Joining the IOG & Benefits

Group Membership Information
How To Join The IOG
IOG Membership Key Tag FAQs
Membership Benefits
Action Outdoors*
Coes*
Outdoor and Cycle Concepts (Cotswold Outdoor / Snow+Rock / Runners Need / Cycle Surgery)
Millets
Trespass
GO Outdoors
Mountain Warehouse – Dobbies Garden Centre, Woodbridge
Mountain Warehouse – Woodbridge High Street
Mountain Warehouse – Martlesham Heath
Moons Cycles*
Elmy Cycles*
* 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 concessionary membership of £5 is available for students, the unemployed and non-local membership i.e. those who do not live near the Ipswich area. As an encouragement for prospective members, anyone joining the group for the first time after 1 January, will have their membership extended so it will be due for renewal on 30 June of the next year.

Most people come along to a few local events before deciding whether or not the Ipswich Outdoor Group is for them.  During this 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.  We hope after three events, you’ll want to join our membership.

If you have any further questions about Ipswich Outdoor Group, you can contact Christina Bail (our Members Representative) by email through enquiries@ipswichoutdoor.org (preferred) 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

When you’ve decided that you’d like to join us, you can fill in, download or print the PDF membership form and notes: IOG Membership Form (pdf, 133KB).

If you intend to submit it by email, once you complete the PDF form it is important to save the .pdf file – with the personal information you’ve added – somewhere you can find it on your local storage, before sending it as an email attachment to the Membership Secretary. You can confirm your personal details have been correctly saved with the file, by closing the PDF application (e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome) and re-opening the saved PDF document – it should include all the personal data previously entered.

Google Chrome tip:

If you’re using Google Chrome to fill in the PDF form, there is not an obvious button to save the completed form. Instead, click to Print the form and then change the Print Destination to be Save as PDF. When you click the Print button, you will be prompted to choose a new PDF file location to save your completed form. Note: the new PDF file created by Chrome will be read-only and no longer editable, so do ensure you complete the form in one go.

Alternatively, you can print the form or request a printed paper copy at one of our Social Meetings. If you complete the fields before printing or fill them in by hand, then the completed form can be scanned or photographed and sent as an email attachment to the Membership Secretary.

Please ensure that you complete all non-optional sections on the form, including the emergency contact details, and tick any appropriate checkboxes that apply.

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

After you have submitted your completed form and payment, the Membership Secretary will try to process your application soon but please be aware that it may be several weeks before you hear back, depending on real-life commitments. Your patience is appreciated – all our committee members are volunteers, and may not be available to respond immediately if, for example, they are away on a trip.

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 request a generic group membership key tag from the Membership Secretary.

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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 and supply you with the discount codes that are usually found on the rear of the key tag.  In future, we recommend you both complete the membership renewal form and pay the renewal fee in good time.  😉

 

    • My key tag has broken, can I get a replacement?
      No. For cost reasons, we can only order key tags in one bulk annual order at membership renewal time – by the end of July. It is suggested that your key tag will survive longer if you store it in a wallet, rather than on an actual key ring. If it does break, you can either show the pieces if you have them, or contact the Membership Secretary who can provide a suitable interim arrangement so you can prove your subscribed membership status.

 

    • My key tag from a previous year has expired, what should I do with it?
      Key tags can be kept by members as a souvenir. Alternatively, plastic key tags (any key tag that Expires 08/20 or before) can be returned to the Membership Secretary before or at the group’s Annual General Meeting in November 2020, and will then be returned to the supplier along with any uncollected key tags for secure disposal and recycling. Key tags from 2020 are made of a degradable material and can be disposed of individually if unwanted – don’t forget to shred or cut them up to prevent anyone reading the personal information on the key tag first.

 

    • What is the environmental impact of IOG membership key tags?
      From 2020, IOG membership keytags are degradable and made from a green, environmentally friendly alternative to plastic. The degradable key tags eventually begin to wear down leaving no damaging toxins behind. Degradation occurs in nine months to five years, depending on the environment.

 

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.

Coes

20-28 Norwich Road
IPSWICH
IP1 2NH

web: www.coes.co.uk
tel: 01473 256061
email: info@coes.co.uk
map link: goo.gl/maps/kF5W7jiuezwwfsMw7

  • 15% discount, authorised by William Coe, on running and hiking footwear in the Topcoat and Outerwear Department
  • this discount is not useable with any other promotion that might be running, or sale discounts

Whilst local department store Coes is not a dedicated hiking shop, it does sell hiking boots and clothing and has gained a significant reputation of late for its revamped running department, having taken on many of the experienced staff members after the popular Sweatshop store based in the town’s David Lloyd Club closed. Coes does not buy Special Make Up – products that have reduced specifications to offer a permanent sale price. All products are full spec, so members should find great products at a keen price point, with staff that are fully trained to fit footwear and give advice. Whilst not covered by the discount, Coes also has two sales a year on outdoor clothing and a ski department in the winter for any members into snow sports.

Outdoor and Cycle Concepts (Cotswold Outdoor / Snow+Rock / Runners Need / Cycle Surgery) – IPSWICH BRANCH OF COTSWOLD OUTDOOR NOW CLOSED, GROUP ONLINE DISCOUNT CODE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST FROM MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY AND ON THE REAR OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP KEYTAG (REPLACE THE DIGITS REPRESENTING THE YEAR IN THE CODE WITH THE APPROPRIATE ONES e.g. 19 OR 20)

web: www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/outdoor-groups.html
web: www.snowandrock.com
web: www.cyclesurgery.com
web: www.runnersneed.com

  • 15% discounts on our extensive range of brands
  • this partnership discount is only valid for members who sign up to the free Explore More benefits scheme. You can view the benefits and sign up for free to Explore More in-store or online here:
    https://www.cotswoldoutdoor.com/explore-more-benefits.html
    If you register in-store, you will also be given a physical Explore More card. Customers are able to opt out from all marketing emails if they do not wish to receive them.
  • please DO NOT share the code with non-IOG members – it is exclusively for use by IOG members and abuse of the code or if it were found to be published outside the group, could well result in termination of the partnership discount.
  • bulk purchase discounts available (contact Group Sales through the groups link above for more information)
  • Full T&Cs apply. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Selected lines are exempt. Maximum 10% discount on bikes. Only valid upon production of your membership identification in-store or use of valid discount code online.
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% discount (including products that are reduced and on ‘Sale’ ). Please note, the IOG discount does not apply to ‘dog-related items’.
  • 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 – Dobbies Garden Centre, Woodbridge

Dobbies Garden Centre
Grundisburgh Road
Hasketon
WOODBRIDGE
IP13 6HX

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

  • 10% discount in-store on everything, including sale items and BOGOF items
Mountain Warehouse – Woodbridge High Street

27 The Thoroughfare
Woodbridge
IP12 1AA

web: www.mountainwarehouse.com/stores/woo/woodbridge-high-street
tel: 01394 387317
map link: goo.gl/maps/Yn32rqXZLPiBf7rx5

  • 10% discount in-store on everything, including sale items and BOGOF items
Mountain Warehouse – Martlesham Heath

Unit 2a Martlesham Retail Park
Ipswich
IP5 3RX

web: www.mountainwarehouse.com/stores/woo/woodbridge-high-street
tel: 01473 612262
map link: goo.gl/maps/Qd69rpUGPuF25WM99

  • 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.