12 Sept 1978: Hewitt tries to refocus NCCL Gay Rights Committee away from fighting paedophile cases as civil liberties issues per se

In January 1978 Tom O’Carroll had been dismissed by the Open University, in June the News of the World had infiltrated PIE’s AGM and in August the Protection of Children Act had entered into force.

On 12 September 1978 the NCCL Gay Rights Committee got together at the NCCL offices for their regular monthly meeting.

Letters to NUPE re free speech. Alan [Deighton] had discussed this with Patricia Hewitt. This was further discussed under item below.

Article for Rights! on chemical castration. This was temporarily suspended, due to discussions about rumoured new home Office policy. Nettie meeting with MIND on this on Bill Pate case. It was doubted that exact Home Office policy would be stated (prison secrets etc…)

Protection of Children Bill. Bill [Forrester] was in touch with Hattie [Harman] about how this was to be monitored. David Offenbach agreed to monitor prosecutions under the Act, and relay information to Hattie. Attempts to have PIE proscribed, and to prosecute its publications were discussed.


3. Paedophilia

A memo on ‘Paedophilia’ from Patricia Hewitt was read out and noted (memo appended) [scroll down for the document and Nettie Pollard’s note to Antony Grey]


5. NUPE and Free Speech

In the light of the Memo on ‘Paedophilia’ it was agreed that Roland [Jeffrey] contact Patricia Hewitt and ask her to again approach NUPE for a more satisfactory response over their members apparent attempt to prevent a discussion of, inter alia, paedophilia. Roland to ask Patricia for progress report so far and to invite her to next GRC meeting.


11. Visit to Brynmor John

Roland report on joint NCCL/JCWI visit on non-national gay lovers. Pending the outcome of the appeals of the cases in question, John would consider using his ministerial discretion; no guidelines were given, though he indicated that ‘persecution’ in the country of origin of the non-national partner would impress him strongly as grounds for the exercise of discretion.


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Patricia Hewitt’s Memo on Paedophilia to staff and members of the NCCL Gay Rights Sub-Committee  during September 1978 attempted to re-focus the GCR’s almost exclusive scope on paeodophile civil liberties which left Nettie Pollard aghast. When forwarding the note to Antony Grey she prefers to construe Hewitt’s memo as a threat by NCCL to drop all issues relating to sexuality:

“Seriously Antony, this paper is really saying is that the powers in NCCL want NCCL to have nothing to do with the subject. For example, the thing to do with Tom O’C being thrown out of Swansea (you may remember seeing Patricia with Roland and me at the start of the year) – this has still got nowhere at all inspite of about six separate reminders from people on the Committee.
If were (sic) are not viligant NCCL will quietly drop all issues to do with sexuality.
Love Nettie”

Hewitt had not asked for all matters relating to paedophilia to be dropped. Cases where the ‘relationship’ involved a child of 14 or over (as submitted by NCCL to the Criminal Law Revision Committee), the NCCL Legal team or Gay Rights Committee may still appropriately become involved in.

“The EC [Executive Committee] agreed that paedophilia was not itself a civil liberties issue. In particular, it is not a gay rights issue and does not therefore fall within the scope of the gay rights committee.”


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18 April 1980: NCCL GCR minutes RUC mounting gay ‘purge’ as result of Kincora reports

On 24th January 1980 news of abuse at Kincora broke in the Independent Irish Times https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/sex-racket-at-childrens-home-24-01-80/

and in Social Work Today, Brian Todd of the British Association of Social Workers’ Northern Irish division was horrified no reaction was forthcoming officially from BASW:


On 26 February 1980 in Social Work Today Belfast’s Gerry Fitt MP claimed Kincora Boys’ Home had been bugged and the DPP was searching for a file that had been submitted to them previously.

In April 1980 the NCCL Gay Rights Committee hosted Jeff Dudgeon of the Northern Irish Gay Rights Association (NIGRA) who reported that:

3. The Purge: Following a sex-in-a-boys’-home case the RUC is mounting a full-scale operation against gays who have no known connection with the case, or any activities which would be criminal in England and Wales. JD reports that NIGRA activists are busily burying papers in plastic bags. JD (Jeff Dudgeon) will keep BP (Barry Prothero) informed.


The State’s Duty to Protect Children from Abuse: Justice in Strasbourg in O’Keeffe v. Ireland

Cannot see how this case doesn’t have widespread ramifications for survivors of institutional abuse in England & Wales under the Human Rights Act but would like to see more discussion/analysis in UK legal commentary – doesn’t appear to have raised much comment/interest at all….why? Am I missing something here or is it being overlooked?

Strasbourg Observers

This guest post was written by Professor Ursula Kilkelly. Professor Kilkelly is Director of the Child Law Clinic at the Faculty of Law of University College Cork, Ireland (see more info below the post, at *).

