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Festive Fair PALAPA Laguna Village Exciting Menu Dancing to Mandy Coach Available

35€ Members 40€ Guests

Saturday 16th. November at 11.00am Flower Arranging Craft Stalls Pickles Jewellery Avon Games, Darts Competitions Tombola Bar open for Drinks & Tapas



SOCIO-CULTURAL DE ESTEPONA INTERNATIONAL CLUB OF ESTEPONA FOR ALL ENGLISH SPEAKING PEOPLE of San Pedro - Estepona - Casares - Sabinillas Manilva - Sotogrande & Beyond The Lola Boys at the ICE Club

Tuesday 26th November 7.30pm Show starts at 8.00pm Tickets 17€ members 20€ Guests

NOVEMBER 2019 EDITION email: Telephone 952 802 549

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

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

Everyone is welcome KM 143

Come along and join Ctra. N340 Duquesa. CHAIRMAN Kevin Blenkinsopp

We are here to support all serving and exserving personnel and their families. 2

ICE Magazine Contents Page





Activities at ICE



President’s Letter



Puzzles Solutions



Lottery Winners SEPTEMBER



Photography Group



Past Events



Golf Society






Technology Matters



This Month’s Events



Advertising Rates


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Social Calendar



Activity Organisers



Future Events



General Information


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Member’s Articles



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.

PLEASE MENTION ICE CLUB & MAGAZINE WHEN CONTACTING ADVERTISERS. Editorial: This edition is so busy with reports of past events and things to look forward to in November. If you think I’m trying to make a point by my notes on some of the photos, you’d be right. I want to give a huge round of applause to all the volunteers who contribute so much to these events. Without them your ICE club could not function. Congratulations and thank you to all those who work so hard to make these events so successful. Sheila Fox - Editor Email: Telephone: 951 900 745 Mobile: 671 232 906 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 3


President’s Letter We have had to say our final farewell to Maeve Cripps, Peter Thomas and Conchita Wakeman. Our thoughts are with their families at this very sad time. How good it is to see the Club busy again after the quieter Summer months and we welcome new members. The Open Day held in October was a great success. I am very pleased to say that Brenda has resumed her duties as Catering Manager, thank you Brenda, after Jaqui and Paul decided to return to UK, but good news, they have now decided to spend the winter months here in Spain, so we won't be losing them after all. We have a full calendar for you in the coming months, so check the magazine, website, Facebook and Thursday meetings for more information. Of course, the big event this month is the Birthday party, our 31st. Buy your tickets soon as they're selling out fast. Later on in the month we have our Festive Fair with all the usual stalls and various fun games. Come along and enjoy the fun. The Lola Boys are coming to the Club at the end of the month. This may be their last visit as rumour has it, they are leaving these shores. Tickets are on sale, to include a small buffet. Don't forget to renew your membership. Whatever you do, enjoy and stay safe Sue Potter, President 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 or Peter: For Magazine or for Sheila:

Lottery Winners SEPTEMBER 2019 1st Leonie Sturgess €48 2nd Anne Hardwick


3rd Lynne Danby-Pearson €12 Diet Day One - I removed all the fattening food from my house. It was delicious.

Palapa, Laguna Village


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 The Welcome Back Party - Saturday 21st September

It was one of those lovely, balmy, hot summer, Spanish nights for our annual ‘After the Summer – Welcome back Party’. Time to get your glad rags out, drink, eat, be merry and dance the night away. Booking early for this popular event is a must as we were full to the gunnels. The pre-dinner drinks at the bar, air was buzzing with chatter & laughter of all our news and escapades of the summer. Paul Jaqui and their huge army of helpers then provided us with a splendid, delicious, scrummy, yummy 3 course meal. Our Sponsor Maria Read –with (!) provided us with a full nights entertainment. Professional, polished, handsome Johnny G. & the delightful Melissa Carver who wowed us with their ‘’XFactor Magic & Stars in Your Eyes Show’’ (at least 20 quick changes!), to leave us guessing, as they bounded down the stairs, just who they would be next. We (80+) all sang & crooned along - or smooched, shuffled, rock’n’rolled, gyrated on the dance floor to their full repertoire of songs from the 50’s till now – and we raised the roof – well the blinds anyway – when swivel hipped Johnny G belted out that Tom Jones classic, leaving our Spanish neighbours wondering who on earth Delilah is I’m sure. Everyone was happy, smiling and thoroughly enjoyed this wonderful evening and we know that it’s only with all our hard work in the preparation, organizing, ordering, cooking, etc. done by the few for so many, that it was such a success. We know it is great being a cog in the big wheel of these events that makes them so special and creates lasting memories. That’s why many of us volunteer our time, skills, & abilities to our friends – be it -setting & laying up the tables before and after, polishing the cutlery, spud bashing, working on the bar and in the kitchen, the list is long, and would easily fill a page in our newsletter – but, many hands make light work of it, and we have just as much fun ‘’working’’ as we do on the night. Whilst this was a ‘Hello and Welcome Back’ it was also a (so sorry to see you go) – ‘Goodbye’ to Jaqui & Paul and a few other stalwarts’ – so, we will be looking for new members to fill their shoes, and make our next occasions just as great. Submitted by Sue Gregory




