Welcome to the IWP Newsletter – October 2021

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Welcome to the IWP Newsletter
October 2021

Dear IWP Ladies – 

It’s October! For those of you who celebrate it – Happy Hallowe‘en

Everything you need to know about registering for activities can either be found in this Newsletter – or on our website www.iwpportugal.org

Space is often limited and some activities may have waiting lists. Please don’t be a ‘no show’ at the last minute! If you sign up – show up – or let us know – even late in the day. Thank you for being considerate of others. 

Besides the usual Book Clubs, Coffee Mornings, Paredão, Sintra Walks, Sintra Hikes, Golf, Bridge, Photo Club etc. I want to give a special shout out to the Knitting Group who meet with the Arraiolos Rug Making Group twice a month in Estoril. Do you knit? Crochet? Needlepoint? Cross stitch? Want to learn to make a rug? Yes – I said RUG! Check the website for dates and details. 

As more activities are able to be held, volunteers are needed to lead them. Don’t be shy about coming forward. You don’t have to commit to a recurring activity, just offer to be a helper and we’ll find something for you to do for sure! Speaking of helping – please read a note below about an area where volunteers are needed and you do NOT need to speak Portuguese in order to help! 

From our member Sarah Hassler:  “Is anyone interested in informal singing? I am a retired music teacher with many years of developing the singing voice and choral conducting. Please email me at shasslermusic@gmail.com.  I will send you a Google form to survey the interest.  OR you can fill out the survey at this link. The survey will only take about five minutes to answer. Thank you!” 
A few of this month’s highlights in date order are: 

IWP DRINKS at the Baia Hotel – Friday, Oct. 8th. 6 – 8pm
The roof bar is closed for the winter so depending on the weather, we will either be on the front terrace or in the main bar on the ground floor. Our allowance has increased back to 50 people, so let Heather Dennis know if you have a guest and when we close registration on Wed. Oct 6th, we will let you know if there is space available. Please note that drinks are no longer discounted.
email:  secretary.iwp@gmail.com to reserve a spot by Wed. Oct. 6th.

SUNSET CRUISE – Tuesday, Oct. 12th. 5 – 7pm
This is a ticketed event! Go to our website and make an easy purchase for a wonderful 2 hour cruise watching the October sun set. Heather Evans is your event Captain! This event is limited to 20 people.
email: heatherjevans1@gmail.com if you have any questions.

TEA AND A TALK – Thursday – Oct. 14th. 3 – 5pm
Meet at the IWP office at 85 Rua Poço Novo in Cascais for tea and a fascinating talk given by Sarah Hassler. Hear about her life and work in India. We’ll make the tea! At the end of this newsletter, read the note that Sarah wrote and see the lovely photo!
Limited to 10 attendees only. No drop-ins please!  (We are on the lookout for a larger space so we can accommodate more of you! Can you suggest one?) 
email: secretary.iwp@gmail.com to reserve a spot.
LUNCH OUT! –  Thursday – Oct. 28th. 1:00pm
October’s lunch is at Flora and Fauna in São João do Estoril … here’s a link so you can do your homework! https://www.instagram.com/faunafloralisboa/
 R. Sacadura Cabral 24 A, 2765-551 Estoril
email: iwp.linda.teixeira@gmail.com to reserve a spot. 
We are excited about our 30th Anniversary Celebration, taking place on November 5th, 2021. Your invitation is below – please note the time. IWP is subsidising this ‘members only’ event to make it affordable for all. Limit 70 members. Tickets must be purchased through the website – it’s easy!
email: secretary.iwp@gmail.com with any questions or concerns. 
Best always,
Official Opening of the IWP Office in Cascais

Official Opening Day of our shared office space in Cascais. Thank you to the Freguesia de Cascais for our shared office and meeting space. First photo: Pedro Morais Soares, Mayor Carlos Carreiras, Louise Strasenburgh, Gary Price, Annemarie Simons, Heather Dennis and a Câmara representative. The Mayor and Louise are holding Maria’s plaque between them which reads ‘Memoria de Maria’ and sits in the office space dedicated to the late Maria Barros, former President of IWP.
Second photo: Alex Guedes (from SPEM), Cynthia Forte de Faria and Jeanine Nazareth.
WRVS has been a registered Associaçāo in Portugal since 1939.
We encourage and enable people to volunteer and share their time to meet the needs of the community by Caring, Supporting, Fundraising and Community Events.
One of our activities is ‘Preloved Chic by WRVS’. Labels for Less (L4L) the forerunner of Preloved Chic started on a small scale over 11yrs ago in a member’s home, it evolved and expanded over the years due to the creativity of the L4L team and support from the Freguesia of Cascais and Estoril providing larger venues. When the pandemic halted our regular biannual events, we again turned to the Freguesia who offered a storage space.  The storage space was used with great ingenuity to allow members to continue shopping, due to the remarkable success we now have a new permanent home with a new look that is open to everyone.
Address: Espaço Sénior Pampilheira, Rua Eça de Queiroz, 2750-662, Cascais
Opening Times: Tuesday 11.00 – 13.00 Friday 11.00 – 13.00. 
  • WRVS supports 18 local charities on a regular basis.
  • L4L raised €22,000 over the last 12mths to alleviate food poverty in the community.
  • 100% of money raised at fundraising events is donated to charity.
  • Contact us on wrvslisbon@gmail.com or via www.facebook.com/wrvslisbon
Tea and Talk – by Sarah Hockman Hassler
Magical India–Where the Ancient World Coexists with the Modern World.
“I had the privilege of teaching at the American International School Chennai in South India. I retired from my job teaching music in the US to experience a life of teaching in a completely new environment. There I met and worked with some extraordinary people.  I was especially moved by the strong women I met.

At the next Tea and Talk, I would like to share a few of my favorite moments meeting new people in India. I will share some pictures and share some textiles that I brought with me to Portugal.”

Volunteer with Riding for the Disabled

This note came in to us …email Kathryn directly if you have an interest or questions.

Covid 19 was a considerable setback for Riding for the disabled and we have lost a number of our volunteers for a variety of reasons.
We are due to start after the summers holidays on Monday 4th October and expect that most of our riders will resume their riding sessions with us.
We are therefore looking for new volunteers and hopefully, you can help us in that respect. Apart from volunteers working in the riding school and assisting the children, we are looking for someone to help with the admin. particularly receiving payments and writing receipts.
Could you please spread the news and I  look forward to hearing from you 

Kathryn Watson :    kathrynwatson43@gmail.com
Riding for the Disabled in Cascais
Associaçõ Hípica Terapeutica IPSS
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