Costa clubs welcome a new term of learning and fundraising

U3A members get together at a pre-Covid meeting in 2019.
U3A members get together at a pre-Covid meeting in 2019. / SUR
  • The U3A, Arts Society and other local societies have a full programme of events for the autumn and winter months

U3A Costa del Sol

Educational classes and leisure activities

The U3A Costa del Sol, a volunteer-run association that aims to promote learning for personal fulfilment and pleasure, will resume its courses in Fuengirola next month. Following an 18-month break due to the pandemic, the Fuengirola branch will be offering a full schedule of educational classes and leisure activities at different locations in the town: these will include St Andrew's Church, the Cafeteria Manila and the Hogar Social de Fuengirola (pensioners club). The classes will include The Art and Artists Group, Science and Technology, Ukulele for Beginners, the Modern Jive Club, Flower Arranging Spanish for Beginners and Intermediate Conversation, among others.

Those who enjoy sport and leisure can choose from a variety of activities such as darts, snooker, padel, table tennis and petanca, as well as yoga and walking and hiking groups.

The association also hosts lectures and talks (given by members who want to share their knowledge and experiences), quiz nights, coffee mornings and a monthly Ladies Who Lunch club.

Membership registration and group enrolment can be made at the Cafeteria Manila (Paseo Marítimo Los Boliches) on Monday 27 September between 10.30am and 12.30pm. Membership costs ten euros per term (October 4 - December 17, January 10 -March 25, March 28 - May 27). The price for new members wishing to join for three terms is 25 euros, while existing members pay 15 euros.

Enrolment takes place on a first-come-first-served basis and those wishing to register are reminded to complete an enrolment slip stating their name, membership number, e-mail address and preferred activities. Membership and enrolment forms, along with timetables and group information, can be obtained from the U3A website (

The fee entitles all members to participate in as many group activities as they wish (subject to availability).

Simply Surviving

Fundraising activity

The Simply Surviving group has announced that it will resume it activities this month following its summer break. The charitable group, a platform which seeks to support entertainment venues, artists and local businesses that have suffered financially due to the effects of the pandemic, will be holding a series of fundraising events for its chosen charity. This month's campaign is in aid of Age Concern Fuengirola/Mijas/Benalmádena, a volunteer run charity that supports the over-50s English-speaking community.

One of the highlights of the campaign will take place on Friday 24th of September, when four group members, one of whom is 87, will take part in Age Concern's Zip Line Challenge in Alhaurín de la Torre. More than 20 fundraisers will participate in the event, a 1.2-kilometre flight that will reach speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

Other events include a dinner and fashion show (13 September), a fun quiz afternoon, held at the Restaurante Verona, Mijas (22 September), and the historical walking tours of Mijas (2, 8, 14, 23 and 28 October).

For more information about the group's activities, see the Simply Surviving Facebook page or contact Val Williams: 951313257, or Alan Boardman: 610522605.

Mijas Dementia Support group

Fashion show

The Mijas Costa Alzheimer and Dementia Support Group, an organisation founded in conjunction with Age Care Mijas, will hold its fundraising Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show at the El Jinete restaurant in La Cala de Mijas on Wednesday 29 September. Tickets for the event, which begins at 12.30pm, cost 35 euros (ten euros of which will go to the charity) and will include lunch, a fashion show by Mapuchi Moda, entertainment and a raffle.

Reservations can be made by phoning 610774408.

The Arts Society

New season

The different Arts Societies across Malaga province (Nerja, Costa del Sol and Benahavís) are beginning a new season of lectures and other events. The Nerja society is holding a coffee morning to welcome new members on 21 September at the Varadero restaurant in Torrox Costa from 11am.

The Nerja and Costa del Sol societies will be sharing eight lectures during the 2021-22 season. In Nerja the first talk will take place on October 5 2021 with Chair, Helen Sijsling's Flamenco: The heartbeat of the South talk.

The Benahavís society's first talk will be starting on Tuesday 28 September with a talk on Cleopatra. This lecture will be delivered by Zoom because of a refurbishment of the town hall. Future meetings should take place at the venue itself.

It is hoped that all 14 Nerja lectures will be given live, but each one will also be streamed so that members and visitors have the option to watch them from home.

For further information visit: and look for the three local societies' pages.