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The Churchill Society
was founded May 10th 1990

50 years to the day after Churchill became Prime Minister.

The Inauguration of the Society's web site was on Churchill's 121st Birthday - November 30th 1995.

At least I feel that Christian men should not close the door
upon any hope of finding a new foundation for the life of the self - tormented human race.

What prizes lie before us; peace, food, happiness, leisure,
wealth for the masses never known or dreamed of;
the glorious advance into a period of rest and safety
for all the hundreds of millions of homes where little children play by the fire
and girls grow up in all their beauty
and young men march to fruitful labour in all their strength and valour.

Let us not shut out the hope that the burden of fear and want
may be lifted for a glorious era from the bruised and weary shoulders of mankind.

Winston Churchill.

Election address

Edinburgh February 14th 1950.




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First published lst January 1995.


The Chartwell Papers
The Churchill family should repay the Lottery Money.

The text in Green is for the benefit of our younger overseas readers
who may not be familiar with the terms used.


Let faith, not appetite, guide our steps.

Winston Churchill

Political Broadcast

January 21, 1950.

The rich always make the poor pay for their privileges.

The act of blackmail of the nation by Churchill's children and grandchildren (Mary Soames, Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill minor) - they threatened to sell Churchill's war time papers at auction); and the family's appeasement by an effete Conservative establishment under John Major, (he ordered that the family be bought off with £12.5 million pounds with the very first payout of the newly created Independent (!) Lottery Fund) *, was the trigger that let bribery and corruption loose in the Conservative Party and which led, inexorably, to its 1997 historic collapse. 


should have caused Churchill's family do such a thing.

It is extraordinary that we have to point out the fact that the heirs to the marvellous Churchill legacy are not exclusively his children. It is also a very sad thing to have to say - especially to an elderly lady (but it has to be said) . . that whatever financial plight Churchill's daughter and grandson imagined themselves to be in -


should have made them betray (for pieces of silver) all those who gave their lives in the cause of their  and our freedom - or to break faith with their parent's wishes that Sir Winston's archives be deposited - as a  gift  to the nation - and remain for ever in the care of The Churchill Archive centre in Cambridge, which was built and staffed many years earlier at great public expense especially for them.

In its report of the 17th November 1919 -The Royal Commission inquiring into the origins of the tank wrote:_

"In the first place the Commission desire to record their view that it was primarily due to the receptivity, courage and driving force of the Rt Hon Winston Spencer Churchill that the general idea of the use of such an instrument of warfare as the Tank was converted into practical shape'

The report continued:

Mr Winston Churchill has very properly taken the view that all his time and thought belonged to the state and that he was not entitled to make any claims for an award, even had he wished to do so'.

Churchill held that view all his life.

When so cruelly rejected by the electors, even before the war with Japan had been won; he still never expected any financial reward for his extraordinary courage and its ultimate extraordinary achievements.

It is to the nation's everlasting shame that he never even received a pension for his last remaining years.

And yet again - 30 years after the Royal Commission's report referred to above - and when he was discarded by the electorate and was in such dire financial straits that he considered he had no alternative but to sell his beloved Chartwell......

Churchill still held to his conviction that all his time and thought belonged to the state and that he was not entitled to make any claims for an award, even had he wished to do so'.

For anyone - be it Churchill's family, their greedy agents and lawyers and dealers, or the public willing to buy them - to think of Churchill's war papers in terms of money is a grotesque betrayal. They belong to the nation for they were the tell the story of the thousands upon thousands of his comrades in arms - of known and unknown warriors - whose courage, endurance, sufferings and deaths enable us today to live lives of such comfort and quietude.

They are beyond price for .......


they have only one value - a spiritual value.

The total Ruination of War

The consequences of War

Barring treason, it is difficult to imagine a deed more unpatriotic. Not even Randolph Churchill thought to do what they have done.

How revealing of their characters, surrounded as they are with so many mementos in all their wealthy houses, that they - of all people - should be so unmindful of the millions who died, and the even more millions who suffered so grievously in the wars of the 20th century - to say nothing about the fact that the Lottery Prize Money they took, belonged (mostly) to the poorer people of this country.



Only one of millions of Sorrowful tombstones

Just One of Millions


How could they have been so unmindful of the dogged courage; the terrible sufferings; the endurance and the fortitude our parents; of our Commonwealth friends; and all our war time Allies; who under Churchill's and Roosevelt's wonderful leadership, enabled the world to enjoy today lives of such freedom and abundance "in the broad sunlit uplands" that Churchill promised if they remained true to honour, to courage and to their duty?





Padre with a dying soldier


Churchill's legacy is the nation's inheritance, for it was the product of national achievements - it owes nothing to Churchill's children.


The papers and the copyright of


Churchill's War Papers

belong to the nation.


(January 1998)

For the family to continue today to claim otherwise, after Lady Churchill gave them - at Sir Winston's expressed desire - to Churchill College Cambridge and where, at vast public expense in buildings and staff, they have been cared since 1974 - is wrong.

It is also wrong of the family to have ignored the many private pleas they received to   'think again'    and not place the public and their friends in such an invidious position. They are gravely mistaken in believing - as they do - that the public will soon forget.

For them to continue claiming today the (newly extended) heavy copyright charges, now levied so unwillingly  at the family insistence  by the Churchill Archive Centre - after having received such a vast amount of the public's money for papers that did not actually or even morally belong to them - is truly shocking - and very very sad.

That is why  -  the yet more cashing in on them by the family, (who, it is now alleged, are placing the contents of those papers onto a CD ROM for further family financial gain), after all the gifts, titles, honours and affection bestowed upon them in the past - if true - is an act of treachery and unbridled greed.**






Himmler and the Nazi's with a prisoner

Tyranny is our foe,
whatever trappings or disguise it wears,
whatever language it speaks,
be it external or internal,
we must forever be on our guard,
ever mobilised, ever vigilant,
always ready to spring at its throat.

Winston Churchill.

Harvard University
September 6th 1943.


A Chronology of Churchill family Press Reports.


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 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      help of  friends 

The story of the Churchill family and their relatives and friends in 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.



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

Read Lord Rothschild's letter.

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.


* 1998.
The figure of £12,5000,000 pounds was the largest sum given from the Lottery to a single cause. What was so additionally unjust was that this sum was not deducted equally from the lottery allocations to all the regions in the UK but deducted entirely from the Eastern Region's Lottery Allocation because Cambridge came into that region.

This has meant that the plans for Lottery funding of over 1,000 schemes in the Eastern Region have been lost - all the money for them having gone into the pockets of Churchill's children. The public were - as usual - never informed.


The Times Newspaper London
19th February 1997

Winston Churchill (minor) was left $10 million (6.2 million pounds)
in his mother's (Mrs Harriman) will, it was disclosed yesterday.

** (Update 8th April 1998)

The London Independent Newspaper

reported today that after they received £12,500,000 from the very first payout of the British Lottery - after blackmailing the government and nation that they would sell the papers by auction . . . "it later emerged that the Churchill family had already made £6 million recently from publishing deals involving the papers."

**(Update 24th May 1998).

The Churchill family received a 6 figure up front sum for the film rights in a new film about Churchill's papers today


**(Update July 16th 1998).

The Churchill family sold at auction today items belonging to Sir Winston.
The proceeds of the entire sale exceeded £200,000.

**(Update July 16th 1998).
The Times Newspaper. London.

The government announce today that more than 500 British Nazi Holocaust Victims (all over 80 years of age) are to receive £400 (Four Hundred Pounds) compensation from the British Government to help "free them from the misery of poverty".

**(Update July 20th 1998).
The Daily Telegraph. London.

Why on earth did they want to sell Winston's top hat, or his carpet slippers for that matter?

I thought the Sotheby's sale a sorry affair, and no credit to Winston's descendants.

Widows sell their husbands' gallantry awards because they need the money but this does not apply to the Churchill family.

His gold Victory watch - given to him to commemorate Germany's defeat in 1945 is something that would be a treasured heirloom to most families.

. . . . . A sad business

W.F.Deedes. (Lord Deedes).


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.



19th February 1997

By Andrew Pierce & Tom Rhodes

WINSTON CHURCHILL who spent most of his life living in the shadow of his glamorous mother Pamela Harriman, was left $10 million (6.2 million pounds) in her will it was disclosed yesterday.

But in the will signed only one month before her death last month Harriman stipulated that he must share the estate with Minnie, his estranged wife.

Harriman, the former US Ambassador to France, was the lover of some of the world's richest men but took a dim view of her son's decision to leave his wife of 31 years for another woman in 1994.

The displeasure of the thrice-married Harriman was underlined by the decision to leave her most valuable asset, Van Gogh's White Roses valued at 50 million pounds to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

The inheritance comes two years after Mr Churchill 56, received 12.250,000 pounds of National lottery funds to secure his grandfather's papers for the nation although most historians assumed the country already owned them.

It will soften the blow of the collapse of Mr Churchill's political career which appeared absolute yesterday. His constituency, Davyhulme, has disappeared in the boundary changes. Reigate, the last true blue Conservative association to select a candidate for the general election decided not to include the grandson of the war time leader on its 15 list short list. Labour urged Mr Churchill last night to pay back the lottery millions.

Brian Wilson... a front bencher, said: "This confirms that Mr Churchill doesn't exactly need the lottery money. "Perhaps he should examine his conscience."

Harriman's four grandchildren receive $250,000 (I56,000 pounds ) and Lord Digby, her brother, was left $100,000. The two gardeners, the butler, the cook and the chauffeur were bequeathed, as much as $20,000 each in the will. But Janet Howard, a constant companion and personal assistant since 1980 is left without a cent.


Let faith, not appetite
guide our steps.

Winston Churchill

Political Broadcast

January 21, 1950.

February 19th 1997

Churchill's new fortune from mother's will

THE Tory MP Winston Churchill yesterday received yet another windfall thanks to his impressive lineage after his late mother, Pamela Harriman, left him a multi million dollar fortune in her will.

Mrs Harriman, the former US. ambassador to France who has been-described as one the greatest courtesans of the 20th century, left $10 million (6.2 million pounds) to her only son which he must share with his estranged wife Minnie.