PAST EVENTS ICE Salobreña Trip Day One - 24th September 2019

Well, The Big Day was finally here for our all-inclusive trip to Salobreña with perfect weather. With Raul as our driver, we knew from previous trips that his ‘calm, nothing phases him’ manner would ensure a safe comfortable trip, taking us up to 1500 metres high in the Sierras on windy hairpin bend roads and through white villages narrow streets. Danny had asked Andy to be our guide. he was born in Galicia and had lived in Cuba & USA and been back in Spain 31 years. He must have been told that we were a rowdy lot, as he needed assistance to keep us in line in ‘Sue’ who joined us in Fuengirola. So, we 48 were all seated settled, cases in the hold and off to The Bodega Quitapenas - well not exactly… it was more like a warehouse on the industrial estate at Malaga airport. The 5 th generation of the family that had been running the winery since 1880, made the canny move in 2004, and now with central location (instead of in the mountains) it also serves as a venue for Weddings, Conferences, Parties, Funerals even! Quitapenas means ‘’Take Away Your Sorrows’’ (maybe that’s where the British expression ‘’drown your sorrows’’ comes from?). Andy had been to the original site of the Bodegas Quitapenas and had very fond memories of the place and gave us some of the history In1825, Ramón Suárez and his wife María Aguilar inherited some vineyards in the town of Cútar. In 1870 Ramón Suárez made a Will in favour of his brothers leaving his nephew, Francisco Suárez Pineda, his foreman at that time, the vineyards, paseros and the winery. In 1878, when the disease of the "Filoxera" vineyard spread throughout the Axarquía, their wine and food business moves to Calle del Mar, on the farm known as "La Huertecilla", founding in 1880 the well-known -Bodegas Quitapenas, Quitapenas Wineries is a member of the Regulatory Council of the Denomination of Origin Malaga and still produce their original wines. Their specialties are sweet/dessert wines. Andy translated the lady telling us how they made their wines, then we went through to the huge hall full of barrels of their wines. French Oak - were the big dark ones; and USA Oak the Light ones (seems a hell of a long way to go to get the wood to make barrels!! But apparently the trees in Spain are useless) to taste 4 wines in little egg cup size paper cups. Let’s hope they put seats out for their functions as some of us found standing for the whole thing a bit much. They also have 3 bars in Malaga. We leave there and drive to the very tip of the Costa del Sol to Nerja, La Axarquía, La Alpujarra on Mediterranean Tropical coast, about 50 km east of Málaga – NOT the one I see on a sign every time I leave La Cañada! From the 8th Century it was under Moors/Muslim rule, its name was Narixa, which means "abundant source" and is the origin of the current name. It was THE agricultural valley and sugar canes (which actually came from India, and the sailors took the canes to the Caribbean). Its agricultural and silk products are said to have been famed throughout the Muslim world and in the markets of Damascus as early as the 10th century. Sugar Cane was the main crop till about 2006, when because cane took 3 years to grow and ruined the soil, the crops changed to the more profitable Mangoes and Advocas etc. When the Romans were here they built three settlements, including Detunda, of which now large remains can be seen. It’s had a chequered history with lots of take overs and wars. The Moors had it 8 th Century; The Catholics had it in 1487 the Christians had it in 1515, the Moors abandoned it and then were back in 1717. BUT a King of Spain decided to expel them not once but twice. The Balcón area in the centre of Nerja old town. was originally known as La Batería, was where a gun battery which existed fortified tower and fortress were completely destroyed during the Peninsular War. On 20th May 1812, the Brits with vessels Hyacinth, Termagant and Basilisk supported the Spanish guerrillas against Napoleon and obliterated it. Because of its black history it is known as ‘’The Dark Place of Europe’’. It has massive caves too. Cont’d... 8

When the Romans were here – (what did the Romans do for us?) Well apart from using sheets to make clothes, they had clay pipes which they blocked after high tides, then waited till the sun dried it out, to make ‘salt’ and expensive and necessary commodity in those days, unlike now when if you put too much on your chips, you’re likely to get a heart attack. Speaking of chips, we are here for lunch and we found a delightful place La Taberna in the cute narrow streets away from the loud music of the main square. And at 9.50€ for three courses good value and delicious. A mooch round the town and popped into the Church and it’s back on the coach to Our Hotel Salobreña to check in and have a drink on the sunny terrace, or dip in the pool, or a flop on our beds after such a long and interesting day -before our dinner. A great start to a lovely holiday. Submitted by Sue Gregory

QUINCE JELLY RECIPE Submitted by Barbara Salisbury

4lb quinces (not too ripe), 4 Pints water METHOD Wash and chop fruit including skin and core. Cook with lid on for one hour plus. Pour fruit in a jelly bag or J cloth to drip over a bowl overnight then discard fruit. Measure juice in a pan and add the sugar - 1lb sugar to 1 pint of water. Put the pan with the fruit juice and sugar over a medium heat stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Bring to a rolling boil for about 20 - 30 minutes and test by firstly removing the pan from the heat before testing for a set by putting a teaspoon of the jelly mixture onto a cold saucer. Leave in a cold place for a couple of minutes and test for a set by gently pushing the surface to form a wrinkle. I might add that the mixture looks like jelly jam and not like the Quince Jelly on the breakfast table of the hotel but I have another recipe which contains cheese which I will try when I get more quinces - perhaps the Ice Club should run another trip in order for me to gather more fruit! 9

