The name of the charity is The Downswood Community Association.
(hereinafter called "The Association").
The objects of The Association are to:
Government departments, statutory authorities and individuals;
(c) collect and disseminate information on all matters relating to it’s objects, and to
exchange such information with other bodies having similar objects whether in
The United Kingdom or elsewhere;
(d) write, print or publish, in whatever form, such papers, books, periodicals,
pamphlets or other documents, including films and recorded material, as shall
further it’s objects, and to issue or circulate the same whether for payment or
property or other rights and privileges as may be necessary for the promotion of
it’s objects and to construct, maintain or alter the same, subject to the provisions
of clause 17 hereof;
property, which may be so acquired;
such consents as may be required by law;
subscriptions or otherwise, provided that The Association shall not undertake or in
any way engage in any permanent trading activities in raising funds for it’s
(j) receive money on deposit or loan or overdraft, in such manner as The Association
may think fit, subject to such consent or on such conditions as may be required by
investments, securities or property as The Association may think fit, subject
nevertheless to such conditions (if any) as may for the time being be imposed by
all or any of the property of The Association with the repayment of money so
Matters) and to other organisations with similar charitable objects;
(i) individuals aged eighteen years and over:
(a) who live within the area of benefit, who shall be known as Full members;
(b) who live outside the area of benefit, who shall be known as Associate
members, and who may attend as observers but who shall not have the right to
vote at General Meetings of The Association, unless elected as Honorary Officers
under clause 9 hereof and shall hereinafter be referred to as ‘members with the
power to vote’;
(ii) individuals aged under eighteen years, living within the area of benefit,
who shall be known as junior members and may be admitted to membership
subject to such conditions as The General Committee decide. They shall have the
power to elect two of their number to represent them, without the right to vote at
meetings of The General Committee. Any junior members may be invited to
attend General Meetings as observers but shall not have the right to vote.
(iii) associations and organisations, whether corperate or unincorperated, (and
including branches of national or international organisations) which operate soley
or in part within the area of benefit, are voluntary or non-profit distributing and
which wish to support the objects of The Association, which shall be known as
(iv) the Statutory Authorities in whose administrative area the area of benefit lies.
Section established in accordance with Clause 6 below shall appoint one
individual person being a member thereof to represent it and vote on its behalf at
meetings of The General Committee and at General Meetings of The Association;
and may appoint an alternate being a member thereof to replace its appointed
representative as an observer at such meetings if the appointed representative is
unable to attend. In the event of such individual person resigning or leaving a
member organisation or Section he or she shall forthwith cease to be a
representative thereof. The member organisation concerned shall have the right to
appoint a new representative, informing The Secretary in writing.
All individual members and affiliated groups shall pay such subscriptions as The General Committee may from time to time determine.
Sections shall be groups of individual members as may, with the permission of The General Committee, be formed within The Association for the furtherance of common activities. The General Committee shall determine the terms of reference and functions of each such Section and the duration of its activities.
7. Resignation and termination of membership.
representative of a member organisation or Section may resign such position, by
giving to The Secretary of The Association written notice to that effect.
8. General meetings of The Association.
The business of each Annual General Meeting shall be:
(i) to receive the annual report of The General Committee, which shall incorporate
the accounts of The Association referred to below, and give an account of the
work The Association and its activities during the preceding year;
(ii) to receive the accounts of The Association for the preceding financial year;
(iii) to elect Honorary Officers of The Association in accordance with clause 9 hereof;
(iv) to note the names of the persons appointed/elected to serve as members of The
General Committee under clause 10 (a) (ii) – (iv) hereof;
(v) to elect representatives of full members to serve on The General Committee, in
accordance with clause 10 (a) (v) hereof;
(vi) to appoint one or more qualified auditors or independent examiners for the
coming year to audit or examine the accounts of The Association in accordance
with the Charities act 1993 (or ant statutory modification or re-enactment of that
(vii) to consider and vote on any proposals to alter this constitution in accordance with
clause 22 hereof;
8. General meetings of The Association.
(viii) to consider any other business of which due notice has been given;
The Chair of The General Committee may at any time at his/her discretion and The Secretary shall within 21 days of receiving a written request so to do signed by not less than 20 members with the power to vote and giving reasons for the request, call a Special General Meeting of The Association to consider the business specified on the notice of the meeting and for no other purpose. At least 14 clear days notice shall be posted in a conspicuous place or places in the area of benefit and or advertised in a newspaper circulating in the area of benefit.
