Each and every member is co-owner of a multi-million-pound business, and has the democratic right to have a say in how the Society is run.
Members are involved in the affairs of the Society at every level, from shopping with us to standing for election to the Board of Directors.
After a qualifying period, every member has the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to influence the way the Society is run, through attendance at members' meetings, approving the level of dividend, voting in elections, and even standing for election.
Being a member brings with it additional advantages, such as sharing in the success of the business through the dividend payout, supporting the ethical and co-operative values that underpin the Society, influencing the distribution of our community fund, and taking part in social, recreational and educational events organised by local member relations committees.
Joining our community of members is easy. All it takes is a minimum of £1 to open a share account with us. There are three ways of applying:
All stores and branches can supply a paper membership application form which you can complete at home and then return, with your initial share contribution (minimum £1) to become a full member straight away.
0800 050 1601 (from a mobile 01543 223772)
You need to have been a full member for six months before you can attend the twice-yearly member meetings. The definition of a full member is one who has paid the £1 share in full.