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June 2021 Newsletter

posted Jun 8, 2021, 8:50 PM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Dear Members 

Enjoy our latest Newsletter!  

Thanks to all our contributors and a special thanks to Vicky who lays out the newsletter for us. This special contribution is very  much appreciated by all of us!

We will be back in September. 

Have a safe and happy summer everyone!

Chris Grant-Bear and the Volunteer Team. 

May 2021 Newsletter

posted May 12, 2021, 5:43 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Dear Members, 

Enjoy this newsletter for the merry month of May.

The next issue, in June,  will be the last before what I hope will be a safe summer for us all.

Get your COVID vaccination as soon as you can and stay safe and well!

Chris Grant-Bear 

Upcoming AAIA Lectures

posted May 3, 2021, 11:10 PM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Ease of Restrictions Apr 21st 2021

posted Apr 23, 2021, 11:05 PM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Dear friends,
LATEST UPDATE: April 21st 2021
The ease of the restrictions in Greece announced on April 21 in a nutshell
* Travel between regions in Greece will be banned during the Greek Orthodox Easter and until May 15th, date that the tourist season will officially begin.
On the same date (May 15th), a number of cultural activities will restart. We will keep you updated.
* During Easter celebrations the number of people allowed to dine together will be limited to 9 people if held inside and up to 12 people if dining outside.
* On Easter Monday, May 3rd, all restaurants, tavernas and cafes will be allowed to reopen - only outdoors, and tables must be arranged in a way to keep social distancing. Self-testing will be mandatory for all employees once or twice a week.
* Kindergartens, primary and secondary schools will reopen on May 10 and Self-testing will be mandatory for all students and teachers.
* Curfew will be extended (from 21:00) to 22:00 - 05:00 from April 26th and to 23:00 - 05:00 from May 3rd.-
The ease of all measures will be in effect provided there is no surge in the spread of the pandemic.
We will keep you informed !!!

The Anglican Church in Greece

posted Apr 11, 2021, 12:56 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board



The Anglican Church in Greece has been under strict lockdown

and therefore closed.

For this year only - St Paul’s has been granted special permission

to celebrate Easter with the Orthodox church.


Because churches are closed we are holding services on zoom.

12.00 noon –  Sunday Zoom Service Login for Sundays until 25/04/2021



Please see our website     


or  Facebook page for details.


You can buy lilies in memory of your loved ones


fill our Easter basket with virtual Easter eggs to make a donation.

We are a registered charity with no income of our own. 

You can also buy cards etc online


Deacon Chris broadcasts weekly reflections on Saturdays

at 9 am live

or catch up on her Facebook page - Christine Rosamund Saccali.


She will be online every day during Holy Week at 9am with reflections from Archbishop Stephen Cottrell's book The Nail.


Deacon Chris 6977377655

Newcomers April Newsletter

posted Apr 7, 2021, 11:35 PM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Dear Members

It’s time  to take a break and sit down to relax with your April newsletter. 

Thanks to our contributors, as always, and to Vicky who does a wonderful job with the layout. 

Enjoy this issue - and the weeks leading up to Greek Easter. 

 And stay safe and well! 

Chris Grant-Bear

Converting UK Drivers Licence to Greek

posted Mar 12, 2021, 6:17 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board


This Greek Government link has information about many aspects regarding arrangements after the transition period - including driving licences…

Might be useful to Newcomers as a starting point.


Ask a driving school they will tell you were to go

Member Recommendation :

John Bougatsas from a driving school in Maroussi specialises in coordinated the whole process at a low cost and really I cannot recommend him enough.

 All details in this link

Converting U.S. Drivers License to Greek

posted Mar 12, 2021, 6:11 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

The following is general information for only those having a U.S. drivers license on how to convert to a Greek license, as I do not know how the Dept. of Motor Vehicles operates in other countries.  Please note that the first step must be contacting the Greek consulate/embassy nearest the state from which your drivers license was issued to confirm this info, as Greek regulations tend to change frequently.


-You need to get your US driving records delivered from the DMV to the Greek consulate nearest the state of issue.  If you have a U.S. address you can have your driving records delivered there, by a simple online application, but someone has to actually take them to the consulate.  The consulate then has to send the driving records along with a cover letter to the Ministry Of Transportation in Greece, stating that the license is valid, has not been suspended, etc.  This could take days or weeks, depending on the consulate.   Before you begin this process, definitely call up the consulate/embassy, because each state operates differently.


-Two medical exam certificates by doctors (accompanied by receipt of payment) who are affiliated with the Ministry Of Transportation.  This is an eye test and general pathology test, most local eye doctors and pathologists are affiliated and can do this.


-Copy of ID or Passport


-If non-Greek citizen, resident's permit or similar document


-Current driver's license 


-Translation of both sides of the current driver's license either by a lawyer of the Ministry Of Foreign affairs in Greece.


-Three passport- style pictures (The two are for the doctors)


-Application for the printing of the license.  (What will actually be written on it)


-50 EUR for issue

-30 EUR for the printing

- Χαρτόσημο receipt


Once the Ministry Of Transportation has all the documents, it takes 30 days to get your license.  They give you a temporary license on a piece of paper, but the police do not recognize this if you get stopped, regardless of what the Ministry officials tell you.


March 2021 Newsletter

posted Mar 10, 2021, 12:32 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Dear Newcomers

There’s definitely a  Greek feel to this month’s newsletter, with articles on heroism, remembrance and pride filling its pages in honour of the 200th  anniversary of Independence Day. 

I hope you enjoy learning more about the modern history of Greece, the country that is home to so many of our members. 

The COVID battle continues. . . Please stay safe and well! 

Chris Grant- Bear

February 2021 Newsletter

posted Feb 8, 2021, 7:11 AM by Newcomers Bulletin Board

Dear Members

Another month and another newsletter! 

As always, I thank our members who continue to contribute so our newsletter can keep us connected in some small way during this pandemic. 

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy putting it together for you. 

So, take a time out, pour that cup of tea - or coffee - and catch up with our news!

Stay safe and well, 
Chris Grant-Bear

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