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December 2019

Female Fe male Focus Publications serving the English speaking community throughout the Costa Blanca since 1993


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Optical chain joins the campaign to collect food for those in need This December, Specsavers Ópticas in Jávea and Calpe are running a campaign to collect non-perishable food for those in need. All Specsavers Ópticas stores on the Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and Mallorca have pledged to support the Operación Kilo Campaign, which is organised by Spain’s Federation of Food Banks (FESBAL) and operates nationwide through a network of 55 food banks. FESBAL distributes food via charities and associations to help the most vulnerable people in society and is currently supplying food to 1.5 million people. Specsavers Ópticas will be collecting food for them until the end of the year. Specsavers Ópticas in Jávea and Calpe are collaborating with the food bank for the Alicante province (Banco de Alimentos Alicante) to ensure the food donations get to those people who really need them. They are particularly in need of the following non-perishable foods and toiletries – oil, tinned foods, baby food, nappies, formula milk, toothpaste, deodorant, bath gel, shampoo and soap. These products can be dropped into Specsavers Ópticas in Calpe on Avenida Ejércitos Españoles No. 6, or in Jávea on Avenida Del Pla 125 in Jávea. They can also be dropped in to any other Specsavers Ópticas store on the Costa Blanca, visit www.specsavers.es to find your nearest store. Louise and Mike Stone, the Directors of Specsavers Ópticas in Jávea and Calpe are asking for donations of food in return for their free eye test and encouraging anyone who recently had a free eye test to also join the collection and bring in some food to donate throughout December. Find out more about the important work the Spanish Federation of Food Banks is doing on their website www.fesbal.org or follow the Banco de Alimentos de Alicante on Facebook to keep up to date with all their campaigns @bancodealimentosdealicante.

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What a dreadful time parts of the UK are experiencing with flood waters. How irritating it must be for Boris and all those politicians electioneering, as I am sure there are many more interested in trying to recover from the weather. Of those people who have been flooded, who of course are very distressed, there are many who will have no insurance cover at present and those with insurance who will never get cover for flooding again. Spain has just come through very bad weather in our area, with over 60,000 claims so far with an estimated total cost of over â‚Ź400 million. I often mention how impressed I am with the Spanish regarding disasters as the system is so simple, where a percentage of your premium is paid to the government Consortio. This means you will always have guaranteed cover. Obviously you will only get the amount that you are insured for and you will not get it on your car if it is English plated, and they will not be able to contact you if you do not have a Spanish telephone number. However, as long you solve these issues, this means you never have to worry about not having flooding covered in the future, as this cover is guaranteed by the Consortio as part of your policy. Just make sure you have the correct house insurance and do not just base it on price, as you never know what is round the corner. I had no intention of mentioning Brexit. However, there are already a few changes in my world. One of them is the necessity of being in possession of a Green Card for Spanish vehicles travelling to the UK, and UK plated vehicles will need this card for travelling in Europe. All my offices can provide your Green Card and remember they are only valid for one year. Should you require any further information or a quotation, please contact one of my offices or visit my website www.jennifercunningham.net. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and hopefully a very safe one.

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www.femalefocusonline.com Well this month is packed with ideas for Christmas. It's a good job as I am totally unorganised this year but am sure it will all come together. We are having Christmas early as Christmas Day is one of the busiest for darling daughter in her business and she (well actually son-in-law to be) always gets called away just as the dinner is served.

So what to do on Christmas Day? Well, weather permitting, we are going to join the hundreds of others on La Zenia beach. We have some good friends who live close by so are meeting them, taking our picnics and santa hats (and of course buckets and spades as the grandchildren are coming along) to join in the fun on the beach. A big welcome to Fran who has joined the Female Focus team and will be covering the Marina Baixa area from Altea to Finestrat. If you are in her area and would like to know more about advertising then give her a call, her contact details are further down this page. She will also be able to tell you more about our exciting new release of the Professional Services Marina Baixa edition at the beginning of next year. All that leaves me to say is have a great time whatever esley L you are doing these holidays. Congratulations to Mrs J. Maine from Polop who won the 50€ competition last month, by spotting the logo on page 8. For your chance to win 50€ this month, see inside for details of how to enter. Pick up your next issue on 7 January. Deadlines: Editorial & Advertising - 12 noon - 18 December.

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Estate planning in Spain. Will you have control and certainty? By James Johnson, Associate Partner, Blevins Franks We all sleep better when we feel confident that our affairs are in order, and as we get older we think more about the legacy we will leave to future generations; specifically, how and to whom our assets will pass on our death. You have worked hard to build up your wealth and want to pass it on to your children and grandchildren to help them as they make their way through life. But can you have control over what happens after you are gone? For example, you want to leave money to your children but may be concerned about how they will handle it at this stage in their life or whether their marriage will last. Or perhaps you want your grandchildren to receive a good education and would like to contribute to their university fees, with some funds timed to help them get on the property ladder. British expatriates in Spain could potentially have both UK inheritance tax (which is based on domicile, not residence) and Spanish succession tax to contend with. The two regimes work very differently. Your estate planning solutions should therefore be tax favoured ones. In our experience it is possible to structure your affairs, for both Spain and the UK, so that the right money passes to the right hands at the right time, at the same time as reducing tax during your lifetime and after it. It is important, however, to use robust arrangements which are compliant in Spain and UK. Creating and maintaining a good ‘estate plan’ is primarily about ensuring your wishes are carried out in the way you wish, while taking account of relevant legal and tax considerations. It needs to be flexible to accommodate events like grandchildren, divorce or re-marriage within the family. It then needs reviewing on a regular basis. Estate planning is a very specialist area and professional advice from an experienced wealth manager is essential. Keep up to date on the financial issues that may affect you on the Blevins Franks news page at www.blevinsfranks.com.

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Two Amata Christmas Fairs with real Crafts If you want to buy a few really nice and original presents for people who matter, why not visit one of the two Craft Fairs that Amata will be holding in Altea (from 5 to 8 December) and Jávea (6, 7 and 8 December). Real craft fairs run by real craft people who sell only what they make themselves. Altea Altea is known as a very artistic town with lots of resident artists and a really lovely old town, but the fair will be held in the modern part of town, in front of the Town Hall (parallel to the main road N332 but 100 yards inland). Some 30 craft people will gather there with all sorts of original work. Pottery, glasswork, leather, wooden toys, design jewellery and all the other special items visitors to an Amata fair have come to expect. For the kids there will be workshops, soap bubbles, table games, a merry-go-round as well as donkey rides. On Saturday noon time the choir of U3A Calpe will come and sing Christmas carols and every day a lady juggler brings extra life to the fair, walking around on stilts, telling stories to the children, and, last thing in the evening, dancing and juggling with fire. The fair starts on Thursday 5 December at 6pm and lasts until Sunday evening. Opening times from 11am until 9pm (the fair doesn't close at midday); Sunday they will close a bit earlier. Jávea Port The other fair that Amata organises on the same long weekend will be in the Port of Jávea. In a beautiful setting on the seaside promenade, some twenty stalls will be set up around an enormous Christmas tree. Every stall is offering something different and as all participants are real craft people, they bring their tools along so they can make small changes or personalise a chosen item, and can even accept special orders if you don't find what you are looking for. Some artisans will be at work in their stalls, so you can see with how much love and patience every item is made. Here Sergio will play well known (Christmas) melodies on his violin and potter José will bring his wheel, and offers you the chance to make your own little bowl or vase. This fair opens on the Friday morning, 6 December, and the opening times for the three days are from 11am until 8pm, although on Sunday they close at 6pm. Every Saturday and Sunday morning If you can't visit these two markets in the "puente de diciembre" (long weekend that includes the 6 and 8 December, both bank holidays in Spain), you can visit the Port of Jávea on any other weekend and have a look at the stalls that are set up every Saturday and Sunday morning from 11am until 2 or 3pm. You can find the fair on Google maps if you look for Feria de Artesanía Jávea and they even have their own page in Facebook: feriaartesaniajavea, where they publish any news and changes in the opening times. General information about the fairs that Amata organises can be found on the Amata website (www.amata.es also in English), or you can ring 639 979 678 and talk - in English - to Elvira. Last minute changes (e.g. in case of bad weather) will be announced on Facebook (Amigos de Amata).

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Do you have your RESIDENCIA? Time is running out! Sun Lawyers are the people to go to if you are looking to become a Spanish resident, especially with Brexit looming. It may seem daunting, but it is straight-forward and Sun Lawyers will do virtually all the work for you to give you peace of mind, and all the correct documents to enjoy your time in Spain. You should apply for a Spanish residency card if: • You’ve spent more than 90 days in Spain. • You want to be legal in Spain. • You want to be eligible for the Spanish healthcare system. Let's examine those three points in more detail. You're staying in Spain for over 90 days The law clearly states that if you spend more than 90 days in a 180 day period in Spain (or any other country in the Schengen area), then you must apply for a residency card, which in effect is a stay permit. If you are from the UK, the Brexit issue is clouding the waters, but essentially you have to get yourself covered with a residencia, pure and simple, and we at Sun Lawyers can get that sorted for you and your partner and family. The proposed UK-EU withdrawal agreement allows residencias to continue, but they will then be swapped over to a different card, which the Spanish government said earlier this year would be a straight-forward process. That looks like being the case as well in a no-deal Brexit scenario according to Madrid, but you must get a residencia right now, and time is ticking by quickly.

As an example, an EU person that is residing in Spain, once you have obtained your Spanish residency card, you then you have a period to switch your EU licence for a Spanish driving licence. You want to use the Spanish healthcare system Essentially there are two main categories here: 1. Limited and temporary healthcare in Spain. At present, this must be done through the EHIC health card, but this does not include ongoing treatments and, currently, no bilateral agreement has been signed to continue with this for UK citizens once the UK leaves the EU. 2. Permanent all-inclusive healthcare in Spain. Right now, state pensioners from other EU member states can transfer their rights to health care from their country of origin with the S1, E121 & E106. In the future, we will see if it is still the case for UK citizens, depending on negotiations between UK and Spain. Ready to act?

You want to be legal in Spain

It is common for people to postpone important decisions, like the need to apply for Spanish residency, but it is imperative that you get started right now! Get in touch with the English-speaking Sun Lawyers team to apply for your Spanish residency, as it is much easier with the right advice and experts behind you.

This is a simple matter of “peace of mind”, as doing everything according to Spanish rules can only bring benefits, and Sun Lawyers have the expertise to tell you what's what!

If you have any questions, then please send an email to admin@sun-lawyers.com or call on the office & ask for the Relocation Department on +34 96 532 1193.

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Hello readers!

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You may have noticed this is now my 3rd appearance in the magazine so I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself properly. For those of you who I haven’t met yet, I am a dad of 3 children and a sports enthusiast. I have moved to the area with my young family and continue my work as a wealth consultant. I work for deVere, the largest independent financial consultancy in the world. Last year we did business in over 100 countries. We have over 80,000 clients worldwide and in excess of 10 billion dollars under management and administration. Most importantly, we are regulated at the highest level in every country we operate in so you can rest assured that your money is safe and managed by the best. I conduct seminars for people to attend where I discuss all of the services that I am able to offer and how it can benefit them. All my services are completely free of charge, and at no point is a fee incurred to any client, including if they wish to proceed with any of the services I offer. Some of the most popular areas I focus on during these types of seminars is Education Planning, Pensions, Savings, Investments, Overseas Property Portfolios, Crypto Currencies, Funeral Plans, Wills and International Banking Services.  If you would like to arrange a free private consultation to initially discuss any of these services, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Call: +34 605 428 195, email samuel.jackson@devere-spain.es or on Facebook: Samuel.Jackson.deVereSpain or visit www.devere-spain.es. If you have not yet joined the Javea Noticeboard Group on Facebook, please have a look and join. I am conducting the 2019 Javea Noticeboard Christmas Raffle with 1st Prize Playstation 4 + Fifa 20, 2nd Prize 32 inch HD ready TV and 3rd Prize of 150 Euros Cash. Entry requirements can be found on Javea Noticeboard Pinned Message. I would like to finish with wishing everyone a very merry Christmas and prosperous New Year! Javea Noticeboard Link - https://m.facebook.com/groups/500195557006572?view=p ermalink&id=1008276016198521&sfnsn=mo

