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BRITISH AMBASSADOR TO SPAIN ON BREXIT
26/07/2017 10:34 AM

Open Letter to UK Citizens Living in Spain, from HMA Simon Manley

Given the success of the Spanish State Visit to the UK the week before last, which, among other things, highlighted the importance of people to people links between our two countries, I thought it timely to return to the subject of citizens’ rights in the negotiations on our departure from and future partnership with the EU. 

In the year since the EU referendum, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of you across the country, from the Balearics to the Canaries, along the Costas and in Madrid, and our consular teams have met many more.

I know from those conversations that there has been uncertainty for many of you. My teams and I have listened to your concerns about the future, including about your residency status in Spain, the level of your UK pensions, and your access to Spanish health and other social services, and have noted the questions you have about tax, inheritance, right to work and the implications of applying for Spanish nationality.

At our meetings, on our social media and in interviews, I have also pledged to keep you up to date as negotiations on our exit from the European Union continue. So, let me update you on where matters stand now, in light of the latest negotiation round in Brussels last week.

The UK Government has been clear that citizens are our top priority in the exit negotiations. We want an agreement that provides citizens with greater certainty about their future.

Last week, we held constructive and substantive discussions with the European Commission on the bulk of the issues underpinning our respective positions on citizens’ rights.  Together we have taken a big step forward. There is a much clearer understanding on the detail of the positions on both sides and significant convergence on the key issues that really matter to citizens. You can read this technical note which compares the UK and EU positions on these issues here. It is clear both sides want to move towards an agreement.

As you know, on 26 June, the Prime Minister outlined to Parliament an offer to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK. We are entering the negotiations with the European Commission and the other 27 EU Member States constructively and we therefore hope that the EU27 will offer reciprocal treatment for British nationals resident in the other Member States.

Many of you will have seen press reports of our 26 June offer, whether in the UK or Spanish media. I hope you will also have read the detailed proposals which are set out in “Safeguarding the position of EU citizens in the UK and UK nationals in the EU” (https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/brexit)  and I would encourage you to sign-up for email alerts (you can do so on the Home Office gov.uk page) to receive updates, to ensure that you are receiving information and guidance from official sources.

The first key element of the new proposal is residence status and working rights. Until the UK’s exit, EU citizens in the UK will continue to enjoy all the rights they currently have under EU law; they can continue to live and work in the UK just as they do now. 

The same rights also apply to you, British residents in Spain.  You can continue to live and work here in Spain as you always have done.  After the UK’s exit from the EU, we are proposing a reciprocal deal that would protect the right of UK nationals already in the EU to continue to live and work in the EU.  We hope that the European Commission and the 27 other Member States will agree to this.

The second key element is healthcare, pensions, education and access to benefits. It is our intention to treat EU citizens with settled status in the UK in the same way as if they were UK citizens for the purposes of access to education, benefits and pensions.

For you, the Government has announced that the UK will continue to export and uprate the UK State Pension and provide associated healthcare cover within the EU, issues which I know from my conversations over the last year were important to many of you.

At the moment, those of you who are UK pensioners and resident in Spain access healthcare through the S1 form.  This means the UK reimburses Spain the cost of providing medical treatment.  After the UK leaves the EU, we want to continue your healthcare entitlements on the same basis. Healthcare in Spain was indeed one of the case studies cited in the detailed proposals made by the British Government on 26 June (see link).

Subject to negotiations, we want to continue participating in the European Health Insurance Card scheme meaning EHIC holders continue to benefit from free, or reduced-cost, needs-arising healthcare while on a temporary stay in the EU — and vice versa for EU EHIC holders visiting the UK. We hope the European Commission will agree to this.

The British Government has repeatedly said that, until exit negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the European Union and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force.  You can continue travelling throughout the EU on your UK passport, without any visa requirements.  You can continue to access Spanish healthcare and draw your UK pension.  If you have any difficulties accessing those rights, do please let our Consulates know

I will continue to engage with you and listen to you, as will my consular teams across Spain. In the meantime, please follow me on Twitter (@SimonManleyFCO) and access the Embassy’s social media (@UKinSpain on Twitter; British Embassy Madrid and Brits in Spain on Facebook) to keep up to date with developments.

