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Costa

The Longest Established

FREE Magazine

in Murcia

Cálida

Chronicle

www.costacalidachronicle.com

Date: August 2014 Issue: 9 Volume: XIII


SPECIAL PAGES

Mar Menor 30-34

Mazarrón 66-71

Northwest Murcia 46-49

Sport 86-89

What’s On 77-83

ADVERTORIAL

A Time 4 A Change 30

Corral & Alcaraz 14

Dragontours 83

Healthy H2O 24

Sensol Golf Villas 16

Silvente 26

CHARITIES

ACTIN 62

Age Concern 69

Andrea’s Charity 40

Cavalli Foundation 28

Cruz Azul 32

Equipo Bastet 85

FAST 69

GOmaD 56

Help 4 Heroes 44

HELP MMM 31

Helping Hands 41

JJ’s 42

Lions 40

MABS Mar Menor 30

MABS Mazarrón 66

MABS Northwest 46

MAMAS 55

MARA 48

Noah’s ARC 18

PALS 8

Pets in Spain 56

Swap Tears for Smiles 67

The Samaritans 10

CHILDREN

Chatterbox 22

Mazarrón Leos 67

EDUCATION

Jane Cronin 74

ENTERTAINMENT

Cloud Nine 40

FOOD & DRINK

Ma Millbank 64

Menu del Dia 76

Vegetable of the Month 62

GROUPS

Camposol C Greenfingers 66

CRA 68

Humanists 74

Los Palacios 71

MCC Social Club 66

Student Accommodation 16

Team Harmony 22

Welcome 60

HEALTH/BEAUTY

Beauty Tips 16

Fitness Month by Month 60

Forget Me Not 71

Natural Health 33

INFORMATION

Advertisers’ Directory 92/93

Animal Matters 10

Blue Flags 20

British Embassy 20

Business News 6

Cartagena Town Hall 50

Classified Ads 90

Dear Editor 84

Life in Spain 12

Mazarrón News 70

Mar Menor Musings 34

Northwest Murcia 47

Out & About 38

Spanish News 72

Teresa’s Travels 44

World Water Week 24

LEISURE

Author Review 54

Gardening News 94

Hiking in Moratalla 46

Murcia Dance 42

NEST 12

Never a Dull Moment 52

Poem 55

Puzzle Page 57

Puzzle Solutions 90

TV News 8

WARM 48

PROPERTY

Housing Update 91

RELIGION

Mass in English 38

Olive Branch 14

Open Door 84

St Nicholas Church 26

Welcome House 48

Wellspring Victory Church 7

SPORT

Camposol Golf 87

Fuente Old Guard 87

Local Sport 88

Los Amigos Golf 88

Los Amigos Mazarrón 86

SAMM 88

Straight Down the Middle 89

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We must first of all apologise to Mike

Eskdale for putting the wrong caption on

his beautiful picture on the front page

of last month’s magazine. He sent in

two photos which our design team at

first glance had assumed were both of

Cartagena. We were absolutely staggered

to receive so many emails, visits to the

office and calls and texts from readers

to be told that the photo was actually

in Murcia! We apologise if we offended

anyone from either Cartagena or Murcia

as this was absolutely unintentional.

To soften things slightly, we have put

the correct photo on this month’s front

page, courtesy of Clive Palmer, who has

also kindly written an article about the

true Cartagena Town Hall!

It is gratifying to see that so many of

our advertisers are now making full use

of the many additional free services that

we offer exclusively to customers of the

Costa Cálida Chronicle. In addition

to the advert in the printed magazine,

all our customers receive a free entry

on our very popular Website with

free entry in our Online Business

Directory. For customers that do not

have their own website they receive a

free web page which can be updated

regularly. For those that do have a

website, we provide a link, through

our website, absolutely free of charge.

In addition to this, any advertiser that

has regular and/or special events will

see them listed free in our What’s On

section (page 77) and our Menu del

Dia Guide (page 76) in the printed

magazine and on the website, enabling

a readership totalling over 25,000 per

month.

We welcome:

New Advertisers

Casas Del Mar

Monastario De Santa Eulalia

Murcia Aventuras

Sensol Golf Villa Sales

SkyTVCosta.com

Welcome Back

Carol Everett

La Vida Bar

Tel’s Bar

The Old Market Tavern

With some major problems in many

foreign destinations this summer we

hope that Spain will enjoy even more

tourists this year. Enjoy the rest of the

summer and for those on holiday, we

hope that you will let everyone know

what a great place the Costa Cálida is

and we hope that you return soon.

Please note that our office on Camposol is

within the Holmes & Pegg Estate Agency

on Camposol Sector B Commercial

Centre and that our opening hours are

10am-2pm from Monday until Friday. If

you are calling in with queries or to make

payments outside of these hours please

make sure it is by prior arrangement.

From all at the

Costa Cálida Chronicle

DISCLAIMER

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

opinions of the editor or publisher and the contents should be viewed as a guideline only. Professional advice should be sought to cover any

information printed therein. Advertisements and reports are not formally endorsed by the CCC. We cannot accept responsibility for advertisers’

works, service or goods. The publishers endeavour to ensure the contents are correct, but cannot accept responsibility for the effects of

errors or omissions.

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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.

A note to all our valued customers.

Please be aware that A Time 4 A Change,

El Algar, will be closed from Monday 11 th

August to Saturday 16 th August inclusive.

We will be open as usual on Monday 18 th

August.

Call 968 136 501 for any other information.

Enjoy your summer!

Visit El Faro Cafeteria in Puerto de

Mazarrón for the most stunning views of

the Bay of Mazarrón. Sit and enjoy the

amazing vista whilst enjoying one of the El

Faro cocktails or ice cream.

Tel 868 594 352

Summer is well and truly here and the

sunbed season is underway for ADS Sunbeds.

If you would like a sunbed and

umbrella on the main beach in Puerto de

Mazarrón, you are best getting there early.

ADS Sunbeds have two sites: One on the

main beach in Puerto de Mazarrón and another

at the beach at La Isla, so come on

down and enjoy the beach this summer.

Call 646 969 455

Call into Bar Alandalus, Valle del Sol on

the outskirts of Calasparra for live entertainment

on Saturday nights during August.

Alfonso will make you most welcome.

Their Menu del Dia is also excellent

value at 9€, with a special menu on fiesta

days at only 12.50€.

Tel 968 955 942/602 459 311

For Low Cost Removals from Spain-UK-

Spain, call the experts Advance Moves.

They can give you a quick online quote

at www.advancemoves.com. They will

also do local removals and storage here in

Spain.

Call 968 654 667

As it is World Water Week from August

31 st to 5 th September what better time to

think about saving water! Miles Guttering

Services are experts in installing guttering

in the area. Think how much water

you can save every time it rains! No more

water running away across your patio or

land. Save the water for use on the garden

or plants in pots.

Call 617 142 987

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Summer time is in full swing at Eden Hair

& Beauty. Try a Treatment and be one of

the first to experience our new Relaxation

Room opening in August or join us for

our Ladies’ Night on Thursday 14 th August

from 6pm until late.

Contact us on (0034) 620 072 536 to

find out more.

Checking your tyres is important during

the hot summer months as the pressures

may need to be changed. Neumáticos

Totana have a special offer on – when you

buy 4 new tyres, you get a free oil change.

They are experts in all areas of car repair

and maintenance, but specialise in tyres

and tracking.

Call in today, or call 968 424 605

Cool Nights Pillows are back in stock,

just in time for the hot nights!

These are a natural way to a cooler,

healthier and more comfortable night’s

sleep. With silver threads woven into the

luxury polycotton casing, this super plump

pillow gives the comfort of a premium pillow

whilst the revolutionary cover helps

regulate body temperature, conducting

heat away, keeping the pillow cool to the

touch. Tests show up to a 21% decrease in

temperature. The silver threads also have

supreme antibacterial qualities and when

teamed with the anti-allergy hollowfibre

fill, this ensures a healthier night’s sleep.

Only 30€ a pair, these pillows are exclusively

made for Yorkshire Linen in England.

Tel 968 595 946 (Mazarrón)

Tel 968 193 912 (San Javier)

The Arches Café Bar at La Oasis, Los Alcazares

is one of the busiest bars in the

area. They support many of the local

charities with books and clothes on sale at

various times during the month. They also

have live entertainment on most weekends.

See the What’s On section in this

month’s magazine, or call into the bar.

Tel 653 081 341

The Camposol Triangle Bars have come

together with other entertainment venues

on Camposol Sector B to bring you entertainment

7 nights per week. Not only will

there be live music every Thursday and

Friday throughout August on The Triangle

but music is now also on Tuesdays!! See

the What’s On section to find out more.

Camposol Sector B - Where the music

never ends!!

Fuente Building Services is now offering

a 15% discount to all new & existing clients

for all quotes accepted in August 2014.

Call Adrian now for a free no obligation

quote on 696 744 982 or email whiteanita2003@yahoo.co.uk

(The work can

be carried out anytime during 2014.)

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Choices, choices, choices - every day

of our lives is absolutely filled with them,

and some of the choices we will make will

be excellent, some will be good, but others

will be not so good and maybe even

downright bad. Ultimately the outcome of

the choices we make will decide on the

sort of day we have and how we enjoy our

lives; choices will even affect our lives for

the long term and something we decide on

today might change the path of our lives

forever.

I will give you the opportunity to

choose to read on… right now.

For those who are reading on, let me explain

further. We get bombarded with

choices at the supermarket on what food

to purchase; television advertising constantly

tries to persuade us to change

brands, from cars to banks and from washing

powder to mobile phones, but what

about the choices we are given that ultimately

could really affect the way we live

our lives and where a bad decision could

have serious consequences for ever?

The idea for this article came from an incident

I experienced while on holiday recently

in Colorado, USA. My wife and I

were staying with our family who have

lived there for the past eleven years and

during our stay we fulfilled my lifelong ambition

to visit Yellowstone National Park in

northwest Wyoming. The six of us enjoyed

a wonderful time, saw lots of wildlife and

spectacular scenery and at the end of our

visit we loaded everything back into our

vehicle and set out on our nine hour drive

across Wyoming, back home to Greeley,

Colorado. After several tedious hours

driving across the plains and getting stuck

in slow moving traffic, my son, who was

driving, made a choice that would alter

our journey home. Being a police-trained

driver and normally very careful, he saw

an overtaking opportunity [at last] and put

his foot down to pass the row of trucks

ahead of us. The road ahead was clear for

the next two to three miles and we were

in a marked overtaking lane, but my son

had not seen what was causing the traffic

in front of us to be driving at the 65

mph road limit in this part of the State.

As we passed the vehicle at the front of

the queue, he realized that it was a State

patrol vehicle towing another vehicle on a

trailer. The blue light immediately came on

and the officer pulled us over to the side of

the highway. To cut a long story short, the

mistake cost us a lot of time and cost my

son valuable dollars out of his wallet and a

recorded traffic violation. You see, my son

could have decided to obey the law and

tucked in behind the last vehicle which was

doing the speed limit, but his mind was on

the hill in the distance and if he could only

get past, we would not be slowed down

further up the road. He made a choice

which backfired badly and affected all of

us who were with him. Our choices often

affect others as well as ourselves, so

it’s important to choose wisely.

As I look back on my life, I know I have

made some very good choices – like the

woman I married 40 years ago; to have

two great children who have been a blessing

to us; to have formed Wellspring Victory

Church in Puerto de Mazarrón and to

have lived a life of ministering to people after

committing my life to Christ at the age

of 14. Unfortunately, I have also dropped

some real clangers that I am not proud of

- I am sure we all have. I thank God that

He has blotted out forever my disastrous

mistakes.

Today we will have many choices to make;

choices to love, to forgive, to accept, to

help, to serve, to give, to bless and maybe

to go the extra mile. I pray that you will

make the right choices and more than all

of the above, I pray that you will not find

religion, but that you will find a true and

blessed relationship with Jesus Christ who

loves you more than you will ever know.

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It was a pleasure to be able to organise such

a good and well supported event as the Summer

Solstice for Forget Me Not and we at

PALS wish them well in their ongoing fund

raising events. We feel that it is right with our

organisational skills and knowledge to help

fledgling humanities charities and of course

we also helped FAST to get off the ground

and what a success that has been.

In our own right we have a few events

planned, the first being a Rock and Roll

Night at the Bahia Hotel on Saturday 4 th October

when the ‘Wildcats’ are presenting a

one-off special evening of music and entertainment.

It will be inside, but the terrace will

be available and with tickets at just 5€, this

promises to be a fantastic evening.

Our October Cruise with 167 people is fully

booked, as is our Trip to Valencia in November

and also the Benidorm 4 day trip in

March. We are holding cancellation lists for

all these.

Our Christmas Dinner Dance on Sunday

14 th December is of course at the Costa

Costa Hotel, Mazarrón, when Martin Ross

will be leading the entertainment while we

plough through the 8 course meal and drink

the wines and beers that are included in the

29.50€ price for tickets.

We have the annual New Year’s Day Swim

at the Bahia Beach and already some sponsors

are signing and pledging. Forms are

already available and all swimmers are welcome.

It is obvious that our ‘big’ events represent

great value for money and that we have the

confidence of our supporters. These same

supporters have already been asking what

our plans are for 2015 - is it a cruise or is

it a trip? We have contacted a few to ascertain

their requirements and a suggestion has

come forward - why not combine the ideas?

Provided we get sufficient support and we

already have some serious interest from our

random sampling, in September 2015 we can

offer a Coach Trip to Merida. We will stay

and explore, then go on to Lisbon, stopping

at Evora with a couple of nights in Portugal’s

capital. We will go on the Pulmantours’ Empressa

for a Cruise to Casablanca, then the

next day to Gibraltar with a fantastic relaxing

day at sea, then on to Valencia. The

price for the 7 nights will be from 600€ in

an interior cabin sharing and 725€ in exterior

superior sharing. The price is all-inclusive on

the cruise with taxes and drinks (gratuities

42€) on board and half board in the Hotels.

Coaches start from all over our area and return

from Valencia. We anticipate a big response

to this so let us know if you are interested.

PALS information at www.pals.sm4.biz or

call 626 460 465 or see us at Bar Trevi each

Saturday from 11am-1.30pm or Bistro Ratatouille

on a Wednesday from 1pm-3pm.

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All is well at the Rainbow home camp. Dogs

and cat just sleep all day in the heat and the

garden is suffering from heat and lack of water.

Regular readers will know that our wells

on the land have almost dried up due to the

lack of rain and the water table dropping,

but with careful management and using all

available water from the washing up bowl

etc we have managed to keep all alive so far.

Still another month of the intense heat, but

fingers crossed and for a 5-day rain period

in the autumn!

As usual the whole of Madrid has descended

on to the coast – patience on the roads and

in the supermarket is needed, but it is only 6

weeks and boosts the local economy.

TV NEWS

Lots of you with the smaller dishes are having

reception problems and many seem to

be thinking it will get better. It is not going

to happen! The only way to get FREESAT

channels is a bigger dish (really a 1.80

is needed) or Internet TV - decent Internet

from a provider who will support TV is needed.

Internet TV is the way forward. I predict

all TV will be delivered this way within 10 or

so years.

The satellite giving us all the problems

has a 15 year life and I doubt any more

will be launched for TV services, so with

a 5 year change-over period, most of us

will see our TV delivered solely by Internet.

If you have a smaller dish and lost many

channels, there is a way to get some UK TV;

not the BBC/ITV, but at least something to

watch. Subscribe to one of our affordable

SKY packs (most of the SKY channels are

fine on the smaller dishes, so although no

Corrie or ‘enders, there is a lot of watchable

programmes). Ask for details.

On the same subject, I get lots of questions

asking “If we stop our SKY subscription

and buy a FREESAT box, will we get out

BBC/ITV back?”

The simple answer is NO. However you get

your BBC/ITV; be it SKY/FREESAT/UNIVER-

SAL BOX or !!!, it is all the same signal from

the satellite system. It is very weak now,

so changing system/box will have no effect,

although some boxes do have better tuners

in them than others, so if you are getting

pixcellating pictures, it is just possible you

have a poor tuner box and a good tuner box

will improve, but you really need specialist

advice on this.

There is a rumour going round the bars that

the popular SKYBOX (that’s the brand and

not an official SKY BOX!!) will work magic

and bring all channels back. This box does

have an excellent tuner in it, but it will NOT

resolve all the issues on the smaller dishes.

Try to borrow one to try on your dish before

you rush in and buy one.

Sports fans will have noted SKY are launching

SKYSPORTS 5 – an international football

channel. Those of you with SKY boxes and

SKY cards will get the channel automatically

– as will internet TV subscribers, but the

other affordable packs will require a channel

list upgrade. If you want it, then ask us

to programme the box – just 5€ if we do it

when in your area.

Most HD channels are not now available on

the affordable SKY packs, so just go to the

SD version to watch - perhaps not as sharp

a picture, but many of us older folks (!) with

older eyes can tell very little difference! A

decent TV and digibox will produce excellent

SD pictures.

Contact Alan for any free TV advice on

(0034) 686 358 475. He will do his best

to assist with your problems.

Rainbow Satellites

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What Happens When I Contact Samaritans?

This varies slightly depending on whether

you call, email, text, write or talk to us faceto-face,

but our approach to supporting you

stays the same. However, there is no script

and no two conversations are the same, but

they usually have similar elements.

A fully trained volunteer will always answer.

If you phone us, we answer with something

like ‘Samaritans; can I help you?’ With text,

email, letter and face-to-face visits, how we

respond to you depends on what you say.

Putting you at ease.

It takes a lot of courage to ask for help and

it can be difficult to talk about what’s troubling

you. It’s fine to take your time and start

wherever you need to. Saying it out loud or

writing it down for the first time can be the

first step to confronting the issue.

You talk, we listen.

We listen to you and help you talk through

your concerns, worries and troubles. We’ll focus

on your thoughts and feelings rather than

going into the details of what’s happened. We

may ask you some questions to help you explore

how you feel. Sometimes people need

to cry, or show how angry they are at life, or

go over their thoughts and feelings several

times to make sense of them, and that’s fine.

It’s not about us.

We won’t talk about ourselves, even if you

ask us to. We’re there to give you time, space

and support – you don’t need to ask how

we are, or give us time in return. We don’t

impose any personal attitudes or beliefs on

you. We’re not religious and we’re completely

independent. This allows you to sensitively

discuss your options and explore your own

feelings, helping you to find an inner strength

that lets you find your own way forward rather

than offering practical advice. You’re best

placed to solve your problems. Sometimes,

you need support to rationalise your thinking

and make clear judgements.

A new way of talking.

It can feel unfamiliar when we focus all our

attention on listening to you. It’s not quite

like a normal conversation, but give it a try.

The call is about you, after all.

Helping you explore your options.

We won’t give you advice or opinions. We’ll

help you talk through your problems and you

may begin to see things more clearly. When

you’re ready, we can help you think about

what you could do and what the options are.

We’ll support you to decide what’s best for

you.

We won’t tell you what you should do.

We won’t make decisions for you and we

won’t tell you what we think about the decisions

you choose to make. You are the expert

on your own life.

Information on other sources of help.

We focus on exploring your feelings. Sometimes

people also need advice on a specific

kind of problem. If you want us to, while

we’re talking, we may be able to give you

contact details for organisations that specialise

in helping with a problem you may have.

Suicidal feelings.

You don’t need to be suicidal to contact us,

but if you are feeling suicidal, sharing how

you feel could help. We aim to explore suicidal

feelings with everyone who contacts us.

Most people who contact us are not suicidal.

By asking the question, we’re just giving

you the space to talk about these feelings if

you want to.

Ending the conversation.

You can end the conversation when you’re

ready to. Sometimes phone conversations

last about an hour, but some are much shorter.

Same support from all volunteers

Generally you will speak to a different volunteer

each time you call, email or visit. Our

priority is to make sure you get support from

someone as quickly as possible, so however

you contact us, whoever is available will respond

to you.

Telephone anytime day or night, 365days a

year on 902 883 535 or email pat@samaritansinspain.com

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Getting a Dog or Puppy

There is a real problem here in Spain with the

number of dogs and puppies available. There

are of course the dog breeders who should

be fully registered if they are to sell pedigree

puppies, but there are also thousands of

puppies being born each year because of

the lack of neutering of dogs. Many of these

dogs and puppies end up in animal refuges,

some of which are simply holding pens where

the animals are kept after being taken off

the streets. Many of these dogs belong to

people, but if they are not re-united with

their owners, or re-homed they will end up

being put to sleep. If you are thinking of

getting a dog or puppy, maybe your local

rescue centre is the first place to look.

The first thing to consider if you are

considering getting a puppy is to see if you

have enough time and money, as well as

room for your new pet. If the answer to these

three questions is yes, you will have to think

about which kind of dog is the best for your

needs.

Bear in mind the following:

1 The size of the puppy when it is an

adult. Obviously, it is not the same to

feed, transport or go for a walk with a

Pekinese as a Saint Bernard. The size

of the dog will also affect the costs of

feeding (a giant dog may eat more

than one kilo of food in a day). If the

animal is going to live outside, it is

better to choose a medium or small

sized breed and avoid choosing tiny

dogs as Pomeranian, Pinscher or

Yorkshire which are not adapted to all

weather.

2 The sex of the dog may be a

deciding factor. Males may be

harder to train. Females, although

usually calmer, are in heat twice a

year and it is important to get them

sterilized, which is usually more

expensive than having a male dog

castrated.

3 The coat of the dog or puppy. The

more fur the dog has, the more care is

needed with daily combing, regularly

washing and probably professional

sessions at the dog groomer. Dogs

also moult, especially coming up to

the warmer weather and this excess

hair can be a problem in the house,

especially if any of the family has

health issues such as hay fever or

rhinitis.

4 Different breeds behave

differently. Be aware of certain

features such as barking and problems

such as hip displasia. Certain breeds

and their crosses are linked to special

legal rules as they may be considered

potentially dangerous animals and

their owners have to get a specific

license to own them. Never choose a

dog just for its physical appearance,

but get to know something about the

behaviour and features of the dog in

which you are interested. Ask vets

and professional people for advice.

5 Neighbours. If you live in a flat or on

an urbanization, be aware that there

are breeds of dogs that may be very

noisy. It is important to get informed

about the rules in the community.

6 Pet’s parents. If you can, see

the parents of any puppies you are

interested in. This will give you an

idea of the dog’s future physical and

mental features.

Clinica Veterinaria

Puerto de Mazarrón.

Tel 968 153 931

Camposol Sector A

Tel 968 199 263

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An Alarming Sight!

We recently decided to have an alarm system

installed in the villa, as one of the large security

companies were doing a promotion in our

area offering the systems at a very competitive

price.

My villa is on 3 storeys, with the whole of

the downstairs being dedicated to the business,

with store room, storage and laundry

area and large office. Deciding where to put

the sensors was fairly straightforward and

the Rep Javier patiently explained how it all

worked to technophobic me.

The night mode, when we are sleeping in the

house, covered all areas except the hallway,

meaning that my boys can come and go to

the kitchen and the bathroom without fear of

setting off the alarm. To make things easier

to operate, we also ordered 2 remotes, meaning

that we can activate and de-activate the

alarm from outside or any point within the

house.

Unfortunately, the only thing that the

system does not make allowances for is

my ageing brain!

One night lying in bed, doing my usual mental

checklist of work related stuff, I had one of my

“eureka” moments and decided at 2am that I

would just nip down to the office and check

a few arrival details for clients. Downstairs I

wandered, bleary eyed and completely naked

and sat down in the office chair. Five seconds

later my mobile rang, and then the landline

joined in the chorus until I picked it up.

“Hello” said a sheepish sounding lady. “This is

the alarm company and we have an alert at

your address.”

I was about to give her a piece of my mind

for calling in the middle of the night when the

penny dropped – I had set off the sensor in

the office and all and sundry could see me

sitting there butt naked, typing emails! With

as much dignity as I could muster, I turned

my back to the camera and left the office,

confirming that there was indeed nothing to

worry about and I wasn’t being robbed!

I swear that the woman was having a hard

time keeping a straight face as she re-set the

system, stifling giggles as we chatted... And

my kids are keeping an eye out on YouTube

for the video!!

Liz Edmiston

OwnersAway Property Rentals & Management

Tel 691 977 107

info@ownersaway.com

www.ownersaway.com

Nature ESpuña Trails (NEST) are social

walks for non-sporty people - people who

like fun and easy short stress-free walks, to

talk and enjoy views with new people, make

friends and take photos! There is no racing

or scrambling and all are welcome including

dogs on leads.

see Arrui from the road!

Please book in advance (giving full names and

Spanish contact tel no) and await confirmation.

Places are limited so please book early.

The walk itself is 5€. Any refreshments you

would like afterwards are at your own cost.

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Friday 29 th August Early Evening Almond

Harvesting - short walk

Meet 6.30pm at the entrance to Restaurante

Sierra Espuña opposite El Berro car park just

near Camping Sierra Espuña. (Please park on

the outskirts of El Berro as it’s the start of

the fiesta and the car park will be busy.) El

Berro is a tiny village you can walk through

in 5 mins, it should be no problem. This is a

very easy short walk in the cooler early even-

ing, only lasting about an hour or two, around

the almond groves near El Berro. There will

be a bit of information

about almonds and almond

harvesting and

the chance to pick a

few almonds as a souvenir.

It will be almond

harvesting time in El

Berro and then the

start of El Berro fiesta

that evening, so you

can stay on and enjoy

the fiesta as the hot

summer temperatures

start to cool down.

If you are lucky on

the drive up into ‘real

Spain’ you might even

Tel or text message 679 002 147

Email natureespunatrails@gmail.com

To see more details or get driving directions,

go to www.nestwalks.info where you can

also subscribe to the mailing list to hear of

new unpublished opportunities to have fun!

There is also a selection of greeting cards

available of the area here with discounts for a

mix of your choice http://www.redbubble.

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I have just finished reading a book by Max

Lucado called “Beyond Heavens Door.”

Max is an American preacher who has sold

over 100 million books worldwide; he is

the number one author in the USA. Max

describes what heaven is all about; it is

only his speculation of it, because I believe

it will be even better. It is a place where

we will meet our loved ones; a place where

there is no pain or suffering; your arthritic

joints will not be in heaven; your weak

heart will be strong in heaven; no cancer

in heaven; no memory failure.

The reason why this is possible is because

there is no sin. Christ was sent to eradicate

the sin. He died on a cross, so that we

could have Salvation by acknowledging His

sacrifice for our sins. That is when we will

be allowed to enter heaven.

How many people think that they are going

to heaven? Your good works no matter

what you do will not get you in, unless you

acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Saviour.

Some people think that there is no such

place and that they only have one life, so

live life to the full, but, what if you are

wrong?

I am afraid that it will be too late.

Can you afford to take the risk?

The bible talks about the alternative, which

is hell; whether you believe it or not. God

does not want anyone to go there, so, can

I suggest that you think about these things

and if you want to know more, you would

be welcome at the Olive Branch Christian

Fellowship on a Sunday mornings 10.30am

at the Cultural Centre on Camposol B.

Contact Pastor Ralph and Margaret Locke

on 968 199 622 or 618 720 181

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The Importance Of Keeping Your Title

Deeds Up To Date

It is a normal practice to make building extensions

on your property, or major building

works such as a swimming pool or a

garage, where planning permission is required,

although it isn’t unusual to be made

illegally without planning permission, which

can result in them having to be demolished

or the owner incurring huge fines.

The Spanish Property Registry, which is

similar to the UK’s Land Registry and likely

one of the safest in the world, is concerned

mainly with the ownership of property, recording

all deeds of sale that have been

notarized and inscribed in the register and

property rights are protected by the Courts.

There is another property registry called

the Catastro, which is concerned with

the location, physical dimensions and accurate

description in terms of measures,

boundaries and classification of a property

in Spain. The Catastro produces accurate

information about the property including

plans, maps and aerial photographs.

This information is used by the Town Hall

to calculate the Council Tax, so it is truly

important they have the full description of

your property, thus avoiding fines for not

reporting any alterations on your property.

The Catastro handles information gathered

from aerial pictures, to update the catastral

information of properties and report owners

when there are items that do not match

the information they have from deeds.

When selling your property and transferring

the title deed, boundaries and measurements

in the deed must be accurate,

and be the same as those at the Catastro

Office. The purchaser’s lawyer will check

out that the property is correctly described

in the deeds before the purchaser may proceed

to buy, so your deeds must contain

the descriptions of the amount of land (if

any), boundaries, built areas and any other

alterations of the property.

Properties are quite often inaccurately described

in the deeds for a number of reasons.

You or your previous owner could

have carried out building work, such as

a pool, store rooms, or just bricked in a

terrace and not registered these changes

in the deeds. If there are any illegal features

that are not described in the existing

deeds, then you will need to legalise and

update your deeds.

We may find different reasons why this may

have happened:

The changes were illegally carried out without

building permission from the Town Hall.

A building license was granted, but you

were not advised to, or you just did not

bother to pay the cost to update your deeds

at a Notary, pay the taxes and register this

at the Land Registry.

In the first case, you must keep a record of

the license, as a copy could be requested

to the Town Hall, to justify the discrepancy

between the physical reality of the property

and the deeds. This can then be used to

update the deeds when you complete and

sign before the Notary.

In the second case where the changes were

carried out illegally, then the process becomes

somewhat more complicated to resolve,

and you will need to liaise with your

lawyer to receive legal advice and find the

best way to have the alterations legalised.

Your lawyer will need to visit the planning

department of the Town Hall to clarify what

is and is not legal, and what can be legalised

if necessary. It is very likely that he

will need to coordinate this with an architect,

as they have good knowledge and understanding

of planning regulations.

It is possible to legalise some alterations

and normally after 4 years without any

fines if there have been no complaints from

neighbours or orders from the Town Hall for

it to be demolished. The Land Registry normally

accepts the alterations if an architect

has issued a certificate stating the works

are older than 8 years. This called a Certificado

de Antigüedad.

Always seek professional advice from your

Law Firm.

Celso Rodriguez-Corral

Barrister & Partner at Corral & Alcaraz Law

Firm

Member Nr.71399 of the Bar Association of

Madrid

Lawyers, Barristers & Accountants

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Sensol Golf Villa Sales

Clare Belton who runs the Sensol Golf Villa

Sales has 20 years experience working in estate

agency in the UK and was Branch Manager

for a national estate agent as well as Area

and Company Sales Manager for new home’s

developers. She has also had experience in

lettings.

Clare has owned a property in Mazarrón for

nearly 10 years and she lives on Mazarrón

Country Club. Having bought a property locally,

Clare understands the pitfalls and how

important it is to get the right agent, whether

you are buying or selling. She works from the

Sensol Golf Villa Sales’ office on Camposol

C which is easy to find on the dual carriageway

just down from Camposol Club de Golf

where there is easy parking. The office hours

are 10am-2pm and 4pm-6pm, although appointments

are offered 7 days a week.

Sensol Golf Villa Sales is the fastest growing

Estate Agent in the Mazarrón area and

they offer a friendly, efficient service with

no high pressure sales. Their commission

rate is one of the lowest locally and they sell

properties from golf villas on Camposol to rural

retreats and they cover the whole of the

Mazarrón and surrounding areas.

Clare’s aim is to offer people a professional

service whether buying or selling and to give

genuine old fashioned customer service and

she prides herself on providing a personal

service, tailored to your specific needs, with

no high pressure sales.

Helping you find YOUR place in the sun.

Clare Belton

Sensol Golf Villa Sales

(0034) 968 970 614

(0034) 627 784 669

clare@sensolgolfvillasales.com

by Jane Ellen Barker from Jane’s Salons

The most important things we come across in

the summer for beauty is Dry skin, Faded Hair,

Sun Burn, Dehydration and Weight Gain, so is

the summer good for us after all?

If you listen to your body and drink the extra

water you need, you will find you are more hydrated

than when you are drinking your many

cups of coffee in the winter, even though in

the hot weather you are perspiring half of the

water out again. Taking a “Berocca” a day, either

in tablet or effervescent drink form, can

help add the other vitamins and minerals you

need whilst getting down those essential fluids.

Avoid drinking excess alcohol as this will

dehydrate you very quickly. A good tip is to

drink water as well as your beer, wine or spirits.

Home-made Ice-Tea, Lemonade and Fruit

Punch are all great ways to get all the good

things into us, not to mention home-made

Smoothies. Drinking any of these first thing

in the morning will give you a healthy start to

the day and keep your weight down.

The sun gives us the Vitamin D required and

helps absorb calcium for our bones, but be

sensible when in the sun, especially if you are

not used to the strong rays here in Spain. You

can use your left over tomatoes sliced up and

put on your sun burn and help soothe your

sore skin, but obviously it is better to avoid

getting sun burn in the first place. Choose

good sun protection with a suitable factor to

begin with, as you will still get a nice colour

even through factor 50 SPF. Avoid all the excess

wrinkles and lines on your face caused

by the sun and use a high factor. There are

plenty of bronzing products on the market to

give you a little colour and we ladies always

have tinted cream, foundation and bronzer to

give that natural look.

For your dry skin, the best thing you can honestly

do is moisturise regularly and have a

facial, so take advantage of Jane’s Salon’s

offers of a mini facial for only 12€.

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Student Accommodation

Asociación de Alumnos de la Escuela Oficial

Idiomas in Lorca would like to find good

British families who would like to offer accommodation

to language students. The aim is to

give students the opportunity to travel and

practice English, living for 15 days or a month

in the summer or Easter with a British family.

There are many students who cannot travel

to the UK due to the fact that they don’t have

enough money, so this can be a good option

for them. Ideally they would like to stay for

one or two weeks but even a weekend would

help them with their English. If you live on

Camposol, Mazarrón or anywhere in the area

and you can offer full board for a student,

please get in touch with Susan at

aaeoil@gmail.com.

The students would pay the family for their

accommodation.

Asociación de Alumnos de la Escuela

Oficial Idiomas covers Aguilas, Alhama,

Mazarrón, Totana and Puerta Lumbreras as

well as Lorca.

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Mazarrón has been awarded six blue flags,

one more than last year at: Rihuete, Puerto,

Bahia-La Reya, Nares, Castellar

and Alamillo. The Minister of Tourism,

Juan Carlos Ruiz, praised the quality of the

beaches of Mazarrón calling it ‘magnificent’.

Also, on the coast of Mazarrón six others

gained banners with Q for Quality Tourism:

Rihuete, Bahia, Castellar, Bolnuevo, La

Reya and Nares.

Castellar Beach in Mazarrón has received an

Ecoplaya flag for the use of salt water in the

showers and footbaths.

San Javier this year has maintained its three

blue flags at Castillico, Colón and Mistral.

Cartagena had a total of ten awards; two

more than last year at Cala del Pino, Islas

Menores (Playa de Levante), Poniente

(Islas Menores), Mar de Cristal, Cala Cortina,

San Ginés, Playa Paraíso, Levante

(Cabo de Palos), Isla Plana and Playa

Honda.

Cartagena came second in Spain with the

highest number of blue flags (only behind

Sanxenxo, in Galicia) with the highest number

of awards on the Mediterranean coast.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Cartagena

has become the Mediterranean town

with the highest number of blue flags.

We must also recognize as ‘blue centres’ the

Centro de Las Salinas in San Pedro del

Pinatar and the Centro de Interpretación

del Mar.

Los Alcazares has also received a thematic

distinction for urban waste management and

has been recognized as the blue trail ‘Camina

10,000 steps La Manga’.

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Benefit Fraud Team In Spain - Top three

cheats this year had claimed over £200,000

More than £5m of UK taxpayers’ money lost

to benefit fraud abroad is now being recovered

by Department for Work and Pensions

(DWP) investigators in Spain. The dedicated

team in Madrid has investigated more than

1,250 cases of benefit fraud by British residents

over the last five years, and works

closely with UK counterparts to bring fraudsters

to justice.

‘Abroad Fraud’, now the fourth largest type

of benefit fraud, is up almost 90% in the last

three years and Spain is the top of the list,

with 769 cases investigated last year alone.

The free and confidential hotline to use

in Spain to report suspected benefit

cheats is 900 554 440. Your call is free and

confidential.

The top three benefit fraudsters in Spain

who have been convicted so far this year had

claimed some £217,000 between them. All

three have now received jail sentences and

been ordered to repay the money they stole.

* Janice Purdie, 62, from Hove, pleaded

guilty to over £130,000 of benefit fraud

and received a 12-month prison sentence.

She failed to tell DWP that she

owned a property in Spain and had numerous

different bank accounts whilst she

was fraudulently claiming Income Support,

Pension Credit, Disability Living Allowance,

Housing Benefit and Council Tax

Benefit over a nine-year period.

* Jimmy Rickner, 72, from Exeter, was

jailed for six months for fraudulently

claiming almost £50,000 of disability benefits

and Pension Credit over eight years,

when in fact he was living with his partner

in one of two properties he owned in

Spain.

* Thomas Wadham, 73, of Aylesbury,

falsely claimed £37,000 of Housing Benefit

and Pension Credit between 2007 and

2010 while he was living in Spain. He was

sentenced to six months in jail and ordered

to pay back all the money.

The UK Government is taking more action to

tackle abroad fraud by increasing the use of

life certificates to stop fraudsters continuing

to claim benefits when a claimant has died

and increasing data-sharing so foreign authorities

tell the UK about overseas claimants.

David Freud, Minister for Welfare Reform,

said “Benefit fraud is wrong both at home

and abroad and fraudsters need to know that

our investigators will look into cases wherever

they are and that their benefits will be

stopped. We are toughening the rules to crack

down on benefit cheats and recovering more

money than ever as part of the Government’s

long-term economic plan – clawing back a

landmark £5m in Spain. We know there is

more to do and we are returning fairness to

the welfare system to make sure it delivers

for people in need and the hardworking taxpayer

who funds it.”

Richard West, Head of DWP Fraud and Error

Service, said “This is a significant achievement

for our team in Spain and will hopefully

serve as a warning to benefit cheats no matter

where they are in the world. Fraudsters

need to know that our investigators have the

powers to track them down and that being

overseas is no hiding place. We are determined

to crack down on people who play the

system, so that benefits only go to those who

really need this help.”

All fraudsters face either an administrative

penalty or criminal prosecution and all must

pay back every penny they have obtained,

so that taxpayers’ money continues to help

the people most in need. Typical frauds committed

abroad include claims by people leaving

UK after their claim starts, people failing

to notify DWP before leaving the country or

staying abroad for too long and families who

fail to report the death of someone living

abroad permanently and continuing to receive

benefits.

Abroad fraud totalled £82m in 2013/14, including

£48m of Pension Credit, £11m of

Housing Benefit, £8m of Income Support and

£15m of Employment and Support Allowance.

Alleged British Drug Trafficker Captured

In Spain

Christopher Mealey,

38, from London,

was captured following

a joint operation

involving the Spanish

National Police, National

Crime Agnecy

(NCA) and Metropolitan

Police.

Armed officers apprehended

Mealey

on a European Arrest

Warrant in Marbella

and he appeared at

the Spanish National Court in Madrid. Extradition

proceedings are now underway. He is

the 60th fugitive to be caught out of 76 publicised

through Operation Captura – a multiagency

initiative between Crimestoppers, the

NCA and the Spanish authorities.

Mealey is wanted by the Metropolitan Police

in connection with an investigation into the

importation of millions of pounds worth of

cocaine. His father-in-law John Reed and six

others have already received jail terms totalling

over 130 years.

One of the 16 remaining fugitives on the Operation

Captura list is Daniel Bowes, who is

wanted in connection with the same investigation.

For people calling from Spain with information

on Bowes, or any of the other Operation

Captura fugitives, there is a Spanish

freephone number 900 555 111 which is

answered in the UK by Crimestoppers’ call

agents. A translation service is also available

for Spanish speakers.

People can also pass on information anonymously

via a UK number 0800 555 111 and

online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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Hello, Nathan here again and this month I’ll

be talking about our time with our friends

Stuart and Susan.

It was a hot day and we wanted to go on a

picnic to a reservoir near Cehegin and as Stuart

and Susan had not been there before we

asked them to join us. When we had found a

nice spot to eat the picnic we unpacked our

gear near the water, went for a walk along

the water’s edge and then had our lunch. After

lunch Shannon, Connor and I decided to

skim some stones in the water which was fun.

Connor also decided he wanted to throw some

big stones and soak himself which Shannon

and I found hilarious and we climbed some

tall rocks!

After some chatting, photographs and good

food, we decided we would go to the Castle

of Mula.......So we thought! We drove around

for about 20 minutes, following Dad and

keeping an eye on the castle. I was in the

car with Stuart and Susan and when Susan

said she had seen a sign pointing in the direction

of the castle, we thought Dad would

take that way, but Dad ignored it which I

thought was hilarious! Dad led us up windy

thin and narrow roads which terrified Susan!

Her comments were funny though, she said

things like; ‘He won’t take this turning, it is

too narrow… Oh he took it!’ and ‘Oh no Ken

don’t take that road it’s a one way road! Oh

he is taking it!’

The trip was amusing despite our taking 10

minutes trying to reverse down a thin cobbled

street! Eventually we stopped off at a café for

a coffee and we were all exhausted. During

our coffee we chatted about the journey and

I told Mum and Dad about the journey I had

with Stuart and Susan, me being the only one

who travelled with them. We looked up from

the outside tables in the café and saw the

castle and how big it was and we all laughed

at how close we were to it. We asked if we

should all go back to the sign directing us to it

and go from there, but Stuart and Susan said

in unison “No its okay we’re fine!”

I was glad to hear that because it was a long

hot day, but it was good fun and one of the

last times we will see Stuart and Susan for a

while, as they are returning home to the UK.

They are back in September for the 4-day

Open Door seminar, so look out for it and details!

Bye for now and speak to you next month!

Nathan.

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Friday the 20th of June was a truly magical

evening of superb entertainment at Jardin

de la Pepa in Tererros. The new beer garden

was full to capacity with 120 people in attendance.

Compere Stevie Spit had the audience

roaring with laughter with his jokes and his

own interpretation of Bohemian Rhapsody.

Paul Michael had a standing ovation for his

Nessun Dorma and many people were very

emotional with Bring Him Home from Les Miserables.

Paul then treated everyone to dance

and disco music. The sensational Dee was

as always fantastic. She just seems to get

better and better and from the minute she

started to sing people filled the dance floor.

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These amazing artistes made a 4 hour round

trip to contribute to the evening and Stevie

Spit was leaving the show to go to Alicante

airport to fly straight to Germany to entertain

our troops. How marvellous is that!!

Stevie said that it was an amazing night and

is looking forward to the Help for Hero’s Dinner

Dance at The Aguilas Resort Hotel on

September 12 th where he will be his other self

in full drag. (Don’t miss this show; it’s going

to be amazing.)

Team Harmony members Jeannie and Tony

Kettle did a brilliant job organising raffle

prizes with 22 prizes being donated and more

than 700€ was raised from this alone. Thank

you to everyone who contributed the really

excellent gifts.

Amelia Manzanares Gonzalez from The Ladies

Group of Terrors said that she was honoured

to present the 1417€ raised on the night to

representatives from The Red Cross Jesus

Ollogui Guerra and Salva Cervantes Mellado

along with Junba Lopez from the Pulpi Town

Hall who were thrilled to accept such a huge

amount of money. The Red Cross presented

beautiful bouquets of flowers to Team Harmony

members Anne Blandford and Jeannie

Kettle in appreciation and a Town Hall official

presented Team Harmony with a wonderful

plaque with The Team Harmony name

and Logo to show their thanks. The plaque

had been designed by the handicapped association

in Pulpi. The Team Harmony members

present were very touched by such a lovely

gesture.

Thank you so much to everyone that contributed

to this wonderful evening and thanks to

Cristobal, Raffa and everyone at Pepa’s for

going the extra mile for us.

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Summer has arrived and the temperatures

are rising. Brilliant! However, we need

to drink more water so we don’t become

dehydrated. This can become a problem

throughout the Summer months. Dehydration

can cause mild symptoms such as

headaches, tiredness and dizziness and in

more severe cases, confusion and exhaustion,

to name but a few. During hot and

humid weather you are at higher risk of

dehydration and heat related illnesses.

Water makes up over two-thirds of the

healthy human body. It lubricates the

joints and eyes, aids digestion, flushes

out waste and toxins and keeps the skin

healthy.

What Causes Dehydration?

Dehydration is usually caused by not drinking

enough fluid, or by fluid that is lost not

being replaced. The climate, the amount of

physical exercise you are doing and your

diet can also contribute to dehydration.

Who Is At Risk From Dehydration?

Anyone can become dehydrated, but certain

groups are particularly at risk. These

include:

babies and infants – they have a low

body weight and are sensitive to even

small amounts of fluid loss.

older people – they may be less aware

that they are becoming dehydrated and

need to keep drinking fluids.

people with a long-term health condition

such as diabetes or alcoholism.

athletes – they lose a large amount of

body fluid through sweat.

What better way of helping to keep ourselves

hydrated than by having a water

filter system installed by Healthy H2O.

Their main filter system is the World Famous

Doulton under-sink system which is

manufactured in the UK and can be fully

installed for 79€ including installation and

IVA, giving great tasting water straight

from a separate tap.

Healthy H2O have been installing and

changing filters from Mojacar to Denia for

seven years and have fitted several thousand

systems over this time period.

All their products can be purchased

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We should all be aware of the value of Energy

and Water, especially here in Spain where

there is so much sun, but very little water

in comparison to the UK. Many people now

have solar hot water systems and collect as

much rain water etc as possible, but without

the world leaders holding summits to discuss

the best way in which to conserve energy

and water on a grand scale, our bit will do

little for future generations.

This year’s meeting will provide a platform

for over 200 organisations and will be

held by the Stockholm International Water

Institute.

Thematic Scope: Energy and Water

Several years ago, in the Asia-Pacific Water

Development Outlook 2007, the Prime

Minister of India stated “If all members of

society can have adequate access to energy

and water, many of the societal problems

can be solved”. That statement is as true

today as it was then. Energy and water

are inextricably linked - we need “water

for energy” for cooling, storage, biofuels,

hydropower, fracking etc, and we need

“energy for water” to pump, treat and

desalinate.

Without energy and water, we cannot satisfy

basic human needs, produce food for a

rapidly growing population and achieve

economic growth and yet, today, 1.3 billion

people lack access to electricity and some

800 million people get their water from

unimproved sources. Many more consume

water that is unsafe to drink.

Over the coming 30 years food and

energy demands are expected to increase

dramatically, yet we will depend on the

same finite and vulnerable water resource

as today for sustaining life, economic growth

and our environment.

The Energy and Water theme for 2014

World Water Week in Stockholm will take

an overall “systems view” of how to develop

and manage energy and water for the good

of society and ecosystems. The energy and

water theme will be addressed from two

overall perspectives:

Societal Opportunities and Challenges

Balancing Societal Uses of Energy and

Water

Energy and Water are critical factors in

urban development. Rapidly growing cities

depend on reliable energy and water supply,

but must try to reduce demands, manage

trade-offs and optimise resource use by

reuse, recycling and generation of energy

from waste, all in an integrated urban

management context.

For industrial development, improved

efficiency in the use and reuse, of

energy and water is essential to save on

increasingly scarce resources and costs, for

both production and waste management.

Research, innovation and technology

development for improved Energy and

Water efficiency are essential.

The Energy and Water linkage is not

only about quantity, but also about water

quality and pollution. Sharply accelerating

demands for food and energy production

place increasing pressure on the availability

of water for vulnerable ecosystems and the

biodiversity and human livelihoods they

sustain. Energy production, be it hydropower

development, biofuel production, shale

gas exploitation or other forms of energy

production, may have serious environmental

and social consequences that need to be

properly assessed and addressed.

Climate change may affect the water system

through increased variability, long term

temperature and water balance changes

and sea level rise. Climate adaptation is

primarily about water and land, but water

resources are also critical for climate change

mitigation, as many efforts to reduce carbon

emissions rely on water availability. Because

the water cycle is so sensitive to climate

change and because water is so vital to

energy generation and carbon storage, we

need to recognise the coherence between

mitigation and adaptation measures.

Storage may be required at all levels,

from the household and village levels to

major infrastructure in a transboundary

setting, not least in developing countries.

Such storage may be provided through

investments in conventional infrastructure

and/or in the restoration and management

of natural systems.

Addressing the Economic and Financial

Aspects of Energy and Water

The economic value of energy varies in

a changing market and may be difficult

to assess for long term investments. For

water, assessments of economic value must

accommodate the fact that water is a public

and social asset and access to safe drinking

water has been declared a human right by the

United Nations. When it comes to financing

and pricing the situation is complicated,

due to the asymmetry, volatility and interlinkages

of Energy and Water prices, with

energy mainly being priced on the market

and water as a public good.

Energy and Water data and information

may be made more accessible through mobile

technologies. The complexity of decisions

on Energy and Water development often

calls for combined water- energy modelling

as a basis for developing integrated decision

support systems. In both sectors advanced

models have been developed and efforts

to further combine and apply integrated

Energy and Water modelling systems

are underway. Such developments include

hydro- and energy economics, ecological

and hydrological effects, social criteria and

economic tools to quantify trade-offs.

Political decision-makers need to set the

agenda and framework for the science and

technology to become policy relevant. In

the developing countries in particular such

efforts need to be associated with efforts

to develop capacity at all levels to address

these inter-linkages.

SIWI, Stockholm International Water

Institute © 2014

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Calle Sobrija 2248

Sector D Camposol

Rev Maureen Kent

Last month at the Flower Festival, we

were asked by several people, what exactly

did Ecumenical mean. Although this subject

has been written about before in this column,

I will briefly explain it again for those

who missed it. It simply means the Christian

Worldwide Church. That is, Anglican, Catholic,

Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran etc. Every

branch of the Christian Faith, is in fact, part of

the Ecumenical Church. Or let’s put it another

way, just as Jesus intended it to be! No divisions,

just one Christian family worshipping

God and His Son, Jesus. Unfortunately, over

the centuries, differences have crept in to our

worship. Some people like to attend services

where there is always a solemn atmosphere,

others like lots of singing, hand clapping and

hallelujahs, whilst others prefer something

in the middle. In an Ecumenical Church we

like to have our quieter services, as in Holy

Communion, or Morning Prayer, but we also

enjoy those times of joyful music when we

celebrate Songs of Praise.

In this way, we believe that anyone from

whatever Christian background they have

participated in, may come along and find a

relevance for themselves. We meet together,

not to dwell on differences, but to share

our Christian faith. As the hymn says, “One

Church, one Faith, one Lord.”

We know that there will be one heaven

where we all meet together around the Lord’s

throne, united in our love and praise, so why

not do the same whilst on earth? I like to

think of it as members of a family marrying

into another. A woman will take on her husband’s

name, but remain a member of her

original family. That’s why I describe it as one

Christian Family, but with different surnames!

I hope this has helped clarify things a little!

Services for August

Sunday 6 th Songs of Praise

Sunday 13 th Holy Communion

Sunday 20 th Morning Prayer

Sunday 27 th Holy Communion

As well as these services, we offer Wedding

Blessings, Holy Baptisms, Confirmation and

Funerals. We have a Pastoral Care Group

throughout the year, with people willing to

listen, talk and help anyone who is sick or in

need. This Pastoral Care is absolutely confidential.

For further information please contact:

Rev Maureen Kent 968 970 637/636 099

679

Rev Deacon Bill Coyle 634 143 260

Rev Eberhard Klute, German Branch 968

138 764

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The Supreme Court of Spain (STS 849/2002

23ts September) decided on the outcome of

the will of Mr. W, who had been married to a

Spanish citizen and with whom he had had

two children. Mr. W later had another two

children with another Spanish lady. All Mr. W’s

properties were located in Spain.

Mr. W signed a Spanish will in September

1977 leaving everything to his first wife and

in the event that she died before him, everything

would go to his first two children.

The second partner challenged the will and

the Supreme Court said that the Spanish

Law was applicable to his inheritance. The

Supreme Court understood that if the estate

of the deceased consists only of property located

in Spain, it will be the Spanish Law that

regulates all the estate of the deceased.

There are new changes in the law which will

be applicable from August 17 th 2015. Their

aim is to harmonize European legislation regarding

probate jurisdiction, applicable law,

recognition and enforcement of succession

decisions in the area of the European Union.

As a general rule, the law applicable to the

entire estate will be the state in which the

deceased had the residence at the time of

death.Thus, a British citizen who dies having

their residence in Spain, the law applicable to

his succession will be Spanish, so, if you live

permanently in Spain and decide to leave in

your will all your assets to your wife; according

to the new regulation now in force, if you

do not opt for “your national law” in your will

and you pass away living in Spain, it will be

understood that the applicable law to the Inheritance

will be the Spanish Succession Law.

Therefore, your children as forced heirs (according

to Spanish Law) would inherit at least

2/3 of your Estate.

This opens a new door to contesting/challenging

or disputing the wills of British citizens

living in Spain, as well as to many possible

problems that could arise at the time of

formalizing the succession (signing the inheritance

deed), if the will does not respect the

legitimate and forced heir’s rights.

Our advice is to change your will by adding a

new clause designating as its succession the

law corresponding to your nationality, in accordance

with that Article 22 of Regulation.

If the heirs are descendants from previous

marriages and are instituted, we recommend

you designate an executor, preferably a solicitor

who knows the law and the wishes of the

testator.

Please contact us for a free consultation and

for future peace of mind with regards to your

will.

Telephone Pepe Silvente on 968 332 058.

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Cavalli Foundation Dog Talent Show

At the end of June, Cavalli Foundation

joined forces with Peludines Alhama, both

registered charities, to organize our first

Dog Talent Show with the most amazing

success.

There were nearly 30 entries and a very appreciative

audience thoroughly enjoyed the

morning. It was a great social gathering for

dog owners and dogs alike with lots of fun

trials such as ‘The Waggiest Tail’, ‘The most

Beautiful Eyes’, ‘Dog that looks most like

his Owner’ and of course the Agility Circuit.

