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‘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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Coffee Morning for the Bombeiros

David, Penny Trubshaw and Jackie Thornton are inviting Rotarians, neighbours and friends to join them at home near Portimão for a Coffee Morning in their house and garden, on Sunday, October 9 from 10:30 til Noon.

The Coffee Morning is in aid of the Bombeiros who so gallantly fought the flames as they edged near to their property and those of local friends in and around Monchique.  David said ” We all feel we must do something positive now, not later, to say “Thank You””. These terrible fires really were a devastating emergency which would have been even worse without the care and control of the bombeiros.

A 10€ donation per person and monies from cake sales will go to provide items for the bombeiros, through Silves Rotary Club.
We look forward to welcoming you

Please contact or phone 913 595 067 if you would like to support the event.

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Afternoon Tea in the Country

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Afternoon Tea Brazieira de Baxio near Salir, 16 October, 4pm to 7pm

Silves Rotary Club invites you to a traditional Afternoon Tea in aid of RC Silves Education Fund. Why not take an afternoon drive to the country and finish with afternoon tea in Brazieira. Tea will be 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 and developed Tea from a beverage into a meal. However it was well before then that Chá (Tea) was introduced as a drink to the English Aristocracy. In 1662, Catherine of Bragança arrived in Portsmouth from Portugal to marry Charles II and requested Chá to refresh herself, but was only offered Ale. Once she was established at the English Court, Tea became the prefered royal cuppa.

On your way you may pass Salir or Alte. Salir is small town nestling in the hills north of Loulé, it has the remains of a medieval castle and two churches. Alte is known for its Roman baths and as one of the most typical and unspoilt villages in this region of the Algarve. Both are worth a stop on the way to tea.

A 20€ donation per person includes sandwiches, Devonshire scones and cream, cakes, speciality teas, sparkling wine and soft drinks. Afternoon Tea Menu

Tickets are available from RC Silves Rotarians or from Past President, Alan Winn email or Tel. 913595067.


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.


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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Car Treasure Hunt Sept 11, 10:00 at Holiday Inn, Armação de Pêra


Come and join us for the first Silves Rotary Club Car Treasure Hunt, kindly organised and planned by Doug McLachlan, a Friend of Silves Rotary Club.

Start at The Holiday Inn at 10.00am.

Each car will be given clues to find five local sites where the Treasure may by buried.

You need to take photographs of the five sites, to prove you found them, so remember to bring a camera (or whatever you take your photos on!)

After finding the five sites, drivers return to The Holiday Inn for 12:30 lunch and to compare notes with other participants. If you cannot find all the sites, please come back to the hotel to share in our lunch and fellowship! Buffet lunch with wine water and coffee is €17.50.

After lunch, Doug will judge the photographs and prizes will be awarded to the winners.

We are asking for a 10 euros donation per car for the Treasure Hunt, which will all go to the R.I.  End Polio Now Campaign.

Please join us to make this a morning of fun, friendship and fundraising!

Treasure Map

Benefit Concert by Eigelstein Brass Quintet in Silves 18 Sept 16:30.


An evening of vibrant music in the beautiful Teatro Mascarenhas Gregório in Silves. Doors open at 16:00 before settling down to listen to a lively programme of music, a mixture of classical and jazz from Bach through Mahler to Jim Parker and Irving Berlin to Brubeck, at 16:30 from the Eigelstein Brass Quintet. Drinks will be served at the interval.

Eigelstein Brass is a young, vibrant brass quintet based in Cologne, Germany. The members, who hail from Japan, Australia, Scotland and Germany met in 2014 whilst studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. With their diverse range of musical tastes and a mutual enjoyment of high quality chamber music, the ensemble aim to bring the brass quintet to the forefront of the German chamber music scene.

Their programmes contain traditional and modern pieces as well as original compositions written and arranged for the group. Having made their debut performance at the 2014 Brass Symposium in Aachen to an enthusiastic reception from the audience,they continue on their quest of bringing high quality chamber music to audiences in and outside of the standard concert hall setting with this wonderful concert.

The Quintet consists of

Kathrin Simons – Trumpet
Leonard Rathmann – Trumpet
Lauren Whitehead – Horn
Yoshiki Matsuura – Trombone
Fraser Russell – Tuba

Your donation of €15 secures your place in this beautiful theatre and the money raised goes to the charities supported by RC Silves which benefit the communities of Silves.

For further information, directions or to reserve tickets, contact or phone 913 595 067.

Sponsored by Blevins-Franks International Tax and Wealth Management, Silves Cãmara and the Goethe Institute.

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3 October, Sonora Saxophone Quartet Concert:

This will be our fourth concert at this delightful venue. The Casa da Cultura  in Silves is an intimate venue with a Moorish garden ideal for enjoying an evening of music.


The evening will start with drinks and canapés before guests are treated to an uplifting programme of music by the Sonora Saxophone Quartet. The programme is similar to our sell out saxophone concert in 2013 where the artists performed a mixture of classical and contemporary music.


J.S. Bach                           – Concerto Italien

J.B Singelé                        – Premier Quatuor pour Saxophones

George Gershwin            – Rhapsody in Blue

Intermission  (20 minutes)

Piazzolla                             – Historie du Tango

Dvorak                               – Amerikanisches Quartett

Tickets will be available shortly for a minimum donation of €15. For those of you who have supported and enjoyed these events before, this is a date for the diary for you and your friends. This is definitely one not to miss! Contact to reserve a ticket.

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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

Dinner Dance Success


Sue, Andre, Sue and David

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.