For the civil service and public sector since 1923

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Our Story

We are Boundless, the club for people working in the public sector and civil service. For over 95 years we have been giving back to those who give most to society by providing money-saving deals, events and perks to help you get the most from your free time.

Boundless is all about good times, we help civil servants and public sector workers get the most out of their free time by providing unique experiences, things to do and exclusive savings to our members.

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Frank Edwards sets up a club

In 1923, Frank sets up a club for his new friends. People who love motorbikes, and trying new things.

Frank Edwards

The first general meeting took place on 27 February. CSMA's offical birthday.

CSMA Club ticket

1924 At the end of its first year CSMA had 335 members, 165 of whom were motorcycle owners. 335 members

Three men with a car and a motorbike

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The first issue of the club magazine

The Gazette was produced in December.

Record player CSMA Club Gazette

1933CSMA allowed Manchester Group to buy a caravan at a cost of £28 for use by members. This was the first of two caravans that members could hire for touring holidays. The second caravan was purchased in 1935 but due to excessive repair costs, both caravans were sold in 1938. The CSMA Atlas was published in four volumes in 1933-34. Each sold to members for 2/- (10p) including postage and packing. In the first year 6,800 volumes were sold when there were only 13,643 members.

1935The Gazette started featuring advertisements for various handsomely discounted products, exclusively for members. Member testimonials were offered as proof of total product and service satisfaction. 1931 was the first year high-quality, discounted oil was sold to members, among other products.

1937A cartoon from CSMA’s club magazine, The Gazette, illustrated the various motivations for joining among members. Today, as in the past, member participation in club activities is always encouraged.

1938CSMA-branded spark plugs became available after the Motor Trader’s Association voiced concern over CSMA-discounted sales of brand-name products. CSMA agreed to sell only own-brand items to members.

1939 45,000 members

Motorcyclists

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CSMA's first country club

Nun's Acre in Goring-on-Thames, Surrey; offered to war-weary members.

CSMA Club Country Club

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CSMA branded items

Word spreads about Franks club and big motoring companies offer them special deals. Soon exclusive member discounts are offered by independent retailers and services.

CSMA Oil

1961Whitemead Forest Park had a £3m investment to expand what it offers visitors as a popular destination for camping and glamping in the heart of the Forest of Dean.

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Purchased Whitemead

The forest park in the forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Which provided members with discounted holidays.

Whitemead Forest Park

1974CSMA members received discounted roadside repair and tow-home services from Auto-Speed Recovery (ASR) for only 50p per call (about to £6 in 2018 money). Unfortunately Auto-Speed folded soon after launch. Luckily, National Breakdown Recovery Club (NBRC) succeeded where ASR had failed, eventually leading to CSMA developing its own breakdown and recovery service, Britannia Rescue, in 1983.

1987The in-house CSMA Travel Service was replaced by the CSMA/Hogg Robinson Travel Desk. The new telephone booking service handled more enquiries in its first three weeks of operation than the old CSMA Travel Service handled in all of 1987.

1994Ghyll Manor Country Hotel in Rusper, West Sussex, became CSMA’s third country club since 1946. The 17th-century house combines old-world elegance with modern convenience. Members and non-members alike can choose from a main house suite, stable mews rooms or one of seven cottages. In 1998, it was awarded Les Routiers’ Gold Key Trophy for highest standards of cuisine, housekeeping, service and warm welcome.

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Purchased Motoring Museum

The Cotswold Motoring Museum and Toy Collection in Bourton-on-the-water Gloucestershire.

Toy Bus Cotswold Motoring Museum Car

2008Wheel Farm Cottages, near Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, North Devon, were close to beautiful coastline and feature a converted 17th-century water mill nestled on seven acres of landscaped gardens. The restored cottages offer an indoor pool, sauna, tennis court and play area for kids.

2010Manleigh Holiday Park, near Combe Martin, North Devon, opened to offer members a fantastic variety of accommodation from log cabins and chalets to static caravans, nestled in picturesque countryside with a great on-site bar and restaurant. Manleigh and Wheel Farm were both sold in 2016.

2013CSMA opened Parkergate, Keswick, Cumbria. Ideally located in England’s Lake District, this collection of cottages has proved the most popular of all CSMA’s leisure sites.

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Rebranded to 'Boundless by CSMA'

Introduced the Boundless Foundation and the member lottery supporting charities.

CSMA Club to Boundless

2017Whitemead Forest Park had a £3m investment to expand what it offers visitors as a popular destination for camping and glamping in the heart of the Forest of Dean.

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Boundless Summer concert

A new event Boundless Summer

An open-air concert bringing together great music and glorious surroundings.

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210,000 members and counting

Helping civil service and public sector employees and their families make the most of their free time.

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A club run by and for members

We’re owned by our members and we put them at the heart of everything we do.

We put our members first every time. We bring them together through shared interests, experiences and exclusive benefits.

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We bring people together

Through local interest groups, our volunteer network and our member events, we bring members together and help create communities.

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We give back to those who give the most to society

On Public Service Day, we said thank you to those who keep the country running. We donated £10,000 to charities supporting five worthy causes: Police Care UK, RCN Foundation, The Firefighters Charity, Education Support Partnership and The Charity for Civil Servants.

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Teacher talking to students
Midwife handing baby back to mother
Police Care
RCN Foundation
Education Support Partnership
The Charity For Civil Servants
The Fire Fighters Charity

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