There was plenty of shade, a paddling pool

for overheated pups, BBQ and cold drinks

at the bar.

We would like to thank our sponsors for

so generously donating the prizes for each

class: Irene from Tucan Vet in Alhama

and the 24 Hour Emergency Hospital Region

of Murcia, Piornos Vet in Murcia, Arca

de Noe and Rubén from Piccadilly Coffee.

There were prizes for both dogs and humans:

toys, vaccines, cookies, bones and

treats, collars and leads, bags of dog mix,

brushes, dog grooming voucher, XXL Jug

and Chai Tea from Piccadilly and lots more.

We would also like to thank Peludines

Alhama for helping us organise the

event and Eva from Adrinka Shop for taking

part in our charity car boot sale.

The surprises of the event were first and

foremost the adoption of Raspita, a lovely

little Chihuahua being fostered by Paloma

and Miguel, also taking part in the show.

One of our volunteers, Guillermo, fell in love

with her at first sight and had no doubts

about taking her home with him.

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The second surprise was a fantastic demonstration

of Drug Searching offered by

Ricardo and Atila, mother of Cavalli and

Piccadilly chocolate labs, Moka and Milka.

Atila is an army rescue dog who

takes part in searches for survivors of catastrophes

and drug and bomb detection.

Given the success of entries, one adoption

and a full house, we plan to repeat the event

in the near future. All the proceeds of Cavalli

events are dedicated to the upkeep of

the animals we rescue and rehabilitate and

contributions to other animal rescue operations

such as the recent Bullas case and our

Riding for the Disabled.

For more information about Cavalli Foundation

rescue work and therapeutic riding:

infocavallifoundation@gmail.com

Tel 636 172 198 or follow us on Facebook

To contact Peludines Alhama:

Asociación Protectora de Animales (APA),

Peludines Alhama,

www.peludinesalhama.org

Charity Nº: G-73808719

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Come and visit A Time 4 A Change in El

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need for your home under one roof!

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ground floor

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dining furniture,

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Upstairs on the first floor, there is a varied

stock of bedroom furniture, including beds,

headboards, bedside tables and chests of

drawers. Also available are brand new

mattresses from only €120, together with

brand new pillows and bedding.

To complete your interior décor, choose

from an array of pictures, lamps, mirrors

and other accessories.

A Time 4 A Change has something to suit

all tastes and budgets.

Remember, A Time 4 A Change offers

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over 100€, and 20% discount on furniture

purchases over 500€. Local delivery is

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A Time 4 A Change has a large choice of

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Pop in and see A Time 4 A Change. You

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Sizzling Month For MABS

June was a fantastic month for fundraising

for MABS Cancer Support Group, Mar

Menor. At the monthly Ladies’ Lunch

at Diamantes Restaurant, El Mojon, all the

ladies dressed up for the theme of ‘Ladies’

Day at Ascot’. Everyone enjoyed a delicious

lunch and were then entertained by

the ever-charming Paul Allen. The Raffle

raised over 300€.

Two days later the ladies were all dressed

up again for a Royal Ascot Ladies’ Day

at Time Out in San Javier, were there was

a competition for ‘Best Hat’ which was won

by MABS Volunteer, Lynne Marshalsay. The

best overall outfit was won by Sarah Beale.

Nearly 100€ was donated to MABS MM.

There were also two Pamper Days organised

by Karen

Andrews

at La Zona

Minigolf, Los

Alcazares &

Roda’s Bar,

Roda which

raised over

100€.

The week

was completed

by

a fabulous

Summer

Solstice

Event,

on Midsummer’s

Day, in

the beautiful

gardens of

the La Finca Restaurant,

on La Manga

Club. The ‘white’

dress code was completed

with a sea of

white net around the

tables. The evening

was a sell out

and started with

champagne cocktails

which were enjoyed

before a superb dinner

hosted by Sylvia

Ingham, owner

of the restaurant

and Helen Holland,

Lady Captain of La Manga Club, who has

adopted MABS MM as her charity during

her year in office. Jacqui Phillips, MBE and

President of MABS attended the event and

said “I am delighted to be at such a wonderful

event and thank you all for supporting

us”. After Stand Up Bingo which raised

1,000€ and an Auction, the total raised for

the evening was a staggering 6,420€.

With Summer Solstice being a hard act to

follow we hosted a Garden Party at La

Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias and this was enjoyed

by all who attended. There was music

provided by Rame Tower Band, a bowls

competition, a cake competition, stalls,

afternoon tea and everything else you’d

expect at a very British event, except of

course the weather! The total raised on the

day was over 1,200€. What a great end to

a fabulous month of fundraising for MABS

Mar Menor.

Cancer doesn’t discriminate and neither do

MABS. We help anyone of any nationality

affected by cancer.

Helpline 693 275 779

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Forgotten Village gets HELP

La Puebla is one of the “forgotten” villages

in the Murcia region which struggles to

make ends meet. Recently HELP MMM donated

a cheque for 2,000€ to Caritas in the

village of La Puebla, near Torre Pacheco.

President Bernard Ash and Janneke Chambers

met with Chari, the President of Caritas

and Pepa, the Vice President. Also

present were other ladies from Caritas together

with the local Priest. When Bernard

presented the cheque, all present were

really grateful and extremely surprised by

the amount donated to them.

No work, No benefits and No food

In September 2013 Caritas started their

work in La Puebla with a food bank. From

a population of 800 people, there are currently

54 families without any means of

income; ie no work and no benefits. They

are all officially registered and proven by

social services. As the village is small, they

simply cannot afford to have big quantities

of extra food or other donations to offer

people.

Caritas is entitled to a one-year financial

donation from the European Fund, but in

real terms they have not been given aid for

a full year. Once a month, they are also

entitled to receive food from the central

food bank in Cartagena, but they end up

with the leftovers eg 6 mars bars, or 3 bottles

of coca cola and 6 packs of biscuits.

Sometimes the milk is out of date. This is

hardly sufficient to feed 54 families!

HELP MMM thought it very important to

donate to this good cause and it was greatly

appreciated. After the presentation Bernard

and Janneke were treated to a drink

plus cakes from the local bakery.

Peraleja Golfers Present Cheque to

Caritas

Recently the golfers of Peraleja raised the

magnificent sum of 4,025€ in a sponsored

golf tournament. Chris Hardwidge organised

the event at the Restaurante La Vista,

now fully owned by “Exclusively Peraleja

SL” and presented the cheque to the Director

General of Caritas in Murcia, Antonio

Sanchez Martinez. The local Priest, Rev Fr

Joaquin and members of Caritas, Sucina

were invited to attend, but unfortunately

were unable to do so. Chris said that we

have asked for the monies to be used locally

in Sucina.

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Cruz Azul Celebrates In USA Style

Cruz Azul celebrated their first anniversary

in true USA style on Friday 4 th July

at their shop in San Javier. Restaurante

Hispania provided a super American-style

barbeque and the rock and blues band, Los

Duques, got the volunteers and supporters

rocking.

their picture taken with some beautifully

restored cars, including a Ford Mustang,

Pontiac Trans Am, Ford Lincoln, Ford Galaxy,

Dodge Polara, Chrysler Stratus, Chevrolet

Camoro, Corvette and Ford Classic.

It was a double celebration, because the

Ford Galaxy, owned by Mod Cruiserz member,

Emmanuel Vadon, had reached its

50 th birthday on the same day. Volunteer,

Christiane Vadon, sold lots of raffle tickets

and the lucky winner of the luxury bar set

was Julia Sutton.

able to achieve in such a short space of

time and we are keen to move forward

with other initiatives such as sterilization,

microchipping and vaccination in the near

future to encourage responsible pet ownership”

commented Lyn.

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Some fabulous classic American cars were

on display from the members of Mod Cruiserz

Club who drove down from La Siesta

and San Luis. Visitors were able to have

“We can’t believe

that it’s a year since

we started our Cruz

Azul journey” remarked

Lyn Baines,

Cruz Azul President.

“We decided

on the charity in July

2013, but it took a

long time for our official

charity registration

to be approved,

so we weren’t able

to fundraise until

the end of November

2013, when we

opened the Cruz Azul

shop in San Javier.

We haven’t looked

back since” she said.

Thanks to the continuing

generosity

and support from the

public and local businesses

and the growing

success of the

shop in San Javier,

Cruz Azul has been

able to help several

pets whose owners

are on low incomes.

“We’re delighted with

what we have been

Cruz Azul’s shop is situated on Avenida

de la Unión in San Javier, next door to

Yorkshire Linen and is open Monday to Saturday

from 10am-2pm. They sell clothes,

accessories, jewellery, household goods,

furniture, bric-a-brac and lots more, so

why not pay them a visit? Even better, donate

your unwanted clothes, furniture and

items to show your support.

Call 693 017 616 for more information.

Cruz Azul Murcia is a registered charity

(No. 11.720/1 a ) and exists to provide veterinary

care for the sick and injured pets

of people in need and to promote responsible

pet ownership. If you or someone

you know needs help, or you would like to

volunteer or donate, please call 693 017

616 or visit the website www.cruzazulmurcia.es

Photographer: Alfonso Fernández

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Joint Pain, Digestive Problems, Headaches,

Allergies

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continually seeking different solutions,

looking for relief?

Changes in diet can help - finding out

what foods you may be intolerant to can

prove useful, especially for digestive problems

and joint pain. About 70% of Arthritis

sufferers have food intolerances and

avoiding certain foods could bring significant

relief.

Gluten in foods can cause irritation to

joints and stomach. Found in wheat-based

products (like bread, cakes, pastry and

pasta), Gluten can aggravate arthritic

joints causing worse pain. Nightshade

foods are also known trouble makers for

‘joint pain sufferers’. These include tomatoes,

peppers, potatoes, aubergines,

melons etc.

Don’t just ‘put up with’ the problem – if

you have taken medication or supplements

or simply tried living a “healthy

lifestyle” without success, Natural

Health may have the answer for you.

Finding out any food-intolerances is easily

achieved by way of a simple Hair Analysis.

A small hair sample is taken, together

with a brief medical history and this undergoes

laboratory analysis to identify what is

needed to bring you back ‘into balance’.

A comprehensive report is produced and a

personalised programme is offered, including

advice on recommended dietary supplements.

Health Supplements can be very beneficial,

but getting the right advice is critical,

especially avoiding those that contain additives,

fillers and bulking agents, which

can have a poor effect on the body, diminishing

the effectiveness of the supplement

itself.

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Help is at hand at Natural Health.

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how we can help on 634 312 081 or 968

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Learning from Spain

In weighing up whether a move to Spain

would work for our family, I travelled to

the Murcia region with my eldest daughter

in January to look at potential private

schools for my 12 year old son. We were

staggered with the choices – and at first

it appeared that the number of Englishspeaking

schools in the region must be

due to the popularity of the place with

Brits. However, we soon discovered a

new generation of aspiring Spaniards,

who feel that being taught in the English

language offers their children the best

chance in life and many of the schools

were dominated by Spanish children.

We eventually opted for a school in San

Pedro del Pinatar, with lessons half in

English and half in Spanish; it seemed

perfect. This is my final attempt to ensure

at least one of my children is bilingual, as

like the Spaniards, I believe in the saying:

“One language sets you in a corridor for

life. Two languages open every door along

the way.” Language aside, the school’s

proximity to the glistening Mar Menor and

all that the lagoon offers was also hugely

attractive.

But it has not been that easy!

The Spanish system is very different from

the British one – and parents considering

moving their children here need to be

aware that each term children sit exams

and by the end of the school year a certain

percentage needs to be passed in order

to progress to the next school year.

My boy did not stand a chance, as he

joined in the last school term with no

prior Spanish knowledge.

I wish we had been made aware of this

and we could have supported him more

and may even have looked at a different

option for him. I am sure it differs

from school to school, but the emphasis

on academic learning and exams is huge

and the claim to be superior to the English

education system is not supported by

research; at least not nationally.

In the global PISA test for 15-year-olds,

(in maths, reading and science), the

Netherlands now have the European lead,

with Britain continuing to outrank Spain.

The arts are not covered by the PISA

tests, but they are clearly not a priority

from what I have seen (with perhaps the

exception of the King’s College whose

secondary head is also the art teacher).

As an artist and educator myself, this

hurts and having recently visited the Fine

Art faculty at the University of Murcia, I

can also see a very formulaic system of

teaching art is in place at higher levels too

– with little space for personal innovation

and expression.

Despite being English and creative, my

son has decided to try and make a go of

it. He has a positive attitude and we are

hoping next school year will see his level

of Spanish overtake ours, as it is already

threatening to do.

In an attempt to improve my own ability

to communicate, I figured that there

must be an appetite for English conversation

amongst the adults in the town. Tentatively,

I put signs up on lampposts with

a tearaway email address offering an exchange

of English conversation for Spanish

conversation. I have met a couple

of “lamppost dates” in cafés as a result.

My Spanish is slowly improving, but I am

learning more about the people of this

town (and the impact of unemployment)

as a result. Maybe it’s time to establish

an English/Spanish art school for all ages.

living in a foreign country include growing

in confidence, cultural awareness and in

the case of the Mar Menor – a whole new

set of water sports skills.

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It may appear that I am griping about the

differences in the Spanish system, but I

am merely trying to prepare other parents

for what to expect. There is much

learning to be had in Spain and the biggest

educational factors of moving here

are not simply linguistic. The benefits of

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Mass according to the Extraordinary

form (in Latin) is celebrated every 1 st Saturday

of the month at the Catholic Chapel at

Pastrana, approximately 10km from Mazarrón

Schedule of Masses:

1 st Saturday of the month (in Latin, with readings

and homily in English) 4:30pm

All other Saturdays Mass 4.30pm in English

Schedule of Confession:

Saturday from 3:15-4:20pm Also on request

Fr. Carlos Prats 628 824 555

Fr. Octavio Carpena 676 219 445

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What Is Our Need To Give Thanks To

God?

When God the Father created the earth and

Adam and Eve, He was hoping that they

would be thankful and loving for Him; that

they would honour Him by living their life for

Him. They failed Him and from then on we

have been living in their sin.

At a quick glance today in the world, people

increasingly engage in complaining, revolting

and rioting. They pay little attention to gratitude.

Expressing gratitude to God has become

a thing of the past. Attendance at Mass

has declined; a clear indication of ingratitude

to God and to one another. Eucharist means

thanksgiving.

When Jesus was amongst us, as expressed in

(Luke 17:11-19), Jesus cured 10 lepers and

only one returned to Jesus to give thanks.

The other nine - where are they? It is interesting

to note that the one who returned to

give thanks was a man who today would be

seen as an untrue believer.

Have we said Thank you to the Holy Family,

Mary and Joseph for their pain and suffering

they endured in getting to Bethlehem to bring

Jesus into the world?

Knowing that we need Jesus in our lives;

Have we said Thank Your for dying on the

Cross for our sins? He did that for us. We

should open the door of our lives and receive

Him as our Saviour and Lord.

Have we said Thank You to the Blessed Mother

of Jesus for the pain and suffering she endured

under the Cross for us?

Have we said Thank You for forgiving my sins

and giving me eternal life?

Ask Him to take control of the Throne of

your life and ask Him to make you the

kind of person that You want me to be.

Let Jesus know that you need Him and ask

Him to take control of the throne of our life.

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Out and About - Granada

A visit to the Alhambra Palace has always

been one of the things to do on my

“bucket list” and it seemed to be really unfair

that Cameron, my eldest, had been on

a school trip there, but I had never even

been close, despite the fact that Granada

is only about 3 hours away over the A92.

Before the summer season started we decided

to make the most of a 3 night stay in

the city. We booked a fairly central hotel,

within walking distance to the town centre,

shops, bars and the Science Park.

Our 3 night stay kicked off on a Saturday

evening, arriving at the hotel about 5pm.

After a quick wash and change, we decided

to go for a meal in the city centre, about a

10 minute walk away.

The city is stunning, with superb shopping,

stunning buildings and a huge variety of

bars and restaurants. We wandered the

picturesque streets for a while, browsing

the Saturday night pottery market in the

gardens nearby and finally ending up in a

lovely little Mexican Restaurant, where the

staff looked after us as if we were part of

the family and the food was superb and

excellent value at less than 50 euros for

the 3 of us.

We then had a stroll around the theatre

district, very pretty and upmarket and with

prices to match, with drinks a fiver each

and tapas starting at 7 euros!!

On Sunday we had pre-booked a visit to

the Science Park near the hotel, and this

was superb for kids of all ages. The website

http://www.parqueciencias.com/parqueciencias

has all the information that

you need, including prices and opening

times, and if you click on the little British

flag, it offers you downloadable info in

English.

We wandered for hours round the exhibits,

rode the lift up the panoramic tower, with

views to the Alhambra and sat and rested

our weary feet in the planetarium whilst

we learned about the solar system. The

kids had a fantastic time, and as it closed

at 2pm on Sunday, we walked to a small

nearby paella restaurant and enjoyed a superb

meal with attentive service and many

extra touches. Sunday seems to be a good

day to go, leaving Monday free for my eagerly

anticipated visit to the Alhambra,

which I will share with you next month.

Liz Edmiston

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The Mazarrón Bahiá Lions have recently

had their latest elections with the President

Sid Worland continuing for his second year.

We are now numbering 16 members and are

always on the lookout for new blood.

At the moment all our Table Top money collected

is being donated to the International

Lions Initiative for Measles and our fund has

reached 367€ up to the end of June. This

money will allow the purchase of over 700 injections.

We also collect second hand spectacles

which we send away for recycling to the

Third World Countries and plastic bottle tops,

which are collected to enable a young girl to

go to America for specialised treatment.

In the pipeline we are organising a Barbecue

Garden Party and also a trip to The Grand

Parade of The Romans Versus Cathagenians.

One of our members Andrew Brown belongs

to the Principe Mastia group who will be performing

during the celebrations.

If you are interested in joining the Mazarrón

Bahiá Lions, please contact Nigel Barker

at virginabarker@gmail.com. He will be

glad to give you further details.

Thanks to all of you who have come along

to support Cloud Nine Drama. We love

what we do and being able to donate some

of our proceeds to worthwhile causes is the

icing on the top of the cake.

Our last production of “Gosforth’s Fête”

and “The Fat Lady Sings” was very well

attended and therefore we were able to

donate 250€ each to MABS Mazarrón and

FAST.

Look out for details of our next production

which will be in January 2015 with our Pantomime

- ALADDIN!

If there are any budding singers, dancers,

actors or backstage helpers of all ages who

would like to get involved, please contact

our chairman Paul Macdonald at

pandsmacdonald@icloud.com

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Most of the animal charities are really struggling

at the moment as they are full to bursting

with unwanted, abandoned and stray animals,

mostly dogs and puppies and we, even

though predominantly an Equine Charity, are

no different. Please understand that if we

are unable to take a “found/abandoned”

dog from you, it is because we do not

have the room. We have little room for rescued

dogs, but we do try our best to help and

if you call our answer may not be the perfect

one you want.

This month we have had a bout of Parvovirus

within the puppies that we have taken, which

unfortunately has resulted in the death of two

of the pups. To try to combat this, we have

decided to build a quarantine area for incoming

pups. We have started the “Lana Appeal”

to help raise the 4000€ needed to complete

this.

Parvovirus is contracted by puppies mainly

under the age of 12 weeks, by the pup smelling,

or tasting infected faeces that in the main

is diarrhoea. Therefore I do not have to tell

you the importance of having your new pet

vaccinated. Puppies need three injections

and for another few weeks after the last injection

ensure that he/she does not get exposed

to the virus. Lana one of our pups had

all three injections but this did not save her.

These are some of our dogs looking for

homes:

Toffee and

Treacle are

abandoned

sisters,

aged approx

4mths.

Dobbi and

Teddy are

two of the

three puppies

who were

handed into

the shop last

month (all

contracted

Parvovirus

and sadly, we

lost Harry).

Some long-termers, Domino, Kira, Toc, and

Tetley, who have been overlooked through

no fault of their own - all loving, nice natured

dogs, well deserving of a home and a family

of their own.

We always value your support as without it

we would cease to exist and some animals

would be in a far worse situation. Our hard

work in pursuit of a happy ending never ends

until we have homed all the animals in our

care, so onwards and upwards!

Please visit

us in one

of shops in

Fuente Alamo

or Mazarrón

and feel free

to volunteer

if you have

a few free

hours on your

hands. We

would love

you to be part

of our team!

We accept

donations

of clothes,

books, toys, furniture, household and garden

items, large and small at either shop. Collection

can be arranged for bigger items. I can

always be found at Camposol B car park every

Monday morning from 11.30am-1.30pm.

Have a great Summer!

Love and Hugs

Andrea

Xxxx

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Murcia Dance Summer 2014

Murcia Dance children presented another

fantastic performance with lots of smiles and

energy at Sofia’s Bulgarian Restaurant, Condado

del Alhama to celebrate the end of term.

This was followed the next day with their Annual

Awards of achievement and attendance.

The Murcia

Dance children

have worked

hard this year

and shone

in their performance

for

parents, family

and friends.

The gorgeous

young dancers

have had much

support from

guest teachers

Gloria Bernall,

Marcus Martinez

and Jay Markwick

over the

past 9 months. As well as developing their

‘street’ and ‘break dancing’ skills, new styles

of ‘bachata’, ‘salsa’ and ‘flamenco’ have been

learnt; all styles supported the choreography

for their end of term performance.

This year we missed the stage and lighting

resources that Fiestas Camposol usually offer

us, but would like to thank Sofia’s Bulgarian

Restaurant for allowing us to use their facilities

and Roger Joy of Los Canovas Players for

their sound resources for the end of term performance.

The Annual Awards this year were sponsored

by Kevin Hicks of CHM, clients of local

Beautician Heather Morrison, Keith Donovan

and Parent’s Donations. It was a fantastic end

to the term thanks to host Keith Donovan for

a great venue with an amazing swimming

pool for everyone to enjoy, BBQ by Country

Kitchens, Barman Phil Rushen and music from

David Belcher.

26 children were awarded certificates, medals

and trophies. Holly Ryan was presented

with the Ruby Award (5 years of participating

in annual performances with Murcia Dance)

and the following children were presented

with trophies for their dedication and exceptional

attendance: Aaron Dawson, Alana O’

Connor, Amelia Stokes, Libby Bullock, Maya

Green, Mia Stokes, William Dawson and Yale

Green.

Sophie Bullock was awarded Murcia Dance

Dancer of the Year 2014 for her outstanding

skills and support with teaching and managing

all areas of the Murcia Dance Programme

from Autumn 2013.

Louise would like to thank everyone that has

supported the Murcia Dance Programme

over the past 4 years on Camposol, parents,

sponsors, friends, venues, Mazarrón Ayuntamiento

and, most of all the children who

have bought their enthusiasm and energy to

classes each week to make it an enjoyable

and precious time.

Murcia Dance is a project member of the

Arts & Cultural Association of Murcia.

For more details please telephone 655 421

120 or visit our Facebook page https://

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Registered Charity Nº 8.714/1ª

As a Registered Charity we rescue puppies

abandoned 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.

July was a busy month supporting ‘Helping

The Perrera Dogs’, a small group of local

animal lovers and experienced rescuers who

work closely with Natural Planet Residencia

Canina at Mazarrón to find new homes

for some of the abused and abandoned puppies

and dogs. As a Registered Charity we

have been able to help by rescuing another

7 puppies and dogs from the Perrera. Sebastian

rescued in June is now in his new home

in the UK. Another two rescued dogs, Baxter

and Sox, have been adopted locally. On

15 th August another 8 of our rescued puppies

and dogs are travelling to Germany for adoption

and 10 are still being cared for in foster

homes and boarding kennels awaiting travel

to Germany for adoption by new owners.

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. If you would like to be a

volunteer helper and can give some free time

to work in our Charity Shop come in and have

a chat with the staff.

Our next Table Top

Stall selling cakes and

pastries to raise funds

will be at SaraLara’s

Bar, Puerto de

Mazarrón on Saturday

6 th September from

11am-2pm.

The inspiration and

satisfaction of our

work does not come

from telling the World

‘What We Have

Done’’ it comes from

‘Actually Doing

What We Do’ rescuing

abandoned, abused and unwanted puppies

and dogs and being able to share in the

knowledge of the unconditional love that they

give to their new caring owners in their new

homes.

For More Information Or Collection Of

Donated Items Give One Of Our Committee

Members A Call

Tony 618 034 921

Christine 603 127 984

Sue 603 217 532

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I am afraid that most of my time has been

spent in local bars and restaurants as I have

been chasing round in the heat meeting with

customers.

July is never complete without Kev’s birthday

BBQ and this year was no exception. I did

panic a little when I realized there were at

least 30 people coming! With the help of my

friends and Liz’s Café who provided me with

all the salads, it went very smoothly. If you

are hosting a private function and you really

do not have the time or want the stress, then

give Liz a call. The salad dishes are not expensive

and by the time you have purchased

all the necessary produce I do not think there

is much financial difference; so now all my

guests now know the truth! Thanks Liz!

Found on the Estrella del Mar Urbanisation

in Los Urrutias, La Casa Familiar is really

worth a visit. This lovely location is only a

few minutes from the beach and offers a vast

array of wonderful food and entertainment.

There is a beautiful palm garden which hosts

the only “short mat bowls” rink in the area

which is very popular. On the menu there is

something for everyone whether you want a

good value Menu del Dia or a full A la Carte

meal. I have only had time to sample their

full English Breakfast, but it was piping hot,

very generous and all freshly cooked. I will be

returning soon to try more of their offerings

and will probably combine it with a visit to the

local beach.

Bistro Ratatouille in Puerto de Mazarrón,

owned and run by Antoine and Corinne

Ansem, has again caught my attention this

month mainly due to the even more creative

menu ideas that are now on offer. The

German Menu del Dia is available 2 days per

week with an authentic German Chef. The

new summer menu at this location looks

simply delicious. If you have a big appetite

then you may be tempted by the “Big Bite

of America” menu served every Wednesday.

There is always a full A la Carte menu and

every month there is at least one main event

which is a Spanish Night for August. Do remember

to book though, as these events are

very popular as they are very good value for

money.

Black Bull on Camposol B is going from

strength to strength. Carol, John and Ryan

are constantly reviewing their offerings with

regular music nights and a wonderful new

menu. Carol is also extremely generous where

charities are concerned and always goes that

extra mile to help them all. I attended a birthday

party celebration during July and got to

sample just some of the new Indian delights

that are part of this new menu. Look out for it

folks you will not be disappointed!

More next month, Teresa

On 30 th June an event was staged at Tel’s

Bar and Cat’s Bar on Camposol A for

Armed Forces Day with all proceeds going

to Help For Heroes. A magnificent

amount of 3000€ was raised, which is

twice the amount raised last year!

The event started at 5.30pm with Graham

(vocals and guitar) followed by the dynamic

duo Bernie and Mick, then Wildcats a

well known local duo featured ‘Lady Gaga’

and ‘Amy Winehouse’ to name a couple,

with Bernie Mac the party DJ as MC.

