started by: llamedos-464504 · last update: 1344696939 · posted: 1344532723

There is an interesting article this week in the Euro weekly regards "New winter fuel payments hope for expat pensioners living in Spain" page 14

started by: Scottie~AB-472741 · last update: 1343312164 · posted: 1343312164

G’Day All I will shortly be moving to the area (from Madrid) and want to secure Employment in the Yachting / Marine sector. See my Avert in “Employment Wanted”. I need to establish some Contacts with Skippers / Engineers, so any assistance would be most welcome - even knowing their favourite ‘Watering Holes’ in any Marina would be very useful. Many Thanks

started by: Michelle-463680 · last update: 1341855565 · posted: 1341855565

British Consulate Press Release: Support for Brits in prison – Samaritans in Spain visit scheme officially launched in Alicante The Samaritans in Spain will carry out regular visits to Brits in jail in Alicante this week following an official launch held today. Being in prison abroad is often a traumatic experience and receiving regular visits from friends and family can be really important. However, a lot of Brits in jail in Spain have their loved ones back in the UK and although the British Consulate is there to help and provide support, there is a limit to how often Consular staff are able to visit. That is why the Consulate in Alicante has developed a prison visiting scheme with the Samaritans in Spain to ensure that Brits held in prison get support and visits in their own language on a regular basis. This project shows again the importance that local charities have in supporting Brits abroad and filling the gap between what the Consulate and the Spanish authorities can do. The launch was held today in the Alicante central government office and attended by their representative, Mr Alberto Martínez Díaz, who recognised the importance of the scheme and thanked the Consulate and the Samaritans for taking the initiative to offer this additional support to British nationals in prison. During the launch the British Consul, Paul Rodwell also thanked the Chris, Nora and Steve from the Samaritans for their hard work in getting this programme off the ground and the volunteers from the Samaritans for their willingness to give up their time and their commitment to carrying out the visits. Mr Rodwell said “I am really pleased that this visiting scheme is now up and running. Sadly, the number of Brits being arrested and in prison in the Costa Blanca has gone up over the last year. I urge people out there to respect the local customs and avoid at all costs getting on the wrong side of the law. Being in prison in a foreign country and trying to communicate in a language you do not understand can be a very stressful experience. That is why the emotional support that the volunteers from Samaritans can offer is all the more important.” The event launch was also attended by the Samaritans volunteers and the prison director Enrique Valdivieso de la Hoz. For more information on how the Consulate can support British nationals who are arrested abroad visit ukinspain.fco.gov.uk and for details of how the Samaritans can help visit their website costablancasamaritans.com

started by: Help at Home · last update: 1341846431 · posted: 1341846431

We are looking for a small, dry, secure central store room, (Los Alcazares Area) for our mobility equipment. Must be able to have 24 hour access, ground floor, dry and fully accessible, Small room, lock-up garage would suit. Please telephone 968 134 978 if you know of anywhere to suit.

started by: Help at Home · last update: 1341846368 · posted: 1341846368

Please note that all future Volunteers meetings, and Chatters will now be held at the Bacchus Restaurant, Oasis, Los Narejos. Ground floor restaurant with complete privacy and disabled access. Vols meet 1st Tuesday every month (No Meeting In August/December). Next meeting Tuesday September 4th. Optional lunch afterwards. CHATTERS Social Group meet 3rd Wednesday of each month, next July 18th, also at the Bacchus Restaurant, Oasis, Los Narejos at 11.30am. Meet new friends, quiz, medical advice and talk from HAH Clinical Lead, Lynda Christopher. ALL welcome. Optional lunch afterwards.

started by: rowey93 · last update: 1341825292 · posted: 1339236513

Anyone got any tips for catching a dirty great big centipede hiding in my house?

started by: canyget · last update: 1340562463 · posted: 1339620758

GPS Garmin 72 hand held with support 95 euros 626421623 Mazarron pauljessop@hotmail.com

started by: cat589-472695 · last update: 1340528316 · posted: 1340208676

Hi, Can anyone advise on where is the best place to buy cotton sheets in the Puerto Mazarron areaThanksCat

started by: charlie77-472470 · last update: 1339850708 · posted: 1339333807

Hi Folks Can anyone recommend a good local builder - got a rebecca on camposol and needing to get some work done. Thanks C.A.

