Moraira - Teulada




Welcome to issue number 91 of the Newsletter

January 2017 


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 February 2017 Newsletter:

 January 27th 2017


  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 9th January 2017

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 January meeting

Please note: The Membership Renewals Desk will be open before the start of business.


Message From Our President

 By John Hopwood


The end of one very busy and eventful year and, hopefully, the start of another.

Last year was a significant year for our U3A with record membership of almost 2,000 which is possibly the largest in Spain and perhaps even larger than any of the UK U3A associations. I would love to learn of any which actually do exceed ours in membership.

Once again, it was a year when we said a sad goodbye to a few of our valued members.

Amongst all of those I have to mention Shirley Baehr who was a founder member of Moraira-Teulada U3A and remained as an extraordinarily active Committee Member and Groups Coordinator right up to the time of her death. We miss all of them and thank them for their various contributions to our association.

 We start this New Year with hope and enthusiasm and all of your Committee Members work so hard on your behalf to ensure all of our members enjoy the various Group and social activities which are available.

All of us who are fortunate enough to live here or to enjoy holiday residences in such a beautiful area of Spain welcomed the recent rain which has, thankfully, replenished the empty reservoirs and after all we have been able, over the Christmas period, to enjoy some wonderful days of blue skies and warm sunshine.

It is always such a pleasure to sit at one of the many outdoor bars and cafes relaxing in the sunshine greeting one or more passing members of our U3A.

Long may it continue!!

Best wishes to all members of our U3A and to your families for continued good health and happiness in 2017.

170109 Art Lecture 9th Jan 2017: Domenico Chiocchetti and Orkney's Italian Chapel

Art Lecture 9th Jan 2017: Domenico Chiocchetti and Orkney's Italian Chapel


Date: Monday 9th January 2017 10:30
Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)
Subject: Domenico Chiocchetti and Orkney's Italian Chapel
Lecturer: Angela Chantry

550 Italian prisoners of war, captured in North Africa during World War II, were brought to Orkney in 1942 and set to work on the construction of the Churchill Barriers, four causeways created to block access to Scapa Flow. The base commandant and the camp's padre agreed that a place of worship was required and so a chapel was constructed by the prisoners, using the very limited materials available; the light holders, for example, were made out of corned beef tins! The sanctuary end of the chapel was painted by Domenico Chiocchetti (a talented painter before the war), whilst fellow-prisoners decorated the rest of the interior. They created an astounding and truly unique place, which has become an enduring symbol of peace and hope around the world. The story of how the chapel came into existence and survived against all the odds is both fascinating and inspiring.

170130 History Talk: Famous Quakers

History Talk: Famous Quakers

 Date: 30th Jan 2017

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

Subject: Famous Quakers

Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic

 Some great Quakers:

Frederic Horniman the Tea Merchant and John Cadbury the Chocolate Magnate made their fortunes by refusing to add hedge clippings into their tea blends and brick dust mixed with poisonous red lead into their drinking chocolate mix. Their products were exactly what was written on the tin! Both these men were honest Quakers and people trusted their products implicitly!

It is not surprising that by 1891 the Horniman Tea Company became the largest tea company in the world. John Horniman spent much of his fortune setting up a notable museum for his local fellow beings so that they could get a window on life in other parts of the world.

John Cadbury was as successful but his legacy lies in his philanthropy. He built his workers the village of Bournville and most surprisingly for the time gave them basic medical and dental care. The Bournville estate now covers 1000 acres (4 km²), providing homes for some 25,000 people.

These are but two examples of great Quakers who helped to shape our world. There are so many more such men that we shall be exploring…

