The Royal British Legion’s footprint in Portugal continues to grow, following a Christmas charity lunch on the Algarve’s West Coast.
The Portugal branch of the Legion has been holding regular lunches and dinners across the Algarve for a number of years.
And now, thanks to their recent expansion onto the Algarve’s west coast the Legion was able to hold a Christmas fundraiser in Vale da Telha, outside Aljezur, attended by some of their more recent recruits.
The Duplicate Bridge Club of Lagoa celebrated its' first Anniversary, in style, on 26th November. The Hotel Lagoa staff decorated the room with balloons,and two members brought in delicious home-baked cakes to complement the drinks provided by the Hotel.
A good turn out spent a fun afternoon playing Bridge to different rules, with prizes for the lucky ones.
On Thursday 26th John Bacon led the ASB members on a ride from Boliquieme, through the pretty valley from Santa Margarida near Alte to Vale Fuzeiros for coffee.
After the break a visit was made to the two reservoirs and dams near Silves. The Barragem Arade and the Barragem Funchão. It was surprising to see how low the water levels were after the recent heavy rains.
Seven students from Escola Secundaria Laura Ayres in Quarteira enthralled a packed meeting of Almancil International Rotary Club (AIRC) held at the Conrad Hotel on Wednesday with their presentations on student summer camps they attended over the school holidays.
Blue skies and warm sunshine between the showers was the order of the day for the 38 riders of the ASB when they visited the railway town of Tunes for lunch at the aptly named Restaurant "Between the Lines".
The ride was organised by Errol Buckton who was unable to lead the ride due to having had an operation recently.
Sadly, Pete Duffell lost his long battle with cancer recently and will long be remembered by his ASB fellow bikers, and was and always will be an inspiration to us all.
Pete's wife, Rosalinde, rode out with the ASB's on October 14th on a memorial ride in the hills near Sao Marcos de Serra.
The President of the Rotary Club of Cork, Ireland Mary O'Shea, a frequent visitor to The Algarve is always a welcome guest at Almancil International Rotary Club's (AIRC) meetings. When earlier this year Mary invited members to attend the Rotary Club of Ireland's District Conference, members, including AIRC President Uschi Kuhn together with AIRC members Dorothy & John Slatter, Alice Krings, Madeline Maher and Claire Busbridge immediately began making plans for the trip.
On Thursday 10th September the members of the ASB rode through the mountains towards the Alentejo before returning to the Faro Beach for lunch.
During the morning organiser Mike Sanders took the group on a lovely ride through the hills from Boliqueime via Malhão to Dogueno for a coffee break before returning south on the twisty road to Sao Bras de Alportel, and on down to Faro arriving at the Faro Beach Restaurante "O Paquete" just in time for lunch.