Kaufland Hypermarket Chain bought the unfinished surgical unit of the Veliko Tarnovo Hospital at an auction for 5.8 million leva. This solves one of the biggest problems of the town as to how to utilize the building and how to deal with the swamp which formed around it because of the faulty plumbing system. The unsightly edifice will be demolished and the wetlands dried out by the company. The plot has excellent location and spans over 18,900 sqm. It is bordering two of the streets with heaviest traffic in Veliko Tarnovo – Krakov and Nikola Gabrovski; the main road Sofia – Varna also passes nearby.
The Veliko Tarnovo branch will open in 2018, according to Dimitar Spasov, CEO of Kaufland Bulgaria. The store will cover about 3,000 sqm and it is expected that around 150 employees will work there.
The 5.8 million leva will be used to fund the construction of a new hospital wing at the site of the so-called New Hospital (which is right next to the now sold plot). The 2 buildings will be connected by a walkway. The new edifice will acommodate the units currently ‘housed’ at the Old Hospital which is located in Varusha Neighbourhood (Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Neonatal Care, Skin & STDs and Psychiatric Departments).
More than 1000 lights, decorations and ornaments have already been mounted along the streets of the Old capital it was announced by the local authorities. The preparation for the traditional Christmas Market is also under way – 25 chalets will be set up in Marno Pole Park selling all kinds of treats. The Christmas Lights turning on ceremony will be on Friday, 25th November; as usual it will be accompanied by a firework display. Once we know more details about the variety of activities and their starting dates and times we’ll let you know!
By the end of the month Veliko Tarnovo is to have a functioning CCTV. 16 cameras are to be installed during the first stage of the project; they will cover the entrances and exits of the Old Capital as well as the heavy traffic junctions. They will be monitored at centres both at the Municipality and Police Station. The second stage of the CCTV project will see the mounting of 14 more cameras.
Free wireless internet access is also expected to be available within the next few months in all the public parks in Veliko Tarnovo. The green zones in the central part of the town are the first to benefit from the free Wi-Fi access.
The new movie theatre is set to open doors around the end of December. It is called Palace Cinema and will be accommodated in Mall Veliko Tarnovo at the premises previously hosting Arena Cinema. The place is presently being renovated and will offers better picture, sound and totally new interior so the wait is definitely going to be worth it.
The Bonfire Night is just around the corner and if you missed last year’s party at the village of Momin Sbor now is the time to make plans for this Saturday. A British expat has been organizing Guy Fawkes Nights in the village of Momin Sbor for some years now and this year is not going to be an exception. This is going to be the fourth annual Bonfire Night. Wildrovers Ltd will be holding their Guy Fawkes Party on Saturday, November, 5th from 6.30 pm.
This is a charitable event and all the funds raised will go towards Velvet Hearts – a local animal rescue charity. Miglena Dzhurova, who founded the organization, has recently bought a new plot of land with the aid of a German charity support group. The construction of a new animal shelter on the grounds is scheduled for the spring, and the host of the party is hoping that with your help they can give the building a good start.
The organizer is promising a great fireworks show, raffle, BBQ and lots more.
Yantra Homes takes pride in participating in this event – the company is sponsoring the fireworks display. The food and the site are provided by Wildrovers Ltd and it’s still not too late if you want to donate some more prizes for the raffle.
All funds at the gate, from the bar and raffle will go to the charity so please give generously.
If you want to join the night or learn more you can find additional details here:
Images: Ralitsa Markova/Internet
The new expressway from Ruse, which is part of the international Helsinki – Istanbul corridor between Europe and Asia, will run only 4 km away from Veliko Tarnovo, between the villages of Ledenik and Momin Sbor.
Hemus Highway which is also expected to go north of Veliko Tarnovo will cross the new main arterial road from Ruse just 13 km away from the old capital. The road junction is planned to be constructed in the area between Rusalya and Hotnitsa. Another junction north of Polikraishte will connect the current main road to the Danube town with the future highway.
On several occasions it was confirmed by the government that these two major infrastructural projects are amongst the top priorities for the country. Veliko Tarnovo may become an important logistics centre once they are completed and thus boast its economy. The estimated value of the expressway Ruse – Veliko Tarnovo was recently announced – around 580 million euros.
The route of the new arterial road is expected to go along the villages of Karantsi, Radanovo, Petko Karavelovo and Kutsina and then between Ledenik and Momin sbor. From there it will continue towards Gabrovo passing by Debelets. Last year it decided that due to its functions and capacities the new road will be classified as an expressway instead of a highway.
Tim Clinch, winner of numerous photography awards, arranges an exhibition in a Sofia art gallery to help save the community centre in the Veliko Tarnovo village of Mindya. He bought a house in the picturesque mountain village 10 years ago and since then spends much of his time there. He was made aware of the problems experienced by the community centre, namely of lack of funds to repair the leaky roof.
Tim decided to shoot the people of the village and its surroundings and show them in a charity exhibition, hoping to gather the necessary funds (roughly 40,000 leva). Thus the project Mindya – a Portrait of a Village was born. The author says: ″The job allowed me to approach people and understand their lifestyle and get into their houses. We shot people while they were cooking, while they were preparing kompots, it was just wonderful!″
The professional work of Tim Clinch is related to travel, decor, food and portrait photography and not only. He works for a wide variety of magazines all over Europe and America and has published many books.
His exhibition Mindya – a Portrait of a Village will be featured in the in the prestigious Photo Festival at Photo Synthesis Gallery in Sofia, from 10 to 27 November as part of the Festival for Photography, People and Ideas. Tim Clinch also has an idea to present the exhibition in Veliko Tarnovo.
Image: Tim Clinch
The event: http://photosynthesis.bg/fest/Mindq-fotografska-izlojba-na-Tim_Klinch.html
Tim Clinch Photography on FB: https://www.facebook.com/TimClinchPhotography/?fref=ts