British Embassy Press Release: Hospitalised, robbed, arrested – new TV series follows consular staff as they help Brits in distress How the staff of British Consulates in Spain help citizens in distress is to be highlighted in a new TV documentary series to be broadcast next month on the UK’s Channel 4. The new TV series, filmed last summer, reveals how consular staff come to the rescue of Britons who find themselves in trouble. From helping victims of crime to advising Brits arrested by the police, the series also follows consular staff as they visit holidaymakers who end up in hospital and meet expat residents to hear their property concerns. In a three part series, ‘Our Man In…’, provides unprecedented access to the work of British consular staff. It will be shown on the UK’s Channel 4 on Thursdays 1st, 8th and 15th March at 22.00 GMT (23.00 CET). The first programme features Mallorca and Ibiza, the second follows the team in Alicante and the third covers Tenerife and Barcelona. “The series shows the hard work and professionalism of our staff in helping British expats and holidaymakers as well as highlighting the serious issues that Brits can face abroad”, says Paul Rodwell, British Consul in Alicante. “Some of the less serious cases can be avoided and I would encourage people to read our travel advice and have a look at the information we have on our ukinspain website.” The series reveals the consequences of failing to prepare properly for a holiday. Even if you’re staying with friends and family, travelling without insurance could cost you many thousands of pounds if you’re injured abroad. “Losing your passport will cost you time and money”, says Paul Rodwell. “And without an EHIC health card, you’ll find it harder to get medical care. By taking a few simple precautions, you can avoid a dream holiday turning into a nightmare.” The programme in Alicante, about life on the costas, shows the pro-active face of the consulate, with staff seeking out Brits caught up in a forest fire, organising outreach events to hear residents’ property concerns, and working with local police to manage an invasion of Scottish football fans for a big game against Spain. On the party island of Ibiza, consular staff tackle the fall-out from a new drug on club scene - the so-called 'pink pill'. A young tourist is found lost, nearly naked, and unable to recall anything but his name. Then the Brit dealers who supply the pills also need help after they're arrested. In Mallorca, staff deal with a young Brit who's been tasered by overzealous police. A holidaymaker from Essex has been run over by a drunk driver, and lies seriously injured in hospital. And a Lancashire couple's holiday is transformed by the arrival, nine weeks early, of their tiny baby son. In Barcelona and Tenerife, crime has its effects on visitors and on the workload of the Consulates. Street robberies and stolen passports lead to inconvenience, distress and unexpected costs for holidaymakers. Meanwhile consular staff are also busy helping some of the people who need it most – expat prisoners & homeless Brits who simply want to go home. ‘Our Man In…’ was filmed mainly in August and September last year and is produced by Screenchannel Television, a London-based independent production company. The executive producers are Emma Barker, a former commissioning editor and controller at ITV, and Peter Lowe, a former executive producer and programme editor at BBC Television and controller at Carlton Television.
The Ex-Servicemen's Association of Mazarrón District (ESAMD) raised the grand sum of 3857.00€ (smashing last year's total by over 1000€) for the Royal British Legion's (RBL) 2011 Poppy Appeal.The money was raised during the official collecting period and 'all-year-round' boxes with restaurants and bars throughout the area selling poppies. Special mention must go to the Sara Lara's Bar who raised 500.43€. The photos below show Sara with members of the committee and along with her many supporters. It is also worth mentioning that all the money raised here in Spain goes towards helping our Beneficiaries living here in Spain Grateful thanks and best wishes to all those who collected and donated so freely. For photographs follow the link: The Ex-Servicemen's Association of Mazarrón District
A letter below that we have received from a gentleman thanking us for looking after his partner, this is self-explanatory. We have been privileged to help and be-friend the family & Elva since June, and she was so brave, and what an inspiration to all who knew her. This highlights the valuable work we do in the community, and may encourage other people to ask for help when needed. Lesley Eburne Founder Help at Home Dear Lesley Re: Elva Fincham I would like to express on behalf of the whole family our sincerest, heartfelt thanks for the support, care, compassion and friendship the Help at Home Team afforded Elva during her struggle and ultimate passing away due to cancer recently. Though Elva was a brave, positive tower of strength throughout the illness, you gave her invaluable support when she needed it most, both in her home and eventually in hospital in Cartagena. We would particularly like to thank Lesley, Paul, Mary, Lynda, Brenda, Audrey, Evelyn, Meg and Sue for all their support. Serious illness and death is never easy to cope with, especially away from your native homeland. Through the excellent work carried out by you and your team, Elva and her family were able to continue to keep going and ultimately face the end of her life, safe in the knowledge that your friendship, help, advice, and support were never far away. Love to you all Steve Sutcliffe
SOS in Mercadona Square, Los Alcazares held an open morning and fashion show on behalf of HAH help at Home last week, and along with a raffle raised a fantastic total of 200€. Almost 100 people sat outside in the glorious autumn sunshine, whilst staff and friends modelled some stunning evening wear, shoes and accessories. HAH fundraiser, Celia Ryan thanked Julia, Christina and the staff of SOS for their hard work in putting on the show, organising the raffle, and then she invited everyone into the shop for a glass of Cava, and to enjoy searching through the many rails with such a variety of clothes to choose from.. HAH volunteers and friends then went on the Angela’s Pizzeria at the end of Rio Nalon, where they enjoyed a special menu-del-dia, and another contribution to HAH. If you are struggling to cope, please call 633 673 034. If you are interested in volunteering a little time to HAH, please call Angela on 603 517 770, or email firstname.lastname@example.org For future reference, HAH volunteer meetings will be held upstairs at The Arches in Los Narejos on the 1st Tuesday each month. There will not be a meeting in December, and because of holidays, the New Year meeting will be at 11.45 on Tuesday Jan 10th.
