Legacies

A gift in your Will to our Church can be an expression of gratitude towards God and can be transforming to the future of our Church.

I want to encourage every one in our church family, old and young, to make a Will, review it regularly and to consider the difference a gift in your Will could make to our church. As a church family we are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ and, in our turn, growing new disciples. We want to present the unchanging Gospel to an ever changing world. We want to show God’s love by serving others in our community.

This is an exciting time for us with our New Future vision: to make our church better equipped for the 21st century: welcoming to those older and those younger: to those new in faith and those mature in faith.

Please think about leaving a gift, pray about it, find out more about it, and act upon it.

Thank you.

Graham Osborne, Rector


Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. 1 Chronicles 29:11

Your Will Matters

As a Christian, and a member of our church, you will probably have been giving regularly and proportionately from your income to the mission and ministry of the parish. But we are stewards of everything we own, not just our income, and gifts in Wills are a natural part of Christian giving.

It’s a way to thank God for all the gifts of our lifetime, and to hand on undimmed the legacy we’ve received from past Christians (our building, our faith) to future generations.

Leaving a gift in your will is tax efficient and can reduce the amount of inheritance tax you pay.

The Parochial Church Council has undertaken to ensure that, however large or small your gift, they will use it to make a difference to our church.


A CHURCH MEMBER SAYS ‘I am leaving a legacy to the church in my will because I want to help to ensure that its work and witness go on and that its building is maintained into the future, when I am no longer here.’

Legacy giving to Leatherhead Parish

The Parochial Church Council says:

We welcome all gifts in Wills, however large or small, and we promise to use your gift to make a difference in our parish. As a PCC we commit to using legacy gifts to help to fund significant development projects, whether buildings, equipment, or staff.

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. We will discuss possible uses of your gift with executors when the time comes, bearing in mind your known areas of interest in the church (eg music, buildings, children and youth, overseas mission or aid) and the church’s priority at the time.

You can be confident that your gift will be used to make a real difference to our mission and ministry.

We will acknowledge gifts in whatever way the donor and/or his/her executors feel most appropriate. Or we can make sure that gifts remain anonymous if the donor prefers.


Suggested wording to leave a gift in your Will: “I give____% of my residuary estate OR I give the sum of _____ free of all taxes to the Parochial Church Council of the Parish of Leatherhead, registered charity number 1132607, in the diocese of Guildford for its general purposes, and I declare that the receipt of an officer of the Council shall be a sufficient discharge to my executors and trustees.”
You can add a codicil to an existing will. We strongly advise you to see an independent solicitor when writing or amending your will.

Lasting gifts to our church

We welcome all gifts in Wills and we promise to use your gift to make a difference in our parish. We have been fortunate to receive generous gifts in the past. Some legacies are evident in the form of property and trusts on which we receive income. A recent legacy of £25,000 funded part of the planning stages for our New Future Project.

We are committed to reaching out to young families and their children and to be a community of all-age followers of Jesus.

We would like to continue to employ a Children and Families Worker.

A gift in your Will could help us to do this.


3 steps...

We encourage every adult church member to:

  1. Make a Will and review it regularly
  2. Consider leaving a gift in your Will to our parish
  3. Request a free information pack about making a Will from www.churchlegacy.org.uk.

You can also talk to our Legacy Officer in confidence about gifts in Wills. Please contact them via the Parish Office 01372 362544 or email admin@leatherheadparish.com