Moraira - Teulada



Welcome to issue number 74 of the Newsletter - August 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

There is no General Meeting in August


Message from your Editor

Dot Garrett


Hi, I have been the editor of your newsletter since April this year and have enjoyed getting to know many more members. I have also had a challenge in learning more about finding my way around the computer!

There isn't usually a newsletter in August so I thought I would just put together a little information and a bit of summer reading for all those still here in sunny, sweltering Spain with our air con on!

Please keep sending contributions for the newsletter and I would really appreciate any ideas or feedback for future editions, the newsletter is only as good as the information it contains.

Don't forget to look on the website for more information about groups and events.

See you in September.




Articles for your Newsletter



Group Leaders

Jill Cole

Message From President

Jill Cole

Gerald Dobson passed away on Friday 24 July. He and his wife always attended the monthly meetings and sat at the front, I will certainly miss his smiling face. Our condolences go to Chris his wife and their family.

During July I have heard of several of our members celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries over the summer period, Rona & Geoff Hurst, Margaret & Don Roberts to name just two. Congratulations to you all.

Meeting with British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris

Meeting with British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris

By Margaret Roberts

On 9th June, at very short notice, a meeting was called with the new British Consul and two outgoing members of the Teulada Council, Antonio Bertomeu and Sylvia Tatnell. Sarah-Jane Morris is the new consul for Alicante, but will divide her time between Alicante and Madrid.

The consul had asked that in each area in the Alicante region she would like to meet with some of the representatives of clubs, associations, charities and businesses.

As the Teulada-Moraira U3A President, Jill Cole, was unable to attend. Don & Margaret Roberts and Shirley Tuckey represented the U3A. Other organisations that attended were from The Lions, HELP and several local businesses. The meeting was very small and Sarah-Jane was keen to hear what problems affected the Expats in this area.

Several topics were covered including Driving Licences, the new pension laws for ex Government Personnel and purchase and sales of property, as, for each of these, there always seems to be several different versions of the correct procedures. Rumours always abound and quite a few people said that they would like the Consulate to issue correct guidelines and procedures. It was felt that they do not communicate with expats enough and Sarah-Jane admitted that this was the case. It was agreed that every quarter there would be a page/statement in the local English press stating any changes in the law and also clearing up some of the points raised.

Sarah-Jane promised to find out from the “horse’s mouth” if the consulate didn’t have the knowledge to reply. She said, if necessary, they will liaise with government officials in Madrid, Hacienda and Trafico.

It was quite a lively meeting and it remains to be seen whether or not these promises will be kept. Sarah-Jane seemed to be genuine in her concern on our behalf, but isn’t that what all politicians seem to do?

Ladies Lunch Las Chicas Que Comen

Ladies Lunch Las Chicas Que Comen

Las  Chicas Que Comen is a group of ladies that get together each month for lunch, to enjoy fine dining, and to meet up with old friends and meet new ones. When the group was formed, it was decided to use a system of random seating, so that meeting new people was encouraged, and the formation of cliques avoided.

We frequent restaurants within the Moraira area, though we do venture to the edge of Javea and Benissa on occasions

The cost is from €23 to 25 euros. This includes a welcome drink, a 3 course meal plus wine and water. Bread and coffee are extra unless stipulated.

We meet once a month and alternate it between Wednesday and Thursday to accommodate all other activities that our U3A ladies get involved in.

You will see the write ups from some of our Chicas about a number of the restaurants we have visited and we are now starting to put those comments on to Trip Adviser too. Of course, a few restaurants have disappointed us, but in the main we get a warm reception, and are served some mouth watering dishes.

We meet between September and June with two months off in the hot and busy Summer season.

If you would like to join us then all you need to do is email me giving me your U3A membership number.

If for any reason you have already registered but have not received any emails please re-contact me.

Lynn Clark

Email –

Pillowcase Dresses

Pillowcase Dresses

A letter to Val Mills

Our trip to Kenya was a wonderful experience and a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new friends. We visited several schools and communities in the Diocese of Mt Kenya Central, the Diocese of Murang'a South and Machakos.  It soon became apparent that we were not the the right people to decide who should end up with the dresses; therefore we gave the vast majority to Annie Ng'ang'a the President of the Mothers Union in the Diocese of Mt Kenya Central with the remainder going to BIDII a Christian Aid partner in Machakos, for them to distribute amongst needy communities in their areas. This unfortunately means that I have no photos of any girls wearing any of the wonderful pillow case dresses. I hope this is not too disappointing for you but please rest assured they will end up with girls who need them the most. I also gave the groups several copies of the instructions and size charts. Although it is nowhere near the same as seeing individual girls with dresses I attached some images taken in Kenya of Annie Ng'ang'a and BIDII receiving the dresses.  One of BIDII's team put one on to show the rest of the team how they look. My wife Lesley and I intend to return to Kenya in a couple of years or so time and would like the opportunity to take out more dresses. Thank you once again for your generosity and for Julie's vision! 

Water Shortage

Water Shortage

By Fred Beauchamp

After reading about about the water shortage I thought I would share my observations regarding water filters.
2 years ago we bought a water filter with a pressure vessel, normally they are plumbed into the sink waste but where I put this one there was not a sink so I ran a pipe through the outside wall with a watering can under it.
When I turned on the water it filled up the can in five minutes, I emptied it and put it back and it was full again in five minutes this went on for hours.
Eventually it stopped so i took out 1lt of water and the pipe started running again to discharge eight more liters of water.
So I thought I should bring to your notice how much water these things use.
p.s  I did away with the pressure vessel and it still works o.k

The Air Hostess's Lament

The Air Hostess's Lament

By Chris King

Creative Writing Group


“Welcome aboard, welcome aboard

Welcome aboard” good lord I’m bored

Half an hour I’ve been standing here

With sickly smile from ear to ear

Greeting passengers one by one

Noting the one who’s overdone

His Dutch courage with pre-flight booze

I hope I’m not the one in whose

Section he sits and have the bore

Of hearing stupid jokes galore.

I think I’ve heard the final call

There’s two to come and then that’s all

Ah, here they are with anxious looks

Clutching their final choice of books.

This charter flight is set to go

I don’t know where, I ought to know.


Most passengers have flown before

And think it macho to ignore

Me as I stand and point out ways

They could escape a cabin blaze

But if the worst comes to the worst

I’ll have to make them all go first.

And next there comes the seat belt check.

“No madam, not around your neck”

The flight decks told, “we’re all secure”

We’ve even checked the cabin door

So now I have a short respite

While engines are prepared for flight

And as the plane accelerates

And everything around vibrates

I wonder where we’re going to,

Majorca, Greece or Timbuctoo!


I push the trolley down the aisle

It hits an outstretched foot, I smile

And ask if sir would like a drink.

Sir takes a lengthy time to think.

He turns to his girlfriend and asks her

What kind of drink she would prefer.

I know before she tells her bloke

“Bacardi with a lot of coke”

Then finally a voice I hear

“This is your pilot, Captain Beer”

The man asks for a lager then.

The captain speaks to tell us when

We’ll touch down in Alicante

Telling me just why I’m anti

These tourists bound for Benidorm,

Of tourist life, the lowest form.


A finger pokes me in the back

Thus causing my fixed smile to crack

I turn, still wincing from the pain

My smile’s an effort to regain

I look at my assailant’s face

My smile is safely back in place.

“Excuse me miss, where are we now?”

As if I knew! I know somehow

That we are six miles in the air

But over where I couldn’t care.

Remembering where we’re going to

I think of some place that will do

And hope no contradiction from

The captain on the intercom

Will tell just how I misinform

This tourist bound for Benidorm.


The in-flight meal sounds quite a feast

When read from menu card at least

What sounds like wholesome kinds of food

Just can’t be served at altitude.

Instead we reheat pre-cooked stuff

And hope that it’s had long enough.

Menus extol in many ways

Plastic food on plastic trays.

Then coffee tea and duty free

And hope the passengers will be

No trouble till they disembark.

I hear one passenger remark

To mates that he is on his way

To have an alcoholiday.

On looking I see they conform

With those that go to Benidorm.


We just have one hour on the ground

Then back to England we are bound.

For me, if there is one thing worse

Then its the journey in reverse.

Those passengers who sought the sun

Return to England overdone.

They’ve changed their perfume, now I sense,

Ambre Solaire – and quite intense.

Their souvenirs are large and wonky,

Each one has a four foot donkey.

They give a cheer when they are told

In England it’s been wet and cold.

They disembark, I bid farewell

I’m handed what is, I can tell

A treasure in a paper sack –

A lunch I served just given back.



By Eileen Haxon

The following recipes require very little preparation with minimum amount of cooking, just what you need for a hot summer`s day.They can be easily halved or doubled to suit your requirements. Enjoy.




100 g tuna in oil, drained (reserve a little of the oil )

2 garlic cloves – crushed

2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes

a few sliced olives

handful fresh basil

2 tbs capers – rinsed

300g pasta shapes

50g cheddar and mozzarella – grated

50g fresh breadcrumbs

Pour a little of the tuna oil into a wide ovenproof saute pan and heat the garlic. Pour in the chopped

tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in the tuna, olives, basil and capers and season well.

Meanwhile cook the pasta shapes according to the pack instruction.

Drain lightly and stir into the sauce.

Heat through then top with the cheese and breadcrumbs and grill until melted. ( a cooks blowtorch

can be used as an alternative )



1 small onion – chopped

½ small green pepper – chopped

2 garlic cloves – crushed or 2 teaspoons garlic puree

2 tsp oil

225g lean mince --- beef, chicken or pork

4 tsp mild curry powder

150 g basmati rice

600ml stock

1 tbs mango chutney or apricot jam

seasoning to taste

Heat oil in large frying pan. Add mince and cook until brown and crumbly.

Add onion, pepper and garlic

Stir in curry powder and rice. Cook 1 minute then add stock and chutney.

Bring to the boil, cover and simmer gently for 10 minutes.

Turn off heat and leave pan to stand, still covered, for another 5 minutes. Uncover and fluff up with

a fork and check seasoning.




300g spaghetti

120g chorizo pieces

200 g raw king prawns

350ml tomato pasta sauce

small handful parsley – chopped

Cook pasta according to pack instructions, then drain and set aside

Meanwhile dry fry chorizo in a large frying pan until it begins to crisp.

Add king prawns and cook for 1- 2 minutes on each side.

Pour over tomato sauce and 150ml of water (rinse out the jar with the water first )

Add the drained pasta to the pan along with half of the parsley and toss until covered with sauce and

heated through.

Serve with the extra parsley

Hope you enjoy these quick and easy recipes ideal for the hot summer months


Summer Quiz

Summer Quiz

1) Where did Billy Butlin open his first holiday camp, in 1936?

2) Who wrote the 1957 novel On the Beach?

3) On the Beach was the title of a 1987 Top 20 album and 1988 Top 20 single by which British singer-songwriter?

4) Exposure to sunlight is one of the best ways for the human body to get which vitamin?

5) Which British seaside attraction is 158 metres tall?

6) Which television series is set in Summer Bay?

7) Which Spanish costa is located north of Barcelona?

8) Which king’s patronage helped stimulate the development of Brighton as a seaside resort?

9) At 1.34 miles, where is the longest pleasure pier in the UK?

10) Derived from the Italian word for beach, what name is given to a public outdoor swimming pool and its surrounding facilities?

11) Which National Trail runs for 181 miles from Amroth to St Dogmaels?

12) The International Birdman competition is held annually in which two Sussex resorts?

13) Who directed the 2000 film The Beach, based on Alex Garland’s book of the same name?

14) Which ice-cream brand makes the Magnum, Solero and Feast ice creams?

15) In which 1970 chart-topping hit do the lines “When the weather is high, You can stretch right up and touch the sky” appear?

16) On which Hebridean island is the airport on a beach?

17) Which London-based brewery makes the seasonal beers Wild River and Summer Ale?

18) Which of Shakespeare’s sonnets opens: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”?

19) What was the name of the holiday camp in Hi-de-Hi!?

20) Where can you find Queen Victoria’s bathing machine on the estate beach?

21) Who was the pre-eminent designer of piers in Victorian Britain, with 14 to his name?

