EX SERVICEMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF MAZARRÓN DISTRICT RBL POPPY APPEAL 2014 The 2014 Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal was our most successful yet! A total of 6565,39€ was raised in the Mazarrón area, 26% more than 2013. The Appeal was given a boost by a generous donation of 1900€ from the proceeds of the show ‘Keep Smiling Through’. It was a series of sketches, songs and poems set in the war years to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1. Audiences were given a mixture of amusing and serious takes on life in those difficult times. Many thanks to you all. We are also very grateful to all the bars, restaurants, shops etc who raise funds for the Appeal. This year Saralara’s Bar in Puerto de Mazarrón was the clear winner, raising a massive 550€! We are also very grateful to our team of volunteers who, every year, help with the sale of poppies. The Royal British Legion provides support to servicemen and women, veterans and their families when they find themselves in need. These days beneficiaries can be as young as 18 and the RBL is there to help them for the rest of their lives.
Hi All, If anybody out there is on Facebook, you can join this on-line virtual march. It is easy to do, no petition to sign, no donation required. Just a show of solidarity that declares it is time for the brutality against Spain's hunting dogs to stop. https://www.facebook.com/events/880217401997319
At Angloinfo we are always looking at new ideas that we think the expat community would like. We've had some feedback that many of you would be interested in listening to podcasts on expat specific topics including news, sport, charities, expat organizations, expat businesses, and expert advice on expat life such as tax and legal concerns. So we wanted to ask you all what you think and to ask for your ideas. If you would like to take part or know someone who would be interested pleae post below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Everyone, I have been in Spain for a couple of months on a house-sitting assignment and have been really saddened to see a number of presumably abandoned dogs wandering about, some in a terrible state. Does anyone have any suggestion as to what to do in this circumstance? As I am house-sitting I am not in a position to take dogs in unfortunately. On a broader level than the plight of individual dogs, I have found a website: www.esdaw.eu which looks at this problem in depth and is aiming to do something about it. The site is well worth a good read to understand the true extent of the problem across Europe. It also has an action section, with petitons to sign. In addition there is a link to MEPs. I wrote to every Spanish MEP yesterday by e-mail. There are 53 of them and it only took a couple of hours. Several have replied already and I hope and believe that if we bring this matter to their attention in numbers, we will bring about change. Please pass this on to anyone who you think may wish to participate. 'Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.' (Alfred A. Montapert) Only the actions of individuals can bring about change. Thank you.
Iain Aitken, CEO of AngloINFO will be interviewed on Talk Radio Europe today at 2:20pm local time. Listen in to hear his views on the development strategy and the future of AngloINFO. Costa Calida / Costa Blanca SOUTH - Mazarron to Elche 96.3 fm CENTRAL – Elche to Altea 96.2 fm NORTH – Altea to Cullera 104.6 fm or Listen Live on line at http://www.talkradioeurope.net/ or on their iPhone app.
Getting clear legal advice and learning some basic Spanish were the top tips from British shoppers in Iceland stores in Spain when asked by the British Consulate. Other tips when asked “what is your advice for someone moving to Spain?” included “do your homework” and “try renting before you buy.” A team from the British Consulate and overseas healthcare team spoke to more than 100 Brits at three Iceland stores on the Costa Blanca this month. As well as asking shoppers questions about their life in Spain, the team also gave advice on a range of issues, from access to healthcare to how to register as a resident. The Consulate encouraged the Brits they spoke to, to plan for the future and to follow them on their “Brits living in Spain” Facebook page or @BritsliveSpain Twitter channel for more useful and up-to-date tips and advice. Part of a programme of events held in branches of the Iceland Supermarket across the region, it was an opportunity for customers who might not normally come into contact with the British Consulate to share their knowledge and experience of life in Spain in order to help other British nationals thinking of making the move. Vice Consul Liz Bell who attended the Torrevieja store said: “It was great to meet so many people and hear from them what helps make life a success in Spain. I was really encouraged to see that the top tips were around being properly registered as residents here in Spain, getting on the padrón and making sure healthcare is sorted. Iceland Overseas Supermarkets have been really supportive of our programme and our thanks go to them for enabling us to work within their stores hear what their customers have to say”.
