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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)
http://www.nottinghampost.com/Abuse-reports-Methodist-Church-highest-Nottingham/story-26590064-detail/story.html#ixzz3c6LvigXf

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.

http://www.rnacyprus.org/archives.htm

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)

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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.

 

November 1972: Ian Dunn, PIE founder joins Albany Society Ltd Council of Management

One year prior to the formation of the Paedophile Information Exchange [Sept/Oct 1974] by Ian Dunn and Michael Hanson of the Scottish Minorities Group (SMG), Dunn is invited to be admitted as an Ordinary member at the Society’s third AGM.

Other familiar names are Albany Trustees –  Rev. Michael Butler (Deputy Director Samaritans), Dr John Robinson (Dean of Trinity College, Cam), Mr Rodney Bennett-England (future Director of the National Council for the Training of Journalists), Mr Michael Schofield and Dr Charlotte Wolff and the Trust’s Honorary Solicitor Ambrose Appelbe (who had guided Mandy Rice-Davis through the Profumo scandal, an odd coincidence considering it was Profumo as Warden who had secured Righton his premises for ACCESS at Toynbee Hall during his brief Chairmanship).

The Albany Society Ltd had first been established in 1968 as a fundraising arm and grant-making fund to keep finances separate from the Trust itself. This separation and use of an alternative legal entity also changed the nature of the duties the office holders have. Trustees have fiduciary duties to keep within Trust Deed and could not limit their liability whereas directors owe duties to shareholders and can limit liability. This decision of Antony Grey’s to revive the Albany Society Ltd as a vehicle of control over the Albany Trust would prove significant over the course of the next few years.

Following the difficulties over Michael De La Noy’s menacing Lord Beaumont and others for control of the counselling casework during 1971, Grey with Dr John Robinson seconding, swells the ranks of the Society’s ‘Council of Management’ with 21 or 22 new ‘Ordinary Members’.

Dr Charlotte Wolff proposed Dr David Kerr MP to be elected as Chairman of the Council of Management. Kerr had been Labour MP for Wandsworth Central 1964 – 1970, one of the surprise wins (from Conservative Deputy Chief Whip) for Labour allowing Harold Wilson a narrow majority. Antony Grey becomes Kerr’s Honorary Secretary.

Lord Beaumont resigns as do Martin Ennals, financier Mr Thomas Frankland, journalist Mr Hitti Malik, Master Baker Mr Kenneth Stoneley and (later to be QC) Keith Wedmore

Grey explained that the Albany Trustees felt it was appropriate to ‘activate Albany Society Ltd as the most effective vehicle for future work, and to appeal for all the Deeds of Covenant to be made with Albany Society Ltd.’ The immediate priority for the Society was to assist other counselling and befriending organisations in the National Federation of Homophile Organisations (NFHO) with education and training on counselling.

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Dec 1971/January 1972: Father Trevor Huddleston’s patronage & Righton’s ‘enforced’ resignation

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ACCESS Minutes, 8 December 1971, PSY/WOL/4/1 p1.

 

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ACCESS Minutes, 8 December 1971, PSY/WOL/4/1 p2

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ACCESS Minutes, 8 December 1971, PSY/WOL/4/1 p3

 

 

 

Within 9 months of starting ACCESS Righton’s ‘enforced withdrawal’ from Chairmanship takes place due to potential adverse publicity  – just after The Times announces him as Director-Designate heading up a two-man team at the National Children’s Bureau. [ https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/the-national-childrens-bureau-12-05-93/

On 8th December ACCESS met at the National Institute of Social Work with only 5 attendees: Peter Righton (Chair), Doreen Cordell (Secretary), Rev. Malcolm Johnson, David Allen (Honorary treasurer, formerly in same role for Albany Trust but left due to Michael De La Noy), and Dr Theo Schlict. Looking at the minutes, it may be that Righton had already wished to make the announcement that he had been forced to step down as Chairman at the 8th December meeting but due to the poor attendance held back his news on being ‘forced’ to step down along with Claire Raynor’s resignation.

“In spite of there being so few members present it was agreed to proceed with the business of the meeting owing to the urgency of the situation and as there was no defined quorum at this stage.”…

Item 4. The Chairman’s opening remarks were brief, the main content of what he had wished to say being deferred to the next meeting at which it was hoped more members would be present.”

On taking advice from their honorary solicitor (Ambrose Appelbe – also Hon. Solicitor for the Albany Trust) regarding redrafting their application for charitable status with a more medical emphasis, all due to a disappointing reply from the Charity Commission, Peter Righton suggests seeking the patronage of Father Trevor Huddleston, Bishop of Stepney for Vice President “or some other honorary office”.

Father Trevor Huddleston (Bishop of Stepney) shows an interest in Peter Righton’s new counselling outfit via Canon Eric James

[see Blog Post: Trevor Huddleston & Others: Famous Mr X and the Rule of Law 25/11/2014]

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Anti-apartheid campaigning Huddleston was the subject of headlines planned and then spiked by John Junor of the Sunday Express during mid 1974, (less than two and a half years after Righton’s suggestion to seek his patronage for ACCESS on Total Sexuality). When accused of ‘sexually harassing’ two school age boys by their mother, both the Bishop of London and the prebendary of Fleet Street’s St Brides got together to quash John Junor’s threat to publish an article.

Huddleston’s obituary for the Independent, written by former Albany Director Michael De La Noy (who gives the impression of a man intent on blackmailing Lord Beaumont and Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Ramsey), stated Trevor was moved from Stepney to the Indian Ocean of Mauritius in 1978 to ‘hush up a scandal which will raise a few eyebrows today.” De La Noy appears to have been someone who never shied away from an opportunity to point to what he knew about Anglican prelates’ sexual proclivities in print.

