I will be staying in Isla Plana, near Puerto de Mazarron, for 3 months from early January and I am looking for someone to give me some accordion lessons. I have a Hohner Panther diatonic CGF and have only just started having lessons although I am not a musical beginner. Being able to continue with lessons in Spain would be ideal or just having someone to play along with would be good.
Hi all. :-) My wife and I are staying on a campsite just outside Aguilas for the next month or so. As I am very keen on walking and cycling, I would like to obtain a local O/S type map which I know from experience in the Costa Blanca can be awkward. I think I need a copy of Map 997, Aguilas, 1:50,000 and would appreciate any advise as to where I can buy one. I already have a copy of Turistca's "The Coasts of Aguilas and Lorca" but would prefer to have a paper map.. Any help much appreciated. Feliz Navidad folks! :-)
Press release on behalf of the Sailing Association Mar Menor (SAMM) Are you interested in trying sailing for the first time, or finding somewhere you can continue to enjoy the sport now you live in Spain? Well now’s your chance! The only multi-national sailing club on the Costa Calida, SAMM, invites you to their Open Day on Thursday 9th April 10am till 4pm at CTD, Los Narejos, Los Alcàzares on the Mar Menor. SAMM, or the Sailing Association Mar Menor to give it its full title, was formed in January 2006, and provides a host of opportunities to enjoy a range of sailing activities on the sunny waters of the Mar Menor and Mediterranean. After eight years, we have over 120 members and most belong to one of the ‘Boat-Share Groups’ within SAMM that encompass a wide variety of boating interests. In a Boat-Share Group, the members all contribute equally to the costs of owning and using the boats (mooring fees, insurance and maintenance), which results in very economical sailing for everybody. The varied selection of Group boats include four dinghies, three 6 metre and two 6.5 metre day sailers, a 7 metre catamaran and a 7 metre Spanish motor boat. If you are into bigger boats the owners of three large cruisers, 9 TO 11 METRES, offer sailing opportunities, whilst, at the other extreme, another Group build, sail and race radio controlled model yachts. All Groups have access to the SAMM support boat, a Valliant DR450 Rib fitted with a 40HP outboard. The ‘Open day’ is being held at CTD or ‘Centro Technico Deportivo’ the Spanish sports academy situated right on the beach at Los Narejos which is the centre of our activities. Except for the large cruisers our boats are based there, the dinghies in the secure boat park and the bigger boats either moored on the jetty or on swinging moorings nearby. SAMM members with their own towed boats can use the CTD ramp to launch for a modest daily fee. CTD is a fabulous venue and the finest on the Mar Menor. Open every day of the year its cafe sells hot and cold drinks, including beer, and a selection of tapas, all at bargain prices. There are indoor and outdoor seating areas, toilets and shower facilities. Part of the University of Murcia, CTD offers accommodation, provides courses in all sport related subjects taking students up to a sports teaching qualification plus tuition in a wide range of sports for children and adults including pool, football, swimming, taekwondo, boxing, judo, Olympic fighting, canoeing and sailing. It boasts an indoor 50 metre pool, gymnasium, multi-sports hall, other halls dedicated to individual sports plus classrooms for lectures and meetings. Outside there are padel tennis courts, a football field and the boat park. CTD has been used by many international teams as their training base, including the UK Olympic Sailing Squad, numerous Volleyball teams and many in other sports. In addition to pleasure sailing, SAMM also has an active racing program and a lively ‘Social Scene’ that includes a ten-pin bowling competition, cycling excursions and walks, trips to places of interest, various dinner dances plus a three day Spring Bash. Musically gifted members have even formed two bands ‘The Reef Band’ and ‘Rusty Tracks’ that play regularly in the local area. All SAMM Groups encourage interested people to come and try their boats before joining them and this ‘Open Day’ is the perfect opportunity to do this. So please come along, examine all our boats, talk to our members and, weather permitting, get out on the water for a trial sail. For more information about SAMM in-advance of the ‘Open Day’ please visit our web site at www.sailingmarmenor.com
Hello, would anyone know where one can learn & practise dancing (Ballroom & Latin) on a regular basis? The advertisement which appears on a weekly basis in Angloinfo Costa Calida is apparently out of date. I went along on a Monday evening (as advertised) but was informed that the event has no longer been taking place for at least 2 years. Furthermore, the telephone number of the contact person as given in the advertisement seems to be no longer in operation. Any information on dancing opportunities in the area of Mazarron would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Amarilla (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hi all My wife and I are visting Heurcal Overa from Jan -March 2015 to escape French Winter. I am a keen Carp angler and wonder if it was worth bring my fishing equipment with me? I am new to this part of the world, so can anybody advise me of any good carp fishing in the area? Many Thanks Stephen
Wednesday 7th September offered blue sky and sea but unfortunately no wind when the competitors arrived for the first race day of the Sailing Association Mar Menor’s Autumn 2014 Series. But by 11.30am a light breeze had materialised and the race started with 9 boats. The five dinghies were away first in a 7 knot breeze but, 5 minutes later when the 4 bigger boats started; it had dropped to 4 knots which gave the dinghies a distinct advantage. All finished their four laps in less than 2 hours against the over 2 hours for all the bigger boats. As these are handicap races the result on corrected time was 1st the Faversham 14 of David / Louise Belcher, a great win for a relatively inexperienced couple. 2nd the Sailfish 18 of Bob Miles / Carol Sibson and 3rd the Laser 2000 of Brian Murray / Pete Caldwell. The wind had increased to 10-12 knots when the second race started at 3pm for the 5 dinghies and 3 larger boats, enabling them all to complete four laps in less than 75 minutes. The two Sailfish 18’s crossed the line just 2 seconds apart which had the makings of an exciting tussle, within the race, between these identical boats. Unfortunately Sirocco, sailed by Rob Hudson suffered a broken rudder after about 10 minutes and was forced to retire. The results on corrected time were 1st the Laser 2000 of Tug Wilson / Vernon O’Byrne; 2nd the Gamba of John Down / Laurence Carter and 3rd the Laser 2000 of Brian Murray / Pat Fleck. The next race day is September 21st and the monthly SAMM meeting is on October 8th both at the Spanish sports academy CTD Infanta Christina on the beach front at Los Najeros, near Los Alcazares. New competitors and members welcome.
I'm looking for a decent Gym / Fitness Centre with a good selection of Cardio Equipment, Bikes, Rowers, Ellipticals etc, plus Machines and Free Weights would be a bonus. Somewhere on the Costa Calida / Costa Blanca border i.e. San Pedro or Pilar Horadada. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks.
I hope to organise a trip from the Mazarron area to the F1 Gran Prix in Barcelona next year. The planned race date is 11th May, that will be confirmed at the start of 2014. Based on last years prices, return coach and 3 nights accommodation in 3 star coastal hotel would be around 240-260 euros per person (based on double occupancy). Race tickets would need to be arranged by each person going. At the moment, I am just trying to get name/numbers of anyone who would be interested. Once I have enough people, I can start on the details. Please pm me or e-mail email@example.com if this interests you. Please state on your e-mail how many people in your party.
ADAPT celebrated their 5 year anniversary on Saturday with an open day at the monthly meeting. Jane Cronin, the president and founder of ADAPT gave a brief history and explained the aims of the association. The Mayoress of San Pedro del Pinatar, Visitacion Martinez Martinez, was present along with the Councillor for Education Ma.Guadalupe Garcia Oliver, the Councillor for New Technologies Alvaro Tarraga Carrasco and Councillor for Social Services Francisca Pelegrin Quereda. Councillor Marie Jose Albaladejo Alvarez who helped Jane in the initial setting up of ADAPT attended along with our local ´Bobby´ Dani. Senior staff who have been running a cookery course for ADAPT within Eroski Supermarket were there as were representatives from various schools and organisations with whom we have worked over the past 5 years. Our wonderful secretary, Janet Pierce, had created and presented a video of photographs and movies spanning the 5 years and what an interesting time we´ve had! The video can be viewed on www.adaptsanpedro.wordpress.com We´ve had Carnivals, Bird Ringing, Pantomimes and Environmental projects. We´ve been very involved with schools in the area and with helping Vacaziones en Paz. We´ve visited an Eco Farm, The Military Academy and also a few wineries! Our ADAPT Choir has become very popular as have our Conversation Exchange meetings. These are a few of our projects and all this is apart from the clubs within the association such as Rambling, Metal Detecting, Computer, and Dinner Club etc. After the meeting guests and members took the opportunity to socialise and were offered drinks and snacks. ADAPT meet on the first Saturday of the month at Hogar de Pensionistas, San Pedro, at 10:30 am. See our website www.adaptsanpedro.eu or Tel. E. Winskill 966 18 94 02
I am looking for clubs for Salsa dancing in the area for when I am in Spain in June. I have some friends who are over who are very keen salsa dancers and would love to know where I could take them. We will be staying in Campos del rio, which is West of Murcia, near Mula. We are willing to travel. Many thanks for your help.
Heard of Agramon, Munera or Coral de Almagur, these are the stops on the road to Madrid being taken by three cyclists who are heading for Europe’s highest capital city in a sponsored bike ride from TJ’s on Camposol. The Camposol Three leave the bar on Saturday morning at 8 pm after a 24 hour pool contest and return to laurels but no medals on Sunday 30th September and to a welcome home party in the car park outside TJ’s. They are expected about 3pm. Shaun, Jonathon and the wild Welshman Steve have been in training throughout the summer and are ready to undertake this quite staggering event that because of the motorways takes a route that should present some interesting challenges. Lol and Mark provide the backup and there has been much discussion to how that backup should be provided, particularly as to who buys the first drink. Throughout the summer TJ’s have held fund raising events and together with the sponsored bike ride the proceeds will be presented to PALS (Protection and Life Saving) who are the Mazarron areas oldest registered humanities charity and who have over their 12 years provided the local emergency services and health centres within excess of 170,000Euros worth of life saving equipment. Spokesman for TJ’s stated how pleased they were with the sponsorship and that the return party should be something special, burgers, bangers and beer, music and lots of laughter. There is a draw for a mountain bike value 300Euros donated by Compusurf and lots more to keep you amused. So if you are around on Saturday morning raise your voices and cheer the lads away and certainly be there for the return,Sunday 30th September the bar is open from 11.30am so get on down. The summer of sport is not finished till the bike boys get back.