St George Charity launches the 2015 Children’s Gift Appeal

The Duquesa Charitable Society of St. George has launched its 2015 Children’s Gift Appeal to provide gifts for local underprivileged children this festive season.

The St George charity is looking for donations of cash and/or small gifts (preferably new), which we will then use to put together gift bags for underprivileged children aged from babies to 16 years of age as identified by the local Social Services Departments in Manilva and Casares, and the Emaus Social Kitchen in Estepona. Last year the charity provided gift bags for around 450 children.

Gifts can be dropped off at Fathoms Bar, The St George Charity Shop in Calle Duquesa de Arcos (opposite O’Callaghans), and The Bookshop in Sabinillas. In Gibraltar they can be left at The Quest Group, Grand Ocean Plaza, Gibraltar.

Or you can pay 10 euros for an individual ‘gift bag’ which will be presented to an underprivileged child on Three Kings in January, and know that your generosity has brought a smile to a child’s face this festive season.

Cash donations can be made at any of the drop off points listed above, and should be placed in a sealed envelope and marked with your name and email address so that we can send you a confirmation of receipt, or they can be paid directly into the charity’s bank account in La Caixa Bank
Name of Account Holder: Duquesa Charitable Society of St George
Account Number: 2100 2671 77 0210252624.

Donate Online

Alternatively you can make your donation online to our PayPal account HERE.

Please remember to state the reason for the payment when paying cash in: “Christmas Gift Appeal”.

St George Charity Christmas Gift Appeal

Dirty Cash is a clear winner

Win Two Tickets for the Hot New Crime Movie – Dirty Cash

Dirty Cash the Movie

This month sees the much anticipated release of independent, locally produced movie, Dirty Cash, by up and coming British director, Craig Ruddock.

Starring, and introducing, Roger Portainer as the anti-hero protagonist and Guy Olivero as the ‘God-Padre’, Dirty Cash sees an ambitious heist go badly wrong with the double-crossing fall-out running head long into a very different type of criminal enterprise causing a high-octane clash with unpredictable and suitably nail-biting results.

Suffice to say, if you’re a fan of crime flick cliff-hangers, the action-packed ending won’t disappoint.

Shot entirely independently on a tight budget on location in Cadiz and Malaga, this crime thriller is a completely grassroots production showcasing solely local talent, both in front of and behind the camera, and displays incredible ingenuity in the props and set department.

The result is a taut, sophisticated action thriller with a twist, all played out to a stunning Andalucian summer backdrop.

Excited? Well, this your chance to win TWO tickets to a private VIP screening including a cava reception, props exhibition and a behind the screens documentary where you’ll also get to meet cast and crew!

Screenings are at Manilva Theatre, Manilva Town on 29th November and 5th and 6th December and if you don’t win, don’t worry…

You can buy tickets online at where you can also check out the electrifying trailer.

To win TWO free tickets simply visit and answer the question: “The Overlook Hotel” is featured in the film. In which other famous film does this hotel name appear?

Water cuts in Manilva on Wednesday 23 September

The local water utility, Hidralia, have announced that due to major works on the municipality’s water infrastructure the supply will be cut for five hours on Wednesday 23 September from 9 am to 2 pm, which will affect the whole of the municipality including all urbanisations and rural areas.

Hidralia apoligise for any inconvenience during these essential works.

Water Cut

IV End of Summer Bash raises over 1,600€ for St George Charity

End of Summer Bash

The IV End of Summer Bash, in Sabinillas on Saturday 12 September, was a resounding success with hundreds of people turning out to enjoy over eleven hours of live music from some of the Coast’s best music acts.

Held each year around this time, the End of Summer Bash provides a fitting end to the summer season, whilst at the same time raising funds for the Duquesa Charitable Society of St George.

This year the event raised a total of 1,616.64€ which will go towards the charity’s Christmas Gift Campaign.

The event was organised by Fathoms Bar, Manilva Foreign Residents Department, and the Duquesa Charitable Society of St George.

For more pictures from the event see Manilva Life Facebook Page

Hidralia opens a customer service office in Sabinillas

The municipal water company Hidralia have opened a new Customer Service office in Sabinillas. The office in Calle Miguel Delibes was inaugurated this morning by the Mayor of Manilva, Diego José Jimenez, Deputy Mayor, Antonio Barragan along with senior officials of Hidralia.

The head of Hidralia in Andalucia, Matilde Mancha, stated that “to begin with, the office will be open every Tuesday from 9 am to 1 pm, depending on the demand for customer services.

The office will deal with all enquiries except new contracts, which will continue to be dealt with at our office in Manilva. Also, for security reasons customers will not be able to make payments in cash”.

Hidralia office

IV End of Summer Bash in aid of St George Charity

End of Summer Bash

The fourth annual End of Summer will be held on Saturday 12 September opposite Fathoms Bar and Hotel Recio.

Organised by the Duquesa Charitable Society of St George and Fathoms Bar in collaboration with Manilva’s Foreign Residents Department there will be a packed programme of activities and entertainment from 1 pm till midnight.

