Moraira - Teulada



Welcome to issue number 79 of the Newsletter

 January 2016  


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 January 2016

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 in January

Jill Cole

Message From President

Jill Cole

 Happy New Year, I hope you have all had a good Christmas and not eaten too much!
It doesn't seem that long since I was planning what I needed to buy for Christmas, now it is all over and we seem to have enough cold Turkey to keep us going for another month.  Eileen I need some new recipes.......
I would like to remind everyone that the AGM is in March. If you would like to join the Committee we require your nomination, for any of the Committee positions, before the February meeting. 
Membership Renewals 2016

Membership Renewals 2016

There will be six opportunities for you to renew your membership for 2016.  The dates are as follows:

• Monday, 4th January 2016 at the General Meeting in Teulada.  Desks open 9:30-10:30 a.m.

• Thursday, 7th January 2016 in the theatre at La Senieta, Moraira.  10:00-12 noon.

• Thursday, 21st January 2016 in the theatre at La Senieta, Moraira.  10:00-12 noon.

• Monday, 1st February 2016 at the General Meeting in Teulada.  Desks open 9:30-10:30 a.m.

• Thursday, 18th February 2016 in the theatre at La Senieta, Moraira.  10:00-12 noon.

• Monday, 7th March 2016 at the Annual General Meeting in Teulada.  Desks open 9:30-10:30 a.m.

The Committee have agreed to offer a 50% discount to all current members.  This means that, for 2016, the subscription will be 5 euros per person.  Please ensure that you bring along your current membership card.

If you did not renew your membership in 2015, you will need to rejoin and pay the full subscription of 10 euros per person.

If you are not in Spain during the period January-March, then you can give your membership cards and subscriptions to a friend who will be able to renew on your behalf.

There will be 3 renewal desks as follows, so please ensure that you join the correct queue.

• Surnames A-F

• Surnames G-O

• Surnames P-Z

If you have not renewed by 7th March, then you can still renew at any of the General Meetings in Teulada.  However, until you do so, you will not be able to

• Attend or join any groups

• Join any of the travel trips

• Receive the enews bulletins

• Receive the newsletters

• Participate in any social function

• Join our Facebook closed group (forum)

If you do not intend to renew your membership for 2016, please email me so that I can note our records accordingly.

New Members are also welcome to join on the first five of the above dates.  The subscription for new members for 2016 will be 10 euros per person.  Please click on this link to download our Application Form.  Please note that the New Members desk will not be open at the Annual General Meeting on 7th March 2016.

Pat Clarke

Membership Secretary


160111 History Talk 11th Jan 2016: Alternative History

History Talk 11th Jan 2016: Alternative History

Date: Monday 11th January 2016 10:30

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

Subject: Alternative History

Lecturer: Mike Granville

What if Britain had stood aside in 1914?

What if Lee Harvey Oswald had missed?

What if Anne Boleyn had had a healthy baby boy?

What if the Union of England and Scotland hadn’t happened?

What if Einstein had stuck to the violin?

History turns on such major events and minor accidents. What actually happened was one of innumerable plausible outcomes.

Alternative Histories have long been a fascination for authors and film makers. More recently they have received the attention of major historians – although they call them Counterfactuals. The examination of what might have been can illuminate the world as it is today. It’s also good fun.


160125 History Talk 25th Jan 2016: Portuguese Maritime Explorers

History Talk 25th Jan 2016: Portuguese Maritime Explorers

Date: Monday 25th January 2016 10:30

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

Subject: Portuguese Maritime Explorers

Lecturer: Alan Oliver


Portuguese Maritime Explorers

Portugal, as we know the country today, came into being in 1139 with the crowning of Henrique Alfonso in Braga, but the moors were not finally expelled from the Algarve until 1249. In 1383, John 1 established the Aziz monarchy. The marriage of their sixth son to Phillipa of Lancaster and the birth of their son, Henry, who became known as the Navigator, proved to be the starting point of Portuguese maritime exploration. The deployment of the caravel, the colonisation of Madeira and later Cape Verde islands, led to the discovery of the African coast, and rounding of Cape of Good Hope by Bartholomew Dias 1488, and of a sea route to India by Vasco De Gama in 1498. Almost by accident , probably caused by the anticlockwise circulation of the currents in the South Atlantic, Cabral, on his way to India, discovered Brazil. The inspiration, navigational skill and bravery of these pioneers led to the establishment of the Portuguese colonial empire which lasted well into the 20th Century.



