Financial support for the River Severn Custodians
The RSC is a duly constituted group of volunteers which has received generous financial support from the following bodies:
Keep Wales Tidy
Newtown Town Council
Severn Rivers Trust
Countryside Council for Wales
This funding has allowed us to purchase equipment and supplies needed to carry out survey work, invasive species control, and monitoring the health of the river.
River Severn Custodians constitution
The purposes of the group are:
- To monitor the Severn and feedback to the Environment Agency and other bodies about specific concerns
- To remove litter from the banks and river course
- To tackle invasive non-native weeds as appropriate
- To improve wildlife habitats along the river
- To improve access to the river and enjoyment of it, where that does not adversely affect wildlife habitats
- To lobby for improvements to the river environment
In order to carry out the purposes, the Committee has the power to:
- raise funds, receive grants and donations
- buy or sell property, take on leases and employ staff
- co-operate with and support other groups with similar purposes
- do anything else within the law which is necessary to achieve the purposes
- Anyone aged 18 and over who supports the purposes of the group may become a member by applying to the Committee.
- Membership continues until the member withdraws or has been inactive in the group for over a year.
- The Committee will keep an up to date membership list.
- The Committee may expel someone from membership, provided it is in the best interest of the group to do so, and they are given the right to be heard by the Committee before the decision is made. They can be accompanied by a friend.
Annual general meeting - AGM
- The AGM must be held every year, with 14 days notice telling all members what is on the agenda.
- There must be at least 6 members present at the AGM.
- The Committee will present the annual report and accounts.
- Any member may put themselves forward for election as a Committee member at the AGM.
- Every member has one vote.
- Members shall elect between 3 and 10 members to the Committee. They will retire at the next AGM and may stand for re-election.
- The Committee shall hold at least 3 meetings each year. They will elect a chair, treasurer and secretary at their first meeting.
- At least 3 Committee members must be at a committee meeting to be able to take decisions. Minutes shall be kept for every meeting.
- The Committee must keep accounts which may be viewed by any member on request.
- During the year, the Committee may appoint up to 2 extra members on to the Committee who will stand down at the next AGM but are eligible for re-election.
- The Committee may make reasonable additional rules for the proper conduct and management of the group. These rules must not conflict with this constitution or the law.
- Funds must be held in the group’s bank account. There will be 3 signatories and two of these will need to sign cheques.
- Funds cannot be used to pay Committee members except to refund legitimate expenses.
- Funds and property must only be used for the purposes of the group.
Special General Meetings may be called by the Committee:
- to change the Constitution - by a two thirds majority of members present and voting
- to allow the members to decide on important issues.
- to wind up the group. The group may be wound up by a two thirds majority of members present and voting at a Special General Meeting. Any money or property remaining after payment of debts must be given to a group with similar (charitable) purposes.
All members must be given 14 days notice and told what change is proposed.
Adoption of the constitution
This constitution was adopted on 16th February 2012 by the people whose names appear below and whose signatures are on file. They will be the Committee until the first AGM, which must be held within one year of this date.
- Peter Harris - Chair
- Mike Davies - Secretary
- Kath Wigley - Treasurer
- Joan Avery
- Joan Davies
- Chris Kinsey
- Paula Scott
- John Wigley