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Many thanks to all the above for their time

and efforts and also great thanks to Tel’s

Bar and Cat’s Bar for allowing us to stage

the event . A special thanks must also go

to all who donated including: John and

Rosemary; The Salon; Graham at Freedom

Health and

Beauty; Sheila and

Barry; Dawn; Agnes;

Norma and Roy; Sarah

and Mark; Beauty

Essentials; Spice

Villa; UK Supplies;

Gill and Tony; Mo;

Andrew and Steve

Tucker for their outstanding

generosity

and apologies to

anyone who we may

have missed out!

Huge thanks to all

our helpers who grafted all day selling raffle

tickets, running the tombola, cooking

the BBQ etc; Gill, Sarah, Maggie, Chris,

Julie, Pat, Kath, Norma, John, Andrew and

Steve and everybody else who may be

missed.

Well Done All and watch out for future

events.

Carol and Alan Shipley

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La Fuensanta-Cortijo Del Buitre

Sunday 15 th June was the last tour of the 7 th

season of “Discovering Moratalla”. It seems incredible

that we started in January and have

had 10 trips that would lead us to immerse

ourselves in the beauty of some interesting

Moratallan landscapes.

This walk took us to the village of Los Cantos,

in Campo de San Juan. After three days

of intense heat, we enjoyed a cool morning

for walking. We climbed up to the 1507mts of

Molata Fuensanta and began the walk across

land formed in an ancient sea, plagued by various

fossils. We then moved to a very different

landscape; the Steppe Plateau and the River

Alhárabe, although with the drought plaguing

our lands have certainly have done nothing

for these fertile soils, which offers a landscape

of green, red and yellow colours dotted with

floral nuances. As we moved on, the ‘daisy

edges’ of Santolina Chamaecyparisus, become

more numerous, and together with Centaurea

Melitensis and Helianthemum Syriacum,

showed an intense yellow-green background.

We discovered a nest of a blackbird in a sabines,

where some of the birds controlled their

fledglings and advised them of our presence

to remain hidden for safekeeping. Other birds,

the lark, shrike and collalba, watched us protecting

their offspring. A hoopoe also showed

his feathered plume.

We continued climbing and among the countless

fossils, we found curious hexagonal cells

which are the fossil remains of a Paleodictyon

probably strozzi – a new discovery for us. We

continued our climb to the stunning scenery

of the Paleokarts de la Hoya del Gato with its

fault line and the red rocks of Miocene detrital.

A peregrine falcon appeared from one of its

cusps, while one chough flew away from him.

During the ascent to the farmhouse Fuensanta

we found remains of

the old delta that affected

this area during

the Miocene Age.

The remains of at least

four buildings is all

that remains in this

natural progression of

what once had to be

a core in which family

groups were accommodated.

The grandmother

of Jesus, one of

our guides, was born in

one of these houses.

Despite the lack of

rain, several fountains

still flowed which is

critical for wildlife in

the area. We reached

the hill that separates

la Cuerda Chica de la

Fuensanta and sought

the protection of the

monument Encina for

lunch. We noted at

the foot of the cliffs

numerous hollows and a large population of

Sarcocapnos baetica, while a large group of

choughs flew over the cliffs. We walked along

the remains of an impressive double wall as

we imagined thousands of years of history

and felt like those characters who once walked

along the same paths. We were observed by

a group of vultures prospecting the ground in

search of food. The views from the summit

Fuensanta was an important vantage point.

We descended the south side, following in the

footsteps of the inhabitants of the villages,

looking for the last of an old road that connected

the Fuensanta to el Buitre and continued

to the nearby farmhouse of la Cueva de la

Valera. Abandoned terraces of lavender, which

now grow wild, were a feast for the senses.

We descended the canyon Toril, finding the

bodies of two giants killed by Zeus - two large

oaks lying on the floor. We photographed inside

the fallen logs which resembled rocks of

Paleokarst. From the path we saw the monument

Olmo del Cortijo del Buitre. We felt like

elves under its crown. The diameter of its

trunk and the depth of its bark was such that

we had no doubt that we were seeing one of

the largest elms in the Region of Murcia. This

unique canyon, not only has a great geological

interest, but also historic, as there are remains

found in the walls of Levantine rock art

style.

The morning passed quickly and the sun rose

over our heads, so we left the protection of

the ravine to complete our journey along the

shady Fuensanta, entering a forest of oaks

spilling down the hillside. On our return to the

farmhouse Fuensanta and back to the cars we

saw four great oaks surrounding a large stone

like an “altar”, which made us fantasize about

ancient Celtic myths. We eventually reached

the starting point and went in our cars to the

nearby Bar Zaén and sampled the good food

- exquisite loin Orza accompanying a delicious

homemade gazpacho and grilled chicken and

vegetables with our wine from Tertia Ulea and

homemade desserts (chocolate custard and

almonds!).

We now close a season of exciting adventures

from Moratalla. We hope you enjoyed it as

much as us and we challenge you to accompany

us after the summer, for landscapes that

still have much to discover.

Thank you all and a happy summer!

Piedad, Rosa, Jesús y Cristina

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readers over the past 7 months. We hope you

have had the opportunity to explore this beautiful

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Mula is at the centre of the autonomous Region

of Murcia. It is also the most easterly town

in the North West Region, with over 17,000

inhabitants. The stunning castle of the Vélez

family dates back to the 12th century. The

15th century wall to the north still remains.

There was also one wall to protect the cisterns

of the city and another wall to watch over the

city’s two parishes that had recently converted

to Christianity. The main architecture of the

castle is Renaissance in its defensive character

and simple forms. The cistern is an indication

of Muslim influence because it is an essential

element of a mosque.

Located in Mula’s City Hall Square (La Plaza

del Ayuntamiento de Mula) is Saint Michael’s

church (La P arroquia de San Miguel). It has two

towers, including a clock tower and it forms a

large monumental complex that often serves

as the logo of the municipality. This church suffered

near total destruction during the Spanish

Civil War and only the entranceway was

saved. The church contains two chapels: to the

right, the Chapel of Marquesa (marchioness)

Vélez, and to the left, the Chapel of San Felipe.

The latter chapel contains relics of the saint

brought from Sicily by MarquesaVélez in 1648.

On the night between Holy Tuesday and Holy

Wednesday at Samana Santa, thousands

of people dress up in black tunics with huge

drums, congregate in and around the plaza

outside the Town Hall. A few minutes before

the clock strikes 12, the street lights in the

plaza are dimmed and all goes silent. Suddenly

all the drummers raise their hands above their

heads and create a beat by banging their sticks

together. Fanfares of trumpets join in and finalise

the end of the introduction. A few seconds

then pass and the ground begins to tremble

and shake as thousands of drums begin to play

at once. The ground begins to tremble...

and in this way begins the Night of the

Drums of Mula.

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Cehegín Highlights In August

From 31 st July to 3 rd August there will the 12 th

Begastri Lan Party with many activities for

computer fans at the Local Sport Centre ‘Loli

de Gea’

Saturday 2 nd August at 10pm a Concert by the

Cehegín Young Musical Society in Plaza Alfaro.

Sunday 3 rd August at 10pm a Concert by the

group Alfan with Mariam Guerrero in the Paseo

de la Concepción.

Saturday 9 th August at 6pm Childrens’ Games

in the district of Canara.

Saturday 9 th August at 10pm there will be

Flamenco Dancing by the group Al Oleo in

the Parque Juan Carlos I

Sunday 10 th at 10pm Children’s Theatre by

the cultural association Teatro de Luna Llena in

the Parque del Barrio de San Antonio.

From 14 th to 17 th August there will be Fiestas

in the district of El Chaparral

From 14 th to 19 th August there will be Fiestas

in the district of Canara

On 23 rd August there will be an evening guided

tour of the Old Town with the theme

‘Inquisition in Cehegín’. The tour will commence

at 10pm and it will cost 2€ per person.

Reservations and more information about other

tours taking place during the summer months

are available at the Tourist Information Office.

Saturday 23 rd August at 10pm there will be a

musical called Momentos de Broadway by

the company Teatralizarte in Plaza del Castillo.

Sunday 24 th August at 10pm there will be

International Folklore with a South African

Group at the Parque Juan Carlos I.

Saturday 30 th August will be the opening

speech of the Fiestas 2014 by the cardiologist

from Cehegín, Rafael Florenciano Sánchez

The Archaeological Site of Begastri is

opened for visitors on Saturdays and Sundays

from 10am-2pm. You can see a video presentation

followed by a guided tour to see the remains

of the Iberian culture before the IV Century

BC.

Free Nature Walks

Cehegín 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 third or 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 walks start

at 9am, are between 4km and 9km and will

take between 2 and 3 hours.

On 23 th August we will be having the first night

tour to get to know the night birds of prey and their

calls. We will finish the tour with a nice astronomy

show watching the ‘Perseidas’ (night sky)

Distance: 8km

Time approx 3hrs

Level: Medium

Any further enquiries please contact the Cehegín

Tourist Office located in front of the Town

Hall on 968 723 550 or visit our tourist website

www.turismocehegin.es

Santiago Leo

Cehegin Tourist Office

7 th Festival Nocturno in Moratalla

The Mayor of Moratalla, Antonio García

Rodríguez and the Councillor for Tourism, Juan

Soria Martinez, held a press conference in the

Centro Cultural las Claras de la Fundación Cajamurcia,

to present the 7 th Festival Nocturno,

to be held in the courtyard of the Castillo

Fortaleza de Moratalla on 8 th , 16 th and 30 th August

with performances by Los Secretos, Juan

Perro and Jaime Urrutia.

It was stressed the importance of providing

Moratalla with cultural activities and projects

that complement the high quality of tourism in

the municipality, especially during the month

of August and the value of this kind of festival

where contemporary music and historical heritage

work together. Castillo de Moratalla, one

of the jewels of the Spanish military architecture,

has been recently renovated.

All information is available on

www.moratallafestivalnocturno.es

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So many things are uncertain in this

world!

Recently we have been experiencing a lot

of problems with our car. We’ve been back

and forth to the garage for what seems like

months. As I write, we are taking my Mum to

the airport for a flight that has been delayed

because of the French strikes, so all in all I

feel, as my friend says ‘up tipped’.

We spend endless energy it seems in worrying

about things we have little or no control over.

How much better if we could only place these

worries in God’s hands and leave them there.

Matthew 6:27 says ‘Who of you by worrying

can add a single hour to his life?’

I have to admit that I am a worrier, which at

times means a panic attack. I do all sorts of

things to try to distract myself, which includes

shouting at Satan whilst singing a chorus I

learnt as a child. ‘Get thee behind me Satan

get thee away. I don’t want anything to do

with you today I’m going to be a Christian

soldier and I’m learning how to pray’. It has

actions too!

As the car jumps yet again and I start worrying,

I’m singing that song and it’s reminding

me that God is in control if only I allow Him

to be.

Why do we always think we know better?

Matthew 6:25 Jesus says ‘Therefore I tell

you do not worry about your life’.

Why am I surprised? We’ve arrived safely and

the plane landed early, so not too much hanging

around for mother. Us? Well we are just off

to have breakfast on the beach and a trip to

Iceland, putting our trust in the Lord that He

will get us back home again.

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An additional walk was added to the programme

in order that visiting WARM members

could enjoy a summer time walk. At 8

o’clock in the morning 15 members met in

Sierra Burete just outside Cehegin and enjoyed

a 10 km walk through shady woods.

This was followed by a late breakfast in a

local bar. Everyone then returned to their

homes for a mid-morning siesta!

The next function for the WARM group will

be the annual meeting which will include

live music and dancing. Tickets are only

5€ each and if you would like to join us

please contact warm2005@gmail.com.

another fussy little girl.

Patch and Lucy

are siblings. They

are 1 year old,

both neutered

and vaccinated.

They both have

Leishmainia, but

after the initial

treatment only

need Alopurinol

daily. They

are both very

fussy friendly little

girls who can

bring so much

love and joy to

a new family. If

you would like to

have 2 little dogs

like this, but are

worried about the

costs, we offer a

life-time foster

scheme where

we would continue

to pay the

costs for them.

They can be rehomed

together

or separately.

Honeybun

is a Fox Terrier

cross who

has been at

the shelter

for a while.

We urgently

need to place

her with a

new family.

Honeybun is

neutered and

has all her

jabs. She is

Pilar is a young black Labrador cross. She is

4 months old and very loving. If you can give

Pilar her forever home please contact MARA.

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Sox is a 2

year old male

Rottie cross

Labrador. He

is the most

handsome

adorable boy

who has a

good nature

and is always

eager

to please. He

is neutered

and ready to

go. Can you

give Sox his

forever home

please?

We will be holding a fund raising lunch at Las

Lomas, Calasparra on 15 th August. Hopefully

it will be a carvery at 10€ and we will be holding

a raffle. Please contact us to book you

place.

For more information please visit our Facebook

page Mara Mula or call Keith on

628811187 orMarion on 628811187.

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Cartagena’s Town Hall is virtually on the

seafront, at one side of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento,

opposite the Roman Theatre. Today,

it is commonly known as the Palacio

Consistorial and is well worth a visit, following

its painstaking restoration. You can

hardly miss the building – a unique and imposing

triangular structure with distinctive

cupolas crowning each of its three corners.

It is normally open to visitors from Tuesday

to Sunday, from 10.30am to 1.30pm and

in the late afternoon except on Sundays.

There is a minimal entry charge.

Construction began in May 1900 and it was

opened in 1907, with King Alfonso XIII and

King Edward VII present. Unfortunately,

construction was neither straightforward,

nor sound. Defects in the building saw a

continuous process of repair from the day

it opened. Built on piles of wood on unstable

land reclaimed from the sea, the building

suffered major movements with large

cracks in the structure soon becoming apparent.

Rehabilitation work began in October

1995 with huge amounts of concrete

initially being pumped below the building

to shore it up. However, it was soon discovered

that the state of the building was

worse than the most pessimistic of initial

estimates. Another company took over the

restoration, but with the budget now in excess

of 6 million euros, some 60% more

than originally allocated.

It proved impossible to reinforce some

structural elements and these had to be

demolished and replaced. Internal items

which were removed were, where possible,

restored by craftsmen with the aim of

slowly restoring the building to something

approaching its original state. Plasterwork

on the ceilings was redone to exhibit the

original pattern of decoration. The original

wooden windows were restored and new

marble flooring was laid to replicate the

original pattern, but with a greater thickness

(as in the main vestibule) and wooden

flooring which could not be saved was

remade to the original design. Even so,

new electrical systems and air conditioning

especially, were incorporated to bring

the restored building into the 21 st Century.

The roof required particular attention

as the wood frame had to be completely

replaced as a result of its advanced state

of decay almost to the point of collapse.

Even the zinc cupolas had to be remade,

together with their support structure, as a

result of the ravages of erosion caused by

the maritime environment and pollution.

There is a fascinating exhibition of photographs

with explanatory texts (in Spanish)

in a room to the left of the entrance area.

It is well worth spending some time looking

around this to appreciate the scale and

nature of the restoration work which had

to be undertaken.

The first thing to strike you when you

walk through the main entrance is the

magnificent main staircase. The main

construction material is one of Spain’s finest

marbles, Macael, together with forged

iron pillars. Particularly notable at the side

of the stairs are the impressive electric

light fitments. These are original – note

the four small circular containers around

the sides which were to house candles in

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the event

of a power

failure! The

ceiling/roof

of the stairwell

is also

extremely

ornate with

a major part

occupied

by stained

glass, exhibiting

the

Coat of Arms

of Cartagena.

The main

room on

the first floor is the large council meeting

room, the Salon de Plenos, now restored to

be much as it would originally have been.

The chandeliers consist each of some 2500

pieces of crystal and each weighs 300kgs.

The coffered ceiling gives the impression of

being wood, but is in fact plaster. Exquisite

wood carving is to be found in the chairs

and seating in the room. You will also

see various

wall hangings

reflecting

Cartagena’s

history

and various

Coats of

Arms, while

at one end

are paintings

of Captains

General of

the Armada

(Navy),

reflecting

Cartagena’s

long and

continuing

military importance.

On our last visit, we were unable to go

into the mayor’s office on the first floor as

it was in use. However, it is a superbly

decorated room. One feature highlighted

in the guidebooks is the cylindrical canvas

attached to the ceiling of the anteroom and

known as the Allegory of Cartagena. The

central figure of an elegant lady represents

the city itself and the two flanking men the

sea and the mines.

Another important room on the first

floor is the Secretary General’s office.

This is now furnished much as it would

have been at the beginning of the 20 th Century.

We particularly noted the very old

Underwood typewriter! Various paintings

adorn the walls and the ceiling has again

been restored to its original splendour,

appearing like intricately decorated and

carved wood, but in reality, being plaster.

One addition to the ceiling has been modern

electric lighting. Originally, this office

did not have the luxury of electric light,

which was restricted to the Mayor’s Office

and the Salon de Plenos. The Town Hall,

perhaps predictably, was the first building

in the city to be lit by electricity.

Around the walkway surrounding the main

staircase outside the first floor offices and

rooms, you will see portraits of modern

mayors of Cartagena, together with an

1895 painting of the shipwreck of the Reina

Regente, a Spanish cruiser built by Thomsons

on Clydebank, which disappeared off

Cadiz in March of that year with the loss of

the entire 420 crew. Half of the crew were

from Cartagena.

On the next level of the Town Hall are offices

for the various municipal groups and

it is possible that you may be able to ascend

steps to the base of the main cupola.

Another location to visit if you can is the

toilets! When we first saw inside the newly

restored building in late 2006, we were

absolutely astonished at the Five Star appearance

of shiny stainless steel and white

marble!

Spend some time also looking around

the outside of the building. Great care

was taken during the building’s rehabilitation

in the cleaning of the façades, after

the cracks between the stone blocks had

been repaired. All the façades are different.

Observe the intricate carvings on

the façades including stone faces which

are meant to represent the original native

population of the area with one very much

in the style of the Dama de Elche.

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written several guide books on towns and

regions in Murcia. Their book, “Exploring

Murcia, Days Out” is available to buy

from the CHM/Costa Cálida Chronicle office

on Camposol B, Best Wishes (who also

stock other of their books, or phone Patti

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With Iran to the South and Azerbaijan to the

East, Armenia is certainly stuck in a volatile

part of the world. They most certainly do not

get on with Azerbaijan and as for their relationship

with Turkey....well there’s certainly

no love lost there - but more about that later.

Surrounded by Islam of varying degrees of

intensity, Armenia I found out was the first

country to convert to Christianity in 301 AD.

That said, there’s a wonderful almost Middle

Eastern feeling here.

On arrival at Yerevan airport, the heat hit me

like a brick wall when stepping off the plane.

It took an eternity to get through the hot

sweaty airport, but finally with my luggage

intact and visa on arrival in my passport, I

was sitting on a ramshackle bus, heading to

the capital Yerevan.

- the interesting thing is, if you consider their

history, they could easily be forgiven for not

being so friendly to outsiders.

Above ground, there is a massive memorial

consisting of a 40m high spiral next to a circle

of twelve basalt slabs that lean over to

guard an eternal flame. The twelve slabs represent

the twelve lost provinces of West Armenia

(that to this day are still under Turkish

control). Many Armenians believe the slabs

huddle like refugees around a fire while on

their way to being deported, but it’s a piece

of nature that in some way is the eternal

reminder of what happened. Mount Ararat,

the gigantic snow-capped peak that was

the symbol of everything Armenian, stands

at over 16,000ft. Armenians can see Ararat

every day, yet can’t go there, for since 1915,

Mountt Ararat has stood on Turkish soil and

they’ve no intention of handing it back. That

must be very painful indeed.

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I’d already booked myself into one of the few

cheap B & B’s I could find, which of course

was not in the centre, but on the outskirts -

really local, really poor area. I stepped off the

bus and thought, “Oh Aye, this looks dodgy!”

as I started to walk down this dirt poor street

right in the middle of a residential area. However,

I quickly realised that the Lonely Planet

travel guide book was right when it said -

“The Armenians will kill you with kindness.

If you’re offered hospitality, don’t rebuff it!”

People waved and smiled at ‘the alien’ as kids

played happily in the street and every time I

walked up and down that street, they always

remembered me. By day four I was having

tea and a BBQ in the garden with one family

after they beckoned me over. They wanted

their son to get practice speaking English.

I slept an astonishing nine hours on arrival

the first night, so in the morning as I sat in

a wee rustic café, I was really up for my

first famous Armenian coffee which I’d

read about in advance. While the Turks,

claim coffee as theirs, the Armenians do so

likewise. I ain’t going to argue! The Armenians

call it ‘soorch’. I’d describe it as a very

potent finely ground cup of lusciously rich

rocket fuel! Wow, hello world!

I walked for about twenty minutes, the heat

already over 30 degrees and made it to the

nearest metro station. As I headed down

deep into the tunnels, the temperature plummeted.

Oh what a godsend! So cool, so refreshing,

so welcome.

In the centre of Yerevan is Republic Square,

a place where Stalinist meets Armenian architecture;

a stunning place that I loved just

wandering around at will, soaking it all up.

From people on the streets to café owners –

the Armenians all seem friendly to strangers

With the world soon to commemorate WW1,

spare a thought for the Armenian nation, for

what it went through was horrific. In 1915,

our world experienced its first genocide

when a staggering one and a half million

Armenian men woman and children

died at the hands of the brutal Turkish

Ottoman Empire. Men were massacred or

died through slave labour, while woman and

children died on death marches through the

Syrian Desert. Openly supported by the German

government, the plan was to simply

eradicate the Armenian people – wipe them

off the face of the earth.

Just a few

kilometres,

on a hill outside

Yerevan,

is Tsitsernakaberd,

the

Museum of

the Armenian

Genocide. I

took a taxi

out of town

and spent the

day there - a

very moving

experience.

The museum itself is actually underground

and was full of very harrowing pictures,

Holocaust style that are near impossible to

describe here. As I wandered the museum,

I once again had these thoughts - the world

rightly so talks about the Nazi holocaust, but

precious little is ever said about Communist

crimes and practically no-one talks about the

Armenian genocide. 1,500,000 murdered.

Have you even heard about it?

Nearby the basalt slabs there is a row of

trees planted by foreign leaders to show respect

to those who were killed in the genocide.

For decades, the Turkish Government

denied any responsibility whatsoever. It said

that the genocide never happened and that

the documents and photos are fake. Earlier

this year their tone changed and they talked

about “shared pain” and expressed “condolences,”

over deaths in WW1, but they still

don’t accept that the genocide took place.

Nothing other than Ankara recognising

what happened, coupled with a full apology

will suffice for the Armenian nation.

It all happened one hundred years ago, next

year.

WW1, is not just about trenches in France

you know....

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Helen Fielding

is an English

novelist and

screenwriter,

probably best

known as the

creator of the fictional

character

Bridget Jones, a

sequence of novels

and films that

chronicle the life

of a ‘thirtysomething’

singleton

in London as she

tries to make

sense of life and

love.

Helen was born on 19 th February 1958 and

grew up in West Yorkshire with her sister and

two brothers. She studied English at Oxford

and began working with the BBC in 1979 as

a regional researcher on the news magazine

Nationwide and produced a live satellite

broadcast from a refugee camp in Eastern Sudan

for Comic Relief. Helen now spends her

time either in London or Los Angeles and has

two children by Kevin Curran, a writer and

producer on The Simpsons, although they no

longer live together.

Helen has been nominated and gained a number

of awards including:

1997 British Book of the Year

2002 Writers Guild of America nomination for

Best Screenplay

2002 BAFTA nomination for Best Screenplay

2002 Evening Standard Award Best Screenplay.

2013 Nomination for National Book Awards

Bridget Jones’s Diary 1996

This book was written in the form of a personal

diary and won the 1998 British Book

of the Year. Bridget not only obsesses about

her love life, but

also details her

various daily

struggles with

her weight, her

over-indulgence

in alcohol and

cigarettes, and

her career. Bridget’s

friends and

family are the

supporting characters

in her diary.

These friends

are there for her

unconditionally

throughout the

novel; they give

her advice about

her relationships, and support when problems

arise. Bridget is often plagued with that perennial

question “How’s your love life?”

Bridget Jones:

The Edge of

Reason 1998

This was a sequel

to Bridget

Jones’s Diary. It

chronicles Bridget

Jones’s adventures

after

she begins to

suspect that her

boyfriend, Mark

Darcy, is falling

for a rich young

solicitor, Rebecca,

who works in

the same firm as

him. The comic

novel follows the

characteristic ups

and downs of the self-proclaimed singleton’s

first real relationship in several years. It also

involves many misunderstandings, a few work

mishaps, and an adventure in Southeast Asia

involving planted drugs and Madonna songs.

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Bridget Jones:

Mad about the

Boy 2013

Fourteen years

after landing

Mark Darcy,

Bridget’s life has

taken her places

she never expected,

but despite

the new

challenges of

single parenting,

online dating,

wildly morphing

dress sizes and

bafflingly complex

remote controls,

she is the

same irrepressible and endearing soul we

all remember—though her talent for embarrassing

herself in hilarious ways has become

dangerously amplified now that she has 752

Twitter followers. As Bridget navigates head

lice epidemics, school-picnic humiliations and

cross-generational sex, she learns that life

isn’t over when you start needing reading

glasses—and why one should never, ever text

while drunk. This book is studded with witty

observations about the perils and absurdities

of our times and is both outrageously comic

and genuinely moving. As we watch her dealing

with heartbreaking loss and rediscovering

love and joy, Bridget invites us to fall for her

all over again.

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We endeavour to provide financial aid to people

who kindly rescue sick, injured and abandoned

animals. We also have a policy of helping

with the spaying and castration of feral

animals where there is a danger they may

overrun the local population. We help animals

that are lost, or abandoned by owners with

financial difficulties. When you take one in,

come to us. We can assist you with vets’ bills

to help lessen the burden on you.

How Do We Do This and How You Can Assist

Us?

We need any items you no longer need, such

as items of furniture, clothing, kitchenware

and electrical goods. We can sell almost anything.

We can clear whole houses. We also accept

monetary donations. How about all that

small change you have stuck in the back of a

drawer? In these difficult times anything you

can offer will be gratefully received.

July was a very busy month for us and we

helped with many castrations and spaying

for dogs and cats, medical aid for abandoned

puppies and kittens and operations including

a perforated intestine and injuries due to

traffic accidents. All this puts a tremendous

strain on our resources, so we desperately

need your donations or your purchases to enable

us to carry on our work. As most of our

income is from sales in the shop why not call

in and help us by making a purchase?

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If you are looking for good quality second

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prices in our showroom. The shop

is in Puerto de Mazarrón, (past Mercadona/

Lidl and turn left immediately before Consum

supermarket on your left on to Calle Castillo).

The shop is 150 metres up on the right.

Please ask in the shop to see the showroom

as we don’t have the volunteers for both.

Check out our website www.mazarronanimalmedi-aid.com

where there is a link to

show furnishings for sale.

The shop is open 10am-2pm every day except

Sundays.

Call soon, grab a bargain and help our Charity.

Camposol Collection

Every Tuesday we are on Camposol B Sector

car park 10am-12pm, opposite the petrol

station. We can collect items from you there,

or arrange pick up of larger items if needed.

Please contact us if you need help.

Tel 666 186 037

Email mazarronanimalmedi-aid@hotmail.

com

Helping You To Help Animals

Registered Charity No 9537/1a

LITTLE MAYA LOVED TO PLAY

IN THE MEADOW AND LONG GRASS.

SHE’D FIND ALL KINDS OF INSECTS

THERE

AND POP THEM IN HER JAR.

ONE DAY IN THE MEADOW,

SHE WAS BENDING ON HER KNEES,

WHEN SHE SAW TWO LITTLE SPIDER’S

WEBS,

BLOWING GENTLY IN THE BREEZE.

SHE WONDERED WHERE THE SPIDERS

WERE!

THEY COULDN’T HAVE GONE FAR,

THEN SUDDENLY SHE SAW ONE

AND POPPED IT IN HER JAR.

SHE ALSO CAUGHT SOME CRICKETS

AND A REALLY MASSIVE BEE,

BUT THEN SHE HEARD SOME BUZZING

SOUNDS.

WERE THEY BUZZING AFTER ME?

THEY DIDN’T LOOK TOO HAPPY.

YOU REALLY SHOULD HAVE SEEN

WHAT LITTLE MAYA DIDN’T KNOW,

IS THEY WANTED BACK THEIR QUEEN.

YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN HER LEG IT

AS HER JARS FLEW IN THE AIR.

ALL HER INSECTS BEGAN TO ESCAPE,

BUT MAYA DIDN’T CARE.

SHE WENT DASHING FOR THE LONG

GRASS.

YOU SHOULD HAVE SEEN HER RUN,

BUT A LITTLE BEE HAD FOLLOWED HER

AND STUNG HER ON THE BUM.

LITTLE MAYA JUMPED UP LIKE A

SPRING

AND LET OUT A PAINFUL SCREAM!

SHE SOBBED “I DON’T LIKE BUMBLE

BEES,

OR THEIR NASTY NATURED QUEEN!!”

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Christian Humanitarian Aid Charity in

Mazarrón & surrounding area.

Helping those in need irrespective of race,

creed or status.

Last month we had our annual Garden Party

where we managed to raise over 500€. We

thank Tony our President and his wife Ann

who spent the week baking cakes and tarts

for the event and who organised the party

which was held in their poolside garden. John

Sloham provided the music and his time to

create a pleasant afternoon for all who attended.

Together with all our volunteers who

helped raise more much needed funds for the

charity, we thank them.

I have been a volunteer for some time now,

but on 9 th July I attended one of the Aid

Days, which is basically why we exist as a

Humanitarian Aid Charity.

One of three Aid Days per month, it was

in Cañada de Gallego, which is situated on

the road to Percheles Beach. This gave me

an insight into why we as a charity are so

needed in this area. There is a considerable

authoritive paperwork involved in order for us

to function and our clients must do their part

by filling in and producing certain documentation

too.

We receive approximately 40 tonnes of food

a year from the Spanish Red Cross and we

buy extras like sugar, sunflower oil, biscuits

and nappies.

We also distribute

free

condoms as

we have a

supplier in

the UK who

donates these

and sends

them free of

charge to us.

We had women’s

shoes on

the Aid Day;

also clothes,

towels, food

containers

and other

kitchen articles

that had

been kindly

donated. If the clients have a request for anything

specific like furniture or men’s shoes,

for which we are in desperate need, we will

endeavour to comply if we are able to do so.

On the day

we distributed

aid and

articles to 39

numbered

clients which

included single

people,

couples and

families. We

deal with

each client

one at a time

to enable us

to keep track

of the paperwork

and it

also gives us

time to chat

to them and

see how they are coping and if they need anything

specific. We have 676 people registered

for aid, including 163 children under 8. This

is increasing on a monthly basis.

Please call 634 357 137 to make a donation

or enquire about volunteering with us.

Dotty is

around 1 year

old and was

found near

Quesada tied

up to a lamppost

in the

blazing heat.

She has no

chip, but is in

good health

and weighs

around 6 kilos

so is quite

small and is

good with

dogs and

cats.

Call 645 469

253

Lucky is

approx 17

weeks old

and was

found looking

for food

in Almoradi

market. The

stall holders

were kicking

him away,

but thankfully

one of our

fosterers was

there and picked him up. He will be fox terrier

size and is good with other dogs and cats.

Call 645 469 253

Baby is a 3

month old

tabby and

white kitten.

She is very

trusting with

people, loves

to be cuddled

and gets on

well with other

kittens and

adult cats.

Call 645 469

253

Isha is a

stunning German

Shepherd

and is

looking for a

new home.

She is almost

1 year old, is

chipped, vaccinated

and

has her pet

passport. She

is great with

children of

all ages and

good with

other dogs.

Call 645 469

253

To view more animals for adoption go to

www.petsinspain.com

To advertise an animal for adoption

email: info@petsinspain.info

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ACROSS

1 Chest muscles

5 Moat

10 __ Francisco

13 Grizzled

14 Swiss mathematician

15 Popular stadium

16 National capital

17 __ Vice (tv show)

18 Italian money

19 Women’s undergarment

21 Pictorial

23 Old-fashioned Dads

26 Not young

28 Throat infection

29 Fuses

32 Girl

33 Come close to

34 Devourer

36 Border

37 Eyed

38 Secondhand

42 Lazy __ (turn table)

43 Label

44 Voucher for a small debt

46 Autocratic

49 Navigation system

51 Pair

52 Epoch

53 Luxury

57 Ram’s mate

59 Highest quality

60 With ears

62 Father

66 Branch of learning

67 Church steeple

68 Took to court

69 Stinging fish

70 Tough

71 Sight organs

DOWN

1 Professional

B O E

A R K

R E G

2 Aurora

3 Calorie

4 Stuck up person

5 Woman

6 French “yes”

7 Cuff

8 Very large truck

9 Little Mermaid’s love

10 Bakes unshelled eggs

11 Eagle’s nest

12 National Association for

the Advancement of

Colored People

15 Narrow openings

20 Decay

22 Tyrant

23 Long for

24 Old

25 Hitch

27 Lees

30 Wrath

31 Green dish

32 Headed

35 Belief

37 Gone to lunch

38 Card game

39 Satiate

40 Native ruler in Asia

41 Prefix ten

42 Cosecant’s opposite

44 Snippety

45 Prevents

47 Scandinavian country

48 Captured soldier

49 Rounded part

50 Musical production

54 Loch __ monster

55 Captain (abbr.)

56 Canal

58 Console

61 Make a mistake

63 Shop

64 Honey maker

65 Spots

39 words of 3 letters or more.

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Hi from Bob with all the latest news from

Welcome. We have a lot of exciting events

coming up, so I’ll go straight in.

The Annual Petanca Competition saw

an excellent turn-out, with the eventual

winners being John and Jose. Well done

everybody who took part. It was a very

enjoyable afternoon.

Our Summer Ball at La Cumbre Hotel,

Puerto de Mazarrón, was yet another fantastic

night in the much-improved function

room at the premier hotel in the area. A record

number of 210 Welcome supporters

enjoyed a champagne reception, a sumptuous

six-course meal with wine, beer and

water included and entertainment by the

very popular Rob Sweeney, who soon had

everybody dancing to his own relaxed style

of music. The staff at the hotel couldn’t do

enough for us and another fabulous night

thoroughly enjoyed by everybody.

Our August Dance is on Wednesday 20 th ,

outside at Mariano’s, Camposol A. Entertainment

is with ‘Cliff Richard and The

Shadows’ and ‘The Beatles’. All proceeds

from this night will go to Age Concern.

None of us know when we may need the

expertise of this much-needed charity, so

come along and show your support and

have a fantastic night out under the stars.

Tickets are just 8€ and 5€ for chicken and

chips.

Tickets are also available for our 24 th September

Dance, with ‘Status Quo’ and ‘The

Eagles’, performed by five professional

musicians, promising to provide a fantastic

night all for only 10€, and 5€ for chicken

and chips.

Our September Trip to Galicia is fully

booked and I’ll let you know how it went

in the October Chronicle, but everybody

is looking forward to it with great enthusiasm.

Maybe it will be a bit cooler in the

north of Spain!

Ladies’ Evening is on October 1 st , with

the usual stalls, fashion show and bingo,

and entertainment by Woody. Tickets 3€.

There are still places available on our Trip

to Madrid in November, leaving our area

on 27 th and staying 4 nights B & B at the

4-star Hotel TrypCibeles, right in the heart

of the city on the Gran Via and close to restaurants,

bars, Metro station, tourist bus

and for the ladies, all the top shops! Trips

included are to Toledo and The Valley Of

The Fallen, a monument to those killed in

the Spanish Civil War and the burial place

of Franco. This controversial monument

may not be there for much longer, so see

it now before it is too late. On the Sunday,

we’re off to the races to place our bets,

and return home on Monday 1 st December.

Just 260€ including all coach travel.

Christmas in Benidorm, from 23 rd December,

4 night’s full board at Hotel Helios,

including Christmas Day Gala Lunch. Close

to all attractions and Levante beach. 240€.

Names are now being taken for our

Christmas Party Night on 10 th December

and also New Year’s Eve Party. The

Christmas Party sees the return of the

ever-popular Ricky Levazza. Tickets just

12€ and 5€ for chicken and chips. Entertainment

on New Year’s Eve is by Dan

Davey, Rob Sweeney and our own Christine.

20€ including cold buffet.

We are hoping to have news of another

cruise for 2015 soon and as soon as we do,

we’ll let you know.

Book/Jigsaw Club is now closed for the

summer until September 9 th .

Petanca is on August 27 th at 2pm. Just 1€

for members and 2€ for visitors.

Call Les on 968 131 880 for more details.

For tickets and further information about

our events, call Rosemary on 620 105

179

Email rosemarybeak@hotmail.com

Visit www.welcomegroupspain.com

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The Benefits Of Kettlebells

Your core is vitally important to having

good posture, providing stability during

movement and helping your extremities

do a better job during sports and everyday

activities. Your core muscles are not just

your abdominal muscle; your body’s core

includes the muscles of the shoulders, the

chest, the abdomen, the hips, the pelvis,

and the upper to lower back muscles. Due

to its unique shape, the Kettlebell employs

your core muscles in every single exercise

that you perform with it. There are

also specific Kettlebell exercises to target

the core. Kettlebell training is really effective,

as not only do you work your core

muscles in every exercise, but you burn fat

too. They also strengthen the ligaments,

tendons and cartilage in your joints, which

helps keep your joints strong and prevent

injury.

Poor flexibility can lead to bad posture and

injuries and as you get older, poor flexibility

will make simple everyday tasks such

as bending down difficult. With Kettlebell

training, you get a

flexibility workout as

you work in a greater

range of movement

than you’re used to

and the exercises are

functional to everyday

life. The twohand

swings promote

flexibility in your

hamstrings and lower

back, whereas the

snatch as well as increasing

flexibility in

your hamstrings and

your lower back, also

increases flexibility in your shoulders. Kettlebell

training used in conjunction with

specific flexibility training helps to increase

your flexibility unlike other forms of weight

training and cardiovascular training.

Kettlebell training is great for men as

you build muscle whilst getting a fantastic

cardio workout. Kettlebell training is

especially good for women as the basic

Kettlebell exercises work women’s typical

problem areas which are your legs, bum,

abs and hips. Not only that, you also burn

a tremendous amount of calories training

with Kettlebells!

There are many different exercises you can

do with a Kettlebell, making it fun and

effective - you won’t get bored doing reps

like you would just lifting weights in the

same routine each time.

If you like the idea of a Kettlebell’s class,

why not come and join in on Mondays at

6.30pm and Thursdays at 10am?

Call 634 304 087 to book your place, text

or email cdafitness@hotmail.co.uk

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Cabbage -

Col

( Brassica

oleracea or

variants) is

a leafy green

or purple biennial

plant,

grown as

an annual

vegetable

crop for its

dense-leaved

heads. It is

closely related to other cole crops, such as

broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts.

Cabbage plants perform best when grown

in well-drained soil in a location that receives

full sun. Different varieties prefer different

soil types, ranging from lighter sand

to heavier clay, but all prefer fertile ground.

Early varieties of Cabbage take about 70

days from planting to reach maturity, while

late varieties take about 120 days. Once

mature, Cabbage heads generally range

from 0.5 to 4kgs and can be green, purple

or white and are mature when they are firm

and solid to the touch. They are harvested

by cutting the stalk just below the bottom

leaves with a blade. The outer leaves are

trimmed, and any diseased, damaged, or

necrotic leaves are removed.

Savoy Cabbage – Characterized by

crimped or curly leaves, mild flavour and

tender texture

Spring Cabbage – Loose-headed, commonly

sliced and steamed

Green Cabbage – Light to dark green,

slightly pointed heads.

White Cabbage (Dutch Cabbage) –

Smooth, pale green leaves

Red Cabbage– Smooth red leaves, often

used for pickling or stewing. It is often

used raw for salads and coleslaw, but it can

also be eaten cooked. It is the traditional

accompanying side dish paired with many

German meals—most notably, Sauerbraten.

At Christmas it can be spiced and served as

an accompaniment to seasonal roast goose.

Red Cabbage has 10 times more vitamin A

and twice as much iron as green cabbage.

Cabbages were most likely domesticated

somewhere in Europe before 1000 BC, although

Savoys were not developed until the

16th century. By the Middle Ages, it had become

a prominent part of European cuisine.

Almost half the Cabbages grown come

from China, where Chinese Cabbage is

the most popular Brassica vegetable. Cabbages

are prepared in many different ways

for eating. They can be pickled, fermented

for dishes such as sauerkraut, steamed,

stewed, sautéed, braised, or eaten raw.

Cabbage is a good source of vitamin K, vitamin

C and dietary fibre. The Greeks were

convinced that Cabbages were detrimental

to grapevines and should not be grown close

together as Cabbages planted too near the

vine would impart an unwelcome odour to

the grapes. This Mediterranean sense of

antipathy still survives today. The Greeks

and Romans claimed medicinal usages for

their Cabbage variety included relief from

gout, headaches and the symptoms of poisonous

mushroom ingestion. The antipathy

towards the vine made it seem that eating

Cabbage would avoid drunkenness.

When round-headed Cabbages appeared

in 14th-century England they were called

cabaches and caboches, words drawn from

Old French. Many Cabbage varieties—including

some still commonly grown—were

introduced in Germany, France, and the

Low Countries and Sauerkraut was eaten by

Dutch sailors to prevent scurvy during long

ship voyages.

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ACTIN would like to introduce you to

George, a little character who has a story

to tell.

George lived in a Spanish village. He

was a stray that had managed to survive

finding somewhere to sleep and living on

scraps, but he was resourceful and friendly

and managing well until he became ill and

could hardly walk.

An ACTIN member picked him up and took

him to the vet where we were prepared to

have him put to sleep; George looked into

her eyes and wagged his tail! We asked the

vet if he could be saved and after many

blood tests he was diagnosed with filaria,

other infections, anaemia and the common

disease that dogs get from living outside,

Leishmania. He appeared to be in a bad

way and his care and medication was going

to be costly, but little George was worth

it. We put out an appeal in Facebook to

raise funds

for his medical

care and

now he is in

full health.

George is

a loveable

gentle boy

who asks for

nothing. He

enjoys sitting

in the

sun and taking

in the

rays and he

absolutely

loves it when

people talk

to him and stroke him.

Can you offer George a home?

adoptions@adoptaspanishdog.com

Please support ACTIN in their fight for a

welfare act and combatting local cruelty

and abandonment. Here is an example of

the cases we deal with :

A photo of a dog hanging from a balcony

was sent out to us with a plea to help. We

had no idea where the dog was, or how we

could help. After 24 hours we finally found

where the dog was, but the difficulty was

that the witness had withdrawn, fearing

the owner of the dog. Well-meaning people

had helped and saved the dog from its

fall. They handed her back to the owner

in good faith, not realising that the man

had kicked the dog like a football, which

was how she came to be hanging from

the balcony.

Shortly afterwards

this

man killed

his dog. She

was elderly

and sick, so

perhaps he

thought it

was cheaper

than taking

her to

the vet. We

eventually

persuaded

witnesses to

come forward

in spite

of their fear

of this wellknown

local

man.

This is why

ACTIN needs your help. There is no RSP-

CA in Spain to defend what happens to

dogs in situations like this and there are

many new cases sent to us daily. Cruelty

is not acceptable and we need help to

do everything we can for the future of

animals in need.

If you see a dog being abandoned or illtreated

and have details of car registration

number and/or photos please forward to

denuncias@actin-spain.com

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Cabbage

This month we continue our look at vegetables

and this month it is Cabbage. I love

white crispy Cabbage cooked as a vegetable

with mash and gravy, but my husband

just loves it raw. Of course everyone’s favourite

cabbage recipe is Cole Slaw or Cold

Slaw as my granddaughter calls it. There

are several variations on the traditional

recipe, so why not try making it with Red

Cabbage for a change? Red Cabbage adds

lovely colour and texture to any recipe and

is very under-used. Why not try the Devil

Red Cabbage recipe below? It uses apples

which go very well with Cabbage and can

be served hot or cold. The Chinese use a lot

of Cabbage in their cooking and below is

just one of many recipes using the stir fry

method.

Buen Apetito

Cole Slaw

Large white cabbage

Small onion

2 large carrots

Salt and pepper

A dash of vinegar

Salad seasoning

Mayonnaise/Salad Cream

Slice cabbage into strips, chop onion into

small cubes and grate carrot. Mixed all

chopped vegetables together and add Mayo

or Salad cream depending on taste. Add

seasoning, salt and pepper and vinegar. Mix

until all veg is covered. Will last for 4 to 5

days in fridge. To vary, try adding a hand

full of sultanas or a chopped apple.

Stir Fried Cabbage With Garlic

½ Chinese cabbage

3 cloves garlic

Sea salt

Extra virgin olive oil

Freshly ground black pepper

Remove and discard the outer leaves from

the cabbage and cut the leaves into large

pieces. Pound the garlic with a pestle and

mortar adding a large pinch of salt until

coarsely ground. Heat a wok until very

hot, add a generous amount of olive oil and

heat until almost smoking. Add the garlic

to the wok, then immediately add the cabbage

and stir-fry, moving the wok contents

constantly to prevent the garlic from burning.

Cook, adding extra oil as necessary,

over high heat until the cabbage is warmed

through but still crunchy. Transfer to a large

serving platter and sprinkle generously with

freshly ground black pepper.

Devil Red Cabbage

1 tbsp sunflower oil

1 onion, chopped

450g/1lb red cabbage, shredded

225g/8oz cooking apples, peeled, cored and

diced

2.5cm/1” piece fresh root ginger, peeled

and grated

Pinch of ground cinnamon or allspice

150ml/¼pt vegetable stock

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the

onion, red cabbage and apple and cook gently

for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and cinnamon

or allspice and the vegetable stock.

Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and

simmer gently for 15-20 minutes until most

of the liquid has evaporated and the vegetables

are tender. Season to taste and serve.

Stuffed Cabbage

1-2 large white cabbages

40g/1½oz lard

1 large onion, chopped

2 tbsp paprika

1.4kg/3lb 4oz pork mince

450g/1lb long grain rice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes

Put the cabbages in a large pan, add enough

freshly boiled water to cover and boil for

5-10 minutes, or until the leaves fall off the

cabbage. Remove from the pan and cool

slightly. Separate the leaves and set aside

to drain and cool further. Melt the lard in a

frying pan and add the chopped onion and

fry until soft over a medium heat. Tip the

softened onions into a bowl and stir in the

paprika. Add the minced pork and the rice

to the bowl, season with salt and freshly

ground black pepper and mix well.

Take a cabbage leaf and cut away a little of

the tough stalk so that it is easy to roll. Add

a spoonful of the mincemeat mixture to the

stalk-end of the leaf, then roll the cabbage

into a sausage shape, tucking in the ends as

you go. Try to roll the leaf as firmly as possible,

so that it doesn’t unroll during cooking.

Repeat with the remaining cabbage leaves

until you have used all the stuffing mixture.

Shred any leftover cabbage and use

some to line the bottom of a large pan – this

prevents the stuffed cabbage leaves from

burning on the bottom of the pan. Place the

stuffed leaves in the pan as snugly as possible,

with the join underneath, then cover

with any remaining shredded cabbage. Add

boiling water to cover the cabbage rolls,

bring to the boil and then add the chopped

tomatoes and season with salt and freshly

ground black pepper.

Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer

gently for 1–1½ hours, covered, until the

pork is cooked – to test, remove a stuffed

leaf from the pan and pierce with a skewer.

The juices will run clear when the pork is

cooked. During cooking, check the liquid

levels, adding more boiling water if needed

to prevent the pan from boiling dry. Serve

the stuffed cabbage drizzled with the juice

from the pan, and soured cream and freshly

sliced crusty bread on the side.

Cabbage Soup

¼ potato, peeled and finely chopped

300ml/10½fl oz vegetable stock

¼ Savoy cabbage, chopped

25g/1oz toasted peanuts, to garnish

Place the potato and stock into a saucepan

over a high heat. Bring to the boil then

reduce the heat to simmer for seven minutes.

Add the cabbage and continue to simmer

for six minutes, until the cabbage has

cooked and the potatoes are soft. To serve,

pour the soup into a bowl and finish with a

sprinkling of peanuts (optional).

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Our Maintenance Team have been working

Mondays and Wednesdays during the volunteer’s

Summer break, beginning 1 hour

earlier because of the increasing heat of the

past weeks, weeding, sweeping and spraying

the streets on a rota basis. They have also

completed the installation of a new watering

system to the Jubilee Garden near the Welcome

Wall and we must offer sincere thanks

to the Pig Farmer for his input with this; it

was lovely to receive help from the local

Spanish community! We mentioned this to

one of our local councillors, who admired all

the hard work, with a view to their provision

of free water for the area of the Golf Club corner

and at the top where the trees have been

planted, which would save so much time and

effort carrying water. He advised no promise

could be made, but would see what could be

done – watch this space! Thanks also to a

gentleman from ‘D’ who donated several railway

sleepers which will be used to build more

raised flowerbeds, and of course to all who

give to our buckets. So many people arriving

in Camposol on holiday notice the marked difference

since their previous visit; each Euro

helps with landscaping and planting.

Thanks also to those who have kindly offered

much needed drinks to the workers, despite

the fact we may have woken some of them!

Our apologies - it’s hard to clean streets silently!

If you have any spare time, please

give the plants near your casa some water –

every area is suffering in these high temperatures.

May we also politely request that

dog owners pick up any mess their pets

leave behind? It only takes two minutes to

deposit a bag in the bin and will keep the area

smell and poo-free, thanks!

There may still be a few tickets left for our

Summer Social on 5 th September 8pm at

The Club House, with the duo Itchy Fingers.

Tickets only 6€. Please support us as it promises

to be another great night!

Our Christmas Meal and Dance is on

Wednesday 3 rd December at The Club

House. Unfortunately Lenny Mitchell has had

to withdraw from performing due to ill health.

We wish him a full and speedy recovery and

we have meanwhile arranged for Al Jay to entertain

us.

Further details of both these events can be

found either on our chalkboards, Facebook

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

or contact

John, our Chairman on 634 325 427.

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By the time you’re reading this, I hope to

have a Facebook page up and running for

our club, though I haven’t got the vaguest

idea how to do so!

Our most recent event, lunch and wine

tasting at Jumilla was a roaring success,

though I wonder if other diners in the restaurant

where we had our Menu del Día

with fast flowing booze, appreciated our

boisterous group!

Building on the success of our trip to Jumilla,

we’ve arranged a day trip for Wednesday

10 th September to ‘Experiencia 43’,

the production plant for Licor 43/Cuarenta

y Tres, followed by a visit to Los Alcazares,

then a shopping stop at the Iceland supermarket

on the way home. Everyone is welcome

to join us on this trip, so please call

me on 968 956 026 for tickets which cost

12€ for our members and 15€ for everyone

else. More information with times etc. and

a poster for this day out are on our website

www.mccsocialclub.com

Licor 43 is the 62º proof liqueur made from

43 ingredients that goes into your Asiatico

coffee and it’s advertised as the world’s

number 1 Spanish liqueur. More importantly,

we get a drink at the start of the

tour and another at the end!

At the time of writing, we still have 4 seats

remaining on our 3 Night Trip to Madrid,

from 7 th to 10 th October. We’ve now opened

this trip to non-members, so if you would

like to join us, you can find full details on

our website. The price for non-members is

140 € per person sharing a twin room.

Finally, we’re now planning a Summer

Pool Party here at the Country Club on

Wednesday 27 th August. This will be open

to everyone. We’ve booked Barrington to

entertain us, but didn’t have the meal and

cost organized in time to be included in this

article, so watch our website for details.

More next month

Hazel Davison

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The Leo Association is made up of young

people from 12 to 18 years old who want to

help their local community.

The Mazarrón Bahia Leo Club were thrilled

after their successful fundraising walk to

be able to join their sponsoring club the

Mazarrón Bahia Lions Club to once again

send ten Diabetic children to a special summer

camp to help them cope with their illness.

During July the Leos have been busy doing

several food collections at Consum supermarket.

They were happy to be able to deliver

the food to Cruz Roja de Mazarrón to be distributed

to the many families supported by

Cruz Roja. The Leos are very grateful to

the many people of Camposol who supported

them and to Consum for allowing

this collection to happen.

The Mazarrón Leos are continuing with supporting

their local community and are raising

funds for a children’s play area on Camposol

and will be joining in the Fie-Style

Day on August 16 th at the Camposol Club

de Golf. They will be doing pebble painting

with younger children with a percentage of

the funds raised on that day being given to

the Leos for their playground fund. They will

continue to raise funds and will hold an event

with Pitu on September 26 th with all profits

going to fund much-needed play areas.

The Mazarrón Leos say that volunteering

trains them to see the world through

someone else’s eyes, teaching them

compassion and responsibility. They are

helping to make their community a better

place and to be grateful for what they have

and not take things for granted. The Lions

and Camposol where this club is based are

very proud of the Leos and thank them for

their wonderful effort.

The Mazarrón Bahia Leos meet on the 1 st

and 3 rd Friday of the month at the Camposol

Cultural Centre from 7pm to 9pm. For more

information Please call the Leo Advisor Virginia

Barker on 654 874 563.

We have had a joyous month and we would

like to thank some amazing people in Camposol

whose hearts were touched by the

needs of others. In particular we thank Dianne

and Alan who donated a fridge freezer

so desperately needed; Simon and Judy

who gave a fridge, food and a teddy for

the expected new baby; Maureen and Peter

who gave a mattress and bedding so that

a family no longer sleep on the floor; Jasmine

and Marisol in Bolnuevo who had collected

a quantity of tinned food which has

been a great help in boosting our supplies;

Nadine and Ray who held a charity evening

at Time Out Sports Bar in San Javier

and raised funds to help our food supplies

and are planning two other events in the

weeks ahead; Eileen and Nadine who do all

the food shopping and pack it all up ready

for delivery to our families, always smiling,

willing dear friends who come out each time

to deliver what is needed. God bless you

lovely people!

We are seeing changes in the families we

visit. Some have had to move on to new

areas to seek work as most rely on picking

salad crops here in the Murcia area. They do

not have the luxury of claiming any kind of

benefit. They really do have to seek work!

Young families are moving back with their

parents as they cannot afford to pay the

rent, consequently, there is overcrowding

and lack of privacy. We never hear complaints,

only love and gratitude for God’s

Grace.

We are always in need of food and toiletries

such as liquid detergent as most have to

wash their clothing in cold water. Shampoo,

toothpaste, toothbrushes and shower gel

are always received gratefully.

There is a special lady called Irene in Fuente

Alamo who we would like to bless. We have

never met her, but this lady has been a

regular donor of money and food since this

charity first started. God bless you dear

lady. We hope that we can meet with you

soon and introduce you to some of the people

you are helping.

Our heartfelt thanks as always, to our ladies

who hold the Table Top Sale on Camposol

and Marian and Lesley at The Dog Bowl,

Fuente Alamo. Food can be donated at

Camposol or The Dog Bowl in Fuente Alamo.

Tel Marge and Arthur Laws on 659 270 885

or email arthurlaws@hotmail.com

Website http://swaptearsforsmiles.

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Notice of an Extraordinary General

Meeting

The Camposol Residents Association,

Central Liaison Committee has reached a

crossroads in its life. For the last five years

under my chairmanship I have led a happy,

but determined group of volunteers whose

only objective has been the betterment of

all things on Camposol.

We have had many successes and steady

progress has been made on a lot of fronts

especially with the latest government

coalition team. Not everything we would

wish for has been achieved, but we carried

on regardless, keeping constant pressure

on the council.

We have only been able to continually

meet with the powers-that-be because

we are non-political and merely your

representatives with the council. I realised

a couple of years ago that perhaps the way

forward was to be represented by elected

councillors whose sole aim would be the

completion of Camposol. To this end, I

proposed changes in our constitution to

allow us to explore these possibilities and

removed “non-political” from our rules

of association. This enabled us to form a

political subcommittee which some of the

members developed into an independent

group, resulting in the Camposol & District

Independent Party. This is not a division

of, or a branch of the CRA.

If the CRA, Central Liaison Committee

continues, it must remain independent of

any political party and remain impartial

and it cannot be seen as a political threat,

so your Central Liaison Committee’s future

needs to be reviewed as soon as possible.

Do you feel that the current role of

the Central Liaison Committee has

run its course and we would be better

dissolving the CRA and allowing others

to take the political lead?

This decision cannot be made by a handful

of people on the committee, but I believe

needs to be put to the membership at an

Extraordinary General Meeting to determine

its future role. To this end I propose that we

hold an Extraordinary General Meeting

on Saturday 16 th August at 10am at

Mariano’s Restaurant, Camposol A.

The proposals to consider are:

1. The committee must remain

politically impartial to maintain

future negotiating rights. Any

political involvement would

jeopardise this. Because the

current committee has a majority

of politically motivated members

do you believe that the current

role of the CRA has

run its course and we

should dissolve the

association?

Proposed By Jackie

Drewe

Seconded by Sandy

Allison

2. If the CRA is to

continue in its present

format, I propose

that the 2012 change

in the rule regarding

the removal of the

words “non-political”

be rescinded and the

association return to

being a non-political

organisation.

Proposed by Jackie

Drewe

Seconded by Sandy

Allison

3. We believe

that the CRA

should continue

as at present as a

residents’ association

and that the CRA

should endorse the

Camposol and District

Independent Party as

its official political

voice.

Proposed by Tom

Finnegan

Seconded by Paul

Drury

4. In the event that proposal (1)

Is carried and the association

is dissolved, I propose that

the Fighting Fund is allocated

to each sector gardening and

community group apportioned

by the number of members on

each sector. After dispensing with

any outstanding invoices and

expenses the General Fund should

be donated to the Camposol and

District Independent Party (CDiP).

Each share of the fighting fund is worth

5.8381785€.

This equates to:

Sector A 388 members x 5.8381785 =

2265.21€

Sector B 532 members x 5.8381785 =

3105.91€

Sector C 609 members x 5.8381785 =

3555.45€

Sector D 1540 members x 5.8381785 =

8990.79€

The current general fund stands at

2372.27€ less any outstanding expenses

for donation to the CDiP.

Proposed by Bob Owen

Seconded by Jackie Drewe.

Proxy Voting:

Please submit your proxy votes by email

to chairman@cracamposol.com or by

letter to Bob Owen, Camposol Residents

Association, AP 1528, Camposol, Mazarron,

30875, Murcia, Spain.

Proxy votes must be received by 2pm

15th August 2014.

The following should be completed:

CRA Membership Number (if available)

Name of CRA Member

Camposol Address

Proposal 1 - Current Role of the CRA

Yes - dissolve the association

No - the CRA should continue

Abstain

If The CRA Should Continue:

Proposal 2 - Return to a Non Political

Organisation

Yes - return to being a non-political

organisation

No

Abstain

If The CRA is to Continue

Proposal 3 - Have the CDIP as its Official

Political Voice

Agree

Disagree

Abstain

If Proposal 1 is Carried

Proposal 4 - Dispersal Of Funds

Agree

Disagree

Abstain

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News From FAST

FAST continues to deal with many emergency

callouts on Camposol. Help and support is

therefore needed in order to assist with the

running costs of this voluntary service. Some

donations are mentioned herewith, but we

would also like to thank those who choose to

remain anonymous - all helping to help the

Camposol Community. Thanks also to the

public for dropping money into the FAST collection

tins too!

We are extremely grateful to every one of

you.

Cloud Nine Drama Group –Paul Macdonald,

the Chairman, with Ruma Jordan, kindly

presented a cheque for 250€ to FAST. Sally

Bridges, a FAST Responder received the

cheque on behalf of FAST. Thanks go to

everyone involved with Cloud Nine for this

generous donation.

FAST organised a Table Top Sale on Camposol

D on 28 th June, when a magnificent total

of 745.45€ was raised thanks to the donators

and everyone who helped with collecting,

sorting and selling the items and of course

to all the people who came to buy. The pancakes

with ice cream, scones and cakes went

down very well too - what a successful and

enjoyable day! Thanks also to the friends and

neighbours who assisted alongside the FAST

members, some of whom are now keen to

join the Team.

FAST wishes to thank the Olney Family for

all their donations. Thank you once again to

Rosemary and John for the 150€ donation

from Bingo at Tel’s Bar; very many thanks to

CDA Fitness for the donation of 220€ and

also SOS (Silly Old Sods) for their kind donation

of 300€.

Congratulations!

FAST now have five more Responders who

have successfully completed the necessary

training with Head Trainer, Gerry Bradshaw,

to comply with the stringent requirements

of the Murcia Health Authority. They are also

fully trained to administer oxygen and to use

the defibrillator (AED) as and when required

when responding to an emergency call. ‘Well

Done’ to all of you!

Remember to visit Camposol B on the 2 nd and

last Friday of each month to purchase tickets

for events, obtain information and have a

chat to members of the FAST Team.

Please Note:

In a Medical Emergency – Call 112

Then call - FAST: 968 970 626

General Enquiries call 634 327 730

Email: secretary@fastcamposol.com

During the month of August Age Concern

can be contacted by phoning 634

310 215, but we will not be in the Cultural

Centre (everyone needs a break during the

Summer). We will back in the centre on

Wednesday 3 rd September.

In June we held our Menu del Dia at Gula

Gula in Puerto de Mazarrón. Everyone

enjoyed the meal and had a relaxing afternoon

overlooking the boats on the marina.

On Wednesday 27 th August we will

be at Bocapizza Restaurant in Puerto de

Mazarrón. The owners also run Gula Gula

and Viggos, so we know we will get good

food and value for money.

Unfortunately the Craft Fair planned by

the Artisan Co-operative had to be cancelled

due to unavailability of many of the

stallholders. Another date will be arranged

after the summer so watch this space for

further details!

The Welcome Group are organising a

Summer Dance on Wednesday 20 th August

in aid of Age Concern with musical

tributes to the Beatles and Cliff & The

Shadows. Tickets are available from the

Welcome meeting at Mariano’s, Camposol

A at 2pm Saturday 2 nd August.

Our Annual Black & White Ball is on Friday

12 th September at Bal La Sal on Puerto

de Mazarrón. Music by Karen Noble and

Terry Jay, cava and a buffet for only 15€.

Transport from Camposol and Mazarrón

Country Club for 5€. Last year’s ball was

the best yet and we hope to equal it this

year.

On Friday 19 th September we are holding

an Open Day in Puerto de Mazarrón. Although

based at Camposol, (the area most

populated by British over 50’s), Age Concern

Costa Cálida is not just for Camposol

residents and we need volunteers to help

people throughout the area. Anyone who

wants to know more about what we do and

how they help will be very welcome. Further

details about venue etc next month or

call the numbers below.

Age Concern:

Outside Bar Salud, Camposol B Fridays

11am-1pm

Camposol Cultural Centre Wed/Thu 10am-

1pm (closed during August)

Telephone: 634 310 215

Other areas: 634 336 484

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“Mazarrón Permanecerá Abierto Por Vacaciones”

(Mazarrón remains open for the

holidays.)

This is the new slogan for an extension of the

opening hours of the various museums and

galleries in Mazarrón. They will open every

day until 15 th September, with much more

extended hours. The tourist office also has

2 more points; one in Bolnuevo and another

next to the Ermita de la Isla.

daily demonstrations of various artisan skills.

La Union Musical de San Pedro Del Pinatar

On Sunday July 6 th the band “Maestro Eugenio

Calderón” played in Mazarrón to initiate the

Villa de Mazarrón 2014. Around four hundred

people gathered in the Port of Mazarrón

to hear the first concert, opened by Councillor

for Culture, Ginés Campillo.

this initiative which consists of a collection of

food that is intended for needy families in the

town.

Councillor for Social Policy, Maria Martinez,

explained “All those who want to help can

make donations throughout the day during

business hours in Mercadona, LIDL, Consum

and El Arbol. There will be boxes and volunteers

from ‘Nuevo Rumbo’ located in each supermarket

to collect donations.

Students Celebrate Their IES Graduation

More than 130 students celebrated their

graduation ceremony. The event took place

in the presence of family members, teachers,

administrators, managers and municipal

authorities. Students who have earned the

recognition of outstanding received special

mention.

The Mayor of Mazarrón, Francisco García, said

“Mazarrón is a tourist town that registers a

significant increase in population in the summer

months, so we need to expand tourist

services at this time.” This is in response to

a historical claim by many traders, residents

and tourists.

The band of Mazarrón delighted the audience

with an elaborate and carefully prepared programme

and they began the concert with the

Paso Doble “Evocation”. The second part consisted

of famous pieces from “West Side Story”

and ended with a medley of Boleros. As a

farewell, the band played the third movement

of “Os Pássaros Do Brasil”.

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La Torre de Los Caballos de Bolnuevo

Mon-Thurs 9am-2pm

Fri 9am-2pm and 6.30pm-9.30pm

Sat 10am-1pm and 6.30pm-9.30pm

Sun10am-1pm

La Factoría Romana de Salazones, Puerto

de Mazarrón

Mon-Fri 9am-2pm and 3.30pm-9.30pm on

Wed, Thurs and Fri

Sat 10am-1pm and 6.30pm-9.30pm

Sun 10am-1pm

El Centro de Interpretación del Barco Fenicio

de la Isla

Mon-Fri 9am-2pm and 3.30pm-9.30pm on

Wed, Thurs and Fri

Sat10am-1pm and 6.30pm-9.30pm

Sun10am-1pm

Mazarrón Town Hall is an iconic building of

the Town, declared a National Historic Monument.

Mon-Sat 10am-2pm and 5pm-8pm on Wed,

Thurs and Fri

Craft Markets Open Until End Of August

The markets in Puerto de Mazarrón and until

August 31 st give visitors the opportunity to

stroll among stalls and craft stalls where they

can find a wide variety of products.

One is on Avenida Costa Cálida, in front of

the Medical Centre and the other is next to

La Ermita de La Isla. Opening hours are 8pm-

1.30am, although closing hours may vary

depending on the daily activity. There will be

On Saturday, July 12 th the band’s music was

from “La Union Musical de San Pedro del Pinatar”.

Construction Of Access Roundabout At

The Mazarrón Sports Complex

The splitting of the RM-332 road between

Mazarrón with Puerto de Mazarrón is one

of the priorities for the current council. This

road is the main route between the two largest

population areas in the municipality and

supports daily traffic, further increased in the

summer season.

Where the Municipal Sports Complex is located,

the City Council urgently considers

the construction of a roundabout to provide

access to the sports facilities as the current

road has become a black spot, recording a

high number of traffic accidents. Fortunately

there have been no serious injuries.

Meals for the Unemployed

There are many local families who are at

risk of poverty. In response, the City Council

has been forced to apply to the Ministries of

Education and Social Policy to provide school

meals during the summer months, in order to

ensure a daily meal for many children.

Operation Kilo

This is a food service collection at various

commercial establishments in Puerto de

Mazarrón. The Association ‘Nuevo Rumbo’

in collaboration with the Department of Social

Policy of Mazarrón is again carrying out

After welcoming the graduates, students of

2ºB performed a musical interpretation of the

famous Beatles song “Obladi-Oblada”.

During the ceremony, Daniel Diaz, gave a

moving speech, citing Tierno Galván mentioning

the values that teachers have tried to instill.

Diaz also spoke of the crisis, focusing on

the current situation as an incentive to reach

peaks and therefore encouraged those present

to pursue their challenges.

Leiva Fiesta

Musical and gastronomic events, popular

games, comedy acts and an ethnographic exhibition

completed the programme of festivities

culminating with a Mass in honour of the

Virgen del Carmen.

Salvadora Gallego opened the festivities

with memories of his childhood in Leiva. He

thanked everyone involved in the fiesta and

paid tribute to his father with some ballads

such as “As he also liked to do”.

The Mayor of Mazarrón, Francisco García,

opened an ethnographic exhibition of farm

implements and household chores of yesteryear

located in the annex to the church hall.

The fiesta queen was Ana Belén Motos with

Adriana Mariana López as her princess and

María Vivancos was Queen of the Third Age.

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As we race through summer, the Los Palacios

group can put another successful event

behind them. On Friday 11 th July we held our

first Summer Carnival at Mariano’s outside

bar. The brilliant Barrington hosted the evening,

guiding out 200 carnival revellers through

a night of games, dance and of course plenty

of fabulous music, not forgetting the Carnival

Mask Competition. To add to the carnival atmosphere

Mariano’s was decorated by Mundo

Piñatas, the party shop, based in Totana. We

had a number of balloon flowers scattered

around along with a couple of balloon towers

on the stage and they also donated a piñata

which contained one of many fabulous prizes

donated by local businesses.

Thanks must go to the following businesses

for donating prizes for our raffle: Cat’s Bar;

Tel’s Bar; The Spice Villa; Tropic Ana’s and

The Vista Bar, as well as Mariano’s for the use

of their venue; Liberty Seguros for sponsoring

the event, Barrington and Mundo Piñatas. A

total of 1500€ was raised on the night thanks

to our generous party-goers.

Week to week we continue to keep our park

and communal areas clean and tidy and look

forward the monies being raised that will help

purchase more stone chip, gravel and membrane.

We also continue to ‘walk the streets’

with weed killer, trying our hardest to keep

the weeds at bay. Once the weather cools,

our activities will increase and you’ll see us

out and about a bit more.

In terms of events, we are now starting to

pull our plans together for our forthcoming

RACE NIGHT and Christmas Party; yes,

Christmas, so watch this space.

Thanks, as always for your continued support

via our weekly bucket collection, our Friday

Book Stall, events and to those who give up

their time to help.

The Summer Solstice Concert held at the

Mazarrón Country Club on June 22 nd was, as

anticipated, a great success. A full house of

over 200 people enjoyed the music of Steve

Fisher and Magnetic Surf who kept the

dance floor busy all night. This was a great

event which culminated in the raising of over

1,400€ for Forget Me Not Respite Care.

Our sincere thanks to all who made this possible

and in particular Steve Fisher and Magnetic

Surf for giving of their time for this new

initiative and making it the success it was.

Forget Me Not is a charity whose aim is

to give respite care to carers of people with

long term illnesses such as dementia and

Alzheimer’s by taking over the care for a few

hours whilst the permanent carer has a well

earned few hours to themselves. We use

the Cultural Centre on Camposol on Monday

mornings from 10.30am to 1.30pm and include

activities that both interest and challenge

our friends (not patients or clients)

and if required, lunch is also provided.

Forget Me Not is open to friends within

the whole of the Mazarrón area including

Bolnuevo, Isla Plana, El Alamillo etc. If you

would like more information about Forget

Me Not then please contact either by phone

to Dawn on 634 317 092 or our Facebook

page, or log on to our new website www.

forgetmenotmazarron.es Perhaps you

would like to come along see us at the Table

Top Sales on Camposol B on Friday mornings.

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Inferno In Guadalajara

A raging inferno engulfed the province of

Guadalajara in central Spain striking on the

9 th anniversary of the devastating blaze which

killed 11 of the 12 fire-fighters attempting to

bring it under control. The emergency services

had to evacuate hundreds of residents

from the towns of Cogolludo and Bustares as

the fire had spread rapidly and remained out

of control.

Guadalajara sits in the vast central plains

which are extremely dry year-round and

largely flat aside from isolated mountains

some distance apart, meaning wind activity

is far-reaching. 800 hectares have been

wiped out including part of the Sierra Norte

mountain nature reserve, despite 210 firefighters

and 16 hydroplanes and helicopters

working round the clock.

Gib Tug-Of-War

A fresh episode in the Gibraltar-related friction

between the UK and Spain has reared

its head after what has been described as a

‘provocative’ incursion by the latter’s Naval

forces. According to MEP David Lidington, a

Spanish Naval ship attempted to divert two

vessels from the port of Gibraltar, claiming

they were in Spain’s waters – which they

were not.

He said the ship’s behaviour ‘constituted a

breach of the UN Convention on the Law of

the Sea’.

Despite the ongoing tug-of-war, Gibraltarians

want to remain British and Spaniards who

work on the Rock and live over the border

agree. Many large UK companies operate

from Gibraltar, where unemployment is just

3% and most of those working there have

top, well-paid jobs.

Pamplona Bull-Run

This year, 5 people were injured at Pamplona’s

traditional Sanfermínes Bull-Running

Festival, two of them seriously. A 52-year-old

bull-handler from Cascante was gored in his

buttock, narrowly missing a main artery and

his groin, whilst another, aged 34, from Deba

was rushed to hospital with a deep chest

wound and several broken ribs.

Despite the presence of animal rights demonstrators,

the bull-running ended with the

usual bull-fight.

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Glasgow Murderer Caught In Madrid

A fugitive who shot a man dead in a Glasgow

car park has been caught in Madrid and is

due to be extradited, report National Police

in Spain.

William Thomas Robert Paterson, 34, is accused

– among various other men – of murdering

the Scottish city’s well-known gangland

figure Kevin ‘Gerbil’ Carroll, 29, on January

13 four years ago. Paterson fled the UK

10 days later, heading for Spain.

Operation Capture involves publishing photos

and details of wanted criminals believed

to be hiding out in Spain and calls upon

members of the public to report them anonymously

and without fear of reprisal.

Anyone based in Spain who believes they

may have information leading to the arrest of

a wanted British criminal can call Crimestoppers

via the Spanish number 900 555 111,

which will be diverted to the UK, or the National

Police on 091.

They can also email the National Police at

fugitivos@policia.es

Accidents At Two Benidorm Theme Parks

On 8 th July an Icelandic teen, who was on the

ride known as the ‘Inferno’ at Terra Mítica,

fell out of his seat in mid-air after his harness

came undone. The rollercoaster spins

round and upside down at the same time and

it is thought the young tourist landed on his

head. Terra Mítica opened in the year 2000,

and this is the first time a fatal accident has

occurred.

On the same day, a four-year-old Russian boy

suffered head injuries in a fall when climbing

a statue at the entrance to the Benidorm

Zoo, Terra Natura. He was rushed to Alicante

General Hospital in a critical condition.

Terra Natura’s management stresses that

the statues have clear signs on them in several

languages warning visitors not to climb

them.

‘Balconing’

Three more cases of the reckless stunt known

as ‘balconing’ have led to one death and two

tourists in hospital in the Balearic Islands.

A youth, aged 20, landed on concrete after

jumping from a second-floor balcony whilst

under the influence of alcohol. The 15-metre

drop left him with multiple broken bones and

bruises and his heart and breathing stopped,

meaning he was clinically dead for several

minutes. Paramedics managed to revive him

and he is currently in intensive care at Son

Espases hospital in a critical condition.

A 22-year-old man landed on his head after

leaping from a first-floor balcony Ibiza. His

injuries are not said to be serious, but he remains

in hospital under observation.

These incidents occurred just 48 hours after

a 20 year-old Danish tourist lost his life when

he fell from the third floor of a holiday apartment

block in Mallorca.

A constant worry for authorities, the health

service and hotel bosses, the ‘balconing’

stunt – where young

and inebriated holidaymakers

try to jump

from their veranda

into the swimming

pool below – has been

a dangerous trend

for the last three or

four years and leads

to numerous deaths,

serious injuries and

permanent disabilities

every summer.

The practice is mainly

seen in youth tourism

belts in Ibiza and

Mallorca and tends to

be young British and

other northern European revellers, typically

in their late teens or early 20s. Last year, 9

holidaymakers died in ‘balconing’ stunts. A

young British woman was injured when she

jumped from a fourth-floor balcony in Ibiza

and just days earlier another British holidaymaker

was admitted to hospital after falling

from a second-floor apartment veranda.

In all cases, the victims had been drinking alcohol

and in some, had also consumed drugs.

Grandparents Ordered To Pay Maintenance

Four grandparents have been ordered by a

judge to pay 250€ a month between them

in maintenance for their granddaughter in

a landmark ruling that illustrates how every

generation of a family is required by law to

look after each other.

The parents of the child’s father have been

instructed to pay their son 135€ a month for

the little girl’s keep and her maternal grandparents

are obliged to pay the child’s mother

115€ a month. The mother only takes home

a disability allowance of 438€ a month and

has two other young children from a previous

marriage and the father is unemployed

and ‘has little chance of getting one’ due to

‘mental health problems’. The parents are

separated.

The judge found that in accordance with Article

152 of the Spanish Civil Code, the legal

requirement to maintain a dependent child

‘Ceases when the parent or guardian’s fortune

has reduced to the level of being unable

to attend to said parent or guardian’s own

needs’, as is the case with the girl’s father,

meaning by law he cannot be forced to pay

maintenance money. Obligations and duties

to dependent children are not limited to his

or her parents’ but follow a strict hierarchy in

line with closeness of blood ties.

This unique and as-yet unseen case in Spain,

the judge’s decision has set a new precedent.

Shark Sighting Forces Beach Closure

Two beaches in Barcelona were closed after

a shark was spotted close to the shores. Red

flags were hoisted in Masnou and Premià de

Mar after the shark, which can reach up to

2.5 metres in length was seen on the Ocata

beach. All other beaches in the two seaside

towns carried warning signs ordering sunseekers

not to go into the water.

The shark was identified as a blue shark, or

Prionace glauca which, although it has no

natural predators, rarely attacks humans

and lives almost exclusively on small fish and

squid.

Pet Shops Selling Animals to be Regulated

Pet shops in Spain will come under strict regulation

to ensure they prevent ‘impulse’ buying

of domestic animals in a bid to cut down

on cases of neglect. Agriculture minister Isabel

García Tejerina was said to be considering

banning the sale of animals in shops, but has

decided not to do so – merely to regulate it.

The new animal protection law will also cover

breeders, shelters and individual pet owners,

tightening up penalties for dumping animals

or mistreating them, and setting rules to reduce

the incidence of such abuse.

So far, the exact content of the law text, nor

how it will affect pet shop sales, has not yet

been confirmed.

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Agreement

For a few months we have been looking at the

concepts of masculine and feminine genders

in the Spanish language. We noted that a

noun is a word that represents a ‘thing’ or an

‘idea’ and that in Spanish each of these words

has a gender which we need to know about

to help us form correct Spanish sentences.

The gender of the noun in a sentence affects

many of the words around it.

We have also looked at a few guidelines to

help us determine what the gender of a particular

noun is, but in many cases we just

have to learn each one individually and gradually,

knowing that if we make a few mistakes

along the way it is not going to affect people’s

understanding of what we say.

One of the things that is affected by the gender

of a word is the accompanying word for

‘the’ and ‘a’. We are lucky in English as these

words have only one form. ‘The’ in Spanish

actually has five forms, but only four that

concern us now. These four words depend on

whether they apply to masculine or feminine

nouns and also whether the nouns are in the

singular or plural.

Let’s take a practical example – the word

for ‘child’ or ‘boy’ – ‘niño’ and the word for

‘girl’ which is ‘niña’. This is how the ‘the’ bit

works:

el niño - the boy

la niña - the girl

los niños - the boys

las niñas - the girls

We have four different words for ‘the’:

el (masculine singular)

la (feminine singular)

los (masculine plural)

las (feminine plural)

Now we’ll look at the words meaning ‘a’ or

‘an’. There are two of these: masculine singular

un and feminine singular una. Logically

we cannot have a plural of ‘a’, so that

gives us for example ‘a boy’, un niño and ‘a

girl’, una niña.

All of these forms apply to words for things as

well. Let’s use two more examples of words

for things rather than people.

vestido (dress – masculine)

el vestido (the dress)

los vestidos (the dresses)

un vestido (a dress)

camisa (shirt – feminine)

la camisa (the shirt)

las camisas (the shirts)

una camisa (a shirt)

One of the indicators of word gender we have

already mentioned is the characteristic ‘a’

ending for feminine and ‘o’ ending for masculine

nouns. Niño, niña, vestido, camisa all

follow this pattern. However as I mentioned,

there are other words that don’t do this at all.

For example:

reloj (clock – masculine)

el reloj (the clock)

los relojes (the clocks)

un reloj (a clock)

pared (wall – feminine)

la pared (the wall)

las paredes (the walls)

una pared (a wall)

Notice in both these cases the words end in

consonants (j and d). When this happens we

make the word into plural by adding –‘es’,

rather than just –‘s’.

To complete this picture let’s look again at a

couple of words that have endings the opposite

way round from what we expect, to see

how they deal with this ‘agreement’ business:

problema (problem – masculine)

el problema (the problem)

los problemas (the problems)

un problema (a problem)

mano (hand – feminine)

la mano (the hand)

las manos (the hands)

una mano (a hand)

Most foreigners learning Spanish get these

wrong to start with. The Spanish are quite

used to people saying things like Tengo una

problema and this kind of mistake would

never prevent someone from understanding

that you had a problem!

