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The Summer is here, warm night breezes and the glorious sunny days. If your looking for an adrenaline rush and some of the best scenery, Skydive Algarve are the people to make that dream come true... a real thrill. This month we meet Jisk at her Thai massage boutique, with its infinity terrace right on the picturesque River GilĂŁo in Tavira. The cake Queen iBelle, known for her delicious hand made chocolates showcases her sumptious cakes, and we bring you up to date with the fun filled, fund raising event from Chilli Boy Piri Piri who raised over â‚Ź12,000 with friends from around the globe. All this together with regular articles from our experts in Finance, Property, Gardening, Sports, and Health, as well as a professional Golf Tip from Brad at Monte Rei. Enjoy the sun and have a great month.

Richard Bassett Editor

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NEWS Local news. HEALTH Massage. PLACES Seaside Style by Sesil Home.

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EXPERIENCES Skydive Algarve. PEOPLE Thai Massage in Tavira.

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PROPERTY Risk management. PROPERTY Property of the month. TAVIRA Look out for our advertisers on the map of Tavira. PEOPLE The cake Queen. GARDENING Natures Mosquito repellent.



FINANCE Finance news from Blevins Franks.


FINANCE Finance news from Ricardo Chaves.

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FINANCE Financial advice from deVere. CHARITY Chilli Boy golf tournament. SPORT The latest from Chris Wright. GOLF PRO TIP From Bradley Dye. CLASSIFIEDS Grab a local bargain.


Olhão inmates in clean-up initiative on Armona Island


group of inmates from Olhão prison are currently taking part in a clean-up initiative on Armona Island. Organised by Olhão council alongside municipal company AmbiOlhão and the local prison, the initiative is a chance for prisoners to “give something back to society” while also improving the quality of the environment on the island.

he Judiciary Police, the Portuguese Air Force, the Coastal Control Unit of the GNR and the Maritime Police, have coordinated the interception of a boat off Tavira that was loaded with drugs from Morocco. The haul of 60 bales of hashish weighed an impressive 1,800 kilogrammes. During the operation, two men, aged 36 and 62, were arrested, as was the

Algarve - EN125 is the most dangerous road in Portugal

t’s official, the Algarve’s EN125 road is the most dangerous in the country, according to the National Highway Safety Authority (ANSR), whose latest annual report identifies 50 accident blackspots in the country. The 2017 report shows 14 more blackspots on the nation’s roads than in the previous year, five of which are on the EN125 which runs from Vila do Bispo to Vila Real de Santo António. A blackspot is declared when, within a 200 metre section of road, at least five accidents involving injuries have been recorded in a one-year period. In equal second are the EN12 in Porto and the A2 Autoestrada do Sul, with four blackspot points each. The ASNR report states that 34,416 'accidents with victims' were recorded last

year - an increase of 6.6% over 2016. These accidents resulted in 510 fatalities, a concerning increase of 14.6%. The data excludes people who died in hospital as a result of injuries received in road accidents. The EN125 western section road upgrade was said to have been completed in July 2017, hopefully now fulfilling one of the promises that the ‘go-slow’ design would reduce the accident rate - time will tell. The eastern EN125 roadworks are scheduled for sometime in 2019 and, in the interim, the road is little more than a series of potholes with vehicles often having to swerve to avoid damage to suspension. Only €300,000 of a €1 million emergency road repair spend has been allocated to the eastern EN125, which will do little more than fix the very worst sections.

skipper, aged 48. In addition to hashish, the import specialists were in possession of a semi-rigid speedboat with a 350hp motor that had brought the drugs from Morocco. The two vessels are now at the Maritime Police area at the Vila Real de Santo António dock and the detainees will be up before a judge. All are unlikely to get bail while waiting for their trial.

Tender launched for Tavira's new bridge


avira really is going to have a new bridge over the Rio Gilão as the official tender was published in the Diário da República, on May 15. The start of the work, which is scheduled to take 500 days, will be after the 2018 summer tourist season. According to the tender document, the submission period is open for 48 days from the date of publication, and the work will cost local ratepayers, €1.57 million. The new bridge will replace the temporary military bridge which has been temporary for the past 27 years. Jorge Botelho, Tavira’s mayor, said the new 88-metre concrete bridge will have a pedestrian and a cycling lane - as well as a traffic lane which can be closed off if necessary.






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The perfect venue for Summer fun for all the family. Tavira Mini Golf Park is located on the main EN125 in Tavira, just after the Aldi roundabout going in the direction of Luz/Faro. The park features an 18-hole mini golf course, and some kids games including a bouncy castle and netted trampoline. We also have a shaded terrace to enjoy a refreshing drink and ice-cream. Open daily from midday (closed Monday) Tel 913 980 580


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Benefits of Massage, Duarte Arrais, Fisioclube, Fuzeta


he Fisioclube Holistic Therapies Center is pleased to invite all readers and anyone interested to visit our area of therapeutic massage on "Praia da Fuzeta-Ria" next to restaurante “Borda D’Água”, in the beautiful and protected Ria Formosa. One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm. This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins, the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing and drecrease levels of stress hormones (such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine) that can impair the immune system. Other physical benefits of massage include reduced muscle tension, improved circulation, stimulation of the lymphatic system, increased joint mobility and flexibility, helps to regulate bowel flow, improved skin tone, speedier healing of soft tissue injuries, heightened mental alertness,


reduced anxiety and depression. However, it should be noted that there are some health conditions that make massage contraindicated: deep venous thrombosis, insufficiencies and some cardiac, renal and vascular alterations, bone fractures, fever, infections, embolisms, infectious diseases. And if by the end on the massage you haven’t reached your Zen State, here are some simple tips to get there through some simple breathing exercises: 1 Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth. 2 One powerful tip is allowing your breath to effortlessly get lighter and smoother. Since the breath is so connected to your mind, a light and even breath, helps bring the mind to a quiet place. 3 You may notice that in the state of deep relaxation, you’ll be barely breathing. You can’t force this state, or your next breath will be a gasp, but as your breath quietens down, begin to pay attention to the space between your breaths. If you can gently sink into this practice, you’ll find it’s a very quiet place to be. Come and see for yourself the benefits of a relaxing massage, visit us at Fuzeta-Ria beach from June to

Semptember 2018 and enjoy a 10% discount by presenting this voucher. At Fisioclube your well-being is our main concern!

