Moraira - Teulada

University of the Third Age


Welcome to issue number 99 of the Newsletter

September 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 October 2017 Newsletter:

Friday 22nd September 2017


The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 4th September 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.

The Speaker for the September meeting is Eileen Haxon.

The title of the talk will be Tapas and pre - drink nibbles

The talk will include the origin of Tapas and a demonstration of various tapas and appetisers.

Recipes are included in this Newsletter. 

Presidents Message

By John Hopwood

Hello once again to all of our members and after such a hot and humid summer I am sure that most of you will be looking forward to some cooler more comfortable weather - except perhaps those who have recently returned from more northerly climates.

It almost feels like the commencement of another school term but most of us will only have the vaguest memory of those.

Anyway, hopefully everything will soon be back to normal with the the monthly General Meetings as well as all of the various U3A Group activities which I know so many of you look forward to.

Sadly, one of our largest groups, the Golden Oldies Music Group (G.O.M.G), which provided considerable enjoyment and entertainment for many of its approximately 400 plus members during the past five years, has had to be disbanded due to the lack of any available premises suitable for us to use.

Since July 2012, when this group first started, we have enjoyed many happy evenings initially at the Ifach Golf Club, then Café del Mar, followed by Hotel Los Limoneras and the Les Fouges restaurant and then, latterly back at Café del Mar.

Due to decisions by the new management at Café del Mar/Bar Cabana, for one reason or another we now find it impossible to locate a suitable local venue for the Music Nights. Recently the U3A Band has entertained at the Saxo Club in Moraira but this is always open to the public and, therefore, cannot be used as an exclusive venue for the G.O.M.G.

Those of you who have been loyal long term supporters of this group will know that the format has changed over the years from being an extremely well enjoyed amateur evening’s entertainment to the more recent quite professional standard of the U3A Band performances.

Regrettably, two founder members of the Golden Oldies Music Group, myself and Laurence Baehr, have recently both decided to resign from The U3A Band.

I resigned because the band now only welcomes proficient performers and, therefore is no longer open to enthusiastic amateurs.

Laurence resigned because he was unhappy with the direction the band was taking regarding the type of music now preferred by the remaining members, which progressively excluded Laurence’s instrument, the harmonica.

Both Laurence and I consider that The U3A Band no longer represents the spirit of U3A which is supposed to promote activities in which members are all welcome to join and to learn – no matter what their abilities.

Having said that there is no doubt at all that the band members have served our U3A and, in particular, the members of the G.O.M.G. superbly and have been a wonderful inspiration as well as having been very much enjoyed and admired on so many occasions and for that we offer our very sincere thanks to them and wish them well in their new activities.

The band has decided to rebrand and is now known as “Contraband” and they will concentrate on entertaining at various charitable events as well as continuing to perform at Saxo.

Having put so much effort over the recent years into organising and promoting the G.O. M. G. members will appreciate how sad I am that it has been forced to disband. Nevertheless, we will continue to support Contraband in all its activities and will keep members informed of their performance dates.

The next date for Contraband at Saxo is Thursday the 21st September and I hope many of our members will be there to enjoy a great evening’s music.

So, onward with the rest of the year and I look forward to welcoming as many members as possible to our next General Meeting which is on Monday morning the 4th September.

The big question is – will we exceed 2,000 renewals and new members at this meeting?


New Feature - Your Letters

By Newsletter Editor

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


Dear Ed.

Hi. This is not another letter about John´s opinions on this or that, or an analysis of his body language to determine which way he leans, sober or otherwise.

 Just a letter to say that John is one of, and maybe the, most decent man I have ever met. Yes he snorts and harrumphs and sometimes forgets to take his happy pills. He may drive one more than half batty with his witterings,  but he would not pass by anyone in need or shirk a duty, unpleasant or no. 

 So whatever his politics, whatever his creed, what I say is Up With Hopmuk!!!

