MEMBERSHIP & CLASS FEES
Bedford House Community Association operates as a membership organisation. All students and room hirers must join as members, and our pricing model reflects this membership contribution. Student members are covered by the Association’s public liability insurance whilst attending classes.
Our courses are usually priced by term and we operate three terms: Autumn, Spring and Summer. Students may be able to join a course part-way through a term in which case the course fees will be pro rata for the remaining weeks.
Bedford House receives no subsidy of any kind from local or national government and our course prices reflect the operational costs to remain financially viable. Prices for courses and workshops can be found next to the class description in this brochure or on our website www.bedfordhouse.org.uk
Classes are subject to cancellation if student enrolment numbers are not viable.
Priority enrolment for existing members will close on 12th July 2019. New class enrolment will be open on 22nd July – First come first served!
Existing members will be given priority to re-enrol for the next term of their course, at the end of each term. A waiting list may be kept for particularly popular courses for when places do become available during the year (waiting lists will not be carried over to the next academic year). Thereafter, at the end of the academic year any available places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Membership enrolment is annual, and it runs from 1 September to 31 August. A Bedford House Community Association Membership Form must be completed by each member, each year. Membership Forms are available from Bedford House or can be downloaded from the website. The following membership options are currently available:
For those attending courses, regular room hirers and supporters of the Association.
For one day members only, either for a workshop or a single room hire.
For members joining after the Easter break.
* BHCA reserves the right to exclude a member if it considers their behaviour is inappropriate.
FULL YEAR COURSE DISCOUNT
Students who wish to pay for all three terms in advance are welcome to do so and we are pleased to offer a 5% discount for any student paying in advance for a course for the whole year.
Payments can be made by BACS, cash or cheque. Please confirm your place before making payments. See Page 3 for Office Opening Times.
To pay by BACS it is essential to contact the office for a unique reference number prior to making your bank transfer payment. This unique number is important to allow us to reconcile payments and ensure classes are not oversubscribed.
Cash payments must be paid directly to the Office.
Cheques made payable to ‘BHCA’ can be posted to Bedford House or dropped through the Office door letter box. Continuing students can also give cheques to their tutors. Please ensure you write on the back of the cheque (or envelope), details of any courses and membership fee for which you may be paying. Your receipt will be available from your tutor at your first class, unless you prefer to provide a SAE with your cheque.
Some classes require students to purchase their own materials. Please see the class handout for further details. We suggest students do not invest heavily in materials until it is confirmed the class will go ahead. Handouts for each class will be available on our website or on request.
All refunds are at the discretion of the Association. Refunds can be requested due to medical reasons if members are no longer able to attend the remainder of the term. We kindly request that refund requests are kept to a minimum as classes are priced to reflect registration by a minimum number of students to cover operational costs. Refund requests cannot be backdated and will only be considered for classes still to come at the time of the request. Any refund requests which are approved will be subject to an administration charge of £5.00. There is no administration charge for classes which are cancelled by the Association.
PLEASE NOTE: BHCA reserves the right to close a class and refund class fees pro rata where numbers make it unviable to continue. Other refunds can only be made in very exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the BHCA Trustees. The Association also reserves the right to exclude a student if it considers their behaviour is inappropriate.
GIFT AID: BHCA, as a charity, can claim 25p of Gift Aid from HMRC from every £1 of the membership fee. Please tick on the enrolment form (linked below) if you are a UK taxpayer and wish to Gift Aid your membership to help the Association. BHCA will make the claim to HMRC and members are not required to do anything further.
BHCA Registered Charity No. 1178692
Click here for the BHCA enrolment form to view, download or print (PDF file)