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Date: May 2013
Issue: 6 Volume: XIII
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Mar Menor
Northwest Murcia
What’s On
Corral & Alcaraz
Energy Efficiency
Just Fabulous
Linea Directa
The Blues House
UK Tax Refund
Jane Cronin’s Spanish
Food for Thought
Herb of the Month
Ma Millbank
Menu del Dia
Hondon Valley RBL
Ladies’ Chatterbox
Los Palacios
Sector C Greenfingers
Red Cross Day
Sacred Hearts
Advertiser’s Directory
Ask Jennifer
Business News
Camposol Fiesta
Caravaca Wine Horses
Charities etc
Classified Ads
Dates to Remember
Dear Editor
Early Childhood Centre
Life in Spain
Mazarrón News
Missing Man
Murcia News
Northwest Murcia
Spanish News
Teresa’s Travels
Author Review
Gardening News
Hiking in Moratalla
Island Tabarca
Puzzle Page
Puzzle Solutions
TV News
Housing Update
Beacon of Light
Mass in English
Olive Branch
Open Door
St Nicholas Church
Welcome House
Wellspring Victory Church
Camposol Golf
Fuente Old Guard
Golf Tips
Liga Local
Los Amigos Mazarrón
RC Sailing
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Age Concern
Andrea’s Charity
Easy Horse Care
GO maD
HELP Mar Menor
Helping Hands
John Kemp
JJ Puppies
Lions of Mazarrón
MABS Mar Menor
MABS Mazarrón
MABS Northwest
Noah’s ARC
Pets In Spain
Classic Artistes
Cloud Nine
Country Music Nights
Flamenco for All
Harlequin Rock Choir
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With summer hopefully on its way and
no doubt lots of visitors, we thought it a
good idea to see what was on offer in the
area regarding eating out economically.
We hope that you like our article and list
of all our customers who offer a Menu
del Dia on page 88. We now have over
30 bars and restaurants in our Business
Directory, which means that you have
an amazing choice for not only a Menu
del Dia, but also fantastic menus with
or without entertainment. The Menu del
Dias vary in price and choice, but there
should be something to suit all tastes
and budgets. Please support your local
restaurants; they will always be pleased
to see you.
We would like to welcome
following new advertisers:
Restaurante Le Carrousel
The Voice Kaylou
The Blues House American Grill
B & H Soluciones Integrales
Restaurante La Chara
Dolphin Pools
Pampered Paws
Protech Surveillance & Security
Restaurant Ratatouille
The Old Market Tavern
Welcome Back to:
Another World Properties
UK Supplies Direct
Angels Instead
The Vista Bar
Following a serious robbery at the
Garden Centre 2003 during April,
Pedro and Juani would like to thank all
the Camposol Residents for their concern
and support in the weeks following this
dreadful event. Many residents went out
of their way to ensure that every penny
spare they had was spent at the Garden
Centre. Pedro and Juani are very keen
supporters of all the gardening groups on
Camposol and are very grateful for the
kind comments and support they have
been shown.
The timing of this robbery coincided
with both our palm trees contracting the
dreaded palm weevil bug. Pedro and his
colleague expertly removed them which
was fascinating to watch as they had to
use a “grua” to get them out. By law,
these palms must be disposed of via
incineration in Cartagena. There was a
terrible smell, and a lot of liquid poured
out of the trunks, but they did a very
professional and tidy job!
(Teresa Hicks)
With more flights starting again to and
from San Javier, hopefully business
will pick up over the next few weeks,
especially for those in Los Alcazares
and the Mar Menor. We look forward to
the good weather so that you and your
visitors can explore the wonderful part of
Spain in which we live.
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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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On Saturday 16 March a group of 19 walkers from the Evolutionists made the rocky
ascent of the Aguilon Mountains from the
Pulpi side. This was a steep, sometimes
tricky climb, but was rewarded at the top
by spectacular sea and “campo” views.
A convivial and noisy lunch at the Avenida
Restaurant on Mazarrón Paseo was most
welcome and enriched by the multi-national nature of the group which included,
Welsh (oh the rugby, the rugby!), Scots,
Irish, English, Americans and Dutch walkers plus at lunch a Finn.
We are an English-speaking humanist group and welcome new members
to any and all of our activities. We do
not seek to change anyone’s viewpoint
or have a political agenda but simply
hope to enjoy each others company.
Contact me, Richard Ward, at
[email protected] for details of upcoming activities.
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Insurance is one of those things in life that
we can’t avoid; simple as that. Taking out
your Insurance with the right company is
also very important and despite the current
economic crisis, the lowest price does not
necessarily mean good value in the long
term and should an accident happen it’s no
good having cover which does not have the
level of service and support which you require to back it up when it comes to making
or settling a claim.
Underwritten by Lloyds of London, Ibex Insurance Services Ltd began operations in
the year 2000, with its head office based in
Gibraltar and 14 branches located in Spain
and Portugal, as well as many more agents
and brokers also offering our products.
Ibex Insurance continues to grow from
strength to strength.
At the Ibex Insurance office in Mazarrón,
both Kelly and Alan are on hand to advise
you on which is the best policy for you, be it
motor, home, medical, travel, pet, marine,
business or a funeral plan.
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Kelly is from North Wales, but grew up in
the UAE capital Abu Dhabi before moving
back to Wales to study business and travel.
She moved to Spain in 2000 with her family.
Kelly has been working with Ibex Insurance indirectly since 2004 and directly at
our Mazarrón office since 2010. Kelly offers
almost 10 years of expat Insurance experience in Spain and is registered with the
CII (Chartered Insurance Institute) and last
year passed the first of a series of exams
that will see her personally qualify as an Insurance Broker.
Alan hails from West Sussex and has recently joined the Ibex Insurance Mazarrón
team. He moved to Spain 13 years ago,
where he was an estate agent for 7 years.
He moved on to work in sales, travelling up
and down the Costas and his expertise lies
within funeral plans and the workings of
such procedures when it comes to funeral
handling in Spain. He is married to a Spanish national so his Spanish is excellent.
The Ibex Insurance Mazarrón well located
office is open from 10am-6pm Monday to
Friday. All our policies are written in English and we can cover both Spanish and UK
registered cars.
For more information call our Ibex Insurance Services Mazarrón Office on 968
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Orphaned Puppies and Kittens
It is very common to find puppies and kittens
without their mothers here in Spain and it is
very hard for the person who will become the
“adopting mother” to act correctly, especially
if the animal is only hours or days old.
The puppy’s mother does some basic functions that are very important in the first days
of life, like giving food, balancing the environmental factors and making eliminations
easier, as well as socializing and educating
labours that are very important in the third or
fourth weeks onwards.
mula made at home, we must give cow’s milk
plus one yoke of egg per each quarter of litre,
and add some vitamins.
It is essential to keep the conditions of temperature and humidity for the puppy as close
as possible to what the mother does with her
own body, especially during the first days,
keeping to 25-27º and 50-60% humidity. We
also should put the puppy face up and pass a
wet cloth 3-5 times per day over the anal and
genital area in order to make urination and
defaecation easier, in the same way as their
mother would clean it.
Finally, if the puppy or kitten does not have
any brothers or sisters around it, and has a
lack of social contact, it should be touched
and cuddled by different people as much as
possible in order to help its socialization.
Many baby animals can be reared quite successfully in this way, but it is a lot of satisfyingly hard work.
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Undoubtedly, food is the most important
thing. Nursing is divided into two periods: the
first one that lasts one or two days, and the
obligatory nursing that lasts about 30 days.
The first milk produced by dogs and cats is
denser and more yellow than the usual milk
and is segregated during the first two or three
days. It contains a great amount of anti-bodies which will give passive immunity to the
baby and will protect it against many infections for the first two or three months of its
life. After this time, the puppy or kitten will
be able to develop actively its own defences against infections. In cats, this first milk
can be substituted for any other in lactation.
Cat’s milk has a good number of anti-bodies
during all the lactation, however dogs need
this first milk, and this is not always possible
in Spain, because it is not sold here, although
it is in other countries. However, this first milk
may be substituted for serum obtained from
the blood of a healthy dog.
The period of obligatory nursery lasts 30
days, until the puppy is able to eat solid food.
A new-born dog or cat can take milk about
20/25 times per day. It is recommended they
take some every 3 hours for the first two or
three days, and then, every 4 or 6 hours, depending on how it is growing and until it is
able to eat solid food alone from a dish. This
usually happens between 15 and 20 days of
life. If feeding the puppy or kitten manually,
it is recommended to use bottles with the size
of the teat adapted to the size of the animal
and with very small holes. Generally, it is better to give commercial milk to dogs. We have
to bear in mind that dog and cat’s milk has
more protein, grass, calcium, phosphor and
iron than cow’s milk, so if we choose a for-
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an Old One
holistic gardeners
authors living
in Spain for 25 years.
Most expatriates buy properties in Spain with
a very different lifestyle in mind from the one
they experienced previously. They envisage a
more open-air lifestyle to make the most of
the generally dry warm and healthy climate.
However, this is only possible if the garden
is designed and constructed to support this.
For instance:
The provision of shade from the hot-
test suns and shelter from the coldest
winds show the extreme temperatures
are very different from the average
temperatures often quoted by tourist
boards, estate agents and persons attempting to sell their house privately.
The provision of good sized covered
and open terraces for when the family
or friends visit for meals or to partake
in hobby activities or games.
An interesting network of paths that
do not turn boggy after monsoon-like
Colourful perfumed and productive
plants with minimum monthly maintenance needs, especially if you plan
a busy working or social life.
Safe for both young and elderly.
A swimming pool located and surrounded by a low-leaf drop mini gar-
den so that it is not the dominating
feature of the garden.
Cooking features beyond a barbecue
so that al fresco meals can be organised daily in good weather without the
style of eating becoming boring.
A collection of fruit trees and facilities
to grow at least a few ecological fruit
and vegetables.
Thick boundary hedges for privacy
and hideaways for nesting birds.
Trees that not only provide shade,
but also hide surrounding houses and
possibly local eyesores.
A challenge for the
gardener/s in the family.
A garden that looks great from wherever one stands or sits at all times of
the year, for with an outdoor lifestyle
you will live within it and not just view
it through rain splashed windows as
so often happens in northern Europe.
Hideaways for peaceful reads and siestas.
Areas for children and grandchildren
to play safely without constant supervision.
Matches all aspects of the lifestyle
that you foresee in both the short and
longer term. The latter is very important if you are to be happy with your
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When we wrote the first edition of our practical and comprehensive book ‘Your Garden
in Spain’, the subtitle was ‘Practical ideas
for gardens that suit your Spanish lifestyle’. Some years later, our publisher Santana Books asked us to split the book into
four in order to expand the chapters on growing fruit and vegetables and the development of gardens on apartment terraces and
balconies. To differentiate the new edition of
‘Your Garden in Spain’, the subtitle of the
new one, but an essential chapter in both is
Chapter 2.1 ‘Design the garden to match
your lifestyle’, which includes an easy to follow self questionnaire to help you clarify your
lifestyle needs. We suggest that anyone who
asks for assistance or coaching in designing
or redesigning their gardens to first read the
book and then complete the questionnaire.
Do so yourself before investing another euro
in the garden.
can be obtained
and internet
Amazon, The
London Book
D e p o s i t o r y,
and our publisher Santana Books.
If you are
Spain, a recent booklet
published by Amazon Kindle ‘Your Practical Guide To Having A Great Retirement’
could also be useful. If you are interested in
a hard copy as a retirement present contact
us via our website
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Apparently it is Doughnut Week in the UK
from 11th to 18th May, so I was asked to
do some recipes! I tried to find the easiest recipe for my readers, but they are all
quiet involved. Still, whether you fill your
doughnuts with jam, pour icing on the top,
or just cover them in sugar, they are certainly worth the struggle. I like the Spanish
doughnuts, Churros and dipping them in
chocolate is my favourite treat. Of course,
I couldn’t make doughnuts for my diabetic
husband, so I have added some pancake
ideas for those people who can’t have sugar! He loves the apple pancakes which I do
without any sugar and use artificial sweetener instead.
Buen Apetito
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3 (7g) packets yeast (21g total)
120ml water (105-115F / 40-46C)
530ml milk, scalded, then cooled
170g sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 eggs
113g shortening
940g all-purpose flour
Oil for frying
115g butter
375g powdered sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
90-135ml evaporated milk (can substitute
regular milk or water for milder flavour)
Make the dough
Coat a large bowl with oil and set aside.
Gently warm 1/2 cup milk and oil in a small
saucepan. Combine the water and yeast
in a large bowl, stir to dissolve, and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon sugar. Let stand for
5 minutes. Add the warm milk and oil to
the yeast mixture and stir to combine. Add
the remaining sugar, eggs and salt. Stir
to combine. Add the flour gradually. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface
and knead until smooth. Place it in the prepared bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and
set aside in a warm, draft-free place until
doubled in volume — about 2 hours. Punch
dough down, re-cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 or
up to 12 hours. Turn the dough out onto
a generously floured work surface. Lightly flour the dough and roll it out to about
3/4 inch thick. Cut doughnuts out using a
3-inch doughnut cutter and transfer them
to a baking sheet. Chill for 30 minutes.
Heat about 4 inches of vegetable oil in a
large deep pan, medium-high heat. Fry the
doughnuts until golden — about 2 minutes
per side. Remove doughnuts and drain on
paper towels. Repeat.
Make the batter as above and then leave to
stand for half an hour. Put the broken toffee and the milk in a heavy saucepan. Stir
constantly over a low heat until the toffee
has melted and the sauce is smooth. Fry
the pancakes and stack up them and keep
them warm while you cook the rest. Place
slices of banana down the middle of the
pancake and pour over generous amounts
of toffee sauce. Fold over each side of the
pancake into the middle. Stack up or lay
out on a plate and serve with more sauce.
Make the Glaze
Cream the butter and combine the remaining milk, vanilla essence and powdered
sugar in a small bowl and stir until smooth.
While doughnuts are still hot, dip them in
the glaze and transfer to a wire rack until
glaze is set and doughnuts are cool. Serve
Potato Pancakes
2 large raw potatoes, grated
1 large egg beaten
3 cups of water
2 tbsp milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 cooked potato boiled and mashed
Vegetable oil as needed
Grate raw potatoes into water to which
lemon juice has been added. Place potatoes
in a strainer and drain off liquid. Beat raw
and cooked potatoes with egg, milk and
salt to form a batter. Using the heated oil,
cook 3 to 4 pancakes at a time in a large
frying pan. Brown both sides and drain on
a paper towel.
Basic Recipe for Pancakes
1 egg
300ml milk
100g plain flour
Pinch of salt
Cooking oil or Butter
Combine the flour and salt in a bowl and
make a well in the middle. Add the egg.
Whisk or stir well whilst adding the milk a
little at a time. Mix until there are no lumps.
The mixture can be stored in a fridge for up
to six hours. Heat a small amount of oil in
a suitable pan, ensuring it covers the entire pan. Pour the mixture into the pan and
quickly move it around so it spreads evenly.
Once one side is cooked toss the pancake
and cook the other. To tell if the pancake is
cooked look for small bubbles forming on
the side. Serve with lemon and sugar, jam,
maple syrup, honey, chocolate spread or
your favourite topping.
Banana and Toffee Pancakes
Batter as above
250g butter toffee
3 tbsp milk
6-8 ripe ripe bananas sliced (one per per-
Apple Pancakes
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp sugar
2 eggs
1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup apples
Cream the butter and sugar. Add the
beaten eggs, the flour, baking powder and
cinnamon. Finely chop the apple and add
to the mixture. Gradually add the milk to
make a medium batter. Cook as for ordinary pancakes and serve either as savoury
dish or with a main course such as pork
chops. Cooked apple or apple sauce can be
used in the batter in same way.
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The American Grill, owned by Chris and
Debbie, is open 7 days a week from 9am until
midnight with the last food orders taken at
Chris, who is American, has many years of catering experience both in the US and UK and
with the other members of the Blues House
team produces outstanding food and a great
dining experience.
The Blues House American Bar and Grill
in Bolnuevo opened in March, offering its customers an authentic American Dining Experience with great food, true Blues Music, set in
a décor that captures the heart of The Blues!
All this at prices that don’t hurt your wallet.
Why not ease yourself into the day with one
of our American Breakfast Bagels, freshly
squeezed juice and great coffee?
Between 4pm and 6pm we offer a Happy Hour
with a wine or caña for 1€ and a low priced
appetizer Dish of the Day.
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At sundown, enjoy one of our American Cocktails – sip a Margarita, Long Island Iced Tea or
one of our Florida Rum Runners.
The Blues House American Bar and Grill’s
extensive menu brings American favourites to
Spain. All freshly homemade, you can enjoy
our own tempting Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, Taco Salad, Texas Nachos, New York
Chilli Dogs, T Bone Steaks or Buffalo Chicken
Wings. We also offer a selection of delicious
burgers that are all freshly homemade from
100% beef and served with homemade relishes and accompanied by American fries.
Our house BBQ ribs and chicken will put us on
your favourite list.
Try the Blues House American Bar and
Grill Appetizer Platter Which Has Mini Burgers, Quesadilla, Loaded Potato Skins and Buffalo Wings – a taste treat for two to share.
We also offer salads, hot dogs, hogies and a
selection of children’s meals.
The Blues House American Bar and Grill
is a relaxed and fun spot with a lovely sunny terrace to enjoy a different experience in
the Spanish sunshine and it prides itself on
its mix of great food, great Blues Music and
great customer service. Come and enjoy the
Blues enthusiasts alert: In the summer, The
Blues House will begin monthly ‘jam’ sessions for Blues Music enthusiasts.
Tel 968 156 537
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This month’s profile – Norma and Owen
Norma and Owen Pegram are well loved
members of The Harlequins. They moved
to Spain from Gosport in Hampshire ten
years ago and now reside on Camposol.
They were both teachers, now retired of
course, and are loving every minute of
their life in Spain. Like many of us they
miss their family, but they also miss the
Camposol Fiesta 2013 Sponsored by Mercers
The new Fiesta logo was the winning entry in
the childrens› Design the Logo Competition.
The winner is Megan Bailey from Totana.
Nearly There! - Update from the Chair –
Michelle Miles
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You have heard the phrase “no news is good
news”….well that is definitely the case. We
may have been a little quiet over the last few
months, but believe me, plenty has been
happening behind the scenes in the countdown to the big day.
The Committee took a decision some time
ago to cancel the usual fund raising social
events and to raise funds through sponsorship and raffles. It was a big decision, but
with so many worthwhile charities in the
area staging events we feel it was the right
With no previous singing experience, they
joined the Harlequin Rock Choir to make
new friends, have a go, and yes, they are
loving it. Norma loves singing so much that
she has also joined the recently formed
Ladies Barbershop Chorus which is also
based on Camposol. They have no intentions of ‘putting their feet up’, and have
joined an exercise class, paint, read and
play Bridge.
Harlequin Rock Choir a try, we meet at
the Culture Centre, Camposol B on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm and
Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm.
New members are always welcome.
If you would like to give singing with the
The Choir That Rocks
decision given the current economic climate.
However, we did feel that we wanted to do at
least one event before the Fiesta and have
teamed up with MABS Mazarron to stage a
Grand Charity Spring Ball on Friday 24th May.
It will be hosted by The Club House Camposol and will be a night of “Glitz and Glamour”. There will be a fabulous hot and cold
buffet and entertainment from Martin Ross,
Michelle and a Table Magician. There will
also be a free taxi service across Camposol.
Once again the Fiesta will be compered by
the one and only Byron. The show starts
at around 6pm on Friday 14th June with a
“Tribute to the Musical Greats of our Time”;
a night of music and dance to suit all ages.
Saturday will be the “Fiesta Fun Day”. Starting at around 10am there will be a constant
stream of non-stop activities and entertainment until midnight. The Fiesta will finish
with the usual Grand Firework Finale.
The Grand Raffle Prize this year is a Dream
Holiday to the value of 5000 Euro!!! We will
only sell a maximum of 750 tickets and the
lucky winner will be able to select the holiday of their choice whether that is a Caribbean Cruise, flights to visit relatives in New
Zealand, a ski holiday or something closer to
home. There will also be several runner-up
prizes, all of which will be drawn on the day
of the Fiesta.
If you would like more information please
contact our Musical Director, Ann Thompson on 628 149 840
The fun-packed programme is now complete, but we are keeping it under wraps
until nearer the time. The emphasis is on
Community and Family and we have tried to
ensure that there is a good mix of British
and Spanish culture, local talent and a touch
of Celebrity.
Talent Show Sponsor - Miles Better Entertainment
We are even offering the opportunity
for someone to be a Fie-“Star”. We have
launched a talent competition sponsored by
“Miles Better Entertainment” with a minimum cash prize of 150€. The competition
will take place on the day of the Fiesta and
is open to singers, dancers, musicians and
speciality acts of all ages. There is an entry
fee of 5€ in advance or 10€ on the day, so
get your application form now! Are you hiding your light or your dancing dog under a
All tickets and application forms are available from Alley Palais, The Club House Camposol Golf, PALS’ usual outlets, Camposol
Markets and all Committee Members. Alternatively telephone 0034 634 382 968 or
email [email protected] or send
a personal message to the Michelle Camposol Fiesta Facebook Page. Spring Ball Tickets are also available from MABS Camposol.
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MABS Mazarrón Race Night is a Hit
Close to 90 people attended MABS Cancer
Support Group’s Race Night at The Club
House, Camposol C on Tuesday, 2 April.
MABS Mazarrón was pleased to welcome
their regular supporters and some new faces
at the event.
The night started with a presentation to
raised 1135€
in last year’s
Race for Life,
and applause
from the audience
this awesome
atmosphere grew more intense and everyone
got into the racing spirit. A welcome interval
to recharge their glasses also meant that they
could enjoy a light-hearted game of ‘Play Your
Cards Right’ which sadly produced no winners, but six lucky raffle winners took home
an array of luxury prizes and a further winner
taking home 80€ from the Forecast Trimester
Game. After the interval, the excitement increased, with the throng growing even louder
as a betting frenzy began with the horses being auctioned to hopeful owners.
races began;
slowly at first,
but as the
progressed, the
MABS Mazarrón thanks everyone who attended and all the volunteers who helped in
making the night such a fantastic success,
raising 735€. If you would like to keep upto-date with events, please visit the website or find them on
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Camposolers Community Group Website
Camposolers Yahoo is a group website
whose membership is restricted to Home
Owners in the Camposol Urbanisation. It
celebrated its tenth year on 10th February
Membership of Camposolers includes a
simple click of the mouse for Membership
of its sister site Camposolers 2003 which
provides access to the Camposol Council Office.
If you are a home Owner in Camposol and
wish to be a part of Camposol’s
Community Group please email
[email protected] for an application to jjoin Camposolers
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The Los Palacios Garden Group held its
AGM on Wednesday 17th April, at Mariano’s
Restaurant, Los Palacios. Some of the points
to be discussed were the Registration as a
“Neighbourhood Association” with the title,
Los Palacios Garden and Community
Group. To this aim a new committee was
formally elected. The meeting was well attended.
is drawn on the last Friday of every month
and is valid for one month then a new ticket
is drawn.
Well I suppose we should get back to gardening. The two things you can guarantee will
happen in Spain, the sun will shine and the
weeds will grow. As a gardening group, we
have the equipment; strimmers, back pack
weed sprayers and weed killer, but there is
a definite lack of people to use them. We
are still looking for volunteers to form a weed
eradication group .This will comprise of about
ten people to concentrate on weeds only.
They would be expected to put in only about
3 hours a month; not much to ask for to see
the area looking neat and tidy. If you think
you would like to help, contact me on 646
557 887 or email
[email protected].
We would like to thank the Ex-Servicemen’s
Association for their generous donation of
50€. This is greatly appreciated.
Tomas went on to say that members should be
cautious in their dealings with Masa. He has
stated that members must be made aware
that although not illegal, it is most unusual for
the same lawyer to act for both Masa and the
client. Members do have a choice on whether
they go with Masa’s lawyer or appoint their
own. He went on to say that you must use
Masa’s lawyer for escrituras, but have a free
choice to use another for the embargo situation. Bob Owen assured him that was the
advice he had given members from day one.
Our entertainment section is planning some
very pleasant nights. We hope that the community will support them.
This really is a case off “Many hands make
light work”.
We seem to be mentioning the “Book Shop”
every Month, but they are running a “free”,
yes free raffle. You buy two books and get
one free and because you have three books,
you are entitled to a raffle ticket. The raffle
is approved, Certificates of Habitation can be
issued and the final completion of Camposol
can take place. Tomas went on to say that
previous promises made by individual councillors were made on the assumption of complete co-operation from Masa which had not
been forthcoming.
The subject of extensions/pools/ wall extensions was raised as licences have not been
issued for some considerable time. Tomas
has stated that if you can prove the works
were carried out more than 4 years ago, the
council will approve them and not fine the
individual. Works carried out in the last 4
years will require licences and providing the
extensions do not exceed 5% of the plot size,
these should be approved. As an example, on
a 400sqmtr plot, any extension must not exceed 20sqmtrs.
For more information about the Los Palacios
Garden Group, minutes and future projects,
why not visit our website
Edward Roberts
Touristico properties were discussed, but at
present the council are not in a position to
make a decision on them. It may be possible to allocate the touristico quota to unbuilt
poligonos, but no decision has been reached
yet. Technically you should apply for a licence
to operate a business at the address, but Tomas’s view is that it is extremely unlikely anyone would do anything about it. Tomas was
also of the view that there could be a case of
fraud against the selling agent. There are no
grounds for a case against Masa as they had
listed all these properties correctly as touristico on the plans.
All in all a good meeting with the lawyer who
has explained everything quite clearly and
cleared up some mis-conceptions.
If Masa refuse to issue an escritura to anyone, they have a legal right to it and can force
them to comply through legal channels. Tomas was adamant that Masa must pay their
fines, but this would not hold up division of
plots on the affected poligonos enabling escrituras to be issued. There is also no connection between the fine being paid and individual building licences being issued.
On the question of whether Masa had built
to the original plan parcial in regard to D23
&32, Bob raised the point that Blaya Blaya
had stated that too many properties had been
built on D23, but not enough on D32. Masa
had modified the plans without approval. Tomas stated that it was now irrelevant as the
plan parcial is going to be amended to show
what is here now. The plan parcial will be
modified in September at the same time as
the Plan General is presented to Murcia, the
Plan General being for all the amendments
and modifications for the whole municipality
of Mazarrón.
Approval of the Plan General by Murcia can
take up to 2 years and will include the system of management for Camposol, whether
it is by the residents or the council. Once this
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Meeting With Town Hall’s Lawyer –
Jose Navarro, District Mayor of El Saladillo,
accompanied by Bob Owen our Chairman,
met with the council’s lawyer Tomas, who had
offered free advice to the CRA. Tomas said he
could help us with advice, but could not take
action on our behalf.
I have been approached by people telling me
that they are not physically able to help, or
they don’t live here permanently. You can
still help by making a small donation at the
“Book Shop” on a Friday morning
Semana Santa in Mazarrón
According to data from the Tourism Hall of
Mazarrón, hotel occupancy reached 100%
from 28th to 31st March in the coastal areas. The Murcia region escaped some of
the bad weather and Mazarrón enjoyed
a pleasant few days. Puerto de Mazarrón
noted a significant increase in tourists during these days, both for the hotels and by
the arrival of those with second homes
who came to their Mazarrón residence for
a few days of rest.
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28 March saw the De Las Promesas procession with the Cofradía de la Virgen de
La Soledad which once again took place
around the streets of Mazarrón. The parade was opened by the Cruz Guia from
the nursing home “La Purisima” and was
followed by the banners of the Virgen de
la Soledad y del Cabildo de Cofradías de
Semana Santa de Mazarrón to the sound
of drums. The “Quinteto Almazarrón” preceded the image of Cristo Crucificado.
In the chair was the Mayor of Mazarrón,
Ginés Campillo, who was accompanied by
Councilors Andres Valera and Juan Miguel
Muñoz, and Queen of the festivity, Ana Cristina Hernández. Also in the parade was the
curate of the Parish of San Andres Apostle and San Antonio de Padua, José Carlos
González, President of the Cabildo y de la
Cofradía de la Soledad, Cecilia Morales,
and representatives of the guilds Santo
Sepulcro, Magdalena Campillo; Nuestro
Padre Jesús Nazareno, Tomás Zamora; and
San Juan, Andrés Navarro.The procession
ended at the Centre of Mazarron.
A large number of residents and tourists
witnessed the procession of Nuestro Padre
Jesús Nazareno, leaving from the Church of
San José in Puerto de Mazarrón. A pleasant
evening took the march through the main
streets of the seaside town. Among them
were a large number of “manolas” which
this year accompanied several floats.
Opening the procession was a Band of Bugles and Drums of Puerto de Mazarrón, followed by the Cofradía de San Pedro whose
members marched with red hoods, capes
and white robes. The throne with the image of San Pedro this year was decorated with fishing nets, and the money that
would normally be spent on flowers for the
throne was donated by the Brotherhood to
charitable causes.
The following day the Holy Burial parade
filled the central streets of the port and
received a warm welcome by locals and
tourists. The parade was started by the
Brotherhood of San Pedro and as a sign of
respect for the death of Jesus, the image
of the apostle was dressed in black with a
black velvet cape embroidered in gold on
his white robe.
Also during the Easter weekend, the Paseo
and beach of Puerto de Mazarrón and the
go-kart track next to La Piramide, hosted
the Ist Juegos Juveniles de la Bahía de
Mazarrón organized by the Department of
Youth from Mazarrón Town Hall and Siroco
Aventuras through the programme “Jovenarea”. Dozens of children, youth and adults
enjoyed the activities that were a huge
success and the Councilor of Youth, Andres
Valera presented the trophies and medals.
Participants enjoyed a beach soccer tournament, a bicycle competition, a climbing
competition, a tennis tournament, a tournament of karts and a photography competition. The gym “Bahia Sur” organized classes
that were enjoyed by both young and old.
The Mayor of Mazarrón, Ginés Campillo,
said “These games, as with the annual
activity programme designed from the
council, are responding to the youth of
Mazarrón. We will continue organizing
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World Water Day
On Friday March 22 to celebrate World
Water Day, the Secondary School “Felipe
II” carried out a solidarity march called the
“Gotas por Níger”. The institute collaborated
with the “UNICEF” campaign entitled “Water leads to School”. The objective of this
campaign was that in Niger, one of the countries with the worst indicators in education
is to help children have access to school.
