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December 2021

The Newsletter of the U3A in Oliva

Issue 68

In This Issue


Groups Reports

Info to members

If you are interested in any of the groups mentioned please email them direct at their emails as shown.

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The Newsletter is normally published on the last Wednesday of the month so the deadline for submissions is the preceding Thursday to allow time for production.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of the editor, the U3A Oliva, or of any entities they represent.

From our President

 Hi Everyone

I would like to thank each one of you for your support this past year.  It has certainly been a challenging year for us all not only in our private lives but in our attempts to comply with Covid protocols laid down both nationally and locally.  So, well done all of us!
Although still managing the U3A website, our Webmaster, Peter has decided to resign.  We are, therefore, looking for someone to take over the running of the website as soon as possible and would welcome any of you with a working knowledge of computers to email me for further details.  Peter has compiled a comprehensive Job Description for the role which I will let interested parties have.  You would be given every support should you decide to take over this vital role.
Congratulations are due to both Sharron Turner and Susan Molyneux who were winners of the Prize Draw at the GASC Christmas Ball.  By all accounts, it was an enjoyable and fun filled evening. Thanks are due to the GASC Committee and their President, Julie Hayward, who invited the Oliva U3A to participate in this event.
It may be some time before we can have our Monthly Meetings and, as a group of up to 10 people can meet informally in the Cafe/Bar area of the Pensionistas, I would like to organise three or four such morning Meetings on a ‘first come, first served basis’.  If you would be interested in this proposal please email me and I will arrange something for the New Year.  Every Covid protocol would be adhered to and, dependent upon the weather, an outside gathering would be my choice.
Your Committee and I would like to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
On behalf of your Committee,
U3A Oliva President President@u3aoliva.org

Webmaster Required

Regrettably I have seen no other option than to resign my position on the U3A Oliva Committee due to irreconcilable differences.  I am, however, continuing to look after the U3A Website, Newsletter etc. until a replacement can be found or until the end of the U3A year in August.  

If you think you would like to work within the U3A and contribute to its running please contact the President.  You will need to be familiar with running a WordPress website, have some design skills and be very familiar with computer work. You will need a laptop or desktop for the work.  A full job description is available from the President, or Webmaster or is viewable here

Peter N, Webmaster U3A Oliva


Salem Amble Christmas Day 2021

Leader: Joe Bellenie  Joebelleniegm@gmail.com Mobile 636 44 32 77

Start time
We meet 11:00 at the Bar L’Era Salem, after coffee we drive to the start of the walk following my car. Friends and family welcome. Due to COVID, I will need the full names and contact details of all attendees.

Route & Description
5K in total, with our picnic break halfway, but hilly and not so good underfoot in places, so stout footwear and sticks are recommended. Dogs are welcome but should be kept under control at the rear of the group.
The festive picnic is to share. We lay tables with Christmas table cloths and spread out the goodies. We usually take a selection of festive tapas plus Cava. Bring whatever you think is suitable, not forgetting cutlery and plates etc.
If bad weather occurs I will email you on the evening before the walk and again by 09:30 on Christmas morning.

Full Details Here

Groups Reports


The year has flown by and hopefully Christmas will give everyone some time to relax and enjoy the seasons events. The night sky at this time has lots to offer the casual stargazer or the serious observer. There are many bright stars and easy to recognise constellations. Orion “The Hunter” stands high in the South in the late evening and the stars which make up the outline are bright enough to be seen in well-lit areas. The star marking Orion’s Right shoulder is the Red Giant star Betelgeuse and the one marking his left knee is Rigel, a brilliant blue/white star. There are 3 stars in a slanted line which mark Orion’s Belt and below these stars there are some dimmer stars which make up the Sword. The Great Orion Nebula is visible below the Belt stars when viewed using binoculars or a small telescope. Orion also has a bow and it can be seen high above his left shoulder but these stars are quite dim. The Belt stars point downwards towards the brightest object in the late evening sky Sirius. When Sirius is rising it will appear twinkling and flash many colours making it appear like an expensive jewel. Sirius will be seen due South at midnight on New Year’s Eve high above rooftops and unmistakeable. Sirius is known as the “Dog Star” as it is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog. The “twinkling” effect, scintillation, is caused by the unsteady currents in our atmosphere, Sirius is pure white and just 8.6 light years away. The term “Dog Days” refers to the hot days of Summer, the Greeks realised that Sirius and the Sun would both be in the sky together and that was believed to be the cause of hot weather. There are a number of dimmer but interesting stars below Sirius and if you have binoculars look a short distance below Sirius and you may see a small cluster of dim stars, M41. There is another bright star which is very easy to locate and it stands above and to the East of Sirius, it is Procyon. Procyon is the brightest star in the small constellation Canis Minor, The Lesser Dog. Procyon has just a couple of nearby dim stars. Both the constellations represent Orion’s Hunting Dogs. There is a dim constellation which is faintly visible below Orion and that is Lepus, The Hare. The hare appears to be huddled below Orion hoping the dogs do not notice him. There are many interesting objects to see in the night sky and the Astronomy Group discusses what there is to see and when at its meetings.  

