BE OR NOT TO BE - LEGAL?
readers of this editorial page will recall that this time last year
we made a plea for the Executive Committee to conduct the 2017 Annual
General Meeting in accordance with the Rules of the Society. The
rules pertaining to an AGM had been ratified by a previous Executive
early in 2015.
revise on this issue you may click on the previous editorial pages
dated as in the left column as 05/01/17
seems likely that the Executive will not change their practice of
invoking past precedent to manage the next Annual General
Meeting on the basis that it is a matter of opinion and
interpretation how these rules should be applied.
this is wrong and represents malpractice in terms of Charity
Commission advice as to how to work within the Rules of the Society
which is regarded as the Governing Document when applied to a charity.
are probably not aware that last year a valid nomination was
disallowed by the Executive on the grounds of not using the
official nomination form. Actually, the rules do not
specify that a form must be used and in any event the form available
only enables nominees to be elected to the committee. This means it
is unfit for the purpose of nominating officers to the Executive
which the Society Rules specifically call for.
details are fully documented in the pages mentioned in the previous
paragraph but the question remains how can members influence an
intransigent Executive Committee and do they really want to do so?
should understand the present status quo is not legal
and may compromise the position of the Society in the future.
publication understands that many members do not want to get
involved in matters of Rules and Regulations but others may wish to
be consulted as to their opinions without actually becoming members
of the Executive Committee.
order to facilitate some discussion the sponsors of this website
have made an arrangement for members to attend a meeting to
rationalise opinion on this matter. That is to say the conduct of the
next AGM and the management of nominations. It is not intended to
range over any other issues or to undermine the Executive Committee
whos members are also free to attend.
is with the case study detailed in blue paragraph below that our
concerned group have arranged this meeting which needs to be held
before the deadline for nominations on January 31st.
for the members of
Quainton Railway Society Ltd
Thame Town Hall
Street (Town Centre) OX9 3DP
pm until 4:00 pm
27th January 2018
open from 1:30 pm
hope to have someone independent to preside over the meeting and
perhaps an expert on constitutional practice for charities.
you may ask the Thame Town Hall? Well it is warm and dry with
excellent facilities and many pubs and restaurants nearby to have
lunch or refreshments. Thame is also well supplied with free car
parking on Saturday afternoons although you may have to pay for time
prior to 1:00 pm. There is a half hour premier bus service from
Aylesbury and Oxford, (Arriva No.280), A similar service from High
Wycombe via Chinnor (No.40) and a Chiltern train service to Thame
Parkway where the 280 bus calls in the station forecourt. These bus
services stop just adjacent to the town hall.
A one hour free parking ticket from 1:00 pm enables parking until
2:00 pm with free parking thereafter.
Market North street
partners who do not wish to attend the meeting will enjoy browsing
the many independent retail outlet in Thame both in the High Street,
Cornmarket and other nooks and crannies leading off. Visitors to
Thame have a lovely time exploring the town that makes up much of the
backdrop to Midsomer Murders.