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1. a subdivision of a diocese, having its own church and a clergyman
2. the churchgoers of such a subdivision
3. (in England and, formerly, Wales) the smallest unit of local government in rural areas
4. (in Louisiana) a unit of local government corresponding to a county in other states of the US
5. the people living in a parish
6. on the parish History receiving parochial relief



the smallest administrative district in the Christian church, the center of which is a church.

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In the several case studies, partnerships took on a fundamental role: partnerships between the civil parish government and the River Crafts Group, the Calendula Cooperative and the Learning by Doing Project, to occupy and repurpose the abandoned school buildings; the partnerships between schools and other entities (local or otherwise), as is the case with project The Sound and the Village, with the participation of schools and children; partnerships between schools and the Parent Teacher Association in the Mountain Artisans' Association; and the previous existing platform engaging schools, civil parishes and citizens' associations in which the role of ICE was and still is crucial.
The name of a spring Lambakula oja, in Parnu district, Surju civil parish, might refer to a village that no longer exists.
This is a Civil Parish, nothing to do with the church, and has significant local statutory powers, including planning.
00 Lingfield Holkham is a village and civil parish in the north-west of Norfolk.
Ross Mackiewicz takes a look at this charming Worcestershire village COFTON Hackett is a village and civil parish in the Bromsgrove District of north east Worcestershire with a population of 1,747.
Saddleworth is a civil parish, one of the largest in England.
00 Exeter Patrixbourne is a small settlement within the civil parish of Bekesbourne-with-Patrixbourne near Canterbury in Kent.
THIS year sees the 70th anniversary of the formation of Kirkburton Urban District Council - which in 1974 then became the civil parish.