St. Andrew's Church Wimbledon, Herbert Road, London SW19 3SH

St. Andrew's Church

Herbert Road

Off Graham Road

With thanks for your support of children and families in the diocese through your work as a trustee of Welcare.

Anna Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Welcare

To quote Leonard Nimoy, "The miracle is this, the more we share, the more we have." Seems apt for Andrew. Revd Peter Organ, Fellow Trek-fan and Vicar, St Michael, East Wickham

Thanks for all the social media banter
and world weary yet inclusive and
hopeful kingdom of God inspired
wisdom. So typical your last post was
about studying 1 Samuel in the
Synagogue: “The Lord brings death
and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up."
Revd David Coleman, Assistant Curate & Priest, Christ Church, South Nutfield

Father Andrew: a true Christian humanist and incarnational priest: wise, kind, cheerful, irrepressible, and so much more.
Addio compagno.
Fr Paul Butler, Rector, St. Paul, Deptford

Andrew will be sadly missed by all who knew him, Christian, Moslem, Jew or those of no faith. Andrew was a true friend to the Jewish Community and we will miss our honorary Christian Rabbi.
Julian Samuels, President, Wimbledon and District Synagogue

Andrew was a member at the Oval for 38 years where he was well known as a warm friend and vocal supporter of the 'Rey. There will be many at Surrey CCC who will remember him with great fondness and he will be much missed from his regular seat on the first floor of the Pavilion.

Surrey County Cricket Club

The people of St James Merton join in thanksgiving for the true Christian witness exemplified by Father Andrew and remember his times at St James with great appreciation.
Fr Jim Rosenthal, Priest-in-Charge, St James, Merton


Andrew Wakefield officiated at the funeral of my husband only just over 12 months ago and although he knew that I am not a conventionally religious person he was able to accommodate my needs with the utmost sensitivity. The funeral service took the form of a complete performance of the Fauré Requiem and was an unforgettably moving experience for all present.

Joanna Bazley

Andrew was an ardent Crystal Palace fan, but in 1989, when he was vicar of St Mark’s Church Wimbledon, they were defeated 9-0 by Liverpool. The organist at the time changed one of the hymn boards to read “9 0” on every line, to the congregation’s and Andrew’s amusement.

Chris Goodair, Ex-Churchwarden, St Mark, Wimbledon

Andrew Wakefield was a loyal supporter of our efforts to secure a world without war and an end to weapons of mass destruction. He joined us every August as we remembered the victims of the world’s first atomic bomb, he stood with us on the Wimbledon Vigil for Peace and he was tireless in his efforts to bring together members of all faiths and none, never wavering from his deep conviction that a better world was possible.

Wimbledon Disarmament Coalition/CND

Despite differing views on many issues, I enjoyed Andrew's company and friendship immensely. After 11 years as colleagues in Merton Deanery, I was delighted to find him a regular visitor in my Parish at the Oval, where we found strength, rapport and laughter in regularly putting the world (and Church) to rights.

Revd Canon Steve Coulson, Vicar, St Mark, Kennington

Godfather and fond family friend for many years. Up the Eagles!

The Roberts Family

Andrew will be greatly missed in interfaith circles where his presence and wise comments were much appreciated.
John Woodhouse, Westminster Cathedral Interfaith Group

Having known Andrew for very many years when I was a fellow priest in the diocese of Southwark, it was a pleasure as a Pro Chancellor of the University of Roehampton to award him an honorary doctorate at a degree ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall just this summer. There we heard of his substantial work in community development well beyond the confines of his parish church, an example and inspiration for our Church.

The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster

Andrew was a pioneer of enduring friendship between priests and imams, churches and Islamic centres. Over many years in Merton, he modelled new ways of sharing civic leadership and was an early supporter of CMF’s church-mosque twinning programme. Christian Muslim Forum

Andrew understood the importance of institutions, and that they need faith communities involved with them. He got involved. We shall miss him.
Revd Dr Malcolm Torry; Honorary Curate, St Anthony, Nunhead

“The Christian is not a religious person, but simply a human being, as Jesus was a human being, profoundly this worldly, characterized by discipline, and the constant knowledge of death and resurrection.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Revd Dr Stephen Sichel, Vicar, St Matthew w St Jude, Brixton

A dedicated priest and colleague; his lively contributions will be sadly missed.

Martin Roberts, Lay Chair, Merton Deanery Synod

Andrew was a really supportive colleague when I headed up Welcare in the Diocese and such fun within the old Social Responsibility Group. I have continued to enjoy and appreciate his passionate commitment to social issues, Merton and the faith communities of London and will miss him so much.

Revd Anne-Marie Garton, Associate Priest, St John, Caterham Valley

Andrew was a warm, open Christian who was totally committed to all in the local community. He worked especially hard to strengthen the links between the Christian and Jewish communities.
Gerard Silverlock, Headmaster, King’s College Junior School Wimbledon

So many memories of sunny days watching cricket, and freezing nights watching football. Andrew, you will be sorely missed by your friends both at the Oval and within the South London football family.
Ted, friend since schooldays

R.I.P Andrew, a man who could make non-believers believe. The gang at Kingstonians all miss you.
Bill, K’s fan

We will always remember all your acts of kindness and never forget you.

With love from the Rodins

Andrew was dearly loved by all that knew him. I am proud that he was godfather to our daughter Erin. We will miss you greatly Uncle Andrew. Much love.
The Nicol family

We will miss Andrew’s sharp mind, outspoken views, principled solidarity and sense of fun. A friend to Shree Ghanapathy Temple, Wimbledon Mosque, Wimbledon & District Synagogue and Baitul Futuh Mosque, LBFN recently filmed him opening up the doors of St Andrew’s - a fitting reminder of his open-hearted and remarkable ministry.

