Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:U3A Member]

Welcome to issue number 111 of the Newsletter September 2018

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.
For a printed (hard) copy of the newsletter they are available at the U3A monthly General meetings at the new members desk. They can also be collected from the Senieta (Moraira town hall) main reception desk, located at the car park end. (not the Tourist Information office)

Copy date for October 2018 Newsletter:
Friday 21st September 2018

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Next U3A General Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on
Monday 3rd September 2018

At the Salons G.L. Avenida del Mediterraneo 32. Teulada. at 10.30 am.

Doors open to members at 9.30 am

The speaker for the September meeting is:

Tony Grande from the Charity "Make a Smile".

Tony makes a welcome return to us as he gave us a presentation earlier in the year.

Unfortunately on that occasion he was unable to finalise his talk due to a malfunction with the projector. The U3A has now purchased a new projector so hopefully everything will be functioning.

We will also present Tony with a Cheque for 700 Euros from the proceeds of the Charity Quiz night held in June for the "Make a Smile Charity".


Presidents Message

By David Haxon

Hello Everyone
It is difficult to believe that 2 months have passed since my last message in June.
Having worked and lived in Spain for almost 30 years, I cannot remember such high humidity for a long period of time. Of course I know that it will soon change.
As usual Moraira has been very busy this summer which is very good for the local economy. The Fiestas in July were very well organised and well attended.

Sadly, I have to tell you about the passing of 2 of our members - Nita Walters and Trish Adams.
I knew Nita and her husband Glyn very well. They were members of the Dining Out Group and we had some very happy evenings together.
I did not know Trish, but she was a very enthusiastic member of the Ukulele group.
Our thoughts and best wishes are extended to both families.

With reference to the U3A, the next social event takes place at Font Santa on Tuesday, 18th September. Details are included in the Newsletter. Please support this event as the social committee have put a lot of hard work into arranging it for the U3A members. In the past we have had some wonderful days at Font Santa and I am sure this will be another great day out.

Although our A.G.M. is several months away, our Treasurer Carin will be retiring from this role. As this is an essential position on the Committee, we need someone to undertake the position and offer their services. Carin is willing to help and assist anyone who wishes to undertake this role.
This is an important position as the U3A cannot function without a treasurer. Please give the matter some thought.

Your Letters

By Newsletter Editor

Please send your views and observations by the copy date as shown above.

Dear Dot
This a copy of the letter I sent to our Mayor, Carlos Linares

May I please say a big thank you to the Mayor and Council of Teulada – Moraira for the superb summer classical concerts again this year. The standard of music was as usual excellent, and I know enjoyed by so many people.
I know we cannot all agree all the time with what comes out of our town hall, but equally we should say thank you when we are treated to these wonderful concerts in our beautiful auditorium.
Thank you, Mr Mayor. I hope we can continue this annual event and hope we can continue with the invitation to all to attend without booking and without charge.
We are very lucky to live in such a town which has such wonderful culture.
Geoffrey W Shean.

Hi Dot,
Many thanks for keeping your U3A members informed about our Make a Smile events, it’s much appreciated.
We held another monthly quiz last week and raised 375 euros for the 96 children currently in care.Money raised is used in a variety of ways to help the children feel as normal as possible despite their very unfortunate circumstances. Out-of-school activities, birthday treats and summer camps are just a few examples of how Make A Smile makes a difference to what would otherwise be a hard existence for them.
In addition to the above, the quiz is sponsoring a young lady with a mental age of a 13 year old through a special course. This aims to boost her confidence and hopefully raise her mental ability sufficiently to enable her to be able to fend for herself in the future.
We have another quiz coming up on Weds 12th Sept and a live music night with “CONTRABAND” on Fri 28th Sept.
Very Best Wishes.
Members Derek & Anne Martyr

