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The Churchill Society

Let faith, not appetite, guide our steps.

Winston Churchill.

Political Broadcast
January 21, 1950.


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A few days before the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of VE Day, an astounded population world wide learnt that the British Conservative Government had ordered very first pay out  (from the independent ?!)   National Lottery, of £12,500,000 to Churchill's daughter Mary and his grandson Winston to stop them threatening to sell to foreigners Churchill's war time papers known as THE CHARTWELL PAPERS.

The papers did not belong to them and had never been the responsibility of Churchill's relatives. Parliament, together with the public and most historians, considered that these papers belonged to the nation, having being presented to CHURCHILL COLLEGE at Sir Winston's request by Lady Churchill.

That is why they were housed in the care of specialist staff, in a special air conditioned publicly funded



Forgetful of the millions of deaths, and appalling sufferings which cause these papers to be unique; Churchill's children - nonetheless - not only insisted upon selling them; but also retaining extended royalty income rights on the archives until the year 2035. It also appears (from the very limited information available to the public) that important information may not have been disclosed at the time.

As this matter has clearly been hushed up, the society calls for a Parliamentary Select Committee to look into it.



We desire to be judged only by results

Winston Churchill.

House of Commons
February 11th 1943


Winston Churchill's Medals.

It was announced yesterday by Winston Churchill (minor) that he had presented  on loan  his grandfather's medals to the Imperial War Museum for display at the cabinet war rooms.

What he failed to reveal, was that in doing so he saves himself the fear of being burgled for them - almost certainly the heavy expense of insuring them - and whether or not he has paid the inheritance tax on them*.

Sensible man you say..............until you remember the shameful thing he and the family did when they blackmailed the effete Prime Minister John Major and his Conservative government and the nation to pay him £12,500,000 for the  on loan  Chartwell papers and for which the family still continue to charge outrageous copyright fees.

There is nothing to stop him or his children doing the same thing again. Likewise with the
 on loan  contents of Chartwell.


The Times Newspaper

September 7th 1998


Mr Mark Thomas has accepted a position advising Chancellor Gordon Brown about reforming the tax system to ensure that rich people cannot cheat.

Mr Thomas was invited after his television programme revealed that Nicholas Soames (Churchill's grandson and Conservative MP and former Minister) * avoided paying inheritance tax on family heirlooms he had been left, by listing them as available to public inspection when they were not.


Where are all the many missing majestic jewelled silver and gold boxes,
the superb commemorative cut glass and enamelled plaques and mementos
and the spectacularly bejewelled solid gold and silver sculptural pieces
that were bestowed upon Churchill by foreign Kings and Queens
and the huge number of gifts given in his honour by Governments from all over the world
including many from Arab Royalty and the Emirates - all of which were originally on display
at Chartwell when it first opened and which are now missing?

It was Sir Winston's desire that all of these should be
permanently on display at Chartwell.


The only people Churchill never forgave were those who,
in the words he so often used:-

"fell beneath the level of events"



September 23, 2004     How 25-year wrangle led to Churchill papers sale By Richard Ford    

PERSONAL papers belonging to Winston Churchill were the subject of a 25-year legal fight as his grandson, who had "little money of his own", tried to sell them to the Government, files released by the National Archive at Kew reveal.

Discreet negotiations to sell the 2,000-box archive, which included early drafts of the wartime leader's "finest hour" and "Battle of Britain" speeches, began within six years of his death in 1965. The Government was offered the pre-1945 papers &emdash; half of them official papers belonging to the State &emdash; for £100,000 to £120,000 in 1971. Finally they were bought with £12.5 million of National Lottery money in 1995.

The collection, the Chartwell Papers, contained almost everything that Churchill wrote before 1945, including extensive correspondence with Lloyd George, Edward VIII and George VI. It also included intelligence on all aspects of the Second World War, drafts of letters to Stalin, Roosevelt and de Gaulle and Cabinet papers.

It was in a private family trust, which Churchill intended to benefit male descendants. The main beneficiary by 1991 was his grandson, Winston Churchill, then Conservative MP for Davyhulme. The papers were his most valuable possession.

The papers had been loaned to Churchill College in Cambridge, but the trustees wished to sell them. Successive governments wanted the papers to remain together, but they were a mixture of official and personal documents. Sir Winston had taken many official documents with him "on permanent loan" when he left office and had refused to return them. Today's files disclose that Sotheby's had estimated in 1971 that they would fetch £2 million. The letter then suggests that the Government offer between £100,000 to £120,000 to buy them.

The purchase by the lottery provoked fury. John Charmley, the historian, said: "The second jackpot winner is Winston Churchill Jr. The Government should have called the bluff of the Churchills when they threatened to break up the collection and sell it abroad. These papers belong to the State and should never have been removed in the first place."

John Major's Government refused to hold a public inquiry into the death of Robert Maxwell for fear of offending Spain, according to secret papers released today. Ministers also believed an official investigation into the circumstances in which the Daily Mirror publisher publisher drowned off the Canary Islands would turn into a media circus.

Let faith, not appetite, guide our steps.

Winston Churchill

Political Broadcast
January 21, 1950.


Because of his record Mr W S Churchill's appointment as Chairman of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
is as astonishing as it is improper and he must resign.


Dalton Newfield writes in an article published in the USA re the sordid history (and inevitable failure) of the Churchill family's promotion of the fantastically expensive The Collected Works in 1974.

"I am more than a little surprised that the Churchill family gave their support to this money-grubbing project".

"It would be wonderful to own such a work".

"It would be wonderful if my - or even any US library - could own the set, let alone risk using it".

"It would be wonderful if greed were not always the family's motive".

"WSC was not unconscious of money - quite the contrary - but he did put out abridgements, cheap editions, etc., so that people at all levels could enjoy his works".

"What pains most is that the idea was all so un Churchillian", Mr Newfield concluded.

The vulgar West End 'musical' promoted by Churchill's 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          children with the 
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The story of the Churchill family and their friends and relatives - some of whom were also Trustees of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - promotion in 1988 of the West End Musical with 'Winnie' singing in his bath!

After three performances it was taken off.

It was reputed to have lost £3 million pounds and was described by a Buckingham Palace courtier as:_

"just done for

money, money, money

. . . . vulgar vulgar vulgar!"

Mary Soames. Churchill's daughter,

Nicholas Soames MP, Churchill's grandson.

Winston Churchill minor. Churchill's grandson.



The Daily Telegraph

Re: Unsocial society

Date: 3 October 2004


Despite being hugely and patriotically English, I can only endorse the prescience of Kevin Myers in opting to live in Ireland.

What he says about us is completely accurate, and is tremendously dispiriting for those of us who can remember that other England, the one where care, courtesy, respect and manners were part of everyday life.

Again quite correctly he identifies the culprits as the intelligentsia (although the noun is in many respects a misnomer), who have conducted a merciless and unrelenting assault on all those things that made us what we were.

Now, from the top down, we have a yobbish culture which prevails, and we have become a society motivated by spite, envy, greed, gloating, filth and voyeurism.

The England in which I was raised and educated, and for which I would gladly have laid down my life, has been stolen from us, and we are now an awful country, probably in terminal decline, ruled over by an elite who are self-serving, duplicitious and hugely incompetent.

It is time, I think, to summon back King Arthur, or bang Drake's Drum or whatever it is that we are supposed to do in time of peril.

From: Arthur Mead, Dereham, Norfolk.


The Times Newspaper


September 7th 1998


Mr Mark Thomas has accepted a position advising Chancellor Gordon Brown about reforming the tax system to ensure that rich people cannot cheat.

Mr Thomas was invited after his television programme revealed that Nicholas Soames (Churchill's grandson and Conservative MP and former Minister) avoided paying inheritance tax on family heirlooms he had been left, by listing them as available to public inspection when they were not.



September 23, 2004

From Professor Emeritus Thomas Stapleton


' Churchill's tears'

Richard Morrison (T2, September 20) writes that Churchill is said to have been a bit of a sobber, though never in public.

Professor Robert Debr, the father of French paediatrics, told me that when in 1944 Churchill received the freedom of the City of Paris in the Hotel de Ville, on opening the casket, found it contained not a scroll but the Hakenkreuz (Nazi flag) that had flown over the town hall during the Occupation, the tears poured down his cheeks.

Yours faithfully,


The Foundry Cottage,

Lane End, High Wycombe,

Buckinghamshire HP14 3JS.

September 22.



The Editor
The Times Newspaper

October 1st 2004.


(From France)

'Churchill's tears'

Letter 23rd Sept 2004

Professors Stapleton's account of Churchill's reception of the Nazi flag presented to him in France in 1944 was moving.

It represented the French nation's tribute to Churchill and all his comrades in arms who lost their lives and the grief and pain of their

widows and orphans, plus the many who suffered appalling injuries.

The flag belongs to them and now to the nation.

Where is it now?

Yours faithfully

The Secretary.

Norman Harvey Rogers.


 The Churchill family to pay back The Lottery Money.

The High Court (London) proceedings.
Who owned the Chartwell Papers?

Churchill's Medals.

How safe are the contents of Chartwell?
Copy of correspondence with The National Trust.

Churchill's daughter Mary Soames,

Churchill's grandson
Nicholas Soames,

Churchill's grandson
Winston Churchill minor.

Important information.

 'Conservative Party sleaze added to the continuing collapse of moral standards in the UK. From 1983 onwards it gathered pace and led to the national uproar caused by the the story of the Churchill family threatening to sell Sir Winston and Lady Churchill's gift to Churchill College of The Chartwell Papers.

Lord Rothschild's letter.

The very sad press chronology of Winston S Churchill Jnr.

Professor Charmley writes: Is there no end to the making of money by the family our of Sir Winston?

Commercial advertising. Cashing in on Churchill. Who authorised this crude example?

Criticisms of the book 'Churchill's Private Letters' selected, edited, and published by his daughter Mary Soames.

May 1999. Important information.


Lady Churchill.


The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Mr W S Churchill's improper appointment.


The National Trust.

Re missing items at Chartwell.


Churchill Archive Centre.

The scandal of the Chartwell Papers.


The Royal Courts of Justice Court.

Churchill family v College College Cambridge..


Freemason's United Grand Lodge of England.



Channel 2 BBC London.

The Greatest Briton


Libby Purvis. Radio 4 'Midweek'.

The Greatest Briton


Library of Congress USA.

The Churchill Exhibition


Professor Charmley.

An Award for Stupidity


Lord Tebbit.

...'spitting in the face' of  'The Few'


The Chairman, Councillors, and Members of The National Trust.

Dishonesty at the Chartwell Gift Shop


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