It came amid reports he had enjoyed a drink at Elm Guest House, in Barnes, south London, which is believed to have hosted child sex parties for VIPs in the 1970s and 1980s
The 84-year-old entertainer reportedly spoke to Metropolitan Police officers at his home in Surrey.
….one of nine to come forward and accuse the veteran pop star of abusing him at the Elm Guest House in Barnes, West London, where VIPs were said to have abused boys.
One of Sir Cliff’s accusers is one of Britain’s worst sex offenders who is serving several life sentences for a series of rapes and sex attacks.
The man, who suffers with ‘severe’ mental illness and is a paranoid schizophrenic, claimed that Sir Cliff sexually abused him in 1982 – and blamed the singer for turning him into a rapist.
The man told The Sun he was interviewed around 30 times by a number of police forces,
He claimed he took drugs to the guest house but when he arrived he was sexually asaulted by Sir Cliff in a room in front of other people.
He was already facing more than 20 similar charges involving other victims.
The white-haired 83-year-old, who sparked outcry when the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said he could not be barred from wearing a dog collar, entered no plea to a new total of 24 charges of indecent assault and one count of outraging public decency.
A close friend of Princess Diana’s former partner’s father, Harrod’s boss Mohamed Al Fayed, Bennett was formerly chaplain at a Butlins holiday camp and for the stars of Theatreland in London when he gave spiritual guidance to performers at the Palladium Theatre in London.
Eloise Marshall, prosecuting at Guildford Crown Court on Friday, said Bennett now faced two further charges of indecent assault – with a total of 12 alleged victims – since he last appeared before a court on remand, accused of abusing children in London and in the affluent village of Oxted, Surrey, where he had worked as a vicar since 1972.
Oxford-educated Bennett, now from Lewes Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, had taught religious education part-time at a village school and had worked at three churches there, living in a vicarage.
The hearing was adjourned until March 17 when Bennett, who was also friends with members of the British Music Hall Society including instrumentalist Alan Randall, who performed with Sir Cliff Richard, was expected to formally enter pleas to his alleged sexual abuse charges and a trial date was set for September 11, 2017.
The former Rector of Oxted and Tandridge, who was a school governor at St Mary’s School, Oxted, and served at churches in south west London and Somerset before moving to Surrey in the early 1970s, was released on conditional bail for him not to contact any witnesses in the prosecution’s case and not to be seen in the company of any child aged under 18 years.
1997 Rev Guy Bennett, chaplain to the London Palladium
The GuardianLondon, Greater London, England
For many years, Guy Bennett had been a voluntary chaplain who visited theatres on behalf of the Actors’ Church Union
Guy Bennett author:
Unsung heroes : a record of some of the people, backstage and front of house, who made the London Palladium “the world’s ace variety theatre”, a tradition which continued when musicals took over from variety
by Guy Bennett
Actors’ Church Union Chaplain to the London Palladium 1972-1998
Update: Dec 16 2016
More historic sex abuse allegations made against former Oxted vicar
A medical report is being prepared in order to assess the 83-year-old defendant’s fitness to pleas
Further sex abuse allegations have been made against a retired clergyman who was already facing a string of indecent assault charges.
Guy Bennett, 83, of Lewes Road, East Grinstead, West Sussex, faced a new list of charges when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Friday.
The court was told the former Rector of Oxted now faces 24 counts of indecent assault and one of outraging public decency.
The alleged offences span a period from 1977 to 1998.
[Age 83 – Kicking the can down the road…a dementia diagnosis likely?? ]
Mr Bennett entered no pleas and was remand ed on bail until the next hearing on March 17 next year.
His bail conditions are to have no contact with prosecution witnesses or be in the company of anyone under the age of 18.
Paul Walker, defending, said it was vital for tests to be carried out on his client’s memory and a medical report will be prepared in order to assess his fitness to plead.(Janner tactic)
“He is physically fit,” he said.
“It’s important to have this medical report.”
A provisional trial date has been set for September 11 2017.
25 NOV 2016
Former Oxted vicar, Guy Bennett appears in court charged with 22 historic sex offences
Guy Bennett appeared before magistrates in Redhill where he entered no plea
A former Oxted vicar has appeared in court charged with 22 counts of indecent assault against young children.
Guy Bennett, 83, of Lewes Road, East Grinstead, faced magistrates in Redhill where he entered no plea.
The offences, allegedly committed against nine victims under the age of 16 at the time, reportedly took place over a 15-year period between 1977 and 1992.
The alleged incidents took place in the Oxted and London areas.
Guy Bennett – chaplain to the London Palladium theatre
Bennett remains on conditional bail.
The case has been adjourned to Guildford Crown Court on December 16.
Former vicar Guy Bennett from East Grinstead charged over historic sexual offences
Bennett, 83, is on conditional bail and is due to appear at Redhill Magistrates Court on November 21.
- The Rev Guy Bennett from the diocese of Guilford which borders the Diocese of Chichester is another convicted child sex offender who came out of prison in 2000 and immediately held himself out as a vicar at, at least, one church service in the Diocese of Chichester where he now lives. One of Bennett’s victims has been told by Church authorities that (i) Bennett only admitted the sexual offences in 1999 to spare the victims the court hearing, but wasn’t really guilty: and (ii) that he is no longer a risk to children because the offences for which he was convicted dated back to the 1970s and 1980s. In fact he admitted only a limited number of offences and plea bargained his way to a nine month sentence of which he served only 4 ½ months.
- In 2009 another victim reported to the police that she was sexually abused by Bennett and a Catholic priest in the diocese of Arundel & Brighton which overlaps the CofE Diocese of Chichester for five years from the late 1980s to 1993.
Whilst the CPS refused to prosecute Bennett again when the new victim reported the case in 2009, the Diocesan authorities should have carried out a full risk assessment based on this new allegation and realised that Bennett is a compulsive liar manipulating the authorities to remain in contact with and have authority over children.
