Hi everyone John here.
The clocks have now gone forward so Summer time has officially arrived! Hopefully the weather will soon show some consistency and we can say goodbye to the winds.

What a great night we had at the 20th March Dance with the fantastic voice of ‘Angie Lang’ who gave us her brilliant tribute to Celine Dion and on her second set, she had almost everyone up dancing. The hugely talented ‘Sean Mac’ not only has a great voice, but this guy could move; from Moon walking to robotics and everything in between. You can tell when it’s been a superb night, when nearly everyone stayed until the very end. Sean was a bit nervous to start off with as he didn’t know what sort of reception he might get, but he enjoyed it so much that he is coming back in December for our Christmas Party.

In April we had the fabulous and first time performance at the Welcome Group Dance; the ‘Debbie Davis Project’. More info next month.

A big thank you to all who joined us on our Annual Treasure Hunt held on 7th April; a really enjoyable day with lots of humour and to date no denuncias or divorces pending! Thanks to the ‘Social Centre’ at Perin for allowing us to use their hall and Country Kitchens for the buffet (of which there was more than plenty to go round). Congratulations to the ‘Pareton Yokels’ for coming in first, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ for coming second and commiserations to the ‘McCool’s’ for getting the booby prize. Well done everyone.

The annual Wine Tasting Trip To Jumilla on 13th/14th April was another thoroughly successful excursion. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. With over 30 different bodegas forcing us to try all the different wines that each of them produced, I think everyone managed to get to taste most of them! We stopped on the return journey for a slap up meal with yet more wine! A great weekend enjoyed by everyone.

The Visit to the Mines at La Union and then to Cabo de Palos on 24th April will be reported on next month.

Welcome Monthly Meeting – 4th May – Mariano’s, Camposol A
All monthly meetings are on the first Saturday of the month at 2pm. Come along to book, reserve and pay for any or all of our advertised trips/dances/event’s etc. and to hear of any trips/events that are planned for the future.

Welcome Dance – 5th May – Mariano’s, Camposol A
We are pleased to welcome back the talented and evergreen Martin Ross and two fabulous young ladies; a Duo called ‘Harmony’. This is a first for them and us. Tickets €10. (chicken and chips €5).

Book Swap – 14th & 28th May – Calle Barcelona 10, Camposol A 10am-12pm Bring along your used books, magazines, DVD’S, CDs and even video cassettes. Take away as many as you like for just €1 donation. This is purely to cover the rent. No membership required. Everyone welcome.

Petanca – 1st May
You will be warmly welcomed by Carol & Peter for a great and enjoyable afternoon on the Petanca courts at Mariano’s, Camposol A. Be there for 1.45pm to register for a 2pm start. No membership required and all are welcome.

Forthcoming Trips and Events
Annual Summer Ball – 19th June
This is being held at La Cumbre Hotel, Puerto de Mazarrón; a fabulous evening starting with a Cava Reception followed by a 6 course meal with wine, water and beer. There will be a Mega Raffle and the lovely Shani will be entertaining us all on the night. Tickets €33 pp. Coach available from Camposol, Mazarrón Country Club & Bolnuevo. Rooms available for just €55 including a slap up breakfast. Tickets have nearly all gone so contact Steve for availability and more information.

Trip To Portugal – 20th May
7 days/6 nights’ half board with wine and water with evening meals stopping at Avia, El Porto, Lisbon and Cadiz, with excursions and insurance included. Due to various reasons there are a couple of rooms now available. Please contact Steve for more information.

Day Trip To Nijar & Mojacar – 29th May
Come along on this one-day trip to the wonderful Andalusian Villages of Nijar and Mojacar. €17pp.

Ladies’ Day – 12th June @ Camposol Golf Club House.
Fashion Show by MABs and Age Concern and stalls selling a great variety of goods. Free bingo & raffle, buffet and dancing to Mr Paul Christie. Ladies only! (You would be surprised at the amount of male golfers who insist it’s their right to join the ladies at this charity event!!!) Tickets €10

Day Trip To El Campello – 26th June
Coach trip to visit the beautiful seaside town of El Campello, located between Alicante and Benidorm. A great opportunity to enjoy the lovely beaches, long wide paseos, shops, local history and culture of this glorious area. Pickup from local areas.  Tickets €16.

Wild Water Rafting – 29th July
Join the Crazy Gang, (yes Steve is going!). Great enjoyment for all the family and all ages (as long as you don’t mind getting wet!). All abilities and disabilities welcome. Coach from local pickup points. Full safety equipment, insurance & refreshments during the trip down river. All photos of the day are free. Tickets €37pp.

For information about any of our trips or entertainment:
Steve 697 960 590
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Email welcomegroupspain@yahoo.com