BRITISH RAILWAYS ENTHUSIAST SOCIETY CONSTITUTION
BRITISH RAILWAYS ENTHUSIAST SOCIETY IS A SUBSIDAIRY OF THE WOODHEAD RAILWAY HERITAGE GROUP®
AIMS &OBJECTIVES: -
To support the funding of projects for the British Railways Enthusiast Society through a Group Membership, Sales & Donations.
To encourage Rail Community involvement through Social Media, local Education Centres, clubs, churches & businesses.
To publicise and raise awareness of the British Railways Enthusiast Society.
To encourage Group Members to support The Railway Heritage in volunteering roles & duties where feasible.
To work in partnership with all stakeholders to achieve these aims.
Minimum Age is 16 years to be a member of the British Railways Enthusiast Society and for carrying out volunteering work on behalf of the BRS.
VOLUNTEER REGULATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES:-
All “Working” volunteers must be registered as a Member of British Railways Enthusiast Society
Each volunteer must ensure that they are aware of the potential dangers working within the boundaries of the National Rail Network Heritage & Railway sites.
Each volunteer must comply with the published Regulations and Instructions from ‘The Committee’.
All work that is to be carried out MUST be approved by ‘The Committee’; No work must be under taken without notification of ‘The Committee’.
Should any volunteers bring tools/equipment to carry out any work must be approved by ‘The Committee ‘and must adhere to any Company* regulations for carrying out work within an operational area, any tools/equipment that has been brought on site is at the responsibility of the owner.
*Company being any Company that the British Railways Enthusiast Society is working with.
British Railways Enthusiast Society and will not be held responsible for the loss or damage to any equipment or tools belonging to the volunteers.
All Volunteers have the responsibility of their own and others safety while carrying out any volunteering work
Volunteers & Members of British Rail Society shall not at any time use the name of ‘British Railways Enthusiast Society in dealings with any third parties – Without first obtaining the permission of ‘The Committee’.
ALL Members must be aware that - ANY Bullying and Harassment of fellow members or members of the public will not be tolerated. Any actions that are deemed to fall within the above - will be acted upon and dealt with accordingly by ‘The Committee’
FINANCE & FUNDING
The treasurer elect will be responsible for the funding of the British Railways Enthusiast Society while in Post, any anomalies arisen are to be discussed with the Chairman elect & Secretary elect. The treasurer elect will record all financial transactions to be displayed at each AGM
There will be two named persons on the bank account, should a change be required then this will be agreed via the Committee.
Any expenditure must be approved by the Chairman & Secretary elect.
The British Railways Enthusiast Society will utilise the same Bank account as the Woodhead Railway Heritage Group® of which British Railways Enthusiast Society is a Subsidiary.
MANAGEMENT OF THE ASSOCIATION:-
To be by a Committee, to be elected annually by Members of the British Railways Enthusiast Society.
The AGM shall elect a Chairman, Secretary, treasurer, Membership Secretary, 1 Ordinary member and any other positions that are deemed to be necessary for the Committee.
The Committee shall have the power to co-opt Members for a specific task to a specific period not exceeding twelve months.
Nominations to elect Officers for the Committee Membership can be made by any Adult Member before or at the AGM.
The Committee shall meet not less than four times a year. One meeting shall be used for the AGM.
The Committee shall have the power to expel any Member who shall infringe any rule, or whose conduct shall in their opinion render him / her unfit for Membership of the British Rail Society, No Member shall be expelled without first having an opportunity to explain his / her conduct.
All Members will be notified in advance of what date the AGM will be held.
Any Committee members who cannot attend a Committee meeting MUST send their apologies to the Chairman in advance.
CESSATION OF MEMBERSHIP:-
Members shall cease being Members
By Resignation (by means of a Letter to the Chairman).
By expulsion via an Emergency Committee Meeting (minimum of 3 position holding Committee Members).
This Constitution can only be amended by resolution(s) passed by the Membership either at the AGM or at an Extraordinary General Meeting.
WINDING UP OF THE BRITISH RAILWAYS ENTHUSIAST SOCIETY:-
This can only be done on the recommendation of the Committee, giving three weeks’ notice of an Extraordinary General Meeting off ALL members.
Should the EGM decide to proceed with the Winding Up of British Rail Locomotive Society, then all its remaining assets will be forwarded to an agreed ‘Station Friends Group’.