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Diocesan Registry

Diocesan Registry

The Diocesan Registry deals with a large proportion of the legal matters affecting the diocese, the Bishop, the parishes and all the other organisations and officers of the diocese.

They include processing faculties, keeping many of the legal records of the diocese, administrative aspects of ordinations and members of the clergy, legal aspects of marriages, regulation and consecration of churchyards, the roles of churchwardens, and the ways representation of clergy and laity is managed in the parochial church councils and other bodies engaged in governance of the diocese.

It acts as a reference point for anyone working in the diocese or its parishes to seek information and advice whenever there is a legal matter of concern.

The Registrar is also the Bishop’s Legal Secretary, and is responsible for advising the Diocesan and Suffragan Bishops on the law generally – not only church law – as far as it affects the Church and diocese.

All the clergy and church officers of the diocese may call on the Registrar for advice when necessary.

Diocesan Registry Resources

The position of Registrar, who has responsibility for the Registry, is held by jointly by Sue de Candole and the Reverend Gavin Foster. Sam Welford-Goves is the Deputy Registrar.

The office also accommodates experienced clerks; Sarah Hart, Abi Willerton and Anita Jeans, who are able to deal with many of the issues that arise and have direct access to the Registrars when necessary.

Grave Space – Petition for Faculty

Please send an email request for forms and further information to:

Contact the Registry

Winchester Diocesan Registry
42/44 Castle Street

01722 432390 /