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Costa Cálida Chronicle
Date: April 2017
Issue: 5
Volume: XVII
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DEAR READERS After some very odd weather, let’s El Faro
hope that it is more settled as we get Hidalgo Construction
towards Easter. There is so much
going on at the moment that if you
have visitors, you will be spoilt for
Jardineria Alcayna
Mini Digger & Big Van Hire
SE Android Systems
choice of where to take them:
Wine Tasting at the lovely Keop’s
Restaurant in Lorca.
Total Star Radio

Welcome Back
That special ice cream and cocktails at
the stunning El Faro Caféteria, Pto de
Amapola Restaurante
Mazarrón. Kidease Nursery Hire
Any of the Easter Parades and La Taverna Juan Chara
Tamboristas. Liberty Seguros
Alan Monk – TV News
One of the many bars or restaurants in Pampered Paws
the area – the choice is amazing from The Solar Light Centre Clive & Rosie Palmer – Exploring
curry to traditional English, American Tropic Ana’s Murcia
or Spanish menus. See our Menu del YPM Gardening
Dia Guide and What’s On for full
details. Have you had problems with one of Dave Bass – Formula I Report
Various guided tours and artisan your neighbours? Would you consider
markets organised by local Tourist airing your views on British TV? Flame George Mitchell – Never a Dull
Offices. Television Productions are looking Moment
Visiting the stunning Sierra Espuñas, for prospective participants for their
calling in to Hotel Mariposa at Gebas new series of Nightmare Neighbours.
for traditional Sunday Lunch or for the Check out their advert on page 67 Jane Cronin – Learning Spanish
more adventurous, river rafting and
downhill cycling. Look out for next month’s feature Ken Whettall – Housing Update
Spoil yourself at Easter by calling in to which will cover Getting Ready for
Calle Delicias in Mazarrón Town for Summer. If you’re a business which
that special chocolate treat. covers Beauty Treatment and Keeping Mel Lay - Health
Fit and want to place an advert and
Welcome appear in the feature, get in touch with N332 – Driving Information
AC Services us.
Alex Woods 24 Hour Translation
Think Spain – Holiday Rental
Services & Computer Technician Have a Great Easter from all of us at
Home Service the Fraud/Spanish News
Alimentos Internacionales
Boutique Clothing Costa Cálida Chronicle The Salon – Beauty Tips
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Special Pages Monthly Health 20
Northwest Murcia Section
Outside Cleaning
Advertisers Directory 104–105 CONTACT
South East Murcia Section 30–35 A Famous Murcian - José Moniño, the
South Murcia Section 60–66

Count of Floridablanca 74–75
Sports Section 96–101 British Consulate 84
Aditorial British Embassy 22
Casa Care 54 Business News 6 Camposol Office - 968 970 680
Corral & Alcaraz 106 Camposol Fiesta 60
Dragontours 94 Classifieds 102 Sales & Marketing - 619 199 407
Flamenca Cars Renta a Car 30 Contact Us 4
Patti Benn - Editor - 646 005 017
Keop’s 12 Contributors 2
LG Dentist & Indent Dentist 35 Dear Readers 2 Jo Wrench - Graphic Design
Liberty Seguros 28 Flower of the month 22 -
Libery Seguros 28 IFEPA 32
Martinez de la Casa Architects 16 Mike Smith 7 Martine Shindler - Office Manager
Yorkshire Linen Company 8 My First Time - part 3 26–27
& Customer Services - 968 970 680
Charity Price List 4
Age Concern 64 Puzzle Answers 102
Andrea’s Animal Rescue 48 Leisure
Cavalli Foundation 16 Author Review - Tim Weaver 57
FAST2016 64 Mazarrón Bay Bridge Club 72 www.costacalidachronicle.
Forget Me Not 66 Never a Dull Moment 24
JJ’s Puppy Rescue 84 Puzzle Page 70
MABS Murcia Mar Menor 34 TV News 58 Our office address is:
Making a Difference 44 WARM 76 Calle Jara Local 32,
MAMAs 28 News Camposol Commercial Centre B3,
Noah’s ARC 14 N332 56 Camposol,
Royal British Legion 77 Northwest Murcia News 78–79 Mazarrón,
San Animal Santuario 52 South East Murcia News 32 Murcia 30875
Swap Tears for Smiles 18 South Murcia News 62 FIND US INSIDE THE ANRA OFFICE ON
Children Spanish News 46 SECTOR B, CAMPOSOL.
Mazarrón Bahia Alpha Leos 14 Property If you would like to place an
Education Housing Update 103
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Jane Cronin’s “Step by Step Spanish” Top Tips To Spot A Fraudulent Holiday
included in the
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Welcome House 77
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Camposol Reading Group 61 Camposol Golf Association 101
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C-Sector Greenfingers 63 Colina Roja 99
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Humanists in Spain 10 Formula 1 100
Fuente Old Guard Golf Society 96
is just a short note to say “got it”.
Ladies Chatterbox 63
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nity Group 61 Los Amigos Golf Society 96
Mazarrón Country Club Residents Mazarrón Bowls Club 97
Social Club 66 RC Mar Menor Sailing Group 99
Welcome Group 80 Sailing Association Mar Menor 97
Sailing Regatta 101
Health and Beauty Straight Down the Middle 101
Beauty Tips 68 Costa Calida Chronicle
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If you are an existing customer 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 with Business News in the subject box.

Easter will be here soon and if you It’s that time of the year again! El Faro, Buy your Easter Eggs and Hot Cross
want to ‘get away’ without spending the bar with by far the best views of Buns NOW to save disappointment!
silly money, Hotel Mariposa is offering the bay of Puerto de Mazarrón opens Liz’s Café on Camposol B has a wide
an overnight stay in a double en-suite its doors for Easter. Pop in to welcome range of Easter Eggs and at only 10€ for
bedroom on 15th April for just 110€ them back for 2017 and enjoy a cocktail, 3, it will be hard to find a place locally at
per couple including a 4 course meal speciality ice cream or coffee between such good value. At that price they will
on the Saturday evening with live 12th and 16th April and again between literally be flying off the shelves. Get
entertainment, continental breakfast 29th April and 1st May from 3.30pm until your Hot Cross Buns there too at 2.25€
and 4 Course Sunday Roast on Sunday late. for a pack of 6.
16th. Book now before it’s too late.
Tel 968 594 352 Tel 696 724 123
Tel 968 631 008

Get ready for summer with a 300cm x
300cm Pergola for 429€ and the Mojacar
Table and Chair set for 459€ from Leroy
April sees The Fuschia Beauty Merlin in Cartagena. Leroy Merlin has
Clinic on Camposol B launch their long- a superb range of items for your house Use it or Lose it!
awaited KB Pro Microblading Brows. Viv and garden. Having waited so long for an Indian
is super excited to create you fabulous Restaurant in Northwest Murcia,
natural looking brows. View more Visit for all the you now have Bombay Indian in
information and real Before & After latest bargains. Calasparra. The excellent food with an
photos on the Facebook Page Vivienne amazing choice is open from 12pm-4pm
O’Neill Microblading Artist & LVL and from 5.30pm-midnight. If you have
Lashes. not tried this new restaurant, now is the
time for a relaxed meal or a take-away.
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Tel 630 439 480 to book your
appointment Tel 631 457 648 (they speak English!)

Come and enjoy free chicken and
chips courtesy of Sue to help celebrate
her birthday at Shorty’s Diner &
Restaurant, Camposol B on 29th April.
Dance along to Barrington for just 6€ a
ticket. Places are limited so pick up your
tickets now to avoid disappointment.

Tel 968 153 355
Do you have family with young ones Introducing their new Clothing
visiting and need baby equipment? Boutique with sizes 6 to Plus Sizes 32,
Kidease hire cots, high chairs, car they have special occasion formal wear
seats, strollers, prams, stairgates, and casual wear from your favourite
baths, changing mats, sterilisers and UK stores at discounted prices. See
much more. They can also supply Z their Facebook page UK Branded
beds if you don’t have enough beds! Clothing Boutique Club & Plus Size
They can deliver to the Costa Cálida and For live entertainment, where better
to go than Blues House in Bolnuevo? Clothing Spain. View by appointment
Costa Blanca areas and can arrange to in Mazarrón.
meet customers at the airport with car Every Sunday at 3pm they have the
seats. best music in the area. Check What’s
On this month for full details. Tel 616 375 964
Tel 690 230 538
Tel 968 150 967

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Mike Smith was born and lived in a responsible for arranging the ship’s call,
semi-detached cottage style house, in a cargo on or off and effecting requirements
small Gloucestershire village, Charfield, of stevedores and owners.
midway between Bristol and Gloucester.
One benefit of the village, prior to Doctor Now retired and living in Isla Plana,
Beeching, was a station on the main railway Mazarrón, Mike maintains his interest in
line that operated from North West England shipping, visiting local ports for viewing
to the West Country. Mike attended the maritime movements including cruise ships,
village primary school until 11 years of age, general cargo and naval ships especially for
then senior school at nearby Wotton Under photographing, purely as an amateur and
Edge and he completed his education at posting on a number of related Facebook
Stroud Technical College. groups. Mike has his own group on FB
Maritimo Campo. De Cartagena.
The busy railway line through the village,
just 50 metres from the house and the fact
his father was a long distance lorry driver,
mainly collecting or delivering goods to
and from docks around the UK, resulted in
transport being Mike’s main interest in life
from a very early age. He worked within
a printing and book publishing company
in Stroud for two years, but with transport
in his blood, he soon took employment in
a shipping office at a small port on the
River Severn/upper reaches of the Bristol

Mike’s next job was with a firm of port
agents, handling ships including vessels
discharging and loading cargoes at Bristol,
Avonmouth, Gloucester, Newport, Cardiff
and Swansea. This meant that Mike was Mike likes to convey local ship arrivals/
involved with road and rail movements as departures whilst giving a background
well as ship handling. His employers were where possible of the shipping line and
P & O, but he later opened and managed a cargo, or in the case of cruise ships, convey
Port Agency, based in Tilbury. This involved a little information and tips for potential
handling ships of all sizes and types from cruisers. This is a hobby that gives Mike
small coasters to very large tankers and great satisfaction whilst maintaining his
bulk cargo vessels, including container maritime interests and hopefully it will be
carriers and cruise ships operating to and of interest to our readers and communities
from all Thames’ facilities including through living near the coast who are not always
Tower Bridge into the Pool of London. aware of movements out at sea.

Port Agent’s duties include liaising with Look out for his regular feature in future

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world-wide based ship owners, becoming editions of the Costa Cálida Chronicle
their representative on site when vessels are
alongside. This involves arranging deep sea
and dock pilotage, tug and mooring gangs,
liaising for suitable berthing positions,
organising labour, transport, harbour,
customs and port health authorities. The
agents boarded the vessel on arrival for
handling ship requirements, liaising with
officers and crew and checking ship and
cargo documentation ensuring authorities
were aware of cargo prior to discharge.
This was effected by hard copies prior to
computerisation. Mike was also involved in
the loading of cargoes, checking condition
of the ship and discussions with officers
and crew regarding cargo placement etc.
For cruise ships the agents controlled
passenger movements (walk on - walk off
cargo). More duties of the agents included
organising provisions and fuel, organising
necessary repairs if required, whether
it be engine or deck, dealing with crew
requirements, crew changes, medical visits/
treatments on shore through to removal of
‘bodies’ often required on cruise ships.

Mike and his company were the owner’s
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The Yorkshire allows Peter and Karen to pass on fantastic pillows, mattress protectors and mattress
Linen Co in choice and value to their customers. toppers. Cushions, throws, rugs and many
Puerto de other products can be found in the store.
M a z a r r ó n Peter, Karen, Sue and Janet are extensively
Celebrates trained to help you make the best decisions A selection of products can be viewed on the
12 Years In about your purchases and will always give website
B u s i n e s s you a warm welcome and the best advice.
With 12% Offf Yorkshire Linen’s success is built on their Peter & Karen said “As a way of saying thank
Everything All customer care and they take great pride in you to our customers for their support during
Week from providing an extremely high standard of the last Twelve years of business, we are
Monday 24th – customer service backed by outstanding offering our customers A Saving Of Twelve
Saturday 29th products. % Off Everything All Week!
April! If you are thinking of updating or replacing
With regular deliveries from the UK and other your bedding, curtains, towels or soft
Peter and Karen, who own the business, suppliers in Europe, a lot of the collections are furnishings, now is the time to do it!
believe their success is due to the huge, unique to Yorkshire Linen and customers
constantly changing product range they offer know that they can choose something a bit Yorkshire Linen is open ALL day Monday-
and providing exceptional service, quality different for their homes. Yorkshire Linen Friday 10am-6pm & Saturday 10am-2pm.
and value for money. Yorkshire Linen was has the largest range of home furnishing Parking is easy above Mercadona at the
founded in 1993 and has 33 shops in the UK, products on the Costa Cálida. There is a Piramid Commercial Centre in Puerto De
8 in Spain and is a successful retailer with an huge selection of quilt sets, bedspreads, Mazarrón opposite Lidl.
excellent reputation. In the UK, it operates sheets and valances in percale, poly cotton,
throughout Yorkshire and the North East and Egyptian cotton and flannelette. The range For more information call 968 595 946 or
is one of the largest independent retailers in of curtains, voiles, blinds and accessories 650 857 619
its field. The business sources products from is fabulous. With a high fashion element See the latest collections at www.
all over the world and due to its extensive running through the ranges, you can still find
buying power is able to bring up-to-date the more traditional classic designs as well. Join us on Facebook at Yorkshire Linen
ranges of quality products at very competitive Yorkshire Linen is the best place to find all Mazarron Spain
prices to its customers. As franchisees, this your essential products such as towels, quilts,

Happy Easter but this miraculous metamorphosis is a family with the creator of the universe as
Have a look at these two pictures. The wonderful picture of the transformation of their loving daddy and Jesus as their loyal
caterpillar looks nothing like the butterfly. a person into a child of God. brother.

While the caterpillar is inside the cocoon, How is this possible?
it doesn’t just grow wings, but rather it It is a great mystery and a wonderful
decomposes and becomes something miracle.
completely new.
Romans 6:4-11 (NKJV) says: “Therefore
we were buried with Him through baptism
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into death, that just as Christ was raised
from the dead by the glory of the Father,
we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been united together in the
likeness of His death, certainly we also
shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.
Knowing this, our old man was crucified
One crawls along the ground, the other with Him, that the body of sin might be
flies gracefully. The caterpillar chews done away with, that we should no longer
leaves, the butterfly sucks nectar. If you be slaves of sin. For he who has died has
didn’t already know, you would never been freed from sin.
guess that it was even possible for a Likewise, when a person receives Jesus
caterpillar to transform into a butterfly, as their Lord and saviour, a complete Now if we died with Christ, we believe
transformation takes that we shall also live with Him, knowing
place. They share that Christ, having been raised from the
in Jesus’ crucifixion, dead, dies no more. Death no longer has
they die with Him and dominion over Him.
in doing so, all sin,
guilt and shame is For the death that He died, He died to sin
removed. The person once for all; but the life that He lives, He
then is resurrected in lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon
Christ’s resurrection. yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but
They are given Jesus’ alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
righteousness, His
perfection, His life It is this miracle of new life that we
and character. They celebrate at Easter time.
become a completely To find out more visit www.reigninlife.
new creation and are
reborn into a new

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Once again, Los Cánovas Players interval and after the performance. The Sir Rufus Goodfellow. In the course of
(Teatro Canovero) bring you something theatre will be signposted from the traffic his investigations, he comes across such
just that bit different. This time, it’s a lights in Los Cánovas and there is ample characters as Harry the Leg (literally)
light-hearted look inside a radio broadcast parking. and Eric, who is just 3 diseases short of a
studio. plague. Mayhem ensues and, we ask, will
In “Must Be Toddling Along”, Reg and Neville prevail?
The comedy, “Wireless!”, devised by his family are visiting their friends Len and
Ian Askew and featuring two radio plays, Pat. However, the weather is getting bad Tickets, at just 5€, are selling well and may
“Must Be Toddling Along”, by Albert and Reg wants to make an early night of be booked by telephone on 968 15 11
Jeanes, and “The Neville Report, Village it and get home. Events conspire against 49 or by email at loscanovasplayers@
Of Fear” by Gary Diamond, John Fryer & him, though, with hilarious results!
Ray Lawrence, will be presented at the Los
Cánovas theatre on Thursday 11th, Friday “The Neville Report, Village Of Fear” For further information please contact
12th and Saturday 13th May. Curtain up will features Neville Reville, Ace Reporter and Roger via the above phone or email
be at 8pm on each performance night and his investigation of the murder, or should address.
a bar will be available before, during the that be the murders, of his employer,

Easy Walking Group - March At the halfway point, Rhian mentioned 2 that night for the weary walkers as the
It was a beautiful sunny day, blue skies, separate judicial decisions regarding the springs of their cars sagged.
sunshine and hectares and hectares of Jewish religion as there appeared to be
fantastic wild flowers intermingled blue, decisions flying in the face of the facts.
yellow, purple and shades in between - Faith schools in the UK continue to be
a kind of once in a lifetime viewing - all monitored by the BHA in view of their
most impressive. There were also happy wholly divisive effect on communities and
faces as Wales had won the night before integration in UK.
and a degree of uncertainty as to whether
England and Arsenal would emulate that Following the walk, El Fuente restaurant in
result the coming evening. However all La Majada provided their usual excellent
was well. repast.

The group was 34 in number, slightly All in all a good day!
larger than normal with visitors and friends
enjoying the spring weather with lots of Los Rojos Walk
topics for discussion on the way round the Well, we finally set off from ‘The Bar With
walk from the ever present Brexit to the No Name’ at 10.25am and drove out into Thanks for Audrey leading with a little help
comments of the retiring judge on alcohol the countryside for ages. Twenty-five from the Crystal Palace Man.
and rape victims. walkers set off along the track towards
the ruins of Los Rojos. There was a brief Philosophy
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stop at the buildings where Jon announced Meeting
that ‘The Bar With No Name’ is called At the first
Café Bar Juped and has a website www. philosophy which does not work! discussion of
Of the walkers (49% Mazarrón and 51% the year at
San Juan) went towards the rambla where the Cultural
a break was taken. Still no story from the C e n t r e ,
Welsh man. (Probably sulking). Camposol,
we were
The walk continued down the rambla which only a few in
turned out to be quite wet. An eagle was number, but
spotted and two frogs swam in a puddle, it didn’t stop
but no exit. With many muddy feet, the some very
walkers finally lively and
emerged from the interesting
rambla and returned discussions!
to the cars.

A swift drive back to
El Pareton and the
backroom of Maria
Josefa’s restaurante
was laid out ready
for enormous plates
full of guiso, pollo
and patatas bravas
accompanied by
some vino and
cerveza. No supper

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Following the introduction to our Restaurante of the group and again is available by pre-
and Vinoteca in the last issue of the Costa booking.
Cálida Chronicle, we would like to express
a massive thank you to all those readers who Our Vinoteca Shop is already open with
visited our establishment for tasting of wine, the full range of wines, from Sherry (Dry-
cheese and ham and the menus arranged Medium and Cream) to Red, White and Rosé,
previously with you. We had a much higher young wines, plus Crianza wines aged in
level of interest than we could possibly American Oak.
imagine and are so pleased that everyone
who visited enjoyed themselves. As well as wine, you can also purchase
sherry glasses (minimum of 12). You can
Wine tastings with tapas is available every also order small wine barrels and we have
day except Monday and consists of 3 glasses available a selection of gourmet products for
of wine per person among the range of purchase, displayed at the shop.
young wines (Red, White & Rosé) plus an
assortment of tapas. The price is 10€ per For a great day out, bring along your Easter
person and it is not necessary to book in visitors for a little bit of Spanish custom and
advance. local produce in the traditional Murcian style.

All menus need to be pre-booked by email For bookings or further information contact
or telephone, choosing from one of the Antonio on 647 338 789 or email at
menus shown in our advert. We can also
accommodate groups of between 30-35 Keop’s Restaurante on 667 263 199 or
people, choosing 2 of our menus, with each email at francoguerreroantonio@gmail.
menu being chosen by approximately 50% com

They used to say that if you had to ask and determination to obtain more details. Price On Application - what is this new
the price of a Rolls Royce then you couldn’t It struck me that the Christian life is a relationship worth to us and will we make
afford it. Replacing my car recently I came bit like this in that the costs involved enquiries?
across some adverts stating POA (Price On are not revealed until some interest
Application). This could indicate various and determination is shown. I definitely On the first Easter Sunday Mary Magdalene
things including: don’t think we fully understand the high saw Jesus alive after being raised from the
It is way too expensive for most people and cost God was willing to bear in providing tomb and in the musical ‘The Story’ Mary
you probably cannot afford it or we haven’t salvation through the death of His Son acknowledges Jesus as:
got round to thinking about a price as yet Jesus. Certainly if you are not a Christian “Immanuel the Promised King
or this is an exclusive product and is only there is no way of knowing. Committing to The Baby who made Angels sing
for serious buyers for whatever reason. a new relationship with God made possible Son of Man who walked with us
through Jesus may reveal at least part of Healing Breathing in our dust
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The seller is basically stating that you the price paid for us. The Author of all history
have to commit to showing some interest The Answer to all Mysteries
The Lamb of God who rolled away,
The Stone in front of every grave.”

Never mind Price On Application. “The
Lamb of God who rolled away the stone
in front of every grave” - this is Priceless.

You can find us on Condado de Alhama in
the Al Kasar Centre. Come and join us. We
offer something a bit different. Sit around
and chat over a cup of tea or coffee and
learn about God and what He can do for

Opening Times for the Christian Centre
are on the website.
For further details and other planned get
togethers please go to http://open-
If you would like to be informed of our
events and be added to our mailing list
please email opendoorgettogether@
Tel Christian Centre 615 543 106
Ken 646 705 403
Carol 665 186 901

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And They All Lived Happy Ever After he has a loving home, a new girlfriend Lola Next month – Oh no, I think I’ve killed Ivan!
It is not only the new pups that need a forever and two wily cats to keep him comforted and
home; some of the older guys that have been in check. He loves the beach, walkies, toys, Ways To Help
with us for months and even years also long bones and most of all cuddling on the sofa. If you would like to help in our shops, man
for a comfy life and a lap to lie on. He is now a very happy chappy with lots of the van or walk the dogs, please contact us.
love to give, so if you are thinking of fostering
Some dogs have had such a bad start in life or adopting, remember that the older guys To arrange collection of any unwanted
that they just want someone to love them and make excellent companions as they have so household items, just pop into our Camposol
give that love back. much affection to give. shop or phone to arrange an appointment.

Take Baxter (nee Toby 2) who was found tired If you would like to offer a permanent or
and wandering around the garden centre at foster home for any of our dogs needing help,
around one year old. He then spent another please get in touch.
two years in our kennels and being moved to
various foster homes and if the little boy’s luck Donations or sponsorship can be made through
couldn’t get any worse, he was bitten by a our website,
snake whilst on his travels and unfortunately our Facebook page at NoahsArc Mazarron
this resulted in him experiencing fits and or in either of our shops in Camposol and
seizures which made it difficult for someone Puerto de Mazarrón. These are open 10am-
to adopt him. 2pm. Monday to Saturday.

As they say, ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ Rescue phone 699 352 818
and Toby 2 became Baxter and he has now Camposol shop 634 332 335
been in his forever home for over 3 months We are told the only concern with Baxter is Puerto de Mazarrón shop 634 364 553
and is settled. His fits are now minimal as that if his tail wags any harder it may fly off!

During January, the Mazarrón Bahia Alpha Sally Bridges & the Ladies’ Chatterbox
Leos held their 3rd Anniversary Charter Group who have kindly made a donation
Evening and Club Members were delighted to which will be used to purchase some garden
welcome representatives from the D’Genes tools - so the Leos are all ready to learn
Asociación de Enfermedades Raras and about gardening!
also our friends from Los Reyes Golf Society
and IBEX Insurance who both generously The second project involves Community input
supported our last Strides Fundraiser. as the Leos head out around Camposol with a
thought-provoking questionnaire concerning
We are pleased to announce the formation recycling awareness.
of the Leos Parents Committee who will
support the current Leo Leaders with the
running of meetings and events. We warmly
welcome Candice Bullock, Kate Hammond,
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Plans are afoot for this year’s Camposol
Fiesta! The Leos met with Fiesta Committee
Members during March to discuss their ideas
and this summer’s event, which contains
a multi-national & family oriented theme,
promises not to disappoint so mark Friday
25th, Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August on
your calendars!

With Spring on the way, April will see the
Leos undertaking two projects for World A very happy Easter to you from all the
Environment Day: Members of the Mazarrón Bahia Alpha
Firstly, Club Members are once again joining Leos.
forces with D Sector Gardening Group
to make their input into the Brownies & The Mazarrón Bahia Alpha Leos hold official
Leos Community Garden. The D Sector meetings at 7pm on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the
Group has already kindly donated & built the month in the Camposol Cultural Centre. The
raised beds & has now offered to provide the Club is open to children aged 12-18 years.
Leos with the plants to put in there! A big
#leoroar goes out to Mr Gordon Cockburn, For more information contact Gina
Mr Ken D’Angelo & all the Members of the D Barker (Lions/Leo Club Advisor) at
Sector Group for putting this project into
action. Plus, another #leoroar goes out to

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Why Are Energy Performance Everything is included within their de la Casa Architects will arrange an
Certificates Registered? fees of 121€, including IVA and the appointment and guarantee the delivery of
registration tax. the EPC within 48 working hours after their
All Energy Performance Certificates survey.
must be registered to be legally valid in If your solicitor or agent is studying your
Spain. The registration process is done at case, ask them to contact Martinez de la For all enquiries, or to arrange an
the Regional Governments after paying a Casa Architects to provide your registered appointment if you want to have your pool
registration tax. This way the government Energy Performance Certificate and they or extension certificate now and protect
checks if the property has had an Energy will make the whole process easier, faster yourself against future law changes that
Performance Certificate (EPC) issued, and cheaper with their fixed published may affect you, please call 665 810 411
therefore saving a knock on one’s door or prices and guaranteed deadlines. or visit to
asking for the document. They can just see an impressive list of nearly 200 client’s
search for any advertised property within The cost of an Energy Performance testimonials.
their records of registered certificates. The Certificate is 121€ (IVA included) and
reference used to identify a property is called discounts are available if you also require “Antonio
the catastral reference and is the same Retrospective Licences for your pool From start to finish it was utter
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In spite of the weather we know that Spring suspicious of Dottie the Pot Bellied Pig. to do with our emotions and acceptance of
has finally arrived because the geese Judging from the size of her belly she has people different from ourselves.
are laying. They probably started to lay been finding the eggs and eating them. Her
about a week ago - Veronica found broken belly literally drags along the ground and it The Cowboy School of Values continues
egg shells in the garden - so we are very bangs on each step as she comes down for to surprise us, bringing out the very best
her supper. Ouch! Ouch! Ouch! It serves her in all the kids. The special-needs children
right for stealing the eggs and the goose thrive and the others treat them with
food! patience and affection, breaking down
the barriers on all sides and helping them
The dogs are full of the joys of spring too, overcome their fears with the aid of the
always ready to play ball with the Pony dogs and the horses, of course.
Club kids and get involved with the riding
classes. We are now preparing for Easter here again
on the doorstep. As usual there will be Pony
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Special Easter Camp with Gymkhana,
Face Painting and Dressing up, Find
the Easter Bunny and Easter Bonnet

Cavalli Foundation activities are our way
of funding the upkeep of our rescue horses
and ponies and other animals. Through our
activities, together with the animals, we
strive to build an awareness in adults and
children alike of the need to respect nature,
Our Carnival Camp was amazing. The all animals and our fellow men.
kids had a great time and got involved with
a load of different activities. They did a We look forward to seeing our Cavalli
wonderful job of painting the stable walls holiday riders over Easter and we welcome
- especially after one workshop which had all who are interested in our work to come
and look around and enjoy a moment in our

Contact us on email
Tel 00 34 636 172 198
Take a look at Cavalli Foundation
Facebook page.

Cavalli Foundation
Nr Los Ventorrillos
La Costera de Alhama.

