The Little Sing in Sabinillas

New Irish Arts Artistic Director Jonathan Rea is returning to the Costa del Sol in May following the packed-out Big Sing at Sotogrande Church in February.

The local community is invited to The Little Sing in the Catholic Church in Sabinillas on Sunday 31st May 2015.

The Little Sing features music provided by a choir, specially formed for the performance, which is open to anyone who wants to join in. Led by Jonathan Rea from the New Irish Arts, and accompanied by special guest Yazz and band.

The event begins at 8pm, but as before will be preceded by a workshop for those who would like to participate in the choir for the evening.

The workshop will begin at 4.45 pm in the church. For more information please contact Heather at heathermoore@eircom.net or Catherine on 678 498 225/622 877 309.

Early registration is advised as the venue is small.

The Little Sing in Sabinillas

St George’s End of Summer Bash 2014

End of Summer Bash

This year’s St George’s End of Summer Bash will be held in Calle Duquesa de Arcos in front of Fathoms Bar from 1 pm to 10.30 pm on Saturday 13 September.

Raising money for the Duquesa Charitable Society of Saint George there is a packed programme of music and activities with bouncy castle and face painting for the kids, along with market stalls and a line-up of local musicians including: Sabi Rock Band, Sam Oliver, Murcus Myers, Yaqui, Billy Robbins, Angelina, Dani and Brian, ParaSol Singers, Ian Grant and Rob Sas, Mandy L, Mick Shenton, Speedy, Stelvis, Biagra.

The will also be a grand charity raffle with fabulous prizes.

The event is hosted by Manilva Foreign Residents Department in collaboration with Duquesa Charitable Society of Saint George.

See HERE for images from last year’s event.

The Chris Gaskell Life Celebration Golf Day

Chris Gaskell Golf Day

The O’Callaghan’s Bar Golf Society recently arranged a day of Golf, Food and Drink to celebrate Chris’s life in what will now become an annual event. The format played was Stableford and the winner this year and taking the trophy was Adie Goldring who won with 38 points followed by runner up Jack O’Callaghan with 36 points.

The game was played at what is known as Atalaya Golf ‘s New course and the food, drinks and presentation were held at O’Callaghans Bar, Sabinillas. The presentation was made by Richard Smith and Rebekah Lowe.

Article by Dean Shelton

Feasting on Art with DFAS de la Frontera

Feasting on Art

Arts society DFAS de la Frontera is celebrating the culmination of their season of lectures, trips and events by ‘Feasting on Art’ at their annual arts and crafts day held in the beautiful grounds of Cortijo la Vizcaronda, Manilva, on Wednesday, 11th June.

Artists’ studios will be open from 11.00 am – 2.30 pm and entry is FREE. Exhibitors will include DFAS members as well as local artists and will feature everything from paintings, prints, cards and gifts to hand crafted jewellery. Come along, talk to the artists, view their wonderful artwork and maybe even buy something to take home. Live music will serenade visitors and refreshments will be available to purchase. A feast for all the senses!

Affiliated to NADFAS, the UK decorative and fine arts assocation, DFAS de la Frontera is now in its eighth year and keeps going from strength to strength. The thriving society flies out top quality lecturers once a month between October and May to give digital presentations at the San Roque Golf & Country Club. Above all, DFAS de la Frontera believes culture should not just be interesting, but also fun!

For more details and a map showing how to get to Cortijo la Vizcaronda, please go to www.nadfas-delafrontera.org

You can find images from last year’s event HERE

The Parasol Singers

By Michael Jacobs

Parasol Singers

A small group of friends in Duquesa who enjoy singing were disappointed to find that there was no English-singing choir in the area so they decided to form one. From this the ParaSol Singers was established. In a short time membership has grown to over 20 but, with most people having family or holiday breaks, we are always looking for new members to maintain a core group. The ability to ‘hold a tune’ is more important than experience or technical ability and age is no barrier! We sing mostly pop and rock songs but anything “from Gershwin to GaGa” is fine if the group and our Musical Director like the number.

Singing is a great way to relax as well as to meet people and the satisfaction or the “buzz” that you get from participating in and contributing to a great choral sound is tremendous. But we are not just there for ourselves, we want to give something to the community. It has been proven that singing with other people, or even just listening to a choir or singing group, has therapeutic value and makes people just feel happier.

We are very fortunate to have Marion Allen as our Musical Director, who has experience of working with both amateur dramatics and musical productions both in the UK and on the Costa, and who has the rare knack of being able to mould a group like ours, who have lots of enthusiasm but very different levels of experience of individual or group singing, into a melodious sound! We rehearse at a venue between Sabinillas and Estepona on Wednesday evenings. Why not give it a try – men especially – If you are interested in joining or coming to hear us, please email parasol.singers@btinternet.com or call Mike on 692 558 041.

