Flamenco and Sevillana dance classes in Castillo

Dance poster

Manilva’s Foreign Residents department has organised a Flamenco and Sevillana dance course which begins on Wednesday January 30 at 7 pm.

The classes, led by dance teacher Eva Cabrera, are held every Wednesday and Thursday from 7 pm to 8 pm in the Sala de Deportes next to the church in Castillo.

The course is 20 euros with the first trial class free.

You can enrol at the class or in the Foreign Residents department office in the Castle.

Lifeguard Course

Lifesaving course

The Youth department has organized a Lifesaving and Lifeguard course for anyone interested in obtaining the title.

Beginning on Saturday April 6, the course will run until Sunday May 19.

Also, on Saturday May 25 there will be a ‘refresher’ meeting, ie, for all those who have already completed the course in previous years and need to renew their title. There will be a 3 hour practical test in the morning, and the same amount of time spent in the classroom brushing up on the theory. The refresher course costs € 60 per person.

For more information, or to collect the registration form and fill it in you can go to the delegación de juventud y deportes next to the Las Viñas football ground, the Edificio de Usos Múltiples in Sabinillas or the second floor of the Manilva Town Hall.

Manilva Town Hall programme of events for the month of February

Carnival Fancy Dress

Programme of events – February 2013

Here is the programme of events organised by the various local authority departments in Manilva for the month of February.

Some of the events have yet to be confirmed or details finalised and we will update this list as we receive the information.  There will also be additions to this list as the month progresses.

It is OK to reproduce this list elsewhere as long as you acknowledge its source as being Manilva Life and you provide a link to www.manilvalife.com. Many thanks.

Sunday 3
Cultural department presents a screening of the film “Brave” from 5 pm at the Centro de Interpretación de Sabinillas.

Saturday 9
Social Welfare department is organising a benefit party in aid of Vanina.
From 9.30 pm in the Manilva pavillion

Sunday 10
Culture and Tourism have organised a trip to Cadiz for the carnival celebrations.
Coach leaves Manilva at 8 am picking up in front of Bernardo Muñoz in Sabinillas at Tickets 12 euros available from Fiestas, Culture and Foreigners’ departments.

Friday 15
Education department is organising carnival celebrations for the nursery kids at the Manilva nursery from 10 am (time to be confirmed)

Saturday 16
Culture department theatre trip to Malaga to see the comedy “Los Hombre Que Mienten”.
Details to be confirmed

Manilva’s Youth department presents a Saint Valentines party “I Love; The Original 100%” with DJ Sergio Moreno at the Manilva Pavillion from 11.30 pm.
Tickets 8 euros.

Make-up course – 2nd part of the the December group.
From 6 pm at the Centro de Formación in Sabinillas.

Wednesday 20
Music School auditions at the Manilva Wine Centre from 7 pm.

Thursday 21
Foreigners department presents a talk on the Ley Extranjera (foreigners law) a the Villa Matilde, Sabinillas. Time to be confirmed.

Education department is organising carnival celebrations for the nursery kids at the Manilva nursery from 10 am (time to be confirmed)

Saturday 23 – Carnival
Culture department presents the annual carnival celebrations at the Manilva pavillion.
4 pm – Parade of floats with children’s entertainers and Brazilian dancers:

  • 4 pm – Castillo
  • 5pm – Sabinillas
  • 6pm – Manilva

5 pm – Enrolment for the children’s fancy dress contest (all entrants will receive snacks and a gift);
Followed by children’s entertainment, games, face painting, etc.
7 pm – Children’s fancy dress contest.
10 pm – Enrolment for the adult and group fancy dress competition.
11 pm – Adult and group fancy dress competition.
Following the prize giving there will be music provided by DJ.

Monday 25 – Wednesday 27
VI Semana Blanca Basketball Campus at the Las Viñas sports complex in Manilva.
More details and enrolment at the Delegación de Deporte de Manilva.

Wednesday 27
Andalucia Day celebrations in the municipal nurseries in Manilva, Sabinillas, and Castillo from 10 am.

