The Pancake Day Races on the beach in front of the Hotel Garbe, Armação de Pêra, were sabotaged by high winds and a very high tide. However, Plan B was put into action and we all enjoyed an impromptu Beetle Drive.
Despite the howling wind outside there was lots of laughter inside with cries of “Beetle!” ringing out. Elsa Barrego, of ADAP animal charity from Portimão, won the first prize hamper in the Beetle Drive with the indomitable Carole Good-Dixon picking up the third prize wooden spoon, her niece having taken the second prize bottle of wine.
The Hotel sold wonderful pancakes and very generously gave all the profits to APAA. An APAA stall sold marmalades, chutneys, books and sundry small items. The tombola was a great success, with some lovely prizes to be won. Despite the awful weather everyone had tremendous fun and helped to raise €420 to be used in animal welfare.
There will be another opportunity to enjoy a Beetle Drive at 6.30pm on Saturday 27 February at Café-Bar Bacchus, Porches Pottery on the EN 125. Tickets costing €10 for members and €12 for non-members include a two course dinner and coffee. This event is limited to 32 people so please ring to reserve. Contact Jenny on 919 041 903 or Pat on 918 550 355.