Buckfastleigh Transition Town – for a sustainable future for Buckfastleigh, Devon
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    Posted on September 26th, 2012 Steve 3 comments

    The name of the organisation shall be:

    Buck the Trend

    Aims:

    To make Buckfastleigh (and the surrounding area) a resilient, sustainable and affordable community.

    Objectives:

    We shall work toward achieving or aims by:

    1. Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.
    2. Building a stronger, more resilient local community
    3. Making our community more sustainable.
    4. Creating the community that we want for ourselves and our children.

    Explanation of Objectives:

    1. Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels:

    Almost every aspect of our modern lifestyle depends upon cheap and plentiful energy from fossil fuels (especially oil). As production rates drop and world-wide demand increases, the price of fossil fuels will continue to rise, raising the cost of living for all of us. Finding alternatives to fossil fuels will help us to maintain our quality of life and prepare us for the future.

    Climate change is already impacting upon everyone around the world. Burning less fossil fuels means we will reduce our own carbon footprint as individuals and as a community. At the same time we will work with others regionally, nationally and globally to promote this goal. Taking responsibility for the impact of our actions will help to secure the long-term future of everyone on the planet.

    2. Building a stronger, more resilient local community:

    Local communities have become increasingly fragile and reliant on things beyond their control. We aim to help strengthen and develop the local community by encouraging:

    • social interaction and relationships;
    • education;
    • local production;
    • local jobs and;
    • everyone to take more responsibility for their community.

    In order to work together effectively we have to respect one another’s dignity and rights, and so we want to ensure that we act in the spirit of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    3. Making our community more sustainable:

    It is not sustainable to keep over-exploiting limited resources. These resources could be social (people’s time and goodwill), economic (savings and/or credit) or environmental (e.g oil under the ground, the fertility of our land, the fish in the sea or the ability of our environment to cope with added CO2, ash from incinerated rubbish, etc.).

    4. Creating the community that we want for ourselves and our children:

    We want to imagine, develop and encourage a more sustainable way of life, that:

    • regenerates and improves the quality of our natural and built environment;
    • reduces waste and pollution;
    • supports quality, diversity and abundance of life, and;
    • manages and husbands the resources we have available for the longer term.

    Powers:

    In furtherance of the objects, but not otherwise, the Management Committee may exercise the power to:

    1. Raise funds and to invite and receive contributions providing that in raising funds the Management Committee shall not undertake any substantial permanent trading activities and shall conform to any relevant requirements of the law;
    2. Buy, rent or take lease or in exchange any property necessary for the achievement of the objectives and maintain and equip it for use;
    3. Subject to any consents required by Law to sell, lease or dispose of all or any part of the property of the organisation;
    4. Subject to any consents required by Law to borrow money and to charge all or any part of the property of the organisation with repayment of the money so borrowed;
    5. Employ such staff (who shall not be members of the Management Committee) as are necessary for the proper pursuit of the objects and to make all reasonable and necessary provision for the payment of pensions for staff and their dependents;
    6. Co-operate with other charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in furtherance of the objects or of similar charitable purposes and exchange information and advice with them;
    7. Establish or support any charitable trusts, associations or institutions formed for all or any of the objects;
    8. Appoint and constitute such advisory committees as the Management Committee may think fit;
    9. Do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the achievement of the objects.

    Membership:

    • Membership is open to all those in agreement with the aims and objectives;
    • Membership fees shall be agreed annually at the AGM.

    Committee:

    • The committee will consist of at least 3 members.
    • Meetings shall be held at least 4 times a year.
    • One third of committee members must be present to form a quorum (minimum three members).
    • The organisation may take out and pay for Trustees Indemnity Insurance on behalf of committee members.
    • All committee members are elected for a period of one year. All committee members will retire at the AGM but may be re-elected.
    • Committee members will include an elected Chair, Treasurer and Secretary.

    Annual General Meeting (AGM):

    • The AGM shall be held not later than three months after the end of the financial year. Public notice must be given at least 14 days before the AGM.
    • The AGM will:
    1. hear reports of the year’s work from the committee;
    2. receive the Treasurer’s report on the audited accounts for the year;
    3. accept the resignation of the outgoing committee;
    4. elect committee members for the forthcoming year;
    5. appointment the auditors for the forthcoming year.

    Voting at AGM:

    • All members are entitled to vote.
    • Voting shall be by a show of hands.
    • In the event of a tie the vote will be re-held or, if appropriate, the matter will go to a Special General Meeting.

    Special General Meeting (SGM):

    • The Chair may call a Special General Meeting to resolve a serious problem or if a proposal in made to alter the constitution.
    • 18 days notice must be given prior to a SGM.

    Amendment:

    The constitution can be amended with a majority vote at the AGM or an SGM called for the purpose.

    Assets/property/effects:

    These are the responsibility of the Committee at all times who shall see they are maintained in good order

    Income/expenditure:

    • This is the responsibility of the Treasurer and Committee.
    • Proper accounts shall be kept, tabled at each Committee meeting and AGM. Accounts should be audited or examined annually according to current law by a qualified person who is not a member. The accounting year shall run from 01 April to 31 March.
    • A bank account shall be opened in the name of the organisation and the signatures of two committee members will be needed for cheques to be drawn on the account.

    Dissolution:

    • The organisation may be dissolved if deemed necessary by the members in a majority vote at an AGM or SGM.
    • Funds and other assets remaining shall be distributed to local charities at the Committee’s discretion.