High up on one of High Wycombe’s hills, before Castlefield slithers down into Cressex runs Rutland Avenue. Elbowing its way out onto this road is the Avenue Methodist Church, busy, popular and with a food hygiene rating of 5.
This House of God is on a road prone to mishaps, illustrated by this story, four years back:
A 20-year-old man has been charged by in connection with a collision, which occurred at 4.50am on Saturday 30th January. *
And a year before that:
… Black Vauxhall Omega collided with a lamppost and church gates and wall.
A man was injured when a car struck a wall at The Avenue Methodist Church. *
And last year a very sad mishap?
On Sunday 31st March 2019, at around 10.50pm, the Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service alerted officers from Thames Valley Police to a fire at The Avenue Methodist Church in Rutland Avenue, Police believe it is likely the fire was started several hours before the emergency services were called and that the fire was likely to have been started deliberately. *
It was very peaceful as I sat quite close to the road’s edge to make this drawing in the series ‘The Modern Church’ an impromptu survey of post WW2 war churches in High Wycombe. Perhaps if I had read these stories (all from Wycombe Today) I might not have been quite so audacious.
*Articles copyright Wycombe Today