Thursday 28 – Andalucia Day (regional holiday)
Andalucia Day Celebrations presented by the Cultural department
11.30 am – Procession by the Manilva Town Band
12 noon – Civic ceremony in front of the Town Hall with flag raising accompanied by the Andalucia Anthem performed by the Town Band, choirs and Luisana.
1 pm – Reading and song by Romancero Gitano
1.30 pm – Performance by the Sabinillas Choir
2 pm – Performance by the Manilva Choir
2.30 pm – Performance by the students of the Eva Cabrera and Cristina Seguín Dance Schools.
3.30 pm – Performance by the Music School Orchestra.
4.30 pm – Performance by the Music School Band.
5 pm – Municipal Dance School.
6 pm – Performance by the Music School Orchestra.

Thursday 28 to March 3
Community Day celebrations at Camping La Bella Vista (to be confirmed).

Manilva football sevens results – Week 8

Round 7

The Manilva Football 7s is now back in full swing.

This week the top three teams could only manage to draw giving the rest of the pack a chance to play catch-up.

Full results:

Ammex Administraciones   1 – 1   Policía Local
Bar Vinagre   2 – 2   Ortega Avilés S.L
Charanga Chi Chi Pon   4 – 3   Techno Cable-Pollo Sano
Pinturas Codesur-Rafalux   4 – 2   Rincón de Alcántara-Vendaval Sport
Latinos   6 – 2   Atl Pappardella-Plaguironda
Juventus de Alcorrín   5 – 1   La tele F.C

This leaves the league looking like this:

Team Pl W D L GF GA Pts
Ortega Avilés S.L 8 7 1 0 27  8 22
Bar Vinagre 8 6 2 0 35 7 20
Policía Local 8 6 2 0 15 7 20
Pinturas Codesur-Rafalux 8 5 2 1 18 7 17
Ammex Administraciones 8 4 1 3 17 12 13
Rincón de Alcántara-Vendaval Sport 8 4 0 4 23 17 12
Juventus de Alcorrín 8 3 2 3 18 14 11
Latinos 8 3 1 4 27 20 10
Techno Cable-Pollo Sano 8 2 1 5 19 27 7
Atl Pappardella-Plaguironda 8 1 0 7 9 23 3
Charanga Chi Chi Pon 8 1 0 7 8 42 3
La tele F.C 8 0 0 8 7 39 0


The next round is on Friday and Saturday, 25 and 26 January.

Winter hikes


Manilva’s Environment Department has prepared a programme of hikes for this Winter.

The programme takes in the following routes:

Sunday 27 January
LAS TRES FUENTES (Manilva) Distance: 6 km – category: medium/easy

Sunday 3 February
LOS BAÑOS DE LA HEDIONDA (Manilva) Distance: 6 km – category: medium/easy

Sunday 17 February
SABINILLAS-SAN ENRIQUE. Distance: 7 km – category: medium/easy

All participants must be 10 and over and be of sufficent physical condition to undertake the distances and level of difficulty of the particular hike (The supervisors may refuse to take those they believe unfit to complete the route).
Places can be reserved up to the Wednesday prior to each hike.
The group departs at approx. 8 am (coaches will be provided where required).
There is no charge for places on these walks
For more information contact the Delegación de Medio Ambiente, Plaza de Orfeo, Manilva tel: 951 276 050 – 952 893 878
E-mail: mambiente@ayto-manilva.com. Or the Edificio de Usos Múltiples en Sabinillas 952 89838.
There are up to 50 places on each hike.

Bad Moon Rising – Local author’s latest novel pleases the critics

Bad Moon Rising

Bad Moon Rising is a dark psychological thriller and I rarely read dark psychological thrillers but on my response to this one, I should really give more a shot. Di Plino’s novel is sensational, a complete hit with me and I just think it is fantastic. Once I got to the end it reminded me of the best of Cracker and Prime Suspect stuffed together to make a truly thrilling novel. The premise of the novel seems quite generic but as soon as you get into it you realise just how dark and twisted things really are and several characters are set up as the potential serial killer. Pure brilliance.

The best thing about this novel is how it builds, di Plino switches between different narrative perspectives, from watching DI Storey at work, in his ‘leisure time’ and in between to attempting to put across the ravings of the ‘chosen one’ in the form of the serial killer. Once the truth became apparent (only in the last…fifth of the book, I’d say) I was desperate to see the outcome, especially when it came down the scientific side of things.

As well as the killer and DI Storey, we’re given snapshots of the story from the point of view of  criminal pathologist Barbara, who makes a discovery which is key to the whole investigation and leads to the climactic conclusion. Although I usually have no keen interest in the CSI/forensic side of things, the discovery in di Plino’s novel is fascinating and horrific simultaneously and although it’s hinted at from the very beginning I could not possibly have guessed.

