On Thursday, the Mayor of Orihuela, Emilio Bascuñana, opened the new Leroy Merlin store that has
just been purpose built in Orihuela Costa. A sister store to the main DIY superstore at Zenia
Boulevard, the new branch in La Regia specialises in building supplies.
Bascuñana stressed that "this opening is another example of the fact that the trade in Orihuela is a
living sector in full development, and that it also brings new jobs to our city." The Oriolan Mayor was
accompanied by the Councillor for Commerce, Miguel Ángel Fernández, and the deputy mayor,
Rafael Almagro. There were also several senior representatives from Leroy Merlin including: the
manager of Leroy Merlin La Zenia , Gonzalo Rodríguez, the regional director of the Southeast zone,
José Luis Ramírez, the director of Development of Leroy Merlin Spain, Juan Sevillano, the head of
Expansión, Borja Arambarri and the director Leroy Merlin also attended. La Zenia, Antonio Javier
Six schools took part in Torrevieja’s celebration of the international day of the
child on Monday 20 th November.
The mayor reminded everyone at the end of the performance that although
there has been progress, on this day we should remember those children who
are still denied their rights and remain disadvantaged. ‘We must work every
day for their welfare and development.’
Altogether there are 54 children’s rights recognised by the Children’s Rights
Convention. The evening’s entertainment was opened by children from Cuba
Primary school who sang a song about some of these rights. The Alpe school
includes children with disabilities and thirteen boys and girls from here danced
and used sign language to protest against discrimination.
Five pupils from IES Mediterráneo became ‘doctors’ for the evening to provide
advice on living a healthy life. Their performance, based on article 24 of the
convention, reminded the audience of the rights that all children have to
Acequión Primary School had constructed a magic machine to provide
solutions to problems and representatives across the age range from five
years old offered ideas for making the world a better place.
The fourteen pupils from Salvador Ruso Primary School sang about
discrimination to a piano accompaniment from one of their teachers. Finally,
Ciudad del Mar closed the event with a shadow theatre production with nine
students portraying the fear and anguish in which victims of bullying can live
The city council’s Department for Beaches, which is led by the Councillor Luisa Boné of the
Ciudadanos party, is currently carrying out construction work on the beach Cala Cerrada and
as part of the regeneration programme is planning the relocation of the municipal waste
"These containers are currently located on the seafront of La Zenia and we intend to
relocate them to the nearby garden area to enhance the landscape and the aesthetic look of
the seafront promenade, whilst still facilitating the work of the municipal garbage collection.
Once relocated, these waste containers will then receive a wooden panelled screen, so that
they aesthetically fir better into the landscape," the Councillor said.
She added that with these works, the pedestrian pavements and walkways and the
landscaping and overall look of a beautiful beach like Cala Cerrada will improve as will the
overall perception of Orihuela Costa.
With a cost estimate of 5,000 euros plus VAT, these works are expected to be completed by
the end of next week.
The Councillor for Tourism, Sofía Álvarez, has hosted the tapas and gin-tonics of the
participating establishments at the Municipal Library María Moliner. The event saw all the
dishes presented and allowed those present to sample them before the tapas route opens.
This year will see the city run its fifth annual Route of the Tapa and Gin-tonic, which will take
place in the streets of Orihuela from 10th to 12th November.
The councillor has declared her satisfaction with the high participation this year, in addition
to emphasising the strong commitment from the area and explained she wants the event to
“use Orihuela’s gastronomy as a promotional tool abroad along with our historical, heritage,
festive and natural tourism potential of our city.”
As a novelty, this year the establishments have been able to create and present several
tapas, in different categories. Supporters of the event can download the mobile app
‘Rutappa’ where they can get details of the varieties of tapas and gin-tonics, in addition to
all the information regarding the event. The app also allows people to vote for their
favourite tapa and gin.
A total of 25 establishments are registered, and prizes will be awarded in five categories:
Gourmet Tapa, Sweet Tapa and Traditional Tapa. A prize wll alos go to the establishment
with the most votes for its Gin-tonic through the mobile application, and a special prize will
be awarded to one of the members of the public who use the app to vote.
The official jury will comprise representatives of the companies sponsoring the event, along
with three gastronomic experts: Carlos Corredor, director of the Gastronomic Guide of
Alicante; Antonio Marquerie, professor and director of the International Chair of
Mediterranean Gastronomy of the Catholic University of Murcia; and José Antonio Sánchez,
manager and chef of the restaurant Els Vents de Alicante, aspiring to a Michelin Star.
The price of the traditional drink and tapa will be 1 euro, while the tapas in the sweet and
gourmet category will cost 1.50, leaving the price of gin-tonic to be allocated by the
Councillor Carmen Morate has advertised the next charity fair event. It will
take place on Saturday 28 th October in the Paseo Marítimo Juan Aparicio – by
the Hombre del Mar right on the sea front next to the port car park. It’s an
opportunity for different charitable organisations to set up stalls, display goods
to sell and advertise the different ways in which people can volunteer to help
The fair will take place from 10am until 2pm and is a good opportunity for
charitable associations to raise awareness and Councillor Morate hopes to
see as many voluntary groups there as possible. There will be a number of
activities taking place during the morning too, including a zumba class led by
‘Angie’ at 10am.