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We are blessed with lovely warm weather Thank you and God bless you. We can Please support us when you can. It means
which is a real bonus for those who have buy tuna, sardines and little extras for the so much to so many families, Donations
little or no shelter. Thank you for the families because of your generosity. can be handed to the ladies at our Table
wonderful donations of food this month Top Sale or the Cultural Centre on
and for the lovely people who handed us Camposol B from 10.30am-12.00pm on
financial donations at our Table Top Sale Sunday mornings.
on Camposol B.
Thank you and God bless you all xx

Drop off Point
Fortnightly Friday Table Top Sale -
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Arthur & Marge 659 270 885/689 653
Email swaptearsforsmilesspain@
Arthur is still waiting for a date for his
operation and we will update you when we swap-tears-4-smiles
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Bi-lingual Evangelical Church in Fuente and a soldier who became King. He was remembered.
Alamo an ancestor of Jesus; an amazing life
If you’re not a Christian and you’ve started story. One of the greatest men in the What do you think of your life so far?
to read this article, can I just encourage Old Testament, David displayed many of What does God think of your life so far?
you to read it through to the end. the qualities we all may like to have, but
alongside that David was a liar, a betrayer, The Bible teaches us that how you live today
I’m sure you’ve got a couple of minutes to an adulterer and a murderer, yet he is determines how you will be remembered
spare and what else have you got to do? remembered and respected for his true tomorrow.
Don’t be put off when I start talking about heart for God. What you do now does matter.
the Bible or Church.
Why not read it through? David had a powerful belief in the faithful Are you curious to find out more about
What have you got to lose? and forgiving nature of God. He sinned God and His place in your life? Come and
You might even enjoy it! many times, but he was quick to confess join us on Sunday morning. Our Sunday
his sins from the heart. morning services start at 11.30am at Calle
Most of us, whether Christians or not, know David never took God’s understanding Espinar 13, Fuente Alamo.
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the story of David and Goliath; probably for granted, or His forgiveness lightly
one of the best known stories in the Bible. and in return God never held back his For more information telephone Rachel
I’ve been reading up a lot lately about blessings. David experienced the joy of (English) on 618 963 976 or Pastors Ginés
David and how closely we can all relate forgiveness, even when he had to suffer and Toñi (Spanish) on 629 283 080
to him. For sure we are not all going to the consequences of his sins.
become kings as David did and we certainly
can’t become an ancestor of Jesus. The Bible tells us that God referred to
David as “A man after my own heart.” (Acts
When we think about David, what do we 13:22)
Most of us immediately think of the Just like David, as we progress through
young boy who slayed the mighty Goliath, life, each of us is developing a personality,
but as well as being a giant killer, David forging a reputation and developing
was a humble shepherd, poet, warrior personal qualities for which we will be

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We have been led to believe since way back more healthy than higher fat food. naturally occurring in red meats, whole
in the 1970’s and 1980’s that fat is bad for Fact: Many commercially produced ‘low fat’ milk, cheese and other dairy products.
us and that we should be consuming foods and ‘low calorie’ foods tend to contain very These fats are often an ingredient in many
‘low in fat’ or even ‘fat free’ and therefore high levels of refined sugar, palm oil and a cakes, pastries and other commercial
banishing it from our diets. This has created multitude of chemicals as a replacement products. Although these foods do contain
a huge industry for so called ‘healthy’ taste-wise for the fat which has been other healthy elements such as calcium in
or ‘diet’ foods, all claiming to give us the stripped from the foods. dairy food and B vitamins in red meat, they
end result of weight loss and a healthier should still be consumed in moderation,
cardiovascular system. Myth: Some as high levels of saturated fats again can
natural ‘fat be a major influence in increasing bad LDL
Myth: Fat is bad for us. rich’ foods Cholesterol levels which can cause prompt
Fact: Fat is essential for cell growth and such as blockages in the arteries.
tissue growth within the body eg. nerves avocados Really Bad Fats: The worse type of fats is
need fat in their construction. Fat is essential and prawns Trans Fat/Hydrogenated Fat and is produced
for blood clotting and muscle movement. c o n t a i n when healthy oils are turned into solid fats
Fat enables the absorption of fat-soluble cholesterol by hydrogenation process. These fats have
vitamins and minerals into the body and fat so should be no known health benefits and are sometimes
gives us energy. avoided. used in fast foods, cakes, pastries and other
F a c t : commercial products. The consumption of
Myth: ‘Low fat’ and ‘low calorie’ foods are Although these can increase inflammation in the body
t h e s e leading to heart disease, strokes, type 2
foods do contain cholesterol, the human Diabetes and other chronic conditions.
actually absorbs very little cholesterol from
other food sources, instead it MAKES bad
cholesterol from a diet high in less healthy
saturated fats or extremely unhealthy
processed and trans fats. Foods such as
prawns and avocados actually contain
naturally occurring good fats like Omega 3
fatty acids which when eaten in a healthy
diet can actually help reduce the bad LDL
cholesterol levels.

Good Fats: these fats are found naturally in
nuts and seeds, avocados, oily fish and oils
such as olive oil and include healthy Omega In summary, ditch the processed low fat
3 fats. These good fats are liquid at room diet and health foods which are sugar and
temperature and not solid. Consuming good chemical laden. Instead eat a well-balanced
fats reduce the harmful LDL cholesterol and diet containing natural unprocessed food
triglycerides. A healthy diet should contain including good fats for optimum health. Eat
regular consumption because Omega 3 the not so good saturated fats in moderation
fatty acids may help prevent or even treat and NEVER eat trans-fats and hydrogenated
heart disease, reduce blood pressure and fats.
even help relieve arthritis.
Mel Lay is an accredited Cambridge Weight
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Not As Good Fats: Saturated fats are Plan consultant who is also qualified to help
solid at room temperature and include fats and assist in safe weight loss.

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The plant of the month is Dimorphoteca arise among the less expert when seeing provide abundant water, but after these
a cousin of the daisy which is native to a Dimorphotheca, as the size of its first three weeks the water supply should
South Africa. flowers is very similar to the daisy, with be low - quarter of a litre every 20 days.
the centre darker than the outer petals The plants can suffer from mildew and rot,
which are numerous. The colours include especially if over-watered.
a wide spectrum including white, pink,
fuchsia, yellow and orange, although the Plant Dimorphothecas approximately
most common colour is yellow. The flowers 25cm apart where they can ensure the
appear in the last months of spring and presence of the sun. They make great
throughout the summer. plants in borders as they are so colourful,
flower for many weeks and need little
This herbaceous plant, like its cousin- maintenance. Deadhead the flowers
daisy sister, also belongs to the group of regularly.
This plant is ideal for growing here in composites with varieties of evergreen
Spain as it requires little water and is and annual leafed plants. It is advisable Paco and Esther at Jardinería El Milagro
happy in the sun and direct exposure. to plant Dimorphothecas in the first will advise you which are the best plants
Research and different tests have resulted weeks of autumn in well-drained soil that for your garden.
in the appearance of hybrids of daisies has been previously fertilized. In the days
of varied colours. This confusion can following the planting it is advisable to

Spanish State Visit Union and once we leave the EU we want paid a three-day official visit to Spain that
The British Ambassador to Spain, Simon to strengthen our strong and constructive was hosted by Prince Felipe and Princess
Manley, has welcomed the announcement bilateral relationship with Spain. The two Letizia. A few weeks later Queen Sofia,
of a State Visit to the United Kingdom from countries are also major partners in trade, Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia attended
6th - 8th June 2017. with 40bn GBP of trade in 2015, including the wedding in London of Prince William to
British goods and services worth almost Catherine Middleton.
“In this Sapphire Jubilee celebration year 15bn GBP exported to Spain and imports
for Her Majesty the Queen, I am delighted from Spain to the UK worth 25bn GBP. The British and Spanish Royal Families are
that Their Majesties King Felipe VI and Nearly 300,000 Britons are registered as directly related through the marriage of
Queen Letizia of Spain have accepted her residents in Spain and 18 million visitors Alfonso XIII of Spain to Princess Victoria
invitation to visit the UK” said Mr Manley. came from the UK last year, whilst more Eugenia, known as Ena, granddaughter of
than 132,000 Spaniards are resident in the Queen Victoria, in 1906. Victoria Eugenia
“This State Visit will celebrate not only UK and two million visited in 2015. is the great-grandmother of King Felipe.
the long and deep royal and historic ties
between our two countries, but also our We share close educational connections, Jail For Fugitive Tax Fraudster
strong relationship as partners bilaterally, with nearly 11,000 Spanish students A runaway tax fraudster is starting a six
within Europe and on the global stage. studying at UK universities and 50,000 year jail sentence, after being extradited
We enjoy close connections in terms of students attending British schools in Spain. back to the UK from Spain by HM Revenue
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culture, commerce, education, science and Customs (HMRC) for failing to repay
and innovation. This is an opportunity to This is the first State Visit by King Felipe £1.5 million.
celebrate and deepen those links.” and Queen Letizia to the UK and they
will stay at Buckingham Palace. The South African Leib Berger, 53, previously
The Ambassador was speaking from programme will be announced in due known as Lawrence Goldberg, was
Santander, where he is touring Northern course. The last State Visit was when King originally jailed for two years in September
Spain to promote education, tourism and Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia visited in 2011 for stealing more than £1 million
investment in the UK. 1986. HM Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke through a self-assessment tax fraud.
of Edinburgh returned with a State Visit to Posing as a nominated tax agent, he
The UK and Spain are close partners in Spain in 1988. Since then the Spanish and hijacked innocent people’s identities and
NATO and United Nations and numerous British royal families have paid a number invented other clients to send fraudulent
international organisations. We also of formal visits to each other’s countries. tax returns to HMRC.
continue to cooperate in the European
In 2002, King Juan In December 2012, he was ordered to
Carlos and Queen repay £249,999 by December 2013 or
Sofia attended the receive a default prison sentence of 16
annual Order of the months. In an attempt to escape justice
Garter Ceremony at Berger fled to Spain. While he was at large,
St George’s Chapel, investigations by HMRC revealed he had
Windsor Castle, further assets and in September 2015 the
including a dinner confiscation order was increased to £1.5
at Windsor Castle million. A month later the default prison
given by The Queen sentence was amended to six years.
and The Duke of
Edinburgh. Berger was tracked down and arrested in
Spain on 7th February and he was extradited
In 2011, The Prince back to the UK on Tuesday 21st February.
of Wales and The
Duchess of Cornwall

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The more I learn about Yakutia, the more Giant carcasses lay around; cows, horses and The fish, which are caught through ice holes
I am impressed; a region in the Russian Far something that was a moose or elk or other in the mighty Lena River that runs for a
East that is the size of India, but unlike India such creature. I’m not exactly sure. Piles length of over 4,000 kilometres, are freshly
with its massive population of 1.3 billion, of wild hare in their white winter plumage frozen quickly outside in order to avoid the
Yakutia has a population of just under one lay stacked up in frozen poses that made formation of ice crystals in the meat. Skin is
million. them look somewhat comical. Huge chunks first carefully removed, then the fish is stood
of frozen meat sat about and I studied the upright. With an extremely sharp knife, thin
The locals here are a hardy bunch. They may marbled fat running through the dark meat. slices of flesh are cut in long ribbon-type curls
be Russian, but are nothing like European It looked gorgeous. They eat all sorts here and served immediately - eaten frozen and
Russians in say Moscow or St Petersburg. and yes that includes horse and not just the washed down with a shot of vodka. It melts in
This is Asian Russia and whilst some are meat, but raw horse liver and the blood. the mouth and as one local told me, “It’s the
Caucasian, others mostly are indigenous same sensation as eating ice cream.” I plan
Yakutians. to try some before I leave so will report back
about how I got on.
The wearing of fur is of course a near taboo
subject in The West. Personally I’m against it
in The West, as I see no reason whatsoever to
wear fur. There are enough quality manmade
garments to keep you warm in Europe, but
here in these temperatures, it’s essential. I
did consider broaching the subject of fur and
cruelty, but felt it pointless; pointless because
this is not about fashion models walking down
the catwalk in New York laden with the skins
of poor animals. Here is about survival. Feeling queasy? It’s simply a different culture
I would never question the Yakutian people and certainly not for me to criticise. If you
about wearing fur. It’s a completely different eat sausages or black pudding - well, think
ball game altogether. How dare any Westerner about it. If you’re vegetarian then I get it that
come here and question these people about you will be offended, but many meat eaters in
animals or the environment? We live in very The West have almost lost their connection to
different worlds indeed. food these days. It all comes wrapped up in I manged in Russian to ask one of the traders
cling-film in the supermarket, sanitised and about his working day. He told me he is at
Shops, offices and homes are constantly far removed from what it really is; the flesh of his market stall every day from 10am until
heated 24/7. Most folk either take public an animal that has died to feed us. 3pm. Five hours standing out in this weather!
transport or drive due to the cold; real petrol I asked him if he was cold. No, he said, it’s
heads here! Clarkson would love them! normal, but he did go on to say that he felt it
when it drops to minus 50º!
I’ve been lucky so far. Yakutsk can often
experience weeks of freezing fog in the On walking back to the town centre, I must
winter, which would have made the taking admit to having struggled with the cold this
of photos very difficult indeed. I’ve just had day. My toes and fingers felt like they been
three days of blue skies, but the fog has now anaethetised by the dentist; dangerous stuff
returned. Ah well, mustn’t grumble. So, once and I was glad to get back inside. I take
layered up again, out I stepped into the city. my hat off to the market traders who stand
Wow, I felt it! Minus 41º and the freezing fog outside in this weather for hours every day.
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the thirty minutes to the out-of-town food I reckon.
market. No need for freezers here! You just
leave your food outside! Back in my apartment early evening, I ate
slices of black bread with butter and caviar
and via my laptop listened to the UK Morning
Show on Classic FM. The news bulletin said
something about the weather being cold in the
However, it was the fish that really captured UK, so I filled in the online form and emailed
my interest. Fish all of kinds, totally intact it to the show, then forgot about it, deciding
and completely frozen, stood stiffly upright to to spend an hour or so on some writing but
attention. I loved this market and the traders with the radio on quietly in the background.
allowed me to photograph at will, delighted About half an hour later, the ex-news reader
with my interest in them and their produce. and now presenter John Suchet said live on
Raw horse’s liver is most definitely not for air, “George Mitchell has just emailed me
me, but I’m really up for trying the local from Yakutsk and its minus 40º plus. He’s
delicacy called Stroganina; raw frozen fish. drinking vodka to keep warm. Well, here’s
some very apt music for you; Tchaikovsky.
Enjoy and keep warm George!”

Today, at minus 41º, kids are playing outside
on chutes made of ice. Mums are pushing
babies around in prams that very cleverly
have the wheels taken off – they are replaced
by ski type runners. Genius!

I admire the Yakutian people; admire
their unbending resolve to just get on with
it. Whatever happened to the UK wartime
mantra of ‘Keep calm and carry on?’ Well,
that’s exactly what they do here in

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Part 3 small inter-island passenger/freight ferries and later discovered that the temperature
We headed in to see that all the boats arrived, moored right alongside us and had been in the low 90’s for the whole two
were moored bow or stern to, so Skip began disgorging people and cargo. weeks after the storm on the first day; the
had to explain the different procedure for highest for the first two weeks in October
mooring in this fashion. Out with a kedge Suddenly Little started to chuckle and for many years. It had also been a hot dry
anchor, (in our case a great heavy lump), said “Turn around and see what’s coming summer and, as we were never out of sight
to be dropped over the stern about 20 behind you fellas”. Three heads turned as of land during the whole cruise, this was
metres out and then, with Big paying out one to see three mules approaching. The very evident on the shorelines we passed.
the anchor rope we motored slowly straight first, led by a middle-aged Greek carried
towards the quayside. Little and I stood at an enamelled bath strapped to its back; At first our course was North East, as the
the bow, with mooring lines ready, calling the second was being ridden side-saddle Argolic Peninsular bulges eastwards at
out the distance to go. At just over a metre by a weather-beaten old man who held the this point and we anchored for lunch in a
out, into reverse and gently nose up to the rope of the third, loudly protesting mule, on small bay at the eastern tip. We were then
quay. Little leaped ashore at 30cms off and whose back was precariously balanced the off again following the coast round to the
held onto the pulpit to prevent the bow rest of the bathroom suite; toilet, bidet and North West heading for Poros Town and
hitting the jetty and then, with the boat basin. Skip explained that there were no harbour. To reach this we had to thread
stationary took one of the bow lines to a cars or vans on Hydra; no roads to speak our way along the narrow channel that
mooring ring while I jumped ashore and of and all transport is by mule or on foot as separates the island from the Argolic coast
secured the other. All three lines were then even bicycles are impractical. We had just before entering the Bay of Poros. This has
adjusted and tensioned until the boat was seen the local version of Pickfords in action! the appearance of a calm and exceptionally
correctly positioned and secure. Perfect; beautiful lake, surrounded by pine woods,
no mishaps. We seemed to be getting the We finished breakfast, purchased what we olive and citrus groves, punctuated at
hang of this sailing business very well. needed, including some souvenirs and post intervals by large poplars. The town of
cards and made our way back to the boat Poros, a pyramid of white houses, seems
We tidied the boat, showered and headed for a late start to our next destination; the to float on this inland sea and is separated
out whilst it was still daylight and a bit early island of Poros. from the mainland town of Galatas by only
for dinner, so we made our way to a bar about 370 metres of water.
for a well-earned beer or two first. Once
darkness fell we had a pleasant stroll around We approached just as the light was fading
the harbour to a popular restaurant where and the lights began to twinkle in the
we ate very well but cheaply, enjoyed some cafés and bars that lined the waterfront.
good Greek wine and chatted to people off All the boats were moored bow or stern-
other yachts before returning to our own to, so when we found a vacant berth Skip
boat for the night. decided, that in the fading light, it would
be wise to moor stern-to, so we dropped
The next morning again brought a clear the main anchor and motored in gently in
blue sky and no wind and, after checking another perfect manoeuvre.
and finding the on-board stocks were
getting low, we decided to go ashore for The usual routine followed and we were
breakfast before going to a supermarket. Again we had no wind and had to motor soon cleaned up and fed and sitting in a
We found a convenient quayside tavern and all the way in the baking sun. In fact we cocktail bar we had found trying one after
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half way up and the boat was sailing away,
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a very strong gust came from right abeam
another of their concoctions including
causing the boat to heel sharply over. Little
‘Screaming White Orgasm’ (Bailey’s Irish
and I were nearly pitched over the side,
Cream, Kahlua, White Rum, Cointreau,
so let go of the anchor rope to grab onto
Milk, Ice), but they used condensed milk.
the forestay. Anchor hits the seabed, boat
Whilst there we heard that there was an
shudders to a stop and spins head to wind.
open-air disco just outside the town which
Loud cheering comes from the moored
Little and I decided was going to be our
boats and Skip calls us some very strange
next stop having spent getting on for a
names. Ah well, the wind was kinder to us
week with just blokes. We left the bar at
and we got it right at the second attempt.
about midnight and, after a bit of a walk,
found the disco. Outside we could hear the
Once clear of the channel the wind dropped
music thumping out, but after shelling out
so we hoisted the spinnaker Skip had found
our entrance fees found the place almost
and ghosted along slowly for a while, but
deserted and not a woman in sight! We got
soon the wind died completely and it was on
a drink and made ourselves comfortable
with the motor if we were to get to Aegina
and watched a few more young virile Greek
some 16 miles to the North. We passed
men arrive over the course of the next hour
through the narrow channel between
or so, but no women. We began to wonder
Aegina and the small island of Moni then
if we had chosen the wrong day of the
anchored in a deserted bay for lunch. It
week or the wrong kind of establishment.
was very hot so we set off again to get the
We thought we might have a dance, but
bit of breeze created by motoring along
decided that we didn’t fancy each other
and we soon arrived in Aegina harbour.
and two blokes dancing together might
give some of the others the wrong idea, so
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eventually we gave up and headed back to
the boat.

The next day we stayed at Poros which
is really two islands. The town is built on
small rocky Sphaeria which is joined by a
narrow causeway to the larger Calauria.
In the morning we explored Poros Town
whose narrow shaded streets of traditional
red tiled houses head up the hillside. One
vantage point was a clock tower whose
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windmill which offered fantastic views
of the Argolic coast, the sea route to
Hydra and the main island Calauria. In
the afternoon we got the only bus on the
island and visited the monastery where
we had to cover our legs before entering
and photography inside was forbidden.
That night we enjoyed a fabulous meal at
the Three Brothers taverna followed by
the brothers’ Greek dancing performance.
Perhaps we would not have looked so out
of place at the disco after all!

We left for Aegina the next morning and
what a fiasco the leaving turned out to be.
As there was a bit of wind, Skip decided
to not use the engine but ‘sail-off’ the
anchor. We cast off the stern and Little and
I gradually hauled in the anchor manually
as the boat had no windlass. Once we were
clear of the other boats we stopped hauling
and raised the mainsail. Then, when all was
ready, it was back to the anchor to lift it fully
clear of the bottom as we sailed away. Now
the winds in Poros Bay can be a bit tricky
due to the proximity of the mountains all
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Hello from the MAMAs team She intends spaying and neutering.
k e e p i n g
We have had some very nice furniture him! We Volunteers
donated from a kind couple who were like happy As always we have to appeal for volunteers
downsizing. Thankfully it sold quickly as ever after as we are constantly short staffed. Two of
this month we hope to give assistance endings! our staff are away at the moment and the
to a family who came into the shop very store is huge (but you know this as you
upset about their dog who had what could Bric-a-brac have visited us – No? Shame on you!!!!)
only be described as a trapped spinal & Furniture If you have a spare morning we would be
nerve. After speaking with our vet Paco we We are delighted to give you tea and biscuits.
were informed the operation will be very able to sell
expensive. We have a quote and will be all your Location
discussing it at our meeting. Meanwhile cast-offs; Our store is in Puerto de Mazarrón just
the little dog is on a course of Cortazone nice clean past the Mercadona/Lidl shopping centre
and is comfortable, so we are hoping that clothes, towards the port. Turn left immediately
this will solve the problem and he will not s m a l l below Consum, up this road and then third
have to endure a risky operation. He will w o r k i n g on the left - Calle San Juan.
probably be our dog of the month next electrical
month - hopefully with some good news! items etc. Don’t Forget Our Drop-Off Point
M A M A S Every Tuesday we are on Camposol B car
Tyson our dog of the month last month can pick park 10am-12pm, opposite the petrol
is doing very well. His injuries are healed up larger station. We can collect donations from you
and his fur is growing back. pieces of there and for larger items we can arrange
furniture or indeed do a house clearance to call and pick-up direct from your house
Lupo for you - we’re all heart! Certainly within
Good news this month as this dog was the Spanish community our reputation Call us on 666 186 037
rescued by a young Spanish woman. He had seems to be growing and we are getting Email mazarronanimalmedi_aid@zoho.
lived for twelve years chained up in a lonely more requests from the Spanish who also com
yard. His rescuer already has several dogs love their dogs and cats. We are getting
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Spangles Supports Los Alcázares Flood Spangles’ popularity continues to grow “It was a pleasure and an honour to be
Victims and they were able to invite their new included in this very significant event to
Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus ladies to join them in songs that they had help our local community and we are certain
joined forces with the Agrupación Coral already learned. Spangles finished their that this will lead to further collaborations
Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and Rondalla set with a debut performance of ‘Eres Tu’ in the future” commented Spangles MD,
son del Mar Menor groups in a Benefit which stunned the predominantly Spanish Wendy Grant.
Concert to raise funds for those who lost audience with a serious ‘goosebump
everything in the devastating floods in Los moment’. On the night, the concert raised 1475€
Alcázares just before Christmas. and donations are still coming in.

Want to meet new people? Sing a bit? Fancy
joining this champion chorus? Spangles
always welcomes new members and it’s a
great way to make new friends, so why not
visit when they rehearse at Las Claras, Calle
Helena, Los Narejos, Los Alcázares? The
group meets every Thursday from 10am-

To find out how to join or to book Spangles
All three groups came together for a finale for an event, please call Lyn on 968 574
of the Himno Independencia Municipal 987 or Anthea on 968 334 527 or visit the
The auditorium was packed as Spangles which celebrates the municipal autonomy website
followed the Agrupación Coral Nuestra of Los Alcázares, which was granted on 13th
Señora de la Asuncion onto the stage. October 1983.

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Carnaval 2017…. by The Whistle Blower History of the Cofradia for various reasons, so new members are
Members at the March meeting of always required. Learning how to negotiate
At Last ……the big day arrived, following ADAPT were treated to an informative a 1500 kilo mass around tight corners is
many weeks of practice and hard work. and entertaining talk by Bob Hill, on the great fun. New Costaleros will be made
Sunday 26th February San Pedro del history of the Cofradia and the great most welcome and be prepared for an
Pinatar Carnaval and the ADAPT pride of being involved as a member of amazing experience, with crowds that will
Carnaval Group were rehearsed and the International Costaleros. applaud you every step of the way. Come
ready. and be part of this extraordinary event.
A Costalero is a person who assists in
The day was beautiful; all we had hoped carrying a float, or Paso, around the Contact David McLachlan
for with a stunning blue sky and only a streets, (in Bob’s case, of Torrevieja), on
slight breeze. We were to be “Singing in during Semana Santa. Each Paso depicts a
the Rain” a typical English theme on a different scene from the Easter story. ADAPT meetings take place in the
perfect day without a cloud in sight apart Pensionista Centre, Lo Pagan at 10.30am
from the ones we would be carrying. on the first Saturday of the month. New
members always welcome.
23 ADAPT members with an average age
of 65 years and an estimated total years of See for
1,500 undertook the challenge of walking, further details.
dancing and spinning umbrellas for almost
three hours, walking over 10,000 steps
(according to the pedometer!)

In Cartagena, there are Cofradias dating
back to the mid-17th and 18th Centuries.
Bob explained that the Cofradia to which
the International Costaleros belong to
is known as The
Cofradia of our
Lord Jesus Praying
The hustle and bustle on arrival at the in the Garden of
start was full of excitement and noise; a Olives, and yes, it
tremendous atmosphere and cacophony of is heavy, and true,
sound as everyone participating of all ages 100 Costaleros are
came together. There were beautifully needed each year
colourful costumes with feathers and to carry it along the
sparkles surrounded our blue and red route.
ponchos, but we were to save our ‘piece

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de resistance’ until the sun went down. We It was in 2003, that
followed the ‘Dragon Boat’ and once we the then Director for
had donned our sparkly boots we lined up Foreigners, Graham
ready for the off. We walked and waved Knight, was asked
and waved and walked and the people of by the Councillor for
San Pedro lined the streets; young and old Culture at the time,
having a good time. Eduardo Dolon, to
find 100 men, willing
As late afternoon came we pressed the to carry the Paso,
button on our umbrellas (not necessarily all during Semana Santa
together!) and our light sabres illuminated in 2004. Graham,
our way! The effect was impressive and always up for a
our red and blue umbrellas going up and challenge, not only
down seemed to draw attention. found 100 good men,
but also ladies who
Finally we arrived at the end of our journey, would appear in the
a little weary, but happy to have achieved processions as the
what we set out to do and experience the hooded Nazerinas
joy of being invited to join in a very special or Penitentes. At
Spanish tradition. the time, this new
International band
This year we didn’t win a prize, but we of Costaleros, was
were delighted that the San Pedro del unique in Spain.
Pinatar Pensionista’s took 3rd prize –
Congratulations. Your Paso needs
Viva Adapt, Viva San Pedro Each year, a few
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Cartagena of Good Friday and on Holy Saturday. The 3rd Day – 30km to Aguilas colour of this brotherhood is purple. 140€ to include accommodation, travel,
Tel 968 128 800 – Market Mon kayak and insurance.
Holy Week In Cartagena 7th – 16th April The brotherhood of Our Lord Jesus Contact
Photos: Resurrected (known as Resucitados)
The Holy Week of Cartagena was declared organises the procession on the morning Sunday 23rd April – Free Guided Tour of
of International Tourist Interest in 2005 of Easter Sunday. The colour of this Military Instillations in Spanish 10.30am
and provides a spectacular showcase of brotherhood is white. from Tourist Office
processions. It is the longest week of
parades of the whole year with ten days of Given its role as the historical home of the La Union
processions that extend from Friday 7th April Spanish Navy, every year on Holy Tuesday
(Viernes de Dolores) to Easter Sunday 16th the Spanish Navy Marines send a delegation Tel 868 049 941/692 925 970 – Market
April (Domingo de Resurrección). to the procession on that day. Tues
The Processions in Cartagena are similar The processions will pass by all the central
to those all over Spain, but are unique in areas of the city: San Pedro del Pinatar
their style of marching, organisation and Friday 7th April (Viernes de Dolores) 9pm
clothing (some of which dates back to the Saturday 8th April (Sábado de Pasión) 7pm Tel 968 182 301 – Market Thurs
18th century), so much so that they warrant a Sunday 9th April (Domingo de Ramos/Palm
lengthy description in Wikipedia: Sunday) 10.30am and 5pm San Javier
The processions in Cartagena are organized Monday 10th April (Lunes Santo) 9pm www.murciaturisticasanjavier
by four brotherhoods: Tuesday 11th April (Martes Santo) time tbc Tel 968 172 041 – Market Thurs
The penitential brotherhood of the Most Holy Wednesday 12th April (Miercoles Santo) Saturday 8th April - Free Guided Boat Trip
Christ of Succour leads the prayer of the 9pm from La Manga del Mar Menor to Santiago de
Stations of the Cross (via crucis) around the Thursday 13th April (Jueves Santo/Maundy la Ribera - In Spanish.
city on the early hours of Friday of Passion Thursday) 8.45pm
Week (the Friday before Good Friday), when Friday 14th April (Viernes Santo/Good Saturday 8th April – Tour of Santiago de La
the festivity of the Patron Saint of the city, Friday) various processions - main one 9pm Ribera in 1000 Steps, in Spanish. 11am
Our Lady of The Seven Sorrows, takes place. Saturday 15th April (Sábado Santo/Holy from Tourist Office. Booking essential.
The colour of this brotherhood is black. Saturday) 8pm
Sunday 16th April (Domingo de Torre Pacheco
The brotherhood of the Hour of Our Lord Resurrecición/Easter Sunday) 10.30am
Jesus’ Arrest (known as ‘Californios’) Tel 968 579 937
organises the processions that take place on More details at
the evening of Friday of Passion Week, on Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May - IFEPA
Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday and in Torre Pacheco will be hosting the XV Car
on Maundy Thursday. The colour of this Thursday 13th to Saturday 15th April – Bici Sales Exhibition
brotherhood is red. Adventura – Cycling from Cartagena to
Aguilas staying in Youth Hostels. Tracks are Sunday 30th April – Free Guided Tour of
The brotherhood of Our Lord Jesus of varied, so essential to have suitable bike and Pisico Windmill - 10.30am (English)/12pm
Nazareth (known as Marrajos) is in charge of attire. (Spanish) from CAES Centre – booking
the processions held on Holy Monday, on the 1st Day – 15km to Portus (including kayaking) essential
early hours of Good Friday, in the evening 2nd Day – 50km to Puntas del Negre
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15th Nearly New And Used Vehicle region of Murcia and surrounding areas
Exhibition, Torre Pacheco are familiar with this established event as
29th April-1st May 2017 it provides them with an excellent forum to
purchase or change their cars.
All current makes and models of car will
be on display and available for purchase, There are several advantages of purchasing
at the IFEPA Exhibition Hall from 29th a vehicle at this venue. These include being
April to 1st May. The fair will include urban able to test and view a variety of models
vehicles, saloon cars, 4 x 4’s, family cars, and major brands without having to visit
sports cars etc. from the most competitive numerous vendors and official dealers,
makes on the market at the moment. You having professionals in the car industry at
will have the opportunity to view a great your disposal for advice and being able to
variety of nearly new and second hand take advantage of competitive deals and
vehicles all under the one roof. finance options.

