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Membership cost increase

FROM THE TREASURER


Subscriptions – With this issue of the Journal, you will receive a Membership

Renewal Form for 2024 (unless you pay by Standing Order – please see below).

Subscriptions have remained unchanged for many years but now, unfortunately, have

to be increased. As can be seen in the Accounts for 2022 (published in May’s

Journal), the Society spent £5,000 more in 2022 than in the previous year, leaving no

surplus. Some of this was due to increased hall hire costs, which remain high; but almost

half the amount was due to increased Journal costs, both printing and, particularly,

postage which will continue to increase. Because of this we will, almost certainly,

incur a deficit in the Accounts for 2023 and, so that the deficit does not increase year

on year, a subscription increase is required. Hence, the subscription rates for 2024 are

as follows:-

Single UK: £25

Single Europe: £25 + £10 postage = £35

Single Rest of World: £25 + £15 postage = £40


In each case, please add £5 for each additional member living at the same address

For a young person’s single membership (aged 21 or under), please deduct £5 from

the cost


We hope that you continue to consider membership in the O.S.G.B. to be a very good

value for money, and would appreciate it if you could send your subscription to the

Membership Secretary before the end of the year, so that your membership card can

be sent with the next issue of the Journal.


Standing Orders – Please change your standing order to reflect the new subscription

rate before 1st January 2024. Remember, it is you who has to change the standing

order, the O.S.G.B. cannot do this for you.


Colour Fund – This fund was started many years ago to provide money for colour

pictures in the Journal. If you would like to help your Society to continue to produce

our high-quality, all-colour Journal, please consider sending a contribution to the

Colour Fund.


Gift Aid – If you are eligible for the Gift Aid scheme, please tick the box on your

Renewal Form and help your Society to reclaim tax from subscription money. In

2022, the O.S.G.B. received a Gift Aid refund of £2,809 from HMRC so, if you

haven’t already done so, please do tick the Gift Aid box. Please print your name in

full at the top of your Renewal Form and make sure that you include your house

number (or name) and your postcode as the Gift Aid scheme requires this.


PayPal – The Society has a PayPal account accessible through the Website. This is a

convenient way to pay your Subscription if you have access to the internet, so please

consider paying by this means rather than with a credit or debit card. The O.S.G.B.

pays a lower transaction fee for PayPal than it does for credit and debit cards.


Correspondence – We would appreciate it if members would include an e-mail

address, or a stamped addressed envelope, if they require a reply from any

correspondence that they send to the Treasurer or Membership Secretary.


Thank-you

Sally Mill

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