A R O U N D December
T H E
VA L L E Y Volume 1 Issue 9
CHAIRMANS REPORT By Anne Dibden Pp
Page Chairman's Report & November Meeting Notes & New DVD Library
News from the British Embassy &
Recipe for a Sicilian Log
La Vinuela Photo Club
.Hello everyone I can´t believe that this is the last newsletter of the year. Doesn´t time fly? We have had the usual successful social month with the well attended last meeting and a great evening at the supper and film night. Everyone seemed to have a good time with the food and film being very well received there certainly seemed to be plenty of laughter and also a few touching moments. Plenty of new ideas for social events so don´t forget to check them out and get booking early so that you don´t miss out. A reminder for everyone to check out if your residentia needs renewing. It does seem to depend on the date it was issued but a trip to the police station in Torre del Mar may be a good idea! We´ve had some sad news about one of our members. Chris Pegman passed away this week in England and our thoughts go out to Helen and the family at this sad time he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. With Christmas fast approaching I hope all our members have a good time wherever they are spending the festive season. Hope to see many of you at the December meeting and that you all have a great evening at the Christmas meal. With best wishes to everyone and a Happy New Year.
El-Valle Meeting 4th November By Sue Jones
Membership Renewal Astra 2E Whats on—
New for 2014
Supper & Film Night Committee
51 people braved the weather on a very blustery evening to attend the monthly meeting. Anne opened the meeting by welcoming everyone, and outlining the programme for the evening. She then went on to remind us that some residencias may be out of date and that we should go down to the police station in Torre Del Mar in order to get them renewed. Jane then took over and outlined the programme of events for the coming months details of which can be viewed on the events page and on line in our calendar. Jane then introduced George Baines who had compiled a music quiz for the evening. There were six rounds of music questions where George played a short burst of a tune and we had to “name that tune”. There was music on TV Theme Tunes, Name the Musical, Classical music, Country & Western, The Movies and Songs of the Sixties plus a round of general questions.
Speaking from personal experience our team did not do very well finishing with only 22 1/2 out of a possible 51. The winning team of Ben & Carol Caldwell, & Brian & Enid Meadowcroft notched up a very impressive 49 1/2 points!!! Someone evidently knows their music. It was now time for the box which now stood at an impressive €420, but despite the usual five keys being drawn, there was no winner and the money now rolls over to next the December meeting. Anne closed the meeting by thanking George for giving his time to make it such a fun evening and reminding everyone that we would be having our usual glass of wine and mince pies at the December meeting. There will also be a Christmas Mr & Mrs plus some carols from our own ‘El Valle’ choir.
FREE DVD LENDING LIBRARY As from 1st January 2014 we will be introducing a new service to replace the books which don’t seem to be raising as much interest as previously, possibly due to more people using tablets instead of real books! DVDs will be available to borrow free for 1 month, max of 2 per month, to be returned at the next meeting. If you have any unwanted DVDs we would be very grateful to receive them. Contact Judy 673847608 or firstname.lastname@example.org
AROUND THE VALLEY
EL VALLE NOVEMBER WALK By Alan Impey November's El-Valle walk took place on Thursday 14th, and was to be routed and led by myself. Events overtook me however and due to a hospital appointment the same day it was likely that I would be late for the start. To get around this Peter Goreham agreed to accompany me round the walk a week earlier and then if I was not at the start he would take my place until I arrived. The walk was to take place in the Torrox Pueblo area and the meeting point was the first surfaced car park on the right just before entering Torrox. As it turned out I was delayed at the hospital and Peter welcomed the 29 walkers who turned up. First job of the day was for Peter, assisted by Alan Clay to take numbers for the meal following the walk, and also to list peopleâ€™s choices from a varied menu. (More on this later) The walk left the car park and made its way circumnavigating Torrox Pueblo round to the left and as it wound its way up and around the pueblo good views were to be had over the rooftops of the pueblo. Some 15 minutes later the walk reached the top left of the pueblo where I was able to join in. After a short rest we all set off on a track into the country side and very quickly turned off right to begin a long gradual descent into the valley.
