Radio-controlled car enthusiasts from all over Europe are coming together these days in Redován to celebrate the 2023 European Championship of this modality in the municipality. The tournament, organised by the RC Redován club together with the European Federation of Radio Controlled Cars (EFRA) and the Spanish Association of Radio Controlled Cars (AECAR), will take place from today until Saturday 2 September on the racing circuit for radio-controlled cars that the host club has on Camino del Cementerio, near the Barrio de San Carlos.
The councillor for Sports of the Redován Town Council, Adrián Ballesta, and the president of the club, Bryan Baldó, attended the inaugural session of this competition this morning, which, as the councillor indicated, “is an opportunity for Redován to appear as a reference point at European and world level, and a key location for all the followers of this hobby”.
Ballesta said that “we are fortunate to have the collaboration of this club and these wonderful facilities, which thanks to their quality have allowed us to host major competitions, such as the previous European Championship and the World Championship in 2022”. The councillor also highlighted the number of riders from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Holland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Belgium, who have travelled to Redován to take part in this event, which has a total of 159 participants.
In this way, the councillor indicated that “hosting this type of event, with the participation of so many people, is also a boost for the shops and catering establishments in the municipality, which also benefit from the arrival of these visitors”. For his part, the representative of the RC Redován, Bryan Baldó, pointed out that this is a competition in which “1/8 scale model cars will participate in the ‘off road’ modality for unpaved routes, as is the case of our circuit”. Baldó also highlighted the technical characteristics of the facilities, with 580 linear metres of circuit and more than 4,000 square metres of surface area, “with parking, a restaurant and basic services so that all those attending can enjoy a very exciting competition that is sure to be hotly contested”.
The Town Council of Redován has received today the 17 agricultural laborers who join the municipal staff between July 12th and October 23rd on the basis of the Agreement between the SEPE and the Local Corporations which is developed every year in the municipality. The subsidy for this 2023 amounts to 99,670.50 euros. The Councilor for Training and Employment, Ms. Lidia Belmonte, and the Mayoress, Ms. Nely Ruiz, have received these workers, whose work will be focused on the cleaning and maintenance of ravines, rural roads, La Ermita recreational area, Los Pasos Sports Center, streets and squares of the municipality of Redovan.
The personnel will carry out their work from July 12th to October 23rd on the basis of the SEPE and the Local Corporations Agreement for this year 2023. Lidia Belmonte has highlighted “the importance of the work that these people will do for the maintenance of different places in the municipality”, while indicating that these are unemployed people, so that “from the City Council we favor the creation of jobs, reducing the number of unemployed farmers”. The work will consist, basically, in clearing and cleaning of bushes, bottles and solid waste in the main ravines of the mountain range, and in the improvement and conditioning of rural roads, eliminating the garbage that can be found.
Redován Town Council has improved the green area located in Gabriel Miró Street in El Rincón neighbourhood. With an investment of around 12,000 euros, this public space now has a calisthenics area with horizontal stairs, a simple bar, a trellis and parallel bars, repainting of the walls and benches and installation of approved shock-absorbing rubber paving. The mayoress, Nely Ruiz, and the councillor for Parks and Gardens, Ramón López Escarabajal, today visited the result of the work carried out over the last month and a half.
López Escarabajal explained that the Town Hall has paid for part of this work, specifically the decoration of the walls surrounding the park, while the rest is an improvement included in the contract of the company which carries out the maintenance of green spaces in the municipality.
“This is one of the various actions we are carrying out to adapt and improve our parks and gardens based on the needs of the people who use them on a daily basis,” said the councillor. Ramón López recalled that the Redován Town Council has already acted, among others, in the Plaza de la Salud, in the Morrongo neighbourhood, now in El Rincón, “and the next work will be in the children’s play area in the Plaza Miguel Hernández so that, little by little, we can carry out work in all the parks and squares in our town that so many people enjoy every day”.
For her part, the mayor of Redovan emphasised the fact “that the renovation of this park was necessary, as it was in quite a bad state, and it has also been carried out after meeting with the residents of the area and finding out about their concerns and needs, on the basis of which we have proceeded to make this project a reality”.
Redován Town Council has organised the first Grifo Awards gala, which aims to recognise the work of local people and groups. The Councillor for Culture, Clara Ezcurra, whose department has promoted these awards, explained that the idea is that they are born with “a vocation for continuity and as another way of paying tribute to people who, with their daily work, through culture or social causes, improve the quality of life of all those who live in Redován”.
Ezcurra, recalled the dynamic with which these awards were launched. “During 2022, each month has been announced through the social networks of the Town Hall of Redován to each of the winners, so now that 2023 begins what we do is bring them together at a party that will take place this Saturday 28 January at seven in the evening at the Casa de la Música Antonio Ibáñez Serrano, to deliver this award in person”. The councillor added that in 2023 “no new award winners will be named, and we hope that in 2024 they can be reactivated, because there are many people and associations in Redován who deserve it and who cannot be recognised in other competitions such as the one for working women”.
