Charity Commission Registration No. 504029



The Name of the Trust shall be the North Craven Heritage Trust.


The Trust is established for the public benefit in the administrative area of the former Settle Rural District Council to:
1. Encourage high standards of planning and architecture, and,
2. Stimulate public interest in and care for the beauty, history and character of the area, and,
3. Encourage the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic or public interest.

In furtherance of these objectives the Trust may:
1. Hold meetings, lectures and temporary and/or permanent exhibitions.
2. Publish papers, reports and other literature.
3. Make surveys and prepare maps and plans and collect information in relation to any place, erection or building of beauty or historic interest.
4. Promote or assist in promoting activities of a charitable nature.
5. Promote research into subjects directly connected with the objectives of the Trust.
6. Co-operate with local authorities, planning committees and other statutory authorities, voluntary organisations, charities and persons having aims similar to those of the Trust.
7. Employ and remunerate any person or persons not being members of the Committee to supervise, organise and carry out work for the Trust.
8. Raise funds and invite and receive contributions from any person or persons whatsoever by way of subscription, donation and otherwise provided that the Trust shall not undertake any permanent trading activity.
9. Acquire, lease or rent any property whether subject to any special trust or not.
10. Subject to such consents as may be required by law sell, lease or let all or any property of the Trust.
11. Borrow or raise money for the purposes of the Trust on such terms and on such security as the Committee shall think fit but so that the liability of individual and corporate members of the Trust shall in no case extend beyond the amount of their respective annual subscriptions.
12. Do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the attainment of the said objectives.


Membership shall be open to all who are interested in furthering the objectives of the Trust. Corporate members shall be such companies, societies, associations, educational institutions or businesses as are interested in furthering the objectives of the Trust. A corporate member may appoint an individual to represent it and to vote on its behalf at Meetings but before such individual exercises his or her right to vote the corporate member shall give particulars in writing to the Secretary of such individual.


The annual subscriptions shall be determined from time to time by the Committee and shall be payable on or before 1 January each year. Membership shall lapse if a subscription is unpaid 6 months after it is due. The subscription of a member joining the Trust in the three months preceding 1 January in any year shall be regarded as covering membership for the Trust's year commencing on 1 January following the date of joining the Trust.


An Annual General Meeting shall be held in or about October of each year to receive the Committee's report and audited accounts, to elect Officers and Members of the Committee, to appoint 1 or more auditors and to transact such other business as may from time to time be necessary. The Committee shall decide when Meetings of the Trust shall be held. Special General Meetings shall be held at the written request of 15 or more members whose subscriptions are fully paid up. 5% of the membership personally present shall constitute a quorum for a Meeting of the Trust. Save as otherwise provided decisions at Meetings of Members and of the Committee shall be decided by a simple majority of those present and entitled to vote. In the event of an equality of votes the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote. The Committee shall give at least 14 days notice to members of Annual General Meetings and Special General Meetings of the Trust.


The Officers shall consist of President, Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer all of whom shall be ex-officio members of the Committee. All Officers shall hold office in an honorary capacity and shall relinquish their office at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting next after their election but shall be eligible for re-election. Nominations for the election of Officers other than those made by the Committee shall be made in writing to the Secretary at least 10 days before the Annual General Meeting. Such nominations must be supported by a seconder and the consent of the proposed nominee must first have been obtained. The elections of Officers shall be completed prior to the election of Committee members. Vice-Presidents may also be elected at an Annual general Meeting for periods to be decided at such a meeting. The Committee may fill casual vacancies occurring among the Officers of the Trust.


