Over 3,500 Kilos Collected

Well done to all who organised and took part in the 1 Kilo – 1 Pincho event in the Adeje Firefighters park last Sunday.
The event was organised by the Adeje voluntary firefighters, CIT Sur, AzulónEvents & Pablo Pastor and surpassed the target of 1,500 of food stuffs to be distributed among families most in need through the Adeje department of social services. In fact the public turned up with over 3,500 kilos.
It was a great afternoon out, particularly for the kids who were able to hop in and out of the fire trucks as well as flying across the roof of the firehouse on specially rigged harnesses. There was food and drink on offer in exchange for the food brought and many also bought hats, t-shirsts and mugs from the firefighters who work entirely on a voluntary basis.
Well done to all involved.

Low-cost Canarian Day?

The crisis has many knock-on effects, and the way those extra costs add up is no help.
While we budget on a monthly basis for essentials such as the rent or mortgage, food, school meals, and things like a birthday present or two when the kids are invited, there’s always another expensive surprise around the corner.
This month Canarians celebrate Día de Canarias, or Canarian day, and for many of us ex-pats with children in schools here, we are at a bit of a financial loss. Given that a)we live here and have chosen to do so and b)many of our children are actually Canarians having been born here or at least grown up here, they and we should and want to celebrate the day, but it costs money. While Canarian families, families that have their roots here, will have easier access to costumes, from older sisters, brothers, cousins, and friends, and will probably have a greater use for Canarian dress for many of us ex-pats it’s a bit of a stretch with no traditional resources to fall back on. And though it’s not the soaring cost of First Holy Communion (that’s another kettle of loaves and fishes), we’re talking at least €40 for a blouse, skirt, hat and scarf, if it’s to be done properly. And really its just for one day.
I know that this year, thankfully, some teachers are taking note of the financial difficulties that many families find themselves it, and are slimming down the Canarian day celebrations with some of the previous mini parades through local streets now optional so the pressure to dress your kid head to toe in traditional gear is minimised.
Here’s an idea though. Many of us, if we have lived here for a few years and made friends among the parents of other school goers, can sometimes rely on the Canarian costumes of older sisters or brothes of friends, but wouldn’t it be a good idea to create a pool of costumes that could be lent out for the festivities and returned to a central kind of wardrobe cleaned and ready for families next year. Ideally this would be organised though the local schools, but if the problem is seen as particularly ex-pat in nature, maybe through forums that we are already using.
I throw it out there for what it’s worth. Would it be a workable idea? Even if it’s too late for this year we could think of something like this in advance for next year. What do you think?

Sticky Solutions

The streets and parks in the La Postura part of Adeje are undergoing a thorough cleaning particularly in the most populated parts of Adeje town.

According to the councillor for town services, Gonzalo Delgado Díaz, this is part of an overall clean-uADEJE-Limpieza parque y plaza de La Postura (49)p for the area, with La Postura the first to get the treatment. Workers have now spent over a week, carrying out operations at night when possible in order to reduced disturbances to residents going about their daily tasks.

The councillor said that to help maintian zones looking their best it was also up to residents to stick to their side of the bargain in terms of continuing to use the recycling bins all over the borough, use rubbish bins on the streets and those in their complexes during the established hours, and of course pick up their dog droppings.

One of the sticky and somewhat tricky clean-up tasks that is being undertaken is the removed of dried in chewing-gum from the pavements. Each and every piece of this masticated mess has to be first burnt and then removed with a spatula – no machine will do the job as well. So think about the next time your chewing gum loses its flavour and you just throw in on the pavement. Use a bin!

Overall the council hope that most of the town’s streets and green zones will be cleaned up by the time summer arrives. 

Caring For The Sea

tortugas medanoThese pictures released yesterday by the Tenerife Cabildo show, yet again, the need for all of us to care for the sea as one of our most precious environmental assets as well as home to thousands of living species.

These turtles were rescued off the El Medano coast in April and are just two of the 1,200 rescued in the last 15 years by the insular rescue centre which is Cabildo funded.

