Moraira - Teulada



Welcome to issue number 89 of the Newsletter

November 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 December 2016 Newsletter:

 25th November 2016


  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 7th November 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 November meeting is Jeremy Kenton, who is a registered osteopath and also an expert medical witness.


Message From Our President

 By John Hopwood

The big news is that, as you may already be aware, Moraira -Teulada U3A now has more than 1,900 members making it by far the largest in the Costa Blanca and possibly the largest in Spain.

Such a large membership obviously results in even more hard work by your already hard working Committee but the continued increase in membership numbers at least assures us that we may be doing something right!!

A very busy summer season is almost over for those engaged in the tourist industry and it is wonderful to see that, locally, the Spanish economy appears to have weathered the financial problems well.

The autumn and winter months are usually the busiest in U3A with many members having returned from the U.K. or other cooler climes now that the weather here is moderating from yet another quite scorching summer.

We look forward to record numbers of members joining us at the General Meeting on Monday 7th November.

Best wishes to all,

John Hopwood (President)

161114 History Talk 14th Nov 2016: The Man Who Was

History Talk 14th November 2016:

The Man Who Was


Date: Monday 14th November 2016 10:30

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

Subject: The Man Who Was

Lecturer: Brian Nicholls

 This is a story of covert activity in WW2, the full details of which did not become known until well after WW2. It is of a plot that was hatched and executed by an eccentric team of Intelligence personnel deep underground in an old wine cellar in the Admiralty building in Whitehall London. One member of the group was Lieutenant Commander Ian Fleming who was to become very well known as the author of the James Bond series of stories.

In late September 1942 An R.A.F. Catalina seaplane crashed into the sea off Cadiz killing all 10 people aboard. Among these was a Royal Navy courier carrying letters to the Governor of Gibraltar informing him to expect a visit from General Dwight Eisenhower immediately before the planned invasion of North Africa and confirming that ‘the target date for the invasion had now been set for 4th November’.
Fortunately for the Allies, Spain, which was ruled by General Francisco Franco’s Fascist regime, had tried to keep neutral in the conflict, and the Spanish Navy in particular was largely pro-British. In the event, protocol prevailed and 24 hours later the courier’s body, with the documents still in his pocket, was handed over to the local British Consul by the Spanish Admiral in command at Cadiz. Forensic examination proved that the letters had not been tampered with and so the secret of ‘Operation Torch’ was safe.
Six months later on the 30th April 1943, another body was discovered by a sardine fisherman off the village of Punta Umbria nr Huelva. It was of a second courier, Major William Martin of the Royal Marines. The south west corner of Spain, fronting the Atlantic Ocean, and near to the Straits of Gibraltar was a hotbed of clandestine espionage activity involving Spanish, German, British and even Russian agents who, quite often, were not what they seemed to be.
It was not unusual for war debris from conflict far out in the Atlantic to wash ashore but because Major Williams had an attaché case attached to his wrist the find was of considerable significance. The body was turned over to the Spanish authorities. Word quickly got back to British Intelligence and a flurry of diplomatic activity ensued to try, as on the previous occasion, to recover both body and documents.
This time however, the procedure was very much more complicated and the details of what actually transpired involved a Welsh mining village, Scotland, Bletchley Park, London, several locations in Spain, and finally, the Reichstag in Wartime Berlin.


161128 History Talk 28th November 2016: What about Magna Carta – did she die in vain?

History Talk 28th November 2016:

What about Magna Carta – did she die in vain?


Date: Monday 28th November 2016 10:30

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

Subject: What about Magna Carta – did she die in vain?

Lecturer: Mike Granville

2015 was the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, the document traditionally seen as enshrining property rights, rights to a fair trial and the principle that the monarch is not above the law.

But the road to the foundations of democracy was not as smooth – or as straightforward – as we were taught in school. There are, for example, several versions that were drafted and redrafted after that famous day in Runnymede.

And it has been in and out of favour. It was declared null and void by the Pope just a few weeks after that day in Runnymede, while England’s own leaders held it in disregard. In fact, while Charles I and Oliver Cromwell would have agreed on very few things, this appeared to be one area where they were united.

But while it languished in England, the founding fathers of the United States lapped it up. The memorial in Runnymede was put up not by a British institution but by the American Bar Association.

So come to the meeting and decide whether you think it is as important as many of today’s commentators say, or whether, in the words of Oliver Cromwell, it’s more a case of “Magna Farta”.

