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Annual General Meeting for 2022
a visit to the Lines of Torres Vedras

Saturday, 8th July, 2023

The Society’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 8th July, as an integral part of a visit to the Lines of Torres Vedras, guided by the Society’s Vice-Chair, Mark Crathorne.

The statutory convening notice of the Annual General Meeting and related material, such as the Annual Accounts and Chairman’s Report, will be e-mailed to members nearer the date.



09.00: Coach departs from behind the Estoril Casino (parking at the paid car park)

09.30: Coach stops in Lisbon, at the Museu de Lisboa, 245 Campo Grande, 1700-091 Lisboa

10.30: Visit to Forte São Vicente in Torres Vedras. See the fortifications and the short film

12.00: Arrival at the Portal do Moinho restaurant in Erviderira (Pêro Negro), where soft drinks and water will be served

12.30: Annual General Meeting, chaired by Dr. Filipe Lowndes Marques

- Presentation of the Report & Accounts for 2022 by Edward Godfrey, the Society’s Chair

- Discussion and approval of the report

- Nomination of the members of the statutory bodies for the triennium of 2023/2025

13.00: Lunch (see the menu below)

15.00: Visit to the Great Redoubt (Forte de Alqueidão), near Sobral de Monte Agraço

16.00: Tea stop and optional brief visit to the Interpretation Centre in Sobral, a beneficiary of funding from the Society

17.30: Arrival at Campo Grande, Lisbon

18.00: Arrival at the Estoril Casino


Note: Participants will receive their copy of the Annual Report for 2022 on the day. 





The cost of the day (transport, handout, insurance, lunch) is €50.00 per person.


Confirmation is required by the 1st July. Payment instructions will be sent via email. Please provide the following information to


D.O.B. (for insurance purposes):       

Where will you be meeting the coach?     Estoril  or  Lisbon

I require the gluten-free main course/courses.





Entrée: Tuna and Crab Mayonnaise, Olives, Fresh Cheese with Homemade Jam

Two small main courses:  Baked Codfish with Fresh Prawns followed by Duck Rice

Dessert: a choice of Rice Pudding or Belgium Chocolate Mousse with Meringue

Red and/or White Wine, Beer, Water, Orange Juice, Coffee, Tea

Note: As an alternative, the following gluten-free dishes can be supplied on request: Bacalhau à Lagareiro (Grilled Codfish) and/or Roast Pork.




The Lines of Torres Vedras consist of 152 forts and redoubts, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Tagus River. Based on Portuguese Major Neves Costa’s original topographical survey, in 1809 Wellington and his chief engineer Colonel Richard Fletcher made use of the natural layout of the hills north of Lisbon to construct an impressive line of defence that was responsible for turning back the French a year later. This amazing and vast engineering works was carried by a small group of engineers and the local population in the incredibly short period of a year, in virtual secrecy. During the visit we visit the reconstructed Fort St Vincent, the most impressive of the forts, which has a replica signal mast and a small museum. We drive past Wellington’s headquarters at Pero Negro, from where Wellington rode out up to the Great Redoubt at Sobral, which we also visit. This fort has excellent views over the two main Lines and an intact stretch of the original military road.