Film 9th Jan 2017: Eddie The Eagle

Film 9th Jan 2017: Eddie The Eagle


When: Monday 9th January, doors open 17;45, film commences 18:00 end 19:40

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

What: Eddie The Eagle

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

Eddie the Eagle follows the realisation of the childhood dream of Michael Edwards (a.k.a Eddie), and his unflinching determination to become Great Britain’s first Olympic ski-jumper. Reluctantly aided by former ski-jumper Bronson Peary as his coach, Eddie is unwavering in his quest to reach the 1988 Calgary Winter Games. Eddie the Eagle is an uplifting, inspirational story that celebrates human spirit, passion, and one man’s refusal to accept
Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) stars as Eddie and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) as coach Bronson Peary. The film is directed by Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine on Leith) and produced by Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman: The Secret Service) alongside Adam Bohling, David Reid, Valerie Van Galder and Rupert Maconick.
Eddie the Eagle is joined by a supporting cast that includes Jo Hartley (‘This Is England’), Tim McInnerny (‘Blackadder’), Keith Allen (‘Robin Hood’), Iris Berban (‘Rosa Roth’) and Rune Temte (‘The Last Kingdom’), Christopher Walken (‘Catch Me If You Can’) and Jim Broadbent (‘Bridget Jones’ Diary’).

Click here to view media.


Membership Renewals 2017

Membership Renewals 2017


There will now be six opportunities for you to renew your membership for 2017.  The dates are as follows:

• Thursday, 5th January 2017 in the theatre at La Senieta, Moraira.  10:00-12 noon.

• Monday, 9th January 2017 at the General Meeting in Teulada.  Desks open 9:30-10:30 a.m.

• Monday, 23rd January 2017 in the theatre at La Senieta, Moraira.  10:00- 12 noon.

• Monday, 6th February 2017 at the General Meeting in Teulada.  Desks open 9:30-10:30 a.m.

• Thursday, 23rd February 2017 in the theatre at La Senieta, Moraira.  10:00-12 noon

• Monday, 6th March 2017 at the Annual General Meeting in Teulada.  Desks open 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The Committee have once again agreed to offer a 50% discount to all current members.  This means that, as long as you renew by 6th March 2017, the subscription for 2017 will be 5 euros per person.  Please ensure that you bring along your current membership card.

If you did not renew your membership in 2016, you will need to rejoin and pay the full subscription of 10 euros per person.

If you are not in Spain during the period January-March, then you can give your membership cards and subscriptions to a friend who will be able to renew on your behalf.

There will be 3 renewal desks as follows, so please ensure that you join the correct queue.

• Surnames A-F

• Surnames G-O

• Surnames P-Z

If you have not renewed by 6th March, then you can still renew at any of the General Meetings in Teulada, but you will be liable to pay the full 10 euros subscription fee.  However, until you do renew, you will not be able to

• Attend or join any groups

• Join any of the travel trips

• Receive the enews bulletins

• Receive the newsletters

• Participate in any social function

• Continue to belong to our Facebook closed group (forum)

If you do not intend to renew your membership for 2017, please email me so that I can note our records accordingly.

New Members are also welcome to join on the first five of the above dates.  The subscription for new members for 2017 will be 10 euros per person.  Please click on this link to download our Application Form.

Please note that the New Members desk will not be open at the Annual General Meeting on 6th March 2016.

Pat Clarke

Membership Secretary


Support Group

Support Group

By Rona Hurst

The U3A Support group is now up and running. We still need more volunteers especially if you can speak Spanish;  if you are interested please let me know.

Our help includes someone to take you to the hospital or doctors for an appointment, taking you shopping or doing it for you if you cannot manage, walking your dog or maybe doing some cooking for you or DIY or gardening.

Most importantly it just might be someone for you to talk with, and I am sure we can offer many other ways of help as well. Everything will be confidential.

We need you to know that you will not be on your own should there be a bereavement in the family. So the support group contact number for Rona is 634 324 693 email.


Dance Group

Dance Group

By Lynn Clark


Calling all Dancers – Jive and Salsa

 The Dance Group starts back after its Christmas break on Thursday 5th January 2017 at Saxo Club in Moraira. (next to Fishy Fishy).

 The classes are  run by professional dance teacher John Sandham and this season they will be organised slightly differently. They will commence with a basic 6 weeks course for beginners Rock and Roll (Jive). At a discounted cost for U3A members of €25. The initial class starts at 14.00 until 16.00. Please take your U3A membership card with you to receive the discounted price.

 Lessons for Salsa classes will commence  in February and news on that will follow soon.