In addition to being a platform for the As indicated this annual event will be held
discounted commercial buying and selling at the IFEPA Exhibition Hall Saturday &
of vehicles, finance companies will also be Sunday open from 10.30am-9pm
on site offering unbeatable rates. Monday open from 10.30am-8.30pm
The entry price is 5€, but you can gain
Exhibitors at this show aim to provide the entry for 3€ if you bring along your
best deals possible in order to showcase discount coupon to the left of this article.
their products and boost sales for the
second hand car industry, which has fared For more information take a look at www.
better than the new cars industry, mainly
due to the recession. People from the

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At the Volunteers’ Meeting on Penny enquired about the situation of other Ladies’ Clothes, Bags, Shoes and Jewellery
Wednesday 1st March at Roda Civic Centre MABS Centres in Costa Blanca North and for the spring/summer season. There is
Janet opened the meeting and welcomed South. Beverley explained the difference also a Prize Raffle in aid of MABS.
those attending. between Murcia and the Costa Blanca area
and clarified that there was no branch May Dates:
Shop Update in Torrevieja. It would be ideal to have Sunday 7th - Race For Life will be held
Items of 200€ or more will be delivered a branch as there are a large number of in Los Alcazares on Sunday 7th May at
free to any destination. expatriates living close to the border of the 11am. Starting point is at Club Nautico and
Van Drivers’ hours must be recorded and two areas. However, it is not possible at registration desk is open from 9.30am. This
checked against the expense sheets. this present time, but definitely something is a great fun day for all the family. Run,
Electrical testing will be done by Ian Nash for the future. jog, walk, roller skate, wheelchair, dog
and there is a book in the shop for him to walkers, dance or any combination. Come
log them out. Drivers and Volunteers in fancy dress for that party atmosphere.
Summer clothes and swimwear are needed Angela reported that there are times when Get a team together to compete for the
for the Fashion Show on 25th April. patients require chemotherapy and need to TEAM shield.
travel to hospital every day for six weeks. Registration and sponsor forms are
Volunteers With the shortage of drivers she is looking available from:
John is working on job descriptions for all for three drivers to do one day each per MABS Shop, Avenida Ramon y Cajal, 12,
personnel. He is looking at the roles on the week. San Javier.
care side as well. The Post Room, Mercadona Square, Rio
It is very important for volunteers to fill Helpline Nalon, Los Alcazares
in the rota sheet and stick to the agreed Roisin gave a break-down of the 30 calls The Sunday Book Stall at the Arches, Calle
shop hours. received. Penelope, Los Alcazares
John has completed the Volunteer Policy.
MABS Murcia Mar Menor Events – April Entrance Fee: Adults 10€/Kids 5€
Driver Documents 2017 All proceeds go to MABS Cancer Charity
Angela is in the process of checking all
driver licences and insurance. New drivers April Events: Tel 634 310 783
need to go to the Care Centre for photo- Saturday 8th - Grand National Race Email
copies of licences and insurance taken. Afternoon at Time Out Sports Bar, San
Javier. Time 1.30pm. Cost to be advised. If you know of neighbours, friends or
The redesigned Website should be Table Booking Essential. Contact Ring 968 family who may be interested in any of
completed by the middle of April. 192 418 these events, please pass this information
Events on to them. We are always looking for
Tuesday 18th – Ladies’ Lunch at La volunteers and anyone interested should
Finance Gamba Restaurant, Torre de la Horadada. contact,
Beverley gave a run down on the end of Cost is 10.95€ (drinks not included). Table or call into either our San Javier shop or
year figures. Although expenditure was Booking Essential. Please contact Tracey our Totana shop.
slightly more than budgeted for, this was at or tel
because of the move to the new premises. 965 020 205 Cancer does not discriminate and
neither does MABS.
MABS Centre Tuesday 25th - Fashion Show, Las Claras
We are having to close the Centre one day Centre, Los Alcazares. Doors open 2pm
a week as we are so short of volunteers. for 2.30pm start. Tickets 3€ available at
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Beverley said that there is no problem MABS Centre, Avenida Ramon y Cajal, 12,
using agency nurses if they are needed. San Javier or on the door. Good quality

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Teeth Implants necessary to opt for such treatment. the safety of commercially pure Titanium
What materials can be used for Implants. To date scientific evidence, on
implants? Many times, I tell my patients that the safety of a dental implant made from
dentistry is not mathematics. This means Zirconium compared to one of titanium, is
that there is no absolute accuracy in the not completely clear.
treatments we choose for our patients, nor
can we 100% guarantee that a treatment After an exhaustive study, my natural
will be safe or not. We are always moving inclination is to recommend my patient
in a world of probabilities, in which the has a Titanium Implant due to the
scientific evidence guides us. These low probability of allergic reaction and
studies are carried out to allow us to know evidence of a good success rate. For now,
the effectiveness or not and the safety or with Zirconium, we have a low rate of
not of any medical or dental procedure. allergic reaction but lack good documented
evidence of success.
I fully understand the concern of my
patient with the allergy to metals and With this I am not saying that I never
naturally nobody wants to give a treatment recommend Zirconium implants, but I do
I recently had a patient, who had a vertical that ends up failing because of a situation say that given the little scientific evidence
fracture in a premolar, so I recommended that can be avoided. However, to date, we must be cautious and look carefully at
an extraction with an immediate implant of scientific evidence reports that Titanium the benefits of using one type of implant
Titanium. When I mentioned Titanium, is a biocompatible metal. (Hosoki M et over another. This is the difference
the patient became uneasy and said she al Allergic contact dermatitis caused by between obtaining information from
was allergic to metals. Based on some Titanium screws and dental implants. an unreliable source, such as the
information she had found on the Internet, Prosthodondt Res. 2016 Jul; 60 (3): 213- Internet, and giving a well-researched
she requested a Zirconium implant. 9). This research shows that Titanium professional recommendation.
does not harm the organism and has
a very low probability of producing an Dr Luis Miguel Sánchez Suárez 968 186
allergic reaction. In other words, the risk 660/968 596 306
of an allergic reaction to Titanium is lower
than with other metallic materials.

This has drawn my attention to
dilemmas caused by misinterpretation
of the readily available information
found in different media. There is a Even if a patient has a medical history
difference between getting information of hypersensitivity or allergic reaction

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This is a story about Miquel Gonzalez, a The new life in Benidorm was brilliant Benidorm, he had shed many tears and
wealthy farmer who owns a huge estate at first and with his pockets full of cash, prayed hard for the return of his son. Today
in the Espuña foothills between Totana everyone wanted to be Pedro’s friend. was no different, except that today Miquel
and Alhama. Miquel had two sons, David Every night he had a new girl by his saw a lonesome figure heading towards
and Pedro, who he loved dearly and who side and he was the talk of the town as the farmhouse. He knew in his heart that
helped him run the estate producing olives, he splashed the cash at the local hotels, it was Pedro and immediately came down
almonds and oranges. The business was casinos and bars. Pedro dabbled in the local from the roof and ran towards the thin
good, the family wanted for nothing and drug scene, drunk himself stupid and was and bedraggled figure of a man. Throwing
Miquel was able to provide employment for often found sleeping it off on the beach. himself at his son’s feet and grasping his
many local people who were all paid well. The writing was on the wall for Pedro and bony legs, Miquel wept with joy that his
when his bank account got lean, his so- boy was back. Pedro was shocked at his
One day Pedro, the youngest lad, got into called friends dropped him like a stone. dad’s actions and tried to say the words
a conversation with a salesman who told that he had prepared in his heart, but his
him how great life was in Benidorm and the Three years later Pedro found himself dad was not listening to him. Instead,
lifestyle he was able to have there when looking for work on a pig farm near Miquel called his estate foreman and said,
he was selling farm machinery in the area. Torrevieja. It was the only job available “Go and get my son some brand new
Pedro’s eyes lit up at the thought of getting and he was out of money. Working with clothes and shoes. Only the best will do.
away from the sometimes dull and boring the pigs was abhorrent to him considering Then go to the jewellers and buy a gold
life on the farm and from that day he could his Jewish heritage, but the pigsty offered ring for him and when you get back we
not get the picture of life in Benidorm out shelter on the cool winter nights and it was will throw the biggest party this area has
of his mind. free. Pedro’s minimal wages was usually ever seen, for my son has returned to the
spent on alcohol and he often found family. He was dead, but is now alive. He
Over time the thoughts of heading for the himself sharing the pig food. The situation was lost, but has now been found.” They
bright lights of Benidorm turned into a was drastic and as he lay in this hovel of celebrated and rejoiced together.
plan rather than just an idea; the desire to an existence, he thought hard about the
leave home started to consume Pedro and life he used to have back home - even You can read the real story of the Prodigal
he started losing interest in working for his Dad’s lowest paid workers lived in luxury Son in the Bible. It’s found in Luke Ch 15
dad. Plucking up courage, Pedro confronted compared to this, so, in desperation, Pedro starting at verse 11, yet the real, real
his father and asked for his inheritance decided to head back to Murcia and to the story, is about how much God loves you
early as he was going to Benidorm where farm and beg dad for a job; any job would and me and that no matter how messed up
he would start a new life; farming was not do; absolutely anything! our lives have become or how far we have
for him anymore! removed ourselves from our heavenly
The following morning, hungry Pedro Father, He continues to look out for our
Miquel was heartbroken at what Pedro had hitched a lift down the AP7 as far as return to Him, no matter what we have
said. It was not part of his plan for the Alhama de Murcia and then headed on foot done. He really loves us that much.
future of the farm, but he loved his son so towards his father’s estate. The walk gave
much he was willing to let him go. There him time to decide what he would say to This will probably be my last article for
was not enough ready cash to give Pedro his father and as he walked he rehearsed the Costa Cálida Chronicle as we are
his share of the farm so Miquel took out a the words he would say. Words like “I’m heading for a new life in Australia. I have
second mortgage on his property and gave not worthy to be called your son; just so enjoyed writing down my thoughts over
a huge cheque to Pedro. The following day, treat me like one of your hired hands; I’ve the last ten years and trust some of my
Miquel and David waved goodbye to Pedro messed up big time.” ramblings have blessed you.
as he sped out of the estate in his Range
Rover, without looking back in the rear Unknown to Pedro, every day since his Gidday Mate
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terrace and looking in the direction of

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calling Rosy at Limpiezas Rosy on 618
recommended you wear gloves. wobbly parts. Check metal Fences for
451 798 (English) or 646 562 441
any holes or places where it’s pulling
Winders Specialist Cleaning offers a away from the ground. This is another
Gutter Vacuum Cleaning service with their area that you might need a professional.
high-reach Gutter Cleaning equipment Contact Stan at Erik’s Metal Works on
which literally ‘hoovers’ out moss and 636 050 008 or Mikey at All Seasons
leaves from your gutters from the safety Garden Services on 640 079 161
of the ground. No more blockages or
overflowing gutters! Contact Richard on
636 193 256

These are like big, cluttered closets. You
throw in all the unwanted stuff you can’t
find a home for, shut the door and hope
it will magically disappear! When you
need that sprinkler in June, you won’t be
tripping on rakes and fumbling through
Post-winter, there are a lot of things you
bug-infested boxes. Arrange areas before
should to do like cleaning your Gutters
you start, installing cabinets, shelves,
to avoid water-damage to your house.
racks, hooks, boxes, baskets and old Flower Beds and Gardens
This may be one job that should be done
plastic storage containers. Your Garden has spent the winter feeling
by a professional if you are not happy
cold and abandoned and this year possibly
suffocating under a layer of snow. Get rid
of the old leaves choking your flowerbeds
and grass. Start with pulling up weeds.
There’s something very satisfying about
ripping up a troublesome weed before it
has the chance to terrorize your lawn and
Garden! Prune your overgrown shrubs,
snipping off the dead bits to make way for
new growth. Consult your local Garden
Centre or professional Gardener if
you need more pruning and general
Gardening advice. How about getting a
Woodworks Direct provide quality Gardener in for the day?
Garden Sheds as well as other wooden
structures for your garden. All Pergolas
and Carports are supplied and delivered
in easy to install kit form, pre-cut to size,
complete with fittings and instructions in
English and offer a complete installation
service. They manufacture and install
Wooden Gazebos, Log Stores, Decking,
Dog Kennels and much more, all delivered
FREE of Charge. Have your own ideas and
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design? They will build it. Tel 649 540
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Continued from page 40 hire a Man with a Mini Excavator for a to wash away all the grime. If you cannot
All Seasons Garden Services offer professional job? Their modern machine manage this, there are various companies
pruning, palm cutting, full tree removal has a retractable undercarriage which that can do this for you. Just be aware
and annual garden maintenance. They enables it to get through small openings/ that these machines are quite harsh and if
can also high pressure jet pools and patio gates, allowing access to most gardens you have flaking paint, using a Pressure
areas to give them a new lease of life. and outside areas. They can also remove Washer might take off a lot of the loose
They build patios, erect chain link fencing, unwanted items in their large van. Call paint.
organise green waste processing and sell 631 092 245 or WhatsApp on 07453
mulch and logs. They arrange industrial 245 031. Winders Specialist Cleaning can
on-site shredding and a crane to remove completely restore outside surfaces
bigger trees. Contact Mikey on 640 079 Painting whether it is block paving, brick, patio
161. Weather can really take a toll on outside slabs, natural stone, patterned concrete,
Paint. If your garage or front door is tarmac or roof tiles with their high
looking bleached from the sun and rain, pressure cleaning. You name it, they clean
it might be time for a touch-up. Initially it! Contact Richard on 636 193 256.
clean the door using a small amount of
soap and then spray it off with a hose or
pressure washer. Once clean, it may be
time for a change of colour as well. Metal
grilles and gates may also need a lick of
Paint. Is it also time the outside of your
house had a face-lift?

If you need to dig out a pool, dig out
footings for patios, drive ways etc, call
Anchor Landscapes for a professional
service with a 1.6 ton mini digger and
tipper truck. They also provide garden
maintenance, tree felling and tall palm
tree trimming. Pool and Patio Area
Call Martin on 0034 622 648 038 for a Spring is the perfect time to get your
free site survey. poor, neglected Patio/Pool Surround
or deck in shape. Banish the dirt and
Garden Center 2003 sell everything If you are looking for a reliable, fast cobwebs with a broom first. It’s tempting
you could possibly need for your garden. and clean Painter & Decorator with high to just bleach the whole thing, but
Whether it’s bedding plants, conifers, standards of work and service then give pressure wash the deck or tiles and use
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type of tree, if they don’t have it in stock the outside of
they will source it for you. They can also your villa look like
help maintain your garden and get it new very quickly.
ready for Spring. Call in to discuss various They have been
contracts available. Tel 626 957 599. established since
For all gardening items and advice, call 1960 and cover
in to Jardineria Alcayna. They have Mazarrón, Camposol
a superb range of plants and decorative and the surrounding
pots and ornaments which they will area- Tel 626 960
deliver to your door. Tel 680 374 230 354.

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Jardineria El Milagro in Bolnuevo With 25 years
are experts in garden design, pruning, of experience
maintenance, transplanting and cutting and affordable
of trees including palms. They have prices, Hidalgo
expert advice about the best plants for Construction
your garden and the care needed for offer you a free
each plant including pest prevention and no-obligation
fertiliser. They care just as much as you quote in all areas
that your garden looks good. Call 610 of construction
949 595 for further information. including outside
painting. Call
Hidalgo on 678
336 493 (English)
663 827 887

P r e s s u r e
After a hard winter
like the one we had
this year your home
may be in need of
more of a bath than
rain can provide.
Spring might be a
Anyone wanting to landscape or give good time to borrow
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Continued from page 41 are fully legal and registered with an For general cleaning in all areas,
office on Camposol B in Another World Limpieza Rosy’s Cleaning Service
an actual deck-cleaner solution on any
Properties, tel 968 592 679 can help with all those jobs you hate to
wood surrounds. When it is dry, re-stain.
do or can no longer manage, whether
There are numerous finishes and colours,
Is Your Swimming Pool Losing Water? it’s garden maintenance, pool cleaning,
but look for something with a protective
Water down the drain is not only bad for making your windows sparkle or cleaning
finish to repel water (and UV rays). If you
your pocket, it can also cause damage your outside terraces and patio. Get the
prefer to use the services of an expert
to your property and surrounding areas. outside of your home looking immaculate
in high pressure cleaning refer to the
The Pool Doctor specialises in finding by calling Rosy on 618 451 798 (English)
Pressure Washing section.
leaks and repairing swimming pools. With or 646 562 441 (Spanish).
all the latest equipment they can find the
If your pool or terrace area isn’t looking
leak quickly. Call Mark on 608 716 111 Mazarrón Property manage Premier
its best and tiles are cracked, broken
for a professional & reliable service. Villas and part of our service is to ensure
or lifting, don’t keep putting it off until
our high standards are maintained. We
it deteriorates further, call Hidalgo on
Watermaid can; check your swimming guarantee your property will be ready for
678 336 493 (English) 663 827 887
pool water is correctly balanced with you or your guests’ arrival, we can check
Chlorine pH & Cyanuric Acid (Chlorine the pool is in good order, the garden
Stabiliser); add chemicals when required; area, even organise that painting job for
Swimming Pools
clean your swimming pool; remove you! Call Ian on 662 531 572 or Carole
Now the warm weather is here, this is
stains from grout and tiles; check when on 642 849 546.
the time for getting the pool ready to
backwashing and rinse the filter. Now
use; sand filter changed, tiles in the pool
may be the time to replace the sand with BBQ
replaced, any repairs needed and a deep
glass, which lasts 3-4 times as long with Now is the time to clean up the BBQ ready
clean after the winter rains with red sand.
a much higher filtration performance. Call for the summer months. Use a degreaser
Maybe you just need a pool cleaner to
646 705 088 for professional advice on and a wire brush to get rid of the greasy
keep it up to standard.
your pool. and charcoal build-up on your BBQ, or
contact Oven Cleaning Specialists on
Outside Tables and Chairs 635 750 752 or Camposol Oven Clean
Plastic furniture should be hosed down to on 666 917 695. Clean all the surrounding
deep clean it. Invest in vinyl protectant to areas and check that you have sufficient
keep it looking fresh. If you have wooden coals, gas, wood or whatever you need to
tables and chairs check the previous notes enjoy al fresco dining.
on decking for cleaning and treatment.

Camposol Properties pool cleaning and
property services is a family business
based on Camposol for the past 12 years.
Various contracts are available on the pool
cleaning/garden and property services.
They can quote for a full package or
individually at competitive prices. They
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Fashion Shows
In last month’s article we announced that
we were no longer able to run these events
because of organizational problems. This
month all supporters of this popular event
will be pleased to hear that due to our busy
volunteers realizing that this event always
brought in much needed funds, they have
decided to give it a go and are planning
to hold one sometime in October. We are
in need of some help, so if you would like
to become involved please either send a
message to our Facebook page or speak to
the ladies on the Table Top Stall on 2nd
Friday in the month on Camposol B or call
Loraine on 617 787 160. We will of course
be in need of good quality ladies’ winter
clothing and some party/evening wear
for this event, so when you are changing
your winter wardrobe for your summer one
please think of us.

Any donations can be brought to our van
which is situated on Camposol A car park
on Tuesdays, Camposol B large car park (by
the roundabout near the petrol station) on
2nd Friday in the month or Mazarrón Country
Club on Mondays. Any large donations can
be arranged to be picked up from your
home; call Badr on 603 389 006

We thank you for your continued support
and if you could spare some of your valuable
time in order to help our worthwhile cause
please call us on 634 357 137 or pop into
our shop in Mazarrón 10.30am-2pm Tues/
Wed/Thurs/Sat, or Puerto de Mazarrón
Tues/Thurs/Fri 10am-1pm.

If you feel you would like to come along
to help at one of our Aid Days this month
there is one in Canada de Gallego on 5th
April and another in the Mazarrón Shop on
12th April. During these two days we provide
food and other essential items for around
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200 people. We start at 9am to set up.
Please feel free to come along and see what
your generous donations help us to achieve
for the people who are less fortunate in our

Thank you to all the kind people who
responded to our Outreach Appeal for
baby clothes. The mums were thrilled and
touched by the kindness of strangers. We
always need children’s clothes, which are
forever in very short supply and in high
demand on our Outreach Days. If you
would like to donate kids’ clothes directly
to Outreach, please call Jenny on 677 318
605. The Outreach Team will ensure that
these are gifted directly to children in need
in Mazarrón and surrounding areas.

We are also always in need of personal
hygiene products and toiletries which can
be left at any of our charity donation bins
located in Quick Save or T J Electricals on
Camposol B or they can be taken directly to
one of the shops.

Thank you to all our volunteers and
supporters for your continued assistance in
Making a Difference.

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Repsol unearths largest oil deposit in Wi-Fi Launched at Outer Suburban Rail Spain’s Digital Performance ‘Above EU
30 years of drilling in North America Stations Average’, but Broadband is Second-
Along with its commercial partner Armstrong National rail board RENFE has just launched Most Expensive in Europe
Energy, Spanish petro-chemical giant a new free Wi-Fi service for its Cercanías, or The cheapest monthly offer for a connection
Repsol uncovered the source of black gold outer suburban line stations in 12 towns and with a speed of between 12 and 30MBps
in the State of Alaska in the wells known cities. Passengers can connect for up to half comes in at 2.7% of a person’s gross income
as Horseshoe 1 and 1A, which were drilled an hour for free, once every 24-hours and – way above the EU average of 1.18%. The
over the winter. It is the greatest quantity can use the PlayRENFE platform provided by cheapest connections in the EU are found in
of subterranean hydrocarbon fuel worldwide operator Movístar. Sweden, Germany, Finland and Austria, in
found by Repsol in over seven years, since it that order.
drilled wells in Perla, Venezuela, in October Around 231 million passengers who regularly
2009. travel to and from the 20 stations where An annual study known as the Digital
the Wi-Fi network has been installed in will Economy and Society Index (DESI) measures
The energy corporation, chaired by Antonio benefit from the move. The connection zone advances in digital technology in the EU-
Brufau and founded 30 years ago in Madrid, starts from the station entrance doorway 28 and examines five areas – connectivity,
says the wells unearthed in Alaska contain and includes the platforms. human capital, internet use, integration
around 1.2 billion barrels of crude oil and of technology, and online public services.
is connected to a supply found in Pikka, in AVE internet connections last for the full When taking all five into account, Spain is
the same State, during its last excavation length of the journey and are free of charge, 14th out of the 28, up from number 15 last
campaign. Having been actively fracking whilst the Cercanías Wi-Fi network is only for year and joins nine other countries which
in Alaska since 2008 and finding multiple half an hour because passengers generally fall somewhere around the middle – Austria,
underground wells in the North Slope area do not spend very long in the stations, as Germany, Malta, Lithuania, Portugal, France,
since 2011 in conjunction with Armstrong journeys on this link are typically across Slovenia, the Czech Republic, and Latvia.
Energy, Repsol is now working on how to two or three towns or for routes of under
exploit the supply. It will set a development an hour. Complete packages, where a customer
plan in motion which will extract the fuel for has broadband, landline, mobile phone
energy use from the year 2021 onwards. Spanish architects win Pritzker Prize and other features such as TV channels or
A global award known as ‘the Nobel Prize for portable wireless internet, can bring the cost
Repsol owns 49% of the Pikka oil field in the Architects’ has gone to a trio in Catalunya, of each individual service down considerably
Nanushuk Mountains, where it has opened only the second time it has landed in Spain and include other perks.
13 wells leading to numerous deposits and and the first time in history that three have
is a 25% shareholder in the more recently- been given out at once. Demonstrators Call For Protection For
discovered Horseshoe oil field. Iberian Wolf Population
Armstrong Energy owns the rest and, Normally, the Pritzker Prize is awarded to Thousands of demonstrators marched
between them, they drilled down 1,828 a sole architect or a studio, but this time through Madrid calling for greater protection
metres in Horseshoe 1, finding a net Carme Pigem, Rafael Aranda and Ramón for the Iberian wolf, which is in danger of
column of petroleum of over 46 metres, Vilalta, have each been given a separate extinction. Organised by numerous pro-
then a 2,503-metre well in Horseshoe 1A, Pritzker Prize instead of just one being animal and conservation associations
discovering a 30-metre column of oil, both granted for their studio, RCR. including the WWF, European Greens,
of which are in the Nanushuk area. European Wolf Conservation Alliance,
The Hyatt Foundation in Chicago, USA, Ecologists in Action and Marley Wolf, the
Protesters Call for Murcia Regional chaired by Tom Pritzker, gives the ‘Architects’ protest filled the streets of the capital.
President to Quit Nobel’ to those who ‘show commitment to
Over 4,000 residents gathered in Murcia their place of residence’. A huge amount “The Iberian wolf is the jewel in our fauna
calling for the region’s president to resign in of their work has been in the town of Olot crown,” said Juan Carlos del Olmo, secretary-
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light of his being investigated for corruption. (Girona province) where they hail from. genearal of WWF Spain. Those to the south
Pedro Antonio Sánchez is one of the accused These include a nursery school, a library of the river Duero, in Castilla y León, are
parties in a case of bribery, paperwork and the Les Cols Restaurant, the Bell-Lloc tightly protected, but those to the north
forgery and inflated estimates involved in wine merchant’s in Palamós and in their of the river are at the mercy of different
building the Puerto Lumbreras auditorium region, the Sant Antoni-Joan Oliver Library regional laws.
when he was mayor of Murcia City. in Barcelona. Some of their star projects Yet in neighbouring Portugal, these
have been built in France, including the La wolves are heavily protected by stringent
It is believed that a grant was given to Cuisine Centre des Arts in Nègrepelisse and conservation laws.
build the concert hall, but not all of it was the Musée Soulages in Rodez.
used and the shortfall cannot be officially First Iberian Lynx Cub Born in Doñana
accounted for. They have worked as a threesome since they National Park
As yet, Pedro A. Sánchez (PP) has not been graduated from the High Technical College An Iberian lynx cub has been born in the
formally accused and insists his involvement of Architecture in Vallés, in 1987, setting up Doñana National Park through a controlled
in the investigation is ‘purely administrative’. their studio the following year. breeding programme attempting to revive
the population of this near-extinct wild cat.
The jury praised the
team’s ‘juxtaposition Adelfa, the oldest female lynx in the
of past and present’ conservation scheme, gave birth.
in many of their The cub was born in the breeding centre in
buildings, including El Acebuche (Huelva Province).
their own studio, According to the National Parks Regional
where restored Organisation (OPAN), the first Iberian lynxes
edifices nevertheless of 2017 were born in the Zarza de Granadilla
retain their original nature reserve in the province of Cáceres,
industrial architectural Extremadura, about a week before the one
features, and a fusion in the Doñana. Carers have to keep a close
of tradition and eye on all the new mums, since first-time
innovation somehow Iberian lynx mothers often abandon their
leads to a very newborns.
practical end result.

