March 30 Silves Rotary Club held its Jazz Concert at the Teatro Mascarenhas, Silves. Yet again, this event was a sell-out with attendees enjoying the entertainment from Cool Manouche. Rave reviews were overheard as the audience left the theatre and many people have asked for a repeat in Autumn 2019 The event would not have been possible without the organisation of our members David Butler-Cole and Sue Butler-Cole, Silves Câmara and our sponsor Blevins Franks Wealth Management. The concert was in aid of Bombeiros and Education Fund.
Silves Rotary Club was pleased to work with the Sovereign Art Foundation with their annual art competition in the Spring of 2018. Sovereign Art Foundation has made a generous donation to Silves Rotary Club’s Sensory Room fund as the result of the art auction which took place at the end of the proceedings.
Artworks submitted for the art competition, along with art and poetry from SilvesSul Schools have been incorporated into a beautiful book of art and poetry (Arte e Poesia), the production of which was, in part, sponsored by the Lady in Red Art Gallery.
Arte e Poesia, the brainchild of our ‘resident artist’ David Trubshaw, is available for a minimum donation of €10. Profits from the publication of Arte e Poesia will go towards items needed for a Sensory Room being developed by Casa do Povo, Messines.
In March 2018, Silves Rotary Club celebrated its 25th Anniversary. Members decided to treat some of the underprivileged in the Silves concelho to a special Birthday Tea.
We were delighted to welcome our District Governor, Afonso Malho to this event. DG Afonso spoke of his pleasure at joining us for the celebratory tea and along with Incoming President Sheena Rawcliffe, he welcomed our newest member, Mark Quinn into the family of Silves Rotary Club.
Silves Rotary Club held its Annual Concert at the Teatro Mascarenhas, Silves on November 18. Yet again, this event was a sell-out with attendees enjoying the entertainment from Quarteto Concordis. Rave reviews were overheard as the audience left the theatre and many people have asked for a repeat in 2018! The event would not have been possible without the organisation of our members David Butler-Cole and Sue Butler-Cole, Silves Câmara and our sponsor Blevins Franks Wealth Management. The concert was in aid of Casa do Povo, Messines.
David Trubshaw celebrated his 80th Birthday.
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.
28 March 2017
Rotary Algarve Schools Cookery Competition Gala
13 March 2017
RC Silves and SilvesSul Oscars
On the 13 March the Oscars came to Pêra and pupils, their families and guests walked the red carpet at the Cultural Centre in Pêra. This initiative supported by Silves Rotary club celebrates the films and artwork of the pupils of Agrupamento de Escolas de Silves Sul. It was a night of excitement, glamour and celebration as the nominated films were shown and the winners drawn from the gold envelopes.
The nominees, their parents and friends were joined by Emanuel Carvalho from the British Council, Rosa Palma, Mayor of Silves, Clive Jewell, British Vice Consul, Abilio Lopes, Rotary District Governor, the Director of Schools for Portugal, representatives from the Freguesias around the area, Rotarians and educationists from across the Algarve.
The Director for Schools was full of praise for the event describing the Oscars as a fantastic event and that everyone involved should be incredibly proud. She was in admiration of the talents and skills of the young people who took part in the Oscars. Alan Winn, a Past President of RC Silves thanked the staff of Escolas de Silves Sul whose efforts made this event happen particularly Carla Mourinho, Daniel Carvalo and Director Carlos Silva.
12:00, 4 February 2017, Champagne, Pies and Tarts Lunch
Champagne and Tarts
Despite the rain 50 Rotarians and friends gathered for a pies and tarts lunch at the home of David and Sue Butler Cole in Vale Fuzeiros. Guests enjoyed a glass of champagne or two and a delicious two course, hot and cold buffet lunch of pies, quiches and tarts. The event raised €1010 to help Castelo de Sonhos continue their vital work. Castelo de Sonhos supply and distribute food and other essential items, to support the very poorest families and elderly, in the rural areas in the Silves community. Thank you to all those friends who took part.
16 October 2016
On October 16 in Brazieira, Afternoon Tea was 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. After eating sandwiches, Devonshire scones and clotted cream, and cakes, washed down with speciality teas, sparkling wine and soft drinks, visitors were heard to declare that they had no room for Dinner. Some suggested that it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon and requested a future event. 360€ was raised to support the RC Silves Education Fund. Afternoon Tea Menu
13 October 2016, Exchange Students Video a Hit
Students and teachers from Escola de Silves Sul joined rotarians and friends to show the video they made of their exchange visit to Wildern School in July. The video allowed those present to experience in a small way the visit that so inspires pupils at the school. The pupils and teachers presented Alan and Pam Winn with a gift in gratitude for the support they have received in starting and maintaining the project. We are now all looking forward to March 13 2017 and the Oscar Ceremony associated with the project which celebrates the work of the students in the Arts and Film.
