Coastal News 96 01/02/08

Ondara shopping centre

The long awaited official opening of “Portal de la Marina” shopping centre will take place on February 19th. The 2 storey shopping centre, is situated on the N332, will house an Eroski supermarket, 65 shops, restaurants, cinema and bowling alley.

Replanting insufficient

Mayor, Tomas Ferrandis assured residents of the la Safor region that he will meet heads of the Environment department and insist that the 853 acres of forest land destroyed in the 2006 forest fires are replanted. Trees were felled in an attempt to prevent the spread of fire and afterwards more trees were cut in an effort to prevent against future fires. According to Ferrandis “too many trees have been cut” there is now a real risk that the limestone mountains will be seriously eroded during heavy rainfall.

Free Valenciano Lessons

The Councillorship for Standardization Linguistics of Benissa is offering free Valenciano courses for parents with children in infant and primary classes, foreign residents and Castilian-speakers. The course, which begins the first week in February, will teach students both the oral and written rules of the dialect.

Free toy library

The Red Cross has opened a toy library in Javea.  The free service is open to children aged between 3 and 14 years.  President Toñi Sebastiá The library is located at the Red Cross headquarters in Avenida de Alicante and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 5pm to 8pm.

Animal neglect

Seprona agents respond 15 days after local residents in Oliva lodge a complaint with Oliva City Council.  Residents became concerned about the poor state and deteriorations of three horses and two dogs which were being kept at what they believed to be an uninhabited villa in Font Salà. Locals had taken it upon themselves to give what food they could, but it was clear the animals were suffering from malnutrition. According to Seprona, an inspection and study of the condition of the animals has been carried out and passed to the relevant authorities.

Garage fire evacuation

Thirty families were evacuated in the early hours of January 27th after a fire in a garage in Oliva produced clouds of toxic smoke. The fire, in Avenida de Valencia, started in a garage after petrol leaking from a Ford Focus caught alight destroying the car and a moped. Officers were called to the scene by a resident who spotted smoke billowing from the garage.

Man steals hospital TVPolice officers in Gandia have arrested a man in connection with the theft of three TV’s from a local hospital and gymnasium . The 39 year old man posed as a hospital employee to gain access to waiting rooms where he stole the TV’s. He later broke into a gym in the city and stole 968 euros, 30 watches and various computer and electronic equipment.

U3A  Denia Annual General Meeting

 At our packed Annual General Meeting, President Ian Nixon brought the members up to date with news of several groups, including some new ones and introduced the new Group Co-ordinator, James Brown.  The new Management Committee was then approved, unopposed, by the Membership.  Our speaker was Dr. Javier Calvo who gave a fascinating illustrated talk on the history of Denia.  Newly elected President Joe Bassim finished the proceedings, welcoming newcomers to the committee and thanking Ian and the steering committee for all their hard work, as a result of which the Denia U3A now has almost  500 members.

For more information on any aspect of our organisation see our website:, or call:686 566106  

Diary Dates for the Royal British Legion, Gandia and District Branch
The next meeting for the Royal British Legion, Gandia Branch will be held on Wednesday 6 February at 12noon, venue, the Flor Azahar Restaurant.  The monthly pattern of meetings is the first Wednesday in every month.
A warm welcome waits, whether Ex – Service or not.   Join us and whilst enjoying the social scene you will also be contributing to a very worthwhile cause; the Poppy Appeal.
Meeting enquiries to Cilla Ewers 676938739

Our activity groups have restarted 2008 full of enthusiasm after their Christmas break. Although two of the groups have actually delayed their Christmas meals till now: our flamenco dancers are off to Valencia on Friday 1st February, and the Ramblers Walking Group had theirs on Wednesday after ‘doing’ the old railway tunnels at Villalonga.

You can join the club for ten-pin bowling, flamenco classes, walking, petanca on Monday and Friday afternoons (in Bellreguard), golf (in Gandia), occasional fishing and our Thursday dinners. All are welcome, members or occasional guests, young or old.


Every Thursday evening the club meets for dinner at the Viva España (menu choices in advance), gathering by 8 for an 8.30pm start. Please respect our dress code (smart casual). Some nights we have dancing or other entertainment. More information from David on 96 287 8298 or on the web:

          A Rollicking Good Ghost Story.
The Javea Players are staging Noel Coward’s ghost story, Blithe Spirit at the Union Musical, Gata from Monday March 3 to Friday March 7. Curtain-up is at 20.00 hrs each evening.
Ghosts are very good friends of writers. They can be made to work well in all sorts of situations. Made to add trepidation or froth, incite gasps of horror or a good belly laugh. So, when Noel Coward’s office and apartment was destroyed by German bombs in the Blitz of 1941 and he decided he and Londoners deserved a little light relive he turned to ghosts to provide it. He wrote Blithe Spirit in six days and Londoners found it such rollicking good fun that it made box office records for a West End comedy that were not beaten until the 1970s.
Charles Condomine is a successful novelist. Ruth, his second wife, is sociable enough but a little stiff. Because he is researching a mystery novel set around a charlatan psychic medium, he invites Madame Arcati and two of the Condomines’ friends, Dr Bradman and his wife, to an evening where he intends to have the medium give a séance. Madame Arcati proves to be not so much a charlatan as everyone believes, and conjures up the spirit of Charles’ first wife, the selfish and spoiled Elvira. Hilarious wildness ensues with surprising plot twists and disastrous results aplenty
The Javea Players’ production is directed by Christyn Nossell and stars Mabel Kevan as the one crystal ball short of a full set, Madame Arcati. Norman Dunnington plays Charles, Diana Pringle, Ruth, John Reynolds, Dr Bradman, Pat Doidge, Elvira, Jeanne Southworth, Mrs Bradman and Jak Logan plays Edith, the maid who can’t stop running.
Tickets are priced at 15 euros for the Monday performance inclusive of the after- the- show Cava reception and 12 euros for all other performances. A special price of 10 euros is available to parties of 20 and over for the Tuesday and Wednesday performances The number of the box office is 96 579 49 37.

2008 is getting under way for Oliva U3A.
New Tai Chi and Cookery groups are starting, there is a four day trip to Cataluña in April,
an Easter egg hunt and barbecue, a May Ball in collaboration with Javea U3A,
regular quiz nights, monthly meetings with speakers of interest and all the usual activity groups.
If you want to find out more, please visit

Tina Bellenie
96 285 1877

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