Oxeye Daisies

Car Park Opening

CURRENT: Autumn opening:
mid September - end October  8am - 6pm

Winter opening:
beg. November - mid February:  8am - 5pm

Spring opening:
mid February - end March      8am - 6pm

Summer opening:
beg April - mid September    8am - 8pm

Friends and Members - FAQ


Q:  When is my subscription due?

A:  The expiry month on your sticker shows this!  We take subscriptions on a rolling basis throughout the year. Usually these are set up to be due in the month when you originally joined.

If you pay by Standing Order or Direct Debit, the expiry on your sticker will be for the month after your payment, and we'll send your new sticker before the old one expires (once we've reconciled all payments for the month in which you pay).

If you do NOT have an annual payment in place, then you'll need to pay pro-actively in order to receive a new car sticker; we can't promise to send any other reminder. ALLOW UP TO FOUR WEEKS from sending payment to receipt of your new sticker/s. Early renewal payments are very welcome; your new sticker will not overlap with the old one if you pay early.


Q:  What are the subscription rates?

A:  Currently £15 for an Individual (receiving one car sticker), £25 for a Family (two named adults; eligible for up to two car stickers). The Concession rate of £12 is no longer available.


Q:  I currently have a Concession subscription. Will this continue?

A:  No.  The concession rate for existing Friends and Members has been withdrawn since 31 March 2021. Subscription renewals after that date are at the standard rate.


Q:  When will the rates go up?

A:  The Trustees last reviewed the general subscription rates in December 2020 and decided to keep the Individual and Family rates the same for 2021-22; they will be reviewed again prior to April 2022.


Q:  Can I pay by cheque?

A:  YES: We do still accept cheques as payment.


Q: Can I send a cheque for two years subscription at a time?

A: NO, SORRY:  We're always happy to take additional donations on top of a Friend/Member subscription. However the extra accounting admin burden of carrying over subscriptions from one financial year to the next is disproportionate, so we will now only accept subscription payments for the current year.


Q:  Can I pay by Standing Order or by Direct Debit?

A:  Standing Order: YES PLEASE. We welcome this method, which once set up is extremely cost effective for us to track as a regular payment. Make sure that you use Surname and Friend/Member number as a Reference in order to identify your payment so that we can allocate it correctly.

Direct Debit: ONLY FOR DONATIONS AT PRESENT. The option to sign up as a Friend by paying an annual DD via CAF (Charities Aid Foundation) has been removed; it is still available for one-off or regular Donations. Follow the link to make your payment via CAF Online (opens in a new window). For Direct Debits, CAF keep £1 as a set-up fee plus 2% of your payment. For card payments, CAF take 3.6% as an admin fee. We plan to have a new payment platform later in 2021 when we re-launch the website, and then Friend sign-ups as Direct Debit will be available again.


Q:  Can I pay by Direct Credit or Online Banking?

A:  YES. We welcome this method. Just as with Standing Orders, please use Surname and Friend/Member number as a Reference.  Existing subscribers will have been sent an email reminder with payment details prior to renewal. New Friends, once you've sent in our form, or at least told us your full postal address, we will be happy to send you the necessary bank details so that you can make a direct payment. (We do not publish our banking details on the website.)


Q:  Can I pay by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) voucher or from my CAF account?

A:  ONLY FOR DONATIONS. We are happy to process CAF vouchers and receive CAF account direct payments.  However, that CAF account money has already been enhanced by a Gift Aid rebate, and because of the HMRC benefit rule, it cannot be used to pay for an item or service (a 'benefit'), unless the value of that benefit is below a certain limit relative to the Gift-Aided donation. See below.


Q:  Can I Gift Aid my basic subscription payment?

A:  ONLY FOR GENEROUS TOP-UP DONATIONS.  Free parking is considered to be a 'benefit', the value of which is the minimum subscription level to receive a car sticker: £15 for one car sticker, £25 for two. It is not eligible for Gift Aid, and in fact we pay VAT on it.

The exception to this is where the 'benefit' does not exceed 25% of the donation, thus a generous donation of £60 or more from an Individual Friend, or £100 or more from a Family would mean that a car sticker, or two for the Family, can be issued and still claim Gift Aid on the whole amount.


Q:  Can I add a Gift Aid donation to my subscription payment?

A:  Yes, please. Any amount on top of the basic minimum for your car sticker is eligible for Gift Aid. It's fine and indeed preferred to make one payment that covers both the Friend subscription and a donation on top. All those many small top-up donations that Friends make get aggregated in a simple way on our Gift Aid claim, and it all helps.


Q:  What is the difference between a Friend and a Member?

A:  Those who are a "Member of the Magog Trust" have a formal say in the running of the Charitable Company which owns and manages Magog Down.  In 2010 the "Friend of Magog Down" scheme was launched for new subscribers; while Friends pay the same annual subscription rate, they do not have the formal role in the management. 


Q:  How can I become a Member?

A:  We're always delighted to hear from those who want to do more than simply making the modest annual subscription as a Friend. If you want to become involved in the Company, The Magog Trust, having a voting right at the AGM, then an application to become a Member will be reviewed by the Trustee Directors of the Trust: write to The Chairman at our registered address, explaining why you wish to become a Member - perhaps there is a particular aspect of our work which you would like to become involved in or think you can help with?


Q:  My Family bought a "gogs" certificate - does that make us Members?

A:  NO.  The £5 "gogs" certificates issued to hundreds of families when the land was first purchased in 1989 proved very popular and were a great way to raise money as well as raising awareness.  However, only those who have continued to pay their annual Membership subscription (or who bought a Life Membership) are now current Members.

The "gogs" certificates do not confer any right of ownership over the land; what they do indicate is a level of interest and unselfish commitment to this community-led project by those who bought them at the time. Without that widespread support we would not have Magog Down as a place for so many people to visit and enjoy today, and into the future.



Q:  I wish to cancel my subscription, how do I do that?

A:  Please drop us a line so that we can update our records accordingly.  (We will also be able to confirm whether you have a standing order in place that you need to cancel.) It helps us greatly if you actively let us know that you don't wish to renew, rather than just ignoring payment reminders. Thank you.

Become a Friend

If you value Magog Down and would like to help keep it open for all to enjoy, why not contribute towards the costs of upkeep by making a donation or becoming a Friend? Friends also park for Free! (For other visitors, a daily charge of £3 is now in force.)

It costs £15 per year for an Individual to be a Friend, or £25 for a Family subscription (entitled to two car parking stickers). There is more information on our Join Us page, or just click on the link below to sign up.

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Magog Down is managed largely by Volunteers: Trustees who give their time freely, and many others who help with various practical tasks, whether as a regular commitment or on an occasional basis. Nevertheless, annual upkeep costs around £50-60,000, only a small portion of which is met by government grants.