Cho­rale Cham­ber Choir

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Ac­tively look­ing for ex­pe­ri­enced singers, able to read mu­sic, and will­ing to at­tend weekly re­hearsals on Wed­nes­days. Con­tact Christine Eames: 647 130 214 Con­tact EOS on on 96 646 00 63 Email: mail@os­to­myin­spain. org or eostext@gmail. com

Costa Blanca Raw Hiders Mo­tor­cy­cle Club

Open to all mo­tor­cy­clists on the Costa Blanca. No rules, no com­mit­tee, no stress, just pleas­ant days out. www.costablan­car­awhiders. com Email: costablan­car­awiders@ ya­hoo.co.uk

Free­wheel­ers Mo­tor­ing Group

Mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­asts who en­joy a drive out, visit in­ter­est­ing places and have lunch to­gether. No com­mit­tee, no rules, no fees, just a day out. www.tor­re­vie­jain­for­ma­tion. com/free­wheel­ers

Freema­sonry

Freema­sonry is thriv­ing on the Costa Blanca. There are lodges meet­ing up and down the coast. If you are a Ma­son or wish to know more about Freema­sonry in Spain con­tact Harry Palmer Mem­ber­ship Com­mit­tee on 96 671 23 26 or email: palmers.que­sada@ ya­hoo.co.uk

HELP Vega Baja

Char­ity serv­ing from Pi­lar de la Ho­radada through Torrevieja to La Ma­rina and in­land to Al­bat­era and Ori­huela. We help all peo­ple with all sorts of prob­lems, par­tic­u­larly crises and emer­gen­cies, such as ac­ci­dents, thefts, break-ins, sud­den deaths and when po­lice or med­i­cal ser­vices are in­volved. Emer­gency 24-hour helpline 96 672 37 33. To vol­un­teer con­tact one of our of­fices. Both are open Mon­day-Fri­day from 10.00-13.30. San Miguel de Sali­nas: Calle Lope de Vega 45 - Tel: 96 672 37 33 Help Desk at La Ma­rina urb. (San Ful­gen­cio) ev­ery Fri­day, 10.00-13.30, Calle Madrid 5, Tel: 673 109 096.

The Hope­fuls

The group meets re­gard­ing all kinds of de­men­tias, in­clud­ing Alzheimer's, strokes, car­dio­vas­cu­lar etc. on Fri­days at Lui's Lounge at San Javier camp­site on the Bál­si­cas Road at 11.30 We need more English and Span­ish peo­ple. Car­ers and peo­ple with any de­men­tia are al­ways wel­come. Con­tact Sheila Mer­rett on 96 818 50 08 or 667 587 187 or email: sheila­com­mer­rett33@gmail. com

Ma­rina Walk­ers

If you love walk­ing in the beau­ti­ful south of the Costa Blanca then why not come and join us and en­joy one of our walks. We of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of walks from easy to stren­u­ous. We have seven walk a week so some­thing for ev­ery­one. All are wel­come. Visit our web­site at www.mari nawalk­ers.info

Model rail­way club

Want­ing to con­tact peo­ple who have “OO” train lay­out or who are in­ter­ested in model rail­ways. If good re­sponse will set up a club with reg­u­lar meet­ings in Costa Blanca south, Torrevieja area. Please con­tact Michael on 634 328 834 or mwspring­bok@out­look.com

Morris Danc­ing Group

Terri Hor­vath Morris - Prac­tice ev­ery Fri­day from 16.00-18.00 from Septem­ber un­til July. Any­one in­ter­ested in our friendly group is very wel­come if you are rel­a­tively fit, male or fe­male, any age, with or with­out danc­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, we will teach. We also dance at lo­cal char­ity events or fi­es­tas. Con­tact Suzi on 96 684 15 82 suzi.in­spain@gmail.com

Neigh­bour­hood Watch

We work with the Poli­cia Lo­cal and Guardia to re­duce crime and in­crease se­cu­rity. If your branch does not have a lo­cal co-or­di­na­tor please vol­un­teer, there is very lit­tle work in­volved, and if you do not have a branch con­sider start­ing one with your neigh­bours. For in­for­ma­tion visit our web­site: www.nhwin­spain.com

Royal Air Forces As­so­ci­a­tion Branch 1359

If you are ex-RAF, as­so­ci­ated with an ex-RAF per­son, or just want to find out more, RAFA Costa Blanca meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at Paraiso res­tau­rant near Car­refour in Torrevieja. We fo­cus on com­rade­ship and meet­ing wel­fare needs. So­cial events and lunches held reg­u­larly. Web­site: www.rafa.org.uk/costa-blanca Text or call our Chair­man on 692 508 916 or Wel­fare Of­fi­cer on 615 048 892.

Royal Marines As­so­ci­a­tion (Costa Blanca)

Not just ex-Royal Marines but ex-Ser­vice per­son­nel with an affin­ity to the Royal Marines. Full pro­gramme of so­cial events, menus del dia and an­nual din­ner. A friendly bunch who sup­port other lo­cal ex-Ser­vice as­so­ci­a­tions and char­i­ties. We meet on the last Tuesday of the month at 17.30. Con­tact the Hon Sec on 692 93 86 64.

