Moraira - Teulada



Welcome to issue number 84 of the Newsletter

 June 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.

For a printed (hard) copy of the newsletter they are available at the U3A monthly General meetings at the new members desk. They can also be collected from the Senieta (Moraira town hall) main reception desk, located at the car park end. (not the Tourist Information office)

Copy date for July 2016 Newsletter:  24th June 2016


  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 6th June 2016

at the Salóns G.L, Avenida del Mediterráneo 32, Teulada at 10:30 a.m.

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


The speakers for our June meeting are:

Blanca Lopez and Roger Gumball, who are U3A members, will give a short talk on the Moors and Christians in Moraira.
They will include their own involvement in this event. 
Blanca worked in England for 30 years and is now heavily involved with the Neighbourhood watch in an area of Moraira. Roger is a retired Local government Officer.
Message From Our President

Message From Our President

By John Hopwood


Oh no! It’s that time of month again – a message from Dot Garrett letting me know that she is preparing the next Newsletter and “May I please bother you for a few comments to include in it”.

In past messages I have mentioned the weather and then commented about holiday makers – all a little ordinary so what on earth can I tell you that may be absolutely gripping, unusual and memorable?

Well, to be honest, absolutely nothing, so I will just mention the recent meeting of local area U3As which your Vice-President David Haxon and I attended recently at a very pleasant café/bar in Albir.

In addition to Moraira/Teulada there were representatives from Calpe, El Campello, Marina Baixa and Oliva. Both Val de Pop and Denia U3A sent apologies for not attending.

It was enjoyable and interesting to meet folk from other U3A groups and to discuss the various aspects which we all enjoy – or, on occasion, cause conflict and problems which can always occur in any large groups

We compared notes regarding our different U3A associations and the first surprise was that most, other than Moraira/Teulada, are actively canvassing to try to attract new members. As most of our members will be aware, we have approximately 1,800 paid membership whereas the others all have between 120 and 600 members.

All of the groups reported that they have an excellent relationship with and receive considerable support from their local Ayuntamiento and we are happy that we were also able to record our good local cooperation.

Various aspects of insurance, cash verses paypal payments, lower age limits for members, periods of grace for renewals, non-members joining in group activities, meetings speaker’s lists, and a number of other aspects of U3A membership and organisation were discussed at some length.

However, at the end of the quite extended meeting David and I departed back to Moraira both thinking what a really hard working Committee and wonderful Group Leaders we have in our organisation which really is all due to our having a great bunch of local U3A members.

160613 13th June Art Talk: Dance As Portrayed by Artists Throughout History

13th June 2016

Art Talk: Dance As Portrayed by Artists Throughout History

Date: Monday 13th June 10:30

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

Subject: Dance As Portrayed by Artists Throughout History

Lecturer: Brian Nicholls

A visual presentation of Dance without music might seem a little strange but the subject has fascinated artists for centuries.

Dance can reflect a wide range of human emotion, such as love, eroticism, vulgarity, class distinction and spiritual communication, to name but a few.

The origins of dance are unknown but they probably evolved from communal life where people expressed needs and emotions of a practical or spiritual nature. Some scholars believe that choreography developed from a sort of wish fulfilment where dance movement imitated animals and mimed their capture in the expectation of reality emanating from the dance form.
The presentation will commence in the era of classical painting through the developments of the various well known schools of painting through to the modern era and, briefly, the subsequent leap into Abstraction in which the human figure was erased and dance was portrayed just by colour and visual movement.

160627 27th June History Talk: The Plundering of Ancient Egypt

27th June 2016

History Talk: The Plundering of Ancient Egypt

Date: Monday 27th June 10:30

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

Subject: The Plundering of Ancient Egypt

Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic


As soon as the great and the good of ancient Egypt were buried, there were those who greatly coveted the precious objects that were buried along with them. Details of what was to be found and where it could be found, were handed down by father to son so that many centuries later, when it all seemed long forgotten, the unscrupulous could enter and cash in.
It was all relatively small scale until France and England got interested in Egypt during the Napoleonic wars. Both great nations started looking at Egypt and its ancient artefacts with an insatiable eye. The Great Plundering of Ancient Egypt had truly begun.

