Rev. Hubert Arthur Stanley Pink

Vicar of Canvey 1935-1938

Rev Hubert Arthur Stanley Pink was the Vicar of Canvey 1935-1938.

Not a lot is known about Rev Pink during his time as Canvey’s Vicar. He was born in 1905 in Brockley, Kent to Rev. Arthur Penrhyn Stanley Pink and Edith Mary neé Sweeting. He was educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He was made a Deacon in 1928 then Priest in 1929. Before arriving to take up his post on Canvey he was based in Ipswich as a Curate of St Augustine of Hippo, Assistant Mastre Ipswich School and Chaplain Ipswich School. He was then Curate of St Andrews, Whittlesford until 1935.

His Uncle was English Cricketer Hubert Pink whom during World War I was a 2nd Lieutenant (acting Captain) in the Sherwood Foresters. In 1919 he was awarded the Military Cross.

It is after he left Canvey,  that we came across a photo of him from a newspaper clipping (Possibly late 60s-early 70s ) where it is stated :-

A new group called the Pussyfoot dropped into the chart with ‘Freeloader’ last week-and the first to congratulate them was an archdeachon!

Not surprising really, because the Venerable Hubert Pink, Archdeachon of Hampsmith, London, first started the five boys on the route to success.

Three of them were choirboys when Mr Pink was Rector of Hackney, London, five years ago. When they formed an amateur group he loaned them a church room to practise in.

He retired in 1974 and died in 1976.

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  • Hi Janet,
    Very interesting reading your article, as I was member of the choir at St John at Hackney in the 60s and later a member of the Band, Rev H A S Pink was a great Rector
    and a modern role model at a time when respect was so important, we all appreciated his interest in the band.
    Happy memories.
    Thank You,
    All the best,Terry.

    By Terry (15/01/2020)
  • I first meet The Ven.H A S Pink when I was 11 years old and went the Hackney Free & Parochial Secondary in Hackney in 1953 he was the Rector of Hackney and Chairman of the School of Governor’s the Headmaster was Mr Anderson. During my time at H F & P school ( now known as Urswick School) and celebrates its 500 year old birthday this year. I was very involved as a server & carried the Cross both at the morning Holy Communion services and the Evensong services, I was also a Bell ringer, In 1959 I was appointed Headboy, and after I left The School, I still carried on working with The Ven Pink in Scouting at the 14th Hackney (St John @ Hackney) Scout Group where he was a Senior Scout Leader. I have so much history and respect for H A S Pink. I could write a lot more …I Kept in touch with Revd Pink right up to his death and he played a very important part of my life.
    ..please contact me if you think it might be of interest. Roger Norman 1942 to present

    By Roger Norman (25/05/2020)
  • My father was organist and choir master at St. John’s while I was a child probably the period early 1950s. His name was ERIC START . I remember Rev Pink’s name and being in the organ loft with my father for weddings . We moved away when I was 7 years old ( 1953).

    By Erica Crutchley (01/02/2021)

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