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February 2006 - Amended March 2010
Article 1:
Name: The Group will be called The Friends of Brimmington Park Organisation: The Friends of Brimmington Park is a non-profit making organisation.

Article 2:
The aims and objectives of the Group shall be for the public benefit as below;

  • 1. To help to secure and promote the conservation and protection of Brimmington Park.
  • 2. To monitor the plants, animals and wildlife habitats of the park and maintain and improve the park’s biodiversity.
  • 3. To promote its use as a place for quiet, informal enjoyment and study.
  • 4. To help with practical conservation work through voluntary action for the benefit of wildlife and the community under the supervision of, or with the approval of the London Borough of Southwark and its professional officers.
  • 5. To assist in providing an educational experience for the public in the history, natural history and biodiversity of Brimmington Park.
  • 6. To set a subscription and invite other funding and donations to further activities which meet the above aims and objectives.
    Article 3:
    The Membership shall consist of Ordinary and Honorary Members
    Honorary Membership may be conferred at the discretion of the Management Committee.
    Article 4:
    Governance of the Group:
    The Committee shall be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Group in accordance with its articles and will be answerable to members.
    General Meetings:
    The business of the Group shall be approved at the Annual General Meeting which shall be held in the month of November each year.
    The date of the Annual General Meeting shall be published giving at least 21 days notice.
    A Special General Meeting may be called by the Chairperson, at their discretion, within 21 days of receiving a written request so to do, signed by no fewer than 10 members giving full reasons for the request.
    Decisions requiring a vote shall be decided by simple majority of those Members present and eligible to vote. The Chairperson will have a second and casting vote.
    Article 5:
    Management of the Group:
    The Management Committee (the Committee) will consist of a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8.
    The Committee shall consist of the Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Secretary and at least 1 other member.
    Members of the Committee shall normally be Ordinary Members of the Group.
    Voting rights shall be restricted to Members of the Group.
    Following election at the AGM, members of the Management Committee will elect from their number people to act for the following year as Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Social/Publicity Secretary.
    The committee will keep a Register of Friends of Brimmington Park.
    A quorum shall be four members of the Committee.
    The Committee shall have the power to co-opt.
    The Committee shall normally meet at least three times per year.
    Representatives of the London Borough of Southwark shall be invited to attend Committee meetings in an advisory capacity.
    If voting is required, the vote shall be decided by simple majority of those Members present and eligible to vote. The Chairperson will have a second and casting vote.
    Monies raised from Membership Subscription, gifts, other donations or grants awarded to the Group shall be used for the express purpose of pursuing the aims and objectives of the Friends of Brimmington Park.
    The Committee is empowered to apply for grants to secure funds to support the Group’s planned activities and may take whatever steps are necessary to meet the arrangements of the awarding bodies. No persons representing the Group shall make or enter into any arrangement with any persons or organisation that may incur a financial liability save for those purposes as agreed by the Committee as necessary to carry out the objectives of the Group.
    Article 6:
    Election of the Committee:
    Committee membership shall normally be for a maximum of three years
    Members of the Committee shall be elected at the Annual general Meeting
    Each year there shall be four Committee places offered for election.
    Nominations for Committee members shall be received by the Secretary 14 days prior to the published date of the next Annual General Meeting.
    Nominations shall be supported by two Ordinary Members and signed by the nominee indicating agreement to serve.
    In the absence of nominations the Committee may make nominations.
    If voting is required, the vote shall be decided by simple majority of those Members present and eligible to vote. The Chairperson will have a second and casting vote.
    Article 7:
    Election of Members:
    Applicants for Ordinary Membership shall normally become members upon submission of their application form and payment of the annual subscription.
    At its discretion, the Committee may refuse to admit an applicant and no reason need be given.
    Nomination for Honorary Membership may be made by four Ordinary Members, submitted to the Committee for approval and confirmed at the next Annual General Meeting.
    Article 8:
    The subscription shall be for one year or until the next following 1st January.
    There shall normally be one level of subscription known as ‘Household’. This subscription shall entitle each individual to Ordinary Membership.
    The annual subscriptions shall be determined and/or varied by the Committee.
    Any Member whose subscription is in arrears after one complete year shall be deemed to have forfeited membership.
    Honorary Members shall pay no subscription.
    Article 9:
    Financial year:
    The Financial year of the Group shall run from 1st October to the following 30th September.
    The accounts shall be presented to the Annual General Meeting by the Treasurer having been previously approved by the Commitee and audited by two Honorary Auditors elected at the Annual General Meeting.
    Article 10:
    Amendments to the Constitution can only be made at a General Meeting.
    Proposed amendments must be circulated to Members by the Secretary at least 28 days before the General Meeting at which they are to be considered and must be approved by a three quarters majority of those Members present and eligible to vote.
    Article 11:
    The organisation may be dissolved at any time by a resolution passed by two thirds of a majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting of the organisation, provided that the property or money remains after satisfaction of all debts or liabilities. Such property or money shall, with Commitee approval, be given or transferred to such other organisations having objectives similar to some or all of the objectives of the organisation.
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