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What on earth has been going on with the terrible state; so overgrown that the poor
weather?? A fabulous week at the beginning boy was in agony. Our farriers came to see
of March and then back to the horrendous him the next day and started the long, slow
weather like before Christmas. This caused process of sorting his feet out. Donkeys’
us all sorts of problems and extra work feet need regular pedicures! Poor Platero
including the building of more shelters for clearly has never had one, but we will do
the donkeys and their related supplies. We our best for this boy. Along with castration,
have therefore started another Auction for this all comes at a great cost, so please
additional shelter. Wind, rain or sun, our continue to support us through our shops in
girls and boys need protection. We are very Mazarrón Town and Roldan.
proud of our achievements in the previous
Auction and of course a lot of it is down If you would like to join our team of
to you my friends, so please take a look at volunteers, either behind the scenes or
our FB page and see if anything catches in the shop, once again we would love
your eye. If you have any unwanted gifts to hear from you. All we ask is 4 hours
that you think may raise money for us then a week in the shop in the mornings from
please let me know. 10am-2pm, which includes sorting, pricing
and displaying items, serving customers,
ensuring we get the best possible price for
the items sold, helping people find what
they are looking for, keeping the shop
clean and tidy and receiving items from the
public. We are a friendly bunch and would
love you to get in touch with us.

We have
the 3 most
G e r m a n
M a s t i n
p u p p i e s
who are
now about 9
We have a weeks old.
new resident They are big,
at AAR; fluffy, funny
his name is and oh so
Platero. He pretty! They
came all the will be on the
way from larger side
Cieza and we when fully grown, but I defy anyone who
were alerted sees them not to fall in love with them!
about him Zante and India are the 2 remaining as
by one of our one of them has been reserved.
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team. His Another little
feet are in a girl came
into our care,
having been
after her
owner went
into bad
health. This
poor girl
was just
left to fend
for herself,
tied up in a
cold, wet
and hungry.
Poppy is
her name and she is a little poppet. She
is doing well and is up for adoption. Take a
look at our FB page for all their stories.

As usual I will be on Camposol B every
Monday in the car park on the corner of the
roundabout 11.30am-1.30pm to receive
any donations. Again, if you have anything
that might be worth putting in our auction
then please let me know.
Andrea x

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I hear the chickens are laying well at the 1 tsp baking powder and sauté for a further 2 minutes. Stir in
moment so what better time to suggest 1 cup apples the ham and then spoon mixture into an
a few egg recipes? Where would we be Cinnamon oven dish. Mix together the cornflour with
without eggs for cooking? Breakfast, lunch Milk some of the milk to make a paste. Beat the
and evening meal are dominated by eggs, eggs and the remaining milk and season,
either using them as the main event or Cream the butter and sugar. Add the then add to the cornflour and milk paste.
adding to other parts of the meal? Below beaten eggs, the flour, baking powder Pour over vegetables and sprinkle nutmeg
are a few recipes and although I normally and cinnamon. Finely chop the apple and on top. Bake in the centre of the oven for
try to stick to easy recipes, I couldn’t resist add to the mixture. Gradually add the 30 minutes and then allow to cool.
adding my favourite breakfast recipe, eggs milk to make a medium batter. Cook as
benedict! The Hollandaise sauce does take for ordinary pancakes and serve either as Eggs Benedict
a little more effort to make, but well worth savoury dish or with a main course such as 4 slices of bread
it and something to surprise your guests pork chops. Cooked apple or apple sauce 8 slices of smoked salmon
with when they come to stay. Pancakes or can be used in the batter in same way. Salt
crêpes can be made anytime of the year, 1-2 tbsp vinegar
not just on Shrove Tuesday and any fruit Vegetable and Ham Omelette 4 eggs
or sweet sauce goes well with them. Don’t 2 courgettes
forget Yorkshire pudding, which I didn’t 1 small red pepper Hollandaise Sauce
add this time, but are great with savoury 1 small green pepper 100g butter
things inside and not just with roast beef? 3 shallots or small onions 2 egg yolks
Buen Apetito 100g thick ham 2-4 tsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp white vinegar
Egg Fried Rice 1 tbsp cornflour Pinch cayenne pepper
225g long grain rice 4 tbsp milk Salt and pepper
1 clove garlic 6 eggs
2 eggs Salt and pepper To make the Hollandaise Sauce, take a large
2 tbsp sunflower oil Grated nutmeg bowl, mix egg yolks, half the lemon juice
2 tbsp light soy sauce and vinegar. Place over a pan of hot water
which is just simmering. Beat mixture with
Cook the rice in a large saucepan of boiling a whisk until frothy. Add butter gradually
salted water for 10 minutes. Drain, rinse and then add seasoning. As sauce thickens
with boiling water, then drain again and set add the remaining lemon juice.
aside. Beat the eggs and set aside. Heat
oil in a non-stick wok or large frying pan. Add vinegar to water and poach eggs in
Crush garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute, add simmering water. Toast bread and cut
rice and cook for a further minute. Pour in into circles. Spread a small amount of
eggs and stir fry for about 2 minutes or hollandaise sauce on the toast and then lay
until eggs are almost set. Add Soy sauce to 2 slices of smoked salmon on each slice.
taste and salt and pepper. Serve while hot. Carefully lift poached eggs out of water on
lay on top of salmon. Pour remaining sauce
Apple Pancakes on top of eggs.
1 tbsp butter Trim and cut courgettes, peppers and
1 tbsp sugar onions into small cubes and dice the ham. Aubergine Tortilla
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2 eggs Heat the oil and sauté the onions and 700g aubergines
1½ cups flour peppers for 5 minutes. Add the courgettes Small bunch parsley
2 onions
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
6 eggs

Wash and dice aubergines. Finely chop
parsley and peel and dice onions. Heat 1
tbsp oil in a large frying pan. Add onions
and cook slowly for 5 minutes until
transparent. Remove onions and add
remaining oil and cook aubergines cubes
for 5 minutes and season with salt and
pepper. Beat the eggs for two minutes, add
onions to the aubergines and stir gently.
Pour the egg evenly over the vegetables.
Cook the tortilla on a very low heat for
5 minutes or until underneath is golden
brown. Place a plate the size of the frying
pan over the mixture and turn over sliding
the tortilla back into the frying pan to
cook the other side. Slide onto a plate and
sprinkle with parsley. Serve hot or cold.

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D i g b y Volunteers
and Rigby We are
were born a l w a y s
December looking for
2 0 1 5 . volunteers
D i g b y ’ s to help out
shoulder with the
height is animals for
34cm and dog walking,
Rigby’s is f e e d i n g
40cm. They a n d / o r
love to be playing and
lap dogs grooming.
and enjoy a
cuddle. They woofers their forever home; they so P l e a s e
are playful deserve it! c o n t a c t
and friendly L o r n a
and get on We have a Dog Walk from our shelter by email
well with other dogs and cats. Digby (the on the first Sunday of every month. You at
brown one) is the livelier of the two. They can come along and walk one of the 676 276 199 or Sandra at Sparker@
are both castrated and ready to travel. shelter dogs and/or bring your own dogs. or 655 807 080
Refreshments can be bought after the walk.
Alaska is almost 3 years old. She is a You can keep up to date with all San
friendly girl who loves to ‘mother’ the little Fosterers Animal news and events by checking in on
ones! She weighs almost 40 kilos. Alaska We desperately need people who are our Facebook page San Animal Santuario
has her passport and is ready to travel! able to foster kittens or puppies in their or if you have a Twitter account, you can
homes, often at short notice. We also follow us at @san_animal
Please find it in your heart to offer Rigby, need fosterers able to take in adult
Digby, Alaska or any one of our lovely dogs who aren’t coping well in kennels.

The Pistachio a member of the cashew Sun-drying has been found to be the best
family, is a small tree originating from Central method of drying, then they are roasted or
Asia and the Middle East. Pistachio seeds processed by special machines to produce
were a common food as early as 6750 BC pistachio kernels.
and was one of the trees unique to Syria.
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were said Pistachio trees are vulnerable to numerous
to have contained Pistachio trees during diseases, including an infection by the
the reign of King Merodach-Baladan about fungus Botryosphaeria, which causes the
700 BC. More recently, the Pistachio has death of the flowers and young shoots and
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been cultivated commercially in many parts can damage entire Pistachio orchards.
of the English-speaking world.
Pistachio nuts have long been cherished as
The Pistachio is a desert plant and is highly the symbol of wellness and robust health.
tolerant of saline soil. They need a sunny containing an elongated seed, which is the The kernels are enriched with many health-
position and well-drained soil. Pistachio edible portion. The seed, commonly thought benefiting nutrients. They offer good sources
trees do poorly in conditions of high humidity of as a nut, is a culinary nut, not a botanical of protein, fats and minerals and are a rich
and are susceptible to root rot in winter nut. The fruit has a hard exterior shell. The source of many antioxidant phytochemical
if they get too much water and the soil is seed has a mauvish skin and light green substances such as carotenes and
not sufficiently free-draining. Long, hot flesh, with a distinctive flavour. When the vitamin-E. These compounds may help
summers are required for proper ripening fruit ripens, the shell changes from green to remove toxic free-radicals from the human
of the fruit. The bush can grow up to 10mtr an autumnal yellow/red and abruptly splits body, helping to protect it from diseases,
(33ft) tall. The Pistachio fruit is a drupe, part way open. cancers and infections. The nuts are packed
with many important B-complex groups of
Pistachio trees take vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin,
7-10 years to reach pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 and various
significant production minerals.
which is heavier
in alternate years. Pistachio Oil is one of the healthiest cooking
Harvesting is often oils. It has a pleasant nutty aroma and
accomplished using possesses excellent emollient properties. It
equipment to shake helps keep skin well protected from dryness
the drupes off the and besides been used in the kitchen, it is a
tree. After hulling and ‘carrier or base oil’ in traditional medicines
drying, Pistachios in massage therapy, aromatherapy, in the
are sorted according pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
to open-mouth and
closed-mouth shells.

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Casa Care - Professional Home Care & commitment and are just some of the Casa Care work closely with local charities
Nursing attributes they ensure all of their carers including MABS, Age Concern, Help At
Qualified Nurses & Support Workers and nurses have. They offer a wide range Home, Social Service Team of Mazarron
“People often do better being cared for in of services across the Costa Cálida region Health Service and Santa Lucia hospital.
their own home environment at times to which also includes the addition of their This ensures people have access to the
suit themselves” new ‘Check- In Call Service’. information they need and gain access to
the help and support they may require.
Founded in 2016, Casa Care specialise in At a time to suit you Casa Care will call
providing tailored care packages that meet your home every day asking if you are safe What is the Aim of Casa Care?
your needs. and well. If they do not receive an answer Casa Care aims to provide an
they will make two further call attempts individualised approach to care adopting
Their highly trained handpicked nurses at 15 minute intervals. If they receive no a person centred approach in recognition
and carers, with over 60 years combined answer, they will either call the designated of each person’s rights, needs, dignity,
experience, are truly passionate about key holder, or arrange one of the team to respect and autonomy.
caring and only providing the highest levels make a visit to ensure you are safe.
of care. Through their carers and nurses Referrals
they are able to ensure personalised What Else do Casa Care Provide? Casa Care welcomes referrals for all adults
attention and support at all times. From * Full Comprehensive Assessment who require a level of support which is
expert nursing interventions, care support, Tool and Care Planning tailored to meet their needs. Each referral
companionship through to higher level care is given careful consideration to ensure the
needs, the Casa Care team can support * Emergency Referrals & Call Outs client and/or their representative is fully
anyone to stay at home or be supported in * Pre and Post-Operative Care informed how we can meet their needs.
a hospital stay. Casa Care is able to be there for you as
* 24 Hour Support little or as much as you may need. This
* Hospital Care Support could be for one hour per day to longer
times depending on your needs.
* Overnight Companionship and Care
Please contact the number below where
* Respite Care
someone will be happy to discuss with
* Supporting Those Who Have Special you your needs in more detail and our
Needs costs. We have a 24 hour 7 days per week
telephone number: +34 635 95 10 31
* Stoma Care Email
* Catheter Care
Enquiries are treated with the strictest
* Translation Service confidentially at all times.
* Blood Pressure Checks
Casa Care understand the importance
of promoting and maintaining regular * Warfarin Level Checks
routines and preferences including
escorting to hospitals, doctors, dentists, * Diabetic Blood Sugar Checks
local community visits, trips out, shopping * Dressing Renewals and Observation
and meal time choices. Follow-Ups
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Keep Calm and Learn About Your Car numbers in the event of being snapped by priority changes.
Safety devices such as blind spot detectors, a traffic camera.
autonomous emergency braking or parking * Centre-lane hogging on
sensors have been incorporated into Metal number plates faded in the sun, motorways, or remaining in the
vehicles, but the amount of information rendering them useless and illegal. If you left-hand lane on a motorway. In
they provide and the number of systems do have a metal number plate, especially Spain we drive on the right, as
can create an increase in the level of if it is faded, you should replace them far right as possible and although
distraction whilst driving. There are many immediately. Metal number plates were multiple lanes exist for overtaking,
systems that help make driving safer. Most also prone to damage. Acrylic ones are far a vehicle must return to the
of them hide behind names and acronyms more resilient to damage and bending and right-hand lane once the move is
that not everyone understands. Systems last considerably longer. complete, subject to instructions
like ABS, ESP, BAS, traction control or blind from signs and signals.
spot control are part of the elements that The number plate must be visible at all * Weaving in and out of lanes in
have made their way in modern cars. times, day and night and must not be a traffic jam causes frustrations,
obscured by anything, including dirt. At as this impedes the flow of the
A car’s ‘cockpit’ has become less like a night, it must be illuminated. lane that the vehicle is joining and
wheel and a few levers and more like that can amplify delays for everybody
of the Space Shuttle and a driver has to You are also not allowed to alter the waiting.
rely on a manual to learn all about the new number plate, such as putting stickers or
gadgets or search You Tube or the internet. name tags on it. * Dazzling oncoming vehicles
because our headlights are not set
With the changing mode of information Only number plates which are certified correctly or we may have them on
and the constant advancement of for use in Spain can be used on vehicles full beam unnecessarily. Fog lights
telecommunications, it seems that you registered in Spain. If you are towing should only be used in the case of a
can never keep up with technological a trailer you must replicate the vehicle’s severe reduction in visibility.
developments. Driving stress depends on number plate at the back, in addition to * Having a light out is frustrating,
the level of knowledge. The amount of the unique number plate of the trailer, if dangerous and illegal situation. At
data that the driver can visualize and take applicable. night, a car with only one headlight
into account while driving can fatigue you may be confused for a motorcycle.
and, even worse, distract your attention by New Restrictions to Improve Safety Having a back light or brake light
taking care of other data and taking your To protect cyclists, the plan is to restrict missing is extremely dangerous,
eyes off the road. the maximum permitted speed on certain which is why it is illegal.
roads and on certain days when there is a
Keep your Number Plate Clear possibility of an increase in the number of * Stealing parking spaces is high
The number plate on a vehicle serves as a cyclists using the routes, such as Sunday on the list of frustrations when you
unique visible indicator that allows for the mornings. Cyclists should be made to have waited patiently for a vehicle
identification such as the vehicle’s owner. respect the road and traffic laws. It is to vacate the space.
It also serves to provide information such not uncommon that motorists become
* Sneaking past traffic queues
as the age of the vehicle. frustrated at the seemingly selfish attitude
by using the hard shoulder or
of cyclists who fail to practice respect.
slip road is equally frustrating for
In Spain, number plates used to carry a
many. Some drivers will actively
distinction which identified where the Another improvement will be restricting
accelerate in order to prevent
vehicle was registered. This can still be the movement of certain trucks on
a vehicle from joining the main
seen on some older vehicles, such as “M” conventional roads which have become
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carriageway. This increase in speed
for Madrid, “A” for Alicante or “MU” for “black spots”, providing alternative routes
also means that your vehicle is
Murcia. Now the number plates are formed for these vehicles away from the most
heading faster towards a potential
by 4 numbers and 3 letters. There are apps dangerous sections.
collision situation. It is far better to
available which will allow you to work back
back-off to allow vehicles to join the
and show the age of a vehicle and you can Common Causes of Road Rage
flow of traffic with you.
check the full vehicle history on the DGT Haste, noisy environments, many people in
website a confined space, stress that accompanies * Overtaking – a vehicle is only
our daily lives are all situations that allowed to overtake if it can return
Normally, the number plate must be increase our aggressiveness behind the to the flow of traffic safely in front
displayed in a fixed location such as the wheel. Some people react aggressively on of the vehicle it wants to pass. If
bumper, at both the front and rear of the grounds of sex against women, against another vehicle prevents its safe
the vehicle. Motorcycles and scooters novice and older drivers. Racism and even return by increasing speed, then
(including microcars) must display their a person’s clothing can cause an increase the situation becomes extremely
number plate at the rear. in driver aggression. Seeing a driver using dangerous.
a mobile phone or carrying out a seemingly
There are very clear specifications for the dangerous or unnecessary manoeuvre, or * Failing to maintain the correct
number plate, in terms of the height of speeding, can all increase the stresses of distance from the vehicle in
the characters, the colour, size and shape; driving. Many of these factors are illegal, front is a very dangerous and
all of which means that only certified as they can all be extremely dangerous. illegal move. Maintaining a safe
manufacturers of number plates are distance is crucial at all times.
allowed to make them. You are not allowed Amongst the most common bad habits * Failing to use indicators. They
to simply take a piece of cardboard and is “aggressive driving”. should be used BEFORE a manoeuvre
colour it in! is carried out. Remember - Mirror
* Blocking junctions, such as a – Signal – Manoeuvre. Make sure
Tampering with the original number plate vehicle stopping in the middle of indicators are cancelled once the
is also an offence such as masking the a crossroads when their exit isn’t move is complete.
real number of their vehicle by using tape clear, thus blocking the flow of
or specialist sprays that claim to hide the traffic across the junction when the

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Tim Weaver is a former journalist and Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie’s How can someone
magazine editor. He lives near Bath house, she finds the front door unlocked just disappear? Her
with his wife and daughter. Weaver and no-one inside. Dinner’s cooking, the sister calls David
has become one of this country’s most TV’s on, but Carrie, her husband and their Raker; for him, the
respected, best-selling crime writers. His two daughters are gone. When the police mystery of where
books are written with elegance, care draw a blank, Emily asks missing persons’ she went is only
and craft and they get better each time investigator David Raker to find them. It’s the start. The real
- tense, complex, sometimes horrific, clear someone doesn’t want the family question is why
but written with flair as well as care. found, but as he gets closer to the truth, a woman with no
Raker begins to uncover evidence of a reason to run would
Weaver knows how to construct a complex sinister cover-up, spanning decades and choose to leave her
plot and you will be kept guessing until the costing countless lives. In trying to find entire life behind?
last few pages. David Raker has joined a Emily’s missing family, Raker might just Was it her decision,
select band of fictional characters whose have made himself the next target. or did someone
return in a new book excites existing make it for her?
fans and collects new ones with every Broken Heart – July 2016 Raker is an expert at following the echoes
publication. He dominates the stage and A woman drives to a secluded of decades-old lies, but only Lynda Korin
is one of the more vibrant and unusual beauty spot on the Somerset coast. knows the most shocking secret of all - and
protagonists in modern crime fiction. CCTV watches her enter, but doesn’t see her she’s missing, presumed dead.
leaving - Lynda Korin is never seen again.
Weaver has been nominated for a National
Book Award, selected for the Richard and
Judy Book Club and shortlisted for the
Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the
Library Award, which considers an author’s
entire body of work. He is also the host
and producer of the chart-topping Missing
podcast, which features experts in the field
discussing missing persons’ investigations
from every angle.

Vanished – July
No life is perfect.
Everyone has
secrets. For millions
of Londoners, the
morning of 17th
December is just
like any other, but
not for Sam Wren.
An hour after
leaving home, he

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train and never
gets off again;
no eyewitnesses and no trace of him on
security cameras. Six months later, he’s
still missing.

Out of options and desperate for answers,
Sam’s wife Julia hires David Raker to track
him down. Raker has made a career out of
finding the lost. He knows how they think.
In missing person cases, the only certainty
is that everyone has something to hide,
but in this case the secrets go deeper
than anyone imagined. As Raker starts to
suspect that even
the police are lying
to him, someone is
watching; someone
who knows what
happened on the
tube that day.

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Back – Aug 2013
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Things at the Rainbow household have can receive it - it is not a right. How knowledgeable and reliable is that
changed a little since the March edition. initial source?
We lost our 19 year old cat Rocio. After a Often the signals we can receive are weak Is their system stable and will they be
short illness she passed away in her sleep. and unstable, so if you get the odd ‘blip’, around to fix it as quickly as possible if it
We had had her since she was a very young please be aware that it is not necessarily goes wrong?
kitten and was being used as a football – a the TV system installer who is at fault.
long story, but eventually she had a long There are just so many variables to get
good life; now resting alongside here mate All TV transmission/reception is going to right for good internet TV viewing and
Scruffi under the carob tree. be by the internet in the not too distant that is where a good knowledgeable
future. There will be no traditional antenna TV installer should be used to assess
Massie the young foster dog arrived. or satellite transmissions. Satellites are your requirements, look at your existing
That gave us all an awakening! She was just too expensive to build, launch and equipment and internet and recommend a
full of life and gave anyone around a lot run and the traditional TV antenna route system for you and be available to assist
of affection and mischief. She was only use frequencies that the mobile phone you in the future. This is not equipment to
here until 20th March when she went to companies want – and will get! buy from a newspaper advert or a market
her forever home on Sark in the Channel stall.
Islands. At least she will not need any road Many consumers have had really bad
sense there! experiences with internet-transmitted TV Too many households’ TV is an ‘essential
and there are a variety of reasons for that. service’.
The garden is well into spring although it If all components of the used system are of Get it right so that you can enjoy it at its
seems the weather is not! One day it was good quality, TV reception will be excellent, best.
31ºC then I was sitting with heaters going but there are many areas for problems to
and a log fire burning. arise. Rainbow Satellites are available for a
full range of advice on all things television.
TV NEWS Is the internet being used up to TV A chat on the phone, a house call and
Several reports in the papers of ‘illegal’ transmission capability? demonstration are available for the asking.
TV systems being closed down – both Often ‘speed’ is quoted as the critical
Spanish and ‘foreign’ operations. Much of criteria, but whilst it is important, it is not Email
the issues seem to be about tax evasion, the only factor to affect viewing. Tel (0034) 686 358 475
but we should realise that technically it has lots of basic
is ‘illegal’ to watch one country’s TV in What type of box are you using? TV info for viewing and living in Spain.
another country! Yes, madness within the Some are as easy to use as your existing
EU, but that is the case. TV system and some (Android springs to
mind!) can show excellent quality TV, but
There are several ways to watch UK TV in to find the channel you want to watch can
Spain, but technically none are legal. You be a nightmare and the procedure changes
will not go to prison or even get a fine, but on a daily basis.
we should not be doing it. One reason I
am stressing this is that the TV providers There has to be someone ‘pumping’ the
generally only attempt to transmit in their TV channels into the internet for you to
own domestic country and it is often by receive on your chosen system. They are
‘luck’ that we, outside of our home country, not ‘just available’.
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The New Year commenced with our sadness failed to survive last year. We are urgently need more residents to join the
at the loss of Sandy Allison, our previous hoping that the rainfall in recent scheme and subscribe just 5€ a month to
Treasurer who had been a loyal friend, weeks will give them a good start. help us keep Camposol looking great. If you
founder member and stalwart supporter would like to add your name to the list of
of our group and many of the other * Pruning of the Palm Trees is in members, please contact Colin or Helen for
organizations and charities in Camposol. progress, but unfortunately we details (see below). The more subscribers
We will be attaching a commemorative have been unable to obtain any we have - the better Camposol will look.
plaque alongside that of her late husband assistance from the council for this Members of the scheme are also invited to
with whom she is now reunited, on the task despite the negotiations of join our organized social functions
seat Sandy had placed at the end of her Antonio who now, sadly, has not
road in his memory. had his contract renewed. All funds and donations, whether in the
form of money dropped into our collection
Recent work carried out by B Clean Future work including planting and buckets or members’ subscriptions are
Gardening Group has included: gravelling is planned. 100% used for Sector B Community
* Gravel and edging stones along projects. Unwanted plants, are very
Calle Ciclamen, from the rambla We need more willing volunteers! welcome and we thank all those who
roundabout to Calle Albizia. We laid The numbers coming forward to give help continue to assist us in this way.
a concrete ‘off road’ hard standing with the planting, weeding, litter clearing,
for the waste bins. watering, etc. are few, so, please contact Come to our monthly meetings on the last
us if you can offer some assistance. Tuesday of each month at Trevi’s Bar 4pm-
* Water storage containers have been 5pm and tell us what improvements you
placed half-way between the rambla We meet every Tuesday morning for a
couple of hours and each extra pair of would like to see happen on or near your
and dual carriageway roundabouts poligono.
and between the roundabouts hands makes a great difference.
on Calle Lavanda leading to the For Information please contact:
Cultural Centre. These will be filled Please join our ‘B Clean’ Community
Group Scheme. Colin (Treasurer) 727 770 944
in preparation for the coming dry Email
season. Members subscribe regularly to a fund
which pays for the ongoing costs of our Helen (Secretary) 968 199 506
* Planting of 60 new trees and other sector’s upkeep. Without these funds ‘B Email
plants; some to replace those that Clean’ would not be able to function. We
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Camposol Fiesta Dates Reminder: What Fiesta Fundraisers do we have on Tickets 17€ pp.
25th/26th/27th August 2017 offer?
Fabulous Trip to Caravaca to see the Wine Fiesta Spectacular Masked Ball on Saturday
Horses on 2nd May. This has sold out and June 24th. This will be held at the stunning
we have a waiting list. venue, Le Carrousel, Puerto de Mazarrón.
Free coach from Camposol (all sectors),
Fiesta Quiz and Curry Night on 9th May at Condado and Mazarrón Country Club.
Vista Bar, Camposol A at 7pm. Tickets 5€ There will be pre-dinner cava cocktails
each to include Curry. Simon at Vista Bar and canapés on the beautiful terrace
will be doing the Quiz. Book your tickets overlooking the Med, then a 3 course
now as tickets are limited. dinner with wine and water. Entertainment
by Charlie and Best Mask Competition. It is
Day Trip to Bullas on June 4th - El going to be a fabulous evening, so please
Zacatin Market and Bodega Tour. June 4th join us. Tickets 30€.
celebrates Bullas’ Independence Day from
Cehegin and El Zacatin Baroque Market. All tickets are available from the Fiesta
The morning will be spent at leisure, giving Stall on Friday mornings on Camposol
you time to explore the artisan market, B 10.30am-12.30pm or by emailing
historic buildings of Bullas and also time for
refreshments and tapas. In the afternoon,
we will visit a family run Bodega and tour
their vineyard, production area, cellars and
then experience wine tasting of 3 speciality
Coach pick up points: Camposol, Condado
and Mazarrón Country Club.
Leaving Camposol at 9am and returning to
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Last month’s reading challenge was to author interviewed 5 women and writes our joint love of reading. We discussed the
read a book of our own choice, but it had about their life stories. most recently read book Menonite in the
to have some connection to Spain. Below 6. Spain by Jan Morris is a book full of the Black Dress by Rhoda Jansen with several
are the books we chose to read. wonder and wildness of ancient, chivalrous members commenting how funny parts of
1. Spanish Steps by Tim Moore - a tale of Spain and the disorienting possibility of the it were.
a journey along the pilgrim trail to see the post Franco years. Conversation
cathedral at Santiago de Campostella with also centred
a donkey for company - hilarious in places This proved to be a splendid idea that we all round a series of
2. More Ketchup Less Salsa by Joe attacked with excitement and enthusiasm. books published
Cawley and Driving over Lemons by Chris The book choices were so varied. Each by a member
Stewart. Both popular choices. Amidst member had a set time to tell about the of the group,
a host of eccentric locals, homesickness book of their choice and it was surprising Helena Lamb.
and the occasional cockroach infestation how sometimes quiet members of the Helena has
the characters of both books try to build group could fill the allotted time when written three
a life for themselves in the sun. Humorous talking about a subject that they enjoyed. books set in
books about life in Spain, showing that the This is an idea we will definitely use again the fictional
skies may be bluer, but the grass is not with a different subject choice. Well done seaside town
always greener. Katie Batchelor for choosing last month’s of Bride’s Bay
3. Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso subject. which is loosely
Falcones. An historical novel set in 15th set in the Solent
century Barcelona at the height of the There are always one or two members area of Hampshire. They are cosy murder
Inquisition, with the construction of the of the reading group who are unable to mysteries, easy reads, available on
Santa Maria del Mar as the background attend the monthly meeting. Because of Amazon. The latest book Secrets and
story. this we occasionally get together at a local Skeletons has just been released.
4. South from Granada by Gerald café between meetings. On March 8th nine
Brenan - a true story of Gerald’s life from of us met at Sabores on Camposol A and Next month’s meeting is April 6th 2-4pm at
1920-1934 as he lived in the remote passed a very pleasant two hours drinking the Cultural Centre, Camposol B. We are
village of Yegen in the Alpujarras and coffee and chatting. The beauty of our always happy to welcome new members,
how he interacts with the many colourful group lies in the mix of members; we are so if you have a love of reading come along
characters that make up the village. a variety of ages, from different places. and join us.
5. Daughters of Spain by Joan Fallon is a We have worked at widely differing careers
true story about how life was for Spanish and have individual life experiences, but Contact Chris Leiper on 968 199 441
women during the last 70 years. From life are united by living (whether part-time or
under a dictatorship to democracy, the full-time) in this beautiful part of Spain and

The Palm Troopers have almost finished Saladillo would like to volunteer, please contact any
trimming all the palm tree leaves on Sector from the member of the group, or use the phone
A with only 15 trees remaining. Well done shops to number, or email address attached below.

