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New home for Bedford Registry Office


•           Registry Office to move to town centre from April 2016, offering a more central location for users

•           New site to provide historic venue for weddings and civil partnerships

•           Move 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 Development.


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 June.


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 Office.


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 civil.registration@bedford.gov.uk or go online http://www.bedford.gov.uk/

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