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June 2013 - Costa Calida Chronicle

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Date: June 2013 Issue: 7 Volume: XIII


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SPECIAL PAGES

Mar Menor 32-36

Mazarrón 56-61

Northwest Murcia 84-87

Sport 100-105

What’s On 93-98

ADVERTORIAL

Bistro Ratatouille 14

Corral & Alcaraz 20

Golf 525 34

Hacienda Los Garandicos 18

La Vida 70

Liberty Seguros 38

Linea Directa 12

Martin & Cutting Crew 20

Yorkshire Linen 8

CHARITIES

ADAPT 32

Andrea’s Charity 78

Easy Horse Care 33

GO maD 14

HAH 34

HELP Mar Menor 34

Helping Hands 23

JJ Puppies 50

Lions of Mazarrón 64

MABS Mar Menor 36

MABS Mazarrón 58

MABS Northwest 84

MAMAS 40

Noah’s ARC 22

PALS 23

Pets In Spain 89

CHILDREN

Chatterbox 38

EDUCATION

Jane Cronin’s Spanish 66

ENTERTAINMENT

Classic Artistes 90

Cloud Nine 41

Country Music Nights 56

Crisis Concerts 82

Harlequin Rock Choir 59

Lion Country Music 44

FOOD & DRINK

Food for Thought 82

Herb of the Month 18

Ma Millbank 88

Menu del Dia 92

Spring & Summer Foods 76

GROUPS

Darwinians 40

Ex-Servicemen 41

Humanists 82

Ladies’ Chatterbox 57

Los Palacios 58

Sector C Greenfingers 56

Welcome 72

HEALTH

FAST 41

Hayfever 42

INFORMATION

Advertiser’s Directory 108/109

Aguilas Railway 26

Animal Matters 70

Ask Jennifer 7

British Consul 16

British Embassy 48

Business News 110

Classified Ads 106

CRA 57

Dates to Remember 92

Dear Editor 62

Dragon Tours 99

Energy Efficiency Cert 67

Gas Men - Bogus or Official 79

Life in Spain 66

Lucky’s Story 78

Mazarrón News 60/61

Murcia News 44

Northwest Murcia 85

Spanish News 52

Teresa’s Travels 64

LEISURE

ACAM 48

Arts & Craft Fayre 6

Author Review 28

Camposol Fiesta 54/55

Gardening News 80

Hiking in Moratalla 84

NEST 16

Puzzle Page 74

Puzzle Solutions 110

TV News 20

Underwater Photography 59

WARM 86

PROPERTY

Housing Update 107

RELIGION

Beacon of Light 6

Mass in English 44

Olive Branch 72

Open Door 47

St Nicholas Church 67

Welcome House 86

Wellspring Victory Church 24

SPORT

Bob Fay Memorial 102

Fuente Old Guard 101

Golf Tips 104

Liga Local 102

Local Sports 105

Los Amigos Mazarrón 103

SAMM 104

Soccer School 101

Straight Down the Middle 100

Supermoto 100

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We were delighted to attend the

presentation of the new ambulance to the

Red Cross by PALS at the end of April.

It was wonderful to see just how grateful

everyone was to have this absolutely brand

spanking new vehicle all fully equipped.

The staff at the Red Cross Centre and

Town Hall even went to Murcia to find

some ‘ambulance’ stickers which they

gave to all the volunteers that attended.

This was a truly magnificent achievement

and could not have happened without

many years of very hard work by PALS,

organising CAFÉ concerts and many other

fund raising events. The determination

by so many people ensured that their

ultimate goal was achieved. Well done to

all!

Once again we have more new

advertisers, but we must not forget the

advertisers that stay with us month after

month making the Costa Cálida Chronicle

the best advertising magazine in the

area. Our section on Menu del Dias on

page 92 has been a real hit, so if you are

looking for a value meal at lunch time, try

out some of the restaurants in this special

feature and if you are a restaurant owner

not already in the feature, now is the time

to give it a try. Contact Teresa on 619

199 407 to find out how your business

can be included.

New Advertisers

Alfvin’s Rune & Tarot Reading

Big G’s American Diner

CDA Fitness

Calida CMS

Golf 525 Murcia

Hacienda Los Granadicos

Respite Care/Bed & Breakfast

Restaurante Casa Del Nono

Welcome Back

Bistro Bulgaria Camposol

Kano Designs

Let’s Talk Spanish

Solar Window Film

We are also very grateful to all our

contributors sending in valuable

information on the area and general

living in Spain. Martine sent us a very

interesting article and photos on her and

Martin’s trip down to the Granada area.

Have you been somewhere interesting

that you would like to share with our

readers? If so, please send us the

information as a word document with any

photos as separate jpgs and we can share

your experiences with others in the area.

Hopefully the weather from June will have

become more settled and you can get out

and about enjoying this wonderful part of

Spain. There is so much to see and do

and of course we have a superb selection

of bars and restaurants to try whether

you are a resident or a visitor to the Costa

Cálida.

Don’t forget Camposol Fiesta on 15 th &

16 th of this month. See pages 54 & 55 for

full details.

Enjoy the summer from all at the

Costa Cálida Chronicle

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We were delighted

to be

able to welcome

husband

and

wife mediums

Janet

Harris and

Shaun Gray

from England

on May 29th

who delighted

everyone

with their

inspirational

philosophy and wonderful evidence at the

Beacon of Light Centre. On May 30 th they

once again thrilled the audience at Condado

de Alhama for an evening of clairvoyance.

Our thanks must again go to Jill for her support

and Rachel and Paul for once again allowing

us to use their social club at no cost.

This was is such a great help to our fund raising.

Our healers at the Beacon of Light Centre

have completed a course on training new

healers and we will be commencing training

on healing for anyone who is interested. Details

will be published very soon.

Our meetings are every Wednesday from

7pm with weekly guest mediums and usually

finish at approximately 8.30pm. As always

the evenings ends with a friendly chat and

a cup of tea and biscuits. Healing will now

be available before the meeting starting at

5.30pm. All our meetings are funded by donations

given during the evening.

Mediums for June:

Wednesday 5 th - Sammy Fitzsimmons

Wednesday12th - Jimmy Mc Arthur

Wednesday 19 th - Morag Bullocked

Wednesday 26 th - Debbie Blevin

Do you seek a special place?

The welcome’s warm, a friendly face,

Do you need a place to go?

When you feel good or you feel low.

Do you want to know some more,

For when we exit Earth Plane’s door,

Healing you can get from there,

Given with lots of loving care.

Mediums travel from afar,

Some by ‘plane and some by car,

Messages of hope to bring,

From loved ones as we proudly sing.

Life does not end at the grave,

Eternal love to you they gave,

They’re never very far from you,

So very close in all you do.

So why not pop along and see,

And join us for a cup of tea,

If you would like on a Wednesday night,

Come to our Centre - The Beacon of Light

For further information please phone

620 877 326

Email beacon.of.light.murcia@gmail.com

http://beaconoflightmurcia.webs.com

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Saturday June 8 th (11am-3pm) will be the

first Arts And Crafts Fayre to be organised

by the Artisan Co-Operative. The event will

be held at The Club House, Camposol C. For

this first event, Age Concern Costa Cálida

will also benefit. Entrance is €1 which will be

donated to Age Concern who on the day will

also run a raffle and be on hand to explain

about their charity and all the services they

offer & the events they organise. We hope

that at subsequent events other local charities

& organisations will help host the event.

The idea for a totally Arts & Craft based

event came from the organiser Matt Jones

(Artist, Ceramacist & probably better known

to most people as one half of Rainbow Satellites!).

Having attended many fiestas and

charity events displaying and selling his own

artwork Matt wanted to try and help a small

(but growing steadily) group of likeminded

creative people who work with a whole host

of materials & crafts including paper, fabric

quilting & sewing, mosaics, stained glass,

painting, card making, metal work, ceramics,

decorated Spanish roof tiles, jewellery making,

home baking, knitting and wood work,

with the main emphasis on things being

handmade and designed by the plethora of

talented people in the MURCIA region.

The idea of creating an Artisan Co-Operative

was born and with it a chance to get together

in one venue and champion the cause of

hand made & unique with items that are

beautiful to have around your home, special

gifts for family and friends or just to treat

yourself because you deserve it!

On JUNE 8 TH some of the artists will be giving

demonstrations of their craft or explaining

the process behind creating the superb

things they make & attending this first event

will be Colin from Mula with his colourful symphony

Stained Glass. He will bring some of his

fantastic lamps, light catchers and intricate

glass panels www.diassoleados.com. Mary

whose Tejas (decorative/Spanish inspired

decorated roof tiles) that look lovely hung in

a shady terrace and have so much detail and

colour - have a look at her face book page

Hand Crafted Spanish wall hangings. Also

look out for rustic pottery from Mals www.

rusticpottery.wordpress.com and the studio

in Aledo and Linda from Los Canovas with

colourful ceramics. Dan Rust from La Magdelana

will also be at the event with his Mosaics

www.mosaicman.eu plus Christine with her

Handmade Cards www.chris4cards.com as

well as a host of other imaginative folk with

lovely stitched and embroidered fabric items

such as lavender bags/ fabric door stops &

a varied selection of jewellery to suit every

taste & style.

There will also be a Creative Kids Corner

where budding young artists up to age 10 can

have a go at various arty projects. Fiesta Faces

will be there face painting tigers, monsters

& clowns as well as any other requests.

The Club House offers a good selection of refreshments

and food, so why not come along

and support the Arts & Crafts Fayre, chat

with the artists as well as supporting the good

work of Age Concern Costa Cálida & enjoy a

good time out.

*If you hand make or craft lovely things we

want to hear from you!! We may have a few

tables available for this event, but if you are

interested in participating in future events &

joining our Artisan Co-Operative then email

Matt with details of your craft. If you just

enjoy looking at and hopefully buying Hand

Made Crafts and want to know about future

planned Arts & Crafts Fayres, get in touch.

Matt will be at the event with some of his art

& ceramics. His website is www.loftart.org

Hope to see you all there enjoying the day.

Matt Jones 676 858 028

Email lamadrugada1@gmail.com

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Hiding Behind Double Standards

It is tough enough making big life decisions

and no-one wants to make the wrong choice

for fear of being socially ostracised for our

views. In order to find social acceptance

among friends and family, we tend to express

opinions or values that are similar to others.

What is common place, however, is for us

to hide behind “double standards”. So what

is a double standard? A double standard is

a value, a belief system that includes ethical

and moral set of principles that one person

expects another person to act without acting

the same way ourselves! A “double standard”

may be described by moralists as a “white lie”

as it may not represent our true feelings or

views, but we need to take more responsibility

for our personal views and learn to conquer

our fear of being judged by others. These

days we are bombarded with such a bewildering

array of choices and the pressure on us to

make the “right” decision is greater than ever.

However, a bad choice is better than making

no choice at all. As they say, “Failure is recoverable,

but regret is much tougher”.

Dear Jennifer,

After eight years together, my fiancé and

I agreed to part-company as we both

wanted different things in life. I took this

opportunity to travel for a few months

and I felt a renewed feeling of contentment

with my life that I had forgotten

when I was engaged. However, when

I returned, I found that my best friend

had slept with my ex-fiancé while I was

away! How can she betray me so blatantly,

especially as she was always critical

of our relationship in the first place?

However, I have moved on with my

life and have acquired new friends in

the process, but her betrayal still plays

heavily on my mind. I am now thinking

of cutting ties with my friend as I don’t

think I can ever get over her inappropriate

behaviour. Am I overreacting?

Sandra B.

Dear Jennifer,

One of our friends has just come out

of rehab for alcoholism and we want

to show our support. Although we try

to get together for non-drinking activities,

it’s hard. For instance, it seems insensitive

to invite her to parties where

there is alcohol, but it is also rude not

to include her. We dare not drink in her

presence, although she has told us that

we shouldn’t act differently around her.

How can we have normal social lives

while showing our support?

Clare S.

Dear Clare,

Your friend is responsible for her own sobriety.

This is an insight that she may have acquired

in rehab and it might be why she doesn’t want

you to act differently in her presence. It is one

thing to avoid temptation and quite another

to develop the inner strength to resist it. Her

life is being lived one day at a time and it is

important that she has a strong, supportive

network of friends around her.

However, you mentioned that your friends

“dare not drink in her presence” and I need to

ask, “How does her sobriety make you feel?”

Proud? Guilty? You need to ask yourself why

you are feeling such discomfort around her.

Your friend has now begun a new chapter in

her life and this journey may be so delicate

that she needs genuine ongoing support, not

cosmetic changes. Ultimately, it will be for

her to decide whether her life of sobriety will

include you and the social events you and

your friends still enjoy. Understanding her

daily struggle may force you to evaluate your

own attitude to alcohol. Are you ready for this

introspection and to support a true friend in

need?

Jennifer

If you would like me to answer your question,

please forward it to jennifer@maxxinternational.com.

Jennifer is a qualified and experienced

Emotional Wellness Coach, Holistic

Therapist and Life Coach.

Dear Sandra,

Don’t spoil your new found personal peace

with anger and frustration and a misconstrued

perspective of disloyalty. The relationship

with your former fiancé came to a natural

end and obviously you have both moved

on and the decision was mutual (and, I’m

assuming, unrelated to your friend). Therefore,

it is unfair and immature on your part

to blame her for betraying you. As consenting

adults, you are both entitled to find new

partners and it is no longer your concern as

to his choice of partner. Focus instead now on

what’s truly important. Strengthen ties with

people who share your strengths and unfulfilling

relationships will soon fall by the wayside

without your being dramatic about it. Learn to

embrace and appreciate your new journey in

life rather than be tied to matters that are no

longer your business. If it really bothers you,

have a heart-to-heart with your friend and

have a calm and sensible discussion about

how you feel. Decide whether you still value

your friendship or whether it has gone to a

point of no return.

Jennifer

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Getting The Most From Your Bedding

T h r e a d

C o u n t

Explained

We often

get asked to

explain what

thread count

means. It is

a term used

to measure

how fine a

fabric is and

refers to the number of threads contained in

one square inch of material. This is calculated

by counting the number of individual threads

counted along two sides of the square inch

and then adding them together.

Thread count is normally used as a measure

of the quality of a fabric, where the higher the

thread count, the better the quality.

To give you an idea how thread count affects

the feel of a fabric, consider that a thread

count of 150 (75 threads one way, 75 the

other) produces muslin, which feels a little

rough. Good quality sheets come in at 180

and anything above 200 is considered better

quality. Luxury bedding would generally be

anything from 400 thread count Egyptian

cotton all the way up to 1000 thread count

(the highest thread count available). Some

manufacturers have been known to claim

thread counts of over 1000, but these are

false claims. It is simply not possible to fit

so many threads into a square inch of fabric.

In order to make their products appear

superior, manufacturers will not count the

threads, but the fibres (or piles) that make

up the threads. One individual thread may

be constructed from 4 piles twisted together.

Whereas most of us would refer to that as

one thread, some of the more creative

manufacturers will call it four.

At Yorkshire Linen, our sheets start at 180

thread count (percale polycotton) and go

all the way up to luxury 1000 thread count

(Egyptian cotton).

Yorkshire

Linen is now

a retailer of

the premium

Belledorm

Egyptian Cotton Range, a UK based

company with a distinguished reputation for

exceptional quality. All of Belledorm’s ranges

are made from certified Egyptian cotton and

carry the official kite mark so you can be sure

of the quality.

Caring For Your Bedding

If you want to keep that same fresh, crisp and

immaculate look on the first day you bought

it, you have to look after your bedding; this

includes how you wash it, dry it, handle it and

use it. Much of today’s bedding has durability

in mind when it is manufactured. The rigours

of modern households usually mean that

use-and-wash cycles are very frequent. This

puts a strain on the construction or weave of

the product, as well as its colour fastness.

Over time, repeated use and washing

will deteriorate, wear down and fade the

feel, handle and overall appearance of the

bedding. For example, a 150 count polycotton

fitted sheet can withstand many washes, be

changed regularly and tumble dried or line

dried without any major deterioration. The

polyester in the weave makes it easy to iron,

holds deep colours well and generally be more

robust in a domestic environment with regular

washing. If you compare this to a 400 count

Egyptian cotton, you will see that the linen

is softer, almost silky in feel with a lustrous

shine from the surface of the fabric. This

linen is delicate and

to an extent quite

fragile. The fact that

it is genuine 100%

Egyptian cotton with

a single ply weave

means that greater

care has to be taken

to elongate its life

span.

For plain dyed bed linen (polycotton and

100% Cotton):

- Always wash new bedding before use

- Wash at 40 degrees

- Do not bleach

- Tumble dry at medium heat

- Iron at low to medium heat

- Do not dry clean

For Egyptian Cotton:

- Line dry instead of tumble drying as high

drying heat can damage Egyptian cotton

fibres

- To make ironing easier, iron whilst damp

and fold flat when storing in the airing

cupboard

- Do not wash Egyptian cotton with fabric

softeners. The chemicals present can

deteriorate the strength and durability of

fine long staple Egyptian cotton fibres

- Do not wash with polycotton or other

synthetic fibres eg nylon or 100%

polyester

- Try not to wear bed clothing with high

synthetic fibre content eg nylon or 100%

polyester, when sleeping on Egyptian

cotton.

Finally, store well away from any dust; ideally

in a separate linen cupboard, or drawer,

perhaps adding an evocative scent to infuse

the linen. The result will be long lasting,

crisply ironed freshly scented linen, which will

make it a treat to get into bed every night.

Given that we spend up to a third of our lives

in bed, it just has to be worth it.

Tel 968 595 946

www.yorkshirelinen.com

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We recently had the enjoyment of celebrating

my partner’s 60 th birthday and not wanting to

go too far this time, we decided to discover

a bit more of “inland” Spain, so after hours

trawling the internet decided on a trip to

Úbeda and Jaén.

The Town Hall, which was originally built as

a Court House and Prison and the Cathedral

of the Nativity of Our Lady which was built

above a former Moorish mosque. It was converted

to the Christian rite in 1147 and was

restored back to Christianity in 1227 after a

period serving as a Mosque. The historic part

of the City around the Cathedral is full of

quaint narrow cobbled streets and beautifully

restored character homes with the occasional

delightful restaurant. The “commercial” and

newer area is well maintained and buzzing

with street bars and cafés where you will still

find the age old tradition of receiving free tapas

with a drink.

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First stop (for lunch) was Baza in the Province

of Granada. Baza is situated 844m above

sea level, in the Hoya de Baza, a valley in

the Sierra Nevada, not far from the Gallego

River. The city was founded by the Iberians

in the 4th century BC and was an important

Commercial Centre. There is a lovely square

by the Town Hall for refreshments and participating

in trying out regional delicacies – this

is where you’ll also find the Tourist Information

Centre.

Upon arrival at Úbeda, it can be confusing as

there is a more recent “part” and of course

the area where the historic and monumental

area of the City can be found. Úbeda is

one of the region’s most important settlements

boasting a regional hospital, University

Bachelor’s Degree in Education college,

distance-learning facilities, local government

facilities, social security offices, and courts,

with the agricultural economy mainly working

with olive cultivation and cattle ranching.

Úbeda has become one of the biggest olive oil

producers and packers in the Jaén Province.

The city possesses 48 monuments, and over

a hundred other buildings of interest, almost

all of them of Renaissance style. Particularly

worth a visit is the Plaza de Vázquez de Molina

where the Parador we stayed at is situated.

This 16 th Century Palace was restored in

the 17 th Century and was once owned by the

Dean of the Holy Chapel of Our Saviour. This

City is a joy for anyone interested in Chapels/

Churches/Monuments and the Historic area is

quite compact and much of it pedestrianised.

This is the ideal place for craft lovers, as you

will find fine pottery, crafts and wrought iron

work for purchase.

The following

day, en

route to Jaen,

we stopped

for a wander

(and lunch

of course) in

Baeza. The

town is perched

on a cliff in

the “Loma

de Úbeda»,

a mountain

range between

the river Guadalquivir

and

the Guadalimar.

It is chiefly

known today

as having many

of the best-preserved examples of Italian Renaissance

architecture in Spain. In the 16th

century, Baeza grew rich from the production

of textiles, and local nobles hired important

architects to design new palaces, churches

and public squares in the fashionable Italian

style.

The economy collapsed in the 17th century,

which had the fortunate side effect of preserving

Baeza’s Renaissance architectural

legacy, because few newer structures were

built. Two of the most important buildings are

The city of

Jaén is also

known as the

World Capital

of Olive Oil,

because it is

the biggest

producer of

the oil, known

by locals as

liquid gold.

The layout of

Jaén is determined

by

its position

in the hills

of the Santa

Catalina

Mountains,

with steep,

narrow streets, in the historical central city

district. The city is the administrative and

industrial centre for the province. Industrial

establishments include chemical works, tanneries,

distilleries and textile factories. In

April 1938, during the Spanish Civil War, Jaén

was bombed by the Nazis, meaning much

of the city has been re-built and therefore

everywhere seems much more modern that

the previous cities and towns we visited on

this trip. However, if in this area, an absolute

“must” to visit is the Castillo de Santa Catalina

which sits on the top of a hill overlooking the

city. Previously there had existed a fortress

of Arabic origin, of which some remains still

exist – much of it has been carefully restored

to the Parador where we stayed yet retaining

impressive 20 metre high arches in the

main hall and of course the amazing views

from many of the bedrooms overlooking the

city. Another building of interest is surely Jaén

Cathedral which is one of the most important

Renaissance-style Cathedrals. Construction

began in 1570 and was completed in 1802.

The trip was a resounding success and the

highlights were certainly the friendliness of

the locals, the amazing monuments and the

gastronomy as well as seeing the snow glinting

in the sun on the top of the Sierra Nevada.

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3 rd May saw the Grand Opening of Bistro Ratatouille

in Puerto de Mazarrón, where more

than 110 people attended to wish Antoine and

Corinne all the best in their new venture.

Antoine and Corinne have lived and worked

in the area for several years, but it was always

their dream to have their own restaurant

down on the coast and now they have

achieved it! Bistro Ratatouille is already

gaining a great reputation for good quality

home cooked food and is now open from

10am for breakfasts which include not only

the traditional full English breakfast, but

also American style breakfasts which include

crêpes, croissants and waffles.

There is an excellent value Menu del Dia

available from Monday to Saturday which is

3 courses and includes a carafe of wine or a

beer or soft drink at only €9.

Monday and Tuesday evenings you can enjoy

a 3 course Menu del Noche for only €10

On a Wednesdays they have introduced a new

Steak & Spare Rib Night, which is proving to

be extremely popular

Thursdays, Bistro Ratatouille has something

really different; a “Surprise” 4 Course

Menu, which is superb value at €25 for 2 people,

and what fun not actually knowing what

you will get. So far this has gone down extremely

well and is proving popular so bookings

are advisable.

If you prefer to choose from the A la Carte

menu, then a Friday or a Saturday night is

for you.

The Bistro Ratatouille traditional Sunday

Roast can either be at lunch time or on a Sunday

evening which is a great idea with the

warmer weather now upon us.

Antoine and Corinne have big plans for the

future. From June, Bistro Ratatouille will

be running special themed nights throughout

the summer starting with a Caribbean Night

on 21st June with Barrington and if you like

cocktails then watch this space as they are

also going to have special Cocktail Nights.

Why not pop in to Bistro Ratatouille for a

coffee and a look through their menu; you will

not be disappointed!

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Monday 8 th April 2013 was GOmaD’s 3 rd

Fashion Show at Mariano’s, Camposol. As

always it was well attended and ‘thank you’

to the 8 volunteer models, Carol, Chris, Denise,

Marge, Maureen, Pam, Sandra and Juana-Marie

our lovely Spanish volunteer. We

would like to thank all those generous people

who donated, enabling us to stage this biannual

event to help those less fortunate in

this area. Thanks to Eddy B, our local Costa

Cálida International Radio DJ star for supplying

his time and music and Rosemary from

Welcome for letting us use the screens for the

models to make their quick changes. Last,

but not least, we thank all the GOmaD volunteer

ladies and men who helped on the day

in various capacities to make the afternoon

go smoothly and to Brenda, the compère and

Anne who organises these events with the

help of many other volunteers. A grand total

amount of 1080€ was raised.

A Car Boot Sale on 18 th April at Miguel Delibes

School in aid of GOmaD was organized

by the teachers of the Language Section as

part of their Cultural Day, allowing the Spanish

students to experience charitable ‘giving’.

Spain has a recognized culture of ‘Charity

Begins at Home’, but the economic crisis has

changed matters greatly! A big heartfelt MAD

thanks to ALL who participated in this event;

the School and Volunteers/Supports/Buyers.

Big MAD thanks to the Country Line Dance

Group that meet at The Club House, Camposol

on 1 st Friday each month. Organisers, Tom

& Helen Wills, plus Ann (dance teacher) have

adopted GOmaD as their chosen charity and

every month the dancers who attend pay 3€

plus an item of food - 7 th June is ‘Milk Night’.

What a wonderful idea for our needy Families.

Garden Party Saturday 8 th June at 6 Calle

Alicante, Camposol A. 2-2.30pm start. 5€ entry

incl Afternoon Tea.

At a recent Mazarrón Aid Day, a Grandmother

who has so many financial worries, including

helping her son & his family, wept when

a new pair of shoes was given for one of her

grandchildren. It took us by surprise as the

tears fell so heavily – proves again we take so

much for granted!

At Cañadas de Gallego, where we been giving

Aid for 3years, a young Spanish couple

were sent to us via collaborators; “Nuevo

Amanecer”, Spanish Evangelical Church, Pto.

de Mazarrón. What a sweet couple and so

overjoyed with their 1 month old baby, despite

their tough circumstances! A new pair

of shoes, currently too big was presented to

the baby. The smile on Mum’s face lit up the

room!!

Every month one of our Volunteers/Supporters

purchases shoes for the children & it truly

does Make A Difference. If you would like

to experience these precious moments of

simple pleasures, then contact Outreach below.

ALL are welcome to come & see “How

Little Things Do Mean So Much”.

Drop-off Points:

GOmaD shop

Camposol A lower car park, Tues 11am-1pm

Camposol B TJ Electricals

Camposol B Cultural Centre, Frid 12.30-2pm

Costa Calida International Radio, Pto de

Mazarron

Mazarrón Country Club, Manzana 5 Plot 15 Su

968 199 159

Condado de Alhama: Gdn 2 Apart 231, Naranjos

4 666 189 459 & Gdn 11 Apart J1161

Collection of Large Items/Furniture/House

Clearances call Tony 634 007 594

Food Collection Bins:

Camposol B, Quick Save

Camposol A, English Butchers

Pto de Mazarrón, Tea Pot

Shop 634 321 161 (Open: Tues-Sat 10am-

2pm)

Outreach/Enquiries 634 357 137

Email madmazarron@live.com

Face Book mad mazarron

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Alicante

Consulate’s

Move To

New Premises

Will

Improve

Service

To Britons

Needing

Help

The British

Consulate in

Alicante is

moving… but

not far. The

new office

will only be

10 minutes’

walk from the

current building.

You will find the Consulate on the Rambla

Méndez Nuñez, just near the port area

of Alicante, a short walk from the Mercado

tram stop and the Alicante central bus station.

The new address is:

British Consulate in Alicante

Edificio Espacio

Rambla Méndez Núñez 28-30

6ta planta (6 th floor)

Alicante 03002

The Consulate in Alicante has been in

its current location in the Plaza Calvo Sotelo

since 1979. The move to new premises

shows how important it is that there is a

continuing consular presence to support the

nearly 300,000 residents and 3.5 million

tourists who visit the region each year. It’s

one of the busiest Consulates in the world,

helping British nationals who have been

hospitalised, arrested or suffered a bereavement,

as well as issuing Emergency Travel

Documents to people whose passports have

been stolen so they can return home.

The move will provide a better experience

for customers who come to ask for help, as

well as a more modern, secure and efficient

work space for the team. The new office will

be open to the public from Mondays to Friday

from 08:30-13:30 and the telephone

and fax numbers remain the same.

British Consul, Paul Rodwell said “The new

Consulate will help us to assist better those

who are most vulnerable, whilst offering an

improved customer experience, particularly

in terms of access for those with reduced

mobility. Furthermore, a new open-plan

office will deliver a better working environment

for the team and the location in the

centre of Alicante with excellent access to

public transport links will mean that those

who need to find us can do so easily.”

Information on the new location of the Consulate,

and how the Consulate can help,

can be found on the new government website

www.gov.uk/world/spain.

British nationals are advised to call 965 216

022 before journeying to the office, as most

queries can be resolved over the phone.

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Friday 14 th June - Short Day Trip by Train

to Elche known for its palm trees and exotic

gardens. Meet 9.45am at Alhama de Murcia

train station for a guided tour of Elche Parque,

bringing a picnic & returning to Alhama about

5.30-6pm.

Friday 28 th June - Gebas Moonscapes - Meet

El Berro car park 10.30am. This is another

friendly, easy, non-sporty, short walk through

dazzling white Moonscapes with fantastic

views! Later is an optional visit to the visitors’

centre and meal in a gorgeous Spanish mountain

restaurant where we might see adorable

families of wild boar and their stripey babies!

Each outing is just 5€, plus the cost of the

meal after the Moonscapes walk (9€ for 4

course meal of salad, starter, main course,

dessert , including one drink and coffee) and

train fare and other (optional) extras in Elche

(tourist train, cathedral visit, Jardin del Cura,

cafes etc).

Come and enjoy yourselves and make new

friends! Bring water, sensible footwear, cameras,

binoculars, sun protection and a smile!

(You do need to be healthy to come out with

NEST. You come entirely at your own risk as

phone signals and medical help are not always

available.)

Please book by phone/text to 679 002 147

or email natureespunatrails@gmail.com

with full names of each person with Spanish

contact phone numbers and wait for confirmation

back. (Unfortunately people can’t just

turn up).

Directions and information including videos

and photos are on the website

www.nestwalks.info. Join the mailing list

on the website to keep informed and link on

Facebook at Natureespunatrails Nest.

www.facebook.com/natureespunatrails

for snippets on wildlife, ecology, Spain, expat

life, and groups for rescue dogs etc! Looking

forward to meeting you all and look out for

the early evening short walks in summer!

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This Rural Tourist development is the brainchild

of César Miñano who lives in Murcia, but

is the director of the scheme.

Set in the foothills of the mountains of Moratalla,

Hacienda Los Granadicos boasts 9

self contained houses which sleep from 4 to

20 people. All these houses are well equipped

with washing machines, fridge freezers, cookers

and central heating. They are furnished in

traditional Spanish style with some beautiful

antiques to match the many unique features.

The views are stunning and this is definitely a

place to visit either for the day or for a holiday.

it. Other facilities available for visitors are the

Social Hall, Barbeque area, Swimming Pool

and designated routes that can be discovered

by walking, mountain bike, or riding a horse

or donkey. There are 15 horses available for

riding and the instructors are all fully qualified.

These routes vary in lengths from about

half an hour on horse back to a few hours on

foot. There are three ménages that are used

for schooling the horses and also for riding

lessons.

carts can be undertaken. The larger carts

and carriages are available to hire for weddings

etc.

The whole Hacienda Los Granadicos complex

sits in acres of well worked olive and

almond trees and there is an area containing

an organic garden with fresh vegetables

available for residents. Just walking round,

you can see that this is a place that has had

a great deal of thought and planning put into

Many children from the schools in the area

and Murcia visit Hacienda Los Granadicos

and make use of the room dedicated for tuition

and they make a fuss of all the animals in

the compound that houses a great variety of

animals including a Shetland pony and a peacock.

All the animals are well looked after by

staff who live on the premises, one of whom

speaks very good English. The wonderful collection

of old carts can be seen under cover

in the equestrian section and pony rides and

Hacienda Los Granadicos is certainly worth

a visit to experience the peace and tranquility

of true rural Spain whatever the time of

year. You can see how the wonderful landscape

changes through the months if you visit

at different times of the year. César is planning

more activities, but one area that is used

regularly is the semi-permanent teepee-type

tents that are used by Scouts and Brownies

throughout the region. What a superb and

safe place for children to explore whilst enjoying

the experience of sleeping outdoors.

We hope to see you soon

César Minaño

Director

Tel 650 004 366

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Thyme – (tomillo)

Thyme is a popular herb that can be found

in hot, sunny locations as well as in cold climates

and grows as a perennial, meaning

that it grow throughout the year and will reappear

every year. It can be propagated by

seed, cuttings and even by dividing the root

sections. It is a very resilient plant and is often

found in the wild from mountain sides to

sea level. The strong aroma can be smelled

for miles on a remote Greek mountain.

Thyme has been used throughout the centuries

by the Romans and Greeks for things

such as embalming, assuring a safe passage

into the next life and the Greeks were famous

for using Thyme in their baths and burning

it as incense in their temples. The Romans

used Thyme to purify their rooms and for

centuries it has been put under pillows to

help those with insomnia and/or nightmares.

The Roman ladies would give some Thyme

to the knights and warriors hoping it would

give them courage during their long battles.

Liked many popular herbs, Thyme can be

bought either fresh or dried. Obviously fresh

Thyme is more flavoursome, but the dried

herb is popular because of its long shelf life.

If bought fresh, Thyme is usually sold by the

bunch or sprig which might be used whole in

a recipe, but usually removed before serving.

Thyme has a woody stem which is usually

discarded and it is the leaves that are used

in cooking. It is one of the ingredients of

bouquet garni, the mixture of herbs used in

French cooking. One use in British cooking

is with Parsley and Thyme stuffing, served

with roast pork or chicken. Add sprigs of

Thyme to marinades for meat, fish or vegetables

or tuck a few sprigs with half a lemon

and an onion inside a chicken before roasting.

Oil of Thyme contains 20-54% Thymol

which is a natural antiseptic and is often

used in mouth washes and natural, alcoholfree

hand sanitizers. Thymol can be found in

treatments for fungal infections especially

those affecting the toe nails. It also contains

many other compounds such as myrcene and

linalool. A tea made by infusing Thyme in

hot water can help relieve symptoms such as

bronchitis and chest infections.

There are various types of Thyme, including

lemon, orange and lime Thyme. As

the names suggest, there is a strong scent

of citrus from these varieties. These citrus

herbs prefer the full sun and well drained soil

and they bloom in mid to late summer. They

have pink or lavender flowers which attract

butterflies and bees and are often cultivated

as ornamental plants. Again the leaves are

used as flavouring in cooking and can be

used fresh in salads. The Citrus Thyme can

be used in much the same medicinal way as

the ordinary herb.

