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TORREVEJA U3A STILL GOING STRONG

No, we haven’t gone away or closed down but simply been in relaxed mode for the summer. Many members met in a series of informal summer meetings at the usual meeting venue in June, July, and August for coffee and a chat. This was a good way to keep friendships ongoing and catch up on news – not everyone disappears back to the UK in the hottest months of the year!

Some active people attended beach parties in July at El Mojon and in August at Torre Le Mata. All members and guests were welcomed and it was great fun. The boat trip to Tabarca on 21st September, which included a guided walk around the island, lunch and tea – lovely.

Summer activities over, the U3A reconvenes with its general meeting on the 30th September. It will seem like the return to a new school term. To get us off to an interesting start we have decided to present a ‘Groups Fair’. This will involve displays and information about our groups with encouragement to join. There will be no speaker for this meeting. More information can be obtained about the 40 different groups we have from our web site, www.torreviejau3a.org

Future talks include a traffic policeman from the Guardia Civil, who will hopefully explain where most of us go wrong on roundabouts!! Our Christmas meeting, on the earlier date of 16th December, will be filled with contributions from some of the groups within the U3A, which we are sure will be lots of fun and entertainment for all. Finally, plans are being made for an exciting travel and social diary in 2014, so watch this space.

Everyone is always assured of a warm welcome, so please join us at the CMO building Torrevieja near the Habaneras Commercial Centre. Doors open at 10 am and we hope to see you there. “

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CLASSIC BIKE SHOW IN PILAR

An exhibition of classic motorcycles opened on Saturday, organised by the Local Police of Pilar de la Horadada, in celebration of their patron saint, San Miguel Arcángel.
The collection of 33 bikes will be on display at the Centro Integral de S…

LEND ME YOUR EYES BACK FOR 3RD YEAR

This valuable service is provided by volunteers

The patio of la biblioteca was the venue last week for a preparatory meeting of representatives of the various working groups for the project “Lend me your eyes”. It was attended by Fernando and Carmen Muñoz Guardiola the director and the coordinator of the group.

This valuable service is provided by a number of volunteers, who read newspapers, magazines and books to those who are blind, who cannot read or have poor sight. And while in the UK we have had such programs as ‘Newspapers for the Blind’, made popular by Lions, Rotary, Ladies Circle and Round Table Clubs back in the seventies, this charitable concept is virtually brand new to Spain having been around for just 2 years.

It was decided that the principle venues to be used in the next campaign will be Residencias de La Loma, administered by the Carmelite Sisters, Los Jardines de Clara and a new addition this year, Mar de Levante en la Playa del Cura, as well as a number of private homes.

The Director was delighted to announce that there are currently in excess of a hundred volunteer readers who have applied to join the project but this year only eight will be required.

This year the project will also be launched by Age Concern, the association of British residents, which, according to a spokesman, has many needy patients who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s

As such the campaign is now seeking British and Irish readers who will be willing to join the campaign by offering a few hours a week to this extremely needy cause. They should call 695 075 626 or contact staff at the Municipal Public Library.

The readings will begin on Wednesday, September 25, in both the mornings and afternoons.

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TORREVIEJA POLICE FEEL THE PINCH

Despite numerous internal conflicts and disputes, the Local Police of Torrevieja has significantly reduced the overtime expenditure, with a 60% saving in the last four years.
A new series of rotas had been one of the biggest issues of late, as well a…

NEW MAYOR FOR SAN ISIDRO

The members of San Isidro council elected Socialist Damián Sabater as the new mayor of the town on Tuesday following the resignation last month of Fernando Morales.
Morales was mayor of the small town from 1983 to 1995 and from 2007 until he d…

ONLY 17% OF TORREVIEJA POPULATION IN WORK

Figures released last week by the Social Security Office show that despite being one of the fastest growing municipalities in Spain the number of actual workers registered in the town is less than 19,000, just 17% of the population.
The neighbouring …

TORREVIEJA BUSINESSES FREE TO SET HOURS

The Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs of the Generalitat has granted announced that all businesses in Torrevieja will have complete freedom to set their own opening times from 1 October. The permission will be for an indefinite duration.
The…

MAN KILLED BY ALICANTE TRAIN

A man was killed when he was hit by a train in Alicante on Sunday after he attempted to cross the track with a group of friends as they went fishing. The track was closed for 24 hours while accident investigators attended the scene.
He died just 20 m…

FIGHT TO SAVE TORRE DE LA HORADADA BEACHES

Conscious of the dramatic loss of sand, the constant appearance of stones and a reduction in the length of the beach along the beaches of Puerto , Las Villas, El Mojon and the Higuericas in Torre de la Horadada the Pilar municipality has been working f…

FLAVORS OF THE ORIENT FILL “THE PLASA”

These cookery classes, take place on the first Saturday of every month from 12:00 pm,

Last Saturday, the Immigration Association ASILA, chaired by María Salazar Nubia took part in the Kitchen La Plasa, in which they demonstrated a variety of dishes of Honduras, Indian and Pakistani cuisine.

These included Honduran favourite “baked stuffed eggplants” as well as “Gulab Jamun”, a traditional Pakistani sweet in which the main ingredients are milk powder and flour, fried in oil.

At the end of the demonstration the students were treated to a tasting which surprised everyone with their flavors and textures as individuals.

Prior to the cookery demonstration, there was a tour around the central market where the various ingredients were selected by the students.

These cookery classes, take place on the first Saturday of every month from 12:00 pm, and they open to everyone: residents and visitors of all ages and nationalities.

The classes allow the students to enjoy the recipes from many different geographical areas of the associations which provide the demonstrations.

La Cocina de La Plasa aims not only to teach cooking, but also to publicise the fresh produce market which can provide the very best ingredients for appetizing and healthy food.

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HOTEL SECTOR REPORTS IMPROVED FIGURES

It was agreed that the commercial sector experienced a significant turnaround compared to previous summers,

Last Thursday morning a special session was held by representatives of Commerce and Catering . It was chaired by the Mayor of Torrevieja , Eduardo Dolon.

The meeting was called in order to address the results of the summer season as well as to confirm the schedule of activities planned for this next quarter of 2013.

It was agreed that the commercial sector experienced a significant turnaround compared to previous summers, mainly due to the growth of tourists leading to an increase in sales. It was said that in general, the summer, for both traders and restaurateurs had been good.

Most hotels had achieved an occupation figure of at least 88% which had resulted from a significant increase in French tourism as well as positive figures reported from the British, Scandinavian and Russian markets.

The Mayor said that he hoped to receive a formal reply from Valencia within the next few days on the liberalization of trading hours in Torrevieja in order to prevent the loss of competitiveness to their Orihuela neighbour who had already obtained this permission.

A number of new activities were announced beginning on 21 September along the Paseo Vista Alegre , with a day of “Street Tennis” which would be attended by Juan Carlos Ferrero. This would coincide with a Sports Gala expected to involve some 400 children aged between 4 to 16 years.

In addition there would be raffled gifts and tickets to the ‘Valencia Open 500 ATP World Tour ‘ 2013. A local trade Outlet will be held from 9-13 October, a Traditional Beer Festival on 18 and 19 October and an Associations Day on 20 October. The mayor added that a Christmas Market would also be held in the pedestrianised area of Torrevieja, the dates of which would be announced soon.

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