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What's your style personality? Everyone is loving Superdry right now and their eyewear collection at Specsavers Opticas has options to suit many different style personalities. Here are some tips from Specsavers and Superdry for identifying your style, and choosing the right clothes and specs to suit you perfectly. Athleisure If you love the sporty look, Superdry is here to tell you it’s totally fine to mix casual on-trend pieces with traditional sportswear. This trend is perfect for travelling, casual days out or just lounging around the house.

Superdry LEIGH A roll neck jumper frames the face so pick a statementmaking eyewear piece to complete the look. Superdry's catseye LEIGH highlights your eyes for a super feminine finish. Timeless Classics You know good things are built to last. When it comes to style, you’ll choose a timeless classic over a fast-moving trend any day and see your clothing as an investment.

Superdry YUMI Team skinny jeans with a cropped slogan tee and wear these under your bomber jacket. Consider your hair too, a high ponytail suggests that you’re ready for the gym at all times. For the finishing touch, pair this outfit with these Superdry YUMI specs. Normcore Your style is about letting your inner confidence shine through and putting function first. Basic? You are anything but!

Superdry JAIME Bring some luxe into your wardrobe with these high-polished JAIME frames. Made by hand, these glasses combine a slimcut catseye shape with flattering teal tortoiseshell acetate. Superdry glasses are available at Specsavers Opticas in Javea, Calpe, with 2-for-1 offers from 159€. Visit your nearest branch or check out the website for more information www.specsavers.es.


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Have you bought your Christmas outfit yet? Calpe & Benissa Lions are delighted to announce that they will be holding a Fashion Show and lunch on Friday 24th November 2017, at the El Toro Restaurant in Urb. Merced, Calpe. The start time is 1pm and the event will conclude at 5pm. The Lions have a Charity Shop in Calpe, and frequently receive donations of high quality new and second hand clothing. We have been carefully saving these items for a Christmas Fashion Show, so expect some sparkle and glamour! Come along to enjoy lunch in a beautiful setting, and grab a new outfit at a bargain price. We will also have some lovely jewellery for sale. Tickets must be bought in advance and cost 20€ for a three course lunch and a glass of wine, and there will be a choice of main course. Get your friends together and book a table! Last year the Calpe & Benissa Lions Club raised over €18,000 to aid community causes, and all money raised from this event will be used locally to support disadvantaged people. Tickets are available from the Lions shop at Calle Pintor Sorolla 15, Calpe, or via email hulmefiona@gmail.com, or call Fiona on 675 039 952.

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Over the next couple of months three lucky people will be the winners of a SMART TV, which Female Focus Publications have donated to help raise funds for three local charities, HELP Denia and Marina Alta, MABS and Cancer Care Jávea. Tickets will be available at their various events - by giving to these very worthy charities you could be receiving an early Christmas present.

To discuss your advertising needs with your local Female Focus representative contact:-

Gandía to Jávea Roddy 688 815 405 or 96 575 6833 roddy@female-focus.com

With the weather still glorious as I write this column it is hard to think of Christmas, but with all the fairs and other events this month happening up and down the region we will soon be in the spirit of it all. The new issue of the Marina Alta edition of the Professional Services magazine is now out. Make sure you pick up your copy and keep it to hand - you never know when you might need one of the products or services offered.

Benitachell to Campello Alan 689 358 232 alan@female-focus.com

As we go to print Spain has stripped Catalonia of its autonomy and taken charge of its government. Maybe I am being too hopeful to think that in this day and age this can be dealt with in a peaceful, legal and diplomatic way. Surely as our world becomes more accessible to all we should all be looking for ways to come together rather than breaking apart. Lesley

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Congratulations to Mrs Carol Ann Vernon from Torrevieja who won the 50€ competition, by spotting the logo on page 9 of the October issue. For your chance to win 50€ this month, see inside for details of how to enter. Pick up your next issue on the first Thursday of the month - 4th December Deadlines: Editorial - 12 noon 18th November Advertising 12 noon, 24th November

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The Teulada – Moraira Lions Present “Ges Rogers Union Gap” The final concert for the Lions this Autumn features Ges Rogers Union Gap. The very popular iconic band from the 60s will be performing in Espai La Senieta on Sunday the 3rd December. The last time the band performed in Moraira it proved one of the most popular shows we have staged and with great songs like “Young Girl”, “Lady Willpower” and “Woman Woman” it should be another stellar performance. Tickets are only 15€ and we will have a complimentary bar and raffle. For tickets or information please call 96 649 1917 or email colinlilley1424@gmail.com.

What a Cracker V The Teulada – Moraira Lions will once again be hosting their traditional Christmas party in the church square in Moraira on the 2nd December and this will be “What a Cracker V”. There will be Christmas songs, The English choir, The Timbrells and lots of festive goodies including mulled wine. This is a free event but of course donations are welcome which will help support the Jávea Salvation Army. The fun starts at 6pm.

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Things To Consider When Choosing a Financial Adviser by Steve Iball – deVere Spain

No doubt you’ve heard about the recent troubles and demise of a local expat financial services company. Amongst many aspects, it brings into question the work of everyone in the industry. But instead of saying “come to us, we’re the best”, I thought I would share 4 key aspects we at deVere feel are important when starting down this road.

1 – Regulated vs Registered There’s a difference between registered and regulated. As a regulated company in Spain deVere regularly receive audits and inspections which must be passed. The regulating body in Spain is the DGS. deVere is covered in a dispute complaint by an Ombudsman as the advice was given in the country where the IFA was regulated. 2 - Service Continuation If something should happen to me as part of a larger firm, deVere uses colleagues and a new adviser would be appointed within 24 hours to pick up and carry on as if nothing happened. It’s your money at stake and you should expect no interruption to your service. However, I intend working flat out for the next 6 years +. 3 - Double checking Any advice you receive from me has been looked over by someone up the chain who is equally accountable. It prevents mistakes, and gives focus by the checker on Compliance and “Best Advice”. Our compliance manager also checks that

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the client is not going to be disadvantaged and the advice fits with their attitude to risk. We review all clients every 3 months and random checks are made to ensure that happens. 4 - Experience My experience extends beyond 38 years and still my recommendations are checked by the Head Office legal team and my Line Manager. All IFAs at deVere undergo continuous personal development to stay up to date. Our support to expats living in Costa Blanca is at no cost, so call me now to double check your financial situation. Call me on 610 822 484 or email steve.iball@devere-spain.es. If you have not downloaded Vault Mastercard for multi currencies exchange see our advert below, it is gaining major interest as the smart way of exchanging monies, all at no cost.


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HELP of Denia and Marina Alta Christmas Fairs HELP of Denia and Marina Alta are more than excited to be the chosen charity by Lesley Clark for the forthcoming Christmas Fairs at Carrasco in JĂĄvea on the 5th and 26th of November (see page 8). We will have a stand to be able to give out our information and welcome any new volunteers. At the same time the HELP Craft Group headed by Marian Carter will be selling some of their handmade Christmas items.

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We are also really happy to say that Female Focus have been so generous and donated an amazing TV which includes WIFI for HELP to raffle. We will be selling the tickets from now until our own fair on the 2nd of December at the Ondara Events Centre, El Prado by the Bullring. Tickets are 1â‚Ź each and available also from our office and shop in La Xara and our Moraira shop too. Our fair has all the classic HELP stalls with delicious homemade cakes and craft items, books and toys etc along with a wide selection of private stalls too. Santa will be there so bring the children and have a lovely fun pre Christmas mulled wine. If you would like to book a stand for our fair on the 2nd December then please contact eventshelpdama@gmail.com.


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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 NEVER MADE A CLAIM BEFORE. I understand that making a claim can seem daunting and this is why I always visit my clients and meet them face to face. I can explain the process and I find this reassures them. I come to Spain regularly and so personal visits are not a problem. 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. It is surprising how often, when you start talking about a persons 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. MY BREATHING PROBLEMS ARE NOT TOO BAD. A lot of people I meet are dismissive of their breathing problems and underestimate how they affect their daily lives. Some people I have seen do not realise there is a time limit for bringing claims and so it is important that investigations are started as soon as possible. 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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Titled Mortgages (Secondary market mortgages) cannot be seized In accordance with Law 19/1992, on the Regimen of Companies and Property Investment Funds and Titled Mortgages, the title of the loan assumes that the bank loses its status as creditor, even if it maintains, by law, its status as owner of the debt in the Registry and, unless otherwise agreed, its administration. If you have been unable to pay your mortgage and the bank has initiated a court procedure to foreclose on the mortgage, or even if the property is due to be auctioned or it is at the eviction stage, you can oppose this if your mortgage is titled, as the bank is not the rightful owner of your mortgage. There is already case history regarding this matter. What is a titled mortgage? This is a procedure whereby the bank that gave the mortgage, to be able to generate liquid funds, uses a procedure called titled mortgages, that is to say that they group the mortgages in a packet and they are sold in the form of bonds, public debt, etc., sometimes they sell the whole mortgage, other times in parts, to diversify the risk, to different investors. Who takes part in this situation? 1. The bank: Who lends the money. 2. The managing company: That manages and administrates the title fund (who buys the package of loans that they then sell to investors on the financial market). 3. The bondholder: who buys the them. 4. The debtor, that without “us� has no business. So, the bank exchanges its rights on those loans (the interest that we pay them in our mortgage repayments) for immediate liquidity, to reinvest this and continue with the same procedure. It’s a magical formula to make more and more liquidity, and reinvest it. If you have a titled mortgage (and it is calculated that 80% of mortgages of the majority of Spanish banking institutions are titled), the takeover in the case that bank seizes the property would be null and void, and the adjudication of the property to the Bank would be unlawful enrichment. For the same reasons, the Land Registry should deny the inscription in the name of the bank, which, on the other hand, cannot register this in the name of the managing company as this is a non-legal entity. Possibly your property cannot be seized even if you do not pay your mortgage. It is very possible that the bank is not the legitimate owner of your debt, and neither is the managing company, as it does not sustain the legality to enforce it. How do I know if my mortgage is titled? This is not an easy task, you must request this information from your bank, the CNMV (Comision Nacional de Mercado de Valores), or the Bank of Spain, you could even do this via the tribunals, or a law firm. A court judgement considers that if an organisation cedes the whole of a mortgage to a managing company the bank loses their right as creditor, and therefore the right to claim it. If you believe that this may be your case, or you require assistance with other legal or tax matters, then do not hesitate to call us on 96 626 0500 or email me, Ana Gay, on anagay@linkpointlegal.com.


