The South Staffordshire Line

Past / Present / Future
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Constitution

 

NAME

 

The name of the group shall be: SOUTH STAFFS RAIL GROUP

 

AIMS

 

The aims of the Group shall be:

 

To promote the importance of the South Staffordshire Railway, from Wychnor Junction to Walsall

 

To make available to everyone all aspects of the history of the line (e.g., Photos, info etc) & the current state and future of the Railway line.

 

To Educate and promote the SSR within the local community

 

To make sure that any infustucture left is intact for future generations to enjoy.

 

To seek and work with volunteers working to preserve part or parts of the route and infustucture.

 

To promote an awareness of the route and what it will do for future transport in the area.

 

Collate information on the local travel trends for the local population

 

Conduct studies on freight savings if the line were re-opened

 

Provide up to date news from along the line, including the latest photos

 

Put pressure on local and government MPs, in order to get the line Re-Opened

 

Network with other user groups/ individuals & professional organisations such as Network Rail etc.

 

POWERS

 

To further these aims the committee shall have power to:

 

Obtain, collect and receive money or funds by way of contributions, donations, grants and any other lawful method towards the aims of the Group.

Associate local authorities, voluntary organisations and the residents of the local area in a common effort to carry out the aims of the Group.

Do all such lawful things as will further the aims of the Group.

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

 Membership shall be open to everyone on the Website or has a interest

 

The South Staffs Rail admin/ staff shall have the power to approve or reject applications for membership or to terminate the membership of any member provided that the member shall have the right to be heard by the group before a final decision is made.

 

 

MANAGEMENT

 

A Staff Committee elected annually at the Annual General Meeting shall manage the Group.

 

The committee shall consist of a chair, secretary & treasurer.

 

The committee shall meet at least 6 times each year.

 

One third of the committee/Staff being present shall enable the business of the group to be carried out.

 

A proper record of all transactions and meetings shall be kept

GENERAL MEETINGS

 

An Annual General Meeting shall be held within 15 months of the date of the adoption of this constitution and each year thereafter.

 

Notices of the AGM shall be published three weeks beforehand and a report on the Group’s financial position for the previous year will be made available at the same time.

 

A Special General Meeting may be called at any time at the request of the committee, or not less than one quarter of the membership. A notice explaining the place, date, time and reason shall be sent to all members three weeks beforehand.  

 

One third of membership or four members being present, whichever is the greater, shall enable a General Meeting to take place.

 

Proposals to change the constitution must be given in writing to the secretary at least 28 days before a general meeting and approved by a two thirds majority of those present and voting.

 

ACCOUNTS

 

(a)        The funds of the group including all donations, contributions, bequests and stock shall be paid into an account operated by the management committee.  All cheques drawn on the account must be signed by at least two members of the Management Committee.

 

(b)        The funds belonging to the group shall be applied only to further the objects.

 

(c)        A current record of all income, funding and expenditure will be kept.

 

DISSOLUTION

 

The Group may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a simple two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting.