Joining the IOG & Benefits

Group Membership Information
How To Join The IOG
IOG Membership Key Tag FAQs
Membership Benefits
Action Outdoors*
Cotswold Outdoor
Millets
Trespass
GO Outdoors
Mountain Warehouse
Moons Cycles*
Elmy Cycles*
YHA (England & Wales)
* local independent retailers

Group Membership Information

Membership of the Ipswich Outdoor Group is an inexpensive way to gain access to a varied and organised programme of events, as well as a way to enjoy the company of like-minded people.

Our membership year runs from 1st July and the membership fee is £10 for the year. A reduced subscription of £5 is available for students, the unemployed and restricted membership e.g. those who do not live in the Ipswich area.

Most people come along to a few local events within the trial period of two months before deciding whether or not the Ipswich Outdoor Group is for them.  During the trial period, we hope you’ll get to meet some of the members and have a chance to decide if the type and level of events are what you expected.

If you have any further questions about Ipswich Outdoor Group membership, you can contact Christina Bail (our Recruitment Manager) by email through enquiries@ipswichoutdoor.org or by telephone on 01473 211502. She will attempt to get back to you as soon as possible with the information you need.

Joining the Group

Once you’ve decided that you’d like to join us, you can download a membership form and notes New Member Form 2017  (pdf, 56.6KB). Alternatively, you can request a printed paper copy of the form from Christina.

The form can be returned by post or email to the Membership Secretary (Rachael Norris) at the addresses given on the form. When returning the form, please include a cheque (payable to Ipswich Outdoor Group) for the appropriate subscription fee  or request the necessary details for an online bank transfer from the Treasurer.

Once you’ve joined the group, you’ll be able to participate in our weekend trips and take advantage of the membership benefits listed below. In addition to the group email mailing lists, you can also be added to the members-only IOG Facebook group and can collect a group membership key tag.

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IOG Membership Key Tag FAQs

    • I do not live around Ipswich / I find it hard to get into the town centre.  Can you post me my membership key tag?
      Unfortunately not.  All of the key tags have already been handed over to the pick-up point, and they are already supporting the group enough by helping us out with key tag collections so we will not be imposing on them further.  Even before they were delivered, the cost of postage to deliver key tags would be much too high for the group to do this individually and, even if that cost were paid by the members requesting this, the amount of volunteer time required by an already hard-working committee is just too much.  Instead, we would recommend that you ask a local group member friend to collect the key tag for you on your behalf and post it to you, if required.  Thanks.

 

    • I joined the group halfway through the IOG membership year.  Can I still get a key tag?
      The key tags are produced once a year so we cannot supply you with your personalised key tag until the start of the next IOG year.  However, if you contact the Membership Secretary, they will help you with a suitable interim arrangement so you can prove your subscribed membership status.

 

    • I failed to renew my IOG membership before the deadline expired to get a replacement key tag for the new IOG membership year.  Can you squeeze me in / add me to the order anyway?
      No.  The deadline is a hard one, after which the order to the supplier is submitted and cannot then be modified.  You can contact the Membership Secretary, who can supply you with an email to confirm your subscribed membership status for the year.  In future, we recommend you both complete the membership renewal form and pay the renewal fee in good time.  😉

 

Membership Benefits

The Youth Hostel Association, YHA (England & Wales), and many local outdoor retailers provide our group members with a discount and other benefits. Unless otherwise stated, your IOG membership key tag must be shown at checkout in-store to obtain the group discount.

Action Outdoors

3 Great Colman Street
IPSWICH
IP4 2AA

web: www.actionoutdoors.co.uk
tel: 01473 211647
email: info@actionoutdoors.co.uk
map link: goo.gl/maps/q36F1UdRyQH2

  • 10% discount

Action Outdoors is a local independent retailer specialising in travel, trekking, climbing and rambling gear. The shop stocks a wide range of gear for climbing, mountaineering, walking, camping, etc. Owner Dave Tonks is a regular walker, who likes to get away to warmer climates for trekking trips when time permits.  He is also a well-known local climber and an active member of the Ipswich Mountaineering Club. With plenty of practical experience, Dave can provide solid advice based on your requirements, and is often particularly helpful for those with limited experience looking to be guided through the daunting array of equipment available. He has many contacts, and even if the shop does not stock something you specifically need, he can arrange to have it delivered in a short time.

Cotswold Outdoor

43-45 Tavern Street
IPSWICH
IP1 3AG

web: www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/stores/ipswich.html
web: www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/outdoor-groups.html
tel: 01473 851953
email: ipswich.shop@cotswoldoutdoor.com
map link: goo.gl/maps/jtNmV7xRV6B2

  • 15% discounts on our extensive range of brands
  • tailored kit talks available in-store or on-site
  • access to popular, informative lectures
  • private shopping evenings
  • bulk purchase discounts available (contact Group Sales through the groups link above for more information)
Millets

14-16 Carr Street
IPSWICH
IP4 1EJ

web: www.millets.co.uk
web: www.millets.co.uk/organisations
tel: 01473 359797
map link: goo.gl/maps/yvqmgQ7BkCC2

  • 15% discount* in-store (for online orders, according to the organisations page above, you may be able to call customer services 0161 767 7148 – TBC)
  • competitive bulk order discounts, just enquire as per group sales page above

* discount in-store includes sale items, but excludes Gift Cards and cannot be used in conjunction with Price Matches, Multibuys or other offers.

