ECF Membership Renewals
Buy one, get one free,
or more accurately
buy the last ¼ of one (for the price of a whole one), and get the next whole one free.
ECF Membership runs from 1st September one year, to 31st August the next year, and you still pay the full annual fee, even if you take out the membership mid-season. Normally, that means that if you take out membership in June, it runs out after 3 or 4 months, giving you a quarter of a cake for the price of a whole one.
In order to avoid this “problem” for those not currently holding 2020-21 membership who want to ease into the hoped-for return to over-the-board chess via the various pre-season on-line and over-the-board events (requiring ECF Membership) being optimistically planned by the ECF, 4NCL, counties, and local associations, the ECF has come up with an offer for those newly taking out or renewing membership from now to the start of next season:
(Quotes from https://www.englishchess.org.uk/ecf-membership-renewals/.)