Michael De La Noy

December 1970: Stamford asks De La Noy to appear as defence witness in Spartacus obscenity prosecution

A few days before the launch of Stamford’s Mayfair Cinema Club which he will be attending, De La Noy decides Stamford’s publication Spartacus could be used to insert 1,000 mail shot letters from Lord Beaumont (the Trust’s Chairman at the time) asking for funds for Albany Trust. Interestingly out of 5,000 letters, 1k are reserved to go to homes in Chelsea and 1k to Nottingham – why target these two areas in particular? Chelsea’s wealthy and influential residents are an obvious target for scooping up money and clout for the Albany Trust but why did the Albany Trust feel particularly assured of a good return of Deeds of Covenant from Nottingham? A further 1k are going out on ‘a very specialised mailing list’ held by the Trust.


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Quite possibly De La Noy’s letter of 16th December and Stamford’s response above crossed in the post, but it quickly becomes clear that taking any offer of help from Stamford comes at a cost.

“I have three court cases in Brighton on Tuesday 5th January at 10.30am and if you are free on that day, I would appreciate your presence, as I am thinking of building this up to a show-case for the benefit of the national press and television, and I am also hoping to have an interview with ‘Day By Day’ on Southern Television, and possibly with Late Night Line-Up on the same day, and I have hopes of this case being dismissed. Perhaps you could let me know in due course if you will be able to attend, and, if necessary, to give evidence on our behalf by way of an opinion, on the obscenity of Issues 13, 14 and 15 of Spartacus: these issues being the subject of the three cases.

I look forward to hearing from you soon, and to seeing you at the opening of the Cinema.”


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De La Noy entertains the idea of appearing for the defence and it appears that Stamford had enclosed the 3 Spartacus issues with the completed £10 p.a. (in today’s money approx £150) Deed of Covenant (see above 4 encl.) for his assessment. The next day, a Thursday, was the opening of the Mayfair Cinema Club so Stamford and De La Noy would be meeting in any event.

“I made a note in my diary about your court case on January 5. If you would be kind enough to let me have precise details of the charges I will give serious consideration to appearing for the defence. I would like to know whether this is a police or private prosecution and the section of whichever law it is under which you are being prosecuted. If you have a summary of the evidence the prosecution intend bringing this would help, and I would also be interested to know who else has agreed to appear for the defence. The sooner you could let me have this information the better.

Again, very many thanks for the Deed of Covenant; no doubt by the time you receive this letter we shall at least have had a word at the opening of the cinema.”



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Stamford still can’t help his imperious tone and directs De La Noy to contact his solicitor directly and ask him for the details of the case, “I should be most grateful of your help at this case, as it could be a most important event in homosexual equality.”

“I am able to cope with the cost of the case apparent at the moment, although if it drags on into High Court, and becomes terribly expensive, I may need to launch an emergency appeal from my subscribers, and other interested parties.

Incidentally, Roger Baker has also offered to appear as a defence witness, and I have also sent a subscription and donation to the Defence of Literature and the Arts Society, and in passing briefly mentioned these forthcoming cases. I think they may also be interested to attend and provide witnesses.”

See further blog post on the DLAS and their 1978 approach to PIE for an article on how pedophiles’ freedom of speech was being curbed, all orchestrated by Antony Grey:

[https://bitsofbooksblog.wordpress.com/2015/03/14/pieantonygrey/ ]

“An extensive press coverage seems inevitable with these cases now that my name has become a news item, I feel that it is wise to use this publicity to the best advantage. I therefore propose, after the cases, to hold a Press Conference in Brighton and to aim for some television appearances, possibly on Day By Day by Southern I.T.V. and Late Night Line Up on BBC2. I feel also that if Frost is operating again by then he may be a useful source of publicity. I understand from my grapevine that he is sympathetic.”

