How you can make a Lasting Gift to our Parish

Dear Friends
It has always been a great encouragement whenever someone has left a gift in his or her will to our Parish and its unique churches in the past. It’s their testimony to the faithfulness, goodness and generosity of God and their thankfulness for the life of The Octagon Parish.

Your Parish, Your Gift

Many people give regularly to the mission and ministry of the parish. We are stewards of everything we own, not just our income and gifts in wills are a natural part of that giving. They are a valuable and lasting way to invigorate the life of The Octagon Parish and its churches and transform its future. A gift in your will can be an expression of your gratitude and thanksgiving towards God, and can help keep your local church alive, and transform its future. The PCC has written a Legacy Policy confirming that, however large or small, they will use your gift to make a real difference to our church. I want to encourage everyone in our church family, old and young to make a will, review it regularly, and consider the difference a gift in your will could make.

Thank you,
The Revd Christopher Hancock, Rector

Our Legacy Policy

The policy of the PCC is to use gifts in wills to help fund significant development projects in the Parish. Since needs change over the years, we encourage church members to leave a gift in your will for the general purposes of the Parish or a specific church building, rather than for a restricted purpose.

The PCC will discuss with executors the most appropriate use of the gift in the light of current projects and the donor’s known areas of interest in the church (e.g. children and youth, music, buildings).

The Octagon Parish Legacy Policy (0pens in a new tab)

Suggested wording for your will

 “ I give             % of my residuary estate OR I give the sum of £       (pounds only) free of all taxes to the Parochial Church Council of the parish of The Octagon in the Diocese of Chichester for its general purposes, and I declare that the receipt of an officer of the Parochial Church Council shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors and trustees.”

We strongly advise you see a solicitor when writing or amending your will.

Next Steps

Further information from the Church of England Website can be found by clicking the link below:
Church of England Legacy Information Pages

You can also speak to the Octagon Treasurer Mr Edward Cottrell in confidence about gifts in wills. Please contact him via the Parish Office on 02392 6318252 or

The roof of Christchurch in Forestside was repaired in part thanks to a generous legacy.

A legacy helped to provide funds towards the creation of The Octagon Community website.

A legacy left for East Marden church was vital in enabling us to quickly repair a fallen roof beam in 2020.

Add a Codicil to Your Will – you can download a basic codicil form template here
Add a Letter of Wishes to Your Will

A Letter of Wishes is a document that accompanies your Will. It is not legally binding but can guide your executors and trustees to ensure your personal wishes are carried out. Download a basic template here.

Friends Societies

Both Up Marden, St Michael and Stoughton St Mary have active Friends Societies. These groups make grants towards the material care of these historic churches as well as paying to insure them. They also help to promote religious ,cultural, historic and charitable works to encourage interest in the church.

Charity Commission Page for the Friends of St Michael, Up Marden

Charity Commission Page for the Friends of St Mary, Stoughton

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