Posted by Andrew Hobson Saturday, 9 March 2013
The way we collect subs will change from May to a £6.25 monthly standing order.

Collecting subs continues to be a challenge for us.  Currently over half of this term’s subs are overdue.  It is both time-consuming and embarrassing chasing these up.  Standing orders offer a quick and simple way to ensure subs are paid on time.  Unlike direct debits they are controlled by your own bank, which means you can stop the payment yourself if your child leaves the group.  The only information we need to set this up can be found on the front of your cheques.  If, however, you would prefer to set the standing order up directly with your bank, that’s fine – just let us know so we can provide you a reference number.
It is 5 years since we last reviewed the amount of subs.  We have decided to take this opportunity to equalise the amounts across the sections.  The new amount will be £6.25 per child per month for all sections (£75 per year).  This means Beavers and Cubs will pay slightly more each year than they do currently, Scouts will pay slightly less.   Over a child’s life in the group this difference will balance out.  We believe this still offers excellent value compared to other youth activities.  This wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated volunteers, who give their time for free, the Gift Aid scheme and your support through fundraising.
Forms will be given to children over the next couple of weeks and should be returned as soon as possible.