9. Honorary Officers.
10. The General Committee.
Subject to the provisions of clause 8 hereof the policy and general management of the affairs of The Association shall be directed by The General Committee which shall meet not less than four times a year. As charity trustees, The General Committee shall have the power to enter into contracts for the purposes of The Association on behalf of all members and may exercise on behalf of The Association any or all of the powers enumerated in clause 3 hereof.
(ii) one representative appointed by each affiliated group and statutory authority in
accordance with clause 4(b) hereof;
(iii) one representative appointed in accordance with clause 4 (b) thereof by each
section established in accordance with clause 6 hereof;
(iv) up to six representatives of full members or such larger number as shall be equal
to the number of General Committee members appointed in accordance with sub-
clause (a) (ii) of this clause to be elected by the full members present at The
Annual General Meeting;
(v) persons co-opted individually by The General Committee who shall serve on The
General Committee until the conclusion of the next Annual General Meeting;
PROVIDED THAT the number of co-opted members shall not exceed one quarter
of the total members elected and appointed to The General Committee in
accordance with the provisions of this sub-clause and enumerated above.
(i) is disqualified from holding such office by virtue of section 72 of the Charities act
(ii) becomes incapable by reason of mental disorder, illness or injury of managing his
or her own affairs, or
(iii) is absent without the permission of The General Committee from all it’s meetings
held within a period of six months and The General Committee resolve that
he/she shall cease to hold office, or
(iv) notifies The General Committee in writing of his or her resignation (PROVIDED
THAT at least three members of The General Committee will remain in office
when the notice of the resignation is to take effect).
10 The General Committee.
The provisions of paragraphs (i) and (ii) of this sub-clause also apply to any individual holding trustee who may be appointed in accordance with clause 17 (a) below.
Committee receive a copy of The Association’s Constitution. No person shall be
entitled to act as a member of The General Committee, following election or re-
election or appointment or re-appointment, until they have signed in the minute
book of The General Committee a declaration of acceptance and willingness to act
as a managing trustee of The Association.
but such persons may be invited to attend meetings of such Committees as
observers without the right to vote.
The General Committee may appoint one or more sub-Committees for supervising or performing an activity or service.
In each such case:
12. General Committee members not to be personally interested.
Association) shall acquire any interest in property belonging to The Association.
13. Paid employees.
clause 11) shall have the right in exercise of the power conferred by clause 3(m)
hereof of appointing, dismissing, and determining the terms of conditions of
service of all employees of The Association.
General Committee, any section Committee or sub-Committee of The Association,
But may be invited to attend such Committees as a non-voting adviser.
14. Rules of procedure at all meetings.
Subject to the provisions of clause 22, any question arising at a meeting of The Association or one of its Committees shall be decided by a simple majority of those present and voting. No member shall exercise more than one vote notwithstanding that he or she may have been appointed to represent two or more interests, but in a case of an equality of votes the Chair shall have the second or casting vote.
(i) Committee meetings: one third of the members with the power to vote shall form a
quorum at meetings of The General Committee and all other Committees and sub-
Committees of The Association.
(ii) General Meetings: twenty five members with the power to vote or one third of the
members with the power to vote, whichever is the less, shall form a quorum at
general meetings of The Association.
In the event that no quorum is present at an Annual General meeting of The Association, or the meeting has to be abandoned, the meeting shall stand adjourned and be reconvened 14 days later, and those members with the power to vote present at that meeting shall be deemed to form a quorum.
Minute books shall be kept by The Association and all its Committees and the respective Secretary shall enter therein a record of all proceedings and resolutions.
15. Standing orders and rules for the use of The Centre.
The General Committee or sub-Committee (as appointed in accordance with clause 11) shall have the power to adopt and issue Standing Orders for the conduct of Association business and/or Rules for the use of The Centre. Such Standing Orders and Rules shall come into operation immediately, provided always that they shall be subject to review by The Association in General meeting and that they shall be consistent with the provisions of this constitution.