Canasta group Christmas lunch

Canasta group Christmas lunch

By Sandy Bianco

Yet another very successful year for our canasta group. All subs go towards a lunch or dinner whenever funds allow.
This time we had a super 4-course dinner at Premium Plus in Moraira, 16 of us attended but some members were either in UK or had prior plans.
We are such a sociable group and meet at Sol Park tennis club bar on Mondays weekly at 2pm, all are welcome.
Vall Del Pop U3A Publish Book

Vall Del Pop U3A Publish Book

By Sheila Skinner: Parcent U3A Member, Vall del Pop


Our  Writers Group are asking other U3A groups if they would be happy to promote and support the activities of our Vall del Pop U3A.  I believe there maybe even some common memberships between us.

The Jalon Valle Writers Group. part of our U3A activities, has recently had an Anthology of Short Stories and Poetry published. Which, of course, is quite an achievement for aspiring writers.

The book contains a wide and very varied selection of styles and genres from 9 members of our Writers Group and is published and available through UP Publications website.  All details are on our own allinthemix facebook page.

The special thing about this book, apart from the fact that we hope readers will enjoy it, is that us authors have pledged our royalties to Jalon Valley HELP Charity and so far have raised over 500 euros to support the important work they do in and around this area.

Vall del Pop U3A celebrates their 10th anniversary this year and Jalon Valley HELP 25 years next year, so both have cause to celebrate.

We hope that fellow u3a-ers will share our pleasure at this achievement, which we feel reflects the aims of U3A groups everywhere, of whatever type of activity.  That is to stimulate interest, enrich our knowledge and widen our horizons and achievements.  We feel that the publication of ALL IN THE MIX represents these and we sincerely hope that we can raise interest in potential buyers and help us to raise even more funds for our local Charity.


Milkman Quotes

Milkman Quotes

By Margaret Roberts

Home Milk Deliveries

Most of us will remember the Milkman, delivering milk everyday and later bread and groceries.

These are some of the notes that were left out for the “Milkie”. All are supposed to be true, they certainly sound it!

“Dear Milkman, I’ve just had a baby, please leave another one”

“Please leave an extra pint of paralysed milk”

“Cancel one pint after the day after today”

“Please don’t leave any more milk, all they do is drink it”

“Milkman please close the gate behind you because the birds keep pecking the tops off the milk”

“Milkman, please could I have a loaf but not bread today”

“Please cancel the milk. I have nothing coming into the house but two sons on the dole”.

“Sorry not to have paid your bill before, but my wife had a baby and I’ve been carrying it around in my pocket for weeks.”

“When you leave my milk please knock on my bedroom window and wake me up because I want you to give me a hand to turn the mattress”

“Please knock. My TV’s broken and I missed last night’s Coronation Street. If you saw it will you tell me what happened over a cup of tea?”

“My daughter says she wants a milkshake. Do you do it before you deliver or do I have to shake the bottle?”

“Please send me a form for cheap milk, for I have a baby two months old and did not know about it until a neighbour told me”

“Please send me details about cheap milk as I am stagnant”

“Milk is needed for the baby. Father is unable to supply it”

“From now on, please leave two pints every other day and one pint on the days in between except Wednesdays and Saturdays when I don’t want any milk.”

“My back door is open. Please put milk in the fridge, get money out of the drawer and leave the change on kitchen table in pence because we want to play Bingo tonight”

“Please leave no milk today. When I say today I mean tomorrow, for I wrote this note yesterday”

“Milkman, please put the coal on the boiler, let the dog out and put the newspaper inside the screen door. Ps don’t leave any milk.”

“Please do not leave any milk at No 14 as he is dead until further notice”.


All I can say is Poor Milkman, up at the crack of dawn, out in all weathers but, mostly, staying cheerful.


Seen In Barcelona

By John Sheppard

On our recent U3A trip to Barcelona, that was most enjoyable, I happened upon these two shops!

A good pairing eh!


Recipe: Caldo Gallego

Recipe: Caldo Gallego

By Dot Garrett


As we have experienced recently with the cold and wet weather, Spain in winter can be difficult to feel cosy.

A nice comforting bowl of home made soup is often the cure!