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Ruy Barros Hairstyling & Beauty Salon Ladies & Gents Welcome to our new space in the centre of Tavira! With a professional and friendly service. Cut, colouring, perming, hair extensions, hairstyling, hair treatments, massages, face/body treatments, make up artist, epilation, laser, lash extensions, gel nails, nail art, gel polish and much more. MON - SAT 09.00H - 19.00H All year Travessa Zacarias Guerreiro No16, Tavira Tel +351 281 023 636 Mob +351 964 888 810 or 913 999 906 Email: Rui Barros Cabeleireiros e Estetica


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Seaside style by Sesil Home E

Cecil Home branches out and opens its new store in OlhĂŁo

stablished in 1992 by Silvia and Sergio Goncalves, Sesil Home in Almancil has been offering a huge diversity of household products to their clients through the 26 years of its existence, such as hand crafts, garden pots, ceramics, cotton and linen, all made in Portugal. As the majority of the suppliers are Portuguese, it enables them to have direct contact with the factories to be able to create personalized products for interior and exterior decoration. Sesil also has its own atelier, where they produce hand painted tiles that can be made in any size, colours or themes, and also, customized hand painted canvas watercolours and sculptures that are made in partnership with algarvian artisans. Such examples are the bull made in steel and the tree that is an exclusive design of Sesil Home, made from a dead tree with the base and branches made from steel and leaves made in ceramic. We sat down with store manager (daughter of Silvia and Sergio) Isabela, to find out the story behind the new store. Isabela told us that the space used to belong to her Grandparents who opened the shop in 1991, selling Portuguese Ceramics, Ajuleijos, outdoor fountains, statues etc., and that it was the inspiration






for her parents to start Sesil in the first place! Now that her grandparents have retired, they have taken over and completely revamped the old store, modernising the look and merging the left over stock with the interiors and more from Sesil. Isabela started working in the main shop in Almancil during summer breaks and after finishing school she joined permanently. Now she manages the staff (Marlene, Flavio and Ana Catarina) and the overall look of the new store whist still hopping back to the main space in Almancil to help out when needed. Sesil's new shop is located at: Estrada Nacional 125, Quatrim Norte 1131H. Km 118, 8700-127, OlhĂŁo. If you would like to know any more about them or are interested in purchasing something for your home contact them through their website


The Unexpected Reset On Your Life

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usually explain skydiving to people who have never tried it by saying "It's like taking a pressure washer to your soul and cleansing it off." Something about the climb to altitude always leaves me taking inventory of my life, understanding more clearly how much I have to be grateful for, feeling deeply the love that I have for my family, my friends, and on that ride to altitude, my daily problems always seem to disappear. There's more to skydiving than meets the eye. There, stood in the door of the plane at 15,000 ft in the sky, you have the opportunity to face your fears. "Something's going to go wrong." "I wish I hadn't decided to jump." The normal noisy voice in your head will always search for reasons why we shouldn't try new things, how things will go wrong, but we know enough at this point to know that we are not that noisy voice in our head. We don't often put ourselves face to face with fear - and push through it. But when we do, we become stronger, more confident, more self assured because of it. Jumping out of the aircraft, attached to a tandem


skydiving instructor, you enter into a world where problems do not exist, fear has disappeared, your senses are all firing and you've never felt so free, so powerful, so alive. Here in the Algarve is one of the top parachute centres in the world. World renown for their safety, instructors (including world champion athletes) their aircraft and facilities and of course, the incredible views. Skydiving is not as complicated as you think. It's actually an experience for almost anyone. From 16 years old you can start skydiving, and if you're 115 years old in good health, you can also skydive. When you make your first jump at Skydive Algarve, you're attached to an instructor whose qualifications in skydiving means you can enjoy the experience, the views, and the magic without any effort. This is the best way to make your first jump. Later, you can learn how to become a solo skydiver with the AFF course. When you show up for your jump with Skydive Algarve, you meet your team, which includes your tandem skydive instructor - often with thousands of jumps under their belt. Next you're introduced to your very own video person. This person is an expert in filming



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tandem skydives. The best part? You get to interact with them in the freefall - just wait until you watch your video person flying around you for the perfect shot while falling 120 mph! Usually the experience takes a few hours, from signing in, to meeting your team, to the ride to altitude, the skydive, the landing and receiving your goodie bag at the end of the jump. To really take in the whole day, it's best to clear your day. After you've jumped from 15,000 ft, you're going to be a different person. You'll be walking around with a smile so big that most people are going to wonder what's going on. You're going to want to talk about it. Celebrate it with friends or family, or maybe just take in the experience alone. However you celebrate, be sure you've given yourself enough time to not rush through it. Skydive Algarve are the only 5 star skydive you'll find with the views in the Algarve. You'll find their TripAdvisor, Facebook and Google reviews from people boasting about the quality of skydive, the safety, and the incredible experience you receive from this world class dropzone. This summer could be the summer that you push the refresh button on your life. That you face fears, push beyond them and enjoy the feelings of confidence and surety it brings you. This could be the summer that you take a leap of faith and do something new, something exciting, something breathtaking and unforgettable. Say yes to something new, something daring, something magical. Skydive Algarve are part of the Swallow Group dropzones, including Skydive Spain and Skydive Hibaldstow in the UK. For more information or to book your tandem skydive, visit skydivealgarve. com or call +351 914 266 832. Or, check out their reviews on to see why they've been rated the top dropzone in the Algarve. See you in the sky!


Tavira Art Corner Local Artist's stores, opposite the old market

Rua Dr Jose Pires Padinha, n.86 8800-354 Tavira - Portugal (Opposite the old market) (00351) 918 050 612

Jewelry Art School in Tavira classes everyday Draw and make your own jewels

Wall Decoration Canvasses Woodprints Alu-Dibond Prints Gallery Prints

Postcards Coasters Foto Souvenirs Workshops Photography Shipping costs EU* 9,90â‚Ź *at, be, cz, de, dk, es, ie, it, fr, lu, nl, pl, pt, se, uk

Nature`s Forces is a jewelry collection designed and made by hand by Carlos Pascoal open 10-13h & 15-18,00 h closed: sun,mon & tues Contact me please on 960 460 933


Home grown spices imported from India gives a unique flavour producing the best Indian cuisine in the East Algarve!


