Adapt San Pedro

Next Meeting
8th September 2018 at 10.30am

The next  meeting of the ADAPT Association will be on Saturday 8th Sep 2018 at 10.30am

Doors open at 10.00am

This will be at the Hogar Del Pensionista de Lo Pagan, Calle Las Palmas, 30740 Lo Pagan, San Pedro del Pinatar.

See map for directions.

Road Map to Lo Pagan Pensionista-page-001

 

 

 

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.

November Monthly Meeting 2017

ADAPT members had the pleasure of listening to Fructu Navarro who is a professional photographer, lecturer and author of eleven books on photography.

He talked about what technology is doing for photography nowadays with such passion.

He said that he always looks for a certain type of creativity that does something different, incorporating tools and concepts. It is ok to break the rules, being different and changing our perspective when we can will help us to succeed.

Open Day

The event this year was held at the San Pedro Pensionista and was a great success, being well attended despite the hot day. There was a buzz of great interest in the groups and other charities represented with animated conversation throughout the morning. More great interactions took place in the Pensionista restaurant.

The photograph show some paintings from the Art Group.

Carnival

AT LAST ……our big day arrived, following many weeks of practise and hard work.  Sunday 26th February San Pedro del Pinatar Carnaval and the ADAPT Carnaval Group were rehearsed and ready.

23 ADAPT members with an average age of 65 years and an estimated total years of 1,500 undertook the challenge of walking, dancing, spinning umbrella’s for almost three hours walking over 10,000 steps (accordinging to the pedometer!)

The hustle and bustle on arrival at the start was full of excitement and noise.  A tremendous atmosphere and cacophony of sound as everyone participating of all ages came together.  Beautiful colourful costumes with feathers and sparkles surrounded our blue and red poncho’s, but we were to save our piece de resistance until the sun went down.

We were to follow the Dragon Boat and once we had donned our sparkly boots we lined up read
y for the off. We walked and waved and waved and walked and the people of San Pedro lined the streets  young and old having a good time.

As late afternoon came we pressed the button on our umbrella’s (not necessarily all together!) and our light sabre’s illuminated our way!  The effect was impressive and our red and blue umbrella’s going up and down seemed to drawer  attention.

Finally we arrived at the end of our journey ………. A little weary but happy to have achieved what we set out to do and experience the joy of being invited to join in a very special Spanish tradition.

This year we didn’t win a prize but we were delighted that the San Pedro del Pinatar Pensionista’s took third prize – Congratulations.

VIVA ADAPT, VIVA SAN PEDRO

 

 

March Meeting

Members at the March meeting of ADAPT were treated to an informative and entertaining talk by Bob Hill, on the history of the Cofradia, and of the great pride of being involved as a member of the International Costaleros.

It was explained that a Costalero is a person who assists in carrying a float, or better known as a Paso, around the streets, in Bob’s case, of Torrevieja, during the time of Semana Santa. Each Paso depicts a different scene from the Easter story. In Cartagena, there are Cofradias dating back into the mid., 17th., and 18th., centuries. Bob explained that the Corfradia to which the International Costaleros belong to is known as The Corfradia of our Lord Jesus Praying in the Garden of Olives, and yes, it is heavy, and true, 100 Costaleros are needed each year to carry it along the route.

It was in 2003, that the then Director for Foreigners, Graham Knight, was asked by the Councillor for Culture at the time, Eduardo Dolon, to find 100 men, willing to carry the Paso, during Semana Santa in 2004. Graham, always up for a challenge, not only found 100, good men and true, but also ladies, who would appear in the processions as the hooded Nazerinas or Penitentes. At the time, this new International band of Costaleros, was unique in Spain.

Toy Story

Jane Cronin brilliantly ADAPT ed Toy Story into a ‘traditional ‘ Pantomime and the characters and costumes brought it to life with a comic story line interspersed with dancing, video, the all important audience participation and even a spaceship drone for Buzz Lightyear.

Toy Story was a huge success and raised much needed funds which are used throughout the year to buy food for El Samaritano charity.

Well Done ADAPT Theatre Group

Guest Speaker

At our September meeting our guest speaker was member, Margaret Noden, who gave a brief history of her career as a journalist.

 

Margaret gave a brief history of her Journalistic career. Margaret said she had always wanted to be a journalist since she was a young girl, and started her career in the 50’s when there were few women journalist around. Her first assignment was to cover a football match and was so glad that she knew a bit about football, thanks to her father’s involvement with a local football team.

 

She worked for several newspapers during her career. Covering large and small storylines. She had interviewed several famous people and had rubbed shoulders with royalty. Margaret worked her way up through the ranks starting as junior reporter to sub-editor. A career she loved and said that she had enjoyed going into work every single day.

 

She entertained our members with stories that she was proud of and some that she would rather forget.

 

 

Thank You

At the May meeting of ADAPT John Frame,  President, along with his wife Irene, Secretary stepped down from the Association.  John and Irene have done sterling work over the past sixteen months, being very enthusiastic and hands on and forming and even leading some interesting new social groups. Vice President Terry Pierce thanked John and Irene on behalf of the members for their contribution to ADAPT and they were presented with flowers, wine and chocolates.

Adventure Hill Walk

Due to unforeseen circumstance the Adventure Hill Walk scheduled for Wednesday 20th April has been postponed.