Basic rules of membership and conduct of members’ meetings
· People who, at 1 April 2016, were members of the unincorporated body called Narrow Gauge Railway Society became members of the Society at that date – until their membership of the former society would have ceased (Article 24 (1)).
· Otherwise, a person becomes a member by completing an application and paying an annual subscription, as determined by the directors (Article 24(2) and (3)).
· The Society can have different classes of membership, each with its own subscription (Articles 25 and 26).
· Situations where membership terminates (Article 27).
· Quorum at an AGM is lower of 25 or 1/10th of the membership, in person or by proxy (Article 29).
· Members’ meetings do not need everyone to be in the same place, provided they can communicate with each other (Article 28).
· Arrangements for adjourning a meeting (Article 32).
· Each member to have one vote (Article 33).
· Rules for voting on a poll (Article 35) and proxy voting (Articles 36 and 37).
Financial and administrative arrangements
· The income and property of the Society should be used to promote its purpose (Article 39).
· The Society’s income and property cannot be used to pay dividends to any member (Article 40).
· Communication can be in any way allowed under the Companies Act 2006 (Article 42).
· The directors can create reasonable rules and bye-laws (Article 43).
· Members have no general right to inspect the accounting records (Article 45).
· The Society may indemnify the directors out of its assets and may take out indemnity insurance (Articles 47 and 48).