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Thai massage in tavira Relax and be pampered from the experts in Thai massage on the bank of the river GilĂŁo




t’s a beautiful late May, Summer’s day on the wonderfully calming River Gilão. Imagine yourself taking in the warmth of the sun, hearing the ripples of the water, right below your feet together with bird song and subtle background music playing nearby. This scene exists in a truly stunning location at BUAKO, the specialist Thai massage, right in the heart of Tavira. Krongkan Sumrantin, known as 'Jick' started her Thai massage business here in the East Algarve in 2013 after she decided to live here permanently. Her family are from Sisaket, Thailand which is between Laos and Cambodia. Coming from a family of doctors and after care massage experts, Jick wanted to follow the family values in caring for people and went to Singapore from her homeland to work where she trained at the Novena Medical center. Novena are specialist in stem cell research and Jick has trained


in Germany, Italy, Sweden and Portugal, extending her work stays to experience the European culture. It was when her son James was offered a scholarship from the prestigious ‘American Field Scholarship’ and after the economy declined in Thailand that she decided it was time for a change and to give her family a better way of life, education and climate. James spent a year in Panama and after Jick had spent time in Lisbon for work and travelled throughout Portugal and the Algarve, the paradise of the East Algarve was where she decided to bring up her young family. Face, Treatment, Foot, Oil, Back Shoulder and Neck, as well as the Traditional Thai massage are all offered from the exquisite boutique located on the riverside. She is credited with the legal documentation from the Thai government as well as the Thai embassy of the Algarve for her experience and work. Importantly the only Thai masseur credited with this in Portugal. Together with son James this is a real feel good experience from genuine Thai master specialists. Find the enchanting Jisk and James at: Rua Gonçalo, Velho, 20B, Tavira, 8800 - 349 Tel: (00351) 936 616 676 Facebook: buakaotavira.thaimassage Open 10.00 till 18.00 Monday - Saturday


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4-BED VILLA, TAVIRA - €487,000

3-BED VILLA IN LUZproperty DE TAVIRA - €290,000 A very well maintained with a nice landscaped

garden and a privatevilla individual pool. Quiet location 10 Excellent three-bed with terraces in country setting minutes Taviraand centre. only 8kmwalk fromtoTavira 3km from Barril beach. Set on a gated plot of 200m2 and built in 1995.


RecentlyAPARTMENT built villa 3 minutes from Monte Rei golf and 2-BED IN CONDOMINIUM - €225,000

8km presented from the beach. plot is over with 12,000m2. WellWell closedThe condominium communal pool finished, modern décor andLocated views from every window. and underground parking. in Luz de Tavira with lovely sea views.


SecondTOWNHOUSE floor refurb apartment Urb Mato Santo Espirito. 3-BED WITHinPOOL - €320,000 Very high spec with views southintoCabanas the sea and north to Lovely individual modern house de Tavira. the garden countryside. Lovelyand covered balcony. The is irrigated features a pool. The master bedroom has its own private balcony.


Located in3-BED Faz Fato in a peaceful -country setting on a DELUXE APARTMENT €270,000

spacious plot of 3,260m2 with established trees. It also Set in a closed development with pool, this property is features a small plunge pool. close to the popular Manta Rota beach. Set over two floors it offers excellent rental potential.

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Risk Management... Food for I thought

Property expert Ribert Bijker from Land and Houses Algarve on property investment.






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n the current buoyant property market, there is logic in taking a step back and reassessing your investment goals in light of potential risks, especially as some areas are becoming priced for perfection. If you bought an investment property or are considering a down size, you may want to consider selling into a strong market. Can property prices go higher? Yes, but nobody ever lost money taking a profit. When new price records are set it is often due to foreign buyers who are less familiar with price development in an area. Buying a property in the Algarve is also made easy when one sells up back home in a strong market. People who apply for the Non Habitual Residence program can also justify spending more on their ideal property, as the program offers a 10 year tax holiday. Sometimes people pay over the odds for their ideal home. We call this an emotional buy, in which case other considerations are more important than just making a return on investment. There is no right or wrong in this and whether the purchase was a good decision can only be decided in hindsight and may vary from homeowner to homeowner. The continuous popularity of the Algarve as a destination has led to increasing prices for both hotels and private rental accommodation alike. After two consecutive record breaking years of total number of visitors, it remains to be seen if 2018 will bring even better results. The combination of higher prices for accommodation and flights can eventually lead to a decline in demand. Here are some reasons for caution: • Possible changes to the NHR program • Rental yields have topped out • The taxation on short term holiday rental income has increased and may increase further in the future • Possible introduction of a tourist tax • Possible introduction of limiting factors regarding short term holiday letting (AL) legislation …. and from a macro economic point of view: • Possibility of a trade war between the US and Europe spreading beyond steel which could cause damage to the economic recovery. • The balance sheets of European banks are still not healthy. More deleveraging needs to be done. A

populist government in Italy may revive financial instability across Europe. Unlike Greece, Italy may be too big to fail but also too big to save. Banks may not be strong enough to deal with the fall out. A return of financial instability and slow down in economic activity in Europe may hurt the property market. Food for thought when you are considering selling your property or pursuing your dream home in the Algarve. Our multilingual consultants at Land & Houses Algarve – Yellow Homes have been living in the Algarve for a great many years and are experts in walking you through each step of the buying and selling process. We are currently looking to add quality properties all across the Algarve for both our Portuguese and International buyers. Why not contact us today? Robert Bijker Director Land & Houses Algarve – Yellow Homes www.landandhousesalgarve. com Tavira Office Rua Dr. José Pires Padinha 178 8800 - 354 Tavira Tel: 281 320 281 Fax: 281 321 901 (AMI – 6232) Vilamoura Office EN 125, Benfarras Boliqueime 8100 - 068 Boliqueime Tel: 289 301 294 Fax: 289 301 439

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PRAIA DA LOTA 190.000€

Ref: 2318 • Two bed semi detached • Air conditioning (heat and cool) • Large patios and driveway • Two bedrooms • One bathroom (plus guest toilet) • Extremely close to the beach • Fantastic for living all year or rentals • Living room has woodburner

