Oxeye Daisies

Car Park Opening Times

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

Summer opening:
beg April - late October    8am - 8pm

Winter opening:
late October - mid February:  8am - 5pm

Friends and Members - FAQ


Q:  When is my subscription due?

A:  We take subscriptions on a rolling basis throughout the Financial Year, April to March. Usually these are taken in the month when you originally joined. Whichever month you pay in, the subscription is considered to cover the year from April, up to the end of March.


Q:  I've only just joined, will I have to pay again in April?

A:  NO. If you paid by cheque, then we'll ask for a renewal by the anniversary of when we received your application (or, by the end of January if you happened to join in February or March).  If you're paying by Standing Order or Direct Debit, then your renewal month is simply the month in which that comes through.


Q:  What are the subscription rates?

A:  Currently £15 for an Individual, £25 for a Family, and £12 Concession (for over 60s). These rates have been static since 2008. Renewals by cheque or cash incur an additional £3 fee, to help cover the considerable extra admin involved in sending reminders and following up these payments.


Q:  My husband and I are both over 60 – should we pay £25 or £24?

A:  Couples who are over 60 may pay £24 if they wish. Many couples in this age bracket pay £25. Both situations are considered as a ‘Family’ subscription. The anomaly will be addressed next time the general rates are increased. In the meantime, it is not cost effective to try to equalise the payments.


Q:  When will the rates go up?

A:  The Trustees last reviewed the general subscription rates in March 2018 and decided to keep these rates the same for 2018-19; they will be reviewed again in future years.


Q:  Can I pay by cheque?

A:  YES, BUT: While we welcome initial subscriptions paid by cheque, there is a fee of £3 for renewal payments made by cheque. This is to help towards the disproportionate additional administration costs associated with producing and sending renewal reminders, chasing up where necessary, and then processing the cheques and other paperwork once received.

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 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. If possible, please use Surname and Friend/Member number as a reference.

Direct Debit: YES. As of September 2018 we now offer Direct Debit as an option via CAF (Charities Aid Foundation). This option is available for Friend applications/ renewals, and also for one-off or regular Donations. Follow the relevant 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.


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.  Once you've sent in our form we will be happy to send you the necessary bank details so that you can make a direct payment.  (And if you can use your own method to remember to do this annually, then even better, as that will save us the cost of time spent sending you a reminder each year.)


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

A:  ONLY FOR DONATIONS. We are happy to process CAF vouchers and receive CAF account direct payments. These must be done as a donation, or can be used for a Member/Friend subscription ONLY IF you do not want to receive a car parking sticker (because the benefit of free parking makes the subscription ineligible for Gift Aid).


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 a 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 "Gog" certificate - does that make us Members?

A:  NO.  The £5 "Gog" certificates issued to hundreds of families when the land was first purchased 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.

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 a Concession rate of £12 for individuals over 60. There is more information on our Join Us page, or just click on the links 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.