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You either love Christmas or hate it, either way it seems it’s the Victorians fault. Sometimes we think about life more than 100 years ago and imagine simpler times. But when it came to Christmas, the Victorians really did it right. Decorating, feasting and sharing songs, music and gifts with others were all the order of the day. The reign of Queen Victoria 1837 - 1901 brought us Santa Claus, Christmas cards and even time off work! The Victorians brought us the Industrial Revolution and mass production and the new wealth generated, changed Christmas forever. Mass produced children’s books, dolls and wooden toys became much cheaper, though a ‘poor’ child’s Christmas stocking would only have an apple, an orange and a few nuts! This revolution also stimulated the manufacture of huge amounts of high class furniture. However, the Victorian version of furniture mass production was to specialise the craftsmen. Sawyers just sawed, joiners made chairs, cabinet makers made cabinets, bodgers made chair legs and spindles, coopers made barrels etc. Because of this specialisation the craftsmen became very skilled and very fast. The Victorian trade links across the world were second to none which made the very best timber available to these craftsmen. That’s why most furniture you will find in antique shops today came from the Victorian era. The new Middle Class became able to have two days off work, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Boxing day was originally the day the poor received gifts or the Christmas leftovers and the day the church distributed the donations left in the charity box. At the start of Victoria’s reign turkeys and chickens were still too expensive for most people. Instead many decorated their large meat platters with beef or goose and the poor ate rabbit. By the end of the 1800s, turkey was much more affordable and had firmly taken its place as the traditional food of Christmas. The turkeys were bred in Norfolk and come October they were marched the 80 mile hike to London wearing little leather shoes! Here they enjoyed being feasted and fattened the last few weeks before Christmas. Even the tradition of the Christmas tree was started in England by Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert when in the 1840s he brought one to Windsor Castle, and the Victorians even brought us most of the well known Christmas carols which they would sing around the piano in the parlour. So as I decorate the shop ready for Christmas I look around at the antiques and wonder what stories they could tell. They have already seen over a hundred Christmases and will still be around for several more generations. So if you're looking for an unusual gift why not something from a Victorian Christmas? Pemberley Antiguedades, Jalon. Tel: 620 548 129. www.pemberley-antiguedades.com.

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Montgó Choral Christmas concert Montgó Chorale will be presenting their now traditional Christmas concert at the Loreto Church (also known as the Fishermen’s Church) in Jávea Port on Sunday 8 December. Under the baton of Director Jan Dewland, the choir will be singing many traditional and well-loved carols, some with audience participation, as well as other pieces such as Vivaldi´s Gloria and the beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré. No doubt there will be some quiet unscheduled audience participation during the choir's rendition of Karl Jenkins´Adiemus! Please go along and join the celebration. No booking required so be sure to arrive in good time as the church fills fast. There will be a retiring collection in aid of Caritas, the church’s charity that does such important and worthwhile work supporting local families in need. The concert starts at 17.00h. For further information, please contact Jan Dewland by email at dewlandjan@hotmail.com. The Montgó Chorale is sad to announce that this concert heralds the departure of Jan Dewland after many years as a leading soprano and for the last two as Director. However the choir will continue with a new Director, Aileen Lightfoot. Look out for the announcements of future performances, including the May 2020 concert!

MAPA donation for the Autism Centre in Jávea On 21 November some of the committee of Marina Alta Pensionistas Asociación (MAPA) visited the centre for autism in Jávea. Monies had been raised by the members having a monthly lunch club and each attendee at these lunches donated 1€ on top of the meal price for the charity. Also a BBQ was held at Font Santa Teulada in May and a fundraising day in September. 500€ was raised for the centre. The president Maureen Burrows presented the money on behalf of the members.

Get into the Christmas spirit The Charity shop of Calpe has donated over €300,000 to local charities since it was established in 2002. You can help increase this sum by coming along to our Christmas Event on Saturday 7 December from 10am until 1pm. You'll enjoy a welcome glass of Bucks Fizz and there will be stalls selling homemade cakes, savouries, crafts and Christmas gifts. You can win a tombola prize or enter our Grand raffle to win a 32" television, one of our Christmas hampers or many other prizes. Plus, the shop will be open for you to pick up a party outfit or some jewellery for the festive season. You'll find the shop in Galerías Mar Azul – half-way up Avda. Gabriel Miró on the right hand side. Just follow the signs. It's that time of year again, Make A Smile's popular Christmas Bag Appeal has now been launched and runs up to the 5th of January. The appeal for children in local care homes has been running for the last 11 years and is a very important part of the year's events as it provides gifts and needed items for the children. The children all get new pjs, slippers, underwear, and of course Christmas and Three Kings presents. The homes get topped up with school supplies, batteries etc. which then last them for quite a few months through to the spring. Gift vouchers are a great way to make sure that the carers have the facility to buy birthday presents, clothes for new children and shoes etc. when needed. The best ones for them are Carrefour vouchers as most items are available there, but also Primark, Sprinter and H&M. Please have a look at the poster alongside and share a bit of Christmas spirit with the children in the homes again this year: Choose your nearest drop-off point to take a few things to and you will raise plenty of smiles from us and everyone in the group. Items can be brought in, in plastic bags as all the donations will be sorted by the Make A Smile volunteers and the children's carers. For more information about the appeal, please email info@makeasmile.es or call Tony, Lucy or Gemma at The Bed Centre on 96 583 6814.

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FOCUS ON The Community Page 13 Pictured in red (obviously) is Father Christmas with little helper Elf Sofia and Lesley Clark who invited him along to the Early Bird Christmas Fair in Jávea on November 3 - a successful event to support HELP of Marina Alta.

Journalist and broadcaster Jack Troughton plays ‘Johnny Foreigner’ and casts an eye over Spain to focus on stories that serve as a gentle reminder he remains an Englishman abroad. Santa Claus is (maybe) coming to town FATHER Christmas touched down early on the Costa Blanca and helped by Elf Sofia was ready and waiting in his grotto for a photo opportunity and to decipher the increasingly complex wish lists of 2019. It was, after all, an early bird Christmas Fair in Jávea and a charity bash to boot. But, hey, Donner and Blitzen, the very same evening there were snaps to be taken of one Guy Fawkes (a November 3rd Fireworks Night party and also a charity biggie) - it can be a confusing world out there on the seasonal front. But mums and dads; be afraid. Be very afraid. There is a shortage of Santas...this cold front is moving across Europe where the man in red (he once wore green until Coca Cola rebranded St Nick) remains ever popular. Back in the UK, the people’s favourite ‘red top’ tabloid The Sun even came up with the catchy headline: “Ho, Ho, No!” Apparently, it is a very real seasonal crisis. Demand is soaring for an appearance by Father Christmas; there is a boom in grottos but not enough Santas to fill them - despite adverts and appeals from shops, malls, theme parks and even Winter Wonderlands (unsure of what they are but you would think by the billing they might have planned ahead?). Apparently there is a return to a traditional meeting with Father Christmas as people try to brighten up the gloom of winter; especially with Britain facing a General Election, ongoing Brexit debate and some rather devastating inclement weather. And the UK’s only Father Christmas training school has received more than 1,000 appeals for help to fill the gaps. The phone is ringing off the hook at the Ministry of Fun Santa School (yes, there really is such a place). Founder James Lovell said: “We have had more requests than ever; many are places that once had a grotto and are returning to having them again. Things are so depressing at the moment. Who wants a General Election at Christmas? We want to sing carols and go shopping. Let’s all be jolly!” The right profile for a successful Santa Claus is to be over 35, to have a deep voice, not to be too thin - a hint of polite political correctness there - and to be able to cope with kids and their demanding over-excited parents. Back at the Ministry of Fun Santa School, some of the apprentices are aged 80; but they tend to work short shifts. James admitted: “We are recruiting like crazy to find enough performers to help recreate the magic of the real Santa”.

The power of Three Kings wanes BRITS touching down in sunny Spain over the years have always noted how the festive season was a little more understated, sophisticated, and the fun stretched to January 6, the 12th day of Christmas, and the Three Kings celebration. In short, unlike the UK, people were not smacked in the face with a commercial Christmas message from sometime around the end of September. Every year British television adverts continue the war of attrition. First of all there are toys galore; must haves for the little darlings - new fangled modern thingies, repackaged oldies and revamped traditional bits and bobs. Order new furniture and there is always an added promise: Guaranteed to be delivered by Christmas. Why? Better to keep the old sofa until at least after the New Year’s Eve celebrations cutting the risk of the new cream-coloured couch and carpet free of wine stains (or worse). And every time a supermarket puts together an advert for food; has anyone noticed the sheer amount of grub shown on the table? These days it would be really easy to feed the 5,000 (or the England rugby squad who need cheering up after a certain final) and keep them in booze too. Now things are changing in Spain too. Friends tell me it is the power of advertising and the spell it casts over the populace in a ‘gimmie’ world. It is the change in retail outlets that is the real change. Visited the Nevada shopping centre in Granada on November 4 - there was a huge Christmas tree and the mall’s decorations were in place and yet no one seemed to notice but give it a couple of years and the panic buying will get earlier and earlier...and that’s a guaranteed delivery. Have yourself a merry little Christmas! Wherever you are and whatever is planned this December 25, Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year! Personally, I love the big day; and although with the passing of the years, hostilities begin a little later on Christmas Day it is still full of magic. Out walking the dog late one Christmas Eve on the Costa - and having enjoyed some seasonal cheer - the stars were out, the sky was clear and the church bells started ringing. Simply magical; a living Christmas card.

Just For Laughs

"Why did the turkey cross the road?" To prove he wasn’t chicken! Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend.... "So, have you figured what to buy the wife for Christmas?" asked Brady. "I, sure have, she decided it for me," answered Paddy. "She said she wanted something with diamonds in it, so I've bought her a pack of cards." Female Fe male Focus December 2019


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Peace of mind in your senior years The Colina Club family would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year. The Colina Club was the first purpose built Continuous Care Complex on the Costa Blanca and after 28 years we are still going from strength to strength. Nestled in an exclusive urbanisation on the lower slopes of the tranquil hills surrounding Calpe on the Costa Blanca area of Spain, we offer 48 Independent Living Apartments which are configured to provide one and two bedrooms in five phases along with the Residence, which is our fully licensed Nursing and Rest Home. The apartments and The Residence are situated around the bowling green and swimming pool, and boast beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea and the nature reserve Peñon de Ifach. The Colina Club Village is the perfect place for those who want to retire in the sun, having care and help to enjoy your independence, whilst safe in the knowledge that qualified care is literally on your doorstep. The Independent Living Apartments offer you independence yet still have caring medical backup, including your own personal alarm, which is monitored 24 hours a day, in case of an emergency. We have a free mini bus service into Calpe, quiz nights, social evenings in the ‘local pub’, trips to local restaurants, social afternoons with a cuppa and a board game or two. The Residence offers you your independent home with a private room with en-suite bathroom and English television. In The Residence you are free to stay in your room, join in the activities in either of the common rooms, enjoy a drink on the terrace or a walk in the Colina Club village, how you want to spend your day is your choice. We provide all your meals, cleaning services and medical support. The caring lifestyle at The Colina Club is open to those 65 years old or older. More information and pictures can be found on our website at www.ColinaClub.com. Places are very limited so contact us soon for a pressure free tour and coffee. The Apartments: 96 583 52 26. The Residence: 96 583 73 10.

Franciscan Shelter for men Gandia Christmas Food Drive Please dig deep again this year dear Female Focus friends. Last year we made a TREMENDOUS difference to the well-being of the seventy men being cared for and we hope to do even better in 2019. PLEASE pick up a few bits and drop off your bag /box to any of the several drop-off points. Let’s see our community come together to help those less fortunate. The collection will take place ALL THROUGH DECEMBER. Thank you so much for your time and it’s exciting to know that together we truly can make a difference. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 608 751 933 or 676 507 791 and we can inform you of your closest drop-off point or we can arrange collection of your donation. Example of suitable donations:- Pasta - Rice - Dried Lentils - Dried Legumes - Dried Pulses - Dried Herbs - Stock Cubes - Cartons Juice - Cartons Stock - Semi skimmed Milk - Preserves & Jams - Tinned Tomatoes - Tinned Tuna - Nesquik - Cola Cao - Salad Vinagre - Olive Oil - Household cleaning products - Deodorants - Toothbrushes - Toiletries - NO NUTS - NO DRIED FRUITS - NO ALCOHOL. Thank you. Female Fe male Focus December 2019


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Luscious Lips for Christmas 2 for 1 Most of us long for beautifully shaped lips - perfectly symmetrical, beautifully shaped and hydrated. However, in reality, many of us suffer with dry, chapped, uneven lips. As we age our lips lose the volume they had in youth. Lips start to turn inwards and develop lipstick "bleeding" lines. Mouth corners droop and give us a sad appearance. Sometimes enhancing and defining the lips is all that is needed, but generally after the age of 40, nose to mouth lines get more pronounced as do the puppet (marionette) lines, and the whole mouth area appears less attractive and flatter. There is still a lot of anxiety around the treatment of lips and most of us have seen celebrities on TV with lips that look "overdone" or the famous "trout pout". This causes a lot of unnecessary worry and fear that lips will look unnatural. Dr Carolyn Carbasse, our aesthetics specialist, has years of experience in the enhancement and augmentation of lips. Her expert eye and attention to detail mean that you will have the beautiful lips you have longed for, with lovely, natural results. Make the most of our 2 for 1 Christmas offer to give you something to really smile about this holiday! Call us on 96 579 3810 and book in for a consultation. Visit our website www.spajavea.es.