There will be a small dog parade of homeless dogs from Torrevieja’s animal
shelter and a gym show at 1pm. ‘Everyone is welcome to come along with
their sports shoes and spend a fun and healthy hour with us,’ explained the
During the morning there will be a collection of food for refugee camps in the
Sarah organised by the FANS association. You can bring along non-
perishable food items such as rice and pasta, tins of tuna, oil, sugar etc. Baby
wipes would also be appreciated as a donation.
– a lovely, lively day
The Ray Scott Art Competition and Exhibition 2017 was a lively day last
Tuesday at La Herradura in Los Montesinos with more than 80 paintings
on display over 40 were entered into the Competition with approximately
the same amount in the Exhibition. One hundred plus visitors came to La
Herradura and once again they were invited to submit The People´s
Choice this went to Glyn Whiting for Dog Tired who also took first place
with this painting in the category "People". There are almost too many
winners to mention but the other first places went to Elaine Sissons,
Gladys Marsh, Pat Whelton, Nicola Moran, Pamela Heathcote and
Susanne Sayers. There will be a full list of winners placings,
commendation certificates and photographs by Kristoff on the Facebook
pages Elche Children´s Care Home and Susan Reader.
Many thanks to our three judges this year Suzanne Stokes, Gloria Howes
and Roger McCrea they take on a very difficult job and the time they gave
is much appreciated. Special thanks go to Jackie Nevin who did all of the
admin work and liaised with the artists, and to helpers on the day Abi
Johnson, Lynn Nicholls, Judy Denny and Jennie Lowe. Thanks also go to
Avalon our main sponsor of this event and all of the many companies on
the logo board who all sponsored the prizes and certificates. Plans are
already underway for The Ray Scott Art Competition 2018 so stalwart
artists and hopefully new artists please get painting!
On Sunday 15 th October it was the ‘Marcha por la vida’ or walk for life that
took place on Torrevieja’s sea front. Although it is an annual event, this year it
seemed to attract more people than ever; keen to demonstrate their solidarity
when it comes to the fight against cancer.
The crowd began to gather at 11am with people meeting around the Hombre
del Mar as well as further up the paseo. There were plenty of pink t-shirts on
display with people having already reserved theirs in advance. Last year they
actually ran out on the day. It was very much a family occasion with mums,
dads and children and pink was everywhere.
People had come up with lots of ideas for spreading the word, including pink
ribbons in children’s hair and dogs sporting bink bows too. Those people who
had registered were given a bottle of water and a pink scarf which could also
be seen on a few pets who accompanied the walkers.
It wasn’t just those who had already registered who turned up. Many people
arrived and bought their t-shirt to take part on the day. This swell in numbers
means that there could have been as many as 600 people there. The
numbers are growing every year.
The walkers were a little late in setting off due to the arrival of so many at the
last minute. The anticipated start time of 11.30am was delayed for perhaps 20
minutes whilst the final participants were registered. The police were there to
escort those taking part on the march to Las Columnas and back.
Jenny Dodd was one of those taking part; ‘There were lots of puzzled looking
northern Europeans wondering what was going on,’ she says. ‘But also quite
a few puzzled Spaniards who are visiting for the holiday period. It was very
hot, especially in the t-shirt and it was just as well that a breeze got up as we
The money raised from the day will go towards the AECC (La Asociación
Española Contra el Cáncer) and following the turnout, the event is expected
to have raised a significant amount.
On the 18 th September the mayor of Torrrevieja, José Manuel Dolón, signed
along with 62 other representative of organisations, political parties and social
groups the Pacto Valenciano against domestic violence. The agreement
acknowledges 293 ways in which it is intended to tackle this problem.
Vice president and councillor for equality and inclusivity, Mónica Oltra, said;
‘Today has been a historic day for all those in valencian society.’ Torrevieja’s
mayor, José Manuel Dolón, spoke out against the problem indicating that the
intention is to use every method possible including technical, judicial, political,
educationto tackle it.
Mónica Oltra has pointed out that the vaccine for the problem is that of
ensuring a society where there are equal relationships between men and
women. The five strategies that have been indicated as part of the agreement
The pursuit of a society that is free from domestic violence
Raise the status of women generally in society
Coordinate the works of organisations who are supporting the women
and children who are victims of domestic violence
Recognising the political nature of the problem
A budget provided to develop and implement objectives
The pact has been the result of eight days’ work including different political
parties and representative of a number of associations in the Valencian
It was sadly missed in May but now it looks as though the May Fair will still
take place, if a little late in October. The inaugural event, the offering of
flowers, took place on Sunday 24 th September, 15 days before the festival
itself will begin.
