- The City Council presents the book and programme of the festivities that have not been held in full since 2019, when the DANA forced the suspension of part of the events.
The Redován Town Hall has everything ready to kick off, on 27 August, the most eagerly awaited fiestas in honour of the Virgen de la Salud and San Miguel. As the Mayoress and Councillor for Fiestas Nely Ruiz recalled, “in 2019 because of the DANA we were unable to finish our fiestas as they deserved, and then the pandemic has kept us waiting for another two years, so both the Town Council and the Fiestas Committee know the enthusiasm of the whole town of Redován to recover them as we have always known them, and with the same enthusiasm we have worked to achieve this”. Nely Ruiz was accompanied during the presentation by Carlos García, author of the photo that illustrates the cover of the fiestas book, taken during one of the firework displays in September 2020, at the worst of the pandemic.
The traditional celebrations add up to around thirty events that will get underway on Saturday 27 August with the election of queens, the proclamation of the fiestas by Nuria Escudero Rodríguez and the crowning of queens, an event that, as is traditional, will take place in the Plaza de la Paz. From then on, there will be a succession of events, both civil and religious, until 30 September, when the programme will end with a mass. On 28 August there will be a children’s party in the Plaza Miguel Hernández and on Friday 2 September the events will resume with a concert by the Unión Musical de Redován in the Plaza de la Paz and the prize-giving ceremony for the 2019 parade. On Saturday 3 September the Offering of Flowers will start at 20.00 hours from the Plaza Miguel Hernández, and an hour later the Chupinazo will be fired from the balcony of the Town Hall by the Festero de Honor, Miguel Terol Martínez, which this year goes to the Barraca La Gramaera. This will be followed by the retreta which will end with a DJ in the Plaza de la Cruz.
On 3 and 4 September in the San Carlos industrial estate there will be a remote-controlled car championship and on Sunday 4 there will be the traditional exhibition of grass and hemp spinning by La Gramaera. The barracas will be set up on Wednesday 7 September, and on Thursday 8, the feast of the Virgen de la Salud, the day will begin with mass in honour of the patron saint, officiated by the parish priest Eloy Martín and sung by the Manos Unidas choir. In the evening, at 20.00 hours, the procession in honour of the Virgen de la Salud will start, at the end of which there will be a fireworks display from the Avenida de la Diputación.
On Friday, 9 September, the charanga tapeo (brass band) will be performed by Los Feos, and on Saturday, 10 September, the grand general parade of peñas, barracas and queens will begin at 21.00 hours. On 11 September the water festival will be repeated and on the 15th the horse show, which has not been held for some years, will be resumed.
On 11 and 13 September the ‘Sálvame’ will be held in the bullfighting ring and on Friday 16 the Redován Dance Association will offer its Dance Gala. The Fiesta Blanca, one of the most popular of the fiestas, will be held on Saturday 17th September at 21.00 hours in the Plaza Miguel Hernández and will feature a performance by the Happy’s. Registrations can be made at the Town Hall from 1 to 16 September.
On Sunday 18th September the Casa de la Música Antonio Ibáñez Serrano will host the Valencian language theatre show ‘Aladín’ and on Friday 23rd at 18.00 the XIII Campeonato Intergeneracional de Petanca (13th Intergenerational Petanque Championship) will take place. That same Friday at 22.30 hours, in the Plaza de la Paz, we will enjoy the musical Mamma Mia. On Saturday 24th there will be a Multicolour Parade from the Plaza de la Cruz, followed by a concert by the group Los 80 Principales, after which there will be DJ music.
On Sunday 25th September, the XVII Encuentro de Motos Clásicas Villa de Redován will be held, with remember music by the group American Revival and at 20.00 hours on the same day we will switch to the music of the Unión Musical de Redován, with the Concert of San Miguel Arcángel. On 28 September, the eve of the celebration of San Miguel, the musical show ‘Somos Eurovisión’ will take place in the Plaza de la Paz and on the 29th, the feast of the patron saint, at 12.00 there will be mass officiated by the new parish priest, Emilio Manuel Sánchez Martínez, sung by the Manos Unidas Choir. At 20.00 the procession in honour of San Miguel will start and will end with a new fireworks display in the Avenida de la Diputación.