Stamford, aside from casting aspersions on Frost without any further details (for example he doesn’t say he’s a Spartacus subscriber which would be in the realm of his direct knowledge so it’s difficult to assess how far his grandiose self-image blurs his vision as to those he considers ‘supporters’) then refuses to listen to De La Noy over the amount of fund-raising letters available for insertion in Spartacus and requests more than a 1,000. How many subscribers does Spartacus have if “one thousand would not go very far amongst our subscribers.”

“I think you will find that they are a fairly generous crowd, and that a substantial amount of support will be forthcoming”

“The police visited Mr Colin Campbell Young at his home in Edinburgh on an entirely different matter, not concerning us. Whilst they were there, they asked him if he had anything which he considered to be obscene. He told them that the only thing he had were copies of Spartacus, which he did not consider to be obscene. The police asked if they could see them, and he produced issues 13, 14 and 15, together with the envelopes in which they arrived. They asked him if they could borrow the copies, and he agreed to this. They took them away. He heard nothing from then, and the next he knew about it was when I telephoned him and told him of the summonses. I have asked him to appear in court on my behalf and he hopes to be able to do so. I think it might be an important point to note that all these postal packets had reached their destination, and had been opened by the addressee long before the police knew of their existence. They were also ordered and paid for in advance by Mr Young, although his subscription form has almost certainly been destroyed by now , as we do not keep these old records. All further details will have to be obtained from Peter Moore, and I shall let him know you will contact him.”

Note that Stamford is not De La Noy’s obedient servant in his sign-off, reserved it seems for letters to Lord Beaumont alone.


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In reply on 28th December 1970 De La Noy tries to reiterate to Stamford that he wishes Stamford’s solicitor  to contact him with further information and a request to be a witness for his defence and also repeats himself as to the limited number of 5,000 printed fundraising letters from Lord Beaumont, but relents to give Stamford an additional 1k to insert meaning the remaining 2,000 Albany Trust fundraising letters were distributed to Spartacus subscribers.

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Would be interesting to find out if ITV and BBC2 have any footage of Stamford being interviewed in January 1971 (that is if the case does progress to court and Stamford doesn’t plead guilty which will become clearer as I process more documents and post here). One wonders what happened to the Mayfair Cinema Club and how long it remained open for, and also whether it was actually located in Mayfair? And how long had Stamford been operating Spartacus for by 1970 to become so incredibly wealthy when he’d previously been a minister?

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Born in 1934

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

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

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

Becomes a leader of an experimental mixed club in Bethnal Green

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

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

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

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

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

His biography states he is:

Member of the House of Laity of the Church Assembly

Has written a life of Christ for children

Member of Liturgical Revision Steering committee

Editorial Board of the Religious Education Press

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

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

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

1 December 1970: Starts at Albany Trust as Director

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


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

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

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

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

July 1971:Righton at the House of Lords – The Albany Trust’s Emergency Meeting of 12 Friends

Spychiatric Struggles: Righton’s attempt to gain control of Albany Trust’s counselling files

1. May 1971: In which Righton & Cordell establish ACCESS with Dr Robert Chartham (aka Ronald Seth – of potential interest to MI5) named on a draft trust deed and plan to takeover Albany Trust’s counselling casework files

2. July 1971: In which Righton gets called to the House of Lords by Lord Beaumont, ex Liberal party Chairman & Treasurer for an emergency meeting of the 12 friends of the Albany Trust [See below]

3. September & October 1971: In which Righton and Dr Chartham realise they will have to get the Trust’s counselling casework files via less confrontational means and Righton takes advice from Jack Profumo


Lord Beaumont calls Emergency Meeting at House of Lords – to take place on Monday 19th July

Eight months of gradual decline into chaos for the Trust started with the replacement of Antony Grey with Michael de la Noy as Director, Cordell’s sacking and de la Noy’s persistent wrangling to turn counseling casework into publishing opportunities, all forcing Lord Beaumont of Whitley as Chairman of the Trust since 1969, to call an emergency meeting.


