This Portrait is in storage within the Cathedral Library [September 9 2017] – No Public Access [except on Heritage Open Days eg September 9 2017]
The Plaque reads:
“Bishop Bell has a worldwide reputation for his tireless work for international reconciliation, the arts, education, and church unity. The House that bears his name provides a place where work in these areas can continue and prosper. The generosity of an Anglican Order, the Community of the Servants of the Cross (CSC) has enabled the purchase of the House. Canon Peter Kefford (Treasurer of Chichester Cathedral 2003-2009) was the prime initiator in establishing George Bell House as a centre for Education, Vocation and Reconciliation”
Photograph: Howard Coster, 1953. It is the last portrait photograph of Bishop Bell.
CARLILE REVIEW ON BISHOP BELL
Lord Carlile CBE, Q.C has been asked to carry out a review of the Church of England’s settlement of a claim by “Carol” in relation to allegations of abuse by the late Bishop George Bell.
The complaint relates to events within the period 1948-1953. The Bishop died in 1958.
The Terms of Reference contain a full description of the objective and scope of the review.
Lord Carlile invites anybody who has material evidence and documents to submit them by sending them by email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org if hard copy is preferable to emails, please could such copy be sent to him at Lord Carlile of Berriew, House of Lords London, SW1A OPW.
Anyone responding to this call for material will be guaranteed anonymity unless:
- Your identity is already in the public domain and/ or
- You explicitly confirm you are content to be identified
Lord Carlile will make sure he fully understands and reflects what you tell him. He will make a record of any meeting with you. He guarantees to confirm the accuracy of that record with you.
Lord Carlile understands how difficult it may be for some to come forward and help him. If a meeting is arranged, you will be welcome to bring someone with you. He will make sure that, when requested, there are arrangements
- To provide you with emotional support
- To meet any travelling and accommodation costs in accordance with the Church of England’s established arrangements.
New Safeguarding concerns
Any new safeguarding concerns will have to be referred to the relevant safeguarding body.
When will the review be finished
It is planned that the review will be completed for submission by the end of July 2017. Consideration will then be given to publication. Some confidential material may have to be redacted but this will not affect the completeness of the report.
It is easier for the review if contact is made by email or by post. However, if you wish to contact Lord Carlile by telephone please do so on 0203 432 9891, where Lord Carlile’s confidential assistant Katherine Strathern will be available to take your call in the first instance. If you are telephoning please state clearly that you are calling about this review.
1. The Bell Chronology
2. “The Exculpation of Bishop Bell” by Richard W. Symonds [for immediate release following publication of The Carlile Review]
3. “Archbishop of Canterbury accuses BBC of failing to show same ‘integrity’ over child abuse as the Church” – Christian Today
4. Commemoration Service at St Martin-within-Ludgate [Ludgate Hill] to mark Bishop Bell’s 59th Anniversary – Wednesday – October 4 – 5pm