On the evening of 17th January Dr Augusto Santos Silva – the Portuguese Minister for Foreign Affairs – addressed a meeting in Loulé under the banner of ‘Portas Abertas’ – Open Doors. The British in the audience were significantly outnumbered by the Portuguese. The minister spoke in Portuguese but later took and answered questions in English. While it is clear that there is much uncertainty surrounding Brexit, he said that Portugal was keen to continue to welcome British people both as visitors to and residents of Portugal and that his government was in the process of enacting legislation that would demonstrate that. His answers to questions posed by Brits about matters such as residence, health, driving licences and other matterswere generally reassuring. Dr Augusto was keen to emphasise the importance of British residents who had not already done so to register their presence in Portugal with a view to obtaining permanent residential rights and showed a leaflet which is available in English: ‘The United Kingdom Nationals Keep their right of Residence’ which may be accessed as follows:
Pedras LBC Raises 420,97€
The following message has been received from Bill Bullock, Poppy Organiser - East Algarve, Royal British Legion:
I would just like to thank you and your club for your contribution to the Poppy Appeal again this year. The tin contained €130.97 and your wonderful collection of €290 made a total of €420.97. The generosity of your club always exceeds our expectations and I would be grateful if you would pass on our thanks to your members. The final total for the Eastern Algarve exceeds €4,400 this year and that does not include the collection at Faro Airport.
Many thanks again for your contribution
For a report on the Club's Poppy Day competition, see the 'Club Competitions' page.