Tag: Torrevieja

Time is running out for your tickets!

It’s nearly time for Stagestruck’s latest show. This year’s summer production
is ‘From a Jack to a King’ and will be particularly enjoyed if you’re a fan of
1960s music. There are three performances at the Cardenal Belluga Theatre
in San Fulgencio on the 17 th , 18 th and 19 th May. The script is an original one
written by Leigh Humphries.
This musical comedy is set in the East End of London in the late 1960s and
the opening scene is in the Hope Pub which has seen better days. You get to
meet some local ‘characters’ including Danny and Tommy – the die hard
regulars and Johnnie Bigg who is initially mistaken for a stripper. The show
takes us through the next four years and the changes in the characters and
their surroundings.
You will recognise your favourite actors, once more treading the boards. The
lead roles of Harry Grimes and Daphne Brown are played by Jim Speakman
and Jenny Dexter and they’re supported by a cast of 21. It’s a story of triumph
over adversity but with plenty to laugh at along the way.
It’s only €8 a ticket and proceeds from ticket sales go to a selection of local
charities with the main charity being Torrevieja Alzheimer Association. Tickets
are on sale at The Post Box, Quesada, The Post Room, Benijofar, The Card
Place, Benimar, Cards and More, La Marina, Kennedy's Supermarket,
Montesinos and Leaf's (Formerly Marabu Lounge), Quesada. Alternatively
you can reserve tickets by calling Leigh on 679679584 or emailing

Pop Goes the Choir return

After last year’s successful performance ‘Pop Goes the Choir’ from Burnham
in England are returning to Torrevieja. They will be singing on Sunday 13 th
May in the Paseo Maritimo Juan Aparicio, next to the Hombre del Mar. Their
performance was announced by Councillor Carmen Morate as the first event
this year in the Feria de ONGs or Charity Fair. An ONG is an officially
registered charity in Spain.
Different charities will have stalls in place on the paseo between 11am and
2pm on the 13 th May. On the stalls there will be information about what the
different charities do as well as opportunity to sell some merchandise.
Councillor Morate has asked voluntary associations and charities to sign up to
the event. ‘It is important that people can see what you do,’ she explained.
One of those charities attending will be Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre.
They will have a stall which includes information about how they help
abandoned and abused horses. They will be happy to answer your questions
and explain more about what they do. There will be t-shirts available to
purchase along with pictures and books too.
Pop Goes the Choir will be performing on the day at 12.45pm. This isn’t the
only performance they will be making. You can also see the choir in the
Casino on Friday 11 th May at 8.00pm and in the Paseo Juan Aparicio by the
Hombre del Mar on Saturday 12 th May at 7.30pm. The group perform songs
from the 50s to the present day in their own unique style for free.
The choir cover lots of well-known music from Queen to Madonna and have
been together since 2010. Some of the choir members have links with
Torrevieja and for this reason have chosen the town for the second year
running as a venue to share their music. They are a not for profit organisation
and they usually perform in the UK for different charities. Currently they have
120 members altogether and last year around 50 made it to the Costa Blanca
to entertain the crowds here too.
You can find out more about the choir by visiting their website

Focus on food and drink

The councillor for Tourism, Sofía Álvarez has confirmed the attendance of the municipality of
Orihuela at the trade fair "Alicante Gastronómica: Meeting of Mediterranean Lifestyle" an exhibition
of food and healthy living, which was held at IFA Alicante from Friday 4th to Monday 7th May, where
she believes that "Orihuela will play an important role in the province as one of the best gastronomic
destinations to discover".
Councillor Alvarez said: "The power of the municipality with its monuments, tradition, history,
nature tourism, sun and beach and golf, is complemented by local cuisine, based on the products of
the ‘garden’ and its tradition in the kitchens.”
Workshops and conferences, tastings, product sales and show-cooking demonstrations all took place
over the three days, and showed the public and professionals of the sector different gastronomic
specialties of the province. Orihuela showcased its best assets, ‘demonstrating the products of the
land, its rice dishes, and its gastronomy of the highest order’, the Councillor said.
Sophia Avarez wanted to thank the companies and collaborating associations that took part in this
event for their commitment. This included: Altos de Orihuela, Olé-Fruit, Salazones Pertusa,
Conservas Hortidesa, El Horno de Obispo and the Mediterranean Gastronomic Association.
Irish Pub Route Orihuela Costa
The Councillor for Tourism carried out the prize giving for the first Route of Irish Pubs of Orihuela
Costa that was held over the weekend of the 14 th and 15 April with the participation of 31 registered
Irish pubs taking part in the initiative.
The Councillor was accompanied by Raymond Kearney, representative of the Irish community in
Orihuela Costa, “which of the 101 nationalities that have made Orihuela home, is one of the most
numerous,” explained the Councillor. The Irish community has participated actively in this initiative
which aimed to unite people from across the municipality and encourage them to experience
different aspects of the area where they live. This success of the event has led to the commitment of
this community to carry out a second edition of this route soon.
The prizes consisted in the delivery of a bottle of wine along with merchandising and information on
the municipality, which includes the book recently published in English with Hernandian routes and
the biography of Miguel Hernández that can be explored in the municipality.
The winners were:
Best cover / Best Drink & Tapa
• The Abbey Tavern (La Florida)
• Slievenamon Irish Pub (Cabo Roig)
Best Presentation / Best Pub's Atmosphere
• Paddy's Point (La Zenia)
Best Decoration / Best Decoration
• The Depot (Cabo Roig)

