Safe Communities Madeira. Flower Festival. Monte road closure.

“Safe Communities Madeira”

Safe Communities Madeira logoI had the pleasure of meeting the “Safe Communities Portugal” project in Funchal recently. The organisation was there to establish further connections with the various organisations that police the island and to promote the addition of a Madeira section to their website. SCP (and Safe Communities Madeira) is a non-profit crime prevention and public safety organisation aiming to assist the English-speaking population and visitors. This can be quite difficult, as the policing of Portugal is quite complex, with responsibility for different areas of policing split between PSP, GNR, Judicial Police, SEF and the Civil Protection Authority – interestingly the division of responsibilities is not quite the same in the archipelago as on the mainland. Extensive information on crime prevention and crime reporting can be found on their website.

Davis Thomas, President of Safer Communities Portugal SCP President, David Thomas, is a very passionate and interesting individual who was awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours List in 2016, in recognition of his “services to crime prevention and awareness within the British and international community in Portugal”. His primary aim is to assist in breaking down any perceived barriers between the English-speaking community and the different law enforcement agencies in Portugal. He has the right CV for this, having served in the Hong Kong Police for 30 years as a Deputy Regional Commander, retiring as an Assistant Commissioner, before moving to the Algarve. Among his more interesting jobs he headed up the VIP Protection Unit in Hong Kong, as well as a consultant to INTERPOL and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Loves Madeira and is a regular visitor!

Flower Festival to feature vintage cars again

Vintage cars in Funchal

The Flower Festival this year, which runs from May 4 to 21, will once again feature a parade of old cars and motorcycles. The parade, on Sunday May 14, will, start at Praça da Autonomia, and travel southbound along  Avenida do Mar ending at the roundabout accessing the Port of Funchal. There are 400 vehicles registered  already, including 150 motorcycles.

Monte road closure

Monte aerial viewThe ER 103 between Monte and Poiso has been closed temporarily after attempts to stabilise the slopes above the road led to a small rock fall. The slopes lost their trees and vegetation in the fires of August last year and were considered dangerous. Weather conditions locally have not helped the project, and it is like that the road will remain closed until the end of the month. This is the main road heading north from Monte through Rebeiro Frio to Faial on the north coast, so tourists heading that way will have to head towards Camacha and pick up the ER203. The Diario reports that there are complaints that the closure is not actually signposted before you get to Monte. As a reminder of the fires there was a small outbreak in Santana yesterday which destroyed a small area of forest before being brought under control by local firefighters.

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6 Responses to Safe Communities Madeira. Flower Festival. Monte road closure.

  1. Scarlett Verkuijlen Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 10:12 am #

    What was destroyed in Santana yesterday?
    The sentence was left unfisnished, that’s why I ask.

  2. Admin Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 12:57 pm #

    Sorry Scarlett – pressed the “publish” button prematurely!

  3. mauricereed Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 9:11 pm #

    I’ve often wondered about the different police forces and their roles & interactions. I’m still confused!

    Nice that the vintage cars & bikes will be on show again. I’m amazed that there are so many vintage vehicles on a small(ish) island like Madeira.

  4. Daviddd Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 11:09 am #

    Is my memory right that the vintage car owners have a monthly parade outside the Vidamar opposite the Girassol?

  5. Martin M Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    It was mentioned in the English Press recently, that after Cuba, Madeira has more classic and vintage cars per head of population than any other region. It seems more and more old vehicles are being imported for restoration on the island and added to collections. Recently a MGA restored on the island for an English owner enjoyed world class workmanship.The island interest in “oldtimers” is as in England, partially the affection for old vehicles but now also as an investment in these days of zero interest rates.
    The values of most classics have climbed to astonishing levels

  6. James O'Sullivan Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 11:12 am #

    A date for the diaries – Saturday May 27th will see the main Madeira Classic Car Exhibition with over 600 vehicles entered this year – all taking place at Praca do Povo on the seafront. Exhibition officially opens 10am with show awards taking place from 5pm.
    Sunday 28th May will see the Rampa dos Barreiros time trial race. There will be 60 classic cars competing along the route very similar to the original route in 1935. The cars will all start from Avenida Sa Carneiro and finish at the gate of Quinta Magnolia. One of the best places to view the cars will be at the bridge of Ribeiro Seco.

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