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About the Twickenham Society

The Society exists to make Twickenham a better place in which to live. It seeks to:

  • stimulate public interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of Twickenham and its surroundings;
  • encourage the protection, proper development and improvement of features of general public amenity or public interest;
  • encourage high standards of architecture, civic design and town planning;
  • protect the beauty of the riverside and open spaces;
  • pursue these ends by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications and other forms of instruction and publicity;
  • represent the views of the Society to local and other authorities and societies (and co-operate with them to secure these ends).

Twickenham Society Constitution

(as revised by the 1993 A.G.M.)

  1. NAME The name of the Society shall be THE TWICKENHAM SOCIETY. The Society shall be registered with the Civic Trust, at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
  1. AIMS The aims of the Society shall be:
    1. To stimulate public interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of Twickenham and its surroundings.
    2. To encourage the protection, proper development and improvement of features of general public amenity or historic interest.
    3. To encourage high standards of architecture, civic design and town planning.
    4. To protect the beauty of the riverside and open spaces.
    5. To pursue these ends by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, and other forms of instruction and publicity.
    6. To represent the views of the Society to local and other authorities and societies (and cooperate with them to secure these ends).
  1. MEMBERSHIP Membership shall be open to all who are interested in the aims of the Society. Membership shall lapse if the subscription is unpaid twelve months after it is due.
  1. SUBSCRIPTIONS The annual subscription of the Society shall be determined as may be agreed by the Annual General Meeting, on the recommendation of the Committee.
  1. MEETINGS An annual meeting shall be held each year to receive the Executive Committee's report and duly audited accounts, and to elect members of the Committee. The Committee shall decide when ordinary meetings of the Society shall be held, and shall give at least fourteen days notice of such meetings to all members. Special General Meetings of the Society shall be held at the written request of twenty-five or more members. Not less than twenty members personally present shall constitute a quorum for a meeting of the Society.
  1. COMMITTEE AND ORGANISATION The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers, and not more than ten further members. The Committee shall have power to co-opt further members ( who shall attend in an advisory and non-voting capacity). The President and Vice-Presidents may attend meetings of the Executive Committee, but may not vote at such meetings. Nominations for election to the Executive Committee shall be made by members at or before the Annual General meeting. They must be notified in advance to the Chairman, and the consent of the person nominated must also be given. The person proposed, and his/her proposer and seconder, must be members of the Society. If the nominations exceed the number of vacancies, a ballot shall take place. The Executive Committee shall be responsible for running the affairs of the Society, and may take decisions on its behalf. Five shall be a quorum for meetings of the Executive Committee. The Honorary Secretary shall be elected at the Annual General meeting. The Executive Committee shall at their first meeting elect the other officers.
  1. OFFICERS The officers of the Society shall consist of: Chairman; Vice-Chairman; Hon. Secretary; Hon. Treasurer; Membership Secretary; all of whom shall relinquish their office every year, and shall be eligible for re-election. In the event of the prolonged absence, or resignation, of any of the officers, the Committee shall have power to appoint a replacement until the following AGM. The Vice-Chairman shall take the chair in the absence of the Chairman.
  1. OTHER OFFICERS A President, Vice-Presidents, Honorary Legal Advisers and Honorary Auditors may be elected at a General Meeting of the Society.
  1. APPEALS The Executive Committee shall have power to make appeals and solicit donations for carrying out the aims of the Society.
  1. EXPENSES OF ADMINISTRATION The Executive Committee shall out of monies received by the Society, pay all proper expenses of administration, and shall use the residue of such monies as it thinks fit for or towards the aims of the Society.
  1. INVESTMENT All monies at any time belonging to the Society and not required for immediate application for its aims shall be invested by the Executive Committee upon such investment securities or property as it may think fit.
  1. BORROWING The Executive Committee shall borrow for the aims of the Society such monies at such rate of interest and in such a manner as it thinks fit.
  1. AMENDMENTS The Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of members present at an Annual or Special General Meeting, provided that fourteen days notice of the proposed amendment has been sent to all members.
  1. WINDING-UP The Society may be dissolved by a two-thirds majority of members voting at an Annual General Meeting or Special General meeting, confirmed by a simple majority of members voting at a further Special General meeting held not less than fourteen days after the previous meeting. If a motion for the dissolution of the Society is to be proposed at an Annual General Meeting, or a Special General Meeting, this motion shall be referred to specifically when notice of the meeting is given. In the event of the dissolution of the Society, the available funds of the Society shall be transferred to such one or more charitable institutions having aims similar, or reasonably similar, to those hereinbefore declared, as shall be chosen by the Executive Committee, and approved by the meeting of the Society at which the decision to dissolve the Society is confirmed. On dissolution the minute books and other records of the Society shall be deposited with the Civic Trust.
  1. DECLARATION OF INTEREST It shall be the duty of every officer or member of the Executive Committee, or Sub-Committee, who is in any way directly or indirectly interested financially or professionally in any item discussed at any Committee meeting at which he/she is present, to declare such interest and he/she shall not discuss such item (except by invitation of the Chairman), or vote thereon.


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