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Martin & the Cutting Crew

With 30 years’ experience both in London and

in Spain, there is no question that Martin

James is a traditional, fully-trained, barber

of considerable talent. Having owned his first

salon at the tender age of 19, Martin completed

eight years of intensive training and

went on to scoop a number of national titles

including London Champion in Gents’ Hair

and he competed for England before making

the move to Spain eight years ago.

Martin has built a considerable reputation

working in Quesada and for several years he

has been looking for the perfect premises to

base his own business and in March 2012 he

opened Martin & The Cutting Crew.

In April this year, Martin & The Cutting

Crew opened their second branch based on

Camposol, Sector B. Martin said “It has been

a wonderful year. The business has grown

beyond belief and clients are happy with the

level of service they are receiving which is

bringing them back time and time again.”

“A barber has a specific set of skills and good

barbers are few and far between. A traditional

barbershop is Gents’ Hairdressing at its finest

and this is what I aim to offer my customers.

A lot of our clients’ wives have asked if we

partake in Ladies’ Hairdressing. My reply is

that we are ‘cutting specialists’, so ‘yes’ we do

partake in Ladies’ Hairdressing, but we do not

get into the colouring aspect because I don’t

wish to lose my identity within my trade. First

and foremost we are Barbers at their best.”

Martin & The Cutting Crew is an authentic

Barbershop, but it also has a modern twist.

You will find all the traditional Barbershop

skills such as a hot towel shave with a cutthroat

razor and short back and sides. This

is effortlessly combined with the latest styles

and trends that younger customers look for.

The shop has the perfect balance between

comfort and style. This is a place where men

of all ages can relax and enjoy the company

and atmosphere.

Martin’s current ‘Crew’ comprises of the following

highly talented colleagues:

Chris, yet another career barber with 34

years experience.

Sam, a lady barber who is absolutely loved

by all, for her work is simply magical.

James, a stylish young barber with a flair

for creative enthusiasm is working within the

Camposol branch and has taken the role with

gusto. He also has 9 years of experience behind

him.

Christine is joining our team very shortly.

With 38 years of experience her role of Master

Tutor suits her well. Christine brings with

her a set of skills that all of our apprentices

will benefit from.

Within the last year, our very own homegrown

apprentice Ellie has moved up the

chain and is now working on the shop floor

cutting hair and producing some wonderful

work, and to add to that, she is shaving her

own clients now.

Martin said “Our apprenticeship scheme is

slowly gathering momentum. We have Ellie

who is my number one and of whom I’m very

proud. Coming in through the early stages is

young Kieran who I have high hopes for and

his family have a long history within the Hairdressing

trade, so I’m hoping his own background

will help him through. We also have

Jake who was our unexpected surprise, but

he knuckled down and is working extremely

hard towards fulfilling his own dream of becoming

a highly trained barber within our

company.”

Martin & The Cutting Crew based in Quesada,

also incorporates Shady’s Custom Tattoos,

a separate business based at the rear

of the salon, run by the UK’s number three

tattoo artist Kevin Shercliff. The Camposol

Branch is awaiting the arrival of a tattooist

and further details will be passed along when

the time comes.

For further information call Martin & The

Cutting Crew on 664 051 612

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The sixth newsletter since Christmas!

Where does time go? The weather is warming

up, but seems a bit late this year? Writing

in mid-May the oracle “Google” is forecasting

storms in two days! That fierce sun

will arrive soon and the dormant swimming

pools will become active for 3 months!

Many will know we inherited terrapins from

various sources and they seemed to live

happily with our fish in the pond, although

many said the fish would be eaten! The fish

seemed OK, but the plants were devoured!

The terrapins have been moved from the

pond to an old bath where they wintered

happily – however with the warmer weather

they do not seem to be eating as they usually

have – the fish have been eating for

some weeks now and don’t believe anyone

who says fish have no memory. At 8am on

the dot each day, they are surfacing for food

and just walking by the pond sends them

“frantic” until the food is available! Pets!

Who would have them!

TV News

All you sport lovers may well have heard

that BT in the UK are aggressively buying

sporting transmission rights. They have

many Football games (38 Premier League

games), ALL the Premiership Rugby and International

Women’s Tennis. Word seems

to be that the viewing will be available on

SKY (and not just BT connected TV viewers),

but just how we are not sure. Anyone

any information? I expect it will be another

SKY channel (like ESPN - although we understand

BT has purchased ESPN) and yet

another fee to pay to view? As soon as we

get information on the availability in Spain

we will let you know.

Stop Press

Just heard that Subscriptions will be needed

and can be done from 1 st August 2013

FREESAT slowly adds channels to its line

up - 6 channels recently added: The Travel

Channel, MTV’s VIVA, Kiss, The Box, Smash

Hits and Kerrang. 405, 146, 518, 519, 521

and 524 are the respective numbers. Will

“DAVE” and “SKY SPORTS NEWS” be coming

as is rumoured?

Russians and Scandinavians who read this

may be interested to know that we can

now offer their home TV by internet (as

we can UKTV) with NO dish being needed.

The national TV for these countries is very

difficult to get by satellite and dish. Either

huge dishes needed or in-country subscriptions.

If you have good internet, then you

can watch your home TV. Ask us for more

details.

If you use an old SKY box just for FREE-

SAT, why not consider upgrading to an official

FREESAT digibox? None of the rebooting

required after a power outage and HD

(high definition) channels to get the best

from that new flat screen TV you have. All

the same main channels are available both

‘plain and simple’ or as a PLUS recording

box. Watch one channel whilst recording

another, pause live TV etc etc.

House sales seem to be slowly on the up.

Are you thinking of buying or moving? If TV

is important to you, consult us before you

finally buy to check that the TV you want

can be available in the property - a free service

if we are in the area. Also, if you are

‘staying put’, but extending, don’t forget

the TV cables required. We recently went

to a superb underbuild extension with flat

screen mounted on the wall and all cables

hidden and were asked to connect up to the

satellite dish - surface run cables did not

please the owner!

Contact us for FREESAT, SKY or any other

national TV. We can assist with most countries

TV, even if we cannot speak to you!

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 advice rainbowsats@

gmail.com or (0034) 686 358 475. Our

website www.rainbowsats.org has some

good basic information on TV in Spain.

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PALS Top The 250,000€ Donation Level

With the presentation of the new ambulance

to the Ayuntamiento in Mazarrón, PALS celebrated

a milestone in their charity existence.

On Saturday 27 th April, after a change of a

date and a change of venue, The Honorary

British Consul, Antonio Berdonces, on behalf

of PALS, made the presentation of the new

ambulance to Gines Campillo the Alcalde

of Mazarrón. The ambulance will be maintained

and staffed by Cruz Roja and has already

been seen in use on Camposol. The

ambulance money was raised by CAFÉ over

a six year programme, (almost to the day)

and various sponsors were involved, Costa

Cálida Chronicle, AngloInfo and particularly

Costa Cálida International Radio, with their

organisation of the annual CAFÉ Concert.

The Lions Country Club were also big donators,

but it’s the general public who put together

more than 45000€. Thank you one

and all. PALS have funded the balance of

the purchase price of 57536€ which they

hope to recover within the year so that they

may return to their normal funding operations.

57,536€ for the ambulance

188,414€ donations from PALS to local

emergency and hospitals

6,400€ with great help from CCIR for the

Earthquake in Lorca

Total: 252,350€

Thank you everyone.

PALS was involved in the ‘ambulance project’

on a management basis with The Bahia

Lions, but the money has come from individual

events and donations. These continue

with the Harlequin Rock Choir and of course

the CAFÉ Concert is arranged at the Playa

Grande Hotel for Saturday 28 th September;

6 acts with tickets for 5€. This will not be

the last concert as both Costa Cálida Radio

and PALS are already in discussion about

next year.

Always planning a long way ahead, we have

a real piper for Burn’s Night next year on

25 th January and have booked again into

the Helios Hotel for a three night Benidorm

break in March. How organised can you get!

June 5 th A One Day Trip To Benidorm at

15€ with drop offs at Terra Mitica, Old Town

and the Market.

24-27 th June, due to a couple of cancellations

we have 3 nights away in Salamanca

and Segovia, with stop offs in Avila and

Toledo. Coaches from the Port, MCC and

Camposol 210€ pp.

July 2 nd great lunchtime entertainment at

Rincon Elias, in Bolnuevo, offering, special

menu and limited places at 17.50€. This

restaurant is one of the area’s special secrets

and is situated on the beach so maybe

a boules contest is going to occur.

September 28 th the CAFÉ Concert at Playa

Grande Hotel, 5€ and a special room rate.

Booking for rooms essential.

6-11 th October, see a totally different part of

Spain with a full board trip to the beautiful

Basque region. All excursions included & 4

star hotel. 285€. Second coach rapidly filling.

8 th December, bookings already in hand for

the annual Christmas Ball at Hotel Costa

Costa, Mazarrón, with the John Lindo Trio.

Eat and drink and dance the night away.

Masses of food and drink. 29.50€. Coaches

subject to demand.

Tickets from Saralara’s on Wednesday afternoons

1-3pm and Trevi’s Saturdays 11am-

1pm or call 626 460 465.

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Never judge a book by its cover

The above saying brings back reminders of

my Mum; it was one that she drilled into me

as a child, along with the reasoning behind

it and it still stands true today.

So often we can make judgements about

people and the only evidence we have is

the way that they dress and maybe something

they said, which we could well have

taken out of context. I was once told by a

member of Wellspring Church of a comment

made about me by someone on Camposol

they had met… what was said has always

made me smile and continues to do so. The

comment about me went something like ‘He

can’t really be a pastor.. have you seen the

shirts he wears!’ Admittedly, I have toned

down the colours and patterns of my summer

shirts these days, but can assure you

that it was not because of that brilliant comment.

As I write this article, the television news is

full of the story of the three young women

who had been held captive at 2207, Seymour

Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio for the past

ten years. I do not know about you, but I

find this kind of crime absolutely amazing

and find it unbelievable that anyone, let

alone three victims plus a child born to one

of them, could have been held captive, unnoticed

in a normal house and in a normal

street, in a normal city. I am sure that there

is much yet to be revealed about this crime,

committed by a seemingly normal guy, who

did a normal job driving the school bus; but

the situation was anything but normal and if

what has been reported is true, a number of

lives will have been devastated by the acts

of this man and his two brothers.

a sweeping statement I know and there

are many heart-warming stories of people

who care and are concerned about the welfare

of their neighbours and friends. Things

though, have changed in the world at large

and people tend to want to keep themselves

to themselves. I was sitting in the car park

of a large supermarket last week and nearby

there was a parked vehicle with its alarm

booming out every few minutes. Not a soul

took any notice of the extremely loud horn

sounding and the flashing indicators! There

are less and less folk who want to get involved

anymore and that is such a shame…

one day our nosiness may just save someone’s

life… and would that not be worth it?

It is so true… we cannot judge a book by its

cover and there is a story behind the face

of everyone we meet. So often we think,

or make comments about the people we

see; things like, she’s thin, he’s fat, look at

the state of him or her, but what is the real

story behind the face, body or clothes that

we see?

I am glad that God does not look at me from

the outside. The Bible say’s that He looks

at my heart. 1 Samuel 16: 7 contains the

following words, “The Lord does not look at

the things people look at. People look at the

outward appearance, but the Lord looks at

the heart”. God looks at what makes us tick

and not how we look or dress. He could

not care less about my loud shirt and looks

past my outer appearance and tells me that

he loves me…. Now that’s something to be

happy about!

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Whatever the outcome of the trial of those

accused, many neighbours will be asking

themselves the question ‘Why did I not

see anything over all of these years; how

could I not have noticed that something

was happening at number 2207?’ I believe

that in this modern day we do not look out

for others the way we used to do. This is

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Águilas is one town in Murcia that has a

strong link with Britain. For example, between

1887 and 1890, the British “Great

Southern of Spain Railway Company” built

the railway line between Lorca and Águilas

which linked into a wider network. Each third

Sunday of every month, the Tourist Office in

Águilas organises a free “Ruta del Ferrocarril”

(Railway Route), though you have to ring

and book a place (968 493 285). Transport

is provided around the various sites using

the tourist train which happily runs along the

town streets! Please note that the tour is

conducted in Spanish. If the idea of such a

guided tour, which lasts over 3 hours, does

not appeal to you, all of the features described

below, with the exception of going

inside the mineral tunnels, are open and visitable

by individuals at normal times.

The tour begins in the Águilas seafront Plaza

Isaac Peral where an old steam engine is

displayed. The locomotive is known as the

Monument to the Railway (Monumento al

Ferrocarril), and was erected by the Chamber

of Commerce, Industry and Shipping of

Murcia in 1969 to the railway, the foundation

of Águilas’ prosperity. The locomotive is

named “Águilas” and a plaque on its side tells

you that it was made in Glasgow in 1889 and

operated from 1890 to 1967. The guide was

able to give almost any detail you wished

about the locomotive, right down to the small

tubes which deposited sand on the rails when

there was a slippery incline to ascend!

The next stop

is the Railway

Station and

the museum

beneath it.

The museum

opened in

1985 and is

free to enter.

It is a

remarkable

subterranean

space, with

vaulted brick

arches all the

way down its

main length

and a mass

of exhibits to

look at, including

large model trains running around

an extensive landscaped track in the middle

of the building! There are numerous collections

of items and publications associated

with the Águilas - Baza – Lorca railway and

many old photographs mainly from the late

19 th and early 20 th Centuries. There are old

railway clocks, pumps, switchboards and

even Morse equipment, usually with a title in

English as well as Spanish. Note especially,

the old strong room (caja fuerte) situated to

the right of the desk at the bottom of the

entrance passage - this area of the museum

was the strong room and offices for the Great

Southern of Spain Railway Company at the

end of the 19 th Century.

From the strikingly terracotta and cream

painted station above the museum, buildings

across the track were pointed out to us

– the railway workshops where wagons were

repaired and painted, a desalination plant

which was British built in 1911 to overcome

the problem of corrosion and furring up of

pipes in the locomotives, and the obvious engine

sheds which were used as refuges in the

Spanish Civil War.

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After the station, the journey continues past

the famous Iron Bridge which took the railway

over the Rambla de las Culebras to the

remarkable mineral tunnels. This bridge has

designated status as a monument of interest

and was constructed in 1901 as part of the

work which took the railway from the station

in Águilas to the mineral pier. It is 42 metres

in length. Once you arrive at the tunnels,

there is a little walking to do up a constructed

zig-zag path to the level of the railway which

has come over the Iron Bridge. The railway

tracks coming over the bridge bifurcate – one

branch rises above the tunnels, while the

other continues relatively level to go into the

tunnels below en route to the loading pier

beyond. Access to the tunnels is through

heavy doors which have to be unlocked.

In the tunnels, you will notice openings in

the roof which house a hopper that, once

filled, usually with iron ore, tipped its load

down into the waiting wagons below. An ingenious

concrete counterweight meant that

the hopper tipped at the right time and then

returned to its closed position ready to be

filled from above once it had emptied. After

exiting, you can follow a superb walkway

above the tunnels to look down on them and

the segmented storage areas into which iron

ore would be tipped from trucks on the upper

lines which had come from the mines. Once

the wagons in the tunnels below had been

filled by the hoppers, they would continue to

the iron pier a short distance ahead to discharge

onto conveyor belts into the holds of

the waiting ships. An ingenious engineering

solution at the turn of the 19 th Century!

At the end

of the path,

you can look

out over the

impressive

iron pier from

which the

iron ore was

loaded. The

intention was

simple – by

developing a

branch line

from Águilas

Station to a

pier on the

Hornillo Bay,

the company

could speed

up the loading

of boats with the iron ore. The 170 metre

long pier was extremely successful and

between 1903 and 1936 an annual average

of over one third of a million tonnes were

shipped from it to ports such as Glasgow,

Middlesbrough and Dunkirk. The Spanish

Civil War saw the pier temporarily cease operation

before it finally closed at the very beginning

of the 1970’s. It was recently designated

as a historic monument.

The final destination is back in the town itself

– the house of Don Jorge, which now is part

of a sports complex and houses a café and

meeting room as well as containing railway

memorabilia. The house was built in what is

described as “Colonial Style” and has a terrace

running all the way around it.

In it, you will see numerous photographs

of the old railway and activity at the loading

pier when it was in operation. In addition,

there are many photographs and other

material about George Lee Boag (or Don

Jorge) and his family, whose house this was

between 1912 and 1936. George was born

in Manchester in 1873 and, after a humble

beginning and working in South America and

Nigeria, came to Águilas, in 1907, becoming

Director-General of the Great Southern

Spanish Railway Company in 1913. Such

was the esteem in which he was held and

his knowledge of the railways, he was designated

by the Spanish Government as their

representative at the International Conference

on Railways held in Rome in 1922. He

returned to Britain at the outset of the Civil

War and died in Southport in 1947.

Article by Clive and Rosie Palmer who have

written several guide books on towns and regions

in Murcia. These can be seen at, and

obtained from, www.

lulu.com, or contact

clive.palmer5@btinternet.com.

Clive and

Rosie’s most recent

book, “Exploring

Murcia, Days Out” is

now available to buy

from the Costa Cálida

Chronicle office

on Camposol B, Best

Wishes (who also

stock other of their

books or phone Patti

on 968 433 978.

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Ian Rankin

Born in the

Kingdom of

Fife in 1960,

Ian Rankin

graduated

from the

University of

Edinburgh in

1982, and

then spent

three years

writing novels

when he

was supposed

to be working

towards a

PhD in Scottish

Literature and has since been employed

as grape-picker, swineherd, taxman, alcohol

researcher, hi-fi journalist and punk musician.

Rankin was a prize-winning poet and shortstory

writer before turning to novels with The

Flood (1986), followed by Knots & Crosses

(1987), the first of his powerful Inspector

Rebus novels. The Rebus books are now

translated into thirty-six languages and are

bestsellers worldwide.

Rankin lives in Edinburgh with his partner

and two sons and writes about the city in his

award-winning ‘Inspector Rebus’ novels. The

books have twice been dramatised for television.

Ian Rankin also appears regularly on

television, notably as a reviewer on BBC2’s

‘Newsnight Review’. His three-part documentary

series on the subject of evil was broadcast

on Channel 4 in December 2002.

Ian Rankin has been elected a Hawthornden

Fellow, and is also a past winner of the

Chandler-Fulbright Award. He is the recipient

of four Crime Writers’ Association Dagger

Awards for Black & Blue (1997), the Mystery

Writers of America Edgar Award for Best

Novel for Resurrection Men (2004) and he

has twice won the Crime Writers’ Association

Macallan Short Story Dagger Award (1994

and 1996). He has also been shortlisted for

the Anthony Award in the USA, won Denmark’s

Palle Rosenkrantz Prize, the French

Grand Prix du Roman Noir for Set in Darkness

(2000) and the Deutscher Krimipreis.

In 2005 he received the Crime Writers’ Association

Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime

Achievement, the British Book Awards Crime

Thriller of the Year for Fleshmarket Close

(2004). In 2007 he repeated his success at

the British Book Awards, winning the Crime

Thriller of the Year for The Naming of the

Dead (2006).

In 2009 Rankin was rewarded for his outstanding

contribution to the cultural and social

landscape of Edinburgh when he became

the first recipient of the Edinburgh Award

and was also appointed Deputy Lieutenant

of Edinburgh. He has been awarded honorary

doctorates from the Universities of Abertay

Dundee, St Andrews, Edinburgh, Hull and

the Open University. Rankin was recently

elected Edinburgh University’s Alumnus of the

Year and has an Honorary Fellowship from the

University of Edinburgh and was awarded the

OBE in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Birthday

Honours List in June 2003.

In 2009, The Complaints was published,

featuring the new protagonist, Malcom Fox.

Knots and

Crosses –

John Rebus

There is the

brutal abduction

and murder

of two

young girls

and then a

third is missing,

presumably

gone to

the same sad

end. Detective

Sergeant

John Rebus,

smoking and

drinking too

much, his

own young

daughter

spirited away

south by his disenchanted wife, is one of

many policemen hunting the killer. And then

the messages begin to arrive: knotted string

and matchstick crosses - taunting Rebus with

pieces of a puzzle only he can solve.

The Naming of the Dead – John Rebus

This novel is set in July 2005 when the G8

leaders gathered in Scotland. Facing daily

marches, demonstrations, and scuffles, the

police are at full stretch. Detective Inspector

John Rebus, however, has been sidelined,

until the apparent suicide of an MP coincides

with clues that a serial killer may be on the

loose. The authorities are keen to hush up

both, for fear of overshadowing a meeting of

global importance, but Rebus has never been

one to stick to the rules and when his colleague

Siobhan Clarke finds herself hunting

down the identity of the riot cop who assaulted

her mother, it looks as though Rebus and

Clarke may be up pitted against both sides in

the conflict.

Witch Hunt –

Jack Harvey

Witch is a terrorist

- one of

the best - but

this job is going

to test even her

to the very limit.

This time her

cold calculation

may desert her

when she needs

it most. On her

tail are three

very different

detectives - one

woman, two

men; two at the

beginning of

their careers;

one staking a

lifetime’s experience

on tracking

Witch down,

following a hunch to the end. Dominic Elder’s

hunch takes him from England to Europe and

back, but the clues that solve the biggest

crimes, dig out the deepest secrets, are often

the smallest ones - ones that only the junior

sleuths, fresh out of spy school, pick up. But

will he listen?

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Energy Efficiency Certificates (EEC), or

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

in Spain

We would like to provide you with some key

issues and answers to most of the questions

arising from the recently introduced new

Energy Efficiency Certificates.

In compliance with the EU Directive 2010/31/

EU, the new law is regulated by the Royal Decree

235/2013 which has revoked the previous

Royal Decree 47/2007.

Ø The Energy Efficiency Certificate is

an official document which states the

energy efficiency of a dwelling or building,

and at the same time suggests possible

improvements to make the building more

energy efficient, with the aim of:

o Helping to develop highly energy efficient

buildings.

o Promoting investment in energy saving.

o Learning more about CO² emissions.

o Helping buyers or tenants to evaluate

and compare different building features.

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Ø

The new certificate will be compulsory

from 1 st June 2013 for:

o Owners wishing to sell their properties.

o Owners wishing to rent their properties

for over four months of the year.

o New off-plan developments.

When you advertise your property, you

will be required to provide this certificate.

As a consequence, the Estate Agents selling

or renting your property will need

your certificate, otherwise, they will not

be legally allowed to offer your property

for long-term rent or sale. However, if

your property is already rented, you do

not need to provide your tenant with a

certificate.

There will be also an efficiency label which

will have to be issued by your Autonomous

Community. This label will have to

Ø

Ø

Ø

Ø

Ø

Ø

Ø

be displayed on any advert made by your

Estate Agent or any other sort of internet

advert to sell or rent your property.

Information about the energy efficiency

will be shown both on certificates and

labels using an A-G scale on a colour bar

chart where ‘A’ is the most efficient and

‘G’ is the least.

The certificate will have to be issued by

a qualified professional matching the calculation

method defined by the Ministry

of Industry, Energy and Tourism. They

should be an architect, engineer, or a

qualified technician.

A certificate will not be required for properties

under 50 square metres, however,

this does not apply if your property belongs

to a group of properties, such as

apartments within a building or a property

attached to other properties.

Owners and landlords will be the only liable

person to request the certificates and

failure to comply will be at the owner risk.

It will be compulsory for owners to register

their certificates on the Regional

Register for Efficiency Certificates in the

Autonomous Region where the property

is based. However, there is not a Register

yet for most of the Autonomous Regions,

and where there is one they are

not yet ready to receive any certificates.

The Autonomous Communities have been

given three months to adapt to this new

regulation and although it is not certain,

they are expected to charge a fee from

the owner for putting the certificates on

the Register.

Your certificate will be valid for 10 years

and the owner will be liable to update or

renew the certificate.

There is no information at present for the

Notary as to whether they are obligated

to request certificates on completion and

therefore they are not currently needed

to complete a sale. The Notary will not

Ø

Ø

necessarily ‘police’ this and it will be your

responsibility if you fail to provide your

purchaser with the certificate.

The Autonomous Communities shall be

responsible for certificates, inspection and

control. They are expected to have a team

of inspectors, but at present and according

to information from TINSA, there is

only one region complying with this.

Avoiding this new obligation will be regulated

by the Consumers & Users Protection

Law. The Consumer Protection Act is

the most relevant Spanish law concerning

consumer protection and covers the

subjects included in the EU Regulation on

injunctions for the protection of consumer

interests. Spanish law grants consumers

and users enhanced protection to deal

with the imbalance between parties in relationships

and contracts.

Ø Non-compliance with these obligations

may result in an infringement, sanctioned

with fines from €3,000 up to €600,000.

Ø Owners selling a property will be

obliged to hand over the original

certificate on completion and landlords

will be obliged to show and hand a

copy of the certificate to their tenants.

As this is all totally new we will have to wait

for a while until the Autonomous Communities

design the registers and their own regulations

according to the Royal Decree 235/2013. The

only certainty is that owners and landlords

are obliged to request a certificate after 1 st

June, and failure to comply will be at their

own risk.

The only way to be certain you are liable to

this new obligation is to take professional

advice from a firm like Corral & Alcaraz.

Tel 968 078 754

Email info@corralalcaraz.com

www.corralalcaraz.com

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Open Day

ADAPT celebrated their 5 th anniversary

with an Open Day at the Monthly Meeting.

Jane Cronin, the president and founder

of ADAPT gave a brief history and explained

the aims of the association. The Mayoress

of San Pedro del Pinatar, Visitacion Martinez

Martinez, was present, along with

the Councillor for Education, Ma. Guadalupe

Garcia Oliver, the Councillor for New Technologies,

Alvaro Tarraga Carrasco and Councillor

for Social Services, Francisca Pelegrin

Quereda. Councillor Marie Jose Albaladejo

Alvarez, who helped Jane in the initial setting

up of ADAPT attended, along with our local

‘Bobby’, Dani. Senior staff, who have been

running a cookery course for ADAPT within

Eroski Supermarket, were there, as were

representatives from various schools and organisations

with whom we have worked over

the past 5 years.

Our wonderful secretary, Janet Pierce, had

created and presented a video of photographs

and movies spanning the last 5 years

and what an interesting time we’ve had! The

video can be viewed on www.adaptsanpedro.wordpress.com

We’ve had Carnivals, Bird Ringing, Pantomimes

and Environmental projects. We’ve

been very involved with schools in the area

and with helping Vacaziones en Paz. We’ve

visited an Eco Farm, The Military Academy and

also a few wineries! Our ADAPT Choir has

become very popular, as have our Conversation

Exchange meetings.

These are a few of our projects and all this

is apart from the clubs within the association

such as Rambling, Metal Detecting, Computers

and Dinner Club etc.

After the meeting guests and members took

the opportunity to socialise and were offered

drinks and snacks.

Metal Detecting

The Associations Fair is an annual event

in San Pedro and is an opportunity

for ADAPT to meet the public and show what

we’re all about.

Over 2 days we manage the stall and run

competitions in Spanish and English and this

year there was a lot of interest as we are becoming

well known in the area.

Our Metal Detecting Group was, as usual,

demonstrating their skills on the beach and

calling for volunteers to have a go. The children

especially love to take part in looking

for ‘hidden treasure’ and are always thrilled

to find a few small coins which mysteriously

seem to be in abundance just in the area

which our ‘Stick Wavers’ roped off!

We were honoured to have a visit from Silvia

Egea Morales, Councillor for Citizens Participation

and organizer Eva Gonzales Bueno.

Silvia accepted the challenge to join in the

fun and became quite engrossed in the search

for ‘treasure’. Maybe we have a new ‘Stick

Waver’ in the making!

The Metal Detecting Group is a large

and very successful part of ADAPT and you

can find them by contacting Roderick Toms at

r.toms@btinternet.com or

www.adaptsanpedro.es

ADAPT meet on the first Saturday of the

month at Hogar de Pensionistas, San Pedro,

at 10:30am.

See our website www.adaptsanpedro.eu

Tel E Winskill 966 189 402

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EHCRC wants to thank Sue and John Briffa

and the wonderful Dance Ranch Line Dancers.

Together they raised 130€ by holding

a fabulous afternoon of entertainment with

Line Dancing, a raffle and a wonderful

meal at the Club, Quesada. They invited

David from ECHRC to come and join in and

receive the money on behalf of the charity.

David gave a short speech about the

work of EHCRC and thanked all the dancers.

However he decline to join in with the

dancing as he admitted he has two left

feet!

The Mayor’s Visit

The Mayor of Rojales Antonio Perez Garcia,

accompanied by his Councillors for Tourism,

Education and Foreign Residents visited

EHCRC and met some of our residents

and heard their stories. Sue explained

Faith’s story to the councillors and about

her eBook “Dairy of a Heroic Horse” now

available on Amazon about Faith’s life.

The Mayor was particularly interested in

our latest arrival little Sancho the young

donkey and gave a heart-felt speech about

the EHCRC Foundation being an important

part of Rojales and how links with the centre

and the Town Hall will be strengthened

in the future. The Education Councillor was

keen to encourage the local schools to visit

the centre and for pupils to learn more

about the animals and what goes on here

at the centre as well as develop their English

language speaking and listening skills.

The Mayor has given us permission to put

up some sign posts in the local area, so it

will be easier to find us. We have had massive

support from the local farmer/s and

we support the local farming community

by buying horse feed from them and donating

the manure for their crops.

A great day out was had by the Mayor and

his councillors and as always our gentle giant

Dexter made sure he was right in the

middle of the action

Help Save the Spanish Horses - USA

Award Winning Animal Trainer Supports

EHCRC Foundation

Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre Foundation

was contacted by Miriam Fields-Babineau,

award winning author and professional

animal trainer based in America. Her company,

Training Unlimited Animal Training

and Animal Actors, Inc. was established

in 1983 and has been involved with prestigious

films such as War of the Worlds,

Hit and Run, Enemy of the State as well

as many popular TV programmes including

Animal Planet, History and Discovery

Channels etc.

Miriam was one of several horrified people

from America, to contact us after seeing a

news report about the plight of the Spanish

horse, and how thousands of them are

being sent for slaughter by their owners

due to the crisis in Spain. Having checked

us out to make sure that we are a legitimate,

registered, horse rescue foundation

in Spain, Miriam has started a fundraising

campaign in America for us.

“When I learned of the plight of the horses

in Spain I felt sick. Granted, there are

horses in the US that are in need of rescue,

with organizations everywhere taking in

and caring for horses

that would otherwise

be abused or destroyed

and they are

operated by horse

enthusiasts who

know how to raise

the funds needed to

support their horses.

In Spain, the financial

situation is dire.

People have to decide

whether to feed

themselves or their

horses. Guess who

loses?

Horses are abandoned

and either die

of starvation or injury.

Those who can

transport their unwanted

horses, take

them to the slaughter

houses where

they’ll get approximately

$400 for each

horse. These are not

only old, sick and

injured horses, but

also young, healthy

equines. Spain is exporting

more horsemeat

than any other

European country,

becoming known for

tender meat due to

younger animals being

slaughtered and

shipped. Often, these

horses are shipped

to Italian abattoirs.

They arrive injured and half dead due to

bad transport conditions; no food, water

and packed into enclosed containers with

little air.

As tough as it is to realise that horses of

all types end up at the abattoir, I could not

imagine this fate on healthy, gentle Andalusians.

I could not imagine the fear they

experience as they confront the fate forced

upon them. I must save at least one of

these Spanish Andalusian horses’ lives. If

I can save one or more, I’d feel blessed. I

can give a life-long home to one and likely

find loving homes for others, or, if possible,

bring the horse to the peak of health and

begin some training, then sell the horse to

raise money to save more horses. If I cannot

raise enough to ship a horse to the US

I will send all donations to EHCRC, operated

by Rod and Sue Weeding. They are my

representatives in Spain, willing to help me

locate, obtain and transport the horses.”

Sue Weeding co-founder of EHCRC says

“It’s heart warming to think that people

truly do care enough to contact us from

across the world and are actually joining

us trying to make a difference”

Maybe you can’t change the world by saving

one horse, but you can change the

whole world for the horse that you save.

EHCRC will keep you updated on Miriam’s

fundraising. For more information contact

Sue at info@easyhorsecare.net.

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Since April 6th, HAH Clinical Lead, Lynda

has attended another 8 clients, making 699

people which the team have helped to date.

Lynda said “To be able to sustain this growth,

we desperately need more volunteers to help

on the care side. So many volunteers go

away for the summer, so without new people

coming forward, we will only be able to cope

with our existing clients during this period,

please contact us if you can offer any help”.

On April 29th, a brilliant performance by

Richie Alexander at Roda Social was a sellout

success, and 493€ was raised for HAH.

The following day, the Auction of Promises

took place at La Zona Bar in Los Narejos,

where Joanne (the auctioneer) had everyone

joining in, and a fantastic 794€ was raised.

Celia,(HAH Fundraiser) said, “Firstly, a

massive thank you to Richie Alexander who

certainly got the party swinging, and we are

so grateful to so many local business who,

even during these difficult times were generous

enough to pledge their services for the

Auction. We cannot thank the local community

enough for all their support”.

June 16th Rocking In Roda. Live concert

and barbecue 10€ (selling fast) Tickets available

at our Book/card stalls EVERY Wednesday

at La Zona Bar (weather permitting)

Tel Celia 968 574 576

July 3rd The Big Band returns. Watch local

media for details.

There Are 720 Hours Most Months

Could you spare just a few of these hours at

times to suit you?

This could make such a difference to both

people in need, and the already overstretched

charities. It is a sad, but true fact that, as we

get older, more and more of us are going to

need help, and living in a foreign country increases

this need, as not everyone has family

here. Most charities are working so hard in

the community, but all of them desperately

need more help.

Could you sit with someone to give the carer

a break, or just pop in to see someone who is

on their own and unable to get out?

Could you drive them to an appointment, do

a bit of shopping, or if you have experience,

become more involved with the care of people

in their own homes?