Some of the best musical acts on the coast will be performing, free of charge, including: Charley & Phil Evans, Peter Charles, Gary Pest, Mandy L & Ger, Dani & Brian, The Educators, Sabi Allstars Band, Rob Sas, ODAC, Gaz, Stelvis, plus various special guests, with the larger than life Biagra providing the finale.

There will also be craft stalls, face painting, bouncy castle, raffle, and a blind auction.

For more information, make a donation, book a stall, etc., contact Dean Shelton on 656 523 260 or Tony Gates on 760 531 685.

All proceeds from this event go to the Duquesa Charitable Society of St George.


Vendimia de Manilva – Grape Festival

Vendimia grape treading

Every year, on the first weekend in September, Manilva celebrates its annual grape harvest. This festival was founded in the early ’60s and has become an important part of the local calendar, drawing in visitors from all across the region.

Friday September 4

Flamenco aficionados can enjoy and evening of music and song with some of the best flamenco singers and musicians with the traditional annual Flamenco Festival kicking off Manilva’s Vendimia celebrations.

The Festival will be held at the Pablo Picasso School from 10 pm and is presented by Manilva’s Flamenco association in collaboration with Manilva Town Hall’s Cultural Department.

Saturday September 5

Activities begin on Saturday morning with the competition at the Manilva Wine Centre to find the best bunch of grapes. At seven in the afternoon there is a Holy Mass after which the Virgin will be borne through the streets accompanied by the Manilva Town Band to the Plaza where she will receive an offering of grapes. After the offering the winners of the best bunch of grapes will receive their prizes.
Finally there will be an evening of live music and dancing with the band ‘Latidos’.

Sunday September 6

Sunday is the big day with the party starting at 1 pm with live music from the bands ‘Latidos’ and ‘Malakai’. During the afternoon there will be plenty of opportunity to sample the local wine.
At 4 pm there will be a performance by the band ‘Mala Manera’.
At 5 pm the local riding club will parade along Calle Mar-
At 7 pm there will be the ceremonial first treading of the grapes, after which the party continues into the early hours of the morning.

Public Holiday

Monday September 7 is a public holiday in Manilva.

You can find some images of a previous Vendimia here: Manilva Vendimia 2013

Manilva’s Vineyards

Along with the Axarquia and the Montes de Malaga areas, Manilva is an important centre for the production of the Moscatel grape which, when dried on the local hillsides, provides the world famous ‘Pasas de Malaga’, the Malaga raisin, as well as a range of wines from dry to the sweet ‘Malaga’ wine.

There have been vineyards in Manilva since the 16th Century but the industry enjoyed its heyday during the 17th and 18th centuries when Manilva was a major producer of wines and brandies.

Unfortunately the local vineyards saw a decline during the 19th century which culminated in the destruction of the vines by the Phylloxera epidemic which decimated vineyards throughout Europe in the 1860s.

It wasn’t until after the Spanish Civil War that Manilva took up grape growing as an important economic activity centred on the sweet Moscatel grape which is ideally suited to Manilva’s climate, situation and soil type.


Sabi Street Party 2015

This year’s Sabi Street Party will be held on Saturday 22 August and is raising funds for the Kunkajang Nursery School, Knombo North, The Gambia on behalf of The Nyland Charitable Foundation with the support of the Duquesa Charitable Society of St George and the Manilva Foreign Residents Department.

Starting at 6 pm in the Plaza Los Naranjos, Punta Almina, Sabinillas, there will be a packed programme of live entertainment including a performance from members of the local handicapped charity Luisana.

There will be craft stalls, raffle, bouncy castle, face painting, etc., and food and drinks will be available in the bars adjoining the square: Casa Juan, La Barca, Toni’s, O’Callaghans, Cathy’s Clown, and Graingers.

For more information, to donate, or to book a stall please contact on of the event organisers: David Harmston on 603 524 795 or Angela Welch on 693 731 478.

Sabinillas Street Party


Manilva Full Moon Festival will be held on August 1

The Full Moon Party is to be held on Saturday August 1st. This was confirmed by the Councillor for Tourism, Francisco Becerra, whose department is putting the final touches to the programme of events.

Once again the event will bring thousands of revellers to the beach in Sabinillas to celebrate this festival which has been recognised by the provincial authorities as an important event on the tourism calendar.

The festival begins as the daylight ends with many of those attending dressed in white and includes plenty of musical entertainment including the Seeking Soul Band, playing soul and funk, along with Av drums and Saxo House, Roberto Cantero from Chambao as well as djs Diego Robles and Jose Seron, and local dj Pajaro.

There will be no shortage of colour and spectacle this year with a programme packed with parades, stilt walkers, jugglers, fire dancers, and once again the facades of the buildings on the paseo and plaza Cali will be the canvas for a sound and light show.

Following advice from the local police and fire service the Chinese lanterns will not be released due to the fire risk they present, but there will be an alternative safer spectacle to take their place.


Full Moon