Moraira - Teulada


Welcome to issue number 98 of the Newsletter

August 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 September 2017 Newsletter:

Friday 25th August 2017



There is no General Meeting in August


Message from Newsletter Editor

By Dot Garrett.


Hello everyone. I hope you are enjoying this lovely summer break, some with friends and family and others who go away from this very hot weather. For those of you who like me are sitting inside with the aircon on here is a little light relief and a few events to entice you out!!

Please send any stories or information you would like included in the newsletter to me -

If the link does not work please paste the above address into your send space by email.

New Feature - Your Letters

By Newsletter Editor

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


Hi to Dot Garrett;

 I am writing to you about a message written by your President John Hopgood in your newsletter number 96 dated June 2017.

 John wrote that he was criticised by another member for mentioning the ‘election’ in a previous issue (95) and that ‘politics’ was not discussed in the U3A.

John said that the member had been assured of this by someone who John did not know and who the member did not name.

 John thought that he would probably receive a similar message condemning his piece in issue number 96 mentioning Religion.

 Please ask John to read more about the ‘Aims and Guiding Principles’ of the U3A on the U3A website – an extract of which is shown below for reference;


‘Aims and Guiding Principles

A University of the Third Age is a learning co-operative of older people, which enables members to share many educational, creative and leisure activities. Activities are organised mainly in small groups that meet regularly, often in each other’s homes. Members, through sharing their knowledge, skills and experience, learn from each other.

Although all local U3As remain operationally independent, they are members of The Third Age Trust. As such they must abide by both the original Objects and Principles written by Peter Laslett in 1981 and the Principles of the U3A Movement (2014).
The Trust is a national, umbrella body (a registered charity and limited company) which represents all U3As in the UK at national and international level. It is run by a National Executive Committee democratically elected from the membership and offers a range of services, to support and advise local U3As.
The U3A movement is growing all the time; approximately 50 new U3As are started every year. They pursue an amazing range of topics; some academic, some practical and others recreational. Most local U3As offer a combination of opportunities to study, create, socialise, and contribute greatly to members’ overall health and wellbeing.

The U3A Movement is non-religious and non-political and has three main principles … ’


Please be assured that I’m only writing this e-mail to clarify the principles of the U3A on Religion and Politics in general.



 Hello Ian,
Thank you for your message sent to our Newsletter editor, Dot Garrett regarding recent comments concerning politics and religion.
Good to know we are being watched from the homeland!
I am required to write a monthly Newsletter and it just is not easy to prepare something on new topics without mentioning topical affairs - and mine which mentioned religion and politics were both topical.
Certainly not disagreeing with your general assertions but we do have groups in our U3A which specifically discuss anything to do with either.
Nobody would be allowed to promote any particular religion or political belief but most certainly they do comment on both.
We have, at the last count, 1,927 members which, we are confident, will exceed 2,000 by the end of the year and I can assure you that among those there are plenty ready and very willing to correct me should I stray from the principles of U3A.
John Hopwood

*Note from Editor - I think we have exhausted the subject of John's comments now but please all send in your views on any other topics.

And for something different - A couple of calls for help!

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


I know this is not probably what your newsletter is for, but any help appreciated.
I am looking to rent a Villa in this area for anything from six months to a year and it is very hard doing it from England.
I am a member.
Sheila Forster


50th Wedding Anniversary

By Marg Roberts

Another Golden Wedding Celebration


Last week saw the celebration of yet another Golden Wedding Anniversary from our ever expanding membership. This time the golden couple were the Vice President and his wife, David and Eileen Haxon.

David and Eileen started dating when they were both aged 21. Though they had lived in the same street in Blyth, Northumberland, their paths had never crossed. David worked in his family’s business and Eileen had just qualified as a Home Economics teacher.

They married on 19th July 1967 and went on to have two children. Both were involved with the local operatic society and also the local dramatic group and played leading roles.David even produced some of the plays.

During the 1980’s the recession hit the local mining and shipyard community affecting every business. This resulted in the decision to close the family retail business.

David then became an agent selling Spanish properties and was involved with agencies in the North of England visiting Spain with clients. Eventually this resulted in the family moving to a villa to the south of Alicante in June 1989. When the other family members returned to the UK, David and Eileen moved north to Moraira in 1994, where they’ve certainly seen many many changes!

They joined the Moraira-Teulada U3A in 2009 and would become active members and soon join the committee. Currently, Eileen is the Speakers Liaison and David is Vice President. They are also involved as Group Leaders, having taken over the Green Bowls Group when Don Roberts retired through ill health, and are Group Leaders of the very popular Dining Out Group, which now boasts some 200 members.

Through the U3A they have made many friends, a lot of whom were present at the recent 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration held in the gardens of their community. It was a wonderful evening and everyone enjoyed the food, music and dancing immensely. A lot of those present had contributed to a local Tour Company and David & Eileen were presented with a substantial amount by way of a voucher for a holiday of their choice, which has already been booked.