Some people can’t leave their homes without

help. Can you imagine what being taken out

for a coffee would mean to them! There are

so many Charities needing help, HAH (Mar

Menor), MABS, Samaritans, Age Concern,

Alzheimer’s Association, to mention just a

few; the list is endless. Maybe you are not

a ‘people person’, but could help by fostering/walking

a dog from the overcrowded animal

associations, or help in one of the charity

shops. If helping others makes you feel more

worthwhile, imagine how much it means to

those being helped. Most of these charities

will welcome any time you can give, and most

will pay out of pocket expenses. In just 2½

years, we have helped 703 people!! Please

consider it.

If you would like to help HAH (Help at

Home) in the Los Alcazares area of Murcia,

please contact Lesley 968 134 978, email

helpathomespain@gmail.com.

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Swinging Success

The live music by the Swingtet Big Band accompanied

by the melodious tones of Paul

Allen got guests in the mood and up and

dancing all night long. From quick step to

jive, it was really dance time for everyone.

It rounded off a Gala Dinner and guests retired

to individual suites at the Costa Narejos

Hotel, Los Alcazares for the all inclusive

price of €40 - great value for money!

Lee Monks aided by Doreen Cooksey, held a

raffle at the interval, with the proceeds going

to HELP MMM. Bernard Ash thanked

all those who donated such wonderful prizes

and congratulated the winner, a lady from

Sweden, for the first prize. However, another

visitor from “Iceland” was Sue, but

she can be seen at the check out most afternoons.

The evening raised €1,638, a huge boost

for HELP MMM in the first quarter of 2013,

greatly exceeding the expectations of Joan

Mitchell, chief fundraiser. An overnight stay

and breakfast in the morning completed the

wonderful experience.

HELP MMM will be arranging a similar event

in the Autumn. Watch the Press for details!

Mayday Carnival

HELP MMM staged their Mayday Carnival

on 1 st May at the La Zona bar, in Los Alcazares.

With the volunteers entering into the

spirit by dressing up, the many games for

the children kept them amused during the

afternoon. The appearance of the Morris

Dancers and the Spangles Chorus made for

a wonderful afternoon in the sun. Over €300

was raised by the event, which will ensure

that HELP MMM is able to continue providing

its services to the public. Many thanks to

the HELP Volunteers who worked so hard

to make the event a success.

Mini-Golf & Lunch

HELP MMM Friendship Group met on 3 rd

May at the Golf Deluxe on the road from Los

Alcazares to Torre Pacheco for mini-golf and

then lunch. The sun shone, the company

was good and the event was a great success

thanks in no small way to the efforts of

Doreen Sykes, the Friendship Group organiser.

Three ladies got a hole in one (none of

the gentlemen did!), and another, Barbara

Scott, got the best overall score. However

men did feature in two awards, one won the

wooden spoon and one was runner up in

best score.

Bric-a-Brac for HELP MMM

Do you have bric-a-brac, furniture, household

items or clothes that you don’t use and

want to get rid of? We can arrange to collect

them, or you can bring items to our office

at Calle Penélope 11, Los Narejos, (behind

the Deutsche Bank)

Tel 968 570 059

Alternatively you can bring them to our

car boot stall, which is at the Autocine, Los

Narejos on Sunday mornings from 9am-

1pm. We will be very grateful for any items

donated as this is our main source of income

to enable us to carry out our good work.

HELP MMM aims to provide a service to ALL

Mobility Equipment Loans

Hospital Visiting

Information on Living in Spain

Support Groups

Interpreter details

Assisting and liaising with other charities

Listening Ear Team

Donations to good causes

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What do we offer?

Discounted green fees in the Costa Cálida and

Costa Blanca.

Quality club hire from 40€ per week.

Club repairs and golf packages with accommodation

in conjunction with Hotel 525 and

much more.

Why use golf 525 Murcia?

Golf 525 Murcia is the easiest way of getting

the biggest discounts on green fees in the region.

With over 15 years of experience in the

golf industry here in Spain and the UK, who

better to handle your inquiry? From a single

green fee to group tours, including accommodation

and transfers, we will take care of

everything for you. All you need to do is tell

us where you want to play!!

Where are we base?

Golf 525 Murcia office is located in Los Alcazares

in the Mercadona Square, just 5 minutes

from Roda Golf and Murcia airport.

How it works.

Send Golf 525 Murcia an email, call us, or

come to our office with your booking requirements

and we’ll do the rest. You have the option

to pay by credit card or bank transfer, or

if you prefer you can pay cash in the office.

We can send the vouchers to your email address,

or directly to the course, so there is no

need to leave the comfort of your home!

Now we are coming into the low season, prices

are changing all the time, so for the latest

offers call us on 968 575 975

Email sales@golf525murcia.com or visit

our website www.golf525murcia.com

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Clayre Cuts It For MABS

Clayre Burgess opened her salon, Hairy

Clayres in Los Belones, just over a year ago

and has already established a large, loyal

client base with both Spanish and English

ladies and gentlemen. Clayre has always

wanted to do voluntary work, but running a

business means that she doesn’t have any

spare time.

Clayre runs events to raise awareness of local

charities and she decided to run a ‘Cuta-Thon’

for MABS. Clayre and assistant,

Jessica Nelms, opened the salon on 6 May,

a day when they are normally closed, and

between them completed 25 haircuts, in return

for a donation to MABS. The salon was

buzzing and many people called in to support

the event. Local businesses supported

the event: delicious cakes and strawberries

dipped in chocolate were made by Antonio,

Clayre’s boyfriend and Head Chef at La

Manga Owners’ Club, the refreshments were

sponsored by H & H Properties, and local

florist, Jerens, supplied beautiful, individual

cream roses for each client who donated to

MABS.

MABS Volunteer, Beverly Taylor greeted

clients and offered refreshments. The whole

day proved to be great fun and was a huge

success, raising 450€ for MABS. “What

a great day” commented Beverly “Clayre

and Jess have worked so hard and we are

so grateful to them and everyone who supported

this event. All funds raised for MABS

help people affected by cancer in the Murcia

region.”

Bike For Life Does It For MABS

dear to all our hearts” remarked owner, Graham

Lewis. “Everyone has been touched by

cancer at some time in their life and we are

pleased to do whatever we can to help.”

MABS Helps Celebrate 125 th Anniversary

of Santiago de La Ribera

MABS was amongst the 35 local charities,

associations and pedanias invited to celebrate

the 125 th anniversary of Santiago de la

Ribera on 7 April. MABS Volunteers Alfonso

Fernandez, Graham Lord and Sue Thomason

were delighted to welcome a new Spanish

volunteer, Rafael Gomez, into their fold.

Rafael proved invaluable in getting across

information about the work that MABS does

in the region and his input was invaluable in

raising the MABS profile in the local Spanish

community.

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On Friday, 19 April, JP’s Bar in Mil Palmeras

held a presentation night for their annual

charity event ‘Bike

for Life’, held on 30

March, in aid of local

charities.

Supporters of the

event included: JP’s

Bar and Restaurant,

and FamilyBikeHire.

com from Mil Palmeras,

together with

Bar UK, The Greenwich

and The Mail

Room in Torre de la

Horadada.

Over 70 riders took

part in the event, raising

a fantastic 2500€

so far, which was donated

to three local

charities, including

MABS Murcia. MABS

Care Coordinator,

Barbara Burks, received

a cheque for

1000€. “We’re absolutely

delighted” she

said. “We support

many patients in this

area and this donation

will be so helpful

in continuing that

support. We are really

grateful to everyone

who took part

and helped to raise so

much money for local

charity.”

JP’s Bar will continue

to organise this annual

event to raise

funds for local cancer

charities. “It’s a cause

“We have been members of the Hotel de

Asociaciones and Banco del Tiempo for some

time” said Sue, MABS Centre Manager in

San Javier. “Since opening the MABS Centre

and shops, we have been embraced by

the local community.”

The Hotel de Asociaciones brings together

local associations and charities, and the

Banco del Tiempo enables volunteers to

dedicate a set amount of time to a charity.

The Feria de Asociaciones was a huge success

with MABS raising over 100€ on the

day, handing out many information leaflets

in Spanish. “We help all nationalities and

we have several Spanish patients, but we

wanted to ensure that everyone in the local

Spanish communities is aware of what we

do.” commented Sue.

MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No.

7261) offering help and support to local people

of all nationalities who have been diagnosed

with or are being treated for cancer. If

you or someone you know would like some

confidential help or support call our HEL-

PLINE 693 275 779 or visit their website

www.mabsmurcia.com

MABS Cancer Support provides help in

many ways:

Drivers for hospital appointments

Equipment for nursing in the home – hospital

beds, ripple mattresses, etc.

Translators for doctor and hospital appointments

Therapy treatments

Telephone Support

One-to-one, professional counselling

Latest cancer information booklets

Share & Care Support Meetings

Cancer doesn’t discriminate and neither do

we.

MABS helps all those affected by cancer,

whatever their nationality

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Hello, it’s Connor here. I have been selected

to write to you this month. It does make

it a bit easier when only one of us can write

as we don’t have to argue over who writes

what! I can pick whatever I like, so this

time I want to tell about Dave Bilbrough and

his wife Pat who stayed with us for a weekend

and had a concert in our garden. They

arrived on the Friday evening with a case, a

guitar and microphones. The first evening

was spent just getting to know each other

really, just chatting and chilling. Dave is

a well know singer songwriter and we sing

a lot of his music at the Churches we go

to; things like Abba Father and I Am A New

Creation.

On the Saturday morning Dad took Dave

and Pat to Mojacar where they were giving

a talk. This meant that Mum, Shannon,

Nathan and I had all morning to get

the garden ready for the concert that evening.

We put tables and chairs all around the

place so everyone could sit at a table and

still see Dave. We

had enough to seat

85 people. Mum prepared

the meals for

the evening. We had

Chicken Jalfrezi, Chilli

Beef and a plain meat

dish for the people

who did not fancy

anything too spicy;

all served with jacket

potatoes. We have

a slow cooker and

a hostess trolley to

keep food warm, so

Mum had it all ready

in plenty of time.

Dad, Dave and Pat returned in time for a

quick bite of lunch and then it was time to

set up all the equipment. There was a big

black cloud hovering over the garden, but

we kept going, hoping it would blow away!

Dad and Dave got all the sound system

right and the volume checked so that people

sitting at the back of the garden could

still hear, then we were ready! As it got

nearer to the start time, the clouds had not

moved and Mum was not sure whether to

bring everything inside or not. We waited a

bit longer and people started to arrive and

sit down on the chairs in the garden. They

did look a bit cold though! The concert was

due to start at 6pm, but people were phoning

from Camposol to ask if it was still on

because it was raining there. We had no

rain, so we said we would wait until those

people arrived and aim to start at 7pm.

Well, at 7pm when most of the people had

turned up, we decided it might be safer to

go into the house! Everyone picked up a

chair and came indoors. It was just as well

because as soon as Dave started to sing, it

started to rain! I am so glad we all came

in when we did because otherwise all the

electrical equipment would have got very

wet! We managed to squeeze everyone into

the house, but some had to go upstairs and

watch from the balcony up there. Serving

food and drinks was a bit of a squash too,

but actually added to the fun of the evening.

It was a great night.

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The Aim of Our Charity

To assist financially with the neutering of

your pet or any feral animal in your neighbourhood

if you are concerned that they

may breed and add further to the wild animal

population. If funds are available we

can help with medical expenses for operations

etc. and as a last resort with euthanasia

to prevent an animal further suffering.

How Do We Do This

We sell the items that you have generously

donated in order to raise the money needed.

As with most charities there is never

enough money to do everything we would

like so no contribution, cash or otherwise

is refused.

How You Can Help Us

We need your unwanted items, from a single

item up to a house clearance. We take

bric-a-brac, electrical goods, furniture,

clothing and bedding. You can donate at the

shop in Puerto de Mazarrón Mon-Sat 10am-

2pm. We have a good selection of second

hand items at reasonable prices, so if you

are looking for anything make us your first

port of call and you may save yourself

some money and help our charity at the

same time. Check out our website where

there is a link to show furnishings for sale.

Camposol Drop-Off Point

Every Tuesday we are on Camposol B Sector

car park 10am-1pm opposite the petrol

station.

50/50 Scheme (Applies to larger items

only)

We can take single items up to full house

contents, including household furniture, and

white goods. We collect the bulky items

free of charge, display them in our shop to

ensure that you receive the best possible

price for them and then forward your 50%

share of the proceeds to you

Oscar

This charming puppy was found with a

broken leg on the land of a sheep farmer.

When approached and told about the state

of the puppy he said it must have been hit

by a car, but he had no money to pay for

medical help.

Mr & Mrs Cheshire took the pup to the vet

where he had hundreds of tics removed,

put on a drip as he was so dehydrated and

underwent extensive surgery, costing over

600€. The Cheshires have called him Oscar

and he is now living with their four other

dogs and six cats.

Thank goodness for people like the Cheshires.

MAMA’s was asked to help and we

were able to make a contribution towards

Oscar’s medical costs and we wish him well

in the future.

Join us on facebook or take a look to see

how we are getting along at

www.facebook.com/mamascharity

Tel 666 186 037 or call at the shop

Email mazarronanimalmedi-aid@hotmail.com

Helping You Helping Animals

Registered Charity No 9537/1a

On Saturday May 4 th 41 people travelled

to the village of Rodalquilar near Nijar in

Andalucia for a day of varied activities.

Nine non-gardeners went for a ramble in

the countryside, whilst 23 keen gardeners

were given an excellent guided tour of the

Botanical Gardens. The garden is one of a

number run by the government of Andalucia,

each one in one of the different climatic

zones which make up this large Autonomous

Community. The Rodalquilar Garden

is in the Almeria desert region, said to be

the driest area in Europe. Our Spanish

guide, ably assisted by the in-house English

translator (an English man) showed

us the various areas of the garden including

endangered plants, plants traditionally

used for domestic purposes, plants which

grow in different soil types, with very interesting

explanations about propagation,

self preservation techniques employed by

the plants in adverse conditions and many

other topics too numerous to mention.

After the garden tour, a short walk up the

hill took us to the geological museum,

which is adjacent to a disused gold mine.

A video presentation showed the geological

history of Andalucia over millenia and

in the adjacent exhibition hall we saw a

fascinating display of land formations, with

examples of the relevant rocks. The only

thing lacking was enough time to do the

display justice.

We then went to the nearby village of Isla

del Moro for lunch, then home after a most

interesting and enjoyable day. This was the

last meeting for this season, and we will

start our meetings again in the Autumn.

In the meantime, our forum on the

Darwinian Gardeners pages at

www.bolnuevo.com is available for discussion

and questions on gardening matters.

Presentation of 515€, to the Making a Difference

humanitarian charity, the proceeds

from the recent 3 rd Annual Darwinian

Gardeners’ garden party.

You can also phone Anne on 669 338 885

with enquiries or suggestions for future activities

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By the time you read this our show – two

short comedies - will be over and we’ll be

on to the next one. Thanks to everyone for

your support and any donations we are able

to make from the profits will be announced in

next month’s magazine.

We will also be announcing our choice of Panto

which we are planning to put on in January.

In the meantime we have been asked by the

Language Schools throughout the Region of

Murcia to put on performances for their students

of English. This will be an exciting and

challenging project and further details will be

announced in the near future.

For further information about Cloud Nine

Drama please have a look at our website

www.cloudninedramagroupmurcia.com

For further information Paul Macdonald at

pandsmac@hotmail.com

SUPPORTED BY COSTA CÁLIDA CHRONICLE

The Ex-Servicemen’s Association of

Mazarrón District (ESAMD) are meeting at

Sienna Restaurant in Mazarrón for a meal on

12th June at 7pm for 7.30pm.

This function is open to all members

of ESAMD and their invited guests.

For more information please contact the Social

Secretary on 968 437 074 or 618 591

298

Any Ex Service personnel wishing to join ES-

AMD, should contact the Membership Secretary

on 629 818 611.

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Sneezing and itchy nose and eyes are common

symptoms of Hay Fever. Springtime

is an allergy sufferer’s Kryptonite. Unlike the

Norovirus and flu, which rarely leave you feeling

rotten for more than a couple of days, the

symptoms of Hay Fever, or “seasonal allergic

rhinitis”, can last from March right up until

October and for some, can be debilitating.

A recent study revealed that teenagers with

Hay Fever are 40% more likely to drop a

grade between their GSCE mocks and final

exams than their symptom-free peers, so

controlling allergies is vital. Hay Fever in one

form or another affects one in five people in

the UK. From March to April, tree pollen (birch

in particular) triggers symptoms, while from

May to July grass is the main culprit, though

mould spores and weed pollen can also cause

allergic reactions. Sprays put on the trees

and crops can also cause Hay Fever-like reactions.

These attacks include sneezing, an

itchy nose, throat and ears, streaming eyes,

headaches, tiredness and general malaise.

Some sufferers develop pollen-induced asthma

and can end up being admitted to hospital.

The pollen that causes Hay Fever is

light and airborne and needs warm, dry conditions

to spread, which is why sufferers can

normally rest easy in winter, but with climate

change, experts predicting global warming

say this will extend the Hay Fever season

by six weeks.

Trying to avoid the source of the symptoms

is the obvious thing to do. Keep bedroom

windows shut first thing in the morning and

before you go to bed at night and stay indoors

when the pollen count is high. Having

a shower when the pollen count is high may

help and using petroleum jelly inside your

nostrils to trap the pollen can also help, but

in the majority of cases, an antihistamine will

make the most difference. Breathing through

your nose may help as the hairs in your nose

should stop a lot of the pollen being breathed

in.

For more severe symptoms of Hay Fever,

using a nasal steroid spray could help. This

works best when used a few weeks before

the pollen season begins. It takes about two

weeks to kick in, so you have to stick at it

before saying it doesn’t work for you, but

it has to be used in the correct way. People

tend to close off one nostril by pressing on

the side of their nose, then put the nozzle in

and sniff. This will reduce the effectiveness of

spray as you’re simply ingesting mucus. Wash

your nose out with salt water to remove the

mucus, then look down and direct the spray

towards the side of the nose. Once you have

sprayed, resist the urge to sniff because it

won’t work as well.

For those who experience acute Hay Fever

symptoms, you may need to be referred to

an allergy clinic, where you could benefit from

immunotherapy treatment which involves

gradual exposure to grass pollens to build up

your resistance to them.

If you want to go down the alternative route,

try the healing power of honey. Though not

scientifically proven, thousands of Hay Fever

sufferers swear by a daily spoonful. For many

allergy sufferers, winter is just as problematic

as spring and summer. Experts have warned

that the time we spend indoors over the winter,

plus mould, central heating and lack of

ventilation mean thousands will suffer Hay

Fever or cold-like symptoms throughout the

year and the enemies are actually in our bedrooms.

Those enemies are house dust mites -

two million of which live in your bed, so it’s no

surprise that three quarters of indoor allergy

sufferers notice their symptoms in the bedroom

and almost half (41%) admit the room

makes theirs worse.

As we spend an average of 52½ hours a week

in the bedroom, here are 10 essential rules to

keep us sneeze-free indoors:

1. Keep the room well ventilated. Have the

window slightly open overnight to ensure

air flow and clean windows and

frames regularly to

stop mould forming,

but close them first

thing in the morning.

2. Throw back your

covers. Forget a well

made bed; house dust

mites hate light, so

open your curtains

and flood your bed

with it every morning.

3. Change your

bedding. Use an

anti-allergy mattress

and bedding

or bedding covers to prevent the

escape of the house dust mite allergen.

4. Get rid of your curtains. Though they’re

common in bedrooms, they harbour mites,

so if you don’t want to wash your curtains

every month at a high temperature to kill

the mites, try roller blinds or black outs.

5. Ditch your carpet and use a more allergy-friendly

flooring. If you don’t want to

get rid of your carpet, vacuum daily with

an HEPA filtration system. Most bedrooms

in Spain have tiled floors, so this

is one area that should not be a problem.

6. Anti-allergy kids’ toys. Keep all children’s

toys in a toy chest or cupboard and regularly

wash soft toys at 60 degrees. If

they can’t be washed on high temperatures,

put them in the freezer overnight

to destroy the allergen and then washed

at a the recommended temperature

7. Using an air purifier in the bedroom.

These can help to trap allergens

8. Avoid posters or pictures. Hangings on the

walls of your room hold dust. Instead, try

a transfer or paint directly onto the walls

9. Keep clothes in drawers. Put fabrics

and clothes away in drawers and wardrobes

that can be shut. Wipe surfaces

with a damp cloth every day.

10. Do not use feather dusters. These flick

dust particles and allergen into the air.

Opt for an electromagnetic cloth instead

Poor Hygiene

Be aware that all hygiene helps to keep bugs

at bay.

Do you wash your hands after you’ve visited

the bathroom?

According to a study, one in three men don’t!

Furthermore, another survey found that only

71% of those observed washing their hands

used soap, and that three quarters of these

were women. Not washing your hands is the

quickest way to spread germs and infection,

so protect your health and those around you

by making sure you lather up before leaving

the bathroom.

Not brushing your teeth.

According to a study, only 66% of men brush

their teeth twice or more a day, compared to

86% of women. Women are almost twice as

likely to have regular dental checkups than

men. Failing to look after your teeth is not

only bad news for your teeth and gums, but

research has shown that gum disease can increase

risk of heart disease, erectile dysfunction

and dementia.

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Another Fantastic ‘Country’ Night Out

At ‘Lion Country’ Country Music Nightspot!

With the culmination of the CAFÉ appeal

recently being achieved by the presentation

of the new ambulance on 3 May, the

organisers of Lion Country would like to

publicly thank all their supporters during

the last five years for helping them to

help make this tremendous gift possible!

Following some discussion, the organisers

have decided to nominate Camposol’s

FAST project to take over as the prime

beneficiary of any net profits gained by the

Lion Country.

Getting back

to the ‘nitty

gritty’,

following

April’s fantastic

night

of Country

Music entertainment

provided

by Costa

Blanca’s ‘X

Factor’ finalist,

Cherry

K, the programme for Friday 17 May heralded

the return of yet another favourite

‘Country Style’ entertainer, the fabulous

Marty Ross. Always guaranteeing us a

great night’s entertainment, whether he

sings solo or as one half of the fabulous

‘Beagles’ duo, when he puts on his ‘country’

hat, Marty really becomes a force to

be reckoned with. Once again he didn’t

disappoint on the night and a tremendous

time was enjoyed by all. You’ll curse if you

missed it!

Staying with the subject of brilliant entertainment,

the scheduled entertainment for

Friday 21 June features the return of the

magnificent and multi-talented, four-piece

CM Band, Grumpy Old Men at La Molata

Club Socio, nr Los Munoces on Friday 21

June. Doors open at 8pm. Entry just €5

per person

at the door.

With the inimitable

Phil

Brady lined

up to appear

on Friday

5 July,

(that’s the

FIRST Friday

folks), Lion

Country will

be closing its doors for the summer break.

They re-open on Friday 20 September

with another favourite, the fantastic Red

Strokes!

With its new sound and lighting system

in place, Lion Country is by far the biggest

and best Country Music Venue in the

Murcia Region. Boasting a large dance

floor, the venue is also a licensed premises,

with drinks at Spanish prices and

their hosts, Antonio & Cheryl, maintain a

superb kitchen. Advance bookings for food

are strongly recommended to avoid being

disappointed on the night, and should be

made direct to Cheryl on 619 003 022 allowing

her plenty of time to buy in the appropriate

stock. Also in attendance during

the evening, should you want to ‘top up’

your line dancing or western regalia or just

need a new pair of boots will be ‘Cody’s

Corner’ Western Stall.

KEEP IT COUNTRY!

For further information on what’s going on,

contact Mervyn Booth on 968 163 082 or

visit their Facebook page at Lion Country

Country Music Nightspot

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 3:45-4:25pm also on request

Fr. Carlos Prats 628 824 555

Fr. Octavio Carpena 676 219 445

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SAINT PAUL, APOSTLE

Paul was

born about

the same

time as

Jesus, or

slightly later.

He was

converted

to faith in

Jesus Christ

about A.D.

33. Paul referred

himself

as being

“of stock of

Israel, of the

tribe of Benjamin,

a Hebrew

of the

Hebrews, as

touching the law, a Pharisee”.

Before becoming a follower of Jesus, Paul

zealously persecuted the newly-forming

Christian Church, trying to destroy it. He

held the coats of those who stoned Stephen,

the first Christian martyr, to death.

While travelling on the road from Jerusalem

to Damascus on a mission to “bring

these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to

be punished”, the resurrected Jesus appeared

to him in a great light. He was

struck blind, but after three days his sight

was restored and he was converted.

Paul’s conversion dramatically changed

the course of his life. He began to preach

that Jesus of Nazareth was the Jewish

Messiah and the Son of God. Through his

missionary activities and writing he eventually

transformed religious belief and philosophy

around the Mediterranean Basin.

The influence of Paul’s writing on Christian

thinking has been profound, due in

part to his association as a prominent

apostle of Christianity during the spreading

of the Gospel through early Christian

communities across the Roman Empire.

Paul the Apostle is perhaps the most

influential early Christian missionary and

leader of the first generation of Christians.

Among the many other apostles and missionaries

involved in the spread of the

Christian faith, Paul is considered to be

one of the most important in the history

of Christianity and one of the greatest religious

leaders of all times. Almost half of

the books of the New Testament are credited

to his authorship. The Bible does not

record Paul’s death in his writings. Paul

writes about anticipating his death. Ignatius

notes that Paul had been martyred.

He probably died in Rome c. A.D. 60-64.

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Official Statement Of The Regional Government

On The Second Anniversary Of The

Earthquake In Lorca

Lorca is in the heart of Murcia, so we must

seize the opportunity given to us to bring our

message and thanks to Spanish society. In

a day of remembrance and action for those

who lost their lives two years ago and for the

hundreds of wounded and thousands of people

left homeless, action to finish and bring

back to normal and to a much better situation

than they were before the earthquakes. It

was a day to feel more connected and aware

of the work still to be done. The reconstruction

process is in full swing and every month

that passes, neighbouring communities begin

to see how they re-build their houses. No

European city has suffered destructive earthquakes

like Lorca, but we cannot fall into

complacency. After reconstruction we have to

continue promoting the city’s economic revival.

The investment package will convert Lorca

that not only has overcome the most destructive

catastrophe produced in Spain, but also

reinforce to achieve the difficult economic

situation and the challenges that lie ahead.

We operate globally and develop activities in

sectors as crucial as agriculture, livestock,

industry, tourism and trade, and support entrepreneurship

by establishing measures to

encourage the creation of new projects, enabling

support instruments entrepreneur.

3.3 million euros has been granted for the

Construction Of A Sewage Treatment

Plant on the river Turrilla in Lorca. The new

treatment plant will service the upper area

of the municipality and have the capacity to

meet the needs of approximately 9,000 inhabitants,

according to the estimate of the

projected population growth in the area. This

work is included in the General Plan of cleansing

and purifying of the Region of Murcia

which began in 2001. It has allowed reused

waters to have a higher quality than that required

by Community legislation. The Region

recovers more than 100 cubic hectometers

per year which is used entirely on agriculture

and this makes Murcia exemplary in water

purification and irrigation modernization.

A grant has been awarded of more than 3.6

million for 322 Seats In Day Centres. 118

seats are allocated through ASSIDO in Murcia,

50 in the town of Mula and 41 seats are

for the care of people with Down’s Syndrome

in Cartagena. The rest of the investment,

113 places, are for elderly people at various

day centres in the Community; 27 places in

Torre Pacheco, 41 places in Puerto Lumbreras,

15 in Moratalla and 30 in Totana.

The purpose of this budget is to continue to

ensure the performance of the System for

Autonomy and Care for Dependency and

promote the integration of the elderly and

those suffering from disabilities. In the Region

of Murcia there are 17 social centers for

the elderly, to help integrate and promote

active aging, through its various activities.

During the past year, more than 10,000 aged

people participated in more than 260 workshops

in schools, theatre, crafts, the gym for

the elderly, computers and chess.

The green light has been given to creating a

total of 171 places in Day Centres For People

With Intellectual Disabilities in Murcia

and Lorca. 96 are located in the hamlet of El

Palmar, Murcia. The remaining 75 places are

for Lorca, with the Association of Parents of

Children with Intellectual Disability Region of

Lorca (APANDIS). Day centres are services

that offer comprehensive care for dependent

persons, in order to improve or maintain the

best possible level of personal autonomy and

support families and caregivers.

They have also given their approval to the

agreements between the Ministry of Health

and Social Policy which will be used in Day

Centres For Elderly Dependents. Mula

will get the reservation and occupation of

25 seats, Fortuna 15 places and Ceuta 6

places. The purpose is to promote care for

dependent adults who require comprehensive

services to perform daily activities and that

for various reasons cannot receive in their

socio-familiar.

There is an agreement with the Association

of Paraplegic and Physically Handicapped

of the Region of Murcia (ASPAYM),

worth 49,760€, to collaborate in efforts to

improve the quality of life of Spinal Cord Injuries

And Other Physically Injuries and

in promoting full employment and social integration.

The Murcia Federation of Families

and Persons with Mental Illness (FEAFES),

have been awarded 23,920€ and this will also

benefit AFEMY, AFES and AFEM, to cover the

activities, programmes and services aimed at

people with mental illness and their families.

The Foundation for Assistance and Research

of Borderline Personality Disorder in the Region

of Murcia (ARMAI-TLP) will get 7,366€ for

the maintenance of the Project for Assistance

and Guidance for People with Borderline

Personality Disorder in the region. This

includes, among other services, therapeutic

support, career guidance and training for the

people affected by this disorder. The Governing

Council has also given the green light to

the signing of an agreement between the

Ministry of Health and Social Policy, through

the Instituto Murciano Social Action, with the

Association for the Integration of Persons

with Intellectual Disability (PEEM). The

aim is to enable people with disabilities from

the occupational training courses to train as

administrative assistants and service personnel.

Money For Music Conservatories Caravaca

De La Cruz, Cieza, Jumilla, Molina

De Segura and San Javier

The objective of the Ministry of Education,

Training and Employment is to assist in the financing

of professional music conservatories

of these five locations during 2013. The regional

government, through the Ministry, will

financially support municipal ownership in order

to develop and promote arts education in

the different regions of the Region.

12,000€ For The Development Of The

Blue Flag Campaign

The aim is to encourage the distinctive qualities

that guarantee beaches and ports the

Blue Flag, which has become of great interest

in the sector and the strengthening

of environmental qualities. These flags are

awarded according to criteria agreed and

unified worldwide, for example, coastal law

enforcement and environmental security at

the beaches and in the water or specialized

lifesaving.

Money To Promote Interregional Connections

Mediterranean Corridor

The Governing Council has authorized the

Department of Public Works and Planning to

provide a subsidy to the business association

Ferrmed, worth 24,000€, to promote interregional

connections of the Mediterranean corridor

through the development of transport

initiatives of goods by rail. This non-profit

association is based in Brussels and comes

from entrepreneurship to improve competitiveness

through the promotion of so-called

‘standards Ferrmed’ throughout European

Union and, in turn, the major railway freight

Scandinavia-Rhine-Rhone-Western Mediterranean.

Ferrmed is responsible for developing

project reports on the rail network in the

region and the structure and development of

the Mediterranean Corridor as well as the implementation

of the planned European standard

width to access the Port of Cartagena.

Approved External Emergency Pl an Expalsa

to Encourage The Prevention Of

The Risk Of Accidents With Explosives

The plan will establish preventive measures

and information, organization and operating

procedures and co-ordination by means

and resources in the Community itself. It

also specifies the procedures for informing

the public about safety measures and behaviour

in the case of accident, in addition

to cataloguing specific means and resources

available to the planned actions. Expalsa is

a merchant that is engaged in the production

of explosives and propellants, bound for

the manufacture of ammunition. It is located

in the municipality of Murcia at three different

locations; two in the Gunpowder Factory

of Murcia and the Ballistic Test Polygon just

outside the hamlet of Old Javalí and the third

factory in Loads Projection, north of the hamlet

of La Nora.

The Transmur Plan defines the procedures

for informing the population potentially affected

by an accident, cataloguing tools and

resources specifically designed to control and

mitigate the effects of an accident, and coordination

procedures with the State Plan and

coordination with local administrations. The

Plan discloses Transmur’s dangerous goods

movement that exists in Murcia, determines

the extent of the risk that may arise from this

movement and establishing the organization

and operating procedures, and effective

use of the means and resources to deal with

emergency situations that occur due to traffic

accidents with dangerous substances by

road and rail. At present, the Region of Murcia

transports over 3.5 million tons a year of

dangerous goods between road and rail.

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There is a Proverb which says ‘Hope deferred

makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is

a tree of life’…Prov 13v12. We do a lot of hoping

day by day … careful with the typing there

as I am sure we do not do a lot of hopping!

We hope the weather will be good; we hope

people are on time and we hope we get better

soon, and so on.

The dictionary defines hope as ‘to cherish a

desire of good with some expectation of fulfillment,

or to have confidence’. It is great to

have hope, but as the Proverb says, when it

is dashed it can knock us back.

I think most of us have given-up any hope

that our governments will manage the current

financial crisis. Perhaps the ‘Pastie’ tax

and now the ‘Bedroom’ tax have clinched

that! Other areas of life appear to be hopeless

as well, especially if you are looking for

employment, or playing the Lottery?

Unfortunately, without hope we are really left

with uncertainty or despair. This of course

can make the heart sick. But don’t give-up!

The Bible speaks of a different kind of hope.

In fact a hope that simply requires us to wait

for the right timing because the things we

hope for when we are dealing with God are

guaranteed and we will not be let down or

disillusioned or disappointed.

We are studying the letters of Peter at the

moment in our Wednesday studies and despite

the oppression and persecution his readers

were experiencing, Peter tells them to ‘..

set your hope fully on the grace that is coming

to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ’ 1

Peter1v13. This kind of hope placed in God

leads to a fruitful and living hope which will

never disappoint….a tree of life.

You are invited to come and join us for any of

our events:

Friday 7 th June Harlequin Rock Choir in

concert in our garden, raising funds for Operation

Smile. 7pm start.

Thursday 27 th June Chill ‘n’ Grill in our garden.

Bring your own food to cook. 6pm start.

Something New

Starting June 30 th and every last Sunday of

the month, come to our Open Door Get

Together in the Cultural Centre, Camposol

B. Starting at 5.30pm we will be having a Get

Together - something a bit different.

