Calne Bowls Club

Short Mat – Documents

Calne Short Mat Bowls Club



The name of the Club shall be CALNE SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB, hereafter referred to as “the Club”


To provide facilities for the playing of Short Mat Bowls and other social activities

To act at all times in the best interests of the game, the Club and its members

To promote a safe environment in which Under 18’s and vulnerable adults can enjoy the game of short mat bowls.  It will seek to underpin this and ensure this commitment by following and promoting the joint Child Protection Policy and Procedures of the English Short Mat Bowling Association

To ensure that Club members are treated fairly and without discrimination or harassment

To comply with the constitution and rules of the English Short Mat Bowling Association and Wiltshire Short Mat Bowling Association


Membership of the Club shall be open to any person, regardless of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief or ability, who completes a membership application form and pays the relevant subscription/joining fee as determined by the Club

Application for Membership shall be submitted to the Club Secretary on the appropriate form and shall be subject to the approval of the Club’s Committee.  The Committee shall have the right to refuse membership to any applicant if they consider that such membership would not be in the best interests of the Club, or of the game of Short Mat Bowls

Class of Membership shall be divided into Full Member (Member over 16 years of age) and Junior Member (under 16 years of age

  1. a) The Subscription and fees for the following 12 months will be set at the AGM in November
  2. b) Annual subscriptions will be due on the first of 1st November


 Sessions are held at the Beversbrook Sports Facility, Beversbrook Road, Calne on days and times as notified during the year


Executive officers of the club.

Club Chair

Club Secretary



Fixture Secretary

Two other non-executive committee members

 Election of Officers:

All Officers shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting of the Club, from, and by, the Members for a term of office commencing at the end of the AGM at which they were elected and expiring at the end of the AGM in the following year

  All Officers are elected for a period of one year, but may be re-elected to the same office or another office the following year

 If a committee member is co-opted during the year they will serve for a period of up to one year and may stand for re-election at the next AGM.


 The affairs of the Club shall be controlled by a General Committee comprising the Executive Officers and Non-Executive Officers elected from, and by, the Annual General Meeting. The General Committee shall meet at agreed intervals and not less than 4 times per year


A quorum for such meetings shall be 4 of the Committee members

The duties of the General Committee shall be

 To control the affairs of the Club on behalf of the MembersTo keep accurate accounts of the finances of the Club through the Treasurer

To co-opt members to fill vacancies that arise between AGM’s if necessary

To make decisions on the basis of a simple majority vote.In the case of equal votes, the Chairperson shall be entitled to a second  (casting) vote

To appoint Sub-Committees as necessary to fulfil the Club’s business


 Two Committee members, not involved in the allegations, will be appointed to review and  investigate allegations made and decide what action to take.  Any decision made will be transmitted to the individual (s) concerned within 14 days of any hearing and reported at the next Committee meeting

The individual(s) concerned must also be made aware of their right to appeal initially to an Appeals Sub-Committee within the Club.  This subcommittee will comprise of a further two Committee members who are not involved in the allegations.  The result of any appeal must be transmitted to the individual (s) concerned within 14 days of the appeal and reported at the latest to the next Committee meeting

At this stage the individual (s) concerned must be made aware of their right of further appeal to Wiltshire Short Mat Bowling Association



 The Annual General Meeting shall be held after the 1st November and no later than the end of November each year.

28 clear days’ written notice shall be given to Members of the Annual General Meeting by either circulating a copy of the notice to every member at their home address or by electronic means, i.e. Email

Members must advise the Secretary in writing of any business to be considered at the Annual General Meeting at least 14 days before a meeting

The Secretary shall circulate or give notice of the agenda for the meeting to Members not less than 10 days before the meeting

The business of the Annual General Meeting shall be to:

Confirm the minutes of the previous Annual General Meeting and any General Meetings held since the last Annual General Meeting

Receive the examined accounts for the year from the Treasurer

Receive annual reports from Officers

Elect an accounts examiner

Elect the Officers and Committee Members of the Club

Review the club subscription rates and agree them for the forthcoming year

Transact such other business received in writing by the Secretary from Members 14 days prior to the meeting and included on the agenda

Special General Meetings may be convened by the General Committee or on receipt by the Secretary of a request in writing from not less than 25% of the Membership of the Club.  At least 21 days’ notice of the meeting shall be given

Nomination of candidates for election of Officers and Committee shall be made in writing to the Secretary at least 14 days in advance of the Annual General Meeting date. Nominations may be made from the floor for any position for which a valid nomination has not been received, providing the person so nominated is present at the meeting

At all General Meetings, the Chair will be taken by the Chairperson or, in their absence, by a deputy appointed by the Members attending the meeting

Decisions made at a General Meeting shall be by a simple majority of votes from  those Members attending the meeting other than for changes to the constitution (see below).  In the event of equal votes, the Chairperson shall be entitled to a second and additional casting vote.

A quorum for a General Meeting shall be 25% of the membership of the Club

Each Member shall be entitled to one vote at General Meetings, In the event of a tied vote, the Chairperson will have a second (casting) vote.


If circumstances require, alterations to the Club’s Constitution can be made by the Committee during the year but must be presented for agreement at the next AGM.  They can also be considered at an Annual or Special General Meeting convened with the required written notice of the proposal.  Any alteration or amendment must be duly proposed and seconded.  Such alterations shall be passed if supported by not less than two-thirds of those Members present at the meeting (assuming that a quorum has been achieved).


 If, at any General Meeting of the Club, a resolution be passed calling for the dissolution of the Club, the Secretary shall immediately convene a Special General Meeting to be held not less than 28 days thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.

If, at that Special General Meeting, the resolution is carried by at least two-thirds of the Members present, the Committee shall thereupon, or at such date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to realise the assets of the Club and discharge all debts and liabilities of the Club


After discharging all debts and liabilities of the Club, the remaining assets shall not be paid or distributed amongst the Members of the Club, but shall be given or transferred to some other voluntary organization having similar objects



Issued – Feb 2019 SLB

Amended – March 2019 SLB