Font Santa Picnic - 14th September 2016

Font Santa Picnic - 14th September 2016

The Social subcommittee have arranged a picnic at Font Santa on Wednesday, 14th September from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are 7.50 euros each and are only available to fully paid-up members of the Moraira-Teulada U3A.

The price of the ticket includes Appetisers, Roast Chicken, Bread & Alli Oli and a welcome glass of cava. Disposable plates and glasses will also be provided.

Please bring your own salad, cutlery and extra drinks and also parasols to give you some shade.

Entertainment will be provided by the fabulous Duo Intermezzo and our very own Dave Peachey.

200 tickets will be on sale, subject to availability, at the General Meetings on 6th June, 4th July and 5th September. Membership numbers will be required when purchasing your tickets.

For further information, please contact Steve Higham

Matters Arising 7th June 11:00 at Café Bonissimo

Matters Arising 7th June 11:00 at Café Bonissimo

When: Tuesday 7th June 11:00

Where: Café Bonissimo, cala Andragó, Moraira (see directions below)

Have you enjoyed the life of a favourite pet? When she/he grew old and maybe suffering from poor health, did you (out of love) decide to end their suffering early? Why, oh why do we allow our loved ones to suffer, when all they want, is to drift off to sleep, forever?

Chris Dry will lead a discussion on

Prostitution, drugs, euthanasia: should we legalise things that are presently illegal?

Big subjects, very controversial - don't miss the next session

Just to remind you: as we are not paying for the facilities we do request that you purchase a drink tea, coffee, water etc and pay when ordering or before leaving.

Directions to Café Bonissimo, next to Aoki Teppanyaki:
Click here to view media.

Café - Bar Bonissimo

Centro Algas

Local 3, Bloque B

Carretera Moraira-Calpe

03724 Moraira

Please announce your participation to the group leader:

Random thoughts from the Reading Group

Random thoughts from the Reading Group

By Gaby Mauger. Reading Group leader.

This year Ninety is an auspicious number for us Brits. The Queen and David Attenborough have celebrated their ninetieth birthdays and the Reading Group have read and discussed ninety books since our first meeting in late 2007.

As you would expect all the book group members, past and present, are avid readers and between us, we will have read considerably more, in our own time.

The required reading of one book per month for the Reading group does not in itself present a challenge, even if the elected book often does. However, from a personal point of view this has been the joy of the group. Having to tackle subjects outside of my personal comfort zone, encountering new authors’ and new genres, has been a revelation.

Rereading the classics, those books last read when I was at school or in my early teens, has been especially rewarding. I have been amazed at how much I had forgotten and how much more there was to love and enjoy. ‘Anna Karenina’ and ‘The Great Gatsby’ were great examples of how a few extra decades of life and experience, can increase ones appreciation and understanding of these classic texts.

Of course there have been several books I have disliked, although you can be sure at least half the group will love the books that the other half hate and then there follows a lively discussion, where everyone attempts to gain support for their opinions.

I certainly did not enjoy ‘I Claudius’ by Robert Graves. Although Graves has created a very warm and sympathetic character in Claudius, I would have liked to have read more about him rather than the catalogue of suicides, massacres, poisonings, battles, executions and general blood shedding mayhem. Little surprise that the Roman Empire declined, because there was obviously no one left alive in Rome!! This was one of those rare times when, for me, the TV adaptation with Derek Jacobi did it better than the book. However as always, plenty of the group really enjoyed the book.

I feel I have become a ‘better’ reader, more analytical, critical and thoughtful. And just when you think there are no more great books or great authors, someone in the Group will introduce you to another gem.