On 28 January 2014, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights handed down its judgment in the case of Louise O’Keeffe and Ireland. The judgment brought to a conclusion a 15 year-long legal battle whereby the applicant – who was abused by her teacher when attending primary school in Ireland – sought vindication of her rights against the state.  It also resulted in a ground breaking judgment of the European Court which established beyond doubt that the state has a positive duty to take steps to protect children from abuse under Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

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Jan 1970: Righton’s lack of attendance as a counsellor to Royal St Katherine’s, Stepney

For context please see blog post 1968-1970: Peter Righton, Antony Grey, Ian Greer, Raymond Clarke & The 1970 York Conference

During the spring and summer of 1970 analysis of the responses to the Social Needs questionnaire was undertaken. A weekend residential conference entitled ‘Social Needs’ and sponsored by the Albany Trust and the Yorkshire Council of Social Service’s Raymond Clarke (a protege of Sir Keith Joseph) was scheduled to take place at York University in July 1970 to discuss the results of the survey and implications for future work and Grey was keen to have the results of the survey to present at the conference.

In January 1970 Antony Grey wrote to Peter Righton to ask for his help in analysing the ‘Social Needs’ questionnaire.

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Dec 1974: Antony Grey’s ‘successful negotiations’ with Tony Hart at the Home Office Voluntary Services Unit

In 1974 Albany Trust was in the middle of moving offices. Since returning to the Trust in July 1971 (following Peter Righton and spooky Robert Chartham/Ronald Seth almost gaining control of the counselling files, especially Doreen Cordell’s work with various interested clergy into ritual/religious ceremonial abuse) Grey and the Trustees had relinquished the Piccadilly/Shaftesbury Avenue lease (at the end of 1972?) and become itinerant with Grey holding the fort at two different addresses in Highbury Grove and Kilburn until a permanent location in Clapham was found.

It soon became clear that the Trust must be placed on a firmer footing, or else wind up. Once again Raymond Clarke came to the rescue. Now head of the national organisations division of the National Council for Social Service, he approached Miss (later Dame) Geraldine M. Aves CBE who had recently retired as Chief Welfare Officer of the Ministry of Health, and she agreed to chair a small working party to examine the Trust’s future. Miss Aves was a formidable personage who was widely held in considerable awe – although she was never anything but extremely charming to me. She quickly perceived that the Trust was a pioneer in an increasingly visible field of unmet need. Largely thanks to her guiding hand and influence a three year development grant, initially of £10,000 a year, was obtained from the Voluntary Services Unit of the Home Office late in 1973 [sic – date must have been 1974 see below], conditional upon the Trust giving an undertaking ‘that these public funds will not be used to exert pressure on the Government for any change in the law on homosexuality.’

I was sitting along in the small house in Highbury which was the trust’s temporary home when I received the anxiously awaited phone call telling me that our application had been successful. My feeling of relief was profound.” [Loc 3608/6001 Grey’s Quest for Justice: Towards Homosexual Emancipation]

In 1969 Raymond Clarke had organised the Social Study Project with Peter Righton, Ian Greer, Rev. Michael Butler and Antony Grey [ see further blog post here ] and in 1970 organised the Social Needs Conference at York University. £10,000 in 1974/1975 would be worth approx. £93,000 in today’s money so this was a very substantial cash injection from the Home Office to the Trust and as will become clear, the Trust was to have virtually no office overheads at this time due to a generous offer.

In December 1974, partially due to not having fixed offices but also because Albany Trustee Lil Butler, aged 33, was heavily pregnant with twins (who would arrive on 29 December her fifth and sixth children in 15 years of marriage to Samuel Butler, Lord Butler’s son) the Albany Trust met at her house at 11 St Alban’s Grove, off of Kensington High Street. In July Lucilla had hosted a networking/fundraising event for Albany Trust as mentioned in the minutes. Sadly, shortly after the twins’ birth on 6 January 1975 both of Lucilla Butler’s parents would die in a motor accident in a gale. The Edith Borthwick school in Essex near Braintree is named for her mother.

Six Albany Trustees were in attendance: Rev. Michael Butler, Antony Grey, Dr John Robinson (former Bishop of Woolwich, currently then Dean of Trinity College Cambridge with Lucilla’s father-in-law Lord Butler as Master), Dr Charlotte Wolff along with David Barnard (formerly of the NCCL) who at the meeting was officially appointed Organising Secretary to the Trust.

Following abandoning the lease on 32 Shaftesbury Avenue at Piccadilly (over which there was dispute) the Trust being itinerant had held sporadic meetings during the period 1973-1974, first in Kilburn and then in Highbury at 18 Corsica Street, N5 – opposite Dr Rhodes Boyson’s school Highbury Grove he’d founded in 1967, where he’d implemented a caning policy, leaving in 1974 to become a Conservative MP and later an Education Minister under Thatcher.

