Hythe Community Cinema Constitution


1. Name

The society shall be known as The Hythe Community Cinema, referred to here as the HCC.

 2. Objects

The object of the HCC is to advance the education of the public in the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the arts, particularly the art of film and allied visual techniques. The HCC shall have the power to promote the study and appreciation of films by means of lectures, discussions and exhibitions.

 3. Membership

a) Membership of the HCC is open to anyone over the age of sixteen at the discretion of the Committee and is free.

b) Membership of the HCC shall entitle the member to attend all film shows, talks, discussions and other general meetings.

c) Only Members and their guests shall be admitted to the film exhibitions.

4. Management

a) The HCC shall be run by a Committee of at least 5 members and no more than 10. The Committee shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting and hold office until their successors are elected at the next AGM.

b) Committee members shall also become members and directors of Hythe Community Cinema Ltd. Hythe Community Cinema Ltd is a company limited by guarantee, is non-profit making, and has the sole purpose of supporting Hythe Community Cinema, for instance when applying for grants. Members and directors of Hythe Community Cinema Ltd receive no remuneration or other financial benefit. Hythe Community Cinema Ltd has Articles of Association, as required by law, separate from this Constitution (available to HCC members on request) and conducts a separate AGM.

c) The HCC shall hold a General Meeting at least once a year. A Special General Meeting may be called at any time by the Committee or upon written request being made to the Committee signed by at least 5 Members.

d) The quorum for General Meetings shall be 10 Members and for Committee Meetings 5.

e) The HCC shall be non-political (i.e. it shall not espouse the cause of any political party.)

f) The HCC shall not be run for private profit of a Member or Members. Any balance at the end of the year shall be carried over and devoted to the Objects of the HCC.

g) No Members, or Committee Members, shall receive payment directly or indirectly for their services or for anything other than legitimate expenses incurred in respect of their work for the HCC.

h) The Society shall not be wound up except by a Resolution of three quarters of those present at a Special General Meeting called for that purpose. In the event of a winding up, the remaining funds of the HCC shall not be distributed among Members but be passed to a charitable organisation or organisations with objects similar to those of the HCC. Such organisation(s) shall be chosen by the Committee in consultation with the British Federation of Film Societies.

5. Alteration of Rules

No alteration of rules shall be made except by a resolution of two thirds of those present at a General Meeting. No amendment shall be made to the Objects clause (Clause 2), the dissolution clause (clause 4 h) or this clause (clause 5). No amendment shall be made which would cause the HCC to cease to be a Charity in Law.

Revised July 2015

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