Guy Bennett, who was a vicar in Oxted, Surrey, was sentenced in 1999 for indecently assaulting three girls
Guy Bennett jailed for sexual abuse of girls, yet still invited and welcome at British Hall Music Society Events …2008, 2014…
BBC: Why the need to censor?
^Guy Bennett (seated left) wearing a clerical collar, photographed at a celebrity event in 2008
Guy Bennett denied abusing Ms Duckworth and said he does not refer to himself as “Reverend”. He also said he has not worn a clerical collar for about ten years, though he is pictured doing so in 2008.
Seated left, Guy Bennett, Vincent Hayes, Jan Hunt, President Roy Hudd, Joan Regan, Lionel Blair and Chairman Doreen Hermitage
^ The above photograph from the website of the BMHS- The British Music Hall Society,
British Music Hall Society
Lionel Blair with BMHS Patron Sir Cliff Richard
Some familiar names…Sir Cliff Richard, Des O’Connor, Paul O’Grady, Sir John Major…Roy Hudd president
Lionel Blair – 2nd from right
“my favourite theatre, the London Palladium… The Palladium was like a second home to me in the Seventies
Savile with Lionel Blair QE2 cruise 1988
‘I kicked sleazy Jimmy Savile off cruise ship’: Captain acted over claims he assaulted girl, 14
Lionel Blair with Jimmy Savile cruising on the QE2 and friends
Sir Jimmy Savile, OBE pictured aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2 during the liner’s 1992 world cruise. The disc jockey and radio and TV personality was “Running around the world”, raising money for Stoke Mandeville and other charities
Lionel Blair blasts claims linking him to VIP paedophile ring after he is questioned by detectives
- Metropolitan Police officers reportedly questioned entertainer at his home
- Came amid reports he had once enjoyed a drink at the Elm Guest House
- House is believed to have hosted child sex parties for VIPs in 70s and 80s
- But Mr Blair says he has never heard of the guest house
Scotland Yard denied the allegations made by the Daily Express that the guest house’s visitor list included three MPs and a member of Buckingham Palace staff. A spokesman for Elm Guest House told Capital Gay “these were professional business people. We are talking about barristers, doctors, a couple of priests and a vicar”.
We now know that these “professional people” were almost certainly all child abusers. One of the barristers who visited Elm Guest House was Colin Peters QC, who was later jailed for his part in “Britain’s biggest child sex ring” which had over 150 victims. One of the priests who visited the guest house was Father Tony McSweeney, who was arrested by Operation Fernbridge in January.
Remember that Jimmy Savile was linked to a paedophile brothel on Battersea Bridge Road in 1964
I also found this rather creepy description of a 1960 TV show filmed on location at Battersea Park Fun Fair, starring alleged satanist and MK-Ultra handler Sammy Davis Jr
Derinton Road – Barry Haddon home address
Johnny Savile is alleged to have carried out the assaults while working at Springfield Hospital in Tooting.
The seven allegations, relating to a period between 1978 and 1980, culminated in Savile – who died in 1998 – being sacked.
In his job as the hospital’s recreation officer he held activities for patients such as discos – which he also organised for a local girls’ school.
Aquino was/is chief mk ultra programmer
“Sammy Davis Jr Meets the British (Saturday June 11th 1960, 8-9pm, ABC) ‘GT’ wrote, “Brian Tesler, whose first production this was for his new bosses, came through with a modest, correctly balanced show which supplied to the right degree the personality of the star. In the first and third parts Davis appeared alone doing snatches of his cabaret act and a joy it was to watch too. The middle part however was the best of all. Tesler took his cameras away from the studio to Battersea Fun Fair… it was a shade overlong and could have been trimmed by a couple of minutes… still, the sight of Davis leading the children around like a Pied Piper was a sheer joy to watch, especially the final shot of them skipping one by one across a bridge which seemed to dissolve into the distant trees. (EDIT: Battersea Bridge Road??) This sequence was followed by Davis going into a hat shop in search of a typically British outfit.
Aided by Lionel Blair, who was at his best, we had a sequence rich in comedy and movement” (Note- thankfully this show survives in the ABC archive)”
During the comedy sketch Lionel is cast as a posh Saville Row-style shop assistant while Davis is an American looking to become posh. The subsequent eight-minute routine sees Lionel match the legendary US entertainer step for step to rapturous applause.
“Working with Sammy was amazing,” he recalled.
“Sammy knew where I was at and was unbelievable to work with, just wonderful and in the number gave the ending to me.
“We became good friends. Meeting and performing with him was the highlight of my career.”
Sammy gave Lionel a silver dollar, which he treasures. On the back reads the inscription: “To Lionel Blair. Because I dig you. Love Sammy Davis Jr.”
“Meeting Sammy was great for me but I also went to school with Mike and Bernie (Winters).
“When the boys got their own show I was doing choreography and they said we want Lionel
Lionel Blair is waving at me from a street corner. ‘Yoo hoo! Yoo hoo!’ He is brightly tanned, dressed a bit like a sailor boy in a tight-fitting blue and white outfit, waving a Rothman’s cigarette in a long plastic holder and beaming happily as passing drivers toot and yell ‘Lionel! Lionel!’.
He couldn’t look more camp if he tried.
He counts Joan Collins among his glamorous exes (‘A dear friend, just lovely — I think Percy is her nicest husband yet’) and his friends include Paul McCartney (‘I used to dye my hair, too, but I think it’s better natural’), Bond actor Roger Moore (‘How many wives have I known? I’ve only known him since Dorothy’), Simon Cowell (‘he always tells me I look wonderful’), Lulu (‘wasn’t she brilliant at the Commonwealth Games’) and Bruce Forsyth
He choreographed and appeared on endless shows at the London Palladium, formed his dance troupe, became best friends with Sammy Davis Jr, appeared in The Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night.
