Thorner Firework Festival was constituted on 16 April 2019 with the following articles.

Name

The name of the organisation will be Thorner Firework Festival.  

Aims 

The aims of the group shall be to safely conduct an annual fundraising firework display that is safe and fun for the residents of Thorner and their guests, and through this event provide grants to local groups.

Powers 

  1. To further these aims the committee shall have power to: 
  2. Obtain, collect and receive money or funds by way of ticket sales, contributions, donations, grants and any other lawful method towards the aims of the Group. 
  3. Associate local authorities, voluntary organisations and the residents of Thorner in a common effort to carry out the aims of the Group. 
  4. Purchase and rent equipment, insurance and other items necessary for the conducting of fireworks displays. 
  5. Do all such lawful things as will further the aims of the Group. 

Membership 

  1. Voting membership shall be open to anyone over the age of eighteen who supports the aims of the group. 
  2. The Management Committee shall have the power to approve or reject applications for membership or to terminate the membership of any member provided that the member shall have the right to be heard by the committee before a final decision is made.  
  3. The group is committed to treating all people equally and with respect irrespective of their age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. 

Management 

  1. Management Committee elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall manage the Group. 
  2. The committee shall consist of a chair, secretary, treasurer, chief combustion engineer, chief explosions expert, and head of safety plus three other voting members. 
  3. No fee shall be charged for membership of the group. 
  4. The committee may co-opt a further five voting members who shall resign at the next Annual General Meeting. 
  5. The committee shall meet at least four times a year.
  6. At least four committee members must be present at a committee meeting to be able to make decisions. 
  7. A proper record of all transactions and meetings shall be kept. 

General Meetings 

  1. An Annual General Meeting shall be held within 12 months of the date of the adoption of this constitution and each year thereafter.  
  2. Notices of the AGM shall be published three weeks beforehand and a report on the Group’s financial position for the previous year will be made available at the same time. 
  3. A Special General Meeting may be called at any time at the request of the committee, or not less than one quarter of the membership. A notice explaining the place, date, time and reason shall be sent to all members three weeks beforehand. 
  4. One third of membership or four members being present, whichever is the greater, shall enable a General Meeting to take place. 
  5. Proposals to change the constitution must be given in writing to the secretary at least 28 days before a general meeting and approved by a two thirds majority of those present and voting. 

Accounts

  1. The funds of the group including all donations, contributions and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the management committee. All cheques drawn on the account must be signed by at least two members of the Management Committee. 
  2. The funds belonging to the group shall be applied only to further the aims of the group.  
  3. A current record of all income, funding and expenditure will be kept. 
  4. A working balance must be maintained from year-to-year to cover up-front expenses: all insurance and license costs and other planned investments.  The value of the working balance will be agreed following each event. 

Data Protection 

  1. The group will maintain a compliant data protection policy in line with GDPR, or the appropriate legislation at the time. 

Liability Management

  1. The group shall maintain maximum liability insurance, held by the group and contracted third parties, from a suitably underwritten organisations to protect the public, members and the Management Committee from financial liability to the value of £10,000,000.  The full amount being underwritten for pyrotechnic liability and a smaller amount for public liability.  This does not protect members from claims of criminal liability. 

Dissolution

  1. The Group may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a simple two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting. 
  2. If confirmed, the committee shall distribute any assets remaining after the payment of all bills to other charitable group(s) or organisation(s) having aims similar to the Group or some other charitable purpose(s) as the Group may decide. 

Signed by 

Mark Harrison (Chair)
Chris Clark (Secretary)
Nick Tucker (Treasurer)