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Archive for October, 2009




Queens Cocktail – Madeira Island – 2009


Dear All,

I have pleasure in sending you an invitation for the Queen’s Cocktail which as you have probably realised was postponed because of major works in the English Church Gardens, this work is now well underway, and we  very much look forward to holding our usual Garden Party there next June.

HM Ambassador to Portugal Alex Ellis and his wife Teresa and son Thomas are making an informal visit to the island on 7th and 8th November and the cocktail will take place at  6pm on Saturday 7th ( please see the attachment).

The party will be informal, and I am keen that the Ambassador and his family have the chance to meet a good cross section of the local British community, both permanent residents and those  who come and go throughout the year.

Long gone are the days when I knew the majority of the British community in Madeira, so I would be most grateful if you would  please forward this message on to any  friends who may wish to join us.

In order to have a reasonable idea about the necessary catering, I would very much appreciate it if you would kindly let me know in advance if you are able to join us, as I would not wish to run short of victuals…..!!

If any ladies ( or gentlemen !!) would like to assist by providing a plate of canapés this would be most welcome.

With best wishes

Joy Menezes

Honorary British Consul

Tel: 291 212 860  British Consulate  / Mobile 962720557  or 962390166  ( Joy)


The MY Balancal featured in the prestigious Financial Times’ How to Spend It magazine, after a visit by correspondent Sebastian Hope. Sebastian spent two days fishing in Madeira, and was unfortunately one of the few unlucky ones in that he just missed out on catching a marlin. Very unlucky in fact, as the next day the biggest fish of the season was caught on MY Balancal – a whopper at more than 1000 lbs.

Read about it for yourself at:


Palheiro, the Cabell Robinson designed, 18 hole par 72 golf course, which opened in 1993 and was imaginatively redesigned in 2003, has made Golf World’s 2009 list of Europe’s top 100 golf courses.

The recently released Golf World list was meticulously compiled by a panel of expert Tour pros to provide the definitive guide to the best courses in Europe.

In compiling this chart, Golf World spoke to golfing experts, architects, golf writers and bloggers, golf tourists and players from each of the countries in the European Tour. Each person was asked to rank their top European courses by design, condition, history and reputation.

Jonathan Fletcher, director of Palheiro Estate, comments: “We are, of course, delighted that Palheiro has been recognised as one of Europe’s Top 100 Golf Courses.   We’ve been working hard to develop our offering and clearly that work is being recognised, which is great encouragement for the entire team.”

The Palheiro course, 500 meters above sea level, winds around the renowned Palheiro estate, with breathtaking views; fast, undulating greens; well placed bunkers and tight fairways.  The stylish clubhouse, offers dramatic, panoramic views across Funchal harbour and the Atlantic Ocean.

Palheiro provides the perfect base for exploring the delights of Madeira. Visitors have the choice of staying in the estate’s graceful 5-star country house hotel, Casa Velha do Palheiro, or enjoying a more independent stay in one of the Palheiro Village villas or apartments which overlook Funchal.

Both long and short stays are possible.  Fully furnished villas are available to rent, providing the perfect family holiday for all ages. Property is also available on either a freehold or fractional basis.

For more information, please contact Palheiro Village on + 351 291 794 015 or visit:   HYPERLINK