At the AGM in November 2021, members agreed to increase the subscription fee to £144 (reduced rate £39). The fee should be paid from November onwards, preferably before the end of the year.
Everyone, no matter how they pay, needs to complete the Subscription Form, which has been placed online for the first time, at https://forms.office.com/r/K3C5YRe1DR. Please use the online form if you can; it captures your entries onto a spreadsheet which makes the record-keeping and accounting much easier for the Finance Officer. We have tested the form and you should find it easy to complete, but if you do struggle please see our new Finance Officer Jane Parkin at rehearsal. The bank details etc are at the bottom of the form.
Members should complete the form using their full names as recognised by HMRC, otherwise Gift Aid collection will be problematic. It really helps if you can enable Gift Aid, in which case please remember to complete the Gift Aid section on the form – though no problem if you prefer not to or can’t.
As outlined by out-going Finance Officer Graham Dawson at the AGM, there are still ongoing issues with setting up our new bank account, so fees paid by cheque or bank transfer will be payable to the HSBC account. Bank details are at the bottom of the online form. Both the HSBC and Coop bank accounts will have the same account name so cheques made out to Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus will fine (don’t forget to put your Chorus number on the back of the cheque).
Those paying by Standing Order have some decisions to make. Those who have a continuing monthly Standing Order (i.e. pay 12 times per year) could just amend the monthly amount to the HSBC account for now. However, at some stage they will have to cancel it and set up a new Standing Order to pay to the new Coop bank account. Alternatively those paying by Standing Order could opt to wait a few weeks until the Coop Bank account becomes available, to save themselves having to cancel one Standing Order in order to set up another.
If anyone has difficulty paying for any reason, then please contact Jane; her phone number and email address are at the bottom of the subscription form; her email is at the bottom of every weekly update and at Chorus Contacts
Membership cards will be given to members who have completed forms and paid or arranged Standing Order payments. They will need to be printed first, so please bear with us as it’s not the easiest of operations. Your old card will still work for signing-in purposes.