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August 2021

The Newsletter of the U3A in Oliva

Issue 64

In This Issue

If you have anything for inclusion in next month’s Newsletter please email it to webmaster@u3aoliva.org

From our President


My! As we come to the end of another U3A year, I can only say ‘That was the year that was!’ Wasn’t it difficult to have a conversation without mentioning vaccines or Covid numbers?

However, as we learn to live with changing restrictions, I hope the new U3A year 2021-22 starting in September, will enable us to enjoy once again the ethos of the U3A movement by allowing us to interact socially whilst learning new skills or pastimes in fun and supportive settings.

On that note, I’m hoping that our first Coffee Morning/Group Meeting will take place in the autumn so watch this space. It’ll be good to have a catch up with old friends over a coffee and meet up with new members.

Best wishes from myself and your Committee


PS Don’t forget to renew your subscriptions at the knockdown price of only 5 Euros.

U3A Oliva President

2021/21 Subscriptions

Subscriptions for the year commencing 1st September 2021 can be paid at any time from the 1/9/21 until the 14/9/21. The subscription payable is only 5€ per member this year.

The page with the U3A bank details and the payment by PayPal link will be available on the members home page during those dates. You will need to be logged in to the U3A website to view this page.

You may pay by either method. Please note that if you choose to pay by PayPal it is not necessary to have a PayPal account, you can use your debit or credit card as you would do for any online payment. PayPal is our payment portal, the U3A does not see your card details at any stage.

When making payment it is essential that you state in the reference the name(s) you are paying for so we can assign the payment to the correct member.

A few people have already paid their 2021/22 subscription, obviously please don’t pay twice.

As we didn’t charge subs last year we will be going through a tidying up exercise this year to check that all the members we have on our register are still wanting to be members of the U3A. To this end any that don’t pay their subscriptions by the 14th September will be considered to have left the U3A and so will be removed from the Members Register, Website and Facebook list.

Don’t worry if an oversight means you are a little late – it just means that you will have to fill in the new member application online  so that we can get you back in the system.

Towards the end of September the Membership Secretary will be sending out membership cards together with your membership number. This will be in PDF format by email. You may keep this PDF on your phone or, if you prefer, print off a copy to keep in your wallet / purse. It will be necessary to show your card to the group leader of any group(s) you attend to confirm your membership of the U3A Oliva.

U3A Oliva Committee

Plan your activities for the comming year

Now is the time to be planning your group participation for the coming year

There is a complete list of the U3A Groups which you may wish to join.

So the Group Leaders can start to plan email them now to express your interest. Their email addresses are on the individual group pages

Members register

The members register will be updated after subs are received in September so that the subscribers on the website, the subscribers to the newsletter and the members of the facebook group will only include current members.

If you know of anyone who believes they are a member but presently cannot log in to the site or does not receive the newsletter please ask them to contact the webmaster or membership secretary so we may check and update their status.


Isobel Mahoney
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing away of Isobel Mahoney. Isobel had a long career associated with her passionate interest in music, especially opera.
At school, she learnt the cello, and the piano to grade 8, with distinction, changing her degree options at Southampton University from English to Classical Music Composition. She subsequently worked for Radio 3 at the BBC, involved in the administration of performances, tours and the proms.
She took singing lessons with some top voice coaches and sang with the BBC choir, and in performances at the Edinburgh festival, Glyndebourne and other venues. To supplement her pay, she took a teaching diploma and became a Senior Tutor in secretarial and legal studies, continuing singing in her spare time.
In her thirties Isobel was unfortunately unable to further her studies and to fulfil her ambition to be a professional singer, due to a caring role for her father. However, gaining a Diploma at Manchester University in Computing and in Teaching English culminated in consultancy at the Northern Computing Centre involving projects all over the UK and in Italy and Spain. Unfortunately some recurring health issues brought this stage of her career to a halt.
Living in Barcelona she finally embarked on what she regarded as her favourite job: writing for an English Language newspaper as a critic reviewing opera performances, primarily at the Liceu, with the added attraction of a free seat in the stalls!
For many years she was a member of the U3A Classical Music group where, along with her
husband Tony, she brought her extensive knowledge to many presentations on all aspects of the subject, conveying her enthusiasm and wide ranging love of music, from song and the solo performance to the full symphony, and especially in the field of Opera.
But her interests were much wider than music. She enjoyed travelling (most particularly to visit European Opera Houses), and was an avid reader with a large collection of books, to complement her huge collection of classical music recordings. She will also be known to many through her membership and contribution to other U3A groups, such as History, Philosophy and the History and Appreciation of Art.
Her quiet and unassuming disposition belied a personality of discernment and sharp witted
Isobel died on Friday the 23rd of July, following a short illness. She was a great soul and will be sadly missed by all those who’s lives she touched and were enriched by her presence; and by her many friends in the Oliva and Denia U3As. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to Tony at this time.

Love Letters

Javea Players feel sufficiently comfortable with our assigned seating arrangements and Health Measures to invite you to the Studio Theatre to enjoy
Love Letters.
We are delighted to welcome you and your Members to our latest production:
Love Letters, directed by Cherry Cabban, a disarmingly amusing and unforgettably emotional portrait about the powerful connection of love. Written by A.R. Gurney and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Love Letters tells the story of Melissa Gardner (Jen Kellow-Ward) and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III (Paul Hunter) as they recount the letters, notes, and cards they sent to one another for over 50 years. Through these written remembrances, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats that passed between them throughout their separate lives. Together they portray an evocative, touching, wryly amusing, and compelling pair of character studies. Love Letters is truly a play to savour and remember.
Performance Dates: September 22, 23, 24 and 29, 30 & October 1.
Time: 8:00pm
Location: Javea Players Studio Theatre
Tickets: 11€, Click HERE to purchase
Get your tickets early as, due to Covid restrictions, we are only seating 48 per show instead of the 70 seats available. As always, Javea Players care about your health and safety. Click HERE to read the full description of our health measures & seating plan.
If you wished to bring a group to the production we would be glad to help you find a dinner or tapas location for before or after the show We hope to see you at the show!

Oliva Drama - The Murder Stakes

Oliva Drama are pleased to announce their first live production in two years is at Los Gemelos on the 16th September. Doors open at 19.00, show starts 19.30 prompt.
This is a fun murder mystery and includes a 2-course meal for only 15€!
Please go to our FaceBook page or directly to www.olivadrama.com for ticket details, but hurry – numbers are restricted!