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Building bridges in International friendship

Upcoming events for your diary:

THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY – A BOA QUIZ is being held at the EASTFIELD INN, Henleaze starting 7.00pm
Our ever popular and challenging annual get together. Full details & booking form attached.
SATURDAY 13 APRIL 7.30pm – BOA ANNUAL SOCIAL event at Henbury Golf Club. A convivial evening for members with musical entertainment and buffet. Details & booking form to follow.
PORTO VISIT 8-13 JUNE. Members’ biennial visit now fully booked. An itinerary has been planned with our sister organisation in Porto. 3 nights accommodation in Porto and 2 nights in Braganca.
SUMMER BYO PICNIC - JULY date and venue to be finalised. Further information will follow.
LOOKING AHEAD TO AUTUMN – a further programme of events is being arranged - we are hoping to include an illustrated talk on old Bristol and a possible city walk.

Letter from the editor: We are very pleased to welcome several new members and look forward to seeing you at our events. We hope too you may participate in any projects we may undertake. Our charitable Foundation is once again looking to support various projects connected with Bristol and Porto. We are able to offer small grants to support a variety of ventures over a wide spectrum. Some can be quite intriguing. If you know of any individual or small group that could benefit please do let us know. Grants may be awarded for small and large projects connected with art, music, science, sport or education. For example we hope to offer a scholarship to a young person working or studying in Porto, support a student from Porto here in Bristol, promote a photographic project with schools and grant aid young participants in an event later in the year in South Bristol.
Please keep us posted. With best wishes Liz Gamlin

Any visitor to PORTO may well be interested in the different ways open to them to manage the somewhat steep
and challenging hills of the city. We know of several ways … if we have missed any please let us know:
WALKING of course. BUS or TRAM or TAXI. CYCLING (hire bikes available). TUK TUK (novel idea). Climbing over
two hundred steps from the Ribeira to the main town and shopping street. Or the FUNICULAR (ah yes!). Not to
forget the CABLE CAR (to cross the River Douro to Vila Nova de Gaia and those port wine lodges).

The afternoon of Sunday 24th June was a glorious time to gather in Keith’s beautiful garden
in Stoke Bishop for our ‘bring your own’ no fuss style picnic. Basking in sunshine, catching up with members and
friends, some even made inroads into the mysteries of croquet under the watchful eyes of skilled members.
Clifton in September brought sunshine again as we confused, infuriated and possibly intrigued participants in
another local Treasure Hunt. Cryptic clues and obscure photos worked their magic and all reconvened at a local
pub for the answers. This proved to be unusually non-contentious. Maybe the prospect of a soothing drink and
pasteis de nata to top up energy levels helped. Ever popular here we have a photo of the winners.
From wine lover and connoisseur Ian Abrahams (with thanks):- On a mild November evening, members
gathered in the Undercroft of St Mary Redcliffe for another entertaining wine tasting with Alan Wright of
Clifton Cellars. Alan brought along a selection of Portuguese wines from all over the country –
delicious whites from the north and the east, rich, deep reds from north, west and south and a luscious, honeyed
sweet wine from the coastal area close to Lisbon. Enjoyment of the latter was definitely enhanced by the
accompanying Pasteis de Nata. As Alan said these wines are still not as well known to British customers as they
should be.
It’s always difficult to choose just one favourite but, for me, the star of the show was Quinta do Romeu’s
‘Westerlies’, a red wine specially blended for a voyage from Porto to Bristol in the century-old sailing ketch Bessie
Ellen. Alan, along with several other members, had tasted some of the cargo the previous Sunday at Underfall
Yard and was impressed enough to bring along some bottles for us to enjoy.
The evening concluded with the usual fantastic buffet from the wonderful in-house catering team and our
grateful thanks go to them as well as to Alan and his wife.

p.s. We had a stall promoting our twinning at the Underfall Yard in anticipation of the Bessie Ellen’s
arrival. It was a reminder of the times when port came into Bristol using these traditional craft.

PORTO MEMBERS’ VISIT 1st to 3rd MAY 2018

Eighteen of our Associação Porto-Bristol friends had first enjoyed a 4 day trip to Cornwall before joining us here in Bristol staying in a hotel in the Harbour area.  
They visited the newly opened Aerospace Museum tracing the history of Bristol’s link with transport and engineering and especially with aviation and world famous airplanes such as Concord.  An amazing journey from the first tram made here in Bristol through to guided missile systems, robotics and space research.

A pub lunch reintroduced our visitors to the joys of an English beer and cider at an old country pub. Then a short journey to Berkeley Castle lived in from the 12th century to the present day by the Berkeley family.  A fortress and a family home brought alive by stories told by our guides.  Our Porto friends were then hosted in the evening by local BOA members in their own homes.

The final morning was spent enjoying a stroll in sunshine around the harbour area including Porto Quay before walking to College Green and photographing the Spring flower beds. Have they lost something? Peter capturing an amusing moment ?   After just time for a brief visit to the Lord Mayors Chapel, then into the old town, Corn Street and St Nicholas Market.

Our final lunch in the harbour area was attended by Karen Alderson, wife of our former Chairman and President Marmaduke Alderson.  Marmaduke had left a gift in his will for the Association and Karen indicated that he would wish this to assist in the continued promotion of the twinning and in its work to support projects connected with Porto and Portugal.   

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