Lucille Butler

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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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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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

1975-1977: Who was ‘John’, Albany Trust’s representative, on paedophile drafting committee?

Who was ‘John’, Albany Trust’s representative, on the Paedophile Drafting Committee?

Sir Harold Haywood, the Albany Trust and PIE: Some questions, few answers on ‘Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers’?

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Bamfords Auctioneers: Christmas Card from Charles & Diana to Harold & Mrs Haywood

BBC Radio 4 – Last Word- Obituary programme 17th June 2010

Known to many as simply ‘H’, Prince Charles’ trusted charity aide Sir Harold Haywood (1923 – 2010) first made headlines for his 1964 intervention on Brighton beach in the clash between mods and rockers[i]. He would later become known for giving Prince Charles an unannounced ‘plainclothes’ tour of charities dealing with runaways and homeless shelters in London’s redlight district of Soho in 1985. For almost twenty years he occupied one of the top positions at the National Association of Youth Clubs, first leading as Education and Training Director, and then Director of Youth Work. Under his Directorship from 1955-1974, Sir Angus Ogilvy, husband of Princess Alexandra was appointed President, with Jimmy Savile as Vice-President; a slew of celebrity attended fundraising events were organized, new headquarters were built on premises at Devonshire Street and membership swelled to 600,000. In 1973 his services to youth work earned him an O.B.E.

Daily Express, 19 June 2010, p.43

Daily Express, 19 June 2010, p.43

 

Harold Haywood, Who's Who Entry

Harold Haywood, Who’s Who Entry

 

 

Three years later Haywood was appointed Director of the Jubilee Trusts, consolidating these to form the Prince’s Trust for young people, resident at offices at No.8 Buckingham Walk from late 1977. As a close and trusted aide to Prince Charles, he earned a knighthood in 1988. Who’s Who and the Oxford National Biographies list a range of appointments Haywood would take on post-retirement during the eighties.

 

But something not written about in either of those is his time spent as Chairman of Albany Trust…

 

From 1974 to 1977 Haywood is noted for serving as General Secretary of the Educational Interchange Council, advising India, Australia, and Singapore on establishing youth clubs. However, during that time as Chairman of Albany Trust he also coaxed into existence a booklet entitled Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers along with fellow Albany Trustees, members of the Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE’s Keith Hose and Tom O’Carroll) and the Paedophile Action League (PAL).

“The trust also proposed to publish a pamphlet about paedophiles which stated that they “represent no special threat to society”. It was abandoned after Angela Willans, a trustee who was the Woman’s Own agony aunt, saw a draft and branded it monstrous.” [The Times, July 22nd, 2014 Dominic Kennedy, ‘Trust head helped edit book about sex with boys’]

One of the Booklet’s stated aims was to argue for the positive social benefits paedophiles brought to society:

“In the belief that knowledge dispels prejudice, this booklet sets out to answer the commonest questions and suppositions about paedophilia, and to argue that those involved represent no special threat to society, but on the contrary are often a force for social good.” (my emphasis)

Redraft - March 1977 - Harold Haywood's amendments to the Introduction

Harold Haywood Amendments

‘Harold Haywood Alterations’

Harold Haywood’s alterations to the March 1977 re-draft of the Introduction to the Booklet (transcribed from above):

“This has to be ‘by’ someone, or a group, and it should be made clear they are homosexual paedophiles if only to explain what might be called the peculiarities of the document

 

(2) Such people are unlikely to read this booklet, or if they do, will read it only in search of fuel to stoke the furnaces of their hatred.

 

This has not been written for them, but for those who find would like to understand paedophile relationships better worrying, and would like to understand them better. As paedophiles we ought to be able to do this.”[i]

 

 

The implicit threat along with the booklet’s assertion that paedophiles were a force for social good was the conversely terrible implications of a paedophile strike or withdrawal of services to all youth provided by schools, churches, scouts, even youth organizations like the National Association of Youth Clubs and their workers. The confidence of paedophile lobbyists in their belief that high levels of employee and volunteer paedophiles working in the sector could be mobilized was hinted at defensively in Question 40:

 

“Qn. 40: Teachers, clergymen, scoutmasters and youth workers are thought to be particularly prone to child-love. Are they, and should paedophiles be excluded from youth work?

 

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.”

As a keen scoutmaster and professional youth worker for his entire career, Haywood’s views on this Q&A in particular would have been useful.

