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Postponed The AGM on Monday 25th January.

Members please be advised we have decided to postpone the AGM due to the latest restrictions and for your safety.

New Restrictions from the 5th January 2021

Due to continued concern of rising Covid cases in the Marina Baixa area stricter restrictions are in place.
The Town of Polop has been placed in Lockdown measures. Residents cannot leave the local area.
In other areas Bars and restaurant's must close at 5pm. Tables are limited to 4 people if from different households.
Capacity inside is 30%.
Households a maximum of six people in any circumstances,
No smoking allowed on terraces.
A curfew remains in place between 10pm and 6am.
Groups of six people in private residencies is the maximum permitted.
Capacity in shopping center's reduced to 30%


New email address for our secretary.
Would members please note the new email address for our secretary
with immediate effect:

Restrictive measures Christmas 2020


The limitation of entry and exit from the Valencian Community has been extended until January 15th, 2021. The exceptions are 23, 24, 25 and 31 December and 1 January, for visiting relatives.

The curfew (00:00 a.m.) has been extended until January 15, 2021, with the exception of the nights of December 24 to 26, and from December 31st  to January 1st, until 1:30 AM.

Meetings, of a maximum of 6 persons, have been extended until January 15th, 2021. On December 24, 25, 26, 31 and January 1, meetings can exceptionally take place for dinners, with family members or relatives only up to a maximum of 10 people. 


Catering: on December 24, 25, 26, 31 and  January 1st, catering establishments will be open until 1 a.m.

Groups of up to 6 people, exceptions are those formed by family members or close friends, which may consist of up to 10 people.

Sunday Strollers Lighthouse Christmas walk.

It has been decided to change the date of this planned stroll to Monday the 14th December.
This is due to Andy Graham visiting the lighthouse car park the last couple of sundays and finding it to be very busy. parking is limited and as we need to observe social distancing it is best thought to move it to a Monday afternoon. Apologies for the change the printed newsletter has the wrong day and date but the on-line version has been updated with the new info

Travelling to Spain.

As of today Monday the 23rd November , a negative PCR test will be required to all international travelers from risk countries this includes the united Kingdom.
The test must have been carried out within 72 hours prior to arrival in Spain.
New restrictions measures in the Valencian Community to stop the advance of the Covid19,
from 07/11/2020 at 00:00 until December 9th.
Perimeter confinement of the Valencian Community. 
Bars and restaurants : Indoor capacity limited to 1/3, terraces 50% of the normal capacity. 
Bar service is prohibited. Groups of maximum 6 people in all situations.
Stores, shopping centers and markets at 50% of the normal capacity.
Congresses, meetings, business meetings, conferences and events:
Online recommended. If it is done in person, 50% of the capacity.
Cinemas, theaters and auditoriums: 50% of the capacity. 
Same restriction for museums, libraries, zoos and aquariums.
Weddings and religious sites: 30% of the capacity, with a maximum of 25 people outdoors,
with 15 people indoors or in enclosed spaces.
Competitions and sports events allowed without public audiences.
A curfew from midnight to 6 am every day. People without a valid reason are not allowed to leave their homes.

U3A Marina Baixa October Meeting.

Last Monday,26th October, 58 Members, met at the Casa de Cultura, Alfaz del Pi, for our monthly General Meeting. 

To follow strict guidelines, two Committee Members were at the entrance to greet members, letting them in two at a time where they were asked to hand sanitise and wear their masks at all times whilst in the building.

In the foyer, there were desks for Signing in, Membership Card collection, booking in for Wine & Dine events, plus our Charity Raffle Ladies, all spaced out and limited to two people at a desk at a time.

Following the meeting, Garry Bell delivered an excellent rendition of his Tale "Moving Times" A story about the many times he and Susan have moved houses over there many years together.  

Several of the Members then went for an excellent lunch at Miguels Restaurant in La Nucia.

Wearing of Face Masks Mandatory in Public Places.
From today, the wearing of face masks is mandatory throughout the Comunidad Valenciana: on public roads, outside areas and closed areas open to the public, regardless of whether the safety distance can be maintained. Exceptions to this are swimming pools, beaches and nature reserves and physical and sports activities. The use of mouth masks is even mandatory on terraces of catering establishments when people are not consuming. Children under 6 years of age and people with breathing difficulties and disabilities are excluded.


U3A Marina Baixa Celebrating our Secretary’s 10 years Service

Last Sunday, Joan Flint celebrated her 10 years as Secretary of the U3A Marina Baixa, in typical fashion, by putting on a fabulous three course Sunday Lunch for the other Committee Members and their spouses.

During Joan’s leadership, the U3A has seen many changes, including the growth of the membership, several change of meeting venues due to the increasing numbers, plus dealt with changes to the U3A Constitution, which were all handled superbly.

As well as her Secretarial duties, she has also run the three levels of the Spanish Language Group for the last 11 years and many of the Members are hugely grateful to her for passing her knowledge on to them.

Apart from her Secretarial expertise, Joan along with hubby Bill, is a brilliant Hostess and they have held many events in their garden for the membership, with up to 100 attendees. She has also organized “Ye Old Tea Shop” at the Alfaz del Pi and La Nucia International Days on many occasions.

So after 10 years of fantastic service to the U3A Marina Baixa……On behalf of all the Members, Thank You Joan for all that you have done for us!


Some of our Groups are starting to open up again after the lockdown, please see the latest Newsletter for



U3A Marina Baixa Wine & Dine Group back in business


After many weeks of inactivity and following the latest guidelines, 18 members of the U3A wine and dine group visited Foccacia Restaurant, in Albir, where we had a most delicious meal.

For starters we had a choice of Parsnip Soup or Salad, followed by either Fillet of Perch , Shrimps in sauce with pasta, or Pork Fillet in a tasty sauce, then for dessert we had ice cream, or homemade chocolate mousse.

Everyone said they had really enjoyed the food served and by the look of clean plates every picture tells a story!

This was a Special menu that the owners put together for us, if your group are thinking of visiting the beautiful restaurant have a word with the owner and I am sure they will cater for your needs.

The Wine & Dine Group meet for a monthly meal at various restaurants in the area and if you would like to join us you will be made very welcome.



Charitable Gifts for La Nucia and L'Alfaz del Pi Food Banks.


The Committee decided that in view of the difficult time which many families are experiencing because of loss of income caused by the Covid-19 crisis the U3A Marina Baixa should use its Charity Fund to help those in need.  Our Charity Coordinator met representatives of La Nucia and L'Alfaz Town Halls and together bought various food items to the value of €500 each.  The owner of the Dialprix supermarket assisted with the selection which consisted of both fresh produce and dry foods such as noodles and rice as well as long-life milk identifying the best value of the items and sold them at cost-price less a discount.  The Food Banks have storage facilities and make sure that the recipients really do need help to avoid abuse of the generosity of the various charitable donations. 

Anthony Coles Charity Co Ordinator.

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