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Category Archives: Groups and Societies

Swimsational Torry’s gold strike

WHAT a weekend for Club Natacion Torrevieja, whose members grabbed an impressive haul of trophies and medals in two separate competitions on Saturday.
The children started the success story off in the 9th Club Natacion Raspeig Trophy event – and later in the day the  Masters  picked up FOUR gold medals in a memorial competition at San Vincente, Alicante.






THE Adhoc Theatre Company has just celebrated a runaway success with its production of Ray Cooney’s hilarious farce Run For Your Wife.

Audience at the Escuela de Musica in Los Montesinos  had plenty of belly laughs and the general opinion of theatre goers was that they hadn’t had so much fun for ages.

This amateur theatre group also had a roaring hit with  Allo, Allo last year, and has raised thousands of euros for local Spanish charities. Despite having just finished one play, plans are already in the pipeline for the next production in April.

New members are always welcome and Adhoc is inviting anyone with an interest in the theatre to join the group.

Actors are needed and also backstage crew, painters, set builders, seamstresses and front of house staff to sell tickets and show guests to their seats.

“We are looking for all types and age ranges, as the more diverse a group we become the more variety of plays we can produce to raise money for charity,” says Jax Lawson, who bravely stepped in to play Sergeant Troughton when a main cast member fell ill two days before Run for you Wife was to be performed.

“Our aim is to entertain people while doing good for the local community.”

Jax is now the newly appointed Adhoc press officer and as an award-winning fundraiser is well known for her efforts to raise money for charity. The present members are a very friendly bunch and will soon be announcing an open evening for everyone interested in joining them.

If you have a skill you would like to share, a desire to

tread the boards, or just want to have fun with a great group of people while raising money for good causes, email or phone 677 600 809.


A BADGE WORTH WEARING – TIBA.The International Business Association.

There’s an awful lot of an acronyms out there, some more important than others, i.e. the SAS could be considered more important than the BBC at some point in our lives, so when you see ‘TIBA’ staring back at you from a newspaper ad or on a car sticker you may be wondering what it is?

Well I’ll tell you anyway…You see TIBA isn’t a TV broadcaster or a tactical military squad but it does stand for something else that may well be of help one day, (although they wont wear the balaclavas), and that is a group of small businesses who work together to offer professional services. All of TIBA’s members come with recommendations and a history of satisfied customers behind them – HERE on the Costa Blanca which from most peoples’ experience is priceless.

Peach of Mind. TIBA members have learnt through experience that it is important for their customers to have peace of mind and be confident in whom they are dealing with and the TIBA members want the same. They want to be welcomed into your house, satisfied that you are not worried they will run off with the family silver while leaving the washing machine to flood! That won’t happen with TIBA members who all work by a self-regulated code of conduct which basically means that they act in a professional manner and always put the customer first.

Trustworthy.We all know someone who has experienced shoddy workmanship (or none at all in some cases!) and the professionals at TIBA are determined not to be tarred by that particular brush by offering references and phone numbers of previously satisfied customers (obviously we struggle a little with the funeral director…), and the production of paperwork showing legal business addresses and contact details and so on.

Competitive pricing .However, before you start thinking of lots of zeros on your invoice, be aware that using a TIBA member does not mean that you will necessarily be charged more. We all understand the difficulties for everyone in the current climate and TIBA members are well aware that not only do they need to offer a first class service but that they need to be competitive too. Nowadays, TIBA is made up of all types of businesses, and, not having restricted the membership in any way, they are always open to welcoming new businesses to join. Just take a look at the list of members and services available and even if you don’t see the one you need, contact TIBA and they’ll do their very best to point you in the right direction.

If you are interested in contacting or perhaps becoming a member of TIBA, contact 902 906 015 or visit their impressive website at TIBA in the community.

This year, the Association opted for sponsoring EMAUS orphanage in Elche which has been in existence for thirty two years and is a legally registered charity in Spain. EMAUS looks after children from all nationalities and, at the moment, the charity has one hundred and forty children in care, from newborn babies to young adults of eighteen years old. The children are looked after in different houses in the Altea and Elche areas and these children are at the lowest level of the Spanish Social services.EMAUS strives to provide them with everything from food, clothes, shoes, schooling etc. but more importantly these abandoned children are given love and the dignity that every child deserves in life and TIBA is going all out this year to provide the youngsters with some of the things they need. The charity also has a small house which is used as a women’s refuge where victims of domestic violence are helped and encouraged to move on to a new life. The charity works in conjunction with the Social Services here in Spain.

