Number 63 is run as a Friendly Society, regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 and managed by a Board of Directors of seven elected shareholders.
As a hotel, now a gracious old lady of 70, but with a history dating back some 150 years, Number 63 is a property with expensive needs for maintenance, upkeep and upgrading. As well as supporting this lovely boutique hotel by using the accommodation and other facilities, there is the opportunity to support the fundraising activities of the 500 and 2000 Clubs, whose additional income for 63 is very much appreciated.
The Platinum Appeal
The seventieth anniversary of the purchase of Number 63 by Soroptimists seemed a fitting time to launch a new appeal for funds to support the future of our Residential Club. The Platinum Appeal, launched on 29 November, invites shareholders and supporters to contribute to the refurbishment of our iconic property, through interest free loans for a fixed five year period after which they will be repaid, donations and legacies. The funds raised will be used to further upgrade and improve bedrooms and public areas. With shareholders’ support at the Special General Meeting in January, we hope to be able to reopen the share register for the purchase of shares.
Alongside the Appeal, a booklet was launched, highlighting the history of the building and especially the 70 years of service by Soroptimists and friends. The booklet was researched and compiled by Director of Marketing and Communications Liz Batten, assisted by many past Chairmen and committee members. The booklet is available at a cost of £5.00 from Number 63 and arrangements will be made to have the booklet available for sale at the Annual General Meeting, Federation Conference in Bournemouth and at Region Meetings.
The 500 Club was launched in 1994/95, exclusively for Soroptimists, by Anne Hudson who was at that time Chairman of the then Management Committee, now known as the Board of Directors. The aim was to provide a fund which was immediately accessible to Number 63 for the replacement or maintenance of essential items. To date more than £50,000 has been raised for 63, and an annual donation of £1,600 is usually made.
45% of members` subscriptions are returned as prize money at the monthly draws, 50% is for the benefit of 63 and 5% for administration.
Membership subscription is £12 per annum if paying by cheque or £13 per annum if paying by standing order. Members may purchase as many numbers as they wish at any time of the year.
The 2000 Club was launched in 2000 by members of SI Plymouth and District whose aim was to raise funds for the upgrading and refurbishment of Number 63. To-date members of the 2000 Club have contributed £122,000 towards improvements and projects carried out at Number 63. The 2000 Club continues to make a discretionary donation to Number 63 for these purposes annually.
50% of members` subscriptions are returned in prize money at the monthly draws. Bumper prize draws take place in June and December with one prize of £1,000, two prizes of £500 each and two prizes of £250 each for each of those two months. The other monthly prizes are two at £100 each, two at £50 each and two at £25 each for each of the ten months.
Membership subscription is as follows:
- £13 per three months
- £26 per six months
- £52 per annum
Payment may be made by either bank standing order or cheque.
Leave a gift
Legacies are a wonderful way for members who have enjoyed the privilege of staying at 63 over the years to leave a gift so that current and future generations can enjoy staying there too. Since 2003 more than £500,000 has been left in bequests to Number 63 which has been a tremendous help in funding refurbishment and updating of facilities.