Thatcher’s bodyguard says he warned her about underage sex rumours about close aide amid claims senior ministers were named in dossier [Daily Mail 27 July 2014]

In 1989 Anthony Gilberthorpe has said he gave Thatcher a 40 page dossier and later met with William Hague to put forward his allegations

Tory child abuse whistleblower: ‘Margaret Thatcher knew all about underage sex ring among ministers’[Mirror, 13 July 2014]

“I underlined the names of Keith Joseph, Rhodes Boyson and one MP still serving today. I also said I had seen Michael Havers at a party in Blackpool held at the hotel pool in 1983.”

In autumn 1974, introduced by Mrs Sara Morrison, Peter’s sister-in-law, Grey had lunched with Keith Joseph about which she’d been delighted to have introduced them.

David Barnard reported some good news regarding permanent premises being offered to the Trust for 2 years virtually free of charge which they were scheduled to move to from March 1975:

“David Barnard reported that the Trust had generously been offered offices by Miss Betty Shortt of Henri Dorot Ltd at their premises at 31/33 Clapham Road, London SW9. The offices comprised nine rooms and a warehouse on three floors, all of which had been recently carpeted, decorated, rewired, centrally heated, etc. The proposal was that the Trust occupied the offices on Licence for a period of two years, during which the Trust would have no liability for rent or rates, but would pay a proportion of the cost of lighting, heating and office cleaning. The Trustees’ expressed their appreciation of Miss Shortt’s offer and confirmed its acceptance by the Managing Trustee.”

The nine offices would allow for Albany Trust to step up the counselling services offered to sexual minorities. The use to which the warehouse space could be put would shortly become the subject of discussions between Albany Trust and PIE/ Nucleus’s Charles Napier as providing a Youth Centre for young homosexuals although ultimately it was thought Earl’s Court would be a better location.

Youth Service Provision for Young Homosexuals in Earl's Court, Submission of Evidence & Proposals - A Working Party instigated by Sir Harold Haywood OBE, Appendix IV 'The Earl's Court Gay Help Service by Nucleus'

Youth Service Provision for Young Homosexuals in Earl’s Court, Submission of Evidence & Proposals – A Working Party instigated by Sir Harold Haywood OBE, Final paragraphs of Appendix IV ‘The Earl’s Court Gay Help Service by Nucleus’

Grey also had good news and announced ‘successful negotiations’ with Tony Hart of the Home Office Voluntary Services Unit at the meeting at Lucilla Butler’s house in December 1974

Home Office Grant

“Antony Grey reported on his successful negotiations with Tony Hart at the Voluntary Services Unit of the Home Office. The letter from Mr Hart offering a grant to the Trust had already been circulated. The Trustees noted with appreciation the grant received, and the help given in this matter by Miss Geraldine Aves and her colleagues of the ad hoc Advisory Group. The Trustees’ agreed that a letter of thanks should be sent to Miss Aves.”

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Harold Wilson had just been re-elected with a majority of 3 (10.10.74) and 22nd October 1974 when Tony Hart wrote his letter above to Antony Grey was when the House first re-assembled after the election.   The Home Secretary at the time was Roy Jenkins ( who had been in the post since March 74)
Tony Hart wrote:

“I am writing in reply to the application for a grant which you sent us on 18 July. I am sorry I have not been able to let you have a decision on this before now, but as I think you know we have had to consult a number of interested Departments.

I am glad to be able to tell you that the Minister of State, Lord Harris, has agreed that we should make a grant to the Albany trust of £10,000 for this financial year. We would be willing to consider a figure of a similar order in 1975/76, subject to further discussion next March and to Parliament agreeing the necessary funds. The grant is a contribution towards the administrative costs of your Headquarters as set out in your application and so far as possible the expenditure should be allocated in the manner you proposed. We should wish to be consulted on any significant variation in the proposed expenditure or the purposes to which the funds will be allocated. The grant is offered on the understanding that the Trust will give an undertaking that these public funds will not be used to exert pressure on the Government for any change in the Law on homosexuality.

The grant for this financial year will be paid in two instalments, the first at once and the second in January 1975. I should be grateful if you could let us have regular reports at six monthly intervals on the progress of the work. We should also like to see an audited account of the expenduture within four months of the end of each financial year, ie 31 March. Any balance of the grant unpsent at the end of each year must be returned. Could you please let me know as soon as possible to whom the cheques should be made payable.

I should be grateful if you could confirm that these arrangements and conditions are acceptable to your Trustees.”