Film 14th Nov: The Lady in the Van

Film 14th November 2016:

The Lady in the Van



When: Monday 14th Nov 2016, doors open 17:45, film starts 18:00, ends 19:50

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

What: The Lady in the Van

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


Two-time Oscar winner and star of “Downton Abbey”, Dame Maggie Smith, recreates one of her most celebrated roles – the singular Miss Shepherd – in The Lady in the Van, Alan Bennett’s big-screen comedic adaptation of his own iconic memoir and honored stage play.

Based on the true story, Miss Shepherd was a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What began as a begrudged favour became a relationship that would change both their lives. Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived for all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with Bennett (The Madness of King George, The History Boys) to bring this funny, poignant, and life-affirming story to the screen.

Prue Jackson - Groups Coordinator

Prue Jackson - Groups Coordinator


Group news

The Genealogy group is now up and running and details are on the website in the groups section

The introductory meeting of the Support group will be on the 15th November at 3.00 in Bar Relax

The Drama Group would like to hear from new members, so if you are interested in acting or taking a backstage role, please contact Trevor Kemp.

Are you interested in Asian food.  If so, we have a member who is interested in starting up an Asian Food Group.  The idea is to have a themed evening at each other's houses and everyone brings along a dish of food they have made, or to go to restaurants.  If you are interested please let me, Prue Jackson, know.

Does anyone play the ukulele and is interested in forming a group? This is becoming very popular in the U.K. and one of our members would like to know if there is sufficient interest in our U3A.  Please contact me, Prue Jackson, in the first place

The Sunday Solo Group is a very active group of people who meet for Sunday lunch.  Unfortunately, its popularity means that it cannot take any new members and is therefore a closed group. We would like to be able to satisfy the demand for this activity, but this can only happen if someone could step forward to run a second group. If you would like to do this please send me, Prue Jackson, an email.


Knit, Stitch and Natter

Knit, Stitch and Natter

On the 27th September 2016, Members of the Moraira Teulada U3A Knit, Stitch and Natter group presented 25 blankets they had made to the Teulada Alzheimer's Centre.

Golden Oldies Music Group

Golden Oldies Music Group

By John Hopwood

 Yet another super Music Evening!

What a shame if you missed it.

Lots of fun and some great tunes were enjoyed at the last Music Night on Friday evening 21st October.

U3A Band played many new tunes to amuse and entertain our Golden Oldies Music Group members. The old favourite, Baker Street, wonderfully performed by Ian Mair and Mike Creese brought the house down and, as usual, Mustang Sally was the “Grande Finale” enjoyed by everyone.

The return of the free raffle meant that one lucky member - and it was her first time with us - won a €50 voucher for a meal at the Kosta restaurant. Three other, slightly less lucky members won bottles of wine.

Do make a note in your diaries that the date of the next Music Night has changed to

Saturday the 26th November

Café Del Mar, Algas, Moraira

Doors open 7pm and the music starts at 7.30pm.

If you still enjoy music from the 50’s to the 80’s with a mix of R & R, Blues, Soul, Latin-American, Reggae, Nashville and all of those songs you remember  with great affection then come along and join The Golden Oldies Music Group.

The bookings list is now open for you to send me your reservations to

As always, available seating is limited so don't delay.


Healthy Walking Group: Walks in October.

Healthy Walking Group: Walks in October.

By Nolene Cummins

4th & 6th October :  Sol del este to Rafalet

This is a new longer walk through pinewoods to a wonderful viewpoint above Rafalets. 41 and 27 walkers took part and most stayed for coffee at Montevideo in Benitaxell. Many members had returned from their respective countries having spent the summer there and travelling to various parts of the world. It was interesting and enjoyable to share their experiences.

11th & 13th  October : Lliber to Lliber ‘Zoo’.

This walk is another new one to the Group. We met at the far end of Lliber past the traffic lights. The road system has changed to allow residents to park outside their own properties and to prevent hordes of walkers parking their cars outside the houses! It was fun to watch numerous members ignoring the new one-way system! Let us hope they are more attentive in the town!

The walk is level most of the way around the hill but then we take a steep track up past the ‘zoo’. There are sea lions and donkeys, exotic birds and tiny goats. It seems to be a private collection.

38 turned up for the walk on 11th but unfortunately the walk on 13th was cancelled due to rain.


18th& 20th October : Around the Three Windmills at Jesus Pobre

Despite the poor weather all week the group managed to do both walks. 28 were undeterred by the damp weather and all but the tail-enders got to the Bar without getting too wet on Tuesday.  The skies looked even more threatening on Thursday and there was a heavy shower just after we began walking but all 15 and a dog ended up dry but a bit muddy. We chose a different bar, El Sequer for coffee. The walk is almost flat through orchards, vineyards, round the three windmills and old Jesus Pobre. We could hear the hunters shooting all around and a comment was made about having bullet-proof vests, not waterproofs! However one of the hunters assured us we were safe to walk the tracks. We think they were shooting pigeons. The Healthy Walking Group walks are never dull.


25th&27th October :   Ermita at Lleus, and round the orchards and pinewoods

This is one of the more strenuous routes in our collection. It begins in the tiny village of Lleus by the beautiful Hermitage. Very little is flat but it is through  lovely scenery with good views of Calpe Rock and The Bernia. Unfortunately for the Tuesday walkers it was cancelled due to overnight rain and strong winds. However on Thursday the weather was glorious and 27 ‘enjoyed?’ the hilly walk. Despite this, the walk was completed 10 minutes quicker than before. We are all getting fitter!

Most called at Pedrera Bar on the Benissa Industrial Estate on their way home for a welcome refreshing drink.

In November, after the clock changes by one hour, the walks will begin at 10am.

Discounts for U3A Members

Discounts for U3A Members

Don't forget to look on the Moraira - Teulada U3A Website and click on the Discounts Icon for a full list of companies giving discounts to all our members on production of your membership card.

Tai Chi classes have now resumed in Benitachell and Julia Fleming is again offering a discount to all members.

Classes take place on Wednesday's at  10.15am - 11.15am for beginners and 11.30 - 12.30 for improvers.
The classes take place in Calle Valencia, Benitachell, which is on the corner opposite the police station,  not far from the school too, where there is ample parking which is great as Wed. is market day. Call Julia on 619 613 236.




Garlicky pumpkin risotto

Rich, creamy and delicious - this pumpkin risotto is a great for vegetarians and good enough for a dinner party dish.

Serves 6


For the pesto

• large bunch basil, leaves and stalks torn

• 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

• 3 tbsp pine nuts, toasted

• olive oil

• 50g Parmesan, finely grated

For the risotto

• 6 garlic cloves, peeled

• 1.4l hot chicken stock

• 85g unsalted butter

• 400g/14oz piece pumpkin (unpeeled weight), peeled, seeded and cut into 1cm cubes

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 1 small onion, finely chopped

• 400g risotto rice

• 50g Parmesan, finely grated

For the crispy shallots

• 50g shallots, finely sliced in rings

• 100g plain flour, seasoned with salt and pepper

• vegetable oil, for shallow frying


• Make the pesto. Pulse the basil, garlic and pine nuts in a food processor to a coarse paste, adding enough olive oil to produce a loose-textured purée. Pour into a bowl and fold in the parmesan.

• Blanch remaining garlic in boiling water for 3 mins, until slightly softened. Drain, return to the pan with 200ml/7fl oz of the chicken stock and half the butter. Simmer for about 15 mins until the garlic is soft and coated in the syrupy stock. Remove from the heat. You can do this up to 4 hrs in advance.

• Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Toss the pumpkin cubes with the olive oil in a roasting tin, and roast for 10-15 mins until the flesh is just tender.

• Make the crispy shallots. Dust them in the flour and shake off excess. Heat 2cm oil in a large pan and fry until light golden brown. Drain and keep warm.

• Sweat the onion in the remaining butter in a large shallow pan until soft, about 5 mins. Tip in the rice, raise the heat and toast until translucent. Lower the heat and add the remaining stock a ladleful at a time, stirring well until the stock is completely absorbed before you add the next ladleful.

• Once the rice is al dente, fold in the parmesan cheese, garlic cloves and pumpkin and cook for 2 mins. Serve with a drizzle of pesto and the shallots on top.


Christmas Dinner Dance 2016

Christmas Dinner Dance 2016

 There are a few remaining tickets available for the U3A Christmas Dinner and Dance.

These will be for sale at the next general meeting - Monday 7th November 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!

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 the next General Meeting, 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 Meeting 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.

Teulada Moraira Lions Halloween Party 2016

Teulada Moraira Lions Halloween Party 2016

Monday 31st October 2016 18.00pm - 19.30pm

Moraira - Plaza de la Iglesia

Yes, believe it or not, it's already that time of year again! This is a free event to which everyone is more than welcome - it is our way of saying "Thank you" to the people of Teulada-Moraira & the surrounding area for your continuing and generous support of our various fund-raising events throughout the rest of the year. We have games for the children; Fancy Dress; Face Painting; Music etc.

