The sun shone, the volunteers shone, and the stars shone at this year’s Rocking in Roda party. 344 people came along to enjoy the sunshine, and the atmosphere at this very popular SELL OUT event. Compered throughout by the very entertaining ANDY DOVE the show started with KENNY superb as ever on his guitar. Along came VINNIE MACK who soon had everyone swinging, a brilliant singer. Ladies taken care of, now the fabulous VANESSA (Vermeij) who wowed the audience with her amazing performance. Half time, the raffle, 27 prize vouchers, all gifts donated by our local businesses, too numerous to mention, was drawn in 20 minutes! Many thanks for your generosity and support. THE NORTHERNERS (formerly Countryfyde) were next, where ANDY and ROB FRASER did a fantastic job, great music for dancing and singing along to. They had a surprise in store when they introduced Shannon and Molly Moran, The Chippettes who the crowd adored, stars in the making here! Then, the ever popular SUZYG with Rhianne. What energy this pocket dynamo has. . The guys loved the outfits, and the ladies loved singing and dancing along with you. 5th time SUZYG, many thanks for your support, you are a star. To finish, one of the best bands around, the fantastic STREETERS, magic music, wow, what great talent, and they ROCKED RODA until the evening ended. HAH founder and organiser Lesley said” special thanks to all our fantastic HAH volunteers especially, Jackie S, Carole & Norman, and Angela cakes) Joy and Tom, food, and all the others who work so hard in so many ways to help the community, all the entertainers for their excellent performances, Joy Tom for their catering, Dasi for the ice cream van, Ruben and his staff for helping so much with the loan of tables, chairs, and great bar service, and everyone for coming. After expenses, and including raffle, cakes tickets, a whopping 2812.50€ was raised for HAH. Thanks everybody”
On Wednesday 17th June Andy and Stephanie Dexter hosted a Mad Hatters Tea Party to celebrate the completion of over a years work on their new home and garden in the village of La Puebla. Both Andy and Stephanie are members of Help Murcia Mar Menor and so the charity were happy to use the occasion as a fund raiser. Many of those attending took up the challenge and turned up in an amazing array of hats but as the theme was the Mad Hatter of course toppers were the favourite of the day. The winners of the best hat competition were Ann Hetherington for the ladies and Bill Saunders for the gentlemen. The afternoon raised 200€ for the charity which will help HELP to carry on with their good works helping the people within the Murcia area. If you can spare a little time during the week ring 968 570 059 and talk with our office staff who will be pleased to tell you how you can help to put a little back into the society in which we all live. Office hours 10:00 to 13:30 Monday to Friday. On Wednesday 17th June Andy and Stephanie Dexter hosted a Mad Hatters Tea Party to celebrate the completion of over a years work on their new home and garden in the village of La Puebla. Both Andy and Stephanie are members of Help Murcia Mar Menor and so the charity were happy to use the occasion as a fund raiser. Many of those attending took up the challenge and turned up in an amazing array of hats but as the theme was the Mad Hatter of course toppers were the favourite of the day. The winners of the best hat competition were Ann Hetherington for the ladies and Bill Saunders for the gentlemen. The afternoon raised 200€ for the charity which will help Help to carry on with their good works helping the people within the Murcia area. If you can spare a little time during the week ring 968 570 059 and talk with our office staff who will be pleased to tell you how you can help to put a little back into the society in which we all live. Office hours 1000 to 1330 Monday to Friday.
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Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus has done it again: for the third time in succession, they have become barbershop champions of Spain, gaining their third gold medal. Led by Musical Director, Gail Grainger, the chorus travelled to Benalmádena, Málaga to compete on Saturday, 18 April. Spangles first won gold in San Pedro del Pinatar in 2011, then again in Benalmádena in 2013. Choruses are not allowed to compete in the year following a win, so their next chance of a medal was at this year’s convention, organised by the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS). “We are all delighted with our third championship win and I am especially proud of the chorus, because this was my last assignment as Musical Director of Spangles and they pulled out all of the stops” said Gail, who returns to live in the UK in May. “I couldn’t have wished for a better farewell”. Gail joined the chorus as Assistant Musical Director in January 2008 and took over the role of Musical Director in September the same year. Since then, she and her management team have worked tirelessly to ensure that the chorus continues to improve and move forward. Starting in 2004 with just five ladies, the chorus now boasts more than 40 members and continues to grow. The past year’s hard work paid dividends in Benalmádena, with Spangles sweeping the board, not only winning the contest, but scooping up the trophies for highest scores in singing, presentation and music. “This couldn’t have been achieved without the specialist coaching we received and the dedication of each and every member of the chorus to achieve excellence” commented Gail, who hands over her baton to two joint chorus directors, Dawn Ritch and Wendy Grant, who will be supported by the Assistant Musical Director, Liz Lewis. “I know that I am leaving the chorus in good hands and I look forward to watching their continued progress from afar.” Spangles welcomes new members so, if you’re looking to make new friends and enjoy singing, why not visit Spangles when they rehearse at Las Claras? They meet every Thursday from 10.00am to 1.00pm. Please call Lyn on 968 574 987 or Anthea on 968 334 527 to book Spangles or to find out how to join, or visit the website: www.spangleschorus.com.
