MEMORANDUM & ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION OF THE THAMES VALLEY PARTNERSHIP
Dated 2nd December 1993 and as amended 3rd September 1997, 11th March 2002, 1st November 2011 and 14 December 2020
The Companies Acts 1985 and 1989 Company Limited by Guarantee and not having a Share Capital
Memorandum of Association of The Thames Valley Partnership.
1. The Company’s name is The Thames Valley Partnership (and in this document it is called “the Charity”).
2. The Charity’s registered office is to be situated in England and Wales.
3. The Charity’s objects (“the Objects”)
3.1 The Charity’s objects are to:
3.1.1 promote good citizenship, champion community needs, deliver high quality services for those affected by crime, including victims and offenders; encourage
greater public participation in the prevention and solution of crime and the support and assistance of those affected or at risk of being affected by crime
3.1.2 promote, and actively engage in, cooperation, coordination, joint action and partnerships with organisations and bodies operating across the social justice sector together with private sector entities and the general public.
3.1.3 promote social inclusion by preventing people from becoming socially excluded, relieving the needs of those people who are socially excluded and assisting
them to integrate into society. For the purpose of this clause ‘socially excluded’ means being excluded from society, or parts of society, as a result of one of more of the following factors: crime (whether as a victim, offender or otherwise affected thereby);unemployment; financial hardship; youth or old age; ill health (physical or mental); substance abuse or dependency including alcohol and drugs; discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, belief, creed, sexual orientation or gender re-assignment; poor educational or skills attainment; relationship and family breakdown and poor or inadequate housing.
3.1.4 promote, including in partnership with the police and other public sector bodies, the protection of people and property from, and the prevention of, criminal acts.
3.2 In furtherance of the Objects set out above, the Charity may:
3.2.1 develop and implement strategies for promoting community safety, communication and involvement between organisations and the public, by
embracing and harnessing the skills of organisations involved in the sector together with private sector entities and individuals with the aim of achieving
co-ordinated approaches in its areas of activity;
3.2.2 establish community and other locally based networks for implementing local action in respect of community safety;
3.2.3 encourage and support initiatives and projects and action in furtherance of the objective of improving community safety and to secure financial and other
resources from organisations or otherwise towards such initiatives, projects and action;
3.2.4 assist all relevant organisations to focus on the roots, causes and impact of crime and the community and to improve co-ordination and co-operation between such organisations in relation to action on community safety;
3.2.5 assist public and private sector organisations and the public to understand the effects of crime and take effective action to break the cycle of re-offending;
3.2.6 identify and support innovative methods of dealing with offenders (and those at risk of offending) before, during and after the criminal justice process;
3.2.7 foster and undertake research, disseminate the results of such research and generally educate, give advice and information regarding the Charity’s areas of
3.2.8 hold events and training either alone or with others, to share learning and best practice;
3.2.9 provide evidence for government and other inquiries;
3.2.10 co-operate and enter into arrangements with any organisation, and do all such lawful things as are necessary for the attainment of the Objects or any of them.
3.3 The Charity shall be non-political.
4. In furtherance of the Objects but not otherwise the Charity may exercise the following powers:
4.1 to draw, make, accept, endorse, discount, execute and issue promissory notes, bills, cheques and other instruments, and to operate bank accounts in the name of the Charity;
4.2 to raise funds and to invite and receive contributions and to undertake trading and commercial activities with the aim of raising funds for the Charity or related, directly or ancillary to, the achievement of its Objects.
4.3 to acquire, alter, improve and (subject to such consents as may be required by law) to charge or otherwise dispose of property;
4.4 subject to clause 5 below to employ such staff, who shall not be directors of the Charity (hereinafter referred to as “the trustees”), as are necessary for the proper pursuit of the Objects and to make all reasonable and necessary provision for the payment of pensions and superannuation to staff and their dependants;
4.5 to establish or support any charitable trusts, associations or institutions formed for all or any of the Objects.
4.6 to co-operate with other charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in furtherance of the Objects or similar charitable purposes and to exchange information and advice with them;
4.7 to pay out of the funds of the Charity the costs, charges and expenses of and incidental to the formation and registration of the Charity;
4.8 to do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the achievement of the Objects.
