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In December 2015 St Nicolas Church launched a new initiative called Lunchbreak Carols; a lunch time carol service aimed at bringing together community groups and organisations, businesses, employers and employees to celebrate community life and mark the festive season together at the heart of Nuneaton.
We’ve been delighted by the response of local groups and individuals and valued the support of local dignitaries including the High Sheriff of Warwickshire, the Mayor of Nuneaton and the Bishop of Coventry as well as choirs and groups from some of our local schools.
The event has been such a success and the feedback so positive that we will be hosting Lunchbreak Carols again this year. Lunchbreak Carols 2018 will take place on Tuesday 18th December, 1pm at St Nicolas Church, Nuneaton; the theme is Follow the Star.
We’re delighted that groups from St Nicolas Academy and Oak Wood Schools will be joining us to boost our singing and we are also aiming to include even more carols for everyone to join in with truly making this a community carol sing-along!
We hope that you can join us.
Mary Anne Evans Hospice charity
Many thanks to Jan Tilson and all that contributed to her charity Santa 5k run. £176 raised for this fine charity.
NEW GROUP NOTIFICATION
PEACE EDUCATION PROGRAMME
You are warmly invited to attend a Peace Education Programme starting in January 2019.
The programme consists of 10 weekly sessions, each focusing on a particular theme. These customised, interactive workshops are non-religious and non-sectarian and are open to everyone. The content of each theme is based on excerpts from talks by Prem Rawat, who is an international speaker on peace and bestselling author. The themes are: Peace, Appreciation, Inner Strength, Self-Awareness, Clarity, Understanding, Dignity, Choice, Hope, and Contentment.
See the Group Page and the Notification above >>>
NEW BNB CONSTITUTION
The BNB U3A has the ‘distinction’ of not just being a simple club or association but a legally constituted organisation formed under the rules and laws of the Charity Commission and the Tax Office. Because of this legality we are required to have a constitution that must be approved by the legal team in ‘head office’, the Charity Commission, and the Tax authorities before we can operate. We are no longer allowed to have just a set of simple rules that we agree among ourselves.
The provision of such a document is not as onerous as it might seem as ‘head office’ has done the legal work for us and has pre-agreed a form of a constitution that satisfies these authorities and has made it available to all U3As to have access and can modify (within limits) and adopt.
When the BNB was set up in 2004 we adopted the then pre-agreed standard constitution known as the ‘model constitution’ that the regional/national office had negotiated for all its U3A groups.
In the years following our founding, rules relating to tax laws have changed along with those relating to the Charity Commission and our charitable status. These changes were gradual but each time there was a significant change, notices went out to the U3As from the regional Trusts asking them to amend or upgrade their constitution in line with changes in the rules and the law. There were notices to change the wording of the constitution in: 2005, 2007, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017. The biggest change was in 2012 in which significant modifications were required.
For reasons lost in the mist of times, and of no import now, no changes were made to our original constitution to bring it in line with changes in the law. Currently we are left with a constitution that is out of step with the legal requirements of the Charity Commission.
We have been directed by the West Midlands Trust to correct the situation and implement a legally acceptable constitution and treat its implementation with some urgency.
The Trust has prepared another new fully legally compliant constitution (available on the U3A web-site) and asked us to adopt this as soon as possible. The document has already been pre-agreed by the Trust, the Charity Commissioners and the Tax authorities.
Rather than take this instruction of adoption on face value, your committee has looked into other options and has found we can only do the following:
• Adopt the latest new ’model’ constitution provided by U3A (as above)
• Modify our old constitution
• Not bother with any up-dates and have our association with the national organisation removed.
We have looked at the process of modifying our old constitution and obtained the process from the Trust, and it is horrifying. I do not want to go through that process (nor will I).
As for not bothering we would loose the association with the region and national organisation, our charitable status and other tax advantages would disappear, and would just become just a local social club.
In view of this it is heartily recommend that we adopt the new ‘model’ constitution as defined on the U3A web-site. This constitution, along with the further option of variant 3 in Clause 7 (Executive Committee and Officers) is given as a link on this page above.
The voting will be a quick but major item at our next AGM and I will give a short talk with more information on this subject at the next monthly meeting.
Proposed Constitution linked on the right , above>>
COMMITTEE MEETING REPORT
This short piece is intended to give our membership a precis of the committee meeting held on the 15th September. The full approved minutes of the meeting are available from the Secretary.
Meeting Dated 19th November