Christmas Dinner 2023

On the 9th December the Military & Blue Light Veterans (MBLV) had their annual Christmas Dinner.

The evening was held in the Hostal Rural, Turre and was well turned out. Around 80 people attended and sat down to a 3 course meal, followed by some games and a raffle comprising of 52 prizes.

The donations made on the night allowed the following donations to be made to local food banks at a very important time of the year:

Albox North and South food banks each received €775.
Arboleas food bank also received €775.
An impressive total of €2,325!

A big THANK YOU to the event organisers who made this possible, Steve Jackson, David Fox, Dawn Slow and Albert Renton, volunteers are what makes the MBLV functions successful!

Remembrance Day 2023

Sundy 12th November 2023 was the 4th Annual Remembrance Day arranged by the Military and Blue Light Veterans (MBLV) at the Nueva Trinidad in Arboleas.

It was lovely to see so many people turn out to join us in remembering our Glorious Dead and to help raise much needed funds to support the living. We estimated circa 140 people made the effort.

The people raised a staggering €2.4k which was all for the Royal British Legion, Zurgena branch.

Thanks go to would like to a few people who made the day so special and successful.

Keith Martin (Secretary) and Malcolm Leech are a pair of first class ticket sellers, no pressure, just great. You guys tirelessly went round and done amazing!

Anji Badley and Pat Martin for counting the money, and there was a lot of it! And for the general assistance on the day with admin support.

Almeria Radio-live Catherine Macdonald Robbie Macdonald for broadcasting the event live on air and Nikki Batchelor for being an amazing presenter yet again!

The Nueva Trinidad bar for use of the venue which was great!

David Fox, Dennis Hibbert and Kimberley Warner for doing the readings for the Act of Remembrance.

To Karen Rushton , Angus Charlton and Jacque Charlton and everyone who supported our raffle with prizes.

Casey Homer and Lorraine Chandler for taking the time to create two amazing pictures for auction, they were incredible, really amazing!

All the people who put their suits on, wore their medals, came out, joined us to Remember and put their hands in their pockets to support the living!!

To all of you, events like this just dont happen without your suport, you are amazing, thank you, thank you THANK YOU…

MBLV – Where great people make amazing things happen!

Cash Presentation to local church

On Friday the 27th October 2023, Keith Martin (Secretary, MBLV) and Antonio Jose Martinez Garcia (Councillor at Ayuntamiento Arboleas & Member of MBLV) presented €200 to the Priest at the Church in Arboleas, on behalf of the MBLV to assist in providing support to some members of the local community who are in need.

A BIG thank you goes out to Karen Rushton (Friend of MBLV) for making the donation to MBLV for our chosen organisation/charity.

Presentation to Local School

In October (2023) a portable speaker, stand and ancillaries were presented on behalf of the MBLV by Keith Martin (Secretary) to Victor, the Director of the Colegio Publico Nuestra Senora de La Asuncion (primary school) in Arboleas.

The speaker was equipment that the school desperately needed to to assist the pupils with entertainment activities and was purchased from donations made at the MBLV September Meet where over €800 was raised in just one afternoon. The monies were split between the school and the Make a Wish Foundation (Laura Rippin from Make a Wish, received the donation on the day of the Meet).

To be able to support the local community where we live is a wonderful thing indeed. The benevolence of all those who attended is really appreciated and as we always say in MBLV “When good people come together, Great things happen”.

(Picture: Keith Martin presenting the speaker to the school)

September Meet. What an incredible amount!

The September Meet was held at the New Bar International and was attended by approximately 40 to 50 members and their guests. A GREAT afternoon with new members turning up who were all made to feel very welcome.

There was fun with OPEN THE BOX won by Dave Hodge, who made a well received donation to the Make a Wish charity, who were represented by Laura Rippin. Plenty of laughter, meeting new friends and catching up with old ones.

Big thanks to all of those who donated items to help us raise funds for our two chosen organisations this month, The Make a Wish Foundation and the Colegio Publico Nuestra senora de La Asuncion school in Arboleas. You all raised a staggering €850 which was bar far the most we have received at any single Meet (not including Christmas functions).

To all involved, you were GREAT a BIG THANK YOU!

Hawaiian Summer Party Sat 10th June 2023

Our Summer party this year was held at the Courtyard Bar in Partaloa and was organised by Lorraine Chandler, with a little help from husband, Graham! The theme was a Hawaiian night, fancy dress and boy did people enter into the spirit of things.

Transport was laid on which brought the majority of the guests around the same time, it was such a colourful and happy event, with music and games and even raising some funds for the local foodbank.

Events like this really do forge friendships and make you realise what great people are in the MBLV group. Lots of fun, great food and terrible, terrible dancing lol….