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guys! They will also undertake the weed Calle Madrid
spraying on all the parks. next in line Pat and Lorna are currently taking
for a tidy up. bookings for the Coach Trip to Alicante
on 5th April. You can book your tickets with
The Correos them at the library every Friday morning.
building will Tickets cost 15€.
be getting a
lick of paint
to brighten
it up for the
s u m m e r
as will the
wall at the
car park.
The recent
damage to
the wall will also be repaired.

Both the landscaping projects on Calle Of course completion of these projects
Andalucia and Calle Tarancon have been depends so much on your generous
completed and the planting of new Mimosa donations and the free time offered by
trees and other plants in The Memorial our hardworking volunteers. The bucket
Garden is about to begin. The group would collectors and the girls at the library will be Keep up to date with all happenings
like to thank Antonio Martinez Acosta from at the car park every Thursday and Friday and events on our Facebook page, Los
Jardineria Alcayna for his help here. to receive your donations, so a BIG THANK Palacios Gardening and Community
goes out to everyone who plays their part Group.
A few projects have yet to be started with in helping to make A Sector a nice place Tel 605 065 160
the reservations in the middle of Avda to live and a nice place to visit. If you Email Costa Cálida Chronicle Sales 619 199 407 61
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Aguilas Sunday 9th April – 90 min Free Theatrical riders will face a predominantly flat route of Visit In Spanish – 11am from 33km with the start and finish in Mazarrón
Tel 968 493 285 – Sat Market Archaeological Museum Los Baños. 11am passing through Gañuelas, La Majada,
Every Sunday – Antique & Collectable from Tourist Office. La Atalaya and Leiva. In the afternoon
Market near the Railway Station. From there will be 11kms from La Majada to
10am Sunday 9th April – Artisan Market in La La Cañadica de Mazarrón. Sunday April
Feria Street. 2nd will be the most demanding stage of
Sunday 2nd & Saturday 8th April – Free almost 100km with climbs to Cedacero and
Guided Theatrical Tour 10.30am from Friday 21st April to Sunday 28th May – La Cuesta.
Tourist Office Exhibition of Cueva Victoria @ The
Archaeological Museum Los Baños. Exhibits Almazjoven – Story, Poetry and
Sunday 2nd April – Annual Bands Concert include mining items and fossilised bones Photography Competition
- 11am Parade. 12pm Concert @ Auditorio from Cerro de San Gines de la Jara in The deadline for entries is Friday 7th April
Infanta Cartagena. Tues-Sat 10am-2pm & 5pm- 7. The Council of Youth of Mazarrón hosts
9pm. Sun & Fiestas 10am-2pm the V Artistic Contest Almazjoven. This
Sunday 16th April – Free Ruta del is to encourage young creators to express
Ferrocarril (Railway Route) in Spanish Saturday 22nd April – Free Flute & Piano themselves showing Mazarrón as the
- 10am from Monumento de Ferrocarril – Recital @ Teatro Cine Velasco – 9pm thematic core, basing their creations on
booking essential the municipality, its history, its landscapes
Saturday 29th April – XXXIII Folklore and everything related to the town. Gift
Saturday 22nd April – Free Guided Tour Festival @ Teatro Cine Velasco - 8.30pm vouchers will be awarded: 300€ for the
of Historic Aguilas – 11am from Tourist Free winner, 200€ for second place and 100€
Office for third place.
Saturday 29th April-Sunday 21st May –
Alhama de Murcia Photographic Exhibition by Salvador Free Guided Tours in Mazarrón area. Ramirez @ Cultural Centre. Mon-Fri 9am- Visit the Tourist Office or www.
Tel 968 633 512 – Tues Market 1.30pm & 4pm-8pm for full details of all
The Municipal Swimming Pool re- Sunday 30th April – Sketchcrawl – draw
opened at the end of March after repairs what you see at various points throughout Semana Santa
due to the high winds. There have also the day. Starts 10am-2pm from Palm Sunday April 9th at 12.30pm the
been repairs to the road to El Berro also Archaeological Museum Los Baños. Register Ramos Procession will start at the San
damaged during the bad weather. at Antón Hermitage in San Isidro towards the
church of Saint Joseph.
Saturday 1st April - 45 min Free Guided Lorca Martes Santo April 11th the Brotherhood
Tour in Spanish explaining the history of of Former Legionaries of Murcia will start
the thermal complex in Alhama de Murcia Tel 968 441 914 - Thurs Market after Holy Mass at 10.30pm and end at the
that is linked to its hot springs. 11am. Pre- Saturday 1st & Sunday 30th April – Free church of San José de Puerto de Mazarrón.
booking at Museum essential. Guided Tour of Historic Lorca – The brotherhood will carry the image of
11.30am from Tourist Office – booking the Crucified Christ.
Saturday 8th/Thursday 13th/Saturday 15th essential Holy Thursday April 13th at 9.30pm will
(English)/Sunday 23rd April - 3€ Guided be the Procession of Our Father Jesus
Visit to Alhama Castle – 11am from Mazarrón Nazarene
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Archaeological Museum Los Baños – 1½ Good Friday April 14th at 9.30pm will be
hrs. Tel 968 594 426 – Sat Market the Procession of the Holy Burial.
Mazarrón Town & Sun Market Puerto
de Mazarrón Saturday 1st April – Free Guided Tour of
Roman Mazarrón – booking essential
17 Universities Students Start
Extracurricular Courses In Mazarrón Puerto Lumbreras
This is part of a programme developed by Saturday 8th/15th/29th (4.30pm) & Sunday
the Department of Employment and Local 9th/16th/30th (12pm) April – Free Guided
Development with the aim of providing Tour of Medina Nogalte Caves & Castle
university students with tools and practical in Spanish
knowledge to enter the world of work when
they finish their studies. During 2016, 54 Saturday 29th April – Night Visit to
interns carried out their internships at Astronomic Observatory – 9pm. Adults
the City Hall of Mazarrón. Of these, 30% 2.50€ (more information from Tourist
achieved job placements in a related Office). Take warm clothes and a torch.
occupation, after carrying out their
extracurricular practices. Saturday 29th April – Monday 1st May –
Collectors’ Fair @ Sports Centre – Sat &
1st – 10th April is a new deadline for Sun 10am-9.30pm/Mon 10am-2.30pm
applications for a new internship. For more
information from CIME or call 968 592 Totana
Tel 968 423 902 – Wed Market
VIII Vuelta A Murcia Máster Saturday 22nd April – Free Guided
200 cyclists will compete in the VIII Vuelta Tour Round La Santa – 10.30am from
Ciclista Master of Murcia which starts on Sanctuary of Santa Eulalia – booking
Saturday 1st April. In the morning the essential.

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Our March meeting was well attended, booked, but you can join a waiting list, as
where Karen demonstrated how to make people’s plans change and there is always
beautiful silk flower arrangements for the possibility of drop outs.
Easter. These were all snapped up in the
sale afterwards. It was another chatty
afternoon, with two of our members telling
impromptu anecdotes about their travels.

would make good future members for us,
in about 60 years’ time!

Our next Thursday meeting is on 13th
April, when some of our members will As we now have a high membership and
be ‘strutting their stuff’ on the ‘catwalk’, most of our excursions involve a coach,
showing off Fashions from Beryl. The numbers are limited. We have therefore
clothes will all be on sale, so come along had to confine the sale of tickets to these
We were delighted to be invited to the and buy yourself a new outfit for Easter, or events to members only. However, we
Brownie and Rainbow meeting, when just stay for tea and cake. welcome guests at all our usual meetings,
we donated 100€ from the Ladies’ held at 2pm on the 2nd Thursday of each
Chatterbox funds, to pay for aprons for We are looking forward to our trip to Lorca month at the Cultural Centre, Camposol B.
the girls’ cookery and craft activities. I am on April 20th, when we will be lunching
sure they will be put to good use. With at the castle. At present this trip is fully
their lively chatter, the girls proved they

This month, both of our damaged an extra day spraying weed killer across live music from Scott James, so please
noticeboards were replaced with new most of the area. The chemical used is come along and support this fundraiser!
ones. pet-friendly so no danger to animals and
will control regrowth during the warmer Further information is available on
After a request from the Leos, our months. Please consider joining our our chalkboards and Facebook, from
Wednesday volunteers dismantled and scheme; it’s only 15€ a quarter, but John, our Chairman, on 634 325 427
re-sited the Insect Hotel on more stable if you are unable to make a monetary or visit the website http://www.
ground as it was in danger of falling into donation, our workers are always grateful greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup.

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the Rambla due to soil erosion after the for drinks and we are happy to have com/
heavy rains and a ton and a half of gravel your unwanted plants or decorative pots
(donated by a resident) was taken to the (chipped or broken is fine) to decorate
Brownies for their new garden. the borders. Every donation to our
bucket or raffle, every ticket sold
Two huge builder’s bags of garden for our social events, every payment
waste were collected from Upper ‘C’ to the Maintenance Scheme, and
and disposed of and a new garden area every contribution made by local
was started at the junction of the dual businesses, all make us feel part
carriageway and the Golf Club road. of our caring community, whether
This involved digging out and laying the resident or spending holidays here.
concrete foundations and brickwork of a
large raised bed which will be surrounded As part of that community, please be
by a garden area. Concrete was also vigilant. A very heavy stone bench
added to the water drainage areas and was stolen from the gravelled area
extensive weeding of beds and borders on the corner of the dual carriageway
was completed. More donations of slate, and the road up to the Golf Club. It
rocks, compost and plants (including yet would have taken more than two people
more Yuccas!) were collected and used to lift and a heavy vehicle to transport!
along the dual carriageway and perimeter Please, if you see anything suspicious, get
roads. This new landscaping and planting in touch. All information will be treated
is really improving all the roadside verges confidentially, thank you.
and has been paid for with your generous
donations to our buckets - thank you! Please save the date for our Summer
Picnic on 25th June; bring along your own
Our Maintenance Team continued their food, but we ask that you buy your drinks
weekly programme of sweeping and at our usual bargain prices from the bar.
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Forthcoming Events Events Telephone: 634 336 484 (10am-
Wednesday Menu Del Dia @ 4pm Mon to Fri)
26th April Boccapizza
1st Wednesday Volunteer’s Meeting @ Puerto De Mazarrón Equipment Loan: 634 306 927 (10am-
Every Month The Cultural Centre 4pm Mon to Fri)
Camposol 12pm Friday Table Top Sale @
28th April Commercial Centre
We are looking for volunteers (male
Tuesday Client’s coach trip to Camposol B
or female) to help with our admin. It
4th April Aguilas. involves use of the computer, answering
Guests Welcome 10€ Age Concern are at the Cultural Centre, the phone & keeping records. No previous
Camposol B on Wednesdays & Thursdays office experience necessary but a basic
Wednesday Talking Shop @ 10am-1pm for ticket purchases or knowledge of home computers would be
5th April The Cultural Centre telephone 634 344 589 (10am-4pm Mon an advantage.
Camposol to Fri) Please phone 634 344 589 for more

A new CST (Community Support Team) Salud Golf Society held a race night and bookstall on Fridays. You can contact us on
committee was elected at a meeting of all raised €200 for FAST. This will be used to email at
available members during the last week of keep FAST2016 going. Thank you to the
February. A dedicated group of people who Salud Golf Society. Trips
wish to see FAST2016 continue with the The trip to Aguilas Carnival on 4th March
much appreciated service provided to both was a great success.
the residents and visitors to Camposol. Garrucha Market and Mojacar 21st April.
The outgoing officers were thanked for Tickets 16€
their past dedication and service on the Guadalest and Algar Falls 10th May.
Committee. Tickets 20€

The new President of CST, Barry (Baz) Tickets available outside TJ Electricals,
Hamilton addressed all assembled with Camposol B every Friday 10am-12pm
his vision for the future of FAST2016. He Contact one of the FAST supporters on
stated that our aim should be to have closer the bookstall on Fridays or email trips@
links with the Local Council, Cruz Roja
and the Local Police, as we are operating
within their jurisdiction. Baz thanked those FAST2016 meet every Tuesday at 10am in
present for their hard work and dedication, Camposol Cultural Centre for training. Tea
responders and supporters. The Immediate Past Master of the Sierra and coffee are available so please come
Some new committee members have Espuna Lodge (136) Gary Allen and his along and have a chat and see how you
joined us: wife Jayne presented the President of can do something special for the residents
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Dorothy Baillie (Fund Raising) FAST2016 Baz Hamilton with a cheque of Camposol.
John Simmons (IT) for €1000 for the FAST2016 funds. What
Lesley Stewart-Paver (Committee Member) a fantastic donation from their Lodge and We will now be offering local businesses,
many, many thanks! societies and groups FREE Cardio-
As reported last month we are in need Pulmonary Resuscitation Packages in
of people to come forward to give a little Camposol, Condado and Mazarrón Country
of their time to assist FAST2016. No Club. All demonstrations are carried out
previous medical or first aid knowledge is by qualified instructors. This is part of
required as full training is given. The skills FAST2016’s extended initiative in serving
learnt will be a benefit to everyone, your our communities.
family and friends as well as the people
of Camposol. These life-saving skills can For more information contact secretary@
be used anywhere; you never know when
your services may be needed.

To become a Responder with FAST2016
you must either live on Camposol or be
here available to respond. In the last few We would like to thank all our supporters,
weeks we have 4 new Responders being businesses and individuals who donate to
trained and one who has returned after a FAST2016.
short break. We still need more so that we
can resume the 24 hour service. At this The FAST2016 Spring Fayre will be
time we are covering the hours from 10am- held at Mariano’s, Camposol A on the 27th
10pm with some nights covered. As soon May. Entrance raffle ticket €1. There will
as we have more Responders we will be be all the usual traders in situ along with
able to return to providing cover 24/7. You the cake stalls, tombola, bric-a-brac and
can contact us by email on recruitment@ much more. There is also the Grand Prize Draw with top prize of a large flat screen
TV. Tickets are €1 each available at the

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Spring is here, and it’s lovely to feel the We have some important dates for our 10.30am-1pm. Thank you to all of you who
sun on our faces. Here at Forget Me diary at Forget Me Not, the first being have attended in the past. We also thank
Not, we’ve had a good month, with new the Dorothy Kay Memorial Mile on those who have donated items for us to
volunteers and lots of fun and stimulating Wednesday 3rd May. The pre-registration sell. If you have any bric-a-brac, household
activities. (I don’t know who enjoys our and meeting place will be The Black Bull items, or clothes that you no longer
time together more, the clients or the on Sector B Camposol from 6pm-7.30pm require, please drop them into Forget Me
volunteers!) and the race will start at 8pm. Sponsorship Not at the Cultural Centre, Camposol B on
forms are available from The Black Bull, Mondays 10.30am-1.30pm.
Forget Me Not provides free respite care Best Wishes, Cat’s Bar and TJ Electricals.
for people with dementia or long-term Entry is a minimum of 5€ sponsorship. Another May event in aid of Forget Me
illness. If as a carer you feel that you would Entrants can run, walk or jog the mile. Not is an Art & Craft Display by Paula
benefit from coming along to our group, Dorothy Kay was one of the Forget Me Klages. This will take place at the Golf
you will find us at the Cultural Centre on Not founder members and as a friend and Club, Camposol C 11am-2pm on Saturday
Camposol B every Monday from 10.30am- volunteer, she is sadly missed. 6th May. We will also include a Tombola
1.30pm. Stall to boost our funds.
Looking ahead, May looks set to be a busy
Thank you once again to all the local month for us. Our Forget Me Not monthly Please come along to our events, or pop
companies and individuals that have jumble sales are proving very popular, with in to the Cultural Centre and say hello. We
donated to our group; without you we the next one taking place on Saturday, 6th are always happy to see new faces.
wouldn’t be able to survive. May at the Cultural Centre, Camposol B

Hi everyone onto Mojacar to the Playas for the re- lunch (included).
enactments which look really good, so
April already, time is marching on and it it should be a very enjoyable day out. €170 pp in a twin/double bedded room,
will soon be Easter. Members €20 and non-members €22. Pick- (single room supplement) non-members
ups are MCC top roundabout 10.50am, flag €185 pp. Deposits are now due at €50
Events roundabout 11am, Camposol (Mariano’s) per person, non-refundable except in
11.10am. extenuating circumstances
Easter Monday 17th April
We will be holding our usual Easter 25th April - 4 Days in Benalmadena 21st September - Tarragona
Monday Children’s Egg Hunt and Table 1st day leaving MCC top roundabout 9am A 4 day trip in a 4 star Hotel B & B for the
Top Sale, everyone is welcome to join us and flag roundabout 9.10am and Mariano’s, Santa Tecla Fiesta, calling into Cambrils
and it is a free event; just bring your table Camposol A 9.20am calling into Frigiliana on the way home - another fantastic trip.
and set up. There is no charge for your (voted the prettiest village in Spain, Cost is 175€ for members and 185€ for
table. Set up is 2pm and the egg hunt is arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon). non-members (single room supplement
at 3pm. Everything starts at 3pm, weather 2nd Day applies). Non-refundable deposits of 50€
permitting. won’t be taken until May.
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Mystery Day Trip With Lunch 17th May
This is another of our Mystery Trips and
should be a really good one with lunch at
an award winning restaurant. The cost
for this one is €25 members and €27 non-
members. Unfortunately we are now sold
out, but you can put your names down
on the reserve list. Pick-ups are MCC top
roundabout 9.40am and 9.50am, flag
roundabout Camposol (Mariano’s) 10am. Free day with lots to see in Benalmadena
or visit Malaga or anywhere along the
Mojacar Moors And Christians 10th June coast (very easy on the train).
We will be having lunch first before going
3rd Day For tickets and info please ring Shirley 968
Trip to Malaga with 956 070 or Ruth 968 956 118; also at
lots to see and do; the Tuesday Market at the Taberna on MCC
visit the new marina or email
or the old town or
even go on their big Our website is now up and running so
wheel for the views lots of information and photos of previous
etc. Malaga is also events and of course our last trip. If you
shopping heaven and wish to make any comments you can do so
has the old teatro on the blog. Please visit
and castle so there is
plenty of history.
4th Day
Depart hotel at 10am
for a visit to Mijas
and onto Rio Frio for

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It’s that time of year again!!! calf massage. If you’re not changing your which creates smoother and more
It’s time to bare our feet after their being toe nail polish regularly, you may miss attractive feet.
squashed into boots all winter. “Oh dear” a toenail fungus hiding under your old
I hear you say. Getting ready for the chipped polish. 5. The most enjoyable part of the
summer means getting rid of dry skin, un- Pedicure is the massage, as this
kept nails and chipped polish. All this can Benefits of having a pedicure helps promote circulation and helps
be rectified with regular Pedicures, which 1. Receiving a regular Pedicure can relieve tension in the calves and the
include other benefits to make you feel help to detect early signs of corns, feet.
lighter on your feet too. bunions or infections. 6. A good Pedicure can be very
2. Clipping, cutting and cleaning of relaxing and helps relieve stress
the toenails prevents them from which can be therapeutic.
growing inwards, which can cause Pedicures are a great way to provide
infection. basic care for your feet and vital to our
3. The elimination of dirt and bacteria overall health, so come on ladies and gents
from your feet will also prevent nail treat your feet.
diseases, disorders and foot odours.
Pedicures are available at The Salon,
4. Exfoliation, or removal of dead Camposol C
skin cells, prevents the cells from Lux Pedicure 17€ inc parrafin wax 20€
accumulating and causing bunions Summer pedi offer - Pedicure & shape &
A Pedicure is a cosmetic treatment for or corns. The removal of dead skin polish on your hands all for 25€
the feet and toe nails, that cleans your from your feet, especially your
feet and provides nail care and foot and heels, encourages new cell growth Tel 691 9167 17 for your appointment.

Psalm 23: 2-3 I’m guessing you can relate! Just because 23 are like balm to the spent spirit. When
He lets me rest in green pastures we live in an age where things have become we feel like we have to keep running at
and leads me beside quiet waters. He easier for us doesn’t mean we won’t feel a frantic pace just to meet the demands
restores my soul. He guides me in the worn out. Glance at Psalms and you’ll see placed on us, it is freeing to read that God
right paths as He has promised. that weariness has always had the power ‘lets’ us rest in green pastures.
to catch up with anyone, no matter when
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I or where they lived. People often talk of Quiet yourself right now. What do you
feel as though a stressed-out state is the the past in nostalgic terms, calling them hear? Can you feel the soft breeze of that
norm. Feeling rested and peaceful seems simpler times (“those were the days”), but calm pasture? God gives us permission to
to be a rarity for our culture. Many of us actually we humans have been wearing rest! Then He leads us by quiet waters and
experience sleep deprivation, but when we ourselves out since the fall in the Garden in the process He renews our strength.
add the stresses and troubles of everyday of Eden.
life or fully-fledged suffering, we’ve got No matter how busy life is, God gives us
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the recipe for physical, emotional, mental, Kings are no exception. David surely felt permission to get away with Him and enjoy
spiritual and relational exhaustion. worn out repeatedly. His words in Psalm His rest. That may happen in five minutes
or fifty, but He is capable of giving all of us
the rest we need today.

April Services @ 1030 Calle Sobrija 2248,
Sector D, Camposol
2nd Songs of Praise
9th Morning Prayer
14th Good Friday - Holy Communion with
our German colleagues
16th Easter Sunday - Holy Communion
with our German colleagues
23rd Songs of Praise
30th Family Service

Anyone wishing to contact the church
please call us on:
English Branch 665 302 019
German Branch 968 978 961

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47 words of 3 letters or more.

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Roman Catholic Church The bandage year now without getting better or
We are in St Joseph’s Church (El Saladillo), that was worse.”
near Camposol and Mazarrón Country Club located on Corroborating the conclusion of the
urbanizations (exit 17, RM 3 motorway). his side doctors, that the presence of the stigmata
Happy New Year! wound would was unexplainable and miraculous, was
b e c o m e the fact that Padre Pio had operations for
Schedule of Masses: soaked with a hernia and for a cyst. These conditions
Every Saturday: Mass is at 4.30pm (in blood during healed normally, but his stigmata didn’t
English) the night heal normally. Amazingly, Padre Pio’s
Every Sunday: Mass according to the and had to wounds on his hands were often open and
extraordinary form (in Latin) is at 4.30pm be changed exposed, but remained completely free
the following from infection. He lost about a cupful of
Schedule of Confessions: morning. His blood every day from the wound on his
Saturday from 3.15-4.20pm (also on stigmata was side, which was covered always by a linen
request) examined cloth.
by doctors
The Life of Saint Padre Pio on several There are volumes of testimonies from
His stigmata were very deep wounds at occasions. more than a thousand different people who
the centre of his hands and feet and on The unbiased conclusion that they reached were pronounced hopelessly ill by doctors,
the left side of his body. His hands and was that his wounds were unexplainable. but were cured of incurable maladies and
feet were pierced all the way through; Without direct permission of his superiors, the effects of crippling injuries through the
you could even see light through the no-one was able to see the wounds. intercession of Padre Pio. Padre Pio also
membrane that covered his wounds. He caused numerous conversions to occur
wore half-gloves over his hands (except Dr Bignami examined the wounds shortly among unbelievers, atheists and agnostics
during Mass), and stockings on his feet. after Padre Pio received them. He stated: – and people who claimed to be Catholics,
Over the years, thousands of people saw “…I do not understand how these but had lapsed in the practice of the Faith.
Padre Pio’s wounds exposed at his Masses. wounds have persisted for nearly a (to be continued)

Learn, Improve or Just Play Bridge Do you like playing cards? Better Bridge or Duplicate Bridge
Mazarrón Bay Bridge Club (MBBC) Have you always wanted to learn Bridge, events will be for you.
is a friendly club with members of all the most popular card game in the world,
nationalities. Our motto is Bridge with but not sure what you might find, or how Why play bridge?
a Smile. We offer Bridge activities (and to go about it? If so, then come along to It costs virtually nothing.
regular lunches!) to suit card players of one of our 3-hour ‘New 2 Bridge’ sampler It’s fun.
all nationalities & levels, from absolute sessions to experience what Bridge is all It’s a social game.
beginners with no previous experience, about? Don’t worry about getting confused Wherever you go you’ll find other bridge
to fully hardened experts - we have four with lots of theory – the emphasis is on players.
distinct sessions to suit whoever you are. practical card play. No partner needed. Bridge stretches the mind, and has
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been scientifically proven to stave off
If you played Bridge years ago, but have Alzheimer’s.
forgotten what you learnt, or the Bridge But beware, it’s addictive!
Sampler has whetted your appetite, then
our short Bridge Basics Course would If you are interested in anything we have
suit. The emphasis is on learning while you to offer, or want to come along to one of
play, rather than listening to lots of theory. our regular lunches to meet us socially,
Maybe you only play Bridge socially, but then phone Phil (602 539 830) or email
have wanted to find out what playing mazarronbaybridgeclub@gmail.
Bridge in a club is like, but been too com to find out more. All play takes place
nervous to give it a try? in very pleasant surroundings at Hotel
Maybe you are a regular player, but want Playa Grande, on the road between Puerto
to improve your game. Either of our weekly de Mazarrón & Bolnuevo.

