Ardingly College/Chichester Diocese/ School Paedophile Rings/PIE


Convicted paedophile Richard Alston (left) “married” to Peter Righton of PIE Paedophile Information Exchange

Diplomat brother Robert Alston (right)

Richard Alston:

(abused children with PIE members Peter Righton and former British Council teacher Charles Napier


Diplomat brother Robert Alston:

Former governor and alumnus of Ardingly College

Convicted paedophile Bishop Peter Ball was

Chaplain at Ardingly 1990-94

Convicted paedophile Bishop Peter Ball

was also investigated as part of a ring.

The newly released documents also suggest Ball associated with other known sex offenders in the clergy and was investigated in 2008 for being part of suspected pedophile ring.

The documents show Ball covered for and helped priests accused of sex abuse.

Current Archbishop Justin Welby launched an independent review into the Church of England’s response to the allegations.

A spokesperson for Lord Carey declined to comment.


Robert Alston:

Robert Alston – Chairman of the Council of Ardingly College 2005-10

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Since retiring from the Diplomatic Service Robert Alston has been involved with the Church – on the staff of Archbishop George Carey from 1999-2002.


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Bishop Carey  and Bishop Peter Ball

George Carey, who was archbishop of Canterbury at the time when police were investigating claims of sexual abuse by Peter Ball, wrote letters of support, to the director of public prosecutions and the chief constable of Gloucester police in February 1993.

Carey wrote of Ball’s “excruciating pain and spiritual torment” and the implications for the state of his mental health.

The two letters from Carey to the Chief Constable. The first is a handwritten composition in which he say he has the highest regard for Peter Ball who is a ‘Godly man.’ 


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This second letter from Carey to the Chief Constable is simply extraordinary.

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Ball escaped prosecution at the time, resigned his post as bishop and retired to a cottage provided by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales’s Duchy of Cornwall estate.

After a fresh investigation was opened in 2012, Ball, now 83, was sentenced to 32 months in prison in October 2015 after pleading guilty to abusing 18 vulnerable young men between 1977 and 1992.


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2006 – Peter Ball former Bishop of Lewes with his good friends Prince Charles and Camilla at a memorial for her father Bruce Shand

Peter Ball ‘preached at the funeral of Camilla’s father’s in 2006, which indicates his standing in their household.’


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2005 The wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Shand attended by Bishop Peter Ball


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Robert Alston

Since retiring from the Diplomatic Service he has been involved with education (as Chairman of the Council of Ardingly College from 2005-10 and Chairman of the Governing Body of the Marsh Academy New Romney from 2007-13); the Church (on the staff of Archbishop George Carey from 1999-2002; the Commonwealth Institute and its successor the Commonwealth Education Trust; the Pilgrims, where he serves as a member of the Executive Committee; and the County of Kent as a Kent Ambassador and a Deputy Lieutenant from 2007-13.

He became a Freeman of the World Traders (on the firm recommendation of Past Master Peter Gadsden) in 2000, and progressed through the Company to the Mastership in 2007-8. For him highlights of his year were the Sheep Drive across London Bridge in aid of the Lord Mayor’s charities (the brainchild of his wife Pat, also a Liveryman of the Company), and leading a delegation of World Traders to accompany Lord Mayor David Lewis on his official visit to Oman.

Led by Freeman Hon causa Pat Alston ONZM, in the organisation of the 2008 London Bridge Sheep Drive which raised more than £50,000 for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.

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In 2008 two charity sheep drives were held, and in 2012 Cilla Black and Cherie Blair were among those who led a herd of goats across the bridge


Patricia Alston

Director at Romney Tweed CIC

New Romney, Kent, United Kingdom


Romney Tweed CIC
January 2014 – Present (2 years 11 months)

Patricia Alston, ONZM, is a Director of Romney Tweed CIC, a company she founded in 2012 which aims to create employment in an area of social deprivation on the Romney Marsh, Kent, through the manufacture of high quality cloth from the wool of Romney sheep.

A former secretary in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) from 1959-1969, she served in Tokyo, the FCO Inspectorate and the Private Office.

From 1969-1998, she accompanied her husband, Robert, a member of the Diplomatic Service, on postings to France, Iran, Belgium, Oman and New Zealand. From 1986-1990, Robert served as Ambassador to Oman, and from 1994-1998 as High Commissioner to New Zealand, also accredited to Samoa, and as Governor of the Pitcairn Islands.

Patricia is a former Chairman of the British Diplomatic Families Association and was Chairman of The World Traders Sheep Drive Committee in 2008. She is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of World Traders.

In 2010 Patricia was awarded New Zealand’s honour, the ONZM, in recognition of her services to New Zealand – United Kingdom relations.


Romney Tweed

The company No. 8850986 was incorporated on 24 January 2014

Admiral of the Fleet the Lord Boyce
KG,GCB,OBE,DL, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and Governor of Dover Castle
Sir David Wootton, former Lord Mayor of London, and Deputy Chairman of the City Wool Advisory Board

Patricia Alston
ONZM, Founder of Romney Tweed CIC, former Chairman of British Diplomatic Spouses Association, Chairman of World Traders Sheep Drive Committee 2008.
Robert Alston,CMG,QSO,DL, retired diplomat, former Chairman of the Governors of Marsh Academy and Ardingly College. Member of Kent Ambassadors and Deputy Lieutenant of Kent, Past Master World Trader.
John Corneille, Independent management consultant, former PwC Partner and Chair of the Pro Bono committee of the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants.
Edna Delaney, Managing Director, Romney Resource Centre, which specialises in assisting educational underachievers, NEETS, the unemployed and early school leavers.
Alison Gowman, Partner in DLA Piper UK LLP, Alderman of the City of London. Trustee of several organisations. Past Master Glover.
Ursula Underhill, Consultant in education and assessment. Previously worked for Cambridge International Examinations (a department of the University of Cambridge). Taught for 17 years in secondary, further and higher education.

Alan Milne
, FCIS, Chartered Secretary in Practice with International Experience.


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Former British Ambassador to Oman – (supported his convicted paedophile brother in court)

24th January 2016

Anglo-Omani Society chairman Robert Alston gives lecture at the society’s Sackville Street headquarters in London.


Prince Charles pays tribute to


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MORE than 300 guests joined HRH Princes Charles and HH Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq Al Said for the 40th Anniversary reception of the Anglo Omani Society at Lancaster House London, Other notable guests included Robert Alston, the Anglo Omani Society chairman…Sir Alan Duncan

Prince Charles said he particularly welcomed the formation of the Anglo Omani Society’s New Generation Group which is working with the Princes Trust in Oman. He pointed to work of the Trust, which following his visit in 2013, is now supporting the Public Authority for SME Development (Riyada) in Oman helping to mentor entrepreneurs.



Duke of York supports call for Oman-UK trade agreement


Duke of York supports call for Oman-UK trade agreement

Prince Andrew  – linked to convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein (LOLITA EXPRESS) and Robert Alston – brother of Richard Alston convicted paedophile/part of PIE ring who abused children with John Whittingdale’s half brother, PIE treasurer Charles Napier

Duke of York supports call for Oman-UK trade agreement

23rd July 2016

Prince Andrew was addressing a reception of senior Omani and British diplomats and business figures at the Anglo-Omani Society (AoS) headquarters in Sackville Street, London held by the Omani British Friendship Association (OBFA) of which he is Patron.

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Oman, UK to boost ties in academic field
October 12, 2016
Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al Hinai, the Sultanate’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, Robert Alston, Chairman of the Omani-British Society, members of the society and members of the Omani diplomatic mission in Britain were present on the occasion.

July 28, 2015

London: On the occasion of the Omani British Friendship Association (OBFA) Financial Services Roundtable, The Anglo-Omani Society and OBFA hosted a reception on Monday in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of York and His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, patrons of OBFA.

Attended by leading dignitaries and senior level business figures from both Britain and the Sultanate, the event, hosted by the Anglo-Omani Society and OBFA at the Society’s premises in Sackville Street, was organised on the occasion of the OBFA Financial Services Roundtable.

AoS chairman Robert Alston with His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said

AoS chairman Robert Alston with His Highness Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said with Prince Andrew in the rear

Other guests included HE Sheikh Al Hinai, Oman’s Ambassador to the UK, HE Dr Al Futaisi Oman’s Minister of Transport, Lord Ahmad UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport as well as the Ambassadors of Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In addition the Anglo Omani Society chairman Robert Alston and its New Generation Group chairmen Oliver Blake and Sheikh Ma’an Hamad Al-Rawahi helped host the event.

