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Changes to Universal Credit

My Universal Credit is going to be cut by £20 a week. I struggle to get by as it is and I’m really worried that I’ll get into serious debt. I’m already behind on some of my bills. What can I do to avoid things getting worse?

Gathering again for worship

Updated 31.12.20

Under Government guidelines, we are asked to bear the following in mind:

  • Communal worship is permitted provided that any person attending is alone or part of a group all from the same household, or from two linked households
  • People must not join any other group or mingle with any person from another group. (Non-household groups of 6 are not permitted. Christmas ‘bubbles’ not permitted.)
  • Those with underlying health conditions are asked to exercise discretion.
  • We are asked to maintain ‘social distancing’ of two metres.
  • Face coverings are required to be worn, unless you are medically advised not to.
  • Hand Sanitizer and Toilet facilities will be available.
  • Singing is not permitted – though we hope to have musical accompaniment.
  • Communion should will be administered under the form of bread alone, the Common Cup can not be shared.
  • In order to minimise risk, there shall be no sharing of the peace through physical contact.
  • Our generous Offerings may be left by the Church Door.
  • We may be asked to give contact details should ‘tracing’ be required. All data will be protected in accordance with our Privacy Policy.


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:

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: or

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.