Arabella Churchill

Arabella Spencer-Churchill (30 October 1949 – 20 December 2007) was an English charity founder, festival co-founder, and fundraiser. In 1971, Churchill played a major role in the development of the Glastonbury Festival. In 1979, she set up the Children's Area of the Festival and also the Theatre Area. Until her death, she ran the Theatre and Circus Fields. Her duties in the 2007 festival involved the booking and management of some 1500 separate acts. She also founded and was the director of the Children's World charity. She was born in London to Randolph Churchill (son of Sir Winston Churchill) and his second wife June Osborne, and was half sister to Winston Churchill. She appeared, at the age of two, in the portrait of Winston Churchill and his family which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery. She went to Fritham School for Girls, where she was Head Girl, and then Ladymede school, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. She worked at Lepra, the charity for leprosy sufferers, and then briefly at London Weekend Television. In 1954 she had appeared on the cover of Life as part of a feature on possible future spouses of Prince Charles.


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