GXSA Policy for Holding and Processing Personal Data under the General Data Processing Regulations (GDPR)


In relation to Personal Information (Personal Data) the GXSA will:

1) Only collect, hold or use personal data about members and other persons for the purposes of administering and running the association and its activities.

2) Avoid collecting, holding or using any sensitive personal data unless it is necessary, such as to facilitate collection of fees or to ensure the safety of activities. Where standing order bank details are obtained they will be processed and sent to the relevant bank in good time without details of the account being retained.

3) Not pass personal data to third parties other than for managing the purposes of the Association or allow it to be used in any commercial way or passed abroad.

4) Hold all electronic data on personal computers or reputable "cloud" sites protected by password and keep all other personal data safely so that it is only available to Officers and committee members of the association or to other members of the association authorised by the committee or others assisting those persons in managing the association's activities.

5) Keep personal data updated when aware of changes and where legitimately requested as set out below. As many members remain as such for life there will be no specific time limit after which personal data is deleted but if requested Personal Data will be deleted straight away unless the Association has reason to retain it, eg collection of unpaid fees.

6) Only make members' personal data available in any handbook or data site to other members if such member has specifically consented to their personal details being included in such a document or put on such site.

Please note:

a)  The personal data controller is the Gerrards Cross Sailing Association, which can be contacted at The Gerrards Cross Memorial Hall, East Common, Gerrards Cross, SL9 7AD

     Website: www.gxsa.org.uk         E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

b)  You have the right to find out what personal information the GXSA holds about you and to seek to amend it and/or have it deleted. If you wish to do so,  please contact the above.

c) You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office about the way your personal information is handled by the GXSA if you wish.  




The association was formed in 1965 and has around 180 members. Their maritime interests are extensive and relate to anything that floats of various genre, the related technology, history, places of interest and world wide destinations. Members may actively cruise, race, charter or simply potter on the river - others mostly enjoy the camaraderie of the weekly talks and social events.


Meetings are held during the Autumn and Spring on Wednesday evenings at the Memorial Centre in Gerrards Cross. The large modern hall and bar opens at 7.30pm to enable members and guests to meet informally before and after the meetings. Typical attendances are between 70 and 90. Visitors are very welcome.

Each meeting is normally an illustrated talk presented either by an invited professional speaker or member. Topics are wide ranging and amongst others include yacht cruising, seamanship, navigation, meteorology and environmental issues. Past programmes can be seen on the programme page.

Saturday Specials

These are either outings to a relevant place of interest or whole day instructional courses on topics such as  radar, electrical and engine maintenance, sea survival and first aid. Some events are linked to RYA certification schemes and there are usually one or two each season.

Social and Sailing Programme

In addition to the weekly winter meetings, the "Social and sailing programme" includes summer weekend rallies, usually one longer cruise in company and an annual dinner. The association facilitates contact between skippers looking for crew and members seeking crewing experience.


GXSA is run by Officers and a Committee, who are all elected each year at the Annual General Meeting in March.

For the 2017-18 year these are:

Chairman - Bernie Smallman

Vice Chairman -

Treasurer - Michael Allan

Secretary - Martin Goodchild

Committee Members -  James Burkitt, Nick Lemon, Paul Farrell, Dave Harrop, Geoff Matthews

Previous version of  GXSA ASSOCIATION RULES from Feb. 2007.  

Please note these have been superseded by the Current  Rules of the Association.


1.0     Name and objects

1.1     The name of the Association is “Gerrards Cross Sailing Association”.

1.2     The object of the Association shall be to provide lectures, discussions, social and other activities for all those interested in the sport and pastime of sailing and boating.

1.3     The Association is a non-profit making organisation. All profits and surpluses will be used to maintain or improve the Association’s facilities. No profit or surpluses will be distributed except as covered under Rule 11 - Dissolution.

2.0         Membership

2.1         Membership shall be open to any person over the age of 18.

2.2         A person under the age of eighteen (18) and sponsored by an adult member may become a Junior Member.

2.3         A member’s children or grandchildren under the age of eighteen (18) are considered to be Junior Members of the Association whilst participating in an activity organised by the Association.

2.4         Applicants for membership shall record their personal details on a membership form which shall be forwarded to the Honorary Secretary.  Membership of the Association shall be at the discretion of the Committee.

2.5         Every member shall furnish the Honorary Secretary with an up-to-date address and email address if available and any notice sent to such addresses shall be deemed to have been duly delivered.

2.6         The Committee may appoint a person or persons as Honorary Members of the Association, generally in recognition of some service or particular relationship with the Association

2.7         Members who, for any reason, wish to resign their membership shall inform the Honorary Secretary in writing by mail or email.

2.8         Guests or visitors will be welcome to attend Association functions on payment of a visitor fee as decided by the Committee from time to time. Guests or visitors shall record their name and email address ifavailable on the attendance sheet.

 3.0         Joining Fee and Subscription

3.1         The Association joining fee (if any) and the annual subscription payable by all members of the Association shall be recommended by the Committee and put to the general meeting on an annual basis.


