Sunday pilgrimage marks start of Lustrum year

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Rogations are days of prayer in Western Christianity and Lustrums were five –year periods in ancient Rome

The traditional Rogation of the Virgin de La Encarnación taking place this Sunday 19th of April opens the III Lustrum year. The procession, carrying the statue of the Virgin of the Incarnation, will set out from the Santa Úrusla Church in Adeje town at 9am with pilgims accompanying her to the hermitage of San Sebastián in La Caleta, the first home of the revered Virgin. This procession has been taking place in Adeje for over 300 years.

Every year the Adeje faithful stand by a promise made generations ago and at the same time celebrate the coming together of the people of the town, walking across the old path to accompany the statue and after mass spending time together in the plaza of San Sebastián.

According to the Adeje department of culture this year they are expecting a high number of pilgrims and there will be local security on hand to assist if anyone needs it. Among those who will be carrying the statue along the way will be the Porteadores de la Virgin and the Mujeres Adejeras con la Virgin, who take part every year and are an integral part of the event today.

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The walk takes up to four hours to complete with a number of stops along the way where there will be musical, poetic and liturgical interventions. The first will be at the Adeje Cemetery, where those who are no longer with us will be remembered. Following on, the walkers will cross the bridge over the motorway (expect minor traffic delays if you are driving at this time), and carry on to the Portón de la Virgin, through the stone arches near the police station, where there will be another stop.

The third break will be at La Era where walkers can also rest for a while before the last stretch of the walk which will see the statue received by Saint Sebastian, the other patron saint of the zone. The two statues enter the church together where mass will be celebrated. Following mass the official proclamation of the start of the Lustrum Year will take place. The statue of the Virgin will return to Adeje later that afternoon.

As with many of Adeje’s religious festivals this is also a family event, open to everyone, resident and visitor, to take part. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and shoes, use an appropriate sun block and take water with you.

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The origins of the event
The Rogation is a tradition which began in the 16th century when Pedro de Ponto removed the statue of the ‘Virgen de La Encarnación’ from the San Sebastián hermitage to Santa Ursula to protect her from marauding pirates. However the residents weren’t completely happy with the decision and promised that once a year she would return to her original home. The tradition has persisted over the hundreds of years, with the people of Adeje also using the event to make promises to their patron saint if she protected them from plagues, illness, famines, as listed in the Book of Miracles of Our Lady of the Incarnation, which can be viewed in the Adeje parish archives.

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Los Olivos Open Doors bring in many visitors

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The open day was held to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Over 300 people visited the Los Olivos Centre for the Disabled in Adeje during the ‘open door’ day marking International Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd.

During the busy morning visitors were able to view first-hand the facilties available at the cnetre which cares for 181 people and enjoy the different events performed by local associations and groups based in Adeje. The councillor responsible for special needs persons, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, said, “opening the doors to the public in general is a way of showing the local community the kind of municipal resources available as well as helping break down barriers that may exist for those people with special needs. We firmly believe in working towards the incorporation of these people into society as a norm, and that they will actively participate too. For that reason we are working on a number of different projects with social integration as the primary aim for all ages”.

Among the groups who took part in the open day were the Dzamling Gar community who performed a number of Tibetan dances, and the Globalterapia association who gave a demonstration of canane therapy. The ‘Huerto Ocupacional El Viso de Arico’ gave a demonstration of adapted ‘palo’, a traditional guanche sport, and Ademi Tenerife wowed those present with an exhibition of wheelchair basketball. There were also information stands for the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC) and the Tenerife Mental Health Association (ATELSAM).
The Adeje Centre for Persons with Disability

The Adeje Centre for Persons with Disability in Los Olivos opened its doors in 2005 co-financed by the council and the Fundación CajaCanarias. Among its primary aims are to encourage personal autonomy through education and work services. At the same time the council has spear-headed actions to develop policies of integration through education and work paying special attention to the rights and liberties due to persons with disabilities and working to improve the quality of thier lives and that of their families.

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Travel Broadens the Mind!

