Club Constitution

The Times Inn Gun Club Ltd.


   Club Constitution

1.  Purpose

The purposes of the Club are to promote and provide facilities for the amateur sport of clay pigeon shooting in Murton, County Durham and community participation in the same.

2. Membership

(a)Membership of the Club shall be open to anyone interested in the sport on application regardless of sex, age, disability, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or other beliefs.

(b)The Club will keep subscriptions at levels that will not pose a significant obstacle to people participating.

(c)The Club Committee may refuse membership, or remove it, only for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the Club or sport into disrepute.  Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to the members.

3.   Property and Funds

(a) The property and funds of the Club cannot be used for the direct or indirect private benefit of members other than as reasonably allowed by the Rules and all surplus income or profits are reinvested in the club.

(b)The Club may provide sporting and related social facilities, sporting equipment, coaching, courses, insurance cover, medical treatment, away-match expenses, post match refreshments and other ordinary benefits of Community Amateur Sports Clubs as provided for in the Finance Act 2002.

(c)The Club may also in connection with the sports purposes of the Club:

(i)sell and supply food, drink and related sports clothing and equipment;

(ii)employ members (though not for playing) and remunerate them for providing goods and services, on fair terms set by the Committee without the person concerned being present;

(iii)pay for reasonable hospitality for visiting teams and guests;

(iv)indemnify the Committee and members acting properly in the course of the running of the Club against any liability incurred in the proper running of the Club (but only to the extent of its assets).

(d)The Committee will have due regard to the law on disability discrimination and child protection.

4.Winding Up

(a)The members may vote to wind up the Club if not less than three quarters of those present and voting support that proposal at a properly convened general meeting.

(b)The Committee will then be responsible for the orderly winding up of the Club’s affairs.

(c)After settling all liabilities of the Club, the Committee shall dispose of the net assets remaining to one or more of the following:

(i)to another Club with similar sports purposes which is a registered CASC or charity and/or

(ii)to the Club’s governing body for use by them for related community sports.

5.  Priority 

Where there is any conflict between any of the above Rules (“key Rules”) and any other rule or rules the key Rule(s) will take priority.  Interpretation of all the Rules must be consistent with the statutory requirements for CASCs (which means Community Amateur Sports Clubs as first provided for by the Finance Act 2002.)

6.  Management Committee

(a)The management committee of the club shall be composed of the Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Safety Officers and three committee members all of who have full voting powers (hereafter called “The Committee”). Four of the afore mentioned are required for a quorum. The club members at the Annual General Meeting shall elect “The Committee” and all retiring members shall be eligible for re-election.

(b)The committee shall have the power to fill any vacancies during the current year, and shall have the power to form sub-committees as may be required for special purposes.

(c)The committee shall have the power to form such rules as they consider will be conducive to the good of the club and safety of the club, to the encouragement of the sport.

(d)The committee is empowered to request the resignation of any member if it is proven to their satisfaction that his conduct warrants it and in the event of his failing to resign the committee may remove such members’ names without further notice. The resolution calling upon a member to resign or remove his name from the list shall be carried by votes of the majority of the committee members at a properly constituted committee meeting.

(e)A Potential member may apply to the club for membership and they must prove that they own a Shotgun Licence. The applicants’ record and conduct will be reviewed by the committee and they shall vote thereon. The Committee may refuse membership only for good cause such as conduct or character likely to bring the club or sport into disrepute. Appeal against refusal or removal may be made to the members.

(f)All members may attend management committee meetings.

7.  Finances

(a)All monies received on behalf of the club henceforth shall be paid into the account of “The Times Inn Gun Club Limited” at the TSB bank. The Treasurer shall have the power to withdraw on such account with countersignature of the Chairman or Secretary of the committee, and he shall draw no cheques unless previously sanctioned by a resolution of the committee. No articles shall be purchased or debts or liabilities incurred on behalf of the club by a person without the prior sanction of a resolution of the committee, or a general meeting of the club.

(b)Auditors to be appointed at a general meeting of the club shall audit the accounts of the club every year. A copy of the accounts so audited shall be sent to every member of the club at least seven days before the Annual General Meeting of the club. The financial year of the club shall run 1st April to 31st March the following year.

(c)The subscription of the club shall be (£60) unless altered at the latest AGM, non-returnable upon leaving. Notice of intent to leave the club must be one calendar month before leaving The annual subscriptions of (£60) agreed at the latest AGM, are to be paid from 1st July of every year and members who have not paid by 1st August shall cease to enjoy the privileges of the club. The Committee may strike out the names of members whose annual subscription is not paid after that one month period, unless there are extenuating circumstances which must be presented to the committee, in writing before the end of the one month period. 

8.  Meetings

(a)An Annual General Meeting shall be held each year and fourteen days notice shall be given to all members. Resolutions to be proposed at the meeting shall be given in writing to the Secretary seven days before the date of the meeting.

(b)On a petition, signed by at least three quarters of the members of the club and being passed to the Secretary, a “Special Meeting” may be called within fourteen days of the presentation of the petition to consider the matter contained therein.

(c) If at any General Meeting of the Club, a resolution be passed calling for the dissolution of the club, the Secretary shall immediately convene a Special General Meeting of the Club to be held not less than one month thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.

9.  Miscellaneous

(a)Members have the right to introduce visitors to the club but will be liable for all debts incurred by the visitor. The member is responsible for the supervision of the visitor on all safety issues and shooting codes.

(b)Members must use such clay targets and cartridges that may be decided upon by the club and pay for them on the day of use.


(c)A Field Marshall and Safety Officer must be appointed at each club meeting.

(d)It is a condition of membership that the club will not be held responsible for any accident and / or injury incurred by members or visitors.

(e)Visitor’s fees will be charged at £25:00, for 50 clays and cartridges.

(f)Neither guns nor ammunition shall be left unsupervised at any time.

(g)It is mandatory that eye and ear protection is used and the wearing of a hat or cap is strongly advised.