Adapt San Pedro

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.

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

The cast of 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



Adapt elects a new President

On Saturday 2nd December at Adapt’s A annual General Meeting the members elected Reme Ruiz as President and Jim Brannigan as Treasurer. Vice President, Secretary and Charity Coordinator were re-elected for a further year.