Month: February 2015

1962: Antony’s Albany Trust Interview

Grey’s impatience and political manoeuvring of other Albany staff is often justified to himself on the basis that those people don’t understand the true raison d’être of the Trust. Apart from the Bishop of Woolwich, Dr John Robinson, who Grey grants due accord because

“He believed that the work of the Trust, as of the Church, was about the true Liberation through the power of the one Spirit.” [Grey Quest for Justice Loc 4221/6001]

Dr Charlotte Wolff in her highlights of Lord Beaumont’s emergency meeting at the House of Lords in 1971 mocks Grey slightly for his self-identification with the Albany Trust and the way he spoke as if they were still attached. Between 1962 -1980, Grey leaves and returns to the Trust twice, once for six months between Sept 1970 – July 1971 and again from mid-1977 – 1980. For almost eighteen continuous years between the ages of 35 – 52 Grey is a Secretary or the Director or Managing Trustee.

In 1962 as the sounds of Joe Meek and The Tornados’ Telstar descended the UK charts from five weeks at Number 1, the Joint Secretaries to the Trust, John and Venetia Newall, were stepping down and Antony Grey, then aged thirty-five, was stepping up to press the doorbell to Kenneth Walker’s offices on Harley Street. The interview panel for the role of Secretary to the Albany Trust was a committee of five men and one woman. Already known to most in his role as Treasurer before Grey were the familiar faces of an elderly genitourinary surgeon, a Labour inner-city MP, the Bishop of Woolwich, a published criminal psychiatrist and a young married couple in town from up North.

“My appointment was not a foregone conclusion. I was asked to wait in Kenneth Walker’s little Harley Street dining room while the committee discussed my offer. Besides Mr Walker, the others present were Dr Neustatter (the Society’s deputy chairman), Kenneth Robinson MP, the Bishop of Woolwich (‘Honest to God’ John Robinson) and the Newalls. Apologies for absence had been received from Jeremy Thorpe MP, Ambrose Appelbe, C.H. Rolph and Jacquetta Hawkes, although I believe that most, if not all, of these had told Kenneth Walker of their views.” [Grey Loc 1148/6001]

Interestingly, half of the interviewing committee were involved in Royal Northern Hospital, located on the Holloway Road in Islington, North London. Kenneth Walker O.B.E was an eminent consultant surgeon to the Genito-Urinary Department at Royal Northern, while Dr Neustatter was a senior psychiatrist to the department of Psychological Medicine there and Kenneth Robinson, a local Labour MP for St Pancras, served on the Hospital’s Board.

The hospital had moved grounds several times since being founded in the 1850s to end up near Union Chapel, Highbury and Islington station with a Royal Charter from 1921. It was one of the first hospitals to receive wireless radio on the wards.

 

 

Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 12.55.07Kenneth Walker O.B.E (1882 – 1966)

A true Victorian, in his eightieth year and as the most senior of the six original founders of Albany Trust six years earlier, Walker had been an eminent genito-urinary surgeon and sexologist for his entire career, with a momentary foray into being a children’s author forty years previously. During his work at St Paul’s Hospital and Royal Northern Hospital in Holloway, North London he had come to believe many sexual problems such as impotence, were less mechanical than they were psychological.

In 1923 he and Geoffrey Maxwell Boumphrey[i] published a sombre book for children called The Log of the Ark[ii] involving an animal called a scub infiltrating the Ark and introducing animals to the concept of eating meat, turning the Ark animals into prey and predators. An amoral tale without reference to the biblical events apart from the setting of the tale it was an odd interpretation to offer children. A lifelong devotee of Gurdjieff from his early thirties through a meeting with P.D. Ouspensky in Paris in 1924 he wrote Venture with Ideas and A Study of Gurdjieff’s Teaching provide an introduction to Gurdjieff’s ideas. Amongst Walker’s Gurdijieff fellow followers he was well known, a friend to Pamela Travers, the Australian author of Mary Poppins whose son was causing her problems with drink-dirving prison sentences before 21.

Going beyond the Jesus story - Douglas Lockhard

Going beyond the Jesus story – Douglas Lockhard

 

In 1939 he had co-written with a pschoanalyst the book Sexual Disorders in the male. In 1945 described circumstances in which artificial insemination was taking place in UK in British Medical Journal with Dr Weisner and in the early 1920s was performing testicular grafts for ‘rejuvenation’ although he very quickly saw them as impossible and denounced Voronoff’s work (based in 1920s Paris transplanting first castrated criminals’ ‘glands’ and then shavings of monkey glands into wealthy elderly men!) to the Royal College of Surgeons.

[i] Founding member of H.G.Wells ‘open conspiracy’ of 1932 the Progressive League – Manifesto; contributing on the issue of Town & Contry Plannng; Author of BP & Shell Shilling Guides around Britain; 1950 BBC Home Service Broadcast by Boumphrey on Caerleon-on-Usk

[ii] The Log of the Ark. By Kenneth M. Walker and Geoffrey. M. Bonmphrey. Drawings restored by Geoffrey M. Boumphrey. Louden Constable. [7s. 6d.]

Dr [Walter] Lindesay Neustatter[i] [Albany Trust Deputy Chair] (1903-1978)

 

was the Trust’s deputy chairman at the time, as well as consulting at Royal Northern Hospital and serving as Vice-President of the Medico-Legal Society. Six years previously he had delved into ‘The Mind of the Murderer’ [ii] publishing a book of that title in 1956, having studied medicine at University College in late 1920s. While he was at university his mother had struck up a friendship with her son’s former teacher at King Alfred School, Hampstead, a man called A.S. Neill. From 1921 onwards Lillian Nuestatter had worked tirelessly with Neill to establish the Summerhill School in Suffolk. Due to his 1956 book Neustatter developed a reputation as a forensic criminal psychiatrist and in 1966 would give Ian Brady’s pre-sentence report and gave evidence on Brian Jones’ state of mind.

[i] Later in 1966 to provide Ian Brady’s pre-sentence report http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2545778/Experts-warn-Ian-Brady-extremely-dangerous-report-finds-76-year-old-serial-killer-suffering-chronic-psychotic-illness.html

[ii] Book Reviews, 49 J. Crim. L. Criminology & Police Sci. 572 (1958-1959)

 

 

(Sir) Kenneth Robinson MP (1911 – 1996) – Scientology’s Nemesis

At the time of Grey’s interview Robinson had been Labour MP for St Pancras since 1949 – for past 13 years – and was now turning 50. He served as a Board member of the Royal Northern Hospital where Kenneth Walker, Dr Neustatter (and from 1950 – 1954 a nurse called Claire Rayner trained) all worked.

The son of a doctor and a nurse, he was forced to leave the Grocer’s Company School, Oundle, in 1926, aged 15 with no further education. Hugh Gaistkill had appointed him no 2 to Dr Edith Summerskill in Ministry of Health in shadow government in 1961

By 1964 he would be in cabinet as Harold Wilson’s first Minister for Health 1964 – 1968 before the position was merged with Secretary of State for Social Services and Richard Crossman took over. He didn’t hold a Cabinet position. Two paintings at the Royal Free Hospital (into which Royal Northern was subsumed) are by Lady Robinson, Sir Kenneth’s wife. In retirement from politics he later became Chairman of the Arts Council and was involved in the hospital’s art.

It was Kenneth Robinson MP as Wilson’s Minister of Health who won a libel suit against the Church of Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard. In 1967, banning foreign Scientologists from entering the UK (a prohibition which remained in force until 1980). In response, L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder, had accused Wilson of being a puppet of Soviet Russia backed by an international conspiracy of psychiatrists and financiers!

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2023220/Secret-war-Scientologist-mafia-launched-Harold-Wilson-gover…

In his last two years as PM, and until his death, he repeatedly told people he was being shadowed and bugged by MI5; claims dismissed as paranoia until revealed to be true in 2009. 

Dr John Robinson (Bishop of Woolwich)

Dr John Robinson had been appointed suffragan Bishop of Woolwich by Mervyn Stockwood, the Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 12.24.32Psychically obsessed Bishop of Southwark three years prior to Grey’s interview, having courted controversy almost immediately by appearing for Michael Rubinstein’s legal defence of Lady Chatterley’s Lover in 1960. The year he was interviewing Grey he had just published the “church-shaking” ‘Honest to God’.

 

 Venetia (aged 25) and John Newall (aged 30)

(the then current joint secretaries): Venetia, currently aged 79 and Honorary Vice-president of the Folklore Society was then aged twenty five, was starting a career which would blossom into a noted British folklorist who would become a Research Fellow in Folklore at the University of London and a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She has published several books –  An Egg at Easter, The Folklore of Birds and Beasts, served as Honorary Secretary and later President of the Folklore Society, editor of International Folklore Review and a County and Regional folklore of series on British Isles.

Described by Grey as a young, wealthy philanthropic couple who worked with Andrew Halidie-Smith from November 1960 – December 1962. With family and business commitments in the North of England, the couple worked intensively for the Trust when in London, and with Grey as Treasurer spent lunchtimes in a noisy Chinese restaurant somewhere in the back streets of Chinatown behind the offices on No 32, Shaftesbury Avenue.

Wondering if any relation to the directors/family of Newall & Turner board, the asbestos company in Rochdale with mines in Rhodesia that Cyril Smith defended taking shares in and reading out speeches in parliament written by T&N in 1981?

Joy Blanchard

With Grey he brings a former secretary to David Astor, the founder of The Observer, Joyce Blanchard. He works part-time for the Trust, one day a week on Saturdays sub-editing for The Observer in their offices on Fleet Street and part-time writing a book for the Steel industry for the next five-six years.

“At the advertising agency I had made friends with a temporary senior secretary, Joyce Blancahrd (known to everyone as Joy) who was then in her late forties, and had previously worked as a personal secretary to several eminent businessmen – including David Astor of the Observer. I decided to offer her the position of Office Manager at the HRLS/Albany Trust offices, and she responded enthusiastically.” [Loc 1122/6001]

In 1962 Thorpe’s affair with Norman Josiffe Scott was already underway so spare time was possibly precious and too valuable to be spent interviewing on behalf of the Albany Trust.

 

Another DES funded ‘Youth Experiment Project’, Henniker-Major & a WWII Military Intelligence Analyst

Within 2 months of the MIND/PIE/Albany Trust Workshop…[See before reading below: 1972 – 1976: The Art of Pervasion – Playland, Paedophiles, Power and Politics  – [Sir] Harold Haywood meets PIE hosted by MIND with other Albany Trustees – all six write to The Guardian to plead the case for vulnerable ‘bisexual’ married men indulging in a spot of extra-marital pederasty and beg the question ‘Who is exploiting whom?’ – Albany Trust, PIE & PAL begin co-drafting Paedophilia: Some Questions & Answers which a year later is used by PIE to drop in MPs pigeon-holes at Westminster during the passage of the Protection of Children Bill March/April 1978]

 

On 27 November 1975 Mr A Prosser, Department of Education & Science, agreed to provide a grant to Albany Trust specifically towards the support of a full-time Youth Officer.[i] Briefly during this early period 1974-1976 when Grey and Haywood move towards successfully securing government funds to extend the work of the Albany Trust, two Ministers of State for Education & Science in quick succession were Reginald Prentice MP (5 March 1974 – 10 June 1975) and Fred Mulley MP[Lab: Sheffield Park 1953-1980] (DES: 10 June 1975 – 10 September 1976) appointed under Harold Wilson’s second term as Prime Minister. Prentice was to later cross the floor and become a Conservative MP, given a peerage under Thatcher.

“The Albany Trust/DES Youth and Sexuality Project which ran from the summer of 1976 when the first Youth officer, Ric Rogers, was appointed, until October 1979 when his successor, Alan Smith, presented his final report. Whereas Rogers had concentrated his out-of-London activities in two main areas – the East Midlands and the North East – Alan Smith followed a more general itinerary, going wherever he found that a local authority or youth organization training programme wanted him to offer a training event.” [grey / footnotes]

The Youth and Sexuality Project report did not find much favour with W.H.Miller of DES when it was finally received by the department in late 1979. By then the DES came under Mark Carlisle MP who was to last [ ] months under Thatcher’s first term before [Sir] Keith Joseph took over for the next 5 years. Miller wrote to make clear that despite funding the ‘Experimental Project’ for 3 years the Department did not want their name attached to the report.

“This is of course a report by the Albany Trust and publication is primarily a matter for the Trust. It would not be proper for the Department to oppose publication, although I should emphasis that this does not mean that the Department supports the views expressed. If you do decide to publish, you will no doubt wish to correct the typographical errors and make it clear that this is an Albany Trust project which the Department agreed to support in 1976, as an experimental project (rather than a project funded by the Department through the Trust).”[ii]

In contrast Grey was either somehow unaware that the DES under Thatcher had expressed a cool distance between the Youth Worker ‘Youth and Sexuality’ Experimental Project or its resulting report (along with a sneer at the typos) and instead in Quest for Justice signposted the report as residing somewhere within the DES

“The Albany Trust’s existence during its final years of activity is amply justified by this impressive report. Doubtless it is now mouldering forgotten in some dusty pigeonhole at the Department of Education. It should be resurrected, studied afresh, and acted upon.”[iii]

 

[i] Referenced in a letter from Rodney Bennet England to John Leigh (DES) dated 13th February 1978

[ii] Letter from WH Miller (DES) to Rodney Bennett-England (Albany Trust) dated 18th January 1980, DES Ref: YO21/30/206 [for finding other files residing in DES, YO presumably stands for Youth Officer or Youth Office?]

[iii] Grey Loc 3960/6001

Shortly before [Sir] Harold Haywood departed the Trust for the Prince’s Trust for Young People, Ric Rogers resigned as Albany’s Youth Worker to move to the National Youth Bureau. Alan Smith replaced him and in mid September 1978 wrote the following outline of the Experiment for submission as one of the charities being funded by DES as ‘youth experiment projects’.

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From details of other charitable projects being supported by the DES as Youth Experimental Projects running parallel and receiving DES experimental government funding was Inter-Action’s Make-It-Yourself project – which sounds like quite a fun proto Junior Apprentice business production project or ‘community education experiment’.

 

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The history of Inter-Action and Kentish Town City Farm – a year after this document Prince Charles is filmed giving a speech and visiting the Kentish Town City Farm – an associate of Righton’s, Sir John Henniker-Major was a city farm adviser to the charity presumably for his establishment of the Islington-Suffolk Project.

Trustees

ED Berman’s theatre group the Ambiance ended up on Rupert Street in 1971 – equidistant between the Albany Trust at 32 Shaftesbury Avenue and Playland the amusement arcade on Coventry Street. Laurence Collinson who Antony Grey would later study Transactional Analysis with put on a play here during Gay Play season of 1975.

Clive Barker’s Theatre Games of 1977

Pamela Rose and her husband EJB Rose who as it happens was a noted military intelligence analyst during WWII – New York Times obituary 1999

“The advance knowledge of German plans, so laboriously deciphered at Bletchley Park, helped Britain when it was fighting alone against the Nazis, and Mr. Rose was head of the section that determined the military importance of the information they received.”

[Sir] Christopher Chataway (Former Conservative MP for Lewisham North – 1966 and then Chichester 1969-1974) Privy Councillor

American Names Association Timeline of Lloyd’s re-insurance market and asbestosis claims

Ian Hay Davison – became the Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of Lloyd’s re-insurance market in the 1990s and became Chairman

In 1988 Ian Hay Davison wrote A View of the Room: Lloyd’s Change & Disclosure

British watchdogs sacked by Dubai over their advice

 

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How to rescue a bank: be firm, be quick, be quiet, Ian Hay Davison draws lessons for the handling of the Northern Rock crisis from his experience as chairman of National Mortgage Bank after its collapse in 1992

David Kingsley: (1929 – 2014) Guardian Obituary Labour’s first spin doctor who was one of the 3 men advising Wilson during 1966-1970, fell out of favour after surprise loss of Wilson to Heath in 1970. Only went back into politics for Social Democrats in 1981.

 

 

 

Familiar names amongst the City Farm Advisers:

Sir John Henniker-Major (1916-2004)

British Council Director, Ambassador to Jordan and Denmark during the 1960s until retirement in 1972, Henniker-Major had also worked in Argentina for 7 years after Burgess revelations. While Peter Righton was being investigated by the police in 1993, the Islington-Suffolk project on Baron Henniker’s estate gave him sanctuary . Henniker-Major was Chairman of Suffolk County Council and a former Liberal parliamentary candidate. Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten (Duke of Edinburgh before he married the Queen) had attended Sir John’s eldest son’s christening, named as his godfather in November 1947.

Country house hideaway of disgraced care chief (6.5.93) [Evening Standard, Eileen Fairweather & Stewart]

“Recent scandals in residential childcare have led experts to believe that paedophile staff may be ‘networking’ nationally to exchange children and pornography – even protection. But only now are moves afoot to address this problem with investigators planning to meet Mr Herbert Laming, chief inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate, to request a co-ordinated nationwide team.

In the meantime it was left for officers investigating Righton to contact their counterparts in Suffolk to establish why he had gone to live there.

The Henniker estate has been the family home since 1756, a rambling mansion house set in farmland and woods. Day-to-day running of the estate has passed to the Lord’s son and heir Mark, 45, and his wife.”

In 2005, Baron Henniker-Major’s grandson Freddy, the 4th youngest of Lesley and Mark’s children committed suicide aged 21. [Inquest into death of Peer’s Son, Ipswich Star, 11 July 2007]  Born in 1983, Freddy was aged 10/11 when Peter Righton arrived at a cottage on his father’s estate.

“As the extent of his alleged activities emerged, police discovered that Righton had moved to the Henniker estate. Suffolk social workers were alerted to establish the circumstances in which he was living.

Lord Henniker, 77, told the Standard he did not know Righton and was not responsible for him living on the estate. ‘The estate belongs to my son.’

His son’s wife, Mrs Lesley Henniker-Major, said: ‘Mr Righton is a tenant. He came to us through an estate agent with impeccable references.’

She said she was not aware of the current investigation but had been told of his previous conviction for possessing indecent material by police and social workers. ‘I was very upset. But I have discussed this with Mr Righton and he tells me this material was unsolicited. I am a mother of five and I am very careful. I am not at all worried. He is innocent until proven guilty.’”

 

– The Rt Rev. Trevor Huddleston (Bishop of Stepney)

Bishop of Stepney who was being whisked away to Mauritius in 1978 due to the mounting allegations against him in the East End of London. See further for John Junor’s frustrated attempts to report and Attorney General Sam Silkin’s admissions to the BBC at Famous Mr X and the Rule of Law

1971: Bishop of Stepney’s promise of patronage  for Peter Righton’s ACCESS along with Jack Profumo

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Brother of Sir Peter Morrison, a ‘noted pederast’ who was Thatcher’s PPS. Lord Margadale, Charles and Peter’s father had Thatcher & Denis to holiday on his whisky producing Islay estate in the summer of 1977 and 1978. Lord Margadale had previously entertained two other of Savile’s favourites: Princess Alexandra (whose husband Sir Angus Ogilvy he’d been Vice-President to his Presidency of the National Association of Youth Clubs while Sir Harold Haywood reigned) and Conservative Prime Minister Ted Heath.

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Glasgow Herald, 16 August 1979

It was Lord Margadale who had declared in 1976/1977 at his family home that Thatcher would be the next Prime Minister: Did Maggie know her closest aide was preying on under-age boys? [Daily Mail, Sue Reid, 16 July 2014]. By May 1979 she’d won the election and Peter Morrison began his slippery ascent.

 

 

 

– Tony Smythe (former MIND Director, Albany Trustee, NCCL)

Smythe had organised the Sexual Minorities Workshop, chaired by Peter Righton, where Haywood was introduced to PIE members Keith Hose (Chairman & NCCL) and Nettie Pollard (NCCL Gay Rights Worker)and reportedly had resolved that the Albany Trust had a moral duty to argue for the acceptance of pedophiles in society to ensure they could live a useful life, often by dedicating themselves to youth work.

