President: Mr Randolph Churchill
Patron: The Honourable Celia Sandys
A very successful dinner was held in Stretford, Manchester in 1974 to celebrate the Centenary of the birth of Sir Winston Churchill, and may be considered to be the original inspiration for the Churchill Club’s formation.
In 1976 the first Churchill Club was founded in Manchester by Sam and Beryl Bryan, with the main aim of promoting the life and work of Sir Winston Churchill. The first dinner was held at Longford Hall, Stretford. Beryl was at the time Agent to Mr Winston Churchill MP (grandson), and, with Geoffrey Thomas who became the first Chairman, gathered a number of enthusiasts.
In 1977 The Churchill Club of Anglesey was founded, by Beryl Bryan, with The Most Hon The Marquess of Anglesey as President. 1982 saw the foundation of The Churchill Club of Conwy, with the Inaugural Dinner held at Deganwy Castle Hotel, where the Speaker was Mr Winston Churchill MP. Lady Rose Maclaren, a daughter of the 6th Earl of Anglesey accepted the invitation to be President, and Winston Churchill MP, Patron. Following his death the Marquess of Anglesey agreed to become Patron.
The Club has prospered over the years and has had many eminent Speakers, including Celia Sandys, Robert Hardy, Randolph and Jennie Churchill, Lord Hunt, Ann Widdecombe, Lord Carrington and very many more. After the sad death of the Marquess of Anglesey, Celia Sandys kindly agreed to become Patron, and shows an active interest in the Club.
Note: Conwy is a small historic town on the North Wales Coast, 70 miles to the west of Liverpool.
1. To commemorate the life and work of Sir Winston Churchill.
2. To defend the freedoms for which Sir Winston fought.
3. To give financial support to the Conservative Party which Sir Winston served as a Member of Parliament and as Party Leader.
4. To give support and/or donations to causes as may be considered appropriate by the Executive Committee.
5. To hold two formal dinners annually and arrange any additional or celebratory events.
Chairman: Mrs Sheila Griffiths
Deputy Chairman: Mr John Boyle
Vice Presidents: Mr Roy Birchall, Mrs Minnie Churchill, Mrs Olga Ellis, Mr Mark Z Ferranti
Hon Treasurer: Mrs Dianne Thomas
Hon Secretary: Mrs Barbara Higgins, ([email protected])
Each year, the Club holds five dining functions. In May and in September/October (depending on availability of Speaker and venue) formal dinners are held at leading hotels in the Llandudno area.
Two luncheons are organised, one in the New Year, to help brighten up that post-Christmas gloom, and then the Spring Luncheon/AGM in March, normally held at Plas Maenan Hotel in the Conwy Valley.
In July we hold the Garden Party, formerly hosted by Lady Rose Maclaren at her home, but after her sad passing, the function has been generously hosted by Mr & Mrs David N Jones at their home in Dwygyfylchi, Penmaenmawr.
Apart from the fixed functions, every two years or so, the Club organise coach tours to places of interest, usually connected to the life of Sir Winston. These have recently included Bletchley Park, Churchill College Archives and Constable Country, Isle of Wight.
Membership is by invitation only. The annual subscription remains at £10, as at the Club’s inception. In addition the is a Joining Fee of £10, which entitles the Gentlemen to be presented with a Churchill Club tie, and the Ladies a specially designed brooch. A limited number of vacancies for new members exist, and anyone interested should initially contact the Hon Secretary, Barbara Higgins via email here, who will be pleased to forward an application form.
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