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March 2020

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

S WITH E T U N I M E FIV DSON R A H C I R N O J UMONT & LUCY BEA

Also inside this issue:-

Legal - Finance - Walk Your Way Well with Niamh O'Sheehan - Recipes Health & Beauty - Your Local Community News - Stage Diary by Benny Davis Your Horoscopes - Club & Charity News brought to you by.... Properties - Local Business Classified Adverts - Puzzles - Spot the Logo ....... and so much more...

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Specsavers Ópticas Launches National Campaign For Guide Dogs Foundation

Specsavers Ópticas has launched a national fundraising campaign in aid of ONCE Foundation for Guide Dogs (FOPG), to help support vulnerable people with severe vision loss. Naming ONCE as its official charity, the opticians has pledged to raise more than 5,000€ over the next year, to support the important work of the FOPG and the services it provides. The foundation runs the only centre which breeds and trains guide dogs for blind people, or those with serious vision loss, to help them gain better mobility and more independence. Jorge Martínez de Lizarduy Araico, of Specsavers Opticas, says: 'As an opticians, we’re passionate about improving the lives of people with sight loss, so we’ll be doing all we can throughout the year to raise funds for the foundation. Vision loss can be incredibly isolating, leading to feelings of loneliness and depression. However, thanks to the foundation and the work they do, people can gain a new sense of independence and confidence. It’s equally important that people take a proactive approach to their eye health. Regular eye tests and early detection, followed by timely intervention and management of eye health conditions, could help save your sight.' Funds will be raised across the nine Specsavers Ópticas stores in Spain throughout 2020 in many different ways. The stores will also be sharing information with their customers about FOPG and the support they offer blind people in Spain, by providing more than 130

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guide dogs to those in need each year. For her part, the Managing Director of FOPG, Maria Jesús Varela, highlighted the importance of this collaboration with Specsavers Ópticas, an international company committed to eye health, which is showing its support to those people who require the help of a guide dog to improve their mobility, by launching this fundraising campaign. She says it is an excellent example of corporate social responsibility in action and shows the way for many other companies who want to support their communities and those less fortunate than themselves. For FOPG, the agreement is not only important in terms of fundraising to support their important work, but also the chance to shine a light on the service they are offering, the role of guide dogs and the importance of offering the same rights of access for all people in society. Find out more about FOPG www.perrosguias.once.es Find out more about Specsavers Ópticas www.specsavers.es


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Exciting changes coming soon

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ver the last year I have been trying not to get too involved publicly over Brexit. Having lived and worked in Spain for over 30 years, I consider myself to be European. What saddens me most of all, is the surrendering of my European British passport. I wonder if the UK really understands the implications of coming out of Europe and whether it is just a fairy story – only time will tell. I am relieved a decision has finally been made and some of the uncertainty has gone. I, along with other businesses, can start to make decisions for the future. For the moment, nothing has changed. However, if your wish is to stay in Spain, you will require a Residencia, health care and a Spanish driving licence, for a start. My advice would be to do this as soon as possible. My first decision, after a lot of deliberation, is to re-locate one of the two offices in Jávea port, which was my first office. The reason for two offices in the port was essential at the time, but this is no longer the case, with the Renewals now firmly established in my Els Poblets office. The new office I will be opening is located in the Arenal area of Jávea, with the same telephone number 966 461 690, between Michaels Bed Shop and the Chinese restaurant on Avenida del Plá, giving you the choice of which Jávea office to visit, as both will be able to help you with all your insurance needs. With regards to the southern area, Benijófar office will be having a major reform this year, which is exciting as we will have a beautiful refurbished office. There will, of course, be a certain amount of chaos for a few months, which will not be easy for the staff, because we will temporarily move into the office upstairs, but the results will be well worth it. I, of course, will keep you informed of the changes. n For more information or a quotation, please contact one of my offices or visit the website www.jennifercunningham.net

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www.femalefocusonline.com Thank you so much for all the lovely comments about the new look of the magazine. This month once again we bring you celebrity interviews, forthcoming events, articles and information from your local experts, and so much more.

For International Women's Day Celebration on 8 March we will be at Altea Golf, celebrating with other local female entrepreneurs. See page 25 for more information - hopefully we will see you there. On Sunday, 29 March at 2am the clocks go forward an hour to 3am. Nowadays it is a lot easier to remember as most of us use our phones for telling the time and these automatically change. My van clock is another matter and needs someone with a degree or my 5 year old granddaughter to change it. Yes, although I hate to say it she is actually better than me with the TV, phone and other suchlike devices..... Congratulations to Norma Judd from Alfaz del Pi who won the competition last month, by spotting the logo on page 33. This month if you find the Curry on Cooking logo (not on this page, page 1 or the recipe page) you are in with a chance of winning a selection of curry kits which will be posted out to your house. Simply email editor@femalefocusonline.com with your name, address, phone number and the page you found the logo on. See inside for full competition details. Good luck. esley Pick up your next issue on 31 March.

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Front page photo of Julie Walters by Yui Mok/ PA Photos and of Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont by PA Photo/ UKTV/ Des Willie.


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What can UK expatriates in Spain expect from Brexit? by Brett Hanson, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

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t last we have some clarity around Brexit. While we still don’t know what the UK’s new relationship with the EU will look like next year, the transition period provides some certainty until 31 December 2020. Securing residence and existing benefits UK nationals who are lawfully settled in Spain before the end of the transition period can lock in a lifetime of citizens’ rights here under the Withdrawal Agreement. This protects access to healthcare, social security, education and employment opportunities for as long as you remain resident. If you already hold residency papers you will need to convert these to the new documents. Anyone arriving in Spain after December 2020 will be subject to new residence requirements. While yet to be defined, these may be much more stringent than today. Taxation after the transition period Each country sets their tax rules, not the EU, and tax treatment depends on residence, not nationality. The UK-Spain double tax treaty is independent of the EU. However, some non-EU/EEA assets are currently treated differently. For example, if you sell a home in Spain to buy a British

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property once the UK is outside the EU/EEA, you may no longer be eligible for capital gains tax relief. UK pensions after the transition period UK nationals settled in the EU before 31 December 2020 can continue to receive yearly cost-of-living increases to their State Pension payments. As things stand, Brexit should not affect how you withdraw or transfer other UK pensions. However, once the UK government no longer has to abide by EU rules, it may target Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes. Currently, Spain residents can transfer to a QROPS tax-free if it is EU/EEAbased, otherwise a 25% ‘overseas transfer charge’ applies. Many expect the UK may extend this to within the EU after Brexit. A locally-based adviser with cross-border experience is best placed to help you prepare appropriately for the post-Brexit world. Summarised tax information is based upon our understanding of current laws and practices which may change. Individuals should seek personalised advice. n 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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Instant Telephone Interpretation Service 24h myfriendinspain.com started in October 2019 to provide live telephone interpretations.

They offer Spanish to: English, French or German. It's am is to be a “light” service for non Spanish-speakers living in Spain and Spanish businesses that have occasional foreign customers. Simply call 24/7 for immediate human help with; a doctors appointment, visit from a plumber, electrician, police etc. The technique is called consequetive interpretation. The interpreter listens then repeats the phrase in the other language. Callers pass the phone between them and the other party or simply use hands-free. Run via a premium number 807 499 846, callers pay only 1,21€ per minute from Spanish landlines and 1,57€ total from mobiles via their phone bill and only pay for the exact time used. The interpreters are a mix of local and foreign bilingual people who have been trained to quickly translate and encourage the caller to hang up as soon as they finish their part in order to keep the cost down. Brainchild of Martin Ducos who is a mix of English, French and Spanish, he hopes this approach will encourage frequent use of the service as people become comfortable with quick and efficient help when they need it most. n Save the number

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to your phone now as you never know when you may need it.

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Property Owners - don't fall foul of holiday let rules

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roperty-buyers in Spain planning to make money from holiday lets could be forgiven for feeling confused about how to stay within the law, and not without good reason!

Since 2013, the task of regulating short-term holiday rentals has fallen to each of Spain’s 17 regional governments. This came about after the Spanish central government decided to exclude this sector of the rental market from its national Spanish Tenancy Act, or LAU (Ley Arrendamientos Urbano), preferring to devolve it to the regions. The regional governments, some of which already had a level of regulation in place before 2013, were given guidelines by Madrid and over the years most have adopted some core rules, such as homeowners needing to obtain a rental licence. Inevitably though, today there are not only regional differences in the way short-term lets are controlled, but also between provinces, town halls and cities within the same region. Even individual complexes and urbanisations have their own rules, which will be set by the community of owners, so always check these before buying somewhere. In other words, what goes in the Costa Blanca won’t necessarily go in the Costa del Sol, and rules for the city of Valencia will be different to the rest of the Valencian Community. At the same time, other factors can trigger changes to local rental regulation, such as pressure from large tourism bodies, local politics and how saturated an area is with holiday accommodation - keeping up with things isn’t easy without speaking to local experts.

Getting your licence Typical of most regions now is the need to register and have your property licensed for holiday lets. As a rule, homeowners should start by gaining permission from their town hall or declaring their intention to do so with the authorities. The next step is to register their property and obtain a unique registration number – which is done through returning a completed form to the local tourism office or post office, often followed by an inspection (depending on the region). You’ll need relevant documentation, including ID and your property’s occupancy licence. Each rental property should also be rated as either superior, first or standard, depending on the size/ level of comfort and facilities. There are minimum size requirements for some rooms, and specified health and safety standards will need to be met too. Both the rating and registration number should be included in any marketing, and on display in your property. Other – but not all - requirements include the owners having to log details of all paying guests with the local police. Beware, advertising and renting out your Spanish property illegally and without the appropriate licence can result in hefty financial penalties. Similarly, income generated from rentals should be declared to the Spanish tax office and all necessary taxes paid.

Rentals in cities In Spanish cities that have become especially popular with tourists and foreign homeowners, short-term rentals have become highly regulated in recent years. Fuelled by AirBnB, a boom in demand for holiday accommodation has in many cases been detrimental to domestic residential markets, typically leading to shortages of affordable housing for locals. Since mid-2018, short-term tourist rentals have been banned in apartments, or ‘multifamily residential housing’, in Palma. Across wider Mallorca and the Balearics, holiday rentals have always been more controlled than other mainland regions. Controls in the city of Valencia include keeping short-term rentals on different floors to residential properties and limiting them to less than 50 per cent of a block or housing unit. In some neighbourhoods, there is a moratorium permitting any short-term rentals. While in Barcelona, where the AirBnB effect has been greatest such that it is said to have the highest density of tourist apartments in Europe, there has been a heavy crack down on unlicensed holiday lets. A key takeaway for buyers intending to rent short-term to holidaymakers is to be prepared to obtain a tourist rental licence and always observe local regulation, right down to the rules of your chosen community. Using a lawyer will help you keep within the law.

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INSPIRATION STARTS HERE

With 20 years of knowledge, experience and trust we will guide you to your most beautiful Keller kitchen. ATM Kitchens is the result of 20 years of hard work and dedication in the Netherlands. Since 2019 now also available in the Costa Blanca. Our expansive kitchen showroom serves as the culmination of Keller’s knowledge and expertise, coupled with innovative design and leading products. Featuring working showers and faucets in addition to many other luxury features, our showroom provides customers with an unparalleled shopping experience. It’s the perfect inspiration to help you transform your vision into a reality. From building your dream kitchen to remodelling your master bathroom – and everything in-between – our team is here to assist you each step of the way. With the backing of Keller’s decades of experience and reliability, you can rest assured that your dreams are in good hands. With one of the biggest selections in the region at the best prices, there’s no better place to visit to start your kitchen journey. Whether you want to just get some kitchen design inspiration or you want to sit down with one of our professional designers to help you make your dream a reality, we can help you with every aspect from design advice to budget and installation. Pop into the showroom now and we can help you with all your kitchen needs. n You can find us on Calle Uruguay 27, Local 3 (Near the WOK on the CV-70), La Nucia. Call us on 604 126 683 or visit www.atmkitchens.es.

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Is Golf Club Membership Dying?

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recent study* of more than 1,200 millennial golfers (i.e. those born from the 1980s onwards) came to the conclusion that club membership is evolving rather than dying and shines a light on the needs of tomorrow’s prospective club members.

Three-quarters of those surveyed said they would consider joining a golf club in the future, but the study emphasised that there is something about clubs that it is vital to understand. While many clubs worry about joining fees, in actual fact the key is whether or not the club fosters an emotional value to its members. Does it give a sense of belonging, a sense of gratification for the whole family, is it a safe haven? The clubs that were found to be prospering were doing a very fine job of communicating that value proposition. Interestingly the report supports this change by noting that millennials in particular, want additional amenities and opportunities to socialise, the research found, with fitness (71%), access for the entire family (65%), a pool (62%) and social events (57%) being the most important factors. At Altea Club de Golf we proudly believe that we are staying ahead of the game, having recently opened a fitness centre, revamped the club restaurant and are currently planning to increase the number of social events for our members. Why not come and join us as a member? You can play all year round as much as you like from as little as 25€ per week making it incredible value, and as a special incentive, we’ll give you a complimentary 100€ voucher to be used in our pro-shop (see advert below for conditions). You are more than welcome to come along, see what we have to offer and play a round on our unique course, have a leisurely lunch and see why so many other members call Altea Golf Club their club! * Source: The Truth About Millennial Golfers’ by Global Golf Advisors and NextGen Golf

Pontarddulais Male Choir Benefit Concert

The International Lions Club of Calpe and Benissa are proud to announce that the Pontarddulais Male Choir are to perform a Benefit Concert in aid of the Lions Funds on Wednesday 6 May, also taking part will be the Costa Blanca Male voice choir. The concert will take place in the auditorium of the Casa de Cultura in Calpe, and starts at 19:00h (7pm). Tickets are 12€, and are available from the Calpe and Benissa Lions second hand shop on Calle Pintor Sorolla, or Margaret and Elena’s Book Shop in Avenida Gabriel Miro, Calpe. Reservations can be made on 696 984 276 or by email to malcalpe@gmail.com.

Pontarddulais Male Choir has performed in concerts throughout Britain and across Europe, as well as in Canada and the United States, often in prestigious concert halls, churches and cathedrals. There have been constant broadcasts on radio and television at home and abroad, and the Choir has appeared at many prestigious international events. Importantly over the years the Choir has captured its unique sound for posterity on countless records, tapes and compact disks. The awards they have won have earned them the title of the "most successful choir in Wales". Female Fe male Focus March 2020


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nglaterra en Casa are a Spanish company based in Valencia who this year are celebrating their 10th Birthday. They have four English academies in the city which are open all year. In the summer they arrange for Spanish students from all over Spain, to come and stay for two weeks on the North Costa Blanca with native English speaking people. This year will be the 11th year they have arranged a host family programme in the area. In addition to the Host Family programme there are also two football camps around Spain arranged in association with Sunderland Football club and two residential English camps, one in Beniarbeig and one in Castellon. The company are looking for native English speaking people who live between Oliva and Benidorm to host Spanish students from the 28th June – 10th July, and 12th July – 24th July. The host families receive payment for hosting the Spanish students, and from this they must provide accommodation, all meals and snacks, except lunch during the week which is provided at the school. The students attend summer school in Benissa from 9.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday and there are buses from several areas to and from the school daily. Several of the families have come back year after year, and really look forward to welcoming the students into their homes, all types of families are considered, retired people, families with or without children of their own. Everyone brings something different to the programme.

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Debra Miller is the British Family Coordinator, and is on call the whole time that the students are attending the programme. Debra has been with the company since the very beginning, and understands all the pros and cons of having students as she used to host them herself. All prospective families are visited by Debra, this is so that she can meet the families and get to know them a little before students are placed with them. The purpose of this programme is to help Spanish children practice their English language skills. If you do not speak Spanish this is fine, as they need to speak English while in your home. n To find out more, please contact: Debra on 634 301 652 or email hostfamilies@inglaterraencasa.com. https://inglaterraencasa.com/hostfamilies/


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BANISH YOUR CELLULITE

WITH GORA AT ZEN Massage is no longer thought of as a luxury. Treatment is available for anyone, whether for relaxation purposes, sports recovery or pain relief. At Zen Smile Spa we are proud to present Gora, a massage therapist who adapts techniques to suit your specific needs. She claims to have been a massage therapist from a young age well before being trained for it, her family still remember when she used to give massages climbing on their backs and applying pressure with her feet. Later, she qualified in massage therapy, reflexology, Reiki and nutrition. Gora has worked in several Spa facilities around the world and the US, making her bilingual in English and Spanish and has had training from different brands like Ytsara, Natura Bisse, Decleor, Thalgo & Aromatherapy Associates. Come and feel for yourself the magic of her hands.

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Fat & Cellulite Busting treatment. Gora will banish your cellulite with radiofrequency massage sessions. Radiofrequency works by heating the skin's tissues which helps induce collagen production and so thickens it and smoothes away cellulite. This, combined with pressotherapy lymphatic drainage, will give spectacular results from session 1. See Zen personal patient photos below.

Combine Radiofrequency and Pressotherapy, or for larger fat deposits also add coolsculping. n For more information contact us on www.spajavea.es or call us on 96 579 5810.

There are many different styles of massages, but the premise of the treatment is the same - to make you feel good. The following massages are some of the treatments we are now offering at Zen Smile Spa. Relaxing Hot Stone Body Massage. Uses heated volcanic stones and other techniques such as stroking, gliding, kneading and rubbing. The process is incredibly relaxing, and is championed for its ability to reduce both emotional, and physical stress. Deep Energising-Sports Massage. Helps prevent injuries that can occur as a result of exercise. To perform a Sports massage a range of deep, intense techniques to restore mobility to a sore muscle are used as well as stretching. Indian head massage. Focusing on the head, neck and shoulders, Indian head massage comes from Ayurveda and uses a range of techniques with varying pressure. Benefits include an improved sleep routine and a release of tension in your neck, back and shoulders and stimulation of hair growth - ideal for combining with Dr. Cyj hair loss injections at Zen Smile Spa. Thai Foot Massage. Reflexology uses gentle to firm pressure on different pressure points of the feet. Each area of our feet corresponds to a part of the body, and so by applying pressure to different pressure points on the feet, we can treat and restore energy levels to parts of the body that are deficient. Children's Massage. Tailored especially for children. The younger generation tend to take part in a variety of physical activities but can also have a sedentary lifestyle and are subject to growth spurts which can lead to muscle aches and pains. Children need to release tension and stress too, and a customised massage will prevent future skeletal and postural problems and make them feel pampered. Female Fe male Focus March 2020


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Walk Your Way Well

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he weather has been moody of late on the Costa Blanca but finally spring has come knocking. And that calls for an increased spring in our step! The almond blossoms are bejewelling our valleys, the skies are virtually cloudless and the sun is warming our hearts and our hills. The joy of walking is almost never quite as rewarding as it is in these picture perfect months of new growth. If all that isn’t enough enticement to see you set off on a stroll I have some amazing news for you all. There’s an even greater incentive to boot up and pound the pavements. WALKING IMPROVES YOUR MEMORY. And no, I don’t just mean that walking creates new memories that we can happily snap on our iPhones as we trot along. What I mean to say is that studies have shown that walking is beneficial when it comes to protecting and improving cognitive function. Leading a sedentary lifestyle can actually negatively affect a person's brain. Even 4000 steps a day can boost our brain function, preserve brain health, increase our memory capacity and even keep neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia at bay. So, if you thought hours of Sudoku and your daily crossword was keeping you tuned on then you wouldn’t be mistaken BUT, so too does just 10 minutes of daily aerobic exercise.

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So, in going for a walk, you not only fill your lungs with fabulous fresh air, burn unwanted calories and soak up the wonderful outdoors, you are also exercising your precious cerebrum. It all makes perfect sense. Without getting too bogged down in the science bit there are unarguable reasons why walking keeps our gray matter in top condition. Walking helps improve oxygen flow to the brain and this is a VERY good thing. Our brain uses about 20% of our body’s total oxygen supply. So, if we don’t get enough oxygen up there, it’s easy to feel foggy or unfocused. About one third of our brain is made up of blood vessels. It’s no wonder that substantial blood flow is important to brain health. Researchers have found that the impact from hitting our feet on the ground during a brisk walk sends a hydraulic wave upwards through our body and acts like a pump that increases blood flow to the brain. Have I lost you? Have you switched off? Maybe it’s time to get cracking and offer your noggin a well deserved work-out. With weather like this, landscapes that beg to be discovered and your treasured mind looking for some special care, I urge you to participate in this free and fun activity. Walking is for winners folks! Walk your way well.


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Live-in Care work; a career that changes lives.

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f you care what happens to people when they get old or need help looking after themselves, Live-in care is an immensely rewarding role where you can make a real difference to someone else’s life. As a Professional Live-in Carer, you provide care and companionship at a time when a person needs it most, all in the comfort of their own home. The Good Care Group is proud to be the most awarded and accredited Live-In Care Provider in the UK. They are rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in all 5 categories and are committed to delivering the highest standards of care for their clients, and support for their Carers. Due to their continuous growth they are actively looking to recruit more Live-in Carers who are based in Spain and able to travel to the UK to look after their elderly clients living in England and Scotland. They have a recruitment and training team based in Spain and have many carers who currently split their time between living in Spain and working in the UK. Professional Live-in Carer Allison has worked with the company since 2016 and says “I have been very lucky and have cared for the same lady for 3 years, I also cared for her husband as well for two of those years. We have a lovely relationship, my lady has dementia and I can see the difference Live-in care has made to her life. It’s a joy to spend time with her, we have many special moments together and are lucky to share many common interests. To see the difference I make to her life really does make caring for her a pleasure.” All Professional Carers are directly employed by The Good Care Group and receive market-leading training which is held in either Guardamar or London (accommodation and travel contributions included). With a variety of rota patterns to choose from, flight contributions from Spain* and paid UK travel expenses whilst in placement, their carers can get the best of both worlds; spending their time working in the UK and still enjoying valuable time off in Spain. Typical shift patterns for Live-in carers are "2 weeks on" and "2 weeks off" and this has proven to be an ideal working arrangement for many Spain-based carers. They do have many other working patterns available; so you can pick the pattern that suits your lifestyle and gives the best balance between working and spending time with family and friends. As all of the roles are for “Live-in” care positions, your accommodation will be provided for the duration of your working time in the UK - you do not need to have a UK base. If you’re a compassionate person with at least 6 months' professional or personal care experience this is an opportunity not to be missed. n For further information on working as a Live-in carer, contact their local recruiter Jayne Nuttall-Blake on 634 345 685 or email Jayne.Nuttall-Blake@thegoodcaregroup.com *terms apply

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The Coronavirus COVID-19 in Spain

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he spread of the Coronavirus (now given the medical name COVID-19) has been rapid. In January, the World Health Organisation declared it a "public health emergency of international concern", which has only happened five times in the last decade, and the UK Chief Medical Officer has raised the risk to the public from low to moderate. But the stated overall risk to individuals still remains low.

Here in Spain, at the time of writing, there are only 2 people infected with the virus. The first confirmed case was of a German tourist on the Canary Island of La Gomera (31st January). The second confirmed case was of a British father who tested positive (10th February) in Mallorca where he reported having come into contact with a Brit who had holidayed in France and who was subsequently diagnosed. However, some of the repercussions of the potential spread of the disease are already beginning to show in different guises. The World's Biggest Mobile Technology Fair which was expected to draw more than 100,000 visitors from over 200 different countries (scheduled for 24-27 February) in Barcelona was cancelled by its organiser, after dozens of major technology and wireless carrier companies like Ericsson, Nokia, Sony, Amazon, Intel and LG all pulled out, citing concerns for the safety of their staff and visitors. In response the Spanish government issued a statement saying that it “believes it is not public health reasons in Spain that have motivated the cancellation”. Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, issued a statement saying "Neither in Barcelona, Catalonia or Spain does any health concern exist today. There is no local reason to cancel". However the government failed to say what other reasons it thought were actually behind the decision. Previous disease outbreaks, Sars included, suggest what could be next for COVID-19. Although thousands are already dead, and infections have been confirmed in 25 countries, there is a chance that it will end with a whimper, not a bang – fading into obscurity like Sars. In all likelihood there are 3 main scenarios as to how this will play out: the disease could spread into a global pandemic, it could remain largely contained within China and taper off on its own, or it could become another illness that never leaves us, flaring up seasonally as the flu does now.

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Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus. 1) Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty. This will eliminate the virus if it is on your hands. 2) Practice respiratory hygiene when coughing and sneezing, covering mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – and discard the tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water. Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevents the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch. 3) Maintain social distancing at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus. 4) Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself. 5) If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. And most certainly inform your health care provider if you have travelled in an area in China where the coronavirus has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone with who has travelled from China and has respiratory symptoms. The three WHO diagrams give more information. So far a true pandemic seems to be on hold, we are in the containment phase at the moment. Adhering to basic protective measures will help keep it that way. For further information you can search the following websites: www.nhs.uk or www.who.int or for news: www.bbc.com.

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Creating fabulous colour

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reat hair colour does not happen by simply pointing to a colour on a chart or grabbing for a box of dye from a supermarket shelf. There are so many important reasons to come to the professionals; a perfect hair colour will not only complement your skin tone and make your best facial features shine; it can also help you look years younger. There are many considerations: your existing colour both natural and artificial, undertones in your hair, your skin tone and colour placement. The exact same product on two different people will create very different results. As a general rule those with warmer undertones in their skin will look great with a warmer hair colour, like golden blondes or honey browns. Equally, those with cooler undertones in their skin will look better with cooler hair colours, like ash blonde, black or auburn brown. Eye colour is also a good indicator of tones that may suit you. The colour placement is just as important as the colours chosen: balayage, baby lights, full highlights, ghosting, low lights, pastel toning and the list goes on. Instead of a translating all the terms, it is often easier to explain the end result you are looking for and show images of colour you like and those you don’t as this will help your colourist chose the best application technique and colour combination for you. Equally as we age, our skin and hair colour and texture change so reverting to the colour of your younger years often has the effect of looking harsh and aging and although science is always working on a solution to grey hair it may be many years before solutions are available so, in the meantime, the team at Mimis Kru will continue to create fabulous colours with the Wella professional range. We have many clients who are not permanently living here and worry about matching their hair colour, but there is no need to be concerned - the Mimis Kru team can match your colour perfectly, so call us to book a free consultation to discuss your colour, or you can also book appointments online through our website. n Mimis Kru,

Local 12, Edificio Caribe, Av del Pla 129, JĂĄvea. Tel 96 579 3584. www.mimiskruhairandbeauty.com Facebook Mimiskru. See advert on the Horoscopes page. Female Fe male Focus March 2020


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harron Barton BSc (Hons) Ost DO is a UK Qualified and Registered Osteopath and Sports Massage Therapist here in the Costa Blanca. To become a Registered Osteopath Sharron completed 4 years full time training at the Prestigious European School of Osteopathy in Maidstone and every year completes 30 hours continuing professional development to ensure that she is up to date and can safely treat patients.

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She successfully ran her own Clinic in Dover and worked alongside other Osteopaths in Ashford for 10 years before moving here to Jávea in 2017. “What I love about Osteopathy is that you never know who may come through the door next…. From a baby a few days old, a professional sports person, an office worker, a pregnant woman, a manual worker to those entering their twilight years. I am passionate about helping people who are in pain and making a positive difference to how they feel”. A person’s body often has a story to tell and sometimes just by looking at how someone stands tells this, for example, when I was in Kent I saw quite a few farmers and they tended to have a twist to their right in their body from sitting in their tractor seats and looking backwards when ploughing; a lot of what we do is one sided and this imbalance can then be reflected in the body. Osteopathy For All The Family, Sharron Barton is available at La Plaza Salon in Jávea and Enhance Health & Beauty in Benitachell. n Contact her on 634 364 385 or at La Plaza Salon 966 463 536 or at Enhance 966 493 722 to see if Osteopathy could help you. www.osteopathy4all.co.uk Email: osteosharron@gmail.com

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C.A CLAIRE ALEXANDER STUDIO

(formerly of salon Claires in Albir) We have torn up the salon rule book with our impressive flagship in Altea. A new concept bringing you the best salon experience. Known to be the best in town! We offer head to toe pampering at its BEST. Check out our Facebook Page (C.A Claire Alexander Studio Salon, Altea) and just look at our 5¬ reviews. Our team of professionals are from around the world, we speak English, Spanish, German Dutch and Russian. You can book all your services with us, semi permanent manicures and pedicures, acrylic and gel nail extensions, nail art, eyelash extensions and waxing. All hairdressing services, cuts, colours, hair extensions and styling. And of course we offer all men's beauty and hair treatments too. Finally, enter our relax area for all types of massage and facial treatments. Come and try our day-long pamper days and NOT TO BE MISSED FIZZY FRIDAY receive a free glass of fizz on Fridays with your appointment.

MARCH SPECIAL OFFER - 3 FOR 2. BOOK 3 SERVICES AND ONLY PAY FOR 2. More than a salon, an experience not to be missed! We can’t wait to see you………… n You can find us on the sea front in Altea with an amazing sea view! Calle St Pere 44, Altea 03590 (5 doors away from masymas towards Altea). Tel +34 965 053 144. You can check our website for special promotions www.clairealexanderstudio.net or drop us an email clairealexanderstudio@hotmail.com

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very year during the springtime, you may hear people talking about the pine processionary caterpillars. Usually it will be pet owners warning other pet owners, because these tiny but deadly creatures can kill a pet.

Dogs are the main victims as when they come into contact with the caterpillars they can pick up the hairs on their paws, which are then licked because of the irritation and the poison spreads to the mouth. They could suffer breathing difficulties as their tongue swells, start vomiting or foaming at the mouth and should be taken urgently to the nearest veterinary clinic for an immediate cortisone and antibiotic injection. The Pine Processionary Caterpillar (Thaumetopoea Pityocampa) The pine processionary moth hatches around May to July and only lives for about a day. During this time it must mate and lay its eggs in the foliage of a pine tree. A single female can lay up to 300 tiny eggs and once hatched, the caterpillars build a white candyfloss-like nest and feed on the pine leaves. Between January and April, the caterpillars make their way to the ground in a long chain, or ‘procession’, searching for the next place to continue their life cycle, burrowing just below the ground where they will pupate. Before this happens they can be a real danger to humans and other mammals. A true example. A friend of ours saw a long line of the caterpillars on his patio, and did not fully appreciate how dangerous they are, so he stamped on

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them, thinking to remove the dead bodies after. But if the caterpillar is stressed or threatened it can eject its tiny hairs, which act a little like barbed harpoons that penetrate and irritate any exposed skin. The hairs contain a protein called thaumetopoein and although our friend was dressed in jeans, and had shoes and socks on, some of the hairs must have made their way up his trouser legs, onto his skin. Within a few minutes his ankles had swollen up, and the bottom of his legs were twice their normal size. His skin was super itchy, a nasty red rash started, and it felt like he was being prodded with hundreds of painful sharp needles. Despite taking an antihistamine and painkillers the painful sensation lasted for about 12 hours, and the rash continued to be very irritating and lasted for about a week. So be warned, because the caterpillars can pose a major risk to children and adults. In humans even more than 'just' causing an allergy to the skin and possible dermatitis, if inhaled the hairs can cause severe respiratory problems, and if the hairs get into the eyes they can cause eye damage. n Article provided by Asociacion Amigos Europeos de Javea, please see our advert on this page.


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It was with great pleasure Denia Rock Choir presented President CANDY WRIGHT and AILEEN MORGAN of Help of Marina Alta with a cheque for the sum â‚Ź1,100! The money was raised by the choir at two concerts given at Hostel Loreto Denia last year.

The choir was led by their new musical director Claire Lowe and was much appreciated by the two audiences! The repertoire consisted of songs that were favourites of the choir including a very daring rendition of the Sound of Silence which was truly enjoyed by all then moved on to classic Christmas songs that we all know and love! The audiences were very appreciative in joining in with the Christmas songs and their appreciation was also shown by the wonderful amount donated by them on leaving the concerts! The choir members loved singing in these concerts and were delighted by the amounts raised on the night! Hopefully Denia Rock Choir will be singing in public in the future for the next charity of their choice. Denia Rock choir are also celebrating their 5th anniversary by having a party in Basta in Denia and are going from strength to strength but would like to ask is there any men out there who would like to join this fabulous choir? We are such a fun loving happy bunch of singers who are just short on male singers (though we love the ones we have)! For more information visit 'Denia Rock Choir' on Facebook. Article Kate Spelling. Photo John Lillie & Donna Hofmann.

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Volunteer Appeal Can you spare a few hours a week? Having been operating across Spain for almost 20 years we're proud to be able to offer care, counselling and support to those affected by cancer. However, we wouldn't be anything without our volunteers. They are the absolute back bone of our network! We urgently require help in providing transport to and from hospital and clinic appointments for patients going for radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment across the Costa Blanca and Costa Calida areas. We typically have two or more patients going for radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment each weekday for six weeks or more and desperately require volunteer drivers from all areas of the Costa Calida and Costa Blanca. All you need is a car, a few hours a week spare and a BIG heart! Maybe you have been affected by cancer and want to give something back to those experiencing the same. Whatever part of the journey you're on we'd love to hear from you. We need help with: Driving patients to hospital, Shop assistants, van drivers and fundraisers. Full details can be found on our website www.mabscancerfoundation.com or by calling: Costa Blanca 634 311 690, San Javier 693 275 779, Mazarron 620 422 410. Female Fe male Focus March 2020


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ome baked granola bars are great for breakfast, school and work lunch boxes, delicious as a pre/ post workout snack and a quick fix on the go. Healthier than shop bought, easy to make and adapt to suit all tastes.

Ingredients 100g butter 200g jumbo oats 25g chopped walnuts 25g chopped almonds 100g sunflower seeds 50g sesame seeds 3 tbsp honey 100g brown sugar 100g dried mixed fruit Recipe - Heat oven to 160ºC/ fan 140ºC/ gas 3. - Line a baking tin 18 x 25cm and a baking tray with parchment. - Mix the oats, seeds and nuts well, spread on the baking tray and toast in the oven for 5-10 mins. - Heat the butter, honey and sugar in a pan, stir until the butter is melted. - Add the fruit and oat crumble to the syrup mix. Mix really well until all the oat mixture is well coated. - Tip in to the baking tin and press down lightly. - Bake for 30 mins. Cool at room temperature in the tin, cut into bars and enjoy! Looking for a gift with a difference? The Spice Sisters deliver cookery lessons to small groups plus one to one. Email keepcalm@curryoncooking.com - visit www.curryoncooking.com. n Recipe supplied by The Spices Sisters from Curry On Cooking. Don’t forget to like them on Facebook 'Curry On Cooking'. You can purchase their currylicious kits from www.curryoncooking.com.

CHANGE ONE THING Change your cling film for beeswax wraps, reusable silicon lids, glass jars, cotton bowl covers, or just use a plate to cover a bowl.

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Live and Enjoy Your Dream at Senior Resort

Ciudad Patricia

Everyone who has decided to move to Ciudad Patricia has a list of many reasons why. I love meeting and talking with the residents every day, here are some of the things they tell me why they come and live here. Friendships start here

Peace of mind

What I hear is that many people I see feel alone or have a fear of being alone. Socialising is so important in your senior years.

When you aren't feeling well we have a community support worker that can go shopping for you, get your prescriptions, go with you to the hospital and doctors to translate for you and much more (for a small fee). We have a doctor living on site for emergencies and he also has his own surgery for appointments which are included in the monthly service cost.

What most our residents have in common is that they all want to fully enjoy their life. All kinds of fun activities are laid on to join in if you want to. To help you keep fit and healthy we have 5 pools and a gym. You will never have to feel alone here even if you just meet people for a morning coffee in our cafeteria. Maintaining your dream of living in Spain We have such a beautiful green resort full of lovely trees shrubs and flowers giving lovely gardens to stroll through. There are 5 buildings consisting of 190 apartments. You purchase the apartments on a lifetime right of use. There are different types and size of apartments to choose from one, two and three-bedroom apartments. They have spacious terraces. Some apartments have their own private garden suitable for a small pet. You can even try out an apartment for a minimum of 3 nights to help you get a feel for the life here and a chance to meet some of the resident's, and explore the grounds.

There is even a residential and rehabilitation centre when you need full time extra care. Ciudad Patricia really is the perfect solution to your golden years living in Spain. Why not come and see for yourself, it is never too early to start planning your future. n I hope to see you soon. Call Amanda 0034 673 064 288 for more information. See page 27 for details of our open day.

Hello MARCH & THE MAKING OF

THE WELLBEING EXPO

A couple of months in and 2020 is Marching on! And so are GM Promotions as we work with a spring in our step creating the WELLBEING Health Beauty & Lifestyle Expo at the PARADOR HOTEL, JAVEA on Friday 8 & Saturday 9 May. Pop the dates in your diary to join us for 2 informative, inspirational and motivational days, exhibiting products and services, staging talks and demos, also treatments & taster sessions will be on offer, plus some free classes and workshops as well as food and drink samples! It’s a unique opportunity, not to be missed to shop and pamper yourselves! This exciting Expo is for everyone to enjoy and be part of, to see, touch, try, taste and buy products, services, and treatments. Discover what can help us be, and feel more healthy, beautiful, and spiritually connected, to feel more in flow! Plus if you are looking for new activities, hobbies, or places to travel to….. we have all that covered as well, ready to enjoy the summer months. Promoting a variety of topics and subject matter that will help you look and feel great from inside out and from top to toe! General health care, body care to self-care. Mainstream to alternative and holistic approaches, eco and planet friendly product solutions, nutrition and fitness to stylish fashion and accessories, explore vegan and organic options to travel and leisure pursuits to finding working opportunities. We will also be showcasing outdoor living products and services, art and soft furnishings. This event is the All about YOU Event. It’s time to take care of YOU! And it is absolutely OK to put yourself as a priority! In fact it is a necessity! So come along and discover what’s available here on the Costas to keep your WELLBEING and Wellness, health and Lifestyle in tip top condition! All part of creating and planning this EXPO is our ‘OPEN/ NETWORKING’ afternoon for the exhibitors and potential exhibitors to visit the venue and meet each other and the expo team on Tuesday 24 March from 16:00 – 19:00 at the Parador Hotel, Jávea. If you would like to book a stand and showcase, share your products, services, treatments and messages…get in touch. See www.gmpromotions.es or FB Health Beauty & Lifestyle Show, contact gina@gmpromotions.es or call 695 399 841 for stand availability. Female Fe male Focus March 2020


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our ARIES This month try not to get too preoccupied with your own needs that you forget those of your nearest and dearest. Although you may not feel at your best you must not take for granted those who are constantly supporting you, or you may just find that when you need them most they are no longer there. TAURUS Although you do not have the best start to the month, fortunately there is a significant change during the middle of the month which makes everything return to normal. Your love life will also see a change, which will bring you so much more joy. GEMINI You are on a mission to help someone you feel is being treated badly and by doing this it gives you the strength to fight some of your own battles which have been bothering you. CANCER By getting some organisation into your life you can at last put some of those amazing thoughts into action. You will love the results. LEO Before you break up a relationship think hard about all the things which brought you together in the first place. Is it worth losing someone so close and throwing away all the good times you have together. VIRGO This is a perfect time for brainstorming and spending time together with like minded people as you will really get some great ideas coming out of it. Also it is a great time to de clutter your space and your head. Putting your energy into your dream will keep you out of trouble.

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oroscope LIBRA Your feeling of mistrust towards people's motivates can leave you feeling very lonely at times. Finding people you can trust will help you move forward with plans, as they are full of amazing ideas to help you. SCORPIO Some of your usual circle of friends will not be able to deal with some of your more extreme ideas and so you may have to find another group of people to discuss them with. You are focused on your uniqueness at the moment, but don't go too far or you may start to lose important friends, who you need. SAGITTARIUS Don't try and put up with other people's ignorance, just walk away if they do not see reason the first time of explaining. Use your energy on positive things and people and it will benefit you all. CAPRICORN After feeling a bit down at the beginning of the month you will soon get your teeth into a new project which will see you back to your normal self. Aim high and let others help to achieve this latest goal together. AQUARIUS Seeing ways of overcoming the obstacles you are coming across rather than being put off by them will see you moving forward, and it is about time too. You have been held back long enough. PISCES Your love of beautiful things can sometimes mean spending too much. Try to choose carefully so that you still can enjoy them but not overdo it, after all you only have so much space before you really are just surrounded by stuff without being able to appreciate the beauty.


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OPENS UP ABOUT BOWEL CANCER: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DISEASE

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By Prudence Wade, PA

he actor found out she had stage three cancer 18 months ago. Dame Julie Walters has spoken about her diagnosis with bowel cancer for the first time. The actor now has the all-clear; she told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show her condition was discovered 18 months ago, after doctors found two primary tumours in her large intestine. Walters - who has starred in everything from Billy Elliot to Mamma Mia! - first went to the doctor because of indigestion and "slight discomfort", with her symptoms later evolving into stomach pain, heartburn and vomiting. When she was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer, she says she had surgery and 30cm was taken out of her colon. When thinking back to her diagnoses, Walters describes her feelings as: "Shock. First of all, shock. And I thought, 'Right'. Then you hold on to the positive, which was that he said, 'We can fix this'."

The charity Bowel Cancer UK says it's the UK's fourth most common cancer killer - even though around nine in 10 people would survive the cancer if detected at the earliest stage. Genevieve Edwards, chief executive of the charity, says: "Being aware of the symptoms and visiting your GP if things don't feel right can help increase chances of an early diagnosis." While there are a lot of reasons behind the lack of early detection, it may be attributed to the stigma around bowel cancer because it involves an 'embarrassing' part of the body. When asked about people resistant to go to the doctors with symptoms in that area, Walters says: "Your bowel is part of your digestive system, it's just what digests your food - and I think you just have to remember that. It's just, you've got to go get things checked." She then adds with a giggle: "Doctors are used to bottoms - they've got one themselves."

The symptoms One of the main things to look out for are persistent changes in your bowel habits. "You may have looser stools; this can happen for a number of reasons, but if there's no explanation for this and it's lasting a long time then it is something you should get checked out," advises Dr Diana Gall of Doctor4U. "Bleeding from your bottom or blood in your stools is a symptom that you should also take notice of." Other symptoms are more general and include "abdominal pain, bloating, and discomfort, unexplained weight loss, and extreme tiredness which may be unusual for you, or there may be no apparent reason why you're feeling so much fatigue", says Gall. It's also worthwhile feeling for lumps in the stomach area - while this doesn't necessarily mean you have bowel cancer, they're still

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Late diagnosis

something which should be checked out by a doctor. Symptoms are often subtle and can be easily confused with other bowel conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). "However, if your symptoms are persistent and are lasting more than four weeks, it's time to see your GP as this may be a sign of bowel cancer," advises Gall. According to Gall, "symptoms usually develop in later stages of cancer, but this doesn't mean it can't be treated".

Screening tests There are two main ways to screen for the cancer: one is using an at-home kit, which collects a small stool sample and sends it to a laboratory to be checked out. In the UK people aged between 60 and 74 and registered with a GP are sent a kit every two years. The NHS say it's used to check for tiny amounts of blood in your poo and does not diagnose bowel cancer, but is simple way to find out if you need further tests. Another method is a bowel scope screening, which Gall says "uses a camera instrument to look inside the bowel". It's currently being rolled out to people in England age 55 and above. Acolonoscopy can also detect bowel cancer, but isn't a regular procedure. Always see your GP if you're worried about any symptoms. Female Fe male Focus March 2020


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AKIRA forthcoming events

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Saturday 21 March: Garden Party at Naturalia Garden Centre, Benimarco from 11am to 4pm. Free entry, stalls, music, bar, cakes and 15% discount on purchases from Naturalia. Sunday 5 April: Telitec Adopt a Dog Day at the Dog Park, Moraira. Free entry, local Protectoras showcasing some beautiful dogs awaiting adoption. See poster below. Friday 10 April: Antiques and Collectors’ Fair at Salon Canor, Teulada, 9am to 3pm. Look out for AKIRA’s stall at this wonderful fair. Free entry, ample parking, bar and food available. Visit Facebook page: AKIRA Animal Sanctuary for more info. Piri, female, Podenco, DOB 09.11. 51cm. She is a pretty dog and is friendly towards other dogs. She will need time and patience to adapt to a new environment and she also needs to get accustomed to the lead and a normal life. For more information call 618 754 635. www.apasa.eu. Brave is 2 years old. Although having grown in confidence, he is a little nervous still, so would need a patient owner who could continue his socialisation. Brave has been castrated, vaccinated and chipped, and is good with other dogs. Please call 657 689 567 or email akirashelter@aol.com. Take him for a walk - our shelter is open daily between 10am and 3pm. 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.

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Be aware - the processionary caterpillars are on the move This is Banjo. He is a medium sized dog and gets on great with the dogs he shares his cage with. Come and visit him and find out more. 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. Quark is a lovely boy who is urgently looking for a new home. Shelter open every Sunday 10am - 12pm or call Luisa 648 100 629. Denia Cat Protection League – Aldea Felina http://www.aldeafelina.es Meet Porter, he is such a handsome young man. He is a twelve week old mastin cross puppy looking for a forever home. For more information please telephone 650 304 746 or email p.e.p.a.spain@gmail.com This is Ambra, she is still a puppy, under a year old. She is sterilised and is sociable with other dogs. She deserves a home to call her own. For more information on her or any of our animals please 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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Great News for our

Animal Friends

Saturday 22 February saw the Open Day of the brand new state-of-the-art Animal Hospital, run by Mª Carmen Garcia and her team, previously based in Jávea Port since 1992. She has the following message… “For my dear customers: I am very happy and proud to announce the change of location for my veterinary clinic. Our caring work philosophy will continue to be the same as always, and now we will be able to carry it out with greater comfort and efficiency for our pet patients, thanks to the new spacious facilities which provide a very relaxed and harmonious environment. We have a specific area for cats consisting of their own waiting room, own consultation room and own hospital completely separate from the area dedicated to the dogs. In this way we banish the stress for our feline friends, by avoiding the smells and noises that to them are unpleasant. We are delighted to consider ourselves as a Cat Friendly Clinic. Of course, for our dear dogs we also have the best possible facilities with two consultation rooms, one of them dedicated to the more specialised therapies such as neural therapy, laser therapy, physiotherapy etc, and they also have a quiet and comfortable hospitalisation area for whenever it is necessary that they are admitted and… my brand new operating room, fully equipped with the most modern treatment and monitoring equipment… how happy I am with it!” So if you were not able to visit the clinic during the Open Day, you will still be more than welcome to call in and see the brand new facilities. Please call to make an appointment, when we will be delighted to welcome you and your pets. n Ctra. Cabo La Nao / Pla 143, Bloque 14. Tel: 96 579 3551 or 657 823 784 (24Hr) or email info@javeavet.com

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The main focus of this month’s article is more reflective, it is to show the importance of pruning your trees.

Every October I normally write an article and say how it is important to prune your trees back as we enter the autumnal and winter period, which was made evident by the bashing from Storm Gloria. Even though this weather was pretty brutal, we do still often get strong winds and storms and this is where removing the bulk from the tree really helps prevent wind damage. If a tree is well established then pruning it quite hard won’t harm it, especially most of the trees that grow in this area. You may have to be more delicate with certain trees like citrus or almond, and it may be wise to get your local gardener to deal with these if you are unsure, but trees like, ficus, olive, carrob, pepper trees you can go to town and they will bounce back like you won't believe, especially once we hit spring and the temparatures increase again, and by the time summer gets here your tree will look as good as new. The worst thing is to have a beautiful established garden and to have half of it wiped out by a storm simply because some basic pruning wasn’t done. Remember keep and eye on the weather patterns and your plants, when you see new green shoots and leaves coming then you can prune and they will reward you with a great healthy looking plant for the year. Depending on what your soil type is like you may have to consider giving your garden a quick feed at this time of year. Some NPK all purpose food in granuals is best, and just a very light sprinkle over the ground to help feed your plants will go a long way. Charlesworth Gardens are your leading Garden Design and Landscaping company, creating Blooming Good Gardens. l 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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Lars Tharp ‌ Beyond earth: From Stone Age to Space Age! The Arts Society Marina Alta presentation 5 March at Salones Canor Teulada. Doors open 10am for registration, coffee is available and the presentation will begin at 10.45am. "Clay, oh, modest, pliant Clay where would we be without you? No houses, no cities of mud, brick or concrete - no civilisation; no clay tablets recording ownership for state taxation; no writing as we know it; no wine in jars to drown our sorrows; no terracotta armies, nor all the other funerary offerings provisioning us into the next world; no Grecian Urn of Keats; no gnashing of ceramic molar implants; no ceramic insulation - no electricity." A lecture on man’s affinity and dependence on simple clay. The Arts Society Marina Alta is very pleased, and proud, to welcome and have as our next presenter, Dr. Lars Tharp. He is an historian, lecturer, television presenter and cellist, a media giant of our day. Lars is now well known for his specialist expertise in ceramics, and Hogarth. He now travels through Europe, Asia & Australasia, lecturing and leading cultural tours. Lately he was given an Honorary Doctor of Arts by Leicester De Montfort University, where he is a visiting professor, and has been a stalwart for many years of the BBC television series The Antiques Roadshow. As has become standard fare, a glass of wine & soft drinks will be available to members & guests to allow socialising with the Committee and Speaker after the lecture. For further details of the Society, venue and programme for 2020 see our website www.marinaaltaarts.com or for membership membership@marinaaltaarts.com

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Hurry up and enjoy the new Cashback promotion from Liberty!

Spend it how you like’ is the slogan for the new Cashback offer from LIBERTY SEGUROS, the preferred expat insurer in Spain, because it’s entirely up to you what you spend that extra cash on!

Until 26th March 2020, you can still take out a new car, home, life or funeral insurance from LIBERTY SEGUROS and access this new Cashback offer. You’ll receive the Cash back directly into your bank account! Existing customers who take out a new policy on one or more of these insurance covers, can get 60€ Cashback on each one. That means, for example, if you contract a new car policy plus a life policy you can get 120€. Imagine what you could do with that money! New clients will also benefit. They will get 30€ Cashback on the first policy and for all subsequent new policies 60€ each. Again, as an example, the first is a car policy providing 30€ Cashback and if a home and life policy is contracted too that’s another 120€ making a possible Cashback total of 150€. There is no limit on policies, so there is no limit on Cashback, whether you’re an existing or new customer! What better time could there be to switch to LIBERTY SEGUROS for even greater savings and the best covers for all types of insurance. The main condition is that premiums are paid by direct debit and all Cashback is credited to the same bank account. For convenience, payments can be set up both in Spain or in your home country bank account, as long as it is within the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) zone. Customers must be aware that these offers are not for renewals or replacements and apply only to new policies for car, home, life and funeral cover issued and in force between 29th January and 26th March. Minimum premiums to access this offer are 200€ for Life insurance and 160€ for Funeral. In the case of car it will be 400€ in mainland Spain and in the Balearics and 330€ in the Canary Islands, and 220€ and 160€ for home premiums in the mainland/Balearics and Canary Islands respectively. Over 175,000 expat clients have already chosen LIBERTY SEGUROS as their insurance provider and this figure grows almost daily because of the excellent service and quality of cover they get. LIBERTY SEGUROS has an extensive network of more than 300 brokers/agents who are dedicated to providing friendly and expert advice. Speaking your own language, these brokers and agents are available to discuss, face-to-face, the cover that will be perfect for you. This must be better than dealing with anyone only by phone! n To find the location of your nearest broker / agent, please visit www.libertyexpatriates.es or simply call 91 342 25 49.

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aving experienced a horrifically shocking water bill ourselves last summer, when we heard about the MiAgua solution we took almost no time in deciding to sign up. After all, spending as little as 102€ a year to prevent another episode costing us nearly 2000€ was a simple decision to make. The technology has been tested and proven so we really did have nothing to lose and the opportunity to regain our peace of mind. The shock of seeing all your money disappear from your bank account is not one we want to repeat.

So we filled in the simple online form and we were contacted to say that MiAgua had visited our property and there was a strong radio signal to their head station and that they would be round to fit the meter a day or two later. No money required upfront. The very friendly technician arrived and fitted the smart meter on our side of the water meter (after the one belonging to the water company) so nothing changes in the way you are metered and billed, this is a backup water-flow meter that simply reports on what is going through it. It is a much more sensitive piece of kit in that it can detect very small amounts of usage which you cannot see when watching the spinning dial versions as the movement in these is so slight when only a little water is trickling past. Again no money required on installation, as they explain they want to monitor the system for a few days to ensure it is functioning properly. Only then are you asked to pay, which again we did through a simple online form. The monitoring app is simple to use and can be viewed on a PC, laptop or phone. However even before we got to grips with it, Phil from MiAgua was on the phone to tell us that he suspected we had another very slow leak. We were using a minimum of 10 litres of water constantly every hour - even throughout the night - so we checked the installations in our house and indeed found that there was water escaping under the floor between our kitchen and bathroom. A situation we have now rectified and would NEVER have known about unless we had MiAgua. A big thank you to the MiAgua team. So don’t wait until you have a shocking bill. Get your MiAgua meter today and keep your money! Written by Claire Cunningham in Jesus Pobre. n Fore more information call 611 212 289 or visit www.miagua.es or see their advert alongside. Female Fe male Focus March 2020


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Across 1 Relating to the mathematics of points, lines and curves (9) 5 Celtic priest (5) 8 Fish eggs (3) 9 Basic truth or law (9) 11 Country roads (5) 12 Take in food (3) 14 Angry dispute (7) 17 Full of fun and high spirits (7) 19 Blood pump (5) 21 Of course (9) 24 Felt concern (5) 25 Raised horizontal surfaces (9) 26 Assigned to a station (5) 28 Liberty (7) 31 Peculiar (7) 34 Legendary popular music pianist, ___ Charles (3) 35 Home of a beaver (5) 37 Thus (9) 39 Burnt remains (3) 40 Bear fruit (5) 41 Celestial body orbiting another (9) Down 1 Opening (3) 2 Junior (5) 3 Two times (5) 4 Grovel (5) 5 River mouth (5) 6 Large vase (3) 7 Exhibited (9) 10 Line of travel (5) 13 Audibly (5) 15 Long-tailed rodent (3) 16 Relating to the Moon (5) 18 Creases (5) 19 With an optimistic outlook (9) 20 Cognisant (5) 22 Prepare for a military confrontation (3) 23 Examinations (5) 24 Bedtime beverage (5)

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World Day of Prayer At 3pm on Friday 6 March, JIBC (Jávea International Baptist Church) will be holding a very special Service for the World Day of Prayer. We would be delighted if you could join us for this special day of prayer and praise. This year the Service has been prepared by the Churches of Zimbabwe and our Service will, along with other Churches across the World, pray for Zimbabwe. We, at JIBC have special connection with Zimbabwe. For over 15 years we have supported Graham and Sarah Giles, missionaries in Zimbabwe. During this time countless children have received primary education which then enables them to attend senior school. Also clinics and medical assistance have been provided for HIV sufferers. We warmly invite you to join us so that we can share special insight into the work that has been provided to help the orphans and widows in Zimbabwe. After the Service refreshments will be served and we look forward to seeing you on this special day. The Church Centre is situated in Carrer Favara 8, Jávea. Close to the underground parking in La Plaza de la Constitucion in the Pueblo. For directions please access our website: javeabaptist.es or call Peter Ball: 965 795 847.

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U3A Marina Baixa holds its general meetings on the fourth Monday of each month in the auditorium at the Forum Mare Nostrum, Alfaz del Pi. The next Meeting will be on Monday 30 March. The doors open at 10am and the desks close at 10.50am for a prompt 11am start. Please come early to sign in and get your seat! If you have not heard of this Association and would like to join them, you can be assured of a very warm welcome. Please visit the website www.u3amarinabaixa.com to find out more information there is also a Facebook page. If you do not have internet access please contact their secretary Joan Flint on 966 808 591 or mobile 663 637 167 for more information. Recently

Marilyn and Peter from (friends of charity) took Anna and Rita from La Nucia Social Services shopping for La Nucia Food Bank. They filled four trolleys with food and sundries and we picked up the tab for just under 700€. When we were finished the girls phoned the transport and The La Nucia lorry collected the goods and took them back to the La Nucia Food Bank. In the photo you can see Rita, Peter, Marilyn and Anna and all the shopping. CHUMS (friends of charity) is a fully registered charity (CV-01057038A). We are a small friendly group of people who meet socially and raise money for local food banks. Our next events are Friday 6 March at Godoys, Albir for coffee at 12pm and lunch at 1pm, Wednesday 11 March at Why Not Bar, Benidorm for a Fun Quiz at 2pm, Monday 16 March at Hong Kong Restaurant, Albir for coffee at 12pm and lunch at 1pm. Wednesday 25 March at Ciudad Patricia, Benidorm for a Coffee Morning from 11am until 1pm. Everyone is welcome and we'd love to meet you so come along or for further information ring Marilyn on 965 864 394.

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LOVE FOR JAGUARS By Sandra Brook. JEC - Costa Blanca held their February meeting to coincide with Valentine’s Day, which made it a very special day to remember by the 76 members and their guests who attended the Valentine themed lunch. The day started early as members made their way to the famous Jalon valley to view the flush of almond blossom, but due to the unusually warm weather it had been brought forward by two weeks thus making its normal spectacular appearance a little more subdued. This did not dull the excitement of the full fun packed day ahead as the big cats began to roll into the parking of the coffee stop meeting point at the restaurant Venta Roja in Lliber. Once everyone had been refreshed members discussed their pride and joy as the jaguars shone brightly in the beautiful sunshine and clear blue sky of this February winter day, before proceeding to their next stop at the bodega in the village of Jalon. Their final destination was to Alcalali to the restaurant La Solana where lunch had been organised for 2 O'clock. It was served to the live music from the duo, The Crooners, along with an unexpected performance from our very own professional singer Maria, followed by dancing, making it a fabulous day that was enjoyed by everyone as the JEC members were able to spend Valentine’s Day with the loves of their lives, and also their wives. If you would like to join us on any of our monthly meetings please contact club president Michael Brook on 640 866 711 or Facebook JEC-Costa Blanca. Female Fe male Focus March 2020


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Well folks... we "Rocked" them in Moraira and Alcalali, we had a Frolicking good time in Ondara and now.. we plan on showering you with twinkles, fairies and a lots of laughter at Careline Theatre, Alcalali with our "PANTASTIC" new show...

ADRIAN - A Musical Fairytale of Happy Endings. Have you ever thought about what happens when those magical Panto characters go backstage after their final Christmas performance and head back to their lives in Pantoland? Does Pinocchio ever grow into a real man? Is that Fairy Godmother all she claims to be? Was Wee Willy Winkie brought to justice for neighbour harassment? Did poor old Robinson Crusoe get parted from his Man Friday and did Bo Peep’s sheep come back or did the wolf get to them before Red Riding Hood recognised him? Did Snow White, Belle, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty ever actually find their Happy Endings? But the biggest question is my friends.... WHO THE HELL IS ADRIAN? Performances 13 March 8pm and 14 March 3pm (suitable for children) and 8pm. Tickets (adults 12€ and children 8€) are available by booking online www.thelittleboxoffice.com/carelinetheatre. For more information email bananadramacb@gmail.com - phone/ WhatsApp 686 615 397.

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n Saturday 21 March the TM Lions are proud to present The Gipsy Kings Experience for the first time. This group of very talented local musicians present a fabulous tribute to the Gipsy Kings - a group of flamenco, salsa and pop musicians from Arles and Montpellier in the south of France. Although group members were born in France, their parents were mostly gitanos, Spanish gypsies who fled Catalonia during the 1930s Spanish Civil War. They are known for bringing Catalan rumba, a pop-oriented music distantly derived from traditional flamenco music, to worldwide audiences. Their music has a particular rumba flamenca style, with pop influences; their music has been described as a place where “Spanish flamenco and gypsy rhapsody meet salsa funk”. The show will be staged on Saturday 21 March, in Espai La Senieta, Moraira and starts at 7pm. Tickets are priced at 15€ and there will be a bar and raffle. All profits go to support those in need through the charitable donations made by the Teulada Moraira Lions Club. For more information on the club, visit www.tmlions.com. Come & join us for another great night & get a taste of Spain. To book your tickets for this unique and simply superb show of Spanish style music, call 966 498 493 or email tmlions.concerts@gmail.com

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Dúo Vanucci-Torrigiani, guitar and piano, Spanish and Italian themes, Thursday 5 March, 20:00, Forum Mare Nostrum, L’Alfas del Pi, tickets 7€ on the door. Full details www.alfasmusica.com Sabrina Lanzi, piano, works of Schubert, Debussy, Bach/Busoni, Saturday 7 March, 20:00, Casa Cultura, L’Alfas del Pi, tickets 10€ on the door (members free). Full details www.alfasmusica.com Dúo Vanucci-Torrigiani, guitar and piano, Spanish & Italian themes, Sunday 8 March, 12:00, Centro Social Albir, tickets 10€ (5€ members) on the door. Full details www.alfasmusica.com

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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

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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 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. 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: 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€. For further information visit: www.javeacomputerclub.org or www.facebook.com/ JCCCOMPUTERCLUB/ or email javeacomputerclub@gmail.com Jávea International Baptist Church (JIBC), Sunday Service 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 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 La Fustera, La Ermita de Sant Josep (The Anglican Church, Diocese in Europe) Every Sunday, Holy Eucharist in English at 12 noon, followed by refreshments. Everyone welcome. More info at www.costablanca-anglicanchaplaincy.org 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. Make a Smile Recycle Heroes Need Your Help. Dennis and Barbara accept any household items, furniture, electrical and clothes etc for the recycle projects. They are happy to do total house clearances. The items are given a bit of TLC and sold in rastros and auctions to provide funds for the charity. They can be contacted on 660 961 585 or 96 583 6814. Marina Alta Model Railway Club. Dust off your Dapols, bring out your Bachmanns, haul out your Hornbys! The MAMRC meets regularly at its spacious Clubhouse in Teulada. We cannot make you young again, but we can remind you how it felt. All gauges for all ages. New members welcome. Call 96 647 1939 or email mamrclub@gmail.com Oliva Chess Group. We meet in Oliva every Thursday morning. New members welcome whatever your standard. For further details please contact Graham on 609 970 621 or email graham.flowerdew@hotmail.com Oliva Art Group. We meet in Oliva every Tuesday evening 6pm until 8pm 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 29 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. 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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 English Church: Non denominational, international & evangelical. Services Sunday 9.45am and 4pm during winter months. Wednesday 10.30am --12pm coffee morning -- 2pm bible study. Friday 10am Communion. Full details phone: 677 738 103 or (0044) 7789113339. The English Church, Torre Principado 12-13, Av. Madrid 26, Benidorm just behind Restaurant Artigas 2 on Levante Beach. Email: abrobertson9@outlook.com 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 clothes and shoes, household items, paperbacks or small 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 – 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 Mountain Walkers. We are a group of people who get together twice a week to enjoy walking in the mountains of the Costa Blanca. Anyone is welcome. Visit www.cbmwalkers.org for information on upcoming walks and guidelines. 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. Female Fe male Focus March 2020


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NOTICEBOARD cont. monthly activities on and off site. These include a Walking Group, a Travelling Diners Group, Weekly social evening and Whist, together with Dinner Dances, Excursions & Mini Breaks. Contact the President 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. Royal Society of St. George, Costa Blanca, our next event is the Queen’s birthday celebration on Saturday 13 June. Membership is free, all welcome to join this friendly group. Write to the president Robert Hunt MBE for details roberthunt@gmail.com. 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 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 International 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 David on 649 896 881. 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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The Stage Diary now in its 13th year of publication is not only an important guide to what’s on in all regions but is also an on-line web introduction to potential expat’s researching community life in Spain. The diary also acts as a planning guide to assist groups avoid unnecessary clashes of production dates. Bananadrama:

Formed in 2017. The cast and crew became a real close team after meeting up through local Facebook group, Javea Connect. They perform purely for fun and to raise a little cash for the coffers of local charities. This month, they will stage their third production, a musical comedy called ‘Adrian’ at Careline theatre in Alcalali on 13 and 14 March. Previous productions: ‘The Rocky Javea Show’ and ‘Fruity Frolics’. See article in the going out section for more information. Caprice Ladies Choir: After two successful sell out concerts in February, the choir are now working towards their first appearance at the International Choir Festival in Alfaz del Pi in May. For more information about Caprice and their upcoming concerts look on their website: www.capriceladieschoir.com or contact musical director Aileen on 696 514 613. Careline Theatre: The words of the song make your dreams come true.... if you find a Golden Ticket. This absolutely delicious show, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, is for everyone! Join them for a fabulous, chocolate smelling adventure. Show dates: 16 May at 15:00 & 20:00 - 17 May at 15:00. Adult Tickets 12€ or 11€ for prepaid bookings of 20+ Children up to 10 years old inclusive, 8€. Book and Pay Online at www.carelinetheatre.com or call 605 181 726. Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir: The choir are now rehearsing new songs for a joint concert with the Ponterddulais Choir who are visiting from Wales in May and for their very popular ‘Concert at the Cave’ in Benidoleig in June. They are looking for more bass and baritone members to join them and rehearse on Tuesday evenings at Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada from 17:30 For more details see their website costablancamalevoicechoir.wikidot.com

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Oliva Drama and Cultural Association: ODCA are pleased to announce that tickets are now available for their family show, ‘Fancy That!’ at Bellreguard theatre on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March. Doors open at 19:30. Tickets are 10€ for adults, 5€ for children. For more information and ticket purchases please visit their new website https://olivadrama.com, phone 644 889 155, email olivadrama@hotmail.com, or see their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OlivaDrama Phoenix Dancers: As usual the Phoenix Dancers are working hard rehearsing their new show for this year. Please remember that if you are a charitable organisation and need dancers for a fundraising show, they would be happy to help you in any way they can. Do not hesitate to get in touch with them on 607 290 896. They still need boy dancers, so boys why not give it a try They will be very happy to hear from you. Sounds Familiar: The group are looking for new members who would like to join them for their next musical revue show to be performed later this year. Everyone is welcome whether you are an experienced performer, or if you would like to try out this fun hobby for the first time. Rehearsals take place in Benissa on Monday evenings. Please contact Philip on 96 558 1483 or philip@soundsfamiliar.es for more information. The Chaplaincy Singers: The Chaplaincy Singers are working hard on new music for their spring concerts. They meet with musical director, Philip Ashley, every Monday for rehearsals. If you love to sing, why not join this very friendly group. For more info call Eileen on 607 706 904 or Lyn on 692 059 257. Valley Voices: Valley Voices are now rehearsing new exciting songs for their Summer Concert on Saturday 6 June at El CID’s Restaurant and Bar, Pedruguer at 17:00. If you enjoy singing, and, would like to meet some friendly people, call 634 301 483 or email valleyvoicesspain@gmail.com. They rehearse on Mondays 16:00 to 18:00 in the Animo, Alcalali.