Lack of water and sanitation facilities has
much to do with the early dropouts, especially in girls. Access to water favours education, prevents truancy and 600,000 girls
and 400,000 boys are deprived of their
right to education. Something as simple as
a toilet protected with a door for dignity
and providing hygiene and protection from
prying eyes is a luxury and the possibility
of having access to clean, safe water for
consumption, is still a distant dream. The
I.E.S. “Felipe II”, has worked for the rights
of the children and this culminated in the organization of the solidarity march in which
participants contributed 1€ or more. At
11am the youngsters of the institute began
walking up the streets of Mazarrón, escorted by the local police. The school stopped
at the Town Hall to receive greetings from
Mayor of Mazarrón, Ginés Campillo, Councilor for Education, Mary Celeste Soria, and
the Mayors of local police and youth, and
Isidro Coy Isidro and Andres Valera. Finally, the march returned back to the school.
400€ was raised to go through UNICEF. A
spokesman from I.E.S. “Felipe II” thanked
all who contributed, including the students
and teachers and Mazarrón Town Council
and local police.
Tree Planting
On 21 March the Centre for Infant and
Primary Education “Infanta Leonor” of
Mazarrón for Dia de Arbor, with the
planting of a tree in the Centre’s facilities.
The children conducted their tree planting
with reading a poem. The event included
the planting of pine trees donated by the
Department of Environment of the City of
Mazarrón and the children reflected on the
ten reasons and benefits of planting trees.
vated students telling stories in order to
encourage them to read and discover the
rich world of fantasy or reality that is in
the books. He also responded to questions from the students who wanted to
know everything from his favourite book
to at what age he thinks one should retire.
There were certainly some funny moments.
Carles Cano is an author of children’s literature as well as a well-known storyteller.
In 1994 he received the “Premio Lazarillo”
of creative writing for the play “Te pillé,
Caperucita”. Although his work has various degrees of complexity, sometimes his
prosé tends to be experimental, with great
presence of puns. It has also created fictional universes full of strange creatures,
born of pure linguistic ability.
Free Walks
Mazarrón and the Murcia Institute of
Tourism have scheduled a series of tours
around the town of Mazarrón and Puerto
de Mazarón.
Puerto de Mazarrón:
May 5th and 19th, June 2nd and 16th. Visiting Phoenician Boat Interpretation Centre,
Casa Romana de la Calle Era and the Archaeological Museum.
The director of C.E.I.P. “Infanta Leonor”, Antonio Gallego said “This activity is giving us a very important natural heritage at school and we have just
over 100 trees now in the school. “
Linda Scott, a Professor of Horticulture
at the University of Seattle in the United
Kingdom, gave a talk to pupils in Primary 4
in English about the importance of trees in
our lives. Undoubtedly, it was a full day of
activities that are “highly symbolic”.
Carles Cano Peiro
The Valencian writer Carles Cano Peiro
held meetings with pupils from Primary
6 of several schools on 21 March. Councillor for Education, Mary Celeste Soria,
commented “These meetings encourage the reading habit among students
of the municipality, and more activities are planned to promote reading as
a means of intellectual and personal enrichment, both among young and adults.”
May 11th and 25th and June 8th. Visiting the
Town Hall, St. Andres Church, Sanctuary
of La Purisima, Church of San Antonio, Casino and Tower of Molinete.
Departures: 10.30am.
To participate in the routes call 968 59 44
26 or Email [email protected]
This agreement has also been signed
with 25 other municipalities in the region.
Those interested can pick up the brochure
and further information at the Tourism Office, Puerto de Mazarrón.
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activities and programmes of this type for
our youth to invest their free time in a safe
and healthy way.”
Carles Cano, who has over 50 publications
for Infant and Primary students, capti-
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We had a very productive AGM at the Golf
Club; a healthy turn-out of over 30 people enjoyed a lively meeting with a welcome break
for free hot drinks. John Osborne and the
committee were all re-elected and this year
our guest speaker was Jeremy from Medical Link who gave an informative talk about
claiming back prescription charges incurred
by residents in Spain. Tributes were paid to
our current Chairman and the whole of the
committee, and to all our volunteers who
have worked so very hard in all weathers during the last year. Thanks were also given to
Greg Green from Sensol Villas for the use of
their underbuild for storage and for auditing
our accounts. These are always available for
anyone to examine.
On 22nd March we were pleased to welcome to
‘C’ the new Mayor of Camposol, Snr Jose Navarro, who met with John, our Chair, and given
a tour of Sector C. He was very impressed by
all the work we had done to keep the streets
clean and improve the area. Our next project
is to gravel along the remaining side of the
dual carriageway and the upkeep of already
planted verges. We are always ready for
suggestions of other future projects or work
which needs doing in your area so please let
us know by phone or email.
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The repairs to all the pavements from Aqualia
works on ‘C’ have been completed and the
weed spraying has begun again. We would
like to send our good wishes to Antoine, who
has been with our maintenance team since its
inception. A huge thank you to him for all his
hard work and we wish him lots of luck with
his new restaurant. Our volunteers have been
busy planting and watering plants, trees and
pruning palms along the dual carriageway. If
you have any pots or plants which you would
FAST - Easter Fayre
Saturday 23rd March saw the doors of Mariano’s, Camposol A opening at 8.30am in order to set everything up ready for the stall
holders and the FAST Easter Fayre. By
10.20am all was ready for the main doors
to be opened to the people of Camposol
and visitors to the area to browse their
way through over 30 trader stalls looking
for goodies, bargains and prizes. The doors
opened just before 11am and in came a
steady flow of shoppers over the next few
hours making for a highly successful day.
Over 400 people attended the fayre, demonstrating in part the wonderful support given
to FAST and the unique service they offer
within Camposol. The day was a resounding success raising €3,549.07. This was
only possible through the support given by
all involved from the FAST Support Team
making all the arrangements, the members
setting up and taking down tables and manning FAST stalls throughout the day and of
course Mariano’s for allowing us to hold the
fayre there.
Our thanks also go to all those who donated
prizes for the FAST Prize Raffle:
TJ Electricals; Branded Fashion; 2let2buy2sell; Trevi’s Bar; The Steak Out; Liz’s Café;
Oscar’s; Quicksave; BarSalud; Dental Care;
Ocean Fish Bar; Multi Optica; Bistro Bulgar-
like to add to our area, please leave them behind the ‘Welcome Wall’ or get in touch and
we will collect them. Our work to keep ‘C’
looking wonderful is ever-increasing; there
are so many jobs we would like to tackle,
but simply do not have enough volunteers to
keep all the planted areas weed free, so if you
have a couple of hours to spare, we would
love to hear from you, or join our group on
Wednesday mornings 9am outside the Sensol
Villa office. Our area has been transformed
by all the hard work and is now a lovely place
to live or spend a holiday so come along and
make new friends and keep fit while enjoying
a free bacon butty!
We would like to take this opportunity to invite any interested people from Poligonos
C14-17 to a meeting at the Club House on
14th May at 5pm to discuss joining the Green
Fingers maintenance scheme.
Our Chairman John can always be contacted
on 634 325 427
Information can be found on the chalkboards,
Facebook and our website http://www.
ia; Puncture Safe; Bezza ‘Market’; Annette
Ryder; Debbie Shaw; Bodega Martinez;
Tropic Ana’s; Clinica Veterinaria; Mr Print;
Manuel Canavos Hairdresser; Cat’s Bar; Kelly Ensor; Debbie (Stall Holder)
Our thanks to the Steak Out for putting up
with and supplying our support team with
the facilities to sell raffle tickets every Friday, the stall holders and traders who keep
coming back for more and of course you the
residents and visitors to Camposol for all the
appreciation you show with your support,
donations etc throughout the year.
FAST Bookstall is back on 2nd & 4th Friday
every month Camposol B
Saturday 25th May FAST Spring Ball & 2nd
Anniversary @ Amapola Restaurant, Bolnuevo €25 Entertainment ‘Wildcat’.
Saturday 13th July BBQ & Western Theme
Night with ‘Dave C’ @ The Club House,
Camposol C €10
Saturday 24th August Flamenco Show @
Oscars, Camposol B €8 incl. basket meal
Friday 11th October Comedy Cabaret with
‘Justin Sane’ @ The Club House, Camposol
C €8 incl raffle
Saturday 23rd November FAST Christmas
Fayre @ Mariano’s, Camposol A’11am-3pm
Event tickets will be on sale from the FAST
Bookstall and the FAST Support Team
every Friday morning, Camposol B. Keep
watching the press for updates and new
For information about FAST please call 634
314 386 or 626 465 847or 634 327 730.
FAST – Making Camposol Safer For All
FAST – Registered Charity G30863658
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Thursday May 9th is a Cultural Trip.
There will be a guided walk around Alhama
followed by lunch in the Espuñas. There
are still a few places left so speak to Margaret by telephone on 619 661 245 if you
are interested in going.
June 13th is the last meeting before the
summer (how fast the year flies!) and
there will be a demonstration on “alfresco”
entertaining by Chris Leiper and Jackie
Rooke. This will be in the Cultural Centre
Country Music nights at the Club House,
Our 2nd night of Country Music at the Club
House took place on Friday 12th April. Ann
and Tony started the night playing requests
for the dancers. Ann taught a line dance to
a Tanya Tucker song which was fast and it
went down well. She also revised the dance
she taught last month ‘Pick a bale of cotton’,
which had the same hilarious response. Tom
and Helen then re-taught the Barn Dance
which is a couple’s dance.
on Camposol at 2pm. Come and enjoy a
“picnic of nibbles” and a chance to catch
up with friends before summer and visitors
take over!
gether, chat and enjoy a cuppa! We meet
every 2nd Monday 2.30-4.30pm in the Cultural Centre. For more information ring Pat
on 608 548 136.
Ladies Chatterbox group meets on Camposol in the Cultural Centre on the 2nd
Thursday of each month. If you would like
further information please contact Rosemary Scott on 619 575 463 or Chris
Leiper on 968 199 418.
Chatterbox “SEW and SEW” is a group
for anyone who would like to meet with
other sewing or craft work enthusiasts (not
necessarily very experienced!) to work to-
pers on! He had forgotten to put on his shoes.
Fortunately he didn’t live too far away!
Several of the girls from the local Line Dance
class sold the raffle tickets, and Ray took over
the raffle draw. It is pleasing that people are
willing to assist whenever they can. We actively encourage this participation and once
again thanks to the people who brought along
raffle prizes. From each month’s surplus
funds, we are hoping to buy sound equipment
- at this rate it won’t take long!
The live music was provided by Lenny Mitchell, who took to the stage at 9pm. It was
obvious that he had spent a considerable
amount of time preparing his programme. He
is not normally called to sing Country Music
songs, but he gave us an extensive selection
of modern (Texas Tornados) and the more
traditional songs like Kris Kristoffeson. He
was, in one word, superb. Thanks a lot Lenny
for a great night.
Someone, who will remain nameless, (for obvious reasons), brought a bit of a laugh on
the night when he discovered, whilst learning
one of the dances, that he still had his slip-
As a ‘reward’ to Ray, one of his favourite songs
was played; a Garth Brooks song ‘Friends in
Low Places’. The couples’ dance Sleaze is
done to this - an easy 10 step dance, which is
extremely visual! Several people commented
that they would like to learn it, so that is the
dance we will teach at our next night, which
will take place on Friday 3rd May at the Club
House, Camposol. The live music will be provided by Interactive, Murcia, a trio from Alhama. Entry is only €3 and food is available at
affordable prices. We would appreciate any
contribution of prizes towards the raffle.
If you would like to know more, phone or text
610 632 152 or
email [email protected]
PS To the Camposol Sector A ‘phantom poster
stealer’ who took down at least 6 of our posters from outside Alan/Margaret’s shop, give
us a call and these will be delivered direct to
you. This will save you sneaking about early
morning or late at night. Steve made such a
wonderful job of these (thanks Steve). It’s
not surprising you want to ‘collect’ them!
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In April we had a fantastic number of
members attending the fashion show at
the Amapola Restaurant in Bolnuevo.
Detectives investigating the disappearance
of Robert Golden, who has not returned from
a walking holiday in Spain, have launched a
website which
is aimed at gathering information from the
public in an effort to find Robert.
It follows four possible sightings of Robert in
Spain since he flew alone to Seville on 5 November. The latest reported sighting was on
28 January when a couple saw a man fitting
Robert’s description and carrying a backpack,
walking at a pace towards Gibraltar.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave WardleyWilkins said “These unconfirmed sightings of
Robert are encouraging. If they were in fact
Robert, then it is obviously good news. We
want to confirm it is him and that he is safe
and well. His family have not heard from him
and they would be delighted to hear positive
“This new website, in Spanish and English, is
a part of our efforts to find him. By appealing
directly to people in Spain we hope they will
come forward with any information about his
whereabouts. I would appeal to anyone living
or visiting southern Spain who believe they
have seen him to get in touch.”
Apart from the sighting on 28 January in
Sabinilla, there have been sightings of Robert
on 11 January hitch hiking on the A7 which
leads to Gibraltar, Nurca or Seville. Two days
earlier, on 9 January, a man who lives in Vera
saw a man, carrying a rucksack, walking from
there towards the AP7 to Almeria. On 21 December a couple thought they saw Robert sitting on the ground at the Lidl store in Benissa
in the province of Alicante.
Robert’s brother Barry said: “I’m really worried. I’m really missing him and want to see
playa and marina, more than
200 people attended the long
Flamenco Festival
at the Hotel Puerto Juan Montiel in Aguilas.
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home. Robert
walking and the
outdoors. It
that he can
be away for
that length of
time and not
use his bank
cards. He is
a very nice
chap and approachable. If
anyone thinks
could they please talk to him to see if he’s
ok? He would never be rude. We are worried
that he has possibly had a medical episode.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact
police on +44(0) 1273 475432 from Spain,
quoting 804 of 23/11 or email
[email protected]
with The Berry Chuckett Trio.
Commendation Awards were also presented
to those who have assisted the local community and the charity itself including; Furniture
Plus, Mazarron; Clinica Veterinario Cervantes,
Lorca; The Animal Hotel, Aguilas; Amelia
Manzanara and Rita Lenssons.
aid of the charity Helping Hands, was arranged by their Patron,
Garcia Romera. Many
local dignitaries and
well known Flamenco
artistes were in attendance and the day
proved to be a colourful event.
In addition to the Flamenco was an auction which included a
(which now has a new
home with many lovely
lady chickens!), and a
performance by Oscar
Fernandez, lead singer
Finally, the ladies of Helping Hands and
their friends treated the audience to a Fashion
Show displaying some of the beautiful garments donated to their shop in Calle Fuensanta, (situated off Avenida Juan Carlos in
For further information on the charity please
contact Linda on 968 482 948.
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Our “Talking Shop” Easter picnic was
a very happy afternoon. Thanks go to all
the volunteers who helped to make the afternoon pass so pleasantly. An even bigger thank you goes to D.J.B.K who played
some enjoyable foot tapping music. The
next “Talking Shop” will be on Wednesday 5th June in the Cultural Centre, Camposol B at 1.30pm. Come along and have
a cup of coffee and a chat. If you have difficulty getting there, give us a ring on 634
310 216 and if we can we will pick you up.
On 27th March, 60 of our followers were
at the Playa Grande Hotel for our monthly
Menu del Dia. Johnny Sparrow provided
the entertainment and we had a chocolate
raffle as it was Easter (as well as everyone
having a mini-egg on arrival!). The next
Menu del Dia will be on Wednesday 29th
May at Lagarto Verde, Via Axial, Puerto de
Mazarrón 10€.
The next Age Concern Auction, at Mariano’s, Camposol A, will be on Thursday
23rd May. They are proving very popular
and a good way to dispose of some of your
unwanted items for a small donation of 5€
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Within a policy of housing support and rehabilitation and in compliance with Community European law, the Council of Ministers of the Government of Spain has approved the Royal Decree which establishes
the basic procedure for Certification of
Energy Efficiency of buildings and houses.
The legislation, which already existed
in Spain for new buildings from the RD
47/2007 of January 19th, establishes that
from the 1st June of 2013 it will be mandatory to have an Energy Efficiency Certificate, for every house constructed previous to 2007. Such certification is compulsory for every single house either rented
or for sale (when rents are longer than
four months). It will also be mandatory to
display the result of that energy certification in any offer, promotion or advertising
of the property, which is common in other
European Union countries.
This certificate will assess the home’s energy efficiency, describing how effective
the building is, in terms of energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions.
It will always give a rating that varies from
A (highest rating) to G (lowest rating). The
document will be valid for 10 years.
The certificate must be submitted to the
competent entity of the Autonomous Community for the registry file created by the
General Department of Industry, Energy
and Tourism. Apart from the objective information on their energy characteristics,
the certificate will include recommendations in order to improve the property’s energy efficiency .The aim of measuring is to
encourage savings and efficiency, in order
to foster the promotion of those houses
to put 3 items up for auction. Come along
and bid for something.
Our Annual Summer Fair will be held at
Lagarto Verde Bar/Restaurant, Via Axial,
Puerto de Mazarrón on Saturday 1st June
from 11.30am to 3.30pm. There will be
cakes, pies, sweets, face-painting, clothing, ceramics, bags, ‘bling’, plants, cards
and pottery on display with entertainment
provided by our supporters Harry & Julie.
Bar open for full English breakfasts and
food available all day.
Tickets available from the Cultural Centre
Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-1pm or
outside the Salud Bar, Camposol B on Fridays 11am-1pm or phone 634 364 484 or
634 310 215
that have high efficiency and energy saving investments. In this regard, the government has approved a set of grants and
subsidies to facilitate the implementation
of measures to improve energy efficiency
on thermal installations in residential buildings, and the use of renewable energies.
The Energy Efficiency Certificate may
be only produced by Engineers and Architects, who are fully trained and qualified in
this area.
Raul Miralles Sanchez
Technical Industrial Engineer
Technician in Energy Efficiency Certification
Tel 692 902 302/629 220 960
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Spain May Ban Private Owners From Letting Their Properties To Holidaymakers
Restrictions on letting property to holidaymakers in a bid to appease the hotel industry
could cost around 150,000 people their livelihood. The government is about to approve
legislation which will mean private property
let to tourists will no longer be covered by the
State Law of Urban Rentals (LAU), and will instead be subject to regional government law
or industry regulations.
At present, Spanish law allows holiday homes
to be rented out under any circumstances,
classifying them as ‘seasonal lets’, but the
central government says the omnipresence
and proliferation of private villas and apartments being let – largely over the internet
– is creating ‘intrusion’ and ‘disproportionate competition’ for the ‘traditional tourism
The new law is likely to ban owners from renting out their properties for given numbers of
days or nights. Letting out a private home by
the day or night has been a basic right of all
owners, but soon, if it is considered that this
is ‘purely for tourism purposes’, it will be restricted to only hotels and aparthotels. This
would effectively make the short-term letting
out of any residential property against the
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Although nothing has changed at present,
spokespersons from various apartment letting companies say this appears to be little
more than ‘a moratorium with an expiry date’.
Unemployed Persons Have To Show Nine
Paper CVS as a Condition of Their Monthly Benefit
Jobseekers whose dole money has run out
and who want to claim the 450€ monthly unemployment benefit provided by the State,
have to show nine paper copies of their CV
stamped by companies they have applied to
for work. They also have to produce names
and telephone numbers of companies they
have contacted seeking work, links to job
search websites they have signed up to or
‘sits vac’ where they appear as applicants.
These have to be shown to the job centre,
or INEM office, 30 days before they hope to
receive the benefit, which is currently 85% of
the minimum wage, being a total of 452.63€.
The nine stamped CVs requirement is mandatory, which automatically means an obligation
to visit companies in person and speak to a
person in authority. This is frequently impossible and CVs are merely taken off visitors by
reception staff and in most cases, those contacting companies on spec looking for work
tend to send their CV by email, meaning a
stamped copy will not be available.
Those in receipt of the monthly benefit,
known as the ‘Plan PREPARA’, are given a
‘personalised itinerary’ for getting back into
the job market.
Brits Grew Hash Plants In Cellar Using
Council’s Electricity Supply
Three British residents have been arrested in
Benijófar (Alicante) for growing a hash farm
in a basement by siphoning water and electricity from the council’s supply. Two men and
a woman were arrested and are due to face
trial in Torrevieja.
Police were notified about ‘possible suspicious
activity’ going on at a villa in the town, which
has a high population of mostly-British expatriates. A total of 62 marijuana plants, some
over two metres tall, were found in a cellar, as
well as a further 125 plant pots which had the
remains of already-harvested crops. It turned
out the massive electricity and water bill for
growing the plants was being picked up by
the town hall, since the three British nationals
had managed to illegally tap into the public
supply to avoid paying their own utilities for
their illicit underground garden and to prevent suspicion being aroused by huge bills.
Seven-Metre Wasp Nest Found in Abandoned House
Police in San Sebastián de la Gomera cordoned off an abandoned house after finding
a seven-metre-long wasp nest. Officers were
called out by worried neighbours of the empty
home and say the nest was in an indoor hallway and contained literally millions of wasps.
Experts have examined the nest, which is said
to be 21’ 9” in length, and say the common
type of wasp found in gardens would never
normally build a nest of this size. They believe
it must be an invasive species of wasp which
had migrated from Africa.
Mum Fined 1,500€ For Letting Daughter
Play Truant For Months
Education authorities say the 13-year-old
only went to school for five weeks in the first
years and in the second year, she only attended class for four days. She was at primary
school at the time, in the academic years of
2008-2009 and 2009-2010, say social services in Motril (Granada) where the mother and
daughter live.
They contacted the mother during the first
year to find out if there was any justifiable
reason why her daughter was not going to
school and to remind her of her obligation to
ensure her daughter received an education,
but in spite of promises to do so, the mother ignored the warnings. The headmaster of
the school in Motril said the accused failed to
enrol her daughter for
the year 2009-2010,
but after contacting
them, managed to get
the child a place.
In some cases, parents who allow their
children to continually
skive off school can
end up losing custody
and the kids are put
into care.
Lessons Must Be Given In Spanish If Just
One Pupil Requests It
Classes at school in parts of Spain with regional languages must be taught in Spanish if
any pupil so requires, says a Supreme Court
ruling. So far, 10 verdicts by the Supreme
Court on the subject have been passed in
favour of mums and dads in Catalunya who
want their children to be taught in Spanish,
even if this is in combination with Catalán.
Although all these cases have taken place
in Catalunya, the Supreme Court verdict is
valid for the whole of Spain and parents in
the Basque Country, Galicia, the Comunidad
Valenciana and the Balearic Islands will also
have the right to demand that their children
are taught in Spanish as well as in the coofficial languages of these regions.
Residents In Spain Throw Away Enough
Groceries To Fill The Country’s Food
Banks 80 Times Over
An estimated 50% of all foodstuffs produced
in the EU ends up in the bin, whether or not
it has gone off. In total, eight million tonnes
– nearly a tonne per two people – of food
are thrown away in Spain every year, says
the Spanish Federation of Food Banks. They
are calling for changes to reduce the sheer
waste that happens in a country where millions are unable to feed themselves or their
families due to job loss and are forced to rely
on hand-outs from the Red Cross, Cáritas, or
soup kitchens.
These methods include eradicating ‘two-forone’ offers in supermarkets on perishable
goods, and reducing packaging size to reflect
modern society. The Federation also says
‘use-by’ and ‘sell-by’ dates should be more
realistic and better explanations given, since
many people throw food away fearing it has
gone off when it is perfectly safe to eat and
the flavour and nutritional content has not
reduced at all. Recently, use-by dates were
removed from yoghurts on the basis that they
did not expire.
Pasta, rice and other foodstuffs are said to
never really go off, according to nutritional
experts. Most food in food banks are non-perishables, meaning people who rely on these
as the only way of surviving do not get any
fruit or vegetables or other vitamin-rich produce, so they are likely to suffer in terms of
their health, particularly long-term.
Spain Second-Worst In Europe For Human-Trafficking And Forced Prostitution
EU statistics firm Eurostat says a total of
1,605 women were smuggled into the country and held hostage, being forced to work as
prostitutes against their will. There are more
cases of forced prostitution among immigrants in Spain than in Romania, despite the
fact that a high number of human-trafficking
victims come from the latter country.
According to the International Work Organisation (OIT), as many as one in five humantrafficking victims are male. They detected a
total of 880,000 people forced into slavery,
sexual or otherwise, within the EU in 2010, of
whom 68% were women, 12% were underage
girls, 17% men and 3% underage boys. Provisions of the Directive include the harshest
possible penalties for offenders, total support
– before, during and after trial – for victims,
maintenance of statistics on such crimes, and
special protection for those who fall prey to
traffickers to ensure they do not come to any
harm from their captors or become targets for
similar criminal organisations.
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Registered Charity Nº 8.714/1ª
JJ’s Puppy Rescue Association rescue
abandoned puppies in the Mazarrón area and
care for them in foster homes where they can
be trained and socialised whilst we are finding
them a loving forever home locally or abroad.
To be successful in our work we are always
in need of foster carers. We pay for all vaccinations and veterinary costs and give you
support whenever you need it. If you feel you
can offer a place in your home and your heart
for one of our rescued puppies short or long
term as a family pet or companion please talk
to us about our Foster Charter.
wanted saleable items will be gratefully received. We can arrange for donated items to
be collected by one of our Association Members. We also need volunteer helpers who can
give some of free time to work in our Charity
Shop so if you would like to help come in and
have a chat with the staff.
We thank Liberty Seguros for their recent
generous Sponsorship Donation of 400€ to
our funds for the care of abandoned puppies
and we support their Pet Insurance Plan for
the essential veterinary care of domestic pets.
For further details of the Liberty Seguros Pet
Plan contact their local representative Trudy
669 075 081 or Natalia 669 075 157.
For More Information or Collection of
Donated Items Give One of Our Committee Members a Call
Tony 618 034 921 or Christine 603 127 984
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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 un-
The Carpenter’s Son
He was born in a little village, the child of a
peasant woman,
He learned to be a carpenter and worked in
his father’s carpentry until he was thirty years
Then he spent three years as an itinerant
preacher telling people about God and God’s
He never wrote any book,
He never held any office,
He never went to a university,
He never had a family or a house of his own,
He never travelled more than two hundred
miles from the place he was born,
He never commanded a great army and never
won any wars – for he was opposed to vio-
W e D o I t A l l 4T h e P u p p i e s .
He was always loving towards his fellow humans- even his enemies,
When he was only thirty three years old, public opinion turned against him,
His friends betrayed and deserted him,
He was turned over to his enemies and endured taunting and spitting at his trial,
Despite being innocent he was nailed to a
Cross between two common criminals,
When he was dead he was laid in a borrowed
Since then, many centuries have come and
All armies ever to have marched,
All ships ever to have sailed the seas,
All parliaments that ever sat,
All kings that ever reigned,
Have not had such a profound influence on
the people of this planet as did this carpenter’s life.
But the story of this man does not end here-----------By his death and resurrection people were
freed from sin,
Contacts: Pastors Ralph & Margaret Locke for
help, a chat, prayer, counsel, etc 968 199
622/618 720 181 or [email protected]
Give JESUS some influence over your life,
You will see miracles happen!
A warm welcome awaits you on Sundays at
the Cultural Centre, Camposol B.
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St Nicholas Ecumenical Church
Calle Sobrija 2248
Sector D20 Camposol
By Rev Len Eaton MBE
Fill us with the power of the Resurrection
Christ so that we may be his faithful disciples in life, in death and beyond death.
I promised in my previous report written
in Mid-March that I would tell you how the
latter end of Lent leading up to Easter Day
went at St Nicholas Ecumenical Church.
The Palm Sunday Service was a very joyous time, the Lord making his triumphal
procession toward Jerusalem. Palm Crosses were blessed and distributed to the
congregation. Sad to say that the joy was
gradually decreased during the Holy Week
until Good Friday and the Crucifixion, so
a solemn service of Holy Communion took
place on that day. Two days later we celebrated the Resurrection of Our Lord with
a wonderfully joyful Service of Holy Communion celebrating the Easter Day. Now
we are in the Easter Period, we are looking
forward to Ascension and Pentecost. While
we are waiting for these times we ask God
to send the Holy Spirit to tear away the
bars that imprison us in sin, evil and death.
Sponsored by the Murcia Riding Federation
(FHRM), Pavo Horsefeeds, Piccadilly Coffee and the Cavalli Foundation, the Murcia Region Association for Riding for the
Disabled (Asociacion Murciana de Terapias
Ecuestres), was able to present an impressive Conference and Demonstration of Paraequestrian Riding at the Equimur Horse
Fairin Torre Pacheco in March.
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Something rather marvellous is happening
here over this Eastertide. During April and
early May four children are to be Baptised,
two couples are to be Blessed after their
Civil Marriage, and a couple renewed their
Wedding Vows after 31 years of marriage
and lastly but no means least, we look forward to celebrating the 90th birthday of our
oldest Church Member on 13th May
Services for May
Sunday 5th May
Songs of Praise
Sunday 12th May
Morning Prayer
Sunday 19th May
Pentecost Holy Communion
Sunday 26th May
Trinity Sunday Holy Communion
All services take place at Calle Sobrija
speakers, Fatima Cao (Vocal for Paraequestrian Riding of the Spanish Riding
Federation RFHE), Elena Peropadre (Spanish National Champion in Paraequestrian
Dressage 2011) and Joaquin Clotet (Specialist in Equine Nutrition Piensos Pavo),
gave Murcia an insight into the world of
Paraequestrian riding.
In an interview, Elena Peropadre explained
that she had turned to Paraequestrian Riding after a near fatal
accident in which a
horse that she was
training attacked her
whilst in the box, almost amputating her
arm and causing serious injuries to her
left leg and practically destroying her
foot. Her immediate
concern on arriving
at the hospital was
that the horse should
not be sacrificed and
her next question
2248, D20 Camposol, where a warm welcome awaits you. Services offered by the
Church are Wedding Blessings, Holy
Baptism, Confirmation and Funerals.
We have a Pastoral Service throughout the
year, people who listen, talk and are there
to help anyone who is sick or in need. The
Pastoral care is absolutely confidential.
For any of the Church Services offered, or
other information, please call Rev Len Eaton on 968 138 952, Rev Deacon Maureen Kent on 636 099 679, Rev Deacon
Bill Coyle 634 143 260, or Rev Bro Konrad
679 927 268
St Nicholas Pastoral Care Group, in conjunction with Age Concern, are running a
series of sessions for carers, providing relaxation and some fun!
Starting Wednesday 22nd May 2-4pm at
the Cultural Centre, Camposol B
For further details phone 628 691 739
to surgeons
was if she
would ever
be able to
was seen in
gave in the
main arena
at Equimur,
s h o w i n g
true love of
Paraequestrian riders with a view to forming a Regional Team.
