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Business Interview | GA Insurances

With Alfonso Castro ABOUT GA INSURANCES GA INSURANCES provide a friendly, professional and reliable service to suit all your insurance needs. Located in Santara Resort in Gran Alacant, they offer competitive free quotes to clients throughout the entire Spanish Costa, inland and islands. BACKGROUND OF GA INSURANCES Alfonso Castro started in the insurance world as
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club May 2024 Update

ST. PATRICKS DAY Thirty bowlers took part in the St. Patrick’s Day fun competition. We played five rinks of trips with fixed standard mat changing the jack, short, medium, long. After nine ends we had a drinks break and a spider competition which Keith Young won. Cindy presented the winners Sue Bounds, Les Bounds, Paul
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Norwegian Club May 2024 Update

WALK & TALK SPRING 2024 This spring we have walked and talked in and around Gran Alacant, Clot de Galvany and to Santa Pola. We have discovered new routes and hikes, and seen hidden gems like the stone figures. And got to know new people and got up to date with old acquaintances. Thank you
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Business Interview | GA-Homefinders

With Philippe Blache ABOUT GA-HOMEFINDERS Founded in 2000 by two British ladies Karen Webster and Julia Pollitt, GA-Homefinders was initially located at the top of Gran Alacant upstairs from what is now known as La Piedra. GA-Homefinders has been operating from the heart of GA in the Commercial Centre since 2010. Philippe joined the partnership
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Norwegian Club April 2024 Update

TRIP TO GRANADA DAY 1: Early departure from GA and a stop at Puerto Lumbreras, where we met up with our guide from Viajes Mercurio. To our surprise, Juan invited us to wine, empanadas and cake, produced locally. DAY 2: Early Birds for breakfast at 07am and entering the bus for destination Las Alujarras. Reaching
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club April 2024 Update

SUPER SEVEN COMPETITION Seven teams of pairs took part in the Super Seven Competition, everyone who took part thoroughly enjoyed the different format. The winners were Colin Bedford, Cindy Bedford, Keith Young, runners up Des Freeman, Paul Dodd, Barry Watson. After the presentation we enjoyed lunch at Skippers. Thank you Diane Horsington and John Hunt
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Clinica Veterinaria: A Lucky Mother Cat

On 02-03-2024, a client brought to our practice a street female cat she had been feeding for several months. The reason of the visit was she noticed the cat was getting fatter and fatter, so a pregnancy was suspected. First of all, we noted she was not chipped, and then, the ultrasound scanner evidenced a
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Business Interview | VICTORIA

With Fiona Jane Edwards ABOUT VICTORIA ESTATE AGENT Victoria was the first real estate business in Gran Alacant established over 40 years ago in 1982 and the first estate agent to bring British and Scandinavian clients to Gran Alacant. As well as offering support and advice throughout the whole process of buying and selling your
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club March 2024 Update

JOAN & CHRIS HARDING DIAMOND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Saturday 20th January – What a wonderful afternoon we had at La Piedra celebrating Joan and Chris’s 60th wedding anniversary. They first met at junior school, wow what a lovely achievement!! The food was as usual delicious, the drinks flowed and the company was great, we hope Joan
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Norwegian Club March 2024 Update

TRIP TO JALON/TABERNA Shopping and sightseeing in Jalon: Trip to bodega bocopa alicante The new kitchen and official opening 25 January – Beautiful weather and good to see so many club members at the opening enjoying themselves. The new kitchen is bright, open and airy. We have chosen a good quality kitchen with practical solutions.
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Adverse Drug Reactions

We have read recently at the papers the case of adverse reactions to Nolotil in humans. Some deaths have been reported these last years in people who were on this painkiller. The symptoms consist on a dramatic white blood cells drop (agranulocytosis), and the strange thing is a minimum percentage of these cases were reported
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Depression in cats

Despite this moment of the year (middle of winter, when days are getting longer and nights are getting shorter), implies a peak of activity in cats, specially non neutered ones, some of them look like they don’t realize, and for various reasons, they might suffer from depression, which is not an exclusive matter of humans
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GALS (Gran Alacant Ladies)

A Year in Review Gals report a very busy 2023, and the year isn’t over yet!Initially, the group was set up as a social network for ladies to find local friends and activities.  Over the past few years since its inception, it has grown to a group of over 600 members and activities range from
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Gran Alacanters on Tour!