Backed by his four Albany Trustees (Dr John Robinson, Keith Wedmore, Michael Schofield, Martin Ennals) on 19th July 1971 the Lords Liberal spokesman for education and the arts proposed to host twelve people deemed as ‘Friends’ of the Albany Trust, including Righton and Grey (as his real name, Edgar Wright) at the House of Lords to discuss the future of the Trust.

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Marked Highly Confidential: Papers for meeting on Monday 19th July

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Beaumont’s papers for 19th July meeting



12 Friends of Albany Trust invited to House of Lords Emergency meeting


While not having quite the prestige of the Palace of Westminster to gather people within, two in particular of Beaumont’s Albany Trustees were not without status and power. Robinson was then the current Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge (and former Anglican Bishop of Woolwich, South London) and Martin Ennals was three years into a 12 year period spent as the Secretary General of Amnesty International. Schofield was a wealthy son of a leading Leeds department store-owner who’d turned away from trade to become a sexual sociologist, and Keith Wedmore, was a reforming Quaker barrister.

Lord Beaumont of Whitley (1928 – 2008) was according to one obituary headline ‘a millionaire priest and publisher who became the first Green peer’


[The Independent obituary , Liberal Party Treasurer 1962 – 1967, Life Peerage, Chairmanship of Liberal Party , Lords Liberal spokesman for education and arts 1968 – 1986)


“For Beaumont, ordination and publishing both eventually lost their charms, and politics took their place. The Liberal Party suited to perfection his emotional and intellectual inclinations, and provided a relatively small goldfish bowl in which to exercise his talents and rise to the top. By 1962 he was treasurer of the party, and five years later he received his reward for substantial contributions to party funds by way of a life peerage. It was the one honour he had always wanted, and coincided with his chairmanship of the Liberal Party. In the Lords he became Liberal spokesman for education and arts, 1968-86, later, for the Lib Dems, on conservation and the countryside. When he announced his defection to the Greens in 1999 he blamed the Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy’s lack of action on the environment for his decision.”


Married to the cousin of Princess Margaret’s husband (Anthony Armstrong-Jones), a Mary Rose Wauchope in 1955, Tim Beaumont had lived in Kowloon Hong Kong as an Anglican priest during the early years of wedded life, until receiving his inheritance he returned to the UK in 1959. During the 1960s, he bought up a number of Christian publications including Lady Rhondda’s Time and Tide, appointing himself Editor of Prism and Michael de la Noy his assistant editor.


“In 1962 he joined Prism Publications and he became assistant editor of Prism, the radical church voice of the time. In 1963 the Reverend Tim Beaumont, later Lord Beaumont of Whitley, gave him a job as part of a team at Lambeth Palace producing a group of magazines including Time & Tide. Michael De-la-Noy was given responsibility for Outlook, a new-style insert for parish magazines.”[i]


But by summer 1970, after three years accompanying the Archbishop Ramsey as Press Officer, De La Noy left under a cloud following the publication of two articles; one on a transvestite Army Colonel living at Earl’s Court and the other, a frank account of bisexual life, both deemed inappropriate. Ramsey was a celibate homosexual and De La Noy, not only accused Ramsey’s staff at Lambeth Palace of pushing him out, but also took to making threats in the press about a forthcoming book he was writing.


De-la-Noy’s Complaint


“The Archbishop of Canterbury’s summarily dismissed press officer, Michael De-La-Noy has found a new job and is planning a book that promises to chill his old master far more than his sexy articles for naughty magazines. First the job. On the morning the guillotine fell, he was offered work on industrial public relations in London, A fortnight later, he has taken it up.


The book, De-La-Noy says will be the full story of his sacking. “It is really about the workings of the Church establishment, which overlaps of course, with the State establishment. It has more power and is more sinister than people realise.” But the book, he insists, will not be vindictive.


He is still receiving letters about his dismissal and is still baffled at the ham-headed way it was done. “They took a sledgehammer to crack a nut. They didn’t have to sack me. I was intending to go back to journalism next spring anyhow. All they had to do was say please find another job and I would have done so.” It wouldn’t have made half as good a book though.”


