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AL FRESCO ON 22nd August

Here we all are all fresco-ing in the hillside garden of Sue and David Butler-Cole and gulping down draughts of fresh mountain air in a clear evening glow. Is this not magic?

Pam, Marian, Rainer and Linda

Sue cooked up a wonderful roast leitão which was accompanied by black beans and salad. The event? A Rotary Silves fund raiser contributing towards the annual “Back to School Project” promoted by Castelo de Sonhos”.

Jim and Ray Bentley

Guests were very generous and  640 euros was raised which has been ear-marked to purchase tablets for deprived children so they can keep in touch with their teachers in these troubled times when schooling is restricted by the threat of the dreaded virus.

History Comes Alive

Following her talk on “The Templars”  Christina returned to tell us about the fibs in Portuguese history focusing on the chronicles written to propagate the importance of João 1 and his family.  The meeting was again held outside in the cool shade in Isabel’s Garden. Thank you Christina for such an interesting talk.

Handover 9 July 2020

RC Silves members gathered on the 9 July to review the year 2019/20 and to thank Isabel Flores for leading the club with the help of our four past presidents.

David Trubshaw welcomed members and guests.

The leadership role falls to Alan Winn for 2020/21.  Alan has been President twice before but he will also be supported by Stewart Smith, David Trubshaw and Isabel Flores. Isabel spoke about this difficult year before officially handing over the leadership by giving Alan the President’s Pin.

A Little Socialising

Silves Rotary Club held its first meeting after the restrictions were lifted.  10 members gathered in the garden of our president to enjoy each others company and to look at possible activities for the future. It was so good to see each other even if the normal greetings had to be avoided.

The clubs has been guided by four past presidents this year. A happy group. They are ready to continue next year.

 

Help During Covid19

During this pandemic it has become difficult for Casa do Povo to support all the local families that are in need. Even though members have not been able to meet they have donated their lunch money and more to a fund which allows us to cover those little emergencies that this pandemic has forced on the local community in Messines. Our help also lead to local butchers and grocers joining in with meat and vegetables. Below is a letter from Casa do Povo expressing their thanks. The pictures show just a few of the things purchased.

 

Dear Friends,

We haven’t enough words to express our gratitude to you! All your support during the last years had been so important to us!  to be truth, every time that we need help, you come to us to resolve our problem. The last weeks were very hard for everyone and your help was amazing.

Thank you so much for supporting us!

Exchange Visit

The pupils from Wildern School arrived in the Algarve to brilliant weather a respite from the cold wet weather in the UK.  They joined their host families for an exciting time, with visits to Lisbon, Sagres, Vilamoura, Lagos and Monchique.

This year is the sixth year of the exchange and probably the best with families forming long term relationships. The next exchange will take place in September.

Sardines Art

A bi product of our primary school art project lead by David Trubshaw, past president and resident artist

were 30 screens of fantastic artwork. Pupils were asked to decorate a sardine and their imaginations ran riot.

After hanging in the Lady in Red Art Gallery,  the fantastic  results now have a permeant home in the new facility at Casa do Povo.

A Busy Month for Visitors

This month has been a very busy with lots of visitors. Rosemary and Peter hall joined us from RC Southampton Magna, Fernanda and Manuel Rodrigues from Lisbon (see below with President Isabel Flores)

and 8 members of the Rotary Caravan club.Their leaders presented with a flag by Alan Winn, Vice President.

Happy Times!!

Governors Visit

On the 4 February the governor Mara Filipa Ribeiro Duarte visited RC Silves to see some of the work we have done over the past year.  The governor made a visit to Casa do Povo one of our major benefactors this year before joining members for lunch.

She expressed her admiration for the amount of work our club manages to achieve and updated us on the rotary news.  President Isabel Flores and Vice President Alan Winn presented Mara with a cheque for 300€ for the Governors Fund.

 

Casa de Povo New Facilities

Rotary Silves donated about 10,000 euros, which was used to equip the new sensory and therapeutic rooms at Casa do Povo. This unit will serve to support 20 users young people / adults from 18 years old, from various parts of the western Algarve. All referred  by the different health services in the region

In addition to these responses to mental illness, the Casa do Povo of São Bartolomeu de Messines also provides support in the social area, by monitoring vulnerable families and providing food support; sports, social-education for those with physical / intellectual disabilities.

Working together on this project has shown us how much we can achieve. Thank you to all those who have purchased David Trubshaw’s Book and have attended concerts and other fund raising events. As you can see your money has been well spent.