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:
- 17th January - After Hangover Celebration
Due to increased Covid-19 restrictions we regret
this lunch is cancelled.
Bookings for the above can be made now via any Committee Member or use the contact page.
2020 and 2021 events and COVID-19
We very much regret that due to the ongoing uncertainty regarding
the opening and capacity of restaurants most of our spring 2020 events were cancelled.
Based on our understanding of current restaurant rules we are running limited events.
As a temporary 'Covid-19' measure all CASA events
will be 'members only'.
Also due to the significant risk of date or other changes
we are only taking bookings from aboit 4 weeks before each event.
Details will be on the 'Events Diary' page as usuall.
Please also see the 3 temporary items below:
1. Member Subscriptions (new 14 November)
Please note that members subscriptions for 2021 are now due, the rates have been simplified - it is now a straight €10 per person.
Please pay direct to the club bank acccount, if you don't know the NIB or IBAN please see the December 2020 Newsletter or contact the Treasurer. We are sorry that the January 2021 Newsletter has 1 digit missing from the IBAN shown.
2. BREXIT and UK Members
Members who hold a UK passport might find the following useful, it is not relevant to members holding any other passport.
a) UK issued EHIC cards (new 13 November updated 1 Jan.)
Please be aware that ALL UK issued EHIC cards were to become invalid at BREXIT, regardless of the expiry date shown on them, however on 31st December it was announced that they will now remain valid untill the expiry date.
A new type of card providing the same cover can be ordered free online at www.NHS.uk/EHIC now. The application is very easy however you must have previously made the appropriate Social Security registration (e.g. the 'S1' form) to be eligable. Full details are given on the above NHS web-page.
b) Residencia replacement (new 16 December, revised on 24th)
All UK passport holders resident in Portugal must obtain a replacement EU standardised plastic card version of the Residencia - this is recognised across the EU as evidence of living within the EU. The process to convert your old card (whether old folding cardboard type or new plastic) is available from now until June 2021. You need to register online and until your new card arrives must carry with you at all times printed evidence that you have registered. This rule applies from January 1st 2021.
The 'Brexit Portal' is accessed via your browser at https://brexit.sef.pt/en once completed an appointment will later be arranged for biometric data to be collected at either your local town hall or SEF office - whichever you originally registered with. The application is quick and simple but note that at the end you need to scroll back to the top of the page and click the button with the QR code symbol to obtain a pdf file of your certificate. Once this is downloaded there is yet another link at the end of the pdf file which you need to follow to confirm you have received the pdf. Don't forget to print the pdf file and carry the printout with you until you receive the new card. As yet we have not heard whether there is any fee for the new card.
More information is available from the British embassy or the service below or the dedicated SEF Brexit telephone support line 217 115 045.
c) Other Portuguese Regulations (Updated 1 Jan 2021)
Most UK members have probably fully complied with all the regulations re registering and being legal in Portugal. It is easy to have missed (or ignored) some of the regulations - there are so many. Now that Brexit has finally happened any such ommisions are serious, as such please ensure you fully comply with all the regulations etc and that all your documents are completely up to date with expiry dates well in the future. Some of the processes are very time consuming and the later they are left the harder it will be to complete them.
If you suspect you might have problems and are unsure or unable to resolve them yourself a new U.N. supported service is now available to help - the following text has been supplied and is reproduced below without any changes:
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) through its most recent project UKNSF – United Kingdom Nationals Support Fund - is providing support to at-risk UK nationals and their family members to complete their residency applications in Portugal in order to secure their rights under the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement.
Working alongside the British Embassy in partnership with the High Commission for Migration (ACM), IOM will raise awareness among UK Nationals living in Portugal, share accessible information on residency requirements, and provide direct practical support in completing applications for those in situations where access to information and application processes are difficult.
While information provided online and through other media will be available to all, IOM will provide targeted assistance to individuals who face specific challenges, such as people living in remote areas, people with disabilities or chronic illness, those facing language and literacy barriers, or barriers in accessing relevant technology.
The UKNSF project developed by IOM Portugal works to ensure suitable geographical coverage across the country, guarantying that support is delivered to meet the diverse needs of a diverse British population, ensuring an inclusive approach to supporting UK nationals and providing practical support to the at-risk UK nationals registering or applying for residence status in Portugal.
If you are a UK national living in Portugal, you can get in touch with IOM Portugal office by these means:
Helpline: +351 913 886 456
3. Coronavirus / COVID-19 (update 29th December)
Understandably there are major concerns over the worldwide Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.
To date this pandemic has resulted in the deaths of over 1,800,000 people worldwide in 10 months. For comparison the Flu pandemic at the close of the first world war (just 100 years ago) killed an estimated 40 to 50 million people 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.
The well-being of our members is a major consideration and we will only arrange physical events when we believe it is safe to hold them.
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. Consult regularly with the official Health Service Corona Virus web page for ongoing updates (in Portuguese). You can also find all the latest information via 'Safe Communities Portugal' on their website in English and several other languages, they are also on Facebook.
Please do not rely on random advice that appears regularly on individual personal pages on social media - much of this is false and often downright dangerous!
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 Portuguese 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 for advice.
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!