The Articles of Association are the written rules that form the constitution for running the company.
From time to time they may need to be amended to take account of changing times and the natural evolution of the railway.
To make permanent changes, the Council of Management need to submit to the Trust membership any proposed amendments at General meetings.
This year we have two changes to make.
1) Amendment to objects clause.
Following revision of the Trust’s Memorandum and Articles ratified at the 2013 AGM, a sentence was omitted from the clause outlining the Trust’s objects relating to the cycleway. It is therefore proposed to amend the wording as follows:
The Trust is established for the purpose of restoring, preserving and operating railway locomotives, carriages, wagons, vehicles and other artifacts of historical interest and land and buildings connected therewith and in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing to restore the rail link between Alnwick and Alnmouth so as to bring the historic town of Alnwick into contact with the rest of the country for the benefit and education of the public and the preserving of books, drawings, records, documents, sound and visual recordings, cinematography films and photographs relating to such artifacts and vehicles, their history and their development and to provide or assist for the public benefit facilities for pedestrian, cycle or equine access to the countryside through which the rail link runs.
2) Change to the timing of notice for an Annual General Meeting
Currently we must give 90 days notice for an AGM and nominees must declare their intention to stand 56 days before the AGM. This is deemed for too long.
i) Reduce notice period to 56 days
ii) Reduce declaration of nominees to stand to 28 days