Nely Ruiz thanked the involvement of “the many people who have made possible the preparation of this extensive programme”, as well as the work for the publication of a book of more than 200 pages “in which we can find, as is traditional, a guide with practically all the shops and establishments of Redován, as well as numerous collaborations of people who have selflessly wanted to participate and further enhance our festivities”. The mayoress made special mention of the clubs and barracas of Redován grouped in the Junta Festera: Barraca La Gramaera, Peña Contrabandista El Volante, Peña Contrabandista, Barraca Pirata Redován, Barraca Templarios, Barraca Sultanas, Comparsa Benimerines, Barraca Los Cobras, and welcomed the Comparsa Mora Al-Khäusil which joins the festive groups this year.
- Students from the school will sing and recite poems by Miguel Hernández and the title of Senderista 2020 will be awarded to Antonio Hurtado Martínez
Redován welcomes this Friday a new edition of the Poet’s Path. This year the IVAJ repeats the virtual edition, that is to say, it will be possible to follow through the website of the Valencian Youth Institute the events of the municipalities in which this hernandiano path makes a stop, and the first, after the departure in Orihuela, is in Redován, the birthplace of the father of the universal poet. The Redován Town Council, through the Youth and Education Departments, has prepared an event which will take place at 11.30 am in the Plaza de la Paz to which, as councillor Rebeca Martínez Rufete points out, “we invite the people of Redován who wish to attend, as there will be no walkers but we can count on the public in a large place where you can keep a safe distance, as is the Plaza de la Paz”.
The councillor explained that this event will include the participation of students from Sagrados Corazones School, who will perform a song and recite poetry in memory of Miguel Hernandez, whose death is commemorated on the 80th anniversary on March 28th. This will be followed by the appointment of Senderista de Honor 2020, a title that could not be awarded due to COVID-19 and that will be given this year to Antonio Hurtado Martínez. The Rambler of Honour will receive a commemorative plaque and the document with the agreement of the Plenary on his appointment.
“We regret not being able to return to normality and welcome the walkers to our town, but we hope that this edition of the Poet’s Path can be followed by many people through the IVAJ website and that they can enjoy the event we have prepared,” said Martínez. The councillor encouraged the people of Redován to come and enjoy the spirit of the path again “and to open their mouths for next year, when we will recover the total normality of an event that is a reference throughout Spain, of which Redován is a part”.
- The Redovan municipal police force has 13 posts covering the public safety service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The staff of the Local Police has been consolidated with two selective processes that have been carried out in recent months: a chief officer and two agents with the category of career civil servants. In this way, José Gabriel Martínez takes over from Antonio Ruiz, who retired a few months ago. Martínez, with 21 years of service in the municipality of Redovan, has passed the selection process and, therefore, now officially occupies the post of chief officer.
On the other hand, two police officers who were working as interim officers have won their permanent posts after the selection process that has just ended. In this way, the Redován Local Police now has 13 officers in the absence of a vacancy which will be filled shortly and which corresponds to the post left by the current chief. The Redovan Town Council has made a firm commitment to the job stability of the police force, as the aim is that, little by little, all members of the police force will be career civil servants. That is why the procedures have been initiated to launch a new competition to incorporate these people into permanent positions.
The councillor for Security, Adrián Ballester, has been responsible for presenting these new additions in an appearance in which he stressed “the work done by the Local Police in Redován, because it is a body close to the citizens that in addition to working public safety performs many more tasks such as attending events, attends the entrance and exit of our schools and any situation that arises on the part of our neighbours. Ballester has therefore reiterated the importance of consolidating the positions that were in interim status “so that the main concern of our agents is to ensure the safety of our people”. The officers have been enrolled in the course for new local police officers organised by the Generalitat Valenciana through IVASPE.