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Fiesta programme 2017
24/07/2017 09:15 AM

HONDON DE LAS NIEVES FIESTAS 2017

 

SATURDAY 22ND JULY 2017

 

2130 – Plaza de la Villa

Official Presentation of the Fondoneres Major y d'Honor  Music by Union Musical de Hondon de las Nieves

 

SUNDAY 23RD JULY 2017

 

1000 – Calle Nueva

Classic car gathering then run to La Canalosa, la Montanosa and back to Calle Nueva for 1300

 

1400 – Industrial Estate Bajo Sombre

Giant Paella – Get tickets for food and drink (3 Euros) in advance. 1000 to 1200 in the pensioner's centre next door to town hall until Friday 21st or from 1600 onwards at Polideportivo until Thursday 20th.

 

MONDAY 31ST JULY 2017

 

1815 – Various streets.

Judging of the street decorations with traditional music.

 

2000 – Aula de Cultura

Opening of Photo Exhibition – 'El Fondó de les Neus – un Lloc per descobrir'

 

TUESDAY 1ST AUGUST 2017

 

2000 – La Fuente, Plaza de la Villa

Tribute to those missing or no longer with us.

 

2130 – Plaza de la Villa

Pregon de Fiestas- Opening fiesta speeches, fireworks and street decorations switch on.

 

2400 – Biblioteca

Parade with band to the Colegio. DJ appearing – tickets required - via Town  Hall 0900 - 1100 until 26th July.

 

WEDNESDAY 2ND AUGUST 2018

 

1030 – Polideportivo

Aquatic Gymkhana and Free Swim for Children.     

 

2130 – Plaza de la Villa

Sopar de Cabasset – Bring your own food and drink and enjoy the band  'Orquestra La Vendetta Project'. Tables must be booked in advance at Town  Hall 0900 – 1100 until 26th July

 

2400 – DJ in Colegio

 

THURSDAY 3RD AUGUST 2017

 

0800 – Bell ringing and fireworks

 

1000 – Plaza de la Villa

Parade with traditional music, stiltwalkers and figures.

 

1900 – Biblioteca to Church

A floral parade offering tribute to la Virgen de las Nieves. Les Fondoneres and villagers in traditional dress, with traditional music and dancers.

 

2030 – Church Mass following parade.

 

2130 – Plaza de la Villa

Traditional dancing and music featurng the municipal group and the group Almadrava from Villajoyosa

 

FRIDAY 4TH AUGUST 2017

 

0800 – Bell ringing and fireworks

 

0930 – Plaza de la Villa

Parade with traditional music

 

1030 – Church Mass for the departed.

 

1830 – From Plaza de la Villa through the village's decorations  Walk with the UMHN band, Fondeneres and Commisio de festes.

 

2100 – Plaza de la Villa

Performance by 'In Vivo Lyric Pop'. A tribute to Il Divo's Music.

 

2400 – Plaza de la Iglesia

Serenade by the Coral Amics Cantors d'Elx to honour La Virgen de las  Nieves.

 

SATURDAY 5TH AUGUST 2017 – DAY OF LA VIRGIN DE LAS NIEVES

 

0800 – Bell ringing and fireworks

 

0900 AND 1000 – Church Mass

 

1100 – Various streets

Parade by the UMHN Band

 

1200 – Church

Special Village Mass with Dignatories, Fondoneres and Comissio de Festes

 

2100 – Various

Candlelit procession with La Virgen de la Nieves, Fondoneres, dignatories and music from the Ateneo Musical Maestro Gilabert of Aspe.

 

2400 – Plaza de la Villa

Open air dance with the 'Orquestra Royal Music' Band from Murcia

 

SUNDAY 6TH AUGUST 2017

 

1030 – Calle Vereda

Giant water slide for all ages. Bring a swimming ring to sit on!

 

2130 – Plaza de la Villa

Open air concert by the Union Musical de Hondon de las Nieves

 

MONDAY 7TH AUGUST 2017

 

0900 – From Plaza de la Villa

Cycle to La Canalosa for lunch then back to Hondon de las Nieves.

 

TUESDAY 8TH AUGUST 2017

 

1900 – Plaza de la Villa

Children's day with activities. Games, circus theatre and treasure hunt.

 

WEDNESDAY 9TH AUGUST 2017

 

1100 – Plaza de la Villa

Chess tournament – register at town hall beforehand.

 

1930 – No location given yet

Children's show – 'Jo mama' – by Regomello

 

THURSDAY 10TH AUGUST 2017

 

1730 – Polideportivo

Sports activities with games and inflatables for the children.

 

FRIDAY 11TH AUGUST 2017

 

1900 – Around Plaza de San Juan

Artisans Market opened by the Fondoneres.

 

2100 – Polideportivo

Sports gala to honour local sportsmen and women.