Mike Creese


Hello Dot,
Like his predecessors I hardly think that John needs any advice about the content of the articles of a U3A.
The inclusion referring to politics and religion were clearly inserted to ensure that the organising committees take great care that no specific, religious or political group, could use the U3A structure to promote, or seek to influence other members about their particular beliefs. This has always been adhered to by each successive President and Committee. 
I have always thought the original title ‘University’ a touch pompous, but that is what it is, and as such, the academic freedom to constructively debate any subject, including politics and religion, is embodied in that title. We are not children; we are all adults of the older generation and as such we have a vast amount of life’s experiences behind us. Over our lifetimes we have seen the positive and negative sides of the various religious and political parties that have shaped our lives. Of course, as a group, we have things to discuss and points to make, and in so doing we are not in any way contravening the articles as they are written.
If, such mild comments, as those made by John Hopwood are found offensive, then logically, the History group should close down because History is littered with the shortcomings of both religion and politics.
Best regards, Brian Nicholls.     



Dear Dot,
I am writing with regard to your recent newsletter and the "New Feature - Your Letters".  I also note that you have added an editorial comment that, as far as the exchange of letters re. "politics" is concerned, you believe:

"we have exhausted the subject of John's comments now but please all send in your views on any other topics".

It is not my intention to prolong the discussion further but, having given a talk to the Javea U3A on the history and development of the U3A movement, (which was also scheduled to be given to the Moraira-Teulada U3A in January this year, but was cancelled due to a clash of dates with the History Group), and which I will be giving to the Vall del Pop U3A next month, I believe that a few comments are necessary with regard to "Ian's letter".

Although in the early years following the creation of the first U3A in England - at Cambridge in 1982 - all U3As in the UK were affiliated to The Third Age Trust, this stopped being the case in 1989 following a row over the affiliation fees in the winter of 1988/89.  A small number of U3As, including the founding U3A at Cambridge, broke away and continue to operate entirely independently from The Third Age Trust.  Another example is one of the largest, at Huddersfield:

"We opted out because they expected quite a substantial fee for affiliation and that would have had to be passed on to the members”, says Huddersfield chairman Philip Walton. "We are now entirely independent - we no longer have any relationship with the centre”.

When the Javea U3A was first created in 2005 (I was membership secretary at that time), we did have a discussion in committee as to whether we should affiliate to The Third Age Trust, and this was discounted due to the capitation fee required per member.  As far as I am aware, there is only 1 U3A on the Costas which is entitled to use both the U3A name and its registered logo, namely the U3A Costa del Sol, which is registered with TheThird Age Trust to enable them to do so.  Although the name "U3A" has continued to be used (and also in both Cambridge and Huddersfield), the U3A logo is not used by those who have declined to register with the Trust.  I have read the Moraira-Teulada accounts for 2016 and please correct me if I am wrong, but I do not see any entry that suggests Moraira-Teulada  U3A is paying a capitation fee; yet I see two recent examples of the logo being used (see attachment) - hence my letter to yourself which I have copied to John.  Purely as a matter of interest, the current National Office capitation fee is £3.50 pp.

Keep up the good work!
kind regards
Angela Chantry
* Note from Editor. Thank you Angela for this information that I am sure will be gratefully received by our committee. I have removed the U3A logo from the newsletter.



Dear Dot.

I find myself reading the many free newspapers that are around these days. You get some news but mainly it's all about this group or that group that has donated money to some local charity. Or its a trip by a local U3A to somewhere local. Lots of jolly pictures. Today ( August 2nd ) in the Post I saw a article about a gift to a organization in Benidorm that is dedicated to the care and training of people with intellectual disabilities. I have no knowledge of this group. I am sure they do splendid work. I am very happy they are getting help in these hard times. What caused me to stop and reread was the fact that the help was given by two separate bodies. One was the local help group and the other the local U3A of Marina Baixa.

This got me thinking. Each month at our U3A general meeting, I sit and listen to the Treasurer read out our bank balance and wince at the amount we have. It is especially hard to listen to speakers at our meeting who represent some great charities who do great work and who need help. When I enquire why we do not help local charities more I am told it is as a result of the way our ( Moraira-Teulada U3A) "constitution " was set up.

I would like to propose that a General meeting of members be held in the near future and that we at least "Amend " our constitution if this is at all possible. If one local U3A can help a good cause then why can't we.

Let's not forget that maybe in the near future some of our OWN MEMBERS may well be in need of some financial help. Are we to turn them away.

I have read through the constitution as posted on the website and no where do I find any recommendations regarding the use (or not) of funds to support any outside charity or organisation

Geoffrey W Shean  

New Group - Egyptology

By David Rohl

On Monday 18th September the U3A Moraira-Teulada Ancient Egypt group will be holding its first meeting at La Senieta Theatre in Moraira, starting at 10.30 am.

Lectures on the Land of the Pharaohs and other civilisations of the Ancient World will then take place every third Monday of the month in the same venue and at the same time (each session finishing around midday).

All Moraira - Teulada U3A members are welcome to attend and we hope you can get to the inaugural meeting for a presentation entitled ‘Ancient Egypt – An Introduction’.

Entry is free.

The group is being run by one of the world’s best-known Egyptologist – David Rohl – bestselling author, TV presenter, archaeologist and historian, who now lives in the Costa Blanca. David lectures all around the world, often to large audiences of up to two thousand. His lectures are beautifully illustrated, with photographs from his many expeditions and journeys to the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean, plus maps, charts and diagrams to help explain the history and culture of the region.


New Group

By Prue Jackson



Would you and a friend or partner like to join a group who love to dance to Modern Sequence Dances ( a form of dancing using ballroom steps as the basis for a wide variety of dances)

A number of  U3A Moraira -Teulada members already participate in this , but would like more members to join in.

They meet every Tuesday 8pm at Laguna Ribs, Karting Javea, where they are made very welcome, dancing until 10pm summer and winter.

John and Pat would love to welcome new members to this group and are very willing to help beginners to learn the dances.

Dance is the perfect exercise because it not only keeps the body active but it ensures that the brain keeps active too

and is a great way to make new friends.

You will need to bring a friend or partner as the dances are only suitable for couples, Just come along and dance or email John Pittaway on for more information


Art and History Lectures: Autumn Programme.

By Brian Nicholls

Please note that the first lecture in this series will be by me, Brian Nicholls, on Monday 25th September at 10.30 am in the Moraira, La Senieta building.

The subject is 19th century Afghanistan: the early history of the involvement of the British with that unstable country, which over 170 years on is still very much in the news.

Those members who are on our email list will receive the usual pre-talk synopsis a few days before the lecture. The precise location and details of the Autumn programme are on the website.

Any member can turn up as there is no need to register with the group unless you want to receive the above mentioned synopsis.

Brian Nicholls and Cheda Panajotivic.   Group organisers for Art and History Lectures. 


By Eileen Haxon





100g sliced roasted peppers

300g cooked sliced potatoes

100g diced and fried chorizo

6 large eggs

150ml creme fraiche

50g Manchego cheese, grated

1 tbsp chopped parsley


•  Oven 180 C

•  Either line 12 muffin tins with squares of baking paper or line a 28cm x 18cm tin with baking paper. Grease.

•  Whisk the eggs with the creme fraiche and add some seasoning, cheese and parsley.

•  Add remaining ingredients and pour into prepared tin or divide among the individual cases.

•  Bake for 20 minutes for individual tortillas or 25 / 30 minutes for tray bake until set and golden.


Amounts depend upon individual requirements.

Cut tomatoes into chunks and place into a bowl. Try to use a selection of different tomatoes to provide interest. Add some finely sliced red onion. Season and sprinkle with oil and vinegar.

Fry some sliced or diced chorizo for a few minutes and add some chopped garlic. Add a little sherry vinegar. Spoon on top of the tomatoes and garnish with shredded basil or parsley.


. 20g butter

. 2 teaspoons olive oil

. 12 sage leaves

. 1 red skinned apple cut into thin wedges and cored

. 250g morcilla sausages cut into thick slices

. 80ml apple cider

. 2 tbsp cider vinegar

Melt butter and oil in a frying pan over medium heat and add sage leaves and cook for a few minutes until crispy. Remove and drain on paper towel. Add apple to the pan and saute for a few minutes until lightly golden. Remove. Sear sausage in pan for 20 seconds on each side , then increase heat to high, pour in cider and cider vinegar and cook for 1--2 minutes or until liquid has evaporated.

Take pan off heat and crumble some sage leaves on top. Season to taste then gently stir apple through. Do not over mix.

Serve garnished with remaining sage.


75 g round grain rice, cooked and drained

1 tbsp chopped onion

1 tbsp red pepper finely chopped

80 g tin tuna, drained

1 tbsp chopped cucumber

1 tbsp chopped parsley and 1/2 tbsp chopped thyme or tarragon

a little olive oil and lemon juice to mix.


