The quaint little church next door to the paddock is St Andrews. It’s the oldest church in the diocese of Winchester.
I first emailed Rev Terry Hemming with our inquiry about getting married there. He emailed me back from his trip abroad! It was all really positive and all we need to do if follow up on our attendances to the services by joining the electoral register.
The Church of England recently changed the Laws that stet where people can get married to make it easier to get married in a church outside of your parish that you live in. There are seven different options and you need to be able to demonstrate one.
The seven are
That one of you:
- has at any time lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
- was baptised in the parish concerned or
- was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
- has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:
- has lived in the parish for a period of at least 6 months or
- has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish church for a period of at least 6 months or
That one of your parents or grandparents:
- was married in the parish
If you move into the area then you are immediately connected and so no need for the special license. (We can’t quite afford the posh village of Hurstbourne Priors so unfortunately not for us this one!)
The forms are really simple to join the electroral register. Its all worked out much easier than I had expected.
The website below has all the info you need. It gave me all the information and forms needed to apply to get married here and explained it really well.