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SolTimes issue 279

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The new Just Fabulous shop is now open in a much larger premises located on Camposol Commercial Centre Sector B (opposite T J Electricals). The new store offers an enormous range of Cards and Gifts for all occasions with the same great prices, so you are sure to find something suitable. The giftware is constantly being renewed and items are arriving weekly, giving customers plenty of choice and something new to come in and see. The giftware ranges from inexpensive impulse gifts to the more exclusive items for those special occasions, however the prices remain attractive throughout the store. The shop is very welcoming being light and airy and is now offering a whole host of additional facilities not previously available including Daily Newspapers, a wide range of Helium Balloons, Partyware, Stationery, Lottery Tickets, Mobile Top Ups and Mobile Phones. At the back of the shop you will find The Post Shop and Passport Centre offering both UK and Worldwide Postal & Parcel service with Mailboxes that are available to rent at a competitive price. Other services offered are Photocopying, Faxing, Laminating. There is even a Boarding Pass printing and Flight Booking service, a benefit, especially for holidaymakers. Also, passports can be renewed and a comprehensive service is offered in a relaxed environment, which includes taking your passport photos and help with the complex form completion of the passport application.


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The Gobierno Regional has announced that it has already completed the first legal steps notifying Sacyr and its partners of the termination of the Corvera contract, unless there is a last minute resolution to the conflict, according to spokesperson José Ballesta. Ballesta said that the Consejero de Obras Públicas, Antonio Sevilla, had given notice to the Concesionaria last month to urge them to open the facility, otherwise action would be taken. No reply was received. If a new tender is opened then the Gobierno Regional believes that there will be companies interested in bidding for the airport. It is notable that the Gobierno Regional has not itself invested a single euro, but on the contrary, is gaining interest as a guarantor of the 200 million euros. If a new tender were to be put out, any future concessionaire would assume the obligations of the loan. Even though the Gobierno Regional has no date for the opening of the airport, this conflict can only serve to delay the commencement of service of this airport even further.


An oil tanker carrying 33,000 litres overturned on the CV-91 near Almoradí. The accident was notified to the 112 services, and firefighters were called to control the leak with foam, which formed a mattress over the spillage. The tanker contained 25,000 litres of diesel and a further 8,000 litres of gasoline. The Centro de Coordinación de Emergencias (CCE) and the Centro de Gestión de Tráfico ordered the closing of the CV-91 in both directions at the limits of the municipality of Almoradí, between kilometres 14 and 19.


La Calahorra held an exhibition entitled ‘ ‘La Festa a Través de sus Carteles 1941-2012’, (La Festa through their posters 1941-2012’). This announces the commencement of a week of activities organised by the Junta Rectora to promote the XII Aniversario of the Proclamación Patrimonio de la Humanidad (Proclamation as a World Heritage Site). The event was well attended, among those present were the Comisario de la Muestra y Patrono, (Curator and Patron) Antonio Ródenas; Presidente de la Junta Rectora, (Chairman of the Governing Board) Fernando García, Director del Instituto Valenciano de Restauración, (Director of the Valencian Institute of Restoration) Carmen Pérez, and la alcaldesa, (Mayoress) Mercedes Alonso. The culminating event will take place at 12 am on Sunday 19th May in the Gran Teatro, and will be a concert by the Capella del Misteri. Tickets for the August programme are available online, through Instanticket, or can be purchased in person at the box office of the Casa de la Festa, from 21st May.


Bernhard Schulz, a 74 year old German national from Moraira, has been found after being missing for 3 days. He had gone out as usual for a walk with the family dog, a black Labrador named Bijou, but did not return. His wife, Kirsten, fearing that her husband and dog had met with an accident, called neighbours, and together they scoured the countryside to no avail. To add to Kirsten’s fears as time went by and her husband and dog remained missing, was the fact that Bernhard suffers from Parkinson’s disease, and would not have taken his medication. Herr Schulz was eventually found by Bobby, a dog from the rescue services, who followed his trail, and led the rescuers to the deep overgrown ditch among thick pine woods into which he had fallen. They were assisted to find his exact location by the barking of his dog, Bijou. During his ordeal Bijou never left him, even curling up on top of him to keep him warm during the night, without which protection from the cold he would almost certainly have perished. He was dehydrated, suffered scratches and bruises, and sustained a knock which incapacitated him as he fell, but is now recovering well in Dénia hospital.


Adrián García, 23, who needed an arthroscopy on his knee, was dumbfounded when he came round after the operation and was told that he would have to pay 120€ for the operation and the external knee brace that had been fitted to keep his leg immobile while his knee healed. Adrián is currently in financial difficulties, and asked for payment to be deferred until 28th of this month. However, two days after the operation a female representative from the orthopaedic firm which supplied the brace visited him in hospital and told him that he would have to pay 152€, 122€ of which would be refunded by the Regional Health Authorities. Adrián again explained his circumstances, but she was adamant that payment would have to be made immediately, and removed the brace on the spot. A spokesperson for the Hospital said that at no point did it order anyone to remove the brace, and that it was the Orthopaedic firm itself which took this action. However, the Arnau de Vilanova Hospital then fitted Adrián with a plaster cast, which they admitted would not be as effective. This was proved to be the case, as he had to be re-admitted with extreme knee pain, due to his knee having come out of joint with the plaster cast. Adrián’s story was heard by another Llíria resident, who had a brace of his own, which he was able to lend to him.



The foreign market sales of food and footwear remain strong, and are a major driver of the Alicante economy, which has suffered a fall in domestic demand since the crisis. Exports grew by no less than 10.9% in the first quarter of the year, totalling €1,168 million. This represents a sharp rise over the rest of Spain, and four points higher than Valencia. The determinant of this good export performance is due to the main customers: France; up 10.1%; Germany up 20%; United Kingdom up 19%, and Russia up 27%. The Russian market is already greater than the US, Dutch, Chinese, Norwegian, Belgian, Polish or Algerian markets. The trade balance of the province of Alicante is positive with a turnover of 390,000 euros in just three months, while the trend for the whole of Spain is negative, due to the crisis and the slowdown in domestic demand.


Press release from Councillor Jeff Wiszniewski

Concejalia de Urbanizaciones Ayuntamiento de San Fulgenio On Friday May the 10th, the proposal by Councillor Jeff Wiszniewski of the PIPN political group, which had the backing of the councillors of the PP was approved in an extraordinary council meeting. The PSOE headed by Trinidad Martínez voted against the proposal and the APFU headed by Mariano Martí, Mark Lewis and the rest of the councillors, abstained. It calls to the National Government to put a delay on the Law 7/2012 of October 12 regarding the declaration of assets abroad which every resident of Spain must declare. This law severely prejudices the interests of foreign citizens residing in Spain.

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CHARITY RACE IN AID OF ALZHEIMER’S The Alzheimer’s Association of Torrevieja, ask if we would give their “Charity Race” a mention. Pleased so to do: The starting pistol goes off at 9 AM, on Sunday June 2nd.. at the Torrevieja Headquarters, which is located in the new (But at one time was the site of the old) Station Building, not surprisingly, in Avenida Estacion, Torrevieja. The run is about 14 KMS., and is predominately along “The Greenway”. This, as regular readers of my occasional jottings know, is the permanent way of the old railway, between


Torrevieja and the main line to the City of Orihuela, so for that reason alone, it should be fairly flat! More information can be obtained from the association on 966 792 500, also 636 128 350, or electronically by contacting: afatorrevieja@ Following the race, one could do far worse than refreshing one’s self at the Bar Estacion, across the road, taking a look at the old railway photographs from a time when steam and diesel locomotives, ran along that very “Greenway”.

SCATTERBROOK FARM IN PILAR DE LA HORADADA? It would seem that the council in Pilar de la Horadada, would wish it’s reseidents to push out their wheelbarrows, and “Grow their own”. The council is providing some 35 plots of land, as allotments, to pensioners, unemployed and families in financial difficulties. Councillor Aurelio Samper explaind that it’s a healthy pastime, and will provide fresh vegetables for each family to take home and cook. The plotholders will not be permitted to grow foreign species, or make use of pesticides. They will not be allowed to sell their harvest, but will be encouraged to exchange whatever they grow, with adjoining allotment holders, on site. Councillor for agriculture, Aurelio, tells me that the council will provide an irrigation

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MY PARK, MY PASSION, MY HISTORY. May 24th., is European Day of Parks! Not a lot of people know that! The place to be is the Natural Park of the Lakes of La Mata. The idea behind this “Day of Parks”, is to encourage everyone who enjoys nature, to get together and share their passion and experiences. To help this along, members of the International Environmental Volunteers (Asociacio’n Rutas y Caminos de la Sal) who work in collaboration with the Nature Park, are to make a presentation to show the results of work they have carried out during the year. Afterwards, all who attend, will be offered a guided visit. The Park personnel will lead the walk, along with the volunteers. The day gets off the ground at around 10.30 AM, in the reception area. At 10.45 Hrs., the presentation will take

place, with all the up to date results, and details of future projects for the Environment Volunteers. At 11.30, wait for it! Breakfast will be served!!! After a hearty repast, a guided stroll to the boardwalk and Pinada recreation area, will help to walk off the calories. At 13.00 Hrs., it will be time to say farewell for another year, unless you would like to become a volunteer of course! The Europarc Federation, currently has some 400 members in 35 countries, and works closely with policy institutions at the European Commission level, along with international programmes such as LIFE and Natura 2000. This helps members gain the most of it’s expertise and international network. I didn’t know that!


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It’s that time again, in Torrevieja’s Plaza de la Constitucio’n, when Knights on horseback can be expected to gallop along the pedestrianised streets surrounding this splendid Plaza. The sweet scent of cinnamon, nutmeg and saffron, will no doubt, mix with the appetizing smell of roasting hog above a fire of orange and olive wood, along with a fermenting barrel or two of locally brewed ale. Medieval times covered a between the 5th., and 15th., century. A bit of a dodgy time to be around, unless you were well off, or enjoyed connections in high places. Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, was a force to be reckoned with during the later parts of the 15th., century. A visit to the local Apothecary, often meant a course of bloodletting along with the application of leaches! I’m sure this three day market will be pleasant place to spend some time, visiting the many stalls, and enjoying a slice of hog, washed down with a glass of old ale. Cheers! rude not to.

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Ex-Chief Executive Officer of the Caja Madrid bank, Miguel Blesa is behind bars due to alleged ‘illegalities’ in his purchase of City National Bank of Florida, in the USA. He was unable to find the 2.5-million-euro bailrelease required by judge Elpidio José Silva to keep him out of jail, so is being held in custody at Madrid’s Soto del Real prison. According to a report by ThinkSpain, Silva calls it ‘appalling’ to have bought the Florida-based bank ‘right in the middle of the economic tsunami’ Spain is currently suffering and considers that the decision to do so may have caused the collapse of the financial entity. A report dated April 2010 shows that the purchase price ‘exceeded’ those paid by Spanish firms Banco Popular and Banco Sabadell when they bought other banks based in Miami, and that the Office of the Controller of the Currency (OCC), which supervises the financial system in the USA, had warned of ‘extremely relevant deficits in the supervision of the board of directors’ of City National Bank of Florida when considering the general economic instability, and with no viable business strategy in place’. The OCC considered the City National Bank of Florida had a ‘high and growing strategic risk’ attaching to it.

In the meantime, the Bank of Spain claimed that the level of growth forecast by Caja Madrid for the period 2009 to 2014 inclusive had been inflated. The accusation against Blesa claims there was ‘an absence of even the least credible analysis of acceptable risk’; a ‘clearly insufficient study of the market cornered’, and the payment of ‘an inflated price’ with an ‘absence of any of the requisite administrative checks’. It refers to ‘deliberate ignorance’ on the part of people with ‘vast experience, at expert level, of banking operations’. Caja Madrid acquired 83 per cent of City National Bank of Florida, the sixth-largest private bank in the state of Florida, for 927 million dollars, and the remainder in 2010 for a further 190 million dollars. Anti-corruption campaign association Manos Limpias (‘Clean Hands’) says the judge’s decision to jail Blesa was ‘objective, independent, considered and exemplary’, and that he was in possession of ‘sufficient evidence’ to show that the purchase of the Florida bank was harmful to Caja Madrid. The group adds that the decision turned Caja Madrid into ‘a type of haven from which the CEO and his board of directors handed out credits amongst themselves freely and without any kind of guarantee’.