For more information phone Liz
Vocal de Doma Paraecuestre FHRM
636 172 198
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A l b e r t
Greene (born April
better known as Al
Green or Reverend Al Green, is
an American Gospel and Soul music
reached the peak of
his popularity in the
1970’s, with hit singles such as “You
Oughta Be With
Me”, “I’m Still In
Love With You”,
“Love and Happiness”, and “Let’s Stay Together”.
In 2005, Rolling Stone named him No 66 in
their list of the ‘100 Greatest Artists of All
Time’. The nomination stated that “People are
born to do certain things, and Al was born
to make us smile.” The Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame inducted Green in 1995, referring to
him as “One of the most gifted purveyors of
soul music.”
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Green has sold more than 20 million records.
He was born in Forrest City, Arkansas. He was
the sixth of ten children born to Robert and
Cora Greene. The son of a sharecropper, he
started performing at age ten in a Forrest
City quartet called the Greene Brothers;
he dropped the final “E” from his last name
years later as a solo artist. They toured extensively in the mid-1950s in the South until
The Greenes moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, when they began to tour around Michigan. His father kicked him out of the group
because he caught Green listening to Jackie
Green formed a group called Al Greene &
the Creations in high school. Curtis Rogers and Palmer James, two members of
The Creations, formed an independent label called Hot Line Music Journal. In 1967,
under the new name Al Greene & the Soul
Mates, the band recorded “Back Up Train”
and released it on Hot Line Music; the song
was an R&B chart hit. The Soul Mates’ subsequent singles did not sell as well.
Al Green’s debut LP “Back Up Train” was
released on Hot Line in 1967. The album was
upbeat and soulful but didn’t do well in sales. This was the only album on the Hot Line
label. Green came into contact with band
leader Willie Mitchell of Memphis’ Hi Records in 1969, when Mitchell hired him as
a vocalist for a Texas show with Mitchell’s
band and then asked him to sign with the
label. Mitchell coached Green to find his
own, unique voice at a time when Green
had previously been trying to sing like his
favorites Jackie Wilson, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, and Sam Cooke.
Green’s debut album with Hi Records
was “Green Is Blues” a slow, horn-driven
album that allowed Green to show off his
powerful and expressive voice, with Mitchell arranging, engineering and producing.
The album was a moderate success. The next
LP, “Al Green Gets Next to You” (1970),
included a hit remake of the Temptations
classic “I Can’t Get Next to You”, and more
significantly, Green’s first of seven consecutive gold singles, “Tired of Being Alone”
was a massive commercial success. “Let’s
Stay Together” 1972) was an even bigger
success, as was “I’m Still In Love With
You” (1972).His next album “Call Me” was
a critical sensation and it is one of his most
fondly remembered albums today. “Al Green
Explores Your Mind” (1974) contained his
own song “Take Me to the River”, which
was later turned into an R&B hit by labelmate Sly Johnson and also covered by Talking Heads on one of their their albums.
On October 18, 1974, tragedy hit. Mary
Woodson White, a girlfriend of Green’s,
assaulted him before committing suicide at
his Memphis home. Although she was already
married, White reportedly became upset
when Green refused to marry her, some four
months after he peaked at No. 32 on the Hot
100 with the ironically titled “Let’s Get Married”. At some point during the evening, White doused Green with a pan of boiling grits (A
traditional American breakfast) while he was
showering, causing severe burns on Green’s
back, stomach and arms. Then she went and
found his .38 and killed herself. The police
found in her purse a note declaring her intentions and her reasons. “The more I trust you,”
she’d written, “the more you let me down.”
Green cited the incident as a wake-up call to
change his life. He became an ordained pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis in
1976 and continues to serve in this capacity,
delivering services down the street from Graceland. Continuing to record R&B, Green saw
his sales start to slip and drew mixed reviews
from critics. 1977’s “The Belle Album” was
critically acclaimed, but did not regain his former mass audience.
In 1979, Green injured himself falling off the
stage while performing in Cincinnati and interpreted this as a message from God. He then
concentrated his energies towards pastoring
his church and Gospel Singing, also appearing in 1982 with Patti Labelle in the Broadway musical ‘Your Arms Too Short to Box with
God.’ According to Glide Magazine, “By the
late 70’s, he had begun concentrating almost
exclusively on Gospel Music.” His first Gospel
album was “The Lord Will Make a Way.”
From 1981 to 1989 Green recorded a series
of Gospel recordings, garnering eight “Soul
Gospel Performance” Grammys in that period. In 1985, he reunited with Willie Mitchell along with Angelo Earl for “He Is the
Light”, his first album for A&M Records.
In 1984, director Robert Mugge released
a documentary film, ‘Gospel According to
Al Green’, including interviews about his life
and footage from his church. In 1989, Green
released “I Get Joy”, again with producer/
guitarist Angelo Earl.
After spending several years exclusively
performing Gospel, Green began to return
to R&B. First, he released a duet with Annie Lennox, “Put a Little Love in Your
Heart” for ‘Scrooged’, a 1988 film starring
Bill Murray. In 1989 Green worked with
producer Arthur Baker writing and producing the international hit “The Message Is
Love”. In 1992, Green recorded again with
Baker, the Fine Young Cannibals, and reunited with his former Memphis mix engineer
(this time functioning as producer) Terry
Manning, to release the album “Don’t Look
His 1994 duet with country music singer Lyle
Lovett blended country with R&B, garnering him his ninth Grammy, this time in a pop
music category. Green’s first non-religious
album in some time was “Your Heart’s In
Good Hands” (1995), released to positive
reviews, but disappointing sales. The same
year Green was inducted into the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame. “Keep On Pushing
Love” a single released from the album invokes “the original, sparse sound of Green’s
early classics.”
In 2000, Green published ‘Take Me to the
River’, a book discussing his career. He also
sang the National Anthem at the 2000 NBA
All-Star Game in Oakland, California. Green
received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement
Award in 2002. Since then Green has continued to perform with artists of all musical
genres, but it is the music of the 70’s that
most people associate him with.
I am a massive fan of Al Green and know
through requests on my shows that many
people, like me love the songs he made.
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Cálida Radio on Nite Express on Mon and
Wed 7-9pm and on Friday evenings on Cálida
Rocks 7-9pm.
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by best selling author
Mary Wood
Following on
from my first
article in the
Costa Cálida
issue, I would
like to share
with you how easy it is to publish your work,
whether it be a full novel, a short story, a ‘how
to’ manual, a collection of poems or anything
that you want to publish in book form.
The feedback from my first article from near
and far – one from as afield as Dubai, told me
that there are a lot of you out there beavering
away at writing, and some dreaming of finding a publisher. Well, I am here to tell you.
You don’t have keep receiving rejection slips.
You can go it alone and be very successful,
earning high royalties and have the joy of being read. I did, so you can too!
Self-publishing is no longer tainted with those
words – vanity publishing – the label once
given to those rejected by the big publishers
and who went ahead and published their own
work. Such work, even if of a good standard,
was slated as being egotistic and was rarely stocked by book shops. Well, that has all
changed. Now, it is becoming the ‘done thing’
to publish your work yourself.
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Many writers are doing self-publishing; even
This month I have been travelling a little
further afield, and the distinctive restaurant
El Molino caught my eye on a recent family outing to La Manga. The windmill is easily spotted on the Gran Vía strip, on the left
hand side as you drive down.
The Menu del Día was a good price, at 10€
per head including drink and dessert, although coffee was extra. There were several
starters on offer, and we tried the pasta Bolognese and the “crema de calabacin” soup.
The soup was delicious and piping hot, although my younger son declared it “not
creamy enough”, but it was packed with veg
and flavour. It was obviously too healthy for
his 10 year old palate!
Main courses were ‘pollo asado’, tender and
some of the big names, as it is more lucrative
for them and they can re-publish their back
catalogue and earn on books that had long
since bitten the dust. Amazonbooks for kindle is one of the most popular routes to take,
but there are other ebook sites, all offering
the self-publishing facility. It is easy to bring
out a paperback version of your book and to
have it available to buy worldwide!
First; make sure your work is well edited. This
is a specialist job. Being good writers doesn’t
make us good editors. The creative bit is
down to us. We have to learn and be proficient at our craft, otherwise we insult anyone
who takes a chance on us and buys our book
and we will fail in our quest to be successful.
The creative bit is no good without the editing
bit; they are two halves that make a whole.
The editor I engage makes my work sing with
clarity, stops my verbosity, corrects my punctuation down to the last full-stop and helps
me to produce a manuscript that is ‘clean’
and fit for publishing.
Once this is done, find one or more betareaders. These are lovers of books who will
read your work and feed back to you on anything they think jarred with them or felt flat
or repetitive. They will tell you if the story
flowed, or if there were parts they flicked over
– the boring bits – that should be cut.
Next, you need an eye-catching cover – front
only for kindle, front and back for paperback.
If you are good at graphic art, then you can
do this yourself. I have done this on two oc-
tasty, griddled chicken breasts for the kids,
and a fillet of sea bass for me. All came with
a small portion of sliced fried potatoes and
peppers. The fish was one of the nicest I
have eaten; very tasty!
As usual, all eyes were on the dessert menu!
Unlike some all inclusive menus, with the
rather unimaginative flan and natilla, this
Italian-style eatery had got it spot on. My
3 die-hard chocoholics chose the chocolate
cake, with rich creamy filling and generous
portions. However, when my lemon meringue pie appeared, there were a few envious glances to the plate and cries of “swap”!
Mine was a tangy lemon custard and a topping so high I thought I might not be able to
finish the lot. A challenging task, but with a
little help from the boys the plate was clean.
casions without being good at it. I bought a
suitable picture from one of many online that
sell royalty-free photos and then found a programme that allowed me to write text on the
photo. Lastly I re-sized it to the correct proportions – simple. For a more complex cover,
engage a cover artist/graphic designer as I
have for my soon-to-be-released fourth book.
With this all done, you can have your book up
for sale in kindle format in as little as twelve
hours. For the paperback version, go to They are sponsored by the Arts
Council and will produce your book for no
charge. Plus, if you purchase the unique number all books need for distribution, the book
will be available within weeks on Amazon and,
available to order from all book-sellers worldwide!
As space is limited here, please feel free to
email me any questions you may have. I’ll be
happy to tell you more about how to publish
on Amazon kindle, or how to get your book
into paperback. I can also give you more information about how to get an editor, book
cover designer, and beta-readers, as well as
what you can expect to pay for these services. If you would just like to make contact with
me, email [email protected]
Good luck and I hope that if you choose to
go down this path in your writing career, you
achieve the success that I have and that it
changes your life as it has mine.
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Hello from Bob. By the time you read this,
Fran and I will have been to Disney in Florida.
I’m writing it the day before we leave to fly
to Gatwick, where we stay overnight, ready
for our flight to Orlando. Fran’s getting really
excited now and looking forward to having
her photo taken with Mickey Mouse. I don’t
plan to go on any of the rides that I’m not in
control of. If I’m in control and it goes wrong,
then it’s my fault, but big-dippers and things
that go round and round don’t do much for
me, so I’ll just stand and watch as the others
make themselves sick!
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We had our annual Treasure Hunt on 24th
March, with over 100 people taking part. We
started from
and made our
way through
into La Hoya,
Totana, and
Centre in Los
Muñoces, answering the
questions all
the way. Well
done to Paul
and Jim who
organised the
staff at the
Social Centre,
and to the
eventual winners,
For Coffee. Everyone had a great time and
as far as we know, there are no divorce cases
on 10th, and
what a night
this was! Angie
as herself to
start off the
the fabulous
and the highlight of the
night, Angie
as Cher. If
you weren’t there, you missed a real treat,
and if you were there, then you’ll agree that
this was one of the best nights ever! Her outfit
didn’t leave too much to the imagination I’m
pleased to say, and the audience (well, the
men really) participation was eagerly given,
including me! In case you didn’t notice, I did
make sure I was sitting as near to the front as
I could get in anticipation. It worked! Apparently, this was her toned-down performance
– can’t wait for the big one! Another fantastic
night and well done to the organisers.
Tickets available:
May 22nd Dance; with one of our favourites,
Sunset, featuring tributes to Status Quo and
The Eagles, and the best Abba tribute anywhere, Abba Elite. Also that night we have
the lovely Maria O’Hara, who everyone looks
forward to seeing. Just €10 and €5 for lamb
My Spanish friend María cannot drive, and
still relies on husband Pepe to take her to
the supermarket once a week, Monday
evening being the time set aside for the
big “weekly shop”. Truthfully, I don´t know
how she manages it, living as she does in
the middle of nowhere. Perhaps the fact
that she has a constant supply of home
grown fruit and veg and chickens and rabbits at her disposal makes life a little easier.
to be completely organised. Last week
started with the weekly shop, on Monday
morning, swiftly followed by the trip to the
supermarket on the way home from work
on Tuesday to pick up the bits I had forgotten. Wednesday was a quick trolley-dash
as we had run out of dog food and salad,
and by Thursday I was sick and tired of the
sight of the aisles, and life had a certain
“Groundhog Day” quality about it.
In our household, the weekly shop has
now become a daily event, due to the
amount of food and milk that the kids
consume and the fact that we never seem
Despite the fact that we have a list on the
kitchen counter to prompt us and encourage the kids to write down anything that
they need, I generally arrive at the super-
and chips.
Ladies’ Day on 12th June, at The Club House,
Camposol C; a fashion show, bingo ,stalls and
cold buffet. Woody is providing the entertainment, and tickets are just €10.
There are still a few places left for Benidorm
Trip from October 14th; 3 night’s half-board
at Hotel Helios, at €140 including a day trip
There are 6 rooms left on the second coach
for Christmas at the Helios Hotel; 4 night’s
full-board, with a gala Christmas lunch, all
transport, at just €230.
Sevilla Trip from September 16th, staying 4
nights B & B at Hotel Becquer, close to the city
centre, near bars and restaurants, to include
a trip to Huelva and a jamon factory, a stop in
Granada on the outward journey, and time in
Cordoba on the way home. Just €350.
Book/Jigsaw Swap dates for May are 28th
only as most people will be on the Norwegian
Fjords Cruise earlier in the month. Ring Jo on
669 457 985 for more details.
The Annual Petanca Competition is on
Wednesday 29th May at 1pm. Call Les on 968
131 880 for details.
The next Welcome Meeting is on May 4th,
where you can buy tickets for July Dance on
and all previously advertised events where
For more information, ring Rosemary on 620
105 179, or email
[email protected], or visit
market only to find the list is still at home
(along with the eco-friendly re-useable
carrier bags). Luckily I have a good memory, but when I get home and check the
stuff, there will be at least 2 or 3 things
that I will have forgotten.
Ah well, I can always pop back tomorrow!
Liz Edmiston 691 977 107
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Already Whitsun is upon us. What are your
childhood memories of Whitsun? Did you, like
me, have a new outfit for Sunday best and
perhaps a new dress for the Whitsun treat?
I remember with delight Whit Monday, how
the whole Sunday school clambered onto the
back of open lorries decked with chairs from
the school hall. It wouldn’t happen these
days, what with health and safety, to be taken
to a country venue. The farmer had cut his
field in readiness for the onslaught and we
found various events going on like egg and
spoon race, three legged race and a coconut
shy. Oh yes don’t forget the sweetie stall!
Mums would be busy spreading bread and
making sandwiches for everyone to eat and
at the end of the day we would return home,
again on the open lorries singing our hearts
out; by far the highlight of the day.
Berlingo is a small little girl who was found in
the most unusual circumstances. A supporter
of MARA had heard a strange noise coming
from his car. After 5 days he and a friend
set about investigating the noise and to their
surprise found this little dog trapped behind
the headlight of the car. After removing the
were able to free
her and she is
no worse for her
experience. The
make of the car
was a Berlingo
hence the name.
But what of the reason behind Whitsun when
our Lord ascended to heaven?
During the 50 days after His resurrection, He
appeared to various people, including His disciples who had been hiding, frightened, behind locked doors.
John 20:19
Not all recognised Him at first, like the two
on the road to Emmaus, but when the Lord
opened their eyes, they recalled the elation
they had felt as they walked and talked with
the Lord. Luke 24:13-32
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Freddy is a real
little cutey. He is
7 months old and
is house trained.
He lives with his
foster parents but
would love his for
We can all experience this excitement when
we choose to follow Him and allow Him to
be Lord over our lives. One way to do this
is to find a church where there are others to
encourage and help you in your walk. Why
not join us on the first Sunday each month at
Welcome House? We are a small group but
growing steadily and very informal, ‘a different way of doing church.’
Our next event is on May 5th at the new time
of 4pm.
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ever home.
Juanito is very
lonely since his
brother was adopted.
In our kennels
we have a lot of
small dogs who
desperately need
a forever home.
They are all socialized with other dogs. If you
are interested in
adopting one of
our dogs please ring Marion on 968 979 865
or 628 811 187.
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On the first, Saturday 23rd March, our prayers
were answered - it neither rained nor were
we baked - the day had dawned perfectly for
walking and a very multinational and multiaged group met at the Ermita de San Roque
north of Blanca, to go exploring the tracks in
the area. 25 people and two dogs completed the route of just less than 14km. We set
off downhill towards Blanca on a lovely wide
track that’s invisible from the road, alongside
the Sierra del Solán. It was impossible not
to stop and enjoy the treat provided by the
intriguing yellow spiked flowers of the parasitic broomrape Cistanche Phelypaea. Continuing, we passed alongside the cemetery
until reaching the lookout platform over the
huerta of Blanca and the Rio Segura. Continuing through the fragrant azahar of the flowering citrus trees we stopped beside the Azud
de Ojós lake to enjoy the canine entertainment of one of the dogs retrieving a cane six
times longer than her. After a leisurely meander through the hamlet of Bayna we reached
the picnic area under La Navela and made the
long and gradual climb back upwards through
the pines, stopping frequently to admire the
views up the Valle de Ricote towards Abarán
and Cieza, and the distant remains of the last
Moorish stronghold in Spain – the ruins of the
castle of Ricote. Finishing the walk back at
the Ermita, we drove a very short distance to
our final destination and a warm welcome at
a local restaurant for well-earned drinks and
a three course meal.
The second walk was on Easter Saturday
when 20 people started in Ucenda and walked
through the Reserve De Selva in a loop and
returned to Ucenda. We stopped at an old
ruin and went inside to investigate. On the
walls, someone had painted a picture of birds
which were very intricate and colourful. We
continued on what had turned into a beautiful day with cloudless skies although the wind
was quite strong. At about the halfway point
we stopped at some marble blocks and had
a picnic with homemade Hot X Buns - much
Route No 5 Benizar - Fuente de Arriba
On 24th March we started spring with the
Benizar tour, although it was “freezing cold”
and black clouds crowned the limestone mass
of the Fuente de Arriba. There was a chilly
wind but we intended to go into the depths
of this unique corner of Moratalla with a visit
to the disturbing Benizar petroglyphs, carved
millennia in this limestone area.
We went down to the village to visit some
of the streets of the mill, lovingly tended
by neighbours and we were surprised at the
presence of a plant called Venus’s Navel, present in all the walls, which indicates the high
degree of humidity. This is not surprisingly as
the presence of water is constant in Moratalla.
We took an old trail that winds through the
gardens and lead us to the Rincon de las
Cuevas, a botanical enclave. Here the landscape becomes surreal, surrounded by multicolored cenajos, several habitats coinciding
in this area, so that biodiversity is awesome
with more than fifty species of breeding birds
seen, even today. We heard a nightingale
sing and a wren or finch whose local name
is piquirrojas chovas. The birds have started
their reproductive period and birds of prey fly
over the peak carrying some small trophy.
In the rocks, we also note that some spring
flowers are growing in the grass; violets and
hellebores are so pretty. We also admire the
paintings barely visible in 3 metres of soil and
ditches and a Muslim aqueduct.
We decided to have lunch in the shelter of a
large cave, well protected from the wind, before heading to the Cueva de la Pila del Fraile
by an ancient path that passed by a damaged
raft before crossing the creek to observe a
sunset Natterjack toad. After a full ascent, we
excavated a stalagmite developed from the
persistent dropping of water from the roof of
the cave for millions of years. These cenajos
date back to the Miocene era and the atmosphere is magical and spectacular.
appreciated by all. On the return we stopped
to look at a lake that had formed since last
year’s Gota Fria and an eagle swooped low
across the water, circled round and disappeared into the woods. We returned to the
cars having walked for 16kms, tired but happy. Thanks to everyone who joined us for the
walk especially those who were in Spain for a
holiday. So nice to see new faces.
There are just a few walks left in May and
June, so if you are interested in exploring the
region of Murcia on foot with a group of likeminded people please contact warm2005@ for further information.
We left this authentic natural balcony to return to the cars, as it was time to go to Bar
Fofi, a restaurant that prepared a magnificent
banquet and the good wine Ulea Tertia. At the
end June and her friends said goodbye and
the rest of us decided to stroll by Benizar in
order to “reduce” the hearty meal with that
we had just eaten.
The next walks are:
12th May – El Salero de Zacatin-La Torre
21st May – Casicas del Portal-Calar de Sevilla
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We reached an old cattle pen in which we
observed a schematic style painting before
climbing the steps. Despite its length and verticality June who is 75 years old, managed to
reach this ancient path. The end of the dizzying ascent lead us to view a spectacular landscape, before arriving at the forest of Sabina
which is dotted with plants such as lavenders
etc. that cover one area that collects a lot of
water after the springs feed the area.
In the distance the inaccessible Castillo de
Beniza is located on top of a small plateau
that we eventually reached. We
went down some
steps and got to
the edge of the
foot of the cenajos
and descend some
new steps to go a
ledge with stunning caves. The
was breathtaking
and to top all a
female peregrine
flew past us.
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This month the WARM group enjoyed two
beautiful walks in the region of Murcia.
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The first five days of May see one of Murcia’s
best known and loved fiestas take place in
Caravaca de la Cruz. All of this is reflected
in a superb museum in Caravaca – the Museo de la Fiesta (Museum of the Fiesta), located in Calle de las Monjas, beyond the end
of the road in which you find the Tourist Office. You really cannot miss it as it is located
in an imposing 16th Century building with a
large sign outsided. Entrance to the museum
when we were last there (September 2012)
was 4€ per person (3€ for concessions) and
this included an audio guide in English to listen to as you walked around.
The tour begins in an upstairs room which
deals with the origins of the May Fiesta. The
wall panels tell of the miraculous appearance
of the True Cross of Caravaca at the mass
celebrated by a captive Christian priest, before the Arab King, Abu-Ceyt, in Caravaca
on 3 May 1232. Another panel deals with the
origin of the spectacular Wine Run and a third
concerns the part played by the Bands of
Moors and Christians in the Fiesta. It is said,
in the descriptive material, that in the 13th
Century, when Caravaca was on the frontier
of Christian Spain against the Moorish Kingdom of Granada, the town was besieged and
the water supply had putrefied. Consequently, several knights rode through the encircling
Moors to search for clean supplies. None was
to be found - only wine! As a result, wine was
put into the skins and the knights returned to
Caravaca. Less romantically, it is believed
that rivalry among those transporting wine to
an annual blessing led, in the 19th Century, to
the development of today’s competition racing the horses up the hill to the Castle.
of the horses which will later participate in
the Wine Run. Moors and Christians follow
and their processions come together as they
make their way to the castle precincts. If
you are in Caravaca at the time, you cannot help bumping into one band of Moors or
Christians (or more) as they wander through
the streets.
It is the race of the Wine Horses up the hill
to the entrance to the castle which has always struck us as a truly remarkable event.
The 80 metre course starts at a bend in the
road, with around 60 horses participating one
by one. Each is decked out in a bright livery from head to tail and has four “handlers”
holding on to the sides. If any one of these
handlers lets go, then the horse is disqualified. The runs are timed electronically and
the fastest take less than 10 seconds. What
has also been remarkable when we have been
there is the way that crowds throng the narrow road up which the horses run and part
to allow them through. It is something, in
our view, well worth going to see, although
you may want to try and position yourself in
a rather less challenging place than many of
the locals so you are in no danger from the
There are further processions on 3 May, which
also sees a solemn mass. The main event of
the day, in the evening, and after an unsuccessful meeting between the Moor and Christian monarchs sees mock battles take place,
is the blessing of the water at the Templete in
the town. The Templete is a hexagonal baroque construction of the mid-late 18th Century on the site of a former chapel into which
the waters from the nearby Fuentes del Marqués flow. The cross is bathed in the waters
to bless them amidst a massive crowd. The
following day sees the cross taken around the
houses of those who are ill in Caravaca and
the grand, colourful procession of the Moors
and Christians. On 5 May the cross returns
home to the grand Church in the castle precincts. The inevitable fireworks follow!
Downstairs toward the end of the tour, there
are full size representations of the Wine Horses and their handlers in all their finery. The
embroidery, especially on the decorative coverings for the horses, is extremely fine and
detailed and note the wine skin which is also
shown in the room.
If you wish, you can also see a DVD showing
images of the Fiesta, a representation of the
appearance of the Caravaca Cross in 1232,
as well as scenes from the Wine Run.
The Fiesta is a great time for both townspeople and the hoards of tourists who descend
on Caravaca alike. The museum gives you a
good feel for it, and its importance, although
you really have to be there to savour the full
effects. Best of all is to see some of the actual May events and then contemplate the
whole thing at greater leisure in the museum!
All this (and more) is explained in illustrated
panels in the museum, and we hope that this
brief description might whet your appetite to
go to Caravaca on one of the principal days
of the Fiesta, even if you may have to be very
careful if you attend the Wine Horse races.
From the first room, you pass on to another
which chronicles the daily progress of the Fiesta. Thus, on 1 May, there are flower offerings and a competition to find the best
horses. The serious part of the Fiesta, however, begins the following day, 2 May. There
is a dawn chorus of bells from the Church of
San Salvador, but the “official” start of the Fiesta comes with a mass to celebrate the True
Cross of Caravaca and numerous parades
Not surprisingly, the next room deals with the
Moors in a parallel way. Each of the Moorish groups has its own distinctive costume to
wear between 2 and 4 May. There are wall
panels in both rooms which show photographs of the processions.
What else is there in the museum?
The next room on the tour concentrates on
the Christian bands who participate in the
Fiesta, showing their costumes and equipment. If nothing else, it will emphasise to
you the care, time and expense lavished by
a very large number of people in Caravaca
in preparing for, and participating in the great
May celebrations. Each group of Christians
has two or three costumes to wear at different times during the Fiesta. At one end of
the room were the even more richly clothed
models of the Christian King and Queen.
Article by Clive and Rosie Palmer who have
written several guide books on towns and regions in Murcia. These can be seen at, and
obtained from,, or contact
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Rosie’s most recent book, “Exploring Murcia, Days Out” is now available to buy from
the Costa Cálida Chronicle Office on Camposol B, Best Wishes (who also stock other of
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There is one area that is worth a visit and that
is the Sierra Espuña. The Hotel Mariposa in
Gebas is an English run establishment that offers not only good food, accommodation and
entertainment, but you can also explore the
area either on foot, quad bike or mountain
bike. We spent a very good evening at The
Hotel Marisposa in March, having an excellent
meal whilst listening to Martin Ross Lawford
singing, giving us the chance to dance the
night away. Mark, from The Hotel Mariposa
picked us up from Bullas in their mini bus, at
no extra cost, which saved us driving all the
way up to the hotel. They have some excellent deals on special weekends if you want
to get away for a few days and they serve a
superb Sunday Roast from a little as 10.50€
per person. See their advert on page 63 for
full details on what is on offer this month.
Cloud Nine Drama
There will be a performance of “Filthy Rich”
and “Last Panto in Camposol” at the Patio
Bar in Pliego on Sunday 9th May at 8pm. Tickets 3€. Please turn up and support this group
of enthusiastic thespians for a good night out.
Tourism in Moratalla
On 5th April, the Mayor of Moratalla, D Antonio García Rodríguez, underlined the intention
of projecting and promoting the tourist values of Moratalla, including the sector of rural
tourism which currently has more than 50%
of the accommodation in the Region of Murcia
which is a strategic sector in the economic
development of the municipality.
Juan Soria, highlighted the important positioning Moratalla has achieved within the
rankings of several portal websites to highlight the image of the town, both regionally
and nationally. He has also presented several
projects of great importance for the municipality, including the declaration of national
tourist interest of the tamboristas and Holy
Week in Moratalla and the creation of the Museum of the Tamboras. Mª José Nicolás, Senator for the Grupo Popular, also highlighted
the work of the Town Hall in developing tourism in the media. She emphasised the project
“52 semanas y un destino” which includes,
heritage, gastronomy, nature and fiestas for
everyone to enjoy. These projects must be
supported by the Regional Administration under the name of “Destino Región de Murcia”
with the support of the Secretary of State for
Free Tours
There are free tours to “Villa Santiaguista”
held every Saturday in May and June from
12pm-1pm from the Tourist Office in Mor-
To reserve a place on any of these walks,
please phone 968 730 208 or email [email protected]
Investigating the existence of hydrocarbons in Northwest Murcia
The Governing Council has granted permission to the company ‘Oil and Gas Capital, SL’
to investigate the possible existence of hydrocarbons in the municipalities of Cehegín,
Calasparra and Moratalla for six years. After
studying the record, the regional government
considers that the applicant company has the
legal, technical and financial capacity to implement the programme of research.
Cehegín Scene
On the last Sunday of every month from October 2012 to May 2013 in the “Plaza del Castillo” Cehegin there is a craft market known
as “El Mesoncico” . There you will find more
than 50 craftsmen of the area with stalls displaying such products as cured meats, hams,
pottery, cakes, wines, cheeses, etc. Sunday
26thMay is all about fruit and vegetables
from the local area. Fresh produce will be
on sale and you will be able to try Zarangollo (a mixture of eggs and courgette),
tomatoes in local olive and ham. This is
also when El Mesoncico celebrates the 12th
Exhibition of Open Air Painting Casco Antiguo de Cehegín.
The Archaeological site of Begastri is opened
for visitors Saturdays and Sundays 10am2pm. You will be able to see a video presentation followed by a guided tour to see the remains of the Iberian
culture before the IV
century B.C.
They are designed for people of all ages who
enjoy hiking at fairly easy levels which makes
them accessible for the whole family.
This walk on 25th May will begin in one of the
least known areas of the region of Murcia (La
Asomadilla) and will take us to the area of
Carrascalejo through a pretty path under the
shade of imposing poplar trees. The distance
is 9.5 km, the time will be approximately
3 hours with an average incline of 15,4% 11%.
