Upper Bann U3A Constitution


The name of the charity is Upper Bann U3A hereafter referred to as ‘the U3A’.

Subject to the matters set out below the U3A and its property shall be administered and managed in accordance with this constitution by the members of the Executive Committee constituted by clause 6 of this constitution.

The Object of the U3A are:

  1. to advance the education of the public and in particular the education of older people, no longer in full time gainful employment in the Upper Bann area and the surrounding locality.
  2. to provide facilities for leisure time and recreational activities with the object of improving the conditions of life for the above persons in the interests of their social welfare.

In furtherance of the Objects but not otherwise, the Executive Committee may exercise the following powers:

  1. power to raise funds and to invite and receive contributions provided that in raising funds, the Executive Committee shall not undertake any substantial permanent trading activities and shall conform to any requirements of the law.
  2. power to receive donations, endowments, sponsorship, grants, legacies and subscriptions from persons desiring to promote all or any of the Objects of the U3A and to hold funds in trust for the same.
  3. power to buy, take on lease or in exchange any property necessary for the achievement of the Objects and to maintain and equip it for use.
  4. power subject to any consents required by law to sell, lease or dispose of any or any part of the property of the U3A.
  5. power to co-operate with other charities, voluntary bodies and statutory authorities operating in furtherance of the Objects or of similar charitable purposes and to exchange information and advice with them.
  6. power to support any charitable trusts, associations or institutions formed for all or any of the Objects.
  7. power to appoint and constitute such advisory committees as the Executive Committee may think fit.
  8. power to organise and run conferences, lectures, seminars and courses.
  9. power to publish books, pamphlets, reports, leaflets, journals and instructional matters and to produce films and videos.
  10. power to participate in and assist in the development of area and regional groupings of U3As.
  11. power to do all such other lawful things as are necessary for the achievement of the Objects.


  1. Membership of the U3A shall be open to individuals who are interested in furthering the work of ‘the U3A’ and who have paid the annual subscription as determined by the Executive Committee and confirmed by the membership at an Annual General Meeting, and any corporate body or unincorporated association which is interested in furthering the work of the ‘the U3A’ and has paid any annual subscription, provided that they agree to abide by this constitution and any conditions properly imposed by the Executive Committee.
  2. Every individual member shall have one vote.
  3. Each member organisation shall be entitled to receive notice and attend General meetings of the U3A having appointed an individual to represent it and informed the secretary of the details but shall have no voting rights.
  4. The Executive Committee may and for good reason terminate the membership of any individual or member organisation if annual membership or other fees are unpaid after the due date or if the member acts in a way which is prejudicial to the U3A or to the running of the U3A or brings it into disrepute provided that the individual concerned or the appointed representative of the member organisation concerned shall have the right to be heard by the Executive Committee accompanied by a friend who may also speak, or make written representation before a final decision is made.

The management of the U3A shall be vested in an Executive Committee consisting of the members whose duty it shall be to carry out its general policy and to provide for the administration, management and control of the affairs and property of the U3A.

  1. The Executive Committee consists of:
    a) the chairperson, the vice chairperson, the secretary and the treasurer
    b) at least one but not more than six elected members.
  2. The election of officers and committee members shall take place annually at the AGM.
  3. The Executive Committee may, in addition, appoint not more than 2 co-opted members, who shall have full voting rights and have tenure until the next Annual General Meeting.
  4. Persons who need not be members may be invited by the Executive Committee to serve because of their special expertise. They shall have no voting rights and their term of service shall expire at the next Annual General Meeting.
  5. Vacancies on the Executive Committee which arise through resignation or termination during the year can be filled from the membership and such an appointee shall complete the term of service of the member he or she is replacing and shall be eligible for re-election in the prescribed manner at the next Annual General Meeting.
  6. The proceedings of the Executive Committee shall not be invalidated by any vacancy among their number or by any failure to appoint or any defect in the appointment, election or co-option of a member.
  7. A member of the Executive Committee shall cease to hold office if he or she:
    1. becomes incapable by reason of a mental disorder, illness or injury of managing and administering his or her own affairs.
    2. is absent without the permission of the Executive Committee for 3 consecutive meetings and the Executive Committee resolve that his or her office be vacated.
    3. is subject to a vote of no confidence from the Executive Committee as a result of actions which bring the U3A into disrepute or conduct prejudicial to the U3A or failure to abide by the terms of this constitution or decisions of the Executive Committee.
    4. notifies in writing to the Executive Committee a wish to resign (but only if at least four members of the Executive Committee will remain in office when the notice of resignation is to take effect which shall be at least 21 days from the receipt of notification).


