The 100 Club was started by Derek Jones in September 1986 at the Summer Festival meeting in Northampton with 37 founder members. Since then the numbers have grown to an average of over 100 paid up members. The larger the number of members, the greater the prizes! The 100 refers to the limit on the prizes and not the number of members.
Over £15,000 has been raised for the Guild Bell Fund so far, and it provides a regular income with chances of winning a cash prize each month. Derek retired from the job in June 2019 and it has been taken over by Cathy Dixon.
The General Management Committee of the Guild decided in March 2020 to recognise the increase in subscribers and hence the prize fund, by changing to three monthly prizes: 33%, 12% and 8% of the paid-up subscriptions. Originally there were two prizes: 40% and 10% of the monthly paid up subscriptions, with an anniversary draw in September of 50%, 25% and 10%. Both these schemes keep the return in prizes to over 50% as required by the gaming laws.
However, due to the coronvirus pandemic, in view of the fact that there are unlikely to be any meetings during April 2020 and for the next few months, the 100 Club draw will not be able to take place. Any subscriptions paid will be rolled over by one month for each draw that is missed. It is now expected that draws will resume from September.
Subscriptions are £12 per year. This cannot be gift aided. Individuals (over 16 only), groups and towers can join.
You can now do a bank transfer or set up a standing order to the Guild account. These should be referenced with "100 Member X" (where X represents your 100 Club membership number). Without this detail Cathy will not be able to credit the correct person!
The account the monies should go into is
Sort Code: 30-94-68,
Account No: 07146532.
Payment by cash or cheque (payable to "PDGCBR") is of course still an option.
Cathy can also send you a reminder when your payment is due but will need an up-to-date email address for you sent to her. Any other changes of contact details should also be supplied so that we can ensure that your winnings get to you if your number is one of the three drawn each month.
The winning numbers are published in the Newsletter.