Celebrate life’s big occasions with a civil ceremony

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MANSFIELD and Ashfield residents are being reminded that they can have a civil wedding or partnership, renewal of vows, funeral and baby naming ceremonies thanks to Nottinghamshire County Council’s Registration Service.

Information released from the 2011 Census this month revealed that around 40 percent of Ashfield residents and 37 percent of Mansfield residents defined themselves as having no religion or did not state a religion.

Helen Scaman, Registration Services Development Manager at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “People are often not aware that you can mark the naming of your baby, renew your wedding vowels or hold a funeral in a non-religious setting.

“Our service can tailor each ceremony to meet the needs of the families involved so that they can be very unique and personal occasions.

“We are also able to include small religious readings at our baby naming, renewal of vows and funeral ceremonies if you wish.”

A civil marriage or partnership ceremony can take place any of the Council’s 16 Registration Offices in the county or premises approved by the authority for such ceremonies. These must be secular and cannot include any religious references.

Renewal of vowels ceremonies are popular on 10th, 25th, 40th and 50th anniversaries and can include readings or music at various points and an exchange of new rings or re-dedication of original rings.

Naming ceremonies are an opportunity to celebrate the birth of a child, or to welcome adopted children or children from previous relationships to make them feel part of the family. Reading, music and promises from supporting adults can be included.

A civil funeral can take place at any suitable venue in agreement with the Registration Service with the exception of a religious building or church.

For more information contact the council on 0300 500 80 80 or visit www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/registrars