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MANTA ROTA 330.000€

Ref: 2320 • Three bedroom semi detached villa • Private pool, patios and lawn • Driveway with pergula • Air conditioning heat and cool • Solar panels for hot water • Fly screens • Few minutes to beach and facilities • Proven rental record

LwL, Nº40a, Rua 1º de Maio, 8800-360 Tavira Office: 00351 281 327 656, Voip: 02070999193 Email: Web:

Traditional Two Bedroom Villa with Country Views – Luz de Tavira 185,000€ Ref: 4619146

Located within a short walk from Luz de Tavira centre and only a 10 minutes’ drive away from the charming city of Tavira and the beautiful Baril beach in Santa Luzia. The south facing terrace, is just the right size to relax, enjoy the sun or shade and spend some time creating your own garden. This property has plenty of potential as a holiday or permanent home.


Modern Four Bedroom Villa with Pool and Garage – Santo Estevão 645,000€ Ref: 4531787


This very well presented villa, sits in a highly sought after location with panoramic country and distant sea views. Built in 2008 to a very high standard, and a great deal of thought being given to the layout. The land is mostly flat, and directly around the villa, landscaped. The large plot gives the feel of calm and privacy, however the village of Santo Estevão is only a few minutes away, and the town of Tavira is just a ten minute drive. This property really is a must see.

Three Bedroom Manor House with Pool & Sea Views – Santo Estevão 795,000€ Ref: 4501883


Fantastic manor house with traditional features. Located a few minutes from the popular village of Santo Estevão and the charming Barril beach. The property has been given viability to create a Rural Tourism project, with an additional nine rooms. Fantastic opportunity to own this beautiful house as it is, turn it into a business.




Renovated & extended 3 bed Quinta with pool and gorgeous sea views. Sitting in 2.000m² of land with some garden.


Property of the month

RUSSELL & DECOZ REAL ESTATE Tel: 00351 289 792 785 Mobile 963 085 580 Email: This 3 bedroom Quinta style property provides an excellent quiet & private location to enjoy, with good distant sea views & nearness to the local village for shopping & restaurants & the lagoon beach at Fuseta with its ferry service across to the island.


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Moncarapacho, São Brás, Estoi, to Tavira area, please call or mail.


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Enjoy this selection of mouth watering cakes made by iBelle, Tavira's Cake (and chocolate) Queen.

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ou may associate the name iBella with the best hand made chocolates in Tavira, but here's something you might not know! Isabel makes the best cakes in Tavira too! Isabel has always had a passion for making cakes and, as friends and family loved them so much, she has been trying different recipes since starting ibelle, all of them using Chocolate, whether it’s dark, milk or white. She also uses typical Portuguese ingredients such as; Carob, Orange, Sweet Potato, Carrot, Fig, Almonds and more. Ibelle also has hot chocolate drinks to take away and refreshing cold chocolate drinks for the summer. Cakes can be bought by the slice, or complete cakes for all occasions are available to order, as well as brownies with cranberrys and almonds. Of course, dozens of chocolates, all with typical Portuguese flavours and fruits are always available. Visit Isabel in Tavira, just a few minutes walk from the train station at Av. Mateus Teixeira de Azevado, 72, 8800-379, Tavira. Tel. 925 463 925, see or email

'Cold orange mousse cake' Made with dark chocolate ganache and orange icing.


'ibelle’s red fruits cake' Dark chocolate cake with no flour, cream filling with red fruits, also covered in chocolate and fruits.

'Raspberry tarte' Almond biscuit with chocolate base topped with a raspberry chocolate ganache finished with raspberries

'Honey Carrot cake' Honey carrot cake with orange ganache filling covered in dark chocolate and carrot



'Traditional Portuguese Chocolate cake' Chocolate sponge cake covered chocolate chips

'Tricolour chocolate cake' cold chocolate mousse with a biscuit base with a mix of dark, white and milk chocolate mousses 'Cold mango mousse cake' A biscuit base with a mango cheesecake mousse covered with mango icing and decorated with pieces of mango .


'ibelle’s mint cake' Dark chocolate cake made with no flour, mint ganache filling and covered with stringed egg.

'Sweet potato cake' Sweet potato flour cake with a dark chocolate and sweet potato ganache covered with dark chocolate

'Cacau tarte with fresh fruit' Cacau crumble with vanilla ganache covered with fresh fruit

'ibelle’s orange cake' White chocolate cake made with no flour, dark chocolate and orange ganache filling covered with dark chocolate and decorated with oranjette


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A personal thanks to the Algarve Health and Social Care team from long time friend and writer for the East Algarve Magazine Chris Wright.


owe a great level of personal gratitude to a group of healthcare professionals who stepped in and gave my wife the care and attention she craved when at her most vulnerable. Just over a year ago, a series of blunders by a highly respected private hospital meant I was left with the dilemma of transferring her to another facility or caring for her at home. There is no doubt in my mind that without the professional care, support and friendship of the Algarve Health and Social Care team, we would now be looking at a totally different outcome. Thankfully, the love of my life made a full recovery in the environs of

her own home and with the daily care and personal medical support of the AHSC team. Currently, with advances in medical science, the average lifespan is gradually increasing worldwide, resulting in the emergence of an aging society. Elderly patients are especially prone to suffering from various chronic illnesses and many elect to receive home-based care. Today, home health nursing is widely applied as older people want to enjoy good health and remain independent for as long as possible. For those who have made their home in the Algarve the reassurance of qualified, English speaking health

professionals brings stability and peace of mind. The Algarve Health & Social Care consortium is dedicated to the communities they serve, providing recipients with high quality and personal care. They put patients first; take immense pride in their vocation whilst respecting others; strive to be the best and act with integrity. They are also in a position to meet the demands of patients who have not only physical care requirements but also psychological and social care needs. Below you will find a summary of what the AHSC group has to offer.

