Lord Deben                         John Rose Photography                            



    I am singularly honoured to have been asked to deliver the third annual Edward Heath lecture, not just because of the distinction of my predecessors, although that would be honour enough, but because in an important way my generation was marked more by Heath’s influence than that of any other single politician. Like so many other Conservative students, I had met him at conferences, heard him speak on Europe, and shared his disappointment at de Gaulle’s ‘Non’. But my clearest early memory was the elation I felt when, sitting in a Tube train on July 27 1965, I read of Ted’s surprise election as leader of the Conservative Party. All had seemed lost when the overnight opinion polls showed that MPs would  give the immensely clubbable and popular Reggie Maudling a thumping majority. For those of us for whom Europe was the key issue, the prospect of being led by the nebulous Maudling was deeply concerning. In the event, as so often, the polls turned out to be and Heath won by 150 to 133 with Enoch Powell trailing behind with 15. It was the first time that MPs had chosen their leader. That in itself was a victory. 

    Let’s pause for a moment on that amazing fact. In our ancient parliamentary system,its oldest and most successful political party had never before chosen its own leader by ballot. That happened for the first time a mere fifty years ago -within the lifetime of almost every one here. That was the moment when, what Iain Macleod had witheringly attacked as the ‘magic circle’, was finally broken and the Tory party was no longer in thrall to great, and largely aristocratic,men. It was, after all, only two years before that this tiny group had refused Rab Butler the leadership and on the basis of ‘soundings’ gave it instead to the charming but unelectable 14th Earl of Home. They thus handed power to the 14th Mr Wilson.

    So it was that Edward Richard George Heath became the first Conservative leader to be elected by the Parliamentary party and in a sense that was his first tangible success in the battle to bring the Tories into the modern world. The son of a small builder, the product of universal education, he was the least typical Tory leader since Disraeli. And he was faced with a mammoth task.Macmillan had rung down the curtain on Empire but the Conservatives hadn't yet begun to find their role in the post-Imperial world. The Suez debacle had shown just how little the old guard had really understood about the changing world outside Britain. This was a Party which felt threatened by the ‘swinging sixties and saw the Beatles as a regrettable and largely inexplicable occurrence. It was a Party entirely unprepared for the social upheaval that was about to break and end the deferential culture upon which it had depended for so long. It was a Party in desperate need of remedial surgery and the change in the mechanism for choosing a leader played a small but essential part in that process. Heath had used his role as chief whip first to help secure the change and then to take full use of it organise his own election. 

    Even so, his victory was against all the odds. He had, after all, had no high profile jobs. He was not known for great achievements or the author of significant changes. He had been a technocrat and political manager during the whole of his Ministerial career. It all started when he had become the first of the 1950 entry to be promoted when he was asked to serve in the Whips Office.He had had only one year on the back benches. That meant no time at all to create a wider political reputation for good or ill.

    There were, however, two important indicators of his future course. Very soon after arriving in the Commons, he had helped found the One Nation Group thus putting himself firmly in the great Disraelian tradition. He had also already rebelled against the party’s whip. Rather surprising perhaps for a novice so recently back from the discipline of war. Yet, the issue upon which he rebelled was an important pointer to Heath’s future stance. The Conservatives were supporting the Labour Government’s craven refusal to allow Seretse Khama to succeed to the leadership in Becuanaland - now Botswana or even to return to his homeland.They had succumbed to the pressure of the South African Government whose apartheid policy was affronted by the fact that this tribal chief had married a white English woman and, even worse, that his people were increasingly supportive of it. Ted was one of thirty who stood out against the consensus view that now seems so deeply unacceptable. In fact, this was the only glimpse that his colleagues had of Heath, the rebel. Yet that was what he had been in Oxford and would become again as Father of the House.

    So it was that he joined the Whips Office, then be moved to a junior Treasury post, and then back to become Eden’s Chief Whip, carrying him through the Suez crisis. His loyalty to the man who had resigned over Appeasement stifled any concerns that he may have had. That was what was to be expected from a Chief Whip and he lost no friends nor gained enemies over it. In my home constituency of Gravesend, we were all agog over the issue as our MP, the intellectually able and committed Europhile, Peter Kirk, was a rebel - condemning Eden’s policy in no uncertain a manner. Yet even he never thought that Heath should have behaved differently. When Macmillan succeeded Eden, Ted was sent to negotiate our unsuccessful entry into the Common Market and for many in this room this was the beginning of our long and continuing commitment to the European ideal.After the veto, he returned as Industry Minister where he remained until the Conservatives lost office

    So this was a career in which Heath had to display little of himself and reveal almost none of his own views, save for his commitment to Europe. By accident,for it couldn't have been by design, he had not had to manage Education, save the NHS, or even build a roads policy. His interaction with MPs on constituency issues had been minimal and the only principle he had had to uphold was that of loyalty. His whole career had been one of conformity - he had never had the opportunity to rebel except the once and few of his colleagues had any understanding of just how radical he was.

