Newsletter 

U3A

Moraira - Teulada

University of the Third Age

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Welcome to issue number 101 of the Newsletter

November 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 December 2017 Newsletter:

Friday 24th November 2017

 newsletter-editor@u3amoraira-teulada.org

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The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 6th November 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 November Meeting is :

 Peter Atkinson

 

The title of his talk is " Life in Lycra on the roads to Santiago de Compostela"

 

It is based on his experiences of his bicycle ride through the medieval pilgrim routes.

 

It will contain some history, geography, art and architectural information.

 

It is not a serious talk and will be entertaining with some interesting amusing anecdotes.
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Presidents Message

By John Hopwood

 

At the General Meeting on Monday 2nd October we were pleased, and proud, to announce that with sixty-four new members and two renewals our total membership had risen to 2031!!

Passing the two thousand number is an achievement which we should all be proud of because it is the existing members and the activities organised within our U3A which make it so attractive to new members wishing to join us.

I want to take this opportunity, once again, to sincerely thank all of those on your Organising Committee, all of the Group Leaders and all those other individuals such as the Webmaster, the Newsletter Editor, the guys who look after the PA system, those individuals who provide such excellent reports at the General Meetings and any and all other members who work hard to assist and support their fellow members.

Well done to all of you and you can all take some considerable pride in the knowledge that each of you has played your part in helping to make Moraira-Teulada U3A such a popular organisation.

It would appear, as far as I can ascertain, that we are by far the largest U3A in Spain and also much larger than most in Britain, although out of a total of 1115 British U3A groups there are four there with membership greater than 2000 - and Sheffield has 3400 members!

However, not only does having so many members require your organising Committee being involved in a considerable amount of work (especially the Membership Secretary!) it also makes it ever more a requirement that more of our members be willing to share some of those responsibilities and, yes, that does means you!

At the present time your Committee consists of only eleven members but at least three and perhaps four of those will definitely retire at the AGM in March next year.

So, we really do need more enthusiastic members to step forward who are willing to serve on the Committee.

Whilst it does entail some responsibilities it is not particularly time consuming with usually only one meeting each month of no more than one and a half hours or so.

Please do talk to any of the Committee members if you would like to consider helping and supporting your fellow members in our wonderful organisation.

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New Feature - Your Letters

By Newsletter Editor

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

 

 

Dear Editor,

Always interesting to have some reaction to my messages published in the Newsletter.

However, with regard to the rather muddled and misinformed letter from John Manley in last month’s Newsletter, the Golden Oldies Music Group was always, from the very beginning, called just that – or was simply abbreviated to GOMG. That covered all members including the audience, which itself was often affectionately known as “The Groupies”, as well as the performers – the band and the solos.

Naturally, initially, the band was simply called The Band or, on occasions, The Golden Oldies Band. However, as it developed into a proficient musical group and was invited to perform at various local charitable events unrelated to our U3A it was decided that it should be recognised as representing our U3A so it was then agreed it should be called The U3A Band.

To suggest that its name was changed in order to attract financial support from our U3A is not only totally erroneous it is also insulting to the members of the band, all of whom are still members of our U3A.

Now that the Golden Oldies Music Group has disbanded the remaining band members agreed on their new name - Contraband.

Regarding John Manley’s comments concerning finances, if he took the trouble to attend General Meetings or to read the minutes of the last General Meeting he will have seen that Contraband has, in fact, already paid for the equipment originally supplied by our U3A and, whilst not mentioned, they paid well in excess of the auditor's written down book value. In addition, though also not mentioned, they returned a substantial amount of equipment no longer required which will be used by the relatively new Ukulele Group.

The members of the U3A Band decided entirely by themselves (much to the surprise of the treasurer!) to discontinue accepting monthly payment from U3A which they had previously received to pay for their practice room and requested that arrangement be cancelled well before the decision was made to discontinue the group.

John Manley further states that the GOMG was the only one of our U3A groups to benefit from such cash support for its activities which is totally inaccurate. Many of our groups receive financial support and any such support is always carefully vetted by our U3A Committee.

It is true that, some time ago members were invited to suggest band names and all submitted were discussed but none were felt to be suitable or were liked by the members of the band - so none were chosen.

As a past member of the U3A Committee John Manley should be more aware of his facts before making such criticisms.

