Welcome to issue number 71 of the Newsletter - May 2015  


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



  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 4th May 2015

at the Salón de Banquetes, Avenida del Mediterráneo, Teulada at 10:30 a.m.

Doors open to members at 09:30 a.m.


The speaker for May 4th is :
Jeremy Kenton who is a registered Osteopath and expert medical witness.
His talk is as follows ---- " Why we humans should still be on 4 legs" -- to talk about how our posture really has not evolved.

Jill Cole

Message from President

 What a mixed month we have had weather wise, I thought the sun had decided to stay but I'm sitting here with clouds, grey ones, moving fast outside my window.  Those of us that live here appreciate we need the rain but those on holiday are not so forgiving.    A local Spanish lady informed us that we should wear layers until the 14th May when the weather should settle!  Lets see if she is correct.

Santa Samana was celebrated in most of the towns and villages, they may not have the spectacular floats of Cartagena, but they are just as impressive. The local fiestas have begun with Teulada Sant Vincente Ferrer fiesta, the parades through the centre of Teulada were worth going to see as they are so unique to Spain. If you did not go I am sure you heard or saw the fireworks!
This month has been busy with the Mirador Challenge,  Bay Radio 3K Challenge and the MABS 5K walk/run, well done to all of you that participated in one or two of these events or were involved in supporting or organising them. 


 Brian Nicholls

Message from Members/Committee Liaison Representative.

Following the creation of this post 15 months or so ago, there was a flurry
of emails and suggestion box messages which I brought to the attention of
your committee. Various comments were made and dealt with but you will

appreciate that with the views of over 1,300 members to be considered
the response may not necessarily, be to the complete satisfaction
of the member who raised a specific issue.

Some of the suggestions, such as that of subsidy for social
events, attracted support both for and against, and the committee tried very
hard to effect a compromise solution which seems to have been successful.
Another suggestion was for the formation of a social sub-committee and, as
you will all know, two major events have now been organised for this year.

For the benefit of the newer members I would like to stress that if you do
email me with your views or suggestions, I would not disclose names

without permission. I aim to reply to you immediately after the committee meeting
to let you know the outcome. You are of course free to contact any committee
member about any issue but whatever you decide to do please note that the
committee meetings are mostly in the week after the 20th of each month.

Brian Nicholls  Members/Committee Liaison representative.

or through my U3A email address on the website

150511 Art Talk 11th May 2015: Tamara de Lempicka

 Art Talk 11th May 2015: Tamara de Lempicka

Date: Monday 11th May 2015 10:30

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

Subject: Tamara de Lempicka

Lecturer: Angela Chantry


Tamara de Lempicka (16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980) captured the whirlwind decade of the 1920s on canvas, painting (and charming) the rich and famous of Europe - her slick style of portraiture embodied the glamour, style, modernity and sexuality of the Art Deco period that was fashionable during the inter-war years. Like Art Deco itself, her work fell out of favour during the 1940s and 50s, but she was rediscovered in the 1970s when a gallery owner in Paris mounted a retrospective of her work.  Today paintings that were unsellable for three decades fetch many hundreds of thousands of dollars.


150525 History Talk 25th May: Lady Jane Grey

 History Talk 25th May: Lady Jane Grey

Date: Monday 25th May 2015 10:30

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

Subject: ‘I Made my Daughter a Queen’ on the life of Lady Jane Grey

Lecturer:  Dee Craig


My name is Lady Frances Brandon, mother of three daughters. My eldest girl was Jane, and I had high hopes of her marrying King Henry VIII’s son Prince Edward, they were of a similar age. Thus, I needed to make sure she was brought up properly, fit to be a queen. Then the wretched boy died. What were we to do? The only answer was to make Jane Queen in her own right, so we changed our plans.



Film Group Mon 11th May:  My Week With Marilyn

When: Monday 11th May, doors open 17:45, film starts 18:00, ends 19:45

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

What: My Week With Marilyn

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



Creative Writing Group Poem


Some People Have The Wildest Imagination

By Chris King


 We arrive at this location

With our shiny new creation

Written with such dedication

To hear each others' brief oration

And during some narration

We hear tales of girl's flirtation

Which then leads to strong temptation

And nocturnal assignation

We've had churchyard fornication

And lots of copulation

Plus frequent mutilation

And siblings elimination.

This group's wild imagination

Has a ghoulish fascination

With all kinds of desecration

Often too much information

With tales of annihilation

The guillotines' decapitation

Frequent assassination

And even one castration.

With all this machination

A collation of damnation

A little alliteration

Do we have an aspiration

For eventual publication?

Golden Oldies Music Group

Golden Oldies Music Group


The U3A Band has three notable dates for your diaries!

