On 26th October, the Parede locality group held a charity coffee morning in aid of breast cancer patients at Lisbon’s Santa Maria Hospital. Kindly hosted by Chris Rola at her home in Murtal, 32 members and guests attended, raising 420.50 euros for this worthy cause. The minimum 5 eur admission was supplemented by cake sales. In addition, 56 scarves were collected for cancer patients suffering hair loss due to chemotherapy. Some scarves had been donated by members unable to attend the coffee morning, as was a generous cash sum.
As I travel to Brussels today, I know that many people will be looking to us – the leaders of the 28 nations in the European Union – to demonstrate we are putting people first. I have been clear throughout this process that citizens’ rights are my first priority. And I know my fellow leaders have the same objective: to safeguard the rights of EU nationals living in the UK and UK nationals living in the EU.
Report by Jackie and Selwyn Kennard
CAPTAIN CONWAY SHIPLEY, ROYAL NAVY 1782 – 1808
MONUMENT REDEDICATION DINNER
Wednesday, 20th September 2017at The Forte de São Julião da Barra, Oeiras
Article by Jackie and Selwyn Kennard
Almost 2 years after Jackie & Selwyn Kennard and David Wright were made aware of the poor condition of the monument to Captain Conway Shipley at Paço do Arcos, and started to organise its restoration, the rededication ceremony was held at 11.00 on Thursday 21st September 2017.
We have been asked to reproduce in full the texts of the speeches delivered at the 2 events held in September 2017 to rededicate the restored monument to Captain Conway Shipley, Royal Navy. 1782-1808.
The speeches are published here in the order in which they were given:
Captain Peter Hore Captain Hore, on behalf of The 1805 Club, at dinner on the evening prior to the ceremony
Dr Paulo César Sanches Casinhas da Silva, President of Oeiras Town Council (Câmara Municipal de Oeiras), at the unveiling of the restored monument.
HM Ambassador, Mrs Kirsty Hayes, at the lunch offered by Oeiras Town Council after the ceremony.
Introductory speech by Major Nick Hallidie
“Senhor Nuno Mocinha, Presidente da Camâra Municipal de Elvas, my Lord, ladies and gentlemen, meus senhores minhas senhoras, distinguished guests, we are gathered again to remember those who fell in the battle of Albuera and the sieges of Badajoz, but one person is missing.
We would like to thank all those who supported the Presentation on the British Cemetery, Elvas on Wednesday, 12th April at the Cascais Cultural Centre, which raised €220.
Article written by Mark Crathorne and Jackie Kennard Photographs courtesy of Ian Yarwood, Selwyn Kennard and Mark Crathorne.
See details for the full report.
The monument, known locally as the Monument to the “Inglês Morto” (Dead Englishman) is dedicated by his fellow officers to Captain Conway Shipley, Royal Navy, who was killed by the French at Belém on 23 April 1808. It is located beside the Tagus River at Paço de Arcos, in the municipality of Oeiras, just outside Lisbon.
As my husband and I had both served in the Royal Navy for many years we instinctively felt a duty to try and raise awareness of the condition of this monument and to explore ways to have it restored. Having served at NATO for two years previously we started by contacting the local NATO Commander and, through his offices, we were given a contact in the Oeiras Town Council (Câmara de Oeiras).