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Specsavers launches Balmain eyewear collection Eyewear from premium Parisian fashion label, Balmain, was unveiled at Specsavers Opticas last month and is now available in stores nationwide. The Balmain range features 17 exclusive styles - 13 glasses and four prescription sunglasses. Each pair has been inspired by Balmain’s structured and expertly crafted clothing. Balmain spokesperson, Maï Dao-Vu says: ‘The collection of frames feature styles and colours that make women feel beautiful, confident and empowered. Balmain is not only a look, but also a feeling.’

Featuring upswept cat’s eye designs, as well as classic round and exaggerated angular shapes, the strong yet feminine statement frames evoke elegance with a Balmain aesthetic. Meticulously designed Balmain brand details can be found on every frame, including a gold ‘B’ on the temple tips and detailed embellishments on the frames inspired by the Balmain belt chain collection. A colour palette of glossy black, gold, pink and tortoiseshell has been chosen to offer the wearer a variety of styles with sophisticated elegance to finish off their look. Maï adds: ‘The Balmain team take great pride in the launch of the new range, seeing it as an incredible opportunity to

inspire fashionconscious glasses wearers to update their wardrobes with a statement piece of eyewear.

‘The Specsavers collaboration has provided the opportunity to bring everyone into the House of Balmain. We wanted to add a signature Balmain twist to classic and modern styles so that the frames could hint at exclusivity while maintaining the simplicity of an everyday look. The Balmain eyewear range offers Parisian chic no matter where in the world they are worn.’ As a high-end fashion house, Balmain embodies the opulence and glamour that Specsavers wants to make accessible to everyone. Two complete pairs can be purchased at Specsavers Opticas for 299€ find your nearest store by visiting www.specsavers.es.


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The Teulada – Moraira Lions Present “The Desperados” in Concert

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The Teulada – Moraira Lions are once again proud to present the best tribute to the Eagles here in Spain. The “Desperados” will be performing in Espai la Senieta, Moraira, on Sunday 28 January starting at 7.30pm. The Desperados are a fabulous tribute to the legendary Eagles and the last time they performed in Moraira the show was a sell out with a long waiting list. The band will be performing all the Eagles classics such as Tequila Sunrise, One of these Nights, Lyin’ Eyes, Witchy Woman, Desperado and of course the evergreen “Hotel California” plus many, many more. So shake off those post-holiday blues and book your tickets for a great show in a lovely theatre priced at only 15€. 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 please call 96 649 1917 or email colinlilley1424@gmail.com. For information on all our events please call 96 649 9954 / 618 017 201 or email peter_john1@hotmail.com.

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Love it or not Christmas is nearly here and as darling granddaughter will be spending the day with us again this year, it is sure to be a fun filled day in our house. I have made a list of the essentials when you have a child in the house batteries for the toys being at the top. I already have the pigs in blankets and Yorkshire puds (yes I cheat with frozen ones) as these are the most important part of the meal for us. I even got some 'special' stuffing to go with the meal. To be honest if that was all I gave them they would be happy as I have been given instructions to get a smaller turkey this year as they don't want to still be eating it 'curried' in the New Year! We are looking forward to next year when we will celebrate 25 years of the Female Focus magazine. Once again I would like to thank our advertisers, without who this magazine would not be possible. They are the ones who enable us to bring you news of what is going on up and down the coast as well as all the informative articles each month. Please continue to support them and let them know you saw them in Female Focus. All that is left to say is a merry Christmas to all our advertisers, readers and contributors from everyone at Female Focus Publications.

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Christmas Fair with Live Nativity Scene If you are looking for special hand-made Christmas presents, you should perhaps make a note in your diary of the Christmas Fair that will be held in Benigembla on the weekend of 8, 9 and 10 December. And to make it a real Christmas market, there will be a live Nativity scene, with a live María and a live Joseph, who are also craft people. Then there will be a local tavern, stalls with Christmas decorations and local delicacies as well as an arts-and-crafts exhibition. All this to the sound of traditional Christmas music from all over the world and from time to time live music by Solredó. The craft people not only show (and sell) what they have made, but many of them will also be at work, so you can ask questions on techniques, tools and materials. Quite a few even speak some English (or French or German). There will be a blacksmith, a potter who makes beautiful Rakú pottery and brings his wheel to let you have a go at making your own little bowl or cup, stalls with different styles of candles, and an ample choice of presents for children and adults. But the major attraction of this fair will undoubtedly be the live Nativity scene. Not just because it is a live version of the traditional crib with María, Joseph and the Child in a very rustic looking but comfortable stable (the local pensión was full). No, this is a set up worthy of a real craft fair: Joseph and Maria are people who earn a living with their skills. Joseph is a talented carpenter and wood carver, while Maria produces wool using a spinning wheel. Both will be at work while the Child sleeps quietly in His crib. The Town Hall has asked a regional craft association Amata to select the stalls and set up the market. Amata has been organising craft fairs over the last 20 years and makes sure that everything on sale is hand-made by the participants. They use the words Artesanía de Autor® as a guarantee that the man or woman who makes the items on the stall is present. Benigembla is one of the picturesque villages in the Jalón Valley (in the north of Alicante province). Follow the coast road (N332) and turn inland at Benissa; after about 10 km. drive through Jalón, the village that is famous for its wines and the big Saturday morning Rastro (boot sale) and then follow the road past Alcalalí, past Parcent and in the direction of Castell de Castells. A very nice drive at any time of the year. As Friday 8 December is a bank holiday, the fair is open all day, from 11am onwards, with the usual break for lunch from 2pm to 5pm. On Saturday the opening times are also from 11am until 2pm and from 5pm until 9 pm or later, weather (and temperatures!) permitting, but on Sunday it opens only in the morning, until about 2 pm. More information (also in English) on 639 979 678 and on www.amata.es you can find photographs of other fairs organised by Amata.

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Brexit Update and what to do deVere Spain sponsored a meeting with Expats at the end of last month in the Elche University where the main sponsor was the British Ambassador Simon Manley and his team from Madrid and Alicante.

by Steve Iball

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Excluding all the politics – the message was that we are still in the stage of negotiation regarding EU Budget and Northern Ireland. Also, a lot of underlying work has gone on regarding British citizens rights in Euro countries. No concrete decisions have been made up to the time of writing this article but there seems good news on two fronts: 1. Pensions – Status Quo to current system. 2. Health Care – S1 card to be maintained for OAPs + 65 years old. (Britain pays 3500 Euros + indexation – per year for every S1 OAP in Spain). So what are your actions post Christmas 2018 – register for tax payment in Spain If you are: +183 days living in Spain, or have children under 18, or are running a business from Spain. It means an annual tax return in June each year (First by June 19). Register on the Padron with your local council This entitles your local council to more money to maintain Police / Roads / Hospitals / Schools etc. Failure to register for taxation in Spain will result in loss of benefits and health and open you to your taxes being reviewed, back dated for up to 4 years. Health care will be linked to Spanish registered people so 'being off the grid and under radar' could result in no automatic health cover and the need to take out private health insurance, which very often excludes existing known illnesses. As Spanish tax residents you are able to take advantage of tax efficiency and investment and potential growth, in addition to good financial planning for inheritance tax avoidance. Watch out for more information in the New Year about future events in Jávea, Moraira, Calpe etc. Christmas is coming soon and we would like to wish all our clients and the readers of Female Focus a Happy and Prosperous New Year. If you require any financial information of any matter raised in the article please contact myself, Steve Iball 610 822 484 or email steve.iball@devere-spain.es.

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A quartet of problems sorted, thanks to LUX-AL How to solve a problem like a 3 sided open naya...Brigitte and John McLay's naya had always presented them with a dilemma as it was open on 3 sides, very windy, and rather small. With some clever design help from LUX-AL they now have a larger enclosed naya which they are delighted with, and which they can use all year round. "Dennis at LUX-AL is rather like an old horse!", says John, who continues "He knows what he is doing, he has seen it all before, and he knows his way around to give really good advice and ideas." Urbanisation La Cala, high up in Jávea, is known for its sometimes strong winds. While this often brings welcome relief from the summer heat, it also can bring its own problems of strong gusts and chilliness in the winter. "The solution Dennis came up with is extremely clever", says John. "He suggested that we infill each of  the 2 side arches of the naya  with a fixed glass panel at the top, and two sliding glass panels at the bottom protected with mosquito screen netting. This means that we can open up both sides of the naya  if we wish, to have the lovely air flowing through, and yet not get bitten by any horrible mossies. And at the front of the naya Dennis suggested we extend the naya with a small conservatory area, and this has made the space so much more practical, and feel so much bigger. We have sliding doors in that too. So the permutations of air-flow that we can use are immense, and this means that we can now use the naya in absolutely every season, which is marvellous!" "Furthermore, when we bought the house it came with a large awning which unfortunately didn't work properly. Rather than try and sell us a new awning which would undoubtedly have been expensive, Dennis said they would try and mend it for us, which they did. I like the fact that Dennis wasn't pushy. Many salespeople might have been; certainly we felt that Dennis genuinely wanted to help us, rather than sell to us." Brigitte is keen to tell Female Focus about the fitting of the conservatory. "They were very professional", she says "they did all the work in 3 days, they were very clean workmen, Bradley and Kevin were their names and they were really nice, smiling people, which makes all the difference." With all of this work having been such a success, John and Brigitte have also had LUX-AL fit 2 windows in their summer kitchen, and install their new remote control gates. "Everyone who comes to the house says ´We love your gates" says John. "Dennis took me to a house where they had already made some similar gates, and we were able to agree our own design based on them. All made in LUX-AL's own workshop, we are pleased with the result". Whatever your problem, whether you are considering a window, door, gate, conservatory, mosquito screen or awning, or something completely different, call LUX-AL now on 96 649 3447 or 96 649 3787. Or email info@lux-al.com. They can make virtually anything in UPVC or aluminium and their website www.lux-al.com shows examples of their work, and the pictures that are used in their advert each month are always actual LUX-AL installations. Hands-on experience really does count, they have it in abundance at LUX-AL, and they look forward to helping you soon.

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Changes in the Self Employment Law

by Ana Gay

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This article covers the changes in the Self Employment Law for 2017 and 2018 From the 26th October 2017 - The quota paid for self-employment will be reduced 100% for maternity leave or sick leave when the pregnancy is high risk. It will not be necessary to hire another worker to substitute the self-employed person. In the cases where they do have to hire someone else, they will be able to deduct 100% for this worker to cover the leave. - The self-employed worker on maternity or adoption leave who returns to work during the next two years will have a right to a reduction in their quota and will pay 50€ during the first 12 months. - An accident suffered going to or from work (the place where the person has stated is his place of work in his initial registration), is classed as a work related accident. - A 100% reduction in the quota on account of sick leave during 12 months when you hire, on an indefinite contract, a family member (up to a second degree bloodline, and also your partner if you can prove that you cohabit). - The option of obtaining a pension and still be registered as self-employed under the new law for Self Employment 2017 if you hire a person full time. - The quota for corporate self-employment is separated from the Minimum InterProfessional Salary and is from hereon in determined by the General State Budget. From the 1st January 2018 - The Self Employment Flat Rate of 50€ that is in force at present for 6 months will be extended to 12 months, from month 13 to 18 you will receive a 50% reduction, from month 19 to 24 you will receive a 30% reduction. In the case of women under 35 and men under 30 this reduction is increased to 30% during a further 12 months. To be eligible for this flat rate you will need only not to have been registered as self-employed for the last two years (and not five years as it has been up until now). Other reductions on top of the Basic Flat Rate from the 1st January 2018 are: - Disability or Domestic Violence or Terrorism: Reduction during the first 12 months of 80% and the following 48 months at 50%. - If you are self-employed but are hired on a full time contract in two or more places: 18 months with a 50% reduction and the 18 months after with a 25% reduction. - In this new Self Employment Law 2017, the deduction for expenses allowed /not allowed are clarified for those selfemployed. In the case of electricity, water, gas, telephones and internet a deduction of 30% is applicable for those who work from home, and this is their fiscal residence, and that do not have commercial premises. As an owner of the property, such as IBI (Rates), Owner’s Community, etc., you can deduct the part of the property that is used for the activity and the percentage of your stake in the building. You cannot deduct 50% on your income tax return for any vehicles if these are only used partially for work, the deduction will remain the same where you can only deduct 50% of the VAT. - The days of contribution will not always be the whole month as it is was up until now, you will be able to register and deregister 3 times in one year where you will only contribute the days that you are registered, and the quota will be prorated. - The changes in the base contribution change from 2 to 4. - There are changes in the surcharges in late payment of the quotas for contribution under the new law: 10% for the first month, 20% for the second month and 20% if after 2 months but within the time period given to pay this and 35% of the original quota after this payment period. - Costs for daily living expenses: a deduction of 27,27€ (and 48€ if this is abroad) for daily living expenses. These must be work related, paid digitally and an invoice obtained and are for hotels or restaurants. Please contact Ana Gay at Link Point Legal on 96 626 0500 or email anagay@linkpointlegal.com for any further information.


