Political: Constituency: Woodford [Essex]: correspondence, mainly with representatives of Woodford Conservative Association.

Reference code: CHUR 3/12A-B

Part of: CHUR 3
Next record: CHUR 3/13
Previous record: CHUR 3/11

Date: Nov 1950 - Dec 1958

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Correspondents include: [Cedric] Wordsell, Secretary and Agent [until 1951] (9); Sir James Hawkey, Chairman [until 1952] (18); Kathleen Kemp, Secretary to the Agent (17); W Hubert Barlow-Wheeler, Secretary and Agent [from 1952] (40); Malcolm McCorquodale; Rowland Arnison, Chairman [1952-1954] (4); John Harvey, Vice-Chairman [1952-1954], Chairman [1954-1956] (9); Squadron Leader Albert Cooper inviting WSC and CSC to lunch; Anthony Eden [later 1st Lord Avon, Foreign Secretary]; George Christ [Parliamentary Liaison Officer, Conservative Party, and Editor Weekly News Letter] on speech ideas for WSC (3); Donald Forbes, Chairman [from 1956] (14); 2nd Lord Mancroft on addressing the Young Conservatives at Woodford. Also includes notes and copies of correspondence from: secretaries Chips Gemmell, Lorna Cowper, Lettice Marston (Lettice Shillingford), Jane [?Portal, later Lady Williams of Elvel], Grace Hamblin, ["Jo"] Sturdee ("N S") [later Lady Onslow], E Sayer, Elizabeth Gilliatt, Monica Graham, Anthony Montague Browne, and Doreen Pugh; CSC (President of Woodford Conservative Association); [Prime Minister's Private Secretaries] Peter Oates and John Colville; Christopher Soames; and from WSC to some of those mentioned above and to [Diana], Lady Mancroft.

Other subjects include: constituents' enquiries mainly on housing matters; various association matters, including a delay in handing in some nomination papers, events such as a 1954 fete at the Royal Wanstead School [Essex] and a 1956 function at Chartwell [Kent], views on tensions with Egypt over the Suez Canal, visits by WSC and CSC, and local funding, recruiting, and personnel; requests for WSC or CSC to hold honorary positions, and attend or support local events; arrangements for visits to the House of Commons and Chartwell; matters concerning the 1951 general election including Liberal support; a rail disaster at Stratford [Essex]; requests for WSC's autograph; the differential rents scheme for council housing; matters concerning the local Young Conservatives; matters concerning WSC's speeches in the constituency.

Also includes: various material produced by the association; a draft of Hawkey's contribution to the 1951 association Year Book; various drafts of messages and speeches in WSC's name (some from Christ), including notes for his speech (11 May 1957) on foreign policy, the Labour Party, and the government's achievements; appointment and agreement for Arthur Kelting to be WSC's election agent, 1951; list of those killed at Stratford; timetable for November 1954 visit to constituency; lists of invitees to the Chartwell function and of association officers and the executive council.

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Open, except for folio 50 which has been removed on grounds of data protection due to presence of sensitive personal information about potentially living individuals until review on 1 January 2027.

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