DAY TWO 25th September 2019

THE LECRIN VALLEY - the 2nd day of our adventure from Salobreña to the Valle de Lecrín, a little

further North from our hotel. We began the journey with an early meet (9:00) after a good breakfast. Make no mistake, this was a day headed for great interest and beauty and truly one of enjoyment. Shall I say this day awakened us to more learning from the rich kaleidoscope of life. We took to the surface of the prepared road with Driver Raul at the helm and his skills were not long in becoming apparent as we rolled the roads upward. Our viewing, either side of the coach, witnessed spectacular mountains and valleys, lakes and rivers and orchards of cherimoyas (custard apples), mangoes (now is the season for these fruits) and avocados - ready in March/April. We passed through Lanjarón, which has the site of the first filtered water bottling plant at source in Spain, and on to Nigüelas where we left the prepared surface to visit an old olive mill which dated from Roman beginnings (see photos). Our hostess at the mill filled us with the history and the pressing of the olives for fine consumable Extra Virgin oil down the four stages of refining to fertilizer. The only waste product from these processes is the olive pit itself. On leaving, we had the opportunity to purchase oils and local honey. OK, great! Now let’s make our way to the Jardin Müller. Here we have a real surprise. The gardens are hidden behind walls in the Nigüelas precinct. Oh, what a treat! The owner, Javier was on hand to walk and talk us through the just plain delightful gardens which boast El Alhambra and Versailles designs (see photos). ONE gardener tends the whole area. Magnificent work. Quince apple trees abound and, yes, scrumping was allowed. Membrillo here we come. This paste, with manchego cheese especially, is “scrumptious”. Barbara is putting forth her recipe. The garden has a 700 year plus chestnut tree which bears the fruit abundantly. It has also a Jupiter tree which clarifies the air. Moving right along to lunch nearby, we found ourselves parked and ready to enjoy a TAPAS lunch. Well, the tapas were more like Media Raciones PLUS. Five different and delicious portions each with a drink of your choice prompted us to be quiet on the coach journey to Motril. Yes, it’s true, we wound our way down to the port of Motril where, lucky us, we visited the distillery of Ron Montero. The distilling process was very clearly explained by our hostess and a tasting ensued. Our party boosted the sales figures. The rum is made in this Spanish, family-owned distillery and the tour is easy and only an hour long. Do it! This day was full of interest, lovely companionship and, although somewhat strenuous on the knees, it is one Moi and I would experience again. Steady on! NOT simply for the rum tasting! We schmoozed from Ron Montero to our hotel for yet another meal - as if we needed more fodder! ENJOYMENT HAD BEEN HAD BY ALL Submitted by Michael Dowling

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TRIVIA QUIZ Answers on Page 30 What 3 colours are on the Argentinian Flag? What is the name of the Italian city which is sited on 117 islands? In the human body where would you find Cone and Rod cells? Which iconic London building sits at the top of Ludgate Hill, the highest point in the city? Designed by James Hoban and completed in 1801, which building has housed all this country’s leaders bar one? I named my dog 6 miles so I can tell people that I walk 6 miles every single day. 10




Salobreña Trip - Day Three We set off in the same direction as the previous day, towards Granada on the new motorway. This time we left the motorway earlier and drove through the town of Lanjarón, famous for its spring water, which is on sale throughout Spain. This is an obviously wealthy and fashionable spa, but when we Googled the impressive spa hotel to see how affordable a stay would be, we were very favourably surprised. (An idea for a future trip, perhaps?) Driving through the Alpujarras is not for the faint-hearted, especially if you’re driving a coach. Many a time we marvelled at Raúl’s skill in passing traffic on a narrow road with a breath-taking drop on one side and a rock face on the other, negotiating hairpin bends and creeping up a steep gradient to deposit us as close as possible to our venue. We stopped first in Pampaneira for refreshment and a chance to buy colourful rugs made from goats’ hair, locally handmade chocolate, and souvenirs that reflect the area’s Moorish heritage. The Alpujarras were the last refuge of the Moors after they were expelled by decree of Los Reyes Católicos (Catholic monarchs Fernando and Isabel) in 1492, and from where they were finally ejected by force some 40 years later. From there we went to a pork processing plant where uniquely every step is carried out by hand. The pork is imported mainly from northern Spain and undergoes many laborious stages and processes until the hams are finally on sale in the shops, at a price which reflects the labour that goes into it. After a brief but informative talk we were treated to sweet sherry and tapas of bread with the delicious ham and local goats’ cheese, and there were samples on sale to bring home. Our last stop was for a tapas lunch in Capileira, the highest village in the Alpujarras. We lunched on a tree-shaded terrace with fabulous views over the mountains, which we felt we had earned by climbing up the steep path from the road. (We had almost turned into mountain goats by this time, some more nimble and sure-footed than others.) After an enjoyable selection of tortilla, pork, aubergine, peppers, cheese with quince jelly and other delights, and a plentiful supply of local wine, we returned down those tortuous mountain roads to our hotel. But did we just lounge by the pool and eat and drink for the rest of the day? Not a bit of it! After dinner there was live music supplied by a local entertainer with a great repertoire of popular songs and hats, and we bopped till we dropped at about midnight. Submitted by Sally Holloway Thanks to Sue Gregory, who kindly sponsored a great evening!




