A former Vicar

Ralph Wilkins was vicar of Market Lavington and Easterton between 1979 and 1990.

He was always keen to involve a wider community including people from other parts of the world. He developed links, in particular, with the Sudan and it became common to find Sudanese ladies and gentlemen in the villages and reverend gentlemen from East Africa often led services at the church.

Miss Bond, a visitor from the Sudan and Reverend Ralph Wilkins in 1989

Miss Bond, a visitor from the Sudan and Reverend Ralph Wilkins in 1989

Here we see Ralph with an unnamed Sudanese lady and also Miss Bond The photo dates from 1989.

Perhaps sadly, the links with the Sudan didn’t seem to survive the departure of Ralph for pastures new.

At least we have a few memories of the era at the museum.

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