He also became the king of panto. But that suddenly stopped about ten years ago. During one performance in Stockport, as part of the act, he asked a boy in the audience his name. The youngster retorted: ‘Touch my nuts and you’re dead!’
For years, people joked that Lionel was gay. It’s been a running gag on Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue.
One day at a cricket match organised by Michael Parkinson, a man called him a ‘fairy’
Lionel punched him. ‘He had to go to hospital!’
Lionel Blair Jim’ll Fix It 1990
Roy Hudd in 1958 he took a summer job as a Redcoat at Butlins, Clacton working alongside Cliff Richard and Dave Allen
Roy Hudd OBE –
Queen joins in the fun as Roy Hudd gets his OBE
19 Feb 2004
“She’s terrific,” said Hudd. “I’m sure she must hate having to sit through some of the shows. I was chairman of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund for 11 years and had a lot to do with inflicting them on her.” Queen Elizabeth is the Patron.
Queen Elizabeth, Her Majesty The Queen’s role as Patron of the Entertainment Artistes’ Benevolent Fund (EABF).
When King George VI became King, he and Queen Elizabeth took over the Patronage, a role which The Queen Mother held until her death in 2002. Her Majesty The Queen has been Patron since her accession in 1952.
Queen Elizabeth II has attended 37 Royal Variety Performances, the first being in 1949 before she became Queen.
Jimmy Savile police: Ageing comedy legend in new sex abuse quiz
The Sunday Mirror knows the identity of the man, now in his 70s, but we have decided not to name him
2014 – Convicted paedophile Guy Bennett still welcome at the British Music Hall Society
Roy Hudd’s Celebrity Luncheon
Here is convicted paedophile vicar Guy Bennett still socialising with the same chums (British Music Hall Society) as recently as 2014 – not ‘collared’
Is Guy Bennett a member of The British Music Hall Society – with Patrons Cliff Richard & Des O’ Conner?
British Hall Music Society link
British Hall Music Society Patrons
Sir Cliff Richard OBE
Des O’Connor CBE
Alan Titchmarsh MBE and Alison Titchmarsh
Paul O’Grady MBE
Jools Holland OBE, DL
Sir John Major, KG, CH
Ken Dodd OBE
(Left to Right) Ken Dodd, Ted Heath and Jimmy Savile attending a Variety Club of Great Britain lunch held to thank the record industry for its support of the Club’s charity work for children held at The Palladium in London.
Sir Ken Dodd to receive Knighthood from the Queen
2 March 2017
Comedian Sir Ken Dodd arrives at Buckingham Palace to receive his knighthood
Comic ‘cheated Inland Revenue for years’ Ken Dodd trial told of letters from Prime Ministers
Ken Dodd cheated the Inland Revenue ”for years and years”
as he deposited #700,000 in banks in Jersey and the Isle of Man, a court was told yesterday.
Dodd, 61, of Thomas Lane, Knotty Ash, Liverpool, faces 11 charges, seven of being a common law cheat and four of false accounting.”When Mr Dodd was given a chance to come clean and tell the truth he became devious and deceitful.
Accountants Arthur Young then stepped in to complete a supplementary report on Dodd’s affairs. The report ran to five chapters with eight appendices, said Mr Leveson.
It included a series of letters, one each from then Prime Ministers Edward Heath and Harold Wilson and two from Mrs Thatcher, praising the comedian.
British Hall Music Society Newsletter – The Call Boy and cherub??
Alan Randall dictated the following article to Rev. Guy Bennett. The article was published in Call boy, the magazine for Music Hall in 2011
SIR JIMMY SAVILE WAS FOND OF CHERUBS
British Hall Music Society life patron Cliff Richard with Jimmy Savile
British Hall Music Society life patron – Des O’Connor
British Music Hall Society patron, Des O’Connor defends friend and colleague Max Clifford over sex crime charges
- He says Clifford was often present at filming of Des O’Connor Tonight show
- The pair became friends after meeting through TV and charity events
- Clifford denies 11 counts of indecent assault against seven alleged victims
Leonard sentenced Clifford to four and a half years in prison for his abuse of one victim alone – a 15-year-old girl who was left traumatised by a long campaign of sexual abuse. She told the trial she wanted to kill herself after being repeatedly sexually abused by Clifford in 1977.
Anita Harris, President Roy Hudd and Jess Conrad holding their Lifetime Achievement Awards with BMHS Chairman Doreen Hermitage in 2013
Eric’s Last Performance
Shortly before his death in 2005, when he was too ill to write, Alan Randall dictated the following article to the Rev. Guy Bennett. The article was published in Call boy, the magazine for Music Hall in 2011.
Alan Randall also appeared with Perry Como and Liza Minelli in Las Vegas, and played in concerts with Sir Cliff Richard and The Rolling Stones.
2011: Guy Bennett is now visited regularly by safeguarding officers. Of serious concern is that he is now living in a Diocese where a number of ministers have been accused of child sexual offences and remain in ministry, others were convicted after decades of allegations.
Among religious orders and institutions to be investigated are English Benedictine congregations, and the Anglican Diocese of Chichester in West Sussex.
The reputation of Sussex as a paedophile hotspot now has further credence thanks to child sex abuse convictions in the overlapping Anglican diocese of Chichester and of the culture of cover-up that also existed in the Church of England.
From the 1970s to the 1990s there were sporadic and low-profile investigations into allegations of sexual abuse by vicars there but none got as far as the courts.
Why did the CPS abandon investigation into Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor?
Why did it instruct Sussex police to drop a 2003 investigation into the head of the Catholic Church in the UK? And second, why did the CPS decide that its reasons remain confidential?
The Times newspaper had accused the Cardinal of moral failure and, most intriguingly, reported allegations of ‘paedophile hotspots’ in the Catholic Church in five Catholic dioceses including Arundel and Brighton.
