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Camposol ‘C’ Green Fingers Gardening and Social Group
Phew! Our ration of ‘red’ rain took a lot of clearing up this month but was very welcome as far as the newly planted trees and shrubs go. Our team managed to clear flood waters from the Rambla road towards the bridge and by the time this appears in print, the bitter winds, frost(!), and the clearing of mud and sand will be just a distant memory…but the plants will have had another month of much drier weather to contend with, so if you can spare any time and water to help those near your villa, it will be much appreciated!
The ‘Welcome to C’ wall feature is looking lovely after being weeded and improved by new planting, and this month sees more of our tidying up of kerbs and pavement repairs after Aqualia fix the numerous bursts (but just leave the soil and blocks in a pile nearby!!!). Together with the cleaning of our streets this really has improved our sector this Spring. The weed spraying programme has been postponed until the high winds pass but we will have caught up by the time this goes to press – Without the maintenance team on Mondays and our dedicated volunteers who turn out every Wednesday, this work simply wouldn’t get done and the pavements and roads would once more be overgrown with weeds as in the past, so if you are interested in joining Green Fingers you would be very welcome! Our volunteers meet every Wednesday morning at the Sensol Villas offices (old Masa hoiuse) on the dual carriageway and have a breakfast break with free bacon or sausage butties as a bonus!
Many thanks must go to all who regularly support the maintenance scheme each month, with a special mention for Greg Green from Sensol Villas and Drew Ryder for their particular generosity, and to all of those who kindly donate a little to our bucket when they see us out and about. There are so many ways you can help us even if you can’t afford a monetary donation; our volunteers are always grateful for drinks and we are happy to have your unwanted plants or decorative pots (chipped or broken is fine) to decorate the borders which can either be left behind the ‘Wecome to C’ wall or call John and we will arrange collection from your villa. We would also appreciate any unwanted gifts from the festive season which may be lurking at the back of the cupboard – they are always suitable to raise money in our raffles!
We would like to invite everyone to our Annual General Meeting held at the Golf Club on 15th April at 3pm; please come along and put your views forward! Also, we are holding a Social Night with J.P.Vincent on 19th April at the Golf Club with music to suit everyone and a raffle – should be a great evening so come and support us and have fun at the same time! Please check the chalkboards and Facebook for any further information or contact John, our Chairman, on 634 325 427 or visit the website: http://www.greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup.com/
A huge thank you to all our volunteers who have been out during very cold winds this month; the breakfasts and refreshments provided hopefully warmed them a little while repairing the pavements and building new kerbs after several water burst repairs completed by Aqualia. Also, many thanks go to Compusurf for donating four Christmas pine trees which were provided outside their premises by Mazarron Council; these have been planted by the ‘Welcome to C’ wall near the Rambla. As the new mature trees throughout ‘C’ have suffered in the bitter January winds, new and stronger stakes have been provided to support them until they are completely established. 48 new Oleanders have been planted around the corner from the Welcome garden, and keeping the newly planted areas watered is an ongoing task, even in the colder weather so if you would like to help with this, or join out team of volunteers, please get in touch!
The street sweeping and weed spraying programme continues to make our sector a clean, tidy and lovely place to either visit or live in and we are always looking for new volunteers! On Wednesday mornings we meet at 9am outside the Sensol Villa Office, and even if you can only offer limited time or ability, your efforts are really appreciated by all the temporary and permanent residents: Each season the planted areas really improve the look of our area, all due to our Maintenance team and volunteers led by a committee, all of whom have become friends, so if you’d like to increase your social circle, as well as enjoying the fresh air (very fresh at the moment!) and making your area a beautiful one, just contact us!
Please check our chalkboards, website and Facebook for full details of forthcoming social events and for any further information. John, our chairman, can be contacted on 634 325 427, or visit Facebook or our website: http://www.greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup.com/
Our volunteers returned to work in January after their Christmas break, enjoying the free and well deserved bacon butties as usual on their regular Wednesday mornings! We are always looking for new blood to help out – there are both light and heavier duties so please come and join us at 9am by the Sensol Villa office (old Masa house) and make a difference to our community, even if you can only offer holiday cover. Making new friends is always nice and the huge transformation our club has made to ‘C’ over the past year is incredible! We thank everyone who has joined the scheme and paid a little each month to cover costs; each payment of only 5 Euros has meant the ‘pavements’ around our sector have been gravelled and planted, and the block paving maintained and weeded regularly. Membership is really making a difference so please get in touch if you would like to join.
