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Charitable Status

Since a change in the Charity Commission’s rules in April 2007 societies with an annual income of less than £5,000 are not eligible for registration. The Society is, however, an unregistered charity, and can apply for registration later if it needs to - the Commission proposes to allow voluntary registration for those with lower incomes from late 2008.  In the meantime, the Commission has offered to assess the Society's paperwork.

Gift Aid

Although not a registered charity the Society is eligible for Gift Aid, a matter solely for HM Revenue & Customs which decides each case on its merits.  We have been registered with HMRC since 2012 and received a refund of £290.81 for the previous years up to 31st August 2012.

Constitution & Rules

The Charity Commission issues a model constitution, which the Society adopted in March 2008, with only the necessary insertions and one small alteration.   It allows for a set of binding rules to cover items such as subscriptions, etc, which are re-adopted at the Annual General Meeting.  Click on the button below or at the top of  the page to download

Constitution (1.6 MB). Notes & Rules. Risk Assessment.

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The Society is financed through subscriptions and donations.  As a very small  society we are not required to appoint an  independent examiner.


The Society's public liability insurance (for £5m) comes with its membership of the British Association for Local History.  It also covers loss or damage to the Society's property.

Risk Assessment

The Society has carried out a risk assessment for iall its normal activities.  Click on the button below or at the top of the page to download.

Data Protection

The Society is not required to register under the Data Protection Act, but its policy is to adhere to best practice.  It does not release its membership list. 

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