Welcome to issue number 70 of the Newsletter - April 2015  


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  newsletter-editor@u3amoraira-teulada.org


  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 6th April 2015

at the Salón de Banquetes, Avenida del Mediterráneo, Teulada at 10:30 a.m.

Doors open to members at 09:30 a.m.

This will be an Extraordinary General Meeting to approve the 2014 Accounts

also to agree to move the AGM date

The speakers for April 6th are John and Meri Snell.
The subject of their talk is The Lions. The history of the Lions, how they were formed and the charities supported by them.
Jill Cole

Message from President


This is the first Newsletter for 2015 as we have been looking for a new Editor. What did we do with Pat Clarke? Well, at the AGM  we had a some changes on the Committee and we persuaded Pat to have a change of role from being Editor of the Newsletter to replacing Sue Popkin as Membership Secretary, this left us without an Editor. I would like to thank Pat for all the work she did as Editor over the last four years and would like to welcome Dot Garrett to the role of editor. I am taking this opportunity to say Thank You for all the work that the Committee did in 2014 making the running of the U3A so smooth, with a special thank you to those that stepped down in December and welcome to the new Committee members.

The 2014 Accounts are now on the website and will be approved at the April meeting. To view the accounts, follow this link  http://www.u3amoraira-teulada.org/accounts-2014/

First Aid Course
A company has been found that can provide us with a basic first aid course but to make it feasible we need at lease 12 people to attend.  If you would like to attend could you please send an email to Jill Cole 
150427 History Talk 27th April 2015 Eva Perón: her life, her legacy and the legend

History Talk 27th April 2015 Eva Perón: her life, her legacy and the legend

Date: Monday 27th April 2015 10:30

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

Subject: Eva Perón: her life, her legacy and the legend

Lecturer: Angela Chantry

Maria Eva Duarte de Perón (7th May 1919 – 26th July 1952) was born in poverty in 1919 and died of cancer in 1952, at the age of 33, the richest and most powerful woman in Argentina.   It has been claimed that her rise to power became an almost unbelievable account of intrigue, bloodshed and pure chicanery.  Whatever her critics may say, there was a fatal fascination about Eva Perón that remained, even after death  -  an aura of passion that has become a legend.

150420 Art Talk 20th Apr 2015: The Life and Work of Ansel Adams, Landscape Photographer

Art Talk 20th Apr 2015: The Life and Work of Ansel Adams, Landscape Photographer

Date: Monday 20th April 2015 10:30

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

Subject: The Life and Work of Ansel Adams, Landscape Photographer

Lecturer: Peter Atkinson

 Ansel Adams (1902-1984), who worked mainly in the ‘High Sierra’ of the western United States, is arguably history’s most famous landscape photographer.  His joint passions for photography and wilderness began at the age of 12 on a family holiday in Yosemite where he was given a Box Brownie.  In the late-19th and early-20th centuries photography was dominated by ‘Pictorialism’, work that mimicked painting.  Adams was an advocate of “pure or straight photography” that was not “derivative of any other art form”.  In this lecture, we shall look at his work, not only as a photographer but also as a writer and teacher, and as a pioneer conservationist where he used his reputation and high profile to become an influential figure in Washington.

April Film - One Chance

April Film - One Chance

Teulada-Moraira U3A – Film Group
Monday, 13 April 2015
5:45pm doors open, for 6:00pm start (ends 7:45)
Salón de Actos, La Senieta, Moraira U3A Membership Card for entrance (free) – NO booking required
Biopic starring James Corden as 'Britain's Got Talent' winner Paul Potts.

The film charts Potts' rise to fame, from his humble beginnings as a timid shop assistant to an internationally-renowned opera singer thanks to his success on the 2007 British talent show.

Following a string of failed chances, dismissals from his idol Pavarotti and unforeseeable accidents, Paul's determination and talent enabled him to battle through against the odds and achieve his lifelong dream.

Another ‘feel good’ film!

Spanish Themed Party

Spanish Themed Party

We will be holding a Party for our Members at Font Santa

Tuesday, 19th May.  11:00 a.m. start

€7.50 per person  to include a Portion of Paella from our Giant Paella to be made on the premises, a welcome glass of Sangria, full programme of entertainment from Poco Loco Steel Band and Duo Intermezzo who will perform popular opera and, in their second set, music to dance to.

Entrance by ticket only €7.50

200 tickets will be on sale at our next meeting on 6th April and, subject to availability, on 4th May. Just bring some shade, glasses and drink and anything you wish to accompany your Paella.

We understand that the 19th May will not suit everyone, but this has been determined by the availability of the venue, the caterers and the entertainers.

For further information contact David or Eileen

Save the date - Our late summer Dinner Dance at El Canor will be held on Friday, 25th September 2015. Details will be issued in June.


Easter Phrases

Easter Phrases

By Pauline McGough



Easter week, Holy week - Semana Santa

Easter - Pascua

Good Friday -Viernes Santo

Easter Monday - Lunes de Pascua

Easter Egg - Huevo de Pascua de chocolate


Easter Poem

Easter Poem

By Chris King

Creative Writing Group




Synonymous with early Spring

Its date is astronomical

Its nature’s re-awakening

A Christian tale to chronicle


After the vernal equinox

The first full moon will show the way

By calculations orthodox

Next Sunday will be Easter day


It’s a Christian celebration

To denote Christ’s resurrection

Or an end of term vacation

And nature’s rejuvenation


So indulge your inner beast a

Chocolate egg, part of your feast a

Chocolate bunny at the least a

Way to celebrate your Easter


Easter Recipe

Easter Recipe

Wholemeal Hot Cross Buns

By Dot Garrett

Serves: 8 

• 1 tablespoon dried active baking yeast

• 300ml warm milk (45 C)

• 2 eggs, beaten

• 75g butter, softened

• 475g wholemeal flour

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

• 75g currants

• 85g mixed fruit peel

• 5 tablespoons honey

• 125g plain flour

• 125g butter

• 1 egg, lightly beaten

• 2 tablespoons milk


• In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over half the warm milk. Let stand until creamy, about 15 minutes.

• In another bowl, mix two eggs and butter into the remaining warm milk.

• Place the wholemeal flour in a mixing bowl and add the salt, nutmeg, currants and mixed peel. Make a well in the centre and put in the yeast mixture, butter and egg mixture, and honey. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 8 minutes.

• Lightly oil a large mixing bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, make the crosses for the buns: Mix together plain flour and 125g butter to make a pastry. Roll out the pastry and cut in thin strips, set aside.

• Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 16 equal pieces and form into round buns. Place them on lightly greased baking trays.

• Hang the prepared strips of pastry over the buns loosely so that they touch the baking tray on each side. This allows for the expansion of the buns. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas mark 7.

• Beat together one egg and 2 tablespoons milk. Brush the buns with this mixture and leave them in a warm place for 20 minutes to rise.

• Place a tray of hot water in the bottom of the oven to make it steamy. This gives the buns a thin, soft crust. Bake the buns in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until they are golden-brown. Cool them on wire racks and serve them split and buttered


Join our Facebook closed site/forum if you want to sell, buy, borrow or ask a question

Join our Facebook closed site/forum if you want to sell, buy, borrow or ask a question

Following requests by members to have a space to advertise items they wish to sell, buy, lend, borrow or just ask questions, we have set up a Facebook group: U3A Moraira-Teulada Members.

To protect against spam and scams as far as possible, the group is closed and can only be accessed by active members of our U3A (i.e. who have renewed their Moraira-Teulada membership for the current year).

If interested, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/u3amembersmoraira/ and request to join the group. The group's administrators will check your membership status, before confirming your access. Please note that if your your membership lapses because you have not renewed it for the current year, you will be removed from the group.

A Facebook account is required to join the group. When requesting to join, please use your real name and email address, as we will check membership status before approving the request. If, for any reason, your Facebook account is under a different name, please let us know, so that we can check your membership.

We hope that you will enjoy this new facility and we will welcome your feedback.

For Terms and Conditions please see website.




Pillowcase Dresses

A simple pillowcase can be made into a dress and delivered to girls living in poverty in the developing world.  Dress a girl around the world sends dresses to over 75 countries for example Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Haiti and India.

 We are still looking for people to make dresses. It’s a very simple pattern to follow and very easy to make. Once you start it’s a bit addictive and people often end up making more than one dress!

For pattern instructions and more information about the charity please go to: www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com/pillowcase-style-pattern

Please send made dresses to me and I will forward them to the UK Distributor.

If you would like to donate pillowcases or Cotton fabric (25”x 44”) I will gladly make the dresses, however I shall need them before 21st May 2015.

(If you are using pillowcases, please ensure that they are clean and have no marks on them and also that they are not too see through).

.Every girl deserves at least one dress!        Thank you for all donations.

For more information please contact

Val Mills

 96 574 5973

686 120 552


Neighbourhood Watch Alert

Neighbourhood Watch Alert

I am sorry to report that one of our Coordinators was robbed on the way back from the NHW AGM. It was in the Carrefour car park in Finestrat/ Benidorm. It took seconds, the robber was a 'deaf' man they had sent away some 30 minutes before. They knew he was signing people up to a fake petition for a home for the deaf - as a distraction. He came back to them 30 minutes later, totally silently and with incredible dexterity took her handbag. Taken was her passport (you will remember that I had only returned from the UK some 10 hours before the NHW meeting) mobile and credit cards, telephone, etc.  While her husband phoned the police she searched for the man, found him and confronted him. He was NOT deaf!! A photo was taken of him. He then hit her with his clipboard, the phone went flying onto the floor. I chased him to the getaway car, noted his accomplice and the car registration number.The photo of the robber went to their experts and immediately a match was found and all the papers were signed identifying him. She visited the emergency health centre and has an accompanying certificate for injury during the robbery. This will increase his likelihood of going to prison. All the transactions at the Guardia were in Spanish.

The next day a denuncia  was completed at the Guardia Civil station. They knew about me because the local police had forwarded the details AND because Neighbourhood Watch, Cumbre, Benitachell had sent out a warning with the car registration number- and the Guardia Civil are on their. mailing list

It is useful to note that it appears that Trafico only now do prior booked appointments and hers is 8 April. Until then she has no driving licence. The UK Passport Authority are going to take (can you believe this!!) at least 8 weeks. All this has been made easier becauseshe had photocopies of her SIP card, driving licence and passport.

The person has been very honest and wrote as below as well as informing me of the incident.

"I do not think that my loss was negligence on my part but I do regret not having phoned the police when I first saw this man. If I see such people in carparks from now on I will call the police. You never know, the man you identify might be already on their list and your evidence will add to their case in court."

It just goes to show that we need to be ever vigalent and if unsure notify the Guardia Civil or Policia Local.

Geoff Salter

President Vecinos Cooperando y Colaborando de Espana


Baby and Toddler Equipment

Baby and Toddler Equipment


 Are you having visitors this summer with babies/toddlers or children who may need some special facilities?

You can borrow most items:

Cots, high chairs, pushchairs,  car seats and boosters, rocker chairs for babies and  a sterilizer unit.

This is a free service unless you would care to make a small donation to MABS cancer support group.

Please book early to avoid disappointment.

Contact me on either: 96 574 4850 

                                  618 869 370

              or email:       sandyebianco@gmail.com