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GA Runners February Update

Sunday 22 January saw the XXXI Santa Pola Half Marathon which started and finished on Calle Fernando Perez Ojeda on the harbour front. This run is widely regarded as one of the best half marathons in Spain, if not the best, and we are fortunate to have it here in our neighbourhood. There were a
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club February update

TURKEY CHASE Sunday December 18th The yearly turkey chase took place on a beautiful December morning. It was well attended with everyone wearing something relating to Christmas. The turkey crowns were won by Cindy Bedford with twenty one shots and Ian Hamilton with twenty shots. The eggs were won by June Young who played her
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ASPETGA Raised almost 400€

ASPETGA’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” event  Raised Nearly 400 euros for their pet food bank! Thank you to all of our friends, neighbours, and donors who  helped ASPETGA with our Santa Claus meet and greet event at Molly Malone’s Irish Pub. We’ve raised almost 400 euros thanks to you and your generosity! Economic pressure
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Gran Alacant’s Elche CF supporters group

A group of football fans in Gran Alacant have come together to set-up their own supporters club to watch the local professional club, Elche CF, at their home games at the Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, and their away games in local bars around Gran Alacant. Having started last season, with just 5 members, all buying
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GALs raised 750€ for SATs

GALS – GRAN ALACANT LADIES UPDATE Saturday 26th November saw the Gran Alacant Ladies host a fundraising Christmas Fayre in aid of SAT Animal Rescue. The event was held at the Sueno Azul Restaurant Avenida Mediterraneo in glorious sunshine and beneath beautiful blue skies.  SAT has been the chosen charity of the group for the
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Interview with Lillian Goldsbrough

Hi, my name is Lynne and I have been lucky to call Gran Alacant home for the last 6 years.  People fascinate me and I love to hear about their adventures and life stories.  Over the next few months, I will be sharing some interviews with GA’s very own Superstars!  This month’s interview is with
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GA Runners January update

For those of you lucky enough to have stayed in Gran Alacant for December all I can say is well done.  Northern Europe experienced a prolonged period of freezing weather due to, would you believe it, “A wind drought” with western European winds calmed with barely a breeze and this caused the freezing weather. And
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ZEST BAR raised 510€ for ECCH  

ZEST BAR raised 510€ for ECCH in the run up  to Christmas with raffles and fundraising events.  Thanks to everyone who donated toiletries and gifts and also to Sharon and Mandy for donations from selling items on their craft stall. Big thanks to the Gran Alacant Singers
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Interview with Kathleen Hudson

Hi, my name is Lynne and I have been lucky to call Gran Alacant home for the last 6 years. People fascinate me and I love to hear about their adventures and life stories. Over the next few months, I will be sharing some interviews with GA’s very own Superstars! Tell me about your job
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GA Runners December Update

1850 runners turned out on Sunday 13 November to run 21km in the IV Gran Carrera del Mediterraneo which started in Alicante before passing through Urbanova and Arenales, continuing along the coast to La Cadena before finishing at Varadero in Santa Pola.  The daughter (Lykke Trusbak) of my Danish friends in GA flew out on
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GUINEA PIGS, LIES AND ALT-RIGHT

The year is ending, and it can be easily summarized like this: it has been the year of the fake news. Here, in Spain, about Ley de Bienestar Animal (Animal Welfare Act), which is NOT EVEN completely developed at this moment, we have heard lots of silly things and nonsense. We’ve already written about this
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Global Challenge. Local Action?

