U3A Vall del Pop celebrate 10th anniversary

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U3A Valle del Pop members faced a few tricky clues which led them on a walking treasure hunt around Benissa last week as the group celebrated their 10th anniversary.

Happy hunter, Alan Dilgert writes…

‘Treasure, what treasure?

At about 10.30 in the morning we set off on the U3A Vall del Pop 10th Anniversary Benissa Walking Treasure Hunt. We were some of the last people to pick up our sheet of cryptic questions, photo clues and directions from the start point in Av Constitucio. We clutched a map of Benissa and started our search, trying to follow the instruction – ‘Keep your eyes open.’

We were directed around the town looking to solve clues, the solution to which taught us some interesting things about Benissa. Some of the clues and questions were straightforward but others defied all efforts to solve them, although some people managed – I claim diminished brain power due to advanced age!

We walked for nearly 3 hours, stopping briefly for some refreshments in a little café bar about half way. At 1.30 we reached the end of our search and could sit for a while in a restaurant where we were treated to an excellent buffet lunch, whilst the organisers toiled to mark our papers. Eventually we learned that we had scored 42 out of a possible 51 points – we were not the high scorers but I felt we had done quite well and I was satisfied with the results of our efforts.

We learned that Benissa is a town with a rich history spanning more than 1000 years, but the real lesson for me was that all too often we walk around without seeing the interesting things that surround us. I will in future try to see ‘con otros ojos’.

Thanks to Brigid Redmond and her helpers, for a great excursion, and the Benissa Cultural Centre who did us proud.’

1st Prize – John Ball and his team took home a bottle of wine and some ceramics
2nd Prize – Alan and Ann Gill took home some ceramics and some gold chocolate ‘treasure’ coins
‘Could do better’ Prize – John Guest and Ann Elliot took home a magnifying glass!

For further information check out the U3A Vall del Pop website – http://u3avalldelpop.com.

The U3A is all about enjoyment and learning, and this is particularly evident in the U3AVall del Pop group, whose members generally meet on the first Thursday of each month at the Polivalent Centre in Murla.

Please note the new season starts in September.

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