DI Storey’s personal story reminded me again of Cracker and the personal trials of Robbie Coltrane’s character throughout the series. By hearing the personal experiences and thoughts of the DI it makes the whole story more genuine and multidimensional rather than being just a straightforward cop catches killer (or not) tale.

Bad Moon Rising is a cleverly written, sharp novel which is the literary equivalent of some of my favourite gritty crime dramas and with the writing prowess of such script writers as Jimmy McGovern and Paul Abbott. Frances di Plino could seriously go far. In fact, I’d love to see Bad Moon Rising dramatised.

This review originally appeared on the Judging Covers Review website.

Frances di Plino is the pseudonym of columnist, editor, non-fiction author, short story writer and writing tutor, Lorraine Mace. Writing as Frances di Plino gives her the opportunity to allow the dark side of her personality to surface and take control. She is currently working on Someday Never Comes, the next in the Paolo Storey series.

Bad Moon Rising is available in paperback locally from The English Bookshop in Sabinillas. It is also available in paperback and e-book from Amazon and other online bookstores, including WH Smiths, Waterstones, Barnes and Nobel and Tesco.

The sound of ‘The Rolling Stones’ – The Honky Tonk Cats at El Molino

The Honky Tonk Cats

Spain’s top Rolling Stones tribute act ‘The Honky Tonk Cats’ will be live in concert at Meson El Molino, Sabinillas, this Sunday January 27 from 7.45 pm.

They will be performing such timeless classics as Jumping Jack Flash; I Can’t Get No (Satisfaction); Lets Spend The Night Together; It’s Only Rock And Roll; Paint It Black; Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing In The Shadows; You Can’t Always Get What You Want, amongst others.

Ticket price is 20 euros per person which includes a wide range of tapas served to your table throughout the evening.

For more information and to book your table contact tickets@livemusicspain.com or call 666 271 618. Tickets are also available from the English Bookshop, and Eden in Sabinillas.

Hurry now, this one will be a sell-out.


Weekend football results – January 19-20

senior Squad

Epic victory for Manilva’s indoor football team, who won four goals to three against Aluprafe Orihuela from Alicante.

The visitors left the pitch at half-time with a three goals to nil scoreline in their favour.

A flattering tally rfor their performance during the first twenty minuites.

Luck changed for the locals during the second part. Jesus Azurmendi’s Manilva threw everything they had against the visitors, with Fiera taking all four goals, becoming the star player in the kind of game guaranteed to thrill the fans.

Manilva continue to be the bottom team, although they can see safety only three points away.

There were different fortunes for the U. Manilva football club, who were defeated for the second game in a row. This time the Manilva team lost away to league leaders, Atl. Yunquera, by two goals to one. U. Manilva continues in third place in the league but have fallen behind the leaders by seven points.

Here are the rest of the  football team results after the weekend:

Peña Málaga 2-1 U. Manilva

U. Estepona 6-1 U. Manilva

U. Manilva A 2-5 Ojén
U. Manilva B 4-4 Ath. S. Pedro

Conejito 4-2 U. Manilva

Liga Educativa: (Manilva v Istán)
Benjamín 5-6  Infantil 0-9

VI January Padel Tournament

Padel Tennis

Manilva’s School of Padel Tennis School is celebrating the sixth edition of the traditional January Padel Tournament this weekend, 25, 26 and 27 January at the Padel Centre next to the football ground in Manilva.

The competition is open to men’s 3rd and 4th categories and women’s 4th category, with prizes for the first three places in each category.

Competitors have until January 24 to enrol for the competition and there is an entry fee of 15 euros (12 euros for club members). All entrants will receive a gift.

For more information or to enter the competition contact Manilva Sports Department on 952 891 532 or tournament director Fran Ocaño on 658 776 999. More information on the website www.escueladepadeldemanilva.com

Trip to Torrox


Manilva’s Fiestas department is organising a trip to Torrox from 1 to 3 March 2013.

Torrox is situated to the east of Malaga on the coast of the La Axarquía region close to Nerja.

Accommodation is in the 4* Málaga-Playa which is situated next to the beach in Torrox and the cost of the trip is €210 per couple all in, including return travel.

For more information or to book your place contact the Edificio de Usos Multiple in Sabinillas on 952 893 838 or the Social Welfare office in the Manilva Town Hall on 952 897 060.