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 Jávea Players: ‘Dead Guilty’ - a psychological study of guilt and publication. obsession - is being offered on 21 to 25 April, penned by renowned author, Richard Harris. Two women, two secrets, a truth which kills. A businesswoman is seriously hurt in a car accident and therefore housebound. She is befriended by another woman, b u t as events unfold, maybe things aren’t quite as they seem. Unión Musical in Gata, 20:00. Tickets 13€. Booking:www.javeaplayers.com Female Fe male Focus March 2020

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International Women’s Day Celebration

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8 March. It is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women accompanied by a call to action for accelerating gender equality. It is about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action, whatever that may look like. Here in the Costa Blanca, it looks like a gathering at Altea Golf from 11am on 8 March. Arranged by Gemma from Telitec, you will find workshops, presentations, demos, and stalls by a whole host of local women entrepreneurs, well-being practitioners, professionals, and the like. The range of demos are quite impressive, including curry cooking demonstrations and a presentation from Guardian Angels. Additionally, you’ll be able to browse nearly 30 stalls from local women covering such diverse areas as jewellery, telecoms, osteopathy, coaching, writing and personal finance. The day is in aid of Guardian Angels, a local well-respected charity supporting single parents. Female Focus Publications are proud to support Gemma in organising, and Guardian Angels in what will be a truly wonderful celebration of Women on the Costa Blanca and we look forward to seeing you on the day. • For more info, contact Gemma at Telitec on 626 939 223 or email gemma@telitec.net, also see the poster on page 25. • Altea Golf can be found at Sierra Altea Golf – head towards Altea La Vella and follow the signs or visit www.alteaclubdegolf.com for a map and directions.

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An additional history topic has been added due to popular demand from members. The new History of the Spanish Civil War group meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 11am in the CPC Oliva. The March session will therefore be on 19 March As an example of the level of detail the group delves into, February’s talk by U3A member and expert Joe Bellinie focused on the effects on Oliva during the interesting period between 1930-1975. If you’re interested in joining, please contact the group leader on annheidy@msn.com. To find out more about the U3A in general or to suggest any ideas YOU may have for a new group, pop in for a chat on market days (usually Friday), with Angela or Sue in Tia Chia café at the back of the Municipal Market from 11am-noon. Look out for the U3A poster on the table. Prospective and existing members are welcome to come along to this informal friendly meeting to find out about the latest groups and activities. For a membership fee of only €10 a year, you can join our other 500+ members in over 40 groups, events and outings. Visit u3aoliva.wildapricot.org for more information.

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FIVE MINUTES WITH... JON RICHARDSON & LUCY BEAUMONT

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eet The Richardsons was never meant to be an embellished idea of what marriage is - but proper warts and all, Jon Richardson says, of his and wife Lucy Beaumont's new sitcom. Gemma Dunn finds out more. Ever wondered what really goes on behind closed doors when it comes to celebrity couples? Well, now's your chance to find out. Kind of. Starring Jon Richardson and Lucy Beaumont, Meet The Richardsons - written by Lucy, 36, and Car Share's Tim Reid offers a fictional window into the funny and frustrated marriage of the comic couple. The six-part sitcom sees the duo play exaggerated versions of themselves as viewers get a glimpse into their home and work lives, surrounded by their famous friends (Bernie Clifton, Alan Carr and Jonathan Ross star, to name a few) and their Hebden Bridge neighbours. "Fundamentally, it's about being under the same roof as someone you love, but who irritates you on a daily basis," explains Jon, 37. "That's universal. It's just two people winding each other up." Featuring a third birthday party for their daughter Elsie, caravan holidays and Jon's constant refusal to do or go to anything, we're set for a giggle. But what else can the pair tell us? HOW DID 'MEET THE RICHARDSONS' COME ABOUT? L: We did Married To A Celebrity on Channel 4, which we really enjoyed, as we were basically arguing on TV and found it quite cathartic. Then Lee Hupfield [the producer] thought it could work as a sitcom and he was so enthusiastic, we trusted him that we could make it work. J: I think he could see the backstory; the same as in Seinfeld, you see their lives and how it informs their stage act. This is that, but our couch scenes are a nugget of an argument and all the rest of it is how real life plays out from that. HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT CAMERAS INVADING YOUR HOME? L: I loved it. I definitely played up to being a bit more of an aggressor. Normally I take a lot and have to back down for a lot of things. I really enjoyed going hammer and tongs and putting Jon in to awkward situations. Like setting him on fire - I really enjoyed that. J: It helps you win an argument when it's in a script and it can't be changed. If you arrive on set and there's a pyrotechnics team there, you sort of know you're going to get set on fire. HOW DID THE WRITING PROCESS PAN OUT? L: I co-wrote it with Tim Reid, who co-wrote the first series of Car Share with Peter Kay. A lot of it was taking story lines from things that have happened, almost verbatim from an argument. It sometimes got really meta, because the lines between the fictional Jon and the real Jon blurred. [For example], I agreed for us to do a Dock Pudding competition and I said that Jon was going to be a judge, but I forgot to tell the real Jon!

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HOW TRUE IS IT TO YOUR OWN LIVES? L: All of it. Some of the story lines have been heightened for entertainment, but it's always real. It's a bit like The Only Way Is Essex. Jon's saying Seinfeld and I'm thinking, 'It's not, it's The Only Way Is Essex'. J: It's not The Only Way Is Essex! L: It's exactly the same thing that they do, and there's nothing wrong with saying that. People love it. And they all own beauty salons now, so we're going to be all right. You're going to be selling false eyelashes. IS THERE REALLY A LOT OF ARGUING AT HOME, OR IS THERE A LOT MORE LAUGHING? L: It's very rare that I make Jon laugh. He laughs at me more than with me. It's more like, 'That was the most bizarre thing I've ever seen'. J: I think we're quite relaxed around each other when we're on our own, but when we have guests, we both click into gig mode and work as a double act. I become a heightened version of me and you become a heightened version of you, and we could both do with being heightened, let's be honest. HOW DID ELSIE FIND THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE? Both: She absolutely loved it. J: She's just at an age where she can't really remember what went before, so she doesn't understand why people have stopped filming every minute of our lives. She keeps asking when the crew are coming back. She kept asking to be in scenes. L: We didn't want her in it a lot though. She was too good! We don't want her to be the next Shirley Temple. We do need to be careful about how much we expose her. WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO MORE SERIES? L: We hope so, because it's so enjoyable. J: I think, if anything, it phased the marriage out by increasing the workload, and that's the way we should do it. A few more series of this and then separate houses with an adjoining door. It's basically where we are now. I'm mostly in the pub, in the garage, and you're in our house, and then we meet up for a shoot. CAN YOU SEE YOURSELVES BECOMING THE KING AND QUEEN OF DAYTIME TV? J: I think with daytime, there's only a matter of time before you're trending on Twitter for saying something that's been taken out of context, whereas you have more control with this. It is our lives, but ultimately, you know you can record something six times then pick the best one and edit it. L: It wouldn't do us any harm to stay away from being like a married Ant and Dec. J: I don't think there are many married couples who can do what we've done. But we probably aren't the people who could interview Peter Andre about his upcoming tour. So we'll leave others to that. - Meet The Richardsons on Dave Channel.


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www.femalefocusonline.com Health & Beauty HAIR NAILS & BEAUTY. Serenity in Moraira offer a wide range of treatments including roof top yoga. Call Kelly on 96 503 5063. BAD BACK? Tonia Sherriff is a well-kown 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: 966 424 647. 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 therapy. Phone Tanya 634 354 892 to arrange an appointment. Visit www.feelgoodcs.com

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Employment HAIRSTYLIST & BEAUTICIAN NEEDED Due to our growing success, La Plaza Salon in Jávea are looking for an additional fully qualified hairstylist and a fully qualified beautician. If you would like to work in a centrally located beautiful salon with a happy, flexible and successful team please send your CV to info@laplazasalonjavea.com.

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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. 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

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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 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 MAN AND VAN for hire, cheap & reliable. Jalon valley & surrounding areas. 96 648 0757 (9.30-1.30) or 636 100 873.

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INVESTMENT PROPERTY Extended Town house La Marina (San Fulgencio). 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen /living /dining room. BBQ, 3 terraces. Close to amenities – supermarket, cafes, doctors. Close to Beach, swimming pool and airport (20 minutes). Sitting tenant available – minimum 5 years. 70,000€. Tel. 96 679 6236. For Sale – Harrys Bar, Quesada. Unique opportunity to purchase this well-established popular bar /restaurant. Freehold. Call Joanne for more information on 693 494 951. SELLING YOUR PROPERTY? List with Casitas Iberica in Jávea and we will sell your house. Our exclusive listings benefit from professional internal and external photos, plus a free Virtual Tour. No Obligation Valuations. Tel: 96 579 4408 / 686 453 801. www.casitasiberica.com ACHIEVE RENTAL INCOME from your property. For more than 35 years Aguila Rent A Villa SL has specialised in holiday rentals in Javea, Denia and surroundings. Trusted and professional. 96 647 0830 Email: mail@aguilarent.com or visit www.aguilarent.com

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