New home for Bedford Registry Office
Registry Office to move to town centre from April 2016, offering a
more central location for users
site to provide historic venue for weddings and civil
will save tax payers money
People in Bedford Borough will have a new
venue to register births, deaths and marriages as the town registry
office moves to its historic new home.
The facility will move from its current
setting in rented space at the Pilgrim Centre in Brickhill Drive,
to its new base in its own high quality new offices at the Old Town
Hall on St Paul’s Square.
From 1 April, the registry office at the Old
Town Hall will be open for key services, including registration of
births, deaths, marriages and civil partnerships, change of name
deeds and providing copies of birth, death and marriage
certificates. At the same time Bedford Borough Council will take on
the management of the local Registry Service from Central
Bedfordshire Council, who currently provide it.
The new registry office will also host
ceremonies, including wedding and civil partnerships, renewal of
vows and citizenship ceremonies, in the Victorian splendour of the
Old Council Chamber and Mayor’s Parlour. The offices will adjoin
the new public square with its riverside views and bridge to St
Mary’s Gardens which form part of the new Riverside
Moving to the new location means that the
service will no longer be paying rent for buildings, saving local
tax payers’ money while the town centre location means the offices
will be even more accessible.
While services will be available at the new
offices from the beginning of April, ceremonies booked to take
place at the Pilgrim Centre will continue to do so until 30
The registration process is dictated by where
the event happens. For example, any births in Bedford would need to
be registered at the Old Town Hall. However, residents living in
Central Bedfordshire can visit their local registration office and
the information will be taken and passed on to the Bedford Registry
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said:
“The new registry office will provide a more central base for users
from across the Borough to get to. Using the Council’s own property
instead of rented office space will also save taxpayers’ money.
“It offers a marvellous, historic setting for
weddings and civil partnerships, and will be a very attractive
venue. The new surroundings have been designed to be able to
reflect the mood of the occasion whether it be a celebration for
the registration of a birth or a more compassionate environment
when registering a death."
The new registry office will be open for the
same hours as the current one, from Monday to Friday from 9am to
4.30pm, and at weekends for ceremonies only.
For more information on the Bedford Borough
office, call 01234 267422, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or go online http://www.bedford.gov.uk/