Whitefield Bowling Club Community Interest Company
Becoming a member
1) The subscribers to the Memorandum are the first members of the Company.
2) Such other persons as are admitted to membership in accordance with the Articles shall be members of the Company.
3) No person shall be admitted a member of the Company unless he or she is approved by the Directors.
4) Every person who wishes to become a member shall deliver to the Company an application for membership in such form (and containing such information) as the Directors require and executed by him or her.
Applications for membership
1 The subscribers to the Memorandum of Association of the Club; the members of the unincorporated association known as Whitefield Bowling Club as at the date of
incorporation; and such other persons as are admitted to membership by the directors in accordance with these Articles, shall be the members of the Club.
No person shall become a member of the Club unless:
1.1) that person has completed an application for membership in a form approved
by the directors, and
1.2) the directors have approved the application.
2) For the avoidance of doubt membership is open to all without discrimination and may only be refused where admission to membership would be contrary to the best interests of the Club or the good conduct and interests of the Club and no person shall be denied membership of the Club on the grounds of race, ethnic origin, creed, colour, age, disability, sex, occupation, sexual orientation, religion, political or other beliefs. A person may appeal against such decision by notifying the Board who shall put the matter to a general meeting for it to be decided by a majority vote of the members present and voting at such meeting.
For the purposes of registration the number of members is declared to be unlimited.
A person shall not be entitled to any privileges of the Club until two days have passed since his application for membership was submitted, whether or not he is admitted as a member before those two days have lapsed.
The directors may from time to time fix the levels of entrance fees and annual subscriptions to be paid by the different categories of Club members provided that the directors shall use their best endeavours to ensure that the fees set by them do not preclude open membership of the Club.
Conditions of membership
1) All Club members shall be subject to the Rules and shall respect the rules of the Club as set from time to time by the governing body.
2) The Club members shall pay any entrance fees and annual subscription set by the directors. Any Club member whose subscription fee is more than 1 month in arrears shall be deemed to have resigned his membership of the Club.
Termination of membership
1) It shall be the duty of the directors, if at any time it shall be of the opinion that the interests of the Club so require, by notice in hard copy form sent by prepaid post to a Club member’s address, to request that Club member to withdraw from membership of the Club within a time specified in such notice. If, on the expiry of the time specified in such notice, the Club member concerned has not withdrawn from membership by submitting notice in hard copy form of his resignation, or if at any time after receipt of the notice requesting him to withdraw from membership the Club member shall so request in hard copy form, the matter shall be submitted to a properly convened and constituted meeting of the directors or such sub-committee to which they have delegated their powers. The directors or subcommittee and the Club member whose expulsion is under consideration shall be given at least 14 days’ notice of the meeting, and such notice shall specify the matter to be discussed.
The Club member concerned shall at the meeting be entitled to present a statement in his defence either verbally or in hard copy form, and he shall not be required to withdraw from membership unless a majority of the directors or sub-committee members present and voting shall, after receiving the statement in his defence, vote for his expulsion, or unless the Club member fails to attend the meeting without sufficient reason being given. If such a vote is carried, or if the
Club member shall fail to attend the meeting without sufficient reason being given, he shall thereupon cease to be a Club member and his name shall be erased from the register of Club members.
2 The directors may exclude the Club member from the Club’s premises until the meeting considering his expulsion has been held. For the avoidance of doubt, the Club member shall be entitled to attend the Club’s premises to attend that meeting (if it is held at them) for the purpose of making his representations.
3 A person may appeal against such decision by notifying the directors who shall put the matter to a general meeting for it to be decided by a majority vote of the Club members present and voting at such meeting.
4 A Club member may withdraw from membership of the Club by giving seven (7) clear days’ notice to the Club in writing.
5 A membership terminates automatically when that person dies or ceases to exist or on the failure of the member to comply or to continue to comply with any condition of membership set out in these Articles or the Rules.
6 Membership is not transferable.
7 Any person ceasing to be a Club member forfeits all rights in relation to and claims upon the Club, its property and its funds and has no right to the return of any part of his subscription.
8 The directors may refund an appropriate part of a resigning Club member’s subscription if it considers it appropriate taking account of all the circumstances.