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'End of term' for our HELP meetings until September 4th!

Our 'end of term' meeting was a lively one, with good attendance and some interesting discussions. Our organisation has been well used by the British Consulate and the local Hospital, with many people in need of help and advice. An increasing number of people are sliding into trouble for various reasons and are coming to us for help. Sadly, as lovely as the sun is, our health can still fail and plans need to be made for the future. But we wish everyone a lovely summer, be it in Spain or other parts, and look forward to seeing all our members again when we meet again from September 4th!

European Union Day, Finestrat 10th May 2014

EU Day Finestrat

We celebrated European Union Day in Finestrat on 10th May 2014. We had a stand along side many other European residents, where we had Lemon curd and a selection of baked goodies. Our neighbours were the Scots, who brought Haggis, Neeps and Tatties - with Whisky and Tablet ( a kind of fudge) and of course Shortbread. A wonderful time was had by all, including the local Spanish residents!

Last meeting before the Summer break - 12th June 2014

Our last meeting before the summer break will be held on Thursday, 12th June 2014. But HELP continues to give a service throughout the year, so if you need us, call one of the telephone numbers on the Contacts page as normal. We will try our best to be there for you if you need us! Keep an eye on our site for news of various social events that will be taking place during the summer months, and we hope to see you all again in September.

Visit by Spanish students from Valencia - Thursday, 5th June 2014

We are delighted to say that our young friends are coming down to visit us once again on 5th June 2014 for an hour or so of lively English conversation practice. So there will be no weekly meeting on this date, but if you want to come and join us and enjoy the fun, then please come along and help our young friends.

Improve your Spanish!

Our Treasurer, Geoff, is still running a very active Inter-cambio group in Benidorm each week. If you are interested in improving your Spanish while having fun at the same time, do come along and join us. the Spanish are really keen to practice English, and can also help us to learn basic phrases. You can get in touch via our web site for more information.

Finestrat European Union Day - 10th May 2014

The Finestrat European Union Day is being held in Finestrat in the Casa de Cultura on Saturday, 10th May, starting at 12 noon. Free parking is available. Come along and see us on our stand where we will be promoting Britain.

International Day, 30th March 2014 at La Nucia Sports Centre

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On the 30th March, an International day was held at the Sports Centre in La Nucia, and we were invited to have a stand to promote Help International. The day was very well organised and over 8,000 people attended throughout the day.

A bagpipe band from Scotland opened the day at 11 o'clock - imagine the pride for all the British people there. We were entertained throughout the day from many different countries with their own traditional dances and songs.
We were able to talk to other charities, thereby encouraging integration - a good day all round.

Up & coming social events

Lunch at the Hong Kong in Albir for Wednesday, 26 March at 1 pm, and a Coffee morning will be held at Alfaz Pensionistas on 9 April. Contact Pearl on 607 385 842 for more details.

Tickets are now on sale from Mel for the Musical production at the Casa de Cultura in Alfaz on 4 and 5 April in aid of the Altzheimers. Tickets are €10 with an extra €8 if transport is required.
On 22 March the MABS Charity is holding a entertainment night with meal at El Raco campsite – tickets €12.50.

Grand reopening of Library and Theatre at the José Llorca Linares Social Centre, Benidorm

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We were at the Social Centre for the grand reopening of the Library and the Theatre. A group of ten of us from HELP watched a video presentation showing the different organisations that utilise the centre, and the sort of activities that go on. HELP was included in the picture show, a couple of good photos, one with Jan and the other a view of the members in a meeting in the upstairs room. The Mayor of Benidorm was also present.

Meeting with Daniel Pruce (Deputy Ambassador) and Lloyd Milen, Vice Consul

Meeting with Daniel Pruce and Lloyd Milden

On Friday 28th February, HELP International Benidorm had a visit from Deputy Head of Mission Daniel Pruce (Ambassador’s deputy), from Madrid and the Alicante Vice Consul, Lloyd Milen. (click below for more......)

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