[The Guardian, 24 July 1970]



By the time De La Noy had insinuated his way into the Directorship of the Albany Trust with a visit to the offices to declare his intention to write a book on sexuality for Church of England ordinands, he and Beaumont had known one another for 8 years. His stint at Albany Trust and then the Sexual Law Reform Society did not prevent his publication of A Day in the Life of God (1971), referring to a letter from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Ramsey, asking for De La Noy’s forgiveness for sacking him.


For Beaumont, Albany Trust’s financial woes were starting to look insignificant next to his own.



“The 1970s were a time of serious decline in his financial position. Whether this was due to the failure of all but one of his publishing ventures and his excessive generosity was never clear. Whatever the explanation, houses and paintings had to be sold and by 1976 he was augmenting his by now modest income by writing the food column in the Illustrated London News.” [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1584656/The-Rev-Lord-Beaumont-of-Whitley.html ]


Doreen tells all to Peter Righton and Dr Charlotte Wolff: 5th July 1971

In nervous anticipation of the forthcoming House of Lords emergency meeting, and wishing to put her two ACCESS champions in the picture about Antony Grey and Michael De La Noy’s machinations,  Doreen writes to Dr Charlotte Wolff and Peter Righton, enclosing an extra copy for Righton to pass on to Canon Eric James  ( “I have done a copy to Charlotte which, as I said, I will post on to her and will enclose an additional copy in case you think it might be worth Eric having a copy”) [iii]

[p1] Doreen’s faith and belief in Peter Righton is tremendous:

– “Of all those concerned with the meeting – and that includes both present and past Directors, present and past Trustees and any others concerned, YOU are the only one who can possibly know anything of the content, depth and variety of the work which was being done. How glad I am that you spent those few days at No. 32 [Shaftesbury Avenue, Albany Trust offices] over the Christmas because although this was not altogether representative of the total picture, you are the only person who has taken the trouble to do this and thus the only person who can claim in any way to know anything of the work.

The reason why I include both past and present Directors in the ‘not knowing’ category is because, as you know, Antony was both mentally and physically (most of the time) in abstention over the past 2 years and certainly since the end of 1967 and beginning of 1968 he adopted the attitude that he just didn’t want to know. The reasons for this you also know – his obsession with his own private affairs which, as you know, intruded wickedly into the time of the A.T, this situation only being cracked by Avril when she arrived at the beginning of 1970. Thus the previous Director’s comments and influence should be invalidated not only because of his own attitude and emotional inability to adjust to the post-1967 situation but also because of the situation with those in whom he interested himself who had (in both cases to my knowledge) come to the Trust for help.

So far as the present Director is concerned, he has just not the professional understanding to know with what he is dealing – it is just as simple as that. This is evinced by his own attitude that he can give advice just as well as I can and in much less time much more efficiently’ and his use of totally unsuitable people to interview those coming for help, including himself, who are totally incapable of diagnostic and professional referral work. It is not their fault in that they succumbed to what a consultant psychiatrist called the Director’s ‘psychopathic cunning and charm’ or, what is more likely, as journalists and writers, they saw the opportunity, as did the Director, to avail themselves of ‘human interest’ material which I have no doubt they will proceed to use in the future in a journalistic manner. As journalists, one would expect this to happen which makes what has happened and the exposure of those in trouble to such people an even more serious issue.

Why I include the Trustees in this category is because this perviously in the office were kept at arms length by the previous Director and only in fact, told what he himself wanted them to know of what was going on. He always took the view that he was the Director of the Trust (although this title only recently) and that he was not going to be ‘told’ what to do either by the Trustees or by the supporters – leading on the invidious position which has grown up between the Trust and whose who, mostly out of their own hard-earned incomes, provided the funds to keep the Trust in being including paying salaries of the staff including the Director.”


“You must also know that Antony’s position was rather different from Michael’s in that he was engaged by the Trust as a Consultant and paid a fee accordingly. When he was secretary of both A.T. and H.L.R.S. he was still technically employed as a Consultant and this was a situation which misled many and which put him into the strong position of dictating in the way he did.”


[p.3] “It is important for you to know this background because I have never disclosed the technicalities of it before although I have been aware of the situation but determinedly worked to the Ambrose formula and the constitution.”

– “On the liabilities  side I know there there is an annual contract with J.Lyons & Co as the landlords, and from memory the cost of that accommodation is about £1,000 per year”

[p.5] “With the advent of the present Chairman and then the present Director (not so much when Dr Robinson joined the Trust) this fell away in a twofold manner = those who , at personal risk, undertook counselling of a religious kind, pulled away from the Trust because they felt themselves to be in serious danger, and those who would have come to the trust for help did not do so because of its public alignment with a particular denomination”

On the animosity between herself and Antony Grey, Doreen let Peter Righton know that Grey’s previous administrative assistant Joy Blanchard ‘exercised tight control’ over him (which is interesting in the context of Grey’s petitioning the Trustees in other meeting Minutes for Joy’s pension to kept up to date with his own) due to Grey having got involved with three clients of the Albany Trust who were under 21, one incident being known to Joy and two known to Doreen. Doreen calls under 21s Grey’s ‘achilles heel’ but that’s not to say Grey was at all interested in under 16s although the law would still have made him vulnerable to blackmail post 1967 due to inequality of age of consent – her point also being regarding the unprofessionalism of becoming involved with a client of the Trust who was presumably vulnerable and in need of help and the way in which the Trustees were involved and how dealing with Grey’s personal life was eating into valuable Trust time. She was also careful to point out that Antony Grey was well aware of the connotations for the Albany Trust if it were seen to be advertising in or writing for Spartacus and did not wish for the Trust to be associated with them – something which Michael De La Noy ignores.

However, what Doreen was so clearly unaware of was that Peter Righton would have had some idea of why Antony Grey was machinating and withdrawn from July 1969 – since he had become Chairman of the Albany Trust’s Social Projects Study Group with Antony Grey as Secretary [ see 1968-1970: Albany Trust, Peter Righton, Antony Grey and Ian Greer ] and together they had committed to an intense 12 month period of fortnightly meetings in time for the 1970 Social Work Conference at York, chaired by Raymond Clark.

[p.6] “You must know – in case you are not aware of this already – that because of my unwillingness to machinate for Antony in his private affairs, he turned extremely vicious during the latter part of 1969 and early 1970. It was for this reason that he brought Avril into the picture, thinking that he would set us against each other. However, she quickly saw through the situation and cracked it at once – after 3 weeks to be precise, whereas I had had to put up with it for 3 years!

If it is asked why I put up with it all that time, it was because I knew, beyond any shadow of doubt, that once Joy Blanchard became so ill leaving Antony and I on our own, it boiled down to a question of my word against his – and I knew which way the Trustees would take it.”


“Joy’s illness was rather a turning point in the scheme of things because she had previously exercised tight control on Antony (because of her intimate knowledge of a previous incident similar to those in which I was involved related to his private life in which the trustees were also involved.) However, with her not there and with my apparent ignorance of the back history, Antony took advantage of the situation.

At that time, he did his utmost to force me into the position of his Assistant.”


“I knew that he had had a great shock when he began to realise the swing back of police activity immediately the Act went through which disclosed the real inadequacies of the law reform which had taken so much out of him. It was as if all the effort was for nought. The only real thing the Act did, as you know, was to enable two consenting adults over 21 to have a relationship. All the peripheral aspects and especially the under 21s – which is his own achilles heel – were worse than ever before. As a legal man, he found this very hard to take and I could understand and sympathise.

