Moraira - Teulada


Welcome to issue number 97 of the Newsletter

July 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 August 2017 Newsletter:

Friday 28th July 2017


  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 3rd July 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 July Meeting

The Tapas talk and demonstration by Eileen Haxton has been rescheduled for the September General Meeting.




Message From Our President

 By John Hopwood


Towards the end of each month I receive the dreaded message from Dot Garret, who does a wonderful job producing the monthly Newsletter, “Sorry, it’s that time again John. May I please have your President’s message?”

Last month I mentioned religion and the previous month politics. Both resulted in some response from members which is really gratifying – even if a couple were complaints that I had touched on those two sensitive subjects with opinions which differed from theirs!

I’m beginning to feel a little like Mr Leapy Lee who, in his column in the Euro Weekly News relishes making comments which he knows will be controversial and which he also knows will upset approximately half his readers and encourage great support from the other half.

I suppose, like Mr Lee, that I really am not troubled by a couple of complaints about what I may have written when I receive many more agreeing with my sentiments.

However, following the recent election results it is probably advisable that I avoid politics this month!!!

So, a complete change – but I am very much hoping for some serious response from many of our members!!

Looking through the local press I was really disappointed to note that other U3A’s seem to be much more “on the ball” in generating publicity for their clubs than we are in Moraira-Teulada U3A.

In the Euro Weekly News which I have just read:-

Javea U3A enjoyed a large article regarding their last monthly meeting’s speaker.

Then Marina Baixa U3A had a large article with a couple of photos all about a day out for 42 of their members on a bus trip to the Cherry Valleys.

On the next page a good article concerning Oliva U3A’s AGM welcoming new members (number unknown) and it was interesting that with a total of 534 members they couldn’t raise a quorum so had to have some entertainment before they could properly start their meeting. There was a photo of their new Committee.

Blow me – on the next page Val De Pop U3A had some great publicity including a photo – celebrating their President and his wife’s 35th wedding anniversary. Best wishes to them but – Wow!  That really is an enthusiastic effort to create publicity!

Come on Moraira-Teulada U3A!!!! We are far larger in numbers than any of the aforementioned and we have so many great events organised by the many group leaders. Get your ‘phones or your cameras out and take some pics and write a short report - perhaps only approx. 150 - 200 words and a good photo – especially, please, you Group Leaders.

We have a very good and enthusiastic Publicist in Eric Taylor who has all of the right contacts in the local press and all you need to do is send him your report on your group’s event together with some photos and he will do his best to ensure those are published.

Eric can be contacted on

It’s time for the largest U3A group in the Costa Blanca - and probably in the whole of Spain - to show who we are and what we do!

I hope all our members are enjoying the summer and that you are making the most of the many events organised by U3A and by the local Ayuntamiento.

Best wishes to all,


Since preparing the above to send to Dot there have been some extremely sad events in the UK, particularly the Manchester Bombing followed by the London Bridge and Borough Market events and now the absolutely dreadful tower block fire. I am sure that all of our members will join me in grieving for all of those affected. It all make one feel so helpless!



New Feature - Your Letters

By Newsletter Editor

Please send your views and observations by the copy date as shown above.


From Brian Nicholls

I was intrigued by the comments from the member who clearly took offense at your May contribution. Debate is healthy in any democratic society and it might be worth reminding everyone next month that both the original steering committee and the first elected U3A committee sought not to stifle debate, but to not be seen to promote any possibly controversial issue be it religious, political or whatever. After all we now have a debating group.

Dear John
I don’t know how much of a response you will get from the normally silent majority such as me, but I would like to assure you that, along with all the effort you put in to the U3A, your monthly message is much appreciated.
Of course, the message is a personal comment on current events as they affect us and you should not have to modify your message, especially not for people with a complete lack of humour or who are intolerant of any views that differ from theirs.
Keep up the good work and don’t let the B****s grind you down!
​Best ​Regards
Peter Bayliss.

John, I have just read your message in the latest U3a Newsletter. I, for one, agree wholeheartedly with the comments and sentiments that you expressed. Well done sir and keep up the good work. Many thanks from a grateful member. Regards Neil. 

From Mike Lawson

 I too was annoyed at our President's support for Teresa May in the previous newsletter.  As you quoted in your report in the June newsletter, the President replied to the person who had complained, "If it had been any other party in power I would also have wished them well."  Would he have shown similar support for Jeremy Corbyn even if the latter had, as our President wrote, "a very clear mandate to act on behalf of the British population in the coming Brexit negotiations".  Knowing our President, I think not.  
In his Message From Our President in the June U3A Newsletter, our President wrote, "Perhaps this month I will receive a similar message condemning my mentioning of [Muslim] religion".  Why?  What he wrote was nothing to do with supporting a political party, and was everything to do with showing warm emotion for those Muslims who are opposed to the terrorist actions of the extremists in that faith.  Totally different.  I suspect that, subconsciously, our President is really making a put-down of the person who had criticised him in his May message.  


People should be allowed to express their views and feelings – this idea that politics should never be mentioned is a typical english thing – look at the europeans they talk about political affairs all the time!
There is nothing to say in U3A that politics or religion cannot be discussed – it is just presuming that these subjects cant be touched on.
People are far too sensitive and need to get a life!
I personall myself endorse every word that John Hopwood said in his last newsletter – will I be like Joan of Arc and burnt at the stake!!!!?
Vanessa Price
Help Wanted -
Can anyone help by advising me about driving from Moraira to Calais but avoiding the toll route as much as possible. I have used the AP7/E15 many times but I think this can be avoided. Thanks and Kind Regards. Ed Morley.


