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.
2.1. EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY STATEMENT
Hangleton Bowling Club acknowledges its responsibility to ensure that no individual will be unjustly discriminated against. This includes but not limited to, discrimination because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. To include the level of personal income, whilst participating or seeking to participate in the sport of Bowls.
2.2. SAFEGUARDING POLICY
Hangleton Bowling Club adopts and follows all policies and guidelines approved by Bowls England and UK Anti-doping. We follow all procedures set out in Bowls England Regulation 9, 9A and 9B. We will abide with all sanctions, recommendations and /or decisions from the Case Management panel or National Disciplinary Panel.
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.
i] a. Full 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.
i] b. Honorary Full 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 Fee.
Members at an Annual General Meeting may decide to cancel such appointments.
ii]. 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).
iii]. Associate Members (having not paid a Membership Fee) Will not be eligible to represent the club in any Inter-Club friendlies, 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. They 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.
(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).
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.