Just to round this up and lead on to our main

point for your next lesson. There are other

things that are affected by the masculine/

feminine divide as well as ‘the’ and ‘a’. It

also influences the adjectives, or describing

words, that go with the nouns. Here is what

I mean: the word for ‘small’ is pequeño. It

can be applied to all the above nouns. We can

talk about a small boy, girl, shirt, dress, clock,

wall, problem or hand. Here are some examples

of how we would do this, by making the

word pequeño match the noun each time.

el niño pequeño; la niña pequeña

los niños pequeños; las niñas pequeñas

el vestido pequeño; los relojes pequeños

la camisa pequeña; las paredes pequeñas

un problema pequeño; una mano pequeña

We will start off at this point next month, as

there are plenty more things to say about adjectives.

I bet you can’t wait!

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are now available as e-books at www.

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Jane’s brand new “Step by Step Internet

Spanish” course.

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Summer Solstice Bolnuevo Beach BBQ

Twenty one people gathered on Bolnuevo

playa for the Humanists of Murcia Summer

Solstice Fiesta. There was a petanca competition,

which most people joined in. The semifinal

was between Jon and Vince and Paul J

and Rick. Paul J eventually won the final and

received a highly coveted Humanist T Shirt.

Ann led the group down to the sea for a lesson

in Lyengar Yoga which, when the hamstrings

returned to normal length, was enjoyed

by all.

The free food was Jon’s famous tapenade,

chicken from the Mazarrón market and

bread from Bolnuevo’s Milagro store (open

all hours). Apparently there was something

else for the three veggies. Nibbles, starters,

salads, tarts and puddings were brought by

individuals but shared.

Great fun and chat was had by all and the

only disappointment was the lack of wind for

the Kite Flying competition*. John was most

upset as he had brought along 3 kites and

Martin spent an amazing three pounds on his

kite.

This was the last event of the season although

there are lunches being organised. Go to

the Humanists of Murcia facebook page for

more information

https://www.facebook.com/groups/

humanistgroup.murcia/

* The Kite Competition was reconvened the

next day when, allegedly, Jon and Joan won.

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RED – Entertainment

ORANGE – Special menus

PURPLE –Market, exhibitions, leisure & meetings

Every Day

GREEN – Charity & non-profit making events

BLACK – Fiestas & important events

Please refer to the relevant advert or editorial for more details of events

Breakfasts @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A from 2.50€ (exc Sunday)

Ana’s No Nonsense Breakfasts @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A from 3€ (9am-1pm)

All day Breakfasts @ Black Bull, Camposol B

Full English/American Style Breakfasts @ Bistro Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón

Breakfast @ La Vida, El Pareton (exc Sun & Mon)

Fish & Chips @ Bistro Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 7€ (exc Sunday)

Menu del Noche @ Bistro Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 10€ (exc Sunday)

3 Course Menu del Noche @ Elliot’s, Bolnuevo 12€ (exc Sun) (closed between 11th & 18th August)

3 Course Menu del Noche @ Chez Zoe, Pto de Mazarrón 12€

Earlybird Menu @ Spice Villa, Camposol A 12.50€ inc btl wine per cpl (6-8pm)

Earlybird Menu @ Welcome Palace, Camposol B 12.50€ inc btl wine per cpl (6-8pm)

Menu del Noche @ La Chara, Pto de Mazarrón 15€ (Mon-Fri)

Every Mon

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

Spanish Conversation Classes @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo

Mazarrón Bay Bridge Club @ Hotel Playa Grande, Pto de Mazarrón 9.30am

Legs, Bums & Tums with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 10am

Aqua Aerobics with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 11.30am

Dancercize with Zizi @ The Arches, Los Alcázares 12pm

Ladies’ Chatterbox Group Sew & Sew @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 2.30pm

Kettlebells with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 6.30pm

Quiz Night @ The Club House, Camposol C 8pm

Entertainment Quiz @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A 8.30pm

Bowling League @ Alley Palais, Camposol B

Tapas & Wine Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

Forget me Not Respite Care @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 10.30am-1.30pm

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

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

MABS MMM Fun Quiz @ La Rosa Bar, San Cayetano 9pm

Every Tue

Tai Chi Fit with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 9.15am

Circuits with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 10am

Pilates with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 11am

Physiotherapist & Chiropractor @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo

Computer Clinic @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 1-3pm

Fit 4 Life Weight Loss Support Group @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo 4-5pm

Zumba @ The Arches, Los Alcázares 4.30pm

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

Aqua Aerobics with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 6pm

Learn to Ballroom Dance with Jacqui @ The Arches, Los Alcázares 7pm

General Knowledge Quiz @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A 8.30pm

Menu de Noche @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

Taste of the South Night @ La Vida, El Pareton

Karaoke with Lynden B @ The Arches, Los Alcázares

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

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

MABS Mazarrón Craft Workshop @ MABS Centre, Camposol B 2.30-4.30pm

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Every Wed

Senior Citizen Day/Discounted Barber Gents Cut @ Eden Hair & Beauty, Condado de Alhama

Fitness Yoga with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 9am

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

Aqua Aerobics with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 10.30am

Dancercize with Zizi @ The Arches, Los Alcázares 11am

Aqua Aerobics with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 11.30am

Line Dancing with Lyn @ The Arches, Los Alcázares 3pm

Mar Menor Golf Society Competition

Chiropodist @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo

Mazarrón AA Group @ Meeting Room adjacent to Cañada de Gallego Church 5.30pm

Bingo @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias 8pm

Texas Hold ‘em Poker @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A 8pm

2 Course Early Summer Evening Menu @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 6.50€

2 Course Steak Night @ La Vida, El Pareton from 9.95€ inc glass of wine

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

3 Course Route 66 Big Bite American Night @ Bistro Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 15€

Karaoke with Lisa B @ Black Bull, Camposol B

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

PALS for booking events etc @ Bistro Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 1-3pm

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

Every Thu

Camposol Market @ Camposol A

Kettlebells with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 10am

Avon Lady @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A 10.30am-12pm

Pilates Ball with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 11am

Bingo @ The Club House, Camposol C 1-3pm

Mazarrón Ladies Circle @ Hotel Playa Grande, Pto de Mazarrón 1.30pm

Skin Analysis Machine/Facial @ Jane’s Salon, Condado de Alhama 4pm

Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC Meeting @ The Club House, Camposol C 4pm

Fun Quiz @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A from 6pm (opt curry/rice/naan 3€)

Circuits with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 6.30pm

Quiz Night with Eddie B @ Black Bull, Camposol B 8pm (food avail from 3€)

Bingo @ Alandalus, Calasparra from 8pm

Quiz with TJ @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A 8.30pm

Market Day Special @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A 2€ bacon/sausage sandwich 8.30am-3pm

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

German Menu del Dia @ Bistro Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón

Taste of the Med Night@ La Vida, El Pareton

Jam Night @ The Club House, Camposol C

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

HAH Book Stall @ La Zona Bar, Los Narejos 2.30-4pm

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Every Fri

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

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

Pilates with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 10am

Legs, Bums & Tums with CDA Fitness @ Camposol 11am

Semi Permanent Make Up Artist @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo

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

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

Find the Joker @ Black Bull, Camposol B 7pm

Poker @ Alandalus, Calasparra from 8pm

Fish & Chips/ Quiz @ La Vida, El Pareton from 5.50€ (from 12pm)

Fish & Chip Night @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón 6€

Fish & Chips @ Black Bull, Camposol B 6.50€ (11-4pm)

Fish & Chips @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A 6.50€

Mixed Grill Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 10€

2 Course Surf or Turf Night @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón 10€ inc btl wine for 2

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

Steak Special @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias, 2 steaks & btl wine from 27€

5 Course Evening Meal/dessert/coffee/wine etc @ Castillo del Pilar, Perin 18€

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Fish & Chips @ Viggos, Pto de Mazarrón

German Menu del Dia @ Bistro Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón

Live Music @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias

Karaoke with Bernie Mac on the outside terrace @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A

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

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

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

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

Every Sat

Avon Lady @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A 12-1.30pm

Bingo @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A 1.30pm

Steak Special @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias, 2 steaks & btl wine from 27€

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

5 Course Evening Meal/dessert/coffee/wine etc @ Castillo del Pilar, Perin 18€

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

HELP MMM Sale of up-market clothes @ The Arches, Los Alcázares 10am-1pm

PALS for booking events @ Trevi’s Bar, 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. 9am-2pm

Bingo @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A 7.30pm

Sunday Lunch @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A from 5€

BBQ/Live Entertainment @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A from 4pm 5€

Traditional Sunday Lunch (hot or cold food) @ La Vida, El Pareton from 7.50€

Sunday Roast @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias from 7.95€

Sunday Roast @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón 8.50€ inc a drink

Sunday Carvery @ The Club House Bistro, Camposol C from 9€

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

2 Course Sunday Lunch @ Le Carrousel, Pto de Mazarrón 10€ inc a drink

Salad Bar Sunday @ Liz’s Café, Camposol B 10€ inc a drink

3 Course Sunday Lunch @ Elliot’s, Bolnuevo 10€

3 Course Sunday Roast @ Bistro Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 10€ (lunch/evening)

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

HELP MMM Car Boot @ Autocine, Los Narejos 8.30am-12.30

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

AUGUST

Do you have children of your own or perhaps you have grandchildren visiting and are wondering how to entertain

them during the holiday? A children’s tennis club, run by volunteers, is taking place during

August. All ages welcome, but under 8´s must be accompanied by their parents. Perhaps you also have a

tennis racquet/balls that you would be prepared to let us borrow to help with this project?

For further information please telephone 660 442 845.

Friday 1

Country Music Night @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 7.45pm

Begastri LAN Party (computer based activities) @ Loli de Gea Sports Centre, Cehegín (until 3/8)

Saturday 2

Pitu @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias

Camposol Triangle/Paul Michael & Suzy G,

Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B

David Andreu (Rumba & Flamenco) @ La Santa/Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana

The CAS Band @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A

Elvis Tribute @ Black Bull, Camposol B

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

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

FAST Rock ‘n Roll BBQ/The “B” Boppers @ The Club House, Camposol C

7€ (opt BBQ 5€) 7.30pm

ADAPT Meeting @ Pensionista de Hogar, San Pedro 10.30am

Paella Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

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The Classic Rock Band @ La Mariposa, Gebas

Angie McKay @ The Club House, Camposol C

Blues Connection @ La Proa, El Alamillo, Pto de Mazarrón

The Red Tops @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A

Concert by the Cehegín Young Musical Society @ Plaza Alfaro, Cegehín 10pm

Sunday 3

Artisan Market @ Bullas

Rod Stewart Tribute /BBQ @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A 5€ from 4pm

Disco with Rock´in Roy/BBQ @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias

Alfan in Concert with Mariam Guerrero @ Paseo de la Concepción, Cehegín 10pm

Monday 4

Semana de la Juventud, Blanca

PALS Monthly Meeting @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 11.15am

Tuesday 5 Medium Grade River Rafting/Lunch @ La Mariposa, Gebas. 65€

inc transport/safety equipment/guide

Stamp Collectors Meeting @ Biblioteca, Pto de Mazarrón 6pm

Camposol Triangle/Chloe Leigh, Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B

Wednesday 6 Trip to Benidorm Market with Viajes Dragontours 19€

5 Course Thai Night Tasting Menu @ The Club House Bistro, Camposol C 20€

MABS MMM Volunteer’s Meeting @ Centro Civico, Roda Bar, Roda 11.15am

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

Thursday 7

Clairvoyant Evening with Carol Everett @ Los Balcones, Cañadas del Romero

10€ (3€ to charity) 7pm

Camposol Triangle/Mini Disco/Face Painting/Bobby Dazzler

Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B 7pm

Friday 8

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

Camposol Triangle/Alison Jayne, Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B

Miguel Angel & Ruben Vargas (Rumba & Flamenco) @

La Santa/Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana

Wildcat Tribute Act @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias

7 th Festival Nocturno, Moratalla/Los Secretos @ Castillo Fortaleza, Moratalla 11pm

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

FAST Book Stall @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B

Saturday 9

Artisan Market @ Paseo de las Comunidades Autónomos, Pto de Mazarrón 10am

Children’s Games in District of Canara, Cehegín 6pm

Mazarrón FC 3 Team Tournament in Cartagena

Hawaiian Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

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Sunday 10

Monday 11

Por Cantar (Romantic Music) @ La Santa/Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana

Karen Noble @ The Club House, Camposol C

Fusion Flamenco Cuban with Paco El Cubano @ La Proa, El Alamillo, Pto de Mazarrón

U2 Tribute @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A

Rod Stewart Tribute @ La Mariposa, Gebas

Flamenco Dancing by Al Oleo @ Parque Juan Carlos I, Cehegín 10am

MABS Mazarrón Concert/Nick Barker @ La Vida Bar, El Pareton 1€, 2.30pm

Artisan Market @ Mula

Children’s Theatre by Teatro de Luna Llena @ Parque del Barrio de San Antonio, Cehegín 10pm

Highway 61/BBQ @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias

David Andreu (Rumba & Flamenco) @ La Santa/Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana

Por Cantar (Romantic Music) @ La Santa/Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana

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Tuesday 12 Mojacar by Night Trip with Viajes Dragontours 18€

Medium Grade River Rafting/Lunch @ La Mariposa, Gebas. 65€

inc transport/safety equipment/guide

Camposol Triangle/Suzy G Show, Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B

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

Wednesday 13

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

Mazarrón FC v Lumbreras (home)

5 Course American Night Tasting Menu @ The Club House Bistro, Camposol C 20€

MABS Murcia NW Volunteer’s Meeting @ 5pm

Thursday 14 Fiestas in the Disrict of El Chaparral, Cehegín (until 17/8)

Fiestas in the Disrict of Canara, Cehegín (until 19/8)

Ladies’ Night @ Eden Hair & Beauty, Condado de Alhama from 6pm

(Demos/Discounted Treatments)

Camposol Triangle/Mini Disco/Face Painting/ The Stoned,

Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B 7pm

Tony Beteta (Current/Modern Music) @ La Santa/Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana

Friday 15

Asuncion Day (national holiday)

Feria y Fiestas del Vino, Jumilla

Asunción de la Virgen, Águilas and Mazarrón

Fiestas de Agosto, Blanca

Spanish Night @ Bistro Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 19.50€ inc jug of sangria for 2, 7pm

Miguel Angel & Ruben Vargas (Rumba & Flamenco) @

La Santa/Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana

Michele @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias

Camposol Triangle/Gemma Bennett, Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B

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

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

MARA lunch @ Las Lomas, Calasparra 10€ 2pm

Saturday 16

San Roque, Ceutí, Sodales y Romanos, Fortuna and Villanueva del Segura

CRA Extraordinary General Meeting @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 10am

Camposol Fie-Style (% of proceeds to Mazarrón Leos) @ Camposol Golf Club, from 3pm

New Zealand Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

Magnetik Surf @ La Proa, El Alamillo, Pto de Mazarrón

Caribbean Night with Barrington @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A

The CAS Band @ La Mariposa, Gebas

Tony Beteta (Current/Modern Music) @ La Santa/Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana

7 th Festival Nocturno, Moratalla/JuanPerro @ Castillo Fortaleza, Moratalla 11pm

Sunday 17

Tuesday 19

Artisan Market @ Caravaca

Artisan Market @ Sanctuary de la Esperanza, Calasparra 10am-6pm

Ruta del Ferrocarril (Railway Route) with Aguilas Tourist Information Centre

Scott James/BBQ @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias

David Andreu (Rumba & Flamenco) @ La Santa/Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana

Canal Bike Ride/4 Course Lunch with La Mariposa, Gebas 35€ inc bike/safety equip/guide

Harlequin Rock Choir Open Evening @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 7.30pm

Camposol Triangle/Karen Noble, Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B

Wednesday 20 Trip to Benidorm Market with Viajes Dragontours 16€

Camposol Camera Club @ The Club House, Camposol C 4pm

Welcome Dance/Tribute Night (proceeds to Age Concern) Mariano’s, Camposol A 8€

Thursday 21

Friday 22

2 Course Burger Gourmet Night @ The Club House Bistro, Camposol C 12.50€

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

MABS Northwest/Concert/Kieran as Robbie Williams @ La Daya, Calasparra 7.30pm

15€ (u/16 8€, u/5 free) incl food

Open Door Chill n Grill Evening/The Paul Poulton Band @ Los Almagros 7pm

Camposol Triangle/Dee, Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B

Downhill Cycling Day/4 Course Lunch with La Mariposa, Gebas 35€ inc bike/guide/safety equip

D Sector Community Group/BBQ/feat Pitu @ The Club House, Camposol C 10€

Open Door/The Paul Poulton Band @ Los Almagros 7pm

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Camposol Golf Association Summer Ball/Suzy G @ Hotel Playasol, Bolnuevo 25€ inc food

Camposol Triangle/Mini Disco/Face Painting/Dan Davy

Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B 7pm

Miguel Angel & Ruben Vargas (Rumba & Flamenco) @

La Santa/Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana

Beatles Tribute Duo @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias

Saturday 23

Guided Tour of Cehegín Old Town 2€, 10pm

8km evening Nature Walk, Cehegín

Galicia Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

Suzy G @ The Club House, Camposol C

Neil Diamond Tribute @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A

Rod Stewart Tribute @ La Mariposa, Gebas

Camposol Triangle/The Blues Brothers & Eddie B Disco/Karaoke,

Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B

Secreto Flamenco @ La Proa, El Alamillo, Pto de Mazarrón

Momentus de Broadway Musical by Teatralizarte @ Plaza del Castillo, Cehegín 10pm

Sunday 24

San Bartolomé, Beniel, Cieza, Librilla, El Sabinar Moratalla and Ulea

Open Door/The Paul Poulton Band @ Torrevieja, Christian Fellowship 10.30am

Open Door/The Paul Poulton Band @ The Cultural Centre, Camposol B 5.30pm

Brian “Santana”/BBQ @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias

International Folklore feat a Group from South Afica @ Parque Juan Carlos I, Cehegín 10pm

Tuesday 26

Camposol Triangle/Two Tone, Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B

MABS Mazarrón Volunteer Meeting @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B 11.30am

Wednesday 27

MCC Residents’ Social Club Pool Party/Barrington @ Mazarrón Country Club

Welcome Petanca @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 2pm

3 Course Steak Night @ The Club House Bistro, Camposol C 15€

Age Concern Menu del Dia @ Bocapizza, Pto de Mazarrón 10€ 1.30pm

Thursday 28

San Agustín, Fuente Álamo

Fiestas Patronales, Las Torres de Cotillas

Trip to Vera Water Park or Mojacar with Viajes Dragontours 15€ & 18€

Medium Grade River Rafting/Lunch @ La Mariposa, Gebas. 65€

inc transport/safety equipment/guide

Welcome House/The Paul Poulton Band @ Cehegín 7pm (opt BBQ 3€)

Camposol Triangle/Suzy G Show, Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B

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Friday 29

Saturday 30

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

Camposol Golf Association Competition @ Club de Golf, Camposol C

NEST Walk followed by start of Fiesta. Meet El Berro Car Park, Sierra Espuña 6.30pm 5€

Martin Ross @ La Mariposa, Gebas

The Dynamic Duo @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A

Camposol Triangle Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B

Sandy @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias

Tony Beteta (Current/Modern Music) @ La Santa/Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana

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

HELP MMM Charity Market @ La Zona Bar, Los Alcazáres 11am-1pm

Age Concern Table Top Sale @ Camposol B Commercial Centre

FAST Book Stall @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B

Opening Speech of 2014 Fiestas @ Cehegín

Open Door/The Paul Poulton Band @ Pinoso 3pm

Pinchos & Wine Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

Angie McKay @ Black Bull, Camposol B

Steve V King (formerly of The “Official” Drifters) @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A

Andy Jones @ The Club House, Camposol C

Pitu @ La Proa, El Alamillo, Pto de Mazarrón

7 th Festival Nocturno, Moratalla/Jaime Urrutia @ Castillo Fortaleza, Moratalla 11pm

MABS Mazarrón Concert/Robert Bonovox @ La Vida Bar, El Pareton 1€ 2.30pm

Sunday 31 World Water Week (up to 7/9)

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Open Door/The Paul Poulton Band @ Wellspring Victory Church, Pto de Mazarrón 10.30am

Open Door/The Paul Poulton Band @ The Cultural Centre, Camposol B 5.30pm

WARM Concert/Magnetic Surf @ Canara, Cehegín from 5.30pm (invitation only)

The Classic Rock Band/BBQ @ La Casa Familiar, Los Urrutias

SEPTEMBER

Monday 1

Fiesta del Polvorín, Archena

PALS Monthly Meeting @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 11.15am

Los Amigos Golf Charity Competition/BBQ @ Hacienda de Alamo Golf Resort

45€ (55€ with Buggy) 9.30am

Tuesday 2

Stamp Collectors Meeting @ Biblioteca, Pto de Mazarrón 6pm

Camposol Triangle/Scott James, Outside Alley Palais/Bar Salud/Bar Trevi, Camposol B

Wednesday 3 Trip to Benidorm Market with Viajes Dragontours 19€

Ladies’ Coffee Afternoon @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 2.30-4.30pm

MABS MMM Volunteer’s Meeting @ Centro Civico, Roda Bar, Roda 11.15am

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

Thursday 4

Friday 5

Mazarrón FC v La Minerva (home)

Downhill Cycling Day/4 Course Lunch with La Mariposa, Gebas 35€ inc bike/guide/safety equip

Country Music Night @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 7.45pm

Camposol C Greenfinger’s Summer Social/Itchy Fingers @ The Club House, Camposol C 6€

Por Cantar (Romantic Music) @ La Santa/Monasterio de Santa Eulalia, Totana

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

Saturday 6

Romería del Niño de las Uvas, Jumilla

ADAPT Meeting @ Pensionista de Hogar, San Pedro 10.30am

Murder Mystery Evening @ La Vida, El Pareton

Greek Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

Wildcat @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol A

The Classic Rock Band @ La Mariposa, Gebas

JJ’s Table Top Sale @ SaraLara’s, Pto de Mazarrón 11am-2pm

Sunday 7

Artisan Market @ Bullas

Looking Ahead To Autumn

We are half-way through the summer and

Dragontours is already looking ahead to the

cooler weather of September and October.

Before that, during August we have our Benidorm

Market Trips on August 6 th and 20 th .

You can also book tickets to Terra Mítica,

Aqualandia, or the wonderful watery world of

Mundomar.

August 12 th is a special Mojacar By Night

Trip, departing in the afternoon and staying

in this magical town until midnight, to enjoy

the night atmosphere and the ‘Star Shower’,

(Perseides or ‘The Tears of Saint Laurence’).

August 28 th we go to Mojacar in the morning

and Vera Waterpark.

September 11 th we repeat the wonderful

Tabarca Island Trip, to enjoy sparkling

clean water, snorkelling, swimming or just

chilling out on this historical and lovely island.

At the end of September we will take you

– twice! - into Cartagena for the Roman-

Carthagenian Festival. Lasting from September

19 th -28 th , this represents a period in

the history of Cartagena from the 3 rd Century

BC. Our trips to Cartagena will be departing

early afternoon and the price is just 26€ per

person which includes not only the coach trip,

travel insurance, and a Roman-attired guide,

but also a reserved seat for the show, then

transport to the Festival Camp and free time

to enjoy this extraordinary venue. The Festival

Camp is an amazing visual and sensorial

trip back into a world of clashing swords,

shiny armour, ancient gods and sinister bands

of mercenaries dressed in wolf-skins. Each

group has its own space, decorated accordingly

– don’t miss the dark cave of the Celtic

Mercenaries or the giant statue guarding the

entrance to the Balearic Slingers. You are

welcome in any area you choose and you will

find places to enjoy and feel part of the festival.

There is also a candle-lit market where

anything from leather ornaments and oil

lamps, to honey pastries or crêpes, can be

bought. On Sunday 28 th , after the Circus and

time spent at the Festival Camp, there will

be a spectacular firework display to mark the

end of another year’s fiesta.

Dragontours will give you a discount if you

sign up to come on both days, so come along

with us.

We look forward to seeing you on Camposol

A.

For more information and reservations:

Tel 968 199 021

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SEE YOU SOON!

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Dear Patti and all at the Chronicle,

We just have to write and give grateful

thanks to you and all who work so hard at

the Chronicle. Without your amazing distribution,

few people would know about our

charity. We have been so blessed recently

with donations of fridges, bedding and essential

food and other supplies that we are quite

overwhelmed by the generosity of others.

Thank you once again.

May God bless you all.

Love

Marge and Arthur Laws

Dear Editor

The Harlequins Rock Choir are currently

looking for new male and female singers to

join the choir. If interested, our new term

starts on 6 th September at 2.30pm in the Cultural

Centre on Camposol Sector B.

Previous experience is not essential, but if

you like to sing and would like to be a part of

a great team, then please contact the Musical

Director, Ann Thompson, on 628 149 840, or

alternatively email mdharlequins@gmail.

com for further information.

We are having an Open Evening at 7.30pm

at Camposol Cultural Centre on 19 th August.

Everyone is welcome, so please come along

to see what

The Harlequins Rock Choir are all about.

Coral Barrass

Dear Editor

We have recently visited Mazarrón on a house

hunting trip and I wanted to let you know

what a wonderful selection of restaurants are

advertised in your magazine that we managed

to visit.

Particularly I would like to mention The

Amapola Restaurant in Bolnuevo. We went on

a Wednesday night when there was a special

price for 2 including a bottle of wine. The service

and presentation and quality of the food

was amazing and such good value. We were

sitting around the pool under a pagoda and

one of the staff happened to see my sister

getting particularly hot and very kindly came

and asked if we would like the table moved

closer to the pool where there was more of

a breeze. How astute of him that he noticed

and went over and above the call of duty to

make our dining experience special.

Thank you so much and I will be back many

more times, when the house purchase completes.

Mr and Mrs Dalmas

Berkshire

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In a former life I used to apply engineering to

the handling of hazardous chemicals. Carbon

Disulphide was a favourite in the paper mill

I was contracted to. Pure Carbon Disulphide

explodes if it is in contact with air and consequently

it is not to be messed with! It was

necessary for me to be qualified to deal with

this and the learning curve was steep.

In today’s world, alas, it seems that qualifications

count for very little. Degree or no degree,

there are no guarantees of a job at the

end of any series of exams. There are a lot of

people working who are way too qualified to

be doing the jobs they are doing. Likewise,

there are many with a string of qualifications

who will never work.

My children tease me because I insist that

some jobs require specialised training. Painting

or varnishing may seem to some, straight

forward and really no big deal, but a properly

done job is a world apart from some untrained

poke at it. Don’t get me wrong, I am

not knocking qualifications and education and

passing exams is generally good, but I remind

my children that despite my non-related qualifications,

I clean up cat litter for a living!