9 October 2016, Coffee Morning For the Bombeiros
David, Penny Trubshaw and Jackie Thornton hosted Rotarians, neighbours and friends at home near Portimão for a Coffee Morning in their garden, on Sunday, October 9. The Coffee Morning was in aid of the Bombeiros to thank them for so gallantly fighting the flames as they edged near to their property and those of local friends in and around Monchique See Video. A 10€ donation and monies from cake sales raised a total of to provide items for the bombeiros, through Silves Rotary Club. Thanks go to all those who made cakes and ate cakes to support this event.
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. More Pictures
Sponsored by Blevins-Franks International Tax and Wealth Management, Silves Cãmara and the Goethe Institute.
11 September, Car Treasure Hunt, Holiday Inn, Armação de Pêra
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 occupamts 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 for found new places to return to for a longer visit. The money raised will be donated to End Polio Now. Thanks again Doug.
25 August Isabel’s Garden Party
Rotarians 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. More Pictures
19 June Garden Party
Friends gathered at the home of Stewart and Linda for a garden party in aid of the Education Fund. We could not have wished for a better day. Temperatures were just right and with the party set in the beautiful garden of their home near Nora we all enjoyed a wide range of delicious food provided by friends and members of the club. Incoming President David Trudshawe organised most of the games and winners were able to take home some fabulous prizes.
The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and over 1000€ was raised on the day. A big thank you must go to Stuart and Linda for hosting the event and to all those who contributed to make such a successful day. More pictures
14 March Silves Sul Oscar Ceremony:
Last week the Oscars came to Pêra and six hundred guests gathered at the Cultural Centre in Pêra to celebrate the films and artwork of the pupils of Agrupamento de Escolas de SilvesSul an initiative started by the Rotary Club of Silves. It was a night of glamour and celebration as the nominees walked the red carpet and wondered whether it was to be their night.
The glamour did not end with the red carpet as the students and their guests dressed up for the occasion. The nominees, their parents and friends were joined by Peter Abbott, the Deputy British Ambassador to Portugal, Rosa Palma, Mayor of Silves, Clive Jewel, British Vice Consul, representatives from the Freguesias around the area and educationists from across the Algarve. Rotarians from various clubs across the Algarve were also present to celebrate the students’ achievements and support this educational project.
The Deputy Ambassador was full of praise for the event describing the Oscars as a fantastic event and that everyone involved should be incredibly proud. He was in admiration of the talents and skills of the young people who took part in the Oscars. He also thanked the staff and students from Wildern School for their contribution. He pledged continued Embassy support for the project.
Escolas de SilvesSul and Wildern School from the UK have worked in partnership to develop this event which is modelled on a similar ceremony at Wildern School. Six pupils from Wildern School and two teachers joined the pupils of Escolas de SilvesSul on the red carpet. Forty films and many pieces of artwork and photographs were submitted for the Oscars. Fifty were nominated across eleven categories from Best Short Film, Best International Film, Best Primary School Film through to Best Artwork and Photography.
To whoops of delight from the pupils of SilvesSul, the winners were drawn from the gold envelopes. The judges presented the Oscars and prizes to the winners who gave a short thank you speech which was accompanied by huge smiles of delight.
Alan Winn, Past President of RC Silves thanked the staff of Escolas de Silves Sul whose efforts made this event happen particularly Carla Mourinho, Daniel Carvalo, Cidalia Azinhiero and Director Carlos Silva. The Pupils from the Algarve and the UK have formed strong friendships and are look forward to meeting again in July when six students from Escolas SilvesSul travel to the UK for the Wildern Oscars.
16 March Cookery Competition Gala Dinner:
Competition finalists, together with Parents, Teachers and Rotarians were guests at a special gala dinner at the Conrad last wednesday for the presentation of the winners cup of the Rotary Algarve Schools Cookery competition. This was the third year of the competition that was once again organised by the Rotary Clubs of Almancil and Silves. The winning team was Escola EB2,3 Dr. António de Sousa Agostinho in Almancil.
Altogether 12 teams entered from Agrupamento de Escolas de Silves Sul, Escola Secundária Dra. Laura Ayres in Quarteira and Escola EB2,3 Dr. António de Sousa Agostinho in Almancil.
