You can find a PDF version of our 2020 catalogue here, along with all available quantities and prices.
You can find a PDF version of our 2020 catalogue here, along with all available quantities and prices.
Thank you to all of our loyal Lockie customers for allowing us to produce your offertory and collection envelopes throughout 2019. We have had a busy year and launched our brand new website in the spring to make ordering your envelopes simpler and more interactive. Our new online ordering system allows you to see a live proof of how your envelopes will look when we print them – making sure you are happy with what you will receive. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we continue to improve how our site functions for the benefit of our customers.
We have also welcomed new staff into the fold and had to sadly say goodbye to others. We have remained hard at work, ensuring orders are being produced in time for their start dates, whilst simultaneously developing the future of how we create your envelopes. Here are some of the 2019 highlights!
We would like you all to join us and welcome Debbie and Ashely to the Lockie Team. Ashley has joined our accounts team, whilst Debbie will be working in our administration department to help out with ensuring we receive your orders safe and soundly! We would like to also thank Lydia for her wonderful service over the last 2 years. She has excitingly moved onto new challenges and we wish her all the best in her future endeavours!
Our Annual Christmas Crossword competition is now live! The winner will receive a luxury regency hamper, full of goodies and treats! Please complete the crossword and try to find out the keyword within the yellow square. Once you have solved this anagram and have the keyword, please send an e-mail to email@example.com with your church name and the answers to be successfully entered into our prize draw.
You can download a PDF version of the crossword by clicking here. You can also mail in your submission via post to the address Lockie Limited, Lockie House, Withins Road, St Helens, WA11 9UD.
We have spent much of 2019 working on plans for a new envelope machine that will improve how we print your envelopes. We expect our development process to push into the new year, but don’t worry – we are hoping for a Q2-Q3 launch and intend to inform you of the new features available upon its inception.
The new machinery will bring with it a multitude of new features, including full colour printing for boxed set envelopes. We intend to release more information next year on the development of this project so stay tuned for more information!
Please be aware that our Christmas shut down will be on Friday 20th December until we return on Thursday 2nd January. It is important that we receive urgent and impending orders as soon as possible before we officially close for Christmas. This will allow your envelopes to be put into our production schedule and prevent them from being added to the backlog of orders we receive during our office and factory shutdown.
According to a 2018 report from the government, UK church and charities are missing out on £600m in gift aid donations because people are not enabling them to claim gift aid on their donations.
According to research, Gift Aid was not claimed on one third of donations that were eligible for it, costing the sector £600m in unclaimed donations. It also found that £179m is being claimed erroneously by people who don’t understand the exact requirements of the process.
HMRC commissioned research on Gift Aid from consultancy Quadrangle, and has published the report today, which estimates that donations are worth £8.9bn. To do the research, 1,377 people were surveyed in late 2016 and early 2017. Research found that 95 per cent of people had donated to charity in the 12 months prior to being questioned.
• 78 per cent of the population had given money through collection tins or buckets, raising £620m for charity. But 40 per cent of people gave via direct debit, raising £3.61bn.
• There was more chance of people including Gift Aid when then made a donation online, with 73 per cent doing so, than by other methods. 59 per cent of direct debit donations, 50 per cent of charity envelope/cheque donations and 39 per cent of donations at a place of worship included Gift Aid.
• The research found that awareness of Gift Aid was relatively low, with nearly a quarter of the public unsure about whether they were eligible and 18 per cent getting their status wrong.
The Charity Finance Group plans their second Gift Aid Awareness Day, which will take place on 3 October 2019. The event began in October of 2018 and the umbrella body will also commission research about how best to explain Gift Aid to the public and produce material charities can use to help with event.
The CFG has said that their overall aim is to encourage charities to educate staff and volunteers on Gift Aid so that they can educate their family and friends. Speaking at the launch last year, Caron Bradshaw, chief executive of CFG said: “Gift Aid is vital to the charity sector and supports the work of tens of thousands of organisations. Without it, our sector would reach fewer people and deliver less impact. CFG wants to give practical support to charities so that we can boost the amount of Gift Aid claimed. At a time when charities are struggling to meet demand, every penny counts.”
According to the research, nearly 80 per cent of people donate by giving money to collection tins or buckets. This type of donation method is not normally eligible for Gift Aid, but charities can use another mechanism, the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme. GASDS was introduced in 2013 as a way for charities to claim on small cash donations, but uptake by the sector has been lower than expected.
