The 'fight' for the building began back in 2006 when the then Muhtar, Halil Anildi, called together village residents with the aim of saving the little white building on the edge of the ravine in the village which due to the passing of time was crumbling and in danger not only of collapse but of erasing years of history in this ancient village of Cyprus.
The story of progress from that first meeting has been documented well in the media, with the final victorious move being the acquisition of electricity to the building, with huge thanks to the Municipality and the KibTek authorities, which means in addition to the daytime wedding blessings, art and photographic exhibitions, evening events can now be held.
The hard working committee of the DCA have lost no time in organising the beginning of a programme of events for the autumn onwards, starting with a series of talks. These talks all commence at 7p.m., but the space is very limited in the church and early booking is advised.
The diary dates to be noted are:
Monday 22nd September,
Richard Chamberlain will talk about his photographs and books depicting Cyprus in 1954 and again in 2014 . This talk will follow a photographic exhibition to be held in Famagusta (see page ........) and there will be an opportunity to purchase his books and the new Calendar for 2015.
Monday 29th September
John Pole will be talking of his train journey from England to Istanbul. A must for lovers of train journeys, with a strong touch of The Orient Express.
Monday 6th October:
Keith Lloyd who is a well known speaker on the island, who talks on a wide range of subjects, but this time will be talking of the Unusual Aspects of World War 1.
He gave some of these fascinating insights at a talk following the lunch on the commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the first world war.
Monday 13th October
Colonel John Hughes Wilson who is an excellent speaker, writer of several books and researcher, will give a talk on 'The Strange Life and Death of Marilyn Monroe'. Fascinating to listen to his thoughts on whether she was a threat to the Kennedy regime, or was it the Mafia or was she just an unhappy lady who took too many pills.
Then in November at a date not yet fixed, there is to be an art exhibition, and also a book signing of the new book by Yvonne Cerkez on Founder President Rauf Denktash.
And in addition, thoughts are being given to a fund raiser Christmas Lunch which proved to be extremely successful in 2013.
If you want to ensure a place at the talks, or want to learn more about the church, or to book it for a function, then please contact Paul Shirley on [email protected] or call 0533 830 3256.
And for all these events, it would be very much appreciated if a donation is given to the church by way of thanks for what will prove to be interesting, informative and entertaining evenings.