October 2016

    The inaugural Sir Edward Heath International Lecture took place at Banqueting House, Whitehall, London on Monday 24th October in front of some 300 invited guests and was delivered by Dr Henry Kissinger the former US Secretary of State.
    The event launched the major fundraising effort to secure the future of Arundells and after the talk and dinner, guests were addressed by Lord David Hunt, Foundation Chairman who invited them to pledge their support to the fundraising effort.
    Many leading politicians attended, from across the political spectrum, including George Osborne, Peter Mandelson, Liam Fox, Kenneth Clark, along with representatives of the many countries associated with Sir Edward's life.


                                                  Photos Courtesy  Holly Clark Photography

    October 2016


    Arundells played host to another sold out piano concert on Thursday 27th October when Dominic Seligman and Clara Rodriguez played a mixed programme of music by well known European composers along with some works by South American composers, most notably Brazilian composer Villa Lobos, reflecting Clara's Venezuelan heritage.

    The evening was judged a great success and was surely just what Sir Edward wanted of Arundells after his death.
    Following many requests on the night Dominic and Clara have promised to return to Arundells next May to perform another concert.


    September 2016


    The "Chopin Show" held at Arundells on the evening of 8th September was a most excellent and memorable evening.   Helen Yorke recounted in a truly delightful way Chopin's life and to illustrate aspects of his life, the ups and downs, played some of his compositions which left us all in wonder at her exceptionally talented piano playing.   Her finale of Chopin's Polonaise in A-Flat Major, Op. 53 was just simply wonderful.

    There were 22 in the audience which provided a very intimate evening which worked extremely well.   In the interval a very welcome glass of wine or soft drink was served which enabled many of us to talk informally with Helen.  A sincere thanks must go to Alan and Jackie Marsh, two of our volunteers, who are friends of Helen Yorke and initiated the evening.   They knew her when she was just nine!   The warm welcome received by guests at the front gate and the professional administration and hosting of the event by both the House staff and volunteers contributed significantly to a quality evening.

    The accompanying photo will give you a feel of the evening.  I am sure that Sir Edward, his bust highlighted in the background, would have been delighted that his Steinway was being used by such talent during his centenary year!
    Gordon MacDougall

    NEWS RELEASE:  November 2015
    Community News item

    The Friends of Arundells held their AGM recently and were privileged to be addressed by newly installed Chairman of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, Lord (David) Hunt of Wirral, former MP and Cabinet member.
    Lord Hunt gave an entertaining and uplifting talk to the members present, speaking about his political and legal career, and his heavy involvement in the charity field.  He went on to rally the Friends' members for the challenges ahead in securing the future of Arundells for generations ahead to be able to enjoy. Lord Hunt told members "The Trustees and the Friends stand united in our belief that Arundells can and will remain open.  The house represents a great opportunity to preserve an important part of our recent political heritage. 
    Let me emphasise that the volunteers that you help us to recruit will be fundamental to the house's success.  I know that Salisbury is a crowded market for volunteers but I hope that, through working together, we can increase our volunteer base and make volunteering at Arundells an enjoyable and worthwhile experience. 
    We cannot succeed without your energy and commitment.  I and my colleagues look forward to working ever more closely - indeed in ever closer union - with you.  I have no doubt that our recent time of adversity will be overcome and that we will then be able to move forward in securing the long-term future of Arundells."  
    Lord Hunt's speech was received with great enthusiasm by the members present and was the subject of much comment at the buffet lunch which followed the meeting.   He made sure that everyone had a chance to talk to him by going around the room handing out  the buffet items to the delighted members!
    The challenge for the Friends of Arundells now is to step forward and increase volunteer numbers for 2016.   Volunteer roles range from office help including promotional activities, gardening, handyman tasks, through to room stewarding and tour guides.   Everyone can help, come and join the happy team!
    If you would like to get involved in volunteering at this beautiful house and gardens in the Cathedral Close please contact Friends chairman Andrew Cutler  cutlerandrewd@gmail.com
                                     Members of the Friends of Arundells joined by, back row l-r Trustee Edward Bickham    
                                                                               and Trust Chairman Lord (David) Hunt of Wirral                                   

    NEWS RELEASE:  16th September 2015

    Arundells announces speaker line up for Morning Cloud talks

    On Friday 16th October, Arundells in Salisbury's famous Cathedral Close, will be hosting the first of a series of 'Focus on Sailing' Days.  The first of these, 'Morning Cloud Talks', will be delivered by:
    Giles Chichester, who will speak about his father Sir Francis Chichester's extraordinary sailing achievements including his solo circumnavigation of the world aboard Gipsy Moth IV in 1966/7;
    Chris Mansfield,Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club who will speak about the club's new Prince Philip Yacht Haven and about the club's role as the place where Edward Heath plotted his racing strategies; and Jamie Matheson, former Chairman of Brewin Dolphin, who will talk about his sailing experiences aboard his yacht Opposition, which started life as the second Morning Cloud yacht.


                               Giles Chichester                              Chris Mansfield                                   Jamie Matheson
                                        the line-up of speakers delivering the Morning Cloud Talks on October 16th

    Admission is by ticket only (£30 including talks, refreshments and a guided tour of the house and the medieval walled gardens).   Talks will run from 10.30am or 1.15pm
    Tickets are available from             
    or order by telephone 07921 800533.  Concessions are available for group bookings.

    The Morning Cloud Talks will provide a forum for the sharing of great moments in British sailing over the last fifty years.   The creation of the series follows on from the unveiling of the restored bow of the third Morning Cloud in the garden of Arundells by Sir Ben Ainslie in May 2015.

    Members of Edward Heath's Morning Cloud racing crews will also be on hand in the Arundells Sailing Room to share memories around trophies and other memorabilia.  Edward Heath's yachting achievements include winning the Sydney to Hobart race in 1969, the Admiral's Cup in 1971 for Britain, and a handful of Round the Island races.
    Attendees will also be able to tour Arundells and see the extensive collection of yachting memorabilia, models and seascapes and historical artefacts such as four model warships made of hair and bone by Napoleonic prisoners of war.

                                                              Former members of Sir Edward Heath's Morning Cloud crew
                                                   L-R Mark Dowland, Ian Lallow, Colin Turner, John Arthur and Duncan Kay



    On Wednesday 17th June, 2015 former Prime Minister, Sir John Major, gave the inaugural Sir Edward Heath Lecture at the Guildhall, Salisbury.

    Sir John spoke on "The Meaning and Lessons of Magna Carta Today", two days after the eight-hundredth anniversary of that historic document.  He was introduced by Lord Hunt of Wirral, the chairman designate of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation and was joined by a number of leading political personalities from the Heath and Major premierships, including Lord (Douglas) Hurd, Lord (David) Steel, Lord (Peter) Henessey and Baroness Shirley Williams, who responded to the former Prime Minister's speech. Anthony Teasdale arranged this event utilising Joanne Woods as Co-ordinator/Manager and the Friends of Arundells house Volunteers for stewarding and general assistance to ensure the event ran smoothly.

    The afternoon started with tea and tours of the house and gardens for a number of invited guests followed by a special private visit to view the Magna Carta Exhibition in the Cathedral where the guests were welcomed by, The Very Revd June Osborne, Dean of Salisbury Cathedral and Robert Key, former MP for Salisbury.   Following this the group made their way to the Guildhall joining an already assembled audience of 230 guests.

    The evening went down very well with a drinks reception in the foyer and VIP's treated to a special fund raising dinner at Arundells.

    Most of you have received the Arundells June newsletter where you can find the link to the televised speech shown on BBC Parliament channel.   If you haven't received this please contact Ron Carter (through our Contact Page on this website) who will be pleased to forward it accordingly.

    Please follow these two links for more information and photographs




                             Sir John Major                                                  Sir John Major with Friends of Arundells stewards

    May 2015
    Letter of thanks from Jonathan Chadd 

    Very many thanks to you and all the Friends of Arundells, to the Trustees and to all those involved in the memorial project, for including my family and extending to us such a very warm welcome and for making Friday such a special day.

    Your arrangements were impeccable, the weather kindly cooperated and the house and garden were looking stunning.  Getting Sir Ben to unveil it was a real masterstroke as it felt so appropriate and he is such a nice understated guy.   I particularly appreciated meeting some of the former crew members and my wife and aunt loved the tour of the house which they had not been round before.   They found the detailed knowledge of their tour guide most impressive so please pass on the compliment!

    Having the exhibition of Ted's soldiering days in the old carriage house was particularly interesting for my mother who survived the day remarkable well and found herself reminiscing with pleasure over the former visits she and my father made to Arundells for summer Sunday lunches with Ted so many years ago..

    As a family it is wonderful for us to have such a memorial to Christopher in such a beautiful setting and you and your team are to be heartily congratulated on your vision and perseverance in bringing it to fruition.   Please pass on our grateful thanks to all involved.