MEPs Question Spain’s Use of EU Grants for Bull-fighting

Four Spanish MEPs say they believe their country is using EU agriculture grants on promoting and televising bull-fighting, and have called for an investigation and possible sanctions. According to press reports, Alfred Bosch, Ana Miranda, Raúl Romeva and Ramón Tremosa say these grants are not even used on the actual breeding of bulls, but on filming, entry tickets, repairing and decorating bull-rings, advertising, TV rights, and benefits for promoters of and companies in the bull-fighting industry. Spain receives around 130 million in agricultural grants for bull-breeding, which would translate to 240 euros per hectare of land used for the purpose. The MEPs say the bull-fighting industry would be ‘on the edge of bankruptcy’ if it were not for this money. They have called for ‘greater transparency’ from EU member States as to what they spend their grants on. Additionally, they have called for the EU to stop giving grants to any bull-related activities and for member States to be fined for using agricultural funding for ‘inefficient’ economic sectors such as ‘breeding bulls for a questionable form of entertainment’.

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Double podium for Supermoto brothers For the first time this year both of the British Supermoto racing brothers from Murcia were in action at the 2nd round of the Valencian championship at Oliva, near Denia. The brothers were in devastating form, with Mat FordDunn racing in the SM Masters class and younger brother Anthony in the tougher SM Open category. Both brothers were trying new rear suspension parts that made the handling of the bikes near

perfect for the fast flowing corners of the Oliva race track. Qualifying went well, with Anthony 2nd in his class and Mat on pole for the SM masters. With the two classes racing together it was the first time this year that the brothers had lined up on the same grid. The first of their two races saw Anthony lead the opening laps before being overtaken by Spanish Ace, Israel Esclarera. The two riders battled hard for the rest of the race with Israel taking the win with Anthony a very close 2nd. Mat was a little too keen away from the start of the first race and had

to make a jump start, stop and go penalty before rejoining the race. The penalty didn’t stop him from charging through the field to finish a close 2nd behind the leader in the SM Masters class. The 2nd race saw Anthony repeat his fantastic start from race 1 and this time he opened up a small lead until a mistake in the dirt section allowed Israel past and Anthony had to be content with another 2nd position. Mat managed a clean start this time, and soon battled his way into the lead of the SM masters class, opening up a lead to finish first at the flag and take the overall SM masters victory with his 2nd-1st results. Anthony managed a superb 2nd overall in the much tougher SM Open class with his two 2nd positions. The Brothers and their sponsors, ‘Advance Moves International Removals’ would like to thank the many spectators and race fans that turned up to the race and the support and encouragement that was given at a great days racing.

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WOW! The Cardenal Belluga Theatre Group’s latest production “MOVIES & MUSICALS” was a sellout, last Friday night. For an amateur production, the audience was amazed at the professionalism and energy of the enthusiastic cast of ladies and gentleman of a certain age. They managed to recreate scenes from more than 20 memorable movies or musicals, with a spattering of comedy sketches and an unbelievable tap dancing routine from eight synchronized ladies in gorgeous shimmering turquoise blue costumes. It was difficult to keep up with the many costume changes, from the opening number, in mainly monochrome, through to a stage full of Indian squaw’s and braves, including Mini HAHA. The second half opening number ‘Master of the House’ from ‘Les Mis’ recreated the scene of innate debauchery worthy of any professional production. For the finale, which enables everyone taking part to have ‘their moment‘, the whole stage was full of silver, gold and turquoise as they portrayed a splendid rendition of ‘Lullaby of Broadway’. It was two hours of indulgence for all and the sellout enabled the Theatre Group to present two cheques on the night, 1,000 euros to SEM local Ambulance service and a special donation to the wonderful Cunningham Nurses in fond memory of Val Walker, a prominent member of the group who is sadly missed. Please check out our website www.thecardenalbellugatheatregroup. com for any information. Please make a note in your diaries that the show will be repeated later in the year.


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Crafts, puppets and juggling in La Nucía The coming Sundays, the weekly craft fair in La Nucía offers not only original craft work, but also juggling and puppet shows. On 19 you can learn to make soap in a workshop at 12:45 a.m. while puppets Maxi and Dixi play their musical instruments and on the 26th the juggler from Circo Kono will come back. Every week another group of crafts people will show and sell their work: potters, leather workers, silver smiths, a blacksmith, a bookbinder, someone making wooden toys and puzzles, others painting curtains and cushions or making beautiful sculptures. Some 40 artists and craft people take turns to offer more variety. This way Amata, the organizing craft association, tries to establish a meeting point where people looking for good quality hand made goods can find them and actually talk with the craftmen and women. Some ten or twelve stalls are set up every Sunday morning from 10 am till 2 pm in front of the Town Hall. In the month of May you can also see the children that do their First Communion in the church on the same square. There is also a tourist information stand, where you can join the free guided tours through the Old Town, starting at 11, 12 and 1 o’clock. Fair and guided tours are a nice extension to your visit to the weekly boot sale (rastro) or can be combined with an excursion into the interior, as La Nucía is on the road to places like Guadalest, the Fuentes del Algar, Tárbena or Polop. On the web site of Amata you will find more information about the fair, with direct links to a list of participants and photos of previous weeks http://www.amata. es/LaNucFoto.html. Or you can phone 639 979 678.



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The Samaritans on The Catwalk On May 4th volunteers and friends took to the catwalk at the Punta Marina Commercial Centre for the Samaritans Fashion Show. Entering into the spirit of things and demonstrating skills hitherto hidden, the volunteers modelled and posed in outfits donated to the Samaritan Shop. With nearly new outfits averaging 5 euros, it was definitely the chance to bag a bargain. Approximately 400€ was raised during the afternoon which will ensure that the organisation can continue to support their callers. The Trustees would like to extend their thanks to all volunteers who worked hard to make the afternoon a success and to the public for

supporting the event. The Samaritans in Spain offer a 24/7 free confidential service for anyone experiencing despair or distress and can be contacted on 902 88 35 35. The dropin centre is now open from 10.00hrs14.00hrs from Mon-Sat at their shop in the Punta Marina Commercial Centre.

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Psychic Medium Sandra Mitchell Aetheris will be at the Spiritual Church, Quesada, held at The Dojo, Avenida Las Naciones 11, Ciudad Quesada 03170,(behind Clapton´s Bar) during week commencing Sunday 26th May with the Divine Service plus Mediumship at 11.30am. She will then demonstrate at an Evening of Mediumship on Tuesday, 28th May at 7.30pm 3€. She will also hold a Fundraiser for the church on Thursday, 30th May at 7.30pm 3€. Sandra is an International Medium and has been demonstrating for 30 years and is in great demand. She is a third generation Medium following in the footsteps of her Mother and Grandmother. Her accuracy will amaze even nonbelievers. Please take this opportunity to see her in action. Private readings will be available through Sandra at church services. For further information please contact Wendy on 965 323 028

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SOLTIMES MAY 2013 this stem from? Every single person with low self- esteem has been criticised by others. This usually begins with family members, and is carried on via friends, work colleagues, and partners, because the victim has believed what was said about them, and as a result has drawn the same criticising people into their lives. Ultimately the victim ends up carrying on this pattern themselves simply because the pattern of criticism has become familiar. Criticism destroys confidence. Persistent negative self-talk has to be overcome before self- esteem can be improved. It saddens me to hear that in this day and age where there is so much help available that a lot of people who are in this position, ‘Just get on with it’. Whatever ‘it’ is. This Victorian way of thinking can cause more distress than the initial problem. We still seem to live in the age of the very British ‘stiff upper lip’, especially where conditions like anxiety, depression, addictive behaviours or confidence issues are concerned. Or indeed, any condition connected with the mind. Just as negative talk can destroy a person, constructive talk builds a person back up again. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), is an extremely constructive tool in enabling a person to recognise that they do indeed have value and are worthy. It can help build selfconfidence. It does this by working with your sub-conscious mind to reverse the limiting beliefs that you have held onto, that have been imposed upon you by others. By working with EFT you can recover and build upon the selfesteem you were born with. It’s still inside you, even if it has been supressed. You can re-contact with the self-esteem you were born with

by means of the right tools. EFT provides these tools. No-one is born with negative self-esteem. • EFT can remove old patterns and re-establish new ones • It is a method of healing • EFT is a way of actively training your mind and nervous system to adopt a different attitude to your problem and therefore overcome it • It is easy to use • And a highly effective treatment If you have concerns about your self-confidence, self-worth and selfesteem, then we need to talk. You deserve to live your best life! Your mind is your most valuable tool. So what is it then that stops people seeking help? Maybe it is connected with the totally incorrect assumption that to seek help is a sign of weakness. On the contrary, to seek professional help is a show of strength in that you have recognised there is a problem, issue or challenge (dependent on your choice of definition) and that you have the inner strength to do something about it. And with today’s technology you do not even have to leave the comfort of your home to utilise the help that is available to you. This also saves you any possible embarrassment of being seen by a neighbour, friend or relative as you go into a therapist’s office or treatment room. How then does this work? By utilising a computer and a program that is downloadable free of charge called Skype. For those of you not familiar with Skype we can have a ‘virtual meeting’. That is we can both see each other and converse with each other in real time. Indeed this is becoming more and more the preferred method of receiving help where matters of the mind are concerned. Does this detract from an actual

‘one to one session’ in any way? Not at all, because you are actually receiving a one to one session, the difference being that you are not in the same room or indeed building. (I can even go as far as to say not in the same country, I have worked with clients not only in Spain but also in the UK, USA and Caribbean using this method of contact). Does the client receive the same benefits? Yes the client does, perhaps even more so in that the client is usually in familiar surroundings. This often helps with their confidence. How do I arrange a session via Skype? Initially telephone contact is made by a potential client and a Skype appointment is discussed and arranged. Alternatively an email can be sent and an appointment can be arranged using email. Or, if you email a contact number then we can chat over the telephone prior to your first Skype session. Please note if you do not have Skype on your computer it can easily be installed and I can always email you a link or talk you through the process of downloading it. It is simple to do.

