SPANISH HISTORY GROUP – 4TH NOVEMBER 2016
For a while the Spanish History Group lost its way and had to be pulled back
on track to its original intention which were talks on Spanish History. That
goal has now been achieved and we have had some excellent talks.
We have enjoyed some very interesting presentations during 2016. Alan Clay
become a member and he is very much involved with the Spanish in Torrox
Village and Alan gave a fascinating talk, recounting the memories of Spanish
friends in their 90’s who lived in the village throughout the Civil War. Alan
also organized a visit to Torrox Village and we had five delightful Spanish
ladies showing us the historical sites in the village as well as recounting it’s
history. The ladies then provided us with lunch in the form of tapa´s as well as
putting on a show of Sevillana for us to enjoy.
Also Roger Martinez has joined the group and has given a series of three talks
on the Peninsular wars. They were all very interesting and we are looking
forward to Rogers next talk on the Carlist Wars. The Carlist wars were a series
of civil wars that took place in Spain during the 19th century.
Royce ( Wainscott ) - Who always comes up with something unusual - has
began his talks on Isabella I. The first part ended with the coronation of
Isabella and the second part will be given in December and include her life
after her marriage to Fernando II and her coronation of Queen of Castile.
Sue (Harrison) is giving a talk on the “Spanish Pimpernel” otherwise known
as Captain Christopher Lance a British Army officer who helped hundreds of
Spanish Nationalists to escape the Republican zone during the Spanish civil
war. Sue´s talk will take place in December.
I myself continued with my talks, making my way through history. I began
with the Paleolithic period and have now reached the period when the Arabs
occupied the Peninsular. I am currently giving the back ground of the Arabs
before moving on to the first Arab group; the Umayyad´s who invaded the
Iberian Peninsular in 711.
Maggie (Silwood) also gave her talk on the History of Flamenco for the
second time which was very much appreciated by both the people who had not
heard it as well as those who had heard it first time around; myself included.
In the coming year Maggie (Silwood) who will be talking about Maria
Zambrano a Spanish writer and philosopher who was born in Velez Malaga in
1904. There will also be a video available about Maria Zambrano which
people will be able to borrow.
We have had various trips out which have included a trip to the Gibralfaro
organized by Andrew Henbest; we have visited the Glass Museum as well as
the car museum. A trip to the boat yard where there is a Phoenician ship on
display as well as a museum and to the Maritime Museum; if time allows is
currently being organized to take place before the New year.
It is also hoped that in 2017 we will visit the other part of Ronda which we did
not have time to see when we were there last. We will once again take the train
from Malaga to Ronda. Also Some people expressed a desire to visit "Italica"
which is situated about 15 Km outside Seville. If there are enough people we
could hire a coach or take the train and have an over-night stay in Seville.
The Spanish History Group are always looking for new people to give talks so
please do not be shy, I know that it can be very nerve wracking to speak in
front of an audience, but if someone would like to research an area and put
together an essay I or someone else can read it out in front of the group.
Below I set out the aims and objectives of the Spanish History Group.
To stimulate peoples interest and understanding of the people of Spain
and Spanish History
To learn how Spain developed as a democratic society
To develop an interest in the past
To learn about significant events in Spanish History
Examine historical artefacts and take the opportunity to visit sites of
Understand that historical events can be interpreted in different ways
To gain a knowledge and understanding of Spain's History through
reading and discussion.
Visit place of Historical interest, archaeological sites, museums and
archives -where possible -.
To write articles for the group to enjoy and learn from
Learn about the different religions and cultures which have played a part
in Spanish History
To create interest and a love of reading about historical events and facts
Lastly to have FUN
Group Leader Spanish History.
MAHJONG ON THE COAST
The Mahjong Group meets every week all year round! It keeps active throughout the summer
months and in 2015 there were even games in progress during the mornings of Xmas Eve and
New Year's Eve. You've guessed it! We are hooked!
On the second and fourth Thursdays in the the month we play from 10.30am at Bar Restaurant
Piscis on the promenade at Algarrobo Costa. We normally ﬁnish at about 1.00pm. On the ﬁrst,
third and any ﬁfth Thursdays in the month we play in Benajarafe at Bar La Esperanza - again, a
location very easy to ﬁnd along the coast road.