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Adeje’s department of education is helping to fund student trips

The Adeje department of education, under councillor Andrés Pérez, say that about 300 students have benefited from financial assistance in travel and what is termed ‘social tourism’ as part of the academic cycle. This initiative, which has been ongoing for a number of years now, allows the council “work in conjunction with the borough’s education centres to help fund different trips which have stated social and educational objectives”, said the councillor.

To avail of this particular travel grant students have to be signed up on the Adeje ‘padron’ (residential register) for at least six months and currently studying in one of the borough’s public schools, among other conditions. Pérez says, “the help the council is happy to give to this kind of project is not a new initiative. We firmly believe in any assistance we can offer to our young people in getting to know other cultures, a branch of learning which is fundamental to their personal development”.

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The councillor added that “the young people who take part in these trips become mini-ambassadors for our borough, and we are hoping to see these kind of initiatives continue for the school-going population as they give young people a different view of the world in which we live”.

In parallel the Adeje department of education is also working in partnership with the AMPAS (the schools’ parents associations) to assist in transport costs, etc, where and when necessary.

This year students from all the borough’s primary schools – Adeje, Las Torres, Armeñime, Fañabe, Tijoco and Los Olivos – have been involved, as well as representatives from the secondary schools in Los Olivos and El Galeón. Places visited included Asturias, Lanzarote, La Palma, Italy and Barcelona.

The council has also cooperated with the Comenius programme which works to reinforce mobility within Europe and partnership between different education centres across the continent. During the last academic year students from the borough took part in Comenius-sponsored visits to Poland and Manchester.



Confirming the ‘padron’

oficina de atención al ciudadano  (17)All of us non-Spanish EU members registered on the ‘padron’ or residential register in Adeje have received a letter during the summer regarding confirmation of data, and a few people have expressed concern.  There is no need to worry.

According to the people in the Adeje council the letter has been sent to everyone in an attempt to bring the register up-to-date and also remove people who may have signed on years ago but are no longer living here.  In fact continuing on the register here might prove a hindrance if you have or are moving back to your home country if you are applying for assistance or a pension for instance, as you will need to state that you no longer are resident in Adeje.

What the letter is asking you to do is to go along to the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in the town hall and bring original residency papers and passports with you to confirm the information in the original registration.  If you have changed your address this is the best time to update the information too, and you can also take the opportunity to confirm your intention to vote as an EU citizen in the forthcoming local elections.

If you or your children are Spanish citizens there is no need to confirm details – this only applies to non-Spanish EU citizens.



Getting ready for term time!


Schools in Adeje underwent maintenance work over the summer

According to the Adeje education councillor, Andrés Pérez Ramos the cost of the reforms will be in the region of €60,000 and is part of an annual revision of public education facilities. The councillor says, “the majority of the work has been in maintenance of existing buildings, but this year we have also taken the opportunity to improve and expand the school library in Las Torres and we have installed an environmental classroom in the green zone in the school in Armeñime following a request from the school.”


In the Las Torres college work centred on the library which now boasts a study and reading room, another dedicated to videos and a consultancy zone. The work was carried out in two phases, with an investment of over €20,000, co-funded by the Adeje council and the regional department of education. In Armeñime the work on an environmental classroom was suggested by the directorate of the school, and following an evaluation study by the council and the regional department, given the go-ahead. Pérez Ramos mentioned that the new ‘classroom’ will work alongside the school plot “which allows students to have a better understanding of biodiversity. For that reason we looked positively at the request and included it in the improvement plans. From September students will be able to enjoy an educative experience of the environment first hand, increasing awareness and the need for care of our surroundings”, he added.

The works in the Fañabe school included improvements and the repair of cracks and repainting as well as expanding the school canteen to allow more students enjoy the facilities. Other schools in the borough have seen painting work and damp-proofing of interior walls, improved drain installations, paving, access area upgrades, wheelchair ramps installed, installation of water fountains, patio improvements, etc. According to the councillor all work will be finished before term starts.

