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Esther Ráez of Cudeca with members of the Floral Art Society.
Esther Ráez of Cudeca with members of the Floral Art Society. / SUR
  • Whatever your predilection, whether it's technology, art, travel, flower arranging or writing, there is a club on the Costa del Sol waiting for you to join

Age Concern Estepona and Manilva

Saturday opening

The Age Concern shop in Calle Zaragoza, Estepona, will be opening on the first Saturday in every month from 10am to 1pm as well as the normal Monday to Friday opening. The first date is 7 October.

Age Concern also holds a coffee morning on the first Tuesday of every month at Rick's Gin and Tonic in Estepona port from 11am to 1pm.

A 'venta' lunch has also been organised for 11 October at Alfonso's in Estepona at 10 euros for friends and volunteers, 11 euros for all other guests. Call 951318234 for more information and to reserve places.

For older people who require help or advice, Age Concern operates a helpline - 650163928. It should be noted that Age Concern is not an emergency service. Contact can also be made by email acesteponaymanilva@ageconcern-espana.org or visit acespana.org.

Gerald Brenan cultural association

Language exchange

The Asociación Cultural Gerald Brenan holds a free language exchange meeting for English and Spanish speakers every Wednesday afternoon. The exchange takes place in the Gerald Brenan house in Calle Torremolinos 56, Churriana, between 4pm and 7pm. Groups are formed according to the number of participants. Every week the association selects two topics to start off the conversation, including articles from SUR in English and the life and works of the Hispanist and writer Gerald Brenan. The group also takes part in activities such as cultural talks, visits and trips. For more information contact 696 84 37 13 or email asociacionculturalgeraldbrenan@outlook.es or look for Language-and-Culture-Exchange-Gerald-Brenan at www.meetup.com

Estepona Floral Art Society

Donation to Cudeca

The Estepona Floral Art Club recently made a donation of 500 euros to help fundraising for the Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice.

Established 17 years ago, Estepona Floral Art Club has members and visitors from Nerja to Gibraltar. Once a month the group holds a flower arranging demonstration by a visiting NAFAS (the UK's National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) demonstrator, when spectacular displays are created live on stage. The society also organises workshops for those who want to learn practical skills, visits to places of interest and special events. Members are of various nationalities but all meetings are in English.

The 500-euro cheque was presented to Esther Ráez Martínez from Cudeca's Communication and Fundraising department, at the club's first demonstration of the “new flower, fun and friendship year” with Kate Kerr. Esther admired the ladies' work and thanked them for their altruism.

The club meets on the third Tuesday of every month from September to June, except in December when they meet earlier for their Christmas lunch and demonstration. Meetings are held at Agro Jardin, Cancelada, Estepona from 2.45pm. No prior knowledge of flowers or flower arranging is required and visitors are welcome.

Lux Mundi Torre del Mar

Half Orange social group

The Half Orange group is a group of single people who meet the first Monday of every month in the Lux Mundi centre in Avda Moscatel. They have a 'bring and share' lunch and also get together for coffee, games and trips exploring the local area. Lux Mundi also holds a weekly Roman Catholic Mass which has recently changed venue and from 7 October will be held at the Nuestra Señora del Carmen church in Caleta de Vélez. Contact 952 543 334 or go to www.luxmundi.org

International Club of Estepona

Open day

Have a drink and find out about the group's activities and talk to the members of the International Club of Estepona at their open day on 8 October. The club house is situated at the Bahia Dorada. More information can be found on www.siberme.com

Toastmasters International

Speech on the Beach

The Achievers are part of the international non-profit organisation, Toastmasters International - the world's leading public speaking and leadership organisation whose mission is “empowering individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders”.

This year, on 28 and 29 October, the autumn conference is being held in Marbella and the keynote speaker is international TEDx speaker and trainer Sabyasachi Sengupta. He will be giving a speech in English about cultural diversity, how to integrate and how to stand out when needed.

The conference is held in English and Spanish and will take place at the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos in Marbella. It ends with the award presentation ceremony and a gala dinner on Saturday night.

It is open to members of the general public. For more information and bookings, visit www.speechonthebeach.es

The Arts Society

Goodbye NADFAS

In May 2017 The National Association Of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies rebranded its name and image after 50 years, it's Golden Jubilee, to better reflect the changes in the activities and scope of the society and the society's vision: “The belief that the arts have the potential to enrich peoples' lives is at the heart of everything we do. We want to be the most inclusive and influential Arts Society”.

Today The Arts Society is a leading Arts Education Charity with a global network of 385 local societies in the UK, Europe and Australasia, which brings people together through a shared curiosity for all aspects of the arts. There are 90,000-plus members worldwide.

There are five Arts Society groups from Gibraltar to Nerja. The Arts Society Costa del Sol meets on the second Monday of each month in the Salon Variéties, Fuengirola, and The Arts Society Nerja on the second Tuesday in the Cultural Centre, Nerja, from October to May. Members can hear expert, accredited lecturers who share their specialist knowledge.

The society also organises arts and cultural day tours throughout Andalucía and multi-day tours further afield inSpain.

Visitors to the area are more than welcome to attend the lectures. Tickets cost 10 euros (for other Arts Society members from around the world, it costs 8 euros for the Fuengirola meeting and 5 euros in Nerja).

For further information about the Nerja Society, visit www.TheArtsSocietyNerja.com (or contact Helen Sijsling on 660 907 856). For the Costa del Sol Society, visit www.theartssociety-costadelsol.org (or contact Yvonne Sjokvist on 952 858 952).

Club Internacional de Nerja

Outings and Events

The Club Internacional de Nerja holds regular outings and events such as trips to Gibraltar, the Sierra Nevada, El Torcal and Granada; tapas routes, a monthly quiz, walking tours, pamper nights, themed nights, Spanish classes, writing courses and computer basics courses, among others.

They arrange trips to some of the festivals around the province and longer visits with hotel accommodation; a five-day trip to Madrid is already planned for November. The new membership year starts 1 November and costs 18 euros. The club can be contacted on cidnerjabookings@outlook.com.