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ICE Club Christmas Lunch Thursday 12th December 1.00pm for 1.30pm by ticket only 17€ Members 20€ Guests.

Trip to Málaga ALL NEW Christmas Lights

Fran Horwood: 602 291 855 Is taking the trip to Málaga on Wednesday, December 4th. Leaving Sabinillas Repsol Garage at 4.00pm Members: 11€ & Guests: 14€

Once again, our brilliant catering team, this year led by Rob, bring you a sumptuous Christmas Lunch. Limited numbers, so please book early.




December 2019 / January 2020 Edition email: Telephone 952 802 549


ICE Magazine Contents Page





Classified Advertisements



President’s Letter



Activities at ICE



Lottery Winners OCTOBER



Spanish Public Holidays



Past Events



Technology Matters



Member’s Articles



Puzzles Solutions



Golf Society



Committee Members






Advertising Rates



This Month’s Events



Activity Organisers



Social Calendars December & January



General Information



Future Events



Essential Telephone Numbers

President: Sue Potter Editor: Sheila Fox Advertising: Richard Wood Disclaimer: - The committee wishes to declare that ICE does not accept responsibility for the contents of articles nor the claims made by advertisers. Printed by Digiprint, Avda Litoral, Edificio Visamar, Blq 2 Local 9, 29680 Estepona Visit Our New Improved Club Website: Free Wi-Fi for members at the clubhouse. The magazine is published on the website on or before the first day of each month.


Editorial: Many thanks to Peter Dowd, who has co-authored the Technology Matters article, with Vic Loughran, for every edition for a very long time (way before my time) but has now decided to give this up. I shall probably take on the task of seeking information for this in the new year. So, if you have any technical tips and trips you’d like to pass on to our readers, please send them to me. This edition has an abundance of seasonal jokes and ideas and the social calendars are full of events and activities. I will be printing copies of the list of Spanish Public Holidays. Please let me know if you would like one. They will also be on the Notice Boards in the Clubhouse. Hope you all have a Happy Christmas and Healthy New Year. Sheila Fox - Editor Email: Telephone: 951 900 745 Mobile: 671 232 906 3


President’s Letter Well here we are again, nearly at the end of another year, for Rob & I personally, 2019 has been our Annus Horribilis and we shall be glad to see 2020 arrive. I hope all of you who are entitled to vote in UK have done your bit, let's hope we don't get a hung Parliament as we need to move on with our lives one way or another. Many of you will, of course, be returning to UK to celebrate Christmas but those of you who are staying we have plenty going on in the Club. Don't forget to visit the Club on Christmas Day, bring a plate, no excuse to spend the day by yourself. Thursday 26th the Club will be closed. Christmas lunch is 12th December but if you haven't got your tickets you're probably too late. Thursday 19th December we are having lunch out at Mini India, tickets are on sale. Anne Hardwick is holding her Christmas night on Sunday evening 8th, a good time to start the Festive season. Christmas quiz is on the 6th December. Please remember, whenever you leave home to carry driving licence, residencia card and health cards, by law in Spain you have to carry identification. Mulled wine is now available at the bar to warm you up on these cold damp days. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year. Sue Potter, President

Lottery Winners OCTOBER 2019


Reflect one’s hours in this year to date and remind oneself of the open gate

1st Joan Thompson


The gate that frees one’s ideas of joy Yet envelop those thoughts of the hoi polloi

2nd Freddie Thomas


3rd Anne Hardwick


The general public, that’s who we see Not all as happy as can be

We have a new website address and a new club email address. We also have a new Facebook Group The ICE Club Join the group and keep up to date with what’s happening. Website: General email: For Photos or for Vic For Magazine or for Sheila:

Be friendly, loving and have care Especially for those with less to spare Do make this season one to love and cherish Rid one’s low thoughts -- make them perish Make warm your welcome to those you greet At home, on travel and in the street Let all know you have feelings good For a wholesome Christmas -understood! Simple Meanings === Michael Dowling

Q: Why did Santa bring 22 reindeer to Walmart? A: Because what he wanted to buy cost around 20 bucks, but just in case it was more, he brought some extra doe. 5

Anglican Church of Costa del Sol West SAN PEDRO at 10-00am Every Sunday we hold an Anglican Service of Holy Communion in the Hall adjoining the Parroquia Virgen del Rocio (near McDonalds). SOTOGRANDE at 12-00pm Every 2nd and 4th Sunday we hold an Anglican Service of Holy Communion in La Iglesia la Merced, the ‘Big Church’. 1st and 3rd Sundays are Methodist Worship services. You will receive a very warm welcome at our Churches, and children are particularly encouraged to join in the Sunday school fun activities. We hold a Messy Church at Marlow’s Fish and Chip restaurant at the Eroski roundabout in Duquesa on the first Saturday of each month, between 11-00am and 1-00pm. This is well attended by children, who enjoy the various activities, and also parents and adults who come along to give their support. We conduct Wedding Blessings, Baptisms, Funeral services, and undertake pastoral care visits to the sick or needy. Coffee Morning each Tuesday in Sabinillas from 11-00am, at the Café American Bistro at the eastern end of the Paseo near the children’s play area. Our new Chaplain is Adrian Low, so do come and meet him together with his wife Joanna at any of these events. For further details about us, please contact Adrian on 952 808 605 or, Church Wardens: San Pedro Church - Patricia Gommersall (an ICE Member) 951 965 762 / 620 149 215 Sotogrande Church - Christine Sabin, 686 234 377 Visit our website for even more information: - 6

PAST EVENTS ICE 31st Birthday Celebration Saturday 2nd November Didn’t we all have fun When we were 31? The venue was just right For such a special night But not for one and all Poor Diane had a fall When alighting from the bus But she never made a fuss The steps were very steep And none of us can leap! But Rob was there again To help relieve her pain He quickly made a call While we went to fill the hall.

