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Coffee Morning for the Bombeiros

David, Penny Trubshaw and Jackie Thornton are inviting Rotarians, neighbours and friends to join them at home near Portimão for a Coffee Morning in their house and garden, on Sunday, October 9 from 10:30 til Noon.

The Coffee Morning is in aid of the Bombeiros who so gallantly fought the flames as they edged near to their property and those of local friends in and around Monchique.  David said ” We all feel we must do something positive now, not later, to say “Thank You””. These terrible fires really were a devastating emergency which would have been even worse without the care and control of the bombeiros.

A 10€ donation per person and monies from cake sales will go to provide items for the bombeiros, through Silves Rotary Club.
We look forward to welcoming you

Please contact or phone 913 595 067 if you would like to support the event.

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Afternoon Tea in the Country

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Afternoon Tea Brazieira de Baxio near Salir, 16 October, 4pm to 7pm

Silves Rotary Club invites you to a traditional Afternoon Tea in aid of RC Silves Education Fund. Why not take an afternoon drive to the country and finish with afternoon tea in Brazieira. Tea will be served in the garden of Alan and Pam Winn with views over Rocha de Pena National Park.

Afternoon Tea was invented when the 7th Duchess of Bedford found it difficult to last without something to eat between Lunch and Dinner and developed Tea from a beverage into a meal. However it was well before then that Chá (Tea) was introduced as a drink to the English Aristocracy. In 1662, Catherine of Bragança arrived in Portsmouth from Portugal to marry Charles II and requested Chá to refresh herself, but was only offered Ale. Once she was established at the English Court, Tea became the prefered royal cuppa.

On your way you may pass Salir or Alte. Salir is small town nestling in the hills north of Loulé, it has the remains of a medieval castle and two churches. Alte is known for its Roman baths and as one of the most typical and unspoilt villages in this region of the Algarve. Both are worth a stop on the way to tea.

A 20€ donation per person includes sandwiches, Devonshire scones and cream, cakes, speciality teas, sparkling wine and soft drinks. Afternoon Tea Menu

Tickets are available from RC Silves Rotarians or from Past President, Alan Winn email or Tel. 913595067.


Eigelstein Brass Quintet Concert a Resounding Success


The Charity Concert held on Sunday 18 September at the Teatro Mascerenhas in Silves was hailed as a great success by all.

Thanks to the generosity of the Silves Camera in providing the venue and Blevins Franks Weath Management for sponsoring the event over 2100€ was raised by those attending by having a wonderful time listening to the fabulous music performed by the Eiglestein Brass Quintet in the delightful theatre. The members of the quintet took time to introduce each piece and mingled with the audience at the interval. Thanks to them and the audience for making it such a successful evening.


Treasure Hunters Return


Members and friends had fun in the sun following clues and visiting five sites along the coast from Armação de Pêra. Doug McLachan a friend of RC Silves arranged our treasure hunt and all those who took part would like to thank him for providing such an interesting and enjoyable activity. The occupants of each car were given clues and directions to local beauty spots and took photographs to prove they had found them. There were also questions to be answered along the way. Doug also provided us with a jar and a fishing net so that we could provide live evidence of our visit to the Sitio das Fontes at Estômbar. Bringing back memories of our youth. Some members who have lived in the algarve even found new places to return to for a  longer visit. The money raised will be donated to End Polio Now. Thanks again Doug.


Fundraising success at Isabel’s Garden Party

Collage in the garden 1Rotarians and friends enjoyed an afternoon of fun and fundraising in the garden of Isabel Flores’s home near Silves, on 25 August. Isabel’s shady garden offers views over the Silves countryside and guests enjoyed a wide array of lovely food in this gorgeous setting.  A quiz about Portugal caused alot of laughter as guests battled with questions about the personalities and history of this beautiful country.  The event was in aid of supporting those suffering with cancer and raised 600€.  Dr Margarida Damasceno, Directora de Servico, Hospital de S Joao in Porto was on hand to accept the donation on the hospital’s behalf. RC Silves also has a project  which encourages people to focus on environmental issues and as part of this project three new trees were planted in Isabel’s garden by Alan Winn, Sheena Rawcliffe and the RC Silves President David Trubshaw. Thank you Isabel for a lovely afternoon.

Collage Tree Planting

Collage Garden 2