Salt and devotion will fill the town

This weekend, from Saturday afternoon, the centre of Adeje will be taken over by one of the oldest celebrations in the borough – Corpus Christi. 445 sacks of sea salt will be coloured and used to make carpets along the full length of the town’s Calle Grande and the Calle Corpus Christi.

“For many years the making of these carpets has been a meeting point for the people of Adeje, an exercise in social harmony. Corpus Christi, as well as being a religious ceremony, allows us meet with people from other walks of life in the town, as we work together on these carpets, sharing ideas, suggestions, stories, building the creative richness of the community”, commented the councillor for culture, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera.

Over 11 thousand kilos of salt will cover 330 metres of road in the two streets. Among the groups and associations taking part will be the Hermandad del Santísimo, Cáritas, Focus international residents group, the children from first communion and confirmation classes, Adeje volunteer firefighters, Colegio Costa Adeje, Club Deportivo Águilas San Áquilino, children from activity groups in Fañabe, Los Olivos and Armeñime, the Adeje senior citizens association, the Halcones baseball school, the Comunidad Hindú Tenerife Sur, the Los Olivos occupational group, Ballet Beanky, and many more.

Why not visit the Calle Grande this Saturday afternoon from 5pm and see these carpets being made – they won’t be there for long as they will be walked over as part of the religious procession following mass the next day.

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Mum’s the word..

Celebrate Mother’s day in Spain this weekend!

Whether she’s Mama, Ma, Mum, Mutter or Mother, this Sunday is her day in Spain as we celebrate Spanish Mother’s Day on May 6th. And Adeje’s commercial zone and the town hall have designed a campaign to encourage you to shop locally, under the slogan (translated), “My Mum is the best!”

The ZAC is the Adeje Commercial Zone association and are running a series of promotional activities for shoppers, and this week it’s with mother in mind. So if you are thinking of getting her something special, or taking her out for lunch or dinner, why not stay local and promote Adeje’s economy and jobs into the bargain.

Adeje has a great selection of small and medium shops with a host of excellent products on sale, it’s closer to home too, and with the campaign there is also the chance to win prizes or even a cruise. The competition itself runs throughout the month of May and you can enter by shopping in any of the participating stores.

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Free, confidential and anonymous – the rapid HIV test

 

The service, operated by Infosex has been running for a number of years, is free, confidential and anonymous

The Adeje council’s department of health has just launched a campaign to encourage people who fall into certain groups to take advantage of the rapid HIV testing available in the borough. “According to the health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “we have been offering this service for a few years now through the Infosex service, in South Tenerife, in collaboration with the Canarian Health Service. Through the programme those interested in being tested can do so in a fast, confidential, free and anonymous way, with qualified personnel in attendance. We feel that perhaps there are people unaware of the service so wanted to launch this campaign to publicise it for the general public”.

Trujillo Bencomo added, “Our main objective is always the good health of the people of Adeje. Since 2014 we have been in partnership with the regional health service in offering HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease testing in non-clinical settings, offering early detection to ensure better health care”.

Infosex Adeje is based in the south of Tenerife with its main objective being to offer information regarding health and sexuality. They also carry rapid testing for HIV, syphilis and Hepatitis C. Infosex also, in collaboration with the Adeje Health Centre, offer the Hep A vaccine and work with the Asociación Cruz Blanca to reach vulnerable women who may be working in prostitution. The service is completely anonymous, confidential and free and can be accessed by anyone. The telephone number to call for an appointment for a rapid HIV test is 601701703.

In 2017 the Adeje department of health, with Infosex Adeje, carried out over 200 of the above mentioned tests and vaccinated over 150 people. The councillor is encouraging more people to take up the offer of the service to improve the lives and health of people in the area. “From today we are involved in a serious campaign to let people know about Infosex Adeje and the services on offer. We want to make people aware of the importance of early diagnosis in HIV/Aids cases and encourage people to take the rapid test, particularly those who are in groups more at risk of HIV, such men engaging in sexual activity with other men and transsexual women. The campaign will use all media, social platforms, posters, leaflets, etc.”

According to the National Plan in Aids, 30% of people living with Aids in Spain are still not aware that they are HIV positive, and furthermore the incidence of STIs continues to rise. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. They have a 90:90:90 strategy: By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status. By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy. By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. Adeje councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo says, “the Adeje council is committed to allocating the human, material and economic resources necessary to work with this international body to make this happen”.

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Guilda and La Gomera

Historian Juan Bethencourt Alfonso, in his work Historia del Pueblo Guanche (A history of the Guanche Town), has retrieved a myth from oral tradition that links Adeje with the island of La Gomera.

