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We are advised that weddings may no longer be conducted in Church or anywhere else until such a time as the restrictions brought in on Tuesday 24th. March are lifted. There is now an intention to lift this restriction and allow Weddings to take place from 4th July, but see below for some of the issues regarding wedding preparation and calling of Banns. Also there will be a limit of 30 attendees who will still need to respect the then current Distancing precautions.


Even as these restrictions are lifted however, a wedding in church is usually pre-notified by the 'Calling of Banns' on three occasions at the usual main Sunday service. This will not be able to take place for Weddings due to take place during the first three weeks of the lifting of the restriction so it would be necessary to apply for a 'Common Licence' from the Diocesan Registrar in advance and this would replace the Calling of Banns for those weeks. This means that any weddings planned for the first few weeks after the restrictions have been lifted would effectively need to be either under Common License, which has to be applied for in person in Leeds for our area, and costs £200.00, or moved to a date where Banns can be read in advance.


We will be contacting all couples who have weddings booked with us in the near future in order to talk about all this and decide upon what to do in each case.

There is some more information on the Church of England website @ https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches#na

 And about Common Licences @ https://www.yourchurchwedding.org/article/common-licences/



For the time being we will be unable to conduct Baptisms but are awaiting advice as to what the latest relaxation of the Covid-19 restrictions mean for Baptisms. We will be contacting everyone who already has a Baptism booked to let them know this and if possible make fresh arrangements, but please be patient as we will have a backlog of existing applications and this may take some time.

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