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The name of the Charitable Incorporated Organisation ("the CIO") is
Watford (Cassiobury) Croquet Club
The principal office of the CIO is in England, at Watford (Cassiobury) Croquet Club, Cassiobury Park, Watford WD18.
However, for postal purposes, including the receipt of documents specified elsewhere in this constitution, its address shall be the home address of the secretary of the CIO.
The object of the CIO is the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation in Watford and the surrounding area by providing facilities to participate in the sport of amateur croquet at all levels (facilities means land, buildings, equipment and organising sporting activities).
The CIO has power to do anything which is calculated to further its object or is conducive or incidental to doing so. In particular, the CIO's powers include power to:
No charity trustee or connected person may:
The CIO and its charity trustees may only rely upon the authority provided by sub-clause (2)(c) of this clause if each of the following conditions is satisfied:
A charity trustee must:
Any charity trustee absenting himself or herself from any discussions in accordance with this clause must not vote or be counted as part of the quorum in any decision of the charity trustees on the matter.
If the CIO is wound up, the members of the CIO have no liability to contribute to its assets and no personal responsibility for settling its debts and liabilities.
Membership of the CIO is open to anyone who is interested in furthering its purposes, and who, by applying for membership, has indicated his, her or its agreement to become a member and acceptance of the duty of members set out in sub-clause (3) of this clause.
A member may be an individual, a corporate body, or an individual or corporate body representing an organisation which is not incorporated.
The charity trustees:
Membership of the CIO cannot be transferred to anyone else except in the case of an individual or corporate body representing an organisation which is not incorporated, whose membership may be transferred by the unincorporated organisation to a new representative. Such transfer of membership does not take effect until the CIO has received written notification of the transfer.
It is the duty of each member of the CIO to exercise his or her powers as a member of the CIO in the way he or she decides in good faith would be most likely to further the purposes of the CIO.
The CIO may require members to pay reasonable membership fees to the CIO.
This class of non-voting membership shall include, but not necessarily be limited to, temporary membership granted to authorised guests and visitors to the club.
Except for those decisions that must be taken in a particular way as indicated in sub-clause (4) of this clause, decisions of the members of the CIO may be taken either by vote at a general meeting as provided in sub-clause (2) of this clause or by written resolution as provided in sub-clause (3) of this clause.
Subject to sub-clause (4) of this clause, any decision of the members of the CIO may be taken by means of a resolution at a general meeting. Such a resolution may be passed by a simple majority of votes cast at the meeting.
There must be an annual general meeting (AGM) of the members of the CIO. The first AGM must be held within 18 months of the registration of the CIO, and subsequent AGMs must be held at intervals of not more than 15 months. The AGM must receive the annual statement of accounts (duly audited or examined where applicable) and the trustees' annual report, and must elect trustees as required under clause 13.
Other general meetings of the members of the CIO may be held at any time.
All general meetings must be held in accordance with the following provisions.
The person nominated as chair by the charity trustees under clause 19(2) (Chairing of meetings), shall, if present at the general meeting and willing to act, preside as chair of the meeting. Subject to that, the members of the CIO who are present at a general meeting shall elect a chair to preside at the meeting.
An organisation or a corporate body that is a member of the CIO may, in accordance with its usual decision-making process, authorise a person to act as its representative at any general meeting of the CIO.
The representative is entitled to exercise the same powers on behalf of the organisation or corporate body as the organisation or corporate body could exercise as an individual member of the CIO.
The chair may with the consent of a meeting at which a quorum is present (and shall if so directed by the meeting) adjourn the meeting to another time and/or place. No business may be transacted at an adjourned meeting except business which could properly have been transacted at the original meeting.
The charity trustees shall manage the affairs of the CIO and may for that purpose exercise all the powers of the CIO. It is the duty of each charity trustee:
The first charity trustees of the CIO are –
Dr. Geoff Johnson
Dr. Simon Hathrell
The charity trustees will make available to each new charity trustee, on or before his or her first appointment:
Any person who retires as a charity trustee by rotation or by giving notice to the CIO is eligible for reappointment. A charity trustee who has served for three consecutive terms may not be reappointed for a fourth consecutive term but may be reappointed after an interval of at least three years.
Any decision may be taken either:
The charity trustees may appoint one of their number to chair their meetings and may at any time revoke such appointment. If no-one has been so appointed, or if the person appointed is unwilling to preside or is not present within 10 minutes after the time of the meeting, the charity trustees present may appoint one of their number to chair that meeting.
if, without the vote of that charity trustee and that charity trustee being counted in the quorum, the decision has been made by a majority of the charity trustees at a quorate meeting.
The CIO will comply with the requirements of the Communications Provisions in the General Regulations and in particular:
Any member or charity trustee of the CIO may communicate electronically with the CIO to an address specified by the CIO for the purpose, so long as the communication is authenticated in a manner which is satisfactory to the CIO.
The CIO must comply with its obligations under the General Regulations in relation to the keeping of, and provision of access to, registers of its members and charity trustees.
The charity trustees must keep minutes of all:
The charity trustees may from time to time make such reasonable and proper rules or bye laws as they may deem necessary or expedient for the proper conduct and management of the CIO, but such rules or bye laws must not be inconsistent with any provision of this constitution. Copies of any such rules or bye laws currently in force must be made available to any member of the CIO on request.
If a dispute arises between members of the CIO about the validity or propriety of anything done by the members under this constitution, and the dispute cannot be resolved by agreement, the parties to the dispute must first try in good faith to settle the dispute by mediation before resorting to litigation.
As provided by clauses 224-227 of the Charities Act 2011:
In this constitution:
"connected person" means:
Section 118 of the Charities Act 2011 apply for the purposes of interpreting the terms used in this constitution.
"General Regulations" means the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (General) Regulations 2012.
"Dissolution Regulations" means the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Insolvency and Dissolution) Regulations 2012.
The "Communications Provisions" means the Communications Provisions in [Part 10, Chapter 4] of the General Regulations.
"charity trustee" means a charity trustee of the CIO.
A "poll" means a counted vote or ballot, usually (but not necessarily) in writing.
The old, non-CIO, non-charity club of same name was dissolved with effect from 1/4/2020, and its assets transferred to the CIO. The constitution of that old club is therefore no longer relevant and has been archived.