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Moraira - Teulada

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Welcome to issue number 82 of the Newsletter

 April 2016  

 

The newsletters are compiled by Dot Garrett.  

If you would like an interesting article or news item to be considered for inclusion in future editions of the newsletter, please email them to her.

Copy date for May 2016 Newsletter:  22nd April 2016

 newsletter-editor@u3amoraira-teulada.org

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  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 4th April 2016

at the Salón de Banquetes, Avenida del Mediterráneo, Teulada at 10:30 a.m.

Doors open to members at 09:30 a.m.

 

The speaker for our April meeting is Peter Atkinson.
He is talking on the life and work of the Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi.
He was responsible for much of the Art Nouveau architecture in Barcelona, together with Park Guell and his unfinished Sagrada Familia church.
 
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Message From President

 

John Hopwood

When I received Dot’s email requesting me to produce a “Message from the President” I was in the middle of my most hated annual task – sorting and filing bills, invoices, bank statements, tax returns, pension information, etc., etc. and that was already causing me to develop an unpleasant migraine.

Yes, I know, I should do all that at least once a month but I never was the organised type which, I suppose, is why I never owned a Rolls Royce!

So, in an effort to find something interesting to say and with the sun shining, I thought of making a few comments about the spring season and I decided to look that up on the internet.

I am now suffering an even worse migraine due to information overload. Did I require information concerning the meteorological spring or the astronomical spring? Maybe the USA spring which starts after President’s Day (the Tuesday after the first Monday in February) or perhaps the Irish spring which starts on St. Brigid’s day the 1st February? Did I mean the phrenological or ecological spring based on biological occurrences such as plant blossom? What about the Swedish spring where meteorologists define the beginning as the first occasion on which the average daytime temperature exceeds zero degrees Celsius for seven consecutive days!

Utterly confused I mentioned the question to Barry the Glowarm plumber, who many of you will know, who was repairing our faulty boiler and he informed me that Spring starts when the clocks go forward – this weekend

So, still not sure when the “real” spring starts or started so I have given up on that idea as an opener!!

So, as a far less interesting alternative, a little information about your new President!

Born in Nottingham but raised from the age of nine as a Yorkshire lad based mainly in Bingley, once famed for the now lamented Bradford & Bingley Building Society. Bingley also recently featured in the news due to severe flooding which caused considerable damage to our son’s house!

Varied history of employment in my 20’s but eventually I settled down to selling laboratory equipment. I started in the glass industry as a salesman for laboratory glassware – things many of you will remember from your school days such as pipettes, burettes, measuring cylinders, volumetric flasks etc. - and reached the dizzy heights of being elected as President of the British Lampblown Scientific Glassware Manufacturers Association (what a mouthful!) and chairman of the British Laboratoryware Association.

I later became sales director of a small company designing and selling rather more sophisticated laboratory equipment, mainly to the pharmaceutical and petroleum industries. I never did manage to pass my chemistry ‘O’level!

My leisure time was mostly with Round Table which was a wonderful way of enjoying a great social life as well as being involved with various charities.

Sue and I have both had previous marriages but we have been together very happily for thirty six years. Between us we have three daughters and one son and one five year old grandson.

On retirement in 2000, we had something akin to a mental breakdown as we first of all bought a house in a small village in Goa, India where we were the only Europeans. Then, on returning from our first six month winter season there, promptly sold up in the UK and bought a house in a village in France where we were just about the only non-French speaking residents. Having departed British shores for good we had wonderful times and experiences in both countries where we wintered in Goa and spent the summer months in France for nine years.

We then decided we should be sensible and just live in one place and neither the summer monsoons in Goa nor winters in France held any real attraction so, at the end of 2009 and following some considerable explorations round the Spanish coast we sold both homes and brought all our worldly goods and chattels to Moraira in the back of a car and a very small trailer.

The best move we ever made!

The next message from your President will be considerably shorter!

