I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Algorfa may be a little pueblo, but it has a great big heart. The people are friendly, and they like to help others whenever they can. That may involve raising money for good causes, or just extending the hand of friendship to those who need it, and organising social events to get people together and enjoying themselves.
One group that has been working at bringing the residents of Algorfa together to make the most of life in Spain since 2010 is the Lo Crispin Residents Cultural Association, which is based at the Tavern Bar, Lo Crispin. I caught up with President Colin Ranson and his lovely wife Beryl at the group’s annual Carol Concert, just before Christmas. The event has become something of a local legend, with the TAABS Charity Singers leading the carols, mulled wine, minced pies, and even snow, although being the Costa Blanca, it’s not the real deal. Still, it made it seem a lot more like Christmas – which can be a bit challenging in a country where Christmas is not commercialised and you can still get wall to wall sunshine and temperatures of 25 degrees Centigrade or more in December!
The locals dress up in their finest festive gear, and a great time is had by all. So much so that this year, for the first time, the Association decided to hold a Christmas party after the carols, with a hot buffet and live entertainment from Cherry K and Rebecca Holt. Cherry and Rebecca are tribute artistes, and great entertainers. They did a set of Christmas songs each, followed by an Andrews Sisters tribute, Tina Turner, the Blues Brothers and Abba. With a hot buffet including lasagne, meat pie, pizza, popcorn chicken, mini beefburgers and sausages, it was a fantastic evening, made even better by the friendliness of everyone, especially Alison, Jayne, Gail and Julie, who were on the table next to us. Half way through January, Tony still hasn’t recovered from the ministrations of these lovely ladies!
If you’re thinking you couldn’t afford to keep up with that kind of social life, even in Spain, you’d be wrong, because all anyone had to pay for on the night was drinks from the bar, and a raffle ticket or two to benefit the Torrevieja Alzheimer’s Association. That’s one of the Association’s two charities – the other is Elche Children’s Home. More of that later. Members of the Association also received a free drink on arrival.
Although you don’t need to be a member to attend social events such as the Carol Concert, the Summer Fair and the various coach trips and weekend breaks that are organised through the year, it makes sense to join, because you’ll be among the first to know about the planned functions. That’s a Good Thing, because these events are really well supported. The 110 tickets for the Christmas Party were soon snapped up!
There is no membership fee, but the Association does ask for a voluntary annual donation of €5, which goes to Elche Children’s Home. Since the Association was set up, the members have raised €6000 for the home, and for the last two years, they’ve also taken a coach load of chidren to Terra Mittica in Benidorm, treating them to lunch and ice creams. Most of the money for this comes from the Lo Crispin Summer Fair.
The Association currently has around 200 members, but it’s always happy to welcome new faces. There is a regular meet up at the Tavern Bar between 12.30 and 2.00 pm each Friday. While the get togethers are all free and easy, Lo Crispin Residents Cultural Association is a legal, registered charity, which focuses on two main objectives: