For a change, the weather was kind to the farmers and there was a good crop of cherries and apricots this year. Let’s hope the same will be said for the peaches and other fruit that still has to be harvested.

There were quite a few storms with hail, but this only affected a few areas.

What a fantastic few months MABS Murcia NW has had and congratulations to Cecilia and Arthur who have made such an impact to the area and the charity. If you would like to help with the MABS team, please call 650103095 or 616782903. It is so good to have some live entertainment in this lovely part of the Costa Cálida. This month we also have the opportunity to be entertained by the superb Ian Parker (see the poster on page 31 and the What’s On pages 92-97 for more details). If you are still not used to the Spanish hours for live entertainment, Ian is performing in Moratalla on 3rd and 10th July at 17.30!

July is also the month of fiestas, music and activities for the children. It is a good idea to check at your local tourist office for up to date information as nowhere has details yet. One town that has a full week of celebrations is Moratalla, the main events being the Bull Running which are held every day from 11-17th July. This is when the local farmers show off their young livestock to the huge crowds that gather each day. The Bull Run starts with the deafening noise of fire crackers and then the bulls are sent through the streets followed by the crowd who taunt the bulls with flags, sticks and anything else they can they can find to attract the bulls. Many of the shops are boarded up to prevent any damage to the windows and the roads are blocked off to prevent the bulls (hopefully!), from straying into the crowd. If you have not experienced this typically Spanish tradition, Moratalla is one of the best towns to visit, although once you have seen one lot of bulls, it may be an idea to watch further events from a bar which will inevitably have the local TV channel covering it all from the numerous cameras up in the narrow streets of the town. You will no doubt see the local battered Land Rover Defender rushing to the medical centre with casualties who have taunted the bulls once too often!

CEHEGIN SCENE

Many towns have live music in the evenings during the summer months and Cehegin is one of the best. The owners of the bars on the Gran Via club together to pay for various artistes and this street really comes alive at night. Parts of the road and pavement is cordoned off to allow for extra tables and chairs and they become a real carnival scene going on until the early hours.

Since June, the artisan market “El Mesoncico” said goodbye to its monthly events until next October.

From the 30th of June to the 3th of July we celebrate Fiestas in honour of Saint John the Baptist with running of the bulls, fairs, concerts and live music.

The 4th edition of the Night Half Marathon “Cruz de Begastri” will start on 23th July at 22.00 hours from the Castle Square in the Old Town, Cehegin

Registration at www.conchipmurcia.es and www.carreraspopulares.es

More information at the Municipal Sports Centre at 968 740 606.

You can also visit the Ecological Park opened to visitors from 9 until midnight everydays; all are welcome.

Any further enquiries please contact the New Cehegin Tourist Office located in front of the Town hall at 968 723 550 or visit our tourist website www.turismocehegin.es

Santiago Leo

Cehegin Tourist Office

MARA

If you live in the Murcia area and would like to volunteer a few hours a week in our Charity shop in Mula, please call Marion or come and visit us on Calle de Boticas, Mula. If you have any unwanted items that we can sell to raise money to continue building our kennels please let us know and we will collect. We are open Tuesday to Saturday 10.30 to 2pm.