Next members meeting: Feb 8th

The next meeting of the Car Club will be on Wednesday 8th February at 8pm and the venue will be advised nearer the time by email.

Minutes of our December meeting have been circulate, also by email.

Next Car Club meeting – Dec 8th

Our next Club meeting is on Thursday 8th December at 8pm. These are sociable events in one of our member’s homes and venues are sent round by email. Meetings are every two months, and all members are encouraged to attend as often as possible.

If you are not a member but are interested in finding out more, you are welcome to come along to one of our meetings. Please contact us for further information.

We are open to new members

The Car Club has been so successful at greening the travel habits of our growing membership that car use is actually down – and we are therefore in a position to take on new members.

The club is a community-run organisation which allows access to a fleet of local cars on payment of an annual membership fee. If you only use your car two or three times a week, joining the club can be cheaper than owning one. Other members use the club rather than owning a second car. It’s a successful way of reducing cars on our streets, cutting costs, and developing a stronger community, all at once.

We suggest reading some of the information in our About section and then getting in touch.

Two new admin volunteers needed

The Car Club is looking for two energetic members to fill two important roles of Charges Administrator and Membership Secretary. We recognise that some people are simply unable to fill such a role, but we are sure that there will be others who who value the communal and voluntary principles of our car club so much that they are prepared to find the time and energy required – and will enjoy it!

Up until now, we have always relied on the dedication of a few members who have voluntarily managed all the essential administrative roles:

  • Charges administrators, currently just Caroline Davies. Thanks to Sue Perry for all the unacknowledged and uncounted hours you devoted to this role)
  • Fleet secretary, currently Carolyn Hattersley
  • Treasurer, currently Simon Scott
  • Membership secretary, currently Rebecca Semple who is valiantly handling membership tasks until someone steps forward to relieve her after five years’ invaluable and inspired work on the development of our club

We are not really looking for temporary help. It is much more helpful for people to learn the new role and then are prepared to keep at it for at least a couple of years.

If you can help, please contact Glenn, our Chair. If no-one comes forward we may need to consider paid help, but obviously this would affect the cost of the club.

Car Clubs are part of solution to traffic, say Sustrans

A third of UK households own two or more cars or vans, and car numbers are increasing, so there’s a growing need to solve our traffic problem. Car clubs and car-sharing schemes could provide part of the solution, say Sustrans. Read the full article here.

Welcome to our new website

Our original website was created when we formed several years ago, and we decided we need to update to a more modern and mobile-friendly format. We hope you like it.

If you spot any errors please let us know. Thanks to our local Wye Design for creating and updating the site.

Join a club that can help drive down the cost of car ownership

Increased insurance premiums and rising congestion levels can make owning a car increasingly costly. The Guardian recently looked at a growing alternative – the car club. Read the full article from The Guardian here.

Car sharing clubs ‘take 25,000 cars off London roads’

We may not have this number in Hereford, but imagine the effect of more and more people using car clubs in Hereford on the city’s congestion problems.

There are 25,000 fewer cars on London’s roads as a result of car-sharing club members selling their privately-owned vehicles, bringing both air quality and congestion improvements to the city, according to a survey by shared transport charity Carplus. Read the full story here.

Is the mass sharing of driverless cars about to reshape our suburbs?

A fascinating article in the Guardian about the advent of driverless cars and the potential impact in car ownership, parking and congestion. Worth a read whatever our views on the implications of the Google or Apple Car! Read it here.