This page is primarily to provide notices or any other club information which has changed or become available since the last Club Newsletter.
New information is added at the top, older items are generally retained below.
Booking is currently open for:
- 13th June - BBQ at The Holiday Inn
Bookings for the above can be made now via any Committee Member or use the contact page.
EVENTS CANCELLED due to COVID-19
- 14th March - AGM & Dinner, Alvor
- 18th April - Lunch, Praia de Rocha, Portimao
- 17th May - Sunday Lunch, Monchique
- 2nd-6th November - Coach trip to Porto & Braga
Please also see the temporary items below:
1. Coronavirus / COVID-19 (update 16:30 25th March)
Understandably there are major concerns over the worldwide Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
To date this pandemic has resulted in the deaths of around half-a-million people in 3 months. For comparison the Flu pandemic at the close of the first world war (just 100 years ago) killed at least 3 million while it raged.
We will continue to monitor the situation and current CASA event status information will be maintained on this page as it changes.
Most regretably we have decided that we have no option but to cancel the lunches planned for April and May and also the coach trip to Porto in November.. Any pre-paid amounts or deposits for these will be refunded by the treasurer.
It is too early to anticipate what will happen regarding our other planned events. For the moment the committee will continue to arrange events and take bookings for the events shown above. The well-being of our members is a major consideration and we will amend the schedule and if neccesary cancel events according to the changing situation here in the Algarve.
Obviously should you be feeling any of the advertised symptoms you should not attend any group events. Similarly if you have recently visited any of the countries with a severe outbreak, even if you feel well, you should avoid all groups or meetings for a minimum of 14 days.
Please follow the advice of the Portuguese health authorities in terms of recommended steps to help prevent any further spread of the virus. Please consult regularly with the Health Service Corona Virus web page for ongoing updates. We have been told this is available in English as well as Portuguese but have been unable to find out how.
There is also a national 24/7 medical advice hotline for use if you have become concered about your condition on 808 24 24 24, (support should be available in English by pressing 5). This service is the equivalent of the UK 111 health advice number.
If you suspect you have contracted the virus do NOT go to a local doctor or Health Centre where you risk infecting other patients. Phone the above Hotline.
2. Portimao/Barlavento hospital 'Trolley Service'
A group of volunteers run a 'complimentary' tea/coffee & biscuits trolley service for both patients and visitors throughout the hospital. They depend on goodwill donations to fund the supply of tea/coffee and biscuits but at present are running out of funds. Can you help a little?
If you are in the area you can deliver contributions of tea, coffee or biscuits direct to the hospital. Please note that due to some patients dietary restrictions they are only allowed to distribute 'plain' biscuits not chocolate, jam, cream or other fillings/coatings.
If calling at the hospital is not safe or practical for you then any member of the CASA Committee will happily accept your donation and arrange for it to be forwarded.
The ‘Tail’ of Fat Belly Nelly
(Fat Belly Nelly is a large china piggy bank who likes to attend social functions, she eats coins, and given an opportunity also paper money)
As is customary in January Fat Belly Nelly decided to diet, she had gained an amazing 114 Euros over the festive season – when interviewed by CASA & Friendly Sunday Lunch representatives, Fat Belly Nelly said coyly ‘ I only realised my belly had swollen to such an extent when I looked down and could no longer see my wiggly ‘tail’; she said that she desperately needed to do something about it, but in hindsight realises she has lost too much weight and needs to fatten up a bit, so will continue to attend all possible Social functions in order to get back to a reasonable weight.
Thank you to all who helped fatten ‘Fat Belly Nelly’
Donations to Charity - 2019
As no other requests were received at the AGM in March we will again make a donation to the Castelo do Sonhos "Back To School" Project (please see the 2018 & 2017 items below for more information).
With the money kindly donated by attendees at the annual
CASA BBQ at the Holiday Inn we have been able to purchase a supply of assorted stationery items which Sue Butler-Cole informed us
The photo shows Lena Reitbergen from the CASA committee with Sue Butler-Cole (on the left) who provides invaluable assistance to Castelo do Sonhos by interfacing with ACCA and other clubs and organisations.
We still have some BBQ money left and anticipate making a further donation during August. If any members would like to make an additional contribution towards this worthy cause please get in touch with us, every Euro helps a poor family in the Algarve.
We are delighted to report that, through the extreme generosity of a CASA member, we now have a superb new set of trophies. These replace the previous set which were also donated by a member around twenty years ago.
The new trophies are expected to make thier first appearance at the Treasure Hunt in October.
Donations to Charity - 2018
As no other requests were received at the AGM we have again made a donation to the Castelo do Sonhos "Back To School" Project (see 2017 item below for more information). According to a 2018 survey the average annual cost to families of one childs school supplies is now €487, beyond the reach of poorer families. (See pages 18 and 20 of the 25 August 2018 edition of The Portugal News for more information).
