Adapt San Pedro

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.

Visit from Spangles

Spangles performing at the ADAPT monthly meeting

Members of ADAPT were enthralled by the singing of the ladies’ barbershop choir SPANGLES at our November 2018 monthly meeting. They offered a wide variety of popular songs including the John Lennon’s Imagine and Yesterday. Here is a small sample of their magical performance.

Mayoress visits ADAPT

Members looking at pictures of plans for the centre of San Pedro

The mayoress of San Pedro del Pinatar, Visitación Martínez, visited our monthly meeting to answer questions put to her by members resident in San Pedro. She also took the opportunity to show us pictures of plans for the Plaza de la Constitución and Avda. Emilio Castelar which are undergoing major pedestrianization. In her presentation Visitación mentioned that the pressure of Adapt Access for All group under the leadership of Sheila Merrett had influenced their attention of accessibility in the plan.

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty, supported as ever by the students of Galway Academy

The latest pantomine performed in Spanish and English by the ADAPT Theatre group was Sleeping Beauty. As ever, the pantomime had an interesting twist at the end with Prince Charming preferring to play football and Princess Aurora more interested in celebrating her 116th birthday. The pantomime was a complete sell-out for the four performances and raised over 2000 euros for local charities. We were delighted to have with us once more a group of children from Las Esperanzas primary school who danced and acted as courtiers like real professionals. We’re now busy thinking about this year’s pantomime which promises to be another great success.

Christmas donation

Part of the money raised by our annual Pantomime, along with individual donations, has gone towards buying something special for 21 children of various ages from needy families in the San Pedro area, via the El Samaritano association.  The girls were given pretty scarves and there were woolly hats for the boys as well as pencil and pen sets for the older children.  The two smallest children also had a teddy bear.  In addition a few Christmas goodies were added to our regular monthly food donation to these families.

Our charity coordinator Celia, helped by Jenny, have collected several bags of games, toys and colouring books which were donated to El Samaritano along with wrapping paper and cellotape for them to distribute to the children. We would like to thank all those who have contributed to putting a smile on some children’s faces this Christmas.

February 2019

Our next meeting will be on 2nd February 2019.  Note that there is no meeting in January 2019.  HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!

Sleeping Beauty – La Bella Durmiente

Sleeping beauty Panto poster

Yes, it’s that time of year again and we are working hard to prepare what is promising to be a fantastic show.  Tickets are now available at Mail Pinatar (SEUR), C/Reyes Católicos, San Pedro and Amigos Bar, Avenida de las Salinas, San Pedro.   Give yourselves a treat and come along, you won´t regret it!!

ADAPT Theatre group

September News Letter 2018

Dear Member,
It is a pleasure to inform you that on 3rd November we will be celebrating
our 10th anniversary with a dinner and dance. It’s a privilege and an honour
to be in the position of president this particular year, but this is only
possible thanks to the great effort of all the members of ADAPT and its
former presidents and committee members since Jane Cronin founded it
in 2008; a big thank you to all of you who have been giving your time and
dedication unselfishly to make our community a better place. May ADAPT
continue its journey for the years to come! I would like to welcome all
members to this special occasion and I really hope we will have a
wonderful evening together.
On another note, as you all know last year ADAPT created a new
programme in collaboration with the Official School of Languages of San
Javier. It offers an opportunity for native English, French and German
speakers of ADAPT to converse with Spanish adult students who are
learning a foreign language. The programme will resume again in mid￾October on Fridays from 4:30 – 6 pm. Spanish is not needed to take part
in this group and it is a great opportunity to interact with local people
with whom cultural exchange can really happen. The students and the
teachers from the school are really grateful for your participation with
them. Let us know if you would like to be part of this programme.
Apart from all the activities carried out by all ADAPT groups each month,
something else to look forward to this month is the beginning of the
Spanish classes offered by the San Pedro town hall on 16 October and
the trip to Jumilla 21st October. I would also like to let you know that the
San Pedro mayoress, Visitación Martínez, will be our guest speaker in our
November meeting.
Looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

We are pleased to announce a dinner dance
on 3 November to celebrate 10 years of
ADAPT at the Olympia, Mil Palmeras. 7 pm
for 7;30. Music to entertain us provided by
the Reef Band.
Tickets to go on sale at the 6 October ADAPT meeting or contact Celia on
675 416 704 or at from Celia or myself. Directions
to the Olympia will be on the ADAPT website.
These 100 tickets will be limited to ADAPT members only as this is a
private function.

