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 email@example.com 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
On a glorious afternoon recently the Courtyard at Country Bowls Club was filled with eighty people enjoying a glass of wine, listening to beautiful saxaphone music (provided by Wendy Grant of Cool Sax) whilst waiting for the MABS Fashion Show to start. No one was disappointed when the show began, compared by Zigi, the outfits were amazing and being priced from 5 - 15 euros there were lots of bargains to be had. All the clothes modelled had been donated to the MABS Charity Shop in San Javier and included brand new designer outfits donated by a shop that closed. Sue Savage, Charity Shop Manager said "It never fails to amaze me the amount of clothes we get given, people are so generous". Additional clothes, shoes, handbags and jewellery were also on sale, and a Raffle provided extra income to make the amount raised a staggering 679 Euros!! This delighted all the Volunteers who had worked tirelessly to make the Event so successful. Janet Bell, Area Co-Ordinator thanked everyone for attending, the Venue for providing a perfect setting and all those that had helped to ensure a most enjoyable afternoon. Janet said "We provide our service to Cancer patients and their family free of charge, without any outside funding, relying totally on donations and fundraising, so a huge thank you to everyone for the amount raised to-day" Cancer does not descriminate and neither do MABS, we help anyone of any Nationality affected by Cancer. Helpline No 693 275 779 If anyone has donations of Furniture, Bric a Brac, Clothes & Books please contact the Charity Shop on 968 950 917 See us on Facebook - MABS Murcia Mar Menor
It was "Céad Míle Fáilte" in a prequel to St. Patrick’s night when it was celebrated at Paddy Singh’s bar in Los Urrutias on Sunday the 16th March. Forty nine people supporting HELP MMM attended plus many others and enjoyed a meal and entertainment provided by father and son group called “Austin Friar" band. They originate from the North of Ireland and engaged with the very full audience performing many well-known Irish melodies. Though not the objective, €100 was raised for the charity. It was also a promotion night for Budweiser with two charming ladies distributing gifts to drinkers. Elaine’s Quiz with a Difference was held at Lui's Lounge in San Javier. Once again it proved to be challenging to the participants and raised a further €190. On Friday afternoon the HELP MMM charity auction attracted many people to La Zona bar, where Joanne Scott did a marvellous job as a bilingual auctioneer. There was a wide range of items and some really good bargains were picked up. This event raised a total of €585 thanks to the efforts of everyone involved. The next event is a Race Night at Casa Rufino in Los Beloneson 2nd April at 7 for 7.30p.m. The cost is €10 which includes a meal of chicken, chips, salad, bread and a glass of wine. Tickets from Joan Mitchell (mobile) 678 135 467 Office Tel: 968 570 059
Nurse, The Screens! Skimpy tops, fishnet tights, micro mini skirts, impossible high heels, and that was just the fellows! Once again, A.D.A.P.T. members took to the streets of San Pedro del Pinatar, on what, for a change from previous years, was a fairly warm, late afternoon, on Sunday, March 2nd., for the Carnival Parade. This year, equipped with hypodermics, stethoscopes, face masks, caps and green medical gowns, ADAPT members, for a few hours or so, became surgeons. To complete the pageant, a patient, bloodied for the occasion (thank you Eric) was placed onto a Red Cross trolley, and pushed at a rate of knots, in front of the appreciative onlookers. There were, thanks to surgeon choreographer Janet, dance routines, which, towards the end of the procession, became more exaggerated and lively, much to the amusement of the crowds. Quite why the "Green Team" missed out at the prize giving is a medical mystery. Adapt meets on the first Saturday of every month at El Hogar del Pensionista, San Pedro del Pinatar. www.adaptsanpedro.eu
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The HELP Murcia Mar Menor Xmas dinner at the Olympia restaurant in Mil Palmeras attracted a good number including four new members from La Manga. They are Vicky & Jerry Saunders and Carol & Geoffrey Watson. The even better news is that they are to become active and involved volunteers. That is great news for the New Year. New members are always welcome and needed. The President, Bernard Ash, had a weigh-in and recorded an amazing loss of 13 kilos. His sponsored slim realised €330 with one member sponsoring at €3 per kilo, very generous indeed. This is, in part, preparation for April 2014, when Bernard, Janneke Chambers and Lynda Fleming will be walking the 120 kilometre “Camino Ingles Pilgrims Walk” from Ferrol to Santiago de Compestela to raise funds for HELP MMM, CARITAS and DEBRA (The Butterfly Children). They need individual and commercial sponsorship for this and forms are available in the office behind Roblemar Restaurant in Los Alcazares. After the meal Ron played the keyboard, producing the music for the singing of Christmas carols to round off the occasion. It all contributed to a truly Christmas atmosphere of friendship and good will to all.
The ADAPT Panto was again a rip-roaring success. This year we performed at the Casa de Cultura, San Pedro, Jack and the Beanstalk, a traditional panto, in two languages. Pantomime is not something that our Spanish friends are accustomed to but through ADAPT the locals of San Pedro are becoming familiar with and they look forward to it each year. We had quite a bit of ad-libbing from the stage and also from the audience which created a fun atmosphere and we had the usual clever and funny on- screen videos, one of which was the elevator up to the Giant´s castle, which meant that our Jack didn´t actually have to climb the beanstalk! When our cow, Lightning, failed to produce any milk Jack got a carton from the ´Milk Dispenser´ ! Now you would expect to see a giant in this panto, well not in our panto. We went one better and had two ´Giant Babies´ who toddled about the stage and danced The Sugar Plum Fairy while leaving a huge golden dummy and spoon for Jack to steal. Half way through we had the ´Audience Participation´ bit. The scene was the village green. A barn dance was demonstrated and then we had the children from the audience to join in which was very cute and funny. Funnier still was when the adult volunteers joined in! It´s not as easy as it looks. Packed full of laughter, music and dancing, with wonderful adaptation from Jane Cronin and production and direction from Eric Berg, we enjoyed it as much as the audience. Proceeds amounting to €1.929.12 will be going to the El Samaritano Food Bank Association, a very worthwhile cause.
Seventy Seven people attended the Christmas lunch of the HELP MMM Friendship Group at the Puerto Tres restaurant in Los Alcazares on Friday 29th Nov. Not only did they enjoy a 3-course meal but everybody was presented with a small “Santa” present. There was also a presentation to those with a birthday between the ages of 55 and 85 years. Roy Merrett topped the shop at 85 years. Phil & Vera Farmer celebrated their Diamond anniversary and a special thank you bouquet of flowers was presented to Joan Mitchell, Janice Clarke and Cynthia Sherry for their work and support throughout the year. At the end of the presentations Janneke Chambers made an emotional appeal for donations for the Caritas organisation of la Puebla. The plight of those who do not know where the next meal is coming from set against a festive occasion got the desired response. It was well received and Janneke was happy with the collection. The hard work and time given by Doreen, Viv and Lorraine made it all worthwhile. As ever a raffle was held and realised €140