Rev John Reginald Ryecart (1947-1949)

Rev Ryecart was a 40-year-old bachelor when he was appointed to the living at Leek Wootton. He was ordained in 1934 and had previously been a Curate at St Leonard, Newark-upon-Trent (1933-35) and St John the Baptist, Sevenoaks (1935-41), before serving as a Royal Air Force Chaplain between 1941 and 1946.
Born in East Finchley with the surname Reichardt in 1907, the family anglicised their name to Ryecart during World War I. On 20 May 1949, he married  the Baroness Verena Maria Gablenz-Thurheim, at St Nicholas Church, Warwick.

He was Vicar of Leek Wootton for two years, during which time he re-established the parish magazine and church fête, which was held at Woodcote in 1948 and recorded by a local film-maker.
He left Leek Wootton in 1949 to become Rector of Honiley and Perpetual Curate of St Leonard, Wroxall, where he remained until 1953. He was then in Israel until 1960, before returning to Great Sampford with Hempstead, Essex where he served until his retirement in 1974. He died in 2002 at the age of 95.
After leaving Leek Wootton, the Ryecarts had two sons, one of whom is the actor, Patrick Ryecart.

Image from the Warwick and Warwickshire Advertiser, 27 May 1947

Vicars of Leek Wootton
Predecessor: Richard Geoffrey Adderley Etches | Successor: Andrew Archer Thomson