The Club shall be known as the Hangleton Bowling Club, hereafter to be referred to as the “Club” and it shall be affiliated to Bowls England and Sussex County Bowls. The Club shall be located at the Knoll Recreational Ground, Rowan Avenue, Hove.
The objects of the Club shall be to promote the game of Bowls generally, to arrange competitions between members, to play matches with other clubs and to organise such other activities as the Managing Committee may deem desirable and consistent with the status of a bowls club.
3. AMENDING the CONSTITUTION:
No alteration or addition to the Constitution shall be effected except at an Annual General Meeting (or at an Extraordinary General Meeting specifically convened for that purpose) of which due notice has been given as required by the Constitution. To amend the Constitution the majority for a resolution to be passed must be two thirds of those with Full Club Membership status and who are present at the meeting. Associate members are not entitled to vote at any general meeting.
4.1 Membership of the Club shall be open to any person who completes a membership application form; is willing to have their application placed before the Managing Committee for approval and who subsequently pays the relevant subscription/joining fees as determined by the Club. The Managing Committee shall have the right to refuse membership to any applicant if they believe that the applicant is likely to bring the Club, or Bowls as a sport, into disrepute; or to suspend or rescind membership of any member subject to that member’s right of appeal in accordance with the guidelines outlined by Bowls England.
New Members: New Member's applications must be proposed and seconded by club members. These applications must be submitted to the Club Secretary who will then exhibit them on the club’s notice board for a minimum of 14 days prior to consideration by the Managing Committee whose decision to elect or otherwise shall be final. Those received before a season commences shall be displayed for a minimum of 14 days from the date the club is open for the collection of fees. The Club Secretary will maintain a register of all members and a list of all members will be available in the club-house at all times.
Temporary Members: Temporary Members will be admitted for an initial 16 day provisional period extending to a maximum period of eight weeks subject to acceptance of an Application for Temporary Membership. Temporary Member’s Applications must be proposed and seconded by club members. These applications must be submitted to the Club Secretary who will then exhibit them on the club’s notice board for a minimum of 14 days prior to consideration by the Managing Committee whose decision to confirm Temporary Membership or otherwise shall be final.
Ex-Members: Ex-Members who have let their membership lapse by virtue of non-payment of the previous season’s Subscriptions must re-apply to join the Club and fill the usual “Application for Membership” Form. Their application for membership will be treated as for new membership.
(Members leaving due to extenuating circumstances such as illness or temporary leave of absence would not necessarily have to apply to rejoin the Club.)
4.2 The Club has three membership categories: Full Club Membership, Temporary Club Membership and Associate Membership. In addition an Annual General Meeting may award Honorary Membership status.
Members: On payment of the Annual Subscription Fee members will, under normal circumstances, have unhindered access to the Club facilities.
Full Members (having paid their Membership Fee) will be eligible to play in all club bowling activities. They will be eligible to stand for ‘officer’ posts and vote at any General Meeting of the Club.
Temporary Members (having paid their Temporary Subscription Fee) will be eligible to play in Inter-Club friendlies, internal club events and ‘roll ups’ - subject to payment of the appropriate green fee on each occasion they play. They will not be eligible to represent the club in any Inter-Club, League or Cup matches nor have entry into Competitions, and neither will they be eligible to stand for ‘officer’ posts or vote at any General Meeting of the Club. (In the event that within a season a Temporary Member subsequently becomes a Full Club Member then any fees already paid that year will be offset against their Membership Fee).
Associate Members (having not paid a Membership Fee) will be eligible to play in internal club events and ‘roll ups’ - subject to payment of the appropriate green fee on each occasion they play. They will not be eligible to represent the club in any Inter-Club friendlies, League or Cup matches nor have entry into Club Competitions, and neither will they be eligible to stand for ‘officer’ posts or vote at any General Meeting of the Club. (In the event that within a season an Associate Member subsequently becomes a Full Club Member then any green fees already paid that year will be offset against their Membership Fee).
Honorary Members: An Annual General Meeting may award Honorary Membership status either for life or for a set time period where it is desired to reward a member for outstanding service to the Club. Such Honorary Members shall pay no Subscription. Members at an Annual General Meeting may decide to cancel such appointments.
5.1 The Club Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting by a simple majority vote and shall be: The President, Committee Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Captain, Vice Captain, Ladies County Delegate, Men’s County Delegate, Development Officer, Match Secretary, Competitions Secretary, Safeguarding Officer, Accounts Examiner and any other Officer who from time to time may be elected by the A.G.M.
5.2 Club President: The Club President shall be elected by the members at an Annual General Meeting. Members at a later Annual General Meeting may decide to cancel the appointment. A vacancy must be filled by a nominee who has been a member of Hangleton Bowling Club for at least three full playing seasons.
5.3 Officers: All appointments are Honorary but Officers of the Club shall be reimbursed for expenses paid in pursuance of their duties as Officers of the Club provided an Account is given to the Club Treasurer showing properly the expenses incurred together with a receipt where possible.
5.4 Management Committee. The Executive Officers of the Club shall be the Committee Chairperson hereafter to be referred to as the “Chairperson” who will have just a single casting vote., the Treasurer, and the Secretary all of whom will generally remain in office for a term of two years to provide stability and continuity and who will serve as members of the Managing Committee. The other members of the Managing Committee shall be the Captain, Vice Captain, Ladies County Delegate and Men’s County Delegate. Each shall have one vote other than the Chairperson who will only have a casting vote. Officers serving on the Managing Committee will hold one Management Committee post only but may in addition hold non Management Committee post[s]. The Managing Committee shall appoint a new Committee Chairperson should a casual vacancy occur before the due date for the appointment or election of a new Chairperson at an annual general meeting.
5.5 The Managing Committee shall appoint a Liaison Officer responsible for direct contact with Brighton and Hove City Council (Any change to this office has to be notified to the City Parks dept. of Brighton and Hove City Council.)