Adeje Farmers Market – change in Wednesday opening hours

 

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From Wednesday November 2nd the Adeje Farmers Market will operate new Wednesday hours and open from 3pm to 7pm. The change, with full agreement of all the produce suppliers in the market, has been made to better meet the demands of the buying public.

According to the councillor with responsibility for the market, Esther Rivero Vargas, “we are working all the time to improve this service to the public which is one that is already highly valued, so we are happy to make adjustments to suit the needs of the customers. We realised that in fact when the market opened at 4pm on Wednesdays there were already people waiting outside, while there was a marked drop in visitors at the end of the day, from 7pm – 8pm”.

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The Farmers Market opened its doors in 2008 with Saturday and Sunday morning openings and a year ago added the Wednesday afternoon opening, following requests from producers and a poll among the regular shoppers.

The market was an initiative of the Adeje council to work to promote and develop the borough’s primary sector. Every week the public can choose from the produce of many of the borough’s farmers and rural producers, with fruit and vegetables, cakes and biscuits, eggs, cheese, wines and honeys and well as craft goods for sale. With 35 stalls consumers have been delighted with the quality and affordability of the fresh local produce and the market has also become a meeting place for local residents and visitors.
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El Beril beach upgrade

adeje_img_8459-copiaTwo million euros is to be spent on the works to improve the swimming zone along the strand that flanks the El Duque beach by the Hotel Bahía del Duque. The El Beril beach will also get a facelift as part of the plan, given its location in part of the tourist zone that continues to grow in popularity.

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The El Beril beach concession is owned by the Sociedad Urbanizadora El Beril S.A. and managed by Playa del Duque S.L.  According to the Adeje tourism councillor, Ermitas Moreira García and Municipal Works councillor, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, “The work to recondition the El Beril beach is part of the overall improvements for Costa Adeje which, in recent years, have included a number of undertakings focussing on renovation and improvement in the hotel sector and public and private infrastructures”.

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A representative from the CIO company, part of the management of the zone and the Bahía del Duque S.L. added, “Given that up until now this beach didn’t fully meet the needs of the growing number of users, we felt it was vital to put an improvement plan in place that could adapt the bathing zone to meet the new needs of the resident and visitor population, while also respecting the environmental needs of the area. The changes will give the area added value” he said.

The work will cost in the region of two million euros which will be met by the CIO, and will see an enlargement in the sandy zone to cater for the increased number of beach users during the year.  Using local stone, the plan is to create a dry sandy zone of 14,000 square metres.  Other changes will see three new beach accesses for people with reduced mobility, ramps throughout the beach zone, showers adapted for all users, wooden walkways, adequate rubbish bins, etc.  There will also be improvements to the five existing steps down to the beach from the pedestrian area.

Work has already started which does mean that for the time being there are some restrictions and barriers in place for the safety of pedestrians.

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Adeje student grants

 

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The Adeje council, via the department of education, has opened the application period for grant applications for a range of assistances for students from the borough. These include transport and study material grants, residential subventions and other costs that students in both secondary and third level education might incur. They also, importantly, point out that those who might have already applied in September need to do so again as certain procedures have changed.

The councillor with responsibility for the area, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera said, “We continue to offer all the help we can to assist those continuing their education, and in this case in particular to those who wish to pursue professional courses, with two distinct lines of assistance to offset primary and secondary costs. And we are taking into account the additional costs students will have if they need to move out of home to another area to take up certain course offers.

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“Here in Adeje we have always encouraged our young people to pursue their studies to get the best possible professional qualifications they can, which in turn allows them aspire to better jobs and salaries as they enter into the workforce. The council is committed to helping our young people develop their potential and we agree that it would be unjust for anyone to have to abandon their chosen career path for economic reasons alone”.

Assistance for transport is on offer for secondary students in 3rd and 4th year, those continuing their studies to Bachillerato level and those pursuing university courses or vocational training in recognised Spanish educational centres. Students must have been registered as resident in Adeje (on the ‘padrón) for at least six months prior to the application. Students have until November 15th to submit their applications and the full application form and list of application guidelines is on the Adeje website, www.adeje.es

Protect the Cory’s Shearwater chicks!

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For another year running the Adeje council is contributing to the campaign for the conservation and protection of the Cory’s shearwater chicks that will be making their first flights sea-wards in the coming weeks according to the environment councillor Esther Rivero Vargas.

The campaign begins this week and runs until November 15th and the public as well as authorities can take a number of steps. The first is to minimise the impact of artificial light in the night sky as this can disorient the chicks and possible provoke a fall without any chance of finding their wings again. The most likely nights for first flights will be between October 29th and November 1st given the current lunar cycles. This initiative is undertaken in partnership with the Tenerife Cabildo, the centre for the recuperation of fauna, the 112 emergency services and the council boroughs where these birds are known to nest and live.

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“We are asking for residents to collaborate with us in this campaign and let us know if they spot chicks that have obviously lost their way or fallen in flight by phoning 112 who will activate the volunteer personnel to collect the chicks”, explained the councillor. The centre for the recuperation of fauna will also take calls on 922 445777. The volunteer teams are easily identifiable and carry a card with Cabildo authorisation.

If you do need to report an incident, call 112 or 922 445777 and give exact information as to the location of the chick so that it can be easily found. You can call and report this in English too.

If you feel able to collect the bird yourself if there is a need to before the authorities arrive, you should wear gloves, cover the bird with a towel or piece of fabric without frightening the creature, place it in a box with breathing holes and leave it in a quiet place until the authorised personnel arrive. Never try to lock the wings in place along the bird’s back. Don’t feed the chick or give it anything to drink.

Covenant with the Red Cross

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The Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the provincial president of the Cruz Roja (Red Cross) Carlos Piñero Coello, have signed a covenant under which courses will be offered in security, health, courses for life guards, and in other related environmental and social areas.

The courses are starting immediately and will take place in the Adeje
Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (Security and Social Harmony), and the first classes will be in training for vital support in health matters and use of a defibrillator. Other courses scheduled to start in November include training for crisis management, a course for those planning to work as lifeguards, and official instruction in handling food for those planning to work in restaurants and hotel kitchens or other food preparation centres.

Under the covenant objectives, the council will supply personnel and materials to assist in setting up the courses for the people of Adeje in collaboration with the Cruz Roja, a body with extensive experience in the field. Anyone interested in signing up for any of the courses can contact the school, which is located in Las Nieves, for more information, phone 922 77 51 09 or find out more online, www.escuelaseguridadadeje.org.
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Adeje Festival of Theatre and Dance

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(All theatrical performances in Spanish)
NOVEMBER 4TH
Puro Flamenco, with Antonio de Verónica and Saray Cortés at 9pm in the theatre in the Adeje Cultural Centre. Tickets: €10. Recommended for all the family.

NOVEMBER 11TH
Romeo y Julieta , by the Burka Theatre Company, performing along the streets of Adeje town, starting at the Plaza de España at 6.30pm. Recommended for all the family.

NOVEMBER 18TH
Corazón de Elefante, by the De Marisa Amor Company at 9pm in the theatre in the Adeje Cultural Centre. Tickets €8. Recommended for all the family.

NOVEMBER 19TH
Bernada, by the Delirium Company at 9pm in the theatre in the Adeje Cultural Centre. Tickets €8. Not recommended for under 14s.

NOVEMBER 25TH
Mi Lucha, by Antonia San Juan, 9pm, in the theatre in the Adeje Cultural Centre. Tickets €13. Not recommended for under 16s.

NOVEMBER 26TH
De Hombre a Hombre,  by Insularia Theatre, with the support of the LGBTI collective. 9pm in the theatre in the Adeje Cultural Centre. Tickets €8. Not recommended for under 14s.

Why the midlands matter

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This weekend the Chasna-Isora Association celebrates 20 years. This group is made up of nine of the South Tenerife councils (Adeje, Arico, Arona, Fasnia, Granadilla de Abona, Guía de Isora, San Miguel de Abona, Santiago del Teide, Vilaflor de Chasna) and geographically occupies the southern half of the island. Its main objective is the socio-economic development of the midlands of the region and all the participating councils have the development of the midlands as part of their development programmes and facilitate information and experience exchange between private and public entities.

The current president of the Association is Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, the economic development councillor for Adeje. This weekend, he says, the events are designed to remind people of the important role the midlands play in the south of the island’s life and economy and the events will also pay tribute to those who have working in recent years to promote and oversee development in the region’s rural zones.

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“We want to make the public more aware of the work in development and advancement that is being done by the association but, above all, to recognise the continuous efforts by those who work in the midlands”, he commented.

For the association president one of the most important challenges in the coming years will be “ensuring that those working in the primary sector in these rural regions are also protagonists and participants in tourism, our main economic motor, generating new opportunities for improvement, growth and the creation of jobs.”

The anniversary celebrations start today, Friday, in the main plaza in Vilaflor, with a number of official ceremonies with public experts and speakers as well as those from private institutions involved in local development. There will be an act this afternoon honouring individuals who have worked directly in the development of the region as well as a homage to José Alfonso Delgado Delgado, who proposed the creation of the association 20 years ago.

Alongside the official act there will be a fair with local craft and agricultural produce from the nine different boroughs, children’s activities, guided walks in Vilaflor, theatre performances and different activities throughout the weekend. Celebrations will end with music from Al Sur and the Asociación Musical Guargazal.

Listening to the children

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Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the territorial director of AldeasInfantiles, Javier Perdomo Torres, have signed an covenant this week which works to help develop participative harmonious projects in the borough.

According to the mayor, “we are developing a plan to create spaces where children can learn and grow in diversity, in values. We are working with schools and I believe
AldeasInfantiles are the right partners for this project. We are working on a very participative programme, we want them to let us know what they wish to see, with the overall aim being the creation of a working plan for the Town Hall in all areas because this project is multi-departmental. We are using sport, music, culture, to create the space for harmonious co-existence, for social and human advancement.”

For his part, Javier Perdomo Torres said that “for us this is a great opportunity to give children a proper voice and ask them what future they want to have, what kind of town and world they want to live in. We have to learn to listen to them and think honestly about what they want and how we can make their wishes a reality while being aware of the starting point we are at for this change. From moment the children begin to be part of that change and are driving the change we are at the start of a very important programme that will enrich everyone.”

The covenant looks to encourage the development or the participative process among children and communities, placing a value on human diversity and social existence in Adeje through the evolution of talks, meetings, and workshops, in the community and education arenas, and in co-ordination with different associations and collectives

The plan will also include an annual general meeting, a Children’s Day, with all the relevant groups and individuals taking part in the project sharing results and working on concrete action plans.

The Adeje Council will give the AldeasInfantiles organisation a project space in the Security and Conviviality school to develop the programme which is scheduled to last for a year, with the possibility of an extension depending upon the results.