Sa­mar­i­tans in Spain

Some­thing weigh­ing heav­ily on your mind? Don’t know who to talk to? No-one seems to un­der­stand? Not sure who to trust? You talk – We Lis­ten. We aim to help you to find a way for­ward. Na­tional free phone num­ber: 900 525 100 open 24-hours a day,

Costa Blanca News’ weekly fea­ture sup­port­ing lo­cal writ­ers, in con­junc­tion with Writ­ers' Ink

WEL­COME to our Writ­ers’ Ink group’s weekly words. We pro­vide news, views, tips and ex­am­ples of writ­ing by au­thors and po­ets, lo­cal and be­yond.

Founded in 2010 by Word­Play, our pur­pose is to en­cour­age writ­ers to write, and to get them pub­lished and read. Keep writ­ing! Greet­ings read­ers, I trust ev­ery­one had a good Hal­loween last week.…

Th­ese days, it seems, when­ever you pick up a news­pa­per or turn on the TV news, you are met with too much neg­a­tiv­ity, need and vi­o­lence.

Some­one put the fol­low­ing on Face­book re­cently, which – if ad­hered to – would cer­tainly change things around for the bet­ter: “May hu­man­ity be our race; may love be our re­li­gion.” If only! Mean­while, we must hope for the best and do what we can with the pieces…

For those cre­ative souls who are lucky enough to be able to fol­low their hearts and hob­bies – the two are often in­ter­twined Christ­mas is usu­ally a chal­leng­ing time.

This is ex­pe­cially true for the cooks in our midst, bless ’em, who make all those yummy treats to tease the taste buds which Christ­mas wouldn’t be the same with­out, like gin­ger­bread men for the tree or petit fours and chocolate truf­fles, and so on.

The fes­tive sea­son is a great time for mak­ing all man­ner of things for gifts: knit­ted or ev­ery day of the year, staffed by vol­un­teer English speak­ers ready to lis­ten to any­one fac­ing emo­tional dif­fi­cul­ties in to­tal con­fi­dence. Or come to our drop-in cen­tre at our shop in Punta Ma­rina shop­ping cen­tre, Punta Prima, south of Torrevieja on the N332. samar­i­tansin­spain.com

Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion Spain

Help­ing peo­ple who have suf­fered strokes and their car­ers. Of­fer­ing phys­i­cal and speech ther­apy, with two phys­io­ther­a­pists and two qual­i­fied nurses (one in men­tal health), as well as sup­port for car­ers. Meets three times a week on Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day af­ter­noons from 13.30 to 16.30 at Beni­jó­far Cen­tro Cul­tural, Calle Franc­sico Rib­era Pérez, 7. Call Paul on 654 801 260 or see the web­site: www.stroke­as­so­ci­a­tion­spain .org

Vega Baja As­tron­omy Group

Meets on the 2nd Wed­nes­day of each month from 14.30-16.30 at Casa Tom in San Luis, Torrevieja. No tele­scope needed, just a keen in­ter­est in the cos­mos. Ev­ery­one wel­come, even for a sin­gle visit. No fees and no com­mit­tee. See www.sites.google.com/site/ ve­g­aba­jaas­tron­omy or call Pat Phillips: 96 671 62 11. stitched gar­ments, drawn or painted art-work, mod­est pot­tery or what­ever they’re good at craft­ing (peo­ple who bor­row to buy ex­pen­sive gifts are very mis­guided, don’t you think?).

I shan’t di­vulge what I’m buy­ing as presents this year, but my knit­ting is lam­en­ta­ble… and there are al­ways my books. It’s nice too – for those who ap­pre­ci­ate po­etry – to pen a lit­tle poem in­side a card or on a gift-tag.

To all those word­smiths among us still fran­ti­cally scrib­bling away, try­ing to get that all-im­por­tant book pub­lished be­fore Christ­mas, I wish you the very best of luck (and sales). It can be a hard, while en­joy­able (some of the time….) slog!

If you’re in­ter­ested in any as­pect of writ­ing, our next meet­ing will be on Novem­ber 12 at Walde­mar’s Res­tau­rant, Calle Es­cor­pio, La Florida (Ori­huela Costa) from 10.30-12.30. Why not come along and in­tro­duce your­self ?

The meet­ing will be the last this year, work­wise, as the due date in De­cem­ber will be taken up with quaffing large quan­ti­ties of Christ­mas fare at our an­nual shindig. Cheers! Yours sin­cerely, Joy Len­nick Email: joylen­nick@gmail.com Web­site: http:/joylen­nick.word­press.com/ Most of our writ­ers’ books are avail­able from Ama­zon and Kin­dle. Some from Ap­ple, Nook (Barnes & No­ble), Sribd, Kobo, 24 Sym­bols. To­livo and Page Foundry

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