A ‘ONE STOP SHOP’ FOR YOUR HEALTH NEEDS he concept is to gather together all those functions of healthcare, under one umbrella banner, to enable expats to make an informed choice in such areas as nursing intervention, respite care, meals-onwheels, home help, live-in carers, mobility scooters, physiotherapy, counselling, home safety and medication management. Additionally, in these days of advanced technology, individuals can gain access to help with the push of a button. Liaison with the Portuguese health system and links with hospitals, clinics and pharmacies further strengthens the seamless and holistic level of care. All the professionals in the team are qualified and experienced in their respective fields whilst the support workers are accomplished in a variety of care environments.

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Natures Mosquito Repellents Urban legend or truth? Are there really plants that repel insects that can be planted in your garden or around the patio to prevent mosquitoes from hanging around where you wish they didn't?


nfortunately, the answer is no. Simply planting juniper shrubs, rosemary, or citronella grass or any other plant at the back door won't stop mosquitoes from buzzing around the patio during the dinner hour. What will keep insects like mosquitoes and gnats away are the essential oils contained in the plant's leaves, which are obtained by crushing the leaves. There are a variety of both wild and cultivated plants that repel mosquitoes. Almost anywhere you go, it is reasonable to find several plant species that you can use to ward off these pesky critters. Plant-based mosquito repellents are especially useful for people who spend a great deal of time outdoors. It is important to note that it is compounds found within the plants that do the repelling. These compounds need to be released from the plant to unlock the mosquito-repelling qualities. Depending on the species of plant, they can be released by, either crushing, drying, or infusing the plant into an oil or alcohol base that can be applied to skin,

clothing, or living spaces. Others are best used as a smudge, which releases the compounds in a smoke. Just standing near living plants that repel mosquitoes is often not effective. Below are separate lists of wild and cultivated plants that are known to repel mosquitoes: CULTIVATED PLANTS THAT REPEL MOSQUITOES Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus) is the most popular cultivated plant used for repelling mosquitoes. Its oil, citronella oil, is the primary ingredient in most natural insect repellents sold in stores. Products applied to the skin are most effective. It grows in tropical regions. Pelargonium citrosum also known as the Mosquito Plant is a genetically engineered geranium hybrid with a unique characteristic: it repels mosquitoes! It is easily grown as a potted patio plant, and easily enjoyed for its attractive foliage and sweet lemony scent, as well as for its mosquito repelling powers. It produces a leafy, attractive, foot-tall plant during its first season. The Mosquito Plant was created by

a Dutch botanist, who genetically incorporated traits of the Chinese citronella grass into a scented African geranium. The resulting cultivar still had the growth and habit of the geranium, and its sweet lemony citronella scent. Citronella is the substance in citronella candles, which have long been used to deter mosquitoes. It doesn't harm them, but they don't like citronella and avoid it. It is most effective as a repellent if you crush a few leaves and rub them on your skin. This releases the citronella and a sweet perfume. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is a common garden plant that can be used to repel mosquitoes. The crushed plant can be applied directly to the skin or the dried plant can be infused in an oil, such as olive oil. Additional cultivated plants that repel mosquitoes: Peppermint (Mentha piperita) Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Marigolds (Tagetes spp.) Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) Garlic (Allium sativum) Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus spp.) Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)



Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia ) The basic recipe is as follows: Take 2 cups of catnip leaves or 1 cup of rosemary leaves, stems removed and crush in a mortar and pestle. Alternatively you can use a rolling pin to crush the leaves. Place the leaves in a clean jar. Fill the jar with 3/4 cup of rice vinegar or vodka, or if you use oil, 3/4 cup of jojoba or almond oil. Let the mixture sit for a couple of weeks, gently stirring at least once a day. Strain mixture into another clean jar and your homemade bug spray is ready to make its debut! WILD PLANTS THAT REPEL MOSQUITOES Vanilla Leaf (Achlys triphylla) is a plant native to the northwest and Japan. Indigenous peoples were known to hang bundles of the dried plants in and around their dwellings to keep mosquitoes and flies away. The plant can be rubbed on the skin fresh or dried to deter mosquitoes. Sagebrush, Wormwood, and Mugwort (Artemisia spp.) are in the same genus (plant grouping). All of these species can be used as an aromatic smudge that is known to be a very effective mosquito repellent. The crushed leaves can also be applied directly to the skin. These species grow in the drier habitats of the west, including the plains, deserts, and mountainous regions. Pineapple weed (Matricaria matricarioides) is a common weedy species that grows all over North America. It can be found growing in lawns, edges of roads, and other disturbed areas. The aromatic crushed plant can


be applied to the skin to help repel mosquitoes. Additional wild plants known to repel mosquitoes: Nodding onion (Allium cernuum) Wild bergamot (Mondarda fistulosa) Snowbrush (Ceonothus velutinus) Sweetfern (Comptonia peregrina) Cedars (Thuja spp.) It’s important to note that insect repellents applied to the skin generally only last one to two hours. Frequent re-application is necessary. Also, when utilizing wild plants, internally or externally, always be sure to correctly identify the plant

you are going to use. It is best to utilize field guides and work with someone who knows the plant well to avoid accidentally using a poisonous look-alike. ADDITIONAL TIPS ON REPELLING MOSQUITOES In addition to using mosquito repelling plants, you may want to consider some other factors that can help keep mosquitoes away. Mosquitoes find their prey by following carbon dioxide and other components that animals breathe out. Many outdoors-people have noticed that mosquitoes have a greater attraction to people that have been eating processed, sugary foods, and less attracted to people eating more of a natural diet such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The processed food diet may make your odour and blood chemistry more attractive to mosquitoes. You can choose to eat less processed foods and sugars during the mosquito season. Additionally, diets high in garlic and onions have been noted to help reduce the attraction of mosquitoes. And finally we must remember that although many people swear by these natural remedies to keep insects away, they are not always guaranteed to work and in many occasion have now scientific facts to back up the claims made. I can only suggest that you try them for yourselves and see if you like many others find a more natural cure to the irritating seasons that we endure living in our warmer climate.