Top 10 highlights of the night 1. Glass walls a perfect view 2. Glass of cava on the table as a welcome 3. Young friendly staff 4. Good food – my duck was delicious 5. Lounge area with comfy sofas 6. Good counter service for coffee and drinks 7. Easy access to outside balcony 8. Clean and well-appointed loos 9. Audio system 10. Well organised programme Submitted by Anne Hardwick Photos by Vic & Margaret Loughran

PLEASE REMEMBER Your I.C.E. club is managed and run entirely by volunteers, including catering and bar staff, event organisers and your voted committee. All those who have volunteered say it is a great way to make new friends. Why not get involved? Without volunteers, the club could not exist. REQUIRED URGENTLY: KITCHEN AND BAR STAFF 7

MEMBER’S ARTICLE Who gave the Months their Names? Let’s deal with the easy months first, remembering that two thousand years ago the European new year started in March (see an earlier ICE Magazine article) and that Latin and ancient Greek cultures were largely influential in the creation of calendars, months and their names. So, counting from March, September obviously comes from the Latin, septimum, the seventh, October from octavum, the eighth, and November and December from nonum and decimum, the ninth and tenth months. They are much the same in French, Italian and Spanish, as are the other months, and not too dissimilar in other European languages, the Arabic of northern Africa and Azerbaijani, but very different in Cornish, Chinese, Croatian, Ndebele and Japanese – and a lot of others besides! But if you are wondering about Old English, Scots Gaelic or Swazi? Don’t go there! Back in ancient Rome, however, the fifth and the sixth months were called Quintilis and Sextilis, the fifth (quintum) and sixth (sextum). It was Julius Caesar and Augustus Caesar who thought it appropriate to perpetuate memory of themselves by giving their names to those two months. And you might ask why did subsequent emperors resist the temptation to name other months after themselves. Well, Domitian, the emperor 81-96 CE, decided to call September Domitia and October Germanica (an extra name he acquired after doing battle successfully in Germania) but, such was life at the time, he was assassinated and the names reverted. Other emperors evidently didn’t try! Now, let’s get back to the start of the year in March, the name coming from Mars, the god of War. In those days, they didn’t fight during the winter, (too wet and cold, and no fodder for the horses!) and the start of the fighting year was in the spring – March. And marching, of course! April was more peaceful, and comes from the Latin apertio, meaning ‘opening’ - the leaves and flowers open in April, whereas in May, the plants start growing, and Maia, the goddess of Growth gets the credit. June is named after Juno, the queen of the gods. They must have hoped to curry some favour! That’s ten of the months named. February, from the Latin word februum, a purification ritual, was the month during which Rome sought to ‘spring-clean’ the streets and their lives with sacrifices and various acts of purification, presumably before going off to war! The Catholic church retains February as the month of purification of the Virgin Mary. February remained the last month of the year until Julius Caesar rearranged the calendar, and any extra days needed to adjust the calendar to match the orbit of the sun, were added at the end of the year – the end of February, and continues so to this day. That leaves only January. When Julius Caesar changed the start of the year from some time in March to the new date, Janus was the god in charge of the gates of heaven and was in fact, the god of all doors and gates. His name therefore suited the idea of opening a new year, and because he had two heads, he could look back at the old year while looking forward to the new one. One final thought. February with its 28 days, is the only month that sometimes does not have a full moon, or a new moon, for that matter. A full moon failed to appear in February only last year, and this will happen again in 2037. The corresponding dates for no new moon are 2014 and 2033. Submitted by Geoff Morgan

Q: What nationality is Santa Claus? A: North Polish

Q: Why does Santa have 3 gardens? A: So he can ho-ho-ho. 8

Thursday 21st November Sue Potter presented Brenda and Bob Taylor with a gift voucher, bottle of Cava and card in celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Diane Hackett sitting up in bed to receive her "Get Well Soon" basket from the ICE club (delivered, of course, by Wilma Keeley). Diane fell getting off the bus on the evening of the ICE 31st Birthday Party and dislocated and fractured her ankle. We hope to see you up and about soon!

Q: What do the elves call it when Father Christmas claps his hands at the end of a play? A: Santapplause!

