South West Association Outing

Published: 4 Dec 2015

Author: Bill Nicholson
South West Association Outing

The South West Association of Churchill Fellows had a splendid day out to the village of Churchill in North Somerset.

On Saturday 21st November, members of the South West Fellows association met in the North Somerset village of Churchill where four Fellows gave talks on such diverse subjects as the Nazi Gold Train, supporting those contemplating suicide, choral teaching and motivational speaking. Dr Andrew Eccleston, who is one of our Fellows, did a sterling job in sorting out the cabling for the PowerPoint presentations.

This was followed by a superb buffet lunch and the planting of an English oak tree in the village to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill’s death in 1965. The tree will be one of fifty planted throughout the United Kingdom. The picture above shows young Edward Hill, the son of the local Chairman of the Open Spaces Committee, helping to plant the tree with Bill Nicholson the South West Association secretary. The Churchill family, and in particular the 1st Duke of Marlborough, have family connections to the village of Churchill.

The day concluded with a guided tour of the historic St John the Baptist Church in the village. Many thanks to Chew Valley Trees, Anne Guy Catering, Churchill Academy, the Langford History Society and local resident John Murray.  Terry Wilson  was instrumental in having the plot of land named the Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Field and designated a ‘Field in Trust’ in 2012 for the use of residents in perpetuity. Thanks to his efforts our tree is safe from the bulldozers.

Many of us fly from Bristol Airport and the village of Churchill is nearby with the tree planted on open ground on the right of Rowan Way after turning in from Broadoak Road. Currently we are not allowed to have a plaque of any sort but the tree has a white plastic strip bearing the name of the South West Association of Churchill Fellows.

Many thanks

Bill Nicholson

Secretary of the South West association of Churchill Fellows

1940 Life magazine article on the village of Churchill: p87-95