News in Brief

The Swallows fly North for a day

THERE was a
fantastic 87-strong turn-out of Swallows for their annual Christmas outing,
from Los Cristianos up to El Monasterio, Puerto de la Cruz, for dinner last

After stopping
on the way at Al Campo for a spot of retail therapy, they made their way on to
Monasterio (along with cupboards and quilts bought in IKEA, presents from Toys
R Us and garden equipment from Leroy Merlin).

Monasterio, people chose which of the five restaurants they wanted to eat in, and
by far the most popular was La Cabaña, where about 50 settled down for
dinner.  The service was efficient and
the meals piping hot, with very generous portions. And the banana flamb� was to
die for!

the huge contingency of Swallows took a stroll around, taking in the night view
of Puerto de la Cruz and the Christmas lights adorning the Monasterio.

After a
final photo with Santa, it was time for them to return to to Los Cristianos,
and Carole Hart, who organised the trip, said: “Excellent food and service,
along with lovely company – what more could we have asked for? And the weather
was good as well.”

Swallows meet for coffee on Monday mornings from 11am at El Tejar Bar, Apolo
Centre, Los Cristianos. Further information about the group can be found on



Remembering the Parrotman

EWINS has this week paid a touching tribute to her husband, Alan, who died on
14th December 2009 aged 66.

writes: “It has been one year since my wonderful husband sadly passed away. Every
day he is in my thoughts and always in my heart.

“Alan was
known as the Parrotman because he bred parrots and was very involved with K9
and Live Arico. He used to take in injured birds and help with their recovery.
He is sadly missed by me, and his family back in the UK
in Bristol.”

Alan was known as quite a character. He
moved to Tenerife from Bristol 22 years ago and
worked in various
jobs in
Island Village. He was a
salesman and a maintenance man – and he even sold ice-cream from a van. 

In fact, he
could often be found dozing in the ice-cream van, but he expended a lot of
energy in the community. He and Sandra, who were married in Jamaica in
1996, lived in Villa de Arico with a small “zoo” of five dogs (from Live Arico
and K9), a cat, chickens, ducks and 25 parrots. 

Alan helped K9 and Live Arico with fund-raising, even running the London
Marathon for the K9 refuge in 2000, and he was in the Freemasons Lodge in
Los Cristianos. 

His final
job was at The Forteleza Restaurant, where he was the gardener and also looked
after some fish and a few hand-reared birds.

added: “He had lots of friends and was well thought of by everyone who knew
him.  But I still keep meeting people who were not aware that he had died.”




Wild Boyz (and girls’)
night out!

LIVE ARICO’S Christmas Gala Night takes place next Saturday (18th Dec) at the VIVO club in Las
Americas. Tickets are 25 euros each for a three-course meal and a
half-bottle of wine.

Performing on stage will be Mark, from the Wild Boyz, plus guest
artists and two shows from the Estrellas
Theatre School.
There will also be a disco from midnight.

The evening begins at 8pm for 8.30pm and tickets are limited, so
call Suzy Q to reserve yours as soon as possible.



Lions offer a Fayre deal

Club are holding a Christmas Fayre at the Bar Patio del Coral, in Costa del
Silencio, on Sunday week (19th Dec).

Lots of fun
and entertainment are guaranteed, and stall spaces are still available at just
five euros each.

The event
begins at 1pm, and for more information or to book a stall space, call John (609
213 528) or Ralph (685 542 128).



K9 tune into charity bonanza

K9’S Gala Charity
Evening at Flicks Bar, Silencio, was
a great success, with a host of guest singers adding to the various sideshows.

Those who
gave up their time for the RSPCA International- affiliated sanctuary, were: Christine
Kay, Adam Saint Johnny O’Connor, Jan Munro Phil
Gibson and Colin Stevens.

included a raffle, tombola, video/book stall, K9 calendar plus Christmas Cards,
and they all flourished, so much so that a magnificent total of 550 euros was
collected for the dog and cat refuge.

Mikey from
the refuge, said: “Many thanks to Flicks Bar for their hospitality, to the
various artistes who contributed their time, and to Gloria and Dave for their



 Clive’s 70th
goes with a swing!

CLIVE ROLLINSON, one of the Fun Golfers’ organisers since they started
16 years ago, celebrated his 70th birthday at Sunday’s Three-Club
Challenge at Los Palos, and congratulations were the order of the day.

The event,
which also included the Harry Davis Memorial Trophy, attracted 31 players, and
luck was on their side as the rain stayed off.

A good game
was had by everybody, who wore Santa hats or a little glitter, and the honours
went to Sean Bible, who won both trophies. Dave Pearse came second, followed by
Ron Dixie. Jill Ashton was nearest the Pin for the Ladies, with Frank Moss
winning the men’s contest.

the players enjoyed lunch at Westhaven
Bay and, as usual, the
service and food were both excellent. A big thank-you to all who made it such a
special afternoon.

The next
Fun Golf day is on 9th January, and anyone wishing to play should contact
Clive on 922 797 640.

all the Fun Golfers wish everybody a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year.



The Mar Y Sol International Open – a special event for special golfers

THE second International
Mar y Sol Open proved to be a wash-out over the scheduled two-day event at
Amarilla Golf, but the 50 competitors enjoyed brilliant sunshine on the third

inspired them to produce high-quality and inspirational golf to match the
conditions during this unusual competition. And all visitors were united in
their desire to return to Amarilla Golf next year to compete again.

It was
unusual in that many players were physically handicapped to varying degrees. Some
were visually impaired, while others were single or even double amputees,
paraplegic or hemiplegic. But each player had an official HDC,

There have
been separate tournaments for golfers with different abilities all over the
world, so able-bodied golfers would play in their own competitions, golfers
with impaired sight would play in a tournament together, and those with missing
limbs would play in another one.

But this
tournament brought all of the golfers together, for the second year running at
Amarilla Golf, and the vagaries of the golf handicap system allowed all of them
to compete equally in a serious, integration tournament.

Kraus, manageress of Mar y Sol Hotel and tournament organiser, said: “We were
not sure if all the able-bodied and disabled players would want to give up the
separate tournaments and play together, and whether it would affect the funding.
But it all came together.

“It takes
many hands to put this event on and it simply would not happen without them. We
have players from Spain, England, Germany,
France, Italy, Sweden,
Denmark, Finland, Switzerland,
Austria, Holland
and from the Czech Republic
as well.

able-bodied resident members of Amarilla Golf & Country Club are committed
to mixing socially with and competing against disabled golfers on an equivalent
competitive level.”

She added: “All
the organisers gave up a lot of time and money to make this event happen
because we want to facilitate the integration of disabled players from the
whole of Europe into a major event.

“We thank
our sponsors: Titleist, TAG Heuer, Banco Santander, Sinpromi, Hotel Mar y Sol,
Teralava – Centro de Terapias, Tui Vital, Condor, The Players Golf Shop, Canary
Golf Federation, PBT (, Cicar and Halcon Viajes.”

Mª Luisa
Forni�s Fdez. del Castillo, President of the Canary Golf Union, said: “The
quality of play was excellent. I watched one competitor hit his tee shot with a
driver using only one extremely strong arm.

paraplegic player used the “powergolfer” sports wheelchair, which allows him to
stand up, and chipped in from off the green straight into the hole.”

Baker, Club Captain of Amarilla Golf, said: “One cannot fail to be humbled by
the way these extraordinary individuals overcome their disabilities to produce
some exceptional golf.”

Nachtwey, inventor of the “powergolfer” sports wheelchair, explained that each
golfer has to individually adapt either through special equipment, or by
developing his own golf swing to find a way to get the ball around the course.

Golf is a
unique sports option and the Mar y Sol Hotel, Los Cristianos, is offering “get
into golf” courses for the disabled, from January to March 2011. An experienced
coach will show the wonderful world of pitching and putting to all newcomers.

The competition
winners were awarded their prizes by Renate Kraus, Michael Baker and Mª Luisa
Forni�s Fdez. del Castillo, President of the Canary Golf Union.

The awards
ceremony at the Amarilla clubhouse, was also attended by V�ctor Chinea Niebla
(Mayor of San Miguel de Abona, Mar�a Aurora Rodr�guez Medina (San Miguel Councillor
for Tourism), �ngela Tav�o (President of Amarilla Golf & Country Club),
Salvador Morales (President of the association for physically disabled persons
of the Canaries), Raquel Ceca (Tenerife Golf – Tourism of Tenerife), Dulce
Torres (Sinpromi) and Luis Angel Vela (Banco Santander).

