8th Earl of Carnarvon made Honorary Vice President of SSAFA Hampshire

24 October 2018

8th Earl of Carnarvon made Honorary Vice President of SSAFA Hampshire

We are delighted to announce that the Earl of Carnarvon is to become Honorary Vice President of the Hampshire Branch of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. 

This news comes following the highly successful 2018 Battle Proms event held at Highclere Castle, where the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon invited SSAFA to participate in ‘Heroes at Highclere’ to honour the fallen of the First World War.

During the planning stages of the event, Lawrence (Ash) Ashbridge, a volunteer at the SSAFA Hampshire branch, discovered that the 5th Earl of Carnarvon had been a Life Member of SSAFA Hampshire.

The 5th Earl’s association to SSAFA, which further embellishes his already well-known reputation for philanthropic service, came as a wonderful surprise to the current Lord and Lady Carnarvon. 

Further discussions with Lady Carnarvon revealed that when all the men working on the Highclere Estate went to fight in the war, the 5th Earl continued to support their families financially. Knowing their loved ones were being cared for whist they fought at the front would have helped the soldiers' morale immeasurably. 

Speaking of the recent announcement, Patricia Lyons, Chairman, SSAFA Hampshire, said:

“We are extremely honoured to have the Earl of Carnarvon come on board as an Honorary Vice President of SSAFA Hampshire branch.  It is wonderful to be building on the history of the Carnarvon family supporting SSAFA and to be entering this exciting new chapter together.”

On accepting his new honorary appointment Lord Carnarvon said:

“I am delighted to be carrying on my family’s legacy of supporting SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.  I look forward to working more closely with the team in the coming months.”

We welcome Lord Carnarvon to SSAFA and are delighted to be re-establishing the family connection with the charity.


About the 8th Earl of Carnarvon:

George Carnarvon is the 8th Earl of Carnarvon and lives at Highclere Castle with his family. Highclere Castle is a country house in the Jacobethan style by the architect Charles Barry, with a park designed by Capability Brown. The 5,000-acre estate is in Hampshire, England, about five miles south of Newbury, Berkshire. The Highclere Estate farms just over 2,000 acres in Hampshire and has a large flock of pedigree Lleyn sheep. Crops include oats for horse (and human) consumption, milling and feed wheat, barley, haylage, linseed and oil seed rape. Highclere Castle is recognised worldwide as the venue for the award-winning TV series Downton Abbey.

For more information visit www.highclerecastle.co.uk or Twitter (@HighclereCastle), Facebook @HighclereCastle and Instagram (@highclere_castle).