Halloween Night with the Lions always attracts a large crowd of children and adults alike - and this year the Festeras de Moraira will be there as well with a stall selling food and drink to help you keep the Autumn chill at bay - so why not abandon your inhibitions, climb into a scary costume and come on down - we look forward to seeing you!




For the first time the Teulada Town Hall invites citizens and residents to participate actively in establishing the municipal budget and decide about one part of public investments.

Carlos Linares, mayor of Teulada-Moraira informed the press yesterday that between October 25 and November 8 2016 any person registered with the municipality and older than 16 can select projects he/she thinks have priority over other projects, which have been pre-selected, using the website

The Town Hall will dedicate approximately 300.000€ of the municipal budget 2017 towards the realisation of the projects which will get a majority of votes.

Linares explained that the Teulada Town Hall focuses more and more on the implementation of mechanisms facilitating transparency and citizen participation in the process of decision making in public politics. This initiative represents a useful and accessible tool and is part of a much superior process which will lead to progressively rise the level of democratic education and co-responsibility within the citizens and the administration.

In this first edition of the initiative citizens will be able to choose which projects of the, selected projects, should get priority and should be integrated in the municipal budget 2017. The Town Hall will dedicate approximately 300.000€ towards the realisation of the projects the citizens will select.

• Acquire the “Pinaret” on the coast and create a Green Zone. Investment approx. 290.000€.
• Increase municipal accoutrement with a new place for the “Protección Civil” (civil defense) in Moraira. Investment approx. 120.000€
• Build a “Green Path” using the old “Camino Assagador de la Torre”. Investment approx. 50.000€.
• New signalling in the Old Town of Teulada. Investment approx. 15.000€.
• Revitalise and improve the urban Woodland of Moraira. Investment approx. 80.000€.
• Create a path from the “Torre Vigía del Cap d’Or” to the “Llebeig” Beach. Investment approx. 50.000€.
• Reform of the Avenida Mediterráneo. Investment approx. 35.000€.

Additional places where you can deposit your vote should you not want to do it online:
- SIT (Servicio de Tramitación e Información) Teulada.
- SIT (Servicio de Tramitación e Información) Moraira.
- Moraira market on Friday October 28, 2016
- Teulada market on Wednesday November 2, 2016




The department of social services Teulada-Moraira informs that until November 4, people over 65 who have to spend Christmas on their own, because the family lives too far away or out of other reasons, can register and participate in the campaign: “No estés solo en Navidad”.
The programme is being promoted by the welfare centre of the Valencian Community and invites elderly people living on their own to spend Christmas days at the hotel Oropesa del Mar, Castellon from December 23 to December 27.
The offer includes board and lodging, transportation to the hotel, a special dinner on Christmas Eve and a typical Christmas lunch. Also included: an animation programme, culture and sports activities, games, dancing, lectures about health and physical education. Who can apply? You need to be a resident of the Valencian Community, must be older than 65 or be a pensioner because you are handicapped, retired or widowed and 60 or older, you also cannot have any abnormal behaviour and must be capable to make your own decisions.
Please register at the SIT in Moraira.



Teulada Town Hall invites residents to an Information Seminar, dealing with the Practical Consequences of The United Kingdom's Exit from The EU, to be held on Thursday, 3rd November at 10:00 a.m. at the Auditorium in Teulada.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss some of the main practical consequences of the UK EU Referendum for both the EU and UK, and in particular for British nationals living in Teulada Moraira and surrounding areas. The meeting will be an opportunity to hear what advances have been made, and to put questions to members of the Consular Team, Healthcare Team and legal professionals on issues affecting them as a result of this referendum.
The British Consul, Sarah-Jane Morris will inform on The UK Referendum: What we know so far.
There will also be an important section of the presentation dealing with "Access to Healthcare in Spain." At the request of the Consulate, a local, English-speaking lawyer will discuss "The possible legal consequences of Brexit" and legal issues affecting British people here in Spain.
The Mayor of Teulada, Carlos Linares Bañón, and Councillor for International Residents, Laura Hillstead, have reiterated the Town Hall's firm commitment to continue working side by side with the British Embassy and British Consulate, giving assistance to and serving British residents' needs. They encourage people to attend this meeting, which will provide useful and relevant information directly from the source, give them an opportunity to hear the latest developments, and to raise their concerns and questions.


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