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My name is Steve Woods and I am a solicitor specialising in claims for asbestos related diseases and I thought I would look at a number of questions that often arise and that make people worried about the possibility of making a claim. My message is, if in doubt ask! I CANNOT REMEMBER WHERE I WORKED, OR THE COMPANY I WORKED FOR NO LONGER EXISTS. It is not unusual for companies that traded in the 1960s, for example, to have long since stopped trading. With investigations I can trace insurers who provided cover for these companies and they are obliged to deal with the claims. Even if you are hazy about the exact name of a company or your period of employment with them, I can obtain your work history from HM Revenue & Customs and this provides confirmation of who you worked for all those years ago. I HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH AN ASBESTOS CONDITION BUT I DID NOT WORK WITH ASBESTOS. I always like to meet my clients and it is surprising how often, when you start talking about a person's work history, what they remember. Often, it turns out that even if a person did not actually work with asbestos, they worked alongside people who did and therefore came into contact with dust. Another possibility, and a particularly sad one in my experience, is a wife who comes into contact with asbestos from her husband’s work clothes. A RELATIVE HAS DIED FROM AN ASBESTOS RELATED CONDITION BEFORE MAKING A CLAIM. It is not widely known that claims can be made even though the person affected has died (provided the claim is made within 3 years of death). The claim is made on behalf of the person's estate. DIAGNOSING AN ASBESTOS RELATED CONDITION. There are a number of conditions that can be caused by exposure to asbestos, including lung cancer. The main issue is whether the breathing difficulties can be attributed to asbestos. This is the point we have to prove in all respiratory disease cases, not just asbestos related but also, for example, silicosis – medical evidence is required to prove a link. Claims for breathing problems caused by exposure to asbestos can be complex but the quicker the claim is started the quicker these issues can be dealt with. So, if you are concerned about your particular situation or have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am happy to talk to you free of charge.

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Are we in control of our lives? If not, why not? All the time we have been alive we may not have been aware of the ability we have on a personal level to direct our lives. Maybe we have stayed in situations where we have been unhappy because we didn’t realise that we could make changes. As an adult we are all in the deep end! Can we all swim? I wonder! No? Well are we prepared to be taught? I know from personal experience in dealing with people that not everyone is interested in even thinking about things like this, and that is pretty much the same in life generally ...anything that requires thought or making effort or changes is only appreciated by a few. Only YOU know if you fit that bill! So, glance back over your life and ask yourself ...are you where you want to be? If not, there is no time like the present to make changes. Have you had terrible experiences in your life? Ask yourself, are you having them today? If not, why not let the bad memories go? Just LEARN from anything negative that has happened to you, there is nothing you can do about the past now. If bad things are STILL happening today you have another few choices, and it's all up to you which one you choose. You can: THINK differently, REASON differently, SEE THINGS differently, ACT differently, RESPOND differently ...to make a difference. At any given moment find something to appreciate and be prepared to be patient while you work towards getting the result you want. Consider this, is it wise to expect certain things of other people? Make your life good and be content with that. Stop depending on the behaviour of others to make you happy and take control of your own emotions and feelings. Once you start to do that everything will fall into place. It's all a learning curve though and it may take time! Try to relax when things go wrong and think about what can be done ….if it has already happened you can’t undo it! Don’t imagine bad things happening when they haven’t happened yet! Only 8% of the things we worry about ever happen apparently, so we can kill ourselves with stress imagining the other 92%! Don’t think the worst….think the best! If you think I am living in a dream world, just try to make it all a part of your life ...I did! I don’t recommend or believe in anything I haven’t experienced myself or that hasn’t worked for me. The worst things that my clients talk to me about have almost all happened to me too, and I could have gone “down the pan” if I had not embraced a completely different way of looking at things in recent years. I have also been a very close observer of the amazing changes people have been able to make in their lives by applying a different way of thinking. Of course, it’s all up to you…….. YOUR choice!! Take care, until next time!

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Churning… the worst enemy of your pension or investment portfolio? By Sam Kelly, Managing Partner, Chorus Financial. So, before anyone asks, no I’ve not given up financial services to campaign against the dairy industry! Churning, in financial terms, is when a financial advisor persuades a client to buy or sell funds with the sole intention of generating commissions, rather than acting in the client’s best interests. This unethical practise is illegal in the UK, so why is it so prolific here in Spain? The problem lies in the fact that in Spain, financial advisors can still receive hidden payments from investment fund providers. I have seen numerous examples here in Spain where companies have found a new fund provider who will pay them a 3-5% ‘entry charge’ when they persuade their clients to invest in that particular fund. This generates problems in two ways: Firstly, that 3-5% comes right out of the client’s pocket, and is either paid for by reducing the number of units you buy in the fund, or by elevating the fees for a period of time, normally 5 years, in order to recoup that payment. This can leave the client paying catch up from day one. The other problem, and often even more damage results from this practise, is that funds that an advisor wouldn’t usually recommend - perhaps because they don’t have a strong track-record, are from an unproven fund house, or are poorly regulated – are finding their ways into client’s portfolios, thereby lowering the quality of their investment portfolio. The funds your advisor chooses for your pension or investment portfolio, should be chosen independently, after rigorous research. The Chorus approach is to favour UK based, FCA regulated funds, from well-known fund houses like Rathbones, Investec, HSBC, BlackRock, Fidelity and Aviva. We will never receive any financial incentive when it comes to choosing funds for a client’s portfolio, so you can be confident that our goals are aligned with yours. If you think you may have been charged a 3-5% entry charge for an investment fund, or your advisor is making wholesale changes to your portfolio every year or two, then it’s possible they are not acting in your best interests. Chorus will happily review any portfolio, whether it’s in a QROPS, Spanish Compliant Bond or on a Platform, and let you know within 24 hours if you’ve been a victim of this practice. Simply call me today on 664 398 702 or email s.kelly@chorusfinancial.es, for your ‘no-obligation’ portfolio review. Chorus Financial is a trading style of Tourbillon Limited, authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Commission (Gibraltar), Licence Number FSC1118B and registered with the UK FCA as an EEA Authorised firm, reference 539348.


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The Colina Club family would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. Nestled in an exclusive urbanisation on the lower slopes of the tranquil hills surrounding Calpe on the Costa Blanca area of Spain, The Colina Club offers the residents a home to enjoy the stunning views over Calpe to the Mediterranean Sea and the famed nature reserve of the PeĂąon de Ifach. The Colina Club was the first purpose built Continuous Care Complex on the Costa Blanca and today it is still going from strength to strength........... Featuring 48 one and two bedroom Independent Living Apartments and a fully licensed 20 room Nursing and Rest Home with private en-suite rooms, The Colina Club is all about providing families with Peace of Mind and the security of excellent care and enjoying life in your senior years. Purpose built for senior living, the apartments have been specifically designed so that both the ground and first floor apartments have level access from the parking area directly outside. The Club runs its own free minibus service to Calpe town, five days a week. Every other Saturday the mini bus goes to the local markets. There are regular mini bus services to Iceland and Lidl.

It really is the perfect place for seniors who want to retire in the sun, enjoy a level of independence, whilst safe in the knowledge that qualified care is literally on their doorstep. The good thing about living at The Colina Club is that you can keep your independence yet still have all the medical backup available, including your own personal help alarm, monitored 24 hours a day, in case of an emergency and these services among others are all included in the price of your monthly rental. So why not call today and arrange to come and see for yourself as places are now much sought after and limited. Call 96 583 5226 or visits www.colinaclub.com. See page 6 for main advert.


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Claire Tutton is an experienced and trained geriatric nurse who specialises in all aspects of stroke care, catheter care, diabetic care, leg ulcer care, Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. She now operates her very specialist home nursing services in the general area of Jávea and the surrounding villages. The following is a testimonial written by Mr Nigel Shires of Cirencester, whose partner Patricia Crutchley suffered a very severe stroke in March 2014. Claire Tutton cared for Patricia for 2 years. Over to Mr Shires to tell their story… On the 31st March 2014 my partner Patricia Crutchley suffered a very severe stroke, which left her paralysed down her left side and unable to control her bladder and bowels etc. Still, to this very date, Patricia’s condition has not changed and she cannot do anything for herself and therefore needs 24 hour care. Initially, when Pat was discharged from hospital the NHS provided free homecare. However, over time this free care was removed to be replaced with social services supported care, which had to be paid for by Pat and myself. After several months of this care it became apparent that the monthly cost was not sustainable so an alternative form of care needed to be sourced. By chance I spotted an advert placed in a local supermarket by Claire Tutton of CJT Homecare advertising a personal care service. I telephoned Claire, and arrangements were made for her to visit us. Claire arrived promptly for the meeting and it quickly became apparent that the services she could offer us were exactly what we needed and at a price that we could afford! We welcomed Claire to our home for the first time in February 2015. Claire quickly got up to speed and was able to do all that Pat needed to be done for her, which had previously needed two people to do! During the two and a half years that Claire was with us she had just one day off sick. This was due to a sickness bug that was doing the rounds. Even feeling very unwell Claire had the professionalism to call me from her sick bed to say she was poorly but would try her best to come in and look after Patricia. Claire’s personality and friendly nature quickly puts people at ease. All tasks undertaken are done with a smile. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Claire and over time, Patricia relied heavily upon her for all her care needs, day to day support and companionship. Sadly, all good things must come to an end and our loss will be someone else’s gain as Claire has now relocated in Jávea, Spain. If you need to employ someone for your homecare needs then my recommendation is to grab Claire before someone else does. You will not regret it. Would we employ Claire again should she return to the UK? 100% YES. Written by Nigel Shires from Gloucestershire. Many thanks to Mr Shires from the Female Focus team for writing this review of Claire Tutton’s services If you, or your loved one, needs home nursing services then please contact Claire on 674 534 636 or at her email clairejtutton@gmail.com.


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A few healthy tips to keep you out and about If you’ve reached retirement age, you surely know that joint pain is a common problem however, did you know that joint injury, Article supplied by especially knee and hip injury, is a greater risk after the age of 55? Kevin Thornton, Telephone 96 676 5686 Cartilage, the substance that cushions the joints, tends to thin over time offering less protection, bones lose density and strength as we age, a process that can begin as early as our mid-thirties. Many of us become less active after retirement, which allows the muscles to weaken, offering less support to the joints. The good news is that you can reduce joint pain and your risk of injury with a few relatively simple measures that help protect joint health. Stay Active Muscle and bone mass are easily lost as we age, so the old saying “use it or lose it’’ is never more true than it is in your senior years. Your joints need strong support from the muscles that surround them to maintain stability and smooth function, so weakening in those muscles can lead to joint pain, as well as increasing risk of knee or hip injury. If you already suffer with joint pain, strengthening those muscles can help reduce your symptoms. Regular exercise also helps keep bones strong. Remember the best things in life are FREE “eg” walking, swimming, cycling all help greatly to keep you mobile and away from injury. Eat Well Your body needs plenty of calcium and vitamin D to maintain bone strength. Muscles need protein to keep them strong and nutrients like B-complex vitamins, magnesium, potassium and vitamin C for proper function. Omega-3s and vitamin E are important for joint health. A well balanced diet is the best source of all the nutrients your body needs. Avoid Joint Injury Hip injury, in particular, can have a huge impact on your life. It is one of the leading causes of disability in seniors. Maintaining joint health can prevent the need for joint replacement surgeries, which are very common in seniors. While these procedures are generally very safe and effective, they do have risks and recovery can be a long, intense process. So remember some activity is better than no activity and your body will always thank you for it. This article is for information purposes ONLY and should not be used as a diagnostic tool. Always consult with your medical adviser or G.P. on all medical matters. Should you require any further information, have any other question that you may want answered or would prefer a one to one FREE consultation then please contact Kevin on 96 676 5686 or 605 306 129 or email him on sitam66@yahoo.co.uk.


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3 2 1 - Back in the Room Hi, I’m Julian Davidson and I’ve been coming regularly to the Costa Blanca for many years and have now finally moved here permanently. I am originally from Nottingham where I ran a very successful accredited hypnotherapy centre covering 1:1 and group therapy sessions as well as developing a training school. I have taught over 100 students and am also an NCH (National Council of Hypnotherapist) supervisor for other therapists. I abide with their codes of ethics and good practice.

Having many years of experience I bring with me my own personal and unique approach to therapy, specialising in analytical hypnotherapy, regression work including past life regression and healing the inner child. I also deal with stopping smoking in one session as well as bereavement, insomnia, confidence building, stress, pain management, fears and phobias. Hypnosis is a natural state of mind, sometimes mistakenly thought of as sleep, unconsciousness or losing control. In truth it is an altered state where the conscious mind is by-passed and the sub-conscious mind can be accessed. The sub-conscious mind can access emotions, past events, facts and information, causes of feelings, behaviours and attitudes; these can be strengthened and changed according to the client’s needs. I offer an initial free private and confidential consultation where we can discuss your questions, concerns, needs and desired outcomes. In most cases we can move on to fulfilling these on the same day following the consultation but sometimes an appointment may be necessary. I invite you to have a look at my website: www.Juliandavidson.com where you can hear my voice as I explain more about my unique style of hypnotherapy and also browse for more information. If you wish to make an appointment please call 678 323 659. It is my sincere hope that I will be able to assist you in your journey towards fulfilling your potential.

