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.
- Both parties contracting a marriage are free to marry.
- Neither party is too closely related to the other.
- At least one party has a “qualifying connection” to the Parish where the wedding is to take place.
The Marriage (Wales) Act 2010 sets out eight qualifying connections, only one of which has to be met. The Parish of Llangiwg has had four churches over the years, at which some of the qualifying connections may have taken place. The churches are St Ciwg’s Church, Llangiwg, St Mary’s Church, Ynysmeudwy, All Saints’ Church, Pontardawe and St Peter’s Church, Pontardawe. The eight qualifying connections are:
- I was baptized in one of these churches.
- I was confirmed in one of these churches.
- My parents were married in one of these churches.
- My grandparents were married in one of these churches.
- I have lived within the boundaries of the Parish of Llangiwg for at least six months.
- My parent(s) have lived within the boundaries of the Parish of Llangiwg for at least six months during my lifetime.
- I have habitually worshipped at St Peter’s Church, Pontardawe for the last six months.
- My parent(s) has/have habitually worshipped at St Peter’s Church, Pontardawe 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.
In relation to boundaries (qualification 5 & 6), they are as follows. The River Tawe forms the one boundary along its length. Anyone living on the Neath side of the river lives in the Parish of Cilybebyll. A stream just past Pwllfa Watkin Recycling Centre on the A474 provides the border on the west. Beyond that stream is the Parish of Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen. The northern boundary is formed by the Cwmdu Stream which separates Ynysmeudwy from Cilmaengwyn. Residents of Cilmaengwyn live in the Parish of Ystalyfera. To the south, the Toll House on Swansea Road is the visible marker between the Parish of Llangiwg and Parish of Clydach on Tawe.