"Play Clean" awareness campaign to keep Orihuela tidy

The councillor for Road Cleaning, Dámaso Aparicio, has presented the new awareness and
awareness campaign of the council for 2018, entitled "Play clean."
"With this slogan, we have the firm objective of raising awareness of the importance of caring for
the environment through small actions," said the councillor, "to help maintain cleanliness in the city,
beaches and districts of the municipality ."
The campaign which has already started will be developed throughout the year, focusing on the
actions that people can take to take care for the image of the municipality, such as the use of paper
mills, the care of street furniture, collecting the excreta of pets or taking out the garbage at the
established time, as well as the importance of recycling at source through the separation of waste in
the home.
A media campaign highlighting the principles of Play Clean will be carried out, with signage and
promotion, in addition to the creation of the website: orihuelalimpia.es/ with all the relative
information to the campaign and to the Concejalía.
Likewise, more than 30,000 information leaflets will be distributed throughout the municipality,
"which will be in Spanish, English and German in those directed to the residents of Orihuela Costa,
and in which special emphasis is placed on the timetables and places to perform the collection of
household goods and pruning, "explained Aparicio.
"We want to get people really involved in the cleaning and conservation of the municipality, because
it is everyone's task," said the councilman. "It will be the sum of those little anonymous gestures of
all citizens that help us to fulfil this goal, since it is not cleaner who cleans, but who less messes," he
Other actions of the Department
The councillor also gave an account of other complementary actions carried out by the area of
Urban Cleaning and Urban Waste in the municipality and that have aimed to facilitate recycling at
source through the selection and classification of urban waste.
These actions include the start-up of the two mobile eco-parks for Orihuela city, districts and
Orihuela Costa, awareness campaigns in schools in the municipality, as well as the distribution of
recycling selection boxes in municipal buildings and schools, as well as its installation in major events
of the municipality such as the Medieval Market.
Through these initiatives it has been possible to increase the recycling of paper, cardboard and light
packaging in the municipality, which in 2014 was 667 tons and has gone to 861. Likewise, in the case
of glass recycling, in 2014 1,900 tons were registered of this recycled material, increasing in 2017 to
2200 tons (75 percent of the total glass generated).
Aparicio has also pushed for the repair of one of the trucks of the Department, damaged in 2012 and
now road worthy once again is destined to begin collection work in Orihuela Costa, in addition to the
signing of an agreement with the organisation ECOEMBES for a greater number of recycling
containers, the glass recycling campaign for the summer, and the new IMEDES campaigns with the
educational and collaboration centres with the Vega Baja Waste Consortium, which will be
announced soon.

Fibromyalgia awareness raising

From the 7 th to 13 th May it’s Fibromyalgia awareness week. The events of the
week were presented at a press conference by Councillor Carmen Morate
with Maite Miralles and Juncal Macho who are president and secretary of
ASIMEPP (Asociación de Salud Integral, Mejoras Psícofísicas and
Psicosociales in Torrevieja). This is the third time that such an event has been
Fibromyalgia day is on 12 th May and awareness raising is being supported by
the town hall in Torrevieja. ‘It’s to give voice during these kinds of events to
the people who suffer from chronic illnesses and pain like fibromyalgia,’
announced Councillor Morate.
Everyone is invited to take part in the organised activitieswhich include an
open day, yoga workshops and Taichi at the Hombre del Mar on the 12 th May
at 11am. A manifesto will also be read and there will be three conferences by
University professors looking at various aspects of the disease. On Friday 11 th
May there will be a talk in the indoor market about how to improve your eating
habits to tackle the condition.
At 8.30 pm on 11 th May an award will be presented to an individual for their
collaboration and support in addressing the issues surrounding the condition.
The week’s awareness raising will conclude on May 13 th with Tibetan sound
therapy in the Centro de la Tercera Edad in Calle San Pascual at 11am.
Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.
People suffering from the disease may also find that they are extremely tired,
have muscle stiffness and experience difficulty sleeping. They may also have
problems with memory and concentration and frequently suffer from
headaches and IBS.
Although treatment is available for some of these symptoms they are unlikely
to disappear completely. The exact causes of the syndrome are unknown but
it is thought to be linked to abnormal levels of some chemicals in the brain. It
is believed that some people are more likely to develop it due to the genes
inherited from their parents. The condition can also be triggered by a stressful
Fibromyalgia affects more women than men and typically develops between
the ages of 30 and 50 although it can occur in people of any age including
children and the elderly. Estimates suggest that between one to 20 people
may be affected to some extent. It is a difficult condition to diagnose as there
are no specific tests for the condition and the symptoms mimic other
conditions too.

