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THAME BOWLS CLUB

CONSTITUTION

(Unincorporated Association)

Version 1.1

Revised: April 2020

 

 

Contents

 

Section 1: Name and Objectives

 

1.1 The name of the Club shall be Thame Bowls Club (hereinafter referred to within this constitution as the ‘Club’).

 

1.2 The Club shall be affiliated to Bowls England and Bowls Oxfordshire.

 

1.3 The objectives of the Club are to provide facilities for, and to promote participation in, the amateur sport of outdoor flat green bowls in Oxfordshire.

 

1.4 The Club shall adopt and conform to Bowls England Rules & Regulations and the current Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

 

Section 2: Officers of the Club

 

2.1 The Officers of the Club shall be Full Members of the Club.

The Club has a core Management Committee that consists of the:

CHAIRMAN
VICE CHAIRMAN
HONORARY SECRETARY
ASSISTANT HONORARY SECRETARY
HONORARY TREASURER
MEN’S LEAGUE CAPTAIN
LADIES’ CAPTAIN
DEVELOPMENT GROUP LEADER

Other Officers of the Club may be invited to attend Committee meetings from time to time, such as the:

FIXTURE SECRETARY
SATURDAY CAPTAIN
SUNDAY CAPTAIN
SPORTS CLUB REPRESENTATIVE
GREEN KEEPER
CATERING MANAGER
OBA REPRESENTATIVE
BOL REPRESENTATIVE

Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office for the period of election, retiring at the end of the period of election. All Officers of the Club shall be eligible for re-election to the same office or another office at the end of their current period of election.

 

Section 3: Membership

 

3.1 Categories and votes of Membership

 

3.1.1 The club may have different classes of membership and subscription on a non-discriminatory and fair basis.

 

There shall be the following categories of membership with power to vote at all relevant meetings of the Club as indicated hereunder.

 

(a) A FULL MEMBER – being a person who, at the date of election, shall have attained the age of twenty-five years shall have one vote.

(b) A JUNIOR MEMBER – being a person who, at the date of election, is under the age of twenty-five. Such a member shall be one who at the commencement of the subscription year joins the Club other than as a full member or a family member. A Junior Member shall have one vote.

(c) AN HONORARY/LIFE MEMBER – who shall have one vote

                 (d) A SOCIAL MEMBER – who shall have no vote.

 

 

                 3.2 Rights and privileges of members

 

3.2.1 The rights and privileges of each category of membership shall be as follows:

 

(a) A FULL MEMBER shall have the full use of all Club facilities. Affiliation Fees shall be payable to Bowls Oxfordshire and Bowls England.

(b) A JUNIOR MEMBER shall have the full use of all Club facilities. Affiliation Fees shall be payable to Bowls Oxfordshire and Bowls England.

(c) AN HONORARY/LIFE MEMBER shall have the full use of all the Club facilities. Affiliation Fees shall be payable to Bowls Oxfordshire and Bowls England.

(d) A SOCIAL MEMBER shall have the full use of the Clubhouse facilities.

 

3.2.2 Candidates for membership shall have no privileges whatsoever in relation to the use of the Club or premises until they have become a member.

 

                 3.3 Membership Joining Fee & Subscription Fee

 

3.3.1 The rate of Joining Fee (if any) and Subscription Fee for each category of Membership shall be proposed by the Committee to the members at the Annual General Meeting in each year. Any proposed changes shall be approved by a majority of those present and entitled to vote and shall become operative from 1st April each year. The current rate of Joining Fee (if any) and Subscription Fee shall be prominently displayed in the Club premises.

 

(a) Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport of outdoor flat green bowls on application regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs. Membership may however be limited according to available facilities on a non-discriminatory basis.

 

(b) Membership subscriptions will be kept at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.

 

(c) The Club Committee may refuse membership or remove it, only for good cause such as conduct likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to the members. If consideration of removal of membership is as a result of a disciplinary issue, the procedure to be adopted shall be that as set out at point 3.6.2 of this Constitution.

 

3.3.2 All members shall pay the Joining Fee (if applicable) and their first annual subscription fee upon election to the Club and thereafter by 1st April each year.

