Have you Considered Making a Donation to, or Fundraising for, The Octagon Parish?
Donations to the Octagon Parish support the work of the church in the local community which includes numerous outreach projects. These projects are for the benefit of all who live, work or visit the Octagon area regardless of faith or religious affiliation. Your donation supports the church buildings and contents, keeping them safe and actively used for the benefit of all. Finally, donations support maintaining active regular Christian worship in all our churches.
There are many ways to support the work of The Octagon Parish see below for lots of ideas
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Run a Fundraising Event
Leave a Legacy in Your Will
Donate Every Month
Make a One Off Donation
Take Part in a Fundraising Event
Where Your Money Goes
Who pays for our Rector?
Preserving Our Historic Churches
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Gift-Aid Carry Back Scheme
For some givers, a gift-aid donation can be adjusted so it is claimed against a giver’s tax payments in a previous tax year. This is relevant to those who are self-employed, whose income has reduced, but who wish to continue giving. When completing their self-assessment or tax return, they can examine their giving records against their tax payment records, and establish if they have remaining “tax-to-cover” in Year 1 that has not been claimed against through their gift-aided donations in that year. If this is so, they can carry back any donations they make in Year 2, to apply against their remaining gift-aid allowance from Year 1. For example a giver might not be paying tax in Year 2 due to a lower income, but has left-over tax-to-cover allowance from the previous year, and can therefore continue to be gift-aid eligible for a limited time. Please contact me if you would like to receive a detailed explanation of the rules and process.
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.
The Octagon Parish is made up of eight villages with churches: Stansted, Racton, Stoughton, East Marden, North Marden, Up Marden, Compton and Forestside and two villages without churches: West Marden and Walderton. Blessed with wonderful walks and fine views down to the south coast, its small ancient downland churches are noted for their spiritual peace and tranquillity, some dating back to Saxon times. There are two stately homes in the area: Stansted House and Uppark.