Dear [subscriber:firstname | default:U3A Member]

Welcome to issue number 105 of the Newsletter March 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 April 2018 Newsletter:
Friday 23rd March 2018

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Next U3A General Meeting

The next General Meeting will be held on
Monday 5th March 2018

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

Doors open to members at 9.30 am

There is no speaker for the March meeting.

Please be advised this will be our AGM

And also your last chance to renew your membership for the reduced cost of 5 euros!


Presidents Message

By John Hopwood

As we are coming up towards the AGM, and the completion of my two years as your President, I would like to take this opportunity, once again, to thank all of those who have supported me in so many different ways.
In particular I want to thank all of the members of your Committee.
We have met together as the Committee almost every month in the past two years and also on many other occasions at various U3A functions and amongst the existing Committee members not once has there been any argument, unpleasantness or strong disagreement. Everyone on the committee has been able to work together happily in the interest of all members and whilst there have been some quite difficult discussions there has never been any matters which were not happily resolved. The members of the Committee have been tremendously supportive, not only to me but also to their fellow members.
I could not possibly have found a better group of Committee members to work with and my sincere thanks to all of you.
I also want to take this opportunity the thank others who do so much to make our U3A so successful and enjoyable.
I thank all of the Group Leaders, many of who spend a great deal of time and effort to ensure that they run and organise their groups so well. Your fellow members owe many of you a considerable debt of gratitude for helping to make their time here in Moraira so enjoyable.
I thank the Webmaster for doing such a wonderful job with the U3A Webpage which is the envy of many other U3A’s.
I thank the Newsletter Editor who, every month prepares such an interesting and informative Newsletter.
I thank the guys who look after the sound system at the General Meetings.
I am sure there are others who I may have omitted but my sincere thanks also to you.
Whilst I will no longer be your President, if I am elected, I hope to remain on the Committee and look forward to supporting my fellow Committee members but, in particular, to supporting the incoming President, David Haxon. As Vice-President, David has always been there to advise and support me during my two years in office and my particular thanks to him for that.
Finally, I would like to thanks all those members who attend and take part in the General Meetings because without you those would be very lonely first Monday mornings of the month!!

P.S. Stop Press!!! Just been informed by Membership Secretary Pat Clarke that as at the 22nd February our membership renewals has reached 1842 – and it is still only February!!!
Amongst those are 207 new members. We extend a very sincere welcome to all those new members and hope that you will enjoy all of the many benefits available to you within our U3A – as well as living in this wonderful area of Spain!

Your Letters

By Newsletter Editor

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

The Speaker at our February meeting was Buster Smith who talked about the importance of 1st Aid knowledge.
Buster represented EFR Training (emergency first response training ) and discussed first aid courses organised by the group.Quite a few members expressed an interest in enrolling for one of these courses.The course consists of 3 major topics, CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), AED (Automated External Defibrillator) use and Choking.
The course is fun, interesting and hands on and usually lasts for 4 hours.
Further details will be given at the A.G.M. and in the next Newsletter.
Thank for your interest Eileen Haxon davideileen08@gmail.com

Dear Dot,
Oh dear!
I must admit to very much enjoying Keith Coombes letter to you concerning the instruction from the Social Committee organising the 10th Anniversary Dinner Dance that shorts and jeans may not be worn.
Obviously, as President, I support them in all that they do, but I also have the utmost sympathy with Keith's comments as well!
When I retired almost twenty years ago I gave away all of my suits, including dinner suits, to charity and swore that I would never wear a suit again - and I never have!
Whilst I am happy to be in the company of many who may enjoy the opportunity to wear the nice white jackets, probably bought for their last cruise, as well as those who like to take every opportunity to wear their dark formal dinner suits it just is not, and never will be my choice - especially following the last U3A dinner dance in December!
For that occasion I wore black shoes, a very smart pair of dark chinos and a nice patterned shirt both from the reasonably up-market tailors, Charles Tyrwhitt - as well as a nice little red dickie bow tie.
Late in the evening, one U3A member, probably having had one or two too many, came to sit by me and said "John, do you mind if I make a small criticism? I really do feel that you are letting down the position of President of our U3A by wearing that cowboy shirt". He wasn't joking!
I suggested he went away using only two well-known but unrepeatable words.
No doubt the Social Committee are simply repeating a format used for some years but having noticed gentlemen members wearing burgundy suits, red shirts, polo neck shirts and even open neck shirts at the last occasion perhaps the Committee may consider leaving the dress decisions for gentlemen up to those attending?
After all, there's no instructions concerning whatever ladies may - or may not - wear and would any member of the Committee actually refuse to admit another U3A member who had decided to wear jeans - or maybe in the summer even a pair of smart shorts?
John Hopwood.

