Renewing your membership

Renew your membership today

The new membership year started on Sunday, 1st July 2018.

All renewals are due, and paid in full, on or before that date. Your June Berkshire Family Historian included a renewal form if your renewal was due at this time.

The Trustees thank all members who have renewed for the 2018/19 membership year. Your ongoing support of Berkshire Family History Society and its work is much appreciated.

Prompt renewals help the society to minimise costs. Late renewals cost the society money — collectively adding up to hundreds of pounds of avoidable costs.

Data protection rules changed from 25th May. You now need to advise the society how you wish to be kept up to date on society products, services, news and developments. The renewal form is one way of giving these consents. An email with your contact preferences (whether for email, for phone or by post — or better all three) to the membership secretary is another.

If you do not renew in the next few weeks, a final reminder arrives with the next Berkshire Family Historian. If you do not act quickly on that, your membership will lapse — with loss of all benefits, and no more magazines.

Important points

Except for members who joined after 1st April 2018, (or who enjoy an extended Gift membership), all memberships were due for renewal by Sunday, 1st July 2018.

Renewal fees for 2018/2019:


UK Single membership



UK Family membership



Overseas membership



Institutional membership


VALUE FOR MONEY Around 5p per day, your membership of Berkshire Family History Society offers excellent value by all standards.

Download your renewal form 

Renew your membership online

You can renew online too.

Make sure to advise — for each of email, post and phone contact — a 'yes', 'no' or 'no change' (if you have recently sent us your contact preferences).

Renew online now

Preferences and personal data

On 25th May 2018, significant changes in UK data protection legislation and regulations came into effect.

After last year's move to establish The Centre for Heritage and Family History in central Reading, members now benefit from new products, an upgraded Research Zone and meeting facility, improved research services, and a busy and burgeoning events programme. Members enjoy added benefits — including discounted purchases of society products and event tickets — for talks, courses, workshops, visits and walks (where places must usually be booked in advance).

If you are one of the very few who have not reaffirmed your contact preferences in recent months, please do it NOW to ensure that you continue to receive details of all society activities and developments.

Please supply your up-to-date email address, phone number, postal address as part of the membership package — and tell us how you would like receive news, new product details and other important information that the society wants to share for the benefit of its members. Up to date contact details are essential for administration of Gift Aid too.

Your data is held securely at all times and will not be used for any other purposes.And you can change your contact preferences at any time just notify the society’s Membership Secretary

Standing order payments

If you pay your membership fee by standing order:

  • IMPORTANT amend instructions to your bank to pay the correct fee for the 2018/2019 membership year (Some underpaid last year.)

  • Check that your bank acts on your amended instructions, and makes the correct payment

  • Please put right any underpayment (if there is one) as soon as you can. A donation is the easiest way to do this.

Keep your membership benefits

Your membership is valuable to you and valued by the society. Don't lose your benefits by failing to renew on time and letting membership lapse.

Membership fees together with Gift Aid (reclaimable from HMRC when members who are UK taxpayers complete a Gift Aid declaration) are the largest source of the charity’s income.

An assured income means that the society can fulfil its charitable objectives — to safeguard research facilities, to provide public benefit and education, to underpin the outgoings needed to sustain its central and local event programmes, to provide speakers, research resources, PCs and other equipment, to support a county-wide outreach programme, and to assist document preservation and ready access. And membership fees support projects and new publications too, of course.

Any questions? Contact the Membership Secretary

The rest of this article relates to Gift Aid Declarations

page reviewed and revised 2nd August 2018

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