The London Borough of Havering is an area with an unusually high support for the Royal Family as indicated by the monarchist Conservative MP for Romford, Andrew Rosindell. The "posher" parts of Havering - Emerson Park, Upminster and Hornchurch have a strong association with Freemasonry, the RAF, and several higher status schools and churches. The Catholic community have a strong presence in the posher parts of Havering with "higher-status" primary and secondary schools. Ordinary British white working class were historically confined to the "lower-class" areas of Romford. Many older residents of Romford express huge surprise at the Asian and Black pupils who now routinely attend the "posher" schools of Havering such as Coopers Coborn, Royal Liberty and Campion - in their day if they even went near those schools a police officer would turn up assuming they were going to cause trouble.
The Havering Witness remembers a time when the Conservative Party regarded our old school as nothing but a source of trouble attended by "scum" to be controlled. In those days it was common-place for the Conservative Party to treat teachers as the whipping boy for all social ills at local and national levels of government. I attended this school when it was called Chase Cross Comprehensive School back in the 1970s. It was a VERY different to the Bower Park of today. The school was used as a dumping ground for "trouble" families by the Conservative controlled council and their close confidantes in the local police force - a force constantly criticised for their mishandling of some very serious issues connected to Irish families and the deeply ironic protection of the reputation of the relatively well-to-do Irish Catholic community looking down on ordinary working class British people.
|Romford FC including PE teacher goalkeeper Chris Lighfoot|
In addition they are suspected of agitation in local politics such as the future of Brooklands, the former home of Romford Town FC and the site of several arson attacks in the fight for its survival. It is strongly suspected that stadium closed because the local Irish Catholic community thought that the British culture of Romford FC challenged their predominant status. The local Conservative Party / Royalist establishment (High-church "Norman" catholics) wanted the football stadium shut and the local catholic community to feel "unchallenged". Ordinary British people were, as usual, betrayed by high society being more concerned about other groups. The Irish families involved in the arms store are known to have attended St. Patricks Primary School, Collier Row and St. Mary Mother of God Primary School, Hornchurch - the reputations of these schools were not affected.
The local Conservatives (including some Conservative Party-supporting "spy" families from the relatively up-market Rise Park estate whose children attended the school) are said to have been much amused by the tensions they were creating and national senior Conservative figures continued to make regular negative remarks about teachers and problem schools generally. Chase Cross teachers and pupils became the hate target of a sniping campaign which also made sure that no pupil from Chase Cross would ever enter the professions due to the perpetual stream of hate around them.
The Conservative Party campaign to damage our old school went up a gear when the local scouts became involved in trying to rubbish the school's teaching staff. The local scouts (helped by their Conservative contacts) joined in the convenient teacher-hating by feeding teachers and pupils with secret information about the secret nuclear bunker near Brentwood. The scouts took concealed tape recorders into the school and perpetually bothered staff and pupils with annoying questions about their views on nuclear war in order to obtain "evidence". No prosecution of the misuse of secret information under the Officials Secret Act was ever brought. In contrast incriminated teachers Mr Sumner (Maths / Computing / Chess) and Ms Lawrence (English / Geography) who caught scouts with tape recorders in class (Steven Haberman was one pupil caught with a tape recorder and concealed weapons) become the targets of a hate campaign due to political pressures applied to the school. No action was taken by the Scout Association against its members and the school and its teachers were blamed instead. I recently asked Bear Grylls - the Chief Scout "super-hero" to take some action but never received a reply. (We also are told that a Mr Scott of Upminster knows about the scouts involved, Mr Scott is also a past / present member of the Havering Branch of the British Diabetic Association along with his Jaguar car owners club friends.)
It was Mr William Gore, the Headmaster, that steered the school through these very troubled times and was himself a target of the haters for his great efforts in putting a good teaching staff together in these very difficult circumstances. Mr Gore was a glider pilot in the allied invasion of Europe although you would not know it from the absurd child-like school haters who did little but cite "patriotism" as the reason for their actions. I thought that Mr Gore was a wise headmaster and detractors on his own teaching staff like Dennis Elgie (French) should have shown him more respect and loyalty.
|The Unhelpful Andrew Rosindell MP|
I would have thought that Mr Rosindell himself is now in a position to clarify these matters. A much valued observer of these events and a font of local knowledge was the sadly deceased Romford Recorder journalist Roy Weal who was a Boro' fan himself. I had the privilege of having a few chats with Roy Weal in the Golden Lion. Mr Gardner has also been named by witnesses we won't disclose as being involved in a failed "dirty tricks" campaign to close Havering College in Ardleigh Green, Hornchurch in the late 1970s / early 80s. Many veterans of local Havering politics have a view that Mr Gardner is "above the law " and is "too close to the police".
For a time in the 1980s Mr Gardner deputised for the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Havering Brian Batt. The scouts caught red-handed illegally tape recording teachers in class at Chase Cross Comprehensive always seem to mention Mr Batt as having knowledge of these events - did Mr Gardner ? Scoutmasters and scouts did NOT have the security clearance to know the full function of the former secret nuclear bunker in Brentwood as a Regional Government Headquarters potentially accommodating 600 personnel in the event of a nuclear, biological or chemical warhead missile attack.
No prosecution of these security breaches ever occured and the incrimination of innocent teachers and pupils was NEVER investigated by the police. You would never know that the Official Secrets Act was such a casual arrangement from all the talk we hear about the importance of national security from the Conservative Party - the reality of the informal immunity to prosecution that the Romford Conservative Party enjoys is in stark contrast to the "hard line" speeches of Mr Rosindell in parliament.
The underhand political tactics that Bower Park School was subjected to in the 1970s / 80s were also used elsewhere in the London Borough of Havering - please use the link below to read how Havering College of Further Education was also subjected to a "dirty-tricks" campaign.
Please also read http://haveringwitness.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/inverse-sectarian-injustice.html