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Cosmetic Enhancements by Amanda Saetta Mimis Kru are delighted to welcome Amanda Saetta to the team. Amanda spent 10 years as an award winning Makeup artist in the TV and film industry before falling in love with the beauty side of the cosmetic enhancement industry.

Initially training in Micro-blading and SemiPermanent Make-up – treatments which she still offers and are her passion, she has also trained in the more rejuvenating procedures which utilise the same skill set. In order to demonstrate her skills and allow interested clients to witness the before and after effects for themselves, Amanda recently hosted an open afternoon at Mimis Kru. Here she demonstrated the Micro-needling tool – a non-surgical treatment that reduces wrinkles by generating new collagen and skin tissue for a smoother, firmer, more toned skin. The BB Glow facial combines the use of the micro-needling tool with a bespoke serum containing specially selected foundation tones to even out the appearance of pores, smooth out wrinkles and leaves the skin with an instant natural glow which lasts for months. Both the micro-needling treatments are often combined with a derma planing facial, this involves scraping away the top layer of skin cells on your face and neck. It helps with fine lines and gives a clean and smoother appearance and allows moisturiser and SPF creams to penetrate the skin. Amanda’s model for these treatments reported to the fascinated group assembled to watch, that there was no pain or discomfort throughout any of the experience. We could all easily see the differences between the treated and un-treated side of the face.

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In fact, many ladies present booked themselves appointments for the treatment there and then as the proof was in front of us all to see. The second demonstration was the Filleron needle free pen. This pain free system delivers hyaluronic acid into the dermal layer of the skin. It is used for filling lines and wrinkles where the active ingredients are extremely effective. It fills those unwanted creases creating a smoother and more natural look. It’s also great for lips. Everyone who witnessed the demonstration agreed that the results could clearly be seen and it was indeed a painless process as Amanda tried out the pen on each of us. One lady who watched the demonstration came back for her own treatment a few days later, she had undergone filler injections in the past, paid a high price and been terribly uncomfortable. On leaving the salon the transformation was incredible, she was delighted, had endured no pain whatsoever and at a fraction of the cost. For your own free consultation with Amanda, call to make sure she is available and pop in and have a chat and she can assess you personally and recommend the correct treatment for the area you want correcting or enhancing. For more examples of Amanda’s work visit her Facebook page 'Semi Permanent Make-up by Amanda Saetta' @embellishbyamandasaetta and her Instagram: amanda_saetta. Local 12, Edificio Caribe, Av del Pla 129, Jávea Tel: 96 579 3584. www.mimiskruhairandbeauty.com Facebook: mimiskru. See advert on the Horoscope page.


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The Original Charity Shop and Library Christmas Raffle Santa has already been very busy and very soon he will be on his way to visit the 65 children attending the Raquel Paya School for children with special needs. These youngsters are already very excited and looking forward to Santa’s arrival and all the wonderful presents that are in that bag of his.

Christmas Fair Fair 6 December. 0900 until 1500. Salon Canor, Camino Assegador, Teulada. We are delighted we have a 100% representation of a fabulously diverse selection of fabulous items on sale. We would like to welcome on board Alfaz And Altea cancer charity shop and Barkingside Dog Sanctuary to sell alongside AKIRA, CAM, and Helping Coco. The valuations service is just 3€ an item and our knowledgeable experts kindly give their time free of charge. All monies raised is for Helping Coco, in the rescue of abandoned and abused horses. Our vendors are almost guaranteed to have the ideal Christmas present for that special someone. It's a great day out. Parking and entrance are free and food and drink are available from the bar. If you need us our numbers are 626 795 587 and 620 641 006.

But first we need you to support our effort by buying raffle tickets in our Christmas Raffle. The proceeds of the raffle go a long way to provide each child with a special present. This year we are also providing Christmas gifts for 90 children in the care of the Red Cross. Tickets are now on sale in the Original Charity Shop on Carrer de Nancy 1, in Jávea’s Arenal and in The Charity Library in Jávea Park. There are fabulous prizes to be won: a very large Toshiba TV (145 cm), a magnificent hamper filled with Christmas goodies; vouchers for restaurants, beauty treatments and hairdressing; wine, chocolates and many more great prizes. A strip of five tickets will cost you only 3€, giving you the opportunity to win one of our fantastic prizes and at the same time support our campaign to fill Santa’s bag with all those presents for the children. Your generous contribution will ensure that they are not disappointed. The draw takes place on Saturday, 21 December at 12 noon in the shop. Recent Donations Our Treasurer has recently been very busy handing over cheques or cash. 1,000€ was presented to the representatives of Aspanion to support families with children suffering from cancer. The Red Cross gratefully accepted a cheque for 1,000€. The Royal British Legion received 500€ on the occasion of their sponsored walk. Our four legged friends were not forgotten: Jávea Feral Cat Association received 1,000€, Apasa 600€ and APAC Horse care 600€. For more information please see our website: www.charityshoplibrary.com or email: info@charityshoplibrary.com.

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A Self Help Guide to help you survive Christmas... If you watch any festive film, you will invariably see the most idyllic family set up. Every family will have a fridge full of delicious treats, a massive tree sheltering a million neatly wrapped gifts and matching Crimbo jumpers. But for some people Christmas can be a very hard time of year. Why is your family so different from the above? You, or one of your close family is drunk for the majority of the Christmas period and everyone has an almost daily row with each other. But why? You love them, they love you, and each other. Christmas is supposed to be the season of goodwill, after all. So why after the initial euphoria burns off, do you each end up threatening to burn any present you’ve bought each other? According to a Relate survey 68% of people who responded to the survey expected to row over the Christmas holidays, with 39% citing Christmas Day as the mostly likely time to have a bust-up. And studies suggest that a lot of festive tension comes from worries about money. Financial disagreements lead to divorce more often than other common problem areas like disagreements over household tasks or spending time together. In fact, 61% of consumers say that holiday spending causes them relationship difficulties. The main issue is frequently to do with how much is spent on gifts – often with one person choosing to spend way more than the other. And of course while the idea is that everyone will have a wonderful Christmas time - all that bonding can create the perfect storm for family feuds. So here are some ways to try to avoid family rifts over the festive season, or at least cope with them should they happen… 1. Think ahead and be realistic If you know that there's likely to be conflict within your family, spending extended time together over Christmas is probably not a great idea. So don't! Book a holiday or make an excuse to be elsewhere. 2. Do your best to compromise A large amount of acceptance on Christmas Day is important, and if you're not happy, communication is key. For example, you may have some people who drink more heavily than others or maybe not at all. So, compromise and decide to start drinking at Christmas dinner, rather than any earlier in the day. If there are arguments at Christmas, limit things like alcohol because that obviously creates extra irritability.

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3. Mix things up a bit Rather than forcing yourself to spend extended time with the members of your family who you find most difficult, see if you can break your time up to alleviate the pressure that you all have to be together all of the time. Find some clever ways of creating opportunities to take some time out. Things like being the one who walks the dog, or who finds a late-night garage to buy some milk. Sometimes it is important just to get a break from the pressure from each other. 4. Avoid heavy conversations This is not the time of year to tackle your mother about her drinking problem or resolve the feud that you've always had with your brother. Stick to lighter conversations. Right at this moment Brexit is probably another controversial topic to stay away from, unless your family really enjoys debating! 5. Try to share any anxieties you have got ahead of time Trust a person in your family who you can communicate your worries to, or who may even share the same concerns. Discuss with them how you are going to manage those few days. And even if they don't share your concerns, it may be that they are better at dealing with that person than you are. 6. Look after yourself first If there is no way to resolve a dispute and it is only going to get worse, take yourself out of the situation as soon as you can. If the situation can't be controlled and is becoming a real problem, you may have to make the decision to say this isn't okay, and either go home or go away from what's going on. 7. Seek professional help Unlike involving another member of the family, a professional doctor or therapist won't judge you or take sides, and will be able to help you to find strategies to move forward. Every year, in January, counsellors receive on average a 25% increase in calls following the fallout of family tensions which have come

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to a head over the Christmas holidays. Seeking professional help immediately reminds you that you're not alone if you're experiencing estrangement or feeling challenged by a family relationship. Clinica El Arenal and Step One Recovery in Moraira As well as being a specialist Surgeon with a Master in Aesthetic Surgery, Dr Ignacio Poole has been a European qualified specialist in family and community medicine since 1984. He is multi-lingual and has been established in Jรกvea as a private practitioner and founder of Clinica El Arenal since 1985. In January's issue we will introduce you to the successful drug, alcohol, stress and addiction treatment centre run by Step One Recovery based in Moraira, of which Dr Poole is the medical practitioner. The centre offers complete discretion to all of its clients in a private setting, offering world-class treatment, all under the loving care of the highly skilled staff of Psychologists, Nurses and certified Counsellors as well as Physical Fitness trainers and Yoga instructors, and of course from Dr Poole who uses his over 30 years of experience in dealing with drug and alcohol dependencies in both hospital environments and as a private counsellor for patients and relatives, and oversees each client's detoxification, progress, physical and mental recovery. More about Step One Recovery in Moraira next month. In the meantime try to be nice to each other, and the very best of luck overcoming any uncomfortable family dynamics over the festive period. And we hope our tips above help you to address any testing situations in an appropriate and dignified manner, without overreacting and causing a scene. A Very Merry Christmas to you all. Clinica El Arenal, Av Arenal 2, Jรกvea. Telephone 865 525 304, Mon - Fri 10.30am to 1.30pm. Email: clinicaarenal@gmail.com.

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Every month I focus on WALKING. How it is vitally important for our health and the well-being of our bodies and minds. A couple of weeks ago myself and the kids participated in a truly special event: The Cancer Care Javea “Moonlight Walk”. 165 enthusiastic people of all nationalities stomped a 5km route lit by a breath-taking crystal clear full-moon. The Mediterranean sea shimmered blindingly and spirits were high as the event raised a whopping €1900 for local cancer care. I’m going to tell you more about this fantastic group and offer information about their weekly walks. But right now, I’d like to take a brief detour and discuss something that fits beautifully hand in hand with a healthy exercise regime. A healthy diet! What we consume has a direct impact on our health. It’s mind blazingly obvious. Yet, it's laboriously challenging to eat well ALL of the time. We are ceaselessly bombarded with advertising ploys, attractive packaging and the promise of joyous taste buds when we chose THIS easy option or THAT tasty treat. But, with so many alternatives (you can’t have missed the hype around the new Burger King vegan burger?) and so much informative media (don’t let “The Game Changers” documentary slip under your radar) we actually live in fortunate times. There is the argument that these big corporations are simply milking the proverbial health food cow. However, if they make us a touch healthier or a smidgeon more aware in the process then maybe it’s not the worst kind of marketing manipulation. If you want to examine your diet and make either subtle or drastic changes in the hope of optimising your health there is a wealth of opportunity just waiting for you. For 15 years (since my first pregnancy) I’ve been more keenly aware of my diet, and that of my family. The thing that invariably waves its red flag in my face is the connection between an unhealthy diet and cancer. I

mean NONE of us want cancer right? Yet, many of us make food choices that may lead to developing it. Without trying to sound condescending; it really does make the mind boggle! To cut a long story short, the gist of my ramblings today are to reinforce that age old pithy expression of truth that PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE. So, aside from my perpetual nagging to please walk your way well, I’m just reminding us all that we DO have some choice in what might lay ahead in our health journey. Over these past fifteen years I have sneakily removed certain food items from our cupboards and covertly introduced healthier alternatives. The main reason for this is that my husband (who is a true criminal when it comes to food choices if left to his own devices) suffers from arterial hypertension, cardiomyopathy AND familial hypertriglyceridemia. He simply MUST watch what he eats. With a new year to look forward to here’s just a FEW pantry tricks you can play in 2020. And if you are as underhanded and subtle as I’ve been you might find your family won’t even notice the change! 1. Swap pork for sustainable fish 2. Swap beef for free range chicken 3. Swap butter for organic olive oil 4. Swap white bread for freshly baked wholegrain bread 5. Swap tinned for fresh /frozen vegetables 6. Swap table salt for organic Himalayan rock salt 7. Swap processed sugar for high quality Stevia 8. Swap white rice for bio-brown rice 9. Swap milk chocolate for sugar free dark chocolate 10. Swap full fat dairy milk for organic soy /rice /oat milk Now, let’s reel me back onto my favourite topic: WALKING!

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I discovered that Jo and Janette of Cancer Care Javea run a walking and support group for people who are suffering from cancer, recovering after cancer treatment or for families and friends who are affected by cancer. They invite you to join the group every Wednesday at 6pm meeting in the Hotel Parador Jávea reception/ cafe area. One of the things that struck me powerfully was when Janette explained to me briefly how simultaneous walking /talking makes us more open to honest conversation. So, I researched a little more on this and it’s simply fascinating. The step by step motion gets both our endorphins and adrenaline

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pumping. This encourages a sense of emotional liberty as we walk. Which in turn leads us to relax, feel comfortable and more confident to talk openly about our feelings. The lack of eye-contact as we stride forward lends itself to a more fluid and frank conversation. “Walk & Talk Therapy” is not a new concept but it’s not something people are fully familiar with. So, aside from all the enormous physical benefits that exercise brings to people living with and beyond cancer (battling fatigue, easing chemotherapy side affects, improving cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness) we can also embrace the fact that joining this walking group can benefit our psychological well-being. For more information feel free to drop them an email at cancercarejavea@outlook.com or just turn up!

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Cancer Care Jávea Christmas Celebration We are holding a Christmas event on Saturday 14 December from 11.30am to 3.30pm to be held outside Mr Punch and our Cancer Care shop, Jávea Park. Jávea. Tickets are available at our shop and Mr Punch priced at 8€ to include a platter of Xmas goodies and a glass of Cava. Sing along to the Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir and enjoy a Christmas wear fashion show. There will also be an auction of a BBQ donated by The BBQ Shop, Calpe. Plus other entertainment and a Father Christmas. Come along and bring the family to this great event, everyone welcome.

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14 & 15 December in Carrer Nou. Come and enjoy the Christmas spirit with us. Wonderful stalls with local gastronomy and handcrafted gifts. There will be fun for all ages and you can even come and receive your gift from Santa Claus! We will be having an official "switching on of the lights" for our beautiful Christmas tree in the square just outside the town hall at 6pm on the Saturday. Music, lights, great food and mulled wine! Fill your hearts with some Christmas cheer in Finestrat!

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Get found straightaway, with no delay. Don't wait until it’s too late. Just this past month (November) one of our neighbours was taken seriously ill, but the ambulance could not find her home. Precious time was wasted whilst a friend of hers had to leave her side, and go out searching for the ambulance. Many homes here in Spain are extremely hard to find, located up a series of windy lanes, many without name plates, hence why the Correos (Post Office) insist on delivering to groups of letter boxes all collected in one central place, not to individual houses. And it is probably why many food delivery companies don't exist here out of town ...your food would be stone cold if it ever reached you. Being a member of the Asociacion Amigos Europeos de Javea (AAEdJ) takes away all of the worry of you not being found. Don't get confused about the Asociacion's name. The AAEdJ started in Jávea, its Head Office is based there but in fact whether you are in Albir, Benissa, Calpe, Denia...etc the AAEdJ will most likely cover your local area, including the inland areas. Call Laure Bolufer the Registration Manager on 96 579 6099 from 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday to check. The important point is that Laure will work with you to pinpoint exactly where your house is on the map, and establish the fastest route to it, and this and other information will be stored in their system. Your address details, your medical records, your current medication levels and your personal details will all be carried in the on-board computers throughout their fleet of ambulances. Membership of the AAEdJ is the perfect Christmas Present that keeps on giving for 12 full months. In fact a membership is probably the most thoughtful gift that you can buy anybody... for just €50 for them and their family FOR A WHOLE YEAR. Because it truly is the thought that counts, and nothing says "I care about you" more than this present. If a member is taken ill at home, or elsewhere an AAEdJ ambulance will rush to them, give emergency assistance and speed them to the most appropriate hospital for their condition. Compare this response - and don't get us wrong, we understand their budget and logistic constraints - with the ordinary Spanish state ambulance service, where if an ambulance is already out on call, you will simply have to wait your turn. For just €50 for a family for the whole year having this private emergency ambulance service available 24/7 for all 365 days of the year gives massive protection and peace of mind. What a wonderful Christmas present to get for yourself, your family, your relations or your friends. The Head Office of AAEdJ is located at Avenida Juan Carlos 1, No 69, 03730, Jávea. (24hr emergency telephone number 96 579 6099.) Email: amigos_europeos@yahoo.es. Get found straightaway, with no delay, call the AAEdJ now and get you and your loved ones onto the map.

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FOCUS ON community Page 23 In the heart of the Calpe community is a non-residential day centre offering a homely haven for older and/ or lonely people set to encourage independence, social connectivity whilst supporting the physical and emotional well being of its guests.

Peter Lyons and David Cassim recognised the need for practical assistance in their local community and decided to develop The Young At Heart day centre. A positive approach, not only offering mental and social stimulation, but also relief and support to carers and family members who may require respite from time to time. David and Peter believe that, when it comes to loved ones it is imperative that exceptional and compassionate care is given in a supervised and safe environment. The ultimate aim of The Young At Heart day centre is to ensure the highest standards are adhered to with support from trained staff and volunteers. If necessary, transportation can be provided to and from the day centre, and once the guests arrive, they are free to be as involved as they choose to be. All services provided are varied according to the differing needs of each individual person, and the team at The Young At Heart day centre aim to provide an environment that is warm, welcoming, relaxing and most of all fun! Activities from music to quizzes and gentle exercise are available throughout the day alongside extras such as day trips and luxury pampering. This centre not only provides practical support, it is also a welcoming sanctuary to relieve loneliness and social isolation that so many seniors experience today, particularly those with families abroad. The Young at Heart Day Centre are now pleased to be offering Care packages, Risk Assessments and Repatriations covering all your needs. Please get in contact for more information. Please contact David on 684 174 722 or email info@yahdc.es. More information can be found on their webiste: www.youngatheartdaycentre.es. “Because life is for living�.

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our ARIES There are some things that are just not worth fighting for right now so save your time and energy. Decide what is important and stick to getting those sorted and leave the rest to another time. TAURUS You feel that you could take on the world, but maybe you need to concentrate on getting things done so you can get a bit of a rest before the start of the new year. Treat yourself, not in an extravagant way, just something especially for you. GEMINI There is time for fun and fulfilling your responsibilities, it doesn't have to be one or the other. You are trying to do so many different things at the moment and juggling them all could end in disaster if you don't ask for some help. CANCER Things are looking so positive for you into the new year, just don't let anyone spoil all your plans. If they are bah humbug then let them be, just don't let it affect you. LEO You will be making lots of new friends as the party season takes you to places you wouldn't normally visit. Many of these will just be casual connections. Some will really make an impact on you, so far as to make you question some long term beliefs. VIRGO You are thinking in a very sensible and logical way when everyone else is thinking fun. Stay focussed on your goals but let your hair down a bit and enjoy the festivities.

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oroscope LIBRA Let your hair down a little this month. You have been so caught up with things that you are not really stopping to enjoy yourself. Let others take the weight a bit more, have some quality family time and recharge those batteries. SCORPIO Family are going to want to help in all the wrong ways and at all the wrong times. Breathe and be tactful and the season to be jolly can be just that. Soon you will have your space back. SAGITTARIUS Getting your work done first means that you can really let your hair down and party without the worry of anything outstanding. Life is all about balance, as you are finding out. CAPRICORN Plan ahead and all will fall into place. Leave it to the last minute and you will be looking at a disastrous outcome. Delegating some of the tasks will help you, and make others feel they have contributed to the final outcome. AQUARIUS Everything you do seems to turn out the best it ever has and so many happy coincidences are happening in your life right now. Go with it and enjoy the ride whilst it lasts. PISCES It is difficult for you to get into a festive mood, but once you start it will be just as hard to stop you. Don't go overboard or you will regret it later. A decision you were finding hard to make is taken out of your hands.


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Across 3 Chap seen when Christmas is white? (7) 7 Lights used as tree decorations (5) 9 Day once known for gift-giving to those in service (6) 10 Plant one might be kissed under (9) 11 Charles who wrote Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (6) 13 Masses, of the sort that you'll find in the shops at Christmas! (7) 14 Bed in which the baby Jesus slept (6) 15 Vegetables for Rudolph? (7) 19 Festive song or hymn (5) 20 Slender pointed Christmas tree leaf (6) 22 Ms Cassidy, who duetted with Chuck Brown on The Spirit of Christmas (3) 24 A child may write one to Santa (6) 27 Vehicles mounted on smooth runners (5) 28 ___ Minor: the home of St Nicholas (4) 29 Fun type of open sleigh (3-5) 30 and 31 Singer of Merry Christmas Everyone 31 See 30 Across (7) Down 1 Singer (all she wanted for Christmas was you!) (6,5) 2 Cave in which Santa may be visited (6) 4 Bulb used with sage in stuffing (5) 5 Oh Come, Let us --- Him (5) 6 Rich fruit cake, decorated with almonds (6) 8 You may need to lose it come New Year! (6) 11 The companion of 10 Across in a Cliff Richard hit (4) 12 Actor James, seen in It's A Wonderful Life (7) 16 Santa's favoured suit colour (3) 17 Fruit of the pine (4) 18 'Tis the one to be jolly! (6) 21 Number of pipers my true love sent to me (6)

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Charity Calendar in aid of Gandia Children's Home The Costa Blanca Business Association is proud to support this year's Charity Calendar in aid of The Gandia Children's Home - The Preventorio. Calenders are on sale for just 5€ and can be purchased at the following locations:- The Fiddler Moraira, Humpty Dumpty Jávea, Montgo Verde Jávea, The Beauty Place Jávea, Property Team Jalon, various Christmas fairs and on 16 December in Iceland. The Preventorio Infantil Nuestra Señora del Amparo is located in the Real de Gandia, Spain. The home was established in 1948 by the congregation of Little Sisters of Saint Joseph of Montgay.

The nuns managed this place until their old age all the way up to 2013. Over the years they have helped to care for over 6000 children. In 2013 the management of the centre was taken over by the Nuestra Señora del Amparo Autonomous Foundation. The day to day running of the school and the home fell in the hands of the school director Sra MariaJose Castello Morant, local community, Social Educators, Teachers and It's All About the Children charity volunteers. The establishment has two buildings: the school and the residence. The Nuestra Señora del Amparo public school, for Infant and Primary, has been a Singular Educational Education Center (CAES) from 2009. The school has nine teachers of Infant, Primary, English, PE and Art/Music as well as a social worker and a psychologist. The children’s home section has been home to disadvantaged kids since 1948 and currently is heavily understaffed and underfunded. At the moment they care for 54 kids who are cared for by one full-time House Mother, Monica and a part-time helper who comes at night. The kitchen staff stay past their regular working hours for free to help prepare evening snacks and dinner. This is why they so heavily rely on the volunteers to help around the home. Due to legal structure and lack of funding the children can only stay at the home Monday - Friday. Children who can’t go back due to violence at home go to stay at an orphanage in Valencia with their little food bag. We do everything we can to organise summer camps and other holiday activities, so the children don’t have to go back home. For more information please visit www.itsallaboutthechildren.es.


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Adagio will be bringing their brand of music and humour to the festive season with "An Adagio Christmas" this December. They are performing their show at two venues in Calpe and Xalo. The Calpe show is at Camping La Merced on Saturday 14 December at 4pm. Tickets for this are priced at 12â‚Ź. The Xalo show is at The Black Apple Bistro on Thursday 19 December at 7.30pm and is priced at 15â‚Ź and includes light refreshments at the interval. With many carol concerts on offer around the Costa Blanca, Adagio have decided to do a different type of Christmas show. Everything in the show is either a Christmas song, or has some connection to Christmas, but they stress that it is not a carol concert. Instead they will entertain you with famous hits from years past, songs about Christmas traditions such as texting loved ones and what to do with the presents afterwards, and some songs from seasonal films. This is the perfect concert to add to your yuletide festivities and Adagio hope to leave you smiling and humming your favourite tunes. Tickets for both shows are available on 96 558 1483 or online at http://www.philipashley.com/boxoffice.php. Spaces are limited at both venues so booking is essential.

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Mulled Wine - The Perfect Winter Beverage! There’s nothing better than a warm Christmassy hug in the shape of hot, sweetened red wine infused with exotic spices. • In a large saucepan add the sugar and the slices of oranges, pieces of peel, and the orange juice. • Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, star anise and about 10 gratings of nutmeg to the pan. • Pour enough wine to cover the sugar, stir and simmer over a medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Then bring to Mulled wine is made using a combination of spices, fruits and the boil and sometimes with the addition other types of alcohol such as port, boil for about 4 brandy or sherry. Some of the common mulled wine ingredients minutes. include: cinnamon, star anise ginger, clove, sugar or honey plus • Turn the heat some sort of citrus fruit such as orange or lemons. Spices such as to low ,add the cardamom, nutmeg, bay leaf and peppercorns can also be used. rest of the wine. When making mulled wine it’s easy to overheat and burn off the Gently heat alcohol. This method of melting the sugar first with some of the the wine for 5 wine ensures this doesn’t happen. minutes. • Ladle in to Ingredients heatproof glasses and serve. 2 bottles of red wine 2 oranges Looking for a gift with a difference? ½ fresh orange juice We deliver cookery lessons in small groups plus one to one. 1 lemon Email: keepcalm@curryoncooking.com for further details. 200 g caster sugar Or purchase our currylicious kits from www.curryoncooking.com 5 whole cloves and have them delivered to your family here or in the UK. 2 cinnamon sticks 3 fresh bay leaves torn in to pieces 2 Star anise 1 whole nutmeg for grating

The tradition of drinking mulled wine goes as far back as ancient Greece; the Greeks drank warm wine for medicinal purposes; to combat colds and viruses. The Romans drank it to keep the cold at bay. Also a favourite tipple enjoyed by Henry V111 and his court, over time mulled wine has become synonymous with the festive season.

Recipe • Cut one of oranges into thin rounds or slices. Using a peeler, peel large chunks of peel from the orange, lemon and limes.

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Calling all golfers It doesn't matter what your handicap is or how good you are, if you truly enjoy golf then you know having the extra practice and maybe even somewhere to have your friends over can be great. Now imagine having that at your own home.

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A practice green, a driving area, a bar to sit at for shade and drinks. Having something fun like this at your home isn't only a great advantage for your golf game, but it's great if you have kids, grand kids or friends around for a laugh. Charlesworth Gardens with its sister company Artificial-Grass-Spain has been supplying artificial grass for around 15 years and also supply golf grass. We supply the best putting grass which can all be custom designed to fit in your garden and home area. With creative and realistic results. We are artists in what we do and aim to mimic real golf courses. Having been on most of the Costa Blanca's golf courses, (due to my son being a big golfer) I know what a proper golfer is looking for and being a garden designer and landscaper allows me to seamlessly blend your home garden and golf area. I also came up with the concept of having your own (20th hole). We all know what the 19th hole is, so have your own 20th hole. Your own little escape down the garden, somewhere to putt, some chairs, have a bar and a minifridge to maximise your pleasure of being able to practice at home. So shock your friends the next time you turn up at the driving range or nail that 6mt birdie putt and get yourself a great home golf facility, designed and made by Charlesworth Gardens and Artificial-Grass-Spain. We can create whatever you want.

For more information please give us a call on 696 283 704, email info@charlesworthgardens.com or visit www.charlesworthgardens.com, www.artificial-grass-spain.com and www.floresgardencentre.com.

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SELECT Quality, SELECT Choice, SELECT service. Select Villas has been established on the Costa Blanca for over 15 years. In that time they have built the business on traditional values and clear principles which drives them to succeed and ensures that they excel in selling property. Quality They have established a very successful process for helping clients buy and sell properties and through excellent training and effective systems, everything they do is carried out with a distinct air of high-quality. It’s taking the time to make sure that all photographs are taken on sunny days and then enhanced so that they present your property in the best way. They take extra care over the descriptions giving full and accurate information to buyers. It all adds up to getting your property noticed.

Choice They know you have a choice when it comes to selecting your estate agent. But by listing well they can ensure that people looking for property also have a great choice. Vendors are given the choice of working with Select Villas on an exclusive or multi-agent basis, either way by advertising extensively on international property portals and collaborating with a wide selection of agents, their marketing strategy adds up to a great positioning on the internet so that can your property can be seen again and again.

Service But at the end of the day we all know that it’s the people that matter and the service that they give you. Select Villas are proud to concentrate on customer service in order to make sure that your house sale (or purchase) goes as smoothly as possible, as efficiently as possible and as successfully as possible. So if you’re looking to sell they would love the opportunity to list your property and get it sold. You can find them in Avenida de Madrid 5, in the heart of Moraira or simply call 96 649 0861 or email enquiries@select-villas.es.

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Don't suffer the cold this winter... call DOUBLE G AIR CONDITIONING for a warm solution Did you know that all air conditioning systems have reverse-cycle technology? This means they can heat as well as cool your home. All systems now also use Inverter technology which make them very economical and effective to run. Beautifully warm in winter Within just a few minutes of arriving home into your cold Spanish house in winter, it can be warm and welcoming. You wouldn't live without central heating in the UK, so don't live without aircon units in Spain. All the modern machines that we fit are at least ‘A’ Rated, making them more energy efficient than conventional heaters. The biggest plus is that they create instant heat and your room should feel warmer within 5 minutes of turning on.

Perfect for Sleeping Our range of units are also easy to regulate, keeping a constant temperature in the room, so you enjoy just the warmth you want. They are also very quiet allowing you to sleep peacefully and cosily.

Experienced installations on the Costa Blanca since 2003 In 2003 we started installing around Southern Costa Blanca from our base in San Miguel de Salinas covering areas like Villa Martin, La Zenia, Punta Prima, Playa Flamenca, Cartegena, Murcia, La Manga, Orihuela Costa, and San Miguel. In 2010 we opened our second office in Jávea to cover the more Northern areas like Denia, Altea, Calpe, Benidorm, Benitachell, Pedreguer, and Moraira. We only fit good reliable brands like LG, Mitsubishi Electric and Gree. There is a 2 year guarantee on every machine fitted, and we also offer a full service and maintenance programme. Thank you to all our customers, Past, Present and Future This Christmas 2019 we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers to date for their trust in us, and look forward to serving them and many new clients in the future. At Double G Aircon we pride ourselves on very high standards of workmanship, reliability and quality and we are fully licensed and qualified to work in Spain. Call Double G Air Conditioning on 96 646 0370 or 670 770 549. Website: www.doublegaircon.com Email: info@doublegaircon.es. For more information see advert on page 4.

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The Best Kept Secret in Jalón (and Calpe)! By Kim Pots – Mar y Sol Villas Did you know that a significant portion of overseas property sales in the North Costa Blanca are from buyers in Benelux and France. Once you know that, it makes so much sense to choose an estate agency that understands the unique requirements and way of doing business with these potential buyers. We are from Belgium, we speak 5 languages - Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish and we know how to do business with these buyers. We’re a husband and wife company with several employees specialising in Real Estate, Insurance, construction and reforms. What we’re finding is that buyers have different needs for which we are well positioned to help, and thus push the sale through! When people buy to rent, we can renovate (or just spruce it up) in order to rent it more easily and for more money. If buying a property in need of serious TLC, again we can hand hold through the buying process and do the deep renovations in order to move in! If someone buys a derelict property, we can fully reform to their tastes. Buyers do this for 2 main reasons. Either to create their dream home in Spain or as an investment. This happens more and more as there are fewer and fewer plots left for a new build, and also it makes getting licenses easier. Licences are so important here in Spain. For example, did you know that if you rent your property for holidaymakers, you need a special license and “Turismo Placa” (Tourist Plaque) on your entrance. At Mar y Sol Villas we can take care of it all. If you’re selling, we access markets often forgotten by estate agents and thus have access to many more potential buyers. We can talk buyers through reforms and renovations thus helping the sale. We can do holiday lets legally and we do it all with care, professionalism and confidence! And also we can help you to find the right insurance cover as we work with the largest insurance companies in Spain. Small enough to care, yet big enough to cope. If you’re looking to sell, then call Kim on 0034 637 233 868 or email info@marysolvillas.com. Our new offices can be found in Jalón in Carrer de l'Almassera s/n Edificio Portal de Xalo next to the Xabia Bike Shop and in Calpe, Avda Europa 1, local 8 straight opposite Hotel Suitopia. Pop in for chat and discover the best kept secret!

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The best of Italian cuisine on our doorstep at El Campo Restaurant Heard of Gordon Ramsay? If you are British, then yes, of course you have. If you happen to be Italian, then a top Chef of a similar fashion is Chef Roberto di Meo, who is now Head Chef at Restaurante El Campo. Chef Roberto, who has been on TV, was voted the Best Italian Chef in the Benilux in 2015. He has cooked all over Europe and is now based at the stunning El Campo restaurant just 5 minutes drive from Jávea. When we introduced El Campo Restaurant to you back in the summer, Chef Marc was the driving force but he is delighted to welcome Chef Roberto to the kitchen. Marc is honoured to be working alongside the celebrity chef and says he is blown away by the innovative ideas and incredible flavours that the kitchen is now producing. As a reminder, all the food at El Campo Restaurant is home cooked, to conjure up the real taste of Italy on your plate. With two great chefs on board El Campo now offers a daily changing menu del dia every lunchtime for only €16.90. This is incredible value and a great way to discover the flavours of Italian cuisine at its highest level. Davinia and Myriam the main two waitresses are delighted to have both Chefs at the Restaurant. They are two of the most happy waitresses you will ever meet, and are clearly enjoying their job more than ever. Please make a point of saying hello to the girls when you meet them. El Campo will also be hosting a special Christmas Fayre on Saturday 7th (from 12 noon to 8pm) and Sunday 8th December (from 12 noon to 6pm). With the Christmas season in mind, there are special menus planned for the festive days ahead including Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and instead of the 3 Kings they will celebrate La Befana on 6th January. In Italian folklore, Befana is an old woman (sometimes described as a witch) who delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve in a similar way to St Nicholas or Santa Claus. A popular belief is that her name derives from the Feast of Epiphany. For full details of the special menus visit their website www.elcampo.casa and to make a reservation please call 961 134 466 or email them on bookings@elcampo.casa. Better still, you will get a glass of Cava for free if you reserve online at https://elcampo.casa/ reservation. Female Fe male Focus December 2019

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With Christmas and the festive season almost here the Viva EspaĂąa family once again have prepared their unique and fantastic authentic Spanish celebrations for you and your family to enjoy, and this year there is once again the bonus as on Sunday 8 and 22 December there will be the fantastic Horse Show, with the beautiful dancing Andalucian horses complemented with flamenco dancing, and a typical Andalucian menu. The perfect day for you and your visitors to experience a truly Spanish experience you will not forget. Viva EspaĂąa is the perfect venue to celebrate, not only at Christmas but all year round. Their fabulous flamenco floor show is truly spectacular and paired with their excellent food it really is a memorable experience. Opened in 1977 by the parents of the present owner Jacqueline, this family run restaurant still oozes the same passion and love for authentic Valencian tradition and cuisine as it did the day it opened. It is ideal for corporate events, family parties or romantic celebrations having the space and also the intimacy to cater for all. Every Sunday lunchtime throughout the year their Flamenco Show with 3 course menu is perfect for that special occasion or when entertaining guests. Their Christmas and New Year Celebrations include specially designed menus and of course their live Flamenco floor show and live band for dancing.

Bookings are advised as it is very popular so call Jacqueline for more information and reservations on 695 161 207 or visit their website www.viva-espana.net, Facebook page @restaurantevivaespana or send an email to Jacqueline at info@viva-espana.net and she will be happy to send details to you. You can easily find Viva EspaĂąa on the N332 km 216, Oliva, just off the AP7, exit 61. See their main advert below for more information.

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COSTA BLANCA ANGLICAN CHAPLAINCY ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS 3 December 19:30 - Jávea – Chaplaincy Singers. Ermita del Popul. Our Christmas concert Advent Jubílate. 4 December 18:30 - Gandia – Christmas Carol Service. Gandia Church are having an ‘early bird’ Christmas Carol Service in the Borja Palace, Gandia. We use the door on the front next to the Café del Duc. This is a good opportunity to warm up for the festive season and sing your favourite Christmas Carols, led by Philip Ashley and the Oliva U3A choir, followed by mulled wine, mince pies and stollen. 5 December 19:00 - Calpe – Dinner Dance. A repeat of last year’s excellent event. Real dancing and great food, at Restaurante Gran Sol. Timing is 7 for 7.30pm. Tickets from Fr Marcus, email:marcusronchetti@yahoo.co.uk. 25€ includes three course meal, half bottle of wine and entertainment. (10€ goes to the Chaplaincy). 6 December 19:30 - La Fustera – Chaplaincy singers. Ermita del Sant Josep. Our Christmas concert Advent Jubílate. 7 December - Jávea – Christmas Coffee Morning. This is always a super place to find Christmas gifts and decorations … not to mention Christmas treats. At the home of Marjorie and David Stobart. 7 December 18:30 - Alcalali Centro de Pensionistas. Chaplaincy singers. Our Christmas Concert, Advent Jubílate. 9 December 15:45 - La Fustera Ermita San Josep – Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols. Join us for a Christmas tea time treat at 3.45pm, and we will move into our traditional service of the Christmas story, with a selection of carols, and the traditional selection of readings.

Sing along and join in the spirit of joy, as we prepare ourselves for the greatest story on earth, with the participation of the Chaplaincy Singers. 10 December 18:30 - Calpe – Carol Service. An early evening Service of worship, praise and the story of our Saviour’s birth, with the participation of the Chaplaincy Singers. Join us at 6.30pm. 10 December 16:00 - Jávea – Carol Service. Our wonderful, traditional service of Nine Lessons and Carols, at the Ermita. 11 December 18:30 - Denia – Carol Service. Christmas Carols in La Hermita Les Rotes at 6.30pm. 12 December 19:30 - Orba Restaurant Forn Vell. Chaplaincy Singers a selection from our Christmas concert. Advent Jubílate. 13 December 14:00 - Albir – Carols on the beach. Join us by the anchor in Albir for this now traditional, and ever popular chance to sing the wonderful carols of Advent and Christmas. Well over 200 local people and visitors joined us last year to share the music of the Christmas story. 14 December 16:00 - Alicante El Campello. Carol Service to be held at The International Club, El Campello. 16 December 15:00 - Albir – Carol Service. Our annual service of lessons and carols in the beautiful Norwegian Seamen’s church in Albir. Please join us for this important step into Christmas, as the most important story is told, and we join together to prepare the way for the arrival of the Lord. 24 DECEMBER 23:30 - Jávea – Midnight Mass. Service lasts past midnight. 25 DECEMBER All day. Christmas Day services. Christmas Day Eucharist, celebrated at all our churches at usual times of worship. We celebrate the arrival of the infant Jesus, our Messiah. For locations and service times visit the “Churches and Services” page of http://costablanca-anglicanchaplaincy.org and click on your chosen church.

Christmas carols in Jávea Port Jávea International Baptist Church (JIBC) are once again holding their annual carol singing in Jávea port and are extending a warm welcome to everyone. The carol singing will commence at 12 noon on Friday, 20 December, in the main square to the rear of the Hotel Miramar, and the public will have a ringside seat from the local bars and cafes. There will be collection boxes available for anyone wishing to make a donation and any proceeds collected this year will go, in their entirety, to the ACACIA charity and the work of missionaries Graham and Sarah in the village of Mazwi in Zimbabwe, for the construction of a multi-purpose building for the local children. JIBC is an English speaking church and, this Christmas, they are also holding a Carols by Candlelight service on Sunday 22 December at 6.30pm, and their Christmas Day service is at 10.30am on 25 December. The Church Centre is at Calle Favara, 8, in the old town of Jávea, just up from the Thursday market and multi-storey carpark. For further information, please visit www.javeabaptist.es or call 96 579 5847. You will always receive a welcome at any weekly Sunday service, which commence at 10.30am, and at the above Christmas meetings. We look forward to seeing you! CHRISTMAS BLESSINGS TO ALL! Female Fe male Focus December 2019


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of Beef. See if you can find the list of 25 Spanish 'cuts' of beef (listed in blue). Remember words can go up, down, across, diagonally and even backwards and to make it harder, some Word Search Cuts letters will have been used more than once.

Answers to puzzles in the classified pages 1. CARRILLADA 2. PESCUEZO 3. PECHO 4. PEZ 5. AGUJA 6. MORCILLO 7. ESPALDILLA 8. LLANA 9. BRAZUELO 10. MORCILLO ANTERIOR 11. ALETA 12. COSTILLAR 13. LOMO ALTO 14. LOMO BAJO 15. SOLOMILLO 16. CADERA 17. TAPA 18. BADILLA 19. RABILLO DE CADERA 20. CONTRA 21. REDONDO 22. CULATA DE CONTRA 23. MORCILLO POSTERIOR 24. RABO 25. FALDA

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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, which means that no number is repeated in any row, column or box.

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Page 38 www.femalefocusonline.com Oliva Drama and Cultural Association: ODCA are finalising plans for their next production in March 2020. They welcome new members at this time, whether they are interested in acting, writing, directing, The Stage Diary now in its 12th year of publication is producing or working backstage. not only an important guide to what’s on in all regions They meet every Saturday mornings but is also an online web introduction to potential expat’s in Oliva. For more information, please researching community life in Spain. The diary also acts phone: 644 889 155, email olivadramagroup@gmail.com, or see as a planning guide to assist groups avoid unnecessary their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OlivaDrama. FOCUS ON The Stage Diary

clashes of production dates.

Caprice Ladies Choir: The Choir are working towards their next concerts in February with a programme of popular songs designed to appeal to everyone, all sung in three-part harmony. For more information on the choir, check the choir's website: www.capriceladieschoir.com or contact musical director Aileen on 696 514 613. Careline Theatre: After another successful production with `The Ladykillers´, Careline roll into rehearsals for their January panto, `Goldilocks and the Three Bears´. This story with a twist has the bears happily working in the circus but a dastardly bad Zoo owner wants to capture them and steal them away for his zoo. Goldilocks and friends to the rescue. Fun for adults and young alike. Book online at: www.carelinetheatre.com. See poster on page 41 for more information. Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir:

After a busy month which included a successful joint concert with the English Choir and an appearance at the Remembrance Service in Moraira, the CBMVC get into the Christmas spirit with its popular annual `Christmas Concert´ at Benitachell church on 11 December at 7pm with a great programme of carols and seasonal songs. The choir wishes all its friends and supporters a very peaceful and happy New Year. Jávea Players: Once again this longestablished Company are bringing a professional actor to entertain its audiences on 26 January to 1 February in their Studio Theatre. Pip Utton will be performing `Einstein´ for which he received rave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival. Don’t worry, it won’t be too scientific, and you should leave better appreciating the dynamics of our universe. “Imagination is more relevant than knowledge”. For details: www.javeaplayers.com.

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Phoenix Dancers: The Dancers and Phaedra their choreographer, would like to take this opportunity of wishing all their friends and supporters a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. They have had a very successful year hope to keep up their good work in 2020. As always, they are on the lookout for additional dancers and singers for forthcoming shows. Anyone interested please call: 607 290 896. Sounds Familiar: T h e Company are looking for new members to join them for their next musical revue show to be performed in 2020. All are welcome whether you are an experienced performer, or just like to try out this fun hobby for the first time. Rehearsals take place in Benissa on Monday evenings. Please contact Philip: 96 558 1483 or philip@soundsfamiliar.es for more information. The Chaplaincy Singers: Would you like to enjoy one of their Christmas concerts? They will be singing in Jávea on 3 December, La Fustera 6 Dec, Alcalali 7 Dec, La Fustera 9 Dec, Calpe 10 Dec and Orba 12 Dec. For info call: 607 706 904 or email: x19x02x98@yahoo.co.uk. Valley Voices: After their successful concert at El Verger, Valley Voices have been getting ready for their `Christmas Fanfare´ concert at the Pensionista’s Building in Jalòn on 13 December at 7.30pm joined by Cor d’Orba. Tickets are €10 (including a glass of cava and a mince pie and a donation to MABS) available on: 634 301 483 or: valleyvoicesspain@gmail.com.

If you would like your group to be part of the Stage Diary please email editor@femalefocusonline.com. Deadline for copy is the 15th of the month prior to publication.

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Under New Management Antonio & Jade look forward to welcoming you to Bar El Niu in Alfas del Pi. The bar has been recently renovated and now offers live TV for all sports. Pool & darts league & Quiz night. Play your own music on our surround system. Beer buckets 5 for 10€. Open Monday to Friday 4pm `til 1.30am - Saturday & Sunday 1pm `til 1.30am “Always a warm friendly atmosphere at Bar El Niu!” Calle Ejércitos Españoles 4 • 03580 L’Alfas del Pi 608 608 964

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Oliva U3A Festive Fun

The English Choir of Teulada Moraira

We are fast heading towards "the most wonderful time of the year" and members of the English Choir of Teulada Moraira are well into rehearsals for their annual concert of traditional carols and Christmas music.

A varied selection of old and new has been chosen for the choir to sing to you. From the beautiful "Prelude to Advent" which is a traditional 15th century french work set to music by Frederic Chopin and the hauntingly sweet "Silent Night". to Rudolf the red nosed Reindeer and "Walking in the air"the theme from the "Snowman" also the very dramatic "March of the Kings" and "The three Persian Kings" Added to all of this we are hoping for much audience participation! Carol sheets, containing the words to all the verses of all your favourites will be provided. As usual the choir will be under the baton of Musical Director Jan Gardner-Brown and accompanied by Heather Butcher. In all it will be a lovely, fun evening in a beautiful setting and we look forward to seeing you there. The concert begins at 7pm on Friday 6 December at Moraira's Parish Church, La Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de los Desemparados. Entrance is by program, which contains the carol sheet. They are available by phoning Janet Brown on 96 574 5091 or email janetbrowncraft@gmail.com. The cost is 5€ and all proceeds will go to Alzheimer's Day Centre Teulada and towards church funds.

The U3A Craft group will be selling their wares and creations at a Charity Craft Fayre which is to be held at Los Amigos Bar San Roque Square on 3 Dec 11am-2pm. This is a great opportunity to start your Christmas Shopping. Money raised will go to a local charity. The U3A Choir have two dates for your diary in December and invite you to join in with Carol Services in Gandia and Denia. The first will be at The Parroquia de Sant Josep Church in Gandia on 4 December starting at 6.30pm. The second will be at the Emita de les Rotes Church, in Denia, on 11 December starting at 6.30pm. This church is a quaint building set in its own court yard area and easy to find on the Jávea side of Denia. Everyone will be welcome, in past years this has been a well attended service and a great evening. Every year members of the Oliva U3A organise a Christmas Party for the Children of the El Bastidor school. Members fill shoes boxes with presents for all the children.. The group have just recently handed a cheque to the home for over 600€ which they raised through a BBQ and dance. The Oliva U3A is very happy to support local, national and international charities through different events. If you would like to know more about the U3A, then please visit out website at https://u3aoliva.wildapricot.org/.

THE SALVATION ARMY

English Speaking Church of Denia Worship Service. Sunday 10.30am Followed by a time of Fellowship Everyone is welcome. Come as you are! For more information: Dieter Zimmerer +34 698609658 or Barbara Zimmerer +34 652319810 Email dieterzimmerer@hotmail.com www.centrosaron.com Female Fe male Focus December 2019


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Crib in Calpe - we meet every Monday evening (19:45 for 20.00 start) at Oriental Gardens Restaurant, Calle Pintor Sorolla, Calpe - for beginners and improvers and people that haven't played for 20 years. A fun evening with a happy group (no need to bring a partner). Ted: yogated@hotmail.co.uk or 634 313 527. 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. For more information please email: colaborando.crimewatch@gmail.com. Denia, Church of England. At the Church of England at Les Rotes in Denia there is a Holy Communion Service every Sunday at 11.45am and all are welcome. ESIA (English, Spanish, Intercambio Altea) is a multicultural group where people from all around the world gather together to have fun, share their experiences, cultures, traditions, and more in a friendly and unique environment. It is necessary however to have a basic understanding of English and Spanish to enjoy interesting conversations with people from all over the world. We meet on Mondays and Fridays (Tuesdays and Fridays from 01/09/2019) from 17:30 to 20:30 and it is free to attend. Our meetings take place above the library at the Biblioteca at the Facultad de Bellas Artes (UMH University Míguel Hernández) in Altea or you can contact Martin: esia4you@gmail.com. GOLF Are you a golfer? If you enjoy golf, come and join the over 60's golf group at Golf Club de Ifach St Jaime. We play every Tuesday morning. Prices to be won every week. Call 670 387 967 or send a text. HELP of Denia and Marina Alta Parkinson's Support Group meets every last Monday of the month at our Activity Centre in La Xara at 2.30pm. The group gives support, latest information and advise on Parkinson's. Come along and meet a great bunch of people. Call the coordinator on 634 301 677 for information, www.helpofdenia.com or Help of DAMA FB. Language Exchange in Calpe - A totally free service to bring together English speakers wanting to practice Spanish with Spanish speakers wanting to speak English - Meetings on a 'One to One' basis at a mutually agreed time and place in Calpe. Contact Liz or Ted at calpeavl@hotmail.com. Jávea International Bridge Club, Avda. de Paris, Arenal. Why not join us on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (with host) & Friday at 2.45pm. Visitors very welcome. Email: info@javeabridgeclub.com or telephone: 658 055 572 if you wish to learn this fascinating game of bridge. More details on our website: www.javeabridgeclub.com. Jávea Computer Club. The club is open to new and existing members from 9.30am until 12.30pm Mon, Tues and Thurs of each week Whatever your computing needs, we can probably help. So why not come along and get some assistance. Membership annual subscription still just 10€ with a one-off joining fee of 10€. Further information on the Club web site: www.javeacomputerclub.org or www.facebook.com/JCCCOMPUTERCLUB/ or email javeacomputerclub@gmail.com. Jávea International Baptist Church (JIBC), Sunday Service is at 10.30am at The Church Centre, Carrer Favara 8, Jávea, (just off the Plaza de la Constitucion in the old town or “Pueblo”, where the open air market is normally held on Thursdays.) For further information please visit our website: http://www.javeabaptist.es or call 96 579 5847. Jávea. La Ermita del Popul, (The Church Of England Diocese in Europe). Every Sunday Holy Eucharist at 9:45am. Every Wednesday Holy Eucharist at 10.30am. Sundays 7 July to 9 Sept – Holy Eucharist 9:30am. You will be most welcome to join us at any of these services. Contacts: Senior Chaplain: Fr. Marcus Ronchetti 603 259 769 Email: marcusronchetti@yahoo.co.uk. Local Chaplain: Fr. Jim Booker 965 734 029. Mobile: 670 846 898. Email: jimbooker57@gmail.com.Secretary: Colin Welch 965 771 792. Mobile: 689 315 151. Email: moiracolin@telefonica.net. Jalon Valley Help events. Casa de Animo, Centro Civico, Alcalali: Tuesday Drop In: 10am – 1pm – All welcome. Meet new people. Come and have a cuppa and a chat. Many other weekly activities are on offer including: Craft, Card Making, Art, Mosaics and Flower Arranging groups, Val de Pop Singers, Valley Voices Choir (U3A), Fitsteps, Slimming classes and Sunday Drop In. For further information on the above contact Tina on 634 333 212. JVH Charity shops open Monday – Saturday mornings in Jalon, Alcalali and Orba. Free Medical Equipment loan service. Volunteers always needed. For all enquiries tel.: 659 624 643. www.jalonvalleyhelp.com. Make a Smile Recycle Heroes Need Your Help. Dennis and Barbara accept any household items, furniture, electrical and clothes etc for the recycle projects. They are happy to do total house clearances. The items are given a bit of TLC and sold in rastros and auctions to provide funds for the charity. They can be contacted on 660 961 585 or 96 583 6814. Marina Alta Model Railway Club. Dust off your Dapols, bring out your Bachmanns, haul out your Hornbys! The MAMRC meets regularly at its spacious Clubhouse in Teulada. We cannot make you young again, but we can remind you how it felt. All gauges for all ages. New members welcome. Call 96 647 1939 or email mamrclub@gmail.com. Oliva Chess Group. We meet in Oliva every Thursday morning. New members welcome whatever your standard. For further details please contact Graham on 609 970 621 or email graham.flowerdew@hotmail.com.

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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 contact George Lapper 617 972 950 or Pauline Kernick 616 319 725. Amigos de Denia charity shop. We are a charity that raises money for local organisations in and around Denia. You can find us on Passeig Saladar 87 not far from the railway station. We have a large shop with a stock of good second hand clothing, bedding, children's pushchairs and cots, homeware and lots more. We have in excess of 500 English paperbacks and many in Spanish, French and German. We also have a large range of DVDs. We are open from 10am to 1pm Mon to Sat. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. So why not come and visit us or contact Denise on 689 628 053 or email denisepbb@live.co.uk. Amigos de Benitachell Charity Shop can be found on Crta. Moraira No. 18, Benitachell. It is open Mon to Fri 10am to 1pm. 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 Saturday 10am to 1pm. Benidoleig Line Dancing Classes. Tuesday evenings from 10 September at Restaurante La Lloma on the Pedreguer Road. From 18.30 to 21.00, everyone is welcome including new dancers and a bar is available in the venue. Beginners for the first hour followed by improver and intermediate dances. For any other information please contact Azaharcountylinedancing@gmail.com. Benitachell Christian Fellowship. Looking for an English speaking church close to Moraira, Teulada or Benissa? Then you are welcome to visit us. 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 for details and directions. For further info about the Fellowship, directions and map visit www.benitachellcf.org. Benidorm International Friendship Club meets each Wednesday 11.30am for 12 o'clock start at the Villasol camping. All are welcome to join us for a chat and a drink. Ring Mike for details 625 287 096. Charity shop of Calpe The shop is open every morning from 10am until 1.30pm except Sundays and can be found in Galerías Mar Azul – half-way up Avenida Gabriel Miró, on the right hand side. If you are looking for ladies´ and men's clothes and shoes, household items, paperbacks and small pieces of furniture, then drop in and have a look. Also, if you have any items to donate or would like to help out in the shop just pop in. Calpe Christian Fellowship. We have moved to the Spanish church Vida Abundante on Avd Diputacion. English service every Sunday 11am, details www.calpechristianfellowship.org. Tel 670 491 283. Free car parking. Calpe – MOFTAG – Mighty Oaks from Tiny Acorns Grow, is an English Speaking Ladies Social & Fundraising Club. We meet every second Wednesday in the month and organise social events for the third & fourth Wednesdays. A Warm welcome awaits. Please phone our President, Jenny Godfrey for details of the venue. Tel 96 583 0179 – mobile. 639 139 518. CALPE U3A hold their monthly general meetings on the third Thursday of the month at the AR Sol Ifach Calpe 10am for a meeting start at 11am. Calpe U3A is about learning and pleasure. We have many groups to be involved with and the travel team have day trips and short holidays advertised on the travel team Facebook page and www.u3acalpe.org. Chess Mates. We meet Tues at Bar Vinyater, Jalon at 3.30pm Whatever your level or experience you will be welcome to join us. Both men and women make up this marvellous and happy group. Phone contact Christine 629 555 480. Leave message. Concerts Costa Blanca: We produce concerts at Teulada etc. and also run buses to Valencia's Opera House (opera & ballet) & Palau de la Musica (concerts) with regular pick-ups from Moraira, Jávea & Mas-y-Mas (N332, north of Gata). Our yearly plan is up-dated and mailed regularly. Web: www.concertscostablanca.com / E-mail (& to join mailing list) info@concertscostablanca.com. Costa Blanca Computer Club. In December our last regular Saturday meeting in the Sierra Bernia School, Alfaz del Pi will be held on 14th December. The first meeting in 2020 is planned for 18th January. See https://sites.google.com/alfazcbcc/ home for information and detailed meeting programme. 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. 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Oliva Art Group. We meet in Oliva every Tuesday evening 6pm until 8pm and Wednesday morning 10am until 1pm. New members welcome, whatever your standard. For further information contact Graham 609 970 621 or email graham.flowerdew@hotmail.com. Paquita’s Country Club is a Social Club which was formed 28 years ago, for people of all ages, resident or non resident. Being a member is a great way to meet and make friends, whether you are single or a couple. We are based at El Cid Restaurant & Bar in Benidoleig and hold weekly and monthly activities on and off site. These include a Walking Group, a Travelling Diners Group, Weekly Tombola and Whist, together with Dinner Dances, Excursions & Mini Breaks. Please contact the Membership Secretary Belinda Crick on 96 645 9724 or 686 222 754 for further information, we look forward to hearing from you. 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 third Friday of each month at Ciudad Patricia Benidorm. They also have a monthly lunch and various social events. New and old members most welcome. Please contact secrblbenidorm@outlook.com or call James on 677 786 559 for more details. Royal British Legion Calpe Branch meet every Friday at 11.30am at Restaurant Dracula, Calpe Port (opp. Baydal Restaurant). New members always welcome. Come along and meet new friends and enjoy the monthly outings. Please contact Norman Hodgkiss, on 96 574 7410 or calpe3465.members@gmail.com. Royal British Legion Jávea Branch meet at Paris 24 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 Jávea Branch, contact 96 579 0123 or 617 789 883. Salvation Army Denia Are you looking for fellowship with a multinational congregation. We are based at the beautiful Camp Saron, just outside of Denia. There is Sunday worship 10.30am, prayer and bible study on Wednesdays. All

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very relaxed with English, Dutch, German, Spanish, American, also Welsh, Scottish and Irish. The address is Camp Saron, Partida de Torre Carrels. Denia. Telephone 698 609 658 or 652 319 810. San Juan Evangelical ‘Church of the Good Shepherd’ located at Calle Juan Sebastián Elcano 25, 03550 San Juan. We have people from 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 Costa Blanca is a non-religious group of spiritually minded people who meet on Wednesday afternoons. Each week different - clairvoyance, discussions, talks and demonstrations on spiritual or holistic subjects. Email sp.fr.cb@gmail.com, website www.spiritualfriendscostablanca.com or contact Jan on 600 837 054. The Salvation Army English Speaking Church of Denia. Worship Service. Sunday 10.30am followed by a time of Fellowship. Everyone is welcome. Come as you are! For more information: Dieter Zimmerer +34 698 609 658 or Barbara Zimmerer +34 652 319 810. Email dieterzimmerer@hotmail.com. www.centrosaron.com. 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. For further information contact either Brenda 96 640 4533 or Tina 96 558 3136. World Mysteries Discussion Group This is a discussion group which meets up every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 5-6pm at The Bar Mediterraneo, Avenida Del Mediterraneo, Teulada located on the right at the first traffic light controlled crossing coming from the N332 direction. We discuss all types of unexplained fascinating mysteries in our solar system and throughout the universe. We aim to promote investigation and research in order to share information and discuss these interesting topics. For more information email morairaworldmystery@gmail.com. Xàbia Book Circle. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the Centro Social, Xàbia Old Town, beside the Health Centre, at 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start, and we finish at 8.45pm. You can also follow our activities on our website www.xabiabookcircle.com. For more information please contact the Xàbia Book Circle Secretary, Nina Davies on 96 579 1782 or ninamdavies@yahoo.co.uk.

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PEPA Quiz Night A special quiz, hosted by Kathy, is being held at Amigos Bar (San Roc square) in Oliva on Saturday 7 December, starting at 8pm. A special quiz meal will be available at 7.30pm. There will be a raffle in aid of P.E.P.A. Good fun, good company – hope you can join us.