With the money kindly donated by attendees at the annual
CASA BBQ at the Holiday Inn we have been able to purchase 20 teenager back packs and assorted stationery items. These were delivered
to the charity on 30th August where they were addded to 30 other backpacks and 50 gymbags etc. donated via various organisations.
The photo below shows Lena Reitbergen from the CASA committee with Dra. Liliana Rodriques who runs Castelo do Sonhos. Behind Liliana is Sue Butler-Cole who provides invaluable assistance to Castelo do Sonhos by interfacing with ACCA and other clubs and organisations. We would also like to thank ‘The Golf Shack’ who kindly supplied the backpacks to us at a discounted price as their own contribution to the “Back to School” project.
The 50 filled backpacks collected via A.C.C.A. (including the 20 from CASA) have been delivered to Castelo do Sonhos and they started handing them out to the schoolchildren on 10th September.
On May 25, 2018, a new European Union (EU) data protection law, the 'General Data Protection Regulation' (or GDPR), took effect. The GDPR gives all individuals resident in the EU more control over how their data is used and places certain obligations on all organisations that collect, hold or process information of those individuals.
Please see the last item on the 'Legal' page if you require more information.
Donations to Charity - 2017
At the 2017 AGM there were no proposals made for donations to charity this year. The committee was recently aproached by member Sue Buter-Cole on behalf of Castelo do Sonhos, the Silves based childrens charity, in respect of their annual “Back To School” project.
Whilst the Portuguese state provides free schooling with staff, text books etc. it does not provide the 'consumables' such as notepads, pencils etc. that children need. This must be supplied by their families and for the poorer families this can be a significant problem and many children start school after the summer holiday without these items. The Back To School Project was originally started by Castelo de Sonhos for the poor children in the Silves area and for many years Celia & Dave Mossman (who have since returned to the UK) were the main organizers. When ACCA (the children's charity from Almancil) became involved the project just grew & grew. This year ACCA have donated 50 (empty) backpacks to Castelo de Sonhos who now need to fill them. C.A.S.A. has purchased and donated €100 worth of these materials for distribution in the ACCA backpacks. You can obtain more information, including contact details, for the project and ACCA from this item on the Portugal Resident website: http://portugalresident.com/back-to-school-appeal-to-support-needy-children
The photo below shows C.A.S.A. Chairman Margaret Brito presenting the purchased materials to Liliana Rodriques who runs Castelo do Sonhos.
Online Digital Security
Following difficulties with sending e-mails to some members early in 2017, now resolved, we have made improvements to the security of this website and to club e-mails. This should not impact your use of the site. If you do experience problems please contact us using the contact page or the contact information in the latest Club Newsletter.
From 5th June 2017 when you access this site you should always see the 'locked padlock' symbol to the left of your browser address bar. This indicates that the communication between your browser and the web-site is encrypted by using the 'HTTPS' communications protocol so that the contents can not be seen or interfered with by any third party.
Donations to Charity - 2016
As was arranged at the 2016 AGM two charitable donations were made during the summer of 2016, the larger being to the Bombeiros who carried out sterling work over the 2016 summer.
Donation to Encontrar Sonhos
In response to the proposal by Do Eves at the AGM the sum of €160 has been donated to this charity and used by them to purchase food supplies for the coming term. This is a very worthy cause that helps local over 18 year olds with mental disability.
The money represents the value of 'vouchers' issued to members during the last 12 months but not used.
Donation to Portimao Bombeiros
As the Bombeiros have been very busy recently doing a superb and vital job it has proved a little difficult to arrange the presentation. This was finally completed on Wednesday 24th August. Portimao Bombeiros have used the €1,500 donation to purchase 160 new 'BOMBEIROS' red sweat-shirts as modelled by the two gentlemen on the left and right of the photo below. The cheque was presented to Dr. João Nuno de Figueiredo Mergulhão (Vice President) by Margaret Brito (Chairman of CASA Social Club) assisted by João Brito acting as the Portuguese interpreter for the club.
Standing between the Bombeiros in red in the photo, from left to right are:
Filipe A.T. Pinto (Deputy Command)
Dr. João Nuno de Figueiredo Mergulhão
Mário A.F.B. Freitas (Director)
These exceptionally brave men and women work relentlessly, day and night, to keep us all safe. The fires this year again tested them to the extremes, but they consistently rise to the dangerous challenge and we owe them our infinite gratitude.
Effective from the 2016 AGM we have changed the club bank account, if you need to make any payment by cheque or bank transfer (eg Multibanco) please confirm details from a recent Club Newsletter or the Treasurer. The old account is closed!