John Hopwood (President and past GOMG leader)

 

Dear Editor

Why was there no praise and appreciation for the Golden Oldies Band?

I write in sadness and somewhat in shame, at the complete apathy of our U3A members to the demise of our Golden Oldies Band Group.   Where was our recognition and appreciation that they thoroughly deserved?  Recognition and thanks for the quality entertainment, the great memories, and so much feel-good pleasure that they had given to us all?  To our shame, it was not forthcoming, neither has it been to date.

At the September Monthly Meeting, our President, John Hopwood, announced that the Golden Oldies Band had folded, citing primarily differences within the Band on musical direction.   

So that was the end.  The end of the Golden Oldies Music Group, which to me was a very very sad day.  No doubt that of late, difficulties with the sourcing of a suitable venue did not help at all.  But clearly and overall, who showed that they cared?

From members present at the Monthly Meeting, not so much as a word nor light applause was heard.  I felt so embarrassed for those members of the Golden Oldies Band who were present and, to say the least, so disappointed that those of our members, many of whom had been regular “Groupies”, never stood up to rally the meeting to give a big round of applause for our own fellow Member Musicians.  The announcement from our President was met with complete silence   ….  not a dickie bird was uttered!

I thought there and then that I should have been the one to stand up, and lead the applause, to show our appreciation.   But, I waited, and I waited too long. I waited for someone else to stand up and take the lead.  Then the moment had gone.  I now blame myself for not having stood up.

Thereafter, I expected that other members would have noted the embarrassing silence and apathy, and, that before the October Monthly Meeting, some people would post their views to the President, or the Newsletter Editor, in praise and appreciation of The Golden Oldies Band.  But no, only two letters were posted, but neither contained any related comments. Unfortunately, and yet again, at the October Monthly Meeting, not a word of praise and appreciation.

So now, in a rallying call, I’m reaching out to all of those of our members who have cherished memories of the monthly Golden Oldies Music Nights. Come on, add your pennyworth of thanks and praise, by speaking out.  Come on, show those of our valued U3A Musician Members how much enjoyment you had from their music. Come on, put pen to paper, or even speak out at the next Monthly Meeting in November.  It may be the end of an era, but the Golden Oldies Band will not be forgotten.

Frank Lee     15th October 2017

 

Dear Editor

For the attention of the President

Hi John,

Much of your report at the October meeting was about the U3A supporting charities without contravening its statutes.  The Healthy Walking Group has been supporting The Brothers Hostel in Gandia for many years. Our members give food, toiletries, medicines, clothes, sheets and blankets on a regular basis.

Thank you for bringing to the attention of the U3A that groups can do charitable works.

Regards, Brian Cummins Healthy Walking Group Leader.

Hi Brian,

Thank you for your message and so good to hear that your group does get involved in helping that particular local charity.

No doubt yourself or a member of your group has instigated that support and has found other members very willing to help.

We have so many lovely folk who are members of our U3A and I am convinced that many of them would be very willing and happy to do more to support charities - and your group is a really excellent example.

Thank you & Best wishes,

John

Addendum. It was reported at the last General Meeting that the Knit & Natter Group have also been very active in supporting a charity. They have been knitting and donating covers and blankets for the premature baby unit and are now making knitted Christmas tree decorations for the same organisation. We are proud of any of our group members who are involved in such efforts

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Photo Group exhibition 16-28 October 2017 La Senieta, Moraira

U3A Photo Group exhibition of photographs taken by its members - free entrance

Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large car park) 1st floor showroom


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171113 History Talk 13th Nov.: The History of Woolworths and the extraordinary exploits of the Woolworth Family

Date: Monday 13th Nov 10:30

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

Subject: Introduction to the History of Woolworths and the extraordinary Woolworth Family

Lecturer: John Hopwood

Frank Winfield Woolworth was the son of a farmer recently returned from the American Civil War and in 1879 at the age of twenty-one he founded the 5 & 10 cents stores which, according to the Guinness Book of Records, became the largest retail business and department store chain in the world with more than 4000 almost identical stores located in many countries.

With the profits he made he built the Woolworth Building in 1912, the tallest "skyscraper" in the world for more than eighteen years and still the 28th tallest in New York, and he paid for the entire cost of the construction - in cash!

It is also the story of members of the Woolworth family who inherited enormous wealth and their amazing lifestyles and profligate spending.