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Revitalise your skin with Dermaroller Do you buy fancy expensive rejuvenating face creams which at best have very little true effect? Then welcome to DERMAROLLER - collagen induction therapy by microneedling. Now is the time of year for skin rejuvenation when the weather is cooler and sun-damage is minimal. From age about 35 onwards (and in some people before) the quality of our skin starts to diminish due to the effects of Ø sun Ø lifestyle Ø flagging hormones Dermaroller is without doubt very effective at countering this trend. Natural and safe, it is effective at stimulating your skin’s own power of rejuvenation, thus increasing production of Ø new cells in general Ø stem cells Ø tiny blood vessels Ø collagen in what is effectively a global skin reconstruction and renewal process. Dermaroller is also used for ….acne scars, pigmentation, scars, aged skin, stretch marks, large pores and fatty skin. During the treatment the skin is rolled excessively with a microneedle roller, after applying a surface anaesthetic gel for

45mins. The fine Dermaroller needles are designed to give maximum stimulus at the optimum depth. Deeper Skin peels are now somewhat contra-indicated as they attempt to destroy the outer most protective layer of your skin. In contrast the Dermaroller stimulates a highly constructive influence from the deeper layer of skin which later shows on the skin surface. The first Dermaroller treatment can achieve a 40% skin improvement and subsequent treatments 20%. A maintenance session can be done yearly. In addition it can be complement with mesotherapy for a greater effect – the mesotherapy will add essentials factors and hyaluronic acid which supplies the skin with rejuvenating nutrients. It goes without saying that sun protection, a healthy diet and lifestyle, and safe natural hormone supplements where appropriate all have their own positive effects on the skin. Be warned… Cheap copies of Dermaroller can be found but they can, and may cause scaring due to poor/inadequate quality design and orientation of the needles. Dermaroller is a medical skin treatment and should be undertaken professionally with top quality Dermarollers. Visit http://www.original-dermaroller.de and read more about this superb skin treatment.

Bring this article to claim 10% discount on your Dermaroller treatment. Vouchers available for gifts. Christmas Special 20% discount available also on Botox and fillers until the end of January. Article supplied by Dr KAREN GARDNER, from Clinica Dental la Plaza, JAVEA. If you have any questions regarding this article please call 96 646 1120 for an appointment or visit website www.clinicadentallaplaza.com.


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THE POWER OF EATING PFC EVERY 3 “How do I create a balanced meal?” So I wanted to write a quick article sharing the 3 steps to create a balanced meal. These 3 steps are so simple that once you understand them you’ll immediately have the knowledge and skill set to quickly create a balanced meal anywhere in the world. Step 1: Balance Your Plate with Your Optimal Portion Sizes The goal for each meal is to be ready to eat (a tad hungry) when it’s time to eat and satisfied (comfortable) after each meal. If you’re starving before a meal, you waited too long to eat, your blood sugar is too low and you’re burning muscle. If you’re full after a meal, you ate too many calories, your blood sugar is too high and you’re storing fat.

Many times protein is the nutrient that gets neglected in meals, especially in grab n go meals. To ensure each meal is properly balanced, focus on building your meals in this order. Step 3: Add Free Foods to Keep Your Meals Exciting and Flavour Packed Boring and tasteless meals are never fun to eat! The moment you are bored with your food is the moment you are about to fall off your nutrition plan. There are tons of flavour packed free foods that are low in calories, sodium and refined sugar. Feel free to choose from any salt free herbs, spices, as well as low sugar and calorie sauces, vinaigrettes, and of course load up on greens.

Carbs! We love them! Step 2: Choose Your Protein First, Fat Second and Carbs Third in Each Meal PFC Every 3 means eating a balance of protein, fats and carbs every 3 hours. All three nutrients are essential in maintaining balanced blood sugar levels.

For more information and a complete diet setup contact us at peterblaidd@gmail.com or go to www.peterblaidd.es.


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The Christmas Present that keeps on giving for 12 full months Probably the most thoughtful gift you can buy anybody.... membership of a Private Ambulance Service.... for just €50 for them and their family FOR A WHOLE YEAR. The monetary cost of a gift is definitely not everything. It truly is the thought that counts, and nothing says “I care about you” more than this present. Throughout almost the whole of Costa Blanca North the Asociacion Amigos Europeos de Javea (AAEdJ) provides a private ambulance service akin to Intensive Care Units on wheels. Membership of the AAEdJ gives peace of mind, a sense of well being, and it could very well mean the difference between life and death in the event of an accident or illness. What more reassuring present could you possibly give? The AAEdJ started in Javea, its Head Office is still based there (hence its name) but in fact whether you are in Albir, Benissa, Calpe, Denia...etc the AAEdJ will most likely cover your local area. Including the Inland areas. Call Laure Bolufer the Registration Manager on 96 579 6099 from 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday to check. Laure will work with you to pinpoint exactly where your house is on the map, and establish the fastest routes to it, and this and other information will be stored in their system. So what does this actually mean? Simply put it means that your address details, your medical records, your current medication levels and your personal details will all be carried in the onboard computers throughout their fleet of ambulances. If a member is taken ill at home, or elsewhere, an AAEdJ ambulance will rush to them, give emergency assistance and then speed them to the most appropriate hospital for their condition. Compare this response - and don´t get us wrong, we understand their budget and logistic constraints - with the ordinary Spanish state ambulance service, where if an ambulance is already out on a call, you will simply have to wait your turn. During 2017 once again more British families than ever have signed up to be members at AAEdJ. Maybe this is because of all the promotion we at Female Focus have done to promote their invaluable service. Or maybe it is because of the increasing uncertainty about healthcare provision in Spain following the Brexit vote. But it is a very clear indication of all of our general desires to protect ourselves, our families, our loved ones and our friends. For just €50 for a family for the whole of a year having this private emergency ambulance service available 24/7 for all 365 days of the year gives massive protection and peace of mind. What a wonderful Christmas present to get for yourself, your family, your relations or your friends. The Head Office of AAEdJ is located at Avenida Juan Carlos 1, No 69, 03730, Jávea. (24 hr emergency telephone number 96 579 6099.) Email: amigos_europeos@yahoo.es. The telephone number for Laure Bolufer the Registration Manager is 96 579 6099 from 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday.


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HELP Vega Baja Christmas Appeal In addition to the remarkable donations that the charity makes throughout the year to support people in need, this year the committee of HELP Vega Baja have decided to take it one step further and launched a Christmas Appeal. The charity is appealing for people to join them to make Christmas a little better for those who do not have the resources to buy fresh food or any “treats” for Christmas by helping to fill the charity shopping trolley with food to be distributed for the holiday season. Not happy to stop there, they are also looking to collect gifts for the elderly who may be alone throughout the festivities. President of the charity, Michele Masson said “by working closely with social services we are aware that there are many families in the area who struggle, particularly this time of the year and with the support of the community we would like to do something to show that they are not forgotten. If everyone, for example, bought just one item for the trolley it could make such a huge difference and a small gift included on your list for an elderly person would help them see that people are thinking of them. In the brief time since we have launched this appeal we have already received tremendous support from local businesses who have agreed to act as drop off points for the appeal. These are in addition to our offices in San Miguel, Torrevieja and La Marina, where people can also leave gifts, non-perishable food etc. We hope that more businesses will join in and support our Christmas Appeal. If anyone would like to help or is looking for their nearest drop off point, simply call our San Miguel Centre on 96 672 3733. More information can be found on the HELP Vega Baja Facebook page and website at www.helpvegabaja.com.


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Hair Transplant Dear Dr Poole, I have been thinking about having a hair transplant. I have gone naturally bald, at quite an early age, I am 35, and it embarrasses me. Can you please tell me about the procedure. How painful is it, how long does it take, will the new hair look natural, and will it last or will I have to go through the whole thing again in the future? Many thanks, Mr H from Calpe.

Information supplied by Dr. I. Poole, Clinica El Arenal. Found at Av. Arenal 2, Jávea. Tel: 96 579 2418 clinicaarenal@gmail.com

Hello Mr. H, Unfortunately to most, losing hair is part of any man’s life and this is an ongoing process that starts with puberty and is very much related to hormonal and genetic conditions. Male hormones such as testosterone induce the growth of hair follicles all over the body but it will reduce it, sometimes drastically, over the head. Hair can be transplanted from areas such as the back of the head were follicles are more resistant, to the frontal and parietal areas where it is missing. The techniques vary but mostly consist of taking the follicles one by one or in small groups. It is normally done in one session under local anaesthesia and the patient can go back home the same day. There will be certainly some amount of swelling in the initial 3-4 days after which normal life can be resumed wearing a cap. Pain killers and/or antibiotics may be needed. The now transplanted hair implants may eventually lose the contained hair in the root but new hairs will develop and begin to show as early as ten days later. It will take about 2-3 months until hair has grown back again. It used to be a tiring operation for the surgeon as the follicles have to be taken and then implanted one by one but in recent years a machine has been made to ease the job. It has to be handled by the surgeon who carefully selects the best follicles and then “punches” and vacuums them one by one. The device stores them and then they are re-implanted in the established order. In recent years hair implant procedures have become a speciality of their own in cosmetic surgery, and therefore some clinics, who only dedicate to it, have this sort of equipment. There are countries like Turkey where there has been reported an increase of “Health tourism” because of this and they make extraordinary offers that include the whole operation, the stay in a local hotel and the flight for around 2000€. Figures talk of at least 200.000 Spaniards having been treated so far in that country and a lot more from other European countries and the results seem to be as good as the ones done locally. The results are lasting enough to say that are permanent but hair will still fall in some of the non treated areas and may require some additional “top up” or if the patient wants it more abundant, a second session can be performed one year later. In any case, my feeling is that although it seems unfortunate to lose hair at the age of 35, nowadays I don’t think that is a reason to be embarrassed. Hair is no longer the sign of youth as it was in the 60s, the looks of “modern balds” like Jason Statham or Bruce Willis who shave their heads, can be seen as highly attractive.


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Give the gift of a new career this Christmas It’s that time of year when people start to think about what they would really like. And not just material possessions either. The impending New Year also creates a chance to consider what makes us happy and what changes we can make. Perhaps you are bored in your current job or finding that you can’t find work to really satisfy you? Or maybe you are just about to finish school and don’t know where to move to next? “Hairdressing, the best career in the world to be in” - Patrick Cameron. In a recent survey conducted by the examiner City & Guilds, regarding happiness at work in the UK, hairdressers literally appear to be a cut above the rest! Two out of five hairdressers say they are very content in their job, and Michael Osbaldeston of City & Guilds says there are plenty of reasons why this should be the case. “It is the relationship they have with their client which makes the job what it is,” he said. “Hairdressers feel appreciated by making people feel and look good. Many hairdressers also have the opportunity to be their own bosses which also reflects highly people’s happiness.”

TREAT A LOVED ONE OR YOURSELF! So if there is someone in your life who would benefit from a fresh start or the chance to improve or add to existing skills, call in and speak to Jo Black about the many training options available. Give the gift of happiness in a new career - Gift vouchers available for all NVQ courses starting in January and payment plans are an option on all courses. For more information please call Jo Black at KRU on 96 646 3970 or 615 259 685.

TRY A CAREER IN HAIR, BEAUTY, NAILS OR BARBERING For more information about The KRU  Hair and Beauty Academy and the NVQ qualifications (the British Qualification) please visit the www.kruhairsalon.com website. They will be offering courses in hairdressing, barbering, beauty and nails all culminating in a recognised VTCT NVQ qualification ... and a job you can carry anywhere in the world. Robert L. May created Rudolph in 1939, as an assignment for Chicago-based Montgomery Ward. The retailer had been buying and giving away colouring books for Christmas every year and it was decided that creating their own book would save money. May considered naming the reindeer “Rollo” or “Reginald” before deciding upon using the name “Rudolph. Rudolph almost didn’t have a red nose either: At the time, a red nose was a sign of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward thought Rudolph would look like a drunkard!


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One Year On ....and ....the results speak for themselves This time last year we were introducing CLUB F!T’s 2017 GetFit New Year´s Challenge. Well, what a success it was, with all 8 challengers not only making it to the end of the Challenge, but also feeling so happy with the training they receive at CLUB F!T that they have all remained members at the CLUB F!T. This result speaks volumes that at CLUB F!T they do something special. Two of the Challengers were Ian Bullough and Maja Griesser who are pictured here, both of whom readily volunteer to tell Female Focus about the past year. Ian Bullough: “Readers may recall that back in 2016 whilst skippering a yacht near Formentera I was suddenly and severely taken ill with a broken oesophagus, which was a very serious condition. After 2 emergency helicopter flights and 9 weeks in intensive care, I was not an ‘ordinary’ Fitness Challenger for the team here at CLUB F!T to work with, because many of my muscles had wasted away and I was desperately needing to regain some muscle power and improve my overall strength and health. Well I am just ever so grateful for what CLUB F!T has done for me. My breathing has improved, I have put some weight back on, my muscle strength has been rebuilt, and also CLUB F!T has brought fun and hope back into my weekly regime. My favourite classes are the ‘Drumbeats’, ‘Cardio Class’, ‘Boxing Classes’ and the ‘Pilates Class’. In particular Pilates has helped me to strengthen my breathing, which was so necessary after my illness. On the social side, the staff and the other members at CLUB F!T have really helped me to get my mojo back. I have met so many nice people here. CLUB F!T is a different type of gym and it has been great making English, German and Spanish friends.” Maja Greisser: “My reason for taking part in last year’s New Year Challenge was that I was having balance and equilibrium problems, meaning that I couldn’t walk that much. On starting the Challenge I noticed how attentive the training staff are, always watching what you are doing and making sure that you are safe and doing the exercises properly. I enjoy all the classes, my favourite ones being ‘Pilates’, ‘Drumbeats’ and the ‘Jumping’ Class all of which always put me in a good mood. Overall my balance and health has much improved. As someone who always loved to horse-ride and play golf, I can highly recommend CLUB F!T. I say to people don’t complain about ‘this and that hurting’, do something good for yourself. CLUB F!T has been great for me, I highly recommend it to everyone.” And now for the exciting news that following such success last year, CLUB F!T WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THEIR

‘2018 GetFit New Year’s Challenge’.