By any measure this cannot now be a tenable position, given all the subsequent revelations of child rape on an industrial scale in religious institutions both Anglican and Catholic Church, and what is now being exposed by way of Establishment cover-up. There is also the related matter of a number of Sussex police officers being investigated for gross misconduct over investigations into a complaint about an assault by Savile in the early 1970s
It is time for the Crown Prosecution Service to make public its reasons for dropping the investigation into Cardinal Cormac Murphy-
Official inquiries into prolonged failure to prevent child abuse in the Diocese of Chichester which includes Lewes brought up allegations against Bishop Peter Ball, of which he was later convicted.
The Rev Guy Bennett from the diocese of Guilford which borders the Diocese of Chichester is another convicted child sex offender who came out of prison in 2000 and immediately held himself out as a vicar at, at least, one church service in the Diocese of Chichester where he now lives.
Ardingly College (Peter Righton, Richard Alston, Robert Alston, Peter Ball chaplain there, The Secret Life of a Paedophile exposed a Chaplain at Ardingly, later Bishop John Neale, to have colluded with Righton.) is in Chichester Diocese.
WHERE DID IT GO WRONG FOR THE DIOCESE OF CHICHESTER?
Another week and another Sussex clergyman has been found to have used his position to commit sexual offences.
The numerous abuse scandals backing up at the Church of England’s door have raised questions of cover-ups, concerns over undue pressure from an Archbishops and even a royal and the threat of further payouts to victims.
A handful of internal inquiries have failed to stem the flow of court cases, with one campaigner asking: “What is wrong with the Diocese of Chichester?”
In the 1970s and 80s, we now know, Vickery House took advantage of young men, including a boy of 14, who came to him for spiritual guidance.
He shared victims with his former boss, Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball, who was jailed for sexual crimes relating to 18 victims which took place as recently as 1992.
It was revealed that George Bell, the internationally-acclaimed wartime Bishop of Chichester, had assaulted a child in the 1940s, for which the Church has now paid compensation to the victim.
In all, seven Sussex churchmen in two years have been found to have committed sexual offences.
The former Bishop of Chichester, Eric Kemp, unambiguously portrayed Ball as the victim of mischief makers in his (2006) memoirs: “Although it was not realized at the time, the circumstances which led to [Ball’s] early resignation were the work of mischief-makers. It was a very sad end to his ministry and his departure was a real loss to the Church which was, no doubt, what those who brought it about intended.” Kemp has been described as “one of the leading Anglo-Catholics of his generation and one of the most influential figures in the Church of England in the last quarter of the twentieth century.”
Kemp and Queen Elizabeth 1986
When Kemp appointed the flamboyant Ball as his assistant in the post of bishop of Lewes, he fitted in immediately. Kemp moved in elevated London circles and was a good friend of Canon Anthony Caesar, sub dean of the Chapel Royal and the Queen’s domestic chaplain. And Ball often accompanied Kemp on his London trips.
Baroness Butler-Sloss was appointed by the Diocese of Chichester
She wanted to exclude some of the survivor’s allegations against Bishop Peter Ball, in a bid to protect the Church of England.
He says she told him she “cared very much about the Church”.
Ardingley College is in the Chichester Diocese
Peter Righton recorded in his diaries his abuse of boys at Ardingly School in Diocese of Chichester while he was a teacher there.
Robert Alston (brother of convicted PIE member Richard Alston and Pitcairn Island governor) was educated at Ardingly College. He is Chairman of Governors at Ardingly College.
Paul Righton attended Ardingly College from 1940 to 1944
Righton’s Ardingly College obituary – with mention of Richard D Alston (G1953-63)
Ardingly College – the school has its own Masonic Lodge – Ardingly College Lodge
Guy Bennett’s family
Frank Bennett (scholar)
Frank Selwyn Macaulay Bennett was a reforming Dean of Chester in the first half of the 20th century and an Anglican scholar.
He was born on 28 October 1866 and educated at Sherborne and Keble College, Oxford.He was Private Chaplain to Bishop Jayne of Chester and then held incumbencies at Portwood and Hawarden before his elevation to the Deanery. A man who made Chester Cathedral “the home of the Diocese, he died on 14 November 1947.
Vicar Guy Bennett was friends with Mohamed al Fayed and conducted a memorial service for Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed.
Police in Oxted, Surrey, refused to give out more details. The vicar, who has been suspended from the Church of England, will appear before magistrates in Reigate on October 9.
Guy Bennett, the father of two, led a service at his village church near al Fayed’s home and afterwards they planted a tree together in the grounds.
Guy Bennett abused at:
Norman Jordan Smith
1930 – 2012
After he was demobbed he worked for the West Sussex County Council in County Hall, Chichester. From 1952-57 he was Captain of the Cathedral Ringers.
Chaplain of Geelong C of E Grammar School
Church of England accused of cover-up over abuse claims against chaplain at school attended by Prince Charles
The Church of England has been accused of a cover-up over allegations that a chaplain at the Australian school attended by the Prince of Wales was a paedophile.
At the Australian royal commission into child abuse in September, the Reverend Norman Smith was accused of raping a pupil at Geelong Grammar School in the late 1960s.
Now a 68-year-old former churchwarden has come forward to say that the Church dismissed his earlier claims that he was abused by Mr Smith in Sussex in the early 1960s.
Alan Baker, from Gloucestershire, has also written to Prince Charles to ask if he can provide any information that would help his case for damages.
“I would like to know what the links were between Geelong and the Church of England and the Anglican Communion,” said Mr Baker.
“Was it a coincidence that Smith abused me and then moved to Australia and then abused a child in Australia and moved back to the UK to take up a position as a vicar? The Church of England has treated me disgracefully and dismissed my complaints even though they must have known about the Australian allegations.”
Mr Smith died in 2012 and an obituary stated “Norman would certainly have known him [Charles] and administered Communion to him”.
