Society of Sherwood
Youths Rules (2020)
1. The Society shall be called the Society of Sherwood
2. The object of the Society shall be the promotion of change
3. The Society shall consist of an unlimited number of life
members and honorary members.
4. There shall be a committee consisting of the Master, the
Secretary, the Treasurer and the Steward ("The Officers"). The
Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting in each
year, provided that if any office fall vacant otherwise than by
retirement at the annual general meeting, the Society may in
general meeting fill the vacancy thus arising, by election.
5. The retiring officers in any year and any former officers
shall be eligible for re-election.
6. The subscription payable by any person becoming a life member
shall be such sum as the Society shall have decided at the last
annual general meeting to be the "appropriate amount".
7. There shall be payable by each life member attending at any
practice or meeting of the Society, on the occasion of such
attendance, such sum by way of steeplage as the Society shall
have decided at the last annual general meeting to be the
8. There shall be payable by each life member ringing in any peal
accredited to the Society on the occasion of the ringing of the
peal such sum by way of a peal fee as the Society shall have
decided at the last general meeting to be the "appropriate
9. A person may be elected to life membership of the Society by
the Society in general meeting by a simple majority of those
members present if his election is proposed by one member and
seconded by another, to both of whom he must be personally
known, or, on the occasion of a peal attempt, in the manner
prescribed by Schedule I to these rules.
10. The Society may at any annual general meeting elect as an
honorary member any person who has rendered exceptional service
to the Society.
11. A member may only resign from the Society and an officer may
only resign his office by giving notice in writing to the
Secretary or by announcing his resignation to the Society in
12. A member may be expelled from the Society if not less than
two-thirds of those members present and voting at a general
meeting vote for his expulsion; provided that before any member
is expelled the Secretary shall give him not less than seven days
notice in writing to attend the meeting at which his expulsion is
to be considered and shall at the same time inform him in writing
of the complaints made against him; and provided also that a
member whose expulsion is being considered shall be given an
opportunity to address the meeting in his defence.
13. An annual general meeting of the Society shall be held in
each year to transact the following business:
i) To receive, and if approved, to adopt a statement of the
Society's accounts to the end of the current year;
ii) To elect the Master, Secretary, Treasurer and Steward;
iii) To appoint an auditor or auditors;
iv) To fix the "appropriate amount" payable in respect of life
membership steeplage and peal fees;
v) To deal with any other matters which any member may wish to
bring before the Society.
Notice convening the annual general meeting shall be given by
publication in the 'Ringing World' not more than one month before
the date of the meeting; but if the giving of such notice in the
'Ringing World' as aforesaid shall in the opinion of the
committee prove impracticable notice shall be given in such
manner as the committee shall think fit.
14. A general meeting of the Society may be convened:
a) by the committee on the occasion of any practice held by the
Society at the Church of St. Mary in the City of Nottingham; no
notice convening such a meeting shall be necessary.
b) at any time by the committee; Notice convening such a meeting
shall be given by publication in the 'Ringing World' not more
than one month before the date fixed for the meeting; but if the
giving of such notice in the 'Ringing World' as aforesaid shall
in the opinion of the committee prove impracticable notice shall
be given in such manner as the committee shall think fit.
15. The Committee:
i) Shall cause a record to be made of the activities of the
ii) May authorise expenditure of the Society's money
iii) Shall have control of the Society's property
iv) May decide upon the place and time of any practice or
ringing meeting of the Society
v) Shall determine (subject to any provision of these rules) the
functions to be performed by each officer, save that, where he is
available to do so, the Master shall preside at all ringing
meetings and practices of the Society
vi) May take any action in relation to the activities of the
Society which does not conflict with anything in these rules.
Provided that the committee shall cause any action that it may
have taken under the powers conferred on it by this paragraph to
be made known to the next general meeting of the Society and the
Society may in that or any subsequent general meeting approve,
amend or redress such action.
16. The Conductor of a peal rung by members of the Society and
intended to be accredited to the Society shall within four weeks
after the peal:
i) Submit the details thereof for publication in the 'Ringing
ii) Inform the Secretary of the details thereof
iii) Send to the Secretary the amount of the peal fees payable
by the ringers thereof under Rule 8 of these rules
iv) Send to the Secretary the amount of any life subscriptions
payable in accordance with Rule 6 of these rules by any person
elected on the occasion of the peal under the provisions of Rule
9 and Schedule 1 of these rules
17. These rules may be altered either
(a) at an annual general meeting of the Society, or
(b) at any general meeting of the Society where at least one month’s notice has been
given to all members,
in each case subject to the quorum and by a majority of not less than two-thirds of those
18. At any general meeting of the Society or meeting of the
committee the Master shall preside if he is available to do so,
but if he is not so available any officer may be elected to
preside by a majority of members present; at any such meeting the
person presiding shall have a casting or additional vote in the
event of an equality of votes.
19. At meetings of the committee the quorum shall be two, and at
general meetings of the Society the quorum shall be nine which must include
at least two officers.
20. The provisions of Schedule II to these rules shall apply for
the purpose of bringing into effect these rules.
21. The Society shall adhere to a child protection policy as
detailed in Schedule III
(These rules are as amended, adopted and minuted at the AGM held at Beeston on
01 Feb 2020)
1. Any person may be elected a life member of the Society
immediately after ringing a peal with not less than the
'appropriate number' of members of the Society; such a person may
be so elected only by the unanimous vote of those persons ringing
in the peal who (disregarding the effect of this schedule) were
already members of the Society before the ringing of the peal
commenced; such a person may only be elected as foresaid if the
said peal is to be accredited to the Society.
2. The "appropriate number" in paragraph 1 of this schedule is
the number appearing in the right hand column below opposite the
number in the left hand column which represents the number of
bells rung in the peal:
3. Any person elected under the provisions of paragraph 1 of this
schedule shall be deemed for the purposes of the peal immediately
after which he was elected to have been a life member of the
Society before the ringing of the peal began.
At the time when these rules come into effect those persons who,
immediately before that time were life members, honorary members
or officers of the Society shall be life members, honorary
members or officers of the Society, as the case may be.
Children will only be permitted to attend meetings in the presence of their
parent or legal guardian, or in the presence of an adult nominated in writing
by their parent or legal guardian.
At the Annual General Meeting of 4th February 2017
the following were agreed:
Life membership (£3)
Peal Fees (20p)