[ Letter from T.A.A. Hart, Head of VSU to Antony Grey, Managing Trustee of Albany Trust dated 22 October 1974 / Ref: VSU 271/01]
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On the small working party drafting the Albany Trust’s 3 year development programme the Home Office were being asked to fund sat David Jones O.B.E. at the National Institute of Social Work (who had previously been Peter Righton’s boss until Righton had moved to the National Children’s Bureau in 1972) and Raymond Clarke. Clarke, a Methodist and later a member of the United Reformed Church had started his social services career by studying at Nottingham University during the 1950s having left the Indian Army. He’d gone on to become Warden of University Settlement in Liverpool between 1957 – 1963 before moving to Yorkshire, (where Sir Keith Joseph had been MP in Leeds North East – Jimmy Savile’s constituency – since 1956) where he was appointed as Secretary of the Yorkshire Council of Social Service, becoming Joseph’s Social Services protege.
Grey, Quest for Justice, p.158

Grey, Quest for Justice, p.158

The recent report by the Methodists, especially concerning the prevalence of abuse in Nottingham and Derby, is food for thought due to two prominent individuals whose unstinting support for the Albany Trust’s support of PIE.
Both Methodists, both who started their careers in social services and youth work in Nottingham and Derby, a more detailed look at the careers of Raymond Clarke OBE and Sir Harold Haywood OBE’s perhaps provide an answer as to why Michael De La Noy in 1970 would have kept 20% of fundraising letters from Lord Beaumont to send to one relatively small city – Nottingham
Abuse reports in Methodist Church highest in Nottingham and Derby, says new research (Nottingham Post, 28 May 2015)

Methodist abuse figures may only be the tip of the iceberg (Nottingham Post, 29 May 2015)
Tony Hart’s full name is Thomas Antony Alfred Hart (T.A.A Hart) (b. 1940) becoming the only Headmaster of Cranleigh School who’d never been a Headmaster of a school previously.
  • President of the Oxford University Union 1963 [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_Oxford_Union ]
  • Principal in Ministry of Transport
  • Transport adviser to Malawi Government
  • Ran VSU [1974? duration?]
  • 1978: Assistant Secretary in Civil Service Dept for controlling annual expenditure on public service pensions
  • Moved to Treasury – Under Secretary to Cabinet Office
  • Headmaster of Cranleigh School, Surrey
  • Retires to Cyprus, Pissouri becomes Chairman of Residents’ Association

Before retiring to Cyprus Tony was the Headmaster of Cranleigh School in Surrey. In his university days he was President of the Oxford University Union. Thereafter he pursued a career in the Civil Service where he became a Principal in the Ministry of Transport. Later he was the Transport Adviser to the Malawi Government and then ran HM Government’s Voluntary Services Unit. In 1978 he was an Assistant Secretary in the Civil Service Department for controlling annual expenditure on public service pensions. On moving to the Treasury he was offered promotion to Under Secretary to the Cabinet Office.

With such a varied experience of government and administration Tony’s address on how his Residents’ Association liaise with the Pissouri Mukhtar and the Pissouri council was of great interest. He told Shipmates how the Association was set up, how they found Club premises and how cross cultural issues were handled. Bingo seems to be a good vehicle for meeting on common ground!

After his presentation a question time led to a good discussion of issues common to all ex-pats and hopefully an increased understanding of our host country.


Julian Gibbs – ‘A leading insurance broker of the time’ had hosted a fundraising/networking event for the Trust on 22 october 1974

A Head of My Time  By George Stephen

A Head of My Time
By George Stephen

Julian Gibbs, in his mid-forties had recently struck out on his own setting up Julian Gibbs Associates Ltd at 9 Manchester Square, breaking away from the family merchant bank Antony Gibbs which would later be subsumed into HSBC. He’d  been on the livery of the Grocer’s Company since 1961 (aged 29) (shortly to offer the Albany Trust a grant for their Field Officer/Youth Officer), becoming Vice-Chairman of the London Federation of Boys Clubs in 1971 (aged 39) and the Vice-President of the Insurance Institute of London in 1972 (although name is missing from the IIL website). On 22 October 1974 Gibbs had hosted a fundraising and networking evening for Albany Trust, attended by Rev. Michael Butler, David Barnard and Antony Grey.

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Future Chairman and Additional Trustees: It was agreed that a new Chairman for the Trustees should not be sought for the time being. It was agreed that it was desirable to have additional Trustees and that the following be invited in due course to become Trustees: –

Susan Barnett (Family Planning Association Grapevine)

Harold Haywood (ex-Director NAYC)

Tony Smythe (Director, MIND)

1976: Albany Trust’s PIE & PAL minutes of meetings and was ‘John’ of the drafting committee from BBCR3?

During spring 1976, on 7th January, 18th February, 24th March and 22nd April, the Albany Trust’s Antony Grey gathered together a mix of pedophiles from PIE and PAL and a few psychiatrists and family planning medical specialists to brainstorm ideas.