5. The income and property of the Charity shall be applied solely towards the promotion of the Objects and no part shall be paid or transferred, directly or indirectly, by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise by way of profit, to members of the Charity, and no trustee shall be appointed to any office of the Charity paid by salary or fees or receive any remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth from the Charity: Provided that nothing in this document shall prevent any payment in good faith by the Charity:
5.1 of the usual professional charges for business done by any trustee who is a solicitor, accountant or other person engaged in a profession, or by any partner of his or hers, when instructed by the Charity to act in a professional capacity on its behalf: Provided that at no time shall a majority of the trustees benefit under this provision and that a trustee shall withdraw from any meeting at which his or her appointment or remuneration, or that of his or her partner, is under discussion;
5.2 of reasonable and proper remuneration for any services rendered to the Charity by any member, officer or servant of the Charity who is not a trustee;
5.3 of interest on money lent by any member of the Charity or trustee at a reasonable and proper rate per annum not exceeding 2 per cent less than the published base lending rate of a clearing bank to be selected by the trustees;
5.4 of fees, remuneration or other benefit in money or money’s worth to any company of which a trustee may also be a member holding not more than 1/100th part of the issued capital of that company;
5.5 of reasonable and proper rent for premises demised or let by any member of the Company or a trustee;
5.6 to any trustee of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses.
6. The liability of the members is limited.
7. Every member of the Charity undertakes to contribute such amount as may be required (not exceeding £10) to the Charity’s assets if it should be wound up while he or she is a member or within one year after he or she ceases to be a member, for payment of the Charity’s debts and liabilities contracted before he or she ceases to be a member, and of the costs, charges and expenses of winding up, and for the adjustment of the rights of the contributories among themselves.
8. If the Charity is wound up or dissolved and after all its debts and liabilities have been satisfied there remains any property it shall not be paid to or distributed among the members of the Charity, but shall be given or transferred to some other charity or charities having objects similar to the Objects which prohibits the distribution of its or their income and property to an extent at least as great as is imposed on the Charity by Clause 5 above, chosen by the members of the Charity at or before the time of dissolution and if that cannot be done then to some other charitable object.
We, the persons whose names and addresses are written below, wish to be formed into a company under this memorandum of association.
Signatures, Names and Addresses of Subscribers
CHARLES POLLARD QPM Charles Pollard
Of Thames Valley Police Headquarters
NICHOLAS WILLIAM ANDREW WALL Nicholas Wall
66 Banbury Road
Dated: 2nd December 1993
Witness to the above Signatures: H Williams
Name: Hugh Lewis Williams
Address: 15 Charwood Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG11 1RY
Occupation: Information Scientist
A1 Definitions of Words, Phrases & Titles
A2.1 Membership Qualification & Approval
A2.2 Retirement of Trustees Rule & Restriction
A3 Annual General Meetings, General Meetings Title & Frequency
A4 Calling General Meetings
A5 Notice for General Meetings
A5.1 Reduced Notice
A5.2 Terms of Notice
A6 Failure to Notify – Implications
A8 Quorum Time Considerations
A9 The Chairman at Trustees’ Meetings
A10 The Chairman at Members’ Meetings
A11 Entitlement of Trustees to Attend & Speak at Meetings
A12 Adjourned Meetings – Notice & Agenda Constraints
A13 Voting – Show of Hands/Confidential Ballot
A13.1 Chairman – Rights of Confidential Ballot
A13.2 Members – Rights to Confidential Ballot
A13.3 Ten per cent rule – Rights to Confidential Ballot
A14 Proof of Resolution without Record of the Votes Cast
A15 Withdrawal of a Resolution – Restrictions
A16 Formal Polls – Responsibilities of the Chairman
A17 Chairman – Casting Vote
A18 Election of Chairman – Motion with Precedence
A19 Notice of Poll Procedure
A20 One Vote per Trustee
A21 Rights to Vote – Membership Subscriptions
A22 Objection to Qualification to Vote
