In a sweet twist of historical fate, Mieszko’s expansiveness of 992 was continued by his grandson, who later became England’s King Canute (995-1035). Before becoming the English king in 1016, Canute had led a successful invasion of England in 1014 with an army which included three hundred recruited Polish horsemen.
Canute was the son of Swietoslawa, the daughter of Mieszko I. As part of Mieszko’s earlier Polish Baltic alliances with the Swedes and Danes, Swietoslawa was offered in marriage first to King Eric of Sweden and Denmark. On his death, she remarried, this time to Eric’s brother Swein Forkbeard, King of Denmark. They had a son, Canute. “Exceptionally tall, strong and handsome” Canute, the half-Polish Viking warlord “re-conquered” England to rule both land and sea as the new king. It should be noted that the famous story describing how Canute sat on his throne, on the beach, ordering the sea waves to recede, was not arrogance, but more a rebuke to his toadying advisors, telling them that not even he, the Great King Canute could control the tides…
We fast-forward to England 1952. Europe awakens from the most nightmarish experience in world history. Fifty million dead. Polish political and military refugees, brave fighters for Poland and Britain, are outrageously outlawed by its Soviet communist master. They find refuge in a tiny piece of English land called Fawley Court. A palace set in fifty acres of heavenly parkland, near Henley on Thames. In order to buy this idyll, under the saintly guidance of Father Jozef Jarzebowski, they hand over their war pensions, hard earned cash, and even money pawned for gold bracelets, chains and jewellery. Money is also borrowed. In all £10,900 is raised, and the safe haven with a school, Divine Mercy College, is entrusted to the Marian Priesthood, expressly as custodians.
In 1986, after 35 years, this excellent school ‘closes’ under a cloud. Is it lack of funds, or something more sinister? It can now be revealed – together with much else – that the Marians under their then Father General, Adam Boniecki in the late 1980s had been planning, later plotting for years their treacherous land-grab. Boniecki is quoted as saying; We (The Marians) are not qualified (sic!) to run a hotel. We should sell, and give the money to the Marians in Rome. Here the whole calamitous theft takes root. First, trust and land title deeds are cleverly and self-servingly redrafted by (now ex-Marian) Wladyslaw Duda, helped by lawyers, and the connivance of the Charity Commission. Then it is time to sell; buyers are secretly approached, (including in 2006 the National Trust, which declined the chance to buy Fawley Court). Polonia’s bona fide interest, and legal right in keeping its own unique land, spiritual, cultural and religious asset was unlawfully, and contemptuously dismissed amidst much uproar by Marian regional boss Pawel Naumowicz at a farcical ‘resolution’ meeting (required by Charity law, Acts 1993, and 2006), at Fawley Court, 8 May 2008.
Worse. Much worse was to follow. Despite extraordinary opposition to the Fawley Court ‘sale’ the Marians were remorseless in their ambition. Despite fifty five years of unique Anglo-Polish history Fawley Court must go. No one could quite understand why? It was a popular, much visited venue, both as a retreat and museum centre, in fact a holy Christian shrine. Money had been rolling into the Marian coffers. By all accounts there should be at least £6m to £7m surplus funds from Polonia – much of it meant for Fawley Court’s upkeep. Where is this money? Why was Fawley Court neither maintained, nor preserved as promised and legally required?
The Marians’ objectives as a UK registered charity (No: 1075608) are; The promotion and teaching of the Roman Catholic Religion in te UK. Here is how they go about their charitable Christian business in our English homeland.
The Fr Józef Jarzembowski Museum (£30m), Fawley Court, an important Polish emigre Christian, cultural collection is systematically dismembered, valuable historic items illegally sold off, or otherwise whisked off to Licheń, Poland, without donors’ consent, beneficiaries’ knowledge, or requisite export licences.
St Anne’s Church, a Grade 2 listed and protected building which should house 24 votive – paid for – plaques, enshrining individual thanks are ripped off the walls. The revered painting of Our Lady mysteriously disappears. The crypt columbarium housing nine – paid for – urns are removed, mostly in breach of Section 25 of the 1857 Burial Act. The private columbarium bought by Polonia (!) is ‘gifted’ by the Marians to the Roman Catholic Church, Henley. Despite the Ministry of Justice ruling that the tombs of Prince Stanislaw Radziwill, and Albrecht Radziwill are to remain in perpetuity at St Anne’s, Cherrilow Ltd now happily organize concerts over the Radziwills’ dead bodies, with no respect or sensitivity towards the family itself, or St Anne’s rightful Roman Catholic Christian worshippers. St Anne’s is clearly protected by law, under the Trust Deed of 1971, and all Christian worshippers have every right to visit and pray there.
The Grotto of Our Lady, around which are scattered the ashes of it’s designer and builder, the architect Zbigniew Sawicki, is demolished by the Marians. The response of Thames Valley Police is staggering: The Grotto within the grounds of St Anne’s has been demolished by the Marian… this does not constitute criminal damage as you cannot in law, damage your own property.
The fourteen stations of the cross, leading to St Anne’s designed by Magdalena Sawicka in the 1960s, paid for by Polonia, are uprooted by the Marians, and left to rot at POK, West Ealing, where now the Marians and Polish Catholic Mission are locked in an unseemly, embarrassing fight over the building.
Removal (without a license) of the remains of WituŚ OrŁowski from his grave in Lower Bullingham by the former Marian trustee Fr Wojtek Jasinski, now a fugitive in Rome. The Crown Prosecution Service and Justice Toby Hooper QC expressed serious misgivings about the case and possibly Jasinski’s odd behaviour. Bizarrely, despite Justice Toby Hooper’s initial pre-trial comment: This is an extremely unusual case and I wish it to be carefully considered, the case is suddenly dropped.
If this is England’s judiciary carefully considering extremely unusual cases, we have every reason to be worried, and concerned. An insult not only to Wituś and his mother (both escapee’s from Soviet’s gulag), and Polonia, but also to England’s Christian values.
The attempt to exhume Fr Józef Jarzębowski, the charismatic founder of Fawley Court goes on. Yet it is clear that Spink developers, when offering £20m for Fawley Court, recognized instantly, and in writing, that not only was Fr Józef’s grave irremovable, but for any ‘sale’ Papal consent was required. Moreover Marriots, the Marian’s ‘sale’ agents. made clear that a restrictive covenant protected St Anne’s and its worshippers.
It is clear that Fawley Court has been sold in “bad faith” and bought not in “good faith”. It is a bad property title, which England’s courts should examine as a matter of urgency.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has been written to four times regarding Fawley Court’s plight. Given the Prime Minister’s repeated pronouncements on the “Big Society” and particularly the solid “Christian values” which Britain is built on and should adhere to, Anglo-Polonia rightly expects far more from both Downing Street and Parliament on the issue of Fawley Court, and our Christian values.
Many religious artefacts, decrees, letters and bibles from the Fr Jozef Fawley Court Museum linking Poland’s Christian lineage dating back to its founder King Mieszko I, remain unaccounted for. In Chapter 5 (God and Caesar) from his history of Poland (The Polish Way), the historian Adam Zamoyski aptly sums up; This unique absence of violence stemmed partly from the Polish attitude to religion, partly from an obsession with legality and the principle of personal liberty, and partly from the fact that throughout this period (1580s), Polish society concentrated on an attempt to build UTOPIA ON EARTH.
Fawley Court’s Polish history represents just that: UTOPIA ON EARTH. We ask, is this really Christian England?