Caldo Gallego is the traditional soup of Galicia in the coastal northwest of Spain. Greens, pork, beans and potatoes make a hearty, healthy meal to stave off the damp cold of winter.

Caldo Gallego


• 300 grms dried white beans

• 1 ham knuckle, or 1 ham bone, or 1 ham hock, or 1lb. pork bones

• 1 tbsp salt

• 1½ tsp paprika (preferably Spanish)

• ¼ tsp pepper

• 450 grms potatoes, peeled and diced

• 1 bunch greens, rinsed and coarsely chopped

• 2 spanish chorizos, 200 grms, cut into pieces



• Soak the beans overnight in cold water.

• Rinse beans then add them back to the pot with the pork.

• Cover with 2 litres of water and season them with the salt, pepper and paprika.

• Bring to a boil, then turn down heat and simmer 1 hour covered. (Skim off foam)

• Remove the pork bones from the broth and add the potatoes, greens, and chorizo.

• If you like, pull the meat of the bones and add back to the pot.

• Return the pot to a simmer and cook for 30 more minutes.



Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

3 Kings Parade 5th January 2017

3 Kings Parade 5th January 2017


5th January 2017 Moraira and Teulada

Moraira - Procession at 17:00 through the streets from the Beach to the Church square. (Playa de l'Ampolla & Calle Iglesia)

Teulada - Procession at 18:30 Avda Las Palmas to the Town Hall Square - followed by the distribution of presents to the children.

The Desperados in Concert 26th January 2017

The Desperados in Concert

26th January 2017

By Peter Johnson


Magnum Productions Charity Concerts Present “The Desperados”

A Benefit Concert for the Teulada – Moraira Alzheimer’s Society (AFA)

 Magnum Productions are proud to present the best tribute to the Eagles here in Spain.

The “Desperados” will be performing in Espai la Senieta, Moraira on Thursday the 26th January starting at 8pm.

The Desperados are a fabulous tribute to the legendary Eagles and the last time they performed in Moraira the show was a sell out with a long waiting list. The band will be performing all the Eagles classics such as Tequila Sunrise, One of these Nights, Lyin’ Eyes, Witchy Woman, Desperado and of course the evergreen “Hotel California” plus many, many more.

So shake off those post-holiday blues and book your tickets for a great show in a lovely theatre priced at only 15 euros.  There will be a full bar available and we will be holding a raffle. All proceeds will go to the Teulada – Moraira Alzheimer’s society (AFA).

For tickets and information please call 966 491 917 or email

For information on all our events please call 966 499 954 / 618017201 or email


Moraira / Teulada Townhall

Moraira / Teulada Townhall


By Laura Hillstead


As announced at the Town Hall of Teulada's recent Brexit Information Seminar with the British Consul, Sarah-Jane Morris, a MOTION ON THE NEED FOR A BILATERAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN SPAIN AND THE UNITED KINGDOM IN REFERENCE TO GREAT BRITAIN’S EXIT FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION ("BREXIT") was taken to the Plenary Session for November at the Town Hall of Teulada (29/11/2016).

The motion, aimed at pressing to safeguard the rights and obligations of British Nationals in Spain and Spanish Nationals in the UK post-Brexit, was presented by the Mayor, and was passed by 9 votes in favour and 8 abstentions.

It was agreed that the motion will be sent to:

• The Diputación de Alicante provincial government

• The Consell of the Generalitat Valenciana regional government

• The Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación (Ministery of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation).

It will also be sent to:

• The British Government

• The British Embassy Madrid

• The British Consulate Alicante

We shall continue to urge both governments to begin negotiations as soon as possible in order to reach an agreement – a common strategy - respecting and maintaining the social and political rights of British citizens in Spain, and, in turn, those of Spanish citizens in the UK.

 We shall continue to urge the Generalitat Valenciana to maintain and guarantee the services it is responsible for in terms of Health, Education and Social Services to British citizens.

 Please find below the said motion in English.

