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Last updated 16th November 2018

Archdeacons' Annual (Deanery) Vsitations

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 2019, the Bishop of Blackburn will hold four primary visitations across the Diocese, where the Churchwardens are sworn in as officers of the Diocesan Bishop.  The dates and venues are below.


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.  

The latest edition (2018) of the Archdeacons' Visitations News is here


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).


Election of Churchwarden

The 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 mebers and administration of the electoral roll.

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.


Primary Visitation Services

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). 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 below. (will be added early 2019)


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




Church door notice

(click on name for link to document)

Visitation date Visitation time Visitation venue
Blackburn  Archdeaconry 2 May 7.30

St Paul’s Adlington,  Chorley PR6 9QZ

Lancaster Archdeaconry 13 May 7.30

St Thomas Lancaster,


Blackburn Archdeaconry

20 May 7.30

St John’s,  Accrington,


Lancaster Archdeaconry 21 May 7.30

St Cuthbert's Lytham,