Toss all the ingredients together and serve spooned into small lettuce leaves and drizzle with spicy mayonnaise.

For spicy mayonnaise - mix together mayonnaise, a little tomato sauce, chilli or tabasco sauce and a little paprika.


300g green olives in brine, drained

90g manchego cheese, diced

5 tbsp olive oil

grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

4 sprigs oregano

1 chilli deseeded and chopped

Place olives and cheese in bowl and pour over remaining ingredients mixed together.


Social Event - Benidorm Palace


Thurs. 26 th OCTOBER 2017 

63 Euros

Places are still available for this event which includes transport to and from Benidorm, dinner, wine and spectacular show.
The new show " RUBY" is the biggest investment ever show at Benidorm Palace as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. It is a spectacular show with award winning costumes and a real helicopter even appears on stage. It is an evening not to be missed.

 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.

Lions Club Free Summer Concert

 The New Jubilee Jazz Band

Sunday 3rd September 2017

Time 7.30pm

Venue - Seafront Moraira.

The 4th and final summer concert will take place on Sunday 3rd September again on the seafront in Moraira, and this year we are proud to present Mike Summers and his New Jubilee Jazz band. This will be a great finale to the season and should prove a lovely evening of fine quality jazz performed by a very accomplished and respected jazz band.

The concerts are free to attend but the members of Teulada - Moraira Lions Club will be collecting for charity on the night. Please support your local charity group.

170917-Sunday, 17 September - Big Heart Fireman Fundraiser

Big Heart of Javea Fireman Fundraiser

Sunday, September 17th.
11 to 17:00

Avenida Augusta, Jávea

Motor Show - Big bikes, scooters, classic cars
Buddy Pauls Big Band and guests
Athan James - Elvis Tribute



The Lions will be, once again, presenting a series of charity concerts in Moraira this Autumn.

First up on Sunday, the 24th September is a fabulous tribute to The Overtones who were immensely popular at their last outing here in Moraira. They have a very polished stage act and immaculate vocal harmonies that come together in a great show. They will also be presenting tributes to 3 of the best male artistes to ever set foot on a stage – Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison.

As usual, the concerts will be held in Espai La Senieta, Moraira.   There will be a complimentary bar and a raffle draw.  All proceeds go to the TM Lions local good causes.  We are currently purchasing an Ultrasound machine for the health centre in Moraira.

Box Office 966 491 917 or email

The Teulada–Moraira Lions are actively seeking new members and if you would like to be involved with the largest service club in the world please contact our membership Chairman,  Nico Dekkers, on 965 974 941 or email:

For more information contact us on or 966 499 954.

“We Serve”

HELP Charity - Sunset Catamaran Cruise

By Donna Hofman

Ahoy Mateys!!!

 Please come and join the fun sailing into the sunset with HELP of Dénia and the Marina Alta! It will be “Anchors Aweigh” Tuesday, September 5th at 19:30, on the Mundo Marino Catamaran leaving from the foot of the Marques de Campo, Dénia.

Ample parking is available right next to the departure area, the parking lot entrance is directly off the Red Cross roundabout.  

Besides the evening cruise you will enjoy a picnic snack which includes a half bottle of wine per person and for your listening and dancing pleasure entertainment will be provided by the ever popular “Elderly Brothers”.

The raffle grand prize is a gin basket, additional prizes are fine wines, spirits, fish ‘n’ chips suppers and Careline Theatre tickets!

This is an event you will not want to miss. We're raising money for a Hospice / Respite Care room that we will be sponsoring in Hospital Ferrís at Fontilles. It will be available to anyone contacting us who is in need of this special service.

Tickets are 30€ and are limited. Please call the office 96 642 7044 or send an email to to reserve your place on board. We request that if possible the payments are made by Tuesday, August 29th and can be made at the office or direct to our account:

Help de Dénia Distrito at Bankia.

IBAN: ES08 2038 6348 4130 0046 8526 



Looking forward to welcoming you on board!


HELP Office Coordinator

Picnic snack Choices:  Normal, Vegetarian or Gluten Free

Wine Choices:    Tinto, Blanco or Rosado

Please inform the office of your choices when booking.