If you are interested in helping EMAUS take a look at their website at: or contact Annette on 636103451.

Please take a look at the current member list to see if TIBA can help you…

All 4 Kids Hire (Nursery Equipment Hire) 965 531 138

Aqua Sana (Alicante South Water Treatmen)t 627 836 093

Aqua Sana (Murcia Water Treatment) 966 488 388

Award a Trophy SL (Trophies and Engravers) 966 784 835

Blue Moon Solutions (Computer Services/Ink Cartridges) 902 906 200

Caser Seguros (Expat Insurance) 608 355 462

Castelar Colegio (Education) 968 178 276

DMF Plumbing (Plumbing & Heating) 666 907 456

Executive Gateway SL (Business Accountancy) 966 720 430

Go Advertise (Printing & Design) 966 721 976

Hackett Locksmiths (Locksmiths) 654 599 170

Jungle Drums (Media / Magazine) 966 727 334

Kidease Nursery (Equipment Hire) 966 695 141

New2You (Furniture – New Used) 965 715 605

Orihuela Costa Guide (Information Guides) 965 326 995

Palm Farm (Gardening & Tree Felling) 628 532 044

Pocket Pages (Advertising) 660 223 444

Rocajuna Restaurant (Restaurant) 965 997 260

Sol Productions (Media / Regional TV) 966 720 407

Spanish Ink (Ink Cartridges) 902 906 200

The Courier (Media/Newspaper) 966 726 437

The Embroidery Workshop (Personalised Clothing/Workwear) 966 770 964

This is Spain Exhibitions (Exhibitions) 627 409 881

TKO FM (Media / Radio) 966 720 151

TV Choice (Media / Magazine) 696 147 382

Unblock-A-Rod SL (Drainage Services) 618 356 270

VFS Europe (Financial Services) 966 790 600

Great Britain Vs Spain

Junior Strikers Football Academy presents their annual Charity Match on Saturday 9th July.

The match will take place at the Estadio Ikomar in Pilar de la Horadada. The doors will open at 7.15pm, kick off will be at 8pm.The format has been changed this year from the normal England Vs Spain adult game. Children have been selected to play in this years match by local coaches Junior and Trino. The match is to raise funds for the Butterfly Children (Debra Espana) and local swimming champion Adam Stewart who needs to raise 500 euros in order to be able to compete in November’s Downs Syndrome international competition in Portugal.

Local dance group Dance Extreme will be once again providing pre match and half time entertainment. Event organiser Junior told us” This event has grown each year and has become something that locals look forward to. The match was well supported last year with over 300 people attending, I would love to better that this year so please come down to cheer the teams on. We have chosen to raise funds for two great charities, there is no admission fee but all donations are welcome. The proceeds from this match will be split between The Butterfly Children and Adam Stewart. Your support is needed”.

Pilar de la Horadada based company Costamed Consulting are this years main sponsors. They have also agreed to be the annual charity match sponsors for the foreseeable future. Junior added” It’s great news that I have found a sponsor who is willing to support this event year on year, I would like to thank Costamed Consulting owner Nicola Tait for joining forces with me in order to make this charity event a major success”.


JAGUARS – Mean Machines and their Owners

The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club has just been revived in Spain.

First meeting took place on Saturday 4th June 2011 at the El Faro Restaurant, near Santa Pola on the Costa Blanca.

The JEC is the largest Jaguar Club in the world. 65 regions in the UK and represented in 23 countries.

Members receive an award winning 132 page glossy magazine every month.

The best support, service and technical advice departments in the industry.

First meeting in Spain attracted 20 cars, mostly classics, and 40 people – see pictures.

Supported by Mundicar Alicante – Main Jaguar dealer.

Both Spanish and English members.

JEC provides a World-wide ‘Friendly Forum’ for all SS, Jaguar and Daimler enthusiasts

For more details check out the web site

In Spain, The Jaguar Enthusiasts Club. The JEC in Spain is now being organised by Eric Arnold who can be contacted by email or by phone on 609931647.