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In front of the and are of a simple rectangular shape. They dissolved in 1807. If this was not enough,
Iglesia del nevertheless form a very pleasant oasis in the young José Moniño went to Orihuela as
Carmen, near the urban environment and there are plen- a student of acknowledged ‘modest means’
the centre of ty of seats in them on which to sit if you which would have marked him out among his
Murcia City wish. These were the first public gardens to contemporaries. Nevertheless, he obtained
are the Flor- be opened in Spain in 1848 (though there his legal qualification and went to Madrid in
idablanca was a late 18th Century predecessor) and 1748, where he became a noted lawyer and
Gardens. It are said to exhibit the philosophy of a Moor- established close links with a number of oth-
is well worth- ish garden design with flower beds in line er reform-minded individuals who, however,
while sim- and the sound of running water. They are had some influence.
ply walking named after the politician, jurist and econ- By 1766 he had become the Chief Crown
through them omist, José Moñino y Redondo, the Count Prosecutor (or ‘fiscal’) of the Consejo de
if you are go- of Floridablanca (note his 1849 statue in Castilla. This stood him in very good stead
ing to the city the gardens) who was a Prime Minister of when he was able to take a leading role in
centre from King Charles III and King Charles IV and a the trials which followed the Esquilache Mu-
the direction promoter of the development of the Carmen tiny of that year, defending the King’s po-
of the railway district. sition. This mutiny is popularly regarded
station, rath- as having arisen as a result of the efforts
er than just continuing along the roadside. by one of Charles III’s Ministers, the Italian
The gardens are not particularly extensive Marquis of Esquilache, to enforce new dress
rules banning certain traditional forms of
Spanish dress (large hats and long capes).
In fact, these new rules were not as strange
as they may at first sight appear. There was
a problem of banditry with weapons being
commonly hidden under such apparel! Nor
is this altogether the underlying reason for
the uprising. There had been three years of
bad harvests and, if the riots began in Ma-
drid, they spread to a large number of other
cities, but with the price of bread a prime
factor, Esquilache was dispatched back to
Italy! Thereafter, Floridablanca’s career
took off. He became Ambassador in Rome
José Moñino was born on 21st October 1728, to the Vatican in 1772 and was instrumental
the son of a noble family by then in some- in getting Pope Clement XIV to suppress the
what reduced circumstances. His father Jesuit movement, for which Charles III be-
worked in the service of the Church and stowed the title of Count of Floridablanca
José Moniño was baptized in the Iglesia de upon him. In fact, the title of Floridablan-
San Bartolomé. He was subsequently ed- ca itself relates to José Moniño’s family es-
ucated at the Seminario de San Fulgencio tate in Murcia.
and went on to the University of Santo Do-
mingo in Orihuela. Orihuela was, in fact, a In 1776, the King appointed our famous
minor university which had been founded in Murcian to be his Secretary of State and
the early 18th Century to educate students took him into his close confidence. In this
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for the priesthood and Civil Service. These position, the Count, effectively became what
minor universities were intensely disliked by
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venge and replaced Floridablanca in 1792, Bonaparte, on the Spanish throne. Spain
Continued from page 74
albeit for only a short period. was effectively now involved in a war of
we would now recognize as Prime Minister, independence and, at the age of 80, José
a post which he held for 16 years (no in- Even so, de- Moniño, the Count of Floridablanca, was
considerable feat!) during which time he spite having summoned out of his Murcian retirement to
introduced many innovative reforms in line been at the take charge of efforts against the French in-
with the Age of Enlightenment. One Spanish head of Gov- vader. He had to travel to Seville. Sadly, but
source describes the creation under Florid- ernment for perhaps not surprisingly, at his advanced
ablanca of the Supreme Junta – a Coun- 16 years, age, such a journey in the winter was not
cil of Ministers – as the most important of having been particularly agreeable and he died in Seville
all the administrative reforms. Of course, imprisoned on 30th December of that year. So ended a
the Council reported to the King, but under and already remarkable and long life. Initially, Florid-
Floridablanca’s leadership, it settled con- approaching ablanca was buried in the Chapel of Kings in
flicts between Ministers and dealt with is- 70 years of Seville with honours befitting a royal prince.
sues crossing individual responsibilities. It age, Florid- Subsequently, his remains were returned to
was clearly a forerunner of what we regard ablanca was his native Murcia where he now rests next
today as Cabinet Government. not finished. to his father in the Iglesia de San Juan. Sit-
Once released ting in the sun in the gardens which bear his
from prison, name, it is easy to understand why he is so
he returned honoured by his native city.
to his native
Murcia in retirement. Unfortunately, Spain’s Part taken from ‘Exploring Murcia – Mur-
history took a turn for the worse as the cia City’, by Clive and Rosie Palmer. Clive
country became embroiled in French affairs and Rosie have written several guide books
and ultimately, after successive abdications on towns and regions in Murcia which are
by Charles IV and his son Ferdinand VII, in available, from, or contact
1808 Napoleon placed his brother, Joseph

As Prime Minister, it is said that Florid-
ablanca, supported the building of over
2000 kilometres of roads, canals and irri-
gation systems as well as modernising the
credit system, liberalising prices, reforming
education and ending many restraints to
trade. In 1782, he caused the forerunner
of the Bank of Spain to be established. He
was also very active in foreign policy and
supported the American colonists in their re-
bellion against British rule in the American
War of Independence, at the end of which
Spain recovered Florida and Menorca from
Britain. He even established diplomatic re-
lations with Turkey.

Nothing, however, lasts for ever. Charles
III died in 1788 and was succeeded by his
son Charles IV, to whom he recommended

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Floridablanca. Charles IV, who has often
been characterized by historians as lazy,
took his father’s advice, but was unable to
preserve Spain’s relative prosperity, though
the effects of the French Revolution were
undoubtedly a major influence. Florid-
ablanca was also profoundly influenced by
what was happening in France and, despite
his reformist credentials, he determined to
keep the Spanish public ignorant of events
there through censorship of publications.

Unfortunately, time and the tide had now
turned against Floridablanca and, after 16
years, in 1792, he was removed from his
position. He was accused of corruption and
abuse of power and was even imprisoned in
Pamplona until 1795. Maybe also his past
had caught up with him. At the time of his
first appointment as Secretary of State in
1776, this man from a relatively humble
background had overtaken the aspirations
of the Count of Aranda and his aristocratic
supporters to leave them without real power
and representation in Government and he
introduced what could be characterized as
a lengthy period of bourgeois reform. Dom-
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I don’t know, the minute I pop over to Luckily they had chosen the only dry and had to be cancelled. Similarly, Judy
Britain everything turns upside-down! The weekend of the month! They created an and Tony’s walk for Saturday 18th March
weather was beautiful over there – nice all-time record of attracting 55 people (and (the “3 rivers” walk near Moratalla, via the
and dry and sunny. Sadly, as you all know 3 dogs) to the walk and thankfully we didn’t ancient site of Bolvonegro) would have
far better than me, there seems to have lose anybody, even though I tried! (oops - been too risky after the recent storms.
been a bit of a meteorological swap and yet must pay better attention when I’m back- Hopefully both can be re-scheduled for
again beautiful WARM walks have ‘bitten marking!) I’m not sure whose idea it was some time in the near future when calm
the dust’ because of the downpours. Poor to play charades (with fancy dress) in the returns to Murcia’s North West.
Carla and Douwe and Judy and Tony; both restaurant afterwards, but judging by the
couples have already been ‘rain victims’ faces of our co-diners, it seems as though
this season and must be feeling pretty everyone was enjoying the unexpected
miffed. entertainment. It was a good job really,
because the food left a little to be desired
There’s a beautiful 8km walk around the now that our standards have risen so high,
Sierra de Quípar (west of Cehegín) and so I shan’t be naming names this month!
on Sat 25th February, Patricio & Ramón
decided that they would introduce us all
to this area that borders the Sierra de las
Cabras and a zone called La Encarnación.

Walks scheduled for the coming few weeks:

Thurs 13th April: George and David -
Cehegín (note change of date)

Sat 22nd April: Juan - Inazares (another
route that’s been on the wish list for a long
The Sierra de Oro
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and Carla and only remaining walk; Patricio and Ramón’s
Douwe’s expedition route around the Sierra del Quípar.
to its summit and the
Collado de Portazgo For those on the mailing list, more photos
(the pass at the top can be seen on the WARM Facebook page.
where historically
a price for taking Most of our walks are in the Northwest of
merchandise over the the region and full details will be circulated
mountain – portazgo automatically, normally about a fortnight
- was exacted) was ahead. As always, if there is anyone who
fixed for another would like their email address to be added
rainy weekend to the mailing list then please contact me
(Saturday March 4th) (Jessica) on:

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The Royal British Legion is delighted to is extended to anyone who would like to largest UK Charity supporting the Armed
announce the inauguration of a new Legion attend. We will be forming a Committee Forces community and combine this with
Branch covering Northern Murcia. The to run the Branch and to find out more an active social diary as part of enjoying
opening will take place on Friday 7th April either come along on 7th April, or email life in Spain.
at 12 noon in the restaurant adjoining the
Santuario Virgin de la Esperanza on the
outskirts of Calasparra. A warm welcome This is a great opportunity to join the spain-north

Christian Fellowship WELCOME HOUSE sharing.
A different way of doing “church” Tel 633 447 937 The most important personal relationship
casawelcome2013 we can have is with Jesus. With Him we Welcome House can be found at 3A
can share everything; the sorrows and Campillio y Suertes, Cehegin
Fellowship - companionship, friendliness, pain no-one but Jesus would understand;
participation, sharing; community of the songbirds, ever changing seasons,
interest - all definitions in my Oxford colours of trees and flowers; appreciation
dictionary. of things that seem so simple, yet when
you look more closely are so intricate.
How do we view this word, Christians talk
about? Today it came home to me how Look closely at the blossom around at
important it is and not just for Christians. the moment. See the detail, smell the
fragrance and praise Jesus the one who
We can all go our own way and think “Yes, created it.
I understand. I don’t need any one to
explain that to me”, but in some cases it You can talk to Him anytime, anywhere
makes for a very lonely person wondering about anything. He will not only have time
if anyone really cares. for you, but will be delighted that you are
talking with Him. Don’t forget though it’s
I have a friend away at present, going not one-sided. Real communication is
through a difficult time. I sent them a link between two beings listening and sounding
to view. They emailed me back. They had off each other.
enjoyed the video, but found it difficult
reflecting on the questions on their own. Are you a Christian?
Normally we would have shared it together Only if you have a personal relationship
at our fellowship gathering. with Jesus.

For me anyway, it’s about having a personal If you would like to contact us regarding
relationship with another being, upholding anything we have publicised or may be

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April has truly blossomed – a fabulous, cosmetic purpose. This compact and Sunday 2nd – Free Guided Tour (in
colourful time of year. Grab your camera characterful market supports traditional Spanish) of the town to view significant
and explore the stunning scenery; raise and local crafts for a great selection of historical houses and the renowned clock
your spirits with the multitude of activities produce and hand-made goods. There is tower, the Torre del Reloj. There are 3
available; absorb the tradition and culture easy street parking around Plazas Vieja tours: 11am/12pm and 1pm – collect
of the towns and markets in the region and and Del Castillo for the market which runs tickets from the tourist office in the market
look forward to the pageantry and religious 9am-2pm. place 15 mins before each start time.
significance of Easter. Check out the Tourist Some guides speak English and it’s still a
Offices regularly for the latest information good way to explore the town.
using the contact details as shown.

T: 968 652 244 T: 968 745 325
Sunday 2nd – the regular El Zacatín Wednesday 19th April – MARA Dog
Artisan Market celebrates the art of Charity Lunch @ Restaurante Santuario
distillation, demonstrating how natural Virgin de la Esperanza 2pm. Price 12€. Tel
plants such as lavender, rosemary and 602 848 769/693 447 614
thyme were distilled for medicinal and
T: 968 702 424
Easter week runs from 7th-14th April with
processions and religious services to enjoy
and proclaim your faith. As one of five
recognised Holy Cities, and 2017 being
a Holy Year or Jubilee Year, the week of
celebration culminates on Good Friday
14th April with processions morning and

Art Exhibition until 28th May in the Antigua
Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús exhibiting
works by some of the most important
sculptors in the Murcia region with a focus
on master sculptor Francisco Salzillo.
Tues-Sat 10am-2pm & 5pm-7pm, Sun and
religious holidays 10am-2pm. Free guided
tours daily 10.30am/12.30am/5.30pm in
Spanish. Book on 868 175 188

CEIZA 968 453 500
Sunday 2nd April – Artisan Market in Plaza
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de España - 10am-2pn

T: 968 723 550
The Archaeological See of Begastri
is opened for tours on Saturdays and
Sundays at 10.10am/11.15am/12.20pm -
2€ per person. The tour begins with a video
presentation followed by a guided tour
to see the remains of the Iberian culture
before the IV century B.C. The guided tour
in English will be on demand.

Sunday 2nd – Cehegin hosts the XVIII
National Mass Gathering of Drums and
Cornet Bands – if you can’t beat ‘em, join

Cehegin celebrates Easter with processions
in which hundreds of penitents follow and
carry religious and artistic statues. These
processions take place on Friday of Pain
(7th April), Palm Sunday (9th April),
Friday morning and night 14th April and
Resurrection Sunday April 16th.

Good Friday 14th April Los Pasodobles del

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Casino 12pm. Different musical bands in combining sport and culture - 10am- Monday 24th April – the precocious talent of
the morning procession play a pasodoble 1.30pm. Enjoy a free guided tour of prize-winning pianist Jorge Nava sparks
in the street outside the Casino in la Calle the site and educational workshops on into life @ Auditorio Victor Villegas with
Mayor in the Old Town. A tradition which Roman culture. Sporting events such as a piano concert performing Beethoven’s
reflects the joy and happiness felt by the a 180m race, discus and javelin throwing, sonatas. Tickets 12€ from the Box Office
enemies of Jesus after his death. long jump, and Greco-Roman wrestling 8pm.
exhibition invite participants, limited to a
Saturday 22nd April - Free Tour in Spanish maximum of 40 persons for 5€ pp. Friday 28th April - El Cello en España
(guides often speak English) will introduce Concert - programme of eighteenth
you to the wealth of history and heritage Enjoy the local Tapas Route. Further info century pieces written for the cello @ the
showcased by impressive architectural on 669 223 908 Conjunto Monumental de San Juan de
wonders of palace, churches, mansions, Sunday 9th April – Free Tour of Casco Dios (behind the Cathedral in Murcia City).
coats of arms and the Museo Arqueológico. Antiguo (in Spanish) - 11.30am from Tickets 10€ (6€ for students/retirees/
There are English info boards. After the Tourist Office appreciate the main historic unemployed) from Filmoteca in Murcia
tour, visit the school of wine to learn about sites of significant houses, churches, (Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm/Sun 6pm-8pm) Tel:
the D.O. Bullas wines. Departs Plaza del museums and formidable castle. 968 902 201, or 30 mins before start at
Castillo 11.30am. Contact Tourist Office for venue at 8pm.
full details and booking (sturdy footwear Sunday 9th April – Artisan Market in the
required for this hilltop town). heart of the historic town. YECLA
MURCIA T: 968 754 104
T: 968 358 749 Saturday 8th April – Free Guided Tour (in
Wednesday 5th April - Mediterranean Spanish) - Starting from the sanctuary of
Cartagena Tours offer an English language the Virgen del Castillo with stunning views
Tour Of a Renowned Town Market over the town relating to the demise of the
to sample products and visit a specialist castle and concluding with a visit to the
bakery to appreciate how the popular museum of the fiestas and opportunity to
Murcian meat pie, the pastel de carne, sample local wines - 11am – booking from
is made. The tour also visits some of Tourist Office essential.
the Islamic remains of the city followed
by tapas tasting of some of the local Sunday 30th – Free Guided Walk
favourites. 10am from Verónicas Market’s ‘From Bud to Bottle’ - through the
Main Entrance (Murcia). 25€ pp incl food. Yecla vineyards as the vines start to bud
Sunday 23rd April – Car Boot Sale at park Booking essential on 650 017 327/968 followed with the chance to sample local
Ginés de Paco. Pitch 2€. Book at Tourist 259 155 wines and buy direct from a local bodega.
Office. 9am (meeting point will be advised by the
Sun 9th/Mon 10th/Tues 11th April - Choirs tourist office when you book). Sensible
Saturday 29th April – Free Activities at the Auditorium @ The Auditorio Victor shoes and comfortable clothing are
Day @ Eco Park (Tourism Activity Park) Villegas featuring the Orpheus Choir, the recommended.
‘Coto de las Maravillas’ - action for all the Ars Nova Choir and
family; paintballing, horse riding, assault the Kodaly Choir on
course, Quidditch pitch and other activities the respective dates.
for all ages. Campsite with refreshments 7pm/8pm/8.30pm
available in the bar. Park open throughout respectively. Tickets
each weekend. For more info call 691 200 10€ pp.
353 or
A third “Moon Bike”
Sunday 30th April - Artisan Market @ season is underway
Plaza del Castillo. April’s theme is ancient for 2017. Ten guided
craftwork with demonstrations in wood itineraries will each

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turning, ceramics, wrought-iron, woven start in the Glorieta
grass and spinning. de Espana (in front
of Murcia Town Hall)
JUMILLA by the River Segura; between 10K and
T: 968 780 23 15K (no steep
climbs). 8.30pm start
MORATALLA (no pre-registration is required).
T: 968 730 208 Cycles should have
10th/11th/12th/17th & 18th April mornings adequate lighting and
- School of Holy Week, sponsored by bell and you should
the Council of Women - promoting family wear light coloured,
reconciliation, fellowship and teamwork, or reflective, clothing
raising awareness of values of equality and and a cycle helmet in
respect, encouraging creativity through urban areas. Those
play and crafts and creating a space of under 16 years must
coexistence between equals. For children be accompanied by
between 3 and 10 years. Registration in the an adult at all times.
Town Hall Registry 15€. More information Municipal bikes are
at Centro de la Mujer 968 730 154 available two days
prior on 968 200
MULA 293. The tourist office has a full list
T: 968 661 501 of routes and start
Saturday 1st April – Los Villaricos Roman times.
Villa site is hosting its first I Jornadas
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Hi everyone it’s John reporting on the its cave houses. The villagers were very help run our petanca day. Contact Steve
action at the Welcome Group over the friendly and opened their doors and invited for details)
last month. us into their wonderful cave dwellings.
The museum was also very interesting. Book Swap – 11th & 25th April at 10am on
Everyone had a great few days away. Camposol B opposite the MABS house on
the main dual carriageway
We were all treated to a great show at
the February Dance. Three really good Events
artistes entertained us royally. First up was April Dance - Wednesday 19th at 7.30pm
Sian with her lovely voice singing songs presenting the lovely voice of one of our
both old and new. After the break we had a favourite singers Mr Nick Gold together
tribute act to Meatloaf. I am an enormous with the versatile voice of lovely Sharni.
fan of Meatloaf and these artistes were Tickets €8. Chicken & Chips €5.
really good. When they finished their
set the whole audience was on their feet May Dance - Wednesday 17th at 7.30pm
applauding and wanting more. We got more a Rock ‘n’ Roll Fest. Come dressed for the
in the form of The Commitments tribute. occasion and win prizes for the best outfits.
On Friday 17th February we set out for a All three took to the stage to wow us with Also a Jive & Rock ‘n’ Roll competition with
Three Nights Stay in Granada, staying at this group’s wonderful songs. Hopefully we awards for the best and runners-up. You
the 4* Melia Granada Hotel. Everyone was will see them back in the future. will be dancing to a superb duo Roadrunner
blown away with the hotel. It was lovely and tba. Tickets €8. Chicken & Chips €5.
and very central.
Welcome Summer Ball – Wednesday
21st June at La Cumbre Hotel including a
6 course meal with drinks, a Mega Raffle
and dancing to Rob Sweenie. Tickets €29.
Coach €5. Rooms available.

Tabarca Island – Monday 26th June.
Brilliant day out, great for snorkelling or
just relaxing, inclusive of coach, ferry and
lunch €39pp.

Tarragona Trip - Saturday 9th September
Ladies Evening at Mariano’s 8th March for 4 nights staying at 3* Hotel Urbis
Another brilliant evening of fun, shopping Centre in the centre of this ancient Roman
We all know and even a Fashion Show. I’m sure all you town – B & B. Includes coach travel, two
what a super ladies had a great time, finishing the night excursions; one to a Cava producer and
city Granada dancing to the ever popular Woody. another to the Roman amphitheatre/ruins
is with so and a boat trip on the way home. €280pp.
much to do The next Welcome Meeting will be held
and see. at 2pm on 1st April at Mariano’s when you Almeria & Mini Hollywood - Sunday 8th
Some took will be able to purchase tickets for all October - 3 nights at the 3* Hotel Nuevo
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t h e m s e l ve s upcoming events and trips and also food Torreluz in the centre on Almeria. Coach
off to a tickets where applicable. travel, a day trip including lunch to Mini
Flamenco Hollywood and a visit to Mojacar €165pp.
show while There is no membership to the Welcome
o t h e r s Group. All events and trips are open to
jumped on everyone.
a bus and Contact Steve on 697 960 590
cable car to Email
visit the ski for information or to book your places.
slopes, which
were very busy. The views are terrific from Petanca is held on the first Wednesday of
up there. On the journey home we called each month at Mariano’s, starting at 2pm.
in on the village of Guadix, famous for (We are currently looking for someone to

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Let me pose a question to you. Do you Take all your worries and anxieties to the here on earth?
ever worry about anything? cross literally. We wish you all a very happy Easter.
Most of us at some part of our lives do Next time you worry about your health,
worry and have you thought “Why did I finances, family or any situation, take Why not join us we meet each Sunday
worry? I wasted tears, energy and time”, them to the foot of the cross. morning at the Cultural Centre on Camposol
when most things we worry about never B at 10.30am? We are registered with the
happen. These are the things that Jesus did for us Free Methodist Church and have charity
with love: status.
In the Bible in the Book of Romans chapter Blood He bled for you.
8 verse 32, it says “God did not keep back The spear He took for you. Any information you require, please ring
His Own Son, but He gave Him for us”. The nails He felt for you. Pastor Ralph and Margaret Locke on 968
199 622 or mobile 618 720 181
If God did this, won’t He freely give us He did all this for you, so knowing that He
anything else? did all this for you and for me on the cross, God bless you
don’t you think He will look out for you

Just a few little words include ideas related to place, time, manner, A word already referred to is ‘desde’ usually
distance and price etc. translated as ‘since’ or ‘from’. It can refer to
I have been asked many times to teach Here are a few examples: both time and place, as in ‘Desde Alicante
people the ‘little words’ in Spanish. However, Mañana iré a Zaragoza. hasta Madrid’ or ‘Desde las 7 hasta las 9
tackling ‘little words” as a subject in itself Tengo mi clase a las seis y media. de la tarde’.
this is much easier said than done for several Lo hago a mi manera.
reasons. Firstly, many ‘little words’ have Está a cien metros. A word which refers only to concepts of time
multiple meanings depending on the context Los vendo a cinco euros cada uno. is ‘durante’. This is directly connected to the
which means that secondly, it is not possible idea of ‘duration’.
to find a single translation for them out of Equally, if not more common is the preposition ‘He estado enferma durante toda la
context and thirdly, even if we do manage to ‘de’ (of). This can refer to possession, origin semana.’
explain and translate them, they rarely stick and material amongst other things: ‘Entre’ is a word that we usually translate as
in our minds – you’ve guessed it – unless we El coche de Juan. ‘between’ in terms of either time or place, but
learn them in a context. Nuria es de Alicante. we shouldn’t forget can also mean ‘among’ or
Las sábanas son de algodón. ‘amongst’. ‘Albacete está entre Alicante y
Having said all of that, I now propose to write Madrid; estás entre amigos.’
a summary of just one group of ‘little words’, Another two-letter preposition is ‘en’ (in). Another tricky pair of prepositions is ‘por’
namely single-word ‘prepositions’ and give at Again this is mainly, but not exclusively, used and ‘para’. I have actually produced a video
least some examples in context to give us to refer to place and time. tutorial on my website
a basic idea of each one. I will leave the Here are two examples: about the use of these two words. However,
translations up to you - I have tried to keep Mi marido está en la casa. here are some brief indicators. Both have
them simple. Lo leí en dos minutos. multiple meanings with ‘para’ expressing
Then we have a pair of opposites; ‘con’ objectives, destination, direction and use;
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Let’s start with one of the most common and ‘sin’ (with and without) which refer to for example:
words in the language, that single letter company, instrument and manner. Voy a Murcia para comprar un sofá.
‘a’ (at). This has multiple meanings which If you have no idea what that means, here El cuchillo es para cortar.
are some examples: El tren va para Barcelona.
Trabajo con Pedro. El regalo es para mi madre.
Corto la tarta con un cuchillo.
Me lo dijo con mucha alegría. ‘Por’ expresses duration, cause or motive,
‘Sin’ on the other hand merely refers to price, exchange and means. Here is a simple
‘lack’: example of each one:
Una camiseta sin mangas. Estuve en Londres por dos semanas.
Un rebelde sin causa. Llegué tarde por el tráfico (because of)
lo compré por diez euros.
Two words that are sometimes confused, Contéstame por email.
although they are fundamentally different
are ‘hasta’ and ‘hacia’. ‘Hasta’ refers to a There are quite a few more of these
specific limit of space, time and quantity; for prepositions, but we’ll look at just one more
example: – ‘sobre’. Just like all the others, ‘sobre’
Caminé hasta el centro del pueblo. can mean a number of things, although as
Hasta ahora no le he visto. a preposition mainly ‘about’, ‘around’, ‘on’ or
Tengo hasta diez camisas distintas. ‘over’.
Nos vemos sobre las dos (about two
‘Hasta’ is often used with ‘desde’ as in: o’clock).
París hasta Dakar, desde mañana hasta Estamos hablando sobre el problema.
el viernes que viene. El florero está sobre la mesa.

‘Hacia’ however means a little more vaguely Jane Cronin’s “Step by Step Spanish”
‘towards’ or ‘in the direction of’ so ‘Caminé articles are available as e-books at www.
hacia el centro del pueblo.” means ‘I where you can also obtain
walked in that direction’, but it doesn’t Jane’s “Step by Step Internet Spanish”
necessarily mean that I actually arrived. course.

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Car Hire Companies And Consulate Join break-ins. In recognition of this, British thieves know where you’re likely to
Forces To Combat Vehicle Break-Ins Consul Sarah-Jane Morris was awarded hide things.
Thefts of valuables and passports from the AECOVAL annual prize for the work
Hire Cars create significant problems both of the Consulate in preventing problems * Be aware of distraction theft –
for those travelling or living overseas. A experienced by British people motoring in such as being flagged down, or
lost passport usually means a trip to the Spain. having tyres punctured and then
Consulate to obtain an emergency travel approached by thieves pretending
document to get travellers home. Lost Consul Sarah-Jane said, “Prevention is to be helpful passers-by.
credit cards, boarding passes and mobile always better than cure and a little caution * Be aware of approaches by bogus
phones can further complicate the situation. can go a long way in avoiding problems police officers. All police officers,
while travelling. Always think carefully including those in plain clothes,
about where you leave your valuables and carry official ID.
You can watch real footage of roadside
Last year in the Alicante consular district, distraction theft and learn how to prevent it
29% of stolen passports were taken at the at the following link
roadside or from vehicle break-ins; 151
Emergency Travel Documents were issued Last year record numbers of British tourists
as a consequence. Hire Car companies are visited Spain and 2017 promises to be even
keen to continue working with the Consulate busier. By joining forces, AECOVAL and the
on this issue, in an effort to reduce this British Consulate are tackling the holiday-
figure. Since November, AECOVAL Car Hire spoiling problems which British visitors
customers have been given top tips in a sometimes experience.
letter about staying safe and secure when
driving: Further information on travelling safely
abroad can be found on the Travel Aware
* When you arrive at the airport, drive website https://travelaware.campaign.
straight to your accommodation
The Valencian Association of Car Hire and unpack. Thieves often target
Companies (AECOVAL) has been working weighed down cars at supermarkets. Travel Advice for Spain is available at
closely with the British Consulate to help
drive down the number of victims of car * Never leave valuables in the car – spain

Our next transport to Germany will take the continued tireless effort of ‘Helping 618 034 921 or come and have a chat to
place at the end of April, but the list of The Perrera Dogs’ Volunteers socializing the volunteers at the Table Top Stall on
dogs travelling to their new homes is still and generally caring for the dogs that Thursdays.
incomplete. We were able to re-home 6 unfortunately find themselves in the local
dogs locally last month, which was great Perrera, as well as the fund raising that
for them. Two dogs went to new homes in they do. Our popular Table Top Stall at
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the UK and 3 dogs went to forever homes the Commercial Centre, Camposol A on
in Guernsey. This was made possible by Thursday Market days provides much-
needed funds to help the abandoned dogs,
so please come along and support their
efforts and maybe get yourself a bargain.

Our charity shop in Puerto de Mazarrón is
always in need of donations of furniture,
bric-a-brac, toys, clothes or anything that
would be considered saleable to raise the
funds to keep on re-homing the dogs. It
takes a degree of effort and money to
realize this worthwhile cause. We thank all
The Perrera is situated on the opposite our volunteers and supporters who give us
side of the carriage way to Mazarrón their time and effort. We always need more
Country Club on the way to Mazarrón volunteers in our shop so if you would like
from Camposol. If you feel you would to join our team please call Cathy on 639
like to come along and help to walk these 604 628
dogs to help socialize them prior to going
to their new homes, please call Tony on Many Thanks!