Antony Grey partially relates Haywood’s involvement in his 1992 book Quest for Justice: Towards homosexual emancipation. The project caused a storm in the press when Mary Whitehouse got wind of the meetings arranged between the three organizations in order to discuss content and audience for the booklet. Grey both ridiculed and dismissed concerns by making it a matter of whether Whitehouse begrudged the Trust giving paedophiles a ‘few cups of tea’ and in December 1976 accusations of supporting or funding paedophiles either directly or indirectly were denied by the Albany Trust in a recorded letter by Haywood to Whitehouse. More recently the Trust has stated on its website:[ii]

 

“Albany Trust has never supported the organisation known as P.I.E. financially, nor in support of its misguided ideology. Nor has Albany Trust ever associated itself in any way with P.I.E. in the past. For the sake of clarity, Albany Trust wishes to make it clear it entirely dissociates itself from any organisation promoting the sexual abuse of children.”

I wonder if a better question is whether the Albany Society Ltd supported PIE financially as the grant-giving corporate arm/treasury of Albany Trust and a distinct legal entity? [More on Ian Dunn, 12 months prior to co-founding PIE joining the Albany Society’s Council of Management here with Antony Grey as Secretary and Chairman David Kerr MP formerly Lab: Wandsworth Central 1964 – 1970)

The Q&A booklet was eventually published by PIE alone, a year after a falling-out amongst Albany trustees on a fateful weekend in March 1977 after which Grey resigned from the Trust a second time. In April 1978 PIE decided to print and send copies free of charge to MPs amidst garnering support from NCCL to lobby for a dilution of the Protection of Children Act.

This A5 booklet is what each MP received.

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‘NCCL’s official response, signed by Miss Harman and submitted in April 1978, claimed that the new law could lead to “damaging and absurd prosecutions” and “increase censorship”.

She suggested that a pornographic photo or film of a child should not be considered indecent unless it could be shown that the subject had suffered, and that prosecutors would have to prove harm rather than defendants having to justify themselves.

Her submission states: “Although this harm may be of a somewhat speculative nature, where participation falls short of physical assault, it is none-the-less justifiable to restrain activities by photographer which involve placing children under the age of 14 (or, arguably, 16) in sexual situations.

“We suggest that the term ‘indecent’ be qualified as follows: – A photograph or film shall not for this purpose be considered indecent (a) by reason only that the model is in a state of undress (whether complete or partial); (b) unless it is proved or is to be inferred from the photograph or film that the making of the photograph or film might reasonably be expected to have caused the model physical harm or pronounced psychological or emotional disorder.”

It adds: “Our amendment places the onus of proof on the prosecution to show that the child was actually harmed.”’ [The Telegraph, Martin Beckford, Harriet Harman under attack over bid to water down child pornography law, 9 March 2009]

Who was ‘John’ the Albany Trust representative on the Paedophile Drafting Committee?

In October 1976 the Trust’s  ‘Any other business’ included (a) pedophile Pamphlet Haywood encourages the Trust to progress with publishing the ‘final version’ of the Booklet:

“The first draft of a Questions and Answers booklet on pedophilia, written by pedophiles, was made available to Trustees to read, for discussion at the next meeting. The Chairman expressed the hope that Trustees would want to published the final version as a Trust contribution to discussion in an emotionally charged area.

“A drafting committee” [‘Of which I was not a member’ states Grey most emphatically in his footnotes, yet coyly omits to say who was], “produced a text, but the Trustees could not agree on it, so the project was dropped.”[i] Tom O’Carroll states on a self-drafted biography on the internet:

“1978: Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers. Authored jointly with Keith Hose, former PIE Chair, and “John”, a nominee of the partly government-funded Albany Trust, which commissioned the work but withdrew from publishing it after coming under attack from socially conservative campaigner Mary Whitehouse. This booklet was distributed by PIE to every Member of Parliament.” http://www.williamapercy.com/wiki/index.php?title=Tom_O’Carroll_Biography

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[i] Quest for Justice: Toward Homosexual Emancipation, Antony Grey, Loc 4016/6001 – also see Fn.6

 

 

 

 

Redraft - March 1977 - Harold Haywood's amendments to the Introduction

 

“Harold Haywood, Antony Grey and Rodney Bennett-England had held further meetings with the paedophiles who were drafting a “Questions and Answers” booklet. A revised version of this would be circulated to all Trustees well before the next Trustees’ meeting. Harold Haywood asked all Trustees to send him their written comments, as a decision would need to be taken at the next meeting as to whether the trust should sponsor production of the booklet. Antony Grey said he had been telephoned that morning by the Press Association about a luncheon speech being given by Mrs Mary Whitehouse attacking thr Trust for using taxpayers’ money to seek the ‘normalisation’ of sexual activity between adults and children, and for employing ‘Youth Counsellors’ who wrote for pornographic magazines. He had telephoned Mrs Whitehouse’s office, requesting the full text of her speech.” [Albany Trust minutes, 26 November 1976]

Rodney Bennett-England was another Trustee at the time and would become Director of the National Union of Journalism Training.