Salobreña Trip - Day Four Another beautiful morning in Salobreña and sadly we have to say “Good bye” to the lovely Salobreña Suites hotel and begin our last day before our journey home. After a short drive the first stop was the beautiful white village of Frigiliana. One of the best preserved white villages in Andalucia. Here we had the choice of three options: to take the tourist train around the town, a stroll through the shopping streets, or for the more adventurous, walk up the steep steps to the top of the village and enjoy the views. Unfortunately, not as clear as it could be as it was a little hazy. Still it was lovely meandering along the narrow streets, admiring the charming houses with tubs of flowers. From the top we made our way down to the church square - it would be so easy to get lost in these narrow, twisting lanes, but Andy our guide made sure we didn’t! The Iglesia San Antonia de Padua, presides over a lovely little square, which is occupied by a cafe/bar/restaurant - a welcome break for us. The Iglesia itself, like the village, is pristine. In the square Andy “lost” half his group as they succumbed to shade and refreshments! Strangely, those who had opted to stroll through the main thoroughfare also ended up in church square! It was interesting that the only non-white building in the village is the factory where they produce miel de cana! I didn’t realise this is where this is produced. You learn something every day! After free time to look at the shops, and there were many, we all met up at the coach to be taken to lunch. While we were at the top of Frigiliana, Andy pointed to another hill, which he said was our destination for lunch. What we didn’t realise was that the route took us along a very narrow, windy road. Raoul, our driver, skilfully maneuvered the coach along the road. The views were spectacular but it was a bit nerve racking and challenging for some! Our destination was El Cortijo de Maria, an old finca run by Maria and her family. The cortijo was at the end of a fairly long, uneven and, in parts, steep farm track. Obviously this was not suitable for all members of our group, so Maria arranged for a family member to ferry them to/from the cortijo. By this time it was getting quite hot, and arriving at the cortijo was very welcome...what an amazing place. Tables were laid up on the shady terrace, with a spectacular view of Frigiliana and surrounding hills. We were welcomed with a glass of Malaga wine and on settling in our seats the feast began! All the food is produced in Maria’s small kitchen, and a lot of the produce is home grown. She is helped out by family members. Her grandson at 18 months old watched us with his big, beautiful eyes. The food kept on fresh and tasty. There was chorizo, morcilla, berenjenas con miel, tortilla, pimientos fritos, followed by couscous and a fresh tangy salad, ALL OF US then puchero, pork in an almond sauce....then finally fruit...including grapes from their own fields, and coffee. This was all washed down with lots of excellent red and white was certainly flowing and ICE members certainly don’t hold back! Then the return to the coach! Happy to report that everyone made it back safely. What a fabulous finale to our Salobreña trip! Submitted by Luciana O'Brien 14


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.

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PAST EVENTS Dromedary Dash (Camel Races) Saturday 19th October 2019 Following much hype and excellent planning by Michael Dowling, this event went off with a bang! Everything about it was a huge success. About 50 excited racegoers turned out on a fine Saturday afternoon. We picked up our race cards and betting slips and studied form. All the dromedaries had owners and appeared well cared for. Michael had marked out the course around the top terrace at the clubhouse. After the betting for the first race was concluded, the runners and their owners were called to order and took their places. The DIE was cast (or tossed) by Dell the Designated Tosser and they were off one at a time - according to the number on the DIE. There were hazards along the way, which delayed some and aided others. The winners of each race were recorded, and Honest Ted and his helper, Jacqui, paid out the winnings. After the third race we had a break when we all went downstairs to enjoy a HUGE selection of sandwiches and cakes, prepared by the other Jacqui and her helpers. After this magnificent refreshment, we returned to the course for the last few races. When all winnings had been paid out, Honest Ted paid the owners their dues. The organisers were pleased to report that no animals were harmed during the running of this splendid event. The photos below` perfectly illustrate the enormous success of the day. Submitted by the Editor. Photos courtesy of Vic Loughran VOLUNTEERS




Dear Penguins. I never knew this! Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica? Where do they all go? Wonder no more. It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird and lives a very ordered and complex life. Penguins are extremely committed to their family and will mate for life as well as maintain a form of compassionate contact with their offspring throughout the remainder of their life. If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of their family and their social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using only their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into, and buried After packing the ice back in the hole, the male penguins then gather in a circle and sing: “Freeze a jolly good fellow” “Freeze a jolly good fellow” You really didn’t believe that I know anything about penguins, did you? It’s so easy to fool OLD people. I’m sorry. An urge came over me that made me do it!!! Oh, quit whining. I fell for it too…. 17

PAST EVENTS Saturday 7th October - Terry and Bob’s Walking Treasure Hunt

So this year it was back to Estepona and all seemed to agree it was one of the prettiest walks so far, and a lovely sunny warm day making it a most pleasant way to spend a Saturday morning. Plenty of flowers to admire, fountains, and on this occasion we witnessed not one but two posh weddings at the church. For those new members and maybe those that have not as yet sampled this annual event we try and pick a pleasant and relatively easy walk, all you have to do is answer some ‘easy’ questions from the clues you would be given. Next years walk has been provisionally planned around another part of old Estepona town, so watch out for the date next October. As you can see below the prizes are well worth winning. 2019 Treasure Hunt winners: 1st DOUG & JOANNA MITCHELL winning a 40€ restaurant voucher at Restaurant Messon de Castillo Runners up Dave and Carley Cox 2nd & Alan and Janet Green 3rd each couple winning a 30€ voucher at the same restaurant. See you there next year - Terry Smith

Michael Dowling NO! I was not asleep, I was checking the inside of my eyelids for a clue to my next correct answer --- of which there were precious few.