The Ecological Park Is Closed Until Further Notice
Tel 968 723 550 or visit
Santiago Leo
Cehegin Tourist Office
Organizing The World Cup of Orientation
in Cehegín
The regional government has given approval
for a grant of €35,000 to the Federation of
Orientation in Murcia to collaborate on expenses incurred in connection with the organization of the World Cup in Cehegin. The
competition will be held in April 2014 and is
expected to involve more than 1,500 people.
This tournament, which is part of the promotion of the sport in the nature of the Ministry
of Culture and Tourism, is also directed to the
promotion of rural tourism in the region.
From 17th-19th May we
celebrate Fiestas in
honour of San Isidro
and San Zenón with
running of bulls, bullfights, Acrobat competition as well as a Craft
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Hopefully by the time this has gone to print,
the weather will be more like summer and we
will be enjoying days out and about. There is
so much to see in the area and many of the
local tourist offices are promoting the local
towns by organising walks and other events.
Car Boot Sale
The date for the car
boot market has been
changed to 12th May
instead of the 19th as
and is taking place in
the square beside the
old railway station in
the Vía Verde, just two
minutes from Mercadona. There is plenty
of room for parking
and Stalls will be provided by the Town hall
for 2€. Anyone interested in booking a stall
contact the Cehegín
Tourist Office on 968
723 550.
Free Nature Walks
Cehegin provides a
variety of landscapes
which include woods,
mountains, hills, sloping valleys, scrubland
and streams which
provide a priceless
tourist and educational
resource. Walks take
place on 3rd or last Saturday of each month.
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By the time this article is published the new
CAFÉ Ambulance will have been presented by
the Honary British Consul Antonio Berdonces
Vivancos to the Ayuntamiento of Mazarron
Gines Campillo. The ambulance will be administered by the Cruz Roja and will be identified by the CAFÉ logo on each side. You will
see PALS The Lions and Costa Cálida International Radio logos as well. Thanks to
everyone who over the years has helped pay
into the fund. It reached 45000€ and PALS
have advanced the balance making the total
paid for this state of the art vehicle 57536€.
The CAFÉ Concert in September will help
out, so see you there and PALS continue to
accept donations for the ambulance until the
end of this year.
PALS have, excluding the ambulance donation, now purchased life saving equipment to
the total value of 188,414€ and were in the
lead on the Lorca Earthquake Concert where
6400€ of equipment was donated to that
stricken city.
We think we are the only local charity that declares publicly where all the money goes and
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May! Month 5 – where does it go? All is well
in the Rainbow camp. Matt and Alan went to
the UK for a week in April to see mum Jones
– did a little decorating for her and got the
garden ready for summer. Mum Monk continues to be independent in her little house in
the garden – 91 and going strong.
Regular readers will know we have a large
garden and “too much” land. We had some
students from Cartagena cultivating some of
it a few years ago but they stopped and now
our local goat man Antonio has asked if he
can use it and with his friends has started
to grow lots of vegetables – using our well
water! We should get a good supply of fresh
seasonal vegetables. We have noticed lots of
the villagers cultivating their land much more
this year – a sign of the “crisis” times?
The “crisis” has also brought with it security
issues. Normally good law-abiding people
with no money can turn to crime. Our two
security products mentioned in last month’s
newsletter were received with interest – the
personal distress alarm and the solar floodlights are both in stock. Ask for more details.
There is lots of talk in the bars and on the
internet about all Brits losing their UK TV later
are proud to advise that the financial records
are open to all at our monthly meetings at the
Cultural Centre, Camposol B. We always welcome new members and ideas and have some
really exciting events planned for this year.
If you wanted a cruise to the Greek Islands
and Turkey, sorry it’s already at sea from
the 29th April for 7 nights, however we do
have some really unusual trips coming up.
A trip into the beautiful Sierra Espuñas
on May 28th with visits to the market and archaeological sites in the town of Alhama de
Murcia, then lunch at La Perdiz. 25€ food included.
A day trip to Benidorm, on June 5th with
drop offs at Terra Mitica, the Old Town of Benidorm and the famous market. Have fun in
Europe’s fun filled hot spot 15€. Pick ups at
most places.
A trip to Salamanca, Segovia & Avila from
24th to 27th June with a stop in Toledo 210€
3 night’s hotel B & B. Some places available
due to cancellations.
in the year – remember the same talk this
time last year for a November close down?
There certainly are some changes coming
with the launch of the “E” Satellite and the
moving of the remainder of the FREESAT
channels to this satellite. What those moves/
changes will bring to us down here is UNKNOWN – 100%. I suspect that the changes
will be similar to those already made (the
entire Channel 5’s and some of the 4’s) and
will have little effect on us (except for those
with the smallest dishes?) but there is no concrete information for reception one way or the
other. We can only wait and see. The 5’s
and 4’s already moved will not change again
along with any pay SKY channels. These are
on the pan-European beam and have mostly
already moved.
Supposing the worst and signals do become
weaker in our region; that may mean you will
need a bigger dish or change to internet TV
(IPTV). The irony is that “those in charge” try
to stop us watching our national TV in any
other country in the EEC, but there are, and
always will be, ways around that, so why even
bother trying to stop us? Why not just open
up the airwaves to all? We can live, work,
pay tax and play in any EEC country, but we
can’t, or at least officially can’t, watch our national TV. Crazy or what? What I do find disturbing is that further
down the coast where
expats have lost the
5’s and some 4’s, installers are pushing,
and installing, bigger
dishes to get these
channels back, with
clients spending up to
a 1000€ for a dish that
the installer cannot
guarantee will work for
the “E” Satellite and I
bet they disappear if
they don’t work!
We usually have our beach BBQ on May 1st but
as our team and quite a few of our supporters
are on the cruise we have decided to hold a
special lunch in a beachside restaurant, with
special entertainment and hold the boules
contest all on July 2nd. 17.50€ per head.
The second coach for the Basque Region
Trip is rapidly filling up. Fantastic value at
285€ full board, all excursions included. See
a totally different part of Spain in Cantabria
from 6th-11th October. 5 nights and 6 days of
It might seem early, but we have reserved
our Christmas Ball Dinner/Dance at the
Costa Costa Hotel, Mazarrón for Sunday 8th
December 29.50€ with masses to eat and
drink and entertainment by popular request
the John Lindo Trio are back.
Information and tickets from the Trevi Bar on
each Saturday morning from 11am-1.30pm
or at Saralaras on a Wednesday 1-3pm or call
626 460 465.
Hold tight, don’t fret and let’s see what happens. We at Rainbow are getting as prepared as we can for whatever eventuality and
we are advising clients that are making investments of the possible changes with open
minds! Just don’t listen to unsubstantiated
“bar and internet talk”!
Manhattan have been having a few issues
with recordings.
There is a software fix
and Humax (told to us by Don of Spain and
Bournemouth) have been having issues with
the FREETIME boxes closing right down and
not waking up to record items. Again a fix
available, BUT both these fixes are “dangerous” to apply unless you are confident in what
you are doing. Best to contact us for more
detailed information if you are having either
problem. We often get calls from clients having “odd” problems with all makes and types
of digiboxes. All these boxes are powerful
computers which are software controlled and
like ANY computer the software, can get corrupted, especially in Spain where mains electricity is “dirty” – depending on what/where/
which bit of software gets corrupted, will depend on the problem you get and its severity.
There is nearly always an easy remedy.
Firstly unplug the box from the mains, count
to 20, and replug to get the box going – will
solve 80% of these problems, but if that
doesn’t work go into the MENU and do what
is usually called a “Factory Reset”. This puts
the box back to a state it came out of the
factory, with software all in order and none of
the “fiddling” you have been doing installed!
Instructions are always “on screen” but you
could get the manual out if stuck! Or call us!
That’s it for May. Article sponsored by Rainbow Satellites the company for all your TV
needs in the Murcia Region. Contact Alan or
Matt for any advice. Email rainbowsats@ or call (0034) 686 358 475.
Our website www.rainbowsats@gmail.
com has some good basic information for TV
viewing in Spain.
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Although I have come from a large company background, often with huge marketing budgets for glossy brochures, exhibition stands etc, it is good to know that
even the smallest organisation out here in
Spain can achieve the same effect, but at
minimal cost. Far too often we see internet-based business cards, blackboards with
spelling mistakes, or magnetic vehicle signs
thrown onto vehicles that are simply not
professional looking. Well, you need look
no further than Mister Print for that professional look for your business. Based on
Camposol Sector A, Mister Print can give
you a total package that starts by designing a professional logo, which should then
be used on all marketing material. Mister
Print produces flyers, business cards, A
boards, clothing and vehicle sign writing,
all with the same corporate “look and feel”
of a big company, but at a small company
cost. Times are still quite tough out there
for some businesses, especially if you are
not yet established, so please give yourself
a chance to stand out from the rest. It is
amazing at just how quickly a new business
can suddenly be seen everywhere. Graham
from Mister Print works closely with us by
sharing these logos etc, so that we can design a professional looking advert for you.
Just because your business is small, does
not mean that you have to look small or not
appear professional.
As many of you know by now, I am no cook
and frequently wriggle out of cooking whenever possible by eating out, buying take –
away food, or eating frozen processed food.
Let’s face it, this is not very good or very
healthy and is a bit scary at the moment
with all the recent bad press about meat
products in frozen foods! For this reason,
no-one was more excited than I was, to see
the price list and menu launched by Country Kitchen. Whilst I have no doubt that
the majority of their customers will be those
that are in real need of a home delivery service, perhaps through ill health or without
the transport to go shopping, but I can see
anybody being a potential customer, especially if you live alone.
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The food from Country Kitchen is all
freshly cooked and then frozen. It comes
in oven and microwave proof disposable
containers that have little compartments
for each food component. For example; the
stuffed chicken breast also came with peas
and creamy mashed potato. The website is
now up and running so you can either order
on line or phone for next day delivery. Jim
and Margaret from Country Kitchen say so
long as they have a few hours notice they
can deliver any variation of food from the
menu. Kevin does not eat mashed anything,
so he would ask for roast potatoes instead
of mash and I prefer broccoli or cauliflower instead of peas. The Country Kitchen
menu is extensive and has a whole range
of soups, starters, main meals and desserts
and must be sampled!
More next month
These 4 pups were found abandoned in the
campo with their mother when they were just
2 weeks old. They are now looking for homes
and will be small/medium size when fully
grown. Call: 645 469 253
Wills is 1
of 3 puppies
brought to us
streets. 1 has
been adopted
and 2 are
available. They are
now approx
11 weeks old
and will be
medium size
grown. Call:
966 725 975
Teddy & Tiramasu are
now around
3 months old
and are happy,
have started
their vaccinations and will
be medium/
fully grown.
402 155
extremely emaciated
heavily laden
milk. She is
months and
after searching for 2 days
were found.
She is very
friendly and
companion. Call:
645 469 253
To view more
adoption go
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Another busy month for us here at Andrea’s
Animal Rescue, as usual!
their forever
Heidi has not received her treatment yet; apparently the lab has been on a go-slow due to
Easter. Hopefully it will be here by next soon,
so we’ll let you know how it goes next month.
She is doing well with the eye drops, and is
looking so much better after her beauty session. She is turning into a real beauty. The
auction to help pay for her treatment raised a
whopping €763, which is enough to cover the
injections and also to get her sterilised when
she is well enough to have that done. Thank
you to everyone who supported us, especially
item donors and winning bidders!!
One of our
most fervent
created some
hats & coats
to sell in aid
of the charity; what a
bunch of people we have
in our group.
Check out our Facebook page for more info.
We had a VERY big surprise this month when
Truffle, one of our lady pot-belly pigs, produced 4 more pot-belly pigs!! We didn’t even
know she was pregnant!! But we know who
the father is - definitely that cheeky monkey
Linford! Hopefully that will be his last bit of
fun as he is now castrated. We also gained a
new member for our growing pig family, the
lovely Peppa. She is such a babe!
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Toby and the nameless pup have both found
We were delighted
w e l c o m e
back Barbara
Almond from
April 23rd at
Condado de
clairvoyance. It was
and as usual
Barbara delighted the audience with her
wonderful evidence of clairvoyance & lots of
laughter. On the Wednesday at the Beacon
Two more puppies have come in, picked up
at the builder’s merchant!! Funny what you
can get there these days! They are brothers,
we think, around 4 months old, and are possibly Mastin crosses - they will definitely be
big dogs when fully grown!! They have been
named Yin and Yang. One of them (Yang,
of Light Centre she gave more amazing
evidence as well as a wonderful reading and
May brings two guest mediums from England who came to Spain last year on honeymoon and asked if they could serve the
Beacon of Light. They are Janet Harris
and Shaun Gray. They will do an event at
Condado de Alhama on Tuesday May 28th at
8pm with doors closing at 7.45 pm. Tickets
are available at 5€. They will also take our
Wednesday meeting on May 29th at Cañadas
del Romero. Details of Janet can be found on
www and details for both
of them on facebook.
Our meetings are every Wednesday from
the mottledcolour
UK, but we
for a home
for Yin. For
more info on
these 2 beauties
Andrea on 690
906 565.
Donations as
always gratefully accepted, both in the shop in Fuente Alamo, and
via PayPal to [email protected]. Also please join us on
Facebook at
Thanks for reading!
7pm with weekly guest mediums which usually finish at approximately 8.30pm. As always the evenings end with a friendly chat
and cup of tea and biscuits. Healing is now
available before the meeting, starting at
5.30pm. All our meetings are funded by donations given during the evening.
Do you seek a special place?
The welcome’s warm, a friendly face.
Do you need a place to go,
When you feel good or you feel low?
Do you want to know some more,
For when we exit Earth Plane’s door?
Healing you can get from there,
Given with lots of loving care.
Mediums travel from afar,
Some by ‘plane and some by car,
Messages of hope to bring,
From loved ones as we proudly sing.
Life does not end at the grave.
Eternal love to you they gave.
They’re never very far from you,
So very close in all you do.
So why not pop along and see,
And join us for a cup of tea?
If you would like on a Wednesday night,
Come to our Centre - The Beacon of Light
For further information please phone 620
877 326
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Christian Humanitarian Aid Charity
in the Mazarron & Surrounding area
Helping Anyone in Need,
Irrespective of Race, Creed or Status.
This is the prompting that Started our
MAD Journey…. Matthew 25 v 35-36
“When I was Hungry .…, When I was
Thirsty….., When I needed Clothes
……, When I was a Stranger ..…,
When I ……….………….…”
God fills in the missing gaps.
We are often asked what we take & do
not take in way of donations. Simple answer: everything – clothes; especially
children’s, furniture, linen, bric-a-brac,
food, toiletries, hygiene products, underwear, shoes especially men’s sizes 41-43.
We literally need everything for life
& home – think of what you use daily &
so do our clients!!
We have Food & Toiletry/Hygiene
Collecting Bins located@ The Tea Pot,
Puerto de Mazarrón; Quick Save, Camposol B & English Butchers, Camposol A.
Milk (UHT) is ALWAYS Needed
Maybe you have a Shop or Bar/Restaurant where we can place one of our Bins,
if so please let us know.
We are pleased to announce New DropOff points on Condado de Alhama, Gardens 2 & 11 and TJ Electricals, Camposol
giene products including nappies, suntan
lotion etc. PLEASE do not throw them into
the rubbish bin. Put them in one of our
Collection Bins or Drop-Off Points.
We are negotiating on premises on the
Paseo in Puerto de Mazarrón to accommodate a Charity Shop, Drop in
Centre for clients, homeless & pilgrims, soup kitchen, sewing/craft workshops, children’s after school/holiday clubs. how wonderful to have the
beach opposite for football, sandcastle competitions plus further activities.
Volunteers Needed for ALL these Projects. To discuss further, call us today on
the Outreach number 634 357 137.
Saturday 8th June Garden Party 2.30pm
@ 6 C/Alicante, Camposol A. 5€ entry including afternoon tea. sale of summer
clothes & accessories, cakes, raffle, tombola, live music & more. Tickets via GO
maD Shop.
Mazarrón Shop 634 321 161 (Open
Tues-Sat 10am-2pm).
Outreach/Enquiries 634 357 137
Email [email protected]
Facebook mad Mazarrón
Drop-off Points:
GO maD Shop
GO maD Van @ Camposol A Lower Car
Park, Tues 11am-1pm
Camposol Cultural Centre, Fri 12.30-2pm
Costa Cálida Radio, Pto de Mazarrón
Mazarrón Country Club, Manzana 5 Plot
15 Su 968 199 159
We have been recently blessed to have
carried out some house clearances.
Please remember us when finding a new
home for any of your unwanted items.
Call Tony on 634 007 594.
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Summer is almost here. Don’t forget GO
maD when your family, friends or holiday
makers leave behind food, toiletries, hy-
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What shall I write about this month? So many
thoughts and ideas zip through my mind all
day and every day, but when I come to write
this article, on many occasions I look at the
blank page on the computer screen and everything up top goes... well... BLANK! As I
stare at the blank screen today, Words came
to mind and I started thinking about how important it is to not only say the right things,
but also to understand what other people are
saying to us. It’s all about the translation and
how very often we get the wrong end of the
stick because we heard wrong, or we did not
get the whole story, or even did not understand what was being said... no wonder we
get ourselves in a mess sometimes trying to
respond to a message we did not fully understand.
How many times have we wished we had never said or done anything at all when we reap
a whirlwind after saying or doing something
based on our partial knowledge, or understanding, of a situation?
Words are very powerful and can build
someone up, or destroy them. Remember the
rhyme from school ‘sticks and stones may
break my bones, but names will never hurt
me’ ... What utter rubbish; normally our physical bodies can be patched up, repaired and
mended, but negative words can secretly destroy a person’s life. A great principle to follow
is that if we cannot say something good about
someone, then don’t bother saying anything
at all ... but so often we jump in with both feet
in our mouth at the same time.
It is so important that we receive and understand the right message that is being conveyed to us and when we do this we are then
able to respond in a correct and beneficial
loud laughter; she was reading a notice on
the back of the door ... this is what she was
looking at.
‘Rules for use of apartment:
1. The 50€ deposit is liable for the condition
of the apartment.
2. Cleaning every three days, do not include
the kitchen. At the end of your stay the kitchen must be returned, and in clean condition,
otherwise will be charged tank cleaning.
3. Please avoid change of room furniture. In
any case, before departure must be all the
furniture in its original location.
4. Under the sink there is a dustbin with its
corresponding bag. Please make use of it.
Once full cube, or when they wish to avoid the
accumulation of odours in the apartment, it
can deposit the bag with garbage in containers which are to the effect in different parts of
the Hotel. They have bags of garbage spare in
the last drawer in the kitchen.
5. Please take care of the tableware of the
apartment and left in order to its output.
6. They can please contact reception for any
questions or help requiring!!!
We certainly need help with Rule 4 as we did
not want any spare bags of garbage!
The Bible is certainly very clear about the following Words of Life. In the Gospel of John,
Chapter 3 verse 16, it says, ‘For God so loved
the world that He gave His one and only Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish
but have eternal life,’ There it is perfectly clear
so that every one of us has the opportunity to
understand and respond. God loves us that
much… more than we will ever be able to understand… I thank God that I am amongst the
‘whoever believes’.
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Last September we had a friend staying with
us. She had never been to Gibraltar before, so
we decided to spend a few days in the south
of Spain with her and would include a visit to
the Rock as well as going to Ronda. When we
arrived at our apartment in Sotogrande and
were settling in, I observed our friend giggling like a schoolgirl and then bursting into
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Guided Tours
Over a thousand people have already enjoyed these free guided tours which are the
initiative of the Institute of Tourism and the
Tourism Office Network. They are in effect for
all weekends until July 16th. The routes allow
visitors to enter the cultural, historic, natural and ethnology of Murcia’s official tourist
guides, technical offices and stage actors.
All routes are contained in a prospectus, of
which 15,000 copies have been published
and distributed by the office network and
tourist establishments. Information is also
available on the website
The guide, along with illustrative texts, contains all relevant data on each route, the
meeting point, the contact for booking, itinerary, duration, a recommendation on clothing and footwear, as well as the date and
Ministry of Presidency
Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia
Tel (+34) 968 362 893
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Sports Centre ‘Europe’ in Lorca
The Governing Council approved the signing of an agreement between the Ministry
of Culture and Tourism and the City of Lorca
to carry out repairs to facilities at the sports
complex ‘Europe’, in Lorca, which were badly damaged by the earthquake of May 11,
2011. They will undertake a comprehensive
refurbishment of the centre. Once the work
is completed, the complex will have four
pools, two of them 25mtrs and two others
for teaching, a gym, sports court, beach volleyball court, squash, table tennis and judo
hall. The facility will have also a sauna, locker
rooms, auditorium and cafeteria. This centre,
attached to the Secondary School Prince of
Asturias, will also be used by students from
five other institutes of the city.
The Community Contribution of Almost
Nine Million Euros for Urban Renewal in
The Neighborhood Of La Viña De Lorca
The Governing Council approved the conclusion of the contract for the project design and
execution of works related to urban renewal
in the neighbourhood of La Viña. The works
consist of the renovation of urban infrastructure, the release of public space and the pedestrianisation of roads in order to promote
accessibility. The areas include the San Fernando, San Diego, Alfonso X, San Jose, San
Pedro and other uptown areas and accessibility to the works of Lorca Castle.
Lorca Workshop of Time
The Governing Council has approved a grant
of 30,000€, through the Institute of Tourism
in the Region of Murcia, for tourism and cultural development of Lorca through the promotion of ‘Lorca Workshop of Time’. This will
be to carry out a campaign in media and social networks, as well as various promotional
materials that will contribute to the recovery
of tourism in the city after the earthquake of
May 2011.
Health and Social Care
435,000€ has been allocated for care centres
and services for people with physical disabilities and for the maintenance of facilities,
services and activities of the Federation of
Associations of Physical and Organic Region
Murcia (FAMDIF) during 2013.
Activities of the Federation of the Deaf
in the Region of Murcia
72,600€ will go to the Deaf Federation of
the Region of Murcia (Fesormu) through the
Social Action Murcia Institute (IMAS), under
the Ministry of Health and Social Policy to
continue the activities planned by Fesormu
to promote socio-professional integration of
people who experience some degree of hearing loss. Fesormu has operated since 1994
and currently serves more than 260 people
with deafness.
People With Intellectual Disabilities in
The Municipality Of Cartagena
The Ministry of Health and Social Policy has
been granted 2,384,983€ to reserve 204
places in day centres for people with intellectual disabilities in the city of Cartagena.
The goal is to provide appropriate resources
to provide a comprehensive and integrated
care in society of people with intellectual disabilities.
Children Psychosocial Intervention With
Legal Action
A grant has been awarded to the Presidential
Diagram Foundation Intervention Psychosocial aimed at children and young people subjected to legal action in the region, imposed
by the Juvenile Courts, which may include
placement in open, semi-open, closed or
therapeutic, educational task performance,
probation or attending a day center. The aim
is to promote the development of vocational
training, educational support and social and
psychological support to help them.
Assistance To Women Victims Of Gender
769,180€ has been granted for the provision of services and the implementation of
programmes and activities that contribute to
realising the victim support gender violence
and eradicate it from society. In cooperation and coordination with local organisation,
this offers comprehensive care for women
of domestic violence and offers shelter and
assistance to women through the regional
network of domestic violence resources with
which the Community has, built by the Centers for Specialty Care (CAVI) Points Care
(PAE), foster homes and supervised apartments.
Integration of Graduates of The UMU
Through Practice School
The regional government has given approval
to award a grant to the University of Murcia
to collaborate with the business plan of the
School of Professional Practice in 2013. Encouraging the promotion and dissemination
of knowledge and quality training of graduates towards their integration into the labour
market is one of the objectives of the Ministry of Universities and Research Company.
This extends to schools in Legal Practice,
Psychology, Nursing, and Social Work and
the School of Journalism, Advertising and
These refresher courses, taught by prestigious professionals, contribute to the professional advancement of the graduate. They
are reinforced by building relationships with
institutions, organizations, companies and
professionals that develop programmes or
activities in the same area as the above
The Construction Of Wastewater Discharge From The Pumping Station To
The Neighbourhood Severo Ochoa Peral
The Governing Council has authorized the
hiring and spending of the construction of the
new wastewater discharge from the pumping
station ‘Severo Ochoa’ the neighbourhood
Peral Cartagena, and the construction of the
extension of wastewater interceptor. These
works will adapt sanitation infrastructure in
the Northern, Eastern and Western town of
The construction of the pumping station is
another step in the series of actions undertaken by the regional government of Murcia
to provide more and better quality water.
Operating Plan Approved Infomur for
Preventing and Extinguishing Forest
Infomur Plan establishes the organizational
structure and protocols for coordination and
mobilization of human and material resources needed to tackle forest fires and emergencies originating in the area, in order to protect people, property and the environment
against the risk of forest fires. The means
and resources assigned to the plan are on
alert and immediately available 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year, for their prompt and
effective intervention in any of the three periods of wildfire hazard.
Four Gold Medals in The Region Of Murcia
The Regional Government has granted a
Gold Medal to Thomas Strong Fernandez,
president of Strong Corporate Group. He has
been President of the Corporate Group and
El Pozo Strong Food, for over forty years
and stands out as one of the most important
businessmen of Spain. The Strong Group
manages more than 20 companies and has
a workforce of over 5,500 people, in addition to indirectly employing another 20,000
The Community also grants this distinction
to Secondary School Alfonso X El Sabio
Murcia City to recognize the educational
and cultural work during its 175 years, having been created by Royal Order on October
5, 1837. This is the second educational institution of the Murcia region of Spain to be
recognised. Throughout its history, famous
personalities like Jose Echegaray and Juan
de la Cierva were associated with this school.
Murcian sculptor, Mariano González Beltrán, also receive the Gold Medal. He was
born in Murcia in 1948 and is a sculptor with
an international dimension, present in cultural venues worldwide, heir to a rich tradition of sculpture and has contributed to the
renewal of artistic languages, and the figurative sculpture. His work is distributed in
space and bodies such as the monument to
the human rights of the Council of Europe in
Strasbourg, and in private collections around
the world, especially in Europe and the United States.
The Gold Medal has been awarded for the
work done by Scout Federation Explorers
of Murcia. A hundred years ago, in Cartagena, a group of explorers began their first
adventure, which culminates with the celebration of the centenary of Scout Federation
Explorers of Murcia. Many young people in
the region have been part of a Scout Group,
which has given them the opportunity to
make great friends, stay in touch with nature
and travel.
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Animal Organisations:
968 163 529
Andrea’s Animal Rescue
Fuente Alamo
690 906 565
Easy Horse Care
652 021 980
Galgos del Sol
[email protected]
JJ’s Puppy Rescue
618 034 921
John Kemp’s Puppies
La Pinilla, Fuente Alamo
646 737 230
666 186 037
685 311 599
Noah’s ARC
699 352 818
968 154 507 (shop)
966 769 137
Pets in Spain
San Fulgencio/La Marina
[email protected]
Protector de Animales
RAD Animal Association
655 027 676
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Age Concern
634 310 216
Alcoholics Anonymous
Cuevas de Reyllo, Mazarrón
646 290 420
Cabo De Palos
968 545 181
Costa Cálida Samaritans
GO maD
634 357 137
Helping Hands
[email protected]
Help Murcia Mar Menor
Los Alcázares,
968 570 059
Lions Club Mazarrón Bahía
636 746 959
MABS Mar Menor
693 275 779
MABS Mazarrón
620 422 410
MABS NW Murcia
[email protected]
PALS (Protection & Life Saving)
968 437 837
Beacon of Light
Cañadas del Romero
620 877 326
Mass in English
Pastrana, Mazarrón
628 824 555
New Life Church
Los Belones
966 769 300/650 509 606
Olive Branch Christian Fellowship
Cultural Centre, Camposol B
618 720 181/968 199 622
Open Door
Los Almagros
646 705 403/655 141 721
Pilar Christian Community Church
Pilar de la Horidada
966 769 300/650 509 606
Puerto Lumbreras Church
619 945 283
St Nicholas Church
Camposol D, Mazarrón
968 138 952
Welcome House
633 447 937
Wellspring Victory Church
El Alamillo, Mazarrón
620 599 270
San Pedro
966 189 402
Arts & Cultural Association of Murcia
655 421 120
Camposol Bridge Club
968 130 583
Cloud Nine Drama
644 400 123
Darwinian Gardeners
[email protected]
Evolutionists of Almeria and Murcia
Ex-Servicemen’s Association
968 965 058
Friends & Buddies
Camposol, Mazarrón
968 163 758
Greenfingers Sector C
Camposol, Mazarrón
626 513 842
HAH Help at Home
San Javier
968 134 978/633 673 034
Ladies’ Chatterbox
Camposol, Mazarrón
968 199 418/619 575 463
Lion Country Music
La Molata, Cañadas de Alhama
968 163 082
Los Palacios
Camposol, Mazarrón
Post Box A512
Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus
Los Alcázares
968 334 527/968 432 525
Welcome Group
Camposol, Mazarrón
620 105 179
If you would like details of your club
or organization included on this page,
please send an email to
[email protected]
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Truly Loving Self…
I’ve felt the energies intensify recently. The
waves vibrate at a very fast and high frequency, coming from the Cosmos, the centre
of the Earth and deep within everyone. They
feel like hot flames burning away all my yesterdays that no longer support me, my old
habits, addictions & patterns, until IAM left
with only a peaceful and solid sense of pure
love, joy and light...
As I wrote in my recent blog post, it’s taken a
toll on my dry red face; there is no getting
away from it... and it continues to flake, peeling all the layers of yesterday off. I feel like
a snake shredding its skin, going into
another phase of life... So I know it’s important for me to stay relaxed, peaceful and
focus on healing and balancing my body consciousness.
However, I recently ‘went into’ drama, feeling sorry for myself, being the poor me and
doubting my own healing. YES, my face followed my thoughts and beliefs and my healing took a step back, leaving my face inflamed. I was reminding myself that by not
trusting myself to heal and rebalance my
body consciousness, I wasn’t truly loving myself, so I thank myself for this reminder
and will only focus on truly loving myself, instead of fear and victimhood.
We are all going through this great shift of
energy... we are all being confronted with our
fears, having the chance now to choose to release them and integrate fully with our soul,
our IAM divine self. No-one else can help or
do it for another; it’s up to everyone to be
conscious of their innate wisdom and love
within that will guide them home.
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Come and join our Circle of Potential
each Thursday morning, where we support each other’s journey, awakening,
breathing and living in the New Energy
Contact Barbara on 650 796 579 for
more information.
