Category Archives: Chichester Cathedral

May 20 2019 – “Footprints In The Sand – tracking changes in online content” [Chichester Cathedral website] – A short report for The Bell Society by Peter Crosskey

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“Footprints In The Sand – tracking changes in online content” [Chichester Cathedral website] – A short report for The Bell Society by Peter Crosskey

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Example 1 – Deletion: “In the spirit of George Bell from 1929 to 1958 and a great friend of the churches of Germany,…”

https://web.archive.org/web/20120215155030/http://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/about-us/european-links.shtml

[a] October 19 2015 – Chichester Cathedral website

European Links

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In the spirit of George Bell, Bishop of Chichester from 1929 to 1958 and a great friend of the churches of Germany, the Diocese has links with the United Church of Berlin-Brandenburg, the Lutheran Evangelical Church (EKD) District of Bayreuth, Bavaria, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bamberg, Bavaria. Regionalbischof Dr Dorothea Greiner of Bayreuth, and Domkapitular Professor Wolfgang Klausnitzer are Canons of Honour of Chichester Cathedral.

[b] February 7 2016 – Chichester Cathedral website

European Links

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The Diocese has links with the United Church of Berlin-Brandenburg, the Lutheran Evangelical Church (EKD) District of Bayreuth, Bavaria, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bamberg, Bavaria. Regionalbischof Dr Dorothea Greiner of Bayreuth, and Domkapitular Professor Wolfgang Klausnitzer are Canons of Honour of Chichester Cathedral.

 

Example 2 – Deletion: “In a powerful sermon, Bishop Greiner spoke of the close links between
Chichester and the European churches, which began with the friendship
between Bishop George Bell and Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer more than
70 years ago”

https://web.archive.org/web/20161222133625/https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/news/a-first-for-chichester-posted-23-june-2011.shtml

Footprints in the sand: tracking changes in online content May 2019
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More Google results
Take a forthcoming event in the cathedral calendar, such as the Coburg Conference.
Entering the search string “Coburg Conference” inurl:chichestercathedral.org.uk
into Google on a previous visit generated a single result from Google’s search of its
cached files. In other words, the last time Google catalogued the site, this is the reference
it found to the Coburg Conference. However, clicking the link generated a
“page not found” response from the website, suggesting the file had been deleted
from the site since Google’s last visit. The page in question first appeared in 2011,
when Chichester last hosted the biennial, four-cornered conference.
Take a more specific example, that of the Lutheran bishop of Bayreuth, Dr Dorothea Greiner: an ecumenical interlocutor and a Canon of Honour at Chichester. The search string “Dorothea Greiner” inurl:chichestercathedral.org.uk generated 10 results in Google, cached from a previous visit by the search engine. Not one of the links could be opened as live pages. This has been recorded in a screencast, saved as a QuickTime movie and is available for download separately. The links are listed below: the pages have been deleted, not moved, since a cross-check using the search string Greiner on the cathedral website returned zero results.

File deletions within the life of a current Google cache (as of May 14, 2019)
Coburg Conference
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/news/the-coburg-conference-2011-posted-oct-2011.shtml

Mentioning Dr Dorothea Greiner
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/worship/sermons.shtml
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/news/a-first-for-chichester-posted-23-june-2011.shtml
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/sunday-notes/November19th.pdf
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/sunday-notes/June17th.pdf
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/sunday-notes/June10th.pdf
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/sunday-notes/29thSeptember.pdf
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/_folder1/FarewellServiceEvensong-2Feb
2014.pdf
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/_folder1/DrDorotheaGreinerTrinitysermo
n-updatedversion_2_.pdf
https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/dyn/_assets/_pdfs/_folder1/33Chichester6Oktober2013-Eng
lisch.pdf
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The Wayback Machine
However, it turns out there is no need to slog through Google searches or guess at
what Chichester Cathedral might have published in years gone by. There is an altogether
easier option. The Internet Archives project has been recording the Cathedral
website at random intervals for years as part of its Wayback Machine project. This
must be the largest collection of cached web pages on the planet, with electronic
archives stretching back decades.
The Wayback Machine project has not retained all the PDF attachment pages, but
here is a screengrab of one of the pages that we believe to have been-deleted recently,
since it was in a current Google cache file. The cached page can be found at:
https://web.archive.org/web/20161222133625/https://www.chichestercathedral.org.uk/n
ews/a-first-for-chichester-posted-23-june-2011.shtml
The passage highlighted in yellow reads:
In a powerful sermon, Bishop Greiner spoke of the close links between
Chichester and the European churches, which began with the friendship
between Bishop George Bell and Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer more than
70 years ago. She praised the Church of England for its attempts to hold
the different Christian traditions together: ‘Keep going, dear Anglican
brothers and sistsers. You are a big role model for us!’
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“There are also, as Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Bishop Bell argued, moral questions to be addressed here”

