Moraira - Teulada

Merry Christmas





Welcome to issue number 90 of the Newsletter

December 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 January 2017 Newsletter:

 30th December 2016


  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 5th December 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.

There is no speaker for the December meeting

Come and Join us for Festive Fun and Games

Christmas Quiz

Guess the Weight of the Hamper

Guess the Weight of the Christmas Cake

Guess how many Sweets in the Jar

Mince Pies

All Free For Members


Message From Our President

 By John Hopwood


I am sure that all our members are aware that Moraira-Teulada U3A now has more than 1,900 members which is really quite remarkable in what is a relatively small community – often referred to as “The Village” – and especially as it is only eight years since our U3A was established.

Unfortunately, with such a large organisation there are considerable responsibilities and without some wonderful folk who come along to assist in the many activities it would just simply collapse and end!

Some other local U3A groups are experiencing extremely serious problems and may be close to folding simply because there is a lack of members willing to step forward to stand for election as Committee members or to help in so many other ways.

Moraira-Teulada U3A, I am relieved to report, is not in that unhappy situation.

However, your Committee really does need more of our members to assist with the various tasks undertaken and necessary to continue our thriving Association.

We believe that if, for example, we had volunteers to assist various Committee members without actually having the responsibility of attending Committee meetings that would very much help with the continuing smooth running and organisation of your U3A.

For example, one or two more to help with the Committee Members with the opening and preparation of the meeting room for General Meetings at 08.30am, more members to assist with meeting and greeting and generally looking after new members attending their first meeting, more to help the existing Social Committee in planning picnics, dinner dances and other informal meetings of members. We need helpers for the Groups Coordinators to assist Prue Jackson and Lynn Clark to prepare the various Groups information desks.

All of the above involves no more than two to three hours each month so not at all onerous or difficult.

Thank you and I do hope some of you will come forward to offer your help to Committee members and it seems to me that if we do have members working with the Committee that will perhaps help at times when the various posts on the Committee need to be filled and when we need replacements.

It always does seem rather embarrassing at AGMs when nobody comes forward to stand for election to our Committee when it plays such an important part in most of our member’s social lives.

Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year to all Members



161212 12th Dec Graciela Kaplan: A Life in Four Acts

Art and History Talk:

12th December 2016

Graciela Kaplan: A Life in Four Acts

Date: Monday 12th December 2016 10:30

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

Subject: A Life in Four Acts

Lecturer: Graciela Kaplan

Former Principal Ballerina Graciela Kaplan talks about the highs and lows of being a ballet dancer.

She will illustrate her talk with photos and video clips of her career and, no doubt, will attempt a few moves herself!

Film 12th December 2016 Eye In The Sky

Film: 12th December 2016

Eye In The Sky


When: Monday 12th December, doors open 17;45, film commences 18:00

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

What: Eye In The Sky, 2015

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

A lieutenant general (Alan Rickman) and a colonel (Helen Mirren) face political opposition after ordering a drone missile strike to take out a group of suicide bombers in Nairobi, Kenya.


Prue Jackson - Groups Coordinator

Prue Jackson - Groups Coordinator

 Group news

New Groups
Scrabble:  Lili Goldman has volunteered to set up a scrabble group, so if you are interested please contact her at
The Padel Tennis group has started up.  If you are a padel tennis player, or if you have previously played tennis or squash and are interested in joining this group please contact Richard Ayre
The introductory meeting of the Support Group took place in November and a good number of volunteers attended.  The Group leader, Rona Hurst, will be giving more details at the December General Meeting and information will be published on the website soon.
Existing groups
Quiz Group This  Group was started over 7 years ago and has proved very popular.  It has always been a FUN QUIZ and has recently taken on a new format with 3 separate Quizmasters taking turns, thus bringing a new approach and diversity to each meeting.  Why not come along and join in?  Both singles and couples are most welcome.  For more details please see the website or contact Les Coughtrey
Film group. Phil  Chaney is advertising for a new group leader. Currently, the duties are very straight forward and just requires some administration and attendance for 8 Monday evenings (to be shared if necessary).  So even those of you who do not spend all your time in Moraira, could be involved. Please give this some serious consideration as the Film Groups are very popular and we need to find a way to keep them going. 


