March 2012

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BUYERS WARNED TO AVOID CUTTING CORNERS ON PROPERTY PURCHASES  Potential buyers of property in Spain were today (21st March) warned to avoid cutting corners when purchasing a home or holiday apartment. Estate agents, lawyers and property developers who offer...Read More >>
P.E.P.A.The Helping Hands Charity for AnimalsP.E.P.A.The Helping Hands Charity for Animals                   HELP! Volunteers required for our charity shops  Can you spare a few hours working with a friendly team of volunteers either...Read More >>
P.E.P.A. Animal charity.GandiaP.E.P.A. Animal charity.Gandia    P.E.P.A. (The Helping Hands Charity for Animals)   COULD YOU FOSTER A DOG?    i f you are a dog lover but are not able to take on the commitment of owning a dog...Read More >>
Greeting From Help DeniaGreeting From Help DeniaThe HELP of Denia and Maria Alta Charity Shop located in La Xara are pleased to announce that they now stock brand new Greeting Cards all at reasonable prices. So,...Read More >>
British Consul attends opening of new community centre in La RomanaBritish Consul attends opening of new community centre in La Romana This Friday saw the official opening of the community centre in La Romana, which will be run by the charity Amigos de La Romana. This charity, founded by British resident...Read More >>
Giles Paxman visits Valencia to discuss ways to increase support for British nationalsGiles Paxman visits Valencia to discuss ways to increase support for British nationals  Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain, Giles Paxman, yesterday (Monday 5th March) visited Valencia to meet members of the Valencian Regional Government and discuss issues that affect British nationals living in...Read More >>
 New Hope OlivaNew Hope OlivaThe photographs show the opening by New Hope Oliva, of their premises acquired in the town centre, close to the Ajuntamiento, for the purpose of their interest in distribution of...Read More >>
Denia Cat Protection League – Aldea Felina Denia Cat Protection League – Aldea Felina Jodie is a gorgeous girl with green eyes who just love lots of fuss and attention. If you would like to adopt Jodie, or any of our other cats/kittens, please...Read More >>
UFO and World Mysteries Discussion Group Friday April 7th 2012   Donne Marshall will give a talk on "Man and the World - a personal view". He will contrast ways that man behaves towards both the material...Read More >>
S.C.A.N. - Society for the Care of Animals in Need.S.C.A.N. - Society for the Care of Animals in Need.  Freddie was abandoned at the shelter together with his more or less identical sister Florence. They are born 15/5 2011 and both very playful, happy kittens that love...Read More >>
Costa Blanca Male Voice ChoirCosta Blanca Male Voice Choir  The Costa Blanca Male Voice Choir was one of 3 English speaking choirs participating in the International Choir Festival which took place between 1st and 4th March at Alfaz Del...Read More >>
The Buñol Castle, travelling to the Middle AgesThe Buñol Castle, travelling to the Middle Ages One of the most suggestive tours in Buñolgoes through the medieval quarter of the Castle. Fort built between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, on a rocky promontory also protected by...Read More >>
Fallera Week program, Valencia 2012Fallera Week program, Valencia 2012 March 14 (Wednesday)   At 14:00 MASCLETÀ in the Town Hall Square, sponsored by Nestlé Ice Cream. At 15:00 hours Closing of the Exhibition "NINOT CHILD. At 18:00 hours , official...Read More >>
Fallas programme DENIA 2012 Fallas programme 2012 Start date: 27-02-2012 End date: 20-03-2012   From 18th February to 3rd March "El Ninot" exhibition. Place: Art Centre "L´Estació". Sunday, 26th February 1.30 p.m: Popular lunch "ARROZ...Read More >>
Levante Golf Society  Ken hangs on in there to take Spring Trophy  In the second and final round of our Spring Trophy competition, Ken Perkins was the only one of four first round leaders to maintain his challenge for the first of this year’s major trophies. The first round was played at El Bosque and last Friday’s second round at Oliva Nova saw Ken return a net 79, off 18 handicap, to give him a 36-hole aggregate total of 155, a score good enough to take first prize in the 36-hole medal competition. Martin Gates, who was five shots adrift at the start...Read More >>
