Moraira - Teulada


Welcome to issue number 95 of the Newsletter

May 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 June 2017 Newsletter:

 May 26th 2017


  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 1st May 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 this month



Message From Our President

 By John Hopwood


The announcement of the forthcoming election on the 8th June was quite a surprise and I must confess to admiring Theresa May’s absolute determination to ensure that she and the Conservative Party have a very clear mandate to act on behalf of the British population in the coming Brexit negotiations - and I suppose it is a ladies prerogative to change her mind!

Those of our members who are resident here in Spain as well as those who are still resident in GB unfortunately just have to patiently await the eventual outcome to see how Brexit will affect us who live, work or have property here in Spain. I am sure that you will all agree that to have a leader with a clear mandate to represent all of us is an absolute necessity if we are eventually have the best possible results from the tough negotiations ahead.

Laura Hillstead, together with the Ayuntamiento, is again, for the second year, organising a European Day at Font Santa on Saturday the 13th May in the afternoon. Once again, your U3A band has been asked to perform at this occasion and we hope many of our members will join in with this event.

Summer is on its way together with the problems finding a parking space – but it is worth it to live here isn’t it!

CANCELLATION - Next Monday's Art & History talk! 24th April 2017


We have been notified by the Ayuntamiento that the lecture theatre at La Senieta will be closed to us. The lecture that was scheduled will therefore be presented during 2017/2018 season within the new ‘Egyptology’ group.


Regards to one and all,

Brian and Cheda

170517 8th May 2017 History Talk: The Geological History of the Costa Blanca
Date: Monday 8th May 2017 10:30

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

SubjectThe Geological History of the Costa Blanca

Lecturer: Ruby Philpott

Pre-human history is told by 'reading' rock formations which can be considered the natural art forms created by the world in which we now live. This talk will look at the historical journey of the Costa Blanca region through hundreds of millions of years and see how the rocks on which we now walk were formed. It will explain why and how many varied environments came and went together with the animals and plants which once lived here before us.

170529 29th May History Talk: Stirling and its Role in Scotland’s History
Date: Monday 29th May 2017 10:30

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

Subject: Stirling and its Role in Scotland’s History

Lecturer: Tom Stevenson

The City of Stirling sits astride the River Forth at the heart of central Scotland, with its castle commanding the gateway to the Highlands. Due to its strategic importance as a military stronghold several famous (and decisive) battles have taken place in and around Stirling. For many years Stirling was also the capital of Scotland and the castle a royal palace, where future kings and queens were born. This talk explores some of the key events in Stirling’s history, from the earliest days up to modern times.

Film - Monday 8th May 2017 - Sully


Next Film Presentation


(Miracle on the Hudson)

La Senieta Moraira

Monday 8th May 2017.  

Doors open 5.45 Film commences 6.00

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

On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain Chesley Sullenburger (Tom Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.   Tom Hanks underplays Sullenburger but in so doing he brings out the multi-layered human qualities in the man. This is about a man who has 42 years of flying experience and he knows the aircraft like it is the back of his hand. Here is a man who does his job to the best of his abilities and he does it well. He will tell you he is not a hero but simply a man who is just doing his job. From a man with no time he becomes the man of all time. However, he is shaken to his very core when the doubts start to set in as the NTSB rips apart his heroic maneuver. Is Sullenburger a hero or a fraud?   The story rests on Tom Hank's abled shoulders who has built a reputation playing understated and reluctant heroes in Bridge of Spies and Captain Phillips. On first look Hank didn't seem to put on his acting hat, but after a night of rumination his character continues to stay with me. His sullenly insular and taciturn manner displays a fully functioning problem-solver's mind, calculating the probability of survival in that instance when the birds hit the plane engines. Thank goodness he trusts his instincts rather than the computer.

Golden Oldies Music Group News

By John Hopwood

Date – Thursday 11th May

Venue - Saxo Bar, Moraira:

Time – Music from 6.00 to 8.00pm (Bar opens at 4.00pm)

Due to a change in ownership of Café Del Mar we have to move our Music Nights venue.

Suitable venues which are large enough - or welcoming - are few and far between in Moraira and it has been quite a relief that David at Saxo has made us welcome there.

Due to local noise regulations and as the summer performances will be outdoors, weather permitting of course, we will have our summer Music Evenings there from 6 to 8pm – and you can always enjoy a nice meal somewhere local after!

In the cooler months we hope to continue indoors in the concert room but space there is limited whilst outdoors there really is plenty of room for a great evening’s entertainment.

We have already received many bookings from our regular G.O.M.G. members. However, on this occasion as it is our first performance at Saxos and as we will be joined by members of the public, this event is open to all of our Moraira-Teulada U3A members who we hope will come along to experience, support and enjoy their own band’s performance.

