WINSTON CHURCHILL THANKS THE WEST ESSEX CONSERVATIVE CLUB FOR ELECTING HIM PRESIDENT
WINSTON CHURCHILL (1874-1965) TYPED LETTER SIGNED, "W. Churchill", on his letterhead, London, March 6, 1963, to club chairman H. Percy Moll. “I am indeed obliged to you all for once again electing me President of the West Essex Conservative Club. Would you please convey my warm thanks and my good wishes.” One year later Churchill would retire from Parliament after serving 63 years.
West Essex Conservative Club was, and remains, an organization designed to
further the program of the Conservative Party and provide a venue for
Conservatives to meet. Winston Churchill was integral to that organization as
the Member of Parliament for Epping and later Woodford between 1924 and 1964,
both of which constituencies were in the club’s territory. Churchill was based
at the club from 1930 to 1940, and he was quoted as saying “What a fine club it
Geoff Horsnell, chairman of the Wanstead [West Essex] Society, states: “It was a Conservative club for a very long time and Winston Churchill is integral to the history there…It is rumored he kept his cigars behind the bar although this hasn’t been proved, but it would have been a really busy bustling place and part of the charm…” In Churchill’s later years, he was often made ex-officio president of the club. The letter is from the estate of Major Jack Churchill, Sir Winston's brother, and is in fine condition, with usual letter folds.