CHRISTMAS QUIZ (Answers page 33) 1. After leaving Bethlehem, to which country did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel? 2. Every elf has this ornament on the tip of their shoes. Which ornament are we talking about? 3. Everyone is familiar with the mistletoe tradition. What is the colour of the berries of the plant? 4. How does Santa Claus go back up the chimney to continue his journey of delivering gifts? 5. How many points does a snowflake traditionally have? 6. Name the eight original Reindeer. 7. One of the most famous Cola companies in the world used to have advertisements featuring a happy, smiling Santa Claus. Name the company 8. Red and green are the two colours most associated with Christmas. Which are the two other colours, according to Christmas holiday trivia, that are also extremely popular in this season? 9. Traditionally, kids leave out snacks for Santa Claus. What are these snacks? 10. Traditions of Christmas around the world will tell you that Santa Claus is known by many names. What is the Spanish name for Santa Claus?

Q: What’s Santa’s Q: Why did Santa put a clock in his sleigh? dog’s name?

A: Santa Paws!

A: Because he wanted to see time fly! 9

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ACTIVITIES AT ICE ICE Club Golf Society Hello everyone. Our busy society continues into winter with very good turnouts for our twice weekly roll ups. We also welcome a number of the non playing ladies joining us at the nineteenth hole for a drink or two and a laugh with us at our usually pointless conversations. The last month gave us some particularly sad and happy moments. The very sad moment was when we heard of the death of Bruno van Elewijck. He was not well known in the Ice club but payed a lot of golf with us when he was visiting from his home country of Belgium. I can say that he was liked by everyone as a constantly jovial man with a very easy going attitude. We had many laughs together and we will all miss him. The highlight of the month was our golf break to Costa Ballena near Cadiz. It started very well with everyone arriving in good time. The hotel, which is surrounded by the three nine hole courses, provided very comfortable spacious rooms with views of the golf and the sea in the background. They also had a superb spa area with a number of different treatments and very relaxing after a round of golf. It was well used by our group. As we all started our first round in the afternoon, the weather gradually deteriorated with heavy cloud and some wind. This was followed by thunder and lightning and the golf course officials closed the course. The early buggies had managed nine holes but the last group were only playing the fourth hole. So it was a disappointing start for us all and a very early move to the bar! They with the winners with considerable consumption of beer, wine and an odd hot chocolate with brandy or two. ( Lumumbas). Day two provided sunshine for a four ball competition which was won by the international pairing of Patrick and Nuala O'Connell with Les Jinks and Peter Henry. In second place was Steve McMurtry, Evelyn Byrne, Alan Green and Tineke Christensen. Day three was played as a four ball better ball with Jackie McMurtry and Nuala O'Connell winning with a tie for second and third places by Alan Green/Patrick O'Connell and Joe Scanlon/David Lines. Overall lady winners were Jackie McMurtry and Nuala O'Connell with equal points and third was Janet Green. Overall men's results were Patrick O'Connell, Jan Hakansson and Peter Henry in first second and third. With the courses in very good condition and great weather for two of the three days, it was very enjoyable golf. Well played everyone. The hotel arranged for all thirty six of us to sit in the same area for the excellent buffet dinner. Evenings finished in the spacious lounge area with the usual tales of the day on and off the courses and some vocal renditions, usually starting with our Irish members. Here's to winter sun and great golf. Contacts: Peter Henry: 693105180 Jan Blind: 603670330, Stephen McMurtry: 608854505

LINK WORD LINK WORD Find the hidden word that will also join to Find the hidden word that will alsothe join to the end of the first word and start secthe end of the first word and start the second word to make two new words. ond word to make new (Answers ontwo Page 30)words. (Answers on Page 33) 11












Margaret & Vic would like to wish all our ICE friends A Very Happy Christmas and a Healthy 2020

MICKEY’S ORIGINAL EGG NOG A YULETIDE TREAT 1 part dark rum 1/2 tsp local honey 1 part each heavy cream and milk 1 egg yolk Pinch of nutmeg, salt Start by whisking the egg yolk and honey together in a small bowl. Then, in a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine cream, milk, salt, and nutmeg and stir the mixture until it just reaches a simmer. Next temper the eggs by adding small spoonfulls of the hot mixture to the egg mixture. Slowly add the rum - Ron Montero - the slightly sweeter Spanish rum works really well and the price won’t knock you out...but the egg nog might! Decorate with a cinnamon stick (it also serves as a stirrer). Note that these quantities are for one person so simply multiply them by the number of chums you want to make happy. Do enjoy! ATTENTION Best drunk at home with no expectation of operating anything mechanical. This is a sipping experience so be careful. It tastes rather like a lovely ice cream soft drink enough said. - Submitted by Michael Dowling

Christmas Greetings love Audrey & Les xx

Another early photo of one of our lady members. Taken when she was just 16 years old. I’m sure you will know her. Answer on page 33.

Rob & Sue wish all members Merry Christmas &a Happy New Year and thank you for all your support over the past year xx 12

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CODEWORDS (Answers Page 33) Codewords are like crossword puzzles - but have no clues! Instead, every letter of the alphabet has been replaced by a number, the same number representing the same letter throughout the puzzle. All you have to do is decide which letter is represented by which number! To start you off, we reveal the codes for two or three letters. With these letters filled in throughout the puzzle, you'll have enough clues to start guessing words and discovering other letters. SUDOKU (Answers Page 33) Place a number in the empty boxes in such a way that each row across, each column down and each 9-box square contains all of the numbers from 1 to 9. 14




NOTICES Some New groups are starting at ICE in the New Year - The Social Calendar for details • Proposed Line Dancing to be arranged by Anne Hardwick. • The Krafty Club - sharing of craft ideas, organised by Julie Wood will be twice monthly on a Wednesday mornings, commencing 8th January 2020. • Whist .- organised by Lin Ingram on Wednesday mornings. • Computer Group - organised by Sheila Fox on the third Friday of each month commencing 17th January 2020. The first session will be a presentation and discussion on Computer Security.


Pat Rowe, recently returned member, has agreed to become the Editor of the ICE Magazine. She has a wealth of experience in this area. Hopefully, she will take over following the AGM in March 2020.

Thursday Lunches at the club. We are Desiree

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desperately short of cooks to perform this task weekly, with only 3 regular cooks on the rota. We have plenty of volunteers to help with preparation and serving. If you are interested, please talk to Brenda or Sue.

Thursday Lunches at the club. The price of

the lunch main course will be increased to 7€ from January 2020. The price of dessert remains the same at 3€.


THIS MONTH’S EVENTS DECEMBER Wednesday 4th December - Trip to Málaga to see the ALL NEW Christmas Lights. Fran Horwood Is taking the trip to Málaga. Leaving Sabinillas Garage at 4.00pm Members 11€ & Guests 14€. If you’ve been before you’ll know how lovely they are and will want to see what they can do this year. If you haven’t been before then you really should take this opportunity...they are a great sight and the Tapas Bars and Restaurants are well worth a visit. There MAY also be time for a bit of shopping! (Sorry guys!) - Organiser Fran Horwood Friday 6th December 8.00 for 8.30pm - Christmas Quiz Night with Ron Pegrum. As usual there will be 40 general knowledge questions in 4 rounds but with a single theme of 'Christmas'. However, there will be additional special prizes for best festive jumper, best headdress, and more. There will also be a special appearance by Santa's friends. So, come along and get into the Christmas spirit early. - Organiser Joan Thompson Sunday 8th December Christmas Themed Concert - Carols, Poems, Readings. 7.30 for 8.00pm. Come and join us for a light-hearted evening of Christmas entertainment. We are the choir, so we would like volunteers to sing, or read poems. If you can, please bring some Christmas finger food and nibbles or mince pies to enjoy at the interval. - Organiser Anne Hardwick Monday 9th December 8.00pm Film Night - Yesterday is a 2019 romantic comedy film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Richard Curtis, based on a story by Jack Barth and Curtis. - Organiser Sue Potter Thursday 12th December Christmas Lunch 1.00pm for 1.30pm. by ticket only 17€ Members 20€ Guests. Singers from Canto Libre will entertain us and get us in the festive mood with songs and carols, following the meeting and before lunch. Once again, our brilliant catering team, this year led by Rob, bring you a sumptuous Christmas Lunch.- Soup: Capaletti en Brodo, Main Course: Roast Turkey with roast potatoes, stuffing, sausages, carrots, Brussels sprouts, honey roast parsnips, cranberry sauce and gravy. For non turkey eaters, there will be a fish alternative, Desserts: Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or Apple pie with custard. And if you still have room...warm mince pies. Limited numbers, so please book early - Organiser Sue Potter Wednesday 18th December History Group 3.00pm. Change of time for this group meeting, now afternoons. Geoff Fabron will talk about USA 1820-1860: The Road to Civil War. - Organiser Geoff Fabron Thursday 19th December - Club Lunch OUT 1.30 for 2.00pm. Mini India Restaurant Los Hidalgos , Eroski centre. Menú del día - Tickets. - Organiser Michael Dowling Wednesday 25th December - Christmas Day Lunchtime. Bar will be open courtesy of Ian and Fran Horwood, but there will be no presents this year, as Maureen will not be organising it. Tuesday 31st December - New Years Eve Party. See in the New Year at ICE. Bring food for your table, Tickets 10€. Dancing to live music by Michael Anthony - Organiser Joan Thompson

PARKING AT THE ICE CLUB Parking is not allowed in any of the yellow marked areas and for good relations with our neighbours, please do not park in the bay next to the front door. There is always ample parking space in Entrance 4 of Bahia Dorada. Just continue past the front of the clubhouse and turn in at the next entrance. Then turn right and drive parallel to the main road. You can park near the top and walk along the pathway to the front door, or go further down and come into the club from back door. 19

DECEMBER 2019 DATE DAY 1 Dec Sun 2 Dec Mon

3 Dec


REGULAR EVENTS 10.30 a.m. Petanca Playa Ancha, Casares 12.30 - 2.30 p.m. Bar Open & Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 p.m. Mahjong 9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club 2.30 - 5.00pm Art Class Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.30am Beg Spanish Class 11.45am Adv Spanish Class 11.00 am Mahjong 11.00 - 1.30pm Bar Open 6.45 for 7pm Canasta

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9 Dec Mon

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12 Dec Thu


Trip to Mรกlaga Lights 10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting 1.00pm Lunch 2.00pm Drama Group Meeting 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.00am - 1.00pm Art Group 2.00pm - 4.00pm Yoga Rambling 10.30 a.m. Petanca Playa Ancha, Casares 12.30 - 2.30 p.m. Bar Open & Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 p.m. Mahjong 9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club 2.30 - 5.00pm Art Class Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.30am Beg Spanish Class 11.45am Adv Spanish Class 11.00 am Mahjong 11.00 - 1.30pm Bar Open 6.45 for 7pm Canasta Rambling 10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting 12.00pm Songs from Canto Libre 1.00pm Christmas Lunch 2.00pm Drama Group Meeting 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge 20


2.00pm Committee Meeting

13 Dec


14 Dec Sat 15 Dec Sun 16 Dec Mon

17 Dec Tue

18 Dec Wed

19 Dec Thu

20 Dec


21 Dec Sat 22 Dec Sun

23 Dec Mon 24 Dec Tue

Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.00am - 1.00pm Art Group 2.00pm - 4.00pm Yoga Rambling 10.30 a.m. Petanca Playa Ancha, Casares 12.30 - 2.30 p.m. Bar Open & Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 p.m. Mahjong 9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club 2.30 - 5.00pm Art Class Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.30am Beg Spanish Class 11.45am Adv Spanish Class 11.00 am Mahjong 11.00 - 1.30pm Bar Open 6.45 for 7pm Canasta Rambling 10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting 1.00pm Lunch OUT Mini India 2.00pm Drama Group Meeting 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.00am - 1.00pm Art Group Rambling 10.30 a.m. Petanca Playa Ancha, Casares 12.30 - 2.30 p.m. Bar Open & Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 p.m. Mahjong 9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club

25 Dec Wed

Bar open 12.00 to 2.30pm

26 Dec Thu 27 Dec Fri 28 Dec Sat

Clubhouse Closed

3.00pm History Group


29 Dec Sun

10.30 a.m. Petanca Playa Ancha, Casares 12.30 - 2.30 p.m. Bar Open & Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 p.m. Mahjong

30 Dec Mon

9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club

31 Dec Tue

New Year’s Eve Party



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5 Jan


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7 Jan


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15 Jan Wed

REGULAR EVENTS PUBLIC HOLIDAY 10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting 1.00pm Lunch 2.00pm Drama Group Meeting 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.00am - 1.00pm Art Group Rambling 10.30 a.m. Petanca Playa Ancha, Casares 12.30 - 2.30 p.m. Bar Open & Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 p.m. Mahjong 9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.30am Beg Spanish Class 11.45am Adv Spanish Class 11.00 am Mahjong 11.00 - 1.30pm Bar Open 6.45 for 7pm Canasta Rambling 10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting 1.00pm LUNCH 2.00pm Drama Group Meeting 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.00am - 1.00pm Art Group Rambling 10.30 a.m. Petanca Playa Ancha, Casares 12.30 - 2.30 p.m. Bar Open & Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 p.m. Mahjong 9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.30am Beg Spanish Class 11.45am Adv Spanish Class 11.00 am Mahjong 11.00 - 1.30pm Bar Open 6.45 for 7pm Canasta



2.00 for 2.30pm Ramblers’ Lunch

8.00 for 8.30pm Quiz Night

8.00pm Film Night

2.00pm Committee Meeting

10.30am Krafty Club Meeting 3.00pm History Group

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17 Jan


18 Jan Sat 19 Jan Sun

10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting 1.00pm Lunch 2.00pm Drama Group Meeting 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.00am - 1.00pm Art Group 2.00pm - 4.00pm Yoga Rambling 10.30 a.m. Petanca Playa Ancha, Casares 12.30 - 2.30 p.m. Bar Open & Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 p.m. Mahjong

11.00am Computer Group

4.30pm Songs of Praise

20 Jan Mon

9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club 2.30 - 5.00pm Art Class

21 Jan Tue

Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.30am Beg Spanish Class 11.45am Adv Spanish Class 11.00 am Mahjong 11.00 - 1.30pm Bar Open 6.45 for 7pm Canasta

Ladies Lunch

22 Jan Wed


Trip to Malaga

23 Jan Thu

24 Jan


25 Jan Sat

26 Jan Sun 27 Jan Mon

28 Jan Tue

29 Jan Wed

10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting 1.00pm Lunch 2.00pm Drama Group Meeting 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.00am - 1.00pm Art Group 2.00pm - 4.00pm Yoga Rambling

Welcome Back Party

10.30 a.m. Petanca Playa Ancha, Casares 12.30 - 2.30 p.m. Bar Open & Tapas 12.30 - 2.15 p.m. Mahjong 9.45 am Bowling, Benavista Bowls Club 2.30 - 5.00pm Art Class Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.30am Beg Spanish Class 11.45am Adv Spanish Class 11.00 am Mahjong 11.00 - 1.30pm Bar Open 6.45 for 7pm Canasta

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30 Jan Thu

31 Jan


10.30am-2.30pm Bar Open 11.30am Weekly Meeting 1.00pm LOTTERY DRAW 2.00pm Drama Group Meeting 7.00pm Duplicate Bridge Golf Casares Golf Club, Ist tee off 9.00am 10.00am - 1.00pm Art Group 2.00pm - 4.00pm Yoga