    However they should have had no doubt about his determination to reach to the top and the Grammar School boy who had made it to Oxford knew that meant concentration on doing his job well while at the same time learning to navigate a way through and around the Conservative Party. That singleness of purpose was largely unencumbered by political friendships. He was close to almost no-one in the Parliamentary Party. There were real friends outside - in particular Madron Seligman, whom he had met at Oxford and with whom he travelled to Poland on the very eve of invasion and with whom he escaped from France with hardly a day to spare. There was also his doctor Brian Warren who had looked after him from the ‘50s, and that malign influence upon whose judgement he too often depended,Toby Aldington. Close too were men with whom he had gone through the War and who remained friends with whom he could relax. But none, with the possible exception of David Gibson-Watt, were serving MPs.

    He had had neither the time nor the opportunity to express his political views or build a reputation as a man of a particular political tendency. His role in the Whips Office made it his duty to reflect all views and not impose his own.Circumstances therefore conspired to remove Heath from the life of the Opposition back bench in what must have been the most exciting of times for anew entrant as the Labour Government staggered to its end. By accident it meant that he did not become, as did Iain Macleod, a figure of the reforming Left. As a whip he couldn’t speak in debates and was denied membership of the One Nation Group he had helped to found. He was therefore distanced from the camaraderie which for so many is the essence of Parliament. His Ministerial roles made him into a loner not least because in all those formative years, he never found in the Commons the opportunity for relaxed relationships that he had enjoyed in Oxford where he had felt at home and had fitted in.

      There, his position as the Balliol Organ Scholar had given him very convenient and preferential rooms where the leading undergraduate Conservatives like Hugh Fraser and Julian Amery met. Heath was in his element and there was then no hint of his later reserve. Nor in Oxford had there been any question of his political views. A staunch opponent of Munich from the first, he welcomed Eden to speak at the Oxford University Conservative Association, of which he was chairman, and was deeply disappointed when Eden contented himself with a few generalities and did not make the great oration attacking the National Government,Hitler, and the Nazis for which Heath ahead hoped.

    It had been natural for Ted to lead the debates in the Oxford Union condemning appeasement as it was for him to take a leading part in supporting the Independent candidate against Quintin Hogg the official Conservative. In that stance he stood alongside Harold Macmillan whose book ‘the Middle Way’exercised so powerful an influence over him. Heath sums it up simply and powerfully in his autobiography. “The Middle Way represented a sound set of answers to our economic and social problems, avoiding the evils of both an unregulated capitalist system and a dirigiste socialist approach.” That understanding and commitment to the Conservatism of Peel, Disraeli, and Macmillan drove him throughout his political life but it was not a vision that he shared much in the tearoom of the House of Commons.  It was instead his music and later his sailing that provided the outlet that others found in Parliamentary dining clubs and bars.

    Among musicians and sailors, Ted felt included. Among his Conservative contemporaries he increasingly didn't feel at home. It was partly the simple fact that he came from so different a background. He would be the first leader since Disraeli who was so déclassé. It was also his own family upbringing which was simply not comfy. It made him angular and often ill at ease. So it was fortunate that his ministerial jobs did not demand much in the way of socialising. Had they, he might never have become leader.

    It is here that I want to face up to this fundamental problem of Ted Heath. In so many things he was a giant yet there were parts of him that didn't seem ever to have been properly formed. Of no Prime Minister in our long history could the phrase ‘Renaissance Man’ be more appropriate. Political visionary, brilliant negotiator, soldier, sailor, musician, the best of one-nation Conservatives -And yet this was a man who, humanly and personally, was curiously stunted. Even those of us who cared for him and knew his kindness and experienced his warmth- even we remember the long silences, the apparent rudeness, and the surprising  insensitivity.

    There was of course the other side. The one we only saw in private and away from politics. The funny, almost whimsical man who spoke at our wedding and thanked Penny for the six years he had worked for her; the kind boss whose New Year epistles to his staff showed such understanding and such real appreciation; his many personal letters whether written in his own good hand or dictated - full of genuine sympathy and understanding. These were flashes of what might have been or perhaps of what really was. But for the most part and in most circumstances, for such a remarkable mind and so cultured a soul - his was a personality that simply didn't add up. As a result his place in history has been hugely understated and his legacy seriously undervalued. His friends and admirers have to admit this fundamental problem or we cannot effectively begin the reassessment that Ted so richly deserves.

