General Contacts and Services

Note: This list is produced with the main object of assisting people relocating to Southern Spain. In general no charges are made for entries although the publisher reserves the right of inclusion/exclusion. No responsibility can be taken by the publisher for use of the services included as they are offered as contact points, not as recommendations.

We are pleased to include any officially recognised Medical, Veterinary or Health Service practitioner, also Local Government or Charity details considered of general interest, subject to capacity.

Airports

Alicante Airport Reception: 00 34 - 966 919 000
Flight Information: 902 200 747 (9:00-13:30 16:00-19:00)

Airport Guide for Spain and the world, try www.worldairportguide.com

British Consulate Alicante (Plaza de Calvo Sotelo)
British Consul Paul Rodwell
British Vice Consul Lloyd Milen
Tel 902 109 356 or 91 334 2194, Fax 96 514 05 28
Email Alicante.Consulate@fco.gov.uk
Work hours 8.30 - 1.30
British Ambassador Giles Paxman. Madrid. Tel 91 700 8200.

Come Fly with Me

A private pilot, Keith Worthington offers shared cost flights in a Piper Warrior over the Valencia region of Spain. Useful just for fun or to get a view of an area you're considering moving to.

For more information, see his personal pages

Building Services

Alan Prior, English Painter Decorator, first class work, many references. Estimates with no obligation.
Tel 96 289 6249. Mobile 636 564 754.

Simon Mogg, Plumbing & Heating Engineer, ACS - Gas & Corgi Registered. Estimates given without obligation. Professional work from a qualified man who's language you understand.
Tel. 96 280 5099. Villalonga, Spain. Distance no problem.

Goodrich Services offer a high quality house design and modernisation service – complete house improvement, conversions, extensions, remodelling of kitchens, garden landscaping etc.
Using a unique fully automated mobile workshop which they situate at the client’s property, the craftsmen are able to produce much of the work outside, thereby lessening inconvenience to the occupier whilst improving efficiency and reducing time scale.
Commissions are considered in both the UK and Europe. Quotations on request.
View the Goodrich House pictures to see the quality of work and design produced by this company on a total property upgrade.
Telephone Office: 00 44 (0)1889 568 240
Mobile: 00 44 (0)7968 763 708
Email: Phil.Hamlin@ukonline.co.uk

Car Insurance

Linea Directa Aseguradora SA, (Spanish Car Insurance Group). Isaac Newton 7, 28760 Tres Cantos, Madrid.
Excellent English Service, Maria del Mar Diaz.Tel 902 236 236. Fax 91 807 49 07.
Spanish Tel 902 151 151 Fax 91 807 2041

Car Hire

Argus Rentals
OnAirportCarHire
One of Europe's leading car rental brokers, providing quality, low cost car hire throughout the world at major cities, airports and holiday resorts. Offer £5 discount for online car hire bookings

Charities

"Help"
A registered charity offering advice on health and welfare matters and the loan of equipment.
Benidorm 96 588 94 83 or 96 681 13 04
Branch Pres Joan Brunning 96 587 8282
Campello Chairman Sandra Clegg. 96 563 08 99 or 96 565 34 79
Denia Chairman Mavis Wilkinson. 96 642 14 34 or 96 642 47 57
Gandia /Oliva Equipment only Jeff Fenton 96 280 22 47
Jalon Valley Mobile 659 624 643
Javea 96 579 50 78
La Marina Christine Robinson. 96 679 65 61
Moraira 96 649 0399
Mar Menor Sheila Merritt 96 860 85 23
Torrevieja 96 570 42 82 or 96 671 87 44
Alzheimers Support Group (Denia) -9664236 29
Cancer Charity Centre (Javea) Tel -965795078
Diabetes Support Group (Moraira) -00 34 96 597 70 29
Royal British Legion (District Welfare Chairman Mr Don Rogers) -96565 73 74 (vide infra)

Church Service

The Costa Blanca Anglican Chaplaincy
Holy Eucharist is celebrated on the second and last Sunday of each month at 11.00am
The service is held in the chapel of the Borja Palace, Gandia
All are welcome
For further information telephone the Rev. Bruce Addison 96 287 8798