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Are you your own worst enemy? People talk to themselves every single day. This self-talk can benefit you or it can destroy you. Do you beat your- self up on a regular with your negative self-talk? Whatever YOU say about YOU is registered by your deeper mind (sub-conscious) and your deeper mind is responsible for the way you feel. It’s impossible to have negative beliefs about the self and to feel confident. The way you feel affects your whole body and is seen by others as the way you look, the way you stand and the way you speak. If you have been continually beating your-self up with constant negative self-talk, then it is most likely that you have low self-esteem and a low self-worth and a distinct lack of confidence. Where does

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On Thursday 18th April a Car Boot Sale was held at ´Miguel Delibes´ School (next to Lidls, Pto de Maz.) in aid of GOmaD. This was organized by the Teachers of the Language Section as part of their Cultural Day, allowing the Spanish students to experience charitable ´giving´. Spain is a recognized culture of ´Charity Begins at Home´ but the economic crisis has changed matters greatly!.A big heartfelt MAD thanks to ALL who participated in this event; the School, Volunteers & Supports/Buyers who patiently waited at the gate – a great evening of fun & participation was shared. Big MAD Thanks to the Country & Western Line Dance Group that now meet at Camposol Golf Club on the 1st Friday of every Month. Organisers, Tom & Helen Wills plus Ann (dance teacher) have adopted GOmaD as their chosen Charity & every month, the dancers who attend not only pay a small entry fee of 3.00 but also have to bring along an item of FOOD - 7th June is MILK Night. What a wonderful idea, which GOmaD is extremely grateful, for If 60 dancers turn up then 60litres of MILK shall be received – wonderful for our NEEDY Families. Garden Party - Saturday 8th June – 6 Calle Alicante, Camposol A. 2.00-2.30pm start. 5.00entry incd Afternoon Tea. Sale of Summer Clothes & Accessories, plus Tombola, Raffle, Live Music & more. ALL proceeds go to GOmaD – do please come along & support. Stories: We could share so many but here are a few; At a recent Mazarron Aid Day, a Grandmother who has so many financial worries, including taking on added pressures of helping her son & his family, wept when a new pair of shoes were given for one of her grandchildren. It took us all back by surprise as the tears fell so heavily – proves again we take so much for granted! Also at Canadas de Gallego, where we been giving Aid for 3years now - a young Spanish couple were sent via collaborators; “Nuevo Amanecer”, Spanish Evangelical Church, Pto. De Maz. What a sweet couple & so overjoyed with their 1month old baby, despite their tough circumstances! A new pair of shoes, currently too big was presented to the baby WOW the smile on Mum´s face light up the room!! Every month one of our dear Volunteers/ Supporters purchases shoes for the Children & it truly does Make A Difference. If you would like to experience these precious moments of simple pleasures, then do contact Outreach below – ALL are welcome to come & see “How Little Things Do Mean So Much”. Mazarron Shop Tel: 634 321 161 Open: Tues – Sat 10am-2pm Outreach / Enquiries Tel: 634 357 137. E.Mail: Face Book: mad mazarron Drop-off Points: GOmaD Shop – Opening Hours. GOmaD Van: Camposol A Lower Car Park, Tues 11am – 1pm Camposol B: ´Euronics´ Camposol B: Cultural/Social Centre, Fridays 12.30-2pm Costa Calida Radio, Pto de Mazarron (Opp ´La Cumbre Hotel´) Mazarron Country Club: Manzana 5 Plot 15 – Su 968 199 159 Condado de Alhama: Gdn 2 Apart 231 Naranjos 4 Tel: 666 189 459 & Gdn 11 Apart J1161 Collection of Large Items/Furniture or House Clearances call Tony 634 007 594 Food Collection Bins: Camposol B, ´Quick Save´. Camposol A, ´English Butchers´. Pto de Maz, ´Tea Pot´.


Mazarron Festival de Baile 2013

Playa Grande Hotel, Mazarron 29th and 30th June Dance, Ken Sherwood Garage, Patron Keith Donovan and a group of volunteers that have already signed up to support as well as representative volunteers from the participating Dance Schools. If you would like to be part if this exciting weekend and would like to join MFDB 2013 volunteers our first meeting is at the Business Centre on Camposol sector A On 27th May at 430pm. You would be made very welcome and assured of a great weekend in June. Susie Long

Volunteers Meeting ~ Camposol Business Centre Monday 26th May 4.30pm Volunteer support for the MFDB 2013 is being sponsored by and managed by Susie Long. Volunteers are an integral part of this weekend and already members of the local community have signed up to be involved in the dance event that is now in its’ 4th year. There are many roles to fulfil to ensure the smooth running of this professional event such as front of house, school volunteer support, security, adjudicator support, merchandise support and also the management of the ethics agreement. As patron Keith Donovan said during MFDB 2012 Awards Presentation “there is enough energy in this room to light up the whole of Murcia” which was met by the cheers and applause from the dancers, their families spectators and volunteers. The atmosphere was electric. If you have between 4~8 hours you can offer of your time you will not be disappointed by the atmosphere and innovation of the event that goes from strength to strength each year. MFDB volunteers are supported within their roles with a free spectator pass for the weekend, a MFDB t~shirt and refreshments. We are excited to announce with just 6 weeks to go that there are over 60 entries from three schools to take part this year. The schools taking part are Julie Bruce Dance Academy, Broadway Dance, and Murcia Dance. 60 young dancers with their teachers, family and friends will be descending on Mazarron. Each day will commence at 10 am with registration and dance workshops for all participants, followed by competition entries. The MFDB Awards Presentation will take place at 6pm on 30th June. Support and sponsorship are being provided by DKCASACARE ,, Fiesta Faces, the Professional Teachers of Dancing, Teatro Canavero, Murcia

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It is 70 years since the Ministry of Food’s leaflets taught Britons to eat well on rations and stay ‘fit for the fight’ during the Second World War. But much of the long-forgotten dietary advice still stands and, says a leading nutritionist, could help improve our diet today. A new book, Eating For Victory, reproduces the leaflets distributed along with posters in the 1940s. Here is some of the advice as it was printed. It’s accompanied by wartime illustrations – with a modern interpretation of the old wisdom...

POTATOES There is no vegetable more useful than the homely potato. It is a valuable yet cheap source of energy, and one of the foods that help to protect us from ill-health. It contains Vitamin C and 1lb of potatoes daily will give half the amount of this vitamin needed to prevent against fatigue and fight infection. So don’t think of potatoes merely as something to serve with the meat. A stuffed baked potato can be a course in itself. Bridget Benelam, a scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, says: ‘A medium-sized baked potato, with skin, provides a third of the recommended daily amount (RDA) of Vitamin C – twice that of an apple. It will also provide half the RDA of potassium – important for blood pressure and water balance – iron, zinc and B vitamins.’

CHEESE Cheese is an A1 food because it is an excellent body-builder, better than meat for building firm muscles. It builds strong bones and teeth, too. Therefore, it is invaluable for growing children. Plenty of cheese in childhood means less dental trouble in later life. It is a concentrated energy-giving food, especially suitable for heavy workers as it gives a large amount of energy in small bulk. It contains a high proportion of fat and so gives a feeling of satisfaction after a meal. Bridget says: ‘A matchbox-sized serving, 30g, of cheese provides a quarter of our daily calcium needs – crucial for maintaining bone density – although milk or yogurt might be better choices as they are lower in fat. Cheese is as good a source of protein as meat but generally contains more fat, so should be eaten less.’

HERRINGS ‘Of all the fish that swim in the sea,’ runs the old saying, ‘the herring is the king.’ Consider the herring’s food value. It is a very cheap source of the best body-building protein. Herring oil not only supplies an extraordinarily high number of calories and energy-giving units, but it also contains two vitamins, A and D. Vitamin A strengthens resistance to disease and Vitamin D is essential for bones and teeth.

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Bridget says: ‘This is still true – herrings are an excellent source of fish oil. Research since the 1940s has shown the omega 3 in oily fish is important for good heart and brain health. We should eat two portions of fish a week, one oily. Nowadays other types of fish are readily available, such as tuna.’

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cliff & Elvis

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Starring the fabulous UK artist Cliff-asif and Coastrider Music Awards “BEST TRIBUTE” 2012 and runner up 2013, Elvis 2000. With 60s support by Fiona Mclean (Best Female Artist runner up 2013). Fun, Banter, Great songs, Costumes and entertainment!

“All shook up” - Cliff or Elvis????

This is a simply amazing show that’s a MUST for all Cliff and Elvis fans so, cancel everything else in your diaries and book your chosen venue NOW to avoid disappointment!

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02/06/13 The Rendezvous, Campoamor Tel 608 467 597 10€ (Includes finger buffet) 03/06/13 Emerald Isle, La Florida 647 681 294 04/06/13 La Marina Sport Complex, San Fulgencio, La Marina Tel 966 796 389 05/06/13 Los Rosales, Lemon Tree Rd, CV895 Campo de Guardamar 03140, Tel 606 192 691 (12.50€ inc meal) 08/06/13 Bar Restaurant San Miguel Cooperative, Murla, Jalon Valley, (Xalo) Tel 633 076 588 / 633 694 740 11/06/13 The Club House, Camposol Golf 968 978 855 12/06/13 Lounge Bar, Torrevieja Tel 966 922 743 13/06/13 Rocajuna, Punta Prima Tel 965 997 260 / 664 591 795 19/06/13 The Club, Quesada Tel 966 717 028 Tickets are at the venues: 8-50€ (unless stated). Shows start at 8.30pm This show will sell out at venues so book early for best seats See for more info!

Your venue for this show in Costa Calida!

This show will be at The Club House, Camposol Golf on Tuesday 11th June (details above). This will be the only opportunity to see this unique show in that area so please don’t miss it - Book now to avoid disappointment!! ************************************************************

New Venue for this tour:

We are please to announce that this tour will take in the venue Los Rosales, CV395, Campo de Guardamar, 03140 (Lemon Tree Road). Details for this show and all of the other great venues above.

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CUP CAKE with a “CUP CAKE” - and all for Charity

Having met Tommy in Torremolinos - Two Show Tommy Walsh is now joining us The Homes, Gardens and Lifestyle Show at La Finca Hotel on La Finca Golf Course in Algorfa on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th May. Here is your chance to meet Tommy close up and with a cup of tea! Sponsored by Cambridge 800, all the money raised by Tea with Tommy will all go to The Children’s Home in Elche. The cakes have kindly been provided free of charge by Sam who owns The Gingerbread Man in Quesada. Annette English representing the Children’s Home will also be there with her famous tombola! Once again The Homes, Gardens and Lifestyle Show is supporting several local charities! Gina Marks from GM Events said: “We have invited the charities to be involved this year but they won’t be tin shaking!! They will be working to help provide the many fun elements in this show - Pimms with HiFX, Cup Cakes with Cambridge, The Colourful Pink Ladies will be helping with the Art Competition, The Torrevieja Lions are bringing Giant Jenga and golf putting! and RBL will have guess how many poppies on the wire hat.” Entrance to the Show is just two euros and each ticket gives 2 drinks for the price of 1 in the upstairs bar and on the terrace. All in all it promsies to be a fun filled day out!

gardens on show Now the sun is shining, it’s time to view the efforts of green-fingered gardeners in the area. In Pinar de Campoverde, Pat and Geoff Weaver are once again opening their beautiful and interesting gardens to the public on Saturday June 1st, from 10.30 until 3pm. On view will be their well established cactus garden, the Italian garden with fishpond, and many diverting areas, surrounded by mature pine trees. The

couple are both artists, so you can expect the unexpected just round the corner. In addition, there will be bric-a-brac, books, plants and other stalls, and you can enjoy a tea, coffee and cake. The refreshments are included in the admission price of just three euros, and all proceeds are donated to charity. You can find Calle Nispero number 8 off the Avenida Del Pino, in Campoverde. Find out more from 966 762 266.


One of the biggest problems within communities here in Spain is bringing residents of differing languages together so they can better understand eachother. Invariably those nationalities with the largest number of residents take control, and the result is often growing mistrust among minorities that decisions are being taken without knowledge or approval. One community which is trying to break down the barriers is in Playa Flamenca, Orihuela Costa, which has organised a series of street parties, which are proving

very popular, bringing nibbles and bottles of drinks to share. The majority are English speaking, but it has brought along other nationalisities too - Spanish, Bengian, Norwegian, Austrian and Dutch. “The first street party was attended by more than 30 people and it surprised us how many said they had barely spoken to people before, maybe just saying hello, and were pleased they had enlarged their circle of friends,” said president Barry Dutton.