    We look forward to returning many times in future years and will keep in touch.

    Kind regards


    Sir BEN AINSLIE unveils MC3
    On the 15th May Arundells witnessed a company of famous and influential people when the bow section of Morning Cloud was unveiled by the well known international and Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie.  At the same event the memorial plaque in memory of Nigel Cumming and Sir Edward's Godson, Christopher Chadd was commemorated and blessed by the Very Revd. Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury.

    In 2012 Sally Tattersall and her husband John visited Arundells just prior to the announcement of closure and possible sale of the house.  The sailing memorabilia in the house prompted them to research into Ted Heath's sailing achievements and the five Morning Clouds.   After finding a salvaged bow section of the third Morning Cloud on eBay the result was Sally owning this authenticated bow section and thus a long and involved project, led by Bob Hayes, Deputy Chairman of The Friends, began with Giles Ball joining the project soon after to manage the hard graft restoring the piece.

    Along the way Bob and Giles rekindled a lost association with the Royal Southern Yacht Club based on the Hamble where Sir Edward spent many hours working on his sailing campaigns.   With good relations re-established with the club by the Commodore at the time in 2014, David Mead, Arundells was able to present the club with a half model of Morning Cloud 2 which had been the completion of  a long forgotten promise by Sir Edward in 2004.    RSYC Presentation   This relationship also enabled the Friends to secure help with the sailing media through the club's PR consultant Peta Stuart-Hunt and now Arundells is known to many prestigious International Sailing Clubs all over the world.

    The event on the 15th May was the culmination of the whole initiative with many happy Friends able to see their hard work rewarded.  Pictures of the bow section can be viewed in the gallery depicting where it sits in the Dell, a fitting contemplative area of peace and reflection.  Alongside MC3 is the memorial plaque dedicated to the memory of Nigel Cumming and Christopher Chadd, the two crew members who perished when the boat was struck by heavy seas and sank in September 1974.

    This project is just one example of how The Friends have been able to support the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation for the benefit of maintaining the legacy he left for all to enjoy.



    Mrs Chadd, mother of Christopher Chadd, Sir Edward Heath's Godson
    Margaret Chadd and her son Jonathan paid a visit to Arundells on Tuesday 9th September at the invitation of Bob Hayes, Chairman of The Friends.
    Margaret has been a keen supporter and member of the Friends ever since she learnt of our intention to place the restored bow section in the garden at Arundells including a memorial to her son Christopher and his fellow sailor Nigel Cumming.   They both died when a freak storm caused the sinking of Morning Cloud III off the south coast in 1974.
    Following a tour of the gardens and house they met with Pam and Stuart to talk over old times and reminisced about Sir Edward and his connections to their family.
    On the following day they visited Hythe Marina where the bow section is being stored following restoration work by James Dickens.  Sally Tattersall, the owner of the bow section joined the group to tell Margaret about how she managed to acquire it.

                                                                          AT ARUNDELLS                                                                       Margaret with Malcolm Green playing the Steinway                              Margaret standing by the bust of Sir Edward by
                                                                                                                                          Martin Jennings                          


                                                                                               AT HYTHE MARINA
    Margaret with Sally Tattersall beside the bow section of                                      The Group: Giles Ball, Sally Tattersall, Margaret Chadd,
                          Morning Cloud III                                                                              Jonathan Chadd and Bob Hayes beside the bow section
                                                                                                                                   and with thanks to James Dickens behind the camera                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

    Royal Southern Yacht Club  25th July 2014

    Presentation of Morning Cloud memento to RSYC
    RSYC Presentation

    Salisbury Journal 17th July 2014
    Chinese Ambassador Visits Arundells
    By Jill Harding  

