The Club shall be known as Fenstanton Bowls Club.
The objectives of the Club shall be the encouragement of Flat Green Bowling and the provision of facilities for such activities.
The Green shall be open during the months of April to September. The exact dates to be decided by the Committee each year.
Membership shall be open to all, without discrimination. However, should the Committee consider refusing a membership application this should be dealt with in accordance with the Club’s Disciplinary Procedures.
The Officers of the Club shall be the Chairperson, the Secretary, the Treasurer and all Team Captains.
The Committee shall comprise the above Officers, plus the Greens Advisor, Grounds Advisor and Competition Secretary. In addition, the Committee can co-opt up to seven lay members.
All Officers and Committee Members shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall hold office until the next Annual General Meeting.
The Annual General Meeting shall be held each year during October. The Committee shall meet as and when necessary but should be not less than four times per year. A Special General Meeting may be called at any time by the Committee or by written request to the Secretary by not less than six members, subject to each member of the Club receiving not less than 21 days’ notice in writing of the meeting, stating the business to be discussed. No other business may be dealt with at such meeting.
At all General Meetings a quorum shall be 25% (rounded down) of the voting membership and the Chairman shall have a casting vote in addition to a normal vote.
At all Committee Meetings a quorum shall be 4 voting members and the Chairman shall have a casting vote in addition to a normal vote.
All elections and motions shall be settled by simple majority but changes to the Constitution require that 70% of those present vote in favour.
The Property of the Club is vested in a Trust with 4 Trustees. The Trustees shall be appointed, as required, by election at the Annual General Meeting. Once appointed they shall hold office until death or resignation or until removal from office by the Committee. They shall be indemnified against all Public Liability and such risks as may be required for their financial protection.
Subscriptions and Green Fees
The Annual Subscriptions and Green Fees payable shall be agreed at the Annual General Meeting. Annual Subscriptions shall be payable by the 30th May.
The Club’s Financial Year shall be from October 1st until September 30th the following year. A Statement of Income and Expenditure shall be prepared by the Treasurer, duly audited, and presented to the Annual General Meeting. The Auditor, who may be a member of the Club, shall be appointed at the Annual General Meeting. An account will be held at a recognised bank or building society, as determined by the Committee, into which account all monies belonging to the club shall be deposited. The General Meeting shall appoint the Treasurer and 3 other members as signatories of cheques and other banking documents; any two of these will form a valid authority. At least 3 of the 4 nominated signatories should be Committee Members. Note that those appointed must be independent i.e., no two shall be from the same family or live at the same address.
All surplus income or profits are reinvested in the club. No surpluses will be distributed to members or third parties.
If the club is dissolved any assets will be given or transferred to another registered Community Amateur Sports Club, a registered Charity or the Sport’s Governing Body.
Any disciplinary matter shall be undertaken in accordance with Committee approved Disciplinary Procedures, a copy of which is available in the Club Folder.
Amendments to the Constitution
Any amendments to this Constitution must be approved at an Annual General Meeting or an Extraordinary General Meeting; of which 21 days’ notice shall be given to each member and setting out in full the proposed amendment. No amendment shall be considered which could impair the Club’s status as a Community Amateur Sports Club.
Revised 2022 and approved at the Annual General Meeting held on 19th October 2022.