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News and information from the Archdeacons.

If you wish to book the Archdeacons for services or meetings, please contact their PA who will be happy to assist.

Pat Pugh - PA to the Archdeacons
TEL: 01928 718834 Ext 258
Office hours Monday – Thursday 8am – 1pm

The Archdeacon of Chester - The Venerable Dr Michael Gilbertson
Address:  Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE.
TEL:01928 718834 Ext 253 (Mobile 07921 040 154)

The Archdeacon of Macclesfield - The Venerable Ian Bishop
Church House, 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Warrington WA4 4GE.
TEL: 01928 718834 Ext 234 (Mobile 07715 102 519)


Archdeacons Visitation services 2017

It is a legal requirement that ALL Churchwardens every year must be sworn into post. This takes place during the Archdeacons Visitation services in May. Dates for these services can be found here Venue-list

If you are unable to attend the service for your deanery the Archdeacons request that you attend at an alternative venue. This can be arranged by contacting Pat Pugh (PA to the Archdeacons) or Tel: 01928 718834 ext 258.

The paperwork relating to these services can be found below.


Chester Archdeaconry

Visitation Services


Macclesfield Archdeaconry

Visitation Services


If you have any questions please contact Pat Pugh who will be pleased to help.


Churchwarden Training

Thank you to all who attended the training event on Saturday 1st October, we hope that you found it useful.
Below are the powerpoint presentations used on the day for your information. The Archdeacons will look forward to seeing you again at the Archdeacon Visitation services in 2017.





Training for NEW Churchwardens
Saturday 22nd July 2017 Church House 9.30am

Training for ALL Churchwardens
Saturday 7th October 2017 St John’s Church Hall, Lostock Gralam

Booking is essential.

Look out for more information regarding these events on the Archdeacons Visitation News and the forthcoming e-bulletins. If you haven’t yet signed up for the e-bulletin please do so now by emailing Emma Hathaway



The annual diary and reference book for churchwardens in The Church of England and The Church in Wales.
More information at


Useful Guidelines

The following are useful guidelines obtained from other sources.

Parish Records guidelines and Procedure

Retention Guidlines




View AllEvents

Maintenance of church buildings meeting
29/03/2017 - Daresbury

Information and discussion about two proposed maintenance schemes
Communicating Well
29/03/2017 - Foxhill

Learning about Love
30/03/2017 - Chester Cathedral


Bishop's House (more)

Confirmations - services in 2017
A full list of dates and services in the Archdeaconries of Macclesfield and Chester.

Bishop's CrestAD CLERUM - Jan 2017
Includes items on the Lay Conference and Bishops' Quiet days.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
28 March - 6 April 2017

Archdeacons Visitation Services 2017

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