24 hours, 365 days
The police force covers the public safety service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and its vehicle fleet includes two hybrid vehicles, equipped with defibrillators, among other things, as well as a moped. Ballester also said that collaboration with other forces such as the Guardia Civil at the nearby Callosa de Segura post is constant “and thanks to this joint work, various important operations have been carried out in our municipality in recent times”,
- Registrations are now open and can be downloaded from the website or picked up at the Town Hall for both the Tennis Stage and the Sports Schools.
Redován is bringing back this year, with all the measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the municipal summer schools. During the month of July, the Los Pasos Sports Centre will host both the Tennis Stage and the Sports School, activities that will join those already announced by the La Vega Association of Social Services in its traditional ‘Vegavacaciones’. The Councillor for Sports, Ramón López Escarabajal, and the Councillor for Social Services, Marisol Ibáñez, have presented these activities which “bring us back to normality in a way after a blank year due to the pandemic”, said the municipal officials.
Ramón López explained that the registration process for the activities is now open. Applications can be downloaded from the Redován Town Hall website or picked up in person at the Town Hall. Once completed, payment must be made through the Suma Gestión Tributaria website and all documentation must be presented. The registration process for the Sports Schools will be open until Tuesday 22nd June, while for the Tennis Stage it will be until the 28th.
Both activities, aimed at ages between 5 and 16 years, will be held from 5 to 30 July from 9.00 to 13.00 hours, “with the aim, as usual, to reconcile work and family life in a period in which children are already on holiday, in addition to offering them physical activity outdoors instead of being at home,” said the Councillor for Sports. With regard to the price, Ramón López indicated that “it is 60 euros for the whole month, but there is also the possibility of registering for fortnights at a price of 40 euros each, a flexible way that we believe also helps families to organise themselves”.
For her part, the Councillor for Social Services has given an account of the ‘Vegavacaciones’ activities organised by the Mancomunidad La Vega from 1 July to 4 August, following a change in the initial dates. On this occasion it is about “socio-educational activities that aim to promote coexistence and teach students values in a fun way,” said the municipal responsible. Registration for this summer school is open until 21 June and all the details can be consulted on the Mancomunidad’s website https://www.mancomunidadlavega.es/. The title is ‘The Travelling Suitcase’ “and the children who attend will be divided into two age groups, one for the youngest, from 3 to 5 years old, and another for those from first to fourth year of primary school,” said Ibáñez.
The registration fee is 50 euros and since places are limited and with all the measures against Covid-19, applications will be accepted in strict order of registration. “That is why from Redován Social Services we encourage people who want their children to attend these schools to come to the Town Hall to apply, as our team will be able to answer any questions they may have”.
The City Council made the facilities available to the Ministry of Health in April to facilitate the vaccination process in the municipality
Redován has started today one of the eleven vaccination points against COVID-19 established in Vega Baja. It is in the Center for the Third Age that the City Council made available to the health authorities in April with all the security guarantees established due to the pandemic. The Councilor for Health, Marisol Ibáñez, explained that for Redován it was important to have this space “in which to facilitate the vaccination process for our neighbors.”
Ibáñez recalled that it is very important “that all people have updated data on the SIP card.” This is because the vaccination appointment is sent through a text message, “so that each card must have a mobile number associated with it for the appointment to be received.” For this reason, the councilor has made an appeal to the population so that if they know of an elderly person who has not been vaccinated “they must communicate in the health center so that their vaccination can be carried out.” Data can also be updated through the website on the vaccination process enabled by the Ministry of Health https://coronavirus.san.gva.es/ca/web/vacunacion/inicio.
Marisol Ibáñez has stated that “we want the percentage of the vaccinated population to be the maximum, depending on the doses that are sent, because it depends on it that we recover a certain normality, although there is still a lack of so that our life can be as it was before the pandemic”. The City Council recalls the need to continue with protective measures, especially hand hygiene and the use of a mask, “because the effort we have made has been very great and we cannot relax and lose it.” Redován has been for several weeks with hardly any cases of COVID-19 and the Health Department notified only 19 during the previous week, “and for that reason from the City Council we appreciate that great effort made to all citizens.”