The AGM approved the creation of an Associate Member status within the Club. This is intended for those who are interested in joining the Club but are still in the process of meeting the membership requirements (for example attending three meets). Alternatively it might also be of interest to those regular guests on meets who would benefit from the civil liability insurance provisions it provides.
Associate Members will receive the Club’s quarterly newsletter Meetstaff by email and will be entitled to attend Meets in the same manner as members. We’ll also endeavour to put those interested in touch with a ‘buddy’ who lives nearby or shares similar interests to help them get to know the Club. Importantly they will also become an Affiliated Member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), and be covered by its civil liability insurance, as well as being able to access the Council’s services on the same terms as members. See www.thebmc.co.uk for details.
Associate Membership is open to everyone over 18 with an interest in at least one of the main activities of the Club: Mountaineering, Climbing and Hill-walking. Simple download the application form by clicking the following link:
You can also download a copy of the “Why not Join Us” flyer here – how about printing off a couple, and stuffing them in your rucksack for when you meet a ‘kindred spirit’ on the hill?
Of course, Associate Members don’t get the full benefits of membership – here’s the “small print”
- An Associate Member will not be entitled to speak or vote at Annual or Extraordinary General Meetings of the Club, own a share in the Club, sit on the Clubs’ committees, have right of access to the Clubs’ properties, rent a hut key or introduce a guest to a Club Meet without that Meet Leader’s consent.
- Associate Members do not receive the Club Journal nor benefit from discounts and special offers specifically negotiated by the Club (though they are eligible for BMC discounts).
- Associate Members will pay an annual subscription of £15 at the point of registration, and in any subsequent calendar year they remain with that status. Should they become members that sum will be discounted from the annual full membership subscription.