El martes 15 de marzo, Beniarbeig recibió la vista Javier Gutiérrez, quien en su condición de Diputado de Infraestructuras y Asistencia en Municipios, quiso seguir de primera mano las inversiones que la Diputación de Alicante ha realizado en el municipio durante esta legislatura. Una inversión que se sitúa en más de 1,1 millones de euros, y entre los que destacan los 720.000 € que el ente provincial ha invertido en el Teatre-Auditori. Gutiérrez contó con el alcalde de Beniarbeig, Juanjo Mas, como anfitrión, con quien de forma conjunta pudieron repasar algunas de estas inversiones, como la de los nuevos contenedores soterrados, a la vez que pudieran conversar en torno a las necesidades actuales de pequeñas localidades como Beniarbeig y de las acciones que tiene destinadas la Diputación de Alicante para este tipo de municipios.
La mañana del domingo 13 de marzo unos 300 participantes respondieron a la convocatoria de la Asociación de Amas de Casa de Beniarbeig para celebrar el Día de la Mujer. El acto empezó desde la plaza del 9 de Octubre, donde los participantes se concentraron y desde donde la concejala de igualdad, Sara Gil Peretó, leyó el manifiesto para conmemorar el día. Seguidamente, desde la asociación local se hizo entrega de los 564€ recaudados en las inscripciones en la delegada de Ondara de la Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer.
A continuación, los participantes iniciaron una caminata por las calles del pueblo que contaba con dos itinerarios, uno de 2km y otro de 4km. Una vez terminada la caminata, las amas de casa ofrecieron almuerzo para todos los participantes.
The Encontres a Beniarbeig programme dedicated to Joan Fuster has been the perfect excuse for the Reading Club to experience the genre of the essay. The author uses this genre to express his ideas around a theme and, as is the case with Fuster, they recognise his ideas and reflections on politics, history, culture, literature and sexuality.
The choice of el Diccionari per a ociosos (1964) from all of the options available from Fuster’s bibliography was a recommendation of Tomàs Llopis, teacher and member of the committee of the Encontres a Beniarbeig, who also offered to lead the reading sessions. Firstly there was an introduction to the work and the biography of Fuster, in which Llopis explained Fuster’s writing style and how the reader should tackle reading the book. The second session took place on 23rd February, when they reread some of the sections of the book and Llopis helped to unravel some of the meanings of Fuster’s words for the members of the group.
The readers were agreed on the density and richness of his reflections and on how they invite the reader to think. Reading the book was demanding and not easy, but it questioned the receiver of his words to enable the latter to re-evaluate certain visions and concepts, with the addition of more than one smile with his constant touches of humour.
The next book for the Reading Club will be Noruega (2020), by Rafa Lahuerta Yúfera, an autobiographical novel which has become a bestseller in Valenciano in recent years. As always, the Reading Club is open to anyone who wants to take part.
In November last year the association Juntos por Beniarbeig organised a charity market in the village square. In spite of the bad weather over the two days of the market, they raised about 480€ , and a few days later, two representatives of the association, Daniel Esperanza and Sally Heath, along with the councillor for Social Services, Christine Cook, visited the headquarters of AMADEM in Pedreguer to hand over the money raised. AMADEM is a non-profit making association which safeguards the rights of people suffering from mental illness, and the money raised will be used to support their work with people living in this area.
On Saturday 12th February some 12 members of the association devoted a couple of hours to collect rubbish in and around the village. They cleaned the whole of the Avenida de la Rectoría from the school to the roundabout which leads up to Monte Corona, and then they walked down to the park at the bottom of the pensionistas’ car park. They identified more areas in need of cleaning and the litter pick will be repeated on 12th March. The meeting point is the plaza 9 d’octubre at 10am.
The association is organising a trip to Valencia on 7th May, with the options of going to the city centre, to the Oceanográfico or to a shopping centre. More information shortly.
If anyone wants more information about the association and its activities, call Daniel (655 38 16 56 Spanish) or Sally (616 23 72 86 English)
A group of volunteers, supported by the councillor for Social Services, Christine Cook, have restarted the Spanish-English language intercambio sessions that were so successful last year but which had to be stopped due to the pandemic. The sessions take place on Wednesdays in the library and there are 2 different slots to adapt to people’s timetables, in the mornings from 9.30am to 11am and in the evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm.
The organisers stress that it’s the perfect environment in which to do fun activities, where the Spanish speakers help the foreigners with their Spanish and the English speakers help the Spanish speakers with their English. They encourage you to make the most of this unique opportunity, as the sessions are free. Anyone wanting more information can contact the library.