The current Transition Forest Row Constitution is primarily a statement of intent and was drafted to meet our needs at that time. As we go forward we need to define more clearly how we are organised in order to be able to handle different situations. This is particularly relevant with regard to application for grant funding.
In drafting this proposed new constitution we have received versions from other Transition Initiatives including Lewes, Sevenoaks, the New Forest, Brighton & Hove & Canterbury, the latter three all follow the same basic format. Some of these can be viewed here:
For this draft we have taken the New Forest version as a template and added other elements as felt appropriate. This is quite comprehensive and hopefully will enable TFR to continue its evolutionary growth without having the constitution becoming a hindrance or needing re-writing too often.
This Constitution covers the Aims & Principles, Membership, Definition of management structures & operation, Powers, Conduct of meetings and Dissolution of Association
The main new element relates to the defintion of membership and the suggested £1, one-off membership fee. The proposed constitution makes membership open to anyone who lives or works within the Parish boundary and is also proposes Associate Membership to others outside the boundary on application. The reasoning behind this propsed membership scheme is that it provides the basis for rapidly acquiring a significant membership base (e.g. on TT film nights and other events where attendees could agree to make the £1 membership from any fee or donation made at that time). A membership like this could be seen as important in countering objections such as the view that Transition Forest Row doesn't represent anyone other than a small self-interested minority.
Please review the draft and add your comments.
This is our proposed new constitution: TFRConstitution-v2-1.doc, 76 KB
The current constitution is Transition Group Constitution.doc, 31 KB
Please review and add your comments here
There will be a meeting in the Brambletye Inn next Monday 16th
November at 8pm to review the proposed Constitution.