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Bob was the Director of the National Association of Playing Fields

 

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March 1977: Albany Trust, Arlo Tatum, Peace News and Paedophiles

Once again there is talk of the Albany Trust being in crisis [see Lord Beaumont’s emergency meeting of July 1971 calling Peter Righton to the House of Lords] and following the decision to ditch public association with PIE (and the now defunct PAL) by publishing Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers, the Trustees travel to Whitehill Chase, Hampshire, Church of England retreat cottage  to discuss the future of the Trust under Harold Haywood’s Chairmanship. Antony Grey’s ‘Aide Memoire’, 12 pages of in-fighting recorded from his own personal perspective are located at the bottom of this post in full.

The second session on Saturday morning 27 March shows the discord in views between the Trustees on ‘Sexual Minorities’ or more accurately, paedophiles.

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Angela Willan (Woman’s own agony aunt) felt that the paedophiles should be last on the list to be helped amongst all other sexual minorities and that the Albany trust should not put itself in the position of selling their viewpoint for them. She also pointed out the situation of tremendous inequality as between adult and child.

However, Haywood appeared almost wilfully oblivious to Angela and Sue Barnet’s opposition to the Trust’s continued focus on paedophilia, ignoring Grey’s plea for the Trust to publish another booklet on its own terms on Paedophilia and instead wanted the Trust to be ‘more adventurous’ [p.11] launching into his vision for a one year program to commence under his remaining 6 months’ Chairmanship  ‘Sexuality in Institutions’. It would strive to:

 

(a) take up the way paedophiles are treated in prison

(b) try to get more moderate and better informed press attitudes to paedophilia

(c)  act as ‘honest broker’ between paedophiles and others who are reluctant even to listen to their point of view

(d) provide them with meeting places for discussion groups

(e) provide counseling/befriending

 

It might have been more accurately entitled ‘Paedophilia in Institutions’. Haywood hoped Lord Winstanley, Sir Cyril Smith’s old friend would be willing to get involved with fundraising for the Trust later in the year [p.12]

In response to Sue Barnet querying whether it was a good thing to run seminars or let paedophiles hold discussion groups, Arlo Tatum, the Trust’s Organising Secretary asked  “Can we not knock down some of the myths – such as that they are all child-molestors, or that the children involved are never seducers?” echoing the response of the Trust to Playland Trial No 2 in 1975 – ‘Who is exploiting whom?’

Arlo Tatum’s arrival in the midst of the Albany Trust as Organising Secretary (summer 1976? TBC) is both mysterious and interesting in itself. Four years prior, Tatum had been busy suing the US Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird. A US publication Washington Monthly had revealed that army intelligence units had placed Tatum’s organisation Central Committee for Conscientious Objectors under surveillance, a pacifist movement which aligned with Tatum’s Quaker principles. On appeal by the State Tatum lost, mainly because Nixon had, in a timely move, placed an Assistant Attorney General Judge Rehnquist in place at the Supreme Court.

Tatum had composed and sung songs for Aldermaston peace marches during the 50s and had also become the Director of Peace News. [Arlo Tatum obituary, The Guardian 7 May 2014]

During 1975, while Paedophile Information Exchange member Roger Moody was working for Peace News he was promoting the organisation in its pages.

 

Taboos

The paper’s pages have often been ahead of the times in being open to discussion of then-unpopular social issues, and matters of sexual politics, such as homosexuality and feminism. And in the case of non-hysterical discussion of paedophilia, most of the world still has to catch up. On 27 June 1975, the PN letters page carried this response to a report by Roger Moody in the previous issue about a group devoted to counselling paedophiles.

“Does ‘boy’ mean male under the age of consent for homosexual activity, under age for heterosexual activity, or before puberty – and similarly for ‘girl’. I do not ask out of prurient curiosity, but because the different answers to these questions have considerable bearing on how I (and other people I have talked to) feel about pedophilia.

“There is no doubt in my mind that the age of consent for all forms of sexual activity should be reduced to 13 or 14, in order to bring anomalous situations regarding contraception and male homosexuality closer to the situation that actually exists. I also have no doubt that in an ideal world, free sexuality between people of all ages and sexes will be a positive benefit to all and the myth of childhood will be totally dispensed with. However, we are not there yet… and if I were responsible for a young child in the world today, I would want them protected from sexual intrusions by older people.” [Peace News: The first 75 glorious years]

In 1976 Roger Moody was living in North London in a ‘licensed squat’ surrounded by children, working as an editor of Peace News.

The Seven Days of my creation: Tales of Magic, Sex & Gender by Jani Farrell-Roberts

The Seven Days of my creation: Tales of Magic, Sex & Gender by Jani Farrell-Roberts (2002)

In October 1976, six months before, Grey had visited Edinburgh. “There are several professional people and SMG members there who are keen to form the nucleus of a Trust branch in Scotland. I may have to go there again soon for the British Association of Counselling, and could develop these contacts once a policy has been decided.”

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As we know from other Albany Trust documents Antony Grey was most keen for Ian Dunn (co-founder of PIE) and Dr Alan Rodger (later Thatcher’s Lord Advocate for Scotland) to get involved with the Scottish branch, Dunn already a member of the Albany Society Ltd Council of Management for the past 3 and a half years.

 

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Jan 1977: Lord Winstanley, Cyril Smith’s Westminster roommate & Liberal Peer joins Albany Trust

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By January 1977 the Albany Trust under Haywood’s chairmanship had moved offices from the less upmarket 31 Clapham Road, adjacent to Stockwell tube station, to Strutton Ground, moments from Victoria Station and its relentless flow of young runaways, close to national landmarks Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. Victoria, like all major railway stations in London, was already a major venue for ‘chickenhawks’ like Leslie Alfred Goddard, Adam Ant’s father who lived locally.

The Trust hadn’t met since 24th November when Antony Grey had been alerted to Mary Whitehouse’s allegations against Ric Rogers (Albany Trust Youth Worker) and the work of the Trust as the ‘normalisation’ of paedophilia. On 19th January Albany  Trustees Sue Barnet, Lil Butler, Michael Butler, Harold Haywood (Chairman), and Antony Grey (Director) met with apologies for their absence from Rodney Bennett-England,  Sidney Bunt, and Lord Winstanley. Haywood announced that he would be leaving the Trust as Chairman on 1 September 1977 and Lil Butler was decided upon as Deputy Chairman to support Haywood until his departure. The Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations were due to begin in February with church services leading up to beacons being set aflame across hilltops during summer but the pomp and pageantry would be sufficiently over by September for Haywood to take over the funds raised by the Jubilee Trusts and work on consolidating them into the Prince’s Trust for Young People from autumn.

Grey had invited Michael Rubinstein (1920 – 2001) to attend the January meeting, a lawyer from the firm Rubinstein & Nash at 5-6 Raymond’s Building’s, Gray’s Inn, where Lord Arnold Goodman had been articled when qualifying as a solicitor during the 1930s. Rubinstein’s uncle was publisher Victor Gollancz, leading to his specialisation in publishing matters and his defence of the publication of DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover which Dr John Robinson (Albany Trustee, Bishop of Woolwich) had been called by Rubinstein to give testimony in defence of. Rubinstein would also later advise another of his clients Anthony Blunt against suing for defamation on the basis that he had lost his reputation.

September 1979: “In theory, Rubinstein was a well-chosen solicitor for Anthony: the present menace was a forthcoming book and, as he had fought for half a dozen major publishers in libel cases, and for Penguin when, for issuing an unexpurgated text of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, the company was prosecuted for obscenity in 1960, there could be nothing that he did not know about counteracting literary accusations.

It was not so: he was far too eager to take the battle to the foe without quite knowing the complex nature of the enemy — a doggedly inquiring writer who could not quite prove what he supposed; a press informed by rumour, innuendo and the malice of all sorts of minor figures anxious to pull Anthony down in revenge for imagined slights; an MI5 and MI6 thrilling to the renewal of a long-frustrated chase; and a naive Prime Minister inspired, not by spite, but by such aggressive provincial patriotism that she could neither ask nor answer the question, “Why?”

These forces were far beyond Rubinstein’s power to control and, once unleashed, they swept him aside. It was he who, as a preliminary to quashing it, asked the publishers of Boyle’s book to let him see the text. Because Anthony was not named in it, Rubinstein’s asking to see it was promptly interpreted as an admission of sorts (had he been fool enough to name Anthony as his client?) and the publishers leaked the request to Private Eye; on September 28 the tumbrils of the press prepared to roll. With the publication of extracts from Boyle’s book in The Observer on Sunday, November 4, I had the first telephone calls — from Stewart Tendler at The Times and Chris White at the Daily Mail — but all that I, an unknown nobody wondering, alarmed, how the hell these journalists knew of our connection, could say was that I knew nothing. I was in genuine ignorance of the situation, for I had not heard from Anthony for days and he had not answered the telephone when, troubled by his silence, I had called him.” [Brian Sewell, The art of espionage: Antony Blunt & Me, 15 December 2012, The Australian ]

And in 1978 the following year Gray’s Inn, one of the four Inns of Court for barristers, would employ Canon Eric James as their Preacher, a man who also happened to be a close friend of Peter Righton, Bishop of Stepney Father Trevor Huddleston and Dr John Robinson and would also become Chaplain to the Queen less than a decade later.

Rubinstein was there to give advice on whether the Albany Trust should sue Mary Whitehouse. Antony Grey had visited him at his offices in mid-December where although the advice had been not to risk costly and risky litigation, Rubenstein had drafted a strongly-worded letter for Haywood to send via recorded delivery on 17 December in the hope of silencing Whitehouse.

 

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Albany Trust Minutes 19th January 1977

However, in June 1977 Rubinstein irritated Harold Haywood by expecting to be paid for his advice.