 

SATURDAY 12TH AUGUST 2017

 

1900 - Around Plaza de San Juan

Artisans market

 

1830 – Various roads in and around village  XV Cross Urbano 'El Fondo de les Neus'. 10K Running race. Inscription (8  euros) at www.softimes.es  Children's race at 1800, inscription 1 euro

 

2400 – From Calle Vereda to Plaza de la Villa  Correfocs. Fireworks and music performance through the village streets.

 

FRIDAY 18TH AUGUST 2017

 

1800 – XVth Marcha a pie Hondon to Aspe

 

1900 – XXXII Edicion Bajada Hondon to Aspe

 

Organised walk and later run to Aspe

 
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FAST 4G DATA AT LAST
12/07/2017 10:07 AM

At last, we are freed from the shackles of slow 3g connection.

Yesterday the new 4G transmitter was operational and we can at last receive 4G

I did a quick speed test and obtained 41.42mbps download and 15.81mbps upload on the Movistar network.

In comparison, I normally get 28mbps download and 2mbps upload using my Movistar VDSL cable broadband.

Long gone are the days of 1mbps......

 

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RENTALS - Summer 2017
10/04/2017 01:31 PM

Unusually we have a selection of rental properties available for the Summer of 2017.

If you click on the link below you will see the up to date availability.

Normally all rentals are secured at the start of the year for the next 11 months, but this year we have two long term (11month) rentals and two shorter term (3 month) available.

Be quick or they will go...................

 http://hondonvalleyhomes.com/listing/hvh-najr/index.php?action=searchresults&sortby=status&sorttype=ASC&pclass%5b%5d=5

 

For example - Villa below ref HVH-NAJR. 700€ per month plus utilities on 11 month renewable contract.

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New drone video August 2016
30/08/2016 07:38 PM

Here it is.

The much anticipated new drone video featuring La Montanosa in Hondon de las Nieves.

Enjoy

Click on logo

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NEW WEBSITE
30/08/2016 07:32 PM

We are very proud to announce the launch of our new website tailored exclusively for properties at La Montañosa in Hondon de las Nieves. There is such huge demand for this area that we have commissioned a website solely for this area.

The initail idea was to have a "no text" website, however this soon faded to a minimal text website in the style of Apple.

Icons replace a lot of the text, enabling non English speaking clients to have a better viewing experience. There are still translate options, however the feedback we have received so far has been very favourable. That is not to say there is not room for improvement, so if you have any suggestions, please feel free to let us know.

Click on the image below to see the new site:

 

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Summer opening hours
08/08/2016 09:32 PM

SUMMER 2016 CHANGE TO OPENING HOURS.

To allow for much needed holidays and family time we are changing our operating hours during August.

From 08.08.2016 until 29.08.2016 our new operating hours will be 09:00h-14:00h Monday to Friday and closed at the weekend. We can make exception to the above if contacted in advance.

We are still accessible via phone and email as per normal.

Thank you for your understanding.

 

Steven 

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OUR NEW DRONE VIDEO
30/05/2016 01:23 PM

Our new drone video of the Hondon valley is now up and live.

 

Shot about a month ago (early May 2016) we have already had 7.700 views on our facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/hondonvalleyhomes/

 

You can view the video on youtube here:

http://youtu.be/e6XFE6zqCLo

 

ENJOY !

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Opties voor nieuwbouw 2016
16/02/2016 07:18 PM
 
 
Nieuwbouw opties voor 2016
 
Wij zijn zeer verheugd te mogen aankondigen, onze samenwerking met een van de meest gerespecteerde en gevestigde bouwbedrijven van de Costa Blanca en hun nieuwe lijn van off plan villa’s met div opties.
 
Hondon Valley Homes is als een van de weinige agenten uitgekozen om deze bijzondere niewe villa’s in de markt te zetten. Er zullen zich hier in de komende weken / maanden bijzondere ontwikkelingen voordoen wanneer de off plan projecten van start gaan.
 
Hou de “Latest Villas ” section op de website in de gaten, de villa’s zullen hier als eerste geplaatst worden.
 
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New Build Options 2016
13/02/2016 04:13 PM

We are very excited to announce a collaboration with one of the most respected and established builders in the Costa Blanca with their new range of off plan villa options.

Hondon Valley Homes are one of the very few agents selected to market these stunning new villas and there will be some very exciting developments in the next few weeks/months as new properties and off plan projects are made available. Keep an eye out in our latest villas section of the website as the villas will be listed here first.

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