According to the experts fishing nets are one of the main culprits, along with plastic bags and plastic can rings which choke the turtles and other marine creatures.


Change to Passport Service for British Nationals

British nationals in Spain wanting to apply for a new passport are advised of an important change in the way they will need to make applications. From Monday 13 May, all applications will need to be sent directly to the Identity & Passport Service (IPS) in Belfast in the United Kingdom, instead of the regional passport processing hub in Madrid.

All the necessary information about the new passport application process, including a new IPS overseas application form, can be found atwww.gov.uk/overseas-passports.

Andy Hamilton, head of the regional passport processing centre in Madrid, says: “In real terms, all that this means is that British nationals living in Spain now need to send their applications to a different address.”

Current passport processing times remain the same. If you are renewing your passport, you should allow at least four weeks from the date the fee is taken and all the correct documentation has been received.”

If you are applying for the first time or you are replacing a lost or stolen passport, you should allow at least six weeks.”

The only other change is that the current passport helpline call charges are being removed. Instead of paying for a premium rate phone line, customers will now only have to pay for the cost of a call to the UK.

British nationals who lack internet access or want advice are able to call the IPS Customer Service Centre on+44 (0) 300 222 0000

People who need to travel urgently but whose normal passport is unavailable should contact their nearest British Consulate via 902 109 356 or emailinfo.consulate@fco.gov.uk . POLITICS Passport 1

School Grants 2013/2014

School grants 2013

The period for applying for a grant for school materials in Adeje pencilsis now open.

Parents who need financial aid next term should apply now.

To qualify first of you must be resident in and registered as resident in Adeje for at least six months at the time of requesting the grant.  This grant covers pupils in infants, primary and secondary public schools in the borough. Finally your family income will also be calculated alongside rental/mortgage payments.

The easiest way to prepare your application and download all the relevant forms is to go to http://www.adeje.es/esp/vercontenido.asp?id=3814 and at the bottom there is a link to download the relevant forms.


The times and dates for presenting your application are the following:

Weekdays from 9am – 1pm, Thursdays 4pm – 6pm

May 6 – 10, IES Adeje, IES Adeje II

May 13 – 17 Colegio Los Olivos

May 20 – 24 Colegios Fañabe and Armeñime

May 27 – June 3 Colegios Tijoco and Las Torres

June 4 – 10 Colegio Adeje Casco

You need to bring all your completed paperwork to the Adeje Department of Education, which is located on the ground floor of the Cultural Centre, with a matriculation paper from the school (they will supply this, parents’ DNI or Resident Certificates and passports as well as that of the pupil(s), and some official paperwork proving the monthly family income, the rental or mortgage paid, and bank details of the applicant (this usually has to be stamped by the bank, so download the paperwork in advance or get this form from the department before you arrive to make your application).

Normally you won’t be told at the presentation of the application if you will qualify and lists are published nearer to the start of the school term. This year the council will be giving €50 to sucessful application, and the money will be lodged directly into your bank account, but you will need to keep and present all receipts for materials bought.

School Visits to San Juan

adeje-colegios visitan asociacion san juan (2)If your child comes home asking for permission to go on a school trip to the Associación de San Juan, you should let them go.

This centre, located near the entrance to Adeje Casco and the health centre, is both a day care and workshop zone for children and adults with learning and physical difficulties and special care needs. Within the ground of the centre is a small animal farm, art workshop, and therapy centre, and the yearly visits organised in conjunction with local public schools are a great way for young children to learn that there are many kinds of people in the world, some are a bit more different than others, but everyone needs to be valued.

Students in primary schools from  Costa Adeje, Echeyde, Adeje Casco, Pérez Valero (Valle San Lorenzo), El Fraile (Arona), Parque La Reina and Luis Álvarez (Las Galletas), are included in the group of schools sending students to spend time with the teaching staff and studets in the San Juan centre and I know from personal experience that this is a trip that the kids will enjoy, remember and appreciate.