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160411 11th Apr 2016 Art Talk: Parallel Lives: Lowry and Rockwell

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 Art Talk: Parallel Lives: Lowry and Rockwell

Date: Monday 11th April 2016 10:30 am

Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

Subject: Parallel Lives: L S Lowry and Norman Rockwell

Lecturer: Peter Atkinson

 

The painters L S Lowry (1887-1976) and Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) were close contemporaries from very different environments: Lancashire and New York/Massachusetts, respectively. Lowry is most famous for his depictions of life and landscape in Lancashire’s mill-towns, while Rockwell is most famous for his 300 covers for The Saturday Evening Post, an American general-interest magazine. During their life-times, each was dismissed by the critics: Lowry was said to be a ‘naïve’ because of his ‘matchstick’ men; and, because all his work was for commercial clients, Rockwell was considered to be merely an ‘illustrator’. More recently, both have been the subject of prestigious exhibitions and they sell for millions of dollars at auction. This lecture, given by an enthusiastic fan, will explore their lives and work, and the way in which reactions to them have developed over the years.

 

Check the Art and History Group's page

 

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160425 History Talk 25th April 2016: Mata Hari

 History Talk 25th April 2016: Mata Hari

Date: Monday 25th April 2016 10:30

Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

Subject: Femme Fatale: the intriguing story behind the life and death of Mata Hari

Lecturer: Angela Chantry

 

 

Mata Hari (1876–1917) was known as Europe's queen of unbridled eroticism, an exotic dancer, courtesan, harlot and great lover, who became a spy for France during World War I. Suspected of being a double agent, she was executed in 1917. Mystery continues to surround her life and alleged double agency, and her story has become a legend that still piques curiosity. It was said that she caused the deaths of tens of thousands of French soldiers, a crime that would ever after make her synonymous with seduction and treachery, the ultimate femme fatale.

 

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Film 11th April: Saving Mr Banks

Film 11th April: Saving Mr Banks

When: Monday 11th April 2016, doors open 17:45, film starts 18:00, ends 20:05

Where: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

                                                    What: Saving Mr Banks

U3A Membership Card for entrance (free) – NO booking required

Two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar winner Tom Hanks star in Disney's SAVING MR. BANKS, inspired by the extraordinary untold tale of how one of the most beloved stories of all time, Mary Poppins, was brought to the big screen.

The film is a poignant, sharply funny and moving recounting of Walt Disney's (Tom Hanks) quest to fulfil a promise to his daughters to make a film of their favourite book, and of its fiercely protective author PL Travers (Emma Thompson), who had no intention of letting her beloved nanny go to Hollywood.

SAVING MR. BANKS follows Walt as he has to pull out all the stops to change PL Travers’ mind and is ultimately forced to reach back into his own childhood to discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt her. Together they set Mary Poppins free to become one of the most endearing films in cinematic history. Academy Award winner Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson and Jason Schwartzman round out the terrific cast.

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Forthcoming Social Events 2016

Forthcoming Social Events 2016

The Social subcommittee are pleased to announce that they have arranged the following events

• Summer Dinner Dance at Salón Canor - Friday, 10th June

• Picnic at Font Santa with Duo Intermezzo - Wednesday, 14th September

• Christmas Dinner Dance at Salón Canor - Friday, 9th December

Please make a note in your diaries.

Tickets for the Summer Dinner Dance will be priced at 25 euros per person and will be on sale at the General Meetings on Monday, 4th April and Monday, 2nd May.  Weather permitting, there will be an outside cava reception between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. where you will be entertained by the popular Poco Loco steel band.  Dinner will be served at 8:00 p.m.  After dinner, Strikland will be providing music for dancing the night away.  Dress code - smart casual, no jeans or shorts please.

If you wish to join us for what promises to be a spectacular evening, you will need to complete a form and bring it along to one of the General Meetings with the full amount in cash.  Please ensure that the form is fully completed and that you enter the full name of every person as per the details on their membership cards.

You can check the menu online and then download the form.  A few copies of each will be available at the General Meetings for those members without computers.

If you have any queries, please contact Christine Reed.

Please note that all functions are only open to fully paid-up members of the Moraira-Teulada U3A.

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Matters Arising 12th Apr 14:00: Gender Equality

Matters Arising Discussion Group

12th Apr 14:00: Gender Equality

22 members turned up on the 8th of March for the first meeting of the group, to discuss the EU Referendum. We had a wide-ranging discussion, ably led by Lynn Clark - we discover new depths to Lynn every day, in her new role.

