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British Cypriot Dr Costakis Evangelou (Head Coach) is awarded an MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours for services to young people in North London.

He has been the head coach at Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club for several years who were honoured with the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Club which runs boxing and mentoring sessions at its club base in Edmonton and in schools and youth organisations was one of only 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups to receive this award.

And prior to that, Head Coach Costakis Evangelou was honoured with the Jack Petchey Foundation Leader Award for his work in coaching and mentoring the young in North London.

Costakis Christos Evangelou was born in Cyprus in Patriki Famagusta in 1958 Father’s name in Christos Evangelou from Phlamouthi Mother’s name Photou Evangelou from Patriki and Came to England London in 1960 to live in North London. He attended Primary Schools: Grafton School. Tufnell Park School. Secondary School was Archway School. He has four Children 3 sons 1 Daughter – Phodis, Andreas, Christopher and Marisa.

He has run 4 London Marathons raising over £30,000 for charity Qualifications include; Batchelor Of Divinity; Post Graduate Certificate of Education; and a Doctorate in Divinity. He has for over 30 years has dedicated his life to the selfless service of others. As a minister, community leader and humanitarian he works tirelessly and gives sacrificially for the benefit of others.

He is the President of Community Heart (London), a registered charity set up to help and support the local community, especially the young and vulnerable. As President, he oversees the running of several groundbreaking projects including, Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club, Running with the Vision – Youth Football, Youth Zone Youth Club and Sign Post, a project that feeds and helps support the homeless and vulnerable.

As the Head Coach and Honorary Secretary of Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club, he has worked tirelessly to help turn it into one of the leading sports and youth projects in North London as he oversees and runs all the different aspects of the Club’s work. Based in a part of Edmonton which is one of the most socially and financially impoverished areas in England the Club is turning around many young people’s lives with over 250 young people benefitting from the different sessions, many of which are free, it provides over 6 days a week. It runs boxing and mentoring programmes for schools, behavioural units and youth clubs and women who have suffered or witnessed domestic violence.

He has also set up a referral process with the youth offending team where their clients can attend as part of their positive activities.

As well as winning numerous awards, in 2015 the Club won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service recognising its work in helping young people leave behind negative and destructive lifestyles. His ecclesiastical work and humanitarian work is extensive; he has carried out a number of humanitarian missions to Africa.

In 2004 he travelled to an isolated community in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Negotiations with the Chief of the area resulted in the granting of a piece of land for the building of a medical clinic. The clinic was desperately needed by this community of 4000 people who had no other access to medical care.

To help raise much of the funds required for the building of the clinic Archbishop ran the London Marathon twice. As many as 500 people receive medical treatment at the Centre each month.

He continues to visit the Clinic to receive a personal update on the progress and work of the Centre and its subsequent impact it has made on the community as a whole and to continue to provide equipment and medical supplies. His membership and involvement with Churches Together in England (CTE), gives him the opportunity to work with the multi-cultural and denominationally diverse churches in England.

He has attended and lent his total support to the modern day slavery meeting in the House of Lords.


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Andria Zafirakou, 40, beat 30,000 teachers from around the world to win the annual Global Teacher prize

A pioneering teacher, who was dubbed ‘the best in the world’ after scooping a $1million teaching prize, has described receiving an MBE as “humbling and special”.

Andria Zafirakou, 40, serves as associate deputy head at Alperton Community School, in Brent, north west London.

Andria Zafirakou was born, in London. Her mother, Anna, is Cypriot and her father Greek who is well known in the community Father Georgios Zafirakou, the priest of the Greek Orthodox church of All Saints in Camden, London is Greek.

Mrs Zafirakou has done so much at Alperton Community College. The school is in Brent, an inner city area of London. It’s one of the UK’s most ethnically diverse – and disadvantaged – places.


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Experienced London estate agent, Karl Knipe, with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, is hosting the LGR’s series, “The Property Show.” Karl, partner of Kings Group (15 branches across North London, East London, Hertfordshire, and Essex), discuss a variety of issues each month, ranging from house prices and Brexit, to stamp duty, and the buy-to-let market, as well as, wealth management. Karl is joined by experts of various sectors in the industry.

Our specialist guests in the eighth one-hour episode;

Russell Quirk – Emoov Group

Russell is Founder & CEO of the Emoov Group, an online real estate agency. Russell is a third-generation estate agent, working in the traditional sector for many years before selling the family business to pioneer the hybrid model with an emphasis on empowering technology, outstanding customer service and fairer fees. Russell is recognised as a property expert and market analyst within the media, regularly featuring on TV, radio and in the press to commentate on a wide variety of topics, analysing the latest market data and trends and reacting to breaking news events.

