British Embassy Press Release Take the Brits in Spain “Integrometer” survey and find out How long have you lived in Spain? How’s your Spanish? Have you got all the right paperwork? And how do you match up with other Brits living in Spain? These are some of the questions in a light-hearted, fact-finding and totally anonymous survey on the popular ‘Brits living in Spain’ Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BritsLivinginSpain). The survey takes just a couple minutes to complete and will gauge how integrated into life in Spain you actually are. As well as Facebook, you can also access the survey via http://bit.ly/integro15 Key results from the “Integrometer” survey will be shared via ‘Brits living in Spain’ social media channels, so you can compare your level of integration with other British residents. The results will also help the British consular network behind ‘Brits living in Spain’ to continue to provide up-to-date, reliable information about the big issues that most concern British expats. The ‘Brits Living in Spain’ Facebook page is one of the biggest expat forums in Spain and now has 17,000 followers. It offers a combination of factual information and a lively interchange of experiences and reliable information about expat life. Residents who are Twitter fans and want the latest news from the Consular network can also follow @BritsliveSpain, as well as keeping up with the comments and thoughts of the British Ambassador on the well-followed @SimonManleyFCO.
We have just signed for a new property with a view to spending more time over here come next year. Now i know the area has a lot of Spanish (i have no issues- it is their county), but are there many Brits around this area? Would be nice to meet up once weree settled, and get to make friends... my husband is 53 and im in my thirties, we like cheese, wine, and good fun. I think weve made the right choice with our area selection
After several months of internet problems with SFR they finally sent me a new up to date modem, after 3 weeks it has partially broken down given me intermttent phone calls and no internet via the ethernet cable, surprisingly, only the wifii is dependable.Yesterday I spoke to an SFR technician and explained the problem and was informed that I could not change the modem as it was a new model. I have decided to give them the boot and transfer my business elswhere. The problem is where? I have checked and found that Orange customers appear to have an overwhelmly amount of problems as well. Yesterday I phoned the Orange English helpline and due to no response gave up after an hour, which leaves me with the choice of FREE, BOUYGUES, TELECOM, CITYPLAY or NUMERICABLE, although I understand that Numericable has just bought out SFR so that may be a non starter. I would appreciate any advice from as many as possible before I make what I hopefully refer to my final choice
British Consulate Press Release British Consul Sarah-Jane Morris recently visited the Red Cross centre in Alicante to talk about how to make British nationals more aware of the services that they offer and how to encourage more Britons to volunteer to help. The national vice president of the Red Cross, Francisco Javier Gimeno, and provincial coordinator, Miguel Angel Rodriguez, met the Consul and highlighted some of the services they offer vulnerable British nationals, such as advice and support with accessing social services, help for sufferers of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and practical help for those suffering financial difficulties. Sarah-Jane Morris said: “There is a lot of support available from the Red Cross that British nationals may be unaware of. We want to work closely with the Red Cross and build links with local English speaking associations in the area so that more British nationals can access this support. “We also hope that Britons consider volunteering to work with the Red Cross so they can help their fellow nationals access the support that they may need.” Anyone interested in volunteering can find more information on the Red Cross website: www.cruzroja.es
ACTIN, in collaboration with San Animal and Cruz Azul have announced the National Animal Welfare Conference to be held in Los Alcázares, Murcia on 16th-18th October 2015. It is believed to be the first of its kind and will bring together leaders in all aspects of the field as well as people already running rescues and sanctuaries, and those wishing to learn how best to help at all levels and in all sorts of ways. “Our mission is to bring together as many people as we can who are involved in animal welfare in Spain, to encourage co-operation and exchange of ideas” said Lyn Baines, Conference Manager. “We will be launching the PAES Project at the conference and we have some exceptional speakers on various topics.” Please see the website for more details and pass this on to anyone who you think may be interested. Registration donations are low to ensure that the event is open to as many people as possible. Are you troubled by the state of animal welfare in this country? This is your great chance to get involved and to help make a difference. You are not alone! http://www.proteccionanimales.es/paes-events/national-animal-welfare-conference-oct-2015/
I require a very experienced gardener for about 4 hours( in one day) a week (or more if necessary) in Javea. The garden is an interesting diverse garden with many unusual plants and I need an interested and passionate gardener who knows and understands Mediterranean plants. You need to be able to prune and plant properly and have a full knowledge about all types of plants which are grown on the coast