Businesses and Omani Government organisations represented included HSBC, Oman Air, Omran, Oman Global Logistics, Ithraa, Apex Publishing, Oman Travel, Dentons LLP, BAE Systems, Charles Kendall Group, Carillion, Pathfinders and BP.






Oxford alumni Richard Alston was supported during the trial by his brother from the public gallery

Court News, August 27th, 2015


Robert Alston was a director of the Antarctic Heritage Trust – Prince Charles’ sister, Princess Anne is patron

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Robert Alston on the staff of Archbishop George Carey from 1999-2002.

Archbishop Carey accused of failing to refer to police detailed 1992 allegations against Peter Ball.

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George Carey, who was archbishop of Canterbury at the time when police were investigating claims of sexual abuse by Ball, wrote in support of Ball to the director of public prosecutions and the chief constable of Gloucester police in February 1993.

Several people who allege that Bishop Ball abused them while serving as Bishop of Lewes between 1997 and 1992 are preparing to sue the diocese of Chichester for hundreds of thousands of pounds.


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Why did the CPS abandon investigation into Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor?


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 ...


Ardingly College is in the diocese of Chichester


Bishop John Neale  was chaplain at Ardingly  1958-1962 and was

 a long-standing friend of PIE member Peter Righton

Robert Alston  Chairman of Governors at Ardingly College 2005-2010

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Ardingly and environs – East Grinstead, NewickHurstpierpoint

The parish priest in the village of Newick, the Rev. John Baker, organized a donors’ group to back Mr. Knight in his struggle and mobilized the support, among others, of Viscount Hampden, Viscount Brentford, the Earl of March and Mrs. Susan Sainsbury, the wife of a Conservative Member of Parliament. Their efforts won the support of the Anglican Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball, a member of a small monastic order who shuns ecclesiastical vestments and worships in a converted pigsty. Group Contributed $313,000

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Ardingly College is  in the  diocese of Chichester

Robert Alston attended Ardingly 1949-56



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 Peter Righton – At the heart of the services designes to “save” children.

Diplomat Robert Alston and convicted paedophile brother Richard Alston (1953-63) went to Ardingly College as did PIE member Peter Righton (1940-44)

Prior to Peter Ball being chaplain at Ardingly, Bishop John Neale was chaplain at Ardingly 1958-62



^ Bishop John Neale  chaplain at Ardingly  1958-1962

Honorary assistant bishop in Bristol (1991–present);

in Gloucester (1996–2004);

and in Bath & Wells (1991–2008)

Area bishop of Ramsbury (1981–1988)

Archdeacon of Wilts (1974–1980)


The Secret Life of a Paedophile exposed a Chaplain at Ardingly, later Bishop John Neale, to have colluded with Righton.



Bishop John Neale wrote a letter to Righton concerning one of those boys abused by Righton and when Neale was asked if he knew of his long-standing friend’s (Peter Righton) sexual interest in boys and whether he might have done more to protect them, he declined to reply.

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John Neale served in the Royal Artillery during World War II

Royal Artillery:

Lieutenant Peter Righton                1944-48

Major William van Straubenzee    1943-47

Peter Morrison, Peter Hayman and William van Straubenzee also named in previously unreleased documents, which police will pass to ongoing inquiry.

Edward Heath                                      1941-45



Paedophile Sir William van Straubenzee is in Jeffery Epstein’s Black Book

More people at Ardingly charged with child sexual abuse:


Clive Williams was a  director at …Ardingly College along with Robert Alston -diplomat  brother of convicted paedophile, PIE member, Richard Alston – partner of PIE member Peter Righton


Maurice Victor Clive Williams, of Ardingly College Limited (Ardingly College, College Road, Ardingly, RH18 5JY, Forest Row) is a 72-year-old director that is mentioned in 3 filings. This British national worked for 1 company, to name just a few Ardingly College Limited.

This director worked with The Revd Canon John Ratings in Ardingly College Limited, Nicholas Paul Smith in Ardingly College Limited, Andrew Kerr Stewart Roberts, Simon Charles Ward, Caroline Fiona Rich.

Ashdown House School  East Grinstead, Sussex, England

 We were all four happy at Ashdown and will always be especially grateful to Clive Williams for his fantastic teaching.’

Boris Johnson’s former headmaster arrested in child sex probe

April 2016

Clive Williams, 69, was also questioned by officers on Wednesday over
allegations of child neglect.

He was headmaster at Ashdown House Preparatory School in Forest Row, East Sussex, for more than 25 years before leaving in 2003.

20 former pupils at Ashdown House prep school in Sussex – where London mayor Boris Johnson was a boarder – have recently come forward with complaints about extreme cruelty and sex offences committed on them as young boys. A number of teachers are being investigated.
Maurice Victor Clive Williams, 71, retired, of High St, Barcombe, East Sussex, has been charged with four offences, two of indecent assault and two of gross indecency, all with a girl under 16. Another man, Martin Haigh, 66, unemployed, of Lavender St, Brighton, has also been charged with eleven offences, five of indecent assault and six of gross indecency. Four of the indecent assault charges against Haigh involve one boy and the fifth charge involves another boy. Two of the gross indecency charges involve the boy subject of the four indecent assault charges, two involve a second boy, one involves another third boy and one involves a fourth boy. All the boys were aged under 16 at the time of the alleged offences. The offences are alleged to have occurred while both men were employed as teachers at Ashdown House School near Forest Row. None of the offences are alleged to have been committed jointly. The charges, authorised by the CPS, follow an investigation by East Sussex child safeguarding detectives.

A third man, now aged 68, arrested in Tadley, Hants, in January 2015 on suspicion of gross indecency, has been stood down from his police bail while the CPS consider the evidence in relation to him.

Former headmaster of prep school attended by Boris Johnson and Damian Lewis is arrested on suspicion of child sex offences

  • Clive Williams, 69, is understood to have been arrested on Wednesday
  • He took the helm at Ashdown House in 1975 and remained until 2003
  • £24,000-a-year school in East Sussex dogged by claims of historic abuse
  • Mr Williams was released on bail after interview while investigations continue
  • Johnson family left ‘sad’ and grateful for Mr Williams’ ‘fantastic teaching’

The former headmaster of the £24,000-a-year prep school attended by Boris Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.

Clive Williams led Ashdown House school in East Sussex, whose former pupils also include the Homeland actor Damian Lewis, the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley and former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell, for almost 30 years.

He is understood to be the 69-year-old man who Sussex Police say they arrested and interviewed on Wednesday over alleged sexual assaults and child neglect.

Mr Williams was released on bail while investigations continue and is not charged with any offence.

The former headmaster of the £24,000-a-year prep school attended by Boris Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of child sex offences.

Clive Williams led Ashdown House school in East Sussex, whose former pupils also include the Homeland actor Damian Lewis, the Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley and former Tory chief whip Andrew Mitchell, for almost 30 years.

Alumni: The Queen’s nephew Viscount Linley

New boy: Viscount Linley, then aged 7, is left in the care of ‘Billy’ Williamson in 1969.

The headmaster, who had been so charming to Princess Margaret, turned out to be a sadist, addicted to spanking the bare bottoms of his charges. 

There was talk of blackmail and predatory older pupils encouraged by abusive teachers. That chimed with my adult perception of the bizarre sexualisation of life at Ashdown, especially the system of reward and discipline. At least two children I knew who had been given authority over younger kids used it to force sexual contact – Williamson seemed to have turned a blind eye. There was talk of connections with house masters at Eton, to which Ashdown fed pupils. There had been at least one suicide. There were more teachers in the complaint.

The page showing who the directors were at ASHDOWN HOUSE SCHOOL TRUST LIMITED – can’t be found…

Stanley Johnson (centre) with friends Norman Lamont and Leon Brittan

The hard choices that face the Father of the Mayor

Stanley Johnson

7 May 2008

By chance, Clive Williams, headmaster of Ashdown House, the Sussex prep-school which Boris and three of his siblings (Rachel, Leo and Jo) attended, telephoned me as I sat down to write this article to congratulate me on becoming First Father.

‘What about this charge, Clive,’ I asked, ‘that Boris doesn’t pay attention to detail?’