  1. There shall be an Annual General Meeting of the U3A which shall be held in the month of April in each year or as soon as practicable thereafter but not later than 15 months after the preceding Annual General Meeting.
  2. Every Annual General Meeting shall be called by the Executive Committee. The secretary shall give at least 21 days’ notice of the Annual General Meeting to all the members of the U3A. All the members of the U3A shall be entitled to attend and vote at the meeting.
  3. Accidental omission to give notice to any member shall not invalidate the proceedings of any General Meeting.
  4. The Executive Committee shall present to each Annual General Meeting the report and accounts of the U3A for the preceding year for approval.
  5. Nominations for election to the executive Committee must be made by members in writing and must be in the hands of the Secretary of the executive Committee at least 7 days before the Annual General Meeting. Should nominations exceed vacancies, election shall be by ballot.
  6. At the AGM the chair shall
    1. declare all positions vacant
    2. announce that all nominees and their proposers must be paid up members
    3. state that all nominees must first agree to serve.
  7. Elections unless agreed by the members present, shall be by secret ballot.
  8. The newly elected Executive Committee shall take office at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting.
  9. Officers may serve for a period of 3 years and Committee members for a period of 3 years. Retiring officers may stand for re-election provided that no-one may hold the office of Chairperson or Vice Chairperson for more than 3 consecutive years without an intervening period of at least one year except that a retiring Vice-Chairperson may stand immediately for the post of Chairperson. If insufficient nominations are received to fill the vacancies for Officers and/or Committee members, the Executive Committee may as a last resort, appeal to the assembled members at the Annual General Meeting for permission to ask whether anyone present was willing to reconsider and put themselves forward as a candidate for one of the vacancies. A vote must be taken on this motion and must be carried by not less than two-thirds of the members present for the request to be made.
  10. Any unfilled positions become the responsibility of the incoming committee.  Appointments they propose must be reported to (and approved by a simple majority of) members present and voting, at the next meeting of the association.  Any proposals to amend the constitution subject to clause 14 shall be considered at the Annual General Meeting and any other business published in the agenda.


  1. The Executive Committee shall hold at least 4 ordinary meetings each year.
  2. A special meeting may be called at any time by the Chairperson or by any two members of the Executive Committee upon not less than seven days’ notice being given to other members of the Executive Committee of the matters to be discussed unless it concerns the appointment of a co-opted member in which case not less than twenty one day’ notice must be given
  3. The Chairperson shall chair the meetings and in his or her absence the vicechairperson shall take over or if he or she is also absent the Executive Committee shall choose one of their number to be chairman of the meeting before any business is transacted. A president elected by the U3A shall not be a member of the Executive Committee and shall not have voting rights.
  4. There shall be a quorum when at least one third of the number of members of the Executive Committee for the time being or three members of the Executive Committee whichever is the greater, are present at the meeting.
  5. Every matter shall be determined by a majority of votes of the members of the Executive Committee present and voting on the question but in the case of equality of votes the Chairperson of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote.
  6. The Executive Committee shall keep minutes of the proceedings at meetings of the Executive Committee and any sub-committees and these minutes shall be available for inspection should a member request it.
  7. The Executive Committee may from time to time make and alter rules for the conduct of their business, the summoning and conduct of their meetings and custody of documents. No rule may be made which is inconsistent with this constitution.
  8. The Executive Committee may appoint sub-committees consisting of at least one member of the Executive Committee for the purpose of performing any function or duty which, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, would be more conveniently undertaken or carried out by a sub-committee, provided that all acts and proceedings of any such sub-committee, shall be fully and promptly reported to the Executive
  9. No Executive Committee member shall be chargeable or responsible for loss caused by any act done or omitted to be done by him/her or by any other Executive Committee member or by reason of any mistake or omission made in good faith by any Executive Committee member or by reason of any other matter other than wilful and individual fraud or wrongdoing or actions knowingly beyond the scope of a specific
    authority or limit thereon on the part of the Executive Committee member in question.


