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New Year's Eve at The Courtyard, Karakum
by: Chris Elliot

The last of the celebrations saw me at The Courtyard in Karakum where the New Year would be brought in at midnight. We were a table of 8 people and in addition there were 2 small children and a baby, who were so well behaved you wouldn't know they were there.

We were welcomed by Mo and his staff with a free local drink on arrival and then took our places at the table. The restaurant was full to bursting but laid out well to accommodate the number of guests who chose The Courtyard as their place to bring in the New Year.There was an excellent menu starting with Soup of

the Day followed by a choice of 5 Starters, there were 6 choices for the Main Course and 4 Desserts as well as ice cream. Mo and his staff were kept really busy serving food and drinks and did a first class job. While we were eating. DJ Ian was entertaining with some background music and later in the evening this changed to music for dancing and many of the guests were on the floor (maybe to try and lose a few pounds put on from all of the food!)

Just before midnight nearly everyone was on the dance floor awaiting the New Year and at 12.00

when the words four, three, two, one Happy New Year rang out, there was loud cheering and a lot of hugging and kissing with friends and strangers alike. Two of our group, Paul and Dan Alldred had brought giant party poppers which they had purchased for only 4TL each (what a bargain) and these were set off giving a cascade of shimmering glitterati over the partygoers. I am not sure who would be clearing up all of this glitter but I'm sure Mo would find some willing employee to do the job the next morning.

The music and dancing continued and when we left at 1 a.m. it was still going strong. While this was all going on the children in our group all went fast asleep. I don't know how they managed it with all of the noise but they were happily in the land of nod.

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The day I took some photo's of Chris taking some photo's

by: Paul Anthony
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We are pleased to announce that Chris Elliott has joined our team as volunteer editor and chief reporter. Chris is 'freely' supplying his time and expertise reporting on the Cyprus Charity Scene. He is going to help the various charities to raise their online profiles and promote their charitable fund raising events.

I decided to accompany Chris to find out what he does when he goes on an assignment. It didn't take long for me to realise why he is such a successful reporter - he is a nice guy so, people like him ! This is a behind-the-scenes look at what went on when Chris covered the opening of Tulips' new Children's Care and Respite Centre in Lefkosa.

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Christmas 2011 in Bariş Park, Girne

by: Chris Elliott
Events in life can sometimes change and this I found when I returned from the UK to discover that the plans for the Bariş Park Christmas event had been changed from a three day event to great one day event on Saturday 17th December.

On Friday morning prior to the event I visited the park and found large groups of Belediye workers hard at work laying blocks, tarmac and plants etc to the rear of the park in the area of the preserved olive trees and where the children's train would be running. On Saturday this train was proudly carrying many happy children around the new park section.

Mehmet Ali, the project manager told me it had been hard work preparing the park for this event but they had met their objectives and he and his team were delighted with the result they had achieved.

One of my other early encounters at the park was Hal Crompton, one of the expat event co-ordinators and he told me they were very pleased with the turnout for this year's event with the arrival of two Russian groups, one of whom were fund raising for the refurbishment of St George the Victorious in Alsancak as a community centre for the Eastern European community. The other Russian group had come to the event to raise funds for a Russian Language Children's Library.

He also told me there was an African Christian Fellowship group also at the event which helped to make it a very comprehensive day with all of the other ethnic groups coming together to enjoy the season of goodwill.

He told me some of the expat charities or organisations that were here last year have not returned this year but felt sure that they will return next year when the event will be even bigger and more impressive.

Looking around the stalls I saw the Royal British Legion Kyrenia Branch, SOS Children's Villages, KAR and Cheshire Homes. Also walking around the park was Sue Tilt and Mickey Mouse selling raffle tickets and entertaining the children on behalf of Help Those With Cancer Association - Tulips and it was sad that more charities were not represented at this seasonal gathering.

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Aladdins Panto by - TheatreLambousa
by: Tony Woods

Editor's Note
As editor and chief bottle washer, it is so nice to be able to review the work of other, very talented and enthusiastic writers and photographers and this week, I take great delight in sharing with you the work of grand master Tony Woods. I hope we shall hear more of Tony on these pages in the weeks ahead. Please read, enjoy and marvel at his fantastic photos in our album.


If, after completing their run of Cinderella, there were any fears amongst TheatreLambousa members as, months ago, they started to put together the 2011 pantomime Aladdin then they were swept away by the appreciative first night audience that booed, hissed, laughed, applauded and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. This scenario was repeated in the following seven performances that included three morning matinees for children.
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Tulips' (Helping Those With Cancer) new Children's Care and Respite Centre in Lefkosa

by: Chris Elliott
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It's been many months since I first talked to Raziye Kocaismail the founder of Help Those With Cancer Association (Tulips) and along with Pam Kennedy who wanted to help the charity, we visited Tulips again in August.

We had a long discussion with Raziye and she arranged for us to visit the new 8 Bed Hospice nearby and then we were taken to the location of the new Children's Care and Respite Centre in Lefkosa where work had just started on the conversion of the building.

Following this visit Pam Kennedy and I wrote an article in Cyprus Star on 7th September to tell the readers what Tulips were planning for the future.

After this I was involved in helping Tulips fund raisers with promotion of a number of projects and then had the good fortune to be introduced to Miriam Eldridge of Doğanköy and her family. It was a great experience also to meet her 14 year old grandson, Jonathon Sage from Sydenham who suffers from Autism and he told me he wanted to donate many of his favourite holiday board games for the children at the centre to play with.

He was an incredible lad with great concern for others and told me that in the UK he liked to help out at boot sales to help charities and regularly visited a disabled Cub troop to try and help them. Jonathon also donated his prize electronic Power Hockey table game and Trampoline with Safety Cage and is looking forward to visiting the home and meeting the children when he comes on holiday again next year.

It was great to receive an invitation from Tulips to visit the centre on the day of its opening and when I arrived I was amazed to see just how much the building had changed since the renovation had started when I visited in August.

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