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The Constitution


1. Name

The organisation shall be known as Lodge Lane Regeneration Group ("the Group").

2. Administration

The Group and its property shall be administered and managed in accordance with this constitution by the members of the Group.

3. Objects

The Group's objects ("the objects") are to promote any charitable purposes for the benefit of the community in the Lodge Lane area (“Lodge Lane Area”) and, in particular the:

3.1. promotion of community facilities and services including retail facilities and leisure amenities;
3.2. promotion of industry and commerce;
3.3. maintenance, improvement or provision of public services;
3.4. conservation and/ or improvement of the housing stock;
3.5. improvement of the environment and of transport facilities;
3.6. reduction of crime and the fear of crime; and
3.7. creation and improvement of facilities for children

In carrying out these charitable purposes, the Group will seek to challenge all forms of oppression and inequality and to give priority to working with people whose full participation in society is limited by economic, political and social disadvantage.

4. Powers

The Group shall have power to:

a. raise funds and to invite and receive contributions;
b. buy, take on lease or in exchange any property and to maintain and equip it for use;
c. to sell, lease or dispose of all or any part of the property of the Group;
d. to borrow money and to charge all or any part of the property of the Group with repayment of the money so borrowed;
e. to employ such staff (who shall not be Honorary Officers) as are necessary for the proper pursuit of the objects;
f. to co-operate with other charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in furtherance of the objects or of similar charitable purposes
and to exchange information and advice with them;
g. to establish or support any charitable trusts, associations or institutions formed for all or any of the objects;
h. to appoint and constitute such advisory committees or sub groups as the Group may think fit;
i. to do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the achievement of the objects.

5. Membership of the Group

5.1. People entitled to become members of the Group are:
5.1.1. residents;
5.1.2. people working or carrying on a business; and
5.1.3. voluntary organisations active or based in the Lodge Lane Area.

5.2. people shall become members by requesting to be members and supplying their name and address to the secretary.
5.3. If a member is an organisation it shall appoint an individual to represent it and to vote on its behalf at meetings of the Group; and may appoint an
alternate to replace its appointed representative at any meeting of the Group if the appointed representative is unable to attend.
5.4. Every member of the Group shall have one vote. For the avoidance of doubt if a meembr is an organisation it shall only have one vote.
5.5. The Group may invite any person to attend its meetings as an observer and to speak but without power to vote.
5.6. The Chairperson and Honorary Officers shall have the right for good and sufficient reason to terminate the membership of any member provided that
the member shall have the right to be heard by the Group before a final decision is made.

6. Honorary Officers

6.1. At the Annual General Meeting of the Group the members shall elect from amongst themselves a Chairperson, a Treasurer, a Secretary and such other Honorary
Officers as the Group may from time to time decide, who shall hold office from the end of that meeting.
6.2. The Chairperson and Honorary Officers shall hold office until the end of the Annual General Meeting of the Group next after their election but shall be eligible for re-election.
6.3. The Group shall appoint one or more independent examiners or qualified auditors and may determine their remuneration (if any) at the Annual General Meeting.
6.4. Nominations from members of the Group for Honorary Officers must be in writing and must be in the hands of the Secretary at least fourteen days before the Annual Meeting.
Should nominations exceed vacancies, election shall be by ballot. The Chairperson may fill any casual vacancy occurring in the offices of Honorary Officers elected by the Group,
and may, subject to any conditions imposed by the Group, appoint any other Honorary Officers, but all such appointments shall be subject to confirmation by the Group at its next meeting.

7. Determination of Honorary Officers

An Honorary Officer shall cease to hold office if he or she:

7.1. becomes incapable of managing and administering his or her own affairs;
7.2. is absent without the permission of the Chairperson from all Group meetings held within a period of six months and the Group resolve that his or her office be vacated
provided that an Honorary Officer faced with removal shall have the right to be heard by the members of the Group before a vote is taken;
7.3. notifies to the Chairperson a wish to resign (but only if at least 2 Honorary Officers will remain in office when the notice of resignation is to take effect); or
7.4. fails to declare an interest under the provision of Clause 8.1.

8. Members not to be personally interested

8.1. Subject to clause 8.2. no member shall acquire any interest in property belonging to the Group(otherwise than as a trustee for the Group) or receive remuneration or be
interested in any contract entered into by the Group.
8.2. Any member for the time being who is a solicitor, accountant or other person engaged in a profession may charge and be paid all the usual professional charges for business
done by him or her or his or her firm when instructed by the Group to act in a professional capacity on behalf of the Group provided that a member shall withdraw from any meeting
at which his or her own instruction or remuneration, or that of his or her firm, is under discussion.

9. Annual General Meeting

9.1. There shall be an annual general meeting of the Group which shall be held in the month of March in each year or as soon as practicable thereafter, subject to no meeting being
more than 15 calendar months after the preceding Annual Meeting.
9.2. Every annual general meeting shall be called by the Chairperson.
9.3. The Honorary Officers shall present for consideration and approval to each annual general meeting the annual report and accounts of the Group for the preceding year.
9.4. The Group shall appoint the independent examiners or auditors.

9.5. Nominations for election for the Honorary Officers must be made by members of the Group in writing and must be in the hands of the secretary at least 14 days before
the annual general meeting. Should nominations exceed vacancies, election shall be by ballot.

9. General Meetings

The Group shall hold at least 6 general meetings each year with no longer than 3 months between meetings. General meetings will be called by the Chairperson.

11. Special General Meetings

The Chairperson may call a special general meeting of the Group at any time and must do so if at least six members request such a meeting in writing stating the business to be considered
the secretary shall call such a meeting. The notice must state the business to be discussed.

12. Proceedings at all General Meetings

12.1. The secretary shall give at least 21 days' notice of a general meeting to all members of the Group. All the members of the Group shall be entitled to attend and vote at the meeting.
12.2. The Chairperson shall be the chair of a general meeting, but if he or she is not present, before any other business is transacted, the persons present shall appoint a chair of the meeting.
12.3. There shall be a quorum when at least 3 members are present
12.4. Every matter shall be determined by a majority of votes of the members present and voting and in the case of equality of votes the chair of the meeting shall have a casting vote.

13. Receipts and expenditure

13.1. The funds of the Group, including all donations, contributions and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the Honorary Officers in the name of the Group at such bank as the
Honorary Officers shall from time to time decide. All cheques must be signed by at least two Honorary Officers one of who shall be either the Chairperson or Treasurer.
13.2. The funds belonging to the Group shall be applied only in furthering the objects.

14. Property

14.1. The Group shall cause the title to all land and investments held by or in trust for the Group to be vested either in a corporation entitled to act as custodian trustee or in not less than
three individuals appointed by them as holding trustees. Holding trustees may be removed by the Honorary Officers at their pleasure and shall act in accordance with the lawful directions
of the Honorary Officers. Provided they act only in accordance with the lawful directions of the Honorary Officers, the holding trustees shall not be liable for the acts and defaults of
its members.
14.2. If a corporation entitled to act as custodian trustee has not been appointed to hold the property of the Group, the Honorary Officers may permit any investments held by or in trust for the
Group to be held in the name of a clearing bank, trust corporation or any stockbroking company which is a member of the International Stock Exchange (or any subsidiary of any such stockbroking
company) as nominee for the Group, and may pay such a nominee reasonable and proper remuneration for acting as such.

15. Accounts

The Honorary Officers shall:

15.1. keep accounting records for the Group;
15.2. prepare annual statements of account for the Group; and
15.3. ensure auditing or independent examination of the statements of account of the Group.

16. Annual Report

The Honorary Officers shall prepare an annual report for the consideration of the members at the Annual General Meeting.

17. The Group's year end audit

The Group's year shall run from April 1 to March 31. Once at least in every year the auditors appointed under clauses 6.3 and 9.4 shall audit the accounts of the Group.

18. Dissolution

If the Honorary Officers decide that it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the Group it shall call a meeting of all members of the Group, of which not less than
21 days' notice (stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed) shall be given. If the proposal is confirmed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting
the Honorary Officers shall have power to realise any assets held by or on behalf of the Group. Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities
shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of the Group as the members of the Group may determine
or failing that shall be applied for some other charitable purpose.

19. Alterations to the Constitution

Subject to the following provisions of this clause the Constitution, save for this clause 19, may be altered by a resolution passed by not less than two thirds of the members
present and voting at a general meeting. The notice of the general meeting must include notice of the resolution, setting out the terms of the alteration proposed.

20. Notices

Any notice required to be served on any member of the Group shall be in writing and shall be served by the secretary or other Honorary Officer on any member either personally or
by sending it through the post in a prepaid letter addressed to such a member at his or her last known address in the United Kingdom, and any letter so sent shall be deemed to
have been received within 10 days of posting or with the case of notices to the members as a whole by displaying it in a prominent place.

21. Interpretation

The Interpretation Act 1978 applies for the interpretation of this Constitution as it applies for the interpretation of an Act of Parliament.

Adopted on the 12 day of March 2002



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