The Treasury has now written to 50,000 charities urging them to use the scheme. Robert Jenrick, exchequer secretary to the Treasury, said: “The UK has thousands of brilliant charities, all working hard to make people’s lives better. Through Gift Aid, we are already giving charities an extra £1.3bn of funding so they can continue their important work. “We know how crucial this funding is. This is why we’ve just written to 50,000 charities to tell them about the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme, which makes it even easier for charities to claim a 25 per cent top-up on their donations.”
The population is mixed in its understanding of Gift Aid, with just over a quarter (26%) having ‘good’ understanding and a further third (33%) ‘fairly good’ understanding. The remaining donors have a ‘fairly poor’ or ‘poor’ understanding (30% and 11% respectively). Our Gift Aid Envelope products are the perfect way to collect your donations and ensure Gift Aid is applied to each and every donation.
With a wide range of fully customisable printing, each envelope is bespoke printed with a Gift Aid Declaration, ensuring customers are aware of the Gift Aid process and that it is applied to each and every donation. You can view our full range of Gift Aid Envelopes here.
Research on Unclaimed Gift Aid – HMRC
• Charitable Giving and Gift Aid – Research Report for HM Revenue & Customs
We are proud to announce the launch of our brand new website which brings with it a range of new features, making it easier and simpler for customers to purchase. Many of these new features will allow you to see the full customisation of your envelopes and give live demonstrations of your personalised product. We will give you a brief overview of some of the new features of the website and how you can easily navigate some of our new layout.
Don’t worry, our popular Rapid Renewal feature is still here for you to take advantage! This form allows existing customers who are logged into their account to quickly place previous orders or their annual renewal of envelopes. To access this feature:
• Simply login to your account and click the ‘Rapid Renewal’ button in the top right of the page (or click ‘Customer Portal’ and then click the Rapid Renewal option)
• Once you navigate to the Rapid Renewal page, it should look like so:
• Once on the page, you must enter the previous order number you are trying to renew (you can find this out by looking in your previous orders on the left sidebar). If you can’t find the order number here, you can simply enter your account number which should be located on any invoices, reminders or past paperwork we have sent you through the post.
• You must then click the ‘Product’ drop down box and select the product from the order you wish to renew. If your previous order consisted of multiple products and you wish to renew all of the products in the original order, simply click ‘All Products’.
• In the text box below, you will then be able to type any changes you wish to make to your previous order such as quantity, ink, envelope or box colour, start date or numbering.
On our Boxed Set and Gift Aid products, you can now see a full live proof of your envelope as you enter the details of your product. Once you have selected your start date, verse, design, numbering, box colour, and ink colour, you will then be able to type in your church details (Church name, district, diocese and RCN) which will then appear on the live proof. You will then be able to select your envelope colour which will display underneath like so:
On our Boxed Set Envelope products, you are also able to upload your own design or enter your own verse by scrolling to the bottom of either drop down box and clicking ‘other’. The custom verse entry field is shown below in red to illustrate where your wording should be entered:
On our Gift Aid Envelope products, you will be able to select the positioning of your image on the proof which includes left of header text, right of header text or behind the text (opaque style). You must select ‘Upload Image’ and then the Image Positioning and File Upload will appear below it, like so:
Once you login to or register your account on the top of the homepage, you will be able to access and change all of your account and order information. To access your account, use the top navigation bar and click ‘Customer Portal’. On this page, you can access the Rapid Renewal form to replace previous orders quickly, view or change your customer information, view past orders placed on the website or easily change your contact preferences through our Newsletter.
Recounting the events from the early hours of Wednesday the 14th of June 2017
In a world in which fear and terror are now part of everyday conversation it is an uncomfortable realisation that donations to victims of senseless and avoidable tragedies are becoming increasingly common.
However, it is perhaps more shocking when an immense tragedy strikes our shores and it can only be described as a terrible accident and of which the repercussions reach far beyond the direct victims, their families and those in the communities.