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World Red Cross Day is celebrated every
year on May 8 to emphasize the role of its
members and volunteers in saving lives and
aiding the defenceless communities around
the world. The first World Red Cross Day
was held in 1948. This special day is very
significant for the Red Cross because it is
also celebrated as the birthday of its founder Henri Dunant. People are encouraged to
support The Red Cross by donating blood.
The volume of blood donated to The Red
Cross is enough for 21,000 blood transfusions a day.
There is a special theme every year on
World Red Cross Day to emphasize the
goal of the celebration. The global theme
for 2013 is “Together for Humanity”. The
theme is chosen to draw attention to the
need and power of partnerships of organizations. It also highlights the need for stronger
local and global associations in facing the
growing humanitarian challenges.
April has again been an extremely busy
month for The Lions of Mazarrón Bahia.
We were delighted to give a certificate of
appreciation to Phil and Sue from Healthy
H2O for their continuous support to the Li-
Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
have the world’s largest humanitarian network to provide relief. It carries out its activities in more than 170 countries, so is the
world’s largest force of unpaid assistants,
helping some 233 million people every year.
The total number of members and volunteers is approximately 97 million. The Red
Cross and Red Crescent Movement originated to provide first aid as well as all the
possible assistance to victims on the battlefield thus alleviating human suffering.
The Red Cross is active in helping to avert
deadly and painful diseases like measles
and other childhood diseases, by vaccinating as many children throughout the world.
The eradication of these diseases is the primary objective to saving children from sufferings. The Africa Women’s Initiative
(AWI) has also contributed as a five-year,
integrated health education and advocacy
programme and the International Red
Cross’s mission is to safeguard human life
ons in our work. We also gave a certificate
to Dawn Heron from Calida Caring Agency
for her support.
At our monthly meeting we had a representative for Samaritans Spain talk about the
work they do providing an emotional support service for English speakers of any age
who may be experiencing distress or despair, or who may be feeling suicidal. People
contact the Samaritans about many issues
including loneliness, debt and illness.They
asked for our help with telling local people
about their 24 hour confidential and anonymous helpline service.
Samaritans Spain 902 883 535
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We were delighted to be part of the handover of the ambulance to Mazarrón Council
along with PALS and Costa Cálida International Radio. Once again thanks must go to
and health. Its aim is to prevent and lessen
human suffering, ensuring indiscrimination
on the basis of nationality, race, class or political opinions, religious beliefs. The red coloured cross on a white background was the
symbol originating in 1864 by the Geneva
Convention and is recognized as a protection
symbol in conflict.
The International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) is a private institution founded in 1863 in Geneva, Switzerland which
consists of 25 members and The Red Cross
was a committee authorised and empowered
to protect the life and dignity of the victims
of national and international war or conflicts,
under international human rights law, most
of which are using The Red Cross as their
official organization emblem. The World
Red Cross is working with other Red Cross
Societies to improve miserable conditions
in developing nations. They are reconnecting families separated by emergencies.
all the supporters with their generous donations which have made this possible.
We would also like to say many thanks to
everyone in their continued collection of
plastic tops to help with the treatment of
six year old little Eva in Lorca. These can be
given to any Lions member or Mercedes at
Multi Optica on Camposol B
Do you have any unwanted items of bric-abrac or books etc for us to sell at our weekly
stall held every Friday at Camposol B in order that we may continue with our work?
As always The Lions of Mazarrón Bahia
would like to thank everyone for all their
support. We could not do it without you
Our grateful thanks to you all
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Have you got a problem with HMRC or
the Spanish Tax Office?
Have you listened to many rumours about
how difficult it can be to pay your taxes in
Are you having any problem with HMRC which
you are finding nearly impossible to sort out?
You are not the only one in these circumstances. Unfortunately, a lot of expats in
Spain invest valuable time and money trying
to get in touch with the Inland Revenue. It
is very frustrating being so far away and not
being able to keep your affairs with the UK in
order; especially your tax affairs.
Spain can be THE GREAT UNKNOWN when we
talk about Tax.
Domiciliary or Fiscal Residents? Non Residents? What is your real situation in Spain?
Come and enjoy an evening of comedy
with Cloud Nine!
Two one act comedies to be performed on
the following dates:
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Sunday May 19th at 8pm in The Patio
Bar, Pliego – tickets 3€
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May at
8pm @ La Molata Social Centre, near
Los Muñoces – tickets 5€
For tickets please contact
Ruma Jordan at rumajordan@hotmail.
com or
Paul Macdonald at pandsmac@hotmail.
We will be happy to meet you to arrange
receipt of your tickets.
Profits go to local charities.
The Convention to Avoid Double Taxation between UK and Spain has just been changed.
There is a new regulation about declaration of
World Wide Assets for those who have been
fiscal residents in Spain in 2012.
UK Tax Refund SL clients were worried until
they decided that a phone call may be worth
making. We were able to explain how we
work, what we could do to help them, and
now, when they hear the word TAX, they do
not panic as before.
UK Tax Refund SL offers a unique service
to British residents in Spain. We ensure that
a client’s tax affairs in both Spain and the UK
are dealt with correctly and any overpaid tax
is refunded under the Double Taxation Agreement between Spain and the UK.
UK Tax Refund SL, registered Agent with
HMRC, can help you to sort out any problem
it provide them with an escape from the
mundane reality of their lives outside the
marble halls, but they have grown to love
and appreciate the objects in their care, although certain aspects of avant-garde art
does worry them. Rumours of government
cut-backs threaten to upset their cosy regime. However, in the face of adversity
“Filthy Rich”
The cleaning ladies in the municipal art
gallery enjoy their work. Not only does
with self-assessment, PAYE, wrong coding notices, letters about an under payment of tax
and many other situation where you can see
there is an error, but at the same time you are
unable to deal with, without the assistance of
a professional.
UK Tax Refund SL deals with the HMRC and
the Spanish Tax Office directly and ensures
that our clients’ affairs are dealt with preference.
Over 700 clients up and down the Coasts are
able to verify this.
There is a way to put your tax affairs in order in Spain and the best way is always the
Give us a call on 965 636 938 and stop worrying!
Email us at
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they come up with a solution that not only
secures their futures and helps to save the
gallery, but also ensures that their lives
will never be quite the same again
“Last Panto in Camposol”
With membership down to four and no
money, the Amateur Dramatic Society
needs to put on a successful show. Joyce
wants a musical, but Gordon has written
a pantomime. Margaret and Bernard fear
the worst and are proved right. What could
go wrong? Everything, but the show must
go on!
For further information:
Paul Macdonald at
[email protected]
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After losing her beloved little dog, Ann was
certain she would never be able to take
on another new one; that was until she
met Carly. Unable to resist, she adopted
Carly who became the newest member
of her family. At this point MAMAS were
approached for help towards the cost of
spaying. We are always pleased when people are sensible and take the correct steps
to protect their pets and so were happy
to contribute towards the cost. We wish
Carly good luck in her new family.
dog or cat? We can provide financial assistance towards the cost of spaying or castrating your new pet and also with those
unexpected vet bills, if funds are available.
To do this we need your unwanted items.
You can donate at the shop, Mon to Sat
10am-2pm. We normally have a good selection of furniture, household items and
clothing in the shop all at reasonable prices, so if you are looking for anything make
us your first port of call and you may save
yourself some money and help our charity
at the same time. We have just set out our
range of summer clothes in the shop where
we have some top brands at bargain prices
so call in and grab a bargain.
For full details go to
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Can we assist you with your pet?
Have you provided a home for an animal
from a rescue centre or shelter for a stray
Saffron is a spice derived from the flower
of Crocus Sativus, commonly known as the
Saffron Crocus. The Saffron Crocus can
survive long hot summers and cold winters
with temperatures as low as -10ºC. It reproduces by corms, which must be broken
up and replanted each year. It is an autumn
flowering perennial plant which usually bears
up to four vivid crimson flowers. It is the stigmas of these flowers that are dried and used
as seasoning and colouring in many different
styles of cooking. Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world as each stigma has to
be collected by hand. To glean 450g of dry
Saffron it requires the harvest of 50,000–
75,000 flowers and forty hours of labour are
needed to pick 150,000 flowers. The stigmas
are dried quickly upon extraction and sealed
in airtight containers. Saffron is native to
Greece where it was first cultivated, although
it does now also grow in Southwest Asia, Europe and America. The Saffron Crocus originated in Crete, although Iran now accounts
for about 90% of the world’s production.
Saffron is slightly bitter in taste and carotenoid gives it its golden colour traditionally
used in cooking and the textile industry. De-
Camposol Drop-Off Point
Every Tuesday we are on Camposol B car
park 10am-1pm opposite the petrol station. We will take any saleable items no
matter how large or small, to raise money
in order to help other people with the medical expenses for their cats and dogs.
Fuente Alamo
You can leave items at The Dog Bowl,
Fuente Alamo every Friday until 12pm.
Furniture Pickup Service & House
If you are downsizing, moving house or
just want to get rid of some clutter try our
50/50 scheme. We can take anything
from a single large item up to a full house
contents, including household furniture,
and white goods. We will collect the larger
items free of charge, display them in our
shop to ensure that you receive the best
possible price for them and then forward
your 50% share of the proceeds to you.
MAMAS are now on Facebook, so why not
join us or take a look to see how we are
getting on at
Please contact us if you need help:Tel 666 186 037 or call at the shop
Email [email protected]
Helping You Helping Animals
Registered Charity No 9537/1a
Kashmir in the east. In recent years, Afghan
cultivation has risen. Prohibitively high labour
costs and abundant Iranian imports mean
that only select locales continue the tedious
harvest in Austria, England, Germany, and
spite attempts at quality control and standardisation, an extensive history of Saffron
adulteration, particularly among the cheapest grades, continues to be a problem. Typical methods include mixing in extraneous
substances like beets, pomegranate fibres,
red-dyed silk fibres, or the Saffron Crocus’s
tasteless and odourless yellow stamens. Other methods included dousing Saffron fibres
with viscid substances like honey or vegetable oil. However, powdered Saffron is more
prone to adulteration, with turmeric, paprika,
and other powders used as diluting fillers.
Adulteration can also consist of selling mislabelled mixes of different Saffron grades.
Varieties from Spain,
including the trade
names “Spanish Superior” and “Creme”,
are generally mellower
in colour, flavour and
aroma. “Spanish Saffron” is actually ‘safflower’ and of course
is an indispensable
ingredient in such famous dishes as Paella.
Almost all Saffron
grows in a belt bounded by the Mediterranean in the west and
the rugged region encompassing Iran and
Crushed Saffron threads are soaked in hot,
but not boiling water, for several minutes prior to use in cuisine. This helps release the
beneficial components. Saffron’s aroma is
often described by connoisseurs as reminiscent of metallic honey with grassy or hay-like
notes, while its taste has also been noted as
hay-like and sweet. Saffron also contributes
a luminous yellow-orange colouring to foods.
Saffron has also been used as a fabric dye,
particularly in China and India, and in perfumery. It is used for religious purposes in
India, and is widely used in cooking in many
Saffron has a long medicinal history as part
of traditional healing. It was used as a remedy to sleeplessness and to reduce hangovers
caused by wine and was also used to perfume bathing and as an aphrodisiac.Several
modern research studies have hinted that the
spice has possible anticarcinogenic (cancersuppressing) characters. Saffron stigmas,
and even petals, may be helpful for depression and early studies show that Saffron
may protect the eyes from the direct effects
of bright light and retinal stress, apart from
slowing down macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.
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On 2nd April
Just Fabulous moved
to a much
larger outlet
on the Camposol
Commercial Centre, Sector B
(opposite T J
The new store
is beautifully
laid out with
a huge range
of cards and
gifts for all
occasions at
very attractive prices. The shop is light and airy and
is offering a whole host of additional facilities not previously available. A wide range of
helium balloons, party ware, stationery and
mobile phones have also been added to the
services offered.
At the back of the Just Fabulous shop you
will find the new Post Shop offering both
UK and Worldwide Postal/Parcel service with
new mailboxes that are available to rent at a
very competitive price. There is also a com-
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Dear Editor
I just want to tell everyone about the wonderful performance this little ragamuffin
team from El Pareton put on at the Hacienda Alamo Football Tournament on Saturday 30th March.
Teams came from all over Murica including Elche, Cartagena, Pilar de la Horadada, Murcia, Torre Pacheco, Fuente Alamo
and many more. The teams all turned up
with proper coaches. The little El Pareton team turned up with put-together
kit, no socks to match and in some cases
no matching shorts. Their coach was Jelco who also had no fancy tracksuit, just
shorts and flip flops.
The team played 8-a-side. The first match
they drew 4-4 even though at one time the
opposing team, Hacianda de Alamo had 9
men on the pitch. The second game they
were thrashed 9-0. In the 3rd game they
bounced back and won 4-3. They then won
a penalty shoot out and ended up in the
semi-final which unfortunately they lost.
We are so very proud of this little team for
which it was the first time they had played
together and yet they reached the semifinals; all this for the enthusiasm of one
man - Well done Jelco! We just wish more
people would support you. We need more
8 years upwards boys to come along and
train at El Pareton, Tuesday nights 6pm7pm.
From the family of George Lee Oliver
Dear Editor
I was struck by the Beacon of Light
Centre article in the March issue of the
Chronicle and the fact that they want to
done within the shop.
Also located within the premises is the only
genuine Men’s Barbers on Camposol, courtesy of Martin and The Cutting Crew.
prehensive Photocopying and Laminating Service, which is proving very popular.
Just Fabulous can even print your boarding
passes for you - a real benefit, especially for
The new Passport Centre enables customers to renew their passports by offering a total solution, which includes taking your passport photos and help with the complex form
completion of the passport application.
There is a new Lottery Ticket machine available and Mobile Phone Top-Ups can be
help others find peace and healing in their
lives. It’s a great article which suggests
that “peace” and “healing” can come from
contacting those who have passed away.
My immediate thought was drawn to Gods
words in Leviticus 20 verse 27 “A man
or woman who is a medium or spiritualist among you must be put to death, you
are to stone them, their blood will be upon
their own heads”.
Deuteronomy 18 verses 10-12 “Let no one
be found among you who sacrifices his son
or daughter in the fire, who practices divination, sorcery, interprets omens, engages
in witchcraft, casts spells, who is a medium, spiritualist, consulter of the dead,
anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord God. Very harsh words
from God! What is God actually saying?
I Can Meet Your Every Need, Take Me
At My Word!
1 Timothy 2 verse 5 “For there is one God
and one mediator between
John 3 verse 16 “For God so loved the
world that he gave his one and only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him
shall not perish but have everlasting life”.
1 Peter 5 verse 7 “Cast all you anxiety
(burdens) on him Jesus, for he cares for
Psalm 147 verse 3 “God, heals the broken
hearted and binds up their wounds”. John
14 verse 1 Jesus said “Let not your heart
be troubled, trust in God, trust also in Me”.
The Prophet Isaiah 9 verses 6-7 says “For
unto us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his
shoulders and he will be called Wonderful
Counselor, the Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase
of his government and peace there will
Just Fabulous opening hours are:
Monday to Friday 9.30am until 5.30pm
Saturdays 9.30am until 2.00pm.
Please pay Just Fabulous a visit. They are
a very friendly team and will be delighted to
see you.
Tel 968 970 599
be no end”.
Jesus said in John 8 verse 12 “I am the
light of the world, whoever follows me will
never walk in darkness, but will have the
light of life”. As the Psalmist David said,
we too can have that assurance Psalm 56
verse 13 “For you have delivered me from
death and my feet from stumbling that I
may walk before God in the light of life”.
Jesus said to Martha after her brother had
passed away John 11 verses 25-27 “I am
the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me will live even though he dies
and whoever lives and believes in me will
never die.
Do you believe this? Martha said “Yes
Lord, I believe that you are the Christ
the Son of God who was to come into the
world”. If you have taken the step of faith
and believe and trust Jesus Christ as your
Saviour, you can say with the apostle Paul
2 Corinthians 1 verse 3-4 “Praise be to the
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of compassion and the God
of all comfort, who comforts us in all our
troubles so that we can comfort those in
any trouble with the comfort we ourselves
have received from God”.
If you haven’t put your trust in Jesus,
now is the time to do it. The apostle Peter
at Pentecost stood up and said Acts 2 verse
21 “And everyone who calls on the name of
the Lord Jesus will be saved” which means
“you shall not perish but have everlasting life”!! WHOA!!
Sandra Carpenter
Puerto Lumbreras Christian Fellowship
Tel 619 453 283
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Resident or Fiscal Resident. The Fiscal
The recent new obligation for residents to report their assets abroad valued over €50,000
and deadline 31st March on following years
highlights the importance of ascertaining your
Fiscal Residency. Your
Residency dictates whether or not you have
a requirement to complete this new tax form.
Residency criteria can be more complicated
than people realise. Many people assume
they are non-residents when they are actually
residents. Failing to complete this new report
can have serious consequences.
Civil residency issued by the Foreign Office is
not conclusive to prove you are resident. The
criteria followed by the Tax Office to determine if you are a Fiscal Resident in Spain is:
You spend more than 183 days in Spain in
one calendar year. You become liable whether
or not you take out a formal residency permit.
These days do not have to be consecutive
(temporary absences from Spain are ignored
for the purposes of the 183-day rule unless it
can be proved that the individual is habitually
resident in another country for more than 183
days in a calendar year.)
Your “centre of economic interests” is in
Spain. i.e., the base for your economic or professional activities is in Spain.
Your spouse lives in Spain and you are not legally separated, even though you may spend
less than 183 days per year in Spain.
You have also to bear in mind that you can be
tax-resident in Spain even if you do not apply
for a formal residence permit. It is your responsibility to register for, and pay tax, if you
meet one of Spain’s tax-residence rules. People who meet the residence rules, but have
not been paying tax in Spain, are now being
pursued by the tax authorities.
Tax-residency can be a complicated issue
than first appears and you may be resident
here, even if you are careful about day counting. The Tax Authority can investigate to
make sure that you really have been a resident; a resident in their eyes being a fiscal
one. To do this, they will ask for your fiscal
residency certificate and tax declarations. It
is pretty difficult to obtain a fiscal residency
certificate without having presented an annual tax declaration. Residents should make
a tax declaration even when there’s no tax to
pay. That way you can be sure you have proof
of being a fiscal resident when you need it.
A recent agreement has been signed among
the big five EU countries (UK, Germany,
France, Spain and Italy) to develop and pilot
multilateral tax information exchange, where
financial information will be automatically exchanged, in a fresh effort to curb tax evasion.
UK says that where there is a conflict, the
taxpayer is resident in the country where they
have a permanent residence available and, if
they have one in both countries, it is where
the centre of their economic interests lies.
You can benefit from some fiscal advantages
of being fiscal resident:
If it can be demonstrated that the deceased
had his fiscal residence in Spain and close relatives inherit, such as the spouse or descendants, with fiscal residence in Spain, they have
99% reduction in many Autonomous communities such as Murcia. Non-residents pay according to a sliding scale with tax rate starting
on 7.65% up to 34%.
Capital Gains:
If the vendor is a fiscal resident and thereafter he is able to obtain a certificate from the
Tax Office, the purchaser won’t have to retain
the 3% of the price, in accordance with law
Fiscal Residents for the last three years and
older than 65 years and selling property
which has been the main residency during
this time, do not have to pay the Income Tax
on the profit obtained.
If the person is younger than 65 years and
sells the main residency, he does not have
to pay the Income Tax on the profit if he reinvests the obtained amount of money in buying new property as a main residency.
To be certain that you are not liable to report
your assets abroad you must obtain professional advice from a qualified professional
Firm who can ascertain your liability.
Tel 968 078 754
Email [email protected]
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Where there is a conflict to determinate fiscal
If you have interests in Spain and the UK and
spend time in both there needs to be a way
of working out where you are “fiscally domiciled”
The double tax treaty between Spain and the
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The month of
May is named
after a Greek
Maia. The first
day of May, May
Day, is the time
of year when
warmer weather
begins and flowers and trees
start to bloom.
It is also said to
be a time of love
and romance and
people in the
Northern Hemisphere celebrate the coming
of summer with lots of different customs that
are expressions of joy and hope.
Unfortunately, not everyone shares this sentiment as in the case of the two readers featured this month.
passed down the generations on his side,
but I feel that I deserve it after what I
went through. Besides, I want to give
it to our daughter when she gets married next year. Am I wrong in refusing to
hand back my wedding ring?
Dear Jennifer,
He Wants His Ring Back!
My husband of 30 years left me for a
younger woman and initially I was devastated but now I feel that I am better
off without him. The problem is that
he has decided to marry his new floozy
and he wants me to give back my wedding ring! Granted it is a family heirloom
Dear Jennifer,
Dumped By A Love Rat
I have been seeing a fabulous man for
a month now and am head over heels
in love with him. Recently, however, he
cancelled our date at the last minute
and casually informed me that he was
spending the weekend with his ex-wife
and kids. My guy has been divorced for
Dear Gwen,
Keep the ring for your daughter, that is, if she
wants it. This way, you can assure your ex
that the ring will remain within the family.
If however, she does not want it, then what
you decide to do with it is down to personal
choice. Either way, after 30 years spent with
your ex, you are entitled to keep it and point
him towards the nearest jewellery store for a
ring for his new bride. I am sure she will want
a new ring anyway.
Hi, it’s Shannon writing this month. I am going to tell you about a trip to a car museum.
You know where the Parque Meditteraneo is,
on the way to Cartagena? Well, there used
to be a shop there called Splaff - it closed a
while back and has now opened up as a car
museum. When we got there, it didn’t look
very big from the outside, but once inside it
was full of cars. It only costs 2€ per adult
and 1€ for children and we were allowed to
take photographs.
There were at least 20 motor bikes at the
entrance ranging from the early 1900’s to
the present day. There was one that really
caught my eye; it was a red racing bike that
looked really odd. The racer would have
to lie flat on his stomach to race it as the
seat was so far back. There was an old airplane hanging from the ceiling above the
bikes that was made out of wood and nylon.
The wheels looked like bicycle wheels. As
we moved around we saw Rolls Royce cars
through the ages. My favourite one was a
white one with a gold emblem on the bonnet.
Matthew was with us as he was on leave from
decades and his children are grown up,
so I think it is a bit weird that he still
wants to spend time with them and not
me! Should I be jealous, worried or just
let go?
Dear J.M,
I think you are being overly sensitive about
the situation. Family ties are binding and your
beau did not “dump you” for another woman.
He is still the father of his children and there
is nothing wrong with wanting to spend quality time with them. His connection to his family is admirable, but perhaps he should have
taken time to reassure you of his love. Let
him know just how you feel about the matter,
but I don’t think there is any competition between you and his ex-wife. If you can’t handle
a man who is loyal to his family, look for one
without family ties.
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[email protected].
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published and all letters will be anonymised
to avoid embarrassment and to respect confidentiality.
at the workings could do so. Dad asked me
if I could put one together. I said ‘No’!
Cadillac sat in the middle of the area with bull
horns on the bonnet. That was the beginning
of the American car display. It was huge and
the Navy and he said that you were not allowed to have those emblems sticking up like
that anymore as they were dangerous and
could kill someone. He took loads of pictures
for us as Mum had forgotten her camera again!
I spotted what I like to call a ‘Mr
Bean’ car; a yellow Beetle with a burst tyre!
They had new and old side by side and renovated cars as well. There were engines out
so those who wanted to have a closer look
The whole museum was really well laid out
with Rolls Royce cars, Ferraris, Bentleys,
Fords and even an E Type Jaguar. All the
cars had a bit of a history written mostly in
English, so you could see when and where
and how they were made. Some of the doors
could open, so we could look inside and see
the layout of the interiors. Some were very
posh with drinks cupboards and little tables
that dropped down like in an aeroplane. My
favourite car though, was the red E Type Jaguar. It was gleaming like all the rest of the
displays, but that one just looked the best.
There was a stretch limo as well and the man
in charge said we could get inside it and have
our picture taken. We did and Matthew took
a photograph of the three of us as you can
see! A really good place to visit and worth
every euro.
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Mass in English is celebrated every Saturday at the Catholic chapel at Pastrana, approximately 10km from Mazarrón
Schedule of Masses:
Saturday at 4:30pm
Schedule of Confession:
Saturday from 3:30-4:25pm also on request
Fr. Carlos Prats 628 824 555
Fr. Octavio Carpena 676 219 445
Why Do We Call Mary, The Mother Of
We call Mary the Mother of Mercy for two
reasons: firstly, because she is the Mother of
Jesus Christ, who is the personification of Divine Mercy, and secondly, because she is our
mother, who never ceased to show us mercy.
Mary’s title of the Mother of the God/Man is
the most glorious of her titles, for it is the
source of her greatness and the reason for her
being immaculate.
words “Mother of God”
describe her
exalted above
all others, to
person who
is not only
greater than
anyone else
that God has
made, who is
anything that He
made. So great is her dignity that all heaven
honours her and pays her homage.
The Eternal Word who was born from all eternity, of God alone; but when, out of mercy for
all mankind, He became Man, He took human
nature as well in Mary’s womb, uniting this
nature with the Divine Nature, in one Person,
and thereby giving a truly Divine value and
dignity to the actions performed.
Given the title “Mother of God”, was correct
as she was the Mother of Christ. She did not
bear only the human nature, separated from
the Divine but gave birth, in very truth, to a
Divine Person, the Eternal Incarnate Word.*
By the light given her from above, Mary understood the nature of her mission and she
gave her consent, with great love for God and
complete submission to His eternal designs
*by Blessed Fr, Sopoccko – St. Faustina’s
Spiritual Director.
“Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done
to me according to thy word”. (Luke 1,38)
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Prayer: Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is
with Thee. Blessed art Thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of Thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now, and at the hour of our death. Amen
On Saturday April 6th the Darwinian Gardeners’ regular meeting was a visit to a
member’s garden between Alhama and Totana. Photos taken when they moved there
nine years ago showed the house standing in
a plot which was effectively a field. By using cuttings from the clump of false bamboo
which was on the site, and fast growing trees,
the garden has now been divided into several
areas, giving an interesting and intimate feel.
Those of us who garden on rocky mountains
could only gaze in wonder at the abundance
of lush greenery. As well as a football pitch,
screened from the rest of the garden by trees
and bamboo, there is an extensive vegetable
garden, colourful wild area, gravelled paths
and small island beds, a secluded grove with
pond and goldfish and a delightful Moorish
style pavilion.
showing us around
her collection
objects and explained their
also demonstrated several weaving
members showed
ways of taking cuttings
and after refreshments, the raffle rounded things off and
38 people went into Alhama for an excellent
The Third Annual Garden Party took place
on Saturday April 13th at Cortijo Raja, Morata
on the first really warm day of Spring, with
traditional Spanish dancing at nearby Finca
Los Loberos. As well as a number of stalls,
the FAST team gave demonstrations of CPR
and the Heimlich anti-choking manoeuvre,
and burgers and hot dogs were provided by
the Pawson family. The produce competitions
were judged by Jim and Margaret of Country
Kitchens and the plant competition by Andrew
Brown. Winners in each category received a
gold certificate and gold plant for first place,
and a silver certificate and plant for second
place. As well as enjoying a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, 515€ was raised for the GO
maD humanitarian charity.
For information about future events see our
webpage on, or email
[email protected], or
phone 669 338 885
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Quiz questions on the April 2013 Costa Cálida Chronicle
Where can you see six
wild boars?
Who claims to give you
“Low cost removal Spain
- UK – Spain?
What does Philip Peacock
Offer you?
Who offers traditional
Italian cooking with a
Italian chef?
Where can you find Martin & the Cutting Crew?
Where would you find
“Le Gourmet”?
Who is offering you the
Queen’s birthday menu?
Who says “We clean
pools, we also do everything else”?
Who are the new owners
of Don Ricardo’s International Bistro?
What happened on the
4th April 1975 in Albuquerque New Mexico?
Answers on page 110
1 After-bath wear
5 Group of bees
10 Far away
14 Asian nation
15 Game
16 Parasite
17 Powdered drink
18 City
19 Parlay
20 Intelligent
22 Trials
24 Extremely high
frequency (abbr.)
25 Warning
27 Small ducks
29 Stupid people
32 Typing mistakes
35 Endure
38 Travel term
39 Capital of South
40 Roberto’s yes
41 TV rating
43 Most basic
44 Pope’s governing
46 Environmental
protection agency
47 Saclike structures
with fluid or diseased
48 Leaves out
49 Common Catholic
girl’s name
51 Flowering herb
54 Light purple flower
57 Elver
59 Soften
62 Midwestern state
64 Native ruler
66 Somberness
68 Uncommon
69 Ms. Minelli
70 Shampoo brand
71 Island
72 Soup
73 Mary __ Moore
74 African nation
1 Decays
2 City in Nebraska
3 Corny
4 Implant
5 Short-term memory
6 Stay in one place
7 Apt
8 Cook with dry heat
9 __ Carlo
10 Wing
11 Mist (2 wds.)
Shallow area
Caustic substance
Witch hunting city
Religious division
South of the border
36 Short for aluminum
37 Write in serial form
39 Sea jewel
41 Bad
42 Resort hotel
45 __ A Small World...
47 Heat
50 Three
52 Number of notes in
an octave
53 Type of race
55 Afloat
56 Waitress on Cheers
57 Snaky fish
58 Shine
60 Lounge
61 Medicine amount
63 Desire
65 Half-baked
67 Deface
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ChariTEA Fundraises for Local Charity
On 13 March, MABS Cancer Support Group,
Murcia was delighted to continue their involvement in the annual ChariTEA fundraising event, organised by Escuela Oficial de
Idiomas de San Javier (EOISJ) through its
Cultural Association (CONEXIA EOSJ) at the
Centro Civico in Parque Almansa, San Javier.
EOISJ Director, Maria Angeles Martinez-AbarcaNicolás, opened the event and welcomed
representatives from local charities: Help Mar
Menor, Aidemar and MABS Murcia.
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Organisers, CONEXIA EOISJ, invited the Convocatoria del Conservatorio de Musica de
San Javier to entertain visitors with a wide
range of music, including chamber music performed by David Salar’s group, White Voices
Choir(directed by Marinela Gabor), a string
quartet (by Professor Lester Mejías) comprising Daniel Cánovas (violin), Inmaculada Belmonte (violin), Lesster Mejías (Viola), Marina
Rubio (violoncello) and a percussion group
(by Professor M Carmen Pérez) comprising
José Luis Sánchez, Federico Martínez, José
Martín, Juan Martínez, Gonzalo Pérez, Celia
Muñoz, Inmaculada Egea, Alberto Pedreño
and David Pérez. Solos were performed by
Jesús Hernández (Piano and Voice), Conchi Aniorte (Piano), Alberto García-Quesada
(Oboe), Laura Soria (Piano),
Café Golf provided delicious cakes and tea
for the event, donating 100€ to the charities’
fund. A grand raffle was organised by CONEXIA EOISJ, with fabulous prizes donated by local businesses. CONEXIA EOISJ President,
Antonio García Clemente presented the prizes
and announced that they had raised a fantastic total of 1327€. On 5 April, each charity
was presented with 475.66€. Including the
money collected from sales by each charity at
their individual stands, the grand total for the
event reached 1875€.
at the pub and heads up their fundraising
committee, has holidayed in the Mar Menor
area for several years and got to know local
resident, Donna Walsh, very well during that
Donna was recently diagnosed with breast
cancer and is currently undergoing treatment.