Take care, I hope this has enthused you to take a peek at the night sky and enjoy the wondrous sights. Happy Christmas to All.    

Craft and Yarn

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas on behalf of the Craft and Yarn group and a nice little ‘feel good’ story.Iris Vaughan, who is probably one of the eldest U3A members at 93, has been a member of the group since it started 3 yrs ago.Over the past summer, she put her knitting needles to work and used wool donated by another member, and she has knitted 50 pairs of slippers for the Children’s Home in Gandia. Each pair is different and she did a range of sizes. For someone with very little eye sight I think that is amazing, and worth a mention; even if she my mother.Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all and please keep safe and healthy.Ángela TownCraft and Yarn Group leader


On December 3rd at the Pensionistas  the U3A choir held a Christmas Sing Along 60 guests came to enjoy Christmas songs sung by the Choir and songs that we all joined in .

Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and we collected donations for the AECC in memory of Shirley Winmill and Collin Williams which raised 214-53 euros .
I would like to thank everyone who came and for your  generous donations.
Thank you all and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Lynda group leader choir

Info to Members

U3A FaceBook

The U3A Facebook group is now cleaned and now only has present U3A Oliva members. It is now open to posting without prior approval so groups can let you know what’s happening much more quickly and you can interact with other members.

It’s also another way in which the U3A can provide you with important information.

So if you’re on Facebook come and join our group

Potential groups

We have a number of potential groups listed on the GROUPS page  – if we receive enough interest in any of these we will endeavour to start them up as a fully fledged group. For some of these we have one or two members waiting but we do need more people in order to make any group viable. 
Recent new potential groups are GOLF and MAHJONG, for which we have two members who are prepared to be Group Leaders – so if you are interested in these, or any of the other potential groups, please contact the U3A Group Coordinator


The U3A Oliva Secretary has a list of translators if anyone is in need of one. If you email secretary@u3aoliva.org she will advise you of what they are prepared to do, their fees – if any and can put you in touch.

Update Your Details

The U3A Oliva communicates with you, it’s members, primarily through email so it’s important that to ensure  that @u3aoliva.org is on your email programs permitted senders list AND check your junk/spam folder.

We also regularly post current information in the members area of this site so please visit frequently. If you’ve lost your login details then contact the webmaster.

Also in these difficult times it may be necessary to contact individual members urgently so having your current phone number on our records is important. It’s easy to let us know by using this form. If you’re unsure that we have your correct details then just fill in the form anyway. You will need to be logged in as a member to use the form.

New Golf Group

This advert is for any member who would like to join a new golf group which will be for beginners.

This group was meant to start 18 months ago but due to COVID etc has been delayed. Those people who had asked to join in my original advert need not re apply you are on my list.
When we start the proposed format is that we will play at Oliva nova probably on a Wednesday afternoon around 3-4 pm the cost will be 10 euros per person for two hours tuition/ play on their short course only. 

We will be split into two groups one hours tuition while the other group plays the short course and then swap over for the second hour. For those who do not have clubs some will be available plus practise balls, but you may need to buy some balls to play on the course.

The club pro has asked that I confirm attendance numbers every week this Will be done by setting up  an email or WhatsApp group.

Any questions just ask, if I don’t know I will find out.
To allow my deputy and I to get this running and meet the golf pro and gain more members via this advert we intend to start the group in January.

If you’re interested contact Trevor at golf@u3aoliva.org