U3A Member donates Electric Organ

Geoffrey William Shean, a British resident of Moraira and active member of Moraira Teulada U3A, currently leader of the Classical Music group,has donated a Yamaha electronic organ to the Music School of El Poble Nou De Benitatxell.

The music school in Benitachell were delighted and the director of the School, Antonio Catalá, thanked him for this donation and has stated that the organ was of great quality and has already a classroom. It will be used for musical classes and accompaniment of instruments. "Sometimes, these models possess special acoustics, which electronic organs don’t have nowadays," he said.

Geoffrey  had purchased the high-quality organ in 1992 for £1,500, and after enjoying it for many years, decided he would donate it to the music school as it “may be useful for other people, and for their enjoyment”.



Social Event - Benidorm Palace

Your Social Events Committee have organised an evening at Benidorm Palace to see their new production "Rubi" this is to celebrate the Benidorm Palace 40th Anniversary!

Date : Thursday 26th October 2017

Total Cost of the evening is 63 euros. This includes transport to and from Moraira.

Sample Menu -

Mediterranean Cream Soup

Norwegian smoked salmon on a bed of salad

Iberian Pork Steak with pepper sauce, apple puree, potato gratin and sauteed veg.

Chef's special dessert

The Menu includes 1/2 bottle of wine and Cava

Fish or Vegetarian menu is available if booked in advance.

Tables are for groups of 6 people. If you wish to be seated with friends we shall endeavour to accommodate your request.

Timing details will be sent to you prior to the event.

Bookings will be taken at the General Meeting on Monday 3rd July 2017.


No Cook Recipes

By Dot Garrett

 In this exceptionally hot weather some ideas without using the cooker!



Delicious cold soup to sustain us at lunch time


700 g firm red ripe tomatoes

10 cm piece of cucumber, peeled and chopped

2 or 3 spring onions, peeled and chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

½ large red or green pepper, deseeded and chopped

1 heaped teaspoon fresh chopped basil

4 tbs olive oil

1½ tablespoons wine vinegar

salt and freshly milled black pepper


Place the tomatoes in a bowl and pour boiling water over them; after a minute or two the skins will loosen and slip off very easily.
Halve the tomatoes, scoop out and discard the seeds and roughly chop the flesh.

Now place the tomatoes, cucumber, spring onions, crushed garlic and chopped pepper in a liquidiser, adding a seasoning of salt and pepper, the herbs, oil and wine vinegar.
Then blend everything at top speed until the soup is absolutely smooth.

Taste to check the seasoning and pour the soup into a bowl. Stir in a little cold water to thin it slightly – anything from 150-275 ml – then cover the bowl and chill thoroughly.
Serve the soup with four ice cubes floating in it.

For the garnish:

small croutons

finely chopped cucumber and spring onion

Marinated Chickpeas


• 1 small red onion

• 1-2 fresh red chillies , deseeded

• 2  ripe tomatoes

• 1 lemon

• extra virgin olive oil

• sea salt

• freshly ground black pepper

• 1 jar chickpeas , drained

• 1 handful fresh mint , chopped

• 1 handful fresh basil , finely ripped

• 100 g feta cheese

• salad leaves


• Finely slice the red onion. Finely slice the chillies then roughly chop your tomatoes, mixing them in with the onion and chillies.

• Place all of this into a bowl and dress with the juice of half a lemon and 3 tablespoons of good extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste.

• Add the chickpeas. Allow to marinate for a little while and serve at room temperature.

• Just as you're ready to serve, give the salad a final dress with the fresh mint and basil. Taste one last time for seasoning. Place on salad leaves and crumble over the feta cheese.

Garlic and Sundried Tomato Hummus


1 jar Chickpeas, drained

2 tbs sundried tomatoes

4 tbs water

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper

2 garlic cloves


Process all ingredients until smooth.

Serve with Pitta bread.


And finally an easy Chicken Salad - Moraira Friday Market sells fresh spit roast chickens!

Delicious, shred the chicken and serve with a bag of lettuce leaves, chopped sundried tomatoes, grapes and some crumbled blue cheese - simples.

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.

Healthy Summer Activities On The Beach

The Teulada Moraira City Council Has organized for another year the "Teulada Moraira Saludable" with the objective of creating healthy activities on the beaches of the municipality, providing more to offer for vacationers and local residents by maintaining a permanent activity on the beaches.

The activities offered are taixi (tai chi),  pilates, swimming, aqua-gym, circuit training and running, and will take place on the beaches of the municipality from Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from June 26 with the exception of swimming that will begin on July 1.

The offer, which is free, will be active throughout the summer until September 15 when all activities will end.

The councilor of sports of Teulada Moraira, Mario Font , explained that  "one more year has been agreed by this council and a program of activities organised by the great take up in the past and to continue giving to the beaches of the municipality  a permanent offer as much for Neighbors as well as visitors."

Moraira Patron Saints Fiestas - 7th - 23rd July 2017

Moraira Patron Saints Fiestas - 7th to 23rd July 2017


Enjoy the celebrations of 2 Fiestas in honour of:
"Nuestra Sra. de los Desamparados" & "Virgen del Carmen"

The programme is not yet released by the town hall but the two saints days are -

Saturday 15th JULY 2017

Dont miss the procession and spectacular firework display by the castle in Moraira.

Sunday 16th JULY 2017

Again - procession including taking the colourful statue of the Virgin from the church, paraded around the village and then taken out to sea with the local fishing boats, to bless the fishermen she protects before amazing fireworks including aquatic.

Other events -

14th July  - Flower Offering Parade

Street processions, mascleta (fire crackers) Open-air dancing with various bands and disco, bull running and much more...

A coloured brochure and programme of events is produced and published by the Fiesta committee and the advertising revenue helps with financing the fiesta.




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