Around the valle – October 2020 – Issue No.10

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Welcome back to our normal newsletter but as you will see, in a different format, I hope you will find it easier to navigate and read.
It has been a long and difficult summer for us all and I hope you have all been able to keep safe and well. Unfortunately we are not out of the woods yet which means we have had to be quite flexible in our plans for the coming months, but we will continue to work to provide meetings and events, they may not be what we originally planned but we need to make sure we are all safe.
I am pleased to report our first meeting went very well as you will see from Alan’s write up, so we hope we can gradually gain some sort of normality. With this in mind we have planned a few events for you – we have rescheduled the Petanc tournament which should have been held in March, this will now be held on November 24th followed by lunch at Safari Lounge, we are limited to 32 places so priority will have to be given to players before those who just want to join us for the lunch, if we have spare places for lunch only we will be delighted to see you.
We have also arranged a Menu del Dia at the ever popular El Charco in Los Romanes, further details will be on the website as will the details for our proposed pre- Xmas lunch at Venta la Viña.
I look forward to seeing you soon.  All these events could be subject to change/cancellation depending on the Covid situation.

Message from your Membership Secretary

About your current 2020 Membership

As hopefully all of you know by now, those members that renewed their 2020 membership before July 2020 will have their current membership rolled over through to 2021. Your committee decided that as we were not able to organise or run any events in the early part of the year, due to the lockdown and restrictions due to Covid 19,  then this would be the action we would take.

Accordingly we now have printed new membership cards for 2021.  These are written out ready for collection for the current 2020 members either at any of the monthly club meetings or at our weekly El Valle Information Point at Meson Sara in Puente don Manuel between 12.00am and 1.00pm on every Friday.

Members who did not get round to renewing their memberships before lockdown will renew their membership in the normal manner. Again at any of the monthly club meetings or at our weekly El Valle Information Point at Meson Sara in Puente don Manuel between 12.00am and 1.00pm on every Friday.

Hopefully we will see of many of you as possible in the future months ahead.
Stewart Common, Membership Secretary.

September meeting by Alan Impey

We’ll be Back!!!!!!!!
We are Back!!!!!!!!!
Yes El-Valle rides again and after no meetings or events since lockdown started in March, Monday 7th September saw us all gathering at Asador for a meeting that would combine a short Extraordinary Annual General Meeting with an evening of entertainment provided by singer Lorraine. (“Miss Fortune”)
Sue opened the meeting by welcoming a grand total of 53 for the first meeting.
The accounts for the year were quickly approved and Sue gave her Chairpersons Report and summary of the previous year.
Four committee members were standing down and our thanks to Dorothy, Peter, Keith and Louis for their sterling efforts whilst serving.
Chris had also agreed to remain as Treasurer and Christine as Almoner.
There was a brief over view of the monthly walks with the next one organised by Stewart for the 10th September.
Octobers walk would be led by Ian/Barbarann and Novembers by Terry/Jane.
Yours truly will be sorting Decembers walk.
A short break was announced before, at 7.50pm, Lorraine began her routine with songs that everyone seemed to remember and a lot of us joined in with the singing.

Lorraine has entertained us before and she is always popular and a good entertainer.

Unfortunately due to a prior commitment I had to leave early so missed the cash box draw but as I understand it there was no winner so it
rolls over to next month.
Great to be back to our so called “New Normal” which will hopefully not be troubled again and we might even eventually return to “Normal


  • October 5th The long awaited talk by Cruise Director, Gordon Whatman who is always amusing and informative.
  • November 2nd Tonight we have a Quiz hosted by our very own Martyn Higgins
  • November 30th Please Note change of date!
    Our usual December meeting but with a visit by Charmaine, The British Consul, Malaga if she is able to travel; followed by Cookies & Shortbread provided by our new Committee member, Sue Wilkes.

Menu del dia

October 15th
Menu del Dia
At El Charco
Los Romanes
10€   including a drink
13:30 for 14:00
Maximum 40 people

Petanque competition


November 24th rescheduled
Petanque competition
Limited to a maximum of 32 people.,
Start 11:00 followed by lunch at Safari Lounge at approx 14:00
Cost 12€ members 15€ non

Possible pre xmas lunch

December 11th
Pre xmas lunch at Venta la Vina, in Vinuela (map)
Due to the ongoing covid issues we are unable to offer a Christmas Ball this year but hope you will enjoy an early get together
A 3 course lunch 
Time 13:30 for 14:00.

Gambas Pil Pil
Pumpkin Soup
Roast Leg of Lamb
Salmon with Tartare Sauce
Pork Medalions with mushroom sauce
Ice cream

Price 15€ Members  18€ Non Members

Maximum 50 people


Note: The El Valle walks are usually around 2 hours in length and not too difficult. All walks are on the second Thursday of the month and start at 11.00am other than those for July and August which start at 7.00pm, all at the places indicated below. The walks are led by various members of the club and usually finish with a Menu del Dia somewhere (optional).

  • October 8th Led by Barbaran and Ian Taylor. Start will be at the car park outside Pepe Molinos restaurant in Almayate. Take the N340 out of Torre del Mar towards Malaga and Almanyate is the first village you come to.
  • November 12th Led by Terry and Jane Frost. Start will be outside Meson Sara at the Puente don Manuel crossroads
  • December 10th Led by Alan and Maureen Impey. Start TBA.


  • January 14th Led by Neil and Tracy Hargreaves. Start TBA
  • February 11th ?????

Note: Always needed are volunteers to lead walks for the group. All that is needed is a walk that is about 2 hours in length and not too difficult. Contact Stewart if would like to help out.

September walk by ALAN IMPEY

The first walk since lockdown, and at the risk of repeating myself from the monthly report, We are Back!!!!!

Stewart had selected this walk, starting at 11am Thursday 10th September from Fiveways and following the ridge towards the Torre and then the Stupa.
Twelve members turned up for the start and all twelve agreed to stay for the meal after at Venta La Viña in Vinuela village.

It was a great walking day and although very warm Stewart kept the pace reasonable with plenty of stops and we all enjoyed a lovely walk along the ridge with constant views both inland and to the coast. were to be had of Maroma and the Embalse as we made our way to the Stupa.

The final push to the Stupa itself was optional and a few did walk up to it.

The final push to the Stupa itself was optional and a few did walk up to it.

The return was obviously the same as the outward leg and around 1pm we arrived back at the cars for a short drive to Vinuela and the restaurant where we enjoyed a menu del dia and were joined by two other members for the meal.
Due to the Covid restrictions we had to occupy two tables of 7 but this was not a problem especially as three couples became separated and the male halves (no names) were seated at the same as myself. I don’t know if it was the fact they were separated from their better halves or not but as the meal progressed and the wine was downed our table was regaled by a story of underpants costing 39 pounds sterling that could last three days without washing.
I am sure the better half of the gentleman relating this story would have other ideas!!!!!!!

A great day out!!! thank you Stewart.

News from Sat.Co by Dick Atterbury

The industry has been worried for quite a while about the operation of the Free to air Satellite Intelsat 907. Well the worry is over as at the end of March this year its replacement was put in position and switched on. The operation went well and a seamless change over was activated and signals are now beinging transmitted from its replacement Intelsat 901. Most people using this platform will not have experienced and changes other than the signal now being much stronger and the picture quality shows a slight improvement. For those people who wish to have a basic TV system the satellite will have extended the service of a no fee system for some time to come. For these people who use steaming services over the internet there is a new box on the market. The company that provide the MAG series have introduced a new box called the MAG 420. This box has the ability to improve picture quality and also because of a much faster procesor is quicker to react to problems with the internet. Want to see it working. Ask us for a demonstration. you need to replace it. If faulty let us have it and we will try to exstend its life with a quick repair.

We are always happy to give you a demonstration of any TV services we provide. If you are not sure call us and see what we have to offer without obligation to buy.

Telephone 657 484 853.

Sorry to go on about Remote controls again But during the lockdown the most of the problems resolved was all about remote control handsets. Take care of your remote controls. Give them a quick clean with an old toothbrush evry now and again. If its getting to old maybe

Cantabrian prawn cocktail

2 Little gem lettuce
1 small carrot coarsely grated
200g cooked peeled prawns
140g white crabmeat
2 vine ripened tomatoes, skinned, seeded & diced
Aged Balsamic vinegar, to serve
Spanish smoked paprika, to serve
4 halved pitted green olives, to serve.
140g mayonnaise
1½ tbsp tomato ketchup
3 tbsp double cream
¾ tsp lemon juice

King prawns and crabmeat pair beautifully in this Spanish seafood starter.
1. For the cocktail combine all the dressing ingredients with a tiny splash of water into a bowl & mix together until smooth. Season to taste with salt
2. Finely shred the lettuce, mix with the grated carrot and divide between 4 medium sized plates
3. Set aside 12 of the prawns and cut the remainder into thick slices. Stir them into the dressing with the crab eat and diced tomato, and spoon into the centre of the salad leaves.
4. Arrange the whole prawns on top of the salad. To serve, drizzle each salad with Balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with a tiny pinch of paprika and top with a green olive.

Useful links

N332 Facebook page
Citizens Advice Spain:
British Government:
El Pais in English:
Emergency Coronavirus telephone number 900 300 555
Call the number in case of symptoms and if you could possibly be infected Do not go to emergencies or
hospitals where the virus can be transmitted to patients with other issues
Please be careful, there is a lot of misinformation out there and a lot of fake news, in my opinion these are
the most likely sites to give up to date advice (possibly not El Pais) but good to know what the papers are