Spring is well and truly on the way now, with lovely sunny days and cold nights; the perfect weather for all those pesky weeds to grow even more vigorously and yet also the perfect weather for planting…and transplanting! Thanks to anyone who takes the time to maintain and water the plants and verges near their homes and if any of you have a shrub or plant which has outgrown its space or is surplus to requirements, our team will happily come and remove it to a place where it can grow on for all to enjoy.
The maintenance team have been duly continuing the programme of weeding, brushing and spraying all the streets of ‘C’ in turn. Potholes have also been repaired on the temporary Rambla crossing but this looks as if it will be a long term task as so much traffic uses it! Hopefully the bridge will soon be completed and until then, please think of Green Fingers when you cross any newly filled potholes, both down in the Rambla and on the tarmac roads on ‘C’ which have needed repair over the Winter season? A small donation in our bucket would be very welcome, thanks. We are looking for someone to stand in occasionally on our Monday and Wednesday maintenance team, sometimes at short notice to cover member’s sickness and holiday periods; just contact us if you would like to help.
Our Chairman, John can be contacted on 634 325 427 or check the chalkboards, Facebook and website for any more news http://www.greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup.com/
Our volunteer working parties began again in mid September and we’d like to appeal to anyone who can spare a couple of hours on Wednesday mornings to please come and help continue the great improvement of our area: We meet at the Sensol Villas office (old Masa office) at 9am. Breakfast is a free perk, and don’t worry if you cannot do heavy work; there are light duties of weeding, planting and watering! Come along and make new friends; we’ve just had many new mature trees and plants delivered to replace those which didn’t survive the hot weather, so even if you’re only here on holiday, you’ll be beautifying your whole community!
The maintenance scheme has continued cleaning, weeding and spraying the streets of ‘C’ in
strict rotation and watering the plants throughout the hot Summer. Thanks to all who spare a minute to take care of any plants near their homes, and who have offered our working parties refreshments! Our group is totally dependent upon your help and donations – If you see our teams out and about please contribute a little to their bucket, or better still; join our scheme for a donation of only 5 Euros a month! Every Euro of each member’s monthly payment is used to enhance the whole area of ‘C’, which improves as each month passes thanks to you all!
The new green waste container sited at the junction of Calles Aralia and Ibiscum has
unfortunately not been emptied by the council since it arrived: this is due to the lorry needing repairs. By the time you read this, the collection will hopefully be regular once more but in the meantime please clip your green waste and put it in the rubbish bins, or delay your pruning, thank you.
Don’t forget our Auction of promises at 8pm on 12 th October at the Golf Club with DJ Dan – only 1 Euro donation per person admission enabling you to bid for the ‘promise’ of someone else’s time or skills: There are quite a few donations so it should be a popular event! If you’d still like to donate an unwanted item, or have a special skill which would raise money for us (and your popularity in the community!) please let us know asap.
Please save the date, too, for our Christmas Carvery Meal & Dance on 5 th December at the Golf Club with live music from Wildcat supported by Disco Dan. Tickets 18 Euros from Ann 968 974 951 or John 634 325 427. Please check chalkboards, Facebook and website for any more news
Our Summer Dance was a resounding success: The Beagles played lots of great music to suit everyone’s taste; at one point I looked around to see loads of white-haired people, arms in the air, pogo-ing…Only in Spain! We all had a fabulous time and raised much needed funds for the continuing improvement of our area – thanks to you all for buying raffle tickets and supporting us.
High Summer temperatures are once again upon us so please give any plants near your casa a good drink as they’re suffering in these hot winds, as are our thirsty team who have not just been street clearing, but repairing the dreadful potholes on the dual carriageway! They too would be very grateful for any drinks offered by you! We have been granted the use of a garden waste container, thanks to the efforts of Bernard and Tatiana, at the junction of Calles Aralia and Ibiscum on C2. This is for green waste only and will be removed by the council if any rubble or kitchen waste appears in it.
September sees the re-commencing of our volunteer working parties on Wednesday mornings; if you can spare a couple of hours and some energy to help, we would be really grateful and your time would be rewarded with a free breakfast! We are continually praised for the effort our teams make to transform ‘C’; it’s hard to remember what it used to be like before the manicured verges, trimmed trees and cleaned streets, but without the support of volunteers this simply wouldn’t happen, so if you’d like to make a difference, and new friends at the same time, please contact us!
The ‘Auction of Promises’ is now to be held on 12 th October at the Golf Club with DJ Dan – Admission is only a 1 Euro donation per person, then you will be able to bid for the ‘promise’ of someone else’s time or skills: We have had many offers of time to be auctioned off, but need a few more people/businesses to donate their talents please! Only a couple of hours given by you will help raise much needed funds to improve ‘C’ for all of us and local support for your business will surely grow afterwards! We are also accepting donations of any unwanted items which will be auctioned on the night; so give us a call if you have anything suitable to spare? Please give generously and help others who may need your expertise, thank-you.
Our Christmas Party will be at the Golf Club on 5 th December, with a 3 course meal and
entertainment, all for 18 Euros, so save the date! We can be contacted on Facebook or by
phone; John – 634 325 427 or Ann – 968 974 951. More information is on our website; http://
www.greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup.com/ and our chalkboards.
Green Fingers Committee are pleased to announce two donations of 50 Euros each, some of the proceeds of our Jubilee Party; to M.A.D., our local charity for the needy, and F.A.S.T., our Camposol first aid support team. Although most of us are enjoying a really happy life or holiday here, we may all need or benefit from these charities one day…
Our maintenance team have been turning out earlier because of the tremendous heat throughout past weeks, trimming palms and clearing verges on the Golf side of the Dual Carriageway ready for gravelling in the Autumn – Thanks to all who gave to our buckets; so many people coming to Camposol on holiday have noticed the marked difference since their previous visit – every Euro helps with landscaping and planting. Thanks also to those who have kindly provided much needed drinks to the early-bird workers, despite the fact we may have woken some of them; our apologies (it’s hard to clean streets silently!). The weeding and spraying rota of ‘C’ streets has continued and two new water butts have been installed; Please, if you have any spare time, give the plants near your home or holiday home some water – every area is suffering in these high temperatures. May we also politely request that dog owners pick up any mess their pets leave behind? It only takes two minutes to deposit a bag in the bin and will keep the area poo-free, thanks.
Don’t forget; our next Social Evening is at the Golf Club 8pm, 10th August with the wonderful Beagles: Tickets are only 5 Euros donation with drinks at special prices – please support us as it promises to be another great night!
Also a reminder about our ‘Auction of Promises’ on 19th October at the Golf Club with DJ Dan – There will be a donation of only 1 Euro per person admission, and then you will be able to bid for the ‘promise’ of someone else’s time or skills: We have had quite a few offers of different skills to be auctioned, but there must be more of you out there who have a special talent which you would like to freely ‘donate’ to this Auction and which someone else may find useful? For example; pet walking or sitting, a few hours gardening, cooking, sewing, computer tuition, ironing, baby-sitting or perhaps DIY for someone…So come on and help raise awareness for your business while supporting a very good cause and making ‘C’ a prettier place – your donation could raise enough to plant a whole new area! Please give generously of your time, and help others who may need your expertise – recommendations will surely follow, so you will benefit, too!
We look forward to hearing from you with regard to this special Auction and further details of both these events can be found on our Chalkboards or contact us on 634 325 427. More information about our group can be found on Facebook and our website; http://www.greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup.com/
Our Jubilee Street Party was a great success; dancing to Lenny Mitchell and DJ Dan, toasting Her Majesty, feasting on the generous barbeque and accompaniments cooked and served by ladies of the committee and volunteers, all rounded off with Sangria, Cava, wines and beers! It was such a happy evening and everyone entered into the red, white and blue spirit! Thanks to all who very generously gave many prizes for our raffle; amongst which were meals at many local restaurants, vouchers for various beauty salons and even the banks who gave us a coffeemaker and some mugs for the children!
Our volunteer working parties have finished for the summer but the maintenance team will be clearing, weeding and spraying all streets on ‘C’ as usual throughout the hotter months. Various sites will be surveyed with a view to choosing future projects for the Autumn, including replacement of the trees at the ‘Welcome to ‘C’ feature: they unfortunately have not survived transplatation with very little roots in the unseasonally warm May, despite daily watering – If you would like a task completed in your area please contact us and please give any plants near your home or holiday home a drink if possible, thank you. Thanks also to everyone for donations to our bucket, added to which are two from Sensol Villa rentals and Holmes and Pegg, all helping further improve ‘C’ sector.
Our next event is a Social Evening at the Golf Club 8pm, 10th August with the fabulous Beagles: Tickets are only 5 Euros donation with drinks at special prices – please support us as this should be another great night!