Pego Golf Society – Oliva Nova – March 13thPego Golf Society – Oliva Nova – March 13thA full field of 49 society members plus three guests enjoyed fantastic weather for this week's stableford competition.  Most of the fairways at Oliva Nova were in excellent condition but there were mixed reviews on the greens,  the prize winners being unanimous in their positive view of the putting surfaces! The Society Captain, Stevie Patton, called on Dave Phillips to announce the winners in the sweeps competitions and was particularly happy when Dave presented him with the rolled over Balls in the Water cash for his correct guess of 131. There were four 2's this week and the pot...Read More >>
Javea Green Success at BBC Winter FoursJavea Green Success at BBC Winter Fours  The excellent BBC Winter Fours came to it’s conclusion on Saturday with success for Javea Greens’ Las Ranas. The team of Diane and Martin Hughes, Lynne and Derek Eldon, Alison and Jack Brown, Jan and Alan Phillips and Nick Cole won this closely fought league by just two points from the Shamrocks and the Dolly Mixtures. On the last afternoon Las Ranas were able to sit back and relax, have a couple of beers and watch the remaining teams battle it out for second and third place, having secured the victory the week before. Nick Cole thanked BBC for their...Read More >>
Pego Golf Society – Oliva Nova – February 28thPego Golf Society – Oliva Nova – February 28th Our format this week was changed from the originally planned singles stableford to bogey/par (individual matchplay against the course). As we rarely play this format it was met with a mixed reception, but all 47 competitors enjoyed the beautiful spring weather and a well presented course. This was our second 'trophy' competition of the year with the Pego Putter being vied for by our members, and with only four players managing to beat the course (one of whom being guest Len Yates, who finished one up off a handicap of four), it's readily apparent how tough this format can be....Read More >>
Pego Golf Society – Oliva Nova – March 6thPego Golf Society – Oliva Nova – March 6th After what seems an interminable period of assorted non-qualifying formats, there was a very welcome return to normalcy (for many of our members!) in the shape of an individual stableford competition. The Oliva Nova course was in excellent condition and the greens were putting quite fast with some very tricky pin positions, which more than compensated for the rather generous forward yellow tee blocks. Our 44 members and four guests (Shaun O'Gorman, Clive Wright, Alan Guest and Alastair Taylor) endured some quite chilly and breezy conditions for the first three hours or so but were rewarded with a pleasantly warm...Read More >>

News - Features
Eurostar reports continued growth in 2011Eurostar reports continued growth in 2011pr Eurostar reports continued growth in 2011 Eurostar, the high speed rail service between the UK and mainland Europe, has reported...Read More >>
Ever thought of working for the EU?Trader Spain The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is encouraging British nationals to consider a career working in the European Union.  Working for...Read More >>
HELP Benidorm volunteers receive official accreditationBritish Consulate  The British Consul, hospital staff and local councillors today attended an event in Villajoyosa hospital where the HELP Benidorm hospital...Read More >>
British expats to star in Channel 4 TV documentary programmeBritish expats to star in Channel 4 TV documentary programmeBritish Consulate'Our Man In... The Costas'   British residents on the Costas are set to star in a widely-praised TV documentary series...Read More >>
Over 200 Brits attend open day in AlgorfaOver 200 Brits attend open day in AlgorfaBritish Consulate     The British Consulate open day in Algorfa was attended by over 200 local residents keen to hear about consular services...Read More >>
What should be carried in your vehicle in SpainNHW Tony Cabban on behalf of NHW Javea inquired from Neighborhood Watch Spain what should be carried in your vehicle in...Read More >>
Spanish gardens in MarchSpanish gardens in MarchClodagh and Dick Handscombe March can be a challenge For many February was a difficult gardening month. Nights were mainly cold, with frosts well...Read More >>
Castellón de la Plana is immersed in the Festival of la MagdalenaCastellón de la Plana is immersed in the Festival of...vt From 10th to 18th March, those who come to Castellón de la Plana will enjoy acts as emblematic as the...Read More >>