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The Churchill Society
London.

Great Britain, the British Commonwealth of Nations, mighty America,
and I trust Soviet Russia - for then indeed all would be well -
must be the friends and sponsors of the new Europe
and must champion its right to live and shine.

Winston Churchill.

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AN APPEAL

PoppyAs I gather my thoughts before writing this Easter 1998 appeal to the Churchill family my mind wanders back over the extraordinary events that have led me over the last 60 years to my present surprising position. Having spent those 60 years in pursuits wholly foreign to my present responsibilities, I am surprised to find myself contemplating what I should, and what I should not say, in this appeal.

So great are the changes that have taken during the last half century that in spite of my daily use of the computerised equipment upon my desk, I still find it astonishing to have at my finger tips instant world wide communications that Churchill could only have dreamed of during the war.

I am moreover, surprised to find myself - without having had any desire, apprenticeship or experience - leading a distinguished (and ever growing) society: and how I am responsible for the editorship of its web site - (a concept of which none of us had any inkling less than 4 years ago) and that as a consequence, I have - with them - to analyse events in our national life which affect the purposes of THE CHURCHILL SOCIETY.

Churchill's achievements were only possible because he learned during his vast experience how success or failure in enterprises - be they in war or peace - can hinge upon the unexpected. Thus it was with THE CHURCHILL SOCIETY.

The society's success during the last three years (it was founded in 1990) is entirely due to the advent of the Internet. Prior to the Internet, members encountered nothing but silent hostility, from both the Churchill family, and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust - the latter (which was funded entirely by public subscription in 1965) has from its very beginning been controlled by the Churchill family and their friends. As we have said many times - this is wrong and must be changed.

In the early months of the Second World War (I was only eight years of age) it appeared, that no mistakes were being made by the enemy - and that as a consequence there was no chance of avoiding defeat because there was no time available to build up a defensive position. Churchill knew that because of the negligence of the politicians in the previous few years , "the years the locusts had eaten",  that these islands and its empire were at the mercy of our enemies.

Of all his achievements, Churchill's greatest was, that in spite of knowing all these alarming facts - undeterred - with sword unsheathed - ie, his superb courage and command of the English language - he did not hesitate but

HE LED

and was able to change the public's perceptions and then in the early months of the war, not only defeat the members of the Conservative Party (who would have capitulated to the Nazi's and and led the nation into slavery) - but re-awakened in the British and Commonwealth people their innate honour, bravery and belief in their ability - whatever the cost - to overcome their troubles. This, in spite of all the horror, death, destruction and suffering of the Great War which had so traumatised the nation only 20 years previously.

The purpose of this society is to change the public's perceptions.

to persuade the British people to look back at the century . . and then back further to our long history . . . and to see that the our failure since the war to have properly commemorated Churchill's and his Comrades' in Arms, colossal achievements during - and after - the Second World War with a proper public monument, is a serious failing on our part: and one that should be put right before the century is out. And that our failure to grasp this opportunity NOW will result in it never being done.

A nation that fails to nourish its institutions and to create new ones, betrays its parents and their ancestors, and betrays its children and their children.

Without national institutions there can be no cohesion in a nation's life, no resilience in times of trouble - no national self confidence - no pride and joy in past achievements and nothing to inspire future ones.

One cannot imagine England without the British Parliament being housed in the Palace of Westminster. Neither can one imagine England to be England without a proper monument to Churchill and the Dead of the Second World War.

Our newspapers, public relations and televisual industries collectively portray our people today as being sex obsessed, coarse and vulgar, and in a state of deep moral decline. This may be true of a few, but turn off Radio and TV and go out and mix with the ordinary people . . . . one then sees the vast majority in the true perspective . . unchanged . . . as ever honourable and helpful; kindly towards their neighbours - law abiding, generous and good natured . . . full of humour . . . and above all proud of being British.

Why then have we as a nation failed to build a proper monument to Churchill and all those who died in the Second World War - as we have done for all our previous national heroes? This is so strange!  For there is no diminution in the nation's affectionate memories of Churchill and his Comrades'-in-Arms great achievements.

I have in front of me a sequence of photographs. They are of a young soldier who in the Great War was hit in the mouth by the glancing blow of an incendiary shell. He is unrecognisable. The photographs show the results of each of the nine facial operations he underwent during the next eight years before he died. Because he was only one of thousands who suffered likewise I was going to use them here on this page as an example of the debt that we owe - but they are too terrible . . . they make weep every time I see them.

There is no way that we can enter into his - or his family's sufferings. We cannot forget these people. We cannot allow our children to forget these people.

That Churchill's children - surrounded in their rich homes with all the public and private gifts and mementos affectionately presented to them over the years and having enjoyed such privileged lives; that they, of all people, did forget, and in their forgetfulness then thought fit to blackmail the last Conservative government (in fact the public) for £12,500,000 pounds for what was  a gift  by Sir Winston and Lady Churchill to the nation of  THE CHARTWELL PAPERS  - (and this after failing to declare that they had already received 6 million pounds) - was an  extraordinary  act - an appalling and indelible act of collective family greed and dishonour.

In analysing the causes of our nation having failed to build a proper monument to Churchill and the Dead of the Second World War, I am forced to the conclusion that the root cause of this failure is the Churchill family itself.

The Times Newspaper
July 1999

By dominating (unelected) The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust they have prevented proper leadership of that body. By snatching the entire proceeds of the very first Lottery pay out (and this while still leading the Trust) they have so alienated the public that there is no way Lottery Funds can be sought at the moment to expand the work of the Trust or to build Churchill House in London.  Quite rightly, the public will not stand for anymore.

As has been said to them privately; the whole family should stand back. Nothing can be done until they do so.

It is not often possible to undo mistakes, but good fortune attends upon them yet again, for it is possible for them - if they choose  - to put matters to right.

I appeal to Mary Soames  (Churchill's daughter)  as head of the family, 'order that ALL the money the family received from the National Lottery - including the earlier (undisclosed) £6 million, plus the interest received to date, be paid into the

THE CHURCHILL HOUSE TRUST

and then, support this society's appeal to the British and Commonwealth people for the balance of the money to build:-

CHURCHILL HOUSE

London.

In this way all the unhappy recent events can be converted to a fortuitous, distinguished, and honourable purpose and one for which the people of these islands, the Commonwealth, and the America's - and their own grandchildren - will be able to forgive them for what they did.

I now appeal publicly to the family, not to stand silently in the way any longer.

Norman Harvey-Rogers.

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The Times Newspaper

London

September 7th 1998

(abbreviated)

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.

The Churchill family to pay back The Lottery Money.

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

At risk?
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.

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The vulgar West End 'musical' promoted by Churchill's 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 relatives.

The story of the Churchill family and their friends 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!"

 

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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.

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The Times Newspaper
London

September 7th 1998

(abbreviated)

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.

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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.

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

"fell beneath the level of events"

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    TIMES NEWSPAPER 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.

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We desire to be judged only by results

Winston Churchill.

House of Commons
February 11th 1943

 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.

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.

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