So thank you everyone in the Reading Group for your great book recommendations and thought provoking comments. You are certainly helping to keep my few remaining brain cells active and healthy. Here is to the next ninety books.

New members are always welcome to join our friendly informal group. I would be pleased to send a list of the books and dates for 2016.

We continue to meet monthly, always a Friday afternoon 3-5pm at the Moonlighters  Bar Moraira unless notified of changes.

Healthy Walking Group Report May 2016

Healthy Walking Group Report May 2016

By Noelene Cummings

3rd & 5th May   Amanecer Restaurant (on the road to San Antonio) to the windmills above Javea

40 walkers arrived at the restaurant to walk through the brushwood to the windmills above Javea. This walk has changed a great deal due to the serious fires two years ago. Instead of thick woodland the area is completely open because the burnt pine trees have been felled. Fortunately the new growth has been rapid and the area had dozens of wild flowers. We took a detour to view three less visited windmills which are all being turned into weekend retreats. 17 walkers did the walk on Thursday and we had coffee by the pool at the restaurant.

10th &12th May    La Granadella Park to the viewpoint and back

This was the first walk at the earlier start time of 9am but 26 walkers dragged themselves out of bed and enjoyed a brisk walk to the viewpoint. The 15 who walked on Thursday had good views of the Balearic Islands as the strong wind drove away the haze. Most stopped for coffee at Montevideo Restaurant, Benitachell where we were treated both days to a huge plate of free warm pastries to put back the calories we had just used up!

17th &19th May  Rafalets to Las Laderas

Amazingly 38 and 40 walkers rose early to do this walk. It is a level ramble across flower strewn countryside and through cool pinewoods. There were some wonderful specimens of Orchids. We passed a large pigeon ‘loft’ with gently cooing birds. Some of the track was rocky and that is why we advise people always to wear sensible footwear. Sandals may seem comfortable but should you split your toe open, or catch your foot and fall, everyone on the walk would be compromised while you were being taken care of. Coffee was at Redonda Dos.

24th & 26th May  Les Fonts….woods and trails

32 & 37 walkers did this walk. At this time it was not too hot. On the Thursday walk Brian did it in reverse leaving the long rocky hill to the end! Despite the large number all walked well and kept together. Unfortunately the track through the woods is spoilt by fly tipping. The picnic area near the windmill drawing water up has been renovated and it is good to admire the neat allotment nearby which always has rows of vegetables in season.  A large number of walkers stayed for coffee overwhelming the Trillaora Bar in Benitachell!

At the weekend the leaders investigated another varied walk to the east of Rafalets urbanisation. This will be plotted in detail by Robert, and should appear in the Autumn schedule. Walks end for the summer on 23rd June.

If you enjoy a particular walk and would like to take your family and friends ask the leader for a copy of the route after the walk.



  By Eileen Haxon


Spoil yourself with this simple, seasonal supper.

This is my version of a Mark`s and Spencers Dine in for Two : 



Baking fish in a foil parcel is simple and will keep the fish moist and give you a tasty sauce.

4 x 1/2 trout fillets or 2 complete trout fillets cut vertically down the centre

50 g butter, softened

1 tsp Dijon mustard

20 g flat leaf parsley, chopped

2 shallots - finely chopped

6 garlic cloves - crushed

juice of 1 lemon

3 heads of chicory

50 g streaky bacon - chopped

25 g roasted and skinned hazelnuts  -  chopped

olive oil and lemon wedges to serve

Oven 200C / fan 180C. Make 3 diagonal slashes along the skin of each fillet. Mix half the butter with the mustard, parsley, shallots, garlic and lemon juice, then rub it all over the fish and into the slashes in the skin.

Tear 2 40 x 30 cm sheets of foil. Pull the leaves from the heads of chicory, keeping a few leaves back for later, then divide the rest between the squares of foil. Lay one fillet, skin-side down on top of each pile of chicory. Top with the 2nd fillet, skin side up. Add seasoning then loosely wrap the foil around the fish and seal the edges tightly. Put the parcels on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the rest of the butter in a small frying pan. Toss in the bacon and hazelnuts and fry for 3 - 5 minutes, until the bacon is crisp and the nuts golden.