You would have to win the biggest ever Euromillions lottery prize (€190 million) at least ten times to compare with what they had.

They did not spend it wisely!

So, a mixture of great enterprise and endeavour followed by sex, drugs and the most extraordinary spending on lavish houses, amazing jewellery, fast cars and some very poor choices of husbands!

John will illustrate his talk with many extraordinary photographs from the past.

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171127 History Talk 27th Nov: Young Women of the SOE [Special Operations Executive] in WW2

Date: Monday 27th Nov 10:30

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

Subject: Young Women of the SOE in WW2

Lecturer: Brian Nicholls


Although modern media abounds with re-runs of World War Two, as far as our lecture programme goes, one hesitates to present talks about modern military history. Although this is entirely understandable with regards to battles, which tend to be somewhat tedious, other aspects of that huge conflict are worth revisiting as new research information is revealed.
The world of spies always fascinates, particularly so when the espionage activity took place in such a dangerous country as Germany under the ideology of the Nazis. The fact that so many of those caught were executed is not unusual. All countries operated the same policy and I always felt quite sorry for the German, would-be spy, who parachuted into wartime Britain, broke his leg on landing, and then became the last person to be shot in the Tower of London.
This talk is about the many young women who volunteered to go behind enemy lines, mainly in France, to act as wireless operators or on courier duties, but who sometimes found themselves involved in violent clashes with police and military authorities. Many were captured, and many died under very unpleasant circumstances. One of the enduring mysteries is that far too many were betrayed by people who were supposedly on their own side. Some were betrayed from the very centre of operations back in London, the details of which are still the source of much debate today.
In today’s modern world it is often asked as to why young women were exposed to such dangers. The answer is that they were all totally fluent in French, well educated, very loyal and trustworthy, very adept at handling Morse code and were much more able to fit into wartime France than their male counterparts.
I will try to present what is now known.

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Film Group Mon 13th Nov: The Girl On The Train

When: Monday 13th November 2017;

Doors open 17:45; Start 18:00; End 20:00

Where: Salón de Actos, La Senieta, Moraira

What: The Girl On The Train

 

The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson's life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts not to focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down -- Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a terrible hangover, numerous wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She just has the feeling that something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes obsessed with the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.

 

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Film Group Back Catalogue - The Holiday

When: Monday, 27 November 2017

Time: 5:45pm doors open, for 6:00pm start (ends 8:00)

Where: Salon de Actos, La Senieta, Moraira  

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

Two women, one (Cameron Diaz) from America and one (Kate Winslet) from Britain, swap homes at Christmastime after bad breakups with their boyfriends. Each woman finds romance with a local man (Jude Law, Jack Black) but realizes that the imminent return home may end the relationship.

In London, Iris Simpkins writes a wedding column in a newspaper and nurtures an unrequited love for her colleague Jasper Bloom. Near Christmas, she is informed that Jasper is engaged to marry another colleague, and her life turns upside down. In Los Angeles, the movie-trailers maker Amanda Woods has just split with her unfaithful boyfriend Ethan and wants to forget him. Through a house exchange website, Amanda impulsively swaps her mansion for Iris's cottage in Surrey for the holidays. While in Surrey, Amanda meets Iris' brother and book editor Graham and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Iris meets her new next door neighbor the ninety year old screenplay writer Arthur, who helps her retrieve her self-esteem, and the film composer Miles, with whom she falls in love.

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Discounts Page

By Jayne Wintle - U3A Discounts Coordinator and Facebook administrator

If you are thinking about having work done on the house, or if there is something you are looking to purchase, have you realised that you might be able to get a discount?

The discount section of the U3A website has been updated. All companies listed on this page have agreed to give you, U3A members a discount to save you money. All you need to do is check on the page for relevant contractors/shops, advise them you are a U3A member when you contact them and show your membership card. What could be easier?

If you have a preferred shop or contractor that you think might be interested in having an advert on the page (it’s free, they just need to offer a discount), let Jayne know and she can contact them.

For all your Christmas ideas, Tiffanys Jewellers in Javea Port are having a sale week from 27th November until 2nd December inclusive. The shop will be open all day and you might be lucky and get a glass of cava from Keith whilst you shop.

Facebook Page

Not sure if all members know that we have a facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/u3amembersmoraira/

This is a closed group but as a U3A member you can ask to join.  The page is for useful information about events in moraira, U3A events and after event information and photos. Items for sale can be advertised, but these need to be personal items and nothing commercial.  Feel free to post about things you think might be useful to other members.