New Release on behalf of Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency A 13 ft high digital screen broadcasting the faces of 18 of Britain’s Most Wanted fugitives is on tour around British ex-pat hot spots in Spain. It’s the latest push by crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers and the National Crime Agency (NCA) to track down the 18 remaining individuals wanted as part of Operation Captura. The fugitives are wanted by UK law enforcement agencies in connection with crimes including murder, rape, indecent assault of a child and drug trafficking. And they are believed to be hiding among British communities in popular ex-pat areas – including Benidorm, Malaga and Puerto Banus. The digital screen, attached to the back of a van, is touring all these areas and parking outside nightclubs, bars, British supermarkets and restaurants It is hoped that going direct to the fugitives’ back yards and putting their faces in plain sight will help to flush them out. Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC, the Founder and Chair of Crimestoppers, said: “Operation Captura has proved a huge success since it was launched in 2006 and the majority of individuals on our most wanted list have been captured. “However, there are still a number of criminals who are evading arrest. We must ensure these individuals are brought to justice.” Steve Reynolds, NCA Deputy Director, added: “We’ve caught 68 out of 86 fugitives on the Captura list and the rest know we won’t stop until we catch them too. “By taking our campaign directly into Spanish communities where we believe they are living and socialising, their lives will become even more uncomfortable. We want British expats and locals to help us by being extra eyes and ears and telling us what they know. “These fugitives are wanted for serious crimes. Anyone who is helping them stay on the run, such as girlfriends, wives, family members back home, or criminal associates, should know that assisting them is an offence too. “There may also be people in the UK with vital information on the whereabouts of these fugitives and we would urge them to get in touch.” Roger Critchell, Director of Operations for Crimestoppers, said: “This is something that we have never done before but we believe that broadcasting these fugitives’ faces right in their back yards will not only encourage the public to speak up but show these individuals that there really is nowhere to hide. “There will be no avoiding the faces on this screen – they’ll be broadcast in all the popular ex-pat areas. “I would urge anyone who recognises any of those faces to contact Crimestoppers anonymously. We don’t take personal details and you won’t have to give a statement or go to court. “Many of these fugitives are currently living a life of leisure funded by serious crime. They cannot be allowed to hide forever, they must be brought to justice. Do the right thing and help us find them.” Captura, a multi-agency initiative between Crimestoppers, the NCA and Spanish authorities, is now in its ninth year. Its aim is to track down British fugitives believed to be hiding among ex-pat communities in the Spanish Costas. To date, 68 out of 86 wanted individuals have been apprehended. A fresh appeal in March this year saw three fugitives captured within a matter of weeks. Convicted killer Shane Walford, 38, from Coventry, was detained in the Canary Islands in March – just days after the appeal. Paul Monk, 54, from Romford, Essex was arrested in April at his home in Alicante, Spain. He was wanted for drugs offences. Jason McDonald, 37, originally from Bristol, was picked up by police at an apartment in Amsterdam hours later. He was also wanted for drugs offences. Crimestoppers and the NCA work closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Madrid and with British and Spanish law enforcement agencies as part of the campaign. Information given to Crimestoppers can help locate the fugitives on the Captura list. For those people calling from Spain there is a special freephone Spanish number 900 555 111 which will be answered in the UK by Crimestoppers’ call agents. A translation service is available upon request. People can also pass on information anonymously via the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org THE 18 REMAINING FUGITIVES CAN BE VIEWED VIA THE FOLLOWING LINK: www.crimestoppers-uk.org/opcaptura
Hello, First post so please accept my apologies if this is in an incorrect location. My parents have just moved to Calpe from the UK, and are looking for someone to do a bit of cat sitting whilst theyre away at a wedding. I was wondering whether anyone might be interested, or know of someone who may be? All is required is a visit once every two days to put out food, and change the cat litter, so as not to put the two cats into a cattery. We don't expect someone to do this for free, so will come to an agreement for payment for the help. Many thanks.
British Consulate Press Release 900 525 100: Consulate welcomes new free phone service by Samaritans in Spain The British Consul in Alicante, Sarah-Jane Morris, has congratulated the Samaritans in Spain in the launch of their national free phone number 900 525 100. The Consul said “ The Samaritans in Spain is a fantastic organisation run by a really dedicated and professional group of volunteers. They play a key role in supporting English speaking individuals in Spain who are going through a difficult patch in their lives. I’m always very impressed with the amazing work they do and think their motto you talk, we listen really captures how they approach providing that support. Consular teams across Spain really value the impact they have and will continue to support them and promote their work at every opportunity. I’m delighted that they have been able to achieve their aim of launching a 24hour, 365 days a year free-phone service to those in need.” The Samaritans in Spain is very active in the province of Alicante and throughout Spain supporting people of all nationalities who find themselves in situations of need, providing a much needed listening service. The Samaritans in Spain can also be contacted by e-mail via firstname.lastname@example.org and at their drop-in centre and shop based in the Punta Prima Commercial Centre in Torrevieja. For more information about the Samaritans in Spain and how to volunteer, visit http://www.samaritansinspain.com