We still have spaces on this trip at a cost
of €40 which includes a visit to Casa de la
Ermita Winery, the newly opened wine
museum, wine tasting, lunch with typical
food, a visit to Jumilla Castle and transport.
Plus 20% off any wine purchases made.
During the winery tour we will go to the vineyards and learn about the grape varieties, different types of cultivation, type of soil, etc.

Next, the new Wine Museum is visited and their first cellar where the oak barrels
are located. After that, they show the different aromas from the wines
and let us play a game in which we need to identify the aromas.
Finally, a tasting of 4 wines with snacks (nuts, potatoes, typical Jumilla
cheese with red and white wine jams, bread with extra virgin olive oil and
balsamic vinegar and local sausages) takes place.Please email Heather at to book a place
by 12 October. Payment for the trip can be made at the monthly meeting
on Saturday or contact Heather for details to pay directly into our
ADAPT account.

The San Pedro Ayuntamiento is offering Spanish classes (Beginner Level)
for ADAPT members at a price of 40€ for 45 hours of tuition. Non￾members of ADAPT are also welcome to take part in them. Classes are
starting in October as soon as a group of 15 students minimum is formed.
There are still places available. Please email Heather at to book a place. The classes will take
Concejal Mariano Henar, 5) next to the Villademar nursing home. The
classes will take place on Tuesdays from 11 to 12:30 starting 16 October.
In January a new class will start for those having completed the classes
this term and those who already have an elementary level of Spanish (Pre￾intermediate students).

The beneficiaries from this year’s raffle proceeds are
AIDEMAR and MABS so your support of the raffle is
very worthwhile. We know many of you support other
charities so your generous support of our raffle is


Celia and Jenny preparing for last month’s raffle.

The Theatre Group is in need of someone for a small part
in this year’s Pantomime, male or female. If you are willing
to take part in this annual fun event and can make
rehearsals on Wednesday mornings, please contact Eric




Gema and Cristina are already thinking of themes for next year’s San Pedro carnival and will be inviting all those interested in participating next spring to come along to a planning meeting on November 10.So far they have been thinking of the
Carmen Virgin, the patron saint of thefishermen and participants dressing as fish and big prawns but other ideas are welcome.

If you are interested please let Heather
know on


Celia holds up to date information on local and national services that could
potentially support members in times of medical or other emergencies.
Celia cannot, and will not, act as an interpreter or be responsible for
further actions on the member’s part, but will give contact details for
people or services that can assist, or, may give guidance or advice as to
best immediate actions to ease the crisis. Inevitably members will have
costs to pay if they decide to use any interpreters, services or equipment,
according to the situation. Members must note that this is not a
counselling service for non-serious or ‘regular’ medical conditions, nor
must it be thought of as a fully 24 hour on-call service. Celia can be
contacted on 675 416 704 or

Several new ideas have been suggested for new groups and Mike Pudney is
taking a lead in exploring these. Ideas so far are;
1. Weekly Coffee Morning to run throughout the year.
2. Talking Group. Controlled debating session on a wide variety of
subjects (to be suggested by any participants in advance). An opportunity
to hear and express different views and learn from them.
3. Fun Singing. No audition. No rehearsals. No talent required. No
pressure. Just come and sing your favourite songs in a group (using song
sheets) and leave with a smile on your face. Different songs every time.
4. Charity coffee morning. Raise funds by providing homemade, donated
cake with tea or coffee. (Along the lines of official Macmillan coffee
morning in the UK).
5. Karaoke session
6. Annual Ball. Dinner, music, dancing, raffle. i.e. Summer Ball, Easter
Ball, Winter Ball, Christmas Ball or New Year’s Eve.
7. Cycling group in the winter months
8. A gardening group
If you are interested in any of these, or have further ideas, please
contact Mike Pudney on


The group will recommence on Saturday 20 October from the summer
break. This group meets every Saturday morning except for the ADAPT
monthly meeting Saturday at 10:30 at the San Pedro Pensionista. This is
an opportunity for English speakers to practice their Spanish and learn
more about our host culture and gives in turn Spanish residents a chance
to practice their English. We are currently seeking more Spanish

Our new website administrator and press officer, Jill
Rowe, was introduced to members at the September
monthly meeting. We are keen to maximise the use of
the website by members so your ideas and suggestions
are welcome. Jill is also keen to have regular contact
with all group leaders to keep the website up to date on
their activities. Jill can be contacted on and our website is

The September meeting brought in 58.40 euros, so the

running total for 2018 now stands at 304.80€. Our
next meeting is on October 6th, so don’t forget to
bring any small brown coins you have been saving.