All the South African intelligence service BOSS’s files on Trevor had been shredded according to Canon Eric James who searched for them when writing his biography of Huddleston during the 1990s.

“5. Charitable Status: Discussion ensued on such other help as could be obtained and the Chairman suggested arranging an appointment with the Bishop of Stepney, who had already shown interest in ACCESS through Canon Eric James, with a view to inviting him to become associated with ACCESS. The Chairman’s suggestion was approved and discussion ensued on the possibility and advisability of inviting the Bishop to become a Patron or Vice President or some other honorary office…

5b. An approach to be made to the Bishop of Stepney and Professor Lafitte in the first instance to become associated with ACCESS on the lines indicated above.”

Jack Profumo secures Righton’s Counselling Group rooms at Toynbee Hall

“6. Toynbee Hall: ” It was reported that a letter had been received from the Resident Director of Attlee House, Mr Richard Pentney, dated 23rd November 1971, on behalf of the Warden of Toynbee Hall and himself.”

The Warden of Toynbee Hall was Jack profumo, who Doreen and Righton had met during October/November [insert link to post on Lord Beaumont’s Letter(s) & Peter Righton meets Jack Profumo). Remarkable to think of Macmillan’s former Secretary of War sorting premises for where MI5 blocked Dr Robert Chartham/Ronald Seth and Peter Righton sought to take over the Albany Trust’s counselling case files, all as part of his atoning ‘good deeds’.

What Profumo did next (The Telegraph, 17 November 2003)

 January 1972: ACCESS needs a new Chairman

By Monday 24th January 1972, Doreen Cordell was looking for nominations for a new Chairman for ACCESS.

“I would refer to my note about Mr Righton’s enforced withdrawal from the Chairmanship of ACCESS and our request that nominations should be received by me prior to the next meeting, at which Dr Theo Schlict has agreed to take the chair.”

Dr Chartham/Ronald Seth, although unable to attend because Wednesday was his clinic day (where?), appeared keen to take the reins but wasn’t available until July and wanted Dr Theo Schlict while on sabbatical (from Royal Northern Hospital, Holloway Road?) to take temporary charge

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In a letter to (later to be Albany Trustee) Dr Charlotte Wolff, Doreen writes also on 24 January 1972:
“I am hoping that Peter will retain the Chairmanship of the Counselling & Training sub committee (which does not necessitate public identification and is essentially his special sphere) because this is very important and it is vital that we get a training scheme off the ground and that we establish a reliable roster of vetted people to help at Toynbee.” [My emphasis]
No trace of irony from Doreen using the term vetted in the same sentence as Righton and his ‘enforced’ resignation.

“At the January meeting Dr Schlict agreed to take the Chair, at least for the time being. We did not proceed to electing Robert into the Deputy Chair because we only had a small number and it was felt that this should be done, if at all, with a more representative group. I also explained how you felt about things, which was understood. Claire Raynor insisted to Peter that her resignation went forward so we accepted that.”

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Doreen Cordell writing to Dr Charlotte Wolff, 1 February 1972 [Wellcome PSY/WOL/4/1]

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“Peter has retained the Chair of the Counselling & Training Sub Committee, thank goodness, and as, you know, it only comprised Theo, Michael Butler and Peter…”
On 26th January 1972 Dr Theo Schlict took over as Chair of ACCESS and David Allen, Peter Righton, Rev Malcolm Johnson and Mrs Doreen Cordell all attended. Claire Raynor’s resignation was finally announced having been given to Righton before the 8th December meeting, and one room at Toynbee Hall was ready with the telephone connected as promised, radio

“i. Mr Righton outlined the situation which had arisen in connection with his new appointment which precipitated his enforced resignation as Chairman. He re-affirmed that this did not imply any loss of interest or confidence in ACCESS or the cause it sought to promote and he was willing, subject to the concurrence of the members, to remain on the committee to give such service as he could as an ordinary member. He expressed thanks to Dr Schlict for agreeing to preside in the emergency.”

ii. Nominations for the Office of Chairman Members had been circulated as to the situation and nominations had been called for.

A letter was read from Dr Chartham nominating Dr Schlict and it was reported that others had made this suggestion. Dr Chartham expressed the hope that Dr Schlict would consider taking Office permanently but if he did not, he offered himself for the position as from next July, subject to the approval of the committee, suggesting that Dr Schlict might consider taking Office in the interim.”

Righton’s step down appears to be related to the need to stress that membership of ACCESS was done ‘on a personal basis rather than on a representative basis of any other organisation’. How had his new appointment at the National Children’s Bureau precipitated his resignation? Had  this been requested as a condition of his appointment at the National Children’s Bureau? And if so, how and whose decision at the NCB had it been to ask Righton to step down?

Another consequence of Righton’s step down was that he’d not been able to approach the Bishop of Stepney and it was therefore decided Rev. Malcolm Johnson would do this.

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ACCESS minutes 26 January 1972, p.1

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ACCESS minutes, 26 January 1972 p.2

 

Meanwhile back at the Albany Trust, Edgar Wright (Antony Grey) was firmly back in control and Dr John Robinson, former Bishop of Woolwich and Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge was putting the case for the age of consent to be lowered to 14

The Times, July 6th, 1972 Basil Gingell, ‘Dr Robinson puts case for age of consent to be 14′ – Dr John Robinson, Bishop of Woolwich, Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge