Sir George pays tribute to Lord Carnarvon
12 Sep 2001
The Earl of Carnarvon died on September 11th.

Sir George pays tribute to his life and work.

"One's thoughts and prayers are very much with his widow Jeanie, his children and grandchildren.
Henry Carnarvon always looked so healthy and cheerful that it is hard to believe he is no longer with us. He had such a wide range of interests and did so much for his country and his county.
I remember him nearly twenty years ago when he was Chairman of SERPLAN - a consortium of local authorities responsible for planning the South East; planning is complicated and controversial, but Henry succeded in guiding SERPLAN through difficult discussions to agreement and in making planning understandable to the man in the street.
He also took great interest in Inner City problems, visiting every London Borough in the early 1990's to get an insight into the challenges that confront those who work there.
He was greatly respected in the House of Lords, where he was an influential crossbencher taking an interest in constitutional issues. He survived the abolition of the hereditary peers by becoming one of the 92 elected ones and was a regular attender.
He worked hard for local charities, and was kind enough to allow the Living Paintings Trust to hold a reception at Highclere Castle to promote its work. He was a regular worshipper at the churches on and around his estate.
In Basingstoke, he was very involved with Refit2001 - raising funds to modernise the Sports Centre in the middle of the town which he helped to build some 40 years ago; and he helped residents in Newtown Common in their recent battles with their freeholder.
He was perhaps best known for his responsibility for the Queen's racehorses; and the letters that he wrote to his father as a young man - published in a book - reveal his love of horses and the countryside.
He will be much missed by his many friends in the County."
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