Thanks to all who have already booked and as there will not be a charge on this occasion please forgive my not acknowledging bookings – but, of course, it is great to receive them.

At future Music Evenings we may decide to “Shake the Bucket” for charities – but that has still to be decided.

This is an invitation to ALL U3A members to come along and join us for an easy afternoon of  good, popular music from the 50’s to the 90’s including Blues, R& R, Pop, Folk, Easy Listening, Soul, Latin etc. We try to please all tastes!

So, please do make a note in your diaries.

Do come and join us for a happy evening’s entertainment.

Smartphones Tablets and Computers group

By Peter Bayliss


More helpers wanted

These days we all need to use tablets, smartphones and computers but it can be difficult first of all to get started and then to keep up with the changes.

Our group meets on the first Tuesday of each month and we help each other out with using our devices. Our sessions are more social than formal and we could do with some more helpers to share their knowledge.

If you feel reasonably comfortable about using your smartphone, tablet or laptop please consider coming along to our meeting.

Helpers generally find it a rewarding experience helping other members and often learn something new themselves in the process.

Contact the group leader for more info or just come along to our next meeting on 2nd May.

Healthy Walking Report

By John Dimsdale

7th/9th March.  Tracks and Trails around Canor Area

31 walkers met on the Pedrera Industrial Estate on a cold and very windy morning.  Despite the weather conditions everyone enjoyed the walk and 8 met up afterwards at the Pedrera Bar for coffee.

41 turned out for Thursday’s walk on a very warm and sunny morning.  In fact, the weather actually reached 25 deg. later in the day, in complete contrast to the weather we experienced on Tuesday.  En route we met an old and familiar friend who often joins us on this walk.  He is a Golden Retriever who has been accompanying us for at least 5 years, although he is now a bit slower and considerably overweight. 22 walkers met up for coffee at the Pedrera Bar where we all basked in the warm sunshine.

14th/16th March.  Cumbre Del Sol.  La Granadella Park to viewpoint and back

After continuous and very heavy rain all day on Monday,Tuesday’s walk was cold, windy and extremely muddy.  However, 20 walkers  braved the elements and actually enjoyed the walk despite the weather.  10 made their way to the bar in Benitachell situated behind the church for a nice warm cup of coffee and a chat after the walk.

32 walkers met up on Thursday when the weather was much better and less muddy.  The sun managed to shine and  20 gathered at the Riding Stables bar/restaurant for coffee and a chat afterwards

21st/23rd March. Teulada Berdica Railway Walk

38 walkers met on Tuesday 21st on a very bright, warm and sunny morning at the Poligono car park in Teulada.  Many turned up in shorts for the time this year owing to the beautiful weather.  This walk crosses the railway track up towards Benissa and, owing to track works, no trains were running as was quite evident by all the weeds growing along the rusty tracks.  26 of the group returned to the Poligono Bar and were able to sit outside in the warm sunshine to enjoy a cold drink or cup of coffee.

28 walkers arrived this Thursday morning, less shorts with the exception of John, the Group Leader, who was sorry he hadn’t put his jeans on by the end of the morning.  The weather was much cooler and very windy in contrast to the beautiful weather we experienced on Tuesday.  This time the route was walked in reverse to take in the beautiful scenery  from a different direction.  Once again coffee was at the Poligono Bar where 14 of our group enjoyed a chat and a well deserved drink.

28th/30th March.  Teulada-Font Santa Cisca.

Once again a lovely sunny and warm morning when 40 group members turned out.  This walk is probably one of our harder routes (steep) but everyone managed quite well.  On route we stopped at the Belgian artist’s house to admire his work both in the garden and house.  All enjoyed the stop very much and were surprised they hadn’t seen the work before.  27 went for coffee at the end of the walk in bar Pan Pan Jamon  at Sol Park.

4th/6th April.  Teulada – around the Camis Font Sant – Borda – Sisca

There were 31 walkers  who enjoyed a very pleasant, albeit steep  and rugged walk in places this morning.  The views are breathtaking in both directions on this particular walk, particularly when the sun shines, as it did this morning.   21 members went for coffee afterwards  at Pan Pan Jamon.

Unfortunately, due to a last minute hospital appointment, Thursday’s walk had to be cancelled.

11th/13th April.  Javea Golf Club:  Around the paths and woods of Ladoga/Las Laderas

Due to Group Leader John and his wife Terri going on a U3A trip to Cartagena, group members Dave Gower and Irene Craig stepped in to cover the walk.  18 members arrived and enjoyed not only the walk but a short stop to see both horses and ponies en route.  Once again the weather was sunny and the views to Montgo and Cumbre extremely pleasant.  The walk was,  as always, followed by  a gathering at the local bar behind the church in Benitachell.