Placed in context of news reports at the time, asking who the Albany Trust’s ‘nominated’ co-drafter on the Q&A Booklet was and why it was drafted, also raises wider questions about two events which made national headlines during the summer of 1975: (1) The conviction of Charles Hornby at the Piccadilly Playland Amusement Arcade Trial and (2) Johnny-Go-Home, an ITV documentary about runaway boys.

 

Playland Trial No. 2: Harold Haywood joins Albany Trust as Chairman and the fightback begins

A drafting frenzy: Albany Trust, PIE, PAL, NCCL and the autumn of the PIE Manifesto, PIE Submission to CLRC on Sexual Offences and the start of ‘Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers’ (a booklet provided free to MPs)

 

In 1975, Scotland Yard carried out a high-profile child abuse investigation which centred on the Playland amusement arcade near Piccadilly Circus, and involved the sexual exploitation of homeless boys. The investigation led to five convictions in September 1975. Four of the men convicted were ‘nobodies’, but one – Charles Hornby –  was a pillar of the Establishment. He was a  wealthy socialite, a Lloyd’s underwriter, and an old Etonian, “who on occasion had Prince Charles among his dinner guests”.

The four ‘nobodies’ later had their sentences reduced in mysterious circumstances. One of them, David Archer, alleged that Hornby was far from being the only VIP involved in the Playland scandal.

Last night Archer said he would present the police with a dossier naming the ‘millionaires and titled and influential people’ involved in the Playland affair. He added: ‘I believe there was a tremendous cover-up to protect these people.’ [Spotlight on Abuse: The Playland Cover-Up]

 

The Playland Arcade was located on Coventry Street, a 3 minute walk around what is now the Trocadero, from the Albany Trust’s former offices at 32 Shaftesbury Avenue.

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It was a few weeks before Hornby and his Playland co-defendants were sentenced that a MIND seminar[i] on sexual minorities and their problems took place on the first weekend in September 1975. Organised by fellow Albany trustee and former NCCL General Secretary, Tony Smythe, and chaired by the pervasive Peter Righton, at the Polytechnic of Central London, Marylebone Road, fellow Albany Trustees Antony Grey and future Prince’s Trust for Young People Director Harold Haywood met Keith Hose, the Chairman of the Paedophile Information Exchange.

Top men face charges in vice net round-up (21.09.75) News of the World

Keith had stepped into the role of Chairman and Treasurer of PIE that June[ii], and was concurrently serving as a member of the NCCL Gay Rights Committee (GCR). Through this committee he would have known Nettie Pollard, fellow PIE member, who in her role as gay rights organizer for the NCCL sat on the NCCL GCR too and was scheduled to speak at the workshop.

At the MIND Sexual Minorities workshop, Harold Haywood heard Keith Hose speak, (NCCL Gay Rights Committee member and concurrently serving as the first PIE Chairman and Treasurer for the previous six months), PIE member Nettie Pollard present alongside Rose Robertson (Parents’ Enquiry and Albany Society Ltd Council of Management Ordinary Member) and Jack Babuscio, a writer, while Mickey Burbidge of Icebreakers, an enthusiastic co-drafter of PIE’s CLRC submission with Keith Hose, also spoke alongside Glenys Parry about what helpers could hope to do.

Six months previously Nettie had already strengthened the informal associations between PIE, PAL and the NCCL by inviting them to affiliate [iii], and her reminder to PIE with regard to affiliate voting rights had been reprinted in PIE Newsletter No. 6, ensuring Keith felt confident he was speaking to a seminar amongst friends.

“You would be able to vote for our Executive Committee, and, perhaps most important, you would be able to propose resolutions to our Annual General Meeting and have 2 votes.”

(On which the PIE News editor felt bound to comment, “Needless to say we would also have the council’s total support.”)

Certainly Harold Haywood’s own response to Keith was extremely sympathetic, as Grey recounts:

“Afterwards, Mr Haywood said to me that this of all sexual minorities was the most execrated and doom-laden, and that the Trust had a moral duty to see whether anything could be done to help those who carried this heavy burden to live more at peace with themselves.”[v]

Sir Harold Haywood unites the Albany Trustees to ask ‘Who is exploiting whom?’

If the problem is viewed as runaway boys ‘exploiting’ ‘millionaires and titled and influential people’, what would be the solution?

During September Keith Hose (PIE) and Mickey Burbidge (Icebreakers) worked together to draft PIE’s Manifesto and the PIE submission to the Criminal Law Revision Committee on Sexual Offences, also sent to the NCCL.

A drafting committee was also underway at Albany Trust offices, SW1. Work had started in earnest during 1976 for PIE, PAL, and the Albany Trust to jointly draft and publish a booklet ‘ Paedophilia: Some Questions and Answers’ in which to explain the paedophile’s predicament.

Encouraged by Haywood’s demand for empathy and his declaration that there existed a moral imperative for the Trust to assist pedophiles after having met with four or five PIE members at the MIND Sexual Minorities workshop, Grey began to set about organizing various private meetings at the Trust offices, inviting psychiatrists, psychologists and paedophiles, including members of PIE and PAL.

Haywood had a reputation as a formidable organiser and commander of celebrities. As a Methodist lay preacher and scout master, qualified as a Youth Worker from St John’s Club in Sheffield for 10 years already, Haywood had contributed to a series of pamphlets called Pep up your Programme, designed with the Youth Club leader in mind, suggesting a tape recorder as a useful piece of equipment to garner feedback. Under his Directorship of Youth Work the National Association of Youth Clubs had moved into completely new state of the art headquarters on their site at Devonshire Street, their membership grew to 600,000 and during the 60s and 70s their fundraising efforts attracted the celebrity support of Cliff Richard, Rolf Harris and Jimmy Savile. Savile had also become involved with the NAYC 1957 offshoot PHAB (Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied), becoming their Honorary President from 1974 – 1988, when it was first established as an independent charity. He ran many marathons for them and appeared with ex-Cardinal Keith O’Brien on the donation of a £375,000 vehicle for PHAB trips. However in 1974, cuts were made and Devonshire Street House was sold and activities scaled back despite Haywood receiving an OBE for his services to youth work. While Haywood may have lost his NAYC empire, he was keen to start again with Grey at his side.

“…I arranged for a few private discussions to be held at the Trust’s offices between psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers whom I knew to be concerned with paedophiles in their professional work, to explore with them the nature and availability of support needed. I also invited some paedophiles to join in these talks, including the young man who had spoken at the MIND conference and other members of the newly-formed (and ill-fated) Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) and another group, PAL (Paedophile Action for Liberation) [Grey, Loc ]

Reading of Hornby’s involvement with exploiting runaways, and his desperate and damning attempts to bribe boys to change their evidence, and his subsequent prison sentence served to unite the Albany Trustees, Rodney Bennett-England, Lucille Butler (RAB’s daughter-in-law, RAB being Lord Butler – former Deputy Prime Minister to Macmillan and Home Secretary when Sir Ian Horobin MP was prosecuted for sexual offences against boys in 1962), Rev. Michael Butler, Antony Grey, Harold Haywood and Tony Smythe in empathy for Hornby’s cause.

A week after the News of the World’s headline threatening Top Men face charges in vice-net round-up, together the six wrote to The Guardian,

 

“as Trustees of an agency concerned with psychological health, youth welfare, and a better understanding of sexuality we hope no-one believes that teenage male prostitution can be eradicated by hefty prison sentences or television programmes like Johnny Go Home.”

 

The most pathetic aspect of the recent “vice trial” was its revelation of the double life and self-deception which society still forces upon the bisexual man and the sexually active adolescent.

 

In this situation it must be asked, who is exploiting whom? And how can such exploitation be reduced?”

[‘Runaway Problem’ Letter to the Guardian, 27 September 1975 signed Rodney Bennett-England, Lucille Butler, Michael Butler, Antony Grey, Harold Haywood, Tony Smythe, Albany Trustees]

Although press reports suggested Hornby had been observed four times between June 1973 – January 1975 , later residents of Hornby’s W1 townhouse in Montagu Square would hear that it was a boy Scout who went to the police to report him, reportedly leading Lady Charlotte Bonham-Carter on hearing Hornby had been betrayed “Those terrible, terrible boy-scouts, they should be disbanded!”[p.323 Becoming a Londoner: A Diary (September 2013) David Plante]

The trustees’ addition of ‘youth welfare’ in their Guardian letter suggests a new extended charitable objective for 1975 and a refocus of the Trust’s target demographics for psychosexual counseling. The tustees also appeared to suggest that society’s intolerance of married pederasts was forcing hapless men seeking to purchase and exploit teenage boys into a situation whereby themselves being becoming vulnerable to exploitation – by raising the spectre of blackmail by the ‘sexually active adolescent’. One of the boys in Johnny Go Home was 10. If Albany Trustees were acting out of concern for rich and privileged clients seeking counselling who  were also possibly victims of blackmail by any of the five Playland pimps, or the children, teenagers and younger, they paid to abuse, the news reports a year later would add weight to their concern.

