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General Assembly

Thursday 02 February 2023, 10:00am


Dr Angela Chantry

Dr Angela Chantry

After completing her education at the Royal Naval School Tal Handaq, Malta, Angela worked for many years in the Personnel & Training department of a London publishing company, helping to plan and teach on the training programmes provided for clerical, secretarial and supervisory staff. Following a 2-year work break during which she travelled to many different parts of the world, Angela took on a new career as a State Registered Nurse. She then went on to university where she obtained a 1st class BA Hons. Degree in History & Education at the University of Kent and subsequently the Certificate in Education which qualified her to teach. Angela then spent many years lecturing on health education and applied social sciences to nursing undergraduates at Canterbury Christ Church University College, where she went on to obtain a PhD, her doctoral thesis being The Poor Law and Social Reform in 19th century Britain. Angela’s main interests are travel, art and history and following retirement in Jávea in 2002, she has given many lectures on both art and history to the various U3As and other local associations.

The Italian Chapel

italian chapel

550 Italian prisoners of war, captured in North Africa during World War II, were brought to Orkney in 1942 and set to work on the construction of the Churchill Barriers, four causeways created to block access to Scapa Flow. The base commandant and the camp's padre agreed that a place of worship was required and so a chapel was constructed by the prisoners, using the very limited materials available; the light holders, for example, were made from corned beef tins! The sanctuary end of the chapel was painted by Domenico Chiocchetti (a talented painter before the war), whilst fellow prisoners decorated the rest of the interior. They created an astounding and truly unique place, which has become an enduring symbol of peace and hope around the world. The story of how the chapel came into existence and survived against all the odds is both fascinating and inspiring.


Location : Polivalent

Parking is available in the car park, which is signposted, and in adjacent roads.
PLEASE NOTE: The Ayuntamiento has requested that nobody park on the main road.


• Follow CV731 to Orba, through Benidoleig.
• Continue through Orba and turn left at the Masymas junction, zeroing your tripometer.
• At the next roundabout, take the second exit, sign posted Parcent and BENIDORM.
• Pass the Gasorba petrol station (1.5kms) and continue up over the hill.
• Pass the Nou Portet restaurant (3.5kms) and at the next junction turn right, signposted Murla and Benigembla.
• Follow this winding road for 1.6kms, and you will find the Polivalent, a large grey and white building on the left, approximately 100m past the Murla signpost.

• At the bridge coming out of Jalon, zero your tripometer
• @ 2.0km, turn left, T-junction signposted Parcent
• Take the first right, with CastellVi Restaurant on the right.
• Follow the road over the hills, and at the T-junction @ 4.2km, turn right, signposted Orba.
• @ 4.7km, turn left, signposted Murla and Benigembla - the bus garage is opposite the junction.
• Follow that winding road to Murla.
• @ 6.3km, you have reached the Polivalent in Murla. It is a large grey and white building on the left, approximately 100m past the Murla signpost.

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