Welcome to the IWP Newsletter – February 2022

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Welcome to the IWP Newsletter
February 2022 

Dear IWP Ladies – 

February is a very busy month for IWP! 

As mentioned in our last Newsletter, our AGM will take place on Thursday, February 17th at 10:30am at the Cultural Centre in Cascais. You will receive a separate email notification for this in a couple of days so please watch out for that, as it will contain our Agenda, Financial Reports, next year’s Budget and Bios of members up for election. If you prefer to receive a hard copy of this notification, please send an email to secretary.iwp@gmail.com with your full name and mailing address. 

If you are planning to only attend the meeting portion of the morning, please RSVP on the webpage marked AGM Meeting. 
If you CANNOT attend the meeting, please press the NO button on the RSVP and we will be able to minute the ‘absences’, as required.
If you plan to attend both the meeting and lunch, you will need to buy a ticket which you can purchase on the webpage marked AGM Luncheon. 
The event is being subsidised to make it as affordable as possible to our membership because we want to encourage ALL of you to attend.** 

**If you, or someone you know needs assistance in paying the 15€ cost, please send a confidential email to executivepresident.iwp@gmail.com. We don’t want finances to get in the way of coming together as a whole on this important day.  

We are in immediate need of a volunteer to serve on the Financial Review Board (the FRB) which gives oversight to the Treasurer’s monthly and then Annual Reports and Budgets. The FRB already has a Chair and one other member but three people in total are required by our Constitution. Please consider offering to give a little of your time back to IWP – especially if you’re good with numbers! 

Before the 17th, we have our usual offerings of coffee mornings, seaside and country walks and books clubs etc. All of our activities are on the website. We are introducing the online RSVP button which will save you having to write an email to confirm your attendance at certain events – please use this useful feature and again, we’ll use ticketing where money is involved so that funds are directly deposited and easy to trace. If any of you have trouble accessing this part of the site, please get in touch with Heather Dennis at secretary.iwp@gmail.com

A few of this month’s ‘indoor’ activities (plus an early March not to be missed
event) are highlighted: 

DRINKS AT THE BAIA HOTEL – Thursday, February 10th. 6pm – 8pm
Join us in the Bar for a Valentine’s Meet & Greet – because You Never Know … ! 

RSVP via the website please. Add a note if you plan to bring a guest. 

IWP 2022 AGM – Thursday, February 17th 10:30am – (approx) 2pm – see above.

LUNCH OUT! – LA VILLA RISTORANTE E PIZZERIA in Lisbon – Thursday, February 24th – 1pm and A NEW TWIST!
Yes! We are back with our trusty foodies having found yet another good spot to try. 
Buy your ticket via our website (26€) to reserve your place at this charming eatery in the park.  Along with a ‘misto’ starter, choose between 4 entrees, 2 desserts and wine or sangria.
For those of you who have attended the Lisbon Coffee mornings – this is the same spot! For those of you who haven’t – you’ll now know where to go for Lisbon coffee mornings on Wednesdays! Win/Win!


CASCA + FRIENDS WINE SPOT – Thursday, March 3rd at 6pm
A super spot in Estoril right by the Casino. A customised selection of 4-5 wines and 10 appetisers will be served, sampled and discussed. Max. 18 seats – so reserve your place quickly. Members only. Details and tickets (25.50€) on our website.




Riding for the Disabled (Associação Hípica Terapeutica, IPSS,) in Cascais started operating in 1989 and is now a registered Portuguese Charity. It aims to provide horse riding activities in a safe, controlled environment to handicapped children and young adults in order to help develop their physical and intellectual potential to the highest possible degree through a stimulating, novel activity usually not available to them. 

RDA sessions are organised every morning of the week from 9.30 to 12h for 80 young people from institutions and schools in the Cascais area. The Association owns four suitably trained horses, which are kept at the Clube D. Carlos I riding centre in Areia Cascais, where it also owns a custom made indoor riding school. About 40 volunteer helpers participate in activities and are a vital element towards guaranteeing safety and full enjoyment. A riding instructor, a physiotherapist, occupational therapists and teachers make up the therapeutic team responsible for implementing the riding plan. 

For funding, the Association relies on the support of its members, contributions from parents, fund raisers and donations. You can help by sponsoring a horse , a rider and volunteering as a helper. 

For further information, contact Kathryn Watson at tel. 962 337 668.

… AND finally, for all you knitters out there …. our member Sarah Hassler, has this to say:

Is anyone wanting to learn Portuguese knitting? In Intendente (in Lisbon) there is a lovely knit shop called Retrosaria Rosa Pomar (website: https://retrosaria.rosapomar.com/).  I wanted to take a knit class a month ago, however it’s taught in Portuguese. I requested that they offer one in English. They need six people to make a beginners knit class in English. I do not have a price, but I do know that when Rosa Pomar does a sweater class, it is 75€ for two full days (Saturdays). I said I would be willing to ask if anyone is interested snd see if six people like the idea. This is not a firm commitment from either party, but exploratory to see if it could manifest. If you want to do a beginning Portuguese knitting class, please let me know at shasslermusic@gmail.com 
Rosa Pomar herself is famous in the knitting world and her shop is amazing. The women who work there are very helpful.


Covid Rules

As before, IWP will follow and enforce official guidelines at our events to help keep our members safe and healthy and to contain the spread of the virus. For further information click the link below:
We ask that any member who is not feeling well, or has potentially been exposed to the virus informs a member of our board as soon as possible
In the unfortunate event that one of our members or their guest has tested positive after attending an IWP event, we will inform all members who attended that event, alerting them to the situation.
The regression to stricter measures is unfortunate, but an appropriate response is needed to help keep everyone safe. We will get through this together! Thank you.

Best wishes,

Louise Strasenburgh
Executive President of IWP
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