Police Horse ‘Winston’

police-horse-winston
Winston

The memorial to Winston’s final resting place can still be found in the grounds of Imber Court

Police Horse ‘Winston’, who sire was Erehwemos was foaled in Yorkshire in 1937.

In 1944 he was purchased by the Mounted Branch of the Metropolitan Police Service and following tradition the letter ‘W’ was used to name all police horses that year. Winston was named after Winston Churchill. As a police horse Winston was often present on duty at public events such as the Changing of the Guard.

In 1947 Winston carried King George VI during the first Trooping of the Colour since 1939. Winston participated in various roles in other Royal ceremonial events when not working as a police horse.

From 1949 to 1951 , then Princess Elizabeth took her father’s place at the ceremony becoming the first British Queen since Elizabeth I to review her troops on horseback. Though other police horses were made available, the Queen always preferred Winston.

During the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II procession Winston was ridden by Sir John Nott-Bower then Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis.

Winston retired from Troopings and other Royal Duties in 1956. Whilst later being ridden by a mounted police officer at Imber Court, Winston slipped and dislocated his back on the 7th February 1957 , requiring him to be destroyed.

An original photograph of Winston can be found in the members bar in the Club House at Imber Court  and on the 7th February every year glasses are raised….

 

Dispelling The Myths & Rumours

Imber Court is being sold to build a new Housing Estate!

Imber Court is to be become a ‘Free School’

Neither are True.

In August 2015 we signed a 35 year lease to guarantee our occupation at Imber Court as a sports and recreation club. We are here until at least 2050

download

 

Imber Court is a Club for Police Officers only

police-officer

Absolutely Not True

For a number of years Imber Court has welcomed local residents as members of our Club. At the last count there are over 500 individuals, partners and families at Imber who are local residents. We have a real diversity of membership.

Imber Court is a Club with a police heritage which we are proud of. You will notice this as you use the Club House, the facilities and grounds as there are many artifacts, pictures etc reminding us of the heritage. The club is also home to the Metropolitan Police Rugby, Football, Cricket and Bowls Clubs. However due to our extensive facilities, football for example, we can also claim to be home to other football clubs such as Weirside Rangers FC and Maori Vets FC.

In respect of our history the land was purchased in 1919 with the original purpose of providing a training centre for the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch.  However not all the land was required and in the early 1920’s much of the land and meadows were turned into playing surfaces with monies that police officers donated themselves. A donation from The National Police Fund also paid for the building of the main clubhouse.

The Club was officially opened on 11th June 1929 by H.R.H. Prince George and has operated as a sports and recreation facility since then.

Over the intervening years the Club has operated (as it still does today) as a non-profit making entity. This means any profits made (through our commercial activities) are always ploughed back into the Club, enhancing the facilities for its users.

Becoming a member at Imber Court is a straight forward process and if you are interested pop in and talk to our staff, visit our website www.imbercourt.com or ring the office on 0208 398 1267 x 4 and ask for Julie our membership secretary.