Dozens of people dressed in traditional sevillanas clothes took part in the
ceremony which includes the offering of flowers to the Virgen del Inmaculada
in the calles Ramón and Cajal. This was just a prequel to the flamboyant Feria
de Sevillanas that we can now expect to take place from the 10 th to 15 th
Octoberin the port area of the town.
The delay in holding the fair was due to difficulty in issuing the correct
contracts in time. These are now in place for a total of €106,552 and this
popular event can now go ahead. The possibility of holding the fair during the
summer months was discussed. However, the decision was taken to wait until
Octoberdue to the heat and number of visitors that Torrevieja plays host to
during July and August. Instead it was agreed to wait until the quieter month
The delay did not put people off on Sunday. There was plenty of evidence of
the usual May Fair excitement with a good turn out and plenty of flamenco
dancing opposite the statue of the Purísima Concepción which is situated
close to playa del Cura. Those taking part were dressed in their traditional
suits and flamenco dresses and there was even a carriage to take some
participants to the monument.
People placed garlands of flowers at the statue and there were several horse
riders too to bring some extra glamour to the event. The crowd then went to
the parish of the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús where an official mass took
place, this time in honour of the Feria de Sevillanas rather than the Feria de
Later in the afternoon the candidates for the Sevillanas Queen were
presented. This is organised by the town hall in conjunction with the
Andalucian house ‘Rafael Alberti’. The May fair attracts people from all over
Spain but in particular from Andalucia which is the centre of the tradition.
It is perhaps Torrevieja’s most well known festivity and attracts visitors from all
over the world. It was sadly missed in May and for some, who book flights to
coincide with the dates, it will not be possible to celebrate it this year. As the
event is being held in October it will, however, coincide with the bank holiday
of the Virgen del Pilar. It is intended that the fair returns to its usual slot in May
On the 30 th September it will be your chance to take a look at the animals
currently housed in Torrevieja’s animal shelter. The shelter is constantly in
demand for animals abandoned or dumped by their owners or found to have
been abused and in need of a new home. The open day will run from 11am to
Although those running the shelter do their very best to ensure that the
animals are as comfortable as possible, this is not a home. Volunteers walk
the dogs but for many of these animals who have been used to being the
family pet, the stay in the shelter is a traumatic one.
The Albergue’s aim is to match dogs and cats as quickly as possible with a
potential home. Councillor Carmen Morate is responsible for the shelter. ‘It’s
been a long hard summer for the abandoned animals,’ she explained. ‘And
there’s been a lot of work to do for the volunteers who have been trying to find
homes for them all.’
The shelter is located on calle Nenúfares and the shelter or Albergue is at the
end. Those coming to the open day will have chance to look around and see
the dogs and cats who are hoping to be homed. There will also be a workshop
for children and adults, an information table about volunteering at the shelter
and also about the association that supports the animals there; ‘Asociación
Animalista de Torrevieja’.
‘At the moment we have 35 dogs,’ says Councillor Morate. ‘They will be out
on parade on this day. There will also be a stand with vegan food and those
who come can also see the cattery where there are 30 cats who are waiting
If you are not able to attend on the day but are interested in adopting a dog or
a cat then you can also visit the ‘Asociación Animalista de Torrevieja’
Facebook page where new arrivals are posted and people are kept informed
about those needing adoption.
It’s the perfect combination if you can raise money for a worthwhile cause
whilst having fun. That’s what a group of volunteers have been doing on
behalf of the Samaritans in Spain. They took part in a sponsored Zip Wire at
La Rufeta to raise money for suicide awareness.
The Samaritans in Spain receive many calls from people who are
experiencing such emotional distress that they are considering taking their
own life. Through encouraging people to talk and giving time, the volunteers
who are on the end of the Samaritan’s help line provide a much needed
However, it’s also important that society generally is aware and understands
the issues associated with suicide, depression and mental health generally.
There is still stigma around the subject that can prevent people from coming
forward when they really need to.
Events such as this are hoped to raise awareness generally amongst the
public. On this occasion it was organised by Maureen and Colin Smith of San
Luis, Torrevieja. Those participating included Maureen, Colin, Johnno, Kath
and Alex. Recording the event for posterity and a little publicity too was
Warren Bradley. Thanks go to all those who took part on the day as well as
those who sponsored them.
The new Commander-in- Chief of the Guardia Civil in Torrevieja, Antonio José
Leal Bernabéu met the mayor of Torrevieja, José Manuel Dolón, in the town
hall on the 13 th September. The Commander leads around 200 officers and in
his new capacity the mayor discussed security issues for the town.
The meeting lasted for more than an hour and centred around the threat of
terrorism and what can be done to protect citizens. They also discussed the
relationship between the local police and the Guardia Civil and other
organisations such as the Civil Protection. Other topics under discussion
included environmental issues, animal protection and housing occupancy.
The mayor and the Commander agreed that they would maintain effective
communication and have regular meetings to ensure the smooth running of
the service. The mayor presented the Commander with a traditional salt boat.