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Date: November 2011 Issue: 12 Volume: XI

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The eleventh hour of the eleventh day

of the eleventh month marks the signing

of the Armistice, on 11th November 1918,

to signal the end of World War One. At 11

am on 11 November 1918 the guns of the

Western Front fell silent after more than

four years of continuous warfare.

What is Remembrance Day?

It is a special day set aside to remember

all those men and women who were killed

during the two World Wars and other conflicts.

At one time the day was known as

Armistice Day and was renamed Remembrance

Day after the World War

II. More than one million men and women

from Britain and the Commonwealth died

in World War I between 1914 and 1918,

and nearly 500,000 in World War II from

1939 to 1945.

Remembrance Sunday is held on the

second Sunday in November, which is usually

the Sunday nearest to 11 November.

Special services are held at war memorials

and churches all over Britain and other

parts of the world.

A national ceremony takes place at the

Cenotaph in London when the Queen lays

the first wreath, followed by other adult

members of the immediate Royal Family,

who bow if in civilian dress, or salute

if in military uniform. The next to lay their

wreaths are the Prime Minister, the leader

of the Opposition and leaders of other political

parties. They are followed by other

people laying wreaths. The ceremony ends

with a march past of war veterans; a poignant

gesture of respect for their fallen


Wreaths are laid beside other war memorials

by companies, clubs and societies.

People also leave small wooden crosses by

the memorials in remembrance of family

members who died during one of the wars.

Two minute silence

At 11am on each Remembrance Sunday

a two minute silence is observed at war

memorials and other public spaces across

the UK and much of the world.

The First Two Minute Silence in London

(11th November 1919) as reported in

the Manchester Guardian, 12th November


‘The first stroke of eleven produced a magical


The tram cars glided into stillness, motors

ceased to cough and fume, and stopped

dead, and the mighty-limbed dray horses

hunched back upon their loads and stopped

also, seeming to do it of their own volition.

Someone took off his hat, and with a nervous

hesitancy the rest of the men bowed

their heads also. Here and there an old

soldier could be detected slipping unconsciously

into the posture of ‘attention’. An

elderly woman, not far away, wiped her

eyes, and the man beside her looked white

and stern. Everyone stood very still ... The

hush deepened. It had spread over the

whole city and become so pronounced as

to impress one with a sense of audibility. It

was a silence which was almost pain ... And

the spirit of memory brooded over it all.’

The ‘Last Post’

The ‘Last Post’ is traditionally played to

introduce the two minute silence in Remembrance

Day ceremonies. It is usually

played on a bugle. In military life, ‘The

Last Post’ marks the end of the day and

the final farewell. The sounding of “Reveille”

ends the two minute silence, followed

by the recitation of the “Ode of Remembrance.”

A poem called ‘For the Fallen’ is often

read aloud during the ceremony; the most

famous stanza of which reads:

“They shall grow not old,

as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them,

nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun

and in the morning

We will remember them.”

Poppy Day

Remembrance Day is also known as Poppy

Day, because it is traditional to wear an

artificial poppy. They are sold by the Royal

British Legion, a charity dedicated to helping

war veterans and their dependants.

Why is the poppy a symbol of remembrance?

Why do we wear a poppy?

Some of the bloodiest fighting during

World War I was in Flanders, Belgium. Everywhere

was devastated and all that remained

was a sea of mud. The only thing

to survive these conditions was the poppy

once the warmer weather arrived, giving

the fighters reassurance that there was life

and hope. Poppy seeds can lay dormant for

years, but if the soil is disturbed, the seeds

come to life to produce the most spectacular

display of red flowers. Throughout the

world, the poppy has become a symbol of

remembrance and respect for all who have

given their lives to make the world a freer

place to live.

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Camposol Heating & Maintenance

CHM meters

CM Constructions


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CTV Aerials

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The following advertisers have all donated money

to have a poppy added to their advert this month.


Dental Care

DFS Furniture

El Carro Kennels

English Funeral Director


Freedom Mobility


Fuente Real Estate

Go Direct Removals

Furniture Plus

Healthy H20

Insignia Graphics

Jane’s Salon

Kevin’s Fly Screens

Kitchens Plus 1

Kohn Pools

La Vista

Las Torres

Legs & Co


Liz´s Café

Louis Harris Electrical

Murcia Dance (Louise Brenmer)

Hotel Mariposa

Phoenix Hypnotherapy


Mister Print

Nicky Translations

No More Mould

Norman Pool Pumps

Phil Dawe

Rainbow Satellites

Richard Slade

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Once again we have had a tremendous

response to our 2011 Poppy Appeal,

raising well over €500 in donations

from our advertisers and readers.

Advertisers donated money for having

the official Poppy logo on their advert

this month (see page 4). Thank you to

everyone who contributed to this very

worthwhile cause.

The 2011 Costa Cálida Chronicle

Calendar will shortly be going to print

and eight of the photos send in by our

readers have been chosen to appear on

the calendar, along with a number of

our advertisers. The calendar will be

available from December and will be

given out to all our customers and local


According to the local press, the Murcia

region is going to benefit from real

growth over the next few years, so if

you have a business in the area you

should hopefully increase your turnover,

especially if you are advertising to

reach as many people as possible.

The following businesses are either

new advertisers to the Costa Cálida

Chronicle or have returned after a short


New Advertisers:


Restaurante Amapola


B P Oil

Garden Centre Totana

Go Direct

Casa Pedro Barrera

Catatonic Cattery

The Horse Whisperer

Jennifer Rahmam EFT Therapist

Venta Romero Boot sale


Welcome back to:

Best Wishes

Jardilar 2003

Luz Del Sol

Pig Out

Viajes Mazamar

Calida Care Agency


Vistas De Murcia

TJ´s Bar

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for up to date information from the

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events. If you have any dates or

information that you would like put on

the BLOG, please email it in to us at

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Camposol 27-31

Mar Menor 61-67

North Murcia 13-17

What’s On 94-97


Best Wishes 18

Equus Connection 24

Home from Home 18

Kennedy Financial Services 36

Kitchens Plus 1 66

Knights Insurance 58

Stay Warm this Winter 8



Age Concern 72

Andrea’s Charity 114

Easy Horse Care 44


Galgos del Sol 48

GO maD 56

Helping Hands 36

John Kemp’s Dogs 22

MABS Mazarrón 88


Noah’s ARC 26


Pets in Spain 68


Chatterbox 80


Jane Cronin 50

U3A 68

Contents Page


Author Review 16

Classic Artistes 76

Raquel Peña 65

Vibes from the Costas 64


Ma Millbank 12


Evolutionists 58

HAH 62

Mazarrón Pudding Club 78

Welcome 52


Alternative Therapy 82

Is Stress Making You Fat? 61

Spanish Health Care 86/87

Spiritual Murcia 89


Ask Jennifer 92

Astrology 40

British Consulate 42

Business Directory 112/3

Camposol A Clean-up 28

Camposol News 27

Camposol Sector C Gardening 31

Classified Ads 106

CRA 29

Distribution Points 110

Doggie Tips 59

La Bastida 10/11

Life in Spain 18

Northwest Murcia 17

Price List for Adverts 108

Red Cross 31

Remembrance Day 4

Romero of Bolnuevo 84

Spanish News 38

Subscriptions 108

Teresa’s Travels 89

The Impossible Dream 25



Gardening News 46


Puzzle Page 74

Puzzle Solutions 108


TV News 20


Housing Update 22

Property Matters 75


Mass in English 78

Olive Branch 84

Puerto Lumbreras 114

St Nicholas Church 34

Wellspring 90


Camposol Golf 102

Costa Cálida Golf 100

Fuente Old Guard 101

Golf Tips 103

Los Amigos 105

Mazarrón Bowls 104


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NEST specialises in NON-sporty, easy, social

walks. If you’d like to discover areas

of outstanding natural beauty without the

stress of keeping up with sporty walkers,

then NEST is for you! We are not sporty

walkers and we admire our surroundings

and chat as we go along, without getting

puffed or racing ahead. We also like to eat in

a gem of a Spanish restaurant in the beautiful

mountains where we sometimes see wild

boar and other wildlife. The meal is optional,

though most people couldn’t be dragged

away! We also occasionally might have a

picnic. NEST is about meeting new people,

making friends and enjoying the scenery

with no rush and no stress. Bring cameras,

binoculars, something to sip, decent footwear

for walking, and a smile - and dogs are

also made very welcome on leads! There

are always new people to meet on NEST

walks, they are very sociable occasions!

Wednesday 30th November 2011 –


Meet 10.30 in the Car Park opposite Camping

Sierra Espuña in El Berro

As a wonderful follow-on to the last walk in

which we went to the most amazing viewpoint

and saw this lake in the distance, on

this walk we’ll be going right to the edge of

the lake! An oasis of tranquillity - a panorama

of mirrored blues under a reflected blue

sky. A photographers’ opportunity! This is

a very easy walk as usual, all on tarmac except

for the last bit that goes to the edge

of the lake itself. There are some slopes -

but we don’t rush them. Unlike some of

our shorter walks this is a full three hour

walk, but mostly on flat tarmac, with one

main tarmac slope and one gentle slope on

a dust track down to the lake, as seen in

the photo. The walk is 5€ and the optional

delicious meal is 9€ for 4 courses including

salad, starter, main course, dessert, a drink

and coffee. Most people love the meal - the

food is excellent and the chance of seeing

wild boar in their natural environment there

is a real feature!

Be sure to book your places early, as places

are limited. Phone or text 679002147

with all your names and Spanish contact

phone numbers or email

People can’t be accepted without a proper

booking in advance, and having received a

confirmation that they’re booked in.

Keep your eyes peeled for new outings on

the website at http://www.nestwalks.

info and join the mailing list there to stay

informed of the newest opportunities – then

you’ll get first choice on events - just fill in

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page of the website.



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Looking forward to meeting you all!

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Prehistoric Town of La Bastida near


One thing that never ceases to amaze us

is Spain’s capacity to surprise. One such

surprise was, when we were reading a

guide book of local walks a few years

ago, we suddenly realised that there were

the remains of a major settlement of a

prehistoric civilisation; that of the Argaric

Culture, around four miles from Totana

and situated on a hill at the confluence of

the Lebor Rambla and the Barranco Salado

(Salado Gorge). Quite how important –

and large – this settlement, La Bastida,

had been, and the richness of the remains,

we had still to appreciate.

But first, who were these strangely

sounding Argars? In the Iberian Peninsula,

the Bronze Age lasted most of the second

millennium, from perhaps around 2200 BC

to 1300 BC. As in the rest of Europe, it

saw accelerating progress, both in society

and technology. In the south east of Spain,

there was what was known as the Argaric

Culture at this time, which was unlike

anything that had previously existed. It

was characterised by large villages often

on hills, numerous graves within houses,

an extensive range of metal objects (the

majority of copper, bronze and silver),

tools of stone and bone, and many forms

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of ceramic containers.

The name “Argaric” comes from the

Argaric Settlement of El Argar in

Almeria, a site excavated toward the end

of the 19 th Century by the Belgian mining

engineer brothers Henry and Louis Siret.

Another site excavated by the brothers

was La Bastida near Totana during the

1880s, although this had its repercussions

when, subsequently, two “celebrated”

archaeological forgers, known as El Corro

and El Rosao, plundered and destroyed

part of the site for their own personal

profit. However, La Bastida had been

“discovered” even earlier than this. A

road engineer originally from Granada, in

Totana in 1865, was visited by a local who

told him of lances, daggers and skeletons

which could be found on a nearby hillside.

This was one of the first discoveries in

Spain of a culture which spread across

Murcia and Almeria, and parts of Jaen,

Granada and Alicante, 4000 years ago.

Since then, other remains have been

found in Murcia in the Guadalentín Valley,

and along tributaries of the Segura up to

Cehegin, Calasparra and Moratalla, as well

as further north near Jumilla and Yecla.

Further excavations at La Bastida took

place in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s,

but it is to much more modern times that

we must look to appreciate just what a

treasure there is at La Bastida and its

true significance.

At the end of 2008 began the Bastida

Project under the direction of the

University of Barcelona, with other

European and American universities

(including Reading University from

Britain) also participating. The aim of

the project is to undertake a systematic

investigation of the site and to create a

centre for research into prehistory in the

Mediterranean area, as well as laboratory

space and a museum. Today, this work

is proceeding with a magnificent building

built near the site of La Bastida by the

Totana Town Hall to house the indoor work

of the archaeologists. It was fascinating

during a recent open day, to be able to

look around the laboratory where massive

pots were being pieced together from a

multitude of fragments. These were being

glued together, but in a way that could be

reversed if better future techniques are

found. The process is quite a complex

one as the fragments have first to be

cleaned and then salt crystals deposited

in the fragments over the past 4000 years

removed, to prevent temperature changes

creating stresses in the restored vessels.

Of course, in the very rare instance of a

pot which had been placed within a tomb

being found unbroken, the need for a

painstaking reconstruction process is

thankfully absent!

But what is there at La Bastida? Firstly,

it can boast of numerous houses built on

artificial terraces along the hillside in this

strategic location, well hidden from the

Guadalentín Valley and with excellent

natural defences as can be well appreciated

if you look at the site from below from the

bed of the Lebor Rambla. As many as 28

terraces have been identified all around the

hill with just two areas excavated so far.

The whole area is well located in relation

to natural resources available at the time

– wood and hunting in the adjacent Sierra

de la Tercia and, further away, in the Sierra

Espuña; plenty of cultivable land and

various springs.

The excavations at La Bastida have

concentrated on the remains of a number

of houses which were constructed with

straight walls up to one metre thick and

about 2 metres high. The original base

of the stone walls of the houses is now

visible where excavations have taken

place. On to the top of the uncovered

remains, a preservative layer has now

been placed. The roofs, though obviously

now long gone, were constructed of mud

and plant materials placed onto a wooden

superstructure. How is this known? Well,

moulded mud shapes have been found

in house remains. These clearly housed

caña (reeds) on the roof, with esparto used

for binding. Floors were compacted mud

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probably to accommodate defensive

requirements. There were some more open

spaces where the streets met. It also seems

that the houses were often grouped in areas

according to the activity of their inhabitants.

There were numerous farmers/shepherds

and pottery and metal workers.

One house at La Bastida contained mineral

slag, suggesting it was a metal workshop.

Under the houses, limited remains of older

settlement have been found – essentially

huts with mud walls and perhaps relating to

the first inhabitants of the site over 4000

years ago. In the north eastern part of the

excavations, there appears to have been a

water storage tank of significant dimensions

which showed several modifications during

its lifetime. In the middle of the excavated

area, the archaeologists have found a large

rectangular building with strong stone walls,

a floor which was probably below ground

level, and with benches and storage areas.

These findings as a whole have shown that,

from the earliest times, the settlement of La

Bastida had a complex social organisation

which was capable of organising the building

of structures until then unknown in the

Iberian Peninsula. In a higher part of La

Bastida, evidence has been found of an area

probably inhabited by the leaders of the city.

It appears to have been walled. The social

hierarchy seems to have been of warrior

chiefs at the top, followed by warriors in the

service of those chiefs, a class of free men,

and then, almost certainly, a servile stratum

at the base. The nature of the burials would

indicate that the hereditary principle was

well established.

(to be continued)

Part taken from “Exploring Murcia – A

Guide to Totana, Alhama de Murcia,

Aledo, Pliego and the Sierra Espuña”,

by Clive and Rosie Palmer which is available

from, or contact clive.

Clive and Rosie Palmer have written several

guide books on towns and regions in Murcia.

Copies of some of the books may also be

available from Cosas y Cosas, Cehegin and

Best Wishes, Camposol Urbanización.

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The nights are drawing in and the quilt is

back on the bed! Time to bring out some old

favourites! Stew and dumpling is always a

hit in our house, along with soups. On a

cold winter’s day, you can’t beat a big bowl

of steaming hot soup. Just about anything

can be added to stock to make a soup and

I often use left-overs with a few spices to

make a broth for supper.

I remember, as a child, my grandmother

cooking the bones of the chicken to make

a stock and then creating hearty soups for

us to eat with a big chunk of homemade

bread; delicious! Below you will find a few

recipes to try, including some classics and

one or two unusual ones. My minestrone

soup is often very similar to my vegetable

soup and my family like it chunky, but if

you prefer, it can be liquidized to make a

smoother soup. The flavour will be the


Buen Apetito


25g butter

2 rashers of streaky bacon

450g seasonal vegetables (carrots,

courgette, celery, cabbage, leeks, turnip


1 onion

4 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp tomato puree

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1 cloves of garlic

2 litre of chicken stock

50g vermicelli pasta

Salt and pepper

Mixed herbs

Peel and chop the vegetables, onion and

peel and crush the garlic. Dice the bacon

and cook in the oil in a large saucepan.

Add the vegetables to the saucepan and

simmer gently for 10 minutes. Stir in the

tomato puree and add the stock. Simmer

for another 30 minutes and then break up

the pasta into short strands and add with

the seasoning and mixed herbs. Simmer

for another 10 – 15 minutes and serve.

Chicken Soup with Dumplings

1kg chicken

1 medium onion

1 litre chicken stock

350g carrots

Salt and pepper

100g celery sticks

50g pearl barley


40g butter

2 eggs

Salt and pepper

Pinch of grated nutmeg

100g semolina

Peel and chop onion and carrots, slice

chicken and put all

three into a saucepan

with the stock and

pearl barley and

bring to the boil.

Reduce heat and

simmer for 1 hour.

Make the dumplings

by melting the

butter, whisk the

eggs and add to

butter. Season with

salt and pepper and

nutmeg. Gradually

whisk in the semolina

to form a thick paste.

Allow to stand for 5

minutes to thicken.

Shape the dumplings

and drop into soup,

along with the diced

celery. Simmer for

20 minutes and


Leek and Potato


25g butter

2 medium leeks

1 small onion

350g potatoes

600ml chicken stock

150ml single cream

Salt and pepper

Fresh chives or

watercress for


Melt the butter in a saucepan, add the

leeks and onion and cook gently without

browning. Add the peeled and chopped

potatoes with the stock and seasoning.

Bring to boil and simmer very gently for 20

– 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, then

sieve or puree in processor until smooth.

Chill completely. To serve, stir in cream

sprinkle with chives or watercress.

Pumpkin Soup

1 ½ cups of stock (vegetable is best)

¼ cup margarine

1 medium onion

3 or 4 cups cooked pumpkin

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

½ tsp paprika (optional)

Chop the onion coarsely, melt the

margarine and cook onion until sautéed.

Add salt, pepper and paprika if using. Add

cooked pumpkin and stir in stock bringing

to the boil then simmer for 45 minutes.

Cream of Mussel Soup

900g mussels

25g butter

1 small onion

Bunch parsley

Bunch dill

1 clove garlic

2 bay leaves

Black pepper

150ml white wine

1 small carrot

1 stick celery

600ml fish stock

½ tsp curry powder

142ml double cream

Clean the mussels under cold running

water, scraping off any mud and barnacles

and remove the beards. Discard any

mussels that remain open and rinse again.

Melt butter in large pan and cook chopped

onions for 3 minutes. Crush garlic and chop

parsley and dill and add to the pan. Add

the mussels, pepper, bay leaves and wine

to the pan and bring to the boil. Cook for

a further 3 to 5 minutes until the mussels

open. Remove any that remain closed.

Lift the mussels out and pull them away

from the shells. Keep warm. Strain the

liquid into a large pan. Peel the carrots and

cut them and the celery into thin match

sticks. Put into the pan of liquid, boil and

simmer for 5 minutes. Add the mussels,

curry powder, cayenne pepper and cream

and heat through until hot but do not boil.

Serve immediately.

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The animal rescue organization MARA is

formed by a small group of people who

care about the fate of abandoned or abused

animals in the region of the community

of Mula, a small town in the North-West of

the Spanish province or Murcia. Seeing the

suffering of abandoned animals and the

cruelty provoked on innocent creatures has

made a few people decide that they needed to

do something about this, however small their

help would be. This resulted in February 2008

in the founding of MARA. The association is

registered, the books controlled, it has the

obligation to inform its members and is run

on a democratic base by a voted committee.

MARA has a small shelter with five kennels.

Many animals are fostered instead of being

taking into the shelter. In future MARA

hopes to improve the kennels, add four more

kennels and be able to give more help where

needed. Income has to be generated through

membership fees (€5 a year), fund-raising

and donations. Raising money is always a big

problem, but since February, MARA’s charity

shop in the centre of Mula, gives the possibility

to secure a slightly more steady income to

pay for all costs for the animals; veterinarian

help, transport to new homes and whatever is

involved in animal rescue. The shop relies on

goods and items that people no longer need

or use, but might be useful to other people,

such as clothes, small furniture, bric-a-brac,

books, music, curtains, bedding etc. The shop

is located in Calle Boticas 11 in Mula, the

main street of the town. Please visit us and

spread the word. We also have a large range

of English books

for just €1.


Blackie was

initially a little shy

with strangers,

s h o w e d

preference for

females, but

being a little

wary of males,

which is probably due to his past. He is an

affectionate dog who likes to be with you,

enjoys being stroked and will lean against

you with his head on your knee. He is

very amiable and has never shown any sign

of aggression. He is very responsive to what

is required of him and has got used to country

walks on a lead. When he was first rescued he

was very lethargic with no energy, but since

undergoing treatment for his Leishmania he

has become the lively young dog he should

be who likes to play with other dogs, gets on

with cats and enjoys socialising with people.

For more information regarding

any MARA animals please ring

Marion on 628811187 or Keith on


There will be a car boot sale on 27 th

November from 10.30-13.30pm

at the Polideportivo in Mula. Stall

holders to arrive at 9.45am. Pitches

are €5. To reserve your space call

Marion on 628 811 187.

For more information regarding any of our

animals please ring Marion on 628811187 or

Keith on 628811188.

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From Bodegas Silvano García, we are

pleased to announce the latest scores given

by Stephen Tanzer’s magazine International

Wine Cellar. We are grateful for the

trust our clients have put in us as well as

for the effort of the staff that make up our


Stephen Tanzer, North American wine critic

and publisher of the recognized magazine

International Wine Cellar, has published

the year plus the scores granted to

Spanish wines more outstanding, between

which are the wines of Silvano Warehouses




Silvano Sweet Garcia

Monastrell 2009. This wine

is an opaque colour purple. It

has an intensely fragrant smell

with an exotic note of peach

and raspberry jam and cassis,

together with a touch of sweet

violet. A deep wine, with a dyed

flavour of mature fruit and liquor,

finally with a touch of compote

of cherry and bitter chocolate,

which shows the sweet and

surprising combination.

Red Viñahonda 2010. Colour

intense ruby. Very intense fruity

aromas of raspberry and plum,

with one sharp flavour that

stood out. The taste is rich

and substantial, but energetic,

that is attractively simple with

no roughness. This wine is

delicious to drink now.

Red Viñahonda Monastrell

2010 Shining purple in

colour. Aromas of bilberries,

blackberries, liquorice and

floral. Very smooth to start

with, but with sensations of

mature fruit, bitter and slightly

dark and flavour of liquorice.

This wine stays with a smooth

taste, perfect until the end.

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Twenty three old and new friends met in

the car park at El Berro on Wednesday 14th

September for a 10.5 kilometre walk in the

hills of Espuña. After a fairly steep climb in the

sun where I led from the back we were soon

in the shade of the forest and it was ‘mostly’

down hill all the way. The forestry commission

have done a lot of work on the paths since

I first walked this route and it was easy to

follow through the trees enjoying the views

and eventually reaching Villa Vieja. From here

we crossed the road and re-entered the forest

taking a short detour to see the Dinosaur’s

Footprint which is accessed over a rope bridge

and also a bore-hole where water was collected

to fertilise the surrounding slopes. We then

followed the tracks through the woods before

descending into El Berro by way of a dried

‘rambla’. At the end of the walk we all went

to‘Fuente del Hilo’ where 38 of us took over

the restaurant and enjoyed Menu del Dia; a

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great start to the ‘WARM’ walking season.

The second walk of the new season started in

the far reaches of the region near El Sabinar. 16

members enjoyed a challenging 12 km walk

up to Majal Alto in Sierra Zacatín, which gave

glorious views over Murcia and Albacete.

The third walk started in Ricote, which was

the last Arab stronghold in Spain; not as many

people believe, Granada. One can understand

why they settled in Ricote, with the nearby

River Segura, its rich fertile land, and guarded

by tall mountains, staying for 800 years until

being expelled by the Spaniards. Many of

the current streets have Arabic names, and

there are remains of their castle, and also

of their engineering skills such as irrigation.

Many of the 25 walkers had not previously

visited this region (most coming from the

Caravaca/Calasparra area), but there was

g e n e r a l


the journey

w a s


to such a


area. We

all enjoyed

w a l k i n g

through the

village, with

the ancient

Church of San


through the

huerta with

its many

lemon and pomegranite trees, and up and

around the surrounding mountains taking

in spectacular views of Abaran, Blanca and

Archena. We were joined by some Spanish

friends and finished off this four-hour, 13km

“stroll” with drinks and tapas at Maria’s

Bar next door to the well-known El Sordo

Restaurant. A wonderful morning out in the

healthy pine-scented fresh air, away from city


Thanks to June, Shirley and Jill for leading 3

very enjoyable walks. If you enjoy walking

in a friendly group and would like to join us

please contact for a

copy of this season’s programme.

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M a r y


C l a r k ’ s

books are



She is the

author of



novels and

she is now coauthor,


her daughter

Carol Higgins

Clark. Two

of her novels were made into feature films,

Where Are the Children? and A Stranger

Is Watching. Many of her other works, novels

and short stories, were made into television

films. Mary Higgins Clark’s fame as a writer

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was achieved against heavy odds. Born and

raised in the Bronx, her father died when she

was eleven and her mother struggled to raise

her and her two brothers. On graduating from

high school, she went to secretarial school, so

she could get a job and help with the family

finances. She married Warren Clark, nine

years her senior, whom she had known since

she was 16. Soon after her marriage, she

started writing short stories, finally selling

her first to Extension Magazine in 1956 for

$100. Left a young widow by the death of

her husband from a heart attack in 1964,

Mary Higgins Clark went to work writing

radio scripts and, in addition, decided to try

her hand at writing books. In 1996, Mary

Higgins Clark married John Conheeney, the

retired Chairman and CEO of Merrill-Lynch

Futures. They live in Saddle River, New Jersey.

You Belong to

Me (1998)

Regina Clausen

was 43, successful

in her career,

but insecure and

unfulfilled in her

personal life.

Travelling alone

on the luxury

liner Gabrielle,

she disembarked

in Hong Kong

saying she would

rejoin the ship

when it docked

in Japan. She

was never seen

again... Three

years later, radio presenter Susan Chandler

does a series about vanishing women on her

radio talk show. When a caller, who refuses

to identify herself, tells of meeting a man on

a cruise who gave her a ring inscribed ‘You

Belong to Me’, but then disappeared when she

refused to leave the ship with him, she thinks

little of it. Then Regina’s mother appears at

Susan’s office with a ring bearing the same

inscription which was found amongst her

daughter’s belongings, and Susan begins to

suspect that they are on the trail of something

dangerously sinister...

Daddy’s Little

Girl (2002)

Ellie Cavanaugh

was only seven

when her older

sister, Andrea,

was murdered

near their

home in rural


County. It was

Ellie’s testimony

that led to the

conviction of

a man, who


denied his guilt,

but spent twenty-two years in prison. When

he comes up for parole, Ellie protests, but the

convicted killer is set free and returns home.

