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Our Brighton Hippodrome



The organisation's name is: Our Brighton Hippodrome

a) To preserve the heritage and fabric of the Brighton Hippodrome, a Grade II* listed building of local and national importance, for the public benefit of the city of Brighton and Hove and the inhabitants of East and West Sussex and visitors to the city.
b) To promote and facilitate the use of Brighton Hippodrome as a venue for live artistic performance, and to promote and encourage high standards in the arts of drama, ballet, music, singing, literature, sculpture, painting, cinema, mime, etc.
c) To advance education and public knowledge of the contribution made by the Brighton Hippodrome to the cultural, social, and economic history and the development of Brighton and Hove; and to its contribution to the history of theatre and musical performance in general.

The organisation shall be managed by a committee of trustees who are appointed at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the organisation.

In order to carry out the purposes, the trustees have the power to:
(1) raise funds, receive grants and donations
(2) apply funds to carry out the work of the organisation
(3) co-operate with and support other organisations and charities with similar purposes
(4) do anything which is lawful and necessary to achieve the purposes

The organisation shall have a membership. People who support the work of the organisation and are aged 18 or over, can apply to the trustees to become a member. Once accepted by the trustees, membership lasts for 3 years and may be renewed. The trustees will keep an up-to-date membership list.
The trustees may remove a person's membership if they believe it is in the best interests of the organisation. The member has the right to be heard by the trustees before the decision is made and can be accompanied by a friend.

(1) The AGM must be held every year, with 14 days notice given to all members telling them what is on the agenda. Minutes must be kept of the AGM.
(2) There must be at least 5 members present at the AGM.
(3) Every member has one vote.
(4) The trustees shall present the annual report and accounts.
(5) Any member may stand for election as a trustee.
(6) Members shall elect between three and 181 trustees to serve for up to the next three years. If more than 18 members are nominated there shall be a secret ballot of all members present at the AGM.
(7) One third of trustees will retire at the next AGM but may stand for re‐election, one third at each of the two following AGMs and thereafter one third shall stand down in rotation at each subsequent AGM. The order in which trustees shall stand down shall be determined by drawing lots at the first meeting of trustees after the first AGM.2

(1) Trustees must hold at least 3 meetings each year. At their first meeting after the AGM they will elect a chair, treasurer and secretary. Trustees may act by majority decision.
(2) At least 3 trustees must be present at the meeting to be able to take decisions. Minutes shall be kept for every meeting.
(3) If trustees have a conflict of interest they must declare it and leave the meeting while this matter is being discussed or decided.
(4) During the year, the trustees may appoint up to 5 additional trustees. They will stand down at the next AGM.
(5) The trustees may make reasonable additional rules to help run the organisation. These rules must not conflict with this constitution or the law.

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(1) Money and property must only be used for the organisation's purposes.
(2) Trustees must keep accounts. The most recent annual accounts can be seen by any member on request.
(3) Trustees cannot receive any money or property from the organisation, except to refund reasonable out of pocket expenses.
(4) Money must be held in the organisation's bank account. All cheques must be signed by 2 trustees.

If the Trustees consider it is necessary to change the constitution, or wind up the organisation, they must call a General Meeting so that the membership can make the decision. Trustees must also call a General Meeting if they receive a written request from the majority of members. All members must be given 14 days notice and told the reason for the meeting. All decisions require a two thirds majority. Minutes must be kept.
(1) Winding up: any money or property remaining after payment of debts must be given to a charity or other organisation with similar purposes to this one.
(2) Changes to the Constitution can be made at AGMs or General Meetings. No change can be made that would make the organisation no longer a not-for-profit organisation.
(3) General Meeting can be called on written request from a majority of members.
(4) Trustees may also call a General Meeting to consult the membership.

1amended from 10 to 16 by resolution at the AGM, 5 July 2014 and from 16 to 18 at the AGM on 18 July 2015.
2added at AGM on 18 July 2015

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Constitution dated 24 May 2014