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Annual General Meeting, Thursday 7th February 2013

Would all Help members note that it is our Annual General Meeting on Thursday,7th February 2013, to be held at the Jose 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 and give 'apologies for absence' to allow us to make our quorum.

Help International Christmas Fayre, 13th December 2012

Help International, Benidorm are holding a Christmas Fayre on Thursday, 13th December 2012 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Centro Social José Lorca Llinares, Calle Goya, Benidorm.

All proceeds are for Help International, funds which are now needed more than ever during these hard times that many expatriates and the Spanish community now find themselves in. We would be grateful if you could support us in our efforts by coming along buying some of our lovely Christmas goodies!

Recommencement of weekly Thursday Meetings, 13th September 2012

Our weekly meetings at Help International, Benidorm will recommence on Thursday, 13th September 2012 at the social centre José Lorca Llinares, Benidorm. New people are very welcome to join us around 10.30 am - come and meet new friends for a chat and a coffee!

Summer Lunch at Déjá Vu restaurant 23rd August 2012

Lunch at Deja Vu

Help members and their friends numbered 24 at a lunch at Déjá Vu restaurant on the 23rd August during our hot, hot summer! We all had a lovely meal and a good chat, but the relentless head meant that we didn't linger as long as normal. I think we are all now looking forward to a (hopefully) cooler autumn, but what would us Brits do if we couldn't complain about the weather!

Summer Social Events

Here is a list of some of the events we are holding over the summer period - 5th July Coffee morning at the Alfaz Pensionistas Club at 11.00am. 13th July at 7.30pm a meal and a show at Levi's Showboat in Benidorm. 9th August Coffee morning at Jose Llorca Social Centre at 11.00am. 23rd August lunch at Deja Vu in La Nucia at 1.15pm. 6th September Dinner/Dance at Hotel Kactus at 8pm. FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL PEARL 607385842

Retirement of our voluntary Spanish teachers

Paul and Marion Stephenson

For many years now, we at Help International, Benidorm have been fortunate enough to have the excellent services of Paul and Marion Stephenson teaching the less linguistically skilled of us some basic Spanish to help us with living in Spain. This they have done totally free of charge and as a small token of our appreciation they were presented with a voucher for shopping at Carrefour on their recent retirement from teaching . Thank you, Paul and Marion for all your hard work!

Jubilee Celebrations

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Along with British nation, we enjoyed a lunch and drank a toast to the Queen on her Jubilee celebrations - but unlike the UK, we did it in sunshine!!! Congratulations, your Majesty!

Visit from our young friends from Valencia

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Every year, we at HELP, Benidorm have a visit from young people from Valencia, who come to practise their English with us. They are students from the Institute of Secondary Education SERPIS, and it is a wonderful event and a great example of the young having fun with the not so young! 38 students were hosted by 22 HELP volunteers, and they came armed with their questionnaires, which all were answered in English. We had great fun too trying to explain the English sense of humour as they always ask us for some jokes!

Closure dates for Summer 2012

Well it is nearly summer holidays again and our last meeting before the summer break is 14th June 2012. Meetings will recommence on 13th September 2012 But remember we can always be contacted via our phone numbers on the contact page - we are always there to HELP! Watch our web page for news of social events throughout the summer. Happy Holidays!!!

The Easter Sunday lunch and Easter Bonnet competition 8th April 2012

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On Easter Sunday we had lunch at Monroe´s, in Benidorm. Forty four members & their guests attended & enjoyed the food, as always. The highlight of the day was our Easter Bonnet Parade in which ten members participated. Pauline, from Benimantel, won first prize in the Ladies section with a very imaginative creation simulating a bird´s nest with real eggs in it. Dick Flint, in the pink shirt, won for the men.

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