Ellie also returns, intent on writing a book that

will prove his guilt, but as she delves deeper

into her research, she uncovers horrifying

facts that shed a new light on her sister’s

murder. With each discovery, she comes

closer to a confrontation with a desperate


The Shadow of Your Smile (2010)

At age 82 and in failing health, Olivia Morrow

knows she has little time left. The last of her

line, she faces a momentous choice: expose

a long-held family secret, or take it with her

to her grave. Olivia has in her possession

letters from her deceased cousin Catherine,

a nun, now being considered for beatification

by the Catholic Church--the final step before

sainthood. In her lifetime, Sister Catherine had

founded seven hospitals for disabled children.

Now the cure of a four-year-old boy dying of

brain cancer is being attributed to her. After

his case was pronounced medically hopeless,

the boy’s desperate mother had organized a

prayer crusade to Sister Catherine, leading to

his miraculous recovery.

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There has been a mixed response to the

dry weather we have had in the area. As

usual the farmers say we are in desperate

need of rain, but the rest of us have enjoyed

a remarkable autumn, but no doubt

this will all change now the winter months

are here.

There appears to be more happening on

the social scene since MABS NW Murcia

was started by Cecelia Coulson, with live

entertainment now being organised every

other month. The December Christmas

Party should be a brilliant night with the

soulful Barrington entertaining us for the

evening at the restaurant at the sanctuary

near Calasparra. This will be a great night,

so get your tickets early (see the poster

on page ?).

Tickets for the ABBA Tribute night organised

for 9 th November sold out really quickly

and again this should be a good night.

Let’s have a few more nights like these as

it is a good way to get together without

costing too much. Most of us still struggle

to keep up with the Spanish hours when it

comes to going out and prefer to eat and

go out earlier and are usually ready to go

home by midnight or 1pm!

Moratalla is offering everyone the chance

to sample different tapas through its

“Tapas Route II Moratalla.” until 27 th

November. This initiative is an opportunity

to enjoy Moratalla cuisine from various

establishments participating in this route.

For just 2€, local restaurateurs will provide

the public with a special tapa and a drink.

All participants who have completed the

route properly and delivered the information

t o the Office of Tourism Moratalla, will

be entered in to a raffle.

There are very few ‘Brit’ businesses in

Northwest Murcia, but one that has survived

the hard times is Cosas y Cosas in

Cehegin. This shop is situated opposite

Mercadona so is easy to find and more

importantly it is easy to park. There is a

large swap library where you can exchange

books for 1€, a good selection of cards and

gifts and of course the all-important good

selection of British food. If you are looking

for Christmas cards, calendars and diaries,

call in to the shop which is open 10-2pm

Monday to Saturday.

If you are looking to get away for the

Christmas or New Year break, give Casa

Pedro Barrera a try. They can cater for

groups of up to ten people in their fantastic

luxury accommodation with full board.

See their advert on page ? or call Martyn

or Denise on 968 972 972 or 687 118 450.

Cehegin Scene

On the last Sunday of every month from

October in the “Plaza del Castillo”, the

highest point in the old town of Cehegin

(Casco Antiguo), there is a craft market

known as “El Mesoncico”. There you will

find more than 50 craftsmen of the area

with stalls displaying such products as

cured meats, hams, pottery, cakes, wines,

cheeses, etc. Each of the monthly markets

has a different theme showing traditional

and local crafts. You will be able to taste

and enjoy the foods and products most

typical to this area.

On 27 th of November, from 10am, the market

is entitled “Flavours of Autumn”.

You will be able to taste typical products

of this time of the year, such as roast potatoes,

cured meats, the traditional olives

“picas” (squashed) and good wine accompanied

by traditional music.

Technology Centre situated in Carretera

Murcia, approached from the West. A free

bus service is operated to the market place

every 20 minutes.

Every weekend you can visit the Ecological

Park opened to visitors from 9am until

6.00pm at weekends; everybody is welcome.

For visits during the week however,

a reservation is required by telephone to

696 775 783.

If there are any further enquiries please

contact the Cehegin Tourist Office at 968

723 550 or visit our tourist website www.

Santiago Leo

Cehegin Tourist Office

Free parking is available at the Marble

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Sea Legs

My older son Cameron joined the sailing

school in Puerto de Mazarrón in 2010, and for

the princely sum of 75€ spent every Saturday

morning “learning the ropes” and mastering

the basics in his first boat through the Town

Hall run sailing course, which was a great

introduction to the sport.

After 8 months of having fun, kayaking and

bobbing around the Mazarrón coastline, this

year things suddenly got a lot more serious.

The summer months were spent with his

friends training alongside the existing sailing

team, and come September Cameron & friend

Finn were suddenly sailing in regattas in their


The first hurdle in our house was deciding

which country they were to sail for, with Dad

hoping for a future Olympic champion for the

Scottish sailing team. Not a chance. Having

lived in Spain for over half his life, Cameron

chose to register for Spain. The logic seemed

to be that having won the World Cup, he

would be backing the winning team.

I went along to watch Cameron and the

team at their second competition, and stood

watching them brave the hot sun, crashing

waves and strong winds in Cartagena,

wondering not for the first time how this child

of mine can prepare a boat for regatta, sail

around for hours in difficult conditions and

then STILL not be able to get himself ready

for school on time!

Despite finding it very challenging, he still

seems to enjoy it for now. Rumour has it

that generations ago in my family we had

Norwegian seafaring blood. All I can say is

that it skipped a few generations and went

directly to Cameron – I got carsick just going

over the mountain to watch him!

Liz Edmiston runs OwnersAway Property

Rentals & Management offering a full range

of services to property owners on the Costa

Calída. Contact Liz on 691977107 or info@ for more information or visit

the website to view

the full range of properties and services.

A day in the life of a Chimney Sweep

We are husband and wife team who have been

cleaning chimneys in Spain for almost 9 years

and come from a long line of chimney sweeps

going back 60 years.

We cover a wide area including Costa Cálida,

Costa Blanca and all of Murcia. Our work

includes domestic open fires, cassettes and

all types of wood burning stoves; commercial

premises i.e. bars, restaurants; Aga ovens and

oil fired central heating flues. We remove bird

nests, birds, bats, tar and resin, all of which are

potential chimney fire hazards.

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We give advice on types of wood, how to

light and clean your fire and we identify any

potential problems. We meet many really

nice and interesting people in the course of

our work, a large amount who have become

regular customers and friends and as we leave

say “see you next year”, and they do!

We offer a clean efficient reliable and

professional service and take our work very

serious. We know your home is your castle and

we treat it with respect, so do not risk losing

or damaging it with the dreaded chimney fire.

Call Home from Home 660478881 to book

your appointment.

The Best Wishes Spanish 2012 calendar is

selling fast. 50 cents per calendar sold, will

go towards the charities of MABS, LIONS and


The charities will also be selling this calendar

at their Christmas events, of which 1€ will go

towards their respective charity.

The calendar is also available on line through


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Here we are in November and at the time

of writing the weather is just perfect –

warm days and cool evenings. For those

of you who follow our snippets of family

information in this section we had a

really nice time with the Mums in Wales –

reasonable weather and good food. Busy

days sightseeing together with lazy days

watching TV and videos! Just going to give a

couple of sentences to Age Concern- they

are really doing a great job for our older

residents. Remember we all hope to get

there one day, so do support them. For our

more mature readers Age Concern have

an open meeting on the first Wednesday of

each month with a dining club lunch on the

last – sure there are full details elsewhere in

this publication.


We read with interest the launch of “REAL

TV” – a new satellite service showing all

that FREESAT show for free, but with the

advantage of being able to “add on” packs

from SKY, including sport for just a month

at a time – a bit like “TOP UP TV” on the

UK`s FREEVIEW system. We feel this

might be good for holiday homes/rentals

where you could get mainstream TV for

free, but have the bits of SKY you wanted

when out on holiday or let a tenant have

this option. It’s still in the testing stage

with the required digiboxes undergoing

final modifications, but watch this space for

more detail. A competitor to SKY can only

be good!

HD (High Definition) TV is rapidly

progressing, with nearly all channels having

this option, although we doubt we will see

the demise of SD (Standard Definition)

for some years, so it is not necessary to rush

out and get all HD equipment. However the

one thing we have seen that seems to apply

to all new technology is a price drop in HD

digiboxes. Manhattan, one of our favourite

brands, has announced a very reasonably

priced HD satellite FREESAT digibox. We

have yet to get our hands on one for testing

down here with the weak signals we have,

but if it follows their SD range then it will

be a winner. Have you got an HD ready TV

with just an SD digibox? Then this may be

for you. Again watch this space.

Over the past month many of you have lost

BBC NEWS 24 along with other channels.

This is due to the BBC realigning the

transmission frequencies and it has gone

from a very strong signal to a very weak

one down here in Spain. Sorry, but the

only answer at the moment is a bigger dish!

Expensive for NEWS 24 when there are

other news channels available!

Since the court ruling in the UK about the

pub landlady showing Greek TV for football

and sport, we have been asked if individuals

can do it. Well yes you can, but there is

really not a huge saving in doing so for the

individual viewer. Sport from any country

costs money. Some of you have gone to

Abu Dhabi TV, but it is really not that much

cheaper than SKY. The problem for pubs

and commercial venues is that SKY charges

a premium price, sometimes thousands a

month for the bigger venues and thus using

a foreign system such as Greek can be

much cheaper. At the end of the day do you

want to watch City vs United with a Greek


We have seen a bit of an upturn in new TV

installations with Brits again coming over to

live; partially because of the reduced price

property market. If you are contemplating

such a move and would like to have UK TV,

please get us or another reliable installer

to survey for UK TV before you make the

final decision. The huge dishes required are

sometimes just not possible on a property

and after buying disappointment can

happen – check first.

Article sponsored by Rainbow Satellites,

the company for all your TV needs in the

Murcia region of Spain. Contact Alan or Matt

for free friendly advise – rainbowsats@ or (0034) 686 358 475. Our

website has some

good basic advice for TV in Spain.

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What a fantastic October we have had.

Dave and I, and a group of friends, some

from the UK who I mentioned last month,

spent a great day on the beach at Bolnuevo

with PALS BBQ on the beach and we even

went in the sea! It was crystal clear and

lovely and warm.

Spanish tourism has seen a huge increase

in the first part of 2011. According to statistics

produced for the Institute for Tourism

Studies, it has been reported that,

Spain received almost 40 million international

tourists in the first eight months of

the year, a 7.8% increase compared to the

same time last year. Spain beat an all-time

record with 7.64 million international tourists

in August. It is the highest number of

international tourists since statistics were

first compiled in 1995. The Spanish economy

hasn’t seen much good news of late, but

an increase in tourism can only be a good

thing and should have a positive effect on

the future of the housing market in Spain.

People often ask me about “bank repossessions”

and are they a good deal. There can

be some great deals about, but you need to

do your homework. There is a property on

Mazarrón Country Club with a well known

local savings bank and the price fluctuates

from 98,000€ to 68,000€ to a whopping

112,000€ depending on “what day of the

week it is!!” The interest rates also vary

wildly, even with the same bank, and I have

seen 3 quotations for mortgages in one

week (same bank), all with differing terms

and differing interest rate, so if you are going

down the bank repossession route – do

your homework.

Don’t forget that Purchase Tax on new build

(key ready) properties remains at 4% until

the end of 2011 – saving 3% can furnish

your new home.

It was also announced this month that

wealth tax, (patrimonio in Spanish), which

was eliminated in 2008, bringing Spain in

line with the rest of Europe, may be resurrected

(by the same Government who

abolished it!) to help Spain back on its feet

– don’t panic – it will be paid on net assets

above 700,000€ with a main-home allowance

of 300,000€ - it’s not relevant to

holiday-homes – so watch this space. If

you have any doubts if it comes in, speak to

your financial advisor. (Source of article:

Spanish Property Insight)

This month also saw the headlines of -

Spain: Get ready for Paramount themed

park in 2015 - This was widely reported on

October 4 and we wait the next instalment.

We are always looking for properties on

Mazarrón Country Club and Puerto de Mazarrón,

so if you have a property to sell,

please contact us.

For more information on buying or selling

property contact

Jennie or Sue at

Best of Spanish

Email or telephone

(0034) 635 434 651 or 646 692 471

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John Kemp, after years of rescuing and

homing dogs in this region of Spain has

made videos of all the dogs he has available

for re-homing. Rather than seeing just one

photo of a dog in a magazine or newspaper,

you can now go to and just

search for johnkempdogs. Most of John’s

dogs now are adult, between 1 to 3 years

old, so why not visit his page there and

check out all the dogs for yourself.

Visit John Kemp at his stall every Sunday

morning at the car boot sale at Cañadas del

Romero near El Pareton.

If you see a dog you are interested, please

contact John on 646737230. You can also

try fostering a dog for a while if you prefer

to see how it goes. More great news is that

John Kemp’s dogs are all fully inoculated

and up to date with all their treatments.

They are all housetrained and also will have

been spayed or castrated, so the next time

you are looking for that special someone to

share your life with, look no further than

Johnkempdogs at

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Horse Whisperer opens New Training

centre “Equus Connection”



H o r s e


A d a m


and his partner


Visarius have

opened a new

training centre

for adults,

children and

horses. Equus Connection is based at

Finca Herradura, Alhama de Murcia. With

their enlightening and original approaches

to horsemanship, their centre will be the

first of its kind in Spain.

Many refer to Adam as a Horse Whisperer

because through his heightened sensitivity

he is able to hear a horses whisper.

Adam’s kinship with animals was first

recognised during his time training dogs for

the Royal family in England. His sensitivity

heightened after a spiritual experience

known as the Kundalini. This unlocked his

sixth sense which enabled him to read the

thoughts and feelings of those around him.

It also unlocked a natural healing ability

which he used to help people suffering

from physical and pyschological problems,

mystifying medics from all over England.

Danielle is a holistic horsemanship trainer

from the Netherlands with backgrounds

in Equine Assisted

Learning, Shamanic



meditation. She has

been around horses

since she was a child.

Working ‘holistic’

means looking at

the whole. The aim

is to bring people

and horses mentally,

emotionally and

physically in balance.

Danielle has been

working in Spain for the last 18 months

showing horse owners a more natural way.

The aim

of Equus

Connection is

to create a fun,


centre for

a d u l t s ,

children and

horses. There

will be many

activities at

the centre,

r a n g i n g

from horse


demonstrations and a childrens’ club to

meditation classes. There is a unique

opportunity for 4 individuals to keep their

horses at the centre, offering first-hand

access to both Adam and Danielle.

Adam’s abilities have attracted alot of

media attention. He has featured on

television throughout Europe, appeared

in national newspapers and magazines

and he has also been interviewed on radio

stations. His autobiography is due to be

published next year.

The centre is open to everyone and visitors

are welcome anytime.

For more information about Equus

Connection, visit

Adam & Danielle can be contacted at or Tel:


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Don De Cervantes’ “Don Quixote”, is

often described as Spain’s most famous

novel- and yet few have ever read it.

Celebrating, its 400 anniversary, its full title,

The Ingenious Hidalgo Don Quixote of

La Mancha, 26 chapters and nearly 1800

pages, the novel tells of an elderly 17 th

century gentleman obsessed with chivalry

after reading many books on the subject.

Cervantes’ book is in 2 parts:

Part 1 is farcical, while Part 2 is more

serious and philosophical about the theme

of deception.

The main characters being;

Don Alonzo Quixote – A delusional farmer,

who believes himself to be a chivalrous


Rocinante – His old emaciated horse,

which the Don sees as a magnificent beast.

Sancho Panza – The Don’s Squire

Aldonza – Father of Dolcina. The landlord of

the tavern, that Quixote in his imagination,

sees as a fanatic castle, and

Aldonza as the king.

Dolcina – The daughter, who he sees as

the fair lady of the castle, in need of his


A figure of unrequited love,

who never knows the old knight’s love and

devotion for her.

Don Quixote’s mind is so overcome by his

passion for chivalry, that he sees wonders

in every-day mundane events.

He thirsts for tales of knights from the past.

The more improbable the tales, the more

he delights in their outcomes.

With his mind so full of these impossible tales,

he decides he must set off on adventures as

a knight errant. He is knighted by Aldonza,

the imaginary king who realizes the Don’s

delusions, and wishes to get him away from

his environment, as he is causing problems

around the tavern by his crazy imaginings.

With a rusty suite of armour, his old nag

(sorry his faithful steed) Rocinante and his

simple-minded squire Sancho joins him

after being promised lands for his endeavors

when the Don conquers them. They set out

on their grand adventures.

The painting shows a scene from the novel.

Quixote imagines the windmills as giants

to be engaged in battle, that he hopes will


“But they are windmills my lord!” says the

faithful Sancho.

Unheeding he meets the nearest “giant,”

jabbing a sail with his lance, only to end

upside down on the ground, with his trusty

Rocinante beside him.

Although written in the 17 th century, this

book has parallels with today’s Spain. The

painting with the blue sky and the warm

sun has always been the delight, attracting

people from cooler climes. The windmills

of La Mancha have changed little over the

centuries, incessantly grinding corn, the

sails turning silently in the warm breeze.

Today the area has turned full circle, looked

upon without technology, as very green,

the envy of many who scraped water and

wind power for the ‘joys’ of the Industrial

Revolution and the dark satanic mills.

The Windmills of La Mancha, although

fulfilling a very important function, do

remind me of the government of today.

They look scruffy, rundown, their sails,

with areas completely missing are in

need of a complete refurbishment. They

reflect the present economic crisis in the

country, which one sees daily, but half of

the population is in complete denial. The

mill owners, as with the government, have

taken the profits out, not investing in new

equipment or putting funds aside for a rainy

day. As every housewife knows, this is the

prudent thing to do.

Now however, comes the day of reckoning,

or should I say years!

Don Quixote - Chivalrous on his white

steed, taking on the windmills. He represents

the glorious minority of the Spanish people,

who realize what a wonderful country they

have, especially in this time of crisis, hoping

with a new government to be elected, to

change the present system of corruption

and poor management into which the

country has fallen. If they CAN succeed, it

will be a long process, but the prize will be


Finally Sancho Panza - He represents the

silent majority - friendly and happy with

their lot.

“Let’s have a Fiesta”, says the Mayor

Is that wise with the country in such a

crisis? “The ayuntamiento has no money -

you are in the red!”

“OK then no firework display on the last


“But the people expect it, and they are a

great attraction”

“What about payment?”

“We’ll sort that out later…er….someone will

pay….later….much later!!”

This has happened all over Spain this year.

So where do we go from here?

Rabbit for Christmas Day, if you’re lucky!

Tony Welch

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Our fundraising year got off to a great start

when over seventy people took part in our

first Treasure Hunt on Sunday the 25th

September. A tricky course that tested our

competitor’s navigation as well as observation

skills was set by Chris Cross. I am glad to

report that eventually everybody made it

to the final destination where an appetising

buffet was waiting for them. We must extend

a massive thanks to Chris Cross and his staff

at La Cantina for the warm welcome, tasty

buffet and music that everybody seemed to

enjoy. We must do this again in the future.

The treasure hunt boosted our funds by over

500€, but our target for 2012 still seems a

long way off.

Tickets for our Murder Mystery Night on

Monday 14th November are selling well and we

hope that our very special Christmas Magic

Show, Buffet and Dance on Thursday 15th

December will be well supported and help to

further reduce our target figure.

We now have the dates for the Camposol

Fiesta 2012. They are the weekend of

16/17 th June 2012. As yet we have no firm

plans as we are restricted by the cash we

have to spend. This will dictate the size and

content of the event. One definite feature

of next year’s Fiesta will once again be the

Car Draw. This is a very popular feature and

tickets should be available in late February

2012, so look out for our ticket sellers and

get your tickets early. Remember it’s your


One event not governed by finance is our

Christmas Carol Concerts. These take

place in the week running up to Christmas

and are performed on each of the four sectors

of Camposol. Look out for next month’s letter

for full details.


Dickie Davies

Chairman Fiestas Camposol


All CAFÉ money will continue to be

available only for an additional ambulance

for 112 Mazarrón. Cruz Roja are

opening a separate bank account to hold

money for a replacement ambulance.

On 6th November (Sunday) Cruz Roja will be

holding a demonstration of their activities and

equipment on Camposol Sector B Commercial

Car Park from 1pm. At 2pm there will be food

and drink available for a single ticket price of

10€. Music will be provided by BYRON. All

proceeds to the Cruz Roja REPLACEMENT


Tickets available from PALS, CRA, Camposol

Sector D Committee, FAST and others.


The residents of Camposol and surrounding

villages were woken in the early hours of 25 th

September by two earth tremors. The first of

these was around 4.40am and the next one a

little later at 6.00am. The epicentre of the two

tremors being approximately 2km Northwest

of Camposol, registered 3.1 and 2.6 on the

Richter scale. We understand that no damage

to property has been reported. Experts say

that these frequent minor tremors releases

energy and pressure build up and thereby

lessens the risk of a higher scaled earthquake

which has to be good news!


Now that the council office is open in the

Camposol Cultural Centre on Sector B,

any water leaks can be reported directly

to Tatiana on 968 131 717 or by email to

Tatiana speaks good English too.

The office is open Monday to Friday, 08.30-



The promised road sweeper has still not

materialised. The delay is simply down to

paper work and bureaucracy and should be

resolved soon, although no date has been


The Town Hall of

Mazarrón are saying

that the adoption of

Camposol Sector A

is still on schedule

for the first quarter

of 2012 which is

wonderful news.

The train service has

now been suspended

on Sundays due to

both lack of demand

and excessive hours

for the driver. The

train will also run with

fewer carriages when

the demand for the

service is lower to

reduce diesel costs.

This way it is viable to

run an all year round


Meetings are currently underway with MASA

to sort out the issues with the lack of deeds

on Polygonos D23 and D32. Please note that

despite rumours The Town Hall of Mazarrón

has not issued any demolition orders!

The return of street lighting to sectors B, C

and D is still on-going. Progress is slow and

will take a bit of time so please be patient;

they are working on it.

The rubbish bins located at strategic points

on the urbanisation are slowly going to be

replaced over the next few months with new

bins. These new bins will also be sited in

permanent locations which should stop the

mysterious overnight moves that have been

experienced over the summer.

The Thursday market is going well. There

are, however, more stall holders wanting

spaces than there are spaces. There are 150

on the waiting list! As the market cannot

be expanded, the available spaces will be

allocated by ballot to ensure fairness.

There have been numerous enquiries about

the kennels that have appeared on the right

hand side of the motorway next to the wooden

houses opposite the Mazarrón Country Club.

It has been confirmed that this has nothing to

do with the Town Hall. It is private land and

the land owner has not yet applied for any

permissions to keep dogs there. (At the time

of going to print).

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It’s still hot, but our brave volunteers have

returned in force, working hard to make

Camposol A a better place. Our latest

project is the creation of a BBQ area in

Parque Los Palacios. Thanks to Margaret

and Terry, who donated the stone table,

benches and BBQ, and of course to all of

the volunteers who helped to clear the

ground and preparation work to make this

possible. A special thanks to Mark from

CM Constructions, who donated time and

machinery and to Gez at Eurospas, who

provided the heavy lifting gear to transport

all the heavy stone onto the park for us.

Both of these companies have assisted us

from the start; Mark helping to create the

first garden area next to the (now) Indian

Restaurant, and Jez in sponsoring the traffic

island at the entrance to Camposol. We rely

on help from local business and successful

ones realise that they rely on us too. I

feel confident that these companies will

continue to support us for years to come.

Work for your Supper.

The BBQ will be put to the test on November

5 th . We are inviting all residents of

Camposol A to join us in the park to help

with weeding and cleaning up to prepare

the park for the Remembrance Service.

Please come along at 3pm, bringing tools

if you are able to work. Don’t worry if

you can’t. Please join us - find out what

we are trying to do - there may be some

way in which you can help. We still need

a Chairman (Doesn’t have to do much!)

At 4.30pm we will stop work to enjoy

traditional Bonfire Night treats. Please note

that there will be no bonfire or fireworks,

but we will have hot dogs, hot jacket

potatoes, roasted chestnuts, treacle toffee,

and more. The fabulous Phil Brady will be

there to entertain us with live music, and of

course, beer, wine and soft drinks will also

be available. Bring a chair and table if you

wish and enjoy an afternoon in the park.

Remembrance Service

As always, on November 11 th , there will be

a Remembrance Service held in the open

air at the “Jardin de Memoria” area of the

park. The service will start at 11.30am. It

will include the traditional 2-minutes silence

at midday and end shortly after that.

Please bring a chair as we are unable to

provide seating. The service will be in

English. Everyone is invited to attend.

Armistice Day is recognised in many

countries all over the world and the

2-minutes silence is generally observed at

11am GMT, which is midday here in Spain.

My cousin in Australia will be attending a local

service at 6pm. The hope is that all of the

people in the world are praying for the same

thing at the same time, and remembering

those that they have loved and lost.

The service will be conducted by Rev. Len

Eaton. He would like to point out that the

service is dedicated to the memory of all

departed friends, whatever nationality or

religion. Everyone will be made most welcome.

Dave Senior Peake.

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The first of the council’s open meetings

for Camposol in September failed to

produce a clear and complete picture of the

administrations plans for dealing with many

of the urbanizations problems and therefore

more detailed information was sought from

our new administration.

Despite much initial scepticism, the much

heralded return of Masa to Camposol is

apparently about to happen and the first

of what is intended to be regular meetings

with the company’s technicians should have

taken place by the time you read this. It was

confirmed that the Paramount development

was believed to be the instigation for this

action and we have, not for the first time, been

assured that Masa will not be allowed to carry

out any further development until they have

satisfactorily completed the urbanisation.

It has been established that the Confederacion

Hidrografica have now accepted designs

for two separate schemes and either one is

considered acceptable to resolve the rambla

issue. The cheaper less complicated option

is to simply create a reservoir to the north

of Sector D which would act as a water

catchment facility. The alternative, which

carries a projected cost of five million euros, is

to construct a new rambla to run adjacent to

Calle Babinas and would require the consent

of the majority of involved owners before

this can be undertaken. Once this agreement

is reached, the process of implementing

the revised Plan Parcial and the issuing of

escrituras to those affected owners will then


Positive news has also emerged regarding

a number of other issues. Sector A should

have already been experiencing the benefit

of street lighting by this time and Council

adoption should take place in the first

trimester of 2012. There is a judicial process

that will allow the issuing of Certifacado fin

de obras and the legal resolution to do this

should already be under way. Pressure is to

be put on the Murcian Health Authority to

comply with their requirement to provide a

translator at the Camposol Health Centre.

After being the victim of so many shortcomings

and so much neglect over the years, could

this now be considered to be the beginning of

the end for much of the urbanizations major





On 23 rd September, 16 members of FAST

received training on defibrillators and the

use of oxygen and resuscitation. The cost

of this was 2,593€ and President of PALS

Ken Payne made the cheque presentation

to trainer Pascal Kolb of Cardioprotec in the

company of representatives of PALS and

FAST. This brings the total contribution

of PALS to FAST this year to just under

11,000€ and this includes the provision of

defibrillators, oxygen bottles, manikins for

training purposes, emergency trauma bags,

a printer and all training costs. There is a

commitment by PALS to continue to finance

equipment for FAST in addition to that

identified by the 112 service in Mazarrón.