MABS Murcia has been supporting Donna
throughout. Sheila was impressed with the
work that they do and wanted to contribute
something towards that. Most people have
been touched by cancer in some way and
when Sheila explained what MABS does, the
staff and customers were keen to contribute,
raising a fantastic amount of £300 (348€).
Donna met with MABS Murcia Director, Lyn
Baines, to hand over the cheque. “We are
overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone
at the Sun Inn Pub and we are so grateful for
their kindness” commented Lyn. “The funds
will be put to good use, helping those affected
by cancer in the Murcia region.”
MABS Murcia is extremely grateful to EOISJ Director, Maria Angeles Martinez-Abarca
Nicolas, everyone from CONEXIA EOISJ and
Café Golf for all their hard work to make this
such a successful event. “Every year, they
raise awareness of and funds for local charities, and MABS has taken part in the event
since its inception” remarked MABS Director, Lyn Baines. “We are delighted to be associated with EOISJ and we have gained some
very useful Spanish volunteers as a result of
these events. We look forward to continuing
our good, working relationship with them.”
Hands Across The Sea For MABS
MABS Cancer Support Group Murcia
couldn’t have been more surprised when they
received a large donation from the staff and
customers of the Sun Inn Pub in Stockton,
Cleveland in the UK. Sheila Moore, who works
MABS provides help and support in a number
of ways, including:
Translators for hospital and doctor’s appointments
Drivers for hospital appointments
Equipment in the home
One-to-one counselling
Therapy for conditions, such as lymphedema
Share & Care Support Group
Telephone Support
Latest Cancer Information
Donna is now helping other people who have
been diagnosed with breast cancer. “We’re
very proud of how well Donna has coped and
she will be a great support for others undergoing the same treatment.” remarked Lyn.
Photographer: Alfonso Fernandez
MABS Murcia is a registered charity (No.
7261) offering help and support to local people of all nationalities who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer. If
you or someone you know would like some
confidential help or support call our HELPLINE 693 275 779 or visit their website
Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate And Neither
Do We.
MABS Helps All Those Affected By Cancer, Whatever Their Nationality
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Going For Gold!
Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus became Champions of Spain and Portugal at
the 2011 Convention of the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers, which took
place in San Pedro del Pinatar. Winners are
not allowed to compete the following year,
so they are now raring to go and win gold
again at the 2013 Convention which was
held in Benalmádena, Málaga on 13 April.
See how they got on by reading the report
on page 80.
the contest to help the judges tune in for
the first competitor.
On Thursday, 21 March, Spangles and the
quartets held a dress rehearsal, which was
attended by the Mayor of Los Alcázares,
Anastasio Bastida, supporters, family and
friends in the Salon de Plenos at the town
hall in Los Alcázares, and received rapturous applause. Amor Yagues kindly took on
the MC role for the show and did a splendid
“We are extremely grateful to everyone who
supports us and we are proud to be representing Los Alcázares again in this competition.” commented Gail. “We will do our best
to return in April with gold medals around
our necks.”
Photographer: Michael Phillips
Spangles Does it For Charity
Saturday, 30 March, saw Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus taking part in a
big charity fundraising day in Mil Palmeras.
Organised by JP’s Bar in the square, this annual event has helped to raise thousands of
Euros for local charities, such as the AECC,
The main event of the day was a bike ride,
with over 70 riders taking part. Supporters
returned to the bar and were entertained by
Spangles. It’s anticipated that the final total of funds raised will reach 2,500€, which
will be divided between the AECC, EMAUS
and MABS Murcia.
Spangles welcomes new members, so if
you’re looking to make new friends and enjoy singing, why not visit Spangles when
they rehearse at Las Claras? They meet
every Thursday from 10am-1pm.
Please call Lyn on 968 432 525 or Anthea
on 968 334 527 to book Spangles or to
find out how to join, or visit the website
Photographer: Michael Phillips
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Spangles started in December 2004 with
just five ladies and they now boast over
40 members. Under the direction of Gail
Grainger, they have been working hard on
the two songs that they will sing in contest.
“We work hard on our craft, but also ensure
that what we sing is enjoyable and entertaining” says Gail. The chorus also boasts 5
quartets, three of whom, Viva, Chardonnay
and Fénix, will be competing in the quartet contest. A fourth quartet, Aurora, was
formed specifically to be ‘mic-warmers’ in
Following on from their gold medal success in 2011, Spangles has released a CD
called ‘Pure Gold’, which includes their two
winning contest songs and many audience
favourites. ‘Pure Gold’ is on sale at 5€ and
makes an ideal gift. Call 968 432 525 or
968 334 527 to order your copy.
MABS Cancer Support Group and EMAUS,
the children’s home in Elche.
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At the latest British
Legion branch meeting the Hondon Valley members said
a fond farewell to
two members; Steve Suffield who had
been the Standard
Bearer for the branch
and Evie his wife.
Steve and Evie are
Hondon Valley to be
Bearer and Alan Reed, ex-naval diver,
was recruited to fill the gap and carry the
Union Jack on all official engagements.
Neil Parvitt agreed
to take over the
The meeting ended with a light hearted social
quiz, which although it was supposed to be
an easy one, proved more difficult than they
expected and a lot funnier than anticipated.
The HELP MMM AGM was attended by over
fifty volunteers and the treasurer, Robin Bayliss, confirmed that at the end of 2012, the
financial position was satisfactory. The president, Bernard Ash reported that €7500 was
There was an alfresco evening in Barbaraja,
again to raise money for the appeal and on
19th April the Poppy Walk started from Restaurante Veintiocho in Hondon de las Frailes.
A list of future social events was read out to
the members, including a June Fiesta at
Dave Spark’s house, which would celebrate
both a 60th birthday and a 40th wedding
anniversary. Dave and his wife will donate
all proceeds to the Legion Poppy Appeal.
to be donated to the following good causes:
Caritas, Butterfly Children and Holidays for
Heroes - all very worthy causes.
Bernard Ash, Cynthia Sherry and Elaine Dale
were ratified in their current positions as
President, Secretary and Membership Secretary. Pat Massingham and Joan Mitchell
agreed to continue in their roles as Vice President and Chief Fundraiser respectively.
The AGM was followed by the monthly General meeting and one amusing item was raised
under AOB - Not Wanted on Voyage - There
was a late plea for help with “Ricky” from a
lady member who had booked a cruise for
one. Poor “Ricky” was not wanted on the voyage. She was worried that she would have to
give him away. Happily a temporary home
was volunteered for her beloved “Ricky” the
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Menor’s Friendship
The latest lunch was
held on 22nd March at
the Asia Restaurant,
San Javier to say farewell to Iris Withers
who is leaving for the
The lunch was
also to celebrate Stella
Hawkridge’s 90th birthday on 28th March, but
was in hospital with a
broken hip. We all wish
her a speedy recovery.
Spring Fayre
Once again,
the sun was
MMM Spring
Fayre at the
There was a
good mix of
a brisk business, but it
was Ziggy’s
Fashion Show
that was the
main attraction.
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Starting on May 31st Len Allen (from La Marina) is taking on the challenge of the Camino
de Santiago, the famous pilgrimage known
as ‘The Way’ starting in Pamplona and travels
all the way to Santiago a distance of approximately 800km. Not satisfied with this, Len is
then going to continue on to Finisterre, which
was widely believed to be the end of the earth
until Columbus discovered America. This will
take his total distance to 900km.
Len, who will turn 60 later in the year, wanted
to do something extra special for this milestone and when in Santiago last year he saw
people finishing the walk he thought “This is
something I could do”. Len, a seasoned marathon runner in the UK who moved to Spain
in 2000, will be joined in this ambitious challenge by one of his old running partners John
“I have been training since Christmas and
hopefully I will be ready by mid-May”. Len will
then have a week or so of rest before setting
off. This involves taking an overnight coach
from Alicante to Pamplona and then the walk
begins. Len added “I will be staying in the
pilgrim hostels along the way each night and I
am really looking forward to hearing the tales
of the other walkers and their reasons for taking on the challenge”.
Len is planning to walk some 40km a day and
with a few rest days to make sure he gets to
the other end and expects the walk to take
23 days in total. He is doing this walk in aid
of the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre
Foundation based in Rojales. His wife Ann,
who has been a great supporter of EHCRC for
many years, thinks he is mad, but will be on
hand to give him encouragement “However
I’m not doing it with him”.
Len can be sponsored by either contacting him
directly on 620 180 002 or by going in to any
of the EHCRC Charity Shops in Guardamar,
La Siesta, La Zenia , Montesinos or Quesada.
Alternatively you can sponsor him at the rescue centre on Sundays during the open day
or contact Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre
by email [email protected]
will also be sponsorship forms in several locations around La Marina including News 4U,
Serafins & Cuts R Us.
In the beginning
Molly gave Faith
hope, now Faith
is giving Molly
The EHCRC Foundation is delighted
to announce the
of their first eBook about Faith
had always felt
that Faith’s story would make a
good book. Sue decided to have a go herself,
as she realised that really only she and Rod
could write it, as they are part of the story.
Initially the story was written as a children’s
book about Faith and her animal friends at
the rescue centre, not really including Molly,
the pony who lives in Louisiana after being
rescued by Kaye Harris seven years ago when
hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Because of a horrendous leg injury she had a
front leg amputation and became a national
figure of survival and inspiration. Molly visits hospitals for children with cancer and amputations, and soldiers that have lost limbs
in the war. When they meet Molly with her
artificial leg, they think if this little pony can
do it, so can they, and
for children she shows
them it’s ok to be different. It was Molly
that inspired us to
save Faith, who went
on to become the first
pony in Spain to also
have a prosthetic leg.
case. The author
has the copyright
and gets all the
money. Kaye and
Glen trusted her
and never signed
an agreement with
her before the book
was published, or
took legal advice.
Having being told
the whole story Rod
and Sue became
determined to help
people, who are still struggling financially to
keep Molly’s foundation going, and to keep
Molly. This was when the book was re-written, adding Molly’s story through Faith’s
eyes, as if in her diary. Tthis was made possible by the team at ‘Soul Of The Net’ Web
Design, who came up with the idea of an ebook, and created the beautiful design. Sue
has been busy in the recording studio and
she would like to thank Richard Haywood and
Trevor Lugmayer at Viva TV for recording the
audio at their studio in Campoamor.
Initially the book will be available for the iPad,
iPod and Kindle and we hope to have it in print
within the next few months. All proceeds from
the sale of the e-book will be shared between
the two charities Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre Foundation (in Spain) & Kids
and Ponies - Molly’s Foundation, Inc. (in
America). We will keep you posted as to release date.
A deep bond was
formed across the Atlantic between Rod
and Sue, and Kaye and
Glen Harris, which led
to Rod and Sue going
over to New Orleans to
meet these wonderful
people and of course
Molly the pony.
In America there is already a children’s book
published about Molly
and people bought the
book assuming, that
Kaye got a percentage
of the proceeds from
it. Sadly it is not the
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To the Ends of the Earth and Back
Well to the end of the ancient world anyway.
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To celebrate our 5th anniversary, on the first
Saturday 4th May, ADAPT Association of San
Pedro, will be holding an open day at our
meeting venue, The Hogar de Pensionistas,
San Pedro from 10am.
wine samples. We all thoroughly enjoyed the
demonstrations and also our tasters of Jamon, Cordero and wine.
Invitations are being sent to various associations with which we have been involved over
the past 5 years. ADAPT has close connections with local organisations and we thought
it would be good to let them meet the members for a little socialising. Members of the
press have been very kind to us since we
started 5 years ago so we would like to invite
them to come and meet us and perhaps partake of a drink and nibbles.
Theatre Group
On the 21st, 22nd and 23rd May The Theatre
Group will be putting on a show for various
schools in San Pedro. These will be at the
Casa de Cultura each morning of Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday and will be a series
of comic sketches in English and Spanish.
On behalf of the president, Jane Cronin and
the committee, Enid Winskill.
Spanish Cookery Workshops
Since January this year Eroski Supermarket
of Dos Mares, San Pedro have been putting on Spanish Cookery Workshops for
ADAPT within the store. These have proved
to be so popular that extra weeks have been
added to the course.
Jose Manuel, Maestro Jamonero from El Pozo,
gave an interesting talk about Iberian pig
farming and the quality of ham which depends on the diet of the pigs. He then gave
a demonstration on how to slice the ham and
the tools needed and asked for volunteers to
be shown the correct way to cut a ham using
the sharpest of knives and protective chainmail gloves. Elena showed us how to prepare
and cook cordero, while Damian, who runs
the fish department of Eroski, poured our
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Tickets are now on sale at the Torrevieja Municipal Theatre from 11am-1pm
on Tuesdays to Saturdays and on the internet through ServiCAM for the new production of The Raquel Peña Flamenco
Dance Company.
If you have never seen one of their shows,
take advantage of their forthcoming performance to see why the Company is
considered one of the finest in Spain. We
are very fortunate to have them based in
Pilar de la Horadada, where Raquel Peña
has her home base. For those of you who
The whole event was filmed and some of our
members were interviewed by Beatriz for an
Eroski Company video which will be also used
in training. The fact that ADAPT is very keen
to integrate with the local community was
much appreciated.
ADAPT meet on the first Saturday of the
month at Hogar de Pensionistas, San Pedro at
10:30am and welcome new members.
Contact Enid Winskill on 966 189 402 or see
have seen this outstanding Ballet you will
again be able to enjoy the excitement, colour and fire of new choreography, designer
costumes and many of the old time favourites that are requested by the audience.
A €2500 donation will be given to AFA, the
Torreveija Alzheimer Association.
For more information please contact the
Company office at 630 689 431 or at
[email protected]
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ITV Check
La escobilla - Wiper
La presión - Pressure
El nivel - Level
La luneta - Window
La linea de escape - Exhaust pipe
El nivel de agua - The level of water
La batería - Battery
Los gases de escape - Exhaust fumes
El líquido - Liquid
Se ha agotado la batería - The battery is
La Fijación - Fastening/securing
El neumático - Tyre
La efectividad - Efficiency/effectiveness
La presión de los neumáticos - Tyre pressure
El estanque - Tank/reservoir
El freno - Brake
Me quedé sin frenos - My brakes failed
El freno de mano - Handbrake
La bombilla - Light bulb
La refrigeración - Refrigeration
Delantero - Front
El volante - Steering wheel
Los asientos delanteros del coche - The
front seats of the car
Lavaparabrisas - Windscreen Washer
Trasero - Back
El aceite - Oil
El asiento trasero - The back seat
El motor - Engine
Izquierdo - Left
El filtro - Filter
Está a la izquierda - It’s on the left hand
El aire - Air
El cinturón de seguridad - Seatbelt
El circuito - Circuit
El amortiguador - Shock absorber
La pastilla - Pad
El disco - Disk
In conjunction with Jane Cronin,
Spanish Classes and Talks.
Tel 968 183 258
Derecho - Right
Pink Is The Colour For HAH Mar Menor
In the Pink, (Clothes, shoes, handbags etc.)
Rio Nalon, Los Alcazares and HAH Mar Menor
teamed up for a fashion show on Friday April
5th. Fabulous fashions were modelled by HAH
volunteers and friends to a packed bar at La
Torre Golf. There were many stalls, a raffle
and cakes made also by HAH volunteers and
offered in exchange for a small donation.
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In total, 425€ was raised on the night. Rose
from In the Pink said “As this was my 1st attempt at hosting a fashion show, I was delighted that HAH came on board to help.
They were extremely supportive both before
and during the event and the enthusiasm and
input from their volunteers was a great help.
I am delighted that we were able to raise so
much money for such a worthy cause, and
I really look forward to doing the next one”.
To find out more about HAH, visit their website If you are struggling to cope following illness call 633 673
034, or if you would like to volunteer a little
help to suit you, email helpathomespain@
Convention For The Maintenance Of An
Early Childhood Centre In Torre Pacheco
The Governing Council has approved 30,000€
as a proposal from the Ministry of Health and
Social Policy, of an agreement between the
Instituto Murciano Social Action and the Association of Parents of Mentally Handicapped,
Physical and Sensory (Prometheus) Torre Pacheco. The aim of this agreement is to maintain its Early Childhood Centre.
The users of the centre will have access to
six therapeutic needs and the association offers programmes of prevention, detection and
diagnosis of therapeutic intervention, including cognitive and motor stimulation, speech
therapy and hearing, as well as support and
family counselling.
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The first Fair for Game and Fisheries will
take place from May 31st to June 2nd in the
Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions Region
of Murcia, located in Torre Pacheco.
The fair has been designed to meet the busi-
Barbershop Takes The Costa Del Sol By
Some 300 barbershop aficionados took Benalmádena, Málaga by storm when they arrived for their fifth annual convention last
weekend. This is the second time that the
Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS) has based its event on the Costa
del Sol. “Our delegates come from all over
Europe, and we are keen to establish convention venues with excellent travel connections
and accommodation.” said SABS Vice President, Lyn Baines. “This is the second time
that we have hosted this international event
in Benalmádena; it’s a great venue and we
always receive such a warm welcome”.
ness needs of all professionals in both sectors. The Murcia region issues thousands
of hunting licenses, in addition to having a
unique fishing tradition. Today, hunting and
fishing brings in around 4,600 million Euros
a year in Spain, despite both sectors being
affected by the economic situation.
This fair is a novelty in the region of Murcia
and shows the passion that hunting and fishing still has in this region. It is clear that
there are many conditions to make the fair a
success both in number of visitors and number of exhibitors. The organizers of this event
Delegates were based in the Sunset Beach
Club Hotel, with shows and contests taking
place in the Moonlight Lounge at the Sunset
Beach Club, where SABS also held its second
international quartet contest.
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Spangles, from Los Alcázares, Murcia, became gold medal champions of Spain and
Portugal for the second time, also sweeping
the board by winning all three trophies for
top scores in music, presentation and singing.
“We’re over the moon with our win,” said Gail
Grainger, Spangles’ Musical Director “and
to get the top scores is testimony to the hard
work that the chorus has put in over the past
twelve months.”
simply want to bring together a broad representation of exhibitors where the hunter and
fisherman from Murcia, Valencia, Andalusia
and other regions is like a day of hunting and
Being aware of these difficult times IFEPA
offers affordable priced stands looking for a
very fair price for disbursement for the exhibitors by organizing an exciting programme
of activities, including workshops aimed at
professional exhibitions and competitions, in
which even the visiting public may participate
and that will please the whole family.
Madrid ladies’ chorus, The Barbees, won
the silver medal and Southern Sound, from
Fuengirola, Málaga, took the bronze medal.
In the quartet contest, Fourmidables from
Torrevieja, Alicante were crowned Gold Medal
Champions for the first time, having won silver in the last two contests. The silver medal went to Hanfris from Barcelona and the
bronze medal was won by Cleftomania from
the Algarve in Portugal. Hullabaloo from
Torrevieja won the Senior Quartet Award and
Fénix Quartet from Los Alcázares won the
Highest Scoring Ladies’ Quartet Award.
The international quartet contest saw Toneacity walk away with the gold medal and
Simply 4 win the silver medal. Both quartets
are from the UK.
The next SABS annual convention is scheduled for Calpe, Alicante from 3-6 April 2014
at the Gran Hotel Sol y Mar, right by the sea,
with the national and international contests
being held in the Casa de Cultura in Calpe. If
you are interested in attending this event or
would like to know more about SABS, you can
find information on the SABS website www. or contact by email [email protected] or
[email protected]
Photographer: Michael Phillips.
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is one of the UK’s
best loved novelists and is a true
storyteller and a
master of gripping
that keep the
to end. Lesley
characters that it
is impossible not
to care about or
forget and she
writes different genres including crime and
historical all with real passion and realism.
Truth is often stranger than fiction and Lesley’s life has been as packed with drama as
her books. She was three when her mother
died under tragic circumstances. Her father
was away at sea with the Royal Marines and
it was only when a neighbour saw Lesley and
her brother playing outside without coats on
that suspicion was aroused - their mother
had been dead for some time. The children
spent three years in grim orphanages before
her father remarried a veritable dragon of an
ex-army nurse. Lesley and her older brother
were eventually brought home, to be joined
by two other children who were later adopted
by her father and step mother; thus continued a stream of foster children.
Lesley’s desperate need for love and affection
as a young girl made her a party girl during the swinging 60’s and she had various
jobs from nanny to bunny girl to designing
clothes. She lived in damp bedsits while burning the candle at both ends as a ‘Dolly Bird’
with twelve inch mini shirts. Lesley has been
married three times and has had some really
hard times. Writing probably kept her sane
throughout all of this and much of her own life
is portrayed in her books. She now lives near
Bath and is president of the Bath and West
Wiltshire branch of the NSPCC. She has three
daughters and a grandson.
Forgive Me (2013)
When Eva Patterson returns home from work
one day, a devastating scene awaits her. Her
mother, Flora, lies dead in the bath. Beside
her is a note saying only: ‘Forgive Me’. Flora’s
suicide changes everything. When Eva discovers that in her will Flora left her an artist’s studio in London, she finds a collection
of Flora’s paintings and old diaries. Searching for answers, Eva encounters a psychic
who mysteriously warns her to beware of a
‘sleeping serpent’, which she soon discovers
refers to a shocking crime in Flora’s past. Will
discovering the truth destroy Eva’s belief in
everything she holds dear and will Phil stand
by Eva even when her journey leads her and
those she loves into certain danger?
Gypsy (2009)
Beth’s life is shattered when she and
her brother Sam are
orphaned, believing
that only in America
can they make a
fresh start. In New
York, Beth’s talent
with the fiddle earns
her the friendship of
gamblers, chancers
and other rogues.
across America, Beth
and her friends head for the Klondike River in
search of gold. How far must Beth go to find
happiness and will her travels lead this gypsy
to a place she can ever call home?
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Losing her adopted
all she’s ever had.
Daisy was adopted,
but when her mother
dies, she finds her
thrown into turmoil
by the discovery of a
scrapbook. Inside it
is information about
However, when Daisy
drops everything to
go in search of her
roots, she uncovers a harrowing story of
greed, misery and corruption. She also risks
hurting her adored Dad, the only true family she has left. Can she cope with the truth
about her real parents and more importantly,
who is the real Daisy?
Secrets (2005)
Without her mother she is alone in the world.
Twelve-year-old Adele is placed in a bleak,
cruel children’s home after a family tragedy
drives her mother insane. When the owner
betrays her trust, Adele has no choice but to
run away. Alone and friendless, she heads for
Sussex, to seek out the grandmother she has
never known. However, the journey, without
food or shelter, leaves her desperately ill.
Surrounded by the beautiful Rye Marshes,
Adele is nursed back to health. Can she now
dream of a new life? What will happen when
her mother reappears, bearing shocking family secrets?
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Lonely Lola
of La Pinilla
dog ‘the hole
in the wall
dog’ and may
seeing her. If
you do know
her, we are
really happy
to show you
her now, out
of her horrible situation. She has now been freed along
with other dogs there that have been living
in poor conditions, including 2 Pointers and
2 Shepherd dogs. We have also agreed with
the owners to help them with other dogs
they own and in turn they are collaborating
with us to make improvements for their own
dogs and to report local acts of cruelty and/
or abandonment.
Lola lived in horrible conditions for 10 years
of her poor life. Chained and un-loved, just
there to bark in case of intruders, she never
knew what it was to be loved or cared for by
humans. Her life was a miserable existence
on a chain outside, through the intense Spanish heat, the cold of the winter and the storms
and elements that she had no way of hiding
from. She was fed and watered when remembered by her farmer owner.
For information on Actin’s work check out
our website
Lonely Lola was recently saved by Actin Association, liberated from her chain at last.
She was taken to a foster carer and within
2nd 1982
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4th 1979
The Argentinean warship ‘General
Belgrano’ was sunk by the British
submarine HMS ‘Conqueror’.
Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first female prime minister
following a landslide election victory.
a short time
and forgiving
dog had won
of Angie and
Phil McCready
many dogs in
Spain. Lola
turned out to
be healthy in
spite of her
existence and
10 plus years she is an old girl, we think that
finding a new life with no chain and with freedom to do what dogs do, has given this lovely
sweet dog a new lease of life.
hurst, New Jersey, killing 36 people.
6th 1954
British athlete Roger Bannister became the first man to run a mile in
under four minutes.
6th 1992
The Channel Tunnel opened, linking London and Paris by rail.
7th 1945
5th 1980
The SAS stormed the Iranian embassy in London, freeing 19 hostages held by terrorists.
Nazi Germany surrendered unconditionally to the Allies at General Eisenhower’s HQ in Rheims,
6th 1937
The Hindenburg Airship, the largest ever built, exploded at Lake-
10th 1994 Former political prisoner Nelson
Mandela was sworn in as the first
If you can help sponsor or adopt any of these
rescued dogs please see We
are also looking for foster and adoption for 8
puppies that one of the rescued Pointers has
recently given birth to.
black president of South Africa.
13th 1787 The ‘First Fleet’ carrying convicts
set sail for Australia, setting up
the first penal colony.
14th 1796 English doctor Edward Jenner administered the first vaccination
against smallpox, using pus from
16th 1943 The ‘Dambusters Raid’ by the
RAF’s elite 617 Squadron breached
two huge dams in Germany’s Ruhr
17th 1865 Thomas Cook began conducted
tours to the continent - the first
overseas ‘package holiday’.
18th 1991 Helen Sharman became the first
Briton in space, as a passenger
aboard the Soviet Soyuz TM-12.
21st 1927 Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the
Spirit of St Louis, made the first
solo flight across the Atlantic.
26th 1868 The last public execution in Britain
- the hanging of murderer Michael
Barrett – took place at Newgate.
27th 1941 The German battleship ‘Bismark’
was sunk by the Royal Navy, with
only 110 survivors from its 2,192
29th 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first men to climb
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NEST walks are friendly, particularly easy,
outings to amazing places often rounded
up by a wonderful meal in an authentic
Spanish restaurant or occasionally a picnic.
Definitely NOT for sporty walkers wanting
a challenge! Come and make new friends
with NEST!
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Friday 24th May - Snow Houses
Meet 10.30am in El Berro public car park.
Experience the cooler heights of Sierra Espuña, where snow falls in winter. See how
Snow Houses were used, plus an optional
closer view of the giant military ‘golf ball’ on
top of Sierra Espuña, then the visitors’ centre before our delicious meal in our favourite place where we often see wild boar. 5€
for the walk and optional Menu del Dia at 9€
for mixed salad, a starter, main course, dessert, and a drink, plus coffee, in pine-clad
mountain surroundings. Wear sturdy nonslip footwear and bring sun protection and
water to sip. An easy short 2hr walk along
wide dirt tracks with one steepish dusty
slope, to see the military installation closer
up – unless you prefer to sit that part out
Perhaps it comes along with age together
with the failing eyesight, dull hearing and a
lack of concentration, but really grumpiness
seems to be part of the package, at least according to my wife and children. It is not so
much that I am impatient; it is simply that I
do not understand why some things turn out
the way they do. Perhaps I am missing the
complexities of the task, or I do not fully appreciate the training required, but why is it
in a full car park it is impossible to open your
doors because the lines are drawn so close
together? People overtake and then slow
down! You cannot empty a tomato sauce
bottle! Life’s frustrations can make us mad,
but they are just that - frustrations.
How frustrated must God be? He has provided us with a world of colour, variety, as-
and wait. There is often no mobile signal for
emergencies, so you do need to be relatively healthy and come at your own risk. Bring
binocs and cameras to make the most of
stunning scenery and wildlife opportunities!
Subscribe with your email address to the
NEST website and be the first to hear of
new dates and book in. Walks can be very
popular and restaurants have limited places. We also go out in cooler, shady summer
evenings, so look out for new outings! Also
find detailed driving directions at www. We also have a (free)
tonishing sunsets and sunrises, amazing
wildlife, beautiful seas and fantastic views,
a Saviour, a way of escape and yet we don’t
acknowledge God’s hand in it all. Oh but,
as soon as something goes wrong, we are
quick to blame God and feel justified. I am
sorry, but unless you believe God exists, you
cannot blame Him; it just doesn’t work that
”For I know the plans I have for you, says
the LORD. They are plans for good and not
for disaster, to give you a future and a hope”.
Jeremiah 29 V11. This was God’s promise to
a people who had turned away from Him.
Despite His frustration, overshadowed by
His love … it is still His promise to us!
You are invited to come and join us for any
photography group so if you’re into photography, get in touch!
Book your places by ringing or texting 679
002 147 or email natureespunatrails@, with your names and Spanish
contact tel numbers and wait for confirmation you’re booked in. Looking forward to
meeting you!
of our events in May.
Sunday 12th Derek Cleave will be sharing
with us for our monthly meeting. 5pm Start.
Tuesday 14th Chill ‘n’ Grill from 6pm in our
garden. Bring your own food and cook it.
Thursday 16th Marty Ross in concert in our
garden, raising funds for Operation Smile.
Further details and other planned events go
If you would like to be informed of our events
and be added to our mailing list please let us
know [email protected]
Find us at Los Almagros, Fuente Alamo,
30320, Murcia. GPS: 37”45’ 57.77’ North.
1” 15’ 56.95’ West
Phone Ken 646 705 403 or Carol 655 141
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If you want a truly Spanish meal, a good
place to start is a Menu del Dia. These
cheap value-for-money meals started during Franco’s time as a way for workers to obtain a nutritious meal at an affordable price.
Franco has gone, but thankfully Menu del
Dia lives on, and is in fact as popular as
ever, but you have to know about it to get
the best. Some restaurants advertise their
Menu del Dia on a chalk board outside the
bar or restaurant, whilst others will happily
bring you the normal menu without mentioning the cheap option, especially if you
are not a local.
During the midday meal or “la comida”, the
Menu del Dia is offered, normally including a soup, salad, main course with a side
dish and dessert – all for one price. Some
bars and restaurants also offer a Menu del
Noche based on the Menu del Dia, also at
a reasonable price, but to save any confusion, check the terms and conditions before
you order any ‘Menu’.