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We Need To Ensure This Cannot Happen Again By Sam Kelly, Managing Partner, Chorus Financial.

A note from the author: Below is an article we ran in the weekly newspapers and through our Facebook page. Within just hours we were receiving messages of thanks for addressing this major issue here in Spain. Over the course of the next week we were able to help prevent 7 individuals from signing up to inappropriate plans, both pension transfers and Spanish bonds, where extortionate hidden fees were involved. Chorus are a small, independent company, and such positive responses from the general public really keeps us going, so Thank You! I’ve been battling with myself over the last few days as to whether to write this article, and indeed what to say. As many of you will have heard by now, one of the largest financial advisory companies in our region lost their license recently. This has left countless clients unsure as to their financial future. It’s an incredibly sad and disturbing situation. Those of you who have been reading my articles or attending my seminars over the last few years will know that I’ve been warning against certain practises used here in Spain, by the majority of financial advisors, that would be illegal in the UK. It was these such practises that lead to this company causing large losses for many of their clients, and ultimately losing their license. All I can do is to continue with the same message, because what happened was entirely preventable. In the UK, it is illegal for financial advisors to offer funds or structured products that pay an upfront or ongoing hidden fee to the advisor. These rules prevent financial advisors from being biased towards a particular investment, ensuring that only the very best, high quality funds are recommended. This year alone, I’ve had over 50 people ask me to look at plans set up by other financial advisors in the area. These are mainly investment portfolios held in QROPS and Spanish bonds. Each and every one of the portfolios I looked, without exception, contained funds that paid the advisor hidden fees to recommend them. Despite the number of times I see this, it still upsets and disturbs me. These are often small funds, with little track record, that cost 4 to 5 times more than other funds in their category, and under-perform the benchmark. The financial advisor has put their needs, i.e. being paid a hidden fee, before the needs of the client. This is absolutely unacceptable practise, and the sooner it becomes illegal in Spain, the better. Sadly, what happens when you have an industry acting like this, is that more and more people are put into low quality investments, and sooner or later, we have a situation like we had this week. For me I’d expect to see an investment portfolio full of UK based, FCA regulated funds, which can’t use these illegal practises. Household names like Fidelity, Investec, Rathbones, The Prudential, Fundsmith, Vanguard etc. Fund houses with decades of track record; funds used by the top financial advisors around the World. I firmly believe that educating the public is the only way to prevent what happened from happening again. Thousands of you will be holding such investments already, without even knowing, or about to sign paperwork that will unwittingly tie you into such a plan. You can invest safely and securely in Spain, and you should expect access to the same quality of financial advice as you would receive in the UK. If you, a friend or family member, are considering a new investment or pension transfer, it is essential to seek a second opinion BEFORE paperwork is signed. Anyone with an existing plan should have this reviewed immediately. I will gladly look at any new proposal or existing plan without charge or obligation, and give you honest feedback. Please either email me on s.kelly@chorusfinancial.es or call me today on 664 398 702. Now is the time to act to ensure you do not become the next victim of rogue financial advice here in Spain. 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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Fed Up With Back Pain?

Let’s do something about it by Benjamin Tinker DC, Vida Plena, Calpe

Are you, like thousands of others, living with back pain. Many of the people who come into my Chiropractor Clinic in Calpe tell me just that, that they have been living with back pain for months, even years. It simply doesn’t have to be that way. 9 in 10 people who come through my door end up walking out perfectly free from pain. It might take a few sessions, maybe more, the truth is that in the majority of cases, there’s absolutely no need to live with back pain. The first step to pain free living is our 100% FREE consultation and spinal check with absolutely no obligation. It doesn’t take long and informs us of the likely action required. We’ll let you know what we find and advise accordingly. If you like what you hear, then we’ll work out your personal care plan and get you sorted. Vida Plena is located in the centre of Calpe at the top of Calle Pintor Sorolla. We have a map on our website at (www.quiropracticavidaplena.com) where you’ll find lots of information and advice. I look forward to seeing you and helping you get your life back!

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Casa Santonja Christmas Fair Casa Santonja is a beautiful family home in Beniarbeig and is a popular wedding venue. Its stunning grounds and gardens are very rarely open to the general public. We have a fabulous opportunity to show off this beautiful venue with our early Christmas Fair on Saturday 11th November from 12 noon to 6pm and Sunday 12th November from 11am to 4pm. With over 50 gift stalls inside the atmospheric ballroom, and outside in the gardens, there will be something on offer for everyone. The family has agreed to open their private chapel for you to light a candle for your loved ones and your children can write a letter to Santa and deliver it personally to Santa in his grotto. There will be fabulous entertainment on both days, delicious homemade food and traditional Christmas treats. Make certain that you put these dates in your diary now and do not miss out on this unique weekend. The 1€ entry fee is in aid of Make A Smile.


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Perfect White Smile For Christmas At Zen Smile Spa we will give you the smile of your dreams. Choose the best option for you! after 1st OPTION – Teeth whitening is one of before the simplest ways you can dramatically Work done at Zen-Smile-Spa change your smile and improve your appearance. Over the years, the effects of drinking coffee, tea, soft drink, red wine, and smoking eventually takes its toll on the teeth. Teeth whitening is a proven safe and effective way to brighten stained, discoloured teeth. At Zen Smile Spa, we are able to whiten your teeth between 8-12 shades whiter in 10 days. We offer two types of teeth whitening services, In-chair whitening and take home custom tray whitening depending on your needs and requirements. However teeth whitening may not be sufficient to improve the appearance of crooked teeth, in this case we suggest the following option for even better final results. 2nd OPTION - Veneers are made to improve the aesthetic appearance of the teeth in three weeks. They can eliminate gaps between the teeth; make short teeth long and as bright and white as you want them forever. The ceramic of the latest generation of veneers is as strong as the teeth themselves and is able to mimic the teeth so that they look completely natural. Once veneers have been fitted (cemented onto your teeth) you treat them and brush them just like your own teeth, they are part of you. Dr. Carolyn Carbasse at Zen-Smile-Spa specialises in dental and facial aesthetics and has created hundreds of happy and beautiful smiles using the latest generation in veneers. Come and visit us and get that lovely smile ready for Christmas! Visit our website on www.zensmilespa.es. Call us now on 96 579 3810 to get that smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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Knee pain while playing golf There are many causes of knee Article supplied by problems related to the game of golf. Kevin Thornton, Many of these problems are related to the Telephone 96 676 5686 amount of rotation throughout the body

that is required during the backswing and follow-through. For a right-handed golfer, a significant amount of torque and valgus stress (stress to the inside of the knee) is generated at the left knee. The knees must stay flexed during the backswing to absorb some of the rotational stress of the swing. For the many golfers who have tight back muscles and joints, one of the ways to attempt to generate more turn in the backswing is to place more stress on the knee. This often leads to injuries to the medial (inside) meniscus. There are also many golfers with tight hip muscles, which changes the joint alignment at the knee. This again places more stress on the knee, making it more susceptible to injury. The knee is not designed well for the rotation and side-to-side movement required by the golf swing, some precautions should be taken to ensure that extra stress is not placed on the knees. One of the best measures to take is to ensure that the muscles in your hips, low and mid back are flexible. By allowing full rotation to occur through the hips and back, stress is evenly distributed about the knee, and will not cause any extra injury. It is also important to make sure that the three main muscles surrounding the knee joint are strong. By making certain that these three main muscles are strong and the hips and back are flexible, the knee joint is afforded maximal protection against injury. Your Physical Therapist can help you with flexibility and strengthening exercises to target these areas to decrease stress on your knees. I also advise my patients not to wear spiked shoes upon their first return. The shoes should have good arch support to prevent knee rotation. There are many speciality golf shoe stores that can fit you with arch support for your golf shoes. Orthotics can potentially help the knee, but also decrease strain on the hips and back. Many patients often ask me about knee bracing, either preventative or after a knee injury. My advice is usually the same: knee braces are good for providing temporary support after a mild injury, but should not be worn long-term. Any brace that is worn long-term may cause the body to rely on that extra support, and can actually weaken or suppress the structural support system. As always, any injury that prevents you from playing or walking normally, or lasts longer than a few days needs to be examined by your Doctor or Physical Therapist. Playing through a knee injury can actually worsen the injury or lengthen the recovery time needed to get back on the course. Remember, strong knees and flexible back muscles help ensure smooth movement through the entire backswing and follow-through, helping to improve your game 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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Akinon Resort and their new restaurant, Fusion 8, are proud to announce that they are launching a brand new series of cooking classes in November.

Akinon Resort is a beautiful oasis in tranquil and peaceful surroundings in La Nucia. They offer beautiful apartments of different sizes ideal for groups, families and couples. Explore their spa for a pampering experience that relaxes the mind, renews the body and nurtures the soul. Enjoy a fusion of modern and exciting international cuisine in their restaurant Fusion 8, based on natural, fresh and hearty ingredients. And now you can even sign up for cooking classes that are launched in November. The classes are part of the resort’s local initiatives and will take place in their modern and stylish teaching kitchen that was specifically designed for these types of classes. They will be structured as a series of individual classes, all with different themes, where you have the option of attending one or several. Leading the classes will be Fusion 8’s professional chefs, Miguel or Ivan, or the resort’s CEO, Linda, all with extensive background within the culinary world. “We are excited to introduce this new concept to the people living in the area with a passion or curiosity for cooking. The classes will let the participants learn new techniques, new recipes and how you create a tasty dish or meal”, says Linda. “And the best part is that they will be suitable to everyone, regardless of experience, with the key aim of cooking delicious food from scratch while having fun.” Miguel adds. While the different themes are still being finalised, the series will cover food from across the world, like Thai and Japanese food, how to cook and bake without gluten and milk and how to create delicious desserts without sugar. The duration of each class will be everything from 1.5 to 4 hours and if you sign up for multiple classes you will receive a reduced price. Suitable whether you are alone or with a friend or family member, and if you are a group they can create a customised and private class. Next year Akinon Resort is also teaming up with Curry On Cooking’s Spice Sisters and launching Indian Masterclass retreats. These 6-day retreats, on the 15th-20th of February and 12th-17th of April, offer 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, yoghurt, ghee and curry making in a modern teaching kitchen. Plus experience the gifts of nature Akinon Resort has to offer paired with yoga, mindfulness, relaxing spa treatments and delicious food. For more information about the cooking classes and the retreats visit akinonresort.com, follow Akinon Resort on Facebook at facebook.com/akinonresort or contact them at info@akinonresort.com or 96 599 4888.


