We are introducing a Standing Order payment for subscription. This means that subs will be collected automatically it’s intend to charge £10.00 / month.
Subscription fee is charged to allow us to buy kneckers, badges, program materials and a small element helps with the upkeep of the building and its infrastructure. It costs currently approximately £2500 per year simply to heat, insure and maintain the building. We recently have had to invest heavily in the infrastructure, fire protection and insurances etc.
We recently were awarded a grant of £1000 from the 4 winds trust although this was wonderful financial boost you would be amazed at the cost of quality tentage (our grant will buy 2 hike tents and some cooking equipment both of which we are desperately short). We intend to pursue further grants to improve or equipment and facilities and help reduce costs etc. on your behalf. We also have ambitious plans for the future to further improve the program for the young people.
You will note that the subscription has risen... This is because we are now far more active than previously, with the resulting increased costs. We also intend to pay the annual membership fee out of this money. Membership fee is a fee that every member (including leaders) of the Scout Association has to pay on an annual basis. It pays for the national organisation and helps offset the cost of national campsites. Part of the fee pays insurances, some of the fee goes to help the International Bureau in Geneva who organise the World Jamborees etc.
Normally we would ask you to pay a bill of £25.00 in February to pay this fee, (this year the fees were paid out of the Group funds) however this will now be collected via the Standing Order. We will also now be able to reclaim the VAT element of Subs through gift aid, this is currently worth about £800 a year to the group.
We will continue to collect subscription fees in cash at the present rate of £1.50 / week until 26th May. Thereafter subscription fees will be collected via standing order only