All the Fun of the Ferias

Good Morning Costa Women,

For those on the Costa Del Sol, it’s the Fuengirola International Fair; one of the best events on the Costa Calendar and not to be missed!  Seville’s Feria de Abril also starts this week from 24 April – 29 April 2012.  This and all of the other events that mark the start of summer remind me why I love Spain so much. 

A big Costa Women thank you to Marisa Casal for stepping in to host this month’s event at ‘The Loft’ whilst I have been travelling.  You were treated to a talk by Elsebeth of EnnCare about “Protect your Health, start reading the labels”. (Also thank you to Danisa Balmaceda Flores for being our official photographer!)  Click here to see the photos of the evening – looks like a lot of fun was had by all!


Two dates for your Costa Women diary

On Saturday 19th May is our (now) Annual Fashion Show following on from last year’s successful event.  More information will be posted shortly, but expect bigger, better with lots of glamour and gorgeousness!

Thursday 24th May from 7.30 pm is our first Costa Women Business Networking evening and, following many requests for a business event in the Marbella area, this event will be held at The Cosmopolitan of Marbella  

Business networking events are planned to take place on a quarterly basis as an addition to our monthly social Costa Women evenings which will continue at The Loft. 

Just as a reminder, if you are interested in organising a social monthly event in Marbella, or other parts of Spain please let me know (email  Help to set up the events, promotion and recommendations for speakers for the evenings can be provided.


About You

Our featured member this week is Jayne Marie Melville – searching for a star … more  Find out about Jayne’s Charity event too in aid of local Hospice, Cudeca, Search for a Star


Who’s New?

This week we have been joined in Barcelona by Chantal Ducoeurjoly and Sheila Hanchard, Terrie Williams (Tortosa), Charlotte Wright (L’Ampolla)

Emma Mary Denham (Marbella), Suzanne Nixey (Coin), Ruth Fellner (Comares), Marieke Blok (Riviera del Sol), Lola Ubeda and Patricia kaines (Benalmadena), Rikke Markussen (Mijas) and lyn horan (Costa de Luz)

Karen Hazel (Alicante) and Jessica Holman (Valencia)

On their way here are karen dingley and Grace van Beusekom (both dreaming Marbella)

Welcome to Costa Women!  If you know any of these ladies, or live near to them, please drop them a hello.


You have been saying …

Its been busy under Blogs with:-

Just call me Maam! Now I thought I was a fairly independent woman. I’m not afraid to lift the odd heavy box … Continue  Added by Lynne Armitage

Engelbert Humperdinck’s UK Eurovision entry and Marbella Proving that the message behind good song lyrics never dies … Continue Added by Chris Dove

I Am Woman Two weeks ago I wrote what was a confessional article for one of my Twitter friends … Continue Added by Vic Watson

It’s really happening Sorry for the long pause in communicating.  We have been making great strides … Continue Added by Esther Schorr

Disabled people in South Spain When I came to south Spain, I thought I could actually work in my old work … Continue Added by Britt Nicolaisen

Although this has taken place, you might be interested to contact Pay about ABC Networking Group This group is very forward… Continue Added by Pat Jay 


And discussions under the Forum last week were:-

Hiking to Juanar – looking for a guide Hi to all does anyone know a person who knows the hiking trail to Juanar from la Canada? Started by Christine Heckel

Art Sy – 250 art galleries and museums In case any of you are art lovers and want an invite: I just signed up for to discover art from over 250 of the world’s lead… Started by Molly

Pudding Parade at La Rosilla. I am looking for 7 people to join with me at The La Rosilla ‘Pudding Parade’ a monthly pudding club. So if you have the ultimate sweet too… Started by Lynsey Drake

Aprende español con… // Learn Spanish with… Las Costeñas Spanish idiom: Más vale prevenir que curar Started by I. C. Lopez

Job Vacancies for Nurses & Carers & Translators Hi Ladies My name is Cristina and I am the lifestyle manager for the Angels Nursing Group in Benalmadena. We cover from Nerja to Algeciras…Started by Cristina Axford

