Newcomers can attend free of charge for a month or more before being asked to pay a subscription. There are three grades of membership – full member, social and junior/student.

Full membership of £53 a year applies to members playing league chess, with £15 of the subscription going directly to the English Chess Federation for Bronze level membership. For those wishing to just play friendly matches there is a Social Membership of £22, which is also the cost of Junior and Student membership. All subscriptions include tea, coffee or soft drink.