Constitution

  1. The name of the Organisation shall be ‘Friends of Suburban Bristol Railways’.
  2. The Purpose of FoSBR is to ‘campaign for better, more inclusive rail services as part of an integrated public transport network for Bristol, Bath and the West of England’. FoSBR is not aligned with any political party but will engage with all politicians and organisations that share our aims. FoSBR is a tolerant and inclusive organisation.
  3. Business year: The business year shall begin on the 1st January and end on the 31st December.
  4. Subscriptions are due on 1st January at a rate set by the General Meeting. New members joining in November and December will have their subscriptions carried forward to the following December.
  5. Officers: A Committee of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Press Officer and Campaign Secretary shall be elected by the General Meeting. Other members will be co-opted to the Committee as required.
  6. A General Meeting will be called annually, in the first quarter of each year, to present a summary of the past year, look ahead to the forthcoming year, to elect officers and to present the financial accounts for approval.
  7. In addition to the AGM, there will be other open meetings and events during the year for all members and the public to attend.
  8. The Committee will meet during the year as required (but not less than 4 times). The Committee will consider and act upon the needs of the moment and ensure the Organisation’s aims are being pursued.
  9. Extraordinary meetings can be called by a majority of the Committee. Members will be given one month’s notice of the General Meeting or any Extraordinary Meeting.
  10. There will be no voting by proxy. Only members who are paid up subscribers by the beginning of the AGM (or EGM) are eligible to vote.

Ratified at FOSBR AGM on 14 February 2020