We’ve been able to hold subscription rates at their same level for all categories of member for four years and for UK members for nine years. Costs rose during this period, but we were able to introduce efficiencies or obtain more competitive prices for key deliverables, so were able to avoid passing them on. However, we are now facing increases which we cannot absorb. The paper used to print 16mm Today and Bulletin is sourced in Continental Europe and paid for in Euros. A weaker Pound means that this costs more now than a year ago. Mail costs have also increased, driven to some extent by increased fuel costs, which UK residents have seen rise as the Pound has weakened. The membership rates which we’ve held for so long no longer cover the cost of fulfilling each subscription, so with regret the Board has decided to increase them.
The cost of each membership category rises by £1 from the previous rate as follows:
|UK – Full||£18|
|Family – Full||£19|
|Overseas – North America||£28|
|Overseas – Europe||£29|
|Overseas – Rest of World||£30|
These rates have been implemented in our web site and in Warners systems and apply from now for new subscriptions and renewals for the 2017/18 membership year. This change will be communicated to members who renew via Direct Debit in advance, per the Direct Debit terms. Members who renew online will be requested to renew at these rates via a streamlined renewal process in early February 2017. Any member who wishes to renew in advance of the normal invitation, which accompanies February SMT, may do so by contacting Warners on 01778 392016 (outside the UK: +44 1778 392016). Lines are open 8 am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturdays and Bank Holidays (UK time), excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
The Board feels that membership of the Association continues to be very competitively priced compared with other societies supporting garden railway scales. 16mm Today, at 76 pages per issue, compares very favourably on a per issue basis with commercial offerings covering the garden scales. The Board hopes that this small increase will not put members off renewing and that they will continue to view membership of the Association as good value for money.
Alan Regan, Chairman & Membership Secretary