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Classic Car Event in Armação de Pêra

On the 6 November the Classic Car Club of Barlavento will hold its next classic car event which will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the area of the old Mini-Golf, in Armaçao de Pêra. This is a great opportunity to see up close these magnificently maintained vehicles that are part of transport history.  Entry is free but this is also a fundraising event with raffles for vouchers offered by Holiday Inn Algarve and Vila Galé Nautico hotels. Christmas is fast approaching and the funds raised will be given to the Junta de Freguesia de Armação de Pêra to support of needy families in the parish. The draw will take place on December 4 at the final classic car event this year. The Rotary Club of Silves is supporting this event as part of its work for the communities in Silves.

If you have never been it is well worth a visit!



On Saturday 30 April, Rotary Silves gave a highly successful concert to a packed house in the Teatro Mascarenhas Gregorio in Silves. The concert featured the well-known group Cool Manouche, Playing their very special gypsy jazz, they entertained the audience royally with classics such as Django Reinhardt’s “Minor Swing” and “Nuages”.

Our thanks go to Câmara de Silves for allowing us to use the theatre. Rotary Silves donated the proceeds from ticket sales, a total amount of €3,900.00, to Agrupamento Escolas Silves Sul, headed by Carlos Silva Diretor do Agrupamento. The sum will go towards their project to build and equip a sensory room and a sensory garden in Armação de Pera to help students with learning difficulties to find peace of mind.

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The longest training walk yet!

You may ask what we are training for. Well Philippe came up with the idea of a Rotary charity walk to Santiago de Compostelo. No, not from Silves. We would start instead from the north of Portugal and walk through to Santiago itself. This is some 120 kms which we hope to complete within a week – that means about 20 kms per day.  All in aid of a much needed Sensory Room and Garden for Armancao de Pera School’s challenged children.

Philippe has started slowly with our training programme. Walk number 5 on Saturday 16 April of 13 kms was around the Barragem do Arade, just over half of what we will be expected to manage on a daily basis on the course itself.

Our starting point

View from the Top

Still smiling half way round

Only two made it the full distance, so we need to gear up to a fitness not yet apparent in our members, who by my calculations on average will never celebrate their seventieth birthday again.

Two Survivors

We will be asking the public to sponsor or donate to members who complete this Olympian challenge.  To help them, we will be giving details of the participants in the forthcoming weeks.  Follow this space

Cool Manouche Concert 30 April in Silves

Come and enjoy the swinging gypsy jazz played by the popular group “COOL MANOUCHE”.  The date is Saturday 30th April 2022 starting at 8pm sharp at the Mascarenhas Gregorio Theatre in Silves.  Doors will open at 7pm and sparkling wine & snacks will be served before the performance, included in the ticket.


You will love the “COOL MANOUCHE” sound.  Their style of jazz was originated by Django Reinhardt the Romani guitarist who took Paris by storm in the nightclubs of the 1930’s-50’s. A real foot-tapping rhythm.
The event is being presented by Silves Rotary Club in aid of bringing to life a sensory room and garden for kids with learning difficulties in the Armacao de Pera area of Silves Council.
The ticket is €25 donation per person.  Bookings phone Sue Butler-Cole on 933 374 865 or e-mail:   Alternatively contact Maria Carvalho on 916 145 739.

Only restriction – masks must be worn.

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.

Jolly Christmas Fun

RC Silves last meeting of 2019 was our Christmas Party. Members were joined by friends and fellow Rotarians from other clubs for a fun and laughter. David Trubshaw treated us to his traditional Christmas Cracker Jokes Quiz with a chocolate Santa given to each winner as prize. We also celebrated a good start to the Rotary year with funds raised from a number of successful events going to local charities.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

Breaking News: Cool Manouche in Concert Success

A Quizzing Success

On the 22 November in Carvoeiro, five teams gathered to test their general knowledge on a range of topics in aid of Local Charities. Our hosts Anne and Stewart Officer treated us to a fun filled afternoon of quizzing with an array of  fantastic food . The rain tried to stop play but failed miserably. Entry fees and a raffle raised 500€  to help local communities. The winners an international team with Dutch, Swedish and British members.

‘Delicious fare and lively conversation in a lovely setting; a perfect Sunday afternoon’


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.

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Eigelstein Brass Quintet Concert a Resounding Success


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.