 

                 3.4 Members’ duty to provide contact details

 

3.4.1 Every member shall furnish the Honorary Secretary with up-to-date contact details that shall be recorded in the Register of Members and any notice sent to such address/es either by post or electronically shall be deemed to have been duly delivered.

 

                 3.5 Election and retirement of members

 

                 3.5.1 Application for membership

 

(a) An application for membership shall be in the form prescribed by the Committee and shall include the name, address and contact details of the candidate.

 

                 3.5.2 Election of Members

 

(a)Upon receipt of an application for membership, there shall be an interval of at least two days before the meeting of the Committee at which such application for membership shall be considered. The election of all classes of members is vested in the Committee and shall be a simple majority vote of those of the Committee. The Committee may refuse applications only for good cause such as conduct likely to bring the Club into disrepute. The Honorary Secretary shall inform each candidate in writing of the candidate's election or non-election. The Honorary Secretary shall furnish an elected candidate with a copy of the Rules and Byelaws of the Club and make request for such payments as are necessary.

 

                 3.5.3 Payment of Fees upon Election

 

(a) Upon election, a candidate shall pay, within one calendar month, fees as shall be requested. In default of such payment, the election shall be void unless sufficient cause for delay be shown.

 

                3.5.4 Retirement of a member

 

(a) A member wishing to resign their membership shall give notice in writing to the Honorary Secretary before 1st April and shall not then be liable to pay the subscription for the following year.

(b) A member who retires in accordance with this Rule shall not be entitled to have any part of the annual membership fee or any other fees refunded.

 

                3.5.5 Arrears of Subscription

 

(a) The Committee may cancel, without notice being given, the membership of any member whose annual subscription and other annual fees are more than one month in arrears provided that the Committee may, at its absolute discretion, re-instate such member upon payment of arrears. No member whose annual payment is in arrears may use the Club premises or vote at any meeting.

 

                3.6 Conduct of Members

 

                3.6.1 Under-taking by members to comply with rules

 

(a) Every member, upon election and thereafter, is deemed to have notice of, and undertakes to comply with, the Club Rules and any Byelaws and Regulations of the Club.

 

                3.6.2 Disciplinary action against members

 

(a) All disciplinary matters will be dealt with in accordance with Bowls England Regulation 9 (Misconduct)

(b) Should any member be expelled, the former member shall not be entitled to have any part of the annual membership fee refunded and must return any property belonging to the Club.

 

                3.6.3 Complaints

 

(a) Complaints of any nature shall be addressed in writing to the Honorary Secretary.

 

                3.6.4 Members of other Bowls England Affiliated Clubs


A member of any Club affiliated to Bowls England (a list whereof is published by Bowls England annually) may be authorised to use the premises of the Club.

Bylaws
Each member of the Club must abide by the rules of the Thame Sports Club Limited together with the rules produced from time to time by the Sports Club Committee. The laws of the Thame Bowls Club will also be obeyed and can be found posted on the notice board within the clubhouse or changing rooms or on the Club website. The byelaws are binding on all members.

 

                 3.7 Limitation of Club liability

 

3.7.1 All references to the Club in this Section shall mean each and every individual member of the Club from time to time.

 

3.7.2 Members are bound by the following Rule which shall also be exhibited in a prominent place within the Club premises:

 

Members of the Club may use the Club premises, and any other facilities of the Club, entirely at their own risk and impliedly accept:

 

(a) The Club will not accept any liability for any damage to or loss of property belonging to members.

 

(b) The Club will not accept any liability for personal injury arising out of the use of the Club premises, any other facilities of the Club either sustained by members or caused by the said members whether or not such damage or injury could have been attributed to or was occasioned by the neglect, default or negligence of any of them, the Officers, Committee, Trustees or Servants of the Club.”

 

3.7.3 Membership of the Club and acceptance of these Rules by the member will be deemed to constitute consent to the holding of relevant personal data for the purposes of the Data Protection Act.

 

Section 4: Management Committee

 

               4.1 Composition of Committee

 

4.1.1 The Committee shall consist of the Officers, ex officio, and not less than 5 nor more than 20 Full or Junior Members elected at the Annual General Meeting to hold office for the term of their elected period.

