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Stoll Lecture 2017: Churchill

On Thursday 12th October 2017 Stoll held the inaugural Stoll Lecture supported by corporate partner Annington.  The title and topic of the lecture was “Churchill” with the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, the Rt. Hon. Sir Nicholas Soames MP, speaking about his grandfather from both a historical and personal perspective.  Hosted in the Churchill War Rooms where he led the Allied Forces to victory this was a unique opportunity for our guests to learn more about arguably one of the greatest leaders of the 20th Century whilst supporting Stoll’s continued work housing and helping our vulnerable Veterans.

An audience of over 120 military and political dignitaries, representatives of corporate partners, major supporters and members of the public attended the lecture and enjoyed a champagne reception in the iconic Harmsworth Room before exploring the Churchill War Rooms and adjoining Churchill Museum.  Sir Nicholas delighted the audience sharing both poignant and humorous anecdotes about Sir Winston and answering questions from the audience about his grandfather he might perceive topical issues such as Brexit and the presidency of Donald Trump.  After the lecture Sir Nicholas kindly mingled with guests answering further questions and posing for photos.  The inaugural Stoll Lecture was a fantastic success and we look forward to announcing details of the 2018 event in due course.

This first Stoll Lecture was proudly supported by our corporate partner Annington. “Having somewhere to call home is a fundamental need for us all but for some individuals leaving the military, homelessness can become a sad reality.  Stoll’s excellent work in rehousing veterans has offered a lifeline for many over the years, helping them turn their lives around and find a life beyond the military,” said Helen Liddell, Chairman of Annington.  “We are delighted to be sponsoring the inaugural Stoll Lecture and in doing so, helping Stoll continue their tremendous work.”

Ed Tytherleigh, Chief Executive at Stoll, said: “Who better to give a lecture about Sir Winston Churchill than his grandson, Sir Nicholas Soames? We are delighted to be hosting this inaugural lecture which will be an exciting opportunity for Veterans, historians and people with an interest in leadership, politics and the military to learn more about Churchill. Sir Winston played a unique role in the life of our nation and we are looking forward to welcoming Sir Nicholas to give his own personal account of his grandfather.”

In regards the partnership with Annington, Mr Tytherleigh said “I am delighted that Annington is sponsoring our inaugural lecture on Churchill. Annington’s financial support and the generosity of them and our other donors enable Stoll to provide much needed housing and support for the nation’s vulnerable ex-Servicemen and women.