The Spanish concept of a meal is not ‘meat
and two veg’. Instead, they split them up
into ‘primer plato’ (first dish) and ‘segundo
plato’ (second dish) and you choose one
from each section. Your first plate will be
predominantly vegetables and your second
plate will be predominantly meat. If you
prefer, you can usually order two ‘primer
platos’ (but not two ‘segundos’). A menu
will usually come with ‘pan’ (bread), ‘ensalada’ (salad), ‘bebida’ (drink), two ‘platos’ and ‘postre’ (dessert), though do check
the menu. Sometimes the tax (IVA) won’t
be included - check if it says ‘IVA incluido’
or ‘IVA NO incluido’.
or stews), ‘asados’ (roast meat), ‘chuletas’
(chops), grilled fish, etc. However, rather
than list Primer Plato and Segundo Plato,
the restaurant may list their dishes by type
of food, such as fish, meat, etc. This section
often contains the signature dishes of the
restaurant, or what the restaurant is known
Most restaurants will bring a salad and
bread to the table before taking your order
for drink. This is usually included in the
price for the Menu del Dia, but you should
always check if you are not familiar with the
restaurant. In many restaurants, the standard serving for wine or water is a carafe
- whether there are two of you or you are
dining alone. If you both order wine, it will
probably be a carafe to share. Beer or soft
drinks are also often included in the price.
Fish – ‘Pescados’
Fish will almost always be main dishes
and may be ‘emperador’ (swordfish), ‘calamares’ (squid) or other fish such as salmon. Since Spain sits between the Atlantic
Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, there
is a big variety of fish and seafood on any
menu. Each region will offer different fish
Appetizers – ‘Entremeses’ or ‘Entrantes’
This is a small dish that may or may not
be ‘finger’ food. It is common to see sausages such as ‘chorizo’ or ‘morcilla’ (blood
sausage), ‘lomo’ (cured pork loin), ‘jamón’
(ham) or ‘queso’ (cheese) in this section.
There will probably be a selection of both
hot and cold dishes.
First Course – ‘Primer Plato’
The first course is generally a lighter course,
similar to the entremeses above. Soups and
salads or ‘sopas y ensaladas’ also appear
in this section. These can include ‘guiso’
(hot stew-like soup) and ‘gazpacho’ (cold
Second Course – ‘Segundo Plato’
The second course is the main course of the
meal. In this section, you will see all kinds
of dishes, such as ‘cocidos/estofados’ (meat
Meat – ‘Carnes’
As with the fish section, the meat section of
a Spanish menu will contain the meat dishes, whether they are ‘ternera’ (beef), ‘cordero’ (lamb) or ‘cerdo’ (pork) and they will
be large portions, usually served with chips.
Dessert – ‘Postre’
Dessert may be a simple offering of fresh
fruit and cheese. However, Spanish desserts include a wide variety of ice creams,
cakes and sorbets, as well as ‘flan’, ‘natillas’ and ‘arroz con leche’. You can usually
choose from either coffee or dessert for
your final course, as sometimes the coffee
isn’t included. Ask, “¿Esta incluido?”
This month we are including bars/restaurants that offer Menu del Dia to show you
what is on offer in the area.
If you would like your restaurant to feature
in this guide please contact Teresa on
619 199 407
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
As a restaurant’s Menu del Dia tends to
change every day, it is unlikely that there
will be anyone on hand to translate it into
English. Some restaurants assume that as
you are not a Spanish speaker, you couldn’t
possibly want the Menu del Dia. If you
aren’t offered a Menu del Dia, ask “¿Hay
menú?” Frequently (and not just in touristy
places) there will be a supplement for sitting on the ‘terraza’.
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RED – Entertainment
GREEN – Charity & non-profit making events
ORANGE – Special menus
BLACK – Fiestas & important events
PURPLE –Market, exhibitions, leisure & meetings
Please refer to the relevant advert or editorial for more details of events
Every Mon
Duplicate Bridge @ La Cumbre Hotel, Pto de Mazarrón 9.30am
Yoga with Mari Carmen @ Bolnuevo 10am
Spanish Conversation @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo 3pm 6€
Fit4Life Weight Group @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo 4pm 5€
Chiropody with Phillip Dawe @ Sensol Golf Villa Sales Building, Camposol C
Bowling League @ Alley Palais, Camposol B
Music Quiz with John @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A 9pm (free nibbles)
Games Night including Roulette and Poker @ Oscar’s, Camposol B
3 Course Menu del Noche @ Restaurant Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 10€
2nd Hand Goods to Buy/Sell/HAH @ Brenda’s Boutique, Los Urrutias10-1pm
Andrea’s Animal Rescue Collection @ Car Park, Camposol B 11.30-1.30pm
Hoy (card) Bingo/HELP MMM @ La Zona Bar, Los Alcázares 2pm 1€/game
Every Tue
B Clean Weekly Working Party @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B 9am
Quiz Night @ Restaurant Manchica, La Manchica optional meal 5€
Football Training Session (ages 4-17) @ El Pareton 6-7pm
Harlequin Rock Choir Meeting @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 7.30-9pm
Quiz with Rock and Roll Bingo @ Oscar’s, Camposol B
for 1 Lunch Special @ Rest Amapola, Bolnuevo 22€ inc btl wine for 2
Course Al Fresco Cooking/Dining @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 7.30pm, 8€ inc btl wine for 2
Course Curry Night @ Restaurant Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 8.50€
Course Menu del Noche @ The Old Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón, 12€ inc btl wine for 2
MABS Mazarrón Coffee Morning @ MABS Centre, Camposol B 10-1pm
MAMAS Collection/Book Stall @ Camposol B Car Park 10-1pm
Every Wed
Mar Menor Golf Society Competition
Camposol C Gardening Group Clean Up @ Camposol C 9am
Camposol Bridge Club, Duplicate Bridge @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B 9.30am
Gentle Yoga with Mari Carmen @ Bolnuevo 10am
Pool League @ Alley Palais, Camposol B
Beacon of Light Centre @ School House, Cañadas del Romero 7-8.30pm
Pool League @ TJ’s, Camposol B, 8pm
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
2 Course Pie Night @ The Old Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón, 10€ inc a drink
3 Course Steak/Spare Rib Night @ Restaurant Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 15€
Happy Evening, 2 for 1 @ Rest Amapola, Bolnuevo 35€ for 2 inc btl wine
3 Course Steak Deal @ La Vida Bistro/Bar, El Pareton 25€ for 2 inc wine/cava
Karaoke & Disco with Lisa @ Alley Palais, Camposol B 9pm-late
Karaoke with Byron @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A 9pm
Live Music with Local Artiste @ Oscar’s, Camposol B
HAH 2nd Hand Goods to Buy/Sell @ Brenda’s Boutique, Los Urrutias 10-1pm
Age Concern booking events etc @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 10-1pm
MABS MMM Art Workshop @ Café Golf, San Javier, 10-12pm 2€
PALS booking events etc @ Saralara’s, Pto de Mazarrón 1-3.30pm
HAH Book & DVD Club @ La Zona Bar, Los Narejos 2.30-4.30pm
Every Thu
Camposol Market @ Camposol A
Hearing Specialist for Tests/Hearing Aids @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo, Appt Only
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Sacred Hearts Circle of Potential @ Mazarrón Country Club 11-1pm
Bingo @ The Club House, Camposol C 3pm
Fun Quiz/Play Your Cards Right @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A 6pm (food for teams)
Quiz Night @ TJ’s, Camposol B 8.30pm
Rib & Steak Night @ Restaurant Manchica, La Manchica 17.95€ for 2 inc btl of wine
2 Course Curry Night @ The Old Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón, 10€ inc a drink
4 Course Surprise Menu @ Restaurant Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 25€ for 2
Pie Night @ La Vida Bistro/Bar, El Pareton
Party Night @ Oscar’s, Camposol B
Age Concern booking events etc @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 10-1pm
PALS for booking events etc @ Tel’s Bar, Camposol B 11am-1.30pm
Andrea’s Animal Rescue Collection @ Mazarrón Country Club 11.30-1pm
Every Fri
Camposol Bridge Club/Duplicate Bridge @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B 9.30am
Friday Art Group @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 9.45-12.30pm
Indoor Market @ The Steak Out, Camposol B 10-2pm
Camposol A Gardening Book Stall @ Car Park Camposol A 10.30-12.30pm
Camposol C Greenfingers Garden Group 10 Pin Bowling @ Totana 4pm
Positive Thinking Workshop @ Mazarrón Pensioners’ Club, Mazarrón 5-6.30pm
Joker Jackpot @ TJ’s, Camposol B 6pm
Fish & Chip Night @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón 6.50€
3 Course Fish & Chip Night @ The Old Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarron 10€
Fish & Chip Night @ Rest Manchica, La Manchica from 5.50€
19€ for 2 large Cod & Chips @ Restaurante Marina, Pto de Mazarrón, inc btl wine
3 Course Surprise Menu @ Restaurant Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 19.50€
Romantic Dinner @ Rest Amapola, Bolnuevo 25€ inc btl wine for 2
Fish/Chips/Fun Quiz @ La Vida Bistro/Bar, El Pareton
Disco and Karaoke with Lisa @ Alley Palais, Camposol B 9pm-late
Live Music @ Kennelly’s, Hacienda del Álamo 9pm
Live Entertainment/Rock n Roll/Tributes @ Oscar’s, Camposol B 9.30pm
Karaoke @ The Steak Out, Camposol B
Disco with Resident DJ’s Jalco & Romeo @ Oscar’s, Camposol B 12-5am
Noah’s ARC Book Sale & bric-a-brac @ Camposol B 9.30-2pm
HAH 2nd Hand Goods to Buy/Sell @ Brenda’s Boutique, Los Urrutias 10-1pm
Age Concern booking events etc @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B 11-1pm
Lions Mazarrón booking events etc outside Compusurf, Camposol B 11am
GOmaD Donations @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B/Costa Calida Radio 12.30-2pm
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Every Sat
Harlequin Rock Choir Meeting @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 2-4pm
Adult Badminton @ El Pareton 10am-12pm
Fish & Chip Lunchtime Special @ Restaurant Manchica, La Manchica from 5.50€
19€ for 2 large Cod & Chips @ Restaurante Marina, Pto de Mazarrón inc btl wine
3 Course Steak Night @ The Old Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón, 15€
3 Course Surprise Menu @ Restaurant Ratatouille. Pto de Mazarrón 19.50€
3 Course Steak Night @ Restaurant Manchica, La Manchica, 24.95 for 2 inc btl wine
3 Course Steak Deal @ La Vida Bistro/Bar, El Pareton 25€ for 2 inc wine/cava
Exotic Menu/different wine every course @ Rest Amapola, Bolnuevo 25€
Live Entertainment/Rock n Roll/Tributes @ Oscar’s, Camposol B 9.30pm
Disco with Resident DJ’s Jalco & Romeo @ Oscar’s, Camposol B 12-5am
MABS Murcia MM Book Sale @ The Arches Bar, La Oasis 10-1pm
HELP MMM Clothes Sale @ The Arches, La Oasis 10.30am-1pm
HAH 2nd Hand Goods to Buy/Sell @ Brenda’s Boutique, Los Urrutias 10-1pm
PALS for booking events @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B 11am-1.30pm
Every Sun
Car Boot Sale @ Cañadas del Romero Social Centre 8.30am
Car Boot Sale @ Venta Romero, Cuevas de Reyllo. 9-2pm
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Sunday Roast @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A from 6.50€ inc glass of wine
Sunday Lunch @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condada de Alhama from 6.50€
Sunday Roast @ TJ’s, Camposol B from 7.50€ (inc lunch on a stick at 1€)
Sunday Roast @ Restaurant Manchica, La Manchica from 7.50€
Sunday Lunch @ La Vida Bistro/Bar, El Pareton from 7.50€
2 Course Sunday Roast @ Rest Marina, Pto de Mazarrón 8€ inc glass of wine
Sunday Roast @ New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón 8.50€
Sunday Carvery @ The Club House, Camposol C from 9€
3 Course Sunday Roast @ Alley Palais, Camposol B 9.95€ (5€ under 12’s)
3 Course Sunday Lunch @ Restaurant Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 10€ inc btl wine for 2
3 Course Sunday Lunch @ The Old Market Tavern, Pto de Mazarrón, 10€ inc btl wine for 2
3 Course Traditional Sunday Lunch @ Liz’s Café, Camposol B 10€ inc a drink
Meat Carvery/Vegetable Buffet @ La Mariposa, Gebas from 10.50€ inc glass wine/beer
3 Course Sunday Roast @ Rest Amapola, Bolnuevo
Sunday Roast @ Kennelly’s, Hacienda del Alamo
3 Course Sunday Roast (night) @ Rest Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 10€ inc btl wine for 2
Karaoke with Byron @ Oscar’s, Camposol B
HELP MMM Car Boot @ Autocine, Los Narejos
Open Day @ Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre, Rojales 1-4pm
Wednesday 1
Fiestas del Barrio San José Obrero - Alcantarilla
HELP MMM May Day Carnival @ La Zona Bar, Los Alcázares 5pm
Thursday 2
Trip to Caravaca Wine Horse Festival - Dragontours 19€
Market Morning @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo
‘Robbie Williams’ Show @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alhama 8.30pm
Friday 3
Santisima y Vera Cruz - Caravaca de la Cruz
Santa Cruz - Abanilla
Los Mayos - Alhama de Murcia
Fiestas de la Santa Cruz en El Estrecho - Fuenta Álamo
Santa Cruz - Ulea
San Isidro - Yecla
Madrid Open Tennis Tournament - ATP World Tour Masters (until 12th)
Country Music Night feat Interactive @ The Club House, Camposol C 7.30pm, 3€
Grand Opening/live entertainment @ Restaurant Ratatouille, Pto de Mazarrón 8pm
The CAS Band @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A 9pm
MABS Murcia NW Outdoor Market Stall @ Calle Segura, Calasparra 9-1pm
HELP MMM Friendship Group @ Golf Deluxe, Torre Pacheco 11am
Lion Country Music Nightspot @ La Molata, Cañadas de Alhama 8pm
ADAPT Open Day (5th Anniversary) @ Pensionista de Hogar, San Pedro 10am
Darwinian Gardeners/Evolutionists Trip, Cabo de Gato bot gardens/museums 15€
Welcome Meeting @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 2pm
Free Tour of Moratalla from Tourist Office 12-1pm
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Saturday 4
Cuban Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 7.30pm, 8€ inc btl wine for 2
Harlequin Rock Choir @ The New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón
Pitu @ The Club House, Camposol C
‘Bee Gees’ Show @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alhama 8.30pm
Sunday 5
Artisan Market @ Bullas
Free Tour of Puerto de Mazarrón with Murcia Institute of Tourism 10am
Mazarrón FC Home v Yeclano Deportivo
Supermoto 2nd round of the Valencian Championships
Rock & Roll Bingo @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alhama 8.30pm
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Monday 6
Art Classes @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo 9-11am
Jerez Horse Fair (until 12th)
PALS Monthly Meeting @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 11.15am
MABS Murcia NE Hog Roast @ Castle Bar, Fortuna from 1pm
MABS Mar Menor Cut ‘a’ Thon @ Hairy Clayre’s Salon, Los Belones 10am-4pm
Tuesday 7
HAH Volunteer Meeting @ Bacchus Restaurant, Los Narejos 11.30am, Lunch Opt.
MABS Murcia NE Auction @ Bob’s Bar, Fortuna 2pm
Wednesday 8
World Red Cross Day
General Meeting of SAMM @ CAR Infanta Cristina, Los Narejos 11am
Jukebox Legends @ The Club House, Camposol C
Rock & Gospel Evening/Wellspring Victory Church @ Mazarrón Country Club 8.30pm
MABS Murcia MM Volunteer Meeting @ Centro Civico, Roda Village, 11.15am
MABS Murcia NE Fortuna Ladies Lunch Club @ Las Palmeras, Baños de Fortuna 1pm
MABS Murcia NW Volunteer Meeting @ Hotel Argos 5pm
Thursday 9
Europe Day
Ladies Chatterbox Group Cultural Trip Guided Walk around Alhama & lunch
Friday 10
Indoor Market with fashion/bling/DVD’s etc @ Alley Palais, Camposol B
Mountain Bike Day @ La Mariposa, Gebas 35€ inc lunch/insurance/bikes etc
Paella Weekend @ La Cata, Condado de Alhama 22€ per couple
Steve Fisher as Rod Stewart @ La Mariposa, Gebas
MABS Mazarrón Book Sale @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B 9-1pm
Saturday 11
Free Tour of Mazarrón with Murcia Institute of Tourism 10am
Free Tour of Moratalla from Tourist Office 12-1pm
Rocky Horror Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 7.30pm, 8€ inc btl wine for 2
Paella Weekend @ La Cata, Condado de Alhama 22€ per couple
Steve Fisher as Rod Stewart @ The Vista Bar, Camposol A, 5€ inc basket meal
GNT @ The Club House, Camposol C
Michelle @ The New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón
‘Phil Collins’ Show @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alhama 8.30pm
Sunday 12
Artisan Market @ Mula
Mazarrón FC Away v CD Cieza
Walk in Moratalla – El Alero de Zacata-La Torre from Town Hall
Car Boot Sale @ Old Railway Station, Cehegin 9am-2pm
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Paella Weekend @ La Cata, Condado de Alhama 22€ per couple
MABS Mazarrón Jigsaw Bereavement Group Lunch @ Cat’s Bar, Camposol A 2pm
Monday 13
Art Classes @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo, 9-11am
Ladies Chatterbox Group Sew and Sew @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 2.30-4.30pm
Guided Walk followed by 4 course lunch @ La Mariposa, Gebas 12€
Tuesday 14
Camposol C Greenfingers’ Meeting @ The Club House, Camposol C 5pm
Open Door Chill ‘n’ Grill @ Los Almagros from 6pm. Bring your own food to cook
Help MMM Charity Market @ La Zona Bar, Los Alcazáres 11.30am
HAH Table Top Sale @ La Zona Bar, Los Alcácares 10-2pm
HELP MMM Quiz with a Difference @ El Carmoli Restaurant 7pm 11€ incl chicken & chips
Wednesday 15
San Isidro – Fortuna, Cehegin and Mula
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HAH Chatters @ Bacchus Restaurant, Oasis, Los Narejos 11.30am, Lunch Opt.
Thursday 16
Open Door Concert with Marty Ross @ Los Almagros 7pm, 5€ (5€ for food)
HELP MMM Lunch @ Diamantes, El Mojon 1.30pm, 10.50€
Friday 17
RC Sailing Club Meeting & Race Day @ 2pm (racing 3pm)
Fiesta in Cehegin with bull running, acrobats & craft fair 17th -19th
Italian Weekend @ La Cata, Condado de Alhama 22€ per couple
MABS Mazarrón Book Sale @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B 9-1pm
MABS Murcia NW Outdoor Market Stall @ Calle Segura, Calasparra 9-1pm
Lion Country CM Nightspot @ La Molata, Cañadas de Alhama, 8pm
Saturday 18
Free Tour of Moratalla from Tourist Office 12-1pm
Cuban Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 7.30pm, 8€ inc btl wine for 2
Italian Weekend @ La Cata, Condado de Alhama 22€ per couple
Suzy G @ The New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón
Woody @ The Club House, Camposol C
The Beagles @ La Mariposa, Gebas
‘Shanni Ormiston’ Show @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alhama 8.30pm
Sunday 19
Artisan Market @ Caravaca
Free Tour of Puerto de Mazarrón with Murcia Institute of Tourism 10am
Mazarrón FC Home v CAP Ciudad de Murcia
Raquel Peña Dance @ Municipal Theatre, Torrevieja 5.30pm, 10€ & 15€
Cloud 9 Drama Productions @ The Patio Bar, Pliego 8pm, 3€
Italian Weekend @ La Cata, Condado de Alhama 22€ per couple
Rock & Roll Bingo @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alhama 8.30pm
Tuesday 21
ADAPT Theatre Group @ the Casa Cultura, San Pedro (until 23rd)
Walk in Moratalla – Casicas del Portal-Calar de Sevilla from Town Hall
3 Course Thai Night @ La Vida Bistro/Bar, El Pareton 25€ for 2
Help MMM General Meeting @ Las Claras, Los Narejos 11.30am
Wednesday 22
Trip to Benidorm Market & Beach - Dragontours 19€
Welcome Dance @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 10€ (5€ food)
Dementia Carer Session @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 2-4pm
Thursday 23
7 Course Menu/Wine Tasting Evening @ La Cata, Condado de Alhama 7pm, 20€
Auction – Age Concern @ Mariano’s, Camposol A
Commonwealth Day
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Friday 24
NEST Walk with optional meal, Meet El Berro Car Park, Sierra Espuña 10.30am 5€
Italian Weekend @ La Cata, Condado de Alhama 22€ per couple
Grand Charity Ball @ The Club House, Camposol C, hot & cold buffet/music/dancing 8pm
Saturday 25
Corpus Christi y Virgen de la Salud - Archena
Nature Walk, Cehegín
Free Tour of Mazarrón with Murcia Institute of Tourism 10am
Free Tour of Moratalla from Tourist Office 12-1pm
Cloud 9 Drama Productions @ La Molata Social Centre, Los Muñoces 8pm, 5€
Rocky Horror Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 7.30pm, 8€ inc btl wine for 2
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Italian Weekend @ La Cata, Condado de Alhama 22€ per couple
Music from GNT & Curry Nite @ TJ’s, Camposol B, Free Entry (Opt Curry at 5€)
Barrington @ La Mariposa, Gebas
Dee @ The Club House, Camposol C
CAS Band @ The New Royal, Pto de Mazarrón
Party Night with Eddie B @ The Steak Out, Camposol B
‘Adele’ Show @ Bistro Bulgaria, Condado de Alhama 8.30pm
MABS Mazarrón Spring Fayre @ MABS Centre, Camposol B 11-3pm
MABS MMM 4th Annual Village Fayre @ Rio Nalon, Los Alcazares, 11-2.30pm
APAH Charity Day @ Iceland Store, San Javier
Help for Heroes Night @ Alley Palais, Camposol B
FAST Spring Ball @ Rest Amapola, Bolnuevo, 4 course meal/wine/dancing to Wildcat 25€
Sunday 26
Artisan Market @ Plaza del Castillo, Cehegin 10am
Cloud 9 Drama Productions @ La Molata Social Centre, Los Muñoces 8pm, 5€
Mazarrón FC Away v CF Molina
Sevillana’s Social Meeting @ Asturias Restaurant
Italian Weekend @ La Cata, Condado de Alhama 22€ per couple
Monday 27
Art Classes @ Jane’s Salon, Bolnuevo, 9-11am
Guided Walk followed by 4 course lunch @ La Mariposa Gebas 12€
Tuesday 28
Welcome Book Swap @ ICA Medical Centre, Camposol B 10-12pm
Sacred Hearts Creative Expression Workshop @ Mazarrón Country Club
Camposol B Clean Meeting @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B 4pm
Beacon of Light @ Condado de Alhama 7.45pm, 5€
PALS Visit to Sierra Espuña/Market/Alhama 25€ inc lunch at La Perdiz
MABS Mazarrón Volunteers’ Meeting @ Trevi Bar, Camposol B 11.30am
Wednesday 29
Welcome Annual Petanca Competition @ Mariano’s, Camposol A 1pm
MABS Murcia NE Volunteers’ Meeting @ La Carcelera, Fortuna 11.30am
Friday 31
Indoor Market/fashion/bling/DVD’s etc @ Alley Palais, Camposol B
Easy Horse Care Rescue 900km walk by Len Allen along ‘The Way’
Game & Fishing Fair @ IFEPA, Torre Pacheco until 2nd June
Nigel Burchill as Elvis @ La Mariposa, Gebas
GO maD Table Top Sale @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B 10–2pm
MABS Murcia NW Book Sale Outside Trevol Bar, Calasparra 11-2pm
MABS Mazarrón Jigsaw Bereavement Group @ Cat’s Bar, Camposol A 12pm
Saturday 1
Fiestas Trinitario-Berberiscas - Torre Pacheco
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
ADAPT Meeting @ Pensionista de Hogar, San Pedro 10.30am
Age Concern Summer Fair @ Lagarto Verde, Pto de Mazarrón 11.30-3.30pm
Sunday 2
Artisan Market @ Bullas
Free Tour of Puerto de Mazarrón with Murcia Institute of Tourism 10am
Mazarrón FC Home v Beniajan CF
Monday 3
PALS Monthly Meeting @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 11.15am
Tuesday 4
HAH Volunteer Meeting @ Bacchus Restaurant, The Oasis, Los Narejos 11.30am
MABS Murcia NE Auction @ Bob’s Bar, Fortuna 2pm
Wednesday 5
PALS Trip to Benidorm 15€
Age Concern Talking Shop Social @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 1.30-3.30pm
Thursday 6
Trip to Tabarca Island - Dragontours 32€
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Photos copyright: Eileen Jenkins
Tabarca – The Pirate’s Island
The island has two distinct parts, the division marked by the narrow middle with the
port on one side and a sandy beach on the
other. The majority of the buildings are on
the south part of the island, whereas the
north is mostly barren. The lighthouse, inaugurated in 1854, was at one time used
as a prison but is now closed to the public.
The island, and the small outlying islets, La
Cantera, La Galera and La Nao, have been
a Mediterranean Marine Reserve since
1986, for the flora and fauna which abound
in the crystal clear waters.
During our journey, Eileen will be commenting on the historical background of
this interesting island. The boat will make
a brief stop shortly before arriving so passengers can enjoy viewing the fish and
plants through the glass bottom. Access
to the small islets is strictly controlled,
but snorkelling is acceptable and the water is exceptionally clean and transparent.
There is a small windward beach, and
rocky coves on the leeward side of the island where snorkelling can be fascinating.
For the less ambitious, there are plenty of
bars and restaurants available, for tapas
or a full Spanish meal. You might want to
try the “caldero tabarqueño”, a typical fishrice dish the island is famous for. There
are sun beds and umbrellas for rent for a
long siesta on the beach, or during your
explorations, you might want to purchase
a souvenir or two from one of the shops.
A stroll through the little village or around
the island can also be very pleasant.
Price only 32€, including the return boat
trip and coach from the Mazarrón area.
Book now with Dragontours on 968 199
021 or email [email protected].
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
The whole island has been declared an
artistic-cultural heritage site, since 1964.
On 6th June, Dragontours will have a boat
trip to the island of Tabarca. After our early
start, we expect to arrive in time for the
11:30am sailing out to the island. The boat
trip should take approximately 30 minutes.
Our return will be on the 6:15pm boat, so
a full day of enjoyment awaits you.
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There are two sets of results to be reported
on this month:
“Privé Erasmo” won by 4 goals to 3 to
“Calzados Luna”. The same result occurred
in the showdown against “Ginés y Ana” and
the “Citronor” team.
Another result was the victory of “Agrimur
S.A.” against “Ángela S.L.” by 5 goals to 2.
The other two matches that should have
been played have been deferred. The first
of them was the team “Domi Dos” against
“Fontanería Carlos”, while in the other
match was “Aceromaza” against “Automaza
the victory of the “Domi Dos” against “Prive
Erasmo” by 6 goals to 2. “Calzados Luna”
beat “Ángela S.L.” 4-6 and “Fontanería Carlos” won by 6 goals to 2 to “Citronor”. “Automaza S.A.” was upset by a 6-0 defeat by
“Agrimur S.A.”. The last game “Gines and
Ana” against “Aceromaza” was postponed.
The league stands as:
Alex Javier from
the “Fontanería
Carlos” team is 1
the current “top 2
teams 5
played at the 6
of 7
“La 8
Cañadica”. The 9
first result was
The Radio Controlled Mar Menor Sailing Group has just started its Spring/
Summer monthly race series. Racing commenced on Friday the 19th April, running 6
races starting at 11am. The wind was light
and from the North East and the First Race
started with a wind speed around 6 knots,
progressively rising to 9 knots over the
next five races.
The Race Officer for the day was David
Atherton, assisted by Tony Jones who both
acted as O.D. and Monitors, calling out
penalty turns for rule infringements. All
races are run to RYA rules.
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
The results for the first five places as follows:
Sail Number
Guillermo Martinez
David Lees
3rd joint
Ernie Foster
3rd ¨
Nigel Lane
Stuart Lockwood
First place went to
a visitor Guillermo
Martinez. Guillermo
is a local builder of
full size yachts and
in his spare time en-
joys racing radio controlled I.O.M. yachts
(I.O.M. stands for International One Metre).
The course was a sausage and triangle
which consisted of one lap of a windward
loo-erd course followed by a triangle. All
starts but one were
to windward.
fourth race was a
wild card with a
downwind start just
to keep helms on
their toes. One boat
retired with a broken
forestay and 9 boats
in total took part.
Next monthly Series Race Day will be
Friday 17th May meeting at 14.00 hours
racing starting at the new time of 15.00
hours. We also hope to be joined by Carlos
Martinez. Carlos is a J80 world champion.
When Carlos is not racing 8 metre yachts
and representing Spain in world heats, he
gets in some practise with his I.O.M, so if
any readers have an R.C. Racing Yacht and
would like to come along and join you will
be made very welcome.
Thank you to all the other competitors for
making it a very close run race. Please remember that practise racing will also be
held on all other Fridays starting in May at
the same time as above.
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David tel 968 170 870 or email [email protected].
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Anyone for Badminton?
month, with a special offer, of any second
brother or sister playing for free.
For Adults
in El Pareton
on Saturday
W h e t h e r
you’re looking
to become a member of a club or would prefer
to play with your own group, our friendly club
offers court time for all levels, from beginners
to intermediate. We can also accommodate
County Standard players in our Totana club.
On 19 March, Club Mazarrón Fútbol Base
fulfilled a dream of playing several football
matches against Real Madrid C.F. “Without a
doubt, it will be a dream that they will never
forget. More than 150 people enjoyed this
magnificent experience, in which there were
also magic moments seeing the stars of football like Zinedine Zidane, Fernando Morientes
and Emilio Butragueño.”
Call Martin on 699 044 742
Badminton For Kids
Badminton Junior Totana plays twice a
week; Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Totana Sports Centre, (next to the railway station). The classes are fun and energetic and
are open to girls and boys, with ages ranging from 9 years. Member’s fees are €10 per
A few hours later, after enjoying a pleasant
meal and time free, the Mazarronero expedition left for Valdebebas, where a great reception awaited them. Best of all was see-
Badminton Totana is a patron of the volunteer cancer support group MABS, one of
the leading charities
in Spain dedicated
to the support of all
who are affected by
cancer, whether patients, family, friends
or carers. MABS
provides support irrespective of nationality, age, economic
medical history.
ing Zinedine Zidane in the cafeteria, where
they could be photographed next to him.