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“The difference between genius and stupidity ....genius has its limitations!” How true is that if you think about it! A good friend shared that thought with me recently and I guess that answers a lot of the problems we are dealing with in everyday life! Surely after all the years humans have been around, we should be more intelligent now and things should be improving on a world wide scale. It is so evident that we cannot sort things out ourselves, as it doesn’t happen! A small number of the world’s population have nothing to complain about because we have so much more than the majority of people in other parts of the world ....and yet we moan and groan and take so much for granted! The quotation above sums it up, I guess! As we are all different, how can we expect to find harmony if we are accepting so many differences about the rules of how we should live, and which government we should obey? Chaos is what many deserve and so many of the rules and regulations are sheer stupidity, not making much sense. We are so imperfect that we cannot avoid wanting to handle things in a way that will not bring the best results, so I guess living like that means we have had a price to pay ....Stupidity! (or other feet problems) A lot of people I have dealt with over the years have had Before massive problems with depression, and they blame it on other people. When discussed, it is clear that where we are today is all down to choices WE have made, and as we are in control, by handling things differently and thinking differently, we can bring happiness back into our lives .....it’s true, and taking After control works! Before After So many people do not find it easy to accept responsibility for the things that have gone wrong in our lives. I am not talking about when we were children, but once we become adults we can have the quality of life we want, even if it is just down to having the right attitude about things. This non-invasive approach is fast, Stay strong! Violet King. effective and costs less than you might think. Call us and we’ll get you back on your feet in no time.

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U3A Marina Baixa donate to local Charity For the last couple of months, our members have been busy collecting plastic bottle tops, for a 9 year old boy, who has multiple brain tumours. His father is a local police officer in Benidorm and his mother is relentless in her efforts to help her son. They have set up a registered charity, to raise funds for his operation, which will hopefully be carried out in January/February 2018, but they still need to raise a further 50,000â‚Ź. The family have a Facebook page and on their website, you can see how they are raising funds:https://www.facebook.com/ayuda.para.ian/. Pictured, is Maureen Barrett, our Treasurer, delivering a boot full of bottle tops, donated by our members, to Karen Cowles, who is the President of the Benidorm British Business Association, who will take them to Benidorm Police Station, which is the collection point for the Charity. U3A Marina Baixa holds its general meetings on the fourth Monday of each month in the auditorium at the Casa de Cultura, Alfaz del Pi. The doors open at 10am and the desks close at 10.50am for a prompt 11am start, please come early to sign in and get your seat! If you have not heard of this Association and would like to join, please visit www.u3amarinabaixa.com or our Facebook page, to find out more information. If you do not have internet access, please contact the secretary, Joan Flint on 96 586 1226 or Mobile 663 637 167.

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“Apart from speeding ill patients to hospital, what else do we get up to at AAEdJ?” Over the years Female Focus readers will have read about our emergency trips getting persons taken ill to hospital in the quickest time possible. But fortunately life isn’t always like an episode of Casualty. Often there are other duties for us to do, and events happening, where we supply our ambulance services in case of need. Here’s a quick look at what else we get up to at the Asociacion Amigos Europeos de Javea: It’s in the blood: Did you know that stored blood only lasts about a month before it needs to be discarded? We at the AAEdJ are regularly involved in bringing supplies of new blood from main hospitals such as Alicante Hospital to our more local hospitals like the San Carlos Clinic in Denia. By law, blood can only be transported in an ambulance where it is kept cool, and hygienically transferred under sterile conditions. We’re not horsing around: Well, in fact we are. A little bit. Right now we are providing ambulance cover at the twice yearly Mediterranean Equestrian Tour at Oliva. In case a rider is taken ill, or takes a fall and needs medical attention, one or more of our ambulances are always on site at the meet, which lasts until 12th November. If any reader wants more information about the equestrian tour then go to: http://www.metoliva.com/en/. As drunk as a skunk: is not how we expect to see any Female Focus readers, but at the Oktoberfest in Calpe which runs until 5th November, who knows? As usual this ‘Fiesta de la Cerveza’ is being held next to the main Tennis Courts in Calpe, and we at AAEdJ are providing ambulance cover at the event. This is the 30th Anniversary of the beer festival, and we are looking forward to it going smoothly and without a hitch. More details can be found at: http://www.calpe.es/ver/2182/oktoberfest-calpe.html/. Lots of bull: At many town fiestas up and down the coast this year we at AAEdJ have been on hand at discos, bull runs, firework displays, processions and festivals providing ambulance cover at small and large events. By law ambulances must be in place at public events, and as one of the most modern and professional ambulance services we are often hired to help keep the public safe. So whilst our fleet of state-of-the art ambulances (think mobile intensive care units) are always on hand up and down the vast majority of Costa Blanca North, and inland too, to look after you (our clients who have a contract with us in times of emergency), we are also selected to provide our services to many of the events happening in our area. Membership of the AAEdJ is just €50 for a whole year for the whole family. To join telephone and speak with Laure Bolufer the Asociacion Amigos Europeos de Javea (AAEdJ) Registration Manager on 96 579 6099 (Laure works from 10am to 1pm every weekday). The AAEdJ ambulance service covers almost all of Costa Blanca North and will come straight to you wherever you are. ASOCIACION AMIGOS EUROPEOS DE JAVEA. Avenida Juan Carlos 1, No 69, 03730 Javea. Telephone 96 579 6099 (24hr) Email: amigos_europeos@yahoo.es.


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Improve Your Life with Personal Training Are you over the age of 50 and looking to improve your fitness? You may be nervous about working with a personal trainer, as the stereotype is that they only work with young people, fit people or professional athletes. However, that’s simply not true! Lorraine Young is an experienced Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor and will work with you to come up with the right fitness plan for your body and your ability level, as it is personal training! Lorraine is committed to customising a core-strengthening, flexibility-building and stamina-enhancing personal routine that is suitable and practical for each individual. The goal is to achieve a balanced and aligned body that not only looks fit but is fit, feels great and moves with ease. Lorraine’s one-to-one sessions allow the focus to be all on you. Whether you’re just looking for an exceptional workout, working towards a certain goal or on a mission to rehab from an injury, Lorraine will dedicate and tailor your session to you, potentially including: - Strength training to hone your body, improve your grip, and up your endurance. - Training to improve your balance and coordination - Stretches to keep your bones and joints limber and cope with arthritis - Exercises to help speed recovery after serious injury. The result is a proactive and preventive mind/body conditioning program. Personal Training for all ages As you age, your muscles begin to shrink and lose mass and your strength decreases. Additionally, the speed at which your body converts food to energy slows, your flexibility is reduced and your bones become more fragile. Regular exercise and activity provided by a personal training program along with a healthy diet can help offset these effects of aging. Lorraine Young specialises in rehabilitation after injury or getting people fit to start exercise. She has 30 years’ experience in the fitness industry both in the UK and in Spain and is a Level 3 Pilates Instructor who also holds a Training & Education Diploma and Assessment Diploma. Contact Lorraine on 684 452 787 or see her Pilates advert alongside. Give the Gift of Fitness this Christmas Looking for something different to give your loved ones this Christmas? Do you know someone who would benefit from Personal Training? Lorraine is offering a gift voucher to be exchanged for 4 Personal Training sessions for only €100. Call her on 684 452 787 to find out how to get your gift voucher.


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630€ raised in aid of Huntington’s Disease Association A magnificent 630€ has been raised by “Restaurant Catorce” in Benijofar for sufferers with Huntington’s Disease. The evening was kindly hosted by Martyn and Paul, owners of the restaurant and pictures show supporters enjoying a fun evening of food with a table quiz, followed by dancing the night away. The restaurant have adopted The Huntington’s Disease Association in the Costa Blanca as one of their charities of the year and plan to do a Race Night for the charity in January 2018. Huntington’s Disease, which is often called HD, is a hereditary disorder of the central nervous system. It is a terminal illness affecting both men and women, which destroys the pathways between the brain and the rest of the body, causing a very wide range of symptoms, including uncontrollable movements, loss of speech and ability to swallow, incontinence and loss of memory function, as well as depression and changes in personality. THERE IS CURRENTLY NO CURE. Any child of an affected parent has a 50 per cent risk of inheriting the affected gene. Anyone inheriting the affected gene will develop HD. If you would like more information about HD, or are interested in helping this worthwhile local charity, then please contact Marion Smith on 634 905 249, or email: marion.smith@hda.org.es.


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Your chance to get in at the start - Amazing value Single and Double villas available in New ‘Over 50s Retirement Village’ in Murcia A Well Deserved Retirement An exclusive and secure complex with 24 hour security, designed with the rest of your life in mind. Set in the vicinity of Ramonete, and close to the historic town of Llorca, the retirement village will have stunning views and tranquil surroundings being between mountain ranges and close to the sea. The village is designed for those who, although independent now, appreciate the different stages of life yet to come, and wish to grow old in the caring environment of a small community. At the hub of the village will be a Community Residence incorporating a number of buildings including a cafe, restaurant, hairdressers, indoor gym, craft shop, library, geriatric nurse and therapy rooms, and 24/7 assistance. There will be a swimming pool (covered in winter and open to the air in summer), vegetable gardens, an observatory to the sea, and activities such as walking, hiking, and golf will be available. In short, this is a fantastic opportunity to plan for the future for a stress free and enjoyable older age. For more details email contact@homes24seven.property or telephone (0034) 652 087 289 and also see the advert below.


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Do you have family or loved ones in the UK?

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, a moment of quality and class, harping back to a time and age sadly long-gone in this increasingly hectic world of ours. 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 even more by adding an extra item or two! Or you can choose to make a complete box from scratch for that very special person. And for hard-to-buy for people a Rockbox is the perfect solution, because in absolutely no time you will have chosen and created a most memorable and favourite gift for them.

