Adapt San Pedro

Reme welcomed everyone back and a special welcome to new members and guests.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Reme announced important news from the committee in that Jim Brannigan has decided to step down as ADAPT Treasurer for personal reasons. Reme thanked Jim very much for his great work for ADAPT this year. Reme was very pleased to announce that the previous treasurer Adrian Wrigglesworth has offered to act as Treasurer up until the 2018 AGM in December. At a recent committee meeting Celia Drinkall had proposed that Adrian should join the committee for this short while, seconded by Mike Pudney. A show of hands from members ratified this.
We will be needing someone to come forward to take on the treasurer’s role in December. For anyone interested it is not too early to express your interest.

Reme was very pleased to announce that the committee have co-opted Jill Rowe to join them as Press Officer and Website Coordinator until the AGM. Reme introduced Jill, who has already started work on updating the website and would appreciate any suggestions as to how improve it further. Group leaders are invited to liaise with Jill over group details and to forward photos and information around events.

Jill can be contacted on adapt.pressofficer@gmail.com.

We encourage all members to use the website for information – www.adaptsanpedro.com

SUMMER MEETINGS
In mid-June, some members of the ADAPT committee had met with the San Pedro mayoress, Visitación Martínez, and four other councillors. It was unanimously agreed that new bridges needed to be built between the Ayuntamiento and ADAPT. Visitación offered to come to the ADAPT monthly meetings once or twice a year to listen to the members’ queries and suggestions. We are anticipating that she will attend the November meeting. It is also anticipated that the committee will meet with a representative of the town hall every three months to discuss members questions. Luis Suárez who is based at the Tourist Office can assist with Ayuntamiento related paperwork and is usually there in the mornings.
Reme encouraged those members who wished to vote in next year’s local and European elections and have not already registered, to do so need to visit their town hall and complete a form. A copy is attached to these minutes. This needs to be done only once, not before every ballot.

In July, two members of the committee, Celia and Jill, also attended a very productive meeting with members of the regional government in Cartagena which was exploring the needs of expat residents. This resulted in the registration of a petition to create an office to facilitate the communication of foreign residents with the local and national government. We will have feedback on the progress of this.

SPANISH LESSONS
The Ayuntamiento accepted our petition for Spanish classes and is now offering those classes to our members at a very low cost. They will start in early October at a cost to retired members of €30 for 40-hour course. There will be two levels, beginners and preintermediate. We need 15 attendees for each. You do not need to be on the San Pedro Padrón or resident in the town.
The venue will be we either San Pedro or El Mojón.

More detailed information will be provided shortly. Heather is compiling a list of members interested, if you haven’t already responded please do so asap.
adapt.secretary2018@gmail.com

WINE TASTING TRIP 21 OCTOBER
A day trip to Casa de la Ermita winery in Jumilla is now planned for 21 October.
Transport will leave Bar Amigos at 9 am for a guided tour, in English, with a visit to the newly opened wine museum and finishing with a lunch. The exact cost is to be established, Reme is negotiating with the restaurant!!
Reme is hoping some Spanish residents will also join us.

Those interested who have not already done so please contact Heather at adapt.secretary2018@gmail.com. and further details will be forwarded.

ADAPT CHOIR
Dennis Gill then updated the membership on the ADAPT choir, rehearsals for the Christmas schedule start at the Casino in San Pedro at 10 am 16 October.
Dennis also reminded everyone of Christine Eames Messiah performances as out lined in the ADAPT newsletter, with rehearsals starting 19 September, 10 am, at the Vistamar, Torre de la Horadada.
Dennis had also attended the HMRC meeting this week in Rojales in regard to British residents needing to declare all offshore assets and income by 30 September. Dennis had leaflets he had brought from the meeting.

AECC
After Diana’s talk at the June meeting several members took advantage of registering for cancer checks with the charity. Diana and her colleagues plan to come to the ADAPT November meeting to offer registrations, not in October as stated in the newsletter.

STROLLING, JUST STROLLING.
This month’s walk will be in the La Mata Natural Park. The start time is 10.15
from the Visitors Centre, Parque Natural de las Lagunas de La Mata, the white washed information centre at La Mata.
The duration is approximately one hour and ten minutes, the walk is a short one as it is still very hot at the moment.
Group leaders Keith Robins and Pauline Nicholl

ADAPT 10th Anniversary celebration.
We are looking at an event locally on 24 November…more info very soon.

NEW GROUPS.
Several new ideas have been suggested for new groups and Mike Pudney is taking a lead in exploring these

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

If you are interested in any of these, or have further ideas, please contact Mike Pudney on adapt.vpeng@gmail.com

We will list these again in the minutes and in next month’s newsletter for your consideration.

El SAMARITANOS – thank you for your contributions today, we are hoping that the charity will attend our next monthly meeting to explain more about the excellent work they do.

HELP MAR MENOR are hosting an evening of food and music, the REEF band, at the Olympia on 4 October at 8pm. Joan Mitchell has tickets for sale.

BOTTLE TOPS – we are not currently collecting these but are looking at alternative recipients.

TALK – WALKING IN CARTAGENA AND THE IMSERSO PROGRAMME
Tim Clarke, group leader for the walking group was the main speaker for the morning.

Tim outlined a very interesting walk around historic Cartagena which would be suitable for all, including family and friends visiting. The walk could cost as little as €1: the charge for the lift at the start of the walk.
Starting from the port entrance, near the air raid centre, taking the lift up to the higher level, the walk proceeds to visit the amphitheatre, mortuary museum, old military hospital, the peacocks in the castle grounds, old cathedral, Roman theatre, naval museum and several other points of interest. The naval museum is free, closed on Mondays but open until 2 on other days, with information in English.
The submarine museum, exhibiting the important work of Isaac Peral the modern inventor of the submarine, costs 3 euros.
Tim explained that a block ticket to all the museums can be purchased at a reduced rate which lasts two weeks.
Tim’s excellent presentation included useful information such as the toilet stop, easy access points, and was illustrated by up to date photographs and illustrations of earlier times.

Tim then went on to explain the IMSERSO programme.

This is a scheme subsidised by the Spanish government to tackle winter unemployment in the Spanish tourist industry. Holidays are with full board and accommodation, free wine and water with meals, entertainment plus transportation.
Members needed to be resident, over 60 and need to register at a travel agent. They will then be sent a letter to enable them to select up to 5 holidays a year. Prices are bargains, with differences in low and high season in the September to May period. Destinations include all the mainland coastal areas, the Balearics, the Canaries and Portugal.
Mundo Senior Plus scheme is slightly more expensive but uses better hotels and there are no limits of number of holidays taken.
Dates for the 2018 to 2019 season have yet to be announced. Tim gave some examples of prices from last year illustrating the excellent value.
Tim then answered questions raised by members, clarifying you only needed to register once with the scheme, most travel agents could assist and that as state funded hotels were keen to offer good customer service.

Reme thanked Tim very much for his great presentations.

The raffle was then drawn, Celia thanking everybody for their generosity.

Terry Pierce then addressed the membership to reiterate his and Janet’s continuing commitment to ADAPT.

The NEXT meeting is on 6 October, 10;30am Lo Pagan Pensionista.

Heather Robinson
ADAPT Secretary.