Join us

You can help in the vital work of the Friends of St Mary’s by becoming a Friend. Please complete this online form. Alternatively you can download an application form here: subscription-form

Membership rates are:

  • Individual membership – £10.00
  • Joint membership – £15.00
  • Corporate membership – £100.00

These are suggested minimum donations, if you wish to give more we shall be very happy to receive it. If you are a UK tax payer, and can subscribe by Gift Aid and the Friends will be able to reclaim the tax you have paid, at no extra cost to you.

By becoming a Friend you will:

  • Receive a copy of the annual report and accounts of the Friends and be entitled to vote at the AGM
  • Become part of a group of like-minded people who care for our heritage and look to the future
  • Receive advance notice of concerts and other events connected with the Friends

The Friends of St Mary’s would be delighted if you felt able to leave a legacy in your Will to help ensure that our beautiful and ancient church building remains for future generations. It is an excellent way to support us as it is both tax free and can reduce the value of your taxable estate.

Leave us a legacy?

The Importance of a Will

Even if you have no relatives or friends for whom you might wish to provide, it is important that you leave a will to maintain control over what happens to your estate. If you die without making a will, there are circumstances in which everything you own passes to the State. If you have already made your will, you can amend it at any time but to ensure that it is legally binding, consult your solicitor or other suitably qualified person.

Inheritance Tax

Inheritance Tax at a rate of 40% is payable on any amount you leave over £325,000 (2021) for a single person (double for those married or in Civil Partnerships). Gifts to charities are not taxable and your legacy can be used as a means of reducing your estate to a level below the Inheritance Tax Threshold. Your solicitor, financial advisor or accountant will advise you.

Types of Legacy

There are three types of legacy that may be appropriate: the Residual Legacy, Specific Legacy and Life Interest (which benefits the charity after the death of someone to whom you left a life interest in your property). Before proceeding with any of these you should, of course, consult your solicitor or other suitably qualified person.

Making a will

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