To date PALS have donated over 170,000€

to the local emergency services, have been

forerunners in raising 6,300€ for the Lorca

Earthquake Disaster Fund and are joint

monitors for the CAFÉ fund, aiming to raise

money for a new ambulance in Mazarrón.

38,000€ is already in the bank for this and

the Concert at the Bahia Hotel on 1 st October

has increased the fund even more.

FAST Coordinator Karen Moore

acknowledged the continued assistance of

PALS and also thanked the Sensol Hotel on

Camposol for providing accommodation at

special rates and for allowing the training

session to take place in the Hotel over a

two day period. FAST have only been in

full operation for some 3 months, but are

recognised as valuable team saving lives

on the Camposol Urbanisation. Interest in

forming other FAST teams in the Mazarrón

area has been under discussion.

For further information FAST 968 970626 or

PALS /CAFÉ 626460465

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FAST has been operational in Camposol for 5

months with call-outs heading toward 50 from

residents and holidaymakers. Slips, trips and

falls have been the highest cause of call-outs,

but FAST has been responsible for identifying

some serious medical issues and ensuring

that the callers received prompt professional

help for issues ranging from an unusual

strain of pneumonia where the patient spent

many weeks in hospital to potentially lethal

circulatory system issues which could have

lead to cardiac arrest in another patient.

are in hand to commence the next phase

of that training. Many new volunteers have

joined recently and have been Red Cross

trained and are undergoing regular training

on a bespoke course spanning many weeks to

ensure that they are fit & ready to serve the

residents of Camposol.

Our volunteers have proven to be the key

that ensures that FAST is growing in quality

and has attracted the support and trust of the

residents and we are all indebted to them.

Only when the trauma bag and emergency

phones are delivered or collected by a

volunteer responder does it hit home on the

responsibility that the task entails.

Every responder knows that they may well

face a huge challenge, but are prepared to

do their very best, despite the fact that in

some cases there may be nothing they can

do, as the patient’s condition is irrecoverable,

but they still have to do their job until the

professionals arrive and give moral support to

the partner or family of the patient.

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FAST are always working on continual

improvement of service and training. A

third of the team have received training on

defibrillation and oxygen therapy and plans

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So what is it like to be a FAST volunteer


The phone on a lanyard around the neck for

most of the shift, even when attending the

call of nature awaiting that call for help. The

table has the operation’s file laid out on it with

maps at the ready and the call-out log with

pens poised for action. The responder cannot

leave until the destination is clear, to minimise

delays in finding the patient, (despite the fact

that there may be no street name, no house

number and little or no lighting!!) The FAST

shirt and name badge hangs by the door with

shoes pointing the correct way, car in the

road full tank of fuel, flashing

light prepared, all ready to

ensure a rapid getaway to

the next call, which could be

anywhere on Camposol, any

time day or night 365 days a

year, to any one of a range

of serious or life threatening

problems that will require

quick thinking, team work,

a strong stomach, combined

with the resourcefulness and

dedication only found in our

volunteers who often avoid

the limelight and praise that

they rightfully deserve just

to ensure that Camposol is

safer for all.

So please give a thought in the wee small

hours of the night, Christmas Day, New

Year’s Eve or whenever, that at least 2

‘someones’, somewhere on Camposol have

abstained from alcohol for at least 8 hours

before their shift and are ready and waiting

to spring to your assistance as soon as the

call is received, to give you the support you

need until an ambulance arrives. Nowhere

in Spain has that service except Camposol,

thanks to all the volunteers and people like

PALS who have funded the vast majority of

the equipment and the telephone number

which is sponsored by Compusurf.

You know about FAST, thanks to people like

Costa Cálida Chronicle and Costa Cálida

Radio. Thanks to all our supporters and


Remember, keep the number handy, and if

things go wrong medically..........

“Think Fast as every second counts!”

First Call 112 and then call FAST ....

FAST! On 968 970 626.

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The C-Sector Green Fingers Gardening

Group started back on Wednesday 21st

September and the first job was making the

duel carriageway safer by pruning the palms

and cleaning the road and removing the

weeds. During the morning breakfast break

one of the team Paul passed me a ring he had

found near the old Masa office. It looked like

gold, but some of the team thought it was

plastic. I took it home and put a message

on the facebook Camposol website. (FOUND

GOLD RING). The following morning Tom A,

from C-3, asked me if we had found a ring

when we were out working on the mail road.

He described it and the inscription, the ring

was reunited with the owner. Tom said the

ring was worth over £200, so he went off a

very happy bunny.

The group will be working for several weeks,

so if you can help please come and join us

every Wednesday mornings from 9am. We

had 17 volunteers, which is a record, but it

very nearly gave Norma a hart attack when I

phoned to order 17 bacon sandwiches! Please

look out for the volunteers on the road and

please slow down.

We have managed to collect donations of 204€

the first week and 213€ the second week, so

thanks for the support from D Sector who

have been very generous. We will be planting

some young olive trees along the road side

near the roundabout by the golf driving range

and are also gravelling the external perimeter

of this roundabout.

The C- Sector Gardening Group have also

started to go 10 Pin Bowling in Totana on a

Friday afternoon. It has been great fun and I

think we are improving. It is free membership

and games at 1€ it’s the best value around

and everyone is most welcome. On her first

bowl, Ann managed to slip on the ally and

down she went, but carried on using her other

arm until the pain stopped her playing. She

went to hospital later that evening and it was

confirmed she had broken her wrist. As she

was waiting for treatment, she saw another of

our ladies who was brought in by ambulance

after slipping in the shower room after her

husband had had a shower. She had broken

her hip, so that was a cracking day and

we don’t want any more of that thank you!

Get well soon Ann and Frances.

If you require any information on Green

Fingers Gardening and Social Group

including 10 Pin Bowling please contact your

poligono rep or Bernard 626 513 842

Thank you for your continued support.

Bernard Holland Chairman.

The RED CROSS (Cruz Roja) in Mazarrón

are in need of a Replacement Ambulance

An Open Day event and display by Cruz Roja

will be held on the 6th November on Sector

B Camposol. Food and drink will be available,

donated by local Mazarrón businesses. Tickets

for these will be sold and the net proceeds

put into a fund for the new ambulance.

PALS advised the Officers of Cruz Roja

and Mazarrón Ayuntamiento that a fund to

purchase a new ambulance already existed

and that some 40000€ was banked in a

PALS Account with Barclays. The money

has been raised over the last 4 years in the

name of CAFÉ. PALS asked that, if the

Ayuntamiento were agreeable, the pledge

that CAFÉ had made, could make the funds

available to help purchase the ambulance

for Cruz Roja. With a big push from the

Expat community, particularly on Camposol,

and with events in Puerto de Mazarrón and

Bolnuevo, it might be possible to purchase

the ambulance much earlier than the 3

years anticipated by the Ayuntamiento.

The various representatives of organisations

present at the meeting were all in favour

and it was suggested that the event was held

on Sunday 6 th November from 1 till 5pm on

the car park opposite the Commercial Centre

on Sector B. It was also suggested that there

should be music. Byron has agreed to host

and compere the event using the Sector D

equipment. It was also agreed that a Tombola

was organised along with other individual stalls.

This is an exciting conclusion, or rather the

real beginning of the acquisition of a new

ambulance for the area. PALS started this

initiative some three years ago and this new

development could hasten the acquisition of a

much needed facility.

The tickets will be produced by Cruz Roja

and distributed to the various organisations

for sale prior to the event. Cruz Roja advised

that the British Consul has agreed to attend

with dignitaries from the region and the


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The Arts & Cultural Association of Murcia

The 24 th September saw the official launch

of the Arts and Cultural Association of

Murcia (ACAM) at the Cultural Centre on

Camposol, compered by Trudy Anne Mockford

from Costa Cálida Radio. Visitors were treated

to displays by a young group of dancers from

Murcia Dance and an exhibition of paintings

from the George Thompson Community

Art Group, with a presentation of the ACAM

objectives by Louise Bremner and Susie

Long to introduce what the Arts & Cultural

Association is all about and to promote some

the exciting activities coming up.

MFDB 2012

The largest project under the ACAM umbrella

is the Mazarrón Festival de Baile which

is held in June each year. Attracting dance

schools from across the region to compete,

over the last two years the festival has gone

from strength to strength, promoting the

enrichment, accreditation and celebration of

dance for all ages across the Costa Cálida.

Murcia Dance performers displayed their

competition performances on the launch day

with a special presentation of certificates

awarded for individual dancers who are

excelling in their range. As the founding dance

group behind the MFDB, Louise Bremner

started the festival to inspire local dancers

and to get them to interact and learn from

other dance schools in the area. In the last

two years the outcome from each event has

exceeded all expectations, helping everyone

that takes part to advance and enjoy the

support and learning resources of bringing

people together over the two day event. Work

is already well underway preparing the festival

for 2012. If you would like to find out about

classes available from Murcia Dance or learn

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The second part of the afternoon gave visitors

a chance to view some of the excellent art work

from the George Thompson Art Classes.

George encourages his students to create with

their own natural way of working, to develop

and educate their own art practice. All George’s

teaching is delivered on a voluntary basis. As

leader of the class, George is bringing people

together to share in the learning experience,

which through membership of ACAM, will

broaden the integration of the groups learning

experiences with the potential for collaboration

with other groups and activities in the future.

In bringing members together, the association

aims to deliver quality arts, cultural and leisure

activities within a legal framework for the

benefit of the community, build partnerships

between existing projects and benefit from

the support and promotion working together

can offer. As a registered organisation, the

long term goals are to seek art’s funding for

projects, to advance the range of activities

available and promote the arts.

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Already there has been a great interest in

forming a Rock Choir for Camposol. The idea

originated from committee member Shirley

Fisher and it has quickly gained momentum

with a ‘singing workshop’ being organised

so that everyone can meet and discuss the

next step. A singing teacher will be leading

the workshop to ascertain the different levels

within the group and help if singing lessons are

needed. The exact date is still to be confirmed,

but a singing workshop will be held on either

the 12 th or 19 th November between 3 and

5pm at Camposol Cultural Centre on Sector B.

Please check on line for confirmation.

Also look out for news soon about our next

open day to be held early in the New Year.

Information can be found on line at www. with links to everything

connected with the association. Please contact

us at

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St Nicholas Ecumenical Church

Calle Sobrija 2248

Sector D20 Camposol

During November, services of Remembrance

are held throughout the world. In Britain, and

the Commonwealth in particular, these services

are of a militaristic nature remembering the

fallen and rightly so, because it was King

George V who ordered these events to be held

in perpetuity on the 11 th hour of the 11 th day

at the 11 th month, the exact time when the

Armistice was signed bringing to an end WW1,

the so called war to end all wars.

A Service of Remembrance will be held here

in Memorial Garden, Parque Los Palicios,

Camposol Sector A at 1130am on the 11 th

November. This service will reflect the multinational

and multi-cultural nature of the Society

we live in here and will commemorate the lives

of those who have died, from all nationalities

and religions, in whatever circumstances.

It will also include the traditional Act of

Remembrance at 12 o’clock – 11am UK time.

All are cordially invited, but you are requested

to bring a chair if you can. Proceeds from the

collection will be donated for the upkeep and

improvement of the Memorial Garden. Hope

to see you there.

Other Services of Remembrance will be held

on Sunday 13 th November, Remembrance

Sunday, all are invited as usual.

The summer has brought to the Church many

new friends in the form of those moving to

live in Camposol and those holidaying here.

We are now more or less back to our regular

congregation, many of whom have been away.

As always it is a joy to meet new people and to

see others returning with many stories to tell.

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Services for November 2011

Sunday 6 th

Song s of Praise


Sunday 13 th

Morning Prayer/Remembrance Sunday


Sunday 13 th

ESAMD Remembrance Service 1.00pm

Sunday 20 th

Holy Communion


Sunday 27 th

Holy Communion


All services are in English and take place at

Calle Sobrija 2248, D20 Camposol, where a

warm welcome awaits you. We have a very

active ministry in the German language led

by Rev Bro Konrad, who holds services in San

José Church, Puerto de Mazarrón, on the 2 nd

and 4 th Sundays at 4pm. Services offered by

the Church are Wedding Blessings, Holy

Baptism, Confirmation and Funerals. We

have a Pastoral Service throughout the year,

people who listen. Talk and are there to help

anyone who is sick or in need. The Pastoral

care is absolutely confidential.

For any of the Church Services offered, or

other information, please call Rev Len Eaton

on 968 138 952, or Rev Deacon Maureen Kent

on 636 099 679

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BER 2011

The day went well with approx 150 people

attending Centro Hipico nr Pulpi, to enjoy

not only the Dog Show but various Equine

Displays from Centro Hipico, Archery and

Trade and Craft Stalls. Music was provided

by Arrox y Roll for those enjoying the magnificent

BBQ and the day rounded of with

Roger Leeks and his “Messing with Magic”

show for the children.

The team of Helping Hands wish to thank

the following for support and sponsorship

with this, their fourth event since their launch

in May of this year:

The Dog Show Judges, Kathy and Wayne

South. Asim Alvarez, Animal Hotel, Anubis

Veterinario, Bar Pizzeria Palpicoteo, Costa Almeria

News, Courtney Castles, Costa Calida

Chronicle, Dusty Boots Line Dancing Group,

EPS Albox, Insignia Graphics, Guirrete Supermercado

Upper, Intelli-gente Language

Academy, Messing with Magic, Mar & Lune

Restaurant, Ross Legal Services, Spectrum

Radio, Transtejera Building Supplies and finally

the super Medic, Vaughan.


Helping Hands

Animal Charity Support Association

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so, now is the time to act before the window

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A provisional bill was submitted in New Zealand

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from receiving their whole pension fund tax

free; if passed the facility will cease. Anyone

who has a pension in the UK (irrespective of

nationality) and is not drawing benefits can

transfer the whole fund and receive as a tax

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Kennedy Financial Services prides itself

on experience and guides clients from start

to finish with complete professionalism.

David and his staff will answer any questions

you have, explain the steps to be taken to

complete all the paperwork. You can be

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Prince of Asturias gives Spanishbuilt

Electric Car the Thumbs Up

The Prince of Asturias expressed his enthusiasm

for Renault’s Twizy, the first electric

car to be built wholly in Spain, during a visit

to the French multinational’s factory in Valladolid.

Felipe of Borbón inaugurated Renault’s new

Z.E. industrial workshop Valladolid, where

productio of the Twizy will begin in November,

ready for a market launch in France by

the end of the year and in Spain probably

in March 2012. The prince drove one of the

Twizy that have already been manufactured

at the plant and “liked it very much” according

to the Minister for Industry, Miguel


Speaking to the press after the event, the

minister said “From outside it looked as if

the Prince was going to be uncomfortable

and squashed”, because of the Twizy’s tiny

proportions, “but not at all. The design

makes it very roomy inside, no matter how

tall you are”. The Minister pledged his support

for the car, saying its success would

not be limited solely to “towns and cities”,

but also “for tourists”, through initiatives

such as “hourly rental packages”.

For his part, Renault’s Director of Comunication,

Jesús Presa, reiterated that Felipe

de Borbón “was confident about the success”

of the Twizy. He liked the innovation,

the design and the whole global concept of

the electric car. He added that the prince

had been “frankly impressed” by the Twizy

and went away with a “great impression”

of it.

130 people will work on the Valladolid production

line manufacturing the Twizy exclusively

for the whole world. The new

9,000 square metre factory will produce 12

vehicles an hour, equating to 20,000 units

a year, although production could be increased

to as much as 60,000 if there were

sufficient worldwide demand.

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Expatriate Homebuyers in Spain ‘nearly

at levels of 2008’

Foreign buyers of Spanish property have

shot up by 37 per cent in the past year,

with sales almost reaching numbers seen

in 2008, according to the Bank of Spain.

For the first time in over three years, investment

in Spanish real estate by northern

Europeans has exceeded 1,000 million euros

in the third quarter of 2011. The total

in the last three months has reached 1,314

million – along with 2,445 million in the first

six months of the year – suggesting that

northern Europe is on the road to economic


Domestic buyer numbers continue to fall,

as does the percentage of Spaniards buying

property abroad, dropping from 317 million

in 2010 to 126 million this year – compared

to 600 million in 2007. This said, Spanish

investment in foreign homes is still far

above the all-time lows seen in 2009 and

2010, at 76 and 60 million respectively

Low-cost Iberia Express to be Launched

Next Year

The Board of Directors of the International

Airlines Group (IAG) has approved the creation

of a new ‘low-cost’ branch of Iberia

- Iberia Express - to operate some of the

company’s short-haul routes. The ‘low-cost’

company will start operating at the end of

March or beginning of April 2012 and will

have a staff of around 500 people and a

fleet of 13 aircraft.

The new company will be wholly owned by

Iberia and will have its own management

team, although in order to set it up, approval

was needed from IAG - the company

formed after the merger of Iberia and British

Airways (BA) - because of its impact on

the group as a whole.

The new company will operate exclusively

with Airbus A320 aircraft, all of which will

be rented from Iberia. The primary aim of

Iberia Express will be to compete in the

Spanish domestic market, as well as in Europe,

strengthening Madrid’s Barajas airport

and create new jobs in Spain.

The new ‘low cost’ company will have two

classes: business and tourist. For two

years, Iberia has been outsourcing some

of its short and medium-haul routes to Air

Nostrum and Vueling, and this collaboration

is expected to continue in spite of the creation

of Iberia Express. Air Nostrum, with

its smaller aircraft, will continue to run the

routes for fewer than 50 passengers, and

Vueling will continue to run the routes out

of Barcelona and other cities, whilst Iberia

Express will focus on


73% of Spaniards

claim to be Catholic

but over half

don’t go to Mass

According to data released

today by the

Centre for Sociological


(CIS), the number

of Spaniards claiming

to be Catholics has

dropped by 2% compared

with the 2010 figures, when 75% of

those surveyed claimed to be Catholic, and

confirms the tendency seen over the past

decade. The CIS survey shows that only

2.2% of the population in Spain practise

other religions. 14.9% of those surveyed

said they were “non-believers”, a percentage

which is increasing as steadily as the

number of Catholics drops. In addition

to the “non-believers» 7.4% of Spaniards

claimed to be «atheist».

The CIS also asked members of the public

how often they went to Church, excluding

so-called social occasions like weddings,

Christenings, First Holy Communions or

Funerals. The majority (57.1%) said they

“hardly ever” went - this figure was 47%

in 2005 and was barely over 40% a decade

ago. Just 15.9% say they attend a religious

service most Sundays and feast days, a figure

which has also been falling gradually

over the past ten years.

Customs officials make Spain’s

second largest Heroin Haul

Agents of the Risk Analysis Unit (Unidad

de Análisis de Riesgos - UAR) and

customs officials in Algeciras (Cádi z) have

seized 150 kilos of heroin in a container

ship from Pakistan on its way to the Ivory

Coast, the second largest seizure of heroin

ever made in Spain.

The deputy head of customs in Algeciras,

Nuria Carracedo, told reporters that it is the

second largest seizure of heroin in Spain after

the haul made by officers from the National

Police in Sitges (Barcelona) in August

2008, when 316 kilos of heroin were seized.

Carracedo has indicated that although her

department «had been monitoring the container

for a number of weeks».

The UAR has stated that the container was

“flagged” for inspection upon arrival in Algeciras

and stressed that the opening of the

pallets had been especially complex due

to the nature of the cargo declared. The

shipment had been declared as iron oxide

powder, and heroin had been camouflaged

amongst it. The drug was inside 300 cylinders

of 500 grams each, hidden in the foundation

and framework of 24 cargo pallets.

The case remains open and further arrests

are likely as the police investigate directors

and employees of the transport and recipient


The market value of the drug depends on

its degree of purity, which will be determined

by the Foreign Health department.

However, Lt. Fernando de Cózar from the

Algeciras Port Civil Guard pointed out that

the purest heroin could reach a value of between

33,000 and 35,000 euros per kilo,

which could be increased if the drug is cut

with other substances.

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British Ambassador Encourages

Cooperation between Social Services

and English-speaking Charities

As part of his visit to Murcia, the British

Ambassador to Spain, Giles Paxman,

attended a workshop with local English

speaking charities and social services to help

improve the support offered to vulnerable

British nationals living in the area. As the

British population in Murcia has increased

tenfold since 2002, all parties were keen

to get together and discuss how working

together could help them to better support

vulnerable and elderly British nationals.

regional government volunteer support

organisation. The Ambassador was able to

see the local English speaking charities find

out from social services exactly what was

help was available and also discuss how

they could work together in the future. They

all agreed that it is vital for British nationals

to be registered on the padrón in their local

towns as without this, they cannot access

social services assistance.

The workshop, part of the Alicante

Consulate’s ConeXiones programme, was the

first of its kind in Murcia, and was organised

with the help of YoVoluntario, the Murcia

Leopoldo Navarro Quilez, the head of Yo

Voluntario, started the event by explaining

to the local associations what support Yo

Voluntario can offer and also how to ensure

that they are legally registered in Spain. He

encouraged people to use the resources that

are available in Spain and thanked them

for their hard work in supporting British


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During his talk at the event, the Ambassador

said: “I am delighted to launch ConeXiones

in Murcia. The rapid increase in British

population in the last decade has meant

that it is essential that there is an adequate

support network. It is impressive to see

representatives from social services from

all the main town halls where there is a

significant population working hand in hand

with British and Spanish charities to support

those who are in need.”

As this is the first time that the Ambassador

has visited the Region of Murcia, he also took

the opportunity to meet with the President

of the Region to discuss issues around

property and the new airport that is being

built. Additionally, he met with the Honorary

Consul in Murcia, Antonio Berdonces, and

the Delegado del Gobierno for Murcia where

they discussed the location of the Honorary

Consulate and contingency planning.

Charities that attended the ConeXiones

event included Age Concern Costa Cálida,

MABS Murcia, Royal British Legion, Help at

Home and Help Mar Menor. From the Spanish

side, Caritas and Cruz Roja attended as well

as social workers from the key town halls

where British nationals live, such Mazarrón ,

Los Alcazares and San Javier.

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Pioneering maggot therapy at Easy

Horse Care Rescue Centre

We printed an article on Cookie back in

April 2011 and she has been looked after

by the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre

in Rojales since then.

Maggots flown in from the UK have been

used to treat Cookie, a miniature horse

at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre.

Rod and Sue Weeding at the Centre found

Cookie on waste ground in Benijofar

in April 2010 in a shocking condition,

suffering with severe laminitis. Since

then Cookie, named so because of her

strength in overcoming adversity, has been

transformed. Not only has she had surgery

on her front legs, severely damaged by

the laminitis, she is now receiving larvae

treatment in her hooves.

The larvae, supplied by Biomonde based

in England and Germany are the only

laboratories in Europe providing sterile

maggots for the treatment of humans. For

Cookie, the maggots are being used to

fight an infection inside both front hooves

– unfortunately exacerbated by visitors

feeding Cookie treats that her system

could not cope with. The maggots provide

a less aggressive form of treatment

which it is hoped can reach deep into the

infected tissue. Now the maggots have

been transplanted into Cookie’s hooves,

everyone is anxiously waiting to see if

they have done their job successfully.

This treatment could possibly be the way

forward for treating equines with similar

anaerobic infections in the future

Maggots have been used in humans as a

way of treating infected wounds for many

years and research has shown that wounds

heal quicker than conventional medicine.

“Because of the horrendous condition

that some of our rescued horses are in,

we are using ground-breaking treatment

methods” says Sue Weeding co-founder

“and we are attracting and working with

some of the top professional vets and

specialists in Europe and America.”

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The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre is a

registered Spanish charity with no official

funding and this pioneering treatment,

along with all care we provide our horses,

ponies and donkeys, is only possible with

the generosity of the public to give us


If you wish to make a donation and/or

sponsor Cookie or one of her four-legged

friends for as little as €5 a month, please

contact the Easy Horse Care Rescue

Centre on Tel: 652 021 980 or via email


The Centre is open to the public every

day from 13:00 -16:00 throughout the

year. Sundays and Wednesdays only there

are guided tours where you can meet the

residents and hear their stories. Lunch and

light refreshments are also available in the

garden cafe. All proceeds go to support

the Centre. For further information visit:

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By Clodagh

and Dick


No Spanish garden or apartment terrace

should be without fruit trees or plants. Even

in less than a square metre it is possible to

grow alpine or ordinary strawberries in a

strawberry barrel or window box and citrus,

peach, apple, pear, pomegranate, avocado

and fig trees on dwarf root stocks grow perfectly

well in containers, provided you fill the

containers with a rich in nutrient and water

retaining/well draining soil mix. Our experimental

container orchard has done well.

In a larger garden it does not require much

imagination to plant a dozen varieties of trees

or plants and be able to harvest ones own

ecological fruit crops on every day of the year.

Try the following for starters – almond,

apricot, fig, lemon, mandarin, orange, persimmon,

peach, plum, strawberries, raspberries

or walnut.

If you combine the above with a vegetable

raised bed or patch, even a moderately sized

garden can become your daily market for the

fresh healthy fruit and vegetables increasingly

recommended by medical authorities.

Spanish readers will immediately recognise

what we are saying –i.e. return to the back

yard or small-holding of our grandparents –

for what we recommend does not require a

large orchard. Indeed, as many inland expatriates

with 10.000 metre plots have discovered,

how does one cope with the ripening

fruit of several hundred trees, when Spaniards

are feeding surplus oranges to their

sheep and goats as it is more economic to do

so than pay to harvest the fruit for very low

market prices.

Luckily many fruit trees have multiple benefits,

so they easily fit into mixed gardens for

they are among the best trees for spring blossom,

then the colouring fruit add interest, followed

by the vivid autumn leaf colours of the

deciduous trees and early winter colours of

persimmons and pomegranates well after the

leaves have fallen.

As mentioned in our earlier columns and described

in detail in our popular book Growing

Healthy Fruit in Spain, there are now

many natural, ecological and organic ways

of fertilising and spraying fruit trees, bushes

and plants, against pests and diseases, so

one does not need to be concerned about residual

chemicals on the skins. Eating perfectly

ripe fruit directly from the tree, bush or plant,

is one of the delights of gardening in Spain.

Fresh raspberries from May to October and in

a few weeks time, tangerines are regular prebreakfast

snacks when working early in our

holistic garden. They are irresistible. Thinking

about citrus trees, if you select early mid and

late season varieties, it is possible to harvest

edible mandarins from October to May and

a mature perpetual flowering/fruiting lemon

tree can supply a year’s supply of lemons for

gin and tonics and lemon sorbets.

By the way, the book includes over seventy

fruits, so there are plenty to chose from,

whether gardening on the Costa, in inland

valleys or a thousand metres up on mountainsides.

For convenience Dick’s recently

published book includes details of the beneficial

vitamins and minerals etc., found in a

wide range of fruits.


copies of Clodagh

and Dick’s

books can now

be purchased

via their website


well as unsigned

copies from high

street and internet


© Clodagh and

Dick Handscombe November 2011.

