Have your say in the coming elections

The Resident newspaper invites local residents in the Manilva and Casares area to attend an informal meeting at the Mayfair Music Club, Plaza Ginebra, Sabinillas on Wednesday 29 October from 6 pm.

This is the first of a number of informal meetings over the coming months in various venues in Manilva, Casares and Estepona to gauge the mood of the foreign residents and to find out their concerns and aspirations so that we can communicate these to the local politicians both in government and in opposition so that these concerns can be addressed in their forthcoming manifestos in the lead up to the forthcoming local elections in May 2015.

Some of the areas we are particularly keen to find out your opinions on are:

  • Security
  • Cleaning
  • Economy, Local Taxes and Business
  • Communication and Transport
  • The Town Hall and Foreign Residents

Please feel free to make any suggestions on concerns and aspirations you would like to see discussed on the night. Send them to produccion@theresident.eu

More information is available on the Facebook Event listing


La Mecedora Hotel and Restaurant

La Mecedora Hotel and Restaurant

Recently opened after a full refurbishment La Mecedora Hotel and Restaurant is situated in Sabinillas just off the N340 opposite the entrance to Pueblo Mexicano.

Formerly Rorys Bar, La Mecedora offers traditional Spanish cuisine, with the emphasis on providing a rustic ambience and a homely atmosphere, which the restuarant’s quirky layout, with its separate rooms and courtyards, is well set up to provide.

La Mecedora offers weekly entertainment on Saturdays with some of the Coast’s most popular artists performing, along with a barbecue menu for the diners.

La Mecedora also caters for private parties and functions, which along with its hotel accommodation, featuring ten rooms, makes it the ideal venue.

Room rates are very reasonable, with high season rates of just 40 euros for a single, and 55 euros a double, and reductions out of season. La Mecedora also has a room especially adapted for disabled visitors.

All in all La Mecedora Hotel and Restaurant is a great addition to the Coast’s gastronomic and tourism infrastructure.

Dog training resumes in Sabinillas

Dog Training

Dog training sessions have resumed at the fairground in Sabinillas (Sunday market site) from Tuesday 9 September.

Classes are held weekly on a Tuesday morning with the Beginners Class at 10 am and Advanced Classes at  11 am.

The classes are run by experienced dog trainer and behaviourist Ian Smith from 4paws Dog School and are just 7 euros a session.

For more information visit www.4pawsdogschool.net or call 951 276 823 or 610 875 743.

My Eco Baby Show and Tell at Bosquipark

My Eco Baby

My Eco Baby are holding a ‘Show and Tell’ event at Bosquipark, (behind Mercadona in Sabinillas) on Friday 29 August, from 11 am, to demonstrate their latest range of modern cloth nappies.

My Eco Baby will demonstrate how cloth nappies have come since the olden days and how fashionable and easy to use they are, better for the environment and kinder to baby’s skin.

For more information visit their website at: www.myecobaby.es or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/My-Eco-Baby-Pañales-de-tela/1497657467131927

Party Animals Dance Party

Party Animals Dance Party

Following the success of the School Disco (well we had a good time) DJs Jerry Atric and Joe King are inviting everyone who likes to party to join us for the Party Animals Dancy Party at the Mayfair Music Club (former Punto d’Encuentro) on Saturday 16 August for a night of music and mayhem, playing all your favourite dancy and party tunes from the 60s to present day.

Doors open at 9 pm and the the party gets under way in all seriousness at 10 pm. Don’t worry if you can’t get there early doors, the last one went on until 4 am. Entry is free and you won’t need to sell a kidney to buy a round.

Women’s business networking group launched in Manilva


On September 17, 2014 from 6.30 pm to 8 pm in Villa Matilde, Sabinillas, a new women’s networking group is being launched by Shaw Marketing Services in association with Costa Women and supported by the Manilva Town Hall. This monthly networking event will offer women in the local business community a friendly and open environment to build their network, find suppliers and make new contacts.

Costa Women is a social community and business-networking group for women living in Spain and winner of the Best British Social Club award 2012 in the Telegraph. It provides online and offline networking opportunities for over 3,000 members and is free to join. The new Manilva business group will be an excellent addition to their networking calendar for women in business on the Western Costa del Sol.

This group will be led by marketing and networking expert Georgina Shaw from Shaw Marketing Services, who wants to establish a strong group to support the local business community and help them to thrive. Having previously organized and attended a host of networking events, Georgina will create a relaxed but structured networking environment, which facilitates making new business contacts using a range of different exercises and techniques.

Valentina Radu, Area Coordinator for Town Planning, Statistics and Foreign Residents in Manilva has offered her support for this new initiative and provided the venue to demonstrate the Town Hall’s commitment to supporting businesses in the province.

The event will cost 5€ to include the networking activities and refreshments and will take place on the third Wednesday of each month. To register please email info@shawmarketingservices.com or visit www.shawmarketingservices.com.

To find out more about Costa Women, and to sign up for free to become a member visit www.costawomen.ning.com.

