Famous Winklers

Distinguished Members

“If he’s a chap of good character and we like him, we’ll have him!”

(Former Secretary Bunk Harffey’s answer to another member’s question on whether to accept or not a prospective new member of the Winkle Club)

Sir Winston Churchill

1955 Sir Winston was turning down almost all of the honours he was invited to receive in all parts of the country, saying: “I am an old man now”; but when the invitation from the Winkle Club arrived, he accepted at once saying: “This is one thing I want to do”.

The Queen Mother – Honorary member
HRH Quenn Elizabeth II – Honorary member
Field Marshall Lord Montgomery
H.R.H. Prince Edward, The Duke of Kent
Sir Robert Menzies, KT, CH, QC, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (1966)
Sir Norman Wisdom
Dickie Henderson
Harry Oakes
Richard Dimbleby
Lance Percival
Cyril Fletcher
Tommy Trinder
Neil Hamilton

Other Distinguished Members

Marquis of Verdun, former President, French Section of the Souvenir Normand
Clifford Musgrave, former Curator of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton
Sir Charles Wheeler, former President of the Royal Academy
Frank Cousins, former Transport & General Worker’s Union
Admiral Sir Alexander Bingley GCB OBE, Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
M. Chauvel, French Ambassador to London
Councillor Robinson, President of the Shire
M. Edward Holman, Mayor of Falaise
Rear Admiral H.E.Dannreuther, DSO
The Duke of Bedford
Lord Rupert Nevill
Raymond Francis
Sir Edwin Bate
Charlie Stewart
Sir Alec Rose
R.S.M. Brittain
Wayne Morris
Freddie Mills
Bunny Baron
Sandy Powell
Reginald Dixon
Jack Tripp

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give”

Winston Churchill