Moraira - Teulada



Welcome to issue number 88 of the Newsletter

October 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 November 2016 Newsletter:  28th October 2016


  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 3rd October 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 Speaker for the October meeting is: Stephen Carden

He is the coordinator for the supporters of the Franciscan Hospice in Gandia.

This organisation is funded entirely by charity and provides a home with nursing care for approximately 50 homeless men. Many of whom suffer from mental or physical illness. Some are terminally ill.

The average monthly costs for running the home are 5000 euros.

The men are in constant need of many items such as long life milk, rice, pasta, tinned goods, cleaning materials both for personal use and for the home.

If you would like to support this charity as individuals please bring items to this meeting.


Message From Our President

 By John Hopwood


Unfortunately, this is the time of the month which I have learned to dread – when Dot Garret sends a request for the President’s Address to be included in her next Newsletter!

What can I say this time that is new – especially as I am expected to prepare yet another address for each General Meeting?

Well, first of all I would like to thank Steve Higham and all the members of his Social Committee for organising the wonderful Summer Picnic at Font Santa. Everyone agrees that it was a lovely day with some great entertainment and, on this occasion, lovely warm weather.

Next a big ‘thank you’ to Carol Mantle and her team in the Travel Group for arranging yet another very enjoyable day trip to the lovely city of Valencia. Two full coaches, beautiful weather, always many new sites to see and places to explore – a lovely way to spend a day! Sue and I discovered the Mercado de Colon which is basically a very large building rather like a Victorian railway station which is full of different cafes, flower stalls and some food shops – not as bustling and varied as the Mercado Central but a lovely place to relax and admire the architecture. These day trips are such wonderful value and we are now very much looking forward to the visit to Concentaina on the 31st October.

Finally, another big ‘thank you’ to Brian Nicholls and Cheda Panajotovic who celebrated their 120th History and Art lecture this month with yet another ‘full house’ of enthusiastic members at La Senieta. I was delighted to present both Brian and Cheda with vouchers for one of the best local restaurants to celebrate this occasion.

For the October General Meeting I have to leave you in the very capable hands of our Vice-President, David Haxon, as Sue & I will be on a ‘Grandson Trip’ to the UK.

Best wishes to all of our Moraira-Teulada U3A members.

Film 10th October: The Woman in Gold

Film Group: The Woman in Gold

Monday 10th October 2016

5:45pm doors open, for 6:00pm start (ends 7:50)

Salon de Actos, La Senieta, Moraira

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


Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren star in this drama based on the real-life story of Maria Altmann and her legal campaign against the Austrian government.

Mirren plays Altmann, who, since fleeing Europe during the Second World War, now lives in Los Angeles.

When the death of her sister leads to Altmann finding out that a portrait of her aunt painted by Gustav Klimt was stolen by the Nazis from her family home during the war and now hangs in the Belvedere Palace in Vienna, she enlists the help of young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds) and embarks on a legal campaign to reclaim her family's losses...

Dear Filmgoer,

Welcome back to a new season of films. The general theme this year focuses sometimes on spies, stealth and bravery. There will be 2 films with Helen Mirren and 2 from Tom Hanks. To balance, humour will be served up by Maggie Smith, Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman. All of the films have been acclaimed in their own genre - I hope you enjoy them - see you there?

We start the season with 'The Woman in Gold'. I watched this while flying back from Kraków last September, having just visited the Auschwitz memorial, and found the film particularly poignant, but intriguing and humorous. Please have a look at the poster and especially a view of the trailer, which gives you a good flavour of this quality film. As with many of our films, it was funded by the BBC.

The trailer is here: and the poster is attached.

Finally, just a few reminders of the rules for the theatre:
No drinks (or water) - set by the town hall.
Please turn OFF your mobile phones.
Please leave the seats at the ends of the back row free for wheel chair users.
and PLEASE do not turn up late - we start at 6pm prompt and if the doors are closed, then we have started, and so please do not come in as the light spoils the viewing for the members who were on time. Thank you.