(b) An account shall be opened in the name of The Association with ‘Girobank’, or with such other financial institution as The General Committee may from time to time decide. The General Committee shall authorise in writing The Treasurer, The Secretary of The Association and two members of The General Committee to sign cheques on behalf of The Association.
All cheques exceeding £100 must be signed by not less than two of the four authorised signatories.
17. Trust property.
Subject to the provisions of sub-clause (b) of this clause, The General Committee shall cause the title to all land (which is not vested in the Official Custodian for Charities) and all investments held by or in trust for The Association to be vested either in a corporation entitled to act as custodian trustee or in not less than three nor more than four named individuals (not being members of The General Committee)
Appointed by The General Committee as holding trustees. Holding trustees shall act in accordance with the lawful directions of The General Committee. Provided that they act only in accordance with such lawful directions, holding trustees may be removed by The General Committee at its pleasure and shall otherwise cease to hold office in accordance with the provisions of clause 10 (e) above.
17. Trust property.
If a corporation entitled to act as custodian trustees has not been appointed to hold the property of The Association, The General Committee may permit any investments held by or in trust for The Association to be held in the name of a clearing bank, trust corporation or any stockbroking company which is a member of the International Stock Exchange (or any subsidiary of any such stockbroking company) as nominee for The General Committee and may pay such nominee reasonable and proper remuneration for acting as such.
The General Committee shall comply with its obligations under The Charities Act 1993 (or any statutory modification or re-enactment of that act) with respect to:
(c) the auditing or independent examination of the statements of accounts of The
England and Wales.
19. Annual report and Annual Return.
The General Committee shall comply with its obligations under The Charities Act 1993 (or any statutory modification or re-enactment of that act) with respect to the preparation of an annual report and an annual return and their transmission to The Charity Commissioners for England and Wales.
In the execution of the trusts hereof no member of The General Committee shall be liable:
(i) for any loss to the property of The Association by reason of any improper
investment made in good faith (so long as he/she shall have sought professional
advice before making such investment); or
(ii) for the negligence or fraud of any agent employed by him/her or by any other member of The General Committee in good faith (provided reasonable supervision shall have been exercised);
and no member of The General Committee shall be liable by reason of any mistake or omission made in good faith by any member of The General Committee other than wilful and individual fraud, wrongdoing or wrongful omission on the part of the member who is sought to be made liable.
If The General Committee by a simple majority decides at any time that on the ground of expense or otherwise it is necessary or advisable to dissolve The Association it shall call a meeting of all members with the power to vote and of the inhabitants of the area of benefit of the age of eighteen years and upwards of which meeting not less than 21 days clear notice (stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed thereat) shall be posted in a conspicuous place or places in the area of benefit and advertised in a newspaper circulating in the area of benefit and giving in writing to The Charity Commissioners for England and Wales and The National Director of The National Federation of Community Organisations (Community Matters). If such decision shall be confirmed by a simple majority of those present and voting at such meeting The General Committee shall have the power to dispose of any assets held by or in the name of The Association. Any assets remaining after satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be applied towards such charitable purpose for the benefit of the inhabitants of the area of benefit as The General Committee decide subject to the prior approval in writing of The Charity Commissioners for England and Wales, or other authority having charitable jurisdiction.
22. Alteration to The Constitution.
Any proposal to alter this constitution must be delivered in writing to The Secretary of The Association not less than 28 days before the date of the meeting at which it is first to be considered. Any alteration will require the approval of both;
22. Alteration to The Constitution.
At least 14 clear days notice shall be posted in a conspicuous place in the area of benefit and advertised in a newspaper circulating in the area of benefit, stating the wording of the proposed alteration;
No alteration shall be made to this constitution which would cause the Association to cease to be a charity by law. No alteration to Clause 2 (Objects), Clause 12 (Personal interests), Clause 21 (Dissolution) or to this clause shall take effect until the approval in writing of The Charity Commissioners or other authority having charitable jurisdiction shall have been obtained.
This Constitution was adopted, pursuant to clause 15 of The Constitution adopted on 26th November 1986, at a general meeting of The Downswood Community Association held on:
Having been approved at a general meeting held on:
18th April 2000.
Signed by Chair of the meeting:
Signed by Secretary of the meeting:
Formal approval from The Charities Commission for England and Wales was received on 16th May 2000.