started by: honestjohn-468618 · last update: 1339553178 · posted: 1339236772

hello to all i am just about to change mobile contract from vodofone to orange because thier deal are better, can anyone give me feedback about orange many thanks

started by: HELP MMM · last update: 1339421068 · posted: 1339421068

HELP Murcia Mar Menor is doing so well that we need more volunteers. If you have a few hours a week to spare why not come along and speak to us at our office in Calle Penelope No 11, Los Alcazares, Telephone 968 570 059, E-mail: helpmmm@gmail.com Volunteers are needed in the office to answer the phone, log out the mobility equipment, deal with visitors to the office or work on the computer. Whatever skill you have we can use it! If you are a good listener we would appreciate your help in dealing with people who are lonely, feeling low or who have recently been bereaved, and we can also use you for our listening ear service that we will be starting soon. It is not counselling but listening to people, which is often all that is needed to perk someone up. Alternatively you could be a hospital visitor. A friendly face is very welcome to ex-Pats or tourists when they are in hospital. If you have retired to Spain and feel a lack of purpose look no further than HELP MMM. You will be assisting people and enjoying yourself at the same time and you will meet some very nice people and feel good about yourself. Come along to a general meeting and find out more about us. Our monthly meetings are held every third Tuesday in the month at the Las Claras centre, Los Alcazares (except August when we have no meeting) and start at 11.30 for 12 noon. Why not come along to some of our events or attend our Friendship Group meetings. They are listed in the press. We need bric a brac and unwanted presents for the car boot or the tombola, and we also need strong men to help lift furniture and put up our stall at the car boot at the Autocine on a Sunday morning.

started by: llamedos-464504 · last update: 1338074373 · posted: 1337275007

Just an enquiry that hopefully someone may clarify regards painting the outside of your property sometime ago now I heard mention that if you were to change the colour of your property here on Camposol you have to apply to the local town hall for a licencewould this be correct procedure or have things changedRegards

started by: Paddy-472667 · last update: 1337891999 · posted: 1337001701

I am travelling alone to Murcia airport at the end of June and have been quoted 80 Euros return from the airport to Mar de Cristal. I then tried public transport and it said that there were only 3 buses a day out of the airport, the first being at 5p.m. and I think they went to Murcia which is in the opposite direction. Is there a bus line which goes to Mar de Cristal? I don't mind changing buses if I know the times in advance. Could I contact the bus company (if there is one) and request a timetable? Paddy

started by: pt1943-469266 · last update: 1337589272 · posted: 1337504743

Does anyone know of a store/warehouse in the region that displays and sells tents and camping gear?

started by: Help at Home · last update: 1336760366 · posted: 1336760366

The sun shone brightly on Thursday May 10th, when the ladies from SOS boutique in Mercadona Square, Los Alcazares along with 2 HAH volunteers, thrilled the packed audience when they modelled some stunning fashions. Starting with day wear, they then went on to show the most beautiful range of evening dresses, shoes and accessories. The dresses were absolutely beautiful, the styles and the colours were every girls dream. After the parade, everyone was invited in to the shop for a glass of cava, and to try on and buy from an extensive range, which also included the latest range of swimwear. A raffle, provided by SOS followed, and on the day 160€ was raised on behalf of HAH help at home. Celia Ryan, HAH fundraiser who organised the event, thanked the staff from SOS, the volunteers who helped on the day, and everyone who came along in support. Afterwards, there was a lunch at Angela’s pizzeria in Rio Nalon, and judging by the happy sounds of HAH volunteers and friends, this also proved a great success. If you would like to find out more about HAH, and the valuable work they do in the community visit their website www.helpathome.es. Caring volunteers and enthusiastic fund raisers are always welcome, and if you would like to become part of the team, call Angela on 603 517 779 or email helpathomespain@gmail.com

started by: Making A Difference · last update: 1336665736 · posted: 1334998775

Over the last few months we have been informing you of our Outreach Work in the hope that you will understand the reality of life here for many within our Community. We currently have a waiting list of approx 30 applications for Aid and have been forced to turn more away, as we are unable to carry out the necessary home visits. If you can assist in other areas, which will release the Outreach Team to carry out this important role then together we can Make A Difference to more lives. Our Shop is the front´ for our Outreach work which is often overlooked but without your continuing financial support, or our volunteers we can do neither. Various ways you can Help;- Sorting through the numerous varied Outreach donations and storing appropriately Working through the Various Client Wanted Lists Overseeing the Food Store or Children´s Birthday Shoes; kindly donated monthly by A´n´other Helping to purchase Food and Bagging up for Aid Days Assisting on Aid Days; giving out of Food, Clothes etc Driving one of GO maD Vans to assist in the collection of Donations/Furniture and delivery of sales Helping with loading and unloading of Furniture and Aid Day Food/Clothes etc. Assisting with the daily collection of Donated Food from Pto. Supermarket Translating in the Shop, Home Visits or at Meetings Can you help to promote us, working from home We wish to open our Shop on Fridays can you help either on the shop floor or behind the scenes; sorting, ironing etc Just a few hours of giving a week can Make A Difference to us and those we Help, so don't delay call today on 634 357 137 to join the MAD Team … there is strength in numbers! Shop: 634 321 161 - Outreach/Enquiries: 634 357 137 Email: madmazarron@live.com Facebook: madmazarron Also ….. Wanted people interested in forming a Gospel Choir, meetings to be held on Friday afternoons at the Cultural Centre Camposol B, dates to be announced. For practice and auditions please contact Patrick on 968 199 472 (leave a message)

