Jávea U3A


The President's Report (May 2017)

We know summer is approaching because the Xiringitos are emerging from hibernation. What a pleasure it is to sit with a glass of wine and pleasant company and listen to the sound of the sea.We are really blessed here in Jávea.

More than 200 members attended our annual May Ball at Salones Canor in Teulada last Thursday and had a wonderful time. Many thanks to events co-ordinator Shirley King and her band of helpers, who made it such a memorable occasion. And thanks also to those of you who gave so generously and helped us raise over €1,000 for our charity of the year, Make A Smile, from the sale of tombola tickets.

In company with 30 or so other members of the U3A, I enjoyed a wonderful trip to Asturias, organised by the Travel Group’s Charo Brown ably abetted by her husband Roy and her sister and brother-in-law who live in Oviedo, the capital of Asturias. What a scenic and interesting province with its snow-capped mountains, Jurassic coast and cider factories.

Planned trips coming up in June are to Avila with Mike Frost and to Archena, Cehegin & El Valle Regional Park with Angela Chantry and Tony Dearie. These trips are both fully booked and have waiting lists.

In September we have a visit to Ciudad En Cantada, Cuenca and Zaragoza with an excursion to Belchite. Cuenca is a really interesting town and Belchite is steeped in history from the Spanish Civil War. This trip, run by Barbara Gorrod, still has some availability but is filling up fast. You can book at the May general meeting on Wednesday.

Don’t miss our speaker, Ray Edmonds, who will recount a fund of stories from his days as a billiards and snooker champion and then as a commentator.

In June we have John Deacon with a presentation of the music of Spanish opera singers. This will be a day to remember as John embellishes the extracts with erudite and pithy comment.

Please come to the meetings and support these speakers who so generously give their time.
I was so glad to see Clive White a day or two ago, having just come out of hospital. Clive is our webmaster, leader of the walking groups and a very active committee member. On behalf of the membership, I wish him a speedy return to full health. Special thanks to his wife Karen and deputy webmaster John Wilde, who, together with Clive’s guidance, have restored the website back to normal service.

Finally, I would like to express my sympathy to the families and friends of the victims of the Manchester bomb attack. I am sure the thoughts of our members are with them as they come to terms with the horror.

Eric Atkins