I do hope the rule still stands – no jeans for the Canor Dinner and Dance. Most of the men wear dinner jackets so wearing jeans would definitely not look right.I really cannot understand why men would want to put jeans on in that situation. If you go anywhere around the world in smart places there is always a rule to say no jeans and rightly so.Yes baggy trousers etc are a no no but equally some men wear jeans that look absolutely terrible – I think the reason they wear them as they think they look trendy – a lot of men are in their comfort zone wearing them – as you can gather I am not a fan of them but friends of mine wear them – there is a time and place for wearing jeans and a smart dinner dance isn't one of them!
Organisations have to set standards otherwise people would turn up in any old thing!I think too that a lot of men wear jeans as they are just “easy” to wear!I would imagine the majority in this instance would say “no” to jean wearing at a smart event.
Best regards Vanessa Price.

Forwarded to Newsletter Editor from the Social Committee.

Well done for the dress code request! I am quite sure the vast majority of those attending agree with your "smart attire - no jeans or shorts" request.
The overwhelming majority attend in either suits, jackets with smart trousers, or some in DJs, and It is a night which ladies like to make the most of the occasion with their best attire. To suggest jeans be worn is without doubt anathema to the majority, and typical of those wishing to dumb down what most consider a special evening. Were jeans to be encouraged, then someone will inevitably turn up in the present "fashionable" multi- ripped variety, and subsequently there will doubtless follow from some further appeals asking "why not shorts?" or why not sleeveless T shirts? It was never intended as a barbecue event, so lets keep it a special occasion which is looked forward to once or twice a year by all - please don't dumb it down!
Tony Old


History Talk 12th March 2018:

Exploration for Oil and Gas; How Geologists Find The Black Stuff

Date: Monday 12th Mar 2018 10:30

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

Subject: Exploration for Oil and Gas; How Geologists Find The Black Stuff

Lecturer: Ruby Philpott

The recent history of oil and gas exploration by a geoscientist who worked in the industry for over 30 years. The talk will look at the distribution of oil and gas fields and the techniques used to find these deposits deep in the Earths crust.

History Talk 26th March 2018:

The Ancients of Mexico

Date: Monday 26th Mar 2018 10:30

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

Subject: The Ancients of Mexico

Lecturer: Cheda Panajotovic

We often see TV programmes about the great Inca Empire stretching down the whole of the Andes or about ‘The Aztecs’ of Central America. It is a quirk of nature that both should be the ‘Pop Stars’ of Archaeology as both of these in history are but ‘yesterday’s people’. Few even bother to mention The Maya and even fewer The Olmec or The Toltec peoples who were as organised and as progressive given the era in which they lived. Some ‘ancients’ even go back to the 3rd Millennium BC. The temples and the statuary that they left behind them are often as grand as any of Europe’s Michelangelo.

The pyramid temples of ‘The Ancients’ may not be as high as the colossal pyramids of Egypt but they are certainly as grandiose. These were built without using mortar, without metal tools and they did not have the use of the wheel to help with transport of to help make their sumptuous pottery.

Their knowledge of the heavens and their precise predictions of the seasons were carved in circular stone calendars which are worthy of attention especially now that hieroglyphic writing of the Olmec is being deciphered. Certainly, their ancient calendar could serve as well today as it did in days of many centuries long past.
get out

Teulada-Moraira U3A – Film Group

Get Out

Monday, 12 MARCH 2018

5:45pm doors open, for 6:00pm start (ends 7:45)

Salon de Actos, La Senieta, Moraira

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

Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with her parents, Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behaviour as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

bucket list

Teulada-Moraira U3A – Film Group

The Bucket List

Monday, 26 MARCH 2018

5:45pm doors open, for 6:00pm start (ends 7:45)

Salon de Actos, La Senieta, Moraira

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

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson) and working class mechanic Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) are like chalk and cheese with nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process they become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life.


