Moraira - Teulada


Welcome to issue number 93 of the Newsletter

March 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 April 2017 Newsletter:

 March 24th 2017


  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 6th March 2017

This Meeting is the Annual General Meeting

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 this month

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


Message From Our President

 By John Hopwood


As we approach the Annual General Meeting I would like to thank all of our members who contribute so much to our U3A and to the enjoyment of their fellow members.

We are lucky to have such a wonderful Committee with members who contribute so much time and effort to ensure the smooth running and organisation of our association.

We are lucky to have so many Group Leaders who strive to make their individual Groups enjoyable, successful and attractive to fellow members who benefit from so many of the varied activities available.

We are lucky to have the benefit of all the work that the Website Editors do to make it so informative and interesting and also the Newsletter Editor who prepares so much useful information to circulate to all our members.

My sincere thanks to all of those who do so many of the sometimes small but necessary jobs such as manning the doors and setting up the sound system at General Meetings. My thanks also to those who come forward to assist with setting up tables, lighting etc. when we have social events.

If I have forgotten anyone then I hope they will accept my apologies. With such a vibrant and active organisation there are so many who do so much to help make our lives enjoyable

Of course, we could always manage to welcome a few more volunteers to assist with various small tasks e.g. helping to look after new members at General Meetings!

Anyway, a final thank you to so many members who attended the last meeting and I look forward to welcoming everyone to the Annual General Meeting on the 6th March.



Art & History Talks

By Cheda Panajotovic


I have had a recent computer failure and could do with your help.

For those who attend or wish to attend the ART and HISTORY talks and want to receive our twice monthly bulletin please can I ask for you to send me your names and email if you are not receiving our regular lecture reminders.

Thank you for your assistance and I look forward to seeing you at the next lecture.

170313 History Talk: Charles II The Wilderness Years

Date: 13th March 2017 10:30

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

Subject: Charles II - The Wilderness Years

Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic

This is the story of an exiled Prince who lived his young years as a Royal Pauper. From the age of 12 young Charles spent most of his time with The Royalist Army, witnessing first-hand the carnage that was the English Civil War. After the defeat of the Royalist army there was a price on the young man's head and he had to flee. As a teenager he lived in exile in France and the Netherlands depending on handouts from family and secret Royalist supporters. It was here that he learned of his Father's execution. In 1650, when he was 20 years old he was proclaimed King of Scotland and with an army he invaded England but was defeated by Oliver Cromwell at the Battle of Worcester. He again escaped into exile and on the 29th May 1660, his 30th birthday, he was invited back to London to re-claim his throne as The Rightful King. Thus began the Restoration.


170327 History Talk An Afghan Disaster 1879-80

Date: 27th March 2017 10:30

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

Subject:  An Afghan Disaster 1879-80

Lecturer: Brian Nicholls

In recent years Afghanistan has become a regular topic of discussion for Western politicians and media. Britain’s association with this troubled part of the world goes back to the first disastrous conflict in 1840 which was followed by two more in 1879 and 1919.

Afghanistan stood between the might of Imperial Russia to the north and British India to the south. Between India and the Afghan border were the Tribal Territories of the North West Frontier. This whole area has been described as ‘one of the most legendary places on Earth... No area of comparable size has seen so much action, bloodshed, intrigue, gallantry, savagery, devotion, patience or sacrifice.’  The political and military machinations in this area were often referred to as ‘The Great Game’, but for the participants it was certainly no game.

This talk concentrates on the events leading up to and following, the murder of the British Envoy Sir Louis Cavagnari and his small escort in the residency at Kabul in the autumn of 1879. This was followed by the catastrophic destruction of a British military force by the rebellious Afghan army.

These events, following the Great Sepoy Mutiny of 1857/8, and the defeat of a similar British force at the hands of the Zulus one year earlier, were a serious blow to the morale of the Empire.

In both cases retribution soon followed but it had been clearly demonstrated that the British Empire was not invulnerable and those lessons were learned and stored away for use many decades later.

Film - The Walk 13th March 2017

Next Film Presentation

La Senieta Moraira

Monday 13th March 2017.  Doors open 5.45 film commences 6.00

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

The Walk

Twelve people have walked on the moon, but only one man - Philippe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) - has ever, or will ever, walk in the immense void between the World Trade Center towers. Guided by his real-life mentor, Papa Rudy (Ben Kingsley), and aided by an unlikely band of international recruits, Petit and his gang overcome long odds, betrayals, dissension and countless close calls to conceive and execute their mad plan. Robert Zemeckis, the director of such marvels as Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future, Polar Express and Flight, again uses cutting edge technology in the service of an emotional, character-driven story.

New group Folk/Pop Music


Do you sing or play a musical instrument? Do you like folk/pop music? If so Pauline Jacobs would love to hear from you and you could get the chance to play in a group. You would need to be able to commit to a weekly 2-hour session, to devise and rehearse a repertoire of folk/rock/contemporary music with a view to eventually performing in public for the benefit of our U3A members.

If you are interested please contact Pauline

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.


Healthy Walking Group February 2017

Regular Walkers’ New Year Dinner

This ‘get together’ was supposed to celebrate the New Year but to avoid clashes with other events in the area it was held on 1st February!

Walks are on Tuesday and Thursday and walkers do not often meet other group members who walk on a different day.

 55 regular walkers and partners met at Sataris Restaurant to dine at 7pm. All were seated on time and thoroughly enjoyed the excellent meal served by Abi Satari and his staff. Nothing was too much trouble and the delicious courses were served very efficiently. There was no seating plan and walkers were able to chat to people they had not met about shared experiences.

Quote ‘We were on a table of 10. We knew no one but had a great time chatting to such friendly people’. Karen.

 Leader John Dimsdale welcomed everyone and hoped they enjoyed the meal and the company and thanked people for turning up for walks, because without them there would be no walks!

Brian Cummins, co leader, thanked John for his dedication to leading walks twice a week and Robert Verbruggen, co leader, who plans the walk schedule, took the photographs.

 It is a joy for the Leaders to be with such a delightful group of people and we are all fortunate to spend time out and about in this lovely countryside.

 John, Terri, Robert, Frieda, Brian, Noelene


By John Dimsdale

31st Jan/2nd Feb Rafalet to Las Laderas  

29 walkers met at the Rafalet car park on a glorious morning.  Although chilly at first all were casting layers by the end of the walk.  It passes through woodland, small fields and past interesting fincas in various stages of disrepair and renovation and, of course, the inevitable groups of barking dogs.  The most soothing sound was from the large pigeon loft a little way into the walk.

42 walkers turned out on Thursday despite many having been at the Regular Walkers Dinner the previous evening!  It was damp and foggy but it cleared as the walk started.  27 returned for coffee at Montevideo in Benitachell and the poor waitress ran out of cups!

7th/9th Feb. Benissa Cemetery to Senija and back via Senija Cementery!  

42 walkers met at the large car park by the cemetery including several new members.  It was cool and very breezy but sunny when we set off but as we walked through the fields to Senija walkers began to discard layers of clothing.  The blossom was just beginning to show on some of the trees.  Some walkers were interested in the little cemetery and Leader Brian commented that we often lose walkers there!  This walk is slightly longer than previous  walks this year but all took it in their stride.  Most returned to Pedrera Bar for coffee.  We hope the new members enjoyed the walk.  

26 did the same walk on Thursday.

14th/16thFeb.  Parcent Northern Loop  

32 walkers met in Parcent for the first of two Almond Blossom Walks.  Due to the heavy rainfall we have experienced over the past few weeks the blossom was two weeks earlier this year.  A few stops were made during the walk to enable many of our walkers to take some beautiful photos before the blossom disappeared.  The day started a little chilly but the bright sunshine soon warmed us all up.  The walk and views were breathtaking and most enjoyable.  There were a few new faces on the walk who appeared to enjoy the morning and were made very welcome by our regular walkers.   Coffee afterwards was in Jalon as on Tuesdays Parcent appears to shut!

39 walkers met once again in Parcent only this time the walk was done in reverse.  The weather was a little cooler and overcast with heavy cloud over the mountains.  Unfortunately we had a casualty this morning when one of our ladies slipped and fell in the mud.  However after a brief first aid stop we all continued on our way. Coffee afterwards was at the Social Centre where 22 thirsty walkers enjoyed a hot drink.

21st/23rd Feb. Parcent Blossom Route  

28 walkers met in Parcent and were greeted this time by warm sunshine.  The group leaders were pleasantly surprised to see Don McIntosh return to our fold after a serious road accident last summer. Don did extremely well during our 1 1/2 hour walk. The walk split into two at roughly midway point with Robert taking some along the level track whilst John took the main group further along to the base of the mountains.  Although there was still some blossom much has been stripped from the trees by the very blustery winds we have experienced lately.  After the walk 18 members met up for coffee at Los Amigos in Alcalali where we were able to sit outside in the warm sunshine. Unfortunately, due to the rain, the walk scheduled for 23rd February had to be cancelled.


Memorial Tribute to Shirley Baehr

By Margaret Roberts 

On an unusually cold and miserable day, on 11th February, about 150 people gathered at Moraira Park for a commemoration to dedicate a bench bought by members of U3A Moraira-Teulada, in memory of the late Shirley Baehr. Shirley, who was one of the founder members of Moraira-Teulada U3A, was the Group Coordinator from almost the first day of its inauguration, in 2008.

Shirley was a very enthusiastic committee member and, as Group Coordinator, many of her ideas for new Groups are still running successfully.

Shirley’s family flew out from various parts of the world to Moraira to join her husband Laurence, her family and many friends and members of U3A for the remembrance.

The current President, John Hopwood, gave a short speech and glasses of cava were raised in a toast. The bench is placed near an olive tree planted to commemorate the late Pamela Kershaw, the original founder member of this U3A, and when a short tribute was made by former President Ann Colclough, Ann wryly commented that “they can now talk to each other forever”, which brought a burst of laughter from those present.

The bench is in a lovely position in the park behind the beach, near to the Petanque rinks and looking out to sea. Members are encouraged to visit the area.

Members Poems

Two Poems submitted by members to help us appreciate this diverse area where we live!!

By Phil Panter - member of U3A Creative writing group

Stormy weather

Who would be a persiana, with its life of ups and downs

Defender against the Spanish sun, protector of the household frown

But all that changed in Jan. 17, when the great storm hit our town

The snow, the rain, the hail, the hell...the week the persianas stayed down!

It was far from over in a flash of lightning, the good Lord’s firework display

He snarled and growled with a voice of thunder...for day, after day, after day

It was the week when the beach came to you thanks to winds so high

To look up was to blink, to repel, the sandcastles in the sky

So many Brits thought SAD a winter factor we had long left behind

For the Brexit fearing, bent on returning, it was there to remind

Where else could we count up to, and on, 300 days of sun

You should forget the storm and Brexit and the urge to run

It was a bad week for the weak, but it’s time to see the light

The sun has returned, the persianas are up, let’s stay and fight


By David Harding - Brother in law of member Jean Mudge


I am a lady-driver, even though I’m just a bloke,

I drive ladies round in Southern Spain, believe me, it’s no joke.

I’m familiar with Benidorm, Moraira, Calpe too,

There’s no country lane or motorway in Spain that I can’t do.


But it can be quite confusing, when approaching intersections,

As the ladies shout, together, contradictory directions.

I’ve got Pat and Jean and Sylvia, all good at navigating,

Saying “Left!” “No! Right!” “Straight on!” “Go Back!” and “Why you hesitating?”


Even sister Jean, behind me, can be somewhat disappointing,

Saying “That Way!” right behind me.  I can’t see which way she’s pointing!

“Now go right!  No! Left!”  Says Sylvia, “Yes! Left is right, I’m certain,

And if right is wrong, left must be right!”  Pat tells me “Keep your shirt on!”


So I carry on regardless, with my driving quite assertive,

‘Til I see two Spanish coppers, looking dutiful and furtive.

But I haven’t had a drink all day, so no need to be fearful,

And I smile as I go past.  I’m acting nonchalant and cheerful.


As I drive on past the coppers, looking shy and unobtrusive,

I resist the urge to bellow something vulgar and abusive.

I’ve been driving these three ladies for two weeks, that’s fourteen days,

And at every turn and junction each suggested different ways.


Yet we’ve been to lovely places, wined and dined, enjoyed the sun,

Haven’t killed too many cyclists, well, in fact, not even one!

I’ve been confidently driving, never nervous, cross or tense,

And at least one lady of the three spoke up in my defence.


Pat said. “Listen, he’s the driver and no matter what we say,

He will listen, then ignore us and go on his own sweet way!

And he hasn’t bashed the car about, or swerved and made us ill,

Also, once or twice he’s bought a round or even paid the bill.”


“He’s found parking spaces where there isn’t room to park a car,

And he’s driven very willingly and never said “too far”,

So speak kindly to our driver, he who’s driven us in Spain,

‘Cos he hasn’t done so badly, and we might need him again!”


March Recipe - Baked Rigatoni

By Dot Garrett


An in between season dinner! It is still not warm enough to think of summer meals so lets enjoy some filling and warming food for a little while longer! And when the weather warms up this can still be served accompanied with a side salad.



• 500g dried rigatoni pasta

• 1 onion, finely diced

• 3 cloves garlic, minced

• 200g  salami, chopped into small chunks

• 175g mushrooms, quartered

• 1 red chilli, finely diced

• 400g tinned tomatoes

• 25g butter

• 1 cup water

• 1 cup light cream

• 100g Parmesan cheese, grated

• 100g Pecorino cheese, grated

• Big handful fresh basil leaves

• Olive oil

• Salt and freshly ground black pepper

• Extra grated Parmesan to serve                                                                                                                                  METHOD

• Pre-heat oven to 180˚C (350˚F)

• Fill a large pot with cold water, add a good pinch of salt, a glug of olive oil and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Add the rigatoni and cook for 8 minutes over medium-high heat. Remove pasta from heat, drain and transfer back into cooking pot, coat with 1 tablespoon olive oil to avoid sticking and set aside.