A trip to the seaside for Age Concern

Volunteers and beneficiaries of Age Concern recently enjoyed a coach trip to
Mazarron Port. The weather was perfect with lots of sun and a cool breeze
coming off the sea. Mazarron is an attractive port and it was perfect for them
to take a stroll along its quayside. The stroll was followed by a break for coffee
and a cool drink before returning to the coach for a trip around the town of
The coach then headed to Camposol and its surrounding area and the tour
finished with a meal at Camposol Golf Club where the group were made very
welcome by the staff. After a long and leisurely lunch they boarded the coach
and headed back towards La Siesta.
Age Concern regularly organise day trips with their members in mind. If you
like the sound of this trip, are over fifty and would like to join in with their next
one, then you can register your interest at their centre in Calle Paganini, La
Siesta. The centre is open every morning between 10am and 1.30pm and you
can find out more about the services, facilities and trips that are available.
Age Concern organise a number of events and activities as well as providing
information on welfare support and mobility aids. The only criteria is that you
must be over the age of 50. They welcome you to come and see how you
might benefit from the services they provide, even if you’re not quite ready to
use them yet.
If you think you might be able to volunteer to help with the organisation, then
you’re also very welcome too. Age Concern are a highly respected charity
who value their volunteers and are always looking for new recruits to join
them. If you think you might be interested please drop into Calle Paganini.

Beach bar protest as summer service remains uncertain

Around 200 workers protested in front of the Town Hall in Playa Flamenca recently in
response to the early closure of the beach bars and the facilities they provided to the local
community and holidaymakers. The demonstrators called for the immediate restoration of
jobs on the beaches and the resumption of the beach services until the new contract for
services is awarded.
The workers feel they are being punished due to the ‘evident mismanagement by the
Orihuela town council which was caused by a misinterpretation of the contract for the
concession of beach services in Orihuela Costa’.
On the placards they carried the workers claim they are the solution to the provision of
the services on the beach of Orihuela – which includes: beach bars, toilets, umbrella and
sunbeds, recreational and nautical activities – because they want to work and provide
these services for people.
In a statement issued by the local workers group said: “The absence of these services is
causing significant damage for residents, tourists and businessmen in the area, apart from
bringing about the loss of more than 100 jobs that were covered by the concessionaire
“In addition, the decision taken by the town council endangers the launching of such
services on the beaches of Orihuela cost in the summer of 2018, since the time required
by the new award process leaves the new awarded company without enough time to
develop the service. Consequently, this will generate a huge financial loss for the town and
it would be a serious blow for tourism, which is the economic engine of the area.”
The protest came hot on the heels of a press conference held in Orihuela City where
Councillor Luisa Bone announced that there is still no certainty that the beach bars and
services will be in place for Summer 2018. The councillor said that Orihuela Council
approved the specifications for the seasonal beach services contract, which includes the
beach bars.
The councillor alongside her colleague Francisco Sáez explained that the specifications
include the beach bars, sunshades, hammocks, pedalos, water sport boards and jet skis.
This new contract increases the amount the company must pay the Town Hall from
€300,000 to €500,000 per year and it has a duration of four years, and can be extended by
another two.
They explained the municipal secretary ruled it did not qualify to be considered urgent
because the change of contract was foreseeable, so the Town Hall could not give a day
when the beach services might reopen, “because it depends on the process and the
companies that make offers”, said Boné, although they hope it will all be ready for the
She noted the design for the beach bars, toilets and pergolas will be similar to the lifeguard
huts “to improve the image of the beaches and homogenise all the installations”.
These will not be ready until 2019 so for the 2018 season the winning company can use
whatever they propose as long as the Town Hall approves.
The specifications require 11 beach bars and 9 toilets each with men’s, women’s and
disabled rooms. There will also have to be another 9 disabled toilets on the Blue Flag
Each beach bar must have a defibrillator and the workers must be trained to use them. Boné
explained the space allowed for sunshades and hammocks at Cala Bosque (La Zenia) will be
reduced from 800m2 to 520m2.
Sáez said that from Friday companies had been given 20 days to present their offers and
then the evaluation can begin. He also said three municipal technicians will supervise the
contract, the finalisation date is December 31st 2021, and 55 percent of the evaluation
criteria are objective and 45 percent subjective. Finally he thanked the technicians “for
working so quickly to get the specifications ready in record time”.