Computing

Wanadoo.es - Internet Service Provider
For technical queries Tel 906 295 100 . Ask for an English speaking technician. You will be asked for your service name and password, if you have not kept a record of it you will have problems getting answers to queries.
If you are interested in converting to an ADSL service you ring 902 011 900. If you have been with wanadoo for 1 year the ADSL installation charge and modem is free, you pay a monthly fee of €39 which allows you instant access to the internet at any time 24 hours per day.
There is an alternative ADSL service with limited access, Phone for details.
Oliva Computers
Sell computers (new and second hand), hardware and software, repair and service PCs, connect people to the internet and set them up for email.
C. Santisimo 15, Oliva 46780, Open: Mon-Fri 10-2 & 4-7.30
Tel. 96 283 9156
Website www.olivacomputers.com

Eating Out

Bar Restaurant. Fontvell, Orba. Good Food – Live Music. English owners. 96 640 4239

Bar Piscina. Barx (with a swimming pool) Barx. 96 280 7382

La Varenne Restaurante, Beniarjo.
Gastronomic treat for a special occasion.
Phone 96 283 3727. I am told expensive but very good English cuisine.
Renaissance Restaurante Y Jardin en el Palacio Del Conde
Off N332, Centre of Benirredra at the rear of the Convent de las Esclavas, Gandia.
Driving from Oliva towards Gandia, as you leave Bellreguard approaching the large roundabout with some 27 palm trees, go right onto the Albida bypass, across the fields to your right you can see the twin towers of the Convent with Blue & Gold spires, take the first slipway left off the bypass, then left by the filling station, 200 metres to the small roundabout, go left then 200 metres to a larger roundabout, continue on straight ahead (road gets narrower,) restaurant is on the 4th right hand corner (400 metres).
Superb atmosphere in an old palace. Excellent food & wine
You need to book, phone for directions:- Tel, 96 287 8779
Cameo Restaurant. Calle de Majorca 16, Gandia Playa.
This restaraunt is at the back of the Bayren Hotel, Gandia Playa. ( see Hotel sign post directions) First road back parallel with the sea front. Offer the very best in home cooked English Beef & Yorkshire pudings on Sunday, superb Steak pie, Apple Pie with short crust pastry, Fish and Chips to make Harry Ramsden envious. Good variety menu. Open Wednesday to Sunday incl., at very reasonable prices, even for Spain. Yes, I give this a first class recommendation.
Tel:- 96 284 2117

Music For Hire

“Waytona” Versatile Duo. Tony & Wayne. 96 558 1405

“Blue Musette” Carlo Ferrari (English) Synthesiser Accordion & Vocals.Some of the best music I have danced to. Plays a wide range of music, as requested at a volume to your liking. 96 579 5467

Passport Problems

Contact Mark Petrie SL, Ramon y Cajal 8, Aptdo de Correos 242. 03700 Denia. Tel: 96 578 1815/0757
Fax 96 578 9125. Email petrie@teleline.es For full details, see my General Information page.

Medical Tele Alarm Service

This is a service provided by the Red Cross for the over 65's needing emergency support.
Tel Gandia 962 873 861 or Alicante 96 525 4141

Service Associations

Royal British Legion (Spain)

District welfare Chairman Sheila Simmons 96 646 1853 or 96 579 5687
Branch Officers
Alicante (Les) 96 565 0546
Benidoleig (Malcolm) 96 640 4088
Benidorm (Ray) 96 563 5515
Calpe (Ursula) 96 574 7847
Campello (Ron) 96 563 4476
Costa Brava (David) 97 215 2314
Javea (Hilary) 96 577 0121
Mojacar (Jean) 96 574 5318
Pego (Peter) 96 283 9251
Torrevieja (Philip) 96 678 5668

Air Crew Association, 96 579 3140 Brian Westcott, Chairman

SSAFA & FHS, 96 676 0393 Brian Simpson

Royal Air Force, Air Crew Association, Javea Branch, Spain.
Contact John Murphy on 00 34 96 574 1240 or email jaymurf@navegalia.com