Most of us from time to time recognise that

we cannot fix the problem ourselves. The Bible

tells us that there is a problem we

cannot fix ourselves and that is our relationship

with God. Don’t worry though,

because God knew this and He provided a

solution in Jesus.

‘So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new

relationship with God because our Lord Jesus

Christ has made us friends of God.’ Rom

5v11. We don’t need qualifications; we just

have to recognise that we cannot fix the problem

ourselves.

You can find us most Sunday evenings in the

Cultural Centre, Camposol B at 5.30pm. Contact

Ken or check the website to see what we

will be doing each week. Come and join us.

We offer something a bit different. Sit around

and chat over a cup of tea or coffee and learn

about God and what He can do for YOU.

We also hold monthly social events in Los Almagros.

Look out for the posters or go to our

website for details.

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

Email opendoorgettogether@gmail.com

Los Almagros, Fuente Alamo, 30320, Murcia

GPS: 37”45’ 57.77’ North. 1”15’ 56.95’ West

Ken 646 705 403

Carol 655 141 721

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Ginger: This

beautiful kitty

had her teeth

extracted because

of severe

gingivitis. She

only has a couple

of teeth left

as the gingivitis

is so severe. She

needs a home

where she can

get the proper

attention. She

eats cat food

without any

problem. She is

very sweet and tender and gets along well

with other cats.

Sharona: She

is the most loving

cat of the association.

She is

very grateful and

gives many hugs

and kisses, but

needs a family to

give them all her

love. She gets

along well with

other cats.

to him. He needs a house.

Lenon: He is

only 7 months

old and since

very little he

has been on

his own on the

streets. He gets

along great with

cats and other

dogs and is

very sweet. He

knows how to

walk properly on

a lead, but has

been kept on a

very small patio

which is not fair

Darwin: Darwin used to live on the street in

a very troubled area. He is in a non-permanent

shelter for now, but he is looking for a

permanent home. He is only one year old and

has lots of love to give. He walks well on a

lead and gets along very well with other dogs

and cats. He has a small limp in her right rear

leg because of previous injury.

All animals will be chipped, vaccinated and

neutered.

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The months of June and July are normally

quiet for football followers, but this summer

we have been able to follow the 2014 World

Cup from Brazil. Although both England (unsurprisingly)

and Spain (surprisingly) were

among the first countries to return home, the

quality of football played and the number of

goals scored during the tournament managed

to keep us well entertained.

Behind the scenes Los Amigos de Mazarrón

FC and Mazarrón FC have been busy planning

for the 2014/15 season. After a hectic

social year with Los Amigos, there will be

no let-up in the forthcoming year. The Executive

Committee are considering many more

exciting events for members and friends to

enjoy including the possibility of a boat trip

from Puerto de Mazarrón followed by lunch,

a visit to Golf Deluxe Adventure Golf in Los

Alcazares and another Go-Karting Grand Prix

at the excellent circuit in Puerto de Mazarrón.

The monthly Luncheon Club continues to go

from strength to strength. 43 members and

friends enjoyed a fabulous afternoon at the

Restaurante Castillo del Pinar in Perin on

24 th June. Five delicious Spanish dishes were

followed by a more English dish of hot chicken

and chips and then chocolate and vanilla ice

cream with chocolate sauce to finish. Wine

and water were included and the wine flowed

continuously. It was a most enjoyable social

event enjoyed by old and new members alike.

You can obtain full details and availability for

the August lunch by emailing

pamada.1130@yahoo.co.uk

The annual

Los Amigos

President’s

Bash will be

held at Mariano’s,

Camposol

A on

Tuesday 7 th

October. This

year we have

a ‘Legends

Past and Present

Evening’

with two

great individual

tribute

acts; the past legend John Lennon and the

present legend Gary Barlow. Alan Swoffer is

flying in from the UK to bring the music of

‘Lennon and the Beatles’ in a stunning musical

tribute which

he has been

performing

for 16 years

and the multi-talented

Kriz-K will

be performing

the Gary

Barlow tribute.

Tickets

are just 10€

each without

supper or

15€ with supper.

There is

a choice of either

chicken

and chips or

burger and

chips and

your ticket

will indicate

which you have chosen so there will be no

confusion on the night!!!

Barbara 627 012 646

Dave on 634 369 639

Gerard on 624 320 567

Email pamada.1130@yahoo.co.uk

losamigosdemazarronfc@hotmail.co.uk

Plans are well underway for the 6 th Annual

Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC Gala Evening

and Dinner in support of Mazarrón FC

for March next year. Other activities will be

organised over a period of three days when

sporting celebrities from the UK will be flying

in to support Los Amigos and Mazarrón FC.

The 2014-15 season should commence in

mid-September and Mazarrón FC Vice President

Steve Spencer reports that coach Javi,

who was appointed midway through last season,

will again take charge for next season

and has been working closely with Club President

Jose Rodriguez in identifying players

who they hope will enable Mazarrón FC to

challenge for promotion.

The key positions of goalkeeper and central

defence, which were problematic last season,

have been covered with the recruitment

of top quality players and the midfield and

strike force have also been strengthened.

Pre-season training commences on 4 th August

and three pre-season friendlies have been arranged:

A three team tournament in Cartagena on 9 th

August.

A home game against Lumbreras on 13 th August.

A home game against La Minerva on 4 th September.

These dates are provisional, so watch out for

any updates and details of kick-off times in

the local media, on www.mazarronfc.es or

on the Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC Facebook

page.

It had been hoped that the new artificial surface

which is to be laid at the Estadio Municipal

would be in place ready for the new season,

but due to a technicality the tendering

process had to be revisited and new tenders

were called for. Mazarrón FC will continue

to play on grass until work can commence,

hopefully in late 2014.

If you are interested in football, or just want

to take part in the various social events we

will be organising or just want a chat and a

drink among friends in pleasant surroundings

why not join us for an hour on a Thursday

afternoon? You will be most welcome. Los

Amigos de Mazarrón FC weekly meetings

resume on Thursday 7 th August. Social Meetings,

which are open to anyone, are held

every Thursday at The Club House, Camposol

Club de Golf at 4pm, with the exception

of the last Thursday of each month which is

reserved for the Member’s Business Meeting

and open to members only.

The membership year starts on 1 st August

for 2014/15 and membership has again been

held at 10€. All existing members should

have received a renewal form by email and

membership forms will be available at the Social

Meetings during August or by sending an

email to the Los Amigos Secretary, Barbara

Marchant, at pamada.1130@yahoo.co.uk.

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June 26 th saw the members of the Fuente

Old Guard return to Hacienda del Alamo for

their annual Captain’s Golf Day. This is always

a popular event and Captain Jim Kinniburgh

went to great trouble to ensure it was

successful.

Longest Drive.

Chris Andrews and Dave May won the Secret

Pairs Prize with a combined score of 71 points

while Dave Barrett took the prize for Nearest

The Pin Second Shot.

The Overall Winner and Winner of Division

One was Chris Andrews with 37 points and

Dave Simpson was a close Second Overall in

Division One with 35 points.

The trophy for Division Two was taken by

Roger Olorenshaw with 33 points with Lenny

Whalen right behind with 32 points.

Top spot in Division Three was Dave Gautier

with 34 points followed by John Downie second

on count-back, also with 34 points.

The four Nearest The Pin Par Threes were

won by Cameron, Bernard, Lenny and John

Downie, while Paul Western took the prize for

After the event the players were joined by

their wives and partners for a meal and presentations

in the clubhouse. Should anyone

wish to join FOGGS, or just play as a guest,

please contact Dave on 868 082 013.

Golfing Away Day

On 11 th July we had an away day at Lorca.

34 CGA Members took part and we played an

individual Stableford Competition with the

men playing off the Blue Tees. It was a great

day out and the course was in extremely good

condition, especially considering the dry conditions.

There were separate prizes for the

women and men.

Winner of

the Ladies’

Competition

was Vron

Porter with

37 points, 2 nd

Marilyn Jones

34, 3 rd Julie

White with

34 (on count

back).

The Men’s

W i n n e r

was Bob Evans

with 37

points, 2 nd

Sam Armitage

with 36,

3 rd Trevor Andrew

35.

After the

game we

went to the

Miras Restaurant

in Lebor,

Totana for an excellent Menu del Dia on the

way back to Camposol.

Summer Ball

The Summer Ball this year will be held at the

Hotel Playasol in Bolnuevo on Friday 22 nd August.

Entertainment will be Suzy G and the

food choices sound super. All the windows

will be open in the function room which gives

access onto

the swimming

pool and we

will be dancing

outside

round the

pool. Everyone

welcome.

Tickets 25€,

or with the

coach from

various picking

up points

on Camposol

30€.

The Policemen

–v-

Firemen

There will be

a Policemen

versus Firemen

Golf

Competition

on Wednesday

10 th September. There are several Policemen

and Firemen amongst the CGA members

and there are Policemen and Firemen coming

over from the UK especially for this event.

This is always a fun game held every year

with a lot of banter and friendly rivalry.

Club de Golf Competition

Costa Calida Property Services, who have

their office on Camposol A, very generously

provided sponsorship for this competition in

June. Sponsorship of these monthly competitions

is always gratefully received by all and if

you would like to sponsor one of these events

please get in touch.

Ladies’ Winner was Pam Andrew with 36

points, 2 nd Ada Swiebel with 33 points on

count back.

Overall Winner Mark Henwood with 42

points, 2 nd Bill Berrie 39 pts on count back.

Gents Cat 3 (19-28) 1 st Harry Peers 36 pts,

2 nd Dave Jones 34 pts.

Gents Cat 2 (15-18) 1 st Pete Coulstock 35

pts, 2 nd Des Bunn 35 pts on count back).

Gents Cat 1 (0-14) 1 st Eugene Toye 39 pts,

2 nd John Layland 37 pts.

Forthcoming Competitions at Club de

Golf

Next Monthly Club Competition Friday 29 th

August. Everyone welcome with a genuine

handicap.

End Of Season Annual Tournament – with

many prizes!!!

This will take place on 26 th September. Shotgun

start 9am, followed by dinner in The

Club House at 18.45 with a great menu,

presentation of prizes including Knock Out

trophies and prizes from competitions run

during the year and card draw. Anyone can

play, provided you have played in two Club

Competitions in the last year.

The Costa Cálida Ladies’ League

We are all looking forward to the new season

starting in September as we have a new team

joining us from Roda. We really are desperate

for one more team to join us to balance

the teams out and are hoping it will be the

ladies from Sierra Golf. We all enjoy our Ladies’

League encounters in a competitive

but friendly spirit. If you are group of Lady

Golfers who would like to be part of our group

you are very welcome to join us. We play at

reciprocal golf courses at reduced green fees.

To participate in the League you only need a

group of 6 ladies. If you are interested, or

would like more information please contact

Betty Roberts on

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SAMM Spring Series 2014 Final Results

The SAMM Spring Series 2014 is finally

over; longer than normal with 8 days of

racing and

2 races per

day, which

we managed

to complete

without any

cancellations.

These were

handicap

races under

the RYA

Portsmouth

Yardstick

system and

the Race

Committee

have decided

to keep to the

usual practice

of dropping

each boat’s

worst four

results, so this

season 12 races

have counted

to calculate the

final results.

Congratulations

to Don Clarke for winning the series, with

a little help from Tug Wilson who sailed his

Hartley 12.2 when Don was not around,

with 7 wins out of the 12 races that

counted.

The battle for the 2 nd , 3 rd and 4 th places

was quite close with just a couple of points

separating each.

The trophies will be presented at the

SAMM September meeting. The Autumn

Series begins on Sunday 7 th September.

For more information about SAMM and the

race program visit our web page at

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End Of Course

In The Day Centre

in Los Alcázares

for the Disabled

in Mazarrón

Fifteen children from

the Mazarrón Day

Centre spent three

days living in the Club

Nautico Mar Acuatic

of Los Alcazares.

They participated in

a programme of water

activities adapted

for a weekend trip to

Los Alcazares course.

They went sailing,

windsurfing, canoeing

and pedaloing. In

addition to camp activities,

monitors from

Mazarrón who accompanied

them organized

evening gatherings.

The whole group

had a great time.

The objective of the

Centre for Disability

in Mazarrón was to

promote rest and respite

in the home environment

preventing

stress and other types

of crisis.

and it is usually performed in a closed field.

The championship was held during the first

week of July in the sports hall of La Cañadica.

This time schools participated from Mazarrón

and Puerto de Mazarrón, although future

events could be extended to other parts of

town.

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The First Championship

Dodgeball

Thirty schools were

involved in the event,

organized by the Youth

Council. The event has

been deemed a success

and will be carried

out again next

year. For the first time,

Mazarrón has organized

a dodgeball tournament,

which is similar

to dodge ball game.

In this competition,

three balls are used

Medal presentations took place at Mazarrón

Town Hall with the Mayor, Francisco Garcia

and Council of Youth and Rural Development,

Andrés Valera and Magdalena Méndez being

present.

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Flaming June

On Tuesday 17 th June members travelled

to the Altorreal Golf Course, where they

must have a great watering system, as

the fairways and greens were in tip top

condition, so different from many of the

local courses where water has all but

disappeared.

The course at Altorreal is a good test for

members with varying handicaps, as the

scores produced showed in the end. After

several recounts of Norrie’s card it

was declared that he had unfortunately

not made it into the top three spots –

better luck next time!!

The scores

came in

and for a

long time it

looked like

Gerry Taylor

with a score

of 35 would

hold the top

spot, only to

be pipped to

First Place

by Paul Allsop

with a

score of 36.

If Paul had

not put 3 balls into water and one lost in

the woods on his way round, who knows

what his score could have been. In Third

Place was Jeff Perry on 33 and Nigel

Chadderton was Nearest The Pin.

We have now had different winner at

each game since Christmas, and some

credit for this must go to the Handicap

Secretary for his tireless work and his

ability to ignore harsh words from members

with reducing handicaps.

On Friday 27 th June, over 70 members,

and guests attended the Annual BBQ

at The Club House on Camposol.

The entertainment

was provided

by

the nonstop

show

of Suzie G

and people

of all ages

enjoyed

their dancing.

(Not

many members

wanted

to get into

these photos!!)

During the remainder of the summer it

is planned to have a couple of games at

Camposol with early tee times, if enough

members and guests wish to play.

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Valuation organisation; Sociedad de

Tasación says “The bottom is in sight!”

“Although the decline of Spanish property

prices has slowed, there is still no upturn

in prices anticipated in the short term,” according

to the society of property valuations.

However, we are about to hit the bottom and

from there the market can build. Demand is

steadily increasing, with big foreign investors

driving the increase in Spanish property

sales.

There are still two dynamics to overcome before

the market moves into positive territory.

Firstly, the banks have to start lending again.

Since the crash they have been reluctant to

offer mortgages in any kind of volume, keeping

the internal market suppressed.

Secondly, the sheer volume of repossessed

bank-owned property (still numbering over

700,000) functions as deadweight, constraining

or even pushing prices down.

There is a third dynamic involved for those

British vendors who wish to sell their Spanish

property in order to move back to the UK.

House prices back there have been increasing

at around 11% p.a. This has put pressure on

them to reduce their property price in Spain

for a quick sale before the UK housing market

gets out-of-reach. For some it is already

too late and we have seen many examples

of this from our own experiences in the past

few months.

As an estate agent I feel obliged to give whatever

valuation and sales advice I can, to help

distressed vendors sell their property quickly,

but always at the back of my mind is the

thought that for many vendors, their house

in Spain is all, or most, their accumulated

life savings and wealth, therefore, for me at

least, it feels like I’m advising them to give

away the proceeds of their past hard-work.

However, if I don’t give that advice, then the

vendor will no doubt over-price their property,

resulting in them never getting buyer

interest whilst seeing the UK market surge,

resulting in them having no chance of buying

a home when they return to the UK. I’m sure

many agents here in Spain will agree with this

dilemma and there is no easy solution. In my

next few columns, I will try to give important

advice on how to get a buyer quickly at a sensible

price.

Kenneth Whettall

Commercial Director

Fuente Alamo Real Estate/Murcia Coast

& Country

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Accommodation

La Mariposa 968 631 008

Accountants:

Corral & Alcaraz 968 078 754

Silvente 968 332 058

Bars, Cafés & Restaurants:

Alandalus 968 955 942

Alley Palais 968 978 869

Bar/Restaurante La Llana 968 103 300

Bistro Ratatouille 968 155 887

Black Bull 634 374 381

Cafeteria Plaza 968 705 406

Castillo Del Pinar 968 163 138

Chez Zoe 676 691 324

El Faro 968 594 352

Elliot’s Bolnuevo 968 158 499

Gula Gula 968 154 102

La Casa Familiar 968 543 103

La Chara 968 152 016

La Mariposa 968 631 008

La Proa 968 153 138

La Vida 625 917 425

La Santa 968 487 004

Le Carrousel 968 155 910

Liz’s Cafe 696 724 123

Quality Indian 968 199 198

Restaurante Mariquita II 648 193 408

Spice Villa 968 199 226

Tel´s Bar 634 143 088

The Arches 653 081 341

The Clubhouse Bistro 968 978 855

The Market Tavern 968 154 330

The New Royal 968 595 864

The Vista Bar 649 219 270

Tropic Ana’s 699 060 472

Viggos 968 154 554

Welcome Palace 968 199 298

Builders/Building Services

A1 Garden & Ground Serv 628 505 733

Brian Jones & Co 646 705 021

Fuente Building Services 696 744 982

JD Roofing & Building 630 269 994

Kano Architectural Design 636 297 872

Martinez Del La Casa (Architects)

665 810 411

Miles Guttering 617 142 987

Tony’s Building Services 647 119 952

Woodworks Direct 649 540 016

Carpentry:

Philip Peacock/Joiner 680 443 219

Car Hire:

Bolnuevo Cars 968 150 979

F&C Rent a Car 968 199 156

Cars & Transport:

Specialist Vehicles SL 968 146 158

Chiropodists:

Clinica Camposol 968 199 111

Phillip Dawe 968 150 244

Cleaning Services:

Limpieza Rosa 619 199 407

Computer Repairs & Sales:

Camposol Computers 968 199 191

Loco Murcia 968 971 893

Dentists:

Clinica Camposol 968 199 111

Olivier Houdusse 968 153 645

Electricians & Electricals

ECO Tech 665 350 056

Louis Harris 619 712 821

T J Electricals 868 181 121

Entertainment:

Camposol Fie-Style 634 382 968

Carol Everett Clairvoyant 636 297 872

Graham Cooper 657 596 638

Funeral Plans:

ASSSA 968 153 396

Ibex Insurance 958 595 945

The Funeral Director 650 631 719

Furniture:

A Time 4 A Change 968 136 501

DFS 968 334 194

Furniture Plus 968 153 907

Garden Services:

A1 Garden & Ground Serv 628 505 733

Hairdressers & Barbers:

Eden Hair & Beauty 620 072 536

Jane’s Salon 968 158 433

Jane’s Salon CDA 666 144 287

The Beauty Palace 968 971 828

The Salon 691 916 717

The Salon 2 686 354 232

Health & Beauty:

Clinical Complimentary Therapies

634 327 241

Eden Hair & Beauty 620 072 536

Freedom Health & Beauty 638 893 357

Healthy H20 968 437 270

Helping Hands 965 323 667

Hospital Quirón 966 921 313

Jane’s Salon 968 158 433

Jane’s Salon CDA 666 144 287

Natural Health Centre 634 312 081

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:

Camposol Heating & Maintenance (CHM)

968 199 184

ECO Tech 665 350 056

Llamas Chimeneas 968 591 030

Louis Harris 619 712 821

T J Electricals 868 181 121

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

H R Insurance 669 046 167

Ibex 968 595 945

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Internet Cafés & Technical Services:

Alley Palais 968 978 869

Camposol Computers 968 199 191

Compusurf 968 970 666

Kennels, Catteries and Pet Care:

Catatonic 655 141 721

Four Legs Dog Grooming 608 712 599

Pampered Paws 634 302 388

Kitchen Fitters/Suppliers:

German Kitchen Studio 636 306 711

Laundrettes:

Los Belones 968 569 096

Legal Services:

Corral & Alcaraz 968 078 754

Costa Cálida Property Serv 968 199 251

Professional & Legal Solutions

968 595 826

Silvente Accountant/Lawyer

968 332 058

Locksmiths:

ADS Locksmiths 600 255 250

Lord’s Removals & Storage 608 061 872

Mar Menor Removals 968 564 298

Retail Outlets:

A Time 4 A Change 968 136 501

German Kitchen Studio 636 306 711

T J Electricals 868 181 121

Security:

ADS Locksmiths 600 255 250

Eriks Metal Works 636 050 008

Protech Surveillance 667 196 366

The Forge 618 963 958

Services:

Compusurf 968 970 666

Healthy H20 968 437 270

Martinez Del La Casa (Architects)

665 810 411

Mas Movil 1473*

Solar Power:

Freesol 659 232 507

Solar Directa 659 315 130

Mechanics:

Colair 626 796 149

Decklid Auto Services 626 678 840

Euro Tyre Totana 968 424 605

Ken Sherwood Mechanic 679 646 859

Kwik Fix English Mechanic 968 972 006

Mobile Car Mechanic Peter 666 161 129

Neumáticos El Ceña 968 422 015

Mobility Products:

Freedom Mobility 638 893 357

Outdoor Living:

DFS 968 334 194

Furniture Plus 968 482 456

Woodworks Direct 649 540 016

Painting and Decorating:

RJB Décor Painting 699 044 742

Plumbers:

Apache 24/7 Plumbing 674 788 693

Brian Jones 646 705 021

Camposol Heating & Maintenance (CHM)

968 199 184

Printing & Design:

Entorno Grafico 968 654 007

Mister Print 638 893 357

Property Maintenance/Management:

Brian Jones Property Maint

646 705 021

Mar Menor Services 644 300 125

Property Rentals:

La Manga 4 U 0044 7921 351298

Owners Away 691 977 107

Paramount Resort Villa Rentals

968 970 614

Property Sales:

Best of Spanish 634 360 208

Casas del Mar 968 152 350

Fuente Alamo Real Estate 968 598 173

Holmes & Pegg 968 199 290

N W Murcia Properties 634 340 130

Old Farmhouses 968 159 264

Sensol Golf Villa Sales 627 784 669

Removals & Storage:

Advance Moves 968 654 667

Costa Cálida Transport 660 359 956

Daintons Removals & Storage

696 180 634

Solicitors:

Corral & Alcaraz 968 078 754

Professional & Legal Solutions

968 595 826

Silvente Accountant/Lawyer

968 332 058

Spas & Hot Tubs:

Eurospas 650 722 905

Sport & Leisure:

ADS Sunbeds 646 969 455

Alley Palais 968 978 869

Camposol Golf Course 968 978 886

CDA Fitness 634 304 087

Costa Cálida Radio 968 595 862

Espuña Adventure 968 631 008

Horse Riding by Cavalli 636 172 198

La Casa Familiar 968 543 103

Murcia Aventuras 615 828 840

Swimming Pool Construction, Cleaning

& Maintenance:

Alpha Pools 968 971 824

Jorge Pools 674 168 000

Köhn Pool Service 968 138 638

Watermaid 646 705 088

Translation:

Costa Cálida Property Serv 968 199 251

Mar Menor Services 644 300 125

Travel Agents:

Coachtrips S.L. 966 785 910

Dragon Tours 968 199 021

TV & Satellite:

CTV Aerial & Satellite Systems

600 218 046

Compusurf 968 970 666

ISS 655 480 543

Loco Murcia 968 971 893

Rainbow Satellites 686 358 475

Sky TV Costa.com 968 686 466

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 Sur Este

965 352 438

Veterinary Clinic Maskota 968 597 929

Emerg 619 378 473

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Dry Challenges Continue by Dick Handscombe

Well for many the rain-free weather continues

along the Costas and in the connecting

network of inland valleys from Malaga

to Castellon, while further north in Cataluña

the valley of the River Ebro has had regular

storms and the river still runs at flood levels.

Further north, hot humid July weather was

broken in Soria with a metre of hail stones

with snow ploughs out to clear the roads

and cars were damaged by Basque country

beaches by tennis ball sized hail stones!

Our garden is coping well with mainly

deep rooted plants and an after midnight

dew covers plants, the earth and cars in

the area. What is not absorbed by the soil

or taken in by leaves is evaporated within

half an hour of the sun rising. Late risers

have never seen this, or the daybreak misty

clouds that also just evaporate and don’t

turn into rain drops.

With many bore holes now drying out,

springs having done so last month, many

friends with dried up inland lawns are reconsidering

their garden designs and potential

newcomers are realising from the

photos of properties for sale and visits to

selected ones, that many have no summer

shade and that the only respite from

hot summer suns is to retreat into the airconditioned

houses. This is a great pity,

indeed a disaster, for the opportunities of

enjoying looking at colourful gardens when

reading, taking siestas, playing cards or la

rana (the frog)- a great garden game from

the Basque country - or whilst dining in the

deep shade of trees or gazebos is lost. If we

walk round my area, protected by a straw

hat, the older houses, largely occupied by

holiday making Spaniards, retained most

existing trees, even pine trees and planted

other trees for shade when the house was

built. From these gardens come chatter and

laughter most of the day except for siesta

time after late lunches. Nearby, newer expat

gardens are often without even a token

tree, all covered terraces face south when

one on the north or east side of the house

would be invaluable and there are no large

gazebos. Silence pervades these areas except

for the hum of air-conditioning units!

Apologies for these ramblings, but so many

fellow expats miss out on the opportunity

for outside living in Spain. Friends staying

this week have enjoyed starting the day with

early morning walks from 7am until 10am

when the sun has risen and is becoming hot

and they have stayed out in the garden until

11pm or midnight before retreating indoors

for the night. In between, the only indoor

occupation has been fetching another round

of cold drinks, washing up and catching up

writing the occasional gardening article.

By the way, we have been enjoying fresh

salad and cooked vegetables daily and this

year’s small scale experiment is a real success.

Much of the drive on the north side

of the house ,which is in shade for half the

day, is now covered with the trailing growth

of courgettes, melons and squash growing

out of black builder’s buckets and islands

of lettuces, tomatoes and peppers grow

through the lower growing ground cover

plants. My objective is to ensure that every

square metre of the garden is productive

in terms of beauty, growing food or making

useable shade. How does your own

garden score?

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Some towns and villages have started rationing

the use of water and banning the

topping up of swimming pools. Being short

of income, some councils and water companies

are raising the price of water and there

are amazing differences between prices

from region to region in Spain. This could

well extend, even to the drastic steps now

made law in parts of California, where a

state objective for a 20% reduction in water

usage failed, as a one to five percent increase

continued in many areas. Culprit gardeners

now face fines for water wastage of

up to 500 dollars a day! Here, any increases

in construction activity or an extension of

piped agricultural water could lead to more

frequent water shortages in Mediterranean

Spain, so

plan now to

reduce your

needs, but

at the same

time have

a more delightful

garden.

May I take

the liberty of

again mentioning

that

my new book

‘How To

Use Less

Water In

Your Garden’

is now available from Amazon Books.

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