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COVID-19 Privacy Notice

List of Clergy, Staff and Visitors to Church buildings

This notice explains how information about you will be used temporarily by St. Oswald’s Church, Grasmere during the Covid-19 pandemic crisis so we can put in place a list of clergy, staff and visitors to the church buildings, as requested by the Government in support of NHS Test and Trace.

1. Who we are

The Parish Church of St. Oswald, Grasmere, Cumbria is the data controller. This means we decide how your personal data is used and why. Contact details in section 7 below.

2. The information we collect about you and why we need it

Although we may have your contact details already for our usual work, the Covid-19 pandemic has created a unique situation and additional reasons for us to collect the name and telephone numbers of clergy, staff and visitors who visit/use our church buildings, in order to support NHS Test and Trace. This is specifically in relation to contact tracing, which is the process of identifying, assessing, and managing people who have been exposed to a disease to prevent onward transmission, and to enable the investigation of local outbreaks.

For more information about Test and Trace, and how the NHS will use your personal details, please see the Government guidance website: www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works

In summary, Test and Trace:

  • provides testing for anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus to find out if they have the virus
  • gets in touch with anyone who has had a positive test result to help them share information about any close recent contacts they have had, and
  • alerts those contacts, where necessary, and notifies them they need to self-isolate to help stop the spread of the virus.

This is voluntary, and you don’t have to provide your details, however, if you do, they will only be used for the purpose of sharing them with NHS Test and Trace.

3. Lawful basis

We will use your information lawfully, as explained below:

  • Consent – We need your consent in order to collect your name and telephone number and share this with NHS Test and Trace if requested. You will give us your consent by providing your details in the List/Form.
  • Explicit consent – We need your explicit written consent to collect your data on the basis that you may have revealed a religious belief by using our church building/s. You will give us your explicit consent by completing the List/Form.

You can withdraw your consent at any time after giving your details by letting us know you no longer want us to keep or share your personal data for this purpose, however, once we have given your details to Test and Trace we will no longer be able to prevent processing. To contact us, please see our contact details at 7. below.

4. Sharing your data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with NHS Test and Trace if requested.

Personal data that is collected will be used only to share with NHS Test and Trace. It will only be used for the purpose specified in this Privacy Notice.

5. Data Retention

We will keep your name and telephone number for a maximum of 21 days and will dispose of it after this period.

6. Your Legal Rights

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR or DPA 2018, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • The right to be informed about any data we hold about you;
  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which we hold about you;
  • The right to withdraw your consent at any time, while the church still has your data;
  • 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 for us to retain such data;
  • 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;

7. Complaints and queries

If you have any questions about this privacy notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact us using the details set out below.

The Revd. David Wilmot
Priest in Charge of Grasmere & Rydal
Chaplain at Rydal Hall
St. Mary’s Vicarage
Ambleside Road. Windermere LA23 1BA
07305 777113

If you do not feel that your complaint has been dealt with appropriately, please contact the Diocese of Carlisle 01768 807777

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or online: ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/your-personal-information-concerns or ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/

Who IS this?

In the pages of the Gospels, everywhere Jesus goes the one question on everybody’s lips is: “Who IS this?”

Grasmere Parish Magazine

Grasmere Parish Magazine is produced every two months and is distributed free to every house in Grasmere. It is published by St. Oswald’s PCC and copy comes from our valued band of regular and occasional contributors, compiled by the editors. A small number of extra copies are on sale in the Church and some shops in Grasmere.

The magazine carries small advertisements in the back pages for local trades and services.

The website has all recent editions and a growing archive of historic magazines dating back to 1895.

Please contact the editors with any queries about magazine content, advertising or distribution.

The Churchyard

It is likely there was an ancient burial ground predating the building of the Church, but all traces of this would have been covered over by subsequent burials.

Until the 1850s Grasmere Parish covered the whole of the Rothay & Brathay valleys down to what is now the Low Wood Hotel. Grasmere Churchyard had three entrances for the people from Grasmere, Ambleside and Langdale. The churchyard was closed for new burials in 1904, but only about 10% of the burials are marked; there are graves both under the floor of the Church, churchyard grass and paths.

The most famous grave is of William Wordsworth which is marked by green signs and metal railings on the east side, with the simple inscription ‘ William Wordsworth 1850, Mary Wordsworth 1859’ The neighbouring graves are to his sister, brother and children, including his daughter Dora Quillinan. There is also the grave of William Green the artist here, whose epitaph was composed by Wordsworth.

On the north side near the path to the Lych Gate are the graves of the Green family. Their tragic story is told in “The Greens of Grasmere“. The grave of George and Sarah has no stone but they are recorded on the headstone of Agnes their daughter. Nearby is the stone of Sarah Nelson who created the gingerbread shop after the school moved to Stock Lane.

Eight of the present yew trees were planted by Wordsworth. The Wordsworth Daffodil Garden was created in 2004 from a piece of land which belonged to the Church but which was unuseable for burials.