“Michael Rubinstein had submitted a bill for £83 in addition the £25 paid in advance, for his advice in connection with the Mary Whitehouse attack. The Chairman had written to question the charge, which he had assumed would be nominal because of Mr Rubinstein’s special interest in the Trust. He had replied saying in part “…. I cannot understand why you should have been under the impression that I was offering to advise the Trust on anything other than a normal professional basis.” The Organising Secretary was asked to pay the bill and to bear this information in mind when deciding on whom to turn for legal advice in future.”

(Quaker and pacifist Arlo Tatum – the Organising Secretary mentioned above –  whose involvement in the Albany Trust following his unsuccessful case against the US army for ‘surveillance of lawful citizen activity’ during 1972’s Laird v Tatum is particularly interesting, will be posted about in more detail shortly)

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The previous Friday before the plenary Trustees’ meeting,  the Albany Trust Executive Sub-Committee consisting of Lil Butler, Haywood and Grey had decided against publishing the booklet Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers.

“Whilst recognising the hard work which had gone into it, it was not felt that the document would advance the understanding and acceptance of pedophiles and it might adversely affect the Albany Trust. The Trustees generally agreed. It was also agreed that the Trust, in consultation with the pedophile group, should produce its own pamphlet on paedophilia in due course, and that an article on the subject should appear during the year in ‘AT’. ” (my underline emphasis)

Why was the Albany Trust so concerned to work for the acceptance of pedophiles in society, a position which went above and beyond either understanding, counselling and was certainly not aimed at rehabilitation since the view was that society needed to change to accommodate child abuse enthusiasts and not vice versa? The Trust’s rejection of the Q&A booklet above acknowledges the charity’s aim as to advance the acceptance of pedophiles, a position not dissimilar to that of the Q&A booklet’s Introduction that the Executive Sub-Committee had apparently just rejected  – that pedophiles, due to the high number in youth services both paid and voluntary, should be celebrated as a positive benefit to society because to do otherwise was to present the country with a substantial unfunded gap in Social Services. It also adds weight to Doreen Cordell’s complaint that as a charity with a self-defined interest in psychosexual counselling across various sexual minorities the Trust seemed to focus almost exclusively on pedophiles during the 1970s to the exclusion of TV/TS and other gender identity issues which as a counsellor she was seeing more of.

 

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Lord Michael Winstanley

In 1977 Lord Winstanley (1918 – 1993) had only recently been created a peer by Harold Wilson during his second term as Labour Prime Minister. For some reason, Harold Haywood and Antony Grey were particularly keen to secure Winstanley’s involvement in the Albany Trust and on 17th March at a Trustees’ meeting:

“The Chairman welcomed Lord Winstanley, who was introduced to fellow Trustees by the Director. Lord Winstanley indicated that he was most happy to be associated with the Trust, and hoped to be able to give more time to it later in the year.” [Albany Trust minutes, 17/03/1977]

Cyril Smith and Michael Winstanley had been friends since the 1950s – a long time prior to Smith entering Parliament for Rochdale as a Liberal MP in 1972. Sir Cyril wrote Winstanley’s obituary for The Independent, 19th July 1993 and credits him with persuading Smith to become a Liberal rather than a Labour MP. Winstanley had played cricket for a local Rochdale cricket team, often participating in celebrity XII matches.

“I shared an office with him at the House of Commons, and I witnessed at first hand his very hard work, his diligence and his total devotion to his constituency of Cheadle as it then was, Hazel Grove as it now is. He polled an absolutely massive vote, winning with it at one time (in 1966 and February 1974), losing with it at another (September 1974). He lost with three times the vote that most MPs win with.” [Independent Obituary by Cyril Smith]

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Savile in Jersey: Madge Hayes & St Helier Community Services Board

Like so many of locations on Savile’s regular annual cycle of events where he would rotate himself around the nation spreading largesse and misery, Jersey featured frequently in his schedule.

Savile was featured many times in the Jersey Evening Post in various fundraising ‘escapades’. Agnes Savile had quite a few connections in Jersey and would stay at the Little Sisters of the Poor Convent at New St John’s Road in St Helier.

‘What can you do with a mother like that, except love her more than my own life? And only she could get skint in a convent? He recalled how she once went off on a holiday to convent in Jersey and he gave her a few quid to spend. When he rang her up a few days later she asked for more cash, as she didn’t seem to have any left: ‘How on earth can anybody get spent-up among the nuns?’ [How’s About that then? Alison Bellamy, Loc 1614]

In 2011, Helier St Clement recalled seeing Savile in the toy shop Beuzevals (here pictured by Jersey Evening Post in 1976 – is this lady Madge Hayes?) at Broad Street and King Street – the shop went right through) where the impression Mr Clement had was that The Duchess was friends with Madge Hayes, a faith healer who could often be seen ‘laying her hands on’ people’s various aching parts and who many would go to for back trouble.

It seems that those like me who deplore the absence of courtesy are the ones walking out of step, [Jersey Evening Post, November 2011]

“Sir Jimmy called his mum The Duchess and, if my memory isn’t totally addled with age and other punishments I have inflicted upon it, I have a feeling that she and Madge Hayes were friends.

I know that The Duchess used to stay with the Little Sisters of The Poor at the top of New St John’s Road when she was on one of her frequent trips to Jersey, but I have this vague recollection also that she might well have stayed with Madge and her husband, perhaps in the flat above the shop.

What I do know is that I met both Sir Jimmy and his mum a few times at Madge’s shop –once when I had my shirt half-way up my back and with Madge doing the business as he walked in. He didn’t bat an eyelid ,but looked at the grimace on my face and suggested I should ‘get rid of that snooker table before it really damages you’.

Despite the banter, it was clear that he absolutely doted on his mother, and the impression both left with me (as did Madge Hayes, if it comes to that) is of people from an age where courtesy and good manners were second nature and rudeness was not only frowned upon but simply not tolerated.”

Madge Hayes was not only a faith healer, she was “a well-known parish figure who was the first woman to be elected to the St Helier Community Services Board“, whose son David Beuzeval went on to found the Rotary Club la Manche and stand for Deputy in St Helier when working ‘at the reception of States Offices  at the Cyril Le Marquand States Offices’ in 2008.[Rotary Founder to stand for Town Deputy, Jersey Evening Post, 5 September 2008]

What responsibility did the St Helier Community Services Board have for children’s welfare or residential homes under the local parish?

Savile inveigled his way into anyone’s path that would be useful to him, and seemed to consider his mother ‘The Duchess’ as part of his sometime double act in gathering people to his purpose, albeit often unbeknownst to them as the guise would be fundraising or charitable events where he could pop up bringing with him local, and sometimes, national media.

Savile in Jersey pictured from 1966

There may be earlier pictures of Savile in Jersey, but the Jersey Evening Post archives host a collection starting with Savile clinging on a rock face, with his trademark medieval knight meets fright wig bob in the briefest of trunks, cigar between gritted grinning teeth.

June 1966 – Rock climbing in Jersey – captioned

“Temps Passe – Jimmy Savile 1966 – A young dark haired Jimmy Savile (still with the obligatory cigar!) ‘fixes’ it for himself to do a spot of rock climbing whilst in Jersey in June 1966 “Marathon Man – Jimmy Savile, with trademark cigar, keeps in tra…”

Savile in Jersey in 1968

Preaching at St Patrick’s Church in the parish of St Clements [photos? further details being sought]

Savile in Jersey in 1969

Battle of the Flowers;- some places site as 3 times, others 4.
1969 – Mr Battle of the Flowers – Mary Horton described him as ‘most peculiar’

Summer of 1969

‘Shortly afterwards, he stripped to the waist and cavorted on a floar with a 20-year-old carnival queen at the Battle of Flower parade in Jersey. His mother rode in a car behind him, holding aloft a card with the messafe: ‘I’m watching you Jimmy.’ If Agnes Savile knew nothing of what her son was up to, their relationship was used to create the impermeable veneer of innocent fun that had become his trademark.” [Loc 3977 Dan Davies] – Daily Mail 3 September 1969

Savile in Jersey in 1970

Disc jockey Savile in pulpit (Catholic Herald, 4th September 1970)

“SPEAKING for three quarters of an hour without notes, Jimmy Savile, the disc jockey and entertainer, gave the address on Sunday of last week at St. Patrick’s Church, Jersey, at the invitation of the parish priest, Fr. Anthony Moore.

Welcoming him. Fr. Moore said: “Some people will no doubt make the criticism that to make use of a famous star by inviting him to speak from the pulpit is little more than a gimmick.

“That is correct. It is a gimmick, and I cannot think of a better way of getting through than the message Jimmy will put across this morning. After all, there is really only one Star, and anything that anyone can do or say to bring us closer to Him, then God bless him for it.”

Beginning “Hallo all!” Mr. Saviie said: “I don’t see myself as any sort of gimmick at the moment. I rather like to think of myself as an ordinary person who has been invited here to say my piece, for surely a pulpit should be a place not only for the clergy but for anyone to come to and expound their views an life.”

He spoke of his early working life in a coal mine, being injured in an explosion and having to wear a steel corset for many years. He said the injury had forced him to find another way of living.

“I found that I had some talent for organising and running dances, and that was how I first entered the entertainment business. I worked myself very hard over the years, and am now in the position of needing to work only one day a week.

“I could, if I wished. spend all my spare time on pleasure; but a full stomach sometimes forgets what it is like to go hungry. It is often quite difficult to he successful and still remember the other side of the coin.”

Addressing particularly the young people in the congregation, Mr. Savile said: “If you don’t dig all this religious business, don’t just turn your back on it. God has plenty of patience and will wait for you. The worst thing you can do is to sever everything.”

He said he had spoken in ten different churches of seven denominations this year, and done charitable work in “strange places of mentally disturbed people,” including Broadmoor and Rampton.”

Fr. Anthony Moore was Parish Priest of St Patrick’s, Samares

Savile in Jersey in 1972

1972 – Dee Coles a 14 year old on holiday with her mum in Jersey. Jimmy Savile had his motor caravan parked in the car park of the hotel where they were staying. He abused her and a friend – the year he received his OBE.

