Who Joins the club? Outgoing lively professional people who would perhaps like to enlarge their circle of friends, expand the options open to them for nightlife or try a new activity.
How many members do you have? There are around 30 full members plus 5-10 trial members in North Hampshire. The national aIVC network of clubs has approximately 3000 members in 40 groups spread throughout the UK.
What is the average age of members? Our members are mostly graduates, professionals and like minded people who are generally aged 25 and over.
What is the ratio of male to female members? This varies marginally from year to year but only within about 5% of a healthy 50/50 balance.
Where in Central Hampshire are the events? There are activities and events going on in Basingstoke and the surrounding areas, as well as regional events with our neighbouring clubs. Weekends away are held all over the country whilst our holidays could be to any worldwide destination.
How does it work? Most of our events are arranged by the members of the club and you are invited to attend as many events as you wish. Most of our events are FREE. Charges are only made when entrance fees, tickets or accommodation etc apply and extra fees may be requested for guests where insurance cover is required.
What sort of events does the Basingstoke Friends offer? The club members organise everything from bowling, cinema visits, theatre, day trips, hiking, sailing, weekends away and lots more. There is an abundance of activities and social events to choose from.
How do I become a member ? We like to meet all prospective members and make sure you get a feel that the club is right for you. We therefore encourage prospective members to attend at least three events (including Tuesday Social nights) before applying for membership.
Come and meet us on any Tuesday Social Night at the Weatherspoons Maidenhead Inn on Winchester Street from 8.30pm to introduce yourself.
Is it difficult for new members to get involved? No, we go out of our way to introduce them to the club, new members are welcome to attend any event.
How much does it cost? Single membership fee is just £15 pounds for a full years membership year. You get the remainder of the month you apply in for free.
What do I get for my membership fee? Our membership package currently includes…
Access to the members-only features of our website.
E-mails providing you with any ad-hoc event information.
£5M Public Liability Insurance cover for any events you organise or attend
Membership to a UK wide organisation.
Access to private and public member events.
Access to inter-club events and holidays from clubs in the aIVC network.
Ability to host events of your own.
What does my membership fee pay for? Offering fantastic value for money your membership fees will help with:
Promotional activities of the club as required.
Subsidies for club events.
The fees for hosting our Meetup groups and Web sites
Our contribution to covering the costs of the aIVC network
How do I book on an event? Many events require no pre-booking and are arranged on a 'turn up and go' basis. So if you do happen to find yourself at a loose end and feel like going out just choose an event and turn up! However we do generally advise calling the host for the event beforehand so they know to look out for you.
Other events may require pre-booking and full details of the host and how to book will be provided to you on the website and in our monthly bulletin.
When can I start going to events? You can start to attend club events as soon as you have completed an enquiry membership form and received your first bulletin.
Do I have to be a member to attend club events? Not necessarily, you can attend some events as a non-member although very often the ticket price is higher.
Who runs the club? Collectively the members do! We have a committee team but by far the biggest contribution comes from our members. Many members give their time freely but nobody is pressurised into doing anything they don't what to. Who knows, you could be hosting events of your own in the very near future!
What are the club rules? As a democratic organisation, we are required to have certain governance documents so we can operate a bank account and receive third party insurance cover for our events. Details of our governance documents can be found below. See Constitution, Standing Orders and Club Rules See the club Committee