August News from AKIRA
Here's a quick update from your local Dog Sanctuary.
Not many people know that AKIRA is entirely run by volunteers, except for two wonderful, hard-working ladies employed part-time as Shelter Managers. They do an amazing job of managing new dogs coming in and getting them ready to be re-homed. Bille-Jo and Sally totted up that so far this year AKIRA has returned 75 lost dogs to their owners and arranged adoptions of 115 dogs. Currently there are nearly 60 dogs in our Shelter, nearly 30 in foster homes and 5 or 6 on Home Trials prior to being adopted. August is a difficult month because many of the volunteers who normally come and take dogs in the Shelter for walks disappeared to cooler climes. However some holidaymakers who were missing their own doggy companions came and offered to walk our dogs, which was great.
Everything else - the Events, the Quiz nights, the Shop, the Book Stall in Moraira market – is all organised by volunteers giving their time and skills to raise funds to pay for the living costs of the dogs and any vet bills. It is hard work, and lots of fun. Again, many volunteers were away in cooler climes, leaving the shop a bit short–staffed and a pause in events such as our popular Quiz Nights.
So we are looking forward to getting back into top form in September, with an Evening Under the Stars at the Finca Abril with the OK Band on the 15th, a Quiz Night at Il Martillo (under Pepe La Sal on the Moraira-Teulada road) on the 20th, and an End of Season Sale at our shop on Avenido del Portet, Moraira.
I look forward to seeing you at the next General Meeting on 3rd September – start of the new term!
Christina René Secretary, AKIRA

Art Talk September 10th:

Vincent van Gogh - a Soul in Torment

Date: 10th September 2018 10:30

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

Subject: Vincent van Gogh - a Soul in Torment

Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic

Vincent Van Gogh was the son of a humourless pastor of the Dutch Reformed church who could never please his father. The young lad became taciturn, self-willed, sometime destructive and often bad tempered. When adult, he even became a pastor for a short time but even that effort did not please his father. In the end, he walked away and took to painting, supported totally and selflessly by his younger brother Theo.

We often think of Vincent as a ‘great little man’ who happened to paint well. In reality, he was a gifted linguist and an avid reader of literature mainly French and English. Throughout his artistic life he wrote long and regular letters to his brother which show a man of great intellect always analysing his work and its progress.

In this talk you will hear of the demons that plagued him but even more of the soul that poured out to us via his vibrant paintbrushes. If ever there was a man who should have lived more than his mere 37 years.

History Talk 24th September:

RAF 100th Anniversary

Date: Monday 24th September 2018 10:30

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

Subject: The Royal Air Force 100th Anniversary 1918-2018

Lecturer: Brian Nicholls

To even begin to present a structured History of the RAF would be impossible and so I decided to start with the early days of flight and move through the creation of the Royal Flying Corps in 1912 in readiness for World War One.
The development of aircraft and associated technology was amazingly rapid throughout the 20’s and 30’s. This technology peaked just in time for the RAF and the British people to face their sternest test in 1940.
Apart from, our now much maligned, Empire, we stood alone until Adolph Hitler made one of his many strategic errors by declaring war on a, somewhat reluctant, America in late 1941.
With the rest of Europe either occupied or neutral, there is no doubt that, had The Battle of Britain been lost, our world as we know it today, would have been entirely different.
As The Duke of Wellington said after the battle of Waterloo ‘It was a damned close run thing’.
But won it was, primarily by young fighter pilots, many as young as 18 years old, and backed up by a vast array of dedicated men and women.
The presentation will be in two parts; the first, an overview of the RFC and the early years of the RAF, with mention of many brave pioneers, of both sexes, both civilian and military, who did so much to advance the development of the aeroplane.
The second part of the presentation will be a 50 minute DVD documentary which dramatically portrays the desperation of that iconic, critical, battle in 1940, and concludes with some interesting background information which was unknown to me.
The complete presentation will take a little while longer than usual, around 100 minutes or so.

Union Gap Promo Cropped

10th Anniversary Christmas Dinner Dance

This year, we have a real treat for our 10th Anniversary year celebrations.

Date: Friday, 7th December, 2018

Time: Cava reception from 7:00 p.m. Dinner at 8:00 p.m.

Dress Code: It is a smart event, so please dress accordingly. No jeans or shorts please.

Tickets: 30 euros each, available only to fully paid-up members of the Moraira-Teulada U3A.

Music: There will be continuous music throughout the evening. The highly professional band, Ges Rogers' Union Gap, will be performing all the classic hits - Young Girl, Lady Willpower, Woman Woman, Over You and many more hits of the 60s and 70s made famous by the pop groups of that great era. Ges Rogers' Union Gap have played at many prestigious venues throughout Spain and continue to thrill audiences wherever they perform.

