Welcome to January and the first Soltalk of 2019! Just when you thought Christmas was done and...
News, events and happenings in Nerja, Torrox and the surrounding areas.
Celebrating 25 years
Last month, The Arts Society Nerja, formerly NADFAS, celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Guests came from far and wide, the CEO of The Arts Society worldwide travelled from the UK to celebrate with Nerja and to conduct a 10km run from the Balcon de Europa to the Nerja Caves and back in one hour and six minutes. The Arts Society itself is celebrating its 50th year and Florian Schweizer is doing 50 x 10km runs at some of the 385 Societies with over 90,000 Members for arts charities. This week he also ran the 10km in Fuengirola where The Arts Society Costa del Sol is celebrating its 30th year and in Gibraltar. Well done Florian. In Nerja the funds raised are being used for the Society’s 2019 Charitable Project - SOS Aldeas Infantiles in El Palo (a UNESCO project) in conjunction with the philanthropic Jorge Rando Museum, Málaga. There was a well-deserved drink and nibbles with festive mince pies for all courtesy of Blevins Franks after Florian had recovered.
Later the Mayor of Nerja, Rosa Arrabal and other civic dignitaries unveiled an amazing sculpture, “Nerja kisses the sea, the sea kisses Nerja” which had won its sculptress, Lieuwke Loth the first place at the Nerja Society’s 2017 Art Exhibition. This sculpture gifted to Nerja in gratitude for it many years of collaboration with The Arts Society will hang prominently in the Casa Cultura in c/ Granada. The well attended event was followed by December’s Lecture “A history of art, power and passion, a memory of Al-Andalus.”
Then 70 Members and guests assembled at the Parador de Nerja in the very room where the first Nerja Decorative & Fine Arts lecture was given 25 years ago. They enjoyed Spanish music from a local group Swingate and then an excellent dinner with good food, wine and friends old and new.
For more information about the Society visit www.TheArtsSocietyNerja.com
Pápalo, Nerja’s newest restaurant, opened just before Christmas in calle Almirante Ferrandiz. Pápalo is the latest venture of Steve Edmead-Knowles who is well known from Restaurant 34, Calabaza and Bakus. It offers bistro style food at lunch times and fine dining in the evenings with a separate bar area for tapas. There will be plenty of vegetarian options and vegan ice cream we are told! We are looking forward to trying it out, for reservations call 951 505 239.
Buena Vista Petanca
The winners of the Buena Vista Halloween Cup were Jill Parsons and Nigel Wallace with 3 wins and plus 29 points. Runners up were Val Langlois and Fred Bambynek with 3 wins and plus 25 points. 28 members took part in the competition. And last month they held their Autumn Cup Competition at Torrox Park. Again, 28 members took part. The winners were Sue Cole and Ged Hart with 3 wins and plus 18 points. The runners up were Joan Hart and Fred Bamynek with 3 wins and plus 17 points.
The Coach & Horses has moved!
One of Nerja's favourite pubs moved last month to larger premises, formally DBs on Calle Almirante Ferrándiz, 70 (Post Office Street). Just 200 meters from their previous location, the new larger premises has more dining tables and a large sunny terrace. They are still serving the same menu favourites such as Sunday roast, fish & chips and full English breakfasts, along with a few exciting menu editions. Serving food everyday 9.30am-5pm and evening meals 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Find out more on their Facebook page
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Local News from December 2018
Local artist Margaret Riordan has an art exhibition until end April 2019 at Bar Choto Playa on the N340 at Peñoncillo Beach, Torrox Costa, (Closed Tuesdays). (next to Ruta 340 motorcycles shop). Free entry, plenty of free parking. Margaret is a self-taught artist (retired secretary). She was born in Bristol, England, and has been painting and drawing all her life. She has entered many competitions with success at local and national level and over 400 of her works have been sold throughout the UK, Europe, North America & Australia.
New to Nerja, Harvey's Bar
There is another new bar in the El Zoco commercial centre next to the sports ground by the old Supersol. Harveys, owned by Steven and Leeanne Motion from Edinburgh will be showing live sports including 3pm kick offs on Saturdays. They will be serving a range of snacks including a selection of Toasties and Baguettes. There will be a happy hour on Saturdays with Draught Fosters at €3 per pint and house wines at €1 per glass. And finally, they will host a kids Christmas party on December 23. Check out their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/HarveysBarNerja
Nerja Players invite you to leave your worries on the doorstep and just direct your feet to the funny side of the street where The Two Bees (Burch & Brentley) and other Bs are presenting a night of comedy... funny that! Laughter really is the best medicine... The time is 7pm on December 4 and the venue is the premises of The Nerja Bridge Club, between Salon de Juegos and the Supermarket, at the top of c/ Castillo Perez 1. This will be a Comedy night with a Christmas spirit. 12 Nights of Christmas Raffle with proceeds to benefit ‘Taller de Amistad.’ Members: Free / Non-members: €3. www.thenerjaplayers.com
Training to Care - Family Carers
Liz Brown is hotsing a training day for small groups in Torrox Costa aimed at Family Carers. The course will cover help and training, caring for those with failing health. Practical hands on training including: Wheelchair Safety. Personal Care. Nutrition. And other relevant topics. A training day for small groups in Torrox Costa €30pp including lunch. In house care can be arranged if required to allow attendance. Also ideal for those interested in further training with a view to joining our professional care team. Contact Liz Brown on for further details and to book your place. Tel: 951 242 449