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CODEWORDS (Answers Page 30) 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 30) 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. 20

THIS MONTH’S EVENTS NOVEMBER Saturday November 2nd - ICE 31st Birthday Party 7.00 for 7.30pm at Palapa, Laguna Village. Menu – Starter - Salad Palapa or zucchini cream soup or melon with ham, Main Iberian Pork or Duck or Sea Bass, all served with baby potatoes and vegetables. Dessert - Chocolate Brownie with ice cream or carrot cake or fried ice cream. Dancing to Mandy, Raffle. Coach will be available. tickets 35€ members, 40€ guests - Organiser Sue Potter Friday 8th November 8.00 for 8.30pm Quiz Night - Quiz Master Tony Winterton. (This is a change from the usual first Friday of the month, because that day is a holiday.) - Organiser Joan Thompson Monday November 11th Film Night 8.00pm - Mission. Impossible - Fallout is a 2018 American action spy film written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. It is the sixth instalment in the Mission: Impossible film series, - Organiser Sue Potter Saturday 16th November Festive Fair -11.00am to 2.00pm at the Clubhouse. Bring your relations, friends and neighbours. Something for everyone. Activities will include: Christmas Stall with Christmas gifts, Homemade cakes, Pickle Stall, Knitting Stall, Homemade Cards, Jewellery Stall, Handicrafts Stall, Cake Stall, Tombola, Flower Arrangements, Photography Competition – 1€ per photo to enter Categories - a) Insects, b) Feet, c) Shades. Darts, Quoits, Bar Skittles, Hoopla, Golf, Shove halfpenny, Quiz Table, Treasure Island, Yummy Bacon Sausage Butties, and much more. - Organiser Sue Potter Tuesday 26th November - The Lola Boys 7.30pm Show starts at 8.00pm. Tickets (includes finger food) 17€ members and 20€ Guests. - Organiser Sue Potter

iPhone & iPad Tips & Tricks Classes If you use an iPhone or iPad there are lots of useful features you may not be aware of. Fran Horwood is to hold a series of 4 classes at the club on Friday mornings in November at 10.30am. Please book you place on these as the classes will be limited to 10 –12 attendees. Contact Fran by phone on 602 291 855 or by email Dates - 1st, 8th, 22nd and 29th November

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EXTRA EVENTS PUBLIC HOLIDAY ALL SAINTS’ DAY 10.30am iPhone / iPad Tips & Tricks ICE 31st Birthday Party at Palapa, Laguna Village

Lunch at Tubalitas.

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FUTURE EVENTS DECEMBER Wednesday 4th December - Annual trip to Málaga Lights by coach. Leaving Sabinillas Repsol Garage at 4.00pm return pickup around 11.00pm, leaving plenty of time for shopping / eating etc. Tickets - Organiser Fran Horwood Friday 6th December 8.00 for 8.30pm - Christmas Quiz Night with Ron Pegrum. - 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 Thursday 12th December Christmas Lunch at the Club, prepared by Diane Hackett and her team. Following Festive Songs by the C.A:P Singers Tickets will be limited to 70, so book early15€ Members and 18€ Guests - Organiser Diane Hackett 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 LOOKING FORWARD - 2020 JANUARY Wednesday 15th January, PROPOSED Trip to a Bodega Saturday 25th January - Welcome Back Party FEBRUARY End of February PROPOSED 2 night production by the ICE Players. MARCH 22nd to 25th March - Trip to Granada. Travel by coach. 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, Flamenco Gypsy Caves evening trip and the snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Price is 245€ and deposit of 50€ to secure your place. - Organiser Joan Thompson


The Ramblers meet between October and May on Wednesdays and Saturdays. We meet at various locations depending where the walk is starting from, usually at 10.30. We walk for about 5 hours but this includes a stop for coffee and lunch (bring your own) and we always end the walk with a drink at a bar!! Walks are varied but here in Spain unless we walk along the paseo they are usually hilly. It is surprising when you leave the coast how beautiful the countryside of Spain is and how unaltered it all is. We do not walk fast so that we can enjoy the scenery, flowers, birds and fungi; we have various knowledgeable people who walk with us to tell us what we are seeing. We do not walk in the rain as the mountains can be very dangerous and we usually have so many fine days to walk in. Well behaved dogs are welcome but if there is livestock about we do ask that the dogs should be put on leads. Non slip shoes are a necessity, waterproofs, sun tan lotion and refreshments are also required. A certain level of fitness is required to complete these walks, if in any doubt please speak to the organiser. We are a very friendly group and we would welcome any newcomers. For more information ring Sue Potter on 952 636 627 or 686 107 835 24

MEMBER’S ARTICLE The final episode, John Murray It's over

Hi all, We spent a comfortable night at the 360 Harbour Hotel and ventured out into the great metropolis of Seward, one main street and several side cuttings. There were several restaurants/bars beside the hotel,which was at the marina. A nice dinner was enjoyed at "Rays" accompanied by local beer and wine. The wine prices are high here, as they were in Canada. It is noteworthy that Seward has a free shuttle service which circumnavigates the town and surroundings every 20-30 minutes. Seward houses the famous Sealife exhibition and research centre, which we paid a visit to next day. It is quite interesting and well attended by families with children, who were excited to see all the fish and sea mammals at close quarters in large glass sided tanks. The hotel arranged for our luggage to be taken to the train station and we made the short walk, about three minutes. We met a friendly steward who gave us a warm welcome and directed us to our domed carriage for our final train journey on the Alaskan Railroad Coastal to Anchorage. This again was to spectacular scenery, with much wildlife, noticeably greener with swift flowing rivers and expansive lakes, accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide to the history of the area. On our approach to Anchorage it opened out into the Turnagain Arm and the Pacific Sea a fantastic beautiful vista. Arriving into Anchorage on time, 22:15, our shuttle to the Lakefront Hotel awaited track side drove us through the modern city, still in daylight for twenty minutes, arriving at the Lakefront Hotel before 23:00. After having a local beer in the panoramic lounge overlooking Lake Hood, in full view of the float planes take off area, we called it a day, retiring to another very comfortable bed. Sunday 2nd June was a beautiful sunny and to be a special day, a float plane to land on the Denali Glacier to celebrate Carole's birthday. We donned our waterproof boots and warm clothes, 12:25 as we were just going out the door for pick up at 12:30, disaster, the phone rings, it is Rusty's air to tell us that flight would not happen today. Weather conditions on the glacier. It was extremely disappointing for Carole, especially on her birthday. We found ourselves at a loose end, we didn't expect this. However it was a lovely day and we took the hotel shuttle into the city, had a little look around and took an interesting Trolley Tour, then went to the museum including a film about the 1964 earthquake. One of the few buildings to survive the 9.2 magnitude, second biggest ever, was the sixteen story Hilton Hotel, which had been built to withstand earthquakes. Back on the shuttle to the hotel and walk round the lakeside, every house with it's own float plane dock. Anchorage has the highest number of small planes anywhere. The flights next day leaving the hotel at 11:00 and a few minutes shuttle ride to the airport and an easy check in to the modern airport and the Alaska Airways flight to Seattle was most comfortable, the best luxurious leather airline seats, only four across. We had about two hours in Seattle before boarding BA for nine and half hour flight to London Heathrow. It was a long drawn out wait here, as our flight to Dublin was delayed. To sum it up we left Lakefront Hotel, Anchorage, in a lovely sunny Monday morning, at 11:00 and arrived to a dark rainy Dublin the next day at 20:30, to be held up with a baggage issue, arriving home at 22:00 on Tuesday. Allowing for a nine hour difference it is not to be repeated journey. However it was a wonderful holiday with so many memorable moments on "trains and boats and planes" BFN- see you all soon John and Carole P.S: We have both suffered the jet lag and I have contacted a chest infection, so that is the reason for the long delay in this final episode. my apologises. A wife goes to consult a Psychiatrist about her husband. “My husband is acting so weird. He drinks his morning coffee then he goes and eats the mug! He only leaves the handle!” Psychiatrist “ Yes. That is weird. The handle is the best part” 25