Open to SIX lucky Female Focus readers the 2018 GetFit Challenge will be for 6 weeks, commencing 7th January. All participants will need to be

able to come to CLUB F!T 3 to 4 times a week, must be over the age of 18, and have a fitness goal in mind to reduce body fat, regain muscle, lower their blood pressure, suffer less back pain or similar. For the six weeks the successful participants will have access to all the CLUB F!T facilities and programmes, receive training free of charge, receive 2 free GET F!T t-shirts, receive free dietary recommendations, have free pre and post assessments, and there will even be prizes at the end of the challenge. SO IF YOU ARE UP FOR THE CHALLENGE then call 602 211 051, make an appointment and get yourself along to CLUB F!T to register as an applicant. 6 lucky Female Focus readers will be chosen to participate in the Challenge. Closing date for entries is 23rd December. CLUB F!T is very easy to find, located 5 minutes away from the LIDL store in Jávea, at Centro Comercial Monver, at Calle Roma No 3. Good luck, happy training, and Female Focus wishes you great success in your challenge.


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“I don’t know what to get them.....” How many times have we heard these words, or said them ourselves? “I don’t know what to get him...”, “I don’t know what to get her...” or “Dad’s impossible to buy for...” or the like. And it is doubly hard with us being based in Spain ...not only do we have to think of a suitable present, but we also have to get it ordered and delivered too! PROBLEM SOLVED: Rockbox is a very special and unique gift giving service which makes all the difference. Receiving a Rockbox creates a truly memorable moment for the recipient. The Rockbox packaging is exquisite, with beautiful wrapping and presentation, the products are gorgeous and the attention to detail screams quality and class. The cards are hand-written, the pre-selected boxes are thoughtfully selected and if you wish you can personalise each box by adding an extra item or two ...or you can choose to make a complete box from scratch for that hard-to-buy-for person. Rockboxes start from £25.00 and can be bought at http://www.rockboxrocks.co.uk. And as a special offer for all Female Focus readers if you quote SPAINROCKS you will receive FREE standard shipping within the UK (valid until 31st Dec 2017). Here are 3 lovely examples of possible Rockboxes, there are many more on the website:

Winter Warmers - £56.99 · Katie Loxton Cable Knit Bobble Hat · Katie Loxton Cable Knit Gloves · Hobo Soy Candles Orange Spice Tin · All About Tea Christmas Blend

Resolutions Rock - £53.99 · Hey Holla Tote Bag · Hey Holla Gym Towel · Water Bobble Container · Raw Halo Chocolate - ‘Mylk + Goji Berry and Vanilla’

Christmas Cheers - £49.99 · Men’s Society ‘Five o’Clock’ Hip Flask · Men’s Society Cast Iron Bottle Opener · Creighton’s Chocolate ‘Starry Nightcap’


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The first results are in, and they are amazing! Since the opening of the Midas Touch only a few weeks ago, the first clients who have undergone the Cryolipolysis (fat freezing) treatments have been back for their 6 week review. Although the Cryolipolysis treatment itself only takes 45 minutes, the fat cells take time to be expelled from the body. To see the true result of a treatment the final review is after 12 weeks but even at the halfway point the results are clear to see. All clients who have been back for their 6 week review have lost 2 inches from their problem area.

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As the photos (right) shows our male client has had his “love handles” treated and he is delighted with the initial results. He explained that ‘Absolutely incredible’ results even though he goes to the gym and is happy with the rest of his body he has never been able to shift the stubborn fat from his hips. “Absolutely incredible” he said “it was so quick and easy and now the fat is just disappearing as time goes by, I thoroughly recommend it.” A female client has had her flanks treated and the improvement is obvious in the photos (left). She is delighted and is planning to have other areas treated. “Finally I am on the way to the shape I want to be, after only 1 treatment and at the halfway point I am thrilled.”

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So don’t wait, contact the Midas Touch today to arrange your FREE Cryolipolysis consultation. You won’t be disappointed. Find the Midas Touch at Avda Amanecer 21, Jávea Old Town (opposite Mercadona) or call 96 579 9954.

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Roast pumpkin, sweet potato and carrot soup Simple classic, winter warmer for when the weather turns cold. This soup is great on Christmas day as a starter or a light lunch during the festive season. Roasting the veggies adds to the natural sweetness of the soup, the sugars in the vegetables caramelise beautifully. Ingredients 2kg pumpkin, sweet potato and carrot 4 garlic cloves, unpeeled 1 onion, chopped 3 tbsp oil 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper 1 litre vegetable stock Harrisa, optional Greek yogurt, optional Chopped coriander Time: 20 minutes prep, 45 minutes to cook. Makes/Serves 6 Recipe - Preheat oven to 200°C Gas Mark 6. - Wash, peel and chop the vegetables into 2cm cubes. - Place the vegetables along with the garlic on a baking/ roasting tray, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with 2 tablespoons of oil. Toss to coat. - Heat the remaining oil in a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the onion until soft. Add the turmeric and stock. - Once the vegetables have roasted; remove the garlic from the skin, add the garlic and roasted vegetables to the onion mix. - Simmer the soup mixture and cook covered for 15 minutes. - Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly, blend until smooth. - Serve with chopped coriander a dollop of yoghurt or for added heat a swirl of harissa. TIPS: Serve with sourdough bread with butter. Pumpkin seeds can be roasted and sprinkled on the soup before serving.

Curry On Cooking Indian Masterclasses - New dates for 2018 15th - 20th Feb 2018 and 12th - 17th April 2018 Relax, unwind, feed and nurture your mind, body and soul in beautiful and tranquil surroundings of AKINON RESORT in La Nucia, Spain with CURRY ON COOKING’s Spice Sisters. This 6-day retreat offers an excellent introduction to the colourful and inspiring cuisine of India. Learn about Indian spices and their healing properties; master staples such as bread, cheese, yogurt, ghee and curry making in a modern teaching kitchen. Plus experience the gifts of nature this beautiful resort has to offer paired with yoga, mindfulness, relaxing spa treatments and delicious food. For further information please email keepcalm@curryoncooking.com or info@akinonresort.com. Recipe supplied by The Spice Sisters - www.curryoncooking.com.

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VIVA ESPAÑA! Journalist and broadcaster Jack Troughton plays ‘Johnny Foreigner’ and casts an eye over Spain and focuses on stories that serve as a gentle reminder he remains an Englishman abroad.

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he cat and mouse game of politics played out in the short-lived Republic of Catalonia has given way to another family favourite board game, snakes and ladders; and the independence leaders appear to be on the slippery slope of a giant anaconda. The Spanish government allowed the Catalan parliament in Barcelona a long lead; Carles Puigdemont and his team rolled the dice, won a highly controversial referendum in October – ruled illegal by Madrid ahead of the vote - and moved forward to land on a snake’s head and whoosh... down, down, deeper and down. Mr Puigdemont and four colleagues are now in exile in Belgium and facing extradition back to Spain; other leaders have been arrested in Catalonia and now face charges of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. It may not be gunpowder, treason and plot but given the time of year, the 17th Century attempt to unseat James I and his parliament did come to mind. No one would dare suggest the hundreds of thousands taking to the streets to demonstrate are driven by anything but heartfelt emotion. However, it is also worth remembering there are two sides to this complex story; every march in support of a breakaway flying the flag of an independent Catalonia (incorporating the star of revolutionary Cuba no less), is followed by a counter show of strength, people waving the Spanish flag or the historic banner of the region. Catalonia, including the beautiful Costa Brava and a number of historic cities, is a huge magnet for visitors. It is a cultural land of plenty, the home of artist Salvador Dali and architect Antoni Gaudi. The capital, Barcelona, is simply a joy to discover and home to one of the world’s most famous football clubs; and then things got messy.

The region has its own language and traditions – Spain, like England was once a country of separate kingdoms – but during the last century was brutally repressed under the fascist regime of General Franco. Come the return of democracy, it became one of the autonomous regions. However, there an independence movement has slowly crept up to the fore. The call to go it alone has been built on the sense of pride of being a Catalan and living in an area roughly equivalent to a country the size of Belgium. Independence groups believe the region – one of the country’s most affluent - gives too much and receives too little back from Madrid. Catalonia has a population of about 7.5 million, 16% of the Spanish population live there. Economically, around 25% of Spain’s exports come from the region; Catalonia produces 19% of Spain’s gross domestic product; and 20% of total investment into Spain goes there. In the run up to the 1st October ballot, polls revealed an apparent equal split between the population in favour of going it alone and those wanting to remain a part of Spain. There were calls for an ‘official’ referendum to serve as a ‘once and for all’ decider; the name Scotland and its own ‘Indyref’ were frequently quoted (Even though as a one in a lifetime vote, Scottish nationalists are now calling for Indyref2). Madrid was having none of it. The moves towards the ballot were ruled illegal by the Constitutional Court. The referendum was banned but the went ahead in any case – there was a turnout of about 2.2 million, 43% of the electorate and 92% of the votes cast were in favour of independence – loyalists stayed away and sat on their hands. The declaration of independence was announced, put on ice, and declared again as separatists underlined their mandate from the people. Mr Puigdemont went into exile and Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy dissolved the Catalan parliament putting Madrid in charge of the region. New regional elections are scheduled for 21st December and if not exactly a de facto legal referendum, it is hoped will end what the PM has described as “havoc”. And to make matters even more complex, it now appears that Spain was hit by ‘fake news’; millions of false social media messages designed to spread disharmony and destabilise. These are alleged to come from Russia in a propaganda war and be part of a determined cyber attack on the West... but that’s another story.


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Christmas Starts Here The annual Christmas concert, “Christmas Starts Here”, will be held in La Zenia church on Sunday 10 December at 7.30pm. It will feature the Costa’s leading chorus, In Harmony - conducted by Nigel Hopkins. This year’s concert will be extra special as included in the programme will be the Christmas music from Handel’s Messiah. This all-time favourite work has thrilled audiences for more than two and a half centuries and will be a special feature of this concert. Included in this Christmas celebration will be many Christmas songs and carols heard in the best cathedrals around the world, and will include many favourite carols especially for audience participation. This year Nigel Hopkins’ choirs reached a charity fundraising total of 50,000€, and a substantial donation from this concert will benefit La Zenia church. Tickets are 10€ each, and are available only from La Ponderosa Gift Shop at La Zenia C.C. (next to Consum). Places are limited so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

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Thank you and Merry Christmas from HELP Murcia Mar Menor

HELP Murcia Mar Menor would like to send greetings for this Christmas and best wishes for 2018 to all the people who have once again supported our Charity during 2017. It’s thanks to all of you who have donated goods and to the efforts of all our volunteers and members that we have once again been able to support the needy of the Murcia region during 2017.

TCF carol service Torrevieja Christian Fellowship (TCF) are holding their Annual Carol Service at TCF, Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas, 68, 03183. On Sunday 17 of December at 10.30am. Everyone is welcome, please bring along your family and friends. Mince pies will be served afterwards in the coffee lounge.

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The Original Charity Shop and Library Jávea Christmas Raffle Tickets are now on sale for the Original Charity Shop and Library Christmas Raffle. Once again local businesses and sponsors have been very generous. There are lots of fabulous prizes to be won: A 122cm TV, a gorgeous hamper filled with Christmas goodies, a tablet, vouchers for hairdressing, beauty treatment and restaurants, wine, chocolates and many other great prizes. A strip of 5 tickets will cost you only 3€, giving you the opportunity to win a great prize and at the same time support our campaign to provide Christmas gifts for the children attending the Raquel Paya School for children with special needs. The children are already looking forward to Santa’s visit so your generous contribution will ensure that they are not disappointed. The draw takes place on Friday, 22 December, at 12 noon in the new shop on Carrer de Nancy 1, Jávea. Tickets are available in the shop or the Library in Jávea Park. We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm. For more information about us please visit our web page: www.charityshoplibrary.com or contact us at info@charityshoplibrary.com.

MOFTAG Christmas Fayre The Moftag ladies in Calpe will be holding their Christmas Fayre on Saturday 9 December at the PUB DELFIN, Damara, Calpe at 10.30am. This ever popular event is one of Moftag’s main fund raisers of the year. There will be various stalls selling homemade produce, games for adults and children and a large raffle including beautiful hampers and super gift vouchers. It is recommended that you get there early as the favourite homemade goodies sell out quickly. All the money raised is donated to various local charities like the food bank, the Red Cross, Gargasindi School and the Maite Boronat Centre. Further information is available from the President, Jenny Godfrey on 639 139 518.


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Charity events in aid of Caritas

On Friday 17 November Carol’s Kitchen held a Charity Auction to raise funds for their local Caritas Group who help and support local people within the Jávea port area. With the Help of Mick Dennison from Radio Galaxy, Brian (of Carol’s Kitchen) started the auction and the money started rolling in. With some good fun items from trinkets, to prints and vases to toys were sold to the excited bidders. With additional cash raised from food and raffle sales the total amount raised for the night was just under 900€ which was rounded up to the final total of 900€. A team from Caritas came to Carol’s Kitchen on Monday 27 November for a presentation and joined locals for a drink, whilst awarding the bar with a Caritas Plaque. Brian and Carol would like to thank every one who helped or turned up to support the worthwhile cause, on the night.

Christmas Extravaganza, Friday 15 December Join in the fun from 5.30pm at Carol’s Kitchen on the Dolphin Roundabout, Jávea Port once again in aid of Caritas. There will be stalls with gifts, jewellery, fashion, cakes and much more as well as a raffle, auction and karaoke with Christmas songs to sing along to.

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Montgó Chorale Christmas Concert Once again Montgó Chorale, under its new Musical Director, Jan Dewland, is presenting a concert of Christmas music on Sunday 10 December. The concert will be held at the beautiful Loreto church in Jávea Port. This is often referred to as the Fishermen’s Church, because of its unusual internal roof design. As is the tradition, there will be a retiring collection in aid of Caritas, the church’s charity that supports families in Jávea that are struggling financially. As usual, the choir will be singing many well-loved carols, some requiring enthusiastic participation from the audience, as well as some beautiful but less familiar items. The concert will begin at 5pm. You do not need a ticket. Simply turn up at the door, but be sure to arrive in plenty of time as the church normally fills to capacity. So, why not begin your festive season in style? Come along and join them for one of the most enjoyable and traditional of Christmas activities, while at the same time supporting a very important and worthwhile local charity. If you require any further information, please contact Jan Dewland: by phone on 96 577 0973 or by email at dewlandjan@hotmail.com.

U3A choir concert We are now rehearsing for our Christmas Concert on 9 December, in aid of AECC, Calpe. We shall be joined by Spanish members of the Centro Civico, so we are looking forward to seeing you ...and hearing you ...as there will be many Christmas Carols for the audience to join in with. Do come and join in the Christmas fun. Tickets are 6€. For more information visit www.u3acalpe.org.


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Happy Christmas from the CBBA The Costa Blanca Business Association (CBBA) is comprised of a group of local businesses, all legally registered and accountable in order to ensure you can give your business to one of our members with confidence. Supplying a wide variety of trades and services, all our members work hard to achieve our aim of providing high quality goods and services at competitive prices. If you’re in business yourself and you’re looking to increase your client base, then you really should consider joining the CBBA. The first step is to visit us at one of our fortnightly meetings and see what it’s all about. To let us know you’re interested, or to find out more about the CBBA or one of our members, please visit our website www.cbba.es. On our website you’ll find a lot more information, as well as details of how to join the leading networking and referrals group on the Costa Blanca.

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The SuperCASAfragalistic Homes Gardens & Lifestyle Show is BACK and BIGGER for 2018! It’s the biggest event on the Costas for all your Homes, Gardens, Lifestyle and Leisure time needs and we will be SPRINGING into action for the 9th edition at our stunning new venue for the Spring season 2018 at the 5* Villa Gadea Hotel in Altea, on the N332 and just off the AP 7 motorway on Friday 20 & Saturday 21 April 10am – 5pm. Jam packed with information, inspiration, products, services, fun and feature concepts, your favourites are back, such as the Tapa Trail, Crack the Safe and Pet Idol 2018! NEW for next year we are introducing a new gardening competition, Baskets in Bloom, a ‘Health Check’, brand new stylish cooking demonstrations, some wine tasting, new style workshops, and our brand new Super Raffle with some amazing prizes to be won ……and as always lots, lots more! This Show keeps GROWING year on year! As GM Promotions keep planting the seeds and adding to the mix to make each show more informative, creative and fun. We are delighted to announce this Show will be FREE Entry! Put the dates in your diary and watch this space over the next few months as we keep you updated here in the Female Focus as we get ready to BLOOM into action next Spring. BOOK YOUR STAND NOW! Be part of it and showcase your business, products and services to thousands of visitors as we provide the inspiration, information, fun, feature concepts, cooking demos, talks/ presentations and NEW for 2018……. Interactive Workshops! This is the perfect platform to promote your products and services in style! If your business is related to anything homes, gardens, lifestyle and the leisure industry, or fiscal and financial and even health and beauty then this is the Show for you. We provide the fun and feel good factor ensuring our visitors have a truly great Show experience. We are pulling out all the stops to create another super Show in our new stunning location. See www.gmpromotions.es, FB: GM Promotions, FB: Homes Gardens and Lifestyle Show, telephone: 695 399 841 or email gina@gmpromotions.es for the floor plans and prices.

NEW for 2018 – Hands up if you are a keen gardener! Put your blooms pride of place in the Homes Gardens & Lifestyle Show’s miniature gardening competition! You can enter your green fingered feature into our Baskets in Bloom competition. Show off your green fingered talents by entering your creation at the Homes Gardens & Lifestyle Show - styles acceptable are feature mini gardens, hanging baskets, flower and plant arrangements in containers no bigger than 60 x 60 centimetres. Entries to be delivered to the hotel Thursday 19 April, the judging will take place on Friday at the Show, and the winners announced and prizes awarded on Saturday 21 April at 4.30pm in the outdoor/garden area. For an application form email gina@gmpromotions.es.

It was soooo popular and cute it’s back - PET IDOL 2018. Is yours the Purrrfect Pet? With the Ahhhhh Factor for our Pet Photo Competition ‘Pet Idol 2018’? This one is for all of the animal lovers out there and it’s time for our furry friends to shine! We would love to receive your cutest, funniest pictures of your pets to show in our Pet Photo Gallery at the HG & L Show in Salon Mediterraneo, stand area No 68. Have you got the cutest cat, for our Cat Category, or a delightful dog, for the Dog Category or another furry or feathered friend for the General Animal Category? Email your animal photos to office@gmpromotions.es with your name, the pets name and age and we will display them at the Show, for everyone to be able to say Ahhhh!! The visiting public will be voting for our Pet Idol Star 2018! Could your Purrrfect Pet be our first prize winner!?


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Marina Alta Costa Blanca Floral Club Our Christmas Demonstration is on Thursday 7 December at the Salon de Actos, La Senieta, Moraira, when we look forward to welcoming Ann Marie Kendrick on her first visit to our club. Ann Marie did her NAFAS training in Norwich, and besides being a “fun lady” she is very generous with her time and knowledge. A National Demonstrator, Speaker and Teacher, she enjoys taking part in floral competitions and flower festivals, including Chelsea Flower Show and she has also helped decorate Westminster Abbey. Ann Marie will be bringing us a “A Touch of Sparkle”, and before this the Club will be offering all members and guests a glass of Christmas Cheer and a mince pie to help set the scene. We will be drawing the lucky winners of our Christmas Hamper Raffle, which is in aid of Charity, and tickets will be available on the day for those who haven’t managed to buy them beforehand. We will also have tickets for our Open Demonstration with Sean Murray on Tuesday 23 January, when Sean will be giving a Presentation on “The Great Chelsea Garden Challenge”. Sean will also be doing a floral demonstration on 25 January. Doors open at 2pm and entrance for members is 5€ / Visitors 8€. Please note that doors will close at 2.45pm. Our flowers are supplied by PAICHI Garden Centre, and you could be one of the lucky folk going home with one of the beautiful exhibits. For further information contact Pat on 96 647 1526 or visit our website: www.marinaaltafloralclub.com. You can also follow us on Facebook. We look forward to seeing you.

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The end of another year is upon us. Time to sit back and enjoy some free time. Hopefully we won’t get any bad storms in the time since I have written this article, but providing you have already cut back your trees you will be in a good position to relax. Gardens can be a lot of work, but as said last month, you must remember to enjoy your garden space, don’t just make going into the garden all about work. This is where having fun social and secret spaces within your garden give you more of an incentive to sit and enjoy. If you are thinking about a new garden or a change to your existing garden the one thing I would suggest to do is to try and make the garden and the house more of one space which works together. If you are designing a new house or house reform this idea is especially good. Not only does it appear to increase the size of your house, it always creates a serenity and a link to the garden and landscape beyond. Part of what I do as a garden designer is to allow customers to explore possibilities they have maybe not explored. So, if you are looking at doing a project with your property we are always available to go through your design options and work with your architect and builder to create a complete package - not just a house and a garden but a property project that works seamlessly together.

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Easy ways to create a connection to your garden from inside to outside is via the use of larger doors or bifold doors allowing you to open the house as required. From the outside one of the easiest way to make your house part of your garden is the use of a pergola that matches the architectural style of your house. continued on next page

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This connects the two elements together. So, remember, if you want to create the best project call Charlesworth Gardens to come and meet with you and your architect from the beginning to get the best for you, your home and your garden. continued from previous page

Plants of the month: Just to start I will be a little cliché, Poinsettia, Euphorbia Pulcherima. Coming in a huge variation of colours now, these brilliant festive plants are always wonderful to look at. They can be planted in your garden here although they can be a bit of a challenge to grow and remember they only look good at this time of year. Much like the Bougainvillea remember the parts that look like petals are bracts and the flower is the very small bit in the middle.

Just to be a little less cliché a good plant of the month is. Osteopsermum or Dimorphotheca as it is called in Spain. Again, it is an easy, cheap and colourful plant that doesn’t need a lot of work, prune it back around September / October as this plant grows later in the season to flower now through December and January. They are normally in the annuals section at the garden centre, but you will get three to four years growth from them and they often self-seed, so they can be nice thrown across banks etc and with a quick beating back at the right time of year they will be a mass of colour. If you ever have any questions, you can either email them directly to me at info@charlesworthgardens.com or drop a message to the editor, with your questions and gardening problems. All that is left for me to say is thanks for reading, have a great Christmas, a wonderful New Year and look forward to a great 2018. For more information please give us a call on 696 283 704, email info@charlesworthgardens.com or visit www.charlesworthgardens.com and www.floresgardencentre.com.


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Costa Blanca Gardeners’ Circle The next meeting of the Gardeners’ Circle will be held on Wednesday 13 December at 2.30pm. The venue is La Senieta in Moraira next to the town car park where there is ample parking. Last month we all enjoyed a presentation on New Zealand by Sue and Nigel Bentley. On our next meeting we welcome Rocio Rodriguez to advise us on pruning our garden shrubs and trees. This is particularly relevant at this time of year and gardener Rocio is very knowledgeable. There will be our usual raffle and plant sales of members’ excess plants from their own gardens. The competition is ‘An Arrangement of Berries’. All members and friends welcome. All information is on our web site costablancagardeners.weebly.com.

Antiques and Collectibles Fair Wednesday 6 December is the Christmas Fair at Salon Canor, Calle Assagador,Teulada 03724. The fair will be well represented by a wide variety of Antique, Vintage, Retro and Collectibles. We open at 9am until 3pm. Parking and entrance are free. Come and support our charities, AKIRA, CAM, was EMAUS, and The Charity Shop Calpe. Food and drink available all day at the bar. Enquiries to Paul or Sue 96 573 2741 or 626 795 587. #

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All you need to know … Night and Day Blinds Night and Day blinds are a decorative and innovative blind relatively new to the market, but proving to be a very popular choice. Men are fascinated by the mechanism, and us women, well we just think they look good and let’s face it, that’s all that counts! Practical and Functional; 2 in 1 This blind has the same look as a roller blind but combines the features of both a roller and a venetian blind giving you the ability to control the amount of light or shade entering a room. The fabric used to make the blinds cleverly combines both translucent and opaque horizontal stripes which roll around a bottom weight to create 2 layers of fabric. The simple operation of the blind allows the stripes of fabric to pass over one another to create various levels of light and shade. Closing the blind in the “opaque – opaque” position gives complete privacy, whilst the “translucent – opaque” position allows natural light to filter through creating a sophisticated striped effect whilst maintaining a level of privacy. The blinds themselves can be raised or lowered to partially or fully cover a window, and just like roller blinds they are compact giving a really versatile solution to dressing your window. Stylish Fabrics These blinds come in a great range of fabrics, from stylish and contemporary neutrals to modern printed designs, from coloured options in matt or shot through with metallic thread to more sophisticated options with tiny pleated finishes, whatever the style of your property there is a fabric to suit. The standard size of the stripes is approximately 7-8cm which is perfect for a normal sized window. However on a large expanse this can look fussy and for this situation larger striped designs are the perfect solution with stripes up to 20 in depth giving the most amazing effect when lowered. Aesthetically Pleasing As an added extra to the blinds, they can be made pre-housed in a clever cover that hides the mechanism, or for a more decorative feature they can be combined with the clean lines of a coordinating upholstered or aluminium finish pelmet. Adding a metallic chain and decorative counterweight can also add some class, or the blind can be used as the practical part of a more decorative combination with sheers, curtains or dress curtains, even those already installed. If you think Night and Day blinds might prove a good solution for you, then simply pop to our studio to see the complete range of fabrics and to have a play with the mechanism (particularly suited to husbands!) or give us a call to book a no obligation home visit. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Akira Dog Sanctuary

The Akira board would like to wish all members, volunteers, supporters and sponsors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We sincerely thank you ALL for your help and support during 2017. The shelter is located on the Poligono Industrial Estate, off the N332 between Benissa and Teulada (near the Eco Park) Tel: 657 689 567, www.akira-animals.com.

