Primary and secondary school children from Adeje and Arona, San Miguel and La Laguna took part in a number of activities recently under the Adeje “El Patrimonio es Nuestro” (Its our heritage) programme.
Over eight hundred students in all visited a number of different emblematic sites in the borough, which aimed to show the younger generation the importance of cultural and historical heritage and – and with many of today’s students from a multi-cultural background, this introduction to their local heritage is very relevant indeed. There were talks on why its important to recognise and conserve local history and traditions, as well as the social, environmental and often economic benefits of such preservation.
The students visited the “Camino de la Virgen” walk from the town across the old mountain path to San Sebastain , the Convento de San Francisco, la Casa Fuerte (the town fort) and the Plaza España.
The Adeje mayor this morning announced a series of departmental changes which will be the format the the new council will take over the next four years, with some changes too in councillor allocations.
Under the main department of the president of the council sees Carmen Rosa Gonzalez Cabrera work with José María Alvarez Acosta in Urban Development and Esther Rivero Vargas continues in Environment where she has done a terrific job so far.
Manual Luis Méndez Martin takes over at the department of Development and Job Creation, Sustainability and Training while Ermitas Moreira García moves to Tourism, Innovation and Accessibility with Andrés Pérez Ramos in charge of Beaches, Transport, Traffic and Road Safety. Epifanio Diaz Hernández, who has overseen the excellent budgetary management of the council in recent years, takes on a re-designed department of Good Government, Security and Taxes.
Amada Trujillo Bencomo, who headed Social Welfare, moves to head a new project department for the next four years, Health Protection and Quality of Life, with Carmen Lucia Rodriguez del Toro working alongside her looking after Disability and Equality policies. Adolfo Alonso Ferrera’s department is now Creative Development, Sports and Information, with Desiderio Afonso Ruiz staying in charge of Libraries and Artistic/Historic Heritage, and Zebenzui Chinea Linares in charge of Youth and Fiestas.
Finally, Social Welfare and Attention to Diversity will be led by Isabel Fernández González with Cristina Fuente Carballo taking over Attention for Senior Citizens.
Announcing the new areas the mayor, Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga commented that the backbone of the borough continues to be tourism and all areas will see some of their work dedicated to constantly ensuring the tourism offer is the best possible one. He also made particular reference to the pact at regional level between the PSOE socialists and the Canarian Coalition party, with health and social services falling under the PSOE umbrella, and in particular the promise to complete the South Hospital and concentrate in improving health services in general. “For socialists the commitment to health and education is fundamental”, he added.
The British Consul for South Spain and the Canary Islands, Charmaine Arbouin was in Tenerife for a few days meeting with officials and various volunteer groups, but also took time, with the Vice Consul Helen Keating, to pay a courtesy call to the mayor of Adeje, Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga.
The visit served a number of important purposes, and was also an opportunity for the Consul to congratulate the mayor on his recent local election success. Both Charmaine and Helen were also anxious to find out more about the ongoing projects in Adeje to improve integration, and look at how the two bodies can work together to advance ex-pat participation in Adeje and in parallel help the British residents here get the most out of their chosen home. It was pointed out that too often ex-pats only look for help when they have a problem – health, social welfare, etc. Therefore one strand of the work of the council that would greatly help the British consular office is getting people into the system before the problems begin.
Mayor Fraga spoke about the Adeje Convivencia/Harmonious Co-existence programme that is an borough-wide programme to strengthen links between the various communities in Adeje – its a cross-cultural, international cross-generational campaign that has been working to reflect many many different peoples who live here. He also confirmed that the council were preparing a campaign to help more people register on the ‘padrón’ and working in many different ways to break down the walls of fear that many non-Spanish residents, including, agreed the Consul, British people, have about approaching their local town halls and registering.
The mayor also detailed the many different services available to the town’s senior citizens – useful information given the fact that many ex-pats are older residents. There is, for instance, a geriatric care centre, and an Alzheimers centre in Adeje which is for all residents. There are also a host of leisure based activities organised all year around for retired individuals – from folk dancing to model making, trips to other islands, theatre, and so much more.
The visit ended with a promise of future co-operation which can only be good news for ex-pats in Adeje.
One of the most interesting events in the Adeje summer cultural calendar are the ‘Ethnographic’ days in Taucho, normally featuring a series of events that focus on a particular aspect of the village’s past, with recreations of customs and lifestyle habits from days gone by.
This year cereal is in the historic spotlight and will take centre stage in the mountain region from June 19th to 25th with events organised by the Taucho festival commission and the Adeje council, including documentary films, a presentation of books by Daniel Fernández Galván and Gabriel Rancel Gonazález and an exhibition of photographs.
On Saturday June 20th there will be an ethnographic trail, leaving from the Plaza de La Quinta, with many local families taking part and hosting those guests who will attend. This will finish with music, theatre and story-telling.
For many though it is the living exhibitions that the village organise so well that are the main attraction, with local residents, a huge number of whom are from families that have lived in Taucho for generations, taking part, in costume, recreating the way of life from the region’s past. This year that will take place from 10am on Sunday June 21st showing the local way of life at the start of the 20th century when cereal was harvested and processed by hand. The milling and preparation of gofio, the Canarian toasted grain, will also be part of the day.
For the eighth consecutive year the Adeje council are holding a Bargain Fair in the carpark in front of the municipal school of music (the building with the coloured panels near Mercadona).
The fair serves a double purpose – to help local small and medium businesses sell their wares and to offer bargains to the Adeje public. The fair takes place on the weekend of Saturday June 13th and Sunday June 14th from 10am to 9pm each day.
According to the current councillor for economic development Ermitas Moreira, this fair is “a place where local businesses and consumers can benefit from the special conditions and prices during the weekend. For the council it is vitally important to help our small and medium enterprises and offer them this space to promote and sell their products, while also giving them a chance to offload excess stock…”