Further details and other planned events

http://open-door.wix.com/open-door

If you would like to be informed of our events

and be added to our mailing list please email

opendoorgettogether@gmail.com

Find us at Los Almagros, Fuente Alamo,

30320, Murcia. GPS:37”45’ 57.77’ North.

1” 15’ 56.95’ West

Tel Ken 646 705 403 or Carol 655 141 721

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Change To Passport Service For British

Nationals

British nationals in Spain wanting to apply for

a new passport are advised of an important

change in the way they will need to make applications.

All applications will need to be sent

directly to the Identity & Passport Service

(IPS) in Belfast, instead of the regional passport

processing hub in Madrid.

All the necessary information about the new

passport application process, including a new

IPS overseas application form, can be found

at www.gov.uk/overseas-passports.

Andy Hamilton, head of the regional passport

processing centre in Madrid, says: “In real

terms, all that this means is that British nationals

living in Spain now need to send their

applications to a different address. Current

passport processing times remain the same.

“If you are renewing your passport, you

should allow at least four weeks from the date

the fee is taken and all the correct documentation

has been received.”

“If you are applying for the first time or you

are replacing a lost or stolen passport, you

should allow at least six weeks.”

The only other change is that the current

passport helpline call charges are being removed.

Instead of paying for a premium rate

phone line, customers will now only have to

pay for the cost of a call to the UK.

British nationals who lack internet access or

want advice are able to call the IPS Customer

Service Centre on +44 (0) 300 222 0000.

People who need to travel urgently, but whose

normal passport is unavailable, should contact

their nearest British Consulate via 902

109 356 or email info.consulate@fco.gov.

uk . Your local Consulate may be able to issue

an Emergency Travel Document to help

you travel.

Do Your Research Before You Buy

Property In Spain, Foreign Office advises.

Consular staff on hand to guide potential

buyers at ‘A Place In The Sun’ show.

Access to healthcare, obtaining independent

property advice and learning the language are

all things to consider carefully before deciding

to move abroad, Foreign Office staff advised

would-be buyers at the annual ‘A Place in

the Sun’ overseas homes show in London in

April. Consular staff from Spain were on hand

to provide more than 1000 Britons with impartial

advice on things to think about before

moving abroad.

British Consul Paul Rodwell said “We offered

clear advice that helps people to think more

carefully about planning their move. We made

them aware of potential pitfalls when buying

property overseas, as well as thinking about

other important issues such as access to

healthcare and how they’re going to integrate

into local life by learning the Spanish language.”

Potential buyers are encouraged to visit the

wealth of information on living abroad within

the UK Government’s new www.gov.uk

website, as well as to look at the property

advice on Spain at www.gov.uk/how-tobuy-property-in-spain

.

New official figures show that last year some

4,148 Spanish homes were purchased by British

nationals, an increase of 3.5% compared

with 2011, though still far from the peak of

more than 17,000 British buyers in 2007.

Mr Rodwell, Consul for the Alicante region,

and Bernadette Gallagher, property expert

for southern Europe, attended the London

property show as part of a continuing drive

by the Foreign Office to ensure that Britons

who are thinking about moving abroad have

all the information they need before making

final decisions. Six out of ten people who

spoke to Foreign Office staff were thinking of

Spain as their ‘place in the sun’ showing that

the country continues to be the most popular

destination for Britons thinking about moving

overseas.

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Mazarrón Festival

de Baile 2013

~ Now in its 4 th

year!

MFDB is excited

to announce that

there are over

60 entries from

three schools taking

part this year.

The schools taking

part are Julie

Bruce Dance Academy

from Almeria,

Broadway Dance

from Benidorm

and Murcia Dance

based in Mazarrón. Dancers from 5 to 21

years of age, from levels novice to advanced,

will present all styles of dance. The event

takes place at the Hotel Playa Grande in Puerto

de Mazarrón, 29 th and 30 th June. Each day

will commence at 10am with registration and

workshops, followed by competition entries.

Saturday 29 th June, Solo and Duet entries

will be presented, finishing at approximately

8pm.

Sunday 30 th June, 20 Groups and Troupes

will come together to present their dedication

in a celebration

of dance, where

dancers and teachers

from different

schools share a

platform together.

The MFDB Awards,

where all the dancers

are accredited

with their achievements

through

MFDB Annual

Awards and Medals

will take place

at 6pm.

Support and sponsorship

are being

provided by DKCASACARE, silverkeepsake.

com, The Professional Teachers of Dancing,

Teatro Canovero, CAIXA Bank, Murcia Dance,

Ken Sherwood Garage, MFDB Patron Keith

Donovan and a group of volunteers that have

signed up to support as well as representative

volunteers from the participating Dance

Schools.

As patron Keith Donovan said during last

year’s festival “There is enough energy in this

room to light up the whole of Murcia,” which

was met by cheers and applause from the

dancers, their families, spectators and volunteers.

The atmosphere

was electric.

This annual event

is simply going

from strength to

strength and is

now in its 4 th year.

If you would like to

be part of this exciting

weekend and

would like to join

us either as a spectator,

volunteer or

sponsor, you would

be made very welcome.

For more

details please visit

our website www.mfdb.net. Spectator

passes are available on the door for 5€ per

day. For more information about getting involved

as a volunteer or sponsor please contact

Susie Long acam.murcia@yahoo.com

Mazarrón Festival de Baile are project

members of the Arts & Cultural Association

of Murcia (ACAM) ass no ~ 10.612 1a. Office

Address ~ 19, Business Centre, Camposol A,

Calle Madrid, 30875, Mazarrón, Murcia. Fiscal

No G30863955

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Registered Charity Nº 8.714/1ª

April and May were successful months for

rescuing and re-homing abandoned puppies

and we also found forever homes for four

of our older dogs that have been in kennels

over three years. Elsa and Bonnie have been

adopted after a trial period with their foster

family. Teddy and Oscar from the kennels

have been reserved to go to new homes in

Holland. Annie was adopted locally by her

foster family. Two of our rescued puppies Lisa

and Sandy were re-homed in Holland. Five

abandoned puppies Radley, Buddy, Lucy,

Honey and Toffee were rescued into foster

homes and are all reserved for new homes in

Holland. Nubea puppy was rescued from her

elderly Spanish owner who had become too ill

to care for her.

We rescue abandoned puppies in the Mazarrón

area and care for them in foster homes where

they can be trained and socialised whilst we

are finding them a loving forever home locally

or abroad. To be successful in our work

we are always in need of foster carers. We

pay for all vaccinations and veterinary costs

and give you support whenever you need it.

If you feel you can offer a place in your home

and your heart for one of our rescued puppies,

short or long term, as a family pet or

companion please talk to us about our Foster

Charter.

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To help us raise the funds needed for our work

we are dependent on public support and generosity.

We have a Charity Shop in Puerto de

Mazarrón staffed entirely by volunteers and

we really need all the public help we can get.

Any unwanted saleable items will be gratefully

received. We can arrange for donated

items to be collected by one of our Association

Members. We also need volunteer helpers

who can give some of free time to work in

our Charity Shop, so if you would like to help

come in and have a chat with the staff.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR COLLEC-

TION OF DONATED ITEMS GIVE ONE OF

OUR COMMITTEE MEMBERS A CALL

TONY 618 034 921

CHRISTINE 603 127 984

WeDoItAll4ThePuppies

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MEPs Question Spain’s Use of EU Grants

For Bull-Fighting

Four Spanish MEPs say they believe their

country is using EU agriculture grants on promoting

and televising bull-fighting, and have

called for an investigation and possible sanctions.

Alfred Bosch, Ana Miranda, Raúl Romeva and

Ramón Tremosa say these grants are not

even used on the actual breeding of bulls, but

on filming, entry tickets, repairing and decorating

bull-rings, advertising, TV rights, and

benefits for promoters of and companies in

the bull-fighting industry.

Spain receives around 130 million Euros in

agricultural grants for bull-breeding, which

would translate to 240€ per hectare of land

used for the purpose. The MEPs say the bullfighting

industry would be ‘on the edge of

bankruptcy’ if it were not for this money. They

have called for ‘greater transparency’ from EU

member States as to what they spend their

grants on. They have also called for the EU

to stop giving grants to any bull-related activities

and for member States to be fined for

using agricultural funding for ‘inefficient’ economic

sectors such as ‘breeding bulls for a

questionable form of entertainment’.

Dog Saves Missing Expatriate’s Life In

Moraira

A loyal family dog saved his elderly owner’s

life after the man lay injured and dehydrated

in the undergrowth for three days. Bijou, a

two-year-old black labrador, never left Bernhard

Schulz’s side and lay on top of him at

night to keep the 74-year-old German national

warm. Herr Schulz suffers from Parkinson’s

disease, and had not taken his medication

for three days, during which his wife

Kirsten and their fellow expatriate friends in

Moraira (Alicante) began to fear the worst.

He had gone out for his usual walk at around

lunchtime, but did not return, causing a terrified

Kirsten to believe both her husband and

dog were dead. Rescue services say when

they got near the area where Bernhard way

lying, Bijou began to leap up and down joyfully,

barking and wagging her tail. Bernhard

was in a deep ditch surrounded by dense pine

trees and weeds, and had suffered scratches

and bruises, as well as being unable to move

and was severely dehydrated. Bernhard is

now recovering well in Dénia hospital.

New Mortgage and Repossession Law

Approved

Judges can now prevent mortgage lenders

from repossessing properties where ‘abusive’

clauses are included in the loan contract and

grant a two-year stay of grace on repossession

for homeowners considered to be ‘especially

vulnerable’. The new mortgage and

repossession law limits interest rate hikes on

repayments made as a penalty for defaulting

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on a monthly quota and also forces banks to

set a minimum reserve when auctioning off

properties they have already taken back from

their owners. Certain mortgage contracts include

a minimum auction reserve, which is

fairly close to the amount of the loan, whereas

others give a much lower reserve or none

at all. Until now, that a lender could auction a

property for just 1€, meaning the defaulting

owner remained liable for the full amount of

the debt, including administration and legal

fees, plus interest.

Those facing repossession who are considered

‘vulnerable’ and automatically permitted

a two-year moratorium include single parents

with two dependent children, or with one

child under three, or one or more disabled

children, large families with three or more

children, parents with at least one disabled

child who needs their constant care, victims

of domestic violence, or homeowners who

are unemployed and whose dole money has

run out. In these cases, the maximum family

income cannot be more than 1,595.53€

a month, which is three times the minimum

wage.

The mortgage law allows for reduction of the

outstanding debt through waivers where the

property has already been repossessed and

sold to a third party and allows for the creation

of ‘council housing’ at a very low rent

ranging between 150€ and 400€ a month, but

capped at 30€ of the tenant’s income. Eligible

tenants must have been evicted from their

homes in 2008 or later and will be given a

rental agreement valid for two years, renewable

for a further year if needed. In practice,

the council housing system has already been

running for some months and has received

430 requests for the 6,000 properties available.

As for the possibility of handing back to the

keys to a property in exchange for wiping out

the debt in its entirety, despite clamouring

from nationwide pressure groups, this has not

been included as an automatic legal right on

the part of the homeowner, but is ‘strongly

recommended’ within the mortgage lenders’

Code of Good Practice. This Code has now

been made law.

In reality, as a result of the Code of Good

Practice, a total of 298 homeowners have

been able to return their house keys to the

bank in order to cancel the mortgage debt

completely. The change in the law was in response

to widespread protests and to what

has been described as ‘a need for emergency

measures’ given Spain’s current economic climate.

Motorists ‘More Careful’ and ‘More Afraid’

When Travelling With Family

Drivers tend to be

slower and more careful

when they have

their family in the car

with them, a survey

reveals. Two in three

say they are more

frightened of suffering

an accident when they

have their partners

and children in the car

than when they drive

alone. 42% of women

and 33% of men perceived

the risk of a

crash is greater when

their nearest and dearest

are in the car, and

72% of women and 61% of men say they are

more scared of this happening when they are

with family. 8 in 10 people said they were

more attentive to road rules and speed limits

when they were driving with their partners

and children, particularly those in the 30-39

age group. They were also inclined to take

breaks every two to three hours on long journeys

and make an ‘event’ of it, stopping for

a meal or a picnic, and turning it into part of

their holiday or weekend away.

DGT Radar ‘Reads Number Plates To

Check Cars Are Insured’

Traffic authorities have developed a system

that allows them to tell whether or not a car

is insured by reading its number plate. They

want to get older cars off the road, with none

aged over seven by the year 2016, by launching

a ‘repair history record’ of all vehicles registered

in Spain.

The number-plate radar was launched just

after Easter and is connected to a central database

which immediately shows whether a

vehicle has at least third party liability insurance

cover, the minimum required by law for

a car to be used on the road.

The DGT says older cars are being used because,

due to the recession in Spain, few drivers

can afford to replace them, meaning the

number of new cars manufactured and registered

in the country is falling considerably,

causing serious losses in the motor industry.

King ‘Worried’ About Monarchy’s Plummeting

Popularity

King Juan Carlos wants to launch an ‘institutional

pact’ to address the unemployment

figures in Spain and to travel as much as possible

to North Africa and the Americas to encourage

heads of state to invest in the country.

Worried about the fact that less than 4

in 10 Spaniards interviewed are in support of

having a monarchy, the King says he wants

to actively work on ‘agreements and consensus’

to help improve Spain’s economic situation

and restore the country’s faith in them by

playing an active role in its recovery.

The Monarch says he believes the royals’ ‘failure’

is largely due to the fact that his daughter,

the Infanta Cristina, has recently been

called to testify in the Nóos case on suspicion

of being involved in the fraud and moneylaundering

racket that her husband, Iñaki Urdangarín,

is on trial for.

Over A Quarter Of Electricity Produced

By Wind Farms; More Than Any Other

Method

Wind farms are now the most popular form

of energy production in Spain, according to a

recent study. They account for a quarter of all

electricity produced, generating 31.7 TW per

hour. This is the first time wind farms have

taken over from all other forms of creating

fuel, says the Spanish national grid (REE).

Production plummeted in April, due to rising

reservoir levels, less wind and reduced demand,

causing a loss of 85 million Euros in

the industry. Between the beginning of November

and the end of March, enough energy

was produced to fuel 18.1 million homes and

Spain has only 17 million homes. It is the

growth in the use of wind-generated energy

that has partly been what has led to electricity

bills falling in April, but the Wind-Farm

Companies’ Association (AEE) has called for

research by State authorities into why this

type of fuel production is the worst-hit by cutbacks

and to seek workable solutions.

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YOUR Camposol Fiesta 2013 Sponsored

by Mercer’s

Programme of Events - Friday & Saturday

14 th /15 th June

This year’s Fiesta has been organised by

a brand new committee, so we took the

opportunity to build on the success of

previous events whilst introducing some

changes. Notably the main change is that

the event is shorter this year and has been

compressed into Friday night and all day

Saturday. You will see that there is a funpacked,

non-stop programme of events

with something for everyone. The emphasis

is on community and family with a good

mix of British and Spanish culture.

The Fiesta will be hosted by the one and

only Byron and will be opened on Friday

evening at around 6pm by José Andrés

Navarro Yepes, District Mayor of El Saladillo.

Friday night is a “Musical Extravaganza”

with tributes to some of the most well

known artists of our time. Dicky Ray will

set the ball rolling with his amazing tribute

to Phil Collins, followed by local entertainers;

Keiran as Robbie Williams, Nigel as

Elvis Presley and the Diva herself Suzy

G. We are delighted that the Friday Finale

will be provided by “The Beatles Experience”,

the best Lennon/McCartney Tribute

on the Costas! There will then be music

into the small hours provided by our very

own Stevie “T” from Costa Calida Radio.

Saturday is the “Non-Stop, Family Fun

Day” where there will be something to

suit all ages. Starting at around 9.30am

will be the Fun Run and Free Pony Rides

for the children from 11am -2pm. There

will something going on no matter what

time of day you join us! We are delighted

to be joined by “2 Shoes” who are “totes

amazeballs” as they would say! Lucy and

Charley are the Essex girls who made it

through to the 2011 live shows of the UK

X Factor. Along with our very own Simon

Cowell, Ken Payne, they will be judging

the “Search for a Fie-Star” Talent Competition

and later in the evening we will see

them perform their fun show. The Fiesta

Headline Act is “Soul Power”. With front

man JJ Soul Man, the five piece band play

Camposol Fiesta 2013

Grand Raffle Draw

As you are probably aware by now, there is no car raffle this year.

Instead you have the chance to win a dream holiday.

Classic Soul and Motown Classics guaranteed

to get you up on the dance floor.

In true Fiesta style, the event will finish at

around midnight with the much anticipated

Firework Finale…always worth waiting

for!!

This year’s outside bars are provided by:

Alley Palais

Namaste

The Steak Out

Trevi’s Bar & Restaurant

They will be providing food as well as drink

so please support them as they support

YOUR Fiesta.

On behalf of the committee, I would like

to say thank you to all our sponsors and

those who have supported our fundraising

to make this Fiesta possible. So all it

remains for me to say is ….See you there

and enjoy!!!

Michelle Miles

Chair of Camposol Fiesta 2013

This year’s Grand Raffle Prize at the 2013

Camposol Fiesta is a 5000€ Dream Holiday

Voucher which entitles the lucky winner to go

where they want and when they want!! What is

your “Dream Holiday?”….. A Caribbean Cruise,

flights to New Zealand or something close to

home? Tickets are 10€ each and we are only

selling a maximum number of 750 tickets.

There are also several runner-up prizes!!

The draw will take place on the Saturday night

of the Fiesta on 15 th June at approximately

10.45pm.

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We have set up a Paypal Account which means

that you can quite easily buy tickets over the

internet from wherever you are. If paying in

sterling, the price is £10 to cover additional

administration and currency conversion. We

will email your ticket to you within 24 hours of

payment and you can even watch the draw via

the live stream on the web. (Paypal Account:

brucefurness@gmail.com)

You can buy tickets from the following places:

Alley Palais, Camposol B Commercial Centre

The Club House, Camposol C

Paramount Villa Rentals, Camposol C

Derek’s H2Ozone Water Filter Stall, Camposol

Thursday Market

Outside Consum, Camposol B on Fridays

F & C Car Rentals, Camposol A Sector

The Teapot, Puerto de Mazarrón

Telephone Michelle Miles 634 382 968

Email michellecmiles@gmail.com or send a

personal message to Michelle Camposol Fiesta

Facebook page. Good Luck!!!

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Camposol Fiesta 2013 Programme of Events

Friday 14 th June 2013 – A Tribute to the Musical Greats of Our Time

6.30pm Official Opening of the Fiesta – José Andrés Navarro

Yepes,

District Mayor of El Saladillo.

6.45pm

Dickie Ray as Phil Collins

7.45pm

Angels Instead - Robbie Williams Tribute

8.45pm

Nigel Burchill as Elvis Presley

9.45pm

Suzy G – Diva Tribute

11pm

The Beatles’ Experience

12pm-2am Stevie T - Costa Cálida Radio

Saturday 15 th June 2013 Non-Stop Family Fun Day

9-11.30am Tug O War/Fun Run/Traditional UK School Sports Day

12.00pm Welcome – Byron and Fiesta Committee

12.15pm Camposol Guitar Club

12.40pm Harlequins Rock Choir

1.00pm

Graeme Mykal - Magician & Children’s Entertainer

2.15pm

Ladies’ and Gents’ Fashion Show by “Branded Fashions”

3.00pm

“Search For A Fie -Star” – Talent

Competition

4.00pm

Raquel Pena Flamenco Dance

Company

5.15pm

“Pitu” Fantastic Spanish Singer

6.30pm

Murcia Dance Annual Performance

7.30pm

Results of Talent Show and Prizes

8.30pm

Soul Power Part 1 – Classic Soul &

Motown Band

9.30pm

“2 Shoes” - Totes Amazeballs UK

X Factor Live Finalists

10.45pm Dream Holiday Raffle Draw

11.00 pm Soul Power Part 2

11.45pm Grand Fireworks Finale

Midnight – 2am Stevie T - Costa Calida Radio.

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The maintenance team and Wednesday Volunteers

continued the clearing of dirt and debris

after the heavy rains. Hopefully we have

now seen the back of these and the usual settled

weather is on the way! This has enabled

the street spraying and weeding programme

to continue. Yet more potholes have been

filled and the Petanca court on Calle Ibiscum

has been restored for Summer action!

The corner of the dual carriageway and Calle

Castillo Mayorazgo has also been cleared by

our volunteer team and a pretty little windmill

was commissioned by us from a local dry

stone wall craftsman, Jason the Mason.

A special mention must go to those who have

also taken the time to ‘adopt’ a small area

near their homes by planting, watering and

weeding; they all look beautiful! It’s these

displays which make ‘C’ such a pleasant place

to live and spend a holiday. If any of our residents/holiday

home owners would like to help

in this way, we would be extremely grateful,

and so would the plants (!). Donations of your

unwanted plants and broken pots are always

appreciated, too. These can be left behind

the Welcome wall or call us for collection.

The ‘Welcome to C’ Jubilee Garden is becoming

established due to hard work and watering,

despite a few plants being ‘removed’ by

opportunists. Please keep vigilant on our behalf

and report any thieves to us! ‘C’ Sector

has so many kind people who give their time,

donations of money and plants, snacks and

drinks for the workers. It’s a shame to know

this generosity is being taken advantage of

by a few.

If you would like to join our Volunteer Team

on Wednesday mornings, or to help us in any

other way and meet new friends, just get in

touch. We offer the bribe of a free breakfast

and the satisfaction of knowing you are keeping

fit while making a huge difference to the

local area. Each time visitors return here,

they notice how lovely the improvements are

and always let us know as they pass!

John, our chairman, can be contacted on 634

325 427 and more details about our group

can be found on the chalkboards, Facebook

and our website http://www.greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup.com/

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Country Music at The Club House Camposol

Meeting on the 1st Friday of each month, our

latest night took place on Friday 3rd May.

Starting at 7.30 pm, Ann taught a line dance

called Cowboy Strut. Several requests were

then played before Tom and Helen had about

40 people on the floor to teach the couple’s

dance, Sleaze; an easy, extremely visual and

explicit dance!

Interactive Murcia, talented musicians from

Alhama de Murcia provided the live music

from 9pm to midnight, from traditional to

modern, with a couple of their own compositions.

You may recall last month’s report told you

about an individual who came with his slippers

on. This time he forgot his money! What

will it be next month?

The girls from the line dance sold raffle tickets

(Thank you ladies) then the draw was made

by Brian. What was most difficult to understand

- his Scottish accent or when he called

the numbers in Spanish? Thank you again to

those who brought along raffle prizes. Please

keep these coming. Helping local charities

is high on our agenda. We have teamed up

with GO maD, with whom future events will

be organized. Amanda, who started GO maD,

gave us a brief summary of their objectives.

She informed us they always need milk, so

the entry fee for our next night (7th June) will

be the usual €3 plus a carton of milk.

Any surplus funds we make are to buy our

own sound equipment. We now have our own

speakers, speaker stands and a radio microphone.

We have been offered a free laptop,

so all we now require is a good amplifier.

We have started the last 3 country nights at

7.30pm primarily to ensure that there is sufficient

time to play all requests and to teach

both a line dance and a couple’s dance before

the live music starts, but from Friday 7 th June,

when the live music will come from Jimmy

Vincent, the evening will start at 7.45pm.

Dancing is a large part of any country music

event, so on our nights, tables and chairs are

cleared to provide a dance floor as large as

possible.

The one problem we are coming across is the

shortage of country music entertainers, so if

you are aware of anyone who does sing/play

country music please let us know.

Any enquiries to telephone/text 610 632 152

Email helenwills46@yahoo.com

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Energy Performance Certificates

Bob Owen, CRA Chairman has negotiated a

special rate for members with two companies.

If you are planning to rent out for more than

4 months of the year or sell your house you

will need an Energy Performance Certificate

after June 1 st this year.

Most companies are charging in excess of

300€, one as much as 500€. The special rate

negotiated by Bob is 180€ + tax.

The companies are:

Iberswitch, contact David, The Care Team,

EPC Department

Tel: 902 027 517

and

Raul Miralles Sanchez, Technical Industrial

Engineer

Qualified Technician in Energy Efficiency Certification

Tel 692 902 302

Email raulmirallessanchez@gmail.com

Embargos

The CRA had ordered the nota simples from

the Land Registry for every property on Camposol

still in Masa’s name at a cost of circa

2000€.This has enabled them to inform individual

owners of embargos on their properties

and pending auctions. This has been

an on-going exercise for the last few months

and has been managed by Jackie Drewe their

Admin Manager and Jose Navarro, committee

member and District Mayor. Nota simples are

available at a cost of 10€ each from the CRA

cabin alongside the Cultural Centre, Sector B

or by email to info@cracamposol.com

Bob Owen, Les Crook, Vice Chairman and Jose

Navarro, District Mayor, attended the meeting

held by Masa’s lawyer for D23/32 clients of

Viva House recently. Steve Blacker produced

a comprehensive account of the proceedings

which can be viewed on the CRA and Sector D

Group websites.

Liaison Officer Appointment

Ernie Prior has been appointed by the committee

as the Liaison Officer for the CRA.

Ernie will work closely with all the volunteer

groups on Camposol providing an essential

point of contact and offering assistance when

requested.

Street Lights

The CRA are continually raising the subject

of street lights with the Mayor. In February

he promised to get the main duel carriageway

lights put on. We are now in May and it’s

still not done.We are meeting him again on

17 th May when it will be on the agenda again.

Burglaries have increased of late, despite

Camposol now having a dedicated policeman.

Proper lighting is a deterrent and we will be

emphasising this point.

Political Sub Committee

The Political Sub-Committee of the CRA has

taken legal advice about how we set up a

Camposol Party to contest the next local elections.

This has been decided upon due to our

frustration with the Town Hall and its apparent

lack of interest in Camposol itself. Acting

on the legal advice it received, the PSC

is currently writing the Constitution of our

proposed party and this should be completed

shortly. At that point the Constitution will

be submitted to the relevant authorities in

Madrid for ratification. Once this has been

achieved we will begin to select candidates to

represent Camposol at the next local election.

It is hoped that by concentrating on Camposol

itself, the new party will attract support from

those who live on the urbanisation regardless

of nationality. Further news about our proposed

party will continue to be issued as we

work towards creating a Camposol Party.

Bob Owen, Chairman, CRA, Central Liaison

Committee

www.cracamposol.com

info@cracamposol.com

Thursday May 9th saw a guided walk

around Alhama followed by lunch in Gebas.

The tourist board led the group on an extremely

interesting trip around the town,

taking them into some places that are usually

closed to the general public!

“picnic of nibbles” and a chance to catch

up with friends before summer and visitors

take over!

Sew and Sew group are now meeting

every Monday!

Centre, Camposol B. For more information

ring Pat on 608 548 136

Details of our new programme for the Autumn

will be in the September issue of the

Costa Cálida Chronicle.

June 13th is our last meeting before the

summer (how fast the year flies!) and

there will be a demonstration on “alfresco”

entertaining by Chris Leiper and Jackie

Rooke. This will be in the Cultural Centre,

Camposol B at 2pm. Come and enjoy a

Chatterbox Sew and Sew is a group for

anyone who would like to meet with other

sewing or craft work enthusiasts (not necessarily

very experienced!) to work together,

chat and enjoy a cuppa! We meet

every Monday 2.30-4.30pm at the Cultural

Ladies’ Chatterbox Group normally

meets at the Cultural Centre, Camposol B

on the 2 nd Thursday of each month. If you

would like further information, please contact

Rosemary Scott on 619 575 463 or

Chris Leiper on 968 199 418.

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I suppose

we should

start with “A

good time

was had by

all”. This is in

reference to

the excellent

fund raising

gathering at

“Casa Beryl”.

Of course the problem with this sort of BBQ

party is the limited number of people you can

have there. Nevertheless the effort put in by

several group members, including Beryl, who

hosted the day and Paul, the cook, (sorry

Chef), helped make this a very successful

day. We hope that there are more events being

planned.

Regarding the group’s efforts to become an

association, we started the ball rolling when

the Chairman, Edward Roberts, with the secretary,

Joce Grant and treasurer, Beryl Holland,

had a meeting with the solicitor in Mazarrón.

It was decided at the AGM that the group

would be renamed, “The Los Palacios Garden

and Social Group”. Please remember this is

your association, looking after your part of

Camposol, so

don’t adopt

the attitude

of let someone

else do

it.

On the garden

front,

an extensive

programme

of Palm tree

dressing is in

progress to

remove the

dead fronds

and get rid of

them. This in

itself creates

another problem; how to get the dead fronds

to our green bins? If you have a trailer, you

can hopefully help solve this problem. Remember

this task is only done once a year

and this is one of the jobs that make a big

visual difference to our area.

We have a very impressive design for our entrance

signs to LOS PALACIOS, but we cannot

progress until we get permission from the

Town Hall. The wheels do not grind slowly;

they don’t grind at all!

Finally, an update on our weed eradication

team; it’s good news and bad news. We have

six new volunteers, but the bad news is that

this is still not enough. Remember, keep fit

and make friends. Sounds like a garden group

to me!

Chairman Edward Roberts

Email

volunteers@lospalacios-garden.com

Tel 646 557 887

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For MABS, England and Saint George!

MABS Supporters and friends celebrated St

George’s Day in style at La Vida Restaurant

in El Pareton. The sun shone and attracted

a crowd to enjoy fun, music, fashion show,

prize draws and friendship, raising funds for

MABS Mazarrón. MABS Volunteers modeled

clothes from the MABS Shop in Totana.

The day started with the arrival of St George

and his trusty steed, Soraya, a beautiful

grey, which is a rescued horse. Owner, Teresa

Hicks, was a little worried about how

she would react to crowds, but she was the

perfect ambassador and stole the hearts of

everyone who met her. Soraya was abandoned

by her owners 8 years ago, left in a

livery yard in Lorca with an uncertain future

as there was no-one to pay for her keep. She

was also very lame through neglect and could

not be sold as a riding horse. Teresa said “It

is one of the craziest things I have ever done

in my life, but I paid off the back livery fees

(approx 2,000€), got her papers transferred

to my name and took her away.” For 4 years

Soraya suffered abscess after abscess in her

front hoof and was on and off lame for the

entire time. With careful care and a good

farrier she has been sound now for around

4 years and has become a lovely little riding

horse, although not an easy ride! She is

almost blind in one eye and very nervous of

just about everything, but she is so sweet natured

that everyone loves her. She is around

20 years old now. “The event at La Vida was

her first real public appearance and I am so

very proud of her.” remarked owner, Teresa

Hicks from the Costa Cálida Chronicle. “She

coped with the crowds and gave her hoof to

all the kids in exchange for polos.”

MABS Mazarrón raised 503.65€ on the

day, with donations still coming in. “We’re so

grateful to La Vida and everyone in El Pareton

for organising such a wonderful event. This

is the first time that Spanish businesses in El

Pareton have supported a charity and donated

prizes for the raffle and it’s been a huge success.”

said MABS Co-ordinator, Zue Burgess.

Special thanks should go to: Lynn and

Andy,La Vida Bar; Teresa Hicks, Costa Cálida

Chronicle; Cristobel Electrodomesticos, El Pareton;

Lopez Milan Garage, El Pareton; Ferreteria,

El Pareton; Sam Mobile Hairdresser;

Joan and Bill, Camposol Laundry Service;

Juanjo y Mari; Isabel Aivero; Lali; Hazel and

Shaun, Four Legs Dog Grooming; Den Computers

for camera work and all the helpers at

La Vida and from MABS Mazarrón.

MABS Mazarrón is a registered charity (No.

7261) offering help and support to local people

of all nationalities who have been diagnosed

with or are being treated for cancer. If

you or someone you know would like some

confidential help or support call our HELPLINE

620 422 410 or visit their website www.

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By popular demand we were invited back

to The New Royal in El Alamillo last month,

where it was a great evening, with standing

room only. We sang some new songs and solos,

all of which were well received.

Andrew Hurrell

is the Assistant

Musical

Director of the

choir, and at

the moment

is also our

sound engineer.

Formerly

from Exeter,

he has been

living on Camposol

for 10

years, loves everything about Spain, and has

no desire to return to the UK because of the

sheer madness that exists there, with all that

noise and pollution. Andrew ran a Corporate

Video Production company and Entertainment

Agency in the UK and here in Spain has done

some work for Costa Cálida Radio in the form

of advertising. Although Andrew has no previous

singing experience, he loves everything

about the choir, and is particularly skilled at

putting harmonies together….. but keeping

over 20 female members in line is a bit of a

challenge. So, when it comes to audio work,

in fact sound in general, then Andy is your

man. Check him out on You-Tube.

Did you know that joining a choir can benefit

your health? Yes, it’s official; singing is good

for you. It is now an accepted fact that singing

improves breathing, exercises the brain,

and even improves your overall mood. Now

we can all do with a bit more of that. It has

also been recognised that laughter, and there

is a lot of that in the choir, is a strong medicine,

stretches muscles, burns calories and

produces a natural energy booster, but perhaps

one of the most important aspects of the

choir is the friendships that are made, since

having friends enriches and extends your life.

So, if you want to be healthier, slimmer and

live longer then all you have to do is join The

Harlequins.

Our next performance will be at Los Almagros

on the 7 th June where we will be fund raising

again for the Operation Smile children’s charity,

and we will of course also be performing

at the Camposol Fiesta.

If you would like more information please

contact our Musical Director, Ann Thompson

on 628 149 840

The Choir That Rocks

Mazarrón Will Be Internationally Projected

Through Underwater Photography

The Open International Underwater Photography

“Bahía de Mazarrón”, is a photography

competition organized by the Diving Centre

of Sureste “Bachisub” and the Federation

of Underwater Activities of Murcia Region,

thanks to the collaboration and support of

the Town Hall of Mazarrón and of the Autonomus

Community of Murcia Region. The

event was introduced in Murcia by the Mayor

of Mazarrón, Ginés Campillo, the Counsellor

of Tourism and Culture, Pedro Alberto Cruz,

the president of the Federation of Underwater

Activities of Murcia Region, Jesús Cano Belchí,

and the manager of the Diving Centre of Sureste

“Bachisub”, Alfonso Bachiller.

