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Fire is one of nature’s elements we have learnt to live with, in the south of Portugal. Months of dry weather and tinderbox land it seems that each year our bombeiros (firemen and firewomen) are put to the test. 2018 has been another difficult season (and we are only halfway through the official fire season). We need your help to support the bombeiros stations across the Algarve and to support other agencies.

Portuguese Students Return

The Wildern exchange went extremely well with all staff and students enjoying the trip. There were many tears from the students as they parted from their new friends on the last day but they all vowed to keep in touch and greet the English again at the Silves Sul Oscares in March 2018.

The pupils attended the Wildern School Oscars and collected The Best International Film Oscar which was won by a promotional film of the Algarve and the makers were complimented on their costumes to support the Algarve history segments in the film.

Students and Teachers Leave for the UK

An excited group of students and teachers gathered at Faro airport on today (Friday)  to depart on their adventure to the UK. The school exchange is between Silves Sul School and Wildern School in Southampton.  The trip is also part of the digital media project at Silves Sul School and  movies made at the school have been entered into the Oscars at Wildern School in Southampton. Five films have been nominated for an Oscar and the group will find out which has been awarded Best International Film at the Wildern School’s Oscar ceremony on Monday 10 July. The event is well known in the UK and this is the fourth time that students from Silves Sul have submitted entries. The students will stay with English families and experience English home life. They have a full itinerary activities which includes joining their exchange partners in lessons at Wildern School.  Past President of RC Silves, Alan Winn is accompanying the students and will be awarding the Oscar for Best Animation. Silves Rotary Club has raised funds to enable this  student and teacher exchange and support for the Silves Sul Oscars.

During their trip the pupils baked cookies, visited Fort Nelson and of course collected an Oscar at the Wildern School Oscars.

Congratulations Alan and David

At the RC Silves Handover, District Governor Abílío Lopes presented David Trubshaw and Alan Winn with Paul Harris Fellowships in recognition of their work with young people. David for his Art Projects and Alan for his work with the Digital Media Project and the Oscars, Cookery Competition and School Exchange. This came as a great surprise to them both but justly deserved.

Welcome Roy Carpenter

New President, Stewart Smith, RC Silves members and guests welcomed our new member Roy Carpenter at the Handover Lunch last  week. Roy said he was looking forward to working with members in support of the Silves community.

Roy Carpenter and Stewart Smith

Inspiring Handover

On the 29 June we celebrated our Presidential Handover at O Barradas Restaurant near Silves. It was a lively and cheerful occasion as Rotarians and friends gathered to enjoy a lovely meal and look back over a very successful year as Outgoing President David Trubshaw handed over his chain of office to the new President of RC Silves, Stewart Smith.

David thanked all members for their hard work over the past year providing the three F’s, Fellowship, Fun and Fundraising. The money raised this year had without doubt “Changed Lives”. David is a well-known local artist and his art projects during this year have inspired children across the Silves area to be creative.

David also presented Sue Butler Cole, Bonnie Appleyard, Vicky Good and Linda Clark with a Friends of Rotary badges for their work in leading and supporting fund raising events.

District Governor Abílío Lopes presented David Trubshaw and Alan Winn with Paul Harris Fellowships in recognition of their work with young people. David for his Art Projects and Alan for his work with Digital Media Project and the Oscars, Cookery Competition and School exchange. This came as a great surprise to them both but justly deserved.

Stewart’s first task in his new role was to present Honorary Members with their certificates..

Wilma Bijloo, Frits Lubbers and Pam Winn

and his second to pin our new member Roy Carpenter.

Stewart outlined his objectives and ideas for the year inspiring us all to reach for the stars.

The Members of Silves Rotary were also joined by past, incoming and new presidents from other Rotary Clubs across the Algarve, who added their congratulations to David and best wishes to Stewart.

Abilio Lopes, District Governor and Isabel Lopes, President RC Tavira

Bernhard Schluender, RC Praia de Rocha and Stewart Officer, RC Ludlow

Jim Ditheridge, IRC Estoi Palace

We are all looking forward to Fellowship, Fun and Fundraising again this year.

Mobile Cancer Screening Unit

At the RC Silves Handover Meeting, Jim Ditheridge, President IRC Estoi Palace presented David Trubshaw with a copy of the plaque which adorns the new mobile screening unit. The purchase of this unit was supported by Rotary clubs across the Algarve and RC Silves Rotarians raised funds through a golf day organised by Jos Westerbeek and donations collected by Dik Bier from visitors to the Algarve staying at his hotel.

Thank you to everybody who donated to this project.

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