Welcome to issue number 73 of the Newsletter - July 2015  


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  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 6th July 2015

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

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


There is no speaker for July
Jill Cole

Message from President

 Jill Cole

What happened to June?  I'm not sure about anyone else but our summer visitors have already started to arrive and boy hasn't it been warm for them. But before they arrived we had a great trip to Sagunto, where a guide provided us with an insight to the history of the town. After lunch we headed off to the San Joseph Caves, where we had a boat trip through the sub terrain river which runs through the Vall d' Uixó.  
The Moraira Lions music season started this year with a performance from our very own U3A Band. It was lovely to see such a turn out for them and their performance was fantastic, well done guys. I have also been told that the Lions raised over €1500 on the night. 
 Please remember some of the U3A Groups take July & August off as people are busy with visitors, but if you're not sure check with the relevant group leader or the website.  We do not have a Monthly Meeting in August but look forward to seeing you all at the September meeting, enjoy your summer.

First aid course

Prue Jackson


Seven U3A members attended this half day course held at Sol Park in Moraira.  It was run by Buster Smith of Emergency First Response.  Although it didn't make us certificated First Aiders, as a longer course is required for that, it certainly gave us the knowledge and skills to cope with a number of emergency situations.  We learned what to do when someone was unconscious and not breathing by giving chest compressions and mouth to mouth resuscitation.  This was practiced on a dummy that responded by making a clicking noise when it was done correctly, and its chest expanded when the breath reached its lungs. We were also shown how to use a defibrillator.  We then worked on the techniques to use when someone is choking, again using an ingenious piece of equipment to show whether we had done it correctly.  Finally, we were shown what to do when someone has cut themselves badly.

 A lot was covered in the four hours and the time passed very quickly.  Buster was a very good instructor, and he ensured there was a good mix of theory and practice, which everyone enjoyed. This was a very worthwhile course and thanks to Jill Cole for organising it.


EU Referendum

Pauline Jacobs



There is an online petition, which can be found at http://www.costa-news.com/sign-eu-referendum-petition ?  It’s about allowing UK citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years to be given the right to vote in the EU referendum.Even if you have lived abroad for less than 15 years, and are therefore still eligible to vote in your previous constituency in the UK, it’s still worth signing the petition.

I have been making enquiries about registering to vote in the UK.   Currently, any ex-pat can register, providing they’ve not been living permanently outside of the UK for more than 15 years.
 As you know, it’s important at this stage that all eligible ex-pats vote in the upcoming Referendum regarding the UK staying in the EU.  If the UK vote to come out, as current legislation stands, people of State Pension age living in Spain will not only lose their free healthcare here (and with it their 90% discount on the price of their prescribed medicines) but their State Pensions will be frozen too.  It will be an extremely uncertain future for all of us living in Spain (young & old) if the UK leaves the EU.
I feel it is of extreme importance to register and vote in the Referendum.  As far as I’m aware, you will be permitted to vote in your former constituency (although the rules for a Referendum might be different) and you can opt for a postal or proxy vote if you are unable to be in the UK to vote in person.  However, I have read that the papers for postal voting aren’t sent out very early, which might mean they do not reach Spain in time for us to complete the voting form and sending it back!  We can only hope that they will take this into account when sending ballot papers abroad.  However, to be on the safe side, you can nominate someone to vote for you (voting by proxy).
“Think Spain’s” comments:  
Write to your last MP in the UK
Spain's belonging to the EU is largely what has enabled over a million documented expatriates from the UK – and many more who have not registered yet – to make the southern European country their home, and in the case of numerous others, their part-time home for a few months of the year.
Many of these million or so fear they will not be able to vote in a 'Brexit' referendum enabling them to stay in the EU and enjoy the easy-living advantages enabled by its free movement policies, since anyone who has lived outside the UK for 15 years or more is unable to vote in a British general election.
If the referendum goes ahead in 2017 as Cameron promised in his manifesto, anyone who left the UK in or before 2002 will technically be unable to vote on their future.
Spaniards and other EU nationals living in Britain are also concerned: as general election rules apply, anyone who is not British cannot vote, either.
Expatriates – irrespective of how long they have lived abroad – are strongly encouraged to write to their MP at their last constituency in the UK, as are EU citizens living in Britain, calling for their democratic right to be recognised.
Also, British citizens in Spain who have not registered for postal voting since living there should do so immediately if they are within the 15-year bracket.
This is a simple exercise that involves giving a few personal details on the foreign office website,fco.gov.uk, and ticking a box for a form to be sent to them from their last constituency.
The form requires little more than the voter's name, new address and National Insurance number from the UK, and comes with an addressed envelope to reply – even though the envelope is franked, it is British second-class post only, so will need to be franked or stamped by the post office in Spain.



Eileen Haxon


Cream cheese is the perfect partner for all types of food.

It is very versatile and can be used for all kinds of food, savoury or sweet.The first cream cheese was made in 1872 and 8 years later adopted Philadelphia as a brand name.

Any cream cheese can be used for the following recipes not just Philadelphia.



 200g cream cheese with garlic and herbs

145ml semi skimmed milk

freshly ground black pepper


Soften cheese in a small saucepan. Gradually add 3- 4 tablespoons of milk.

