St Mary's Radcliffe on Trent

Sharing God's Love

Our vision for our church has 3 major themes:

  • We are a community of people who worship God and follow Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. We seek to reflect his character and wishes in every part of our lives. (KEEP THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING)
  • We seek to grow in love for one another and for all in this community in meaningful and practical ways. (LOVE IS CENTRAL TO EVERYTHING)
  • We believe that church is for everyone, regardless of age, circumstances or status. (CHURCH IS FOR ALL)


St Mary's is a Church of England parish church serving people of all ages in the large village of Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire. We offer a variety of service styles throughout the month so hope there will be something that you feel comfortable with.

Perhaps you have some questions?

 Will I be welcome at St Mary's?

Yes, of course! We would love to see you.  No one is so bad that God doesn't love them, or so good that they don't need God!  And church certainly isn't only for Christians!

Safeguarding Statement

Every person has a value and dignity which comes directly from the creation of male and female in God’s own image and likeness.  Christians see this potential as fulfilled by God’s re-creation of us in Christ.  Among other things this implies a duty to value all people as bearing the image of God and therefore to protect them from harm. 


We are committed to: 

  • The care, nurture of, and respectful pastoral ministry with, all children and all adults. 
  • The safeguarding and protection of all children, young people and adults when they are vulnerable. 
  • The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of ‘informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse. 

We will carefully select and train all those with any responsibilities within the Church, in line with safer recruitment principles, including the use of the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

We will respond without delay to every complaint made which suggests that an adult, child or young person may have been harmed, co-operating with the police and local authority in any investigation.

We will seek to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with him or her an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care. 

We will seek to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust. 

We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult. 

In all these principles we will follow legislation, guidance and recognised good practice. 

This principle statement will be renewed annually and progress in carrying it out will be monitored by our
Parish Safeguarding Coordinator, Mrs Lyn Sugden (see contacts page)

This statement was agreed by St Mary’s Parochial Church Council on 6th November 2017.

Information and Advice

Our safeguarding coordinator is usually the first person to speak to regarding any concerns about the welfare of a child or a potentially vulnerable adult or for general safeguarding advice.

In urgent situations or when the PSC is not available:

Police:       Emergency    999       Non-emergency      101
Adult and Children’s Social Care:       Tel:   0300 500 80 90                 0300 456 4548 (out of hours)
Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser:       Tel:    020 7932 122       Email:    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Safeguarding Training

The Diocese of Southwell runs safeguarding training courses throughout the year. See for further details. If you are in a role that requires you to attend training you can book a place either directly or through the church office.

We also offer occasional C0 basic awareness sessions in-house.

The next dates are:

DBS certificates

Everyone working or volunteering at St Mary's in an eligible role with children or potentially vulnerable adults is required to apply for a DBS certificate at 3 yearly intervals. The Church Office can give details of how to apply.



The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Mary’s, Radcliffe on Trent

 1.    Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

 2.    Who are we?

The PCC of St Mary’s, Radcliffe on Trent, registered charity 1130928, is the data controller (contact details below).  This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes. 

The PCC works together with:

  • The incumbent (that is, the Vicar of Radcliffe and Shelford)
  • The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Peter & St Paul, Shelford 

As the church is made up of all of these persons and organisations working together, we may need to share personal data we hold with them so that they can carry out their responsibilities to the Church and our community.  The organisations referred to above are joint data controllers.  This means we are all responsible to you for how we process your data. 

Each of the data controllers have their own tasks within the Church and a description of what data is processed and for what purpose is set out in this Privacy Notice.  This Privacy Notice is sent to you by the PCC on our own behalf and on behalf of each of these data controllers.  In the rest of this Privacy Notice, we use the word “we” to refer to each data controller, as appropriate.

 3.     How do we process your personal data?

We will comply with their obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

 We use your personal data for the following purposes: -

  • To enable us to meet all legal and statutory obligations (which include maintaining and publishing our electoral roll in accordance with the Church Representation Rules);
  • To carry out comprehensive safeguarding procedures (including due diligence and complaints handling) in accordance with best safeguarding practice from time to time with the aim of ensuring that all children and adults-at-risk are provided with safe environments;
  • To minister to you and provide you with pastoral and spiritual care (such as visiting you when you are gravely ill or bereaved) and to organise and perform ecclesiastical services for you, such as baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals;
  • To deliver the Church’s mission to our parish, and to carry out any other voluntary or charitable activities for the benefit of the public as provided for in our constitution;
  • To administer membership records;
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the church and charity;
  • To manage our employees and volunteers;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records;
  • To process Gift Aid applications;
  • To provide services to you, such as hall hire and delivery of LINK magazine;
  • To seek your views or comments;
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at our churches;
  • To operate the web site and deliver the services that individuals have requested.
  • Our processing also includes the use of CCTV systems for the prevention and prosecution of crime.

 4.    What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

Most of our data is processed because it is necessary for our legitimate interests, or the legitimate interests of a third party (such as another organisation in the Church of England).  An example of this would be our safeguarding work to protect children and adults at risk.  We will always take into account your interests, rights and freedoms.

 Some of our processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation.  For example, we are required by the Church Representation Rules to administer and publish the electoral roll, and under Canon Law to announce forthcoming weddings by means of the publication of banns.

 We may also process data if it is necessary for the performance of a contract with you, or to take steps to enter into a contract.  An example of this would be processing your data in connection with the hire of church facilities.

 Religious organisations are also permitted to process information about your religious beliefs to administer membership or contact details.

 Where your information is used other than in accordance with one of these legal bases, we will first obtain your consent to that use.

 5.     Sharing your personal data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other church members in order to carry out a service to other members or for purposes connected with the church. Your personal data will only be shared with third parties where it is necessary for the performance of our tasks or where you first give us your prior consent.  It is likely that we will need to share your data with some, or all,  of the following (but only where necessary): 

  • The appropriate bodies of the Church of England including the other data controllers;
  • Our agents, servants and contractors. For example, we may ask a commercial provider to send out newsletters on our behalf, or to maintain our database software;
  • HMRC (when claiming Gift Aid)
  • On occasion, other local churches with which we are carrying out joint events or activities.

6.    How long do we keep your personal data[1]?

We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link]. 

For example, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

7.     Your rights and your personal data 

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which we hold about you;
  • The right to request that we correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary us to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
  • The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means].
  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

 8.    Transfer of Data Abroad

We use cloud-based systems to process data and therefore data may be processed outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). Information will only be placed on systems complying with GDPR or providing GDPR-like protection of personal rights. Our website is also accessible from overseas so on occasion some personal data (for example in a newsletter) may be accessed from overseas.

9.     Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing. 

10.  Contact Details 

To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the:

Parish Administrator at

St Mary’s Hall
Main Road
Radcliffe on Trent
NG12 2FD

or by email Church Office 

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

 Policy approved by PCC on 12th March 2018.

[1] Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: -

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