Moraira - Teulada

University of the Third Age


Welcome to issue number 100 of the Newsletter

October 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 November 2017 Newsletter:

Friday 27th October 2017


The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 2nd October 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 October Meeting is From the Charity Organisation AKIRA.

This registered Charity rescues,cares for and rehomes abandoned dogs. It is staffed by many volunteers and relies upon donations from the local community.
AKIRA, in cooperation with the police and the local Town Halls also pick up lost dogs and using the dog`s chip try to return it to the owner.
It has a dog shelter in La Pedrera industrial estate in Benissa.


Presidents Message

By John Hopwood


Unfortunately, we no longer maintain a count of those members attending our first Monday morning of the month General Meetings but it was really heartening to see such a large attendance at the last meeting at the beginning of September. I very much look forward to welcoming many of you at the 2nd October General Meeting.

It was also a great pleasure to welcome another thirty-three new members bringing our total membership up to 1,965 so far this year.

 Those of you who attended the last meeting will perhaps recall my embarrassment when, having threatened dire consequences to anyone who’s mobile phone rang during the meeting, my own mobile almost immediately rang with a call from friends. I certainly will have to learn how to turn it off properly – but at least it gave everyone a good laugh at my expense!

 You will also recall the excellent presentation of Tapas delights presented by Eileen Haxon. A great deal of preparation and a lovely presentation. Thank you Eileen.

 The nights are, unfortunately, beginning to draw in and the thermometer is beginning to drop – although I believe this is one of the loveliest times of the year when it is often still warm and sunny whilst also being very comfortable. This past summer has occasionally been difficult with the high temperatures and the humidity we have experienced.

Anyway, as my wife Sue keeps reminding me, at our age everything is better than the alternative!

 Best wishes to all our members.

New Feature - Your Letters

By Newsletter Editor

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


Response to John Hopwood’s message in September 2017 Newsletter

I read with interest the message in September’s Newsletter from our President concerning the demise of the Golden Oldies Music Group, which started in July 2012.    I was never sure what the name of the group was, as like a chameleon they on occasions purported to be the GOMG, then the U3A Band, a fact borne out if you read the message.   I recall that those who were on the circulation list, were invited to suggest a new name for the group, with the prize of some wine, can’t recall how many bottles, for the person whose suggestion was accepted.   That was the last I heard of this, unless I missed something.   This to me suggested that possibly a reason for using the name U3A band, was to help when requesting financial support from this U3A.

Now the Golden Oldies Music Group and then by another name the U3A Band have disappeared, I trust that the committee will ask the new group, now called the Contraband, to return the sound equipment, which was purchased following the €3,000 given to the group a couple of years ago, which I understand is listed in its assets register.   I also assume that the €50, which was given to the group every month, totalling €600 a year, to cover the hire cost of a practice room, this the only group to benefit in this way, is discontinued, as the newly named Contraband, as mentioned has set itself a professional standard, as I know only welcomes proficient performers, which means that enthusiastic armatures must now look elsewhere.

Regards John Manley.


Hello John (Regarding Presidents message and Golden Oldies Group)

 I too share this view:
 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
I mentioned to a few that the music was now out of the Sixties Pop-Tunes which had everyone dancing whilst seated; dusting down the dementia with such tunes; recalling the where and whens for them all
 Alas: other styles of music did not have any signs of recognition from our audiences; thus departing from Golden Oldies
 Sad, but true
 Thank you for your candid assessment
 Warm regards
 Michael. (rumpole73)

A reply to Geoffrey Shean's letter of last month regarding fundraising for charities:

