The Church in the 1930’s

Trinity Sunday, 1930, saw an important event for the Church in Kenton. On that day a young man was ordained to the Diaconate and arrived in Kenton in the evening.

Father Johnson - 1st Vicar of Kenton
Father Johnson - 1st Vicar of Kenton

He was Edward Lury, later to become Canon Lury, Archdeacon of Dar-es-Salaam, and latterly Rector of Christ Church, St Leonard’s-on-sea [such is the odd twist of providence’s humour]. For four years he worked in Kenton, a tower of strength to the Father, and for years and years after that while he laboured in the Missions he was Kenton’s honorary priest and an unfailing source of interesting copy for the Record.

St Leonard’s had just become an independent ecclesiastical area, for on December 12th 1929, the Mission District had become a Conventional District and Fr Johnson became the Minister [an official title, like Vicar or Perpetual Curate] of it. From that date onwards the Churchwardens received their full powers in law, the electoral roll applied solely to St Leonard’s, and the Parochial Church Council had full legal status. The District was taken from three parishes; St Mary, Harrow-on-the-Hill, All Saints, Harrow Weald, and St John, Greenhill. Fr Johnson was now directly responsible to the Bishop and it was understood that the District would become a Parish as soon as the permanent church was commenced.

A Social event about this time recalls that: Messrs Hatswell, Webb, Smith, and Cave made up a glee party, Mrs Males and Mr Wheeler sang songs, Fr Johnson led the community singing, and an amusing and entertaining series of thumbnail sketches of impossibilities was given by Miss I Balaam and Miss M Woodbridge. Out of doors the football club had a good season, the chief scalp among the vanquished being that of St Augustine’s, Kilburn, who were defeated 7-3 on their own ground and 3-0 at Kenton. Another famous London church was also put in its place when St Silas, Pentonville, was defeated 4-0 and 4-3.