Below you will find some of the questions we are often asked. We hope you find what you are looking for. If not please send us a message using the contact form.
Q. I've just begun beading, am I still able to join the Beadworkers Guild?
A. Absolutely! We welcome members of all abilities. As a member of the Guild you will receive copies of the Journal four times a year, a discount on our books and workshops, and access to our free stitch workbooks, so membership is a great way to improve your beading and pick up new skills.
Q. How do I join the Beadworkers Guild?
A. You can join online, or print a form to print and post to us, here.
Q. How much does Membership cost?
A. Membership is £29:00 for UK members (£27:50 by Direct Debit), £35:50 for members in other European countries, and £42:50 for membership in the rest of the world. To find out more about what the Guild does and what you receive for your membership fee visit the About the Guild page.
Q. I've just joined the Beadworkers Guild, when will I get my login details for the website?
A. Once we've received your membership form we'll process your details and assign you a membership number. This will then be sent out to you in your New Member's pack. If you have renewed your membership, and so already have your login details, please allow a few days for us to process your renewal.
Q. What is Gift Aid?
A. Gift Aid is a way of increasing the value of your Beadworkers Guild membership by allowing us to reclaim basic rate tax on your subscription. Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that your £25 direct debit is worth £31.25 to the Guild. Even better, HMRC is giving an extra incentive this year, so your membership for 2011-2012 is actually worth £32. Finally, we are hoping to be able to make claims for the previous three years, too, effectively generating around £25 extra income for the Guild for every person who has been a member for four years.
Q. Do I qualify for Gift Aid?
A. The main condition of Gift Aid is that you are a UK taxpayer and have paid enough tax to cover what we will reclaim. This means that you need to be paying at least £7 in income tax and/or Capital Gains Tax in this year.
Many members think they are non-tax payers because they are not working. But you don’t have to employed to pay tax because the tax you’ve paid could include:
· tax deducted at source from savings interest
· tax on State Pension and/or other pensions
· tax on investment or rental income
· Capital Gains Tax on gains
And remember, you only need to have paid £7 tax in the whole year to be able to Gift Aid for the Guild.
Even if you don’t think you've paid enough tax this year, you may be able to carry back your donation to the previous tax year, so please let us know if that is the case.
Q. How do I Gift Aid for the Guild?
A. HMRC require a formal declaration that you meet the Gift Aid conditions. There is a Gift Aid declaration on the back of the membership application/renewal form for you to sign and complete with your name, membership number and date. Then just post the form to us.
You can download a membership application/renewal form by clicking on ‘I would like to download a form…….. ’ here.
You can also make a Gift Aid declaration over the telephone. Simply call us on 07837 649712. We will remind you of the Gift Aid conditions and then send you a letter confirming that you have made a Gift Aid declaration.