Quark is a beautiful and playful kitten. Shelter open every Sunday 10am - 12pm or call Luisa 648 100 629. Aldea Felina Denia Cat Protection League. For information on other animals for adoption please visit www.aldeafelina.es. Meet Derek, a 3yr old Labrador mix. Castrated and sociable. Life in the shelter is taking its toll. He needs a home either foster or permanent. Contact Sue Lundgren: suederek@live.co.uk. If you could help volunteer walking the dogs or with building the new shelter please contact 605 575 883. APROP animal shelter, Pego.

Herman spent 6 years of his life living on a chain. He has a beautiful temperament, and is in a foster home with lots of little dogs. He is a lovely dog, great with all the other dogs, he is healthy and had everything done. For more information please call PEPA on 650 304 746 or email: p.e.p.a.animalcharity@gmail.com. This is ANDY, and his happy face is a true reflection of his friendly personality. He’s a young Husky mix who is about a year old and gets along very well with dominant females. Andy is chipped, vaccinated, and raring to be adopted. For more info or to arrange a walkie with Andy. call 657 689 567 or email akirashelter@gmail.com. Facebook: Akira Benissa Dog Sanctuary. www.akira-animals.com.

Larissa is a Russian blue cat and was rescued recently with her 6 kittens. The kittens are now weaned and now it’s time for Larissa to find her forever home. She is around 2 years old, has been sterilised and is a very affectionate girl. Call: 645 469 253. Email: info@petsinspain.com. To view more visit www.petsinspain.com.

Please email p.e.p.a.animalcharity@gmail.com or call Pat Taylor on 96 283 3325 or 605 460 828 before 15 December to book your place. On booking please advise your main and dessert choices. The starter is a selection of tapas. There will be a bumper Christmas raffle, so please do join us for a lovely start to the Christmas festivities. Perlita is about 2 years old, female and very lively and healthy. Please contact us if you would like to adopt Perlita. Feral Friends of G. Alacant (Sta.Pola). Call 697 574 199 or email: feralfriends.ga@gmail.com.

Paca, a female grey donkey approx 5-6 years old looking for her forever home. She has a lovely gentle nature very sociable and loves people. If you have space and are registered to keep a donkey please email apacprotectora@gmail.com for more informacion. www.apac-cv.com.

TAPSY, male, DOB 05.15 – 55cm. Tapsy is nice, both in looks and character. He proved positive for Leishmania which means that he will need easy medical treatment. He would make an ideal companion for someone. For more information call 618 754 635. www.apasa.eu.

Cassandra is a beautiful black and white Schnauzer cross who loves people and other dogs. She is very lively and enjoys playing. She is about 6 years old and spayed. She is used to living as an outside dog and would benefit from a home with a large garden. Please call 600 845 420. www.k9club.es.

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Happy Animales Spanien update and Christmas Party Happy Animales Spanien is a non profit charity, founder is Mona Nowak. The charity supports the animals at Finca San Miguel de Salinas, where there are at present 8 horses, 4 ponies, 8 goats, 4 pigs, 3 dogs, 21 cats, chickens, Donald and Daisy Duck and 13 geese, and they are hungry every day! On the last Saturday of each month there is an open day where you can visit the Finca and see the animals, there will be food, drinks and cake. If you would like to come and join a nice afternoon with the animals, you can also bring carrots, apples, lettuce, dog and cat food, dog and cat biscuits or a little donation, every Euro counts! Alftom have donated a Christmas hamper and tickets are on sale with the draw taking place at the Finca on Saturday 9 December. Recently an Englishman called for help as he’s very ill and wanted a good place for his 2 goats. As you can see from the picture, they are happy with the other goats now at the finca. Tina and Cheryl, two animal lovers, are going to the New Year’s Swim in the sea, to help raise money for the animals, please sponsor these two brave ladies! You can also make a donation through our bank account IBAN ES 80 0075 1055 4806 0035 0496. For more information you can become a member of our Facebook group fincasanmigueldesalinas, or call Mona 616 792 355 or email Sol: nicosolm@hotmail.com.

Our Christmas Party will be on Saturday 9 December from 13.00 -17.00. All the animals and volunteers look forward to seeing you!

K9 Animal Shelter K9 animal shelter is moving as our current shelter site is now for sale by the owner. We are moving all our animals to the Pinoso/ Raspay area. We are looking for volunteers so if you have a few hours to spare and enjoy working with people or animals, then we would love to hear from you, we have some thing to suit all skills and tastes. Please telephone 600 845 420 / 610 852 726 for more information.

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A very merry old fashioned Christmas to all our board-treaders and their supporters. Next month, the Stage Diary will be entering its 11th year of publication. Not only is it an important guide to what’s on in all regions, but is also an on-line web introduction to potential expat’s researching community life in Spain. The diary also acts as a planning guide to assist groups avoid unnecessary clashes of production dates. A c t o r s C o m m u n i t y T h e a t re Company: ACTS would like to thank all who came to support their latest venture 'Key for Two' allowing them to donate 2,000€ to the Benijofar Crisis Appeal, making a grand total of 8,000€. This play was very well received and they are all looking forward to their next venture 'Duets' a series of four short one act plays. For further information contact chairman Tony Goddard: newleaf2014@hotmail.co.uk. Cantabile Ladies Choir: The choir’s second Christmas concert will be performed on Thursday 14 December at 3pm in Los Balcones Church, Torrevieja. This is a new venue for the choir. After a well-deserved break, they will return with a new programme for 2018. They always welcome new members to this friendly ladies choir. For further information contact: valcantabile@gmail.com or 96 679 58 16. Rehearsals Fridays 2.45pm – 5pm La Siesta Church, Torrevieja. Caprice:

Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir: The choir will be performing their ever popular 'Christmas Carol Concerts' in Benitachell Church on 13 December at 7pm and Teulada Church on 15 December. Further information from Mike Evans: 96 574 4577 or email: cbmalevoicechoir@gmail.com. Jávea Players: Next production at their Studio Theatre, 22 to 27 January is, 'Are There More of You?' Written and performed by professional actress Alison Skilbeck, her characters include Claire, a bright, abandoned Ambassador’s wife with blood on her hands, Italian Sophia, who serves egg ‘n chips by day, Ossobucco and Verdi by night, Sara, the local spirit weaver and Sam a bluff northern business woman. Bookings: www.javeaplayers.com or boxoffice@javeaplayers.com. New Cardinal Theatre Group: 'Let Us Entertain You' performed over three nights was exceptionally well received and raised 2000€ for ADIMAR, an association for invalid children and the Dancing School in San Fulgencio. A special thank you to Studio32 for their immense help. The group are now looking for sound, lighting and stage management volunteers, so if you feel you could help, contact: Tom Ford: 96 679 0547. Oliva Drama and Cultural Association: ODCA are delighted to announce their recent show '4 For Autumn', raised over 1000€ for local charities Vedama and PEPA. They are now rehearsing 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' a pantomime to be staged at the Olimpia Theatre, Oliva, next February more information next month. They meet every Saturday morning in Oliva so if you are interested in joining, phone: 644 889 155 or email: olivadramagroup@gmail.com. Photo courtesy of Dave Proctor. continued on next page

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After a concert based on love in all its guises, Caprice ladies choir will be showing a different side to their repertoire in the spring with their next concert 'Just One of Those Things' which will include jazzy music by Gershwin and Cole Porter. For more details, see the website www.capriceladieschoir.com or contact musical director Aileen on 696 514 613.

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Careline Theatre: It's 'party at the panto' in Alcalali with a free glass of cava on the opening night of 'Robin Hood – The Panto'. Directed by Marian Carter, it will have all the traditional pantomime ingredients with Careline's trademark professional touch. Dates are 18 to 21 January at 8pm, with matinees on 20 and 21 January at 3pm. Contact the Box Office on: 605 181 726 and at: carelineboxoffice@gmail.com.


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Phoenix Dancers: The Phoenix Dancers and the Phoenix Babies would like to take this opportunity of wishing all its friends and s u p p o r t e r s A Ve r y H a p p y Christmas. As always they are looking for new dancers and singers for their show group. Anyone interested should get in touch with choreographer Phaedra: 607 290 896. Remember to watch the press for details for all their Christmas and New Year Shows. Rascals: The group have two venues where they will be singing Christmas songs to raise money for children's charities. Carmens Bar La Siesta on Wednesday 6 December at 2pm and San Luis Square on Saturday 9 December at 2pm. Further venues will see this happy group singing their hearts out to bring seasonal cheer and help to other charities including a Fair and annual party for the students at ALPE. Contact Jill: 96 672 7282. Rojales Pantomime Group: Tickets are now available for; 'Alibaba and the 40 Thieves' by contacting Chris at 678 212 034. Mustapha pea and Mustapha dribble played by Sue Sellwood and Dawn Lovell are two of the thieves in this pantomime which suggests plenty of slapstick and custard pie throwing. The group urgently need someone to operate their sound equipment on the nights of the show, 11, 12 and 13 January, so please contact Thelma if you can help on: 634 339 588, or rojalespantomime@gmail.com. Sounds Familiar:

The group's next production, a musical theatre version of, 'The Pirates of Penzance' is well underway and will be performed in March 2018. The show has been re-vamped with updated music, although the songs themselves have not been changed. For more information please contact Philip: 96 558 1483. S t a g e s t r u c k : Ti c k e t s f o r t h e November Charity Night sold out very quickly and there are only a few left for their 9 December show to be held at Leafs bar in DoĂąa Pepper. The night is a collection of different talent showcased by the group. Songs, comedy sketches and good old fun entertainment is promised. Hopefully the group will be able to perform a spring show in April / May. Contact Jenny on 608 129 983.

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Studio32: The group have just announced their summer show which will be the Broadway hit 'Chicago'. Provisional dates are Wednesday 29 May to Saturday 2 June at the Cardenal Belluga Theatre in San Fulgencio. Full details are on their website, www.studiothirtytwo.org. Reserved seating tickets are now on pre-order, priced at 10â‚Ź each. Call Philip on 602 474 793 or email tickets@studiothirtytwo.org. Va l l e y Vo i c e s : The choir will be performing two 'Christmas Carol Concerts' the first at Orba Church at 7pm on Friday, 8 December, jointly with the Orba Choir which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Then Monday 11 December at 7.30pm, at La Musical in Parcent with a hugely varied programme of Christmas music both old and new. Contact Jennie Tollan: 96 648 0062 or Aileen Norbury: 96 648 2382. Ve l v e t o n e s Harmony C h o i r : Following a very successful concert in November the choir are busy entertaining in different venues with their Christmas programme. They would like to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and health and happiness for 2018. Singing is good for your health and happiness, so why not pop along to El Paraiso, Torrevieja in the New Year and hear what they have to offer. Check their website for further details. www.velvetonesharmonytorreivieja.com.

If you would like your group to be included on a strictly regular monthly basis, please contact benny@female-focus.com for full details. Information updated on the 17th of every month for the following month.


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Verbos útiles - Useful verbs - The H - O of useful Spanish verbs, this is something SPANISH WORD SEARCH we had already done in our sister publication The QF Focus Magazine that proved so popular we thought we would bring it to a wider audience (with new grids), next month covering the P to R of verbs. Try and find the 20 Spanish (blue) words, remember they can go up, down, across, diagonally or even backwards and to make it harder, some letters will have been used more than once! HABER - to HAVE (to do something, auxiliary verb) HABLAR - to SPEAK HACER - to DO / MAKE INTENTAR - to TRY / ATTEMPT JUGAR - to PLAY (a game or sport) LEER - to READ LEVANTAR - to RAISE / LIFT LLAMAR - to CALL LLEGAR - to ARRIVE, COME, REACH LLEVAR - to CARRY, BRING LOGRAR - to GET, OBTAIN, to ACHIEVE, ATTAIN MANTENER - to MAINTAIN, GET MIRAR - to WATCH, LOOK AT MORIR - to DIE NACER - to BE BORN NECESITAR - to NEED, REQUIRE OCURRIR - to OCCUR, HAPPEN OFRECER - to OFFER OÍR - to HEAR OLVIDAR - to FORGET

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U3A MARINA BAIXA 2018 AGM Notice is hereby given, that the 11th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the U3A Marina Baixa, will be held in the auditorium, of the Casa del Cultura, Alfaz del Pi, on Monday 8 January 2018. Doors will open at 9.30am for a prompt 11.00am start. Please bring your membership fee in an envelope, with your name and membership number printed on the front. This year the fee is 10 euros per person. Your membership card will be your receipt.

The Marina Baixa covers the areas of Albir, Alfaz del Pi, Altea, Benidorm, Callosa, Finistrat, La Nucia, Polop and Villajoysa. New members are always welcome and we look forward to seeing you in the future. The regular monthly meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month, at the Casa del Cultura, Alfaz del Pi. Full details of meetings, groups, social activities, trips, etc. can be found on the website www.u3amarinabaixa.com.  To find out more information there is also a Facebook page. If you do not have internet access please contact their secretary Joan Flint on 96 586 1226 or mobile 663 637 167 for more information.