 

4.1.2 Candidates for election to the Committee shall be those members of the retiring Committee eligible to offer themselves for re-election and such other full members whose nominations (duly proposed and seconded in writing by Full members of the Club) with their consent shall have been received by the Honorary Secretary at least twenty eight days before the date of the Annual General Meeting in each year. Such nominations, together with the names of the Proposer and Seconder shall be posted to the Club premises at least fourteen days prior to the date of the Annual General Meeting.

 

4.1.3 If the number of candidates for election is greater than the number of vacancies to be filled then there shall be a ballot of those members present and entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting.

 

4.1.4 If the number of candidates for election is equal to or less than the number of vacancies to be filled then all candidates shall be deemed to be elected if majority of those present at the Annual General Meeting, and entitled to vote, vote in favour of such election.

 

4.1.5 In the event of the ballot failing to determine the members of the Committee because of an equality of votes the candidate or candidates to be elected from those having an equal number of votes shall be determined by lot or previously nominated person.

 

4.1.6 If, for any reason, a casual vacancy shall occur, the Committee may co-opt another person to fill such a vacancy until the next following Annual General Meeting. Co-opted Members will be entitled to vote.

 

                4.2 Committee Meetings

 

4.2.1 The Committee shall endeavour to meet at least 6 times each year making such arrangements as to the conduct, place of assembly and holding of such meetings as it may wish.

 

4.2.2 Voting shall be by show of hands. In the case of equality of votes the Chairman (or or other nominated person) shall be entitled to a second and casting vote.

 

4.2.3 Five members personally present shall form a quorum at a meeting of the Committee.

 

4.2.4 Any conflict of interest must be declared to the Chairman (or other nominated person) prior to the start of the meeting. The Chairman (or other nominated person) will determine if the person may remain in the meeting and/or vote when the item is discussed.

 

                4.3 Powers of the Committee

 

4.3.1 The Committee shall manage the affairs of the Club according to the Rules and shall cause the funds of the Club to be applied solely to the objects of the Club.

 

4.3.2 In particular the Committee shall ensure that the property and funds of the Club will not be used for the direct or indirect private benefit of Members other than as reasonably allowed by the Rules. No surpluses or assets will be distributed to members or third parties and all surplus income or profits will be re-invested in the Club.

 

                4.4 Appointment of Sub-Committees

 

4.4.1 The Committee may appoint such sub-committees as it may deem necessary and may delegate such of its powers as it may think fit upon such terms and conditions as shall be deemed expedient and/or required by the law.

 

                4.5 Disclosure of Interest to Third Parties

 

4.5.1 A member of the Committee, of a sub-committee or any member of the Club, in transacting business for the Club, shall disclose to third parties that they are so acting.

 

                4.6 Limitation of Committee's authority

 

4.6.1 The Committee, or any person or sub-committee delegated by the Committee to act as agent for the Club or its members, shall enter into contracts only as far as expressly authorised, or authorised by implication, by the Committee. No one shall, without the express authority of the Committee, borrow money or incur debts on behalf of the Club or its membership.

 

                4.7 Members’ indemnification of Committee

 

4.7.1 In pursuance of the authority vested in the Committee by members of the Club, members of the Committee are entitled to be indemnified by the members of the Club against any liabilities properly incurred by them or any one of them on behalf of the Club wherever the contract is of a duly authorised nature or could be assumed to be of a duly authorised nature and entered into on behalf of the Club.

 

(a) Indemnity Clause

Each member of the Club shall (to the extent that such person is not entitled to recover under any policy of insurance) be entitled to be indemnified out of all funds available to the Club which may lawfully be so applied against all costs, expenses and liabilities whatsoever [reasonably] incurred by such person in the proper execution and discharge of duties undertaken on behalf of the Club arising there from, or incurred in good faith in the purported discharge of such duties.

 

(b) Save in any such case where any such costs, expenses and liabilities arise in connection with any negligence, default, breach of duty or breach of trust.

 

(c) Provided that any such member so indemnified has been properly authorised in relation to the duties undertaken on behalf of the Club by the General Committee.

 

4.7.2 The limit of any individual member's indemnity in this respect shall be a sum equal to one year's subscription at the then current rate of that category of membership unless the Committee has been authorised to exceed such limit by a General Meeting of the Club.