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Fund Raising Events:

ZUMBATHON with Lynn Preston– 12noon

to 3pm, 5 th


Hotel Spa,

T o r r e



Love to Zumba or just interested? Put your

skills to good use by joining the Zumbathon on

5 th November and help raise funds for Galgos

del Sol and Help Mar Menor at the same

time. Tickets are priced at €5 per session or

€6 for the entire day. For more information,

contact Tina Solera at


Jennifer Rahman, EFT Animal Therapist

Is your pet feeling sluggish, anxious,

displaying aggressive behaviour or having

unexplained pain? Learn about the healing

benefits of Emotional Freedom Techniques

(EFT )- the latest energy therapy for animals

and humans. This non- evasive, safe and

effective therapy can help heal your dogs

and other pets in minutes. Jennifer Rahman

is a qualified EFT animal therapist and has

had articles on animal therapy published in

international magazines and numerous online

websites. For a limited period only, Jennifer

is offering EFT therapy sessions for only €20

per session of which 100% of her proceeds

is being donated to Galgos del Sol. Although

Jennifer is based in Balsicas, she can also

offer animal healing by proxy, that is, via

the use of photographs. If you have a query

or are interested in healing your pet, please

contact her mobile: 63 4358 310 or visit

her website at: www.lifemaxxinternational.

com. More information is also available here:


Galgos Del Sol Online store

You can now purchase the following items

from the GDS online store. All proceeds go to

GDS to help care for abandoned and abused

Spanish greyhounds and Podencos.


Get a trendy “Save the Spanish Galgo”

wristband for only €2.20 plus 60 cents

postage. Choice of sizes.


Get a unique sponsorship gift pack comprising

gift certificate, handmade greetings care,

stickers, magnet or wristband and note cards

for only €25.



Harnesses lovingly handmade in a range of

quality materials and colours. Only €25 plus


Handmade leather collars (€25 plus postage)

and cloth collars (€ 20 plus postage) are

available in a range of sizes and designs. For

more details on the collars and harnesses,

contact : or ALL Proceeds go

to GDS.


JET – A 3 yr old

male, vaccinated,

negative for disease

and is UK passport

ready in January.

Needs urgent home


ABBY – Bitch,

approx.2 yrs old.

Vaccinated and


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JORDAN – Male, 3

yrs old. Vaccinated,

castrated. Wonderful




CHIQUI – Bitch,

approx 5yrs old.

Vaccinated and


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others, please visit All

adoptions are subject to a house check.

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You may

have noticed

that we have

skipped the

letter K in our

romp through

the Spanish


This is

because it

is a very


letter in the

S p a n i s h

language. If you check in your dictionary

you’ll see it only appears in obviously

imported words like “karate” and “karaoke”

and measurements such as “kilómetro” and

“kilograma”. It has made some resurgence

is recent years as a replacement for “qu” in

texting, so that “qué tal” becomes “ke tal”,

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but this is not correct Spanish.

As for the letter L, the good news is that

this is pronounced the same as in English,

except that in Spanish we place the tongue

further to the front of the mouth and make

it very distinct, irrespective of where the L

appears in the word. It may come at the

beginning as in “lado” (side) or at the end as

in “azul” (blue). English speakers need to be

particularly careful in the way we pronounce

the letter L at the end of words, and also when

it appears next to another consonant within a

word. Think for a moment how we say “milk”

or “hill” in English. We employ what we call

the “dark L” which is pronounced at the back

of the mouth and in some accents disappears

completely. If we carry this tendency over

to our Spanish speaking, they will not realise

we are saying a word containing the letter

L at all. Someone I was talking to recently

who works in a shop told me that the Spanish

never seem to understand her when she

offers them a bag - “una bolsa”. When

she tried her pronunciation out on me it was

clear that she was almost saying something

like “bowsa” which the Spanish would hear

as “bosa”. As silly as it sounds, a little

movement of the mouth like that can make all

the difference between comprehension and

incomprehension even in a situation where

we might think our meaning is obvious.

As you may know, when the letter L is

doubled in Spanish it makes completely

different sound, akin to the “y” sound in

English. In actual fact the Spanish sound has

slightly more “friction” in it than the English

open “y” sound, as though the air is slightly

forced out through a narrowed mouth. The

LL combination used to be considered as

a separate letter of the alphabet before

the advent of computers. Now it creates a

technological challenge to have two letters

that act as though they are one letter, so

LL as a separate item in the alphabet has

been suppressed, although its use remains

exactly the same. If you have a dictionary

that was printed more than about ten years

ago, it will still list LL as a separate section,

whilst in more recent dictionaries it has been

subsumed into the L listings. Here are a few

common words that illustrate the LL sound

for us: “calle” (street), “llave” (key),

“lluvia” (rain), “tortilla” (potato omelette)

and “millón” (million).

Here is our usual sample of similar words in

Spanish and in English, this time beginning

with L: “Legal” (legal), “legítimo”

(legitimate), “letal” (lethal), “libertad”

(liberty), “líquido” (liquid), “literatura”

(literature), “lúcido” (lucid), “laberinto”

(laberinto or maze). Another word similar in

both languages is “líder” (leader), the reason

for the similarity in this case being because

the word has been imported from English into

Spanish. Words of general interest beginning

with the letter L include one that I rather like,

“lapsus” meaning a “slip of the tongue”.

Sometimes we call this a “Freudian slip”.

The president of Spain José Luis Rodriguez

Zapatero made a monumental “lapsus”

which involved using a rather bad word at a

press conference in relation to the Russians

with whom he had just signed an agreement.

A look of horror briefly crossed his face and

then he rapidly carried on speaking, probably

hoping against hope that no-one had noticed.

An interesting and quite common L word is

“listo”. This word can mean two different

things depending on whether it is combined

with the verb “ser” or “estar”. “Ser listo”

means “to be clever” whereas “estar listo”

means “to be ready”. We would use the

first expression to describe a person, for

example “El niño es muy listo” or even an

animal “Mi gata no es muy lista”. This

is obviously quite different from saying

“está listo” which we would use to indicate

that someone or something was ready and

prepared for action. There are actually

quite a lot of words that change in meaning

according to whether they are placed with

“ser” or “estar” that can give rise to some

interesting misunderstandings and really are

a subject all on their own!

An L word that sometimes causes confusion

is the word “libre” which means “free” in the

sense of open, or not imprisoned, but does

not mean “free” in the monetary sense, which

is “gratis” or “gratuito”. That is why when

you see a sign that says “buffet libre” it

means you can take as much food as you like,

but doesn’t mean that you don’t have to pay

for it in the first place!

Another verbal estranged cousin is the word

“largo” which means “long” and not “large”

as it appears.

Finally to this month’s saying containing an

L word: this one is short, sweet and useful

in many situations. “Cada loco con su

tema”, which means “each to his own” or

literally, “every madman has his own subject

of conversation”. Mine seems to be endlessly

talking about Spanish!

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Hello from Bob with this month’s report. First,

though, isn’t the weather holding up! I always

say that every day the sun shines is a day

less on the winter. Did you feel those earth

tremors? I won’t say ‘did the earth move for

you?’ – they

were both at

a time when

we should all

have been

fast asleep!

No damage

done, though,

not like Lorca


and quite

normal for

this area.

Our September Dance saw the return of the

ever-popular Sunset, who had everybody

up dancing straight away. Next was the

delectable Maria O’Hara. She looked as

stunning as ever, and more dancing, of

course. Buddy Holly was next, who will

be back next year to do all the numbers he

couldn’t fit in this time. The night finished

with all the artistes on stage, with the crowd

calling for more, and they were only too glad

to carry on and the night over-ran well after

midnight. When it finally ended, everyone

agreed this was the best Welcome night ever,

and when is the next one?

Our Monthly Meeting was on 1 st October,

where Rosemary was assisted by Yvonne,

who told us of forthcoming events. We will

be going again to the races at Mijas next

year, but as yet no dates can be fixed until

Rosemary hears from the organisers, but

it will most likely be February. Next year’s

Summer Ball will be at Pinito De Oro in the

Espuñas again as it was such an excellent

night last year, and will be on Wednesday

20 th June. Tickets are €29, rooms will be

€45 and coaches will be available – price to

be confirmed nearer the time. Names were

taken for those interested, so if you want to

go, please be quick, as this is one of the most

popular events on the calendar.

Other tickets available:

16 th November Dance, featuring Samantha

Curtis, new to this area, and from Benidorm,

Rob Sweeney. Just €9 and €5 more for

chicken and chips.

7 th December Ladies’ Day to Benidorm is

almost full, so if you haven’t got your ticket

and want to go, please be quick. There will be

two coaches going, with tickets including the

Rich Bitch at €17, and shopping only at €12.

14 th December Christmas Party Night with

Showaddywaddy Legends and the ladies’

favourite, the one and only Nick Gold. €12

only and €5 for chicken and chips.

New Year’s Eve tickets are €25, and

featured are The Beagles and Donna

Glass. Included is a buffet, party bags, and

champagne and grapes at midnight.

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The next Welcome Meeting will be on 5 th

November, when tickets will be on sale for

the Games Night on 11 th January, at just

€3, and also The Saviours of Soul Tribute

Night on 18 th January featuring the lovely

Shirelle, Pat Martin and .Jimmy Mac.

Actually, I said last month! I’ll be reporting

on our Benidorm trip next month, not this

month as I said. That’s because we leave for

Benidorm after the deadline for the printers!


Dates for the Book/Jigsaw Swap are 8 th &

22 nd November at the ICA Clinic on the dualcarriageway

on Camposol Sector B. Further

details from Jo on 669457985.

Fun Petanca is on 2 nd and 30 th November

at 1.00pm, and then the last Wednesday of

each month. Call Les on 968131880 for more


Welcome is open to everybody. There is no

membership – just come along and meet

friends old and new. For more details and tickets

for all events, call Rosemary on 620105179,

or email, or


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Christian Humanitarian Aid Charity in the

Mazarrón & Surrounding area

OUR mission statement:-

We help anyone in need, irrespective of

race, creed or status.

Matthew 25 v 35-36 “When I was Hungry

you fed me, when I was Thirsty you gave

me a drink, when I needed Clothes you

clothed me, when I was a Stranger you

invited me in, when I ………”

What Can You Do to MAKE A DIFFERENCE??

To Those who Live in Homes below!!

Continue to support our ‘Outreach’ Work in the

Community by visiting our Shop, on the corner

of Calle Carmen & Calle Larga. When walking:-

southwards along Avenida de la Constitucion

(the main high street) turn up beside Banks

(on left); Santander & Popular into C/

Carmen, pass Hotel/Restaurant ‘Guillermo

II’ & GO maD will be found on the right.

When driving:- pass the two Banks & take the

next left turning beside ‘Koala’(blue painted

baby shop), 2 nd left into C/Larga & GO maD is

then on the left.

These are just a small selection of the many homes we visit; want to see for

yourself, or join our Outreach Team, be a Volunteer in the Shop or Help in other

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& Furniture Collections)

For Donations/Drop off Points call: Shop 634 321 161 open Tues/Weds/Thurs/

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The first walk of the season was held

in San Juan de las Torreros on 17 th

September with about 20 walkers

enjoying the coastal route around that

area. Lunch was held in a local restaurant

after the walk and a brief discussion

was held on basic points of humanism.

The October walk was held on 22 nd in the

La Majada area near Mazarrón with lunch

at the end as usual in the local restaurant

El Puente. The following day a group of

members walked in the Race for Life at

Camposol to raise money for the MABS

cancer campaign.

A new venture will be launched on Sat

5th November with the first meeting of

the Darwinian Gardeners. This is a club

for gardening enthusiasts and will start

with a visit to a wholesale gardening centre

in La Majada meeting at 11am in the car

park outside Restaurant El Puente for the

short drive to the centre. Lunch afterwards

in El Puente. There will be the opportunity

to buy plants at the garden centre. We

hope to have a separate web-page for the

gardening club and this will be accessed

through the website as is

the evolutionist page.

Dates for the future:

November 19 th for a walk in the Almeria

end of our group

December 10 th for the Darwinian gardeners.

Dec 17 th will be a walk in the Peñas Blancas

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Phone 968599437

Would you go to a vet for a medical?

With the on-going global economic crisis and

the financial problems experienced by individuals,

major corporations and industry sectors,

there are many people who have lost confidence

in the financial sector over the past few

years. So when it comes to important issues,

such as insurance matters, maybe it’s worth

asking: “Should you deal with a bank or would

it preferable to speak with a traditional broker

or agent?”

In the late 1980’s /early 1990’s many insurers

who entered the Spanish market were promoted

by banking institutions who used their

branches and salaried employees to sell their

insurance products. This led to an increase in

the diversity of financial products sold, bringing

about a slight financial advantage and significant

market share to the banks. By the

early 2000’s banks led the way in life insurance,

where eight out of the top ten life insurers

(in terms of premium volume), were affiliated

with bank groups. Although a success, it

did not translate to other core insurance areas

(car, accident, health) where agents, brokers

and insurers’ offices were more successful in

contracting policies.

Despite the success of banks, many customers

in Spain have not been so impressed, citing a

range of negative experiences, with complaints

such as poor service, expensive premiums and

slow waiting times in banks. Negative feedback

highlighted cases where policies weren’t

received by homeowners so they were left

unaware of their cover. Also, there have been

cases where the value of the property did not

correspond with the mortgage and many others

experienced problems making claims.

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Whether isolated incidents or not, for many

people seeking to contract their insurance, going

through a bank is not an option they wish

to pursue. It may be due to a general lack of

confidence in the banking industry as a whole,

or the perception that banks have a lack of

experience in insurance underwriting and that

their expansion into unrelated products has led

to expensive premiums. Whether this is justifiable

or not, it may just come down to the

fact that ultimately many people prefer to deal

directly with a broker for a friendly, efficient,

uncomplicated service. Customers want to

feel confident that they are going to be offered

expert, independent advice, tailored to their

particular circumstances and at competitive

prices; a service that can only be unique to a

broker, such as Knight Insurance Brokers.

For more information regarding insurance, contact

Knight Insurance Brokers S.A. on 902

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Tracy, your fully qualified Dog Listener in


An all too common problem for dog owners

is that the dog jumps up at you when

you come home and often jumps all over

visitors too! This problem can be greatly

improved by simply ignoring your dog when

you come in until he is calm. After any

separation (and by this I mean any time

when there has been a barrier between

you and your dog), when you walk into

the house or room, do not greet your dog,

don’t speak to him, don’t touch him and do

not make eye contact.

If the dog is jumping up and hurting you

or scratching you, calmly and gently push

him down whilst still not making eye

contact or speaking. Using your forearm

to block him is the best way. Carry on as

normal if possible, i.e. take off your jacket,

put your bag(s) down, put the kettle on,

put the shopping away etc. Be prepared

for your dog to back off and give up for

a short while, only to try again and again

to get your attention. In this case, repeat

the ignoring procedure. Once your dog

has finally calmed, wait 5 minutes or so to

make sure he is completely calm and then

call the dog over to you and you can now

greet him at last. If the excited behaviour

and jumping up starts again, ignore him

again without speaking or making eye

contact and keep repeating this until he

gets the message. Dogs usually respond to

this message quite quickly, however, it is

a procedure that you will always have to


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Most people look on this behaviour from

their dog as a sign that the dog is really

pleased you are home because they’ve

missed you lots! Whilst a certain element of

this is true, they are actually only following

their basic instincts. In a pack of wild dogs

or wolves, when the alpha pair go out on

the hunt they will take some of the pack

with them, but will also leave some behind

to look after the babies and the territory.

Upon their return, the remainder of the

pack need to know that whilst the alpha

pair were out, nothing happened to them

that would change their ability to lead the

pack, such as getting injured. They need to

ask questions of the alpha and they do this

by giving him unwanted attention – if he

behaves as usual and stays calm, claiming

his space and ignoring them without

making any eye contact, they know he is

still strong and they do not have to step

into his shoes to ensure the safety of the

pack. They will do this every time they are

re-united after a separation, therefore your

dog will ask these same questions of you

every time you return after a separation.

Once you have mastered this technique,

your dog will get his answer within seconds

of your coming home and will settle down

much quicker.

You will also have to forewarn any expected

guests or visitors to follow this method

when arriving at your house as your dog

needs to learn that this attention seeking

behaviour is not wanted or welcomed. Do

not make the mistake of shouting at your

dog and telling him off or dragging him

away from your visitors – he must learn

from them what behaviour is expected of

him. This method sends powerful messages

to your dog, letting him know that he is

not the pack leader in your home, however,

this is just one of several ways to let your

dog know that you are the leader!

For help in taking control of your “pack”

and for a one to one consultation, please

contact Tracy on 868 082 011 or 630 021


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BY Jennifer Rahman, Emotional Freedom

Techniques Therapist and Life Coach.

Ever wondered why it is so hard to shift those

last few pounds? Tired of calorie counting,

tasteless protein shakes and hours at the

gym? Frustrated seeing friends enjoy pizza

and pasta and not put on an ounce yet you

do? Ever find yourself raiding the fridge for

comfort food instead of healthy snacks?

Sounds familiar? Well, the answer ladies,

is not what you eat but why you eat and

the culprit is- STRESS! STRESS in any

form, mild or severe, produces a hormone

called “cortisol” that actually promotes the

storage of abdominal fat in the body and may

be the primary connection between stress

and obesity. Recently, Josephine Teague,

Chair of the Hypnotherapy Association in UK

and Dr. Kate Evans of Weight Concern UK,

both admit that it is important to address

both the psychological as well as the physical

needs of overweight people. This has spurred

an urgent review of scientific studies into

psychological approaches to weight loss,

especially the vital connection between

weight gain and stress.

STRESS can be defined as any type of

change that causes physical, emotional or

psychological strain such as divorce, death,

bankruptcy etc. Not all types of STRESS

are harmful or negative. However, when

we are faced with chronic STRESS over a

long period, it over activates our autonomic

nervous system and weakens our immune

system and if left unchecked, can lead to

physical ailments including depression,

diabetes, hair loss, OCD and obesity.

People who are stressed either crave salty,

fatty or sweet foods to counteract tension.

Weight gain can also occur even though

you stick to a healthy diet. In 2000, a study

showed that even lean women who gained

weight in response to STRESS tended

to be less able to adapt to and manage

stressful conditions. There are many ways

to combat STRESS in Spain but the latest

energy therapy called Emotional Freedom

Techniques (EFT) is the one that is proving

popular, quick, effective and safe. It is a

celebrity “must-have” and fans include

Lily Allen, Alex Reid, Michael Flatley, Paul

Mckenna, Madonna and Deepak Chopra.

EFT uses gentle “tapping” actions on specific

acupressure points on the body known to

store negative energy and emotions. Positive

words or “affirmations” are then used to

neutralise negative thought patterns that

cause stress and trigger bad eating habits. No

drugs, needles or hypnotherapy are involved

in EFT. Neither do you have to commit to a

course or series of sessions to be stress-free.

“The benefits of EFT are long lasting and

many clients only require one session to

be stress free and in control of their lives

again. This is good value for money and

a session is reasonably priced making it

within everyone’s budget”, said Jennifer

Rahman, an EFT therapist in Spain and an

internationally recognised EFT feature writer.

For a FREE personal consultation or to

find out more about EFT, contact Jennifer

on her mobile: 63 4358 310 or visit her

website at: www.lifemaxxinternational.

com Charities or non-profit organisations

interested in a FREE demonstration, can

contact Jennifer as well for a discussion. EFT

can be administered either in person (Costa

Cálida) OR by SKYPE, telephone or email –all

equally effective.

Jennifer also offers animal EFT therapy

sessions and was recently featured in “A

Place in the Sun” magazine (October issue).

For more articles on EFT, see “My Spanish

Life” website under health and wellbeing.

Please note that EFT is not a replacement for

medical diagnosis, treatment or advice.


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What a night!! Over 200 friends and clients

old and new turned up to the Novo Carthago

Restaurant in Los Urutias to celebrate with

volunteers from HAH Help at Home on their

1 st birthday. A superb buffet consisting of

too many dishes to mention, including both

English and Indian savouries, with curries,

chilli and jacket potatoes was prepared by

the owner Allen and his chef and their staff.

The entertainment was provided by the

extremely popular ‘Mr Entertainment’, Tony

Lincoln, and backed up by HAH’s own Caring

Service Manager Angela Coady, singing Amy

Winehouse and other covers. This was a night

for fun, eating, having a drink with friends,

and dancing. The ‘Take That’ tribute by some

of the partygoers was hilarious, Tony certainly

knows how to make the party go with a swing!

Although this was not a fund-raising event,

over 250€ was donated by the partygoers on

the night.

HAH founder, Lesley Eburne was quite

overwhelmed by the success, and said that

lots of people couldn’t get tickets for the

night as the event sold out very quickly.

She thanked everyone for coming along, the

fantastic HAH volunteers who have worked so

hard and local people and businesses for their

continued support and generosity.

Can you offer a little time to help care for

people in their own homes, hours to suit you

and following an assessment by our qualified

nurse, please telephone our Caring Service

Manager Angela on 603 517 770. Maybe you

could help raise funds, or could hold a fund

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raising event for this valuable free caring

service? If so, please call Lesley on 968 134


Snooker Star Joins HAH

Willie Thorne

Willie Thorne is the current World Seniors Snooker

Champion. His playing career has been showered

with success, with a total of 14 tournament victories

worldwide “The Great WT”, as he is affectionately

known, was a regular in the Top 16 World Ranking

players for well over a decade. Willie is the World

Record holder of the highest number of 147 breaks

in the history of snooker (190) earning him the

nickname “Mr. Maximum”.

At the recent Mar Menor Golf Society Captains

Golf Dinner, Willie agreed to become the

patron Of HAH Help At Home saying “He

would be proud to become the patron and

would consider it an honour”. Willie works

closely with many different charities, including

being a patron for Rainbows Hospice for

Children and Young People, who he helps to

raise money for on a regular basis. Other

charities include Sparks. Princes Trust, Froglife

& The Variety Club.

Top class performers in any sporting discipline are

a rare breed but few have the ability to be truly

entertaining and liked. A scarce commodity indeed

that has made Willie one of the nation’s most

popular sporting celebrities and one that HAH are

proud to have as their Patron.


The Mar Menor Golf Society Captain’s

Dinner Dance was held recently at the

Intercontinental Hotel at the resort. 150+

owners, families and friends were there to

enjoy the sumptuous dinner and presentation

of the trophies by this year’s captain, George

Fidler and HAH patron current world seniors’

snooker champion Willie Thorne. After the

presentation to the golfers, Lesley (HAH

founder), and Nurse Practitioner Lynda

Christopher, thanked Captain George, the

owners and friends for all the support they

have given to HAH during the past year.

Willie Thorne, thanked the Golf Society for

the fantastic evening, the golf, and their usual

hospitality, and then had the diners in stitches

recalling some of the hilarious moments and

sporting errors he encountered during his

career. Little Miss Dynamite, Suzi G, then put

on a fabulous show with her girls, and soon

had just about everyone up dancing into the

early hours.

HAH volunteers were invited back to the hotel

to receive a cheque totalling a staggering

4,920€, from Captain George. Lesley thanked

Capt. George, Les Owen, Bob Bushnell,

owners, golfers, families and friends for their

amazing generosity and the events that they

had planned, quiz, coach trip, tombola, the

collection tins (144€) where the golfers were

asked to ‘show us yer brown bits’. She added

that the amount of work they have put into

raising this money is unbelievable, and we are

so proud to have been able to offer medical

assistance to Geoff, one of their own, and

to have this association with them all. She

also thanked the ‘Friday Frolickers’ for their

continued support, and the amount of work

and events they hold on behalf of HAH and

said,” They are a fantastic bunch of people,

and great fun to be around. It is always a

pleasure to meet up with them all.” Les Owen

also thanked OLA GOLF for their courtesy and


If you would like to become a HAH carer, please

call Angela on 603 517770, fundraising, Lesley

968 134 978, or need medical advice, tel: 633

673 034 or email helpathomespain@gmail.

com Website

Our pictures show: Presentations by CPT.

George, Vice Capt Bob Bushnell and Willie


l-r (on stairs, Capt George Ridley. Les Owen

and Bob Bushnell MMGR having presented the

cheque to HAH volunteers)


A new monthly social group was formed on

19 th October at the Garden, behind Euro

Marina in Los Alcazares. The main purpose

of the group is to integrate people who are

recovering from illness, who feel a little

isolated, or those who would just like to

make new friends.

C Companionship

H Health care

A Advice

T Talking

T Therapy

E Enjoyment

R Relaxation

S Socialising

If you would like more information or would

like to become a HAH carer, please call

Angela on 603 517770, fundraising, Lesley

968 134 978, or need medical advice, tel:

633 673 034 or email helpathomespain@ Website

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2,500€ TO MABS

Photos by Mike Prentice

SAMM presented a cheque for 2,500€ to

MABS, from the money collected for the

SAMM MABS Sponsored Charity Sailing

Race held on 25 th September 2011.

The day began with very little wind, but

fortunately as the start time approached,

it began to improve. The direction was

constantly changing between North East

and East which presented something of

a headache for the race officers including

Barrie Harding, a professional race officer

who came over from Cowes, when setting

the two courses.

The Class 1 Race (Cruisers) was won by

Norwegian Ole Jan Midttun, in his beautiful

Benateau First 44.7 “Apex”. In second

place was Derek English in the Stryder

Club catamaran “Hamoor”. In third place

was Ian Robinson in the Benateau Ocianis

36 “Lottie”.

The Class

2 Race


w i n n e r

was Alan

Hillman in a

Laser Bahia.

Second was

Brian Murray

sailing the

Weta 14

Trimaran. In

third place

were Ingo

Wilson and Vernon O’Byrne sailing the

Laser 2000 “Shoestring Tres”.

MABS would like to thank everyone

involved with the race from the helms and

their crews, Bob Miles and the 2 safety

boat crews, the committee boat, Moody 30

“Rosie” owned by Huw and Margaret Jones,

and all the other people within SAMM who

made the day such a success.

If you would like to find out more and see

more photos go to www.sailingmarmenor.




3 Thursday 2.00pm

Christmas Fayre, Lodosol Restaurant, San

Pedro del Pinatar. Lots of Christmas bargains.

17 Thursday 10.30- 1pm

Coffee Morning at the HELP Office Calle

Penelope 11, Los Narejos, Urbanizacion Oasis,

Los Alcazares.

Cards, Diaries and Calendars on sale at

reasonable prices.

24 Thursday 7.30 pm

Race Night, Lui’s Lounge, Camping La

Encina, San Javier

25 Friday 12pm

Sheena from Ascension JS at the Friendship

Group Meeting at the Cafe Golf, San Javier

to demonstrate Reiki Head Massage

The General Meeting of HELP Murcia

Mar Menor in November will take place

on Monday 7 November at Las Claras,

instead of the usual Tuesday.


There is no General Meeting of HELP

Murcia Mar Menor in December.

6 Tuesday 1 pm

Christmas Lunch for members of HELP at

the Oasis Restaurant, Los Belones at a cost of


14 Wednesday 1.30 pm

Office Volunteers Lunch at Las Claras, Los


The HELP MMM Car Boot is at the Sunday

Market at the Autocine, Los Narejos

Tickets for most events are available from

Joan Mitchell on 868 185685 or 678 135457

Details of these events, plus directions, can be

found on the website on the Event Calendar

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will be staged November 5 th to 26 th featuring

nine concerts;

Wanda Jackson / Herman Dune (5th),

Sly Johnson / Luisa Sobral (11 th ),

Bettye LaVette / Cowboy Junkies (12th),

Anoushka Shankar (13th),

Ryuichi Sakamoto Trio (16th),

Dee Dee Bridgewater / Lizz Wright (18th),

McCoy Tyner Trio with José James + Chris

Potter / Madeleine Peyroux (19th),

Pat Metheny Trio (20 th ),

Fleet Foxes / Vetiver (26 th )

The concerts will be staged at the Nuevo

Teatro Circo and the new Auditorio y Centro

de Congresos “El Batel” rooms.