Ten judges headed by Peter Hinze and Alan Winn of the Rotary clubs tasted 18 three-course lunches before choosing the final two teams; one from the school in Almancil and the other from the school in Quarteira.
As well as the food, the judges also took into account the performance of the students acting as waiting staff.
“All the students taking part showed great promise and gave us some superb food,” said Alan Winn. “Deciding on the two teams to go through to the final was extremely difficult.”
The finals were held at the Conrad Hotel on March 9. The teams were each presented with a ‘mystery box’ of ingredients from which they had to produ.ce a three-course lunch.
Students were able to experience a kitchen at a five star hotel and get a little advice from three top class chefs: Executive Chef Osvalde Silva, Sous Chef Vitor Viegas and Pastry Chef Roberto Horta.
Peter Hinze said: “After much discussion we awarded first prize to the team from Escola EB2,3 Dr. António de Sousa Agostinho who gave us a starter of chicken roulade with salad, followed by baked salmon on a bed of potato and spinach, and ending with crème caramel.
Giving thanks to the Conrad for its support, Peter said he hoped the experience would encourage some of the students to follow a career in catering.
The meal for the evening was provided by the Conrad chefs who prepared the winning meal giving it their own own twist.
The Almancil school was presented with the winners’ cup with members from each team being awarded a certificate and a personalised apron. In addition to the cup for the winning team, this year a prize was awarded for the best dish of the competition to Miguel Reis of Escola Secundária Dra. Laura Ayres for his fish in tempura batter with savoury rice, said to be “perfect” by guest judge Didier Cazes, formerly of Restaurante Couleur France in Almancil.
3 October, Sonora Saxophone Quartet Concert:
Eighty people enjoyed drinks and canapés in the garden of the Casa de Cultura as they gathered to hear a superb programme of music by Sonora Saxaphone Quartet. Their interesting programme included music by Dvorak, J.B Singelé, Bach, Piazzolla and Gershwin. The audience were enthralled especially by their performance of the Rhapsody in Blue and called for two encores. The benefit event raised 1000€ for Banco Alimentar. Thanks go to the RC Silves event team, Casa Cultura staff, Silves Camara and the pupils of Escola Silves Sul for their help serving the drinks and canapés.
27 March, Horse Racing at the Boa Vista Golf Clubhouse:
Race sponsors, horse owners, RC Silves members and friends met at Boa Vista Golf Club on the 27 March for an exciting night of horse racing in aid of Castelo de Sonhos. Guests were treated to a traditional supper of fish and chips whilst they placed their bets and cheered on their horses. After 8 races €650 was raised towards a newer minibus for Castelo de Sonhos. We thank all those who supported the event and the fundraising committee for all their hard work. A good time was had by all. More Pictures
March 16 The Oscars:
Four hundred guests gathered at the Cultural Centre in Pêra to celebrate the films and artwork of the pupils of Agrupamento de Escolas de SilvesSul. It was a night of glamour and celebration as the nominees walked the red carpet and wondered whether it was to be their night. The nominees, their parents and friends were joined by Kirsty Hayes, the British Ambassador to Portugal, Clive Jewel, British Vice Consul, Rosa Palma, Mayor of Silves and Rotarians from across the Algarve to celebrate their achievements. Escolas de SilvesSul and Wildern School from the UK have worked in partnership to develop this event which is modelled on a similar ceremony at Wildern School. Six pupils from Wildern School and two teachers joined the pupils of Escolas de SilvesSul on the red carpet. Sixty films, Forty pieces of artwork and photographs were submitted for the Oscars. Fifty were nominated across nine categories from Best Short Film, Best International Film, Best Primary School Film through to Best Artwork and Photography. To whoops of delight from the pupils of SilvesSul, the winners were drawn from the gold envelopes. The judges presented the Oscars and prizes to the winners who gave a short thank you speech. The event was supported by Silves Rotary Club and we would like to thank all those who have raised funds throughout the past year to help support this project. We would also like to thank Projection Dreams for their sponsorship and Wildern School for their help and experience. Pupils from the Algarve and the UK have formed strong friendships and look forward to meeting again in July at the Wildern Oscars. More Pictures TV Report
On the 14 February, members and guests enjoyed a lovely evening together at the Restaurant Ponte Romano in Silves. We would like to thank all Rotarians and friends who contributed to this fundraising event. The event total was €1000 which will go towards support for the digital media project with the Escolas de Silves Sul. Guests were entertained by Sandie and the Easy Street Band. Thanks also to Andre and Sue Winstanley, Sue and David Butler Cole, Felicity Thoet and David Trubshaw for organising such a great event. More pictures
December 2014, Mulled Wine and Minced Pies
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. This event also introduced many friends to Rotary.