Vacancy for Lifestyle Consultant- Full time contracted position I am seeking bubbly ladies to join my team of consultants. The position is Full time with contract, 1000€ per month salary, monthly bonuses… Started by Cristina Axford


Under Classifieds

Sarah Lister is offering Babysitter/childminder services

sara easton said “Hello, my partner repairs all electric cookers and makes electric heating elements for all ovens both domestic and commercial, even obsolete or obscure …”

Cristina Axford is “looking for a minimum of 2 bed apartment in Benalmadena for long term rent for my sister and nephew, they arrive in Spain on the 30th April”

See more for the Classified posts (or add new ones) here 



Are you in the UK on 19th June?  Jackie Groundsell one of our alliance partners has organised 1230 TWC Just Do It! an exciting and powerful Conference for Today’s Business Women.  SPECIAL COUPON CODE for COSTAWOMEN – provides a 10% discount – just enter – CW – as your Special Code (your UK colleagues can use this code too, so be generous!)

Apart from your regularly weekly events, this week we have:-


Ladies Lunch Day from 1:30pm to 5:30pm – Santorini Restaurant  Ladies Lunch Day has been organised by Santorini Restaurant, on the Paseo Maritimo, Torreblanca (near Cheers Bar). They are serving a three course meal for €12 per person. The food is superb, and the Organized by Freya Aldridge 

Gibraltar Wedding Workshop from 4:30pm to 9:30pm – The Eliott Hotel  Get hitched without a hitch! Are you planning your perfect Mediterranean wedding? There is a LOT to organise isn’t there! The finances, the legalities, all the tiny details that on the day will mean Organized by Jeanette Obytz


Living on The Coast to April 29, 2012Palcio de Ferias y Congresos Marbella Living On The Coast, the lifestyle event for all the family! A much needed event appealibg to everyone and  the show will prove successful for exhibitors, attract substantial visitor numbers and fil 

Sotogrande Women: An Audience with Richard Waterborn from 10:30am to 12:30pm – Club dePlaya El Octagano  Members 10 euros Non Members 15 euros PLEASE RSVP to Irene direct(To include Coffee/Tea and selected patissiere items)Do something just for you this Spring .Start your learning journey with Richard Organized by Irene Rosenblat

Release your inner calm – a mind, body and spirit detox at 3pm to April 29, 2012 at 2pm – Family Siesta, Mijas, Spain How does a weekend of fabulous fun, laughter and great company sound that also leaves you feeling rejuvenated, restored and full of va va vroom? Sounds good doesn’t? to take advantage of this weeke

Organized by Helen Hooper

‘It’s OK to be You’ from 3pm to 7pm – Archidona  VIEWS FROM THE HILLS. ‘It’s OK to be you’ Interactive discussion, with Tea, Coffee & Cake, Oh & a glass of wine or two. This will be in Stellas home in Archidona. After the meet, those whoOrganized by Stella Marklew


XVIII FERIA INTERNACIONAL DE LOS PUEBLOS to May 1, 2012Recinto Ferial With the intention of creating awareness of the customs, folklore, gastronomy and cultural, historical and tourist attractions of each inhabitant of our multicultural town, in 1994 a project was set 


Mind Body & SOL Exhibition 2012 from 11am to 6pm – The Asturias Restaurant For everything revolving around health, well-being, spiritual, fittness to fashion, asthetic, cosmetic and medical. A dedicated exhibition to re-energise the mind body and soul….. try different proOrganized by Gina Marks

1st May is Labour Day in Spain so a National holiday.  As it falls on a Tuesday, some businesses and schools will be taking a bridge day (puente) on the Monday.


Thank you for your good wishes for my 50th Birthday last week!  Celebrating birthdays this week are Claire Worland, Eunice O’Rourke, Danisa Poppleton, Fiona Shelton, Sarah Hunter, Laura Cooper, Maud, Catherine Palmer and Maria Erving.  May your days be filled with all manner of good things.

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly.” Richard Bach 

Enjoy your week!

Ali x