    In his recent autobiography, Chris Patten, illustrates our uphill task.Intellectually, culturally, and politically an ally, Patten is scathing about Heath as a person and yet he is kind and generous to Margaret Thatcher with whom he shared practically nothing. If that is true about people who were on his side, it is doubly true of Ted’s enemies. And there were and are many. The sheer nastiness that Brexit has unleashed was long a feature of his life. I vividly remember the vicious woman whom the host at a wedding had seated next to Ted. She changed the place settings so as to be on the other side of the table exclaiming ‘I'm not sitting next to that traitor’. That streak of hatred among a certain kind of Tory can be seen most clearly in the obituary edition of the Conservative History Journal. Their assessments of the recently dead former Prime Minister were characterised by real bitchiness and triviality.With all the illiberality characteristic of the hard Right they belittled the few of his achievements they bothered to recognise and concluded he was a merely a curmudgeonly irrelevance.

    Actually,Ted Heath was in many ways the seminal figure in the creation of the modern Conservative Party. Not only did he take Britain into Europe and therefore into the modern world, he saved the party from post-colonial depression and decline. His treatment of the East African Asians, his firm rejection of Enoch Powell’s populism, his modernisation of the machinery of government, and his reform of the Trades Unions - all these were essential components in the creation of a Conservative party capable of governing a Britain devoid of deference and stripped of an Empire.

    What he did made Thatcher possible. The daughter of a grocer could aspire to the leadership of the party only because the son of a builder had made it the kind of party that would accept her. Although she sought always to present herself as far removed from him - a position which he did nothing to discourage - her essential role in freeing the economy from Trades Union control was only possible because of his earlier reforms and could only have been carried through successfully because of the rising prosperity our membership of the European Community engendered and her own achievement of the Single Market enhanced.

    Yet,for too long we have allowed him to be seen through her rather than the other way round. For more than a decade she so dominated British politics that she overshadowed all that had gone before. The Great Leader is never allowed to have near antecedents and her’s has to be the only legacy. So, contemporary Conservative history has been seen only through the Thatcher prism and written as if she were the true inheritor and he a temporary aberration. This is adistortion that we need to correct not simply for truth’s sake but because the myth increasingly impedes the re-emergence of an authentic Conservative Party.

    None of this is to denigrate Mrs Thatcher’s achievements nor to set the two up as rivals again. I served both Prime Ministers and would not for one moment deny the essential role Margaret played in the recovery of our nation and its retooling for the modern world. Nevertheless, the attempt of her devotees to turn what was her specific role for a particular time into a continuing philosophy  - an alternative to historic Conservatism -it’s that which lies at the root of our present difficulties as a Party.

    Right from the first, that misinterpretation of her achievement enfeebled the Tory party and led it to make a series of disastrous choices for leadership - simply because we were looking to continue her inheritance rather than to fashion a new Conservative response to the world which Tony Blair and New Labour represented. If we had gone back to our roots, understood what Heath had understood and began again to fashion historic Conservatism so that it responded to the aspirations of Mondeo man, we would have provided a powerful opposition to the vacuuous self-congratulation of Mr Blair’s superficial synthesis.

    Instead we continued to ignore our real political history because we were still caught up in the Peronista illusion. We picked William Haigh because he seemed to be a youthful Thatcherite; Ian Duncan Smith because he wasn't Ken Clarke; Michael Howard because he seemed safe but still in the Thatcher mould. We turned Europe into a whipping boy, obsessed about immigration, failed to understand the social revolution that was happening around us and missed out on the way the world now communicated. 

    That nostalgia now threatens the Conservative Party's very existence as a political force and our recovery will demand that we regain a proper perspective by which to view who we are and what we mean to our nation. Just because we are the oldest political party in the world does not guarantee our continued existence.What has ensured that in each new generation is the constant process of so refreshing our enduring principles that they are seen as relevant to the time in which we live. That was what Ted Heath did in his generation. Understanding and appreciating what that was will help us to see how today’s Tory Party can again find its way back to the Conservative mainstream.

