Moraira - Teulada



Welcome to issue number 76 of the Newsletter - October 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, 5th October 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 the October meeting is:

 Howard Parker whose talk is titled " From small beginnings".
It is an amusing talk about his life as a model maker, from making plastic kits as a child to becoming a professional model maker for film and TV. His work included assisting in the production of "Wallace and Grommitt". He worked at Sunseeker boats in Dorset as a patternmaker.
Jill Cole

Message From President

Jill Cole

September may have seen the end of Summer but within the U3A it has seen the re-start of our U3A groups. I hope you will enjoying the new schedule of talks, films, lessons and restaurants to visit with the opportunity to meet and make new friends. 

The U3A band made their second 'public' appearance at the Benitachell Bowls Club on 19 September, well done, it was a great evening.

On Friday 25 September we had the Dinner Dance at Salon Canor. The weather was in our favour and allowed us to enjoy The Poco Loco Steel Band in the lovely gardens of Canor during the cava reception, something we have not been able to do at prior Dinner Dances. I have had several emails thanking us for organising the event. I would also like to thank the members of the Committee that put in the time and effort into arranging the function.  


151026 26th Oct Art Talk: The Magic of Turner's Watercolours

Art Talk: The Magic of Turner's Watercolours

Date: Monday 26th October 10:30

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

Subject: The Magic of Turner's Watercolours

Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic

Watercolour is the most difficult of all painting techniques to master. The immediacy, fluidity and transparency leaves very little room for the correction of errors.

This method of painting has expressive powers peculiar to it and J.M.W. Turner was a master of the technique. These two watercolour sketches of Venice probably only took Turner 30 minutes or so to produce. Such sketches were artist’s visual ‘notes’ for later use in the studio.

The atmosphere thus captured is timeless and can never be repeated even by the same artist from the same position on another day.

Cheda will illustrate his talk with many such images painted in England and abroad and will also include others from Turner’s Venice Sketchbook.

PS: Did you know that the ‘V&A’ Museum in London owns many of Turner’s drawings, studies and sketch books and that they are all available for private inspection / study?



Film Group Mon 11th May: My Week With Marylin

Film Group: My Week With Marilyn



When: Monday 19th October, doors open 17:45, film starts 18:00, ends 19:40

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

My Week With Marilyn is the true story of a star-struck boy who falls in love with the biggest celebrity in the world, Marilyn Monroe.

Academy Award® nominee Michelle Williams stars as Marilyn Monroe (Blue Valentine, Shutter Island, Brokeback Mountain) and is joined by a stellar cast including Eddie Redmayne as Colin Clark (The Other Boleyn Girl, The Good Shepherd), 

23 year-old Colin Clark was determined to break into the film business and his first job was The Prince and The Showgirl - the film that was set to be the smash hit of the year famously uniting the biggest stars of the day, Marilyn Monroe and Sir Laurence Olivier. On honeymoon in Britain with her new husband, Arthur Miller, Marilyn is excited about the project but quickly becomes desperate to run away from her Hollywood entourage, the pressures of work and the press who hound her. For Marilyn, Colin is a welcome antidote and he offers her everything she craves when, together, they escape the film set to get closer in an idyllic Britain. 

Possible New Groups

Possible New Groups

By Shirley Baehr – Group Coordinator

As you know I am always looking for new groups.

 We have been approached by a Flamenco dance teacher who would like to form a group.  Could you let me know if this would be of interest.  I have collected a few names at the monthly meeting and once I know the interest I will contact the teacher again.

The following groups have been suggested and I am happy to get them started if I get enough interest.  Please email me to put your name down and for which possible new group.

 Healthy Cycling – This will be a gentle cycle with like minded people. I think the best way forward would be to arrange a gentle route and meet-up, perhaps somewhere like Pan y Pan and see how many people and what you want.  Email me to go on the list.  

Ballroom Dancing/ Salsa/Jive and Modern Dance As there are already classes for Ballroom Dancing in Moraira I would like to suggest the following.  I have found a teacher who would suggest early afternoon at Sol Park on a Thursday for 90 minutes.  He is happy to run a free taster session Mid October with American Jive, Salsa and Modern Line Dancing then the group will evolve with one two or three of these dances.  Please email me if you want to attend this initial session.

Gardening – We have had three very successful groups in the past but unfortunately the group leaders have had to either return to the UK or spend more time away from Spain.  Would anyone like to lead this group and I will help you get it re-started. 

Travel Group. Trip to Turron & Chocolate Factory.

Travel Group. Trip to Turron & Chocolate Factory.


By Dot Garrett.

On Wednesday 23rd September a full coach had a fabulous day trip to visit local Turron and Chocolate factories.

First stop was Jijona to visit the 1880 Museo del Turron. After an interesting film our guide took us through the modern factory and then into the museum showing how Jijona's most important economic activity since the middle ages has been the production of Turron (marzipan) sweets. 1880 has received many awards for the quality of it's Turron created from local almonds, honey, sugar and eggs. After tasters we were able to purchase various products and I was lucky to find the Turron liqueur! Much like Baileys.. yum yum.

Next we traveled a short distance to nearby coastal town Campello, where we had three hours to stroll along the promenade in the sunshine and enjoy lunch in one of the many beach restaurants and cafes.

Back on the bus and we headed to Villajoyosa and the Valor Museo de Chocolate. Valor is a family business that has passed through the generations for over 225 years.The award winning chocolates are now available in countries all over the world and are even sold in the countries where they import the chocolate from! We visited a 19th century house housing typical chocolate making equipment. Then another film showing us the chocolate making process. Our guide also accompanied us around the modern production factory and afterwards we saw many examples of the Valor advertising throughout the years. Then, what we had all been waiting for.... as much chocolate as we could eat and buy. Chocolate heaven.

Everyone agreed it was an interesting and enjoyable day out and our thanks went to Anne and Carole for organising this.


U3A Band concert at BBC (Benitachell Bowls Club)

U3A Band concert at BBC (Benitachell Bowls Club)


by Peter Griffiths


On Saturday evening 19th September our talented band performed for their second time in public. They were supported by the BBC singers and dancers.

This time it was to entertain members and friends of Benitachell Bowls Club at their

autumn dinner dance. After a delightful meal they played to a packed house of 80 in the

club’s magnificent illuminated courtyard until the clock struck mid-night.

To keep within the confines of the U3A and BBC rules their “fee” was added to the

proceeds of a raffle organised by Maria Morawiec to donate €650 to two local charities.


October Recipes

October Recipes




Mediterranean stuffed peppers



• 1 large red and 1 large yellow pepper, halved and deseeded (leave stalks on)

• 85g couscous

• 25g pine nuts, toasted

• handful black olives, roughly chopped

• 50g feta cheese, crumbled

• 50g semi-dried tomatoes, snipped, or handful cherry tomatoes, quartered

• 2 tbsp shredded basil



Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Pop the peppers on a plate and microwave on Medium for 5 mins, until almost soft. Place on a baking tray, cut-side up.


Meanwhile, place the couscous in a bowl and cover with 125ml boiling water. Stir, cover the bowl and leave to stand for 10 mins. Stir the couscous with a fork to break it up, then mix in the pine nuts, olives, feta, tomatoes and basil. Pile the couscous stuffing into the pepper halves and bake for 10 mins.


Butternut Squash and Chickpea Stew



1 large onion

tablespoons olive oil


• salt and black pepper

• medium courgettes, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces

• butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

• 1 can diced tomatoes

• jar chickpeas, rinsed

• teaspoon ground ginger

• teaspoon ground coriander

• cup couscous

• fresh coriander leaves, for serving


• Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion and ¼ teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the courgettes and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the squash, tomatoes, chickpeas, ginger, coriander, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until the squash is tender, 15 to 18 minutes.

• Meanwhile, cook the couscous according to the package directions.

• Serve the couscous topped with the stew and coriander leaves.


Spanish Phrases

Spanish Phrases

 By Laura

Some monthly vocabulary and phrases to help you in everyday situations.

Plus a few important general pointers it’s good to remember.

I hope that you find them useful, whatever your level!

on Monday               el lunes                

on Tuesday               el martes           

on Wednesday        el miércoles         

on Thursday             el jueves

on Friday                   el viernes          

on Saturday              el sábado               

on Sunday                 el domingo             

       at one o’clock                  a la una

     at    two o’clock                  a las dos

     at    three o’clock                a las tres

     at    quarter past eight       a las ocho y cuarto

     at    half past nine               a las nueve y media

     at    quarter to ten              a las diez menos cuarto




Baby equipment loan

Baby equipment wanted

A message from Sandy Bianco:

As you probably know I loan out baby equipment for visiting families with young children.
People very kindly donate items to me. At present I am looking for a pushchair or stroller, also car seats particularly a backward facing seat for young babies.

There is no charge for the use of these items but if you would like to give a small donation to MABS cancer support, that would be much appreciated.

Christmas is coming so if you would like to borrow an item, please get in touch soon.

You can reach me on email at or phone 96 574 4850.



Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

Forthcoming programme at the Auditorio in Teulada (subject to change)

Forthcoming programme at the Auditorio in Teulada

(subject to change)


18th October 2015
18:00 Auditorio
Opera: Madame Butterfly
Entrance fee: 42 €

30th October 2015
20:00 Auditorio
Bourbon Street Stompers and Joshua Stewart
Entrance fee 17 €

1st November 2015
18:00 Auditorio
History of Rock
Entrance fee 35 €

Halloween Party

Halloween Party

Teulada Moraira Lions Club once again invite you to their Halloween Night Children´s Party which, every year, we try to make bigger and even better than before! This is a free event to which all are more than welcome - it is our way of saying "Thank you" to the people of Teulada-Moraira & the surrounding area for your continuing and generous support of our various fund-raising events throughout the rest of the year. We have games for the children (with some devilishly difficult new ones developed for 2015); a free Bouncy Castle; Fancy Dress; Face Painting; Music etc. Halloween Night with the 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 - we look forward to seeing you!



The Moraira Festeros 2016 have informed me they will be holding the usual Ocktoberfest in Moraira carpark on 23/24/25 October this year.

You can check their facebook page for more information when it becomes available.

Gourmet Race week Moraira

Gourmet Race week Moraira

During the week of October 6 to October 12, a selection of some of the best restaurants in our area has a themed menu to mark the Gourmet Race.

The Race.

Saturday 10th October

This is a recreational sporting event in which sailors, besides participating in the race must also cook on the ship itself, a dish whose main ingredient is fish.

Despite the brief career of this event, participation has increased and this fourth edition participation is estimated at about 40 Regatta boats.

Participants, both motorboats and sailboats, must cook on the day of the competition a main course during the navigation path. The ingredients of this dish will be provided by the Organization prior to departure on the day of the race.

After the race each vessel shall present to the jury a plate with their cooked masterpiece, to assess and rate it.



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