3.2         The Association joining fee shall be payable just once at the beginning of a member’s period of membership. This fee may be set to be nil.

3.3         The annual subscription shall become payable on joining and on the 1st October each year.

3.4         The first year’s subscription for those members joining after the end of December but before 1st October may be reduced for that partial year at the discretion of the Committee provided that a Bankers standing order for the full subscription is signed effective 1st October of that year.

3.5         Subscriptions shall normally be payable by Bankers Standing Order.

3.6         The annual subscription levied for two members having the same address may be set at a discount and called Family Membership.

3.7         The annual subscription levied for a member who has moved residence to a distance greater than 50 miles from Gerrards Cross may, at the discretion of the Committee, be set at a discount and called Outport Membership.

3.8         Any member whose subscription has not been received in full by 1st December shall be considered to be in arrears.

3.9         Any member with annual subscription payments in arrears who attends an Association function or event shall pay their arrears in full to the relevant committee member prior to admittance.

3.10     Any member/s whose subscription payment is in arrears may not vote at any meeting

3.11     The Committee may cancel, without notice, the membership of any member whose annual subscription fees are more than three months in arrears, provided that the Committee may, at its discretion, reinstate such member upon payment of arrears. After a period of six months in arrears a new membership application form and Standing Order form shall be required together with payment of such joining fee as may be in force before reinstatement.

4.0         Officers

4.1         The Officers of the Association shall be members and shall consist of a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, each of whom shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting in each year to hold office for the subsequent year until the next Annual General Meeting. The retiring Officers shall be eligible for re-election, save that the Chairman and Vice Chairman shall serve for a maximum of two consecutive years. The retiring chairman may not seek election to office or the committee for a period of one year following retirement.

4.2         No candidate for election to any office (other than the retiring Officers) shall be proposed unless the name of such candidate and of their proposer shall have been submitted to the Honorary Secretary 30 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting, and unless the consent of the proposed candidate has been obtained.

5.0         Committee

5.1         The Committee shall consist of the four Officers and not more than six members of the Association, elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting to hold office until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting.

5.2         Candidates for election to the Committee shall be those members of the retiring committee who shall offer themselves for re-election and such other members of the Association whose nominations have been proposed and seconded by members of the Association in writing and shall have been sent to the Honorary Secretary 30 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting, the consent of the candidate having been obtained.

5.3         If the number of candidates exceeds the number of vacancies to be filled, the election shall be by ballot. In the event of the ballot failing to determine the members of the Committee because of an equality of votes, the candidate or candidates to be elected from those having an equal number of votes shall be determined by lot.

5.4         If a vacancy occurs for any reason, the Committee may co-opt a member to fill the vacancy.

5.5         The Committee shall manage the affairs of the Association according to these rules and shall apply the funds of the Association to the objects of the Association.

5.6         The Committee shall make such bylaws, rules and regulations as they think fit for the management of any property of the Association.

5.7         The Committee may appoint sub-committees as it may deem necessary and may delegate such of its powers as it may think fit upon such terms and conditions as shall be deemed expedient.  Such sub-committees shall consist of such members of the Committee or of the Association as the Committees may think fit.  Officers of the club shall be ex officio members of all such sub-committees.

5.8         No business shall be transacted at any meeting of the Committee unless a quorum of the Committee is present, such a quorum being a minimum of two Officers and three Committee members.

5.9         A member of the Committee, of a sub-committee or any officer of the Association, in transacting business for the Association, shall disclose to third parties that he is so acting.

5.10     The Committee or any person or sub-committee delegated by the Committee to act as agent for the Association or its members, shall enter into contract only as far as expressly authorised, or authorised by implication, by the members.  No person shall, without the express authority of the membership in General Meeting, pledge the credit of the membership.

5.11     In pursuance of the authority vested in the Committee by members of the club, members of the Committee are entitled to be indemnified by the members of the club against any liabilities properly incurred by them or any one of them on behalf of the club wherever the contract is of a duly authorised nature or could be assumed to be of a duly authorised nature and entered into on behalf of the club. The limit of any individual member’s indemnity in this respect shall be a sum equal to one year’s subscription at the then current rate of that category of membership unless the committee has been authorised to exceed such limit by a General Meeting of the Association.

5.12     The Association’s annual accounting period shall run from 1 October to the following 30 September.

5.13     The Committee shall ensure that such books of accounts are kept as are necessary to give a true and fair view of the state of the finances of the Association and shall ensure that an annual balance sheet is available for consideration at each annual general meeting.

5.14     The Committee shall ensure that such insurance policy or policies are administered as may be needed to adequately protect the interests of the Association, its Officers and its members.

5.15     The committee shall take legal advice as and when required to ensure that the Association’s affairs are managed in accordance with current law.

6.0         Honorary Independent Examiner

6.1         At the Annual General Meeting, an Honorary Independent Examiner shall be appointed whose duty shall be to independently examine the Association’s accounts.

7.0         Annual & Special General Meetings

7.1         A general meeting of the members of the Association shall be held no later than the end of April each year.

7.2         Notice of this annual general meeting together with the business to be brought forward at the meeting shall be delivered  to each member at least 14 days before such meeting.

