Trips inland, cruise plans and a word from the police

The Costa Press Club listen to Juan Antonio O'Donnell.
The Costa Press Club listen to Juan Antonio O'Donnell. / SALLY HARRISON
  • Both Torrox History Club and Lux Mundi have been visiting towns inland and the RBL are planning a cruise

Costa Press Club

The work of a media relations officer in the National Police

Thirty members of the Costa Press Club and invited guests attended the association's February meeting held in Restaurante El Gusto last week in La Cala de Mijas. The speaker was Juan Antonio O'Donnell Gallego, honorary chief inspector of the National Police Force (Policía Nacional) and former chief of the Press Office in Malaga, who gave an interesting talk about the daily work of media relations officers and the procedure for keeping the media informed about cases considered to be of public interest. The guest speaker, who has now retired, shared some of his personal experiences and impressions, based on over 40 years of service. He put the part played by communications into context, and explained in detail the sort of work undertaken by press officers, saying that in addition to reporting on current cases, they actively participate in the preventive work done by the police. The journalists present at the meeting showed particular interest in the role of social media in present day policing, and in restrictions to the publication of images of police officers on active service.

Torrox Spanish History Group

Trip to Macharaviaya

The Torrox Spanish History group meets every first Tuesday of the month at El Parquesol, El Morche. Members give talks and the group also enjoys trips to local historical sites of interest. This month members visited Macharaviaya, known for its connection to the Gálvez family. A guide from the museum showed the group around the village, the church and the crypt where some of the Gálvez family are buried.

Lux Mundi

Zahara and Ronda visit

Friends of Lux Mundi went on an excursion to Zahara de la Sierra recently. The group visited the Santa María de la Mesa church and a few climbed up to the castle to enjoy the view of the lake and surrounding countryside in what is described as one of the ten most picturesque white villages in Andalucía. The coach then took them to Ronda for lunch and a chance to see the famous gorge, bridge and bullring as well as visit the museums.

Royal British Legion Mollina

Cruise around the Med

RBL Mollina branch are launching their next fundraising event: a cruise around the Mediterranean in November. They are offering the seven-night and eight-day trip in conjunction with Halcón Viajes and Pullmantur. Prices range from 850 to 955 euros depending on choice of cabin. If more than 40 people book, a sizeable donation can be made to the Poppy Appeal. The offer is open to everyone and more information can be obtained from