Transfer the fish and chicory to plates, drizzling over the juices that have collected in the parcels and a splash of olive oil if you like, Garnish with the reserved chicory and scatter the bacon and hazelnuts over. Serve with lemon wedges.


Cook 450 g new potatoes in boiling water for about 15 minutes until tender. Drain well and crush lightly with a fork. Mix in some salt and pepper and a splash of olive oil to moisten.



150 g blueberries or raspberries or blackberries

1 tbsp sugar

finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

4 gingernut biscuits - crushed

knob of butter melted

2 tbsp icing sugar

1/2 x 250 g mascarpone or ricotta cheese

Toss the berries, sugar and 1 tbsp of lemon juice in a small pan. Heat gently for 3 -4 minutes or until the berries start to burst. Leave to cool.

Mix the crushed biscuits and melted butter. Spoon into 2 glasses. Gently fold the rest of the lemon juice, lemon zest and icing sugar into the mascarpone or ricotta. Divide the lemon cheese between the glasses then spoon over the berries and their syrupy juices.

 Compliment the meal with a nice bottle of wine.  Enjoy.



Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

Ruta de Tapas June 2016

Ruta de Tapas June 2016

Benissa, Calpe and Teulada-Moraira are small towns surrounded by the sea and the mountains and beautiful sceneries and also rooted in Mediterranean culture and traditions. Among these traditions highlights undoubtedly the culinary and gastronomic tradition, which thank to high-quality products and the good work of our entrepreneurs has shaped a rich and diverse cuisine that delights residents and visitors. Aware of the importance of hostelry in our municipalities as a source of wealth and employment, the municipalities of Benissa, Calp and Teulada-Moraira have launched for the first time a joint initiative: 1st. #BCTM Tapas Route. On this route that will run throughout June, you can enjoy a wide variety of tapas in the many participating establishments at unbeatable price.

We invite everyone to join us in this 1st. #BCTM Tapas Route.

A full list of participating restaurants can be found in the leaflet available from the Tourist Information Office.


Flamenco Show & Junior Fashion Show Sunday 5th June 2016

Flamenco Show & Junior Fashion Show Sunday 5th June 2016

The Moraira Festeros present a Free Flamenco party and Fashion show for children in the Plaza del Tresmall from 12 pm.

Programme Moraira Moors and Christians 2016

Programme Moraira Moors and Christians 2016


June 10th to 19th 2016

Friday, June 10

19: 30h Opening Andalusí Medieval Market.

22: 00h Parade of the opening through the streets of the town, accompanied by the musical group clau de Mar

22: 30h Proclamation of parties in the Assembly Hall of the Senieta Espai and awards Drawing Contest organized by the Central Board and in collaboration with the AMPA Cap d'Or (Moraira) and AMPA Vicente Ferrer (Teulada). Then performance of the choir "La Senieta".

 Saturday, June 11

12: 00h Concentration of Moors and Christians in the Urban Forest and preparation of food of brotherhood.

21: 30h Concentration of all rows in the Fortí and parade accompanied by the Colla Falco Teulada to the esplanade of the Castle ,.

22: 00h Presentation of Pennants and Castle esplanade. After the verbenba, with performances by the orchestra MADRESELVA.

 Sunday, June 12

18: 00h Great International Music Festival Jazz, Folk, Rock and Country.

 Monday, June 13

21: 00h Concert of the British Coral in the Parish of Moraira.

 Wednesday, June 15

22: 30h Concert Colla Falco Teulada in the Plaza de la Iglesia.

 Thursday, June 16

21: 30h Dinner of brotherhood with karaoke contests row at the confluence of the street Dénia and John XXIII.

 Friday, June 17

13: 00h Concentration of rows in the Fortí and casual parade enlivened by the Musical Band Xaló.