Phil Chaney

161010 History Talk 10th Oct: Sangreal The Romano-Spanish Legend of the Holy Grail

History Talk 10th October 2016:

Sangreal The Romano-Spanish Legend of the Holy Grail

Date: Monday 10th October 2016 10:30

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

Subject: SANGREAL: The Romano-Spanish Legend of the Holy Grail

Lecturer: David Rohl

David will be telling the story of the Romano-Spanish tradition of the Holy Grail (Sangreal), first with the legendary arrival of the Cup of Christ at Glastonbury in AD 38, carried to Britain by Jesus’ uncle, Joseph of Arimathea. In AD 52, following the capture of the British king Caratacus (Caradoc) by the victorious army of Emperor Claudius, the cup was taken to Rome by Caratacus’ son Linus, as members of the British royal family (all converted Christians) were sent into exile. It was then used in the ritual of the Eucharist by the first bishops of Rome for two centuries. During the Valerian persecution of AD 258, which resulted in the beheading of Pope Sixtus II, the Sangreal was secreted away from the papal treasury by Saint Lawrence and sent to Huesca in Aragon, where it fell under the protection of the Aragonese kings during the Moorish occupation of Spain. Eventually, in 1437, the sacred relic reached its final destination in Valencia Cathedral where it is known today as the Santo Caliz (Sacred Chalice).


161031 History Talk 31st Oct 2016: Famous and Infamous Courtesans of the 18th Century

History Talk 31st October 2016:

Famous and Infamous Courtesans of the 18th Century

Date: Monday 31st October 2016 10:30

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

Subject: Some Famous and Infamous Courtesans of the 18th Century

Lecturer: Mike Rendell

The talk looks at the role of the courtesan in the Georgian era. Nowadays think Kardashians, WAGS and Super-models; back then, think of the Toasts of the Town - the high class hookers who counted Princes, Dukes and Earls among their circle of admirers, their portraits painted by Sir Joshua Reynolds and then bought as pin-ups via the new-fangled mezzotint process. They were the fashion icons of the day and what they wore and how they did their hair and make-up was swiftly copied by anyone interested in fashion. They flaunted their popularity and wealth, charging "signing on fees" which would really sort out the men from the boys!
The talk will include a look at the lives of some of the pre-eminent  courtesans and how they lived their lives like shooting stars. The word "Celebrity" wasn't in use, but they were in all senses the celebrities of their time.  In the full glare of publicity they flaunted their lifestyle - and frequently died young. The talk will be illustrated by  many of their famous portraits painted at the time.

Friends of Avinenca

Friends of Avinenca

By Paul Pruden


 Conservation Activities in Moraira

It may surprise you to know that the lagoon by the beach, near the castle in Moraira is designated as a site of great ecological importance. The reason for this is that Moraira is one of the few places that have a breeding population of a species of fish that is on the IUCN Red List of endangered species. These fish are called fartet.

The habitat at the lagoon is ideally suited for these fish as it has springs supplying it with fresh water as well as saline water seeping into it from the sea.

Over the past six years volunteers from the Friends of Avinenca, particularly those from the U3A in Moraira, have been looking after the lagoon site.  We are now seeking additional volunteers to help in preserving this site which is a pleasing nature reserve as well as being of significant scientific interest

Our activities are mainly carried out during a 2 hour period each week. We are involved in controlling non endemic flora and keeping the site tidy, as well as keeping an eye on the protection of the local wildlife that lives in the reserve.

If you would like to become involved in our activities, either contact me at or come and visit us in the Group Activities area at the U3A Moraira Teulada October Monthly Meeting. 

Canasta Group

Canasta Group

By Sandy Bianco

After the return of some of our group after the summer break we had our complimentary lunch on the proceeds of our 'contribution' pot.

We are such a happy group and most have become firm friends outside of the canasta group, which is great, just what the U3A is all about. Here we are at the Las Vegas bar in Teulada enjoying getting together again and looking forward to a happy and successful winter.

Healthy Walking Group Report Sept 2016

Healthy Walking Group Report Sept 2016

By Noelene Cummins

13th & 15th Sept  Moraira to El Portet and back

Leaders always do some easy walks at the beginning of the season to introduce new walkers gently and allow regular walkers to ease their limbs and catch up with what everyone has been doing over the summer months. Numbers are always low to start with as many of the Group do not return to Spain until the cooler weather arrives.

28C was rather hot but 13 walkers turned up on Tuesday including 3 new recruits and 18 on Thursday. As always there were complaints that John walked too quickly, but walkers are reminded that the name of the group is HEALTHY WALKING and the aim is to get the heart pumping a little faster and the muscles a little stronger. The pace is faster than a dawdle round the supermarket!

Coffee and much chatting was at Relax Bar and Bonisimo afterwards.


20th &22nd Sept  Algas to Moraira and back

24 and 18 walkers met on the two dates for this walk. The temperatures are dropping during the day and it is cooler at night.

Although sandals were tolerated on these early walks as the surfaces were paved, strong walking shoes with a sole with a good grip are essential for the walks from October onward. If someone damages their foot through wearing inappropriate footwear the whole group would have to stop while First Aid was applied and perhaps the entire walk would be compromised.

If you wish to receive the schedule for the walks please give your email address to a leader at the Healthy Walking Group desk at the U3A meetings. Any queries you have about the Group can be answered there.

Just for Fun - I didn't know that!!

Just for Fun - I didn't know that!!

By Margaret Roberts


• There is an old pub/hotel near Marble Arch, which used to have a gallows adjacent to it, where prisoners were taken to be hanged. The horse drawn dray, carting the prisoner was accompanied by an armed guard who would stop the dray outside the pub and ask the prisoner if he would like one last drink. If he had one, that was referred to as “one for the road”. If he declined that prisoner was “on the wagon”.

• They used to use urine to tan animal skins so families all used to pee in a pot and once a day it was taken to the tannery. If you had to do this you were referred to as “piss poor”, but worse than that were the folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot, of whom it was said they were so poor “they didn’t have a pot to piss in”.

• In the 1500’s most people got married in June as they took their annual bath in May, so still smelt quite good. However when they started to smell at other times of the year brides carried a bouquet to hide their body odour, hence the tradition....

• Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the clean water then all the other men and sons, then came the women and finally the children. By then the water was so dirty you could lose someone in it, hence the saying “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”.

• Houses had thatched roofs made from thick straw piled high with no wood underneath. It was the only place for small animals to stay warm, so they, along with mice, bugs etc all lived in the roof. When it rained it would be slippery and they could slip and fall off, hence the saying “it’s raining cats and dogs”

• There was nothing to stop all these creatures from falling into the house, which posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and droppings would mess up your bed. So posts were put at each corner with a sheet hung over them to afford some protection. Hence canopied beds came into existence.

• The floor was only dirt hence the saying “dirt poor”.

• The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on they just kept adding more and more thresh, until when you opened the door it would slip outside. So a piece of wood was placed across the entrance to keep it in......a thresh hold.

• When visitors came the household would hang up their bacon to show off. It was a sign of wealth that a man could “bring home the bacon”. They would cut off a little to share with the guests and all would sit around talking and “chewing the fat”.

• Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with a high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food causing lead poisoning and death. This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

• Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle and guests got the top or “the upper crust”.

• Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would knock the imbibers out for a couple of days. They would be taken for dead but were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days where the family would gather around, eat and drink and see if they woke up. Hence the custom “holding the wake”.

• When England started running out of room to bury people, they decided to re-use old graves. But when digging up the old coffins they found that 1 in 25 had scratches on the lid, they realized they had been burying people alive. So after that they would tie a string to the wrist of the corpse and thread it through the coffin and up through the ground and attached to a small bell. Someone would have to sit in the graveyard all night (the graveyard shift) listening for the sound of a bell; thus someone could be “saved by the bell” or was considered “a dead ringer”.

Whoever said history was boring!

Recipes - Healthy Packet Recipes

Recipes - Healthy Packet Recipes

By Dot Garrett

Cooking for one is simple like this!

Cooking seafood, chicken and vegetables “en papillote” or in parchment-paper packets is an easy way to ensure tender and juicy results.

The key is to make sure the package is sealed tightly so that no steam, and therefore juices or flavour, escape.

Steaming fish en papillote, as well as steaming chicken and steaming vegetables in packets, traps in flavor, whether you cook the paper packets in the oven or grill foil packets.

        Trout en Papillote

• juice half lemon

• basil leaves

• 1 x 175g trout fillet

• 1 celery stick, cut into batons

• 1 large carrot, cut into baton



• Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5.