€4306.00 was raised on Sunday 21st September at Centro Civico at Roda which was the venue for this year's MABS Party in the Park. Despite the threat of rain the weather remained fantastic throughout the day even providing a little bit of cloud cover occasionally, which was most welcome. The Mayor of Roda was at the venue early putting tables and chairs out along with MABS volunteers, whilst the bands were setting up on stage and doing sound checks. Natalie & Mike Campbell from Campbell's Restaurant in Roda arrived with the hog and to set up the food serving area for later in the day. As is usual for MABS events people started to arrive early so that groups of friends could be sat together and it wasn't long before all of the tables were taken. Wendy Grant from MABS took to the stage to welcome everyone and explain a little bit about what MABS do and where the money goes. The show itself was opened by the wonderfully talented Barrington who had the dance floor packed in no time at all. Rame Tower Band were next up playing a great variety of music, and of course, the dancing continued. The dance floor was then cleared so that we could watch the truly amazing Crazy Ladies perform their fantastic dances. They went down an absolute treat as they tapdanced their way into the hearts of the audience. The hog roast was served to 400 people - melt in the mouth pork with fried onions, apple sauce, baked potato and salad. It tasted as good as it sounds. Suzi G was on next with her energetic style of entertainment and, as always, wowed the crowd and had the dance floor packed again. The raffle was drawn and Janet Bell, MABS Co-ordinator thanked everyone for supporting MABS. There was some fantastic prizes on offer, kindly donated by local businesses and individuals. The first prize, which was donated by La Manga Club, was a mini-break of 2 nights stay with breakfast and golf in the 5* Principe Felipe Hotel at La Manga Club and was won by Chris Long. A full list of the winning numbers and prizes is on the facebook page and also on display at the shop and centre. Our final act was the Campoverde Reef Band who were forgiven for wearing extremely loud Hawaiian shirts because they played some brilliant music and it was non stop from them with the dance floor packed to the rafters. Sadly the day had to come to an end and people started to leave thanking the organisers for a great event. As always, there are too many people to thank personally but a special mention goes to Wendy Grant from the fundraising team for arranging such a brilliant line up of acts. Also, the Mayor of Roda who worked non stop setting up tables and chairs before the event, serving drinks at the bar and then clearing the tables and chairs away at the end. The biggest thanks go to those who support MABS by attending the events, buying raffle tickets and donating prizes. Cancer doesn't discriminate and neither do MABS.
Friday 19th September was the last event in the year for HAH in conjunction with the Masonic Lodge of Luz de Murcia, who have supported the charity throughout the last year. 150 people came along for a 3 course dinner, superbly served and presented as always, by Juan, Marie and their staff at Ruf Mari. The ever popular JUMBO entertained and soon had lots of people up dancing, and doing a very funny conga through the restaurant, needless to say, mostly the ladies, although a few men braved the dance floor, come on chaps, it is a good way to lose some weight!! Along with donations 730€ was raised on the night and Paul Eburne, president of HAH and a member of the Luz de Murcia thanked everyone for their continued support. He also gave special thanks to the hard working, great team of HAH volunteers, Jumbo, the restaurant and Mr Barry Dell, the current Master of the Luz de Murcia and the Lodge members for their support over the year. Our next event (apart from meetings) will be out Craft Fayre and Fashion Show at Roda Centro Civico, on Tuesday October 21st. HAH volunteers will be modelling (!!!), strutting their stuff, and have some beautiful clothes to auction after the event. Lots of stalls, homemade crafts, birthday and Christmas cards, diaries, shoes, jewellery, books, nail bar and more. If you would like a stall (one of each product only) please contact Pam on 968 582 535. To join our team, email Lesley on firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more on www.helpathome.es
After months of waiting for licences etc. The Village Inn opened its doors to the public recently, and last Saturday hosted a brilliant party in aid of HAH Help at Home their chosen charity. Sitting out on the fantastic open terrace, almost 200 people were enthralled by the singing and guitar playing of the superb Rafael Raposo, shut your eyes and it was Santana! An excellent supper was served very quickly, and waiter/ress service ensured you didn’t have to wait for your reasonably priced drinks. John and his sister Sue who took over the bar some months ago said” it was well worth the wait to make sure that everything ran like clockwork. We are absolutely delighted with the turn out tonight and so pleased that the food, service and décor are to such a high standard. We hope to host many evenings like this and have plans for Race Nights, Murder Mystery, quizzes and of course music nights. We will open 6 days a week (closed on Thursdays), and food will be available all day. Apart from HAH, we will also support other local charities. Heather McElvey, HAH volunteer who organised the event said, “we are so pleased to be able to support John and Sue and we are all to bits tonight. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, and the evening raised 500€ for HAH after expenses, so a terrific success for both The Village Inn and HAH” For details of future events etc, contact John or Sue on 634 354 766