properties are built.
EARTHQUAKE ROCKS THE KOURIS!At 0930 hours on Tuesday 25th August, 30 km underneath the Kouris valley, a 4.7 Richter scale earthquake moved my Kouris Magpie (KM) nest and the earth (for some of the younger the residents...)
A noise like a cement truck under load on a hill was followed by a “Dead Cat Bounce” in the vertical plane. Young children, obviously well trained, dived under tables, adults ran out of houses and some stayed in the shower or under the house lintels. The few tourists this year just continued drinking their wine as life returned to normal, whatever that is for the residents of the valley....and enjoyed another day in the lovely, moving, Kouris Valley.. Kouris Magpie.
SYLIKOU NEWS 19 JUNE 2009,
1. Costas Polis the Muhtar of Sylikou village and his Council have been busy with new
stonework at the entrance to the village and around the Village offices to improve the
attractiveness of the first views one has of the village. And the Old Sylikou School, with
its magnificent views of the Kouris Valley is thriving in the evenings as a coffee/snacks shop.
Road safety is being improved by the fitting of road safety observation mirrors at junctions
to the main roads from side roads.
2. There are signs (painting. cleaning, etc..) that the Sylikou taverna is to re-open
under a revised management and a new Chef at the end on June 2009....Alleluia!!
There are thoughts of opening with a new name too! More details after the next flight...
3. The Lavrania Association, responsible for cultural activities in Sylikou, are being revitalised
by a new committee with a more integrated community approach to plan a number of major
activities designed to celebrate various anniversaries and improve the cohesiveness and
hospitality of the village.
The next activity is:
Friday 3rd July: a festival to honour the life of MARIOS TOKAS, a celebrated national and
international musician from the Kouris Valley.
- Entrance and parking free.
- Video and Live band playing the music of MARIOS TOKAS,
- 8.30pm to 1030 pm on the Sylikou platea (village square).
- A variety of stalls will provide food and drinks.
- Please notify DESPINA on 25 470732, office hours, if you intend to buy food. KM June 2009.
LANIA ART CLUB MEETING 27 MAY 2009. A group of enthusiastic artists met at the Lania Museum for a lively discussion centered on the concept of making Lania village more attractive. After the previous meeting, when it was decided to paint some of the gates and doors, the meeting was told that this had almost been completed, along with the fish art installation near the Frisi. Plans are well underway for a road sign to direct visitors to the village, together with a house art installation to attract attention. Many people have volunteered to do the painting and generally help with the upgrading of the visual aspect of the village centre. Work has started on the bridge and river near the Park and this should look much better soon. New gardens next to the church have also been started.
The meeting discussed various new ideas to improve the village. Suggestions were sought on how to disguise and/or relocate the large green garbage bins to make them a little less unsightly. Once again the unfortunate state of Doros Tavern and the land opposite, with its derelict machinery causing such an eyesore, came up but with no clear direction emerging on how to improve the situation there. Old photographs of cars and trucks were shown to the meeting with the suggestion that they could be enlarged and displayed in the village just like the huge group photo near Platanos Café which looks so well. It was felt that a small collection of old vehicles located in the large car park at the entrance to the village would attract attention of visitors and maybe encourage them to stop and park there rather than in the village centre. With this being the artiste’s village of course these would not be ordinary displays but rather more artistic and maybe even a little humorous! Artistic benches were also discussed with a suggestion that some really unusual ones could form a kind of Sculpture Park in Lania Park whilst more traditional ones, with poems attached, could be sited in the village centre.
The question of how to attract discerning visitors as part of a sustainable tourist policy was discussed at length. Two main suggestions came up. It was felt that if a series of new, high quality postcards depicting the improvements in Lania could be produced and distributed island wide, they may induce individual tourists to take a closer look at the village. Special edition postcards and leaflets could also be produced for distribution in the village itself. Since most of the visitors from overseas travel by rental car, it was agreed that the concept of advertising on car rental company maps would be explored. It was noted that in the UK, the Waitrose supermarket in-house magazine was due to publish a piece on the village and this could encourage sustainable tourism in Lania. The meeting closed with a feeling of great optimism.
ART FOR LANIA 9/4/09. At a recent meeting of the Public Artworks Group in Lania, the assembled local artists, together with Muhktar Andreas Rousias, came up with a large number of exciting ideas on how to improve the visual aspect of the traditional village, known everywhere as ‘the artistes village’.
