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Boundless by CSMA (formerly CSMA Club) is an experiences club that helps public sector workers get the most from their free time. Established in 1923, it has a membership of around 230,000 and is open to past and present members of the UK Civil Service and public sector plus organisations that were formerly part of the British Civil Service, for instance Royal Mail and BT. Relatives of existing members may also join.

Boundless by CSMA
Company limited by guarantee
IndustryMembers club
FoundedUnited Kingdom (1923)
FounderFrank Vernon Edwards
HeadquartersU.K.,
ProductsDiscounts, Leisure Retreats, Magazine, Events, Groups
ServicesMember benefits, offers, discounts, holidays and activities
Website[1]

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HistoryEdit

Boundless by CSMA is a mutual organisation. It was founded as the Civil Service Motoring Association in 1923 by Frank Vernon Edwards, an executive officer in the Ministry of Labour who had an interest in motorcycle trials.

CSMA Club was designed to be a small motorsport organisation of around 300 members, but by 1930 the membership was over 5,000. The membership currently stands over 230,000.

ServicesEdit

Originally concentrating on the sporting and leisure activities associated with motoring, Boundless by CSMA has developed into primarily a provider of membership benefits in motoring, lifestyle and leisure areas. Today its member benefits include discounts on insurance, shopping, holidays, banking, attraction tickets, cinema, travel, leisure and roadside rescue, providing these through relationships with Approved Partners, notably LV= Insurance, with which it has worked since 1923.

Members of the club also have access to a range of clubs and groups focusing on hobbies and interests from classic cars to photography, as well as a range of events throughout the UK.

Britannia RescueEdit

CSMA Club formerly owned and operated a vehicle breakdown rescue service for members and the general public, branded Britannia Rescue. In 2007, CSMA sold Britannia Rescue to Liverpool Victoria, the owner of the Frizzell Insurance brand (now known as LV=).

Boundless Breaks - Hotels, Cottages, Leisure ParksEdit

Boundless by CSMA owns and operates a number of "Holiday and Leisure properties" in the UK. These currently include

- Ghyll Manor Hotel & Restaurant,[1] a Country House Hotel in West Sussex

- Cotswold Cottages,[2] self-catering cottages in Gloucestershire

- Whitemead Forest Park,[3] a holiday park in Parkend, Forest of Dean.

- Treworgie Barton Cottages,[4]

- Parkergate [5] a collection of self-catering cottages in the Lake District.

Although the general public can stay at any of the properties, members and their families and guests receive a considerable discount on tariffs.

Cotswold Motoring MuseumEdit

Boundless by CSMA is owner of the Cotswold Motoring Museum in Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire.

MagazineEdit

The club magazine, called Boundless, was formerly known as Club Life and before that Motoring & Leisure. It is the largest circulated motoring magazine in the UK. The magazine used to be distributed to members who paid a subscription. From 2009 the magazine is included in the yearly membership fee and distributed to all members 6 times a year. The magazine covers a range of topics from holidays and leisure to motoring and reviews.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ghyll Manor website Archived 7 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Cotswold Cottages website Archived 18 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Whitemead website
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 January 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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