 Dear Geoffrey,
Your letter to the Editor of the U3A Newsletter has been passed on to me to respond to.
It is true that some U3A associations engage in more charitable activities than does Moraira-Teulada U3A and this has been discussed a number of times in Committee.
We have always believed it would be wrong for us to use monies collected from our members as subscriptions in any way other than for activities which are for the benefit of members in various U3A activities.
It is true that we usually enjoy a healthy bank account but it is a constant serious concern that we ensure that always remains so and we are lucky to have the services of a most efficient Treasurer ably helped by her Assistant Treasurer who work very hard to ensure that remains so.
That is precisely why we have reduced membership fees in the past two years due to our having attracted new members who help to ensure that our healthy balance is maintained.
There is no specific requirement in the Constitution which prevents our U3A from supporting charities and I would remind you that we have, in recent years, donated €1,000 each year to the Teulada-Moraira Ayuntamiento specifically to be used for local charities and that last year we donated the same value in equipment for the local ambulance service.
Obviously, there are some U3A Associations which have members who support specific charities and they may have persuaded their fellow members to assist their efforts but your Committee members already spend a great deal of their time supporting their fellow members and none would wish to be involved in any further efforts such as fund raising for charities.
However, if any individual member wished to approach the Committee with proposals for them to take on that type of responsibility then I am sure the Committee would consider whatever proposals they may wish to make very carefully.
However, it would not be easy as the Committee would be unlikely to accept one specific charity to be supported to the exclusion of all others.
John Hopwood (President)

26 Sept 18:00 Drama Group presents: Tapas - a little bit of everything

This year’s production by the Moraira/Teulada U3A Drama Group represents an exciting departure from our usual stage play. Our performers will take part in a series of sketches as well as some of the more memorable scenes from previous plays.

We can promise a varied and fun evening from 6pm at La Senieta in Moraira on Tuesday 26 September. We’ll make you laugh and maybe make you cry, and entrance is free.

Do come and join us - we look forward to seeing you all there.

171030 History Talk 30th Oct: Entente Not So Cordiale

Date: Monday 30th Oct 10:30

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

Subject: Entente Not So Cordiale: One Thousand Years of Anglo-French Relations, from the Battle of Hastings to Brexit

Lecturer: Peter Atkinson

This presentation will compare Britain and France in terms of their achievements and personalities, and will explore the less-than-harmonious relationship between the two over the centuries.

Events that will briefly be considered include the Norman Conquest and its aftermath, the Hundred Years’ War, the War of the Spanish Succession, the American Revolution, and the Napoleonic Wars. We shall also look at some of the issues that have arisen since the 1904 signing of the Entente Cordiale, a period in which the two nations have (supposedly) been on the same side.

Along the way, we shall indulge in an ever-popular British pastime: having a go at the French. Here, Peter has had the help of many eminent people including Her Majesty the Queen, Lord Nelson, Winston Churchill, LBJ, Margaret Thatcher and Humphrey Appleby.

Lion film poster

When: Tuesday 10th October, doors open 17;45, film commences 18:00 (ends 20:00)

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

What: Lion


In 1986, Saroo was a five-year-old child in India of a poor but happy rural family. On a trip with his brother, Saroo soon finds himself alone and trapped in a moving decommissioned passenger train that takes him to Calcutta, 1500 miles away from home. Now totally lost in an alien urban environment and too young to identify either himself or his home to the authorities, Saroo struggles to survive as a street child until he is sent to an orphanage. Soon, Saroo is selected to be adopted by the Brierley family in Tasmania, where he grows up in a loving, prosperous home. However, for all his material good fortune, Saroo finds himself plagued by his memories of his lost family in his adulthood and tries to search for them even as his guilt drives him to hide this quest from his adoptive parents and his girlfriend. Only when he has an epiphany does he realize not only the answers he needs, but also the steadfast love that he has always had with all his loved ones in both worlds.

Creative Writing Group Member - New Book Published

By Dot Garrett

Hilary Coombes, a member of our U3A Creative writing group has just had her second novel published.

We are all very proud and wish her every success.

Hilary has lived in Moraira for over 10 years and is one of the original members of Moraira Teulada U3A.

"Beyond Promises" is the name of the new book and can be ordered or downloaded now from Amazon.

Set between England and Spain the story is about Charlie.

Charlie intends his love for Carmen to last a lifetime, but instead they are tragically torn apart. While Carmen grieves, can Charlie’s love overcome the dark criminal world he finds himself in and the devious meddling of another woman?

Charlie’s story moves between the 1970’s and the current day, but this is no nostalgic ramble. This is Charlie’s story. It’s a story of passion, heartbreak, hatred and humour and you will be spellbound until the very last page.

Hilary's first novel "The Hen Party" has been very successful and is also set in Benidorm Spain and still available through normal outlets.

Hilary has her own blog if you would like to follow her.