~ Paddy Ashdown [“Nein! Standing Up To Hitler 1939-1944” – Collins 2018 – Page 301]

May 18 2019 – Coburg Conference and Chichester Diocesan European Ecumenical Committee [CDEEC]

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May 10 2019 – ‘The Dean’s Bonfire’ – Chichester Cathedral – 2001

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DAY 12 IICSA INQUIRY – CHICHESTER – 20 MARCH 2018 – DEAN PETER ATKINSON ON DEAN TREADGOLD, TERENCE BANKS ET AL

Q. Before we move on, we should deal briefly with one other matter touching on Dean Treadgold. Is it right that at the time of his retirement, or thereabouts, there came a time when he burnt a number of files held within the cathedral?
A. Yes. He had retired in the autumn of 2001 and moved a short distance away. What I remember of the episode is that he returned to the deanery, which then was empty, this was long before Dean Frayling arrived, removed a number of files from the deanery basement and had a fire in the garden. I don’t know what the files were. I think there is some indication that they might have been old chapter files, but they may well have been his own. It’s a bit odd that he’d moved away and then came back to do this, and it was sufficiently troubling for us to mention this to the police, which happened.
Q. And the police subsequently investigated it, including interviewing, I understand, Dean Treadgold under caution?
A. They took it very seriously, yes.
Q. But no further action was ultimately taken?
A. Ultimately, no further action was taken.
Q. Did anybody within the cathedral or the chapter think to get him back in, have a word with him and say, “What were you burning and why were you burning it?”, because, in theory, there’s a potential hole in your record keeping now?
A. I don’t remember that happening. I think the person who spoke to the police, as far as I can remember, was Canon John Ford, who by then was the acting dean between the two deans, and I can’t remember that we took further action ourselves, knowing that the police were involved. I think we took the view that that was police business.
Q. Once they’d taken no further action, why not then? Why not then say, “Hang on a minute, somebody who has moved away from the cathedral, who has retired, has come back, potentially taken chapter files and burnt them. We need to find out why and what they have burnt, if for no other reason than to find out where we have now got record gaps, or even take disciplinary action”?
A. I’m not sure what disciplinary action might have been taken against a retired dean. The answer to your question is that I don’t remember that kind of internal investigation happening.
Q. If we can move forward to the Carmi Report…

IICSA INVESTIGATION REPORT – May 9 2019

Full Text of Report: Anglican Church Case Studies: Chichester/Peter Ball Investigation Report

