Parea sti Mani MESSAGE BOARD

On this page we can display messages from our members. eg Do you need to borrow a cot when relatives visit? Have you any specialist equipment you are willing to lend? Do you have some useful information to share? Do you need help with something? Please email your message to 

Change in PsM policy about advertising animals for re-homing: Message from Claire:-
Whilst we are always pleased to hear from the general public, about stray animals they are caring for, there is a problem if we are asked to help re-home such animals, or their offspring. Apart from the legal issue of animals over 6 months needing to be micro-chipped, before being advertised, we do not want to detract from the animals MIAO/ ΦOM is trying to re-home. We feel that MIAO animals should take priority as they will have had health checks and been spayed. As MIAO is being burdened with an increasing numbers of unwanted puppies and kittens, and we have been getting more private requests for re-homing, we have decided to ask for a €10 contribution, for 'private' adverts. This money will go to MIAO's spaying fund.(24-5-17)

Allegri Choir, Kalamata, looking for singers: - Message from Johann v Krause:-
Angeliki Lazarou, , a Russian pianist and music instructor in Kalamata is leading  a small choir of singing enthusiasts coming from nine different nationalities, singing international classical and traditional songs and choir pieces. Rehearsals every Wednesday at 19.30 at the German Women's Club Kalamata, Iosif  Androusis 3 (Γούσιφ Ανδρούσις 3), Kalamata. New members, preferably with some choir experience, are welcome. For information please call Angeliki at 694 4927714.  (JvK20-5-17)

English books available : Message from Sandy:-
We have a house near Pylos which is for sale, so I have a lot of stuff to get rid of that we don't want to ship back to UK.  I can give away many things around the village but I have hundreds of English books, mostly fiction, which I want to find a home for. Would anyone like them ?  Or perhaps someone could sell them for charity?  For more information contact Sandy by email    or Tel: 27230 23734  (20-5-17)

Kayakist wanted,  to share trips : Kayakist ( 63 years ) living in Mani looking for experienced kayaker with his own equipment to share long paddling trips along the peninsula. Speaks French - English - Greek and German. No beginners. Contact André at   or tél. 27210 64 878  
Kayakist (63 Jahre) lebt in Mani sucht erfahrenen Kajakfahrer mit eigener Ausrüstung, um lange Paddelfahrten auf der Halbinsel zu teilen. Sprechen französisch - englisch - griechisch und deutsch. Keine Anfänger. Kontaktieren SieAndré unter   oder tél. 27210 64 878
Kαγιάκιστ (63 ετών) απο την Μάνη ψάχνει έμπειρο σύντροφο με τον δικό του εξοπλισμό για να μοιραστεί μακρά κωπηλατικά ταξίδια στην περιοχη. Μιλαιε γαλλικά - αγγλικά - ελληνικά και γερμανικά. Οχι αρχάριοι. Επικοινωνήστε με τον Andrεα στο   ή τηλ. 27210 64 878. (17-5-17)

News about the PsM website : Message from Claire:- In recent weeks, we have been working hard to make the editor program easier for the new editorial team to use, and also to ugrade the program to take into account changes to the computer language, that will be coming soon, and to make a better viewing experience for the nearly 50% of our readers, who now access the site on a tablet/mobile phone. However, as with many complex computer programs, making changes can have unexpected effects! We have been testing a practice version with the changes and are now reasonably confident that readers will not notice any changes, except for the better. In a few days, these changes will be applied to the live site. However, we would very much appreciate help from our readers. If you DO notice any odd effects or have any other problems, please let me know by email asap     with details of what and where you found the problem. We are all learning to work with  new tools! Many thanks   ( 10-5-17)

4 puppies looking for homes now: Message from Britt :- My friend Panayota has 4 WONDERFUL puppies (from 2 street dogs,…)
She keeps the father and mother but needs homes for the puppies now. For photos see PROASTIO PUPS
If you can help, call  TEL 697 2665729 or  697 3211086

It's Chasamba time again! : UPDATE:  Message from Sheila Chamberlain  I paid €72 into the GAIA fund this morning.
The classes weren't as well attended as in the past, but a lot of my English friends aren't here at the moment. So I'm pleased with the contribution as the ladies who did attend, were very generous.(8-5-17)
  :- I'm returning to Stoupa for just over three weeks next week and have arranged to use Maniatiko for Chasamba classes as usual. They will start on Monday 24th April for three weeks. Usual time of 9.30-10.30am and suggested donation of €3 towards GAIA. If there was enough interest, I would do an extra class on Thursday 20th April before the others start.. People can contact me via email or Greek phone 27210 78269. .  Chasamba Fitness 

Pigi Taverna opening May 6th: Message from Jeswyn:- Many people have asked us when it will be opening, and Stathi informed us yesterday that he will be opening for the summer season on May 7th (evenings only). This is the popular taverna under the trees, outside the big church in Pigi, which is a cool oasis in the heat of summer.  (5-5-17)