A23 Limits on the Number of Trustees
A24 First Trustees
A25 Power and Responsibility of the Trustees
A26 (1) Trust Fund Expenditure
(2) Financial Contracts
A27 First AGM – Retirement & Election of Trustees
A28 Trustees – Term of Office
A29 Reappointment of Retiring Trustees
A30 A29 – Restrictions
A31 Appointment of Trustees – Restrictions
A32 Election of Trustees – Notice of General Meetings
A33 Election of Trustees by Ordinary Resolution
A34 Appointment of Trustees – Rules
A35 Reappointment of a Trustee Willing to Serve
A36 Disqualification/Removal of Trustees
A37 Trustees’ Expenses – Rules
A38 Appointment of Trustee Executive Officers
A39 Trustees Interests in Charity Property – Forbidden
A40 Appointment of Patron, President & Non-executive Officers
A41 Trustees – Regulation of their Proceedings
A42 Trustees – Quorum at Meetings
A43 Trustees – Powers when less than a Quorum
A44 Appointment of Chairman of Trustees
A45 Appointment of Sub-committees
A46 Validity of Acts of Trustees – Defects of Trustees
A47 Validity of Resolutions
A48 Naming of Bank Accounts
A49 Appointment of Honorary or Executive Secretary
A50 Record of Proceedings Minutes
A51 Use of the Seal
A52 Annual Accounts
A53 Annual Report
A54 Annual Return
A55 Verbal Notice of Meetings – Trustees
A56 Written Notice of Meetings – Trustees
A57 Notice/Presence Rule
A58 Notice – Evidence of Posting will be Evidence of Receipt
A59 Formulation of Rules & By-laws
A59.1 Procedures at Annual General Meeting
A59.2 Rules & By-Laws – Powers
The Companies Acts 1985 and 1989
Company Limited by Guarantee and not having a Share Capital
Articles of Association of
The Thames Valley Partnership
A1. In these articles:
“the Charity” means the Thames Valley Partnership;
“the Partnership” means the Thames Valley Partnership, a Private Company Limited by Guarantee.;
“the Act” means the Companies Act 1985 including any statutory modification or reenactment thereof for the time being in force;
“the articles” means these Articles of Association of the Partnership;
“clear days” in relation to the period of a notice means the period excluding the day when the notice is given or deemed to be given and the day for which it is given or on which it is to take effect;
“executed” includes any mode of execution;
“the memorandum” means the memorandum of association of the Charity;
“office” means the registered office of the Charity;
“the seal” means the common seal of the Charity if it has one;
“secretary” means the secretary of the Charity or any other person appointed to perform the duties of the secretary of the Charity, including a joint, assistant or deputy secretary;
“the Trustees” means the directors of the Charity (and “Trustee” has a corresponding meaning);
“the United Kingdom” means Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and words importing the masculine gender only shall include the feminine gender. Subject as aforesaid, words or expressions contained in these Articles shall, unless the context requires otherwise, bear the same meaning as in the Act.
A2.1 Those persons admitted to membership of the Partnership by the Trustees shall themselves be Trustees, and all Trustees shall be Members. No person shall be admitted to membership if that would take the total of Trustees beyond the limit set in paragraph 23 of the Articles. The Trustees shall ensure that new Trustees appointed either in addition to, or in replacement of, other Trustees, continue to reflect the broad spread of interests and organisations mentioned in the Objects Clause of the Memorandum.
Only Trustees are members within the meaning of the articles and as such are fully responsible for all decisions.
A2.2 Unless the Trustees or the Charity in general meeting shall make other provision under
Article 61, the Trustees may in their absolute discretion permit any Trustee of the Charity
to retire, provided that after such retirement the number of Trustees in not less than two.
A3. The Charity shall hold an annual general meeting each year in addition to any other meetings in that year, and shall specify the meeting as such in the notices calling it; and not more than fifteen months shall elapse between the date of one annual general meeting of the Charity and that of the next. The annual general meeting shall be held at such times and places as the Trustees shall appoint. The Board of Trustees may meet virtually utilising technology if unable to meet physically and their comments and votes will be deemed as valid. This includes the annual general meeting.