It was at around 1.00 am when the emergency services attended a call to the Grenfell Tower Block, Kensington, West London. The tower block was home to hundreds of people occupying some 129 flats, across 24 floors. It is believed that the blaze originated in a flat with a faulty fridge-freezer and it had spread ferociously -aided by the external cladding used on the tower block – which had reportedly failed safety testing. However, until a formal investigation has been conducted it is hard to say with absolute certainty the exact cause of the fire and the contributing factors that lead to such devastation.
Acknowledging the efforts made by ALL in the wake of such heartache
The emergency services, chiefly the London Fire Brigade, battled valiantly against the blaze into the early hours of the morning and beyond. Moreover, without hesitation and with a single minded ambition to the rescue the injured and free the trapped they threw themselves into the inferno.
Subsequently, the aftermath saw them recovering those who had been trapped in the building and offering further assurances to the public that they would not give up hope of finding more survivors ,despite the odds. Tragically, it is being reported that at least 80 people are thought to have been lost in the blaze, although this number is yet to be confirmed whilst the recovery effort is still ongoing.
There will be memorial days, there will be candle light vigils and ultimately calls for accountability to determine the cause of these shocking events.However, rather than attempt to foretell the future, it is more appropriate to reflect on the ways in which the people came together and how the Church was at the heart of much of it, as it served as both a meeting place and a hive for relief activity.
The aftermath of the tragedy saw local communities nationwide come together, united in their collective grief and shock. The victims benefited from a great generosity which saw people opening their homes to the tired and homeless, with children donating their toys to offer comfort to those children suffering the consequences of the disaster.
Welcoming those in need on their own doorsteps
There are numerous examples when looking through reports of the local churches placed at the centre of comfort and prayer. However, a few stories of churches within the immediate vicinity of the Grenfell Tower earn a notable mention in this discussion.
St Clements Church in Notting Dale was inundated with donations in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. It lay witness to grieving families and members of the public as they attended mass and made donations of food and clothing to the victims. Additionally, several politicians including Jeremy Corbyn and Teresa May reportedly visited the church to offer their own condolences and assurances relating to the handling of the response effort which was already underway. Through a collective effort and the opening of doors the local churches warmed hearts during a time of confusion and anger they had touched on something more than a call to worship. It demonstrates a basic human desire to show compassion and solidarity , so often forgotten in modern society.
Meanwhile, in Notting Hill similar events unfolded at St Francis of Assisi Church crowds gathered to dispense food and water to those in need. Samantha Cameron, wife of former Prime Minister David Cameron, was seen amongst their numbers. As volunteers continued to migrate to their churches the donations continued to offer provision for those in dire need.
The decision made by communities to walk out onto the streets on mass transcended all cultural and social divides – it was for everyone. Church donations allowed volunteers to fulfil the most basic needs of those seeking basic comforts at a time when the needs of some where most prevalent.
Reflecting on what has come to pass…
In what has been described as a ‘Blitz spirit’ by some,the Church at large found itself at the centre of the local community in Kensington and its surrounding borough. Moreover, it has continued to serve as a point of refuge beyond the immediate wake of the events as people are still trying to come to terms with the events of these recent traumatic events.
It is hard to place the value on church donations and equally the generosity of all in involved cannot be questioned. Ultimately, the effort was a collective, as people of all ages, race, traditions and gender found themselves welcomed into arms of the Church and in return their church donations provided for those in dire need.
The repercussions of this event are far reaching and will prove to be lasting and it is likely that church donations, community support and charitable organisations will continue to find themselves called upon as families attempt to rebuild their lives and make sense of the events that have unfolded.
Recently, the Grenfell Tower enquiry has commenced and it’s aims have been summarised by the presiding judge, as he begins the long task of bringing together all available evidence in order to make a judgement. We can only hope that their is accountability for those involved and that lessons are learnt for the future.
We work closely with churches throughout the UK and beyond and recognise how much charitable and valuable work they provide to their communities day in, day out and we have the up-most respect for the dedication they show whenever they are called upon.
This customisation could include:
– Your church name and location
– Your church crest / logo
– Custom images
– Custom verses
– QR codes
We also have our own designs and verses that can be incorporated onto your envelopes if you are unsure of what customisation you would like on your envelopes. If you are placing your order online, you can upload your own images, logos and verses during the ordering process. If you are ordering over the phone, simply provide us with a jpeg image or text by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll do the rest. Please also include your order reference number.