Mr Churchill will not however inherit one of Mrs Harriman's most valuable possessions, a Van Gogh painting said to be worth 50 million pounds which will go to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

It was the only charitable gift in the will.

Last year Mr Churchill, whose Davyhulme seat was wiped out by boundary changes, received 12.5 million pounds from lottery money following the controversial sale of his grandfather's wartime papers. But his latest millions will prove far more useful than his lottery takings, which his uncle, Peregrine Churchill, who controls the family trust, forbade him from using to fund his divorce settlement.

Mr Churchill is said to need 4.5 million pounds to pay off his wife, Mary "Minnie" D'Erlanger, whom he married in 1964, and set up trust funds for their three children. He would then be free then to move on and marry his "Belgian-born mistress, Luce Danielson.

Mr Churchill, whose former mistress Soraya Khashoggi, the former wife of arms dealer Adnan, and the American socialite Jan Cushing, has yet to find a new constituency.

He could have inherited at least 15 times as much off his late mother had she not squandered her last husband's estate through a string of unwise investments and expensive legal battles with her stepdaughters.

Mr Churchill. the namesake and grandson of Britain's wartime prime minister, was born to Mrs Harriman by her first marriage to Randolph Churchill. After several affairs with the rich and powerful Washington, she married Averell Harriman who died in 1986.



February 20, 1997



Mrs Churchill and her estranged husband, Tory MP Winston, are to share the bulk of his mother's £6.2 million estate. The Inheritance marks the last remnants of a financial empire which dwindled away during her final years.

Just two years ago, her fortune was estimated at more than £40 million - money left by her husband, former New York governor Averell Harriman, who died in 1986. But Mrs Harriman, America's ambassador to France, who died in Paris earlier this month, fought a long legal battle with her husband's children and grandchildren who accused of her of wasting £20 million. Much of the money is said to have gone into bad investments; support for the Democratic party, lavish parties and the upkeep of homes.

Two months ago, Mrs Harriman, 76, drew up her last will and testament and decided that most of what was left would go to the only child from her brief wartime marriage to Winston Churchill's son Randolph.

Although her son and his wife separated two years ago, the will specifically grants them joint ownership of her estates in Virginia Washington and upstate New York, along with Jewels, clothing and furniture. And as parting gestures go, it was a very clever one. From one woman to another, it was a simple sign of genuine affection and regard, but from a mother to a son it was a gentle rebuke.

She was upset by his decision to divorce Mary, known affectionately as Minnie, after a 32-year marriage which had seen her endure the string of her husband's secret and not-so-secret mistresses.

Mrs Harriman made her disapproval very clear when her son suddenly left his long- suffering wife two years ago for a new love, blonde Chelsea jewellery maker Luce Danielson.

She had always got on well with merchant banker's daughter Minnie and was said to have taken an instant dislike to Belgian-born divorcee Miss Danielson.

Now Minnie, the mother of Mr Churchill's four children, can have the last laugh as he is forced to share his £6.2 million inheritance with her.

For years she maintained a dignified silence and was a constant support to her husband, even though he conducted a string of very public affairs. His mistresses included Soraya Khashoggi, former wife of arms dealer Adnan, who revealed in 1980 that she had enjoyed a secret five-year affair with Churchill.

To add insult to injury, she made her admiration of his lovemaking abilities very public - calling him a 'super lover'.

In 1992, he had a ten-month affair with Jan Cushing, a New York heiress he met at a hall in Venice.

Then came the final insult when he finally left her in March last year for the woman he wants to marry and have by his side at his mother's funeral.

In her will Mrs Harriman also left her four grandchildren - Randolph, 31, Jack, 21, Jennies, 29, and Marina, 28 - about £150,000 each. There also bequests to her chauffeur, cook, and two gardeners. Her most valuable painting, Van Gogh's White- Roses, worth about £50 million, goes to the National Gallery of Art in Washington.


Fulton Missouri

Winston S. Churchill - Sir Winston's grandson - was presented by his mother, Mrs Pamela Harriman with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree at Westminster College, Fulton.

It is quite improper that Winston Churchill (Junior) is a trustee of THE WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL TRUST.

It is improper that with his aunt, family relatives and their friends (all unelected); they should control the publicly owned and funded WINSTON CHURCHILL MEMORIAL TRUST.

It is improper that they are able - just by virtue of their parentage - to patronise the public with the public's own money.

By their greed and bad behaviour they taint the Trust.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was funded by the people in honour of Churchill's great achievements.


It must now be reformed and become independent of Churchill's relatives.

The truth is incontrovertible.
Panic may resent it,
ignorance may deride it,
malice may distort it,
but there it is.

Winston Churchill



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"



February 13 2000

The Sunday Times Newspaper
A copyright article.
Lottery-funded Churchills' charge academics £50 a letter.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust's failure to honour the original Trust Deed and the need for reform.

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?

From:- Professor Charmley. An Award for Stupidity!

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 corruption fuelled 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
The Chartwell Papers.

Lord Rothschild's

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 received money for 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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