Once in the valley bottom we stopped for a group photograph before we began a steady climb from the valley, always heading in a northerly direction. Our track
had a change of mind leaving four servings of pork in sauce unclaimed!!!!!! I managed to salvage one of them by cancelling my preferred choice in time. The staff were very good about it but PLEASE stick to your choice or change it at the start before service starts.
eventually gave way to a footpath which contoured round the valley side following the line of a now disused water course to eventually deposit us back onto a broad track. After catching our breaths we turned left (south west) to follow the track for several kilometres back towards Torrox with far reaching views to Torrox and the sea beyond. Following the meal it was a ten minute stroll back to our cars and the end of a well received walk out Next monthâ€™s walk has the same start point but is a completely different walk. Photos courtesy of Brenda Wroe
DECEMBER WALK On reaching Torrox at the same point we had earlier left it we went into the pueblo instead of walking round the edge and dropped down into the centre of the town to eventually arrive at our restaurant of choice El Rubio. We were made welcome by the staff and enjoyed a very good value menu
Del Dia; HOWEVER, despite taking everyone's choice of meal at the start of the walk and passing this information onto the restaurant four of our group
Dec 12th, led by Alan Clay. Start at 11:00 am. Leave the motorway and take the road inland signed Torrox Pueblo and at the next roundabout take the first exit & the start of the walk is in the first car park on the right as you start to enter the village. JAN 9TH led by Stewart & Elaine, 11:00 am outside Miguels Restaurant Los Romanes.
AROUND THE VALLEY
NEWS FROM THE BRITISH EMBASSY British people living in Spain can now use two new social media channels to engage with fellow residents, as well as to find news and advice from the Embassy and its partners who support Britons abroad. The new channels— ‘Brits living in Spain’ on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Brits-living-inSpain/422269771210763) and @BritsliveSpain on Twitter (https://twitter.com/BritsliveSpain) let residents search for and share useful tips and experiences, thus enabling the 800,000 strong British community to better help each other and make more of Spanish life. The launch by the Embassy of these social media channels coincides with the first official visit this week by the new British Ambassador Simon Manley to Malaga, Alicante and Barcelona— and ahead of visits to the Spanish islands in the coming weeks. Mr Manley said:
more information about the issues that matter, and to comment on them so that we can engage better with our nationals living abroad. I would really encourage Brits to search our new channels, ‘like’ or ‘follow’ them, and reap the benefits of a new way of communicating with each other and with us. ****************************** Whilst in Malaga we can report Mr Manley met representatives of SOHA, together with the Consul for lunch. He wanted to be briefed on the situation— how they had arrived in their current position and what they were looking to achieve. He wanted to be as well briefed as possible before meetings with National Government departments. This is the first positive assistance received from the British Embassy so lets hope something comes from it.
These days, whether we are young, or just young at heart, we are all going digital. Our new Facebook and Twitter channels are the perfect way for Brits living in Spain to get
SICILIAN LOG SERVES 6— 8 Freeze for up to 2 months. CAKE
3 oz SR Flour
12 Maraschino cherries
2 level tblspn cocoa
2 Tblspn syrup from jar (or brandy)
2 Tblspn sultanas
3 oz Caster Sugar
1 small orange
2 tblspn boiling water
2 sugar cubes 4 oz softened butter 2 oz caster sugar 1 lb soft cream cheese
Put sultanas & cherries into a bowl with syrup or brandy & leave to soak (can be overnight) Preheat oven 220 C. Line a Swiss roll tin. Sift flour & cocoa. Whisk eggs & sugar over hot water until thick & leaving a trail. Add hot water gradually while whisking. Fold in flour & cocoa. Put in the tin & bake 10— 12 mins. Turn out onto sugared paper & roll. Rub sugar cubes over the orange to extract the oil. Beat butter & sugar & add the cheese & orange juice Strain fruit & mix in & put in the fridge to chill. Pour syrup over the cake & fill with the cheese mix Rollup & sprinkle top with icing sugar & serve.
AROUND THE VALLEY
LAKE VINUELA PHOTOGRAPHIC CLUB
By Doug Popplett
Our challenge in October was portraits, a subject we’ve been avoiding until now. Of the twenty seven images entered, this macabre Halloween image titled “Diablos” being one of the more imaginative.