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Name Location Price Courses Starters Main Dessert Drink Coffee Available
Amapola Bolnuevo € 12,00 3 3 3 yes Btle wine No Tues-Sun
Bar Yan Calasparra € 6,50 3 4 14 yes 1 drink or dessert Mon-Fri
Bombay Calasparra € 10,00 3 5 any main yes no no Everyday
Cafe El Alamillo € 11,95 salad + 3 3 3 yes 1 drink yes Tues-Fri
Curry Mahal Puerto de From 3 4 chicken/ no 1 drink no Everyday
Mazarrón € 5.95 beef
El Castillo del Perin € 15 (€ 16 5 4 Fixed yes yes yes Tues-Sun
Pinar on Sun)
Elliot’s Bolnuevo € 9,50 3 5 5 yes no yes Mon-Sat
Keop’s Tercia, La Set Menu 3 btle wine yes Tue-Sun
Restaurante Hoya from €12
La Chara Isla Plana € 9,50 3 4 4 yes 1 drink or dessert Tue-Sat
La Mariposa Gebas € 9,00 4 4 4 yes no yes exc Weds
& Sun
La Taberna De Isla Plana € 10,70 4 4 4 yes 1 drink yes Mon-Sat
Juan Chara
La Vuelta El Alamillo, Pto € 10,00 salad+3 3 3 yes 1 drink or dessert Tues-Sat
Piccolo Camposol B € 9,95 salad +2 4 4 no 1 drink no Everyday
Quality Indian Camposol B € 9,95 2 5 any main no no no Everyday
Spice Villa Camposol B From 3 5 chicken/ no yes no Everyday
€ 5,95 lamb
Totana Tennis Totana € 9,00 salad + 3 4 3 yes 1 drink yes Mon-Fri
Tropic Ana’s Camposol A € 6,00 2 4 10 opt 1 drink no Everyday
Viggos Pto de € 10,00 4 3 3 yes 1 drink or dessert Mon-Sat
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Every Day Indoor & Outdoor Market between Mazarrón Country Club & Garden Centre 10am-2pm
Guided Tour Of The Historic City of Lorca 3€ 12.30pm (Mon-Fri)
Art Exhibition @ Caravaca (until 28th May) Tues-Sat 10am-2pm & 5pm-7pm, Sun 10am-2pm

Breakfasts @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A from 3.50€ (9am-12pm)
Breakfasts @ Liz’s Café, Camposol B from 9am
Breakfasts @ Skye Bar and Pizzeria, Condado de Alhama 10am-12pm
Breakfasts @ La Vuelta, El Alamillo (exc Mon)
Afternoon Teas @ Skye Bar and Pizzeria, Condado de Alhama 2-6pm
Early Bird Menu @ Curry Mahal, Pto de Mazarrón from 9.95€ 6-8pm
Menu del Noche @ Bombay Indian, Calasparra 12€
Earlybird Menu @ Spice Villa, Camposol B 12.50€ inc btl wine for 2 6-8pm
Earlybird Menu @ Quality Indian, Camposol B 12.95€ 6-8pm
4 Course Menu del Noche @ Curry Mahal, Pto de Mazarrón from 9.95€
3 Course Menu del Noche @ Elliot’s, Bolnuevo (exc Sunday) 16€
Special 5 Course Menu/5 Wines to Complement @ El Castillo, El Pinar
18€, 20€ on Sunday (exc Monday)

Every Mon Mazarrón Bay Bridge Club @ Pto de Mazarrón 9.30am
Los Palacios Garden & Community Group Working Party @ Camposol A 10am
Yoga with Lisa @ Yoga Shala Studio, Isla Plana 10.30am
Reiki Share @ Yoga Shala Studio, Isla Plana 2-4pm
Ladies’ Chatterbox Sew and Sew @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 2.15pm
Yoga with Lisa in Spanish @ Yoga Shala Studio, Isla Plana 8.30pm

Platos Combinados Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 6-8.30pm

Forget me Not Respite Care @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 10.30am-1.30pm
Andrea’s Animal Rescue Collection @ Car Park, Camposol B 11.30am-1.30pm

Every Tue Camposol B Clean Working Party @ Commercial Centre, Camposol B 8.30-10.30am
Camposol D Sector Community Group Working Party @ Camposol D
Craft Market @ La Vuelta, El Alamillo from 10am
Mazarrón Bowls Club Roll Up Day 10am
Yoga with Lisa @ Yoga Shala Studio, Isla Plana 10.30am
Computer Clinic @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A 1-3pm
Reiki Tasters @ Yoga Shala Studio, Isla Plana 3.30pm
Guitar Group @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 4-7pm
Reiki Share @ Yoga Shala Studio, Isla Plana 5pm
English/Spanish Language Exchange @ Isla Plana Social Centre 6-9pm

Menu de Noche @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

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MAMAS Collection/Book Stall @ Camposol B Car Park 10am-12pm
FAST Available for New Volunteers @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 11am
Making a Difference for Collections @ Camposol A 11am-1pm

Every Wed Mar Menor Golf Society Competition
Camposol C Gardening Group Clean Up @ Camposol C 9am
Spanish Lessons for Beginners @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 10am
Yoga with Lisa @ Yoga Shala Studio, Isla Plana 10.30am
RC Sailing Mar Menor Meeting 10.30am
SAMM International One Metre Club 11am
Spanish Lessons - Intermediate @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 11am
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Mazarrón AA Group @ Meeting Room adjacent to Cañada de Gallego Church 5.30pm
Tai Chi @ Café Buenavista, Pto de Mazarrón 5pm
Line Dancing for Beginners @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 7pm
Beacon of Light Meetings @ Cañadas del Romero 7pm
Body Balance @ Yoga Shala Studio, Isla Plana 8pm

Happy Dinner @ Amapola Restaurante, Bolnuevo 30€ per cpl

Age Concern @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 10am-1pm
MABS Mazarrón Craft Group @ MABS Centre, Camposol B 11.30am
HAH Mar Menor Book & DVD Club 2.30-4.30pm

Every Thu Camposol Market @ Camposol A
Mazarrón Bay Bridge Club @ Pto de Mazarrón 9.30am
Mazarrón Bowls Club Roll Up Day 10am
Spangles Ladies Barbershop Harmony Chorus Rehearsals @ Los Alcazarès 10am
Folk & Blues Club @ Camposol 1pm
Buddhist Meditation @ Yoga Shala Studio, Isla Plana 3.30pm
Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC Meeting @ Camposol 4pm
French/Spanish Language Exchange @ Café Buenavista, Pto de Mazarrón 5-8pm
Yoga in Spanish with Lisa @ Yoga Shala Studio, Isla Plana 8.30pm
Line Dancing/Intermediate onwards @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B

Steak Night @ Shorty’s Diner, Camposol B – 2 Courses from 10.50€/3 Courses from 12.50€

Little Starfish Dog Rescue Table Top Sale @ Lower Car Park, Camposol A from 10am
Age Concern @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 10am-1pm
JJ’s Puppy Rescue Table Top Sale @ Lower Car Park, Camposol A 11am-1pm
Andrea’s Animal Rescue Collection @ Mazarrón Country Club 11.30am-1pm
HAH Mar Menor Book/Card Stall @ Los Narejos 2-4pm

Every Fri Solar Light Centre @ Camposol B
Friday Art Group @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 9.45am-12.30pm
Spanish Lessons/Beginners @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 10am
Yoga with Lisa @ Yoga Shala Studio, Isla Plana 10.30am
Los Palacios Gardening/Community Group Book Stall @ Camposol A 10.30am-12.30pm
SAMM International One Metre Club
Spanish Lessons/Intermediate @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 11am
10 Pin Bowling/Camposol C Greenfingers Garden Group @ Totana 4pm
English/Spanish/German Language Exchange @ Café Buenavista,
Pto de Mazarrón 6-9pm
Tradiciones Exhibition @ Sala de Exposiciones, Moratalla 7pm-10pm

Delivery & Take Away Available @ Shorty’s Diner & Restaurant, Camposol B
Fish & Chips @ Viggos, Pto de Mazarrón
Mixed Grill Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A
Fish & Chips @ Skye Bar and Pizzeria, Condado de Alhama 7.95€ (from 12pm)
Romantic 5 Course Dinner @ Amapola Restaurant, Bolnuevo 21€ per person
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and

FAST @ Camposol B Commercial Centre
MABS Mazarrón booking events etc outside Compusurf, Camposol B 11am

Every Sat Tours of Bastida in Totana 3€ 10am and 12pm
The Archaeological See of Begastri Tours @ Cehegín 10.10am/11.15am/12.20am 2€
Yoga in Spanish with Lisa @ Yoga Shala Studio, Isla Plana 10.30am
Tourism Activity Park Coto de las Maravillas Open, Cehegín
Tradiciones Exhibition @ Sala de Exposiciones, Moratalla 11am-2pm/6pm-10pm
Harlequin Rock Choir @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 1.15pm
Free tour of Aqua Archaeological Museum, Cartagena 6.30pm

Pizza & Burger Night @ Café Buenavista, Pto de Mazarrón 7pm

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MABS MMM Book Sale @ Los Alcázares 10am-2pm
HELP MMM Sale of up-market clothes @ Los Alcázares 10am-1pm
JJ’s Puppy Rescue Table Top Sale @ Pto de Mazarrón

Every Sun The Solar Light Centre @ Zoco Market
Antique Market @ Aguilas 10am-1pm
Free Guided Tour Of The Roman Villa Site Of Villaricos in Mula 10.30am
Tradiciones Exhibition @ Sala de Exposiciones, Moratalla 11am-2pm
The Archaeological See of Begastri Open @ Cehegín 10.10am/11.15am/12.20am 2€
Tourism Activity Park Coto de las Maravillas Open, Cehegín
Board Games @ Café Buenavista, Pto de Mazarrón 5pm

Delivery & Take Away Available @ Shorty’s Diner, Camposol B
Sunday Roast @ Shorty’s Diner, Camposol B from 6.50€ (excl 16th - 3 Course 11.95€)
3 Course Sunday Lunch @ La Vuelta, El Alamillo 13.50€ inc a drink
3 Course Sunday Roast @ Liz’s Cafe, Camposol B 10€ inc a drink
Roast Lunch @ La Mariposa, Gebas from 10.50€
3 Course Sunday Lunch @ Elliot’s, Bolnuevo 11€
Paella Day @ Café Buenavista, Pto de Mazarrón

Live Entertainment @ Blues House, Bolnuevo from 3pm

San Animal Santuario Dog Walking @ Aguilas
Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre Open Day @ Rojales 1-4pm


Saturday 1 VIII Vuelta A Murcia Máster in Mazarrón
Free Guided tour of Roman Mazarrón
ADAPT Meeting @ Pensionista Centre, Lo Pagan 10.30am
Free Guided Tour in Spanish of Thermal complex in Alhama de Murcia 11am
Free Guided Tour of Historic Lorca 11.30am
Welcome Meeting @ Camposol A 2pm

Special Menu Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

JJ’s Puppy Rescue Table Top Sale @ Pto de Mazarrón
MABS Sort Out @ La Pasteleria, Pto de Mazarrón 10am-2pm

Sunday 2 VIII Vuelta A Murcia Máster in Mazarrón
Artisan Market @ Bullas 9am-2pm
Downhill Cycling/4 Course Lunch @ La Mariposa, Gebas
35€ inc bike/guide/safety equip
Artisan Market @ Cieza 10am-2pm
Free Guided Theatrical Tour of Aguilas 10.30am
Free Guided tour in Spanish of Bullas 11am/12pm & 1pm
Welcome Treasure Hunt/Buffet 9€
SAMM Spring 2017 Series @ CTD Sports Centre, Los Narejos 10am registration
XVIII National Mass Gathering of drums and cornet bands at Cehegín

In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Mazarrón FC v Alcantarilla FC (home)

Annual Bands Concert @ Auditorio Infanta, Aguilas from 11am
Martin Ross @ Blues House, Bolnuevo 3pm

Monday 3 Mazarrón Bahia Lions @ Camposol A 5pm

Tuesday 4 Stamp Collectors Meeting @ Biblioteca, Pto de Mazarrón 6pm

Age Concern Trip to Aguilas 10€
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Wednesday 5 Tour of Murcia in English inc Visit to Bakery/Tapas Tasting 25€ 10am
Welcome Petanca @ Camposol A 2pm

MABS MMM Volunteer’s Meeting @ Centro Civico, Roda Bar, Roda 11.15am
Age Concern Talking Shop Social @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 1.30-3.30pm

Thursday 6 Camposol Reading Group @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 2-4pm

Live Screening of Opera Rigoletto (Verdi) @ Cartagena and Nuevo Condomina 8.45pm

Friday 7 World Health Day

Cartagena Easter Processions (early hours of the morning and one at 9pm)
Cehegín Easter Processions
Caravaca Easter Processions (until 14th)
Downhill Cycling/4 Course Lunch @ La Mariposa, Gebas
35€ inc bike/guide/safety equip

Open Mic Night/Jam Session @ Café Buenavista, Pto de Mazarrón 9pm

Cavalli Foundation Pony Club @ Meta Riding Centre 10am-2pm
MABS Murcia NW Outdoor Market Stall @ Calle Segura, Calasparra 9am-1pm
Mazarrón Bahia Leo Club @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 7-9pm

Saturday 8 Free Guided Boat Trip in Spanish of Mar Menor
Free Guided Theatrical Tour of Aguilas 10.30am
Free Guided Tour in Spanish of Santiago de la Ribera in 1000 Steps 11am
Free Guided Tour in Spanish of Yecla 11am
Guided Visit in Spanish to Alhama Castle 3€ 11am
Free Guided Tour of Medina Nogalte Caves & Castle in Spanish at
Pto Lumbreras 4.30pm
Cartagena Easter Processions 7pm

Spanish Menu Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

Cavalli Foundation Pony Club @ Meta Riding Centre 10am-2pm
MABS MMM Grand National Race Afternoon @ San Javier 1.30pm

Sunday 9 Artisan Market @ Mula
Artisan Market @ Alhama de Murcia
Cartagena Easter Processions 10.30am & 5pm
Pto Mazarrón Easter Procession 12.30pm
Cehegín Easter Processions
Free Theatrical Tour in Spanish of Alhama de Murcia 11am
Free Guided Tour in Spanish of Casco Antigua, Mula 11.30am
Free Guided Tour of Medina Nogalte Caves & Castle in Spanish at
Pto Lumbreras 12pm
Mazarrón FC v CF Molina (away)
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and

GNT @ Blues House, Bolnuevo 3pm
Choir/Orpheus Choir @ The Auditorio Victor Villegas, Murcia 10€ 7pm

Cavalli Foundation Pony Club @ Meta Riding Centre 10am-2pm

Monday 10 Bando de la Huerta, Murcia
Fiestas de Primavera, Blanca

Guided Walk/4 Course Lunch inc beer/wine @ La Mariposa, Gebas 12€
Cartagena Easter Processions 9pm

Choir/Ars Nova Choir @ The Auditorio Victor Villegas, Murcia 10€ 8pm

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Cavalli Foundation Easter Camp @ Meta Riding Centre (until 13th)

Tuesday 11 River Rafting/4 Course Lunch @ La Mariposa, Gebas
inc transport/guide/safety equip
Welcome Book Swap @ ICA Medical Centre, Camposol B 10am-12pm
Pto Mazarrón Easter Procession 11am

Choirs/Kodaly Choir @ The Auditorio Victor Villegas, Murcia 10€ 8.30pm
Live Screening of “Jewels” (Ballet) @ Cartagena, Nuevo Condomina & Lorca 8.15pm

Cavalli Foundation Pony Club @ Meta Riding Centre 10am-2pm

Wednesday 12 General Meeting of Sailing Association Mar Menor @ Los Narejos 11am
Cartagena Easter Processions 9pm

MABS Murcia NW Volunteer’s Meeting @ 5pm

Thursday 13 Jueves Santo

Walk with WARM to Cehegín
Bici Aventura – 3 Day Cycling Event from Cartagena to Aguilas
140€ inc accommodation
Guided Visit in Spanish to Alhama Castle 3€ 11am
Ladies Chatterbox Group @ The Cultural Centre, Camposol B 2pm
Welcome House Supper @ Calasparra 7pm
Cartagena Easter Processions 8.45pm
Pto Mazarrón Easter Procession 9.30pm

Cavalli Foundation Pony Club @ Meta Riding Centre 10am-2pm

Friday 14 Good Friday/Viernes Santo

Lorca Procession with Dragontours
Cartagena Easter Processions (various times but main one at 9pm)
Cehegín Easter Processions
Open Door /Wellspring Victory Church Songs @ Paseo Maritimo,
Pto de Mazarrón 11am
Welcome House Easter Parade @ Calasparra 11am
Pto Mazarrón Easter Procession 9.30pm

Los Casadobles del Casino @ Calle Mayor, Cehegín

Cavalli Foundation Pony Club @ Meta Riding Centre 10am-2pm
Making a Difference Table Top Sale @ Camposol B Commercial Centre 10am–2pm
FAST Book Stall @ Camposol B Commercial Centre

Saturday 15 Easter Special Overnight Stay/4 Course Evening Meal/Entertainment/
Sunday Lunch @ La Mariposa, Gebas 110€ per cpl

In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Downhill Cycling/4 Course Lunch @ La Mariposa, Gebas
35€ inc bike/guide/safety equip
Sailing Regatta @ Sports Centre, Los Alcazares (until 22nd)
Open Door Christian Centre Fun Day @ Condado de Alhama from 10.30am
Artisan Market @ Paseo de las Comunidades Autónomos, Pto de Mazarrón 10am-2pm
Guided Visit in English to Alhama Castle 3€ 11am
Free Guided Tour of Medina Nogalte Caves & Castle in Spanish at
Pto Lumbreras 4.30pm
Cartagena Easter Processions 8pm

Belgium Menu Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

Cavalli Foundation Pony Club @ Meta Riding Centre 10am-2pm

Sunday 16 Easter Sunday

Cartagena Easter Processions 10.30am
Cehegín Easter Processions
Artisan Market @ Caravaca
Ruta del Ferrocarril (Railway Route) with Aguilas Tourist Information Centre
Artisan Market @ Sanctuary de la Esperanza, Calasparra 10am-6pm
Free Guided Tour of Medina Nogalte Caves & Castle in Spanish at Pto Lumbreras 12pm
Mazarrón FC v Balsicas Atletico (home)

3 Course Sunday Lunch @ Shorty’s Diner, Camposol B from 11.95€ inc Coffee/Easter Chocolates

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Cavalli Foundation Pony Club @ Meta Riding Centre 10am-2pm

Monday 17 MCC Residents Social Club Easter Egg Hunt/Table Top Sale @ Mazarrón Country Club 3pm
Tuesday 18 Trip to Murcia Bando de la Huerta with Viajes Dragontours 15€

HELP MMM General Meeting @ Las Claras, Los Narejos 11.30am
MABS MMM Ladies Lunch @ Torre de la Horadada 10.95€

Wednesday 19 Welcome House Card Crafting Class @ Cehegín 11am
Welcome Dance/Nick Gold @ Camposol A 8€ 7.30pm (food opt 5€)

MARA Dog Charity Lunch @ Calasparra 12€ 2pm

Thursday 20 Downhill Cycling/4 Course Lunch @ La Mariposa, Gebas
35€ inc bike/guide/safety equip

Friday 21 Queen Elizabeth II Birthday

Open Mic Night/Jam Session @ Café Buenavista, Pto de Mazarrón 9pm

FAST Trip to Garrucha Market & Mojacar 16€
MABS Mazarrón Book Sale @ Camposol B Commercial Centre 9am-1pm
MABS Murcia NW Outdoor Market Stall @ Calle Segura, Calasparra 9am-1pm
MABS MMM Share & Care Group @ San Javier 11am-1pm
Mazarrón Bahia Leo Club @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 7-9pm

Saturday 22 Walk with WARM to Inazares
Free Guided Tour of La Santa, Totana 10.30am
Free Guided Tour of Historic Aguilas 11am
Guided Tour of the Old Town in Cehegín

American Platter Menu Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

Free Flute & Piano Recital @ Teatro Cine Velasco, Alhama de Murcia 9pm

FAST Golf Day @ Camposol

Sunday 23 St George’s Day

Car Boot Sale @ Gran Via, Cehegín
Free Guided Tour in Spanish of Military Installations, Cartagena 10.30am
Guided Visit in Spanish to Alhama Castle 3€ 11am
Mazarrón FC v CD Lumbreras (home)

Jokers Inc @ Blues House, Bolnuevo 3pm

Monday 24 Guided Walk/4 Course Lunch inc beer/wine @ La Mariposa, Gebas 12€

Piano Concert/Jorge Nava @ The Auditorio Victor Villegas, Murcia 12€ 8pm
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and

Tuesday 25 ANZAC Day
San Marcos, Bullas

Trip to Jumilla for Wine Tour and Tasting with Viajes Dragontours 29€
MCC Residents Social Club 4 Day Trip to Benalmadena 170€pp (185€ non-members)
Welcome Book Swap @ ICA Medical Centre, Camposol B 10am-12pm
Monthly “B” Clean Meeting @ Camposol B 4pm

MABS Mazarrón Volunteer Meeting @ Camposol B 11.30am
MABS MMM Fashion Show @ Las Claras Centro Civico, Los Alcazares 3€ 2.30pm

Wednesday 26 Straight Down The Middle Golf Society Game

Age Concern Menu del Dia @ Pto de Mazarrón

Thursday 27 Fuente Old Guards Golf Society Game
Open Door Christian Centre Chill ´n´Grill @ Los Almagros 7pm

Friday 28 El Cello en España Concert @ the Conjunto Monumental de San Juan de Dios, Murcia 10€ 8pm

Making a Difference Table Top Sale @ Camposol B Commercial Centre 10am–2pm
Age Concern Table Top Sale @ Camposol B Commercial Centre
FAST Book Stall. Camposol B Commercial Centre
HELP MMM Charity Market @ Los Alcazáres 11am-1pm

Saturday 29 Car Sales Exhibition @ IFEPA, Torre Pacheco (until 1 May)
Nature Walk, Cehegín

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Free Activity Day @ Tourism Activity Park Coto de las Maravillas Open, Cehegín
Photographic Exhibition @ Alhama de Murcia Mon-Fri 9am-1.30pm &
4pm-8pm (until 21st May)
Collectors’ Fair @ Pto Lumbreras Sports Centre Sat & Sun 10am-9.30pm/
Mon 10am-2.30pm
Free Guided Tour of Medina Nogalte Caves & Castle in Spanish at
Pto Lumbreras 4.30pm
Night Visit to Astronomic Observatory, Pto Lumbreras 2.50€ 9pm

Paella Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

Barrington 6€/Free Chicken & Chips @ Shorty’s Diner, Camposol B 8pm
XXXIII Folklore Festival @ Teatro Cine Velasco, Alhama de Murcia 9pm

Sunday 30 Free Guided Tour of Yecla Vineyards 9am
Artisan Market @ Plaza del Castillo, Cehegin 10am
Sketchcrawl @ Alhama de Murcia 10am-2pm
Free Guided Tour of Pisico Windmill, Torre Pacheco
(English 10.30am/Spanish 12pm)
Free Guided Tour of Medina Nogalte Caves & Castle in Spanish
at Pto Lumbreras 12pm
Free Guided Tour of Historic Lorca 11.30am
Mazarrón FC v Jumilla CD (away)

Los Duques @ Blues House, Bolnuevo 3pm


Monday 1 Fiestas del Barrio de San José Obrero, Alcantarilla

Mazarrón Bahia Lions @ Camposol A 5pm

Tuesday 2 Trip to Wine Horses at Caravaca with Viajes Dragontours 19€
Downhill Cycling/4 Course Lunch @ La Mariposa, Gebas
35€ inc bike/guide/safety equip
Stamp Collectors Meeting @ Biblioteca, Pto de Mazarrón 6pm

HAH Volunteer´s Meeting @ Las Claras, Los Narejos 10.30am

Wednesday 3 Santisima y Vera Cruz, Caravaca de la Cruz
Santa Cruz, Abanilla
Los Mayos, Alhama de Murcia
Fiestas de la Santa Cruz, El Estrecho, Fuente Álamo
Santa Cruz, Ulea

Welcome Petanca @ Camposol A 2pm

MABS MMM Volunteer’s Meeting @ Centro Civico, Roda Bar, Roda 11.15am
Age Concern Talking Shop Social @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 1.30-3.30pm

In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and
Forget Me Not Dorothy Kay Memorial Mile 5€ 8pm

Thursday 4 Camposol Reading Group @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 2-4pm

Friday 5 Costa Calida Country Music Club Dance/Los Alacranes @ Camposol A 4€ 7.45pm

Live Screening of Don Carlo (Verdi) @ Cartagena 8pm

Mazarrón Bahia Leo Club @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 7-9pm

Saturday 6 ADAPT Meeting @ Pensionista Centre, Lo Pagan 10.30am

Roast Meats Night @ Tropic Ana’s, Camposol A

La Noche Forsythe, Vertiginous Thill of Exactitude Ballet @ Murcia from 20€ 8pm

Forget Me Not Jumble Sale @ Cultural Centre, Camposol B 10.30am-1pm
Forget Me Not Art & Craft Display @ Camposol 11am-2pm
JJ’s Puppy Rescue Table Top Sale @ Pto de Mazarrón

Sunday 7 Artisan Market @ Bullas 9am-2pm
Mazarrón FC v CD Plus Ultra (home)

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At our March dance we celebrated our We have a monthly dance on the first Friday
4th birthday. Tex Mex provided the live of each month in Mariano’s, Camposol A,
entertainment with their ‘repertoire’ starting at 7.45pm. Entry is only €4.
coming mainly from the Texas Tornados
and the Mavericks. We said goodbye to our Our next night is on Friday 7th April. This
German friends until such times as they will be a big screen/projector night, so if
return in October. you want to hear a particular song let us
know through our Facebook page

We (Ann/Roy & Tom/Helen), as well as
running this club for 4 years, were involved
with another club for 6 years. During this
time it has always been our objective to
book a Spanish country band, but there in your diary - a night to look forward to!
were none to book, so we were delighted
to come across Los Alacranes, a group Ann and Roy’s Line Dance Classes
recently formed - a 5 piece band with continue in Camposol Culture Centre on
banjo, fiddle, accordion etc. They have Wednesdays and Thursdays. Ring 968
been booked for Friday 5th May, so put that 974 951 for more information.

Lorca at Easter of choices from little demon-like good luck Pelouse and in Grandstands – for the
April this year brings Easter and charms (one for every need, from love to exciting Formula 1 races in Montmeló in
Dragontours will be running a coach to money to health), to hand-made soaps mid-May. Let Dragontours put together
the Lorca Good Friday Procession on April and perfumes, hand-made leather goods, a complete package for you, including
14th. We will be leaving early afternoon, jewellery and gifts of all sorts. The actual hotel, transfers and tickets for the races.
giving you time to enjoy the incredible processions will begin around 7pm and If you are over 65, you can save as much
atmosphere of Lorca at Easter. The the only possibility of enjoying the entire as 50% on the tickets! Call in for further
magnificent embroidered capes, tunics and procession will be from one of the reserved information.
flags are on display in the various churches seats in the grand-stands set up along the
of the town. It is hard to imagine that main street of Juan Carlos I. One can feel Get significant savings on a summer or
these are examples of hand-embroidery not only the devoutness of the different autumn cruise by booking early with us.
and not paintings, the stitching is so fine. ‘Cofradías’ – Brotherhoods, but also the The Mediterranean beckons! We can offer
The churches are alive with last minute unbridled passion the people of Lorca have great deals on all cruise lines. Whether you
preparations of the various thrones which for their very unique Easter celebration. are looking for a short-break, a round-the-
will be carried through the streets during The followers of the ‘Blues’ and the world cruise, or a couple of nights hotel in
the processions. Thousands of fresh flowers ‘Whites’ enjoy a fervent rivalry, reaching a Madrid or Brussels, remember, by booking
are used in each one and your senses are fever pitch during the processions. Horses, with Dragontours, you are assured of
carried away by the colours and scents and not only from Lorca, but from many parts pre- and post-booking assistance. All your
In association with Costa Cálida International Radio and

there is a wonderful busyness about the of Andalucia, are combed, dressed in doubts and questions will be answered.
streets. The Artisan Market offers a myriad embroidered capes and beautifully turned Information about visas, vaccines and
out, either as part of a team pulling one documentation is provided in your
of the chariots, or being ridden by one language. Call in for any and all your travel
of the biblical characters, showing how needs. Let the professionals take care of
magnificent they are. This celebration is the planning and travel hassle-free. We are
truly one of the most unique and exciting in Camposol A, Local 30.
Easter processions in Spain.

Caravaca Wine Horse Festival
Horses, wine and partying! This is a not-
to-be-missed yearly event on May 2nd. We
still have seats available.