Kristjan Byfield – Base Property Specialists

Kristjan is Co-Founder and Company Director of award-winning estate agency, Base Property Specialists. Base was launched in May 2004 with the aim of providing one of the finest customer service standards in the property sector, and to innovate, to move the industry forward. Kristjan’s key responsibilities include: company IT infrastructure, business development & growth, investment sourcing for clients and the overseeing of the Interior Design department. Base Property operates from the heart of Shoreditch Triangle in Central London, EC2, offering services London-wide, with clients across the capital.

Veta Sitaropoulos – Athé Design

Veta Sitaropoulos is an Australian born Architect and Interior Designer based in Islington, North London.  She works mainly in residential design, for both private clients and property developers.  Her current projects include the interior design and renovations of several large houses in Maida Vale, Queens Park, West Hampstead and Borough, with new projects in Spain and Sicily on the horizon.  Recent projects for developers have included high-end show apartments in Manchester, Liverpool and Leicester.  Her skill set bridges both the architectural and interiors elements of a design project.

 

Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 7:00pm

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London Greek Radio (LGR) celebrates 29 years as a licensed radio station this month, just weeks after its 35th unofficial anniversary.

On 8th October 1983, LGR began transmitting to the Greek and Cypriot community, as a pirate radio station and officially joined the FM airwaves on 13th November 1989.

In the mid-1980s, tens of thousands of people signed a petition demonstrating the need for LGR to have a real presence within the community.  The signatures were handed to the relevant authorities which subsequently contributed to the station being licensed by the radio authorities.

The book, ‘London’s Pirate Pioneers’ by Stephen Hebditch tells the story of the capital’s pirate radio stations and the people who helped change the British broadcasting system.

He writes about LGR’s undeniable legacy in the eighties and the intense pressures it faced to shut the station down.  However, London Greek Radio became Britain’s first-ever licensed ethnic radio station upon being awarded its license.

Over the years, London Greek Radio has become steadfast to a wide range of listeners; from maturing-settlers-to-the-UK to the coming-of-age of British Greeks and Cypriots – connecting listeners to their roots through a carefully balanced programming of music, speech, entertainment and news.

Today, in addition to serving communities on 103.3FM, LGR has been taken into 21st-century broadcasting by joining the Digital Radio platform.

LGR can now be heard in four major cities on DAB+ (digital radio), namely London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, crossing into Scotland.

Furthermore, listeners extend worldwide at www.lgr.co.uk and the station has a free app for mobile devices which listeners can download from the App or Play stores embracing the ‘on-the-move’ audience.

LGR’s newly appointed Managing Director, Tony Psillou, said, “More listeners are discovering the ever-growing London Greek Radio family every day, not only Greek-speaking listeners but English, Jewish, Albanian, Arab, Bulgarian, Turkish, Russian and many more that frequently tune in.

He added, “LGR is undergoing a revamp with fresh ideas to attract an even wider audience.  Exciting times ahead ‘onwards and upwards’.”

LGR’s Chairman John Kyriakides, added, “With LGR’s edgier playlists of the biggest Greek and Cypriot tunes, Modern Laika, Greek Pop, Entehna, Golden-Oldies, Alternative, Folk and Current Chart Hits, we continue to serve the listener.

“It’s this enigmatic reason that the station remains the preferred choice in most Greek and Cypriot homes, offices, shops, factories, workplaces, vehicles and venues.”

On FM, Online, on your Mobile and On Digital Radio, This is LGR (London Greek Radio) THE HEARTBEAT OF THE GREEK COMMUNITY‘.

Happy Birthday LGR!


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THE RESULTS ARE IN! THE UK CYPRIOT COMMUNITY HAS SPOKEN ON CYPRIOT CITIZENSHIP AND BREXIT

The opinion poll indicates clear interest from UK Cypriots to obtain Cypriot citizenship – 81% saying they were “highly likely to apply for Cypriot citizenship”.

UK Cypriots overwhelmingly support the UK remaining in the European Union (83%) and think there should be a referendum on the final deal with the EU (83%).

Federation President, Christos Karaolis, said “This is the first national, representative opinion poll of the UK Cypriot community on these crucial issues. We’ve heard our community’s voice loud and clear and this will guide our advocacy on Brexit and Cypriot citizenship.

The National Federation of Cypriots in the UK has conducted a national, representative, opinion poll on two timely and important issues for the UK Cypriot community. These issues regularly feature in conversations amongst our community and people often express strong opinions on both topics. The conclusions of the ‘Cypriot citizenship & Brexit opinion poll’ can be read below, including a summary of the verbatim feedback.

Commenting on the results, Federation President Christos Karaolis thanked those who had participated and said that, “UK Cypriots have had their say on two very important issues to our community. We’ll use the community’s voice to advocate to the Cypriot Government on the issue of Cypriot citizenship and build on the conversations we regularly have with them on this topic. The Brexit opinion poll results, overwhelmingly in favour of remain and a referendum on the final deal between the UK and the EU, enable us to make accurate and factually based representations to the UK Government and Opposition on behalf of the UK Cypriot community.