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New Group - Flower Arranging Classes
We meet on a Monday at Los Leones Tennis Club Sol Park, 2pm to 4pm. The dates up until the end of the year are October 9th, October 23rd, November 6th, December 4th and December 18th. If members would like to attend they must telephone Tina Wallis first to find out what components are required. Tel : 96583 3197.

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The Knit Stitch and Natter Group

By Maureen Burrows

The Knit Stitch and Natter group meet every other Tuesday at various members houses.

We began by knitting Teddies and Blankets for the Alzheimer's unit in Teulada and to date have donated around 40 blankets.

We then knitted garments for the children of EMAUS and we have donated around 50 garments for them to use or sell for their fundraising.

We decided this time to knit for the premature baby unit in Denia hospital. On 16th September Laura came to a skittles evening organised by MAPA where she received about 18 cot blankets and a number of hats mittens and cardigans, we also raised 350€ to buy supplies for the unit as soon as we know what they want.

We are still knitting for the premature babies and are also knitting toys, Christmas decorations and other small items for the Alzheimer's group to sell on their Christmas stall. We pay 1€ at each meeting attended and as soon as we have 50€ I order further supplies of wool from the UK (this is better quality than the Spanish wool) We have numerous patterns and needles so anyone can come to their first meeting empty handed.  

We would also appreciate some people who sew as I have some nice material which has been donated that would make cot blankets.

Anyone very welcome to join us while we have tea and biscuits or cake and put the world to rights nattering while we knit.

 

 

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Solos Amigos Group

By Sheran Williams

The newly formed Solos Amigos group has had a great first quarter. We are a lively and friendly group that organises its own events for single people. We have had a walk, a few meals, mini golf, a full moon picnic on the beach and numerous coffee mornings. We are a new group and welcome new people with new ideas.

We meet on the second Monday of the month at 11.00 am at Bar El Martillo. This is situated in the Barclays Centro Commercial, below the Pepe la Sal supermarket situated on the road into Moraira from Benitachell / Teulada just before the roundabout with the fish and octopus fountains.

Hope to see a few more singletons there!

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By Robin Woods

On the 26th September U3A Golf Moraira-Teulada played one of their regular games at Bonalba, Alicante. On this occasion there were only 18 players who enjoyed an Individual Stableford competition at this challenging venue. Although the course was in good order most found it very difficult and well deserving its high slope rating. Every extra shot was needed to have anything like a respectable score and many balls disappeared into the numerous water hazards!

 We thought the weather was going to be mixed but as usual once through the Altea road tunnel, the sun came out. Not a hint of rain all day and for the most part very warm with a gentle breeze. The drink on the terrace after the game was very welcome.

 The scores achieved probably reflected the difficulty but most players still enjoyed their day out. Don Larner announced the results:

 1st with a score of 37 points – John Rhodes

2nd with a score of 36 points – Robin Woods (yours truly)

3rd with a score of 36 points – Tony Slipper

 There were no nearest the pins awarded.

 Lesley Hill won the prize for the ladies best score.

 Congratulation to all the winners.

 Our next game is at Villaitana, Poniente on the 10th October, first tee 10.40 and a Team Stableford.

  All new members welcome whatever your standard of golf.

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Healthy Walking Group new season 2017/18

By Noelene Cummins

The group now has 8 leaders which means they can fit in other activities/appointments without cancelling any walks.

If you want to walk with the Group and the walk schedule does not appear in your email  box every six weeks, please check that the leaders have your correct email address. The schedule can also be accessed on the U3A website under Healthy Walking.

 

12th/14th September    Rafalet to Las Laderas     Heather & Mike led these walks.

Wow! What a surprise when 50 walkers arrived in Rafalet at 9am for the first walk after the summer break. The early start is not that unpopular then!  After welcoming everyone back, Heather mentioned a quote she had seen recently which said "Walk more and you'll stay sharp - a new study from Finland has found that regular aerobic exercise such as brisk walking triggers the production of new brain cells in the hippocampus, the area of the brain that controls memory and learning."  Definitely a good reason to get out of bed on Tuesday and Thursday mornings!  The walk was fairly gentle as it was the first of the season and mainly off-road so we enjoyed the open countryside and the shade in the woods.  Coffee afterwards was at the cafe by the church in Benitachell.

