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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

New Promotional Video of Zurgena

After all the bad publicity we have suffered due to political machinations over the years we felt it was time our internet presence was a bit more positive and the Town Hall has commissioned a promotional video of the town and area. This will hopefully cause the area to be viewed in a more positive and encouraging light.
The drone video work was carried out by a UK company called Xcopter Images and I think they have done a great job. Not so sure about the presenter though!
There is a link to the video on Youtube in the right hand side bar of this blog.
It will also be reachable through the Town Hall website at and through the Town Hall Facebook page.
We are working on developing the Town Hall website to be a full bi lingual site but we have some work to do on that yet.
Additionally we are working on a  new mobile phone application which should make contact with the Town Hall and local businesses much easier.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Do you want a prize?

I have been asked to see if any of the groups out there wish to organise any competitions.
For example if the Bowling Club or footballers or petanque players want to organise a competition, the Town Hall will provide the prizes.
Any such tournaments can be held at any stage of the year but if we know before the 15th June we can include any advance publicity in the Fiesta programme.
If you have any ideas please let me know asap.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Summer School for Kids, Lolas Albondigas and Court Case

The Town Hall and the Diputacion have organised the usual summer school for kids. The details are as follows, the school will be bilingual and be held from the 1st to the 29th July. for kids aged 3 to 12 years. The closing date for applications is the 17th June. The prices are as follows, 0900 x1400 €35. with lunch €80. Extra activities include the swimming pool free, trip to the parquet in Huercal Overa €12 and evening activities €25. If you wish to register a child for the summer school either contact myself or Lola Antas in the Town Hall.

Spaces for Lola´s next Spanish cookery day are going fast. As we are holding it in the village hall in Los Llanos at 12 noon on the 4th there are limited spaces so ti will be first come first served. We will do as last time beer and soft drinks to accompany the lunch will, be provided but if you wish to drink wine please bring your own.

The Courts have cleared the Town Hall of guilt following the long running case regarding Cortijos Zurano in Barranco de los Pinos. This clears the way for some movement on this properties. We think that another developer will be interested in taking over this development finishing it off and selling the unsold properties. Any such developer would also be obliged to honour the contract.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Albondigas Walk and bits

Despite the amount of work that Lola is putting in at the Town Hall, she has agreed to do another Spanish cooking event. Those of you who have attended before know the format. Lola, ably  assisted by Manolo and Victorino, demonstrates how the locals make various dishes and so far she has done Paella, Salmorejo and Migas and, after making it, those present share it out for lunch ,washed down with either (your own) wine or the provided beer, water or soft drinks.

She is intending doing Albondigas and Magra con Tomate at the next one which we hope to have on Saturday 4th June at 12.0 noon in the village hall in Los Llanos del Peral. In order that they can get the ingredients, sufficient to provide all, please let me know if you intend attending as otherwise there will be insufficient.

The Diputacion are organising an evening walk for the 18th June. Only details I have at the moment is that it will cost €5 (with no social card ) €4 (with card) and €10 if you wish to partake of food after the event.Once I receive the full details I will post on here and on notice boards.

We are working hard to prepare and launch a new bi lingual website for the Town Hall and also a mobile phone application (in which reports of issues can be submitted). We hope to be able to launch those in the next few weeks. Just waiting for business details for inclusion in them.

The promotional video for Zurgena area is being compiled this week and should also be ready to launch in the next 1 to 2weeks. So watch this space. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Demonstration and Dog Meat

Together with around 100 other people I attended the demonstration in support of Mr and Mrs Prior (the couple whose house was demolished 8 years ago at Vera).

I have attached a few pictures of the day. The Mayor of Vera did said that he was optimistic of reaching agreement with the Priors but need to hear what was said when he was interviewed by the press after his speech.

Regarding the suspicious doing meat thrown into a private house yard it transpires that this was totally innocuous. A couple living nearby thought they were being kindly by throwing some raw meat into the garden. It was not poisoned meat at all.

End of Bus Service

Our provision of a weekly market bus to Huercal Overa is going to be scrapped.

The last bus service to do this run will be next Monday 23rd May and none thereafter. I am sorry but despite my best efforts and reducing the price of the trip to just €2.50 it was only averaging 3 or 4 persons per week and the Town Hall cannot afford to continue to subsidise the service to this extent. It had been number 2 on a list of desires of the expat community in a survey undertaken some 5 years ago but as the past 5 months have shown there really is no requirement for such a service.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Town Hall Trip to Cosentino

We had the Town Hall organised trip to the Cosentino Factory today near Olula del Rio.

For my part it was a very interesting trip and the fact that the company has grown fro 20 employees to ver 3,000 worldwide in 20 years is amazing. The size of the site, the level of automation, the story of the company and the development of Silestone and Dektom products was most interesting.

We followed that visit with lunch (menu €13.50) at the Jardines de Tejeras in Olula del Rio.

I hope we all our guests enjoyed.