Easy Horse Care raises €12,000 to replace mini digger

Generous donors from around the world have helped the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in
Rojales fundraise 12,000 euros to replace a key piece of machinery needed to run the
equine sanctuary.
When the centre’s ageing mini digger broke down completely last June, 68 year-old co-
founder Rod Weeding’s life became instantly more gruelling. Without the mini digger, Rod
was forced move large hay bales, pile up manure and dig knee-deep trenches, all by hand.
The hard work has been physically punishing – but not even this has stopped the Rojales
centre from being a sanctuary for 113 rescued equines which have now found a forever
home and are tended with love and care.
The non-profit centre, which receives no government funding, launched its campaign to
raise the money for a replacement second-hand mini digger last August. That effort was
immediately bolstered by a major donation from Elche’s Fundación Juan Perán – Pikolinos;
the first such grant the centre had ever received.
Easy Horse Care then dedicated its 2018 fundraising equine calendar to the campaign. The
calendar proved so popular it was reprinted three times, raising €3,000 for the mini digger.
Kind hearted people from Spain, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Denmark, Australia, Holland,
the United States and many other countries also donated to help purchase the much-
needed mini digger.
After eight long months of fundraising, Sue and Rod were astounded to this month receive a
surprise €2,000 donation from Germany’s Epona Foundation for Horse and Environment,
enough to finally hit the overall €12,000 fundraising target.
Said Epona founder Marlies Kamps: "I think it's important to support each other, to support
the people who help animals – especially those that sadly other people have messed up. Sue
and Rod are examples for how it should be."
Sue expressed gratitude to all who threw their support behind the campaign.
“The mini digger is the most important piece of equipment at our centre, and life has been
so much harder without it. We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us get enough
money together for a replacement,” Sue said.
“We wish to say thank you to all – to the elderly pensioner who visited our centre to
contribute €500, to the man who knocked on our door to donate €15 and apologise for not
being able to give more, to the volunteers who gave their time to design the beautiful
limited-edition 2018 calendar, to the students, parents, children and everyone who helped –
thank you!”
New right hand
The second-hand mini digger has now been ordered and will arrive at Easy Horse Care in
about a month. It will become Rod’s ‘right hand’, speeding up his work and proving
incredibly helpful for the many upcoming maintenance tasks required, such as building new
field shelters for the rescued horses, ponies and donkeys.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies entirely on donations to fund its important animal
welfare work. Donations of cash or items for the centre’s network of six charity shops across
the Alicante province are gratefully welcomed. A pick-up service is available to collect large
donated items such as furniture and each shop also offers a delivery service for large items
purchased in-store.
Anyone interested in making a donation, becoming a long-term sponsor, or volunteering at
the rescue centre or in the charity shops can call Sue on 652 021 980.
Located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga, 59, the centre opens to the public on the
first Sunday of every month between 1pm and 4pm. For more details and directions,
visit www.easyhorsecare.net. For regular updates, follow @EasyHorseCare on Facebook.

Charity chocolate indulgence

Cafe Vienna in Almoradi recently hosted an ‘afternoon delight’ of chocolate and pure indulgence.
Chocolate lovers were treated to a chocolate fountain with marshmallows, fruit and cheese, washed
down by a glass of cava. The charity event was organised by Heather and Derek, owners of the bar, in
aid of local charity, Huntington's Disease Association, Costa Blanca and raised an incredible 223 euros.
The next charity event for Huntington's Disease will be an “Auction of Items and Promises” to be held
at El Castillo, Calle San Fulgencio in La Marina on Saturdy 9 th June. The entry price is just 8 euros,
including supper. All items are new and have been donated by local businesses, including a Barcelona
football, signed by this season's first team players.
If you own a business and would like to donate an item to this worthwhile charity, or pledge some
time to offer a service that can be auctioned on the night, such as, gardening, painting and
decorating, hairdressing, makeovers, gym passes, will making, then please contact
christine.watkins@hda.org.es, or telephone 634 905 249.
Huntington's Disease, which is often called HD, is a hereditary disorder of the central nervous system.
It is a terminal illness affecting both men and women, which destroys the pathways between the
brain and the rest of the body, causing a very wide range of symptoms, including uncontrollable
movements, loss of speech and ability to swallow, incontinence and loss of memory function, as well
as depression and changes in personality. There is currently no cure.
Any child of an affected parent has a 50 per cent risk of inheriting the affected gene. Anyone
inheriting the affected gene will develop HD.
If you would like more information about HD, or are interested in helping this worthwhile local
charity, then please contact Marion Smith on 634 905 249, or email:marion.smith@hda.org.es