A4. The Trustees may call general meetings and, on the requisition of Trustees pursuant to the provisions of the Act, shall forthwith proceed to convene a general meeting for a date not later than eight weeks after receipt of the requisition. If there are not within the United Kingdom sufficient Trustees to call a general meeting, any Trustee of the Charity may call a general meeting.
Notice of general meetings
A5. An annual general meeting and a general meeting called for the passing of a special resolution appointing a person as a Trustee shall be called by at least twenty-one clear days’ notice. All other general meetings shall be called at least fourteen clear days’ notice but a general meeting may be called by shorter notice if it is so agreed:
A5.1 in the case of an annual general meeting, by all the Trustees entitled to attend and vote;
A5.2 in the case of any other meeting by a majority in number of Trustees having a right to attend and vote, being a majority together holding not less than 95 per cent of the total voting rights at the meeting of all the Trustees. The notice shall specify the time and place of the meeting and the general nature of the business to be transacted and, in the case of annual general meeting, shall specify the meeting as such.
The notice shall be given to all the Trustees and to the auditors.
A6. The accidental omission to give notice of a meeting to, or the non-receipt of notice of a meeting by, any person entitled to receive notice shall not invalidate the proceedings at that meeting.
Proceedings at general meetings
A7. No business shall be transacted at any meeting unless a quorum is present. The quorum for the general meeting would be six Trustees or one third of the Board of Trustees.
A8. If a quorum is not present within half an hour from the time appointed for the meeting, or if during a meeting a quorum ceases to be present, the meeting shall stand adjourned to the same day in the next week at the same time and place or to such time and place as the Trustees may determine.
A9. The Chairman of the Trustees or in his/her absence the Vice Chairman or any other Trustee nominated by the Trustees shall preside as Chairman of the meeting, but if neither the Chairman nor such other Trustee (if any) be present within fifteen minutes after the time appointed for holding the meeting and willing to act, the Trustees present shall elect one of their number to be Chairman and, if there is only one Trustee present and willing to act, (s)he shall be Chairman.
A10. If no Trustee is willing to act as Chairman, or if no Trustee is present within fifteen minutes after the time appointed for holding the meeting, the members present and entitled to vote shall choose one of their numbers to be Chairman.
A11. A Trustee shall be entitled to attend and speak at any general meeting.
A12. The Chairman may, with the consent of a meeting at which a quorum is present (and shall if so directed by the meeting), adjourn the meeting from time to time and from place to place, but no business shall be transacted at an adjourned meeting other than business which might properly have been transacted at the meeting had adjournment not taken place. When a meeting is adjourned for fourteen days or more, at least seven clear days’ notice shall be given specifying the time and place of the adjourned meeting and the general nature of the business to be transacted. Otherwise it shall not be necessary to give any such notice.
A13. A resolution put to the vote of a meeting shall be decided on a show of hands unless before, or on the declaration of the result of, the show of hands a poll is duly demanded.
Subject to the provisions of the Act, a poll may be demanded:
A13.1 By the Chairman; or
A13.2 By at least two Trustees having the right to vote at the meeting; or
A13.3 By a Trustee or Trustees representing not less than one-tenth of the total voting rights of all the Trustees having the right to vote at the meeting.
A14. Unless a poll is duly demanded a declaration by the Chairman that a resolution has been carried or carried unanimously, or by a particular majority, or lost, or not carried by a particular majority and an entry to that effect in the minutes of the meeting shall be conclusive evidence of the fact without proof of the number or proportion of the votes recorded in favour of or against the resolution.
A15. The demand for a poll may be withdrawn, before the poll is taken, but only with the consent of the Chairman. The withdrawal of a demand for a poll shall not invalidate the result of a show of hands declared before the demand for the poll was made.
A16. A poll shall be taken as the Chairman directs and (s)he may appoint scrutineers (who need not be Trustees) and fix a time and place for declaring the results of the poll. The result of the poll shall be deemed to be the resolution of the meeting at which the poll is demanded.
A17. In the case of an equality of votes, whether on a show of hands or on a poll, the Chairman shall be entitled to a casting vote in addition to any other vote (s)he may have.
