Southwell and Nottingham
Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers Bell Fund
Charity Number 259703
The fund shall be known as Southwell and Nottingham
of Church Bell Ringers Bell Fund 1 (the ‘Fund’) and shall be registered
as a charity.
The objectives of the fund shall be to assist the Church within the Southwell and Nottingham Diocese (the 'Diocese') by:
The restoration and augmentation of existing bells
The preservation of bells and fittings from redundant churches
The provision of new rings of bells
The Fund may take any reasonable action for the furtherance
objects, including the acquisition, removal and storage of
bells, fittings and frames.
Resident and Honorary Life Members for the time being of
Southwell and Nottingham Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers
(the ‘Guild’) shall be Members of the Fund
a. The Fund shall be administered by a committee of three
who shall be
the Trustees of the Fund, two of whom shall form a quorum. The
Trustees of the Guild and the Guild
Chairman shall normally be the Trustees of the Fund unless the
Guild decides otherwise.
b. The Trustees will normally invite the Guild Bell Repair Committee
Secretary to serve as Honorary Secretary to assist them in the
administration of the fund. The
Trustees shall take advice on projects presented for their
consideration from the Guild Bell Repair Committee.
Such advice will not be binding on the Trustees. The Trustees
shall elect a chairman who will preside over
c. The Trustees will normally invite the Honorary Treasurer of the
Guild (the ‘Treasurer’) to administer the finances of the Fund
d. Applications for grants shall normally be made to the Trustees
through the Honorary Secretary who will notify the applicant
of the Trustees’ decision. No grant shall be paid
until the work has been completed. If the work is not
completed within two years of the grant being approved,
a fresh application will be required.
a. Such bank accounts as may be required shall be opened in
of the Fund. All withdrawals from the Fund must be authorised
by two of the Trustees.
b. Any monies not required for the immediate purposes of the Fund
shall be invested to the benefit of the Fund in any manner the
Trustees may think fit. Any investments must be
made in the names of all the Trustees.
c. The Fund shall have the power to raise funds by any means it sees
fit, so long as permanent trading is not engaged in.
d. The Trustees shall have the power to dispose of bells, fittings or
frames if attempts at rehousing have proved unsuccessful,
provided any proceeds from disposal are invested
in the Fund
e. The Trustees shall effect such insurance as they from time to time
shall deem appropriate.
f. No grant to any Church outside the Diocese of Southwell and
Nottingham may be made, without the approval of the Annual
Meeting of the Fund.
a. There shall be an annual meeting of Members ('Annual
which shall be held at the annual meeting of the Guild and the
Guild Chairman shall normally be invited
to chair the meeting. In the event of a conflict of interest
the Guild will elect a Chair by simple majority
on the day. The Annual Meeting shall be held on the same day
and in the same place as the annual meeting of the
b. A Fund Special General Meeting may be called by either the
Trustees, or be requested in writing to the Secretary by at
least 20 Members.
a. The Treasurer shall prepare a balance sheet as at
December 31st in
each year and an income and expenditure account for the year
ending on that date. The accounts
shall be examined by the independent examiners of the Guild,
and presented to the Members at the next annual
b. The Honorary Secretary will prepare a report to the Trustees on the
Fund's activity for the year covered by the Treasurer's report.
c. Both the Treasurer's and the Honorary Secretary's reports shall be
published in the Guild report for the appropriate year.
No alteration or addition shall be made to these rules,
the Fund Annual General Meeting or a Special General
Meeting. Notices of such alterations and the date and place of
the Fund meeting
at which they are to be proposed shall be published in the
printed version of 'The Ringing World’, at least
one calendar month before the meeting date and the text of such
alterations to be published on the Guild
website. Alterations to the rules shall require a two thirds
majority of those
Members present and eligible to vote.
Dissolution of the Fund. A decision to dissolve the Fund
taken only at a general meeting of the members. The
net assets of the Fund shall then be disposed of either to:
a. Any successor, charitable body or bodies with similar objects,
covering all or part of the same geographical area.
b. Failing that, to such charitable Bell Funds as the members may
No alteration shall be made to these rules which shall have
effect of the Fund ceasing to be a charity