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With Christmas and the festive season almost here the Viva España family once again have prepared their unique and fantastic authentic Spanish celebrations for you and your family to enjoy, and this year there is an added bonus. On Saturday 23 December the fantastic Horse Show will return for one day only, with the beautiful dancing Andalucian horses complemented with flamenco dancing, and a typical Andalucian menu. The perfect day for you and your visitors to experience a truly Spanish experience you will not forget. Viva España is the perfect venue to celebrate, not only at Christmas but all year round. Their fabulous flamenco floor show is truly spectacular and paired with their excellent food it really is a memorable experience. Opened in 1977 by the parents of the present owner Jacqueline, this family run restaurant still oozes the same passion and love for authentic Valencian tradition and cuisine as it did the day it opened. It is ideal for corporate events, family parties or romantic celebrations having the space and also the intimacy to cater for all. Every Sunday lunchtime throughout the year their Flamenco Show with 3 course menu is perfect for that special occasion or when entertaining guests. Their Special Christmas Celebrations are Christmas day, New Year's Eve and Three Kings with Special Menus and of course their live Flamenco floor show and live band for dancing. Bookings are advised as it is very popular so call Jacqueline for more information and reservations on 695 161 207 or visit their website www.viva-espana.net for full menu details or email Jacqueline at info@viva-espana.net and she will be happy to send them to you. You can easily find Viva España on the N332 km 216, Oliva, just off the AP7, exit 61.


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Christmas time is (almost) here again! Crescendo International Choir have been busy since September rehearsing for their Christmas concerts. As always at Christmas, Crescendo will be singing for the residents and staff of Casa Verde Retirement Home in Almoradi. This year it will be on the morning of Friday 8 December. Then Crescendo will sing a selection of carols and Christmas music at Benijofar church on Sunday 10 December at 7.30pm. Please join us there to help raise funds for the local town hall social services who distribute food parcels with a difference to local needy families. The choir members and congregation all bring chocolate and sweet treats for the basket of ‘goodies’ which will be handed out to underprivileged families in the area, giving a little extra festive cheer. Can YOU bring a sweet treat when you come to join the carol singing? There will also be a bucket collection at the door to help the appeal. We look forward to seeing and hearing you in full voice at this festive season. Crescendo are very proud that all expenses incurred when giving a concert are paid for by Crescendo Choir members and Friends of Crescendo enabling the choir to give free concerts raising money for charity, so if you know of a charity who would like us to sing for them please contact us through our website www.crescendo-choir.com.

Calpe Beacon will have a stand at the Christmas Fair to be held in Calpe old town from Wednesday 6 December to Sunday 10 December. We will be serving mulled wine, hot chocolate, mince pies and Christmas cookies. We will also have a tombola and be selling raffle tickets for the hamper draw.

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Niamh's Santiago Challenge You might remember a recent article we published about Niamh O’Sheehan, a local singer, mother of three and eager philanthropist. Niamh’s most recent endeavour was to raise money for an electric wheelchair for a local family. A physically challenging undertaking to help someone who is physically challenged. Niamh commenced the mammoth task of walking the Camino Santiago on the 10th of October. She completed the 800+ kilometre trek 36 days later battling through pain and tears. She suffered from serious blister infections that led to hospital visits and a significant foot injury called plantar fasciitis. Niamh’s camino became a test of endurance that she did not anticipate but her stamina and determination to complete the task carried her through. On Day 23 of Niamh’s Facebook blog she writes “I have 1km to cover to get to the next town and I'm without gasoline. My backbone is broken. I'm standing on a junction that keeps offering me temptingly slow passing cars. Boots off to relieve the pressure and I hobble on. I'm pretty sure I've done some serious damage to my right underfoot. I'll deal with that later. I arrive at the stunning bridge Puente de Orbiga. It takes me 15 minutes to negotiate the cobbles. I'm completely disenchanted. It's a national fiesta and my kids are off school and I just want to go home. I've had enough. And I swear on my life. As I clumsily manoeuvre that lumpy bridge I receive a message from Candy of HELP Denia to say she has found a candidate for the electric wheelchair we are all working so hard together to purchase. He is named Juan Carlos and he lost 70% of his mobility in a car crash. His wife works but they are a low income family and don't qualify for an electric wheelchair. They have a 6 year old daughter. He is stuck in a bed. Talk about an injection of motivation right there! I painstakingly reach the other side of the bridge.” Niamh has raised €1400 but that’s not quite enough. She is reaching out one more time to all the Female Focus readers and business advertisers to dig deep in the run up to Christmas so we can give Juan Carlos and his family the gift of a lifetime. Every penny adds up and is greatly appreciated. Contact Niamh on +34 676 507 791 or PayPal niamhosheehan@hotmail.com.

U3A Vall del Pop What’s On Programme

As well as all the group activities here is a look at what we have going on into Spring of next year. 9 December – General Meeting, with Xmas Festivities. 15 December – Bring & Share Xmas party at Jalon Pensionista. Music from Mike. [Cost 6€]. 23 December – 27 December - Xmas 2017 [5 days & 4 nights] in Nerja, including trips to Malaga, Almuñecar & Frigilana. 2018 – 4 January – General Meeting. Speaker Tobias Laube – Reflexology. 26 January – Trip to Benidorm Palace. Overnight stay and show 72€. [Details to follow]. 1 February – General Meeting. Speaker Philip Ashley – Music Speaks Louder than Words. 1 March – Annual General Meeting. 19 & 20 March – Las Fallas de Valencia. Overnight stay. 5 April – General Meeting. Speaker Helen Siddal-Butchers – Psychotherapist & Counsellor. 3 May – General Meeting. Speaker Mike Rendell – The Golden Age of Piracy. 15 – 18 May – Trip to Girona Flower Festival. Visit our website, http://u3avalldelpop.com, for further details of what’s going on and of our groups.


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Preparing The Way For Christmas

Gandia Area Social Club

Like churches around the world, the Church of England on the Costa Blanca is preparing for Christmas. Advent is a season of thoughtful preparation, and increasing joy, as Christmas approaches. There are carol services and worship up and down the Costa Blanca, this year, as every year. And this year, in the northern Costa Blanca, we have an extra, and very special preparation for the joy that is to come. Our Chaplaincy is offering a presentation of “The Gift”, by Graham Kendrick. We have formed a lovely choir and will sing our little hearts out as we announce the Greatest Gift of all. It will be in an atmosphere of joyful praise. There is no charge, and no need to book for these performances. For more information please visit our website: http://costablanca-anglicanchaplaincy.org/events/.

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Anglican Chaplaincy of St Peter and St Paul, Torrevieja In addition to the normal Services there are special Services planned over the Advent and Christmas 2017 period. For more information on the workings of the Chaplaincy, activities and events – please view their website: http://www.c-of-e-torrevieja.com/wp/. Also follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ anglicantorrevieja/. The Anglican Chaplaincy extends a very warm and friendly welcome to all denominations who live in or are visiting the area and their Church Centres.

U3A Oliva is 10 years old To celebrate the first decade of the Oliva Branch of the U3A, a celebratory party was held at the Oliva Restaurant, Viva España on 10th November 2017. An excellent turnout of approximately 150 members, ensured this was a memorable event. After a warm welcome and a potted history of the organisation from the President, Mick Goy (pictured), members were entertained by their Choir who sang a couple of medley numbers from the shows. After the dinner there was further entertainment from Bay Radio’s John Curtis whose music kept the audience dancing for the next few hours. The Oliva branch of the U3A is a vibrant organisation providing over 30 diverse special interest groups from Walking to Line Dancing to Jazz Appreciation. The group welcomes new members, of all nationalities Please see the website: https://u3aoliva.wildapricot.org/ for more details.

(International) The club has been in existence for 30 years plus (!) but has grown in strength in every way in the last few years. We hold monthly Dinner Dances with live (high class) entertainment at the Viva España Restaurant on the N-332 in Oliva. Apart from the music nights we have monthly quiz and dinner evenings and weekly sporting activities, badminton, walking, hiking, petanque and trips away. There are always lots of good things happening to enjoy in the GASC! Thursday 14 December 2017 - CHRISTMAS PARTY at Viva Espana - Tinsel & Turkey! Thursday 4 January 2018 - NEW YEAR QUIZ and DINNER at Tasca Olivense, Oliva. Thursday 11 January 2018 - Welcome in the New Year with GREG BANNIS. Tuesday 16 January 2018 - THE VITAL CLUB AGM -10.30am. As ever, all are welcome. Membership is only 7€ per year but non-members are welcome, too. Please see our website: www.gandiaareasocialclub.com especially the What's On page. To book events please email: gascbookings@gmail.com. See our Facebook too!


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Find out what the stars have in store for you Aries: Nothing will be a problem for you this month, not even money. It is all about relaxing and spending time with friends and family. Indulge and enjoy, you deserve it and need it in order to prepare yourself for the coming year.

Leo: Not everything is about the price tag. Personal gifts given with thought and with love are much more appreciated. Think about it, what do you like most, an extravagant gift which is actually useless or something you enjoy.

Sagittarius: Having visitors or visiting is lovely but tiring. Make sure you leave yourself some time to relax or it will soon become more like hard work than enjoyment. You have been working hard enough and need this time to relax and unwind.

Taurus: This month will see you getting ready to make those changes once and for all. Not in a New Year’s Resolution kind of way, but things you have been putting off for too long now and want to take control of in order to make progress.

Virgo: Expect the unexpected. You will enjoy moments you didn’t think you would and do things you never expected to do but all in all you will have a great time over the festive period. Recharged, you will be ready for the challenges ahead.

Capricorn: Your social life is in danger of going into overdrive. Whatever age you are there is still only a certain amount the body can take until it just gives up. Enjoy yourself by all means but be sensible with it and if a loved one tells you to slow down - listen.

Gemini: Relationships will be given a long hard look at to see how they need to be changed. It’s been about them for long enough. Improvements can only be better for everyone involved and may even be the start of deeper friendship and understanding.

Libra: Be strong as someone is trying to undermine you. Don’t let them win on this one as it will be the start of much bigger problems. Get rid of the excess in your life, both in people and things and start the New Year with much less ‘baggage’.

Aquarius: Don’t let an off the cuff remark mess with your emotions. You know if it was done on purpose or not. If not then give them the benefit of the doubt, if it was done on purpose then quietly put them straight, move on and enjoy yourself.

Cancer: Preparations are in full swing and you're so excited for the celebrations to come. Remember that everyone is not as fortunate as you. Others may not be looking forward to it at all. Maybe including someone in your celebrations is the answer.

Scorpio: If you get organised now then everything will be much less chaotic when you need to be relaxing and enjoying yourself. Keep your eye on your bank balance as money does not grow on trees - don’t overspend as it will take a lot to build it up again.

Pisces: Breathe and do not let anyone spoil your fun. Although this is a stressful time, don’t let them wind you up. Put on some party music, spend time with good friends and make this festive season the best one ever. Deal with the spoil sports later.


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Aircrew Association Costa Blanca. Former and serving aircrew of the UK or Allied Armed Forces are very welcome to join this friendly organisation founded here in 1988. Details from the Secretary on: 96 640 4123. Alfaz Spiritual Foundation – Spiritual church in Alfaz de Pi, meets at the Forum Mare Nostrum, Camino de Pincho 02, every Thursday at 6.30pm for Divine Service. Each week there is a different medium, international and 'home grown' giving evidence that life is eternal. Following the demonstration of mediumship, there is the opportunity to receive healing. Mediums offer workshops and private readings. If interested and for more information please visit www.alfazspiritualfoundation.com. Almoradi scrabble club. We meet at Cafebar Almoradi on the last Tuesday of the month from 3pm. We really want to extend our membership. If you are interested please come and join us, or for more information call 694 437 698 or email:mrandcwatkins@hotmail.co.uk. Amigos de Benitachell Charity Shop can be found on Crta. Moraira No. 18, Benitachell. It is open Mon to Fri 10am to 1pm, Sat 10am to 12.30pm. Donated items are always welcome. They are looking for volunteers. If you can spare some time for this worthy cause please call their president Carole on 620 781 034 or pop into the shop between 10am and 1pm weekdays. Amigos de Make a Smile Charity Shop We have lots of good quality second hand clothes, handbags, small pieces of furniture, children's clothes, shoes and bedding. Find us at the bottom of the dual carriageway in Teulada on the left hand side near to the Rodafoc fire shop. We are also looking for volunteers to help us in the shop. So if you could spare a few hours a week come along and talk to the team. Avenida del Mediterráneo, 4 Teulada. Open Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm. Benimar Social Club meet at 8pm on a Tuesday evening at the Rojales Steak Bar. We enjoy quizzes, bingo with cards, coach trips, a meal every month and more. Call Bob on 96 618 4114 for more information. Benitachell Christian Fellowship. Looking for an English speaking church close to Moraira, Teulada or Benissa? Then you are welcome to visit Benitachell Christian Fellowship. Our Sunday service starts at 11am and runs for about 75 minutes. Whether you are a resident or visitor, please feel free to come along – we have a number of visiting speakers, the welcome

is warm, the music is good and parking is nearby. Call Eric on 678 980 151 or Ann on 96 647 0303 for details and directions. For further information about the Fellowship, directions and map visit www.benitachellcf.org. Bettas Torrevieja RFC new rugby club, based on traditional ethics, respect, training by the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Wednesdays and Sundays 20.30-22.00. Contact Javi on 603 727 179 for more information. Calpe Christian Fellowship. We are an English speaking church located in the Perlamar Center. Our service starts at 11am every Sunday. All are welcome. www.calpechristianfellowship.org. Tel: 670 491 286 or 605 655 982. Catral Writers Club. Every last Wednesday afternoon of the month, we meet to discuss cultural issues. If interested please contact: jrivero-santana@skynetlink.com. Chess Mates. Whether you are new to Chess or experienced come and join our friendly group of men and women for a couple of hours every Tuesday afternoon in Jalon. You will be made most welcome! Call me and I will tell you more. Rod on 96 573 4209 or 605 231 331. Costa Blanca Computer Club. After our Summer break our first club meeting in the Sierra Bernia School is planned for 9th September, starting at 10am. From that date we meet regularly every Saturday from 10am to 1pm. You can find our detailed meeting programme for September at our web page https://sites.google.com/site/cbccnewssite. Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers. The CBMW is a group of people who get together twice a week to enjoy walking in the mountains of the Costa Blanca. Anyone is welcome to come along. Visit www.cbmwalkers.org for information on upcoming walks and guidelines. Crime Watch Spain. (Vecinos Colaborando Costa Blanca). We try to reduce crime and vandalism in our communities. We try to look after the citizens. We also teach Spanish. Email: colaborando.crimewatch@gmail.com. Jávea Computer Club. The club is open to new and existing members from 9.30am until 12.30pm Mon, Tues and Thurs of each week Whatever your computing needs, we can probably help. So why not come along and get some assistance. Membership annual subscription still just 10€ with a one-off joining fee of 10€. Further information on the Club web site: www.javeacomputerclub.org or www.facebook.com/JCCCOMPUTERCLUB/ or email javeacomputerclub@gmail.com.