The Sunday lunches recommenced on Sunday 2nd September. If anyone
is interested in joining this group, please see Roger Clark (The guy selling
Jams & Pickles for Torrevieja Stroke Association) at the next meeting at
the beginning of October or send an e mail to
Details of the lunches are forwarded to members of the group by e mail.
The Sunday lunches take place every Sunday of the month, apart from
the last Sunday, at various venues around the area.


The art group is still meeting at 10.30am on Tuesday at San Pedro
Pensionista centre. If you are interested in joining us, please just come

Jo has requested no further books for the book club please until further

This group resumes on 1 October
This Group is not just for knitters, every
other type of home craft can be tried.
Everyone is welcome, so come along and
learn or share a new skill. There is tea,
coffee etc. available – you just need to
bring along a cup or a mug. If you need
directions to the Oficina in El Mojón
where we meet every Monday at 3.00pm
please contact the Adapt Secretary at


728kg !! Heavy man

This cooler month of September has been appreciated by our metal
detecting club due to the availability of parking and access to the local
beaches as most of the much-needed tourists have gone home.!!
There is so much metal rubbish been left behind on our local beaches
after the summer holidays that we are constantly finding the metal
remnants of the picnics, frolicking! and rave parties on the beaches.!!
The tee tree candle bases, bottle tops, San Miguel ring pulls, and
disposable cigarette lighters are abundant in the sand at the moment but at least our club has helped in disposal of them in the related waste bins.
We have had a great response from our members finding the polluting lead weights from the Mar Menor lagoon in relation to our
quest on helping the Hippocampus (Seahorse) Project from extinction.

The lead is sold on to help finance the project in a small way) This is the amount we have so far contributed and delivered in collecting lead weight from The Mar Menor lagoon and beaches since June till September 2018.

Our lead weight finds donations are on-going and we are all happy in contributing to the hippocampus project for San Pedro del Pinatar.

Rehearsals for the ADAPT Christmas choir start at 10 am on 16 October
at the San Pedro Casino, please come along or contact Dennis via


Luncheon Group
Half a century ago two people said “I do” and we had
the pleasure of raising a glass of bubble to celebrate
Pauline & David Blakey’s 50th Wedding Anniversary.
1968 was certainly a vintage year for marriages.
The next Menu del Dia will be at the Amador Restaurant, Pilar
de la Horadada. On 18th October 2018 at a cost of €10.50.
This traditional Spanish restaurant has become so popular with the local
If you have a SPECIAL birthday or anniversary please, let us know in
All meals are pre-ordered to give us a better choice of menu and to keep
the cost down. If you order meals and you are unable to attend then I am
afraid you will still have to pay for them. If you wish to be placed on/or
taken off the mailing list then please e-mail Janet on

Diana Wiltshire and one of her colleagues will now be coming to our
November meeting and NOT on 6 October for registering with the
charity for discounted cancer checks.

Our next ADAPT monthly meeting will be held on 6 October, usual time of
10;30 at the Lo Pagan Pensionista (doors open at 10 am)
Our speakers will be Jane Cronin and Tish Hirst from the Pilar de la
Horadada cinema club.
Please don’t forget your small coins for the tonne of money and dried
food donations for El Samaritano, BUT for now, no bottle tops.
Please see the ADAPT website for details of upcoming ADAPT group




Reme welcomed everyone to the meeting before making several announcements.

A BREXIT meeting will be held at 12 mid-day on 5 June at the Casa de Cultura,
San Pedro, hosted by the Town Hall, chaired by the British Consul, Sarah-Jane
Morris, all welcome. Similar format to that held in Pilar and other places in February. Heather to email address of the venue.

