Interesting article on the BBC Website about doctors re-affirming their rights to talk about faith. But it gives only 27 words to Cancer specialist Dr Bernadette Birtwhistle, who clearly knows what she is talking about, and 96 words to Terry Sanderson who clearly does not. Despite massive plugging in the Media the National Secular Society seems to be a tiny organisation, which is very reluctant to disclose its membership numbers.
In 2007 the President claimed to have "around 7,000" members, and their "Annual Report" doesn't disclose membership numbers. However looking at their financial statements filed at Companies House their income from "Subscriptions and Donations" in 2008 was £160k (up from £125k in 2007). Assuming that 80% of this is Subscriptions then these will be about £130k. We observe that the subscription rates are £29 for single adults,£17 for Concessions and £30 for two adults at the same address. Thus the average rate is about £20 per person and there are about 6,500 paying members. There are life memberships available but the income from these was £2.7k (up from £1.1k in 2007) which equates to about 6 life members joining in 2008. Thus we are talking about a paid-up membership of probably a bit under 7,000, and almost certainly not over 10,000. This BTW is a membership costing only £20 pa with no other commitments.
PS Quite nice though journalistic article about the survival value of faith here.