My email jiminysimpson@gmail.com

My email jiminysimpson@gmail.com

Friday, May 26, 2017

Security & Electricity Issues

The authorities in Granada and Andalucia have increased their assessment on the terrorist threat by one level.

This is in light of the attack in Manchester. The outward signs of this decision will be increased patrols in places of crowds or potential targets. The public advice remains the same to stay calm but to be vigilant and report anything suspicious to the authorities.

We have all, including the Town Hall, been suffering from electrical outages over the past two days.
We (the Town Hall) enquired of the electricity companies and their explanation was that they are upgrading the infrastructure and there will be occasional power cuts over the next few weeks. I asked if we could be informed of when these are likely to happen and was told no!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ayuntamiento and La Legion

Many thanks to the Spanish Legion for conducting the Public Safety exercise in our village today. As usual the Legion officers and men were a credit to their regiments. They were polite courteous, informative, helpful and very professional. Thanks to Capitan Cuevas and his men for supporting our town and helping us to develop our emergency plan. I conveyed this message to the General after the meal on your behalf.
Oh and the army meal was very enjoyable!!

Thanks also go to the 80 local residents who gave up their Wednesday mornings to support this initiative. I hoe they all enjoyed and learned a little of the processes which will kick in in the event of an emergency.

As is usual with such events it throws up issues for us, who are responsible for planning, and the one big one today was what do we do with peoples pets in the event of an evacuation. I will try and address this issue when we finalise our plan.

Photographs should be available once they have been cleared and sent to the Town Hall. I will publish those when I can.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Moon Walk (not like Michael Jackson)

The annual walk by moonlight is to be held on Saturday 10th June leaving from the pool bar at 7.30pm. 

The walk is of 10kms and is a circular ending back at the pool bar for well earned refreshment.

If you wish to join us please complete the registration on the Town Halls website at this page

http://rutasysenderosdealmeria.es/ver/zurgena---367/

Follow the link and click on inscribirme yo, registrarte, datos personales, continuar and then complete the form.

If you have any problems registering just call in or email me your details and I will add your registration.

Fiesta Palaces and Possible Fiesta for Los Llanos del Peral.

This weekend sees the Fiesta of Palaces.

TIMES

Wednesday 24th 8.0pm Flower Offering to the Saint, 8.30pm walk with the patron saint to collect donations.
Friday 5.30pm Fireworks followed by a  race at 6.0pm
Saturday 11.0am Children's games, Popular Games, 2.0pm Giant Paella, 6.0pm Mass at church, 8.0pm Procession through the village, 11.0pm Music from the band Vega Sur, 1.0am Coronation of the Queens etc

We have also been approached about holding a Fiesta for Los Llanos del Peral to be held on the weekend of 6th to 9th July. Nothing has yet been confirmed but his is just to make those residents aware of the potential date.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Wednesdays Exercise UPDATE for those who volunteered only!

Due to circumstances beyond our control the exercise this week is changing in design.

The main effect of the changes is that the Legion lorries will not be rounding everyone up from Rendezvous Points and transporting them to the temporary base.

What we are doing is asking people from the differing areas to do one of two different things.

1) If they can make their way directly to the gymnasium in La Alfoquia (up near the pool bar) for 1115am. 

2) If they do not have transport to make their way to a rendezvous point (which we will identify once we know which areas need transport). I or a member of staff from the Town Hall will meet them and take them to the gymnasium to meet the others.

There they will be given a short talk from the Mayor and the Legion. They will then be taken on a tour of the temporary base and shown the Legions logistics battalion build of a temporary base in the event of an emergency and provided with a meal prepared by the Legion logistics team.

In order that I can arrange for sufficient vehicles can you let me know if you need transport. If you do we will suggest a rendezvous point at which we can collect you by private car or van.

I, more than anyone, am disappointed that we cannot run part of the exercise more like an incident but I am afraid has come from a higher authority. I do hope that you can still support us. There will still be some benefits for the Town Hall in understanding our processes in the event of an emergency and the protocols involved., From the participants perspective they will get a good look round a modern Forces mobile base as used in both hostile and non hostile environments, get to chat to the soldiers some of whom are keen to try out their english and of course get a free meal. I guess one additional benefit will be if you make your own way there you will be able to leave at your own convenience!

Please confirm that you can still take part or not (for catering reasons) and remember to include whether you need transport.  

Kind regards Jim Simpson

Sunday, May 21, 2017

A picture from the successful walking football tournament yesterday in La Alfoquia. If anyone fancies a go Ian Hamilton runs it every Tuesday morning and his number is 634320636.

By the way La Alfoquia won the final beating Lubrin 2 - 0.




Friday, May 19, 2017

Fiesta Palaces

The weekend of the 25th, 26th, 27th May is the fiesta of Palaces, you may have noticed the bunting going up!

It is a small fiesta by comparison with the others but there will be an opening Mass on the Thursday and there will be a procession on Saturday followed by a giant Paella.

I have not had confirmed details but this is what I know at the moment.