Please consider making a donation to Little Gaddesden Church. The church has substantial, and increasing, outgoings — some of which you might not expect. And you may also not know that the church is almost entirely reliant on its congregation, its parishioners and its wider circle of well-wishers for meeting its everyday expenses. Previous generations have given generously, so that the church is here for all of us today. Now it’s our turn: please likewise give generously so that the church will still be here tomorrow.
In a nutshell, because it is donations that keep the church going. Many people give their time and their skills generously to us. But even after all those gifts in kind have been gratefully received and taken into account, we still need to find a substantial sum to cover running expenses. At the moment, that sum is around £70,000 annually. The figure changes from year to year, but the change is always upwards.
Why so much? Well, around half of our annual costs is something called the ‘parish share’. This is money that is paid by parishes to their diocese, in our case the Diocese of St Albans. In turn, the diocese provides and pays for parish clergy and other support. The remainder of our outgoings go to the running of the church and churchyard. Some of these expenses, such as insurance and utility bills, will be wearily familiar to any householder. Others result from us being custodians of an old and special building. For example, we have recently had to pay around £3,000 for specialist masons to repair the stonework in one of the church’s windows.
So where does the money for our running costs come from? In a word: from donations. Whether they’re weekly offerings in the collection, monthly payments from our regular donors, generous one-off gifts or legacies, these very welcome donations go towards keeping the church going. We don’t receive cash from the diocese or from the Church of England. We don’t receive money from government, apart from the Gift Aid that we’re able to claim on qualifying donations. And while we gratefully receive a grant from the Parish Council towards the cost of churchyard upkeep, that covers about one fifth of the actual costs involved.
So if you wish the church well, would you please consider supporting us? Regular gifts are particularly welcome, because our expenses never stop. Even small regular gifts aggregate nicely, especially with Gift Aid.
How to Donate
There are a number of ways in which you can give to Little Gaddesden Church:
- You could make a one-off donation.
- You could set up a regular gift by standing order.
- You could give money to the collection each week, by envelope or just cash.
And, for the future:
- You could consider leaving a legacy.
If you would be interested in receiving information about leaving a gift to the church in your will, please speak to Vanessa Connor (Tel: 01442 843274 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Using Gift Aid means that for every pound you give, we get an extra 25 pence from HMRC, helping your donation go further. This means that £100 can be turned into £125, just so long as donations are made through Gift Aid. Imagine what a difference that could make, and it doesn’t cost you a thing. So if you want your donation to go further, Gift Aid it. It’s that simple. And if you’re a higher rate taxpayer, you can claim back the difference between basic rate and higher rate or additional rate tax.
Set Up One-Off and Regular Donations Online:
Log on to online banking or open your bank’s app and use the following details. They’re all your bank should need to make a payment or to set up a standing order.
Sort code: 30-94-08
Account no.: 00296015
Account holder: Little Gaddesden PCC
Reference: [your name]
If you donate online, please
to advise her of the payment(s), and so that we can thank you. If you can Gift Aid your donation, please include this text in your email:
Text for Gift Aid Declaration:
Please treat as Gift Aid donations all qualifying gifts of money made from the date of this declaration and in the last 4 years. I confirm I have paid or will pay an amount of Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the amount of tax that all the charities (including churches) and Community Amateur Sports Clubs to which I donate will reclaim on my gifts for that tax year.
I understand that other taxes such as Council Tax and VAT do not qualify. I understand the charity will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that I give.
Send a Donation or Set Up a Standing Order by Post
For a one-off donation by post, please send a cheque payable to Little Gaddesden PCC to Vanessa Connor, Little Gaddesden Church Accounts, 1 Beaney Cottage, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted HP4 1PE. Please say who the gift is from. And, if you can, please Gift Aid it by including the wording of the Gift Aid declaration above.
To set up a standing order by post:
print it out, fill it in, and send it to Vanessa Connor at the above address (also given on the form).
To save a local copy of the leaflet to your computer, right-click on the link and select save file (PC), or download (Mac). Left-clicking will open the form in your browser, from where it can be printed or viewed directly.
Whichever way you choose to give, thank you for your donation.