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for you. They can then recommend an appropriate blend of investments to match your profile. Identify your timeline for investing The longer you have to invest, the more risk you can generally afford to take. With time, you can ride out market volatility and benefit from compound returns. Understanding your time horizon is also the key to ensuring your investments offer the right level of ‘liquidity’ – you never know when your plans may change. Insist on diversification The higher your concentration in one particular investment type or area – including the UK – the higher the risk. Spreading out investments across asset classes, geographic regions and market sectors limits exposure to any one area. You can take diversification further by using a ‘multi-manager’ approach to spread your investments out among several carefully-selected fund managers. Incorporate effective tax planning To help maximise real returns, factor in tax planning when setting up your portfolio. Look for arrangements that can shelter capital from tax while providing a tax-efficient income, and that enable you to transfer wealth to your beneficiaries with minimal bureaucracy and inheritance taxes. Regularly review your strategy Your circumstances, aims and requirements usually change over time. You should review your financial planning around once a year to keep it on track. The key to bringing all these guidelines together is to take personalised, expert advice from a regulated adviser. Whether you are looking at investments, tax planning, estate



With an ill-fitting investment portfolio, you could find that your money is not working hard enough or is difficult to access when you need it. Your portfolio must be created and managed to meet your particular set of circumstances and goals, including your requirement for income. of circumstances and goals, including your requirement for income. Understand your appetite for risk Before investing, establish the right balance of risk and return for your peace of mind. Different investment assets represent varying levels of risk, from cash and fixed income assets (bonds), to equities and ‘real assets’ like property. It is difficult to effectively assess your own tolerance for risk. Speak to an adviser who can ask the right questions and use appropriate tools to create a clear and objective risk profile



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f you are planning to move to Portugal, or are at least thinking about it, we have good news. The non-habitual resident (“NHR”) taxation regime; a scheme for new residents that can provide substantial tax benefits, so much that you may discover that Portugal is a tax haven for you. The non-habitual resident (“NHR”) taxation regime is becoming very popular, in 2016 the number of tax payers under the NHR has increased 44% and although the numbers for 2017 have not been released yet, it’s expected to increase again this year. According to the tax authorities the tax exemption to these citizens, totaled 166M € in 2015 (the tax authorities have not released any other data for 2016 and 2017). However, the impact on the tax revenue of the arrival of these residents turns out to be positive because they pay taxes on income generated in Portugal, for example capital gains, besides the rates associated with consumption, the property transfer taxes and stamp duty. There are also significant impacts on local economies, on the real estate market and urban rehabilitation. The NHR is proving very successful at attracting individuals of independent means, pensioners and certain skilled professionals to establish residency in Portugal for tax purposes, while not being subject to any minimum or maximum stay requirements. In addition to the non-existence in

Portugal of wealth tax, or of inheritance/ gift tax for close relatives, the NHR regime essentially grants qualifying individuals the possibility of becoming tax residents of a white-listed jurisdiction whilst legally avoiding or minimising income tax on certain categories of income and capital gains for a minimum period of 10 years. A major feature of the NHR regime lies in its interaction with the double tax conventions signed by Portugal or with the OECD model tax convention in the absence of one. In effect, most double tax conventions (of which Portugal signed 87) Grants the possibility to tax most categories of income to the country of source of such income, although in practice, so as to attract foreign investment, many countries will not make use of that possibility to tax nonresidents. Since most such categories will not be taxed in Portugal in the hands of a NHR because they may be taxed abroad, in practice most foreign-source income types will be zero taxed in such hands. Under the NHR regime, the following categories of foreign-source income and capital gains (except if sourced from a blacklisted tax haven which has not signed a double tax convention with Portugal) will be generally exempt from income tax in Portugal since they may generally be taxed in the source country, even though they will often not be taxed in the hands of non-residents in the latter country either:

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A pension is expensive!

MPEROR AUGUSTUS came to power with the help of a private army. So he was understandably keen to ensure the loyalty of his soldiers to the Roman state. His bright idea was to offer a pension for those in the army who had served for 16 years (later 20), equivalent in cash or land to 12 times their annual salary. As Mary Beard, a classical historian, explains in her history of Rome, “SPQR”, the promise was enormously expensive. All told, military wages and pensions absorbed half of all Rome’s tax revenues. The emperor would not be the last to underestimate the burden of providing retirement benefits. Around the world a funding predicament for pension schemes is at boiling point. In Britain the pension problems of BHS scuppered attempts to save the high-street retailer; the same issue cursed both Tata Steel and Carillion. The roots of the predicament lie in defined-benefit (DB) pensions, which guarantee a pension linked to workers’ salaries. These may provide security for the retired but have been expensive for employers. In many cases, DB pensions were offered decades ago when they seemed like a cheap alternative to awarding pay rises. Private-sector employers now usually offer new workers defined contribution (DC) schemes, which hand them a pot of money on retirement with no promise of the income it will generate. The DB problem is most obvious in Britain where many employers operate funded systems, in which contributions are put aside and invested to pay pensions. There are many reasons that funding pensions are becoming ever more troublesome. Firstly, people are living longer. In 1960 the average British 65-year-old man could expect to live for another 11-13 years. Women could look forward to 14-16 more birthdays. Now it is 18-19 years for men and 2024 years for women. Funding decent pensions is all the more difficult given that the proportion of retired workers is also growing. Around 600m people aged over 65 now make up around 8% of the world’s population; by 2050 there will be 1.6 billion, more than 15% of the total. Secondly, the low level of interest rates and bond yields mean the cost of paying out pensions has gone up. In the late


1990s, £100,000 would have bought a 65-year-old British man a lifelong income of £11,170 a year; now it will earn £4,960, according to Moneyfacts, a data firm. In other words, paying out a given level of income now costs more than twice as much as it did, and as a result employers are searching for ways to limit the cost allocated to providing retirement benefits for past and present employees. Government-bond yields are at historically low levels. This has a direct impact on your pension. Government bonds are considered “risk- free” investments where the default risk is extremely low and therefore a safe choice for companies to invest in for pensions. The problem, however, is that government bonds offer low-to-negative real returns that eat into pension funds and increase those fund’s growing deficits. With huge debt burdens and budget deficits of £1.6 trillion themselves, it is difficult to see how government is going to plug that hole. With a deficit so large, the government is in need of replenishing its losses. When you put money into your pension, you are given a tax relief as an incentive to put more money aside for retirement. This costs the treasury a record £55 billion a year and the cost will increase as auto enrolment contributions increase. Royal London Director, Steve Webb, warned that the treasury has already tinkered with tax-breaks six times since 2010 and undoubtedly has its eyes on the rising cost of tax relief. He said “my worry is that [the treasury] will be tempted to use the pension tax breaks as a ‘cash cow’ useful for dipping into whenever it is short of money.” An example of the government already dipping their fingers into pensions is the life time allowance. Previously there had been no limit to the pension lifetime allowance prior to 2006 when it was set at £1.5 million, after which all savings are heavily taxed. This rose to £1.8 million in 2010/11, and has steadily dropped in the years since. In the last three years, this allowance has reduced by 33 per cent, to a tax-free allowance of £1 million. For those living abroad in the EU there could be possible repercussions as Brexit approaches. In March 2017, the British government announced it would begin charging 25 per cent exit taxation on all international pension transfers

outside of the EEA or to a country without an HMRC qualifying scheme where the client is resident. Currently, those living within the EU aren't affected but it won't be long until they are. The government sees pensions as low-hanging fruit in terms of taxes, and are beginning to aggressively go for non-residents. There is a gaping hole that is only getting bigger. In Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension scheme DWP February 2017 section 202, the government states that “apart from waiting for interest rates and gilt yields to rise, and/or for expected investment returns to follow suit, there are only four possible ways of improving the funding position of schemes: employer to pay more Deficit Repair Contributions (DRC) into the scheme; for the trustees to change their asset allocation to get better returns from investments; for the scheme to reduce liabilities by reducing benefits or restructuring exercises; and finally for the prudence in the valuation assumptions to be reduced (although this latter option would only change the perceived funding position of the scheme rather than actually change the cost of the liabilities).” The likelihood is, unless markets deliver implausibly high returns, more and more companies will be forced to juggle the interests of workers and taxpayers. What is the answer? The UK government’s response, “some individuals will request transfers out of their defined benefit pensions, and for some individuals, this may be in their best interest.” [4.11 Freedom and choice in pensions] If the UK government is suggesting for some people to move out of their DB schemes, then isn’t it worth looking into? The essence of the problem is clear: Low rates and high taxes mean that employers and workers need to put more money aside for retirement. Many are either not contributing enough or ignoring a problem that seems a distant threat. They would do well to remember that in Augustus’s time the Roman Empire looked invincible. But the troubles that overwhelmed it were already taking firm root. If you are interested in finding out more about your pension options, get in touch with one of deVere’s Executive Wealth Mangers who specialise in pensions and cross border finance.



Chilli Boy charity golf tournament This year the Chilli Boy annual charity golf tournament raised an incredible â‚Ź12,000, all thanks to Viv Thomas and fifty two generous friends!


hilli Boy aka Viv Thomas has dedicated himself to supporting charities that have had a direct effect on his life. He believes one should give back more than you received from the men and women that work tirelessly to help those that are unfortunate enough to get something both them and their families struggle to come to terms with. Chilli Boy is also very aware of the need to support the country which in one way or another gives us the luxury of good living


in general, and was also instrumental in his recovery from cancer, with incredible technology, surgeons, nurses, hospitals, doctors and more. With this in mind Chilli Boy Piri Piri the company has run a charity golf tournament for the last 12 years with invited friends from around the world. The theme of the tournament is to have fun and ultimately to raise money for well deserving causes. The original group started with just 24 players and has expanded to some years being 64 and this year 52. The people

that take part in this Chilli Boy Piri Piri Charity Golf Tournament are past business associates. The tournament is run for a week mostly in the Vilamoura area but it has been held in Spain and also South Africa. The players themselves love the experience and each year when they meet it is like a family reunion. All the money raised comes from only these wonderful people with a generosity that is beyond words. Chilli Boy Piri Piri does not only focus on Golf but also donates to a Welsh Rugby

Runners up Jurgens van Vuuren and Peete Wentzel from South Africa being presented with their trophies and prizes by Viv (center).

club for their program in giving young children the opportunity to be coached and play the game of Rugby. This club is the home of Shane Williams, a famous name in the Rugby world and those of you that follow the game will certainly know of him. Also Chilli Boy Piri Piri supports a Portuguese Rugby Club in Lisbon, Clube Sao Miguel which also dedicates its players, coaches, time and place to children who show an interest in playing the game. Healthy sport activities for children keep those children from boredom which

Winners Mitch Farber and Doug Wicks from the U.S.A. being presented with their trophies and prizes by Viv.

may lead to unhealthy other activities, Chilli Boy aims to make a difference in this area if possible. Chilli Boy Piri Piri the product is made in Tavira on the Algarve. The plants are grown, the fruit harvested and sun dried with a short spell in the Portuguese forno (oven) to give it it’s unique smoky flavour. The Piri Piri is not the only product made by Chilli Boy, there are several others including Spicy Chutney, Chilli Paste for cooking and marinading, Spicy Strawberry, Ground Chilli dry rub, Pickled

Spicy Olives, Hot Tomato Salsa, and a delicious Chilli Spread. There is also a choice of 4 different Piri Piri oils, such as, Salad Piri Piri, Sesame Piri Piri, Hot and Spicy Piri Piri and for those crazy ones out there the Hot Az Hell Piri Piri. All these products are made and bottled on the premises in Tavira, a truly Algarve/Portugal product. For more information about Chilli Boy and the products see the web site www. or the FB page www.



FARENSE PROMOTED! All the latest local sports news from Chris Wright.


C Farense, managed by former Olhanense skipper Rui Duarte are on their way back! The Faro based team will be playing in the professional Segunda Liga next season after securing promotion through the Campeonato Portugal play-offs. After seeing off Felguerias in the quarterfinals they faced UD Vilafranquense in the semis. The first-leg 3-0 home victory proved to be decisive with the return leg in Vila Franรงa de Xira ending all square 1-1. Farense has a colourful history including qualification for the UEFA Cup twenty-three years ago, a brief association with Malcolm Allison when he managed the team in the late 80s and forty years ago England international Peter Barnes pulled on the Farense shirt even if it was for just one game! Farense will be joined in the Segunda Liga by CD Mafra who overcame UD Leiria on the away goals rule.


David Trueman gets an 80th birthday surprise

Octogenarian Walking Back To Happiness!


avid Trueman, EAWF most senior active player, celebrated his 80th birthday recently and to mark the occasion the EAWF family presented him with a commemorative bottle of port and celebratory cake. David said, “It was one of the best decisions of my life to take up walking football, not only from the fitness point of view but the social interaction has been fantastic. They are a great bunch of friends and I look forward to many more years of activity.”