Some ideas are almost ready for implantation, including a huge sepia photograph to be erected on the wall adjacent to Platanos Café. The photograph was originally taken in 1894 on the occasion of the completion of the bridge near the Royal Oak, on the main road. The picture shows a large group of villagers, most of whom have descendants still living in Lania today. Easter decorations are planned on the garden and orange grove next to the Frisi. It is also proposed to hang sliver fish across a pedestrian lane, repaint old doors as well as install benches; some with poems attached, and fit artful litter bins.
The main issue at this meeting was signage; as it is felt that it is vital to get this right on order to attract moderate numbers of discerning visitors to the village. Three suggestions were made. Firstly, it was felt that the direction sign on the main road was not clearly visible, due to various illegal commercial sings obscuring the view and generally confusing the eye. Secondly, it was agreed by the majority that with so many attractions in Lania a brown sign with internationally recognised symbols listing museum, dining, accommodation, and galleries etc would be most appropriate. However, some thought that separate signs for individual businesses would be better, though these are thought to possibly contravene local planning laws. Finally, all agreed that some type of large scale art installation near the main turning for Lania would be an effective way of attracting attention to the village. An installation inspired by the traditional houses of Lania is planned.
MUHKTAR RESIGNS - WEBSITE RE-LAUNCHED. At a packed meeting in Lania Tavern on Friday 5 December 2008 the President of Lania Community Council, Giorgos N. Sykas, made his resignation speech. He had served the village for over 30 years and overseen many changes.
The meeting continued with a presentation of the re-launched website: www.lania.org.cy which aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the village and its amenities. On the home page the President writes: the amazing climate of Lania and its amazing natural beauty in combination with its traditional buildings, its narrow slab-paved roads and alleys that are filled with numerous flowers looked after by the inhabitants offer an exquisite sight. The tasteful wines and Zivania produced locally and the hospitality of the inhabitants will make you remember your visit to our community for a long time. We will be expecting you in our lovely village, where you will be treated with great hospitality and have a wonderful time.
The meeting concluded with the usual issues over water cuts and crumbling roads and all the typical matters that the incoming Muhktar will no doubt have to deal with in due course.
ON-LINE PETITION TO PROTECT PEOPLES' PROPERTY RIGHTS
Yesterday saw the launch of an on-line petition asking the UK Prime Minister to exert pressure on the Cyprus Government to protect peoples’ property rights.
Many developers hold onto Title Deeds of buyers’ homes using the land on which the build to raise mortgages. If a developer collapses the bank has the legal right to sell the mortgaged property to recover the debt. People who have bought property built on this land may lose their homes – even though they may have paid in full and may have been living in it for many years.
There are around 100,000 properties without Title Deeds, many of whose buyers may face the very real threat of losing their homes. Buyers, both Cypriot and non-Cypriot are demanding that the Cyprus government puts guarantees in place, similar to those recently announced for bank deposits.
The petition reads:
We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to exert pressure on the Government of Cyprus to protect property rights in Cyprus in compliance with Article 17 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
Cyprus is mis-described as having a property registration and ownership system based on the British Legal System. In fact it’s based on archaic Turkish law which allows the removal property ownership rights from both Cyrus and foreign nationals. It works like this: The developer builds a property, sells it, is paid in full and releases the property without providing final title deeds. They are only issued by the local authority if the developer applies for completion and has met all of the planning requirements for the project. Until they are issued the developer can use the land as collateral for further loans!
The Cyprus Land Registry figures show there are 29,949 transfers of Title Deeds to foreigners still pending and are only being issued at the rate of 1,600 a year! The numbers of Cypriots waiting for title deeds dwarfs that of the foreigners.
Add your name now by visiting the ‘Title Deed Petition’ on the official website of the UK Prime Minister’s Office at http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/TitleDeedsCyprus/ Thank You.
TENNIS IN PLATRES: ANYONE FOR TENNIS?
The new sports centre for Platres has now been open for a few months. Amongst its facilities are two All Weather Tennis Courts. In order play you have to go into Platres Community Offices to pick up the key and pay for the court at €10 per hour. It is advisable to book in advance, Tel: 25813112.