Wanda Jackson is an American singer,

songwriter, pianist and guitarist who had

success in the mid-1950’s and 60’s as one

of the first popular female rockabilly singers

and a pioneering rock and roll artist. She is

known to many as the Queen (or First Lady)

of Rockabilly.

My Own Hell To Raise’ (2005), but has

long been revered to as a living legend in

the black music community.

Cowboy Junkies are a Canadian alternative

country/blues/folk rock band. The

group was formed in Toronto in 1985 by

Margo Timmins (vocalist), Michael Timmins

(songwriter, guitarist), Peter Timmins

(drummer) and Alan Anton (bassist).

Anoushka Shankar is an Indian sitar

player and composer who lives between

the United States, the United Kingdom, and

India. She is the daughter of Indian sitar

player Ravi Shankar and Sukanya Shankar.

Through her father, she is the half-sister of

Norah Jones.

legendary pianist


Tyner. This

is José’s

first visit to

Murcia; miss

him at your



Peyroux is

an American

jazz singer,


and guitarist.

She is noted

for her vocal

style, which has been compared to that of

Billie Holiday. Peyroux has cited Billie Holiday,

Bessie Smith, Patsy Cline, Édith Piaf,

Leonard Cohen, Johnny Mercer, Charlie

Chaplin, Serge Gainsbourg and Bob Dylan

as influences on her music.

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Herman Düne is a French folk rock French

duo, formed in 1999. Originally a trio, the

band now consists of David-Ivar Herman

Düne (guitars and vocals) and Néman

Herman Düne (drums and sometimes

backing vocals).

Parisian soul

singer Sly


formerly of

the rap collective


Supa Crew,

released his

debut album

in 2010.

“Rap and all

it stood for

couldn’t be

my key to self-discovery anymore. Soul music

was the answer. It has always made me

want to cry and dance at the same time.”

Testiment to that is his CD ‘74’ showcasing

his influences from Otis Redding to Marvin

Gaye. Appearing with Sly Johnson is the

Portuguese jazz singer, guitarist, songwriter

Luisa Sobral.

I saw Bettye


at Palacio de


de Alicante

in March earlier

this year

and she blew

my socks off.

Her eclectic

musical style


elements of

soul, blues,

rock and roll,

funk, gospel,

and country music. Check out her rendition

of ‘Love, Reign o’er Me’ on YouTube in

tribute to Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.

Only in recent years has she achieved

intermittent fame with her album, ‘I’ve Got

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Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese musician,

composer, record producer, writer, singer,

pianist, and actor, based in Tokyo and

New York. He began his career in 1978 as

a member of the pioneering electronic music

band Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO),

where he played the keyboards and occasionally

sang the vocals. The band was an

international success, with worldwide hits

such as ‘Computer Game / Firecracker’

(1978) and ‘Behind the Mask’ (1978), the

latter written and sung by Sakamoto. At

around the same time, he began pursuing a

solo career in pop music, debuting with an

experimental electronic fusion album ‘The

Thousand Knives of Ryūichi Sakamoto’

(1978), and later released the pioneering

electro music album ‘B-2 Unit’ (1980).

Two-time Grammy award winner, American

jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater will

perform “To Billie With Love – A Celebration

of “Lady Day”. Billie Holiday’s

music has long been a huge influence on

Ms. Bridgewater’s career. Her tribute album

‘Eleanora Fagan (1915-1959): To

Billie with Love ...’ won the 2011 Grammy

Award for best jazz album. I saw her

perform magnificently in ‘Lady Day’ on the

West End stage back in 1986. This chica is a

class act. Appearing with Ms. Bridgewayer

is Lizz Wright an amazing American jazz/

R&B singer and composer.

The one name that jumped straight out of

the programme at me - singer José James.

He is a phenomenal young talent from NYC

that blends modern jazz and hip-hop. On

this occasion he will be performing “A contemporary

exploration of John Coltrane

and Johnny Hartman” together with the

Pat Metheny is an American jazz guitarist

and composer; one of the most successful

and critically acclaimed jazz musicians to

come to prominence in the 1970’s and ‘80’s.

His style incorporates elements of progressive

and contemporary jazz, post-bop, latin

jazz and jazz fusion. He has three gold albums

and 18 Grammy Awards.

Fleet Foxes

are a folk

band which

formed in Seattle,



band came to


in 2008 with

the release

of their second

EP, ‘Sun

Giant’, and

their debut full length album ‘Fleet Foxes’.

Both ‘Sun Giant’ and their eponymous debut

album received much critical praise and

reviewers often noted their use of refined

lyrics and vocal harmonies. Appearing with

Fleet Foxes is Vetiver, an American folk

band headed by songwriter Andy Cabic.

Tickets can be purchased from the theatre

box offices and on-line at www.entradas.

com. Festival passes are available, limited

to 250, applicable to all concerts except

Fleet Foxes and Vetiver. Passes have

three prices depending on the seat position

in the Auditorium and Congress Palace of El

Batel; €80 stalls, €70 in the first amphitheatre

and €60 in the second amphitheatre.

Passes can be purchased only at the box office

Nuevo Teatro Circo or by telephone with

a credit card on 968 501 615. Ticket sales

direct from the ticket office for El Batel are

available from November 1st. For more information


or telephone 986 128 813.

More festival and concert information at


com. Keep the ViBES ALiVE!

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Raquel Peña, President, wishes to announce

that the Flamenco for All non-profit Cultural

Association performing group and the

Sevillana’s Social Club are back into full

swing after the summer break. Up-coming

events include many performances for charities

including shows for AECC for breast cancer

awareness in Quesada, October 16th and

on November 25th at the Yacht Club, Torrevieja

a show for Alzheimers Torrevieja.

The Sevillana’s Social Club meets every

last Sunday of the month (except December)

at the new Asturias Restaurant at 8pm.

This is open to anyone who enjoys Spanish

dance and music. You don’t need to know

how to dance, as Raquel invites everyone to

join in by doing handclapping and enjoying

the evening with tapas, a beverage and mini

Flamenco show all for €6 members and €8

non-members. The November 27th meeting

will be our annual Christmas Dinner when

a full dinner will be served, a full Flamenco

show with guest artists from The Raquel

Peña Flamenco Professional Dance Company

and the Flamenco for All amateur

performers will all perform. Raquel Peña, will

also perform. Raquel says she has tried to

retire, but in celebration of the Unesco naming

2012 the year of the active senior citizen

and the many requests for her to continue

performing, is preparing a new programme

in which she will take an active part. The

Christmas Dinner will also be at the new

Asturias Restaurant and a special raffle with

some big prizes will be held. The Christmas

Dinner prices are €10 members and €12


Other on going events:

The social club is organising a 4 day, 3

night Cultural Trip to Cordoba, Sevilla and

Jerez for early May 2012

New Flamenco and Sevillanas classes are

being offered at the Flamenco for All Dance

Centre in Pilar de la Horadada

Raquel Peña is offering a new programme this

season, a one time fun class especially designed

for birthday parties, clubs, weddings,

etc. to give people a chance to try Flamenco

dancing where the Flamenco rumba will be

taught and everyone has a good time and to

do something very different. This is suitable

for all ages; even those who can’t dance are


For more information on any of the above,

please contact the Flamenco for All offices

at: 630 689 431 or email:

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One of the favourite venues of ADAPT

Singles Friendship Group is Lilly´s on

Plaza la Torre (the old square) at Torre de

la Horadada. 16 members enjoyed lunch

there and were not disappointed. As usual

the food was excellent and the staff very

pleasant and obliging.

Celebrating Two Years of Classy Kitchen with

“Kitchens Plus 1”!

Kitchens Plus 1 have been designing and

constructing kitchens on the Costa Cálida,

including Camposol, Bolnuevo, Mazarrón

and Isla Plana since 2009, making it a

pleasure to cook in a super modern kitchen

and they wish to thank their loyal clients for

contributing to their success.

No job is too large or small for Kitchens

Plus 1 as they can supply anything from a

single replacement door to a complete fitted

kitchen. Business owners, Philip and Derrian

Beech share over 20 years of experience

in the trade, having operated successful

businesses both here and in the UK. They

are joined by an English-speaking team of

skilled fitters who take an equal pride in

their work, and are happy to advise clients

on the best choice for them, which will not

only suit their needs, but also compliment

the image of their home and existing décor,

ensuring that complete satisfaction is

guaranteed every time.

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The Singles Friendship Group, apart

from having a jolly outing each Sunday,

is a wonderful support network. We have

32 members now and are one of the most

consistent groups within ADAPT others

being the Out and About Club, Rambling,

Computer, Cycling, English/Spanish

Conversation and our Metal Detecting Group

to mention just a few.

ADAPT is well known in the San Pedro

and surrounding areas. One of the main

aims of the association is the integration

with the Spanish community and with

the environment. This is very much

appreciated and acknowledged by the Town

Hall and local residents.

If you would like to find out more

about ADAPT come along to our next

meeting at the Pensionistas Club, San Pedro

at 10am Saturday November 5th.

Enid Winskill, Publicity and Information.

Tel. 966 189 402

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Celebrating their second year being

established in San Pedro del Pinatar,

Kitchens Plus 1 offers a wealth of inspired

solutions to transform a tired looking kitchen

and make the homeowner the “Hostess

(or host) with the Mostess!” Whether they

wish to purchase all of the materials and

DIY; or leave it in the capable hands of the

professionals, clients cannot hope to find a

wider choice or better price anywhere else.

Kitchens Plus 1 supply an extensive range

of high quality doors, with over 200 colours

and designs available to suit all tastes, from

a traditional “Shaker” style door or matt

wood grain effect, to an ultra modern shiny

gloss. We all know that building structures

are not always “uniform” here in Spain, so

the company supplies a “standard” range

of approx 50 sizes, as well as making

“odd” sizes to order. A variety of work

surfaces can be chosen to complete the

effect, with laminate, granite, compaq or

silestone finishes. Kitchens Plus 1 is one

of few showrooms on the coast to supply

the inspired new Roxton work surface for a

super stylish finish. Each of these is again

available in a plethora of fabulous colours

and designs. Furthermore, Kitchens Plus

1 supply a collection of useful accessories

and appliances, such as sink tops, which

are available in a variety of shapes, sizes

and designs including stainless steel or

composite formats. A complete range of

cooking, washing and drying appliances can

also be purchased through Kitchens Plus

1, at very competitive prices!

Philip and Derrian are pleased to visit

clients at their home to discuss the range of

options available and measure the desired

area before constructing a blueprint for the

job. Once they are completely satisfied with

the plan, the team will offer a no obligation

quote and can arrange a suitable start date

in accordance with delivery dates.

For further information give Kitchens

Plus 1 a call on 968 184 235 or visit their

showroom which is situated in San Pedro del

Pinatar, approximately 100mts past the Lidl

supermarket, on the opposite side of the

road. Alternatively you may email them at or log onto their


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The Torrevieja branch of the U3A held their

September monthly meeting at La Rustica

Restaurant on Thursday 29 th September.

The meeting was well attended with

approximately 200 members present.

The chairman informed the members of the

latest developments for club members and

gave them the final information about the

sell-out 5 th Anniversary Gala Evening

which was held at the Palacio de la Musica on

Thursday 27 th October. Information included

the guests, the attendance of the British

Consul in Alicante and local dignitaries

along with orchestral music from a local

Torrevieja orchestra. The guest speaker

was Chris Davidson, a club member, who

is also a member of Crevillent Comparsa

(a group of between 150 and 400 people),

who take part in the ‘Moors and Christians

Fiesta’ in Crevillent each year. Chris gave

an interesting and informative talk, while

dressed in the uniform of his club, on the

history of both Crevillent and the composition

and structure of a Comparsa and the part

the Comparsa play in the pageant.

There was no normal October meeting

because of the Gala Evening so the

next monthly meeting will be Thursday

24 th November at 10.30am at La Rustica

Restaurant. The speaker in November

will be Nik Morton, past Chairman of the

Torrevieja Writers’ Circle, and now Editor in

Chief of Solstice Publishing.

U3A membership is open to all nationalities,

but the language of communication is


The Pets In Spain team are here to help

abandoned animals in Spain and others

in need of re-homing. If you are looking

to adopt a dog or cat, or need to find

a home for one, or if you simply want

to know more about taking care of your

pet in Spain, this is the web site for you.

When Harvey was

abandoned as a puppy,

he was starving

and he tried to eat

a processionary caterpillar.

We rescued

him and took him to

the vet clinic immediately.

Harvey had

surgery to remove

part of his tongue

which had been destroyed

with infection.

Thankfully he made a full recovery

and he can drink and eat like any other dog.

Harvey is 8 months old and weighs just 4

kilos. He is vaccinated and has a full pet

passport eligible for all of Europe. Harvey is

excellent with other dogs and cats and is a

perfect lap dog. Call: 654 027 748

Sheba is a lovely

girl 3+ years Belgian

shepherd cross. She

has Leishmania, but

just needs to take

her tablets each day.

She is vaccinated and

sterilized. She is a

beautiful friendly girl.

Call: 659 274 573

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Beth is approx

2yrs old.

She is fully


and spayed.

She has a

lovely playful


and gets

on great with

other dogs. Beth could settle into any family

home. Call: 693 100 712.

This beautiful kitten

needs an extra special

loving home because

he is deaf. He

cannot go outside as

he cannot hear traffic

or other animals

around him. Call:

646 645 035.

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Wednesday, 9 th November – GLITZY

FASHION SHOW – Rosalind’s, Rio Nalón

– 2.00 pm

Some fabulous, top-quality outfits will be

paraded and auctioned off – a not-to-bemissed

event! Call 634 362 826 for details.

Sunday, 13 th November – MABS RACE

FOR LIFE – Club Nautico, Los Alcázares

- 11.00 am

Our 4 th annual Race for Life. Great fun to walk

or run along the promenade – only 3Km. You

can enter individually or as a team; you can

even walk with your dog! See the website for

further details:

Friday, 18 th November – SONG & DANCE

CABARET – Serena Golf Hotel – 7.00 pm

Back by popular demand after last year’s sellout

show with Crazy Ladies, Viva quartet and

dancing into the early hours. Tickets are 5

Euros each and will go quickly. Call 968 171

356 to reserve your ticket now!

Saturday, 26 th November – FIRST


Cancer Centre, San Javier – 12.00 pm –

3.00 pm

Canapés, Cava and live entertainment. Come

and join us to celebrate and pick up a bargain

at the same time! Information: 615 016 035


Arches Restaurant, Los Alcázares 10.00

am - 1.00 pm

(weather permitting)

The MABS Book Stall is a regular feature at

The Arches Restaurant on a Saturday and is

popular with book-lovers from Los Alcázares

and the surrounding areas. Browse the stall

and enjoy a coffee or bargain breakfast while

you choose your books.

Keep watching the press or visit our

website for more


For further details, please call 634 362




1 st & 3 rd Friday each month - MABS

Market Stall in Calasparra Market – 9.00

am - 1.00 pm

Situated opposite the Gran Via cafe

(This is held between 9 am -1 pm)

2 nd Wednesday of the month - MABS

Murcia NW Volunteer Monthly Meeting –

5.00 pm

New venue: Hotel Argos (between Calasparra

& Cehegin) – new volunteers welcome.

Call 650 103 095 for further details.

Last Friday of the month - MABS Book

Stall – 11.00 am – 2.00 pm

Outside the Trevol Bar/Cafe on Urb. Tierra del

Sol, Calasparra.

for further information on Calasparra

events, please contact: mabsmurcianw@


Saturday, 19 th November – MABS

Christmas Fayre – Sensol Hotel,

Camposol – 1.00 pm

Get into the festive spirit and stock up on

Christmas goodies – lots of interesting stalls,

with something for everyone. Call 689 052

123 for information.

Tuesday 29 th November – VOLUNTEERS

MEETING – Trevi Bar, Camposol Sector

B – 11.30 am

MABS Mazarrón monthly meeting. Volunteers

always welcome. Call 693 362 823 for more

details on how to become a volunteer.



Do you want to make a difference? Got

some time to spare?

Become a MABS volunteer

Call 634 362 823 now

Email: or visit

our website

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Dear Editor

Thanks so much for all you do for HAH. I sincerely

believe that without so much support

from people like you, we wouldn’t be where

we are today. The ‘spread’ you give us in the

Chronicle is fantastic, and we really do appreciate

it. Thanks again for your time and support

for us.

Kind regards

Lesley (Founder of HAH)

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We are coming up to Age Concern’s busiest

time of the year. Do we need reminding

that Christmas can be and is for many

elderly folk living on their own, a lonely,

bleak time? Give a thought to your neighbours.

It is also a time to celebrate and

enjoy yourselves and Age Concern has its

social calendar.

An innovation is a Monthly Menu del

Dia, to be held at different venues. The

first one was on 26 th October at Meson

Las Torres. Age Concern will run this on

the last Wednesday of the month, so the

November menu will be on the 30 th at the

Avenida Restaurant on the Paseo in Puerto

de Mazarrón. There are some six venues

in the pipeline, so easy to check and book

ahead. It is hoped that every occasion will

have a meal followed by entertainment,

but do people want music, or would they

like a quiz and play your cards right, or

bingo? Do make your feelings known either

at the meal, or at the Cultural Centre

on Camposol at one of the Age Concern

Socials. Tickets are available from Graham

on 634310215 or from the Cultural

Centre, Camposol, or on a Friday morning

outside the Trevi Bar, Camposol B, or

at the underground car park in Puerto de


Our December Social at the Cultural

Centre on Camposol will be on Wednesday

December 14 th from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

There are no tickets needed, just turn up.

You could check with the centre beforehand

on a preceding Wednesday if you are able

to contribute some food, especially some

mince pies, but this is not essential. The

ingredients for the afternoon are a short

panto (!), food, coffee or something stronger

and conversation. A little background

music will help oil the meeting.

The January Social is on Wednesday 4 th

January when you can help Age Concern

celebrate the New Year.

October saw a Rock n’ Roll evening

at Mariano’s on Camposol. Nearly 200

bopped the night away and half of them

had the chicken and chip supper. Over

400€ was raised by the raffle, with a dozen

prizes. The entertainment was provided

by Jimmy Mac, a versatile musician who

is based in Benidorm. The dance floor was

full all evening with a mixture of Teddy

boys with their girl friends in white socks

and stiff skirts, along with the more pedestrian

smart casual gear.

Age Concern’s Advice Centre at the Cultural

Centre, Camposol every Wednesday

from 10.30am until lunch time has proved

a great success. It is obvious from the response

that advice and help is sorely needed

by many. Age Concern does not have

a magic wand, but it does have expert help

and enthusiastic volunteers who can help

on a range of issues. If you are over fifty

then you are eligible for advice and assistance.

You can become a Friend of Age Concern

for 10€. Friends give Age Concern a small

source of income and are a big indication

of support.

The Age Concern Grand Christmas Fair

is in the Puerto de Mazarrón on Saturday

3rd December at Lagardo Verde

on the Via Axial from 11am until 5pm.

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Translate the English words below into Spanish




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November Quiz Questions

Questions on the October

2011 edition

1. Who wrote “In the dark”?

2. Who claims to have the

best roast on the coast?

3. What trade does Lopez Milan

do to earn a living?

4. Who sponsors the weather

on Costa Cálida Radio?















Answers on page 108

Monthly Quiz

5. What does Mick Scott offer


6. What is made stronger to

last longer?

7. Who offers a great venue

for parties with special

room rates?

8. If you called Vivian on

630939626 what would she

want to do?

9. Where would you find a

19 th Century café/bistro?

10. Who had to delay their

forthcoming production

from November to January

February 2012?

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Special Agents!

A very busy October for us, and although

most of the holidaymakers have finally

gone, leaving parking spaces at the

supermarket, we have been as active

as ever. We have taken on several new

properties, successfully let several homes

on long term leases and been heavily

involved in helping our clients to sort out

both Spanish red-tape and other common


Sadly it has become more common for

owners to contact us for help sorting out

their rental affairs after casual, informal

arrangement break down, often without the

owners getting any rent due to them.

A word of advice – check out your

rental agent as you would any other

service provider! There are many good

local companies around, so ask a few

simple questions and make sure you feel

comfortable and trust the agent, who will

after all be responsible for your income and

your property in Spain.

The following questions might help you

make a decision and find your own “Special


Check how long the agent has been

operating and find out if they are

legally self employed (autónomos)

or an S.L here in Spain.

Ask around, and see who other

people in your area use. Find out if

they are satisfied with the service

they get.

Ask the agent for the names of

current clients and other referees

and check out what they say. A

good agent will be quite happy to

provide the information and for

you to take up the references.

Have a look at the website, make

sure it looks professional and you

like the way that the properties

are presented.

Meet the agent for an informal

chat. Make sure that you feel

comfortable with them and feel

you can work with them.

Hopefully these simple checks will help you

have a successful partnership with your

chosen agent, whoever they may be!

Liz Edmiston runs OwnersAway Property

Rentals & Management offering a full

range of rental management services

to property owners on the Costa Cálída.

Contact Liz on 691977107 or info@ for more information

or visit the website www.ownersaway.

com to view the full range of properties

and services.

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The Dark

Side of the

Moon was

the eighth

studio album

by English


rock band

Pink Floyd.

The band

line up

was Roger


Dave Gilmour, Richard Wright and

Nick Mason. Released in March 1973

on the Harvest record label, the album

was developed during live performances,

and was premiered several months before

studio recording began. The material for

the album was recorded in two sessions in

1972 and 1973 at Abbey Road Studios in

London. The group used some of the most

advanced recording techniques of the time,

including multitrack recording and tape

loops. Analogue synthesizers were given

prominence in several tracks, and a series

of recorded interviews with the band’s road

crew and others provided the philosophical

quotations used throughout. Engineer Alan

Parsons was directly responsible for some

of the most notable sonic aspects of the

album, and the recruitment of performer

Clare Torry. The album’s iconic sleeve

features a prism that represents the band’s

stage lighting, the record’s lyrical themes,

and keyboardist Richard Wright’s request

for a “simple and bold” design. The first

track to be recorded was “Us and Them”,

followed six days later by “Money”. Waters

had created effects loops from recordings

of various money-related objects, including

coins thrown into a food-mixing bowl taken

from his wife’s pottery studio, and these

were later re-recorded to take advantage of

the band’s decision to record a quadraphonic

mix of the album. “Time” and “The Great

Gig in the Sky” were the next pieces to be

recorded, followed by a two-month break,

during which the band spent time with their

families and prepared for an upcoming tour

of the US.

The recording sessions suffered regular

interruptions; Roger Waters, a supporter

of Arsenal F.C., would often break to see

his team compete, and the band would

occasionally stop work to watch Monty

Python’s Flying Circus on the television,

leaving Parsons to work on material

recorded up to that point. Guitarist Dave

Gilmour has, however, disputed this claim;

in an interview in 2003 he said: “We would

sometimes watch them, but when we were

on a roll, we would get on.”

Returning from the US in January 1973, they

recorded “Brain Damage”, “Eclipse”,

“Any Colour You Like” and “On the

Run”, while fine-tuning the work they had

already laid down in the previous sessions.

A foursome of female vocalists was

assembled to sing on “Brain Damage”,

“Eclipse” and “Time”, and saxophonist

Dick Parry was booked to play on “Us

and Them” and “Money”. “Dark Side

of the Moon” was an immediate success,

topping the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart

for one week. It subsequently remained

in the charts for 741 weeks from 1973

to 1988, longer than any other album in

history. With an estimated 45 million copies

sold, it is Pink Floyd’s most commercially

successful album and one of the best-selling

albums worldwide. It has twice been remastered

and re-released, and has been

covered in its entirety by several other acts.

It spawned two singles, “Money” and “Us

and Them”. In addition to its commercial

success, “Dark Side of the Moon” is

one of Pink Floyd’s most popular albums

among fans and critics, and is frequently

ranked as one of the greatest rock albums

of all time. Personally I think the album will

be listened to for many more years to come

it is as stunning a piece of music now as

it was when it was first released. Truly a

classic album in every way.

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and Fri evenings 7.00-9.00pm and Thursday

afternoon 4.15-6.30pm.

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The Mazarrón Pudding Club was formed

by its President Reg Croxford 4 years ago.

Reg Croxford had previously been the

founding Secretary of a highly successful

Pudding Club in Whitstable, Kent and

since coming to Spain missed the

traditional steak and kidney pudding.

The club initially started with 8 members

and has steadily grown to its current limit

of 25 members. It meets 6 times a year i.e.

every other month in different restaurants

during the year, wherever a suitable meat

pudding can be obtained. Wives are invited

to the December and May luncheons.

It is managed by an Executive Committee

comprising the President, Reg Croxford,

Honorary Secretary, Bert Cardnell, and

an Honorary Treasurer, Brian Jermyn.

Membership is 10€ per year and a charity

collection of 2€ per diner is made at each luncheon.

The money collected is entered into a

draw that is held at the Annual General

Meeting in September. The names of all

members are put into a hat and the winner

whose name is picked out designates

the Charity to which the money is given.

In previous years 300€ was given to MABS,

300€ was donated to CARITAS in the form

of food and provisions and last year 400€

was donated to a Charity in aid of feeding

the poor and homeless in Cartagena.

This year the Club decided unanimously

to dispense with the members “Draw”

and make a donation of 400€ to

the Lorca Earthquake Relief Fund.

New members are welcomed initially to dine

as visitors and contact may be made to the

Secretary Bert Cardnell tel 679 789 925

Mass in English:

Is celebrated every Saturday at the Catholic

chapel at Pastrana, approximately 10km

from Mazarrón

Schedule of Masses:

Saturday at 4:30pm

Schedule of Confession:

Saturday from 3:45 to 4:25pm also on


Catechism for Adults and Bible Study:

Every Sunday at 4:30pm (beginning in


Fr. Carlos Prats mobile 628 824 555

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God has revealed His

greatest mercy at the

time of Redemption.

In fact, from birth to

the passion, death

and resurrection of

our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Father wanted to

show once and for

all how much we are

loved, how important

we are, how precious

we are to His merciful


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On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going

through the region between Samaria and

Galilee. As He entered the village, ten lepers

approached him. Keeping their distance,

they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have

mercy on us!” When He saw them he said

to them, “Go and show yourselves to the

priests.” And as they went, they were made

clean. Then one of them, when he saw that

he was healed, turned back, praising God

with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at

Jesus’ feet and thanked him. Then Jesus

asked: Were not ten healed? But the other

nine, where are they?

The fact is that if we are real Christians

(followers of Christ) then we should be moved

by those who are suffering, and we should

be driven to act to see if we can contribute

in any way to alleviate that suffering that is

what being a Christian means. That is what

love is, love of our neighbour, our neighbour

being all mankind.

Also to remember to pray for those who have

gone before us, including those we know and

those we don’t know, this is an important

act of love and mercy, and it is this love and

mercy that wins us our own immortality.

Oh, how pleasing to God is the soul that

follows faithfully the inspirations of His grace!

I (Mary) gave the Saviour to the world; as

for you (St. Faustina), you have to speak to

the world about His great mercy and prepare

the world for the Second Coming of Him who

will come, not as a merciful Saviour, but as

a Just Judge.