‘Codswallop!’ Clive replied. ‘You can’t write Greek and Latin prose as well as Boris did without having a supreme ability to master detail. If you’re going to get it right, you have to be meticulous.’

Here’s one of Maurice Williams / Clive Williams’ teachers:

 Martin Haigh – Ashdown teacher

Ex-teacher sentenced for sex offences at East Sussex boarding school in 1970s

24 Mar, 2017

Martin Haigh

A Brighton man has been given 12- year prison sentence for sexual offences against four pupils at an East Sussex boarding school, at Ashdown House School, where he was a teacher in the 1970s, and possession of indecent images of children.

Martin Haigh (pictured), 67, unemployed, of Lavender St, Brighton, was sentenced at Brighton Crown Court on Friday (24 March) after a four day trial on charges of offences against two of the boys, which had ended in his being convicted on the previous day.He was convicted of  four offences, one of indecent assault and three of gross indecency, against the two boys who were then pupils aged between seven and 12, at Ashdown House School, an independent preparatory boarding school near Forest Row, between 1973 and 1975 while he was a teacher there.At a previous hearing before the trial Haigh had also admitted seven other offences, three of gross indecency and four of indecent assault, against two other boys at the school during the same period.He also admitted an offence of possessing indecent images of children, found on a computer at his address when officers searched it in 2015. The images were taken from the Internet and there is no evidence that they were children known to him.Haigh was sentenced to a total of 11 years for the sexual offences and an additional one year for the possession of indecent images.He will be a registered sex offender for life and has been served with a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) severely restricting his access to children and computers.The prosecution, authorised by the CPS, followed an investigation by East Sussex child safeguarding detectives after allegations were referred to them for the first time in January 2014.Police emphasise that there are no current or recent safeguarding issues at the school in relation to this case.Detective Constable Paul Deadman said; “This was a complex and protracted investigation, during which it became clear that Haigh had systematically taken advantage of the trust of young and vulnerable boys to abuse them for his own sexual gratification.

Boris Johnson

Jo Johnson

He is understood to be the 69-year-old man who Sussex Police say they arrested and interviewed on Wednesday over alleged sexual assaults and child neglect.

Mr Williams was released on bail while investigations continue and is not charged with any offence.

A spokesman for the family told The Times: ‘We are all sad to hear this news. We were all four happy at Ashdown and will always be especially grateful to Clive Williams for his fantastic teaching.’

There is no suggestion that the Johnsons, Mr Lewis, Mr Mitchell or Viscount Linley were among the alleged victims.

Mr Williams took the helm of the school near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, with his wife Rowena in 1975 and remained until 2003, a time in which the school admitted girls for the first time.

Since he left, however, the 170-year-old school has become the centre of allegations of historic sexual abuse.

In December it emerged two former pupils were suing the school over abuse they claimed happened in the 1970s and involved ‘more than one teacher’.

An email seen by the Daily Mail said: ‘The effects of this abuse has damaged a number of pupils long into adulthood and it is felt among us that, as part of the healing process, it is important for us to take our power back and take action against such damaging and horrendous actions.’

Multiple complaints have been forwarded to officers from Sussex Police’s Operation Mitre who have been in touch with more than 20 alleged victims, including some who live abroad.

The Sussex Police spokesman added: ‘During January this year we were contacted by a firm of Solicitors representing a number of clients who have reported to them that they were sexually and physically assaulted by staff whilst they were pupils at Ashdown House School near Forest Row in the 1970’s.
The investigation continues and now spans a period from the late 1960s to the early 1980s.

Damian Lewis: Boarding school is a ‘very violent’ experience that ‘defines you emotionally for life’

Damian Lewis, the Old Etonian actor, has told how he found being sent to boarding school a “very violent experience“.

The star said children who are sent away from home to be educated are left with an experience that “defines you emotionally for the rest of your life”.

The son of a City broker, he was born in the wealthy London suburb of St John’s Wood and was sent to boarding school Eton, whose former pupils include David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

Lewis, who has two children with fellow actor Helen McCrory, said he would not send his own children to boarding school at such a young age.

Recalling his own experience, he said: “I went at eight and I think that’s very hard. You go through something which, at that age, defines you and your ability to cope.

There’s a sudden lack of intimacy with a parent, and your ability to get through that defines you emotionally for the rest of your life. It’s a very violent experience in those first few weeks. It’s just, boom.”

[Wikipedia has Damien Lewis (b.1971) as attending Ashdown House prep school.]

Daily Telegraph

 We were all four happy at Ashdown and will always be especially grateful to Clive Williams for his fantastic teaching.’
The story begins in 1974. Boris, Leo and I (Jo, my littlest brother, was in crèche) are at the European School in Brussels. The Belgian capital in the Seventies was all wild dinner parties, consciousness-raising groups and open marriages. My mother was often in hospital, and my father was often away, and when they were “at home”, my glamorous parents tended to be out.

Ex-Ashdown House School – the centre of allegations of historic sexual abuse – head Clive Williams cleared of child sex charges

14 March 2017

Maurice Williams was headmaster of Ashdown House for 25 years before he left in 2003

A former head teacher has been found not guilty of historical sex offences against a pupil at his school.

Maurice Williams, 72, of High Street, Barcombe, East Sussex, was acquitted of two charges of indecent assault and two of gross indecency.

They were alleged to have involved a girl under 16 between 1989 and 1993 at Ashdown House School, near Forest Row.

Ashdown House is a co-educational, preparatory boarding school for children aged between seven and 13.

Another former teacher at the school, charged at the same time as Mr Williams, is due to face a trial on 20 March at Lewes Crown Court.

Martin Haigh, 67, of Lavender Street, Brighton, is accused of five counts of indecent assault and six of gross indecency, all between 1972 and 1978.

^ Media now choosing to refer to him as Maurice??

Robert Alston was a member of the Diplomatic Service

1961 to 1998

Robert Alston on the staff of Archbishop George Carey from 1999-2002

Robert Alston  Chairman of Governors at Ardingly College 2005-2010



1990-94 Peter Ball Chaplain at Ardingly  (3:51)


After being a chaplain at Ardingly, Peter Ball went to St Bartholomew Church in Brighton – Diocese of Chichester – where he had close unrestricted contact with children.

Vickery House was the former vicar of St Bartholomew’s Church in Brighton

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Peter Ball with Vickery House in 1986

Former Brighton vicar convicted of sexual abuse

Oct 15 2016

Some of the offences took place at the Sussex home of the disgraced former Bishop of Lewes Peter Ball.

And they involved young men who were also abused by Ball.

The abuse was alleged to have taken place between dates in April 1970 and January 1986.


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1990-94 Peter Ball Chaplain at Ardingly College-Where Peter Righton attended & met pupil later co-abusing boyfriend Richard Alston


Richard Alston -paedophile

-Ardingly alumnus, brother of diplomat Robert Alston-Ardingy alumnus and governor  -long term partner of Ardingly alumnus, paedophile Peter Righton of PIE

-friend of paedophile PIE member, British Council teacher, Charles Napier – half-brother of John Whittingdale who was pps and friend to Margaret Thatcher – who was close friends with paedophile Jimmy Savile – Jimmy Savile was good friends with  both Peter Ball and Prince Charles.

Robert Alston, Ardingly alumnus and governor worked for Lord George Carey who wrote letters of support for paedophile Bishop Peter Ball

Bishop Peter Ball was good friends with both Jimmy Savile and Prince Charles

All linked.

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Richard H Alston  b 1945 and  his partner Peter Righton b 1926

Righton, age 35, was 19 years older than Alston, who was 16 when they met. They spent 40 years together, the court heard.

They met in 1961 when Richard Alston was still a student at Ardingly.

They spent 40 years together – (diplomat brother Robert Alston would most likely have known his brother’s partner of 40 years – PIE member Peter Righton, who was friends with PIE member Charles Napier.)

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Charles Napier and Richard Alston

The court heard Alston and his partner Peter Righton forced an 11-year-old boy at the school (not Ardingly) to watch pornography and then perform sex acts on him at their home.

Southwark Crown Court heard Charles Napier – now a convicted paedophile – would sometimes be present.


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Richard Alston and brother Robert Alston

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Charles Napier (left), half-brother John Whittingdale MP

Charles Napier, treasurer of PIE, former envoy for the British Council in Cairo appeared in court along with Richard Alston – brother of  diplomat Robert Alston.