As we write this article the world’s leaders are meeting in Egypt at the COP 27 summit conference to discuss measures to address the challenge of global climate change. Climate change is one of several interrelated issues threatening the natural world and human civilisation: Species extinction, desertification, degradation of soil and the acidification and pollution
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club December Update

VISITING TEAM On Saturday 15th October we welcomed a touring team from Weston Super Mare. We played six rinks of rinks everyone thoroughly enjoyed the bowling in lovely Spanish sunshine. After the game we enjoyed snacks and drinks in the Tavern. The captain of the visiting team presented Cindy with a Plaque of their club
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A lost world

One of the features of Spain that is little understood by foreigners is its tradition of establishing model new towns and villages. The country is scattered with little settlements built at various times over the last three hundred years by landowners, industrialists and governments.  The motivations for establishing these planned communities have included utopianism, commercial
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club November Update

AUSSIE PAIRS On Wednesday 21st September we played the popular drawn Aussie Pairs.Twenty four players took part each pair played eighteen ends. The result was based on the most shots per couple. The winners were Joan Harding and Sue Bounds the runners up were Jan Soars and Ian Hamilton. Well done to the winners and
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GA Walking football November Update

We are now able to enjoy the cooler weather at our 11am Wednesday sessions at the Indoor Centre on Av. D’Escandinavia,78.  Numbers are constantly good with old regulars coming and visiting more frequently as we all come to terms with “life with Covid”  – and we continue to welcome new members and  introduce them to
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GA Runners November Update

1st of October saw El Altet host their 7th edition of the 5k and 10k races with 3 of our runners taking part – Philippe (GA Homefinders) and 2 new comers, Ian and Julie from the UK. Philippe has suffered with knee problems (Meniscus) for many years and this was his first race in 2 years
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GA Runners October 2022

As the temperature cools somewhat there is an increase in activity both here in GA and at home with runners arriving from their homes and looking for partners to run with.  Jeanne looks like she is improving from her injuries and has started her slow journey back to fitness and is looking forward to the
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Antony Edwards

Hi, my name is Lynne and I have been lucky to call Gran Alacant home for the last 6 years.  People fascinate me and I love to hear about their adventures and life stories.  Over the next few months, I will be sharing some interviews with GA’s very own Superstars!  This month’s interview is with
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club October Update

CHICKEN RUN Sunday 28th August Twenty two players took part in the monthly chicken run. As it was another very hot day we only played sixteen ends. The chickens were won by Cindy Bedford and Phil Goble  the eggs by Sheila Roberts and Chris Harding. Thank you to Jack Burrell and Tanya Oliver who donated
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Interview with Paul Kane

Hi, my name is Lynne and I have been lucky to call Gran Alacant home for the last 6 years.  People fascinate me and I love to hear about their adventures and life stories.  Over the next few months, I will be sharing some interviews with GA’s very own Superstars!  This month’s interview is with
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GA Runners September Update

Not wanting to state the obvious, August was hot. In fact too hot to run, but some did venture out in the early morn, to try and avoid the hot sun. Eileen arrived from the UK and bravely ventured out on a run, as did Julie before she returned to Scotland. Both have now picked
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Party time… at last!!!

The Alicante region is a hive of activity year-round with seasonal festivals celebrating food, drink, history and local traditions. The summer, coinciding with a traditionally less demanding period in the fields, is packed with diverse fiestas and celebrations which allow one to hop from village to village in a big summer-long party. All of these
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club September Update

CHICKEN RUN Sunday 31st July On a very hot Sunday morning we had a very enjoyable competition, it was good to see some of our new members enjoying the morning. Thanks to Neil and Debbie Crawford who sponsored the chickens and as usual Julia and Ian Hamilton for the eggs and of course thanks to
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Interview with Bryan Thomas …

Hi, my name is Lynne and I have been lucky to call Gran Alacant home for the last 6 years.  People fascinate me and I love to hear about their adventures and life stories.  Over the next few months, I will be sharing some interviews with GA’s very own Superstars!  This month’s interview is with
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The one-straw revolution

Despite the rapid industrialization of our region during the 60s, 70s and 80s and the dominance of technology in our lives, driving in the summer months through the rural areas of our region still means spotting numerous ‘huertos or huertas’. These two words are normally used interchangeably although strictly speaking a huerto is a short
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GA Runners August Update

The (Continuing) Adventures of the Gran Alacant Runners At the beginning of July we had our first opportunity to meet up as a group, after, would you believe, a walk. It was too hot to run at that time of day (10:00am). After our walk we enjoyed some liquid refreshments in Molly Malones (see photo).
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