Whaley Bridge Amenity Society
Registered Charity No. 500862
- NAME The name of the Society shall be the Whaley Bridge
- OBJECTS The Society is established for the public benefit
for the following purposes in the area administered by the Whaley Bridge Town
Council comprising Fernilee, Taxal, Horwich, Whaley, Hockerley, Bridgemont,
Yeardsley and Furness Vale which area shall hereinafter be referred to as
"the area of benefit".
In furtherance of the said purposes but not otherwise the
Society through its Executive Committee shall have the following powers:-
- To promote high standards of planning and architecture
in or affecting the area of benefit.
- To stimulate public interest in and care for the
beauty, history and character of this area and its surroundings.
- To secure the preservation, protection. development
and improvement of features of historic or public interest in the area
- To promote civic pride in the area of benefit.
- To promote research into subjects directly connected
with the objects of the Society and to publish the results of any such research.
- To act as a co-ordinating body and to co-operate
with the local authorities, planning committees, and all other statutory
authorities, voluntary organisations, charities and persons having aims
similar to those of the Society.
- To promote or assist in promoting activities of a charitable nature.
- To publish papers, reports and other literature.
- To make surveys and prepare maps and plans and collect information in
relation to any place, erection or building of beauty or historic interest
within the area of benefit.
- To hold meetings, lectures and exhibitions.
- To educate public opinion and to give advice and information.
- To raise funds and to invite and receive contributions from any person
or persons whatsoever by way of subscription, donation and otherwise; provided
that the Society shall not undertake any permanent trading activities in
raising funds for its primary purpose.
- To acquire, by purchase, gift or otherwise. property whether subject to
any special trust or not.
- Subject to such consents as may be required by law,
to sell, let, mortgage, dispose of or turn to account all or any of the
property or funds of the Society as shall be necessary.
- Subject to such consents as may be required by law,
to borrow or raise money for the purposes of the Society on such terms and
on such security as the Executive Committee shall think fit, but so that
the liability of Individual members of the Society shall in no case extend
beyond the amount of their respective annual subscriptions.
- To do all such other lawful
things as are necessary for the attainment of the said purposes.
- MEMBERSHIP Membership shall be open to all who are interested
in actively furthering the purposes of the Society. No member shall have power
to vote at any meeting of the Society if his or her subscription is in arrears
at the time. Junior members shall be those aged less than 18 years at the
time their subscription is due, and they shall not be entitled to vote at
any meeting of the Society. Corporate members shall be such societies, associations,
educational institutions, businesses or councils and other statutory authorities
as are interested in actively furthering the purposes of the Society. A corporate
member shall appoint a representative to act on its behalf at all meetings
of the Society, such representative shall be entitled to cast a single vote,
whether in a personal or representative capacity. A corporate member shall
give particulars in writing to the Honorary Secretary of such representative.
The subscription of a member joining the Society in the three months preceding
the month of the Annual General Meeting in any year shall be regarded as covering
membership for the Society's year commencing at that Annual General Meeting.
- SUBSCRIPTIONS The subscriptions shall be:-
or such other reasonable sum as the Executive Committee shall
determine from time to time, and it shall be payable on or before the day
of the Annual General Meeting each year. Membership shall lapse if the subscription
is unpaid three months after it is due.
- Life members ₤ 50.00
- Full members per annum ₤ 6.00
- Unwaged members per annum ₤ 3.00
- Corporate members per annum ₤ 50.00
- MEETINGS An Annual General Meeting shall be held in or
about the month of November in each year to receive the Executive Committee's
report and audited accounts and to elect Officers and Members of the Committee.
Notices relevant to an Annual General Meeting shall be circulated to members
at least three weeks before the date of the meeting together with a request
for nominations to the Committee, duly seconded, and bearing the consent of
the nominee. A list of Committee members willing to stand if nominated shall
be included. Nominations shall be completed and delivered to the Honorary
Secretary fourteen days before the meeting. A postal vote for the election
of a Committee may be requested by a member not less than seven days before
the Annual General Meeting and returned before the commencement of the meeting
to be included with the votes cast at the meeting. The Committee shall decide
when ordinary meetings of the Society shall be held. Special General Meetings
of the Society shall be held at the written request of fifteen or more members
whose subscriptions are fully paid-up. Fifteen members present in person or
one quarter of the membership, whichever is the lesser, shall constitute a
quorum for a Meeting of the Society. The Committee shall give at least seven
days notice to members of all Meetings of the Society.
- OFFICERS Nominations for the election of Officers from
the fully paid-up membership of the Society shall be made in writing to the
Honorary Secretary at least fourteen days before the Annual General Meeting.
Such nominations shall be made and supported by a seconder who are fully paid-up
members of the Society and the consent of the proposed nominee must first
have been obtained. The elections of Officers shall be completed prior to
the election of further Committee members. Nominees for election as Officers
shall declare at the Annual General Meeting at which their election is to
be considered any financial or professional interest known or likely to be
of concern to the Society. The Officers of the Society
shall consist of:- Chairman, Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer;
all of whom shall relinquish their office every year and shall be eligible
for re-election at the Annual General Meeting. A President and Vice-Presidents
may also be elected at a General Meeting of the Society, for periods to be
decided at such a meeting. The Executive Committee shall have the power to
fill casual vacancies occurring among the Officers of the Society.
- THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE The Executive Committee shall
be responsible for the management and administration of the Society. The Executive
Committee shall consist of the Officers and not less than four and not more
than nine other members. The Committee shall have power to co-opt further
members (who shall attend in an advisory and non-voting capacity). The President
and Vice-Presidents may attend any meeting of the Executive Committee but
shall not vote at any such meeting. In the event of an equality in the votes
cast, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote. Nominations for election
to the Executive Committee shall be made in writing to the Honorary Secretary
at least fourteen days before the Annual General Meeting. They must be supported
by a seconder and the consent of the proposed nominee must first have been
obtained. If the nominations exceed the number of vacancies, a ballot shall
take place at the Annual General Meeting. Members of the Executive Committee
shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting of the Society, and
outgoing members may be re-elected. The Executive Committee shall hold not
less than six regular meetings a year at intervals of not more than two months
and the Honorary Secretary shall give all members not less than seven days
notice of each meeting. All fully paid-up members may attend these meetings
and participate in the discussion but not vote. The quorum shall be six committee
members. The Executive Committee shall have the power to fill up to three
casual vacancies occurring among the members of the Executive Committee between
- SUB-COMMITTEES The Executive Committee may constitute
such sub-committees from time to time as shall be considered necessary for
such purposes as shall be thought fit. The Chairman and Secretary of each
sub-committee shall be elected by the members of each sub-committee and subject
to confirmation of the Executive Committee. All actions and proceedings of
each sub-committee shall be reported to and be confirmed by the Executive
Committee as soon as possible. Members of the Executive Committee may be members
of any sub-committee and membership of a sub-committee shall be no bar to
appointment to membership of a sub committee. Sub-committees shall be subordinate
to and may be regulated or dissolved by the Executive Committee.
- DECLARATION OF INTEREST It shall be the duty of every
member who is in any way directly or indirectly interested financially or
professionally in any item discussed at any meeting of the Society (including
any meeting of any Committee or Sub-Committee) at which he or she may be present
to declare such interest and he or she shall not discuss such item (except
by invitation of the Chairman) or vote thereon.
- EXPENSES OF ADMINISTRATION AND APPLICATIONS OF FUNDS
The Executive Committee shall, out of the funds of the Society, pay all proper
expenses of administration and management of the Society. After the payment
of the administration and management expenses and the setting aside to reserve
of such sums as may be deemed expedient, the remaining funds of the Society
shall be applied by the Executive Committee in furtherance of the purposes
of the Society.
- INVESTMENT All monies at any time belonging to the Society
and not required for immediate application for its purposes shall be invested
by the Executive Committee in or upon such investment securities or property
as it may think fit, subject nevertheIess to such authority, approval or consent
by the Charity Commissioners as may for the time being be required by law
or by the special trusts affecting any property in the hands of the Executive
- TRUSTEES Any freehold and leasehold property acquired
by the Society shall, and, if the Executive Committee so directs, any other
property belonging to the Society may be vested in trustees who shall deal
with such property as the Executive Committee may from time to time direct.
Any Trustees shall be at least three in number or a trust corporation. The
power of appointment of new trustees shall be vested in the Executive Committee.
A trustee need not be a member of the Society but no person whose membership
lapses by virtue of clause 4 hereof shall thereafter be qualified to act as
a trustee unless and until re-appointed as such by the Executive Committee.
The Honorary Secretary shall from time to time notify the trustees in writing
of any amendment hereto and the trustees shall not be bound by any such amendments
in their duties as trustees unless such notice has been given. The Society
shall be bound to indemnify the trustees in their duties (including the proper
charge of a trustee being a trust corporation) and liability under such indemnity
shall be a proper administrative expense.
- AMENDMENTS This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds
majority of members present at an Annual General Meeting or Special General
Meeting of the Society, provided that twenty eight days notice of the proposed
amendment has been given to all members, and provided that nothing herein
contained shall authorise any amendment the effect of which would be to cause
the Society at any time to cease to be a charity in law, and provided further
that no amendment shall be made to Clause 2, Clause 15 or to this Clause until
the approval in writing of the Charity Commissioners or other authority having
charitable jurisdiction shall have been obtained.
- NOTICES Any notice required to be given by this Constitution
shall be deemed to be duly given if left at or sent by prepaid post addressed
to the address of that member last notified to the Secretary.
- WINDING UP The Society may be dissolved by a two-thirds
majority of members voting at an Annual General Meeting or Special General
Meeting of the Society confirmed by a simple majority of members voting at
a further Special General Meeting held not less than fourteen days after the
previous Meeting. If a motion for the dissolution of the Society is to be
proposed at an Annual General Meeting or a Special Meeting this motion shall
be referred to specifically when notice of the Meeting is given. In the event
of the dissolution of the Society the available funds of the Society shall
be transferred to such one or more charitable institutions having objects
similar or reasonably similar to those herein before declared as shall be
chosen by the Executive Committee and approved by the Meeting of the Society
at which the decision to dissolve the Society is confirmed. On dissolution
the minute books and other records of the Society shall be deposited with
the Civic Trust.
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