FUTURE EVENTS LOOKING FORWARD - 2020 JANUARY Wednesday 8th January 2.00 for 2.30pm - Ramblers Lunch at La Torre Restaurant - 3 courses 11€. Non-ramblers welcome to join us. - Organiser Sue Potter Friday 10th January 8.00 for 8.30pm - Quiz Night - Quiz Mistress Maggie Whittley - Organiser Joan Thompson Monday 13th January 8.00pm Film Night - Red Joan The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy. Stars: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore. - Organiser Sue Potter Wednesday 15th January 10.30am - Krafty Club. Demonstrations and discussions on a variety of handicrafts. - Organiser Julie Wood Friday 17th January 11.00am Computer Group - Presentation and discussion on computer security - Organiser Sheila Fox Wednesday 22nd January - Trip to Málaga Leaving Sabinillas at 9.30am and leaving Malaga Larios Centre 4.30pm. Chance to visit Car Museum, Malaga Cathedral, leisurely lunch in port or sales at Larios Centre. The choice is yours. Tickets 12€ members and 15€ guests - Organiser Sue Potter Saturday 25th January - Welcome Back Party 7.00pm - Starting with a display of Scottish dancing to celebrate Burns Night. Followed by supper - Menu Chilli beef, sausage casserole or roasted vegetable tagine all with jacket potatoes. Choice of desserts. Music for dancing by Duncan and Beverley. All your favourite songs from the 50s to the 90s, Beverley sings songs by Karen Carpenter, Abba ,Dolly Parton and so much more. Highly recommended by Sue Gregory. Tickets Members 17€ Guests 21€- Organiser Joan Thompson FEBRUARY Monday 3rd February, Trip to a Bodega in Jerez - Organiser Diane Hackett Friday 14th February Red & Black Themed Supper Tuesday 25th February - Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Races - Organiser Wilma Keeley 29th February & 1st March ICE Players 2 night production titled “Getting Along”. Tickets 7€ members and 10€ guests MARCH Thursday 12th March ICE AGM - More details in the February edition 22nd to 25th March - Trip to Granada. 1st pickup at Sabinillas at 8.00am 3 Nights Half Board in Hotel Guadalupe, close to the Alhambra Palace, entrance to which is included in the ticket price. Other optional visits to the Science Park and Planetarium, 9€ (the biggest planetarium in Europe), evening trip to the Flamenco Gypsy Caves, time for sight-seeing in Granada and the snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Price is 245€ and deposit of 50€ to secure your place. - Organiser Joan Thompson 24




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ACTIVITIES AT ICE CANASTA is a unique South American card game of melds and strategy, and a

member of the Rummy card Family. The ICE Canasta Group meets every Tuesday at 6:45 for 7pm. Beginners by Appointment at 6:30pm. Anyone interested in playing, please contact the Organiser, Nigel Nevshehir at 689 457 410 or see him on a Thursday at the Club.

QUIZ NIGHT is held on the first Friday of the month at 8.00 for 8.30pm. Teams are normally made up of about 6 members or guests and if you’ve never been before, we will help you join a team and make you feel very welcome. The quiz masters are changed on rota basis. The winning team for each round receives a bottle of wine and the overall winning team receives 5 or 6 bottles of excellent wine. The bar is open before the quiz starts and again during the interval. There are normally snacks and chocolates to munch on to feed the brains. Next Quiz will be “The Christmas Special” Friday 6th December. Quizmaster - Ron Pegram - Organiser Joan Thompson


The family history group meetings. From October Dave will be doing the sessions on a one to one basis, on a day and time mutual to himself and the member. The sessions will take place upstairs in the club as before. Date and time will be arranged preferably by email to or telephone mobile 636 326 599 or house phone 952 893 965. Dave Hackett. BOWLING THE ICE CLUB WAY! We meet Monday mornings at Benavista Bowls Club. It is quite a sociable morning why not come and join us? 9.45 for 10.15am prompt start, 16 ends for just 10€ each, with a coffee break after 8 ends, price includes hire of woods if required. Dress code is predominately white but the critical factor is footwear, shoes must be smooth soled with no ’pimples or crinkles’. The Management at Benavista strictly applies this rule. Drinks and food available at the bar at very reasonable prices. Beginners, novices, old faces, or your guests are always welcome. Organisers Audrey Jinks and Terry Smith ICE Players, Drama Group We are a group of around twenty members. some are singers, some enjoy acting in plays and some simply enjoy helping with sound, lighting, scenery and makeup etc. We normally put on two performances a year - one in April and one in November. One is a play and the other a Musical or Pantomime. Each show has two or three performances covering Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The aim of the group is to entertain the audiences and enjoy ourselves and we make some money for the club. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to join us, or to know more about us, speak to Richard Wood or Margaret Hall. You are sure of a warm welcome. ICE PETANCA GROUP Petanca is a form of boules where the goal is to toss or roll hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet (literally "piglet") or jack, while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground. The game is normally played on hard dirt or gravel. It can be played in public areas in parks, or in dedicated facilities called boulodromes. Venue: Playa Ancha Casares Sundays 10.30am ALL ABILITIES WELCOME! Organiser - Wilma Keeley 679 138 952 / 951 577 050 28


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Matters Vic Loughran

December 2019/January 2020

Peter Dowd

This will be our last “Technology Matters” contribution to the magazine. We hope that you have found the past contributions useful.

Apps for your Phone

Stellarium Mobile Free This app will show the night sky in your area and name all the stars and planets in view. 4Lumi News This app produces new from sources such as The Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC and more. In Your Area (UK only) REACH PLC publishes more than 150 local newspapers. Enter a UK postcode and news from all the companies’ newspapers serving the area is extracted. Appy Weather (Android Only) This was a popular app on Windows Phone. It is now available on Android. It allows you to check The Temperature, Cloud cover and Rainfall. We have previously mentioned Raildar. This app offers live, real-time maps of services using the UK network Also NATSAE is another app worth revisiting. The app on the iPad covers the whole world and allows you to track flights across the Pacific as easily as commuter hops across the Channel. Search the WEB anonymously (Stop Google sending you tailored adverts from cookies stored when browsing) You will need to download Duckduckgo ( When you download the software you will be offered the opportunity to add the software to your browser. You must also set Duckduckgo as your default search engine. In the future, if you have any queries, please email us at

Some things I’ve always wondered • • • • • •

How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered? What disease did cured ham actually have? How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage? Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours? Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV? Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground? 31




1.Egypt 2.Bells 3.White 4.He places his finger on the side of his nose, gives a smile and a nod. 5.Six 6.Blitzen, Comet, Cupid, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, Dancer, and Donner 7.Coca Cola 8.Gold and Silver 9.Cookies and milk 10.Papรก Noel LINK WORD






Christmas: The time when everyone gets Santamental. 33


Why effective tax planning is so important By David Bowern, Partner, Blevins Franks When it comes to savings and investments, is your main objective to preserve your wealth, provide an income or generate growth? Or all three? Whatever the answer, tax planning plays an important role in protecting and making the most of what you have. While the tax tail should not necessarily wag the investment dog, there are numerous benefits to strategic tax planning, especially for expatriates who have cross-border considerations. A reduced tax bill for you The most obvious advantage is reducing your overall liability for income tax, capital gains tax and any other taxes on your savings, investments, assets and pensions. If there is a more tax-efficient way to hold your capital and assets, doesn’t it make sense to explore if it could work for you? Many people fail to do that and unknowingly end up paying more than they need have, such as income tax on bank interest they are not withdrawing, or capital gains tax when switching between investments. Many expatriates are caught out by not reviewing their arrangements for their new life abroad. Once you are no longer UK-resident, assets that were tax-efficient back home, such as ISAs, may become taxable in Spain. Meanwhile, you could be missing out on alternative structures available here that can reduce your tax liability while providing other potential benefits. Less taxation for your heirs With some investment structures you may also be able to lower the inheritance tax liability for your heirs. Ideally you want a solution that will limit inheritance taxes while providing tax-efficient income and investment growth throughout your lifetime. In any case, strategic tax planning could help make things easier for your family when you are gone. Many investment arrangements that provide tax efficiency also offer more estate planning flexibility and control. Maximising real returns Effective tax planning also plays a part in helping returns outpace the cost of living. Ultimately, what counts when assessing the value of investments are actual returns – after all tax, expenses and inflation are taken into account. With investments, the starting point should always be making sure your portfolio is well diversified and designed to suit your situation, needs, goals, time horizon and risk tolerance. But without suitable tax planning, you could find returns diminished by taxes that could have been avoided or reduced. How to get the best results It is easy to get DIY tax planning wrong, especially with the regulatory goalposts changing frequently. Expatriates have the added complication of having to deal with the tax rules of more than one country, at a time when global tax scrutiny is at its highest. Your tax planning should not be done in isolation or as an afterthought – it is a fundamental part of your investment, pensions, estate planning and overall wealth management approach. For the best result and peace of mind, talk to an adviser with in-depth understanding of cross-border taxation. Summarised tax information is based upon our understanding of current laws and practices which may change. Individuals should seek personalised advice. Keep up to date on the financial issues that may affect you on the Blevins Franks news page at 35


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Mac McIntyre Doug Mitchell Doug Mitchell Vic Loughran Sally Holloway

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HOSTESS (Introduce new members) Maureen Winckle

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Richard Wood

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Art Group

Audrey Jinks

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Art Group

Steve Carter

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Art Class Mondays

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Audrey Jinks

650 883 252

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Terry Smith

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Nigel Nevshehir

689 457 410

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Club Calendar Co-ordinator

Sue Potter

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Posters & Tickets

Vic Loughran

Film Night

Sue Potter

686 107 835

952 636 627

Garden Club

Sandy Avis

617 715 749

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Genealogy - Family History

Dave Hackett

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Golf Organiser

Peter Henry

693 105 180

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ICE Players (Drama Group)

Margaret Hall

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Ladies’ Lunches

Julie Wood

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Peter Galloway

Lift Controller

Terry Smith

677 656 319

951 276 690

Lottery Organiser

Dave Hackett

636 326 599

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Wilma Keeley

679 138 952

951 577 050

Photography Group

Debra Coleman

Quiz Night, Songs of Praise, Art Class

Joan Thompson

653 488 030

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Sue Potter

686 107 835

952 636 627

Spanish Lessons

Martin Holmes

652 272 142

952 892 163

Ticket Sales

Maggie Whittley

603 846 698

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Ticket Sales

Jackie Simmonds

652 798 107

952 797 921

Ticket Sales

Fran Horwood

602 291 855

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Cindy Holmes

628 860 093

952 892 163

Wake Organiser

Julie Wood

639 542 387

952 913 174


Polly Fouracres

952 800 875

951 277 113

952 886 772

952 913 174

952 794 270

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GENERAL INFORMATION See trip information for times. Please ensure that you sit in the seat numbered on your ticket. We regret that we cannot stop at any other point unless agreed with the organiser, to pick up or put down. The organiser reserves the right to refuse to include any member they feel is not sufficiently able-bodied to follow the itinerary. Members are responsible for their own travel insurance. BUYING YOUR TICKET Please produce your membership card together with the correct money. Have prepared your choice of the menu if applicable. Final ticket booking: All tickets must be booked and paid for on or before the last Thursday coffee morning before the event. Late phone bookings cannot be accepted. Members are advised to