“Jimmy Savile received the award for his regular but little known work as a hospital porter and prison visitor, as well as for his generous donations to charities. He is a regular visitor to Broadmoor and Leeds Hospital, where he acts as a porter.” (Catholic Herald, 7 Jan 1972)

Miss Battle: ‘Savile was most peculiar’ (Channel news, ITV)

“Former Miss Battle, Mary Horton, has given her view on the Sir Jimmy Savile abuse claims.

It’s alleged the Jim’ll Fix It host carried out a series of sexual assaults on underage girls.

The revelations came in an ITV documentary screened last night, titled ‘Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile’.

Mrs Horton met Jimmy Savile during her time as Miss Battle in 1972.

The entertainer was Mr Battle on two occasions.

Mrs Horton said of him, “I’ve said to my friends for many years that I found Jimmy Savile most peculiar. I thought there may be another side to him, and I’m probably being proved right now.”

Lawyers representing victims of historic abuse in Jersey say several of them have come forward to say they were abused by Sir Jimmy Savile.

Law firm Pannone based in Manchester act on behalf of a number of former residents of Haut de la Garenne who are already seeking compensation from Jersey States for their treatment at the children’s home.

Now lawyer Alan Collins says further allegations relating to Jimmy Savile have been made by his clients. Earlier this week Jersey Police confirmed they received a similar claim in 2008 but there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue an investigation.

Jimmy Savile was a regular visitor to Jersey in the late 60 and early 70s.

Jimmy Savile’s friends and family have strongly refuted the abuse claims. They believe it is odd that these allegations are coming to light now he is dead, and say if he was still alive, he would vigorously deny them.”

Savile in Jersey in 1976

Easter Mondays at Aquila, Jersey

After Savile’s death a stainless steel tray engraved ‘To Jimmy Savile OBE. With thanks for a great walk Easter Monday 1976. From Aquila Youth Centre Jersey” was auctioned.

Representatives of the Methodist Association of Youth Clubs (Jersey) and the Aquila Youth Club and its five aside football team went to London for a formal dinner and to be presented to Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon.

Newscuttings relating to the Aquila Youth Club five aside football team and to a visit by Michael Tourtel representing of the Methodist Association of Youth Clubs [Jersey] and Geoff Duckworth of Aquila Youth Club to London where they attended a formal dinner and were presented to Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon

Album of colour photos of Savile Album of colour photographs featuring a visit by Sir Jimmy Saville to Aquila Youth Club-presumed to have been taken during the 1970s

Aquila Road Methodist Church 

Aquila Methodist Church was originally built for the Bible Christians, an offshoot of the Methodists that sprang up after Wesley’s death in 1849. Now closed, Savile’s connections with the former Aquila Road Methodist Church and its Youth Club must be reviewed in light of one of Savile’s great supporters Sir Harold Haywood, who as Director of National Association of Youth Clubs gave Savile his vice-presidency next to Sir Angus Ogilvy’s Presidency, and also gave Savile dominion over former NAYC charity for disabled PHAB once it became independent in 1974 just prior to Haywood’s departure for the Albany Trust.

As Father Ted might have said (as on any topic he couldn’t fathom theologically speaking) ‘Ah Child abuse – that’ll be an ecumenical matter.’ Savile certainly wanted to draw in more than just Roman Catholics under a banner of Christian abusers unite, aiming also to include Ulster Protestant loyalists, Methodists and Anglicans amongst his followers in his role of most ancient and loyal shepherd of the Great Britisher Empire.

 

August 1978: Righton’s paper for the IASSW Congress, Jerusalem

During summer 1978 Peter Righton prepared a paper for the 19th International Congress of Schools of Social Work being held in Jerusalem, Israel that August. Robin Huws Jones had been the Principal for the National Institute of Social Work Training since its inception in 1961 and Righton’s employer as MA Lecturer in Social Work and Director of Education until his move to the National Children’s Bureau during 1972, following his ‘enforced resignation’ as chairman of ACCESS [see further here].

In trying to see who might have invited Righton to attend/submit his paper I discovered his former Principal at NISWT, Robin Huws Jones, had become President of the International Association of Schools of Social Work two years before Righton’s invitation. Sounds like the 1978 Congress was quite a celebration.

“In 1976, Stein was followed by Robin Huws Jones of England; his legacy is also preserved in a chapter by Kendall. Under Huws Jones’ watch, the Association’s first Secretary General and long time volunteer Katherine Kendall retired. Her retirement was celebrated during the IASSW Congress in Israel in 1978; IASSW also celebrated its 50th anniversary during this Congress.” [Introduction: A brief journey through the 80 year history of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, Vol 6(1) 2008, Lynne Healey]

 

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Peter Righton’s paper was prepared for the International Congress of Schools of Social Work in Israel, August 1978

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The above paper was re-printed in Social Work Education in Conflict printed by the National Institute for Social Work edited by Peter Righton

 

May 1973: Lambton’s Limited Fallout obscures the London-Paris VIP trade in u21s & ‘young boys’

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Wednesday 23 May 1973

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The Sun p. 2 Weds 23 May 1973

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Jimmy Savile’s command to buy an ‘arresting’ painting brings a Lady Godiva style portrait of Princess Anne to Glen Fern Road, Maison Royal/Le Cardinal Bournemouth, below a Customs Officer gets cleared

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On 30th April 1973 The Sun had already declared ‘Heath keeps watch on vice probe in high society’ and the News of the World had duly reported ‘Top People in ‘Sex Ring’ Probe. A top secret Scotland Yard and MI5 investigation into public figures involved in an international ‘vice racket’ was in progress and news had already spread to the States where The New York Daily News suggested the ‘vice racket’ may involve Government officials and ‘leading members of the aristocracy’. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Ernest Bond and Det Chief Supt. Bert Wickstead were leading the investigation.

Lord Lambton resigned on Tuesday on 22 May and the following day Lord Jellicoe resigned over the ‘Vice racket’ too. Lord Lambton’s eldest daughter 18 year old Lady Anne was in a car with 3 others when it was stopped and searched for drugs. Drugs were found and it wasn’t until 3 or 4 days after Lambton resigned that his daughter was cleared of any potential drug charges by the Drug Squad, though her friends were not so lucky. However by Friday 25 May The Sun was announcing ‘More VIPs on Yard List’ and Saturday saw a few columns on the cover-up Lambton had been hung out to dry in order to keep concealed and for which he was to nurse an enduring bitterness over for the rest of his life – directed specifically at Lord Mountbatten.

See blog post: Battle of the Courtiers? A grudge-match beyond death: Lord Lambton vs Lord Mountbatten 24/08/14

 

Lord Mountbatten’s name may also have featured in The Playland Cover-up involving the second trial of 1975 [see Spotlight on Abuse: The Playland Cover-Up]

The new twist in the headlines at the end of May was no longer additional VIP names however, it was the crassly phrased “Call Boys Sensation”

Offering no more than what was printed below:

“Scotland Yard officers continuing their inquiries into stories of an international “top people’s” vice ring now have information to suggest that young boys, as well as call girls, may have been involved. There is no suggestion that this new line of investigation concerns the two Ministers who have already admitted associating with prostitutes. But the Yard has been told an organisation willing and able to arrange homosexual assignations has been active both in London and Paris – and possibly in other European capitals. Homosexual activities between consenting adults in private are not illegal. However, in this context, boys under the age of 21 are not regarded as adults.”

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Saturday 28 May 1973

 

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News of the World 27 May 1973

 

Unfortunately, although there may be a few other reports of this to find the news then becomes flooded with headlines of Princess Anne’s engagement to Captain Mark Phillips so that ‘Call Boys Sensation’ doesn’t last for long.

I’ve been putting it off but talk of Paris reminds me I need to return to Sir Stuart Bell MP’s autobiography ‘Tony Really Loves Me’  who spent seventeen years in Paris as an in-house lawyer before returning to the UK to enter British politics:

photo-12“Intent on becoming “a writer” he relocated to Paris, where he worked as a clerk in a law firm among whose clients was the European office of Walt Disney. One day, delivering documents there, he was asked whether he was a lawyer, and over coffee was persuaded that he should ask his employer to sponsor his education in the profession. This he did, and in 1970 was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn. The Disney boss next told him to demand a partnership, and when this was refused offered Bell work for his company, along with offices inside the Disney building at 44 Avenue des Champs-Elysées. With such a prestigious client he quickly found others, including Hewlett Packard and General Motors, and started to specialise in the lucrative area of European trade and international tariffs. His success was speedy and he expanded to offices in the exclusive Avenue Montaigne, premises that had been the wartime headquarters of American Forces (complete with an “Oval Office”).” [ Sir Stuart Bell: Labour MP who defended constituents over the Cleveland child abuse scandal, The Independent, 16 October 2012]

 

June 1970: Michael De La Noy writes about Leslie, former MoD employee & indiscreet improper letter writer

 

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Michael De La Noy was sacked from his position as Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey’s Press Officer for publishing an article in New Society on 4 June 1970. De La Noy  helpfully reprinted the article as an Appendix in his 1971 account of his sacking ‘A Day in the Life of God’.

De La Noy provided some identifying details about ‘Leslie’ giving his age as 67, so born in 1902/3, meaning in 1916 or thereabouts he would have attended Roman Catholic public school until 1921, trained at Sandhurst and become a regular soldier in India during 1920s, but more significantly he revealed the man was:

– a current civil service worker in a government ministry, who had previously worked for 20 years for the Ministry of Defence

– living in a run-down bedsit in Earl’s Court;

– who was writing ‘improper stories’, lending them to people in his own terrible (and identifiable) handwriting and not getting them back [blackmail alert!]

– “I don’t think anybody at work knows anything about me. If they did, I think some of them would be rather shocked. I hope I’m hoodwinking people. I would like people at work to think of me as a normal person. Actually, I’d like it if they were all abnormal like me. That would be very agreeable.”

When Doreen Cordell and the rest of ACCESS were fretting about the use of Albany Trust counselling case files by Michael De La Noy to publish ‘human interest’ stories during their October 1971 ACCESS committee meetings,  this may have been precisely the kind of article they were thinking of.

