On 17th July Alpelo hairdressers in Los Belones hosted an event when haircuts, blow-dries, manicures and pedicures were done free of charge, for which a donation to HELP Murcia Mar Menor was gratefully received. €405 was raised from the day to enable HELP MMM to continue with its good work. Many thanks to Mags and Sergio for the hairdressing and Mariposa for the manicures and pedicures. They all worked hard from 9 in the morning to 8 at night. It was a long and busy day. Our President, Bernard, even had his nails done, plus he got a haircut. Nobody noticed his new hairstyle because it didn’t look any different to the old one!
British Embassy Press Release: Consular staff in Spain assisted a total of 4,658 British citizens in need last year, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO’s) annual British Behaviour Abroad Report 2013. Spain, the country most popular with British tourists and expatriates, saw significant decreases in arrests, detentions and hospitalisation cases – mainly due to local initiatives involving consular staff, police and hospital authorities. Consular staff dealt with 101 arrests for drug offences in 2012/13 compared with 143 the year before. General arrests reported to Consulates fell from to 1,599 from 1,909 a year earlier, partly due to a new emphasis on directing resources towards the most vulnerable cases. Hospitalisation cases fell to 899 from 1,105 in the previous year. Consular staff have been working closely with local hospitals to make them more aware of the types of cases where the FCO can add real value. Consulates have also strengthened ties with charities that support British nationals in less critical situations, allowing staff to focus on the most needy. Reported rape and sexual assault cases increased to 70 last year compared with 40 in 2011/12. Spain, along with Greece and Turkey, were the three countries in which the largest numbers of such cases were reported – destinations popular with young Brits for their busy nightlife. Foreign & Commonwealth Office Minister Mark Simmonds, said: “I am proud that our staff continue to offer vital support to thousands of British travellers and residents around the world. Each case can represent great distress for the individuals concerned and for their families. “I encourage all British travellers to do everything they can to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip by taking some basic steps to prepare themselves before departure, including taking out comprehensive travel insurance and researching their destination. “I am deeply concerned to see an increase in the number of reported rape and sexual assault cases involving British people. The priority for our consular staff is the safety and wellbeing of British travellers and we will continue to work, including with other Governments and tour operators, to help to prevent further cases and provide all possible support for victims. This support includes explaining local procedures, accompanying people to the police station, helping them deal with local authorities and medical staff, and contacting friends and family at home if that is wanted.” The report reveals that alcohol continues to be a major factor in cases involving young people visiting the Balearics, Turkey and Greek islands. Consulates in Spain encourage visiting Britons to pack three essential items: Comprehensive travel insurance – read the small print, declare pre-existing medical conditions and make sure it covers you for everything you want to do, including adventurous activities. An uninsured person who is seriously injured or dies abroad can lead to repatriation bills running to thousands of pounds. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) – so you can get state-funded medical care that may become necessary while you are in Spain. An EHIC is free and can be obtained via www.ehic.org.ukor by calling +44 (0) 845 606 2030. Information about local laws – the more clued up you are, the less likely you are to find yourself on the wrong side of the law. Country-specific local laws and customs can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice . Spain received 13.6 million Britons during 2012 – almost a quarter of all overseas tourists - and an estimated 800,000 Britons are resident for all or part of the year. The countries where Britons are most likely to need consular assistance are the Philippines, Thailand and Pakistan. Spain is 11th on the list.
La Zona Market The charity market on the second Tuesday of the month at La Zona Bar, Los Alcazares from 10 to 1 p.m. always has some very interesting items for sale. At the HELP Murcia Mar Menor stall this month our volunteer Barbara modeled some of the clothes for sale with amusing results. €304 was raised at the sale for the charity, so Barbara must have been doing something right! The Arches Clothes Rail The sale of clothes at the Arches on a Saturday mornings is also going well. In the summer months the sale will take place every second week. Ring Joan Mitchell on 868 185 685 or 678 135 467, Janice Clark on 968 134 355 or the HELP Murcia Mar Menor office on 968 570 059 for information about events.
