Our Former Rector
The Reverend Thomas Edmund Holme was born in Wigan, Lancashire. He attended schools in Cheshire and Derbyshire before reading theology at Selwyn College Cambridge. Tom trained for the ministry at the College of the Resurrection, Mirfield inYorkshire and was ordained at Ripon Cathedral in 1973. Following his curacy at The Venerable Bede, Leeds, he served in parishes in Wimbledon, Bermondsey and Stamford.
For a short period in the early 80s Tom became a professional singer and was, what was once called, a ‘worker priest’. As well as recital and oratorio work, he sang for a time with the original Kent Opera, not least as Crook-Fingered Jack in the Beggars Opera at the Aldeburgh festival 1981! The tours with Kent always began in Tunbridge Wells; but the vegetarian takeaway at the top of some steps near Mount Ephraim much favoured by members of the cast, vegetarian or not, – is alas no more!
In 1989 Tom was appointed Precentor of Worcester Cathedral – a musical and pastoral position which included taking part in numerous choir tours, for example to South Africa, The United States, Paris, Aachen etc.
Since August 1995 Tom has served in the united benefice of Penshurst and Fordcombe leading services at our three places of worship: St Peter’s Church, Fordcombe, St John the Baptist Church, Penhurst and Poundsbridge Chapel. He maintains strongs links with our community and is on the board of governors of both Fordcombe and Penshurst CE Primary Schools.