2 friendly kittens ready for new homes:  Message from Sarah Bown:-  I have been looking after and befriending a stray cat who had kittens in my outdoor bread oven. I'm looking for a home for 2 of the three kittens, now about 8 weeks old. They are fit and well and a good weight. They are one male and one female (I think!) and are such brilliant mates it would be shame to separate them if I had to. They are used to being handled and petted and are not at all hissy or scratchy. I will continue to look after the mum and the last of her kittens, who has set himself apart from the others, and as we have bonded so well I can't bear to part with him! If you could offer one or preferably both of these delightful kittens a home, please contact Sarah by email      Click  to enlarge >>>  (30-4-17)

Unused bank accounts are being frozen without informing the owners! Message from Claire:- If you have a Greek bank account and do not use it regularly, it is likely to be frozen. This means you can't withdraw money, transfer money to another account or close the account, until it has been reactivated - a lengthy process!  Like for opening a new account you now need to produce passport, tax number, AND evidence that you have paid all the necessary tax both here and in your home country, is you do not pay any tax here, and proof of income. You may also need to give details of your phone, and produce utility bills. If it is a joint account, you both need to sign various documents. We had kept a sterling account at Alpha bank for some years in case of emergency - fortunately one never arose, because now there is no way we could have got at the money quickly! (28-4-17)

Charity Cricket Match - Roller wanted: Message from Arthur Burgess:- Last year's event was very successful and by popular demand we are going to try and hold it again.  This year we hope it will be on Wednesday October 4th.  Alex Tudor the former England Test cricketer has just confirmed that he is 90% ok to come and play.  The format will be much the same as before. If anyone is interested in knowing more please contact me.  We are in need of a roller for this event and if anyone knows of one that we could borrow please let me know.  Alternatively if anyone with a truck or large vehicle is going back to the uk, B & Q apparently, do them for £24.  Any queries let me know. Arthur Burgess: Telephone: 01424 714961
Mobile 07801 016060   (21-4-17)

Long Term Rental Project: After living in a Neochori rental house for over 3 years now, we want a more stable situation. AND we think it is such a pity to have so many semi-finished houses sitting around, deteriorating over time and not earning their owners any return on their investment. The Win-Win model we propose is: We contract and pay the rent for an unfiinished house for 8-10 years up-front as a down payment. The owner uses the cash to finish his house and has somebody to live in it. After the rental time it is all his, and the house is easier to sell or to continue renting. We are looking for a bigger house (3 bedrooms, spacious living room plus storage/garage/workshop) in a quiet area with a nice view. If this idea appeals to you or somebody you know, please call Johann at 6978029196 or mail to     (7-4-17)  .

Recycling spectacles: In Greece, old glasses(spectacles) can be put in the recycling bins for glass or plastic, or kept until there is a special collection ( around Christmas , a women's assoc. in Kalamata may have a collection) However, if you take them to the UK, according to REDUCEREUSERECYCLE, you can hand them into almost any optician for recycling by Vision Aid, to raise money for their work in the developing world.On average, each pair of recycled glasses is only worth around 3p each. Recycling used glasses works financially because they can recycle in bulk." They are hand sorted in our warehouse in Crawley. Some go off to be recycled for precious metals, others are cleaned and sold on our Ebay shop or to specialist dealers and the rest are recycled for plastic." Note: Added to ***Recycle WHAT?,WHERE?*** (20-3-17)

Home improvements - a cautionary tale: Last November, one of our readers had a central heating system installed by a well respected and reliable company. Unfortunately, three months after the installation started, the system was still not working properly, which caused considerable stress and arguments as to the cause. To resolve the issue the purchaser went to another contractor, and incurred extra cost to get the system fully working. This unfortunate case raises a general issue, that if you have any work done, even reputable companies can sometimes 'get it wrong'. As a safeguard, if possible, retain some of the payment until you are sure the work has been completed satisfactorily, and equipment is working as it should. Note: Although services advertised on the PsM are usually as a result of recommendation, the PsM can accept no responsibility for goods or services advertised.(9-3-17)

60th Anniversary of the death of Nikos Kazantzakis: Message from Stephan Bartholomä:- With works like "The Life of Alexis Sorbas" (Zorba the Greek)(1946) Nikos Kazantzakis became world famous. On October 26, 2017, his death will be remembered for the 60th time. He died at the age of 74 in Freiburg im Breisgau.From 1916 to 1917, with the help of his friend Georgios Sorbas, he tried to dismantle coal as a tenant of the mine in the village of Prastova, very close to Stoupa. Kazantzakis died in my home town and the former resident of the house 'Sourmelina' gave him probably the inspiration for the "beautiful widow" in the novel - in the film (YouTube)Zorba the Greek, played by Irini Papas. I myself have been living in the area for almost 25 years. The name of the travel agency does not come by chance... Exciting is whether and what events this year will happen in Stoupa. I try my best to find out more as early as possible. If you hear something, I am very happy if you let me know.   (4-3-17)

All about bees, wasp & hornets : Message from John Phipps:-  I am willing to offer free advice locally to people who have problems with any of the above insects. They would be best to contact me by email, if possible complete with a photo, so that I can clearly see what insects are involved. In the case of a real emergency, e.g. a swarm on their premises, then they should contact me by phone 27210 78089. In many cases very little needs to be done other than set people's mind at rest.
Note: John is resident in Kardamyli, and author of 'A Beekeepers Progress'  AMAZON (4-3-17)

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