All of us wish David and Eileen many more happy years to come, and hope they have a fantastic holiday.

New Group - Solo Amigos

Group leader: Sheran Williams

Frequency: First Thursday of the month at 11.00am to plan events.

Venue: El Martello bar below the small Pepe La Sal ( by the roundabout on the road from Moraira to Teulada )

This group is for single people to make new friends and to take part in fun activities. These events are organised by members of the group depending on their interests and emails coordinated by the group leader. We have a large group and therefore many varied ideas from simple lunches to mini golf and dancing at Saxos! Anything goes if you can persuade a group of us to share your interests.
If you are interested please contact Sheran Williams at group-solos-amigos@u3amoraira-

Summer Trivia

By © iStock 2016

1. Driest summer The driest UK summer was 1995, with only 103mm of rainfall.

2. Wettest summer The wettest UK summer was the summer of 1912, when 384mm of rain fell.

3. Hottest summer The hottest day in a UK summer was on 10th August 2003 in Faversham, Kent where the temperature reached 38.5 °C. The warmest ever UK summer was in 2006 when daytime temperatures averaged 15.8 °C.

4. Sunniest summer The sunniest summer on record was 1976, where there was 669 hours of bright sunshine.

5. Coldest summer The coldest summer was in 1922, when average daytime temperatures for June, July and August were just 12.3°C. The coldest temperature ever recorded during a UK summer is -5.6 C on the 9th June 1955 in Dalwhinnie and again on the 1st and 3rd June 1962 in Santon Downham in Norfolk. On 2nd June 1975 snow forced several cricket matches to be cancelled in the UK.

6. Summer months Roman politician Marc Antony named the month of July in honor of Julius Caesar.

August was named for Julius Caesar’s adopted nephew Gaius Julius Caesar Octavius, who held the title 'Augustus'.

7. Sol - new summer month In 1902 a new calendar and extra month were proposed by railway worker Moses B. Cotsworth. He thought it would be better to have 13 months of 28 days, the extra month was called Sol, named after the summer solstice. Needless to say it didn't catch on.

8. Cricket Maths The frequency of a cricket's chirps is related to the temperature of the air so why not use this method to work out the temperature?

Count how many chirps there are over 25 seconds then divide by 3 and add 4 to tell you the temperature in Celsius. Magic!

9. Dog Days The 'dog days of summer', (3rd July and 11th August) are named after the Dog Star (Sirius) in the Canis Major constellation (Big Dog). Sirius was blamed for the hot temperatures by the ancient Greeks.

10. Manhattanhenge In May and June each year the sun creates an amazing phenomenon when the sun lines up with the roads of Manhattan in New York often nicknamed Manhattanhenge

11. Milton Keynes Henge Milton Keynes' main road Midsummer Boulevard was purposely built in an orientation so that it would line up with the sunrise on the summer solstice in June. When the sun rises it then shines down the road and reflects in the glass of the train station.

12. Summer Solstice The word solstice comes from the Latin words sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). The summer solstice is day with the longest period of daylight (except at the north pole where it is 24 hours).

The summer solstice is often referred to as Midsummer and celebrated around the world.

In Alaska they celebrate the longest day with a baseball game which starts at 10.30pm. They then play throughout the night without the need for artificial light. This is known as the Midnight Sun Game, a tradition that started in 1906.

13. Summer Expansion Many roads and bridges expand in the summer heat, in Paris the Eiffel Tower grows by six inches in the heat.


Recipes - Gluten Free!!

By Dot Garrett


I have many friends who have to avoid wheat and I look for gluten free recipes often as I like to cook from scratch!

Most of the supermarkets seem to stock a good range of gluten free products these days, even here in Spain!

I regularly use chickpea flour also called Besan or Gram flour, as a substitute but there are many other natural foods that can be used instead of wheat flour.

Gluten-free Lemon Drizzle Cake

With a special surprise ingredient, this gluten free cake stays beautifully moist. To everyone’s amazement it's mash potato!


• 200g butter, softened

• 200g golden caster sugar

• 4 eggs

• 175g ground almonds

• 250g mashed potato

• zest 3 lemons

• 4 tbsp granulated sugar

• juice 1 lemon


• Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.

• Butter and line a deep, 20cm round cake tin.

• Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, then gradually add the eggs, beating after each addition. Fold in the almonds, cold mashed potato, and lemon zest.

• Tip into the tin, level the top, then bake for 40-45 mins or until golden and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack after 10 mins cooling. Mix the granulated sugar and the lemon juice together, then spoon over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides. Let the cake cool completely before slicing.


Gluten-free Yorkshire Puddings

The perfect accompaniment for gravy and roasted dinners: the Yorkshire pudding - this version is gluten-free but don't fear, you still get that characteristic puff and golden colour.


• 140g gluten-free plain flour

• 50g cornflour

• 3 eggs

• 175ml semi-skimmed milk

• sunflower oil


• Make up the batter mix. Tip the flours into a bowl with 1/2 tsp salt, make a well in the middle and crack the eggs into it. Whisk it together, then slowly add the milk, whisking all the time until lump-free. Leave to stand until you are ready to cook.