Cypriot Citizenship

In all of 2015, the year before Britain voted to leave the European Union, there were only 30 applications for Cypriot citizenship at the Cyprus High Commission in the UK. After the EU referendum, the number of applications has increased by 670% to ~200 in the UK Consulate between January and July 2018. The opinion poll highlights that there are many more UK Cypriots that are interested in obtaining Cypriot citizenship – 81% responded that they were “highly likely to apply for Cypriot citizenship”. It also indicates concerns about a lack of information in the community about the process of obtaining Cypriot citizenship with two-thirds unclear about the eligibility criteria and 80% unsure about the process and documentation required. Despite the significant efforts and measures taken by the Cyprus High Commission to address the application process at the Consulate, the Interior Ministry of Cyprus could do more to streamline and expedite the criteria and process.

The verbatim feedback, whilst highlighting the significant interest in applying, also revealed key themes that needed to be addressed about the “difficulty” and “confusion” surrounding the application process.

Brexit

The results of the Brexit opinion poll show that an overwhelming majority of the community (83%) is in favour of remaining in the EU. In addition, 12% of the community is in favour of the UK leaving the EU and 5% do not care. The community is just as decisive on whether there should be a referendum on the UK’s final deal with the EU – 83% of respondents said that there should be a referendum on the final deal whereas only 14% believed that there should not be.

The key reasons our community gave for supporting remain are focused on the economy, free movement, fear of racism and the benefits of European collaboration. For Brexit supporters, the key reasons focused on concerns around immigration, democratic deficit and the handling of financial crises in the EU in recent years.


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Bank of Cyprus announced on Friday 23/11 it had completed the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary bank in the UK, Bank of Cyprus UK Limited and its subsidiary Bank of Cyprus Financial Services Limited, to Cynergy Capital Limited following the receipt of the necessary regulatory approvals from the Prudential Regulation Authority and the European Central Bank.

The decision to sell the UK Group was in line with the Group’s strategy of delivering value for shareholders and focusing principally on supporting the growing Cypriot economy, the bank said.

The sale consideration amounted to £107 m (€120m) comprising £103m base consideration plus a purchase price adjustment of £4m.

Half of the base consideration together with the purchase price adjustment was received upon completion and the remaining half is deferred over 24 months, without any performance conditions attached, the bank said

In addition, the Group and BoC UK have signed a cooperation agreement, under which both organisations will cooperate in a number of key areas going forward, including continuity of servicing for existing customers.


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The Management and Staff of London Greek Radio would like to invite you to their pre-Christmas Dinner & Dance, 2018. The festive season kicks-off with live music and food on Sunday 25 November at 6 pm. We are also excited to announce entertainment for this evening includes the renowned Cypriot singer Konstantina, for a 1-night exclusive performance. Not to mention live music by Elizabeth Chapman, George Gregoriou on bouzouki, Nikos Savvides on guitar and Giannakis on the keyboard.

LGR Dinner & Dance 2018…

Events like this offer the chance for our station to come together with the community and enjoy a fabulous evening. Moreover, through these events, we are able to renew and build a good relationship with both our listeners and the companies which work alongside us.

In 2018, our time has also been spent putting together events, such as this one, where all members of our community could come and celebrate our culture together.

Join us at The Penridge Suite, 470 Bowes Road, Arnos Grove, London N11 1NL. Doors open at 6pm, dinner will be served at 6:45pm.

Tickets are £35 & £40. For more information and Tickets please call London Greek Radio on 0208 349 6950!

We look forward to seeing you all there.

This event is sponsored by:

A.C.B.O Accountants in North London Business Park;
Barry Pylio – of Food Lovers Cooking Show;
Property Centre – Property, investment & management in Southgate & Bayswater;
Raphaels Bakery & Patisserie in Cockfosters;
S. Aspris & Son, wine, beer & spirit merchant;
SIX PAYMENT SERVICES a member of G.A.P. Vasilopoulos Group, the new safe payment solution;
The Highland Angus Steak House in Southgate;


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Experienced London estate agent, Karl Knipe, with over 30 years’ experience in the industry, is hosting the LGR’s series, “The Property Show.” Karl, partner of Kings Group (15 branches across North London, East London, Hertfordshire, and Essex), discuss a variety of issues each month, ranging from house prices and Brexit, to stamp duty, and the buy-to-let market, as well as, wealth management. Karl is joined by experts of various sectors in the industry.

