SUNDAY, 14th MAY, 2023
The traditional ceremony will be held at the British Cemetery at Elvas on Sunday, 14th of May, starting at 11.00. Eucharist will be celebrated before the Ceremony in the Chapel by the Rev. Fran Le Blanc, at 09.45.
All attending are requested to be in the cemetery by 10:45. Dress for gentlemen is suit or blazer with tie and medals. After the ceremony, the Chapel and Museum will be open to visitors. Subsequently, lunch will be taken at the Varchotel, located on the main road to Lisbon about 4 miles south from Elvas, during which a fund-raising auction will take place
The evening before the Ceremony, on Saturday 13th May, Major-General Rui Moura, the Vice-Chair of the ‘Friends’, will give a talk on ‘The Paintings of Major Thomas St. Clair’’, which will take place in the Hotel Dom Luis, at 19.00, followed by a buffet supper.
MONDAY, 15th MAY
Visit to Wellington’s headquarters at Monte da Gramicha, Elvas
During the 2nd Siege of Badajoz, at the end of May 1811, Wellington moved his Headquarters to the Monte da Gramicha, midway between Elvas and the Spanish frontier. It belonged then, as it does today, to the Gonçalves family. The current owners are Henrique Gonçalves, the Association’s Treasurer, and his mother Marivi, who have very kindly allowed us to visit the property. On 17 June 1811, Wellington raised the siege as two French armies under Marmont (north) and Soult (south) converged on Badajoz. He moved his divisions to the high ground between Elvas and Campo Maior and relocated his headquarters to the Quinta de São João, half-way between the two towns. During our visit, the action will be explained in detail when the French, under Gen Latour Maubourg, made a reconnaissance in force on the 22nd June, which was only stopped just short of Gramicha.
Meeting point: the Car Park opposite the Hotel D. Luis, at 11.00
Wine-tasting and Lunch at Garrafeira de Fronteira
This is the oldest garrafeira (wine shop) in Elvas. It was started as a hobby by the father of the present owners, who have turned it into a magnificent assembly of Portuguese wines, including their father’s collection, which features wines going back to the 19th century. We start with a wine-tasting of three selected Portuguese wines, followed by lunch. The cost is 25.00€.
See the menu here:
TUESDAY, 16th MAY
The habitual commemoration of the Battle of Albuera in the main square of La Albuera starts at 11:30 (Spanish time). This will be followed by wreath laying at the PWRR Obelisk.There are two lunch options available; either to attend the Mayor's vino de honor, or to lunch at the Restaurant Lince.
Booking form - 2023
Please send the booking below by the 30th April via email to:
Eileen Slade firstname.lastname@example.org OR Celia Denney email@example.com