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31. The Carmi review was designed to imitate the serious cases reviews that were
conducted by local authorities in cases of death or serious harm to young people. It was
commissioned by Bishop Hind shortly after his appointment. His intention was to understand
how Banks “could have been able to perpetrate offences against so many boys over such a
long period”.
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The Carmi review
Commissioning of the review
32. In September 2001, a letter from Bishop Hind was sent to each of the victims who had
been identified during the police investigation.59 This letter explained that a review would
be taking place. AN‑A11 agreed to participate in the review. Along with another victim of
Banks, he met with Mrs Carmi to discuss his experiences of abuse. The victims’ views would
form part of the completed report, which was eventually finalised in January 2004.
Problems encountered during the Carmi review
The leadership of Dean John Treadgold
33. Between 1997 and 2007, Canon Peter Atkinson (currently the Dean of Worcester60) was
a residentiary canon and chancellor of Chichester Cathedral. In his view, there was a “failure
of leadership” at Chichester Cathedral at the time of Banks’ arrest.61
34. Dean John Treadgold62 was the then Dean of Chichester Cathedral. Under his direction,
safeguarding matters were handled as pastoral concerns and nothing more. Canon Atkinson
described him as a “rugged individualist” with traditional views, who found it difficult to relate
to members of the Diocese and to external agencies.63
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35. Dean Treadgold appears to have experienced a particularly strained relationship
with Mrs Carmi, Mrs Hind and the police. For instance, at the debrief meeting chaired
by Mrs Carmi on 12 June 2001, the police raised concerns regarding his response to the
criminal investigation of Banks. It was specifically noted that the Dean “appeared defensive
and seemed to take the side of the Defendant”.
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36. Shortly after his retirement in autumn 2001, Dean Treadgold returned to Chichester
Cathedral. He instructed the gardeners to burn a number of files held in the basement of
the Deanery. This incident was reported to the police by members of the Cathedral. A police
investigation was subsequently conducted, during the course of which the Carmi review was
suspended.65 Ultimately, the police took no further action and the Carmi review continued
from early December 2002. Canon Atkinson recalled that no internal investigation took
place regarding the burning of these potentially important files.66 Nobody in the Cathedral
appears to have questioned Dean Treadgold about this, nor did the Cathedral carry out any
enquiries of its own.
Opposition to the review
37. In a letter to Mrs Carmi dated 3 November 2003, Bishop Hind acknowledged receipt
of her completed report. He expressed his apologies for the extent to which her review
had been hindered by “members and officials of the Church”.
67 Indeed, Mrs Carmi told us the
Dean and Chapter were reluctant both to engage with the investigation and to assist in
encouraging further victims to come forward.68
38. When the review began two years earlier, Bishop Hind wrote to the Dean and to all
members of the Chapter requesting their full co-operation with Mrs Carmi in the completion
of her task.69 The responses to his letter expressed an unreserved willingness to assist, with
Dean Treadgold declaring that “I shall be quite happy to assist Mrs Carmi in any way I can”.
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After he resigned from his post in October 2001, he was succeeded by Dean Nicholas
Frayling, who echoed these assurances of support for the investigation.
39. Despite this ostensible show of compliance by the Dean and Chapter, Mrs Carmi said
“there was a gap between what we were asking of them and what they were prepared to do”.
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example, in addition to proactively contacting those victims whose identities were known
to the police, Mrs Carmi planned to offer a chance to contribute to all other individuals who
had not previously come forward. She intended to achieve this aim by writing to the wider
Cathedral and school communities.
40. Unfortunately, Mrs Carmi faced opposition from the Dean and Chapter when she sought
to initiate such communication. Dean Frayling was said to have described her request for
information as a “fishing expedition” which was likely to cause distress to many people in its
revival of historic events.72 As chair of The Prebendal School’s governing body, he expressed
similar concerns when Mrs Carmi attempted to contact current and former parents of
its pupils….

March 7 2019 – “Lay down my quill? Never!” – West Sussex Gazette – Letters – Sandra Saer

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West Sussex Gazette – March 6 2019 – Letter “Lay down my quill? Never!” – Sandra Saer

Jan 10 2019 – Bishop Bell Portrait and Plaque – Cathedral Library – Chichester

4 Canon Lane / George Bell House

4 Canon Lane / George Bell House – Chichester

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4 Canon Lane, formerly known as George Bell House (its rightful name – likely to be restored … see NOTE below), is a guest house set within the cathedral grounds in a fantastic location tucked behind the Cathedral and next to the beautiful Bishop’s Gardens. The house is a historic building, full of character with décor in keeping with the period. Set in a quiet location the building has a restful atmosphere. It is ideally located for exploring the charming town centre of Chichester, its cathedral or visit the Festival Theatre – all within walking distance!
4 Canon Lane is used for many purposes and only has 8 rooms. The rooms are comfortable without being elaborate. Some of the upstairs rooms have wonderful views of the cathedral or gardens. In particular, the 2 large doubles, Room 4 overlooking the garden and Room 5 overlooking the Cathedral are more expensive but apparently worth it. Smaller rooms are to the side and have showers, not baths.

It would seem that there are significant different differences between the rooms – with the better rooms unsurprisingly in demand – so early booking is advised…

George Bell House - 4 Canon Lane - Chichester Cathedral

George Bell House – 4 Canon Lane – Chichester Cathedral – before the name change [Picture: Alamy]

NOTE:

Due to unsubstantiated allegations, George Bell House has been renamed 4 Canon Lane. However, in the absence of any actual proof, court judgement or any admission of liability on behalf of the Church of England, it is expected that 4 Canon Lane will have its previous name of George Bell House restored.
Without proof or independent substantive evidence, there is no justification to excise the extraordinary legacy of Bishop George Bell or his memory…

The Church of England also seems to need reminding that in the United Kingdom a man is innocent until actually proven guilty.

Although it is for [Dean and] Chapter to decide, it is expected 4 Canon Lane will revert back to its former title of George Bell House following an Extraordinary meeting of the Chichester Cathedral Council on 17 January 2018.

Amen to that.

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