Registrar

Each diocese in the Church of England has two legal officers, a Chancellor and a Registrar. The Registrar for the Diocese of Bristol is Mr Roland Callaby, who is a Solicitor who practices at the legal firm of Harris & Harris, based in the Market Place in Wells. He has been the Registrar for the Diocese since 2015 and he is also Registrar for Bath & Wells Diocese. The Diocesan Registry team is based at the offices in Wells.

The Diocesan Registry
14 Market Place,
Wells,
Somerset BA5 2RE.

Roland Callaby
Diocesan Registrar
Email: roland.callaby@harris-harris.co.uk
Phone: 01749 674747
Sarah Williams
Registrar’s Clerk
Email: sarah.williams@harris-harris.co.uk
Phone: 01749 674747

The main areas of work undertaken by the Registry are:

Advice to Bishops, Clergy, Diocesan boards and Committees, PCCs, Churchwardens and members of the public relating to marriage, baptisms, burials, etc

Appointments of clergy – preparation of notices, licences and all documents relating to appointment of ordained clergy and lay officers

Consecrations – preparation of documents for consecration of churches, churchyards and cemeteries.

Diocesan Records – maintenance of records of churches and clergy, and advising on parish records and churchyard boundaries

Faculties – preparation of documents for changes or works to buildings and churchyards, and processing contested petitions

Marriage Licences – issuing Common Licences on behalf of Bishop of Bath & Wells to authorise marriages in parish churches

Patronage – maintaining registers of patrons, ensuring that the legal provisions are complied with for filling vacant benefices.

To contact the Registry team: e-mail bristolregistry@harris-harris.co.uk or call 01749 674747.

                      

The Chancellor of the Diocese of Bristol is Mr Justin Gau, who is a senior barrister. He is also Deputy Chancellor for the Dioceses of Bath & Wells and Lincoln

The Diocesan Registry team at Harris & Harris also deals with matters relating to church property such as vicarages and church halls, and with church charities.