 

                4.8 Contractual Liability

 

4.8.1 The Committee shall endeavour to ensure that the following clause is incorporated in every contract, lease, licence or other agreement entered into by the Committee and/or Trustees of the Club, as appropriate.

 

The liability of the Committee for the performance of any contractual or other obligation undertaken by them on behalf of the Club shall be limited to the assets of the Club from time to time.”

 

                4.9 Nomination of Honorary Members/Life Members by Committee]

 

4.9.1 The Committee may nominate for election at an Annual General Meeting such Honorary/Life Members as the Committee may think fit.

 

4.9.2 The election of Honorary/Life Members shall be placed before the Annual General Meeting each year and such Honorary Members shall be duly elected by the simple majority of those members present, and entitled to vote, vote in favour of election.

 

Section 5: Thame Sports Club Limited

 

5.1 Thame Bowls Club enjoys the playing and shared clubhouse facilities provided by Thame Sports Club Limited, a Private Company Limited by Guarantee registered at Companies House under Company Number 10929920 and governed by the Articles of Association of said Company.

 

5.2 Thame Sports Club Limited owns the clubhouse and land on which Thame Bowls Club (and the Thame Tennis Club) plays. Thame Sports Club Limited’s Limited key objective is to promote and provide facilities for the amateur sports of Tennis and Bowls and encourage community participation in the same.

 

5.3 All Tennis and Bowls Club playing and Non-Playing members are automatically members of the Thame Sports Club Limited and the liability of each member is limited to £1, being the amount that each member undertakes to contribute to the assets of the Company in the event of its being wound up while he/she is a member or within one year after he/she ceases to be a member, for:

(a) payment of the Company’s debts and liabilities contracted before he ceases to be a member.

(b) payment of the costs, charges and expenses of winding up, and

(c) adjustment of the rights of contributories among themselves.

 

5.4 The property of the Thame Sports Club Limited, including land and investments, are held for the use and benefit of the separate Thame Tennis and Thame Bowls Clubs.
The Thame Tennis and Thame Bowls Clubs each separately pay for the privilege of using these facilities by way of a stipend to the Thame Sports Club Limited after consultations between the Treasurers of the Sports, Tennis and Bowls Clubs.

 

5.5 The minimum number of Committee members of the Limited Company is two and the maximum is twelve. The Committee shall include offices of Chairman and Treasurer of the Company. These offices shall:

(a) at all times be held by different playing members; and

(b) wherever possible, one shall be held by a Playing Tennis member and the other shall be held by a Playing Bowls member

(c) no person not a Playing member of either the Tennis or Bowls clubs is eligible to be a Committee member

(d) there shall always be parity on the Committee between Tennis and Bowls club

 

5.6 Any member wishing to learn more can request sight of the Articles of Association of Thame Sports Club Limited by approaching any Thame Bowls Club Committee member.

 

Section 6: Annual General Meeting

 

6.1 An Annual General Meeting of the Club shall be held each year in the month of November on a date to be fixed by the Committee. The Honorary Secretary shall at least fourteen days before the date of such meeting circulate to each member notice hereof and of the business to be brought forward thereat. This may be either by post or electronically.

 

6.2 No business, except the passing of the Accounts and the election of the Officers, Committee, Trustees and Honorary Auditors, and any business that the Committee may order to be inserted in the notice convening the meeting shall be discussed at such meeting unless notice thereof be given in writing by a member entitled to vote to the Honorary Secretary at least 28 days before the date of the Annual General Meeting.

 

6.3 The Committee may at any time, upon giving twenty one days notice in writing, call a Special General Meeting of the Club for any special business, the nature of which shall be stated in the summons convening the meeting, and the discussion at such meeting shall be confined to the business stated in the notice sent to members.

 

6.4 An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Club may be convened by the President of the Club, the Club Committee or any twelve members of the Club. Such extraordinary meetings must be the subject of written demand to the Club Secretary who, in turn, shall give at least 14 days’ notice to Club Members. The discussion at such meeting shall be confined to the business stated in the notice sent to members.

 

6.5 At every meeting of the Club the Chairman will preside, or in their absence, a Chair elected by a majority of those present shall preside.

 

6.6 Five members entitled to vote at the relevant meeting and personally present shall form a quorum at any General Meeting of the Club.

 

6.7 Only Full Members or Honorary Members shall vote at any General Meeting of the Club. Other members may attend and speak but are not entitled to vote.

 

6.8 Voting shall be by show of hands.

 

6.9 In the case of an equality of votes the Chairman (or other nominated person) shall have a second or casting vote, on any matter.

 

6.10 On any resolution properly put to a meeting of the Club relating to the creation, repeal or amendment of any Rule, Byelaw or Regulation of the Club such Rule, Byelaw or Regulation shall not be created, repealed or amended except by a simple majority vote of those present and entitled to vote.

 

Section 7: Dissolution of the Club

 

7.1 If, at any General Meeting of the Club, a resolution be passed calling for the dissolution of the Club, the Secretary shall immediately convene a Special General Meeting to be held not less than one month thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.

 

7.2 If, at that Special General Meeting, the resolution is carried by at least two-thirds of the Members present, the Committee shall thereupon, or at such date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to realise the assets of the Club and discharge all debts and liabilities of the Club.

 

7.3 If, upon the winding up or dissolution of the Club, there remains after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities any property whatsoever, the same shall not be paid to or distributed amongst the members of the Club.

 

7.4 Upon dissolution of the Club the Committee shall give or transfer the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:

 

(a) to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a charity and/or

(b) to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered CASC and/or

(c) to Bowls England for use by them in related community sports.

 

Section 8: Miscellaneous

 

8.1 Opening of Club Premises

The Club premises shall be open to members at such times as the Committee shall direct and those times will be posted on the club notice board or Club website.

 

                 8.2 Safeguarding of Children and Vulnerable Adults

The club shall adhere to the Safeguarding Policy of Bowls England and will ensure that all the contents are communicated to members and clearly displayed within the club premises for Members and Visitors.

 

                 8.3 Equalities

                 The club shall adhere to the Equality Policy of Bowls England.

 

8.4 Licensing

The club shall adhere to the requirements of the Licensing Act (or any subsequent Act) with regard to the purchase and supply of excisable goods.

 

8.5 The Members acknowledge this document constitutes a legally binding contract to regulate the relationship of the members with each other and the Club.

 

 

Appendix A: Glossary

 

Club Rules

The Club Rules set out how the club operates and are usually set at an Annual General Meeting.

 

Proposer

The proposer may recommend (a person) for a position, office or membership

 

Seconder

The seconder will support the recommendation made by the Proposer.

 

 

 

 

Appendix B: Officers of the Club

 

The following summary provides a brief outline of some suggested duties for each:

 

Chair

  • To Chair all relevant meetings of the Club;

  • To have the casting vote at all relevant meetings of the Club in the event of equality;

 

President

  • To represent the Club on match days and other special events;

  • Has automatic right to a seat and vote on Committee.

  • On their own can convene an Extraordinary General Meeting.

 

Secretary and Assistant Secretary

  • To keep a register of Club members' contact details;

  • To conduct the correspondence of the Club;

  • To keep custody of all Club documents;

  • To keep full minutes of all meetings of the Club, the Committee and Sub-Committees;

  • To administer such insurance policy or policies as may be needed to fully protect the interests of the Club, its Officers and its members;

 

Treasurer

  • To collect all relevant fees from Club members;

  • To make all relevant payments on behalf of the Club;

  • To prepare Annual Balance Sheet for examination;

  • To present Accounts for approval at the Annual General Meeting

 

Accounts Examiner

  • To examine the Accounts and Balance Sheet

 

Fixture Secretary

  • To arrange matches as relevant with other clubs

 

Captains

  • To select relevant representative teams

 

Competitions Secretary

  • To arrange internal competitions for Club members to participate in

 

Development Team

  • To recruit and retain members to the Club

  • Social events

  • Sponsorship

  • Communications and website

 

Safeguarding Officer

  • To act as a point of contact for Junior Bowlers and Vulnerable Adults

 

District/County Delegates

  • To act as a liaison between the Club and other relevant associations

 

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