Monday, 28 July 2008

Creative Writing Workshops

Thursday, 30th and Friday 31st October
Friday, 21st and Saturday, 22nd November

This workshop consists of two half day sessions.

Why attend a writing workshop?

Ask anyone who enjoys writing and they will tell you that as soon as they see one advertised they have their name down. They are certain in the knowledge that either the person holdingthe event or someone attending it will share something that will be useful to their skills.

Novices will benefit the most and those who come out of sheer curiosity to find out what creative writing is all about come away wondering why they never went before. Being able to express your innermost feelings, emotions and even fantasies in this creative form can open up whole new vistas in anybody’s life. It can be cathartic and soothing to ones innermost being just to be able to write down dreams or memories before they fade away and are lost forever.

Join Jenny Grainer on a practical and fun course of creative writing and widen your imaginative skills.Write down the history of your family or try children’s stories – is there a novel in you or some practical articles on a subject you know well?

There is a market for all subjects – come and discover yours. - €:65.00 per person

Don't miss it - for more information or to book tel: 282 320260 or send e-mail to:

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Church Services

St Vincent’s Algarve, Church of England

Weekly Services

Nossa Senhora da Fatima
Holy Communion. 9:30 every Sunday.
Service normally conducted By Father Michael Grantham
For more information tel. Rosie Baden-Powell 289 328 302

Praia da Luz
Nossa Senhora da Luz. (The Church by the Beach.)
Holy Communion. 8:00. 12:00 every Sunday with
Children's Rainbow Club
Service normally conducted by Fr. Haynes Hubbard
For more information tel. Joyce Daffey 282 788 104

St. Luke's
Monte da Palhagueira, Gorjoes. (Nr. Sta. Barbara.)
Holy Communion 11.30 a.m. every Sunday.
Service normally conducted By Father Michael Grantham
For more information tel. Sandra Wilkinson 289 791 699

After all services, many members gather for fellowship and coffee at a nearby cafes and restaurants.

(For further information about Church of England services including Wedding Blessings, Funerals and Baptisms please contact Father Haynes Hubbard on 282 789 660 or Father Michael Grantham on 289 366 720 )

Friday, 18 July 2008

Practical Garden Design and Appreciation

Monday, 2nd and Tuesday, 3rd February, 2009

Course starts at 10.00 in the Hotel Garbe

The course will consist of four x 2.5 hrs sessions over two days

Cost. Euro 100 per person for two day course

Tutor: Alan Mason NDT. F.Inst.G. Dip Hort. MI Hort is one of the most experienced and best qualified garden designers in Europe. He is a founder member of the Professional Gardeners Guild, for nine years was Gardens Manager to the Queens cousin at Harewood House in Yorkshire, has presented gardening programmes on TV and radio for over 20 years and has run his own garden design business since 1987.

Amateur or Professional - all levels of expertise have participated on this course in the past. All gel together well and all have the opportunity to develop their existing levels of knowledge. The basic requirement is that you enjoy gardens and want to learn a bit more than you already do at whatever level you are at. It is informative, educational and most of all, enjoyable.

This course has both practical and classroom elements and is designed primarily for anyone with an interest in gardening but who would like to get more out of their hobby with an insight into how and why gardens have been created in the ways they have for centuries and how to design a garden today.

There is a practical visit to a "garden to design" and then another to an established garden, as well as theory input. This is ideal for anyone wanting to create a new garden themselves or develop an existing one. Alan will show examples of gardens he has created as well as others.

For more information, or to book your place, please contact Vicki Good on 282 320260 or e-mail;

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Coming up - Rhythm of the Dance

July 24th - August 30th

Daily Shows 22.15pm

Fábrica do Inglês in Silves

This two-hour dance and music extravaganza contains a wealth of talent derived from all areas of Irish life. The show is an inspiring epic, reliving the journey of the Irish Celts throughout history. Using modern arts of dance and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. Combining traditional dance and music with the most up to date stage technology, the show is a thousand year old story executed with all the advantages of the modern day stage show.

