Category: Local

Christmas hampers from Age Concern

Age Concern has begun to hand out their Christmas hampers to beneficiaries
at their centre in la Siesta. On Tuesday 5 th December those receiving their
hamper of tea time treats included Pam Creasey, Glenys Doyle, Joan
Sugden, Ella Blacknall, Ann King, Carmen and Ken Jenkins and Joyce. Each
hamper contained a variety of items including a bottle of wine, biscuits,
panattone and chocolates.
The presentation was in front of countless friends in the packed centre at
Calle Paganini in La Siesta. The daily coffee mornings are a very popular
facility provided by the centre which has an incredible reputation for being
welcoming. This is particularly important for those who are new to the area.
Pam Creasey was one of those receiving a hamper and for her Age Concern
has been a lifeline. Pam reached an all time low after becoming a widow.
Feeling lonely and that no one cared about her, joining Age Concern rescued
her from loneliness and desolation.
Pam is not the only one that has found Age Concern to be essential to their
wellbeing. The charity offers an open invitation for anyone of 50 years old and
over. If you would like more information you can pop into their centre or call
966 786 887.

Black Cat Ink supports Tasha Appeal

Tattoo and piercing studio, Black Cat Ink, has come out in support of the Tasha Appeal, raising
funds for Tasha Lynch’s Mitochondrial fund. Owner Gregg told the Costa Blanca People, “Like
many on the Costa Blanca, Black Cat Ink in has been really touched by hearing of The ‘Tasha
Appeal’ and yet also so warmed when hearing of all the great things locals in our community
are doing to raise money to help out. We have placed collection buckets around the la Finca
resort and really want to finish our collections with some Christmas cheer and invite you ALL to
join us on our last Walk In Wednesday before Christmas, for the willing there will be a
selection of small Tats for Tasha available – but more importantly just a show of support with a
Local Brass Band and some warm Christmas Mulled wine would be a great way to show We as
a community care – so please come and join us and let’s show Tasha WE ARE HERE FOR YOU
LIVE BAND STARTS 4:30pm at Black Cat Ink La Finca Golf
Mince pies
Mulled wine and some good old Christmas cheer

Bigger and better Orihuela Belén opens its doors

The Mayor of Orihuela, Emilio Bascuñana, and the councillor of Festivities, Mariola
Rocamora, has officially opened the Municipal Bethlehem scene, known in Spanish as the
Belen, which opened its doors to the public after the reading the Christmas proclamation.
This year the Belen represents three scenes and gives life to the more than 300 figures that
make it up.
"After the success of last year in which Orihuela premiered its Bethlehem, many Oriolan
people are eager to discover this year's composition and continue to revive one of the
oldest traditions of our Christmas," said Bascuñana.
The Councillor of Festivities explained that the Belen "has been built in such a way that
visitors can observe the depth of the landscape, and it has been created to be as realistic as
possible." Councillor Rocamora also explained that the nativity scene is divided into three
spaces: The first one represents the Annunciation, followed by the hub of Bethlehem, and
ends with the flight to Egypt. She pointed out some of the highlights of the Bethlehem,
saying that "among the novelties this year we have an allegory of the Puerta de la Olma, and
we have the Palmeral and Orchard of Orihuela represented."
The Association of Belenistas de Elche has been responsible for shaping this belenística
composition, which has a larger surface area and landscape depth.

Christmas concert for the animals

On Saturday 16th December join the fabulous singers of
ASOKA as they hold their 7 th  Annual Christmas
Concert "STAR" in aid of the very deserving ASOKA ANIMAL
RESCUE in Orihuela. The concert starts at 7pm.  It's full of
wonderfully emotional moments as the rescue looks back over
its year of saving and rehoming over 1000 abandoned animals
of the area.  Created by Nick Moore it’s full of Christmas
English language classics and wonderful projections. It’s much,
much more than a carol concert! Get your tickets on the door:
5€.  La Lonja Concert Hall, Calle Aragón, Orihuela 03300.  Any
enquiries call 692747685

New Leroy Merlin store on the coast

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

International child’s day celebrated

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
receive healthcare.
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
their lives.

Domestic violence up 50 percent in Orihuela

The Councillor for Equality of the City of Orihuela, Sabina Galindo was at the forefront of recent
events commemorate the International Day Against Gender Violence. The programme began on
Friday when a purple ribbon – the emblem of the cause – was tied to the façade of the Town Hall.
The weekend saw a march Against Gender Violence from the Town Hall to the Gabriel Miró
roundabout, where manifestos were read and a video made by the council was screened, showing
all those involved in the fight against Gender Violence across the municipality. A Social Forum and a
mass were also held as part of the initiative.
The councillor said: “It is not enough just to participate in the commemorative events every 25 th
November; the awareness of this scourge must be of a permanent nature, and we cannot allow
situations of gender violence to occur, not one more. "
The council also presented the statistics of Gender Violence in the municipality, collected in the last
year by the Service of Attention to Gender Violence (SEMAVIG), which offers comprehensive care to
women who are or may be in a situation of gender-based violence and minors under parental
authority, guardianship and custody of female victims of gender violence.
This year a total of 93 interventions have been registered, which is approximately an increase of 50
percent on the previous period. Of these women, 10 of them requested information and advice, and
83 are part of the multidisciplinary intervention program of this municipal service, through which the
victim is assisted and also offered psychotherapeutic care programs.
There are 24 women who have accessed this program after having filed a previous complaint, and 9
of them who never have previously done so.
In the case of psychological treatment programs, 60 percent of women attended to decided to
access these rehabilitation programs, counting a total of 68 women, 18 of whom have joined this
year. Likewise, a treatment session has been started in a support group format, which has 6 women
participants, in addition to providing psychological help to 12 children.
The majority of these women are Spanish (46), followed by other nationalities: European (19), South
American (10), African (7) and Asian (1), which, in the words of the councillor, "shows that Gender
violence is something universal, which occurs in all countries of the world, regardless of the
economic situation, the level of development and the political regime of the place”.
The majority of women helped are from downtown Orihuela (39), followed by districts (25) and the
coast (19). The majority of interventions have been carried out for women between the ages of 30
and 50 (49), 22 of whom are under 30 years of age, and two of these are under 18 years of age. Of
these, 50 percent have medium-high educational levels (bachelor's degrees, training cycles or
university studies), with 63 percent of the women in a situation without resources (unemployed or
students), for which the situation of cohabitation as a couple, economic dependence and children in
common are an added handicap to getting out of an abusive situation.