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Jalon Valley Help events. Casa de Ánimo, Alcalalí: First Sunday of the month: Afternoon Tea 4-6pm, Tuesday Morning Drop-in: 10am to 1pm – a cuppa and a chat. Thursday Craft Group: from 2pm – sewing and knitting. First and Third Fridays: Art Group 2-4pm – beginners welcome. For information on any of the above call Alison on 96 648 2166. Charity Shops:10am-1pm Mon-Sat (Alcalalí 96 648 2970, Jalón 96 648 0944). Enquiries: 659 624 643 – also for loan of medical equipment eg wheelchairs, walking frames etc. No charge but a deposit is requested. Home knitters & volunteers needed. www.jalonvalleyhelp.com. Jávea International Baptist Church (JIBC), Pastor Steve Hall. Sunday Service is at 10.30am at The Church Centre, Carrer Favara 8, Jávea, (just off the Plaza de la Constitucion in the old town or “Pueblo”, where the open air market is normally held on Thursdays.) For further information please access our website: http://www.javeabaptist.es or call 96 579 5847. Make a Smile Recycle Heroes Need Your Help. Dennis and Barbara accept any household items, furniture, electrical and clothes etc for the recycle projects. They are happy to do total house clearances. The items are given a bit of TLC and sold in rastros and auctions to provide funds for the charity. They can be contacted on 660 961 585 or 96 583 6814. Marina Alta Model Railway Club. Dust off your Dapols, bring out your Bachmanns, haul out your Hornbys! The MAMRC meets regularly at its spacious Clubhouse in Teulada. We cannot make you young again, but we can remind you how it felt. All gauges for all ages. New members welcome. Call 96 647 1939 or email mamrclub@gmail.com. Oliva Chess Group. We meet in Oliva every Thursday morning. New members welcome whatever your standard. For further details please contact Graham on 609 970 621 or email graham.flowerdew@hotmail.com. Oliva Art Group. We meet in Oliva every Tuesday evening 6pm until 8pm. New members welcome, whatever your standard. For further information contact Graham 609 970 621 or email graham.flowerdew@hotmail.com. PLJ Spiritual Social Centre. We meet at the Albir Cultural Social Centre (between Mercadonna and Sol Albir Estate Agents) every Wednesday evening at 6.45pm. We continued on facing page

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information: ivanysadys@yahoo.es or call 605 556 974. Spiritual Friends is a non-religious group of spiritual minded people who meet every Wednesday afternoon at Sol Park Moraira. Meetings start at 2.30pm. Each week different spiritual or holistic subjects are discussed by invited speakers or amongst ourselves. For the full programme see the website www.spiritualfriendscostablanca.com email: mail@spiritualfriendscostablanca.com or contact Jan on 600 837 054. Tennis. Old Bats and Balls is a happy and friendly group who play every Thursday morning at the Rafol courts. All levels are welcome and subs are affordable for all. We also enjoy a sociable lunch every month after playing. If you wish to know more please telephone or email to; 605 231 331 or rodwaspe@hotmail.com. The Royal Naval Association, Torrevieja Branch meet on the first Wednesday of every month at Bar/Restaurante El Paraiso near Carrefour, Torrevieja at 5pm and remember you don’t have to have served in the Royal Navy to become a member. We look forward to seeing you soon! If you would like to join the ship mates or just find out more please phone Chairman Paul Edwards on 618 644 934, Vice Chairman Danny Kay on 96 671 6274 or Secretary Margaret Forshaw on 96 692 1996. Torrevieja Christian Fellowship is a lively English speaking church located at Avenida de las Cortes Valencianas 68,Torrevieja 03183. Residents and holiday makers are welcome to attend our services every Sunday at 10.30am with communion and “kids church”. Fellowship meetings (Bible Study) Wednesdays starting at 6pm. For further information see our website www.tcf-spain.org or call 96 670 0391. Valleys Bridge Club. Come and join us for a friendly game of Duplicate Bridge. We meet every Thursday at El Cid in Benidoleig, 1.30pm for play to commence at 2pm. New members are always most welcome and will be starting lessons for beginners on Wednesday 17th January. For further information contact either Brenda 96 640 4533 or Tina 96 558 4135. World Mysteries Discussion Group. This is a discussion group which meets up every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 6pm to 8pm at El Martillo Bar, located on the outskirts of Moraira next to the Pepe La Sal Supermarket on the Teulada-Moraira road leading into Moraira from Teulada. We discuss all types of subjects including

the Egyptian Pyramids, crop circles, lost civilisations, the Sumerian tablets that have been translated by researchers to give us new insight into the ancient past, the recently discovered Bosnian Pyramids which remain a great historical mystery and the mysteries regarding ancient artefacts that were constructed with amazing precision before the invention of modern day tools. Our next meeting is to be held on 14th December 2017. We aim to promote investigation and research in order to share information and discuss interesting unexplained topics. A speaker will discuss various topics and this is followed by a question and answer sessions where all will be invited to discuss the subject of the talk and expand on the themes. The group offers those who are interested the opportunity to learn more about fascinating findings which includes details of ancient and long lost civilisations. Who knows you may become researcher yourself and find out about things that have been lost in time! For more information email morairaworldmystery@gmail.com. Xàbia Book Circle. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the Centro Social, Xàbia Old Town, beside the Health Centre, at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start, and we finish at 8.45pm. You can also follow our activities on our website www.xabiabookcircle.com. For more information please contact the Xàbia Book Circle Secretary, Nina Davies on 96 579 1782 or ninamdavies@yahoo.co.uk.

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are a group of friendly spiritually minded people who are non profit, non political and non religious. Each week, there will be discussions and demonstrations on various topics and ideas based on Spiritual, metaphysical, and mystical themes with occasional guest speakers or mediums. For more information contact: Pauline: 602 559 062 Jan: 603 259 169 or Lyn: 663 315 532. FB:- pljspiritualsocialcentre. Email:- pljspiritualsocialcentre@gmail.com. Royal British Legion Benidorm Branch meet at 11am on the first Friday of each month at Ciudad Patricia Benidorm. They also have a monthly lunch and various social events. New and old members most welcome. Please contact secrblbenidorm@outlook.com or call James on 677 786 559 for more details. Royal British Legion Calpe Branch meet every Friday at 11.30am at Restaurant Dracula, Calpe Port (opp. Baydal Restaurant). New members always welcome. Come along and meet new friends and enjoy the monthly outings. Please contact Norman Hodgkiss, on 96 574 7410 or calpe3465.members@gmail.com. Royal British Legion, Gran Alacant & La Marina Branch meets on the first Monday of the month at 18:00 at La Taberna - next to the Monte Mar Bowls Club & Restaurant, Plaza Mayor (Masa Square), Gran Alacant. New members are always welcome, and remember, You do NOT have to be Ex-Services to join us. Further details and/ or directions from Robin 96 669 5423 or Brian 639 917 971. Email: granalacant.secretary@gmail.com. Royal British Legion Javea Branch hold their meetings at Paris 24 (Formerly L'Ancora Tennis Club) on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month (except July & August). We meet from 10.30am onwards for coffee and a chat, our meeting starts at 11.30am. We have a very good Social Programme throughout the year. We would love to see members and none members coming to our meetings and join in. We would make you feel most welcome. Pamela Dawes, Membership Sec, RBL Javea Branch, contact 96 579 0123 or 617 789 883. San Juan Evangelical ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ located at Calle Juan Sebastián Elcano 25, 03550 San Juan. We have people of South America, The Philippines, Spain, England, The Netherlands and more nationalities, the diversity of God. You are very welcome in our Sunday services at 5pm. to join us in worship and prayer. For further

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SUPERIOR BUILD LUXURY 2 storey villa - 372 x 6618. 2. minutes village, (9 restaurants). 40 minutes Alicante airport. Spectacular mountain views. - 4. bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. central heating. Designer pool. Swimup bar. Jacuzzi. Waterfall. Pizza House. 2 car garage. Summer kitchen/bar. Reduced €335.000. Owner 639 237 835. LOVELY STATIC HOME on beautiful residential site near Albatera with pools. Large plot 2 bedrooms bathrooms extensive outside areas 2 terraces. Double glazing central heating to include all furniture fixtures and fittings. Bargain 65,000€ Tel. 96 684 9178 - 694 499 101. BARGAIN LUXURY VILLA. Built 2001. 225m2/ 800m2. West facing. Lovely sea and hillside views. Benissa Coast. 4beds / 3baths. Spa bath. 2 sitting rooms, 2 kitchens, utility. Large naya. All upgraded. Excellent decorative order. Gas CH, Double glazing. Auto. gates leading to large driveway. Nice gardens. 9x4m pool with lights. Quiet area. Garage/ workshop/ pump room/ storage. REDUCED from €425,000 to €395,000 for private sale. Tel: 96 649 7841. Mobile: 647 008 223. Email jeanprice.spain@gmail.com for photos. APARTMENT EL VERGER, 75m2, 1 floor with lift. 350m to Les Deveses Beach (Denia). With mountain views, 2 bedrooms , air conditioning, 3 pools (one covered). Parking and storage room. 2 paddel courts. 116,500€ Telephone 650 040 561. FOR SALE ORBA Spacious villa, super views, peaceful position 5 mins from village, well presented with mature gardens. 385.000€ Please Tel: 96 558 1392. LOVELY AND SPACIOUS apartment for sale in Javea, walking distance from the port and the town , close to shops and doctors and amenities, 3 Double Bed. 2 Bath, pool, garage, large sunny terrace. Offers welcomed. 186.000€. Telephone 619 504 963 or email on blasmoya@ymail.com PROPERTY WITH AMPLE land required for animal lover in Calpe area. Buy or rent. Noah 629 822 399. Continued


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APARTMENT SALE OR LET Vera Natura in Vera Playa, Almeria. Apartment for sale or holiday let situated in a naturist complex next to the beach. One bedroom, air conditioning, first floor with sea views, south facing, beautiful communal gardens with pool plus indoor heated pool. Plenty of parking. For further information email:- jobitonet@hotmail.com DETACHED VILLA WITHIN easy walking distance to centre of Moraira (1Km). Comprising 3 double bedrooms,2 bathrooms, Large lounge with dining area and open kitchen. Three terraces. Gas central heating. Small easily managed garden. Community swimming pool. €207,000. No agents. Mob. 666 093 116. ALFAZ CENTRE NEAR hotel Moli. 1st floor corner apartment. Small edificio built 2004. 1 bed. Own private gated roof terrace. Free British TV. 79,500€. Tel. 96 588 7387 after 1pm. FULLY RENOVATED 6 bedroom house in Andalucia. Ideal bed and breakfast or beautiful family home. One hour from Almeria airport. One hour Alicante. Two hours from Granada. Superb outside space. 169,950€. Bargain. Call 622 390 938 or 722 718 056. PEDREGUER. FULLY RENOVATED town house. 5 bedrooms. 3 bathrooms. Kitchen to die for. Enormous lounge-dining. Central courtyard. Rooftop terrace with jacuzzi. Has to be seen to be appreciated. Town and all amenities walking distance. Fully furnished. 180,000€. Tel. 659 010 991. S A N TA A G U E D A - C AT R A L , D e t a c h e d v i l l a , 3 d o u b l e bedrooms,1bathroom, Large south facing terrace, own pool, large workshop 4x4mtrs carport. Aprox 1000m2 plot. 800m2 garden easy maintenance. Ideal retirement, living or holiday, easy walk to town of Catral. 150 .000€ Tel 680 947 178 . DELIGHTFUL ONE BEDROOM bungalow for sale. Ideal for solo, couple starting out or holiday home. 10 mins walk from Parcent in the Jalon Valley. Set in 400m2 of land. Carport, workshop, picnic area, air-con HyC, log fire, D.G. All services. Was 65,000€. Reduced to 49,000€ L/L 96 640 5043. Mob. 661 069 259.


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