To all members of the El-Valle Asociación from your Membership Secretary. Hi. I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2014 new year. Yes it’s me again to remind you that your 2014 ElValle Asociación membership is due for renewal from JANUARY 1st. You will be able to do this either at the Friday Market, Puente Don Manuel, at Billy´s Bar, between 11.00 and 12.30am. Where there will be a committee member ready to talk to you. Billy´s Bar is inside the gates to the market and then turn to the left to the bar at the end, or you can renew at any of the monthly club meetings at the Camping Bar on the side of the lake Vinuela.
Back to normal in November with our slant on Autumn. Portrait album link:http://tinyurl.com/naszkr6 December is the start of a busy period for us, two months of selecting our photo of the year and images to put forward for the annual interclub challenge in February.
ASTRA 2E Current Situation
As this goes to print, the new Astra 2E is in the second part of its orbit, where it is being tested to ensure it communications functions and its control are all in order. Very soon it will be moved to 28.2 degrees and propelled out to 35,000 kilometres. It is at this point we will start to see the main changes to our current Free to View systems. We should see the loss of ALL BBC and ITV Main and Regional Channels from Astra 1N on to the new Astra 2E. This will be much like the loss of all Channel 5 programmes to Astra 2F last year. Most of us will still have some less watched channels left on FREESAT and SKY boxes. Those on Sky PLUS HD contracts will still have ITV 2, 3 and 4 but not ITV 1 or any BBC channels. This should have all happened in September but it has been a case of several delays in both the launch and the engineering. There are solutions and it can be acquired using some existing dishes. Please take good advice before spending too much of your money. For more information, go to: www.satlaunch.net and follow the link to Astra 2. Submitted by SatCo Tel: 657484853 Email: email@example.com
You can also renew your membership at our December meeting on Monday December 2nd or at the January meeting which is on Monday January 13th after the Spanish New Year celebrations. For the 2014 club year, the committee have kept the membership fee again at €10.00 per year and your annual membership will run from Jan 1st to Dec 31st 2014. For those 2013 members renewing we will use the short form, but if any of your contact details have changed, please let us know on this form (i.e. Name, NIE, address and contact details, phone number(s) and most of all your Email address).. If you have any queries, please speak to one of our committee members or contact me on 647076177. I Look forward to seeing you all again for the 2014 membership year. Regards Stewart Common Secretary and Membership Secretary
RESIDENCIA LAMINATING SERVICE If you have just renewed your residencia and are worried about keeping it safe, Andy Miller is offering to photocopy and laminate your original and/or the copy . Andy can be found at the Trapiche Market on a Tuesday or the Friday Market in Puente don Manuel. The cost will be €1 or €2 depending on what you want.
AROUND THE VALLEY
WHAT’S ON—FORTHCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS DEC 2nd— CHRISTMAS Mr & Mrs, FOLLWED BY GLASS OF WINE & MINCE PIES & CAROLS JAN 13th— PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE—MAYFAIR ESTATE PLANNING FEB 3rd— BEETLE DRIVE MAR 3rd— TABLE TOP TREASURE HUNT by Stewart Common & Peter Goreham APRIL 7th—
AGM FOLLOWED BY PICTORIAL COMPETITION by Sue Jones
CHRISTMAS MEAL AT VENTA LA VINA TUESDAY 10th DECEMBER 19:30 FOR 20:00 2 COURSE MEAL WITH MUSIC BY THE ZIMMERZ INCLUDES A BOTTLE OF WINE PER COUPLE MEMBERS €12:50 NON €17:50
A Trip to the San Miguel Brewery followed by free time in Torremolinos for shopping / lunch and then….. A visit to the
Jardin Botanico Molino de Inca Thursday, 23rd January 2014 Members: €8 NonMembers: €10
WINE TASTING AND TAPAS *** MEMBERS ONLY *** AT CENTRO CULTURAL LA VINUELA
Numbers are limited so please book early
13TH FEBRUARY 6 pm
To avoid disappointment.