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Hello, Shannon here again and I am

going to tell you about the time Mum

and Dad had to go back to the UK for

a few days. Connor and Nathan went

to stay with Brian and Maureen, but I

stayed here. We had some friends over

– the ones Connor has mentioned – so

I stayed to keep them company. Angel

and I slept in a tent to make it more

fun for us, sort of more like a holiday,

even though I was still at my own house.

Angel’s Mum and Dad were in the caravan

in the garden as well. Don’t worry it was

not a ‘Home alone’ type of situation. We

had told Mum and Dad that we would

look after Haggis, our dog and Simon,

our pig. Angel really wanted to feed

Simon. I didn’t mind at all, as it a very

messy and smelly job. Simon eats a lot

of everything and he likes it mushy so

he can bury his head into the disgusting

aroma! I fed Haggis; a much better job

as that is all clean and tidy and not at all

smelly! One of the days we went in the

car to look for some land that John and

Val had seen advertised. It was for sale

and they quite fancy having a holiday

home near us. I had no idea where this

land was and John only had an old map.

We got hopelessly lost and never found

the land! I think it is just as well they

didn’t really because they would never

have been able to find it again anyway

and that is no good if you are planning

to live there is it? Towards the end of

the weekend John became quite ill, so

when Dad got back Val said that they

felt they should cut their holiday short

and fly back to find out what was wrong.

I felt quite sorry for them really, as the

beginning of their holiday was ruined

when the car broke down and the end

was ruined as they had to go back weeks

early. Better luck next year!

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Hi all. I know Nathan has told you about

a time we spent with Brian and Maureen,

well so am I, but it is a different day.

Mum and Dad had to go to help some

friends who had broken down on their

way to stay with us. They were over 300

hundred km away, so Mum, knowing that

we would just get bored sitting in the car

for all that time, asked Brian and Maureen

if they would have us for the day. Dad

and Mum had to drive all the way there,

fix the car if they could and then drive

all the way back with our visitors. That

was a long day for them and I am glad

we were with Brian and Mo. John and

Val and Angel – the friends on their way

to us had a terrible journey. They were

driving from England with their caravan

to stay with us for a month. They drove

all the way across France with no trouble

at all, but then the problems started

and by the time they stopped for good,

Hi, it’s that time of month again, so

here I am to fill you in with things we

have done. Mum told us that we were

going to go to spend the day with Brian

and Maureen and they were taking us

bowling, then out for a pizza after the

bowling. I just love spending time with

Brian and Maureen, it is always fun. We

all got ready, taking our swimming stuff

with as because we can have a swim in

their pool. Brian came to pick us up and

we went off to the bowling alley. I won’t

bore you with the details other than to

say that Brian won and I came second

for the first game and Brian won and I

came last for the second game. One of

us is consistent anyway. I didn’t really

mind as it is all about the fun and being

together. The Pizzas were next and as

usual, they were very good. We could

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they had broken down three times, had

the AA out to them twice and ended

up parked in a garage in the middle of

nowhere. That is why Mum and Dad

went to get them, so they could have

a holiday with us anyway. In the end

the AA got the car and caravan back to

England. Mum and Dad got John, Val

choose our own and I had one with

Argentina sauce on it. Yummy! After we

had eaten, Brian suggested that we all

jump into his pool as it was very hot, but

to be honest we had all eaten so much

we thought we might have drowned, so

we watched television until it was time

and Angel to us and we all had a great

time together. While the parents were

on their rescue mission we spent the

day and all the evening with Brian and

Maureen, as I said before. As it was

quite early in the morning, we decided to

go for a swim in the pool. Brian showed

some fun things to do, pushing off from

the side and gliding to the other side

without using hands or feet. We timed

each other and sort of raced. It was good

fun and cooled us off. We always have

great fun when we go over there and this

was no different. At one point we got

a bit concerned that Dad and Mum may

be having problems, but Mum phoned to

say they were on their way back. They

got home after 11.00pm and Brian took

us home. It was kind of Brian and Mo to

have us at short notice and kind of Dad

and Mum to go all that way to help John

and Val. Friends are great to have.

to go back home. Mum had asked Brian

and Maureen to stay for a barbecue in

the evening as some other friends were

coming over as well. Once we got home

Dad got the Quads started so we could

all go up the hills on them. Our friends

Steve and Jane were over with their

daughters and we all took it in turns to

go off on the Quads until the food was

cooked. It was a fun packed day and we

all ate far too much, but had so much

fun. It is good to spend time with friends

especially when it is all action packed.

Join me next month

when I will tell you our

about the new cattery,

Cat-A-Tonic Dad is


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Reflexology – how does it work?

In order to look at how Reflexology works,

it is important to first look at how the body

works; simply put, the body is made up

of energy. The human body is a dynamic

energy system in a constant state of change.

Energy is the basis of all life and a vital

factor in healing. We are all an expression

of energy and this energy permeates all living

organisms. Just because it cannot be seen

with the naked eye, it does not mean that it

does not exist; difficult to comprehend maybe,

but it does exist.

In Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, health is

seen as the fluent and harmonious movement

of energies at subtle levels. In the East this is

known as prana (India), lung-gom (Tibet),

sakia-tundra or ki (Japan) or ch’i (China).

In the West it is loosely termed as “vital

energy”, “vital force” or “life force”.

To explain; if you consider life force or vital

energy to be similar to electricity, it is easier to

comprehend. It is similar to electricity in that

its behaviour, responses and reactions indicate

that many of the laws pertaining to electricity

also apply to vital energy. Furthermore,

this energy is considered as having clearly

distinct and established pathways, definite

direction of flow and characteristic behavior

as well-defined as any other circulation such

as blood and the vascular system. The body

therefore is a dynamic energy field.

The Chinese discovered that vital energy or

ch’i, circulates along 12 meridian pathways,

similar to the blood, nerve and lymphatic

circuits. This vital energy or life force

controls the workings of the main organs and

systems of the body. It circulates from one

organ to another; for each organ to maintain a

perfect state of health, this vital energy must

be able to flow freely along the meridians. If

it is balanced, it is impossible to be ill in mind,

body or spirit. All illness is a result of an

imbalance in the flow of energy.

To explain using the analogy of the flow of

electricity, meridians are like electricity cables

along which unseen (to the naked eye) energy

flows. If there is break in this flow, ie, a broken

electricity cable, then the flow of electricity is

impeded, causing the electrical item at the

end of this cable to malfunction or not work.

Likewise, when a meridian is blocked (and

therefore cut off) the

flow of vital energy is

impeded also, causing

an imbalance in

perhaps a major organ

which in turn will not

function properly.

How then does reflexology work?

Reflexology opens up the energy pathways,

energizing the physical, emotional and mental

aspects of the person receiving treatment.

The specific techniques for applying pressure

the feet create channels for healing energy

to circulate to all parts of the body. A body

“out of balance” is not functioning efficiently.

Reflexology therefore, helps return the body

to a dynamic state of balance.

When reflexes (areas or points) on the feet are

stimulated, an involuntary response is elicited

in organs and glands connected by energy

pathways or meridians to these reflexes. This

then sets in motion a chain reaction causing

physiological changes to occur throughout

all the systems of the body. This in turn

stimulates the body´s natural healing.

In next month´s article I shall look at stress

and how reflexology can alleviate the effects

of stress, and induce relaxation.

This article has been written and compiled

by Body and Mind Therapist, Drew Ryder

BSc. Psychol Hons, IIHHT, MICHT, ThAT

He also holds Diplomas in Aromatherapy,

Swedish Massage, Anatomy and Physiology,

Relexology, Indian Head Massage and a Post

Graduate Certificate in Hopi Ear Candling. He

is also a Reiki Healer level 2 and is currently

working towards his Masters Certificate.

He is available for private consultations on

968978876 or 660326194.

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Olive Branch Christian Fellowship

An Evangelical, lively and friendly place

to discover the love of Jesus.

It is good to see justice done is it not? Amanda

Knox and her past boyfriend are released on

appeal four years after the poor girl Meredith

Kercher was killed… by someone. Perhaps

the other person still in prison…makes you

wonder. Meanwhile Michael Jackson’s doctor’s

trial is labouring on and on, but I’m not going

to get into that because I think it is clear that

Michael Jackson was a very unhappy person

and poorly supported and advised. Perhaps

this is where his doctors failed him?

I heard a story once of a man who was

arrested and tried at a time of day and in a

manner which was against the laws of the

time. He was abused while in custody and

suffered greatly at the hands of his accusers.

No official charges were brought against

him as no two witnesses could agree on

their recollection of the ‘facts’. In the end,

while themselves breaking their own laws,

the lawmakers and keepers of the peace

condemned the man to death. It is amazing

really that it happened at all. On top of that

they decided that this innocent man who

had done nothing wrong …oh.. but he had

challenged those in authority to clean-up

their act and stop being hypocrites. They

decided that he should die like a common

criminal…no chance of appeal here! What was

his name again?

“You won’t talk to me?” Pilate demanded.

“Don’t you realize that I have the power to

release you or to crucify you?” Then Jesus

said “You would have no power over me at

all unless it were given to you from above…”

John 19v10…God knows what He’s about.

Also known as the Bolnuevo Sardine festival.

Photo: Copyright Mark Stocks



A large group

of citizens of

Mazarrón, met

on 31 August

at the local

Residents Association,


with the

Mayor of Mazarrón,


Campillo and

it was unanimously


to delay

the conclusion

of the Pilgrimage

Miracle a

week, in order

to avoid the

popular festival coinciding with the polls for the

General Election. In an act of commitment to

the residents of the municipality, the Mayor,

accompanied by First Deputy Mayor, Francisco

Garcia and Council of Celebration, Isidro Coy,

presented the pros and cons.

The Bolnuevo neighbourhood associations,

and representatives of the Confraternity of La

Purisima, the Head of Bolnuevo, José Antonio

González, and other neighbours who are actively

involved in organizing these festivities,

concluded that delaying the pilgrimage a week

did not pose a conflict for the party. On the

contrary, dozens of people are flocking from all

parts of the region to attend this celebration,

so it was decided to transfer the pilgrimage

from 20 to 27 November.

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Our Sunday morning service at the Community

Centre on Camposol ‘B’ starts at 10.30am

each week and offers a variety of music and

styles, both traditional and modern. You are

invited to join us.

This large festival day will take place the same

weekend of the pilgrimage, that is, on Friday

25 and Saturday 26. What will not change is

the bringing down of the Virgin from Bolnuevo

to Mazarrón, which as always will be on the

Sunday before November 17, which this year

falls on Sunday 13.

The 17th November is the day of the Miracle

will stay as a public holiday in the municipality

and, as usual, there will be the usual traditions

carried out. The Immaculate Conception,

affectionately called “Virgen del Milagro” by the

residents of Bolnuevo, will spend a week at the

Shrine of the Immaculate de Mazarrón, something

that has never happened before. Both

the City Council and neighbourhood associations

of Bolnuevo are once again determined to

make the festival that is attended by hundreds

of people every year as successful as previous


For full details of the fiesta, contact the Tourist

Office in Mazarrón.

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(Information supplied by Angloinfo)

The Spanish healthcare system is funded by

social security contributions and combines

public and private healthcare. The government

sets the overall budget for the country,

but each region takes individual responsibility.

To benefit from the Spanish National Healthcare

system and medical assistance, residents

must enrol with the General Social

Security Fund (Dirección General de la

Tesorería General de la Seguridad Social -

TGSS). This gives access to free or low cost

healthcare. Provincial social security offices

are located throughout the country.

The Healthcare System

Any person legally resident in Spain can

benefit from the Spanish social security and

healthcare system provided they fall into one

of the following categories:

Employed workers

Self-employed workers


Workers affiliated with a work co-operative

Civil servants or military personnel


Spain’s social security system has two levels:

Contributory: The contributory scheme

consists of one general and five special

schemes, which includes the majority of the

working population. Students are covered by

a special protection plan.

Non-contributory: The non-contributory

level is for people with no or with a very low

income. The benefits include medical assistance.

Social Security Number

Any resident, either salaried or self-employed,

is issued with a social security number.

This entitles a person to healthcare,

sickness, unemployment benefits, as well as

government pensions. Once a number is obtained,

it is valid for life.

Employers request a social security number

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for an employee if they don’t already have

one. Self-employed workers may make the

application themselves or hire a gestor to

complete the process for them.

The application form and required documentation

should be presented to a local office

(local to the applicant’s workplace or home)

of the TGSS. Once the application has been

submitted, the worker receives a certificate

of registration (documento de afiliación) and

a registration number.

The following documents must be presented:

A form of national identification; a Número

Identificatión de Extranjero (NIE) is sufficient

Residency certificate or passport

The form TA1 (Social Security application


If a person loses their job or ceases to work,

they must notify the Tesorería General

de la Seguridad Social immediately. The

worker is liable for contributions until the

agency is notified.

Healthca re Benefits and Health Cards

Once registered with social security, a certificate

entitling medical assistance is issued.

This document can be used to apply for a

health card (Tarjata Sanitaria Individual -

TSI) at the local health centre. The TSI health

card should be used for all public health services

and at the pharmacy when buying prescription

medication. Social security pays a

percentage of the cost of treatment and hospitalisation;

the patient pays the remaining

amount or takes out supplementary health

insurance. Prescribed medicines are covered

up to 40 percent by social security, and are

free for pensioners. Official prescriptions are

green, when part of the cost must be paid by

the patient; pensioners prescriptions are red.

Cards are individual - children and adults

each have their own - and are valid for four

years. The TSI health cards carry the following

information: full name of card holder,

social security number, NIE number (DNI

for Spanish citizens), type of user (such as

worker or pensioner) and the expiry date.

To get a health card, apply at the local health

centre, taking the social security certificate,

passport and NIE/DNI certificate. The health

centre issues a receipt, which has the same

function as the card itself and can be used

immediately. The health card is sent to the

applicant and their beneficiaries by post.

Beneficiaries are family members who are

dependent on the worker or pensioner.

People not qualified or affiliated

Any person who is not affiliated with the

Spanish social security system may choose

to take out private health insurance or pay

the full amount of any medical costs.

Private Health Insurance

There are many international companies

providing health insurance to foreign residents.

International health insurances offer

basic policies, as well as comprehensive

policies, normally with a 24-hour help line in


Finding a Doctor, a Dentist, a Pharmacy

or Hospital

To receive medical treatment, those enrolled

in the Spanish social security programme

should visit a public health centre (centro de

salud) in their area of residence (normally located

within 15 minutes of any place of residence),

or their general doctor (médico de

cabecera). They will be referred to a specialist

if necessary, however, there can be waiting

lists to see specialists and for non-urgent


Lists of English speaking health professionals

can be found at many tourist offices and

through Embassies or Consulates.

All doctor’s offices must provide the leaflet

Carta de Derechos y Deberes (Charter of

Rights and Obligations), outlining the services

patients are entitled to.

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Medical Emergencies

In case of an emergency, go directly to a

hospital, where emergency services are generally

available. A social security card, a European

Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or

proof of private insurance should be presented

at the hospital. The EHIC card gives the

right to free emergency treatment for residents

of EU/EEA countries in state hospitals

or clinics only. Treatments not qualifying as

an emergency are not free.

Bilateral agreements exist with some countries

such as Peru, Paraguay, Ecuador, Chile,

Brazil and Andorra. Citizens from these countries

may benefit from free medical treatment

in cases of medical emergencies or

accidents. Citizens of other countries should

have private medical insurance when travelling

to Spain.

For emergency services, Tel: 112


In order to exercise their various professional

activities, pharmacists must register

with the appropriate provincial Pharmaceutical

Association. All of the Pharmaceutical Associations

form part of a national body, the

Consejo General de Colegios Oficiales de

Farmacéuticos (General Spanish Council

of Pharmacists). Registered pharmacists are

able to provide first line care and consultation.

The association’s website has much useful information

in English, including health advice

and a vaccination calendar:

Pharmacies (farmacias) are generally open

from Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 14:00

and 17:00 to 21:30, and Saturday 09:30 to

14:00. Information about pharmacies open

24 hours a day (Farmacia de guardia) can

normally be found on the window or doors of

any pharmacy.

Dental Procedures

Dental treatment is not covered by social

security. Private health insurance can cover

dental treatments if this has been opted for

in the policy.

European Heal thcare Agreements

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

is not valid for healthcare in Spain if the holder

is a resident of Spain.

European Conventions and Form S1

(former E121 and E106)

A person who has paid regular social security

contributions in another EU country for two

full years before coming to Spain can benefit

from public health cover for a limited period,

from the date of their last social security contribution

made in the other EU country.

To do this, it is necessary to obtain Form S1

(former E106) and present it to the local Social

Security office in Spain. Pensioners and

those in receipt of invalidity benefits must

obtain the Form S1 (formerly E121) from

their home country’s social security administration.

Retired EU Citizens Living in Spain

EU nationals who have reached the retirement

age as established in their home country,

and are residents in Spain, qualify for

free health care provided they have a Form

S1 (former E121), obtained from the former

country of residence.

Costa Cálida Emergency Contacts


Tel: 915 620 420

Emergency Doctor

Tel: 1003

Emergency Vet

Centro Clinico Veterinario La Flota (Murcia)

Tel: 968 246 122

Tel: 609 135 403

Emergency Hospital

Hospital J.M. Morales Meseguer

Tel: 968 360 900

Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction

Tel: 900 161 515

HIV/AIDS, Spanish Foundation

Tel: 900 111 000

Crisis Line

Tel: 968 343 400

Red Cross

Tel: 902 222 292

Crisis & Helplines

Battery & Abuse

Tel: 900 100 009

Emergency Shelters for Battered Women

Tel: 968 366 645

Pregnancy Information

Tel: 918 222 436


Open: Monday to Friday, 19:00-22:00

Tel: 902 88 35 35

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Photographer: Stan Laird

MABS Information Centre, Camposol

MABS Mazarrón Co-ordinator, Zue Burgess,

welcomed Camposol Mayoress, Kelly

Ensor, to officially open the new MABS Information

Centre. The event was well attended

by volunteers, patients, sponsors and

supporters, all eager to view the new centre.

“I am delighted to have the honour of opening

this much-needed facility.” said Kelly. “MABS

does such a great job in the Mazarrón area

and this takes their work a step further.”

The MABS Information Centre offers information,

counselling and support to those

affected by cancer in the Mazarrón area and

will be open Monday to Friday, from 10.00am

to 2.00pm. Visitors are welcome, or you can

call 620 582 418 to make an appointment.


within the

offices of

Sensol Golf

Villa Sales in

the Avenida

de la Covachos

(the old

MASA office),

the centre

will be funded

by the MABS

Shop in Totana.



Ann Vinall, commented “We’re delighted to be

instrumental in the opening of the new centre

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and to provide its future funding. I know that

it will be of tremendous benefit to everyone

affected by cancer.” The MABS Shop has also

recently bought two lightweight wheelchairs,

which are more suitable for use when transporting

patients to and from hospital appointments.

MABS would like to thank all those who have

helped to make the new Information Centre

possible: Greg and Liz Green from Sensol

Villa Sales, Kevin’s Fly Screens, Insignia

Graphics, the MABS Shop and the MABS


Alternative Garden Party Success for

MABS Mazarrón

Brilliant sunshine ensured a great turnout

for MABS Mazarrón’s Alternative Garden

Party in Camposol. Tom and Jacqueline Rees

kindly opened up their garden for the event,

providing hot dogs, tea and cream scones, as

well as long cool drinks from the drinks fountain,

Cava and other soft drinks for the partygoers.

Style Ladies’ Fashions put on an impromptu

fashion show, their clothing superbly

modelled by Pauline and Lynn, both MABS

volunteers. Glitzy Bitz provided an excellent

selection of fashion jewellery.

Much to everyone’s amusement, several

brave men had their legs waxed and one

had his head shaved to raise funds for MABS

Mazarrón. “I am amazed by the generosity

of everyone today” said Sue Jacob, who

heads up the fundraising team. “It’s been a

great day and we have raised over 700€. A

huge thanks to Tom and Jacqueline for lending

us their garden, and to everyone who

came along to support us.”


Flying High for MABS Mazarrón

MABS Mazarrón is delighted to report that

Gillian Gibson safely completed her skydive,

realising her dream for her 65th birthday. She

was joined by her son, Glen, at Hibalstow Airfield

near Brigg in Lincolnshire, UK. Both completed

a tandem jump with an experienced

skydiver from SkyDive, who are based at the


“It was a fantastic experience,” said Gillian

“although I won’t deny that the first few seconds

of jumping out of the plane were very

scary, but then it was amazing. Thank goodness

I was strapped to a hunky instructor!!”

Gillian, who lives in Mazarrón, raised 175€ for

MABS Cancer Support Group in Mazarrón.

“We’re absolutely delighted” commented

MABS Co-ordinator, Zue Burgess “Not only

has Gillian realised one of her lifetime ambitions,

but she has also thought of others by

raising money for those affected by cancer

in the Mazarrón area, and we’re extremely

grateful to her.”

MABS Mazarrón helps all people in the Mazarrón

area who are affected by cancer, providing

drivers, translators, information leaflets,

equipment, a listening ear, or a shoulder

to lean on. If you want to volunteer, donate

or you need help, you can contact MABS on

618 896 381 or visit their website:

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I recently had a change round in one of our

guest bedrooms and decided it was high

time for a more modern look. Not being

the most creative person when it comes

to domestic chores, I sought some advice

from Karen at Yorkshire Linen. I came

away with bed linen, co-ordinated curtains

and a new bedspread and cushions and the

room is transformed. I was also extremely

pleased to say that it was all excellent value

for money. I remember spending more than

this in the UK over 8 years ago on a similar


I have been dying to try “Zumba” ever

since I tried it on a cruise ship and I finally

managed to get to an evening class run

by Louise from Murcia Dance. Zumba is

not only fun, but a great way to keep fit.

Sadly I went down with a bug and missed

the next 2 classes, but I will be back and

looking forward to doing more as the nights

start to draw in.

It is nearly 2 years now since we had

our Compusurf Internet and telephone

system installed at our offices on Camposol

B. I was comparing the costs in relation

to our Telefonica bills in the past and am

delighted to say it is saving around 40% per

month. The included land line calls to the

UK certainly make a big difference to the

monthly bill, as does the reduced monthly

internet connection.

Nice one Chris!

I was pleased to attend the Helping Hands

Charity event on 9 th October as it was held

at a riding establishment down in the Valle

Del Almanzora. I also met Adam Sheraston

“The Horse Whisperer”. You can read

Adams article on page 24. Helping Hands

have already given much needed cash

to various projects including local animal

charities and the Lorca Earthquake Fund.

Please look out for their future events and

support them if you can.

More next month


The province of Murcia is filled with many

light workers, individually and passionately

living & working... to help balance the

energy here on earth and to help co-create



Spiritual Murcia brings everyone together

under one roof to express a wealth of

wellbeing activities, holistic therapies,

creative artists and events in the province

of MURCIA... in a new and interactive


Every 4 months, Spiritual Murcia organizes

a global celebration for all local people to

come together as ONE VOICE, ONE SILENCE


This is your invitation to join us on 11-


11th November 2011 at 11.00am –

Spiritual Murcia Global Celebration

of Unity Consciousness at Chez Zoe,

Paseo De Rihuete. Puerto De Mazarrón

We are celebrating another amazing cosmic

moment...11-11-11... a time to be able to

attune to the light and the earth/cosmic

openings and alignment of the vortexes

and portels... an amazing time to feel into

the new vibrations of Mother Earth and

Father Sky... It is a perfect time to allow

your heart to fully open and integrate

with your DIVINENESS... It is a great

opportunity for all light-workers to gather

together as ONE VOICE and ONE SILENCE!


11.00 - Meet up at Chez Zoe, beach front

11.11 - Global Meditation

11.14 - I AM Chanting

12.12 - Refreshment at Chez Zoe

13.13 - Lunch at Chez Zoe

15.15 - Close


Please contact Anna on 663 572 603 to

reserve your place for this wonderful

celebration day!

We each have a personal choice and spiritual

responsibility to offer our unique gift into

the world. We live from the vision that ‘ALL


our heartfelt loving light energy across the

entire world, trusting that others will attract

‘healing’ energy if needed. We see all others

as their most divine and perfect self, without

judgement. We refrain from all negative,

wrong or fearful thoughts and words as

we are now attracting manifestations more

quickly than ever before!

Spiritual Murcia

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In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and

Well, what an exciting week Wellspring

Church has experienced here in Puerto de

Mazarrón and we are thrilled to bring the

following report. We do not normally use

our article to blow our own trumpet, but

sense that on this historic occasion Victory

Churches of Spain deserved a report of this

kind. Thank you to everyone out there who

has helped to make this venture possible

and who have supported us in our desire to

reach out to the Mazarrón area with the love

of Jesus.


After 5 years in Bolnuevo the leadership of

Wellspring Victory Church believed the

time was right to move from the quiet location

in Bolnuevo to be nearer the main centre of

population. Wellspring was founded five

years ago when four people came together

with a heartfelt desire to form a Church

with values centred on lively worship which

would touch the heart of God and Bible based

teaching which would encourage true spiritual

growth. From the humble beginnings of just

four people meeting in one another’s homes it

soon became apparent that a larger place was

needed, so the first true home of Wellspring

was found in Bolnuevo and the Church grew

steadily there. Indeed after two and a half

years six members were released to start

a second Church down the coast in Huercal

Overa. That New Life Victory Church is now

well established in Almeria Province.

somewhere in the sixties, plus some willing

and much welcomed volunteers. Now, after a

few sore backs and the occasional scratched

thumb, the work is all but complete and we

held our first Sunday service in September.

The 12 th October was an amazing day for

us. We had just completed the first Victory

Churches European conference to be held

in Spain and our visiting speaker, Brad Dewar

from Victory Churches Canada stayed on

to help us celebrate our 5th anniversary and

dedicate the new building. Now we are ready

to reach out with the love of Jesus hoping to

‘scratch people where they itch’ and bring the

good news that no matter how difficult life

may seem there is hope and a future.

To add to our joy in September, we finally

received our registration and now Victory

Churches Spain is fully registered and legal

in Spain. This means that as the number

of Churches in the Victory Spain family

increases, each one will be fully legal from

day one.

International, a worldwide group of over

2500 Churches in over 43 countries, founded

thirty two years ago in Canada by Drs

George and Hazel Hill. Victory Churches

International is a pioneer, grass-roots,

apostolic and prophetic movement with

a strong Church-planting heart which is

purpose driven. The heartbeat of Victory is

Leadership Development, Church Expansion

and World Missions. We are dedicated to

reach as many people with the Gospel of

Jesus Christ as is possible before His return,

fulfilling the GREAT commission.

In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and

At the beginning of 2011, the Wellspring

leadership felt the time was right to make a

move and started to find the ideal location.

