Membership

We welcome new members who can enjoy our many individual and family events.

You do not have to be a member of the Services to become a club member and are most welcome to apply for membership to use, attend events and enjoy the Club’s facilities.

To become a R.B.L Club member you can take one of these options:

  • A) Join the Club with Branch membership (Royal British Legion membership)
  • B) Join the club with membership of another branch

Please  remember to view our events and entertainment pages for some of your membership benefits.

If your address, phone, mobile or email address changes please do let us know.

HOW TO BECOME A FERNDOWN MEMBER – YOUR MEMBERSHIP

To join the RBL Club (Ferndown) please initially visit the club, provide your details so we may contact you for the new members evening. If you are unwell and need assistance, please do contact us vie email, the contact window below or call us on 01202 877 706. We do have a disabled chair lift should this be required

NEW MEMBERS MEETING

Upon joining you will be asked to attend a mandatory new members evening which is on the 3rd Thursday of each  month at 7.30pm  start (unless otherwise notified).

The meeting will last approximately 45  – 60 minutes and will cover an overview of the RBL, the Branch & Club roles, Club facilities and entertainment, Associations and time for questions following which payment will be required via direct debit, cheque or cash. Please diary this date in advance as it is important you attend these meetings as you will not become a member until after attending the meeting.

Upon payment and completion of the evening you will be issued with a temporary Club membership card which you should keep with you at all times when using the Club or Branch AGM. This will allow you to use the Club and it’s facilities, invite guests and join the many activities provided.

A new membership card will be posted to you within approximately six weeks by the Royal British Legion membership team (0808 802 8080) . Please keep this with you at all times when attending the Club and hand it to the bar person to provide a club sticker for the current year, only members who have paid both the RBL Club and RBL Branch will be eligible for this. Note you will require this when visiting all other British Legion Branches & Clubs whether U.K or non U.K

We are a private Club, not a pub so please note all guests  must be signed in on arrival at the lounge bar, like yourself they must abide by the rules of the Club and are your responsibility. We also have a dress code.  In the interests of the members and our license we do conduct membership checks, please keep your card with you, we do not aim to offend by asking to see your membership card.

Membership is an Annual Renewal

For the majority of our members this will be the 1st of October, the renewal process will be the same for all.
Historically the British Legion would take your membership fee and then pass the club part to the club, this is no longer happening

So from now on the membership fee will be broken into 2 parts which have to be paid separately

The Renewal fee for 2016/2017 is £34

Membership of The Royal British Legion Charity
This fee is £20 (Membership fee £17 and Branch Subscription Fee £3)

Club Membership
This Fee is £14

How to Pay

Direct Debit or Direct to Payment Centre
Pay your RBL fee directly to them as per your RBL Renewal letter.
Then
Attend the club and pay the Club Membership on the advertised Membership Renewal Days or over the bar in the special envelopes.

In the Club
Attend the club on the advertised Membership Renewal Days or over the bar in the special envelopes,
This must be made as 2 separate payments, and please note you will need your Royal British Legion Renewal Letter with you.

We do prefer cheques to cash but appreciate this is not always possible.

Please note if you do not renew within the defined ONE month renewal period (see rules) you will have to rejoin the Club and Branch as a new member.

Once your payment has been processed a new card will be sent to your home  within 4-6 weeks  .

MEMBERSHIP FEES

Annual membership consists of the Royal British Legion, Club & Branch which totals only £34 for 2016/17  for existing member renewals.

In your first year of membership there is a small £1.10  additional charge which provides you with a Club share certificate. Note this certificate is purely to show you are a member and have one share of the limited company – RBL Ferndown (Club) Ltd. It has no value and may not be transferred, bequeathed or sold.   The first year annual fees are broken down into the following:

  • Club Membership £14
  • Branch Fees  £3
  • RBL membership £17
  • Club Share certificate (non issued) £1
  • Rule book  10p**

To maintain the club to a high standard within the terms of the RBL License at only £14 for Club annual membership with all the facilities we provide, this is truly remarkable and excellent value. Especially when 100% of this goes towards the RBL rent we pay. It does rely on members using the club facilities and events to support this great price and to help us balance the additional difference we have to add to the rent demand and run the complete club. Membership fees may be reviewed at the Club’s A.G.M.

Other payment methods are available such as;

  • Paypoint – cash, cheques via The garage at 443 Wimborne Road West, McColls at Trickkets Cross or the Genral store next to the Landrette in Victoria Road. You will need you r renewal letter.
  • Bank Transfer to   Payee Charles Novacroft Direct Ltd – Bank Nat West   Code 60 20 35   Account number 73629774 PLUS your membership number.
  • Credit debit card via telephone or online transfer
  • Continuous Payment Authority (via your credit/debit card)
  • Cash – For those with the option of paying cash only the Branch or Club will process the payments on your behalf if you are unable to get to a Paypoint location.
  • Branch only Due to RBL rules you can only join a Branch online       If you do join  online you must contact the club to join and pay separately in the first year, thereafter a joint fee is due.
  • Multiple Club membership  – You may join more than one club by paying their membership fees but only one Branch fee is necessary

You will need to contact the Contact Centre 0808 802 8080 to set up many of these payment methods unless you are completing this at your New Members night event.

If you have been sent a letter from the Contact Centre requesting choice of payment method you will need to contact them either by telephone or the prepaid envelope.

YOUR CLUB MEMBERSHIP CONDITIONS

Membership is subject to our Club rules, conditions and byelaws which are available on request at the Club or you can view on our Club Rules web page. Please take time to read these. We do operate a strict code of conduct to ensure all our members may enjoy the ambience and social life at the Club. We would also recommend you use our catering facilities which offer ready superb meals are  fantastic value. These are available during lunchtime opening hours (except Monday) and for any day and evening events where you have made arrangements with the Chef. You may also book private events using the catering facilities for most types of celebrations or special requirements.

When joining the club you may enjoy the many social and individual events and activities we provide, many are free and others with either a small charge or entrance fee depending on the function and organisation we are supporting. We do ask you participate in our raffles and draws as any surplus from this helps towards your free entertainment.

ROOM, HALL HIRE

Members get significant discounts for room hire.  You may also book the hall and other accommodation for your private events.

For more information, or to find out how to join, please contact us.