New Group : Live Music

By Mike Lawson

I intend this group to be for both an audience and for people who play a musical instrument or sing within the range of ability “mediocre” to “good”.  The genre of the performances will be determined by the individual performers who may perform singly, or as duets etc.

If successful, we will meet at the café at Golf Ifach (not the restaurant) on the first Monday evening of every month from 7.30pm to 11.00pm.  Food and/or drinks will be available.

I intend this to be a relatively small group in which we will eat, drink, entertain each other, and remain a fairly small group with a friendly ambience.  The music will be live – i.e. no backing tracks permissible. 

If you are interested in either giving live performances or just to come and listen to the performers, email the (potential) group leader Mike Lawson at:

with details about the genre of music you play, or if you simply want to join the group as a member of the audience, please say so.

Tapas Demonstration

By Margaret Roberts

At the first Meeting of U3A Moraira-Teulada after the summer break, one of our Committee Members, Eileen Haxon, gave a talk about Tapas. This was not only about the origin and history of the tapa, but also included a very comprehensive demonstration in front of a captivated audience.

Eileen made some cold tapas using Serrano ham, morcilla, tuna, olives, chorizo, peppers, tomatoes, lots of herbs and garlic, with their assorted accompaniments, but also Eileen brought along an electric hotplate and made some warm dishes.

All were beautifully presented and Eileen made it all look so simple, but in her former life she was a Home Economics teacher so it all came naturally.

Afterwards members were invited to sample the many dishes and a lot of members took away recipe sheets that had been printed.

Eileen was given a resounding round of applause and appreciation; the talk was certainly one of the most absorbing that we’ve had. But the Bars in Moraira had better watch out as the U3A Members might be producing their own tapas!

New group: Tai Chi

Tai Chi Classes


Calle Valencia, Benitachell Opposite the Police Station,

Weds. mornings Classes begin 4th October 2017

Short form   Wed.  10.15am - 11.15am (New Absolute Beginners)

Long Form   Wed.  11.30am - 12.30pm (Improvers)

For more info. call Julia 619613236

The discount applies as usual to members   i.e. 4 euros instead of 5


Recipe - Food for Beer!!

By Dot Garrett


Oktoberfest is celebrated every year here in Moraira. The local Festeros who fundraise every year for our spectacular local fiestas in July have been regularly bringing this typically German festival to town!

Here are some recipes for typical food that compliments this festival -

Chicken Schnitzel

•  4 x 150 gm skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded to 2 cm thickness

•  salt and freshly ground black pepper

•  150 gm plain flour

•  2 large eggs

•  1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

•  300 gm Japanese breadcrumbs ( obtainable in Quicksave Moraira) or ordinary bread grated into fine breadcrumbs

•  2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided

•  2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

•  Chopped flat-leaf parsley

•  Lemon wedges


Place each chicken breast in a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin until 2cm thick.

Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place flour on a plate. Beat eggs and Dijon mustard to blend in a shallow dish. Place breadcrumbs in another shallow dish. Working with 1 chicken breast at a time, dip in flour, shaking off excess, then dip into egg mixture, turning to coat evenly; carefully coat with breadcrumbs, pressing breadcrumbs gently to adhere to chicken. Place chicken on baking sheet.

Heat 1 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat (pan should be large enough to hold 2 breasts). Add 2 chicken breasts to skillet and cook until golden brown on both sides, 8-10 minutes. Transfer chicken breasts to a paper towel-lined plate and season with salt. Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and 1 Tbsp. butter to skillet and repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Transfer chicken breasts to plates and garnish each with parsley and a lemon wedge.

Serve with salad or chips or jacket potatoes.

Bratwurst with Apple, Onion and Sauerkraut

•  1 tablespoon plain flour

•  1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

•  1 jar sauerkraut

•  1 large onion, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced crosswise

•  2 large Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored, thinly sliced

•  4 whole smoked bratwurst, pierced all over with skewer

•  4 bay leaves

•  250 ml beef broth

•  2 tablespoons dry vermouth

•  2 tablespoons ketchup

•  1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 400°F. 200c gas 6. Mix flour and pepper.

Spread sauerkraut over bottom of 13x9x2-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Sprinkle 1/3 of flour mixture over. Arrange onion slices over; sprinkle with half of remaining flour mixture, then lightly with salt. Spread half of apple slices over, then sprinkle with remaining flour mixture. Place bratwurst over apples, then arrange remaining apple slices around bratwurst. Tuck in bay leaves. Mix broth, vermouth, and ketchup in measuring jug. Pour broth mixture evenly over. Cover tightly with foil.