• Heat oven to 230C/210C fan/gas 8. Drizzle a little oil evenly into two 12-hole non-stick muffin tins and put into the oven to heat through.

• Pour the batter into a jug, then remove the hot tins from the oven. Carefully and evenly pour the batter into the holes. Put the tins back in the oven and leave undisturbed for 20-25 mins until the puddings have puffed up and browned. Serve immediately.


Vegetable Pakoras



• 250 grm chickpea flour

• ½ tsp red chilli powder

• 1 tsp garam masala

• 1 tbsp lemon juice

• 300g potatoes, peeled and cut into small pieces

• 300g onions, finely chopped

• 6-8 spinach leaves, finely chopped

• handful fresh coriander leaves

• 1 tsp salt

• sunflower oil for deep frying



• Sift the chickpea flour into a bowl. Add the chilli powder, garam masala and stir well to combine.

• Add the lemon juice, then gradually add enough water to form a smooth batter that is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Set aside for 10-15 minutes.

• Add all of the remaining ingredients except the sunflower oil to the batter mixture and mix well to coat the potatoes and onions.

• Heat the oil in a deep heavy-based frying pan until a breadcrumb sizzles and turns brown when dropped into it.

• When the oil is hot, carefully lower tablespoons of the batter mixture in batches into the oil and fry for 5-6 minutes, or until the pakoras are crisp and golden-brown and the vegetables have cooked through. Serve with yogurt and mint dip.


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 4th September 2017.


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.

Sunday 6th August. Teulada – Moraira Lions Club 2nd Free Summer Concert

By Peter Johnson

Sunday 6th August

Moraira seafront in front of the Castle

Time: 8.00pm

Teulada – Moraira Lions are once again happy to present a fabulous free concert on the seafront in Moraira. This will take place on Sunday 6th August and features the magnificent “Mr. Pink” headed up by probably the best rock guitarist in the area – Rafa Raposa. “Mr. Pink” are consummate professionals and the concert should be one to remember featuring great rock and blues. The show starts at 8pm with John the Fiddler opening up in his inimitable style. All are welcome and a bar and seating will be provided. As mentioned these are free concerts but the Lions will circulate amongst the audience inviting donations. All donations go to our local good causes.
For more information contact us on or 966 499 954.

Friday 4th August 2017 Flower Power Party

Friday 4th August 2017

Moraira seafront in front of the Castle

Time 9.00pm

It's the time of the year again for the flower power party, a journey through time, with a complete musical repertoire of the 60's 70's and with a touch of the 80's.

Support the local fiesta committee by joining in this fun, fancy dress and music night.

You can also enjoy the projection of photographs of Moraira through the ages and a collection of postcards that were purchased in the holiday season.

From the organization we want to thank the volunteers who will work in the bar serving drinks and of course the companies that have collaborated in this party, whose benefits are destined to Caritas Moraira.

Late Shopping Night Moraira

Saturday 5th August

Come and visit Moraira town for comfortable shopping after the heat of the day.

Enjoy a night of shopping and fun with the "shopping night" in the urban town of moraira. The shops will open until midnight.

Entertainment in the streets.


Project “Vertebra” is an investment plan of the county council of Alicante and strives for better connections within the province. The project includes the improvement of CV-743 from Teulada to Moraira and the council grants 550.000€ for the first phase which starts at plaza Gabriel Miró and ends at Camí de Benirrama. This is actually the part of the road which causes most of the problems and generates a lot of accidents and traffic jams. The project will be approved during the next plenary meeting of the county council on July 26.

The municipality plans to create a lane for slow traffic uphill starting at the Ermita de la Font Santa and all the way up to Teulada. It is also planned to create a lane for mixed traffic, offering space for pedestrians and bicycles. The first phase also includes the construction of two roundabouts improving traffic flow from adjacent roads. The most important roundabout to be built is the one at the Ermita de la Font Santa crossing and it will improve access to Camí de la Font Santa, Camí Pajarera, Camí de la Sisca and Camí Vell de Moraira. The other roundabout included in the first phase is the one at plaza Gabriel Miró which will no longer be a mixed crossing, but will be turned into a proper roundabout.

The municipality will respect nature and will keep building impact as low as possible to preserve the landscape, no buildings neither on the left nor on the right of CV-743 will be affected. The fast lane will only be available uphill and only where the inclination causes traffic jams during peak traffic hours and especially during the tourist season.

AKIRA Dog Sanctuary - Quiz

Tuesday 8th August 2017


10 euros including buffet supper.



Benissa,  Casa de Cultura

Padre Andreas 21

Opposite the childrens play area. Benissa square.

Raffle Games and Prizes.

Contact Pam for tickets - 676534486


AKIRA Dog Sanctuary

Fundraising Quiz.

Thursday 17th August 2017

Bar Mediterraneo. Teulada.


10 euros includes buffet,

Contact Maggie 96 574 4449 for tickets.



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