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St Helens’ Register Office will soon move from its premises off College Street to St Helens Town Hall, bringing some important changes.
The service will officially open its doors at the town hall on Thursday 14 December 2017. Visitors will be able to register births, deaths and marriages, with no interruption to the service.
In England and Wales all births must be registered within 42 days, and deaths within 5 days. St Helens’ Register Office can register births and deaths that occur in the borough, and offer advice for those that occur elsewhere.
Registering of births and deaths is done by appointment by calling the council’s Contact Centre on 01744 676789.
Councillor Anthony Johnson, St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Services, said: “Relocating the service will be a great move. It’ll be more accessible, in a central location in the town centre, and we’re refurbishing the town hall’s ceremony rooms to offer improved facilities for those looking for elegant weddings.
“It’s another great way of utilising our assets to generate more income, and the upshot is that we can help to make every couple’s special day memorable for all the right reasons.”
The announcement comes shortly after a local couple made the news by being the first to have their full wedding function – ceremony and reception – at the town Hall.
Helen and Tim Haggett, from Haresfinch, have both been married before but wanted the grandeur of a church wedding for their special day – and thought the town hall was the perfect place.
Helen, 51, who married Tim, 52 on September 30, said: “From how prepared the team were, we didn’t know it was their first full wedding.
“It was a lovely day, we were looking for somewhere where we could have a civil service and the town hall had the grandeur of a church – which we wanted considering it’s both our second marriage.
“The people from the council showed us around and it was just exactly what we wanted and I could even have it as a tea afternoon instead of a traditional evening.
“The staff were so helpful and had regular meetings with us to make our wedding day perfect for us.
“I like the fact that we were the first couple and would recommend the venue to others.”
Cllr Johnson added: “We’re delighted that Helen and Tim enjoyed both their ceremony and reception here at the town hall, and I hope that they’ll be the first of many more happy couples to come.”
Read Helen and Tim’s full story from the St Helens Star.
Read more about each of the services the register office provides in the sections below, and for further information call the council’s Contact Centre on 01744 676789.
In England and Wales, a death must be registered within 5 days. We offer guidance and support to register a death that has occurred within the district of St Helens. We offer advice to any bereaved families who need to register a death that has occurred elsewhere.
Please ensure you have the relevant documentation to register the death issued by a GP, hospital or hospice. If a Coroner is involved please contact us.
In England and Wales all births must be registered within 42 days. We offer guidance and support to parents who need to register a birth that has occurred within the district of St Helens. We offer advice to any parents who need to register a birth that has occurred elsewhere.
Please ensure you bring your baby’s red book to your appointment as this holds vital information about mother and baby.
Registering of births and deaths is done by appointment by calling the council’s Contact Centre on 01744 676789. You will normally be offered an appointment in the next two days.
Couples who wish to marry or form a civil partnership and live within the district of St Helens must make an appointment to see the Superintendent Registrar for St Helens regardless of where the ceremony is taking place, with the exception of Church of England weddings.
Legal notice of the intention to marry or form a civil partnership must be done more than 28 days before the ceremony takes place. Some later appointments are available up to 5:30 pm on alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays.
You can book an appointment to give notice of your intention to marry or form a civil partnership, and reserve your date online.
Did you know you can obtain certificates from the register office within the Town Hall. All successful applications will be posted out to the customer within five working days, or there’s a fast-track priority service.
Family history records held at St Helens Register Office date from 1837 to present day.
You can also apply online.
The newly refurbished ceremony room can hold up to 60 guests and is available Monday to Saturday. For larger parties the Council Chamber, with its historic décor, will comfortably accommodate up to 100, available on Fridays and Saturdays up to 5:30 pm.
For those couples who just want to keep things low key, there is also the statutory Register Office ceremony room suitable for four people only and is available Monday to Thursday at 9:30 am.
The move will see the service take advantage of the historic Town Hall building’s interior, with new spaces available for elegant wedding ceremonies.
If you are considering the Town Hall as your chosen ceremony venue, please do not hesitate to contact us for a viewing, subject to availability.
Did you know you can use the Town Hall to celebrate a milestone in your life not just an anniversary such as a Silver Wedding but having been through a tough time or maybe because you married abroad and now wish all your family and friends to see you celebrate your love for each other with a Renewal of Vows.
We also offer a Naming Ceremony which is a non-legal way of giving your child a name and celebrating their life with all your family and friends.
Both types of ceremony celebration can be held in the Ceremony Room at the Town Hall for up to 60 people, Monday to Saturday up to 5:30 pm.
St Helens Town Hall hosts monthly Citizenship Ceremonies for candidates who are obtaining British Nationality we also offer a Private Citizenship Ceremony for those who do not wish to attend a group ceremony.