Reading Group

By Gaby Mauger.

On Friday 26th January ten members of our 14 strong Reading Group met for our annual post Christmas lunch. After a lovely meal and some happy chat we turned our attention to reviewing two books. The Crow Road by Iain Banks and The Dry, the debut crime novel by Jane Harper.

As always the discussion was lively and interesting.

The Reading Group continues to be well supported and enjoyed by us all, even when not all the books are not to everyone's taste, that’s usually when we have our best discussions!!

We have been delighted to welcome 4 new members at the latter end of last year. The February read is Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh and Helen Dunmore's The Betrayal in March.

If you would be interested in seeing the full years selection of books with a view to joining the group please contact me. group-reading@u3amoraira-teulada.org


Mosaics Group - Work in Progress

By Meri Snell.

Mosaics Group Leader

We are a select group of ‘artists’. In fact we are two groups, who enjoy creating mosaics, and doing it together. It takes much longer than painting a picture, but (so far) the end results are fantastic.

We celebrated the New Year when a number of us enjoyed a lunch at the Kathmandu restaurant. The food was good and it was interesting when the two groups met each other. Nic Laws did an excellent job of bringing us all together. We thanked her for that and, as a prize, offered her the first choice of after lunch chocolates!

We’d like to show you some of our ‘works-in-progress’, visit our post on the U3A website for more photos of our group work. https://local.u3amoraira-teulada.org/

Our first group started in the summer of 2012, so we have amassed quite a lot of experience, but it is always exciting for me to see the joy when someone has completed their very first mosaic. We hope to show you the actual mosaics when they are completed later on this year.

New Group - Art Group

By Phil Sims

The group will now encompass Painting, Drawing and Printmaking. All are welcome from beginners upwards. Although this is not a teaching class help and guidance will be given.
Painting will cover Watercolour, Acrylic, Oil and Pastel.
Drawing will cover pencil, pen, charcole and chalk
Printmaking will continue as is and cover Lino, mdf, acrylic sheet and mono print.
The idea of the group is that we can learn from each other and by being exposed to other forms of art will broaden our scope of activities.
In the better weather we could go out on painting and sketching trips.
Every so often we will have a talk on a specific subject ie how to draw a head,
portraiture, landscape and abstract. These subjects are useful across all the different ways of making art.
If you have always wanted to try art this is the group for you, we are here to help and encourage your efforts.
The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month between 1.30pm to 3.30pm in the room at 45 Calle Dr Calatayud.

Please note the group is only open to paid up members of Moraira-Teulada U3A.
Contact Phil at: printmaking@u3amoraira-Teulada.org

The Modern Sequence Dance Group

By Patricia and John Pittaway.

We are a fairly new group to Moraira/Teulada U3A (modern sequence dancing) and we held a Valentine night on the 14th February at the Quo Vardis Bar in Javea.
Here is our report of the splendid night we all enjoyed and we hope to encourage other members to come and join us.
We have dancers who will help teach people the moves, its fun and good exercise for the body and brain.

The Modern Sequence Dance group enjoyed a romantic St Valentine’s evening at Quo Vardis on Wednesday 14th February. The room was decorated with heart shaped balloons and John and Pat played some romantic waltzes to dance the night away. During the interval, when we managed to eat most of the cake decorated with more hearts, John organised a game involving our valentines cards. Our new members Marg and Les stole the prize by scoring the lowest of us all.

We are hoping that the new members who had prior engagements this week will join us next Wednesday from 7 - 9pm and hope to encourage more U3A members to join us to learn this fascinating type of dance.


Recipes for March

By Dot Garrett

Easter Lamb in one pan!

  • 1.5 kg bone-in leg of lamb
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 4 sprigs rosemary, roughly chopped.
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 garlic bulb, cloves lightly smashed
  • 1kg potatoes, skins on, cut into thick wedges.
  • 3 fennel bulbs, cut into quarters lengthwise, tops removed.
  • 250ml white wine.
  • 250ml good-quality chicken stock
  • salt & pepper
  1. Take the lamb and use a sharp knife to make small incisions all over the meat. Mix the oil with the chopped rosemary and lemon zest. Rub the marinade all over the lamb, massaging it well into the cuts.
  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Put the garlic, potatoes and fennel into a large roasting tin, pour over some olive oil and toss together. Season the lamb generously, then lay it on top of the veg. Roast for 45 mins until the lamb is starting to brown, then pour in the wine and stock. Continue cooking for 45 mins.
  3. Remove the lamb and rest for up to 30 mins. Turn oven down to 160C/140C fan/gas 3, cover the veg with foil and, while the lamb rests, put back in the oven until braised in the roasting juices.
  4. Serve with fresh seasonal greens.