WELFARE Members are requested to notify

our welfare officer, Wilma Keeley if they know of any member who is ill. Tel: 951 577 050 / 679 138 952 email:

SMOKING The smoking of tobacco,

electronic cigarettes and any other substance is not be permitted anywhere in or on the premises of The International Club of Estepona, Bahia Dorada.

When visiting the club please park considerately between white lines and never on yellow lines. Please DO NOT PARK in the car parking space in front of next door's apartment. Although it is not officially for their sole use it attend the last Thursday before a trip in is better for peaceful relations that we don't case there are any last-minute alterations. park there. REFUNDS Cannot be given for tickets, unless the organiser is notified MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL in time, and providing the trip is full and a Renewing your annual club membership can be replacement can be found from the waiting done by bank transfer. Send to: Bank - Banco Sabadell, Sabinillas. list. Tickets are not transferable to other IBAN:- ES98 0081 0535 8800 0131 1734 members without the authorisation of the BIC CODE:- BSABESBB organiser. Please advise TED LUNNISS the IMPORTANT: OF ANY BROKEN included in theTELL cost ofTHE coachBAR STAFF TIPS Are CLUB TREASURER by email ifGLASS you have sent a ANDbut THEY WILL DISPOSE OF IT. travel and restaurants, not for payment by bank transfer, stating your name and hotels. membership number if possible. DOGS Are not allowed inside the clubhouse. They are permitted on the lower terrace but only when they are under the owner’s control by being attached to a lead which is held by the owner or attached to one of the hooks on the wall which are provided for that purpose.


All drinks, Do not HELICOPTEROS SANITARIOS whether have an alcoholic or otherwise, to be consumed on answering machine. The phone will ring until the Club premises shall be purchased from someone picks up. If you hear a message in the Club bar. Spanish you have dialled the wrong number. CLUB DRINKS POLICY


ESSENTIAL TELEPHONE NUMBERS EMERGENCIES HOSPITALS AMBULANCE 061 Ambulance 951 222 222 GENERAL EMERGENCIES 112 Algeciras 956 026 500 NATIONAL POLICE 091 Costa Del Sol Hospital 951 976 669 LOCAL POLICE 092 La Linea Hospital 956 026 500 GUARDIA CIVIL 062 Málaga Carlos Haya 950 390 400 FIRE BRIGADE 080 AIRPORTS EMERGENCIES GIBRALTAR 199 Málaga Arrivals 952 048 845 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 016 Málaga Departures 952 048 804 HELICOPTERS SANITARIOS 952 811 818 Jerez 956 150 000 ELECTRIC EMERGENCY 900 850 840 Seville 954 449 000 GAS EMERGENCY 900 202 212 Gibraltar +35020073026 SEA RESCUE 900 202 202 Local Taxi (large with 951 775 777 wheelchair access) GIBRALTAR FRONTIER +35020042777 CONSULATES and EMBASSIES Belgium Málaga 952 219 004 Denmark Málaga 952 211 797 France Málaga 954 293 200 Germany Málaga 952 227 886 Holland Málaga 952 363 591 Ireland Fuengirola 952 475 108 Italy Málaga 912 106 910 Norway Málaga 952 667 955 Sweden Fuengirola 952 604 383 Switzerland Málaga 952 217 266 U.K. Málaga 952 352 300 U.S.A Fuengirola 952 474 891 MORE HELP TOURIST OFFICES Casares 952 894 056 Adana 952 113 467 Estepona 952 802 002 Age Concern 650 163 928 Alcoholics Anonymous 600 379 110 Citizens Advice Spain

952 797 821

Sabinillas San Roque

Diabetics Support Narcotics Support

952 464 184 902 114 147

Marbella Gibraltar 39

952 890 029 956 694 005 952 771 442 +350 200 749 50

Registered Charity No. 219279 THE DUQUESA BRANCH WE GET TOGETHER EVERY TUESDAY at 12.00 for 12.30p.m. At LA DUQUESA GOLF and COUNTRY CLUB The entrance to the Golf Club is situated at the rear of the building. There is plenty of parking

We meet socially on a further 3 occasions each month at different local venues

Everyone is welcome Ctra. N340 KM 143 Duquesa.

Come along and join the FUN!

CHAIRMAN Kevin Blenkinsopp

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December 2019 & January 2020 Edition  

Monthly Magazine of the ICE Club, Estepona, Spain.

December 2019 & January 2020 Edition  

Monthly Magazine of the ICE Club, Estepona, Spain.

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