News: 2018 Award Ceremony - celebrating the Churchill Fellows

Published: 22 Jun 2018

News: 2018 Award Ceremony - celebrating the Churchill Fellows

“If one ever needs a morale boost to raise the spirits and know that there are people out there doing good in the world, then attending a Churchill Award Ceremony is just what the doctor ordered.” – Jamie Balfour, former Director General, WCMT

Last week we held our biennial Award Ceremony to celebrate 130 of our Churchill Fellows from the past two years who have successfully completed their overseas research. The event took place at Church House, Westminster, which was Winston Churchill’s temporary office during World War Two.

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate all that these Fellows have achieved. The Fellows also clearly enjoyed congratulating and catching up with each other.

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The event began with a welcome by Anne Boyd, Chair of our Advisory Council, and a presentation by Julia Weston, our Chief Executive.

We were then treated to an address by our guest of honour, distinguished photojournalist Nick Danziger, a Churchill Fellow himself.

Below: Guest of honour Nick Danziger. Picture ©Clive Totman 2018

Nick Danziger

Nick recounted his own Fellowship travels, journeying from Turkey to China via Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan following the old trading routes. His Fellowship was the basis for his first book, the bestselling Danziger’s Travels, published in 1987. Nick’s presentation was ecstatically received by our guests.

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Following his address, Nick presented Churchill Medallions to the 130 Fellows. The Medallion is a unique piece designed by world-famous glass artist Professor Brian Clarke, himself a Churchill Fellow. It features a digital image of Winston Churchill in striking blue cloisonné enamel on a solid silver disc, with the Fellows’ name engraved on the reverse. As the Fellows’ names and projects were announced, it was impossible not to feel proud of this remarkable group of people.

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Concluding remarks were then made by the Hon Jeremy Soames, Chairman of the Trust, in which he spoke of what the Fellows have already achieved, and the impact we hope they will go on to make.

“It has been my great pleasure to witness the new generation of Churchill Fellows receive their medallions today. No one should underestimate the quantum of their achievement in becoming a Churchill Fellow. As important, is the contribution that you the Fellows will make to the wider community as a whole. It is the impact you will have that makes Churchill Fellows the individuals and examples that others aspire to.” - Hon Jeremy Soames

Once the ceremony had drawn to a close, an afternoon tea reception was held for Fellows and their guests. It’s clear the day proved the perfect inspiration for the Fellows to continue to strive to achieve the positive change our Chairman foresaw.

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