THE Algarve Senior Bikers Summer ride took place on Tuesday 12th July and was organised by Brian (5th Gear) Evans with the assistance of new member, Rene van der Sanden.
Rene led the group from the meeting point in Paderne via some pretty back roads to the lovely village of Querenca for yet another return visit to Rosa's Cafe in the village square opposite the church. Always a popular watering hole for ASB riders.
On June 29th the Algarve Senior Bikers met near São Marcos de Serra and took the scenic route via São Teotonio to the West coast.
A short stop included to take in the coastal scenery from a view point near Picota on the way to Monchique. In Mochique a break for refreshments and to take time to meet new members joining the group for the first time.
The motorcycle riders of the Algarve Senior Bikers celebrated the 6th year of the group's existence on June 10th with a special lunch at Restaurante O Hamburgo, in Benafim.
Two groups, one from the west and one from east met in Lagos and São Brás de Alportel and followed different routes across the Algarve to meet in Benafim, north of Loule, for lunch.
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A van specially adapted to transport those disabled or handicapped was donated by Rotarians in France to a registered charitable foundation in the Algarve.
The nine-seater van has a wheelchair lift platform at the rear and was destined to make lives easier in the Tavira area for those with disabilities such as Down’s Syndrome and other physical and mental handicaps as well as many less than mobile elderly.
ASB organiser David Shirley was assisted by regular rider Steve Wills in leading the Algarve Senior Bikers' most recent ride from Silves via the Odalouca Dam, Alferce and down the steep twisty road through the Brejo valley, for a coffee break near Monchique.
The ride should have taken place on the 9th of May but was postponed due to the recent stormy weather.
The 14th Annual General Meeting of the St Patrick’s Society of the Algarve was held on 17 May in the beautifully renovated Lagoa Hotel.
The St Patrick’s Society (affectionately known as “St Pat’s”) promotes social activities for Irish people and their friends and this was reflected in the content of the Chairman’s Report. Jim Brownlow, retiring Chairman, highlighted the successful events held in the last year.
The Amigos de Música celebrated their 25th Anniversary on Thursday, April 28th. 2016. A group of members and guests gathered in the late evening sunshine at Os Agostos for a pre-concert champagne reception.
Before the concert Amigo President Helga Hampton welcomed all those present. She proudly summarised the various achievements of the Amigos over the past quarter century. During this time the Amigos de Música has basically tried to stimulate the early cultural awakening of the developing Algarve with wonderful music played by world class artists.