13: 30h shot of musketry in the Castle Esplanade.

19: 00h offering of flowers in honor of the Holy Christ of Moraira in the Hermitage Castle.

22: 30h Conquista Mora on the beach of L'Ampolla, followed by the Embassy Mora and Moraira Castle Conquest. Then Capitanías night with the musical duo DIAMONDS.

 Saturday, June 18

09: 00h General Despertà with muskets

10: 45h Concentration of rows in the Fortí and then parade.

12: 00h Mass in honor of the Holy Christ in the parish of Moraira.

12: 45h Shooting of musketry in the Castle Esplanade.

13: 00h Informal Parade.

19:30 Christian Reconquest on the beach of L'Ampolla. Assault Moraira Castle by the Christian Bando followed by the Christian Embassy and Reconquista del Castillo.

24: 00h Retreta popular in the castle esplanade to Portet Avenue. Then Cábilas night with a performance by the orchestra in the avenidad WONDER Portet.

 Sunday, June 19

9: 00h General Despertà with muskets.

12: 00h Informal Parade with pins.

12: 30h shot of musketry in the Castle Esplanade.

18: 00h Entrance of Bands from the Castle to the Fortí.

. 19: 00h Grand Parade Gala Moors and Christians.

At the end of the parade Castle fireworks.


Bando Cristiano

Filà Conquistadoras

Filà Almogavers

Filà Hosts del Cid

Filà Cabllleros del Rey D. Jaime

Filà Muladies - Christian Captaincy


Bando Moro

Filà Almorach

Filà Caliphs

Filà Amoraima

Marsa Filà Mudhayra

Filà Bashira

Filà Al-Madhrabba - Captaincy Mora

Medieval Market in Moraira

Medieval Market in Moraira

10th, 11th & 12th June 2016

The "Mercado Medieval Andalusi" transports you back to Middle Age!

Come with your Family to visit the stalls and taverns, located on Calle Mar, Almacenes, Castillo and the Plaza de la Sort offering wooden toys, craftsmanship, music and belly dancing performances. But there is more like Percussion Workshops, Medieval games, Falconry and Horse rides!

Moraira International Music Festival

Moraira International Music Festival


Moraira - Moors and Christians Fiesta Celebrations Live on Stage by the Castle, Moraira Town Centre Sunday 12 June, 2016 

 Starting at 6 pm


Artistes & Acts Appearing

BECKY BB – FEMALE VOCALIST (6.00 pm) Becky BB is a versatile Female Vocalist with a beautiful unique voice, who performs songs from todays artists and peoples favourites.

CHILLI ORGAN TRIO (6.30 pm) The Chilli Organ Trio are a Hammond organ based trio playing a mixture of jazz and Blues tracks from the great masters of the Hammond Organ. The Trio consists of Jon Turner (Organ), Kike Pons (Guitar) and Diego (Drums).

GILL HENRY & MANUEL LAZERO (6.55 pm) Gill and Manuel will be performing a wide variety of songs both classical and songs from the musicals ranging from The Man of La Mancha to Cats and from Les Miserables to Phantom of the Opera.

THE FREDDIE KOOL SET (7.25 pm) The Freddie Kool Set is a Duo with Freddie Kool (Bass/Vocals), Howard (Guitar/Vocals) plus they will be joined Frank Abrams a Professional Saxophonist. Their main influence is Soul, Tamla Motown and Funk.

SISTER ACT SHOW (8.05 pm) The “Sister Act Show” is based on the films made famous by Whoopi Goldburg, this high energy show is sure to have you on your feet. Featuring songs from the film,plus more. A great show not to be missed.

STRIKLAND – POP/ROCK BAND (9.00 pm) “Strikland” is a five-piece British/Dutch pop rock band, fronted by Rob Sweeney, that have gone from strength to strength with their live performances . The band play a great set of modern & disco classics, which gets everyone up on the dance floor.

