Gaol doors slam shut on the Lisburn Three

Monday March 12th 2018

Behind bars – Neville Chamberlaine, Roy Totten, MBE, and Dean Sam Wright.

Dean of Connor, the Very Rev Sam Wright, and two other men began their gaol term in Crumlin Road this morning (Monday).

As the cell doors slammed shut, the Dean of Connor begged his supporters to try and raise sufficient bail to free him in time for Thursday’s Easter Vestry at Lisburn Cathedral.

Professing their innocence, the trio facing an indefinite period inside were defiant as the gates to the prison slammed closed.

Mr Roy Totten MBE, a parishioner of Glenavy and Board Member at Belfast Cathedral, said he was confident he had sufficient support to ensure his incarceration would be a short one.

Crumlin Road Gaol where the LIsburn Three have been incarcerated.

Neville Jones, a Lisburn Cathedral parishioner and Assistant Director of Abaana Ministries, was also hopeful of an early release.

Dean Sam, on the other hand, showed signs of nerves as he paced the walls of his bare cell.

You can help to free the Lisburn Three, who have committed no crime, by donating money to pay their bail. These men have allowed themselves to be locked up  to raise funds to help a team of young people from Lisburn Cathedral build a toilet block at a school in northern Uganda.

Their combined bail is £5,000, enough to fund materials and labour to complete the much needed toilet block.

The Cathedral team will travel to Uganda this summer to work with projects supported by local charity Abaana.

As well as building the toilets at the Dr Andrew McAvoy Primary School, the young people will hold a three-day holiday bible club at the school, and work with street children in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda.

You can sponsor Sam, Roy or Neville.  Please give generously to FREE THE LISBURN THREE  – and to support the young people from the Cathedral in their mission in Uganda.

To learn more about Abaana, or the work the Lisburn Cathedral team will be doing in Uganda this summer, please contact Neville Jones on 07796936768 or by email

Doing time – Neville, Roy and Dean Sam.


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