I have accepted to lead the group but, not being available full time, I will have to share it with other leaders as required. Chris Dry has come forward to lead in May. The group will not meet in July-August and December, as members are either travelling or are busy with visitors.

Let's see if we can keep interest in the group by discussing: Gender Equality during our next meeting on 12th of April.

The subject may seem simple and obvious - in fact, the subtitle should be: Why are we even still talking about it? In hindsight, we should have tackled it on March 8th, International Women's Day.

Although we've made great progress in gender equality since the 1960s when the first feminist movements started, it's still a hot topic, likely to give rise to a wide-ranging discussion. In fact, the challenge will be to keep it focused and, as far as possible, with a touch of humour.

There can be no discussion of Gender Equality without the persons most concerned, so we encourage ladies to come to discuss this important subject.

Saxo has seating for up to 50 indoor - please register your participation by sending me a message (click on the link to open a contact form).

Looking forward to seeing you during our next meeting.

Regards,

Piotr Azia

Check the Matters Arising group page

Join the Matters Arising Facebook closed group

 

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Healthy Walking Group Report March 2016

Healthy Walking Group Report March 2016

By Noelene Cummins

 

 1st/3rd March           Rafalets to Tarrula

This is a pleasant level walk along roads and tracks through forests and parts of Llueca development. 39/29 people walked. On 3rd March the group met with the Javea Walkers at Rafalets car park and Clive volunteered to take anyone who fancied a 2 hour walk with them, but most walkers had already made plans for after our walk.

Group Leaders trial walk 26th Feb

The Leaders are always trying to find new and interesting walks for the group. Leader Robert Verbruggan uses Google Earth and parts of other walks to construct new routes. The Leaders then follow his route to see if it is suitable for the Healthy Walking Group. There are various criteria. There has to be ample parking at the start. The start has to be within sensible driving distance and has to be suitable for most walkers. The length of the walk and the time it takes is also important. Details of each walk are given on the schedule which is emailed  to group members every 6 weeks. Walkers can then decide if they are capable of each walk.

Robert’s route this time was up to the top of Rafalets hill to the viewpoint on the top and back by the narrow winding road and forest tracks. Although Google Earth gives heights and distances, the trees often obscure the tracks from the air. We walked through the woods from the top of the urbanisation and then turned up the hill. After a few tricky bits over terraces, we spotted the route up a ravine! Was there another way, had we missed a track? Two intrepid Leaders tackled this with a lot of scrambling and pushing. Murmurs of ‘Hilary and Tenzing’ were heard from those below! Robert had brought a trowel and he cut some steps in the hillside to aid our climb. We looked for an easier ascent but after much tramping around and snapping twigs there was no alternative but to tackle the ravine. After a very ungainly struggle scrambling and grabbing branches we all reached a terrace. After walking along the terrace and up another steep path we entered an open area with dewponds and a feeding area (for birds or animals?)

The views were spectacular in all directions enhanced by warm sunshine and cloudless blue skies. There was a rough vehicle track leading down to a narrow winding road and we all enjoyed a long downhill walk. We  re-entered the forest which is crisscrossed with tracks and hopefully headed in the direction of the cars. There was a bit of confusion near a Finca where there were many tracks but a friendly Spaniard with two lovely dogs confirmed we were on the right track to the cars. We followed this epic with a good meal at El Paso bar.

We will NOT be taking the group on this walk!  We will try to find another route because the views from the top are splendid and not to be missed.

 

8th/10th March   Tracks and roads behind the Benissa industrial Estate

This walk sounds uninspiring! However on the other side of the hill beyond the buildings is a beautiful valley criss-crossed with tracks. 35 members turned up for a very quick almost level walk on the 8th followed by coffee outside Pedrera Bar.

