2 December 2009
Dear Chief Executive
Re: The proposed (needless) sale by the Marian Fathers of Fawley Court, Henley-on-Thames. A magnificent Grade 1 Listed Building, designed by Sir Christopher Wren. TRUST No: 1075608
This letter in respect of the above imminent matter, is written with great urgency.
At the point of writing, numerous priceless works of art from the Fawley Court Museum have already been lost to the Nation. With (legal) international cooperation it is hoped to recover the said artefacts in due course.
There is now great concern that a possible (unlawful) sale of Fawley Court, in breach of the Charities Act 1993 Section 36(2), and Section 72, is imminent. The proposed disposal is being spearheaded by a minority group of Marian Fathers under the banner of its purported Trusts(s), varied self-servingly over the years.
It would be unusual to say the least if the said proposed sale of such a unique heritage, of outstanding architectural merit, and of cultural, religious and educational importance, has/had been sanctioned by either the Superiors of the Marian Fathers Order, or indeed by, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, who is to visit our shores next year, with the sole mission to beatify Cardinal Henry Newman.
It is believed Cardinal Henry Newman once rested at Fawley Court in the course of his ‘Tractarian’ days. Indeed his imposing bust is prominently displayed on the right wing wall hall of Fawley Court.
Representations have been made to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, and a response is being awaited.
As with the aforementioned invaluable works of art, there is a great fear among the 1.5 million strong Polish Community currently in the UK, (together with one should hasten to add, a strong English community), that we will all suffer the twin-blow of losing not only Fawley Court, but also the proceeds of some £22 million from these shores.
It appears that there is much evidence to support the allegation that the minority of Marian Fathers who are involved in this matter, are also Defendants in some three Court actions. These may of course be wholly innocent civil actions, and thus peripheral to the matters in hand.
In any event the author of this letter is advised that these matters are privileged, and sub judice and thus at this juncture cannot be commented on.
Notwithstanding the above caution, the Charity Commission through the powers invested in it by law will be able to visit this area of law, and at the same time scrutinize “compelling” evidence as to how the Marian Trusts were varied – under the Commission’s own Statutory obligations.
What is in the public Domain however, is the current actions and questionable behavior of a minority of Marian Fathers which includes inter alia;
Applying to the Coroner to exhume the body of their own Marian brother, the late Reverend Father Jozef Jarzembowski ( Founder in 1953, and main Trustee of Divine Mercy College, a Catholic School and Educational Mission, no longer extant), who is buried by St. Anne’s Church, Fawley Court, in perpetuity, and in accordance with his last wishes.
Applying to deconsecrate the chapel of St. Anne’s, a unique Grade 2 listed building, beautifully set in the grounds of Fawley Court. The design and construction of which was generously funded by the Radziwill family some forty five years ago.
The same minority of Marian Fathers – are at the time of writing – now preventing its own beneficiaries, donors and parishioners, from visiting or worshiping at Fawley Court by erecting chained gates on the pathways. These are accompanied by menacing signs warding off innocent visitors with the threat of prosecution.
Finally, though not in conclusion of this sorry saga, three other points of contention need to be examined;
As a matter of urgency – and time is of the essence – the author of this letter would ask the Commission, for the purposes of transparency, to identify the alleged progress of the purported sale of Fawley Court. It has been impossible to pinpoint either from the sales agents, from the Marian Fathers themselves, or indeed Wycombe District Council, whether contracts have been exchanged, and whether ”delayed completion” is envisaged for December, or for the ”early part of next year” (sic).
The minority of Marian Fathers acting for the Trust, have made public their intention to dispense proceeds from the proposed sale of Fawley Court to various individuals and institutions.
On any view such a gesture of largesse is not only misplaced, but highly improper. Doubtless, the Charity Commission will look into this.
There are a significant number of beneficiaries and donors – some old, frail and vulnerable, and others too young to ably care for their fiduciary interests – who have contributed significant funds/donations via the Marian Fathers specifically towards the upkeep and maintenance of Fawley Court as a religious, cultural, and educational centre, together with the now ransacked museum.
These people will need either the Court of Protection, or the
Treasury Solicitor to help safeguard their ‘investments’.
In conclusion, I understand you are in receipt of a representation from my colleague Krzysztof Jastrzembski. I am reliably informed that Jo Hampshire, Head of Special Investigations, is now looking
into the above allegations.
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The Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Gordon Brown MP
The Leader of The Opposition, The Right Honourable David Cameron MP
The Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, The Right Honourable Nick Clegg MP
Boris Johnson, Mayor of London
The Right Honourable John Howell, MP for Henley
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NB. Both Mirek Malevski and Krzysztof Jastrzembski are former pupils of Divine Mercy College Fawley Court – Editor
Ratujmy FAWLEY COURT,
nasze narodowe dziedzictwo
na Wyspach Brytyjskich, piszmy listy, protesty, zadajmy pytania
Czy ks. Władysław Duda jako Trustee zgadza się na sprzedaż Fawley Court. Pisać do:
The Rev. Władysław Duda
(Registered Charity Nos. 251717/1075608/150399(29)
Marian Fathers Fawley Court
Oxon. RG9 3AE
Jeśli mają Państwo jakiekolwiek zażalenia lub zastrzeżenia
co do sprzedaży Fawley Court, należy jak najszybciej wysłać
list (chętnie się zapozna) do:
The Chief Executive
Andrew Hind Esq.
The Charity Commission
London SW1P 4DU
Jeśli sprzeciwiacie się Państwo ekshumacji zwłok ks. Józefa Jarzębowskiego z Fawley Court, należy wysłać bezzwłocznie
Paul Ansell Esq
Coroner and Burials Division
Ministry of Justice
102 Petty France
London SW1H 9AJ
Jeśli uważacie Państwo, że społeczność polska jak i brytyjska nadal powinna mieć prawo wejścia na teren zespołu parkowego Fawley Court, czyli korzystać z „Rights of Way”, wyślijcie swoje dane na:
Informacje na temat Marian Fathers UK można znaleźć na stronie: www.falweycourt.info