The competition has eight prizes; the winner

of the Open Section will receive 6,000€ with a

second and third prize of 3,000€ and 1,500€

respectively. There are also 4 minor prizes of

1,000€ each and a fifth one of 1,500€ for the

diver that takes the most photographs of the

seabeds of the Bahía de Mazarrón. The event

will take place in Mazarrón between 12th

and 15th September.

The Mayor of Mazarrón said, “During the last

few months we have organized specialized

events such as “Fotogenio” and the III Regata

“Bahía de Mazarrón” when more than 200

sailors of different Autonomous Communities

will be competing.”

The president of the Federation of Underwater

Activities of Murcia Region, Jesús Cano

Belchí explained that “The underwater tourist

that comes to the Región is normally male

aged between 20 and 50 years, and his average

stay is between 8 and 10 days, if Spanish,

or between 10 and 15 days, in the case of

foreigners”. The number of amateur divers is

still growing in the Region, with an increase of

10% over the last four years.

The manager of the Diving Centre Sureste

“Bachisub”, Alfonso Bachiller, explained that

the competition “Fotosub Online Bahía de

Mazarrón” is on the website www.openfotosubmazarron.com,

through which you

can enter. The town will also host, together

with the Diving Centre Sureste “Bachisub”

and the Federation of Underwater Activities

of Murcia Region, the first round of the

Regional Championship “Fotosub” that will

take place from 1st June and the second Regional

Championship “Cazafotosub” on 15th

June, both of which are classifications for the

Championship of Spain.

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New Website

The Department of Tourism in Mazarrón has

launched a website under the domain “turismo.mazarron.es”

with a window that opens

infinite possibilities that tourism will lead to a

revolution in the promotion of the municipality

to the outside world. The Mayor of Mazarrón,

Ginés Campillo, the Councillor for Tourism of

the City, Maria Celeste Soria, and field technician,

Pio Garrido said that the website, www.

mazarron.es , is devoted entirely to tourism.

There are dozens of applications includes and

they will have an understanding of the tourist

promotions in Mazarrón. One will show tour

packages and shopping facilities together with

the ability to make online reservations at hotels

and accommodation in the town for those

companies that are members of the system of

“Murcia Tourist” which has actively collaborated

in the creation of this website. Those hotels

or accommodations that are not attached

to the regional body system can contact the

City and can benefit from this new resource.

Another novel aspect is the “Travel Log”

where he surfer can visit the different sections

of culture, archeology, traditions, gastronomy,

roads, hotels and lodging, among many

others. With a single “click” that data, landmarks

and shops or establishments that are

of interest, can be printed or saved in a document

that is generated in pdf. This is original

and handy for the tourist to design their own

tours according to their interests and hobbies.

Although Mazarrón is “Sea and More”,

the beaches continue to have a prominent

place on the website and through a

search engine, the Internet and tourists

will know which beaches have been granted

a ‘Q’ Quality Tourism and the state of the

beaches and water complete with a banner

on the weather and thus enhancing the

many sunny days which Mazarrón enjoys.

The language is not only Castilian, but is also

in English and French. The Councillor for Tourism

said “There is no shortage of information

and traditional sections that have been presented,

such as brochures and now they have

done a great job updating the street plan of

Mazarrón and Puerto de Mazarrón as well as

telephone numbers.”

Pedro Cano

Ginés Campillo, Mayor of Mazarrón, and

Pedro Cano, the Murcian International

painter, have signed an agreement to promote

the culture in the municipality. After

the success of the exhibition promoting

the 440 th anniversary of the independence

of Mazarrón, they appreciate the opportunity

to continue promoting art and culture

through Pedro Cano’s Foundation. They

were accompanied by the Councillor for Culture,

Maria Celeste Soria, and the manager

of the foundation, Raquel Vázquez-Dorero.

The Foundation “Pedro Cano” conducted

training courses for students and teachers

and cultural activities like the painting competition

Outdoors “Domingo Valdivieso”.

The painter from Blanca has been excited

with the signing of this agreement because

“Culture does not only exist in big cities and

in the major centers, but it is a human need

and human beings are everywhere”. Cano

has invited everyone in Mazarrón to visit his

foundation in Blanca, where he explained

“The exhibition has “Traffic Identity” with

diaries whose pages move depending on the

month and the day, we meet a retrospective

insight into his work from the age of 11, entitled

“Live Painting”.

The Mayor of Mazarrón thanked the painter

for sealing these cultural ties in Mazarrón, as

it represents a further step in the consolidation

of the commitment that we are promoting

Culture with firmness in the municipality.”

“Healthy Breakfast”

The Department of Education has launched

for the second year, the campaign “Healthy

Breakfast” which was a great success last

year. This year will focus on students in

junior schools in the municipality. The Mayor

of Mazarrón, Ginés Campillo, the Councillor

for Education, Maria Celeste Soria,

and Aldermen Juan Miguel Muñoz and Carlos

Garcia, have been responsible for giving

the go-ahead for the lead in the CEIP

“Manuela Romero” in Puerto de Mazarrón.

The idea is to teach that small breakfasts

and lunches are a very important meal and

you have to take them from a healthy perspective.

This time they are taking fresh

orange juice and toast with tomato oil. A

total of 854 students participating from

Child and Primary Education have been

given special shirts to remind them of the

lessons learned during this healthy day.

The Mayor stressed “It is a very good initiative

as it is a great success with scholars and parents

and teachers who know that a good diet

is essential for our children to develop their

physique and intellect and grow up healthy.”

Singing Bird Competition

12 th May was the final of Regional Championship

Silvestrismo XXIV, at the Estadio

Municipal de Mazarrón where there

were over 100 birds in four pens competing

in the categories of singing Linnet, Linnet

mixed singing, chanting and singing

Goldfinches and mixed Goldfinches.

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The awards ceremony for the winners was

made by the Mayor of Mazarrón, Ginés

Campillo, President of the Federation of

Hunting in the Region of Murcia, José Antonio

Moreno, Councillor for Sports, Andrew

James, President of the Society Silvestrita

“ The Colorín “Ginés Vera, and the

president of the Society of Hunters” La

Purisima “in Mazarrón, Ginés M ª Vivancos.

The winners of each category have become

finalists for the Championship of Spain to be

held in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid). Next year

Mazarrón will host the championship, a choice

that “makes us very proud”, said the Mayor.

“La Vuelta Al Mundo en 80 Días”

On Saturday, May 18, the School’s Theatre

Group “La Aceña” and “Maestro Eugenio

Calderón” staged “La Vuelta Al Mundo en

80 días” (“Around the World in 80 Days”).

Around three hundred people enjoyed this

work, a self-produced musical story. Rafael

García Castillo, head of the adaptation

summarised the works of Jules Verne,

alternating narrative, theater and music.

Under the baton of Alexander Castañeda Martínez,

head of the musical selection, the band

played songs like “Pomp and Circumstance”.

World Day of Migratory Birds

About forty people participated in the activity

held on Saturday 11 th May for the World Migratory

Birds under the LIFE Malvasia Murcia by

the Department of Environment of Mazarrón,

with the collaboration of Anse. The participants,

including children and adults, came

to learn more about the birds that can be

found in the Wetlands. The itinerary included

bird watching, scientific ringing and a workshop

making themed masks for the children.

Some of the birds seen during the activity

were the White-headed Duck, the Common

Pochard, the Gallinule or egret. During

ringing we captured 114 specimens of 17

species, the most abundant being the Reed

Warbler, with 39 and Greenfinch, with 30.

The Charcones de Las Moreras, a former

anthropogenic gravel pit which currently

receives treated water from Puerto

de Mazarrón, are located in the bed of the

ravine, to just over 1km from its mouth in

Bolnuevo . This space, together with the final

stretch of the Rambla of Las Moreras has recently

been declared as a Wetland of International

Importance (Ramsar Wetland) for their

wildlife and can highlight the presence of the

White-headed Duck. Other birds of special

interest are the Marbled Teal or Ferruginous.

San Isidro

The rain and wind did not prevent the image

of San Isidro thrilling everyone through

the streets with many dressed in costumes.

Among them was the Mayor of Mazarrón,

Ginés Campillo councilors Francisco Garcia,

Isidro Coy, Andres Valera, Carlos Garcia

and Magdalena Mendez government team

and Alicia Jimenez, Jose Antonio Roman

and Yolanda Vivancos by the opposition.

The select club atmosphere for London’s

protagonist, Phileas Fogg, had “Sad Song”

as background to the shocking story of Aouda,

the girl who escapes a horrible death at

the stake. These and other pieces of music,

and environmental sounds such as the running

of the train, elephant or horse carriage,

linked in history with expertise and perfectly

coordinated with actors and narrators, delighted

the audience for fifty minutes with

the exciting adventures of the protagonists.

The procession began after the Mass celebrated

by the parish priest of San Jose, Justo José

Sánchez, who praised “the simplicity of the life

of the saint who protected the land animals

and styled to make the best of it,” calling to the

office “to aspire to holiness like San Isidro.”

The entire educational community “La Aceña”

was involved in the preparation of the work,

from the preparation of the new curtains, to

the beautiful and elaborate scenery painted

by Isabel Iborra, through to the careful selection

of period costumes.

After the procession, the scene of the festivities

hosted a performance by the Rondalla

de San Isidro, adding to the children’s performances

and local artists so characteristic

of these parties. Another of the most public

events was the Miss and Mister Children’s

parties, at which the neighbourhood children

came dressed for the titles. This year the Miss

Child was Aroa Solano, while the title of Mr.

Child went to Damian Lopez.

San Isidro was celebrate with various events

including the great costume ball with entertainment

by the superb band “Liverpool”,

magic, ballet, Spanish dance and acrobatic

song. Finally the residents from associations

and districts shared a large paella and the

performance of the singer Karmen Rivero put

the finishing touches to the festivities of San

Isidro this year.

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Dear Editor

My name is Sandra and this is an appeal to

cat lovers. I have made a lot of enemies because

I feed stray and abandoned cats on

Camposol Sector A. I am hoping perhaps a

Cattery or a Rescue Centre could help me

remove and maybe home some of these

poor cats.

Sue and I feed up to about 12 cats every

day. If we have funds we neuter the cats

when we can. Neighbours don’t want the

cats around, and said they will get the Council

to remove them, which will mean that

they will probably poison them, so if there is

anybody out there that can help me please

give me a call.

being room-sealed, they are far safer with

respect to leakage of combustion gases internally

from the flue and also blockage of

the air vents because they lead to draughts!

However, UK standards recognise that it is

possible for the exhaust flue gases to reenter

by nearby windows, doors and vents.

In many cases the side of the flue terminal

must be at least 600mm away from openings

and must not be tucked away in corners

of buildings. The exhaust gases are quite

safe if in the free open air where there are

no obstructions. Many flue terminations in

Iberia are nicely hidden by bougainvillea or

other plants. We have seen several where

the plants have grown like triffids back into

the flue duct!!

It’s not only water heaters that can cause

problems; gas ovens and grills if not maintained

can be equally lethal. A young lad

was found dead in bed in a one bedroomed

flat in the UK only after people smelled gas

coming from the front door letter box! He

had died two days before! In this case the

grill was not working correctly and when two

slices of bread were put under it to toast,

they restricted the air to the burner and it

then started to produce CO. The kitchen was

properly ventilated, yet the emissions of CO

were so high and so bad that deadly levels

built up in a few minutes! These levels soon

travelled within the flat and reached the

bedroom where the lad had rested his head

for the last time.

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Sandra 680 783 705

Dear Editor

Many of you will have read harrowing reports

of gas incidents and deaths resulting

from carbon monoxide in the UK. You might

also think that you hear little of these in the

Iberian Peninsula and so can relax on gas

safety issues. Having worked in the gas industry

with British Gas and now for my own

company for many years, I fear that such a

view may be misplaced!

After working for a number of holiday organisations

on gas inspections it is clear that

there are numerous privately owned installations

that are potentially dangerous and a

tragedy is just around the corner. The UK

Gas Safety Standards are far more rigorous

than in many other countries and as a result

installation costs may be slightly higher, but

how do you put a value to your grandchildren

if one of them became overcome by

fumes? Remember the sad incident in Corfu

with a poorly maintained appliance without

a proper chimney? It was only the fact that

a hole had been left through the wall by the

newly installed air conditioning supplies that

made the system really dangerous! How little

would it take for your installation?

The north European countries have moved

towards high efficiency condensing boilers,

maybe over 90% of installations and

Shared chimney systems are another potentially

dangerous scenario, especially where

the water heater chimney and the fanned

cooker hood share the same external duct

and vent. All may be well until the hood fan

is turned to full rate! The water heater gases

are then driven back into the water heater

and CO by the buckets is produced in seconds!

The big problem with CO poisoning is that

firstly it’s hard to smell; any smell of combustion

when appliances are working is

worthy of investigation! Secondly the effects

can build up slowly over time and you

don’t notice it. It’s a bit like the car breaks

wearing out! There are many tables giving

indications of how much CO in the air will

give you a headache, stomach ache or tiredness.

However, physiologically we are all different.

A young girl died some years ago in

Spain in a bedroom where only a few parts

per million could be discovered. Tables will

say this would give you a mild headache. A

lady in her late 30’s was considered a hypochondriac

because of her continued stomach

pains and headaches. The rest of the family

were OK. She was treated by a psychiatrist,

thrown out of doctors and then given a hysterectomy!

Still the problems continued! Despite

all the tests by the installer, we found a

problem with her chimney in the roof space.

Abracadabra!

CO detectors and alarms are a useful tool

to give you a warning of problems, but even

these can fail! Good installation and most

importantly good maintenance are so essential

with any gas installation. Fitting a CO detectors

is a however a good insurance policy!

Good installation relies on good installation

safety standards and such standards, in my

opinion, are best found in UK gas standards!

In the UK gas installers have to be Gas Safe

registered and to achieve this they must

have passed a serious of arduous examinations

referred to as ACS. In other countries

they may have similar things to Gas Safe

registration, but may not have the depth of

training and assessments that we have in

the UK. It may be possible for UK engineers

working and living in other countries to use

their ACS certificates as a means of achieving

local registration. Selection of such gas

installers should ensure that they are well

trained and able to perform the installations

with safety, but do make sure that their

assessments are up-to-date as in the UK

they have to attend refresher courses on as

5-yearly basis.

Barrie Church

Director

Global Energy Associates Ltd

www.globalenergy.co.uk

Fellow Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers

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Why is it that as soon as I decide it is time

to concentrate on shedding a few extra

pounds in preparation for the summer we

get a whole host of new restaurant customers

with delicious menus to try out?

This month, yet again we have been really

spoilt for choice, starting with The

Blues House American Bar and Grill in

Bolnuevo. We spent a very pleasant Saturday

afternoon there on the terrace with

our French friends who have 2 young boys

whose wide eyes showed that they had never

seen food like it! The menu is very extensive

and also extremely good value for money

costing around €80 for 6 of us, including

drinks. We certainly sampled a fair few of

these dishes which included, buffalo wings,

enormous burgers, home made onion rings,

racks of bbq ribs, Texas nachos, and cheesy

chilli chips. Everything is homemade and

freshly cooked and it will take a few visits to

do this menu justice. If you have not tried

this yet then you really should!

You may have noticed for the last couple

of months that Restaurante La Cata on

Çondado de Alhama has had a series of

special weekend menus during May. We decided

to try out the Italian one last weekend

and it was excellent. There is a selection of

starters to share, which were very tasty,

including cheesy type Fondue and then the

main course options included many forms

of “mix and match pasta” with freshly made

sauces. I opted for Gnocchi with Carbonara

sauce, whilst Kev chose, stuffed Ravioli with

a fresh mushroom sauce made with “setas”.

The choices included meat or seafood Lasagne

or any large Pizza from the menu.

This was superb value for money at only

€22 per couple including the wine and desserts.

Look out for their June offers; there is

something on every day!

Whilst I love my food, I also do like to keep

in shape and have tried several different

keep fit classes and instructors over the

years, but am a little restricted as my work

schedule dictates only evening or weekend

availability and most classes here are during

the morning! I was delighted, therefore,

when Ian Field from CDA Fitness started a

series of classes on Camposol, one of which

is an early evening class. Ian is a properly

qualified and knowledgeable fitness instructor

and personal trainer and runs a variety

of classes to suit everyone. Starting early

in June he will be running a series of ‘aqua

aerobic’ classes which are great fun and

much easier to commit to during the hotter

weather, so very much looking forward

to those!

Whilst it has been much cooler than usual

during May, we all know that the weather

will break soon and it will be hot for months,

so I thought that I had better get the airconditioning

serviced in the car as it did not

seem to be working that well. This time I

chose Decklid Autos in Mazarrón. It was a

simple process that they did whilst I waited

(it took about 1 hour) and now it is working

perfectly and at a very reasonable cost

too. The filters do get clogged up quite easily,

especially if you have a hairy dog that

spends a lot of time in the car!

More next month

Teresa

Rapid Draw

The Lions Club recently organised a “Rapid

Prize Draw” for a Samsung Galaxy Tab2

with case. The ticket sales were limited to

100, held over just a 6 week period with

the draw on Friday may 3 rd at the Lions

bric-a-brac stall on Camposol.

The Lions are most grateful to Oscar from

Oscar’s Bar for allowing us to use the front

of his premises for the weekly sale, and the

help we receive from all staff.

Restaurant on Camposol A.

This event was well supported and the various

activities raised a fantastic €538 which

was donated to Lions Club of Mazarrón

to be added to the appeal in Bolnuevo for

the disabled young boy to pay for his physiotherapy

sessions.

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Oscar was invited to make the draw and

the winner was ticket number 29, Mrs Sue

Arnold.

We would like to also thank all at TJ Electrics

for showcasing the prize during the raffle,

donating a case, organising the guarantee

along with offers to help with the set up

routine to the winner.

Lions with Dutch Club

On May 1 st there were great celebrations in

honour of the crowning of the New Dutch

King Willem Alexander, the Dutch Club

held a market and social event at Mariano’s

The Lions are most grateful for this kind

gesture, providing much needed resources

to help us continue with our aim of helping

those in need where ever they may be.

Once again thank you all for helping The

Lions and many thanks to Heleen Sonneveld

for translating the last section from

Dutch to English.

July 18th Lion’s excursion to Gaudalest and

boat trip on the river. This historic town

is one of Spain’s most interesting historic

sites.

We are outside Oscar’s Bar on Camposol

every Friday 11am-1pm

Tel 618 958 816

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The Colour Purple

It all started with a glimpse of an enormous

sofa in the store in Cartagena; a huge comfortable

chaise with extending bits and bobs,

foot rests, head rests and rests for every other

part of your anatomy.

Large enough to seat 7 people in comfort, it

also came with a “free” 3 seater, just in case

the chaise wasn´t huge enough.

And the colour??

“Aubergine” said the label, or darkest purple

to those of us without artistic tendencies.

Made of lovely soft leather, the new purple

sofa quickly became THE place to sit, with

family and dogs squeezing on and jostling for

space, and fighting over who got to sit on the

lounger section.

Unfortunately for the rest of the family, the

sofa was just the beginning. As we moved into

our new villa, it was joined by some heavy

purple curtains, shot through with silver and a

dark purple enormous rug with silver threads.

Oh, and a couple of blinds in…. purple.

The kids hoped it might end there, but a trip

to see Chris at Furniture Plus put paid to that

when I fell in love with one of the ranges of

furniture and found out that it was available

in “aubergine with a silver trim”. Furniture

heaven!

And so now I have another two lovely matching

items, my TV unit and linen chest.

At Christmas the table was decked, not with

boughs of holly, but with glitter and silver and

napkins, in shades of my favourite colour and

the room looked wonderful, but I have finally

had to promise to curb my purple habits.

Shopping with Cameron the other day, I

picked up a dress

“No Mum” he said sternly “Not that one. No

more purple. If you sit on the sofa in that we

will never find you!”

Liz Edmiston

OwnersAway Property Rentals & Management

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At the Police Station

¿Cómo se llama usted?

What is your name?

Digame su dirección.

Tell me your address.

Número de identidad/pasaporte Identity/

passport number

Me han robado.

I have been robbed.

Me han robado en casa.

My house has been burgled.

Entraron a robar en mi casa.

They broke into my house

Me han robado en la calle.

I have been robbed in the street.

¿Puedes ayudarme?

Can you help me?

Han llevado .... They have taken …

La cartera - Wallet

El bolsa - Handbag

La bolsa de viaje - Travel bag

La maleta - Suitcase

La tarjeta de crédito - Credit card

Dinero en efectivo - Cash

Las joyas - Jewellery

Los documentos - Documents

Las llaves - Keys

El móvil - Mobile pone

Han roto … They have broken …

El cristal de la ventana - Window pane

La cerradura (de la puerta) - (door) Lock

Las rejas (de la ventana) - (window)

Grilles

¿Cuándo? When

Esta mañana - This morning

Esta tarde - This afternoon

A la una - At one o’clock

A las dos y media - At half past two

Entre las diez y las doce - Between 10

and 12

En la noche - At night

Los ladrones entraron de noche en la

casa.

The burglars broke into the house during the

night.

¿Tiene seguro?

¿Tiene alarma?

Have you got insurance?

Have you got an alarm?

¡Ladrón! - Thief!

Socorro! - Help!!

¡Vete! - Go away!

Necesito ayuda - I need help (assistance)

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St Nicholas Ecumenical Church

Calle Sobrija 2248

Sector D20 Camposol

By Rev Len Eaton MBE

www.stnicholaschurchspain.com

May has been a very busy time for our

Church with four Baptisms, a renewal of

vows after 31 years of marriage, blessing

of a marriage for a young couple recently

married, plus 3 funerals and one memorial

service and all of this with both Pentecost

and Trinity Sunday services and yet more

marriage blessings in the pipeline, so it is

good to be in the period after Trinity which

takes us to the middle of November. On

23 rd May the Clergy will take its biannual

retreat in the Sierra Espuña. This important

day away allows the clergy to discuss

matters and subjects concerning the Liturgy

and other allied items.

About this time of the year many of our old

friends return to the fold and it is always a

great pleasure to see them again. Numbers

in the Church continue to rise slowly

but surely. On 9 th June we will mark the second

anniversary of the Church’s dedication

here on Sector D20 with a special joint Holy

Communion Service with the English and

German speaking congregations coming together

for the celebration. The Church will

be packed to capacity but anyone wishing

to come along will be made very welcome.

Services for June

Sunday 2 nd

Songs of Praise

10.30am

Sunday 9 th

Holy Communion/Joint Service

10.30am

Sunday 16 th

Morning Prayer

10.30am

Sunday 23 rd

Holy Communion

10.30am

Sunday 30 th

Family Service

10.30am

All services take place at Calle Sobrija 2248,

D20 Camposol, where a warm welcome

awaits you. 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 968 138 952

Rev Deacon Maureen Kent 636 099 679

Rev Deacon Bill Coyle 634 143 260

Rev Bro Konrad 679 927 268

After a long time, within a policy of housing

support and rehabilitation and in compliance

with Community European law, the

Council of Ministers of the Government of

Spain has approved by Royal Decree RD

235/ 2013 5th April, published on Saturday

13th April, the basic procedure for

Certification of Energy Efficiency of buildings

and houses. This law has some exceptions

to it:

Isolated houses with less than 50 meters

squared habitable Buildings or part of

buildings used only and exclusively to worship

and religious places.

Provisional constructions of less than 2

years.

Buildings and houses that are used for less

than 4 months of the year.

For more information you can read the

Real Decree at http://www.boe.es/

boe/dias/2013/04/13/pdfs/BOE-

A-2013-3904.pdf

Any offer promoting or advertising the sale

or rental of a building or building unit must

show clearly and unequivocally whether it

has an energy performance certificate or if

the building project is finished.

Raul Miralles Sanchez

Tel 692 902 302

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National Microchip Month In June

National Microchipping Month is a campaign

that encourages and promotes responsible

pet ownership through microchipping as the

preferred method of permanent identification.

If you have ever lost your pet you will know

just how worrying it can be and understand

the importance of making sure that they are

properly identified so that, when found, your

pet can be returned to you as quickly as possible.

As a dog owner, you have a legal requirement

to ensure that your pet is under

control and is properly identified with suitable

collar and tag and that it has a current Rabies

vaccination. In some cases, your pet can become

lost, so a microchip is vital as the permanent

form of identification which will be in

place for life.

What Is A Microchip?

The microchip is 12mm long and 2mm in

diameter and is approximately the size of a

grain of rice, which is then implanted just under

the skin and between the shoulder blades

of your pet. It will have its own unique bar

code number, and this, with your pet’s details

and your details will be registered for life on a

National Pet Identification database.

What Happens If My Pet Goes Missing?

If your pet goes missing and is then picked

up as a stray by your Local Authority, it will

be scanned and your pet’s unique number

will be displayed. Identification database and

the microchip number will confirm your address,

then you and your pet will quickly be

reunited.

When And Where Can I Get My Pet

Chipped?

All vets in Spain are able to implant microchips

for your pet. The cost does vary,

but it should be around 35€. The pet must

have a rabies vaccination first, which should

be repeated every year. Make sure that the

microchip is checked by the vet before you

leave the surgery as they have be known to

be faulty and if you are going back to the UK

with your pet, the microchip will be checked

as you enter UK.

Animal medicine is completely private in

Spain and can be expensive. Bear this in

mind if you are thinking of taking on any

pets. Vets have to spend years training and

also have to earn a living, so do not expect

your vet to treat your animals for free. Many

vets will help the numerous animal charities

in the area, but this should not be taken for

granted.

Do vets have to assist any animal which needs

treatment that may be found on the road,

with or without an owner? It is very common

for owners to bring their animals to a vet

and explain that they do not have any money

to pay for the treatment. The socioeconomic

situation we are living in these days has been

increased until it has reached an unbearable

point. It must be understood that customers

should not try to blackmail the vets into

giving free treatment. Most vets show great

empathy under these circumstances and will

charge only the fees necessary to cover costs,

but they cannot do it all the time. In extreme

cases the only solution is euthanasia, but the

vets will do their best to help the animals.

One solution to large vet bills when owning a

pet is Pet Insurance and there are many companies

in the area offering various schemes.

Give them a call and see what the best policy

is for you and your pet.

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From the moment you enter La Vida Bar &

Bistro in El Pareton, you get a sense you are

being welcomed into a happy family home;

and that is exactly how new owners Andy &

Lynn want it to be.

When Andy heard that his local bar Scottee’s

was closing down, he was very saddened,

but also realised that it had great potential

for a new venture. In October 2012, they

took over the bar and with new Manager, Sheryl,

“with an S”, started putting their plans

into action.

It was Sheryl who came up with the name

La Vida. Shortly after Andy and Lynn took

over the business, both Lynn’s mother and

Andy’s father sadly passed away. La Vida,

Spanish for ‘Life’ is a tribute to their parents

whilst symbolising new beginnings. Andy

said that their sudden loss spurred them on

and the refurbishment of the bar became a

‘labour of love’. They revamped the inside,

turning it into a cosy lounge and restaurant

area and the outside is now a delightful garden

& terrace where La Vida grows its own

herbs; a perfect place for basking in the sun

with a cold beer.

The Restaurant Menu is a mix of traditional

English and International dishes. On Tuesday

nights there is a Menu del Noche; a Steak

Night every Wednesday and Beer Battered

Cod with Hand Cut Chips on Fridays. The A la

Carte Menu and a variety of speciality dishes

are available throughout the week. You can

enjoy a Menu del Dia from Monday to Friday

between 12 -4pm which is excellent value

for money at 10€ for four courses including

a small beer or glass of wine. Home Cooked

Sunday Roast Lunches start at just 7.50€

and Theme Nights are held once a month.

Andy explained that he had employed all

new staff including a first class chef and the

emphasis is on providing ‘Quality, beautifully

presented food and excellent service with a

smile’.

Every evening La Vida Bar & Bistro is

adorned with crisp white linen tablecloths

and napkins and dinner is served at candlelit

tables. “We want people to feel at home

whilst enjoying the wonderful ambience of

the new surroundings” Sheryl explained “We

have even incorporated the candle into our

logo in memory of Andy and Lynn’s parents.”

Located in a typically Spanish village, you

get the feel of a real ‘pub’ atmosphere at La

Vida Bar & Bistro, with a free fun quiz with

Leon on Friday nights and Monday is “One

Euro Coin Night” with a DJ and music from

4pm and just 1€ for a pint and selected bottled

beers and snacks.

La Vida Bar & Bistro caters for private parties

and functions and has free Wifi throughout.

It is open 7 days a week from 10am, except

for Mondays when it opens from 12pm.

Andy, Lynn and Sheryl would like to thank

everyone who has supported them over the

last few months and look forward to welcoming

customers old and new.

Tel 625 917 425

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FATHER’S DAY – 16 th June

Do you celebrate Spanish Father’s Day, English

Father’s Day or both? Whether or not your

experience of an earthly father was good, bad

or you did not know one, be assured that

your heavenly Father is waiting for you with

arms outstretched, not only when you reach

heaven, but here and now. Such is God the

Father’s love for all mankind.

He said,

You may not know me, but I know everything

about you. Psalm 139:1

I knew you even before you were conceived.

Jeremiah 1:4-5

You were not a mistake, for all your days

are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16

You are fearfully and wonderfully

made. Psalm 139:14

I am not distant and angry, but am the

complete expression of love. 1John 4:16

I offer you more than your earthly father

ever could. Matthew 7:11

I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48

My plan for your future has always been

filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11

If you seek me with all your heart, you

will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29

I am also the Father who comforts you in

all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are broken-hearted, I am

close to you. Psalm 34:18

I am your Father, and I love you even as

I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.

John 17:26

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,

you receive me. 1 John 2:23

My question is…Will you be my child? John

1:12-13

I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32

Your Dad,

Almighty God

A warm welcome awaits you on Sundays

10.30am at the Cultural Centre, Camposol B

Contacts: Pastors Ralph & Margaret Locke

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Hello from Bob with this month’s report. Do

you remember my telling you last month

that Fran and I were going to Disney World

in Florida? Well, we had a fantastic time – up

and out early and back to the hotel late. Fran

had her photo taken with Mickey Mouse, and

with Donald Duck wearing a Mexican hat of

all things, so she’s happy now. So much to do

and so little time! If you’ve never been, you

must try and go, but leave the grandchildren

at home. There’s so much for adults to do

that they’ll only cramp your style. Take them

to Alton Towers instead!

At the Welcome Meeting on Saturday 4th

May we were pleased to present MABS Mazarrón

with 491€ for the cost of the insurance

of the new MABS car which should be

delivered in the near future. The money for

this was raised at our Book Club where a 50

cent donation is asked to cover the cost of

the book rent. All surplus money is donated

to one of our charities. 100€ was also donated

from the sale of the recycled cards that we

make. If you have any old cards; birthday etc,

please bring them to our meetings or Book

Club and buy new ones for 1€. We also presented

MABS with money to cover the cost

of the MABS Helpline phone. We have been

supporting this phone for many years and are

pleased to keep this going.

We haven’t a dance since last month’s issue,

as the April dance was earlier than usual, but

as there’s a new programme out, I’ll concentrate

on what’s coming up over the next few

months.

12 th June Ladies’ Day to be held at the Club

House, Camposol C. There will be stalls, bingo,

fashion show, cold buffet, and entertainment

by the popular Woody. Just €10.

26 th June Summer Ball at La Cumbre Hotel,

Puerto De Mazarrón, with a champagne reception,

6 course meal, all drinks, and entertainment

by Terry J. Only €29.

23 rd July Dance to be held outside at Mariano’,

Camposol A, around the pool with new

to Welcome, PDQ - 3 very talented musicians

who will soon have everyone dancing. €8 a

ticket and €5 for chicken and chips.

We don’t usually have an August Dance, but

this year is an exception and we will be outside

at Mariano’s again on 27 th in aid of Age

Concern. Entertainment will be by the B Boppers,

with our favourite songs from the 50’s,

60’s and 70’s. None of us know when we may

need to call on Age Concern, so come along

and support this worthwhile charity event.

Just €8 a ticket and €5 for chicken and chips.

Trips this year are to Sevilla from September

16 th for four nights B & B at hotel Becquer,

right in the heart of the city and close to restaurants

and bars and just a short walk to the

river. Visit the Plaza De España, take a carriage

ride from outside the cathedral, or relax

at one of the bars down by the university.

Included is a trip to Huelva, the port where

Christopher Columbus sailed from, a visit to a

‘jamon’ factory, and a stop in Granada on the

outward journey, with time in Cordoba on the

way home. Only €350pp.

Our annual Benidorm trip is from October

14 th for 3 nights half board at everyone’s favourite

Hotel Helios. There will be a day trip

on Tuesday 15 th , and market day is Wednesday.

The hotel is only a five minute walk from

the market where you can pick up the usual

bargains. €140pp including coach.

We are going again to the Hotel Helios at

Christmas, from 23 rd December, for 4 nights

full board, including a gala Christmas Day

lunch. €230pp including coach.

Book/Jigsaw Swap dates for June are 11 th

and 25 th . For more information call Jo on 669

457 985.

We had our Annual Petanca Competition

in April with 32 people competing. A lovely

afternoon in the sunshine. The winners were

Jose and John (nice to see the Spanish joining

us), Dennis and Margaret were second

and Jean and Keith third. All winners were

presented with prizes at The Trevi restaurant

afterwards.

The usual Fun Petanca date is July 3 rd . Ring

Les on 968 131 880 for details.

Welcome is open to everyone. There is no

membership – just come along and meet

friends old and new. For more information call

Rosemary on 620 105 179, or email

rosemarybeak@hotmail.com, or visit

www.welcomegroupspain.com.

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Quiz questions on the May 2013 Costa Cálida Chronicle

1. Where can you see

spring flowers?

2. Where can you get Renewed,

Relaxed and

Refreshed?

3. Who is offering tasty

buffalo wings on a nice

sunny terrace?

4. Who is offering to keep

you warm and cosy

this winter?

5. Who is showing the

basic recipe for pancakes?

6. Who claims “Wider the

Cover” easier the ride?

7. For only 15€ who is offering

you an All Over

Spray Tan?

8. What was Thomas

Strong Ferandez granted?

9. What is the herb of the

month?

10. Who is Author of the

Month of May?

