Friday, 22 September 2017
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Alan Camplin-Smith was elected ChairmanThe 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.

HELGA HAMPTON; PAUL CROSSLEYThe 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.

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”.