Geelong Grammar: Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission report set to be tabled in parliament
February 13, 2017
SURVIVOR of abuse at Geelong Grammar School has slammed its trademark positive education program as “crap”, as the royal commission’s findings on the elite Corio school are set to be tabled in Parliament.
Libby O’Brien attended Geelong Grammar in the 1980s and said she hoped the commission’s report did not “get swept under the carpet”.
“There are so many more perpetrators out there,” she said, despite the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse having been in progress since 2013.
“The cover-ups were really frightening,” she said. “I just want to make sure (the royal commission finding) doesn’t go under the radar.”
Ms O’Brien said the decades-long fight for justice had been “an extremely painful process”. She and a group of survivors and friends covered Geelong Grammar’s gates with coloured ribbons in February of last year, transforming it into a “Loud Fence” symbolising those who were sexually abused and couldn’t be heard.
“I’m so sick of telling this story,” Ms O’Brien said. “I keep getting slapped in the face — it’s really, really hard.”
In a November, 2016, submission to the royal commission, counsel assisting David Lloyd said former Geelong Grammar principal John Lewis had failed to protect students under his care.
“Mr Lewis did not treat the issue of child sexual abuse seriously and preferred the reputation of the school to the interests and welfare of the students,” Mr Lloyd said.
A spokesman for Geelong Grammar said the school would be responding to the royal commission’s findings when they become available.
The school was at the heart of a debate in South Australian politics last weekend, when it emerged SA schools had forked out more than $620,000 for Geelong Grammar to teach educators from Adelaide’s northern suburbs how to “nurture and sustain positive relationships”. SA Opposition treasury spokesman Rob Lucas described the program as a “massive waste of taxpayers’ money”.
A spokesman for the SA Department for Communities and Social Inclusion said Geelong Grammar was “one of the world leaders in the adoption of positive education”.
Ms O’Brien said she was “pretty disgusted” that the school was profiting from a program espousing student wellbeing.
“It’s such crap,” she said.
She urged anyone with information on historical abuses to go to the authorities.
“Anyone who knew anything, just report it to police,” she said. “Every report counts.”
Commissioners are holding a public hearing on Catholic Church authorities until February 27. From March 6 they will hold hearings on Commonwealth and State governments, the Uniting Church, Anglican Church, Yeshivah Melbourne and Bondi, and Australian Christian churches and Pentecostal authorities.
Memorial to Dodi Fayed in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, Oxted
This plaque is discreetly sited beneath a tree in the churchyard of St Mary’s church, Oxted. The lover of the late Princess Diana, who died with her in 1997, is not buried here, but the Fayed family have been generous benefactors of their local church.
British Victim of Clergy Abuse Speaks out 352 Lux Mag November 19, 2010
Lucy Duckworth, who protested against paedophile priests in Rome on Friday, was just five years old when she was first abused at her Sunday school in the quiet village of Oxted in Surrey.
Duckworth was abused at All Saints Church until she was 11 by a “paedophile ring” involving a Catholic priest, his helper and a Church of England vicar, who was later jailed for abuse of minors.
“They’d take me into a room and abuse me in front of a poor man with Down’s Syndrome who was told to watch the door and make sure no-one came in,” said Duckworth, a member of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).
“I can’t tell you the psychological damage, I’m haunted by what happened every day,” she told AFP.
The vicar, Guy Bennett, was sentenced to nine months in prison by the Old Bailey court in London in 1999 for indecently assaulting three 11-year-old girls between 1976 and 1988.
He denied four further offences and, when the prosecution said it would not be in the public interest to pursue them, they were simply left on file.
Duckworth said that Bennett had simply moved away from the area and was still working for the Church of England — a common trend in cases of predator priests whose crimes have often been covered up by senior clergy.
“The police launched an investigation into the other priest who abused me and got detailed statements from a lot of victims at the Sunday school, but the case was dropped the minute he denied everything,” she said.
Lucy Duckworth – is part of the -The Victims and Survivors’ Consultative Panel
As a survivor of childhood sex abuse perpetrated by the Church of England and Catholic Priests, Lucy chaired the Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS) for a number of years.
Vicar Jailed for Fondling Schoolgirls
Birmingham Evening Mail (England), May 29, 1999
The Rev Guy Bennett, who was Rector of Oxted and Tandridge in Surrey for 26 years, admitted to three offences indecent assaulting three 11-year-old girls between 1976 and 1988.
Judge Giles Forrester jailed Bennett – who was also chaplain to the London Palladium theatre – for nine months for each offence, and ordered that the sentences should run concurrently.
The court had heard that Bennett was a governor of St Mary’s School, Oxted, and taught the 11-year-olds religious education.
He had fondled the girls on a school trip to the Isle of Wight, following a school play and behind a desk during a lesson.
Bennett, the father of two daughters, separated from his wife some years ago.
He was a churchman, a teacher and a school governor.
He was living in the Oxted vicarage when he was charged, and a Church of England spokesman confirmed Bennett was suspended from St Mary’s in September when the police inquiry was launched.
He had been rector there since 1972 and also taught religious education part-time at a local school.
After studying at Oxford University and Wells Theological College, one of his Bennett’s first jobs was as chaplain in Butlin’s holiday camp at Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, in 1963.
The way to stardom for so many of today’s top entertainers has been regularly documented over the years and it is a well known fact that the likes of Dave Allen, Des O’Connor, Charlie Drake, Ted Rogers, Roy Hudd, Jimmy Tarbuck, Johnny Ball, Mike Newman, Freddie Davis, Michael Barrymore, Jimmy Cricket, Clinton Ford, William G. Stewart, Russ Hamilton and many more, all began their careers as Butlin Redcoats
Billy Butlin gave away hundreds of holidays to clergy and church workers. The chaplains department was always regarded as an important part of the Butlin’s organisation. The chaplin would always attend the weekly meetings of the heads of departments, and his word carried weight.
For many years, Guy Bennett had been a voluntary chaplain who visited theatres interacting with celebrities.
Guy Bennett was stage-struck. For many years , he had been a voluntary chaplain who visited theatres on behalf of the Actors’ Church Union.
He was chaplain to the London Palladium.
He was always welcomed backstage, except by Bing Crosby.
Another “swingin” Rt Rev. of the era…entertaining the cast from the London Palladium Panto
The ecclesiastical peace of Willow Grange, home of the Bishop of Guildford, the Rt. Rev. George Reindrop, was the venue for a swinging show-biz party
His guests were the cast from the London Palladium Panto, including Cliff Richard, comedians Terry Scott and Hugh Lloyd, Una Stubbs, Lynda Barron, Des O’Connor, Bill Pertwee, Jack Douglas and Russ Conway.
London Palladium is in the ‘City of Westminster’
The theatre has also hosted the Royal Variety Performance a record 40 times, most recently in 2014.
The Actors’ Church Union was a charity established at the end of the 19th century to bring together and to help Christian actors and actresses, mainly by appointing Chaplains to every theatre in Britain.
He did a lot of comedian’s funerals –
Michael Bentine‘s, (Michael Bentine was a close personal friend of Prince Charles)
Roy Hudd’s wedding – a Past King Rat of the show business charity the Grand Order of Water Rats.
Roy Hudd – After demob he and his performing partner Eddie Cunningham got jobs as Redcoats at Butlins in Clacton. Halfway through the season they shared the bill with a young man called Harry Webb – soon to be better known as Cliff Richard.
1980, London Palladium – Queen and Roy Hudd
Charity concerts with Ronnie Corbett
chaplain to the Phoenix Theatre in the West End when Jill Bennett was starring in a play called West of Suez.
Michael Bentine was a close personal friend of Prince Charles and a British Intelligence agent.
Roy Hudd at Clacton in 1958.
Cliff Richard, Ian and Terry outside their Butlin chalet.
Cliff Richard made his professional debut at Clacton. His group Cliff Richard and the Drifters were booked for a 4-week residency in 1958.
Cliff Richard at Butlins
Known as Cliff Richard and the Drifters – Prior to their arrival at Clacton, the group had cut their first demo-disc in a recording booth in Oxford Street, London
She made a complaint of sexual abuse against Bennett to Surrey Police in 2008, but following the arrest and investigation of three men in their 70s, the Crown Prosecution Service failed to authorise any charges. After raising the issue with the Archbishop and receiving his reply, Ms Duckworth said: “It leaves me feeling bemused, baffled, angry, frustrated and absolutely shocked that this is happening. If he’s powerless to remove convicted child abusers from the institution then they’ve got some real questions to be asking themselves.”
A paedophile teacher who raped an 11-year-old girl on a church floor in the 70s has been jailed for a string of historic sex offences.
He was also convicted of an indecent assault on a boy aged between seven and 11 years old having previously pleaded guilty to two other indecent assaults on the same boy, all between 1980 and 1983.
All the assaults took place while Haunch was a French teacher at the now-closed Fonthill Preparatory School in Coombe Hill Road, East Grinstead, Sussex.
Among his offences, Haunch arranged and took part in a gang rape on the girl on the floor of the school’s consecrated chapel. He was also a member of a group called the Paedophile Information Exchange.
...no doubt that Joe had been abused by Moore, and there were likely to be other survivors who have not yet come forward.
But there has been no apology from Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, to whom Joe reports writing 18 letters after the church began examining his case. He had one reply, from a correspondence secretary, assuring him that “the archbishop would hold him in his prayers”.
Drugs expert Professor John Strang, who was often involved in charity work with the Diana, Princess of Wales, spoke on Guy Bennett’s behalf.
1998 Scottish Daily Record & Sunday 21 Oct. 2016 https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Di+vicar+faces+perv+charges.-a060559851
Birmingham Evening Mail (England), May 29, 1999
Al Fayed was also a personal friend of Jackson’s and had the statue installed as a tribute to the “King of Pop.” It has stood in place despite the ridicule it has drawn over the last two years.
New Michael Jackson Lawsuit Alleges Child-Abuse Procurement Ring
A new lawsuit alleges Michael Jackson’s businesses were a front for grooming children to be abused
The latest complaint, filed by a Jane Doe who alleges that she was abused by Jackson from 1986 to 1989, when she was aged 12 to 15, claims that Jackson secretly operated, “the most sophisticated public child sexual-abuse procurement and facilitation organizations the world has known.”
Michael Jackson child sex syndicate trial date set
“We look forward to completing that discovery and disclosing to the public, through trial, the full extent of Michael Jackson’s serial sexual abuse of children, which was facilitated through his companies MJJ Productions and Ventures,” lawyer Vince Finaldi said in a statement.
An attorney for the companies, meanwhile, said he doesn’t believe the case will make it that far.
“My opinion is that summary judgment will be granted in this case and there won’t be any trial, but the court did set a trial date for a year away just in case,” lawyer Howard Weitzman told the Daily News.
Robson, who has worked for Britney Spears and N’Sync and appeared as a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance,” is one of three plaintiffs making similar claims in related lawsuits against Jackson’s companies.
The choreographer, 34, filed an amended complaint in September claiming Jackson and key staffers at MJJ Productions and MJJ Ventures ran a “sophisticated child sexual abuse procurement and facilitation operation.”
Robson claims Jackson and his employees worked in concert to arrange his private meetings with underage fans, cover travel expenses and shower the youngsters with gifts.
“Make no mistake, Neverland Ranch was nothing but a well-orchestrated trap,” Finaldi previously told The News. “It was custom-built to attract kids so he could groom them and decide which to sexually abuse.”
The amended complaint, obtained by The News, added new negligence claims to his suit against the two companies.
Robson claims he was brought into Jackson’s orbit as a small child in the late 1980s after winning a dance competition in Australia organized by MJJ Ventures.
Two years later, a Jackson assistant contacted his family about meeting with The Gloved One and staying at Neverland during a trip to Los Angeles, he says.
The assistant served as Jacko’s “madam” or “procurer,” his filing states.
During that visit, Jackson allegedly sexually abused Robson. The abuse continued for eight years until Robson hit puberty and Jackson lost interest, according to the complaint.
During the pop icon’s 2005 molestation trial in Santa Barbara County, Robson denied he had been sexually abused. He later recanted, saying it took intensive therapy for him to come to terms with the abuse.
In 2013, Robson’s initial claims against Jackson’s estate were thrown out when a judge ruled he’d waited too long to sue. He is now pursuing the separate civil claims against Jackson’s companies.
A source in Jackson’s camp called the new complaint “too silly” to warrant a response.
Conflicts of Interest – Psychiatrist Professor John Strang
Drugs policy advisor under fire over links to pharmaceutical company
A senior health advisor is facing criticism for his links to a company involved in a million pound drug trial.
Professor John Strang, an architect of drugs policy for more than a decade, is chief clinical investigator in a publicly funded heroin-antidote trial on thousands of prisoners.
Questions over Professor Strang’s links comes just months after he was criticised for failing to disclose ties to drug companies when applying for a government project.
The latest case has caused outrage among campaigners who say drug addiction policies have for too long been open to abuse from vested interests. The issue will be discussed by the Inter Ministerial Group on Drugs this week, The Independent has learnt.
Professor Strang has confirmed receipt of research grants, consultancy payments and travel expenses from several pharmaceutical companies who make medicines to treat addictions including Martindale Pharma and Cardinal Health.
Martindale, owned by Cardinal Health until May 2010, was the manufacturer chosen by the researchers in 2009 to supply pre-filled syringes of the drug Naloxone being used in the pilot study which could eventually involve 56,000 prisoners in England. The study, called N-ALIVE, hopes to reduce overdose deaths in the first month after release from prison.
The relationship between Professor Strang, director of the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London, with Martindale Pharma has publicly emerged – three years after the £1m grant trial was approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research.
Martindale, owned by Cardinal Health until May 2010, was the manufacturer chosen by the researchers in 2009 to supply pre-filled syringes of the drug Naloxone being used in the pilot study which could eventually involve 56,000 prisoners in England. The study, called N-ALIVE, hopes to reduce overdose deaths in the first month after release from prison.
He did not formally declare any conflicts of interest to the ICMR during the application process – which the ICMR says complies with current rules.
dependent – November 13, 2011
Long-standing SSA Trustee, Professor Sir John Strang, who was named in HM Queen Elizabeth’s birthday honours list, 2016.
John Osborne and wife Jill Bennett
John Osborne’s battered wife – Jill Bennett. She later committed suicide.
In 2001 the Purdews of Champneys (friends of Sir Jimmy Savile and Keith Vaz) briefly acquired Inglewood health hydro from agents of Saudi prince Mohammed bin Fahd. Inglewood had been the scene of allegations, published in the Guardian six years earlier, that then defence minister Jonathan Aitken, a director of the spa, had tried to arrange girls for a Saudi prince and his entourage.
The report led to the notorious libel action brought by Aitken ultimately culminating in his being sentenced to jail for perjury.
Former Tory MP Jonathan Aitken, once a director of Champneys Inglewood. He was accused by former employees of acting as a ‘pimp’ by requesting call girls, once for a sheikh and once for a group of Arabs.
Then he was embroiled in a legal dispute with former brothel keeper Lindi ‘Miss Whiplash’ St Clair, who claimed that she was thrown out of Inglewood partway through a course.
And though Aitken met his future wife Lolicia at Inglewood, he also cheated on her with bondage prostitute Paula Strudwick, telling her to collect the right sort of birch branches from the woods outside the estate for sadomasochistic sex games. You’d have thought someone would have twigged what was going on.
A Talent To Abuse
Looking back at John Osborne.
He has some Aubrey Beardsley drawings, very rude drawings, very rude
Rev Michael Butler of Albany Trust moved to become Chichester diocese Press Officer mid 70s before R Harbinson complained re Fr. Colin Gill
Dominic Edward William Murray Walker OGS DL (born 28 June 1948) is a retired Anglican bishop. He was a canon and prebendary of Chichester Cathedral.
Walker had reported Leo Abse, George Thomas and Enoch Powell to the police as suspected paedophiles. He said that “A number of survivors independently gave the name of a particular MP being involved … I don’t believe there was any collusion in their stories.” Walker went on to tell senior clerics that Abse was named by three abuse survivors whom he had counselled when a vicar in Brighton in the 1980s.
In little more than a year, before Mr. Derry Mainwaring Knight’s activities aroused the suspicions of Bishop Eric Kemp of Chichester, who called in the police fraud squad,
wife of an MP and a former High Sheriff of East Sussex, it somehow did
not seem too fanciful to be told that the head of the counter-church
they were setting out to smash was Lord Whitelaw, the deputy Prime
Ex-teacher at Prince Charles’ old school Cheam School jailed for sexually abusing pupil in photography darkroom
Dec 6 2016
Nicholas Eggington, 58, taught at the renowned Cheam School where he befriended the young boy so he could create opportunities to be alone with him, a court heard
An ex-teacher at Prince Charles ‘ old school has been jailed for three years for sexually abusing a pupil in his classroom cupboard and a photography darkroom.
Nicholas Eggington, 58, taught at the renowned Cheam School where he befriended the young boy so he could create opportunities to be alone with him, a court heard.
He then abused him sexually on a number of occasions at the school – including his store cupboard, the photography club’s darkroom and other secluded areas of the school’s 100-acre grounds.
The preparatory school is steeped in history, having been founded nearly 400 years ago in 1645 and boasting former prime ministers and chancellors among its ex pupils.
The Duke of Edinburgh also went there.
Eggington, of Arnold, Notts, was convicted of two counts of indecent assault on a male child and two counts of gross indecency with a male child.
The offences relate to his time at Cheam School in Headley near Newbury, Berks, where he taught science between the late 80s and early 90s.
Eggington abused the boy, who was under 14, in the early 90s.
York Minster bell-ringers sacked over stance on ‘ongoing’ abuse risk to children
16 December 2016
York Minster’s team of bell-ringers were disbanded because they refused to accept that a leading member of their group had been assessed as presenting an “ongoing risk” of child abuse, the minster’s governing body has said.
The Dean, the Very Rev Vivienne Faull, and Chapter also disclosed that they are still struggling to line up replacements to ring in Christmas later this month because others who had volunteered to help had been subjected to internet “intimidation” and in one case even a legal threat.
Although their statement does not specifically name the “member of the bell ringing band” at the centre of the allegations, he has been widely named as the society’s then president David Potter.
He has been the subject of two police investigations following allegations, which were subsequently dismissed without charge, made in 1999 and 2014.
The Minster commissioned a risk assessment on Mr Potter in line with Church of England guidelines.
“Following a detailed review of the matter and with guidance from national agencies, Chapter felt that the person presented an ongoing risk and that the potential severity of the risk meant they could not be reinstated,” they added.
“This decision was not accepted by the bell-ringing team.
“There was a reluctance to recognise the Minster’s concerns despite briefings with staff including our safeguarding officer. This culminated in Chapter’s decision to disband the team in October.”
Lionel Blair visits children’s charity
Children at a Tadworth-based charity got a special surprise when entertainer Lionel Blair visited and even put on a performance for them
17 SEP 2013
He visited The Children’s Trust as part of This Morning’s Take a Moment campaign.
Lionel Blair is Patron of Elizabeth Finn Care
How did you become involved with Elizabeth Finn Care, of which you are a patron?
Well, they came to me and told me about it and I thought there are lots of charities for children, which is great but this is for people penniless out of no fault of their own, and I think they need help.
Elizabeth Finn Trustees
Charles Anson and Lady Elizabeth Toulson to its Board of Trustees. The Board plays a vital advisory role in the strategic direction the Trust is taking, and is financially and legally responsible for all the Trust’s affairs.
Corporate communications consultant Charles Anson was communications advisor to the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Weekend Trust and is currently a director of Cubitt Consulting on financial and corporate public relations. Before that he was interim head of public relations for the British Red Cross. Until last year, he was director of corporate communications at the Hilton Group and has been involved, at a senior level, in strategic communications with major UK companies such as Kleinwort Benson and Grand Metropolitan (now Diageo).
At an earlier stage of his career, he was Press Secretary to Her Majesty The Queen from 1990-1997. He also worked in No 10 Downing Street from 1979-1981 and commenced his career in the Foreign and Commonwealth
I was shocked and horrified and sick to my stomach’: Lisa Marie Presley’s twin daughters, 8, in child protective services after she found ‘hundreds of indecent photos’ of children on their dad’s computer, according to shocking court papers
- Lisa Marie’s daughters Finley and Harper Lockwood are in the care of California’s Department of Children and Family Services, court documents state
- Presley, 49, claims to have found inappropriate pictures and disturbing video footage on her fourth husband Michael Lockwood’s computer
- The court papers also state there are pending allegations of sexual abuse and neglect
- Details are included in court papers filed as part of her divorce from Lockwood
- Presley claims police found 80 of Lockwood’s devices during a raid on her home
- She says cops still have the devices and claims they haven’t been fully analyzed
- Presley and Lockwood married in Japan in 2006 but separated last June
- Presley – the only daughter of Elvis Presley – claims she has to pay for two nannies to go along as monitors when her husband visits the children
- Her $300 million fortune, which she claims is nearly all gone, is the subject of divorce proceedings as Lockwood fights for spousal support
Elvis Presley’s twin granddaughters have been taken from their parents by worried social workers after mom Lisa Marie found a stash of disturbing photos and videos of children on their father’s computer, shocking court papers seen exclusively by DailyMail.com claim.
Eight-year-old girls Finley and Harper Lockwood are now in the care of California‘s Department of Children and Family Services and a trial has been set for March to determine their future, Lisa Marie Presley alleges in the papers.
Presley, 49, who checked herself into rehab last August shortly after she and Lockwood split, alleges she found the pictures and disturbing videos on fourth husband Michael Lockwood’s computer.
‘I was shocked and horrified and sick to my stomach,’ she said in court papers filed as part of her ongoing divorce from Lockwood.
Presley – the only child of Elvis Presley – said in the papers that Beverly Hills Police Department found 80 of Lockwood’s devices during a raid on her home. She added the cops still have them and they have not been fully analyzed.
‘My understanding is that Tennessee law enforcement is also conducting an investigation related to the photos and videos that I discovered,’ she said, according to the documents.
‘I have no idea what else may be on those devices and fear that there are more and worse images and evidence in these un-analyzed devices.
The documents also reveal pending allegations of sexual abuse and neglect on the part of Lockwood.
The papers state, ‘While the Respondent [Lockwood] has not yet been convicted of crimes related to his possession of these photos, that he possessed them is documented evidence of conduct that has destoyed the mental or emotional calm of Petitioner, and, as in Schu, is domestic violence “by an reasonable definition of the term.”‘
Presley and Lockwood, 55, a musician who has worked with Fiona Apple and Aimee Mann among others, were married in a lavish $340,000 ceremony in Kyoto, Japan in 2006. Her first husband, Danny Keough was best man. They separated last June.
Presley, who claims nearly all of her $300 million fortune is gone, said in the papers that she has to pay for two nannies to go along as monitors when her husband visits the children.
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