The game sounds and looks complicated but isn't - and newcomers are normally able to join in to
play at a table ( of up to four players) after just a short introduction to the game. If you enjoy
playing card games like gin rummy you are already half way to playing Mahjong! But all you need
really is to enjoy playing games. Come and get hooked! You'll have a lot of fun and in no time at
all you'll be suggesting we play to different rules!
You can contact us at any time to talk about coming along. Just drop a line by email to
email@example.com giving us your telephone number and we will be pleased to get in touch
with you for a chat!
Munch Bunch Report November 2016
Maggie Silwood and Norma Kira Masip are the Munch Bunch co-chairs. Our group attracts about 10-15 participants for our monthly lunch gatherings at different venues in the zone on the third Friday of the month . We enjoy exploring new eateries and spending a few social hours with our
U3A member friends.
For the last three years we have urged members to participate more actively in selecting the venues and coordinating the events between the restaurants and the co-chairs. We have asked members to commit to one coordination a year in 2017 and very few have responded. Maggie and I feel that if the membership isn't responsive, the membership may not be eager to continue this activity. We have commitments through April 2017. After this, we may have to conclude our three wonderful years of Munch Bunch.
The Polymer Clay group meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at the Parquesol Restaurant in El Morche.* The meeting starts at 11am and continues until approximately 1 p.m. We have 8 members who attend regularly.
Polymer Clay dates back to the 1930s when it was first invented in the USA. In the last 10 years in particular it has become very popular in Europe. It’s an interesting medium that encourages creativity and experimentation. It requires very little specialised equipment and is rewarding for both beginners and the more experienced. Because polymer is a relatively young medium, new ways of using and developing it are always being discovered and often shared freely online.
Polymer clay is very versatile. It can be used to create traditional jewellery, tribal jewellery or very futuristic stuff. It can be used to faux turquoise, agate, opals and other faux gemstones. You can stamp it, emboss it, carve it, paint it, or just use it as it was originally intended. It doesn't have to be confined to jewellery making either. Polymer can be used to make buttons, to cover boxes, picture frames or to create mixed media projects with acrylics, oils, gold leaf etc. Some people have even created 'paintings' with it.
This is a small hands on group where ideas are freely shared and experiment is encouraged. There is always help available, but the essence is sharing knowledge and hands on experience. Each member has their own equipment. However, we will lend you materials for a few weeks to get you started. The list of equipment required is available from the group leader. We have a small oven for "cooking" the clay.
So far we have learnt to make small items of jewellery. We have also created embossed mirrors, photo fames, boxes and faux gemstones.
During the first few meeting we have learned various techniques. We have all produced earrings using a kaleidoscope cane. We made skinner blends, bulls’ eye canes and Jelly roles which have become necklaces, earrings, buttons and covered boxes.
Some of us as are now moving towards making plaques and 3D pictures.
*At the time of posting; the Parquesol Restaurant is now closed on Mondays and new meeting dates/venue are being looked at. Please contact the Group leader via the Admin email for an update.
Walking group 2015 - 2016
Since last September we have done 9 walks in total as we don't walk in July and August or December as the fourth Friday falls too near to Christmas.
The walks have included the flat, easy coastal walk through the tunnels at Rincon de la Victoria, the Buddhist stupor near El Trapiche ( quite a challenging one but worth it for the view) the Torrox valley with a lovely picnic lunch at John and Patsy's, Acabuchal, always enjoyable with a wonderful lunch at the village restaurant, the Guadalhorce nature reserve with plenty of birds to see from several hides, and the ever popular wet walk through the Rio Chillar .
We are looking to hand over the reins now as think it's time to hang up our Walking boots and let someone else take over with some fresh ideas and new walks.
Until then, we will try to keep things going and have asked that members suggest and lead a monthly walk as several people have done in the past.
To this end we have some volunteers who are going to lead walks: Terry around Alcaucin, Bob to Zaffarya, and Patricia and Elizabeth on a different wild flower route around Acabuchal in the Spring. Several of us went on an organised trip to El Caminto Del Rey which was highly enjoyable.
There is another one planned for January 2017 by the same travel agents and I will be notifying all members of the Walking group plus other group leaders should anyone in their group like to go too.
We still have a good membership, about 35 or so, but average between 8 and 16 walkers plus, quite often, friends and dogs. We pride ourselves on not having lost anyone yet and no serious injuries apart from me tripping over my boot laces at the top of the stupor and falling flat on my face. Hurt pride was the worst I suffered so no need for the first aid box!
Maggie and Gerry Silwood
Following our lunch together, we had a great meeting at Gastrobar Las Perlas on Wednesday 27th January. Yes, it was a bit noisy as the restaurant was rather full but, as this is an excellent venue for our meetings (with wifi and projector available to us), I’m considering moving our meetings on the last Wednesday of each month to 11am rather than 3pm. Any thoughts? Those of us who wish to, can stay on to enjoy a lunch together after the meeting.
Our photo challenges for this month are Doors and Ancient & Modern. You can post your photos into the albums within the Facebook page for the U3A (Axarquia) Photography Group. Here’s the direct link if you’re not already a member:
Alternatively, you could post them onto the group’s page on Flickr.
At our meeting we discussed venues for photo shoots. As you can see, many of these suit an 11am meeting because of opening times. Please indicate your preferences or your own suggestions:
Buddhist stupa near Velez-Malaga
A street market (obviously would suit an 11am meeting)
Boatyards at Pedregalejo - where they hand-make wooden jebajas (suits 11am meeting)
La Araña and Peñon de Cuervo (near the concrete works)
Stroll along Burriana beach followed by paella at Ayos (suits 11am meeting)
Visit to the white church, Los Remedios (and surrounding park) on the hill in Velez-Malaga (better suits 11am meeting)
Old railway tunnels at Rincón de la Victoria
For our indoor meetings, subjects to help us to improve our photograph include:
Camera set-up and functions
Depth of field and aperture priority
shooting in RAW
Apps and editing programmes for photographers
Again, please indicate your interest in any of the above so that I can plan a programme of events.
Would anyone with knowledge of the above subjects be willing to help the rest of the group by sharing their knowledge at that meeting?
Adrian has offered the opportunity of us holding an indoor photo studio (pop-up studio day with proper lighting) maybe at Parquesol Hotel in El Morche. This would NOT be on a normal meeting day as there wouldn’t be time. Who would be interested?
Look forward to hearing from you.
RSVP either via the FB group or by email. No need to do both, one will suffice. Thanks.
Dear History Lovers,
We had an excellent meeting on the 2nd February with 27 people in attendance.
Andrew gave an excellent talk on El Cid otherwise known as Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar or the El Cid by the Moors and El Campeador -the champion by the Christians and we also learnt about his noble horse Babieca. El Cid who never lost a battle!
Next we had Maggie´s excellent talk on the "History Of Flamenco" and although second time around for some of us it was still very interesting and we will organise a vist to a flamenco show in the future.
We discussed further trips and we are scheduled to go to Torrox with Alan and his two Spanish friends who will explain all about the history of the village. We have of course been there before with Moy who led us astray somewhat, downhill and up vale to places that no one would know exist unless you lived there and there was also very interesting and then a visit to Moy´s house where we had free drinks.
Also would like to tell you about the play that Alan is putting on, on the 26th February and is called "Es Mi Hombre" by Carlos Arniches and it on in the Theatre in Torrox! This is what Alan has said "it was written in the twenties but is relevant to today's situation of lack of work , dealing with a family due to be evicted for not being able to pay the rent , a sad topic but plenty of humour and a happy ending .As it will be the week of the pensionistas it will probably be free " Cannot be bad can it! Thanks Alan,
I will let you know about March shortly when I have more details,
Fourteen of us enjoyed a walk with a difference in May. We spent a few hours having a pleasant stroll around the Jardin Botanico-Historico at La Concepcion; just off the motorway near Malaga. The many varieties of trees afforded us plenty of shade and the gardens, fountains and plants were a delight to the eye. Thanks to Mark for the beautiful photos.
June's walk was our annual splash through the Rio Chillar with just 5 of us and two dogs and as always proved to be a pleasant end to the walks this summer.
We resume again in September - please see the website for details.
Maggie and Gerry