Spanish classes are being explored for ADAPT members in San Pedro in
collaboration with the Town Hall for free or at low-cost starting in October.
Anyone interested please contact Heather at

San Javier Air Force 75-year anniversary on 9 and 10 June.More information at

On 9 June, the San Javier Air Force academy will host an open day and on 10
June there will be an air display from 10 am to 5 p.m., find a spot on a nearby
beach and enjoy! The air display planned for the evening of 9 June has been

Trip to Casa de la Ermita, Jumilla, for wine and lunch is being planned for
October, names of anyone interested to Heather.

ADAPT has a new leaflet to explain our work to be distributed as needed. A suggestion was this should be placed in the Tourist Office.  FLYER ADAPT-03 (3)

HELP Murcia Mar Menor – Joan Mitchell has tickets for a fund-raising fashion show on 22 June, please see Joan for tickets.
MABS need volunteers for the summer period for drivers, shop and centre support pleases email Janet Bell at or Heather,
MABS volunteers confirmed there was a real shortage for the shop and centre, even a few hours would be a help.

SPANGLES – are recruiting, any interested ADAPT members are invited to join.
More information from and Facebook or go along to a rehearsal at Las Claras, Calle Helena, Los Narejos on a Thursday 10 am to 1;30 pm.
SPANGLES will perform for ADAPT members at a monthly meeting later in the year.

ADAPT 10-year celebration, ideas to Heather for the committee to consider by 23 June.
Missing your newsletter? Any member who isn’t receiving the newsletter and other communications please talk to Heather or email her at,

Vice President (English-speaking) position
Reme explained that at the last AGM several committee posts had not been
filled as no one came forward for election. However, someone has now come
forward to fill the second Vice President post, Mike Pudney, who has been an ADAPT member for many years and is well known to the theatre group.

Mike’s appointment to the committee was proposed by Eric Berg and seconded by Bob Hill and was endorsed by a show of hands from members.
Reme then introduced Diana Wiltshire, AECC volunteer.
Diana explained that she volunteered for AECC, a major Spanish cancer charity, and whilst many people know of the work of the Pink Ladies in Torrevieja this is just a different branch of AECC working out of Campoverde.
Diana started by checking out with members how many had had key tests recently, mammograms and smear tests for women and prostate for men. These are difficult to obtain once you reach 65 on the health service unless for a specific reason.
At Campoverde all paperwork can be sorted for appointments for tests which are carried out at the IMED Hospital in Torrevieja, just off the N322, near to the cinema and Specsavers. A phone call or visit to the hospital will then set up the appointment, usually in about a week, the staff speak excellent English.

The office in Campoverde is open on the first and third Wednesday of each month, except August, and is based by the main entrance to Campoverde, in the Per Europa building.
(For those unsure as to where to find the office, go straight through Pilar High St, from the N332, and keep going on the same road, past the golf course.
Straight over the next little roundabout (bottom end of Campoverde) and slightly uphill to the next big roundabout. Turn right here, and immediately on the right there is a small car park, outside our office. Do not go further into Campoverde, we are right on the edge.)
Gentlemen should have a prostate test annually which these days involves a PSA blood test AND an ultra-scan. Unlike in the past there is no discomfort at all.
Most ladies know they should have a mammogram every two years. What is well less known is that women who have had a hysterectomy, but retain their ovaries need to check for ovarian cancer, which is a silent killer. The main check for this is an ultra-scan.
Costs of tests are;
Smear test – € 35
Mammogram – € 35
Prostate blood test – € 5
Prostate ultra-scan – € 20
Dermatology for any worrying moles, skin tags etc. – € 35
It doesn’t matter where you live, you don’t need to be a Spanish resident, this service is available to all.
Please bring your NIE or passport number.
Reme thanked Diana for her illuminating and important talk.
Cava and cake (lemon and elderflower) was then served by committee to members in celebration of ADAPTS ten-year history and the recent Royal wedding in the UK.

Quiz – Jane Cronin then acted as quiz master for 20 questions on interesting facts Spain, with the winning team having 18 correct answers.

The raffle then completed the meeting’s proceedings. Celia now says € 674.50 has been raised by the raffle in 2018 for our two charities this year, MABS and AIDEMAR.

Reme concluded by wishing members a good summer and looked forward to
seeing everyone at the next meeting on 8th  September.

Heather Robinson
ADAPT Secretary
3 June, 2018.

October Meeting 2017

The October meeting brought in 49.30 euros and it weighs 5.846 kilos, so the running total for 2017 now stands at 520.20€ weighing 61.688 kilos.