May 142018


The Upholstery Group is restarting in September


Contact Gwen Asprey for more information:


Tel: 965 73 29 06

Location: Casa Cultara, Pedreguer


See Uphostery News on the Group page for more details.


Jan 172018

spanish 5The PAS A PAS Advanced Spanish class is now running weekly on Fridays 12-1pm, and has vacancies for more students who have reasonable fluency, but would like to improve.

The class is held completely in Spanish and covers conversation, comprehension, current affairs and cultural information about Spain.

Please contact Brigid Redmond for more information


Sep 102017

Our U3A is looking for a Vice President…

The role includes working alongside the President, supporting and offering advice, as well as deputising for them in their absence. As a Committee Member, the VP is an important link to the membership, helping to ensure that our U3A is a friendly and positive association.

The Vice President also has the responsibility for overseeing the progamme of talks at the General Meetings, collating ideas, contacting possible speakers, making arrangements and looking after them on the day.

If you are interested please contact the Secretary, Carole Wardle, for more details.
Email address : secretary@






Feb 102017

USEFUL LINKS from Elaine Horton, Jalon Valley Help

Elaine spoke at the General Meeting (2nd February 2017) and said how important it was for us all to keep those ‘in power’ well aware of our concerns as Ex-Pats, particularly with regard to our health status following Brexit.


British MPs contact details  

(This is where you will find the contact details of your local MP so you can write with any queries and concerns you have) 
(Contact details for the Prime Minister)


European Union MEPs contact details


Website for Europeans travelling to and living in Europe


Expats in Spain Facebook


Spanish Nationality Law
(see the paragraph on Naturalisation)


Spanish Nationality Test

(This is information on how to pay into the Spanish health insurance scheme; you have to be resident for a minimum of 12 months (as confirmed by Empadronamiento or Registro de Ciudadanos de L’Union) to qualify and apply. It costs €60 per month for under 65s, and €157 per month for over 65s. No exclusions for pre-existing conditions.)



You can print this page from the website — to keep handy.

If you need further info, contact Elaine on:



Aug 312016

For information about the type of food that Caritas need for the people they support, and other useful info, please click here or find the page listed on the Features Index.

Apr 182016

hoaxThe April Newsletter which was recently published on this site contained an article entitled ‘How to Survive a Heart Attack When Alone’, which had been forwarded to the Editor in good faith by Jim Lockhart, after receiving it from what he considers to be a ‘reliable source’. Thanks to an alert reader, we have learned that this is, in fact, a scam which has been circulating on the internet for some years now. You can read about it on

In future, any medical advice received from a non-medical source for inclusion in the Newsletter will be checked for accuracy before being published.


Jun 192015

fire alert

With the onset of the BBQ season and the High Fire Risk season, we thought it a good idea to confirm at the Town Hall the rules that apply. Juan Martinez told Shirley that :-

♦ There are three levels of  “ALERTA” for forest fires  -  1, 2 and 3.   When 1 and 2 apply, BBQs burning charcoal may be used.   But if we are on ALERTA 3 all burning is prohibited, and high fines are payable if you are caught.

♦ To find out which ALERTA  is in force on the day you wish to use your BBQ you should consult :-

FORESTAL – Vicente Ivars   669 367 863
Or you can call the emergency number 112,  or call  96 515 0810
Or you can send an SMS to 217213 -  “FOC consulta”

Shirley tried out these instructions,  dialling 96 515 0810 and asking, “En que ALERTA estamos?”  When asked to say where she was speaking from  she said, “Provincia de Alicante, Lliber, Poligono 8”.  The answer was given straight away, “ALERTA 2”.  The same procedure applies for dialling 112.   If you choose to speak to Vicente Ivars, the local Forestry Department officer, similar wording would suffice.

Fire alerts are also issued in the winter, particularly at times of high winds.