• Into a large, deep saucepan add 1 tablespoon olive oil and warm over medium heat. Add the finely diced onion, a pinch of salt and fry for 2-3 minutes, then add the minced garlic and cook together for a further 5 mins.

• Add the butter, then the mushrooms, salami and chilli and cook for 5-10 mins combining all ingredients together. Add in the tinned tomatoes, water and cream, basil leaves, 50g grated Pecorino and Parmesan and stir everything together, seasoning to taste at this point with salt and black pepper. Finally add the cooked rigatoni and coat the pasta thoroughly in the sauce.

• Empty the contents of pan into a deep baking dish, scatter the top with the remaining grated cheeses and bake in the pre-heated oven for 40-50 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbling.

• Serve hot with extra grated Parmesan and crusty bread.



Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

The Liverpool Band in Concert in aid of the Teulada – Moraira Alzheimer’s Society (AFA)

Saturday 25th March 2017 15 euros.

La Senieta, Moraira


The next charity concert scheduled by Magnum Charity Productions on March 25th features the renowned “Liverpool Band”, probably the best Beatles tribute here in Spain if not Europe. The Liverpool Band regularly play in the famous “Cavern Club” in Liverpool with authentic instruments, stage act and performance and with excellent vocal harmonies emulate the Fab 4 to a “T”

This will be a great opportunity to dig out those flower power shirts, loon pants and hippy beads and enjoy this fabulous tribute to the best-selling band of all time.


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

Las Fallas Valencia

Las Fallas is celebrated in the Valencian region from 15th till 19th March.

Our nearest towns to celebrate are Benidorm, Denia and Gandia but for the true experience Valencia is the place to be.

Every March Valencia gets ready to welcome the spring. The streets fill up with joy and the hustle and bustle of the Fallas festival, the utmost expression of the merger of tradition, satire, art and sentimentality for one's homeland. The Valencian people live their most international fiesta to the maximum and their kind and natural character invites you to visit the city and join in this fiesta, where everything that is bad is burnt and reborn from the ashes to welcome a new season.

Origin of the Fallas.

Just before spring, in the city streets, the carpenters guilds stopped working at night and burned in front of each workshop the rustic parot (a wooden device used for lighting). To feed the fire, these artisans accumulated old strips and chips of wood together with old junk collected from the neighbourhood. Afterwards, the parot would be brought to life with rags giving it a human form, with an old hat as the head, and so the Ninot figure was born.

These figures, protagonists of any skit in the neighbourhood, the city, the country and the world were then placed on a pedestal so they could be seen in the distance. Another fundamental aspect that helps understand the meaning of the Fallas is the ”Llibret”, which contains in rhyme “la relació i explicació de la Falla” (the relationship and explanation of the Falla). With all of this combined we have the real Valencian falla.

Festivities Program.

The festivities program for the Fallas Week originates from the heart of the Fallas process. An example of it is the “ninot indultat” (pardoned ninot), a tradition that was asked for by the people. This lead to an exhibition of the best figures, one per Falla, with the general public as the jury, and these were saved from being burnt. All the pardoned ninots are exhibited in the Fallas Museum.


From 1 to 19 March, every day at 2 pm in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the city vibrates to the sound of the traditional mascletà, a display of gunpowder explosions that beats out a unique sound. Afterwards, the city’s terraces fill up as people go to enjoy a typical aperitif and some traditional Valencian food under the Mediterranean sun.

La plantà

On the night of 15 to 16 March the plantà (installation) takes place, when the falleros and falleras, the men and women who construct the fallas (monuments), get together to work through the night on erecting them, to have them finished by dawn on the 16th.

Fireworks and the Nit del Foc.

Every night from 15 to 18 March, the sky of Valencia is filled with the light and colour of impressive firework displays. At 12 midnight, people gather on Paseo de la Alameda to enjoy the best display of colour and light. Not to mention the spectacular Nit del foc (Night of Fire), which is held during the early hours of the 18th and offers a fireworks display which is the only one of its kind in the world.

Ofrenda de Flores (Offering of Flowers)

On 17th /18th March all of the city’s fallas commissions will take place in a parade from their respective districts to the Plaza de la Virgin in order to make an offering of flowers to Our Lady of the Forsaken, the Patron Saint of Valencia. The celebration takes place from 4 pm until past nightfall. With all of the bunches of flowers given by the falleras to the Virgin, an impressive 15 metre-high tapestry is formed on the main façade of the Basilica and a mantle is made for the Virgin.

La Cremà (The Burning)

On 19 March all of the sculptures, both those in the large and the children’s categories, go up in flames. At 10 pm the Cremà of the children’s sculptures begins. Two hours later it is the turn of the large monuments. The falla in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento is the last one to burn, at 1 am in the morning. It is always preceded by a small display of spectacular fireworks which fill the square with noise, light and colour, leading to the Cremà of the city’s last falla and with it the end of the festival.



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