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Bulletin #78 - Dec 2014
Paul H. Courtenay Reports
A Service of Thanksgiving celebrating the life The Lady Soames LG DBE, the beloved Patron of The Churchill Centre, took place at Westminster Abbey on November 20th. Mary Soames, the youngest and last-surviving child of Winston and Clementine Churchill, died on 31 May 2014 at the age of 91; a private family funeral took place a few days later. Some 1,300 people attended the service in the Abbey including family, friends and royalty. Many members of The Churchill Centre were present to pay their last respects. Some had travelled from as far away as California, British Columbia and Alaska, as well as Denmark and Portugal—a measure of their admiration and love for such a special person.
By CHRIS MATTHEWS
One of my personal memories of the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon presidential race was my father's off-hand remark that the young Democratic candidate possessed "a touch of Churchill." What made it stand out then and long after was that ours was a Republican family, Dad very much a Nixon man. I knew of his admiration for the World War II leader. He was, after all, himself the son of an Englishman. But what explained this multi-gun salute to Jack Kennedy, this recognition that the youthful American carried even in small supply something of the great man who had saved Britain and so honored the 20th century?
By CONRAD BLACK
The Churchill Factor by Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, is the most significant new book about Sir Winston Churchill to be published in 2014. In May 2015 Mayor Johnson will be the keynote speaker at the 32nd International Churchill Conference in Oxfordshire. The Mayor recently spoke about his book in New York City. To watch the video, please CLICK HERE. We asked Conrad Black (Lord Black of Crossharbour) to review the book for The Churchill Centre. Below are excerpts from Lord Black's analysis. The full text will appear in Finest Hour #166 due out in early 2015:
Discusses His Book With The Chartwell Bulletin
Thomas Maier is a best-selling journalist and biographer whose work includes the book that inspired the hit Showtime series Masters of Sex as well as The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings. He recently spoke about his newest book, which returns to the story of the Kennedys and adds Winston Churchill and his family, at Chartwell Booksellers. To watch the video, please CLICK HERE. Additionally, Maier took the time to speak with the Chartwell Bulletin about When Lions Roar: The Churchill & The Kennedys. This interview follows below:
The popular Churchill Quiz is now published exclusively online. Find out if you know as much about Winston Churchill as you think you do and learn something new in the process. Each new edition of the quarterly feature is uploaded to The Churchill Centre website. The latest installment is now available. To view the winter edition of the quiz, please CLICK HERE.
Details of the full program for the 32nd International Churchill Conference have now been released. The conference will take place from 26-29 May with the Heythrop Park Hotel serving as headquarters. Events include dinners at both Ditchley Park and Blenheim Palace, a Keynote Address by Boris Johnson (Mayor of London and author of The Churchill Factor), and a memorial service before the Churchill family gravesite at St. Martin's Church in Bladon. For more information and to register for the conference, please CLICK HERE.
Tuesday, 26 May
Reception, Dinner, Talk, Tour at Ditchley Park. Hosts: Mr Randolph Churchill & Mrs Clementina Flaherty. Speaker: Professor Ashley Jackson (author of Churchill.) Coaches to and from Heytrhop Park Hotel will be provided.
Wednesday, 27 May
Churchill Day at Blenheim: Coaches depart for Blenheim Palace from Heythrop Park Hotel from 10 am to Noon and return from 4-6 pm.
Drinks Reception and Conference Buffet Dinner at Heythrop Park Hotel. Hosts: The Hon. Celia Sandys & Mrs Clementina Flaherty. Randolph Churchill will say a few words on Blenheim. Entertainment: Vera Lynn tribute act.
Local chapters of The Churchill Centre from Britain to Alaska gathered together on November 30th to celebrate Churchill's life and career. Born at Blenheim Palace in 1874, Churchill passed away in January 1965. In 2015 The Churchill Centre will commemorate both of these events.