Charity concert raises 1200 euros for Duquesa Charity

Antony Wolfson performs at the Music from the Movies and Musicals

The Music from the Movies and Musical charity concert proved a great success with over 1200 euros being raised for the The Duquesa Charitable Society of St George.

Organised by Tony and Hev Gates from Fathoms, and held at Meson El Molino in Sabinillas, an audience of almost 100 local residents enjoyed a great night with music provided by Antony Wolfson, Mandy L, Frank Skott, Danielle Caballero, and the KP Band, all who gave their time and talent free of charge.

The funds were swelled by the auction of a poster depicting the performers which was drawn and donated by Duquesa’s artist in residence, Eddie Wall, which was successfully bid for by David Harmston from the Nyland Knight Foundation, along with the raffle of a Jamon kindly donated by Meson El Molino.

This is the first of a packed programme of events planned by the charity for the coming months.

For photos from the night visit the image gallery on The Resident Facebook page.

MacMillan & Cudeca Coffee Morning

Cudeca and Macmillan Coffee Morning

On Friday 27th September, from 11 am, there will be a coffee morning in Plaza Los Naranjos in support of the Macmillan event. Last year, we raised over 1,500 euros, with the proceeds split 50:50 between Macmillan and Cudeca. We do hope that you will be able to join us and support these very worthwhile causes.

There will be delicious cakes, a raffle with some superb prizes, a tombola, and stalls with books, cards, marmalade and chutney, and nearly new clothes.

If you are able to help by making a cake, or running the stalls, please contact Hilary Warren on 634 619 673 or Kath Robinson on 678 050 832. All contributions will be very much appreciated.

Charity Auction at the Castle, El Castillo de la Duquesa

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Charity Auction

Anyone looking for an alternative to the normal entertainment on offer this summer, should look no further than Castillo de la Duquesa where on Saturday 24th August from 7pm the castle will play host to an auction of celebrity memorabilia as part of an event organized in collaboration with the Manilva Foreign Residents Department, to raise much needed funds for two local charities.


Animal in Need will use their share of the funds to boost their neutering program which helps prevent some of the many unwanted litters that often end up as strays on the street. They will also put money towards much needed durable dog houses, so the animals have shelter for the winter.

Meanwhile The Duquesa Charitable Society of St George who will use their share of funds to boost their project of supplying food parcels to local families currently struggling to make ends meet during the present “crisis”.

The auction itself will be hosted by well known local radio presenter Sid Olivera and will feature items donated by such celebrities such as Anita Dobson, Mark Knopfler, Shane Warne and Simon Cowell and even Boris Johnson!

But it is more than just an auction and there will also be live entertainment, food and drink on offer. The evening’s entertainment will be headlined by singer Antony Wolfson and The Art Club Band and it is hoped that other local acts will come along and give impromptu performances.

Entry to the event is just €20 per person and apart from the entertainment ticket holders will also receive a raciòn of paella plus a welcome drink and canapés.

Tickets are just €20 each and can be bought at The Bookshop or Fathoms Bar in Sabinillas.

Further details of the event and the auction items can be found at www.aincharityauction.webs.com.

ADANA celebrates summer with Moroccan Night

Adana Moroccan Night

Tickets were sold out well in advance for ADANA´s Moroccan Night, the Estepona-based animal rescue charity’s annual summer party, this year held at John and Henry´s Restaurant Cortijo La Vizcaronda in Manilva.

Eighty two guests, many in exotic Moroccan costumes, wined and dined in the beautiful gardens while Irish singer Mandy Lovett and husband Gerry entertained them with old time favourites. Everyone agreed that the Moroccan buffet, featuring various tagines prepared by Henry, was delicious.

Along with the Moroccan cookies came the stunning belly dancer, Sashzade whose graceful performance had everyone entranced.

The evening ended with everyone dancing to yet more lively music and songs by Mandy.

The night raised a grand 1,544€ for ADANA. ADANA wishes to thank John and Henry for all the work they put into the party to make the evening a success, to Mandy and Gerry for entertaining free of charge, and to our energetic barladies Trish and Carol.

Ferrari Club returns to Puerto de la Duquesa

Ferrari in Duquesa Port

The Ferrari Owners Club of Andalucia will be holding their third annual visit to Puerto de la Duquesa this Sunday, June 23 at around 1.30 pm.

In past years they have driven in procession around the municipality, but it is not clear whether they will be doing so this year.

There will certainly be a large number of Ferraris of all models on display around the port whilst the club members enjoy lunch at the Port’s Il Capitano Restaurant.

Here are some images of a previous year’s event: Ferrari Owners Club in Duquesa Port