Columbus was actually born in Genoa but he lived in Lisbon for 8 years and had a Portuguese wife. He had a dream that he could sail around the world to reach the east. He was not a “flat earther!” He finally gets funding from Ferdinand and Isabel who had just expelled the moors from Granada. He sailed to the New Word four times, discovered many of the Caribbean islands as well as Central and South America. He does not seem to have been a successful governor of any of the colonies established. The Spanish settlers treated the local population very badly, apart from baptising them, and most subsequently died as a result of maltreatment or contact with European diseases to which they had no resistance. The main emphasis of the Spanish settlers was to find gold.



Magellan was Portuguese but also was funded by the Spanish Monarchy, His plan was to sail around the world, and was the first western navigator to enter the Pacific from the west around Cape Horn. He finally arrives in the Philippines which he claims for the Spanish crown. Unfortunately, he gets involved in a local war and is killed. Only one of his five ships return to Spain at the end of the voyage.




Film: The Hundred Foot Journey

Film: The Hundred Foot Journey

When: Monday 11th January. Doors open 17:45, film starts 18:00, ends 20:10

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

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

2014 Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice. When he and his family are displaced from their native India and settle in a quaint French village, they decide to open an Indian eatery. However, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the proprietress of an acclaimed restaurant just 100 feet away, strongly objects. War erupts between the two establishments, until Mallory recognizes Kadam's impressive epicurean gifts and takes him under her wing.

Classical Music Group Appeal

Classical Music Group Appeal

Geoffrey Shean


The classical music group have been sorting their collection of classical CDs and found a few duplicates. At the next monthly meeting on January 4th a member of the group will sit at a table and anyone who would like to either swap some of their classical CDs or donate them to the group is welcome to come by. Thank you in anticipation. 

Walking Football

Walking Football

Chris Dry


Football will continue throughout the Christmas period . Many are back in the U.K. , but there are sufficient numbers who want to carry on playing , including Christmas Eve and New Years Eve . So the pitch is booked for Thursday and will be for every Thursday at 10.30 until June 2016 .


There's a warm and friendly spirit growing in the group - almost 'family' like . Just to prove a point , new member Dickie was chatting with 'old boy' Chris Cooper after Thursday's game . As they exchanged back ground history , they found that they shared the same Aunty ! As children they had played with each other on family visits . Over 50 years later , they meet again , kicking a ball in Spain .

50th Wedding Anniversary

50th Wedding Anniversary

Sandy and David Bianco, members of our U3A group recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a party for family and friends.

Unfortunately David had a mishap on the tennis court the day before the party, poor thing had 7 stitches in his nose and looked like Rudolf.

Sandi provided some information of their life together.
"We met in Cyprus in 1965 when David was serving with the Royal Air Force based in Akrotiri. My mother fixed up a blind date because she worked with David. As beaches were rank segregated she had to get special permission to have him on the families beach. It was his 22nd birthday in May, we married the same year in October so a whirlwind romance and no shotguns involved!!
Two children followed in 1968 and 1970 and we travelled all over England with the RAF until 1986 when David was posted to the USA working with the US Navy in Philadelphia. They were 4 fabulous years.
Upon returning to UK in 1990 we opened up our boarding kennels, cattery and grooming parlour in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, and in 1994 we retired to a tiny hamlet near Stamford.
2002 found us renting in Moraira for the winter but loved it so much we moved here permanently making a very happy life making many good and supportive friends and have no regrets at our decision."

Our congratulation and best wishes to you both.

Recipe : Moroccan-spiced turkey pie

Recipe : Moroccan-spiced turkey pie

Dot Garrett.

Transform leftover turkey in this spiced filo pastry parcel, inspired by a Moroccan pastilla.



• 2 tsp coriander seeds

• 2 tsp cumin seeds

• pinch of ground cinnamon

• 2 tbsp olive oil

• 2 aubergines, cut into small dice

• 2 shallots, halved and sliced

• 2 tbsp harissa

• 2 peppers (any colours will do), deseeded and diced

• 227g can chopped tomatoes

• 1 chicken stock cube

• 500g leftover turkey (a mix of leg and breast is best), chopped

• 100g butter, melted, plus extra for greasing

• 250g pack (about 10 large sheets) filo pastry

• 25g flaked almonds




Heat a large non-stick pan over a medium heat and toast the coriander and cumin seeds for 1-2 mins until fragrant. Add the cinnamon, olive oil, aubergine and shallots. Coat the veg in the spices and cook on a medium-low heat for about 10 mins until the aubergine has softened slightly.


Add the harissa and peppers. Give everything a good stir, then add the tomatoes and crumble over the stock cube. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 mins until the veg is tender and the mixture is nice and thick.


Stir through the turkey meat and season well. Set aside to cool.


Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and grease a 23cm springform tin with a little butter. Lay two sheets of filo over the base of the tin and brush with the melted butter. Cross over another two layers of filo and brush again with butter. Repeat once more, then put the cooled filling in the centre. Using the remaining four pastry sheets, cover the filling and brush with more melted butter. Scrunch the top of the pie together and bake for 30-35 mins.


Remove from the oven and scatter the pie with the flaked almonds. Cook for a final 10 mins until the pie is golden and piping hot. Serve straight away.



Moraira - Teulada

Local Events and Information.

Fiestas January 2016

Fiestas January 2016

5th Jan 2016

Three Kings in Teulada and Moraira

Moraira: Beach l'Ampolla and C / Church, at 17.00h.

Teulada: Avda Las Palmas and Plaza Ayuntamiento, at 18.30..

16th and 17th January 2016

Festival "Sant Antoni". In Historical Center Teulada.

Hogueras popular and blessing of animals

160124 - Sunday, 24 January - Teulada Moraira Lions presents tribute band, Take That


 Sunday, 24 January - Teulada Moraira Lions presents tribute band, Take That

Sunday, 24 January – Teulada Moraira Lions
present the tribute band, Take That
at Espai La Senieta, Moraira at 8 pm..
They write:
OK Gentlemen - it's time to score some brownie points with your better half !
We concede the point - Boy Bands, with their beautifully choreographed moves on stage; carefully coiffed hair; buffed skin; and tight buns tend to attract more of a female following and so this concert may not, at first glance, set a chap's pulses racing. BUT, for those of you who have yet to learn that, strange as it may seem, really useful gifts such as vacuum cleaners, power washers, toasters and kettles are not really looked upon by your wives / partners / girlfriends / significant others as "proper" Christmas presents; or even worse, you hesitated that fatal nanosecond too long before answering the age old question "Does my bum lo ok big in this?", the purchase of a couple of tickets could see the beginnings of a thaw in the permafrost.

And, go on, admit it, YOU ARE GOING TO SECRETLY ENJOY TONIGHT'S CONCERT! You may well put on your best long-suffering look and expel your deepest sigh of resignation as you make it clear that you're sacrificing a whole evening in front of the tv for the benefit of your loved one, but not for nothing has Take That been an integral part of UK pop culture for a phenomenal 25 years and counting! Their talent is very real - remember their cover version of The BeeGees "How Deep Is Your Love"?. Take That managed what the brothers Gibb could not – they took it to Number 1 (and kept it there for three weeks). The original only made it as far as Number 3.

And tonight's Tribute Band do full justice to the music of Take That. Those of you who have been to an "Il Divo Appreciation Tribute Band" Concert know the quality of the sound they produce and their lead singer, David Meyor, is also one of the voices of "Take That" Tribute Band In Benidorm!

So, to redeem yourself, buy your loved one the biggest bar of chocolate you can find and then book your seats for this one by contacting our Event Coordinator, by telephone on (0034) 966 491 917 or email Tickets are priced at just 15 euros - and you know it's going to be a great evening.




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