Ely Diocesan Registry

The Ely Diocesan Registry is designed primarily to be a source of information for all those working in the parishes within the Diocese of Ely as well as being a portal enabling parishes to monitor the progress of their Petitions for Faculties online.

Howard Dellar, the Diocesan Registrar, is the legal officer to the Diocese and the Diocesan Bishop.

His responsibilities include:

  • processing Petitions for Faculties;
  • giving free advice to parish officers, clergy, boards and committees of the diocese;
  • issuing the documentation appointing clergy to their posts;
  • dealing with enquiries from clergy, parish officers and the general public on matters to do with marriage, baptism and confirmation;
  • maintaining a variety of diocesan records;
  • issuing the documentation to enable burial grounds to be consecrated;
  • issuing marriage licences; and
  • maintaining the Patronage Register and other linked functions.

The Diocese of Ely Registry would also be the appropriate organisation to contact with any queries or questions regarding the consecration of cemeteries.

It is always best to ask for advice from the Registry sooner rather than later, to ensure matters start on the right footing.

The Diocesan Registry website can be accessed here.


Further Guidance

Further information and guidance on a range of matters about the care and maintenance of church buildings can be found on the Care of Church Buildings and Churchyards page here.




An Additional Matters Order 2021 (Glazing)

In accordance with section 78 of the Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction and Care of Churches Measure 2018 (“the Measure”) and Rule 3.4 of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules 2015 (“the Rules”), the Chancellor, having sought the advice of the Diocesan Advisory Committee makes the following Additional Matters Order in respect of ‘like for like' glazing repairs to post 1837 windows.

An Additional Matters Order 2020 (church layout)

The following Additional Matters Order in respect of temporary changes to the layout of the church building or the installation of equipment which may need to be made in order to reopen the church to the public in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Public Notices

Public Notices of change, published as a requirement of the Faculty Jurisdiction Rules.

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