Since its debut performance in 1999 on a stage in Norway, Rhythm Of The Dance has played to over 3 million fans in 33 countries worldwide and has heralded a new era in Irish entertainment.

For more information please see

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

June Photography Competition

Congratulations to Mrs. Lone Kallqvist who is the winner of our June Photography Competition.

Our Judge, Adrian Bell, an experienced wedding and portrait photographer comments:- A beautifully composed image of fishing nets and pots, reminding us that, despite all the touristic development, Armacao de Pera remains a traditional working fishing village. I would encourage future entrants to experiment further in looking for evocotive, colourful images on the fishing beach.

Our thanks to everyone who participated in the June Photography Competition.

Also thanks to Adrian Bell for judging each month. Adrian is an experienced wedding and portrait photographer and is Director of here in the Algarve. The company specialises in Commercial Images for the Real Estate industry creating high quality photography that sells property

We are looking forward to receiving the Entries for the July competition - closing date - 30th July, 2008. For more information please click here

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

Our Children's Menu

Soup of the Day
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Fish Fillets in Breadcrumbs
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Omelette with Ham
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Hamburger with Cheese
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Lasagne Bolognese
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Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce
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Water or Soft Drink
€10.00 per person

Available in our Por do Sol Restaurant

Algarve Classic Cars

This weekend 4th - 6th July, the biggest annual concentration of Classic Cars in the Iberian Peninsula will take place in the Algarve. They will circuit Armacao de Pera on Saturday, 5th July at about 15.30pm.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Thank you for your comments

Your Saturday night BBQ was the best I have ever eaten - brilliant.

Excellent work and the views from your hotel - wow- reminds me of home - Austrialia

G Mollice

Festival da Caldeirada - Armacao de Pera

On Saturday, 19th and Sunday, 20th July Armação de Pêra will host the tenth Festival da Caldeirada.

“Caldeirada” is a typical Algarvian dish which consists of stewed fish and sea food with potatoes, onions ,tomatoes, pimentos, spices wine and olive oil.

A number of local restaurants, including our Por do Sol Restaurant participate, and as well as serving Caldeirada we will also have other typical fish dishes available.

Calendar of Events

October - December, 2008
Thursday, 2nd October - Monthly Writing Circle
Wednesday, 15th October - Royal British Legion Monthly Lunch
Monday, 27th October - Creative Computer Training
Tuesday, 28th October - Creative Computer Training
Thursday, 30th and Friday, 31st October -
Creative Writing Course
Wednesday, 5th November - Theatre Dinner - Raj Indian Restaurant
Thursday, 6th November - Monthly Writing Circle
Thursday, 6th November - Theatre Dinner - Raj Indian Restaurant
Friday, 7th November - Theatre Dinner - Raj Indian Restaurant
Tuesday and Wednesday, 11th and 12th November - What's Next
Friday, 21st November - Murder, Mystery Dinner
Friday and Saturday, 21st and 22nd November -
Creative Writing Course
Wednesday, 26th November - Theatre Dinner - Raj Indian Restaurant
Thursday, 27th November - Theatre Dinner - Raj Indian Restaurant
Friday, 28th November - Theatre Dinner - Raj Indian Restaurant
Monday, 1st December - Christmas Fair
Wednesday, 3rd December - Theatre Dinner - Raj Indian Restaurant
Thursday, 4th December - Theatre Dinner - Raj Indian Restaurant
Thursday, 4th December - Monthly Writing Circle
Wednesday, 17th December - Royal British Legion Monthly Lunch
Thursday, 25th December - Christmas Day Dip in the Sea
Tuesday, 30th December - "Out of Africa" Fancy Dress Night
Monday and Tuesday, 2nd and 3rd February - Garden Design and Appreciation
Thursday, 19th February -
Creative Computer Training
Friday, 20th February -
Creative Computer Training