British Embassy Press Release: British music fans heading for festivals in Spain this summer are being warned to keep their possessions safe from thieves if they want to avoid spending time with the police and British Consulates instead of enjoying the music. A new video on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii7pW26_Td0 contrasts the fun of festivals with victims of crime talking about how having their stuff stolen ruined a good time. It’s already attracting thousands of views. “Within a minute, we turned round, the bag was gone”, says one. “I’d been warned but you never think it’s going to happen to you”, adds another, as the video shows victims who found out just how quickly and easily things can disappear. The video was filmed during Festival Internacional de Benicassim (FIB) last year. Its message - “Make sure you spend your time at the festival, not with us” – aims to encourage music fans to keep their belongings safe before going off to enjoy the beach or a gig. Dave Thomas, Consular Director responsible for Spain, said: “Two simple steps can help you avoid becoming a victim of crime at festivals. First, don’t leave your valuables behind in your tent or out of sight even for a minute - keep them in a zipped pocket or bag. Second, treat your passport as a valuable document: if it gets lost or stolen you’ll miss out on the festival while you are getting a new one to get home.” Getting a replacement travel document is both time-consuming and expensive, and British Consulates – which are always busier during music festivals – say the more cases they can prevent, the better. The YouTube video can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii7pW26_Td0 . Viewers are encouraged to embed it on their websites or share it with friends, to ensure the message gets seen as widely as possible.
British Consulate Press Release: The new British Consulate in Alicante was officially opened today (Friday 7 June) by the UK Ambassador to Spain, Giles Paxman, in an event marking the importance that the Alicante region has for British expatriates and visitors, as well as the huge value of the British contribution to the local economy. The President of the Alicante provincial government, Luisa Pastor, was present at the opening together with local authorities, National Police and Guardia Civil representatives. Mr Paxman said the Consulate in Alicante was one of the busiest Foreign Office consular posts in the world. The investment in modern and efficient premises by the British Government demonstrated its commitment to ensure that vulnerable British nationals are supported when things go wrong. The new offices have improved disabled access and a layout that provide a much improved customer experience. Mr Paxman said “I am immensely proud of the hard work that our consular posts perform throughout Spain to help vulnerable British nationals. These new premises in Alicante will help the team here give even better support. The customer experience will be much improved, particularly for those with reduced mobility who need easier access. It is a credit to the consul Paul Rodwell, his team and colleagues in London that this project has been delivered on schedule and under budget.” The Ambassador highlighted the economic importance of the British community to the Alicante province. More than two million British tourists visit the Valencian community every year, generating €1.32billion in revenue. More than 132,000 British residents live in the province, some 7% of the total population. The new British Consulate is located on Rambla Méndez Núñez, 28-32, 6th floor. Customers are advised to call 965 216 022 before visiting the Consulate in person, as many enquiries can be resolved over the telephone. The website www.gov.uk/world/spain provides a vast amount of information about living in Spain and the help available for British nationals abroad.