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ACROSS

1 Official

4 Get out!

8 Stinging insect

12 Every

13 Dessert

14 Swimming mammal

16 Spherical

18 Frisked

20 Capital of South

Korea

21 Inclined plane

23 Resort hotel

24 Pain unit

25 Muzzle

26 Essence

27 Attorney (abbr.)

29 Manicotti Cheese

32 Friday (abbr.)

33 Certain

34 Grape soda brand

38 No-horned beef

cattle (2 wds.)

40 Chamomile serving

place

41 Painter Georgia ___

42 Greek god of war

43 Wing

44 Plunge into sleep

46 Tails

47 Western Athletic

Conferences

50 Build up

51 Vase

52 Boxer Muhammad

53 Brand of coffee

alternative

55 Legal claim

58 Waitress

60 In plasma

63 Mount

64 60 minutes

65 Epoch

66 Healing plant

67 Meditation

68 House pet

DOWN

1 Torn up fabric

2 Women’s magazine

3 Growing tide

4 Row

5 Calorie

6 Precedes an alias

7 Porch

8 Dirt dweller

9 On top

10 Short-term memory

11 Cola company

15 Representatives

17 Raise one’s spirits

19 Digital audio tape

22 Gone by

25 Young lady

26 Girls

27 Big hairdo

28 Star __

29 Monarch

30 Woollen

31 What Celestial

Seasonings makes

33 Settee

35 Focused

36 Own

37 Baths

39 Chest muscles

40 Snip

42 Wasting away of

body

45 Paddle

46 Canal

47 Western Athletic

Conference

48 Alack’s partner

49 Approximate date

51 Extreme

53 Horse game

54 Fencing sword

56 Roman emperor

57 Male deer

59 Movie 2001’s talking

computer

61 W.C.

62 Back to school mo.

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Asparagus - Espárrago

The much-revered Asparagus season is

upon us so eat your fill of the tasty spears

before they disappear. There is also plenty of

wild Asparagus around, so if you are out on

a walk, look for this free food. As well as being

fabled as an aphrodisiac, Asparagus is

packed with nutrients including dietary fibre,

vitamins A, C, E and K and chromium, which

helps manage your energy by controlling

blood sugar levels.

Peas - Guisantes

These are highly nutritious members of the

legume family, and are low in calories but

packed with nutrients and add a touch of

natural sweetness to dishes. Peas are high

in vitamin C, folate and plant sterols that

are thought to reduce cholesterol. They are

also antioxidant and high in minerals including

calcium and zinc, as well as vitamin

K, which also helps promote bone mass.

Kiwi - Kiwi

This nutritious fruit is imported so it’s not

great on the eco footprint scale, but Kiwis

are extremely good for your body. Just one

Kiwi gives you 16% of your RDA of dietary

fibre. They contain phytonutrients, which play

a role in preventing cancer and neutralising

oxidants, as well as vitamins and minerals,

including more vitamin C than an orange.

Spinach - Espinaca

Spinach is a powerhouse of a superfood,

so it’s no wonder so many celebs wander

around clutching green drinks packed with

the stuff. It offers a high proportion of dietary

fibre, which prevents constipation and protects

against cancers in the digestive system.

Spinach has also been found to lower blood

pressure and increase immunity to common

illnesses. Because it contains high levels of vitamin

A, Spinach helps clear skin conditions

such as acne and psoriasis and even protects

against wrinkles.

Apricots - Albaricoque

It is easy to snack on Apricots and they

get their superfood title for being a great

source of vitamins A, C and E, potassium

and even iron. Like all fruit, Apricots contain

sugars, but they are actually fairly low

in calories and provide a huge amount of

vitamins and flavonoids that help detox the

body. Dried Apricots are the ideal snack

to eat on the run, but don’t eat too many!

Beetroot - Remolacha

Beetroot can be a bit of an acquired taste,

but it is worth acquiring.

Beet juice was recently

found to reduce

the chance of stroke

and also helps lower

blood pressure and

the risk of heart attack.

The compound

that gives Beetroot

its stunning colour, betacyanin,

is a powerful

antioxidant. It also

contains vitamins and

minerals that help promote

healthy bones,

boost energy and promote

balanced blood

sugar.

Carrots - Zanahoria

Containing antioxidant

beta-carotene,

Carrots are a cheap

superfood that helps

boost your skin and

eye health and aids

digestion. They are

packed with vitamins

A and C and can be

eaten whole or juiced

for a nutritious drink.

Carrots and Carrot

juice detox the blood

and liver and acne sufferers

may notice a

marked improvement

from drinking a glass

of Carrot juice a day.

Blueberries -

Arándanos

We know that of all

fruits, berries are the

best for us and Blueberries

have one of

the highest levels of

antioxidants available in fresh fruit. They contain

anthocyanin, vitamin C, B complex, vitamin

E, vitamin A, copper (which is antibacterial

and boosts the immune system), selenium,

zinc and iron. The anthocyanin is what

gives Blueberries their blue colour. It’s a

powerful antioxidant that helps slow aging by

fighting free radicals in the body. Like cranberries,

Blueberry juice helps rid the urinary

tract of bacteria build-ups that cause cystitis.

They also help slow mental decline, protect

eyesight and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Peaches - Melocotón

Abundant, cheap and containing 10 of your

essential vitamins, Peaches rank as a superfood

that remind us of sunny days and spring

fun. A large Peach provides high levels of

vitamins C and A, both antioxidants. They are

also a good source of vitamin K, which is key

for healthy blood clotting. Peaches are also

full of B-vitamin complex compounds thiamin,

riboflavin, vitamin B-6, niacin, folate and

pantothenic acid.

Strawberries - Fresas

Strawberries are another yummy reminder

that long summer days are on their way.

This typical English fruit is in season for

much of the spring and summer, so get

your hands on them as often as possible.

Strawberries are a low calorie way of getting

plenty of dietary fibre. Both anti-inflammatory

and cancer-fighting, a small

bowl of Strawberries also contains 21% of

our RDA of manganese, helps fight against

free radicals and reduces cell inflammation

that can lead to cardiovascular diseases.

Five Natural Antibiotics To Try

Onion - Cebolla

The sulphur in Onions that gives them their

strong smell and distinct taste is thought to

have diuretic and anti-bacterial properties. As

well as traditionally being used in a similar

way to garlic for fighting minor colds, syrups

made from Onions are thought to work as an

expectorant for nasty coughs. They also improve

blood flow and are anti-inflammatory.

Garlic - Ajo

One of the oldest medicinal plants, Garlic

has been used in many cultures for its antibiotic

properties and ability to ward off colds

and flu. The chemical allicin that gives Garlic

its strong taste and smell is thought to

also give it its therapeutic power. Studies

have suggested Garlic can lower blood pressure

and reduce cholesterol levels and a recent

study found that it was more effective at

treating food poisoning than standard drugs.

Green Tea – Té Verde

Though not quite an antibiotic food, Green

Tea has been shown in scientific studies to

help antibiotics work well, so you’re less likely

to need to take another course of them. As

well as being full of antioxidants and generally

great for you, Green Tea is a fairly low

caffeine choice and could also make even

resistant bacteria susceptible to antibiotics.

Honey - Miel

Good externally for cuts and infections, Honey,

and especially Manuka Honey, from bees

that feed exclusively on the manuka bush in

New Zealand and Australia, is well known for

its antibiotic properties. Containing antimicrobial

enzymes that release hydrogen peroxide,

Honey can help prohibit the growth of

bacteria and has been used to treat external

and internal bacterial infections, including

stomach ulcers. A dab of Manuka Honey on

wounds keeps infection way.

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Well, what a month it’s been!

Our lovely Heidi has had both her injections

and is rapidly improving - such a delight to

see her looking so much better and gaining

in weight, happiness and confidence!

She will have a blood test in a few months,

and we will continue to update you on her

progress.

Two of Truffle’s piglets are reserved for

Tracy of Euronics on Camposol B. Still two

more available if anyone can offer them a

loving home - please get in touch with Andrea.

Our biggest news this month concerns a

very neglected young donkey whom Andrea

has named Charlie-boy. He was in a

horrendous state; hooves very overgrown,

full of fleas and emaciated. The hospital in

Alicante have operated on his hooves, given

him special shoes to wear, and have also

shaved all that matted, flea-ridden fur off!

He is looking so much better! We are having

an on-line auction to help pay for his treatment

(a cost of €1800 so far!) so any item

or monetary donations gratefully received!

Our PayPal address is below, and details

of the auction are on our Facebook page -

hope to see you there!!

Some unusual animals have arrived this

month:

A beautiful 6 week old baby fox (vixen) was

rescued from a swimming pool by Karen

Spittle and is being fostered till we can find

a suitable sanctuary for her to go to. If anyone

knows of one please let us know - the

nearest we have found so far is in Valencia.

Four gorgeous chicks were found motherless

and are being fostered by Susan Smith.

Apparently they are red legged partridge

chicks and will be released as soon as they

can fend for themselves.

The nameless bundle of fur was delivered

safely to his new family down near Malaga.

We (reluctantly) handed him over at a

service station in Baza, and picked another

stray up while we were there!! He is a lovely

corgi-cross (we think), such a sweetheart,

always smiling, now called Baza!! He is

available for adoption; please contact Andrea.

Finally, we have taken possession of another

shop, in Mazarron town opposite the new

health centre!!! We will be opening on Saturday

1st June at 10am. Lots for sale and a

smile to greet you!!

Donations gratefully accepted in both shops

and via PayPal to andreasanimalrescuemurcia@hotmail.com.

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Hi my name is Lucky and this is my story.

I was found on Mazarrón Country Club

living rough, so someone made a call to

Andrea’s Animal Rescue and asked her to

help me. I was taken to the vet and Paco

the vet told Andrea I was very ill and covered

in ticks and before he could start any

treatment I would need a blood transfusion.

He told Andrea I had about half an

hour to live. Well luck was on my side that

day because a Dalmatian arrived at the

vet for a jab and I was given a transfusion

from him (so thanks big guy you helped

save my life.) I pulled through and was

given the name Lucky Boy.

My story didn’t end there; it had only just

begun. I lived with Andrea and her husband

Kevin for almost a year, along with all

her other rescued animals. I am partially

sighted and never thought I would find my

forever home. How wrong was I!

On 4 th May 2012, a couple came to see Andrea

as they were looking for a rescue dog.

They wanted a Yorkshire Terrier and they

wanted a bitch. Well I thought that’s me

right out of the equation because I am a

Terrier cross and male. I heard Andrea say

“Why don’t you take Lucky Boy for a walk?”

and reluctantly they did. I was a good boy

and if I’m honest, I enjoyed my walk and

I liked them. When we got back to Andrea

my heart sank as I heard the words “We’ll

think about it” and off they went.

I was in luck again, because a little while

later the couple returned with a blue collar

and lead and said they had decided to

adopt me; I was very happy! I have been

with my mammy and daddy now for a year

and it’s been great. I am spoiled rotten and

I love every minute of it. My mammy and

daddy are Carol and Eric McGovan and I

love them very much and I know they love

me. My name was shortened to Lucky by

my new mammy, but I’m ok with that.

I would like to say a big thank you to Andrea’s

Animal Rescue for helping me when

I needed it.

Lucky x

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We have recently has a phone call from a

very distraught lady living between Fuente

Alamo and Cartagena who has been the

victim of ‘Bogus’ gas service maintenance

men. These men had arranged an appointment

to visit the couple and they turned

up in what looked like official uniforms and

had all the official looking paperwork. They

seemed to know what gas appliances the

couple had in the house and one of the men

spoke quite good English. They did various

checks on the appliances and in the end

asked for 500€. The couple did not have

that amount of money on them and so paid

for it with their credit card, using the portable

machine the ‘gas men’ had. After going

to Repsol, they discovered that they had

been the victims of a con and although they

reported it to the local police, nothing has

been done about the incident.

Costa Cálida International Radio constantly

put out warnings about these gas

men; where they are and what to do about

them. We do appreciate that not everybody

listens to the radio, or may not have heard

the warnings. With this in mind, we have

undertaken to try to get the correct information

from Repsol regarding this problem,

so below is a quick resume about our findings

and hopefully with this advice to hand

it will stop anybody else being ‘conned’ by

these so-called gas men.

Repsol do not do ‘cold calling’. They

operate an appointment-only system, so

if these ‘service engineers’ knock at your

door, without an appointment, they do not

work for Repsol. They may well work for

another service company that is permitted

to service gas appliances, to use the Repsol

logo, and be a completely legal and registered

company, but they do not work for

Repsol, and as such are only trying to earn

a living, not a crime.

With this information in hand, ask for

photographic identification, but bear in

mind, once you have allowed them into your

property, it is your responsibility to make

sure that what they are purporting to do

to your gas appliances, is with your agreement

and to your satisfaction. Once they

tell you what they are intending to do, always

ask how much it is going to cost

and get the estimate on an official piece of

paper, not a scrap from the drawer. If they

refuse this simple action, very politely ask

them to leave, and come back later with

the right paperwork. Always try to avoid

any confrontations. If you then give them

permission to do the repairs etc, it is your

responsibility to pay the bill/factura and as

such you have no recourse for complaints.

If they do work for Repsol the factura

will be on official Repsol headed paper.

Gas hoses and regulators have a shelf-life

and should be checked and changed regularly.

The orange gas hose should have

a date on it. That date indicates when it

should be checked and changed if necessary.

If used outside on BBQ’s, they will deteriorate

quicker than hoses in the house on

heaters and water appliances. A competent

DIYer should be capable of changing hose,

clips and regulator on an outdoor BBQ in

approx 30-45 minutes.

Costs at the Repsol offices in Puerto de

Mazarrón using official Repsol products are

as follows:

Regulator €10-15

Hose approx €1.50 per metre (prices may

vary in a DIY shop or ferreteria).

If you are unsure, whether it is fitted correctly,

please contact a certified plumber or

gas-fitter who should be able check it for

you, for a small cost.

We sincerely hope that the above will help

everybody to be aware and use common

sense. If your neighbour is a holidaymaker,

please warn them about what

might happen if these men call, or get

another copy of the Costa Cálida Chronicle

and tag this page leaving it where your

neighbour can find it.

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Geraniums

Galore. But!

We had never

seen so

many healthy

Geranium

plants as

when we last

visited the

Cordoba Patio

Garden Festival

some eight years ago with some 60 to 70

inner patio gardens with wonderfully colourful

patios open to the public for twelve days

each May. Some dedicated to Geraniums,

with up to eight hundred hanging pots covering

the walls within in a single small patio

garden. Others had a mix of Geraniums and

cascading petunias like you’ve never seen.

Then we visited a number of garden centres

at the time overflowing with new offerings of

Geraniums, from the hot houses of more

northerly regions of Spain and the EU. Lastly

we walked across the ‘piece de resistance’ of

the Geranium world in Spain that year. The

Pont d’Aragon Bridge across the old watercourse

of the river Turia in Valencia, decked

with twenty thousand Geraniums stacked as

a double sided wall, stretching right across

the bridge on either side of the roadway. We

thought ‘Where have the Geranium moths

gone?’ and ‘Who does all the watering and

dead heading?’

The answers were not hard to find and made

the mind boggle. Such displays were not for

the amateur gardener.

The truth about Cordoba.

1. By the time we had visited most of the

patios during a long day on foot, we

realised that perhaps only a quarter

were dedicated to Geraniums and

that these were generally only prepared

and fully maintained for the period

of the fiesta. Others were genuine

residential patios full of a wide variety

of evergreen plants, succulents, pots

of bulbous plants with just a few seasonal

petunias and Geraniums; the

sort of patio garden that would be cool

and colourful throughout the year. At

one point we wandered from one Geranium

temple into a more natural

patio tended by a group of elderly

neighbours. Their Geraniums were

not as virulent as in the last patio.

We asked why. The answer was, ‘We

try and keep our Geraniums from

year to year and take cuttings from

those that survive the summer oven

of Cordoba. It reached 50 degrees in

the shade last year. We don’t get any

subsidy like next door does and can’t

afford to buy hundreds of new plants

every year.’ We walked through an

arch into an adjacent patio that was in

the competition. Eight hundred fresh

plants festooned the walls. Not a dead

head or poor plant to be seen.

2. We chatted to the owners. ‘No we

don’t keep this up all summer. We

water and dead head in preparation

for and during the festival, but then

cut back on the watering and hours of

daily care. We can only water with a

small half litre tilting can on the end

of a 4 or 5 metre pole. It takes us 4

hours a day to just water each plant

every other day. In two months, most

will have succumbed to the sun and

Geranium moth. It would be difficult

to spray chemicals within these

four high walls. Yes, we buy 800 new

plants every March! It’s worth all the

effort if we win a prize that year.’

3. When we later visited several nurseries

along the Costas, they were

filled with newly delivered Geraniums

from the hot houses of Holland,

Italy, Germany etc as well as Spain.

We wondered how many would make

it through the summer, as most were

the upright zonal varieties, Geraniums

that are more susceptible to attack

by the dreaded Geranium moth.

Interestingly, 95% of

Geraniums in Cordoba

were of the ivy

leaved trailing varieties,

or crinkly leafed

pelargoniums that are

more resistant.

The truth about Valencia.

Intrigued by the freshness

of the display on

the Pont d’Aragon, we

phoned the park’s department.

‘Oh, we maintain the

display until December

when we change

the display to 10,000 poinsettias. Keeping up

the display is almost a full time job. Watering

is by an inbuilt irrigation system. It needs

checking many times a week and the task

of dead-heading, spraying against the Geranium

moths, replacing poor and missing

plants is very labour intensive, but the display

makes a wonderful entrance to the town and

tourists love it as you obviously did.’

Yes, we did enjoy both the displays in Cordoba

and Valencia, but it suggested that a resumé

of the care Geraniums require in our more

normal garden displays would be timely.

Whether you have space for one or ten Geraniums

in pots, window boxes or flower beds

do:

1. Only purchase strong healthy plants.

2. Assume the worst and spray new

plants against the Geranium moth

the day you get them home from the

garden centre and then ensure you

then re-spray weekly.

3. Water to just keep damp; probably

every other day during hot weather.

4. Feed weekly with a Geranium fertilizer.

5. Dead head, and remove dead leaves

weekly. Also remove any rubbish that

builds up on the top of the soil in pots.

6. Watch out for the small holes surrounded

by a black circle that indicates

that a Geranium moth has

been around in spite of your spraying.

Prune out affected stems.

7. Take cuttings of your best plants in

the autumn to propagate new plants

for an even better display next spring.

Yes, we recognise

that Geraniums

are not for everyone,

especially

since the mid

1990’s when the

Geranium moth

appeared. That’s

why we list, describe

and illustrate

some 400

plants in ‘Your

Garden In Spain

– From Planning

To Planting And

Maintenance’ together with English Spanish

and botanical names.

These days the easiest way of obtaining our

books is by mail order from Bookworld, Santana

Books and Amazon.

www.gardenspain.com.

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On the Wednesday 12th June at the school

at the back of 4 Plumas there will be a

Fund Raising Concert in aid of the Red

Cross starting at 6pm. The Classic Rock

Band and others will be performing.

On Saturday 29th June there will be a Free

Concert for all at the Bull Ring in Bolnuevo.

Bands playing include:

Traspie (funky music)

Sarabia & La Tribu Del Groove (groove)

La Low (rap)

Classic Rock Band (rock)

Le Bandowsky (hard rock)

Glenn DJ (jungle music)

La Musique D’ordinateur (dubstep)

Little Nookie (electro)

Cold Fusion (jazz)

José Navarro, Mayor of Saladillo says

“We are able to put this party on because

everybody is helping a little bit. Budweiser,

Herbie’s Seeds and ToroXL energy drink

will be give away more than 500 gifts. We

are keeping the prices of drinks to a minimum

to help pay for insurance, the generators

and security, but the entrance is

FREE.”

Come down and enjoy the fun!

Last month saw the opening of a new restaurant

in Puerto de Mazarrón, and a recent

birthday celebration gave me an excuse to try

this one out.

Gula Gula is situated on the promenade in

the port, in front of the marina, and offers

the chance to try food with a twist and just

a little bit different. A word of warning here;

the names of the dishes on the menu do not

reflect the great food on offer at times!

On arriving we were offered paté and nibbles

on the house, although we did notice that

we were the only diners to be offered this.

No idea why! I chose the Ensalada Tijuana,

and upon asking the waiter to explain what I

would be getting the words “Mexican Salad”

did not do it justice. A large crispy, tortilla-like

basket appeared, filled with a mixture of ham,

cheese, fresh tomatoes and salad leaves, with

a slightly spicy dressing. My Mother, the birthday

girl, looked on enviously over her “Melon

Soup”, although that too was delicious.

The main courses were excellent, and I chose

the Lamb Meatballs in a Gorgonzola and fresh

mint sauce laid out artfully over some giant

chunky fried potatoes. Mum had Sea Bass

and although we did have to send it back to

be cooked a little more, the waiter was very

helpful and returned the dish to the kitchen

for a touch more cooking before bringing it

straight back.

Finally, the choice of coffee or dessert! I went

for coffee on the grounds that the Mexican

Salad basket was enough to keep me going

all day, but somehow the birthday girl managed

to squeeze in a delicious chocolate/

white chocolate cake concoction in honour of

her 74 th .

The price was 10€ a head for starter, main

course and one drink and choice of coffee or

dessert. Portion sizes were just right given

the richness of the food and the flavours. If

you want a Menu del Día with a little bit of

sophistication about it, then this is the place

to go!

Rating: (out of 5)

Quality :

Service :

Value for Money :

Location :

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Humanists In Spain (Formerly known as

the Evolutionists of Almeria and Murcia).

On Saturday 20th April the Humanist

Group, numbering 33 walkers, gathered at

the Mirador de Gebas for their penultimate

walk of the season. The 3 hour walk led by

Jon and Joan Thompson took us around the

famed “moonscape” countryside which contains

innumerable points of interest. A huge

orange covered over with plastic intrigued

us and we subsequently learned that hailstones

were a feature of this beautiful area

and the plastic was a simple protective

measure.

Our spirits were not dampened by the overcast

weather and intermittent drizzle and

lunch was enjoyed with great gusto.

The final walk of the season was on Saturday

11th May when there were 35 walkers

for the occasion, the

highest number so far.

The route led by Mike

Brett and Richard Ward

commenced at the Hotel

Puerto Juan Montiel

on the Aguilas sea front

and proceeded south

over beaches and coves

and a few steep paths

to Playa Carolina. The

warm weather was

modified by gentle sea

breezes and everyone

felt exhilarated and

well-exercised after the

3 hour round journey along this magnificent

stretch of the Spanish coastline.

Lunch was taken at the excellent Piccolo

Mundo Restaurant in Aguilas and

the conviviality undimmed by the slight

disappointment that the next outing

is not scheduled until October.

The activities of our group are open to all.

We have no joining fee, just an occasional

raffle, and do not seek to change anyone’s

social or religious outlook. We can, however,

provide non-religious ceremonies for

births, marriages and deaths and do seek

to defend the rights of atheists and agnostics

from the intrusions of the organised

church.

For further details contact Richard Ward on

taperleg@hotmail.com.

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Route 8: El Salero del Zacatín-La Torre

Having been forced to suspend the planned

route due to inclement weather, this route

gave us a range of beautiful scenery as we

came to the farmhouse of El Salero del Zacatín

from where we departed. The area

was wrapped in a fog that was rising slowly

as we were able to see inside this ancient

salt tower in all its glory. The Iberians have

exploited this over time and they have been

passed down to current owners who are trying

to keep them within the tourist industry.

They have saved the farmhouse annex to

them, which is an old house where families

who worked the salt since medieval times

lived.

Rain fell briefly on us during our journey

through the salt mines, accompanied by

Antonia Maria, who told anecdotes that she

had heard from her father, one of the last

salt workers.

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We left that area and followed the road to

Fuente del Olmo where the landscape was

enveloped by a mist that soaked everything,

but created a magical atmosphere.

As the road rose we could hear the Nightingales

singing insistently and a Buzzard

which lacked a tail feather. They flew over

in complete silence, but not the male Buntings,

who from their perches repeated insistently

their singing, seeking the attention

of females. Next we came to a field that became

an infinite garden, studded with flowers

enabling us to take some fantastic photos.

It came as a surprise to see the Orchys

purpurea (Orchid), with many plants growing

along the road and we were surprised

that the tractor had not touched them.

Moisture seeped into our clothes when Juan

called our attention for silence. We listened

and scrutinized the

sky trying to find the

bird we heard.

The mist gradually

became high clouds

so that we could

enjoy the colourful

landscape of Campo

de San Juan where

crops were at different

stages creating a

mosaic that still stood

out in the clear powerful

light of this May

morning. We found

another Orchys purpurea,

this time more

abundant, mixed with

gorse surrounded by

Ophrys lutea, causing

a stir amonst the

photographers.

With the new shock

of spring, we saw the

eggs of the Natterjack

Toad, in the deep puddles

and also tadpoles

of the same species.

We arrived at the

Fountain del Olmo,

with crystal clear

water reminiscent of

the Caribbean Sea,

and between the two

rafts, landed a male

Wheatear that stayed

for a few seconds with

us. We went to the

corral where we had

lunch, as we see the

evolution of a pair of

Buzzards in courtship

flight, and Jesus warns that one of them is

missing feathers in the tail ... was this the

same one we saw at El Salero? Perhaps curious,

the Wheatear male, perched on the

wall of the pen watched us, again very close

and in the distance, a lone vulture tried to

climb as the temperature rose caused finally

by the emerging sun.

We continued our walk over the radically

steep landscape that brought us to an oak

forest on the hillside full of countless flowers;

lichens, Silenes, Thymes, and hundreds

of Gamones that hinder our walk. Some of

the branches with flowers still open hung

limply having been frozen during the last

snowfall. Few plants are attractive as the

Peonies, which grow abundantly in two

groups under them. We loved the intensity

of its colours; dark green leaves, reddish

stems and pink flowers.

We descended to the ruins of the mill’s

tower, along the route from Roman times

to medieval Moratalla. The deterioration of

these remains was evident, yet we enjoyed

imagining the days when the water moved

the now defunct machinery. The fountain

next to the farm of La Torre has a monumental

walnut casting its leaves on the

floor. We resumed our journey, recalling the

history of El Torre.

Almost in El Salero, we admired some magnificent

old trees that had something magical

about them. In the farmhouse, we again

met Antonia Maria accompanied by her

mother, who taught us about the old house

and beautiful accommodation which has not

lost any of the tradition and historic flavour,

thanks to the careful restoration and the

multitude of small details that are embellished.

We left, grateful for the detail and we

arrived at the bar Zaén for refreshments.

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By the time you read this, hopefully, most

of the apricots will have been harvested and

taken to one of the many fruit factories in the

area. Pots of jam and other preserves will

have been made from apricots, peaches, nectarines

and other fruit that has been grown

over the last year. The crops are ripening in

the fields and it looks as though the harvest

will not be too bad this year, so long as we

do not have the usual downpours just at the

wrong time.

Hopefully the weather will be more settled

from the beginning of June and we can make

the most of the beautiful Spanish summer.

Many people complain of the heat during the

summer months, but ‘when in Spain, do as

the Spanish do’ – take that much needed siesta

during the heat of the day and keep the

sun out of the house by pulling curtains or

blinds. It really does make a difference to

the temperature in the house and will make it

much more comfortable for sleeping at night.

If you are going back to the UK for a summer

break, make the most of easy parking at both

San Javier and Alicante airports. Seguro

Parking have a great ‘meet and greet’ service

at both airports. This saves you having

to find the parking off the airport, waiting for

their transport to take you to the airport and

of course that wait when you arrive back in to

Spain. Seguro Parking meet you at airport

departures and take your car away for you

and they are waiting in the same place when

you arrive back. How simple is that!!

Going to the dentist can be quite traumatic for

some people and finding a good dentist can

be a problem, especially here in Spain. Even

those of us who speak some Spanish, talking

to a dentist or doctor can be quite difficult, so

finding a dentist who spoke good English was

brilliant. Juan Carlos, the medical dentist in

Caravaca is very professional and he will tell

you how much the treatment is going to be

before he starts.

Grants for Forest Fire Prevention

The Governing Council has agreed to allocate

556,555€ to finance measures and actions for

the improvement, maintenance and operation

of public forests of Jumilla and Fortuna, especially

those that are related to the prevention

and suppression of forest fires. They will

develop a draft fire management in the Sierra

de la Pila and hire a brigade of nine people

for the prevention and suppression of forest

fires in the mountains owned by the town of

Fortuna.

Also in Jumilla, a squad will be hired to carry

out preventive silviculture work in public

woodland. Local authorities must take the

actions planned, while the Department will

inspect and certify receipt of the work of improvement.

A monitoring body composed of

staff from regional and local administrations,

will oversee the operations covered by the

agreements.

The Government Granted The Qualification

Of Strategic Project Mula Solar Park

This development by the German company

JUWI, has a capacity of 450 megawatts and

the implementation will put the Region of

Murcia at the head of renewable and development

of high volume energy initiatives.

The solar plant is expected to create 200 jobs

during the ‘design, promotion and project

engineering’, and more than 1,000 jobs in

during the ‘building’ and more than 100 permanent

jobs in the phase of ‘operation and

maintenance’. Of the total number of jobs to

be created, it is estimated that 80% will be

graduates or college educated people because

of the high technological areas presented in

all its phases. The solar park will be located

in the southeast of the municipality, with an

area of approximately 900 acres, which will

involve solar photovoltaic technology, with a

total investment of 450 million Euros.

The facility will generate more than 750 million

kilowatt/hours per year of ‘clean’ energy,

enough to power a city like Murcia, avoiding

the emission of large amounts of greenhouse

gases.

Cehegín Scene

The artisan market “El Mesoncico” says goodbye

to its monthly events until next October.

Free Guided Tour on 8 th June 11am

Enjoy a route around many historical señorial

houses, churches and fascinating viewpoints

of the old town.

Route: Casa Jaspe (Townhall), Calle Mayor,

Plaza del Mesoncico, Iglesia de Santa María

Magdalena, Museo Arqueológico

The Archaeological Site of Begastri is

opened for visitors on Saturdays and Sundays

from 10am-2pm. You will be able to see a video

presentation followed by a guided tour to

see the remains of the Iberian culture before

the IV century B.C.

At the third week of June we celebrate Fiestas

in honour of San Antonio with fair,

concerts and live music. Visit the website for

up-to-date information.

Free Nature Walks

Cehegin provides a variety of landscapes

which include woods, mountains, hills, sloping

valleys, scrubland and streams. These

natural habitats host flora and fauna of special

interest which provide a priceless tourist

and educational resource.

These walks take place on the last Saturday

of each month. They are designed for people

of all ages who enjoy hiking at fairly easy

levels which makes them accessible for the

whole family. The tourist walks are free and

start at 9am and they are between 4km and

9km and will take 2-3 hours.

On Saturday 22 nd June we will be following

the course of the river Argos to arrive at the

famous Hermita de San Gines. On the way

back we will see the typical cultivation of the

huerta consisting of apricots, pears, peaches,

etc. The distance is 5km and it will take approximately

2.5 hours with an average incline

of 2.2%-2.4%

The Ecological Park is closed until further

notice

If there are any further enquiries please contact

the Cehegin Tourist Office at 968 723

550 or visit our tourist website

www.turismocehegin.es

Santiago Leo

Cehegin Tourist Office

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The forest of

Burete was

the choice

of the leader

on a very

hot Saturday

in April.

We had 12

Spanish people

join us,

which made

the number

of walkers

28. We

started off

on the PR2

and gradually

made

our way upwards to reach the Barranco del

Canalón, often pausing to take breath and

to look at the wonderful views. On reaching

the top we had a short walk down to

the picnic area where there were marble

tables and benches for us to rest and enjoy

our snack. We then continued heading

downwards until we reached our starting

point at the Albergue Coto Real, stopping

on the way to enjoy the stunning views

from the fire lookout.

A walk around the old Roman area of Moratalla

was planned for the end of April but

unfortunately the leaders had to cancel

due to rain. However they have promised

to do the walk for us soon.

At the time of writing we have just two

walks left before the end of the season.

The group normally takes a rest from

mid-June to mid-September. If you are

interested in joining us on one of the last

walks then please contact warm2005@

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While I was planning for our next Sunday

meeting, it occurred to me just how much

worrying I seem to be doing over it all. How

many posters should I print; should I invite

someone to talk; what should the subject

be; how many folk do I ask to be involved;

does the occasion warrant providing food and

always, my greatest fear; what if folk don’t

come and I have invited a speaker?

Without fail, the Lord always comes up

trumps. You would think by now that I would

have gotten the message, but have I? I still

have to remind myself not to panic and to put

my trust in Him, even though at each meeting

we seem to have at least two new folk join us

every time.

As my mum said, “Noah took the animals into

the arc two by two. He placed all of his trust

in the Lord”.

When God told Noah to build an arc, with specific

instructions, he did so - Genesis 6:14-

16. Even though there had been no rain for

some time and the people ridiculed him, he

never stopped listening or heeding what God

told him to do; Noah trusted and obeyed.

Psalm 84:11-12 tells us “No good thing will

He withhold from those who walk along His

paths; blessed are they who put their trust

in the Lord.”

I am sure life would be less stressful if I

adopted more of Noah’s attitude. After all,

God has promised ‘He will never leave me

or forsake me’ Joshua 1:5.and again in Hebrews

13:5.

If you allow God into your life He will do the

same for you, but He will never come uninvited.

Revelation 3:20 says ‘Behold I stand

at the door and knock’. Will you invite Him to

enter? Don’t leave it too late.

Lynda.spain@hotmail.co.uk or Derek.tycymru@talktalk.net

Tel 633 447 937

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Ma Millbank´s Kitchen

From the 9 th to 15 th June it is Diabetes Week

which is designed to raise awareness of the

illness. As regular readers will know, my husband

is a diabetic and has been for 13 years.

He controls this with three types of medicine

and diet which has made our lives very interesting.

At his last three monthly medical

check at the diabetes clinic, he was told to

cut down his intake of carbohydrates and high

sugar fruit; not so easy now and we seem to

be eating a lot of stir fried or roasted vegetables.

What better reason for the cook books

to come out and find some new and visit

some old recipes suitable for Diabetic Week

in June? The Fish Cakes do have potatoes in,

but I tried them without the breadcrumbs and

flour on the outside and they turned out just

as good. Also Burritos are better for you than

bread so try the Corn and Bean recipe which

is also good for vegetarians.

