NEWS & EVENTS
BRITISH CONSULATE BREXIT BRIEFINGS
British Consul in Alicante, Sara-Jane Morris is giving a number of "town hall briefings" this month for expatriates in the area who may have questions about the implications of BREXIT. General information about the talks is given below but for more details, see the local press or visit the Consulate's Facebook page.
|| When & Where
| 20 February
Benidorm - 12.00 noon in the Centro Social La Torretta on Avenida Ciudad Real in Rincon de Loix
Javea - at 16.00 in the Casa de Cultura in Placa de Baix
| 21 February
Alfas del Pi - at 12.00 noon in the Forum Mare Nostrum in Calle del Pintxo
Teulada-Moraira - at 15.00 in the Edificio Espai de la Senieta on the Avenida de Madrid
DISTRICT CONFERENCE 2018
District North Spain of The Royal British Legion held its Annual Conference in Ciudad Patricia in Benidorm on Friday 26th Janqary 2018. The Committee and Delegates from Branches were delighted to welcome Emma Cannings, Director of Membership and Volunteering and Sara Munsterhjelm, British Vice-Consul in Alicante as guest speakers. For a fuller report on the Conference, please visit this page.
DISTRICT NORTH SPAIN IS NOW ON FACEBOOK!
District North Spain now has its own Facebook page, which we will be growing over the coming days and months. your ideas and contributions are very welcome - visit us at @LegionInSpain
NATIONAL INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS
If your spouse or partner accompanied on posting outside UK on posting, they can now claim Class 3 National Insurance Contributions (a new class of contribution) right back to April 1975. This could help with UK pension eligibility and amounts. You can apply even if you’re no longer serving. Follow the link to find out more. Remember that since 2010 spouses and partners have been entitled to claim Class 1 contributions when accompanying overseas - that information can also be found in the same article. Read more here...
To mark 11th November and Remembrance Sunday, a number of Services of Remembrance were held across District North Spain. Photographs of some of them are published here .
For additional information about the background to Acts of Remembrance, please visit
NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR DISTRICT COMMUNITY SUPPORT WORKER
At the recent meeting of the District Committee, District North Spain Chairman Don Cubbon expressed his pleasure and delight in awarding a certificate on behalf of Ian Fraser-Roe (National Overseas Support Coordinator) to Pam Twissell-Cross. In recognition of her outstanding work as District Community Support Officer for the District, Pam was awarded a Certificate of Recognition in the recent Volunteer's Week. The Chairman described the award as thoroughly well-deserved and added his own thanks for Pam's unstinting efforts on behalf of those across District North Spain.
NEW LEGION BRANCH IN MURCIA (BR3710)
A new Branch of The Royal British Legion was inaugurated in Murcia on 7th April. The lovely surroundings of the Sanctuary on the outskirts Calasparra made a spectacular venue. With almost 50 people attending there was great enthusiasm for starting a Branch in this northern area of Murcia.
The is the first new Branch to be opened in the District for seven Years and Chris Wyatt, District Secretary said “We are delighted that the Legion will now have a real presence in this area of Murcia. Branch members will be able to enjoy a varied social life as well as raising money for the Poppy Appeal and helping with Community Support. We wish them all the very best for the future.”
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The Legion Introduces Its New District Chaplain
The Royal British Legion, District North are delighted to announce the appointment of a new District Chaplain. Father Ray Andrews has recently taken over the role from the Reverend Terence Samson. The Legion wish Terence and his wife all the very best for the future.
Father Ray was born in Greenwich, London and spent a good deal of time there, living briefly in Spain and Southern Africa. His first career was in Mental Health where he qualified as a psychiatric social worker and worked as a practitioner and educator for many years. Father Ray trained as a psychotherapist, specialising in addiction and still practices today at a clinic in Alicante.
Following a couple of years in a monastic community in Oxford, Father Ray returned to London to study theology and was ordained to the priesthood. His ordained ministry was always in the diocese of Southwark with parishes in Dulwich and Central London. His last London parish was St George the Martyr in Southwark, where he was parish priest to the Head Office of The Royal British Legion in Borough High Street.
Father Ray came to live in Spain in 2015, taking the position of Chaplain in the Costa Blanca Chaplaincy.
Father Ray said “I was delighted and honoured to be asked to serve as Chaplain for the District North of The RBL here in Spain, particularly given my association with the organisation in London. I look forward to this happy association”.