Tickets will be on sale at the General Meeting on Monday, 3rd September 2018 and, subject to availability, at subsequent meetings in October and November.

If you wish to join us to celebrate this very special occasion of our U3A, you will need to complete a form and bring it along to one of the General Meetings with the full amount in cash. Please ensure that the form is fully completed and that you enter the full names and membership numbers of every person as per the details on their membership cards.

You can check the menu online and then download the form. A few copies of each will be available at the General Meetings for those members without computers.

Please note that all social functions are open only to fully paid-up members of the Moraira-Teulada U3A.

If you have any queries, please ask at the ticket desk or contact our Social Events Officer, Tony Old.

Image for tickets, etc.

Hog Roast at Font Santa - 18th September 2018

Hurry, hurry, hurry last chance to get your tickets.

More have been printed.

As part of our celebrations for our 10th anniversary year, your Social subcommittee is organising a fun packed afternoon for you at Font Santa on Tuesday, 18th September 2018. The event will start at 12:00 noon.

To get you started, there will be a bottle of cava to share between two persons. A hog roast will already be under way and will be served from 12:00, together with crackling, salad and condiments. Please feel free to bring your own nibbles, postres and other drinks.

Musical entertainment will be provided by Take 2 and Moonshine until 4:00 p.m.

Entrance and food will be by ticket only and all it will cost you is €12,50 per person. Get them at the General Meetings on 3rd September. The event is only open to members of U3A Moraira-Teulada, so please bring your membership cards when purchasing your tickets.

As the food will be prepared on site, please do not bring your dogs. This is a council order.

There will be plenty of tables and seats, but please bring your own with sun shades if you wish.

Please remember to bring your tickets with you on the day.
If you have any queries, please ask at the ticket desk or contact Peter Griffiths

Group News from Groups Co-ordinator

By Lynn Clark

Our U3A has at the moment 55 groups and I would like to thank all Group leaders for their time and effort involved with running these groups.

Throughout the summer period many of the groups have remained active, not taking a break and enabling our members still to enjoy activities all year round.

Several of the group leaders have already posted on our website their restart dates but if you have any questions about venues and dates then please do not hesitate to contact me.

A note about our website – please look under the heading for GROUPS for all your information.

New Groups

Spicy Dining

Had their inaugural dinner in July which was very successful and I am pleased to say that John & Elaine Ross have volunteered to be the new group leaders. The group meets monthly and the next meeting will be in September, so if you are interested in a social evening enjoying the delights of more exotic foods such as Indian, Mexican, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Greek, Iranian or Turkish food then this group is for you.
The group is for both couples and singles to visit restaurants that offer something a bit different and to enjoy a nice social evening.
If you wish to join then please contact the Group Leaders - John & Elaine Ross – u3atmsdg@gmail.com

Classical Music String Instrument Group If you play a classical string instrument at Intermediate level and would like to join a group of like-minded people playing music such as Mozart etc. for enjoyment only. Then initially please email me Lynn Clark, at lynnclark0403@gmail.com

Dance Fitness
A dance fitness workout (you don't need a partner), and is designed for people who love to dance and want to keep fit, but for a variety of reasons, prefer a lighter intensity, lower impact and perhaps a slower pace. Combining old style dance genres such as the Bossa Nova and Foxtrot, to the Flamenco and Argentine Tango. The dance steps are easier to follow, enabling everyone of all ages to have fun while getting fit. The classes are an hour long. I have already attended one class and thoroughly enjoyed it. In the first instance contact me – Lynn Clark Groups Coordinator at lynnclark0403@gmail.com

Forthcoming Groups
I have been asked to start 2 new groups, the first is a new Environmental group – Beach Patrol and the second is Archery - watch this space for further information as they progress.

Groups with space for more members
We also have a few groups that have space for new members, if you are interested in – Backgammon; Bridge or Cycling please contact me Lynn Clark and I will pass your details to the group leaders. lynnclark0403@gmail.com

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Creative Writing Group member 3rd novel published.

By Dot Garrett

Hilary Coombes, U3A Moraira - Teulada member and long term member of the Creative writing group has just published her 3rd book called "Short Love Stories" and is available to buy now.

