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The Friends of All Saint's Church Longstanton is a registered Charity  [Registered Number 1115069]

THE FRIENDS OF ALL SAINTS CHURCH, LONGSTANTON
 
1. The name of the Charity shall be The Friends of All Saints Church, Longstanton (hereinafter described as "the Charity").
 
2. The objects of the Charity shall be to advance the Christian religion by maintaining, repairing, restoring, preserving, improving, beautifying and reconstructing for the benefit of the public the fabric of the Church of All Saints, Longstanton, its monuments, fixtures, fittings, furniture, stained glass, ornaments and other chattels and its churchyard. In this way the church building can be made available for use by the wider community.
 
3. Powers. In the furtherance of these objects but no further or otherwise, the Charity
 A may obtain, collect and receive money and funds by way of contribution, donations, subscriptions, covenants, legacies, grants and appeals or by application to any person, body or organisations.
 B may accept and receive gifts of the property of any description for or towards the objects of the Charity or any of them (whether subject to any special trusts or not).
 C subject to such consents as from time to time be required by law, may borrow money or enter into other contracts charging all or any or any of the property of the Charity, provided that the Charity shall not undertake any permanent trading activities in raising funds for its primary charitable objects and
 D may do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the achievement of the objects.
 
4. The Management of the Charity shall be in the hands of a Committee appointed as follows:
 A Up to four members appointed by the inaugural meeting of the Charity, two of whom are to retire by rotation and shall be replaced or re-elected at each annual meeting of the Charity;
 B Up to four members to be appointed annually by the Parochial Church Council of All Saints Church, Longstanton.
The Committee shall appoint annually from among its number a Chairman, a Treasurer and a Secretary; and a quorum of the Committee shall be four members.
 
5. Membership of the Charity. Any person interested in the objects of the Charity who has signed the membership form shall be eligible to be a member of the Charity. There is an annual (voluntary) subscription of at least £10 per person/£15 per family.
 
6. The Annual General Meeting at which, inter alia, audited/examined accounts for the previous financial year shall be presented by the Committee, shall be held in November each year. The Committee may convene special meetings and shall be required to convene such a meeting upon request from not less than six members, who shall state the business to be considered at the meeting. Not less than fourteen days' notice of all meetings shall be given.
 
7. The Chair of the Committee shall act as Chair of the Annual General Meeting or any other special meeting. Subject to paragraph 5 above, every member, including the Chair, shall have one vote and, in the case of equality of votes the Chair shall have a second and casting vote. The quorum at any general meeting of the Charity (excepting meetings of the Committee) shall be ten members.
 
8. The Committee shall, with such consent as by law required, deal with the property vested in the Charity by way of sale, mortgage, charge, lease or otherwise, however directed by the Charity. A certificate purporting to be signed by two members of the Committee of the Charity for the time being, in favour of the purchaser mortgagee, chargee, lessee, or grantee, shall be conclusive evidence that such a direction was duly given.
 
9. The Incumbent (or Priest in Charge), Churchwardens and Parochial Church Council of All Saints Church, Longstanton retain all their rights and all ecclesiastical law continues to apply to the church.
 
10. These rules may be varied, deleted or added to by a resolution passed by a three-fourths majority of the members of the Charity present in person or by proxy at a Special General Meeting convened for that purpose and of which notice has been served upon every member of the Charity in accordance with Clause 6 provided that no amendment to Clauses 2, 9, 11, 12 of this constitution shall be made without the approval in writing of the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales and no alteration shall be made which would cause the Charity to cease to be a charity at law.
 
11. The financial year of the Charity shall be the calendar year.
 
12. The dissolution of the Charity may be effected only by a resolution passed by a three-fourths majority of the members present in person or by proxy at a Special General Meeting convened for that purpose and of which notice has been served on every member of the Charity at his last address. If a motion to dissolve the Charity is carried by the said majority, the Charity's surplus funds, property and assets (if any) shall not be distributable among the membership but shall be transferred to some or all of the objects of the Charity, as the Charity may with the approval of the Charity Commissioners or other authority having charitable jurisdiction determine.
 
13. Any bank account shall be opened in the name of the Charity and all cheques or other documents relating thereto shall require the signature of two members of the Committee, of whom one shall be the Treasurer.
 
14. It is clearly acknowledged that this Charity has no right to authorise any expenditure or improvement to the church building without the express approval of the Parochial Church Council of All Saints Church, Longstanton. In practice it is anticipated that the Parochial Church Council will ask the Charity if it is willing to release funds for a specific purpose.
 
 
THESE RULES WERE ADOPTED BY FORMAL RESOLUTION AT THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE CHARITY HELD ON:
13th December 2005 at the Village Institute, Longstanton.
AND THE ORIGINAL GOVERNING INSTRUMENT OF WHICH THEY ARE A TRUE COPY IS INCORPORATED IN THE MINUTE BOOK OF THE CHARITY.


If you want to know more about what the Friends of All Saints Church Longstanton are doing, in relation to opening the Church; how you may help support their activities, or make a donation towards the trust, you can write to John Frost . The address is shown at the 'Contact Us' page. Details of how you may make a donation are shown in the 'Latest News' link.

Members of the All Saints Church Longstanton Committee
 

John Frost –         johnfrost01@btinternet.com

Arthur Savage –    arthur.savage.46@btinternet.com

Louise Gamon -     louise.gamon@gmail.com