Now; news of a special evening on 19th October at the Golf Club with DJ Dan – an ‘Auction of Promises’: This is an event where, for a 1 Euro donation, you will be able to bid for the ‘promise’ of someone else’s skills: so we are now asking for anyone out there who has a special skill they would like to freely ‘donate’ to this Auction, which someone else may find useful! For example; a meal cooked by you in another person’s home, a couple of hours of ironing, baby or dog-sitting, sewing, gardening, baking, electrical work or DIY for someone…Donations have already been made to bake batches of mince pies for the coming Christmas season…yummy! So come on you builders, homemakers, artists and tradesmen! Please give generously of your time, and help support others who may need your expertise, while raising money to make your local area a better place to live in: Your reputations and recommendations will surely increase, benefitting you, too!
We look forward to hearing from you with any suggestions for this special Auction and further details of both these events can be found on our Chalkboards or contact us on 634 325 427. More information about our group can be found on Facebook and our website; http://www.greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup.com/
Just a quick reminder to request that tables and chairs are brought down to Calle Begijar between 12 noon and 2 pm (there will be security on site the whole time after that time to ensure no-one’s property goes ‘walkies’).
Also, although we have many volunteers to serve drinks and food, please bear with us while waiting for these as this has proved to be such a popular event! We would like to serve food to the tables with children first, so you may want to bring your own nibbles to pass the time as you wait for your food, which we will serve to everyone as quickly as possible!
Thanks in advance for your patience.
We had a productive AGM on the Golf Club terrace; around fifty people attended and enjoyed a lively meeting – A vote of thanks was given to our retiring Chairman, Bernard, who will become Honorary president and John Osborne was elected as our new Chair supported by a re-elected committee. Guest speaker Bob Owen from the CRA gave an informative talk about the relationship, both past and future, between Mazarron Council and the different sectors of Camposol.
The maintenance team and Wednesday volunteers continue the street weeding and spraying programme, have repaired kerbs, reconcreted the flood relief pipe near the Rambla and laid tons more gravel along the road from the bridge to the Welcome feature as well as repairing part of the road surface of Calle Begijar – phew! The new fencing opposite the old Masa office has also been repaired after being damaged by vandals and will surround another new bench feature. If you have any time to ‘adopt’ a small area near your home, by regularly watering the plants and occasionally weeding, we would be extremely grateful, so would the plants (!) and donations of your unwanted plants and broken pots are always appreciated!
The ‘Welcome to C’ Jubilee garden has been transformed this month by the gift of many mature trees and plants from two local ladies; so many people gave their time and muscle to plant them in the parched earth (and re-plant those that were uprooted due to vandalism and high winds). They are now being watered each day in the hope they survive: huge thanks to everyone involved. Special appreciation must also go to talented local artist, Coral, who has decorated our chalkboards with beautifully painted flowers – C Sector has so many kind people who give their time, donations of both money and plants, snacks and drinks for the workers…Their generosity of spirit makes ‘C’ such a great place to live and visit on holiday! If you would like to volunteer to help us in any way, and meet new friends, just get in touch via phone or email. We offer the bribe of breakfast on Wednesdays and the satisfaction of knowing you are keeping fit while making a huge difference to the place you have chose to live or spend holidays – Each time visitors return here, they notice how lovely the improvements are and always let us know as they pass!
Tickets for the Diamond Jubilee Street Party on 4thJune with Lenny Mitchell, disco, bbq and a free glass of cava to toast Her Majesty are now available for a donation of 5 Euros each from John; 634 325 427 Details of this and other information about our group can be found on the chalkboards, Facebook and our website; http://www.greenfingersgardenandsocialgroup.com/
Yes yesterday the town hall did sign the necessary paperwork to take over sector A, and they are now starting to meet to organize sector B,C and D. they did not make a big issue from this because they rather do it when the certificates of Habitation come through.
Also they are building a football pitch on Sector C opposite the hotel ( I think this is where it use to be), and there is an association that is paying for the nets that go round it.
There has been meetings with Aqualia, because as you know we cant change contracts, or do anything with sector b c or d at the moment as Masa and Aqualia have no longer got a contract.
Ref licenses, I have enquired if these have been stopped and the Mayor said no. He said to be very patient, that things are moving forward but very slowly.
So some answers then. It would appear that the breakdown between Masa & Aqualia has resulted in no bills being sent out and that the council are working on it. Watch this space.
Kelly is trying to arrange a meeting for us at the moment but it would appear that the Mayor doesn’t think there is enough progress yet to justify a meeting. I have told her that we do need a meeting to sort out once and for all a line of communication between the town hall and the residents association. The current situation where different councillors drip feed information, not all of which corresponds, just leads to dissatisfaction and adds to the rumour machine.
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