We are going to be in the Mazarron area in January/ February/ March 2015. I would like to brush up on mu Spanish speaking skills and am looking for a class locally. I have done beginners and Improvers courses before but feel a bit rusty! Improvers class would be ideal, can anyone help with info. please?
Are you as concerned as I am about the plastic rubbish, including the ubiquitous plastic water bottles, that we see everywhere? If so, join the global campaign to do something about it! If everybody does a little, a lot will be achieved. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/656/074/365/pledge-to-clean-up-some-plastic-rubbish-every-day/ Thank you.
Am planning a months stay over Xmas this year and want to discover what activities and events are planned in the area of Los Alcazares / Narejos. Also if anyone knows of any Xmas Dinner offers in local retsaurants/hotels etc.. Any info appreciated. PaulG
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has just released a new campaign in the UK targeting benefit thieves in their local areas and reinforcing an ongoing effort to get back the millions that are taken from the tax payer - 82 million for last year alone for abroad fraud cases. There is no one ‘type’ of benefit thief, but the one thing they have in common is that they are all taking advantage and abusing the system. For example, Peter Fischer claimed over £85,000.00 in benefits using multiple identities. Not only was Mr Fischer claiming benefits while living abroad, he was also working in both the UK and Spain, where he had tried to operate a business, without informing the DWP. He also owned undeclared property in Spain. In July of this year Mr Fischer’s case went to court and he was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and suspended for 15 months. In another recent case, 74 year old Dennis Troubridge, who was living in Murcia while claiming benefits, was sentenced to 16 months in prison, in September of this year. Mr Troubridge had been living in Spain from 2009, and had claimed over £135,000 in benefits with the assistance of his daughter, Poppy Bowling. Ms Bowling was sentenced to a Community Order for 12 months after providing her address in Dagenham as a benefit claim address for her father. She also dealt with benefit mail at her address and had control of one of her father’s bank accounts allowing her to withdraw cash from one account and transfer it to an account he had control over. In both cases, the benefit thieves had been claiming Income Support, Pension Credit, Disability Living Allowance and Housing Benefits, all of which are not exportable when living abroad. New and improved methods are in place to target benefit thieves wherever they are and government departments are working together to catch anyone abusing the system. This also includes the traditional benefit fraud hotline, where DWP receives allegations from the public. The Spanish hotline [900 55 44 40] is free and confidential, and members of the public can call to report suspected benefit thieves in Spain. The line is open from 8am-4pm Spanish time. For further information on benefits you can receive while living abroad please visit https://www.gov.uk/living-in-spain#state-pensions
Having recently needed the services of a 'man with a van' or 'small removal' company. I was fortunate to have utilised the services of Costa Calida Transport, who as the name suggests are locally based. I cannot speak higher of the excellent service this 'husband and wife' team offer. Good attention to communication,being on time, and providing exactly (plus a bit more) of the service agreed upon, with great care and consideration. They seem to collect or deliver from almost anywhere between Spain and Scotland even deviations to the Balearics and France. No doubt there are other companies also giving a good service and perhaps some who don't, but Zeke and Palm can be relied upon.
AngloINFO Costa Calida has added a new section to the site: Property. To help with this addition, we've put together some FAQs which we hope will be helpful for you. I’ve noticed some changes on AngloINFO – what’s going on? Well spotted! We’ve just released a new section called AngloINFO Property. It’s currently in beta (testing) mode so we’ll make a big announcement in the next few days when we’re confident that everything is working exactly as it should. In the meantime, feel free to look around and use it, and if you come across any issues, just let us know. email@example.com What is AngloINFO Property and why should I be excited about it? AngloINFO Property is the name of the new property section on AngloINFO. Here, you can search through hundreds of thousands of properties to buy and sell, to find the one that’s perfect for you. You can access the new AngloINFO Property section from anywhere on AngloINFO by clicking on “Property” in the top navigation bar. property.angloinfo.com/costacalida In the new section, we’ve been able to introduce some great new features like Google Street View, Google Maps showing local amenities and email alerts for properties matching your search criteria. We’ve also improved the overall experience with more (and bigger) images and the option for related documents (such as floorplans) to be uploaded to the property listing. In addition, we have lots of Information Pages about buying and renting property to help you base your decisions on reliable facts. We’re pretty excited about all of this – and we hope you are too! Does this apply to Holiday Property as well as Residential Property? Yes! In AngloINFO Property you can search for (and advertise) holiday rentals as well as properties for sale and rent. property.angloinfo.com/costacalida What will happen to property ads in the Classifieds? They remain unchanged for now but over the next few weeks they will be phased out as the functionality of the new AngloINFO Property section allows you to do so much more. What’s the best way for me to find a property to buy or rent, or a holiday property to rent, on AngloINFO? The new AngloINFO Property section has hundreds of thousands of properties all over the world for you to choose from, so we’d recommend you start your search there. Until we move all of our existing property classifieds over, you’ll still find some great properties in our Classifieds section too, so be sure to look there as well so you don’t miss anything. property.angloinfo.com/costacalida costacalida.angloinfo.com/classifieds Why can’t I add a new Classified to the Residential Property or Holiday Property categories? The new AngloINFO Property section offers many more features to help market your property effectively. Over the next few weeks we’ll phase out properties from the Classifieds altogether, so we’ve switched off the option to add new ones. We hope that you’ll advertise your property via AngloINFO Property and see the benefits for yourself. property.angloinfo.com/costacalida/account/products I have a live Featured Classified on AngloINFO - what will happen to it? If you have a live Featured Classified, it will still show in whichever Classified category you paid for it to appear in. If your ad is still live when we switch off the property classifieds, we’ll migrate you over to the new AngloINFO Property section – but don’t worry, we’ll email you in advance to let you know what will happen. If you’d rather move your property ad to the new AngloINFO Property section now, just contact us and we’ll be happy to help. firstname.lastname@example.org What will happen to existing basic Property Classifieds? We hope that people with basic Property Classifieds will decide to advertise their properties in the new AngloINFO Property section! Eventually, existing basic ads will disappear when we switch off the property sections of the Classifieds but we’ll email everyone in advance so that they know what to expect.
British Consulate Press Release The British Ambassador Simon Manley has welcomed the efforts of English speaking charities in the Murcia region for their close working with local authorities, and has highlighted the importance of Murcia as a location for British tourism and for its agricultural exports to the UK. During a visit with Consul Paul Rodwell to Murcia on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, Mr Manley thanked the charities for the invaluable support they offer to the English-speaking community. He said he was impressed at the way they work with and are supported by local town halls and, in turn, how they complement the local town hall services offered to the most vulnerable expatriates. Mr Manley met charities including Help at Home Mar Menor, MABS cancer support, HELP Murcia Mar Menor, Pals and Forget Me Not, which offers hospice care for the terminally ill. He said their work with the town halls represented an excellent example of integration and joint working, and thanked volunteers for the time they give to help others. In separate meetings with the local authorities in Murcia, Mr Manley stressed the important links between Murcia and the UK in terms of agricultural exports to the UK and tourism. Last year more than 450,000 UK passengers arrived in San Javier airport - 84% of the total passenger traffic. The British Ambassador also raised the UK Government’s concerns over the ongoing property problems that affect some British nationals, encouraging the local and regional authorities to work to resolve the issues. Mr Manley said: “I have been able to meet and speak to volunteers who give up their time and resources to support the most vulnerable, and to tell them in person how immensely grateful we are for their dedication and hard work. “It has been a valuable visit as I have also met local authority leaders, strengthening the UK’s connections with the region and highlighting the value of British tourism.” During his visit, the Ambassador also met with the President of the Region of Murica, Alberto Garre López, the Delegado del Gobierno, Joaquín Bascuñana García and Miguel Ángel Cámara, the Mayor of Murcia.