Term dates 2014-2015:
Infants and Primary schools return to school on 8 September 2014
Secondary schools return on 10 September 2014
Christmas holidays: 22 December 2014 – 7 Jan 2015 (inclusive)
Easter holidays: 30 March 2014 – 3 April 2015 (inclusive)
End of school year: June 19 2015.
These dates are taken from the regional department of education calendar, local fiestas will also apply, and in Adeje Monday October 13th will see schools closed


Adeje’s healthy finances


Investment in a roundabout for Armeñime and footpaths for Las Rosas earmarked

At a press conference in advance of the monthly council meeting the mayor of Adeje, Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, told press that, thanks to the success of the tourism sector among other factors, Adeje has been able to meet the economic crisis with relative ease, and continues to be an attractive investment destination too.

The mayor, along with the councillor for finance Epifanio Díaz Hernández and the councillor for works and services, Gonzalo Delgado Diaz, announced that due to the financial health of the borough the council would be investing in a number of important projects, including the long awaited roundabout in Armeñime, and footpaths in Los Menores, improvements “which will improve the living conditions of our residents and the borough’s infrastructures”, the mayor said.

The financial report from 2013 shows a surplus of almost €8 million “which, if added to the remaining budget gives us an important cushion which we can use for works and to meet the needs of families in the borough”, remarked Rodríguez Fraga.

The good economic results will also allow Adeje council to repay a loan granted to repay suppliers by central government. Adeje has now paid off the loan eight years ahead of the closing date. “This means, in effect, a saving of €1.5 million in interest alone….in summary, we are able to state that the council and municipal bodies are in a healthy financial state”.

The mayor added that these excellent results have been achieved without any “financial pressure on our residents, and in fact many local taxes have been frozen or reduced”.


The work on the new roundabout in Armeñime, which will improve traffic connections to El Puertito and Playa Paraíso, will see an investment of up to €1 million, and will be jointly financed by the Cabildo and the Council, and is scheduled to begin in the coming months. In Los Menores work will also begint on foot paths in the Las Rosas section, at a cost of €150,000. Both projects are, said the mayor, “very important for the mobility of our residents and traffic through Adeje”

Hospiten helps Adeje families in need

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The Adeje councillor for social welfare, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, has personally thanked the social service that has been carried out by the staff at Hospiten who have organised a campaign to collect non-perishable goods which will be distributed to families in need by the Adeje and Arona social welfare offices. The initiative began on June 23rd and runs until July 4th.

According to councillor Trujillo Bencomo “any help that we can give to those persons who need it most is more than welcome; it is fundamental that our residents, people who care, continue to assist and help to reduce social inequalities.”

She continued, “the council is working to ensure that they continue to work along a number of different lines of assistance to ensure the quality of life of those suffering is improved, and of course we are extremely grateful to all of those who contribute”.

Those interested in donating can bring items such as dry foods, cereals, food in cans and jars, personal hygiene products, baby foods and nappies, etc, to the stand which is located at the main reception in Hospiten. All the goods collected, along with extra items bought by Hospiten, will be distributed by both councils in the Adeje and Arona boroughs.

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Piped Gas in Adeje

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Cleaner, more economical, more efficient!

Adeje is the first Canarian town with piped gas, and a number of the borough’s hotels are already using this form of fuel energy in their water heating installations and kitchens.
At a press conference today (June 18) the mayor of Adeje José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga welcomed the decision by Gas Canarias to work in Adeje, and congratulated those hotels groups such as H10 and Iberostar, who are already signing up for gas, as well as Siam Park, the first major installation in Adeje to have installed piped gas. Also present was the director general of Endesa in the Canary Islands, Pablo Casado Reboiro.

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At the conference the mayor referred to the significantly lower levels of environmental contamination piped gas produces. “For us in Adeje it is a very important environmental step forward as gas is a product with less contamination, and is also a more economic energy source with competitive prices which has direct repercussions in a tourist destination. We have been pioneers in this respect here in Adeje with Siam Park (who opted for piped gas in 2007) and now two hotels have signed up with the prospect of many more hotels by the year’s end”.

