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A Mission Community in the Diocese of Exeter


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We are delighted to welcome people who wish to be married in one of our churches. To find out more, please contact the Rector.


Until recently, the law established a right for a couple to marry in the Church of England in the parish church where one or both of them lived, whether they were baptised or not, and whether they were churchgoers or not. To marry in any other parish required a special licence or six months of regular attendance followed by entry on the local church electoral roll. But new laws, initiated by the Church of England and approved by Parliament, add to this right of residency, making it just as easy for couples to marry in a church where they have a family or other special connection, even if they don’t live there.

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You have the right to be married in a church, if one of you lives within the parish boundary, or if you are a regular worshipper and on our membership list. In addition, if you or your family fulfil one of the following criteria, then you can be married in your Parish Church.

  • One of you was baptised or prepared for confirmation in the parish. 
  • One of you has ever lived in the parish for six months or more.
  • One of you has at any time regularly attended public worship in the parish for six months or more.
  • One of your parents has lived in the parish for six months or more in your lifetime.
  • One of your parents has regularly attended public worship here for six months or more in your lifetime. 
  • Your parents or grandparents were married in the parish.

Summary of fees in the 

Shirwell Mission Community 2021


Banns                                                          £  31.00                 


Marriage Service                                        £464.00


Marriage Certificate                                    £ 11.00


Organist                                                       £  50.00


Verger                                                          £  40.00



Bells are available in all churches except Stoke Rivers.

Shirwell, Bratton Fleming £140.00 

Loxhore, Arlington, Kentisbury   £  90.00

East Down, Challacombe           £  40.00



 Full details are available from the rector:


                  Telephone             01598 711962