Heat the mixture over a low heat and gradually add the rest of the milk a little at a time, stirring continuously.

Bring sauce to a gentle simmer ---- DO NOT BOIL.

Add pepper and serve sauce with cooked pasta, or grilled chicken or fish.



 200g cream cheese

50 ml sweet chilli dipping sauce

small bunch coriander or parsley, chopped

 To Serve --- rice crackers or crisps

                    cucumber, carrot or pepper sticks for dipping


Heat oven 180C, gas 4

Carefully turn out the tub of cream cheese onto the middle of a small ovenproof serving dish.

Pour over the chilli sauce and bake 8 – 10 minutes until warm.

Sprinkle with coriander or parsley and serve with the accompaniments



 50g fresh white breadcrumbs

a few chopped chives

zest of 1 lemon

4 salmon fillets

100g garlic and herb cream cheese


Heat oven 180C  gas 4

Stir chives and lemon zest into the breadcrumbs

Spread salmon fillets with a thick layer of cream cheese and place on a lightly oiled baking tray

Top with the flavoured breadcrumbs lightly pressing them into the cream cheese.

Roast in oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until cooked.

Serve with new potatoes and salad leaves.

N.B.  If fish is a little wet, pat dry with a kitchen towel then dust with flour so that it is easier to spread the cream cheese on top.



 150g digestive biscuits --- crushed

50g butter or soft margarine --- melted

200g cream cheese –softened

200g caster sugar

250ml raspberry juice --- or raspberry and cranberry – or raspberry and apple

150g fresh or frozen raspberries

200ml whipping cream –lightly whipped


Line the base of a 20cm springform cake tin

Combine the biscuit crumbs and butter and press into the base of the prepared tin. Chill

Beat the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth.

Gently stir in the raspberry juice, raspberries and whipped cream. Spoon into the prepared base.

Freeze for 3 hours until firm. Remove from the freezer about 15 minutes before serving to soften slightly.

Can be made prior, sealed and stored in the freezer


Creative Writing Group

By Member Michael Hillier

My Book Signing Tour

In late April I did a book signing tour of part of Southern England with my novel The Secret of The Cathars which I have recently published in paperback. The experience may sound rather grand but in fact it only consisted of spending about three or four mornings sitting in various Waterstones branches, handing out information about the history of the Cathar heresy and signing copies of the book which people had purchased at the till.

The staff of the shops were always friendly and welcoming but I can't say the level of success was stunning. It varied from pathetic ( 2 copies left on the shelves in Worthing ) to modest ( 8 copies sold and 3 left on the shelves in Dorchester ). In all I got rid of just over thirty copies and at least I now have my books available for browsing on the general fiction shelves in three Waterstones stores, which is a first for me. Also sales from the publisher have taken a bit of a jump.

While I was in the area I gave a talk to a Creative Writing Group at Rottingdean, near Brighton, who wanted to hear about my publishing experiences. They bought a number of copies which I was happy to let them have at a reduced price. I also handed out a number of copies to other contacts.

Of course the trip was never worth the expense but I thought it was a useful new experience. I also met and stayed with my children and grandchildren while I was there.

Signed copies of the book can be obtained by contacting me on :


25th September: Late Summer Dinner Dance


Our U3A Late Summer Dinner Dance - 25th September

A fantastic evening has been arranged for you. Tickets are 25 euros a head and will be on sale at the General Meeting in Teulada on Monday, 6th July. Why not make up a table with your U3A friends or let us put you on a table with other friendly members. This promises to be a great evening.

Friday, 25th September, Cava Reception 7:00 p.m., followed by a three course Dinner (including drinks) at the beautiful Salón Canor, Teulada.

It’s a smart event so please dress accordingly - no jeans or shorts.

The Poco Loco Steel Band will be entertaining us in the lovely gardens of Canor during the cava reception (weather permitting) and, after dinner, Barry Peters will be providing music for dancing the night away.

Full details are on our website http://www.u3amoraira-teulada.org/late-summer-dinner-dance-25th-september/, together with the the menu and booking form.

Please note that this function is strictly only open to fully paid-up members of the Moraira-Teulada U3A.

Please email David or Pat if you are unable to get to the meeting and wish to purchase tickets or need further information.



Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.


.JULY 2015


3-8 - Fiestas of Font Santa
Festivities at Ermita de la Font Santa, including Bull running organised by the "quintos" of the year. Nighttime.

 11-19 - Fiestas of "Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados" y "Virgen del Carmen"

Festivities & processions, including maritime procession (16th) & Firework Display (15th and 16th), followed by "Els Bous a la Mar" (Bull running into the sea)

23 - 29 - Fiestas of Sant Jaume in Benimarco
Festivities including live bands, bull running & fireworks.

24 - 1 August - Fiestas of "Els Sants de la Pedra"
In Calle Calvo Sotelo in Teulada - supper in the street, Mass Campaña, nighttime fiesta, Bull Running.

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.

To protect against spam and scams as far as possible, the group is closed and can only be accessed by active members of our U3A (i.e. who have renewed their Moraira-Teulada membership for the current year).

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.

For Terms and Conditions please see website.