To add to his emotional disturbance, we had, as you know got involved in the transvestite/transexual field and this to him was the ‘last straw’. It dawned on me to the full when I heard him explaining to someone that the whole idea of transsexualism is abhorrent to one who is homosexual, because it is, in fact, the castration of the source of erotic stimulation. i know he felt this deeply and went through agonies over the 1st Gender Identity Symposium we ran and it was basically for this reason that, in spite of his promise and our obligation to all those wonderful specialists who attended from all over the world, he failed to publish the Proceedings. He just could not face up to the job of editing such a subject.

This was especially pertinent because it coincided with a time when he was in a bad emotional state personally and it was from then on, July 1969, that he was really withdrawn. Because I realised all this, I withheld details of casework from him, keeping him informed of trends and developments with a brief report every so often. For a long while I deliberately sought his help with legal difficulties until I realised that this, too, was a source of anguish to him. Thus we were not able to take the positive action which we should have done at a time when police activity and court interpretation of the Act was so serious.”

On Michael De La Noy, Doreen was able to bring Righton up to date with how he’d first arrived in the office and also how he’d published an article with Spartacus [ Spotlight on Abuse: The Spartacus paedophile network was exposed by the Sunday People in February 1983 ] in the hope of ‘big money’ with John D Stamford [Spotlight on Abuse: UK Connections with international pedophile network Spartacus ]

[p.7] ” Avril summed up the position with in the first week of his arrival. In fact he had so beforehand on the occasion when he came to the Trust for help with a book which he was proposing to write on the lack of suitable training in Ordinands for our particular work. [p.8] This was just prior to his interview by the Selection Committee though only I knew of his application. Avril and the girls thought he was a ‘case’ because he behaved in such a disturbed way when he first arrived. Thus they bent over backwards to put him at his ease only to receive incredible rudeness from him.

My reaction was the same – that he was a highly disturbed young man – during the course of our talk which I kept strictly to the subject in hand. I put him in touch with one or two of our religious folk who immediately reacted and rang me to say we should have nothing to do with such a dangerous individual. I pointed out that his request had concerned the church and, as I felt inadequate in discussing the training of ordinands, I had referred him to those who knew all about it and trusted them to ‘deal with him appropriately.” However, the next we knew was that he had been appointed Director! And this inspite of the fact that I had sent a message to Lord Beaumont via his personal secretary that he seemed to be a person in need of help and I had put him in touch with some of our church folk for this purpose!”


“During December when I had tried to convey to him the breadth and importance of our future and the many things which are needing to be done by an active Director that I disclosed to him the 9-months work I had done on religious ceremonies and the file which I had built up of comments made by those within the various churches. All though this files were undertakings by me in response to suggestions from the contributors that the next stage was a highly confidential ecumenical conference without any publicity of any kind so that those who were concerned with this question could evolve some sort of recommendation which could be made through the churches and come from within. You know how this got treated – a wide press circulation and a sermon in Norfolk with blazoned headlines. When I protest and said this had broken confidence I was told by the Chairman and other trustees that this was not so, however, while they had all read the sermon, not one of them had taken the trouble to read the file.

This was only one item of many where damage was done by public statements – the article in Sparticus [sic] referred to on Saturday as being derogatory to the Trust was, in fact, one engineered by Michael and given by him and consisted of quotes from his comments. In this, of course, we had the business of adverse publicity to St. Katherine’s where we had promised Father Hoey that this would never happen. “


In fact, he gave the article because he thought he was going to get money (in a big way) from Stamford. It was a fait accompli before we knew anything about it – inspite of the fact that, give Antony his due, he had resisted (Antony I mean) having any reference to A.T. in Sparticus because of its circulation, and the nature of the publication.”

Monday 19th July: Committee Room 3 at the House of Lords

“Held at the House of Lords on Monday 19th July at the invitation of the Chairman of the Trustees, Lord Beaumont, to discuss the future of the Trust. While it was not suggested that the Trust should not continue, consideration was given to transferring its casework to another organisation. The meeting was an advisory one only, during which the Chairman (Peter Righton?) outlined the establishment of the ACCESS and following which the Trustees held their own meeting to come to a decision.”[ii]


Dr Charlotte Wolff’s notes of her attendance at the meeting, those who spoke and how positive or negative their response to hers and Peter Righton’s suggestions are held at the Wellcome Library [PSY/Wol/4/1].