Trespass

41 Westgate Street
IPSWICH
IP1 3DX

web: www.trespass.com/stores/ipswich
web: www.trespass.com/group-sales
tel: 01473 219471
map link: goo.gl/maps/cjxN9T7X2k12

  • 10% (inc. sale items £25 +)
  • group prices with a payment plan available, just enquire as per group sales page above
GO Outdoors

16 Anglia Parkway South
IPSWICH
IP1 5QP

web: www.gooutdoors.co.uk/ipswich
web: www.gooutdoors.co.uk/group-sales
tel: 0344 387 6763
email: ipswich@gooutdoors.co.uk
map link: goo.gl/maps/RGYciLZxfZC2

  • extra 10% discount off GO Outdoors discount card* prices in-store (for online orders, according to the group sales page above, you may be able to call group sales 0344 3876767 – TBC)
  • competitive bulk order prices on leading outdoor brands, just enquire in-store

* GO Outdoors discount card costs £5 for a year. Both the discount card and IOG membership key tag must be shown at checkout to obtain the additional 10% group discount.

Mountain Warehouse

Wyevale Garden Centre
Grundisburgh Road
Hasketon
WOODBRIDGE
IP13 6HX

web: www.mountainwarehouse.com/stores/wod/woodbridge—wyevale-garden-centre
tel: 01394 389003
map link: goo.gl/maps/eYU52EvZJup

  • 10% discount in-store on everything, including sale items and BOGOF items
Moons Cycles

418 Norwich Road
IPSWICH
IP1 5DX

web: www.moonscycles.co.uk
tel: 01473 464611
email: info@moonscycles.co.uk
map link: goo.gl/maps/Y3sW6VwtWKF2

  • 10% discount, including servicing

Mike Summer took over ownership of Moons Cycles in 2012 and as an IOG member, began offering other group members a discount in-store. Born and bred in Manchester with roots in Texas and South Africa. Mike is a keen cyclist, Cytech accredited, with over forty years of cycling behind him, and enjoys both road and mountain biking. Alin runs the technical side of Moons cycles and is a very competitive cyclist who prefers “Fixies” and is rather passionate about these bikes. He received the top mark in his Cytech accreditation test.

Elmy Cycles

86-88 St. Helens Street
IPSWICH
IP4 2LB

web: www.elmycycles.co.uk
tel: 01473 255247
email: info@elmycycles.co.uk
map link: goo.gl/maps/ughGuQKuVCC2

  • 10% discount off spare parts, clothing & accessories, not labour or new bikes

Elmy Cycles was established in 1922 and has stood the test of time as one of Suffolk’s best cycle shops. Owned and run by expert cyclist & enthusiast Steve Grimwood for the last fifteen years, Steve has been in the cycling trade for 25 years, has ridden and raced in all disciplines and has been a British Cycling coach, international race mechanic, rider, event organiser and international cycling commissaire. As one of the country’s leading independent cycle retailers, Elmy Cycles can help with spare parts and puncture repairs through to helping you choose a complete bike from their extensive range. They supply all types of children’s & adult’s bicycles from simple town bikes to specialist carbon fibre racing or electric bikes.

YHA (England & Wales)

web: www.yha.org.uk
YHA Contact Centre: 0800 0191 700 / 01629 592 700
email: customerservices@yha.org.uk

Special rates for Affiliate Groups & members discount for everyone in your group:
As a special benefit to Affiliated Groups we offer a 10% discount on group bookings (bed only, bed & breakfast, half board or full board) made for 16 or more people through the group reservations team in our Contact Centre. (Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer and excludes Exclusive Hire bookings and bookings at Enterprise (franchised) hostels). Call the YHA Contact Centre to find out more.

Affiliated Group membership means that all your members are treated as our members for the duration of your stay, whether or not they are individual members. So when travelling in a group of 16 people or more, YHA Affiliated Groups receive a temporary membership discount of £3 per person per night (£1.50 for under 18’s) for the duration of the stay in addition to the discount.

Discounted stays for members of Affiliated Groups
We recognise that members of Affiliate Groups may wish to stay with YHA independently of the group, or in parties of less than 16 people. Therefore we have set up a promotional code for group members to use to receive a 10% discount on accommodation only. IOG members can find this code on the rear of their IOG membership key tag.  For Affiliate Group members to receive a membership discount of £3 per person per night (£1.50 for under 18’s) when traveling independently of the group or in parties of 15 or less people, each adult member must hold their own YHA membership.

Special YHA membership prices for members of Affiliated Groups
As a member of an Affiliate Group, the YHA offers special prices for an Individual annual membership at £10, Family membership at £20 or Life Membership at £180. To take advantage of these membership rates, please call the YHA Contact Centre.