Legacy Policy

Here at St. Paul’s and St. Agatha’s we welcome all gifts in wills, however large or small, and we promise to use your gift to make a difference in our parish, whether you choose to give a fixed sum or a proportion of your residuary estate.
Our PCC Legacy Policy is to use larger gifts (greater than £5,000) to help fund significant projects and maintenance expenditure, whether to buildings or equipment. Smaller gifts are used to help fund the daily costs of running the churches and maintaining their grounds.
Since needs change over the years, we encourage you to leave a gift in your will for the general purposes of the parish rather than for a restricted purpose although if you do have a fixed purpose in mind, please do talk to us before finalising the terms of your will.
We will discuss possible uses of your gift with your executors when the time comes, bearing in mind your known areas of interest in the church (e.g. music, buildings, children and youth, overseas mission or aid) and the churches’ priorities at the time. You can be confident that your gift will be used to make a real difference to our future mission and ministry.
We will acknowledge gifts in whatever way the donor and/or his/her executors feel most appropriate. Alternatively, we can make sure that gifts remain anonymous if the donor prefers.
If you would like to talk to someone in confidence about a legacy to the parish, and how/if you would like your gift to be acknowledged, please contact Rev. Dr. Catherine Dowland-Pillinger, one of the churchwardens or the treasurer.
If you would like to make a gift to our church in memory of a loved one, please do come and discuss this with us too.
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We strongly advise you to seek professional advice and to see a solicitor when making or revising your will. You may find the guidance contained in the following helpful:
http://www.churchlegacy.org.uk/
http://www.churchlegacy.org.uk/downloads/gifts-of-faith-hope-and-love.compressed.pdf