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Friday, December 9, 2016

Winner Ruta de Tapas

The winner of the Ruta de Tapas de Zurgena 2016 was the Restaurant Kalevala. Congratulations to Ana and Sampo.

The winning completed Ruta de tapas passport was won by John and Lesley Booth of Cucador Norte.

We thought the event went very well and we will probably repeat it next year.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas Market

This coming Sunday 11th December the annual Spanish Christmas market is to be held in the Renfe building staring at 12 noon until 7.0pm.

Many local businesses will be represented and there are craft and artesian stalls with a variety of goods on sale.

For the children there will be face painting, trampolines, archery, artistic workshop, bouncy castle etc Competition for best Christmas costume. Papa Noel will make an appearance about 5.0pm.

There will also be a variety of activities for adults including relaxation techniques and a fashion show (which we are still looking for models for if you fancy it!)

There will also be free hot chestnuts.

1200 Inauguration and free activities such as pedal cars, archery, trampoloine and bouncy castle.
1230 to 2.0pm Face Painting and Christmas cards designing.
1.0pm Fashion show for men and women.
1600 Storytelling with free roasted chestnuts (free)
1700 Papa Noel (Santa Claus)
1800 Raffle with prizes from local businesses.

It should be a great afternoon so if you are free come along and support your local market.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Holidays this week

This week the Town Hall and banks will be closed tomorrow Tuesday 6th December (Constitution Day) and Thursday 8th December (Immaculate Conception).

Friday, December 2, 2016

Galasa Update

As many of you are aware there has been great uncertainty, regarding what was going to happen with Galasa, which has debts of 40 million euros. It was expected to go into bankruptcy on the 1st December.

However, following lengthy and protracted negotiations a plan has been agreed between all the political parties which, amongst other agreements, will ensure the continued supply to over 60,000 users and the employment of the existing workforce. 

There will be an adjustment of the monthly invoices but much less than was originally being sought. It should be in the region of 18% but we need to understand that no increases in the water tariff has occurred for some years. 

The Diputacion has committed to a multi annual investment of five million euros towards the repair and improvement of the existing water infrastructure.

A committee has also been established in which all political parties will participate and meet every 3 months with the remit of evaluating and improving the performance of the company.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


As many of you are aware there has been great uncertainty, regarding what was going to happen with Galasa, which has debts of 40 million euros. It was expected to go into bankruptcy tomorrow. However, following lengthy and protracted negotiations it seems a plan has been agreed between PSOE and PP  to save the company.
There will be a price rise but much less than was originally suggested.
The company was due to be declared bankrupt tomorrow December 1, but a last minute plan by the PP and PSOE has been agreed to save the bankrupt company.
I understand that a committee has been created to oversee the company and to manage the situation with regard to leaks etc.
Further details will be forthcoming tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Xmas Market

A Xmas market for Sunday 11th December in the Renfe is being arranged.

The assisting councillor has asked that I see if any British, or english speaking, residents would like to have a stand or stall at this event. If you have a craft or other type stall that would suit a Xmas market please get in touch. The stand will be free but they may want a small deposit to ensure attendance. I have  also been asked me if I know of anyone who wants to be Santa for the day. Also if any choirs would like to attend and sing to the visitors that would be good.

This market has been successful in the past and I am sure it will be again.

For any more details please just drop me an email or give me a call.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Bravery Presentation

Today was the United Nations Day Against Gender Violence and we celebrated it with an event on the Pleno room of the Town Hall at which all the choildren from Zurgena primary school attended. They displayed their art work on this theme and sang us a lovely song.

As part of the day the Town Hall of Zurgena was able to make a presentation of a Bravery plaque to a British resident. It had been a closely guarded secret and the recipient only found out at the time.

Susan Ramsey who hails from Stockport in the UK set off from her home in Los Carasoles, one Tuesday evening in late September, to attend her Spanish classes. The sight that greeted her, as she rounded a bend in the country track she as on, was a frightening one. In front of her a younger man armed with knives was violently attacking an elderly lady. Susan stopped her car got out and immediately and without thought for her own safety put herself between the attacker and the victim. She assisted in disarming the man and protecting the woman from further harm. Possibly even preventing a murder.

The Town Hall was pleased to be able to present Susan with a specially commissioned plaque for her bravery which was presented to her by myself and the Mayor Luis Diaz Gacia and Deputy Mayor Lola Antas.