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Amazing Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

What alot raised

Amazing!  That is the only way to describe the amount of money raised at the Mince Pies and Mulled Wine event held at the home of Sue and Andre Winstanley.  Visitors were not on treated to some delicious mulled wine and mince pies but to our surprise a whole range of savouries and other deserts as well.  Thanks to the generosity of those attending in not only making an entry donation but also taking part in the raffle and tombola the amount raised was €835.  Visitors had a chance to start their christmas celebrations early, enjoy good company and be satisfied that all of the money raised would be added to the growing amount to help the Oncology Association of the Algarve purchase a new mobile breast cancer screening unit.

Busy Busy Enjoying the mulled Wine CheersChristmas Fayre

Raffle Prizes and Winners

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And dont forget the tombola!



First Trial Run for Escolas Silves Sul in Cookery Competition

Team 1 Team 2 again

Students from schools in Algoz and Armacão de Pêra prepared their first practice meals for the judges and dispite their obvious nerves, they coped well and provided a very good level of service.  The simple menus were well chosen and the quality of the food was good.  The judges provide valuable feedback for the teams during these practice sessions which are taking place before the start of the competition early next year.  The teams of 5 are made up of 3 chefs and 2 servers and across the 4 schools that have entered this year there will be approximately 13 teams in all.  The finalists will cook in the Conrad Hotel kitchen at the end of March.


Celebration of the Digital Media Project a Success

The audience

Students, parents, Rotarians and Friends of Rotary gathered to see the 16 short films produced by the students of Escolas Silves Sul during the first year of the Digital Media Project. The films included the six films shortlisted for the Wildern School´ Oscars in Southampton in July. The students that travelled to the UK for the ceremony were present and the evening was a celebration of their success. The audience were entralled by the films and astounded that the students had achieved so much with so little equipment.  The evening started with wine and nibbles and guests had an opportunity to talk with students and staff about the impact of the project. Pam Winn gave a short presentation about the project to see the presentation click here This is the first of many events to support the continuation of the project and €230 was raised from donations.  It is hoped to expand the project to more students this year and to hold the first Oscar ceremony on the Algarve in March. The Algarve Oscars will be hosted by Escola Silves Sul and a group of students from Wildern School will travel to the Algarve and will enter their films for the Algarve Oscars.

Introduction The presentation Inspiring students

A Celebration of Multimedia and Film 28 November

The Agrupamento de Silves Sul is pleased to invite you to watch a multimedia show by the 2013/14 students of the Agroupamento on the 28th of November at 19:00 in the Centro Pastoral de Pêra. 

This is  an opportunity for Rotarians and Friends of Rotary to see the short films produced by the students of Silves Sul as part of a multimedia project with  Wildern School in Southampton. The show will include the six films shortlisted for the Wildern School´ Oscars in July. Six students travelled to the UK for the ceremony and Sara Pina’s entry won the Best International Film category. The evening is a celebration of their success and the first of many events to support the continuation of the project. The evening will start with wine and nibbles and guests will have an opportunity to talk with students and staff about the impact of the project. A minimum donation of €5 per person is required to secure a seat. All profits from the event will go to supporting the second year of this exciting Digital Media Project. It is hoped to expand the project to more students and to hold the first Algarve Oscar ceremony in February. The event will be hosted by Escola Silves Sul.  Please contact to reserve a place or ring 919240882. The address of the venue is Centro Pastoral de Pêra, Rua João de Deus, 8365-204 Pêra – Algarve. Click here for a Google Map

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Cookery Trial Run at Quarteira a delight

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Rotarians and friends gathered at the Escola in Quarteira to provide the students with an opportunity to try out their menus, table arrangements and service before the Algarve Schools Cookery Competition starts properly in January.  Three teams delighted their guests with a wide verity of food all delivered with excellent attention to detail.  The table settings were impressive, the service was faultless and even though it was the first time serving tables for some team members their nerves did not show as they went about serving the judges and guests in a professional manner.  The three, three course meals, provided were of high quality and although small improvements could be made the school certainly showed that they will be a serious contender when the competition proper in January. Click here for the Menu

Local Children Enjoy School Workshop

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Last week around 100 primary school children of the Silves Sul School in Armação de Pera, took part in another series of The Brothers’ Grimm Fairy Tale Workshops. During the workshops the children were shown how to make red caps, based on the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale.