A group of 5 or 6, of varying standards, play up there regularly. If anyone would be interested in playing, then please come and join in the fun. We currently meet on Fridays at 11 am; but this can be changed to a better day and time depending on the amount of interest we get. So either we see you on Friday or if you want to know more then call Barbara – Tel: 99138365 or Terry Tel: 96536977 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We have the beginnings of a very good Morris [folk] Dance Team for Cyprus. We have two very experienced instructors - Sue and Graham Spencer from Koilani. A good venue at Kivides, courtesy of the Youth Club. Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome meeting in Kivides at 3pm on Mondays. Good company, good fun and exercise. For details ring Joan on Tel: 99995992.
CHEAP PHONE CALLS
You may be already well aware about 1018 calls from Cyprus, prefixing your number with 1018 routes the call over the Internet via VoiP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and is usually about half the standard direct dial call cost.
It is worth noting that after dialling the number using 1018 that sometimes you have to be patient and wait some time for the ringing tone to activate as your call may be routed very deviously!!
You may find this list handy to stick by the phone, for those who don't know about the 1018 service all you do when calling FROM A FIXED line phone to either a FIXED or MOBILE PHONE (rates vary) is to dial 1018 in front of the overseas number, e.g. to call the UK you would dial 10180044-area code-local number (leaving out the area code 0 as usual)
Just a reminder that it is getting towards the 'flu season and that you can drop in and get a flu jab (administered by the Pharmacist) at most of the pharmacies on the Island without requiring a visit to your doctor - which is considerably more expensive! At local pharmacies in Limassol the price is around €7 and can vary a bit. In the UK the medical authorities recommend the flu inoculation for everyone over 60 with it becoming increasingly more important the older you become.
PHILOSOPHY AND NEW LIBRARY IN LANIA.
The popular philosophic chats shall this year be taking place in the lovely room above the Olive Mill on Wednesdays at the usual time of 10.15am. Some kind volunteers have offered to help supervise and operate the LANIA LIBRARY… which shall be instigated there in the same room so that people may begin to donate and borrow what ever volume have been collecting dust at home! Contact Louis Kilonis on Tel: 99604796 for details.
THE MAGIC TEAPOT.
Agios Georgios has recently opened its doors. They are open every day (except Thursdays) from 4pm – late, serving a wide selection of coffee and teas, Ice creams and alcohol. Quiz night : Every Tuesday night, from 8.30pm Tel: 99317858.
Come and enjoy the roof terrace or mix with the locals in the bar. They serve toasted sandwiches and snacks. Parties of up to 35 catered for with optional live music from Paul. Phone Paul on 99317858 0r Despina on 99530729 for more details.
NEW SHUTTLE BUS LIMASSOL - LARNACA AIRPORT.
For those of you who have heard about this new venture, and have not yet found out more details, here is some information obtained this week. It seems that the bus service is provided by EAEL and is taking off rather well, and is being used by lots of people. The schedule can be obtained on the telephone by calling 25354050 where you will be instructed to press ‘7’ for English. You can then get the information you require and make your reservation.
The service takes 1 hour from Limassol to Larnaca. The schedule is approximately hourly starting at 0445 hours from LIMASSOL to LARNACA and
last bus at midnight. From LARNACA to LIMASSOL, first bus 0400 hours, last bus 0130 hours.
The Limassol bus collects/drops people from close to the church at the Polemedia/Troodos roundabout - very convenient for the mountain folk. Get someone to drop you off there and you’re ready to go, and arrange for them to
pick you up on your return.
Why not give it a try next time you fly? It costs about €5 per journey.
Airport Shuttle Bus Schedule
Limassol to Larnaca
Larnaca to Limassol
I have been a resident of Monte Korfi for almost nine years when we talk to any one and say monte korfi most have never heard of it, our oldest resident has been here for thirty years and has the oldest house here which of course is thirty years old , the village is not on any map that i have seen ,we are just lumped in with Apesia. there are thirty eight houses and a office, the residents here are approximately twenty five percent Cypriot and seventy five percent British most of who are retired.we have no shops except one seller of lokmades, no post box ,no public phone and no historical value at all, but we like it.
A NEW VENTURE IN KOILANI. As residents of the mountain villages (whether locals or ex-pats) it is always a delight to see a new enterprise which will attract interest to the local community. It is therefore a great pleasure to see the opening of the Neo Gallery in Koilani Wine Village.