Cala Cerrada tidy up

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.

Choosing Workshops and Garages

The key to safer driving not only lies in the hands of those on the roads, but also in the hands of those
responsible for carrying out work on our vehicles.
Although the authorities do everything they can to close them down, there are still many garages and
workshops that are not authorised to carry out any form of vehicle repair, and although many of them
do a good job perhaps for less money, there are many who put all road users at risk.
An illegal workshop is a fraudulent business model, often conducted on unlicensed premises, and often
without the requisite regulatory permits, access to technical information on vehicles or the approval
from vehicle manufactures to carry out repairs. They often also fail to comply with health and safety and
environmental legislation and often carry out work without issuing invoices and without any form of
The frightening fact is that according to official sources, although no official figures exist, it is estimated
that 20% of workshops across Spain are currently operating without the relevant licenses. A situation
exacerbated by the economic crisis, which has led many consumers to turn to these fraudulent
workshops, attracted by lower prices, without being fully aware of the consequences.
Inferior work, low price and unofficial parts, cheap labour and a lack of guarantee all undermine the
rights of a consumer, and is a practice punishable by law.
On the other hand, legal and approved workshops have the necessary machinery and the right tools for
repairs, access to the most up to date technical information for vehicle, they only use approved and
traceable spare parts, guarantee repairs through the production of an invoice and provide continuous
training for their employees.
Therefore, only the legal establishments can ensure proper handling of the vehicle, resulting in
increased road safety by reducing the risk of accidents.
The technical information of the vehicle provides the guidelines set by the manufacturer to ensure
proper handling and repair, minimizing risks, ensuring optimal performance and extending its life. Only
legally established workshops have access to this guide to ensure proper repairs of each model vehicle.
The traceability of parts refers to garages being able to ensure the origin. In a legally established
workshop the consumer can be sure that the piece is approved, which is required for that type of car
that has all manufacturer warranties. In illegal workshops where it is not traceable, installed parts can
have very varied origins including from crashed or scrapped vehicles and sometimes through theft.
Due to the increasing complexity of vehicles it is essential that mechanics attend training courses that
are held periodically that provide the guidelines for the proper repair of all types of vehicles. The
mechanics are quickly outdated if they do not receive these courses, which only legal workers can have
access to.
The question of course is how does one identify an illegal workshop? Unfortunately, they are not always
easy to recognise, but there are some tell-tale signs to look out for.
A legal workshop will always provide a printed quote for work in advance, and will also provide an
invoice and guarantee afterwards.
Illegal workshops are usually in places where they work behind closed doors, sometimes in garages of
private homes, sometimes even in the street.
The most important clue of all is that official and legally approved workshops have a nameplate granted
by the Ministry of Industry and are required to display this plate at the property entrance. Illegal
workshops will have no such accreditation displayed.
The nameplate will display a variety of information relating to the work that can be done at the
workshop. For example, the top part of the plate will display the type of work which can be done on the
premises. A picture of a wrench indicates mechanics, a jagged arrow indicates electrics, a hammer is for
bodywork and a spray gun for painting.
Halfway up, on the left are icons which indicate areas of expertise, such as wheels and tyres, radiators or
injection engines for example. To the right, an image will be displayed if the workshop is authorised to
repair motorcycles.
Finally, at the bottom of the plate, there is a space which will display the provincial hallmark and the
official registration number of the workshop as provided by the Ministry of Industry.
Although it will be difficult to ensure your complaints are heard in the event of using an illegal
workshop, there is a way of reporting your suspicions to the authorities to investigate and take action
against illegal operators. This can be done on the website of the confederation of Spanish workshops.
CETRAA, at denuncia/

Man arrested for trying to torch a house with three children inside

A man has been arrested in the Costa Blanca town of Dolores for attempting to set the residence on fire while three minors were inside the property at the time. The suspect is said to have sprayed the ground floor of the property with gasoline. Family members called 112 and thankfully, police arrived at the scene before the man was able to ignite the fire. On learning that emergency services were en route, the man fled the scene.
The incident occurred late on Tuesday at a house in the centre of Dolores. Security sources report that the three children were on the top floor of the house while the man was dousing the ground floor in petrol. Relatives raised the alarm and called emergency services before the man made his escape.
Officers from the Local Police and Guardia Civil rushed to the address to secure the scene and ensure the safety of the children who were described as being “afraid, but in good physical condition”. The officers made safe the property and ventilated all the rooms to get rid of the fumes. Meanwhile, a team of officers searched Dolores throughout the night for the suspect who was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning when he presented himself at the Guardia Civil barracks.  Another man was also arrested for obstruction of justice and both are expected to appear in court today (Wednesday).

Forty tapas and gin-tonics to taste on the Orihuela route

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

Charity fair in Torrevieja

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.