The Friends were awarded charitable status in the summer of 2014. Our primary means of obtaining funding is by applying to a variety of funds and grant-giving organisations together with donations from the public. The application process can be very time-consuming but if successful then it is worth every minute and enables us to organise various events for the community, buy plants for the Sensory Garden and fund all the other projects we undertake.
The Bandstand restoration was a joint effort of a donation from the Page family, which then enabled us to secure £90,000 of funding from three landfill trusts.
We have two main goals for our future fundraising:
1. to continue to organise community events; and
2. to restore the park and its facilities for future generations.
In January 2016 South Gloucestershire council has been awarded a Stage 2 pass with an estimated £1.6 million fund to restore our park. This is amazing news for the local community.
As part of the Heritage Lottery agreement, both South Gloucestershire Council and the Friends are required to contribute to the balance of the overall project cost of £2 million. This sum has been adjusted in line with Heritage Lottery advice but to enable us to fullfil our wish list we urgently need to raise funds.
WE STILL NEED YOUR HELP!
The Friends would like your help to raise funds for this project. Our main aim is the restoration of the clock tower and chiming clock. As with the bandstand project we will apply to grant and funding organisations but we are asking our community, local residents and businesses to support us by donating to our Restoration fund. We would also like to raise funds to improve the Teen Play area and improve the old play area. No money has been set aside for these two items and they are both important things which we'd like to help with.
Donations can also be handed in to Brunt and Fussell Estate Agents, Broad Street, Staple Hill or cheques, payable to The Friends of Page Park can be sent to
Friends of Page Park
41 Stockwell Drive
This is a one off opportunity for our beautiful park and our community and will ensure that the park is there for many years to come giving enjoyment to future generations.
Please help us by adding to our Restoration fund, all donations, however large or small, are very much appreciated and gratefully received.
Leave a legacy to the Friends of Page Park
Why leave a Legacy for the Friends of Page Park?
Page Park has been at the benefit of the community for over 100 years. The Friends of Page Park was established to help preserve and enhance this beautiful public space for the benefit of all park users. We're passionate about our park, and with your legacy we can make sure it is here for another 100 years
So now you can, if you wish, leave a Legacy to the Friends in your Will – and help us to make the park a nicer place to be.
Perhaps you or your children have spent happy times over the years at the park? Perhaps you would like to make sure your grandchildren and other local people are able to do this too. Your Will can be a valuable way to support the causes and places that have been important to you in your lifetime.
A Legacy does not have to be large – any gift, however big or small, is important and will be appreciated. The Friends of Page Park is not a rich charity and we have to work with South Glos Council on all our projects. In our current economic climate there it is important that we have the funds available to make sure that the little things can continue - like our planting programme and our annual summer events. It is only with donates and grants that we can keep doing this,
What your Legacy will support?
The Friends of Page Park is run by volunteers. Your Legacy can be put directly towards helping with the costs of the park.
Just look at the website to see all the events we run and the good work we do for our community.
What if I don’t have much to leave?
A common misconception is that a Legacy has to be a big sum of money. This is not the case. Any gift left in a Will, no matter how large or small, will be important in helping the park.
But you may be surprised at how the value of your home, possessions and savings will add up, and in consequence how valuable your Legacy can be.
You may choose to leave a specific sum to the Friends, or a percentage of the Residue after all your relatives and other commitments are provided for. Whatever you leave as a Gift to the Friends, it will be much appreciated and very well used.
Why make a Will?
There are many good reasons to make a Will, not least the peace of mind gained from knowing your possessions will be distributed as you wish. A Will can protect your loved ones, and can also reduce the taxation of your estate.
There is no correct age to make a Will. We recommend that you make one as soon as you have any property, assets or savings in your name, and particularly if you have children or other inheritors to protect. (You may also be called upon to help your parents or other elderly people make or amend their Will.)
Including a Gift to Charity in your Will is a wonderful way to benefit a cause that has been important to you in your lifetime. These gifts are called Legacies and are normally exempt from inheritance tax, so they are worth even more.
Do I need a Solicitor?
We would always recommend that you use a Solicitor to draw up a Will. A professionally drawn-up Will is very important, both in avoiding misunderstandings amongst relatives, and ensuring the correct amount of tax is levied.
Should you wish to include a Legacy to the Friends of Page Park in your Will, it is most important that your Solicitor uses the correct wording as follows:-
If giving a lump sum (a pecuniary legacy):
I give the sum of £_________(pounds) free of tax to the Friends of Page Park, Registered Charity No. 1158230, of Staple Hill, Bristol, UK. I direct that the receipt of the duly authorised officer of the Friends of Page Park shall be sufficient discharge for my Executor/Trustees
If giving a proportion (a residuary legacy):
I give _________ share of my real and personal property not hereby or by any codicil specifically disposed of after payment of my debts, pecuniary and specific legacies, funeral and administration expenses and any taxes in respect of my estate, to the Friends of Page Park, Registered Charity No. 1158230, of Staple Hill, Bristol, UK. I direct that the receipt of the duly authorised officer of www.rememberacharity.org.ukshall be sufficient discharge for my Executor/Trustees.
You can find further information and advice about drawing up a Will and making a Gift to Charity at www.rememberacharity.org.uk.
Amending an existing Will
If you already have a Will, it is important to keep it up to date.
If you want to add a Legacy to the Friends of Page Park to your existing Will, your Solicitor can simply draw up an instruction called a Codicil to attach to the Will (but we recommend you don’t make these changes yourself as you may inadvertently invalidate your Will).
If there are a number of changes you wish to make, it may be better to make a new Will.
What about Tax?
Legacies to charities are generally exempt from Inheritance Tax (IHT). This means that a gift to the Friends of Page Park is “tax efficient”. Even if your estate is liable for IHT, no tax will be paid on any gift you have left to the Friends of Page Park in your Will.
Some people use gifts to charities as a way of staying within the IHT threshold, thereby avoiding the tax altogether. In 2010, the individual IHT threshold was £325,000. You can find more details of Inheritance Tax, the benefits for couples, and the current thresholds at: www.hmrc.gov.uk/inheritancetax.
Who can I talk to?
If you would like to discuss your Legacy, or if you are an Executor for someone else and you would like to speak to someone please follow this link to contact us. Alternatively, you can contact the Treasurer:
Friends of Page Park
41 Stockwell Drive
Friends of Page Park
Please click on the BT Donate link to donate easily and securely. This is our preferred method to receive donations as it enables us to reclaim Gift Aid easily, which increases the funds we have to assist with our restoration work.