A18. A poll demanded on the election of a Chairman or on a question of adjournment shall be taken immediately. A poll demanded on any other question shall be taken either immediately or at such time and place as the Chairman directs not being more than thirty days after the poll is demanded. The demand for a poll shall not prevent continuance of a meeting for the transaction of any business other than the question on which the poll is demanded. If a poll is demanded before the declaration of the result of a show of hands and the demand is duly withdrawn, the meeting shall continue as if the demand had not been made.
A19. No notice need be given of a poll not taken immediately if the time and place at which it is to be taken are announced at the meeting at which it is demanded. In other cases, at least seven clear days’ notice shall be given specifying the time and place at which the poll is to be taken.
Votes of Trustees
A20. Subject to Article 17, every Trustee shall have one vote.
A21. No member shall be entitled to vote at any general meeting unless all monies then payable by him to the Charity have been paid.
A22. No objection shall be raised to the qualification of any voter except at the meeting or adjourned meeting at which the vote objected to is tendered, and every vote not disallowed at the meeting shall be valid. Any objection made in due time shall be referred to the Chairman whose decision shall be final and conclusive.
A23. The number of Trustees shall not be less than three (3) and (unless otherwise determined by ordinary resolution) not more than twenty-five (25).
A24. The first Trustees shall be those persons named in the statement delivered pursuant to section 10(2) of the Act, who shall be deemed to have appointed under the articles.
Future Trustees shall be appointed as provided subsequently in the articles.
Powers of Trustees
A25. Subject to the provisions of the Act, the memorandum and the articles and to any directions given by special resolution, the business of the Charity shall be managed by the Trustees who may exercise all the powers of the Charity. No alteration of the memorandum or the articles and no such direction shall invalidate any prior act of the Trustees which would have been valid if that alteration had not been made or that direction had not been given. The powers given by this article shall not be limited by any special power given to the Trustees by the articles and a meeting of Trustees at which a quorum is present may exercise all the powers exercisable by the Trustees.
A26. In addition to all powers hereby expressly conferred upon them and without detracting from the generality of their powers under the articles the Trustees shall have the following powers, namely:
(1) to expend the funds of the Charity in such manner as they shall consider most beneficial for the achievement of the objects and to invest in the name of the Charity such part of the funds as they may see fit and to direct the sale or transposition of any such investments
(2) to enter into contracts on behalf of the Charity.
Appointment and retirement of Trustees
A27. At the first annual general meeting all the Trustees shall retire from office, and at every subsequent annual general meeting one-third of the Trustees who are subject to retirement by rotation or, if their number nearest to one-third shall retire from office; but, if there is only one Trustee who is subject to retirement by rotation, (s)he shall retire.
A28. Subject to the provisions of the Act, the Trustees to retire by rotation shall be those who have been longest in office since their last appointment or reappointment, but as between persons who became or were last re-appointed Trustees on the same day those to retire shall (unless they otherwise agree among themselves) be determined by lot.
A29. If the Charity at the meeting at which a Trustee retires by rotation, does not fill the vacancy the retiring Trustee shall, if willing to act, be deemed to have been re-appointed unless at the meeting it is resolved not to fill the vacancy or unless a resolution for the reappointment of the Trustee is put to the meeting and lost.
A30. No person other than a Trustee retiring by rotation shall be appointed or re-appointed a Trustee at any general meeting unless:
(1) (s)he is recommended by the Trustees; or
(2) not less than fourteen nor more than thirty-five clear days before the date appointed for the meeting, notice executed by a member qualified to vote at the meeting has been given to the Charity of the intention to propose that person for appointment or re-appointment stating the particulars which would, if (s)he were so appointed or reappointed, be required to include in the Charity’s register of Trustees together with a notice executed by that person of his/her willingness to be appointed or re-appointed.
A31. No person may be appointed as a Trustee:
(1) unless (s)he has attained the age of 18 years; or
(2) in circumstances such that, had (s)he already been a Trustee, (s)he would have been disqualified from acting under the provisions of Article 36.
A32. Not less than seven nor more than twenty-eight clear days before the date appointed for holding a general meeting notice shall be given to all persons who are entitled to receive notice of the meeting of any person (other than a Trustee retiring by rotation at the meeting) who is recommended by the Trustees for appointment or re-appointment as a Trustee at the meeting or in respect of whom notice has been duly given to the Charity of the intention to propose him at the meeting for appointment or re-appointment as a Trustee. The notice shall give the particulars of that person which would, if (s)he were so appointed or re-appointed, be required to be included in the Charity’s register of Trustees.
A33. Subject as aforesaid, the Charity may by ordinary resolution appoint a person who is willing to act to be a Trustee either to fill a vacancy or as an additional Trustee and may also determine the rotation in which any additional Trustees are to retire.
A34. The Trustees may appoint a person who is willing to act to be a Trustee either to fill a vacancy or as an additional Trustee provided that the appointment does not cause the number of Trustees to exceed any number fixed by or in accordance with the articles as the maximum number of Trustees. A Trustee so appointed shall hold office only until the next following annual general meeting and shall not be taken into account in determining the Trustees who are to retire by rotation at the meeting. If not re-appointed at such annual general meeting, (s)he shall vacate office at the conclusion thereof.
A35. Subject as aforesaid, a Trustee who retires at an annual general meeting may, if willing to
act, be re-appointed.
Disqualification and removal of Trustees
A36. A Trustee shall cease to hold office if (s)he
(a) ceases to be a Trustee by virtue of any provision in the Act or is disqualified from acting as Trustee by virtue of section 72 of the Charities Act 1993 (or any statutory re-enactment or modification of that provision);
(b) becomes incapable by reason of mental disorder, illness or injury of managing administering his/her own affairs.
(c) resigns his/her office by notice to the Charity (but only if at least two Trustees will remain in office when the notice of resignation is to take effect); or
(d) If a Trustee is absent from meetings over a lengthy period of time as considered by the Trustees, the Chairman will write to that Trustee to inquire whether he/she wishes to remain a Trustee.
A37. The Trustees may be paid all reasonable travelling, hotel and other expenses properly incurred by them in connection with their attendance at meetings of Trustees or committees of Trustees or general meetings or otherwise in connection with the discharge of their duties, but shall otherwise be paid no remuneration.
A38. The appointment of Chairman will be by election at the Annual General Meeting and will be for a period of five years, renewable.
A39. Except to the extent permitted by clause 5 of the memorandum, no Trustee shall take or hold any interest in property belonging to the Charity or receive remuneration or be interested otherwise than as a Trustee in any other contract to which the Charity is a party.
Proceedings of Trustees
A40. The Trustees may appoint such person or persons as it may select to be non-executive officers of the Charity to be known as Patron or President or Vice President of the Charity or by such other titles as the Trustees may determine provided always that such person shall not ipso facto become a Trustee of the Charity. Any such appointment may be made upon such terms as the Trustees determine. If such person is or becomes appointed as a Trustee also, Article 39 shall apply to him notwithstanding any terms to the contrary in his/her appointment as such non-executive officer.
A41. Subject to the provisions of the articles, the Trustees may regulate their proceedings as
they think fit. A Trustee may, and the secretary at the request of a Trustee shall, call a meeting of the Trustees. It shall not be necessary to give notice of a meeting to a Trustee who is absent from the United Kingdom. Questions arising at a meeting shall be decided by a majority of votes. In the case of an equality of votes, the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.
A42. The quorum for the transaction of the business of the Trustees may be fixed by the Trustees but shall not be less than one-third of their number or two Trustees, whichever is the greater.
A43. The Trustees may act notwithstanding any vacancies in their number, but, if the number of Trustees is less than the number fixed as the quorum, the continuing Trustees or
Trustee may act only for the purpose of filling vacancies or of calling a general meeting.
A44. The Trustees may appoint one of their number to be the Chairman of their meetings and may at any time remove him or her from that office. Unless (s)he is unwilling to do so, the Trustee so appointed shall preside at every meeting of Trustees at which (s)he is present. But if there is no Trustee holding that office, or if the Trustee holding it is unwilling to preside or is not present within five minutes after the same time appointed for the meeting, the Trustees present may appoint one of their number to be Chairman of the meeting.