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Notes of House of Lords meeting, p.1 PSY/Wol/4/1 Wellcome Institute / Dr Charlotte Wolff


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p. 3 Notes of House of Lords meeting, p.2 PSY/Wol/4/1 Wellcome Institute / Dr Charlotte Wolff

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p.2 Notes of House of Lords meeting



At the close of the meeting Wolff noted:

“Lord B much thanked M de la Noy for his great application and devotion to his task. De La Noy mentioned he had been fired from his previous job because of his outspokenness about sex. Lord B much sympathised with him.”



Dr Charlotte Wolff (ACCESS invitee, later Albany Trustee)


At 11.30am the following Monday 26th July, a week after attending the emergency Albany Trust meeting at the House of Lords, Dr Charlotte Wolff answered her phone to Michael De La Noy and had a conversation she took the trouble to transcribe.








MdlN: “Lord Beaumont asked me to phone you and arrange a meeting with Michael Schofield and myself about the referral of the cases – I gather you stand in for Mr Righton’s practice


Dr C.W: “Yes but nothing can happen for about 3 months – could you not wait until Peter Righton is back – It would only be theoretical what we could discuss


MdlN: I know that it would only be theoretical but it would help me – Michael Schofield would prefer afternoons. Could you meet us this week?”


Cr C.W. No I cannot. Perhaps next Monday or Thursday 4pm at the Albany Trust. Ask Mr Schofield and ring me back.


MdlN: Yes. Thank you.


Phone call finished – I thought this is odd – Doreen must come with me – It is entirely her comain – And I felt insecure that my words might be twisted by de la Noy and even by Schofield – I need a witness apart from anything else


Rang Doreen at once


She immediately suggested to come with me – I – You took the words right out of my mouth – That is what I want – D They may try to pull a fast one over you – We decided to phone Michael to tell him that I bring Doreen


The phone constantly engaged I phone Michael Schofield.


He hardly spoke – anything else but a rather discourteous yes or no. His attitude a great surprise to me. I told him I wish to bring D.


MS: No you cannot – they don’t get on


Dr CW: They have to communicate anyway. D is doing the whole ?


MS: Excitedly – No he won’t communicate with her – A Secretary can do this. He is ?? to do that


Dr CW: Do you remember my ?talk? with you a few months ago – I told you he is altogether ??. But as long as he is Director, he will have to communicate with D – He has to send files and documents. A secretary could not do this – on her own.


MS: Yes she can.


Dr CW: Well it is for Righton’s and my wish that D is ?? …and this interview is for her more than for me


MS: [WG?] are you difficult


Dr CW: Not at all – I shall be delighted to come with D.


MS: I call the meeting off


Dr CW: Fine, then you wait for Peter Righton


MS: (A faint) Yes.




Dr CW: Goodbye


And yet a week after Dr Charlotte Wolff’s awkward conversations with De La Noy and Michael Schofield, Lord Beaumont sent a further circular to the Friends suggesting a smooth transfer was in hand, and Righton would have control over the Trust’s counseling casework by Christmas 1971.


“The Trustees (and I am glad to tell you that Edgar Wright has accepted an invitation to re-join the Board) have decided to carry on the work of the Albany Trust as defined in the Trust Deed and to run down the case of referral work over the next three months. To this end Michael Schofield and Michael De-La-Noy will be having talks with Michael Butler, Peter Righton and Dr Wolff to see what alternative arrangements can be made.”




[i] http://andrejkoymasky.com/liv/fam/biod1/delano02.html

[ii] PSY/WOL/4/1 Wellcome Archives 21 September ACCESS minutes

[iii] PSY/Wol/4/1 Wellcome Archives Doreen Cordell correspondence file