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Loughborough Council of Faiths Constitution

1. Name
The Council shall be called the Loughborough Council of Faiths

2. Purpose
To bring together the various faith communities in the Loughborough area in order to:

  • promote good relations, understanding and cooperation between people of different faiths;
  • respect and celebrate the distinctive voices of the religious faiths within our community;
  • and to act as a point of contact for statutory and other organisations.

3. Aims and Objectives
To achieve its purpose, the Council will meet regularly and seek to:

  • support, encourage and promote local interfaith activities;
  • demonstrate that people of different faiths can share peace and harmony;
  • allow people of different faiths to identify common areas of concern and action

4. Independence
The Council shall be independent of Local Government and any party political or other
organised group.

5. Membership
Full Membership is open only to all Loughborough faith communities.
Each member faith organisation shall be entitled to appoint three authorised representatives to attend Council meetings.
If a representative is not able to attend a meeting the organisation can send an authorised substitute.
Membership is renewed annually at the AGM.

6. Associates
The Council may from time to time accept Associates (Individual Associates or Affiliated Organisations) who it considers support its purpose, and will contribute to its work.
Associate status is reviewed annually at the AGM.

7. Officers and other appointments
A Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected from and by the appointed representatives at the first meeting of the Council of Faiths following the AGM.The Council may also from time to time appoint other persons to undertake roles that it deems necessary or desirable. Certain roles may only be suitable for a faith representative.
The Mayor of Charnwood shall be invited to be the Honorary President of the Council of Faiths for the year that he / she holds office.

8. Meetings
The AGM shall be held in May or June each year when a report of the Council’s activities and an approved statement of the accounts shall be presented. The AGM shall be open to the public but only authorised faith representatives shall be eligible to vote. Those who are not authorised faith representatives may speak only with permission of the chair.
The Council shall meet at least four times a year, including the AGM.
Each representative shall have one vote.
The quorum shall be 6 representatives from a minimum of 4 faiths.
The officers shall have the power to convene an Extraordinary General Meeting having agreed together that this is in the best interests of the Council.
At least 21 days notice must be given of all General Meetings.

9. Finance
The Council’s financial year shall run from 1 April to 31 March.
Signatories to the cheques shall be any 2 out of 4 members chosen at the meeting at which the officers are appointed.
The subscription for the forthcoming year shall be decided annually at the AGM and shall be payable by each member faith.

10. Amendments
Amendments to this constitution may be made at a General Meeting. 21 days notice, including the wording of the amendment, must be given. Any proposed amendment needs a two-thirds majority of the member faiths to be passed, and if it is passed it shall have
immediate effect.

11. Dissolution
Any decision to dissolve the Council must be made by a resolution passed by not less than two-thirds of the member faiths at a General Meeting specially called for that purpose. The assets of the Council shall be transferred to a body with purpose and aims similar to those of the Council by resolution of the Council.

Signed: Daphne Beale (Chair, Loughborough Council of Faiths)
Date: 26th June 2019