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Last updated 31st August 2022

Archdeacons' Annual (Deanery) Visitations

Every year parishioners elect Churchwardens to represent them and to work with their parish priest in enabling Christian mission and ministry in their parish. In June 2022, there will be two primary visitations, one in each archdeaconry.  Wardens will be sworn in by the Bishop and Archdeacons as officers of the Diocesan Bishop.  Details will be added to this page in the run up to the visitations.


The Primary Visitation for the Blackburn Archdeaconry is at Chorley St George's at 7.30 pm on 15 June 2022 (Chorley PR7 2AY)

The Primary Visitation for Lancaster Archdeaconry is at Lancaster Priory at 7.30 pm on 8th June 2022 (Lancaster LA1 1YZ)


If you cannot attend a visitation, then please let the Archdeacon's PA know.   It is important that you are sworn in by 31 July, otherwise your election will not be legally confirmed.  Please ask your incumbent to use the words in the service sheet, complete this declaration and send it back to Gill Beeley or Kelly Quinn.


Churchwardens' Briefings

The briefing for the Blackburn Archdeaconry will be held on Monday, 27th June, details from Kelly Quinn.  The briefing for the Lancaster Archdeaconry will be held on Wednesday, 29th June. Details from Gill Beeley.

Each briefing will be held by zoom, and include presentations on insurances, buildings, legals and environmental/eco issues.




Churchwardens' Yearbook 2023  is now available to order- order form in word here.

The yearbook contains a useful outline of churchwardens’ duties; recommended reading matter and websites; helpful organistions and sources of finance; contact details for key personnel in all Anglican dioceses in England, Wales and Europe; religious festivals of other faiths; Parochial Fees tables.  The diary section is detailed and guide to readings and all manner of information.  The 2022 edition (which runs to Advent) is available at a reduced rate.


The rest of this page contains all the paperwork relating to election of Churchwardens and other paperwork required to be legally compliant in the run up to the election of Churchwardens.  Please be aware that there are new Church Representation Rules effective from 2020 which impact on how PCCs and APCMs are organised, as well as the instruments.   


The Archdeacons will write to all parishes with details relating to the year end and visitations for 2023.  The APCM has to be held by the 31 May, rather than April, in line with the Church Representation Rules 2022.    It is recommended that APCMs should be held after 17 May and before 31st May, ie  as late as possible. The wardens need to be admitted by 31 August if they do not attend a visitation.


Details of the Visitations for 2023 will be confirmed, but until then the arrangements for last year will stand.  The invitations to services this year are for churchwardens and incumbents only, as there are limitations on available space.  For the same reason, it is only possible to attend the Visitation in your own Archdeaconry.  If you cannot attend, please advise your Archdeacon's PA.   

Letter of thanks to churchwardens from Bishop Julian is here

Letter of thanks to churchwardens from the Archdeacons is here

A letter regarding details of the Visitations from the Archdeacons is here

Further advice was provided by email  (for the Lancaster Archdeaconry here).  

The Bishop's Charity for 2022  is Bible Society To donate, follow this link 

Admission of Churchwardens (text to be revised for 2023)

A Visitation service will be held in each Archdeaconry.  Wardens can only attend the Visitation in their archdeaconry, as there are limitations on numbers.  If you cannot attend, please advise your Archdeacon's PA so that arrangements can be made to have you admitted.  Note that existing wardens' term of office continues until the new warden has been sworn in at the Visititation (Canon E1 and Churchwardens Measure  2001 61b).  For the purposes of updating the website, where we know a warden is standing down, the date they finish is 31 July.  The intention is to update this as soon as possible after the date of the Visitation when we know who has been admitted to office.


If you have any questions regarding the admission of wardens, please contact gill.beeley@blackburn.anglican.org  in the first instance. 


The Notice for the Church door or noticeboard is the official Invitation from the Archdeacon to Churchwardens to attend a Visitation Service. The notice should be displayed from the first Sunday after receiving the full documentation directly from the Archdeacon until the date of the Visitation. For the notice to display in your church, please click on the deanery link below


Notices for Blackburn Archdeaconry

Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen, Chorley, Leyland, Pendle, Whalley


Notices for Lancaster Archdeaconry

Blackpool, Garstang, Kirkham, Lancaster and Morecambe, Poulton, Preston, Tunstall


Election of a Churchwarden

All forms relating to the election of churchwardens can be found on the Parish Resources Website.

This site also contains the forms for the election of PCC members, Deanery Synod members and administration of the electoral roll. 


Nomination as a Churchwarden

The Nomination Form for Churchwarden should be made available for anyone on the church electoral roll to nominate someone as Churchwarden. The Archdeacons do not need to see the the completed form(s); please do not send them in!  You sould note that there are strict criteria regarding becoming a warden which are detailed on the declaration form.


After election as a Churchwarden - Declaration forms ( this section will be revised as we review our processes for 2023)

After election at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), a Churchwarden should complete the Churchwarden's declaration. We are trying to reduce the amount of printing and paper we use in line with our Environmental Policy.  We are trialling a new system which means that your details will be recorded onto the diocesan database (CMS) more efficiently.  Details have been sent to you.  Alternatively, please complete this Declaration in Word and email it back to the office.   Please do not bring printed declarations to the Visitation.



Electoral Roll 

The Electoral Roll was revised in 2019.  The link to information is here.


Articles of Enquiry 

The Articles of Enquiry are now completed via the Parish Returns Online - in the same way as you would complete other returns.  There are no Articles of Enquiry this year.







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