The International Churchill Society is excited to announce the winners of the “Inspire Like Churchill” competition that began in April. Entrants from around the world were invited to write or deliver an inspirational speech of hope in the spirit of Sir Winston Churchill in response to the current global challenges. Each winner will donate their prize money to a frontline health organization, hospice, or hospital of their choice. Read More >
Bulletin #145 – Jul 2020
Speakers have now been announced for the 37th International Churchill Conference, which will be held online this fall on 23 and 24 October. While the conference will be based in Britain and include several live sessions, there will also be pre-recorded material from various locations around the world. For the first time, the International Churchill Society will be able to showcase its global membership in a unique way. Registration information will be announced later this summer. Read More >
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Mahatma Gandhi was murdered for agreeing with Winston Churchill. Today statues of both men stand in London’s Parliament Square. In early June 2020, the statue of Churchill was vandalized by a mob of protestors. The name “Churchill” engraved on the plinth was crossed through with black spray paint, and the words “was a racist” were added beneath. For good measure, the mob also vandalized the nearby statue of Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, who was murdered by an avowed racist.
By HUGO VICKERS
The Countess of Avon (Clarissa Eden, née Churchill) reached the great age of 100 on 28 June, a remarkable milestone. Due to continuing pandemic lockdown, no great party was possible, only a small lunch in her apartment arranged by her niece. A birthday card was sent by Her Majesty The Queen, and flowers were sent by the International Churchill Society. The niece of Sir Winston Churchill is the oldest ever member of the family. Read More >
By BARRY SINGER
In his first year as Member of Parliament (1901), Winston Churchill began spending the late summer and early autumn in Scotland, socializing and hunting in and about the houses of Scotland’s great aristocrats. In 1902 he also started hunting with King Edward VII at Balmoral, the royal castle in Aberdeenshire.
In December 1902, while on a trip up the Nile as a guest of Sir Ernest Cassel, Churchill learned to play the game of bridge, playing it every day. “It amuses me,” he wrote to his mother. Unfortunately, he was not terribly good at it and within a few years had dropped it altogether.
Churchill toyed with golf and tennis, but his damaged right arm was an insurmountable obstacle for both. Hunting, polo, and some salmon fishing in Scotland remained his principal outdoor pursuits. Churchill connections with Scotland would remain close throughout his long political career. He served as MP for Dundee from 1908 until 1922 and commanded the 6th Battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers on the Western Front in 1916 during the First World War.
The forthcoming issue of Finest Hour will be entirely about Churchill and Scotland.
Barry Singer is the author of Churchill Style (Abrams Image, 2012) and the proprietor of Chartwell Booksellers in New York City.
By BRIAN KRAPF
There are known examples of Great War era postcards that depict Winston Churchill as First Lord of the Admiralty until his departure in 1915. Given his relatively short tenure after the war began, however, the Churchill cards are not as common as post cards depicting military figures, royalty or foreign allies. The one featured here is new to me and is quite unique. Read More >