Following Harold Haywood O.B.E’s declared intent to alleviate the sufferings of pedophiles and push for social acceptability in the wake of Charles Hornby’s conviction, he wanted to know how could the Albany Trust help PIE and PAL? An ongoing support group? Counselling? Sponsorship? A Pamphlet? Sexual Offenders?

For assisting with an ongoing group for pedophiles:

“Harold Haywood said that if this was intended to provide ongoing interprative (sic) and supporting help, the Albany Trust would endeavour to provide suitable participants if requested. Also the Trust would welcome referrals for individual counselling.” [Minutes, 24 March 1976, see below]

The Trust were already providing help to sexual offenders via NACRO and the Home Office,

“Albany Trust representatives reported that they were already in touch with NACRO and the Home Office over the provision of help for sexual offenders. The need to make voluntary agencies such as the Samaritans better informed about the difficulties of paedophiles was also raised, and it was felt that it was also necessary to draw in more individuals and agencies to share in the work envisaged.”

the Albany Trust were simultaneously working on (with the assistance of PIE and PAL) ways to decriminalise adult sexual activity with children and the thorny issue of how to make paedophilia more acceptable to the wider public – a dual function which was surely a recipe for disaster in terms of entrenching offenders in their own warped belief system? The language used is in itself telling, avoiding any sense of personal responsibility because adult pedophiles were ‘made’ to be ‘potential victims’ by the law of consent.

Were NACRO and the Home Office (who via the Voluntary Services Unit were already bankrolling the Trust with a £10k p.a. grant for 3 years) aware of the Trust’s dual approaches?

“The need to work towards greater awareness of the sexuality of children was emphasised. Until this was accepted as valid, any sexual activities in which children engaged would continue to be regarded as ‘child molestation’ and ‘corruption’. The legal position relating to consent, while ostensibly protective was felt to make potential victims not only of adult paedophiles but also of nearly all children when they engaged in sexual experimentation and were found out in doing so. Public opinion – and especially medical opinion – was felt to be crucial on this issue. It needed to be emphasised that there were more positive ways of protecting children in their period of sexual development than through the criminal law.”

In Keith Hose’s response to the Criminal Law Review Commission in 1975 a civil system had been recommended following Dr John Robinson, Bishop of Woolwich’s initial proposal on the age of consent being turned into an age for protection bounded by civil enforcement alone.

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2nd meeting, 18th February 1976

A familiar name is Iain Melville of PAL, who had been featured in the Sunday People expose of PAL on 25 May 1975 (excerpted below), over 6 months prior to being invited to the Albany Trust’s Paedophile forum. Meville was reported as having trained as a teacher and worked for two local authorities as a child welfare officer, with a particular interest in boys under the age of 10 and a knack for worming his way into the confidence of officials running children’s homes,

“They’ll think you might donate a TV set or something and they’ll fall over themselves to offer you a kid,” he told a PAL meeting. [Spotlightonabuse.com The Vilest Men in Britain, Sunday People, 25 May 1975]

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David Bloomfield, Sunday People extract 1

David Bloomfield, aged 28-30, who while working at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers at 1 Birdcage Walk not only had an office view of St James’s Park with children playing which he boasted about, he also had a vantage point over the entry point into the park from Parliament Square which he didn’t boast about.

“In the 1970s Smith was arrested on a number of occasions in public toilets in London’s St James’s Park, a regular haunt for young male prostitutes after dark, but always walked free.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2602802/How-Liberal-party-police-MI5-concealed-MP-Cyril-Smiths-industrial-scale-child-abuse.html#ixzz3aThYlaHF

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David Bloomfield, Sunday People extract 2

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David Bloomfield, Sunday People extract 3

Warren Middleton (aka John Parratt) Paedophiles jailed after 3,000 abuse drawings found [The Guardian 15 July 2011]

Keith Hose (Chairman of PIE and NCCL Gay Rights Committee member) https://ianpace.wordpress.com/tag/keith-hose/ and also https://bitsofbooksblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/08/1974-75-keith-hoses-concurrent-nccl-pie-roles/

In typewritten notes of the group’s addresses and a list of who to invite to attend, the only clue as to which organisation Ian Bell is from is his name crossed out and replaced with that of Chad Varah’s the Founder of The Samaritans, appointed by the Grocer’s Company at St Stephen’s Walbrook – to whom Rev. Michael Butler of the Albany Trust (sometimes styled as ‘Counselling Trustee’) had long been Deputy Director of the Samaritans. The meeting did discuss the need for the Samaritans to be knowledgeable about the difficulties of pedophiles. Chad Varah’s appointment at St Stephen’s Walbrook came under control of the Grocer’s Company and their Patron – the Queen Mother.


