Wednesday, 20 September 2017
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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.

Adrian making his Presentation to AIRCRotary has been organising youth exchanges for over 60 years and, each year worldwide, over 7000 young people enjoy the experience of a lifetime through the Rotary Long Term Exchange programme which runs for a full school year providing incredible opportunities for young people to see the world, experience a different way of life and make new friends. Rotary Clubs all over the world sponsor students currently in Years 11- 13 (5th & 6th Form), to live and study at a similar level in a foreign country where they are hosted by selected families and treated as part of those families.

Almancil International Rotary Club (AIRC) is participating again this year and is hosting Adrian Chang, a student from Taipei in Taiwan. Adrian is 18 years old and has been sponsored by Taipei Tienmou Rotary Club to spend a school year in the Algarve. The club, chartered in 1948 was the first Rotary Club to be established on the island of Taiwan.

Algarve Archaeological Association September lunchAt the end of September, members of the Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) came together to enjoy a lunch at the restaurant São Domingos in Galé to celebrate the start of a new season of talks.

St Patrick's Society Wine TripOver 40 members and friends of the St Patrick's Society boarded a coach to visit the Herdade de Paço de Conde Winery in Beja.

There, we were shown around the Winery and Paulo explained the wine-making procedure. Afterwards we tasted several red and white wines plus the olive oil from the Herdade. There were lots of cries of "Oh, I like that one, I will have another glass".