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Saturday June 8th (11 to 3pm) will be the first ARTS AND CRAFTS FAYRE to be organised by the ARTISAN CO-OPERATIVE. The event will be held at the GOLF CLUB HOUSE on SECTOR C Camposol and for this 1st EVENT the Charity organisation AGE CONCERN Costa Calida will also benefit. The Door charge is €1 and this will be donated to Age concern who on the day will also run a raffle & be on hand to explain about their charity and all the services they offer & the events they organise. We hope that at subsequent events other local charities & organisations will help host the event. The idea for a totally ARTS & CRAFT based event came from the organiser Matt Jones (ARTIST, CERAMACIST & probably BETTER KNOWN TO MOST PEOPLE AS ONE HALF OF RAINBOW SATELLITES! ) Having attended many fiestas and charity events displaying and selling his own artwork he wanted to try and get off the ground a small (but growing steadily) group of likeminded creative people who work in a whole host of materials & crafts including PAPER.... FABRIC QUILTING & SEWING.... MOSAICS.... STAINED GLASS ....PAINTING...CARD MAKING...METAL WORK.... CERAMICS... DECORATED SPANISH ROOF TILES.....JEWELLERY MAKING....HOME BAKING....KNITTING AND WOOD WORK with the main emphasis on things being handmade and designed by the plethora of talented people in the MURCIA region ................So the idea of creating ARTISAN CO-OPERATIVE was born and a chance to get together in one venue and champion the cause of HAND MADE & UNIQUE items that are lovely things to have around your home or make special gifts for family, friends or just to treat yourself because you deserve it! On JUNE 8TH some of the ARTISTS will be giving demonstrations of their craft or explaining the process behind creating the superb things they make & attending this first event will be COLIN from Mula with his colourful symphony Stained Glass. He brings some of his fantastic lamps ,light catchers and intricate glass panels check out , MARY who’s TEJAS Decorative / Spanish inspired decorated roof tiles that look lovely hung in a shady terrace they have so much detail and colour - have a look at her face book page : Hand Crafted Spanish wall hangings . Also look out for rustic pottery from MALS – - Studio in Aledo & LINDA from Los Canovas with their colourful ceramics, DAN RUST from La Magdelana will also be at the event with his MOSAICS plus Christine with her HANDMADE CARDS as well as a host of other imaginative folks with lovely STITCHED & EMBROIDERED FABRIC ITEMS Such as Lavender bags/ fabric door stops & a varied selection of Jewellery to suit every taste & style............. We also have Creative Kids corner where budding young artists up to age 10 can have a go at various ARTY PROJECTS & FIESTA FACES will be there face painting TIGERS, MONSTERS & CLOWNS as well as any other requests. THE CLUB HOUSE on sector C Camposol offer a good selection of refreshments and food so why not come along and support the ARTS & CRAFTS FAYRE, chat with the artists as well as supporting the good work of AGE CONCERN Costa Calida & enjoy a nice time out too. *If you hand make or craft lovely things we want to hear from you!! We may have a few tables available for this event but if you are interested in participating in future events & joining our artisan co-operative then email Matt with details of your craft. Also if you just enjoy looking & hopefully buying hand made crafts want to know about future planned ARTS & CRAFTS get in touch. Matt will be at the event with some of his art & ceramics for sale his website is HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE ENJOYING THE DAY...

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On Saturday, May 18th at 11:00 exactly was the day. The third game of the soccer school. After two matches won the confidence was really big. But the Hacienda was well prepared and had a good start. The 0-1 was therefore the logical next step. A beautiful goal from the striker. After that the soccer school got some possibilities. George and Louis were close by scoring a goal. But again and again it was that good goalkeeper who intervened. Just before half time the Hacienda makes 0-2.In the second half it went better for the soccer school and they got more grip on the game. But the Hacienda remained dangerous on the counter. Lorena had to rescue a few times. And actually out of nowhere came the 0-3. A shot that changed of direction went just into the goal. From that moment it was all or nothing. Now it was Jaime and Vicente who were very close with scoring a goal. And totally out of the blue a great kick from Lorena and the ball went over everybody and came just before the feet of George. He could walk straight to the goal and stayed cool makes a beautiful goal. All in all a good game and........ oh yes sometimes you win and sometimes you lose that is the way it is. For the summer the soccer school offer extra training days. The soccer school fun days have been three years a great success. And everyone is welcome. The first days will be on JUNE:25,26& 27 from10:30 till 13:00and then JULY: 12, 13& 14 from 10:30 till 13:00 AUG: 2, 3 & 4 from 10:30till 13:00 AUG: 23, 24& 25 from10:30 till 13:00 For more or give us a call (0034) 653120633

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A TOUCH OF GLAMOUR IN THE HEART OF TURRE. Located in the centre of Turre, ‘Donna’s Boutique’ is a delightful and unashamedly sparkly, fashion store offering fashionable and affordable women’s clothing, bags, jewellery and accessories. Its founder and namesake, Donna Booth prides herself on selecting clothing lines that will suit women of all shapes and sizes and all age groups. She is a firm believer that age or size should not be a fashion barrier and is confident that women will leave the boutique delighted with their purchases and that they will feel like a million dollars when they wear them. The fashion line at Donna’s boutique includes casual wear for a smart daytime look and fabulous evening wear for all occasions. Adding to the line, Donna has recently secured a contract to supply clothing from London fashion brand ‘Lipsy’ and she will also be stocking the ‘Curve’ range of clothing with sizes 14 to 28. Keep updated to what´s in by visiting her facebook page ‘Donna´s Boutique’ and hit the ‘LIKE’ button. This will automatically enter you into her next competition where you could win €100 to spend in her shop, the draw will happen once her page has reached 750 ‘LIKES’ Donnas Boutique is coming into its first year so to thank all her customers she will be giving a 10% of all purchases on the 7th June from 11am to 3pm, also Cava and Canapes will be supplied..

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Opposite Super Turre in Turre & Just before the Guardia Civil in Vera Open 6 days a week... times on shop doors Contact 664 620 288


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SUPER CORNER is run by friendly couple Simone and Nabil. Living in Spain there is no need to miss out on your favourite UK foods. You can shop for all your British branded supplies whether the food you require is tinned, frozen, packet, or fresh, all at bargain prices. Open every day. Now selling a selection of wines & chilled soft drinks. Asweel as a massive chocolate and sweet section. Pop into Super corner & treat your taste buds. CHILI BAR AND RESTAURANT situated at the top end of Turre. It boasts a spacious terrace where you can sit in the sun or shade every day serving delicious authentic Indian tapas with your drink including chicken madras, korma and onion bhaji to name a few. Menu del dia at €8.50 /noche at €10 are served every day.There is also a vast menu that includes Indian themed pizzas and kebabs and a full range of house and special dishes to sample eating in or Take away. Meet Ali and his friendly team who will always give you a warm welcome SOLO SAT is the number 1 company to use for all your satellite tv, air conditioning installations and repairs. Nik has over 10 years experience of fitting all types of satellite TV systems and air con units domestic and commercial, Phone him for more info, he is always happy to answer any queries you may have at anytime. CONNEXIONS has been up and running now for 10 years and is constantly keeping up to date with modern technology. Ken and Gill offer a great service. There is a wide range of laptops, tablets, mobile phones, books as well as art piece . Also in store is the new Android TV box, no satellite dish needed just an internet connection of at least 2mbs. If you need a new TV to cope with the swap over we can help! We still do a full repair & upgrade service. Come and visit their shop for more info and to see it working. STYLES has been in Turre for 2 years in April. Thanks to the commitment of Michelle and Wendy. They do their best to offer their clients up-to-date hairdressing & beauty treatments. The salon would like to introduce Kerry their latest Beauty and nail technician who will be at the salon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. May and June has some amazing offers on Nails, pedicures, manicures, waxing, eyebrows and much more. Now in stock are the new micro hair extensions, the latest new technique to apply hair extensions by using micro ring instead of glue. It also benefits from the light telephone:

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fabulous summer offers special offers on hair, nail & beauty treatments ready for summer

weight & is very easy to use. It is very safe for the natural hair. Tooth gems & hair gems are also available. You won’t be disappointed with any of the treatments they offer. Calling all you men haircuts are now from only 5€. Phone Michelle for more information on up and coming offers. SOLSHADERS has been operating in this area for more than 7 years & is a fully legal Company. Their fantastic range of Awnings (which can protect your terrace from the wind), Insect Screens and Internal Blinds are available in a variety of colours & styles with a sign writing service also available. Justin is committed to giving all his clients 100% satisfaction & offers a free on site quotation without obligation & with his outstanding prices & excellent after sales service you are guaranteed a professional job from start to finish. Give us a call on 627 907 207 / 634 319 882 or Email: solshaders@live. BUGS has been supplying & fitting windows & doors for 25 years. Pull down / Sliding Blinds & Screens, Windows & Patios, Vertical Blinds, Security Grills, and Awnings as well as aluminum and UVPC replacement doors and windows, Peter will give you a friendly, speedy response and covers all areas. John & Fiona from Price Busters have now moved to Turre. THE BUTCHERS next to the fundraiser is open 6 days a week and specialise in all English cuts of meat including beef, pork, chicken, lamb, cooked meats and homemade sausages & burgers to name a few. Also on offer is a great selection of baked goods such as pies, Cornish pasties & sausage rolls. Come in and browse and let John & Fiona prepare your perfect cut of meat. Now stockists of Bodega Wines SELECCIONES situated next to the butchers has now been opened for nearly 6 months. They sell good quality, good conditioned, new and used furniture as well as selling items on consignment. There onsite man with a van is happy to deliver and collect various items and will make sure they reach you in one piece. New branded sportswear direct from the UK is also available and for something a little bit different come and look at the variety of Moroccan pots, hand painted lamps, leather bags & shoes . You are guaranteed to receive a 1st class excellent service. FUNDRAISER’s Adene is involved in helping to raise monies for a number of local charities in the local area.


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They are always welcoming quality clothes, hangers & plastic bags as well as books & all household items. We are now just before the guadia civil station in vera. Just past the bull ring there is a chinese shop on your left going into the town. Were next door. Its a lovely shop and their clothes are still 1euro. Come and see Adene...

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Tel: 607 705 085 or 687 938 466



Monday - Friday 10am - 3.30pm

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Call into our shop in Turre town square just along from the Cajamar bank

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These spacious townhouses are 10 mins from the coast with a good size garden, terarces from the beds & a large roof terrace. 3 beds, 3 baths, com pool & allocated parking. GREAT BUYS, ONLY 4 LEFT!

Well located , 3 beds, 3 baths Villa situated in El Pinar. Just a minute’s walk from the Plaza & popular bar/restaurant with com pool, 5 mins from Bedar & just 15 mins from the beaches of Mojacar. Great rental potential.


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Specialising in English cuts of meat homemade sausages & burgers English Cheese, Bread, Pies, Pasties Freezer Section, and much more...

This fantastic 3 bedroom villa located just minutes from the the town of Turre and under 10 minutes to the coast boasting many features including horse stables, paddocks and a unique round swimming pool.

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Mon - Fri 9.30am - 5.30pm & Saturday 9.30am - 4pm


This great village House has been restored to a high standard. It has 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and is situated between Bedar and Antas. The property also includes a small piece of land with fruit trees.

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As a company we have over 25 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry and have been doing pension transfers since inception in April 2006. We are now in a position to offer Expats our services due to a new product launch which allows a much larger tax free lump sum for any purpose regardless of age. We understand that times are tough in the UK and overseas, and that people need cash NOW to sort out their personal lives. We are told every time we speak to clients “I would rather have my money now rather than wait until I retire” we completely sympathize and understand your feelings. We now have several options to help our clients release money NOW from the pension fund. It is a very simple process and takes only a short time to release your cash.



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Well the sun has manged to raise the temperatures a little just the way we like it

Sale of Summer Clothes & Accessories Tombola, Raffle, Live Music & More!! All proceeds to “Making A Difference” - Helping those in Need Tickets available in advance via 6 Calle Alicante or GOmaD shop, Mazarron 634 321 161

Age Concern has a number of events taking place over the next few weeks. In collaberation with St Nicholas Chruch pastoral group there will be a carers support group starting for carers who look after someone with Dementia or Alzheimers on Wednesday 22nd May at the Cutural Centre Camposol B from 2-4pm. If you care for someone with Dementia and want to come along but need someone to stay with your spouse/partner let us know and we will try to help. Our popular AUCTION will take place at Marianos Restaurant on THURSDAY 23rd MAY. Registered items to be brought along between 10 and 11. Viewing will take place between 11and 1pm when the hammer will fall. The list of items can be seen outside Marianos prior to the day.It is always an interesting afternoon so come along and have a bid, you may get a great bargain. Our SUMMER FAIR is on1st JUNE at EL LAGARTO VARDE along the Via Axial in Puerto de Mazarron from 11.30-3.30pm there will be lots of stalls, including Cakes, Plants, Sweets, Pies, Ceramics, Clothes, Bags, Bling, Cards, Jewellry, Spices, Curry mixes

and More! Bar and Cafe open all day. A €1 entry fee will give you a free ticket for the raffle. 1st JUNE is also the first time you can buy tickets to the Welcome dance in support of Age Concern Costa Calida at the Welcome meeting in Marianos restaurant at 2pm (so it is possible to do both) Tickets are €8 with the option of Chicken and chips for a further €5. Music is the talented B Boppers. Venue is the outside area of Marianos (formerly Laras Bar) and the date is TUESDAY 27th AUGUST. So get your tickets and support this worthwhile charity. The next “Talking shop” social activitiy is on Wednesday 5th June at 1.30-3.30pm A time to meet friends and have a chat over a tea, Coffee, cake and bicuits. A short talk and then an activity to round off the afternoon. We will also be planning our next outing. Tickets are available from the Cultural Centre Wednesday and Thursday 10-1pm or outside the Salud Bar on the commercial centre B on Fridays from 11-1pm or phone 634 364 484 or 634 310 215 for more information.

lions & dutch club

On May 1st there were great celebrations in honour of the crowning of the New Dutch King Willem Alexander, the “Dutch Club” held a market and social event at Mariano’s restaurant on Camposol A. This event was well supported and the various activities raised a fantastic €538 which was donated to Lions Club of Mazarron to be further donated to the appeal in Bolnuevo for the disabled young Boy to pay for his Physiotherapy sessions. The Lions are most grateful for this kind gesture, providing much needed resources to help us continue with our aim of helping those in need where ever they may be. The attached picture is of

just a few of the “Dutch Club” at their event. Once again thank you all for helping The Lions. Many thanks to Heleen Sonneveld for the translation

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HELP MURCIA MAR MENOR held a Quiz with a Difference on 14th May at the El Carmoli restaurant in El Carmoli, the difference being that it is very hard! Over 50 people attended, lured no doubt by the chicken and chips on offer. The first prize was won by Bernard Ash’s team. The booby prize was a cake shaped like a pair of boobies, made by Janice Clark. This was won by Clive and Jilly’s team, who won it the last time. There is a suspicion that Clive lost on purpose so that he could get his hands on the boobies. €392 was raised for the charity from the enjoyable event. Our next event is an Afternoon at the Races at Viva Bar and Restaurant overlooking the sea in Los Nietos on Thursday 13th June. We meet at 1 for 1.30 p.m. for lunch followed by the racing. Tickets at €7.50 can be obtained by ringing Joan Mitchell on 868 185 685, Janice Clark on 968 134 355 or HELP MMM office on 968 570 059.

The Lions Club of Mazarron RAPID DRAW

The Lions Club recently organised a “rapid Prize Draw” for a Samsung Galaxy Tab2 with case. The ticket sales were limited to 100, held over just a 6 week period with the draw made on Friday May 3rd at the Lions Bric a Brac stall on Camposol B market. The Lions are most grateful to Oscar from Oscar’s Bar for allowing us to use the front of his premises for the weekly sale, and the help we receive from all staff. Oscar was invited to make the draw and the winner was ticket number 29, Mrs Sue Arnold. Pictured on the left, are Oscar and Lion Diane Little, the Lion in charge of this draw. The picture on the right is the lucky winner Mrs Sue Arnold with Lion Diane, collecting her prize. We would like to also thank all at TJ Electrics (Euronic’s) for showcasing the prize during the raffle, donating a case, organising the guarantee along with offers to help with the set up routine to the winner.

Forthcoming Events

June 14th & 15th : Visit us at the Camposol Fiesta and enjoy our Fund Raisers. July 18th: Excursion to Gaudalest and boat trip on the river. This historic town

is one of Spains most inetresting historic sites. €20 pp September: 1st week Visit to Cartagena for walking tour of history of the city, entry to Roman theatre and museum and City Hall. If required a private area doer lunch will be booked at Restaurante Marinostrum to enjoy Tapas or a lunch September 28th: Evening Excursion to Cartagena to see the final night of the Carthegenesis y Romano Fiesta, afterwards visit the Roman encampment where its possible to eat and take in the spirit of the event before the Firework display. This will be a MID AFTERNOON DEPARTURE AND LATE RETURN November 9th : Join our “Strides walk for Diabetes” this event is hosted all over the world by Lions on this day to raise money for Diabetes support locally. €2 to walk

COACH TRIP PICK UP POINTS & TIMINGS (Unless otherwise stated) ~ Mazarron Bus Station 9.00am ~Country Club 9.15am~Camposol A 9.30am~Condado de Alhama 9.45am. For more information Tel 618 958 816. We are outside Oscars Bar on Camposol B, every FRIDAY from 11am to 1pm. Asunto: Asociaciones Num.7.961/1 C.I.F. G73385171

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125,000€ Mojácar Playa A1163 299,999€ Beautiful ground floor apartment of 51m2 with 57m2 of terraces on a small urbanisation near to the beach. Large community terraces & pool. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Furnished.


DV1131 265,000€ Mojácar Playa DV1272 255,000€ Mojácar Playa SDV1273

Very desirable detached house of 143m2 with a separate guest suite on a 1,000m2 plot with panoramic views. 3 beds, 2.5 baths. Private pool, terraces, gardens, & parking. A/C, ADSL & telephone

Very attractive detached villa of 134 m2 on 530 m2 in a very private location. Newly renovated with many desirable features. Ample terrace, gardens & room for a pool. Just from the beach.

125,000€ Mojácar Playa LV651 185,000€ Mojacar Playa LV663 74,995€ Lovely townhouse of 147m2 in a small community very close to the beach. 3 beds, 2 baths. Large private garage, roof terrace & sea views. Communal pool, gardens & terraces. Part furnished.

Charming townhouse of 60m2 on 208m2 patio & garden. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Sea views from the solarium. Splash pool. Furnished. Less than 2 mins. walk to the beach.

Mojácar Playa

Immaculate semi-detached villa of 293 m2 + basement of 44m2 with good sea views. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Covered & open terraces with pool. Garage & furnished.

LV657 139,000€ Mojacar Playa LV660

Pretty modernised townhouse of 60m2 + 20 m2 private terrace with lovely views. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. Off street parking. Beautiful community gardens. Less than 5 mins walk to the beach.

Lovely renovated south facing townhouse with ample terraces & solarium. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Hot & cold air conditioning & furnished. Off street parking. Less than 5 mins walk to the beach.

82,000€ Mojácar Playa A1160 130,000€ Mojácar Playa A1164

85,000€ Huerta Nueva A1162

179,995€ Mojácar Playa A1165

Excellent penthouse apartment of 57m2 with more than 74m2 of terraces on a golf urbanisation near the beach. 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom & superb sea views. Large community terraces & pools.

Immaculate ground floor apartment of 66m2 on 180 m2 a pretty urbanisation. 2 bedrooms , 2 bathrooms, & furnished. Gas central heating & air-conditioning. Superb community gardens & pool.

South-facing ground floor apartment of 70m2+ 12m2 terrace with sea views on a smart urbanisation. 2 beds , 2 baths. Lovely community gardens & pool. In walking distance of shops & beaches.

Charming ground floor apartment on a sought after front line complex. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, private terrace. Fully furnished. Superb community gardens & pool. Excellent rental potential. Tel: +34 950 478 915 Fax: +34 950 478 963

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Contact: 607 705 085 or 687 938 466

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Open: Monday-Friday 10.00am-3.30pm


For total rebuild, an interesting and charming village house for renovation located just behind the Church in the beautiful village of Bedar. 65 m2 with great views.

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VELVETONES SELL OUT CHARITY SHOW Packed to the rafters - the sell out show for the Spring Collection ‘Songs from Shows’ was a huge success! Their chosen charity ‘Reach Out’ Torrevieja - which helps the homeless - was delighted to receive a cheque for Euros 500 on the night! Tony Frost from the UK, thrilled the audience with songs from Les Miserables before a lively rendition of the Pogues ‘Dirty Ole Town’. The Velvetones quartet did a few numbers before the Dance section boogied down with ‘Greased Lightning’ - to tremendous

applause. Rob Serle from the Harmonisers their Comedic MC and qiuz master nearly stole the show!

The ladies would also like to thank Alberto from EL Paraiso, Jardin del Mar 3, Torrevieja - for allowing the ladies to practice each Wednesday morning and hold their shows. For more details and photos visit www. or call June on 965 327 446 PHOTO BY KRISTOFF

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La Alfoquia, Zurgena


Bar Menu & Snacks Home-made puds

Burgers, Lasagne, pies, Omelettes, chilli plus

All Day Breakfast from 9am


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Friday & Saturday

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6.95€ to include a FREE Drink

Starters, Puddings - 2€ each



Activities at Monday

Line Dancing with Gillie 2:30pm ROCK’N’ ROLL 7:30PM


Quirky Quiz - 7:30pm


Line Dancing with Carrie 2:30pm-4:30pm & 7:30pm


Ceroc Dancing & Fun Social Night 7:30pm

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...FOOD NEWS...FOOD NEWS... Are cronuts the new cupcakes?

The cronut, which has already received interest from curious pastry chefs in Hong Kong, Melbourne, and Los Angeles, is made from thin layers of flaky croissant dough that are deep fried, rolled in rose sugar, and then filled with light Tahitian vanilla cream. Rose-flavored glaze thinly coats the top layer, which peels apart like those in a mille crepe cake; finally, crystallized rose petals add a garnish flourish. With a line 30-people deep before Dominique Ansel opened its doors this morning, it’s easy to see why the Manhattan bakery’s new invention, cronuts, are selling within an hour. The cronut half croissant, half donut - was quietly unveiled last Friday, with a small batch of 50. Three days later, when 200 had sold out by 9.30am, one angry and disappointed customer ‘flipped the finger’ at staff on his way out of the pâtisserie. ‘A lot of people ask me why we don’t just do more?’ the bakery’s owner and chef, Dominique Ansel, told reporters. ‘I’m a big fan of quality over quantity. . . It takes a lot to ensure all our other pastries are up to par with standards as well.’ The bakery, which opened in New York’s Soho in 2011, makes the cronut dough fresh daily in house, as well as the flavored sugars and vanilla ganache. ‘That’s why the batches are limited. Hopefully people will bear with us as we try to ramp up production,’ the chef explained. With such a swift reaction to the new pastry,

Mr Ansel has filed a trademark for the cronut, ‘just for our protection,’ he said. It took around ten recipes, and multiple time and temperature adjustments before Mr Ansel found ‘the trick’ to sheeting and frying the dough in grape-seed oil at one specific, and secret, temperature. For the month of May, Dominique Ansel bakery is selling a Rose Tahitian Vanilla cronut. In June, the store will launch a new flavor: Lemon Maple. And a new flavor every month after that. A quick quote from the Chef: ‘A few tips on how to eat the cronut. Please cut (if you must) with a serrated knife to avoid crushing the layers. Do not eat the next day, eat immediately (they have a six hour shelf life) and will get stale in the fridge. Finally, try peeling off the layers one by one like a mille crepe cake.’ WHAT DOES A CRONUT TASTE LIKE?

‘Flakey but chewy, a little heavier than a croissant but fluffier than a donut’ ‘The soft crunch was followed by an injection of cream and a whiff of a rose garden – thanks to the floral-infused icing. The perfect breakfast sandwich!’ ‘There’s an element of the éclair about it, with the vanilla cream inside, which isn’t too sweet, allowing the rose icing to provide the sugar hit alone. They are insanely addictive – mine disappeared in microseconds. I could have devoured the box.’ Let’s hope they arrive sometime soon in Spain...

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Camposol Club de Golf Camposol Club de Golf (formerly Sensol Golf Club) is now under new ownership. The new company are undertaking a full program of improvements and reconstruction on all parts of the course. We look forward to welcoming members old and new, watch out for the changes which are already well under way, not least our new fleet of electric golf buggies. Why not come and give us a try, we have the most competitive prices in the area.

Look at these amazing prices 18 holes reduced from €40 to €30 per round Buggy for 18 holes reduced from €28 to €20 (for 2 persons) Twighlight Golf after 4pm till 9pm 9 holes just €13 Wicked Wednesday’s For tee times between12pm to 4pm 18 holes and a buggy for 2 people just €60

Special deals for Societies

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Every Wednesday - ART WORKSHOP - Café Golf, San Javier 10am -12pm. Bring out the art in you! Informal workshop to get you started on water colours. Donation of 2€ per head for MABS. For further information call Geoff on 968 192 768. Friday 17th May - SHARE & CARE GROUP - MABS Cancer Centre, San Javier - 11.00 am An informal get-together for anyone affected by cancer. Come along for a coffee and a chat. For more information call Anne on 693 795 247 Tuesday 21st May – DIAMANTES LADIES’ LUNCH, El Mojón- 1.30pm for 2pm Three course lunch with glass of wine and entertainment 10.50€ Raffle in aid of MABS. Come along, dress up and meet and make new friends. Book your place with Diamante’s on 965 352 947 Sat 25th May VILLAGE FETE, Rio Nalón, Los Alcázares 11am All the fun of our annual Village Fete, including a fashion show, stalls etc., outside Legs & Co. Wednesday 5th June VOLUNTEERS MEETING Centro Civico, Roda Village - 11.15am If you would like to find out more about how you can help MABS, come along to our meeting. For further information please ring Bev on 693 362 823 Saturday 9th June – PICNIC IN THE PARK – New Vintage Restaurant (next to MABS Centre), San Javier 6pm. Our 5th annual party with lots of great entertainment: Barrington, Gerry Jones, Classic Rock Band, Elvis tribute, ITO & The Trails and Suzi G. Tickets 10€ - available from the MABS Centre, San Javier (includes all entertainment and roasted pig, in bread with apple sauce, stuffing and salad). Tickets for this event sell very quickly, so early booking is recommended. Call 615 016 035 for information. EVERY SATURDAY – BOOK SALE - The Arches Restaurant,

Los Alcázares - 10am - 1pm The MABS Book Stall is a regular feature at The Arches Restaurant on a Saturday and is popular with book-lovers from Los Alcázares and the surrounding areas. Browse the stall and enjoy a coffee or bargain breakfast while you choose your books. w w w. m a b s m u r c i a . c o m for more events& details, please call 634 362 826

MABS EVENTS FORTUNA (MURCIA NORTH EAST) Every Other Monday Sew’n’So’s Sewing Group with Jan Gough 2pm Urb. Las Kalendas, Fortuna 1st Tuesday of the month Auction at Bob`s Bar 2pm Carretera Pinoso, Fortuna Tuesdays & Thursdays “Pick, Try, Choose, Buy & Donate” second hand store 10.30am - 12pm Apartamentos Maruja, across the cycle path, opposite Las Palmeras, Baños de Fortuna. 2nd Wednesday of the month Fortuna Ladies’ Luncheon Club 1pm Las Palmeras Restaurant, Baños de Fortuna Last Wednesday of the Month MABS Fortuna Meeting 11.30am La Carcelera, Urb Las Kalendas. Fortuna. For further information MABS EVENTS

CALASPARRA (MURCIA NORTH WEST) First and Third Friday of each month - MABS Market Stall in Calasparra Market 9am - 1pm Situated opposite the Gran Via café Second Wednesday of each month - MABS Murcia NW Volunteer Monthly Meeting 5pm. New volunteers welcome. Call 648 518 158 for further details. Last Friday of every month MABS Book Stall 11am –2pm Outside the Trevol Bar/Cafe on Urb. Tierra del Sol, Calasparra. (This is held the last Friday of every month) For further information mab s mur c ianw@gmail. com

fast - Future Events 2013

F.A.S.T Bookstall is back – 2nd & 4th Friday every month Camposol ‘B’ Commercial Centre Saturday - 25th May: F.A.S.T Spring Ball & Second Anniversary – Amapola Restaurant Bolnuevo - €25 Saturday - 15th June: Camposol Fiesta – F.A.S.T Tombola Stall & CPR Demonstration Stall Saturday - 13th July – BBQ & Western Theme Night – Camposol Golf Club House. Event tickets will be on sale from the F.A.S.T bookstall Camposol ‘B’ Commercial Centre 2nd & 4th Fridays each month. Keep watching the press for updates and new events. For information about F.A.S.T please call: 634 314 386 or 626 465 847 or 634 327 730


The Ex Servicemen´s Association of Mazarron District (ESAMD) are meeting at Sienna Restaurant for a meal on 12th June 7pm for 7.30pm. This function is open to all members of ESAMD and their invited guests. For more information please contact the Social Secretary on - 968 437 074 or 618 591 298 Any Ex Service personnel wishing to join, should contact the Membership Secretary on 629 818 611.

Bric-a-Brac for HELP M.M.M.

Do you have bric a brac, furniture, household items and clothes that you don’t use and want to get rid of? We can arrange to collect them or you can bring items to our office at Calle Penélope 11, Los Narejos, (behind the Deutsche Bank) (Telephone 968 570 059). Alternatively you can bring them to our car boot stall, which is at the Autocine, Los Narejos on Sunday mornings from 9 a.m. till 1 p.m. We will be very grateful for any items donated as this is our main source of income to enable us to carry out our good work. HELP aims to provide a service to ALL - Mobility Equipment Loans, Hospital Visiting, Information on Living in Spain, Support Groups, Interpreter details, Assisting and liaising with other charities, Listening Ear Team, Donations to good causes

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The Beacon of Light Centre for Spiritual Awareness

Meetings held every Wednesday from 7pm - approx 8.30pm The Old School House Canadas del Romero Mediums for the following dates: Wed 22nd May: Joy & John Sloman Wed 29th May: Janet Harris & Shaun Gray Thurs 30th May: Janet Harris & Shaun Gray Condado de Alhama 8pm doors close 7.45 pm Tickets 5 euros Wed 5th June: Sammy Fitzsimmons Wed 12th June: Jimmy McArthur Wed 19th June: Morag Bullock Wed 26th June: Debbie Blevins Healing is available from 5.30 pm before service by request

Funding for the meetings will be raised by donations collected during the evening For more information: http://beaconoflightmurcia.webs´.com/ Tel: 620 877 326. Also on facebook



Tuesday 23rd July An outside Dance at Marianos Restaurant, Camposol. 3 Fantastic musicians called PDQ. First time for Welcome, Playing all your favourite music from the 50´s.60´s.70´s and much more. Even if you don´t like dancing come and sing to all the tunes you know so well. 8€ Food available 5€


Join us for a couple of days away. SEVILLE 5 days, 4 nights staying at the 4 star Hotel Becquer right in the heart of the city of Seville. Breaking the journey on the way with a stop in Granada and on the way back Cordoba. Giving you time to have a look at these great places. A day trip to Heulva with visit to a Jamon factory included. 350€. BENIDORM October 14th, 4 days, 3 nights staying at the Helios Hotel which is in the centre of the Levante area. Half board, including a trip out on the Tuesday and market day on the Wednesday. 140€. Why not go away for Christmas.No cooking. A few rooms left on the second coach. December 23rd, 5 days, 4 nights staying at the Helios Hotel, right in the centre for all the activities. Full board including the Christmas Gala lunch with drinks. 230€ The new winter program is now out. For more details call Rosemary or check it on our web site For more information Telephone Rosemary on 620 105 179


Wednesday 29th May Menu-del-dia at Lagarto Verde, Puerto de Mazarron. With music, 10€ Saturday 1st June Summer Fair at Lagarto Verde. 11.30am to 3.30pm, 1€ entrance raffle. Tickets / info: Wednesday / Thursday 10am to 1pm Social Centre, Camposol B Friday: 11am to 1pm – Outside Bar Salud, Camposol B Tel: 634 310 215 or 634 336 484

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Question: How many people does it take to change a motorcar tyre? Answer: 8 – Jos, Pete, Greg, Chris, Lauren, Wayne, Gerald, and most of all, Andy! Here’s why: Pete’s niece, Chris, her husband Greg and their daughter Lauren were here for a flying visit. In the cold grey Limaria dusk, on the evening previous to their departure in the cold grey light of the next Limaria dawn, I noticed that their hire car had 3 round tyres and one which was round on top and flat at the bottom. Action had to be taken and the wheel had to be changed, and changed now –the situation was not going to magically right itself overnight. Greg, as Alpha Male, was called. He rose unsteadily from his sick bed, (he had the dreaded tummy virus) and promptly sank back again, going a greener shade of pale as he did so. I hold that Woman was not put on this earth to change tyres, but on this occasion Woman had no option, so between us Chris and I wrangled the spare tyre out of its cubbyhole, while Lauren, who has the most recent experience of theoretical car motor

By Jos Biggs

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maintenance, held things and offered encouragement. While I swore at the wheelnut covers, Chris attacked them with a screwdriver. They quickly recognised the futility of resistance and popped off. Pete, hearing the commotion and bad language, limped out from within the house and assumed command of his ersatz harem from his chair on the porch. ‘Put the spanner on the wheelnuts, then jump on it.’ He commanded, seeing me vainly struggling to dislodge them. That worked rather more quickly than I had expected! ‘Now get Gerald’s kneeler-upon, and Wayne’s plank.’ Pete commanded. ‘Why?’ ‘To prevent your knees and the jack from sinking into the gravel.’ Why hadn’t that dawned on me? Blessing Gerald for the millionth time for the gift of the kneeler-upon, I knelt upon it and carefully positioned Wayne’s plank under the jacking point. At this point the Biggs personal one man emergency service, AKA Andy, arrived on the scene, turned the plank through 90%, so that it was the right way round to support the jack, and took over the remainder of the task. We women were then free to revert to our proper role, that of offering encouragement and forming an admiring audience. With the co-operation of 8 people, either directly or indirectly, it is really not that difficult to change a tyre!

The Fat Little Cherub with the Bow and Arrow

Over the winter months we thought it would be a good idea to dig out all of those albums and boxes of photographs from under the stairs, and start to download them on to the computer. It was a daunting task when we realised just how much we had accumulated in our two lifetimes, not to mention the inherited ones from our parents’ days. Of course it was never going to be a quick job, with every other pic bringing back a happy memory, but then that’s why we take photographs in the first place. There were the usual amateurish efforts - a dandelion; next doors cat; my Dad’s shed; two bits of plastic I had glued together and hung from the washing line with cotton, which I passed off as a photograph of a flying saucer. All laughably uninspiring...all precious. Then there were the old flames who fell into two distinct categories. The “Mmmm” stack, and the, “I didn’t did I?” collection. And it got me

thinking back to the first time the little fat cherub with wings, shot a dart at me. I was 13 and the star paperboy at our newsagents. Well only as far as the proprietor was concerned. You see, I took the evening round that nobody else wanted. It was that part of the estate where even the SAS would think twice about entering and which was full of dogs, many with only three legs – a mystery I often pondered, but not one I really wanted to know the answer to. Friday was collection night, and it was daunting. At number 113 (I hesitate to name the actual street, in case they still lurk) a creature twice as wide as it was tall, would throw open the door – all string vest and chin stubble - and ask me what the ‘ell I wanted. I knew that’s what it was saying because it was a grunt with a question mark attached. Then trying not to be intimidated, I would whisper, “One pound, two and sixpence for your papers Mrs Roper”. Then there was number 666 - but that is a whole new other story and one that is best left untold... It was on my morning round - a better part of the estate where the gates were still on

By Colin Bird :

their hinges and the postman had kept the use of his legs that I first saw HER. SHE was everything a young boy could want in a girl...female and with a pulse..andd she rode a new Raleigh bicycle. Sigh.... She was a papergirl for a rival newsagent, and the happiest moment of my young life was when, after several weeks I summoned up the courage to talk to her and say hello, and oh joy, received a hello right back. Obviously she fancied me! After helloing for a month or two, I decided to take it to the next level and asked her name. Glenda she said, and to me there was never a more perfect name for an angel. I detected a bit of reticence on her part, but I put this down to shyness as I was now convinced she had the hots for me too - we had exchanged names. It was me who always had to seek her out for our morning exchange, but I figured this must be what was meant by playing hard to get and all part of the unfamiliar game of love. But that was cool, I knew deep down how she really felt. Then the morning arrived when my goddess did a swallow dive off the pedestal on which I had placed her and kicked me in the crotch – quite an acrobatic feat. It was a Saturday and known thereafter as Humiliation Day.

I found her at the door of 44 Landrake Crescent where she was collecting money. She saw me at the gate and there was a muttered exchange between her and the female customer. I couldn’t make out what was being said, but the lady glared and without taking the ciggie out of her mouth, said to Glenda in a loud voice, ‘Why don’t you just tell him to sling his bleedin’ hook love’. If the road had opened up in front of me to reveal a set of stairs, I would have taken them three at a time. In one telling sentence, it all became clear to me. My education had begun. Unable to speak; my face the colour of a whore’s hat and burning fit to ignite, I pedalled off as fast as my skinny legs could take me. Unrequited love - bitter sweet. But if by the slimmest of chances you ever get to read this Glenda . . . just look what you missed!

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When Alqueria shook off the yoke of Spanish colonialism, actually they were asked to leave Spain’s sphere of influence then certain things were neglected. Civil laws which have proved impossible to reintroduce and all the pomp, ridiculous ceremony and meaningless protocol which certain countries seem to wallow in. In terms of things ridiculous Alqueria didn’t want to be outdone. With presidential elections looming it seemed the perfect time to set about these adornments of statehood. Several ideas were mooted, including inane over-medalled uniforms for the yet to be Alquerian Defence Force and incomprehensible etiquette to surround the Head of State. None however seemed to fit the collective anarchic soul of the Alquerian people. After much deliberation and countless ideas a public holiday was decided upon, The Día del Soplagaitas. Some of these ideas are worthy of note. Poyato wanted to award the Order of Remitroot to worthy citizens while Rodriquez wanted to award himself a knighthood, pension and certain rights regarding the young ladies of the Pueblo. Manuela’s idea in particular had merit but was unfortunately physically impossible to all but the most well built of men. The Día del Soplagaitas was to take place on the first day of Presidential campaigning and was designed to unite the inhabitants of the village. We are however talking about Alqueria. Foreign dignitaries were invited but none came. The international press were invited but only ‘Tiles and Tiling Monthly’ turned up. The very best of Alqueria would be on show and prospective candidates could give their policies an airing. However nothing in life is certain and in Alqueria this applies even more. The Day degenerated into a battle between the barrios. A serious and important debate concerning Alqueria’s antiquated drainage system was settled with an arm wrestling competition while a discussion embracing women’s rights led to the ladies’ sewing circle looting ‘La Lana Tienda de Betania’ The health service in the form of Dr. Enzo Matanzamas for the eastern barrio and Dr. Cortaduras the western had major differences. The question of private versus state healthcare led to a Remitroot drinking contest which left both medical men comatose in the gutter. The election was forgotten as the streets became battle grounds for the rebellious and idealistic. The village police officer, José Cabrasilbido hid in his wardrobe as anything portable was thrown and anything combustible ignited. These events didn’t bode well for the forthcoming elections no matter how predictable they were. The Día del Soplagaitas far from uniting Alqueria had driven the divide deeper. Who would have the courage to run for president will become apparent when the candidates’ deposits are lodged. Who will be the frontrunners? Who will hold the balance of power? We shall see...


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It must be said that when we arrived at the course, the weather looked okay but as the day got on, there were a gathering of black clouds and then all hell let loose just as the last 4 ball came home. “Drowned rats” doesn’t even start to explain what they looked like!



Mazarron’s season is ending on a high with another hardworking team performance earning them a splendid 2-1 victory at home against promotion chasing CAP Ciudad de Murcia. The biggest crowd of the season boosted by a large and enthusiastic following from Murcia enjoyed a close fought battle which was settled by two goals from Mazarron’s excellent striker Jose Ruben. The game opened quietly with both sides struggling to gain supremacy but Mazarron’s juvenile goalkeeper Ruben, again deputising for Jose Iker, had to be at his best to foil the dangerous Murcian strike force. Mazarron took the lead after 22 minutes when Jose Ruben reacted first to a splendid cross from the left and turned the ball into the net for his fifteenth goal of the season. At the other end, young Ruben was again called into action with a brave double save to thwart the onrushing Ciudad de Murcia forward. The first half ended with Ciudad de Murcia on the attack and, first captain Diego and then Ruben again, had to be at their best, Diego clearing off the line and Ruben blocking a shot from close range. The second half started in similar fashion and Ciudad de Murcia equalised after 50 minutes when Ruben was only able to push out a cross from the right and the ball fell to Mario who coolly lobbed it back into the roof of the net. At this stage Mazarron were defending resolutely and only

occasionally able to mount an attack on the Murcia goal apart from a speculative shot from 25 yards from substitute Toni which went over the bar. On 70 minutes a mishit shot deceived Ruben and the ball evaded his grasp and rolled slowly towards the goal line but he recovered quickly to grab it just in time. Toni hit a fierce drive just outside the post before Murcia thought they had equalised after 78 minutes following an excellent move but the goal was disallowed for offside. However, Mazarron scored what turned out to be the winning goal on 85 minutes when Alfonso’s through ball saw Jose Ruben once again racing clear of the Murcia defence before chipping over the keeper’s head and running the ball into the empty net. It was Ruben’s 16th goal of the season and he is now the second highest goalscorer in the league. Two minutes later an excellent move between Ruben and Barrachina ended in a cross to the far post and substitute Matt Clarke’s shot was just deflected for a corner. Mazarron had to work hard to complete the double over Ciudad de Murcia and the difference between the two teams was once again Jose Ruben who also scored both goals in Mazarron’s victory at Murcia back in January. Team: Ruben, Barrachina, Diego, Chicho (Clemente), Perico, Jose Da, Diego (Matt Clarke), Alfonso, Santi (Pollo), Jose Ruben, Cecilio (Toni) Man of the Match: R u b e n (goalkeeper)

El Plantio 2 GolfSecond Society The Society held a Texas place was Scramble this week with teams of 4 players each. As you would expect from this format there were some excellent scores with most members being disappointed if all they got was a Par on a hole. El Plantio golf course is starting to look real good now and with the weather warming up the final scores were a reflection of a pleasant days golf. The results this week: Nearest the pin: hole 1 Frank Stanhope hole 5 Ian Henderson In third place was Ian Henderson, William Murphy Keith Smith & John O’Brien with 47.64 pts

Kenny Reddington, Elsa Webster Ray Housely & John Spencer with 45.92 pts First Roger Marshall, Gordon Abba, George Stanhope & Frank Stanhope with 45.66 pts Next Tuesday 21st May is another team competition, this will be a Greensome, be here 9:00 for 9:30am Tee off Visitors are welcome. Please put your name on the sheet in the club house by Sunday 12 noon or telephone Ian Henderson on 966 71 66 16 John O’Brien Secretary

I think by now, most people know how to get to the course and know to avoid the Benidorm Toll Road…well, all except our intrepid Handicap Secretary (John Haggart) and his good lady wife (Paula). I am willing to bet that the inside of their car turned a very nice shade of blue and even when a civil question to Paula was asked “How did you enjoy Madrid?” – her response was not very lady like…in fact even a sailor would have been embarrassed at the language that flowed forth. Anyway back to the golf. It is fair to say that the fairways were in quite good condition and in need of a trimming for the ball had no roll to it at all, the grass just grabbed (got to be careful how I phrase this next bit!!) your (Golf) balls where they landed. The greens weren’t too bad considering they had been hollow tined in the last couple of weeks and I think, by enlarge, an enjoyable game of golf was enjoyed even though only one person bettered their handicap and by quite some margin too. Scores on the doors were moderate and it only needed 32 points for Captain Mick Kennedy


to be pushed back into 3rd place by a better Back Nine of Ray Ewins and one point ahead of them both was Mr “No more Belly Putter” Colin Marsden who took the honours in the Silver Division with 33 points. The Gold Division scores were very similar to those of the Silver crew and 33 points and losing out on the Count Back was Alan Rickers who was pushed into 3rd place by the Flying Dutchie, Theo Boelhouwer who secured 2nd spot with 33 points and a better back nine than Alan. This left the winners slot for John Eyre who came home with quite a magnificent score of 41 points and the look of glee on the Handicap Secretaries face was a picture. Sweeny Todd has got nothing on this boy when he sees he will be cutting handicaps. The NTP’s were kindly donated by Tom Jones and Pearl Sabine and were won by Bill Wylie, Mike Fearnehough and Peter Wells. Dates for your diary, 29th May Away day to Albacete: bus, green fee, buggy, and meal just €55 June 26th 3 day trip to Valencia, play 3 of the best courses in Spain, visit our web site for full details Our next game, Wednesday 22nd May 2013, see’s us at the Villamartin golf course, so if you fancy a game just look at our website or call the Fixture Secretary on 966719604. We also run small matches on Friday’s and if you fancy a fun knock around, contact Steve Higgins on 968978188.




This weekend in the Municipal Pool “Esperanza Lag”,Elche the swimming Club, “Elche Club Natacion” hosted the 19th Natacional Trophy “Memorial Pascual Roman”. The event was open to all Spanish swimming clubs and clubs from all over the country entered the two day event on the 18th and 19th May. Competition was fierce and swimmers from “Club Natacion Torrevieja” were up against strong competition from some of the best clubs in Spain. The team worked hard over the weekend and swimmers attained many new personal bests. Younger swimmers Densel Fusha and Victoria Pigneur took seconds off their previous PB’s in the Benjamin 50m breaststroke, Bastian Martinez, Amy Connolly and Victoria Pigneur in their Benjamin 50m Backstroke. Artem Nikolaev, Serger Bous and Samira Lucumbi improved times in the Benjamin 50m Freestyle and Samira in her 50m Butterfly. In the older aged categories Nikita Mykaylov, Elian Rio del Castillo, Eva Kovalenko and Alexandra Amat earnt new PB’s in their two races and Louise and Ruth Brassington in their events. Piroska Rideg earnt 6th place in her Infantil 100m Backstroke. To finish off the first days events


SAMM (Sailing ssociation Mar Menor) Stamina needed, particularly for the smaller boats, for the round the island race which would concentrate the efforts for a couple of hours at least.

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LAS RAMBLAS hosts SMGS As our turn came around to visit Las Ramblas, one of the dozen or so courses on San Miguel Golf Society’s circuit, the weather had certainly settled into pre-summer mode. Clear skies and sunsoaked fairways were starting to become the daily norm’. The Wednesday morning displayed no change in pattern and the general talk of rain being on the way was more or less laughed off by all present after casting the odd expert glance over the bright blue sky…..”Not a chance – what do they know anyway?” was the general gist. Well, it transpired they knew a lot more than us regarding the impending “cracker” of a storm which brought an early darkness to the region about 6.30 followed by gallons of rain and quite an impressive lightning show… least it did, I’m pleased to say, have the decency to wait until our golf was well and truly finished.

Zoe Connolly won 3rd place and bronze medal in her Alevin 100m Backstroke with new PB 1:20:28, missing out on a National qualifying time by half a second. She then went on to win 2nd place and silver medal in her 100m Breastroke event. This was quickly followed with the girls Alevin 4 x 100m medley relay. With Zoe swimming Backstroke, Samira Breastroke, Eva Butterfly and Alexandra Freestyle the girls worked exceptionally hard and won 4th place just missing out on the bronze medal position. Well done to all!! A hard two days competition.

line in the Shoestring Tres, the Laser 2000, with Tug Wilson helming and Vernon O’Byrne crewing, had to settle for 3rd place when the handicaps were applied.