Our specialist guests in the seventh one-hour episode;

Stuart Mackay – Kings Group

Stuart has been with the Kings Group since 2007. During these 11 years, he worked predominantly in the Edmonton area and has become as synonymous with Edmonton as, The Green itself….! In 2018 Stuart was nominated for an individual award for Customer Service at the prestigious ESTAS (Estate Agent of the Year Awards)!

Philip Waterfield – Strettons Chartered Surveyors

Philip is a Director of Strettons, a well-established north-east London based firm of Chartered Surveyors and Auctioneers. He has been with the firm for over 30 years, he first debuted on the auction rostrum in 1994. Philip has been running the auction team for the past 10 years, and overseas the sale of about £80 million property a year, comprising a wide range of land and buildings in London and around the UK, and sometimes further afield, including Cyprus where Strettons have held several auctions.

Stuart Collar-Brown – Pattinson Auctions

Stuart is a Business Development Manager at Pattinsons, the UK’s fastest growing online auctioneer. He has been with the firm since June 2018, he works in property auctions for the past 11 years in London, the South East, and Bath. Stuart has been involved in the sale of over 3,000 auction lots, across the length and breadth of the UK, including public toilets and a country mansion – and everything in between!

Paul Cacciatore – Conveyancing Consultant at Boulter & Company Solicitors

 

                                                        Wednesday 7th November 2018 at 7:00 pm  

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Konstantina

London Greek Radio are excited to announce that Greek singer Konstantina will be performing live at the Penridge Suite on 25th November 2018.
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Join us for our dinner & dance featuring a live performance by Konstantina & her musicians. Including George Gregoriou on bouzouki, Nikos Savvides on guitar & Giannakis on Keyboard.

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It’s a night not to be missed!

Tickets are £35 & £40. For more information call London Greek Radio on 020 8349 6950!

Address: 470 Bowes Road, London, N11 1NL. Door open at 6pm, dinner will be served at 6.45pm.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of London Greek Radio’s co-founder Akis Eracleous on Thursday 18th October 2018, at the age of 66.

Akis Eracleous was from Famagusta, born on the 26th of December 1952 and came to the UK at an early age, where he attended Islington Green School in London.

In 1983, Akis felt there was a need for a Greek radio station to give a voice to our community. No one could have imagined the success of London Greek Radio (LGR) as a pirate/unlicensed station. Thanks to his devotion, determination and continuous battles to keep the station on air, LGR became the WORLD’S first Greek Radio Station to obtain an FM licence in 1989. This was achieved after Akis sold KISS FM, as he believed that providing the community with a platform was integral.

Akis was one of the iconic presenters during the 1980’s and quickly found fame within the Greek and Cypriot communities. He continued his work when LGR was licensed in 1989, serving as a Director, Managing Director, Station Manager, Shareholder, but most notably, hosting the long-running mid-morning show, “Ligo Prin To Mesimeri” on weekdays. Akis championed the modernisation of the station to bring it into the 21st century. He was a mentor to the upcoming younger generation of presenters and helped them to establish themselves as household names within the Greek and Cypriot Communities.

Akis, also known as ‘George Power’, found fame on the British soul scene in the 1970s and 80s as a resident DJ at Crackers Nightclub on Wardour Street and The Electric Ballroom on Camden High Street. George was an essential and influential DJ on the London Club Scene. Making a name for himself at the legendary Crackers on Friday afternoons and Sunday nights, George had a massive following from the regular “soul-boys” to the trendy celebrities – even Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet) was spotted in the club. His Roller Disco’s at the Electric Ballroom on Wednesday nights with Paul “Trouble” Anderson and his Double Disco on Friday nights with Gilles Peterson were a huge success in the mid-eighties. It cannot be understated how important George was to London’s clubs in the 70s and 80s. In 1993, he founded the “Nice ‘N’ Ripe” record label, which is renowned as one of the leaders in the birth and growth of the scene called “UK Garage”.

In 2012, whilst leading LGR, Akis re-branded his 1970s ‘Soul Crackers’ and created Crackers Radio, online and on DAB, which he continued to manage until his sudden, unexpected death.

He was the original founder of the famous Kiss FM and presented shows on many radio stations, including Invicta Radio and City Sound Radio. During the occasions when LGR was taken off the air, he launched Sunshine Radio, an English-language service on the Cote D’Azur in the South of France. He was truly a pioneer of British radio. The legacy left by Akis Eracleous will live on.

Akis was a loyal loving family man, lifelong Arsenal fan and passionate season-ticket holder. His unique sense of humour and vibrant laugh will be remembered by us all forever.

The management and staff at London Greek Radio are all deeply saddened and shocked to learn of Akis’ passing and sincerely express their deepest and sincere condolences to his wife Julietta, his sons Emilio and Marko, his daughter Eva, his sister Androulla, his nephews Marios and Venizelos and his family and friends.

Details of the funeral will be announced soon.

May he rest in peace.


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