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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 Friday 8th November Quizmaster Tony Winterton - 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. Photography Group meets on the 3rd Friday of each month at 11.00am. Debra offers help and advice, hints and tips for photographers of all levels. She also organises outings at various times of the year to show attendees how to take advantage of the wonderful sights and some events in the area. Bring your camera - whatever type - to the monthly meeting and she will be happy to explain settings etc., and help you set it up. Next meeting Friday 15th November at 11.00am . 27


MEMBER’S ARTICLE How the Whisper and Nike became the Spirit of Ecstasy. In 1909, Baron John Montagu bought himself a new car – a Rolls Royce Silver Ghost – and he decided he wanted to add his own ‘mascot’ on the bonnet. He commissioned a friend, Charles Robinson Sykes, a graduate sculptor of the Royal College of Art, to create something that would be personal to the baron. Sykes knew that his lordship was having an affair with a young lady called Eleanor Thornton, who would make a very attractive model for what he had in mind. The baron, however, was ‘happily’ married to Lady Cecil Victoria Constance for twenty-odd years, while Eleanor was a mere working class girl who had been his secretary before he took on his title, so any hanky-panky had to remain their secret. Sykes’s first offering to the baron was of a figurine of Eleanor with robes fluttering behind her, and with her forefinger to her lips, symbolising their secret love affair, and named it The Whisper, assuring the baron that it referred only to the quietness of the car! Whatever else, your Lordship? This original is now on display at the Beaulieu Motor Museum, along with other Spirit of Ecstasy figurines that followed. But such figurines became popular and Claude Johnson, MD of Rolls Royce Motor Cars, was anxious to ensure that all future models would be adorned suitably, and commissioned Sykes to create a mascot that would convey … ‘the spirit of the Rolls Royce, namely, speed with silence, absence of vibration, the mysterious harnessing of great energy and a superb grace …’ perhaps to ‘evoke the spirit of mythical beauty, Nike, the Greek goddess of victory’. Sykes combined the visions with that of Eleanor, certain that his Lordship would not object, and restyled his earlier work. He called his revised figurine, ‘A graceful little goddess, the Spirit of Ecstasy, who has selected road travel for her supreme delight and alighted on the prow of a Rolls Royce motor car to revel in the freshness of the air and the musical sound of her fluttering draperies’. Sadly, Eleanor died in 1915 when a passenger on the SS Persia, torpedoed in the Mediterranean by a U-boat. Lord Montague, also on board, survived after days adrift on a life-raft, when he too had been given up for dead. Until 1951, every figurine of this design, cast by Rolls Royce themselves, bore the sculptor’s name and the date of the first casting, 6 February 1911, on the plinth. In 1934, a new model car body was designed that obliged Sykes to step in again, this time with a lower profile and produced the same ‘Eleanor’, but now kneeling, and signed and dated 26.1.34. After being fitted to every car of the period, the Silver Dawn, Phantom IV and the Silver Wraith, an even smaller mascot was needed and a scaled-down version of the original ‘Eleanor’ figurines has been used ever since, standing just three inches high. Since 2003, she has been mounted on a spring-loaded mechanism and will retract inside the radiator instantly if struck from any direction, and can be raised and retracted at the touch of a button inside the car. She may be made of highly polished stainless steel, or, as an option, may be 24-carat gold-plated, or made from illuminated frosted crystal. Other customised versions have been made with the stainless steel painted matte black or studded with diamonds. One only was created as a Fabergé Egg. For those of us who cannot afford such a mascot, there will always be the image of Kate Winslet on the bows of the Titanic. Submitted by Geoff Morgan How do you know if someone is hitchhiking or just complimenting your driving? 29


