Constitution and Rules

  1. TITLE
    The League shall be known as the Forest of Blean Bowling League.
  2. OBJECTS
    The objects of the League shall be to promote and foster the level green game of Bowls for Males in the area surrounding the Forest of Blean.
  3. AFFILIATION
    The League shall be affiliated to Bowls England and shall conform to their Rules and such other League Rules as may be determined.
  4. MEMBERSHIP
    Membership of the League shall be open to all properly constituted Bowling Clubs in the Forest of Blean and surrounding area, having no fewer than 20 Male Members. Application for Membership shall be addressed to the Honorary Secretary of the League and shall be accompanied by the following information:
    1. Name and address of Club
    2. Names of current Office bearers, indicating the Officers who will deal with League matters, together with their addresses and telephone numbers.
    3. A copy of the Club’s Rules.
    4. Any remittance as requested by the League.
    All applications will be subject to the approval of the Committee of the League.
  5. ADMINISTRATION
    The League shall be managed by a Committee consisting of:
    1. The Officers of the League as determined in Rule 6
    2. Two representatives of each Club elected by the Club Committee. Members of the Committee shall be entitled to vote at meetings of the Committee on the basis of one club, one vote, the Chairman shall have an additional casting vote which he may exercise in the event of a tied vote.
    The Committee shall meet at such times and places as it may determine and shall have the power to make regulations. It shall also be responsible for the general management and day to day running of the League within the Rules. It may fill any vacancy arising during the year. The Committee shall annually approve the appointment of any sub-committees considered desirable for any purpose. The composition and period of such sub-committees will be determined by the Committee. The League shall have the power to elect Honorary Life Members for special services to the League or the game of Bowls. The financial year of the League shall commence on 1st January each year.
  6. OFFICERS
    The Officers of the League shall be:
    The Chairman
    The Honorary Secretary
    The Honorary Treasurer
  7. VOTING
    Each Officer, Club delegate and Honorary Life Member shall be entitled to one vote at all Annual General or Special Meetings. The Chairman shall have a second or casting vote. Voting shall be by a show of hands, except where a ballot is requested by a majority of Officers or is considered appropriate by the Chairman.
  8. GENERAL MEETINGS
    The Annual General Meeting shall be held each year. The Chairman, or in his absence the Acting Chairman elected by those present, shall conduct the meeting. The business of the meeting shall be:

    To elect the Officers in accordance with Rule 6
    To receive the Annual Report of the Honorary Secretary
    To transact any other competent business
    To receive the report of the Hon. Treasurer and accounts.

    The Honorary Secretary shall convene a Special Meeting at the request of the Committee or on receipt of a written request signed by not less than two Clubs. The notice of the Special Meeting shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other business shall be transacted. Fourteen days notice shall be given of General and Special meetings and three Member Clubs shall form a quorum.
  9. ALTERATION TO RULES
    No alterations or additions to the Constitution and Rules of the League shall be made except at an Annual General Meeting or Special General meeting convened for that purpose.
  10. PUBLICATION OF RULES
    The Constitution, Rules and Regulations shall be published and shall be deemed sufficient notice to and binding on all Member Clubs.

Effective from 10 January 2008