The name of the association shall be the Acklington
Community Team (ACT) referred to in this constitution as
a) To provide opportunities for social interaction
within the community.
b) To promote community relations in co-operation with
other groups in Acklington and the surrounding areas.
c) To involve the community in improving environmental
aspects of Acklington and surrounding areas.
d) To promote other charitable purposes that the
association may determine from time to time.
e) To ensure good communication within the community.
The following powers will be vested in the Management
a) Power to raise funds and to invite and receive
contributions provided that, in raising funds, the
Management Committee shall not undertake any permanent
trading activities and shall conform to any relevant
requirements of the law.
b) Power to buy, take on lease or exchange any property
necessary for the achievement of the objects and to
maintain and equip it for use.
c) Power, subject to any consents required by law, to
sell, lease or dispose of all or any part of the
property of the organisation.
d) Power to co-operate with other charities, voluntary
bodies and statutory authorities operating in
furtherance of the objectives or of similar charitable
purposes and to exchange information and advice with
e) Power to appoint and constitute such advisory
committees as the Management Committee may think fit.
f) Power to do all such other lawful things as are
necessary for the achievements of the objectives.
a) Membership of the association will be open to all
residents living in Acklington and the surrounding area.
b) No restriction will be placed on membership with
regard to age, gender, ethnic origin, religion or
c) Membership may be terminated by a unanimous vote of
the Management Committee, for good reason, having given
the opportunity to the member to be heard by the
5) Management Committee
a) The management of the association will be carried out
by a Management Committee consisting of not more than 12
members and not less than 3 elected at the Annual
b) All members of the Committee must be at least 18
years to enable them to vote, however, the committee
will accurately represent the views of young people
under the age of eighteen by ensuring that at least one
young person is given the opportunity to attend
Management Committee meetings.
c) The management Committee may appoint co-opted Members
but only up to ¼ of the total membership of the
Committee may be appointed in this way.
d) All members of the Committee shall retire from office
at the end of the Annual General Meeting but they may be
re-elected or re-appointed.
a) At the first meeting of the Management Committee
following the Annual General Meeting, the Committee will
elect a Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
7) Meetings and Procedures
a) The Management Committee shall meet at least 4 times
b) A quorum shall consist of at least 1/3 of the members
of the Management Committee or 3 members, whichever is
the greater number present.
c) In the event of the result of a vote being equal, the
chair shall have a second and casting vote.
a) All funds shall be paid into a bank account in the
same of the association. All cheques shall be signed by
at least 2 of the authorised signatories being the
Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.
b) The treasurer shall present a financial report to the
Management Committee at each meeting.
9) Annual General Meeting
a) An Annual General Meeting will be held in January of
each year, or as soon as practicable thereafter.
b) At least 14 days notice will be given of the date,
time and place of the meeting.
c) The Management Committee will present an annual
report to the members, including the accounts for the
d) Nominations will be taken for membership of the
Management Committee and an election will be held if the
number of vacancies is exceeded.
10) Amendments to the Constitution
a) The Constitution may only be amended by a resolution
passed by 2/3 of those members present and voting at a
b) At least 14 days notice will be given of a General
Meeting, and the notice will contain the amendment
If a resolution is passed at a General Meeting to
dissolve the association, any assets which remain, after
all liabilities have been met, shall be given to another
charitable organisation to be used for such purposes
within the area of benefit.
This constitution was formally adopted by this
association as certified by those members who have