THE CONSTITUTION OF THE PIRATE CLUB
Registered Charity No. 308009
The name of the Club shall be the Pirate Club. The aim of the club is to satisfy the urge for adventure and useful occupation among London boys and girls by providing facilities on or adjacent to the Regents Canal and other waterways to teach such boys and girls boating skills and safety and so to develop their physical capacities that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society and that their conditions of life may be improved. (i) The activities of the club shall be controlled by a Management Committee which shall consist of not less than five adult persons elected annually at the Annual General Meeting. (ii) The Management Committee shall have the power to co-opt not more than five extra persons. (iii) The Management Committee shall appoint a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and such other officers, as they may deem necessary. (iv) The Management Committee shall meet at least four times a year. (v) The duties of the Management Committee shall be to devise methods for achieving the aim of the Club and to exercise a general oversight of its activities. For this purpose the Management Committee may appoint and pay any person who shall be responsible to it for the running of the Club. (vi) The Management Committee may delegate any of its powers to sub-committees. A sub-committee so formed shall in the exercise of the powers so delegated conform to any regulations that may be imposed on it by the Management Committee. (vii) Nominations for election to the Management Committee must be submitted in writing not less than fourteen days before the Annual General Meeting. Nominations may only be made by those entitled under paragraph 5 (i) below to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting. (vii) The Management Committee shall have the power to appoint any person as the Patron of the Club. The Patron shall be deemed to be a registered subscriber as defined in paragraph 5 (i) below.
The Management Committee shall cause to be kept accounts of all monies belonging to the Club and such accounts shall be examined annually by an independent examiner and presented to the Annual General Meeting of the Club. (i) An Annual General Meeting of subscribers over the age of 18 who have subscribed at least £3 in the preceding 12 months and who have asked to be registered at least 21 days before the meeting concerned, the Officers and the Management Committee shall be held each year to receive an Annual Report and a Statement of Accounts and to elect a Management Committee for the forthcoming year. Persons under 18 may be enrolled as Club Members and they shall have the right to attend the meeting but shall not have voting rights. Not less than 21 days notice of the meeting shall be given. (ii) A Special General Meeting may be convened at any time by the Management Committee or at the written request of not less than 12 registered subscribers. Not less than 14 days notice of the meeting shall be given.
All property and assets of the Club shall be vested in the Management Committee. In the event of the Club being dissolved, if after the satisfaction of all debts and liabilities there shall remain any property whatsoever, the same shall, at the discretion of the Management Committee, be disposed of for use for similar charitable objects. The above constitution shall only be altered by resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of a Special General Meeting. At least 14 days notice must be given of the proposed amendments. Any proposed alteration in this Constitution shall be notified to the Department of Education and Science, or other government department as may be responsible for the continuing registration of the Pirate Club as a charity. February 2003. The Pirate Club, The Pirate Castle, Gilbey’s Wharf, Oval Road, London NW1 7EA