We really like Mazarron Country Club and are seriously thinking of buying a property there. Has anybody any experience of buying there ? I believe that there were problems with the builing company at the start but i am aware that was some time ago. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
The Mar Menor was the scene of dramatic rescues by members of the Sailing Association Mar Menor recently. Sailing back to Los Najeros after a picnic in Playa Honda, members of the SAMM Catamaran Group, on ‘Hamoor’ their 24 ft Stryker catamaran, spotted people on a small boat waving at them. Being friendly, as most sailors are, they waved back. A minute or two later they realised the boat may be in trouble as those on board were waving a white flag. Without hesitation, they dropped the sails on ‘Hamoor’ and motored over. They found a Spanish man and two boys aged 10-12 sitting in a 4 meter dinghy half full of water. The mast and boom were lying on the dinghy with the sails dragging in the water. They got the boys, who were wearing life jackets, on board, the dinghy in tow and took them to Los Nietos. With the language barrier and the boys very upset, Hamoors crew never found out exactly what had gone wrong. What they were sure of was that there was not very much chance of them being picked up by anyone else. There were no other boats in sight, they were a long way from shore, the wind had died to nothing and evening was approaching. With no mast and half sunk they were not very visible. A few days later whilst in their tender, other Catamaran Group members saw one young boy in a canoe next to another boy struggling in the water and a second canoe almost vertical in the water. He appeared to have capsized and managed to get his canoe tangled in the jellyfish nets. They could not free the canoe but pulled the boy into their dinghy and took him and the other canoe safely back to shore. For more information about our sailing club visit our website at: www.sailingmarmenor.com
Last Sunday, September 14th HAH celebrated their 4th year anniversary with a picnic on the beach at Los Urrutias. Although numbers were depleted with volunteers taking advantage of cheaper flights and visiting families in the UK, the 20+that came along spent the day eating, drinking, swimming and laughing. A terrific time was had, so nice to relax on a beach with friends, and temperatures still in the mid 30c in September., even at 7pm.wow!! HAH still go from strength to strength, and have only had to refuse 2 people during the difficult summer months. This was because vols also need to take a break, and if we haven’t got the volunteers, we cannot help!! We, like most charities are struggling to get new volunteers, you may need help, we DO need volunteers especially on the care side. To date we have made over 1,000 visits to clients in their homes giving them so much help , loaned out our mobility equipment 680 times, and raised the funds to cover our Nurses, physiotherapists, counsellor and Foot Health practitioner, plus driving 100;s of kilometres to Doctors and hospital visits, and THIS SERVICE IS FREE .Please can you help, it is not regular, it is just a call if we need you, maybe 2 hours per week, and it is so worthwhile when you help someone who is struggling. For details on how to become a volunteer Tel: Lesley 968 134 978 oe email helpathomespain:@gmail.com
Hi, I'm writing to you from the TV Programme A Place in the Sun: Winter Sun and we will be filming an episode in the Costa Calida for the next two weeks. As part of the programme we like to interview british Expats, in this case we're particularly looking for a mother and son (the son being from late 20's to early 40's) however, we will be open to any couple of family members who would be interested in participating. The interview would take approximately one hour to film on the week starting from the 15th September, however the couple would need to meet up next week (probably Thursday) with the our colleagues about what the interview would entail. This is a great way to help other British people who are scared to make the leap! Please contact us until Friday. Best, Laura Coquereau
Hi Could someone please let me know where I need to go to get an NIE Number in Mazarron. Is there a lawyer or some kind of organisation that I can use around the area that can sort a number out for myself and my partner. Our main problem is that we are limited on transport at the moment, and we can't get any transport without the number :) Thanks