If you are planning your wedding, please accept our congratulations.
The first thing however, you will need to note is that marriage is a legal matter, as much as it is a religious or a celebratory one. Couples entering into marriage in any parish belonging to the Church in Wales must fulfill certain legal requirements set out in the Marriage (Wales) Act 2010.
1. Both parties (bride and groom) contracting a marriage are free to marry.
2. Neither party is too closely related to the other.
3. Both parties are over the age of sixteen; and if either party is under the age
of eighteen, parental consent must be obtained.
4. At least one party (bride or groom) has a “qualifying connection” to the
Parish where the wedding is to take place.
The Marriage Act (Wales) 2010 sets out eight of these qualifying connections, only one of which has to be met. The Parish of Clydach has had three churches over the years, at which some of the qualifying connections may have taken place. The churches are St John’s Church, Clydach, St Mary’s Church, Clydach and St Michael’s Church, Trebanos. The eight qualifying connections are:
1. I was baptized in one of these churches.
2. I was confirmed in one of these churches.
3. My parents were married in one of these churches.
4. My grandparents were married in one of these churches.
5. I have lived within the boundaries of the Parish of Clydach for at least six
6. A parent has lived within the boundaries of the Parish of Clydach for at least
six months during my lifetime.
7. I have habitually worshipped at St Mary’s Church, Clydach or St Michael’s
Church, Trebanos for the last six months.
8. A parent has habitually worshipped at St Mary’s Church, Clydach or St
Michael’s Church, Trebanos for at least six months during my lifetime.
If you are relying on qualifications 5-8, you will be required to provide documentary evidence to support the claim.
Using the points of the compass and taking it that the Swansea Valley runs East-West; the boundaries are as follows.
1. The River Tawe forms the one boundary along its length. Anyone living on
the southern side of the river lives in the Parish of Llansamlet.
2. To the north, Gellionnen Road equates with the boundary; beyond is the
Parish of Llangyfelach.
3. The western boundary is level with Bryntawe Road, Ynystawe; beyond that is
the Parish of Morriston.
4. To the east, the Toll House on Swansea Road is the visible marker between
the Parish of Llangiwg (Pontardawe) and Parish of Clydach on Tawe.