Thursday dawned dull after heavy rain overnight. There was a very strong bitter wind in Moraira which was much worse at the starting point at the top of the Industrial Estate! Two leaders, John and Brian and spouses had several layers on and waited for any other intrepid walkers to turn up. They had just decided that no one else would be brave(daft) enough to struggle against the wind and they would retire to the warm bar, when lots of cars arrived. 38 well wrapped up walkers tackled the cold and wind and blew away the cobwebs! Michael and Nancy from Javea did not walk but joined us for coffee (inside the bar this day!). They are to visit the Hospice in Gandia for elderly men next week and they collected anything walkers had brought for them. They left with warm clothes, medicines, sugar bags, crockery and towels donated by the walkers. We all appreciate the wonderful countryside we walk through so helping some less fortunate people in the area is something we are happy to do.

 

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RECIPES TO CELEBRATE EASTER

RECIPES TO CELEBRATE EASTER

 

By EILEEN HAXON        

HERE ARE A FEW RECIPES FOR THE EASTER PERIOD.

I HAVE INCLUDED A FISH DISH, A LAMB RECIPE AND A RECIPE FOR SIMNEL CUP CAKES.

 

SEA BASS WITH ROSEMARY AND CAPERS                             

 SERVES 2

2 SMALL SEA BASS --- CLEANED

500 g NEW POTATOES

OLIVE OIL

4 SPRIGS ROSEMARY

A  RED CHILLI

1 tbsp SHERRY VINEGAR

1 tbsp RINSED CAPERS

JUICE OF A SMALL LEMON

2 CLOVES GARLIC

4 SPRIGS PARSLEY

1 LEMON TO SERVE

Set oven 200 c. Rinse the fish and wipe dry with a paper towel. Wash the potatoes, then cut into thin slices. Warm some olive oil in a large frying pan, over a moderate heat and cook the potatoes for about 10 minutes until the edges are starting to colour. When potatoes are cooked transfer to a shallow casserole dish.

Make Dressing ---- Remove needles from the rosemary twigs. Chop finely and place in a mixing bowl. Halve the chilli lengthwise, scrape out and discard the seeds, then chop the flesh finely. Add it to the rosemary together with the sherry vinegar, rinsed capers, lemon juice and black pepper. Peel and finely chop the garlic, parsley and stir both into the dressing together with 3 tbsps olive oil.

Lay the fish on top of the potatoes and spoon over the dressing, tucking as much as possible into the insides of the fish. Bake in oven for 25 minutes until fish is tender.

Serve fish with the potatoes and decorate with slices of lemon.

                                    

LEMONY LAMB CUTLETS WRAPPED IN SERRANO HAM                          

 SERVES 4

8 LAMB CUTLETS OR CHOPS --- BONE IN --- FAT REMOVED

SMALL BUNCH OF SAGE LEAVES

8 SLICES OF SERRANO HAM

1 tbsp OLIVE OIL

2 LEMONS -- HALVED

Season the chops well and put a couple of sage leaves on the top of each. Wrap each eye of the chop in serrano ham then brush with olive oil. Heat the griddle pan over a medium to high heat and cook the chops for 5 minutes each side until crisp and golden. Leave to rest for 10 minutes while you cook the lemons, cut side down for 2 minutes until they char lightly. Serve the chops with the lemons. Serve with new potatoes and a green salad.

                            

SIMNEL CUP CAKES                                                        

MAKES 12

A TRADITIONAL SIMNEL CAKE IS TOPPED WITH MARZIPAN BALLS TO REPRESENT THE 11 TRUE APOSTLES. THIS RECIPE MAKES 12 BUNS, SO YOU DECIDE WHO THE LAST ONE IS DEDICATED TO!

125 g BUTTER OR MARGARINE

125 g SOFT BROWN SUGAR

2 MEDIUM EGGS

125 g SELF RAISING FLOUR

1 tsp MIXED SPICE

1 - 2 tbsp MILK

125 g MIXED DRIED FRUITS

GRATED ZEST OF 1 ORANGE AND 1 LEMON

100 g MARZIPAN

2 tbsp APRICOT JAM

12  SUGAR FLOWERS

Oven 180 c. Cream  butter and sugar together. Add the eggs, flour and mixed spice and mix well. Add milk, fruit and zests and mix again. Divide mixture between 12 paper cup cake cases. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack.     Roll out the marzipan to the thickness of a 1 Euro coin. Use a flower cutter to stamp out flower shapes a similar size to the cakes. Once the cakes have cooled, brush each one with a little melted apricot jam and top with the marzipan. Finish the cakes by placing a sugar flower on top of each piece of marzipan.     

