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.

 

Important

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

£22

   

Overseas membership

£21

   

Institutional membership

£22

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


Gift Aid declarations

Gift Aid adds to the value to the society of your past, present and future membership payments and donations — at no added cost to you.

If you pay UK Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax, make a Gift Aid declaration. It is also good practice to renew your declaration every two years or so (because addresses and identifying details (needed for HMRC purposes) can and do change). 

 

Are you eligible?

YES if you expect to pay an amount of UK Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) that is at least equal to the total amount of tax that will be reclaimed as Gift Aid on all your donations in that tax year.

Should you pay less UK Income Tax/Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid reclaimed on all of your donations in that tax year, it becomes your responsibility to pay any difference.

Berkshire Family History Society can reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that you gave in the last four years, and on your present and future membership payments and donations.

Higher Rate taxpayers You can reclaim from HMRC the difference between basic rate and higher rate tax on the gross value of your gift-aided payments and donations. Include all Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return, or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

Your Gift Aid declaration covers past, present and future membership payments and donations automaticallyALL of them potentially qualify!

 

Make your Gift Aid declaration now

Download your Gift Aid declaration form

Return your form to the Membership Secretary

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page reviewed and revised     7th September 2019

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