    THE Chinese Ambassador visited Arundells this week to open a new photographic exhibition. The pictures on display celebrate Chinese/British relations over the last 40 years.
    Former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, who owned Arundells, played a key role in reconnecting the west with
    China in 1972 after the Cultural Revolution.
    Sir Edward visited China in May 1974, as Leader of the Opposition, where he held talks with Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Shou Enlai.
    Chairman Mao presented him with a pair of Qianlong vases, which are displayed at Arundells, and two pandas, Qing Qing and Jia Jia, which he gave to London Zoo.
    Sir Edward gave Chairman Mao a first edition copy of Darwin’s Origins of Species. Deng Xiaoping went on to lead China after the death of Chairman Mao and Premier Zhou in 1976 and had many meetings with Sir Edward over the next decade.
    These included discussions over the return of Hong Kong to China which eventually took place in 1997.
    On Thursday, the Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, together with Lord Hunt of Wirral, who is a trustee of the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation, officially opened the photographic exhibition and enjoyed a tour of Arundells. They met members of the Friends of Arundells who campaigned to keep Sir Edward’s Cathedral Close house open to the public and businessman Peter Batey who is providing financial support while a fundraising campaign gets under way. 
                             H.E. Liu Xiaoming at Arundells                                             H.E. Liu Xiaoming with Peter Batey and
                                                                                                                                                    Stuart Craven  

    Pictures courtesy of Salisbury Newspapers  http://www.journalphotos.co.uk/

    Mail Online  22nd May 2014


    Sunday Mirror  18th May 2014


    Salisbury Life September 2013

    Sir Edward Heath's former home, Arundells in Salisbury is very much open for visitors -EMMA CLEGG visits to soak up the atmosphere, and revel in the history, from the medieval portcullis window to the new era imprinted upon it by its famous 20th-century occupant
    There are signed photographs of Indira Gandhi, Pope John Paul II and President Clinton on the Steinway grand piano.   These are just three of a host of framed photographs  placed on his drawing room piano by former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath KG MBE (1916-2005). This, along with the other rooms open to the public in Sir Edward's house are kept just as they were when he lived there.
    Arundells was given to the sixth Lord Arundell by John Wyndham as a wedding present in 1752. Originally a medieval canonry, the building shows six distinct architectural imprints. These include a 14th-century back portcullis window, an elegant Queen Anne facade, a Jacobean north-west wing and a Georgian staircase window. This history, alongside its prominent position on The Close, with the Cathedral spire looming over the house when viewed from the two-acre walled garden with the Avon and Nadder rivers running at it's rear indicate a residence of moment. Yet this is only the framework, for the inside brings yet more layers of history and glory in the form of Sir Edward's personal belongings.
    The contents reflect the man
    Sir Edward Heath came to live here in 1985, and stayed until the end of his life. The house is full of the things that he most loved, and these are admirably encompassing. Politics has a strong presence, naturally, in the form of photographs and original political and social cartoons from the likes of Jak, Garland and Cummings. The latter are housed in what Sir Edward referred to as the "cartoon corridor", always shown by him to visitors with great delight. Then there's his sailing memorabilia, particularly photographs of the five Morning Cloud boats, which he owned (in succession) and raced competitively from 1969 until 1986.
    His unique collection of artworks are there, including drawings by Walter Sickert, Augustus and Gwen John and paintings by L.S. Lowry, John Singer Sargent and John Piper. Many of these artists were known to him - Sickert used to do sketches for Edward Heath and his brother when they were children, but when probed about what happened to these works, Sir Edward explained they used to make paper aeroplanes out of them! The house also holds a collection of fine European and Oriental ceramics including a pair of vases from the Xianlong dynasty gifted to him by Chairman Mao.
    A pianist, organist and conductor, Heath's musical tastes and his musical friends, including Leonard Bernstein, Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern - are also represented. One of the wall-mounted artworks shows a quick sketch by Norman Ferryman of Sir Edward conducting the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.Ferryman was renowned for his "kinetic paintings" of musicians performing and this drawing was one of Heath's most treasured pieces. He was asked by Andre Previn to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Elgar's Cockaigne Overture at the Royal Festival Hall in 1971, and this is how he became the first British Prime Minister ever to conduct a leading professional orchestra.
    Dining room debates
    Sir Edward's Sunday lunches were legendary - and the dining room stands testament to this. He would regularly invite public figures alongside friends and neighbours to lunch on Sunday, usually consisting of between 10 and 12 guests. So the chairs in the dining room, commissioned by him with the legs in the form of horses' legs, must have held some fascinating personalities and been witness to some engrossing debates, with guests including John Profumo, Archbishop Runcie, Yehudi Menuhin, Bob Geldof, Rory Bremner, Paul Getty and the King and Queen of Greece.
    On his election to Prime Minister, Sir Edward famously said, "Our purpose is not to divide but to unite". He followed the same ethic by leaving his estate, including Arundells, to the Sir Edward Heath Charitable Foundation. He did this because he wanted "to share the beauty of Arundells". This you can do until 30 October this year, and then again from March 2014
    By kind permission of Salisbury Life