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Last updated 19th July 2017

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. At the Archdeacon's Visitation service (usually held in one church per deanery) the Churchwardens are sworn in as officers of the Diocesan Bishop.


This page contains all the paperwork relating to election of Churchwardens, completion of the Articles of Enquiry, and other paperwork required to be legally compliant in the run up to the election of Churchwardens.  

Nomination as a Churchwarden

The Nomination Form for Churchwarden should be made publically 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).


After election as a Churchwarden

After election at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM), a Churchwarden should complete the Churchwarden's declaration either on-line (preferably) via this Survey Monkey link or print off and email the Declaration in Word format to Gillian.Beeley@Blackburn.Anglican.Org  Ideally Declarations should be completed before attending a Archdeacon's Visitation.


Archdeacon's Visitation Service

The Notice for the Church door or noticeboard is the official Invitation from the Archdeacon to Churchwardens and members of the PCC to attend a Visitation Service (usually) in the deanery. 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 link to the relevant deanery in the table below.


A Churchwarden should confirm that the notice has been displayed by returning the notice confirmation form to , ideally by end April. 


Blackburn Archdeaconry Visitations 2018

Church door notice

(click on name for link to document)

Visitation date Visitation time Visitation venue
Accrington Deanery 14 May 7.30 TBC
Blackburn with Darwen Deanery 9 May 7.30 TBC
Burnley Deanery 4 June 7.30 TBC
Chorley Deanery 23 May  7.30 TBC
Leyland Deanery 21 May 7.30 TBC
Pendle Deanery 5 June 7.30 TBC
Whalley Deanery 16 May 7.30 TBC


Lancaster Archdeaconry Visitations 2018

Church door notice

(click on deanery name for link to document)

Visitatio date Visitation time Visitation venue
Blackpool 24 May 7.30 TBC
Garstang 8 May 7.30 TBC
Kirkham 15 May 7.30 TBC
Lancaster and Morecambe 17 May 7.30 TBC
Poulton 15 May 7.30 TBC
Preston 22 May 7.30 TBC
Tunstall 10 May 7.30 TBC