Omagh woman attends Winston Churchill Trust ceremony at Buckingham Palace

Teresa Maguire, from Omagh, pictured meeting her Majesty the Queen at the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust event
Teresa Maguire, from Omagh, pictured meeting her Majesty the Queen at the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust event
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Teresa Maguire, a Senior Horticulture Technologist at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise’s (CAFRE) Greenmount Campus, attended a reception at Buckingham Palace, hosted by Her Majesty The Queen on 18 March.

Her Majesty The Queen, who is patron of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, hosted the event to mark its 50th anniversary as Sir Winston’s living legacy.

Since 1965, more than 5,000 British citizens have been awarded Churchill Fellowships, from over 100,000 applicants, to travel overseas to study areas of topical and personal interest. The knowledge and innovative ideas they bring back are shared, for the benefit of their profession, their community, and, in lots of cases, the nation. For many people, a Churchill Fellowship proves transformational, and they go on to achieve great things - effecting positive change within society.

Teresa went on her Fellowship in 2008 to Australia and New Zealand to investigate the impact of environmental sustainability on horticulture production.

Since then she has used the knowledge and skills gained in her role within CAFRE in the provision of horticulture knowledge and technology transfer projects and educational programmes. Teresa was delighted to have been chosen to attend the event, which had been a wonderful experience.

Fellows from every decade since 1965 represented the Trust at the reception, as well as representatives from The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in Australia, and the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States.

To mark its semicentennial, The Trust has just awarded a record number of 150 Travelling Fellowships – investing at least £1.3million in British citizens. This year’s Fellows will travel to 58 countries between them, across six continents, where they will carry out a wide range of projects. The average length of a Fellowship is six weeks.

Many events are being held throughout the year to celebrate Sir Winston’s life and legacy.

“We were delighted and honoured that the Queen hosted a reception to mark our anniversary year. Sir Winston’s legacy lives on through our Fellows – individuals who, like him, have vision, leadership, a passion with a purpose, and a commitment to help their fellow citizens,” said Jamie Balfour, Director General of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

For further information, please contact The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust on 020 7799 1660, http://www.wcmt.org.uk