Moraira - Teulada



Welcome to issue number 83 of the Newsletter

 May 2016  


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  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 2nd May 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 May meeting is Eileen Haxon.
Eileen Haxon is a committee member of our U3A.
Eileen used to be a Lecturer in Food and Nutrition at Northumberland Technical college.
Her talk is titled `The good, bad and the ugly of the daily diet`, with special reference to salt and sugar.
Message From Our President

Message From Our President

By John Hopwood

We have just had a wonderful weekend for the Brits – and even if any of our members are not royalists how could anyone not be loyal to, or at least be in admiration of, our Queen who has just celebrated her well-deserved 90th birthday on the 21 st April. We salute you Ma’am.

A couple of days later there was more to celebrate as the 23rd April was St. George’s Day and also the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s passing.

Perhaps of lesser significance, the 23 rd April was also your President’s birthday, so if any of you saw or heard me celebrating somewhere in Moraira on that day please just ignore whatever you saw or heard!

Our numbers in Moraira/Teulada U3A just keep on rising and it is a great compliment to the hard work undertaken by our many Group Leaders who offer so many interesting and worthwhile activities. It is also a testament to the very considerable involvement in all areas of our U3A by the very hard working members of your Committee.

We are enjoying some wonderful spring weather and the time of year is rapidly approaching when the residents of Moraira and surrounding areas ‘enjoy’ the arrival of the holiday makers, many who eventually become local property owners and even members of our U3A. We sometimes become a little intolerant of our quiet and pleasant idyll being disturbed but it is a joy to see the local businesses, both Spanish and foreign owned, thriving so well.

Please do make a note in your diaries that the next General Meeting is on Monday the 2nd May and I hope to see many of you there.


Summer Dinner Dance - Friday 10th June

Summer Dinner Dance - Friday 10th June

Your last opportunity to buy tickets for the Summer Dinner Dance will be at the General Meeting in Teulada on Monday, 2nd May.

The event is being held at Salón Canor in Teulada on Friday, 10th June 2016 and tickets are 25 euros per person.

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 the General Meeting on 2nd May 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.

160509 9th May Art Talk: Celebrity Artists


 9th May 2016 Art Talk:


Celebrity Artists


Date: Monday 9th May 10:30

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

Subject: Celebrity Artists

Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic

Many celebrities paint and sculpt. Some are indeed talented but the majority, as I see it, just ‘Dabble in ART’! Some dabble so well that their reproduced works can help them continue to enjoy the life to which they have become accustomed. I can do no better than give examples by two very famous persons. Many will have their gallery ‘do’ 300 or so prints, have all copies signed and numbered and at $600 or more each, you can crunch your own numbers.

160530 History Talk: Who Was Queen Sarah

 History Talk: Who Was Queen Sarah


Date: Monday 30th May 10:30

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

Subject: Who Was Queen Sarah

Lecturer: Dee Craig

Queen Sarah was the name given to one Sarah Jennings. She must have been the most successful social climber not only in the 18th century but in history. She rose to fame as a close friend of the Princess Anne, later to become queen. She was vindictive towards anyone who crossed her path and fermented trouble in the royal family in order to get her way. Together with her husband whose successes in battle made him a national hero, they held power for years, until one day she went too far. There was someone else working away in the background who would slowly but surely take her place in the Queen’s affections.

Film Group. 9th May 2016. The Second Best Marigold Hotel.

Film Group. 9th May 2016. The Second Best Marigold Hotel.

When: Monday 9th May, doors open 17;45, film commences 18:00

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

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

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it's making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy - posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone's secrets.


Matters Arising. Next meeting on 10th May 11:00


Matters Arising

U3A Moraira-Teulada informal discussion group


Don't miss the next meeting of the Matters Arising discussion group!

The subject: Spaniards sit for dinner, while the rest of Europe is ready to go to bed - should they change their working hours and habits?

Spain sits astride the prime or Greenwich meridian so that, geographically, it should be in the same time zone as the UK and Portugal, instead of CET.

This affects working hours, as Spaniards work longer hours (with lower productivity) than neighbouring European countries. They also sleep less and their family life is affected by the working hours. It would be useful to hear from people who have worked or had a business in Spain, to find out how they coped with this aspect and what they would like to see changed.

The reasons for this misalignment seem to be mostly historical - this is what we will find out during our, hopefully lighthearted and humorous, upcoming discussion.

The meeting will take place in the theatre of la Senieta at 11:00 on Tuesday 10th of May.

Don't miss it!

Visit the group page: Matters Arising

If you wish to join the group and receive updates on its activities, please email the group leader Piotr

The announcement of the date for the Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union has triggered a surge in the numbers of British expats wanting to register to vote.

The announcement of the date for the Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union has triggered a surge in the numbers of British expats wanting to register to vote.