On Thursday 24 walkers enjoyed the same walk in lovely weather and after coffee some of us went to the municipal market in Benitachell to see an exhibition of 50 photographs entitled "Riuraus - The making of the Raisin."  Once you know what you are looking for, there are many examples of the arched stone buildings used for drying the grapes.

19th and 21st Sept 2017            Algas to Cap Blanc. 

The walkers had obviously taken Heather's message about triggering new brain cells to heart as, again we had a lovely big group of 48 walkers gathering at Algas, on the Moraira to Calpe Road, at 9am. We set off through the very smart Algas Bar, having previously checked with them that it was OK and told them that we would have coffee there on our return.  Our route took us through the car park of the Hema Hotel which didn't please one of the staff as she stood at the open window with hands on hips starting down at the chattering stream of people making their way round the corner of the hotel!  As we walked up the cliff path and admired the glorious view back towards Moraira, one of the group told us that they had hired the first house on the path for a week in the summer for a family party at a cost of €12,000 but as it had 7 bedrooms and bathrooms and the most wonderful views, it had been well worth it.  This walk was somewhat more challenging than the previous week with a steep hill and steep steps but the views from Cap Blanc were stunning.

On Thursday 24 walkers enjoyed the walk and the views and didn't bring any Hema staff members to the window!  The back part of the Algas bar was a perfect place for coffee as we were able to sit together and enjoy the sea view without disturbing the rest of the customers who were all sitting the other side of the bar.

26th/28th September  Teulada-Berdica              David & Betty led these walks.

The walk started from the car park opposite the Eco Park in Teulada and followed the rail tracks up to Berdica and across the tracks (no trains to look out for another 2 years). We then went over the hill (one or two of us may already be there!) past the Font Horta and along the baranca back to the car park.

There were 50 participants on Tuesday and 27 on Thursday when we did the walk in reverse to add a little variety. Coffee was had at Poligono (served very slowly to us because of those unfortunates that have to work!)

3nd/5th October Sol del Este – Rafalets              Brian & Noelene led these walks

This was a very pleasant walk with good views. 34 walked on Tuesday and 21 on Thursday. Leader Brian emphasised that when the group is walking on roads and a vehicle comes walkers should move to the LEFT. Moving to both sides of the road confuses drivers.

10th/12th October  Lliber Zoo Walk

Residents on the development where we normally park the cars have objected so we had to park on the dry river bed (and hope we did not have a huge storm whilst we were walking!). This was relatively easy on Tuesday but there were far more walkers on Thursday so a great deal of manoeuvring had to be done. This is a lovely walk through the gorge with good scenery.  The narrow track past the Zoo was negotiated and we walked back to the village square for coffee. 26 & 35 walkers.

17th/19th October     Jesus Pobre round 3 Windmills

A staggering 56 walkers turned up for this lovely walk probably encouraged by the start time change to 10am! The group was well spread out, which meant the leader could not communicate with the sweeper-up. One of the walkers had a problem at the back which showed we needed better communication. The U3A have agreed to buy a walkie-talkie for Group use. We are often in areas with poor phone reception. A manageable 20 walked on Thursday.

Parking for so many vehicles was a problem as the usual area had been reduced. The leaders have found a better area for future walks and will adjust the walk route accordingly.

24th/26th October   Ermita de Lleus

40 walkers managed to find their way to the Ermita which is set in glorious countryside. This is one of the more energetic walks in the schedule and is the farthest we travel. The weather was hot and all enjoyed it. Many went for coffee and a chat at Pedrera Bar on the Benissa Industrial estate. A smaller group did the walk on Thursday also in wonderful weather.

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Moraira-Teulada U3A – Now boasts more than 2000 members

By Margaret Roberts & John Hopwood

At the Monthly Meeting held on 2nd October the New Members Desk was nearly swamped with 61 new member applications. Those new members increased the total membership to 2026, a milestone that could not possibly have been envisaged only nine years ago when a group of enthusiasts first set up this association for retired local people.

Moraira-Teulada U3A is now one of the largest local groups in the Costa Blanca and possibly in the whole of Spain with our numerous activity groups from Art and History Talks, Backgammon and Bridge to Ukulele, Walking Football and Wine tasting.

With a total of more than sixty different groups available for the members to attend there are many different pastimes to attract all members – all thanks to the excellent Group Leaders,

Our enthusiastic Committee works very hard to make us the IN place to join! There is also a busy Social Committee which organises excellent Dinner/Dances, Picnics, etc. Both committees are always on the lookout for new members so that new ideas could be introduced. Anyone interested in joining should contact a committee member.

At this last General Meeting a record attendance was seen at the Salon and members were able to enjoy a coffee and to socialise whilst waiting for the formal meeting to begin. Afterwards there was a very interesting talk from the AKIRA Dog Shelter about their organization.

One of the most popular groups is Dining Out, visiting different restaurants every month and the Wine Tasting is supported generously by various local wine traders and vineyards who offer very good wines to our members at less than 5€ per bottle.

The Travel Group has become an enormous enterprise with not only many varied trips throughout Spain but also holidays in interesting parts of France, Croatia and a wonderfully supported three week trip to Cambodia and Vietnam. The latest offering is a 42 night trip to New Zealand in 2019.

The History & Art Lectures are held every month at the La Senieta theatre, and the latest project is a series of lectures on Egyptology. The Golf Group has been in existence for some time but formally became a Society in January 2016 and continues to go from strength to strength and is involved in the Costa Blanca League. There is a Photography Group which produces excellent work and holds exhibitions in the local Town Hall.

Our U3A has members from different nationalities including Dutch, French, Finnish, German, Danish and more, and although the groups and meetings are conducted in English everyone joins in very enthusiastically.

We are very fortunate to not only live in a fantastic locality but also have a U3A dedicated to making sure people can enjoy mixing with others, not feel lonely and have purpose in their lives.

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Egyptology Talk

By David Rohl

Monday September 18 saw a full house for the inaugural U3A Moraira-Teulada Ancient Egypt Group, held in the plush Salon de Actos theatre at Espai la Senieta, Moraira.

Group leader, David Rohl – a world-famous Egyptologist, explorer and bestselling author – introduced his series of lectures with a visually spectacular journey through the Ancient World, giving the 160-strong audience a preview of what is coming in future presentations.

The lecture was followed by an enthusiastic Q & A session, which will be a regular part of the monthly meetings (held on the third Monday of the month at the same venue, starting at 10.30 am).

The lecture series is open to U3A members from Moraira- Teulada.

Given that the La Senieta theatre was almost full for this first meeting, it is strongly advised to arrive early for upcoming meetings in order to secure a seat!

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Recipes - Pomegranates!!

By Dot Garrett

Pomegranates are plentiful at the moment but a lot of people don't eat them because they are fiddly to remove the seeds.

The health benefits of pomegranates are innumerable and what makes them special is that apart from being healthy, pomegranates are delicious too. Pomegranates have anti-oxidant properties and are a good source of vitamins especially vitamin A, C, and E, as well as folic acid. This amazing fruit consists of three times as many antioxidants as both wine or green tea!

I find the easiest way to remove these amazing seeds is to cut around the pomegranate with a sharp knife but not deep enough to cut into the seeds, you will know you have done it right when no juice is dripping out!

Pull apart with your hands and then holding over a bowl put one half upside down into the palm of your hand and tap sharply with the back of a dessert spoon. The seeds will drop out leaving behind most of the pith!

Pomegranates are used in a lot of North African recipes. Here is a variation -

Pomegranate chicken with almond couscous

Serves 4

Ingredients

• 1 tbsp vegetable oil

• 200g couscous

• 1 chicken stock cube

• 1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced

• 600g chicken fillets

• 4 tbsp tagine spice paste or 2 tbsp harissa

• 200 ml pomegranate juice

• 100g pomegranate seeds

• 100g toasted flaked almond

• small pack mint, chopped

Method

• Put the couscous in a bowl with some seasoning and crumble in half the stock cube. Pour boiling water over the couscous to just cover, then cover the bowl with a tea towel and set aside.

• Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Add the onion and fry for a few minutes to soften.

• Push the onion to one side of the pan, add the chicken fillets and brown on all sides. Stir in the tagine paste or harissa and the pomegranate juice, then crumble in the rest of the stock cube and season well. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 mins until the sauce has thickened and the chicken is cooked through. Stir through the pomegranate seeds, saving a few to scatter over before serving.

• After 5 mins, fluff up the couscous with a fork and stir through the almonds and mint. Serve the chicken on the couscous with the sauce spooned over.

Orange & pomegranate cheesecake

 Ingredients

• 250g digestive biscuits

• 100g butter, melted

• 600g full-fat cream cheese

• zest 3 oranges - cut out the segments for the decoration

• 150ml double cream

• seeds of 1pomegranate

Method

• Crush the biscuits roughly – either put them in a plastic food bag and crush with a rolling pin, or whizz them in a food processor to chunky crumbs. Transfer to a bowl, mix in the melted butter and tip into a 23cm springform tin. Using your fingers or the back of a spoon, press the biscuit mixture evenly to form the base. Chill until set, about 30 mins.

• Put the soft cheese, zest and cream into a bowl and whisk until the mixture is the consistency of thick custard. Pour the filling over the biscuit base and spread evenly. Return to the fridge and chill until set, at least 4 hrs or overnight.

• To serve, top with the orange segments and scatter over the pomegranate seeds.

 

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Christmas Dinner Dance 2017

 

We are pleased to announce that the social subcommittee have arranged another fantastic evening for you at Salón Canor.

Date:   Friday, 8th December 2017

Time:   Cava reception from 7:00 p.m.   Dinner at 8:00 p.m.

Dress Code:   It is a smart event, so please dress accordingly.  No jeans or shorts please.

Tickets:   25 euros each

Entertainment:   Bella Luna back by popular demand !

 

There will be continuous music throughout the evening with dancing to Costa Blanca's top Spanish duo Bella Luna who sing all your favourites from Gypsy Kings to Elvis to Michael Jackson.  The duo have sung all over Spain including Benidorm Palace, but mainly on the Costa Blanca from Denia to Mazarrón.  They have also performed in Holland, England, Belgium, Portugal and Germany.     If last year was anything to go by, they will certainly get you on the dance floor.

Tickets will be on sale at the General Meeting at Monday, 6th November 2017.

If you wish to join us for what promises to be a fantastic evening, 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 online and then download the form.  A few copies of each will be available at the General Meeting for those members without computers.

Please note that all functions are only open to fully paid-up members of the Moraira-Teulada U3A

If you have any queries, please ask at the ticket desk or contact Steve Higham

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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.  rona.u3a.carecoordinator2@gmail.com

 

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Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

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"Contraband" at Saxo's

By Ian Mair

Don’t forget that CONTRABAND (formerly The U3A Band) will be playing at SAXO in Moraira on Thursday 2nd November from 6.00pm till 8.00pm. 

So get yourselves along to SAXO to support the band, who will be donating their fee to charity, and enjoy a fabulous musical evening.

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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!

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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 colinlilley1424@gmail.com

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Charity Concert "One Night In Vegas"

Featuring three of the best tribute artists around with a show that has real “Las Vegas” flavour.

This show has it all, with Neil Diamond, Tom Jones and Elvis Presley tributes accompanied by the Vegas Show Girls.

The One Night in Vegas Show will be on Sunday November 19th at 8.00pm in the Auditori Municipal in Ondara and Magnum Productions will be hosting the event with their unparalleled sound and lighting systems.

Tickets cost 15 euros and there will be a bar and 1st class raffle.

For tickets or information please call 966 499 954 or email: peter_john1@hotmail.com

All profits will go to the ISVH Bomberos and Cruz Roja

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Teulada - Moraira Lions Club Christmas Party

The Teulada – Moraira Lions will once again be hosting their traditional Christmas party in the church square in Moraira on the 2nd December and this will be “What a Cracker V”.

There will be Christmas songs, The English choir, The Timbrells and lots of festive goodies including mulled wine.

This is a free event but of course donations are welcome which will help support the Javea Salvation Army.  The fun starts at 5pm

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The Teulada – Moraira Lions Present “Ges Rogers Union Gap”

The final concert for the Lions this Autumn features Ges Rogers Union Gap. The very popular iconic band from the 60’s will be performing in Espai La Senieta on Sunday the 3rd December.  The last time the band performed in Moraira it proved one of the most popular shows we have staged and with great songs like “Young Girl”, “Lady Willpower” and “Woman Woman” it should be another stellar performance.  Tickets are only 15 euros and we will have a complimentary bar and raffle.

For tickets or information please call 966491917 or email colinlilley1424@gmail.com

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