THE WADHURST PARTNERSHIP
Constitution

1. Name The name of the organisation shall be "The Wadhurst Partnership" ("the Partnership").
2. Objects
2.1 The Partnership exists to serve the market town of Wadhurst and its environs ("the Town").
2.1 The Partnership shall seek to maintain, develop, improve and promote an active and viable community in the Town involving the public and private sectors and particularly the voluntary sector, the business community, the service providers, local government and education establishments and by so doing to attract local investment of time and money which would generate further funds from central and local government and other bodies for the benefit of the Town.
2.3 The Partnership is a voluntary collaboration of organisations and not a legal partnership.
3. Membership
3.1 Any organisation, having not less that 20 members, shall be entitled to become and remain a member of the Partnership.
3.2 The Partnership may elect any other person or organisation to be a member by means of a majority vote of the members present at the meeting and voting.
3.3 The Partnership shall operate through an executive committee ("the Executive Committee") of elected and nominated representatives of the Members.
3.4 The following organisations are the founder members of the Partnership in recognition of their broad representation of community interests and so long as they each remain a member of the Partnership they shall each be entitled to nominate one representative to the Executive Committee.
Uplands Community College The Belmont Surgery
The Rotary Club of Wadhurst Wadhurst Parish Council
Wealden District Council East Sussex County Council
Wadhurst and District Business Association Social Action Project
Churches Together in Wadhurst Wadhurst Institute, Hall and Field
3.5 Subject to 3.6 below, the overall number of members of the Executive Committee shall not exceed 15 and every effort shall be made to maintain representation across all sections and interests of the community.
3.6 The Executive Committee may co-opt up to three other people to be members of the Executive Committee.
4. Meetings
4.1 Meetings of the Members and of the Executive Committee shall be called by the Honorary Secretary giving 14 days' notice of the meeting to the persons entitled to attend and vote.
4.2 A quorum for a meeting of the Executive Committee shall be one third of the members of the Executive Committee. A quorum for a meeting of the Members shall be one third of the Members or 10 Members (or their nominated representatives) which ever shall be the less.
4.3 The Chairman or in his absence the Vice-chairman shall take the chair at any meeting of the Executive Committee or the Members.
4.4 An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Partnership shall be called by the Secretary at the request of not less than one-third of the Members.
4.5 The Partnership shall meet at least once a year and the Executive Committee shall meet at least once every three months. The date for the next meeting shall (so far as possible) be determined at or before the previous meeting. A record shall be kept by the Honorary Secretary of the persons attending meetings of the Partnership and of the Executive Committee and of the decisions taken at such meetings and copies of those minutes shall be sent to the nominated representative of each Member.
4.6 An Annual General Meeting of the Partnership to which the public shall be invited shall be held between January and March (inclusive) of each year and notice of such meeting shall be given at least 21 days before the date of the meeting to the Members and shall be displayed in a public place in the Town.
5. Voting
5.1 Each Member has one vote and shall nominate in writing one person to represent it at any meeting. A deputy or alternative may also be nominated. A nominated person may not represent more than one Member.
5.2. Should a Member or the voting representative of that Member not be able to attend a meeting, the Member may nominate in writing a substitute representative to attend and vote at that meeting
5.3 Voting shall be by means of a show of hands. In the event of a tie, the chairman of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.
6. Election of Officers
6.1 The officers of the Partnership shall be a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary.
6.2 The Partnership shall at the Annual General Meeting elect a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Treasurer and Honorary Secretary to hold office until the end of the next Annual General Meeting provided that, if there be a vacancy at the first meeting of the Executive Committee to be held after the Annual General meeting, the Executive Committee shall fill that vacancy.
6.3 The Executive Committee shall have power to coopt a person to fill any vacancy. Such an appointee shall hold office until the end of the next Annual General Meeting.
7. Financial Arrangements The Partnership shall maintain a bank account or bank accounts in the name of the Wadhurst Partnership for the receipt of funds raised by and payment of such expenditure authorised by the Partnership. The officers shall be the signatories on the bank accounts which shall be operated by not less than two signatories.
8. Amendments This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of the nominated representatives of the Members present at any meeting of the Partnership, provided that 14 days' notice of the proposed amendment has been given to the Members.
9. Notices Any notice required to be given by this Constitution shall be in writing and shall be deemed to be duly given if delivered to or sent by pre-paid post addressed to the nominated representative of the Member at the address last notified to the Honorary Secretary.
10. Winding Up The Partnership may be dissolved by a two-thirds majority of nominated representatives of the Members voting at any meeting of the Partnership, provided that 21 days' notice of the proposed dissolution has been given to the Members. All remaining assets of the Partnership shall be transferred to Wadhurst Parish Council and used for purposes that accord with the objects in paragraph 2 above.

 

As founder Members and by our nominated representatives, we approve this Constitution this 26th day of November 2001 . . . .

[signed by representatives of the following organisations}

Wadhurst Parish Council
Wealden District Council
Wadhurst Institute Hall and Field
Wadhurst and District Business Association
East Sussex County Council
Social Action Project
Churches Together in Wadhurst
The Rotary Club of Wadhurst
Uplands Community College
The Belmont Surgery

 

To the Secretary
The Wadhurst Partnership

Nomination Form (Indefinite)

As a member of the Wadhurst Partnership, we nominate ....................................................................................

as our representative until we give you written notice to the contrary but if he/she is not available we nominate

........................................................................ .................... as an alternative/deputy*.

Signed

Full name of signatory

Designation

for and on behalf of                                                                                                              (Name of Member)

Date

* delete as appropriate

 

To the Secretary
The Wadhurst Partnership

Nomination Form (For single meeting)

As a member of the Wadhurst Partnership, we nominate ....................................................................................

as our representative for the meeting to be held on ................................................ but if he/she is not available we nominate

........................................................................ .................... as an alternative/deputy*.

Signed

Full name of signatory

Designation

for and on behalf of                                                                                                              (Name of Member)

Date

* delete as appropriate