Dr Fay Hutchinson had been advising teenagers since opening the first Youth Advisory Centre for the Family Planning Association 1964 in Ilford and then Leytonstone, rising to become Medical Spokesman for the Brook Advisory Centres. [Obituary, Journal of Family Planning & Reproductive Healthcare, 2009: 35(4)]

In the seating notes below John Heather is identified on the seating plan as ‘Secretary, PAL’ sitting to the right of Harold Haywood.

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John Holmstrom

John Holmstrom

Sitting on Haywood’s left was John Holmstrom,  a 48 year old former BBC Radio 3 presenter and theatre critic for the New Statesman where the Homosexual Law Reform Society’s C. R. Hewitt (former policeman Bill Hewitt) had worked on the editorial staff from 1964 – 1970. Holmstrom was also great friends with the theatrical agent Peggy Ramsay who had as two of her clients J.B. Priestly (one of the founding members of the Albany Trust along with his wife Jacquetta Hawkes, the Trust being named after the ‘set’ in Albany, Piccadilly the group first met in) and Jo Orton. Holmstrom’s play ‘A Quaint Honour’ focused on a prefect being ‘dared’ to seduce another boy by his fag and in doing so falls in love.

“The play was championed by the influential theatrical agent Peggy Ramsay, who arranged for it to be produced at the Arts Theatre Club in London, which was beyond the jurisdiction of the Lord Chamberlain, who then had powers of censorship.” [The Stage, Obituary for John Holmstrom, 2013]

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English Schoolboy Stories: An Annotated Bibliography of Hardcover Fiction By Benjamin Watson

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Click to link to Kings College Cambridge full obituary for Holmstrom, 2014

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Historical Boys Clothing website

In March 1976 5 of the 10 present at February’s meeting attend (Melville & Heather from PAL, Grey and Haywood for Albany Trust and Dr Fay Hutchinson with no PIE attendees present) as well as Dr Maurice Yaffe, Principal Clinical Psychologist at Guy’s Hospital.

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Maurice Yaffe, Taking the Fear out of Flying  Maurice Yaffe obituary, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 24, 1, 69

In 1979 the British Report of the Committee on Obscenity and Film Censorship, chaired by Professor Bernard Williams, came to conclusions about the evidence very similar to those reached by the U.S. commission in 1970. Specifically it concluded that “it is still possible to say, as Mr Yaffe points out in his updated review, that there does not appear to be any strong evidence that exposure to sexually explicit material triggers off anti-social behaviour’ (Williams, 1979, p.66) [quote from Pornography and Sexual Aggression edited by Neil M. Malamuth, p143-144]

Dr Maurice Yaffe (who updated the Appendix of Lord Longford’s Pornography Report 1972 for the benefit of the Committee somehow?) presented evidence to the Williams Committee that there were no links evidenced between viewing pornography and acting on it to the harm of others.

“In a factsheet prepared by the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE), the organisation observed that teachers, clergymen, scoutmasters and youth workers were particularly prone to “child love”. It said: “Paedophiles are naturally drawn to work involving children, for which many of them have extraordinary talent and devotion (often they are also the ones the children value most). If this field were to be ‘purged’, there would be a damaging reduction of people left to do the work.”

Maurice Yaffe, a senior clinical psychologist, identified the same four professions in an article for a medical pamphlet, saying “it is fair to say that a high proportion will have sought out positions” in these fields.”

[The Times, July 23rd, 2014, Dominic Kennedy, ‘How paedophiles gained access to establishment by work with the young; Child sex campaigners boasted the education system could not cope without them’ – see further Desiring Progress blog for more well-referenced material on Maurice Yaffe]

Dr Yaffe had been invited to (and attended at least one, possibly two since 7th January minutes are currently unlocated) of the Albany Trust’s meetings with pedophiles, organised to draft the fact sheet (or an A5 Booklet titled Paedophilia: Some Questions & Answers – a copy of which MPs received in their House of Commons’ pigeon holes during April 1977 while the Protection of Children Bill was in its last stages) so perhaps a degree of transference or repetition between the ‘findings’ of Yaffe and the PIE/PAL/Albany Trust co-drafting group are to be expected.

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Maurice Yaffe obituary, British Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 24, 1, 69

Current Issues in Clinical Psychology 1983, pp 29-39 Sexually Explicit Materials and Their Therapeutic Use, M Yaffe

Current Issues in Clinical Psychology
1983, pp 29-39
Sexually Explicit Materials and Their Therapeutic Use, M Yaffe

On 22nd April the final spring meeting took place for the co-drafting team to brainstorm ideas for the Paedophilia public information pamphlet, which would eventually target MPs during the passage of the Protection of Children Bill in April 1978

[ See further 18 Lords on 18th May 1978, The Protection of Children Bill, NCCL and PIE ]

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And there I think I might have as much of an answer as to who ‘John’ of the Albany Trust/PIE/PAL drafting committee as I’m likely to reach. It could still potentially be the John Heather, PAL Secretary, about whom I know very little. But I suspect John Holmstrom’s departure from the boys’ clothing business in 1975 was not entirely financial such was his interest in boys aged 7 – 14, the precise age range to which his series of shops ‘Colts’ catered, and combined with his celebrity (even if faded by the mid 70s and of the radio sort) added the need and frisson of secrecy that both Antony Grey and Tom O’Carroll wished to allude to.