Roast for 45 minutes. Uncover; brush with melted butter. Roast uncovered until edges of apples and sausages begin to brown, about 25 minutes longer.

Guinness Mustard

•  1/2 cup coarse-grained Dijon mustard

•  2 tablespoons regular Dijon mustard

•  2 tablespoons Guinness

•  1 tablespoon minced shallot

•  1 teaspoon golden brown sugar

Whisk all ingredients in small bowl to blend. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.

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.

171005-Thursday, 5 October - The English Choir, Ermita San Josep, La Fustera, Benissa

Thursday, 5 October - Triumphant return of The English Choir - Ermita San Josep, La Fustera, Benissa
5:30 for 6 p.m. Cash Bar, Free Tapas
Tickets 12 euros..Call 96 649 5224, 607706904 ot email
In aid of the Anglican Chaplaincy and the charities we support.


Oktoberfest in Moraira 2017

This years Oktoberfest will take place in Moraira, from the 6th to the 9th October 2017.

Situated in the main large free car park, Les Sorts.

Everyone welcome with beer, food and music all inside the large tent.

Friday, 6 October- CBMale Voice Choir - Benitachell Church

Friday, 6 October - The last concert performed by the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir in June at the Cueva de la Calaveras in Benidoleig was so successful that it was fully booked 3 weeks before the night and many of the choir's followers were disappointed.

We have therefore decided to repeat the programme on 6th October at 7pm at the beautiful Benitachell Church with its wonderful acoustics. There is no need to book; entry is free but a collection will be taken at the end of the evening.

Lions Club Fundraising Quiznight

10th October 2017

19.00 pm.

Casa Lili, Moraira.

The Lions will be holding a fantastic Quiz Night in Casa Lili near Moraira on the 10th October which will include a specially chosen 3 course menu followed by a great quiz devised by our resident headmaster (retired), Philip Henderson, with prizes and a raffle.

Tickets for this event are priced at only 15 euros and teams of 4 to 6 are invited.

For tickets or information please call 966 499 954 or email:

171021 - Saturday, 21 October Auditorium TM - Ópera El Barbero de Sevilla

Saturday, 21 October - Auditori Teulada Moraira
El Ópera El Barbero de Sevilla 19:00
45 Euros
Original version in Italian with subtitles in Spanish

AKIRA Dog Sanctuary Fundraising Concert: Take That

Take That Tribute Band



Sunday October 22nd 2017

8.00 pm

La Senieta. Moraira

15 euros - Free Bar - Donations welcome


The Rocky Javea Picture Show

Fundraising Event for Cancer Care

27th & 28th October 2017

La Senieta. Moraira.

15 Euros

Please call into the Cancer Care Boutique in Javea Park or call 634335661 to buy / reserve your tickets.

All proceeds from the sale of tickets will be donated to Cancer Care.


171027-Friday, 27 October- CCB presents Bourbon Street Stompers

Concerts Costa Blanca

with Jamez McCorkle (vocalist)
Another hot "operatic" tenor from New Orleans

Auditori Teulada Moraira
Friday 27th OCTOBER 2017
Tickets € 20


at Auditori Teulada Moraira box office details & Ayuntamiento de Teulada & the Espai La Senieta theatre :

Online: Tel: 902 444 300

Lions Club Annual Halloween Party

Tuesday October 31st 2017

17.00 pm

Moraira Church Square.

Fun - Games - Entertainment for all the family.

This is a free event to which everyone is more than welcome - it is T.M. Lions way of saying "Thank you" to the people of Teulada-Moraira & the surrounding area for your continuing and generous support of the Lions various fundraising events throughout the rest of the year.

There will be games for the children; Fancy Dress; Face Painting; Music etc. Halloween Night with Teulada Moraira Lions always attracts a large crowd of children and adults alike so why not abandon your inhibitions, climb into a scary costume and come on down - you will be very welcome!

Lions Concert: Fakers Quo

Friday November 3rd.

7.30 pm. 15 euros.

La Senieta Moraira

All the hits, all night
To book call 966491917 or email