  1. The funds of the U3A, including all donations, contributions and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the Executive Committee in the name of the U3A at such bank as the Executive Committee shall from time to time decide. All cheques drawn on the account must be signed by at least 2 Executive Committee members.
  2. The funds belonging to the U3A shall be applied only in furthering the objects.
  3. No funds shall be transferred in any way to Committee members, provided that nothing herein shall prevent the payment in good faith of reasonable and proper out of pocket expenses incurred in the course of U3A work.
  4. All proper costs, charges and expenses incidental to the management of the U3A and membership of the Third Age Trust may be defrayed from the funds of the U3A.

All property of the U3A shall be applied solely towards the objects of the U3A. Ownership of property is vested in the U3A and items may with the agreement of the committee be transferred on a temporary basis to a nominated member’s home in pursuance of his/her
designated role until such time as the member’s tenure of office ceases or the Executive Committee request its return.

The Executive Committee shall comply with their obligations with regard to

  1. the keeping of accounting records for the U3A;
  2. the preparation of annual statements of account for the U3A;
  3. the independent examination of the statements of account of the U3A.

The Executive Committee may call a Special General Meeting of the charity at any time and if at least 20% of the members request such a meeting in writing stating the business to be considered, the Secretary shall call such a meeting. At least 21 days notice shall be
given. The notice must state the business to be discussed. There shall be a quorum when 20% of the members are present.


  1. The secretary or other person specially appointed by the Executive Committee shall keep a full record of proceedings at every General Meeting of the U3A.
  2. There shall be a quorum when at least 8 of the number of members of the U3A are present at any General Meeting.
  3. If within half an hour from the time appointed for the meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting if convened at the request of members shall be dissolved. In any other case it shall be adjourned to another day and time as the Executive Committee
    may direct provided 21 days’ notice is given to all members. If at the adjourned meeting a quorum is not present within half an hour of the time appointed for the meeting, the members present shall be a quorum.
  4. The Chairperson of the U3A shall be the Chairperson of the General Meeting at which he/she is present unless the Executive Committee makes the decision to ask the President to preside.
  5. If there is a tied vote the Chairperson or President should have a single casting vote.


  1. Subject to the following provisions of this clause, the Constitution may be altered by a resolution passed by not less than two thirds of the members present and voting at a General Meeting. The notice of the General Meeting must include notice of the resolution, setting out the terms of the alteration proposed.
  2. No amendment may be made to clause 1 (the name of the charity) clause 3 (the Objects clause), clause 15 (the dissolution clause) or this clause.
  3. No amendment may be made which would have the effect of making the Charity cease to be a charity at law.

If the Executive Committee decides that it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the U3A it shall call a meeting of all members of the U3A, of which not less than 21 days’ notice (stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed) shall be given. If the proposal is confirmed by a two thirds majority of those present and voting the Executive Committee shall have power to realise any assets held by or on behalf of the Charity. Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred to other such local charitable institutions having object similar to the Objects of the U3A as the members of the U3A may determine or to the Third Age Trust Registered Charity No 288007.

Thursday, 31 January 2013


‘Registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland: NIC100619’.

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