How to give financial support to the Parish of Witney

Thank you for considering making a financial contribution to the Parish of Witney. Whatever you choose to give is both hugely appreciated and gratefully received. All donations are treated anonymously, and clergy do not have access to any donor information. There are various ways to give to the Parish which are outlined below.

Regular Giving

By far the most efficient way of regular giving is via the Parish Giving Scheme, administered on our behalf by the Church of England. It also manages any Gift Aid claims from HMRC so that we receive these extra funds monthly to aid our cashflow.

To join the Parish Giving Scheme: call 0333 002 1271, between 09.00 and 17.00.

To make any changes to a pre-existing donation through the Parish Giving Scheme, call 0333 002 1260 between 09.00 and 17.00. (For example, you may choose to do this to spread your ‘One Off Gift’ over a number of months). The code to identify Witney Parish when speaking to Parish Giving Scheme is 270627266.

If you currently give by Standing Order or via the envelope scheme, then please consider moving to the Parish Giving Scheme. In the current crisis, the PGS is far safer, as it doesn’t require us to handle physical cash, minimises the number of trips to the Bank, and eases the burden on Michelle when submitting Gift Aid Claims.

One Off Gifts by BACS

If you wish to make a One Off Gift to the Parish, it would be ideal if you could make these payments electronically by BACS. Payments should be made to:

Witney PCC, Sort Code 20-97-48, Account Number 00971626.

Remember to add a reference, for example ‘One Off Gift’ (if in response to the recent letter) or ‘Hardship Fund’ (for a gift to be used to help those in greatest need).

If you don’t have access to online banking, and would still like to make a one off gift, then send a cheque payable to Witney PCC to the Parish Office, St Mary’s Church, Church Green, Witney, OX28 4AW. Write the purpose of your gift on the back of the cheque (as suggested above).

One off or regular Gifts via an app

One off or regular gifts can be made via the Benefice of Witney - Give A Little web link

Text Giving

Given that our church buildings are closed for gathered worship, it is no longer possible to give as part of the physical offertory collection. If this is your preferred method of giving, you can now do so via Text Message. Simply text WITPCC to 70480 to donate £10.

For other amounts text WITPCC followed by the amount that you wish to give to 70480 e.g. WITPCC 15, WITPCC 5 etc.

Gift Aid

Donating through Gift Aid means that we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 given from the Government. It will not cost you any extra. If, in the past, you have already signed a Gift Aid declaration form, then we will assume that any further gifts are covered by this declaration, unless you specifically advise Michelle to the contrary.

If not, and you would like a form, please contact Michelle in the Parish Office 01993 779 492, or e-mail her at 

Safeguarding: who to contact in an emergency

If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don’t delay: call Children and Adult’s Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408

Also please inform your Parish Safeguarding officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Sarah Jane, on 07506 515 952 or Pauline on 01993 648136 that you have contacted them.

Safeguarding: who to contact with concerns

For all safeguarding concerns please immediately inform your Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Sarah Jane, on 07506 515 952 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to

If you need to contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01865 208295 or Richard Woodley on 07391 868478 or Lisa Wilkins can be reached via or 07341 866832.

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