“The man who may hold key to UK’s biggest paedophile network ever”

Charles Napier

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Charles Napier and Peter Righton

Righton – the subject of a 1994 documentary on paedophiles

After he had been found guilty of abuse as early as 1972, Napier was placed on List 99 with the Department of Education and so should not have been allowed to teach again
However Peter Righton, an equally devious and prolific abuser, intervened
As Director of Education at the National Institute for Social Work, Righton had become a prestigious social work professional.

Charles Napier was able ( by his own admission in a number of letters to Righton over many years ) to abuse countless number of boys in Sweden and Egypt over many years in the late 70’s through the 80’s until 1992 when the arrest of Righton and the discovery of these letters led to his ( Napier’s) immediate dismissal

Napier and Righton ” shared ” a large number of victims, and offences, including rape, during the 80’s but never faced charges on any of the most serious cases of abuse

Many questions remain unanswered including who were Napier’s referees for his employment with the British Council

Why was Righton allowed to reach the very top of the social work profession ( with posts at NISW and the National Children’s Bureau as stepping stones to positions as a Home Office/ Government “expert” on major reports ) despite being caught red handed abusing boys on a large scale in the 1950’s and writing quite openly in NISW and NCB journals, articles etc from 1971 onwards about his views that adult and child sexual relationships we re not necessarily harmful.

As a true test of his new found “remorse ” (Napier can now share with the Police all the names of the ” rich and famous ” who attended the parties his victims referred to

As Treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange in its peak period of membership in the mid 70’s Napier holds the key to the identity of hundreds of dangerous abusers who continued to abuse thousands of children over many decades


Peter Righton/ Thornham Estate – connections with Prince Philip, Henniker, diplomats, British Council

Peter Righton and his partner richard Alston lived at Lord Henniker’s home in Eye in Suffolk.

Henniker ran the Islington /Suffolk Project – a scheme for disadvantaged children from Islington to have country holidays in rural Suffolk.

Charles Napier joined the British Council after his 1972 conviction.

Henniker was also Director of the British Council (1968-72).

Lord Henniker, who gave refuge to Peter Righton – Henniker was at Stowe School, Rifle Corps and Foreign Office with Peter Hayman

Henniker has links to MI6 and the Royal family. (Prince Philip is godfather to Henniker’s child)


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1993 Ian Beer of Harrow wrote a letter of support for Ball

3 years later Harrow was raided by police – investigating paedophile rings at schools

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Charles Napier and Richard Henry Alston – abused children with Righton and were  involved with paedophile rings at schools in the mid 1990s.


Child Porn Raids on Public Schools; Four Teachers Quit

Daily Mail September 20, 1996

AT LEAST three public schools have been raided by Scotland Yard detectives investigating claims of a paedophile ring, it emerged yesterday.

Videos, computer disks and books were seized from a master at Harrow School. And four teachers at two other schools have left their jobs.

Harrow head Nicholas Bomford defended his teacher last night, saying no charges were brought against the man, who was still in his post.


Police Investigate Public School Paedophile Ring’
The Times, 25 August 1996.

SCOTLAND YARD detectives are investigating allegations of a paedophile network involving teachers from some of Britain’s top public schools, writes Stephen Grey.

The paedophile and child pornography unit is inquiring into a ring of private school staff who allegedly exchange information, boast of abusing youngsters and travel abroad together on “sex tours”. At least six teachers have been questioned and their homes raided as inquiries continue into the ring that has links to some of the most notorious paedophiles in Britain.

The paedophile unit has been assisted by detectives from forces around the country as well as social workers.

The inquiry began after a former teacher at Abberley Hall preparatory school in Herefordshire allegedly confessed to a colleague to being part of a huge network of paedophiles.  Abberley Hall confirmed last week that both teachers were no longer on staff.

The former teacher claimed that he had had sex with “hundreds and hundreds” of boys and named teachers at six other leading establishments.

Trips for the teachers to indulge in child abuse with “rent boys” have allegedly been organised to countries including the Philippines, Czech Republic, Romania, Albania, Thailand and even Bosnia.
“These people decided a few years ago it was no longer safe to talk openly of abusing kids in this country, but decided they were perfectly safe abroad. At home they content themselves with sick pictures of child abuse,” said one source.
Although full details cannot be revealed for legal reasons, the investigation has involved a series of police raids, including one at the home of a head of department at a prominent London public school, where pornography was removed.


Stephen Meek (left) became Principal of Geelong School in 2004

1996 cont.

Another raid took place at Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex. Last week Stephen Meek, headmaster confirmed that two staff had been dismissed after a police caution for the possession of indecent material. “It was nothing to do with pupils at the school,” he said.
Other teachers also named include three masters at another leading public school, two masters at two famous preparatory schools in the home counties, and a choir school teacher.
The teachers were said to exchange paedophile videos. When they feared police raids, they allegedly worked together to conceal material.
“Many of these teachers will be secure in the knowledge that they will never be prosecuted,” said one police source.

Also named as allegedly linked to the network are Peter Righton, the former childcare expert exposed as a paedophile, and Charles Napier, a former treasurer of the Paedophile Information Exchange and a former staff member of the British Council in Cairo who was jailed last year for sex assaults on youngsters in London.


Old Swinford Hospital is a secondary boarding school in Oldswinford, Stourbridge, West Midlands, England

Your Honour: Proud day for a long-serving head; Christopher Potter OBE talks to Carsten Petersen.

July 10th, 2009

Prizegiving | OSH

Prizegiving was another outstanding occasion and the school was delighted to welcome back former Headmaster Mr Christopher Potter as Guest of Honour.

Chris Potter b 1940


Old Swinford Hospital, Stourbridge
September 1978 – August 2001 (23 years)

Ardingly College

Head of Classics

September 1961 – August 1978 (17 years)

^ Chris Potter would have been teaching at Ardingly when Richard Alston was a student and he would have been there during part of Peter Righton’s friend Bishop John Neale’s tenure as chaplain.

March 24, 2001

Christopher Potter was born in Worcester 61 years ago. He studied classic Greek and Latin at Cambridge University – subjects he still teaches. His first experience in education came at a boarding school in Ardingly, Sussex, before he came to Old Swinford in 1978.

Twenty three years on, the father-of-five is retiring, earning him the honour of being one of the longest serving headmasters in the history of the school.

‘Over the past years we’ve built up a big entry to both Cambridge and Oxford, and we’re recognized on a national level for our academic achievements, but this boy was the first from this school to get into Cambridge for 320 years, and that was a big day for both me and the school’ he says.

Apart from the academic results, Old Swinford has also educated some familiar faces. Nick Baley, the new doctor Anthony Trueman in EastEnders, and Ian Hislop from the TV-show Have I Got News For You are just some of the ex-pupils that have made it big.

Stephen Cook ‏@stephencook68 Sep 25

Left unconscious 3days fractured skull Prospect House Dorm2 @osh_SCH by Headmaster Potter O.B.E. et al. Age12 ’82 #Coverup #ptsd #headinjury #injustic
Joined August 2011

Child Abuser Christopher Potter OBE is still alive. Life long friend of Leon Brittan .
Uncover child abuse at @osh_SCH

Stephen Cook

Victim of extreme abuse/ full time boarder’79-81@Old Swinford Hosp.School by Christopher Potter O.B.E. et al. Seeking Justice for ComplexPTSD & neuro-damage

Indigenous Refugee

Long history of issues at Ardingly cf.Jon Snow & ex-Broadmoor staff

News anchor Jon Snow has described how he was abducted and undressed by a member of school staff when he was six years old.

Snow went to Ardingly College in West Sussex, where his father was headmaster. He said in his autobiography that the school’s domestic quarters had a “prison-camp feel” as he described the incident in 1953.

Snow wrote in Shooting History that the man responsible was a member of domestic staff named “Jim”, who lived on the school grounds and had been released from a psychiatric hospital.

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Ardingly College Lodge No 4410

This is the Masonic Lodge for Ardingly College. We are independent of the school, but strongly connected.