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‰ Christmas Rocks - £24.99 · Rockbox Christmas Bauble · Creighton’s Chocolate ‘Starry Nightcap’ · Team Hen Christmas Wish Bracelet

Merry Little Christmas - £28.99 ‰ · Katie Loxton ‘Merry Little Christmas’ Tealights · All About Tea Christmas Blend · Creighton’s Chocolate ‘Mulled Wine’

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‰ Christmas Coffee - £36.99 · Coaltown Coffee Roasters Black Gold No.3 · Keepcup Brew Glass Coffee Cup · Creighton’s Chocolate ‘Mulled Wine’

Driving Home for Christmas £48.99 ‰ · Men’s Society Stow Away Travel Kit · Tom Lane Striped Socks · Creighton’s Chocolate ‘Mulled Wine’

For those who love to take the time and carefully select gifts for their loved ones, we offer the option to design your own Rockbox from a selection of luxury products enabling you to create the perfect gift to suit your personal style and budget. Rockboxes start from £25.00 and can be bought at: http://www.rockboxrocks.co.uk. Quote SPAINROCKS for FREE standard shipping within the UK (valid until 31st December 2017). See advert below for more details.


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All systems “Gold” at the newly opened Midas Touch Female Focus was delighted to be invited to the official launch party for the newest and only Wellness Centre in Jávea. As featured in previous issues of Female Focus, two local ladies, Laura Dormer and Marie Louise Cullis, have opened a “You and Improved” Wellness Centre in Jávea, specialising in Cryolipolysis (Fat Freezing) and also offering a complete range of treatments and services to leave clients feeling beautiful inside and out, and from top to toe! The complete experience for Mind, Body and Soul! There are many specialised treatments available at The Midas Touch. From nutritional advice to massage, pedicures to personal training, and hairdressing to spray tans! They have a team of qualified professionals on hand to cater for every need. The in-house beauty therapist offers all beauty treatments including manicures, waxing, and tailor made facials for the outside and for your inside they have a hypnotherapist, reflexologist, plus food intolerance testing and vitamin and mineral analysis to name just a few.

Free Consultation. If you are interested and want to find out more, come in and meet the ladies who will be delighted to offer a free no obligation consultation so you can have all your questions answered and even book yourself and up to 3 friends a free private demonstration on the Cryolipolysis machine. So don’t wait, call them now on 96 579 9954 and find why everything they touch can turn to gold. The Midas Touch, Avda Amanecer 21, Jávea Old Town (opposite Mercadona where there is plenty of parking).


Page 25 FF - Your Magazine Once your blood sugar is balanced your What is PFC Every 3? body becomes A couple days ago my friend Sandy asked me “What’s the a fat burning number one difference maker in burning fat and permanently machine. Every losing weight?” The directness of her question made my pound of your answer simple. I replied, “Balancing your blood sugar by stored fat is 3500 calories, Eating PFC Every 3.” PFC You see anyone can lose weight, that’s the easy part. The eating difficulty is actually keeping the weight off and reprogramming Every 3 triggers your metabolism. The shift needs to be in your eating the consistent release of your stored fat, which then gets burned in your philosophy. Calories in vs Calories out is a tired and broken concept and muscle (your body’s engine). it’s why the average dieter buys a new diet book every 90 The next obvious question is what does eating PFC Every 3 days, always searching for a real solution. Even though there actually look like? is a plethora of available information our societies health continues to regress and obesity levels rise. Eventually we have to take a step back and ask why? The answer is simple, we must go back to the basics and feed our bodies based on our physiology. Imagine using food to create hormonal balance rather than to lose weight. That’s exactly what eating PFC Every 3 is all about. Eating PFC Every 3 balances your blood sugar, protects your muscle, and triggers your body to consistently release stored fat. Eating PFC Every 3 is eating every three hours with the There you have it, a real hype-free weight-loss solution that right balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. will work for you, your family and your friends. The truth is, Eating protein positively affects your blood sugar hormone making your health work takes your focus and commitment, glucagon (raises your blood sugar), eating carbs affects your but regardless of your will power if your food foundation is blood sugar hormone insulin (lowers your blood sugar), and flawed your entire plan will collapse. This is why your first and eating fat slows down the rate of digestion by inhibiting the most crucial step is to let go of the calories in vs. calories out release of HCL (your stomachs acid). The combination of the mindset and shift your food philosophy to eating PFC Every 3. three nutrients in the right portion sizes and intervals keeps For more information go to www.peterblaidd.es or contact me your Mood sugar balanced. on 602 244 221.

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Find out what the stars have in store for you Aries: Listening to someone close to you is vital this month. You cannot afford to hurt their feelings by not being attentive of their needs for much longer. They have dropped enough hints but now they are really starting to say it how it is. LISTEN.

Leo: If you are thinking of making a big change in your life next year then spend the next couple of months really thinking it through. Do the pros and cons list and really think of the long term implications rather than just how you are feeling right now.

Sagittarius: A new hobby is giving you so much pleasure you wish you had started it years ago. It also makes you much more constructive and positive with the rest of your life. It is so good that you want everyone to try it.

Taurus: Stop seeing things that a friend does through rose tinted glasses. You have been sticking up for them for too long. Talk to them and let them know how others are feeling, as this is the only way they will change their ways.

Virgo: You are keen to make some radical changes where finances are concerned. They have been in the pipeline for a while but now you are ready to take the plunge. Those around are much more open to this than you could have imagined.

Capricorn: You have two months to prepare for Christmas - sounds easy but with the plans you have you will need every minute of that time. You will either need to delegate or cut back a bit on some of the ideas. It shouldn’t be this hard!

Gemini: A new friendship is like no other you have had and it has taken you by surprise just how deep your feelings are. Not romantically, although to some this may seem odd and to your partner a threat. Tread carefully or you’ll lose both.

Libra: Small things are building up into bigger problems. You need to start addressing them earlier or you will all suffer. Someone special makes you feel like the most important person in the world without even knowing it - that makes it all the more amazing.

Aquarius: Spending more time with your friends is really helping you at the moment. You had been putting it off in case there were awkward moments but they have really pulled through for you. It is so good to have so many true friends at a time like this.

Cancer: Your mind is taken up from now with planning towards Christmas. The presents, food, parties, family, friends and all that makes it so special are on your mind and you are almost wishing the time away. Careful or you will make it stressful and not fun.

Scorpio: Everyone is giving opinions and ideas but no one is actually willing to take responsibility and take control of the situation. Think before taking this on. Don’t go ploughing into something you are not confident you can keep control of.

Pisces: Money matters are meaning you need to budget or you will overspend leading up to Christmas. If you are clever you can do it without anyone even noticing. Some well thought out gifts will be as well received as more expensive ones.


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“It’s an injection of fun” Mark Jones from Jávea worked in the oil industry and has used gyms all over the world until his retirement two years ago. Used to a ‘3 week on/3 week off’ rota, suddenly Mark found himself no longer jetting off to an oil rig on the North Sea, but now having time on his hands and wishing to find a really good gym to exercise at. CLUB F!T had just opened, so Mark came with a couple of friends to try it out, and he has never looked back. “Immediately I was hooked, CLUB F!T is like no gym I had experienced ever.” He continues “The equipment is so totally different; I initially tried a session on the CoreStix, almost thinking that it was too easy for me, but the following day I really knew that I had exercised!” Now, 18 months on, Mark is an ‘old hand’. “Whenever I do a session at CLUB F!T, for example a ‘Drumbeats’ session, even before I get to my car outside to drive home afterwards, an email has been sent to me giving me a readout of how many calories I have burned during the session, a graph showing my work rate and progress; all the data is captured. This even works if you move from one activity session to another, or from one piece of equipment to another, everything gets recorded through the heart rate monitors that everyone wears, and importantly the heart rate monitors are really easy to understand and help to keep you exercising in the yellow and green zones, where you are exercising the most efficiently and safely. It’s brilliant! At every other gym I have been to it has been very inaccurate about how much work you have done, here at CLUB F!T the information about your workout is instant and accurate!” As a result over the 18 months, Mark has lost 5kgs in weight, toned up significantly, and has been able to completely stop taking the high blood pressure tablets that he was taking when he started. “The other important thing for me has been how much fun it has been coming here” says Mark. “At other gyms it was often a chore to go along, it is never like that here. I look forward to every visit, everyone here is like an extended family, and CLUB F!T has been like an injection of fun into my life. The instructors are brilliant, and so clever and willing to help. For example, I have had to have my left knee replaced twice, and even when I take part in a group session the instructors guide me in the right exercises that I should do, specifically for my needs. It is like having a one-to-one personal trainer but still having the fun experience of being part of a group!” Female Focus would like to thank Mark for being interviewed, and if like him you would like an injection of fun, contact CLUB F!T on 865 664 888 or call in to see how they can help you. CLUB F!T, Centro Comercial Monver, Calle Roma 3, Jávea. Email: info@club-fit.eu, website: www.club-fit.eu or Facebook.com/clubfit.eu.


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The countdown to Christmas begins I can’t believe it, I’ve been seeing Christmas ads since the beginning of October. But it does serve to remind me to get organised and start ordering the essentials. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a traditionally roast turkey at the centre of the Christmas dinner table, and where better to get yours than at the World Famous Bacon Joint in Calpe. If you haven’t discovered The Bacon Joint for yourself, allow me to enlighten you. They were one of the first English butchers on the coast, having set up shop 35 years ago. Lots has changed since then, but not the traditional service from Keith and his band of merry men. As you might expect, The Bacon Joint can supply you with quality fresh meat and precooked pies. Their pies are freshly made on the premises and, as a regular I can easily vouch for their authenticity and tastiness! For all your fresh meat, it’s worth making the effort to visit The Bacon Joint. Now, onto Christmas. November is when you should order your turkey and all your other joints. You can be assured that you’ll be able to collect only top quality meat, helping you enjoy your perfect Christmas. The Bacon Joint is in the centre of Calpe on Calle Delfin (bottom of Avenida Gabriel Miro). Or just call on 96 583 0521.

ADAPT Tonne of Money Collection helps local school children

For several years now the ADAPT association in San Pedro del Pinatar has made a significant donation of essential school materials to children from poorer families who attend Las Esperanzas school in San Pedro. The money comes from our Tonne of Money collection and is always received with great appreciation. In Spain children have to provide all their own materials and this can be a big drain on a family budget. In the photo are: Belén Andreu - Head of Studies; Adela Pérez - School secretary; Pedro Rebollo - English teacher; Jane Cronin Adapt committee member; Adrian Wrigglesworth Adapt treasurer.


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Three Seeded Naan Bread

This is such an easy and quick recipe. Naan is leavened flat bread originating from Persia, it has a dense chewy texture, ideally for scooping up spicy sauces, dips and chutneys. Traditionally baked on the side of a hot tandoori oven, we make this version without yeast and cook on a tawa (Indian griddle pan) or a non-stick frying pan will suffice. Ingredients 400g self raising flour (and extra for rolling) 125ml plain yoghurt 150ml whole milk 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon nigella seeds 1 teaspoon mustard seeds 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon fenugreek leaves optional Butter or ghee for brushing optional TIME: 20 minutes to cook. Resting dough 45 mins/overnight Makes/Serves 8 Recipe 1. In a mixing bowl add the dry ingredients mix together (flour, salt, seeds and fenugreek leaves). Create a ‘well’ in the middle. 2. In a jug mix the yogurt and milk, pour the liquid into the ‘well’ and mix to a sticky dough. 3. Cover the dough. Leave to rest for 45 minutes or overnight. 4. Turn dough onto a floured board, knead with some flour and divide into 8 pieces. 5. Form each piece into balls and roll out into an oval/tear drop shape between 2-4mm thick. 6. Heat a non-stick frying pan or tawa to a medium/ hot heat. 7. Cook the naan on one side until large bubbles form and the bottom has brown spots, turn over and cook until the underside is dark brown. 8. Brush butter or ghee over the naan - wrap in a clean tea towel to keep warm. TIPS: Before cooking stud slithers of garlic into the bread. The dough can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge, just bring back to room temperature before cooking.

Curry On Cooking Indian Master Classes New dates for 2018 15th -20th February 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, yoghurt, 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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Ciudad Patricia’s newest building is taking shape

By Amanda Hobbs – Ciudad Patricia 23rd October 2017 Based on the number of emails and phone calls I regularly receive, it’s clear that many of you have been following the progress on the construction of our new building at Ciudad Patricia. In particular, I’ve have been delighted to show through our detailed ‘quality description’ all the steps we’ve taken to significantly exceed Spanish contraction standards. The feedback has been so encouraging. Iris, as the new building is known, was conceived to offer an even greater level of modernity and luxury to our range of luxury retirement apartments in the beautiful and extensive parkland that makes up our senior resort. It’s been designed specifically to appeal to people who quite rightly are looking for something a bit special and unique and the perfect home to enjoy life in their retirement years. In November, we’re delighted to have started the ‘topping off’ which means the roof is going on and Phase 2 is nearly done. The next phase is to construct internal walls and after that the ‘fitting out phase’ begins in readiness for our newest resident to start moving in on schedule next October. Of the 15 apartments we’ve already pre-sold 9 apartments with availability on each of the 3 floors. Now that we can see ‘bricks and mortar’, interest in the apartments has recently stepped up and we are showing more and more people how they can enjoy their senior years. Many people have planned ahead, which from experience leads to a much easier life. If you’re thinking about your future, the time is NOW to make an appointment and come and discuss your options. All apartments in Ciudad Patricia ore offered on a ‘lifetime right of use basis’ and we have a sensible refund policy should you decide to move on. I’m so happy to have helped so many people to a truly happy life here at Ciudad Patricia and I’d be happy to answer any questions you have. Call me on 673 064 288 or email ahobbs@ciudadpatricia.com. See main advert opposite for more information.

A CHRISTMAS GIFT Members of the Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy have decided to take on a new challenge this year in the celebrations leading up to Christmas by presenting their version of The Gift, a popular musical composed by Graham Kendrick. They have formed a talented choir who will sing their hearts out as they announce the Greatest Gift of all. It will be in an atmosphere of joyful praise with the overriding message of ‘Peace to You’. Rehearsals take place on Saturday mornings in Ermita San Josep in Fustera and it is not too late to join in! Call Eileen on 607 706 904 for more details. The Gift will be performed at several venues across the North Costa Blanca and everyone will be made very welcome! The dates and venues at the time of going to press are: 1st December, 7pm at the Javea Baptist Church. 5th December, 7pm at Calpe La Merced Church. 8th December, 6pm at Denia Church. 13th December, 7pm at Albir Church.


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Heading into Winter We often have some fantastic weather at this time of year, in fact I would dare to say that for a lot of us who live here, Autumn and Spring are the most enjoyable times of year.

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Your garden will be having a lovely blush now during the last of the growing weather for the year. We are very lucky that, unlike lots of places around the globe we get a great growing season with two blooms in Spring and Autumn. Because of this I don’t really have to give a list of Autumn flowering plants, as your normal plants in the garden should be doing this. I will create a flowering plant list for the winter in January’s issue. At this time of year your garden will need a trim, but a trim not a good pruning. Always be aware of this. You are heading into the time of year when growing is not part of the plant’s agenda, and therefore cutting it deeply now makes it difficult for the plant to recover as it is slowing its growth rate down, not speeding up as it would be in spring time. So remember only trim back the growth that has happened since summer. It is the longer leggy growth that shoots up at this time of year, trim this off and that way your plant (if it has been pruned correctly before) should now be just a good healthy size without the leggy shoots. The remaining growth is what helps protect the plant during the winter, so leave it on. I am sure you wouldn’t want to stand naked in the cold so why would you do it to your plants.

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Trees are a slightly different problem to deal with. At this time of year, experience has taught us that you have to prune your trees reasonably well, as the increased chance of high winds and rain, and especially the two things together, can see your lovely big trees which may have been in the ground for years blown over and it can be a real shame to lose such large and important plants from your garden. You need to do two main things, firstly cut out and remove branches from the middle of the tree and secondly, remove length from the branches. The simple reasons are that by removing growth from the middle of the tree (which you don’t want anyway, for a number of reasons) it allows air to pass through and then reducing the branches in length keeps them stronger, less likely to snap and reduces the overall area which wind can catch the tree. All of this greatly reduces the stress on the trunk and the roots of the tree. The main thing to do, even if you are having to work hard in the garden is enjoy it, for me there isn’t a greater feeling than doing some hard work and then sitting and relaxing, having a warm drink in the garden. This is the time of year when the garden can be used differently and the introduction of a fire pit in the garden or terrace can inject a new feeling of warmth into your garden or outside space allowing you to enjoy it just a little more than you normally would. You can use fire pits that also double up as barbecues which makes it even more fun especially if friends come around. Enjoy your garden and if you need help with any landscaping work or gardening information you can always contact us. We can come and create a perfect garden space for you or supply any product required for the garden for you to get the best from it. Go out and enjoy your garden. For more information please give us a call on 696 283 704, email info@charlesworthgardens.com or visit our websites www.charlesworthgardens.com and www.floresgardencentre.com.


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Carpet Decor’s new collection With the cooler months coming it is now time to think about floor coverings again as we all know how cold the tiled floors are in the winter. Whether you are looking for a classic or modern style, patchwork, vintage, Persian, oriental, wool, acrylic, sisal or jute, square, round or oblong, at Carpet Decor there is something for everyone and every room, including great Disney designs for the children’s room. With over 300m² and over 2000 different designs of rugs and carpets you know you will find something to suit your room. You can’t miss the shop on the main road through Gata de Gorgos. See advert for opening times.


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All you need to know … Roller blinds Roller blinds are a simple, compact solution to providing shade and privacy at your windows. They come in an extensive range of fabrics from plain colours to printed patterns, translucent sheers and decorative finishes to specialist screen and black out. You can also have roller blinds printed with all sorts of images, even your favourite photo or design of your choice. The options are endless! Practical and Functional Taking up little space roller blinds can provide a neat solution for kitchen and bathroom windows especially when using PolyScreen fabric which can be easily cleaned using mild detergents. If you have no shutters at your windows then black out roller blinds can provide the darkness you need to get a good night’s sleep and can be softened with the addition of curtains or sheers. If you are looking for privacy then translucent roller blinds are a good substitute for sheer curtains and come in a range of pleasing colours and textures. In rooms where space is at a premium, roller blinds provide a compact solution where curtains would otherwise take up valuable room. And when reverse rolled they avoid the handles on most modern windows. Speciality Fabrics Our most popular type of roller blind are those made from Polyscreen fabrics which are ultra-resistant to fading or degradation from UV. Available from small to extralarge dimensions and able to be fully motorised and automated, screen blinds can be used to give year round protection as a substitute for shutters, and are often seen as a standard fit in the large glassed areas of Ibizan style villas. The mesh effect of the weave allows a great deal of outward visibility during the day without the room losing privacy. The material filters the sun’s rays whilst letting in the maximum amount of light, thus protecting furniture from damage by sunlight, and by filtering the sun’s rays it helps to lower the temperature of a sun drenched room. Aesthetically pleasing Roller blinds are an extremely practical solution but can lack the aesthetics of a more traditional window dressing. However when combined with the clean lines of a coordinating upholstered or aluminium finish pelmet, the mechanism can be cleverly disguised and the overall feel softened. 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 roller blinds might prove a good solution for you, then simply pop to our studio to see the options or give us a call to book a no obligation home visit. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Costa Blanca Gardeners’ Circle The next meeting of the Gardeners’ Circle will be held on Wednesday 8th November at 2.30pm. The venue is La Senieta in Moraira next to the town car park where there is ample parking.

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U3A Dénia – Allotment Open Day Over 100 people attended an Open Day on Sunday 22nd October held by the Allotment Group.

We look forward to a presentation by Sue Bentley on her trip to New Zealand. Sue is one of our popular speakers and the afternoon should be very enjoyable. This will take place in the Salon de Actos followed by the usual circle

During the day they were treated to delicious freshly cooked BBQ burgers, Paella, empanadas as well as a selection of vegetarian dishes and fresh salad and coleslaw. This was followed by various homemade cakes.

There will be our usual raffle and plant sales of members’ excess plants from their own gardens. The competition is ‘The Best Flower from my Garden’.

Everyone was treated to drinks and freshly made Sangria. There were stalls with lovely homemade pickles, chutneys and jams made from vegetables produced on the allotments. There was a bottle stall and one selling lovely hand painted shoes and miniature wheelbarrows filled with plants.