22) According to a television programme and book by Tom Fort, which A road, usually busy at bank holidays, is the “highway to the sun”?

23) In which film did Sgt Milton Warden, played by Burt Lancaster, and Karen Holmes, played by Deborah Kerr, have a passionate clinch on a beach?

24) Which group had a Top 10 hit with Summer Sunshine in 2004?

25) Which beach overlooking Carmarthen Bay was a regular venue for world land-speed record attempts in the 1920s?

26) What was the name given to the week’s holiday granted to industrial workers, mostly in the North West and Midlands, in the 19th century and part of the 20th?

27) Whose poem “The Prelude”, published three months after his death in 1850, includes the line: “Made one long bathing of a summer’s day”?

28) In which African country are there bank holidays called Victory at Adwa Day, Derg Downfall Day and Finding of the True Cross?

29) What is the tallest and fastest roller coaster in the UK?

30) In the Cliff Richard film Summer Holiday, the bus driven in the film starts from Piccadilly. In which capital city does it end up?

31) Which American state is officially nicknamed “The Sunshine State”?

32) Which 1971 Act provides the statutory basis for bank holidays?

33) What was the name of the ITV holiday show fronted by Judith Chalmers which ran from 1994 to 2003?

34) The Great Orme overlooks which Welsh seaside resort?

35) What is used to make a Summer Pudding besides fruit and caster sugar?

Answers at the end of the newsletter



Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

Fiestas of "Els Sants de la Pedra" - 29 July - 5 August 2015

Fiestas of "Els Sants de la Pedra" - 29 July - 5 August 2015 Teulada

PROGRAMME OF THE FESTIVITIES "SANTS DE LA PEDRA" 2015 Calle Calvo Sotelo or "Raval" Street. Teulada

Wednesday, 29th July 2015 - BEGINNING OF THE FIESTA

13:00   "Entrada de la Murta" - traditional parade and general bell pealing
19:00   Street decoration
with the traditional arch of "Sants de la Pedra" by the Commission
Sants de la Pedra 2015
20:00   Dress rehearsal -
"Coca-Maria" and "Mistela" will be given
21:30   Popular and traditional dinner in the street
23:30   Mobile Disco with DISCRULLMÓBIL

Thursday, 30th July 2015 - DÍA de los "SANTS DE LA PEDRA"
18:30   Pilgrimage with the Saints from Hermitage "Sant Vicente Ferrer" to "El Raval", with
"Associació de Trajiners Alejandro Morell", traditional music instruments
19:30   Holy Mass followed by Popular Dance performed by "Balladors"
21:30   Popular dinner, peanuts, wine and beer will be given
23:00   Fireworks display
Friday, 31st July 2015
08:30   Noisy wake-up for all Festeros


Popular dinner, peanuts, wine and beer will be given
23:30   Mobile Disco with DJ Dani Vives and DJ Santi Beromeu

Saturday, 1st August 2015 - DIA DEL "SOPAR"

08:30   Noisy wake-up for all Festeros
11:00   Childrens playground at Placa de la Creu with cream ice in the morning for the kids
21:00   Traditional popular dinner with charanga by "MAMA 'T I CALLA", peanuts, olives, beer
and melons are given
23:30   Live Music with "PLATINO"
(there will be a photocall for all who wants a souvenir of the night)

Sunday, 2nd August 2015 - DAY OF "PAELLAS"

08:30   "Despertà" - Awakening
11:00   Distribution of the ingredients for the "paella". Prior-registration is needed
*Note: Registration for the "paella" competion until Friday, 31st July at the "Fiesta"
12:00   Taste of "cassalla" and "canari"
14:00   Competition of "paellas".
16:00   Foam Party
followed by Water Battle
and the Final of the card games competition -"cau i brisca"-.
12:30   Popular dinner. Peanuts, beer and wine could be collected from the "Fiesta" headquarter.
22:00   Mobile - Disco with DJ Dani Vives
Monday, 3rd August 2015
08:30   Installation of the "Arena" and popular breakfast offered by Carnicería Domingo
19:00   Bull running by cattle Coves
23:30   Bull running by cattle Coves