Beach bar contract still not tendered

The councilman of Contracting, Francisco Saez, has given an update on the contract for the
provision of chiringuitos on the beaches of Orihuela. The update comes hot on the heels of
annoyance from local residents and holidaymakers at the closure of the beach bars during
the Easter holiday period.
In response to calls for the current supplier to continue until a new service provider is
appointed, Councillor Saez explained that there has "never been any request for an
extension to the contract by the Department of Beaches, so we cannot prolong the contract
The Councillor said that new specifications and valuation criteria have been added to the file
by the Council for Beaches, initiating the new tender dossier. Currently, the municipal
technicians are working on the new specifications and as soon as the file finalised the
department will tender according to the criteria established by the Department of Beaches,
and with accordance to the deadlines specified in Contract Law.
The councillor was keen to point out that his department was not to blame for the fact that
the beach bars are currently closed. He said the official contract ended at Easter 2018 and
was kee to point out that ‘any extension of the contract or the new tender does not depend
on the area of contracting, since we only process the requests that are requested b the
different areas of the municipal government’. He also defended the staff of the Department
of Contracting, saying that they ‘work with professionalism and I do not think it reasonable
to question their work. We are going to try to get the tender out as soon as possible so that
the summer will be covered with the new contract’.

Hard work pays off for Footwork duo

Danielle Dickie and Neve Bradley,are about to fulfil their dreams of becoming professional dancers ,
when they take the next important step by attending UK Performing Arts colleges in September
this year. Both have auditioned and been accepted and are very excited at the adventures which lie
ahead for them.
The girls have attended classes at Footwork Dance Studio in ballet, tap modern, jazz and acrobatics
under the tuition of Principal Erica Dorrill 3 or 4 days a week over a period of time. Their progression
has been such that they have reached a standard to allow them to take the next steps to become
professional dancers and performers.
Principal Erica Dorrill said: “Everyone wishes them lots of luck for the future. Both girls have worked
extremely hard and proved to be a great credit to the Dance School.”
Erica added, that she will be sad to see the girls go, but is happy in the knowledge that when
students take the next steps towards their chosen career, you have done your job correctly.
If you are interested in taking part in classes, at Footwork Dance Studios, they have classes for
everyone, from 2 years through to adults, with the eldest member being 80 – proving it’s never too
late to join a class. Contact Erica on 662003823, email: footworkdance@hotmail.com or check out
the facebook page ‘Footwork Dance Studios Spain’.

Habaneras is 13

To mark their thirteenth birthday, Habaneras is offering its customers chance
to win one of 13 prizes. They will hide 13 unusual ‘cats’ around Torrevieja
which will appear each day between 1 st to 13 th March. If you are one of the
lucky people to find one then you should bring it to Habaneras and claim your
On the 17 th March there will be a grand prize draw at the centre when the
winners of the 13 raffle prizes will be announced. Prizes include tickets for the
musical Tadeo Jones, a getaway for two and many gifts from their stores. This
will be accompanied by a matsuri-style cocktail party with an opportunity to
taste sushi and other Japanese delicacies. You can even try some ‘golden’
The birthday of Torrevieja’s commercial centre comes at a difficult time. With
the new Sunday trading hours commercial centres like Habaneras will find
themselves losing out. A particular concern is that the restaurants and cafes
that are based in their facilities will not attract customers on their own.
Although they are not obliged to close during the Sunday shut downs, there
will be few people in the centres to use them.
In order to still keep people coming when shops are no longer trading,
Habaneras is advertising ‘Family Sundays’. The shops may be closed but
there will be a range of fun family activities to take their place. The activities
include recycling workshops, a city vegetable garden from 12pm until 3pm
and games, competitions and crafts for children.
From 4.30pm until 8.30pm there will be a free zip wire and salsa and bachata
dance classes from 5pm until 6pm on Sundays. From 12pm until 6pm there
will be a free nanny service with professional childcare for children and
toddlers for those wanting to take part in these activities. Through adopting
these measures the centre hopes to keep people coming to its shops, cafes
and restaurants.