Released on 18th August and already receiving rave reviews we are very proud and pleased with this amazing achievement and wish her all the very best wishes.

Hilary had a successful day last Saturday at a local bookshop - Polly's in Javea to sign copies of the book and meet local readers.

Copies of the book can be bought or downloaded from Amazon - https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2…

See Hilary's web page at www.hilarycoombes.com


By Sue Slipper

In May a coach full of Moraira Teulada U3A members made the easy journey to Cofrentes in the Muela de Cortes Nature Reserve – an area of outstanding beauty, for a 3 day/2 night visit. Cofrentes is situated at the confluence of the rivers Jucar and Cabriel.

Having enjoyed some stunning scenery en route we arrived at the Hotel Jalance in time for lunch. The hotel is in a lovely setting and is a beautiful building with all rooms enjoying fabulous views.

After lunch which was to prove the first of many “challenging” meals, we took a tourist river cruise following a spectacular and relaxing route along the stretch of the River Jucar between Cofrentes and Cortes de Pallas. We passed through a huge gorge and a guide provided comment on the flora, fauna, geology and other aspects of the Muela de Cortes.

The following morning we went on a tourist road train along the banks of the Cabriel River. The trip started at the attractive Victorian Spa and stopped at a small village where we stopped at the local café for refreshments and walked to a nearby waterwheel. As with the boat trip and our hotel, we experienced the wonderful peace and tranquillity of the area.

In the afternoon we travelled a short way to Alcala del Jucar, a small town rising steeply up the sides of the Jucar gorge. The river here is wide and beautiful and spanned by a lovely Roman bridge. There was a church and castle to be viewed and the caves which were some of the original habitations were fascinating.

On our last morning, most people headed for Cofrentes which because of its location at the confluence of 2 rivers was strategically important. Again the town rises steeply up the gorge from the river and at the top in addition to a café with stunning views is a castle for which the local tourist office hastily arranged a guide (we were the only people in town). A local river walk was also possible.

After lunch we headed back to Moraira. This was such a lovely trip, very sociable, very friendly, very relaxed.

Many thanks must go to Lynn, Carol and Norman for organising the trip (and for their efforts to keep the hotel catering team on track) which was thoroughly enjoyed by the group.
leaders healthy walking

Healthy Walking Group

The walks season will begin on Tuesday 11th September. at 9am. The walk will start at El Rafalet by the Eco Park on the Javea Road past the Golf Club.

Full details on the Healthy Walking Group site.We look forward to meeting you there.

Walk Leaders.

Recipe - Figs!

Time for figs - lots of fresh figs about at this time of the year and so much nicer than the dried ones.

Use in fruit salads, poached in juice or red wine or served with cheese and Jamon Serrano.

This recipe is a savoury one and best served with salad.

Fig & Goats Cheese tart

  • Pack of Ready made Shortcrust Pastry
  • 125 grm Goat's Cheese
  • 4 Figs, halved
  • 3 Eggs
  • 180 ml Pouring Cream
  • 1 tbs chopped Chives
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (360°F).
  2. Roll out pastry and use to line a 20 cm, lightly greased baking dish Trim excess pastry and lightly prick base with a fork.
  3. Blind bake for 15 mins
  4. Crumble the Goats cheese into the tart and position the halved figs on top.
  5. Place eggs, cream, chives, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Pour into cases and bake for 25 minutes or until puffed and set. Cool to room temperature and serve with salad.



teulada moraira

IMPORTANT HMRC Tax Meeting for Expats:

Tuesday, 4th September 2018 5pm

Dear Residents,

HMRC representatives from the UK are holding a session to talk about tax issues on Tuesday, 4th September at 5pm, in the Salón de Actos, Espai La Senieta in Moraira.

HMRC has introduced new legislation that requires individuals to make sure their foreign income and assets are in order before a 30th September 2018 deadline and the arrival of tougher penalties.

These changes can affect people if they live abroad and pay tax outside the UK, for example people who rent out their UK home whilst living in another country or those who still have UK bank accounts or investments. It can affect more people than you may think so come along to hear if it affects you.

HMRC representatives will also be on hand to answer questions and provide updates on associated international tax issues.

