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Hundreds gather to honour life and legacy of Bishop of Buckingham

by Tola Mbakwe
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More than 300 people have gathered for a memorial service to honour the life of Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham. He passed away suddenly in February, at the age of 68.

Family, friends, colleagues, and parishioners from throughout the Diocese of Oxford filled All Saints Church in High Wycombe to pay tribute on Saturday.

The service drew notable figures, including the Lord Lieutenant Countess Howe, local MPs, the Bishop of Oxford, the Bishop of Reading and the Bishop of Dorchester

In a heartfelt message, Rt Rev Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford reflected on Bishop Alan's enduring legacy.

 “It was very good to gather with so many from across Buckinghamshire and beyond to give thanks for Bishop Alan’s life and to celebrate his ministry," he said.

“There are many memories to treasure: his gift of stability in ministering in a single place and diocese for so long; his sense of justice for oppressed individuals; his humility; his vision for education and good schools; his sharp wit and his dogged determination.”

Bishop Alan’s impactful ministry spanned over two decades. His journey was deeply rooted in the Diocese of Oxford, serving as a curate in Eynsham and vicar in Caversham and Sandhurst, before becoming Area Dean in Sonning and ultimately becoming Bishop of Buckingham.

The service featured speakers from various spheres influenced by Bishop Alan's ministry.

Bishop Alan Wilson
Bishop Alan Wilson

Venerable Guy Elsmore described him as a devoted pastor committed to supporting clergy as well as marginalised and vulnerable communities.

Tony Wilson, the Diocese of Oxford’s director of education, hailed Bishop Alan as an "education nut," celebrating his significant impact on countless children, parents, teachers, and leaders.

Meanwhile, Bishop Alan’s son, Nick Wilson, shared personal reflections on his father's infectious laughter and unique presence.

“There are not enough people like dad in the world and that makes the lack of him hurt a little bit more,” he said.

Survivors of Church abuse for whom Bishop Alan had been a staunch advocate also paid their respects.

In memory of Bishop Alan’s spirit of giving and advocacy, his family has established a donation fund. Contributions will support One Body One Faith and MACSAS (Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors), continuing his legacy of compassion and support for those in need.

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