On Sunday, the 19th of November 2023, 102 people filed onto 2 coaches for the much anticipated ‘Dick Turpin bar’ trip to Cordoba/Sevilla/Jaen. Due to the success of previous trips, there had been no problem finding individuals wanting to take advantage of this extremely well-organised, economical, educational excursion. Neil Lloyd and Alison Clark (not forgetting
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club January 2024

CHICKEN RUN Sunday 26th November The last chicken run of 2023 was well supported by twenty six members. We played three rinks of trips and two rinks of pairs. The chickens were won by Des Freeman with forty shots and Neil Crawford with another high score, forty three shots. The eggs were won by Pam
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DOGS SIXTH SENSE AND BEYOND

About one month ago, we were watching a television program about science for kids and teenagers. That day they were talking about magnetism, and a guest said dogs (or at least some dogs), are able to feel Earth magnetism. How was this peculiar ability discovered? Believe it or not, both male and female dogs, when
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club October update

CHICKEN RUN Sunday 27th August Another successful chicken run once again as it was still hot we only played sixteen ends with a break after eight. The winners of the chickens were Julia Hamilton with twenty points and Chris Harding with nineteen points. The winners of the eggs were Jan Parker and Colin Bedford. Thank
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Monte y Mar Bowls & Social Club July update

CHICKEN RUN Sunday 21st May The monthly chicken run was well supported by bowling and social members. As normal the competition was well organised by Joan, Sue and Howie. The winners of the eggs were Joan Harding and Paul Whearity. The winners of the chickens were Lynne Armitage and Iain Sheridan. Thank you to Jean
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Landscape masterclass

Mid May brought another wonderful excursion with the Costa Blanca branch of the Mediterranean Garden Society. This time our day consisted of visits to three quite different gardens situated in the Xaló valley. The day started with an early morning visit to the home of one of the members, a Spanish professional gardener who has
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Home Turf – Murcia

In early April we headed down to our neighbouring province of Murcia to enjoy the spring festival in the capital city Murcia. The city was alive with music and people dressed for the parades that are the centrepiece of the festivities. The old town provided a beautiful backdrop with its squares, lanes and magnificent buildings
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club June Update

CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS Saturday 15th April Great result for Monte Mar Bowls Club at the Champion of Champions, Lynne Armitage and Neil Crawford won the Mixed Pairs. It was a nail biting final, on the last end Lynne and Neil were three down but they managed to win by one shot!!!  Also the mixed rinks
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Meet our Mayor

Mayor of Santa Pola, Loreto Serrano, began in politics as a Councillor in 1991. From 1991 to 1999, she was in government as mayor in both legislatures, from 1999 to 2003 in the opposition and working in the Provincial Council. Loreto Serrano returned to politics to head the Popular Party in 2019 and is standing
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Interview with Cindy & Colin Bedford

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.   This month’s interview is with Cindy and Colin Bedford.  They bought their property in GA off plan in 2001.  In
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ANIMAL PROTECTION ACT & MORE …

Last month “Ley de Bienestar Animal de la Comunidad Valenciana” has been passed. This is not the famous Spanish Animal Protection Act, which is still in process. Both laws talk about animal protection, and they are very similar, but there are small differences. Besides, some aspects of both laws haven’t been developed yet. A good
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Citrus garden

Winter is orange time in the Valencian Community and we were lucky enough to join a guided tour of the most important citrus fruit collection in Spain and possibly in the world – the Fundacion Todoli (https://todolicitrusfundacio.org) in the town of Palmeras just south of Gandia. The tour was organised by the Costa Blanca branch
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MONTEMAR BOWLS & SOCIAL CLUB MAY UPDATE

FRIENDSHIP CUP On Wednesday 15th March we travelled to Calpe for the return match for the friendship cup. We had a lovely morning bowling in beautiful sunshine followed by an enjoyable lunch. After lunch as we had won, the Captain of Calpe presented Cindy with the friendship trophy, well done everyone. SAINT PATRICKS DAY The
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Greener Gran Alacant? a missed opportunity…

Several months ago we wrote about our concerns regarding the over development of Gran Alacant and the need for proper modern urban planning to replace the current policy of pouring more concrete. We followed that article with another about our visit to Valencia where the city council is actively pursuing an urban greening policy to
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club April Update

CHICKEN RUN Sunday 26th February  The February chicken run was well supported thirty six members took part which meant we played six rinks of trips, It was a very enjoyable mornings bowling. Lynne Armitage and Ian Hamilton won the chickens, Rita Towle and Colin Bedford won the eggs. Thank you Lesley and Graham Smythe who
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Caravaca de la Cruz 

In January we travelled south into Murcia to explore one of its most historic and beautiful Cities; Caravaca de la Cruz. Located in a spectacular setting surrounded by mountains the city rises up to the site of its former castle which is now occupied by the impressive Sanctuary of Vera Cruz.  This ancient church houses
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Montemar Bowls & Social Club March update

FUN DAY On Saturday 28th January we held an open fun day. It was well organised by Howie and Cindy, there was six different challenges in each round which everyone enjoyed. Sue and Joan were on the desk checking people in as they arrived. At the end of the mornings challenges the winner with nine
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GA Runners March Update

With the Santa Pola media maraton completed its time for some further races in and around Gran Alacant. Andy took part in the Alicante 21k on Sunday 19th and Claudia and Brigitte are preparing themselves to run in the Guadamar marathon in April. By then they will have left Gran Alacant for a new home
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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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