Brit Rockers in Murcia Festival Cash Row

With British bands such as The Kooks and Editors due to play, and with American bands MGMT and 70s rocker Patti Smith headlining Murcia’s planned rock festival is expected to attract a crowd of 80,000 people and so far over 25,000 tickets have been sold. But now a row has started about claims that the authorities in Murcia have paid 400,000€ to get British band Suede to headline at the rock festival.

Now, local culture boss has had to get involved and is insisting they had paid “at least a third of that” to secure the services of the London group but unhappy local councillors claim that the town hall should not have made the huge pay-out to get the group to play the Estrella Levante SOS 4.8 Festival in May- the row goes on.

When they play at Murcia it will be the only Spanish appearance this year for the band that are known for having five top ten singles including Trash and Stay Together and their hit album Coming Up went to number one in 1996, making lead singer Brett Anderson becoming an overnight star.





RyanAir boss Michael O'Leary

Exclusive! – RyanAir to pull out of Alicante

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary threatens to pull out of Alicante unless AENA ‘stops it abuse’.

Following AENA Alicante’s decision last week to force Ryanair to use airbridges, Ryanair, the Irish budget airline, has announced that it plans to make cuts of up to 80% to the number of flights operating at Alicante airport. That will mean a drop of over four hundred flights per week that will not be coming to use the airport affecting over two and a half million passengers per year who would normally book with the Irish airline.

For more than five years Ryanair has been operating at Alicante Airport without the use of airbridges and this decision by AENA Alicante is, say the airline, an abuse of its monopoly which increases Ryanair’s handling costs by over €2m p.a.  Now, Ryanair has submitted a formal complaint about what it claims is a monopoly run by AENA Alicante to both the Spanish Government and the European Commission.


Ryanair said in a statement that as a direct result of trying to force RyanAir to use the €2m p.a.

airbridges, AENA Alicante will now lose over €18m p.a. in passenger and turnaround fees from

Ryanair and at least a further €12m in lost commercial revenues from the 2.5m lost passengers. The

agreement (since 2007) permitting Ryanair passengers to walk on and off when boarding aircraft.

airline urged AENA Alicante to reconsider its decision to break, what RyanAir claim, is a long standing

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revenues and see over 2,000 jobs lost at Alicante Airport (hotel industry and tourism support jobs).

 Ryanair went on to say that new terminal at Alicante has exactly the same boarding gate stairs as the old terminal, which would allow Ryanair’s flights to continue to apply its walk on/walk off boarding facilities. 

If the planned cancellations go ahead it is estimated that it will cost Alicante over €30m p.a. in lost

Ryanair is not only reluctant to use the airbridges because of economic reasons only, stating that it will bring delays in turnarounds (because passengers can only use the front door), which will lead to more handling delays and will, they say, increase Ryanair’s costs at Alicante by over €2m p.a.

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said in a statement, “It is time that the AENA monopoly airports in Spain stopped abusing their dominant position to force airlines like Ryanair to use unnecessary (airbridge) facilities which we neither want, nor are willing to pay for.  Alicante Airport has opened up a new terminal building which was not needed, and to pay for it, Alicante expects efficient airlines like Ryanair to now use the same inefficient and high cost airbridges that other high fare flag carrier

airlines prefer to use.

However, Ryanair remains committed to Alicante Airport, and with 1.5m passengers and 31 routes cut it will still be the largest airline at Alicante. 

 AENA Alicante must consider that Ryanair as a low cost carrier has many other low cost airport alternatives across Europe if Alicante doesn’t want to work with them and in the current climate; losing jobs and passengers must be the last thing that AENA want.

The details:

RyanAir at Alicante – from October 2011:

*         A drop down 11 to 2 base aircraft (down 80%).

*        Flights cut from 62 to 31 routes (loss of 31 routes).

*        Cuts of over 600 to less than 200 weekly flights.

*        Less passengers – a drop from over 4 Million to fewer than 1.5 Million passenger’s p.a.

*        Jobs – the loss of over 2,500 local jobs at Alicante (hotel industry and tourism support jobs).


