Together with Essex County Council Country Parks Rangers we will work for the benefit of the community in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment with particular regard to the Flitch Way and any other sites that come under the management of the Flitch Way Ranger Service.
We also aim to improve the education of the community in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment.
The association shall be called the Friends of the Flitch Way and Associated Woodlands (and in this document is called “the Friends”)
2. Aims and Objectives
2.1 in conjunction with Essex County Council (ECC) Country Parks Service, to work for the benefit of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment with particular regard to the Flitch Way (formerly the Braintree to Bishops Stortford railway line), Garnetts Wood near Barnston, Levelly Wood near Shalford, Tarecroft Wood near Rivenhall, Border Wood near Little Waltham, the Blackwater Rail Trail (formerly the Witham to Maldon railway line), the Colne Valley Linear Park, White Colne, all within the County of Essex, and any other sites which may come under the management of the Flitch Way Ranger Service.
2.2 to advance the education of the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment
3.1 To raise funds towards the work of the Friends.
3.2 To liase and co-operate with other organisations with similar charitable purposes.
3.3 To set up sub-committees this may include non-members of the Friends.
4.1 Membership is open to any person over the age of eighteen interested in supporting and furthering the Objects.
4.2 Every member shall have one vote.
4.3 The trustees may in certain circumstances refuse an application for membership.
4.4 The Executive Committee will keep a register of all members names and addresses.
4.5 The Executive may, by unanimous vote and for good reason terminate an individual’s membership.
5. Honorary Officers
The Executive Committee will consist of a Chair, a Secretary and a Treasurer who will be elected from the membership, together with between two and seven members.
In addition to the Annual General Meeting and any special meetings, which may be called, the Executive Committee shall meet on not less than three occasions per year. Minutes will kept of all meetings and will be available for inspection.
The financial year of the Friends will run from 1 April to 31 March. The Executive Committee shall present to each Annual General Meeting the report and accounts of the Friends for the preceding year. The Friends shall comply with their obligations under the Charities Act to prepare and submit its annual report and accounts to the Charity Commission each year.
NB. A decision to introduce an annual membership fee was made at the AGM of 25/04/2007.