Ukulele Group

Ukulele Group

By John Hopwood.

With a membership of over 1,900 surely we must have a Ukulele player amongst us?

There are now literally hundreds of Ukulele groups in the UK and it is one of the most rapidly increasing popular pastimes for folk who enjoy music, enjoy meeting and making new friends and enjoy learning a new and quite simple hobby.

Sue and I recently attended the Eskulele group in Eskdale in North Yorkshire and what an evening of good fun it was!

Thirty-eight totally amateur players all enjoying an evening together whilst playing and singing along to a very wide selection of tunes, almost all of which brought back memories of times gone by!

Ukuleles only cost approximately €30-50 for a perfectly good instrument so it isn’t an expensive hobby.

By courtesy of the leader of the Eskdale Eskulele group I now have over 100 tunes all with simple chords which are the result of many hours of preparation – so the really hard work has been done!
I would love to hear from any of our members who can play the Ukulele – even an early learner - who would be willing to help me to form a new group within our U3A.

Please contact John Hopwood

Genealogy Group

Genealogy Group

By Noelene Cummins

This new group started at the beginning of October. It had a difficult start as Genealogy through the Internet requires internet connection!  The room at Dr. Calatayud  did not have internet connection. Piotr did his best but for 3 weeks we either had no internet or occasional internet connection. Robert spent much time in the room trying to work out why we could not connect and finally solved the problem. Our thanks to Robert and Piotr.

The group is small but with everyone at different stages of exploring their Family History individual attention is essential. Already we have traced a member’s birth mother whom he never knew. We have found that some family rumours were almost true but not quite and discovered that the ‘Victorian’ strictness was far from the truth as many women were very pregnant before marrying!

Two members are experienced and enjoy helping those just beginning. We often end the afternoon chatting about families and problems in sorting out families, and useful websites.

Unlike the programmes on TV, your Family History cannot be ‘done’ in an hour!

The group meets at 2.30 every Friday at Dr.Calatayud 45

Healthy Walking Group

Healthy Walking Group

By Noelene Cummins

1st & 3rd November       Camis and Trails towards Jesus Pobre

47 and 25 walkers turned up for this walk. It begins at ‘The Blue House’ on the Javea to Gata road. ‘You cannot miss it’, but some people did! It is a flat walk but with good views up Montgo. It passes lots of ‘original’ unaltered Spanish dwellings with their ‘allotment’ type gardens. Originally these would provide for the large families and surplus would be taken to markets. With Mercadona and Mas y Mas providing vegetables there is no need for people to grow lots of vegetables and many gardens are overgrown. While checking this walk on the previous Sunday we chatted to a man who was letting his multi-coloured pigeons have some exercise. He was quite alarmed when it was suggested that they shot pigeons! ‘No, for competitions!’

8th & 10th November   Walk around the hill above Lliber

This is a very popular walk as it is very pretty through trees and the picturesque village of Lliber. Part of the path going out of the village has been restored leaving tile steps of 1cm. It was a sunny morning and one lady with sunglasses on did not see the steps and fell. Although damage to her was slight she was encouraged to return to the car as she was shaking. The walk ends at the Cemetery which was looking lovely after All Souls Day. Those interested spent some time investigating the burial walls. Coffee was in the pretty square where we are always made most welcome. 31 & 32 walkers turned up this week. The attached photograph of walkers standing along the cliff edge ready to jump was taken after the results of the US election were announced!!

15th & 17th November from Las Laderas Urb. through woods and open ground.

After heavy rain overnight and a poor forecast for Tuesday, John decided to cancel this walk. It was a good decision as by 11am there was a strong wind and heavy rain. The weather was much improved on Thursday and 39 walkers enjoyed views of Montgo from a different aspect, some fantastic villas we can only dream about and the almost flat route!

22nd & 24thNovember     Circuit of Granadella National Park

This walk is one of the toughest in the repertoire. It starts at the Information Centre on Cumbre del Sol.and it is almost entirely across the fire destroyed area. The lack of trees and greenery showed up areas that we had never seen before. Everything was black. Deep ravines and stone mounds made a moon-like vista, but there were new views to the sea. Bird feeders and dew ponds to encourage birds are now visible. Tiny green shoots are already showing but the trees will not be replaced in our lifetime. Halfway round, some walkers chose to return the way they came and the rest took the very steep track down to the bottom of the baranca and up the other side. 26 & 19 walkers began this walk. Coffee was at Montevideo restaurant.

Recipe : Mincemeat Loaf Cake

Recipe : Mincemeat Loaf Cake


These are great to have on hand at Christmas time. They freeze superbly.

The mincemeat adds spice and moisture to the cakes.

Makes two loaf cakes.



• 150g soft butter

• 150g light muscovado sugar

• 2 large eggs

• 225g self-raising flour

• 225g mincemeat

• 100g currants

• 100g sultanas

• 50g blanched split almonds                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   INSTRUCTIONS

• Preheat the oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Grease two 450g loaf tins (top measurement 17cm x 11cm) and line with baking parchment.

• Measure all the ingredients, except for the almonds, into a large bowl and beat well until thoroughly blended. Turn into the prepared loaf tins and level out evenly. Arrange the almonds on top of each cake mixture.

• Bake in the preheated oven for about 1¼ hours or until the cakes are golden brown, firm to the touch and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.

• Allow the cakes to cool in the tins for a few minutes, then loosen the sides with a small palette knife, turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool.



Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

Lions Club Christmas Carols. Saturday 10th December 2016.

Teulada Moraira Lions Club Christmas Carols. Saturday 10th December 2016.



Saturday 10th December 2016.

18.00 - 19.30

Pergola delante del Mar

Playa L'Ampolla. Moraira.


For the last 4 years the Teulada Moraira Lions Club have started the Christmas Season at the beginning of December with their “What A Cracker” concert of carols. This year the location has been changed to Pergola Delante Del Mar, Playa D’Ampolla in Moraira. To reflect the move down to the beach area, the name has been changed to Carols At The Beach”, and it will be bigger and better than ever!

As has become traditional, the Salvation Army Band from Madrid will be joining us, but this year we are very pleased to welcome 34 of them, in addition to the Salvation Army Contingent from Denia.

There will be Carols to sing, and on sale there will be Mulled Wine, Mince Pies, Shortbread and Gingerbread Men to enjoy.

The Teulada Moraira Lions will be in their now famous yellow jackets, and will circulate with their collecting buckets. The collection does not go to the Lions, but to help the wonderful work that the Salvation Army does at Christmas to make sure everyone in the Denia area has enough to eat.

Please come along and join the crowd, Carol sheets will be available, and from 1800 hours on Saturday 10th December, Christmas will well and truly start in Moraira!


The English Choir. Carol Concert. Moraira. 8th December.

The English Choir. Carol Concert. Moraira. 8th December.

by Ruth Saunders

The End of a Year in Song.

After a very successful concert entitled ‘A Year in Song’ performed at Salon de Actos, which took the audience on a journey through the seasons of the year and, under the baton of Joanna Baldwin, delighted them with selections from “Porgy and Bess” “Carousel” “The sound of Music” “Phantom of the Opera” ending up with a medley of Christmas Music. The choir are well into rehearsal for the definite end to their year of song. It will take place at 7pm on the 8th of December at the parish church of Moraira when they will be presenting their annual Carol  Concert and sing along. It promises to be great fun with plenty of audience participation, they will join in with  all the old favorites such as “Good King Wenceslas” “Ding Dong Merrily on High “Silent Night”, “It came upon a Midnight Clear” and many many more.  The choir will sing for you the theme from “The Snowman” which Aled Jones made popular. “March of the Kings” to a traditional french tune, Schonberg’s “Bethlehem” from Martin Guerre and John Ratter’s hauntingly beautiful “Angel Carol”. The Choir also seeks to amuse you with their funky version of “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer “and the ever popular “White Christmas” to name but a few of our favorites.

Tickets cost only 5 Euros and all proceeds will be shared between Alzheimer’s Day Centre and Church funds.

Our Ticket Secretary is Janet Brown, please phone her on 96 574 5091 or e-mail: to pre order your tickets

For any other information about future concerts or how to join the choir for next year please phone Judith on 966 480 195



From Moraira Teulada Town Hall

We are delighted to invite citizens of Teulada Moraira to the Presentation of the EDUSI Strategy Document, drawn up by the Functional Areas Benissa Teulada and Moraira in order to participate in the official announcement of cofinanced European subsidies via the operating programme FEDER for sustainable growth 2014-2020. The Presentation will take place this coming Tuesday 29th November at 7p.m. in the Salón de Plenos in the Town Hall of Teulada. We would be grateful if you could please share this invitation with the members of your Association, as it is a matter of general public interest, and thank you in advance for your collaboration. We hope that you can join us and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

Ballet : The Nutcracker. Auditorio Teulada.

Ballet : The Nutcracker. Auditorio Teulada.

Saturday 17th December 2016 & Sunday 18th December 2016

Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the Ballet and what better than the Nutcracker.

Performed by Moscow Ballet.

Time : 19.00

Cost : 26 euros

At Teulada Auditorio.

Blue Zone Parking. Moraira Teulada.

Blue Zone Parking. Moraira Teulada.

Moraira Teulada Parking Changes.


From November 1 to March 31
Monday to Saturday 9am to 2pm

In winter we only have to pay for parking in the blue zones in the mornings.

Free parking on Sundays and from 2.00pm the rest of the week! Until Next April.

Le Cabaret Benissa. December Shows

Le Cabaret Benissa. December Shows

By Eric Taylor

Le Cabaret. La Pedrera Poligon. Benissa

Tel: 608419715

Dear Friends,

It's that time again when we let you know whats happening at Le Cabaret.   We think you will find the entertainment schedule quite impressive and we are sure there will be something for everyones taste.   A big thank you to everyone who has asked after Mikes health, at the moment he is on the road to recovery and all is looking good.   Have a look below and see what takes your fancy, and remember its never too early to reserve your table.   Most cabaret acts are approx 1 hour in length and on those nights will be hosted and compered by Mike Lee.   We can accommodate large groups, and special dietary needs can be catered for, just let us know in advance.



Direct from the UK Gloria Miller brings her award winning show to Le Cabaret. This show is going to sell out so book now! 2 great shows rolled into one.

Tickets 20e Incl 2 course menu


All the hits plus a Christmassy feel to this show will get you in the mood for the coming festivities. Once again not to be missed reserve your table now.

Tickets 20e Incl 2 course menu


Three course Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings plus a fun night with entertainment from MIKE LEE. Start your festivities with a bang! We all had an absolute blast last year and this year will be no different. Get into the spirit of Christmas @ Le Cabaret.

Tickets 25e Incl 3 course Christmas dinner

NEW YEARS EVE  Tickets on sale NOW!

Entertainment with MIKE LEE plus DISCO

27.50e Incl Hot and Cold Buffet and a glass of bubbly to see in the New Year The only place to be this New Years Eve.

Limited availability so reserve your table now!


Please note: Le Cabaret will be open from 12 till 3.30pm Mon 19th Dec / Tues 20th Dec / and Weds 21st Dec for payment in full for New Years Eve. Please be aware that the ticket price is non refundable except for extreme circumstances.



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