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


Jan 032018

members 3

Due to changes in procedures, the time-slot for renewing your membership in this and future years is from 1st January to 31st March. If you do not renew by the end of this period then you will need to rejoin, which will incur payment of the joining fee in addition to the renewal.

If you were a member in 2017, renewal for this year will cost 5€. If you are a new member, or a former member whose membership lapsed before 2017, you will also need to pay a joining fee of 5€, making a total of 10€.

Full information is available on the Membership page on our website at, or from our membership team on


Arrangements for renewals are as follows:

1) Members will be able to renew their membership at the General Meetings in January, February and March.

2) Thanks to our Membership Secretary and Assistant Secretary, members will also be able to renew their membership at various satellite meetings, in different towns. The first one will be at Claudia’s Bar, in Jalon, opposite the Rastro car park, on the 16th January, 11am – 1pm.

Further satellite meetings will be held in Orba and Alcalali – the dates and venues will be announced soon.

3) You can also renew ONLINE between 1st January and 31st March – full details of the procedure are on the Membership page of the website.





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.

Jun 192015


Mike Blower, Secretary U3A Denia



1. What is the tiger mosquito?
It is a species of mosquito (Aedes albopictus) native to the large tropical jungles of Southeast Asia, which since 2004 has been detected in Catalonia and sporadically in Valencia.  In our environment it is an urban mosquito taking advantage of stagnant water for reproduction.
2. Why do we care about its presence?
The health significance of this species is the possibility of it being a potential transmitter of over 22 infectious diseases, some viral, like dengue fever or chikungunya. While so far this possibility is very low in Spain, we need to take precautions.  It is also a species that produces multiple bites which can be very annoying for the sting they produce.
3. How do I recognise the mosquito?
It is rather small, about 5 mm (2 to 10 mm) long with black and white stripes on head, body and legs.
4. Where does she lay her eggs?
Females lay about 80 eggs every 5-6 days in the walls of small containers so when water levels rise and flood the larvae, it hatches them.  These eggs are as small as a speck of dust, so, at a glance, they go unnoticed.
5. During which months is there more mosquito activity? Past experience indicates the busiest period is between May and November, both included. But, as it is weather dependent, it is considered variable, because in times of low temperatures, the hibernating eggs just await suitable conditions for hatching.
6. Can I do something to avoid their presence?
Removing their breeding grounds is VITAL!

First, it is important to avoid their reproduction near our homes. For this we need to take some precautions:
· Cover or empty any containers that can hold water, such as buckets, toys, vases, ashtrays, etc.
· Empty rain water containers if possible.
· Cover those containers which cannot be emptied with thick mosquito net or fabric.
· Drain the dishes under plant pots when water accumulates.
· Change the water often in water dishes of domestic animals and plants living in water.
· Avoid standing water in drainage areas or channels, eliminating any obstruction to the flow of water.
· Cover holes and depressions (pools) where water can accumulate outside.
· Empty plastic paddling pools or similar every three or four days, or take them out of use when not needed.
· Monitor small ponds: empty weekly if possible, or cover them with mosquito netting.
· Keep swimming pools covered when not in use.
· Ensure that wells, cisterns, tanks or water barrels are properly covered.
· Cover holes in trunks and branches of trees, filling with earth/sand so that no water accumulates in them.
7. What time do tiger mosquitoes usually bite?
Although they can strike at any time of day, they have a clear preference and are more active when the sun rises or sets.
8. Where do they usually bite?
Any area of the body can be affected, but the tiger mosquito prefers to be near the ground, so the legs are the most frequently affected area.
9. Are the bites annoying?
In general, at the time of the bite it is usually unnoticed; the subsequent reaction is what usually causes discomfort: raising of the skin, redness, itching and discomfort that can last several days. This process is the body’s reaction to the saliva injected by the mosquito itself.
10. Why do they not bite everybody?
Mosquitoes are basically guided by odours.  Some compounds emitted by the skin can be more attractive than others and the reactions can vary between people. Actually, all people may be susceptible to biting, but some do not realize because they do not develop any reaction.
11. How should I protect myself from the tiger mosquito?
Usually they find and bite outside, so it is worth recalling again the measures we have recommended to prevent outbreaks of breeding larvae.
In addition, to reduce its presence within the house, we can put mosquito netting on the windows and electric insecticide dispensers. Household insecticides effective against mosquitoes are also effective against the tiger mosquito, but their use outside is less efficient. There is no evidence of the effectiveness of ultrasonic devices.
It is sensible to leave less exposed skin: avoid shorts or short skirts, and wear long sleeves and pants that are tight at the ankles. The colour of the clothes does not seem to exert any influence on the protection, but the thickness of the fabric used does.
Mosquito-repellent lotions are also effective against the tiger mosquito. DEET and Icaridin at or above concentrations of 20% are the most suitable alternatives to avoid mosquito bites; however, consult with your doctor or pharmacist. When using these one should consider the following precautions:
· Use insect repellent externally and always comply with the instructions, especially the number of daily applications permitted.
· Do not apply to children younger than two years. In older children, avoid the application on their faces and do not apply it to their hands as children often put them in their mouths and rub their eyes.
· It is not advisable to apply on clothing.
· When the repellent is no longer needed, it should be washed from the skin with soap and water.
· If any reaction occurs in the skin wash the area with soap and water and seek a healthcare professional’s advice.
12. How should I deal with a Tiger Mosquito bite?
As with any other bite, the first thing you should do is wash with soap and water and disinfect the area of ​​the bite. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.