I have 2 daughters 5 and 3, they go to school in El Pareton (Totana) but i want extra tuition for them at home, we live in the Mazarron area. I will need reading,writing, maths for my eldest and alphabet,etc for my little one. Does anyone know of someone who teaches outside of school times? My email is email@example.com
Press release - British Consul discusses security issues with Alicante Airport Yesterday, the British Consul in Alicante, Paul Rodwell, met with the Director of the Alicante Airport and police representatives to discuss security issues. The aim of the meeting was to gather information about the functioning of the new terminal and raise the British Consulate’s concerns over the number of passports that have been stolen since it opened. The British Consul said: “We enjoy a very good working relationship with the airport authority and with the police and they are always receptive to our requests and comments. The new terminal has improved significantly the airport’s capacity and service quality but we must continue to work with the authorities to cover all issues affecting the security of British passengers” 3.9 million British nationals travelled through the Alicante airport last year making, 40% of the total number of passengers.
We have a book ´Swapshop´ at the ADAPT meetings which has been run by Jo Turner for a few years and is now assisted by Lorraine Dearling. For the last two years, with the help of our members who bring along their used books and buy some to replace them, Jo has raised funds to buy new English books to donate to the library in San Pedro del Pinatar. Along with Lorraine and ADAPT President Jane Cronin, Jo made the presentation at San Pedro Town Hall to the Director of the Library and Culture Centre, Maria Del Carmen Fernandez and Marcos Gracia, the Councillor for Culture who were delighted to receive them and acknowledged again the links between ADAPT and San Pedro. For information about ADAPT see www.adaptsanpedro.eu
Following the devastating news of the Lorca earthquake on Wednesday evening, which has left 80% of the buildings badly damaged and thousands of people living in makeshift camps. All schools in the area are closed for the foreseeable future and to enable some schooling to continue in the camps, the Castelar College, San Pedro are appealing for games, paper, pencils, colouring books, etc. together with children's clothing. Please take your donations to the Castelar College on Monday or Tuesday morning, where it will be collected by the Red Cross and taken to Lorca.
Fiesta Faces will be providing the following activities over the weekend as part of our craft stalls and international market. Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos, Henna Body Art (the safe kind of Henna – but only available for over 12´s) Children will have the chance to paint their own pottery, Marble Magic, Clay Play and Lucky Dip! Various traditional fiesta games will be set up around the stalls, Look out for Splat the Rat! & Beat the Goalie! Entry forms are available now if anyone of any age would like to take part in the Fun Run (or walk) on Sunday 26th June. Entry is FREE! Collect a form, gather a few sponsors to support one of your favourite local causes and be ready to go for 9.30am on Sunday morning. The route will take about 20minutes, a little longer if you would like to stroll round or go on a sponsored dog walk. The Fiesta Tug of War will be on before lunch time on Sunday, A special round for Children is available with some tuition from our Tug of War expert Don Cruickshank. Be at the Fiesta site for 11am if you would like to take part. More info on all the stalls coming to this year’s fiesta will be posted very soon!