Simnel Cherry Tart

  • 75g self-raising flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 375g pack sweet shortcrust pastry
  • 140g butter, softened
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 75g ground almond
  • 175g mixed dried fruit
  • 50g glacé cherry, halved
  • zest and juice 1 orange
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 6 tbsp cherry jam
  • 350g marzipan , ½ cut into small cubes, ½ rolled into 11 balls to represent the apostles
  • 50g icing sugar, to decorate
  • 25g flaked toasted almonds
  1. On a floured work surface, roll out the pastry to the thickness of 1/2 cm. Lift the pastry over your rolling pin and use to line a 20 x 30cm rectangular tin, leaving a rim of overhanging pastry. Chill for at least 30 mins.
  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Line the pastry case with baking parchment, then fill with baking beans. Blind-bake for 15 mins, remove the beans and parchment, and bake for a further 10 mins until the pastry is pale golden and biscuity. Leave to cool.
  3. Reduce oven to 170 C /150C fan/gas 3. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well between each addition. Stir in the flour, almonds, dried fruit, cherries, half the orange zest, and the mixed spice. Spread the jam over the base of the tart case, then dot the cubes of marzipan over the top. Pour over the cake mixture and smooth with a spatula. Bake for 35 mins until golden and risen. Leave to cool in the tin.
  4. Put the marzipan balls on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and place under the grill for 1-2 mins until golden – make sure you keep an eye on them, as they will burn easily. Let cool. To make the icing, mix the icing sugar with enough orange juice to make a thick, smooth icing. Drizzle the icing over the tart, top with the toasted marzipan balls, flaked almonds and the remaining orange zest. Cut into squares to serve. Will keep for 5 days in a sealed container.




Book Launch and Talks

Tuesday February 27th 2018

Stephen Moss, the broadcaster, writer and ornithologist will be launching his new book 'The Robin: A biography'

at La Seu, Universitat d’Alacant. Carrer de la Purissima 57/59, Benissa (Nr. Ayuntamiento)

The venue is a few minutes drive from A7 junction 63.

7.00 8.00pm Chair Christopher North of Stanza Alacant

Entry is free with Refreshments afterwards.

Stephen Moss…. is a naturalist, broadcaster, television producer and author. In a distinguished career at the BBC Natural History Unit his credits included Springwatch, Birds Britannia and The Nature of Britain. His books include ‘A Bird in the Bush’, A Sky Full of Starlings, Wild Hares and Hummingbirds and Wild Kingdom, which was shortlisted for the 2017 Wainwright Prize. He is a Senior Lecturer in Travel and Nature Writing at Bath Spa University and lives with his wife and children on the Somerset Levels. He will introduce his latest book, The Robin: A Biography - (www.stephenmoss.tv )

The event is shared with the writer/poet/Naturalist and climber Terry Gifford who is launching his new Poetry Collection: ‘A Feast of Fools'.

Terry Gifford…. ‘In poem after poem, Terry Gifford manages to capture the nuances of the outdoors with deliberation, grace, and charm. This new collection sees him at his best, travelling the world, open to its pleasures and wonders, particularly the glory and gloom of mountains. Reader, pick up your walking sticks and join this poet/mountaineer on an unforgettable tour, full of delights and surprises’ (Billy Collins). Terry Gifford will read from his new collection A Feast of Fools

On March 1st Stephen Moss will be speaking about the birds of the Costa Blanca at Relleu Old Town Hall at 12.00 - followed by a lunch (if wanted) The event organised by Relleu's Aurora Club. Cost of the event (excl Lunch) 3€. Relleu is 15 minutes off J66 of the A7

Stephen's website: www.stephenmoss.tv

Terry Gifford’s Publishers Cinnamon Press: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/author-menu/authors/184-terry-gifford

For more details of both events - mailto:christopher@oldolivepress.com
April 2018 Los Aimigos

Fundraising for charity "Make A Smile"

By Derek & Anne Martyr

The Valentine’s dance for "Make a Smile" was a huge success and well supported by the U3A.