In November 1976 a remarkable reversal of fortune took place for the Playland four. Hornby’s co-defendants, found guilty and sentenced, were to have their convictions either quashed or sentences reduced in the wake of David Archer’s dossier threats.

Archer, a plumber from Forest Gate who’d received five and a half years had his conviction for an unnatural act and indecency and his sentence set aside by three Court of Appeal judges. Only the Daily Mail reported,

“Last night Archer said he would present the police with a dossier naming ‘millionaires and titled and influential people’ involved in the Playland affair. He added, ‘I believe there was a tremendous cover-up to protect these people.’”[Playland Vice Case Man Freed, Daily Mail, 30th November 1976]

Forty years ago, in a headline that is becoming ever more familiar in its refrain day by day: 1975: “Dozens of arrests are expected” after Playland file passed to DPP, but nobody else was charged

On 21 October 1977 The Times announced Harold Haywood would be appointed Director of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Trust, helping to raise over £16m for ‘disadvantaged youth’ at the Queen’s behest, before moving on as Director of the Prince’s Trust for young people.

 

 

[i] Grey Loc 4016/6001

[i] MIND Sexual Minorities: A Workshop, 5th & 6th September 1975

[ii] PIE Newsletter (No. 6) 1975

[iii] PIE Newsletter No 6 (August 1975): States Nettie Pollard’s letter inviting affiliation was dated 13 May 1975

[v] Quest for Justice: Towards homosexual emancipation, Antony Grey [Loc 4011/6001]

 

6 December 1976: Angela Willans (new Albany Trustee, agony aunt to Woman’s Own since 1963) to Harold Haywood with her comments on the Q&A draft circulated by Antony Grey.

 

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Angela Willans comments to Harold Haywood, 6 December 1976 p1/3

 

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Oxford DNB Biography entry by Jonathan Powers

Haywood, Sir Harold (1923–2010), youth worker and charity administrator, was born on 30 September 1923 at The Finsbury Nursing Home, Shobnall Street, Burton upon Trent, the only son and eldest of three children of Harold Haywood (1903–1988) and his wife, Lilian Mary, née Barratt (1904–1929). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at 225 Stafford Street, Burton upon Trent. His father was a brewery worker, like his father before him, but Haywood proved to be an avid reader and an aspiring school actor, developing a gift for inspiring and communicating with young people, and showing prodigious energy as an organizer. Educated at the Guild Central School in Burton upon Trent, he briefly joined the Royal Navy, but was given a medical discharge in 1943. He then worked as a hospital attendant. On 1 January 1944, at Victoria Street Methodist Church, Burton upon Trent, he married Amy Richardson (1917–2005), a machinist at a local shoe factory, and daughter of Charles William Richardson, brewery foreman. Though they had no natural children, there were four people proud to own themselves their fostered or adopted sons: Clifford Wall, Colin Stone, Nicholas Haywood, and Paul Haywood (who predeceased them).

Haywood (often known simply as ‘H’) became an accredited Methodist preacher in 1946 and was so entertaining that later he was dubbed ‘the Ken Dodd of the Pulpit’. Trained for youth work at Westhill College of Education in Selly Oak, Birmingham, obtaining a certificate in education in 1948, he was appointed youth leader at St John’s Methodist Church in Sheffield. ‘Hurricane Harold’ and ‘Mrs H.’ had a transformative effect as the initially controversial St John’s Clubland became an exemplar of the ideal youth club. In 1951 Westhill College recruited him back as a tutor. In 1954 he became regional organizer for the Methodist Youth Department, and the following year director of education and training for the National Association of Youth Clubs (NAYC). In May 1964 (his first year as British national chairman of the World Assembly of Youth) he came to public attention when he intervened in the riots between ‘mods’ and ‘rockers’ on Brighton beach. These two youth subcultures of the 1960s were implacably opposed to, and openly contemptuous of, one another. One observer remarked, ‘It was amazing. This fearless chap arrived and actually started talking to the hooligans—and they listened to him’ (Revd Peter Dawson, memorial service eulogy). From 1966 to 1974 he was director of youth work at the NAYC, serving on the home secretary’s advisory committee on the misuse of drugs from 1970 to 1975. He was appointed OBE in 1974.

