The name of the organisation shall be The Skelton Village Trust (The Trust)
The Skelton Village Trust is a not-for-profit organisation, but not a registered charity.
The Trust is managed by an Executive Committee (the Committee) elected by the membership annually.
The objectives of the Trust are:
To encourage high standards of architecture, design and planning in the Parish of Skelton.
To stimulate public interest in, and care for, the beauty, history and character of the village and its surroundings.
To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic Interest.
To promote good community relations and social contact by encouraging interest in the objectives and activities of The Trust.
To pursue these ends by means of speaker evenings on related topics, exhibitions and
activities aimed at environmental improvement.
Membership shall be open to all who are interested in the objectives of The Trust.
Membership shall lapse if the subscription is unpaid 6 months after it is due, subject to a written reminder having been sent.
The annual subscription amount will be recommended by the Committee to the Annual General Meeting for its endorsement, if there is to be a change.
An Annual General Meeting shall be held in or about May each year to receive the Chairman’s report on behalf of the Committee, the audited accounts for the previous calendar year, and to elect Officers and Members of the Committee. The Committee shall decide a annual programme of events and communicate it to members. Special General Meetings of the Village Trust shall be held at the written request of twelve or more members. Twelve members personally present shall constitute a quorum for such a meeting.
Nominations for the election of Officers shall be made at least a week before the Annual General Meeting to the Secretary in writing, supported by a seconder and with the consent of the nominee. Officers, elected before further Committee members, shall be:
Chairman, Vice Chairman, Hon Secretary, Hon Treasurer, Archivist (the last can be ex-officio).
All of whom shall relinquish their office every year and be eligible for re-election at the Annual General Meeting.
The Executive Committee shall consist of the Officers and not more than six further members. Further members may be co-opted in an advisory, non-voting capacity.
Nominations for election to the Executive Committee, in writing, seconded, and agreed by the nominee shall be made to the Secretary at least a week before the Annual General Meeting. A person may be re-elected threetimes and again after a minimum lapse of one year.
If nominations for Officers and Committee members are fewer than the the eleven maximum permitted, then serving members may be offered continuance.
The Committee shall be responsible for running the affairs of The Trust and for taking decisions on its behalf. A quorum for meetings shall be four members.
The Committee shall have power to raise funds for carrying out the objectives of The Trust, for example by staging events and soliciting donations.
EXPENSES OF ADMINISTRATION
The Committee shall, out of monies received by The Trust, pay all proper expenses of administration and management and apply remaining funds as it sees fit in support of its activities.
All monies at any time belonging to The Trust, and not required for foreseeable expenditure, shall be placed on interest earning deposit as determined by the Committee.
The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of members present at an Annual or Special General Meeting, provided that at least a week’s notice of proposed changes has been communicated to all members and that those changes are in support of the objectives of The Trust.
In the event of the winding-up of The Trust any residual funds remaining after all financial commitments have been met shall, at the sole discretion of the Committee, be transferred to one or more charitable/not for profit bodies which exist for the benefit of residents of Skelton.