The Work Of Local Register Offices

The speaker at the meeting of the Rotary Club of Kendal on 7th October was Sue Oliver, who is a Superintendent Registrar for the South Lakes area and is based in Kendal. 

She gave a potted history of the service which started in 1837 and now has around 1000 registrars and 300 Superintendents. She outlined the services they provide which include registering births, marriages and deaths as well as many other less well known functions like, changing of name deeds, renewal of vows, naming ceremonies, Nationality checking service and Civil partnerships. 

Part of her remit is to look for ‘sham marriages’ which are on the increase and liaising with the Police and Border Agency.