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All members and friends welcome and we welcome newcomers.

All products were offered on a donation basis and the money raised will go towards the purchase of equipment for the use of the allotment owners. As people arrived they were handed a free raffle ticket – the prize was a hamper full of fresh produce from the allotments. It was a very successful and well supported event and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended. There is 1 allotment still available – so if you would like to own one the cost is just 10€ joining fee and 40€ annually which includes water. If you are not already a member of the U3A Dénia the yearly membership is just 6€. Please contact: paulinewheeler@hotmail.co.uk.


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Holzhandel Vergel is a well known timber merchant, established for over 13 years, dedicated to the sale of timber, plywood, gypsum board, OSB and the construction of wooden structures. Their products are not just for trade professionals; they are the perfect partner for you in the supply and measuring of wood for wooden houses, carports, animal shelters, porches, decking, fencing and the like. They also offer sales and construction of pergolas, roof structures, terrace shades, bungalows and saunas. Birch Firewood Right now, Holzhandel Vergel has taken delivery of a vast amount of birch firewood, all ready for when the cold winter comes. And oh yes, as we full time residents know, the winters here in Spain can be very cold indeed. Birch is a wonderful firewood mainly because of the lovely smell given off during burning, but also because it is a heavy wood but not too heavy. So whilst it burns for a long time, has a good fuel value, is a good fire starter and gets going quickly, it is not too heavy to carry. Find HOLZHANDEL VERGEL at Avenida Valencia 49, Poligono Industrial 03770 El Vergel, telephone 96 575 1299, mobile 639 525 119 and email holzhandelvergel@gmail.com.

Christmas Antiques, Vintage, Retro & Collectors Fair Sunday 19th November is the date for your diary for the Christmas Antiques, Vintage, Retro and Collectors Fair in the Hotel La Laguna, Ciudad Quesada, 53 Avenida Antonio Quesada, Urb. Doña Pepa 03170. This lovely venue is the perfect setting for the fair. The doors open at 11am and close at 6pm. This is a brilliant opportunity to see some lovely antique, vintage and collectible pieces. Once again we are supporting DEBRA, The Butterfly Children, a most worthy charity that deserves our support. We welcome on board too Barney's Dog Rescue who will be represented at the fair. Come and enjoy a super day out in lovely surroundings. There is ample free parking and food is available in the bar and restaurant. Any queries to Paul and Sue on 626 795 587 or 96 573 2741. We look forward to seeing you.

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Jávea Connect To The Rescue! Members of Jávea Connect have pulled together to help the plight of a lesser known worthy cause, that is APROP the Pego Dog and Cat Refuge (Associació Protectora D’Animals de Pego).

This animal refuge is in desperate need of financial and manual assistance to bring the facilities up to the standard that the animals deserve. Thanks to some members of Jávea Connect, 600€ was raised recently to assist with the purchase of building materials that will allow new kennels and other facilities at the refuge to be improved, which were in a dire state. The money has been well spent on roofing panels to protect the animals from the elements as well as building materials to construct new pens, as last year during severe storms they had to be evacuated due to flooding. The attached photo shows from left to right, Nigel Webb from Jávea Connect handing over the bumper cheque to Derek and Sue Lundgren who do so much to co-ordinate work at the project. Derek has been working tirelessly on his own for the last few months, single-handedly constructing new facilities, he has recently be joined by some Jávea Connect members who are giving up their time to help him. If you would like to make a donation or offer some time to provide voluntary work at the refuge, either walking dogs or manual labour, then please contact Nigel Webb:email: nrw1950@gmail.com or Sue Lundgren:- email: suederek@live.co.uk.

Meet Pita, a sweet maneto pod. Approximately 21/2 years old Pita is a little shy but adorable. Adoption in Spain. If you could help volunteer walking the dogs or with building the new shelter please contact 605 575 883. APROP animal shelter, Pego.

Noah is a beautiful young dog, about 15 months old and is very good with other dogs and cats. He is a very affectionate and loves cuddles. He likes to play and is very sociable. For more information please telephone the PEPA helpline on 650 304 746 or email p.e.p.a.animalcharity@gmail.com. SOCKS is a lovely castrated 3 year old boxer mix. Good with other dogs and children, very friendly and loves his walks. He is just a fun dog but needs secure fencing! For more information call Akira in Benissa 657 689 567. Facebook: Akira Benissa Dog Sanctuary. www.akira-animals.com.

Simba is a 2 year old Galgo, he is house trained, good with children and other dogs and very affectionate. Simba is chipped and weighs around 20kgs. Call: 645 469 253. Email: info@petsinspain.com. To view more visit www.petsinspain.com.

Dover is a beautiful and playful kitten. The shelter is open every Sunday from 10am 12pm or call Luisa 648 100 629. Aldea Felina Cat Protection League. For information on other animals for adoption please visit www.aldeafelina.es.

Three young 5/6 month old kittens are desperately needing a new home, all sterilised and wormed. Very sociable and litter trained. 2 girls and 1 boy. Please contact us at apacprotectora@gmail.com / www.apac-cv.com if you can help them. Please help support our rescue horses here at APAC Caballos by donating 1€ a month, less than the price of a cup of coffee through www.teaming.net/apac-asprotectoraamigosdelcaballo-grupo. Visit www.apac-cv.com for more information. PLATINA, female, Podenco, DOB 08.10 – 54 cm. Platina is a shy but loving dog who would be happier in a house with another dog or even better with another podenco. For more information call 618 754 635. www.apasa.eu.

Carlo mixes well with people and other dogs. He is castrated, vaccinated and chipped. He has Leish but no health problems from this condition. As Carlo is entering his twighlight years (approx 9), we would also consider a foster home for him. K9 would be responsible for vet fees for fostered animals. Call 600 845 420. www.k9club.es.

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Birds of a feather Birds are fascinating creatures, from their intelligence to their song, their colours, shapes and sizes, the bird world is huge. There are over 9000 species of them and they have been evolving ever since the Jurassic period and are closely related to dinosaurs! We love birds at the clinic and have a great respect for these creatures, and we have reared many wild birds to help the wildlife centre. We would love people to know that they make fantastic companions and have huge personalities. There are so many different species we can’t talk about all of them and each breed has its own special care. It is important to know that birds form very special bonds with their owners, in many cases those bonds can never be transferred to another human being, this is why in larger parrot species, re-homing a bird can be extremely traumatic for the bird, causing stress related illnesses such as plucking feathers. When we decide to get a bird we must think very hard and research carefully the breed of bird you would like, as some breeds can live over 30 years and are a large commitment. Some species are highly intelligent and without proper training and knowledge you could end up with a bird that can scream up to 120db - that is louder than an emergency vehicle’s siren - and they can destroy your furniture. Some birds, for example the cockatoo, are as intelligent as a two year old. The drawback being they can also have a tantrum like a two year old, for any reason they see fit. They are also equipped with a beak like a pair of pliers. That is why it is so important to know what you are getting into... 30 years of having a two year old! Some species can learn up to 200 different sounds, the most interesting is the lyre bird, able to mimic other species of bird but also man made noises like car alarms and chainsaws! The most intelligent is the crow, they are smarter than great apes and about on par with a 5-year-old child. We know they (and similar birds) can complete complicated tasks and multi-step puzzles. We know all of that sounds terrifying but on the plus side there are many wonderful reasons to own a bird. However, as with getting any animal, proper research is key. If you have a bird, or are thinking of getting one, please don’t hesitate to contact us for our expert advice. Article suuplied by Clinica Veterinaria El Puerto in Jávea. English spoken. Av. Lepanto No 8, Local 10. Tel 96 579 3551. Emergencies 657 823 784. www.elpuerto-veterinaria.com.

APASA forthcoming events 6th November - Trip to IKEA & Shopping Centre, Murcia. 17th November - Quiz & Dinner at the Jávea Golf Club. 25th November - Christmas Market at The

Dance Café, Jávea. 2nd December - Open Day at the APASA Dog Shelter. Food and Drinks available. 15th December - Christmas Dinner & Dance at the Jávea Golf Club. For all the above, call Sue or Mandy for further details on 96 574 1668 or 606 588 195 or 639 603 880. APASA thanks all for supporting the Shelter with donations and food.

APAC Caballos

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Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir: The choir's Autumn Concert in Benitachell church was a great success and they are now rehearsing for their very popular 'Christmas Carol Concerts' in Benitachell church on 13th December and Teulada church on 15th December. Further information from Mike Evans: 96 574 4577 or email: cbmalevoicechoir@gmail.com.

Now in its tenth year, the Stage Diary is 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. Actors Community Theatre Company: Oooo Matron! ACTS are at it again - rehearsing that is. If you missed their October production don't miss the next one in March 2018, 'Duets'. Auditions on 2nd November 2017. This will be followed by 'Calendar Girls' in October 2018. They sound a fun group, so if you want to join, contact; newleaf2014.hotmail.co.uk. Cantabile Ladies Choir: The choir is well into rehearsals for the Christmas season, their first performance being carols at the Old Railway Station, Montebello, 6pm, Friday 1st December. Many carols will be different as well as traditional. They always welcome new members into this friendly, hard working ladies’ choir. Contact: valcantabile@gmail.com. Rehearsals on Fridays, 2.45pm to 5pm at La Siesta Church, Torrevieja. Caprice: For anyone who missed Caprice's concert 'Love is Here to Stay' in Calpe, there is another chance to catch this all ladies choir on 1st December at the Careline Theatre, Alcalali, where they will be repeating this concert with the addition of some Christmas songs in support of Help of DAMA. See the website: www.capriceladieschoir.com or contact Aileen on 696 514 613 for more details.

