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Shoeboxes and Food for Castelo dos Sonhos

Friends of RC Silves joined with members and filled shoeboxes with Christmas goodies again this year to be distributed to the old of the Silves area by Castelo de Sonhos. Food is also in short supply this year with EU funding cuts, so members and friends also contributed extra food. David Butler Cole and his wife Sue took delivery of our contribution on behalf Castelo de Sonhos. Thanks to all those who worked hard to bring a little Christmas joy.

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Community Says Thanks to 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  1500€ 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.


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.

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Triumphant Return

The returners

Tired but triumphant the students and teachers  of the Agrupomento SilvesSul returned to Portugal after 6 days in the UK attending the Wildern School Oscars in Southampton and staying with host families.  Best International Film was awarded to “Mudar de Estilio” a film produced by Class 2B, EB1 Armação de Pêra of the Agrupomento Silves Sul. There are 10 primary schools in the Agrupomento.  Mauro Coelho accepted the oscar on their behalf and thanked Wildern School and their host families for their hospitality. He also thanked Alan Winn and RC Silves for their fundraising efforts in support of the exchange.  The infant school will have a great surprise on their return to school after the summer.

Infant School Wins Best International Film Oscar

The exchange students attended Wildern School Oscars last night. After a full day at school it was a quick dash home to change into their finery for the Oscar ceremony.

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Best International Film was awarded to “Mudar de Estilio” a film produced by Class 2B, EB1 Armação de Pêra of the Agrupomento Silves Sul. There are 10 primary schools in the Agrupomento.  Mauro Coelho accepted the oscar on their behalf and thanked Wildern School and their host families for their hospitality. He also thanked Alan Winn and RC Silves for their fundraising efforts in support of the exchange.  The infant school will have a great surprise on their return..

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Off to the 2016 Oscars in the UK.

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An excited group of students and teachers gathered at Faro airport on friday  to depart on their Oscar adventure in the UK. The students are part of the film and digital media project at Silves Sul School and  movies have been entered into the Oscars at Wildern School in Southampton. Six films have been shortlisted and the group will find out whose has been chosen as Best International Film at the Wildern School’s Oscar ceremony on Monday 11 July. The event is well known in the UK and this is the third time that students from Silves Sul have submitted entries. 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.

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.  The group returns in 6 days with an Oscar we hope!  We will be posting pictures here of their trip as they are received.

The first day is getting to know you day. But as the weather was not too good all the activities were inside. The students and their hosts were given a lesson in cooking traditional UK dishes which were consumed for lunch.


Lunch was followed by archery. Robin Hood eat your heart out…..

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A day with the families on Sunday and then school and the Oscar ceremony.


Garden Party Fun

Sunday 19 June was when 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.

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Incoming President David Trudshaw organised most of the games and winners were able to take home some fabulous prizes.
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The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended and over 1000€ was raised on the day.

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A big thank you must go to Stewart and Linda for hosting the event and to all those who contributed to make such a successful day.

Gifts for Castelo do Sonhos

Stewart & Linda of Rotary Clube de Silves hands over a gift of toys, baby clothes & toiletries to Dave Mossman of Castelo do Sonhos.

These were collected & donated by Stewart’s friends in Rotary Club Burnham Beeches in UK.



600 Celebrate the 2016 Oscares

Best Short Film

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.

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16 March, Presenting Silves Sul Oscars

16 March, 20:00 Escola Silves Sul and Silves Rotary Club present the Silves Sul Oscars:

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The students of Silves Sul and Wildern School (UK) are waiting with anticipation for the announcement of the winners at this first Oscar Ceremony in the Algarve. The event will take place in the Centro Pastoral in Pera. Judges which include the British Ambassador to Portugal will present the winners with the Oscars from a short list of nominees. The students have been working hard to produce work using a variety of digital media. There are nominees in categories such as Best Short Film, Best Photography, Best Soundtrack and many more. Each winner will be presented with their own statuette and a prize. Thank you to Projection Dreams for sponsoring the prizes. Students from Silves Sul will travel to the UK in July to the Wildern School Oscar Ceremony.
If you would like to attend the ceremony please ring our President Alan Winn on 913595067