Renewing your membership

Renew your membership today

The new membership year started on 1st July 2019.

Renewals are due, paid in full, on or before that date.

September's Berkshire Family Historian came with a 'last chance' renewal form if you had not renewed before the magazine mailing date.

The Trustees thank all members for their ongoing support of the society and its work. That support is much appreciated and is essential to allow the society to provide its many products, services and facilities.

Prompt renewals help the society to minimise costs. Late renewals cost the society money — collectively adding hundreds of pounds of additional costs. They also cost valuable volunteer resources.

Reflecting the current UK data protection framework you 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 to do this. An email to the membership secretary with your contact preferences (for email, for phone or for post — ideally, for all three)  is another.

Please renew now — don't allow your membership to lapse.



Except for members who joined after 1st April 2019, (or who enjoy extended Gift memberships), all memberships were due for renewal by Monday, 1st July 2019.


Renewal prices for 2019/2020 are:

 UK Young person (18-25)  £14
UK Single membership  £18

UK Family membership



Overseas membership



Institutional membership


VALUE FOR MONEY It's less than 6p per day for most members, before taking member savings on product or event purchases into account. Your membership of Berkshire Family History Society offers excellent value by all standards.

Download your renewal form 

Form opens in a new window. Print it, complete in full, and return it to the Membership Secretary


Renew your membership online

You can renew online too.

Ensure you advise the society of any change in contact preferences — for each of email, post and phone contact — a 'yes', 'no' or 'no change'.

Renew online now

Preferences and personal data

After the successful establishment of  The Centre for Heritage and Family History in central Reading, members now benefit from new and updated publications, a much improved Research Zone, a meeting facility for large and small groups, improved research services, and busy and popular events and educational programmes.

Members enjoy added benefits — including discounted purchases of society products and event tickets — for their place at talks, or on a course, at a workshop, or on visits and walks (where places must be booked in advance given the current popularity of these events).

Please ensure that you have given the society permission to contact you, so that you continue to receive details of all society activities and developments.

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 for your membership by standing order:

  • IMPORTANT amend instructions to your bank to pay the correct sum for the 2019/2020 membership year — as shown above. (A few have underpaid this year.)

  • See that the bank acts on those instructions, and makes the right payment

  • Please correct any underpayment (if there is one) as soon as you can. A donation is the easiest and best 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 payments plus Gift Aid (reclaimed from HMRC when UK taxpayers complete a Gift Aid declaration) are the largest single source of society income.  Your membership payment counts as a donation for Gift Aid purposes.

An assured income means that the society can fulfil its charitable objectives.

That income safeguards research facilities, provides public benefit and education, underpins outgoings needed to sustain all central and local activities — from producing and distributing the Historian, paying for speakers, research resources, PCs and other equipment, supporting events, family history education and outreach, to assisting document preservation and ready access. Your membership payment supports the projects programme and new publications too.

Any questions? Contact the Membership Secretary

The rest of this article relates to Gift Aid Declarations

page reviewed and revised 7th September 2019

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