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All the participants who entered the competition are students aged 14-18 who attend a two-year catering course at their respective schools with some being given training as waiting staff and the ones who show an interest in cooking given training as chefs. Both the Almancil and Quarteira schools have their own restaurants which are open to the public for lunch on one or two days a week in term time offering a three-course lunch cooked and served by the students at a very modest price. Many of the students are given placements at local restaurants and hotels to help them decide whether a career in catering is for them.
A group of 10 ‘volunteer’ judges each sampled a total of 45 plates of food before awarding the final two places to a team from Algoz representing the Silves Sul group and a team from Dra Laura Ayres Quarteira. The finals were held at the Conrad Hotel under the watchful eyes of Executive chef Osvalde, together with chefs Luis, Roberto and José. The teams were given a list of ingredients from which they had to prepare an ambitious three-course meal beginning with a starter of tuna carpaccio with wakame salad, soya sprout and lime vinaigrette, followed by roasted Guinea fowl with poached pear, potato gratin and vegetables and ending with tarte tatin with basil mascarpone mousse and vanilla ice cream.
The standard of cooking and presentation from each of the teams was so good that after much deliberation, for the first time in the competition the judges awarded the teams joint First Prize.
A Presentation Dinner was held at the Conrad Hotel on Tuesday attended by Rotarians and guests, students, their proud parents, teachers and the General Manager of the Conrad, Katharina Schlaipfer. Alan Winn of the Silves Club praised all the students who took part. “The standard gets higher every year” said Alan, “making the judges’ task ever more difficult”. Both he and Peter Hinze thanked the students, teachers, judges and, in particular the General Manager and staff of the Conrad Hotel for their generosity and all the help given to this project.
In addition to the Winner’s Cup which will be held for six months by each of the schools, the students were presented with certificates and personalised aprons. Unfortunately the team from the school in Algoz were unable to attend but they were represented by teaching staff from the school.
For the first time in the competition it was decided to award a cash prize to the students who produced the best meal throughout the competition and this was won by the students from the Quarteira School.
On Monday, last week the Oscars came to Pêra and pupils, their families and guests walked the red carpet at the Cultural Centre in Pêra. This initiative started by Silves Rotary club celebrates the films and artwork of the pupils of Agrupamento de Escolas de SilvesSul. 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.
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. Many films, pieces of artwork and photographs were submitted for the Oscars. Forty were nominated across 10 categories from Best Short Film, Best International Film, Best Primary School Film through to Best Artwork and Photography.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A great time was had by all with crackers, party hats and with President David Trubshaw’s renowned riddle quiz.
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.
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.
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.
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.