A45. The Trustees may appoint one or more sub-committees consisting of three or more Trustees for the purpose of making any inquiry or supervising or performing any function or duty which in the opinion of the Trustees would be more conveniently undertaken or carried out by a sub-committee: provided that all acts and proceedings of any such subcommittees shall be fully and promptly reported to the Trustees.
A46. All acts done by a meeting of Trustees, or of a committee of Trustees, shall, notwithstanding that it be afterwards discovered that there was a defect in the
appointment of any Trustee or that any of them were disqualified from holding office, or had vacated office, or were not entitled to vote, be as valid as if every such person had been duly appointed and was qualified and had continued to be a Trustee and had been entitled to vote.
A47. A resolution in writing, signed by all the Trustees entitled to receive notice of a meeting of Trustees or of a committee of Trustees, shall be as valid and effective as if it had been passed at a meeting of Trustees or (as the case may be) a committee of Trustees duly convened and held. Such a resolution may consist of several documents in the same form, each signed by one or more of the Trustees.
A48. Any bank account in which any part of the assets of the Charity is deposited shall be
operated by the Trustees and shall indicate the name of the Charity. All cheques and orders for the payment of money from such account shall be signed by two agreed signatories within the Partnership.
A49. Subject to the provisions of the Act, the secretary shall be appointed by the Trustees for such term, at such remuneration (if not a Trustee) and upon such conditions as they may think fit, and any secretary so appointed may be removed by them.
A50. The Trustees shall keep minutes for the purpose:
(1) of all appointments of officers made by the Trustees; and
(2) of all proceedings at meetings of the Charity and of the Trustees and of committees of Trustees including the names of the Trustees present at each such meeting.
A51. The seal (if the Charity has a seal) shall only be used by the authority of the Trustees or of a committee of Trustees authorised by the Trustees. The Trustees may determine who shall sign any instrument to which the seal is affixed or execute any deed and unless otherwise so determined such instrument or deed shall be signed by a Trustee and by the secretary or by a second Trustee.
A52. Accounts shall be prepared in accordance with the provisions of the relevant Act and the Statement of Recommended Practices.
A53. The Trustees shall comply with their obligations under the Charities Act 1993 (or any statutory re-enactment or modification of that Act) with regard to the preparation of an annual report and its transmission to the Commissioners.
A54. The Trustees shall comply with their obligations under the Charities Act 1993 (or any statutory re-enactment or modification of that Act) with regard to the preparation of an annual return and its transmission to the Commissioners.
A55. Any notice to be given to or by any person pursuant to the articles shall be in writing except that a notice calling a meeting of the Trustees need not be in writing.
A56. The Charity may give any notice to a Trustee either personally or by sending it by post in
a prepaid envelope addressed to the Trustee at his/her registered address or by leaving it at that address. A Trustee whose registered address is not within the United Kingdom and who gives to the company an address within the United Kingdom at which notices may be given to him shall be entitled to have notices given to him at that address, but otherwise no such Trustee shall be entitled to receive any notice from the Charity.
A57. A Trustee present in person at any meeting of the Charity shall be deemed to have received notice of the meeting and, where necessary, of the purposes for which it was called.
A58. Proof that an envelope containing a notice was properly addressed, prepaid and posted shall be conclusive evidence that the notice was given. A notice shall be deemed to be given at the expiration of 48 hours after the envelope containing it was posted.
A59.1 At each AGM, Trustees will appoint or re-appoint the auditors by resolution.
In the event of the Vice Chairman taking the chair, (s)he would remain in the position only until the Trustees elected another Chairman.
A59.2 The Charity in general meeting shall have power to alter, add to or repeal the rules or bye
laws and the Trustees shall adopt such means as they think sufficient to bring to the notice of members of the Charity all such rules or bye laws, which shall be binding on all members of the Charity. Provided that no rule or bye law shall be inconsistent with, or shall affect or repeal anything contained in, the memorandum or the articles.
Signatures, Names and Addresses of Subscribers
LADY POPPLEWELL Margaret Popplewell
Lime Tree Farm
SUE RAIKES Sue Raikes
16 Queens Lane
Dated: 16th October 1997
Witness to the above signatures: Alex McGahey
Name: Alex McGahey Address: 2 Vane Road, Thame, Oxon OX9 3WE Occupation: Administrator