The myth concerns Guilda, a young noblewoman of Archaha, in the kingdom of Adeje. On the eve of her marriage, her fiancé died, and a short time later Guilda discovered that she was with child. Desperate, because according to the local law she would be cast, alive, into the sea, she entrusted herself to a fisherman servant, and they agreed that her only chance of salvation was to steal away to the island of La Gomera on a small raft. On a night of favourable weather she embarked, in great secrecy, from Troya beach. She promised the servant that she would light a bonfire when she arrived safely – they believed that the island of La Gomera to be uninhabited since the catastrophe, given that they never saw any fires lit over there. And for the first time the following night a fire could be seen lit on the island, confirming that she had arrived safely. The following year she returned to Tenerife on another raft, with her husband, to see her family. There ensued great celebrations and she was forgiven as she had been saved from a watery grave.

What is so curious about this Tenerife story is that it can be seen in parallel with a myth from La Gomera, more specifically from Playa de La Guancha near San Sebastián. The story goes that in remote times a young girl arrived on her own by boat, from Tenerife. So astonished were the people that she was brought before the local king, and she told her tale, explaining the misfortune that caused her to flee Tenerife, and that she had expected to find La Gomera uninhabited. She said this was so as no-one had ever seen fires lit on the island. But they didn’t, it transpired, know how. So she taught them how to light fire by rubbing two sticks together and so grateful were the indigenous people and the king that he took her for his wife and the child in her womb as his own. And after some time they returned to visit Tenerife…

 

Tradition and innovation, Easter programme

 

The Adeje council will launch their Easter programme on Saturday, March 17th with addresses by the Rev. Ismael Martín and the Director General of the Fedola Group, Maria Victoria López. Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga commented, “We are changing the presentation somewhat and asking two individuals with very distinct and different social roles, one traditional and one business based, reflecting both sides of our community, both of huge benefit, to speak. So this year Fr. Ismael will represent our traditions and Ms Lopez our international tourism side”

The Adeje municipal patron band will also perform at the event, which will mark the official presentation of the Adeje Easter programme which has some new additions this year. The event will also mark the opening of a special exhibition of photographs detailing the “devotion and history of Easter Week in Adeje”.

On March 16th a new statue will be introduced into the Adeje religious ‘family’, ‘María Santísima del Consuelo’ a work by Francisco Zafra. The statue will be blessed and brought in procession along the Calle Castillo to the Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza hermitage until the Monday March 26th procession.

“Easter week in Adeje is now recognised nationally and internationally as an important event both for the artistic and historic relevance reflected in the different processions and for the Good Friday street theatre, ‘La Pasión’. This year we are adding new elements too to underline the importance of the celebrations”, said the Adeje mayor.

The Adeje council have also, as in last year, organised a gastronomy event linked to Easter Week with the Lenten Tapas Route. Many bars and restaurants have already signed up to take part, most of them located along the route of the most popular Easter processions in the town. There are also prizes for the public who can enter by having the special leaflet, available in participating establishments, stamped and once completed (with four stamps) posted in the special boxes in the Adeje cultural centre, the youth centre or the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA). The competition closes on April 1st.

 

 

 

 

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Walk, learn, enjoy…

 

 

Registration for a series of walk, organised by the Adeje council department of citizen participation, under councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares, is now open to the public. The walks, under a social harmony umbrella, work to help participants get to know the worth of our local mountains and forests, the need to care for them, and the enjoyment gained for walking in groups and getting to know new people.

“We are working to create a fun leisure activity, and the routes we have chosen have some importance from an environmental point of view as well as encouraging social harmony between individuals and different groups” said the councillor.

The first walk, on March 3rd, which will take people into the Agua García wood, is now fully subscribed, but there are still places on the walk to Ifonche-Taucho on March 24th. Future walks will take you to different corners of Tenerife, La Gomera and possibly the Spanish peninsula. They will include trips to: Los Órganos de La Orotava, Costa del Sol – Caminito del Rey, Rambleta-Pico Viejo- Roques de García, Forestal Park, Kayak and walk, Teno, Chamorga-Roque Bermejo, and Los Silos.

The scheduled walks will be subject to cancellation if weather conditions are particularly bad, but alternative routes or days will be found. All the walks will have a cover charge to pay for group security and medical attention if required.

If you are interested in taking part you should fill in a registration form, available from the Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (the school of safety and social harmony), in Las Nieves, by email escuela@adeje.es, or by phone, 922 775109, from 1pm – 7pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adeje updates its training offer

Many of the courses are held in the CDTCA

 

A number of Adeje council departments have been working to update the training programmes on offer to residents to better equip them in learning and access to the labour market.