    Heath was intellectually well prepared for high office. His reading and grasp of politics was prodigious. When his general library was sold I bought a number of his well thumbed books - some of them he had bought as an undergraduate others were testament to his continuous involvement in the history of political ideas.He bothered to understand the arguments of others from the Left and the Right -not just the quotations from commentators. It meant that he grasped the nuances and relished his discussions with thoughtful people of other Parties. It explained why he was so good a negotiator with other European politicians because he knew their history and the intellectual basis from which they derived their attitudes and their arguments. He did not deal in the easy straplines and slogans, the convenient quotations and simplistic wisdom that others mistook for philosophy. He had read the books, followed the arguments, and discerned the weaknesses. His position was not derivative but worked through, proofed in serious intellectual fire. That meant that his global view was  rigorously based and properly considered. It would be this that, many years later, would endear him to the Chinese.

    On18th of June 1970 Heath won an election the polls had said he was destined to lose. Together with a number of my friends from Cambridge, I was one of those who provided his majority. He had been a generous neighbour to me, speaking in my support and giving credence to this bearded youth who snatched victory in Lewisham West by 760 votes. We were a merry crew, that 1970 intake. Ken Clarke and Norman Fowler, David Madel and David Knox, Alan Haslehurst, Sidney Chapman,and Robert Hicks. Lawrence Reed and John Wilkinson. We largely came from the same unpretentious backgrounds. We were committed to Britain entering the European Community and we were proud of our new Prime Minister, thrilled that he had proved the Polls wrong and excited that he had given the Conservatives a working majority.

    18 months later we were gathered in the House of Commons to hear the result of the vote to approve in principle Britain’s entry into the European Communities. We knew that we had participated in the most important vote in our lives. I stood in the Well of the House next to Ken Clarke as the result was read out: there voted Ayes 356 and Noes 244 so the Ayes have it.  It’s the only time either of us have shed tears in public. We had done what we had come into politics to do. We had given our country the chance to be a leader again, to move beyond the nostalgia for Empire and help forge a Europe where war would be unthinkable and which would be a force for good instead of bringing the world to its knees in pursuit of our civil strive. 

    We didn't know then what was happening in No 10. Ted had returned from his triumphant vote to be joined by his father, brother, and sister in law. He sat down at the piano as he always did when he needed to unwind. He played the First Prelude from Bach’s 48 Preludes and Fugues. It was symbolic. Britain had rejoined the mainstream. Only after he had finished at the piano could the partying begin.

    And it was Ted who had done it. Make no mistake - no-one else would have had the tenacity or the single-mindedness to deliver this result in the teeth of traditionalist opposition. They were all there voting with Harold Wilson and the unreformed Labour Party all with a view of a Britain which had long gone.Sir Ronald Bell, Sir Richard Body, Sir John Farr, Sir Anthony Fell, Sir Hugh Fraser, Sir Donald Kaberry, Sir Stephen McAdden, John Sutcliffe, Teddy Taylor,Sir Robin Turton, Sir Neil Marten, Sir Carol Mather, Sir Angus Maude, Sir Jasper More, Sir Gerald Nabarro, Enoch Powell, Sir Ronald Russell, Sir Derek Walker-Smith. And they never forgave him. They knew now that they had a leader who was determined to build a Party not in their image but one which could capture the minds and hearts of a new generation. In the face of a hidebound Labour Party dominated by reactionary Trades Unions, the Conservatives had seized the initiative and set the agenda for the future.

    Mind you, by now we were all blooded. We had fought Labour night after night on the Industrial Relations Act. It was part of our election manifesto and fiercely opposed by the Trades Unions and the Labour Party who rightly saw it as a threat to the stranglehold that organised labour had on Britain’s industry and commerce.Again Heath had showed his tenacity and determination. The woolly heads in the CBI and the liberal commentators had yet again argued for caution and conciliation. They advised that the Government should retreat. They talked of compromise and concordat, of bargaining and voluntary restraint. Ted would have none of it. He knew that we had to win this battle if we were to compete in a world which would simply roll over us if we were confined by out of date labour practices and restrictive agreements. We voted again and again late into the night, Mrs Oppenheim resplendent in silk gowns and elaborate slippers, the rest of us simply longing for it all to be over.

    Of course there was much more. The recasting of the Government Machine, the patient detailed consideration of the European Communities Act, the battle with militant labour, decimalisation, Local government reform, and the  Sunningdale Agreement, - all these were the work of a man determined on the renewal of his Nation and the reformation of his party. He was in the end defeated, more by the quadrupling of the oil price than the NUM, but he had fought the fight and without him Britain would be much poorer and less influential and the Tory Party might well have gone the way of all flesh. 

    Much more important is what his example has to teach us today in the ludicrous and embarrassing position in which our country stands.  Let us be quite clear, as he would have been.We are where we are because of the serious and stupid decisions of our Party -the Party that he dragged into the modern world. We misused our mandate and sought to solve our own continuing internal divisions, not within the Parliamentary process but by the entirely alien system of referendum. We forgot that referenda only work in the Westminster system if you win. Lose - and Parliament can’t deal with the consequences. Representative democracy is a great treasure but a jealous master and we have abused it for our own party political purposes. We didn't even take the most elementary of precautions,allowed sweeping constitutional reform without any necessary majority for change; excluded from voting those to whom the result mattered most; and allowed huge sums of money to fund a campaign of lies which its perpetrators now disown and its advocates now admit could never have been delivered.

    So,in the spirit of penitence that befits the Constitutional Party that has betrayed the Constitution, we might ask what would have been Heath’s advice. It would not have been very gently put - there would have been a good deal of harrumphing and neither Mr Cameron nor Mrs May would have found it comfortable.He could not have resisted saying that he wouldn't have started from here! He would then have said ‘you don’t solve your political problems by resorting to clever wheezes like referenda; you face down your opponents; you argue your position; you challenge them to vote against you and you win the day. There was never any cop-out with Ted. He wouldn't have let Bill Cash and Liam Fox, Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees Mogg seize the agenda. He would have fought Nigel Farage’s populism as he fought that of Enoch Powell. He'd have done it because he thought that was the right thing to do, irrespective of those who wanted appease UKIP.  And he would have won. He would have shown that UKIP was a threat to the Labour Party and that its appeal was to the unreconstructed Left not to the moderate and progressive right. His deep understanding of political history and philosophy would never have allowed him to take the referendum route. He'd have seen it for the aberration it was and no superficial Press-driven demand for direct democracy would have convinced. Nor would it have permitted him to go to the country for a mandate to pursue a policy which had neither been defined or costed.

    But,as so often with Ted, it is better to leave the acid preambles  to one side and cut to the chase. What do we do? First he would remind us that now more than ever Britain is seen to be part of Europe. Every day that passes that fact becomes clearer. The most preliminary of Brexit discussions have already revealed the difficulties of severing our limb from the body politic of Europe and the premed for the surgery has not yet begun. Instead we are in the early stages of learning that the idea of one man, one vote, once has no place in our Parliament and belongs to dictatorships alone. The idea that we cannot learn from experience nor change our mind is not one which a Parliamentary democracy can entertain for long.

    Nor would fear of the anger that a thwarted Brexit would engender divert him. He would know there was another anger - the growing anger as the moderate majority recognised that they lived in a country where an obsessed  minority was calling the shots and destroying their future. That anger he knew would in the end prevail. What was more he would see that appeasement would indeed end in the electoral extinction of the Conservative Party. If we become the party that destroys our economy,diminishes our influence, and impoverishes our public services, we will become a party that makes way for Mr Corbyn - just as the magic circle made way for Mr Wilson. So Heath would insist that those of us who stand in the Conservative mainstream should tell the truth and shame the devil. He would remind us that there have been too many lies and too much deception and we must trust the people with the truth.

    He would perhaps have hit upon a three point plan. First we fight as we did in the Industrial Relations Bill, line by line and clause by clause to ensure that theso-called Great Repeal Bill exactly transfers all our present protections and arrangements into British Law. Not one exception nor a single extension of the powers of the Executive. This must not be an excuse to substitute Ministerial diktat for the European consensus. Second, he would expect us to demand the audited accounts of this whole enterprise. Department by department, agency by agency - the British people must know the cost of Brexit and our representatives in both Houses must demand it of every Minister who comes to the Dispatch Box until finally they recognise their duty to comply. It is indeed a financial scandal that, under the cover of not revealing our hand, the Government thinks it proper to embark on these negotiations without revealing any figures to Parliament. We are not only buying a pig in a poke - we haven't the faintest idea of the the cost ofthe pig or the value of the poke. 

    When we have those figures we should insist that they be properly and independently audited line by line and issue by issue. What will we really owe the EU for our commitments were we to leave? What does repatriating our environmental enforcement, product testing, scientific research, health and safety, and all the rest really mean to our national budget. What’s the cost of an Irish Border? What are the fiscal and public spending consequences, the security and policing implications.  In this way, when we come to the crunch, when the deal or no-deal begins to emerge we can ask this Parliament of ours, to consider the facts.  Shouldn't we think again? Or is this Conservative party really going down in history as being willing to chose to weaken Britain because it feared to stand up for the truth. 

    Edward Richard George Heath, with all his faults and awkwardness, from Munich to Father of the House never failed to stand up for what he believed to be right. Appeasement was not for him. He loved and fought valiantly for his country and he would not allow us to betray it now.  


    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