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A 'Haywire' theatre production, bowls cup and donations

The ITS autum production 'Haywire'. :: R. Armstrong
The ITS autum production 'Haywire'. :: R. Armstrong
  • Many clubs and associations on the Costa del Sol continue to raise money for good causes and have a good time in the process

The Royal British Legion

Benalmádena branch closure

Unfortunately the Royal British Legion branch in Benalmádena has closed. The group was the first founded on the Costa del Sol back in 1987. Since then, new branches have formed along the coast and inland. Membership in Benalmádena had dropped significantly and the branch can no longer function so there will be no Poppy Appeal in the town this year.

FOTA

Dinner and a show

Friends of the Theatre Association (FOTA) in Fuengirola enjoyed a three-course meal, complete with cocktails, at a local restaurant recently before going to the Salon Varietés to see “South Pacific”. FOTA's objective is to raise funds to help keep the Salon Varietés open, as it receives no grants or sponsorship and is completely self-financing. It also aims to provide its members with social events such as day trips, holidays, lunches, and dances. The FOTA desk is open at the Salon Varietés, C/Emancipacion 30, Fuengirola, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11.30am to 1.15pm.

Cudeca

Coffee morning

A new coffee morning in aid of the Cudeca Cancer Hospice will be inaugurated at the Mamá Carmen Café in Torremolinos on Saturday 28 October. This new initiative, which will be held each Saturday morning, will take place between 11am and 5pm in the recently opened café, which is situated opposite the Hotel Palia Las Palomas in La Carihuela. The fundraising breakfast will include coffee, sandwiches and snacks, as well as a selection of homemade cakes donated by customers and locals. There will also be a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses. Half of all funds raised will be donated to Cudeca. More info: John Hennessy - 608 258 067 or jonjosephennessy@gmail.com

Lux Mundi Torre del Mar

Donating to Caritas

Lux Mundi regularly donate non-perishable food to the Caritas food bank but for the last coffee morning this month they are hoping to raise money to give to the charity. The coffee morning will be 27 October from 11am-1pm.

International Theatre Studio

'Haywire' production

Audiences were entertained by a lively comedy last weekend as The International Theatre Studio Marbella put on their annual autumn production at Atalaya Park Hotel. The local amateur dramatic group performed Eric Chappell's “Haywire” over three nights.

The cast included familiar and new faces and new ITS members.

Alec Firth, a bookstore owner in his fifties, was a demanding role which saw Russell Hood on-stage from start to finish. His mother and wife were played by Carol Woolnoth and Eileen Audas, both experienced actresses with ITS. Rebecca Flowerdew, new to ITS, played Alec's attractive new assistant while fellow newbies Theo Wilkins and Chloe Quinlan took on the roles of his son and daughter respectively.

Having sent his wife off on a European tour for five days, Alec is planning a weekend escape to Marbella. However, unbeknown to the book seller, his estranged family is about to wreak havoc on those plans as they turn up on his doorstep one after the other: his wife brings home a puppy which needs taking care of; his mother checks herself out of her care home; his son arrives on crutches; his daughter is heavily pregnant and with no intention of marrying the baby's father.

The am-dram group portrayed the hilarious spiral of events that thwarted the fifty-something's plans for a dirty weekend away. Audiences enjoyed the references to Marbella, being entertained with familiar scenes of sangria and Spanish music. www.internationaltheatrestudio.org or Facebook (International Theatre Studio Marbella @ITSMarbella).

Age Concern

Charity concert

Age Concern held their first fundraising concert on 21st October at Hotel Tamisa Golf in Mijas to celebrate the third anniversary of Age Concern Fuengirola and Mijas.

Ricky Lavazza and Mario Ross performed a wide repertoire of songs at the concert which was followed by a raffle with prizes donated by Hotel Tamisa Golf, Torrequebrada Hotel and Casino, Sunset beach and many individuals. De Vere Finance laid on a coach to take concert goers from Fuengirola to the hotel.

In all, 1,300 euros was raised and all proceeds will go to the three social clubs in Los Boliches, Mijas Pueblo and La Cala, as well as the charity's welfare department which offers personalised support and advice.

Miraflores Bowls

Miraflores Drawn Triples

The Miraflores Drawn Triples competition took place this week with Carol Frost, Nancy Shaw and James Tyrer winning the cup.

The largest open bowls competition on the coast, the Miraflores Open, will be starting on Saturday 11th November. There will be events in three disciplines namely Mixed Triples, Mixed Pairs and Open Fours. The two main sponsors are Ibex Insurance and Currencies Direct. Entries close on 3rd November. Contact the club (mirafloresbowls@hotmail.com) to take part.

La Cala de Mijas Lions

Donation

The La Cala de Mijas Lions club have presented a cheque for 1,800 euros to the Spanish Federation Football Club Mijas. The presentation was made by Lions president, Julie Barry, who handed the cheque to football club's president, Francisco Rosales.

The money is to help with the fees for children whose families cannot afford to send them to the football club for training.

The next Lions event will be the Christmas Fayre at the Tamisa Golf Hotel on 3 December at 11.30am. The Costa Soul singers and Father Christmas will be present. This is followed on 9 December with a Christmas dinner and dance at El Olivo restaurant. Tickets at 45 tickets from the Lions Shop in C/Torremolinos or tel: 677059061.