Thursday, 27 July 2017
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Burns SupperThe Saint Andrew’s Society of the Algarve held their Burns Supper at the Ponte Romana restaurant in Silves on Saturday 28 January. According to Society Chieftain Doug McAdam “The Supper was a resounding success with almost a full house of about 120 participants. We were particularly delighted on this occasion to be able to welcome so many guests attending for the first time”.

Ride organisers David (left) and SteveSunny skies, cold winds and the possible threat of a sudden shower did not stop 18 riders taking part in the first ride of 2017. 

The ride was moved to Saturday 28th after the heavy rain earlier in the week caused the postponement. Group organiser David Shirley led the ride up into the hills to São Barnabe where a stop was made at the cafe next to the fonte for a warming coffee.

madrugadaNewPresMadrugada, the charitable organisation that provides care and support to people facing life limiting illness has confirmed the appointment of Carol Spires as its new President from December 2016. Carol takes on this voluntary role to replace Alison Blair who stepped down in November 2016.

Carol brings a wealth of experience to Madrugada. She moved to Portugal some eleven years ago and with her partner has developed a successful property management business servicing the Western Algarve.

St Patrick's Society November WalkOn Saturday Gaynor Stapleton was the walk leader for the St Patrick's Society. She took seventeen willing followers on a pretty circular walk over the hills around São Bras.

The weather was kind to them and they enjoyed some spectacular views. The walk was followed by a most enjoyable lunch in an Indian Restaurant in Sao Bras.

For information on St Patrick’s Society Walks please e-mail Kevin Walsh on

Algarve Senior Bikers Reach New HeightsThe steep and twisty roads through the hills near Monchique offered riders great views over the Algarve from one of the highest points in the region.

Meeting for the last ride of 2016 at the Plazza Cafe in Silves members welcomed new riders to the group before heading north from Silves, taking a scenic route to São Marcos de Serra. A short coffee break here before continuing west and upwards towards Nave Redonda and Monchique with beautiful distant views on the way.

bombeirosA Golf Tournament promoted by the NAU group at its Morgado golf course raised €5,800 for the local Bombeiros.

In September of this year, the municipalities of Monchique and Portimão were hit by a widespread fire. Herdade do Reguengo, the 970 hectare estate owned by the NAU Hotels & Resorts group includes the Morgado and Álamos golf courses, as well as the Morgado Golf & Country Club, all of which was protected by the tireless efforts of the Volunteer Fire Service of Portimão.

The group at the view pointASB members met in the centre of Paderne before following Errol on a Mystery Tour, organised by Phil Smith and Errol Buckton, into hills and valleys around and through the pretty village of Alte.

AlisonBlairAfter seven years of tireless commitment at the helm of Madrugada, Alison Blair has announced she will step down as Executive President at the end of November 2016.

Alison has been the vision and driving force behind Madrugada’s growth and development as a provider of help and support to people facing life-limiting illness: in particular, end-of-life palliative care at home.