Vicars of Penn Street

Frank Wankling 1967 – 1975

“How Holmer Green got its church”

Although the Rev. F. Wank­Iing and his wife and family were given an official reception when Mr. WankIing was inducted as Vicar of Penn Street and Holmer Green. at Penn Street Church recently, Holmer Green folk on Saturday arranged their own welcome and said it with flowers in the form of a delightfully decorated village hall and a bouquet for Mrs Wankling.  The Sunday School provided musical entertainment, the Young Wives organised the refreshments, and Mrs. S. Waller supervised the floral decorations.

Mr. F. W. Todd. who always reads the lessons at Holmer Green, gave the official verbal welcome on behalf of the villagers.

He recalled that just over a century ago the then Countess Howe decided she would like a church of her own at own at Penn Street. which necessitated a special Act of Parliament. taking away exist­ing parts of the parishes of Penn and Little Missenden. That was how the church at Holmer Green started.

Although the vicar lived at Penn Street there appeared to be much more work at Holmer Green where they were eventually hop­ing to enlarge.

In his response Mr. Wankling said he already realised how much work was involved at Holmer Green Green, where one of the main needs was the building of a Sun­day School, and he visualised a lot of work for Holmer Green people to do.

Bucks Examiner, Friday September 8th, 1967.

Editor’s Note: Frank Wankling went on to oversee the building of the Church Centre at Holmer Green, adjacent to the church, Christ Church, which was built in 1894.