Membership 2017

Membership of AAC(UK) – ÖAV Sektion Britannia for 2017

Membership for 2017 is available now and will be valid until end January 2018. Please note that no-one may join or renew over the phone, and we do not currently accept payment by Direct Debit. Also we regret that at the moment if you are renewing we cannot pre-populate the Application Form for you, but must ask you to complete it in full. Thank you for your understanding.

  2017 Membership Category Definition Membership
  Born 1957 – 1991 A £49.50
  Spouse/partner of category A, SEN, JUN or FM member B £38.25
  Born 1956 or earlier SEN £38.25
  Born 1992 – 1998 JUN £38.25
  Born 1999 – 2010 JG £21.00
  Born 2011 or later KD £18.25
  Children in a Two Parent Family: If both parents are AAC(UK) members (first parent as category A, JUN or SEN, second parent category B) their children born in 1999 or later can receive free membership if their full details are provided. JG or KD Free
  Children in a Single Parent Family: If a bona fide single parent with custody of the child(ren) is an AAC(UK) member (as category A, JUN or SEN) then his/her children born in 1999 or later can receive free membership if their full details are provided. Not available to families with two parents where one parent is not a member. Any false declaration of eligibility may invalidate their insurance cover.
JG or KD Free
  Born 1956 or earlier and awarded 50 year badge for continuous membership . To qualify for the FM membership fee, you must apply for the badge before or when you renew your membership FM £8.75

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Articles of Association and Bye-Laws

All AAC(UK) members are subject to the AAC(UK) Articles of Association and Bye-Laws, which were approved at an EGM and by the Directors (respectively) in October 2016. These replace the former Constitution and Standing Orders.  In addition there are Standing Orders which were approved by the Directors in June 2017.


AAC(UK) is now a Limited Company

Beginning with membership year 2017, AAC(UK) is a Private Company Limited by Guarantee – with no share capital.  It remains as a “not-for-profit” organisation, and renewing members will see little change.

However, all adult members (ie excluding those in membership categories KD and JG – see table above) will be “company members” (as well as being “club members”).  Adult members must guarantee to pay up to £1 in the event that the company is wound up while he or she is a member, or within one year after he or she ceases to be a member.

Company members are entitled to vote at AGMs etc.  By UK law, AAC(UK) must send each company member individually all “company documents” (eg the agenda for AGMs).  When joining or renewing, please agree to receive such documents by email.  Unless you do so, AAC(UK) must send these documents to you by post, which will add to the Club’s postage and printing costs.

Family Membership

Membership cards will be issued for each member of the family and show individual membership categories. Children’s cards should be signed by a parent or guardian.

Long Membership Badges

Members who have been in continuous membership of the ÖAV/AAC(UK) for 25, 40, 50, 60, or 70 years qualify for an honorary badge at each of these milestones. If you believe that you qualify for any of these badges please notify the AAC(UK) Office.

The Membership Year

2017 Membership is valid until 31 January 2018. Membership begins at 0000 hours GMT (aka UTC) on the day after the membership application is processed by the AAC(UK) Office (or at 0000 hours GMT on 1 December 2016, if this is later).

However, insurance cover in January 2018 will not be valid unless membership is renewed before the end of January 2018.

Once membership cards have been issued to members, members can use those cards and receive the associated benefits.  Neither AAC(UK) nor the ÖAV is organised in such a way that membership can subsequently be terminated in mid-year.  Therefore, once membership cards have been issued by the AAC(UK) Office, it is not possible to cancel membership or obtain a refund of the membership fee.  Any cancellation request must be in writing or by email to the AAC(UK) Office prior to the issue of membership card(s).

Insurance – Click for link

Membership of AAC(UK)/ÖAV includes some insurance cover as part of the Alpenverein Worldwide Service (AWS). A description of the AWS insurance cover can be downloaded from our benefits page. NB this insurance cover is primarily for mountain rescue – it is NOT comprehensive travel insurance. You should read the description carefully and then decide whether it is appropriate to your needs. You might wish to take out additional insurance to meet all your requirements.

Members who live in Europe may also purchase the KNOX Premium Single Trip Cover  – See AWS Rescue & Repatriation Insurance for details; there is also a link which defines the countries within ‘Europe’.

If you have membership for 2017, insurance cover in January 2018 will not be valid unless membership is renewed before the end of January 2018.

AAC(UK) Hut Fund – Click for link

The ÖAV Mountain Huts belong to individual sections. Despite many man-hours of work by volunteers and thousands of Euros from central ÖAV funds and Austrian federal and provincial government, the sections themselves must find large sums for hut maintenance and modernisation, and to meet health and safety and environmental requirements.  The difficult access and high altitude of many of the huts adds to the cost of the work..

Based so far from the Alps, Sektion Britannia [ie AAC(UK)] does not own any huts, nor does it have a ‘work area’ with responsibility for waymarking and path maintenance. Instead, we have a Hut Fund, to which members have contributed generously over the years, and we hope you will continue the tradition. The donations we make to help individual Sections with a particular project are much appreciated by those sections.

AAC(UK) Expedition Fund – Click for link

Donations to this Fund enable our section to help finance expeditions by AAC(UK) members.  The fund is very small and only small grants can be made.  Details of how to apply and of the expeditions which have benefitted can be seen by clicking on the above link.

Membership Application Form for 2017

Please apply using the on-line application form.  Click the link below.  Membership for 2018 will be available from 1st December 2017!

  • FREE HUT MAP for members! The 1:500,000 map locates and names all the huts in Austria, gives contact details and elevations, and shows whether they are accessible by ski, foot, bike etc! Let us know in the office if you’d like one! If you request one to be sent with your membership card, then map postage is FREE for a limited time! (please request one in the comments section when applying for membership). If not being sent with anything else, then postage is just £1.50 UK, £1.70 outside the UK. Please contact the office for your copy.

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[Updated 27 September 2017]