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livery and a change being as good as a rest, I thought a new look appropriate. I am pleased to report that our membership continues to grow and I look forward to welcoming our ‘new recruits’ to our future meetings. You will have noticed my ‘plug’ for individual membership of The Churchill

Centre in issue 16. Of course it is not essential to be a member of TCCUK to attend our meetings, but there are certain advantages available to individual members. However following a conversation with Allen Packwood I am awaiting information regarding ‘corporate’ membership for the Branch - watch this space.

In this issue: The question of Hats Cartophily Dr Wyn Beasley Annual General Meeting


Winston’s Hat Selection In his essay ‘Cartoons and Cartoonists’, WSC expresses his love for cartoons, but disagrees with his caricature that depicts him wearing hats that appear several sizes too small. ( the photograph of him and Clementine on the beach at Southport in 1910 set the standard!) It is clear that he liked his hats, as the above shows, and also my collection of cigar bands, on the next page, illustrate the plethora of hats he accumulated.

Six Thinking Hats

Since retiring I have found myself wearing several hats. The difficulty is I have trouble knowing which hat I am talking through at any particular time! Some of you may be familiar with the concept of the ‘six thinking hats’ a technique devised by Edward de Bono. I had the pleasure of meeting him when I was struggling through my business degree. The different colours mean: ■Information: (White) - what are the facts? ■Emotions (Red) - intuitive or instinctive gut reactions. ■Bad points judgment (Black) - identifying flaws or barriers. ■Good points judgment (Yellow) - identifying benefits. ■Creativity (Green) - seeing where a thought goes. ■Process Control (Blue) - chairing the meeting. I wonder whether these techniques were used by WSC, without knowledge, during his meetings with the Generals! One hat I was particularly proud to wear recently was that of Chairman of our Branch last Wednesday when I visited the Epping and Woodford Branch, to give a short talk on ‘Chartwell & Churchill’. I think it went well as their Chairman has suggested a joint meeting with perhaps a gentle inter-branch quiz for another ‘KBO’. Watch this space.


Cigar Bands These are my ‘Churchill’ collection of cigar bands (what do I here you say... you should get out more!) They certainly confirm WSC’s predilection with head gear. Interestingly in the winter edition of ‘Finest Hour’ the production of ‘Churchill Cartophily’, (the issue of Trade Cards and Cigarette Cards) or rather the lack of it, is catalogued. As a school boy, collecting and playing ‘flick’ with cigarette cards was great fun. Seeing what these collections can make at auction I now sincerely regret the treatment I handed out to mine.

Dr Wyn Beasley Pictured here with his wife, Dr Beasley will be our guest speaker on 22nd May. Wyn Beasley is a New Zealander who, after a first career as an orthopaedic surgeon in Wellington, has turned to the writing of history. He has had a long involvement with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and was a vicepresident 1983-85; more recently the College designated him Reader to the Gordon Craig Library. He was a Churchill Fellow in 1973, Colonel Commandant of the Royal New Zealand Army Medical Corps 1986-90, and a Hunterian Professor of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2002. He has published seven books on historical subjects, and his latest work, on the medical history of Sir Winston Churchill, is now ready for publication. He was awarded a military OBE in 1971, the Efficiency Decoration in 1974, and was made CNZM in 2005.


NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is hereby given that the 2nd Annual general meeting of the Chartwell Branch The Churchill Centre UK will be held at The Grasshopper on the Green, Westerham on 25th April 2012 to commence promptly at 11.00am. Election of Officers Members may submit nominations for appointment as officers. The Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer and Events Co-Ordinator, all retire but are eligible for re-election. Election of Committee Members Sue Morgan was co-opted onto the committee and offers herself for re-election. Nominations Members nominated for any of the aforementioned appointments must be proposed and seconded by members of the Branch accompanied by the written consent of the nominee, to be received by the Honorary Secretary no later than 15th April 2012. Agenda Items for inclusion should be notified to the Honorary Secretary no later than 15th April 2012. The Agenda for this meeting will be available on the day, together with Minutes of the last AGM. Honorary Secretary Mrs B Nicholson 30 Kingswood Lane Warlingham Surrey CR6 9AJ

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Chartwell Branch News - April 2012