Have your say on Garden Organic's future!Posted Saturday 7th July 2012
As a charity, Garden Organic’s governance is entrusted to the Trustees by the members. The way this is done is laid out in the Charity’s formal governing documents, the Memorandum and Articles of Association (or M&A for short).
The M&A are the legal documents underpinning the establishment and workings of the organisation. All limited companies have them (we are a Company Limited by Guarantee) and, being a Registered Charity, our M&A contain the clauses required by the Charity Commission to make us a charity.
Recently, the Trustees have reviewed these documents and have concluded that they are no longer fully fit for purpose and an update is overdue.
An organisation can write their own M&A but most will adopt either with no or minor modification the model M&A produced by Companies House and the Charity Commission.When the charity was formed over 50 years ago we ‘adopted’ a modified version of the then model charitable M&As which in turn were based on a 19th Century model for major corporations. Our M&As were further modified in the 1980s following our move to Ryton Gardens. Apart from that they are unchanged from those adopted originally.
The original M&As come from a time where long distance travel was far more difficult than we have now, and a time where digital communications were totally unknown. The nature of the current M&A is to make some of the sensible governance of the organisation difficult and they include, written in arcane language, a number of parts that can confuse or confound the good governance and activity of our charity.
Fortunately the Charity Commission have introduced a modernised model M&A written in understandable English, and we are permitted with the approval of the membership, to fit these ‘new’ M&As to our charity and adopt them, an activity far less fraught and costly than amending the current M&As.
As part of this review we wish to involve the wider membership in identifying and developing the modifications to the basic model to meet our needs and give us a M&A that are fit for purpose.
There are a number of ways in which we shall seek the member’s input into this process. Information from the recent members survey will be used to inform our deliberations, and, in July (Sat 7th) we shall be holding a members consultation at Ryton, where members are welcome to join us for the day in addressing the detail needed to support us for the next 50 years. Following this we will put our thinking out to the membership for their input and confirmation, allowing us to present a modified M&A to the Charity Commission confident it is fit for purpose and has the support of our membership.
The final stage will be the adoption of the revised M&A at the 2013 AGM
If you wish to join us on Saturday 7th July at Ryton please contact Trish Henderson 02476 308207 or replica firstname.lastname@example.org
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