Duquesa Darts Tournament

Miss Thang

Starting on Thursday 31 July at 8 pm Puerto de la Duquesa is the venue for a four-day Darts Tournament with some 32 players battling for a prize pot of 1000 euros.

Come and enjoy the action each evening live and on the giant screen, with the grand final on Sunday followed by a concert starring Miss Thang.

The action takes place outside the Leisure Lounge, Rambla del Mediterraneo, Puerto de la Duquesa, Manilva. All spectators welcome.

Mirror Mirror celebrate their I Anniversary with a weekend of fun

Mirror Mirror

Tonight, Thursday 24 July, is the Start of Mirror Mirror Lounge Bar’s Birthday Weekend and they will be kicking off festivities with our Big Birthday Quiz 150 € Jackpot Must Be Won.

After the quiz they will get the Jukebox going and you can get your dancing shoes warmed up for Big Gay Friday.

On Friday evening from 7 pm, Mirror Mirror Lounge Bar’s 1st Birthday Weekend in Duquesa Port will be celebrating by throwing its first ever ‘Big Gay Friday’ with all the camp classics!

And for their Big Birthday Bash on Saturday from 7 pm with a night of Burlesque. Celebrate with them this Friday and Saturday evening and don’t forget to Dress accordingly for both nights!

Mirror Mirror Lounge Bar in collaboration with The Duquesa Charitable Society of St. George is pleased to announce a weekend of celebrations in support of The Danii Charity. The Danii Charity provides assistance to children with cancer. Through the charity both the child and the parent are helped with Psychological support, financial aid with transport, medication, families where the parents have had to give up their jobs to look after their child, accommodation so families can stay close to the hospital and education for children while in hospital. They also help to buy much needed medical equipment and improve things for the patient and parents comfort at the Children’s Oncology Ward, Virgen Del Rocio Hospital in Sevilla. And last but not least they also help with much needed special trips for children and their families. Trips are organised for children suffering from serious illness and terminal illness.

You will have several opportunities over the two nights to donate or even collaborate with the charitable side of the event. Mirror Mirror will also be donating a percentage of the till over the two days.

For more information on either Charity please follow the links provided www.dcso-stgeorge.com or www.daniicharity.com

Danii Charity

Duquesa Charitable Society of Saint George

Derby Day Party – Saturday 7 June

Horse Racing

Sally and David Russell are holding their annual Epsom Derby party on Saturday 7th June.  It will start at 1 pm prompt and this year it is in aid of two charities: Animal In Need in La Linea for abandoned dogs and The Mane Chance Sanctuary, based in England, for horses that have been rescued.

Tickets for the party are 10 euros each, the money raised to go to the charities equally. Apart from yourselves, all you need bring is your favourite booze. A hot and cold buffet will be on the menu for both carnivores and vegetarians.

Clothes and jewellery stalls will be on site as will the on-course bookie; there will also be a raffle for some fabulous prizes. At 2 pm the runners will be auctioned and the race winner will collect the prize money raised (last year 230 euros).

Please let Sally and David know if you can come by telephone, e-mail or in person giving your telephone number and e-mail address. They can be contacted on: 952 893 174 or 634 863 237

Sweet Atelier, bringing the sweet smell of success to Duquesa Port

Mercedes Bornico

There are a number of smells that evoke a feeling of comfort and well-being, none more so than the smell of freshly baked bread. Often though that promise is not delivered and the anticipation is betrayed by a bland, tasteless lump of cooked dough. Not so at the Sweet Atelier, Duquesa Port’s very own patisserie. This boutique bakery offers a wide range of breads, cakes, pastries, all baked in-house by its award-winning owner, Mercedes Bornico.

According to Mercedes the key to a good product, is sourcing the best ingredients, whether it be the best French flour for the bread, or local produce for some of the sweeter temptations such as the Pear Tartin with Manilva Wine.

30 year-old Canadian Italian Mercedes began her career as a sou chef in London working at the prestigious Thomas Cubitt House in Belgravia, before coming to Spain to pursue a career as a pastry chef.

After studying at the CIOMijas hotel and cookery school she took up an internship at Finca Cortesin during which time she was offered a teaching post at the La Roche Hotel and Catering College which luckily for us she declined to pursue her own career as a pastry chef.

In fact it was whilst out walking her dog that Mercedes realised that one thing Duquesa Port was missing was a bakery and thus Sweet Atelier was founded.

Situated in Calle Poniente (next to the English Butcher) Sweet Atelier offers daily produced breads, cakes and pastries, with a number of speciality breads produced on the weekend, breads such as sour dough, bagels, chorizo, or sun dried tomato. Sweet Atelier are happy to produce breads, cakes and pastries to order for special occasions, parties, etc., and also cater for bars and restaurants.

Mercedes was also proud to point out that very little went to waste, typically products were available the following day with 50% off, and if still not sold, they were donated to a local food bank.

So why not treat yourself ….

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday 9.30 am to 3 pm
Sunday 10 am to 3 pm

Tel: 670 991 661

Sweet Atelier