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Annual General Meeting, Help International, Benidorm - Thursday 4th February 2016

Would all Help members note that it is our Annual General Meeting on Thursday, 4th February 2016, to be held at the José Lorca Llinares Social Centre, Benidorm (our usual meeting place). Please arrive from 10.15 am as the meeting will start promptly at 11 am. IMPORTANT- All members attending must have fully paid up membership and their membership cards in order to attend. If you are unable to attend, please can you ensure that you let us know by email or phone (see contacts page on our web site and give 'apologies for absence' to allow us to make our quorum.


Our meeting on Thursday 10th December is cancelled, and our next meeting will be on Thursday 7th January 2016. Please help by sharing cars or even taxis to get to meetings to keep down the number of parking places needed. There is some parking available at the Foietes Sports centre, and the number 1 bus runs nearby. We have investigated alternative venues, but have decided that as an important part of our meetings is the coffee and chat, the Social Centre is still the best place to meet. We look forward to our Christmas Dinner celebration on 18th December 2015.

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.

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