started by: Help at Home · last update: 1336565164 · posted: 1336565164

Members of the Luz de Murcia (Masonic Lodge), HAH Help at Home, Mar Menor, their partners, families and friends sat down to a sumptuous meal at RUF MARI restaurant in Los Urrutias last Thursday May 3rd. After a fantastic 3 couse Spanish lunch where the beer and wine flowed freely, the diners were entertained by the fantastic guitar/singer Nick Barker. Lots of (especially the ladies) then took to the dance floor, come on you men!! Resulting comments on the day were extremely positive, the food, wine and the superb atmosphere were all top class, and such good value for money. Along with a couple of donations on the day, a total of 340€ was raised. Every year, the Luz de Murcia raise funds for local charities, and this year have chosen to support HAH along with El Buen Samaritano and other local charities. Masonic visitors of all constitutions are most welcome to our meetings and anyone wishing to join; please contact the Lodge Secretary in the first instance. http://luzdemurcia.com/contact

started by: ADAPT-468936 · last update: 1336493299 · posted: 1336493299

The ADAPT Association meeting was very special this month with a visit from San Pedro mayoress Visitacion Martinez Martinez and also the presentation of cheques to two charities, Help at Home and El Samaritano. The town hall of San Pedro is always very supportive of ADAPT and the mayoress was very interested in our various activities and projects many of which were in conjunction with the local Spanish community. There was a Questions and Answers section which was very informal, relaxed and informative. Also on the agenda this month was the presentation of cheques which were the result of some very hard work on the part of 14 members at the CHARITEA event in San Javier last month. President Jane Cronin, along with Dennis Gill who co-ordinated the CHARITEA event, handed over 411 euros to Dolores Rueda and Begoña Rodriguez-Madridejos of El Samaritano and another 411 euros to Lesley Eburne and Lynda Christopher of HAH, Help at Home. The next meeting of ADAPT is June 2nd at 10.30 am in the Hogar de Pensionistas, San Pedro del Pinatar. See www.adaptsanpedro.eu for more information.

started by: Michelle-463680 · last update: 1335532662 · posted: 1335532662

Press release from UK Borders Agency, forwarded on their behalf by the British Embassy Madrid: NINE ARRESTS AS JOINT UKBA-SPAIN OPERATION CRACKS DOWN ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION GANGS Successful cooperation between the Spanish authorities and the UK Border Agency team in Spain has resulted in the arrest on 27th March 2012 by the Police in Tenerife and Madrid of nine members of a Spain-based gang believed to have organised the illegal entry of large numbers of Iranians nationals into the UK. Although based in Madrid, the gang used the Canary Islands as a final staging post to move illegal migrants to the UK. In early February, after receiving information from the UK Border Agency in the UK, the main operator in the syndicate was identified through collaborative work between the UK Border Agency team in Madrid with their Spanish colleagues in the Central Organised Immigration Crime Brigade. Information was exchanged and a strategy agreed to counter this threat to the UK Border. A picture emerged of a network transporting Iranians illegally into Europe and onto the Canaries using false documents. It was established that safe-houses existed in mainland Spain and the Canaries and the group had ready access to a variety of stolen travel documents and credit cards. By sharing intelligence with the Spanish authorities, and working with airlines and UK Border Agency teams across Europe, groups of Iranians intending to travel illegally to the UK were identified. The nine arrested were 5 Iranians, 1 Mauritanian, 1 Moroccan, 1 Malian and 1 Colombian. They have been charged with a variety of offences including falsification of documentation and provision of false documents, credit card fraud, membership of a criminal organisation and people smuggling. It is not known how many people were successfully smuggled in total by this group. The Operation was the outcome of complex investigations into the movement and arrival of Iranians into the UK from the Canary islands which the Agency's team in Madrid had been working on with the Spanish Police. This successful collaboration is viewed by the UK and the Spanish authorities as a major success and a template for further joint working to tackle illegal migration into and from Spain. Simon Cooper, UK Border Agency International Group Assistant Director responsible for Spain, said: "The UK Border Agency continues to work in close partnership with the Spanish Police Authorities to tackle illegal migration and the criminal gangs behind it. These arrests represent the successful outcome of a multi-agency operation led by the Spanish Police and conducted in close collaboration with the UK Border Agency overseas and in the UK. Those who engage in the facilitation of illegal migration should know that they will be targeted and brought to justice".

started by: Michelle-463680 · last update: 1335460615 · posted: 1335460615

AngloINFO are delighted to announce the launch of their 63rd regional website. Packed full of useful information for expats living and working in the Panamanian capital, Panama City now has its own, local AngloINFO website – the essential free-of-charge resource for Panama City’s international community.Please let any friends who have moved or are considering moving to this exciting place know about AI Panama City. Read all about the launch here http://www.angloinfo.com/2012/04/26/angloinfo-panama-city-and-angloinfo-panama-launch/

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