A break for cancer patients

The Atlantic Holiday Centre hotel is giving 12 cancer families a VIP holiday

The Atlantic Holiday Centre hotel in Callao Salvaje this week donated 12 week-long holidays to individuals from Adeje who have been fighting various cancers. The cancer sufferers are all under the care of Spanish cancer association and Adeje council socio-sanitary programme.

This week the 12 individuals, who are also dealing with on-going oncological treatments, with members of their family, were invited in to receive their vouchers from Adeje’s health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo and the hotel director Charlotte Abildtrup. Their stay in the recently reformed hotel will be all inclusive.

The councillor commented, “last year we were delighted to be part of this new initiative which was hugely beneficial to the 10 individuals who were given holidays – people who are suffering not just from cancer, but from high levels of personal stress during the palliative process”. This year the hotel has increased the number of donated holidays to 12. The councillor underlined the importance of being able to enjoy their free-time in a qualitative way, which can also help in their recovery.

Charlotte Abildtrup, hotel director, said that “we are delighted to be able to help these people and their families, to offer them a chance to relax and take a break from the stress related to dealing with their cancer. We know that these people are fighters, that they have daily challenges to overcome, which is why, during these summer months, we will be delighted to welcome them here and hope they enjoy all the hotel has to offer”:

Councillor Bencomo added, “Gestures such as these go to show that solidarity has no limits or frontiers”.

The Hotel Atlantic Holiday Centre offers guests large apartments, fresh water and salt water pools, a children’s zone, tennis courts, a park, leisure zone, a gymnasium and restaurants not to mention first class service and personal attention.

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Christmas events in Adeje

Christmas activities in Adeje continue to fill the festive calendar from now until the end of the year, with concerts, theatre and lots of surprises for everyone.

This Thursday December 2st the popular Christmas Unity Concert, at 8pm, is happening in the Plaza de España with performances from a host of different music and performance groups and individuals including the Tenerife International Dance Centre, and for the first time Adeje welcomes soprano Sally Li on stage.

On Friday December 22nd the La Hoya live Nativity performance is taking place with the residences of the neighbourhood brining the story of the birth of Jesus Christ to live, and this year a new feature will see Ainhoa Aguilar and David Urbano singing ‘Deja que entre el sol en ti’, an adaption of ‘The Flesh Failures/Let the Sunshine in’, from the musical Hair. The Adeje School of folklore will also be performing. This event takes place in the La Hoya main square from 8.30pm.

On Saturday December 23rd the Clownbaret company will be onstage in the Adeje Cultural Centre from 6pm (entrance: a new toy). At 7pm the annual Christmas Carol concert in Callao Salvaje, organised by the Callao Salvaje Community church and the Adeje council, brings together many traditions and singers and also sees an annual donation of toys (unwrapped please) for Adeje’s children in need. And on the Calle Grande in Adeje town the Adeje municipal band will playing from 8pm.

The Santa Úrsula choir sing carols in the Calle Grande on Christmas Eve night and on December 26th, from 5pm, the new Adeje children’s Christmas Park will open in the El Galeón sports centre until January 5th. There will also be open-air cinema (Gru, mi villano favorito 3 and Guardianes de la Galaxia 2, in Spanish) in the Plaza de España from 7pm on December 26th and 27th.

Thursday December 28th at 8.30pm there is an adult storytelling session in the Canarian Library with actress Carmen Cabeza and on Saturday December 30th in the Plaza César Manrique there will be loads of fun for children with bouncy castles, performances and lots more, and at 7pm a Christmas concert in the San Sebastian Church in La Caleta.

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Open air cinema for the kids


Summer nights for all the family
This year the Adeje council and Fundación CajaCanarias are teaming up to bring you the best kids films, shown in the open, free and fun for all.
Three top films are being shown for the public in August. On Thursday 10th Independence Day 2 will be in La Caleta, on Friday August 11th it’s the turn of El Puertito in Armeñime with Hotel Transylvania 2, and on Saturday August 12th the people in Callao Salvaje can enjoy a screening of Ice Ace: El Gran Cataclismo, in the Plaza del Mirador, the plaza at the bottom of the main street.
All the films will be in Spanish, starting at 9.30pm, free and open to all.

Social plan benefits borough and workers

 

Carmen Rosa González Cabrera and Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, councillors for work and municipal services and for economic development and employment policies respectively, visited the various borough zones were 57 people are working on social employment contracts to improve and maintain different public spaces in Adeje.

Both councillors congratulated the “professional competence of those directing these minor works, which will improve and maintain many of the borough’s public zones, colleges, etc. The teams are working well and the results are already appreciated by residents in the relevant neighbourhoods, who have also praised the attitude of those working under this scheme”.

During the visit to Las Rosas the councillors saw the team working to improve existing pavements and the integration of new paving along some stretches of road that haven’t been paved for pedestrian use. A green zone has also been reconditioned for the leisure use of residents and a number of barriers to those with mobility difficulties have been removed. Soon a number of streets will be re-laid and zones painted.

In Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraíso the work has been concentrated on finishing the work on a pétanque/boules pitch, the installation of a new drainage system in one of the green zones and maintenance work and painting of public areas.

The funding for the projects is split between the Canarian Employment Service and the Adeje council.

Callao Salvaje beach access to improve

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Work to improve the access road to the Ajabo beach in Callao Salvaje has begun and should be complete in 3 months. The work, under the plan to upgrade tourist zones in borough, will see extensive changes to Calle La Lava, “and improve the beach area, guaranteeing improved safety for the public as well as improving sea views” said councillor for works and services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera.

The work along 140 m of road, will see the existing pavement extended, and an additional pavement for the other side of the road, proper signposting, street benches and bins, green zones, lighting, etc. “This will also be an improvement to the street which is currently in a state of deterioration”, said the councillor, who added they would be using wood, natural stone and picon. The footpath will be up to 3 metres wide, still allowing cars to pass, and improve access to the beach and hotel zones.

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This is also part of a longer term plan to finish the walk between Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraíso. According to tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira Garcia, “we are working simultaneously in various parts of Costa Adeje and one of our ambitions is to unify the whole coastal area with a pedestrian pathway, linking the different villages and neighbourhoods for the benefit of residents and visitors”.

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Joy to the world in Callao Salvaje

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This has been quite an eventful year on the international political stage, and the effects of some of those overseas changes will no doubt affect some residents here in Adeje over the next few years. But as Christmas approaches, for a while, it’s time to remember what we can be thankful for.
For those of us living without fear of war or hunger, without the need for food or shelter, with enough to see us through into next year and feed and clothe our families, we should give thanks. But even here, in our little corner of the Fortunate Isle, there are those who don’t have enough to get presents for their kids, to offer them a special meal on the 25th of December or January 6th. And here’s where we can help.
If you live in Callao Salvaje you don’t have to travel too far to do your bit. This Friday the annual inter-faith international Carol concert takes place in the main square, and as every year there will be a collection of toys to make sure that Santa Claus and the Three Kings get to every child in the borough. The concert starts at 7pm, but if you want to guarantee yourself a seat perhaps head down to the square early. As in previous years singing will be in many different languages but the words of the songs will be available to all, so no excuse not to join in.
Led by the Callao Salvaje Community Church, open to all, hope to see you there.

Borough works helps those on the dole

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The Adeje Council, through the departments of employment, municipal works, social welfare (under councillors Manuel Luis Méndez Martín, Isabel Fernández González and Carmen Rosa González Cabrera), had undertaken a social initiative which has meant employment for 59 members of the community, who are now working to regenerate public spaces throughout the borough.

Under a six-month social employment scheme, co-funded by the Canarian Employment service and the Adeje council, almost 60 people, most of them who are long-term unemployed and at risk of social exclusion, have been engaged in different work in distinct parts of Adeje.

The work has included gardening and cleaning in green zones, maintenance in public spaces such as parks and gardens, annual reformation work in public education centres and major work in both the Las Rosas-Los Menores zone and along the Avenida De La Galga en Callao Salvaje.

Regional approval for modernisation plans

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The regional territorial council has approved a number of plans under the PMMI, the plan for improvements and growth which could see upgrades to zones in Callao Salvaje, Playa Paraíso and La Caleta in the near future. According to the Adeje councillor in charge of urban development, José María Álvarez Acosta the plans would be part of a regeneration of tourist areas and establishments in the borough.

“The plan opens up the door to a range of possibilities to ensure that the borough of Adeje continues to be a competitive destination, both from a tourism point of view as well as from the business development viewpoint. The full document will give Adeje room to develop and act which is a step forward and will benefit everyone in the borough”, he said.

The plan addresses “projects covering public and private spaces in terms of improvements that will energise the tourist centre along the lines of the overall territorial plan”. Among the potential projects that the plan could see activated are the creation of a new maritime pathway along La Enramada in La Caleta, improvements to the access path by Las Salinas in Playa Paraíso and the creation of a proper pathway along the Callao Salvaje coastline. There is also approval for street upgrades to Calle La Lava in Callao Salvaje, and improvements to the pedestrian area by the Ajabo beach and the link between Callao Salvaje and Playa Paraíso.

There is mention of improvements and changes to certain sections of Calle Las Artes in La Caleta and Calle El Jable in Callao Salvaje and finally the plan has approved the project to build a road connecting the Iboibo sector with the village of Callao Salvaje.

Remembrance day in Adeje

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Adeje deputy mayor Amada Trujillo Bencomo will attend the Callao Salvaje Community Church’s Remembrance Day ceremony this Sunday, November 8th. The church is in Sueño Azul in Callao Salvaje.

The event will start a few minutes before 11 when people are asked to be in place to participate in the 2 minute silence, which is held all over the British Commonwealth in memory of the minute the guns of Europe fell silent on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. This year the ceremony is also of particular significance as it marks the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII in 1945.

Remembrance Day is celebrated in Commonwealth countries annually on the second Sunday of November. This year alongside councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, who is also the councillor for the zone, will be British vice-consul Helen Keating as well as other representatives of the British community in South Tenerife.

Why the poppy? The wearing of the poppy was inspired by a poem , In Flanders Fields, written by Canadian doctor Lt Col John McCrae. He wrote it in 1915 shortly after seeing fields of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields.

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.”

After the First World War, the poppy was adopted as a symbol of Remembrance.”