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Photography Group Flowers in the Rain We know how lovely flowers and leaves look after a gentle rain, with raindrops still clinging to the petals and leaves. They make great photo subjects, especially if the sun comes out and the water droplets shine like little crystals. But why wait for a rainstorm, when you can photograph the same thing every day, even inside the house? All you need is your subject, a decent light source if indoors (window, desk lamp or other gentle artificial light source), a small refillable spray bottle or eyedropper, water and a few drops of glycerine (the kind used in baking, optional). Indoors, set up your subject (flowers work really well indoors) by choosing your location, organise the subject and any props then gently mist the flower, leaf, even a glass of bubbly soda, anything you think would look good with a wet or frosty look, with the spray. The few drops of glycerine in the water help suspend the water droplets in a nice rounded form, hang where you place them and prevents them collapsing and running off your subject too quickly. A tip if you’re photographing a nice tall glass of water, soda or G & T with a sliceinvest in some acrylic ice cubes. These look real and won’t melt while you’re taking the photo. If you’re outside, find a nice subject - flower, or group of flowers, leaves, a spiderweb (don’t use if there’s a poor spider in it!), and gently mist with your bottle of water. If you want a real close up look of a petal or leaf with just one or two strategically placed droplets, use an eyedropper. You will need to get very close up to make this sort of image work, so look for the macro setting on your camera or phone (usually a flower symbol). On a phone, you can use the phone cameras ability to zoom in by manually manipulating the phone screen. Or, if using a camera with built in zoom, a bridge camera or DSLR, use the macro setting, a zoom to get really close, a dedicated macro lens, or a snap-on/screw on magnifying lens. Focus (manual focus on a DSLR is preferable), and snap. You don’t need to use this method with only flowers or organic material. The bonnet of a freshly waxed car, sprayed with a garden hose or spray bottle (leave out the glycerine!) also makes a great photo. Look around for likely subjects, even a decorative tabletop or bench, the fun is in the search. For more tips & tricks with your camera, come along to the Photography Group . Next meeting Friday 15th November at 11.00am . - Organiser Debra Coleman 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 32


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We’ve looked at linen and its variety of uses, but what about hemp? Hemp is a strain of the species cannabis sativa, and has been cultivated for over 10,000 years and was one of the first plants used for spinning into a fibre. Over the years it has been refined and used for paper and textiles and thus into clothing. Later we have developed uses for making bio-degradable plastics, paint, insulation panels, bio-fuels and foodstuffs for animals and for human consumption. Coming from the same species as the cannabis we think of as a so-called ‘recreational drug’, it is important to note that the ‘psycho-active’ component, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is not present in all strains, and the hemp strain is very low in THC and high in a phytochemical which comes with its own benefits. Like a lot of plant names, ‘cannabis’ comes from the Greek kánnabis, although the Assyrian word qunnabu was used for a related strain of the plant from which they produced oil, fibre and medicines in the 1st C, BCE. The name ‘hemp’ seems to come from a similar plant used in northern Europe, called hennep in old Dutch. Both non-THC and THC strains appeared first in the area around Iran in prehistoric times, but the values of each strain differ hugely, as does their legality. The non-THC variety is being used widely when the seed-oil is oxidised and used as a base for paint, and for creams as a moisturising agent, and for cooking and producing granola. The leaves, meanwhile can be used as salad vegetables or pressed to produce juices. While we generally relate hemp to rope, it is less well known that hemp fibre was used to produce sailcloth, and under the other name, cannabis, the name morphed into ‘canvas’. Pure hemp can be processed to have a texture similar to linen, and is often mixed with other textiles to produce clothing, shoes and domestic products and fabrics. Hemp rope was susceptible to rotting, and was generally coated with tar; its use at sea led to the sailors being called Jack Tar, as it was impossible to stay clean. A sailor’s salute is made with the palm of the hand facing downwards, so that a dirty hand would be hidden from view of the person being greeted. Hemp rope gave way to manila rope because it did not rot. In the building industry, ‘hemp-crete’, a mixture of hemp fibre and lime, can be poured into a wood moulding frame with temporary shuttering to provide its final form, to produce a strong, thermal and acoustic insulating block when the shuttering is removed. In the automotive industry, hemp is used as a ‘filler’ with fibreglass and resins to produce interior items such as inner door panels, glove boxes and trim for many cars including Ford, Mercedes, Porsche, Honda, VW, Audi and Mitsubishi. Elsewhere, hemp is used for specialist papers, such as cigarette paper, filters and banknotes, largely due to its strength and tear-resistance. As mentioned above, ancient Assyrians created oil from hemp seed for oil lamps. In 1892, this same oil was what was available to Rudolf Diesel to run his new type of engine, as mineral oils were not available on a commercial scale in Europe (although oil had been found in Poland and Azerbaijan in 1859, and at the time, was considered suitable to be distilled only for oil lamps!). As a biofuel, hemp oil continues to be suitable for engines, although it is at present used in small volume. And hemp is being used in the development of electrical storage, as a component material to make graphene from which super-capacitors are being made. Current evaluation indicates this new product will be twice as effective for energy storage at less than half the cost, and looks promising as the way ahead. Some weed! Submitted by Geoff Morgan 34

