Category Archives: Meetings

40th Anniversary Dinner & Dance – 29 November 2015

Many thanks to all the members who came with their family and friends to our Association’s 40th Anniversary Dinner & Dance at the Penridge Suite on the 29th November 2015.  The music had people from all age groups on the dance floor in what was a joyful community atmosphere where people ate a delicious meal, danced and circulated amongst friends and relatives.
We are gathering together the photographs and will publish those as soon as possible!

Association of Rizokarpasso in Britain Annual General Meeting 26th April 2015

AGM - 26.04.2015 - Members

The 41st  Annual General Meeting (84th  GM) of the Association of Rizokarpasso held in the hall of the Cypriot Community Centre, Wood Green, was very well attended, and gave the opportunity for the members present to discuss the many challenges faced by Cyprus and the specific issues regarding Rizokarpasso, especially in relation to the plight of compatriots who have been enclaved for over 40 years and denied basic human rights.  Members began the AGM with one minute silence in remembrance, with great sorrow, that in the past year several members of the Association had passed away.

Maria Karaolis, the President, presented a report of the Association’s activities since the last General Meeting.  Members were appalled that the Headteacher and teacher of English had been expelled from Rizokarpasso by the illegal regime in occupied Cyprus with no reason given.  There was disappointment that even though the Association had written to the British High Commissioner and the United States Ambassador in Cyprus, to the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus, the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office and to British politicians, no progress was made on the issue and no explanation provided by the illegal regime for their action.   Andreas Gavrielides, the Treasurer, presented the Financial Report; Tony Vouros and Pavlos Pavlou, the Auditors, presented their report.

The members present said they would be exercising their democratic right to vote on Thursday 7th May General Election and to tell political campaigners that they expect their MP to work on their behalf for a just and viable solution for Cyprus. The meeting finished with all the members enjoying souvlakia, catching up on news and discussing their arrangements for the Association’s summer trip to Eastbourne on Sunday 21st June and to the 40th Anniversary Dinner & Dance of the Association on Sunday 29th November.

The 12 Executive Committee members for the period 2015-2017 are shown below. The strength of the Association is evident by the fact that the committee includes new members, young British born Cypriots and members who were born in Rizokarpasso.  This shows the success of the first generation in passing on their love of and commitment to Rizokarpasso, and Cyprus in general, to their children and grandchildren; all are proud of their roots and are dedicated to working hard to support the enclaved and promote justice for Cyprus as well as serving the members of their Association.

President – Maria Karaolis

Vice-President – Michael Lidas

Treasurer – Andreas  Gavrielides

Yiannis Chronias

Kate Christoforou

Nicki Elia

Andreas Joannou

Maria Panteli

Antony Petrou

Evangelos Petrou

Daphne Sofocleous

Andreas Strongolou

Letter to our Members – Invitation to our Annual General Meeting

Dear Member

 Sunday 26th April, 3.00 pm – Annual General Meeting – Cypriot Community Centre


Our Association’s Dinner and Dance on November 29th this year marks the 40th Anniversary of our Association please note the date and book to come with your family and friends, our Association and Charity needs your support.


Since our last members meeting we have continued to write numerous letters on a range of issues to high profile national and world political leaders and to the press. In our letters and in public meetings we constantly raise a number of issues e.g. the continued denial of human rights of the enclaved Greek Cypriots in Rizokarpasso by the illegal administration, the rights of the legal owners of properties in occupied north Cyprus, the expulsion of the Headteacher and a teacher from Rizokarpasso. 


In the UK General Election on Thursday 7th May 2015, you have one vote to elect your constituency MP. When politicians come knocking on your door to secure your vote, ask them what their views are on Cyprus and use your vote accordingly.  It is essential that you and all Greek Cypriots vote on Thursday 7th May so that we are seen as a politically aware and active community, this will strengthen our voice and our support for justice for Cyprus.   20th April is the last date you can register to vote, you can register by going onto the website below:–rflpMQCFWbKtAodIQQAhw


£5 Membership is due at the meeting from each member.  This contributes to the cost of the souvlakia at the two members meeting per year, the cost of the summer outing lunch and also entitles the member to vote in the election of the new Committee for 2015-2017.


Please note the following dates – your attendance and involvement is essential if we are to succeed:


Sunday 29th March – National Federation of Cypriots  National Celebration of 25th March/1st April – Ashmole Academy, Cecil Road, London N14 5RJ – 3.30pm


Sunday 26th April, 3.00 pm  Annual General Meeting at the Cypriot Community Centre, Wood Green, N22

1)  President’s Report – Mary Karaolis

  • Treasurer’s Report – Andreas Gavrielides
  • Auditor’s Report
  • Resolutions to be sent to world leaders.
  • O.B – Διαφορα
  • Nomination & Elections of new Committee 2015-2017
  • Refreshments – Souvlakia



Thursday  7th  May  – UK General Election – exercise your democratic right as a citizen and vote

Sunday 21st   June Summer Outing to Eastbourne

Sunday 5th July –Trafalgar Square Rally 3.30pm

July – 7.00pm House of Commons Lobby for Cyprus

Sunday 29th  November 7.00 pm- Dinner & Dance



Yours sincerely

Mrs Mary Helen Karaolis OBE  BEd(Hons)   MA  NPQH  FCollT

on behalf of the Executive Committee

Annual General Meeting – Sunday 26th April 2015, 3.00pm

Annual General Meeting

Sunday  26th April 2015, 3.00 pm –  Cypriot Community Centre, Wood Green, N22

We would like to invite all our members to the Annual General Meeting at the Cypriot Community Center in Wood Green on Sunday 26th April.

In additional to the President’s and Treasurer’s updates we will be holding elections for positions on the Committee.

Refreshments will follow for all our signed members.

Archbishop of Cyprus – Chrysostomos II meeting with the Karpasia Associations

Following the very successful meeting of Karpasia Association representatives with the Bishop of Karpasia on 18th March, it has been agreed that when his Eminence The Archbishop of Cyprus, Archbishop Chrysostomos II visits the UK in May a meeting should again take place with his Eminence and representatives from each of the Karpasia Associations/Villages.

The programme for Archbishop Chrysostomos has now been arranged and a meeting has been scheduled with representatives from all the Karpasia Associations/Villages on:

*Friday 16th May at 6.30pm *
*at the Greek Cypriot Brotherhood, Britannia Road, North Finchley, London
N12 9RU.*

This will be an historic visit by the Archbishop of Cyprus at a crucial time for Cyprus and so it is significant that the representatives from occupied Karpasia take the opportunity to meet with the Archbishop so that the voice of the people of the Karpasia peninsula is heard.

Sunday 11th  May, 3.00 pm – Annual General Meeting – Cypriot Community Centre

We would like to invite all out members to our Annual General Meeting on Sunday 11th May at 3pm at the Cypriot Community Center.

The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  1. President’s Report – Mary Karaolis
  2. Treasurer’s Report – Andreas Gavrielides
  3. Auditor’s Report
  4. Resolutions to be sent to world leaders.
  5. A.O.B.  – Διαφορα
  6. Refreshments – souvlakia

Please note that the  £5 Membership is due at the meeting from each member.  This contributes to the cost of the souvlakia at the two members meeting per year, the cost of the summer outing lunch and also entitles the member to vote.