Gemma Moss is a talented young artist who has studied in the UK and, together with her family, has recently taken up residence in the village. Juggling between the renovation of her beautiful village home and her natural creative desire to paint she has now achieved her aim of a home and gallery combined.
Inspired by the beauty around her, her obvious talent and unique style are now available for all to see in the gallery which opened on 2nd August 2008.
The Gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 5pm, or other times by arrangement.
Gemma may be contacted at 16 Theodorou Kolkotroni Street, Koilani Wine Village, Limassol
Tel (003 57) 25 470022.
FITNESS CLASSES IN THE MOUNTAINS.
Classes can be arranged for Hatha Yoga, Pilates and a
Rosemary Conley type of Aerobics. Beginners or
advanced classes and personal one to one sessions are
on offer and the classes can be ladies only or mixed.
The participants need to have a location pre-arranged.
Charges are 10 euros per person with a guaranteed
minimum payment of 70 euros. So there will need to be
at least 7 people attending, but this will have to be
arranged by whoever is the village contact. Any day
and time is ok apart from Mondays and Saturdays. The
class leader has over 25 years experience and can be
contacted by calling Jacqueline on Tel: 25543354 or
METAL DETECTING MUSEUM NOW OPEN IN TRIMIKLINI.
A small museum of metal detecting finds has opened in
Trimiklini. Entrance is free. Open all day Saturdays.
Other days by appointment only.
Please park in the Church carpark, cross the road and
take the small road between the village green and the
house on left. Walk up this road until you reach the
1st road on the left, take this road and you will find
the museum a little further down on the left.
Call "H" on 99964464
NEW COMPUTER SHOP IN TRIMIKLINI.
Computer Assistance opens in Trimiklini – Wednesday 19 March 2008. Lots of locals gathered excitedly at the new computer shop in Trimiklini for plenty of food, wine, rams and roms and unlimited megbytes! Ang and Bill, the proprietors, really know their stuff and they advised all and sundry on all things online, offline and on hard disc. To talk digital call them on 97672341. The shop is large and spacious and stocks paper, ink etc etc and offers computer sales and repairs, printing and even internet access with Broadband speeds!
GREEN PARTY AIM FOR LANATE BAN.
The Cyprus Green Party has started an initiative to
collect signatures online for a petition aimed at
banning poison such as Lanate. It is a move to back an
MP legislation proposal due to come up soon. You can
find more information at http://cyprusgreens.blogspot.com/2008/03/lanate.html It's in Greek but it only asks that you cut and paste
the short text and fill in your name and phone and
send it to email@example.com. Alternatively
you can complete the form, that is in Greek and
English, by clicking here.and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org direct.
LANIA GETS BROADBAND.
Internet users in Lania, Doros and elsewhere have
become increasingly frustrated as surrounding
villages, including Trimiklini and Sylikou, get a
Broadband internet service whilst others are
by-passed. Cytanet have been unable to offer an
explanation for this and will not give any idea of
when, or even if, broadband will arrive in all the
City Cell Communications has come to the rescue with a satellite-based service that beams wireless broadband direct to your home without the need for a phone line. They have been supplying Paphos district for two years and now supply Lania and surrounding areas from a satellite installation in Platres. Connection speeds vary considerably from 74Kbps – 460Kbps upload and from 206Kbps – 1264 Kbps download, with no limit on the amount you can up or download. The cost is E340 for installation and E43 per month subscription. Already, a few local users are enjoying relatively high speed and reasonably reliable internet access via City Cell.
City Cell can be contacted at their shop at 114A
Gladstonos Street, Limassol. Tel: 25371000, 99797976.
Email: email@example.com. www.citycell.tv.
SINGERS WANTED. Following the success of our singing group at the Christmas Carols, we are planning to join in the festivities which take place in the village square on
Easter Monday afternoon, April 28, singing maybe some
folk songs etc. Anyone who can join us would be very welcome and if you would like to sing, please contact me on either 25432154, or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and I’ll let you know about rehearsals etc. I look
forward to hearing from you. Glennis. The first rehearsal will be on Sunday 30 April at 10am at Tedinas house in Lania. Tel: 99063543.
LANIA LADIES OPEN COURTYARDS
The lady gardeners of Lania once again will open their courtyards for the weekend of Saturday 31 May and Sunday 1 June. As well as a warm welcome and some delightful gardens, there will be music on offer with local pianist Andrew Oliver performing on the Saturday and members of the Cyprus Youth Orchestra on the Sunday.
