Adapt San Pedro

Strolling along

Thirteen happy strollers met at Santiago beach to walk to Lo Pagan. Weather conditions were perfect and there was lots of chatting on the way. Two people stopped at Jose Antonio for coffee, whilst the rest continued and ended up at Bird of Paradise for refreshments where we had scrumptious home made cake to make the walk back easier! We collected our two friends at Jose Antonio and we all sauntered back to the start. What better way to spend a Saturday morning? Next month’s walk is still to be arranged but will be on 13th April.

Thank you to School Monitors

This delightful video was made by English teachers at Los Pinos primary school in San Pedro as a way of thanking our school monitors for their work.

UK Government Information

The following information was sent to us by the British Consular office in Alicante on 14th March 2019:

Yesterday the Spanish government published more information on their website regarding residency status for British nationals in a deal or no-deal scenario.

This information has been published in Spanish and in English – you may find it helpful to read through:

What will happen in a no-deal scenario:

· (English)

· (Spanish)

What will happen in a deal scenario:

· (English)

· (Spanish)

Visit from Aidemar

We were delighted to receive a visit from respresentative of Aidemar to our monthly meeting in February 2019. Nati Madrid Lopez, a therapist at one of the centres and Carolina Marti, a member of the board and mother of a child who attends an Aidemar day centre, explained the work of Aidemar in its different facets and shared a video with us about the work of Aidemar.

The visitors are pictured with Adapt Vice-president (Spanish) Yolanda González.

Carnival time!

This year’s Carnival theme for the ADAPT group (English speakers of San Pedro del Pinatar) was Guild of Prawns of the Mar Menor  A tastier dish you never saw!Members dressed up as prawns and fishermen and paraded through the streets of the town, along with many other spectacular groups and floats.  The carnival has been one of the ways in which Adapt has joined in local activities over recent years and has always been greatly appreciated by the spectators and participants alike.

ADAPT Strolling group

Fourteen people joined in the last walk on 9th February from Cabo Roig to La Zenia and we stopped for refreshment at La Zenia beach.  Everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves and a number of people were interested in participating again. Details of the March walk will be available at the monthly meeting.

El Samaritano

The main speakers at the February monthly ADAPT meeting were Dolores and Begoña from the San Pedro based association El Samaritano. Celia Drinkall introduced them by explaining the history of ADAPT`s involvement with this charity which goes back over eight years, and Begoña then talked about their current work helping families in need. Proceeds from the ADAPT annual Pantomime plus member’s monthly food donations are able to support families who often are unable to gain assistance from other sources or where assistance such as from the European food bank is not sufficient to meet all their needs.

Each month Dolores and Begoña email Celia with a shopping list of essentials needed by the families to top up the members donations. These items are delivered directly to the family’s homes by the charity. As far as members’ donations are concerned, tinned and dried foods, pasta, rice,cooking oil, pulses, long life full milk, cleaning materials, toiletries, washing powder are much appreciated.

Families in receipt of support are always made aware this assistance was coming directly from English speaking members of the community and families were extremely appreciative of the help given. At Christmas, extra donations are given and presents are prepared for the children.

This year ADAPT had also decided to give additional support with sanitary and baby care products using funding from the 2018 raffle.


Adapt’s New President

At the recent AGM, members of ADAPT were delighted to welcome our new President for 2019, long-standing member Mike Pudney. On behalf of all the membership Mike thanked our outgoing President, Reme, for her tireless leadership of throughout 2018. He commended her bravery as the first non-native English speaker to take on the role and said she had brought tremendous value to ADAPT and should be proud of her achievements. Reme will continue being active within the association promoting cultural integration.

Successful Detecting

The Adapt Metal Detecting group is delighted to announce that between June 2018 and January 2019 they have collected a total of 23.46 kg of lead, in the form of lead weights, picked up on local beaches.  This material has been donated to the Mar Menor Hippocampus project which Adapt is proud to be working with.

The lead will be melted down and sold on by the Mar Menor Hippocampus project team to help fund the ongoing project to “Save the Sea Horse” from extinction.

Roderick Toms, the Adapt Metal Detecting team leader has congratulated members of the group for their great contribution to the natural environment, commenting that “It’s hard to believe that that amount of pollution is hidden below our feet when we enjoy ourselves on the beaches and in the surf”.

The Adapt Metal Detecting group is affiliated to the ECMD, the European Council for Metal Detecting.   Rod explains that the reasons why the ADAPT Metal Detecting club is successful at beach and sea detecting on the Costa Blanca and Costa Cálida is because they act in a professional manner helping to promote metal detecting in a responsible way and caring for the environment.

Anyone interested in joining this group may contact Rod via the Adapt secretary at:

New Year strolling

14 members met up at San Pedro on a glorious sunny Saturday. We walked by the side of the salt lakes to the marina, where we had liquid refreshments and Keith brought mince pies. The remaining mince pie we gave to the waitress who was delighted. With a steady stroll back, we managed approximately 10500 steps covering about 8 km. 

The next walk will be on Saturday 9th February and will start at 10.00 a.m. at the Cabo Roig restaurant car park, the landmark is the big tower.  We will walk to La Zenia beach where there is a good cafe and then return by the same route, which is the coastal path.  There are a few steps, but the walk is very pleasant.

Avril Tongue and Alan Fifield will lead on this walk.