• Cut a sheet of baking parchment, about 35 cm square. Place the vegetables in the middle and top with a trout fillet. Scatter a few basil leaves and a little lemon juice over, then season the fish with a little salt and pepper. Fold the paper in half and double fold all round to seal in the fish, a bit like a pasty.

• Put the parcel on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 mins (depending on the thickness of the fish). Serve in the paper with some steamed new potatoes.


          Mediterranean Chicken en Papillote


• 3 tablespoons Vinaigrette

• 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast

• 5 thin asparagus spears, trimmed

• 4 cherry tomatoes, halved

• 5  olives, pitted

• 1 artichoke heart, steamed and quartered

• 3 basil leaves, torn

• 2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese



• Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper; set aside.


Cut a piece of baking parchment about 40 cms square. Place asparagus on the paper. Place the chicken breast on top. Drizzle with about 1 tablespoon vinaigrette. Top the chicken breast with tomatoes, olives, artichokes, basil. Drizzle with another tablespoon vinaigrette. Finally top with crumbled feta. Drizzle again with about 1 tablespoon more vinaigrette.


Fold the paper in half and double fold all round to seal, a bit like a pasty.


Transfer the packet to rimmed baking sheet and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Serve with rice or quinoa.

Christmas Dinner Dance 2016

Christmas Dinner Dance 2016

By popular demand, the social subcommittee have arranged another fantastic evening for you at Salón Canor.

Date:  Friday 9th December 2016

Time:  Cava reception from 7:00 p.m.   Dinner at 8:00 p.m.

Dress Code: It is a smart event, so please dress accordingly.  No jeans or shorts please.

Tickets:  25 euros per head  

Entertainment:  There will be continuous music throughout the evening with
dancing to Costa Blanca's top Spanish duo Bella Luna who sing all your
favourites from Gypsy Kings to Elvis to Michael Jackson.  The duo have sung all over Spain including Benidorm Palace, but mainly on the Costa Blanca from Denia to Mazarrón.  They have also performed in Holland, England, Belgium, Portugal and Germany.  They are sure to get you on the dance floor!

Tickets will be on sale at the General Meeting on Monday, 3rd October 2016.

If you wish to join us for what promises to be a fantastic 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.

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

If you have any queries, please ask at the ticket desk or contact Christine Reed



Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

Oktoberfest 30th September 2016 - 2nd October 2016

Oktoberfest 30th September 2016 - 2nd October 2016

Located in Parking Les Sorts - Moraira ( The large free car park)

From Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2nd, the party committees of Teulada and Moraira for the fifth year  join together in order to raise funds for the festivities to be held next year in both towns.

Councilwoman Rosana Caselles, from Teulada Town Hall explained that this year the "Oktoberfest Teulada Moraira" will have great musical entertainment with the performance of a German musical duo in the morning and evening, and mobile disco nights Friday and Saturday.

The mayor also stressed that a wide range of typical German food will be available such as typical bratwurst and sauerkraut  among others.

Notably, also this year, the children will have special prices for MORAIPARK  funfair. Enjoy the park also located in the Les Sorts parking.

Rosana Caselles wanted to congratulate the two party committees for the organization and wanted to invite all residents and visitors to participate and enjoy this German holiday

16/09/02 - Sunday, 2 October - TMLions - The Overtones Tribute Band

Sunday, 2 October 2016 -

TM Lions - The Overtones Tribute Band

Sunday, 2 October
2nd OCT. 2016 AT 20:00
They write: "The Over-who?" you may ask. And, yes, the band whose music will be performed by the tribute act headlining this concert may well not (yet) be particularly well known in the Marina Alta but the melodic harmonies of the Overtones, with their rich mixture of doo-wop, R&B and pop music, deservedly enjoy a huge - and growing - following throughout the UK & Northern Europe. The boys´ rise to the big time is a story which, if it appeared as the plot in a work of fiction would, in this cynical day and age, strain credulity to the max.

In September 2009, the original members of what are now the Overtones auditioned for The X Factor but Simon Cowell and his fellow judges decided against putting them through to the next round. Shortly after this setback, the boys met the guy who went on to join the band as bass singer thereby completing the lineup of the Overtones as it is today.

