Anglican Church (Costa del Sol West)
Chocolate oranges and fair
The Anglican Church of the western Costa recently handed over 600 chocolate oranges and hundreds of Christmas biscuit packs, donated by customers of Overseas in Puerto Banús, to Emaus in Estepona and Cáritas in San Pedro, respectively. It is hoped that these will be welcome additions to the Christmas fare for those less fortunate at this time of year.
However, this is not the only charitable work the church is carrying out at this time. Hundreds of people, 25 classic cars, 35 stalls, Father Christmas on a throne, two choirs, bouncy castles, a magic show, face painting and ten charities made the Multi- Charity Christmas Fair at Estepona Palacio de Congresos a major success.
The Anglican Church will be passing on about 6,000 euros to the different charities the church supports.
The Field Club of Fuengirola
Christmas walk to Carvajal
Members of the Field Club, a multinational walking club based in Fuengirola with over 200 members, recently enjoyed its annual Christmas walk along the Fuengirola paseo to Carvajal, with many sporting festive costumes.
The group, which walks twice a week from various locations along the coast to all over Malaga province, meets every Monday at the Hogar in Fuengirola at 10.30am.
For more information, visit www.thefieldclub.es
Annual dinner and dance
Members of the RAF Association held their annual Christmas dinner dance last Friday.
Jack Griggs, the chairman of the Costa del Sol Branch; Charmaine Arbouin, the British Consul to Andalucía and the Canary Islands, and other honoured guests attended the event which included live entertainment with singer Laura Elen.
A raffle and the 'name the bear' competition raised 190 euros for welfare work aiding both serving and former members of the Royal Air Force and their families.
The Costa del Sol branch organises various events throughout the year to which anyone is welcome. There is also a social get-together at noon on the first Tuesday of the month at Restaurante Los Morenos, Alhaurín el Grande, and at 2pm on the third Monday of the month at El Jardín Bar, Arroyo de la Miel.
For more information visit the website: rafacostadelsol.co.uk
Santa María Bowls Club
Hamper singles competition
Both ladies and men from the Santa María Bowls Club recently competed in a random draw singles competition. All were dressed in red and ready for some competitive bowling.
After the fifth round, the donated hampers were presented to the top five players. Craig Lewis and Garry Aldridge won all their games but Craig won by a superior shots difference. June Baldry came third, Pat Fisher fourth and Barbara Bartlett fifth.
A fun corner to corner was then played and won by crown green superstar Barbara Bartlett.
New members and visitors will be welcome after 6 January. Call 664 068 020 for details.
Royal British Legion Coín
Christmas dinner and dance
The Coín Branch of the Royal British Legion launched the festive season with a Christmas Dinner Dance at Los Candiles at which entertainment was provided by Juliet Williams.
Chairman of the Branch, Jo Taylor, paid tribute to Jean Merry, Maureen Ramayon and Rosie Mahoney who decorated the dining room and made table arrangements.
The branch also took the opportunity to celebrate their very successful 2017 Poppy Appeal year. In October the Poppy Launch and Autumn Fayre raised 865 euros and in November generous donations and the money collected in poppy boxes totalled 3,191 euros. This brought the overall sum raised by the Coín branch in 2017 to 8,874 euros.
The Coín branch has a full entertainment programme, details of which can be found at www.coinrbl.info