Please note that the representatives will not be able to give any specific advice on issues relating to Spanish tax. British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris will also attend the event as well as the Mayor of Teulada Moraira, Carlos Linares, and Laura Hillstead, Councillor for International Residents.

Come along to learn about this new legislation, how it could affect you and what to do to prepare.

It will be an interesting meeting for anyone with doubts or questions regarding taxation. Also for professionals who may have dealings with Expats, such as lawyers, gestors and tax advisers.

We hope that you can join us and look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Laura Hillstead
Manhatton Jazz 2018

The Teulada-Moraira Lions are pleased to present Manhatton Jazz

Our first show this Autumn on Sunday, 9th September, 7.30pm in Espai La Senieta, Moraira features the inimitable “Manhatton Jazz” with Jef Hatton, who has kindly agreed to perform for us with his band on his visit to Spain.

This will be a great show of popular jazz tunes with very accomplished musicians. Manhatton Jazz have enjoyed a great following here on the Costa Blanca and we are very pleased to be able to present this one-off performance. The tickets are now on sale at a great price of only 12.50 euros and we will have a raffle and a complimentary bar.

For tickets and information on our shows please call 966 499 954 or email: tmlions.concerts@gmail.com

For information about the TM Lions go to www.tmlions.com


How about joining us at Kathmandu Indian Restaurant, Moraira at 7pm onwards on Sunday 23 September 2018

Muku has agreed he will donate 20% of the takings for the night towards the MacMillan Cancer Support day which is to take place on Friday 28 September 2018 at 3pm at 4 Calle Gijon, Moraira.

Please ring Sue/Pat Donovan on 689502549 or email patandsue63@hotmail.com to confirm choices of menu & numbers. Set menu is 13.95 euros and consists of mixed starters, choice of main course e.g. beef/lamb/pork madras, korma etc etc. Ice cream or coffee.

On Friday 28 September 2018 at the revised time of 3pm at 4 Calle Gijon, Moraira, Sue & Pat Donovan will be holding another afternoon in aid of MacMillan. Tapas & drinks etc will be served at a cost of 10 euros a head, with live music, a raffle at 4pm and auction at 6pm. Any tapas or raffle/auction prizes and costume jewellery would be greatly appreciated. For any further information contact Sue & Pat as above.
Take That (matinee)2018

The Teulada-Moraira Lions are pleased to present Take That tribute

The second Lions show will be on Sunday, 30th September – yes, 2 great shows in 1 month – and features the fabulous “Take That” tribute show.

Many of our regular customers have requested that we once again showcase this fantastic tribute act – so here they are! It will be a night to remember with the terrific vocal harmonies of these 4 good looking lads, supported by a great sound and light show.

The show has already proved so popular that the evening performance has sold out. Tickets are now available for a matinee performance starting at 4:30 p.m. Price 17.50e which gives you plenty of time to go to your favourite restaurant after the show. A show not to be missed.

For tickets and information on our shows please call 966 499 954 or email: tmlions.concerts@gmail.com

For information about the TM Lions go to www.tmlions.com
english choir

The English Choir of Teulada- Moraira


The English choir of Teulada- Moraira in collaboration with the town hall are planning a very exciting project for their Autumn production this year. It will take place at Espai la Senietta theatre, Moraira and will commemorate the fact that it is 100 years since the guns fell silent over the western front and the end of WW1 was declared.

The Teulada based choir is marking the event with a special multi-media event.

They will be joined by choirs from Javea International School and Laude Lady Elizabeth School for a concert on Friday 2nd November and Saturday 3rd of November.,

Entitled “The War To End All Wars” it will feature popular songs of the era and tell the history of the conflict with readings and poems.

There will also be an exhibition of Great War memorabilia and art work at La Senietta from 29th October to 18th November which again the two schools have been heavily involved in compiling as part of their own history and art projects.

Already much research has gone into the format of the concert and the exhibition.

Choir members and students return to their rehearsal rooms in September and any further information about the event or offers of loans of your WW1 memorabilia please contact Secretary Judith on 634 348 915 or President Susan e-mail susan.elles@yahoo.co.uk
Contraband Los Amigos 28 Sept 2018


No Gig at Saxo in September!
Please note that Contraband will not be appearing at Saxo on Thursday 6th September.
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