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This is Zeus, he is only 2.5 years old. He is a really loving dog and gets on well with other dogs. All the volunteers at Benidorm dog pound love him! Please give Zeus a forever home. Benidorm Animal Shelter (Protectora de Animales y Plantas Benidorm) desperately need more volunteers to walk the dogs or care for the cats. Mon to Sat 10-13.30. Contact us on 685 524 049. SANKA, female, Am. Staff. Mix. DOB 01.14 - 50cm. Sanka is a good dog that is only unlucky to belong to a breed with a bad reputation. But for somebody who knows how to deal with this breed, she will prove to be an ideal dog. For more information call 618 754 635. www.apasa.eu. Mau is about 6 years old, free from Mediterranean diseases, castrated, chipped and fully vaccinated and has so much love to give. He can be fostered, all expenses paid by Akira, or adopted. To find out more about this gorgeous boy and maybe take him for a walk, 'phone Akira shelter 657 689 567 or email akirashelter@aol.com. Meet Our Horses! Join us on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings at APAC Rescue Horses to see the horses and join in the fun with drinks and tapas to help support and raise awareness. Everyone Welcome. For more information email apacprotectora@gmail.com, visit www.apac-cv.com or Facebook: Apac Rescue Horses. Female Fe male Focus December 2019

8 Dec, 5.30pm at SOCCO - come and meet like minded people and maybe purchase some Christmas presents for the pooches or moggies at the 'Merienda Solidaria'. Catland and Jàvea Feral Cats are holding a joint Christmas raffle (hamper) in aid of raising funds. Tickets from Bar Mister Punch. The raffle will take place there on 23 Dec. 'Jalon Valley ARC' has many animals for adoption. For more information or adopting or volunteering contact Sally:- 625 985 689 or Jayne:649 310 285. Email jalonvalleyarc14@yahoo. co.uk. Facebook – 'Jalon Valley ARC'. Charity Reg No CV-01-054107-A. CIF No G5482759. Meet handsome Toy. He is a 4 year old Spitz mix, weighs around 9 kilos and loves to be groomed. He is a friendly little chap and loves other dogs. Phone 650 304 746 or email p.e.p.a.animalcharity@gmail.com. Nina is about 5 months old. She has been vaccinated but has an eye condition which will require eye drops for the rest of her life. APROP will pay for these drops. She has a lovely nature and is looking for a loving family. Visit: www.aprop-pego.org. Tanamera is a small animal rescue, located in Valencia, Spain, privately run by volunteers who rescue, rehome and rehabilitate ex hunting dogs. For more information email: stichtingtanamera@gmail.com or find them on Facebook (Tanamera Rescue)


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BAD BACK? Tonia Sherriff is a well-known and well-respected local Osteopath based in Calpe. Call for an appointment. 637 715 308. FREE CONSULTATION - BOOK NOW, Does the weather ruin your make-up. Permanent Eyebrows & Eyeliner are the perfect solution. Elements Beauty Spa In Denia. w w w. e l e m e n t s b e a u t y s p a . e s elementsbeautyspa@gmail.com Call: 96 642 4647. P S Y C H O T H E R A P I S T C ONFIDENTIAL TREATM ENT Psychotherapist for the confidential treatment of anxiety and depression. Plus couples therapy. Phone Tanya on 634 35 48 92 to arrange an appointment.

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Entertainment LADY JAZZ performing at the Costa Blanca! Perfect for your Lounge Area, Private Party's, Weddings, Fine Dining and Cocktail Bar!! High quality vocals & chillout tunes. 677 233 879 FACEBOOK:LadyJazzAnita or visit www.lady-jazz.com

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Services HARRIS FURNISHINGS - British furniture store offering a fabulous range of quality furniture including sofas, chairs, corner sofas, sofa beds, recliners, rise-recliners, beds, coffee tables etc. Famous brand names including Parker Knoll. Pedreguer Ind. Estate. 96 646 9371 sales@harrisfurnishings.com FULLY COMP CAR INSURANCE from 279â‚Ź. For all your insurance needs: house, home, business, marine, car, health. Call Insurance Altea 96 584 0753.

Employment EXPERIENCED CHEF REQUIRED Hotel & Restaurant Gran Sol, Calpe - Experienced Chef Required! Full contract, international food. To work as part of a team in this family run hotel. Good knowledge of producing menus required. Please call Trude: 618 809 565. HCS ACCOUNTANTS ARE currently looking to expand our team in recruiting a new administration assistant for our Denia office. We offer possibilities for growth and a fantastic team to work with too. Please send your CV to us at info@hcsaccountants.com.

IQGC GLASS CURTAINS. Enclose your terrace and naya without spoiling the view. Call Neil on 965 973 307.

Tuition QUALIFY AS A TEFL TEACHER With the prestigious Trinity CertTESOL qualification and join a profession with worldwide job opportunities. Our course is accredited by Trinity College, London and is run at our centre in Gandia on a part-time basis. Attendance is on Fridays & Saturday mornings over a 10 week period in the Spring & Autumn. No previous teaching experience necessary but your suitability for this demanding course is assessed through a written task and interview. Trainee places limited to 10. Also open to non-native speakers with C1/C2 level of English. Please phone or email for further information. Email: trinitygandia@gmail.com Tel: 96 286 7281 (Charlotte) www.appformacion.com

JENNY'S CLEANING SERVICES. Reliable, honest and legal. H o m e , b u s i n e s s , t e n a n c y, changeovers and oven cleans. English and Spanish spoken Covering Javea, Denia and surrounding areas. Call now 633 624 232 www.jennyscleaningservices.com

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Services Cont. BUILDING & PLUMBING SERVICES. No job to big or small, from a re-grout to a new build. Experienced and all work guaranteed. Call Nicholas 696 949 220.

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AWNINGS, BLINDS, MOSQUITO nets, Commercial & Garage doors, Shower screens & doors. PERSITOLD provide solutions for sun protection and comfort. Showroom in Gata de Gorgos. Many examples at www.persitold.es 96 575 6281 / 669 859 572 or email info@persitold.es C O M P L E T E B AT H R O O M REFORMS Whole project managed by in-house team. 24 years experience. Also specialist in shower and bath screens. Many satisfied customers. Call SHOWERMAN. 96 579 2285 / 639 292 081 or email info@showermanspain.com UPHOLSTERY SERVICE Tired or broken furniture? From small repairs to complete recovers for home, garden, car or boat. Indoor & outdoor cushion covers. Pergola and parasol covers. Leather and fabric cleaning. Pedreguer Industrial Estate. 96 646 9371 or email: sofamedico@harrisfurnishings.com.

BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION Specialised in residential property refurbishment. Kitchens/ Bathrooms, Windows /Doors, Reforms/ Extensions, Electrics/ Plumbing, Tiling/ Terraces, Roofing/ Rejas, Tosca Specialists. Over 30 years experience. All areas Gandia to Benidorm and Inland. www.sovereign-construction.com 662 097 598 or email sovereignconstruction@gmail.com GLAZING & AWNING SPECIALISTS All kinds of glazing systems, roofing solutions and awnings, windows, arched windows, conservatories, doors and interior glass doors. Call 96 645 7878 or email info@amasvista.com NEED A SURVEY? Call Advantage Building Services if you are buying a property, or have structural problems with a property you already own. Subsidence cases investigated, insurance claims mediated and processed. Tel: 653 733 066 or email mrmpaddon@hotmail.com or find further information at www.surveyorscostablanca.com EXCAVATION, GROUNDWORK & CONSTRUCTION Call AD Lawton for all your plant hire needs. Specialist in drainage, groundworks and septic tank systems. 648 052 911 or visit www.adlawtonconstrucciones.com ROUND TOWN TRAVEL - Your onestop-shop for travel & entertainment at fantastic prices. Flights, accommodation, ferries, cruises, day trips & park tickets, car hire and airport transfers. Open 7 days a week, call (0034) 96 681 1123 or visit www.roundtowntravel.com NP CLEANING SERVICES - provide the following services including cleaning for homes and businesses - Holiday Let Management - bed/ mattresses - Laundry & Ironing (with free collection and delivery) - Oven & Hobs - Carpets, Upholstery & Rugs. Albir & surrounding, Call: 649 20 22 33.

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Q U A L I T Y B L I N D S S PA I N www.qualityblindsinspain.com is a family run business, supplying and fitting made to measure blinds on the costa. Tel: 96 57 01 984 Mobile: 65 83 38 123. WATER FILTER SYSTEMS Whole House & Undersink Water Filter Systems. Reduce Your Plastic Waste & Have Clean Filtered Water From All Taps In Your Home While Also Protecting Appliances From Limescale Buildup. Tel: 681 315 659. Web: www.aqualyze.es. GLAZE N SAVE - convert your single glazed windows and doors to double glazed units without changing the frames. Very cost effective and a clean process. This is not secondary glazing. For more information call Gary on 662 455 960 or 96 671 2832 email gary@glazensave.es. Web: www.glazensave.es. TOOL HIRE & INDUSTRIAL HARDWARE STORE Specialist in rental of construction & garden machinery, and hand & power tools. Rental on 24hr daily rate, weekly or long term. Javea based. Fluent English spoken. 96 579 2502 www.cabocasse.com

For more classified sales visit www.femalefocusonline.com SKIPS IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE Small, Medium, Large skips for Building, Gardening, Mixed loads. Also earth, gravel etc available for delivery. Call Contenedores Mata on 96 579 0172 or 679 440 046. THE INTERPRETER, for all your English/Spanish interpreting & translations. Based close to Denia Hospital & surrounding medical centres. Emergency 24 hour call out for Denia Hospital. CALL 686 320 435 or email candidawright@gmail.com CAR REPAIRS & SERVICING. Automat Talleres (formerly Total Car Care) will get you right back on the road. Broken down?, send your grua to us! Pol Ind La Pedrera, Benissa. 965 730 225. (12/19F)MAN AND VAN for hire, cheap & reliable. Jalon valley & surrounding areas. 96 648 0757 (9.30-1.30) or 636 100 873. P S Y C H O T H E R A P I S T CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT Psychotherapist for the confidential treatment of anxiety and depression. Plus couples t h e r a p y. P h o n e Ta n y a o n 634 354 892 to arrange an appointment.


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Misc Sales ROYAL ALBERT TEA SET Royal Albert Berkeley design tea set. 6 cups/ saucers, 6 tea Plates, Sugar bowl, Milk jug, Sandwich plate, Cake plate, 85€. Tel. 96 648 0885. Jalon area. SOLID OAK TABLE Extendible solid oak table plus 6 carver chairs. Photos available. 350€. Buyer Collects. Jalon. Tel: 96 628 0885. TRAILER GALVANISED METAL, 110 x 90 cms, drop rear flap, swing body, spare wheel, jockey wheel, papers. 195€. Ring 690 772 178 (San Fulgencio). SAMSUNG TV 40 inch flat screen excellent condition 80€. Tel: 96 584 6624. DELONGHI ESTUFA, Inc gas bottle and regulator 4200w. 65€. Tel: 638 751 370. LARGE WELSH STYLE solid pine dresser as new, only ever used as a display cabinet. Comes in 2 sections units: Base 195 x 82 height, depth 40, above display section fits on base: 182 x 126 height x 30 depth, overall unit 195 x 208 x 40. Base has 4 cupboards, 4 drawers. Above unit has 2 glass side doors with centre open display 84 x 62h. Cost 825€, Bargain 400€ o/v/n/o. Tel. 96 296 1149 or 630 228 227. Gandia area. 6FT CHRISTMAS TREE Christmas tree 6ft (1-8mtrs) with snow effect, 2 sets of fairy lights, tree decorations. Excellent condition. 15€. Tel. 677 613 118. Rincon Benidorm. UKULELE: Top of the range tenor ORTEGA uke. Built in tuner and amplifier. Bag, music, strap, picks. As new. 75€. Tel: 679 445 787. Orba area. 2 SINGLE MATTRESSES of excellent quality & as new condition. Measure 1.90 x .80 cms. 30€ each or 50€ for both. Can deliver. Photos available. Els Poblets. Tel: 690 724 805. MEN’S WRISTWATCH with date and seconds hand. Stainless Steel bracelet and clasp. Looks amazing. 15€ Contact Stu in Jávea. Tel: 634 318 717. NEXUS 7 TABLET in excellent condition. Google and as many android apps as you want to download including kindle reader. 35€ Contact Stu in Jávea Tel: 634 318 717. LADIES FOLD UP BICYCLE, 6 gears, side stand, pump and helmet. 100€ Contact Stu in Jávea. Tel: 634 318 717. CYCLE GEAR: Helmet as new, lock as new, foot pump. Each item 12€. Tel: 679 445 787. Orba area FOLDING BED, single size 90 x 200, quality mattress little used, cost 100€, accept 20€, bargain. Tel 96 296 1149 or 630 228 227. Gandia Area.

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Property Sales / Rentals JESUS POBRE APARTMENT. Private sale of lovely spacious apartment of 70 m2, groundfloor, 1bed, 1 fully bath, open plan kitchen, living-dining area with log burner. Roof terrace with sea- and panoramic views. SOLD with some high quality white goods. 125.000€. Call us for info 966 461 784.

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SAVE MONEY ON YOUR OVERSEAS MONEY TRANSFERS Call Sherry Fraser-Currie 96 626 5072 or email:- sherry.f@currenciesdirect.com Personal PSYCHOTHERAPIST CONFIDENTIAL TREATMENT Psychotherapist for the confidential treatment of anxiety and depression. Plus couples therapy. Phone Tanya on 634 35 48 92 to arrange an appointment. ARE YOU SUFFERING through another person drinking? Help is available Al-Anon meets every Thursday in Benidorm at 5pm. The meeting is in Calle Jardines not far from the Railway Station. Our contact number is 634 758 539. CLAIRVOYANT READINGS JAVEA Clairvoyant readings in Jávea. Peaceful surroundings. Hilary 677 221 409.

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