Moraira - Teulada



Welcome to issue number 77 of the Newsletter

 November 2015  


The newsletters are compiled by Dot Garrett.  

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  Next U3A Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on

Monday, 2nd November 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 New Members and Renewals desk will be open from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The speaker for the November meeting is:

Brett Hanson who is a partner of Blevins Franks International Tax and Wealth Management.
His talk will include Wills, Inheritance Tax and Pension Changes. Time will be allowed for Questions and Answers.
There are no speakers at the December and January meetings.
Please note that this will be your last opportunity to renew your membership or join our U3A in 2015 as the New Members and Renewals Desk will not be open at the General Meeting on 7th December. 
Jill Cole

Message From President

Jill Cole


October has been a mixed month for the weather, one minute I’m enjoying the sun and having the last swim of the year in the sea, the next I am in jeans, jumper and socks….  I nearly dug out my wellington boots last week! 
Well done to the U3A Photography group for the collection of photographs they had on display for 2 weeks in La Senieta. Hopefully, you had the chance to go and see them.
I have been asked by several people when the December dinner dance is, they obviously had not read the newsletter or minutes.  We are not having a December dinner dance as we had a dinner dance in September instead.
We would like to make the December meeting a festive occasion and we would like your input and ideas.
Congratulations this month go to two couples celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversaries!!
Sandy & David Bianco and Margaret and Don Roberts.
Best Wishes to you all.
Film Group : The Theory Of Everything

Film Group : The Theory Of Everything

Monday 9th November 2015

Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira

Doors open at 1745 and we'll be ending at about 1945

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

Our next film follows the career of Eddie Redmayne from his first major role in 'My Week with Marilyn' that we showed on 19 October.  5 years later and he wins 2 Golden Globes, an Academy Award (Oscar) and 3 BAFTAs for 'The Theory of Everything'.  Several will have seen it last year, but it is very much worth another look.  For those who have not, this is a moving and very well acted film.  Stephen Hawking is still alive at 72 - he was diagnosed with just 2 years to live in 1963, aged 21.




Free Art and History lectures are given in Moraira on every second and every last Monday of the month.

All lectures are given by ourselves or by the many guest lecturers and are fully illustrated on a large screen.

To date we have given 114 lectures!!

For those who have not attended our U3A Moraira-Teulada lectures previously, these are given in the comfort of the main auditorium of La Senieta, the new modern building on the corner of the free public car park in Moraira.

No booking is necessary! Just turn up and take a seat.

• All U3A members are welcome to these FREE lectures. As Senieta is a public space and we have plenty of room you may like to bring along your house guests.

• For an illustrated synopsis of forthcoming lectures go to our website: 'Moraira Teulada U3A' and click on 'Groups'.  Art and History talks are combined and listed by date.

• We invite you to submit your name(s) and email addresses to the email below and we shall send you details of every forthcoming talk a few days prior. All email addresses are kept as privileged information and are never passed on to third parties even within the U3A.

Your group co-leaders,

Brian Nicholls and Cheda Panajotovic


151109 History Talk 9th Nov: The 2nd Republic and the Spanish Civil War 1930-1939

History Talk 9th Nov: The 2nd Republic and the Spanish Civil War 1930-1939


Date: Monday 9th November 2015 10:30

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

Lecturer: Alan Oliver

The political and economic condition of Spain in the early 1930’s resulted in the election of a left leaning Popular Front Government in 1936. The Generals then planned a coup to prevent the country becoming Communist. The lecture will describe these events, the different factions that made up the two opposing sides, the tactics and armaments used, and the major battles of the conflict which was to become a rehearsal for World War 2.

151130 Art & History Talk 30th Nov: Life in Lycra on the Roads to Santiago de Compostela: History, Art, Architecture and Landscape

Art & History Talk 30th Nov: Life in Lycra on the Roads to Santiago de Compostela: History, Art, Architecture and Landscape

Date: Monday 30th November 2015 10:30

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

This is a memoir of more than 5,000 kilometres on a bicycle across Spain, France and Portugal, following the medieval pilgrim routes to what many believe are the remains of the apostle James, in Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. The lecture will outline the history of the pilgrimage and examine some of the historical figures, outdoor art and varied architecture encountered along the way. It is hoped that you will find it entertaining as well as interesting because it will also include some anecdotes, a few jokes and at least one surprise. 

Drama Group. Alice

Drama Group. Alice


The U3A Drama group's next production is titled Alice.

Directed by Rosalind Bolsover.

This is a combination of Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass.

Firstly we will perform for the schoolchildren of both Moraira and Teulada.  We have performed for both the schools before to much acclaim and appreciation and the Mayor is very enthusiastic about our contribution.