Results (all GB unless stated)

Gross winner: Luis Vicente Mateu Sisternas (Spain,
22 points)

Net winner: David Hill (37)

Category One winner: Joan Pere Morera Castell (Spain, 25 points)

Category Two winner: Michael Baker (32)

Category Three winner: Miroslav Lidinsky (Czech Rep, 34)

Nearest the Pin:  Linda

Longest drive, ladies: Marjo Boissovain (Swz)

Longest drive, men: Gerhard Fuchs (Germany



Who will be crowned Mr and Mrs Dog?

eagerly-awaited Horse and Dog show takes place on Sunday at Hipico del Sur, in

fund-raiser begins at 1pm with a competition to find “Mr and Mrs Dog 2011”,
followed by a Horse and Dog team agility competition. There will also be a
demonstration of show-jumping by the horses, plus some fun dog racing.

Christmas will be dropping in with lots of presents for the children, and there
will be plenty of other activities, including pony rides, a barbecue, and lots
more fun and games for all the family.

contact Karen on 687 905 511 to enter, or for more information. All proceeds
will go to the Aktiontier refuge at Accion del Sol, in Granadilla.

Details on
how to get to Hipico del Sur can be found at     

Christmas approaching fast, the need to rescue abandoned dogs on the streets becomes
even more pressing, and there is a legal system in place to ensure their

Aktiontier staff
have issued a plea to anyone coming across a stray, saying: “Call the police on
112, and they will send Protection Civil to collect the dog. It will then be
checked for a microchip and, if fitted with one, will be returned to its owner

the dog will be taken to a relevant, legal refuge, where it will receive full
medical care, including microchip, vaccination, treatment for fleas, fed, rested.
It will then rehomed, if possible.

who runs Aktiontier, has helped well over 2,000 dogs in five years there by
adopting the correct and legal procedure. So if people really want to help the strays
in Tenerife, they should follow the system.

“If they
don’t, it means the authorities are not responsible, financially, for the dogs,
and it also means they are less aware of the ever-growing problem of abandoned
dogs on the Island.”



Paradise Park is given a Lions’ roar of approval

Park Hotel, in Los Cristianos, has been commended for supporting and
co-operating with the Tenerife Sur Lions Club for the last 15 years.

It was
appropriate that Club President Norman Goodall MBE presented the hotel’s Commercial
Director, Nino Riobo, with an award commemorating this alliance.

The director
pledged the hotel’s ongoing help to the club by continuing their many
charitable activities in the local community here in the south of Tenerife.



Bowled over by the Early Birds’ charity

THE Early
Birds Bowling Club, who play at Happy Days, in Costa del Silencio, enjoyed a
Charity Dinner-Dance at Westhaven
Bay last Friday.

Alan Hood, captain
of the Early Birds, presented 500 euros to Liz Montague, from Helping Hands,
who will distribute the donation to the Granadilla Children’s Home on behalf of
the bowlers.

Liz made an
emotional, heartfelt response to the donation, saying it would be used to buy
the children presents and pyjamas, which would brighten up their Christmas
morning at the home.

A similar
sum was presented to Pastor Bill Jeffrey, from the Christian Fellowship Church
of Silencio, which supports battered wives, helping to relocate and assist
them, and also cares for many other people in need of help.

The money was
raised throughout the year by events and raffles held by the Early Birds.

There was
also a “Nearest the Bottle” competition on the night in aid of Cancer Research
on the Island. This raised 84 euros, which was
presented to Carole Hart, who runs The Swallows group (which includes the Early

The bottle
of whisky was kindly donated by Westhaven
Bay, with the winner
generously donating it back to be raffled again at a later date. 

Swallows meet at El Tejar, at the Apolo Centre in Los Cristianos, for coffee every
Monday at 11am, and all are welcome.

Alan Hood
said “An excellent night was had by all, and many thanks go to Rita and Nele
and her staff, but especially to the Early Birds’ members for their kindness
and generosity throughout the past year.”

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