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Our President’s Birthday

David Trubshaw celebrated his birthday 80th Birthday this month.

50 family members and guests joined him on the 27 May to celebrate.  David has worked hard this year with schools around the Algarve on his art projects and some of fabulous results were on display, a wonderful series of collages of sardines 30 in all, produced by local primary school children. BJ Boulter, paintings of Monchique, also displayed some of her paintings to the delight of the guests who admired the elephants in the palm trees.

Guests were treated to food, fun and fellowship and of course birthday cake, helped along by David’s whimsical humour.  Many tributes were made to him and his work for Rotary.  Donations on the day and the auction of one of David’s more unusual art works raised 1000€ for Castelo de Sonhos.

Watch out for his latest Art Project – Painting & Poetry launched earlier this year.  Students have been asked to paint a picture and write a poem. A book of the top 50 paintings and poems will be published and a donation made from sales of the book to the local charity Casa do Povo de Sao Bartolomeu de Messines.

Happy Birthday David

Madrugada, Homebased Palliative Care

On the 25 May, Carol Spires, Presidente de Direcção of Associação Madrugada brought us up to date with developments at Madrugada and their future strategies.  Madrugada provides home based palliative nursing care service for people wishing to spend their remaining days professionally cared for at home. They are a self-supporting, not for profit association. Internal fixed running costs are covered through social enterprises such as their charity shops and private care service Hibiscus. The additional costs of the end of life nursing care service are covered through donations and fund raising events. They have a large number of volunteers from many different countries that work in the stores, deliver goods, and raise funds, and offer admin and financial monitoring. The service could not run without them.  They propose to open a new shop and centre in Lagoa and a new strategic plan too, as the association moves away from its original aim of a Hospice in the Algarve to its current focus on providing more home based care across the Algarve. Carol joined the members for lunch and to take questions. The powerpoint presentation which supported her talk can be seen here:- Madrugada the story so far May 2017

Anyone wishing to find out more about Madrugada or to give a donation should visit their website;

Noite Sangrenta (Bloody Night)

Bloody Night (Portuguese: Noite Sangrenta) is the name by which the radical revolt that took place in Lisbon on the night of 19 October 1921, became known. During the Bloody Night, amongst others, were murdered the Head of Government Antonio Granjo; politician Machado Santos and José Carlos da Maia (both of whom were part of the 5 October 1910 revolution that established the Portuguese First Republic). José Carlos da Maia and his wife Berta da Maia were the great grandparents of Francisco Bivar Weinholt a friend of RC Silves and a recent speaker at our meeting on the 27 April. Francisco gave a fascinating presentation on his Great Grandfather and the historic events of the 19th October 1921.

This insurrection took place on the night of 19 October 1921 (a few days after the eleventh anniversary of the “Proclamation of the Republic”), when a group of armymen uprose against the dismissal of the Government headed by Liberato Pinto, protector of the Guarda Nacional Republicana (Republican National Guard). The upheaval culminated in the Bloody Night, the murder of some of the most influential figures of the Republic. The upheaval was headed by colonel Manuel Maria Coelho, and he was joined by Camilo de Oliveira and Cortês dos Santos (both G.N.R. officers) and captain Procópio de Freitas.

With no possibility of resistance, the Government headed by António Granjo presented its resignation to António José de Almeida (President of the Republic). Granjo hid in Francisco Pinto da Cunha Leal’s house, who was close to the revolutionary movement. When the firebrands found him, they took him to the Navy Arsenal (the revolutionary headquarters) and shot him dead. The very same happened to other important Republican figures, such as Machado Santos, José Carlos da Maia and Botelho de Vasconcelos, all kidnapped by a “ghost truck” that drove across Lisbon that night.

All members and guests present at our meeting really enjoyed Francisco’s talk, below are links to the story of his grandparents into 2 episodes on youtube.

Episode 1

Episode 2