Welcome to the Cornbury Society website. Explore away!
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How do I...
Here are some tips on becoming a member, renewing membership, using the site and more.
You can see most of the website without logging in or creating an ID. You can’t create your own username (a.k.a. register yourself on the site); sorry.
So – just start browsing around and enjoy your visit!
If you really need a username, for example so you can comment on posts, please use our Contact Us form to request one.
- If you’re not logged in: Look in the login box for “Lost your password?”. This will email you a link. Check your email in a few minutes, then click the link in the email and you can set a new password. The email address will be the one used when your account was set up. If you don’t have access to this email any more, please use the Contact Us page for help.
- If you’re already logged in: Go to your Profile page (link is usually near the top right, just below the pink menubar. In the row of options below your picture is “Settings”, wherein you can change your password.
The Cornbury Society serves crossdressers, transgenders, their supporters and allies. We like to speak with prospective members face to face before they join in order to answer questions and make sure we’re a good fit for each other.
Use the Contact Us form in the main menu bar to request a membership interview. Someone from the Society will contact you with more information.
Full membership is $50 per calendar year. Dues are due in January.
Spouses/partners and supporters are welcome to join for free. Contact us for details.
If you live more than 75 km from the Vancouver, BC area or or are otherwise unable to get to meetings, you may be eligible for an online-only membership, which is $20/year.
As a paid-up member of the Cornbury Society you’ll enjoy:
- notification of private events (yes, we invite the public to some of our events but must keep some events private for our closeted members)
- greater access to the website (personal blogs, the ability to comment on posts, friending and messaging of other members and more)
- getting to know a great group of like-minded people!
Easy. From mid-December through the end of March, you’ll see an event on our calendar called “Dues Renewal”. Click on it and follow the instructions therein.
Note that you must be logged in as a paid-up member to see this. If you can’t login or your membership’s expired, use the Contact Us form for help.
New accounts are given an automatically generated profile photo of coloured squares like the example below. You can upload your own photo instead.
You must be logged into the site.
If you have a paid-up Cornbury membership (or you’re a supporter or partner/spouse) you have access to the social media features of the site, including asking other members to be your friend and accepting (or declining) their friendship requests.
Friends can message each other or form groups for group messages.
To Add a Friend
- You must be logged into the site.
- Under Membership, choose Members.
- At the top of the resulting list, set Order By: to Alphabetical to list all members. Or use the Search members box above it.
- Click Add Friend next to the person you want to request.
- They will receive your request via email and as a notification in their user profile screen.
- When they respond and accept your request, you’re friends!
To Accept a Friend Request
- You’ll have received a friend request via email, and also as a notification when you login. At the top right of your screen you’ll see something like this; the blue number shows how many notifications you have.
- Click the blue number to see the request. Click the title of the request, then either Accept or Reject.
- That’s it!
You can exchange messages with your friends via your profile screen. You must be logged in to do so.
- If you have any outstanding messages or other notifications, you’ll see something like this at the very top right of your screen. The blue number indicates how many notifications you have.
- You’ll see something like this on your page (usually at the top right, below the pink menu bar):
- Click Profile to go to your Profile page. It contains a number of headings, one of which is Messages.
- Click Messages to read, reply to and delete your messages.
- To start a new message (as opposed to replying), click Compose.
Blogs and Posts
A Blog is a bit like an online diary. The individual entries in it are Posts.
Site members (i.e. paid-up Cornbury members) can create Posts. Your post becomes an entry in your Blog and is identified by your name. They’re all run together chronologically. However they’re all identified by author and you can single out a particular author’s posts for easier reading.
To see all the posts, choose Blogs in the menu bar.
To see posts from a specific month or a specific author, use the pulldown menus at the right of your page.
To add a post of your own, you must login (meaning you must have an ID as a Cornbury member). Then in the menu bar under Blogs, click Post an Entry. For more detailed instructions, see How do I create a post?
A Post is an entry in your Blog. Think of it as a page in your diary, except that it’s online, and (usually) anyone can read it.
You must be logged in as a paid-up Cornbury member in order to create a post. Do this:
- In the pink menu bar, click Blogs > Post an Entry.
- In the resulting screen, create your post. Enter a title, then enter the body of your post. There’s a toolbar with some handy formatting tools for bold and italic and such.
- Posts are publicly readable by default. If you want to restrict it to members only, click Members Only in the Categories box at the right of the screen.
- When you’re done, find the blue Publish button (its location varies depending on your screen size) and click it.
- You can still make changes. If you do, the Publish button changes to Update.
That’s it. A short version of your post will now appear on the site’s home page. Click it to read it in its entirety.
There are two main types of event on our calendar:
- public events, which are visible to everyone, and
- private events, which are visible only to paid-up members of Cornbury
Why? Many of our members are closeted and need the assurance that the general public is not going to show up and possibly blow their cover. If you’ve been there, you’ll understand. If you haven’t, please bear with us.
If you can see an event on the calendar, you’re welcome to attend. Click on the event to view it.
Signing Up, or Booking
Events often support Bookings, which simply give the organisers some control over numbers and names for planning purposes. Please – if an event requires a booking, then sign up rather than simply showing up. If you can book for an event, there’ll be a section for that below its description.
- Login. If you don’t have an account, you’ll have to request one; see our Contact page.
- Select the number of spaces you want (say, if you’re bringing a guest), fill in the details and submit.
- You’ll get an email in a few minutes acknowledging that you made a booking.
- The event organisers will be notified and will confirm (or – highly unlikely – deny) your request. You’ll get another email to that effect, at which point you’re booked in.
Cancelling your Booking
If you find you can’t make an event for which you’ve booked, please make sure you cancel your booking. Do this:
- Find the event on the calendar and click it.
- Under Bookings, click Manage my bookings.
- Next to the event involved, click Cancel.
Bookings vs. Signups
They’re pretty much the same thing. On the old site they were called Signups; on the new one they’re called Bookings. Unlike the old Signups, Bookings can also be for ticketed (i.e. paid) events and can (eventually) collect payment via PayPal.