New Cardinal Theatre Group: Their last production, 'Let Us Entertain You' was a great success with proceeds being donated to Adimar Association of Disabled People in San Fulgencio. They are now taking a well-deserved rest before their next show. The group are always on the look-out for new members, so if you are interested, or require any further information, contact Tom Ford: 96 679 0547. Oliva Drama and Cultural Association: ODCA are delighted to announce that their recent show '4 For Autumn', raised over 1000€ to be split between two local charities, Vedama and PEPA. They are now rehearsing 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' a pantomime, which will 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. Phoenix Dancers: The Dancers are a group of boys and girls who perform shows for charity. If there is anyone who would like them to provide a support act for any charity show, contact them, they we are always willing to help. They also are always on the lookout for new members who can sing or dance. Anyone interested should contact their choreographer Phaedra: 607 29 08 96. The only condition is that you are able to go to Calpe for rehearsals and be free on Saturday afternoons. continued on next page

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Careline Theatre: It's nearly panto time again in Alcalali. Careline's eagerly anticipated pantomime in January will be 'Robin Hood – The Panto'. Directed by Marian Carter it has all the traditional panto ingredients and is sure to be a family favourite. Performances start at 8pm on 18th to 21st January, with matinees at 3pm on the 20th and 21st. Box Office opens 23rd November. Contact: 605 181 726 or email carelineboxoffice@gmail.com.

Jávea Players: The Players perform in their Jávea Studio Theatre and Cultural Centre and also at the Unión Musical in Gata de Gorgos. Next production, 'On Golden Pond' is on 7th-11th of this month at 8pm, Unión Musical, Calle de les Aromes, Gata. Tickets 12.50€. This witty play set in Maine, New England has a very humorous script, but is also fraught with family tensions. Booking:www.javeaplayers.com or: boxoffice@javeaplayers.com.


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Rojales Pantomime Group: After some adjustments to the script the group are now rehearsing their Pantomime, 'Alibaba and the 40 Thieves'. They are still in need of a Prince, one of the leading roles. Rehearsals are at the cultural centre Quesada on Monday and Wednesday from 6pm and it be staged in Los Montesinos next January. If you are interested and would like to join this group in any capacity why not call Thelma: 634 339 588 or email: rojalespantomime@gmail.com.

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Studio32: The winter show is the stage adaptation of the classic Irving Berlin film 'White Christmas' and will be performed from Wednesday 29th November to Saturday 2nd December at the Cardenal Belluga Theatre in San Fulgencio. Full details are on their website:www.studiothirtytwo.org. Reserved seating tickets are now available, priced at 10€ each. Call Philip: 602 474 793 or email: tickets@studiothirtytwo.org.

Rascals:

Valley Voices: The Voices have recommenced their weekly rehearsals, perfecting a wide repertoire of pop music and songs from the shows, so if you enjoy singing, why not pop along on any Monday afternoon at 4pm at the Animo Drop in Centre in Alcalali where you will receive a warm welcome. For more details contact Jennie Tollan: 96 648 0062 or Aileen Norbury: 96 648 2382.

The group have started rehearsing their 'Christmas Sing-along' at Sacko's Bar El Limonar on Monday and Thursday mornings at 11am. New members are welcome. A music man is required, so if you are interested in joining this social group, or if you like to sing or dance and would like to take part in shows that raise money for local charities, contact Jill: 96 672 7282.

Velvetones Harmony Choir:

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 for more information. Stagestruck: The Company are still busy raising money via their 'Murder Mystery' nights. So far every performance has been a sell-out with proceeds going to various local charities. A review night is planned for the 23rd November showcasing some of the talent contained within the group’s members, at Leaf’s Bar in Torrevieja. For more information about the group call Jenny: 608 129 983.

The Choir rehearse every Wednesday at El Paraiso Restaurant, Torrevieja between 10am and 12.30pm. For further details telephone: Ena: 96 570 7598 or Mary-Anne: 96 6714 973. Website: www.velvetonesharmonytorrevieja.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 D - G 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 H to O of verbs. Try and find the 24 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! DAR - to GIVE DEBER - to OWE /MUST / SHOULD DECIR - to SAY DEJAR - to LEAVE /ABANDON /ALLOW DESCUBRIR - to DISCOVER DESPERTAR - to WAKE UP DIRIGIR - to DIRECT DOLER - to HURT DORMIR - to SLEEP EMPEZAR - to BEGIN, START ENCONTRAR - to FIND ENSEÑAR - to TEACH / SHOW ENTENDER - to UNDERSTAND ENTRAR - to ENTER ESCRIBIR - to WRITE ESCUCHAR - to LISTEN ESPERAR - to WAIT FOR, to HOPE ESTAR - to be (HEALTH, LOCATION, STATE) ESTUDIAR - to STUDY EXISTIR - to EXIST EXPLICAR - to EXPLAIN FORMAR - to FORM /SHAPE / MAKE GANAR - to WIN /EARN /GET GUSTAR - to PLEASE /BE PLEASING

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SUDOKU Here are two Sudoku puzzles of different skill levels for you to try. Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3 x 3 grid contains the digits 1 through to 9 with no repeats, that means that no number is repeated in any row, column or box. See classified section for Sudoku answers

Marina Alta Pensionistas Association - MAPA Are you looking for something you can join and meet new people. Then please come and meet us. We are a very friendly little club whose members meet every Friday morning at 12 noon. We meet at Druids Cave which is situated at Paichi Moraira behind the European centre. Not all members are 'pensionistas'. You can have a light lunch or full breakfast, enjoy good company, try your hand at play your cards right, a fun quiz and a raffle. We have regular evenings playing Rummykubs, Yahtzee, Bingo and cribbage. We also have a monthly quiz normally on the first Saturday of the month. Also we organise both car and walking treasure hunts and other special events. Membership is only 5€ a year. If you are interested please pop along one Friday lunchtime and ask to meet with a member of the committee. Due to many different circumstances our membership has dropped a little recently so new members with perhaps some new ideas will be like a breath of fresh air. We look forward to meeting you.


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Gandia Area Social Club (International) Put More Life In Your Life With The GASC!!

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 16th November - Back by popular demand: ABBA Elite. Surely the club has never had such a wonderful reaction to entertainers for a Dinner Dance. Thursday 14th December - Christmas Party - A Spectacular Evening with Angie Lang. 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!

Race night success for The Red Cross Food Bank A Night at the Races raised a whopping 1,935€ for The Red Cross Food Bank. It was a boisterous, loud, fun packed night with Compere Alan Higgins and his Unstable Lads. Red Cross would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all the people who came along to support Red Cross Food Bank and gave so generously. Monroes was packed to the rafters. Also a big thank you to the main sponsor for the evening GOLDEN LEAVES and also to the sponsors of the races: Infinity International, Golf Products Europe, Telitec, Gata Park Villas, Monroes Pedreguer and The Original Charity Shop not only for their sponsorship but for providing the prizes for the raffle also.


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STAR concert in aid of ASOKA S W E N NITY On Saturday 16th December join our COMMU ENTS & EV

fabulous singers as they hold their 7th Annual Christmas Concert "STAR" in aid of the very deserving ASOKA ANIMAL RESCUE in Orihuela.

The concert starts at 7pm. It's full of wonderfully emotional moments as the rescue looks back over its year of rescuing and rehoming the abandoned animals of the area. Created by Nick Moore it’s full of Christmas classics and wonderful projections. It’s much, much more than a carol concert! Get your tickets on the door: 5€. La Lonja Concert Hall, Calle Aragón, Orihuela 03300. Any enquiries call 692 747 685.

Remembrance Day concert Following their highly successful tour of Benidorm and Alfaz Del Pi, the Orihuela Costa Male Voice Choir, under their conductor Nigel Hopkins, will be presenting a Remembrance Day concert on Sunday 12th November at 7.30pm in the Centro Ecuménico, Cristo Resucitado church in C/Diamante at La Zenia. With a great variety of music for all tastes the Male Voice Choir has a most entertaining programme including medleys of Gilbert & Sullivan favourites, Les Misérables, and well loved Welsh hymn tunes amongst much more. Guest artiste will be the soprano of the hour, Verity Hall, with her lovely voice so well-known on the Costa. There will be a special guest appearance by Rebecca Holt, the Costa's own Forces' Sweetheart - who will perform her renowned medley of wartime songs - aptly dressed for the occasion! Include songs from the choir's superb soloists, and Nigel Hopkins himself, and you have a perfect recipe for a perfect evening. Tickets are 12€ - in aid of church funds - and they are available from La Ponderosa Gift Shop at La Zenia - next to Consum supermarket.

SAMM Members Party at Caldero Day Thursday October 12th is the Hispanic Day public holiday in Spain and is also celebrated in Los Alcazares as Caldero Day, the date Los Alcazares became an independent municipality in 1983. Over 100 peñas (clubs and associations) plus many family and friends groups gather on the beach to eat, drink and be merry and there is the smell of charcoal burning for paellas and BBQs, music blasting out, singing and laughter as people party from early morning until late in the evening along the length of the paseo. For several years SAMM has joined this gathering and, of late, had a theme for the day to allow the extroverts to dress up and make fools of themselves. This year the theme was the Rocky Horror Show and over 20 people arrived in costume, including the past and present Commodore, to close the paseo every hour on the hour and perform the Time Warp dance routine to much applause from the passersby who could not pass by. Many other sensibly dressed members came and went throughout the day so the SAMM section of the beach was crowded with up to 50 or 60 people most of the time. SAMM funds were used to provide wine, beer, soft drinks nuts and nibbles for all and the Balaton Group provided bratwurst sausages and onions, cooked by Colin Finch, with bread and mustard free to their group members. Jack Moss and others offered trips round the bay in one of the Shoestring Groups Gamba dinghies and there were many takers. Julian Pering also bought his beach version of the air ball game that had proved so popular last year where teams of six each with a goal keeper, complete in a knockout competition. Great foolishness and fun for both competitors and spectators. We can’t wait for next year, wonder what the new theme will be? For more information on SAMM and their race programme visit https://sailingmarmenor.com/.


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U3A Vall del Pop What’s On Programme December 1st – Christmas Shopping Trip to Valencia, IKEA & Bonaire Shopping Centre. [Cost 9€]. December 2nd – Xmas Dinner Dance at Salon Canor, Tuelada. Being held with Calpe U3A. Entertainment by Sharni. [Cost 33€]. December 9th – General Meeting, with Xmas Festivities. December 15th – Bring & Share Xmas party at Jalon Penisionista. Music from Mike. [Cost 6€]. December 23rd – 27th - Xmas 2017 [5 days & 4 nights] in Nerja, including trips to Malaga, Almunecar & Frigilana. Visit our website, http://u3avalldelpop.com, for further details of what’s going on and of our groups.

U3A Vall del Pop Singers: Cake & Cava Afternoon The U3A Vall del Pop Singers [VdP Singers] gave their first presentation of the new season, entitled 'Thank You for the Music', on 10th October. This first presentation of their versatility and wide-ranging repertoire of popular songs was performed around the pool in the garden of Bob & Sandra Welham, on a beautiful sunny afternoon in the peaceful countryside on the edge of Murla – where the singing was complimented with cake and cava, to get us in the mood. The VDP Singers have been with their new Musical Director, Philip Ashley, since February and as he says ´they continue to improve and are singularly focused on singing for pleasure´. Each Tuesday afternoon practice session is focused on the fun of singing and having a good time. So, if you have ever fancied that you can sing, and you would like to join a lively group who get together to have fun and to entertain others, why not join them. You're sure to be made very welcome and you will enjoy it. They meet every Tuesday at Animo, Alcalali from 2pm to 4pm. Contact: Pat Osborne or Sandra Welham. Email address noeljalon@yahoo.co.uk.

Yarn & Thread – Patchwork Presentation Some 19 members of the Yarn & Thread Group gathered at the Cappuccino Coffee Bar in Orba on 9th October for their first full working meeting, and a presentation on patchwork by Rebecca Ainsworth, who is a professional needlewoman, as well as an avid knitter, and the group leader. Rebecca explained the principles of patchwork and demonstrated how to prepare the pieces of material and to assemble them into the overall patchwork. Two of the members showed their completed articles, a quilted jacket and a through-over blanket – which encouraged us all as to what can be achieved. And what about cross-stitch, tapestry, embroidery and crochet, or any of the other crafts that use yarn and thread? These will be presented and discussed at the following meetings. So if you like the idea of relaxing in a group of friendly people, with a cup of tea/coffee and a piece of cake by your side, chatting, sharing patterns and hints, and encouraging each other to attempt something new – anyone fancy lacemaking? – then contact Anna Cameron at 96 640 8165 or email her at annabcameron@hotmail.com to express an interest. For further information check our website [http://u3avalldelpop.com]. The U3A is all about enjoyment and learning, and this is particularly evident in the U3A Vall del Pop, whose members hold their General Meeting on the first Thursday of each month at the Centre Polivalent in Murla. For information on the available groups and their meeting dates please contact our Groups Coordinator, Marie Fitzgerald, by email at groups@u3avalldelpop.com.


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For the past 3 years I (Katie Louise) have organised a Christmas shoebox appeal for the children of the Preventorio in Gandia (The Children's orphanage). This orphanage is not government funded and they live on donations. I have been with food and donations before and the children always touch my heart, they have nothing but they are all still smiling and that's down to the volunteers and workers! They do a grand job! This year I asked one of the ladies at the orphanage for an up to date list of children, gender and ages so I could organise the collection of gifts, she replied with the news that they are struggling so much and have near to no kitty left and as it stands they can't afford to pay for the fuel to heat the home or cook the children's food let alone everything else. I asked her how I could help? She said they need nearly 10.000€ just to get them through the next few months but the fuel and dental bill for one of the children equals to about 5000€. I told her to leave 5,000€ to me and by the 1st December I would like to hand that amount over through fundraising. If anyone would like to donate they can by... PayPal – syss.charity@gmail.com. If anyone would like to donate by bank transfer please email syss.charity@gmail.com. Drop off points for Christmas shoeboxes are:- Quicksave, Albir - The Property Team, Jalon - Molino Villas, Moraira - The Final Whistle, La Marina Urb - Christmas Fair, Flash Hotel, Benidorm 8th December. All gifts to be at the drop off points by the 8th December please. Thank you.

MABS Cancer Support Group Glitz & Glam Fashion Show The Fashion show will be held at Las Claras Centro Civico, Los Alcazares on Tuesday 7th November at 2.30pm. Doors open 2pm. There will also be a sale of high quality used clothing and accessories. Tickets available from MABS Charity Centre, Calle Ramon & Cajal 12, San Javier at only 3€, or pay at the door... but limited numbers! Bar facilities available.

HELP Murcia Mar Menor forthcoming events Join them at their Christmas Fair to be held outside the HELP outlet in the Oasis Centre, Los Alcazares on 11th November from 10am to 2pm. There will be lots of stalls including Christmas Cards, Garden Lights, Glasswork, Jewellery, Toys, and Children's ware. Then on 24th November, 1.30pm for 2pm it is PARTY TIME at Puerto Tres Restaurant, Los Alcazares. This includes a grand Christmas Raffle and music by Red Strokes. For tickets or further details please contact Doreen on 634 341 275 or the HELP Office on 96 857 0059.

Jávea U3A monthly meeting Have you heard the one about the defendant who told the court he had lost his memory only to be asked by the barrister to give an example of something he had forgotten? This was just one of a number of real courtroom quotes told to Jávea U3A members at their monthly meeting by guest speaker, company lawyer Peter Davies. Peter’s anecdotes rounded off a humorous yet informative talk entitled “Bill Gates, Steve Jobs … and Me!” He entertained his audience at the Parador with tales of his time working for US technology companies, including an insight into the wacky world of Silicon Valley and his experiences working with Gates and Jobs, co-founders of Microsoft and Apple respectively. Jávea U3A president Eric Atkins thanked Peter for a highly interesting presentation. Tony Grande, founder of Make a Smile – the U3A’s nominated charity of the year – gave a short talk, explaining the work of the charity and how it runs seven houses, looking after 96 children from hostile backgrounds. He said they had experienced some difficult financial times since the collapse of their parent company, but that there was light at the end of the tunnel. He appealed for help, stressing that the charity needed volunteers as well as financial support. The U3A had 33 new members join up at the meeting and now has a record membership of 1,853. There are more than 50 groups, with a new cribbage and computer group coming soon. For details of all the activities and how to join, visit the website at www.u3ajavea.org.


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English Choir of TeuladaMoraira autumn concert After a well earned summer break the English Choir of Teulada-Moraira has returned to their rehearsal rooms in Teulada with renewed vigour. The first concert of their heavy schedule was held on 5th October at Ermita San Jose. The choir played to a full house and the sum of 900€ was raised in aid of the Costa Blanca Chaplaincy’s charitable interests.

The choir is now well into rehearsal for their own autumn concert. Entitled "A Little Light music" it will be cabaret style and will be held in the Pensionista Suite which is opposite Teulada Town Hall in la Plaza de la Constitution on Friday 10th November at 7pm. The programme is an excellent mix of styles and genres. It contains some of the fun numbers from the Mikado, giggling fan waving school girls, The Pirates of Penzance when the gentlemen will don their policeman’s helmets and the cachucha from the Gondoliers which will have you longing to join in the dance. Popular songs by Bizet and Verdi also feature as do excerpts from Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the Opera and Salad Days, finishing up with music by Sting and Lehar's delightful Merry Widow and lots more in between. Tapas and wine will be served making it a marvellous evening with something for everybody. Tickets costing 12€ each can be obtained by phoning Janet Brown on 96 574 5091 or email janetbrowncraft@gmail.com. All profits will go to the Alzheimer's Day Centre Teulada.

Peter Johnson & Magnum Productions Present One Night in Vegas Here is the show we have all been waiting for! Featuring three of the best tribute artists around with a show that has real “Las Vegas” flavour. This show has it all, with Neil Diamond, Tom Jones and Elvis Presley tributes accompanied by the Vegas Show Girls. The One Night in Vegas Show will be on Sunday 19th November in the Auditori Municipal in Ondara and Magnum Productions will be hosting the event with their unparalleled sound and lighting systems. Tickets cost 15€ and there will be a bar and first class raffle. For tickets or information please call 96 649 9954 or email: peter_john1@hotmail.com. All profits will go to the ISVH Bomberos and Cruz Roja.


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Amigos de Make A Smile Charity shop The shop opened its doors in June and since then has been very popular with the Teulada locals and international clientele from up and down the coast. It was set up by Barbara and Dennis Carrier and their team of willing volunteers to help support Make A Smile's projects including sponsorships for further education, grants, apprenticeships, birthday presents and extracurricular activities. As Emaus closed its doors at the end of June, the new company “Salud y Comunidad” are providing all basic needs for the children and mentally challenged youngsters in Relleu, however like most associations, they are very interested in receiving support from the local community and are fully behind Make A Smile's projects. At the charity shop, you can find many items for the home, a large collection of clothes, books and a myriad of quality goods for a fraction of the price of the high street. The shop is situated at the bottom of the dual carriageway in Teulada and is open from 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday. New volunteers are very welcome if only for a few hours a week and if you have anything to donate, please take it to the charity shop or The Bed Centre in Calpe. Call 634 307 385 or email info@makeasmile.es for more information.

FREE SPIRITS HD “RIDE IN STYLE” Free Spirits HD started their “Ride in Style” initiative with a very successful ride with three local ladies in the Moraira area of the Marina Alta. It was Millie Munro’s birthday and friends Audrey and Deidre came along to celebrate the occasion. The three ladies were all very excited as this was the first time any of them had been on a Harley Davidson. They were taken around Javea by Director Barry Haylor, Simon Brooks Charity Co-ordinator and Free Spirits member Alistair Hogg, stopping on the beach for coffee. If you or any of your friends would like the same experience then please contact Free Spirits HD on freespiritshd@gmail.com. Free Spirits HD in its current form was launched in January 2016 and the group and its rides are administered by a small committee. Members must own a Harley Davidson and be English speaking. At present the group is made up of over 50 members - riders and pillions – who enjoy rides throughout the year which include coffee and lunch stops, all planned by the road captain running the ride. Free Spirits HD are always ready to welcome new members, for more information contact Barry Haylor, Director – 629 728 375 or via the website: www.freespiritshd.com or email: freespiritshd@gmail.com.


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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 info 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 Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm, Saturday 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 9.30 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 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

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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 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 4th October. For further information contact either Brenda on 96 640 4533 or Tina on 96 558 4135. 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. Calling all groups and charities Send your forthcoming events and information to editor@female-focus.com before the 18th of the month prior to publication.

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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 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.

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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 PROPERTY WITH AMPLE land required for animal lover in Calpe area. Buy or rent. Noah 629 822 399. 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. Aprrox 1000m2 plot. 800m2 garden easy maintenance. Ideal retirement, living or holiday, easy walk to town of Catral. 150 .000€ Tel 680 947 178 .

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pat@samaritansinspain.com 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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