Tel 968 199 021
Find us on Facebook
For a quick consultation, email info@
Formula I in Montmeló
There are still tickets available – both We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Here are some alarm bells you should hear
before sending an enquiry:
1. A suspicious profile?
How long has the villa been on the online
platform? The registration date is usually
on the webpage and advert. Consider that
a longer period on the website gives the
advert authority.
2. Reviews
Comments are really important and can give
you an idea of other guests’ experiences.
Don’t trust them if there are many
“everything was awesome” ones.
3. Locate the property
Try to find an exact address of the property
and then use Google Maps to find out how it
looks. Make sure your Google Street View is
updated to benefit from this option.
4. Speak to the owner
At least one phone number should be listed
on the advert. Ask the owner for their postal
address and the name of the area, etc. Don’t
sign a contract with anyone who cannot
provide accurate information about his/her
5. Use common sense
Is there anything suspicious about the
description? Do the prices seem right for this

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property? Ask yourself before you take any
initial steps.
6. Watch out for the small print
Be particularly aware about the small print.
Ensure the terms for the return of the deposit
are clear and reasonable. Ensure that you
are satisfied with the written agreement.
7. A credit card is your best friend
It’s one of the safest methods of payment in
this case. In addition, Paypal could provide
some additional protection if your account
is linked to a credit card. Some sites like have a protection
system to avoid fraud and phishing.
8. Remain vigilant
Once in the property, check everything
carefully. Take photos of everything that does
not match the details in the advertisement.
If there is a problem, contact the owner as
soon as possible.

There is always a risk every time you decide
to book directly with the owner. However,
these tips will help make your booking the
safest. Don’t let fraudsters put you off.

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Our February outing was to the ever- was Dave Gautier with a point’s score of 32 Neil McFarlane, Chris Andrews, Reg Gould,
popular course at Lorca Golf Resort on the Kevin Jones and our guest Albert Brown
23rd. The weather forecast was for rain and In Division Two Karen Jones was in fine with the Two’s Money rolled over to our
possible thunderstorms, but our luck held form to take first prize with 30 points. next game.
and we enjoyed a warm and sunny day In second place in Division Two was Bob
as we came to grips with this challenging Daffon with 26 points while Division Three
course; none more so than Chris Andrews was won by Derek Hayward with 32 points
coming in first place with 39 points to take and Paul Western was close behind with 27
the Overall Winner’s prize and also top points.
spot in Division One.

If anyone wishes to join FOGGS or just play
as a guest at our next game at Altorreal
on April 27th please contact us by email at
A close Second Overall and in Division One Finally, our Nearest The Pin Winners were:

March Competition Did we lose balls in the rough? Yes. Nearest the Pin Winners:
Our March team competition, a Waltz, was Did we wish our putting was better? Yes. Hole 4 - Ray Reynolds - 5.41mtrs
held at Lorca Golf Resort. We could not Let’s forget that and announce the results. Hole 6 - Glenn Read - 3.05mtrs
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have wished for better conditions. It was Hole 8 - Dennis Fisher - 3.99mtrs
perfect weather throughout the day with Winners with 87 points: Hole 10 - Gerry McRobert 1.15mtrs
temperatures well above 22ºC. Gerry McRobert, Glenn Read, Ray Reynolds Hole 12 - Len Whalen 2.2mtrs
& John Dunbar
With an 11am first tee we were obviously
not the first group on the course and that On countback with 83 points:
became all too apparent as those of us 2nd - Neil Macfarlane, Terry Rooke, Len
starting later witnessed first-hand as the Whalen & Peter Stocks
build-up of buggies at the first and second 3rd - Dennis Fisher, John Dawson, Dave
tees became quite a traffic jam. There Gautier & Roger Olorenshaw
could have been quite a delay for the late 4th - Tony Pickworth, Ron Johnston, Alan
starters had it not been for our gallant Benton & Ray Neale
Captain Bob Rowe. ‘Cometh the hour,
cometh the man’. I was already aware of
Bob’s linguistic abilities, having heard him
not only speak English, but also Cornish.
Furthermore, he can listen attentively to
Geordies, so who better than Cap’n Bob
to emulate Ben Hur as he leapt aboard a
chariot and raced off down the fairway to Our Presentation Evening was, as usual,
the preceding group of players. Utilising held in the Camposol Club de Golf. Our
his linguistic abilities, Cap’n Bob, using grateful thanks go to the catering staff who
a north European language, asked the presented excellent food.
group to play quicker. Having delivered
his message, Ben Hur Cap’n Bob returned,
ganz schnell, to his team and resumed

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The Championship Finals with Helen Mazarrón Mariners, under the Captaincy
Mazarrón Bowls Club had wonderful Chambers, of Brian Rogers, finished 3rd in the South
weather for their Club Championship Finals A n n e Alicante Voyager League.
Weekend on 11th/12th March. Somebody Macfarlane
‘up there’ must have been looking down and Di The South Alicante Summer League starts
on them as on the following Monday the M o r r r i s on 7th April and, although there are fewer
heavens opened and it rained for two w i n n i n g teams, it is a test of endurance for many
consecutive days!! the Ladies people as with the weather getting hotter
Triples. as each month goes by, it means that by
This year we had one member, Colin the time it finishes in June many members
Appleton, who although undergoing Helen, her are falling by the wayside as it is just too
Chemotherapy throughout all the husband, hot to bowl.
qualifying rounds, fought his way to five Mike and
finals and won three of the singles matches Gillian Morris In March our Bi-Annual Friendly Match with
becoming the Men’s Singles Champion, won the the Indalo Bowls Club based in Almeria
Handicap Mixed Singles Champion and the Mixed Triples took place, followed by a Hog Roast at the
4 Wood Intermediate Handicap Champion and Brian Spaniard Inn. Results of this match will be
for 2017. (He didn’t disgrace himself in the and Sheila published in May.
team matches either!) Robertson,
George Thomson and Jim Coughlan won Don’t forget MBC always welcomes new
The Ladies’ Singles Championship was the Mixed Rinks. members, so come along on a Tuesday and
won, for a second year by Helen Chambers Thursday morning at 10am for a 10.30am
who also won the Ladies’ Pairs with Gillian Some of these disciplines will now go start and see what bowls is all about You
Morris. forward to the Champion of Champion will be given a warm welcome and an
Matches due to take place in April in the opportunity to try the game.
Douglas Macfarlane and Gordon Tottey Torrevieja area.
were Champions in the Men’s Pairs and For further information please contact The
Douglas won the Mixed Pairs with his wife The Winter League Season is now over and Secretary, Sue Hattrell, on 968 163 769
Anne. Mazarrón BC finished in a very respectable or email
6th place in the LLB Southern League under
Douglas and Gordon won the Men’s Triples the Captaincy of Brian Robertson and

SAMM Sailors Party Time position of Bash, Caldero Day, St Valentine’s and
SAMM, the Sailing Association Mar Membership Christmas Parties, bike rides and petanca.
Menor is not just about sailing, there is an Secretary.
active social programme organised by the Some of-
Social Committee, ably led by their Chair- A good time ficers stood
woman Jill Chorley. was had by down and

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everybody their re-
who attend- placements
ed who are were elect-
now look- ed. One of
ing forward those stand-
to the next ing down
‘ k n e e s - u p ’, after three
the SAMM Spring Bash, held over three years as
days at the Hotel Costa Narejos in May. both Gener-
al Secretary
SAMM AGM 2017 and Race Committee Secretary was the
The AGM of the Sailing Association very popular Maggie Blinkhorn. Much to
Mar Menor was held at Las Claras Social her surprise, Commodore Paul Shard pre-
Center on February 8th and celebrated the sented Maggie with a large bouquet and
10th year of the organisation’s existence. a 250€ travel voucher that had been pur-
2016 was recorded as a notable year with chased with the generous donations made
The latest event was the St Valentine’s both ups and downs and these were re- by club members as a ‘thank you’ for all
Dinner and Dance held at the restau- flected in the year end reports presented her hard work. Maggie plans to continue
rant Ruf Mari in Los Urrutias. Many club by the Commodore, Treasurer, Secretary helping SAMM as a member of the Social
members had not yet returned to Spain so and the other officers. Committee.
could not attend, but 43 people were able
to make it and, after a fabulous meal, par- The main ‘downs’ were the changes forced After the meeting about 30 members en-
tied the night away to music provided by by the closure of the jetty at CTD for safety joyed an excellent Menu del Dia at the Las
‘Soft Sax’, aka Mrs Wendy Grant. reasons. The ‘ups’ were the acquisition of a Claras restaurant.
new engine 40hp Suzuki outboard for the
During a break in the dancing the Com- support boat, a Whaly 430 Pro, the success If you are interested in sailing you can
modore, Paul Shard, presented a bouquet of the race programme, good PR coverage reach SAMM through their website www.
to Jo Perring who was retiring from the and excellent social activities, the Spring Costa Cálida Chronicle Sales 619 199 407 97
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Mazarrón FC’s good form continued in The remaining Sunday fixtures: entertainment was provided by Woody
February and March when they stretched 2nd April - Alcantarilla FC - home and the event was sponsored by Ibex
their unbeaten run to ten games since their 9th April - CF Molina - away Insurance and Mazarrón Entertainments
last defeat, a surprise 1-0 home reverse 16th April - Balsicas Atletico - Group. A full report and photographs of all
against lowly Jumilla on 4th December. home the Gala week events will be available in
An end of season play-off place remains 23rd April - CD Lumbreras - home next month’s edition.
a distinct possibility although six teams 30th April - Jumilla CD - away
are currently battling for the four play-off 7th May - CD Plus Ultra - home Trip to Costa Del Sol 5th - 8th May (fully
places with very little to choose between 14th May - FC Cartagena - away booked)
them. Staying at a three star hotel in Fuengirola,
the trip will include an evening trip to
Puerto Banus, a visit to the beautiful
village of Mijas and possibly a trip to the
La Liga game between Malaga and Celta
Vigo scheduled for Sunday 7th May.

End of Season Player of the Year
Function and Presentation Evening
Tues 16th May
This will be at The Club House with
entertainment by The Geckos and a
plated BBQ supper. Players and staff
from Mazarrón FC will be in attendance.
Tickets €10 for members and €15 for non-
Under new coach, Jose Sanchez, the team The February Los Amigos Luncheon Club
continued to improve, working hard as a outing to Restaurante La Gran Ventica in Summer BBQ 7th July 7pm
team and producing some good football as Las Palas was most enjoyable and many Los Amigos Vice President Alan Lyle and
was reflected by the increased attendances favourable comments were received from his wife Sue will again be hosting this. The
at home games. The highlight of the members. The March trip was to the cost is €10 and numbers are limited to 40.
season so far was the 2-1 home win over Spaniard Inn, Hacienda Del Alamo and
league leaders SFC Minerva, only their was fully subscribed with more than 50
second defeat so far. In a game in which members and guests attended. A report
Mazarrón FC were constantly frustrated will be available in next month’s edition.
by the dubious tactics of the visitors who The Luncheon Club meets every month
constantly feigned injury and appealed to except December and visits restaurants
the referee in a bid to break up play and throughout the Murcia region. For details
protect their one goal lead. Two goals in and availability of all future events please
the last few minutes gave Mazarrón FC email Maggie at
a deserved victory to the delight of the
vociferous home supporters at the Estadio Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC Gala Week
Municipal. Celebrities and guests flew in for the UK to
support these events.
Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC weekly
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Race Night meetings are held every Thursday at The
Held at The Club House, Camposol C on Club House at 4 pm with the exception
Saturday 18th March, this was attended of the last Thursday of each month
by comedian Gary Marshall and almost which is reserved for the Members’
100 guests and presented by Costa Cálida Business Meeting and open to members
International Radio’s Steve Tucker and his only. Membership is 10€ which includes
wife Mandy. reduced coach travel and reduced prices to
most of our social events. Pop along for
Celebrity Golf Day a chat and a refreshing drink in beautiful
On Monday 20th March 80 golfers took part surroundings and pick up a membership
on the day at Camposol Club de Golf with form, there really is something for
former West Ham and England defender everyone to enjoy. Tickets for all events
Alvin Martin, ex-Sheffield United, Leeds can be obtained at the meetings or you
Mazarrón FC’s home games are normally and England midfielder Tony Currie, ex- can email
played on Sundays with varying kick off Charlton Athletic and England Under 21 for all information.
times. Admission is €3 with juveniles under midfielder Peter Reeves and comedian
16 free. Los Amigos de Mazarrón FC Gary Marshall among the competitors.
organise a supporters’ coach to most away Presentations to the winning team and to
games at €8 for members and €10 for non- the winners of the longest drive and nearest
members. Full details of all games, dates the pin competitions were made following
and kick off times are advertised in the local a carvery lunch in The Club House.
media, on, on Los
Amigos de Mazarrón FC Facebook page, 8th Gala Evening and Dinner and on posters at More than 160 people attended the
various points throughout Camposol and evening on Tuesday 21st March at the
Mazarrón. Hotel la Cumbre, Puerto de Mazarron.
Guest Speaker was Alvin Martin and MC
and Comedian was Gary Marshall. Musical

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First Fight against some quite high level opponents.
Colina Roja is a Muay Thai and mixed In the mix were gold, silver and bronze
martial arts club, based just outside regional and national champions which
Camposol near Mazarrón. The club started is why I stated that the kids left the ring
10 months ago and has students from 8 unaided.
years to 50+ years old. Our coach is Jose
Mares a 6th dan black belt, who is supported As a spectator on the day and a father of
by the students’ parents, which makes the one of the fighters, I can assure you that
whole club feel like a family. the kids gave a good account of themselves
and did the region proud. This was the
Saturday 11th of March was the club’s first first fight for the club, but we hope to do
competitive outing. We competed in Petrer, many more. Watch out at the upcoming
Valencia at an inter-club competition. On Camposol Fiesta; you may catch a few
the day, all the kids entered the ring, fought rounds there.
and held their heads high as they stepped
out of the ring unaided. The fights were

The RC Mar Menor Sailing Group was place over a six week period. While friendly skippers, though there’s no reason why not
formed just over two years ago to promote advice is always available, we also arrange and we do have a ‘Ladies’ Day’ in May, so
radio controlled model yachting in the more informal meets to help sort out come on girls and have a go!
region. During that time members have member’s problems. Racing starts at 11am
become a regular part of the scene at the and to get a bird’s eye view, why not have After racing we invariably transfer to one of
Seaworld Watersports Centre situated a drink on the terrace of Bar/Restaurant the beachside bars for lunch and a natter.
on La Puntica between the beach and the El Rubio 360 which is directly above the
commercial port at Lo Pagan, near San Watersports Centre? For information about the RC Mar Menor
Pedro del Pinatar. Here, in addition to the Sailing Group visit our website www.
regular facilities, we also have provision where you will
to store and launch our own dinghy. It’s find a link to our public Facebook page with
always available on site for setting out the the latest news, results and photos. If you
course and invaluable on the rare occasions want a closer look at our activities email
when yachts suffer equipment failure and Stuart or Bev at rcsailinggroup@gmail.
need to be rescued. com in advance so that we can arrange to
meet you as we sail from a secure area.
As well as our own competitions, there
are nearby major events in Torrevieja and
Almeria in April and October respectively
and, thanks to our National affiliation, we
Several wives and partners join us each will be hosting the very first “Trofeo de
week and make an invaluable contribution Murcia” competition in November. Lots to

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to the organisation of the Group. As yet look forward to, so why not come and join
for some reason we don’t have any lady us?

Most members sail yachts of the
International One Meter (IOM) class.
However, any model is welcome if it is radio
controlled and powered by the wind.

RC Mar Menor Sailing Group is registered
as an organisation with the Murcia Regional
Authorities and has just become affiliated
to the Asociación Nacional de Vela Radio
Control, the Spanish governing body for the
sport; quite an achievement in a relatively
short time.
Three of our members recently competed
in an International Regatta at Torrevieja
sailing against top skippers from the UK
and Netherlands as well as the best of the
Spanish fleet. Most members however
are happy to compete at local level where
the racing is more informal though still

Regular meetings take place on Wednesdays
at 10.30am and currently members are
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Formula 1 Preview – 2017 by Dave Bass reserve driver Celis Jnr on day 3 who did closest rival Mercedes.
not impress and they ended the session
McLaren had another disastrous 4 days
Firstly there are a couple of changes with with 278 laps.
with Honda troubles. Alo (not a happy
fuel supplies. McLaren will now use BP-
Williams started well with Massa clocking bunny) openly criticised the Japanese
Castrol fuel and lubrication after being
103 laps and placed third on the time sheet. manufacturer saying the engine has
partners with Mobil 1 since 1995. Renault
The Canadian rookie Lance Stroll took a 30km/h deficit on the straights, NO
have also changed to BP-Castrol previously
over and crashed the car which hampered reliability, NO power and NO hope with
in partnership with Total. Renault Chief,
running time for the 2 days and as the car only 217 laps in the 4 days.
Cyril Abiteboul, has also stated the all
had a damaged chassis no running on the
three teams (Renault, Red Bull & Toro Toro Rosso also suffered with reliability
last day leaving them with only 213 laps
Rosso) will all run with the same ‘top- woes, but they did manage to do 401 laps.
completed (and no wet running).
spec’ engines, although Red Bull will Haas were still having brake problems and
again be labelled as TAG-Heuer and using McLaren with their name (McL) and new
a few minor reliability troubles, but a very
‘ExxonMobil’ fuel and lubricants. orange and black livery did not show
encouraging test covering 372 laps.
any signs of improvement with recurring
Pirelli had to cancel the second day of wet problems with the new Honda power unit Renault also had reliability problems, but
testing after Seb had a hefty crash and completing only 207 laps, an average of they covered 304 laps and should improve
damaged the Ferrari SF15-T mule car just 51.75 per day. with the data collected.
running at the Fiorano circuit in Italy on an Toro Rosso also had a bad start suffering Last but by no means least is Sauber,
artificially soaked track. with various problems mainly on day 4 when who, if you remember, are using a
Dani only made it out for the installation year old Ferrari engine, but the car did
Who did well at Barcelona? Day 4 is lap, meaning the team completed the least appear to run well as they clocked up 447
designated as a wet test day (artificially laps of all 10 teams doing 183. laps; considerably more than McLaren,
watered track). Renault, Haas & Red Bull. They are
Haas appeared to have a reasonable start
Mercedes had a trouble-free 4 days expected by most to be the back-marker
with the exception of KMag hitting a wall
clocking up the most laps (558) and topping this season, but we should wait and see
on day 1, but he came good on the second
the time sheets on days 1 & 3 (Ham & Val) what happens. Kimi put in the fastest time
day covering the most laps of anybody
so it would seem as if they are carrying with 1m 18.634s with Seb, Val, Ham &
with 118. More gremlins on day 3, but the
on from last year. Unfortunately Ham did Massa the top 5.
team completed 340 laps over the 4 days.
not drive on the last day so he had no wet
running. Renault had a fairly good start clocking up Overall laps (8 days) per team – Mercedes
293 laps, but the times were not showing 1,096, Ferrari 953, Williams 800,
Red Bull were not so lucky as they promise. Sauber 793, Force India 785, Haas 712,
suffered with various problems such as Red Bull 684, Renault 597, Toro Rosso
engine sensor, battery issues and an Sauber started without new recruit
584 & McLaren 424. The advert is ‘Honda
exhaust problem, completing 294 laps and Wehrlein, who was replaced by Ferrari
the power of dreams’ it should be ‘Honda
a fair way down the time sheets of their reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi,
dreams of power’.
rivals. although having to change the PU on day
2 the team did very well to complete 346
Ferrari had a good start clocking the best It is very difficult to make any assessment
laps 3rd behind Mercedes & Ferrari with
times on days 2 & 4, both courtesy of regarding positions after the first two test
their best time on day 4 in 5th place. Val
Kimi, but Seb was second on the other sessions as all the teams were running
put in the fastest time overall clocking 1m
2 days and the team completed 465 laps. with different strategies, tyres, fuel loads
19.705s 0.247s faster than Seb, Kimi,
and even car specifications, as well as
Force India had an average start, but Ham & Ricci making up the top five.
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time spent ironing out the little faults and
not trouble-free as the exhaust gave them
teething troubles and coping with a few
problems on the first 2 days. They used The 10 teams between them did 3,175
off-circuit excursions, but it appears that
laps 14,779.6kms.
Ferrari may have the edge at the moment
Wehrlein was given the all clear to take
unless Mercedes were sandbagging,
part in this session after his ROC accident.
meaning as usual we will have to wait until
the first race in Australia to see how much
Mercedes showed much the same as and if any improvements have been made
the previous session, although not so far and by whom.
ahead, only topping the timesheets once, Some very sad news, racing legend John
but still doing 538 laps. Surtees died last week at the age of
Red Bull had more reliability woes 83. He was the only person to have won
spending a lot of time in the garage. There premier class world championships on both
were a few glimpses of brilliance, but only 2 and 4 wheels with several 350cc & 500cc
managed 390 laps. motorcycle and the F1 championship in
Ferrari showed a lot of promise as both
drivers excelled with some very quick laps The first and second practice sessions in
whilst completing 488 laps. Australia were on Friday 24th March.
Force India showed some improvement
by completing 507 laps and was in the top Pirelli with the new spec and wider tyres
ten on each of the four days. for this season for Australia will supply the
Ultrasoft (purple), Supersoft (red), soft
Williams also had a better test as Massa (yellow).
topped the timesheets on day 1 and was
2nd on day 2 with rookie Stroll piling in the Email
laps as well. He did have a few offs, but it
was very encouraging for the team as they
covered 587 laps which was 49 more than

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Almost 400 vessels from all over Europe delegations with their corresponding be led by Univela Sailing International
and Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand and technical staff. led by Cartagenero Rafael González and
India have registered for the regatta at the Sailing Federation of the Region of
the Centro de Tecnificación Deportiva in Rafael de la Hoz reached the World and Murcia with the support of the European
Los Alcázares from 15th to 22nd April. This European Sailing Championships in 2014 Association of the Laser Class, the
event is the greatest sailing event in the and 2015 and recently became champion Royal Spanish Sailing Federation and
history of the Mar Menor. of Spain. the Superior Council of Sports and The
Nautical Club Mar Menor de los Alcázares
There will be around 10,000 overnight stays The European Championship will have and the Real Club de Regatas de Cartagena
during the 15 days of the event, taking important media coverage in the press, among others.
into account the sailors, parents, friends television and social networks both in
and relatives and the foreign federative Spain and abroad. The organization will

The Hacienda del Alamo with its long apparent long par 3’s as the 2 Nearest The Pin
but wide fairways and lovely kept greens that it competitions were not won.
was the venue for the Straight Down would be a
the Middle Golf Society’s game on low scoring Ultimately when all the score cards had
Wednesday 22nd February. It was a windy game which been checked it was found that only 3
but sunny Spanish winter’s day, which disappointed members had scored 30 or more:
gave the 29 members and guests a testing the Handicap 3rd Pete Smithson - 30 points
game of golf. Secretary 2nd Mel Appleby - 32 points
as he Winner with 34 points Geoff Perry
Before this monthly Stapleford event’s would have
tee off, our very able committee hurriedly only a few The April game will be at our home
reorganised the draw and playing order handicaps to course of Camposol on April 26th.
because 3 members unavoidably had to cut. Most of
cancel at the last minute. the members The Society is always ready to welcome
h a d new members. For details please email
At the 19th hole, as the players came in and problems Secretary Peter Smithson on
the cards were scrutinised, it soon became with the

February Club de Golf Competition for golfing participants in The Club House Betty Roberts

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The Competition was sponsored by The Pro Shop.
Club House and the Club Captain Des
Bunn presented the prizes to the following Summer Ball
Winners:- This will be held on 16th June at the Miras
Overall Winner - Jeronimo Lopez - 36pts Restaurant with an excellent outside area.
Runner Up - James (Bernie) Langley - It looks very pretty at night with lanterns
35pts lit up on the round tables of 12. The
menu also sounds great. We have not
Men’s Cat 1 (0-18) used this venue for some time and it is
Winner - Clive Porter - 29pts hoped it will be the success our Summer
Runner-Up - John Layland - 28pts Balls usually are. The price will be kept to
25€ pp. Transport if required will be 5€
Men’s Cat 2 (19-28) pp. The coach picks up at various points
Roy Ashcroft - 29pts on Camposol and Mazarrón Country Club.
Runner-Up - Craig Nevard 28pts Entertainment to be arranged.

Ladies’ Placings CGA Away Day
1st Dee Dilley - 35pts Enquiries are being made of prices and
Runner-Up - Veronica Porter 34pts availability at various golf courses in the
area for April or May of this year.
FAST Golf Day
FAST are organising a Camposol Golf
Day on 22nd April and the Camposol Golf Christmas Dinner Dance
Association have agreed to sponsor a At the last CGA Committee Meeting it was
Nearest the Pin prize for both Ladies and agreed the Christmas Dinner Dance would
Gents on the 11th Hole. We hope there will again be held at Hotel Costa’s Celebration
be a lot of support to help this worthwhile Rooms.
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UK Pound expected to fall against the Midlands and South of England, their
the Euro in coming weeks? local property markets are seeing large
Looking back at my column 12 months increase in house values. In some cases,
ago, I began the opening sentence with those selling up to move to Spain are
“100 days to go until the European getting offers well above their perceived
Referendum!” asking prices and this consequently fills
some of the short-fall in their overall
Well, an awful lot has been said, but purchasing power.
very little has happened since then.
UK sterling has been weaker since the In the meantime, the Spanish economy
referendum and the property market is well on the mend. Everywhere we look,
here in Spain took a bit of a tumble in there is evidence of that; more shops and
the autumn. Since then, there has been bars than we’ve seen for a long time; new
some fluctuating data not dissimilar to cars appearing on the streets; towns and
previous years. cities bustling with people and of course,
Spanish property buyers snapping up
As I write, we are waiting for the UK bargains.
government to formally announce
article 50 and Britain’s divorce from the From our personal point of view, the first
European Union will begin. In doing so, quarter of 2017 has been surprisingly
the currency markets will become jittery buoyant and we are confident we will
and almost all the financial commentators see another successful year. As the first
predict the UK pound will lose value quarter results flow in from the many
against many other currencies. This will official statistics organisations, it is
obviously affect the buying-power of UK obvious that the Brexit doom predictions
house-hunters and result in another mini- are not as grave or worrying as first
slump in sales throughout the spring. thought.

Under normal circumstances, British Kenneth Whettall
property agents operating in the Spanish Commercial Director
market would be rather gloomy about Fuente Alamo Real Estate/Murcia
things, but in reality that simply isn’t the Coast & Country
case. The anticipated slack in the market
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up by a noticeably large increase in other
northern European buyers, in particular,
Dutch, German, Belgian and French

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Being Self Employed will be free in the during the first year of activity. that better future which we want for the
Murcia Region This new law aims to facilitate the Region.’’
The Regional Government will be incorporation of young people into self-
responsible for paying Social Security employment in a region where the number The regional government will allocate
contributions during the first year of of self-employed has experienced a more than five million Euros this year to
activity for newly registered self-employed growth above the national average, with support the establishment of new self-
individuals younger than 30 years of age. 874 more individuals during 2016. The employed individuals with the aid of
regional administration will take care of between 3,000 and 9,900 euros for each
Improvements that will arise from the new the payment of the monthly fees to the worker. In addition, the Executive will offer
law for self-employment are:- Social Security during the first year and business initiatives of advice, guidance
will implement a flat rate of 50€ per month and information, to help them to be a
The President of the Region of Murcia for the second year of activity. responsible self-employment person.
announced the new law, quoting ‘Quote
Zero ’ for newly registered self-employed The announcement came during the closing The President of the Community has
individuals of 30 years or younger. of the National Directorate Committee of assured that they will agree with ATA’s
The Association of Autonomous workers new laws to support the self-employed,
Murcia has become the first autonomous (ATA) in which Sánchez commented that since it considers the collective as a key
community in which young individuals can they would like to start with the young piece for the future of the Region. In this
start up a new business without having to people “as there is a whole generation sense, it has reached an agreement with
pay the monthly fees to the Social Security of young people that need to be part of employers and unions to implement the
Strategy for Quality employment from
2017-2020, which includes a programme
aimed at entrepreneurship, with measures
that include training for entrepreneurship,
establishment as a self-employed person
and advice, information and motivation for
self-employment and initiatives for local

Always seek professional advice and for
your peace of mind. It is advisable to
consider appointing a fiscal representative
(which we will happily undertake) to help
and support your new business. Corral &
Alcaraz will represent you and will assume
the responsibility of receiving all formal
communication from the Tax Office and will
act accordingly on your behalf within the
given timescales.

Prevention is always better than cure.

Corral & Alcaraz Law Firm
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