After a few months of searching, a faded

“Se Vende” sign was seen, enquiries made

and a viewing date arranged. It takes a real

visionary see beyond the hole in the ceiling,

the damaged steps and interesting toilet and

to get a feel of how the place would be with

a worship group and congregation. After a

few negotiations, the lease was signed and

the hard work could begin. We always wanted

to do everything properly and our architect

drew up plans to ensure our works conformed

to all the latest requirements. To make the

inside as wheelchair-friendly as possible, we

had to raise half the floor so all would be at

one level. New toilets were built and a kitchen

fitted. The work was in the main carried out

by Church members, with an average age

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are associated with Victory Churches

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Nightmare with money

My partner is really irresponsible

with money. He spends all his wages

every month and often borrows money

from me and our friends. He won’t

acknowledge there is a problem, and

every time I broach the subject, we

end up rowing. He never buys anything

extravagant, just endless takeaways and

rounds at the local pub. I on the other

hand, am trying to save every penny for

our future, especially as I want to start

having children. My biggest fear is that

we will never be financially secure to

have a family or future together. How

can I get him to change his ways?

Penny, La Manga


We all have a personal vision of how we want

our future to be and yours is a very practical

one. To have a secure future and children

requires not only a stable relationship but

also the financial means to support the

dream, but does your partner share the same

vision, or does he feel that he is entitled to

spend his hard-earned money with his mates?

By lending him money, you are indirectly

condoning his actions and any attempt to

discuss the situation will naturally give rise

to tension. So who holds the “purse strings”

in this relationship? If it is you, then may I

suggest that you make a “money plan” in

which you decide what percentage gets saved

and only give your partner, “beer money!”

This way, there are two winners – yourself

and your partner. He will be forced to adapt

or limit his spending pattern, but it also does

not deny him time at the pub! However, if he

manages the finances, which he is not doing

a good job of it at the moment, then be more

assertive and demand that as a couple, you

decide a money management plan to secure

a good future together. To make someone

change against their will can only lead to

tension. However, if there is an agreed or

joint goal then change becomes a positive



No longer excited!

My husband and I have been married for

5 years – a second marriage for both of

us. We are contented with our marriage

but not excited anymore! The laughter

and the sex appear to be slowing down

and I don’t want to become bored with

this marriage, as I did with my first! I’ve

read advice in several magazines that

having “date nights” can spice things up

again for couples on the wane, but I am

not convinced this is for us. Any thoughts

on how to keep our marriage exciting?

Tina, Cieza


We all love to be “head over heels” in love

– the warm, tingly feeling we get being in a

loving relationship. Naturally, we don’t want

it to end and who can blame us! It gives

meaning to our existence, a reason to jump

out of bed in the mornings, and a reason to

come home at night, but is excitement in

a relationship over-rated? It is unrealistic,

however, to expect relationships to stay

at a pitch of excitement all the time and

unfortunately, some things have to give. Try

to pinpoint the current reason or cause of your

“lost excitement”. Does it mean less romance,

less sex, less communication? Once you know

what the problem is, it is easier to remedy

the situation, but this does not need to spell

the end of a marriage! As relationships

progress, we can only hope that while the

excitement might diminish, that pleasure

also grows. Togetherness, laughter and sex

need not suffer. “Date nights” may work for

some couples, but not for others. Decide for

yourselves what works and what brought

you together as a couple. Remember, there

is a difference between losing excitement in

a marriage altogether and a slight reduction

in the level of excitement. Actively seek

activities, social events etc. to share and do

together whilst enjoying the pleasure of each

other’s company. This is one way to manage

the disappointment of “lost excitement”, so

don’t let the rot set in and let the marriage

get stale. Replace what is lost with the

“pleasure and excitement of the unknown”.

It’s there to be explored together.


Jennifer Rahman is a life coach and

therapist. You can send your questions to

her at: jennifer@lifemaxxinternational.


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Every Mon

Every Tue

Every Wed

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Wellbeing Clinic/Calida Caring Agency

Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo

Watch Your Weight Club, 2€ to MABS

Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo, 10.30am

Slimming Club

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A, 11.00am

Andrea’s Animal Rescue, Shop Collection

Car Park, Camposol B, 11.30-1.30pm

GO maD Available for Donations

Cultural Centre, Camposol B

Costa Calida Radio (Pto), 3.00-5.00pm

Zumba with Louise

Sensol Hotel, Camposol C, 7.30pm

Music Quiz with John

Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 9.00pm

Pensionista Day 1€ discount

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A

MAMAS Collection/Book Stall 10-1pm

Camposol B Car Park, opp garage


MABS Murcia NE

Apts Maruja, Baños de Fortuna,


Dance Fitness to Music with Annette

Hotel Sensol, Camposol C, 11.00am


Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 2.00pm

Fish and Chips

The Arches, Los Alcázares, from 6.00pm

Fun Quiz Night with Eddie B

Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón, 7.30pm

Karaoke @

The Arches, Los Alcázares

Gardening Group Clean Up

Camposol C, 9.00am

Bridge, New Players Welcome

Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 9.45am

Age Concern booking events etc

Cultural Centre, Camposol B 10-12.00pm

Guided Tour @

Every Thu

Every Fri

Easy Horse Care, Rojales

Zumba with Louise

Hotel Sensol, Camposol C, 11.30am

Creative Writing Group with Annette

Camposol, 2.00-3.30pm

Zumba with Louise

Tara´s Casa, 5.00pm

Fish and Chip Night,

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A, 6.50€

Quiz Night with Costa Cálida Radio

DJ Mark the Spark

Hacienda delÁlamo Clubhouse, 8pm

Steak Night (3 courses)

Don Ricardo’s, Pto de Mazarrón, 15€

Quiz with Nigel

Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 8.30pm

Mens’ Darts In the Evening

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A

Camposol Market

Camposol A

Wellbeing Clinic/Calida Caring Agency

Dental Care, Camposol B, 10.00-4.00pm

Alternative Thursdays


MABS Murcia NE 10-12pm

Apts Maruja, Baños de Fortuna

Slimming Club

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A, 11.00am

Zumba with Louise

Hotel Sensol, Camposol C, 11.30am

“Latin Beats” with Annette

Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 11.30-12.30pm

Andrea’s Animal Rescue Collection

Mazarrón Country Club Bar, 11.30-1pm

Mini Movers/Dance/Drama with Louise

Cultural Centre, Camposol B, 3.00pm

Modern Movers Dance with Louise

Cultural Centre, Camposol B, 4.00pm

Street Dance with Louise

Cultural Centre, Camposol B, 5.00pm

Adult Beginner Salsa with Louise

Cultural Centre, Camposol B, 7.30pm

Fun Quiz Night

TJ’s Bar, Camposol B, 8.30pm

Karaoke with Bernie Mac @

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A, 9.00pm

Ladies’ Darts in the evening

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A

Evening Special Menu 8pm

Buen Descanso, Tallante, 20€

Fresh Fish Night, 3 courses

Don Ricardo’s, Pto de Mazarrón, 10€

Curry Night

Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón, 10€

Live Music Night with the Howband

Sensol Golf Club, Camposol C

Beer=buy1, get1free, Bot wine 5.50€

Lenny Mitchell @

The Priory, El Galan

Bridge, New Players Welcome

Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 9.45am

Book Sale/Bric a Brac. Noah’s ARC

Camposol B, 10.00-2.00pm

Book Stall. Camposol A Gardening Group

Car Park Camposol A. 10.30-12.30pm

Lions Bahia Mazarrón booking events

Outside Kennelly’s, Camposol B 11-1pm

Age Concern booking events 11-1pm

Outside Trevi Bar, Camposol B

PALS for booking events from 11am

Outside Trevi Bar, Camposol B

Go maD Available for Donations

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Every Sat

Every Sun

Cultural Centre, Camposol B

Costa Calida Radio (Pto), 12.30-2.00pm

10 pin Bowling, Camposol C Gdn Group

Totana, pm

Mark Phoenix Hypnotheraphy @

Dental Care, Camposol B

Christmas Joker Jackpot

TJ’s Bar, Camposol B, 6.00pm

Fish and Chips

The Arches, Los Alcazares, from 6pm

Fish & Chips 5€

The New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón

Fish & Chips & Live Music @

Hacienda del Álamo Clubhouse 12€

Evening Special Menu

Buen Descanso, Tallante, 20€

Fresh Fish Night, 3 courses

Don Ricardo’s, Pto de Mazarrón, 10€


Cat’s Bar, Camposol A, 7.30pm

Karaoke with Eddy B @

The Steak Out, Camposol B

Disco @

Alley Palais, Camposol B, 9.00pm-3.00am

Book Sale/MABS Murcia Mar Menor

Outside The Arches Bar, 10.00-1.00pm

PALS for booking events from 11am

Outside Trevi Bar, Camposol B

Dance and Drama with Louise

Cultural Centre, Camposol B, 11.30am

Karaoke/Disco with Bernie Mac @

Trevi Bar, Camposol B. 9.00pm–late

Lenny Mitchell @

Manga Norte Restaurante, La Manga

3 Course Saturday Special

Don Ricardo’s, Pto de Mazarrón, 20€

Evening Special Menu 8pm

Buen Descanso, Tallante, 20€

Karaoke with Eddy B @

The Steak Out, Camposol B

Car Boot Sale, 8.30am

Cañadas del Romero Social Centre,

Car Boot Sale, 9.00-2.00pm

El Romero, Cuevas de Reyllo,


Autocine, Los Narejos

Guided Tour @

Easy Horse Care, Rojales

Sunday Lunch

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A, from 4.50€

Sunday Lunch & Music @

Hacienda del Álamo Clubhouse

Sunday Roast

Trevi Bar, Camposol B

3 course Sunday Roast (lunch & evening)

Don Ricardo’s, Pto de Mazarrón, 10€

4 course Sunday Roast

Hotel Mariposa, Gebas, 15€

3 course Sunday Carvery

The Yachtsman, Pto de San Pedro

Classic Sunday Dinner

Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón

3 course Sunday roast

La Vista, Los Alcázares, 14.95€

Karaoke/Disco with Bernie Mac @


Tuesday 1

Wednesday 2

Thursday 3

Friday 4

Saturday 5

Trevi Bar, Camposol B, From 8.00pm

Fun Bingo

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A, 8.30pm

Quiz and Games Night

The Arches, Los Alcazares

Valencia Open 500 Tennis Tournament

Valencia (until 6th)

Volunteers Meeting with HAH

Las Claras, from 11.00am

Crib with Welcome

Mariano’s, Camposol A, 7.30pm

Friends and Buddies Evening

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A, 8.00pm

Ladies Fair, Handbags/shoes etc

Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo 11.00-3.00pm

Open Day with HAH

SOS Fashions, Los Alcázares, 11.30am

Followed by Menu del Dia at Angels

Petanca with “Welcome”

Mariano’s , Camposol A, 1.00pm

Lions Meeting

Cultural Centre, Camposol B, 5.00pm

Christmas Fair with HELP MMM

Lodosol Restaurant, San Pedro, 2.00pm

“Rusty Brass” & Fish n Chips €5 @

The New Royal, Pto Mazárron,

Cálida Country Music Club Night (CAFÉ)

La Molata, Cañadas de Alhama, 8.00pm

Guy Fawkes Day/Bonfire Night

Dog Show

IFEP Torre Pacheco

Meeting of Darwinian Gardeners

Meet El Puente Restaurant, 11am

“Welcome” Meeting

Mariano’s , Camposol A, 2.00pm

“Clean-up in Memorial Garden

Camposol A, 3.00pm food/entertainment

ADAPT Meeting 10am

Pensionista’s Club, San Pedro

Shakey Ground @

Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrón, 9.30pm

Lenny Mitchell @

San Isidro Social Club, San Isidro

The CAS Band @

The New Royal, Pto de Mazárron

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Sunday 6

Monday 7

Tuesday 8

Wednesday 9

Shirelle @

Sensol Golf Club, Camposol C

Bonfire Party with Lions/Mazarrón Bahia

BBQ,fireworks,etc,15€ (5€ under 12’s)

Relaunch Party/Pussy Drinks with

Jimmy Mac

The Arches, Los Alcazares (free buffet)

Trip to Zacatin Market, Bullas - Dragontours,


Learn about goats/goats cheese/wine


Dog Show

IFEP Torre Pacheco

Open Day with Cruz Roja feat Byron

Camposol B, 1.00-5.00pm

Guided Walk and 4 course meal/drinks

Hotel Mariposa, Gebas, 12€

General Meeting of HELP MMM

Las Claras, Los Alcazares

Book & Jigsaw Swap - “Welcome”

ICA Med Centre, Camposol B, 10.00-12.00pm

Ladies’ Lunch Club with MABS NE 1pm

Las Palmeras Restaurant, Baños Fortuna

Fashion Show with MABS Murcia

Rosalind’s, Los Alcázares, 2.00pm

Jukebox Legends @

The Arches, Los Alcazares

Thursday 10 Cabaret Night with GOMAD, 5€

Hotel Playa Grande, Pto Mazarrón, 7.30pm

Friday 11

Saturday 12

Armistice Day/Remembrance Day

Indoor Market/fashion/bling/dvd’s etc

Alley Palais, Camposol B

Remembrance Service

Remembrance Garden, Camposol A, 11.30am

Quiz Night/Fish n Chips 5€ @

The New Royal, Pto Mazárron,

Lenny Mitchell @

Novo Cathargo, Los Urrutias, Mar Menor

Lynden B @

The Arches, Los Alcazares

“A Revue” with Cloud 9 Drama

La Molata Social Centre, 8.00pm, from 6€

Market with clothing/jewellery/shoes etc

Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrón, 11.00-3.00pm

Sunday 13

Monday 14

Tuesday 15

The CAS Band @

Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrón, 9.30pm

Kye James @

Sensol Golf Club, Camposol C

Shakey Ground @

The New Royal, Pto Mazárron

Suzy G’s Michael Jackson tribute @

The Arches, Los Alcazares

Entertainment with Smithy for HAH

Luí’s Lounge, Camping La Encina, 8€ inc


“A Revue” with Cloud 9 Drama

La Molata Social Centre, 8.00pm, from 6€

Remembrance Sunday

Race for Life with MABS Murcia

Club Nautico, Los Alcázares, 11.00am

World Diabetes Day

Guided Walk and 4 course meal/drinks

Hotel Mariposa, Gebas, 12€

Sew n’So’s Sewing Group/MABS Murcia NE

Urb Las Kalendas, Fortuna, 2.00pm

Murder Mystery Night/Fiestas Camposol

Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 10€ inc meal

Friends and Buddies Evening

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A, 8.00pm

Wednesday 16 JJ Soulman @

The Arches, Los Alcazares

Trip to Turron Museum/Factory and


Viajes Dragontours, 23€

“Welcome” Dance

Mariano’s, Camposol A, 9€, food optional

Thursday 17

Fiestas del Milagro


Coffee Morning with HELP MMM

HELP Office, Los Alcázares, 10.30-1.00pm

Friday 18 “All our Yesterdays”/ Age Concern, 6€

The Steak Out, Camposol B, 4.00-8.00pm

Lenny Mitchell @

The New Royal, Pto de Mazárron

Cabaret with MABS Murcia

Serena Golf Hotel, 7.00pm, 5€

Cálida Country Music Club Night feat.

Christine King (proceeds to CÁFE)

La Molata, Cañadas de Alhama, 8.00pm

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Saturday 19

Sunday 20


Monday 21

Tuesday 22

Walk with Evolutionists of Almeria

Call 968599437 for details

Christmas Fayre with GO MAD

Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 10.00-2.00pm

Christmas Fayre with MABS Mazarrón

Sensol Golf Hotel, Camposol C, 1.00pm

The Blues Brothers @

Hotel Mariposa, Gebas

Suzy G @

Sensol Golf Club, Camposol C

Clifford Jay & Julia @

Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrón, 9.30pm

Martin Ross @

The New Royal, Pto de Mazárron

World Day of Remembrance for

Road Traffic Victims

Sardine Festival

Bolnuevo, Mazarron

Open Day Equus Connection

Finca Herradura, Alhama de Murcia.

Guided Walk and 4 course meal/drinks

Hotel Mariposa, Gebas, 12€

International Horse Show SICAB

Sevilla (until 27th)

Book & Jigsaw Swap - “Welcome”

ICA Med Centre, Camposol B, 10.00-12.00pm

Friends and Buddies Evening

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A, 8.00pm

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Wednesday 23 San Clemente


Shirelle @

The Arches, Los Alcazares

Hotel Mariposa, Gebas

Entertainment tbc @

Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrón, 9.30pm

Full Circle @

Sensol Golf Club, Camposol C

Thursday 24

Race Night with HELP MMM

Lui´s Lounge, La Encina, San Javier, 7.30pm

Sunday 4

Santa Bárbara


Friday 25

Saturday 26

Sunday 27

Monday 28

Indoor Market/fashion/bling/dvd’s etc

Alley Palais, Camposol B

Table Top Sale - GO MAD

Camposol B, 10.00-2.00pm

Booksale - MABS Mazarron

Outside Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 9.00-1.00pm

Friendship Group Meeting - HELP MMM

Cafe Golf - Reiki Demonstration, 12pm

Blue Brothers Tribute @

TJ’s, Camposol B, Free Entry, 9pm

Entertainment tbc @

The New Royal, Pto de Mazárron

Lobster Night, 3 courses, @

Don Ricardo’s, Pto de Mazárron, 25€

Party Night with Noah’s ARC €5

Camposol Golf Club, Camposol C, 8-12.00pm

Sevillanas Performance with AECC

Yacht Club, Torrevieja,

1st Anniversary, MABS Murcia

MABS Cancer Centre, San Javier, 12.00-


Woody @

Sensol Golf Club, Camposol C

2nd Birthday Party - Suzy G Cabaret @

The New Royal, Pto de Mazárron

Martin Ross @

Las Torres, Pto de Mazarrón, 9.30pm

Cloud 9 @

The Arches, Los Alcazares

Artisan Market

Plaza del Castillo, Cehegin, 10.00am

Car Boot Sale - MARA

Polideportivo, Mula 10.30am

Sevillanas Christmas Dinner with Flamenco

Asturias Restaurant, 12€

Sew n’So’s Sewing Group - MABS Murcia NE

Urb Las Kalendas, Fortuna, 2.00pm

Monday 5

Tuesday 6

Christmas Dinner with HAH

Campbell’s Restaurant, 15€

Volunteers Meeting with HAH

Las Claras, 11.00am, All Welcome

Christmas Lunch for HELP MM 1pm

Oasis Restaurant, Los Belones €22.50

Wednesday 7 Benidorm Trip €15

Lions Mazarrón Bahia

Thursday 8

Christmas Fayre-Market/Pony Rides/BBQ

Meta Riding Centre, 11am-3.00pm

Colour coding guide:

Entertainment and special menu nights are Red

Markets/exhibitions/leisure activities/meetings are


Charity and non-profit-making organisations are green

National events are orange

Fiestas are pink

Important dates are blue

The venues highlighted in Black are our Advertisers.

Tuesday 29

Volunteers Meeting, MABS Mazarron

Outside Trevi Bar, Camposol B, 11.30am

Game Tasting Night @

Don Ricardo’s, Pto Mazárron, 17.50€

Friends and Buddies Evening

Cat’s Bar, Camposol A, 8.00pm

Wednesday 30 St Andrew’s Day

Walk with NEST & Optional Menu del Dia

Meet El Berro Carpark, Sierra


Meeting with MABS Murcia NE

La Carcelera, Fortuna, 11.30am

Petanca with “Welcome”

Mariano’s , Camposol A, 1.00pm

Tony Lincoln @

The Arches, Los Alcazares

Menu del Dia Age Concern

Avenida Restaurant, El Paseo, Pto de



Friday 2

Saturday 3

Davis Cup

Spain v Argentina, Sevilla

Santa Bárbara

Caravaca del la Cruz (until 8th)

San Francisco Javier

San Javier

“Welcome” Meeting

Mariano’s , Camposol A, 2.00pm

Navidad - HAH, Stalls/Fashion Show etc

Las Claras

“Obsession Duo” @

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Animal Organisations:

Andrea’s Animal Rescue

Fuente Alamo

690 906 565

Easy Horse Care


652 021 980

Galgos del Sol


Helping Hands

JJ’s Puppy Rescue Organisation


618 034 921

John Kemp’s Puppies

La Pinilla, Fuente Alamo

646 737 230

K9 Pet Rescue

San Fulgencio/La Marina

611 606 001

MARA Dog Rescue


685 311 599

Noah’s ARC


699 352 818

(Charity Shop)

968 154 507


966 769 137


Age Concern Spain


634 316 213

Alcoholics Anonymous

Mazarrón, Cuevas de Reyllo

646 290 420

Cabo De Palos

968 545 181

Costa Cálida Samaritans



678 598 677

Help Murcia Mar Menor

Santiago de la Ribera, San Javier

968 181 623

Lions Club of Mazarrón Bahía


636 746 959

MABS Mar Menor

Mar Menor

693 275 779

MABS Mazarrón


620 422 410

MABS NE Murcia

634 362 826

MABS NW Murcia

693 275 779

Mazarrón Bahía Lions


636 746 959

PALS (Protection and Life Saving)


968 437 837


Mass in English

Pastrana, Mazarrón

628 824 555

Olive Branch Christian Fellowship

Cañadas del Romero, Mazarrón

618 720 181

Pilar Christian Community Church

Pilar de la Horidada

966 769 300 or 650 509 606

Puerto Lumbreras Church

619 945 283

St Nicholas Church

Camposol, Mazarrón

968 138 952

Wellspring Victory Church

Bolnuevo, Mazarrón

620 599 270



San Pedro

966 189 402

Cloud Nine Drama


644 400 123

Ex-Servicemen’s Association


968 965 058

Friends & Buddies

Camposol, Mazarrón

968 163 758

Greenfingers Sector C Gardening


Camposol, Mazarrón

626 513 842

Help at Home

San Javier

633 673 034

Homeowners Sector A

Camposol, Mazarrón

608 029 112

Welcome Group

Camposol, Mazarrón

620 105 179

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Tuesday 27 th September saw round 9 of the

Costa Calida Golf Challenge.

32 players lined up at Hacienda del Alamo

on a sunny and slightly breezy day to enjoy

the fantastic facilities and conditions on offer.

Many thanks to Isabel, Inma and Lee at

Hacienda del Alamo for ensuring the day ran


The results:



Woodham 34 Points

Best Lady



26 Points

NP in three shots

Gwyn Davies

The 2’s Pot had just one winner, Brian

O’Rawe taking home €130

All the green fees and buggies were arranged

by Costa Calida Golf Tours (,

and thanks again to the main sponsors of the

series of events, The Great Golf Company &

Caja Rural

If you want to play on any event please

contact Andy Walsh on 650 718 172 or email

Longest drive Men

Longest drive Ladies

NP in one shot

NP in two shots

Brian O’Rawe

Lynne Harrison

Bob Fergusson

Dave Williams

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The established course of Altorreal to the

North of Murcia provided the venue for

the Old Guard’s September Stapleford

competition. 32.50€ including a buggy was

a great green fee price and apart from a

few ‘boggy’ patches the course was in fine

condition. Altorreal is a very mature course

that winds through pine trees offering some

lovely scenery. Red squirrels abound and if

your golf game is bad you can at least admire

the varied birdlife.

Some of the players assemble on the first tee.

Despite running true, the fast speed of the

greens early on took many players by surprise.

It is also a bonus on this course to have trees

and pine cones and needles to contend with if

you miss the fairways rather than the grit that

fringes so many other courses in the area.

It has been some time since we had a lady

winner, so it is doubly pleasing to report that

the Overall Winner (on count back) and

Division Three Winner was Non-Spanish

Resident Member Bernie Twomey with

a points score of 32. Just to keep it in the

family, Fred Twomey was Overall Runner-

Up and Division One Winner also scoring 32

points. Commiserations to Gerry McRobert for

finishing in third place with the same number

of points. No prize for him and a shot cut!

Another Non-Spanish Resident Member Steve

Farrell won an ‘Old Guard’ engraved tankard

for winning Division Two with a score of 26


Not content with winning the Division One

trophy, Fred Twomey also picked up the

Nearest the Pin awards at hole 10 and 17.

Tony Stapleton won ‘Nearest the Pin (2 nd

shot)’ at the short par four second. Derek

Hayward picked up the ‘Plonker’ award -

Never mind Derek you will get a shot back.

Best Guest was Steve Horne with a score of

33 points.

The ‘Twos’ Money was not won this month,

so with this and other donations the Captain’s

charity will be 74€ better off.

Lola in the office was her usual helpful and

welcoming self. Nothing seems to be too

much trouble and a big thank you to her for

donating green fee vouchers for our Nearest

the Pin competitions.

If anyone is interested in joining the golf

society or just wants to find out more about us

please contact the secretary Bob Daffon tel:

968598540 or e-mail: chrisandbobinspain@

Bernie Twomey receives her Overall Winner’s

trophy from President Howard Wright.

Forthcoming Events:

22 November – AGM at Hacienda del Alamo


25 November – Gerry Clarke Memorial

Rosebowl Competition

8 December – Monthly Stapleford at Lorca

9 December – Christmas Presentation Evening

at Hotel La Cumbre

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Summer Ball

On 5 th August the Camposol Golf

Association held their Summer Ball

at the Pinito de Oro for the second year

running. We were not disappointed the

food and service and the way the wine

flowed was super. Entertainment was the

“Cas Band” who are wonderful musicians

and we had a superb evening dancing in

the courtyard under the stars.

Race Night

The Joint Captains’ Charity Race

Night was held in the Trevi Restaurant

on 27 th September. TJ Electricals Shop

on Sector “B” generously installed and

loaned the Association a 50inch TV to show

the races on. They also provided us with

two raffle prizes. The Trevi, Camposol

B, very kindly let us use the venue for

nothing, providing a light supper for the

race-goers, which was much appreciated.

The evening was a huge success making

739€ for the Captains’ Charity, the

Lorca Fund. We would like to thank our

hard working Captains, Olly Hill and John

Layland for a super night out. We are now

looking forward to the next fund raising

event which will probably be a Fun Quiz

Night. If anyone wants to come along to

our fund raising efforts to help swell the

funds for this worthy cause, you are more

than welcome.

9 th Annual Club Championship

The Annual Club Championship due to

take place on 15 th & 16 th October had to

be postponed due to the poor condition of

the front 9 greens. We have slowly been

losing the greens throughout the summer

and Masa decided to close their Balsicas

Golf Course from the 1 st October and

concentrating all their efforts on making

Sensol Golf Course a quality golf course.

They have had 2 Green Technologists

taking soil samples to resolve the problems

at Sensol and are going to dig up the front

greens and re-turf them, adding contours

and variations. They are also going to put

more drainage into the bunkers bringing

them up to a high standard. Obviously

this will cause major disruption to all the

golf members, but hopefully at the end of

the 2 months we will have a golf course to

be proud of.

The Lady Captain’s Day

Olly Hill our Lady Captain held her Lady

Captain’s Day on 11 th October, playing

a Stableford, the winner of which was

presented with the Lady Captain’s Cup.

There were also Nearest the Pins and

Target Drive prizes given to the winning

participants after a meal at the Trevi


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The Costa Calida Ladies’ League

Sensol Golf Course problems has played

havoc with all the fixtures planned for the

Ladies’ League as we play on a home

and away basis, which has meant all the

dates for Sensol will have to be shelved

until after December, but the Ladies are

quite resilient and patient they are willing

to be understanding as they do not want

to play on just nine holes or on temporary

greens. We all enjoy our Ladies’ League

encounters in a competitive but friendly

spirit. It would be even better if we could

get at least 2 more teams to join us to

make the League more challenging. If

you are group of lady golfers who would

like to be part of our group, you are very

welcome to join us. We play at reciprocal

golf courses at reduced green fees. To

participate in the League you only need a

group of 6 ladies.