Christine Wright gets birthday surprise in Marbella

EAWF Olhão and EAWF Tavira go to head-to-head at Browns Tournament in Vilamoura



ast year Gordon Powell, a member of Walking Football Spain (Marbella) tragically lost his life after suffering a heart-attack whilst attending a tournament hosted by East Algarve Walking Football in Olhão. To honour his memory a thirty strong group of EAWF players and their partners travelled to the Costa del Sol to compete against WFS Marbella, WFS Benalmadena and WFS San Pedro. This was the Algarve group’s first foray abroad and it was fitting that the EAWF Tavira team should win the first game against WFS Benalmadena 2-1 with Steve Maddox scoring the opening goal. The Anglo Italian striking partnership of Andy Smith and Paolo Turni was on song as they racked up twenty-one goals between for EAWF Olhão. The trip, organised by Jonathan Syed with support from his two trusty lieutenants Andy Smith and George Allen was a resounding success with great bonhomie and camaraderie culminating with a surprise birthday party for Christine Wright on the final evening. A week earlier Browns Sports & Leisure Club, Vilamoura was the setting for a highly successful 5-a-side WF Tournament. Some 150 mature footballers from Preston North End

(Lancashire), Portsmouth (Hampshire), Long Bennington (Lincolnshire), Thanet (Kent), Clitheroe (Lancashire) Fife (Scotland), Browns (Vilamoura), EAWF Olhão, EAWF Tavira and EAWF São Brás battled for the top honours. The ‘Forever Young’ award for the oldest player was presented to 78 year-old Peter Walpole (EAWF São Brás). EAWF saw three of their five teams make it through to the semi-finals of the main competition with Olhão Whites losing the final to a strong Portsmouth Blues on penalties after a 1-1 draw. The social benefits as well as the physical advantages of regular exercise are well documented. Positive changes in postural balance, blood pressure and resting heart rate, lowered cholesterol, improved blood sugar levels, bone density and improving reactions are all indicators of general good health. So Walking Football looks to be fulfilling an important place in a society that is concerned with the sedentary life style of its older generations. On Thursday 21st June the second annual EAWF Summer Beach Festival takes place on Armona Island with fun activities for all the family. To book tickets go to: www.



orto have lifted the Primeira Liga title for the first time since 2013 ending Benfica's fouryear domination. There is no doubt that the person most responsible for ending Porto’s lengthy trophy drought is coach Sérgio Conceição. The former Portugal international winger started his managerial career at SC Olhanense six years ago and more latterly was in charge of French club Nantes. Moreover, UEFA’s financial fair play rules had taken their toll forcing the Dragons to sell star striker André Silva to AC Milan and the club was banned from spending in the transfer market. Conceição’s motivational skills reignited the sleeping ‘dragon’ and, unable to dip into the transfer market, the coach recalled several Porto players out on loan, with Vincent Aboubakar (recalled from Beşiktaş), Ricardo Pereira (back from Nice) and Moussa Marega (short journey from Vitória Guimarães) all having the best season of their careers. Porto did not lose any of their four matches against title rivals Benfica and Sporting, beating each team once and drawing the reverse fixture. Benfica bagged the runners-up spot and automatic qualification to the lucrative UEFA Champions League. Sporting finished third and to add to their recent woes, ended the domestic season with a shock defeat to lowly CD Aves in the Portugal Cup Final. Days earlier a fifty strong group of hooded fans attacked players and officials at their world famous Alcochete Academy, where the likes of Figo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eric Dier learnt their trade. Police have also conducted searches of Sporting premises and made arrests for alleged "active corruption in sport" with the Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho's right-hand man and team director, Andre Geraldes among those detained. Geraldes is suspected of match-fixing by allegedly bribing referees and players, mostly in handball matches, but also in six football games. At the bottom Estoril Praia and P.Ferreira are relegated with Madeira outfit CD Nacional and Santa Clara (Azores) moving up from the Segunda Liga.



How to hit High & Low Pitch Shots

This months tip from Bradley Dye, assistant professional at Monte Rei Golf


ithin golf, everyone is always talking about Image 2: A Low Pitch shot can be used in the situation where the “Scoring Zone�. This is from 100 the wind is against you to flight the ball lower with less spin and Yards/90 Meters and in. Scores are made rolling out on the green up to the flag. This can also be used from this specific area of the game. Being to access pins at the back of greens or run up tiers to access able to vary the flight and trajectory of these flag placements. Pitch Shots for most golfers is a skill not practiced and never Setup: Stand a little closer to the ball. Press your hands taken into consideration. With varying ground and weather forward slightly to de-loft the club. Hold the handle higher conditions this can save shots and give you birdie chances. towards your belt buckle. Ball Position is to be pushed slightly Image 1: A High Pitch shot can be used in a downwind further towards the centre. situation to land the ball softer with less roll out. This can also Swing: The backswing will be short and crisp, hinging your be used to access tricky tight tucked away flag placements. wrists slightly but keeping your arm swing limited. Swing down Setup: Stand a little further away from the ball. Open the face firm and aggressive trying to keep your hands ahead of the ball up of the desired club being used through impact so that the ball to add loft. Hold the handle lower becomes trapped by the club. down towards your knees. Ball Keep your hands low through Name: Bradley Dye Position is to be pushed forward impact and follow-through short From: Darlington, England towards the instep of your foot. and sharp. Club: Monte Rei Golf Swing: Needing additional Ensuring you follow these simple & Country Club clubhead speed for this shot, steps will help you pitch the ball Position: Assistant Golf the backswing will go back Professional better on the golf course and further than a Low Pitch, can lead to lower scores and Turned Pro: 2015 off Scratch with more wrist hinge. Swing reducing your handicap. Background: BA Hons Golf down more aggressively and For individual, group or playing Management Degree, University of accelerate through impact giving lessons call +351 281 950 950 Central Lancashire. District, County a fuller follow through and higher or email & University Golf Teams. trajectory and ball flight with Lessons include all equipment Career Low Score of 66 (-6) added spin. hire, golf balls and water.

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