CATSNIP COMES TO LANIA - For centuries cats have been an integral part of life
in Cyprus. In fact, the first evidence of cat
ownership in Cyprus dates back to 7500 BC. Following
this tradition, we, in Lania, are blessed with
beautiful and generally very healthy domestic and
feral cats. Both the residents and visitors obtain
great pleasure from their company, but here’s the rub – there are just too many feral cats in Lania.
Did you know that one female produces on average 6
female and 6 male offspring each year. By year 5 this
will have increased the population to a total of
approximately 33,613 cats. Of course, even with the
natural illness and mortality rate, this is just far
too many for a small village to support! In the past,
means have been found to cull the feral population -
many of these methods are just not acceptable, and an
alternative has to be found.
Catsnip was established by two ladies in Limassol
approximately 18 months ago. Already, Catsnip has
neutered 800 cats of the estimated 11,000 feral cats
in Limassol. We are fortunate in that they have
allowed us to use their name, their expertise and
contacts to set up a ‘branch’ here in Lania.
We have just started to raise funds to neuter our
feral cats in the village. Selected cats will be
caught, photographed and their details recorded. They
will be neutered by a fully qualified veterinary
surgeon, cared for whilst recovering and then released
back into the cat community. In this way, we hope to
control the feral cat population and avoid other more
desperate measures being used.
We are happy to report that a very successful start to
the scheme has been made. Enthusiasm is high, and at
the Lania Tavern Disco on 29 December, CYP275 was
raised from a raffle and auction. Very many thanks to
all those who so generously contributed to the Catsnip
funds at this event. In addition, other donations
have been received, including the sale of Catsnip
calendars which has brought the final amount raised to
CYP350, at the end of 2007. Thanks to all for making
this such a successful start to Lania Catsnip.
(Please note that some Calendars are still available
We are greatly encouraged by the support from all
quarters of Lania and beyond. We hope to hold many
fund raising events in the coming year. If you would
like to help us by holding a coffee morning,
sponsoring a cat, or have ideas that would move things
along, please get in touch with Susan or Veronica.
Veronica Houghton: M 99428093, Home 25432421,
Susan Costerton: M 99679578, Home 25434538,
LANIA GETS A MAKEOVER. You can't move for builders trucks in Lania these days
as construction workers work hard to restore the
village centre. Many of the old houses are being
refurbished with plenty of beautiful stonework on
view. The narrow lanes are being re-cobbled and
certainly add much charm to the place. The old Boys
School and the adjacent old Olive Press are undergoing
major restoration and should be ready for occupation
late in 2008.
DECEMBER 2007, CYPRUS VILLAGE LINK MARKS IT'S 1ST BIRTHDAY. Click here. to read a birthday message from the Editor!
FLU JABS: The flu season is almost upon us. Flu 'instant'
injections are available from most pharmacies on the
Island for around £4.
THE HIGHWAY ONLINE SURVEY: Click here. to join in and have your say!
EDITORIAL, Has time travel arrived in Cyprus? Or am I simply ‘confused of Lania’? Posted Wednesday,November 28, 2007. Click here. to view the article.
DO ALL ROADS REALLY LEAD TO LANIA? At the recent Art Exhibition to draw attention to the
new main road and the strong opposition to it by all
sectors, rumours abounded, such as: - 4 of the 5
Members of Lania Village Council are against the need
for a new road - The Limassol District Officer has
launched an Inquiry into reported speculative buying
of land along the projected routes - The Village
Council is to hold “Open Meetings” of its proceedings
to counter the view that it is no longer transparent
in its dealings over the new road - Ministers are
taking a closer look at the effect of the local
opposition to this “wasteful” project in the run-
up to the election - Laiki Bank sponsorship of Litter
Bins, discarded all over the village roads, is
affecting views on their Bank - Key personalities are turning their backs on the village Council in horror. -
LETTER OF PROTEST AGAINST THE HIGHWAY: Click here. to download the protest letter from The Committee for the
Protection of the Natural Environment of the
LANIA COMMUNITY COUNCIL PRESS CONFERENCE 30/10/07: Click here. to download the LCC Press Conference letter.
THE HIGHWAY ONLINE SURVEY: Click here. to view images on the proposed new Limassol - Saittas Highway.
SYLICOU - Rates increase. Rates in Sylicou have just shot up for the second year by a further 25% in addition to the 30% increase last year. Suggestion: should there be a market survey of rates rises? Not the actual rates but the percentage increases.
Reporters have noticed an alarming increase in Commandaria village rates.
Increases of 30% in 2006 and a further 25% this year have been imposed one village. Spending by villages now includes official cars! Why? Your help is requested to report: the percentage increase in rates in your village, this year (2007). On what basis are rates calculated? The wide rumour is that it is
based on the Chairman of the Village Council's view on how much the
rate payer can pay! What is the nationally agreed rate rise per annum? Is it linked to the rate of inflation? Who controls and verifies the basis? Is it the District Officers? How do rate payers object to a rate rise? To district Officers?
How does one appeal? To the Ombudsman? All suggestions gratefully received. -
The President of Sylikou replies. I am Costas Polis, The Chairman of the Village Council
of Sylikou. I am angry with the article written by
Kouris Magpie about the rates in Sylikou. It is all
bad. The rates in this village are the best in the
Commandaria region. The Council has a car to do the
Council business. If residents do not agree their
rates they can complain to the District Officer within
15 days of the rates demand. If anyone has a problem
with this system they should call me or Fax, on
25470732. I am always happy to explain and help,
Chairman of the Village Council of Sylikou. 13th
TRIMIKLINI - New shops and walls. There are 2 new and exciting shops in Trimiklini. Both shops are on the main road, between the church and the Water Falls Café, on the right coming down the Mountain. A FISH SHOP (Psaragora) and a BAKERY (Fourno). It has been reported by several delighted shoppers that the owner of the FISH SHOP has a big fish store in Limassol as well and he brings fresh fish every day to Trimiklini. The BAKERY is beside the Water Falls Café. They bake great cakes as well. Anyone passing through the village will see workmen crafting many beautiful stone walls all along the main road. Will the pavements be paved next?
Editors Note: in the autimn of 2007 the pavements were
indeed completed and very nice it looks too!
NEW MEETS OLD. The centre of Doros Village has been transfomed by the laying of new cobblestones where there was once concrete. Many of the village roads and lanes were disrupted by the laying of new water supply pipe work, which was completed last year with the trenches either concreted or tarmaced. The new stones blend in well with the original and the second phase of the works will see the outer road around the village cobbled. Well done to all involved in this project. - Doros Dave.
NEWS FROM LANIA COMMUNITY BOARD: Lania Community Board Members, Office Tel: 25 432315,
George Sykas President Tel: 99 484215, Soteris Ioannou Vice President Tel: 99 463369, E-mail: email@example.com, Yiannakis Ioannou Tel: 99451181, George Ktistis Tel: 99 416536, Yiannoulla Christodoulou Tel: 25 432364
LANIA CULTURE CLUB - NEW COMMITTEE Lania Culture Club held the General meeting of the
members on Sunday 3rd June and the new committee is as
follows: President: Makis Potsos. Secretary: George
Ktistis. Cashier: Ntinos Sourmelis. Members: Yiannakis
Ioannou , Nikos Ktistis, Lefkos Rousos and
APPEAL WaterAid is a charity devoted to providing water and
sanitation in the developing world. I have an offer to
collect and ship old mobile phones in any condition
for recycling, between 3 and 30 pounds for each one
will be donated to the charity and just 15 pounds can
provide fresh water or sanitation for a family. We all
change mobile phones old ones and
especially batteries are a potential environmental
hazard but equally potentially of value.
So if you have any old mobiles that are looking for
a good home (the more in the way of accessories
chargers etc the better)please let me know and even
more please pass the request on to your friends and
contacts in Cyprus contact me as below and I will
arrange to collect or leave in a bag for me at the
Lania post office or the Taverna.
Ross Pays Tel: 99 452359
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
LANIA MASTER PLAN Lania Master Plan is now available, in Greek and English, as a Adobe pdf
presentation, by clicking here.
LANIA - NEW HOUSING DEVELOPMENT Almond Meadows, behind the football field in Lania, is a new development
of 18 detached houses. Already, two houses are occupied and more new
residents are on the way. See www.bliss.com.cy for details.
INTERNET FOR LANIA Broadband is long awaited and may come to Lania in 2007 but a lack of
telephone lines to the village may delay things!