Guildford Diocesan Registry

Latest News - March 2016

New Fees: The Faculty fees payable for private Faculty Petitions (such as the reservation of a gravespace or a request for exhumation) have risen to a total of £289 from 1st March 2016.

January 2016

Simplification of Faculty Applications – Lists A & B: No works to a church building may be carried out without the authority of a permission called a Faculty. From 1st January 2016 there are two lists of 'matters not requiring a Faculty': 'List A' and 'List B'.

'List A' matters are works which the PCC can carry out on their church without a Faculty. 'List B' matters are works which first require the written permission of the Archdeacon. Certain conditions apply to these works. Please read the ChurchCare web-page on the national 'Minor Matters' Lists A & B for full details, including the two lists. Clergy, churchwardens and other PCC officers should contact their Archdeacon or the DAC Office.

This is part of the Church of England's "Simplification" agenda, and background information on this can be found on the ChurchCare and Renewal & Reform websites.

January 2016

New Fees: Parochial Fees (for Baptisms, Marriages, Funerals, Monuments, and Searches in Church Registers) have changed from 1st January 2016. The new Fees table can be found on the Church of England's web-page on Parochial Fees.

April 2015

From the Faculty Office: Updated marriage law guidance for the clergy: The Second Supplement from the Faculty Office has now been issued. This Supplement is intended to be read alongside the 3rd edition of the Faculty Office marriage guide booklet and the July 2013 First Supplement. It provides an important update to those areas where there have been changes in the law since July 2013, especially on the topic of marriages of non-European nationals in the Church of England. The Supplement is available to download by clicking here. To download the First Supplement, or to buy a copy of the 2010 booklet (3rd edition), visit the Faculty Office website: ‘guidance for the clergy’.

From the Diocesan Registry: 'specified evidence' checklist: Clergy are encouraged to use the 'Specified Evidence' checklist which has been prepared by the Diocesan Registry. This should assist the clergy in ensuring they comply with the new legal requirements about seeing evidence of nationality before banns of marriage can be published.

March 2015

Guidance for the clergy on marriage law: The sixth issue of the General Register Office's Clergy Newsletter is available to read, along with earlier editions: www.gov.uk/government/publications/clergy-newsletters. A new edition of the 'Guidebook for the Clergy' is now available: www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-the-clergy. This is an important update because it takes account of the changes in the law brought about by the Immigration Act 2014. In particular, the flow-chart in Appendix B of the Guidance will assist clergy in establishing whether a person who does not have a current British Passport is a British National.

Changes to the law for non-European nationals wishing to marry in the Church of England: Please be aware of the implications of the Immigration Act 2014 on marriages in the Church of England. From 2nd March 2015, it is no longer lawful for the marriage of a non-EEA (i.e. non-European) national to be solemnized in the Church of England after the publication of banns or by a common marriage licence (unless a couple has been informed that the 'transitional arrangements' will apply to them). All such weddings will now have to be authorised by a superintendent registrar’s certificate (‘SRC’). Read our pages on marriage law for further information.

January 2015

New Fees: Parochial Fees (for Baptisms, Marriages, Funerals, Monuments, and Searches in Church Registers) have changed from 1st January 2015. The new Fees table can be found here.
The Faculty fees payable for private Faculty Petitions have risen to a total of £244.60 from 1st January 2015.

December 2014

Changes to the law for non-European nationals wishing to marry in the Church of England: Please be aware of the implications of the Immigration Act 2014 on marriages in the Church of England for non-EEA (i.e. non-European) nationals, which will take effect from 2nd March 2015. Click here for more information.

April 2014

Marriage Licence fees for 1st April 2014 - 31st March 2015: The fee for a Common Marriage Licence in the Diocese is unchanged, and remains at £200. The fee for a Special Marriage Licence issued by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury is £310. See our page on marriage licence fees for further details.

February 2014

The fifth edition of the General Register Office's Clergy Newsletter is available to read, along with earlier editions. To view please click here.

January 2014

New Fees: Parochial Fees (for Baptisms, Marriages, Funerals, Monuments, and Searches in Church Registers) have changed from 1st January 2014. The new Fees table can be found here. The Faculty Fees payable for private Faculty Petitions have risen to a total of £240.00 from 1st January 2014.

June 2013

'Qualifying connections' for marriage: Clarification of the law relating to 'qualifying connections' for marriages took effect on 1 June 2013. Clergy should familiarise themselves with the Diocesan Registrar's advice on these changes, and the earlier advice on changes to the publication of banns of marriage.

November 2012

Publication of banns of marriage: It has been announced that changes to the law of the publication of banns of marriage will come into effect on 19 December 2012. This relates to the wording used and the service(s) at which banns may be published. Clergy should familiarise themselves with the Diocesan Registry's advice on these changes. Please note that the recent change in the law relates to the 'time of publication' on a particular Sunday. The law on the 'dates of publication' remains unchanged. Banns are to be published on three Sundays preceding the marriage but there is no requirement that these must be three successive Sundays.

The third edition of the Identity & Passport Service's Clergy Newsletter is available. To view please click here.

October 2012

The Legal Office of the Archbishops' Council has provided updated guidance on the repeal of section 4 of the Marriage Act 1949. The repeal does not change the legal position in relation to marriages according to the Rites of the Church of England. A Church of England marriage may still be solemnized only between 8.00am and 6.00pm.

January 2012

The second edition of the Identity & Passport Service's Clergy Newsletter is available. To view please click here. It should also be read in conjunction with the General Synod Miscellaneous paper on Civil Partnerships in Religious Premises.