Renewing your membership

It’s time to renew your membership

The charity’s trustees would like to thank you for your continuing support of the society and its work. They look forward to receiving your renewal in the next few weeks.

Your new membership year started on Saturday, 1st July 2017 and all renewals are due on or before that date.

Prompt renewals help to keep down society administrative costs.

Every late renewal means extra costs for the society — last year, it was over £200 for extra postage alone, plus envelopes and address labels … And every late renewal adds to the workloads of society volunteers too.

Important points to note

Apart from all of those members who have joined the society since 1st April 2017, (taking advantage of the special extended membership offer), all memberships are now due for renewal.

Membership fees for 2017/2018 are:  

UK Single membership



UK Family membership



Overseas membership



Institutional membership


The society has not increased membership fees in the past six years. Some upward adjustment is now unavoidable, but fee increases remain below the general movement of UK prices in that intervening time.

VALUE FOR MONEY At less than 5p per day in almost every case, your membership of Berkshire Family History Society still represents excellent value for money.

You have received a renewal form with your June Berkshire Family Historian if your renewal is now due. Use this link to download a copy of the renewal form 

Preferences and personal data

This coming year brings some significant changes in UK data protection legislation and regulations. Before long, your society will be moving to new premises too. And new products and member benefits (including member discounts on purchases of society publications) are set for introduction later in the new membership year. To ensure that you receive news of all society developments the moment it breaks, you are encouraged to update your contact preferences when you renew. The society will use details supplied to deliver requested membership services, society magazine, society notices, society marketing communications, and to administer its Gift Aid programme. Data will be held securely at all times and will not be used for any other putposes.

You may change your contact preferences at any time by notifying the society’s Membership Secretary

Online renewals

You can renew your membership online too, but you should note that, for the time being, the society is unable to process contact preferences, nor any changes to them, alongside online renewals. Remember too that online renewals carry a small additional charge (£1) to cover the extra costs incurred by the society in processing debit and credit card payments. Use this link if you wish to renew online.

Standing order payments

Some members elect to pay membership fees by standing order. If you are among them:

  • Please amend your instructions to the bank to reflect the change in fees

  • Please check that the bank received and acted correctly on your amended instructions, and made the right payment to the society

Standing Order underpayments and late payments (sadly, there are some every year) make extra work for society volunteers. A small donation or top-up cheque to redress any previous shortfall is always very much appreciated.

Make sure you keep your membership benefits

Your membership is valued by the society and is valuable to you. Don't lose your benefits by not renewing on time and allowing your membership to lapse. Should your membership lapse and you later decide to rejoin the Society, you will need to join as a new member.

Fees paid by members plus Gift Aid (reclaimed from HMRC where UK taxpayers have completed their Gift Aid declarations) still form the largest slice of the charity’s income. That income enables the society to fulfil its charitable objectives — to safeguard research facilities, to provide public benefit and education, to underpin significant outgoings in providing Branch meetings, speakers and equipment, to support a county-wide outreach programme, and to assist document preservation. Your membership fees support projects and new publications too.

Please refer any membership questions to theMembership Secretary

 The rest of this article relates to Gift Aid Declarations

page updated 3rd June 2017

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