Ardingly College is an English public school at Ardingly, in Sussex.  It was founded in 1858 by Nathaniel Woodard.  Woodard established Ardingly as St Saviour’s College, after Lancing and Hurstpierpoint

In 1923 the then Headmaster of Ardingly College, together with other masters and the Provost of the school, the Bishop of Lewes, set up a new private lodge under the UGLE for Masons having a connexion with the school.  We are that Lodge.  We are open to Old Ardinians, school staff, parents of pupils and of OAs, and any other friend of Ardingly College

Support from the School staff continued for many years. GJ Ince, the School Chaplain, was appointed our Chaplain at the Consecration and served in that office until 1944


Ardingly College Lodge

The school has its own Masonic Lodge, Ardingly College Lodge, which is a member of the elite Freemason “Public School Lodges” Council.[19] The Lodge, which is open to male Old Ardinians as well as those with an affiliation to the college, was founded in 1922 by the then headmaster, Thomas Erskine Wilson, together with masters, the Provost of the school and the Bishop of Lewes.[20]

 Ardingly royal links:

In 1958 the school celebrated its centenary . On 9 June 1958, as part of the celebrations, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Ardingly. A stone plaque on the terrace parapet commemorates the visit, where she “beheld the view”. Later that week, on 14 June 1958, the then Prime Minister , Harold MacMillan , visited the school to open the Centenary Building, which comprises the college cricket pavilion and upstairs Centenary Room. On 8 May 2008, the Duke of Kent visited Ardingly as part of its sesquicentenary celebrations and officially opened a new teaching block at the pre-preparatory school.


Robert Alston was governor of Pitcairn Island where sexual abuse was rampant.

Legacy of Sexual Mayhem, the Dark Secrets of Pitcairn Island

For Britain, the case raised embarrassing questions about its supervision of the colony, now known as an overseas territory.  Judges and lawyers were appointed, and in 2003, after a series of legal and logistical hurdles had been surmounted, 13 men were charged with 96 offences dating back to the 1960s.

In 2004, I spent six weeks on the island, reporting on one of the most bizarre court cases imaginable.

Why was it that many outsiders persisted in defending men who were guilty of a crime that was normally reviled — pedophilia? Why did they continue to mythologize Pitcairn, although it had failed, in such a dramatic way, to live up to its utopian image?


Several people who allege that Bishop Ball abused them while serving as Bishop of Lewes between 1997 and 1992 are preparing to sue the diocese of Chichester for hundreds of thousands of pounds.


Vicar Guy Bennett

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.

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Peter Ball and Vicar Guy Bennett attended Wells Theological College at the same time – both linked to Chichester Diocese.


Guy Bennett (seated left) wearing a clerical collar, photographed at a celebrity event in 2008

Official inquiries into prolonged failure to prevent child abuse in the Diocese of Chichester which includes Lewes brought up allegations against Bishop Peter Ball

Butler-Sloss Church of England hand picked.

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”.

Mr Johnson, who suffered assaults by a number of clergymen when he was a choirboy in the Church of England Diocese in Chichester, said he felt during her review of Church abuse, Baroness Butler-Sloss had been “showing bias and wasn’t being impartial”.

The Rt Rev Peter Ball, who was bishop of Gloucester and bishop of Lewes in East Sussex, was charged with two counts of indecent assault and one of misconduct in a public office, following her investigation into abuse in the diocese of Chichester during the 1970s and 1980s.

Baroness Butler-Sloss was behind controversial paedophile ruling


Lady Butler-Sloss acted as character witness for man convicted of attacking 13-year-old girl and defends child rapist Chard in court

He was found guilty of one count of rape and of sexual activity with a child

She had known Chard for 20 years because his mother Valerie was her cleaner at her home in East Devon.


Butler-Sloss gave character evidence supportive of Chard at another trial eight years ago when he was accused of assaulting a man while working as a nightclub bouncer. Chard was also convicted for that offence, but on that occasion escaped being sent to prison.

Chard’s victim from the 2007 case and his family have expressed anger that Butler-Sloss, who last year stepped down as chair of the independent historical child abuse inquiry, was again prepared to apparently back him in court.


Peter Ball associated with other sex offenders in the clergy and that he was investigated in 2008 for being part of a suspected paedophile ring.

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Convicted paedophile Bishop Peter Ball with Peter Canon Gordon Rideout, from Polegate, East Sussex, who was jailed for 10 years in May 2014. He  was found guilty of 36 separate sex offences by a jury at Lewes Crown Court.

Gordon Rideout Could Have Been Jailed 10 Years Ago
Canon Gordon Rideout was chaplain  on a military base in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, in the UK.
In the 1970s Canon Gordon Rideout was taken to a military court on child sex-abuse charges.

He was cleared by the military hearing.

Rideout was cleared of three indecent assaults by a court martial in 1972. One of Rideout’s victims, June Potter said: “We went out of our way to write statements and everything. I gave them names.”

Canon Gordon Rideout went on to sexually abuse young girls and boys across the south of England.


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Gordon Rideout

Canon Gordon Rideout was the vicar of All Saints Church in Eastbourne for 25 years.

Clergyman Canon Gordon Rideout was chaplain at Moira House School, Eastbourne, until 2003, and chairman of governors at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne until November 2011.

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Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne

Child sexual abuse

The school has been at the centre of three major child safeguarding problems, including a child sexual abuse scandal:[11]

  • In February 2009, teaching assistant Robert Healy was jailed for seven years after he admitted grooming two girls using the social networking site Bebo, then having sex with them.[12]
  • Canon Gordon Rideout was allowed to remain chair of the school governors for more than a year despite having being suspended by the Church of England following a Criminal Records Bureau check and despite the school being aware.[13] Rideout was jailed for 10 years in May 2013 for abusing 36 vulnerable girls and boys at a now closed Barnardo’s home in Crawley, West Sussex, over a four-year period between the 1960s and 1970s.[14]
  • In September 2012, maths teacher Jeremy Forrest was arrested in Bordeaux, and subsequently charged by Sussex Police with the abduction of a 15-year-old female pupil.[15] He was found guilty in June 2013, and after pleading guilty to five further charges of sexual activity with a child, was jailed for 5½ years.[16][17] The judge said that Forrest had been repeatedly warned by colleagues but had lied to them and had been motivated by self-interest.[18] Although a review published in April 2013 did not find evidence of “any significant or systemic failings in safeguarding” following the Forrest verdict,[11] there were calls for headteacher Terry Boatwright to be sacked.[19]


GEORGE BELL GROUP supporters- LORD LEXDEN and The Revd Lord Carey (his son rev Mark Carey was recently arrested for child abuse and Lord Carey covered up for convicted paedophile Bishop Peter Ball)


Clergyman Canon Gordon Rideout was a serial sex offender who preyed on young children across the south of England.

In 2013, Rideout, 74, was jailed for 10 years at Lewes Crown Court after being convicted of two attempted rapes and 34 indecent assaults on 16 boys and girls

In the 1970s Canon Gordon Rideout was taken to a military court on child sex-abuse charges.

At that time Rideout was chaplain on a military base.



Rideout was chairman of governors at St Mary’s special school in Bexhill until 2009

Boy George was born George O’Dowd in Bexley, in Kent.

Edward Heath was the member of Parliament for Bexley in Kent, and was born in Broadstairs in Kent.

In 1984, Boy George’s uncle, Kenneth O’Dowd, alleged that he had compromising photographs of Edward Heath .

He said that his former mistress Rita Lambert “appeared in pornographic photographs together with his two children.”


Canon Gordon Rideout, 73, of Filching Close, Wannock, is alleged to have committed the offences between 1962 and 1973 in Crawley, London and Hampshire.  A total of 36 of the 38 alleged offences are of indecent assault on girls and boys in their early teens, Sussex Police said. Of those, 31 are alleged to have been committed at a property in Crawley, West Sussex, and one in Barkingside, east London, between 1962 and 1968. A further four indecent assaults are alleged to have taken place in Middle Wallop, Hampshire, between 1971 and 1973. The other two allegations are of attempted unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl in Crawley




Peter Ball, Bishop of Lewes; the Rev CM Johnston; the Rev GT Rideout


PAR310/7 – Incumbent: other records
PAR310/7/2 – Photographs
PAR310/7/2/12 – Photographs of events commemorating the church centenary
PAR310/7/2/12/16 – Peter Ball, Bishop of Lewes; the Rev CM Johnston; the Rev GT Rideout

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Ian Gow (friend of convicted paedophile Bishop Peter Ball) pictured with convicted paedophile Gordon Rideout 1979:



Rideout, G.T. Offence: Indecent Assault and Gross Indecency with female children
This record is closed

Closed For 90 years
Opening date: 01 January 2063

FOI decision date: 2013

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Gordon Trevor Rideout back in court Dec 21 2016 -He was chairman of governors at Bishop Bell C of E School in Eastbourne until November 2011.

