DONATIONS, GIFTS AND LEGACIES
visitors to Walsingham will know, the major new building of the past 10 years - housing Reception, the Welcome Centre and en suite pilgrim accommodation -
at the Shrine is named after Sir William
Milner. It was through his generosity – both in his
lifetime and after his death – that today’s Shrine
island site is what it is. Whenever Fr Patten had a
new scheme for developing the Shrine Church, the
College, or Stella Maris, it was Sir William who
gladly dug deep into his pockets and provided the
necessary cash. His own firm of architects, Milner &
Craze designed the Shrine Church and one doubts
whether a bill was ever sent to Fr Patten! But his
biggest gift to the Shrine was in his will – his
house in north Yorkshire, Parcevall Hall, its garden
and the surrounding estate were all left for the
benefit of future pilgrims to Walsingham.
should not forget that, during the past 80+ years,
thousands of other pilgrims have contributed to the
running, upkeep and development of ‘England’s
Nazareth’ through their donations, gifts and
legacies. As a charity, the Shrine depends on this
giving in order to subsidise the costs for pilgrims
staying at Walsingham and none of the large building
and refurbishment undertakings of the past few years
would be possible without the sacrificial giving
from those with a deep love of Our Lady of
Walsingham. The £2 million
target of the Walsingham Appeal in 2006 was achieved. Well over 5,000
pilgrims and friends made donations to the
Appeal and without this level of generosity we would have
been struggling to pay the builders.
all sorts of ways that donations and legacies can be
used and the Guardians try very hard to make sure
that large gifts are used for a specific purpose and
commemorated in some appropriate way. Read on and
you will discover some recent examples of remarkable
Legacies for more
to the money that is placed in the various offering
boxes in the Shrine Church? All these offerings
(generally anonymous, unless Gift Aided - if you are
a UK taxpayer do take the trouble to fill in a Gift
Aid envelope; your donation is then worth
considerably more) are put towards the regular
upkeep of the Shrine – and the Church in particular.
There are always so many restoration and cleaning
jobs - restoring the wall paintings, embroidery
repairs on vestments, replacing worn out chairs; the
list is endless.
Hall - now used as the Bradford Diocese Retreat
House - the former home of Sir William Milner.
The view of the north Yorkshire dales from the
Pool Terrace of Parcevall Hall; the gardens designed
by Sir William contain many fine plant specimens
brought back from the Far East.
The new Milner Wing at the
Shrine rising from the ground with (below) Stella
Maris - about to be re-roofed - in the background.