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Retirement of our Vice President and Welfare Coordinator

Christine, our much valued Vice President and Welfare Coordinator was presented with a gold "Helping Hands" on a gold chain, to mark her retirement from HELP International Benidorm. We thought it very appropriate and she, obviously, agreed. Flowers were also presented and it was noted that she has a week to enjoy them, before she flies off to her family in Australia. She has been with the organisation for most of her twelve years in Spain and has covered every volunteer post going!! Everyone here wishes her the very best of health and happiness in her Australian home. She will be much missed!

Parking Problems at Jose Llorca Linares Centre, Benidorm

PARKING PROBLEM ALERT AT JOSE LLORCA LINARES SOCIAL CENTRE, BENIDORM - Benidorm is building an underground car park, on the grounds next to the Centre. Parking is a nightmare and will be for two years, apparently. We really haven't any choice about holding the next meeting and the Christmas Fayre at the centre. No-one was told about this, the people at the Centre were as much in the dark as anyone else. Men turned up and put up fencing....that was that!!! So those of you that have to come by car - see if you can arrange a 'car share' to keep the number of cars down to a minimum.

The Big Shop!

The Big Shop

The Monthly 'BIG SHOP' just got bigger !! More big hearted residents from Camping Armanello have joined our quest to support the Relleu childrens home. The monthly food provision makes such a big difference to the homes budget, allowing the dedicated staff team to pay other bills, heating, lighting etc. Massive thank you to all those who contributed.

Meeting with Cruz Roja and the British Consulate

Our President, Bill, has, along with Beverley and Robert signed an agreement for partnership working between the British Embassy, HELP and the Cruz Roja (Red Cross) in Alicante. He recently attended a meeting with Cruz Roja and the British Consul, and learned a lot about recent changes in Spain - for instance ambulances must now belong to a private organisation and can no longer be run by local Town Halls. The consulate would like all local charities to communicate and co-operate with each other and to share ideas.

Extraordinary General Meeting 5th November 2015

There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting taking place as part of our regular 5th November meeting. Would members make their best effort to attend, or if you are unable, please register your 'apologies for absence' so that we are able to reach the numbers necessary for a quorum. Members attending must be 'fully paid up'.

Beware of pickpockets!!

Several members have told us about the women who are operating in and around Benidorm as pickpockets. They often work in groups of up to four. They target men and have been very successful in pickpocketing wallets. The police do not seem to be able to intervene effectively. There is seldom enough evidence for an arrest, and in the main these crimes are regarded as petty. Always be vigilant and avoid putting your wallet in you back pocket. One member did show us his wallet which had a chain attached. This may act as a deterrent.

Fund raising success at the Marina Hotel in aid of the Children's home in Relleu

An Amazing €2800 was raised for the Children's home at Relleu, by HELP, at a fund raising at the Marina Hotel on 12th July 2015. Congratulations to everyone involved for all your hard work and to those with deep pockets!

Informal Summer meeetings

Although we don't have our regular Thursday meetings until 3rd September - for those of you that would like to meet up for an informal chat and a coffee (or something stronger!) - our treasurer and membership secretary, Geoff and Anne, will be at the Social Centre each Thursday morning if you would like to come along and see them.

Summer closure until 3rd September 2015

HELP International, Benidorm held it's last meeting prior to the summer break last Thursday, 11th June. All our services are still available during the summer holidays - please go to our Contacts page for telephone numbers. Our weekly meetings will resume on Thursday 3rd September as normal. Have a lovely summer and keep looking at our pages for news of social events.

Visit from the school children from Valencia 28th May 2015

DON'T FORGET!!!!!!!!!!! We have our lively young visitors from the school in Valencia coming to see us on 28th May at the Social Centre. Please note that there will be no ordinary meeting on this day. If you want to join in the fun and help them with their English, then come along and join us. Let Bill (President) know if you are coming.

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