Members of the Raglan Rescue must report with great sadness the sudden death of the Hon. Arthur Somerset.
We offer our deepest sympathy to his family, especially his wife Tanya and their 3 young children and his parents Lord & Lady Raglan, Geoffrey & Caroline Somerset. (27th July 2012)
We will be reporting shortly on the situation concerning the Raglan Collection in order to keep everyone up to date on the situation.
HAVE YOUR SAY!
Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to share your thoughts with us and sign our e-petition. The number of votes is increasing by the day, however we have a large number of votes that remain unconfirmed. Without this confirmation, your vote cannot be counted. Keep encouraging friends, family and colleagues to sign our e-petition too. Your votes will really make a difference!
We have recently heard from a few high profile supporters. David Davies, MP for Monmouth has now signed our petition. Monmouth Assembly member, Nick Ramsay has spoken out about our cause; “ I remain very concerned that the collection may be lost to a foreign buyer and would encourage everyone to support Raglan Rescue’s campaign and sign their e-petition accessed on its website www.raglanrescue.co.uk .’
In addition, Lisa Rogers; TV presenter, actress and Monmouthshire resident has kindly taken time to lend her support. Lisa commented: ‘As a member of a long established Monmouthshire family, I feel it is only right & proper that the collection remains intact, in Monmouthshire; in Raglan’s seat with the titled family, The Raglans.’
We have managed to achieve some great coverage so far in both the Local and National Press.
Huon Mallalieu talked of our ‘forlorn hope to rescue the Raglan Collection’ in The Times on 17th March.
Colin Gleadell wrote two articles about this ‘ unique collection that tells a fascinating story’ in The Daily Telegraph on the 3rd April and 27th April.
Dalya Alberge writing for The Independent on 3rd April talked of the ‘ 11th-hour injunction ‘ bringing ‘a dramatic halt to an auction by Christie’s in London of a treasure trove of hundreds of artefacts relating to Waterloo, Wellington and the Crimea’.
Clarification — Mr Henry van Moyland
In an earlier version of this website, we stated that Henry van Moyland did not speak to anyone about the sale of various items in Cefntilla and that he tried to sell items without consulting with any other party. We also published various comments from leading figures and organisations in the Monmouthshire area, but unfortunately included amongst these were some contributions from readers, which we now realise included defamatory allegations about Mr van Moyland.
We have been asked by Mr van Moyland to point out that he is selling Cefntilla and its content with great regret, and in the hope that the Collection may be kept together. We are informed by Mr van Moyland that he spent several months in negotiation with other parties in an effort to sell the Collection as a whole. The proposed sale by auction was not scheduled until after it was clear that those negotiations would not be fruitful.
We are pleased to make this clear and would further point out that the Raglan Collection and Cefntilla are the subject of ongoing Court proceedings.