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c/o The Leader: It was on one of those February days, when starting out in the morning one is unsure whether to put a jumper on or not, a decision to be made as we were attending the RBL Hondon Valleybranch walk around Novelda. As it turned out it was a lovely day and we did not know what to do with our coats. In the picture are three of the fifteen members who took part, they are taking a rest on a one hundred and fifteen year old settle in the ‘Casa Museo.’
Tony with his wife Margaret who is sitting next to him, moved to Hondon Valley nine years ago and are strong supporters of the branch, and from time to time they have been known to perform comedy acts at a professional level, entertaining the members and visitors at branch meetings. Tony tells me they lived in Somerset for about thirty years and has performed at the Octagon Theatre in Yeovil, with vivid memories, especially when he played the magistrate in ‘Lock up your Daughters,’ although he adds comedy is his real thing. The lady sitting to the right is Jean, the Treasurer for RBL District North Spain who is responsible for collating the financial information from the eighteen branches for London H.Q. A superb day with a gentle walk seeing the treasures of the old town – it was well organised by Wendy, with a delicious Spanish meal included at a local Restaurant all for 8.00€ a head.
The branch social gathering in March is on the fifth and is a quality lunch in an Aspe restaurant. April is fun time with a coach trip to Oliva for an afternoon meal and Flamenco dancing at the famous Viva Espana. There are still some seats left and all are welcome, there is no need to be a member. For further information of activities please telephone the number below. The monthly meeting of Hondon Valley RBL took place at Monte Alto, Restaurant in Nieves. Another nice friendly regular get together held on the third Tuesday of the month, and of course Yola and Patricia were there with the book stall. As I mentioned last month they have an availability of four thousand books – no they do not bring them all – they have divided them into eight individual sections and at each meeting they bring one segment, which means over an eight week period, there is a fresh selection of novels to choose from. The formal part of the evening started at seven thirty sharp it was good news this month as there were no terrible casualties to our forces. After which the monthly reports from the Secretary and Treasurer. Followed by a short break to refresh glasses, and then Tony, one of the stalwarts of the branch, started the evening in grand style introducing his new game of Play Your Cards Right, not quite up to Bruce’s standard but a good laugh, a little bit of light tension and enjoyed by all, with the winners receiving prizes. This was followed by a brain-buster quiz of Flags of the World which was won by team Richard (de st Croix), Patricia and Steve (Rooke). To round off the evening twenty questions with cryptic clues to guess television shows. Next month after the evenings formal part a quick fire auction for the Poppy Appeal with lots of free entries. Come and join us and partake in the fun – all for a very good course.
For further information Telephone: 650896923
Email: secretary.hondonvalley3577 @ gmail.com
Coming soon – May 4th 2014 in the Hondon Valley… Well Hondon will be a rockin’ in the mountains and the hills will be alive with music in May… There is a large charity music concert being arranged in aide of local causes. In particular it is hoped this concert will raise €1000′s for the Oncology Dept. in the Vinolopo Hospital (Elche) whi require help with their cancer patient services and equipment.
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Details and tickets for the concert are still being agreed but I can tell you that it is an all day event, starting at 2pm ’til very late. Many pop & rock bands, singers and acts from around the Costa Blanca South will attend and give their services for free in exchange for your charitable donations and ticket sales. Price: €3 per person in advance and €5 on the day.
There will also be food, games, competitions, dancing, raffles and karaoke through-out the event. A special stall about cancer treatments in the area will be available too.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: The SofC Committee do need volunteers to help with an array of tasks on this great musical event so if you are interested contact details above.
SPONSORS WANTED: The SofC Committee also want to hear from Business Sponsors, donations of money and prizes for this day. With the help of the local community we can succeed.
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Typical Spanish Villages in Hondon De Las Nieves & Hondon De Los Frailes… near Alicante, Costa Blanca South. Spain.A PICTORIAL INSIGHT into the Hondon Valley Area.
The Hondon Valley is located inland, west of the Alicante in Spain. It’s nearest city is Elche to the south east or Crevillente (20 min’s drive). Hondon de las Nieves and it’s very close neighbouring village ‘Hondon de los Frailes‘ are typical Spanish, rural villages, quaint, friendly and have changed very little over the years.
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The Remembrance Service took place on Monday llth November at the village Church in Hondón de los Frailes. The congregation of different nationalities were there to pay tribute and remember those who had died for their country.
The Service was conducted by the Reverend Canon Terence Sampson who welcomed the local Mayor together with Councillors from the two villages, as well as the many members and friends.
The bugler was Derek Hayes from the Phoenix Concert Band and the evocative sounds of The Last Post and Reveille reverberated around the little church. Then came the singing, in Spanish, of Amazing Grace by Coro parroquial de San Pedro de la Romana accompanied by a guitar. A most lovely rendition.
Following the service a procession led by the Branch Standard, Union and Spanish Flags made its way to the Memorial Cross where wreaths and flowers were laid and poppy crosses left as a mark of remembrance.
The Branch meets on the third Tuesday of each month at Restaurante Monte Alto, Hondón de las Nieves Industrial Estate. Guests are always welcome. For further information please contact the Branch Secretary on 650 896 923 or email@example.com. Branch website is
The annual summer street parade in Hondon de los Frailes. (Costa Blanca, Spain).
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If you are looking to experience life in a typical friendly Spanish village without the crowds of tourists, immerse yourself into a traditional community and dine al-freso 300+ days a year then Hondon de los Frailes is just a short distance inland from the madding crowds of Benidorm, Torrevieja and Alicante. You can spend time relaxing and living in an environment closer to true life here in Spain surrounded by mountain vistas and tranquility.
Hondon de los Frailes is located in the province of Alicante in the South East area of Spain. The town is situated to the south west of Crevillente, Elche and Alicante. Travel to the village is restricted to private vehicles, hire cars or taxis as public transport although available, there are very few buses each day. However there is a wide choice of large shopping areas in nearby Elche. The local village shops and weekly markets will cater for your daily needs.
The resident population in the village Is approximately 50% Spanish, the remainder being made up of English, German, Belgians and Dutch all living together in harmony within a rural community.