On-line Payments are Coming!

If you remember waiting to pay your subscription in April and May last year, then you will probably be pleased to hear that we have been working hard to modernise our processes to make life easier for the members, and the committee. We were hampered by the Beast from the East in March which postponed the Group Fair when we could have started doing renewals, but even so, we intend to make the process much easier for our next renewal time, especially as we now have over 850 members!

Our membership year will be brought forward by a month so that our membership year corresponds to our financial year, which means that the year will run from 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020. The subscription fee for the year will be £15, and a new style of membership card will represent a receipt for payment.

Renewals will be available from 1st January and can be done in one of 3 possible ways:

1. In person at the open meetings from January onwards. Payment can be made by cash or cheque.
2. By post, whereby a cheque is sent to the Membership Secretary, and a stamped addressed envelope must be included for the return of your card.
3. On line renewal, through the Beeston U3A web site. There will be a members’ portal available which will put you straight into our computerised system called Beacon. Paypal can be used to make a payment using your debit or credit card, or if you have a Paypal account, directly through Paypal. You will receive an email confirming your payment and you may wish to print your own “membership card”. Alternatively, you can collect the official card at a specially designated desk at the Open Meetings.

Once you have access to the portal, you can view the calendar and group information which is held on our Beacon system.

We will also be taking new members on through the Beacon system, where there is an electronic membership form available. More information will be emailed to members nearer the time.

Any questions on any of this, please email Celia on communications@beestonu3a.org.uk

Celia Billau

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