Latest figures show thousands of British nationals who live overseas are now going to in order to be able to have their say on 23 June. The average daily rate of online registrations by Britons abroad has quadrupled from an average of just over 600 per day before the announcement of the referendum date to more than 2600 per day since then.

The Electoral Commission has launched a global campaign to encourage an estimated five million Britons living overseas to check their eligibility to vote ahead of the referendum on EU membership. The Foreign Office is supporting the campaign overseas, including in Spain.

The British Ambassador Simon Manley, visiting Malaga on Tuesday 23 February, said:

Whether you think the UK should remain in or leave the EU, the 23rd of June will be your chance to have your say. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the British people to decide.

You might be asking yourself, why bother to vote? Although you may now live in Spain, most expats still have strong ties with the UK – financial, family, friends. You may also decide to return one day. So you very probably do have a stake in the outcome and how it may affect your life. I strongly encourage you to register to vote – just go online and follow the simple process.

If you have been on the UK electoral roll within the last 15 years, you are eligible to vote. Former residents of England, Scotland and Wales can quickly register at If you last lived in Northern Ireland then you need to download an overseas voter application form from the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland, at Eoni webpage.



By Eileen Haxon

This month I have been experimenting with various recipes for low fat and low sugar bakes.

Unfortunately this has been quite difficult as quite a few recipes have had a very heavy consistency and need to be eaten on the day they are baked.

The following 3 recipes have proved to be the most successful and I hope you will enjoy the results.

All these recipes will be available for tasting after my talk on Monday, 2nd May at the General Meeting.


No one will believe that this has no added fat or sugar - it tastes too good

1 teabag

400ml just boiled water

1 lemon

250 g ready to eat prunes -- quartered

500g mixed dried fruit  --- sultanas, apricots, cranberries etc ( cut apricots into pieces )

1 tsp ground mixed spice

1 ripe medium banana --- peeled

4 large eggs

4 tbsp skimmed milk

300 g self raising flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

OVEN 170 C    FAN 150 C  

Line base and sides of a 20 x 30 cm rectangular tin or use 25 cm square tin

Put teabag in a jug and add 400ml just boiled water. Stir and leave to steep for 5 minutes. Finely grate the lemon zest and squeeze the juice into a large saucepan. Squeeze the teabag and throw away, then pour the tea into the pan with the juice. Add lemon zest, prunes, mixed fruit and spice.

Stir well and place the pan over a low heat. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook gently for 5 minutes or until the liquid is almost all absorbed. Remove from the heat, tip the mixture carefully into a large mixing bowl and leave to cool for 40 minutes.

Peel the banana and cut into thick slices. Put these in a food processor, add the eggs and milk, then blend to make a puree. Add the flour and baking powder and blend again until smooth.

Pour the egg and banana mixture onto the soaked fruit and stir until combined. Spoon into the prepared tin and level surface. Bake in the centre of the oven for 30 minutes or until the cake is golden brown and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and cool in the tin for 30 minutes.

When cake is cooled cut into squares, wrap well, store in the fridge and eat within a week.  Freezes well.


Oven 180 C  Fan 190 C

1 Egg

150 g sugar

40 g butter, melted

3 ripe bananas

225 g self raising flour

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

pinch of salt

Beat egg, add sugar and melted butter, mix well and add the mashed banana. Sift the dry ingredients and combine with the banana mixture. Pour into a greased  1kg loaf tin and cook for 50 -60 minutes.


50 G Rolled oats

100 g light brown sugar

4 tbsp apple juice

4 tbsp light olive oil

2 pears

230 g self raising flour

239 g sultanas

1 tsp baking powder

4 tsp mixed spice

4 eggs

Oven 180 c .

Grease and line 1kg loaf tin with baking paper

Mix oats with the sugar, pour over the apple juice and oil and mix well . Leave for 15 minutes

Peel, quarter, core and coarsely grate the pears. Add the fruit to the oats mixture with the flour, sultanas, baking powder, mixed spice and beaten eggs and mix thoroughly.

Spoon mixture into prepared tin. Bake 50 -60 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack .



Golden Oldies Music Group - Latest Reviews

Golden Oldies Music Group - Latest Reviews

By John Hopwood

Why not join the Golden Oldies Music Group???

Read the rave reviews.

Next music Night is the 20th May at the Café Del Mar.

Contact the Group leader (John Hopwood) now through the group page on the U3A website.


Belated, but nevertheless many, many thanks for a ' fantastic ' evening to you ALL. If having an op. makes him play as he did, perhaps we should all go for some medical procedures! Also many thanks from Mike & Heidi who were very impressed thoroughly enjoying themselves. They were able to have a helpful chat with Ian during one of the breaks too. What a lovely setting! Ideal! A beautiful backdrop to it all.

*Keep up the good work John, we really enjoyed the evening especially your’s and Pauline’s vocals.

*As first attenders we were very impressed

*Glad that dementia is bad for the short-term memory only; it did not in any way affect our memories of the songs. As an observer the audience appeared to appreciate the most well-known of the numbers and their actions and movements whilst seated said it all

*2 of us again please

*As you say what a fab evening and do please put us down for May 20th, you all get better and better

*Thank you for yet another great evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

*Please would you put our names down for the Friday 20th May.

*Thanks once again for a superb night last night!!! Well done to the band members. Please could I book 2 tickets for the May band night concert, before they all disappear.

*We thought that the band moved up to a whole new level last evening. The driving rhythm coupled with first class vocals, Pauline’s choice of lyrical songs, all made for a most enjoyable evening. You all did Shirley’s memory proud and she would have been thrilled last night.

*Pleased that you all enjoyed the evening as much as we did. We would like to book 2 places for the 20th May please.

*Yes really enjoyed our first time can you book us for May please

*It really was a good night last night; well done to you and all the band. Please book us in for the 20th May.

*Hi John it certainly was a great night! I am getting lost for words, I think the best so far. Can you book us in for May?

*Hi John and band as I already said to Ian and Pauline and you..... yes.. What a night!! Thank you for all the work you put in to give us such moments/nights.

*Wow John, what a night. You were all brilliant together. The new (a return I think) drummer, fantastic and anyone seeing you for the first time, would not think anyone was missing. Having said that  just think what you will be like when Jonathan and Laurence are back?!?!!!!!!!

*Thank you John for, yet again, a wonderful evening.

*Just to say a big thanks to you and the band and anyone else involved for a most enjoyable evening, Will you please put our names down for the May event.

*Just to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all of the Golden Oldies ensemble for such a super evening’s entertainment. What is particularly refreshing for me is that all of you were enjoying performing as much as we mere mortals were enjoying watching (and listening to) you all.  It was so good to be part of such a happy evening!! John, many grateful thanks again and roll on the 20th May.

*The 6 of us that occupied the front seats could not agree more. Both Pauline and the rhythm guitarist are great additions/substitutions to the band. Thank you all for providing such terrific entertainment. It was a real pleasure to see the band members clearly enjoying themselves and the audience listening intently.



Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

Vive Teulada 2016 - Moraira Gastronomic & Shopping Festival - May 2016

Vive Teulada 2016 - Moraira Gastronomic & Shopping Festival - May 2016

From 29th April until 1st May 2016, Teulada-Moraira will celebrate "Vive Teulada-Moraira - a Gastronomic & Trade Fair".The Event is organised by AECO - the Association of Business & Commerce - is being held in front of Moraira Castle. In total there are about 15 establishments and businesses offering free samples and demonstrations.


This gastronomic and commercial Weekend takes place from

29th April until 1st May 2016 at the Castle esplanade in Moraira, where there will be various performances music and games.



Magnum Productions Charity Concerts

Magnum Productions Charity Concerts

The lovely setting of the Espai la Senieta theatre in Moraira was the backdrop for the 3rd in a series of charity benefit concerts promoted by Magnum Productions and Studio in Gata on Saturday the 16th April.  The audience was thrilled by two very lovely acts who complemented each other perfectly.  First up was the consummate showman, Rob Sweeney who performed a great mix of modern and classic ballads and  rounded off the first half with his music from the musicals including the show stopper from Phantom of the Opera.

The second half  was a real treat with Duo Intermezzo providing their eclectic and perfectly balanced mix of “Opera Fusion”  Their charming stage act and clear devotion to each other showing how much they love performing and with a superb sound and lighting set the audience showed their appreciation for a wonderful show with several standing ovations.

A handsome profit was the result of the evening, and this with the combined proceeds from a charity auction will be shared by the Alzheimer’s association of Teulada - Moraira (AFA) and Masonic charities.


The fourth and final concert in the series features the combined talents of two of the best tribute artists here on the Costa Blanca, J.J. Jones with his wonderful tribute to Neil Diamond, and Andy Wood with his equally fabulous tribute to Sir Tom Jones.

Both of the acts are by-words on the Benidorm Club circuit and indeed the combined talents of these two acts plus Simon Patrick as “Elvis” are touring their show later in the year called “One Night in Vegas”

We will be pulling out all the stops on this final show to make it a spectacular musical and visual extravaganza, so book early to avoid disappointment, with a full bar, great raffle and all proceeds going to 2 very worthy causes, this show will be a date to remember!


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

Auditorio Teulada 19th May 2016

Auditorio Teulada 19th May 2016

The Curtis Institute European Tour

Present a concert

Thursday 19th May 2016  20.00 pm

Tickets: 15e

Road Works In Moraira

Road Works In Moraira

Due to maintenance works of the pedestrian walkway along CV-743,

the right lane direction Moraira-Teulada will be closed starting Monday, April 25, and traffic should use Camí de la Camarrocha.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


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