In recognition of the universal affection in which Monica Dance and her husband Harry Dance are held by the Scholars of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (“S.P.A.B.”), this association formed by past Scholars of the S.P.A.B. shall be known as “The Dance Scholarship Trust”.
The objects of the Dance Scholarship Trust (“the Trust”) shall be to support the educational work of the S.P.A.B. by the following means:
(1) the provision of grants to the S.P.A.B. to finance the scholarship programme established by the S.P.A.B.
(2) the provision of supplementary grants to Scholars on the S.P.A.B.’s said scholarship programme.
(3) the provision of such grants to the S.P.A.B. to support other educational work of the S.P.A.B. as the Committee of the Trust (with the prior consent of ten further members of the Trust) shall from time to time approve. Provided always that the Committee of the Trust shall provide such grants as aforesaid only on receipt of a written request signed by the Secretary of the S.P.A.B. on behalf of the Committee of the S.P.A.B. shall be a complete discharge of the same.
The members of the Trust shall be all persons who shall from time to time be past Scholars of the S.P.A.B.
4. Officers and Committee
The management and control of the Trust shall be vested in a Committee (“the Committee”) consisting of seven members of the Trust elected by the members at the Annual General Meeting. A Committee member shall be elected for one year only but shall be eligible for re-election provided he shall not have served as a Committee member for each of the preceding five years. Casual vacancies may be filled by appointment by the Committee. The Committee members shall elect one of their number to serve as Chairman another as Secretary and a third as Treasurer for the year. The quorum for meetings of the Committee shall be four. The Committee may regulate its own proceeding. All questions shall be decided by a majority vote but in the case of equality of votes the Chairman shall have a second or casting vote.
5. General Meetings
An Annual General Meeting of the Trust shall be held on in every calendar year. A Special General Meeting may be called at any time at the request of the Committee or any ten members of the Trust. The Secretary or the Chairman of the Committee shall send written notice of the date, time and place of each General Meeting of which not less than twenty-one days notice shall be given.
The business of the Annual General Meeting will be:
a. consideration of a report on the activities of the Trust and the Committee.
b. examination and approval of the accounts for the previous year.
c. appointment of an auditor or auditors.
d. election of seven members to the Committee in accordance with paragraph 4 above.
e. consideration of any other business of which due notice has been given.
Ten members shall constitute a quorum at a General Meeting of the Trust.
6. Property of the Trust
1. In furtherance of the objects of the Trust set forth above, but not otherwise, the committee may raise fund and invite and receive contributions: provided that in raising funds the charity shall not undertake any substantial permanent trading activities and shall conform to any relevant statutory regulations
2. The property of the trust shall only be used for the purposes of the Trust and no payment shall be made to any member of the Trust except as a repayment of expenses properly incurred on behalf of the trust.
3. A banking account shall be opened in the name of the Trust and cheques shall be signed by any two officers of the Trust.
4. Property of the Trust available for investment may be invested by the Committee which shall be responsible for the selection and transposition of investments. Property of the Trust as aforesaid shall be vested in such two or more persons as Trustees of the Trust of in the Official Custodian for Charities as the Committee shall from time to time determine.
7. Alteration of the Constitution
The Constitution may be altered by the members at a General Meeting of which due notice has been given. A resolution to alter the Constitution shall be passed only if a majority of not less than two-thirds of those members present at the General Meeting vote in favour of the resolution. No alteration shall be made to the Constitution which would cause the Trust to cease to be a charity at law.
The Trust may be dissolved provided that three quarters of the members of the Trust consent in writing to such dissolution. Any property of the Trust remaining on dissolution after payment of all expenses or liabilities properly incurred shall be distributed to the S.P.A.B. for its educational purposes.