- Name and Address
- The name of the Club is The Harrogate Club (Herein referred to as The Club). The Club premises are situated at 36 Victoria Avenue, HARROGATE, North Yorkshire, HG1 5PR.
- To promote fellowship among Members and invited Guests and to provide facilities and activities in keeping with the Club’s historic premises that can be enjoyed in a convivial and supportive atmosphere. To preserve, maintain and enhance the Club’s Victorian era premises, which are owned by the Members.
The Rules of the Club
The detailed rules of the Club are set out in the attached document “The Harrogate Club – Rules of The Club” as amended from time to time. (Herein referred to as the Rules.)
Membership of the Club is open to all persons over the age of 18 and over irrespective of race, gender, religious belief, political affiliation or sexual orientation. Members shall have voting rights according to the class of membership as specified in the Rules.
The Club is an Unincorporated Association and a not-for-profit organisation owned and run by its Members.
There shall be a Committee of elected Club Officers (President, Secretary and Treasurer) and Committee Members as detailed in the Rules. The Committee is responsible for all aspects of the management of the Club and shall carry out such management in accordance with the Rules and English Law.
Trustees and Property
There shall be at least 3 Trustees who are Full Members appointed by the Committee. The Trustees shall jointly be the proprietors of the Club premises and shall be responsible for stewardship and continuity of the freehold of the Club premises as directed by the Committee.
Annual General Meeting
There shall be an Annual General Meeting. The business transacted at the Annual General Meeting shall include the presentation of the audited accounts, the election of Officers, namely the President, the Secretary, the Treasurer and any other Committee Members as required and as specified in the Rules. General Meetings may be called from time to time as specified in the Rules.
The Committee is empowered to obtain, collect and receive money or funds by way of subscriptions, contributions, donations, grants and any other lawful method and according to the Rules in order to finance the Objects of the Club.
The Committee may from time to time borrow money from the Members (and pay interest to them) or from a bank at competitive interest rates solely for the purpose of the maintenance and improvement of the premises and following approval by the Members at a General Meeting.
Purchase and Supply of Liquor
The Club is a private members’ club owned and run by its members, and as such holds a Club Premises Certificate under the Licensing Act 2003 for the purchase and sale of liquor to Members and Guests.
Income, Profits and Surpluses and Reserves
All profits and surpluses from the Club financial activities including the sale of liquor, rentals from the hire of the Club premises, income from subscriptions, income from leased premises, sale of food and surpluses or profits from any other source shall be held in the Club bank accounts and used solely for reserves or provisions for planned expenditures and for any tax liabilities. No money or property of the Club or any gain arising from the carrying-on of the Club activities shall be applied otherwise than for the benefit of the Club as a whole or for the furtherance of the Objects of the Club in accordance with the Rules and statutory regulations. The Club shall hold in reserve sufficient money to cover six month’s running costs and to cover any statutory obligations to any employed staff.
The Treasurer shall make full accounts of the financial affairs of the Club, duly audited by the Auditors of the Club, available to every member when notice convening the Annual General Meeting is given.
The Committee shall employ a Club Manager and may also employ such other staff as are necessary for the administration and provision of services to Members and Guests as deemed necessary by the Committee. The terms of employment shall comply with the Employment Act 2008 and subsequent amendments to the Act.
Amendments to this Constitution
This Constitution can only be amended by the same procedures as are required for an amendment to the Rules of The Club.
- Dissolution of the Club
- A resolution to dissolve the Club must be passed at a General Meeting by a majority of at least two-thirds of the Members present or voting by post or by proxy and entitled to vote thereon.
- Upon the passing of a resolution to dissolve the Club the Committee must realise the Club’s property and any other assets, repay all loans and any interest outstanding on them, discharge all other liabilities and distribute and donate the balance to such registered charities as they see fit at the time, but with the preference given to such charities as may have the welfare of local citizens or the promotion of local sports or arts in their objects.