Buen Apetito

Fish Cakes

350g salmon

175g haddock

300ml milk

3 bay leaves

450g potatoes

25g butter

1 tbsp tarragon and dill

Pinch of nutmeg

2 tbsp sunflower oil

Put the fish in a pan with the milk and bay

leaves. Bring to boil and simmer until flaky.

Peel and chop potatoes. Cook in boiling water

until tender. Drain and mash with butter. Mix

in herbs and nutmeg. Skin fish and break into

large flakes. Mix with mash and shape into

patties (makes around 8). Cook fishcakes for

3 minutes on each side in oil until golden.

Roasted Peppers

4 large red peppers

4 plum tomatoes

4 tbsp pesto

4 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp pine nuts

Black pepper

Cut the peppers in half, remove the pith and

seeds, wash and dry with kitchen towel and

place in a shallow dish. Place the tomatoes

in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave

for 30 seconds, remove tomatoes, peel and

cut into quarters. Place two tomato quarters

inside each pepper half. Mix together the

pesto and olive oil and drizzle over the peppers.

Scatter the pine nuts and black pepper

over the peppers and bake in over 180º for

45 minutes.

Pork and Courgette Kebabs

500g lean pork

3 courgettes

Marinade

Marjoram

Thyme

Parsley

1 lemon

4 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

Cut the pork into 2.5cm pieces and cut the

courgettes into 1cm slices. Thread the pork

and courgettes alternatively onto 8 skewers.

Chop the herbs and place in a bowl. Grate the

rid of the lemon and put with the squeezed

juice into a bowl with the oil. Beat together

and season then pour over the kebabs and allow

marinating for 4 hours occasionally turning

and covering again.

Spicy Prawn Salad

1 small onion

2 sticks celery

5 small green chillies

2 tbsp sunflower oil

400g can chopped tomatoes

1tsp brown sugar

700g prawns

A few drops of Tabasco sauce

½tsp dried thyme

Peel and chop the onions and celery. Remove

the seeds from the chillies and finely chop.

Heat the oil and fry the onion, celery and chillies

for 5 minutes until soft and brown. Stir

in the tomatoes, thyme and sugar, bring to

the boil and simmer for 5 minutes until thickens

slightly. Peel the prawns and add to the

sauce and gently cook for 5 minutes. Serve in

Tabasco sauce and serve immediately.

Burritos With Corn and Beans

2230g red kidneys beans

340g sweetcorn

1 red and 1 green pepper

2 cloves of garlic

3tbsp sunflower oil

1 tbsp oregano

2tsp cumin

150ml vegetable stock

8 wheat tortillas

Salt and pepper

Rinse and drain kidney beans and sweetcorn.

Finely cut the peppers and chillies and crush

the garlic. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry

the peppers, garlic and chillies for 3-5 minutes.

Stir in the beans and sweetcorn, oregano

and cumin. Season and cook over a low

heat for 5 minutes. Add the vegetable stock

and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Heat the

tortillas in a dry frying pan for 30 seconds

each side and serve with the mixture rolled

inside.

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Photo shows on left

Mark Lewis, Murphy, and

vet Antonio Fajardo

Rescued

Dog Is

A Blood

Transfusion

Hero

Many dogs

are abandoned

when

their owner

decides that a

pet dog does

not fit in with

their future

plans. Murphy

is a large

German Wirehaired

Pointer

aged 6 years.

Sometime

after he was

abandoned

he was rescued

by the Pets In Spain animal rescue

and rehoming charity. His live rescue was

videoed and can be seen on the Petsin-

Spain YouTube page. www.youtube.com/

watch?v=7kAOAv8nO7Q

Mark Lewis stopped his car and rescued this

starving dog from danger on a busy road

and since his rescue Murphy has been in a

foster home. Mark is the founder of Pets In

Spain and is well known for his involvement

in rescuing and rehoming abandoned animals

in Spain. Antonio Fajardo, the senior vet at

the Clinicas Veterpet, remembered that at

Mark’s request he had previously completed

a full blood analysis on rescued dog Murphy

and that the results were negative for contagious

diseases. Murphy therefore was a suitable

blood donor for a client’s Yorkshire Terrier

that urgently needed a blood transfusion.

Antonio called Mark and Murphy seemed to

know that he was on a special assignment.

He jumped into the back of Mark’s car and

they soon arrived in the Veterpet animal hospital

in Guardamar where Murphy donated

some of his blood. It was a 12 year old Yorkshire

Terrier that received Murphy’s blood

and as a result of the transfusion he is now

back home with his family. Murphy also had a

happy ending as he has been adopted by an

English couple and will travel to his new home

in Lymington in the UK.

Pets In Spain rely solely on donations to

fund their efforts to help rescued animals.

Daily they receive many calls and requests to

take in stray and abandoned pets and funds

are urgently needed. To make a donation, to

give your support or to receive updates on

Murphy, please visit and ‘LIKE’ their Facebook

page: info@petsinspain.info or

call 0034 645 469 253.

Website: www.petsinspain.com.

Murphy, you are a real hero.

To view more animals for adoption go to

www.petsinspain.com

To advertise an animal for adoption email

info@petsinspain.info

Thanks on behalf of the animals,

Yvonne

Pets In Spain animal rescue and adoptions.

Charity Registration: CV-01-050123-A

Maggie was

thrown from a

car and tried

chasing it but the

car didn’t stop

for her. She is

around 1 year old

and has a lovely,

gentle nature.

She is now settled

in a foster

home but needs

a forever home.

Call 645 469

253

Jackson is in

need of a new

home. He was

found wandering

around Caravaca.

He was very thin

but has now put

weight on and is

a wonderful dog.

He is about 9

months old and

in great health.

He is great with

all other dogs and

children.

Call 634 002

100

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D a v i d

R o b e r t

Jones (born

8 January

1947),

known by

his stage

name David

Bowie is an

English musician,

actor,

record

producer,

and arranger.

Bowie

has been a major figure in the world of

popular music for over four decades, and is

renowned as an innovator, particularly for

his work in the 1970’s. He is known for his

distinctive voice as well as the intellectual

depth and eclecticism of his work.

Bowie first caught the eye and ear of the

public in July 1969, when his song “Space

Oddity” reached the top five of the UK

Singles Chart. After a three-year period

of experimentation in which he released

the albums “Space Oddity”, “”Man Who

Sold the World and “Hunky Dory”, he

re-emerged during the Glam Rock era with

the flamboyant, androgynous alter ego

Ziggy Stardust, spearheaded by the hit

single “Starman” and the album “The

Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the

Spiders from Mars.”

Bowie’s impact at that time, as described

by biographer David Buckley, “Challenged

the core belief of the Rock Music of

its day creating perhaps the biggest cult in

popular culture.” The relatively short-lived

Ziggy persona proved merely one facet

of a career marked by continual reinvention,

musical innovation and striking visual

presentation. A further 3 albums “Aladdin

Sane”,”Diamond Dogs” and “Pin Ups”

were all massive commercial successes.

In 1975, Bowie achieved his first major

American crossover success with the

number-one single “Fame” and the hit album

“Young Americans”, produced with

the help of Luther Vandross which the

singer characterised as “plastic soul”.

The sound constituted a radical shift in

style that initially alienated many of his UK

devotees. Bowie then confounded the expectations

of both his record label and his

American audiences by recording

the minimalist album “Low” (1977) - the

first of three collaborations with ex-Roxy

Music electronic genius and producer

Brian Eno over the next two years. The

so-called “Berlin Trilogy” albums (“Station

to Station” and “Heroes” being the

other two) all reached the UK top five and

received lasting critical praise.

After uneven commercial success in the

late 1970’s, Bowie had UK number ones

with the 1980 single “Ashes to Ashes”,

and the follow-up single “Fashion”, both

from the album “Scary Monsters (and

Super Creeps)” , and “Under Pressure”,

a 1981 collaboration with Queen.

He then reached a new commercial peak in

1983 with “Let’s Dance”, which yielded

several hit singles.

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Throughout the 1990’s and 2000’s, Bowie

continued to experiment with musical

styles, including Blue-Eyed Soul, Industrial,

Adult Contemporary and Jungle. He

has not toured since the 2003–2004 Reality

Tour and has not performed live since

2006. Bowie’s latest studio album “The

Next Day” was released in March 2013.

Buckley says of Bowie, “His influence

has been unique in popular culture—

he has permeated and altered more

lives than any comparable figure.” In

the BBC’s 2002 poll of the 100 Greatest

Britons, Bowie was placed at number 29.

Throughout his career, he has sold an estimated

140 million albums. In the UK, he

has been awarded nine Platinum album

certifications, 11 Gold and 8 Silver and in

the US, 5 Platinum and 7 Gold Certifications.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him

39th on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists

of All Time”, and 23rd on their list of

the best singers of all time.

I loved the early Bowie albums and he

had a profound effect on the music I listened

to, especially the “Hunky Dory”

and “Ziggy Stardust” albums. Thanks to

John the Barber in Puerto de Mazarrón for

requesting the article. I hope I have done

one of his favourite artistes justice.

You can listen to Mark Davies on Costa

Cálida Radio on Nite Express on Mon and

Wed 7-9pm and on Friday evenings on

Cálida Rocks 7-9pm.

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June

1 1962 Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann

was hanged in Israel for

orchestrating genocide against

the Jewish people.

1 1967 The Beatles released the

groundbreaking album ‘Sgt.

Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club

Band’.

2 1953 Elizabeth II was crowned

queen in Westminster Abbey.

3 1989 Chinese troops opened fire on

pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s

Tiananmen Square,

killing hundreds.

4 1913 Suffragette Emily Davison died

after throwing herself in front of

the king’s horse at the Epsom

Derby.

8 1929 Margaret Bondfield became

Britain’s first female cabinet

minister, serving as minister of

labour.

11 1987 Prime Minister Margaret

Thatcher won an historic third

term, the first politician to do so

in 160 years.

12 1964 Nelson Mandela, leader of the

anti-apartheid struggle in South

Africa, was jailed for life for sabotage.

14 1982 The Falklands War ended as

the Argentinean garrison in Port

Stanley surrendered to British

troops.

15 1919 British aviators John Alcock

and Arthur Whitten Brown

completed the first non-stop

transatlantic flight.

16 1963 Soviet cosmonaut Valentina

Tereshkova became the first

woman in space, aboard Vostok

VI.

17 1940 More than 3,000 died when

RMS ‘Lancastria’ was sunk

by German bombers in Britain’s

worst maritime disaster.

18 1815 Wellington decisively defeated

Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo,

ending 25 years of war in

Europe.

19 1215 King John and his barons seal

the Magna Carta - a statement

of English liberties - at Runnymede,

Surrey.

21 1813 Wellington defeated the

French at the Battle of Vitoria,

ending Napoleon’s control of

Spain.

26 1945 The charter of the United Nations

was signed by 51 nations

in San Francisco, US.

29 1960 BBC Television Centre opened

in West London, trumpeted as a

‘Hollywood’ for the small screen.

30 1905 Einstein published ‘On the

Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies’,

explaining his special theory

of relativity.

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ORANGE – Special menus

PURPLE –Market, exhibitions, leisure & meetings

GREEN – Charity & non-profit making events

BLACK – Fiestas & important events

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Every Mon

Duplicate Bridge @ La Cumbre Hotel, Pto de Mazarrón 9.30am

Legs, Bums n Tums with Ian @ The Club House, Camposol C 10am

Legs, Bums n Tums with Ian @ The Club House, Camposol C 11am

Spanish Conversation @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo 3pm 6€

Ladies’ Chatterbox “Sew & Sew” @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 2.30-4.30pm

Fit4Life Weight Group @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo 4pm 5€

Aqua Aerobics with Ian @ Camposol D 5pm

Chiropody with Phillip Dawe @ Sensol Golf Villa Sales Building, Camposol C

Bowling League @ Alley Palais, Camposol B

Music Quiz @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A 9pm (free nibbles)

3 Course Menu del Noche @ Restaurant Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 10€

“1€ Coin Night”/Live Music @ La Vida, El Pareton

HAH 2nd Hand Goods to Buy/Sell @ Brenda’s Boutique, Los Urrutias10-1pm

Andrea’s Animal Rescue Collection @ Car Park, Camposol B 11.30-1.30pm

HELP MMM Bingo @ La Zona Bar, Los Alcázares 2pm 1€/game

Every Tue

B Clean Working Party @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B 9am

Dance Fitness with Annette @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B 10am (no class 18 June)

Sacred Hearts Creative Workshop @ Mazarrón Country Club 11-5pm

Circuits with Ian @ The Club House, Camposol C 11am

Petanca @ The Condado Club, Condado de Alháma from 4pm

Football Training Session (ages 4-17) @ El Pareton 6-7pm

Harlequin Rock Choir Meeting @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 7.30-9pm

2 for 1 Lunch Time Special @ Restaurant Amapola, Bolnuevo 22€ inc btl wine for 2

2 Course Al Fresco Cooking/Dining @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 7.30pm, 8€ inc btl wine for 2

3 Course Menu del Noche @ Restaurant Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 10€

3 Course Menu del Noche @ The Old Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón, 10€ inc btl wine for 2

4 Course Menu del Noche @ La Vida, El Pareton 12€

Karaoke @ The Arches, Los Alcázares

MABS Mazarrón Coffee Morning @ MABS Centre, Camposol B 10-1pm

MAMAS Collection/Book Stall @ Camposol B Car Park 10-1pm

Every Wed Day Trip to Benidorm – Viajes Dragontours 19€

C Gardening Group Clean Up @ Camposol C 9am

Camposol Bridge Club, Duplicate Bridge @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B 9.30am

Aqua Aerobics with Ian @ Camposol D 10am

Body Tone with Ian @ The Club House, Camposol C 11.30am

Mar Menor Golf Society Competition

Pool League @ Alley Palais, Camposol B

Beacon of Light @ School House, Cañadas del Romero 7-8.30pm

2 Course Pie Night @ The Old Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón, 10€ inc a drink

3 Course Steak/Spare Rib Night @ Restaurant Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 15€

Happy Evening, 2 for 1 @ Restaurant Amapola, Bolnuevo 35€ for 2 inc btl wine

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3 Course Steak Night @ La Vida, El Pareton 25€ for 2 inc wine

Karaoke & Disco with Lisa @ Alley Palais, Camposol B 9pm-late

Karaoke with Byron @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A 9pm

HAH 2nd Hand Goods to Buy/Sell @ Brenda’s Boutique, Los Urrutias 10-1pm

Age Concern booking events etc @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 10-1pm

MABS MMM Art Workshop @ Café Golf, San Javier, 10-12pm 2€

PALS booking events etc @ Saralara’s, Pto de Mazarrón 1-3.30pm

HAH Book & DVD Club @ La Zona Bar, Los Narejos 2.30-4.30pm

Every Thu

Camposol Market @ Camposol A

Hearing Specialist Tests/Hearing Aids @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo, Appt Only

Kettlebells with Ian @ The Club House, Camposol C 10am

Step & Sculpt with Ian @ The Club House, Camposol C 11am

Sacred Hearts Circle @ Mazarrón Country Club 11-1pm

Dance Fitness with Annette @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B 11.30am (no class 20 June)

15? with Ian @ The Club House, Camposol C 5.30pm

Fun Quiz/Play Your Cards Right @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A 6pm

Market Day Special @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A

Mexican Night @ The Condado Club, Condado de Alháma from 6pm

2 Course Curry Night @ The Old Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón, 10€ inc a drink

4 Course Surprise Menu @ Restaurant Ratatouille Pto de Mazarrón 25€ for 2

4 Course Menu del Noche @ La Vida, El Pareton 12€

Age Concern booking events etc @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 10-1pm

PALS for booking events etc @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol B 11am-1.30pm

Andrea’s Animal Rescue Collection @ Mazarrón Country Club 11.30-1pm

Every Fri

Camposol Bridge Club/Duplicate Bridge @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B 9.30am

Friday Art Group @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 9.45-12.30pm

Legs, Bums n Tums with Ian @ The Club House, Camposol C 10am

Indoor Market @ The Steak Out, Camposol B 10-2pm

Sit 2B Fit with Annette @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 10.30am (no class 14 June)

Book Stall/Camposol A Gardening @ Car Park Camposol A 10.30-12.30pm

10 Pin Bowling/Camposol C Greenfingers Garden Group @ Totana 4pm

Positive Thinking Workshop @ Mazarrón Pensioners’ Club, Mazarrón 5-6.30pm

Fish/Chips/Fun Quiz @ La Vida, El Pareton from 5.50€

Fish & Chip Night @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón 6.50€

Fish & Chip Night @ The Condado Club, Condado de Alháma from 6pm, 7.50€

3 Course Fish & Chip Night @ The Old Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarron 10€

19€ for 2 large Cod & Chips @ Restaurante Marina, Pto de Mazarrón, inc btl wine

Steak Dinner Special @ Blues House American Grill, Bolnuevo 22€ for 2 inc a drink

3 Course Surprise Menu @ Restaurant Ratatouille Pto de Mazarrón 19.50€

Romantic Dinner @ Restaurant Amapola, Bolnuevo 25€ inc btl wine for 2

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Every Sat

Disco and Karaoke with Lisa @ Alley Palais, Camposol B 9pm-late

Live Music & Evening Market @ La Plaza, Hacienda del Álamo (from 7nd June)

Karaoke @ The Steak Out, Camposol B

Noah’s ARC Book Sale/Bric-a-Brac @ Camposol B 9.30-2pm

HAH 2nd Hand Goods to Buy/Sell @ Brenda’s Boutique, Los Urrutias 10-1pm

Age Concern booking events etc @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B 11-1pm

Lions Mazarrón booking events etc outside Compusurf, Camposol B 11am

GOmaD Donations @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B/Costa Calida Radio 12.30-2pm

Harlequin Rock Choir Meeting @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 2-4pm

19€ for 2 large Cod & Chips @ Restaurante Marina, Pto de Mazarrón inc btl wine

3 Course Steak Night @ The Old Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón 15€

3 Course Surprise Menu @ Restaurant Ratatouille Pto de Mazarrón 19.50€

3 Course Steak Deal @ La Vida, El Pareton 25€ for 2 inc wine/cava

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Exotic Menu/different wine every course @ Restaurant Amapola, Bolnuevo 25€

MABS MMM Book Sale @ The Arches Bar, Los Alcázares 10-1pm

HAH 2nd Hand Goods to Buy/Sell @ Brenda’s Boutique, Los Urrutias 10-1pm

PALS for booking events @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B 11am-1.30pm

Every Sun

Car Boot Sale @ Cañadas del Romero Social Centre 8.30am

Car Boot Sale @ Venta Romero, Cuevas de Reyllo. 9-2pm

Sunday Roast @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A from 6.50€

Sunday Lunch @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condada de Alháma from 6.50€

Buffet Special @ Blues House American Grill, Bolnuevo 6.95€

Sunday Lunch @ La Vida, El Pareton from 7.50€

2 Course Sunday Roast @ Rest Marina, Pto de Mazarrón 8€ inc glass of wine

Sunday Roast @ Bistro Bulgaria, Camposol B from 8€

Sunday Roast @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón 8.50€

3 Course Sunday Roast @ Alley Palais, Camposol B 9.95€ (5€ under 12’s)

3 Course Sunday Lunch @ Rest Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 10€ inc btl wine for 2

3 Course Sunday Lunch @ The Old Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón 10€ inc btl wine for 2

3 Course Traditional Sunday Lunch @ Liz’s Café, Camposol B 10€ inc a drink

3 Course Sunday Lunch @ The Condado Club, Condado de Alháma 10€

Meat Carvery/Vegetable Buffet @ La Mariposa, Gebas from 10.50€ inc glass wine/beer

3 Course Sunday Roast @ Rest Amapola, Bolnuevo

3 Course Sunday Roast (night) @ Rest Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón10€ inc btl wine for 2

JUNE

Saturday 1

HELP MMM Car Boot @ Autocine, Los Narejos

Open Day @ Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre, Rojales 1-4pm

Fiestas Trinitario-Berberiscas, Torre Pacheco

ADAPT Meeting @ Pensionista de Hogar, San Pedro 10.30am

Welcome Meeting @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 2pm

Party with Woody @ The Clover, Condado de Alháma

Richie C @ The New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón

Robbie Williams & Ronan Keating Tribute @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

1-7th Paella/Italian/Speciality Grill Nights @

La Cata, Condado de Alháma 22€ for 2 incl bot wine

Age Concern Summer Fayre @ Lagarto Verde, Pto de Mazarrón 11.30-3.30pm

Andrea’s Animal Charity shop opening in Mazarrón Town 10am

Sunday 2

Artisan Market @ Bullas

Free Tour of Puerto de Mazarrón with Murcia Institute of Tourism 10am

Mazarrón FC Home Game v Beniajan CF

Rock & Roll Bingo @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

Street Party/BBQ/Live Music @ The Condado Club, Condado de Alháma 2pm

Monday 3

Tuesday 4

Wednesday 5

PALS Monthly Meeting @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 11.15am

HAH Volunteers’ Meeting @ Bacchus Restaurant, The Oasis, Los Narejos 11.30am

MABS Murcia NE Auction@ Bob’s Bar, Fortuna 2pm

Tina’s Birthday Party/entertainment by Byron @ The Steak Out, Camposol C

PALS Trip to Benidorm/Terra Mitica 15€

MABS MMM Volunteer Meeting @ Centro Civico, Roda Village 11.15am

Age Concern Talking Shop Social @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 1.30-3.30pm

Thursday 6 Trip to Tabarca Island - Viajes Dragontours 32€

Market Morning @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo

Moratalla Walk – Alto Alhárabe

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‘Elvis’ & Rock n Roll Night @ The New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón

HELP MMM Race Night @ Paddy Singh’s, Los Urrutias 4pm

Friday 7 Country/Western Line Dancing @ Camposol Golf Club, Camposol C 7.45pm 3€

Harlequin Rock Choir @ Los Almagros

The CAS Band @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A

Steve Fisher as Rod Stewart @ La Mariposa, Gebas

John Lennon Tribute @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

MABS Murcia NW Outdoor Market Stall @ Calle Segura, Calasparra 9-1pm

Saturday 8

Free Tour of Mazarrón with Murcia Institute of Tourism 10am

Free Guided Tour of Cehegín – 11am

Mazarrón FC Home Game v Holbrook Sports (Friendly)

Paella Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 8€ inc btl wine for 2

8-14 th Paella Week 3 Courses @ La Cata, Condado de Alháma 22€ for 2 inc btl wine

Bee Gees Tribute @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

Disco & Karaoke with Byron @ The Clover, Condado de Alháma

Stevie Spit (Comedian) @ The New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón

Los Amigos “Player of the Year” Dinner @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 8pm 10€

Arts & Craft Fayre @ The Club House, Camposol C 11-3pm

GomaD Garden Party @ 6 C/Alicante, Camposol A 2pm, 5€ inc afternoon tea

Sunday 9

Diabetes Week (until 15th)

Artisan Market @ Mula

Michael Bublé Tribute @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

MABS MMM Picnic in the Park @

New Vintage Restaurant, San Javier 6pm, 10€ inc food/entertainment

Monday 10

Tuesday 11

Queen Elizabeth II’s Official Birthday

Welcome Book Swap @ ICA Medical Centre, Camposol B 10-12pm

HAH Table Top Sale @ La Zona Bar, Los Alcácares 10-2pm

HELP MMM Charity Market @ La Zona Bar, Los Alcazáres 11.30am

Wednesday 12 San Onofre y San Antonio, Alguazas

SAMM General Meeting @ CAR Infanta Cristina, Los Narejos 11am

Welcome Ladies’ Day buffet/dancing/fashion show @

The Club House, Camposol C 2.30pm 10€

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Thursday 13

Friday 14

MABS Murcia NE Fortuna Ladies’ Lunch Club @ Las Palmeras, Baños de Fortuna 1pm

MABS NW Volunteers’ Meeting @ Hotel Argos 5pm

Crisis Concert @ The Pyramid Centre, Pto de Mazarrón 6pm

Ex Serviceman’s Meeting/Dinner @ La Sienna, Mazarrón 7pm

San Onofre y San Antonio, Alguazas

Ladies Chatterbox Group @ The Cultural Centre, Camposol B 2pm

Woody @ The Condado Club, Condado de Alháma 10€ inc BBQ/Salads

Indoor Market with fashion/bling/DVD’s etc @ Alley Palais, Camposol B

NEST Train Trip to Elche. Meet 9.45am Alháma Train Station

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Lenny Mitchell @ La Mariposa, Gebas

UB40 Tribute @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

MABS Mazarrón Book Sale @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B 9-1pm

Saturday 15

Camposol Fiesta

Thai Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 8€ inc btl wine for 2

15-21 st Speciality Grill Week 3 Courses @ La Cata, Condado de Alháma 22€ for 2 inc btl wine

Keely @ The New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón

Rod Stewart Tribute/Steve Fisher @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A 5€ inc basket meal

Neil Diamond Tribute @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

Miss Dynamite @ The Clover, Condado de Alháma

Sunday 16

Camposol Fiesta

Father’s Day (UK)

Free Tour of Puerto de Mazarrón with Murcia Institute of Tourism 10am

Ruta del Ferrocarril (Railway Route) - Aguilas Tourist Office

Artisan Market @ Caravaca

Shanni Ormiston @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

MABS MMM La Manga Cricket Club Charity Fun Day @ La Manga Club

HAH Rocking in Roda Concert @ Roda Social Club 4-10pm, 10€ inc BBQ

Welcome House Jacket Potato Night/Rock n Roll with Cliff & Julia

Tuesday 18

Royal Ascot (until 22nd)

3 Course Italian Night @ La Vida, El Pareton 25€ for 2

HELP MMM General Meeting @ Las Claras, Los Narejos 11.30am

Wellspring Church ‘A Night at the Movies’ @ C/Madrid, Pto de Mazarrón 6pm

Wednesday 19 HAH Chatters @ Bacchus Restaurant, Oasis, Los Narejos 11.30am

HELP MMM Lunch @ Diamantes, El Mojon 1.30pm, 10.50€,

Thursday 20 Age Concern Menu del Dia @ Restaurante Peyma, Pto de Mazarrón 10€

Friday 21

Summer Solstice

Caribbean Night @ Rest Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón, 2 courses/entertainment/cocktail 15€

Katy Perry & Madonna Tribute @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

Saturday 22

MABS NW Outdoor Market Stall @ Calle Segura, Calasparra 9-1pm

MABS Mazarrón Book Sale. Commercial Centre, Camposol B 9-1pm

MABS MMM Share & Care Group @ MABS Cancer Centre, San Javier 11am

Lion Country CM Nightspot feat. Grumpy Old Men (proceeds to CAFE) @

La Molata, Cañada de Alhama 8pm, 5€

Free Walk in Cehegín – 10am

Opening of Jane’s Salon/Fashion Show/Entertainment @ Condado de Alháma, 2pm

Anniversary BBQ @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A 3pm, 5€ inc BBQ & entertainment

Thai Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 8€ inc btl wine for 2

22-28th Italian Week @ La Cata, Condado de Alháma 22€ for 2 incl bot wine

Nigel Burchill as Elvis @ The Clover, Condado de Alháma

GNT @ The New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón

Cliff Richard Tribute @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

Martin Ross @ La Mariposa, Gebas

HELP MMM Treasure Hunt & Lunch @ Don Lorenzo’s, Los Urrutias 1pm 12€

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Sunday 23

Moros y Cristianos, Santomera

PITU @ The Condado Club, Condado de Alháma

Gene Pitney Tribute @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

Helping Hands Cliff Tribute @ Hotel Puerto Juan Montiel, Aguilas 8pm 20€

Monday 24

Wimbledon (until 7nd July)

Mid-Summer’s Day

San Juan y San Pedro, Fortuna and San Pedro del Pinatar

PALS Trip to Salamanca/Segovia/Avila/Toledo 210€ (until 27th)

Tuesday 25

Welcome Book Swap @ ICA Medical Centre, Camposol B 10-12pm

Mountain Bike Day @ La Mariposa, Gebas 35€ inc lunch/insurance/bikes etc

B Clean Meeting @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B 4pm

Wednesday 26 Welcome Summer Ball @ La Cumbre Hotel, Pto de Mazarrón 7.45pm,

29€ inc 6 course meal/drinks/entertainment

Bella Luna @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

Suzi G @ The Arches, Los Alcázares

MABS NE Volunteers’ Meeting @ La Carcelera, Urb Las Kalendas, Fortuna 11.30am

Thursday 27

Friday 28

Open Door Chill ‘n’ grill @ Los Almagros. 6pm

Indoor Market with fashion/bling/DVD’s etc @ Alley Palais, Camposol B

NEST Walk with optional meal, Meet El Berro Car Park, Sierra Espuña 10.30am

Phil Collins & Blues Brothers Tribute @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

GOmaD Table Top Sale @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B 10–2pm

Mazarrón Dance Festival @ Hotel Playa Grande, Pto de Mazarrón 10am

MABS NW Book Sale. Outside Trevol Bar, Calasparra 11-2pm

MABS Mazarrón Jigsaw Bereavement Group @ Cat’s Bar, Camposol A 12pm

HELP MMM Beetle Drive @ Luis’s Lounge, San Javier 12.30pm, 7€ inc fish & chips

Saturday 29

San Pedro, Blanca

Nature Walk, Cehegín

Open Door Get Together @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 5.30pm

Paella Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 8€ inc btl wine for 2

Barrington @ La Mariposa, Gebas

Sandy Fitzegerald @ The Clover, Condado de Alhama

Adele Tribute @ The New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón

Lady Gaga Tribute @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

Angie McKay @ The Arches, Los Alcázares

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JULY

Monday 1

Tuesday 2

Wednesday 3

Thursday 4

Crisis Concert @ The Bull Ring, Bolnuevo from 3pm

Sevillanas Social Meeting @ Asturias Restaurant

Michelle @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alháma

PALS Monthly Meeting @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 11.15am

HAH Volunteers’ Meeting @ Bacchus Restaurant, The Oasis, Los Narejos 11.30am

MABS NE Auction @ Bob’s Bar, Fortuna 2pm

PALS Entertainment Night @ Rincon Elias, Bolnuevo 17.50€

Petanca with Welcome @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 4pm

Age Concern Talking Shop Social @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 1.30-3.30pm

HAH “The Big Band” – look out for more information on our blog

Market Morning @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo

Friday 5 Lion Country CM Nightspot/Phil Brady) @ La Molata, Cañada de Alhama 8pm, 5€

Saturday 6

Welcome Meeting @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 2pm

ADAPT Meeting @ Pensionista de Hogar, San Pedro 10.30am

Steve Fisher as Rod Stewart @ La Mariposa, Gebas

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Beat The Heat In The Coming Summer

Months.

This summer might well rival last year on

the temperature scales, so it is time to think

about ways to beat the heat, at least for a little

while. (Other than fleeing back to the UK

for the whole summer, but that isn’t Spanish

living!!)

Have you thought about a cruise through the

Norwegian fiords? This seems a delightful way

to spend a week or 10 days, cruising through

chilly blue waters and enjoying the long summer

days. Many different cruise companies

can offer you attractive itineraries, including

flights from Spain to Copenhagen or Trondheim,

near the Arctic Circle.

Perhaps explore Iceland? See nature in all its

glory; hot springs, volcanoes and wild seas. It

is possible to fly from Alicante, via Barcelona,

to Reykjavík.

Without going quite so far, why not explore

the North of Spain? From Alicante you have

daily flights to Santiago de Compostela, the

capital of Galicia; to Oviedo in Asturias; to

Santander, all via Madrid and a daily direct

flight to Bilbao, or treat yourself to a day train

trip from Alicante direct to Asturias – either

Oviedo or Gijón on the coast.

Galicia is a magical place, full of Celtic folklore

and archaeological remains, misty forests and

sparkling seas full of delicious seafood just

waiting for you. Take a boat trip on the Arousa

inlet and savour freshly harvested mussels, or

enjoy a glass of special light white wine whilst

having an aperitif on a terrace overlooking

some little fishing port. You might want to visit

one of the holiest cities in the world, Santiago

de Compostela, with its extraordinary cathedral,

the ultimate destination of “St. James’

Way”, or “el Camino de Santiago”, or do some

white-water river rafting on the Sil River. Instead

of Galicia’s green rolling hills, you might

prefer the stark drama of the Asturian Mountains

as they plunge into a wilder sea. If you

are nearby on July 25 th , you can participate in

an interesting festival celebrated at the lakes

of Covadonga.

To continue with cooler Spain, why not visit

Santander, or the Basque country, where

some of the highest rated restaurants in Spain

– and in the world – are situated. Bilbao is

also home to the world-renowned Guggenheim

Museum.

Whether your interests are for scenery, sea or

mountains, architecture, gastronomy or culture,

come into Dragontours on Camposol

A and we will give you more suggestions to

enjoy a respite from the summer heat.

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The April

gathering

was once

again at the

Corvera Golf

& Country

Club, as several

other

courses have

b e c o m e

unavailable

or showing

signs of lack

of water. The

day started

out with the

distribution

of the new polo shirts emblazoned with the

club logo, which went down well with the

exception of a couple of the wives who felt

that white was not the best colour for keeping

clean. Are we men really that messy??

(answers on a postcard please!)

Our thanks go to Danny at Insignia for the

artwork and supply of the polo shirts.

The skies were bright and not too much

breeze at the start, but as the round went on

the wind got up and created a few wayward

shots. Fortunately this time no-one decided to

paddle in the water collecting wayward balls.

There was once again strong competition for

the top spot, with several players scoring in

the high thirties, but the Overall Winner

was Dave Bennett who knocked up a score

of 41 points.

The Nearest The Pin Winners were Nigel

Chadderton, and Norrie Bull

The Annual Hog Roast has been announced

for June 19 th and any member wishing to buy

tickets (guest tickets also available) should

obtain them as soon as possible from Joe.

The June meeting of the club will be Lorca Resort

Golf Club, all members and guests welcome,

please book early.

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Double Podium For Supermoto Brothers.

For the first time this year, both of the British

Supermoto racing brothers from Murcia

were in action at the 2 nd round of the Valencian

Championship at Oliva, near Denia.

