Thursday, 22 June 2017
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Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) Spring LunchIn early April, members of the Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) came together to enjoy a lunch at the restaurant Brasserie Rosal in Cavoeiro.

The AAA membership is vibrant and open for new members to join.

Algarve Senior Bikers on the rough and the smoothTwenty four members attended the ASB ride on the 6th of April, which ended with lunch at the Restaurant O Cyclista on the riverside at Tavira.
The group arrived after meeting in Sao Bras de Alportel and a superb scenic ride through the remote hills of the eastern Algarve. A stop was made for coffee under the vines at the cafe in the centre of the pretty village of Cachopo.

The Annual Algarve Rotary Schools Cookery competitionThe Annual Algarve Rotary Schools Cookery competition was won this year by Escola EB2,3 Dr. António de Sousa Agostinho in Almancil. The competition organised by the Rotary Clubs of Almancil and Silves, drew competitors from Agrupamento de Escolas de Silves Sul, Escola Secundária, Dra. Laura Ayres, Quarteira and Escola EB2,3 Dr. António de Sousa Agostinho Almancil who between them entered 12 teams, producing eighteen three course lunches from which the ten judges chose two schools to cook in the final; a team from the school in Almancil and the other from the Quarteira School.

St Patrick’s Celebration Dinner DanceThe St Patrick’s Society of the Algarve held its annual St Patrick’s Celebration at the Pestana Viking Hotel in Armação De Pêra on Saturday 19 March.

Welcome drinks were served in the lobby before guests were shown to the function room which had been beautifully decorated by Porches Pottery owners Juliet Fortune and Stella Goldman. Chairman’s wife, Deirdre Brownlow, provided the elegant table decorations.

ASB Members brave the cold in the hillsGrey skies, cold winds and the threat of a sudden shower did not stop 28 riders taking part in the first ride of 2016.

Group organiser David Shirley led the ride up into the hills to Malhão, above Salir, where a stop was made to take in the views and a warming coffee.

Algarve Burns SupperThe Saint Andrew’s Society of the Algarve held their Burns Supper at the Ponte Romana restaurant in Silves on Saturday 23 January. According to Society Chieftain Doug McAdam “The Supper was a resounding success with almost a full house of 125 participants. We were particularly delighted on this occasion to be joined by British Ambassador Kirsty Hayes and her husband Peter”.

The International Choir of Aljezur The International Choir of Aljezur (Coro International de Aljezur) are beginning the new season with a change of venue.
We will meet every Thursday from 1600 – 1800 at the Amovate School Building, beginning on Thursday, 14th January 2016.

If you like music, please come along. Everyone is very welcome to give it a try. If you enjoy singing with us and do decide to join the choir, membership costs just 10 euros per month.
The choir sings a variety of music and in different languages.

Our new choir director is John Hinsley and if you would like any further information, please email him on

Malcolm MacGillivrayThe Saint Andrew’s Society of the Algarve once again held a highly successful Saint Andrew’s Ball at the Penina Hotel with nearly 100 participants. Our piper Malcolm MacGillivray greeted guests into the hotel and then led the parade into the ball after the champagne reception.