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Residents in Orihuela Costa and La Mata take to the streets

rganisers claimed that more than 400 people, many of them foreign residents, took to the streets on

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Friday evening to support the protest organised by La Zenia Citizen’s Movement, and which involved many other member associations of FAOC (Federación de Asociaciones de Orihuela Costa-Alicante). The protest was in support of a

better deal for the residents of the Orihuela Costa, who believe that they are being ‘short changed’ by the Orihuela Municipal Government in respect of budget allocations, as well as the provision of many basic amenities and services. The demonstrators gathered during the early evening at La

Zenia Beach where the President of the Citizen Movement of La Zenia, Felix Arenas, read a statement criticising "the City Council which has sold our public land without paying the agreed 40% for investments in the coast." Continued on Page 2


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Continued From Page One Protests in Orihuela Costa and La Mata He addressed the mayor of Orihuela, Emilio Bascuñana, and his administration, pointing out that "We pay 60% of their salaries despite which he turns his back on the coast. He has failed to keep his promises, both those made during the PP electoral campaign and the many other agreements that he has made whilst in office. He calls himself a man of honour but all we have seen on the coast are lies, dishonesty and false promises, and we call for his resignation.” The protest was led by a banner that read, both in Spanish and in English, "Keep your promises. We pay taxes. Where do they go?” Behind, the main placards many other banners complained that "we eat the rubbish" while others, the taxi sector, criticised the City Council for failing to grant more licenses, while those being issued to VTC (Uber and Cabify) are on the rise. Many residents blew

Other requests were for a greater police presence, particularly during the summer when, on some nights, there is only a single duty patrol. There were calls for an improved bus service, especially to the hospitals, medical centre and Orihuela City, youth clubs for the area’s youngsters, sports activities, with the cost of using the CDM far too expensive for many families, a dedicated welfare worker for the coast and an employment office where the unemployed can register and obtain assistance as they look for work. Currently, despite there being no transport between the Costa and the City, they have to travel to Orihuela to register as unemployed. One of the speakers said that if there is not a satisfactory response from the council to the residents demands they fully intend to take the protest to Orihuela City where they will protest outside the City Hall and where they will ensure that their message is fully understood by the mayor, and where he won’t be able to bury his head in the sand.

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whistles and beat drums as they marched. The march was halted at the N332 La Zenia roundabout by a contingent from the Guardia Civil as some of the protesters tried to cross the road and stop the traffic. They were subsequently diverted to the bridge, but all the while they were encouraging drivers to sound their horns in support of the peaceful march. Having crossed the road the protesters then gathered alongside the abandoned shell of the Emergency Centre which, despite the repeated promises of the Orihuela Administration, remains an empty husk with still no indication of a date for its completion. Speeches followed by the march organiser, Felix Arenas, in which he reiterated the demands of the 25,000 registered voters, where almost 80,000 people reside, and whose population multiplies three or fourfold in the summer months. Together with a number of other community leaders, including FAOC and the Coastal Party, CLARO, he spoke of the lack of investment and the abandonment of the promised Urban Plan "that could lead to the collapse of coastal infrastructure in a few years’ time, because of the enormous growth in construction, which is almost 4,000 homes in this year alone”. But, above all, the main complaints of the residents focused on "poor street cleaning, a lack of maintenance of green areas and refuse collection". Arenas spoke of "the failure of the Mayor to keep his promises and plenary agreements in respect of such projects as the eco-park, the multicultural centre - auditorium and the library, and of course the many subsidies and investments that have been lost, demonstrating a lack of political will towards the coast". He reminded his supporters that Orihuela Costa contributes 60% of the funding in the municipality “but receives only a fraction back in return”.

Meanwhile there was also a protest in La Mata where residents held a loud demonstration outside their local town hall. They too were demanding better support, improvements to the wooden promenade and more investment in road signs, lighting, refuse collection and sports facilities The mood in La Mata is becoming increasingly heated with residents saying that they will continue to make their complaints until the Torrevieja government, chaired by José Manuel Dolón, hears their demands. Two weeks ago they blocked the N-332, while on Friday the protest was taken to the local Town Hall where dozens of people gathered with whistles and drums making as much noise as possible. They stated that the promenade that runs parallel to the sea from the Plaza de Encarnación Puchol is extremely dangerous, with numerous loose and broken boards, which results in accidents day after day and is in need of urgent repair. One tense moment saw the protesters try to access the town hall, eventually getting through, despite a police cordon. Once inside the building they continued to chant their demands and called unsuccessfully for a meeting with the mayor. While the mayor has always said that repair of the wooden walk is the responsibility of the Ministry of the Environment, the PP, in their opposition, believe that this situation has been reached because the City Council has not invested anything in the maintenance of the promenade for many years. But in reality, the residents really don’t care who repairs the walkway providing the work is carried out. What they want is to be able to stroll along it once again in safety, and they warn that they will continue to protest until their demands are met.

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he municipality of San Javier was encouraged last week with news that the Orleans Foundation believes that San Javier airport is the "ideal place” in which to relocate the permanent headquarters of the historic aircraft museum, operated by the Infante de Orleans Foundation.

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Infante de Orleans Aircraft museum announces preference for San Javier

For some time the municipal council has been trying to attract the museum, which is currently based in Madrid, and which maintains 44 historic aircraft and exhibits them with a series of monthly flights. Last week the President of the Murcia Community, Fernando López Miras, together with the counsellor of the Presidency, Pedro Rivera, met with the President of the Infante de Orleans Foundation, Carlos Valle, and the mayor of San Javier, Jose Miguel Luengo, to draw up the specifications that will need to be met if the move is to to be carried out. The project was also unanimously approved by the Regional Assembly, so now the head of the regional executive will meet "as soon as possible" with the Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, who owns the airport, as well as with Aena to try confirm the move, Rivera said. Rivera said that this project will be a major tourist attraction for the area following the move of the civil airport to Corvera at the beginning of next year. Considered to be the third most important private collection of his-

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toric aircraft in Europe, the Infante de Orleans foundation has 44 historic aircraft that would be permanently exhibited in the town. With their monthly flying demonstrations, and with the likelihood of regular air shows, the museum will become a “great draw” for the municipality, and a major attraction for visitors, with people travelling many miles to engage with flying history at first hand. It would also expand the aeronautical culture of the area by taking advantage of the presence of the General Air Academy (AGA). Valle, who trained as a pilot at the San Javier Air Academy, said that this is an opportunity to guarantee the future of the foundation’s aircraft "in the best possible environment", as well as being "a great opportunity" to attract tourists, especially from countries such as the United Kingdom, France and Germany, for its aerial history. The mayor of San Javier added that the museum would be "a magnificent addition" to the General Air Academy (AGA) and the Eagle Patrol, and he hopes that the transformation of the airport "will soon become a reality". He said that San Javier has all of the necessary facilities and it’s arrival would be an opportunity to “compensate” in some way for the closure of the civil airport. It is bound to act as a magnet for visitors and a welcome boost to tourism in and around San Javier, as was amply demonstrated at the magnificent event in June.


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Abandoned puppies rescued by local police A

Santa Pola resident has been cautioned by the Policia Local for the mistreatment of a dozen adult dogs and a further ten puppies, which were kept without food, in a yard in Pla de la Vallonga to the east of Alicante, in the full heat of the sun and in unhygienic conditions.

Four of the puppies were less than three weeks old and still to open

The Department of Animal Protection in Alicante city is now preparing a formal complaint in which he is accused of "crime of the gross mistreatment of animals", with fines ranging between 400 and 6,000 euros. "We are going to ask for the maximum", said the Councillor for Animal Protection, Marisa Gayo, who accompanied the Canine Police throughout the rescue operation, after being alerted by a local resident.

remained in the compound for over four hours calming the dogs and

As one of the dogs was chipped the agents were able to trace the owner of the animals to Santa Pola where they advised him that the animals had been placed in care. The dogs, almost all bred for hunting, were German Breton and braco. All of them were infected with fleas and ticks and were found in "filthy conditions that showed they had been abandoned for a long time," said the councillor. The municipal officials say they have evidence from a resident that the police had already been alerted of the yard, and the abandoned dogs, previously. As they arrived at the yard the agents could only gain access by breaking the padlocks. They quickly realised that the enclosure contained both adult dogs and a number of puppies because of the defensive actions of the female dogs as they entered the compound.

their eyes. Another six puppies were then located in similar conditions but were found to be infested by fleas and ticks. Councillor Gayo praised the work of the Police Canine Unit which the puppies which were terrified and with evident signs of stress.

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he controversy over the removal of the Cross of the Fallen is still causing fierce controversy in Callosa de Segura with those who defended its retention outside the church of San Martín determined to keep the matter in the public domain. Unfortunately, however, the two methods they have been using have both resulted in sanctions from the local authority. Last week the town council imposed a fine of 750 euros to 82 year old Teresa Agulló, the resident who for some days, from her apartment balcony, projected the hologram of a cross on the facade of the church of San Martín. Although initiated by the town council, the fine was issued by the Tax Agency, and it is not the only one. The president of the Civic Platform in Defence of the Cross, Antonio Illán, has also received a fine, this time of 150 euros "for placing a cross of flowers in the Plaza de Espana, next to the church, to celebrate the festival of the May crosses."

The details of the fines were released by the Platform last week, which, according to Antonio Illán, show the extent of the harassment they continue to receive from the coalition ouncil led by the PSOE mayor Fran Maciá. However, they also announced that they will not sit idle and will appeal the two fines which they say are grossly unfair. They also add that it is unlikely that the controversy over the whole issue will end there since the they understand that there will be new fines coming soon. Notice of another fine has been sent to a resident who also projected a hologram of a cross onto the front of the church five months ago, for a period of just 5 days. However, they say that the truth is that the symbol has been projected on the church for many more days.

"The first denuncia was for breaking the ordinance related to audiovisual projection, but the council quickly realised that this is only applied to bars and restaurants so they changed the accusation to one of advertising something that is Teresa Agulló, who has been fined 750 consider not to be appropriate, euros for projecting a hologram of a which prohibits the placement of cross onto the front of the parish spotlights and sound and image church said “I am being persecuted reproduction on public roads. for being a Catholic”. That's why we will appeal,” added the president of the Platform. The collective also defended their actions in placing a cross of flowers in the Plaza de Espana "when the authorisation to do so had previously been processed by the Sub-delegation of council." But Antonio Illán remained steadfast saying on Friday that they will continue with their campaign to collect financial donations "to face these fines and all those that may be served on us in the future,

since we know that they will continue with their system of harassment to the group”. He also made it clear that the struggle will not end, and that the hologram will be projected again, when the festival is celebrated in honour of San Roque.


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Alicante woman murdered in Costa Rica

Arantxa with her husband Miguel prior to setting out on their trip.

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he body of Arantxa Gutiérrez arrived in Alicante on Friday from Costa Rica in time for her afternoon interment at the Santa Faz funeral home. The 31-year-old woman was murdered last Saturday as she went for a run on the Tortuguero beach next to the Paradisiacal hotel where she was holidaying in the Tortuguero National Park with a group of twelve friends. The investigation points to a sexual assault as a motive for the crime and although a suspect was arrested on the day after Arantxa was murdered the charges were later dropped because of a lack of evidence. However he remains in police custody because he was found to be irregularly in the country and whilst DNA evidence is being processed. The murdered girl lived in Madrid with her husband, Miguel Ángel Escribano, who was joined on Thursday at the Madrid City Hall of San Fernando de Henares by her parents and sister, in reproaching the authorities for failing to provide any warnings as to the dangers in the area. The husband said that neither the Spanish authorities, nor the Costa Ricans, nor those in charge of the complex where they were staying, warned them that the police had stopped patrolling the

beaches: "They did not warn us of the danger that we ran." He also demanded that the Costa Rican authorities find those responsible for the murder and don’t let the death of Arantxa Gutiérrez fall into oblivion. Earlier the husband had begun the press conference by saying that "Spain and the whole world has lost an angel, one of those people who are only born from time to time." “Do not let the matter rest. The Costa Rican authorities owe it to me, they owe it to my family, they owe it to the Spaniards who will continue to travel to Costa Rica. We are many and we want to be more," Escribano said. “She was murdered only 50 metres away from the magnificent hotel where we were staying and where no one had warned us of the dangers.” Meanwhile the Costa Rican authorities have asked the family to be discreet in their statements referring to the details of the investigation, so yesterday when asked about the investigation they were cautious. "The Costa Rican Justice system is very guarded and we must wait for the forensic tests," said the father of the victim, José Gutiérrez. The family also asked the Spanish authorities to collaborate in the investigation and help to ensure the arrest of the person responsible.

Half a ton of plastics removed from Torrevieja waters “How can we be so dirty?”. That is the question that was asked on Thursday by the head of the Maritime Unit of Torrevieja’s Local Police, Adolfo Rodríguez, who said that so far this summer his officers have collected almost half a ton of plastics from the town's waters, between the beachs of La Mata and Punta Prima. Last year the members of the patrol began their voluntary work of collecting rubbish from the sea and last week they made an appeal to holidaymakers and residents about the importance of taking care of the environment. Rodríguez said that they had the idea last summer when two of the agents met a French couple who voluntarily collected plastics. Since then they decided to get involved in the task themselves since which time they have already gathered a ton of this type of rubbish. So far this summer they have removed 375 plastic bags; 228 bottles, cans and glasses; 7 drums; 4 fishing nets; 26 pieces of rope and tubing; 81 pieces of greenhouse plastic ... and much, much more. And the rubbish doesn’t only affect the image of the sea. "Last year we rescued a wounded gull that was trapped in plastic," the agent said. In making his appeal to the public Adolfo Rodríguez appeared alongside his colleague Jerónimo Manzanaro and the councillor of the Environment, Fanny Serrano, to explain their work and ask people to be more conscious of the damage done to the environment

by rubbish and if they see plastics they remove it because "it is something that affects everyone".


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Alicante-Elche Airport most affected by Ryanair strike Alicante was the airport most affected in Spain last Friday by the strike called by Ryanair’s Pilots with 14 flights cancelled involving seven destinations. Five of the suspended connections were with German airports, specifically Düsseldorf International , Düsseldorf Weeze , Berlin Schönefeld , Frankfurt International and Cologne. In addition, the connections with Charleroi, Belgium, and Stockholm Skavsta were also removed from the Friday schedule. In total, Ryanair cancelled 396 flights on the day involving flights from Sweden, Belgium, Ireland and Germany, of which 82 of them had either their origin or destination in Spain. Other Spanish airports affected on Friday were Tenerife South, Gran Canaria, Madrid, Barcelona, ??Girona, Alicante, Malaga, Seville, Palma, Ibiza, Almeria, Jerez, Santander, Vitoria and Zaragoza. Palma was the second most affected (six connections removed) due to the effect of cancellations to German destinations to the cities of Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Lautzenhausen (Frankfurt Hahn), Cologne and Weeze (Düsseldorf Weeze). The Barcelona and Madrid airports, Barajas and El Prat, each saw five connections cancelled. In the case of Madrid, involving just German airports. In a statement released on Twitter, Ryanair said “Despite the regrettable and unjustified strike action taking place in 5 of our 37 markets this morning, all 370 first wave aircraft departed on schedule, thanks to the efforts of the majority of our pilots who are working normally”. “Over 2000 Ryanair flights (85% of our schedule) will operate as normal. We ask the striking unions to continue negotiations instead of calling any more unjustified strikes”.

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GROcalled to disturbance at Municipal Sports Arena Following complaints from local residents, the Operational Reinforcement Group of the Local Police was despatched to the municipal sports arena in Torrevieja last Monday where they found about 230 youths, many of them under age, drinking, screaming and playing exceptionally loud music. According to some residents the disturbances have been taking place virtually every night lasting through to the early hours. On the arrival of the GRO it took less than 7 minutes to disperse the youngsters who, following the seizure of a large num-

ber of alcoholic beverages, wandered off in a, largely, orderly manner.

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Campoverde Expat footballer saved by Manchester bought defibrillator S

tuart Ritchie is a 68-year-old resident of Pinar de Campoverde in the South of the Alicante region of Spain. He lives there with his wife Maureen and is a key member of the Portobello Bar Walking Football Club. The team had decided last year to use some of their funds to purchase a defibrillator, because they realised the inherent dangers of pushing their stamina to the limit whilst playing walking football. The team was put in contact with defibshop in Irlam, Manchester. The club’s chosen defibrillator was the Heartsine Samaritan PAD 360P and some of the team received training. During a game toward the end of the season, the team went to take a half time drink, Stuart being one of them. He reached an area off the pitch, where he collapsed, and his head hit the ground. His fellow players rushed to his side. Present on that day was ex-nurse Lorraine Connor, who had been refereeing the game. Stuart was not breathing and did not have a pulse or a heartbeat. Lorraine called for the defibrillator and started CPR while Kevin Leonard provided mouth-to-mouth, Steven Howarth used the defibrillator, and Dave Lock requested an ambulance. As per his training, Steven placed the electrode pads on Stuart, before moving clear of Stuart, who at this point was cyanosed, going blue around the lips and face. The team watched on as the electric

shock was delivered to Stuart, and they saw him open his eyes. Stuart fitted but regained his breath and had a heartbeat and was then placed into the recovery position by Lorraine, but this proved to be slightly more difficult than usual, because Stuart was involuntarily restless. Soon after, three ambulances, ten paramedics, and the police arrived. A friend of Stuart's, Paul Hainsworth, was dispatched to get hold of Stuart's wife Maureen. With the help of a police officer, the team translated what had happened to the paramedic in charge. Once stable, Stuart was put in one of the ambulances and taken to Alicante Hospital, where a cardiologist awaited him, he was then transferred to a hospital in Elche, where he was operated on the following morning by Dr. Tebar (cardiologist / surgeon).

Feast of the Assumption

Dr. Tebar said: “It was the sharp action of his teammates and the presence / use of the defibrillator that had saved his life.” The picture of the football team (above) was taken just five days before Stuart fell victim to sudden cardiac arrest. Stuart is on the back row, extreme left. Kevin Leonard, who performed mouth-tomouth, is back-centre wearing yellow. Steven Howarth is on the front row, extreme left.

Astronomy Workshop Playa Flamenca

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oday, Monday, on the esplanade at Playa Flamenca, starting at 10pm, staff from the Mudic Interactive Science Museum in Orihuela will be presenting an astronomy workshop in which they will talk about the night sky as well as providing information about the Perseids, perhaps the most popular meteor shower of the year, and the main constellations of the summer sky, which can be observed with the naked eye: Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and the Moon. They will also provide a number of activities with which they hope to bring astronomy closer to all, in a light-hearted and participatory way. Luisa Boné, Councillor for the beaches said that "the activity is totally free and invites all residents of Orihuela Costa to take part in this wonderful event."

Wednesday is a public holiday throughout Spain, in celebration of the feast day of the Assumption of Mary, which acclaims the Christian belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into Heaven following her death. On the Orihuela Costa a mass will be held at the Catholic Church in La Zenia, starting at 7.30pm. The mass will be accompanied by the parish choir. At 9pm it will be followed by a meal and music from the group ‘Melody’. On Wednesday evening mass will again take place at 8pm. This will be followed by a procession down to the La Zenia beach of the Virgin Mary where a boat with petitions will be burned in the sea. After the procession there will be a fireworks display. Everyone is welcome to join in.


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Just 10 months after its launch, New Citroën C3 Aircross Compact SUV has notched up 100,000 sales, with almost 70,000 since the start of 2018. This new model is already Citroën's second bestselling vehicle, just behind C3. New Citroën C3 Aircross has impressive sales momentum. The new compact SUV has already achieved 100,000 sales since its launch last October, with almost 70,000 since the start of 2018. These figures consolidate the model’s position as Citroën’s second best-selling vehicle, just behind the C3 supermini. This success is a clear endorsement of the brand’s product offensive. In the first half of 2018, Citroën reported a 9% rise in global sales (vs the first half of 2017), with a seven-year high in Europe. Citroën UK is also celebrating a significant milestone for New Citroën C3 Aircross having achieved over 8,000 sales to date, ahead of the expected volume.

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os Montesinos is situated to the north of Torrevieja on the banks of the Torrevieja salt lagoon, in the middle of citrus farming country. It is surrounded by orange and lemon groves and really is worth a visit. Although Los Montesinos seems quite modern in its feel, its history goes back to Roman times, remains of a Roman village have been found and this links conveniently to the important ancient Roman road which runs through the village. The Via Augusta would have been the most important road in Spain during the Roman occupation although it is somewhat uninspiring today, looking much like any other. A big year for the town was 1990 when it finally got its independence from Almoradi. The town is now a popular area for re-location and for holiday homes, with many new housing developments going up in recent years. Still an important area for the cultivation of lemons and oranges, Los Montesinos today is a bustling little town with a modern feel and a friendly population. A few years ago a major refurbishment to the main town square saw it turned into a great place to “chill out” and relax, without the stresses of traffic, as the tree lined focal point of the town, an attractive gathering place bordered by the new Ayuntamiento (town hall), and the church with ample seating space, and it is also completely pedestrianised. Situated close to the town hall at the end of the square that originally formed the agricultural town and the manor house, is the Hermitage of La Marquesa. Formerly with the mission to provide religious assistance to the peasants of the adjacent fields and to the inhabitants of Los Montesinos the small church was closed in 1990, however, in the first week of October, residents organise a pilgrimage and other religious celebrations in memory of their primitive parish church.

The restaurants and cafes around the square offer a huge choice of lunch, snacks and refreshing drinks. The area is so attractive that many people come to visit for a day and enjoy the buzz that Los Montesinos has to offer. The town also serves the community through the many great businesses on offer. You can pick up all your favourite tastes from home farm stores as everything for your home, such as carpets, curtains and furniture. There are many great bars too, with a range of tapas available, as well as great meal deals at many of the local restaurants, not forgetting of course that Los Montesinos hosts on of the most delightful and famous, quality based restaurants around, La Herradura to the east of the town on the CV 945, with a range of quality meals and menus and regular flamenco and other events, this is an absolute must to visit.

to enjoy one of the local fiestas, three of them are, 30th July, Day of Segregation, October, Virgen del Pilar, November, Day of St Cecilia (St Cecilia is the patron saint of Los Montesinos). Los Montesinos is situated on the CV-945 on the opposite side of the salt lake to Torrevieja, it can be reached from junctions 751 and 754 of the AP-7 motorway. Places of interest nearby include Rojales with its cave houses, Formentera del Segura and the new city Ciudad Quesada, the result of one man's childhood dream. So you see, however you look at it, Los Montesinos really is worth a visit.

After all that exploring, don’t worry if your feet need a rest and a little recuperation, Los Montesinos even has a chiropodist, based in the Clinic Las Salinas There is a great market every Friday afternoon from 4pm till about 7pm. The town has lots of small friendly bars, great places to eat tapas, catering for English, Spanish or any other nationality, with offers of cream teas, icecold cañas, paella and fish and chips. Los Montesinos Fiestas: Depending on when you visit, you might well be able

CINEMA PILAR English Language Cinema in Pilar de la Horadada Calle Canalejas 4 The Hermitage of La Marquesa

Thursday, 16th August at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 18th August at 5:00 p.m.

Peter Rabbit Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter’s classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.

Cast: Animation, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne Dur: 1h 35 min | Animation - Comedy - Kids NOTE: The cinema will close for a short holiday following the film on 18th August, reopening on Thursday 6th September

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Solution on Page 23 CAN YOU MASTER THE SUDOKU CHALLENGE? Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9.

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Break (9) Negligent (9) Discourteous (4) Rascal (5) Allowance (6) Roman garment (4) Concur (5) Beach (5) Guide (9) Straightening out (9) Slum (5) Fruit (6) Scratch (5) Component (4) Singer (4)

L EA D E R T R I V I A Q U I Z 1. The false plane tree is better known as what? 2. Baptista is Katherine's father in which Shakespeare play? 3. Lepidoptera (from the Greek) literally means what? 4. In what sport might you see a stem-christie? 5. In 1823 the British army soldiers were first issued with what? 6. What is the brightest star always in the Northern sky? 7. 24% of British men have no real what? 8. What did Joseph Gayetty invent in 1857? 9. The Andaman Islands are in which bay? 10. What colour are lobsters? 11. J G Galle discovered what in 1846? 12. What does a potometer measure? 13. What was Winston Churchill's favourite participation sport? 14. What is the central part of a backgammon board called? 15. English King Henry VIII trained as a what? 16. What sports name translates as Little Game of War? 17. In what city did 8 year old Mozart compose his first symphony? 18. In Yiddish what is your Pupik? 19. Who was Ben Hurs rival in the great chariot race? 20. John McEnroe won Wimbledon doubles with what partner?

21. Schubert's fourth symphony is nicknamed the what? 22. Where could you have a kip - then spend it? 23. What is a corduroy road made from? 24. In 18th century England what was known as Old Tom? 25. In Goldfinger name the actress painted gold? 26. In 1949 what was introduced to cars for the first time? 27. Who was the father of Alexander the Great? 28. The Italian Chianina is recognises as being the oldest what? 29. Which country makes the most films per year? 30. In what Puccini opera does Scarpia appear? 31. Cheval-vapeur in France is equal to what in English? 32. The author of Moll Flanders wrote which more famous work? 33. On the Beaufort scale what is defined as force 11? 34. The Spink standard catalogue lists information about what? 35. If you suffer from diplopia what have you got?

14. The Bar, 15. A Priest, 16. Lacrosse, 17. London, 18. Belly Button, 19. Messala, 20. Peter Fleming, 21. Tragic, 22. Laos its currency, 23. Logs laid down on swampy ground, 24. Gin, 25. Shirley Eaton, 26. The Ignition key, 27.

DOWN 1. A bitterly free rendering (2,7) 2. After the month end, when the salute is taken? (5,4) 4. Govern by regulation? (4) 5. Not very big manuscript put up by everybody (5) 6. Past President's cleaner? (6) 7. Silicate economically produced in part (4) 9. A levy on using coral reef (5) 11. Facade of van (5) 12. Carry 100 across and seek shelter (4,5) 13. Shortly part of item of meeting record (2,1,6) 17. Consumed in haste - a tendency to be discouraged (5) 19. Fabric from tip-top distribution (6) 22. The Spanish at very warm inn (5) 23. Male finds record of assistance (4) 24. Horse galloped round ring (4)

DOWN 1. 2. 4. 5. 6. 7. 9. 11. 12. 13. 17. 19. 22. 23. 24.

1. The Sycamore, 2. The Taming of the Shrew, 3. Scaly Winged, 4. Skiing, 5. Trousers, 6. Vega, 7. Real teeth, 8. Toilet Rolls, 9. The Bay of Bengal, 10. Dark Blue/green, and pink when cooked, 11. The planet Neptune, 12. Water intake, 13. Polo,

ACROSS 3. As far as possible push reporters into their own houses? (5,4) 8. Evidence of crying for rip (4) 9. Suddenly everybody was together (3,2,4) 10. Provoke when seen, we hear (6) 11. Ships that are fast? (5) 14. Throw out unknown factor in mixed peel (5) 15. One hurried round in the wet (4) 16. Mislay ring in it - that is not tight enough (5) 18. Trial of brute strength (4) 20. A ray of light to the side of the ship (5) 21. Initially this is generally held to close (5) 24. In this sphere now nobody earns fame (6) 25. Stones in a mix-up cause excitement (9) 26. One side departed (4) 27. Trying to get judgement changed is attractive (9)

ACROSS 3. Foil (9) 8. Midday (4) 9. Superiority (9) 10. Hire (6) 11. Ladle (5) 14. Supple (5) 15. Tack (4) 16. Era (5) 18. Smear (4) 20. Due (5) 21. Slip (5) 24. Soothe (6) 25. Artificial (9) 26. Robe (4) 27. Constant (9)

vision 33. A Storm, 34. Coins, 35. Double Horse power, 32. Robinson Crusoe, Cattle, 29. India, 30. Tosca, 31. Philip II of Macedon, 28. Breed of


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‘Twitters from the Atlantic’ Barrie Mahoney was a head teacher and school inspector in the UK, as well as a reporter in Spain, before moving to the Canary Islands to launch and edit a new English language newspaper.

He enjoys life in the sun as a columnist and author, and continues to write a series of popular novels, books for expats, as well as designing mobile apps and websites to promote the Canary Islands.

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visited a memorial sculpture to ten sincere and brave men this week. These were ten Canarian men who were tortured and put to death for their beliefs during the Spanish Civil War. These ten men defied Franco’s fascist government and were put to death by being tied in sacks filled with heavy rocks and tossed alive into the Atlantic Ocean. Almost 80 years have passed since those dark days, but now, at the point where they were deliberately drowned, a sculpture has been placed, so that the memory of these ten men and the atrocities that took place during the Spanish Civil War are not lost. Their crime was treason against the state. In Gran Canaria’s capital city, Las Palmas, excavations are currently taking place to exhume the bodies from mass graves of those killed by the Franco regime during the Spanish Civil War. The repression of civilian opponents by the Franco Regime was cruel for any person or institution thought to challenge the Republic, with any workers’ movement or any political party described as being on the left of politics committing a treasonable offence. Eighty years on, it is hoped that exhumation of bodies from a mass grave will begin to repair the nightmares suffered by families and friends of those buried, and paid with their lives for the repression imposed by the Franco regime. Memories of the Civil War continue to be powerful reminders of the evils of a fascist dictator that ignored the rules of basic humanity.

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I was suddenly reminded of Spain’s horrific and bloodthirsty past perpetrated on these beautiful islands this week when I read a proposal from a Conservative councillor in the UK stating that opposing Brexit should be made an act of treason, and publishable by life in prison. To further strengthen the argument for ‘treason’, a statement from a UK Brexiteer, David Bannerman, a Conservative Member of the European Parliament, suggested that the revision of the 1351 Treason Act should also apply to EU loyalists; those who undermine the UK through “extreme EU loyalty”. As far as I am aware, in law, treason is a crime that covers some of the more extreme acts against one’s country or monarch. History gives us many examples of treason, including Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus, and Henry VIII who had two of his six wives executed for alleged adultery on the grounds that such infidelity was ‘treason’. The current US President, Donald Trump, is accused of ‘treason’ because of his alleged links with Russia. Other examples of so-called ‘treason’ are often little more than action by dissidents, which may happen to upset or offend others who are, or wish to be, in power. One thing is clear, the definition of ‘traitor’ needs extreme care in its application. To describe those who disagree or are opposed to the foolishness of Brexit as ‘treacherous’ is inaccurate and does no credit to those who imply treason. There are many British citizens living and working in Europe, as well as many Europeans living and working in the UK, who are passionate about wanting the UK to remain in the European Union; they are vocal about it and support and donate to causes that are attempting to promote an alternative point of view. This does not make them traitors; indeed, one could make an argument to the contrary. History is supposed to help us to avoid the mistakes of the past. If we look at the history of Spain’s Civil War, and how it divided and ruined a prosperous country, together with the hurt that continues to this day, we all need to be more careful about the language that is used to challenge opponents. Needless to say, many were surprised to hear Bannerman’s proposals, with some asking what he would suggest as an appropriate pun-

The Tory MEP for East England, David Bannerman

ishment to be applied to “extreme” EU loyalists, currently known as ‘Remainers’. It should be remembered that 63 per cent of the UK population did not vote for the nonsense that is Brexit; we are still allowed to hold alternative views to those expressed by Bannerman, Rees-Mogg, Gove, Johnson and others. We are still allowed to protest, demonstrate and articulate views that may be contrary to the views of the Brexiteers; it is not treachery. Fortunately, the new proposals do not call for the death penalty to be applied, but encourages prison sentences for those found guilty. Well, that’s all right then; I rather like the idea of a few months free accommodation in the Tower of London. If you enjoyed this article, take a look at my websites: http://barriemahoney.com and http://thecanaryislander.com or read my latest book, ‘Living in Spain and the Canary Islands’ (ISBN: 9780995602724). Available in paperback, as well as Kindle edi-


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ristian called Samaritans late one evening when he took measures to end his life. He knew that they were there for people who could no longer cope with life any-

more.

“I called Samaritans late one evening when everything became too much.” “I knew they helped people in their darkest hour and I wanted to see if they could be there for me.” “I found it hard to speak to begin with, but the guy on the other end of the phone waited. When I’d had a chance to gather my thoughts I began to unload and it felt like a huge weight was lifted from me.”

“All that volunteer did was listen and to be honest that’s all I needed. He gave me back control of my life and he helped me realise I did want to live. After that call my whole life changed. I sought professional help and was referred for counselling, which has been really helpful.”

“A huge weight was lifted from me”

“Looking back now I wish I had called sooner. I didn’t have to get to a crisis point and I would tell anyone going through something similar to call now, you won’t regret it. “I had no idea that someone listening to me would have such an impact, it saved my life.” Remember you can call Samaritans on Freephone 900 525 100 pat@samaritansinspain.com

Successful season of walks

Almoradi Monday Club The Almoradi Monday Club known also as the AMC will be changing from September 2018. This club has been in operation since March 2016 and has over 100 members holding meetings twice a month, plus a monthly meal. However... We are changing from a social meeting club to a social eating club ? We will be dropping the meetings and in there place we will be having two meals per month at various restaurants in and around the area of Almoradi. Some will be lunch times and others will be evening meals. Existing members will be notified by Emails as usual but new members will have to look at our FaceBook page or Email me direct at davedanie@gmail.com. If you fancy meeting new friends and enjoy a meal out, then look us up and send me your message.

Supper on Broadway

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long with the rest of the Torrevieja U3A sections, June saw the last outing of the Torrevieja U3A Walking Group, although the team leaders themselves along with a few other hardy members, have been embarking on several expeditions during the oppressive July sunshine to check out new walks for the members to enjoy during the new season. The Group’s walks give its members a unique opportunity to see and appreciate the Costa Blanca at its best and to gain a different perspective of the region, its countryside, wildlife and coast. Following a successful season of walks, the group coordinators are now putting together a schedule of monthly walks that will start in September and carry on until May. The current coordinating team of Paul Farrow and Bob Morris has been increased with the welcome

addition of John Summers to ensure continuity of coordination and that a full schedule of new walks is in place for the new season The Torrevieja U3A Groups Fair which will be held on Monday September 24th at 10.30 a.m., at the CMO building (Central Municipal de Ocio behind Carrefour) allows for the showcasing of many of its group activities. The Walking Group will be doing just that, inviting current and new members of the U3A to join the group. So, if you enjoy the countryside and would like to see more of it with a group of like-minded and friendly people come long to the U3A Groups Fair and see what the group has to offer you. Details of the walking group, and all other sections can also be found on the Torrevieja U3A website torreviejau3a.org Barry Weston

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he latest production by the Campoverde Theatre Group will be their new supper show Supper on Broadway.

After an absence on several years the theatre group are pleased to be returning to The Olympia Restaurant, at Mil Palmeras. Again we are offering a one course meal and a memorable show, all for the price of 10€ Campoverde Theatre Group’s latest show will honour well loved musical theatre successes that enchanted audiences on both Broadway and West End stages. The group will remember famous shows such as My Fair Lady, Camelot, The Boy Friend, Carousel, Half a Sixpence, Les Miserable’s and will introduce to many people the musical The Blitz. Through short sketches, song and dance

these famous musicals be remembered. Patrons of Campoverde Theatre Group have said that they really enjoy the supper show format and feel that they can enjoy a great evening out. The meal will commence at 7.30 and the show will start when the meal is all finished and everything cleared away. Show dates are Wednesday 26th, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th of September. Tickets are available from The Olympia Restaurant, Mil Palmeras, the Help at Home Shop, Flamenco Beach Commercial Centre, The Community Centre / Reading Point, Ramon de Campoamor, Calle Cipres, which is situated near Aldi on Monday and Wednesday afternoons; Tel: 626 772 256 or 666 186 084, or contact the Ticket Line: ctgticketline@gmail.com.


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Darkness into Light forge partnership with Cruz Roja C

ruz Roja and Pieta House “Darkness Into Light” Costa Blanca sign an agreement to collaborate together to help those who are in despair. On Tuesday morning, representatives from Darkness Into Light Costa Blanca, presented 50% of proceeds raised from the recent “Darkness into Light” walk to their partner Charity - Cruz Roja. Cruz Roja were delighted to support the Pieta House/DIL team, who brought the walk to Costa Blanca for the first time and kindly accepted a donation of €756. They will also support the Darkness Into Light event in 2019, which will take place on Saturday May 11th, 2019 at 5:30am. Cruz Roja and Pieta House / Darkness Into Light Costa Blanca team also agreed to collaborate on other initiatives, including the provision of a service to help those who are feeling suicidal or suffer from self-harm. This service will be offered to both the Spanish and English speaking community. The Pieta House/Darkness Into Light team are now recruiting for volunteers to work with us ahead of the DIL Walk in 2019, so if you would like to be part of the team, please

Cruz Roja were delighted to support the Pieta House/DIL team, who brought the walk to Costa Blanca for the first time contact: Fionnula_Fitzsimons@hotmail.com orbevatpietahouse@outlook.com Pictured above are Beverley Duffin and

Fionnula Fitzsimons, Founders of Darkness Into Light, Costa Blanca and Antonio Navarro Bernabe, Pilar Ibanez and Pedro Dominguez from Cruz Roja, Orihuela.

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For information see our website www.lasiestaevangelicalchurch.org or phone Pastor Keith on 666 180 108 The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) in Torrevieja meet at 10.00 each Sunday in their chapel at Rambla Juan Mateo Garcia, 104. All Welcome. You can phone or whatsapp the missionaries on 667 533 597.. International Christian Assembly, Calle Urbano Arregui, 23, Torrevieja - Evangelical nondenominational church. All nationalities welcome. Sunday service 11.0 a.m.; Sunday school; Prayer meetings; craft and computer clubs. Ladies Bible Study: Thursday 11.0 a.m. Church Bible Study: Thursday 1.30 p.m. House groups in Torrevieja, La Siesta – Contact: 966 752 543 / 617 215 463. For other church matters: Phone: 966 799 273 / 966 752 543 / 617 215 463. www.icatorrevieja.org

Car and Vehicle Sales The Car of the Month at Automoviles Crespo is a 2015 Ford CMax Diesel which is on Special Offer priced at just 15,499 euro. Come along to our showroom in Elche and see our vast range of used cars or call 96 666 22 60 for all our latest offers. The biggest and best for price, choice and quality. Clasicos Legendarios have the following used vehicles for sale: Jaguar XKR 2007. 115.000KM. LHD. Convertible. Black/ Magnolia leather. Extras including polybushes, milltek brakes and modified exhaust €27.500 Jaguar XFR. 29.000KM. LHD. White/Black leather. Very desirable car. Like brand new. €37.000 Jaguar XKR 2001. 27.000KM. LHD. British racing green/magnolia leather. Like brand new. €22.950 Jaguar XJS 4.0L 1995. Low KM. LHD. Convertible. €23.995 Jaguar XJS V12 5.3L. 1988. 159.000KM. RHD. Black/Grey leather. Rare collectable car. €17.995 Jaguar S-Type 2.5L V6 230.000KM. RHD. Anthracite (blue-grey). Impeccable condition. €3.000 Triumph TR4. Sold as is. For complete restoration. €7.000Visit our showroom in Redovan on Poligono San Carlos or call 965 030 924

Social and Clubs The next monthly meeting of the Orihuela Costa Branch of the Royal British Legion will be on 16th August at the Olympia Restaurant in Mil Palmeras start-

ing at 7.30pm. All are welcome to join us for an evening of camaraderie and good company. Age Concern Costa Blanca Sur is here to help you. Our aim is to assist with problem solving for the over 50’s and promote their well-being. We need volunteer Drivers and people to join our Residential Home Visiting Team. You will visit people who live in a Residential Home, and take them out for a coffee either in a wheelchair or walking. If you think you can help Age Concern in this respect call into our centre at C/Paganini s/n, Urb. La Siesta 03184 Torrevieja or ring 966 786 887. Or you can email: costablanca@ageconcern.org.es Torrevieja Retired Activities Club meet on the third Wednesday in the month from 11-1pm at Marina Club Cafeteria, International Marina, Torrevieja. We have a speaker at our monthly meetings, or quiz, etc. Enjoy an activity once a month such as petanca, mini golf, 10 pin bowling, and on the first Sunday of the month we organise a restaurant lunch. The joining fee is 10euros but you can attend one meeting or lunch before you join. For info phone Sandy Hollywood, President 698 266 696 or Jill Hayes, membership Secretary 672 983 019. HAH CB need you to help us help those in need in their own homes in areas surrounding Quesada, San Luis, La Siesta Torrevieja, La Mata, Orihuela Costa, Villamartin to Campoverde, short or long term medical conditions of all ages and nationalities. Contact our head office on 965 328 794 or email: charitycentre helpathomecb@gmail.com.

Curious about the work of Samaritans in Spain? Interested in becoming a listener? Have a few hours a week to help with the charity shop, fundraising or admin? To find out more, come and join us for refreshments and a chat at our Centre in the Punta Marina Shopping Centre, by the Punta Prima roundabout, on the N332. (Volunteer positions are unpaid but expenses can be claimed).Email: spainsamsrecruits@outlook.com www.samaritansinspain.com The Orihuela Costa Drop In Centre is in C/Cipres, Lomas de Cabo Roig, where we can offer you a full range of activities Monday, Wednesday and Thursday including music, language classes, drawing and painting, sewing, general information, bereavement advice and much more. Further info available at: oc.communitycare@gmail.com QUESADA LADIES CLUB The Annual General Meeting of the Quesada Ladies Club will be held at the Cooper’s Arms, Dona Pepa, Quesada, on Tuesday 11th September 2018. This is for members only, and they will be admitted at the usual time of 2.30pm.

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Situations Vacant Direct Sales Person - We are looking for an experienced direct sales person for a construction company. Must have own car, be computer literate, have a good knowledge of the Costa Blanca area and be used to dealing with clients in their homes. Good long term prospects for the right applicant. In the first instance, please forward your CV to: offer1096@jobsearchspain.com Electro Mechanic in Redovan. We are looking for a professional electro mechanic with experience of high brand vehicles to join our team. We are a Jaguar, Land Rover, and classic car specialist. We also work with other brands such as Rolls Royce, Bentley, and Aston Martin. The candidate must be comfortable working with such brands. Age is not important. Please send your CV or a cover email to: ffer1095@jobsearchspain.com

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La Siesta Evangelical Church hold services each Sunday and everyone is welcome. Our 11.15am Services are held every 2nd and 4th Sunday in the month (and on the 5th Sunday, if this applies.) On the 1st and 3rd Sunday’s our Services are at 9.30 am. Our choir sings at our 11.15 am Services and there is also a Sunday School, Stepping Stones, on these Sundays. We welcome residents, visitors and children.

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Ref: 000828 Torrevieja, Fifth floor apartment, 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 70m2 living area with 40m2 terrace, communal swimming pool, communal solarium, lift. 109.950 euro. Reference 000881 Orihuela-Costa, Luxury SouthWest facing apartment, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 85m2 luxury apartment, sea views, 2 terraces (18m2 and 38m2), communal swimming pool, communal gardens. 320.000 euro, Reference: 000880 Rojales, Detached villa, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 98m2 living area, 225m2 plot, communal swimming pool. 184.950 euro. Reference: 000879 Ref: 000879

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Arrests made after knives thrown at Pilar Police Policia Local in Pilar de la Horadada have arrested four youths, all of about 20 years of age, after they barricaded themselves inside a villa during the early hours of Friday morning in an effort to avoid arrest. The four men were attempting to rob the property in Torre de la Horadada at about 3am but they were surprised by a police patrol. They promptly locked themselves on the first floor from which they began to throw all kinds of loose objects at the police below, including a number of sharp knives, in order to avoid arrest. The police were called to the scene by a number of local residents who were awoken by the activity of the thieves inside the house. On arriving at the scene they found a broken

window and open doors on the lower level. Once inside there was evidence of the robbery with drawers and cupboards ransacked and clothing thrown around the rooms. There was also movement upstairs as the thieves continued with their illegal activities, still unaware that the officers were downstairs.

Having called a further six local policemen as backup the officers were then able to access the upper floor and affect the arrest after which the four detainees were transferred to the Guardia cells in Torre de la Horadada .

A very healthy crowd turned up on Saturday night to enjoy a recital by the Belgian International pianist Toby Jacobs. There was standing room only on the grassed area next to the Campoamor Marina as Toby played a selection of light classical and popular songs from the shows. The program, arranged by Orihuela Town Hall, will continue on Saturday, August 18 with the performance of the Rock Group Kassia

who will perform songs from the 80s and 90s. This concert will begin at 11.00 pm on Avenida de la Playa and Paseo del Mar (down by La Zenia beach). The last concert will be on Saturday, August 25 with an ABBA tribute group that will also get underway at 11 pm on the Playa Flamenca esplanade.

Warning! Professional, expert advice is critical before becoming resident in Spain! I recently had a request for an urgent meeting from a new client as he’d been told by his Spanish Lawyer that he had a tax bill of €70,000 even though his small business had made a €50,000 loss due to capital expenditures in his first year of trading! Early last year he turned 55, sold his home in the U.K. and took cash and a small income from his Drawdown Pension in order to ‘live the dream’ and set up a business in Spain. His U.K. financial adviser asked him to sign a waiver declaring that he was acting without advice, as his U.K. adviser was not licensed to give International advice. Spain does not allow split year treatment for tax status. You are considered tax resident, if you are resident in the country for more than 183 days during the year (January to December) or if your major sources of income or economic activity occur in the country. Spain does not recognize ‘Tax Free’ Lump Sums taken from U.K. Pensions, so they are fully taxable as General Income in Spain. This created a general income tax bill in Spain of approximately €44,000 tax on the £100,000 cash that would have been tax free in the U.K. (General Income in Spain is taxed at rates of up to 48%) The UK/Spain Double Tax Treaty dictates that any gains realised from the disposal of UK properties attracts Spanish capital gains tax at rates of up to 23%. This is true regardless of whether the property was your main residence. It is worth bearing in mind that he will also be liable for UK capital gains tax for gains accrued after 6 April 2015, even though he is resident in Spain. You are likely to be exempt from capital gains tax on the proceeds from a sale of your main Spanish residence provided you are over 65 and have lived in the property for at least three years. Similarly, you will be exempt if you are under 65 and reinvest

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The thieves barricaded themselves inside the house in Torre de la Horadada

After being cornered, the four thieves then barricaded themselves in the upper floor and started throwing all kinds of objects at the agents, electrical appliances, chairs, broken glass and even knives that they had found in the house.

Pianist Toby Jacobs a hit in Campoamor

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the entire sum in a new residence. This client was 55 and had moved in to a rented property in Spain, so there was no reinvestment. Tax in Spain approximately €26,000 on his £100,000 capital gain in the U.K. (Capital gains in Spain is taxed at rates of 19% to 23%) Unless you have reasons for owning UK property while residing in Spain, it may be worth consulting your adviser about the potential benefits of alternative investments. The saddest part about this story is that the tax bill could have been reduced to absolutely zero with careful International Financial Planning before he became resident in Spain, combined with delaying his residence in Spain and business start up by less than a year. In today’s financial climate it is essential you do everything you can to make sure your money is safe and secure and what you want to transpire in the future has the best chance of happening. The local Blacktower office address is: 120 Avenida Dr. Artero Guirao 2C. San Pedro Del Pinatar, 30740, Murcia, Spain. Our office suite is easy to find on the main N332 through road of San Pedro del Pinatar with easy parking. If you want more information or wish to make an appointment to discuss your own situation then email: keith.littlewood@blacktowerfm.com or call 657 684 094. Tax Rates taken from Blacktower Group – Tax in Spain brochure available on request. The above information was correct at the time of preparation and does not constitute investment advice and you should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity. Blacktower Financial Management (International) Limited is licensed by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission. Licence 00805B. Blacktower Financial Management Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK.

Help at Home join forces with Goya When Isabelle Weidmar had to have a leg amputation she was determined not to lose her independence, so she wheeled herself from her Quesada home to her local restaurant, Goyo’s. Restaurant owner Arturo was so impressed by her courage and determination he decided to hold a raffle to raise money for a motorised scooter for her. Isabelle has been a long-term client of the charity Help at Home Costa Blanca which also chipped in with a substantial donation to enable the purchase of the chair, making it much easier and less tiring for Isabelle to get about and enjoy her favourite meals. Pictured is Isabelle with Arturo with some of the HAH team which provide some help to her and other clients in their homes in and around Quesada. They are a branch of Help at Home Costa Brava which operates in and around Orihuela Costa and have two charity shops there which finance the charity’s operations.


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Golfers invited to add new chapter to La Manga Club's glorious history Sun-drenched fairways have been common place for golfers across the UK and Europe this summer, and the action is set to be just as hot at Spain’s La Manga Club in December when the resort stages the 18th edition of the popular La Manga Club Golf Open. Golfing legends Severiano Ballesteros, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player all feature prominently in the resort’s illustrious past, and amateurs from across the continent have the chance to write their own piece of La Manga Club history when the event takes place from December 3-8. Men and women will compete over 54 holes in a number of different categories for a range of top prizes, with this year’s competition, which will be played with a Stableford format on La Manga Club’s acclaimed North and South courses. Tournament packages feature five nights’ accommodation in the five-star Hotel Principe Felipe or four-star Las Lomas Village, with breaks including breakfast and a welcome pack; a welcome drink reception; a gala dinner and prize-giving ceremony. Prices also feature tournament entry for golfers as well as a practice round, practice balls and on-course refreshments during the event. In addition, event guests will also enjoy discounts of 15 per cent when eating at any of the resort’s Amapola, Asia, Luigi’s and La Bodega restaurants and recently- rebranded and renovated The Village cafe, plus complimentary access to the five-star Spa La Manga Club’s fitness centre, indoor pool, saunas and steam rooms. La Manga Club has been a firm favourite with golfers for more than four decades, with its facilities including three 18-hole courses, a nine-hole academy course and outstanding practice area. Chosen to host the World Golf Awards for the second year running in November, the resort’s extensive other facilities include a 28-court tennis centre, a European Cricket Performance Centre and a 2,000sqm Wellness Centre. In addition, it features the choice of a five-star hotel, four-star serviced apartments and townhouses and more than 15 bars and restaurants. A choice of five-night packages are available for the 18th La Manga Club Golf Open. All breaks include breakfast and a welcome pack; tournament entry, a welcome drinks reception; a gala dinner and prize-giving ceremony, and are available from €630 (approx £550) per person in the resort’s Hotel Principe Felipe, or €540 (approx £470) per person in the four-star Las Lomas Village apartments.

La Finca Golf Society Mondays roll up stableford of the yellow blocks was won by Juan Niguez with 40 points and a cut. Nearest the pins were Stuart Tosh (6) and (13). On Wednesday we played a stableford competition, results was as follows; 4th, Barry Roehrig (36), 3rd, Nick Shaw (37), 2nd, Shaun Locke (38) and 1st, Jerry Coneybear (39). Nearest the pins were The Wesson (3), Steve Higgins (6), Brian Bevan (13) & Jerry Coneybear (16). Another very hot day on Saturday at La Finca course in good condition as we played the La Finca anniversary competition alongside our stableford comp. so no nearest the pins. Results as follows, 3rd, Brian Bevan

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(33), 2nd, Stuart Tosh (33) and 1st, Eric Owens with 36 points. Only one 2 by Stuart Tosh on the 16th (30ft putt) a young holiday maker Aiden pulled out hole 16 winning Toshy a three week rollover, thanks for the drink Best dressed golfer was Urs. Back to The Corner Flag Bar afterwards for food and presentation thanks to Steve and his staff. La Finca Golf Society meets every Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays at La Finca with first tee time around 09-00 am. Saturday is main competition day with various competitions which are Spanish Federated, to be eligible to play you need a handicap of 16 or less. If you are interested or require more information give Barry a ring on 666 694 467 or 966 73 1033.

Quesada Bowls Club by Dee Stephenson The final match in the Friendship Cup competition between Quesada and Greenlands was played at Greenlands this week. The result was Greenlands won 3-2 rinks and one rink was a draw. Shots also went to Greenlands 94-90. However Quesada won with an overall lead of 67 points. This means the Friendship Cup was retained by Quesada for the 4th year in row. Congratulations Quesada and thank you Greenlands for a spirited and enjoyable competition.

The new Rugby club Torrevieja Revival RFC is making excellent progress with regularly having 17 plus players training down on Naufragos Beach in Torrevieja for pre-season fitness training ready for our pre-season friendlies. This also included 6 new players as well last week, of all nationalities. The club is becoming a very multi national club just as the sport should be. These are taking place in September on first, 15th and 29th, so look out on Facebook and the local press for more details nearer the time. We have on top of the local players training been having Quins academy and Cheshire county players down training as well as a couple Irish juniors, so a great mixture of experience and new lads coming into the sport. Locally we have 2 lads who are ex Valencian academy players and the average age of the team is in the early 20’s with few experienced old heads in there. The season will be starting mid October so still plenty of time to come down and get your fitness levels up ready for the new season.

We also have half a dozen teams booking to come out on tour from the beginning of May juniors, ladies etc as well as at least one touch rugby team.

Again a fantastic evening played in great spirit and camaraderie from both teams. Thanks to our reserve Ian Forbes who stepped in to play after 9 ends for one of our Quesada players.

The touch rugby also doubled the numbers training last week down on Guardamar beach by the Red Cross place in front of the bars and restaurants. It will be great to see plenty more people down there training, also come down training and set up your own touch rugby team with a group of friends or local bars or business and get a league up and running with the support of the Valencian Federation. You only need 12 players per team

On 19th August Quesada players will welcome a touring team from Loanheads Miners Welfare. There will be 4 rinks playing and after the match, both teams will have lunch at The Club, Quesada.

Rugby is beginning to boom again in the area with the true principals of the sport respect and family values just as it should be, keeping egos and politics out. All for one and one for all.

For more information about our club, please contact our club secretary Deidre Lemming at Deidre.leeming@gmail.com or 96 572 5787. New bowlers are welcome and introductory coaching is available.

For further information about the Torrevieja rugby club come down to Zoco Market on Sunday to Dutch’s Rugby Store or contact the clubs co-ordinator Tony on 670 972 366 WhatsApp.

This week, Quesada Bowls Club would like to thank another of our sponsors Kameeleon, suppliers of promotional clothing and accessories. www.kameeleon.com

Just a reminder that, open to visitors, our popular Saturday morning Chicken Drive is continuing during the summer months. Anyone interested in taking part, please report to The Club, Quesada at 9.45am for a 10am start. Bowls and shoes are available free of charge if required.


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Las Ramblas Golf Society Results for w/c 6.8.18 - By Peter Reffell We started the week with a 6x6x6. Played in teams of four, with the best single score to count on the first six, the best two on the middle six and three to score on the final six holes. The final result could not have been any closer, only 2 points separating the top three teams. With 84 points our winners were, Terry Field, Marleen Billen, Mike Mahoney and John Shervell. Wednesday saw a Stableford competition with a couple of jokers thrown in. In first place (yet again!) was ‘Slimmer’s World’ pin up boy of the month, the Rt Rev Bryan Neal with 44 points. Well done Bryan, a great run of form. Lindsay Forbes came in with 43 points to take the runner’s up spot and Dave Pulling made a much awaited reappearance on the leader board with 41 points. Ken Robertson took the fourth slot. Andy McDonald was originally 2nd on countback but was disqualified for playing off the wrong handicap! Six ‘2’s today. Well done but I’m not going to mention you! Friday was a 2 ball better ball which went to (Pedro) Dunn and Marleen Billen with 43 points, just pipping myself and that man again, Bryan Neal, by one point. Bryan’s promised the diet plan will follow soon! And finally, in the words of Bob Hope ‘If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play at it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.’ Pues, hasta la semana que viene

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THE HISTORY OF GOLF

Remember that all our fore fathers who created golf history would love to be the other side of the turf and to join you for one more game, good or bad.

The first game using a stick and a ball started in Russia and was called ‘paganica’ and it travelled across Europe via Germany and France to Holland, where the Dutch renamed the game as ’kolf’. While historical records show no evidence of golf being played in Scotland before 1450 there is proof of the Dutch playing ‘kolf’ in 1300. The game of ‘Kolf’ was played on ice in the winter and fields in the summer and historical records suggest that it died out in Holland in around 1700. It is suggested that Scotland is the home of golf and there is a link there because it was probably Scottish wool merchants who first took the game from Holland to the British Isles. Just how did this happen? It would appear that Scottish wool merchants took their ‘wares’ for sale across the North Sea to Holland but while waiting for favourable return winds they passed their time playing ‘kolf’ They took the game to the east coast of Scotland where the natural terrain suited this new game and they played the game across country to a rabbit scrape, which they used as a hole, which was marked with a gull feather. Just think about it for a minute, if it weren’t for rabbits the game of ‘golf’ as we know it today would not have existed. The natural habits of rabbits is to chew grass and live in hollows thereby preventing growth of vegetation and creating bare patches which were probably the first ‘greens’. In the middle of the scrape, the buck rabbit would create a hole and urinate in it to mark his territory and the early golfers would play from one hollow to the next. Today due to the extended use of chemicals and fertilisers on golf course it is dangerous to lick your golf ball to clean after ‘holing out’ it but you can see that even in the early days this practise was best avoided! So there you have it, the history of the origins of golf………or is it?

There is also reference in a 10th century book in which a magistrate ordered his daughter to dig ‘goals’ in the ground so he may drive a ball into them with a purposely crafted stick. In addition two Chinese

Back at Paddy’s we partook of some well earned refreshments and appreciated the lovely meal which was laid on by the Pub. THANK YOU Rory, Hazel and all your hard working staff. NTP Winners - Alan Scott, Kevin Fitzpatrick and Elsie Cowie. No 2’s recorded. LONG DRIVE - Joey McAvoy. BEST GUEST - Paul Fitzgerald 33pts. 3rd Joey McAvoy 35pts 2nd Eldon Carey 35pts c/b Winner of the Summer Trophy Kevin Fitzpatrick 39pts. Next Outing is on 12th September to Riquelme. The photo shows Vice Chairman Myra with Kevin.

(in assN with Costa Blanca Green Fee s vcs) paintings from the 13th century depict noblemen hitting balls into holes with sticks that look remarkably like today’s golf clubs.

Professor Ling Hongling has stated that the game began in China in 945AD some 500 years the Scots first played the game. There are references in Chinese libraries to a pastime called ‘chulwan-chui’ which when translated means ‘to hit a ball’ Genghis Khan and his Mongol hordes are believed to have taken golf to Europe centuries later.

The new holes were a first for many and received nothing but praise. The entire course was in excellent order and enjoyed by us all despite the score.

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Here on the Costa’s golf is one of the biggest leisure time activities for both tourists and residentS alike and with this in mind we have secured the services of Mike Probert of Costa Blanca Green Fee Services to provide a weekly round up of local golfing events and topics and in conjunction with us at THE LEADER will provide discounted golf prices to all of our readers and run our golf competitions.

According to an article in the Daily Mail golf is now claimed to have it’s origins in of all places China.

Our numbers were somewhat depleted this month mainly due to the very hot weather but a nice breeze at Vistabella helped keep us cool.

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Only time will tell whether golf history has actually been re-written but you should note that in the same article China claims to also have invented football, basketball and skiing. Whatever the origins of the game there is clearly a history associated to golf, which gives it a certain mystic.

So the next time that you are out on the golf course and having ‘one of those days’, forget the disappointment and anger, simply enjoy your surroundings, the companionship, the challenge and enjoy this wonderful game of golf that our forefathers gave to us. We at THE LEADER are committed to providing to our golfing readers affordable golf without the need to join a club or apply for a card but simply contact the number below to have instant access to discounted golf prices, many of which are exclusive to us. The deals shown in the table are some of the best currently available to you from 1 June. Golf Course Alenda Alicante Altorreal Bonalba Don Cayo (Altea) El Plantio Font Del Llop La Finca La Marquesa La Serena Las Colinas Las Ramblas Lo Romero New Sierra Golf Roda Villamartin Villaitana Poniente Vistabella

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Stripey Tigers: Nearys, Theom Robin and Micky.

San Miguel Golf Society at Roda Ironic, isn’t it? In the UK a fair weather golfer is one who will only play when the sun is shining.

The first club out here to field a fleet of air conditioned buggies would be on to a sure thing!

For our weekly stableford at Roda, twenty three signed up, fewer lined up and it seems that same sun is to blame for the low turnout. It was also noticeable that everyone who did show up lingered longer in the cool of the clubhouse before reluctantly heading to the practice ground. Who needs to warm up when you can break into a sweat simply stroking a few putts?

Scoring on the day wasn’t bad overall which is more than can be said for the greens at Roda. Receptive, but some were scarred with sand-covered patches. That and the usual unrepaired pitch marks made long range putting a lottery. The greenskeepers were working hard everywhere else though, so credit to them for presenting the rest of the course in good shape in

Callum romps to Gold in the Plaza’s visit to Roda So today the TPGS headed down the road to Roda where 28 hardy souls prepared to lock horns in the searing Costa Blanca heat. This track was as usual in good condition, and was playing tough. Certainly tougher for some more than others… Andy Shaw (no relation to the famous 60’s crooner Sandy) propped up the table with a laughable 19pts and had to endure the walk of shame to pick up his bottle of vino tinto. The 2’s pot was €56 won by a rising young star Callum Hitcham, well done young fella. The Ale House kindly sponsored this weeks NTPS: Keith Crowley winning 2 vouchers, Callum Hitcham, Graham Clarke and Gary Davies all winning one.

Keith Crowley was the best guest scoring 33pts off his 1 hcap, Cliff Smith 2nd and young Toby Davies 3rd. The Silver division was won by Nick Peachy with 32 pts, Neil ‘Cheesy’ O’Cheeseman was 2nd piping Dave Robson on countback both scored 30 pts. In the Gold division Callum romped home with 39pts off his 3 hcap, Graham Temple was 2nd with 30 pts off 2 hcap, and the affable Irishman Kev “9 fingers” Bird was 3rd with 29pts. The next game is on Friday 24th August at Villamartin, and is already sold out. Check our website and book online for all future fixtures www.theplazagolfsociety.com

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testing conditions. Best score of the day honours went to Norman Cahill who won the Gold division with 39 points. Robin Eastman was the bridesmaid yet again in Gold, and Mike Innes topped the Silver (haired?) division on 36 points, with Norman McBride finishing runner-up in that group. Biggest grin during the presentations came from Ken “I never win nutt’un” Flaherty who snuck into third place in Silver and then snared the Football draw winnings for good measure. New member Colin Smith showed his versatility by winning one of the nearest the pin prizes to go with the Abacus award and topped it off with an ‘In it to win it’ bonus. That’s his annual subs paid back in just one outing! Apparently the long-range weather forecast is for cooler climes at Vistabella next week. Well, that’s what the almost full booking sheet would suggest but there are still a couple of starting times available for late comers. The day’s results, by category and in reverse order, were the following: Silver Category: 3rd Ken Flaherty (29), Norman McBride (30), Mike Inns (36) Gold Category: 3rd Graham Temple (36), 2nd Robin Eastman (36 CB), 1st Norman Cahill (39) Nearest the pins went to Theo Boelhouwer, Robin Eastman, Colin Smith and Micky Roscoe. Best guests 1st Dave Exley, 2nd Mick McDermot. Thanks to all our guests for their support on the day. Colin Smith won this week’s Abacus prize for the lowest number of points. Our thanks to the staff at Roda for their contribution to the day. Keep up to date with all SMGS matters by logging on to our website www.smgs.org or simply give Tony Smale a call on 628 227 687. The next 3 games will be at Vistabella, Lo Romero and Riquelme.