The brothers were in devastating form,

with Mat Ford-Dunn racing in the SM Masters

class and younger brother Anthony in

the tougher SM Open category.

Both brothers were trying new rear suspension

parts that made the handling of the

bikes near perfect for the fast flowing corners

of the Oliva race track. Qualifying went

well, with Anthony 2 nd in his class and Mat

on pole for the SM Masters. With the two

classes racing together, it was the first time

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this year that the brothers had lined up on

the same grid.

The first of their two races saw Anthony

lead the

opening laps

before being

overtaken by

Spanish Ace,

Israel Esclarera.

The

two riders

battled hard

for the rest

of the race

with Israel

taking the

win with Anthony

a very

close 2 nd . Mat

was a little

too keen

away from

the start of

the first race

and had to make a jump start, stop and go

penalty before rejoining the race. The penalty

didn’t stop him from charging through

the field to finish a close 2 nd behind the

leader in the SM Masters class.

The 2 nd race saw Anthony repeat his fantastic

start from race 1 and this time he

opened up a small lead until a mistake in

the dirt section allowed Israel past and Anthony

had to be content with another 2 nd

position. Mat managed a clean start this

time, and soon battled his way into the lead

of the SM Masters class, opening up a lead

to finish first at the flag and take the overall

SM Masters victory with his 2 nd -1 st results.

Anthony managed a superb 2 nd overall in

the much tougher SM Open class with his

two 2 nd positions.

The brothers and their sponsors, Advance

Moves International Removals would

like to thank the many spectators and race

fans that turned up to the race and the support

and encouragement that was given at

a great days racing.

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The annual competition known as the Gerry

Clarke Rose Bowl Memorial was again held at

Hacienda del Alamo on April 25 th .

Paul.

The Division One Winner with 31 points was

Ron Smart with Danny Lewis coming a close

second with 28 points.

overall and in Division Three with a personal

best score of 33 points.

The Nearest the Pin prize on hole 5 was won

by Ron Smart while Keith Stubbs took the

prize on the 15th green.

As we started the round it was soon clear

that the wind was going to make a big difference

to the players’ scores, but with the

driving rain that followed, the conditions became

atrocious. Fifteen players managed to

complete the game with Paul Western becoming

the Rose Bowl Champion with 34 points.

The Rose Bowl was presented to him by Jean

Clarke and Captain Derek Hayward. Well done

In Division Two, Roger Ollerenshaw took first

place with 32 points and Dave Barrett came in

with 24 points to claim second spot.

Paul Western with his 34 points total took

the Division Three prize to add to his trophy

collection and Gavin Elbourne came second

The Winning Guest was Alan Coleman with 25

points

Should anyone wish to join the Fuente Old

Guards, or just play as a guest, please contact

Dave on 868 082 013.

Soccer School Camposol / Pareton vs

Hacienda 1-3

On Saturday, May 18th at 11am was the third

game of the Soccer School. After having

won two matches we were full of confidence,

but the Hacienda team was well prepared and

had a good start. They scored the first goal

with a beautiful shot from the striker. After

that the soccer school got some possibilities.

George and Louis were close to scoring

a goal, but again and again it was that good

goalkeeper who intervened! Just before half

time the Hacienda team made it 0-2.

In the second half, it went better for the Soccer

School and they got more grip on the

game, but Hacienda remained dangerous on

the counter. Lorena had to make good saves

a few times and then out of nowhere came

the 0-3. A shot that changed of direction went

just into the goal. From that moment it was

all or nothing. It was Jaime and Vicente who

were very close with scoring a goal and totally

out of the blue a great kick from Lorena and

the ball went over everybody and came just

at the feet of George.

He walked straight to

the goal and stayed

cool scoring a beautiful

goal.

All in all a good game

and........ oh yes

sometimes you win

and sometimes you

lose; that is the way

it is.

For the summer the

Soccer School is offering

extra training

days. These fun days

have been held for

three years with great success. Everyone is

welcome. The training will be 10am-1pm on

the following days:

JUNE: 25th, 26th & 27th

JULY: 12th, 13th & 14th

AUG: 2nd, 3rd & 4th

AUG: 23rd, 24th & 25th

For more information email jelcooosterhof@

hotmail.com or give us a call on (0034)

653 120 633

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La Liga Local de Fútbol with Fontanería Carlos

at the top of the league.

This year is one of the most exciting ever with

exceptional sportsmanship being the norm in

most cases. The Councillor for Sport, Andrés

Valera said that La Liga provides enjoyment

and entertainment with a high degree of competitiveness.

Francisco and Antonio Santiago, from Ginés

y Ana scored 9 and 7 goals respectively.

La Liga has sanctioned the disqualification

of championship player Juan José Heredia

from Agrimur for serious misconduct during

the match between Fontanería Carlos and

Agrimur. The competition Committee has

warned that it won’t allow any conduct involving

anti-sports from its participants. They demand

respect among the players and referees

of the tournament as an essential part of this

competition. They will take measures that are

considered appropriate for the game’s proper

functioning. In addition, is it has sanctioned a

match ban for Francisco Menchón receiving a

red card and Juan José Ruiz for accumulation

of yellow cards.

Unfortunately the game between Calzados

Luna and Ginés y Ana had to be suspended

due to misconduct between the two teams

and these teams will be closely watched in

future games.

With regard to the rest of the matches, Automaza

S.A. won by 6 goals to 5 to Ángela

S.L., while Fontanería Carlos won by 4

goals to 3 against Agrimur S.A. Postponed

were matches that still have to be played are

Prive Erasmo against Citronor, and Domi

Dos against Aceromaza. After these encounters,

Alex Javier from Fontanería Carlos is

the man of the League with 10 goals. Juan

Pt PJ PG PE PP GF GC DG

Fontaneria Carlos 13 5 4 1 0 22 11 +11

Automaza S.A. 12 5 4 0 1 30 18 +12

Gines Y Ana 12 5 4 0 1 25 17 +8

Calzados Luna 9 5 3 0 2 22 19 +3

Aceromaza 6 4 2 0 2 13 14 -1

Prive Erasmo 6 4 2 0 2 13 17 -4

Domi Dos 5 4 1 2 1 14 12 +2

Agrimur S.A. 3 5 1 0 4 14 26 -12

Citronor 1 4 0 1 3 10 19 -9

Angela S.L. 0 5 0 0 5 16 26 -10

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27 players took part in this year’s competition,

which was held at Playa Macenas Golf

Complex, Mojacar. Most golf reports say

the course was in great condition; well this

will be a bit different.

The fairways were green, the bunkers had

sand in them, the greens were as slick as

the top of my head, the bloke who chose

the pin positions must have been a sadist,

but hey, the sun was out all day and we all

enjoyed ourselves. I wonder if it was Bob

up there who chose the pin positions. The

course was in good condition and a good

test for all handicap golfers.

Before the results, we would like to thank

the following companies and individuals for

their generous support:

Playa Macenas Golf Complex, Trevi

Bar, Ocean Fish Bar, The Club House, Fred

Mordue, John Strain, Leigh Street, Steve

Dixon and Del King. Without your fantastic

help, the day would be just another golf

day; instead it was a fabulous one for all

to remember.

The Par Threes were won by Eugene Toye

twice! The following had one each: Big

Nev, Dirty Harry, Ces Mcann, Pete Coulstock,

Old Jeff and Pete Stevenson.

The main competition was Singles Stapleford.

28 players should have played, but

Chris Scates tried to cut his throat shaving

which took 3 hours to stop bleeding. Poor

Chris, you missed a great day; see you

next year. Bob would have been proud to

have a lot of friends and colleagues turning

out for his memorial day.

In 3 rd place with 33 points was Pete Stevenson.

Runner-up with 34 points was Old Jeff.

Our winner this year was our Clint Eastwood

lookalike Dirty Harry Peers with 36

points. Harry has won the cup twice now

and was a very popular winner. Well done

Harry.

Many friends and wives joined us at Mojacar

to see the weekend out. The drinks

must be slightly stronger down there; just

ask the ones who had to be put to bed

early.

Thanks to everyone who turned up.

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Mazarrón FC’s form continued to improve

in the latter stages of the season. With three

wins, two draws and only one defeat between

mid March and mid May, the team cemented

their position in the middle of the table with

just three games remaining. Although hopes

were high back in September for a promotion

push, a dreadful start to the season in which

only two points were obtained from the first

six games made this an unrealistic prospect.

The return of youngsters Jose Da and Diego

junior in recent weeks has improved both the

quality and performances of the team which

was highlighted with a 1-1 draw to the runaway

league champions Yeclano Deportivo and

an 8-2 thrashing of lowly Cieza. The strength

in depth of the squad has improved considerably

and it is to be hoped that many of the

players will stay with the club for next season.

If this is the case, there is a great chance that

a promotion bid could be launched in 2013-

14.

Mazarron’s home games are normally

played on Sundays with varying kick off

times. Admission is €4 with juveniles free.

Full details of all games, are announced on

the Tuesday before the weekend on which the

game is to be played and advertised in the local

media, on our website www.losamigosdemazarron.es

and on posters at various

points throughout the area.

The friendly game on 8 th June sees the visit of

Holbrook Sports FC of the English East Midlands

Counties League. The game which will

be played as usual at the Estadio Municipal

has a 5pm kick off. Holbrook are staying in

Mazarrón for their end of season trip and their

players and officials will also be attending the

Mazarrón FC end of season Player of the

Year Dinner organised by Los Amigos de

Mazarrón FC.

This year’s event is to be held at Mariano’s,

Camposol A, on Saturday 8 th June at 8pm,

following the game. In addition to the usual

Player of the Year, Young Player of the

Year and Players’ Player of the Year Trophies,

there will also be presentations to both

Mazarrón FC and Holbrook Sports. There will

be the usual Mariano’s ‘chicken and French

fries’ meal and music and dancing with Backwater.

There are still a few tickets available

at just 10€ each. A coach will be available to/

from Camposol and Mazarrón Country Club at

5€. At the time of writing there are only a

handful of tickets remaining for the coach,so

please call at the Trevi Bar on Thursday 6 th

June 3.30-4pm if you would like tickets for

the function and/or coach tickets.

Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC stalwart, Trevor

Taylor, presented a cheque for 2500€ to

Jose Rodriguez the President of Mazarrón

FC from the proceeds of the 4 th Annual Gala

Evening and Dinner organised by Los Amigos

in support of Mazarrón FC in March.

Plans are now underway for the 5 th Gala

Evening and Dinner 2014; more news will

be available soon.

Mazarrón Football Base hosted a four team

schoolboy tournament at the Estadio Municipal

on 1 st May when a large crowd saw an

exciting day’s play. With hot dogs, burgers

and pork sandwiches on sale, together with

the usual alcoholic and soft drinks, there was

something for everyone to enjoy. The tournament

was won by CD Meditaranneo from

Cartagena who defeated a Murcia Football

Federation select team in the final

If you are interested in football, why not join

us at our weekly meetings at the Trevi Bar,

Camposol B and at the various social events

we organise throughout the year? You can

find out all the latest information about your

local football team and others in the area and

enjoy a drink amongst friends in pleasant surroundings.

You will also be able to view and,

hopefully purchase some of our large range of

Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC merchandise.

See you on Thursday at 4 pm!!!

Remaining fixtures:

Sunday 2 nd June

Beniajan CF

(home)

Saturday 8th June

Holbrook Sports (Friendly) (home) 5pm

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Manage Your Weight by David Gay PGA

Professional

One of the most common flaws I see in chipping

is poor weight management. Often, I see

my students try to chip by emulating miniature

full swings, where they shift their weight

to their right side on the back-swing and then

over to their left on the forward-swing. Now

that may be the kind of weight management

you want with a full swing, but with chipping,

the more stable you are at setup, impact and

the finish, the more likely you’re going to

make crisp, consistent contact with the golf

ball.

To improve your chipping weight management,

I recommend you keep your weight at what I

call “60/40” during your chipping stroke. This

means keeping 60% of your weight on your

left side (for right handed golfers) and 40%

on your right side from start to finish. To maximize

the potential of the 60/40 swing, start

with the proper set-up. Play the ball in the

middle to middle-back of your stance, with the

hands slightly

in front of

the golf ball.

Naturally, the

60/40 swing

will be a little

steeper than

normal, which

in the case of

chipping is a

good thing.

If you try and

keep the club

low to the

ground, you’ll

likely get

caught up in

the grass and

hit a lot of fat

and/or topped chips. We don’t want that! Just

remember, 60/40 doesn’t exactly mean placing

a big majority of your weight on your left

side; it just means a slight favouring of the

left side. In the photos, it still looks like my

weight is fairly evenly balanced, doesn’t it?

If you overdo it and place too much weight

on your left side, you’ll get too steep and/

or you’ll inadvertently shift to your right side,

again, causing all sorts of problems with consistent

contact.

A great drill to practice the 60/40 swing is to

take a head cover or even a book and place

it just outside your right foot in the back of

your stance. Hit a few chips and be sure you

don’t hit the wood on the backswing or on the

downswing. Having that obstacle not only will

steepen your swing a bit, but it will force you

to keep your 60/40 weight scheme throughout

the stroke.

The key for better chipping is to minimize

excessive weight shifting and swinging a little

steeper than you’re used to. Do that and

you’ll start dialing in better chips in no time.

For more information on lessons and club repairs

you can contact David on 670 083 939

or email davidgaypga@mac.com

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Sailing Association Mar Menor (SAMM)

On April 21 st and the Second Race Day of the

season, we wanted a little less wind, but forgot

to say how much less. Having delayed the

start to allow for an increase in wind speed,

the first hurdle for the dinghies in the fleet

was to negotiate their way through some 75

Optimist dinghies parked across the slipway

awaiting the start of their own race. Good to

see so many youngsters enjoying the sport.

The SAMM race eventually got underway with

a fleet of 9 boats with 21 competitors taking

to the water to sail round Isla Perdiguera.

Deltania Uno was soon in trouble struggling

to make the start line – some attention to

trimming required. The Shoestring Gamba

experienced problems with the centre board

and began drifting. The crew of Vernon

O’Byrne, Ingo Wilson and Carl Vogt eventually

beached on the island to effect repairs

and have a lunch. They did resume racing,

but failed to complete the course. Meanwhile,

the race was being keenly contested and although

different tactics were being employed,

four crossed the line within an 80 second period.

After just over 2 hours, the Weta helmed

by Brian Murray and crewed by Linda Coats

crossed the line first, followed by Peter Cadwell

sailing the Laser 2000 single handed.

Once the handicaps were applied, Balaton

Connie took first place with Rob Cheshire on

the helm and crew members Marianne Elias

and Carol Sibson (another first for Carol)

The Third Race Day of the spring series

welcomed twenty-one helms and crews in 8

boats, 5 cruisers and 3 dinghies. With onshore

winds, 9/10 kph in a south westerly direction,

some boats had to put in a number of

tacks to get into open water, negotiating the

narrow strip between the reef and the jetty.

Whilst the catamaran was slow to start the

race and never made any impact, the rest

of the fleet were all very keen to show their

skills. Gemini Uno suffered some gear failure

and was unable to complete the first

race, but managed to effect repairs for the

second race. After three laps the new Hartley,

helmed by Tug Wilson and Don Clarke,

crossed the finish line some five minutes before

the next boat; an impressive result for

the new boat. Once the handicaps were applied,

Conny, the Balaton with Robert Hudson

and Terry Chapman was, for the fourth

time in a row, declared the winner putting the

Hartley into second place.

The afternoon race saw an increase in wind

speed to 15 plus and all the morning competitors

availing themselves of the challenge.

Success evaded the Hartley which capsized

almost at the start of the race. The crew,

Linda Coats, hitched a lift back to shore in

the support boat leaving Don Clarke to return

single handed. Again fortune refused to shine

on the catamaran and although Tug Wilson,

with his crew of Ingo Wilson and Pete Cadman

brought Shoestring Uno over the line

first, he once again had to settle for second

place on handicap with Conny taking the first

place.

SAMM was pleased to welcome Justine Sylvester

to helm the support boat for the day.

Justine was visiting the Mar Menor to gain

additional practical experience to add to her

Yachtmaster’s qualification. Well done Justine,

SAMM certainly benefitted from your

presence.

For further information visit

www.sailingmarmenor.com

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Judo Championships

Francisco Javier Paños is Regional Champion

up to 34 KG

Joaquín Contreras achieved a creditable 3rd

in the category of 38 kg

In Alhama de Murcia on 4th May, the second

phase of the Regional Senior Championship

of Judo was attended by two athletes from

the Sports School of Judo de Mazarrón, both

achieving outstanding results. Francisco Javier

Paños is Regional Champion in the 34kg

category and Joaquín Contreras achieved a

creditable 3rd in the 38kg category. In the afternoon,

also in Alhama de Murcia, held “Los

Mayos” of Judo, in which Francisco Javier Paños

repeated his previous performance in the

Open Seniors and won another gold medal.

The sports department congratulates both

judo competitors for these medals, which will

serve as a stimulus for the children of the

Sports School of Judo.

Table Tennis

The II Regional Table Tennis Open Championships

took place in San Javier. Juan Francisco

López was runner-up in the Seniors. Benito

González, in the Seniors, and Miguel Ortiz and

Juan Manuel González, in the Juniors, represented

C.D. Mazarrón T.M.

Juan Francisco López reached the finals after

defeating Benito González by 3 sets to 1, but

he lost to Juan Pedro Sánchez after a tight

match 3-2.

Manual González reached the quarter finals,

but lost by 3 sets to 1 and Miguel Ortiz also

lost in the quarter finals, but they were good

results for the Mazarrón team.

Their next matches were in Murcia at the Pabellón

Príncipe de Asturias.

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Lg computer chair 25€.

Computer table 25€.

Epsom printer 15€.

Hat & coat stand15€.

Portable gas fire 25€.

Tel 635 838 834 Mazarrón

Upright Wine/drinks chiller. Hold up to

45 bottles & cans. Light and adjustable

temp. 125€. Can email photos.

Tel 968 682 128 Ricote

Above ground, metal sided pool/3.5m

diameter/ 900 high/pump/cover etc 50€

ono

Tel 689 371 127 Purias

Hinari bodyzone deep heat massager/5

attachments as 10€

Single flocked camping mattress/foot

pump 8€

Oxford Learn Spanish cassette course

10€

Tel 635 885 062

UK TO SPAIN - MAN WITH A VAN

Travelling from south England, end of

June

to Camposol/Murcia.

George: 0044 743 202 36 79

Lg quantity tongue/groove/2 doors/1

window & various long lengths/treated

250€

Email losarcosfuente@hotmail.co.uk

Tel 968 130 787

Recon Turbo unused 1995 Pargero Exceed

2.8 400€

Nearly New Bridgstones H/T 265/70

110H 50€

2 Boch fog lights (Black ) 50€

Tel 662 465 080 Camposol.

GROUPS

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Lg rug 182cm x 275cm/dark blue/floral

pattern on 2 corners. Exc cond. 90€

2 single beds as new/bed covers/curtains

to match and 2 prs cream sheets/

pillows/pillowcases 45€ ono

Tel 968 974 053 (Camposol)

4 orange gas bottles 20€ each

Tel 968 150 905

Samsung LCD TV 46”. Exc picture with

stand and/or wall bracket 150€.No digital

TV option. Buyer to collect.

Tel 610 952 080 Totana

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HOUSING UPDATE JUNE 2013

Has Your Property Not Sold?

Here are some ideas you might like to try:

Give it a facelift - sometimes you need to

spend a little money to make your house

look “better than the rest”. It is so inexpensive

to change kitchen unit doors and

work tops (I’m not talking granite here!)

that you can produce a sparkling white

kitchen in only a few days. This will make

all the difference when clients are looking

at a number of properties. If you can’t

do it yourself, then there are a number of

businesses in the Costa Cálida Chronicle

that can help you spruce up your home.

Review the price – you may be dropping

the price of your house by 5,000€ every

six months. It’s not enough if you want to

sell. If you drip feed reductions, you are

only following the market downturn. If you

are serious about selling, then you need to

be ahead of the market. Talk to your agent

about a sensible price if you are serious

about selling. Forget what you paid for

it – harsh words I know, but if you need/

want to sell, price your property correctly

and take the plunge. It may have been six

months or more since you spoke to your

agent, or when you agreed the price. The

market is still dropping, although maybe

slower of late, but what seemed a good

price 6 months ago may now in fact be too

high. As agents, we can only give advice

of what we see selling. It might not be

what you want to hear but sometimes the

facts speak for themselves.

Energy Efficiency Certificates - The

general rule is that, from June 1 st , 2013, all

owners wishing to sell their home in Spain

must obtain an authorised energy certificate.

The certificate, which is valid for 10

years, is gained by having the property

inspected by a qualified professional. We

have been advised by our lawyers that no

completions can take place at the Notary

on or after 1 st June 2013 without this certificate.

The price for the certificate seems

to range from around 200€ to 450€ depending

on property size. There are many

companies now advertising this service, so

contact one of them or speak to your agent

and they will be able to advise you who to

speak to or what to do.

If you have any questions about buying or

selling a property, then contact me.

Jennie Iredale

Best of Spanish

Email infor@bestofspanish.com

Telephone (0034) 635 434 651

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Accomodation

La Mariposa 968 631 008

Respite Care B & B 638 392 737

Accountants:

Corral & Alcaraz 968 078 754

Silvente 968 332 058

Airport Parking:

Seguro Parking 622 062 115

Banking & Finance:

Lloyds Bank International 902 024 365

Money Corp 902 887 243

UK Tax Refunds 965 636 938

Builders:

Fuente Building Services 696 744 982

Tony’s Building Services 647 119 952

Building Services:

A1 Garden & Ground Serv 628 505 733

Crystal Conservatories 680 386 142

Doors And More 968 431 190

B & H Soluciones (Energy) 692 902 302

JD Roofing & Building 630 269 994

Kano Architectural Design 963 141 082

Kennelly’s Electrical Serv 968 341 749

Solar Film Spain 634 143 240

VIP Services 650 893 607

Woodworks Direct 649 540 016

Olivier Houdusse 968 153 645

Education

Intensive Spanish Beginners Course

630 939 626

Electricians:

Kennelly’s Electrical Serv 686 341 749

Louis Harris 619 712 821

Entertainment

Angels Instead 634 165 296

Nigel Burchill 602 439 313

The Voice Kaylou 695 011 121

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Bars, Cafés & Restaurants:

Alley Palais Diner 968 978 869

Amapola Restaurant 660 328 092

Big G’s American Diner 607 920 914

Bistro Bulgaria Camposol 968 199 914

Bistro Bulgaria (CDA) 968 328 084

Bistro Ratatouille 968 155 887

Blues House American Grill 968 156 537

Cafeteria Plaza 968 705 406

Casa Del Nono 968 152 056

Chez Zoe 676 691 324

Elliots Bolnuevo 968 158 499

Kennelly’s Bar/Restaurant 686 341 749

La Cata 868 082 662

La Chara 968 152 016

La Mariposa 968 631 008

La Vida 625 917 425

Le Carrousel 636 690 126

Le Gourmet 968 154 315

Leonardo’s 628 682 303

Liz’s Cafe 696 724 123

Mamma Mia 628 682 303

Oscars 627 689 888

Quality Indian 968 199 198

Restaurant Marina 619 500 555

Spice Villa 968 199 226

The Arches 653 081 341

The Clover 868 082 057

The Condado Club 868 082 058

The New Royal 968 595 864

The Old Market Tavern 968 154 330

The Steak Out 968 970 619

The Vista Bar 648 731 309

Tropic Ana’s 699 060 472

Carpentry:

Philip Carpenter/Joiner 680 443 219

Car Hire:

Bolnuevo Cars 968 150 979

F & C Rent a Car 968 199 156

Cars & Transport:

Autotune 634 143 240

Calida CMS Car sales 603 135 387

Puncture Safe Murcia 968 979 260

Specialist Vehicles SL 968 146 158

Catering:

Country Kitchen 603 135 387

The Roving Diner 676 217 059

Chimney Sweeps:

Tony Chimney Sweep 646 438 694

Chiropodists:

Phillip Dawe 968 150 244

Cleaning Services:

Helping Hands Home Care 675 865 636

K J Window Cleaning 688 697 629

Limpieza Rosa 619 199 407

Computer Repairs & Sales:

Camposol Computers 968 199 191

Consulting IT Services 691 993 219

Loco Murcia 968 971 893

Dentists

Dental Care 968 199 111

English Speaking Dentist 968 707 428

Funeral Plans:

ASSSA 968 153 396

The Funeral Director 650 631 719

Furniture:

DFS 968 334 194

Furniture Plus 968 482 456

Garden Centres & Services

A1 Garden & Ground Serv 628 505 733

Garden Centre 2003 669 565 402

Hairdressers & Barbers

Jane’s Salon 968 158 433

Martin & The Cutting Crew 664 051 612

The Beauty Palace 968 971 828

The Salon 691 916 717

The Salon 2 686 354 232

Health & Beauty:

Freedom Mobility 638 893 357

Jane’s Salon 968 158 433

Rosies Toesies 639 171 835

The Beauty Palace 968 971 828

The Fuschia Beauty Clinic 630 439 480

The Salon 691 916 717

The Salon 2 686 354 232

Heating and Aircon:

Calida Gas & Oil 659 761 771

Camposol Heating & Maintenance (CHM)

968 199 184

Cool Solutions 600 418 220

Louis Harris 619 712 821

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Home Furnishings:

Curtain Call 616 240 171

Yorkshire Linen, Pto Maz 968 595 946

Yorkshire Linen, San Javier 968 193 912

Insurance:

ASSSA 968 153 396

Ibex 968 595 945

Liberty Seguros 902 255 258

Linea Directa 902 123 975

Nash Warren 968 156 583

Internet Cafés:

Alley Palais 968 978 869

Camposol Computers 968 199 191

Kennels, Cateries and Pet Care

4 Legs Dog Grooming 608 712 599

Catatonic 646 705 403

Colina Kennels 639 012 342

Delmonte Cat Hotel 968 168 711

El Carro Cattery & Kennels 620 582 654

Pampered Paws 634 302 388

Laundrettes:

Rainbow Laundrette 634 309 603

The Laundry Shop 968 131 997

Legal Services:

Corral & Alcaraz 968 078 754

Costa Calida Properties 968 199 251

Nicky G Translation Serv 968 199 245

Silvente Accountant/Lawyer 968 332 058

Mechanics:

Colair 626 796 149

Decklid Auto Services 626 678 840

Eurotyre 968 424 605

Ken Sherwood Mechanic 679 646 859

Kwik Fix English Mechanic 968 972 006

Lopez Milan 968 429 216

Mobile Car Mechanic 666 161 129

Neumáticos El Ceña 968 422 015

Medical:

Calida Caring Agency 968 431 395

Freedom Mobility 638 893 357

Respite Care 638 392 737

Outdoor Living:

Furniture Plus 968 482 456

Woodworks Direct 649 540 016

Painting and Decorating:

Helping Hands 675 865 636

RJB Décor Painting 699 044 742

Trevor Smith 968 163 298

Calida Gas & Oil 659 761 771

Camposol Heating & Maintenance

968 199 184

Printing & Design:

Entorno Grafico 968 654 007

Mister Print 638 893 357

Property Maintenance:

Helping Hands 675 865 636

Trevor Smith 968 163 298

Property Rentals:

La Manga 4 U 0044 7921 351298

Owners Away 691 977 107

Paramount Resort Villa Rentals

968 970 614

Property Sales:

Another World Properties 968 592 679

Best of Spanish 635 434 651

Fuente Alamo Real Estate 968 598 173

Golden Sun Properties 968 152 515

Holmes & Pegg 968 199 290

Old Farmhouses 968 159 264

Prime Property Murcia 646 692 471

Removals & Storage

Advance Moves 968 654 667

Dainton’s 696 180 634

Lord’s Removals & Storage 608 061 872

Retail Outlets:

Just Fabulous 968 970 599

Kitchens Plus 1 968 184 235

Legs & Co 660 792 513

Le Gourmet 968 154 315

Multioptica 968 199 361

T J Electricals 868 181 121

Security

ADS Locksmith 600 255 250

Arivic S. L (safes) 626 981 735

Eriks Metal Works 636 050 008

Protech Surveillance 667 196 366

The Forge 618 963 958

Services:

4 Legs Dog Grooming 608 712 599

Compusurf 968 970 666

Healthy H20 968 437 270

Pampered Paws 634 302 388

Puncture Safe Murcia 968 979 260

Solar Power:

Freesol 659 232 507

Solar Directa 659 315 130

Professional & Legal Solutions

968 595 826

Silvente Accountant/Lawyer

968 332 058

Spas & Hottubs:

Eurospas 650 722 905

Sport & Leisure:

Alfvin´s Rune & Tarot 634 168 285

Alley Palais 968 978 869

CDA Fitness 634 304 087

Costa Cálida Radio 902 903 783

Dance Zone 649 647 467

Espuña Adventure 968 631 008

Golf 525 Murcia 968 575 975

Hacienda Los Granadicos 968 433 617

Horse Riding META 636 172 198

Sacred Hearts 650 796 579

Swimming Pool Cleaning &

Maintenance:

Alpha Pools 968 971 824

Daisy Pool Covers 660 080 201

Jorge Pools 674 168 000

Köhn Pool Service 968 138 638

Watermaid 646 705 088

Translation:

Costa Calida Property Serv 968 199 251

Nicky G Translations 968 199 245

Travel Agents

Dragon Tours 968 199 021

TV & Satellite:

CTV Aerial & Satellite Systems

600 218 046

ISS 655 480 543

Loco Murcia 968 971 893

Rainbow Satellites 686 358 475

T J Electricals 868 181 121

YPM Satellites 628 234 045

Veterinary Clinics:

Clinica Veterinaria Pto Maz 968 153 931

Emerg 608 466 553

Clinica Veterinaria SurEste 965 352 438

Veterinary Clinic Maskota 968 597 929

Emerg 619 378 473

Plumbers:

Apache 24/7 Plumbing 674 788 693

Solicitors:

Corral & Alcaraz 968 078 754

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If you are an existing customers and you have some Business News that you would like to

share with our readers then why not email it to us to be included on our Business News page.

Please keep your news to about 50 words and send us an email by 15th of the month,

to costacalidachronicle@gmail.com with Business News in the subject box.

Two Years Old Already!!

TJ Electricals – Euronics - celebrated their

2 nd birthday in May. Where has the time

gone? It only seems like a few months ago

that they were fitting out the shop getting

ready to open. Now, with satisfied customers

all over the region, they have started

their 3 rd year. With their slogan ‘It’s all

about the service’ they must be doing

something right.

Tel 868 181 121

Kwik Fix at Cañadas del Romero can supply

and fit new tyres, repair punctures and

carry out full services for brakes, cambelts,

clutches, suspension and all other

work for your car. They also do pre-ITV

checks and can ITV your car. They also

refurbish sun damaged headlights. There

is a courtesy car available and a reception

area where you can wait. They have ample

storage for cars, vans, campers, boats and

caravans.

Tel 968 972 006

Noah’s ARC has just opened a new shop

on Camposol B, which is located opposite

the petrol station and next door to the

La Caixa Bank. They have bric-a-brac,

clothes, accessories and furniture at very

reasonable prices.

If you have any of the above items you

would like to donate we would be happy to

collect, call Chris on 634 332 335

Opening hours are 10:30am-2.30pm Mon-

Sat.

Jane’s Salon is proud to announce the

opening of their second salon. On Condado

de Alhama, Polaris World, situated at the

Condado Club, opening Tues-Sat, Jane’s

Salon will be offering all hair, beauty and

health treatments in the 2 beauty rooms

and a stylish hair salon all under one roof.

For directions just call 968 158 433

«Clearance corner for one month

only»

Come to Furniture Plus at the Piramide

Center, Puerto de Mazarrón for end of

ranges and various bits and bobs all up for

grabs. Come and grab yourself a bargain

before they all go. Open through siesta.

Tel 968 153 907

Melissa at The Salon, Camposol C would

like to welcome Billi-Michelle a fully qualified

Beauty & Nail Technician to her team!

We know that she will bring a sparkle to

The Salon and we wish her all the luck in

her new job.

Tel 691 916 717

The Blues House American Bar & Grill

Steak Special for 2 on Fridays until the end

of June consists of Steak, Chips or Jacket

Potato and Salad and wine, beer or soft

drink for just 22€ per couple. On Sundays

they are introducing a Blues House Special

Buffet, all for 6.95€.

Tel 968 156 537 to book your table.

Old Farmhouses - Paramount -

Letting -Investment

Now that the Paramount Theme Park has

building permissions approved, there will

be a shortage of letting accommodation

for engineers, technicians, builders

etc employed by the company. We have

many bank repossessed properties in the

area that with refurbishment would meet

these needs. See our website

www.oldfarmhouses.es or call 968

159 264

April was one of the best months so far this

year for house sales at Best of Spanish,

with all the completions happening quickly

in May. Could this be the start of a good

summer for sales? We are always looking

for properties to sell in Mazarrón Country

Club, Puerto de Mazarrón and Bolnuevo.

Please contact Jennie on (0034) 635 434

651

Email info@bestofspanish.com

Since opening the office in Bolnuevo, Bolnuevo

Cars have realized the need for

scooters for hire to be included in their

service. They now have 125cc scooters at

great prices which are ideal for the summer.

They also have a mobility scooter

for hire. All customers, old and new,

please come and visit us for a quote.

Tel 968 150 979

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May 2013 Quiz Answers

1. Where can you see six wild boars?

Front Cover

2. Who claims to give you “Low cost

removal Spain - UK – Spain?

Advance Moves

3. What does Philip Peacock Offer you?

Carpentry Services

4. Who offers traditional Italian cooking

with a Italian chef?

Mamma Mia

5. Where can you find Martin & the Cutting

Crew?

Camposol Sector B Shopping Centre

6. Who is offering you the Queen’s

birthday menu?

Ma Millbank’s Kitchen

7. Who are the new owners of Don Ricardo’s

International Bistro?

Antoine and Corrine

8. Where would you find “Le Gourmet”?

Calle Mayor, 45 Puerto de Mazarrón

9. Who says “We clean pools, we also

do everything else”?

Watermaid Europe S.L.

10. What happened on the 4 th April 1975

in Albuquerque New Mexico?

Microsoft was founded

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