One remaining serious matter was the question of the records which had already been discussed in committee. It was already known that if this issue was raised it would cause great difficulty so far as the trust was concerned.

The Chairman enquired if Dr Chartham had received a reply to the letter he had sent to Lord Beaumont which he had read to the last meeting to which Dr Chartham stated that Lord Beaumont had agreed with its entire contents. He had had a subsequent letter which was private and confidential.

The concern of ACCESS in the record situation was related to its takeover of the casework complete and the possibility that this material would be used for publication purposes without the consent of those involved. Dr Schlict added his concern since he had written confidentially in greater detail than he would normally do to an agency on certain cases. [October 1971 ACCESS Minutes]

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Born in 1934

Aged 17 leaves school and works part-time in a boys’ club

In 1954, aged 20 he joined the staff of a remand home.

In 1955 he becomes a journalist and until 1959 reports adult and juvenile courts

Becomes a leader of an experimental mixed club in Bethnal Green

In 1962 aged 26/27 he becomes Lord Beaumont’s Assistant Editor at Prism

In 1965 aged 30 De La Noy writes Young Once Only, a first person account of the history and his time spent at Northorpe Hall, a non-residential weekend centre for boys and turns into an experiment with boys on probation run in close co-operation with the Leeds probation service but itself outside any statutory provision.

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Three years prior Bruce Duncan walked into Leeds probation office and offered to take 30 boys on holiday in 1962 – he takes them to Malvern (nr South Wales not farm from Abergavenny, and Gloucestershire). Later boys will be taken on holiday to Whitby – Scarborough (Savile’s favourite place, buried there).
“During that fortnight (at Malvern – my edit) it seemed to the staff of Children’s Relief International that some sort of meaningful relationship had been established between the adults and boys.”
Duncan was welfare director of Children’s Relief International and had founded it with Bernard Faithfull-Davieshttp://www.childrensrelief.org/about
In 1943 Bernard Faithfull-Davies was writing books like The National Association of Boys’ Clubs. The Training of the Senior Boy. Purpose and Method. By W. Moses Williams and Bernard Faithfull-Davies
“Children’s Relief International at Overstream House, Cambridge, was founded in 1959 with the object of helping deprived children regardless of nationality or creed. Its general policy is to aid existing organisations or to found new ones, with the eventual intention that they shall become self-supporting under the umbrella of CRI. The directors of Children’s Relief International are Bernard Faithfull-Davies, Bruce Duncan, George Roberts, and Sylvia White. The Archbishop of Canterbury is patron.
Northorpe Hall became a CRI project in 1962 with Bruce Duncan as director. In 1963 the Northorpe Hall trust was formed so that Northorpe Hall could become an autonomous charity. The Trustees are Bernard Faithfull-Davies, Ralph Cleworth QC, Joseph Hiley MP, and William Hill-Wood.”
Joseph Hiley – Tory MP for Pudsey Leeds 1959 – 1974 Member of Monday Club
“There is one boy living at Northorpe Hall on a permanent residential basis, whose case history, response to Northorpe Hall, and possible future would have made particularly interesting material. But because of his unique position, this you would be instantly identifiable, and out of respect for Clive I ave decided to omit any reference to him. In the final chapter however, I do touch in general terms on the implications of making Northorpe Hall partly residential.” [Preface]
One of the people De La Noy thanks is the Prior of the Mother house of the Community of Resurrection 10 minutes down the road in Mirfield
“It is, of course, possible to take a rather more idealistic – but no more helpful – view of Northorpe Hall. ‘When I think of Northorpe Hall I think of our Lady, holding the house in her hand and surrounded by roses’, a member of the Community of Resurrection, whose Mother House is a mile or so up the road at Mirfield, told Bruce Duncan one day!’ [p.23]
“Thanks to the Variety Club of Great Britain there is even less chance than previously of boredom. The Club has donated £1,750 for a playroom, which has been built in the garden, and will also serve as a meeting-room and a cinema.” [p.27]
“On Sunday mornings the boys go to a parish communion at one of the local churches. For almost all of them it is their only contact with the Church and like most children they enjoy the hymn-singing and the ritual. The initial magic of organised religion has led to at least three boys seeking Confirmation. The oratory is used by the staff for matins and evensong, and is available to the boys for private prayer. The walls, once covered with twentieth-century phallic symbols, were stripped and repointed, and are now the original stone of the house. ….The chairs have been loaned by the Community of Resurrection. The Bishop of Wakefield has lent a chalice and paten and has made a gift of a wooden Cross and candle-sticks from his private chapel.”[p.28]
“Upstairs which can be got at from either the dining-room or the kitchen – in which case you are immediately in the bathroom – is the boys’ dormitory, an arrangement of eight beds in two tiers, an oratory off the bedroom, the housekeeper’s bed sitting-room and a bathroom and a spare bedroom at present used by a boy who is fully residential.” [p.24]
The Community of Resurrection had a hostel where ordinands stayed – it was closed in 1975 – it’s now student accommodation – it’s 8 minutes walk from Savile’s house he lived in growing up in Leeds. The Community of Resurrection in Mirfield is Father Trevor Huddleston’s religious alma mater, from where he was first when sent to South Africa and as Bishop of Stepney the Community held strong links with Royal St Katherine’s at Tower Hill.

“The psychiatric social worker on the case committee confirmed for me that the kind of boy most likely to benefit from Northorpe Hall was a boy who needed a father figure to relate to, one who was perhaps over-disciplined at home by an unloving, stern father, who was an only child over-valued by his mother, or an only son.” [p.97]
“To cut a very long story, short, Edgar somehow or other landed up at Northorpe Hall via the child guidance clinic and the girl guides! From the age of 12 Edgar had been seducing men all over Leeds at an alarming rate (the final total varies between sixty-seven and one hundred and sixty-seven, but any final statistics seem somehow irrelevant after, say, the fifty mark.) He went through a rather more than normally intoxicated stage of putting his arms around other boys at school and kissing them. He took to dress-up in his mother’s clothes and to wearing her lipstick, and even declared a desire to join the girl guides. After two years of closely examining Edgar’s case his child guidance cline supervisor noted: ‘He is clearly suffering from certain maladjustments. A woman probation officer put it another way. ‘The trouble is’, she told me, ‘these psychos are as twisted as the children and somewhere out on cloud nine.’ [what psychos? the men Edgar is ‘seducing’? sentence seems odd bit of a non sequitur]
Be that as it may, Edgar was selected for Northorpe Hall (this was before the days of the case committee). Within a couple of minutes he was hard at work trying to seduce one of the male staff. It was perfectly obvious to this man that Edgar was pathologically homosexual and in urgent need of help. In retrospect I think it is fair to say he handled the situation brilliantly and bold, fraught with dangers as it was. It was considered that on no account must Edgar be rejected outright, or he would deny that he was homosexual and refuse treatment. He was therefore allowed to make a number of overt gestures, both verbal and physical, which could be used as a basis for something to talk about, until eventually Edgar’s desires could be discussed without the other man either condemning them out of hand or seeming to share them. As soon as a dispassionate discussion was  possible, he put a written report into the director and Northorpe Hall set in train a long and expensive session of psychiatric treatment for Edgar.
This boy will always be homosexual, but at least he now has a chance to adjust to a useful and reasonably happy life. Left to the incompetence of his parents, schoolmasters and child-guidance clinic he would almost certainly have ended up a confirmed prostitute, and probably in prison.”

Aged 32, in 1966 De La Noy’s venture into publishing on ‘male juvenile delinquency’ propels him into a new job briefly working for Pergamon Press writing ‘Take Me Home’ booklets for the Industrial Publishing & Training section, a Robert Maxwell owned publishers printed at Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. Writes ‘Delinquency & Guilt’ and ‘Dog Collars Back to Front’

His biography states he is:

Member of the House of Laity of the Church Assembly

Has written a life of Christ for children

Member of Liturgical Revision Steering committee

Editorial Board of the Religious Education Press

In Spring [1967/68?] he will be publishing ‘Ministry to the Forces’ and ‘No time to Waste: A Challenge to Ordination’

In 1967 commences work as Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Press Officer

4 June 1970: Publishes article in New Society about a former Ministry of Defence employee/current civil servant writing improper letters

1 December 1970: Starts at Albany Trust as Director

1971: Writes his account of his sacking in ‘A Day in the Life of God’

 

Delinquency & Guilt, back cover, Take Home Books, Pergamon Press 1966

Delinquency & Guilt, back cover, Take Home Books, Pergamon Press 1966

'Take Home Books' Pergamon Press, printed at BLETCHLEY, Buckinghamshire

‘Take Home Books’ Pergamon Press, printed at BLETCHLEY, Buckinghamshire

1975-1976: Haywood & Napier, Albany Trust & Nucleus at Earl’s Court

November 1976: Earl’s Court – Haywood & Napier, Nucleus & Albany Trust

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Playland was originally ‘For Money or Love’ in the US -Playland is the UK published and extended for the British Market focusing on London, Bradford, Manchester, Leicester and Brighton

On a cold Sunday afternoon, Robin Lloyd, a US based NBC photo-journalist at the time of writing ‘Playland’ in 1975/6, walked around Times Square, in particular looking in two amusement arcades. With a ‘guide’ who knew the ‘scene’ he counted 75 boys as available, under 16, in a period of 1 hour with no duplications. He describes the same ‘test’ undertaken in England’s capital city:

“In London, the figure was much lower partly because, I suspect, the heat was still on in the West End from the Playland scandal. At the Piccadilly Underground station, a well established hangout for hustlers, at least a dozen or so boys were readily available at all times. The traffic moved almost as if it had been choreographed. For a period of time, the boys would stand and wait. When police officers appeared, a clockwise move started. Everyone moved in a circle. There was a sudden and tremendous interest in the Underground maps on the walls. Small figures would hasten towards the innumerable exist. They would return later. In the interim, they’d work the surface streets; the area in front of the Regent Palace Hotel or the coffeehouses across the street from Playland. Playland itself is a model of efficient control, not – one suspects from any concern for morality – but rather for money. Security guards watch constantly and those in the know say they are aided by what are called ‘the vigilantes’, plainclothes operators paid to keep things under control. They do it, too… ——- As a test, I decided to see how many boys I could talk to – boys on the game – in a four hour period including travel time to Euston station, Victoria Station and Piccadilly. I spoke to fourteen. All were under sixteen years of age; a diverse group.” “For the active chicken hawk, these boys are prime material not only for sex but for referrals to others. If a man is looking for a fourteen-year old boy, the best way to make contact is to ask a sixteen-year old boy. He will surely know someone younger, – quite often, his brother. These boys often stay away from the West End because of police activity. But other areas, like Earl’s Court and Shepherds Bush flourish and observers note that the action is gradually drifting back to Central London.” [p.202 – p.203]

1972-1976 THE ART OF PERVASION: PLAYLAND, PAEDOPHILES, POWER AND POLITICS

Three weeks before the Albany Trust was to be found batting away Whitehouse’s allegations against the Trust’s Youth Worker, and ‘John’ had been co-drafting ‘Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers’ in first draft, Haywood was busy convening an exciting new ‘informal’ venture at Earl’s Court, gathering a group of colleagues together to form a ‘Working Party’. Around the same time as Robin Lloyd was researching and writing his extended British version of ‘Playland’ the group had been established to investigate whether the provision of teenagers was being catered to by existing gay groups in Earl’s Court. Ric Rogers, Youth Worker for the Albany Trust was to act as Secretary. Albany Trustee, the Hon. Lucilla Butler, daughter-in-law of former Conservative MP who held 3 out of 4 of the premier offices of state Lord Butler (RAB) took a leading role. As did the Paedophile Information Exchange’s Charles Napier.

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Youth Service Provision for young homosexuals in Earls Court: Submission of Evidence and Proposals ‘teenagers at risk’ ‘Johnny Go Home’

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Sir Harold Haywood’s Working Party

Tory MP’s half-brother Charles Napier sentenced to 13 years over ‘prolific’ child sex abuse (Paul Peachey, The Independent, 23 December 2014)

Westminster paedophile ring: Jailed Charles Napier will be told to name VIP abusers (Mirror, Keir Mudie, 27 December 2014)

Tory MP’s half-brother who was known as ‘Rapier Napier’ by his pupils and helped run Paedophile Information Exchange is jailed for 13 years for HUNDREDS of sex assaults on young boys in the 60s and 70s (Daily Mail, Mark Douell, 23 December 2014)

TOP MEN FACE CHARGES IN VICE NET ROUND-UP (News of the World, 21st September 1975) Dozens of arrests are expected after the Director of Public Prosecutions has acted on a detailed dossier on illegal homosexual activities. Some of the men involved are celebrated in show business, others are top names in the financial world. The arrests will come in the wake of a vice trial at the Old Bailey. Five men guilty of indecency offences involving boys will be sentenced tomorrow. At the core of the case is an amusement arcade called Playland, near Piccadilly Circus in London. Police have interviewed 152 boys, many of them “Johnny Go Home” runaways, whose search for the bright lights ended in enticement and male depravity. The vast investigation began 18 months ago. It was then that one of the men involved told me he wanted to co-operate with the police because he resented the way “some very big names” were taking advantage of young boys. The informant and I went to Commander David Helm, head of the West End Central police force. Watch was kept on Playland. And a network of vice was uncovered. Pressure was building up yesterday for the closure of Playland and any other arcades where perverts might prowl. Mr William Molloy, Labour MP for Ealing North, said: “The Old Bailey trial points to the need for immediate co-operation between local authorities, the police and the managements of these arcades.” If this was not given, the arcades must be closed, he said. The licences of Playland and six other arcades are to be reviewed by Westminster City Council’s licensing sub-committee on Friday.

If 152 boys potentially with  information on public figures as ‘clients’ were going to move to either Earl’s Court or Shepherd’s Bush –  and quite possibly start talking – action was going to have to be taken to round them up and secure their silence. The fact that their silence was successfully secured seems to be apparent by the lack of prosecution of celebrated show business types or top names in the financial world in 1976. In November 1975, no sooner had the Playland Trial No 2 ended with the conviction of Charles Hornby and his associates, then within 6-8 weeks Napier had started the Earl’s Court Gay Help Service. Screen Shot 2015-02-14 at 20.17.56

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Nov 1976: Youth Service Provision for Young Homosexuals in Earl’s Court, Submission of Evidence & Proposals, Appendix III from Nucleus

In Harold Haywood’s working group with Napier was Danny Franco (a detached youth worker with the Pitt Street Settlement in Peckham), Chris Heaume (Joint Council for Gay Teenagers), Mrs Lucille Butler (RAB’s daughter in law, Albany Trustee who knew Haywood through NAYC Youth Work), Roland Jeffery (NCCL Gay Rights Committee with Nettie Pollard) along with Ric Rogers, Albany Trust Youth Worker as the Group’s Secretary. During 1976 the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (N.C.V.Y.S.), Haywood as Executive Committee Member, had set in motion a report on ‘Young people and homosexuality’. On publication of the NCYVS report Haywood had decided to instigate a further report focused on the Earl’s Court area – which as a result of the police activity in Piccadilly Circus and publicity of the Playland Trial was attracting more of the high-end clientele than usual.

“Generally speaking they are aged between 15 and 21, are predominantly male and have come from the provinces (especially Northern England, Ireland and Scotland). They have come to London in search of employment and a new life, or have run away from a complex family situation. There have been indications that Earls Court is now an alternative to the West End for such young people.”[i]

Nucleus – otherwise known as Earl’s Court Community Action Ltd had been established in 1974 with a grant from Fondation Rejoindre, independent of government aid. It supported a holiday-play group for local children and a support group for single mothers. Situated on the Old Brompton Road, SW8, Napier in establishing his gay group counselling service at Nucleus drafted a peculiar manifesto:

“Informal social contacts between counselors would help further to foster the Gay Group’s aims, while the introduction of clients into a counsellor’s private social circle should be considered as a very helpful way in which to befriend a client. A rather more long-term outcome of the Gay Group’s activities might be the setting up of a commune, with some of the counselors as a nucleus, in which could be pursued alternative life-styles to those prevailing in gay ghettos.”

Two of the people thanked by Playland’s Robin Lloyd, in a long list of names, are members of Haywood’s Working Party with Napier – Danny Franco at the Pitt Street Settlement and Roland Jeffery, listed not in his NCCL Gay Rights Committee capacity (see below), but as general secretary of ‘Friend’ London  – as well as thanking the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police Force as a whole. London Friend’s address from 1975  was Peter Righton’s home at 48 Barbican Road, Greenford (near Ealing, West London) (source Ealing Local History through Martin Walkerdine) [see further Ian Pace’s blog for a detailed biography of Peter Righton here: Peter Righton – His Activities up until the early 1980s ]

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NCCL Ballot Biographies excerpts

Another person Robin Lloyd thanks is Detective Inspector Dick of Catford Police Station, for he had been one of the officers ‘heading up the strike force in the West End when Playland’s operation ended up in the courts”. It’s not clear whether he worked at a different West End police station at the time, watching Playland for 18 months but interesting to reflect on what Catford police knew about ‘millionaires, titled and influential people’ paying to abuse boys 12 years before the murder of Daniel Morgan 

Playland, p.180

Playland, p.180

On Monday 22 August 1977, just before Harold Haywood departs Albany Trust to create the Prince’s Trust for Young People for Prince Charles, Charles Napier is discovered by Kensington & Chelsea Council to be the Treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange. How is not yet known. The response of Nucleus outlined below is remarkable. They require Napier to take a holiday to get over the stress and only resign his official position not his membership of PIE. “They were satisfied with his replies and there is no reason to suppose that his work for Nucleus has been influenced by his own connection with PIE.” The fact that he was sitting on a Working Party led by a man, Harold Haywood, who had been working with the Albany Trust to co-produce PIE and PAL’s Paedophilia: Some Q&A (which stated without pedophiles there would be no youth services and so they were a benefit to society) was not known necessarily to anyone else but the Albany participants involved: Hon Mrs Lucilla Butler, Ric Rogers the Youth Worker and Harold Haywood, Chairman, later to be knighted for his services to children’s charities.

Child sex man is youth group administrator (25.08.77)

Daily Telegraph, 25th August 1977

“A leading member of the Paedophile Information Exchange – the group seeking to legalise sex between adults and children – is employed as administrator of a young person’s welfare organisation. The management council of Nucleus which receives a grant from Kensington & Chelsea Council discovered three days ago that the man, Charles Napier, was treasurer of PIE in his spare time. It decided to require him to resign his treasurership but not his membership of PIE. It declined his offer to resign from Nucleus and sent him on leave.

Mr John Dodwell, the Chariman who is a chartered accountant, said yesterday: “If we thought his work was putting children at risk we would have no hesitation in sacking him.” The management council’s decision angered several councillors on the Conservative-controlled Kensington Council which granted Nucleus £3,765 this year.

Mr Robert Orme, a councillor for 21 years: “At the next council meeting in October I shall call for discontinuing the grant forthwith. While I am not bringing any allegation against the person concerned, I consider that a group which employs a man who supports the idea of PIE is not suitable to be chief administrator of a group that organises among its activities, under-fives and youth groups. The fact stressed by the management council that Mr Napier has nothing to do with running juvenile groups means nothing. As an administrator in charge he can move freely throughout the classes. Mr Napier has been administrator of Nucleus which is registered as a charity with premises in Old Brompton Road for three years. In a statement Mr Dodwell said the management council wished to make it clear that Nucleus had never had any connection with PIE and that Mr Napier’s connection was a personal one. While firmly believing that an employee’s private life was his own affair the council had questioned him closely about his involvement with PIE and his own attitude. They were satisfied with his replies and there is no reason to suppose that his work for Nucleus has been influenced by his own connection with PIE. His work has been ‘extremely satisfactory’. The council had requested him to resign all offices in PIE “as they feel that public opinion will require a clear breach with PIE to be demonstrated. In view of the stress that recent events have placed on him they also required him to go on holiday. On his return he will continue to be employed primarily in administrative work.”