Canon Gordon Trevor Rideout back in court Dec 21 2016 – only one news item about it (a short mention on BBC news)

New Charges for Gordon Rideout

Oct 7, 2016

Jailed Sussex priest Gordon Rideout faces further historic charges of indecent assault on a girl under 14 years old.

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Ian Gow was church warden at Rev Jonathan Graves’ church – St Luke’s Church.  He paid tribute to Gow at church service attended by Margaret Thatcher

In 1988, St. Luke’s was reopened with Father Jonathan (Graves)as Priest and the then Eastbourne MP, Ian Gow, as Church Warden


30 Jul 1990

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has attended a private church service in memory of murdered Conservative MP, Ian Gow, who died this morning following a car bomb explosion at his home. Gow was a church warden at St Luke’s Church near his village in Hankham, East Sussex. The Reverend Jonathan Graves pays tribute to Gow.



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Rev Jonathan Graves appeared at a Plea and Case Management Hearing at Lewes
Crown Court on Thursday 5th May. He is charged with 11 counts of abuse, these include:

– Indecent assault against a male,
– Gross indecency against a male,
– Assault / neglect / ill treatment / abandonment of a child,
– Indecent assault against an adult female.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges and a trial date has been set for 5th December 2016.

Fr. Jonathan was the vicar of St. Luke’s Church, Stone Cross in the Diocese of
from 1995 – 2002, where most of the alleged offences took place.
He later had his Permission to Officiate as a Church of England priest withdrawn.

Despite this Fr. Jonathan continues to officiate and play the organ at funerals,
particularly at Hastings Crematorium – he conducted 137 funerals in a four year
period AFTER being banned
by the Church of England.

You do not have to be licences to conduct a funeral and Fr. Jonathan is a ‘retired priest’
conducting ‘humanist’ funerals… apparently,
even though they have prayers and hymns?!?

– This is completely legal.

We are not trying to pre-judge the outcome of the trial and recognise that everyone is
innocent until proven guilty but….

Is it right for a man facing such serious charges to be visiting families in their
homes at a time when they are vulnerable due to their recent bereavement with,
it would appear, no real safeguards being put in place?

A former Church of England priest has been charged with abusing a boy more than 25 years ago.

Jonathan Mark Graves, 57, of Jervis Avenue, Eastbourne, is accused of indecent assault against a boy aged 11 to 13 between 1987 and 1990.

He was also charged with child cruelty against the same boy and indecent assault against two women, one between 1994 and 1995 and the other in 2002.




Canon Gordon Rideout and Father Robert Coles

6 March 2012

Two retired Church of England priests have been arrested in the Eastbourne area on suspicion of sexually abusing children and young men.

Canon Gordon Rideout, 73, is suspected of sexually assaulting nine young people between 1965 and 1972.

Former parish priest Robert Coles, 70, is suspected of sexually assaulting three young men in West Sussex in the late 1970s and mid-1980s.

One of the allegations against Robert Coles was investigated in 1997, and an arrest was made, but there was insufficient evidence to justify criminal proceedings at that time.

The other allegations have only recently emerged as a result of the current inquiry.


Rev Michael Butler of Albany Trust moved to become Chichester diocese Press Officer mid 70s before R Harbinson complained re Fr. Colin Gill


ANDREW SADLER was linked to Peter Righton and Charles Napier in the child sex video ring (“Operation Fledgeling”).

Andrew Sadler was accused of a sex act on a boy at Abberley Hall preparatory school in 1995, convicted of child rape in Romania in 2000 and convicted of child grooming in Britain in 2007.

Richard Alston contributed to various books written or edited by Donald Mitchell, Benjamin Britten’s publisher and later director of the Britten Estate.


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Norman Del Mar Richard Alston

Alston was also thanked first in “Britten and Auden in the Thirties: The Year 1936 : the T.S. Eliot Memorial”edited by Donald Mitchell

“Acknowledgements“I am much indebted to Richard Alston without whose dedicated editorial assistance I should have found it difficult to see this revised edition through the press… and to Peter Righton for correcting proofs…”

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Sir Peter Bottomley and Bishop George Carey

Sir Peter Bottomley – Before university he worked around Australia including three weeks teaching at Geelong Grammar School

Peter Righton who advises the Health Department on the menace of child abuse worked under Peter Bottomley’s wife – Virginia Bottomley


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Rev Mark Carey son of former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord George Carey arrested over 1980s child sex abuse claims

Letters from 1966 between the then Archbishop of Canterbury and a bishop show the Church agreed that a convicted paedophile should be ordained.

The correspondence has emerged in a report into the Church’s failure to support victims of Roy Cotton that was published online and then removed.

A spokeswoman for the Diocese of Chichester told the BBC the Meekings Report was removed because the document had accidentally included some confidential information.

Both studies looked into the behaviour of Cotton and another paedophile priest, Colin Pritchard.


2011 Baroness Butler-Sloss was appointed by the Diocese of Chichester to carry out the review which looked into the behaviour of Cotton and another paedophile priest, Colin Pritchard.


Elizabeth Butler-Sloss – child rapists – Peter Ball and her housekeeper’s son (2x)

Sea Road – close to all amenities too


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“John Stingemore, Bexhill, England”

The Bexhill connection triggered some thoughts. A number of names seem to be linked to the area.

Stingemore – arrested at the same time as McSweeney – it’s back to church

Priest marks silver jubilee
FR TONY MCSWEENEY, parish priest of St George’s church in Sprowston Road, Norwich, celebrated 25 years since his ordination with a Mass on January 21. Three hundred parishioners of all ages were at the church to mark his silver jubilee. Fr Hugh Flower, parish priest in Eastbourne, who trained for the ministry at St John’s seminary near Guildford with Fr McSweeney, said in a homily that he had been inspired by Fr McSweeney’s relationship with the parish he had served for 10 years.

Peter Ball suspected of committing offences during late 1980s but allegations against other priests date back further still

The arrest of Bishop Peter Ball on suspicion of sexual offences against boys and men at addresses in East Sussex and elsewhere is the latest development in a wide-ranging and often contentious series of official inquiries into decades of alleged child protection failures in the diocese of Chichester on England’s south coast.

From the 1970s to the 1990s there were sporadic and low-profile investigations into allegations of sexual abuse against priests in the diocese, but none got as far as the courts. The breakthrough case was arguably the 2008 conviction of Rev Colin Pritchard, a vicar in Bexhill. Pritchard pleaded guilty at Northampton crown court to four counts of indecent assault on a child and three counts of gross indecency on a child. The offences are reported to have taken place between 1979 and 1983 and to have involved two victims, aged between 12 and 15. He was jailed for five years.

Another case involved Roy Cotton, who became a priest in the diocese of Chichester after having been convicted of a sexual offence against a child in 1953 for indecently exposing himself in the organ loft of a village church. Cotton died in 2006 and was never prosecuted.
After Cotton retired he was granted permission to officiate and Meekings reported that a member of St Saviour’s and St Peter’s church in Eastbourne told him that “Cotton attended that church and made a ‘nuisance’ of himself with the choirboys which led to a number of them leaving or wanting to leave the choir and the church”.…er-child-abuse

Peter Bick lived in Bexhill in East Sussex.

On 23 April 2012, a former altar boy, Christopher Hunnisett, 28, appeared in court accused of murdering Peter Bick, 57, as part of a campaign of hate against paedophiles.

Bick is believed to have been a friend of Prince Philip.

Police found Peter Bick, 57, dead in his flat on January 11 2011.

It emerged this week that Mr Bick – who most recently worked as a meet-and-greet-man at Asda in Silverhill – spent time in prison after he admitted conning a 95-year-old Thakeham woman out of £70,000. The pensioner had given Mr Bick power of attorney but police found he had siphoned off funds to bankroll an upmarket lifestyle and clear his credit card debts. When he was interviewed he said he had paid himself an annual salary and had moved some money around to try and maximise the interest. He was planning to pay it all back, he added.