Click to go to blog post on the booklet Paedophilia: Some Q&A

Click to go to blog post on the booklet Paedophilia: Some Q&A

May 1975: Albany Trust & National Association of Youth Clubs joint training ‘Psychosexual Problems of Young People’

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Dr Charlotte Wolff: ‘Sexual Identity’
Antony Grey: ‘Adolescent Sexuality – A social and legal perspective’ / ‘Varieties of Sexual Development in Adolescents’ with Grapevine’s Sue Barnet

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In May 1975 David Barnard (Organising Secretary – Albany Trust) and Antony Grey (Managing Trustee – Albany Trust) were corresponding with Sidney Bunt the Training Officer of the National Association of Youth Clubs. Since autumn 1974 the National Association of Youth Clubs had been working with the Albany Trust to set up a 2 day training conference on youth sexuality for people who train youth workers, ‘multipliers’ to cascade the training.

Rev Michael Butler, the Trust’s Counselling Trustee (and to whom Robin Bryans had reported Father Colin Gill’s abuse of boys) would be relying on Sidney Bunt to arrange his overnight accommodation for the conference being held at NAYC’s offices on 30 Devonshire Street on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 May

In February 1975 four new Trustees joined:

Sue Barnett (Grapevine, Family Planning Association on 296 Holloway Road);

Rodney Bennett-England (men’s fashion journalist covering Carnaby Street and Savile Row’s zeitgeist in male grooming),

Harold Haywood OBE (ex-Director of the National Association of Youth Clubs) and Tony Smythe (Director of MIND)

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Ex-HBOS Chairman chairs NAYC

The Chairman of NAYC at the time was Dennis Stevenson was later to become Baron Stevenson of Coddenham of Suffolk, HBOS chairman for 7 years, raised to the House of Lords by Tony Blair in 1999, but at the time was recently married and just started a new job. His credential for chairmanship  of NAYC stemmed from having conducted research reports into youth clubs and pop festivals at the Prime Minister Ted Heath’s request.

These included chairmanship of the National Association of Youth Clubs (where he met his great friend, Peter Mandelson) and being asked by Ted Heath, then Prime Minister, to head a study into pop festivals.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2244918/Dennis-Stevenson-His-disastrous-reign-HBOS-cost-taxpayers-20bn.html#ixzz3aCUg7ju8

His day job had been since 1971 as Head of Newton Aycliffe and Peterlee New Town Development Corporation (NPDC). By 1977 Stevenson had chaired two HMSO reports for Department of Education:

New Age Travelers: Vanloads of Uproarious Humanity By Kevin Hetherington

New Age Travelers: Vanloads of Uproarious Humanity By Kevin Hetherington

Sir Harold Haywood, Savile, NAYC & PHAB

Sir Harold Haywood’s involvement with NAYC is listed as having ended in 1974 although its not yet clear as to why, and in February 1975 it was announced he and 3 other new trustees were joining the Albany Trust. Before joining the Albany Trust he had already become Director of the Education Interchange Council involved in facilitating foreign exchanges for educational purposes.

Six months after joining as a trustee, in September 1975 Haywood will take on the Chair of Trustees role at Albany Trust, meet with a number of Paedophile Information Exchange committee members including Peter Righton and lead the way in writing to the Guardian to ask of child prostitution rife at Playland’s Piccadilly Circus and Charles Hornby’s involvement, ‘Who was exploiting whom?’ It is during Haywood’s 30 months with the Albany Trust that they team up with the Paedophile Information Exchange to co-draft a Q&A booklet on Understanding Paedophilia which asserts child abusers are a social benefit without whom voluntary services and youth welfare work would be practically impossible – essentially pedophiles as a ‘free’ source of labour for social services – but at what price?

See further: Albany Trust, Sir Harold Haywood and the Paedophile Information Exchange drafting team – Paedophilia: Some Questions & Answers – Who was ‘John’? and Harold Haywood, Lucilla Butler and Charles Napier of PIE – Nucleus and Albany Trust at Earl’s Court

However, Haywood as Chair of the Trustees was not Antony Grey’s first choice. In autumn 1974, just as PIE was setting up, Grey was casting around for a high profile Chair to further the Trust’s ‘respectable’ image.