The Committee shall be responsible for the management and administration of the Trust. The Committee shall consist of the Officers and up to 9 other members. Election to the Committee shall normally be for 3 years and one-third of these members of the Committee shall retire annually at the Annual General Meeting but shall be eligible for re-election. The Committee may co-opt further members who shall attend in an advisory and non-voting capacity. Vice-Presidents may attend meetings of the Committee but may not vote at such meetings. Nominations for election to the Committee other than those made by the Committee shall be made in writing to the Secretary at least 10 days before the Annual General Meeting. Such nominations must be supported by a seconder and the consent of the proposed nominee must first have been obtained. If the nominations exceed the number of vacancies a ballot shall take place in such manner as shall be determined. The Secretary shall give Committee members at least 7 days' notice of meetings. The quorum for a Committee Meeting shall be three or one-third of the total number of Committee members entitled to vote, whichever is greater. The Committee may fill casual vacancies occurring among members of the Committee. Any person appointed to fill such casual vacancy shall hold office until the next Annual General Meeting but shall be eligible for election at that meeting. The proceedings of the Committee shall not be invalidated by any defect in the election, appointment or co-option of any member.


The Committee may constitute sub-committees as considered necessary. The Chairman and Secretary of each sub-committee shall be appointed by the Committee and all actions and proceedings of each sub-committee shall be reported to the Committee as soon as possible. Members of the Committee may be members of any sub-committee. Sub-committees shall be subordinate to and may be regulated or dissolved by the Committee.


It shall be the duty of every member who is in any way directly or indirectly interested financially or professionally in an item discussed at any meeting of the Trust (including any meeting of the Committee or any sub-committee) at which he or she may be present to declare such interest and he or she shall not discuss such item (except by invitation of the Chairman) or vote thereon.


The Committee shall out of the funds of the Trust, pay all proper expenses of administration and management of the Trust. After the payment of the administration and management expenses and the setting aside to reserve of such sums as may be deemed expedient, the remaining funds of the Trust shall be applied by the Committee in furtherance of the objectives of the Trust.


Any funds belonging to the Trust may be invested by the Committee in such investment or asset as it may think fit subject to such authority, approval or consent as may be required by law or by any trusts .


Any freehold and leasehold property acquired by the Trust shall, and if the Committee so directs any other assets belonging to the Trust may, be vested in trustees who shall deal with such assets as the Committee may from time to time direct. Trustees shall be at least 3 in number or a trust corporation. The power of appointment of trustees shall be vested in the Committee. A trustee need not be a member of the Trust. The Secretary shall notify the trustees in writing of their duties and any amendment thereto. The Trust shall indemnify the trustees in their duties (including the proper charge of a trustee being a trust corporation) and liability under such indemnity shall be a proper administrative expense.


This Constitution may be amended by a two-thirds majority of members present and voting at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting, provided that 28 days notice of the proposed amendment has been given to all members, and provided that nothing therein contained shall authorise any amendment the effect of which would be to cause the Trust at any time to cease to be a charity in law, and provided further that no amendment shall be made to Clause 2, Clause 15 or this Clause until the approval in writing of the Charity Commissioners or other authority having charitable jurisdiction shall have been obtained.


Any notice required to be given to a member shall be deemed to be duly given if left at or sent by post or email to the last notified address of that member.


The Trust may be dissolved by a two-thirds majority of members present and voting at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting and confirmed by a simple majority of members present and voting at a further Special General Meeting held not less than 14 days after the previous Meeting. If a motion for the dissolution of the Trust is to be proposed at an Annual General Meeting or Special General Meeting this motion shall be referred to specifically when notice of the Meeting is given. In the event of the dissolution of the Trust the available assets of the Trust shall be transferred to 1 or more charitable institutions having objectives similar or reasonably similar to the Trust as shall be chosen by the Committee and approved by the Meeting at which the decision to dissolve the Trust is confirmed.


Members of the Trust whose conduct is inappropriate or who decline to abide by any Rule at that time in the
Constitution may be expelled or suspended by a resolution passed at a meeting of the Committee and their subscription may be forfeited, having been given notice of the Committee's intention to consider their expulsion. Members shall have the right to appeal in person to the Committee with regard to any decision affecting them, provided that notice of such appeal is submitted to the Secretary, in writing, within seven days of notification of the decision.

October 1992 (amended October 2011).


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