Peter Bick with a friend's horse
Headwounds: Peter Bick

“Peter was a great animal lover, and especially loved horses and dogs. He was a member of a carriage driving club, a hobby he was passionate about, and he would attend many shows.”


After being freed from prison in September 2010, Hunnisett, of Hastings, East Sussex, made a “hit list” of men he planned to kill in his bid to rid the world of paedophiles.
Mr Bick, an Asda employee from Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, was at the top of Hunnisett’s list of targets


He said he had contacted Mr Bick via a website and met him at his flat, where he claimed the older man had admitted committing sex acts with youths aged 14 and 16.

He then attempted to “honeytrap” him, claiming he could arrange a threesome with himself and a public schoolboy aged 15, whom he invented using the online alias “Golden Boy”, while the boy’s parents were away on holiday.

He claimed Mr Bick agreed but before it was due to happen he travelled to Bexhill, where he told him the boy was unable to join them.

Hunnisett said he then stripped naked and committed a sex act while Mr Bick watched, claiming it was part of his cover. Under the pretext of sex games he then tied the also naked Mr Bick to his bed with shoelaces tied around his neck, saying the older man had admitted it was something he had done with one of the young boys.


As the foreman of the jury returned a guilty verdict, Hunnisett, of Chanctonbury Drive, Hastings, leapt over the dock in an attempt to escape and shouted “Every word I said was true”.

He had to be restrained by eight people and could be heard sobbing as they tried to calm him down in the dock.


The Duke of Edinburgh competes in the carriage drive race at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Duke of Edinburgh competes in the carriage drive race at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Queen has attended every year since it began in 1943 and even competed at the show in her younger days. Other members of the Royal Family, including HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Princess Royal, have also taken part in the show’s competitions. In recent years, the Queen has watched many of her own horses compete in the showing classes.

• The Duke of Edinburgh competed in the Carriage Driving at Royal Windsor Horse Show for more than 30 years. He won in 1982 and was second five times.

A former altar boy who killed and dismembered a paedophile vicar has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man believed to have been a friend of the Duke of Edinburgh.

Peter Bick, 57, who shared a love of carriage racing with Prince Philip , was bludgeoned to death in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

He told neighbours he had on occasions driven for the Duke.


A former altar boy who was cleared over the killing of a vicar was today being questioned by detectives on suspicion of murdering a friend of Prince Philip.

The Hon Peter Bick, 57, who took part in carriage driving races with the Duke of Edinburgh, was found dead at his home in Bexhill in East Sussex


Yesterday a woman neighbour of Mr Bick in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, told
how the 57-year-old used to drive a carriage for the Duke.

Carriage-racing fan Philip also competed against him.


Sentencing remarks:


Windsor Sponsored Drive

Nearly 200 drivers from as far afield as Blackpool, Leeds and Devon gathered at Smiths Lawn, Windsor Great Park for this year’s Windsor Sponsored Drive. The grand rosettes were kindly sponsored by Mrs Gillie Simpson and the completion certificates by The Hon. Peter Bick.

The participants, who included HRH Prince Philip with his team of Fell ponies, really appreciated the fine weather and glorious setting. The course consisted of six obstacles and a 15 km drive through the Deer Park.




FORMER Newham hospital radio chief Bob Rush has paid tribute to a colleague who was found bludgeoned to death at his flat.

Mr Rush was station manager of Woodside Radio, which broadcast to patients at both Newham General and St Andrew’s hospitals when Peter Bick was chairman of the Trustees.

The chairman of Monega Association added: “I saw Peter three months ago…”


Newham General Hospital entrance in Glen Road, Plaistow.

Newham General Hospital – Chancellor: HRH The Princess Royal

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1983: Newham General Opens

Newham General was opened by Her Majesty The Queen on 14 December 1983 under the management Newham Health Authority.

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1986: Phase two opens

On 18 February 1986 phase two of Newham General Hospital, which included additional maternity beds, a special care baby unit, a rehabilitation department and an academic centre, was opened by Diana, Princess of Wales.

1991: Trust established

2004: Change of name –The trust managing Newham General became Newham University Hospital NHS Trust.

Newham Healthcare NHS Trust was established as a first wave NHS trust under the Government’s reorganisation of the health service. The new trust took over responsibility for running Newham General from Newham Health Authority. The trust also managed St. Andrew’s Hospital in Bromley by Bow (founded 1871). St Andrew’s closed in 2006.


Another good friend of Prince Philip was accused of sexually abusing his son and was also involved in carriage racing with Prince Philip

The seventh Earl of Lonsdale- James Lowther
Lord Hugh Lowther, the eighth Earl of Lonsdale also accused him of having sexually abused him when he was a child and claimed that a plan to disinherit him was hatched shortly after he reported his father to the police for his persistent sexual abuse throughout his childhood.

The 7th Earl married four times, had eight children and was a close friend of the Royal Family. He would often entertain the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at the family seat of Lowther Castle. The imposing building at the centre of the Cumbrian estate is now a partly-ruined shell, but the Duke would compete in carriage-racing events in its vast grounds

St Mary Church is part of diocese of Arundel and Brighton – ARUNDEL as in near CHICHESTER above

Previous Bishops of Arundel & Brighton – Bishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor – friend of Cardinal Keith O’Brien – friend of Sir Jimmy Savile

Friends: Jimmy Savile, left, and Cardinal Keith O'Brien were pictured together in Edinburgh in 2007 as the pair unveiled a £375,000 vehicle for the disabled


This case related to decisions made by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor when he was a mere bishop in the Catholic diocese of Arundel and Brighton in Sussex between 1977 and 2000, and centred on how he handled allegations of child rape by priests and the notorious Father Michael Hill in particular.


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Ian Jackson told Ms Barnes in an email that he thought she was making the wrong decision by going to the police

21 August 2012

An evangelist Christian preacher from East Sussex urged a victim of sexual abuse not to report the man responsible to the police

Ian Jackson told Lina Barnes he would not support her if she reported that Gospel Hall Brethren preacher Allan Cundick assaulted her at the age of 12.

But Ms Barnes, 33, who sought advice from him last year, said he wanted to protect the Church.

Mr Jackson, who travels the country preaching in gospel halls and has given sermons at Marine Hall in Eastbourne

Simon Bass, from the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service, said: “To use scripture as a means of saying we should keep this in house and we should not report this to the authorities again – it’s quite incredulous to even think that somebody would do that.

“It’s totally against what is good safeguarding practice.”


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In another non-risque photo in the home, Epstein and another person can be seen meeting Pope John Paul II

Jeffrey Epstein and another person can be seen meeting Pope John Paul II

2:34 on video


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Sir Jimmy Savile and Pope John Paul II

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.

Former Geelong Grammar principal John Lewis after giving evidence at the Royal Commission hearing in Melbourne in 2015.

Cranbrook headmaster Nicholas Sampson wrote ‘misleading’ letters after sexual abuse allegations raised

14 Feb 2017

Headmaster: response ‘just not good enough’

Former Geelong Grammar headmaster Nicholas Sampson faces questions about how the school dealt with allegations of sexual misconduct by former teacher Jonathon Harvey

The headmaster of one Sydney’s most expensive private schools, Cranbrook, wrote “misleading” letters about a teacher accused of child sexual abuse at his former school and failed to report the allegations to a higher authority, a royal commission has found.

Nicholas Sampson, then the headmaster of Victoria’s Geelong Grammar, paid teacher Jonathan Harvey to retire early in 2004 to avoid any formal complaints of child sex abuse being made against him.

Harvey was later found guilty of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy known as BLF by repeatedly plying him with alcohol, fondling his genitals and forcing him into a threesome with another man in the 1970s.

Mr Sampson told the commission he was alerted to allegations against Harvey by the victim’s brother, BLW, and conducted a “fairly cursory” investigation before asking Mr Harvey to retire early.

The commissioners found Mr Sampson should have notified the Victorian Institute of Teaching about the allegations and that he “should have made a documentary record of the reason [Harvey left the school]”.

Instead, Mr Sampson wrote letters to Harvey thanking him for his “outstanding service”, praising him as a “wonderful teacher, an outstanding housemaster, a fine and thoughtful colleague and a tremendous and committed schoolmaster”.

A second letter from Mr Sampson to Harvey confirmed an extra year of pay following his retirement “due to the exceptional service [he] offered”.

