Club Membership FAQs
Why should our club become a full member?
All clubs with a significant involvement in northern caving can get involved with the CNCC by applying to becoming a full member. Being a full member of the CNCC allows you a vote, and enables you to propose or second motions at our General Meetings. Full members also have the opportunity to stand for our Committee. Full members receive email updates from the CNCC on all matters relating to northern caving and have a login to the members’ area of our website.
Is our club too small / too far away / too new to be a full member club?
As you can see from our list of current full member clubs, we have members ranging from the very large and well established northern clubs, to much smaller or newer clubs, student clubs, and clubs geographically based outside of the traditional ‘northern caving’ region. They all share a desire to work with the CNCC to help improve northern caving, whether that be through access, training, conservation or any other means.
What are the requirements to be a full member?
The requirements are that you are a properly constituted club and that you demonstrate a significant input or involvement in northern caving (this can be through existing digging, conservation, or other projects, or simply very regular sporting trips in our region).
What does it cost?
Membership incurs no charge.
Do we have to be a BCA-member club to be a full member of the CNCC?
Although most of our full members are BCA member clubs, there is no constitutional requirement for this. For example, some clubs choose not to be BCA club members, but instead their members prefer to obtain direct individual BCA membership. Note that some of our access agreements specifically require a club to be a BCA-member to allow you to apply for permits.
What is expected of us once we are a full member club?
Full member clubs are encouraged to discuss the agenda for our General Meetings and to send a representative to deliver a vote and discuss/raise any topical items on your clubs behalf. You are also welcome to propose or suggest any ideas your club has to help improve northern caving, and are encouraged to stay abreast of all topical matters. We encourage all our full member clubs to dissociate all relevent CNCC communications with their members. All full members are expected to adhere to the CNCC constitution and to respect all access agreements.
Do we need to apply every year?
No, application for full membership is a one-off event. Periodically the CNCC may contact full members (in particular those who do not take any involvement for several years) to query whether they wish to remain a full member or to identify if the club even still exists. Clubs which cannot be contacted or which do not wish to maintain a regular involvement with the CNCC may have their membership revoked. This is to ensure our membership is kept current and relevant.