SHONDELL MIMS – FEMALE VOCALIST (9.45 pm) Shondell is new to the Costa Blanca and looking to establish herself in this area. Performing songs by the Diva’s of the 70’s:- Tina Turner, Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Shirley Bassey, etc.

THE BLUES BROTHERS EXPERIENCE (10.15 pm) After their storming performance last year, The Blues Brothers Experience are accumulating fans rapidly, not just in Benidorm, but throughout the Costa Blanca, with their unique interpretation based on the great movie of the 80s. Probably the most energetic show you will see this year.

Mr. PINK & CHRISTIAN PEARL – ROCK/BLUES BAND (11.30 pm) Mr Pink, are one of the Costa Blanca’s finest rock/blues bands, who consist of Rafa (guitar), Roger (bass) and Moises (drums) plus Christian Pearl on Keyboards. They regularly perform at the Saxo Garden Chillout in Moraira.


Sponsored by

Panache, Hair and Beauty Salon, Moraira

Larry’s Garage in Benitachell

Chameleon Auto Body Repairs, Benitachell

Hamiltons of London, Estate Agents

Telitec Communications SR Print – Pedreguer

Le Cabaret, La Pedrera Ind. Estate, Benissa

Pure Gold Radio Station, 94.1 & 94.3 FM


Bonfires in honour of San Juan 'Nit de Foc i Aigua' - 23 June 2016

Bonfires in honour of San Juan 'Nit de Foc i Aigua' - 23 June 2016


To coincide with the summer solstice, and the eve of the feast of Saint John the Baptist, celebrations are held on the beach in Moraira & in the Town Hall Square in Teulada.
Festivities include children's entertainment, preparation of the bonfire, dinner on the l'Ampolla beach, lighting of the bonfire, the traditional leaping over the embers and dancing to live music. On this same magical night folklore dictates that it is the most propitious time to cleanse the body and spirit by bathing in the sea at midnight, and to reveal the zealously guarded secrets of traditional remedies.

Teulada Moraira Lions Club Free Summer Concert with U3A Band

Teulada Moraira Lions Club Free Summer Concert with U3A Band

26th June 2016  20.00pm

The Seafront Moraira. Beside the castle.

We are delighted to welcome back U3A as the band to "kick off" this year's season of Summer Concerts at the Seafront in Moraira.

Their 2015 concert for us was the first occasion on which U3A had performed at one of T.M. Lions' fund-raising events and, although we knew that the band enjoyed a large & loyal local following, they were, for us, something of an unknown quantity - until, that is, they began to play on that stage at the Seafront and everyone of us in T.M. Lions, who was lucky enough to be there was genuinely blown away by the quality of the performance.

These guys don't leap about the stage (indeed, some of them barely move at all (!)), they just produce really great music from a repertoire which is as rich as it is varied, covering primarily golden classics of rock 'n roll from the 50s, 60s and 70s with, from time to time, a little bit of blues thrown into the mix.

Those of you who were at last year's U3A Concert at the Seafront will know exactly what we mean. To those of you who weren't there, all we can say is: DON'T MISS OUT THIS TIME AROUND!

And last, but by no means least, our grateful thanks to Dragon Insurance, Benitachell, for sponsoring this event.

*Admission to all our Summer Concerts in Moraira is free but Teulada-Moraira Lions´ Club Members will be there in our distinctive yellow tabards to raise funds for our community work and various charitable projects by “rattling buckets” and asking for donations from the audience - PLEASE DO GIVE GENEROUSLY.

"TUTTO BEETHOVEN" with Haochen Zhang and the Chamber Orchestra of Valencia on June 3

"TUTTO BEETHOVEN" with Haochen Zhang and the Chamber Orchestra of Valencia on June 3

Auditorio Teulada.

3rd June  20.00 pm

Price: 22 euros

The renowned pianist Haochen Zhang accompanied by the Orchestra will perform the concert symphony No 4 and No 5 of Beethoven.


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