We will also be performing it for older children (U3A members) on Tuesday November 17th at 6 p.m. at La Senieta. Everyone is welcome, it's free and will take approximately 45 minutes.

Please come and support us as these things take many hours of organisation and dedication.  The costumes are particularly amazing and it's incredible to think that most of the materials etc. come from charity shop contributions of discarded clothes transformed into magical costumes and props. These have all been made by Cindy Hinton.

Anne Cattle

Play performed in Australia written by our U3A Creative Writing Group Member Geoffrey Shean.

Play performed in Australia written by our U3A Creative Writing Group Member Geoffrey Shean.

Geoffrey has been a long term member of our U3A Creative Writing Group and his play entitled " Holy Bush Home For Gentle Folk" was performed at the Bluestone Theatre in Kyneton Australia.

It ran for four nights and was received very well by the local critic.

The play is a comedy and takes place around tea time in the day room of a old peoples home.

It takes a fly on the wall visit to the day room and we see the everyday problems some old folks have living together. Some sad some funny.

We are very proud of Geoffrey's achievement and wish him luck as he continues with his work in progress of writing his memoir. We at the Creative writing group would also like to send best wishes to Geoffrey on his recent 80th Birthday.

Creative Writing Group Member receives commended in Poetry Competion

Creative Writing Group Member receives commended in Poetry Competition


In  the July 2015 issue of the "Writers Forum" Literary Magazine the poetry competition results were given and there were three commended poems, the author of one of which was our Creative Writing Group member Chris King.

It said 'On a lighter note, the last stanza of commended poem The Dinner, by Christopher King, deserves a special mention for its tongue-twisting dexterity:

The thief thought it would be his day

He'd steal the steel and steal away.

When cook and hostess did not stay

He stole the stole and stole away.

Congratulations Chris.

A Golden Anniversary Celebration

A Golden Anniversary Celebration

Just over 50 years ago Don and Margaret Roberts met at a Holiday Camp on the Isle of Wight, where they’d both gone for their summer holidays. They immediately became friends and continued to meet up when they returned to their respective homes, which were unfortunately on opposite sides of London. Don rode a motor bike but in those days of few home phones and certainly no mobiles they had difficulty meeting up especially as that first winter was one of the worst in the UK’s history. However true love prevailed and they married on 24th July 1965 at Holy Trinity Church in Wimbledon. They were both keen and active members of the Wimbledon Motor Cycle Club and eventually Don became President and some of their friends from those days remain friends to this day.

In 1970 they moved out of Balham in London to Farnborough in Hampshire with two children, where they spent many happy years. Along the way more friends were made as they belonged to Yateley Camera Club, where once again Don became President, and then they started a rival Camera Club at a local school which had a Dark Room. They were keen Squash players and what with bringing up a family and running their own business their lives were very busy. They moved to Spain in 2002 when they retired, and have lived happily in the sun in Benitachell ever since.

In 2008 Moraira-Teulada U3A was started by their good friend, the late Pamela Kershaw and they were both on the original Steering Committee, and both still remain on the committee. Don, in his now customary manner, became the first Acting President and Margaret was the Secretary for 6 years, and is still the Deputy. Don started the Green Bowls Group, which is still going strong and also ran a Photography Group, and both belong to different groups.

During the summer they returned to the UK, and celebrated the Anniversary there with their son, daughter in law and granddaughter together with friends.

But they have many friends in and around Moraira and Benitachell so they also wanted to celebrate in Spain, so a Barbecue was held at Los Leones Restaurant recently. In the evening more friends arrived and were entertained with music provided by the Elderly Brothers, a Tribute Band to the Everly Brothers. The Everlys were particular favourites of Margaret in the 60’s and her first few records contained many of their Hits. All in all over 50 people helped Don & Margaret celebrate their special day.

Although Don has had some health problems over the past few years, they both remain fairly healthy and active. Last year they moved to a smaller house and are still very happy to be together and living in Spain. Both hope that they have many more happy years ahead.

U3A Band performs at Café del Mar

U3A Band performs at Café del Mar


Moraira U3A band, formerly Golden Oldies, gave a concert at Cafe del Mar on Saturday 10th October, to maximum possible attendance as usual.  The new venue gave better visibility to more people and the new sound system provided with U3A money really proved its worth.  Both band and solos gave excellent performances and had people up and dancing, and the evening was very much enjoyed by all.

Recipes.... Take 5 Ingredients

Recipes.... Take 5 Ingredients


 By Eileen Haxon


SMOKED SALMON PATE                                                  


An easy recipe which makes a little smoked salmon go a long way. It will keep for a week in the fridge. It is lovely served on crackers or crostini for a party.

