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ASB ride to Serra de Monchique

ASB ride to Serra de MonchiqueAfter postponing for a week due the recent wet and windy weather  the ride eventually took place on the Tuesday 18th February.  The bad weather apparently sent by some jealous ASB members out of spite because they were in the UK and therefore unable to take part in the ride.
Riders met in Silves before heading into the hills past the Odalouca Barragem  and through Fornalha to Caldas de Monchique for coffee. Stopping on the way to take in the great views towards Portimao and the coast.

Learn to play Bridge - every Wednesday

Bridge Classes at the Holiday InnHave you always wanted to learn Bridge? Beginner Bridge Classes with Finola Gibson are starting on 19th February, 2014 in the Holiday Inn Algarve in Armação de Pêra.

Croquet Fun.... and scones!

Croquet ClubI have been going to the Bela Romao Croquet Club for about a year or more now.  They organise fun nights and the food is good!  Until yesterday, I have never put my foot on the croquet lawn. The club creates fun events and Sarah, the Californian trained Chef, creates innovative dishes and Tapas plates from around the world, she tells me “ the food changes seasonally and is based on the slow food movement”.   As a club member, I have eaten there a few times and the food is incredible.

Cool riding for the Algarve Senior Bikers

Algarve Senior BikersOn Tuesday January 7th the 27 members of the Algarve Senior Bikers enjoyed a somewhat cool ride on a cloudy day to enjoy lunch at Restaurante O Gralha at Vale Fuzeiras, near SB Messines.

On the way from the start near Boliqueime they visited the the lovely chapel at Senora da Rocha on the rocky headland over looking Armação de Pera,  before heading north via the Barragem near Silves to the lunch venue. A short stop was made for a coffee and a warm in Porches.

Busy December for the Algarve Senior Bikers

Cake winner Marketa Blunt, with her husband KenStarting with a ride on the 3rd organised by Erroll Buckton and Paul Burgess.  This took the form of a circular route starting from Paderne to the pretty village of Querença for a coffee in the square overlooking the church.
The return trip was made on a route to the north of Alte, through typical Algarve scenery for lunch near Paderne.  

The Saint Andrew’s Society had a ball!

St Andrews Ball 2013 - Malcolm MacGillivrayThe Saint Andrew’s Society of the Algarve once again held a highly successful Saint Andrew’s Ball at the Penina Hotel. This year the Ball coincided with Saint Andrew’s Day on 30 November, so it was great to have a full house of 130 participants. 

Our piper Malcolm MacGillivray was of course on hand to greet guests and lead the parade into the ball after the champagne reception.

Fundraising and Fellowship at Rotary Quiz Night!

Rotary Quiz NightRotary Club Estoi Palace International held its annual autumn quiz night on Friday, October 18th at A Floresta Restaurant in Almancil. More than €1500 were raised to support the club’s ongoing milk project at the Casa do Povo in Estoi in partnership with the Faro Food Bank.
Quiz master for the evening was our President Shirley Dunne. Competition was fierce among the twelve quiz teams attempting to answer a wide range of trivia questions. By evening’s end, only half a point separated the first and second place teams.

East Algarve International Choir looking for new recruits

East Algarve International ChoirThe recently formed Shanty Choir has extended its repertoire and as a result has also changed its name.  Choir leader Koos Terphoven has so impressed the management of Associação Âncora that the choir has been invited to participate in a special community event on Saturday, 12 October. 
Koos is a qualified psychologist, musician and conductor with a passion for sea shanties.  When he and his wife Rineke moved from the Netherlands to Portugal, she undertook to help him to set up and run a Shanty Choir.  Rehearsals are every Thursday at 4.30 pm at the Community Centre (Âncora) in Santa Luzia, Tavira).