 

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Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

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SANT VICENTE FERRER – SAINT’S DAYS TEULADA-MORAIRA 30th March - 17th April 2016

SANT VICENTE FERRER – SAINT’S DAYS TEULADA-MORAIRA 30th March - 17th April 2016

On 22nd March Carlos Linares, mayor of Teulada-Moraira, the city council Rosana Caselles, the president of the Fiesta Committee, Vicente Bertomeu Buigues, and Francesca Picazo Ródenas, the Fiesta Queen 2016, presented the programme of the saint’s days Sant Vicente Ferrer during a press conference. The festivities will start on March 30 and will end on April 17, 2016.

This year the Mascletàs, (typical Valencian pyrotechnical event consisting of a very loud series of rhythmical shots) will take place on the Plaza de la Constitución/Avenida Santa Catalina and the opening toast will be celebrated for the first time on the Plaza de los Porches on Thursday 31. A huge effort has been made to organize live music at both tents. The one of the fiesta committee is located on the Plaza VIè Centenari and the other one on the Town Hall square.

Linares thanked all organizations and businesses, especially the fiesta committee, for all the work they have done to make the Sant Vicente Ferrer festivities what they are, fun for citizens and visitors of all ages and invited everybody to attend. We will keep you updated with programme highlights.

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Charity Benefit Concert Featuring Duo Intermezzo & Rob Sweeney Sat. 16th April.

Charity Benefit Concert Featuring Duo Intermezzo & Rob Sweeney Sat. 16th April.

Logia Deportiva No.83 in association with Magnum Productions and Studio in Gata are promoting a series of charity concerts this year for the benefit of Masonic charities and the Alzheimers Society (AFA) Teulada - Moraira.

Our second concert held in Espai la Senieta, Moraira on Friday 18th March featured the lovely and very talented soprano Gill Henry and the “Valencian Tenor” Manuel Lázaro.  The audience were both thrilled and delighted with the performances of these two perfectly matched operatic stars and a standing ovation ensured a well-deserved encore. The proceeds of this lovely event have been equally shared between The Teulada – Moraira Alzheimers Society (AFA) and La Pedrera Mobile Ultra Sound appeal, courtesy of Logia Deportiva No 83.

The next concert is planned for Saturday the 16th April, once again to be held in Espai la Senieta, Moraira. This concert highlights the delightful combination of one of the best husband and wife singing teams here on the Costa Blanca, Duo Intermezzo.

Duo Intemezzo are a treat to listen to performing their Operatic Fusion and indeed are “eye candy” for both the gentlemen and ladies of the audience.  

This show is complemented by one of the most entertaining singers in the area, Rob Sweeney, who will be performing renditions of “Music from the Musicals” in his own inimitable style.  This concert will be a truly eclectic mix of great music to suit all tastes and should be a diary date for music lovers of all ages.

Tickets are priced at only 15 euros, and all proceeds will be shared by two very deserving charities.

For tickets and information on all our upcoming events please call 96 649 9954 or email:

peter_john1@hotmail.com

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Blevins Franks NADFAS Taster Event

Blevins Franks NADFAS Taster Event

 

 
Thursday 14 April, 4.30pm

NADFAS Lecture
in partnership with Blevins Franks
Denia Marriott La Sella
Golf Resort & Spa

NADFAS are currently exploring the possibility of setting up a new Decorative and Fine Arts Society in Javea, Spain, and they are looking for local people interested in forming a Steering Committee. If you are interested in the arts and would like to be part of a fun and interesting society, join us for an exciting taster event to find out all that NADFAS has to offer!

Doors will open at 4.30pm when guests will be welcomed with refreshments.

At 5.00pm popular NADFAS Lecturer Leslie Primo will give his captivating lecture, 'Masters of the Renaissance: Leonardo and Michelangelo'.

After the lecture, drinks and tapas will be served and guests will have a further opportunity to learn more about NADFAS.

   Contact us for further details or to book a place
   965 793 561 robert.croizat@blevinsfranks.com

Robert Croizat, Senior Partner
Brett Hanson,
Partner

 

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