London Boroughs Faiths Network

We acknowledge with great gratitude Andrew's numerous contributions to local Interfaith Dialogue over many years by his active involvement with the Merton Interfaith Forum, the annual Civic Interfaith Celebration, the Wimbledon Interfaith Group, the Wimbledon Synagogue, the Wimbledon branch of the Council of Christians and Jews, and Holocaust Memorial Day. He will be sorely missed.
Eric Bramsted (Quaker) and Helen Bramsted (Jewish)

You were with us, by us and in support of us all and for always here in Merton. We will all miss you Andrew.
Stephen Alambritis, Leader of the Council, London Borough of Merton

Andrew embodied the word ‘community’. He embraced us as a community club as he embraced everything that could benefit us all. His tireless support of local causes will be sorely missed. RIP Andrew.
Ivor Heller on behalf AFC Wimbledon

Andrew used his powerful combination of intellect and influence to make changes in our community. He leaves a lasting legacy in the business, faith and community sectors that makes us proud that he was our Chair.
Diana Sterck, CEO, Merton Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Directors, staff team, and all our members

Andrew worked tirelessly to build the links between the business, voluntary and public sectors in Merton for the benefit of local people. He was generous with his time - always there in support at AGMs, Partnership Meetings and fundraising events. We will miss Andrew's love, laughter and his 'we can do this!' attitude to all the many challenges we faced together. Rest in peace dear friend.

Lola Barrett and Steve Boucher, on behalf of MVSC's Board of Trustees and Grenfell Housing and Training

Andrew, you have left a rich and indelible legacy of interwoven tapestry in the fabric of Merton's civic and community life. May your soul rest in peace.
Khadiru Mahdi, Chief Executive, Merton Voluntary Service Council (MVSC)

Andrew was a passionate and long term supporter of Merton Police, and always keen to further improve the Borough's partnership approach to community safety and reducing crime. He always made time to attend key events and meetings and regularly praised our staff publicly which they really appreciated.

Steve Wallace, Acting Borough Commander Metropolitan Police

Andrew was the connection between so many groups and things happening around Merton. He will be greatly missed.
Joyce Pountain, Member of Green Coffee & Abundance

We heard with great sadness that Revd. Dr Andrew Wakefield has left us to go to the great pastures in heaven. Andrew’s whole career in Merton was most appreciated by all parts of Merton’s community for his very helpful and understanding attitude. Andrew will be sorely missed by all.

Mr Saleem Sheikh MBE, Representative of Wimbledon Mosque and Merton Faith and Belief Forum

For many years Andrew played host to Dundonald Primary School’s carol service in his church, displaying endless patience and good humour. He would tell entertaining stories about his beloved football team and Mr Darcy, his dog. We shall retain happy memories of Andrew.

Mrs Fiona Duffy, Headteacher, Dundonald Primary School

Andrew was a completely unique person and he’ll be greatly missed. I first knew him when we worked closely together when he was first Vice-Chair and then Chair of London Civic Forum. I’m glad that just a week or so ago I was able to tell him that his facebook posts were amongst those I enjoyed reading the most – a well- balanced mixture of personal, communal and wider issues.
Steve Miller, Senior Consultant, Faith Based Regeneration Network

Andrew was a close friend and mentor who has coached me in my personal and spiritual development since I was 4; I am stronger, more mentally agile and spiritually at peace than I could ever have been without him. Andrew was nothing short of a warrior when it came to standing up for equality, inclusivity, charity, and human rights, and his wisdom and leadership on these matters will outlive him for years to come.

Rachel Brooks, Chair of Trustees, The Tanbok Project

Andrew was one of the most vehement supporters of Wimbledon BookFest and culture in the community. The best people in life stay with you when they leave this world and I and the BookFest will take Andrew’s spirit with us as we go forward
- remembering to be inclusive but challenging. He simply is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed.

Fiona Razvi, Wimbledon BookFest Director

Andrew was a huge support during our interregnum, taking a significant number of services with his usual cheerfulness, prayerfulness and vigour. He was looking forward to continuing the relationship and will be much missed.
Churchwardens, St Mary’s Wimbledon.

Andrew served both the Church and the wider community with great dedication. His deep commitment to civic life and to positive inter faith relationships has been unwavering. The many and diverse tributes to him show the affection and respect in which he was held. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham, Bishop of Kingston

Andrew was a board member of YMCA Wimbledon until we merged with YMCA London South West. Andrew was also very supportive of much of our work including the Merton Winter Night Shelter and the Y:Cube development in Mitcham.
From Rebecca Stockman -

Andrew was a board member of YMCA Wimbledon until we merged with YMCA London South West. Andrew was also very supportive of much of our work including the Merton Winter Night Shelter and the Y:Cube development in Mitcham.
From Rebecca Stockman - YMCA

“Finally, in terms of a few words, all I would like to say is that my last conversation with Andrew was him telling me that I was an uppity woman, and please could I stay an uppity woman, because it is a good thing. That was exactly the words of support I needed at the time, and it'll stay with me.”

From Lyla CE of Merton Centre for Independent Living

Andrew Wakefield was involved with the setting up of Faith in Action, using his innovative skills to get the Drop In for homeless people started. Over the past 12 years of our work he offered invaluable support to us, both financially and with help and advice. Recently we needed to buy two new cookers to make lunches for our service users, and Andrew provided half of the cost so that we can feed up to 90 people per day.

From Andy Fairburn – Faith in Action