Later, the President of Real Madrid, Florentino
Perez, and the legendary soccer player Emilio
Butragueño, approached them and greeted
all those present, immortalising this unique
moment. They also met another great footballer, Fernando Morientes.
Most importantly, what made this trip special, was forged in the locker rooms. The illusion of children entering the field of play,
with instructions from their coaches was a
dream come true for them. The behaviour
of both clubs was exemplary and after a day
packed with events and strong emotions, the
Mazarronero clubs headed home, leaving behind that wonderful dream which will provide
them with so many warm memories that will
remain as one of the best experiences of their
The journey began early on the Tuesday, arriving in Madrid before having a tour of the
Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, where los Benjamín y Alevín and los Alevines teams felt for
the first time what it would be like to be in the
dressing room of their idols, exit through the
tunnel from the locker room to the field and
sit on the bench and enjoy the Real Madrid
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Why Play Badminton?
Badminton will improve your all-round fitness
and flexibility, it aids weight loss and combats
weight gain and of course Badminton is fun
to play.
Why play Badminton?
Badminton requires running, jumping, fastpaced movement and flexibility. Once the
basics are learnt, beginners quickly find their
skill levels improving.
A Better Way To Spend Your Winter Fuel
How many times have you looked out to sea
and admired the beautiful view, with the blue
sky blending seamlessly into the blue sea;
a sailing yacht gracefully pushing its way
through the rolling waves? How often have
you imagined how great it would be to venture out for a sail especially on a hot day when
the sea looks so cool, clear and inviting, only
to be brought down to earth because everyone knows sailing is a financial black hole of
astronomic proportions?
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The Sailing Association Mar Menor
(SAMM) Catamaran Group is just one of
seven SAMM boat groups. The proud owners
of Hamoor, a Stryder 23ft cruising catamaran,
formed the boat share group in 2008 with the
intention of enjoying the near perfect sailing
waters of the Mar Menor, and maybe venture
a little further afield.
The then Commodore of SAMM, John Curtis,
generously decided to let this new group have
Hamoor on permanent loan to help them get
under way. Hamoor was an ideal day boat just
needing a bit of TLC. With the boat getting the
all-clear, the group divided into various levels
of sailing experience. The qualified skippers
formed the back-bone of the group and along
with those who could sail, they worked together as skipper and first mate. They then
arranged sailing days and aced as crew and
took out any group members wanting to sail.
Sailing days take many forms; some days are
dedicated to improving sailing skills, learn-
Following the wintery conditions at Altorreal last month, March 28th saw Fuente Old
Guard make a return trip to La Peraleja at
Sucina with the promise of a warm dry day.
boat handling
and casting
off a mooring, coming
is practised.
Those wanting to take
were encouraged to do
so, to master
all aspects of
A group from the Mojacar Sailing Club enjoyed a few days in a local hotel, bringing six
Hobie Cats to indulge their sailing passion on
the Mar Menor. The high winds of their first
day saw several capsizes, but day two was
more enjoyable with both the morning and afternoon sailing being less of a ‘fight’ and more
of a jolly, managing to get round the islands.
looking to match their skills against others,
there is always the SAMM Spring and Autumn handicap race series. There are also
days when the boat ventures a little further
away. Mini-cruises are usually a day trip into
the Mediterranean for a cruise along the cost
to Cartagena or maybe Torrevieja, sometimes
taking in an overnight stop. The group is very
friendly and sociable, having monthly lunches
out. New members are welcome whether you
have any sailing ability or not. New skippers
who hold an ICC or have sailing ability to a
minimum of Day Skipper are needed.
For further information contact:
Mike Harding on 968 532 315
Derek English on 965 32 613
We say farewell to Semana Santa and hello
to the new racing season. The Catamaran
Group has been training up new skippers in
order to offer more trips and some race training. The three Balaton boats have been out
of the water, cleaned and anti-fouled. They
have their members standing by, rule book in
one hand, stopwatch in the other. The Radio
Controlled group continue to indulge in their
own racing off the pantalan at CAR.
The Handicap
Racing season opened
on Sunday 7th
April, with 18
in 7 boats,
all anxious to
show a clean
pair of heels.
With a windstrength
of 5-8 in a
north westerly
direction to blow
away those
winter blues
and lubricate
those muscles, the racing got underway. It
was not long before the CAT, normally up with
the leaders, was having some difficulty and in
danger of drifting on to the reef as the wind
shifted around. Although a mishap was avoided the boat finished in last place. In spite of
crossing the line first, the Laser 2000 helmed
by Tug Wilson and crewed by John Down,
had to settle for 2nd on corrected time. 1st
went to Connie, helmed by Vernon O’Byrne
and crewed by Bob Miles and Carole Sibson. A
worthy 3rd went to the Martin helmed by Tony
Jones with Barry Young crewing.
A break for lunch observed a wind speed exceeding 16 and promising more. A decision
was taken to abandon a 2nd race much to the
disappointment of the Weta crew who went
out to enjoy an unbridled ride on the crest
of a wave.
New members are always welcome, check
the website
or email [email protected]
Overall Winner and Winner of Division
Two with 32 points. In 2nd Place Overall and
2nd in Division Two was Dave Simpson with
29 points, which was decided on count-back
with Paul Western coming third.
The 1st Division Winner was Danny Lewis
who seems to be on a good run of form with
28 points and Bob Daffon was able to claim
2nd Place in Division One with 20 points.
Paul Western, with his point’s score of 29, was
able to take 1st Place in Division Three with
our new member Les Day coming in 2nd with
28 points.
The better weather seemed to suit Phil Carter, recently back from injury, who came in as
The Nearest the Pin Prizes were won by
our guest Karl Killian, who also had the highest score of 34 points to take the Guest Winner’s Prize.
mention Ian Murphy, who for the first time,
was awarded the Plonker Trophy with just
12 points.
The Two’s Money was shared by Phil Carter
and Karl and Zac Killian. Finally we should
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as a guest, please contact Dave on 868 082
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Big Changes at Camposol Golf
Colin, his wife Kate, their daughter and sonin-law Stuart, owners of Alley Palais have now
taken over Camposol Golf Club and Course.
The new name for the course is Camposol
Club de Golf and they have big plans of how
they are going to improve the course over
the next two years and already we are seeing significant progress. They outlined their
plans for the future of the course at the Camposol Golf Association AGM held on Tuesday
26th March, all of which sounded positive.
The new Committee voted in at that meeting are: Captain, Trevor Andrew; Vice Captain and Secretary, David Oakes; Handicap
Secretary, Peter Stevenson; Competitions
Secretary, Peter Coulstock; Treasurer, Barry
Baker; Social Secretary, Eugene Toye; New
Lady Captain, Marilyn Jones and the President remains the same as last year, Stewart
Captain’s Farewell & Presentation Evening
We had a fantastic Dinner Dance at the Costas Costa Hotel on 2nd March where all the
Knockout Competition Winners were presented with their trophies. The meal was
fabulous and the wine and beer flowed all
night with dancing to Sunflower Valley and
the dance floor was never empty. We had a
Charity Auction for a year’s membership at
Camposol Club de Golf that was very generously donated by Colin and Stuart. There
was also a raffle and quite a considerable
sum will be going to the Captain’s nominated
charities FAST, MABS and the Spanish Red
Cross - Cruz Roja.
Knock Out
Malcolm Lee
– Men’s Singles Winner;
Eugene Toye
& Clive Porter
– Men’s Doubles Winners;
Sue Brew –
Ladies’ Singles Winner;
Evelyn Fealy
& Mary Armitage – Ladies’ Doubles Winners;
Liz & Mike Paul – Mixed Doubles’ Winners.
Captains’ Drive In
The two new Captains had their Drive in
Competition on Wednesday 3rd April and
there was coffee & brandy for everyone before they drove off. The Captains drove off
the tee for the first time as the Men’s and
Ladies’ Captains and bets had been taken as
to how far they could drive the ball individually. The rest of the members followed them
with a mixed competition. There was a meal
in the Club House afterwards subsidised by
Association funds and very tasty it was too.
Camposol Cup, Spanish v British
This event took place last November and was
unfortunately rained off and postponed until
27th April. It is a four ball match play competition. This is an event we all look forward to
as we enjoy our golf clashes with the Spanish
and the camaraderie it evokes.
Summer Ball
12th July @ the Pinito de Oro. They always
look after us really well with excellent food,
free flowing wine and fantastic views. What
else could you ask for?
The Camposol Championship
This prestigious 2 day event to find the best
golf player in the Golf Club is to be held on
26th & 27th June. We are hoping the weather will not be too hot as we are all getting
older and the heat, plus the steep climb up
the 18th hole, barely leaves you with enough
puff left to climb the steps to the all important 19th hole!
The Costa Cálida Ladies’ League
The last match of this Season was held on
5th April with Camposol against Hacienda at
Hacienda, where the Camposol Ladies were
delighted to come off the winners with 22
points to 16, which away from home was a
good win, but the overall run-away winners
this season are Peraleja with 142 points.
Second is La Manga with 125 points; third
Camposol with 110 points and finally Hacienda with 90. We have a final Friendly Competition where all the teams are mixed in together followed by a meal hosted by the Winning Team, probably at the end of May which
we are all looking forward to. We all enjoy
our Ladies League encounters in a competitive, but friendly spirit. This coming new
season which will start in September we are
hoping to get 2 more teams to join in with us
as this would make the League even more
challenging. If you are group of Lady Golfers who would like to be part of our group
you are very welcome to join us. We play at
reciprocal golf courses at reduced green fees.
To participate in the League you only need a
group of 6 ladies. If you are interested, or
would like more information, please contact
Betty Roberts at email bettylloyd1560@
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Sunday 14th
Spain’s best
racing circuit
at Villena in
round two of
the Spanish
toland SML 450 race bike on the front row
of the grid for the first of his two races. With
a good start and a strong pace, Mat was in a
comfortable 2nd position before a small crash
in the dirt section allowed the 3rd placed rider
to catch him, but once underway again, Mat
opened a gap and held it to the line to take
2nd position.
The Supermotoland Race Team briefed
Once the chequered flag dropped, Mat was
confirmed as the overall winner and took to
the top step of the podium for the first time
this year. Mat’s sponsors, Advance Moves
International Removals and Stratton Motorsports were delighted with the result and
the many expat race fans that turned up to
watch a great day’s racing.
It was Britain’s Mat Ford-Dunn from Bullas in Murcia
who put on a superb display of riding in both
of the SM Master 35 Races to clinch the
overall victory. With a large crowd watching
the day’s racing, Mat qualified his Supermo-
Fix Your Swing Mid-Round by David Gay
PGA Professional
How many times have you been in the mid-
Mat is next in action at Oliva in Denia on the
5th May for the 2nd round of the Valencian
Championships. Further details, race reports
and videos can be found at the team’s website
dle of a solid round of golf when suddenly
you lose your swing - no matter what you
try, nothing seems to help? It’s such a frustrating experience; you just don’t know what
to do. The following tips feature some midround fixes that can help you stop the bleeding, build your confidence and get your game
back on track.
Mid-Round Golf Tip: Back to basics
Suddenly, out of nowhere, the bad shots start
to ruin your round. Do what the tour pros do;
start by checking your grip, alignment and
ball position. These are the areas they attend
to, not only on the practice tee, but during
their rounds. The next time you watch them
on TV, notice how meticulously they set-up to
the ball before every shot. They understand
bad shots start with bad basics, and they also
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Mat on the grid for the 2nd of his two races and
he knew exactly who he had to beat to gain
the overall win. Mat’s start was not so good
this time and he was locked in a 4-rider battle
for the lead throughout the whole race and
despite many overtaking attempts he was unable to pass the two riders in front without
risking a crash, and finished a close third. Mat
knew that was enough for the overall victory
and made sure that he didn’t make any mistakes that might cost him the win.
understand this is an easy fix that does not
require “working on your swing,” which you
should never do during the round.
Mid-Round Golf Tip: Get in rhythm
No matter how good a player you are, it’s
common to temporarily lose your rhythm during a round of golf. First, try and relax (not
always easy to do when the bad shots start
flying off your club face). Next, take a couple
of extra practice swings holding two or three
clubs, as you would do prior to warming up
before your round. Another idea is to sing to
yourself during your practice swings which
will improve your tempo. Again, notice how
many times tour pros take a few extra practice swings before an important shot - it’s because they’re working on their rhythm.
Mid-Round Golf Tip: Close your eyes
If you find yourself losing your swing, try taking practice swings with your eyes closed. I
have on occasion had students hit balls with
their eyes closed, in order to eliminate hitting
at the ball instead of swinging the club. When
bad shots pop up during the round, it’s common for golfers to overly fixate on the ball
and thus lose their swing. Swinging with the
eyes closed helps you release the club head
through the impact zone.
Mid-Round Golf Tip: When putting, look at
the hole
A couple of weeks ago a PGA Tour Pro missed
so many short putts on his Saturday round
that on Sunday he started to look at the hole
when he putted, instead of looking at the ball.
This is an excellent “fix” if you find yourself
missing short putts. By looking at the hole,
you free-up your mind and naturally release
the putter head through the contact zone. As
a result he putted much better on Sunday too bad he didn’t use this fix during Saturday’s round.
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and discounted green fees you can contact
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Mazarrón FC’s rollercoaster season has continued in the usual manner. After a run of four
games in which only one point was achieved,
a 4-0 home victory over E.M. Fuente Alamo
and a creditable 1-1 away draw at C.D. Alberca after the Easter break, gave renewed
hope that a top half of the table finish to the
season could be achieved.
The return of midfield dynamo, Poyato,
brought back some much needed steel into
that area and allowed Baeza, Alfonso and
Barrachina more freedom to move forward
into attacking positions. Two other new signings, Chicho and Clemente have boosted the
defence and Jose Da and Diego junior have
returned to training with the Club following
the end of their seasons at Los Alcazares and
Elche respectively.
played and advertised in the local media, on
our website www.losamigosdemazarron.
es and on posters at various points throughout Camposol and Mazarrón. The remaining
League fixtures are in the What’s On section
of this month’s Chronicle.
On Saturday 8th June there is an exciting finale
to the season when Holbrook Sports FC of the
English East Midlands Counties League will be
playing a friendly game against Mazarrón FC
at the Estadio Municipal; kick off 5pm. Holbrook are staying in Mazarrón for their end of
season trip and their players and officials will
also be attending the Mazarrón FC End of
Season Player of the Year Dinner organised by Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC. This
year’s event is to be held at Mariano’s Bar &
Restaurant, Camposol, on Saturday 8th June
at 8pm, following the game. In addition to
the usual Player of the Year, Young Player of
the Year and Players’ Player of the Year Trophies, there will also be presentations to both
teams who took part in the game, Mazarrón
FC and Holbrook Sports. There will be chicken and chips and music and dancing with
Backwater. Tickets are just 10€. In addition
a coach will be picking up and dropping off
at various points on Camposol and Mazarrón
Country Club at a cost of 5€. Please call at
the Trevi Bar any Thursday before our weekly
Mazarrón FC’s home games are normally
played on Sundays with varying kick off times.
Admission is just €4 with juveniles free. Los
Amigos de Mazarrón FC will be organising a
supporters coach to the last two away games
in May at Cieza and Molina leaving from the
car park opposite Consum, Camposol B. The
coach fare is just €7.
Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC supported the
FAST Easter Fayre at Mariano’s recently
when our extensive range of merchandise
was on display. It is always useful to maintain
a presence at these events and to be able to
answer any questions about Los Amigos and
Mazarrón FC. If you would like to purchase
any merchandise, the Trevi Bar maintains a
stock. If they don’t have the correct size,
they will always take your orders. Otherwise
come and see us at our weekly meetings at
the Trevi Bar every Thursday 4pm.
A number of Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC
members joined three coach loads of players and parents of two of the Mazarrón FC
schoolboy teams who travelled to Madrid in
March to play against the mighty Real Madrid.
If you are interested in football, why not join
us at our weekly meetings at the Trevi Bar
and at the various social events we organise
throughout the year? You can find out all the
latest information about your local football
team and others in the area and enjoy a drink
amongst friends in pleasant surroundings.
See you on Thursday at 4 pm!!!
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away, are announced on the Tuesday before
the weekend on which the game is to be
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Sony wide angle lens VCL-0637H 37mm
thread 25€
New Duracell DR5 Video camera battery 7.2v/15.8wh10€
Fotima video/camera case 10€
Tel 635 885 062 Camposol
One lady’s and one gent’s mountain bikes.
Never ridden! 15 gears. 40€ each
Folding pet transport cage with base for medium dog! VGC 30€
Tel 608 942 917 Camposol
Tel Barry 868 046 390
2 baby female goats. Really cute. Born 7th Feb.
Ready to go.
Tel 646 005 017
Chocolate lab boy looking for girlfriend
Good Pedigree. Can home the puppies.
Tel 605 778 621
Comanche Petit 2-berth trailer tent. Good all
round condition. 499€
Tel 676 915 760 Totana
Dog transporting kennel 40(L) x 22(w) x 30(H)
Tel 634 063 889
Yamaha electronic keyboard as new with stand
Tel 968 199 487 Camposol
Full length free standing ornate metal mirror,
cost £200 exc cond accept 75€
Tel 634 314 494 Totana
Strong family outdoor full size table tennis
table with Playback. Includes nets/bats/balls
€150€ Buyer to collect.
Tel 968 154 083 Puerto de Mazarron
2 dark red IKEA lean back chairs/old and
strong 20€ pair
Old large mirror 80cmx130cm 30€
Gas (gas bottle) heater 50€
Tel 696 641 833/968 130 200 Fuente Alamo
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20 kilo sack (approx) of horse manure for 2€
META Riding Centre, La Costera de Alhama.
Tel 636 172 198 or [email protected]
Brand new white roller blind 48cm w x 85 cm
h. New €165 accept €75
Arm chair recovered professionally in brown
high quality fabric €50
Tel 649 207 376 Mazarrón
VHS video machine in full working order
3 classified ads per customer.
April 2013 Quiz Answers
What happened last month?
Clocks sprung forward
What day did World Poetry Day
fall on?
March 21st
What’s the name of the choir that
The Harlequins
What is now located next to
Caixa Bank, Camposol Sector B?
Creature Comforts
Who is Silvente?
Solicitors and Accountants
Who is the author who carried
out their own revue?
Mary Wood
What was found in Lorca following the Gota Fria of 28th September last year?
Roman Milario
What was the herb of the month?
Who offers fitness with a smile?
Dance Zone
Who is offering French “Ooh La
La” Nights in April?
Tropic Ana’s
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Well, summer is nearly here. Let’s hope that
April saw the last of the rain for a while. My
husband read last month’s article and said
“it was boring” so, I must do better J……
PLUS VALIA–in simple terms, Plus Valia is
a tax the seller pays on the perceived increase in the land from the time the property was purchased to the time it is sold.
I was staggered a week or so ago when a
vendor showed me the Plus Valia due on
the apartment they were selling. They had
owned this apartment for 30 years and are
selling it very cheaply (reference 687). The
Plus Valia they have to pay is 6,600€!!! This
is the quotation the vendor has been given
by the Town Hall, so if you are selling your
property and you have owned it for a number of years, it might be worth asking your
legal representative to see what your commitment would be when you sell.
STRUGGLING TO PAY YOUR MORTGAGE?? –if you are struggling to pay the
mortgage or have stopped paying altogether
whilst you are trying to sell your property,
speak to your agent, they should be able to
advise you on what amount you would need
to clear your debt. Be honest with them and
they will be able to advise on a realistic price
to sell your property. Keep the price low to
sell it, even if it means losing money. Better to sell and walk away debt-free than go
through the ordeal of repossession.
On a lighter note and continuing from last
month – here we go. Incidentally, three of
these things happened only last week!
Four Things Not To Do When Selling
Your Property
DO NOT: Tell the viewer about all the latest
crime/noise/pig farms/dogs/hideous neighbours’. Don’t deceive, but don’t elaborate
on the first viewing.
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DO NOT: Follow the clients from room to
room and try to take over from the agent.
Sit in the sunshine and relax. If there are
any questions the agent can’t answer, they
will ask you.
DO NOT: Have curry/hot pot/chilli on the
boil as everyone arrives.
DO NOT: Have the television blaring at 100
decibels. Turn it off!!
DO: Keep that pool sparkling.
If you have any questions about buying or
selling a property, then contact me.
Jennie Iredale
Best of Spanish
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Telephone (0034) 635 434 651
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La Mariposa
968 631 008
Corral & Alcaraz
968 078 754
968 332 058
Airport Parking:
Seguro Parking
622 062 115
Banking & Finance:
Lloyds Bank International 902 024 365
Money Corp
902 887 243
UK Tax Refunds
965 636 938
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Bars, Cafés & Restaurants:
Alley Palais Diner
968 978 869
Amapola Restaurant
660 328 092
Bistro Bulgaria (CDA)
968 328 084
Blues House American Grill 968 156 537
Cafeteria Plaza
968 705 406
Chez Zoe
676 691 324
Kennelly’s Bar/Restaurant 686 341 749
La Cata
868 082 662
La Chara
968 152 016
La Mariposa
968 631 008
La Vida
625 917 425
Le Carrousel
636 690 126
Le Gourmet
968 154 315
628 682 303
Liz’s Cafe
696 724 123
Mamma Mia
628 682 303
627 689 888
Quality Indian
968 199 198
Restaurant Manchica
672 909 503
Restaurant Marina
619 500 555
Restaurante Ratatouille
968 155 887
Spice Villa
968 199 226
The Arches
653 081 341
The Club House
968 978 855
The Old Market Tavern
968 154 330
The New Royal
968 595 864
The Steak Out
968 970 619
The Vista Bar
648 731 309
T J´s Bar
653 088 836
Tropic Ana’s
699 060 472
Fuente Building Services
JML Building Services
Tony’s Building Services
696 744 982
669 054 652
647 119 952
Building Services:
A1 Garden & Ground Serv
Concrete Impressions
Crystal Conservatories
Doors And More
B & H Soluciones (Energy)
JD Roofing & Building
Kennelly’s Electrical Serv
VIP Services
Woodworks Direct
Philip Carpenter/Joiner
680 443 219
Car Hire:
Bolnuevo Cars
Coys Rent.A.Car
F & C Rent a Car
968 150 979
966 702 816
968 199 156
Cars & Transport:
Puncture Safe Murcia
Specialist Vehicles SL
634 143 240
968 979 260
968 146 158
Country Kitchen
The Roving Diner
603 135 387
676 217 059
Chimney Sweeps:
Home from Home
Tony Chimney Sweep
660 478 881
646 438 694
Phillip Dawe
968 150 244
Cleaning Services:
Helping Hands Home Care 675 865 636
Limpieza Rosa
619 199 407
Tony Upholstery Cleaner
646 438 694
Clothes Shops:
Legs & Co
660 792 513
Computer Repairs & Sales:
Camposol Computers
968 199 191
Consulting IT Services
691 993 219
Loco Murcia
968 971 893
Dental Care
English Speaking Dentist
Olivier Houdusse
968 153 645
Kennelly’s Electrical Serv
Louis Harris
686 341 749
619 712 821
Angels Instead
The Voice Kaylou
634 165 296
695 011 121
Funeral Plans:
The Funeral Director
968 153 396
650 631 719
Furniture Plus
968 334 194
968 482 456
Garden Centres:
Garden Centre 2003
669 565 402
Hairdressers & Barbers
Jane’s Salon
Martin & The Cutting Crew
The Beauty Palace
The Salon
The Salon 2
Health & Beauty:
Freedom Mobility
Jane’s Salon
Rosies Toesies
The Beauty Palace
The Fuschia Beauty Clinic
The Salon
The Salon 2
Heating and Aircon:
Calida Gas & Oil
659 761 771
Camposol Heating & Maintenance (CHM)
968 199 184
Cool Solutions
600 418 220
Llamas Chimeneas
968 591 030
Louis Harris
619 712 821
Home Furnishings:
Curtain Call
616 240 171
Yorkshire Linen, Pto Maz
968 595 946
Yorkshire Linen, San Javier 968 193 912
968 199 111
968 707 428
Please tell our customers where you saw their advertisement in the Costa Cálida Chronicle
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Sales Contact Teresa 619 199 407 or for the Editor Contact Patti 646 005 017
email: [email protected]
Internet Cafés:
Alley Palais
Camposol Computers
Dot Com World
968 978 869
968 199 191
968 199 154
Kennels, Catteries and Pet Care
4 Legs Dog Grooming
608 712
Colina Kennels
639 012
El Carro Cattery & Kennels 620 582
Mountain View Kennels
676 394
Pampered Paws
634 302
Rainbow Laundrette
The Laundry Shop
634 309 603
968 131 997
Legal Services:
Corral & Alcaraz
Costa Calida Properties
Nicky G Translation Serv
Silvente Accountant/Lawyer
078 754
199 251
199 245
600 255 250
Decklid Auto Services
Ken Sherwood Mechanic
Kwik Fix English Mechanic
Lopez Milan
Mobile Car Mechanic
Neumáticos El Ceña
Mobility Products:
Freedom Mobility
638 893 357
Outdoor Living:
Furniture Plus
667 448 109
968 482 456
Painting and Decorating:
EPDS Painters & Decorators
Helping Hands
RJB Décor Painting
Trevor Smith
Printing & Design:
Entorno Grafico
Mister Print
Property Maintenance:
Helping Hands
Trevor Smith
968 654 007
638 893 357
675 865 636
968 163 298
Property Rentals:
La Manga 4 U
0044 7921 351298
Owners Away
691 977 107
Paramount Resort Villa Rentals
968 970 614
Property Sales:
Another World Properties
Best of Spanish
Fuente Alamo Real Estate
Golden Sun Properties
Holmes & Pegg
Old Farmhouses
Prime Property Murcia
Removals & Storage
Advance Moves
Costa Calida Transport
Lord’s Removals & Storage
Mar Menor Removals
332 058
ADS Locksmith
Dr Enrique Garcia
Apache 24/7 Plumbing
674 788 693
Calida Gas & Oil
659 761 771
Camposol Heating & Maintenance
968 199 184
Arivic S. L (safes)
Eriks Metal Works
Protech Surveillance
626 981 735
636 050 008
667 196 366
659 232 507
659 315 130
Corral & Alcaraz
Professional & Legal Solutions
Silvente Accountant/Lawyer
Spas & Hottubs:
Sport & Leisure:
Alley Palais
Camposol Club de Golf
Costa Cálida Radio
Espuña Adventure
Horse Riding META
Sacred Hearts
078 754
595 826
332 058
722 905
Swimming Pool Cleaning &
Alpha Pools
Daisy Pool Covers
Dolphin Pools
Jorge Pools
Köhn Pool Service
Costa Calida Property Serv 968 199 251
Nicky G Translations
968 199 245
Travel Agents
Dragon Tours
Retail Outlets:
Just Fabulous
Kitchens Plus 1
Legs & Co
Le Gourmet
T J Electricals
UK Supplies Direct
4 Legs Dog Grooming
Healthy H20
Puncture Safe Murcia
Repair it!
See Right Lenses
Solar Power:
Solar Directa
968 199 021
TV & Satellite:
CTV Aerial & Satellite Systems
Loco Murcia
Rainbow Satellites
T J Electricals
YPM Satellites
Veterinary Clinics:
Clinica Veterinaria Pto Maz
Clinica Veterinaria SurEste
Veterinary Clinic Maskota
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Liberty Seguros
Linea Directa
Nash Warren
Please tell our customers where you saw their advertisement in the Costa Cálida Chronicle
Sales Contact Teresa 619 199 407 or for the Editor Contact Patti 646 005 017
email: [email protected]
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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 [email protected] with Business News in the subject box.
Pampered Paws is a new business based
on Camposol offering all aspects of dog
grooming. They are working closely with
Noah’s ARC, helping them smarten up
stray dogs, ready for rehoming. Joanne
from Pampered Paws was taught by an
English teacher who has been dog grooming for over 10 years in Torrevieja and was
trained by a Crufts’ judge. Please bring the
advert with you on your first visit and receive a €5 discount plus a VIP loyalty card.
Home visits are available within 10kms of
Camposol for 3 or more dogs at an extra
charge of 5€.
Tel 634 302 388
Kennelly’s are looking for Market Stall
Holders for Friday evenings at The Pueblo
Español at The Hacienda Alamo Resort.
This will be a night market starting early
June. Stalls will be only €5 each. The market will be from 8pm until late and coincides with live music on the Plaza.
For more info call Shaun on 686 341 749
or email [email protected]
Curtain Call has bought some complete
rolls of top quality linen mix fabric direct
from the manufacture, so can now offer the fabric at less than half price to a
limited number of customers. This means
that a Neptuno D can now be curtained in
ceiling to floor and side to side curtains for
just €900. This price includes all rails and
full fitting by Curtain Call.
Contact Sally on 616 240 171 to discuss
your project.
Yoann from Le Gourmet, your delicatessen shop & wine cellar in Calle Mayor, Puerto de Mazarrón, is pleased to inform you
about the opening of his new restaurant,
Le Carrousel. The new restaurant, which
will be open every day, will serve international food and from the terraces will have
fabulous views over the Bay of Mazarrón.
Tel 636 690 126
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
If you want to protect your car from the
sun this summer, contact Woodworks
Direct for a carport with a sun reflective
roof. For all wood pergolas, gazebos, garden sheds and garden furniture, Woodworks Direct have the best solutions.
Tel 649 540 016
La Vida Bar & Bistro in El Pareton, are
delighted to announce the recruitment of
two new chefs. Both chefs have a wealth of
experience in producing exquisite food as
well as producing traditional favourites.
Saturday night is Fine Dining Night; choose
from their A la Carte menu, which includes
a bottle of wine for two people. All the food
is home-made and seasonal. La Vida Bar
& Bistro is the perfect place to hold private functions and special occasions inside
the restaurant or garden.
Open 7 days a week from 10am to 9pm.
Tel 625 917425
Please tell our customers where you saw their advertisement in the Costa Cálida Chronicle
Page 106
Sales Contact Teresa 619 199 407 or for the Editor Contact Patti 646 005 017
email: [email protected]
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Please tell our customers where you saw their advertisement in the Costa Cálida Chronicle
Sales Contact Teresa 619 199 407 or for the Editor Contact Patti 646 005 017
email: [email protected]
Page 107
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Please tell our customers where you saw their advertisement in the Costa Cálida Chronicle
Page 108
Sales Contact Teresa 619 199 407 or for the Editor Contact Patti 646 005 017
email: [email protected]

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