AROUND THE VALLEY
MARCH 4th SHROVE TUESDAY PANCAKE LUNCH BAR ATILA 1pm for 1:30 Members €7.50 Non Members €9.00
MARCH 25th GRANADA SCIENCE PARK MEMBERS €17 Non members €19 To Include visit to the Museum & Planetarium Lunch not included but there are food facilities Or you can take a picnic. Leave Hotel Romero 09:00 Leave Granada 17:00
TRIP TO TOLEDO, SALAMANCA & CACERES APRIL 28th to MAY 2nd YOUR CHANCE TO VISIT THESE BEAUTIFUL CITIES
BOOKINGS WILL BE TAKEN IN JANUARY 2014 PRICE FOR MEMBERS €295 pp HALF BOARD IN 4* HOTELS FULL DETAILS WILL BE PUBLISHED IN JANUARY’S NEWSLETTER
AROUND THE VALLEY
QUAD REPORT FOR NOVEMBER
By Roger & Jackie Frewin
With the weather still amazingly warm at the beginning of November a group of 6 quads set off from Trapiche, travelled up over the ridge and along campo tracks through almond and olive groves, with incredible views of La Maroma and its mountainside villages, Lake Vi単uela and the sea. We joined the main mountain road near Salares and stopped there for refreshments before heading back via Sedella, Canillas de Aceituno, Rio Bermuza and finally Los Gomez.
A week later we left Puente, taking a clockwise trip around Lake Vi単uela, across the dam and along campo tracks to Periana. We then rode up to join the old railway track to the Zafarraya pass, stopping for refreshments and tapas at the Chicken Shack. Heading from there towards Robledal, we then took the Espino track and passed through all the tiny villages between there and Venta Baja.
The next start point was Chiringuito Antonio, which we found to be open for the first time in quite a while. From there we travelled up to the Stupa with views of the dam, the lake, La Maroma, etc. The Rio Velez was our next call, then on to Benamocarra for refreshments and finally El Trapiche. The second half of the month was considerably colder but, although full winter gear was in order, we still had a good turnout. From Puente we went over the ridge behind Alcaucin and up into Canillas de Aceituno, for our first stop. Then we headed down to Pasada de Grenadillos and along campo tracks to Arenas, past Castillo de Bentomiz, down to Algarrobo Costa and along the coast road to Caleta. After refreshments there we headed back to Bar El Cruce for a de-brief.
For our most recent trip we travelled through Espino to the spa near Alhama de Granada, where it was even colder. The view of thick snow on the Sierra Nevadas was quite breathtaking. Then, after stopping for refreshments, we headed back to the Zafarraya pass and took the old railway track, went down through El Toril and then across to Venta Baja for a de-brief.
AROUND THE VALLEY
SUPPER NIGHT WITH FILM – REVIEW Yet again the evening was a big success. The committee had worked hard and provided a fabulous spread of nibbles, chilli and choc ices (not all at once, I hasten to add). Also included was a free raffle. The food went down well on a cold windy night and was a credit to all involved. Afterwards we watched the film Quartet, an excellent choice, as everyone enjoyed the humour, and sometimes, the serious message it portrayed. A good turnout, yet again, and I am sure that we will all look forward to the next supper! Thank you to everyone involved for a very relaxed and successful evening. Kim Rogerson
ASOCIACIÓN EL VALLE DEL EMBALSE COMMITTEE 2012-13 Chair: Anne Dibden - 605826358 Vice Chair & Head of Social : Jane Harris - 633615154 Treasurer: Terry Frost - 697569141 Secretary: Stewart Common 647076177 MEMBERS Linda Kemp: - 951167088 Elaine Edwards: - 647076177 Lyndsey Padley: - 628655801 Carol Jackson: - 635291532 Kim Rogerson: - 696126204 Judy Maycock:- 673847608 Editor: Susan Jones - 680407894 Almoner: Christine Goreham – 635361233 INFORMATION. NEWSLETTER EDITOR firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE - www.el-valle-asociacion.com A representative of the committee is usually on duty between 11am – 12.30pm at Mis Tapas (“BILLY’S BAR”) during Friday Market - Chiringuito Antonio