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Reverend Sheila Walker is associate priest in the Benefice of Rotherfield Peppard and Kidmore End & Sonning Common

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Reverend Sheila Walker - Associate Priest

Sheila Walker
Associate Priest

We’ve been living in Devon for quite a while: my husband, Tim, most of his life, working with various branches of Lloyd’s Bank and playing jazz (and barn dance) all over the county and beyond. I came via Salisbury and London, following various jobs including teaching French, writing and editing – starting by anglicising the Living Bible – assorted roles with the Careers Service and most recently as a ‘casual’ librarian (read that how you will…)

My Christian journey really began in earnest at university in Exeter, where we were privileged to have a number of good speakers who encouraged us to explore the Bible’s teaching and think through what it meant for us. Since then, I’ve been involved with several different churches: most recently as a Reader with a team of twelve rural churches based in Ottery St Mary (of flaming tar barrels fame), then as Curate with four neighbouring churches: so spending Sundays negotiating narrow lanes, horses, tractors and convoys of cyclists is quite familiar!

Part of the reason for our coming to Oxfordshire is that my son and daughter live in Wallingford and Henley respectively, with the consequent threat/promise of three grandchildren to mind from time to time. We’re looking forward to being able to spend more time with them, as well as exploring the Chilterns: Tim has already acquired the relevant maps and we are enjoying the many walks we can do from our front door. We also enjoy painting, music and making curries (Tim); writing, puzzles and making flapjack (Sheila); reading and walking (both).

That’s of course when we’re not busy getting to know our three churches and their respective communities, and discovering how our new roles will unfold: so we’ll look forward to meeting many of you in the coming weeks, and being able to put names to faces!


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