Ruby’s Golf Society Trophy @ El Plantio Our trophy game took to El Plantio the course and the high temperatures were the winners. With the greens quite difficult and some of the fairways a bit bare this led to some average scores with the exception of one of our ladies who smashed it and made it look easy.

El Plantio 2 Golf Society - Team Walz Apart from the Monthly Medal on the last Tuesday of the month, team games are the normal choice for El Plantio 2 Golf Society. On Tuesday 7th August, 12 members and 1 guest comprised the starters for a team Waltz. Unfortunately, due to uneven numbers, the team of four had to discard one score on every hole. In all, they scored three birdies between them with each score having to be discarded. However, it did not prevent them from securing a win by three clear points. As only four teams competed, only first and second places were awarded. Nearest the pins – Hole 1, Mike Davies – Hole 8, John Wilby. Second Place, Barry Walthall, John Burke, David Swann – 77 points.

First Place, Alan Janes, Rod Loveday, Lawrence Wanty, Tony Kinsey(guest) – 80 points. If anyone would like to join our Society, we play at El Plantio Golf Club every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday. We use both courses - the Par 3 nine hole course and the main 18 hole course, so we cater for all abilities. The membership rates are very competitive, so call for more details. Anyone who wishes to play in the Society as a guest or join as a new member, contact Ian Henderson on 966 716 616 or 636 116 230 The photograph L to R, John Wilby,David Swann, Rod Loveday, Mike Davies, Lawrence Wanty, Alan Janes, Barry Walthall, John Burke.

The results were as follows :Nearest the pin on the par 3's were Kevin Hufton, Colin Bailey and Nigel Wright, nearest the pin in two was Dave Johnston. Best front nine Theresa Wright, best back Andrew Evans, one put that did go down was from Kevin Hufton who won the two's pot. Gold division winner was Dave Johnson, and silver division and overall winner with 36 points was Helen Bailey. Back at Ray's bar on El Raso we had the presentation and some nice tapas, thanks to Angus and his staff, and Steve Bramhall won the football card. Our next Trophy game is at Altorreal on the 10th of August. If you wish to play with us or require any further information please email us at rubysgolf@yahoo.co.uk


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Stylish Torry start to take shape Torry players quickly close down Kun of Yeclano in last week’s 1-1 draw

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30 year milestone for El Cid Bowls Club ver 120 people helped us celebrate our Club’s 30th Anniversary with a BBQ Party at El Cid. Members were joined by friends from Javea Green, BBC, La Siesta and the Amigos Group as well as partners and friends.

O CD Torrevieja (1) Yeclano Deportivo (1) CD Montesinos (1) CD Torrevieja (2)

Torry had their first pre season friendly on home soil (well, artificial surface over at Nelson Mandela Stadium actually) last Wednesday, when Murcian 3rd div side Yeclano deportivo were the visitors. Manager Manu Sanchez must have been more than happy, as his mix of youth and experience gave a good account of themselves, against a side that narrowly missed promotion last season. Revi opened the scoring after only 10 mins, a belter on the volley from way outside the box, following a centre from Fran. The lead lasted barely 13 mins, before Inigo converted a cross by fellow Yeclano striker Tonne at the far post. Yeclano hit the post, before Torry front man Omar, missed a sitter from Fran. Revi went close to adding a 2nd goal, but was denied by the woodwork. A host of substitutes made an entrance in the 2nd half, and one of these should have doubled Torry´s lead. Juanmi was through on goal with just keeper Serna to beat, but as often happens at this level, he panicked and allowed Yeclano´s keeper to easily block his shot. The hosts did have the ball in the net close to the end, but alas it was disallowed for an infringement. Torry line up - Juampe (Jesus Duenas), Hector Catala (Felipe), Jesus Sanchez (German), Akopo (Jorge), Guido, Cabillo, Revi (Eneko), Nana (Jon), Omar (Juanmi), Fran (Lewis), Manez (Rulo)

A short notice match against CD Montesinos was announced the following day. So, only 3 days after their last work out, Torry made the short trip to the municipal stadium in Los Montesinos. I´ve never been there before, but was impressed by the compact set up, where entrance was free, which was a nice touch. Once again, Torry got off to a bright start, scoring on 15 mins through a Fran free kick at the edge of the penalty area. Fran was agonizingly close on 25 mins, when his snap shot narrowly missed the target. On 32 mins, capt Cabillo rattled the cross bar, as Torry completely dominated early proceedings. Full back Hector made a lovely overlapping run on 40 mins, picking up the ball before giving Montesinos keeper Carlos no chance as his fierce low drive nestled into the back of the net. Three mins later, the same man’s blushes were spared as he headed against his own cross bar, before the danger was cleared. As per normal in friendlies, a mass of substitutions interrupted the flow of the game, with both sides losing the impetus. Torry substitute Revi had a long range shot well saved on 65 mins, before Montesinos pulled a goal back 15 mins later. Vasquino rounded Torry substitute keeper Jesus Duenas, before slotting the ball home. It has to be said, that along with striker Omar (who was the butt of all Torry fans jokes!), Jesus Duenas is very much the weak link, in what is developing into being a very competent squad. The other Torry Jesus (not the one that saves, or rather doesn´t, if you´ll excuse the pun!), slammed a long range drive from an acute angle against the post on 85 mins, then shortly afterwards he shot just wide of the target. Torry line up - Juampe (Jesus Duenas), Hector, Lewis, Akapo, Jorge (Guido), Cabillo, Felipe (Eneko), Nana (Jesus Sanchez), Omar (Revi), Rulo (German), Fran (Manez) Nelson Mandela Stadium is the venue for Torry´s next friendly on Sunday 19 August, ko 1900 hrs, when Murcian div 3 side UCAM Murcia ´B´ are the visitors.

Past Presidents and Captains and Honorary members also joined in the celebration and were warmly invited by Jim Sissens (President). Sara, Charlie and the kitchen and bar team pulled out all the stops to make the party a

The winners of the competition – who didn’t even need to turn up for the last week – were Sandra Hannan, Reg Cooper, Mike Douglas and Ian Hope. I’m getting fed up with reporting Ian’s name in the paper as this is the second competition he has won this summer! The second placed team was my own with Jan Allen, Val Hignett and Eddie Cowan. A big thanks to Noel Davis for running the competition and to everyone who took part. Despite the heat we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Finally, a reminder that the Wasps sessions will start again on Wednesday 5th September 1:30 for 2:00 - €5 for an afternoon’s bowling with shoes and woods available to borrow. Anyone interested in taking up bowls is welcome and will receive some initial coaching. If you are new to bowls just make yourself known Ken Hope or another club member. For further information on San Miguel Bowls Club please contact

huge success. The food was good, the service was excellent and the entertainment by local guy Adam Daniels was brilliant. (I have never heard so many compliments- he ran out of business cards). Adam kept the party rocking from 7.30 to 11.30 with a mix of music and song to suit all tastes. Stewart Beattie (Captain) thanked everyone involved but a special thanks went to Pat Arnett and her team for organising a great evening.

Up the Segura with Carp R Us Carp-R-Us travelled to the River Segura at Archena for round two of the August MiniSeries. This venue unfortunately only has limited pegs, only four anglers can comfortably fish there, and six members went. This meant closer than normal pegging and one angler having to fish a side arm where the water was only about 10 inches deep. With temperatures hitting the mid-30’s fishing proved to be tough, only one carp was caught, although a few were lost. First was

Runaway winners in San Miguel 2-Wood Triples The 2 Wood Triples competition came to a close in the heat this week. Fortunately, no one actually melted on Wednesday but I think a few looked rather close to it.

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the President Stuart Hemmings on 965720461, or the Secretary Gail Willshire on 965 020 492. Reg Cooper, Mike Douglas, Sandra Hannan and Ian Hope

Steve Owen who decided to go ‘bleak bashing’ on the whip and maggot for the last half hour and finished with 2.10kg, second was Roy Buttress with a single carp of 1.94kg caught on feeder and corn, third was Dave Sutton with 1.92kg of bleak on the waggler and fourth was Jackie Breslin with 1.58kg bleak. Further information about the club can be found on www.carp-r-us.weebly.com or on our Facebook page Carp-R-Us Fishing Costa Blanca.

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