The course was in a particularly well-groomed state with excellent fairways and greens and those lucky enough to hit the fairways were well rewarded with the run which came as quite a bonus with most of the tee boxes being positioned well back. The day’s format was the always popular 2 ball, better ball and all the prevailing conditions pointed to good scores taking the day’s spoils. NTP’s on holes 6, 10, 12 & 14 were won respectively by Stanley

Matthews, Barry Roehrig, Alan MacDonald and Hayden Williams, who it’s nice to see back after a recent absence of a few months. The 2nd and 3rd pairs had to be separated with their 44’s needing a count-back decision. Steve Fleet & John Osborne just lost out and had to be content with 3rd spot leaving the other 44 from John Trehay & Arne Hanson with 2nd place. Ben Price partnering Eric Strachan must have had a near perfect dove-tailing round ending up a further 5 points clear with an astounding 49 points leaving them as the runaway winners on the day. Rumour has it than Peter and Ann Reed, residents on Las Ramblas, made a concerted effort for the Abacus Trophy as they were staying in for a romantic dinner for two…..and had forgotten to pick up a bottle of Rioja! Well done to all the prizewinners. Don’t forget to visit or give Baz a buzz on 966 731 033 to find out all about the society and details of forthcoming events plus the location of our Wednesday meetings. Visitors are always made very welcome. Photo: Some of the day’s happy winners.


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Orihuela Costa Monday night fun darts league Results - Week 30. 13/05/13 Final League Results Belushi´s 3 - 6 Liberty´s Pablo´s 5 - 4 Oche-Holic´s Concierto´s 6 - 3 JJ Belushi´s Horacio´s A 6 - 3 Horacio´s B

(Concierto´s) 121 Israel Oviedo Rubio (JJ Belushi´s) 121 Roy Tapp (Horacio´s B) 120 “Super” Mario” Gomez (Oche-Holic´s) 120 Jack “Fifty Shades” Maude (Liberty´s)

High scores 120+ 180 Israel Oviedo Rubio (JJ Belushi´s) 140 David Holtom (Belushi´s) 138 Christine Smiles (JJ Belushi´s ) 133 Bent Retkopff (Horacio´s A) 126 Martin Batham (Liberty´s) 125 Jack “Fifty Shades” Maude (Liberty´s) 125 Jackie “Jax” Simmerling (Pablo´s) 122 Julian Sutor (Liberty´s) 121 John “Nico” Nicol (Oche-Holic´s) 121 Damian “666” Lambert

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La Marquesa Press Report. 88 players took part in our Captain’s Day celebration and our Captain made it a day to remember. The forecast was not great and we had thunder storms the night before. However I am please to say that only a few of the late players got a bit wet, although it came down in torrents during the presentation. May I take this opportunity to thank all our sponsors, who are too many to mention, for their continued support. Although it was a slow round, there was lots of entertainment on the way. Phyllis, our Captain’s wife and her 3 sisters in situ on the 9th all dressed to kill as ‘Al’s Girls ‘. (well done girls for being so well turned out and spooky how all 4 girls look like each other ( their poor mother kept trying for a good girl!)). Our 4 ball was also amused to see one of our male players having a brilliant shot on the 15th (not) barely reaching past the steps up to the tee box (you know who you are Pat). What with buggies rolling away into bunkers balls bouncing down the paths it was an entertaining day. Thanks to our captain Alan for all his efforts into providing all the members an enjoyable day. Apart from the prizes mentioned below there was also a card draw which meant if you stayed for the presentation you won a prize. Well done Alan and many thanks. The results were as follows: BEST MAN: BOB BUCKERIDGE 39 POINTS BEST LADY CHRIS STANLEY 35 POINTS Best Guest: Julie Blinkstone 26 points Best Gross: Paul Manning 83 gross Gold Division: 1st Paul Manning 35 points 2nd Terry Sharley 35 points 3rd Roger Richings 34 points Silver Division 1st Brian Fenwick 35

2nd Ian Stewart 34 3rd Rachel Leckey 33 Bronze Division: 1st Jean Jackson 33 points 2nd Alec Ralph 32 points 3rd David Gelsthorpe 31 points Best Front: Marylin Eckersall 18 points Best Back: Ian Stewart 19 points c/b Nearest the Pins 1st Nearest Captain’s Drive Bob Buckeridge 1st Nearest Lady Captain’s Drive Gill Gordon 2nd In the bucket No winner 3rd Nearest the String Julie Blinkstone 4th Nearest the Pin in 2 Gents Malcolm Foskett 5th Nearest the Pin Men Bill Martin 5th Nearest the Pin Ladies Morag Turner 6th Longest Drive Ladies Marylin Eckersall 7th Nearest the Bunker Marylin Eckersall 8th Nearest the Baranca Rough Ben Young 9th Nearest the Pin the 3 Robin Richard 10th Nearest the Fairway Marker Mike Gillett 11th Nearest the Pin Men Terry Sharley 11th Nearest the Pin Ladies Rachel Leckey 12th Nearest the Pin in 2 Ladies Julie Blinkstone 13th Longest Drive Men Robin Richards 14th Longest putt holed Brendan Foran 15th Nearest the Pin Men Brendan Foran 15th Nearest the Pin Ladies Debbie Weedon 16th Nearest the Marker in 2 Morag Turner 17th Nearest the Pin Men Paul Manning 17th Nearest the Pin Ladies Sue Gillett 18th Put holed No winner 18th Nearest the Put not holed David Blanchette

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Root. Hole15: Arthur Williams. Longest Drive: Merv Williams The Knockout Tournaments rounds were: Alan Barratt beat Tom Richardson 4 & 2. - Merv Williams beat Peter Nicholls 2 up Mick Hithersay beat Reid Kane 2 up.

St. JAMES’S GATE GOLF SOCIETY Vistabella Golf – 14th May 2013 Our May meeting at “home” course Vistabella Golf and and the greens were a little testing after the hollow tinning but still the course played well and the Summer seems to be just around the corner. Ron Rocket decided on a two ball combined Stableford points for the competition, just to make life a little more exciting. In addition to the Combined Stableford competition there were three singles knockout games being played. The results of the team games

were: 1ST PETER ROOT & RODNEY SMITH 70 Points 2ND RON NICHOLSON & IVIE DAVIES 64 Points 3RD PETER NICHOLLS & MERV WILLIAMS 63 Points 4TH LARRY LAMBE & NOEL DEMPSEY 62 Points CB 5TH LES YATES & ALAN MOODY 62 points It was a closely fought competition as the results show. There were only two Par 3 greens hit for Nearest the Pins Nearest The Pin: Hole 4: Peter

EUROPEAN DAY PETANCA This was the eleventh year that this event has been played, with the Jardin del Mediterranio the venue, with the Ayuntamiento again the Sponsor.

With all 32 teams present and representing 17 countries play got under way each team playing 5 games each. With a number of new faces it was the Swiss and Dutch teams who were drawing attention with some exciting play. Only one team remained unbeaten this was Jorney and Sierra from Switzerland, they complemented each others play. Runners up were Roland and Jean Francois from Luxembourg , they were just 3 points behind the winners. In third place were Lennart and Ethel Lundahl of Sweden, Lennart was the champion last year with Hans Karlsson, who finished 4th this year .New names on the Honours list, and again Spain not making

the top 4, the top pair Luis and Jose from Mil Palmeras,had 3 wins. Onto the presentations with Rosario Martinez, accompanied by Graham Knight, rounding off a hectic two weeks of events. Rosario made awards to the Referee Geoff Taylor, who coped well throughout the day, and to Nancy Mcgrandles who kept the results and the players informed. Onto the winners with very nice cups being presented to the winners Jorney and Sierra, from Switzerland, they play at Rojales. the runners up Roland and Jean Francois for Luxembourg, they play at Amigas Belgas in San Luis. in third place to Ethel and Lennart from Sweden, they play at Pinomar. The 4th place went to Hans for Sweden, and Rodrigo from Belgium.The final award as to Rosario who received a potted plant from competition organizer Roger Seymour. So ended a

All the players went back to Izzy’s Bar for our favourite munchies, we have been asked what they are so if you can stop your mouth watering its Cheese & Onion, Ham & Egg sandwiches plus everyone’s favourite homemade Roxy’s Izzy Chips, all followed by “Rocket” Ron presenting the prizes, many thanks again Tony, Jackie and Roxy. The next game is an away day at Bonalba Golf Resort on the 28th May first Tee time 10:00 so please be there at 09:15 no later please. For more information or if you wish to play with the arguably the friendliest Golf Society contact Ron Nicholson on 678849142 or email Photos: Prize Winners: L/R Ivie Davies – Les Yates - Rodney Smith – Alan Moody – Ron “Rocket” Nicholson – Peter Nicholls – Larry Lambe

long day with the players happy which was important. ROCAJUNA PETANCA An open pairs championship is being held at Rocajuna on Saturday May 25th, players from all clubs are welcome, with play starting at 10am. PIRATES OPENER The Pirates now play at Villa Salada, and have a mixed triples which is a melange all players are invited.this takes place on Sunday June 9th. SUMMER LEAGUE This starts on May 29th with 8 teams competing, the opening days fixtures are Rocajuna v Domonos Panthers v Pirates Amigas Belgas v Castillo, and newcomers El Rancho at home to Buddies Bar, all matches start at 6pm Roger Seymour

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3 Man Blind Team Stableford We were picked up at the arches at 7.30am for the start of our trip to Las Pinaillas and our Away Day, the weather was not looking too good with all the clouds looming and sure enough the rain came when we were all out on the course but that did not stop some of our players coming in with good scores, the course was in very good condition and the greens quite slick, John Symmonds seemed to be having a bit of trouble when he drove off on the buggie and lost his clubs off the back and did not even realise, next he hit a good tee shot on a par 3 went to chip on to the green miss hit the shot and the next thing his playing partners saw was Johns hat being flung down where upon he stomped on said hat. Rod

Day actually stated that if he had wanted to play golf in the rain he could go to England. Results Winners Aidan Byrne - David James - Tony Patterson 77pts 2nd Nick Kapaski - Eddie Furness - David Gray 64 pts 3rd John King - Les Pancott - Trevor Hobbs 61 pts The Roy Team Ray Lee - Pam Martin - David Westerman 44pts Nearest the Pins Par 3,s hole 3

Running Wild A.C. Members of the Los Dolses running club were in attendance at some differing venues over the last two weekends: III Almoradi 10K (6/5/13). This event held on the Saturday evening attracted a large entry but only two ladies from Running Wild were available. Club newcomer, Monica McGranaghan, showed much ability with a 3rd place “Vet A” in 45:25. Also successful was Frauke Gerlach, 2nd in “Vet F” (Over 60 category, despite her 75 years). Frauke also collected a trophy & flowers as the oldest lady competitor. Aberystwyth 5K Parkrun No. 36 (11/5/13). Arthur Rushton (Vet >65) running only his second race following a recent debut 5K in Orihuela City, was accompanied by experienced & talented family member, Keith Richards (Vet >40). They finished in 34:21,


giving Arthur an “Age Related Percentage” of 49.73%, which bettered figures set by 6 other athletes. “Race for Life” 5K, Aberystwyth (12/5/13).

Nick Kapaski, hole 7 Victor Dew in 2 shots hole 16 Rod Day, in 3 shots hole 11 Aidan Byrne Our thanks to Claptons Bar and Lo Marabu for their sponsoring. Next Members Meeting 28th May at QCC 10.30am any one interested in becoming a member please contact our membership secretary Les Pancott on 966716723. Rreported by Pam Martin

proposing to attend the Triathlon at Campoamor on Sun., 19th to watch & weigh-up chances of competing at future races. by John Pascoe

The large number of entrants to this Cancer Charity event were not deterred by the very wet conditions. Julie & Karen Rushton were lead in by 6 year old Ellie Richards in under 40 mins., after dodging around the many walkers along the route. Footnotes : The Club are already planning for next February´s Seville Marathon & possible acceptances into the London Marathon. Some members are also


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