The band members then started their own painting and decorating company so that they could continue to practise singing together even whilst working and it was as they were harmonising "The Longest Time" while painting a shop near Oxford Street, London, that the boys were "discovered" by a talent scout for Warner Bros. Records, literally as he was walking past the front door. The Overtones were, shortly afterwards, signed to a 5-album deal and have never looked back. They have toured with Sir Cliff Richard and performed with & for the late, great Sir Terry Wogan - and if their kind of music was good enough for dear old Tel.............

The Overtones Tribute Band is based in Benidorm where it has a number of regular gigs at popular venues such as Talk Of The Coast, Riviera Music Lounge and Jaspers. The tribute act is very much an homage to the music of the Overtones and so, if you occasionally enjoy a bit of easy-listening doo-wop as a counterpoint to the more raucous sounds of Rock 'n Roll, this night is for you.

And, to open the concert, T.M. Lions are delighted to bring to La Senieta, "Encore", a female harmony duo whose repertoire covers everything from chilled, laid back jazz & swing to upbeat perennial favourites and ranges from the 1930s to the present day. Interested? Then book your seats for this one by contacting the Event Coordinator, by telephone on (0034) 966 491 917 or email Tickets are priced at just 15 euros - and it's going to be a grand night of jolly good music!


U3A Vall del Pop Open Day 10th Anniversary

U3A Vall del Pop Open Day 10th Anniversary

All welcome!

On Thursday 6th October at the Polivalent, Murla you will be able to see what Vall del Pop U3A has achieved in the past ten years, and what we have to offer in the way of Group activities, outings, and interesting ways to spend your time and meet new people. We had such a successful Open Day in 2014, we wanted to kick-start our Celebration Year with another one!

There will be demonstrations of singing, music and dancing, as well as many displays of our Group activities in the main hall.

Doors open at 10am, and demonstrations from 11am - 1.30pm.
Refreshments available. (Event ends at 2pm).

Our membership team will be on hand so new members may join - for just 5€ a year, which will enable you to get involved and enjoy what is on offer.

Further information on our website

U3A Vall del Pop - 10th Anniversary events


19th November - Dinner Dance
(Open to other U3A members)
1st December - Christmas Party meeting

February - Quiz Night
April - Wine Tasting
May - Treasure Hunt
June - Barn Dance
September - Hog Roast




Moraira Teulada Townhall provide the following classes from October 2016 till June 2017

Registration is open to September 30, 2016 at the SIT, Avenida Santa Catalina. Teulada. 629138277

Opening hours: 8:30am to 2:30pm.

Valencian Basic level. Preparation qualification council. Monday and Wednesday 6pm to 7pm. October 17 Calle Colón, 45 2nd floor. Term 2016/2017 Registration 25€ Fee 50€

Valencian medium level. Preparation qualification council. Monday and Wednesday 6pm to 10pm. October 17 Calle Colón, 45 2nd floor. Term 2016/2017 Registration 25€ Fee 50€

Valencian superior level. Preparation qualification council. Monday and Wednesday 8pm to 9pm. October 17 Calle Colón, 45 2nd floor. Term 2016/2017 Registration 25€ Fee 50€

Spanish for foreign people basic level I. Monday and Wednesday 9:30am to 10:30am. October 17 Auditorium Espai la Senieta Term 2016/2017 Registration 25€ Fee 150€

Spanish for foreign people intermediate level II. Monday and Wednesday 10:30am to 11:30am. October 17 Auditorium Espai la Senieta Term 2016/2017 Registration 25€ Fee 150€

Spanish for foreign people advanced level conversation III. Monday and Wednesday 11:30am to 12:30pm. October 17 Auditorium Espai la Senieta Term 2016/2017 Registration 25€ Fee 150€

French basic level I. Tuesday and Thursday 7:30pm to 8:30pm. November 3 Auditorium Espai la Senieta 50 hours Registration 25€ Fee 125€

French intermediate level II. Tuesday and Thursday 8:30pm to 9:30pm. November 3 Auditorium Espai la Senieta 50 hours Registration 25€ Fee 125€

Italian* VERT Thursday 7:30pm to 9pm. November 3 Calle Colón, 45 2nd floor. 40 hours Registration 25€ Fee 100€

German*VERT Friday 7:30pm to 9pm. November 4 Auditorium Espai la Senieta 40 hours Registration 25€ Fee 100€

Please bring the following documents: certification of grades and copy of DNI or passport.



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