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Tips and

Drills to Improve


Ball Striking

by David




your golf

game begins

by improving

your ball

striking, as

there’s nothing

in golf

quite like

making pure

contact. A

pure golf shot is truly a magical feeling!

Once you experience this sensation, you’ll

be hooked, trying to repeat it over and over

again. Achieving solid contact tends to be difficult

for many golfers; it’s what separates the

pros and better players from average to higher-handicap

golfers. The good news is that, if

you experiment with the accompanying tips

and drills, you too can learn how to hit solid

and pure golf shots more often.

Golf tip:

Control the


The final ingredient

in the

search for solid

ball striking

is controlling

the clubface

through impact.

In other

words, the

face of your

club must be

square when

it contacts

the ball. Most

golfers have

the face of the club too open at impact, which

leads to miss-hits that cause loss of power

and distance. The clubface should rotate from

open (prior to impact) to square (at impact)

to slightly closed (after impact). The timing of

this face rotation is what separates good ball

strikers from not-so-good ball strikers. Proper

practice will improve this timing.

Practice drills:

range, run through this drill before you hit

each practice shot.

Release the clubface drill: Put a plaster

on the back of your left wrist, (if you wear a

glove, put the plaster over the back of your

glove). On your down swing, turn your left

hand over, so the plaster is pointing down toward

the ground as you swing the club head

through the hitting area. On your practice

swings, do this slowly, so you experience the

feel of the club head turning over upon impact.

When hitting balls, try to just let this

motion happen, and after a while it will become


For more information on lessons and

custom fitting you can find David at Roda

Golf Academy or contact on 6700 83939

or email:

Golf tip:

Hands forward



As you strike

the golf ball,

the grip end

of the club

needs to be

leading the

hands and

club head

through the

hitting area.

This move

causes the

club head to

compress the

ball into the ground, which helps make your

divot after the ball, not before. (Many times

you hear golf instructors say strike the ball

first on iron shots - this is what they are talking


Golf tip:

Correct posture

The second

key to achieving

solid contact

is having

correct posture



swing, as this

allows you

to swing the

club on the

proper plane.

The majority

of golfers who

struggle with

making solid contact lose their posture as the

club head connects with the ball. This leads

to many miss-hits; fat and thin shots, hooks,

slices. It is essential that you keep your posture,

just as it is at address, throughout the


Golf ball drill: By placing an extra golf ball

behind your ball (12 to 14 inches behind the

target line), you will learn to strike the ball

with a descending blow and have your hands

leading the club head through the hitting

area. If you use a scooping motion (hitting

the ground before you make contact with the

ball), you won’t be able to strike your ball

without first hitting the extra ball.

Posture drill: Controlling your posture

throughout the swing is something that all

good players do and most amateur players

don’t. When the clubface strikes the ball, you

must return to the same posture that you had

at address. Practice by facing a mirror and

taking a half backswing, then swing the club

down to the ball, and stop. You should return

to your address position. Keep repeating this

motion until it starts to feel natural. On the

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Friday 14th Oct, the first of this

seasons CBBA League matches took place at

Mazarrón “Miners” home ground at

Hacienda. Their opponents were Emerald

Isle “Outlaws”, coming all the way from

Torrevieja; a team that Mazarrón have played

on many occasions in this league.

With this being the first of fourteen weeks in

this competition, spirits were fairly high,

optimism in abundance and being a home

match for Mazarrón an expectation of a

win was in the air. Even the weather was on

its best behaviour for the time of year! Alas,

even with all the above in Mazarrón’s favour, it

wasn’t to be, with Mazarrón only winning one

of their six games. Well played to J Tarrant, P

Toppin & K Alton with their 22-10 win. Well

done to all the other Mazarrón players. There

were some very close games. Not a good

start for Mazarron “Miners”, but as usual

they will put that one behind them and look

forward to Friday 21st when they play their

next match away to San Luis “Pumas”.

Not only was this the start of the CBBA

League, but also Mazarrón’s Winter

Triples League got under way. The first

week of the Triples is always the most

interesting as all the teams are made up from

a draw. This means that you may be playing

with people that you haven’t played with

before and of course this can change the

dynamics of some teams. It takes one or

two weeks in some cases for players to

settle in and find each other’s strengths and

weaknesses. Having said all that, this week’s

top team were “Friends Reunited” - G

Tottey, S Logue & J Cooper. I will keep

you all posted as the weeks go on as it

really is early days in this competition.

If you are interested in joining us or would just

like to find out more about our club, check out our


Or you can telephone the Club Secretary:

968131619 or Club Captain: 637461038.

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The 3 rd Annual Gala Evening and Dinner

organised by Los Amigos de Mazarrón

FC, in support of Mazarrón Football Club,

promises to be the biggest, best and most

prestigious yet.

It will be held at the Hotel La Cumbre, Puerto

de Mazarrón on Wednesday 8 th February 2012

and is being jointly sponsored by New Images,

the No. 1 Unisex Hair & Beauty Salon

and Nail Bar of Centro Comercial, Sector B,

Camposol, and Ibex Insurance of C.C. Upper

Local 2, Avda Doctor Meca S/N, Puerto

de Mazarrón. The guest speaker is the former

Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Everton,

Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers striker, Duncan


Duncan scored

131 goals in 391

League appearances

and was

also famous during

his playing

days for jumping

over a Mini car

from a standing

start. His speaking


have taken him

all over the

world, from Abu

Dhabi, Dubai and

Oman to Gibraltar,

Spain, Italy

and Florida. He

has been out

to entertain the British Armed Forces in the

Balkans and Falkland islands and been guest

speaker with P & O cruises to the Caribbean

and the Mediterranean.

Apart from speaking at Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool

and Manchester United gala dinners

and notable golfing venues such as the Belfry,

Royal Birkdale and Gleneagles, Duncan

has also spoken at the Prince and Princess

of Wales Hospice Dinner and St. Margaret’s

Hospice Dinner. He has also had the privilege

to speak with Prince Edward at the Duke of

Edinburgh Awards, Windsor Castle and with

Princess Anne at the Racing Welfare Trust.

Former Sheffield United, Leeds, Queens Park

Rangers and England international, Tony

Currie, has confirmed that he will attend the

dinner for the second year running. Other

invitees from the football world include former

West Ham United and England central

defender, Alvin Martin, and Mark Higgins,

formerly of Everton, Manchester United and

Stoke City.

Master of Ceremonies for the evening will

be comedian Justin Sane and, for the ladies,

there will be music and dancing to the

fabulous Beagles. In addition, many exciting

prizes have been donated to Los Amigos de

Mazarrón FC for auction on the night. These

include a framed photograph of Eric Cantona

scoring the winning goal in the FA Cup Final

between Manchester United and Liverpool,

autographed by the great man himself, two

tickets for an England International game

at Wembley, an autographed England Under

21 shirt, an autographed Liverpool shirt

donated by this year’s speaker, Jan Molby,

two tickets for Arsenal v Aston Villa at the

Emirates Stadium in 2012, a hospitality package

for a Sheffield Wednesday home game

at Hillsborough and a golf shirt autographed

by all the players in the Footballers Golf

Classic held at La Manga in June donated by

Dave Bassett.

Both Duncan McKenzie and Tony Currie

will be spending several days in Mazarrón before

and after the dinner. They will be attending

a special Reception for sponsors and VIP

guests at Don Ricardo’s Restaurant in Puerto

de Mazarrón on the Monday evening and taking

part in the Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC

Golf Society monthly golf competition at Hacienda

del Alamo on Tuesday 7 February.

All VIP tickets for the 2012 Gala Evening

and Dinner were snapped up within days of

going on sale, but there are still some general

tickets available. These include a four course

meal with coffee and local beer, house wine

and soft drinks during the serving of dinner,

and are €40 each.

There are also a few rooms still available at

the Hotel La Cumbre for those guests who

wish to stay overnight after the function. The

cost is €25 per room for a double room without

breakfast and €35 for a double room with

breakfast. These must be booked through

Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC.

You can reserve your tickets or rooms at the

Hotel by telephoning Andy on 634 040990,

Dave on 600 631956, emailing

or by calling

at the Trevi Bar any Thursday between

3pm and 4pm prior to the Los Amigos de

Mazarrón FC weekly meeting.

Win a prize of a Ticket for the Los Amigos

2012 Gala Evening and Dinner.

The dinner includes a four course meal with

coffee and local beer, house wine and soft

drinks included during the serving of dinner.

Answer three simple questions, the answers to

which can all be found in the November article.

1. Who is the guest speaker at the 2012 Los

Amigos de Mazarrón FC Gala Evening and


2. Which former Sheffield United and England

international will also be attending

the 2012 Dinner?

3. Who are the two joint sponsors of

the 2012 Gala Evening and Dinner?

Please either email your answers to or take

your answers to either the Costa Cálida

Chronicle office on Camposol or at Cosas y

Cosas in Cehegin.

Dave Capper

Press Officer

Los Amigos de Mazarron FC

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Sky+HD Digital Recorder.

Brand New, still boxed. 95€

Tel 968599015 (Mazarrón)

Satellite dish 1.35m with LNB/wall mount

fixing with Spanish TV Aerial. All gd cond.

100€ Buyer to Collect. C2 Camposol.

Tel 634377547.

Hankook Optimo K406 Tyre. Unused 215 x

65Rx16-98H. Half Price 60€

Tel 619871385. NW Murcia

Landrover Discovery RHD headlamps

- pair - original VGC 1998 Series I

50€ ono. Can deliver to Mazarron,

Cartagena, Los Alcazares.

Tel 676113636

Satellite dish 1.35 double LNB 100€.

Wrought iron double four poster bed with

mosquito frame (no mattress) 225€ ono.

Makita router 110v professional ¼ - ½ inch

plate with guides/spanners 125€, motor

bike inspection stand- trials bikes 20€

Tel 681217335

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Gas cooker as new. Used for 4 months

only. 95€ Tel 680861373 (Caravaca)

DESKTOP PC. AMD Athlon 3000+

(2.16GHz) CPU, 500MB RAM, 160GB Hard

Drive, 17” Flat Monitor/speakers, Cordless

Keyboard/Mouse, CD/DVD Drive, Webcam,

Microphone, Windows XP Professional SP3,

with Firefox, IE8/Windows Office 2007 €120.

PC, 160GB Hard Drive, 17” Monitor,

Speakers, Cordless Keyboard and Mouse,

CD/DVD Drive, Webcam, Microphone,

Windows XP Pro €95

Tel 666445192 (Calasparra)

Stag Minstrel bedroom furniture dressing

table & mirror/2 bedside cabinets/stool

250€ ono

Tel 696285897

“Orbegozo” Gas cooker as new 4 rings free

standing with regulator 40€. Superser 4

ring Gas oven, white with lid 80€. Sky dish

80cm/mounting brackets/digi box 60€

Tel 651772479 NW Murcia

Fender strat style guitar, amp, lead

strap etc. Unused 90€. Great Christmas

present. Acoustic guitar, Black finish, + gig

bag, spare strings, DVD. New 80€. Spanish

guitar + gig bag, spare strings. New 45€

Tel. 630366321 or harrytaylorfc@yahoo. Camposol Before 14/11

Brand New Ladies Genuine

Western Boots, Ideal Line Dancing.

Tan leather size 6 narrow fit. Ideal

Christmas Present. Cost £150 now 60€

Tel 968199350/634334007 (Camposol)

Quad Bike, petrol, for 6-10yrs, needs new

starter cord otherwise in excellent state

60€. Free standing clothes rails x 2 5€

Tel 626641326 NW Murcia

Yamaha 550 keyboard. Full keys/

midi functions. Brilliant Sound. Stand/

Instrument Book. Makes beautiful

Christmas present. 200€. Stag semi

acoustic guitar with flight case. Left

handed. Beautiful Sound. 175€.

Tel 968 199 472

White porcelain basin/pedestal with chrome

mixer taps. Exc Cond. 40€. Matching bidet/

chrome mixer tap. Exc Cond. 10€

Tel 966260700/680588377


Any digger/dumper + other plant/

machinery no dealers. Tel 628505733

Any hair and beauty equipment

Tel 61 611858

VAN - Any make or model considered,

must be Spanish LHD

Tel 620 460 311 or email charliejacobs30@

Bottled gas cooker with 6 top rings and

double oven. Any condition. Can collect.

Tel Ken 646705403 or Carol 655 41 21


Chocolate Point Siamese cat with blue

eyes, English pedigree in Las Moreras,

Mazarron, His name is Milky Wei and is

chipped. I really miss him. Reward offered.

Phone Michelle on 679376015








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October 2011 quiz answers

1. What does home from home offer


Chimney sweep service

2. Where would you find a fully

equipped pottery on Camposol?

Patsy’s pottery classes

3. What does “expore” do for you?

Supply anti mould spray and paint additive

4. Who claims ‘No job too big or too


Whilst the CCC are happy to accept monthly reports from the various organizations in the area, the articles printed are not

necessarily the opinions of the editor or publisher and the contents should be viewed as a guideline only. Professional

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5. Who offered an evening of comedy

and culture?

Cloud nine drama

6. Where would you discover simple

savings from the bank you know?

Lloyds bank

7. When you are ‘all googled out’

what do you do next?

Get Knighted

8. Who offered a free no-obligation

quote and you can find out exactly

what they offer?

Apache 24/7

9. What does Arkrights offer you?

All you favourite British goodies

10. Who offers beauty treatment at

home or in the salon?

Face and body

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6. Caravaca De

La Cruz

La Paca

Vélez Rubio



3. Calasparra

El Berro



7. Cehegin


Molina de


16. Mula

17. Pliego



1. Alhama

de Murcia



21. Totana




23. Los Cantereros

5. Cañadas del

Lorca Romero RM-3

4. Camposol

22. Purias


27. Blanca


Las Palas

14. Mazarrón

2. Bolnuevo 18. Puerto de


26. Fortuna

9. Fuente



20. Tallante








Pilar De La Horadada

11. La Torre 28. San Pedro del Pinatar

29. Torre 19. San Javier


12. Los Alcazares

A-30 AP-7

8. El Algar 10. La Manga

13. Los Belones

24. Cabo de Palos

25. La Manga Club



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Hotel La Mariposa - 968 631 008

Casa Pedro Barrera - 968 972 972


Silvente - 968 332 058

Airport Parking:

Seguro Parking - 622 062 115

Bars, Cafés & Restaurants:

Alley Palais - 968 131 970

Restaurante Amapola -660 328 092

Restaurante Buen Descanso

– 968 163 642

Cafeteria Plaza - 968 705 406

Cat’s Bar - 666 188 353

Chez Zoe - 676 691 324

Don Ricardo’s - 968 155 887

Hacienda del Alamo Golf Resort

Clubhouse - 968 070 066

Hotel La Mariposa - 968 631 008

La Vista Café Bar - 868 186 727

Las Torres - 607 013 423

Leonardo’s - 628 682 303

Liz’s Cafe - 696 724 123

Mariachis Mexican Restaurant

- 968 559 984

Sensol Golf Club - 699 203 136

The Arches - 653 081 341

The Market Tavern - 968 154 588

The New Royal - 968 595 864

The Steak-Out - 968 970 619

The Yachtsman - 600 749 181

Trevi Bar & Restaurant - 669 026 544


Amigos - 619 025 160

CM Constructions - 659 159 948

Fuente Building Services - 696 744 982

JD Construction - 630 269 994

Tony’s Building Services - 647 119 952

Westwood Construction - 968 563 553

Building Services:

Kano Building Design - 963 141 082

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Kevins Aluminium Services

- 650 662 579

P&P Services - 659 732 962

V.I.P. Services - 650 893 607

Woodworks Direct - 649 540 016


Big Breakfast Butchers - 968 170 553

English Butcher Camposol

- 619 579 823

Cards and Gifts

Best Wishes -968 199 295

Vistas De Murcia - 653 251 541


Philip Carpenter / Joiner - 680 443 219

Car Hire:

Bolnuevo Cars - 968 150 979

F&C Rent a Car - 968 199 156

Cars & Transport:

P&P Services - 659 732 962

Specialist Vehicles SL - 968 146 158


Chiropody - Philip Dawe - 968 150 244

Cleaning Services:

Limpieza Rosa - 619 199 407

Clothes Shops:

Legs & Co. - 660 792 513

Computer Accessories:

Beep - 968 155 710

Dot Com World - 968 199 154

Shop at Camposol Computers

- 968 154 477

T J Electricals - 868 181 121

Computer Repairs & Sales:

Beep - 968 155 710

Camposol Computers - 968 199 191

Dot Com World - 968 199 154

LocoPC - 968 971 893

Shop at Camposol Computers

- 968 154 477


British Dental Clinic - 628 115 554

Dental Care - 968 199 111

Olivier Houdusse - 968 153 645


Creative Writing - 649 647 467

Let’s Talk Spanish - 630 939 626


Amigos - 619 025 160

CHM Meters - 646 965 082

Jim Large - 628 539 789

Louis Harris - 619 712 821

Sparks Electrical Services - 626 693 440


Lenny Mitchell - 658 321 891

Funeral Plans:

ASSSA - 968 153 396

The Funeral Director – 650 631 719


Cosas y Cosas - 968 742 712

DFS - 968 334 194

Furniture Plus - Purias - 968 482 456

Garden Centres

Jardilar 2003 -669 565 402

The Garden Centre (Totana) - 636 455 034

The Tree Surgeon - 650 911 755


Cálida Hair and Beauty Academy

- 968 971 828

Jane’s Salon - 968 158 433

The Salon – Melissa & Tanya

- 691 916 717

The Salon 2 - 686 354 232

Health & Beauty:

Anti-Ageing Clinic - 691 916 717

Avon with Jan - 672 880 353

Calida Care Agency - 968 150 658

Drew Ryder Therapist - 660 326 194

Freedom Mobility - 638 893 357

Fuschia Beauty Clinic - 630 439 480

Horse Whisperer Adam - 637 115 768

Jane’s Salon - 968 158 433

Emotional Freedom Techniques Therapist

- 634 358 310

Mark Phoenix - 654 202 996

Rosies Toesies - 639 171 835

The Beauty Palace – 968 971 828

Heating and Aircon:

Camposol Heating & Maintenance

- 968 199 184

Calida Gas & Oil - 659 761 771

LLamas Chimeneas - 968 591 030

Louis Harris - 619 712 821

Home Furnishings:

Curtain Call - 616 240 171

Yorkshire Linen - 968 595 946


ASSSA - 968 153 396

Ibex Insurance - 968 595 945

Knight Insurance - 902 282 820

MSC Insure - 968 429 129

Nash Warren - 968 156 583

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Internet Cafés

Alley Palais - 968 131 970

Camposol Computers - 968 199 191

Dot Com World - 968 199 154

Kennels and Catteries:

Casa Abril Catteries - 617 417 189

Catatonic - 646 705 403

Colina Kennels - 639 012 342

Delmonte - 968 168 711

El Carro Kennels - 620 582 654

Legal Services:

Nicky G Translation Services

- 968 199 245

P&P Services - 659 732 962

Professional and Legal Solutions

- 968 595 826

Silvente - 968 332 058


ADS Locksmith - 600 255 250


Venta Romero -662 350 722

Garden Centre Totana -636 455 034


Colair - 626 726 149

Decklid Auto Services - 626 678 840

English Garage Services - 968 743 350

Eurotyres - 968 424 605

López Milan - 968 429 216

Ken Sherwood-Mechanic - 679 646 859

Mobile Car Mechanic - 666 161 129

Neumáticos El Ceña - 968 422 015


Eriks - 636 050 008

Mobility Products:

Freedom Mobility - 638 893 357

Outdoor Catering:

The Roving Diner - 699 223 112

Pig Out Hog Roast - 644 569 693

Outdoor Living:

D&G Garden Leisure Products

- 968 334 773

Furniture Plus - Purias - 968 482 456

Pergola Covers - 667 879 399

Painting and Decorating:

Interior Elegance - 968 482 456

RJB Décor Painting - 699 044 742

Trevor Smith - 968 163 298


Apache 24/7 Plumbing Services

- 968 970 614

Camposol Heating & Maintenance

- 968 199 184

Calida Gas & Oil - 659 761 771

Printing & Design:

Insignia Graphics - 618 615 903

Mister Print - 638 893 357

Property Maintenance:

Trevor Smith - 968 163 298

Westwood Construction - 968 563 553

Property Management:

Harris Property Management

- 619 726 014

La Manga 4 U - 0044 7921 351298

Owners Away - 691 977 107

Sensol Golf Villa Rentals - 968 970 614

Spanish Property Rentals - 699 107 072

Property Sales:

ADS Property Services - 646 969 455

Another World Properties - 968 592 679

Best of Spanish - 635 434 651

Fuente Alamo Real Estate - 968 598 173

Luz Del Sol - 968 199 068

Old Farmhouses - 968 159 264

Sensol Golf Sales - 968 970 614


Advance Moves - 968 654 667

Costa Cálida Transport - 660 359 956

Dainton Removals and Storage

- 653 529 243

Lord’s Removals and Storage

- 608 061 872

Mar Menor Removals - 968 564 298

Go Direct - 634 347 914

Retail Outlets:

Arkrights English Food Store

- 634 219 041

Best Wishes - 968 199 295

Cosas y Cosas - 968 742 712

Direct - 686 341 749

Eros - 968 583 008

Kitchens Plus 1 - 968 184 235

TJ Electricals - 868 181 121

UK Supplies - 661 173 269


B P Oil - 626 091 885

Compusurf - 968 970 666

Dog Listener - 868 082 011

Four Legs Dog Grooming Service

- 968 974 056

Healthy H20 - 968 437 270

Horse Whisperer - 637 115 768

Home from Home Chimney Sweep

- 660 478 881

House Clearance - 968 974 997

Kennedy Financial Services

- 678 035 992

No More Mould - 672 795 574

Petroalhama - 968 632 320

Rainbow Laundrette - 634 309 603

The Laundry Shop - 670 847 305

UK Woolshop - 619 493 183

Solar Power:

Freesol - 659 232 507

Solar Directa - 659 315 130

Spas & Hottubs:

Eurospas - 650 722 905

Sport & leisure:

Alley Palais - 968 131 970

Casa La Pedrera - 660 616 620

Costa Cálida Radio - 902 903 783

Dance Zone - 649 647 467

Direct - 686 341 749

Horseriding META - 636 172 198

Hotel La Mariposa - 968 631 008

JFM Radio Network - 968 868 198

Murcia Dance - Zumba Classes

- 655 421 120

Stomp - 667 405 002

Yogamayga - 968 150 755

Swimming Pool Cleaning &


Alpha Pools - 968 971 824

Aquasmarter - 677 221 159

Daisy Pool Covers - 968 638 583

Jorge Pools - 674 168 000

Köhn Pool Service - 968 138 638

Pool Pump Repairs - 606 594 874

Tony, Tiler Diver - 646 438 694

Watermaid - 646 705 088


Carlos’ Interpreting Services

- 630 187 041

Nicky G Translation Services

- 968 199 245

P&P Services - 659 732 962

Travel Agents:

Dragontours - 968 199 021

Viajes Mazamar - 968 594 630

TV & Satellite:

CTV Aerial & Satellite Systems

- 600 218 046

ISS - 655 480 543

LocoSat - 968 971 893

Satellite Services Murcia - 618 570 154

Rainbow Satellites - 686 358 475

T J Electricals - 868 181 121

YPM Satellites - 628 234 045

Veterinary Clinics:

Veterinary Clinic Maskota - 968 597 929

Emerg - 619 378 473

Vet in the Port - 968 153 931

Emerg - 608 466 553

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We have seen all sorts of chaos around

the world and I don’t mind admitting it’s

scary. The lives lost, snatched so suddenly

away through good or bad causes shows

us that humanity is in turmoil and as I see

it completely lost its way and purpose. I

hasten to add that there are some people

out there who, like me, stand amazed and

horrified at what has happened and yet

have a peace within themselves that it will

all come to an end soon!! So if your life, for

whatever reason, was snatched from you

what do you think or understand happens

to you beyond death, the grave??

What is within me and others that

brings “peace” to us in amongst so

much chaos and hatred? It’s my

relationship with Jesus. Many people don’t

know who He is and have only heard the

name as a swear word but He is, “the

someone” who brings hope and peace to

me on a daily basis now and for beyond

death, the grave. In the Bible Jesus spoke

about things that would happen in the


Here’s a selection of verses from Luke

chapter 21: “Nation will rise against

nation, kingdom against kingdom, there will

be great earthquakes, famines, pestilences

in various places and fearful events and

great signs in the heavens”. Jesus went

on to speak about many other things that

would happen, but in verse 28 He says

“When these things begin to take place

stand up and lift up your heads because

your “redemption” is drawing near”.

“the saving of someone from error or evil

as being “a thing”, BUT for me the Bible

teaches in 1 Peter 1 verses 18-21 that

“you know that it was not with perishable

things such as silver or gold that you were

redeemed from the empty way of life,

(errors and evil) handed down to you from

your forefathers but with the precious blood

of Jesus Christ, through him you believe in

God who raised Jesus from the dead and

glorified him and so your faith and hope

are in God”.

Faith and hope in God for what? In

John 3 verse 16 Jesus says “For God so

loved the world that He gave His one and

only begotten Son Jesus, that whosoever

believeth in Him shall not perish but have

ETERNAL LIFE”. It’s eternal life with Jesus.

John 11 verses 25 – 26 Jesus said “I am the

resurrection and the life, he who believes

in me will live even though he dies and

whoever lives and believes in me will never

die”. These words, often used at funeral

services, are my assurance, peace for now

and hope in the future after death, the

grave. Jesus asks “Do you believe this?”

What does lie beyond death, the grave for

you? Want to know more? Access our

website through google - Puerto Lumbreras

Christian Fellowship or telephone Paul and

Sandra 619453283

Puerto Lumbreras Christian Fellowship

meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday each

month at 11.00am in the premises of

the Spanish Evangelical Church Puerto


I don’t know if you are aware of the Facebook

page for re-homing of animals in the Murcia

region. We were looking at it a couple of weeks

ago and Vivien Wharton had written that she

had witnessed a donkey being abused by

a couple of ‘local’ men. She saw the owner

and complained to him only to be told that as

it was not a dog they could treat it however

they wanted to. She was also offered the

donkey for a price of 100€. This was put on

the Facebook page and within an hour there

were enough pledges of money to buy him, but

she had nowhere to keep it. We stepped in and

offered our services and a stall in our donkey

stable. We went to collect him the following

day and found that he had suffered 15 cuts to

his body and legs. He has never been seen by

a farrier and his front hooves are overgrown.

His jaw seems to have been broken at some

time as he has problems eating. His front teeth

are also misaligned. He was transported to our

home where he settled down after a day or so

and now runs round the paddock with Lola our

first donkey, Minty our rescued Sheep and Babe

the Potbellied pig. We have posted pictures on

our web site and also on our Facebook page.

Please take a look.

We have still dogs waiting for new homes. All

can be seen on the web page.

We are having a Sherry and Mince Pies afternoon

at our shop in Fuente Alamo on Thursday 22

December, and also a Christmas Lunch on

Tuesday 13 December at Bali Hi Camposol.

Tickets can be obtained by contacting Andrea

on 690906565 or any committee member.

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What is “redemption?” The dictionary

puts it like this “the action of redeeming

someone or something or of being

redeemed, a thing that saves someone

from error or evil”. The dictionary terms

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