St. Helena Association (UK)
1. NAME. The
recognised name of the Association shall be for all purposes, the ST. HELENA
ASSOCIATION (UK) and shall be so established for the benefit of all St.
Helenians and their families domiciled within the United Kingdom.
The objects of the Association shall
(a) Primarily to foster a spirit of
unity and the social welfare of its community and friends by:
Organising sporting and atheletic functions; and arranging cutural activities
for its members and friends.
Organising dances and social functions.
members when in difficulty and support of St.Helena Charities; subject to
approval by the committee.
Secondly to awaken public interest in theirs and other St. Helenians on the
island of St. Helena in their inalienable right to enjoy those freedoms
guaranteed to them by the United Nations Charter of Human Rights; to which
Great Britian is a signatory, And to oppose by all democratic means within the
Associations power all and every despotic, bureaucratic, restrictive and
repressive measures, either encroaching upon or endangering in any way of the
freedom we have a right by law to enjoy.
Membership to be open to all St.
Helenians, both male and female; over the age of 18 years, and such associate
members regarded by the committee of the said Association as friends and
relatives. All members are entitled to attend and vote at the Annual General
Term St. Helenians is herewith defined as "Citizens of the United Kingdom
and Colonies born on the Island of St. Helena; or one whose parent or parents
was born in St. Helena; and the husband/wife and children of such persons.
4. MISBEHAVOUR/DISQUALIFICATION. The
duly elected committee shall have the right to disqualify any member of the
Association including relatives for any conduct and/or misbehaviour which
reflects on the Association as a whole, or which is offensive to members,
guests and/or friends at any function being staged or organised for or on
behalf of the Association. Anyone so disqualified by the committee and wishes
to appeal, may do so at the A.G.M., having first given reasonable notice in
writing to the Secretary.
5. SUBSCRIPTION. Membership of the Association shall be free,
i.e. there is no annual subscription fee.
APPOINTMENTS All Officers of the Association who are elected at the annual
general meeting of the Association shall hold office for a minimum period of
three years. All committee members duly elected will serve for a period of
twelve months and shall automatically resign at the end of this period and then
be allowed to stand for re-election.
MEETINGS. The Annual General Meeting of the Association shall be held in the
month of May. Notice of the date shall be announced at association functions
well in advanced. Notice of business to be conducted at the A.G.M. should not
be less than 21 days to members.
shall meet as frequently as possible, dates if possible will be announced at
the A.G.M. A committee member may call a special meeting of the committee
through the secretary stating the matter to be discussed, giving at least
fourteen days notice.
Decisions at all
meetings shall be by a majority and in the event of equality of voting the Chairman
shall have a casting vote.
No business of
the Association shall be transacted unless
at least two
thirds of the whole committee are present at any committee meeting or specially
convened committee meeting. If at the expiration of fifteen minutes after such
time fixed for a set meeting, a quorum of members shall not be present then a
meeting shall not be held and the Association secretary or an officer standing
in for the secretary shall record in the minutes of the failure of the meeting
and the names of those officers and committee members in attendance at the set
and agreed time.
for absence should be in writing and sent to the secretary.
FUNCTION OF THE COMMITTEE. These will in general be to conduct the administration
and management of the association within the overall policy laid down by
members at the Annual General Meeting.
The committee may delegate to sub-committees which must include two members of
the association committee such matters as organising a dance or a sporting
function. The proceedings of any such discussion and decision(s) of a
sub-committee shall be duly noted in the minutes of any such meeting and laid
before the full committee at its next meeting.
9. OFFICERS OF THE COMMITTEE Are: The
Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer and Press officer. The
function of the officers are as their titles.
10. FUNDS. Association funds shall
consist of all monies raised by activities organised by the association devoted
to the purpose of increasing funds after payment of administration and running
costs; all contributions by its members or any donations given by individuals
or organisations. All monies shall be deposited with the association's bankers
by the Hon. Treasurer.
All cheques paid
by the Association must bear the signature of the Chairman or Vice-Chairman AND
the duly appointed Treasurer.
committee shall, out of the funds of the Association, pay all proper expenses of
administration and management of its objects.
As approved by the committee, officers
of the association may hold a Petty Cash float of not more than £30.00 to pay
for such items as postage and stationery when used for the association
11. ACCOUNTS. The Association's
financial year will be from 1st April to 31st March the following year. All
financial accounts relating to the Association shall be presented in detail to
members at the Annual General Meeting in May. Provision for the auditing of
accounts should be made by the committee after 31st March and before presenting
12. VENUE FOR MEETINGS. The Association does not own any property as
such and all activities relating to the running of the Association including
committee meetings are to be held in private properties or rented premises,
i.e. the homes of committee members or at the venue of Association functions.
13. AMENDMENTS. The set constitution of the Association may
only be altered or amended at an Annual General Meeting, and for the amendment
to carry there must be at least a two thirds majority from its members present.
DISSOLUTION. The Association will cease to exist only when it ceases to
function as such, this decision is left to those then in authority together
with its members. All available funds after payment of all outstanding debts
and liabilities must be used for charitable purposes. This decision on funds
together with all books and records of the Association shall also be left to
the discretion of those officers and members of the committee in office at the
The Amended Constituion May 21st 1983
note re: Paragraph 2 ©. Transferred from the Original Constitution :
advancement of religion by assisting in renovation and refurbishing of Churches
of all Dominations on the Island.
Foot-note re: Paragraph 2 (a - iii)
Resulting in the Inauguration of The Saints Mini Sports on August Bank Holiday
weekend 1979, with the ambitious view of it becoming an annual event.
to Paragraph - re: 2/b - Amended Constitution. 1983.
Our contribution to the above paragraph
began when :- Mr Basil George - (Chairman of the British Citizenship Commission
(St Helena) invited Mr Owen George (President of the St Helena Association UK)
to be a member of a Committee of Representatives for the said Commission,
founded by The Rt Revd Bishop John Ruston (St Helena) It initially consisted of
6 members, namely :- The Revd Nicholas Turner (former Vicar of Ascension
Island), representing Bishop John. Ruston. - Mr Geoff Gant former Head Teacher
for the School on (Ascension Island) believed to be initiated by the BBC, -
Miss Dorothy Evans - (retired Chairman of The St Helena Link - Cheltenham). Mr
Muir Smith, retired Solicitor, and his wife Mrs Tessa Smith. The sole purpose
of this Committee was to support to the Island Citizenship's Commission trying
to encourage Her Majesty's Government to reverse the Legislation enacted in
February 1982, deprived our fellow Saints of their rightful status as British
Citizenship. Such an Act, if not amended it will result in massive emigration
problems, serious complications and indirectly, a drain to the Island's
economy. Some years later it was suggested to invite 2 more Saints, Mrs Vilma
Toms (co-partner of Hounsfield Printing - Bristol) and Mrs Jenny Patterden (SHA
UK Chairman) attended the quarterly meetings conducted at 3 Barns Hay - Old
Marston, Oxford. The constant diplomatic pressure applied to Parliamentary
Personal for justice, and by reproducing the actual Royal Charter proclaimed by
King Charles 11 in February 1673, without doubt contributed to the success of
our fellow Saints retaining their rightful status as British Citizens, The
announcement was made by HRH Prince Andrew at a dual celebration organised by
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 21'` May 2002, the 500th
Anniversary of the discovery of St Helena.