Albeit a different group from Tuesday, the same number of people turned out for the walk on Thursday morning.  Once again, as we expect this time of year, the weather was pleasantly warm and everyone enjoyed themselves.  Once again several of the walkers went for coffee in Benitachell.

Tuesday 18th.  Teulada:  Font Santa – Borda – Sisca

23 Walkers arrived this morning for another variation on this fairly difficult walk.  Once again very hilly and rocky in places, taking in the very interesting views and finally passing the artist’s house which we have visited on previous walks.  Those walkers who wanted to take refreshments afterwards met up at Pan Pan Jamon.

Recipe - Habas (Broad Beans)

By Dot Garrett

Broad Beans - In the markets now and full of protein and vitamins A, B1 and B2.

What to do with them?

The creamy texture of broad beans complements sharper, salty flavours perfectly. Toss beans with Greek cheese to create a tasty topping for bruschetta, combine with lemon juice and anchovies for a zesty salad base or combine with bacon bites as a traditional spanish starter.

Use Broad Beans with seasonal Asparagus in this vegetarian recipe -

Asparagus and Broad Bean Tart


• 500g pack shortcrust pastry

• 500g broad beans

• pack of asparagus

• 2 x 250g tubs ricotta

• 250ml tub crème fraîche

• 4 eggs beaten

• 100g Parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) or other hard cheese, grated

• zest 1 lemon

• knob of butter

• salt & pepper


• Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Roll out the pastry and line a 28cm tart tin. Chill for 30 mins.

• Cook the broad beans for 1 min in a pan of boiling water. Drain and refresh under cold water, then peel off the outer layer. Place the peeled beans to one side.

• Lightly fry the asparagus in a little butter and season with salt and pepper.

• Line the tart with greaseproof paper and fill with baking beans. Bake for 10 mins, remove the paper and beans and cook for 15 mins more until light golden. Remove from the oven and reduce temperature to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Set aside the pastry while you make the filling.

• Mix the ricotta and crème fraîche with the beaten eggs. Stir in the cheese and lemon zest, then fold in the broad beans, taking care not to break or crush. Spread over the tart case, then place asparagus on top. Bake for 30-40 mins, remove and serve warm with salad.

Forthcoming Social Events 2017


The members of the Social Events subcommittee are pleased to announce that they have arranged the following social events:

• Summer Dinner Dance at Salón Canor - Friday, 23rd June

• Evening trip to Benidorm Palace - Thursday, 26th October

• Christmas Dinner Dance at Salón Canor - Friday, 8th December

You may like to make a note of these dates in your diaries.  Please note that we will not be open for bookings for the October and December events until later in the year, so please do not contact us now.

Tickets for the Summer Dinner Dance will be on sale at the General Meeting 1st May - details as follows:

• Date - Friday, 23rd June 2017

• Venue - Salón Canor, Teulada

• Time - Cava Reception 7:00 p.m., Dinner 8:00 p.m.

• Tickets - 25 euros each to include a welcome glass of cava, 3 course meal and drinks during the meal.

• Dress Code - Smart - no jeans or shorts please

• Music - Ian Henry will be playing background music in the lovely gardens of Canor during the cava reception between 7:00-8:00 p.m. (weather permitting) and also dinner music during the meal.  He will then be joined by his wife, Gill, when they will perform as Double Impact and provide party time dance hits that span the years.

If you wish to join us for what promises to be a spectacular evening, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to one of the General Meetings 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 and then download the form.

A few copies of each will be available at the General Meetings for those members without computers.

If you have any queries, please contact Steve Higham

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.



Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

Vive 2017 !! Moraira Gastronomic and Commercial Fair

From 28th April To 1st May 2017
Gastronomic and Commercial Fair
Location: Esplanade del Castillo

See and taste what local businesses of Moraira & Teulada have to offer, there is something for everyone!

The Event is organised by AECO - the Association of Business & Commerce - is being held in front of Moraira Castle. In total there are about 15 establishments and businesses.

There will be various performances music and games.

Music programme -

Friday 28th April:
13.30: Jazzify
16.30: Take 4 Band
19.00: Ocean Spray
22.00: Duo Zodiac

Saturday April 29 :
13.30: 8 Track
16.30: Inti Cardosa
19.00: Just Us
22.00: The Liverpool Band

Sunday April 30 :
13.30: Fefa Gomez
16.30: Txeco Rojo
19.00: Black Glitter
22.00: DJ Toño

Monday May 1 :
13.30: McLucas Band
16.30: The Shamrockers
19.00: Georgie & Firelights

Macmillan Cancer Support Event








Blues Brothers and Sister Act in aid of Alzheimers Teulada.

By Peter Johnson

Next up the Blues Brothers and Sister Act promises to be a great finale to this series of shows.

It's not just a show - it's a party!!

When - May 18th 2017 8.00pm

Where - La Senieta

Tickets - 15 euros

Contact - 966491917  email -


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