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Friends of St Mary's Church, Cricklade, Wiltshire, U.K.

 

Chairman: Hugh Dudley, 4 Pleydells, Cricklade, SWINDON, SN6 6NG

Secretary: Gerry Dudley, 4 Pleydells, Cricklade, SWINDON, SN6 6NG

Treasurer: Tony Barratt, 13 Boundary Close, Stratton, SWINDON, SN2 7TF

 

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CONSTITUTION OF THE FRIENDS OF ST MARY'S CRICKLADE

MAY 2001

1.

NAME

The name of the association is the Friends of St Mary's Catholic Church, Cricklade, High St., Cricklade, Wiltshire.

 

2.

OBJECTS

The objects of the Friends are:

a)

In conjunction with the Parish of St Thomas of Canterbury, Fairford and its Parish Priest, to care for and maintain St Mary's Catholic Church, Cricklade, High St., Cricklade, Wiltshire ("the Church") and associated land as well as they can, with a view to eventual full restoration, subject to the limit of 5,000.00 on any one project. Any alterations will require the prior approval of the Historic Churches Committee in writing. Expenditure of more than 5,000.00 will be subject to the prior consent of the Clifton Diocesan Trustees Registered ("the Trustees").

b)

To raise funds to be used exclusively for the benefit of the Church and associated land and for this purpose to issue such publicity materials as they see fit.

 

3.

FUNDS

The objects of the Friends shall be financed out of such funds as the Committee receives by way of subscription, gifts, grants, loans, fund raising activities or otherwise as the Committee in its discretion thinks fit.

 

4.

MEMBERS

Every person who supports the objects of the Friends may apply to the Secretary for membership in such form as the Committee decides and shall become a member if he or she is elected as such by the Committee.

 

5.

OFFICERS

5.1

The officers shall be elected annually at the Annual General Meeting of the Friends.

5.2

The honorary officers of the Friends shall be a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Treasurer and a Secretary.

5.3

Any officer may retire by giving 1 (one) month's prior written notice to the Secretary.

 

6.

THE COMMITTEE

6.1

The Committee consists of the officers and no fewer than four other persons amongst whom so far as is possible there shall be a nominee of the Trustees and the Parish Priest for the time being of St Thomas of Canterbury, Fairford.

6.2

Any member of the Committee may retire by giving 1 (one) month's prior written notice to the Secretary.

6.3

Any casual vacancy on the Committee arising between the Annual General Meetings shall be filled by the Committee.

6.4

The Committee shall manage all the affairs of the Friends.

6.5

The quorum of the Committee shall be four.

6.6

Committee Meetings shall be held not less than once in every three months.

6.7

Not less than seven days' written or oral notice shall be given by the Secretary to members of the Committee of every meeting.

6.8

A simple majority makes decisions at meetings of the Committee, and in the event of equality of voting, the Chairman (or the acting Chairman of that meeting) shall have a casting vote.

 

7.

Funds raised by the Friends shall be administered by them according to Charitable practice, but shall belong to the Trustees and be banked with the Diocesan Finance Officer. To this end a statement of account shall be sent annually to the Secretary of the Trustees at the Diocesan Finance Office and to the Finance Committee of St Thomas of Canterbury, Fairford.

 

8.

An Annual General meeting shall be held in each year in the month of November upon 21 days' written notice having been given to all members. In the event that an Extraordinary meeting should be required then 14 days' written notice shall be given to all members.

 

9.

In the event of the affairs of the Friends being would up, monies administered by them shall be transferred to the Trustees (after the payment of legitimate expenses). This money to be dedicated exclusively to the upkeep and maintenance of St Mary's Church if possible, but if not, to be used at the joint discretion of the Friends and Trustees.

 

10.

Nothing in this agreement shall derogate from the provisions of civil and canon law nor from the rights of the Parish Priest, who shall hold a key to the Church and whose permission must be sought for the holding of any public worship therein. He may veto any decision of the Friends, but an appeal to the Trustees is available against any such veto.

 

11.

The provisions in this document may only be amended by the majority of the members at the Annual General meeting or at an Extraordinary meeting and with the agreement of the Parish Priest.