To those of us who have either lived in Northern Europe or many parts of the peninsula piped gas is the norm, but here in the Canary Islands it’s still a work in progress. Newer homes tend to have electricity as the unique power source and older kitchens will still be using bottled gas. Certainly restaurants and hotels have been using bottled gas up to now, but here in Adeje that is changing, and between now and the end of this year, according to the president of Gas Canarias José Manuel García Muñoz, the company hope to have pipe lines stretching through most of South Adeje to La Caleta, with the expansion work continuing thereafter.

The advantages are many – installations are safe, they work on a high energy efficiency rate, and piped gas is acknowledged to be the cleanest type of fossil fuel on the market, reducing emissions significantly. The chemical composition is the reason for its acceptance as a cleaner fuel, with 25-30 % less CO2 emissions than oil and 40-50% less than coal. According to Gas Canarias hotels investing in the switch to gas will also see the economic benefits and the initial outlay for changing to gas will be met within two years. The gas supply is continuous, so no danger of power cuts, and payment methods are clear and transparent and the customer only pays for what they have used.

For now only larger installations such as hotels will be switching to piped gas, but the president did say that developers who might be looking to build new homes or complexes in the future could contact them about the timetable for domestic use and with questions about installations.

For the Hotel Iberostar Bougaville Playa the decision was taken following studies and consultation. According to their technical assessor, Antonio Martín, “we looked at the initial cost of making the switch alongside the many advantages which it would bring…and the reduction in CO2 emissions”. The decision was made to change, with an initial outlay of €90,000 but a projected saving of up to 50% in bills. Martín added that they expected four more hotels in the Iberostar group in Costa Adeje to connect to piped gas soon.
The H10 Gran Tinerfe, with 365 rooms, has also been using piped gas since January of this year.

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Bargain Weekend in Adeje


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This weekend, June 14th and 15th, the Adeje Bargain Fair is taking place in the parking area in front of the School of Dance and Music in Las Torres.

The fair is open to the public from 10am to 9pm. The participating stalls are from small shops and businesses in Adeje and other parts of the island and offer bargains to the public in clothing, shoes, IT software, underwear, electro-domestic goods, children’s clothing, sporting goods and clothes, beachwear, bags, household goods and accessories.

For the shops this is an opportunity to sell off extra stock, facilitate the rotation of products and allow smaller shops prepare for the summer season. This year the Adeje department for job creation and employment also hopes the fair will be used as a communication platform between participating businesses and consumers with promotions and post-event commercial contacts to encourage a client-base expansion.

The fair is seen as a dynamic commercial meeting point that is attractive to consumers and small and medium businesses where those companies can show their ability to offer a quality service to the public.

There will be food stalls and diversions for the younger members of the family as well as workshops hosted by the Adeje Animation Activate group during both days of the trade fair.

The Adeje Bargain Fair is organised by the Adeje department for Economic Development and Employment in conjunction with Adeje Impulsa, Mercados Del Atlantico S.L., the regional government, the national Ministry for Employment and the EU Social Fund.


Special Theatre for Special People

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The Adeje Cultural Centre Auditorium is hosting the seventh Theatre Meeting for special needs individuals on Thursday June 12th. The event is organised by the Adeje department for special needs care under councillor Carmen Rosa González Cabrera. More than fifty people from the Occupational Therapy Centres of Guía de Isora, Candelaria, Arona and Adeje will attend the event.

The councillor said, “it is an honour for us to be hosting this event for the seventh time, an event which is staged to emphasise the value of the creative and expressive work of the users of these centres”:

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera added that “in previous years we have seen an excellent level of participation and we see merit in continuing with the event because it is a manifestation of the relevance placed on the expressive and creative process which persons with different abilities can achieve. The event allows them to project their artistic endeavours, and chose which theatrical work and character they wish to interpret within that framework”.


The event begins at 6pm with participants from the following associations and centres – Orobal in Los Cristianos; Rosas del Guache in Arona; Arcoíris in Candelaria; Guía de Isora and the Los Olivos Occupational Centre in Adeje.

This is a pioneering initiative in the Canary Islands, and has been very well received by the Adeje public, who fill the theatre in the Adeje Cultural Centre every year. In this way too the public have shown their appreciation of the creative and interpretive work achieved by those who attend the occupational centres as well as that of the collectives working with them. Entry is free.