Leaving a Legacy

Yesterday, Today and Forever


The church has been present in Romsey for over a thousand years and today, more than ever, legacies can be of real value in helping to strengthen and expand the witness to the people of Romsey and their support for Christian outreach throughout the world.

Giving a legacy to the Parish of Romsey will ensure that God’s work, and the needs of his people, continues to benefit from your generosity.

Leaving a legacy to the Parish can also reduce the amount of inheritance tax levied on your estate by the government.  Any legacy left to a charity like Romsey Abbey is tax-free. It can reduce the value of your estate to below the level where any tax is due.

If you’ve already made a Will you can still add a legacy.  A solicitor draws up a codicil for you, which is then kept with the Will.

Why do we need legacies?

    • We want to sustain and develop the worshipping life of the Abbey and St. Swithun’s
    • We want to be able to pay our bills so that the work of the church can continue
    • We know your gift will help the church care for people in this parish and far away
    • We want to thank God for his love for us and your giving is a way of saying thank you

If you would like to include the Parish of Romsey in your Will, please contact us. We will be happy to meet you and discuss the process and options.

If you prefer, you can leave a legacy to the Romsey Abbey Appeal Fund. This helps us to maintain to the fabric of our beautiful building. . We can tell you about this, too, when we meet.

What will the Parish do with my legacy?

The PCC has a legacy policy which states that legacy gifts will be used to help fund development projects which may include buildings, equipment or staff. We will be happy to discuss possible uses of gifts with the executors when the time comes, in order to ensure that we take account of the donor’s known areas of interest in the church and the Parish priorities at the time.

The purpose of the policy is to give donors confidence that their gift will be used to make a real difference to future mission and ministry, rather than being used for day to day running costs.

Our Legacy Policy (PDF, November 2019)

Find out more on the Church of England’s official Leaving a Legacy website