The final total raised was a massive 888 euros.

The next event will be on Friday 27th April. 8.00pm
At Los Amigos restaurant
Tickets - 15 euros - meal included
Music from the OK Band

for more info and bookings email - themartyrs103@gmail.com
or phone - 669 585 248

Thursday, 8 March - CCB presents The Naughton Twins

Thursday, 8 March Auditori Teulada.

Christina & Michelle
(1- & 2-piano duo)
Graduates of The Juilliard School (NY)
The Curtis Institute (Philadelphia)
& recently signed to Warner Classics / EMI

WATCH Christina & Michelle at......
Mozart : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NujQnngRt54&index=3&list=RDbRlsHRdD0
& Mozart Variations : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ze1UazoloY
Mendelssohn Op92 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRlsHRdD088
Bach : Chorale Prelude 122, No.10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPUU_OoblSs
Paganini variations : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkeSjl8YVFk

Auditori Teulada Moraira


W.A. Mozart – Sonata en re mayor a cuatro manos K 381 (1756-1791
Allegro molto

J.S. Bach/Brahms : Preludio Coral Op. 122 no1 – Mein Jesus der du Mich
Bach/Kurtag : Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit
F.Chopin Rondo para dos pianos en Do Mayor opus 73b
W. Lutoslawski – Variaciones Paganini para Dos Pianos (1913-1974)


L.Bernstein “Candide” para dos pianos (1918-1990)

1 Overture
2 The Best of all Possible Worlds
3 Oh Happy We
4 Candide Continues his Travels
5 Paris Waltz
6 I am easily Assimilated
7 The Ballad of El Dorado
8 Bon Voyage
9 We are Women
10 Make our Garden Grow

THURSDAY 8th March 2018 at 20:00h

Book now – Tickets € 17

Auditori de Teulada Moraira box office details

Ayuntamiento de Teulada and the Espai La Senieta theatre :

Available online - NOW at: https://www.instanticket.es/recintos/
Tel: 902 444 300

For more information and tickets please call 639 371625 or
Willy Hardee at - willyhardee@gmail.com

BIOGRAPHIC DETAILS : In Spanish, English & German are to be found at our website

Contraband - Dates for your diary.


The band will be returning to Saxo regularly on the first Thursday of the month starting 5th April

from 6.00 till 8.00 pm.

Raising money for local charities.

teulada moraira


From 25th MARCH to 2nd of APRIL 2018: HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
25th March : Palm Sunday
29th March : Maundy Thursday: Silent Procession- 23:00h Moraira
30th March : Good Friday: Saint Burial Procession- 19:30h Teulada.
1st April : Easter Sunday: “l’Encontre” Procession - 08.30h. Teulada

Liverpool Band 2

Lions Concert - The Beatles Tribute - Liverpool Band

The Beatles tribute concert scheduled for March 24th is proving very popular, indeed it is already sold out, so the Lions are adding a second show in the afternoon.

The matinee performance on the same day, March 24th, will commence at 4:30 pm and will hopefully cater to all our loyal supporters who have not managed to secure tickets for the evening performance.

Tickets 15 Euros

The Teulada–Moraira Lions are proud to present the best tribute to the legendary Beatles here in Spain

“The Liverpool Band” will be performing in Espai la Senieta, Moraira on Saturday the 24thMarch starting at 7:30 p.m. These young Spanish guys present an amazing tribute to the “Fab 4” and regularly perform in the Cavern Club in Liverpool. They have a very polished act and great vocal harmonies and, with the addition of a keyboard player, this performance promises to be even better than before. Professional sound and lighting will be supplied by Magnum productions of course. For a great evening of “Beatlemania” don’t miss this great show in a lovely theatre.

There will be a complimentary bar available and we will be holding a raffle.

All proceeds will go to the Teulada–Moraira Lions Charities.

For tickets and information on all our events please call 966 499 954 / 618 017 201 or email peter_john1@hotmail.com

Web site: www.tmlions.com