Lockie Ltd can also now print your church collection envelopes in glorious full colour. At present, this option is available exclusively for our Large Style Gift Aid Envelopes. If you would like to apply more colour to your Gift Aid envelopes, please visit our Large Style Gift Aid Envelope page now and select full colour in the customisation menu. Please click here to view the range of collection envelopes and stationery we can provide for your church.
The Month of the Holy Souls begins on 2nd November and we discuss the month dedicated to the souls of the departed…..
What is All Souls Day?
All Souls Day is a chance for us to commemorate and honour those who have passed. The Western celebration of All Souls’ Day is on 2 November and follows All Saints’ Day, which commemorates the departed who have attained the beatific vision.
Catholic belief is that the soul of a person who dies can go to one of three places. The first is heaven, where a person who dies in a state of perfect grace and communion with God goes. The second is hell, where those who die in a state of mortal sin are naturally condemned by their choice. The intermediate option is purgatory, which is thought to be where most people, free of mortal sin, but still in a state of lesser (venial) sin, must go.
Those who, within the octave of All Souls Day, visit the cemetery in a spirit of piety and devotion and pray, even only mentally, for the departed may gain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions (confession, Holy Communion, visit to the Blessed Sacrament, and prayers for the intentions of the Church, such as an Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be) on each day of the octave, applicable only to the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Reciting prayers or performing other devout exercises for the departed during this month may gain an indulgence of 3 years each day of the month, and a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, if they perform these devotions daily for the entire month.
During November, we take part in public services held in a church in intercession for the faithful departed may gain an indulgence of 7 years on each day of the month, and a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions if they do so at least 15 days.
History of the Holy Souls
In the sixth century, it was customary in Benedictine monasteries to hold a commemoration of the deceased members at Whitsuntide. According to Widukind of Corvey (c. 975), there existed a time-honoured ceremony of praying to the dead on 1 October in Saxony. But it was the day after All Saints’ Day that Saint Odilo of Cluny chose when in the 11th century he instituted for all the monasteries dependent on the Abbey of Cluny an annual commemoration of all the faithful departed, to be observed with alms, prayers, and sacrifices for the relief of the suffering souls in purgatory. Odilo decreed that those requesting a Mass be offered for the departed should make an offering for the poor, thus linking almsgiving with fasting and prayer for the dead. From there the 2 November custom spread to other Benedictine monasteries and thence to the Western Church in general. The Diocese of Liège was the first diocese to adopt the practice under Bishop Notger (d. 1008).
Prayers for the Departed
We should pray for the dead throughout the year, especially on the anniversary of their death, but in this Month of the Holy Souls, we should devote some time every day to prayer for the dead. We should start with those closest to us—our mother and father, for instance—but we should also offer prayers for all the souls, and especially for those most forsaken.
One of the most commonly recited of Catholic prayers in times past is Eternal Rest. This prayer has fallen into disuse in the last few decades. Prayer for the dead, however, is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform, to help them during their time in Purgatory, so that they can enter more quickly into the fullness of heaven.
We also say prayers for our parents, not just simply out of duty but out of joy. They gave us life and brought us up in the Faith; we should be happy that our prayers can help end their sufferings in Purgatory and bring them fully into the light of Heaven.
For most, it was our mother who nurtured us and helped us understand our Faith. Our fathers are the model of God in our lives and provide guidance when we need it most. We can help repay them by praying for the repose of their souls and help them through the sufferings of Purgatory and into the fullness of Heaven.
The Meaning of Offering
The Month of the Holy Souls is a time for us to be selfless and charitable in the eternal suffering of others. When we offer up our own daily sufferings, we benefit, too, because we learn better to cope with the challenges of our daily life. Whenever we find ourselves in a bad situation, we should remind ourselves that we’re offering it up for the Holy Souls, because the merit of our offering increases when we cope with situations with Christian charity, humility, and patience.
Children, too, can learn to “offer it up,” and they’re often eager to do so, especially if they can offer up the trials of childhood for a beloved grandparent or other relative or friend who has died. It’s a good way to remind them that, as Christians, we believe in life after death and that, in a very real sense, the souls of the dead are still with us. That’s what the “Communion of Saints” that we refer to in the Apostles’ Creed (and every other Christian creed) means.
Lockie provide many churches throughout the UK with Month of the Holy Souls envelopes for parishioner contributions during the month of November. These envelopes can be purchased from the link below: