Branch area: Costa Blanca region of Spain
Number of members: 70+
- Secretary: Tony Lawton
- Chair: Moira John
- Treasurer: Lorraine Hardy
- Membership Secretary: Les Adams
We have three other members on our committee
- Regular branch meetings: second Tuesday of each month, by Zoom until further notice.
- Monthly lunch meetings, poetry group, and music group depending on the covid-19 situation.
About Our Branch
We have had a branch here on the Costa Blanca for over a quarter of a century, probably long before LI! We cover an area South from Valencia to well South of Alicante. Prior to Covid, we held monthly meetings in Javea where a sizeable number of our members are based. We have over 70 LI members, plus LP members in the UK who spend part of the year here, and supporters.
Since lockdown, we have held monthly Zoom meetings – we meet on the second Tuesday of each month. We held one real meeting in September, which only attracted 10 members, because of Covid. Now, we are only allowed meetings of 6 people, so our meetings will all be by Zoom till further notice.
One advantage of Zoom is that we have been able to get guest speakers to appear. In the last few months we have had Susan Harris, legal director of GMB union; Mick Antoniw, a member of the Welsh Assembly; and Eve Drayton-Hill, LI women’s officer.
In addition to our meetings, we also hold a monthly lunch, which used to be well attended until Covid, but we continue them on a small scale; we have a small poetry group which meets weekly by Zoom; and a music group, which we have tried to continue monthly by sharing links amongst the group to various pieces of music.