A Special touring exhibition “Imagination of the Brothers’ Grimm” which had already been shown in Germany, Denmark, New Zealand and Australia, came to Portugal in March and the opening exhibition was at the Convento in Lagoa. This was to celebrate the bicentary of the publication in 1812 of the first edition of the classic Grimm Brothers’ “Children’s and Household Tales” well known in many countries and now available in over 100 translations. The Exhibition was curated by Gudrun Bartels, a founder member of the Gottinger Marchenland e. V. who had sponsored the exhibition coming to Portugal. This Association is involved in the research and history of fables and fairy tales. Local school children were invited, with their teachers, to visit and take part in   school workshops.

After Lagoa, the Exhibition moved to the Silves Sul School in Armação de Pera.

Gudrun said she was very pleased so many local children had seen the Exhibition and enjoyed taking part in the school workshops. She is now looking forward to taking the Exhibition to Lisbon and organising more school workshops. Gudrun was assisted by David Trubshaw and Isabel Flores, members of the Silves Rotary Club.

Rotary Algarve Schools Cookery Competition

The practice rounds of the Rotary Algarve Schools Cooking Competition started last week and a chance for the schools to hone up their cooking and service skills before the competition starts proper in January.  Three schools have entered teams so far from Quarteira , Almancil and Algoz and we are hopeful of a fourth entry before the end of the month.

Elimination rounds will find the best cooking and service team in each school who will then compete against each other in the semi final.  The last two will be cooking their best dishes during the final in the Conrad Hotel kitchen and the winning menu will be served at the presentation of prizes at the Conrad Hotel on the 1st April 2015.

Pictures from the first trial run for students and judges at the Escola in Almancil:-

The Students

Team 2

Team Photo 1

The Judges and Feedback

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Good luck to all schools taking part this year!

Pies and Tarts Lunch Raises €815

Rotarians and friends of Rotary Silves enjoyed a charity lunch at the invitation of David and Sue Butler Cole last week. The lunch was a buffet of scrumptious savoury & sweet tarts from The Book of Old Tarts.  Fifty people gathered for fundraising and good fellowship in aid of Castelo de Sonhos. Guests were asked to donate at least €10 and the amazing sum of €815 was raised. The donations will purchase school materials and basic items of hygiene for the young children of Silves. These items will be distributed to the poor families registered with the charity “Castelo de Sonhos”. Thanks must go to all those who helped to raise this fantastic total and of course to Sue and her friends for all the baking.Wow €815 raised Lunch is served Always someone in the kitchen A lively crowd President Alan Winn  and guests Conversation 2 Conversation

A Successful Governor’s Visit

Rotary Clube de Silves was pleased to welcome Rotary District Governor Antonio Mendes and his lovely wife Leanor to a meeting of the club on Thursday 11 September.  They spent the morning reviewing the clubs activities, membership and future plans with board members prior to attending a normal club meeting with all the members.

They were particularly interested in the clubs activities with the young of the Algarve.  The movie of the final of cooking competition organised jointly with IRC Almancil was shown and the District Governor was greatly impressed with the skills and abilities of the 15 year old entrants.  He has noted the date of the presentation of prizes in April next year and hopes to attend.  He was also very impressed by our multimedia project and we were able to show him some of the movies made by the students of Silves Sul School.  This project is also ongoing this year and we are hoping to expand it to include another Algarve school.

President with Governor and Leonor President with Governor Sheena and Peter


Welcoming Two New Members

Happy ending

Sue Winstanley, Alan, Andre Winstanley

Club members formally welcomed Sue and Andre Winstanley to Silves Rotary Club at our evening meeting on the 28 August at the O’Barradas Restaurant near Silves. They received their pins from the President Alan Winn to the delight of their fellow Rotarians. Sue and Andre have been Rotarians before and we are looking forward to working with them to fulfil the 3 F’s, Fun, Fellowship and Fundraising.

Sue receiving pin Presidents welcome to Sue

Pinning AndreAndre's Welcome