The full range of courses on offer can be seen on the council’s webpage, www.adeje.es. Courses and workshops range from pastry making to digital imaging, sports, IT, volcanic research, legislation, drones, etc.

The majority of the courses are free and some offer professional certification. To take part or register visit the Adeje Cultural Centre, the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA) or the Adeje Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (safety and social harmony) to find out more and sign up.

As well as the training courses, throughout the year the council offers interesting talks and meetings on a huge range of topics.

 

 

 

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Networking nationally to improve the destination

 

Adeje’s tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira García has just returned from a series of working days with Innpulso, a strategic platform established by the ministry for finance and competition, to engage with cities and towns in Spain who are promoting and working with new technologies in development.

The meeting was in Érmua (Biscay, Basque country), and the network includes 68 towns and cities in Spain, all of whom took part in the event. The Adeje representative said that “for a destination such as Costa Adeje membership of this network is very important, as we are establishing synergies with other innovative cities and learning from their successful experiences and seeing where that success can be applied here”.

Some of the proposals that will form part of the working plan approved by the council do precisely that – forge strategic alliances, including with the ministry and other social agencies relevant to the goals in question. The group also moved towards better lines of communication and improvement of positioning within the sector.

A new representative council was elected too, with Érmua and Terrassa sharing the presidency. Representing bigger cities will be Barakaldo and Valladolid, medium sized cities Alcoi and Sant Boi de Llobregat and smaller cities/towns will be represented by Ejea de los Caballeros and Villamayor.

Membership is granted by the ministry for finance and competition, and Adeje has been a member of the network since 2012, with that status renewed in 2016. Among other advantages, members work on collective projects and also give priority to member cities in choosing locations for conferences, seminars and other events.

 

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More parking for Los Olivos

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The Adeje council have voted its approval for the construction of an underground car park in the Los Olivos part of the town, and the licence has been granted, following a period of public competition, to Luis Olano Construcciones S.L.

The plan is part of the council’s on-going commitment to improve the quality of life for Adeje’s residents and businesses in the town and the car park will be between the streets of San José and La Cruz. There will be 285 parking spaces on three levels, and the top of the construction will become a public plaza and sport’s ground.

Councillor for works and services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, says the parking proposal has been designed “to meet the changing needs of the zone, with a concentration of Adeje’s residents living in  Los Olivos and La Postura.  This is also a busy commercial nucleus. The new structure will also give the public a new space for leisure activities and sport”.

The parking, part of the Adeje Mobility Plan, is part of a series of parking schemes for the borough, both underground and at street level. The multi-storey car park by the Casa Fuerte (Fort House) is almost completed and the La Postura plan is under design.

The Los Olivos car park will cover a ground space of 8,000m2, and the projected cost is in the region of €3 million. During the work traffic along the affected streets will continue as normal. When complete there will be at least 8 spaces reserved for those with reduced mobility, the car park will have lifts, security etc.

 

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In Adeje life begins at 65!

Over 5,000 seniors enjoy Adeje activities

The Adeje council’s department for seniors has just released its annual report for 2017 detailing the activities throughout the year gone by and, according to councillor Cristina Fuente Carballo, “it has been a very positive year and we have dealt with over 5,000 people, many of whom have participated in one or more of the over 150 activities we have organised.

“The department is under the auspices of social welfare and attention to diversity and is concerned with the older Adeje population, working in two spheres – social and active, and in this way we can meet the needs of many people who have different levels of dependency too”.

During the year there were activities related to social harmony, physical activity, events dealing with loneliness, caring for one’s health, new technologies and its relevance for older persons, the position of older people in society and in the family, and many more.

Other projects saw people work to improve their quality of life with activities designed to ‘stimulate to prevent physical deterioration’, there were parties, folklore projects, cookery workshops, and many of the events took place in different parts of the borough.

Under the title ‘Active Seniors’ 2017 was a very busy year for the department – over 60 courses and workshops. They also welcomed 180 new senior citizen card holders adding to the 1,000 already signed up. However, “you don’t have to be a card-carrying senior citizen to take part in our events” assured the councillor.

The department, located in the Adeje Cultural Centre, is open to the public from 8am – 7.30pm from Monday to Friday and from 3pm to 7.30pm on Saturdays. There are classes in yoga, adapted gymnastics, information and IT courses, games, seasonal activities, excursions, walks, tours and trips, etc., organised all year around.

The department also works with individuals in need of special care and has offered home help in 130 cases during the year, offering a number of hours a week to individuals in need who may be house-bound. There are courses designed to help individuals with cognitive difficulties due to advancing years and there is a transport service on offer to help people attend doctor visits or deal with administrative matters.

There is also a telephone assistance service for those living alone.

 

 

 

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