The Churchill Centre United Kingdom publishes the news for May 2012.
By Paul Courtenay
Debate at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS)
RMAS holds debates two or three times a year, when two opposing teams, each of three officer cadets, discuss a topic of interest. On Tuesday 26th June a debate will be held on a Churchill-centric theme, and TCC-UK members are invited to attend (and will be allowed to speak from the floor if they wish). The programme will be:
• 5.00 pm short guided tour if requested
• 6.30 pm (free) drinks
• 7.20 pm debate
• 8.30 pm curry supper with officer cadets and staff if required.
Attendance is free, but the charge for those wanting a tour will be £10 and for those wanting supper will be £15. For security and catering reasons RMAS will require us to submit the names of those attending in good time, so it will be essential for members to respond without delay.
Anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact the Editor (see below) by 2nd JUNE and to request full details and an application form, which must be returned by 15th JUNE AT THE LATEST .
A TCC-UK reception will take place at the House of Commons on Thursday 6th September; full details will be circulated in due course.
Two long-awaited and important new editions of WSC books, edited by Jim Muller, are on course to be published in 2012: Great Contemporaries (1937) in late June; The River War (1899) in December. Member’s will be notified of instructions on how to order in due course.
Despite numerous warnings to those who have not yet increased their subscriptions to the current level (set for most at £40 three years ago), several members have ignored these reminders; please note that the accompanying distribution of Finest Hour 154 will have to be the last to those who have not taken the necessary steps to correct this.
We record with regret the death of member Ian Watson (Wokingham), who – until recently – was a regular attendee at Society events.
Letter from the Chairman of the Membership Committee.
Members will have recently received (or will shortly receive) a letter from Morice Mendoza, Chairman of the Membership Committee, being his annual report covering the period from April 2011 till March 2012. Please note, in particular, the item on Governance (see below).
A big vote of appreciation is due to the Hon Celia Sandys, who has retired as Chairman of Trustees after fifteen years at the helm; at last year’s International Conference she was presented with the Blenheim award in recognition of her major contribution to the work of the worldwide Society. Celia has been appointed Honorary President of TCC-UK; Lord [Jonathan] Marland has succeeded her in the chair.
WSC: Birthday Reception.
This was held on 28th February, when member Lord [Michael] Dobbs, author of House of Cards, Winston’s War and other series, gave a short talk on the challenges and opportunities of portraying WSC in fiction. Vivien Mallock also spoke briefly on the bronze sculpture of WSC that she is currently creating [see below].
Bronze Sculpture of WSC.
This work by leading sculptress Vivien Mallock, commissioned by the Ministry of Defence for presentation to the Department of Defense at the Pentagon in Washington DC, is now ready for casting; it is one-and-a-half times life-size from the top of the head to the waistline The project is being sponsored by member Paul Duffen, chairman of Newsdesk Media. Unveiling at the Pentagon is expected to take place in late September or early Ocsary action by 30th June.