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Feasibility Study. Hi, My name is Susana, and I was born and raised in the UK. My mother is Spanish, and I was lucky enough to be brought up bilingually. I am a graduate of Middlesex University in the UK and Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE) in Madrid. I qualified as a teacher at the University of the West of England (UWE). I now live in the Mazarrón area, and am considering setting up an academy to teach Spanish. My plan is to teach groups of people (of around the same level), one hour per week – or more if there is the demand. Lessons would be in the mornings – as I find students more receptive before lunch! Group sizes would be a maximum of twelve and charges would be around €5 - €6 per person per hour. What I need to know before I start pressing buttons is how much interest there is out there, and where people would like to be taught. OK. You’ve read this far – Thanks! Can you please do me a favour? Add a comment to this post letting me know if anyone is interested, where they would like to learn (i.e. Condado de Alhama, Camposol, Mazarrón, Puerto de Mazarrón etc.), and how intensive you’d like it to be (1 hour per week, 2 hours etc.). Obviously, please forward this on to anyone you know who may be interested. We’ve set up a Facebook page (Mazarrón Academy) for anyone who wants to post messages on there. I look forward to hearing from people. Thank you! Susana Mazarrón Academy
British Consulate Press Release: This week, British Consul Paul Rodwell attended the inauguration of the brand new tourist assistance office in Benidorm. The service, called SATE, (Servicio de Atencion al Turista Extranjero), is a police department whose role is to offer foreign tourists personalised assistance, in their own language, if they are victims of crime. The service will be given by National Police officers and personnel from the tourist information office. The SATE office aims to reduce the distress that being a victim of crime can cause by helping tourists to make a police report, as well as offering other practical services such as the use of phone and internet to cancel credit cards or contact friends and family. The office will also be able to provide standard tourist information to visitors to Benidorm, and help with reporting lost property. Paul Rodwell said "We have been working closely with Benidorm town hall on this initiative and I am delighted that British tourists who visit Benidorm will now have better support from the Spanish authorities if they are a victim of crime. The fact that the victims can receive support in English is an important step forward and we shall continue to work closely with the National Police to ensure that the assistance British victims receive appropriate to their needs and situation." Visitors to Benidorm who need to make use of this new service can visit the main offices in: Centro Municipal, Plaza de Canalejas, 1, Benidorm Tel: 966 812 334 / 966 809 870 E-mail: Benidorm.firstname.lastname@example.org Opening hours Mon-Fri - 09:00-21:00 Weekend - 10:00 - 14:00 Victims of crime who need support and help from the British Consulate can find up to date contact details on www.gov.uk/world/spain or by calling 965 21 60 22.
HELP Murcia Mar Menor held a Quiz with a Difference on 14th May at the El Carmoli restaurant in El Carmoli, the difference being that it is very hard! Over 50 people attended, lured no doubt by the chicken and chips on offer. The first prize was won by Bernard Ash’s team. The booby prize was a cake shaped like a pair of boobies, made by Janice Clark. This was won by Clive and Jilly’s team, who won it the last time. There is a suspicion that Clive lost on purpose so that he could get his hands on the boobies. €392 was raised for the charity from the enjoyable event. Our next event is an Afternoon at the Races at Viva Bar and Restaurant overlooking the sea in Los Nietos on Thursday 13th June. We meet at 1 for 1.30 p.m. for lunch followed by the racing. Tickets at €7.50 can be obtained by ringing Joan Mitchell on 868185685, Janice Clark on 968134355 or HELP MMM office on 968570059.
The HAH Auction planned for Tuesday May 21st (today) has had to be put back a week due to the bad weather. Please note that this will now take place on TUESDAY MAY 28th at LA ZONA BAR, LOS NAREJOS, viewing 1-3pm. Auction to start at 3pm. Lots of bargains . Snacks available. Further details, please call Pam on 968 582 535 or Carole/Norman 968 173 842
The British Consulate in Alicante is moving… but not far, the new office will only be 10 minutes’ walk from the current building. From Tuesday 14th May you will find the Consulate on the Rambla Méndez Nuñez, just near the port area of Alicante, a short walk from the Mercado tram stop and the Alicante central bus station. The new address is: British Consulate in Alicante Edificio Espacio Rambla Méndez Núñez 28-30 6ta planta (6th floor) Alicante 03002 The Consulate in Alicante has been in its current location in the Plaza Calvo Sotelo since 1979. The move to new premises shows how important it is that there is a continuing consular presence to support the nearly 300,000 residents and 3.5 million tourists who visit the region each year. It’s one of the busiest Consulates in the world, helping British nationals who have been hospitalised, arrested or suffered a bereavement, as well as issuing Emergency Travel Documents to people whose passports have been stolen so they can return home. The move will provide a better experience for customers who come to ask for help, as well as a more modern, secure and efficient work space for the team. The new office will be open to the public from Mondays to Friday from 08:30-13:30 and the telephone and fax numbers remain the same. British Consul, Paul Rodwell said “The new Consulate will help us to assist better those who are most vulnerable, whilst offering an improved customer experience particularly in terms of access for those with reduced mobility. Furthermore, a new open plan office will deliver a better working environment for the team and the location in the centre of Alicante with excellent access to public transport links will mean that those who need to find us can do so easily.” Information on the new location of the Consulate, and how the Consulate can help, can be found on the new government website – www.gov.uk/world/spain. British nationals are advised to call 965 21 60 22 before journeying to the office, as most queries can be resolved over the phone. Britons wishing to renew their 10 year passports should visit www.gov.uk/overseas-passports. Anyone wanting information on visas to the UK should go to www.gov.uk/uk-visa
I am trying to get in touch with Dave and Val Moss, with news concerning my mother. They used to live next door to us in Bognor Regis , West Sussex. I have an address of Los Alamillos,El Alamillo 30860,Puerto de Mazarron, Murcia. If you have a phone number etc then please e-mail on email@example.com. If you can get a message to them, then please ask Dave and Val to ring us on 01243 864827. Thanks for your help. Andrew Smithen
Foreign & Commonwealth Office Press Release on Behalf of Sussex Police: Detectives investigating the disappearance of Robert Golden, who has not returned from a walking holiday in Spain, have launched a website The website www.findrobertgolden.com has appeals in English and Spanish and is aimed at gathering information from the public in an effort to find Robert. It follows four possible sightings of Robert in Spain since he flew alone to Seville on 5 November. The latest reported sighting was on 28 January when a couple saw a man, fitting Robert's description and carrying a backpack, walking at a pace towards Gibraltar. Detective Chief Inspector Dave Wardley-Wilkins said: "These unconfirmed sightings of Robert are encouraging. If they were in fact Robert then it is obviously good news. We want to confirm it is him and that he is safe and well. His family have not heard from him and they would be delighted to hear positive news. "This new website, in Spanish and English, is a part of our efforts to find him. By appealing directly to people in Spain we hope they will come forward with any information about his whereabouts. I would appeal to anyone living or visiting southern Spain who believe they have seen him to get in touch. " Apart from the sighting on 28 January in Sabinilla, there have been sightings of Robert on 11 January hitch hiking on the A7 which leads to Gibraltar, Nurca or Seville. Two days earlier on 9 January a man who lives in Vera saw a man, carrying a rucksack, walking from there towards the AP 7 to Almeria. On 21 December a couple thought they saw Robert sitting on the ground at the Lidl store in Benissa in the province of Alicante. Robert's brother Barry said: "I'm really worried. I'm really missing him and want to see him back home. "Robert loves walking and the outdoors. It is worrying that he can be away for that length of time and not use his bank cards. He is a very nice chap and approachable. If anyone thinks they have seen him could they please talk to him to see if he's ok. He would never be rude. We are worried that he has possibly had a medical episode." Anyone with information is asked to contact police on +44(0) 1273 475432 from Spain, quoting 804 of 23/11 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I am thinking of doing a TEFL course and wondered if any AngloInfo users out there had taken the course and how it has benefited them in finding employment in our area. Also whether the online course would suffice or should I be looking at a 4 week course, which is considerably more expensive. Any comments appreciated. Thank you
Hi - Does anyone know of a scrap metal merchant in the Fuente Alamo area. I have had several driving around in the past- but now that I need one there hasn't been anyone coming to enquire. A Spanish neighbour of mine knows of one but was unable to locate his number. If anyone does come across one could they please try to get a contact number.
British Embassy Press Release: Age Concern volunteer Angela Keay MBE congratulated by British Ambassador Giles Paxman over her New Year’s Honour Angela Keay's New Year got off to a surprising start when she learnt that she has been awarded an MBE for services to the British community in Spain in the New Year's Honours List. Now Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Spain, Giles Paxman, has taken the opportunity of a visit to Alicante to meet and congratulate her in person. Angela, who lives in Torrevieja in the Province of Alicante, has made a remarkable contribution to the development of the charity Age Concern which provides support to British expatriates across Spain. She helped to set up Age Concern Costa Blanca Sur in 1997, as its Secretary and later President. She then became Secretary and President of Age Concern España. She is now Secretary to Age Concern España's national INFOLINE and Casework service organisation, known as ACASA, as well as being one of its Caseworker volunteers. Giles Paxman said “I am delighted to have met Angela and I congratulate her on a well-deserved MBE. The organisation ACASA is an excellent example of the many English-speaking associations that support our most vulnerable residents and tourists, and I’m pleased that the hard work that has gone into setting it up has been recognised. “The work that our consular staff in Spain carry out in supporting British nationals is greatly helped by volunteers like Angela, who give up their time and energy to help others.” ACASA is a partnership between Age Concern España, the British Embassy and Age UK, and is a national charity launched in 2011. It delivers public awareness campaigns on integration into Spanish life, offers advice and help via the infoline 902 00 38 38 and email address email@example.com, and publishes useful information sheets. ACASA also offers a casework service that consists of in-home visits by volunteers who provide practical advice and help to source funds for individuals where direct intervention is required, as well as providing advice and support for expatriates wanting to return to live in the UK. For more information on ACASA, you can visit www.acespana.org.
La Zona's Fund Raiser, Joanne On Tuesday 22ndJanuary Joan Mitchell, of HELP Murcia Mar Menor, presented Joanne Scott of La Zona Bar, Los Alcazares with a “Certificate of Appreciation” for hosting events at La Zona bar that raised money for local charities. The amount donated to HELP was the amazing sum of €2,932 during 2012. This was raised from the Charity Market held every second Tuesday in the month, from Bingo sessions held every Wednesday at 3.30 p.m., quizzes held every Thursday at 3 p.m., last year’s Easter Egg raffle, the Carnival held on May Day last year, plus Joanne’s kind donation of gifts as prizes, and from this year’s Christmas cake raffle. The certificate expressed thanks for her efforts on behalf of all HELP’s members. Joanne does the same for many other charities and individual good causes. As well as running a busy bar, Joanne also teaches at a Spanish academy and is a member of Viva, a quartet associated with Spangles, a well-known 4-part harmony chorus. In truth, a very busy lady! Two New Initiatives Launched Help Murcia Mar Menor is proud to announce two new initiatives for 2013. The official launch of these will be at 11.0 am on Friday 8th February at the HELP office behind the Roblemar Restaurante, Los Alcazares. It will be attended by the British Vice Consul, Mr. Lloyd Milen, and Lady Elizabeth Hebdige, Honorary Patron of our registered charity. Firstly, we have established a Listening Ear Team - a group of volunteers, who are available to listen to people in need of someone to talk to for a variety of reasons. Several of the team are qualified and experienced counsellors. In the current economic climate, many people have concerns regarding finances; others who have retired here may find themselves becoming isolated as they get older or have suffered the loss of a loved one. We can listen to people who are depressed or are victims of abuse. We can provide information on the many agencies, which may be able to help with problems encountered. All enquiries will be treated in strict confidence. Whether you have severe problems or just need a friendly chat, we hope to be able to help. Just call us at the HELP MMM office on Tel: 968 570 059 Monday to Friday 10 to 13.30 p.m. or on 654 632 077. Our team will be co operating with other agencies such as The Samaritans and MABS. Our second initiative is for Help Murcia Mar Menor members only at present but could be extended later. Many people living alone do not have people nearby who could inform relatives in case of emergency, such as unexpected admittance to hospital. For this reason we invite members to provide contact numbers of relatives or friends in Spain or the UK, which we will keep secure in our office. We will then provide a card to be displayed in a suitable place in their home or in a purse or wallet giving the telephone numbers of the Help MMM office and emergency phone and we will do the contacting on their behalf.