Town Hall of Teulada

 Carlos Linares Bañón, Councillor for the Partido Popular Municipal Group and Mayor of the Town Hall of Teulada, with DNI 53.215.413-Z, using the powers vested in me by Law 7/1985 of 2nd April, regulating the bases of the Local System, and the Royal Decree 2568/1986, of 28th November, whereby the Regulation of Organisation, Functioning and Legal System of Local Bodies is approved, article 97.3, propose to the plenary session of the Corporation the following:



On 23rd June 2016, British citizens participated in a referendum to decide on remaining part of the European Union. The voting, against all forecast and prediction, has chosen to situate the United Kingdom outside the European Union, together with 64 million British people. By a minimal margin, the British people said “Yes” to Brexit.

Convulsion and uncertainty then took control of the British and European economy and of the British citizenry, inside and outside of their country of birth. An uncertainty which has three main levels: political; economic; as citizens. The first of these, the political, affects the European construction and consolidation processes. The economic repercussion is evident, especially in our province with strong and leading tourist and business sectors, as they are on the Costa Blanca.

However, the citizen level is the one with which this Council must be most concerned, since our British neighbours who have chosen the province of Alicante to live in and enjoy their lives, and more specifically, Teulada Moraira are many. They are people who have integrated into our society and play an important role in our community.

At the same time, we want to support the working and social rights of the Spanish citizens and those from Teulada Moraira who would like to spend time in the U.K, and enjoy opportunities there: furthering their education, in employment or undertaking their life project, since our two countries are joined by a close and warm relationship.

Moreover, Teulada Moraira is very grateful for the contribution which our resident British community makes, and which is especially notable in fundraising, voluntary and cultural activities. We understand that these activities constitute an excellent vehicle for integration and that they encourage a strong sense of social cohesion, friendship and solidarity.

Furthermore, these people have a deep commitment to Teulada Moraira and have formed strong, positive relationships and links with the town, via friendships, relationships, employment, associations, all of which involve a common element: working together. They are part of the fabric of our community. We have a commitment to them and to defending their rights, opportunities and obligations as equal members of our citizenry.

EU citizens have been able to elect and be elected in municipal elections in Spain since this right was recognized in the 1999 Maastricht Treaty. This has enabled them to vote in elections to choose their mayors and councillors, to stand as candidates for election and to represent voters at the local level, as has been the case and as it is currently.

For all of the aforementioned reasons, and given the social and economic importance of the more than 86,000 British people who live in our province, and more specifically, the more than 3,000 British people in our municipality, and the importance of our coexistence, the Partido Popular Municipal Group proposes to the plenary session of the Town Hall the adoption of the following


• To urge the Spanish Government to continue defending, as it has up to now, and actively informing all Spanish citizens resident in the United Kingdom until the type of exit from the Union and its date are made definitive, and also on how this will affect their status in the country.

• To show the wish and position of this corporation and of the municipality in the sense of maintaining the legal status, and, in the same way, all of the political and social rights of the British residents faced with the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

• To send this motion to the Diputación de Alicante provincial government, to the Consell of the Generalitat Valenciana regional government, and to the Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Cooperación (Ministery of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation).

Teulada, 22nd November 2016

 Signed: Carlos Linares Bañón


Town Hall of Teulada


Le Cabaret Benissa.

December Shows

By Eric Taylor

Le Cabaret. La Pedrera Poligon. Benissa

Tel: 608419715



 Saturday 7th Jan  STEVE DELANEY

Back by popular demand. Steve kicks of 2017 with his fabulous show at Le Cabaret. Bring your dancing shoes as he will certainly have you on the dance floor

Tickets 15e Incl. 2 course menu



 Performed by NICK BAKER.

 All the hits that have made Robbie Williams the huge star he is today. Angels, Let Me Entertain You, Feel, No Regrets, plus a whole load more. Reserve your table NOW!

 Tickets 20e Incl. 2 course menu.



Performed by Stars in Their Eyes finalist ROB LEWIS

Rob is the No. 1 tribute to Phil Collins and we are pleased to have him back at Le Cabaret. All the hits plus more!

Tickets 20e Incl 2 course menu.



Yep this fun show is back at Le Cabaret. The ultimate tribute to the masters of Rock 'n' Roll. Under the Moon of Love, Heartbeat, Three Steps to Heaven, plus a whole host more. A great fun night out.

Tickets 20e Incl. 2 course menu



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