31 Routes Cancelled include:







Brussels Charleroi



East Midlands





Glasgow Prestwick

Leeds Bradford


London Gatwick

London Stansted




here are a few motoring claims that have brought a smile to AA Car Insurance claims staff when they get a telephone call from customers in distress:

Struck by a flying Christmas tree

Mr Fairclough was driving home from Christmas shopping when, on a bend, a car approached in the opposite direction with a large Christmas tree badly tied to the roof.

“He was driving too fast and I saw the tree lift off and it flew straight at me. The trunk made a great dent in my bonnet and caused me to run off the road and into a hedge.” Mr Fairclough added: “The chap didn’t stop and he never came back for his tree!”

Cat and run

A cat ran across the road and Mrs Carr did an emergency stop. In doing so, she was struck from behind by a Transit van and subsequently believed she had run over the cat.

“There was a terrible crash and it pushed my car sideways causing an awful lot of damage to the back. The van driver got out to see if I was OK and I was telling him about the cat, which he hadn’t seen – until amazingly, it suddenly ran out from under the car and disappeared.”

Family misfortune

Mr McGuinness was following his son who was about to trade in his car for a new one. He made an emergency stop and unfortunately Mr McGuinness ran into the back of his son’s car.

“I caused a lot of damage,” he told the claims handler ruefully. “It meant the part exchange deal was off and my son couldn’t buy the car he wanted after all. I wasn’t very popular.”

Crowd puller

Two into one won’t go as Miss Simpson found at her local Asda car park. “We both went into the space at the same time and got jammed against the cars on either side. We were stuck fast and couldn’t open the doors and the fire brigade had to rescue us. It was very embarrassing – we had about a hundred people laughing at us.”

More funnies and of course great insurance deals at www.the


The International Christian Assembly, which has its church at Calle Pilar de Horadada 5, in Torrevieja, will be celebrating its inauguration this month.

 The Evangelical non-denominational church moved during the winter to new, larger premises, giving it the chance to extend its work within the community.  The inauguration and dedication of the new building will take place on Thursday, April 21, at 7.30pm. There will be a related message, special music and a dedication. Representatives from Torrevieja Town Hall have been invited. 

 The church will also be holding its Easter Week conference starting on April 17 – Palm Sunday – at 11am and services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, April 21 and 22 at 7.30pm, all taken by Rev. Richard McGee Pastor McGee is associate pastor at Grace Church in Long Island, New York, who has been pastoring for well over 25 years. He will be accompanied by a group from his church who will be helping in a tangible way for the week of Easter.

On April 24 – Easter Sunday – there will be a sunrise service at Los Naufragos beach at 7am, followed by breakfast at the church premises at 8.30am, followed by an Easter Worship Service at 10am.

 The public is invited to attend any of the services, and for further information, call ICA pastor, Rafael Restrepo on 966.799.273 or 965.327.389


By Jake Monroe

The Catholic charity Cáritas Española, which attends to some 400,000 immigrants a year, has complained that police show up at its Soup Kitchens and Aid Centres to check to see if immigrants have legal papers.  Police visits are especially frequent in the centres in Segorbe-Castellón (near Valencia), Las Palmas (Canary Islands), and MondoñedoFerrol (Galicia). 

Cáritas argues that the practice is not justified by any “situation of real danger or punishment of criminal infractions,” and reflects an immigration policy that treats the illegal immigrant “as a presumed criminal,” even at the risk “of generating racist feelings.”

Last week the Interior Ministry denied indiscriminate checks are being made, and that the police have never appeared in Cáritas centres to demand papers from immigrants.  They said that police identifications of foreigners dropped by 20 percent last year, and in 2010 there were 13 percent fewer deportations. 

Meanwhile, the organisation asserts the police’s attitude has caused some immigrants to fear attendance at the centres, according to Ana Abril, director of the social development section. The organization has noticed “an increase” in checks not only at its centres, but also in telephone call centers, parks and bus stations. 

The Cáritas report also examines how the economic crisis has hit immigrants particularly hard, and aggravated prejudices against them. It mentions attempts such as that by the town council of Vic, in Catalonia, to restrict municipal registration of irregular immigrants, adding the organization faces growing difficulties in helping them to do this.

Cáritas says the crisis has fomented “overcrowding” in “just-off-theboat” flats, either rented or owned, where many immigrants live. The rate of mortgage default, however, is slightly higher among Spanish nationals than foreigners: 0.21 percent against 0.20.