Consumer Advice

Organismos Publicos de Consumo
Similar to the British Standards and Consumer Council organisations. Be aware you cannot expect them to speak English, although you may be lucky. If you have a real complaint, before getting a lawyer, try getting a Spanish speaking friend to describe your problem to them.
There are branches in various parts of Spain. Try phoning or writing to:
ORGANISMOS PUBLICOS DE CONSUMO
Plaça de L'ajuntament, 17
46410 - SUECA (Valencia)

Tel: 96 170 00 50 Ext. 216
Fax: 96 171 05 35
Email: omic@infosueca.com

Solicitors/Abogado, Legal advisors

Charo Ferrando Martinez, Abogada & Esther Canto Riera, Asesor Fiscal/Tax Advisor.
C/ La Mar, 4-B. 03759 Benidoleig. Tel 966 404 546. Fax 966 404 330. Email asficconsulting@terra.es
Josefa D Santacreu (Abogada)
Po Antonio Salelles, 7 bajo. 46780 Oliva. Tel 96 285 4200 Fax 96 285 5781.
Marc White LL.B. English Solicitor
C/Diana 16, 1º, 03700 Denia (Alicante) Spain Tel.00 34 966-426-185 or M 00 34 677-204-355 Fax +34 965-784-471 Email info@marc-white.com
Carolina Ripoll (English speaking)
C/Marques de Campo 16-4 , 03700 Denia (Alicante) Tel: 966 426 096 or M 686 066 805
Salvador Vives Pons (English tel contact Zoe)
C/ Pare Pere, 9 bajo , 03700 Denia (Alicante) Tel: 966 432 624 Fax: 966 427 169

Translation Services

Professional interpretation and translation. Spanish - English - Spanish
Dixon Servicios Lingüísticos SL Valencia
Offer translators & linguistic consultancy for projects of all sizes and 24h interpretors for all situations (business, government, courtroom etc.)
Tel: 0034 96 373 22 48 Fax: 0034 96 373 63 81
Email: michaeldixon@dixon.es Web: www.dixon.es
Robert Bedloe. Denia
Lives in Denia but will travel for legal interpretation of documents etc.
Offers one to one conversational Spanish lessons.
Tel: 96 642 0866
Jill Pertegas. Gandia
Masters Degree in Spanish. Offers professional translation service. Jill is a registered professional Spanish teacher of many years experience. She offers both one to one and group lessons for beginners or advanced students.
Tel: 96 286 4852, Mobile: 669 221510 or call me on 96 296 0920
HELP. Medical translation.
The charity "Help" offers a Translation / Interpretation service for patients in various areas of the Costas. Enquiries for assistance should be made to:-
Jalon Valley Area, Mrs Wilkinson Tel 659 624 643
Benidorm & Finestrat districts, Christine Tel 96 585 6242
Denia Hospital offer their own patient English - German - Spanish translation service
Telephone 96 578 7012
Translation on the web
SYSTRANOffer a range of translation software and services. Used for instance, by AltaVista's free Babelfish web translator
SDL InternationalOffer translation from English to Spanish, French, German, Italian etc.
I have used this and it is very good, but if you want perfect translation they also offer a charged service.
Dixon Servicios LingüísticosHuman translation & interpretation services
BabelFish.comOffer a variety of charged human translation services

Note For Gandia Social Club International members

Any club member offering legitimate services may request to have those services listed on this web site. No charges are made for such advertising. However the publisher retains the right to refuse any such advertisement or to cease entry of any particular advert without notice. Please note that the publisher accepts no responsibility whatever for the quality of the services offered within this database. The quality of work of any listed service is for the user to ascertain with the supplier.

We are also pleased to consider requests for entry from other services, charities, medical practicioners or local authorities.

Call David Kitching the club VP on 00 34 - 96 287 8298 or me on 96 296 0920

Or see the Gandia Social Club web site

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Language & Education
The languages of Spain and the education system
Health Care
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Property Matters
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Currency Transfer
Better rates from foreign exchange service companies
Utilities
Telecomm, water, gas & electricity service & supply issues
Useful Contacts
Recreational, consular, medical, travel & service contacts
Sports & Leisure
Sports, leisure & tourist information and contacts
Cars & Driving
Motor vehicle useage and ownership in Spain
Working in Spain
For those wishing to work or run a small business in Spain
Spanish Taxation
Introduction to Spanish taxes and where to get help
Hospice Appeal
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