100g smoked salmon

50g cream cheese

150g creme fraiche

pepper + a little salt

1 tbs lemon juice.

In a food processor, whiz up the smoked salmon, then add the cream and the creme fraiche.

Empty into a bowl and fold in the lemon juice, salt (if needed ) and pepper.


QUICK CHICKEN CORDON BLEU                                         


This recipe is low in fat and can easily be halved or doubled

2 skinless chicken breasts

2 thin slices of ham ( not wafer thin )

2 thin slices of Emmental cheese.

oil for spraying


Put the chicken breast on a board and using a sharp knife cut horizontally through the breast almost all of the way through and open it out like a book.

Place the chicken breast between 2 sheets of cling film and flatten it with a rolling pin. Take care that the chicken doesn`t get to thin and go into holes. Remove cling film. Place a slice of ham over the open chicken breast and cover with a slice of cheese. Fold the other side of the ham and the chicken back over to completely enclose the filling. Season chicken on both sides. Prepare the other chicken breast in the same way.

Pre-heat oven 200 c / 180 c fan.

Place a little oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add them to the pan and fry for 3 -- 4 minutes on each side until golden. Transfer to a baking tray and bake in oven for 10 - 15 minutes until thoroughly cooked.   Serve with a salad and a few new potatoes.


ORANGE AND LEMON PARFAIT                               


250ml whipping or double cream

90g meringues

4 heaped tbs lemon curd

grated zest of an orange

orange slices or fruits of the forest to serve

Line a plastic freezer box (12cm x 6 cm x 4 cm ) with cling film

Whisk cream until thick and crumble the meringues into the cream. The texture of the parfait is better if the pieces of the meringue are about 1cm cubed. Add lemon curd and orange zest. Stir gently --- do not overmix. Tip mixture into lined container Cover with cling film. It will take about 4 hours to set but will keep frozen for several days. Remove from the freezer about 1/2 hour before serving with the fruit, cutting it into thick slices.



This is delicious with butter but can be eaten as a cake. Keeps well.

450g mixed fruit

300 ml cold tea

275g soft brown sugar

275 g self raising flour

1 egg

Soak the fruit overnight with tea and brown sugar. In the morning add the flour and beaten egg. Put in a greased 1kg loaf tin which has been lined with greaseproof paper. Cook at 160c for one and a half to two hours. If the cake becomes too brown, cover with foil. It is best eaten the day after it is made.

I hope you enjoy these recipes. Please let me know if there are any topics you would like me to cover.

Enjoy Eileen Haxon



Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

November Fiestas Moraira / Teulada

November Fiestas Moraira / Teulada

* 2nd and 3rd weekend: Feast of "Santa Cecilia": A Teulada, the Musical Cultural Agrupació celebrates the feast of its patron saint with an extensive program of concerts and traditional parades which will enjoy all the lovers of musical culture.

* from 27 to 29. Feast of "Santa Caterina" A Teulada. It is celebrated throughout the week, various cultural events and reaches its climax with the procession of Sunday 28: "quitades". Day 29: procession.

The History Of Rock

The History Of Rock

Teulada Auditorio

Tel: 965 740 445

1st November 2015. 6.00 pm

Price 35e

U3A member does sponsored Skydive to raise funds for local RAFA association

U3A member does sponsored Skydive to raise funds for local RAFA association

by Colin McNea

On Saturday the vicar, his wife and I went skydiving to raise funds for the RAF Association and the Costa Blanca Chaplaincy. After a four hour wait for the weather to clear the vicar and his wife were on the first wave and made a successful descent but Sandra was not well, the tension was too much. Thirty minutes later it was my turn and I have put a few photos on the RAFA web site. It was 50 seconds freefall from 14000 ft, then a sublime 7 minutes on the parachute
Thank you to all of you who have sponsored me, I should raise close to one thousand Euros. For those who have not yet had the chance to sponsor please drop me an email and I will let you know how.

Thank you to you all

www.rafa/  and follow the link.

MacMillan Coffee Morning

MacMillan Coffee Morning







Jewellery Party

Jewellery Party

Use your discounts.

As members of Moraira / Teulada U3A you can use your membership card to obtain discounts on many goods and services.

Please see the page on our website for full list of current discounts available.

We have a special discount for early Christmas shopping at Tiffany Jewellers in Javea from 23rd to 28th November 2015.

A massive 30% reduction on all purchases with wine or cava provided on these special days.

You will find Tiffany Jewellers on the Marina Espanola, Javea. Open all day 10.00am till 6.00pm.



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