He chose to ask Sir Peter Morrison’s sister-in-law – Sara Morrison – wife of Devizes MP Sir Charles Morrison, who was still in position as Vice-Chair of the Conservative party and Sir Peter was preparing to back Thatcher in February’s Tory Leadership election. Sir Peter had only joined the House of Commons in February 1974.

Although she declined, her introduction to Sir Keith Joseph proved useful to Grey who at the time was Savile’s MP (Leeds NE). For more on the history of Anthony Blunt’s Gothic-pederastic cult formed around William Beckford at the Lord Margadale estate of Fonthill (Lord Margadale was Sir Peter and Sir Charles Morrison’s father) read further: PIE Raids, William Blake and Lord Margadale’s estate at Fonthill, Wiltshire 

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Savile at 22 Park Crescent, Haywood at 11 Tenby Mansions, Nottingham Street, National Association of Youth Clubs HQ at Devonshire Street

Despite Haywood’s departure, with his London flat at 22 Park Crescent round the corner from Devonshire House NAYC HQ Savile stopping by was still a frequent occurrence and he maintained close links with both NAYC and PHAB beyond Haywood’s tenure.  During 1974 and 1975 Savile was holding annual fundraising events ‘Tea-rific’ for NAYC and while writing his autobiography (published in 1974) referred to himself as Vice-President to Angus Ogilvy’s President. In 1974 Savile had also become Honorary President of PHAB when it became an independent charity. Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 23.06.38

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Savile ran many marathons for PHAB, including the half marathon round Hyde Park, undertaking PHAB sponsored walks in Jersey and Northern Ireland. During Haywood’s time in 1970 PHAB had launched a TV fundraising appeal with Cliff Richard fronting the advert. Cliff along with Savile, Rolf Harris and Ed ‘Stewpot’ Stewart were to become four major entertainers appearing publicly for PHAB fundraising.

Robin Ince's Bad Book Club

Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club, by Robin Ince (published 2010)

Did Savile have access and opportunity to abuse vulnerable children and teenagers (some of whom had physical disabilities) at NAYC and PHAB Discos? Will these two charitable organisations be able to safeguard children against abuse by celebrities or public figures in future if they haven’t already reported on how Jimmy Savile or Rolf Harris came to be involved in their fundraising, invited into positions of authority by whom?

In 1971 Savile had started the Dymomania treasure Trail fundraising event at the Post Office Tower and on 15 July 1973 hosted a PHAB BBC Radio 1 Speakeasy. With the Earl of Snowdon as Patron of PHAB and the Queen Mother as Patron of NAYC Savile had increased access for networking with royalty.

21 October, 1981. The Times. ‘Reception.’ ‘The Earl of Snowdon, Patron of PHAB (physically handicapped and able bodied) and Mr Jimmy Savile (president) were hosts at a reception and dinner held at the Mount Royal Hotel yesterday to launch the charity’s silver jubilee celebration for 1982. Among the guests were: Mr Hugh Rossi, Minister of state for Social Security and the Disabled […].’


Savile and the PHAB Russian Princess

Mecca Security employed retired ex-Met and City police officers. Alan Francis, a retired City police officer who went to work for Mecca Leisure as Head of Security (1978 – 1991) published the following in a police publication

“After retiring from the beloved City I went to work for Mecca Leisure, on the edge of show-business, where I met JS several times. At the Cafe de Paris , Coventry Street, the manageress Avril Matthews McClay, a singer, had been through a traumatic experience when her husband and child had been killed in a plane crash and she had been nursed by JS in Stoke Mandeville Hospital. At the Cafe de Paris there was a charity evening for the disabled. The Royal Marines turned up in uniform to carry the disabled inside and Jimmy Saville arrived with a Russian Princess. Paul Daniels also later arrived in support of Avril to give a free show of magic which was amazing. A lot of money was raised for the disabled-related charity PHAB (Physically Handicapped Able Bodies).”

http://www.locarnoboy.co.uk/05/2012/from-alan-francis-head-of-security-mecca-leisure-1978-1991/ ]

The Russian Princess, Princess Jean Galitzine, was recently honoured in 2012 for her services to PHAB, a former 1950s Dior model who had married Prince George Galtizine, a major in the Welsh Guards

“After the Bolshevik revolution, Katya’s grandfather, Prince Vladimir Galitzine, fled his Russian homeland to become an antiques dealer in Paris. His extrovert son, Emmanuel, was a Spitfire pilot during the war and held the record for the RAF’s highest altitude combat with the Luftwaffe. Katya’s father, Prince George Galitzine, was a major in the Welsh Guards, while her mother was the Dior model Jean Dawnay.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1032652/The-West-Country-travel-agents-wife-612th-line-throne-unlikely-Britons-list-royal-succession.html#ixzz3aFVrxBdg