From 1974 to 1977 Haywood served as general secretary of the Educational Interchange Council. He advised India, Australia, and Singapore on setting up youth clubs. Then in 1977 he was appointed director of the Royal Jubilee Trust, raising £15 million to help disadvantaged young people, and subsequently became director of the Prince’s Trust until 1988. The prince of Wales later wrote that ‘without his support, commitment and enthusiasm, The Prince’s Trust would not be where it is today’ (memorial service eulogy). He was appointed a deputy lieutenant for Greater London in 1983, and in 1985 famously took the prince of Wales on an unannounced, ‘plain-clothes’, night-time visit to London’s Centrepoint hostel and charities in Soho, so he could see the plight of young homeless people for himself.

After his retirement in 1988 Haywood was appointed KCVO. However, his ‘retirement’ was marked by a plethora of activities. He served as chairman of the Association of Charitable Foundations (1989–92), the YMCA (1989–93), the BBC/ITC central appeals advisory committee (1989–97), and the Grants Council of the Charities Aid Foundation (1989–97). He also assumed a number of honorary positions, becoming vice-president of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council (1988), patron of Kids International UK (1994), and vice-president of the London International Youth Science Forum (2008). He bought a thatched house in Oakwood, Derby, becoming vice-president of the Derby Community Foundation (1998), and president of the local Royal British Legion branch (2000).

There was still time for one last major project and from 1999 to 2001 Haywood was chairman of the fund-raising campaign to build the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Derby. After the £2 million needed had been raised, he donned a hard hat to join fourteen primary school children from seven faith communities laying the foundation stone in 2003. He was made honorary vice-president, but by the official opening in 2005 he was becoming frail, attending in a wheelchair. His wife died in 2005 and he moved into care, finally dying of prostate cancer and renal failure on 23 May 2010 at The Laurels Nursing Home, 77 Nottingham Road, Spondon, Derby. He was cremated on 7 June at Markeaton crematorium, and a multi-faith memorial service was held at the centre on 24 July 2010; Lord Remnant represented the prince of Wales. Afterwards four young people who had helped lay the foundation stone unveiled a memorial bench in the roof garden.

Jonathan Powers

 

Aid for young in difficulty – Focus on The Prince’s Trust

Times, The (London, England) – Friday, October 25, 1985
Author: ROBIN YOUNG
The Prince’s Trust reflects the concern the Prince of Wales has expressed about disadvantaged young people.It was established in 1976 as his personal initiative to help those in the 14-25 age group in trouble.

It operates throughout the United Kingdom and local committees in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and in most areas of England.

The number of local committees has grown from an initial 12 to 42, and the last remaining gaps are in rural countries of central and southern England.

The Prince’s Trust has only one paid employee, the headquarters’ secretary. The administrator, Dr Bill Smith, is on secondment from ICI where he was a section manager in production; his assistant is seconded from the National Westminster Bank.

About 850 people are volunteer members of the 42 local committees. Typically they include people from the churches, probation services, police, youth workers, professional people, representatives from commerce and industry and a number of young people.

The bulk of the trust’s income comes from film previews, gala performances and pop concerts attended by the Prince of Wales. Further contributions are raised by the headquarters staff of three from private individuals and from companies.

At the express wish of the Prince himself the trust spends its money almost as quickly as it is raised. The current reserve is seldom more than pounds 100,000. Annual turnover is more than pounds 300,000 and likely to reach pounds 500,000. Only 8 per cent of income goes in overheads.

The money is dispensed by the local committee which receive applications only from individual young people, or from small ad hoc groups needing help for specific purposes. The maximum grants are of pounds 300 to an individual, or pounds 500 to a group project.

Committee members always visit applicants to investigate their needs, and the trust believes that help and advice given at these meetings is often as helpful as the money itself. About 2,000 grants are made annually.

The trust also organizes annual Prince’s Trust camps for up to 600 young unemployed people. Last year 250 spent a fortnight at Maiden Castle helping to repair the earthwork fortress.

 

 

27 September 1975, The Guardian

27 September 1975, The Guardian

 

The Guardian, 1 October 1979

The Guardian, 1 October 1979