The commission dismissed Mr Sampson’s defence that the letters were for personal use: “The letters were plainly kept amongst the school’s formal records in relation to Harvey,” it found


“We also reject the submission that the letters were not misleading. No other records were produced which recorded the real reason for Harvey’s departure from the school, and no explanation was given as to why such documents were not produced.”

Mr Sampson, who became the headmaster of Cranbrook in 2012, an Anglican, $35,000-a-year school in Bellevue Hill, told the commission he was acting in the best interests of the victim, BLF, who did not want his identity revealed.

“We accept that Mr Sampson attempted to act in the best interests of BLF by securing Harvey’s resignation without disclosing his identity,” the Commission found. “It is clear, however, that he should have notified the Victorian Institute of Teaching.”

Royal Commission: Vatican has no test for paedophiles

In a separate sitting on Tuesday, the Commission also heard there was no requirement for the Catholic clergy to be screened for sexual attraction to children but that the Vatican does have a detailed assessment procedure for homosexuality.

The Catholic Church’s central authority spent 13 years developing a protocol on homosexual tendencies among potential priests but has stayed “silent” on the issue of paedophiles, the commission heard.

The commission is examining factors behind abuse claims in the Catholic church, with data showing seven per cent of priests were alleged offenders between 1950-2010.

“As I understand it, the Vatican is specific that you must test for homosexual tendencies but the Vatican is silent in that same way on testing for children,” Commissioner Andrew Murray said.

Sister Lydia Allen, who assesses candidates for the Seminary of the Good Shepherd in Homebush, said the Vatican was working on such a document.

“I have asked them if they have any documents on this situation of child abuse and they don’t yet … it’s part of a project they are going to work on,” she said.

“They do not have . . . anything that says, ‘You must assess for that’.

“However, I think it would be an unspoken rule. I don’t think it needs to be stated explicitly because it’s so obvious.”

David Leary, an academic and Franciscan friar, told the inquiry the assessment process was flawed.

“The first test for a candidate for either religious life or the seminary or for the priesthood is not a question about whether or not they’re homosexual,” he said.

“It’s about whether or not they are compassionate and that’s the thing that needs to be tested.”

Dr Leary said the Catholic church was “highly resistant” to understanding how its structures may have led to child sexual abuse.

“I don’t think we understand the psychology that underpins … child sexual abuse,” he said. “It’s really clear in every other jurisdiction except the church.”

Peter Thompson, rector of Vianney College in Wagga Wagga, told the commission it would be impossible to effectively screen every candidate for the priesthood.

“No one can infallibly predict that someone is not going to offend,” he said.

The hearing, before Justice Peter McClellan, continues.

Originally from the UK, Mr Nicholas Sampson was Principal of Geelong Grammar in Victoria from 2000 to 2004. He then returned to the UK where for eight years was head of the prestigious Marlborough College. Mr Sampson became Headmaster of Cranbrook in 2012.

Having long admired the unique culture of Cranbrook and its philosophy of integrity, balance and the rigorous pursuit of excellence, Mr Sampson has an ambitious vision for 2013 building on these strengths and values to create a blueprint for the future.

Mr Sampson holds a Master of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of Cambridge. His career in schools has been built on a firm belief in the value of a balanced and expansive education which enable students not only to discover and polish their own talents, but also to admire the gifts of others and to embrace the value of service.

An avid reader of literature and with a strong interest in the arts, Mr Sampson also played hockey at representative level, and is the father of twin daughters.


Marlborough College, educator of royalty – the school in Wiltshire where Princess Eugenie is a pupil.

Former pupils include the poets John Betjeman and Siegfried Sassoon, the actor James Mason, the traitor Anthony Blunt, and songwriters Nick Drake and Chris de Burgh

Ghislaine Maxwell is alleged to have supplied a number of under-aged girls for Jeffrey Epstein‘s sexual abuse and sex-trafficking scheme, according to US court documents.

The 53-year-old was educated at Marlborough College and Balliol College, Oxford.

College rocked by new sex scandal

TEACHER Andrew Richards has left Marlborough College after police launched an inquiry into his alleged possession of computer porn.

This week both police and the £22,000-a-year public school, where Princess Eugenie is a pupil, have confirmed that a teacher is being questioned over material found on his computer.

Neither the school or police would name the teacher but the Gazette has established that the man arrested was the housemaster of C3 House.

Sources within the police force and the school confirmed that it had been Richards who was arrested.

The maths teacher was arrested in his home at the school after police carried out an undercover operation two weeks ago and seized his computer. They took action after receiving information that Richards had downloaded obscene images on his computer, which is still being examined by a specialist team of officers.

After news of the arrest began to circulate in the town this week the school issued a statement saying: “Marlborough College can confirm that following the discovery of inappropriate material on a computer, one of our masters has left the school with immediate effect.

“There is no suggestion of improper behaviour with any pupil in the school.

“The College brought the matter to the attention of the relevant authorities, with whom we have been working closely.

“We understand that the police are carrying out an investigation into

this matter and therefore it would not be right for us to comment


The master of the public school, Nicholas Sampson, said he was unable to make any further comment.

Wiltshire police put out a statement saying: “On Saturday, April 30 as a result of information received from Marlborough College a male member of staff was arrested and interviewed at Salisbury police station.

“The man was subsequently bailed without being charged to return to Salisbury police station on a date in June.

“Inquiries are being completed to establish if any offences have been committed.”

Marlborough College, one of the top five public schools in the UK, has been rocked by several sex scandals in recent years.

In 2003 the school’s swimming pool manager, Mark Davies, was arrested after allegedly indecent pictures were found on his computer. Davies, brother of the Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies, was cautioned but not charged.

In 2002 there was another scandal when students sitting an exam saw pornographic pictures projected onto a screen. Teacher Richard Jowett, who had been invigilating, had been looking at pictures of naked women on his computer unaware that it was sending the images to an overhead screen in full view of pupils.

Geelong Grammar took no steps to protect students after abuse reports, says inquiry

14 Feb 2017

Royal commission releases report into prestigious Victorian private school criticising headmaster who went on to Eton College

The prestigious Geelong Grammar School’s long-time headmaster took no steps to bring in measures to protect students from a teacher alleged to have sexually abused pupils, a royal commission has found.

Geelong Grammar’s 1980-94 headmaster, John Lewis, allowed Jonathan Harvey to remain at the school despite knowing about allegations against him, the child sex abuse royal commission said.

It said by 1991, Lewis – who became headmaster of England’s elite Eton College after leaving Geelong Grammar – knew about allegations Harvey sexually abused students in 1982 and 1985 as well as allegations of inappropriate conduct with students.

“Despite this knowledge, Mr Lewis allowed Harvey to remain in a position where he had unsupervised access to students,” its report said. “Mr Lewis did not take any steps to prepare policies or procedures to protect the safety and welfare of the students at Geelong Grammar.”

Geelong Grammar’s 2001-04 headmaster Nicholas Sampson, now headmaster of Sydney’s Cranbrook School, organised for Harvey to be paid his entire 2005 salary to retire a year early after a staff member complained his brother had been abused by the teacher in the 1970s.

Sampson attempted to act in the victim’s best interests by securing Harvey’s resignation without disclosing the former student’s identity, but should have notified the Victorian Institute of Teaching, the commission found.

Sampson thanked the maths teacher for his outstanding service and did not record in writing the real reasons for Harvey’s departure, despite verbally informing others at the school about the allegations.

The commission said he should have made a documentary record of the reasons, but accepted Sampson’s evidence that he would now approach a similar situation very differently.

The royal commission also criticised Geelong Grammar for not investigating a boarder’s 1989 complaint that he was sexually abused, before expelling the 14-year-old for speaking out.

No member of staff notified police of the allegations, the commission said. Lewis should have ensured the allegation was investigated, it said.

The commission also found the school’s Highton campus master Robert John Bugg was involved in the boarder’s dismissal for discussing the sexual assault with other students.

Bugg must have believed the likely perpetrator was probably a staff member, it said. “In removing BIW from the school and not investigating the complaint, Mr Bugg failed to protect BIW’s interests and the interests of other students at Highton.”

Live-in boarding house assistant Philippe Trutmann was convicted for abusing BIW and 40 other Geelong Grammar students.

The commission found the school put its own financial interests before those of a student seeking compensation after being sexually abused by a teacher by not disclosing that it knew the teacher may have been jailed for pedophilia.

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