7.3         No business (except the adoption of the accounts and the election of the Officers, Committee and Honorary Independent Examiner and any business that the Committee may order to be inserted in the notice convening the meeting) shall be discussed at such meeting, unless notice thereof be given to the Honorary Secretary 30 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.

7.4         The Committee may, on giving 14 days’ notice, call a Special General Meeting of the Association for any specific business, the nature of which shall be stated in the notice convening the meeting, and the discussion at such meeting shall be confined to that business only.

7.5         The Committee shall call a Special General Meeting on the written request of a minimum of 20 members or 20 percent of the membership, excluding Juniors, whichever shall be the lower, and shall comply with the conditions set out in Clause 7.3 hereof.

7.6         At a General Meeting of the Association all Members, except Juniors, shall have one vote. In case of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a second and casting vote.


7.7         At a General Meeting of the Association 15 members, except Juniors, shall form a quorum and shall include at least 2 officers of the Association.


7.8         Accidental omission to give notice of any meeting to or non-receipt of such notice by any member does not invalidate the proceedings at that meeting.



8.0         New Rules, Amendments and Alterations

8.1         Notice of any alteration or addition to the rules intended to be proposed by a member of the Association shall be given to the Honorary Secretary in writing 30 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting, or 30 days before any Special General Meeting at which the same is to be brought forward, and full particulars of any such proposed alterations or additions shall be set out in the notice convening the meeting.

8.2         All such proposed alterations or additions and any amendments to them which may be proposed and seconded, shall be put to the vote of the meeting, and provided that on a show of hands, or, if demanded on a poll, a majority of two-thirds of the votes of those members present and voting shall be cast in favour of any proposed alterations or additions or amendments then the same shall be deemed to be carried.






9.0         Data Protection Act 1998


The acceptance of these rules by past, existing or prospective members of the Association, or persons who have regular contact with it, shall be deemed to constitute consent to the holding by the Association of personal data for the purpose of establishing or maintaining membership of or support for the Association, or providing or administering activities.


10.0     Liability

10.1     The Gerrards Cross Sailing Association and its officers and committee members shall not be liable to any member whatsoever of the Association, or any person using Association property or attending activities arranged by the Association or by virtue of these rules for or by reason of any act, neglect, default or negligence of any officer, servant or agent of the Association.

11.0     Dissolution

11.1     In the event the Committee shall decide that it can no longer continue with the effective running of the Association, it shall call a Special General Meeting in accordance with Clause 7.3 hereof and shall explain to the membership the reasons for the proposed dissolution of the Association. Should the membership seek to elect new Officers and a new Committee, they shall do only in accordance with Clause 5.0 herein.

11.2     In the event that it is agreed at the Special General Meeting called for that purpose, that the Association shall be dissolved then the Committee shall dispose of the assets of the Association by distributing the same to such charities as they shall elect.  On the final disposal of such assets and the winding up of the affairs of the Association, the Treasurer shall prepare a Final Statement of account indicating such disposals and which statement shall be examined by the Honorary Independent Examiner and a copy sent to each member of the Association.





Location - Wednesday Evening Meetings

Memorial Centre Photo

Our regular meetings are held at the Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross, Bucks SL9 7AD Tel (01753) 883759.

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There is a large car park within the centre which is free and fills quickly. Visitors to the centre are discouraged from parking on the common, although if the car park is full it is possible to park either on field behind (entrance through field gate immediately to the right of the main building) or on the road (unlit).

Please note: the car park has separate entry and exits. The entrance is on the east side adjacent to a single storey building. At night this entrance can be difficult to identify (drive slowly!).

Train and Plane

The centre is about 7 minutes walk from Gerrards Cross Station served by a frequent Chiltern Railways service to London Marylebone, High Wycome and Birmingham.

The location is approximately 40 minutes by road from both London Heathrow and London Luton airports.

Other meetings

Locations will be announced beforehand. See individual notices.

Membership Application

Please apply online using the form below. If you cannot apply online, a Membership application and standing order form can be printed from your browser (89k pdf file). After downloading and printing, return to this page using your browser's "back" button. Alternatively you can contact the Hon. Secretary via the contact page for application forms. If you have any queries, please address these to committee members on a meeting evening, or use the Contact Us form.

There are three classes of membership:

  1. Family: For the primary member, and partner living at the same address (cost is £35 per annum)
  2. Single: For an individual (cost is £30 per annum)
  3. Outport: For people living more than 30 miles from Gerrards Cross (as the crow flies) (cost is £10 per annum)

Most of our members pay by Standing Order.  When you have completed the form, we will display a standing order form that you can print off and bring along to a meeting, or submit directly to your bank.

Please complete the details, below.  We will email you the details that you complete.

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Standing Order

Please complete the Standing Order form and complete the GDPR question, and send it to our Secretary

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Meet Your Committee

Hre are a few words about each of the committee members, and their contact details should you wish to get involved.

You will see that there are currently several vacancies, which means that each Committee Member is working harder than normal.  Please volunteer, if you are physically able to do so.


Previous members of the Committee