Tuesday, 4th August 2015

Bull running by cattle Coves
23:30   Bull running by cattle Coves
01:00   Toro embolado - bull with fire -  by cattle Coves,
in collaboration with "emboladors El Pilò"Wednesday, 5th August 2015
19:00   Heifers running by cattle Coves
23:30   Heifers running by cattle Coves

01:00   Toro embolado - bull with fire -  by cattle Coves,
in collaboration with "emboladors El Trencat"


Medieval Market in Teulada - 7 - 9 August 2015

Medieval Market in Teulada

 7 - 9 August 2015

See the craftsmen at work, baskets, pottery, shoes, musicals instruments and buy highly original souvenirs at one of the stalls with hand made goods in leather, glass, silk, pottery, wood, metal, silver, etc....

 Take home cheeses, sausages and sweets made to medieval recipes. Try the food at one of the taverns or taste the wine at the medieval bodega.

160815 - TM Lions present Black Glitter - Free Summer Concert

TM Lions present Black Glitter - Free Summer Concert

Sunday, 16 August at 20:00 -
They write:
Teulada Moraira Lions´ Club, in conjunction with our sponsors for this event, Blacktower Financial Management Group, are delighted to present, as the third of our Free* 2015 Summer Concerts in Moraira, BLACK GLITTER, the fantastic, extremely popular, local rock, blues & soul band formed by Paul McCartney's former ‘Wings’ drummer Geoff Britton who has, during his long and successful career,featured with top bands such as East of Eden, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Rough Diamond and, of course, Paul McCartney’s Wings, when Geoff made the drummer's seat his own and recorded many successful albums with the great man himself- including the world wide super hit, 'Venus and Mars.'

One of the most exciting things about Black Glitter is the voice of lead singer Kelly Lee, the power and range of which enable the band to "do the lady soul and blues repertoires to the max" including great hits from the likes of Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston.

Come along and see what we mean!

*Admission to all our Summer Concerts on the Seafront in Moraira is free but Teulada-Moraira Lions´ Club Members will be there in our distinctive yellow tops to raise funds for our charitable projects by “rattling buckets” and asking for donations from the audience - so do please GIVE GENEROUSLY


25th September: Late Summer Dinner Dance

25th September: Late Summer Dinner Dance

This year, we are holding a late summer dinner dance for our members at Salón Canor.

Date : Friday, 25th September
Time : Cava Reception 7:00 p.m., Dinner 8:00 p.m.
Venue : Salón Canor, Teulada
Tickets : 25 euros each to include a welcome glass of cava, 3 course meal and drinks during the meal.
Dress Code : Dinner Jackets or smart. No jeans or shorts please.
Music : The Poco Loco Steel Band will be entertaining you in the lovely gardens of Canor during the cava reception between 7:00-8:00 p.m. (weather permitting).
After dinner, Barry Peters will be providing music for dancing the night away.

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

Tickets will be on sale at the General Meeting on 7th September 2015. The venue can accommodate up to 400 persons.

If you wish to join us for what promises to be a spectacular evening, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the General Meeting 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 and then download the form.
A few copies of each will be available at the General Meetings for those members without computers.

If you have any queries, please contact Pat Clarke


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 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.



Answers to Summer Quiz

Answers to Summer Quiz



1) Skegness

2) Nevil Shute

3) Chris Rea

4) Vitamin D

5) Blackpool Tower

6) Home and Away

7) Costa Brava

8) George IV

9) Southend

10) Lido

11) Pembrokeshire Coastal Path

12) Bognor Regis and Worthing

13) Danny Boyle

14) Wall’s

15) In the Summertime

16) Barra

17) Fuller’s (Fuller, Smith and Turner)

18) Sonnet 18

19) Maplin’s

20) Osborne House

21) Eugenius Birch

22) A303

23) From Here to Eternity

24) The Corrs

25) Pendine Sands

26) Wakes Week

27) William Wordsworth

28) Ethiopia

29) The Pepsi-Max Big One on Blackpool Pleasure Beach

30) Athens

31) Florida

32) Banking and Financial Dealings Act

33) Wish You Were Here?

34) Llandudno

35) White bread