ACTIVITIES AT ICE ICE Club Golf Society Hello All With many people back from their summer venues we have increasing numbers on the twice weekly roll ups at Casares. Sixteen or more each day is not unusual now. With the weather a bit cooler and the course in generally good condition, we are all enjoying some good golf. There is always a good but usually friendly competition for the massive prizes provided by the one euro contribution from each player. Scores in the forty plus seem to be more common than in previous years and with the handicap system it is a target for any of us. The Autumn cup and lunch were held at Valle Romano and La Choza Restaurant on the 24th of September. The numbers were down on the usual totals as the event was held earlier this year. This was the only way we could play a higher quality course at an acceptable price. Twenty golfers competed on a course in very good condition with almost perfect temperatures and produced some very good scores for the winners. For the ladies Evelyn Byrne was in second place with 33 points, but the clear winner was Aileen Hyde with 43 points. Considering she had been in hospital shortly before the day, it was an excellent result. Keeping it in the family, Stephen Hyde scored a very good 39 to come second in the men's competition. He was beaten by two points by Rob Coles who scored a very good 41 and was obviously delighted to win. Also a big thank you to Yan Blind for his great organisation of the event. La Choza produced another very good lunch for us to complete a most enjoyable day. Our next event is the golf break at Costa Ballena Golf Club near Cadiz at the end of October. This is the biggest group we have had on one of our breaks. There are 24 golfers and 12 non golfers so we expect some great golf and some very good socializing. Anyone wishing to join the Golf Society, just turn up on a Tuesday or Friday morning at Casares golf by 08-30. You will be welcome. Contacts: Peter Henry: 693105180 Jan Blind: 603670330, Stephen McMurtry: 608854505 COCKTAIL OF THE MONTH Mickey’s Sundowner Grenade 1 part vodka 1/2 freshly squeezed lime 1 tsp honey 2 parts crushed pomegranate flesh Top up with fiery ginger beer Smooth the vodka, lime juice, pomegranate flesh and honey (the seeds are not to be worried about - eat them with the drink). Pour over crushed ice and fiery ginger beer. Do enjoy! ATTENTION DO NOT ATTEMPT TO USE MACHINERY ANYTIME SOON AFTER CONSUMING. Submitted by Michael Dowling 35


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How much will a UK property cost you in taxes? By David Bowern, Partner, Blevins Franks Over recent years, the tax burden has increased on UK property, with non-UK residents facing some taxes for the first time. If you have UK property but live in Spain, make sure you understand the tax costs. Capital gains tax Until 2015, expatriates generally did not attract UK capital gains tax. Now, non-UK resident individuals and trusts disposing of UK residential property are subject to ‘non-resident capital gains tax’ (NRCGT) of 18% or 28% on growth accrued since April 2015. This year, NRCGT was extended to tax growth from April 2019 on commercial UK property, UK land and “UK property-rich entities”. Annual tax on enveloped dwellings (ATED) ‘Enveloped’ residential properties – those not directly owned by an individual or trust – come under the ATED regime, including homes owned/part-owned by a company, collective investment scheme or partnership. When ATED began in 2013, it only applied to enveloped properties worth over £2 million, but now the threshold is £500,000. Current annual rates range from £3,650 to £232,350. Inheritance tax In April 2017, all UK residential property owned through certain offshore structures moved into the scope of UK inheritance tax, exposing non-UK domiciles to the same inheritance tax treatment as UK domiciles. If this affects you, you could consider restructuring to avoid a 40% inheritance tax bill as well as ATED liability – but take care as no tax relief is available for ‘de-enveloping’ property. Stamp duty land tax Only first-time buyers benefit from stamp duty relief; otherwise rates up to 12% apply over the £125,000 threshold (England and Northern Ireland only; different rates and rules apply in Scotland and Wales). A 3% surcharge on additional UK residential properties brings the top rate to 15%. As overseas properties are counted here, you may be affected if you own a Spanish home and buy another in the UK. The government is also reviewing a consultation on an additional 1% stamp duty for non-residents. Other costs Buy-to-let tax relief continues to taper. Now landlords can only deduct 25% of their mortgage interest repayments against rental income (compared to 75% in 2017/18 and 50% last year). From April 2020, the entire sum of interest payments will qualify for a 20% tax relief instead. If you are Spanish resident, your worldwide real estate will be counted to assess your wealth tax liability, so UK property could tip you over the threshold or increase your tax bill. Establish your options While many expatriates understandably want to retain property in the UK, the increasing tax liabilities need to be carefully considered, especially for second and subsequent properties. Speak to an adviser with in-depth knowledge of the tax regimes of both the UK and Spain to ensure you hold your assets in the most tax-efficient way possible. They can also present opportunities that may offer better tax advantages and returns than UK property. Any statements concerning taxation are based upon our understanding of current taxation laws and practices which are subject to change. Tax information has been summarised; individuals should seek personalised advice. Keep up to date on the financial issues that may affect you on the Blevins Franks news page at 39


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952 791 449

Club Calendar Co-ordinator

Sue Potter

686 107 835

952 636 627

Posters & Tickets

Vic Loughran

Film Night

Sue Potter

686 107 835

952 636 627

Garden Club

Sandy Avis

617 715 749

952 897 309

Genealogy - Family History

Dave Hackett

636 326 599

952 893 965

Golf Organiser

Peter Henry

693 105 180

951 273 949

ICE Players (Drama Group)

Margaret Hall

634 273 194

Ladies’ Lunches

Julie Wood

639 542 387


Peter Galloway

Lift Controller

Terry Smith

677 656 319

951 276 690

Lottery Organiser

Dave Hackett

636 326 599

952 893 965


Wilma Keeley

679 138 952

951 577 050

Photography Group

Debra Coleman

Quiz Night, Songs of Praise, Art Class

Joan Thompson

653 488 030

952 804 799


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

951 972 577

Ticket Sales

Jackie Simmonds

652 798 107

952 797 921

Ticket Sales

Fran Horwood

602 291 855

+44 7703 037 357


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

+44 7778 365 006 41

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 43

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


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November 2019 Edition  

Monthly Magazine of the ICE Club, Estepona, Spain.

November 2019 Edition  

Monthly Magazine of the ICE Club, Estepona, Spain.

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