The name of the Society shall be Lowick Heritage Group
The Society is established for charitable purposes only and in particular:
a) To identify the heritage of Lowick and the surrounding area and to encourage the preservation and appreciation of this heritage.
b) To research and record the history of Lowick and the surrounding area and to promote life-long learning by talks, publications, visual displays and other information and communication technologies.
Membership of the Society shall be open to all irrespective of age.
The annual subscription shall be decided at the Annual General Meeting and will become due on first of May each year. Members whose subscriptions are eleven months in arrears shall be automatically excluded from membership.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
There shall be at least one general meeting of the membership each year for which fourteen days’ notice shall be given and which shall be the Annual General Meeting. The business to be transacted at the Annual General Meeting shall include:
a) Consideration and adoption of the work and activities of the Society prepared by the Committee.
b) Consideration and adoption of the audited financial accounts of the Society prepared by the Honorary Treasurer.
c) Election of Honorary Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and such other honorary offices as may be decided.
d) Election of a Committee which shall comprise the above honorary officers plus three general members.
The Chair at the AGM shall be taken by the Chairman of the Committee.
Other general meetings of the Society shall be called as necessary by the Committee or by any six members making a written requisition for an extraordinary general meeting to the Chairman of the Committee who shall act on such requisition. The Chair at all general meetings shall be taken by the Chairman of the Committee.
The Committee shall come into office at the end of the Annual General Meeting at which they were elected and shall hold office until the end of the subsequent Annual General Meeting. The Committee shall be responsible for the governance of the Society subject to the authority of the general meeting. The Committee shall meet at least twice in every year and shall have power to appoint sub-committees and fix their terms of reference. The Committee shall have power to co-opt not more than three persons. A quorum shall be three persons.
Proper minutes of the proceedings of general meetings and committee meetings shall be kept by the Honorary Secretary in a book set aside for that purpose.
Proper accounts shall be kept by the Honorary Treasurer. All money raised by or on behalf of the Society is to be used only to further the aims of the Society. The Treasurer shall open a bank account in the name of the Society. Cheque signatories will be nominated by the Committee (one to be the Treasurer). All cheques and instructions to the Society’s bankers shall require two of the agreed signatures. The Treasurer shall have the accounts checked by a suitable independent person at the end of each financial year which shall be from 1st September until 31st August.
VOTING AND AMENDMENTS TO CONSTITUTION
Questions shall be decided at all meetings of the Society or its Committee by a simple majority of those members present and voting save that any alteration to this Constitution shall require a two-thirds majority at an Annual General Meeting for which the notice will specify the alteration proposed. Notice of any proposed addition, alteration or amendment of the rules must be included in the agenda for the proposals and must be forwarded to the Secretary in writing at least 21 days in advance of the said meeting. No addition, alteration or amendment shall be made so as to cause the Society to cease to be a charity in law.
The Society may be dissolved by a resolution supported by two-thirds of those members present and voting at an Annual General Meeting or a general meeting called for the purpose. Any remaining assets shall not be distributed to the members but shall be given or transferred to such other charitable body having objectives similar to those of the Society as the meeting shall, with the approval of the Charity Commissioners, determine.