AROUND THE VALLE DECEMBER 2020

AROUND THE VALLE, DECEMBER 2020

CHAIRMAN'S REPORT

Welcome to your shortened December Newsletter.  It is with regret I have to inform you that, due to the ongoing high levels of infections and the current restrictions, your Committee has decided to cancel al meetings and events until 2021. We are so sorry to do this but at the moment we feel it the wisest thing to do.

This means there will be no meeting on November 30th, so no glass of wine and cookies!  Also we will not have the visit by Charmaine, the British Consul, who has said however she is willing to come to future meeting when they recommence.

Also we have reluctantly come to the conclusion we cannot procede with the planned pre-Xmas lunch in Venta la Vina, obviously refunds will be given as soon as we are able to meet again either at Meson Sara or at our monthly meetings.

At this moment we cannot say when meetings will be able to resume, but I will send out a notice as soon as possible in the New Year.

Meantime, I would like, on behalf of Gwilym & myself and all the Committee, to wish you all a, Happy Christmas and a Healthy, and Happier 2021.

A MESSAGE FROM THE BRITISH CONSUL

  • New arrangements were announced last week for the exchange of driving licences. You can now present your application to exchange your licence either via a form on the DGT (Spanish Traffic Office) online portal, or by calling 060 up to 30 December.  As long as the application has been submitted and the licence has been verified by the end of the year, the appointment to exchange with the DGT can be after 1 January 2021 – though it must be within the first 6 months of next year.  If you miss that deadline, you will still be able to use your UK licence for 6 months to drive in Spain from 1 January 2021, but future exchange arrangements are still subject to negotiation.  Our Facebook post may be helpful, and further detailed information is available on the DGT website here.
  • The UK government is funding 3 organisations in Spain to provide practical support to UK nationals experiencing difficulty completing their residency registration.  Anyone who needs additional support can contact the organisation covering Andalusia – IOM – The International Organisation for Migration. Their contact details are:

o   Email: UKnationalsSP@iom.int

o   Helpline: Andalusia: +34 650 339 754 – available Mon to Thurs, 3.30pm to 5pm.

  • You can still sign up for email alerts from our Living in Spain Guide, which continues to provide comprehensive information about Brexit, Covid and living in Spain.information about Brexit, Covid and living in Spain.

LOCAL INFORMATION WEEKLY NEWSLETTER

Eunice Roberts emails out a weekly newsletter which contains useful information and links about the situation with Covid 19 restrictions on our local community. It also contains items about shops & bar/restaurants that are having to change their ways of working as well as details about documents you may need to change after 31st Dec 2020 because of Brexit. It is primarily focussed on the municipality of Alcaucin and about 800 + people, mostly expats, receive the newsletter . However a number of people from Vinuela and beyond have asked to be included in the mailing because friends have forwarded it to them and they have found the weekly updates very useful. So the letter is also mailed out, as part of a separate group, to these people.

If you would like to be included in this mailing, please respond to roberts_eun@hotmail.com indicating  roughly whereabouts you live.