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

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Among other activities (directed at the broader community), this initiative promotes yearly mock Olympic games, including sports, culture and recreation, for the local children and young people who represent their civil parish.
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"It was not within the civil parish boundary of Norham, it was in the civil parish boundary of Horncliffe.
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.
jjGoogling a runner Holkham 3.00 Lingfield Holkham is a village and civil parish in the north-west of Norfolk.
Patrixbourne 3.00 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.