Date to be advised very soon, when U3A will perform at an evening Music Night at the Don Quixote bar near the Paichi Garden Centre. The owners of Don Quixote allow the band to practice there on Tuesday afternoons and this evening is a small way of repaying their generosity. Entrance is only €2.50 for a great evening’s entertainment and we hope members of Moraira U3A will support their band.  
Please note that the performance that was due to take place on Wednesday 29th April has been cancelled as the owner of Don Quixote has had an unexpected change in his plans.

The next date is Friday 29th May for The Golden Oldies Music Group Music Night at the Les Fouges  Restaurant. Almost fully booked so if you would like to join us please ask now!

Finally, the U3A Band has been invited by the Lions Club to open their Summer Music Festival by the castle in Moraira with a full evening’s performance commencing 8pm on Saturday night the 20th June. We look forward to many Moraira U3A members being there to support your band.


For any further details please contact John Hopwood the Golden Oldies Music Group leader.



Drama Group

Drama Group

The U3A Drama Group has an exciting project coming up.

We are working on a production of Alice, which will combine Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass.

We will be performing this for the schoolchildren of Moraira and Teulada and also on a separate occasion for U3A members.

As always it will be a lighthearted affair with music and laughter.

We are always looking for people to join us either on the stage or to help backstage with the costumes and props.

In this production Cindy Hinton, our wardrobe mistress, has 19 costumes to prepare, from a dormouse to a Mad Hatter to a Gryphon, so you can imagine how much work that entails!

Please do come along and join us.

Contact Anne Cattle on 679744789



Travel Group Trip to Cartagena

31st March till 2nd April 2015 

Over 60 members enjoyed this trip to the historic town of Cartagena especially organised to visit the Easter Parades.

Our hotel was situated on the banks of the Mar Menor near to Los Alcazares and had the additional bonus of a spa that we were all invited to enjoy for a free hour. It was a 20 minute drive from the hotel into Cartagena and there was a good timetable with the coach and driver to ferry us back and forwards.

On arrival we went straight into Cartagena for a couple of hours to enjoy lunch and orientation of the town.

Back to the hotel and it was wonderful to find Happy Hour in the bar before dinner. In fact after 2 hours of Happying not many of us took the option to return into Cartagena for the first evening!

After breakfast the following day we returned to Cartagena for sightseeing and shopping. There was a ticket available that covered the tourist bus, a boat trip and entrance to all the museums or we could pay individually if we wanted a more relaxing day.

The evening was the highlight of the trip with the grand Easter procession. Seats were available in the narrow streets at a small cost and the many bars along the route had pre booked tables that cost about 15e each person.

The parade was a very moving spectacle that lasted about 3 hours with many floats, some were carried manually, depicting religious scenes and icons and covered with flowers.  The costumes were incredibly rich and each solemn group had hooded followers.

The following day had the option of returning to Cartagena or a visit to a medieval market before leaving for home with a bonus stop in Santa Pola for a paella lunch.

We all agreed this was a fantastic trip and thanks went to our organisers Anne Cattle and Carole Mantle

Dot Garrett


 Spinach Tortilla

400g bag Spinach leaves

2 tbs Olive oil

1 Large Onion thinly sliced

2 Med Potatoes, peeled sliced and par boiled

6 Eggs

Salt & Pepper


Heat oil in large non stick fry pan

Add Onion slices and cook gently until soft

Add Spinach and stir until wilted

Add Potato slices

Beat the eggs, add salt & pepper and pour over

Cook gently until nearly set

Flash grill to set the top

*TRICKY BIT*  Slide the Tortilla on to a plate then flip over back into the pan

Finish cooking the underside then leave to cool for a few minutes before turning out.

Cut into wedges and serve with salad and coleslaw.

Dot Garrett


Local Events and Information.

May Day Fiesta

May Day Fiesta

Friday May 1st at 14:00

At La Ermita San Josep, La Fustera

May Day Fiesta will begin (to which everyone is welcome) with music from Dave Peachey, international stalls, maypole dancing, charity stalls and so on.  All are welcome.




1st 2nd & 3rd May 2015

"Vive Teulada - Moraira"

Gastronomical and Trade Fair.

Moraira Castle Square.

Join our Facebook closed site/forum if you want to sell, buy, borrow or ask a question

Join our Facebook closed site/forum if you want to sell, buy, borrow or ask a question

Following requests by members to have a space to advertise items they wish to sell, buy, lend, borrow or just ask questions, we have set up a Facebook group: U3A Moraira-Teulada Members.

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If interested, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/u3amembersmoraira/ and request to join the group. The group's administrators will check your membership status, before confirming your access. Please note that if your your membership lapses because you have not renewed it for the current year, you will be removed from the group.

A Facebook account is required to join the group. When requesting to join, please use your real name and email address, as we will check membership status before approving the request. If, for any reason, your Facebook account is under a different name, please let us know, so that we can check your membership.

We hope that you will enjoy this new facility and we will welcome your feedback.

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