The British Consulate and the Deputy Delegate's Office in Alicante join efforts in fight against domestic violence The Government Deputy Delegate, Encarna Llinares, and the British Consul in Alicante, Paul Rodwell, met this morning and were joined by the Head of the Civil Guard in Alicante, Colonel Antonio Castro, and the Superintendent of the National Police, Juan Manuel Juárez. Both Ms Llinares and Mr Rodwell highlighted the close collaboration and understanding existing between both institutions, "essential in a first-rate tourist destination for British nationals such as Alicante". The Deputy Delegate informed the Consul on the "positive public safety results for the past years in the Alicante province, where the crime rate has decreased by 22.1% since 2003". The British Consul in Alicante stressed the "relevance of security" and congratulated the State Security Forces and Bodies –both the Civil Guard and the National Police Force- for their work and "for achieving these results". Mr Rodwell also highlighted the joint involvement of the Consulate and the Government Deputy Delegate Office in the fight against domestic violence. In this regard, "the Consulate has published a leaflet, which includes the support channels and existing resources in the province. It is aimed at women who are victims of abuse and any other individuals who want to report an assault. The Spanish Police Forces will help to disseminate the leaflet". This leaflet also includes key telephone numbers, such as 016 to contact the national helpline for victims of domestic violence, offering professional advice on support and services, or the Civil Guard 062, the National Police 091, the Emergency Helpline 112 and other addresses of interest, such as those of the Crime Victims Assistance Offices. The details of the British Consulate itself can also be found in the leaflet, since it also offers assistance and support to British nationals. British Consul, Paul Rodwell said: "Domestic violence is unacceptable. We all need to join efforts in order to stop the scourge of domestic violence and provide the available resources for partners who are victims of abuse".
ADAPT are holding a fun & games day in aid of the Saharaui refugee children at Cafe Golf, San Javier on Saturday 30th April from 3pm to 7pm. Games include Tiddlywinks, Dominoes, Snap, Rummykub, Pass the Pigs, Yahtzee, Darts and more. Entrance is €2.50 to include your first game and entry in to prize draw. Further games will be just €0.50 for a short game or €1 for a longer game. Coro Pilar will also perform around 4.30pm to 5.00pm. For further information and tickets contact Sheila on 968 185 008.
The Ex-Servicemen's Association of Mazarrón District (ESAMD) was awarded the honour of 'Association of the Year' for 2010 by ASPADEM, the parents of disabled children who attend a special school in Mazarrón. It was awarded for supporting the charity continuously over the last five years. The award and certificate were presented after a cheque for 300.00 Euros had been handed over to Juan Zamora, the president of ASPADEM, as this year's donation from ESAMD. The brief ceremony took place at the school's hydrotherapy-pool. The photographs show members of ESAMD with Juan, his daughter Mikaela and Gisele Acarreta, ASPADEM's translator. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=48530&id=100000721332552&l=5bbbd3e083
British Consul welcomes work by Spanish authorities to tackle domestic violence The British Consul Paul Rodwell has welcomed the work being carried out by Spanish authorities to tackle domestic violence, at an event to highlight concern about the issue. At a meeting with the Mayor of Orihuela, Monica Lorente in Orihuela Costa last Thursday, the Consul said he was also pleased to hear of magnificent work done by associations such as that achieved by the Neighbourhood Watch group led by Chris Poole in terms of improving security and reducing crime by working with police forces. The Consul took part in an event to show solidarity with victims of domestic violence and to raise awareness around this issue. Paul Rodwell said "A significant percentage of the arrests we are informed about in the Consulate are related to domestic violence and we are very pleased to see the work that is being carried out by the Spanish authorities in this area. We are working closely with the Diputación and the Subdelegación of the central government in Alicante as well as town halls to find a way of helping the British victims of domestic violence by ensuring they are aware of the resources available to them." The Consul thanked the Diputación de Alicante for translating their Information Guide on Welfare Rights for Victims of Gender-based Violence into English, which will enable a large number of English speakers to find out what support they can get. This can be downloaded from the Diputación website www.residenteseuropeos.com. He explained that the Consulate wants to avoid duplicating support that already exists here in Spain. 'What we really want is for British nationals to be able to access the huge amount of support that already exists", said Mr Rodwell. "The first step we want any victim to take is to contact the police, as they are the ones who can ensure their safety. We also want English speakers to be able to get the same additional support that Spanish speakers can currently access. For example, a lot of people don't know that they can call the Victims' Helpline on 016 and speak to someone in English, or read the new English language version of the guide for victims of domestic violence that has just been translated." The Consulate is also working with local volunteers, including Shana and Diana who helped to organise the event, to see what more practical help can be offered.