In August 2019 the Greek Community of Brighton was saddened by the sudden loss of Andreas Archontidis, beloved husband, father and grandfather to his family, and much respected and cherished president in office of the committee of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Brighton. He will be dearly missed by all the members of the Hellenic community of Brighton, the children and parents of the Greek School, and everyone else who had any association with our church. Whenever anybody set foot in the church Andrea would bound over to them with enthusiasm and energy, and welcome them warmly with his friendly smile. He always had time for each and every member of the community, and was always prepared to help others. He was immensily proud of the church and school, and had been a member of the church committee for 20 years. He selflessly devoted so much of his time and energy, and did so with enthusiasm, kindness and friendship. His passing will leave a void in all our hearts and he will be forever remembered with the deepest love and respect.
We would like to thank you, our current community, for your continued support and generosity, below are just a few things we have achieved in the last few years;
- We are excited to announce that planning permission has now been passed to build our new community hall. This exciting project will produce a 2000 square foot hall space, bar area, kitchen and the possibility for the entire space to be partitioned into smaller conference rooms or additional classrooms. There will also be a two bedroom apartment above allowing our Priest to be onsite.
- We are in the process of completing external repair works to the front and roof of our Church, hoping to achieve this by February 2018. We have removed two old chimneys and repaired one, covered the outside meters, secured gas cylinders by building a suitable enclosure, fixed the central heating system, installed new security and sound systems, fitted new kitchen units and a burco water boiler.
- We have done further works to the Vicarage, stripped and re-rendered the complete external building, fitted a new front door, new bathroom fitted, new fences erected, cleared and tidied the garden.
- We have now paid off the mortgage in full for the Vicarage, paying over 80K in the last 8 years.
We are always in need of people who can spare a little time and would be happy to help our Church, School and Philanthropic Committees. Please contact the relevant department, details below.
Church Committee Members: President Andreas Archontides Vice President Andreas Sparsis Treasurer Zacharias Koullas Secretary Flora Papanicolaou President Greek School Nektarios Makratzakis Adamos Papadamou Zinon Papadamou Emmanuel Lazanakis Michael Stylianou Ilias Triantafyllou Dimitris Karapiperis
We are proud to have over 80 children in our Greek School, a school which is heavily subsidized by our Church, allowing our young children to learn the Greek language and customs. We are pleased to welcome our new Head Teacher Matheus and are forever grateful to our team of Teachers, School Committee Members, PTA and Volunteers who have achieved so much over the years, ensuring our young children progress and flourish.
A statement from our new Head Teacher Matheus
I am really happy for being the head teacher of the Greek School of Brighton and to represent in Brighton the Cyprus Educational Mission that the last 49 years has one aim, to protect the cultural character of the Greek community in UK and to uplift the Greek spirit in our children. Even from my first visit to Brighton I have realised not only how well organised and successful the Greek School is but also the great quality of the people that is consisted of. My target is to ensure progress by keeping an open mind to new suggestions and to beneficial changes. In cooperation with the teachers and the school committee we have managed already to create a secure school environment, improve the teaching conditions and modernise the registration and data systems. On this point, I would like to thank my colleagues, the school committee and its chairman Nectario Makratzakis, Father Germano, the chairman of the church committee and member of the school committee Andrea Archontides who is always next to me and willing to help me with anything I might need and all the parents and children of the Greek School of Brighton for their very warm welcoming. I would like to wish to the Greek Community of Brighton, Happy 50th Anniversary and a prosperous year for our school. Sincerely, Matthaios Venetsanos, Head Teacher of the Greek school of Brighton .
For info on the dates please visit our school’s website www.brightongreekschool.org
This year we celebrate our 50th anniversary of our Church and Greek School.
A message from our Holy Eminence Archbishop Gregorios
“With particular joy and pleasure I extend my best wishes on the occasion of the 50 years anniversary of the Church of The holy Trinity in Brighton. I would like to congratulate all who have contributed their services over the 50 years, both those who have departed and those who are still with us today. All have worked hard and have contributed to the success of the community.
You must all continue to work in a spirit of concord and enthusiasm under the guidance of your priest Archimandrite Germanos Kourkounis and your President Andreas Archontides and the church committee. This will allow you to fulfil purposes for which the community was founded.
I am sure that you will soon be in a position to commence work on your building project for classrooms, accommodation for your priest and other ancillary uses.
I wish you every success with fervent prayers, love and respect in the Lord. I remain yours,”
Our Holy Eminence Gregorios Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain
A message from our President, Andreas Archontides,
“I am so proud and honoured to be the President of such an amazing Church and School, I hope to do the title justice. Other presidents before me have laid the way forward. I enjoy the challenge and will work hard to progress and unite our community, together with my Committee I know we can achieve great things for the future. I would like to thank my predecessor Stephen Papadopoulos and his wife Maria for all their hard work and tireless commitment over the many years. I would also like to say a special thank you to our dear Priest Archimandrite Germanos for his contribution and efforts. God bless you all.”
Andreas Archontides, President
Celebrating 50 years of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity in Brighton We have many people past and present to thank for where we are today. Our Presidents in order;
- Zinon Christodoulou, Alethrico
- George Antoniadis, Kalo Chorio
- Adamos Christophorou, Avgorou
- Adamos Mouska, Avgorou
- Yiannis Stylianou, Thenia
- Adamos Papadamou, Avgorou
- Yiannis Stylianou, Thenia
- Steve Papadopoulos, Lefkara
- Andreas Archontides, Lemasos (Current)
Our Resident Priests in order;
- Father Timetheous
- Father Andreas Ioannides, (Longest serving priest 40 years)
- Archimindrite Nikodemos
- Father Julian
- Father Germanos (Current)
In addition we honour the memory of; Angelo Papadopoulos, Costas Psaras, Marino Tanbaros, Nicos Papanicolaou, Deacon Gregory Atkins and Vassos Christophorou. Father Andreas and Presvidera Anna
So to all of the above named, not forgetting their wives and families we must be thankful and grateful, for without their contribution and commitment we would not have our Church and flourishing Greek School that we now have.
We are continually fund-raising and are very grateful for any donations. If you would like to contribute, please contact us.
February 29 @ 7:00 pm - 11:30 pm