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The Right Reverend Dr. Wilfred Wood. Bishop of Croydon, has long been recognised as a champion of social justice, not just in Britain but internationally. Born in Barbados the young Wilfred Wood was a regular church goer Wanting to become a Priest but fearing that he could not rise to the high standards which God would expect, he decided to be a good layman rather than a bad priest. His mind was to be changed when he heard Bishop Mandeville speaking of God's call, quoted an older priest who said, "If God's calls on you to jump through a brick wall, it is your duty to jump,--it is God's business to see you through." And for him that settled the issue. Wilfred Wood enrolled for a five-year training for the priesthood, at Codrington College in Barbados. His father, who ran a small bus company paid his fees so that he was under no obligation to any diocese when he graduated. It was oddly enough, the Notting Hill disturbances and the death of Kelso Cochane which attracted him to Britain. "I volunteered to go to England after ordination, for a period of four years, to show West Indians a better way, before returning to Barbados". However, he readily admits his preconceived picture of England being a bastion of fair play was nonsense, compared with the reality of what he met when he came here. He arrived on 19 July 1962 and stayed with Vicar Roderick Gibbs and his family at St Stephens in Shepherd's Bush. He quickly became aware of the problems of Black people in Britain and how even in the churches often: "They had bad experiences of rejection when they turned up at a church only to find people draw away from them as though they were contagious. So they resorted to reading their bibles at home, eventually joining others to pray together. Many black churches began this way." His social conscience awakened by the unjust discrimination he saw black people subjected to, led to him first writing to the Times newspapers, correcting them on their errors in negative portrayal of black people – which they did not print. This did not deter him in his mission and when likewise government ministers and officials and other local council officials failed to give support when he sought it, he just kept going. In 1968 a photograph with Wilfred Wood and Jeff Crawford appeared, with them picketing London Transport Offices with placards demanding an end to their discrimination. This campaign was successful and London Transport began to appoint black bus inspectors. Bishop Wood was also personally acquainted with the problems with black persons and the police force, and got personally involved in many cases where black persons had been wronged. He called upon the police force to implement many of the measures that they have since put in place, when at the time his was a lonely voice. Better relations between the black community and police would have existed earlier, if his suggestions had of been implemented Bishop Wood was also happy when he served as a magistrate, that his presence made a difference to a number of cases, and also to the enlightenment of fellow magistrates in matters relating to black people. Yet all his campaigning for social justice did not detract from his church duties, indeed it could be said that his church duties were complimented by his social activism. On 8th March 1985 Wilfred Wood opened a letter only to find that he had been invited by Bishop Ronnie Bowlby of Southwalk to become Bishop of Croydon. He handed the letter to his wife and said: "Well, if this is the latest brick wall, here goes!" Bishop Wilfred Wood has not lessened his social activism, nor remained gagged by office since his appointment, and is as passionate a campaigner as ever, and the main reason for this may be as he admitted in one of his lectures: "I would like to think that I have kept reminding myself and reminding others, that we cannot worship Jesus in church services and efficient organisations if we are also, starving, jailing, raping, and murdering Him in persons of powerless human beings of any description."