Clara Ezcurra recalled that in January 2022 the first Grifo Award was given to Manuel Miguel Belmonte Heredia, an officer of the Redován Local Police; in February to José Vegara Pozuelo, president and one of the founders of the Redován Mountain Club in 1985. “In both cases these are people who have helped many people, in the case of Manuel in the performance of his work, and in Vegara’s case, in rescues that have taken place in the mountains,” said the councillor.
The Grifo of the month of March goes to Concepción García Guillén, a neighbour involved for many years in the fiestas and traditions of Redovan, while in April the Sagrados Corazones School and its project ‘RedovánPolisGo! The sustainable village’ was the institution that received the award. Another Redovan native who has been very involved for years in the culture and traditions of his town is Miguel Terol, winner of the Grifo Award in May, followed by the recently created Asociación el Árbol de los Sueños (Tree of Dreams Association), dedicated to improving the lives of people with functional diversity. María Teresa Cayuelas, a native of Redovan since 1960, has been collaborating for decades with groups, festivals, organisations such as Caritas and Easter Week, and she is the winner of the Grifo Award for July.
José María Ros Gómez is the Grifo Award for August for his involvement in the sporting life of Redován for decades. Another native of Redovan, in this case “who has carried the name of our town wherever he has gone”, is Miguel Guillén Rufete, Grifo Award for September. Although he has lived abroad for years, first in France and then in Alicante, he has always sung with pride for his town on the stages where he has performed during his long musical career, first with his brothers and later as a soloist.
In October, the Grifo Prize is awarded to Antonio Trigueros Heredia ‘El Majo’, a person involved in social, cultural, associative and sporting life throughout his life, from the fiestas in the Barrio de la Cruz, where he lives, to Easter Week, including the exhibition of hemp work in La Gramaera and the performance of ‘Los Pastores de Belén’, as well as being responsible for forming the Redován Cycling Club
November is the month of music and the Grifo Awards have taken into account the Unión Musical de Redován, one of the main cultural manifestations of the municipality, which is also recognised beyond the borders of Redován. Finally, in December, the Grifo Award goes to the Special Fire Rescue Group of the Provincial Consortium of Alicante, which has carried out various rescues of sportsmen and women who have suffered a mishap in the Sierra de Redován.
The councillor explained some of the details of the gala, including the fact that “all the people taking part are from Redován”. Clara Ezcurra explained that the awards ceremony will be divided into four blocks, in each of which three prizes will be awarded. “To divide them up we have different musical performances, the Unión Musical de Redován, the singers Fátima and Myriam, the Sagrados Corazones School Choir and the singer Gloria Rocamora, accompanied by her family,” she concluded.
Redován Town Council has carried out a project in the municipal cemetery to increase the burial space by 12 new niches and the first 32 columbaria in the cemetery. The councillor for Public Services, Ramón López, explains that “many people had asked us for these columbaria, which are small niches for the cinerary urns of those who decide to be cremated, so when we considered this extension we decided to build them and respond to this demand”. Both the niches and the columbaria, 44 holes in total, have been built in accordance with the regulations set by the Generalitat Valenciana and have meant an investment of 6,000 euros for the Consistory of Redovan. This action joins the one carried out a few months ago and completed on the eve of the commemoration of All Saints’ Day, which consisted of adapting the landscaping of the main entrance to the cementery and the interior flowerbeds.
The Annual Climbing Meeting of the Federation of Mountain Sports of the Valencian Community, in collaboration with the Mountain Club and the Town Hall of Redován, will bring together more than 300 people in the municipality this weekend. This was announced today by the Councillor for Sports, Ramón López, accompanied by the president of the Mountain Club, José Vegara, who expressed their satisfaction with the great reception of this event, as well as the tourist impact it will have on Redován “as our town, already well known for being one of the best places in Spain to practice mountain sports, will become the epicentre of these disciplines and will become even better known,” said Ramón López.
The Sports Councillor specified that in order to accommodate all these people, a hostel with a capacity for 50 people has been set up in the Los Pasos Sports Centre, as well as a camping area and another for caravans “so that those who visit us can enjoy the experience according to their tastes, needs and concerns”.
The Annual Climbing Meeting begins tomorrow with the reception of attendees. On Saturday, after breakfast, all those registered will be able to enjoy their breakfast. From half past eight in the morning the climbing, hiking and via ferrata activities will begin, and there will also be an exhibition of base jumping. The highlight of the day, which will take place in the Los Pasos Sports Centre, will be at seven o’clock in the evening, with the conference ‘Aula Pou. Una vida encordados’, in which the brothers Iker and Eneko Pou, world-renowned professional climbers and mountaineers, will talk about their experience in the most beautiful and difficult mountains in the world. The day will end with a dinner accompanied by The Power Band.
On Sunday, after the activities in the mountains, at 12.30 p.m. the trophies will be awarded to the participating clubs. At this event there will also be a raffle of gifts donated by the firms collaborating in the event. At midday there will be a closing ceremony for a meeting “of which the Redován Town Council is proud to be the venue and therefore a reference point in the world of climbing at a national level”. Both Ramón López and José Vegara have encouraged the public to come along and enjoy “the great atmosphere that we are going to enjoy at the Los Pasos Sports Centre on a weekend, moreover, in which everything suggests that the weather is going to be excellent for mountain sports, as is usual in our mountains”.
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