The council disclosed that Mr Napier had expressed his intention in March to leave Nucleus within the next 12 months. Nucleus defines its objective as caring for those in social need in Earl’s Court, encouraging community awareness and encouraging people to help themselves and one another. A Gay Help Service was begun in 1975 to help homosexuals ‘with personal difficulties’. It has a staff of 12 and about 80 voluntary workers. The built of its income came from a Swiss charity, Fondation Rejoindre which allocated £19,750 for the year ending last March, the last of a three year grant. The Calouste-Gulbenkian Foundation has allocated £8,000 for the next two years. Other money has come from trusts and individual donations. PIE has run into trouble over the venue for its meeting next Thursday. The booking of a room at the Shaftesbury Avenue was rescinded after 17 other bookings were cancelled and the staff threatened to walk out. Meanwhile Mr Stainton Conservative MP for Sudbury and Woodbridge who had previously referred the organisation to Mr Rees, Home Secretary, has written to him urging that PIE’s plan to hold the meeting is adequate grounds for the matter to be re-examined by the Director of Public Prosecutions.”

Chelsea News 21 Oct 1977

Chelsea News, 21 October 1977

Sir Nicholas Scott was the Conservative MP for the borough (then Chelsea) at the time. He had served as Sir Robert Carr’s PPS in 1972 during the first Playland Trial No 1, moving to become Willie Whitelaw’s PPS in Employment before losing his Paddington South seat in February 1974, and was given the safe seat of the Royal Borough as a candidate, winning in October 1974.

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The Times, Latest Appointments, 21 October 1977 Haywood’s new job is announced, no mention of being Chairman of Albany Trust

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The Times Court Circular, 2 December 1977

How Prince in mufti watched the Waterloo dossers – Prince of Wales visits South Bank

Times, The (London, England) – Friday, October 25, 1985
Author: ROBIN YOUNG
The Prince of Wale’s concern about young people in inner-city areas has extended to a midnight expedition to see young dossers sleeping on cardboard boxes beneath Waterloo Bridge.The Prince’s visit to the South Bank, where concert-goers pick their way past inert figures wrapped in urine-soaked blankets, was described yesterday by Mr Harold Haywood , director of the Royal Jubilee and Prince’s Trusts.Mr Haywood said that the Prince’s concern about the young in inner city areas, highlighted after interviews given by his architectural adviser, Dr Rod Hackney, was not new. ‘It goes back years’, MrHaywood said. ‘From when we had the first disturbances in his wedding year, 1981, His Royal Highness has been very concerned to ask what we could do in co-operation with others to alleviate stress and help the young’. The Prince spent two hours from about 11 pm one night last November under the arches at Waterloo, Mr Hayood disclosed. ‘He was not in disguise but wore mufti – a sports jacket and flannels. He did not approach any of those sleeping rough because he thought that would be impertinent. Nobody recognized the royal visitor. He was accompanied by three advisers, a security man and a driver. Afterwards he spent a considerable time at Centrepoint, the charity which provides contact and support for youngsters arriving in London, and made an unannounced visit to the Alone in London Hostel at Kings Cross, where young people thronged to tell him their problems. Last June he visited accomodation for older down-and-outs. ‘The object was to brief himself’, Mr Haywood said, ‘and as a result of all that he is now making two of his own properties available to us, so that in due course we will be able to offer overnight accomodation for such youngesters and maybe something in the longer term. He would not disclose which properties the Prince was making available, but said that they would be converted into flats. Confirming that Prince Charles had frequently expressed concern about the inner cities, Mr Hayward added that he had never blamed any government, although ‘he certainly believes that more could be done’. Asked if the Prince regarded the provision of work as the first priority, Mr Haywood replied: ‘It is bound to be at the top of everybody’s list, but there are other things. Buckingham Palace yesterday assured the Prime Minister, who is in New York, that there was no question of the Prince criticizing the Government. Dr Hackney, who reported the gist of conversation last Monday, has denied some quotations attributed to him, particularly that the Prince had said that he was worried that the country would be divided when he became King. The editor of the Manchester Evening News which carried the first interview with Dr Hackney, maintained the accuracy of his paper’s story.

Court and Social: Luncheons

Times, The (London, England) – Wednesday, May 14, 1986
National Children’s Home Viscount Tonypandy, Chairman of the National Children’s Home, presided at a ‘Children in Danger’ luncheon held yesterday at the Travellers’ Club and received a gift from Mr John O’Connell. The guests included Lord Romsey, Mr Harold Haywood , Mr Derek Nimmo, Mr O. E. A. J. Makower and Mr Brian Macarthur.

[i] ILEA/Nucleus draft job description for detached youth worker, 23 September 1976

Oct/Nov 1976: Grey invites PIE co-founder to be Albany Trustee & meets Dr Rodger (later Thatcher’s Lord Advocate)

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Antony Grey’s Report of his visit to Edinburgh 1-4 October 1976 for November 1976 Trust meeting

The Albany Trustees’ meeting of 24th November was momentous for reasons other than Antony Grey’s enthusiastic reporting of his October visit to the Scottish Minorities Group (SMG) in Edinburgh captured above. Grey had that very morning taken a call reporting allegations against the Trust contained in Mary Whitehouse’s speech to the Christian Lunch & Dinner Club, and  Angela Willans’ Woman’s Own agony aunt had been introduced to the meeting as a new Trustee, setting her eyes on the first circulated draft of Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers at the same time as making the acquaintance of some of the other Trustees.

[See further – 24th November 1976 Albany Trust meeting: Sir Harold Haywood, the Albany Trust and PIE: Some questions, few answers on ‘Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers’? ]

Events subsequent to Whitehouse’s allegations overtook Grey, busy as he was spurring on Sir Harold Haywood who was battling to get Whitehouse to even acknowledge delivery of a recorded letter threatening legal action and minimising Angela Willans’ resistance to publishing the Q&A Booklet under the Trust’s name. But in October 1976, he had been hopeful that the co-founder of the Paedophile Information Exchange, Ian Dunn, two years after it had been established, would come onboard as a Scottish Trustee and perhaps a Scottish branch of the Albany Trust would be established.

18th-25th January 1975: Letters regarding the Albany Trust’s links with PIE (The Times)

26th August 1975: Child-lovers win fight for role in Gay Lib (The Guardian)

26th August 1975: Legalise child sex – call (Sheffield Morning Telegraph)

28th August-15th September 1975: Guardian ‘London Letter’ column on PIE and related correspondence (The Guardian)

22nd January 1976: Who really wants a change in the age of consent? (The Times)

Spring 1976: ‘Paedophile Politics’ (Gay Left)

[All of the above had already appeared in the press before Grey’s visit to Edinburgh – see extremely useful post Spotlight on Abuse: The Paedophile Information Exchange: Timeline of Press Cuttings 1974 – 2014]

Concerns over links between the Albany Trust and Paedophile Information Exchange had already started to surface leading Rodney Bennett-England (future Chairman of National Council for Training of Journalists – but in 1974/1975 Chairman of the Trust prior to Sir Harold Haywood taking charge post-Playland Trial No 2) – to refute them publicly in a letter to The Times, barely seven months prior to Grey’s trip to Edinburgh. Grey was undaunted.

“Discussions with SMG lead me to suggest the formation of a Scottish branch of the Albany Trust, and the addition of one or two Scottish Trustees. Counsellor Ian Christie, who is a frequent visitor to London, would be eminently suitable as a Trustee and one or two others from among those I met (notably Ian Dunn) could also be considered. There is obvious potential for local work and also for fund-raising in Scotland.”

Glasgow Herald, 15 August 1975

Ian Christie as mentioned in the Glasgow Herald, 15 August 1975

Grey’s detached observation of Dunn suggests they’d never met before. However in November 1973 Dunn had been invited onto the Council of Management of the Albany Society Ltd with Grey as Secretary and David Kerr former MP for Labour Wandsworth, and had accepted.

 

On 1 October Grey had attended a meeting with SMG at their headquarters (no longer Clyde Street –  address that appears on the earliest Paedophile Information Exchange Newsletters but at new Broughton Street HQ?) on psychosexual counselling, meeting with Ian Dunn (co-founder of the Paedophile Information Exchange), Jim Halcrow and Dr Alan Rodger.

Dr Alan Rodger (1944 – 2011) was then Clerk to the Faculty of Advocates, the English equivalent being the Inns of Court which barristers have to dine at, belong to and be called to the Bar by* – not yet Lord Justice or Baron Rodger of Earlsferry, a Justice of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, nor indeed yet Lord Advocate or any of the senior Scottish judicial posts he held. In 1972 he’d changed career route, leaving academia and his Fellowship of New College Oxford behind to move back to his homeland, Scotland, to qualify as an Advocate. By 1976, when Grey was discussing possibilities of a Scottish branch of the Albany Trust with Ian Dunn and the Scottish Minorities Group, Dr Rodger had just joined the Faculty.

A decade later he would become a junior government minister under Margaret Thatcher responsible for the running of the Scottish prosecution service – a point worth noting alongside Ian Pace’s detailed collations of material relating to:

Colin Tucker, steward to Fiona Woolf, Fettesgate and the Scottish ‘Magic Circle’ Affair, and Wider Networks – Part 1

Colin Tucker, steward to Fiona Woolf, Fettesgate and the Scottish ‘Magic Circle’ Affair, and Wider Networks – Part 2

A leaked police report had alleged that homosexual Judges, advocates, and lawyers may have been involved in a gay conspiracy to interfere with the course of justice.

The inquiry was ordered by the then Lord Advocate, Lord Rodger of Earlsferry, who then investigated the content of the report.

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Judge & Jurist: Essays in memory of Lord Rodger of Earlsferry, OUP

 

*one of which – Gray’s Inn – had Canon Eric James, Peter Righton’s  friend, as its Chaplain