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Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

The United Reformed Church Staplehurst

1. Personal data
Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the ‘GDPR’).

2. Data Controller
The eldership (serving elders) of the United Reformed Church Staplehurst is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?
The eldership of the United Reformed Church Staplehurst complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use personal data for the following purposes: –

  • to administer membership records;
  • to maintain our financial accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid);
  • to provide news and information about events, activities and services at the church;
  • to fundraise and promote the interests of the church;
  • to manage employees (should there be any) and volunteers;
  • to enable the church to provide voluntary services for the benefit of the public in our local community;
  • to provide contact details of officers and others with specific responsibilities (eg DBS signatories) to the synod office and Church House. This enables the synod and national administration of the United Reformed Church.

4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: –

  • the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and
  • there is no disclosure to a third party without consent; or
  • Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement; or
  • Explicit consent of the data subject has been given.

5. Sharing personal data
Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties with your consent.

6. How long do we keep data?
We retain data on the following basis:

Record TypeRetention Period
Membership rollsIndefinitely
Members, adherents and friends contact details24 months after the last contact
Junior Church rollUntil the child/young adult reaches the age of 21
Junior Church contacts24 months after the last contact
Cradle rollIndefinitely

Gift aid declarations and paperwork
6 years after the calendar year to which it relates
Registers of MarriageAs required by the Registrar General
Register of BaptismsIndefinitely
Register of FuneralsIndefinitely
Grave RecordsIndefinitely
Personal data relating to events for which additional information is gathered e.g. Church holidaysDisposed of immediately after the event unless anything has occurred (e.g. and accident) which indicates that records should be retained for a longer period.
Records of attendance of children/young people and helpersIndefinitely for safeguarding purposes
Photographs and videos of events24 months after the event – selected items retained for historical records
Insurance RecordsIndefinitely
Safeguarding mattersIndefinitely or until advised otherwise by authorities
Accident Books3 years from the date of the last entry (or, if the accident involves a child/ young adult, then until that person reaches the age of 21)
Complaints (non -safeguarding)3 years after resolution of complaint (unless further action is anticipated)
Minute BooksIndefinitely
Employee Records6 years after the date of termination of employment
Pension Records (money purchase)6 years after transfer or value taken
Visitors BooksIndefinitely if can
Prayer request cardsMaximum 30 days
Noah’s Ark contact details24 months after last contact
Messy Church contact details24 months after last contact
Visiting Preacher contact details24 months after last contact
Hiring person or group contact details24 months after last contact
DirectoryOngoing but updated as changed – individual removals or additions upon request, retentions only until 24 months after last contact
Data type and the associated retention length

7. Your rights and your personal data
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: –

  • The right to request a copy of the personal data which the United Reformed Church Staplehurst holds about you (a Subject Access Request or ‘SAR’);
  • The right to request that the eldership of the United Reformed Church Staplehurst corrects 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 the United Reformed Church Staplehurst to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time;
  • The right to request that the data controller provide you with your personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller.
  • 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;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data;
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

8. Further processing
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

9. Contact Details
To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the Church Secretary at

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

The Elders
The United Reformed Church Staplehurst
High Street, Staplehurst, Kent
Adopted at Church Meeting 16th March 2022