November 2014, Multimedia and Film Night at the Centro Pastoral de Pêra
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 f ilms 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 http://prezi.com/embed/etm7ui2efrzq/?bgcolor=ffffff&lock_to_path=1&autoplay=0&autohide_ctrls=0&features=undefined&token=undefined&disabled_features=undefined. 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 Silves Sul 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 Best International Film Catagory.
October 2014 Pies and Tarts:
Rotarians and friends of Rotary Silves enjoyed a charity lunch at the invitation of David and Sue Butler Cole. 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”. Another successful Rotary Day
15 June 2014 Charity Golf Tournament Amendoeira Golf Resort: This individual stableford competition on the Faldo Course was started with a shot gun start at 09:30. The entry fee was €75 that included a buggy, use of the practice facilities and a buffet meal in the Clubhouse. The day was enjoyed by all who participated. The Rotary Clubs of the Algarve are closely cooperating with The Algarve Oncology Association to raise funds for the purchase of a new mobile breast screening unit. All profits from this event will be donated to the Algarve Oncology Association for this purpose. Funds raised €1800
Music Concert 5 June 2014: Following last year’s successful concert, RC Silves is currently organizing a similar event. The evening will start with drinks and canapés before guests will be treated to an interesting programme of music by the quintet “Pasu”. The details have yet to be confirmed but for those of you who have supported and enjoyed these events before a definite date for the diary for you and your friends.
25 May 2014 Garden Party: Following and enjoyable day at David Trubshaw’s home near Alvor last year. Penny, Jackie and David have extended an invitation to join them in their garden again this year, for an afternoon of food, fellowship and frolics in aid of UNIR. Guests are asked to donate €15 per person to cover food and drinks. Tickets are available from Silves Rotarians or through David Trubshaw.
16 April 2014: God Save Our Leaking Roof :
This revue written and directed by club member David Butler Cole is full of comedy and music. The Gala Night supported by the Silves Rotary Club adds drinks and canapés prior to the performance to your enjoyment. Starting at 19:30, at the Teatro Mascarenhas Gregório in Silves. Gala Night tickets are €15 and reservations can be made by calling 282330242 or 962991036 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Money raised goes to Castelo de Sonhos, one of our favourite beneficiaries. Join us for an evening of laughter.
3 Feb 2014: Mexican Train: Easy to Learn and fun to play. One of the most popular domino games played in the world today. Each player plays a chain of dominoes called a train; they may also play on the common chain called the Mexican Train. The player with the lowest points score at the end of the game wins. There are many events along the way that block the trains and make for an exciting game. We will be holding a Mexican Train event at the Holiday Inn on 3 February at 15:00. Bring friends and join visitors to the Holiday Inn for some fun. A minimum donation of 5€ is requested for a Mobile Breast Screening Unit for Associação Oncológica do Algarve. Email: email@example.com
15 Jan 2014 Coffee and Cake: The next Rotary Club Silves Coffee & Cake morning will be in Alvor at the home of Felicity Thoet beginning at 11.00. Parking is available in the empty lot opposite the front door. If you are in the western Algarve and you like cake, this is a perfect opportunity to meet new friends and catch up with old ones. Minimum donations of 5€ per person are requested in aid of Castelo dos Sonhos. Please let us know by Monday 13 JAN if you are joining us. RSVP Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
22 Dec 2013 Pre-Christmas Drinks at Pam and Alan´s Salir: Alan and Pam invite friends and fellow rotarians to share some good cheer prior to the Christmas festivities. Drinks and hot and cold canapés will be served at their home in Salir, north of Loulé from 16:00. Please RSVP to email@example.com by 20 December, directions available closer to the event
19 Dec 2013 Christmas Dinner, Wine Tasting and Fado Evening: Arrangments are underway for our Christmas treat. The planned resturant has seating for 60+ people so friends and fellow rotarians will be welcome. More information soon.
8 Dec 2013 Christmas Walk and Lunch in Paderne: Start the festive season with a stroll around our beautiful Portuguese countryside whilst supporting charities that do an amazing job collecting and distributing food to the needy of the Algarve. Please bring a non-perishable Christmassy food parcel, monetary donations will also be accepted. The walk is followed by a traditional Portuguese lunch at Paraiso do Algarve close to Paderne at 15€. Just join us for lunch if you can´t make the walk. Please contact Ivan Ellison on firstname.lastname@example.org to book the walk and/or lunch and for full directions to the start. Organised in conjunction with International Lions Club of Loulé.