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: 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.
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 Governors last reviewed the general subscription rates in March 2015 and decided to keep these rates the same for 2015-16; they will be reviewed again in future years.
Q: Can I pay by cheque?
A: YES, BUT: From April 2015, an additional charge of £3 has been introduced for Member/Friend subscription renewal payments made by cheque. This is to help towards the additional administration costs associated with producing and sending renewal reminders, chasing up where necessary, and then processing the cheques once received.
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: NO. We are not set up to be able to arrange Direct Debits.
Q: Can I pay by Direct Credit or Online Banking?
A: YES. We welcome this method. As for Standing Orders, please use Surname and Friend/Member number as a reference. Contact us and 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?
A: YES. We are happy to process CAF vouchers as payment of a Member/Friend subscription, or as a donation.
Q: When will I get a new Car Park sticker?
A: We produced new "static self-cling vinyl" car stickers for 2016, and posted these out in late January to our subscribed Members and Friends. If you think you should have had one and have not received it by now, do get in touch. We will be producing and sending out new stickers for 2017 before Christmas.
Q: I've received a Car Park sticker I don't need - what should I do?
A: This year  we have sent a new car sticker by default to nearly all of our email contacts (with two stickers to Family subscribers). If you have received one you don't need, or two when you only need one, then please do let us know so that we can update our records for next time. And, if you're able to send the unused sticker back to our Registered Office address, we will be glad to re-use it for someone else. Thank you.
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 Governors 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
We would love each regular visitor to Magog Down to help us in to look after this special piece of countryside year after year by becoming a Friend.
The annual costs to become a Friend and support us:
That's as little as 48p per weekly visit throughout the year for an entire family!
Your regular contribution will help us to keep this spot beautiful, today and in years to come.
There is a Car Park, a Ranger service, paths upkept as well as wide provision for dog walkers including nearly 2.5 miles off-lead dog walk and play area as well as dog bin facilities, emptied twice weekly. Additionally there are seats, picnic areas, easy access paths and cycle racks.
All this is privately owned, maintained and managed by the Magog Trust, a charitable company. It costs around £90,000 a year to run.
Please download and complete the application form to become a Friend, and send it to us, today.
Don't want to commit?
If you prefer to just make a one-off donation, that's very welcome too. You can use the same form for this.