Fellows' Day at Blenheim Palace

Published: 28 May 2015

Fellows' Day at Blenheim Palace

Over 1000 Travelling Fellows and their guests attended our special 50th anniversary event at Blenheim Palace yesterday.

It was a glorious day, held in the picturesque setting of Sir Winston Churchill's birthplace.

Fellows from every decade since 1965 attended the day, which was hosted by The Duke of Marlborough's sister, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, who is herself a generational cousin of Sir Winston, and a member of our Advisory Council.

Highlights of the day included presentations given by Fellows from 1968 to 2014, about how their Fellowship has shaped their lives and careers. Internationally acclaimed Churchill experts, including Sir David Cannedine, also gave talks. See the programme from the day (2.3MB).

Members of the Churchill family, including Sir Winston's grandson, Jeremy Soames, and his great-grandson, Randolph Churchill, were also present.

Thirty two years of past and present Director Generals of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust came together for a photograph with the incoming Chief Executive, Julia Weston, in an historic image.


Fellows from the South West Association presented Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill with one of Britain's rarest plants, the Plymouth pear, to be planted in the grounds of Blenheim Palace. 

The special day was rounded off with a spectacular Spitfire Display, followed by Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill and Randolph Churchill taking the salute at a Beating Retreat given by a marching band.

It was wonderful to see so many Fellows coming together - sharing their Fellowship stories and enjoying the day.

“It is fitting to hold our 50th anniversary event at Blenheim Palace, and to come together with hundreds of Fellows from across the past five decades, to celebrate the life of this great leader. Sir Winston’s legacy lives on through our Fellows – individuals who, like him, have vision, leadership, a passion with a purpose, and a commitment to help their fellow citizens.”

says Jamie Balfour, Director General of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.