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Mulled Wine and Minced Pies

Saturday December 17 was also a busy day for Silves Rotary Club, with some members offering Mulled Wine and Mince Pies to visitors at The Lady in Red Art Gallery in Lagoa.  Donations amounted to over €200 which is being allocated to Silves Rotary’s Cancer Support Fund.  Susana Guerreiro from Banco Alimentar joined Silves Rotary at the art gallery and received a cheque from President David Trubshaw.

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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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Christmas Lunch

A busy day for RC Silves as Rotarians and friends gathered for Christmas Lunch. We were pleased to welcome the governor Abilio Lopes and his wife Isabel, who had spent the morning with the board reviewing the club’s activities. Representatives from the Bombeiros and Casa de Povo also joined us for lunch.

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During the lunch, David Trubshaw presented Comandante Rui Lopes and Jose´ Gançalo Duarte with a cheque for €1150 to thank them for so gallantly fighting the fires this summer and protecting the properties of local friends in and around Monchique.

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A great time was had by all with crackers, party hats and with President David Trubshaw’s renowned riddle quiz.

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Exchange Students Video a Hit

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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.

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.

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Eigelstein Brass Quintet Concert a Resounding Success

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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.

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Treasure Hunters Return

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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 occupants 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 found new places to return to for a  longer visit. The money raised will be donated to End Polio Now. Thanks again Doug.

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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

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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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And all together…

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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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